Oluwo May Vacate Stool For Punching Another Monarch

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, may be suspended from office for punching another monarch, the Agbowu of Ogbagba, Oba Dhirulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting for the traditional rulers Friday.

The Oluwo reportedly punched the Agbowu for interrupting his speech and calling him unhinged.

The peace meeting, which was convened at the instance of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 11 was meant to broker peace among the monarchs in the three council areas that had been enmeshed in land tussle for more than three months.

Following the assault, some traditional rulers in Osun West Senatorial District have urged the state government to suspended the Oluwo from office.

The incident was witnessed by the state’s Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning, his counterpart, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, the AIG for Zone 11, and about seven monarchs, including the Onigege of Igege, the Olu of Ile-Ogbo.

The Oluwo in a statement confirmed that he indeed assaulted the monarch.

“At the peace meeting held at AIG office, Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa interrupted me while making my speech and started calling me unprintable names, pointing his staff of office at me while attempt to stick the staff in my eyes; I heavily rejected it with a force which the Agbowu could not withstand.

”How could a constable openly insult commissioner of police and make an attempt to beat the CP? Can any monarch try such with Ooni, Alaafin?” he said.

Funmilayo Waheed’s FHF Hosts Valentine Hangout For Students

+ With Debbie Rise In Electrifying Performance

On a day to celebrate love, many young men and women gathered at a corner of Alausa in Ikeja Lagos, they were invited down for a purpose, to meet their mentor, and helper who has given them hope and thrown lifelines at them in the midst of intractable challenges. She had told them, bring your boyfriends and girlfriends along. Some dared to, others felt maybe it was better they came alone.
It was a day to be remembered for many undergraduates and graduates alike as well people who came to really confirm whether what was said about Funmi Ayinke Humanity Foundation Founder, Engineer Funmilayo Waheed was true. Prior to the event many had read and or heard about her philanthropic activities, even those who had benefited hardly had the chance to meet her in person and so when the Valentine Hangout came up, they all saw it as an opportunity to personally meet and hear from the young lady who has touched the lives of many and has continued to help the indigent.

It was a meeting in which tears flowed freely, even from the elderly, young and steel-hearted talk less of women who are easily moved by emotions. Yes, they were tears of joy from people who never thought help could come, people who needed just a little to make life more meaningful and Funmilayo Waheed rose to their rescue.
They came from all parts of Nigeria, the East, the North as well as the South South. The South West, especially Ogun people were not left out. Indeed, the National Association of Nigerian Students sent in a powerful delegation to honour her as their matron. Their chronicle of her achievements for them had to be cut short by the Masters of Ceremonies as they continued to reel out her interventions on behalf students at every level, from primary to secondary and tertiary who ordinarily would have dropped out of school.
In her welcome address, young and pretty Engineer Funmilayo Ayinke Waheed who was there with her Engineering Professor husband, a former DVC of FUNAAB was all smiles as she went down memory lane to why she started the FunmiAyinke Humanity Foundation. She also gave details of how far she had gone with videos showing what did for widows as well as single mothers in Ogun State towards the end of the year. According to her, the Foundation caters from students at every level of their education from the primary to the tertiary and she is happy with the way Nigerians have responded to her show of love.
She also had a word for those who were hearing of her activities for the first time telling them that the reason they were asked to fill forms at the point of entry into the venue of the event was to collect their data, know how the Foundation would be able to help them.

The Registrar of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was on hand to give a lecture to encourage the youths about ‘Charting your own Course and Destiny. It was a moving lecture because he shared his own story how he became an orphan at 6 having lost one of his parents at 4 and the second on the day he came back from school with his first elementary school result. Undaunted, today, he holds a PHD and also occupy an enviable position in the society.
Then came the awards and appreciation which really rained. Many of the young and old who came around with gifts for the humanitarian shed tears as they gave testimonials on how they initially doubted that help could ever come from someone who didn’t know or have never met them, yet they were bailed out by the Foundation. Many did not have the opportunity to share their experience because of time constraints. But the most awed were indeed those who never knew Funmilayo Waheed herself as they saw her dancing and mingling with members of FHF family and sharing jokes devoid of airs.
A major highlight of the day was the electrifying performance by former BBNAIJA star and guitarist, Debbie Rise. Her performance left the crowd asking for more as she seemed to have something for everybody from the elderly with her serenade performance to the youths with the electrifying steps. They just could not have enough.

There were other performances on the day as talented members of the FHF family also came out to perform. The torrents of gifts hat Funmilayo Waheed received spoke volumes. She has always been the giver but it was Valentine and those who felt touched and who had something to give back came, with paintings, cake, roses, and various other gift items. Even the Masters of Ceremonies had to comment that he gifts were reminiscence of a society wedding. It was sheer expression of love and appreciation in its pure form and it was mutual.
In a private chat with her husband, one thing however stood out at the event. It is one thing to have an husband, it is another to have one who backs you up unconditionally as you pursue your dream and is always there to watch your back and stand in. Professor Waheed Adekojo was there to fully support his wife and in the midst of it all, he couldn’t hide emotions as people appreciate how his family has touched their lives for good, given them hope in a society where hopelessness pervades every sector and homes. Undoubtedly he left with a feeling of satisfaction that his decisions about his wife and FHF was right after all.

Tinubu Felicitates With el-Rufai At 60

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Chief Bola Tinubu, has felicitated with Kaduna State Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai, at 60.

In a congratulatory message signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, in Lagos, Tinubu said that El-Rufai’s reputation as a public servant always eager to confront challenges was commendable.

Tinubu said that El-Rufai served Nigeria to the best of his abilities with unquestionable zeal.

The APC leader said: “I congratulate Malam Nasir El-Rufai on turning 60.

“Your reputation as a public servant eager to confront challenges is well deserved.

“It is not surprising that this milestone birthday has come with you still in active public service.

“Whether as Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory or Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai served to the best of his abilities with unquestionable zeal and energy.

“My prayer is that God Almighty grants you many more years, gives you good health and renewed strength to continue to govern the people of your state and serve our nation,” Tinubu said.

Ex-Love Island Host, Caroline Flack, Dies At 40

Former Love Island host, Caroline Flack has died at the age of 40  in her London home.

She was said to have committed suicide on Saturday, a day after Valentine’s Day.

Spokesperson of the Flack’s  family confirmed her death and asked the media to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time

A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline took her own life and was found in her east London flat on Saturday, according to the Mirror.

The star was said to have returned to UK recently after retreating to Los Angeles in the aftermath of her arrest for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend.

The incident reportedly forced her to step down as host of Love Island, the show which had propelled her into the top tier of British celebrity.

But despite enjoying a hugely successful career with all the associated glitz and glamour, she had a troubled love life and was unable to find lasting happiness.

Wema Bank Excites Val Celebrants With Special Gift Card

The custodian of Africa’s first fully digital bank – ALAT, and one of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks, Wema Bank, celebrates the season of love with its customers in an array of ways including providing Special Gift Cards for celebrants to gift their loved ones.

The bank started the season of love by reminding its customers about the importance of self-love and the need to love their partners the way they want to be loved. With a week-long campaign on its social media platforms, Wema Bank called out its growing following to dig deep and identify the things that make them tickle which will help them to define how they want to be loved.

Aside the bank’s initiative to celebrate its customers across channels, the bank decided to make gift cards available because, according to Wema Bank’s communications lead, OlufunmilayoFalola, many people worry about the perfect gift to get their loved ones and often end up buying what they like as opposed what their loved ones like or want.

The Wema Bank Special Gift Card is to alleviate both stress and uncertainty that may come with picking a gift, and ensure that people get their desired gifts from their loved ones on Valentine’s Day and every other day. With a Wema Bank Gift Card, customers can be sure to offer their loved ones gifts that excite them any day, anytime.

Wema Bank is also encouraging its customers to spend more time with their loved ones or significant other and have fun with one another, out of the home. The bank is sponsoring some of its customers on dates to celebrate their love this season. With transactions worth fifty thousand naira or more in the month of February, active customers will be selected through a raffle draw on February 24, 2020.

Big Trouble! Court Dummons Wema Bank Chairman, MD, 4 Officials

The presiding Judge of a Federal High Court Chukwujekwu Aneke sitting in Lagos south west Nigeria has ordered that Wema bank Plc and its six officials cited for contempt for disobeying the order of the court should appear before the court on Monday 17th day of February, 2020 to explain why they should not be sent to prison for flagrant disobedience of the extant positive orders of the court.
The affected officials of the bank are The Managing Director Ademola Adebise,The Chairman Babatunde Kasali, Deputy Managing Director Moruf Oseni, Executive Director Wole Akinleye Executive Director Folake Sanu and the Company Secretary Johnson Lebile.

The order of the court was sequel to two different similar garnishee suits filed before the court by a Lagos lawyer Chief Ajibola Aribisala SAN on behalf of Heritage bank, the first one against Ondo state Government and the Attorney General of the state, and the second one against Idanre local Government Universal Basic Education Authority, Ondo state Government and Attorney General of Ondo state.

Heritage bank having obtained judgement against the two parties at an Ondo state high court in the sum of N1billion out of which N600million has been paid leaving balance of about N600million,while the judgement against Idanre local Government Universal basic Education Authority is in the sum of N405,431,460 .98
Heritage bank then initiated garnishee proceeding against the parties in the two suits.
On 6th of December 2019 the court made the order nisi against Wema bank Plc absolute attaching the principal judgement sum Of 134,034,175.41,Wema bank Plc,thereafter deposed to affidavit that Ondo state Government has N744,771,993.3 standing to its credit and same has been attached in compliance with the order of the court,but the bank refused to comply with the order of the court to pay the money despite the demand made by Chief Aribisala SAN on behalf of Heritage bank.
However Wema bank in its response letter claimed not to comply with the order of the court based on the notice of Appeal and Motion for stay of execution filed by the Ondo state Government at the court of appeal.
Thereafter Heritage bank caused the Registrar of the court to issue form 48, Notice of consequence of disobedience of order of the court against the officers of the bank cited for contempt, still the order of the court was not obeyed,hence the need for the issuance of form 49 asking the parties cited for contempt to show cause why order of committal should not be made against them for flagrantly disobeying the orders of the court.
On the 5th day of February, 2020 when the matter came up for hearing, Chief Ajibola Aribisala SAN, in his argument and submission before the court contended that it is obvious that parties cited for contempt are not in court and that the court must compel their presence in court, he then urged the court to issue bench warrant against official of Wema bank Plc cited for contempt to compel them to appear in court.

However the counsel for the official of Wema bank cited for contempt, Mr Wemimo Ogunde SAN contended that the form 49 was filed and served on the parties and before then Wema bank has already filed an application for stay of execution pending appeal and that the record of appeal has already been entered at the court of appeal.
Consequently,after listening to the two parties the court adjourned till 14th February 2020, for ruling.
Justice Aneke in his ruling relating to the two suits said “The said appeal lodge by the parties cited for contempt has nothing to do with the form 49 served on them for their failure to comply with the order of the court in respect to the order made absolute against Wema bank Plc .Accordingly, the parties cited for contempt are hereby given 72hours from today till Monday 17th of February, 2020 to appear before the court to explain why committal order would not be made against them for flagrant disobedience of the extant positive orders of the court.

Emirates Suspends Flights to Lagos, Hundreds of Nigerians Stranded in Ghana

Dubai-based mega carrier, Emirates Airlines, has stopped flight operations to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos until the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) is fixed.

ILS is a navigational aid that guides aircraft to land, especially during low visibility.
Since last Monday, airlines, especially foreign carriers have been diverting flights destined to Lagos to Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal due to Harmattan haze, which lowers visibility.
Last Thursday, Emirates diverted its Lagos flight to Accra and engaged domestic carrier, Arik Air to airlift them to Lagos. THISDAY learnt yesterday that Emirates recalled its three sets of crew stranded in Lagos since Monday and flew them to Dubai on a chartered flight via Abuja.

Reports indicate that over 1500 Nigerians are standard in Accra, Ghana as there were no adequate arrangements to airlift them from Accra to Lagos.
Some of them are staying in hotels paid for by airlines that diverted flight to the neigbouring country, while others were left to fend for themselves by the airlines.
According to reports, British Airways (BA) has already cancelled its flight to Lagos due to operational constraints.
In an email sent to passengers, the airline notified them of its plans to airlift those interested back to the United Kingdom.

It said: “BA075-We would like to sincerely apologise for the disruption to your journey to Lagos. Due to adverse weather at the airport, we were unable to safely land into Lagos Airport… If you wish to travel from Accra – London Heathrow, there are limited availability of seats to book on,” the email read.

“Please speak with our colleagues at the airport to adjust your ticket, subject to availability. BA078 Accra – London Heathrow is scheduled to depart at 23:00 local time. Please submit your receipts for claims hotels, transport, refreshment, the cost for calls and Internet access & transport to www.ba.com/helpme.

“Our Customer Relations team will review each case on an individual basis. We understand this is not what you expect when you travel with us and apologise for the significant inconvenience we have caused to your journey.”
Delta Air Lines was also reported to have taken its Lagos based passengers back to the US when it could not land in Lagos.
However, the US based carrier diverted its previous flights to Accra and Dakar respectively.
The Harmattan haze reduced visibility below 800 meters minima, so airlines needed ILS to land but the Category 3 ILS, which enables aircraft to land at zero visibility was installed last year but the calibration was not completed so it could not be put in use.

So under the current dust haze occasioned by the Harmattan, it would be difficult to land at the airport, as the status at the airport could not meet many of the airlines’ standard operating procedure.
Many of the international carriers like British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Delta Air Line diverted flights and may also consider suspending flights to Lagos.
The airlines, aviation agencies have lost huge revenues over delays, flight cancellation and flight diversion, situations that left passengers stranded at the airports.

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika on Thursday apologised to airlines and passengers over the bad weather and malfunctioning ILS and said that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was working tirelessly to restore the ILS.
The minister expressed concern over the suffering of air travellers to and from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos regarding flights diversion and, in many cases, outright cancellations, which have been occasioned by highly inclement weather conditions.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), which earlier issued a circular to pilots and airlines over the weather, has announced that the adverse weather may last till March.

It stated that the prevailing inclement weather was a global experience at the moment, which had warranted cancellation of in-bound international flights alike; therefore, not peculiar to Nigeria.
In statement signed by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA said: “Air-to-ground visibility may be considerably reduced due to dust haze; aerodrome visibility may fall below the prescribed operating minima and in severe conditions, dust haze can blot out runways, markers and airfield lightings over wide areas making visual navigation extremely difficult or impossible; and flights are bound to be delayed, diverted or cancelled where terminal visibility falls below the prescribed aerodrome operating minima.”

The Agbero Monarch: Drama as Oluwo Beats Up Fellow Oba During Peace Meeting

There is palpable tension amongst traditional rulers in Osun State, following a report of Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi beating up another monarch during a peace meeting.

It was gathered that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 11, Bashir Makama, had called for a peace meeting amongst royal fathers from Iwo axis over land disputes.

According to the source, it was in the middle of the meeting, which had other monarchs, including some top police personnel, as well as government functionaries in attendance, that Oba Akanbi allegedly stood up from where he was sitting and descended on Oba Dhirulahi Akinropo, Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa town, inflicting injury on him.

Confirming the incident to journalists at the Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, where the assaulted monarch was receiving treatment, the Olu of Ile-ogbo, Oba Agbaje Habeeb Adetoyese, who spoke on behalf of other monarchs said the development came as a shock to everyone at the meeting.

He said such act was strange and alien to the tenets of the traditional institutions in Yoruba land.

He called on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to quickly intervene and caution Oluwo to avert a break down of law and order in the area.

He accused Oluwo of threatening other monarchs at the meeting even after the unfortunate incident.

He said: “This is indeed a bestial conduct that is highly unbecoming of an ordinary individual, let alone a royal father. How could a monarch of Oluwo status descend so low to the level of physically assaulting another king in the presence of AIG; this is strange to say the least.

” He just stood up from where he was sitting without any provocation and started beating a revered monarch from Ogbaagba, it was the AIG himself that rescued the monarch from him.

According to sources present at the meeting. “Oluwo was the first to get out of the meeting in annoyance, creating scene and shouting within the AIG’s office that Agbowu called him a mad man at the meeting.

“Me, Oluwo, Agbowu is calling me a mad man. Ordinary Baales want to be challenging me. I will show you my worth and there will be war in the entire Iwoland.

“I am the only Oba in Iwoland, others are Baales that I gave land, they now want to be challenging me. Can any Baale in Ifeland do that to Ooni”, he fumed.

“We are calling on Governor Oyetola to quickly suspend Oluwo with immediate effect, keeping him on that throne portends great danger to other kings and the state at large”.

Reacting to the allegation through a phone conversation, Oluwo simply said”, there is no issue at all, I wonder why they are so sensational about the issue, we would take care of it, why are they inviting you guys over such an issue, I don’t think it is necessary.” he said

How I Celebrate Valentine – Pastor Adeboye

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has revealed he is part of the valentine celebration every February 14.

The respected preacher said he spends the day asking to love God more and renew his marital vows.

On his verified Facebook and Instagram pages, he shared a romantic memory of where he was kissing his adorable wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye.

The caption for the photo shared on social media reads: “Lord, please help us as a couple to love You more and more with each passing day in the name of Jesus.’

The picture was taken on the occasion of a surprise book launch masterminded by the wife in August 2017, which coincided with the cleric’s 50th wedding anniversary.

‘Shege Ka Fasa’ and Our Clash of Civilisations, By Yinka Odumakin

YINKA ODUMAKIN Feb 9, 2020 – ‘Shege Ka Fasa’ and our clash of civilisations

Humans die. Countries die. The only difference is that while individuals can die suddenly, countries die gradually except that most inhabitants of a dying country don’t put the symptoms together because they are bogged down with daily survival. It is only after the country is dead that they would be recalling the signs they saw.

The sudden deaths of individuals do necessitate autopsy sometimes. It reminds me of a doctor who specialised in that and said he loves his job because his patients are the most cooperative as they don’t complain.

A lawyer, Mr Osvar Onwudiwe, shared the painful death of a friend with us a few days ago. The guy appeared healthy when he left the South-East for Lagos. As he arrived at the home of a friend he was visiting in Lagos, he asked the maid to get him drinking water. As the young girl left, his head rested on his chest and it was eternal bye. By the time an autopsy was carried out, his entire system was filled with sugar.

But peradventure Nigeria dies, there won’t be any need for autopsy as none was done when Yugoslavia died. American journalist, Brian Hall, took a tour of that country before it died and he wrote a book entitled “The Imposable Country: A Journey Through The Last Days of Yugoslavia”. The country collapsed before that book got off the press.

The death of Nigeria, if it happened, would be caused by unresolved clash of civilisations, the title of the immortal work of of the late American political scientist, Samuel Huntington.

There were series of intellectual fallacies at the end of the cold war era with postulations such as democracy and human rights becoming dominant issues around the world. Francis Fukuyama wrote “The End of History and the Last Man” which was a raving publication until his sober teacher, Samuel Huntington, came out with “The Clash of Civilisations and the Remaking Of World Order” in which he postulated that the new world would be war-filled. But that it would not be between countries but of nationalities within countries. He said there would be cultural wars that would not flow from clash of classes or ideologies but flowing from people asking “who are we?”

Huntington has been proved right as the word “genocide” has been heard more frequently around the world in the period after the Cold War than at any other time in history.

Nigeria’s clash of civilisations predates Huntington as it was the foundation upon which Lugard constructed an “impossible country.”

Aside from the elite forming a consensus on how to steal, Nigeria has never been able to build consensus on any value. Even the motion for the country to become independent moved by the Action Group in 1953 and supported by NCNC but opposed by NPC led to killings in Kano, confirming Lugard’s description of Nigeria as a country of enemy-tribes.

From 1953 till now, it has been “no agreement today, no agreement tomorrow” as the music impresario. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti put on vinyl.

The latest manifestation of the clash of civilisations is the response of some northern thugs to Operation Amotekun won by the defiance of the West and its allies for progress across Nigeria against the internal colonialists in Abuja.

The North did not disappoint as the Coalition of Northern Groups on Wednesday unveiled a security outfit code-named Operation ‘Shege Ka Fasa.’ which means “I dare you”, a day before Northern security summit.

We know the lumpen youth are not daring the bandits who are natives but the assertive will of the governors and people of Oduduwa land on Amotekun with the thinking that their Federal Government will now come in and ban all regional security outfits .

But the intellect-challenged elements lack the initiative to know that there is a difference between a security network put up by state actors in the West and an initiative launched by thugs in the North.

And to show how low our compatriots can get, Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has been quiet on “Shege Ka Fasa”. The Kaduna police say they are not aware of the outfit and all the northern irredentists, old and young, who were shooting their mouths on Amotekun are now resting in peace satisfied that their boys have done it.

Only the Sultan of Sokoto has denounced the outfit. The Islamic leader blamed the elite in the region who hoped to score cheap political points by creating the “Operation Shege Ka Fasa.” The Sultan delivered the rebuke as he spoke at a Northern Security Meeting in Kaduna on Thursday. He said: “I saw it on the television and the media gave them attention.”

“Now, the elders allowed these youths to go forward. So, the elite are our problems; the elders are our problems. If the elders don’t take the lead, the youth will do whatever they like and think they are right. You have to caution these youths by giving them good leadership.

“Now, they have launched their own security outfit. I don’t know what they call it, ‘Shege Ka Fasa’, meaning what?

“So, I want to call on northern elders to caution them. Don’t allow these youths to take over leadership from you.

“You have to reach out to everybody no matter how low the person is. So, I think we need to take the bull by the horns and not allow the youth take over responsibility. I think we need to do that and much more.”

Only those ignorant of ‘taqqiya’ would not understand the Sultan. The butterfly that is dancing on the surface of the water has some drummers underneath. I can bet my last kobo that all the boys promoting this “initiative” cannot collectively buy one bus. We therefore have an idea of where the several buses and uniforms are coming from.

Just another signal that Nigeria as arranged cannot work. I can’t imagine for the life of me that those who launched Hisbah to promote religious laws in a secular country, who have Lafiya Dole and whose land incubates Miyetti Allah and Boko Haram that have taken the peace of the entire country can have the audacity to be promoting this nonsense just because those under the afflictions of their kiths want to protect themselves.

As fairness consists in giving the devil its due, let me speak some words for these northern youths.They are not inconsiderate. They are acting within the limited civilisation available to them which cannot appreciate the rights of other nationalities outside their own narrow hegemonic command and control outlook. They are detained by their cultural limitations and lack of exposure to better conduct. No values of coexistence have been imbued in them.

As a child of about 10, I watched my father building a house and telling the carpenters not to allow water from our roof to disturb the neighbours whenever it rains. He did not have to set up a class for me to know that life is not all about what I want. It had to address how my desires do not violate the rights of my neighbours.

Unfortunately, Nigeria has not been run in a way to make the best of it to impact on the rest. It has been the paradigm of dragging the best to the level of the rest and dregs. This is why federalism is the best structure for a country like ours as two cannot walk together except they agree.

A country that sets different benchmarks for “common entrance” and use geography as against competence to position people in public affairs would always be in this perpetual feud. And, in the final analysis, will die off!