Headlines: Governors Clash With Buhari, BBNaija Housemate Attempted Suicide, IPOB Makes New Plan

President Muhammadu Buhari


Again, Southern govs, others tackle Buhari over grazing sites’ order

On Friday, Southern state governors, including Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, and Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, confronted President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) over the order to review 368 grazing sites in 25 states across the country with dispatch.

Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural organisation; Ohanaeze, an Igbo socio-cultural group; and the Pan Niger Delta Forum, among others, have all spoken out against the President’s order.

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The decision of the Federal Government to go ahead with the plan to review the establishment of grazing sites across the country, despite stiff opposition from the people of Southern Nigeria, has shocked governors and groups in the region.

On May 11, seventeen southern governors convened in Asaba, Delta State’s capital, under the auspices of the Southern Governors’ Forum to discuss the region’s insecurity and other issues.

The forum, chaired by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria in a 12-point communiqué dubbed the Asaba Declaration.

The governors claimed that armed herders and bandits had infiltrated the southern part of the country, posing a serious security threat to citizens who were no longer able to go about their daily lives.

As a result, they resolved in their communiqué to prohibit open grazing of cattle throughout Southern Nigeria, citing the increased killings and rape of women perpetrated by armed herders in the region.

The governors declared, “Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the South (including cattle movement to the South by foot).”

The states of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers make up southern Nigeria.

After a barrage of criticism from the Presidency, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the 17 state governors met again in Lagos on July 5 to reaffirm their stance on the Asaba Declaration.

President Buhari, unconcerned about the southern governors’ opposition to the revival of old grazing routes or sites, approved the recommendations of a committee on Thursday to review 368 grazing sites in 25 states to determine the extent of encroachment.

Mr Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, revealed this in a statement titled, “President Buhari approves review of grazing reserves in 25 states.”

After approving the recommendations of a committee chaired by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Buhari issued the directive.

BBNaija: I attempted suicide twice – Cross

Cross, a housemate on the ongoing reality television show Big Brother Naija, also known as BBNaija, has revealed that he attempted suicide twice before joining the show.

During a diary session with Big Brother on Friday, he revealed this.

Cross, who was speaking about a Big Brother task titled “Mental health” that will be presented in a later show, urged the Nigerian health sector to take mental health seriously as a means of reducing suicide attempts.

The housemate blamed Nigerian parents for failing to take mental health seriously in their children, promising to do his best when he becomes a father.

“I attempted suicide twice, but at the end of the day, I was successful,” he said.

“I believe that physicians in this country must take this issue seriously. Our parents don’t talk to their children enough to diagnose their mental health.

“I’ll be a father one day, maybe in a year or two, but all I want to do is give my children the best.”

IPOB Supporters March To British, Kenya Embassies, Protest Nnamdi Kanu’s Detention 

The protesters gathered in large numbers and began a protest march to the two embassies, according to a video obtained.

Supporters of Biafra and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra staged a protest outside the British and Kenyan embassies in Germany, protesting the Nigerian government’s continued detention of Biafra’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The protesters gathered in large numbers and began a protest march to the two embassies, according to a video obtained.

The agitators, most of whom were dressed in Biafra garb, were seen waving flags and calling out to passers-by, announcing the start of the march to demand the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained by the Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) since June.

Some protesters held placards with the hashtag #FreeNnamdiKanu, revealing the march’s purpose on Saturday morning.

In June, Kenyan security forces apprehended Kanu and extradited him to Nigeria. He appeared before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja for a brief hearing.

The Nigerian government has accused the separatist leader of terrorism and treason, among other things.

His next hearing is set for October 21, after DSS agents failed to bring him to court on July 26, forcing Nyako to postpone his trial.

Kanu has been at odds with Nigeria’s government for some time.

He demanded a sovereign state, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of assisting and abetting Fulani herdsmen in the South-East.

Alcohol, Wet dream, others not sin, tithe not ticket to heaven – Catholic Priest, Fr Kelvin

A Nigerian Catholic Priest serving in Malawi, Fr Kelvin Ugwu has countered some pastors on controversial doctrines bothering on intake of alcoholic drinks, wearing of trousers by ladies, nocturnal emission, tithing and others.

Ejes Gist News reports that most Nigerian pastors have constantly preached against alcoholism, wearing of trousers by ladies and inability to pay tithes.

Popular churches like the renowned Deeper Life Bible Church banned female worshippers from wearing of trousers, tagging defaulters as sinners.

Similarly, most prosperity preaching pastors in the country have attributed poverty amongst members in the church to their inability to remit their tithes and offerings.

However, in a post on his verified Facebook page, the Catholic priest damned those doctrines and preachings, stating that tithe is not a guarantee for making heaven.

Fr Kelvin also revealed that nocturnal emission which is informally called sex dream or sleep orgasm is not a demonic attacker as perceived by many men of God. According to him, it is a normal thing in human life.

He wrote, “Let is make this more explicit. Eating of pork is not a sin. Wearing trousers for ladies is not a sin.
Drinking alcohol is not a sin.

“Not paying tithe will not take you to hell.
Paying tithe is not a ticket to heaven.
Owl is not devilish.

“Wall geckos and cats at your windows have nothing to do with your village people.

“Speaking in tongues is not for everyone and you don’t learn it and you don’t forge it.
There is nothing like spiritual husband.
Wet dream or nocturnal emission is normal. It is not a sin.

“The earlier you emancipate yourself from these falsehoods, the better”.



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