Photo speaks: Work advancing on the 90 open and lock up shops at Ganawuri market being constructed by Hon ID Gyang in furtherance of his campaign promise to the people as Constituency project

Hon. Istifanus Gyang is thought to be one of the most active lawmakers in Nigeria who not just performs excellently at the floor of the National Assembly, but does well in bringing dividends of democracy to his constituents.

This he is reported to sometimes do from his pocket, given that their constituency allocations as Reps members (N110m) annually is hardly sufficient to carry out elaborate projects.

Last year, the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Rufus Nature alongside some APC members, shocked by his performance when they graced his commissioning of some classroom blocks built in Fan, expressed belief that he would be best as a Senator.

Gyang has however not officially declared in that respect despite the existing rotational agreement between Riyom and Barkin Ladi which allows for one tenure for each LGA at a time.

Tricycle operations resume in Jos after ban

The Plateau State Government has lifted its earlier ban on tricycle operations within the Jos and Bukuru metropolis.

This follows a "careful" re-appraisal and consideration of the plight of the public, at a meeting of government and the tricycle union officials.

The lifting of the ban which takes effect from today, Thursday, 1st March 2018 however is with restrictions.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, Cornelius D. Shiolb on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the State says the operational period for tricycles in the city is 6:00am - 8:30pm daily.

The statement further stresses the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles within the city.

"Government has also mandated security Agencies to ensure that all those arrested in connection with the public disturbances of Monday 26th February are prosecuted accordingly," the statement says.

The government had on Monday suspended commercial tricycle operations within the metropolis following a protest by the operators that allegedly turned violent.

The protest was sparked by alleged unfair charges by the state revenue authorities for registration and other obligations.

Plateau Governor Swears in New Commissioners Tomorrow

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong will tomorrow, Thursday perform the swearing-in ceremony of the newly reconstituted members of the State Executive Council, alongside three newly appointed Permanent Secretaries.

The occasion scheduled for 10:00am holds at the New Government House Premises, Little Rayfield, Jos, an official statement says.

The statement by Samuel Emmanuel Nanle, Director, Press and Public Affairs thus invites the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the Honourable Members of the Plateau State House of Assembly; the Acting Chief Judge of Plateau State and the President, Customary Court of Appeal; the Acting Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal; Superior Court Judges; Special Advisers; Permanent Secretaries; Chief Executives of Boards and Parastatals; Chairman Plateau State Traditional Council of Chiefs and Members of the Council; Management Committee Chairmen of 17 LGCs; Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Plateau State and Party Stalwarts, Religious Leaders and Members of the general public to grace the occasion.

THE FOLLY OF LALONG'S CABINET RECONSTITUTION AND ENLARGEMENT || By Dennis Danladi Yillah

The news of the dissolution of members of the Plateau state Executive Council by Gov. Lalong a forthnoght ago was received with wild jubilation by many a patriotic Plateau citizen who believe the snail developmental speed of the incumbent administration needs reinvigoration by injecting fresh blood and ideas into the administration.

That gave rise to high expectation of quality and competent hands to be appointed to help sail the ship of governance in Plateau state to coast on the shore of development.
Alas! The entire exercise turns out to be a mirage and the worse political suicide witnessed in the state in recent times.

It is no gain say that the governor, by virtue of constitutional provisions, reserves the power to hire and fire members of his cabinet without interference from any quarters; but such actions must be in the best interest of the state, rather than any parochial considerations.

The new list of commissionership nominees submitted for screening to the state legislature by the governor, wherein names of 13 out of the 17 dissolved commissioners with 5 new addition are contained, portrays the Lalong administration as not only confused, but also lacking in constructive idealism to lead the state on the path of development.

At the risk of sounding critical of the Lalong administration, I make bold to say that the dissolution was a needless exercise if the governor had this much confidence in his cabinet members.
Without equivocation, the exercise was lacking in wisdom as it paralyzed activities at the various ministries during the period of their dissolution, while subjecting the commissioners to another rigours of screening at the state legislature, thereby putting undue pressure on the scarce resources of the state for that purpose.

Similarly, the 13 returning commissioners would be entitled to fresh paraphernalia of office, since their appointments are new, and they are subjected to new rounds of screening (I stand to be corrected).

There is no disputing the fact that a handful of the reappointed commissioners were round pegs in round holes that had performed meritoriously in their previous ministries, but sacking them before reappointing has a way of hampering their psychological make up, which will ultimately affect their inputs subsequently. The whole scenario can be likened to abruptly stopping a car moving in full speed on a high way, then start it all over again. It certainly cannot pick up at the same speed it was before the 'unnecessary' stopage. A lot of valuable time must have been wasted in the process; and time is what Plateau people don't have in their desire to see democracy dividends under the present administration.

My earnest submission is that, a mere cabinet reshuffle would have sufficed in the circumstance; where the thirteen returned commissioners could easily be moved to whatever ministries the governor feels their services would be best utilised, while the new appointees would simply be screened and assigned portfolios.

It should be a matter of serious concern to every patriotic citizen of Plateau state that the government went ahead to create six more ministries to accommodate the five newly added commissioners amidst very scarce resources.
I can't fathom the wisdom behind creating more ministries when the existing ones are not given the needed funding to perform optimally. The least Plateau state need at this period of our existence is the creation of additional burden to its lean resources when many basic amenities are lacking in our rural settlements. The governor should understand that the overall good of Plateau state surpasses his personal aggrandizement or political patronage.

With this singular act of political miscalculation by Governor Lalong, many a doubting Thomas would have enough reasons to be convinced, in all honesty, that the governor was actually a political mistake on the Plateau who must be purged out in 2019, in order for the state to move forward.

May I end this article with a clarion call on the electorate of Plateau state to look beyond APC, PDP or any party affiliation in their choice of elected leaders come 2019. While I called on our youth to be vanguards of peace, and not to allow themselves being used by desperate politicians for their selfish reasons.
We must ensure we vote only competent leaders with impeccable track records of achievements in their previous undertakings, so as to inject our state with the desired leadership mix, possessing the willpower to turn our fortunes for good.

Plateau is greater than any individual's parochial interest or party affinity. We all must put hands on deck to bequeath a better Plateau to the younger generation.

Young J.town inventor develops special frying pans for making Nigerian Massa

A new gas and electric powered frying pan has been launched to ease the making of Northern Nigerian pan cake-like  staple popularly known as Massa.

The pans made from a combination of locally sourced materials, the inventor, Jerry Mallo said is meant to change the face of massa business for those involved.

"This is meant to ease and mordernise the making of masa which has been before now made using the local clay pot or aluminium pots on a firewood powered fire.

"Before this, masa was something that was hard to make inside the comfort of an indoor home kitchen but now, it can be made anywhere with no smokes and at a better hygiene," Mallo, the CEO of Bennie Agro Nigeria Ltd told MKB.

The idea of developing the pans he said was conceived long ago but was delayed by other pressing demands.

"We have been working on designing other bigger machines, we haven't had time to make these until now," he said.

Having commenced production, the one-time popular figure in agro allied business who developed the first made in Nigeria tractor only needs hours to make many of such special pans, he said.

He said, "It only takes me one working day of 8hrs to produce 15 pieces of these pots if I am working alone. But with my other team of fabricators at Bennie Company, we can make several more."

The young inventor who has starred on so many local and international radio and TV shows as well as symposia to discuss his innovations disclosed other activities involved in by his company thus:

"We are into the fabrication of industrial/small scale agro processing machines, household appliances and food processing machines. We currently have a whole list of machines we have been able to design for our customers.

"These include Maize threshing machine (maize, sorghum), Grinding machine (tomatoes etc), Milling machine (for grains), Cassava press, Fish drying/Smoking Kiln and Wheat thresher.

Others are rice thresher, Cassava milling machine, Groundnut expeller, Sugarcane press & Juicer, Masa frying stove (electric/gas), Palm oil extraction machines, Rice/soya bean/wheat harvester, Weeding machine and Wheel barrows production.

As to where he gets his raw materials, Mr. Mallo, 25 said "Materials are here in Jos as a matter of fact.

"Most of our raw materials have been readily available in and around this country.

"For the finishing, it just takes experience in the fabrication field to be able to get a fine and polished quality like this and we have that experience."

He disclosed his workshop to be in Kunet village near Plateau State University, Bokkos where he utilizes a team of experts who range from Designers, welders, electricians and many more to achieve his goals.

Though a starter business, the Bennie Agro company boss said the business is self-sustaining.

He said, "For a business like this at this stage, it funds itself from sales we make. We initially raised capital through sales of our farm produce because we the founders ourselves are farmers, which is self-sustaining.

"At a later stage we got some support through soft loans from Microfinance Banks like Mwaghavul MFB and Plateau State (PLASMEDA), as well as COCIN light microfinance bank."

Mallo promised "Bennie Agro is here to make an impact through innovation in Plateau state and Nigeria at large.

"We want to let our people know that we are indeed capable of doing anything imaginable to change the image of Nigeria in international scene of technology as far as we put our hands together."

He however challenges young Nigerians to "put in hard work and extra time" in what they can do to contribute their own quota to the development of the country.

Taxation: Plateau Govt. Seeks Dialogue as Tricycle Riders Protest in Jos

Tricycle riders in Jos, Nigeria today commenced a demonstration against what they termed as unfair charges by the Plateau State Government.

The riders who converged at various locations in the city including Dogon Karfe, Tudun Wada, Bauchi Road and Old Airport among others blocked roads and offloaded tricycles carrying passengers, forcing them to park.

Security sources say the protest is against a N28,000 new drivers license charge by the government.

The state Government however says it is only seeking to keep a comprehensive data for all commercial vehicles operating in the state for proper coordination of their activities.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Simon Lalong of the state on media, Dan Manjang said in a telephone interview that the government has only introduced registration for all tricycles as well as drivers license in compliance with growing security and developmental needs.

Revenue realized from this Hon. Manjang said is expected to be ploughed back into the development of the state for the overall good of the citizenry.

The government spokesperson therefore views the demonstrations as an opposition against development but however assured of government's readiness to dialogue with the riders.

He said the government was considering meeting with the tricycle riders union officials to find "common grounds" into the conflict.

As at the time of filing this report, efforts to get comments from the policy enforcement agency, the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) proved abortive as the officers in charge referred the request to the Ministry of Works, which could not readily be reached.

Plateau: Lightbearer newspaper correspondent gets commissioner nomination

A correspondent of The Light Bearer newspaper, Bulus Bot has appeared among those shortlisted for Commissioner appointments by Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State.

Mr. Bot, the newspaper's Barkin Ladi LGA correspondent was reportedly supposed to be among the first commissioners who were recently dissolved but did not eventually get the appointment.

His name appearing in the latest list already before the House of Assembly for screening means that he is close to becoming a commissioner.

This is the second time an associate of the news medium is rising to such a position.

In 2011, the medium's pioneer Editor-in-Chief, Yiljap Abraham was appointed by then Gov. Jonah Jang as commissioner for Information, and later Commissioner, Tourism and Culture after being appointed GM, PRTVC.

Bot is thought to be the third news writer appointed by Lalong since assumption of office after Mark Lonyen, his Special Assistant on Media and Dan Manjang, his Special Adviser on Media.

The date for the screening of the latest commissioner nominees has not yet been fixed by the state Assembly.

Hate Speech: Warn your aides, NUJ tells politicians, others

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on political, religious, traditional and or other leaders to lead by example in the quest for a peaceful Nigeria.

The union particularly calls them to control themselves, their aides and followers against hate speech.

The union in a communiqué at the end of its two-day national conference in Kano, yesterday said while the constitutional right of freedom of speech and association remains inviolable, political campaigns and speeches in whatever form should be issue-based and within the limits of the "rules of the game".

"Governance is about people and thus the guiding principle should be self-preservation as politics is for the living and not for the dead," it said.

The communiqué signed by the NUJ national President and secretary, Abdulwaheed Odusile and Shuaibu Leman respectively however called journalists as the watchdog of the society and the “fourth estate of the realm” to "stem the trend, encourage freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and uphold the fundamental objectives contained in chapter II of the Constitution and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people."

The communiqué also called stakeholders of the Nigerian Media Landscape to synergize with National and State Legislatures to come up with legislations that will check the excesses and unprofessional operations of the media particularly the social media.

The Communiqué reads:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 2ND NUJ NATIONAL CONFERENCE TAGGED “KANO 2018” HELD IN KANO ON THE 19TH AND 20TH OF FEBRUARY, 2018.

A Two day National Conference with a Theme “HATE SPEECH: HALTING THE TIDE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE” organized by The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) with support from the Kano State Government was held at the Coronation Hall of Government House, Kano, on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20thFebruary, 2018.

500 Participants made up of Veteran and Senior Journalists, former Presidents, Ex National Officers, The President and all members of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Delegates from all the 36 States and the FCT Councils of the NUJ attended the Conference which was the second annual National Conference convoked by the NUJ to engage the Stakeholders of the Nigerian Media in a discourse for a more united and prosperous nation devoid of rancor and acrimony.

It was equally aimed at sensitizing media practitioners on their obligations to the society of objective reportage of events and their constitutional duty of being responsible for holding Government accountable to the people.

The workshop featured lecture presentations and discussions on various topics by scholars, veterans and working journalists aimed at sensitizing the participants on how best the media can discharge its responsibilities and to face the surmounting currentchallenges of the Hate Speech phenomenon.

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was the Guest of Honor and declared the Conference open, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe, delivered a Keynote Address while a former President of the NUJ and member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Mohammad Sani Zorro served as Chairman of the occasion.

The following Addresses, Papers and Topical issues on the theme of the workshop were presented and discussed:

1. Speech by the NUJ National President Abdulwaheed Odusile

2. Address of the Guest of Honor, Kano State Governor,

Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

3. Keynote Address of the Minister of Information and Culture,

Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

4. The Speech of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, represented by the District Head of Rogo, Alhaji Mohammed Mahraz.

5. The Address of the Chairman of the Occasion,

Alhaji Muhammad Sani Zorro.

6. “Why Hate Speech is not free Speech:” by the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari.

7. “Media against Hate Speech: Upholding ethical standards:” by Y.Z.Ya’u, Executive Director, Centre for Information and Technology Development (CITAD), Kano.

8. “Role of Journalism in the Digital Age:” by Mr Lanre Arogundade,

Director International Press Centre, Lagos.

9. “Building a more effective Union:” Comrade Issa Aremu,

General Secretary, National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria.

DURING THE PRESENTATIONS, DISCUSSIONS, QUESTIONS AND ANSWER SESSIONS, IT WAS THE CONCENSUS OF THE GUESTS, RESOURCE PERSONS AND THE PARTICIPANTS THAT:

 The conventional definition of Hate Speech as “Verbal or Written Negative comments on Persons or Groups on the basis of attributes such as Race, Religion, Ethnic origin, Gender or Physical disability shall be adopted”

 Recent worrisome developments in the polity by various regional groups clamouring for geo-political interests have exerted pressure on the fabric that holds the nation.

 The Mass Media notably the Social Media phenomena are the main promoters of Hate Speech that in-turn breeds socio-political anarchy, ethno-religious conflicts and retard progress and prosperity.

 The theme of the Conference is appropriate at this moment when the country is undergoing a “Transformational Change” in our quest to strengthen national unity and consolidate democratic governance.

 Media Practitioners should “Halt the Tide” of Hate Speech, promote National cohesion, love and unity, project the truth, teach ethical values, exhibit utmost respect for culture and tradition as well as caution in reportage.

 They shall also adhere to the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists and promote universal principles of human rights, democracy, justice, equity, peace and international understanding and should strive to enhance national unity and public good.

 While objective and constructive criticisms that stimulated healthy developmental programs and policies were the hallmarks of politics and editorial contents of the media in the past, current political pronouncements and news reportage are capable of causing social and political upheavals.

 Conference welcomes steps being taken by the Federal Government through the relevant agencies to strictly enforce the Cyber Crime Act of 2015 that stipulates a punishment of five years imprisonment or a fine of N10m on anyone convicted of an offence threatening violence or insulting people based on ethnic group, religion or race.

 Conference encourages journalists to take advantage of all that digital technology offers in the gathering and dissemination of news. Journalists should also adapt to digital technologies; intensify convergence for economic survival; Defend Digital/Internet rights in the context of freedom of expression and the right of the citizens to know, which fundamentally gives journalism its legitimacy;

 Political, Religious, Traditional and or other leaders should lead by example and control themselves, their aides and followers against hate speech.

 While the Constitutional right of freedom of speech and association remains inviolable, political campaigns and speeches in whatever form should be issues-based and within the limits of the rules of the game. Governance is about people and thus the guiding principle should be self-preservation as politics is for the living and not for the dead.

 Journalists as the watchdog of the society and the “fourth estate of the realm” should stem the trend, encourage freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and uphold the fundamental objectives contained in chapter II of the Constitution and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people.

 Stakeholders of the Nigerian Media Landscape should synergize with National and State Legislatures to come up with legislations that will check the excesses and unprofessional operations of the media particularly the social media.

 While Self regulatory mechanism is another alternative means of enforcing professionalism, the Nigeria Union of Journalists as the umbrella professional platform of media practice in the country should educate its members on the importance of self respect, discipline and to always stand by the truth and justice.

 In recognition of the urgent need to enhance the working condition of journalists in the country; and considering that there can be no freedom of expression or freedom of the press where journalists work under precarious situations and are exposed to poverty or fear; conference calls for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to enhance salaries, allowances, pensions and general condition of service for media professionals.

 The recent Federal Government directive to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any Radio or Television station that turns their platforms to purvey hate speech is a welcome development. Conference enjoins the NBC to live up to its responsibilities by monitoring and applying the relevant sections of the law on erring broadcast stations.

 Conference calls for the resuscitation of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) to play its rightful role.

 The Nigeria Union of Journalists should institutionalize the National Conference as an annual event for members and other stakeholders in the media industry to discuss topical and national or international issues.

 Conference appreciates the hospitality of the People of Kano State and thanks the Government under Governor Abdullahi Umar Gandujefor supporting the NUJ to successfully host the 2ND NUJ NATIONAL CONFERENCE.

 Participants note the giant strides recorded by the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration of Kano State in his development programmes particularly the policy of continuity and consolidation on all uncompleted or abandoned projects inherited from previous governments. Conference appreciates the worker-friendly posture of the administration with no report of a single industrial dispute or unrest in the last three years with prompt and constant remuneration of workers and payment of pension to retirees.

 Conference commended Kano State government for resuscitating the Triumph Publishing Company, funding the digitization of its two electronic media outfits in addition to the bail out of Radio Kano with financial support and other logistics.

Abdulwaheed Odusile Shuaibu Usman Leman

President, NUJ. Walin Shadalafiya

National Secretary, NUJ.

Kano, Wednesday 21st February, 2018.

Gov. Ganduje vows to protect non-Muslims in Kano

Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State says it is the responsibility of the state government to protect adherents of other religions resident in the state.

According to him, the state government has identified religious intolerance as one of the factors causing "commotion".

Hence, the government has summoned all stakeholders and drawn resolutions towards fighting the menace for general growth and development.

Speaking at a galla night at the Kano State government house yesterday, Gov. Ganduje said Kano state relies on the "dexterity" of all nationals towards the socioeconomic advancement of life.

Therefore, the state he said is ready to do all to maximize the opportunity created by the coming of all interested persons for business and investment.

"Everyone who comes to Kano comes for a purpose, which is to earn a living.

"In doing so, they add in some way to the microeconomic advancement of the state and that is an advantage to us.

"God created us all differently and everyone has his own areas of comparative advantage.

"The essence is for us all to tap from the dexterity of one another," he said.

The Governor's comments are coming few years after violent protests resulting in several deaths in parts of Nigeria especially Kano, owing to religious extremism.

In 2015, an Igbo woman was beheaded in the Centre of Commerce as Kano is referred, after she allegedly blasphemed God.

Two similar incidences followed shortly in Kaduna and Abuja, until the cessation movements in Southern Nigeria which led to more killings in 2016 and 2017.

The Nigerian government has yet to resolve issues of ethno-religious intolerance in the country hence the persistent calls for political restructuring.

Whether President Muhammad Buhari considers the calls or not, observers say such is going to be a major impediment to his reelection bid.

THE FULANISATION OF NIGERIA AND THE PERFIDY OF THE BRITISH (PART 2)

By Femi Fani-Kayode

Perhaps the most insightful and concise contribution that I have read about the history of the Fulani and their inordinate ambition and insatiable thirst for domination and conquest was provided by Mr. Gbonkas Ebiri.

His research and analysis of this topic is as historically accurate as it is outstanding. Permit me to share his words. 

"Kingdoms that accommodated Fulani herdsmen in the past were eventually overthrown by the Fulani. In all situations, these herdsmen took up arms and fought for a Fulani leader to overthrow the kingdoms that accommodated them and their cattle. Examples in history:

The first Fulani Jihad was at Futa Jallon. Fulani pastoralists migrated here in large numbers from North Africa in the 1600’s (they migrated in smaller factions earlier).

Futa Jallon was a mountainous rich agricultural land. Shortly after the Pastoralist migrations, Fulani clerics migrated as well. they were called Ulamas.

In 1726, the Fulani community elected one of their own by the name Ibrahim Musa as their leader and gave him the title of Al – Imam (Leader of the Muslim community). Shortly after his election he proclaimed a jihad against the local rulers of the region and enlisted the herdsmen as soldiers in his Jihad.

His successor after his death and new Al- Iman, Ibrahim Sori completed the Jihad in 1776. The new Fulani aristocracy drove out many of the natives. Those they did not drive out, they enslaved.

Slave trade thrived in the region after the Jihad, this was when the slave castle at Goree Island (Point of no return) was built. They captured mostly the people of the Mandika tribe (this was the tribe of Kunta Kinte).

Another region not far from Futa Jallon was Futa Toro. It was rich in Agriculture and the stretch of the Senegal river passed through it. By the banks of this river was fertile farmlands.

This region was of great important to the Fulani pastoralists who migrated to the region around the same time they migrated to Futa Jallon. They could have the cattle feed and drink by the banks of the river. Shortly after the herdsmen arrived, clerics migrated as well.

They formed the majority of the Torobde clerics. A Fulani cleric called Sulayman Bal was nominated by the clerics as the spiritual leader. in the year 1776, Sulayman Bal launched a Jihad against the Denyanke dynasty and enlisted herdsmen into his army of the faithful.

They were overthrown and replaced with a new aristocracy of Fulani leaders. He died while trying to expand the empire to the regions of Trarzas. His successor, Abd al- Qadir completed the expansion and expanded the empire Southeast.

In our own Nigeria, the Fulani migrated as herdsmen and lived in communities. As at the time Dan Fodio arrived, they had Fulani leaders in almost all the Hausa City states with a large concentration in Katsina and Kano.

These leaders included Moyijo at Kebbi, Mohammadu Namoda at Zamfara, Salihu and Mohamadu Dabo of Kano. Very much like the previous Jihads, Dan Fodio was recognized as the leading cleric and given the title of ‘Sarkin Musulmi.’ (Leader of the Faithful).

He formed a community after his confrontation with the authorities at Gobir and called on the faithfuls to join him, from the community he lauched his Jihad.

Majority of his soldiers were herdsmen and another faction natives that fell for his charismatic leadership. Dan Fodio would eventually give flags of leadership to the Fulani leaders of the various Hausa cities.

By far, the Dan Fodio’s Jihad was the most successful and all Fulani Jihads in West Africa. He would also replace the Hausa kings with Fulani aristocrats, and like the previous Fulbe leaders, the new empire was hostile to the natives.

Their lands were taken from them and they were relegated to second class citizens in their ancestral homeland. Many of them were forced into slavery under an oppressive feudal system and others sold to Arab slave traders.

At Ilorin, the shortsighted rebel Afonja made it so easy for the Fulani to get rid of him. Unlike the other kingdoms where they migrated on their free will and chose their spiritual leader, Afonja personally wooed the Fulani to his kingdom and appointed Alimi as the cleric of the province.

Both vital foundations for a fulani takeover was given on a platter of gold by warlord. very much as in all cases, the Fulani got rid of him and ensured the throne of Ilorin for their kinsman.

So far they have not been able to invade beyond Ilorin. The warriors at Ibadan fought them back as well as Benin warriors. To conquer the south, it is important to have Fulani herdsmen and clerics stationed in the land.

It is important to indoctrinate natives who profess same religion with them to trade ther ancestry for a religious theocracy of a divine cleric.

Among the Yoruba people, they will succeed as they did in the old Ilorin emirates when many natives of old Oyo empire enlisted in the army of Alimi’s descendants to invade villages under Oyo and capture their fellow kinsmen as slaves to be sold to the Portuguese.

All observations of history prove beyond doubt that giving colonies and settlements to Fulani people under the guise of land for grazing is very dangerous.

The Fulani is obsessed to conquer the South and take it from the ancestral owners like they did to the Hausas. The South owns the Ports and oil. It owns the best companies and rainforests. That is what they secretly want and not grazing land for cows.

With scattered Fulani settlements in the south, they will bring their clerics and launch a new phase of Jihads from our base…. Cattle colonies is a plan to conquer the South.

Herdsmen are foot soldiers of the Fulani empire and the demand for lands in the South is a first step in future to take over the ancestral lands of the Southern people".  (CONCLUDED).

I commend Mr. Ebiri for his courageous submission and I wholeheartedly concur with his conclusions and findings. He has said it all and there is very little left to say. 

It is left for the Nigerian people to either resist the attempt to Fulanise their entire nation by learning from the lessons of history, increasing their depth of knowledge, creating awareness about the formidable challenges with which they are faced and rise to the occassion or they can sit back, act as if there is no danger or threat and be indoctrinated, stripped of all they have and all they are, conquered, dehumanised, enslaved and overwhelmed. The choice is ours.

And if anyone still doubts the assertion that we are in mortal danger I would urge them to read the words of Professor Ango Abdullahi, the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum and a leading member of the Fulani cabal, in a recent interview with the Sunday Vanguard Newspaper where he told us "why herdsmen must kill", where he sought to defend, justify and rationalise the bestial and barbaric acts of mass murder, genocide and ethnic cleansing that the Fulani herdsmen and terrorists have unleashed on the people of the south and the Middle Belt and where he claimed that the British had "granted" what he described as "grazing routes" in the Middle Belt and the south to the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen as far back as 1914!

Never in the history of our country, other than during  the civil war, has mass murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, the slaughter of infants and babies, rape, destruction and the burning and pillaging and violent occupation of other peooles lands and homes been justified and defended in this way.

Professor Abdullahi has proved to the world that we are a nation of bloodthirsty barbarians and sociopaths where human life has no meaning and has no value.

His views reveal nothing but madness in its most brazen form and the truth is that this reckless and irresponsible elderly man is playing with fire and is courting nothing but disaster for his Fulani people. Simply put he is begging for war.

I am disgusted and appauled by his cold-blooded, blood-thirsty and blood-lusting mindset but I cannot say that I am surprised. That is their way and these are their thoughts!

In addition to Abdullahi's absurd and provocative submissions the skeptics shoud also read Professor Umar Muhammed Labdo's insulting assertions about Fulani supremacy and the Fulani being "born and destined to rule" over the whole of Nigeria.

If, after reading the contributions of these two supposedly "learned" Fulani men, some still do not understand what is going on or that we have a major challenge in this country, then such persons are indeed part of the problem and are in dire need of help.

Permit me to end the concluding part of this essay with the following.

To those who say that my words are too blunt, plain and harsh and that suggest that I should be more circumspect and temperate when discussing the powers that be in our country, the state of our nation, the Fulani invasion and our ruling Caliph, I say the following: I am the Servant of Truth and the Voice of the Voiceless.

If I do not speak up and say what others know but dare not say who will speak for the downtrodden, the enslaved, the weak, the oppressed, the slaughtered and the silent majority?

It is a calling and I cannot but do as I do and say as I say. I cannot but speak bluntly and plainly, calling a spade a spade.

In any case bullies, tyrants, conquering foreign hordes and alien invaders neither understand subtlety and restraint nor do they appreciate its nuances.

Worse still they misconstrue gentle words and a kind and generous disposition for weakness and this fuels and feeds their appetite for bestial acts and tyranny and encourages their naked aggression.

Unlike most I fear not the heathan hordes that seek to conquer and enslave our people nor the bloody sword or the mighty roar of the uncircumcised Philistines.

I fear not the armies of Rome nor the occultic Egyptians with their satanic covenants, ancient spells and powerful invocations.

And neither will I bow, quiver or tremble before the Chaldeans or the Amalekites that rule our land with their unelenting display of violence, barbarity and cruelty.

I am led by the Holy Spirit of the Living God and I trust in Him for all. He is my strength, my shield, my glory and the lifter of my head.

I am in the Lord's power and hands and not in that of my adversaries or the enemies of my people. Most importantly I am persuaded that He will never leave me or forsake me.

I am also guided by the wise counsel of our very own Nobel Laureate and celebrated bard, Professor Wole Soyinka, who wrote the following historic and powerful words in his famous book titled, 'The Man Died' many years ago.

He wrote, "the man died in him who remained silent in the face of tyranny".

Today I proclaim, may the man never die in any of us.

Again I am inspired by the compelling, beautiful and eternal words written by the great 19th century author and English sage, Thomas Babington Macauly,  in his famous poem titled 'Lays Of Ancient Rome'. He wrote,

"Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate: to every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.

And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his gods.

And for the tender mother who dandled him to rest, And for the wife who nurses his baby at her breast.

And for the holy maidens who feed the eternal flame, to save them from false Sextus that wrought the deed of shame?

Haul down the bridge, Sir Consul, with all the speed ye may; I, with two more to help me, will hold the foe in play".

Today I pray that we be like brave Horatius and hold the foe in play.

Finally I am strengthened and encouraged by the words of King David in Psalm 27 when he said,

"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

The Lord is t

Kano Govt. Builds N3bn Skills Acquisition Centre

The Kano state government is set to combat unemployment through the constant training of its youths in business and entrepreneurship.

The State governor, Umar Ganduje yesterday in Kano said the state government has in this regard commenced the building of an over N3bn worth of skill acquisition centre in the state.

The centre according to Ganduje is expected to provide training in different trades towards reducing unemployment and youth restiveness which are harmful to societal growth.

Addressing the 2nd National Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Kano, the Governor regretted that the state being the most populous state in Northern Nigeria is faced with high unemployment, a problem he said is peculiar with cosmopolitan cities.

Gov. Ganduje disclosed that so far, thousands of youths including tea vendors have been empowered technically and logistically towards starting and boosting their trades.

He equally disclosed his administration's drive to train 4000 teachers to better its educational sector.

He said already, the government has trained about 2000 teachers and hopes to train 2000 more.

According to him, part of the challenges of urbanization is high illiteracy which could equally be socially hazardous.

The state government however having screened and found that 80% of its teachers are unqualified has liaised with institutions of higher learning in the state towards training the teachers.

He said he considered training them instead of sacking them given their wealth of experience which could not be thrown out.

The governor is expected to take journalists round the state on a tour of projects by his administration today.

Lalong to henceforth work with youths

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, the RT Hon Simon Bako Lalong says his administration is committed to working with youths in the State.

Speaking at the swearing in ceremony of the Grand Kadi and Management Committee Chairmen of Wase and Mikang, the Governor further disclosed plans to engage more youths in his government.

He said the importance of bringing youths on board for the purpose of integration cannot be overemphasized.

He also admonished youths to be ambassadors of peace and togetherness.

The Governor's comments were in response to an appeal from Plateau State Youth Council. The letter signed by the Chairman of the Youth Council Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam, came after the dissolution of the State Executive Council by the Governor.

The Governor said, I have made this commitment as a response to a letter I received from the Plateau State Youth Council.

The PYC had written to him to consider youths in his next cabinet appointments.

The Dr. Fabong Jemchang led PYC's petition reads:

*08/02/2018*

*MAKING A CASE FOR THE PLATEAU YOUTH - AN APPEAL TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE RT HON SIMON BAKO LALONG, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, PLATEAU STATE.*

The call for the inclusion of youth in governance has been a topic of discussion in the course of state, national and global development. We are at a critical point in history now, and the need to mobilize competent youths to actively participate in governance cannot be overemphasized.

The Plateau State Youth Council wishes to seize this opportunity to remind His Excellency the Executive Governor of Plateau State, of the promises he made to the youths during his interaction with same, at the LARGER HOUSE prior to the general elections of 2015. We all recalled, His Excellency made it clear his intentions to work with the youths, using its robust policy of 3-E dimensional strategy namely; Employment, Empowerment and Engagement. This of course indicates government's recognition of the vital roles, youths play in nation building.

We applaud the series of engagement of the youths on various  programs through the Plateau State Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, the Plateau State Peace Building Agency and Office of the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Social Investment Program. Indeed the evidence are there for all to see.

Plateau Youth Council as the parent body of all the youths on the Plateau irrespective of their political orientation, tribal extraction and religious beliefs will like to call the attention of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Party faithfuls, Elder statesmen, and Power Brokers,  to the resolution assented to by Nigeria (Plateau State being a component) and member nations at the United Nations General Assembly, over 50 years ago which encouraged members of Nations to mainstream youths and young people in all facets of governance and the democratic process.

The current generation of youths are the largest in history. It is estimate that 60 -70% of the entire population of any given society and country is below 40 years of age. With a growing population falling under this age group, and also with the issues of political, social and economic exclusion, we should be concerned about our representation in all spares of governance.

Your Excellency Sir, it is unpleasant to note that youths have not been adequately involved in participation and inclusion beyond electoral participation.
Sir,  we wish to also draw to your attention to the fact that no member of your last cabinet was below 40 years of age.

Understandably, we have much improvement in youth representation in the appointments made so far by your administration as compared with the past, but this too, still falls below the expected. The youths of Plateau State have suffered a very low representation at the State Executive level of governance.

It is worthy of note that the most successful leaders of this nation achieved success at their youthful age, and no nation becomes prosperous without active youth engagement and participation. We at this point believe we are not too young to lead, and we also believe the elders are not too old to learn.

Koffi Annan, the Former United Nations Secretary General once said:

“Normally, when we need to know about something, we go to experts, but we tend to forget that when we want to know about youths and what they feel and what they want, that we should talk to them”

The entire 5 point Agenda of the Rescue Administration is youth centered, and we make bold to say that youths have a better perspective of the problems that affect them as such they need to be integrated in policy planning, implementation and evaluation for the policy to be a success.

On this note, we will like to make a passionate appeal to His Excellency for a forty five percent (45%) inclusion slot for the engagement of youths into governance, especially at positions of Commissioners in the next State Executive Council.

This we believe will increase critical planing, development, and productivity. Beyond being the leaders of tomorrow, we want to be partners of today.....

Finally we congratulate His Excellency on the so many strides achieved thus far particularly in the place of infrastructural development and the continuous peace building process.

God bless Plateau State Youth Council
God bless Plateau State
God bless Nigeria.

Build the Youth,
Build the Nation.

Signed
Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam
Chairman,
Plateau State Youth Council.

...and 15 people came out...the painful joys of an orphan twin

I was in a funeral some days back,it was a family of  four, the parents and their twins,now the mum and dad lost their lives to a fatal motor accident and left the two kids behind, just at the age of 10, male and female,all through the sermon the preacher kept emphasising on who was going to take care of the children?

Honestly it did not dawn on me to go very emotional though it was very pathetic, the preacher suddenly said "you have said a lot about the parents of this children, how they have been nice to you and helped you in different ways,therefore i want 5 people to volunteer to take the responsibility for these children from their education to feeding, accommodation, discipline and good home training"

Hmmm guess what? Almost 15 people came out, and all of them  were making promises of how the will help, support and be responsible for the kids, it was then that i began to weep for those kids because I have been there, done that,  I knew very well that only few amongst them could try to keep those promises.

I am a living witness,the same thing happened to my twin brother and myself,amongst all that made promises,the uncles,the aunts, and others,today only one person is keeping  that promise alive,and the more she does that,the more she gets blessed, mummy corrina, our corrie spice, you have really spiced up our lives, only God will continue to enrich, protect, guide you and open ways for you.

#sonsofJacob why make promises that you cant keep?

#daughtersofsarah God is watching your every step,dont forget that you also will die one day,how will you feel if the same thing happens to your children,when they are left alone to cater for themselves?to my younger twins,i can't promise you anything but only one thing, GOD WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU,DON't look up to all the people making you empty promises,just look up to God where your help comes from.

#doitforGod
#Godiswatching
#backtothebible
#theonlymanual.

Maimako Yitmang: The man that believes Plateau people must eat from Plateau soil before any other...

He has worked in the army, EFCC etc and he believes he has the capacity to deliver Plateau as Governor...

Let's watch...

Jos: Traffic Warden butchered in Zawang weeks after SARS raid

Barely three weeks after a raid by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Zawang, leading to the death of one and wounding of two, a retired Traffic Warden has been murdered in same community.

The Warden identified as Daniel Mallo, 58 was brutalized to death and was found in the pool of his blood yesterday, Samuel Shamang, his neighbour said.

Mr. Shamang who was tenant to the deceased said the attack took place at about 1am, Thursday morning, few hours after he (victim) returned from a trip.

"I heard strange noises, then a sound suggesting a struggle followed and I could hear the sound of besting.

"He was shouting and wailing but I couldn't go out because I was afraid. I told my wife it must be robbers or assassins.

"They battered him till he gave up the ghost and was found lying in the pool of his blood at about 5am," Shamang told reporters.

Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, Tyopev Terna confirmed the incident saying investigations had commenced into the case.

He said, "On the 15/02 /2018 at about 0600hrs, the Bukuru Police Division received a report that at about 0300hrs one retired Assistant Superintendent of Traffic who last served in A Division in Metro Area Command was attacked in his residence at Dorowa in Jos South local government area in Plateau State.

"He mobilised his people to the scene of the crime and on arrival he found the AST in the pool of his own blood.

"He was immediately taken to OLA Hospital Zawan where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. Investigation is on to track down and arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act."

Last week in the same community, a group of youths were reported to have invaded the Zawang College of Health in violent protests, destroying properties in student hostels and wounding few.

The incident took place after a member of the community was caught stealing valuables from the hostels on a Sunday morning after breaking in, and was brutalized by the students.

According to the Plateau Police spokesperson, Tyopev Terna, arrests have been made in connection to the attack.

He said, "There was a misunderstanding in the College of Health Zawan but the situation is under control now.

"Suspects were arrested and they are being investigated."

The college is however said to have shutdown indefinitely since the incident.

Jos: 27yr old dies after alleged Police brutality

A 27 year old man, Mr. Jerry John has died in Jos, Plateau State after allegedly undergoing torture in Police cell.

Mr. John was arrested in Jenta Mangoro community near Pollo Club, Jos two weeks ago on charges of theft, sources say.

He was reportedly contracted to offload some goods from a truck along with two others, which they declined having failed to reach an agreement on the wage bill.

It was however learnt that the driver of the truck later reported the disappearance of some of the goods, thus inviting the police to investigate.

Mr. John was however the only one picked after an alleged conspiracy between the owner of the goods and police operatives to have him dealt with.

Sources say the 27 year old began being tortured from the point of arrest, an experience he underwent for three days before being released on bail.

A family source said he reported being tortured with electric tasers and police battens the day he was released.

Shortly after, he began coughing out blood, the source said.

According to the source, John was placed on pain killers for two days after which he was diagnosed with internal bleeding.

The source said the young man collapsed few hours after manifesting some relieve and was confirmed dead when he was rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos.

Mr. John's bail according to a source who witnessed the signing of the conditions was granted for the sum of N7000 with agreements that the bail party would pay N500,000 should he disappear.

As at the time of this report, efforts were still being made to get details of the arrest and treatment meted on the deceased at the A-Division Police station Jos.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna however expressed shock at the report, saying torture was a banned action in the Police Force.

"Even armed robbers are not tortured let alone someone that is suspected of theft," he said.

He promised to investigate the matter and report back but however expressed reservations that the deceased could have been sick or injured in a fight with the man that allegedly set him up before being arrested.

Plateau: Again, three killed in Miango

By Ive Gulu,

Three people have been killed in Zangwra community of Miango district, in what residents say is yet another attack by herdsmen.

The three were said to have met their death while returning home on a motorcycle while two others escaped with injuries.

Those killed include Mr. John Esije. 32, Mr. Monday Nzwe 38, and Mr. Saku Giyeri, 41yrs.

The survivors identified as Mr. Sunday Bala, 33 and Mr. Gudu Gara, 25 were said to have ben taken to an undisclosed hospital.

Speaking to newsmen, the District head of Miango, Daniel Chega regretted that the attack comes after series of security meetings and agreements with security agencies and the Fulani leaders aimed at ending the killings.

Residents of the area had trooped out en masse, to protest against the killings but were calmed down by the village chief.

As at time of this report, the STF Spokesperson, Major Umar Adams, when contacted said he was yet to be briefed but requested to confirm and call back.

Plateau United in historic CAF championship match

History will  be made in Plateau State tomorrow, (Sunday) as the administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong and Plateau United Football Club would for the first time in the history of sports, play host to prestigious Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League.

The team will also play in the tournament.

The “Lalong Boys”, as they are popularly called, will be playing “Eding Sport Football Club of Cameroon”, who are also Champions of the Cameroonian League, at the New Jos Stadium on Zaria Road in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
  

It will be recalled  that Plateau United FC, last year were crowned League Champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the first time in the club’s history and during Governor Simon Lalong’s administration, after beating Rangers International Football Club on the last day of the League.

Playing in the CAF Champions’ League is a new terrain for the Coach Kennedy Boboye tutored side. 

With the way Plateau United surprised most football pundits by going all the way to win the League last season, when in the previous season they battled relegation for most of the season before ending in the 8thposition, pundits would not want to bet against them giving a good representation in this year’s CAF Champions League. 

Though Plateau United may not have Continental experience like Enyimba of Aba and Kano Pillars FC of Kano, expectations   from the team are however high.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong have played a big role n the team last year, when the team won the NPFL. The Governor supportrf the team financially.

Expectations are high as the new stadium is also hosting an International for the first time since it was constructed.

Credit: Samson Omale

Plateau: G17 hails Lalong for dissolving cabinet, seeks youth and women representation in next appointments

The Plateau Youth G17 group has called on Gov. Simon Lalong to consider young people and be gender sensitive when appointing his next set of Commissioners.

This according to it is to engender "credibility, technical competence, integrity, experience and above all fear of God in the next Commissioners which was lacking in the immediate past commissioners."

A statement by its Coordinator, Musa Bagos regrets that youth and women were absent in the dissolved cabinet.

Expressing delight over the dissolution of the cabinet, the group said, "There is need to have youth appointed commissioners and women should be given attention in the next appointment as women representation in the past commissioners were poor.

"The Governor should be well-guided in his choices and not place compensation of party loyalists without sound competencies and capabilities.

"Credible and competent Commissioners with proven integrity and good antecedents have the propensity to taking the State to greatness and development.

"There are young people and women who over time have demonstrated enough capacities, competence, credibility, integrity, expertise and fear of God that could be considered for appointments across the 17 LGAs to transform the fortunes of the State and take the State to enviable height.

"There are many young professionals who are excelling and doing the State and nation proud who could be called to serve as Commissioners."

ELRATAM @ 20: Explosive Praise and Worship Underway Today

The ELRATAM gospel ministry is set to host an explosive praise and worship session in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

The events billed for 8am and 3pm at COCIN Jiyep, Hwolshe and Isuju event centre, Apollo Crescent Jos respectively is expected to feature performances by highly reputed gospel ministers in Jos.

It is also expected to feature a thought provoking message by the COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dacholom Datiri.

Attendance according to organizers is free and open to all.

Red Cross Seeks Support for Vulnerable Groups in Plateau State

The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Plateau State branch says it will work with all stakeholders in the state towards building a stronger and effective society that will respond to emergency situations with the required professionalism.

According to it, it is ready to provide support to all vulnerable groups including victims of disasters, epidemics, and the poorest in both urban and rural areas with particular focus on women and children, the aged and the displaced among others.

A statement by its Secretary, Manasseh Panpe therefore solicits the support and cooperation of all stakeholders including Government, nongovernmental organizations, religious bodies and community associations among others towards the attainment of this mandate.

The statement highlights new developments in the branch towards better articulation of its goals and objectives to include the election of new exco to lead the body for a period of four years.

The statement reads:

"The Nigeria Red Cross Society, Plateau State Branch now has a new Executive Committee Members to run the affairs of the Branch for the next four years. The EXCO, made up of twelve members has a onetime Federal Commissioner, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Chief John M. Mankilik as Chairman.

"Other members of the committee include:
Prof. S.U. Fwatshak – Vice Chairman, Justice Nafisat Lawal Musa – Treasurer, Barr. Izang Azi Madaki – Legal Adviser, Usman Masara Kim – Information Adviser, Barr. Sunday Yakubu – Divisional Relations Adviser, Dapiring Tobias Bribgwe – Training Adviser, Pam Danladi Yohana – Youth Adviser, Dr. Ozoilo Keneth – Health Adviser, Yunana Arin – Finance & Planning Adviser, Mrs. Ewarewah Pauline Ebimone and Yawale Muhammad – Fund Raising Adviser. 

"The EXCO to serve for a period of four years, emerged after a transparent, free and fair election, by delegates made up of Divisional Chairpersons of the RED CROSS from 15 Divisions out of the 17 Local Governments of Plateau State.

"The election was conducted by an electoral committee, set up by the Branch EXCO and supervised by officials from the National Headquarters following the expiration of tenure of the immediate past EXCO.

"With this new development, the Red Cross in the State is assuring of its readiness to work with all relevant stakeholders in the state towards the building of a stronger and effective National Society that will continue to respond to emergency situations with the required professionalism, which forms its core objectives.

"The Branch of the RED CROSS therefore assures of its readiness to provide support to vulnerable people who include victims of disasters, epidemics, and the poorest in both urban and rural areas amongst whom are women and children, the aged and the displaced among others.

"The State Branch therefore wishes to solicit the support and cooperation of all stakeholders including Government, nongovernmental organizations, religious bodies and community associations among others towards the attainment of this mandate."

NTA TVC Rectors Cup Finals Hold Today

All is now set for the finals of the Rectors Cup sports tournament, organized by the NTA Television college, Jos.

The exercise billed for today being Friday the 9th of February, 2018, at the TVC sports arena by 3:30pm will see the 400L class facing Diploma 2 in the football section.

Same 400L class will be facing their 100L counterparts in the Volleyball section.

The semifinals of the people badminton phase of the competitions are also expected to be played between 300L Tepjosa students and the Engineering students of the college.

Winners of that round of the competition face the 200L Tepjosa students for the finals shortly after.

Today's games which were decided yesterday saw 400l defeating 200l by 3:0, thus making it to the finals of the football competitions.

Similarly, Diploma 2 defeated diploma 1 by 2:0 to make it to the finals.

The finals of the competitions are expected to be witnessed by representatives of NTA, Rhythm FM, PRTV, Jay FM, KT FM, Highland FM and Plateau United.

Other sport games to be played today include scramble, chess and table tennis.

We want back our lands forcefully occupied by Fulani, Rep ID Gyang tells FG

The member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Istifanus Gyang has called on the Federal Government to urgently recover lands being occupied by Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria.

Hon. Gyang while speaking at Plenary during yesterday's seating of the House of Representatives also charged the FG to undertake the reconstruction of the communities displaced and destroyed by violent Herdsmen attacks.

According to him, any effort aimed at bringing the "senseless and barbaric" killings to an end would aide socioeconomic development in the country.

Gyang speaking on a motion by Hon. Sunday Katung, member representing Zango Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency of Kaduna State on the need to include Kaduna and Plateau among states affected by Herdsmen/Farmer crisis to be visited by the National Economic Council Working Group Sub Committee disclosed that over 44 villages in his constituency are currently under forceful occupation by the Herdsmen.

He submitted that the NEC committee    visit would bring the government face to face with the "lamentable" situation in the Constituency and other communities in Plateau State.

The rep member drew the attention of the house to the continuing attacks on Irigwe and Manguna communities in Bassa and Bokkos LGs respectively, a situation he said calls for decisive actions by security agencies towards arresting the killings.

Plateau Rep member, ID Gyang builds 90 market shops for constituents in Ganawuri

Nigerian House of Reps member, Istifanus Gyang has commenced the building of 90 public shops for use by his constituents in Ganawuri, Riyom LGA, Plateau State.

Viewpoint Nigeria reports that the project sited in Ganawuri market, comprising 80 open and 10 lockup shops is the second of its kind in the LGA by Hon. Gyang.

The lawmaker according to Viewpoint Nigeria had flagged off a similar project in Hoss Market, Riyom LGA.

Viewpoint Nigeria reports that the projects are in fulfillment of Gyang's campaign promises of bringing democratic dividends to the people.

The markets according to the report are aimed at providing employment opportunities towards boosting socioeconomic development in the LGA.

Plateau: Fulani Caught Selling Crops Looted During Daffo Attacks

About 50 bags of Irish potatoes, "stolen" during the recent attacks in Plateau's Josho village of Daffo district, Bokkos LGA, were on Monday seen loaded on a truck and conveyed to the market, reports say.

Unconfirmed social media reports say the crops belonging to one Mr. Samuel Mashingil were "stolen" on the day of the attack from his farm in Fosong village, near Josho, "fully loaded in a car from Manguna and taken to Maikatako market by the Fulani herdsmen."

A source said the issue was reported on social media but not to security operatives.

He said the suspects were known individuals around the community who were sighted among the Josho attackers.

Other reported instances of theft during the attacks include the looting of 100 measures of rice, 16 bags of maize, 5 bags of fertilizer and some bales of wrappers.

"One bag of local rice 100 majors, was stolen from the residence of Mr Mahan Patrick meant for his wedding. It was taken on a Bajaj motorcycle and driven through (Azuyat) before his house was set on fire.

"Five Aquila loaded with women rappers where also stolen and taking on Bajaj motorcycle straight to Fulani residence in (Hatiu) within Josho, stolen from the residence of John Mallau before his house was also set ablaze.

Five bags of fertilizer where stolen from the residence of Mrs Shettu Albarka taking to (Hatiu) Fulani settlement on a Bajaj motorcycle before her residence was set ablaze

"About five huts containing maize estimated at 16 bags in the residence of Mai Angwa Tikkit Mallau, were loaded in bags transported on various motorcycle by the Fulani herdsmen to (Hatiu) before his entire house was set on fire."

Authorities have not commented on the reports but enquiries were sent as at the time of publishing this report.

LG Polls Postponement: PYC Calls for Ceasefire on Social Media

The Plateau State Youths Council (PYC) has called on youths in the state to be responsible in the use of social media on the recent postponement of the earlier scheduled local government elections in the state.

The Council wants youths not to "overheat the polity with posts and comments that have the potential to incite, harm or cause chaos."

A statement by its Chairman, Dr. Fabong Jemchang says "It is always wise to gauge both sides of an argument before forming an opinion on any matter."

Matters of security, the statement says should transcend emotions and sentiments.

The statement says while the PYC is eager for timely elections, it is convinced the cancellation of the polls is in the best interest of the state, in view of the security concerns in the state.

It says, "Learning from history has help us avert mistakes of the past.

"We had pledged to be reliable partners in the Peace Building process of the state.

"We are also committed to sustaining peace at all levels because of the place we occupy in the society."

The full statement reads:

*PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PLATEAU STATE YOUTH COUNCIL ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS IN PLATEAU STATE*

We received with mixed feelings the announcement by the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission of the postponement of the much anticipated local government elections which was earlier slated for 17th February 2018.

Understandably, PLASIEC took the decision on the premise of the advise from the various security agencies on the Plateau. The various reports were not in favour of a successful and peaceful elections.

We are not ignorant of the security challenges we are facing as a people, and this we believe has a great impact on the planned elections. Security reasons for the postponement of the planned LG elections are valid, because government must ensure the safety of its citizens and their properties first.

Inasmuch as Plateau State Youth Council is desirous of having elected representatives of the people at the local level, we are convinced beyond doubt to accept the postponement and comply with PLASIEC and the relevant security agencies at this time. Learning from history has help us avert mistakes of the past.

We had pledged to be reliable partners in the Peace Building process of the state. We are also committed to sustaining peace at all levels because of the place we occupy in the society.

We call on the youths on the Plateau to be responsible in the use of social media and not to over heat the polity with posts and comments that has the potential to incite, harm or cause chaos. For it is always wise to gauge both sides of an argument before forming an opinion on any matter. Matters of security should transcend our emotions and sentiments.

As a responsible body, we are ever ready to support the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission when a suitable date for the election is announced. We also cease this opportunity to call on the security agencies to deliver on the promises of securing lives and properties and government should also intensify efforts to beef up security through the provisions of logistics and provide a conducive atmosphere for the elections.

Plateau youths must understand the times and we must rise above our limitations and be the change we wish to see. These are interesting times we must first get behind us the myriads of issues that has threatened our unity, and start walking the talk.

God bless Plateau State Youth Council
God bless Plateau State
God bless Nigeria

Signed:
Dr. Fabong Jemchang Fabong
Chairman,
Plateau State Youth Council
6th February, 2018

After Apologizing for Lalong, German businessman Slams Postponement of Plateau LG Polls

By Nandom Kura

The postponement of the proposed local government polls in Plateau state by the State's Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), earlier slated for Saturday 17th February, 2018 to a yet to be announced date on the pretext of security, was a sheer face saving antic by the Lalong led APC administration in the state from the imminent defeat that awaits the party at the polls; Mr. Dennis Yillah has observed.

In a press statement signed by the Director Yillah foundation, Mr. Dennis Danladi Yillah, and made available to newsmen in Jos, the philanthropist maintained that the postponement was widely predicted from the body language of the electoral body, which showed lack of preparedness to entrench democratic governance at the grassroots.

"We have it on good authority that a team of researchers headed by a professor, commissioned by the APC administration in Plateau state to investigate the possibility of the party winning substantially in the scheduled local government polls, churned out a damning report that indicated APC will win in only 3 LGAs, while the remaining 14 were certain to be swept by the opposition PDP" The statement is quoted as saying.

It is rather self-contradictory for an administration that counts the return of peace as its greatest achievement since coming on board, to now renege on its promise to conduct the local government polls in the state on the pretext of security concerns, the statement posited.

"Despite spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers resources to stage concerts and carnivals to celebrate the return of peace in Plateau state, it amounts to chewing one's words, and an affront on the intelligence of Plateau citizens for the government to now turn around and suspend the election, citing security reports as the basis. We all know that one area the citizens cannot demand further explanation to is when security is cited as the reason, hence the government chose to tow that uncharitable path as a plausible excuse", the statement further averred.

"With this development, it is either the government has come to the regrettable admission that the most talked about peace being restored in the state by the Lalong administration was a lie, or the reason being cited for the postponement of the election is farther from the truth.

"Either ways, the government has displayed high level of insincerity in its dealings with the citizens, which is a breach of its cardinal duty to the electorate.

"We demand the immediate sacking of PLASIEC Chairman, Mr. Fabian Ntung for showing gross incompetence in the discharge of his duty.

"This is because prior to his announcement of the postponement, there was nothing on ground by the electoral body to show any sign of seriousness to exercise its function.

"We are aware of the provisions of the electoral law that provides for the display of voters register 30 days before the scheduled date, but less than two weeks to the proposed date, the electoral body had not fulfilled this condition precedent, only for the commission to come out shamelessly telling Plateau people that it was ready for the exercise before it received security reports that showed the peaceful conduct of the polls was improbable.

"The only way Plateau people will restore their  confidence in the electoral body to serve as an unbiased umpire in the local government polls is by replacing the PLASIEC Chairman with an untainted personality before the next scheduled date to superintendent the exercise.

"It is most regrettable that the blatant falsehood of insecurity in Plateau state is emanating from government sources, thereby heightening the fears of investors from coming to invest in the state. 

"It is counterproductive for the same government that globetrots in search of foreign investors to turn around and postpone election citing security concerns. How will such investors be confident to come and invest in Plateau since the government of the state itself is confirmimg that the security of lives and investments cannot be guaranteed?
Such reasons can only give foreign media grounds to further portray the Plateau as a battlefield, having I'm mind the previous bloothbaths that were recorded in the state. This is a great disservice to my beloved Plateau state, which the governor must apologize for with immediate effect."

Breaking News: PLASIEC Postpones LG Polls Over Insecurity

The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has announced an indefinite cancellation of the earlier scheduled February elections in the state.

Chairman of the Commission, Fabian Ntung told journalists in Jos this afternoon that the move is in compliance with a security advice.

See attached press release as we bring you details of the press briefing shortly.

10,500 Militia Allegedly Sent to Attack Plateau, Others, Sponsored by Security Chiefs, Yahaya Kwande, Others

Former Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Yahaya Kwande and member representing Jos North north constituency in the Plateau House of Assembly, Baba Hassan have been fingered as having contributed to the success of an impending jihad in Plateau and four other states.

An unconfirmed letter to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria, supposedly leaked and shared by a security source also lists efforts by a Plateau based businessman, Dan China and top security heads towards the religious cleansing.

According to the document, 10,500 militia men have been deployed to Plateau, Benue, Bauchi, Kaduna and Taraba with 1,700 rifles and several sacks of ammunitions.

It says, "Those we deployed to Jos have spread to every Village So also Makurdi and Kaduna. Taraba and Bauchi.

"To those in Makurdi, we supplied them with twelve (12) sacks of ammunition. Those in Jos, eight (8) sacks and to those in Kaduna, nine (9) sacks.

"To those in Taraba, ten (10) sacks and Six (6) sacks to Bauchi.

"All in all with One thousand seven hundred (1,700) rifles and ten thousand live hundred (10,500) Militia Men."

The document purportedly written in Hausa language and translated in English highlights the contributions of top Muslim figures thus:

"We have seen the message sent to us by the Custom Boss: he gave us twenty five (25) Hilux vans which Alh Abuhakar Zaki Duniya received in Katstna and brought them to Maiduguri And in Jos Dan China gave us Ten (10) Vectra cars together with military uniforms.

"Samaila Mohanimed gave us two (2) Hilux. Hassan Baba (Member representing Jos North North in the Plateau State House of Assembly) gave us three (3) drums of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

"Yahaya Kwande gave four (4) 406 Peugeot."

The document particularly lists Ebomi Christian Ministries of Prophet Isa El Buba, Jos for attack.

"We would ensure that ElBubas Satanic building is a gathering with his people if not, he will continue to tarnish Muslims.

"Our leaders said that he should be arrested which is why lawal Daura (Director General of DSS) sent for his arrest."

Last week, Taraba state Governor, Ishaku Dairus raised alarm over an impending attack in the state but it is not sure if it was in connection to this purported letter.

Police authorities have not commented on the threat despite an enquiry sent by MKB.

However, a chat with a security source suggested that investigations are on into the issue.

The full document reads:

We are happy over what we heard. which our Leader have spoken of which General Akilu M. and Hafeez Ringim. Chief of Air Staff Sadiq Abubakar and General Buratai (Chief of Army Staff) and Danbazau {Minister of Interior): and Mansur Dan Ali [Minister of Defence). Brigadier General Rabiu Abubakar, Abubakar Malami (Attorney General and Minister of Justice). Brigadier General Mohammed Bello. Ibrahim lnspector General of Police). and Mohammed D. Abubakar {former Inspector General Of Police}. and Bosses of Custom and Immigration and our Traditional Rulers, Emirs). They said we should continue. that all of them are solidly behind us to defend us. so long as it is Jihad we are doing. That no One would touch us. Those we deployed to Jos have spread to every Village So also Makurdi and Kaduna. Tax-aha and Bauchi. To those in Makurdi we supply to them twelve (12 sacks of ammunition those in Jos. Eight (8) sacks to those in Kaduna Nine (9) Sacks. those in Taraba ten (10) sacks. and Six (6) sacks to Bauchi. All in all with One thousand seven hundred (1,700) rifles and ten thousand live hundred (10,500) Militia Men. Now what we are telling you is that we have already came and we have deployed them. All our States (to States that are predominantly Muslims) are now united without sectarial differences of Islam. Groups. we are telling you the exploits our leaders are doing of which at all times they are giving us Vehicles and also protect us. We have seen the message sent to us by the Custom Boss: he gave us twentyfive (25) Hilux. of which Alh Abuhakar Zaki Duniya received them in Katstna and brought them to Maiduguri And in Jos Dan China gave us Ten [10) Vectra 8 together With military Uniforms. Samaila Mohanimed gave us two (2) Hilux. Hassan Baba {Member representing Jos North North in the Plateau State House of Assembly} gave us three (3) drums of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Yahaya Kwande gave four (4) 406 Peugeot. We would ensure that ElBubas Satanic building is a gathering with his people If not. He will continue to tarnish Muslims Our Leaders said that he should be

arrested. which is why lawal Daura (Director General of DSS) sent for his arrest.