Aare Ona Kakanfo: Tinubu Congratulates Gani Adams, Alaafin

All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has congratulated leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, on his appointment as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Tinubu also congratulated the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, for breaking the 19 years hiatus in picking another nominee for the prestigious title.
Maintaining that Gani Adams richly deserves the appointment, Tinubu said the OPC leader has never left anyone in doubt over his resolve to fight for the interest of the Yoruba race.
In a letter to Adams dated October 17, 2017, the former Lagos governor commended him for having a steely heart.
The APC leader said in the letter: “Dear Otunba, I congratulate you on your appointment as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
“With this, you have joined the elite rank of generalissimos in Yorubaland.
“You deserve this honour. You have a heart of steel. You have never left anyone in doubt about your resolve and readiness to fight for and defend the interest of Yoruba race.
“In Yorubaland, particularly in the old Oyo Empire, the position of Aare Ona Kakanfo has always been a significant one
“You are now the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo. Going through the list of those who have occupied the position, you come with an extra youth, vigour and vitality, which would be an added advantage as you forge ahead in the service of our people.
“I rejoice with you and wish you well as you assume this leadership mantle”.
In the letter to Alaafin, Tinubu said: “May I congratulate you Kabiyesi, Iku Baba Yeye, over the appointment of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland
“You have accomplished another important task. You have broken the 19 years hiatus in picking another nominee for this prestigious title.
“Otunba Gani Adams’ appointment comes after the demise of the last occupant of the office, Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12 election, who died in incarceration in 1998.
“I commend you Kabiyesi for the thorough search which produced the Oodua People’s Congress Leader as the next occupant.
“While wishing you renewed strength, good health and continued successful reign, I also wish the new Aare Ona Kakanfo a glorious tenure”.

God Forbid, I Will Never Return To PDP – Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has vowed never to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obasanjo spoke with journalists after he met with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, behind-closed-doors.

The meeting was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta and lasted for one hour.

At the end of the meeting, Obasanjo told journalists, “I have told the chairman that I was in PDP before but not now. God forbid, say when a dog vomits, it will go back to eat its vomit, no. I have said no partisan politics for me again and not partisan politics, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us part and anything that concerns Nigeria; the good of Nigeria, you will see my involvement.

“So, the chairman has come to greet me and ‘I greet am’, and now that we’ve greeted ourselves, Chairman will be going, you gentlemen and ladies of the press, you can now go, leave the chairman alone.

Obasanjo was elected twice on the PDP platform.

He also served as the chairman of the party’s board of trustees.

Irreconcilable differences between him and the party in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election made him tear his party card publicly with a vow to quit partisan politics.



Mugabe Appoints Minister for ‘Whatsapp and Facebook’

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has created a ministry to punish “rats” who make use of the cyberspace to attack his government.

Appointed as head of this new Cyber Security, Threat Detection, and Mitigation ministry is Patrick Chinamasa who is a former Finance minister.

Zimbabweans have joked about the development, claiming Chinamasa’s appointment makes him the “minister of WhatsApp and Facebook”.

However, Chinamasa’s first job, it seems, is to get rid of, or regulate the use of Whatsapp and Facebook, raising serious concerns over freedom of expression, access to information and a clampdown on social media messaging.

Zimbabwe actually did, in fact, issue new rules on using WhatsApp, in the country. The rules order groups to be registered and for the administrator of the group to have government level clearance.

It can be argued that Mugabe issued these new rules in order to tone down the rate of inflation in the country via rumors but one can’t but wonder if it isn’t to maintain Mugabe’s 37-year reign, so he could clinch another victory in 2018 presidential elections.

Buhari Angry Over Governors’ Refusal To Pay Workers’ Salaries, Allowances

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed concern on the growing complaints and agitations by workers in states over unpaid salaries and allowances, in spite of interventions by the Federal Government.

The President made his feelings known when he received a group of governors led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdul’Aziz Yari, at the State House, Abuja.

The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243.795 billion.

A breakdown of the payment, showed that Abia got N5.72 billion; Adamawa, N6.11 billion; Akwa Ibom, N10 billion; Anambra, N6.12 billion; Bauchi, N6.88 billion; Bayelsa, N10 billion; Benue, N6.85 billion; and Borno N7.34 billion.

Cross River got N6.08 billion, Delta, N10 billion; Ebonyi, N4.51 billion; Edo, N6.09 billion; Ekiti, N4.77 billion; Enugu, N5.36 billion; Gombe, N4.47 billion; Imo, N7 billion; Jigawa, N7.11 billion; and Kaduna, N7.72 billion.

Kano got N10 billion, Katsina, N8.2 billion; Kebbi, N5.98 billion; Kogi, N6.03 billion; Kwara, N5.12 billion; Lagos, N8.37 billion; Nasarawa, N4.55 billion; Niger, N7.2 billion; and Ogun, N5.7 billion.

The others were Ondo, N7 billion; Osun, N6.3 billion; Oyo, N7.9 billion; Plateau, N5.64 billion; Rivers, N10 billion; Sokoto, N6.44 billion; Taraba, N5.61 billion; Yobe, N5.41 billion; Zamfara, N5.44 billion; and the Federal Capital Territory, N684 million.

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The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995 and 2002.

However, President Buhari said the plight of workers in the states needed urgent attention as many could barely survive.

“How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid their salaries for months.

“I actually wonder how the workers feed their families, pay their rents and even pay school fees for their children,’’ he said.

The President told the governors that two out of the three-pronged focus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure the country and fight corruption had received some commendable reviews by the people.

He further noted that the challenge in payment of salaries in states had taken a toll on the people.

President Buhari said the Federal Government and state executives would need to work closely together to ameliorate the situation of workers across the country.

He added, “God has been merciful in hearing the prayers of his servants so the rainy season has been good, you can ask the Kebbi State Governor on this, and our enormous food importation bill has gone down.’’

The President said he had instructed all government agencies to comply with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in order to ensure more transparency and prudence in accounting for the revenues of the government and the sharing of entitlements with states.

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In his remark, the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum said the various interventions by the Federal Government, which included the bailouts, were judiciously utilized by the states.

He stressed that the governors inherited backlog of unpaid salaries and huge debts portfolios on assumption of office.

“We are concerned with the situation in our states, and we are trying our best to manage the resources,’’ he said.

Yari noted that the bailout funds, and part of the fallout from the London-Paris Club that had been received by the states, were properly expended to alleviate the plight of workers, but more had to be done.

The NGF chairman also commended the efforts of the President in improving the economy.

He assured that the states would continue working with the Federal Government to improve the livelihood of workers and all Nigerians.

Governors of Ondo, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kwara, Akwa Ibom and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State among those who visited the President.

Senator Abaribe In Trouble For Standing As Surety For Kanu

Senator Eyninnaya Abaribe who stood as surety for Nnamdi Kanu, the missing leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is in trouble over his inability to produce Kanu in court.

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered Senator Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for the IPOB leader, to produce him in court or risk jail term or forfeit their N300m bail bond.

Daily Trust reports that Kanu was absent at the Court as the treason case against him began on Tuesday.

However, co-defendants: Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi were in court for the trial.

Kanu was granted bail by the judge on April 24, 2017.

A lawyer, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, who appeared for Abaribe, informed the judge ‎that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety.

‎The two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer.

‎But Justice Nyako said Abaribe’s motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.

The judge gave the senator three options.

She asked Abaribe to produce the defendant in court and then apply to be discharged as a surety.

She also gave Abaribe the option to forfeit his N100m bail bond.

The third option ‎was for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.

Earlier, prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran urged the judge to revoke defendant’s bail, order for his arrest, and direct the defendants’ three sureties “to show cause why the bail bond of N100m entered into by each shall not be forfeited or they be committed to prison.”

Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce him in court.

The trial has been adjourned until November 20.

Aare Ona Kakanfo: Afenifere Lauds Gani Adams’ Nomination

YORUBA socio-political group, Afenifere, on Tuesday lauded the nomination of National Coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, describing the choice as a rightful one by given his contributions to the defence of Yorubaland and the growth and development of its culture.

Afenifere gave the commendation in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, while congratulating the new Aare Ona Kakanfo on the appointment.

The group said besides Adams being the right choice for the exalted office, the OPC leader represented the quintessential Yoruba spirit that one could by dint of hard work rise from humble beginning to the greatest height in life, as such was not a function of one’s background.

Afenifere said it commended the new warrior head of Yorubaland to the young people of “land to rise beyond the gas ceilings.”

“As he accepts the responsibility of the Aare, Afenifere prays to God to grant him the wisdom, courage and character to carry out the functions of his office. And may He grant him longevity of life,” the group said.

Text of the message reads:

“Afenifere congratulates Otunba Gani Adams on his nomination by the Alaafin of Oyo as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

“His choice is a rightful one by the Alaafin given his contributions to the defence of Yorubaland and the growth and development of its culture.

“Besides, Otunba Adams represents the quintessential Yoruba spirit that you can by dint of hard work rise from humble beginning to the greatest height as your zenith in life is not a function of your background.

“We commend him to the young people of our land to rise beyond the gas ceilings.

“As he accepts the responsibility of the Aare, Afenifere prays to God to grant him the wisdom, courage and character to carry out the functions of his office. And may He grant him longevity of life.”

President Buhari Leaves For Turkey For D-8 Summit, State Visit

President Muhammadu Buhari is to depart for Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday to participate in the ninth D-8 Summit slated for Oct. 20.

This is contained in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Adesina said prior to the Summit, Buhari, at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, would be on working visit to Ankara, the capital city.

He said the President would during the visit have a tete-a-tete with his Turkish counterpart, while delegations from both countries would hold discussions in various fields including defence cooperation, security, educational and migration issues.

“The Nigerian leader will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara, where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman.’’

Adesina said Buhari would also use the occasion of the summit to bolster warm and growing ties across broad range of areas of cooperation with leaders of the D8-member countries.

The D8-member countries include Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

The Summit with the theme, ‘‘Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation’’, will among other things, focus on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, trade, transport, energy and increased private sector participation among member-countries.

During the Summit, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the organisation, Buhari would highlight the significant show of confidence in Nigeria’s business environment and economy.

He said the president would also affirm Nigeria’s resolve to work with D-8 member-countries on many key areas, including peace and security, economy and trade.

“At the end of the Summit, the Heads of State and Government will adopt a Communiqué, also known as the Istanbul Declaration.”

The president will be accompanied by ministers, top government officials, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali.

Aare OnaKakanfo, Gani Adams

Nineteen years after the 14th Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief MKO Abiola passed away, a new holder of the title is in the making. TUNDE BUSARI reports

AN important feature of the Yoruba system of government in the age of the defunct Oyo Empire was the position of the Aare Ona Kakanfo. While the Alaafin reigned as the political head of the empire working together with the Bashorun-led Oyo Mesi, (kingmakers), the Aare OnaKakanfo was the generalismo, the army general.

He was a warrior whose life depended on prosecuting wars of expansion for the Alaafin and returning home alive in victory or dead in loss.

The AlaafinAjagbo, who reigned between the 16th and 17th centuries, is reputed to have institutionalized the Aare OnaKakanfo as the supreme military commander of his army, effectively controlling 70 commands.

Aare OnaKakanfo was the supreme commander of the army. The first holder of the title in Yoruba history was Kokorogangan of IwoyeKetu followed in succession byOyatope of Iwoye, Oyabi of Ajase, Adeta of Jabata and Oku of Jabata.

Other Aare OnaKakanfo included Afonja of Ilorin, Toyeye of Ogbomoso, Edun of Gbogun, Amepo of Abemo, Kurunmi of Ijaye, OjoAburumaku of Ogbomoso, Latosisa of Ibadan, LadokeAkintola of Ogbomoso and MKO Abiola of Abeokuta.

The demand of the office made it an obligation for a new holder to pass through some spiritual fortifications. According to the History of Yoruba by Reverend Samuel Johnson, on the installation of Aare OnaKakanfo, the holder must have his head clean shoven in addition to other rites he must perform.

Johnson wrote: “And 201 incisions are made on his occiput, with 201 different lancets and specially prepared ingredients from 201 viols are rubbed into the cuts, one for each. This is supposed to render him fearless and courageous. They are always shaved, but the hair on the inoculated part is allowed to grow long, and when plaited, forms a tuft or a sort of pigtail.”

It is no longer news that the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) and Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, (OFF) OtunbaGani Adams is the 15th Aare OnaKakanfo succeeding the late business mogul cum politician, Chief MKO Abiola.

Already a letter to that effect, signed by the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba LamidiOlayiwolaAdeyemi III, is in the possession of Adams.

Aare OnaKakanfoThe letter, which was reportedly given to Adams at the Alaafin’s 79th birthday ceremony in his palace on Sunday, put an end to months of speculations and suspense on the successor of the late Abiola, who died on June 8, 1998 in Abuja detention during his struggle to claim the June 12, 1993 Presidential elections which he won.

Asked on the long vacancy of the post after the death of Abiola, the Alaafin of Oyo, in an interview published in Nigerian Tribune of November 29, 2016, had challenged the media and the public to scout for the right Yoruba man to fill the vacant position just as he enumerated the virtues he saw in the late Abiola that informed his choice.

It was gathered that Oba Adeyemi’s choice of Abiola did not go unchallenged in the court with Aare AfeBabalola ferociously engaging the Alaafin’s opponent in legal firework until the court ruled in his favour less than 24 hours to the installation held in January 14, 1988.

Oba Adeyemi said: “The time we appointed Abiola was an opportuned time when Abiola was using his wealth to better humanity. He was funding universities and giving scholarships to students. What he did cut across Yoruba land to the extent that people saw him as higher than a president. It is a good thing that he came from Yoruba land.

“He was a gift to Yoruba land and humanity. His football team, Abiola Babes, was better funded even than the national team. Players were given houses and cars. His other investments also gave better life to workers.”

“Does it mean we are not in a haste to have his successor?,” this reporter asked Oba Adeyemi. He replied: “You are a journalist, a man of the world. Give us a list of five people that can be appointed. It is not my duty alone to find people; it is your own duty too to come up with names.”

While awaiting the official announcement from the palace of the Alaafin, the development has dominated the airspace with friends and associates of the 47-year old Adams, congratulating one another in a natural show of solidarity to Adams.

They reckon that no other living Yoruba man deserves the title more than the Arigidi-Akoko-born Adams on account of his antecedent as a fighter for Yoruba cause since the emergence of the OoduaPeoples Congress (OPC) as a means to defend Yoruba interest following the annulment of the June 12 elections won by the immediate past Aare OnaKakanfo, Abiola.

They also believe that Adams has been a rallying point for the Yorubas in the diaspora with his Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) with membership presence in about 50 countries.

Besides, they said the culture rejuvenation embarked upon by the Adams’ Olokun Festival Foundation has resurrected many forgotten Yoruba cultural festivals and indeed added more values to the existing ones such as the annual OsunOsogbo festival held in every August of each year in the past 400 years.

The news of Adams’ likely emergence broke some months back with the social media hosting different shades of commentaries and judgments over his choice. As the debate rages, however, there was no word from the palace of the Alaafin authenticating or denouncing the news.

It was learnt that the traditional ruler was deliberately silent over it with a view to testing the popularity or otherwise of Adams in the eye of the general public given the fact that the monarch is also a social media follower. Aside this, the need to make wide consultations with his trusted allies was also said to have held Oba Alaafin back from going public with his decision.

“Whoever knows Baba very well should know that he is not a king anybody can push around. He does things in his own way and in his own time too. This Aare OnaKakanfo issue is not different from the way he does his things.

“He took his time very well before he decided to give Gani Adams the letter. But the letter is not the final. There is a process to be followed. But I can say it that Gani Adams seems to be destined to clinch the title as the first person from Akoko to be so bestowed,” a source said.

Even though the title is more ceremonial now due to the contemporary governance, that the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Samuel LadokeAkintola and MKO Abiola accepted it in the post-independence Yorubaland makes it relevant as a symbol of bravery in face of danger.

Akintola was said to have vehemently resisted the forces of the soldiers that stormed his residence in the early hour of January 15, 1966. He paid the supreme sacrifice in the end but not without demonstrating that an Aare OnaKakanfo must not die a coward. Reports have it that he also killed some soldiers during exchange of fire.

Similarly, Abiola was given an opportunity to surrender the popular votes the electorate cast for him on June 12, 1993 polls, the elections which was annulled by the former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida.

Abiola, however, fought on and insisted on the mandate; he, thus, endured series of discomfort to which he was subjected in detention until he died under a controversial circumstance one month after the late General Abacha who detained him had also died.

The scary trend notwithstanding, Adams seems to have made up his mind in stepping into the shoe if he would be considered. While he had not been seen in any public function making his declaration for the title, Adams is, however, undeterred by the fate of Akintola and Abiola.

Having held many traditional titles from different Yoruba towns over the years, he believes that dying for one’s race is a sacrifice for a man of courage, saying he is not afraid of death. In an informal chat with this reporter in his Omole Phase II residence some months ago, Adams waved off the issue on Aare OnaKakanfo but insisted that Yoruba race is worth dying for because it is a race blessed with the best culture in the world.

“I am a strong believer in anything Yoruba as you can also attest to. I believe in our culture and sustenance of it. But on the issue of Aare OnaKakanfo, when I am deemed fit to be given by our Baba the Ikubabayeye, I don’t think it is wise for me to turn it down. Baba is a highly respected traditional whom all of us hold in high esteem. So if the title comes, it is a welcome development,” he said.

Indication that Adams was closing in on the title could be seen in his regular attendance of events at the Alaafin’s palace. Although Adams would also be seen in the palaces of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and other traditional rulers including the Akran of Badagry, he is always seated at the left side of the Alaafin and accorded treatment reserved for the royalty.

A university don, Professor SiyanOyeweso, said the Aare OnaKakanfo title is not meant for the half-hearted; a lilly-livered who retreats when the heat turns on him. The Professor of History said Gani Adams is eminently qualified to step into the shoe having been found worthy by the Alaafin himself.

“The position is meant for any Yoruba of courage, of strong character who can defend Yoruba course at any time. Gani Adams deserves it because of his track record as a defender of Yoruba people. The position is more than honourary, it is a serious one for a serious Yoruba man who can stick out his neck in defence of the race. I think finding him worthy for the position is good news. I am wishing him well,” he said.

The Secretary General of the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, YinkaOdumakin is also excited by the Aare OnaKakanfo title on Adams. He said Adams deserves to be congratulated having paid his dues as a frontline Yoruba son who never wavered in his faith and promotion of Yoruba cause.

“I congratulate OtunbaGani Adams on the title coming from the Ikubabayeye. It is a well-deserved honoure bestowed on the right person. Through his past efforts, Adams has shown that he has what it takes to be a successor of the late MKO Abiola.

“He has shown strength and lots of courage against adversity. This is the attributes an Aare OnaKakanfo must have and all of which and more he has. We are wishing him longevity of years to hold the title,” he said.

The development has opened a new chapter in the history of the Aare OnaKakanfo with observes watching whether or not Adams’ choice would also suffer challenge like that of Abiola until the court ruled in his favour hours before installation.



President Buhari Hosts Three Young Female Fans In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja received three young female supporters in the State House.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement on Monday said the young girls have shown high interest in Buhari’s administration and prayed for his recovery during ill-health.

“The video by three-year-old, Maya Jammal went viral on the internet when she was videoed praying for the President’s recovery while 10-year-old Aisha Aliyu Gebbi penned a personal letter to President Buhari describing herself as his “biggest fan’’.

“Nicole Benson, 12 years old, had contributed N5,785 to the President’s campaign in 2015, which was all saved up from her lunch and pocket allowance,” he said.

President Buhari while addressing the children said he is impressed by the admiration of the children for his administration.

“I am very impressed by what the children have been able to do. I can see Maya is shy. I watched her video where she was praying for my recovery when I was ill.’’

The President attributed his victory at the polls to the contributions of good-hearted Nigerians, like young Nicole, who is from Lagos State, and showed him support by sending her personal savings.

“Nicole, I congratulate you, and myself for being here today. Your contribution made a great impact. As you can see, I am here in the Presidential Villa. Thank you,’’ he said.

President Buhari told Aisha that her letter was heart-warming, noting that he felt re-assured knowing he had fans amongst the children, he said he looked forward to more visits from the children.

“I am hoping that it will not be the first and last time we will be meeting while I am here. We will continue to meet even after I have left here.’’

Speaking on behalf of the parents, Aliyu Ibrahim Gebbi, said the President’s gesture of inviting the children to the Presidential Villa was a dream come true.

The Personal Assistant to the President on New Media and Engagement Unit, Bashir Ahmad also shared the video of the children’s visit using his verified Twitter handle said, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s guests are here in the Presidential Villa. Maya – 3 years old Aisha – 10 years old Nicole – 12 years. Thank you very much for your contribution’ President @MBuhari to Nicole, who donated her lunch money to his campaign team 3 years ago.

Fire Incident At Kachikwu’s House Not Act of Sabotage – Ministry

The office of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu has confirmed that there was a fire incident at the Asokoro residence of the minister on Sunday night but said it was not a case of suspected sabotage.

Spokesperson for the ministry Idang Alibi told Daily Trust that it was a normal fire outbreak that was caused by a faulty electric wiring at a section of the building.

Alibi said no one was hurt during the incident as it was not too serious.

He added that that the fire was not a suspected case of sabotage.

“Nobody was hurt and nobody died,” Alibi said.

He said that the minister was not at home when the incident occurred as the fire was immediately contained within few minutes.