Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, has said that the institution will continue to make efforts at ensuring that it remains among the topmost educational institutions engaged in cutting-edge research.
Adamu stated this at the unveiling ceremony of the university’s newly revamped Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for African Studies (OOCAS).
According to him, the Centre, formerly known as the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Good Governance, was redesigned to widen its scope to meet with happenings in the contemporary society and also with a view to creating more avenues to research more on Africa as a whole.
Adamu further said the Centre is open to collaboration with local and international scholars willing to dissect Africa towards the goal of producing cutting-edge research that would showcase the African story.
Also speaking on the occasion, the Director of the OOCAS, Professor Stanley Naribo Ngoa, revealed that the centre has already swung into action, with various collaborations with research bodies within and outside the country.
Ngoa said the key areas of focus for the OOCAS include African Leadership and Development, Food Security and Agricultural Research, Health in Rural Nigeria; Infant and Maternal Mortality, among others..
Those involved in the centre include former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whom the centre was named after, as a visiting scholar, veteran journalist Mr. Ray Ekpu and a former minister of national planning, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman.
Others are Professor Baz Dreisinger, the founder of the Prison to College Pipeline in the United States, Prof. Toyin Falola, a reputable authority on African Studies, as well as other reputable scholars in different fields of endeavour.
According to Ngoa, a website for the centre will soon be launched.
Kwararafa Concerned Citizens Southern Taraba Senatorial District Taraba State Rejoinder: Jukun/Tiv Crisis: Stop Your Kinsmen From Killing Benue Farmers- Middle belt Groups Warns T.Y Danjuma
Our attention has been drawn to an online publication on April 9, 2019, in Daily Post online News by the Middle- Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) calling on Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd) to stop the ongoing killing of Tiv farmers by armed militias from Jukun area of Taraba State.
The said publication MBCG claimed that Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd) loud silence over attacked on Benue farmers in Jukun Local Government Area of the state by his kinsmen was pregnant with meaning. In the said publication the MBCG made spurious allegations against our Patriot Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd) GCON, the Abonta of Wukari and the entire Jukun community in Taraba State which is capable of frustrating the efforts of the Taraba State Government, Wukari Traditional Council, Wukari Local Government Council, prominent Jukun sons and daughters and entire Jukun community in managing and tolerating the ugly situation that was orchestrated by criminals and bad eggs among the Tiv youths from Benue. As peacemakers, it has become very necessary for us to respond and correct the false impressions and mischief that might have been printed in the minds of the uninformed Nigerians.
It has become very necessary for us to write this rejoinder and our settled conviction to respond to the provoking attack on our elder statesman, Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd), the Jukun Community and the lies about the whole fracas. We are disgusted and dissatisfied with this baseless publication by the unpatriotic, unscrupulous and misguided officials of the Middle- Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG). The whole issue is hallucination and adulteration.
The Genesis of the Recent Fracas between Jukun/Tiv, the Kente Youths, the Myth and the Reality: On 31st March, 2019, a young Tiv man named Solomon from Tse-Atsinga in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, neighboring village to Kente in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, came and harassed Tiv business women and warned them strongly to stop selling their yams and buying fish from Jukun people in Kente market.
He cautioned them to desist from any act of buying and selling with the Jukun, his reasons were not known as of the time of writing this rejoinder. He (Solomon) followed up his threat with two other young Tiv men followed some Tiv business women to Kente’s market on 1st April, 2019 threatening to kill them if they refused to obey his order and leave Kente’s market immediately, since he had earlier warned and informed them that the Tiv people in that axis has resolved in one of their meetings not to do any business transaction with the Jukun.
The uproar in the market attracted the attention of Kente youths who came to intervene and the two Tiv young men on sighting them ran away and leave Solomon who removed knife threatening to kill anyone that will make any attempt to arrest him (Solomon). A phone call was put to the Military Personnel operating in Kente who responded immediately and Solomon was arrested in the market and taken to the Military unit in Kente for interrogation.
Besides in the process to arrest Solomon, Tiv youths suddenly appeared in numbers attempted to resist the arrest, but were overpowered by the Military. Because Solomon was arrested and detained by the Military Personnel, a Jukun man named Tanko who is a commercial driver and sixteen other Jukun business women who went to sell fish at Afia village in Benue State were held hostage by Armed Tiv Youths in Gbeji town of Benue State on condition that Solomon must be released by the Military before Tanko and the sixteen women would be released. Tactically Solomon parents were called to sign an undertaken that their son will stop harassing business women and inciting crisis in that area.
They signed the undertaken in the presence of C. O Kente, DPO Gbeji, some Tiv elders and Kente Youths Chairman. Solomon was released; Tanko and the sixteen women were also released. Unfortunately, their monies, fish, and handsets were forcefully snatched and taken away by the armed Tiv youths from Gbeji and Afia. Having restored peace by the Military Personnel, people from the neighboring Tiv villages surrounding Kente town started throwing stones into the town, followed by shootings sporadically, burning houses and properties of the Jukun people. The military personnel in Kente intervened and repealed the attack in Kente by the Tiv youths who ran
No life was lost. This aggrieved Armed Tiv Youths to mount road blocked along Ikyaior village that leads to Wukari town. Ikyaior is a Tiv village in Chonku Ward of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State. At that moment, three vehicles of Jukun people were burnt down to ashes by the Armed Tiv Youths and many properties were looted. On 7th April 2019 Armed Tiv Youths attacked Kente town again where houses of Jukun people were burned down, including Government Day Secondary School, Anglican Church, and Catholic Church.
It took the efforts of the Security Personnel to repeal the attack and they all escaped and no Lives were lost. The Efforts of the Taraba State Government, Wukari Local Government Council, and Wukari Traditional Council to Resolve this Fracas: An emergency meeting was summoned at Aku Uka Palace on Friday 7th, April 2019 in order to find lasting solutions and promote peaceful coexistence between the Jukun and Tiv of Taraba and Benue State.
In attendance were the Aku Uka, Tor Sankara, Chairmen of Wukari and Ukum Local Government Councils of Taraba and Benue States, Security Advisers to the Governors of Taraba and Benue States, 3rd Class Chiefs from Wukari Local Government Area, Wukari King Makers, Advisers to Aku Uka, Security Chiefs and Heads, Jukun Youths and Cultural Development Association, Tiv Cultural Association among other prominent Jukun and Tiv People.
After submissions from the Security Chiefs and extensive deliberations, it was discovered and established that some Tiv miscreants, Solomon and his Gang Members from Tse-Atsinga in Benue State were/are the cause of this chaotic situation that is trying to escalate into the crisis between the Jukun/Tiv people that have lived peacefully for decades. At the meeting, Tor Sankara tendered an unreserved apology on behalf of the entire Tiv nation and promised that they will talk to their people. His apology was acknowledged and accepted by the Aku Uka on behalf of the entire Jukun people. With these, we want to inform the MBCG that no Military Personnel was murdered by either the Jukun youths or Tiv youths.
Such an event never happened in Wukari or Kente. The said publication is a figment of self imagination and misinformation from uninformed elders of MBCG or concerned MBCG On T. Y Danjuma’s Loud Silence and Self-Defence: Our Patriotic Nationalist and elder statesman, Lieutenant General T. Y Danjuma who hardly speaks on national or communal issues, who is detribalized and unbiased mind, with his wealth of experience in the military, deep knowledge of Nigerian politics, sacrifices for national unity and cohesion has contributed immensely to the educational and infrastructural development of Tiv nation and Tiv people. One wonders why the complaint about his loud silence. The irony of the Lieutenant General T. Y Danjuma’s speech at the Maiden Convocation Ceremony of Taraba State University on 24th March, 2018 is that, the speech was misinterpreted as to safeguard the farming communities that were mostly attacked by the Armed Killer herdsmen, which adversely affected the Tiv communities worst than any other community in Taraba State.
This means that Lieutenant General T. Y Danjuma stood up to be counted among the defenders of Middle Belt and Northern interests at various crucial stages of Nigeria’s history. Danjuma’s should not be viewed as support for Jukun people and any act of killing. However, we want the Middle- Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) to note that when the personality of Danjuma cried foul in public, history has told us not to ignore nor insult him.
The issue he raised on Self-defense is today considered instigating by our Tiv brothers. You have not done justice not only to T. Y Danjuma but to all communities that were ravaged by insurgency and herdsmen. You cannot fault him, rather applaud him for his voice and stand for the farming communities both of Taraba and Benue States and the nation at large. However, we wish to correct the false impression and intimate Nigerians on the fact that Lieutenant General T. Y Danjuma cannot be sanctioned by world leaders because the Jukun people are not killing Tiv farmers in Jukun area as postulated by MBCG.
The MBCG allegations against the Jukun people and Lieutenant General T. Y Danjuma are frivolous propaganda, mischief, and evil in all ramifications. Therefore, the mere allegation on Lieutenant General T. Y Danjuma’s silence is unacceptable, unconventional and callous. We cannot continue to tolerate this act of disrespect to our Abonta. A stitch in time saves nine.
The Position of the Jukun People: We want to categorically state our positions in line with the aspirations of our Traditional Fathers, Elder statesmen, Elites, Stakeholders and Youths as follows:
1. That as it is now, there is no crisis between the Jukun and Tiv people in Wukari. Except for criminal activities from miscreants which the Government in collaboration with the Royal fathers and the security agencies are working tirelessly to avert and nail it on the bud.
2. That there are no Tiv farmers from Benue State that were killed by the Jukun militias. The publication is misleading and does not in any way reflect the current happening between the Jukun/Tiv people in Wukari.
3. That Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd) is not supporting and has never supported any killing of any tribe or people by his Jukun kinsmen.
4. That the Jukun people will not tolerate any dimension of conflict or crisis in Wukari henceforth.
5. That those unscrupulous elements in MBCG calling for sanctioned of Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd) should apologize to him and the entire Jukun Kingdom with immediate effect. They MBCG should be guided, warned and cautioned by the Security Agencies. A word is enough for the wise.
6. That Jukun people are doing everything possible to see that normalcy returns so that the Jukun and Tiv people in Wukari will continue to live harmoniously with one another. We, therefore, call on the Tiv people that have fled to Benue to come back and continue with their legitimate businesses and farming activities
Celebrating God’s Faithfulness At 82 With A Call For Peace
His Majesty, Aku Uka, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi, CON, on his 82nd birthday feels indebted to the Almighty for good health and privilege of service to humanity.
While having no plans to celebrate the significant event through the customary palace prayers, he appeals for the day to be observed as special prayer moment.
In the light of recent unrest around Wukari and the southern zone, he wishes that tomorrow 18th April 2019 be dedicated to prayers for peace and calm. It is his desire that further violence be averted and he is positive that our collective supplication will yield peace, not only in Wukari but the country at large.
His Majesty also deeply appreciates all the goodwill messages and prayers for him by all and sundry.
Jolly Agbu Masa-Ibi,
SA to AKU UKA,
April 17th, 2019
9th N’ Assembly: 150 Women Groups Drum Support For Tinubu, Onyejeocha
A group of concerned citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the auspices of a campaign platform called ‘More Women’, has submitted a letter of support to the chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomole calling on party leaders to do the needful by supporting the expression of interest of two women; Hon. Chief (Mrs.) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and Senator Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, both women have distinguished themselves in the National Assembly and are both vying for the position of Speaker and Deputy Senate President.
More Women Campaign is a group of diverse non-governmental organisations, concerned with the continued marginalization of women in leadership positions in the country and committed to ensuring that women are in decision making positions in line with Nigeria’s international commitments on gender equality.
According to the group, Hon. Chief (Mrs.) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Elected on the platform of APC) is vying for the position of Speaker at the House of Representatives, Hon Onyejeocha has acquired a great deal of legislative experience while serving as honourable member representing the Isuikwato/ Umunneochi Federal Constituency, Abia State in the House of Representatives from 2007 to date. She is the current Chairman, House Committee on Aviation for the Second consecutive term. In the just concluded 2019 general elections, her constituents for an unprecedented fourth time re-elected her to continue to serve them, giving her the impetus to desire to take the up the Speakership position for greater impact.
Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha is no doubt a ranking member and has recorded landmark achievements, worked tirelessly to advance and institutionalize societal development. As a Federal Lawmaker, her attendance and participation at parliamentary sittings is phenomenal, Hon. Onyejeocha has successfully put together and assisted in the passage of several bills into laws of the federation of Nigeria. Moreover, as the current House Committee Chairman on Aviation, Hon. Onyejeocha has consistently supported the Transformation Agenda of the current Administration and has significantly contributed in bringing sanity to the aviation sector that was becoming a source of nightmare to Nigerians and a reproach to the nation at the international community. These laudable efforts have been commended by all stakeholders’ in the industry.
Hon. Chief (Mrs.) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha is a dynamic, vibrant and a well-informed legislator, whose records of accomplishments both in the public and private sectors have left no one in doubt about the height she is yet to attain. She had dealt with a wide spectrum of issues of national, regional and local importance. Her honest and practical approach sets her apart from the other candidates. She has shown great concern for the nation, and her willingness to listen to people’s problems is commendable.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Elected on the platform of APC) is vying for the position of Deputy Senate President of the Upper Chamber, former first Lady of Lagos State and currently a ranking senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly. She has served the party dutifully and has held several positions within the NASS including being the Chairman of Women Committee and Environment at different times, Chief Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu is very connected to her consitutency and holds frequent town hall meetings with the people, a record which distinguishes her from the very many pool of people in NASS who are often disconnected from their constituency, she is a regular, vocal and distinguished member of the hallowed chamber who hardly misses any sitting and at different times expressed support for the popular views of the people in the senate.
More Women Group therefore show her support for these highly-distinguished women and their campaign as it is important to have women in leadership positions at all levels especially in legislative arm of Government.
The group therefore calls on the leadership of the party and members of the NASS to consider these eminently qualified female parliamentarians for the posts they are vying for, more so that they are both ranking members and possess all the attributes expected of the said positions. Taking this step, will not only position All Progressives Congress (APC) as a gender friendly party but it will go a long way in placing Nigeria in the comity of nations committed to gender equality and women’s participation in power and decision making. It will set a precedent for other governments across Africa and increase the gender rating of Nigeria
Co-Conveners, More Women Campaign, Nigeria and endorsed by 150 organisations across Nigeria
1. Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, PhD LAGOS
Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre
(WARDC) & Chairperson, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)
2. Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo , ENUGU
Executive Director, Women Aid Collectives (WACOL)
3. Dr Lydia Umar
Gender Awareness Trust KADUNA
4. Prof Patricia Donli BORNO
Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre (GEPADCE)
5. Mimido Achkpa ABUJA
Women’s Rights To Education (WREP)
6. Emem Okon
Kebetkache Women Development and Resources Centre PH
7. Mary Ikoku Emerge Women
8. Toun Okewale, Women Radio
9. Mufliat Fijabi Nigeria Women Trust Fund
10. Felicia Onibon , 100 Women Group A
Endorsed by :
1. 100 Women Group
3. African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA)
4. ACTS Generation GBV
5. ADEM Community & Human Development Foundation
6. Advocate for Health and Development Initiative
7. African Women’s Initiative (AWI)
8. Ajegunle Community Project
9. Alliances for Africa (AfA)
10. Aminchi Women Cooperative Society
11. ATATA Development and Empowerment Foundation (ADEF)
12. Briskila Emefesi Women Foundation (BEWOF)
13. CEE-HOPE Nigeria
14. Center for Economic Empowerment and Gender Activities CEEGa
15. Center for Economic Empowerment Initiatives
16. Centre for Alternative Development and Self-Enhancement (CEADESE NG)
17. Centre for Health and Development in Africa(CHEDA)
18. Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN)
19. Centre for Peace Education and Community Development
20. Centre for Women’s Health and Information
21. Centre For Women’s Health And Information (CEWHIN)
22. Change Managers International Network
23. Charity Women Spring of Salvation
24. Chedal Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society
25. Choung-dung Women Association.
26. Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society (CWEENS)
27. Christian Women in Nigerian Politics
28. Community and Youth Development
29. Community Education Advancement of Peace and Development Initiative (CEAPDI)
30. Community Life Project (CLP)
31. Community Initiative for Healthy and Peaceful Society
32. Community Rescue Initiative (CRI)
33. Community Women Initiatives
34. Courageous People Health and Development Initiative (CPHDL)
35. Courageous People Health and Development Initiatives
36. Dorothy Njemanze Foundation
37. Dream Alive Women and Orphans Support Foundation (DAWOS Foundation)
38. Echoes of Women in Africa Initiatives (ECOWA)
39. Education as a Vaccine (EVA)
40. Emerge Women
41. Equity Advocates (EA)
42. FAME Foundation
43. Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON)
44. Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN)
45. Federation of Paralegal Network (FEDPAN)
46. Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
47. Fembridge Development Initiative (FEDI)
48. First Future Leadership
49. Forward in Action for Education, Poverty and Malnutrition (FACE-PAM)
50. Gender Action Awareness Trust
51. Gender and Development Action (GADA)
52. Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN)
53. Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative(GERI)
54. Gender Awareness Trust
55. Gender Development Initiative
56. Gender Equality Center
57. Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre (GEPADCE)
58. Gender Technical Unit (GTU)
59. Girl Child Advocacy and Education Initiatives
60. Girl Child Education, Care & Rehabilitation
61. Girl Education Rehabilitation and Care (GERAC)
62. Green Spring Development Initiative
63. Hadis Foundation
64. Heal Disability Initiative
65. Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria(HERFON)
66. HEIR Women Development (HWD)
67. Hope for New Life
68. Inter Africa Committee (IAC)
69. Inter Gender Peace Foundation
70. International Action Network on Small Arms Women Network of Nigeria
71. International Hairstylists, Barber and Body Therapists (IHSTOBAN)
72. International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH)
73. Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation
74. Jamatul Nasir Islam, Women Wing
75. Jana Health Foundation
76. Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC)
77. Justice Development and Peace Mission (JDPM)
78. K/mashi Gamji Women
79. Kebetkache Women Development and Resources Centre
80. Kimpact Initiatives
81. Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)
82. League of Queens International Empowerment
83. Lift Initiative
84. MBULA Women Association
85. Media & Teens Network.
86. More Women in Politics
87. Nasrul – Lahi-L- Faith Society (NASFAT)
88. National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)
89. National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)
90. Next Initiative for Gender Actions (NIGA)
91. NGAS Women Farmers’ Cooperative Society
92. Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)
93. Nigeria Labour Congress, Women Committee
94. Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)
95. Nigeria Women Trust Fund
96. Ogayem Merciful Care and Support Initiatives (OMCSI)
97. Ogun Women Alive
98. Onomese Foundation
99. Osi Joe Touching Lives Initiative
100. Partners West Africa
101. Peasant Dragnet
102. Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI)
103. Project Alert on Violence Against Women
104. Ray’s of Hope Community Foundation
105. Relief development initiative kaduna
106. Stephanie Peace Building Development Foundation
107. Support for Needy Children and Women Initiative(SUNCHI)
108. SWOFON National Abuja
109. The Priceless Jewels Foundation
110. The Inclusion Project (TIP)
111. Transition Monitoring Group
112. Transformation and Development Center (TDC)
113. Tunde & Friends Foundation(TAFF)
114. UC Women Commission
115. Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI)
116. Voice Of Ogun Women (VOW)
117. West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP)
118. Widows Development Organization (WiDO)
119. Woman-Being Concern Nigeria
120. Women & Youth Awareness Empowerment Network (WOYAEN)
121. Women Advocacy, HIV Prevention and Other Diseases (WAHPOD)
122. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)
123. Women Aid Collectives
124. Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative (WYEAHI)
125. Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON)
126. Women Empowerment and Initiative Development
127. Women Farmers Alliance
128. Women Fm 91.7
129. Women for Peace and Gender Equality Initiative
130. Women Foundation Initiative
131. Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN)
132. Women in Africa Initiative
133. Women in Agriculture
134. Women in Mining
135. Women Information Network (WINET)
136. Women Initiative for Democracy and Empowerment (WIDE)
137. Women Law Development Center of Nigeria (WLDCN)
138. Women Lead Agric
139. Women of Vision Development Initiative
140. Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN)
141. Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative (WICCI)
142. Women Protection Organization (WOPO)
143. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom ( WILPF)
144. Women’s Right to Education Programme
145. Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP)
146. Youth Future Savers Initiative
147. Youth Future Savers initiative (YFSI)
148. Youth orphans and Widows Empowerment (YOWE)
149. Zango Women Empowerment
150. Zinovi Educational Foundation
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