The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Taraba State, Mr. Yusufu Akirikwen, tells JUSTIN TYOPUUSU in Jalingo that arrangements have been perfected for the implementation of the anti-grazing law billed to start in the state on Wednesday The implementation of the Taraba State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law is expected to commence on Wednesday, January 24. How prepared is your government for the smooth take off of the law? I am happy to tell you that immediately the bill was signed into law on June 24, 2017, Governor Darius Ishaku constituted two separate committees. The first one was meant to sensitise the cattle owners while the other one was to sensitise the farmers to the importance of the law. The two committees went round each of the 16 local government areas of the state and explained the importance of the law to the people. What is the importance of the sensitisation? It is just to advise them not to buy into the kind of instigation that could come from highly placed people like (Emir) Sanusi. This was apart from the public hearing conducted during the process of enacting the law by the Taraba State House of Assembly. The House sat in the three senatorial zones of the state. The essence of conducting the public hearing in the three zones was to accommodate the inputs of residents in the law. Groups and individuals submitted memoranda in support of the law and it was eventually passed. Now that it has become law, the government has also taken steps to implement the law to its fullest. What are the steps? One of the steps is that government has put in place implementation committees at various levels and we are also going to recruit marshals who will equally work at various levels to help in the successful implementation of the law. What will your government do differently to avoid a repeat of the attacks in Benue when the law fully comes into effect? If anybody says that what happened in Benue was as a result of the implementation of the law, such a person is telling a lie. The law in Benue came about to solve the problem of persistent attacks on the farming communities in Benue. So, when people come out to say that the crisis in Benue was as a result of the herdsmen’s resistance to the law, I don’t agree with them. The herdsmen had decided to take the law of the land into their hands even before the open grazing prohibition law came into place. So, the killings and maiming of people have been there. The laws are part of the solutions to the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians. I am sorry to say this, but Nigerians should watch the Federal Government closely regarding the attacks and killings. What do you mean ‘the Federal Government should be watched closely’? How many people were killed in Benue and how many arrests have been made? To me, any crisis of such magnitude that does not attract arrests is a government-approved crisis. So, since no arrest was made, it can be deduced that the attackers are being protected by the Federal Government. The first thing to do in a crisis situation is for the police to go after the attackers, arrest them and stop a recurrence or prevent them from attacking more communities. But as I speak, the attackers are still killing people in Benue. How do you reconcile that? What is the position of the Taraba State Government on the issue of cattle colonies? There was no resolution reached between the Federal Government and the state governors on the issue of cattle colonies during a meeting in Abuja. The Federal Government called the governors and told them what they wanted to do but there wasn’t any agreement. Will Taraba State give out land for cattle colonies? What is a cattle colony, if I may ask? The Benue State Governor has asked that question before. We have been colonised by the colonial masters, and now, you want us to be colonised by cows? Where will the Federal Government get land for cattle colonies? Will they sit there in Abuja and acquire land across the states of the federation for cattle colonies? Whose land will they acquire? But the Federal Government has made it clear that it will not force people to give out land for cattle colonies. Well, the truth of the matter is that the land in Taraba belongs to the state government. Therefore, no individual or group can just come here and say they want to create a cattle colony. Taraba State Government has enacted a law for the establishment of ranches; let them support us in the implementation of the law. The Federal Government has a lot of responsibilities at the federal level. So, what is bringing them to the states in the name of cattle colonies? We have enacted a law for ranching, but we are not acquiring land for people. Herdsmen are going to buy land for their ranches. It’s not going to be the responsibility of government to acquire land for people to do their private business. Just like farmers buy land to do their farming business, people are going to buy land and do their ranching business, and that is what the constitution has guaranteed; that people are entitled to own property. I was baffled by the pronouncement of the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, when he said the Federal Government has not done enough for herders in the country. I don’t know what he meant by that. But I think just like the Federal Government sometimes buys fertilisers for farmers, they should buy vaccines for herders, rather than taking peoples’ land and giving it to herders as compensation for the failure of Federal Government to take care of cows, because land is not equivalent to fertilisers. The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, alleged that over 800 Fulani were killed on the Mambilla Plateau in the Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State. What is your reaction to his allegation? Well, I think as an emir up there in Kano, Sanusi presides over the rights of other ethnic groups, but I think for him to come down and speak for only the Fulani in Taraba shows the background from which he is speaking. For me, before he thinks that other people are not doing well, one should know that he is even worse than the people he is trying to accuse. I don’t know how he arrived at the figure of 800 Fulani killed during the communal crisis on the Mambilla Plateau that lasted for barely three days. He also came out with a laughable figure of cows killed and houses destroyed, but unfortunately, he presented a one-sided story and I think a highly placed person like Sanusi should rise above this kind of petty tribal sentiment. When that crisis broke out, the government, within a record amount of time, brought the crisis under control and immediately constituted a commission of inquiry to, among other things, look into the remote and immediate causes of the crisis and ascertain the level of destruction caused by the crisis. It is on record that during the committee’s sitting, individuals and groups on the Mambilla Plateau, where the crisis occurred, submitted oral and written memoranda, but at no time did anyone or group submit that 800 Fulani were slaughtered during the crisis. So, if I may ask, where did Emir Sanusi get his figure from? Did he also set up his own commission of inquiry on the crisis that submitted a report to him? That is the danger of a one-sided story. I think as leaders in this country, we should guard our comments so as not to instigate crisis. We should also respect ourselves so that we would not subject our reputation to public ridicule. We should be problem solvers and not problem instigators. Can you please talk more on the report of the commission of inquiry that investigated the crisis? The committee submitted its report and the government, within a reasonable time, constituted a White Paper drafting committee to study the report; and until the White Paper drafting committee submits its report, the government cannot say anything about the report. The Emir of Kano in that interview also talked about how he advised Governor Ishaku to suspend action on the open grazing prohibition law, but that his advice fell on deaf ears. What’s your take on that? Whether a law is right to be implemented in the state does not lie in the domain of the Emir of Kano. I say so because we have a functional government in Taraba State and under the rule of law, we have separation of powers and if the executive arm of government in Taraba State feels that it has a particular problem and can address it, it can do so. And in trying to do that, all relevant arms of government would play their part for the good governance of the state. Remember that under the provisions of the constitution, the power to make laws is vested in the legislature and the Taraba State House of Assembly followed due diligence and has now put together a piece of legislation that would solve a problem. I don’t think it is in the purview of the Emir of Kano to complain about it or to advise the governor on how to govern the state. Each state in Nigeria has its own peculiarity and the law came about as a result of our peculiar challenge which the law is to address. In fact, the Emir even lied in his claim that he called and advised the governor over the law. What is your thought on the herdsmen menace, going forward? The best solution to this issue going forward is for every state in Nigeria to embrace ranching for peace in the country. Within one week, we had killings in Benue; Numan in Adamawa State; Lau here in Taraba; Edo, Ekiti and other parts of the country and Sanusi has the guts to accuse others? He is instigating crisis across the country with his false claims. That tells you the type of leadership we have in this country. Sanusi feels the people of Numan are wrong, Lau, Edo, Ondo and other places, where the Fulani are killing people are all wrong. It is the Fulani that are right and everybody should accept what he is saying. What we are playing with in this country is terrible. This was how Boko Haram started and today, we all know what it has done to our social and economic life. Nigeria should check its borders and know who and who is coming into the country, most times illegally, riding on the back of ECOWAS protocol of free movement. But I tell you, that protocol does not allow free entry for everybody. You cannot allow criminals or people without identity into your country. Why is (Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman) Dambazzau running up and down when he knows that immigration is under him? What has he done to stop illegal entry into the country? As a citizen of Nigeria, I am not allowed to have a gun unless I am licensed, but we have foreigners who come into the country with guns and kill people anyhow, and you want to tell me we have a government in this country? This is a conspiracy; but whatever conspiracy they think they are doing, it will bounce back on them one day. As leaders, we should all work for peace and rise up above sentiments. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must work for the unity and progress of Nigeria.
I think the statement that says “there is no place like home” has lost its relevance and meaning considering what is happening, in my opinion, the entire world has to know what’s happening to us in our our own state, we have no reason not to post the wadat a crises, the security system has been influenced to Favour our visitors, when we protested the killings of our sisters and brother they deployed the military to come and kill us, we have become visitors and insecure here at home, this guys as at 4pm were operating at will and has inflicted deep cut into the bodies of human being whom are our brothers, destroy and burn peoples houses and vehicles, Christians who went to the market to buy things and those who live in wadata left there homes to take refuge at zone A police station, this happened with no single confrontation from any security agency, as if its not enough they followed us to the police station and tried to force there way in to have our heads, what did the police do, they were simply begging the hoodlums to calm down, as at 4pm this evening when I left there was no single confrontation from any security agent, as if its not enough that the Government of Benue and the FG has failed in there primary responsibility which is to protect life’s and properties? Why ask us not to post for fear of state of emergency? do they even know what state of emergency means? should they not instead deploy security personnel’s to go there and calm the situation rather than posting rubbish? anyone who says we should not post about it has said it because they were not there to experience what happened.
A 45-year-old farmer and carpenter identified as John Ulaha, has reportedly impregnated his mother-in-law and putting his wife, Victoria, in a fix.
According to a new report by Sunonline, sometime in mid-September 2017, John and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ashetu Igbasue, 42, had relocated to Awe, Nassarawa State, in order to fast-track their harvesting. Three months into the pair’s sojourn, Ashetu got pregnant.
Mrs. Igbasue, said that it all started in the farm during a joke which led to sex later in the night when they returned from the farm.
“I agreed to his demand for sex and thought it was just to satisfy his sexual feelings, but somehow, it became a daily thing,” she confessed.
“I never thought I could get pregnant due to my age. I told my daughter the truth so that we can get a solution to it and out of anger she went public with it. I have since regretted my action. My intention is to find a way and abort it.
My daughter earlier agreed to look for somebody to abort it for me because I can’t keep it. The whole thing was a temptation and I completely regret it. I have pleaded for forgiveness from her.”
John however claimed that his mother-in-law seduced him by always exposing herself while they worked on the farm, especially, whenever both of them came together to eat.
“She would always sit half-naked before me; at first, it was embarrassing to me,” he said.
“But I later discovered that her actions were an open invitation and as a man, I was tempted at a point, and that led to something else. And we both continued in that order until our actions resulted in pregnancy.”
Expressing her disappointment at her husband’s behaviour, Victoria remarked:
“It would have been better for him to get a second wife who will be stationed at home or even look for a girlfriend to satisfy him in my absence rather than going into a love affair with my own mother; it is a very shameful thing and an abomination of the highest order; it is wrong.”
Victoria promised to take proper action after she recovers from the shock. But for now, she had ruled out the option of opting out of the marriage.
•Retired Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha
In what appeared to be a surprise drama, former Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, and founder of the newly floated political party, Green Party of Nigeria (GMP), last Sunday made a surprise appearance at the grand finale of the four-day international crusade organised by the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries in Mgbidi, Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State.
Al-Mustapha said his mission to the Christian gathering was to appeal to the General Overseer of the Lord Chosen, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, to acknowledge with a particular interest the problem in Nigeria at this point in time as they were snowballing into something bigger, pleading passionately to the Muoka to come to the rescue of the 19 states of Northern Nigeria that are incessantly experiencing crises.
He enumerated the problems plaguing the country to include “corruption, terrorism and high unemployment rate. “Our brothers and sister are dying across waters, our education system is nothing to write home about, infrastructure is nowhere to be found, so many promises but not fulfilled, too much money but nothing to show for it, institutional decay, nepotism, gender inequality problems and all that,” he added.
He said therefore that it was high time Nigerians resorted to the likes of Muoka to seek help and direction for the country and be free from the instabilities confronting the country.
Al-Mustapha regretted that the Northern states were presently bedeviled with so many social problems, and requires sincere and honest people like Muoka, who can direct and pass the right messages to the people and as well pray for a turnaround in Nigeria.
According to him, “We want Pastor Muoka to extend his evangelism to the North to change the situation there for good. If we allow terrorism to get deep rooted, it may affect other parts of Nigeria. Besides, people are dying every day. So, there is need to bring in place people who have the capacity to bring Nigeria out of its present situation.
Describing the church leader as an embodiment of humility and a distinguished personality who radiates all known and unknown qualities of a true leader, Mustapha said: “The essence of any leadership in life rests on the provision of hope to the people when their confidence is lost and providing that confidence when the people no longer have hope anywhere else. The Lord’s Chosen Ministries has an anchorman of such capacity.”
The ex-soldier noted that life is not measured by the amount of money, cars or houses one has, but by the number of lives affected positively.
“Life is not measured by the riches in your pocket nor the number of houses, castles or palaces that you have and not by the power that you have but it is measured from the point of view of people appreciating and smiling when they see you and when they hear of you. The Lord Chosen General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, is one of those people. I see in him humility, simplicity, wisdom, responsibility cheerfulness, kindness and of courses faith and wisdom.”
Speaking further, Mustapha hinted that in kindness and wisdom, when he was being persecuted in 2009, and kept for 15 years going through torture, Muoka made intercessory prayers on his behalf till he got freedom.
“In the mid-way of my persecution, the distinguished religious leader sent people to pray for me. He was also praying for me without minding the leadership that was persecuting me. And as I was going through the travails, through the kindness and wisdom with which he showed me, I saw a lot of things happening, and eventually, God Almighty granted me freedom,” he stated.
1). Never raise your voice for any reason to your husband. Its a sign of disrespect.(Prov 15v1) 2). Don’t expose your husband’s weaknesses toyour family and friends. It will bounce back at you.You are each other’s keeper.(Eph 5v12) 3). Never use attitudes and moods to communicate to your husband, you never know how your husband will interpret them. Defensive women don’t have a happy home.(Prov 15v13) 4). Never compare your husband to other men, you’ve no idea what their life is all about. If you attack his Ego, his Love for you will diminish. 5). Never ill treat your husband’s friends because you don’t like them, the person who’s supposed to get rid of them is your husband.(Prov 11v22) 6). Never forget that your husband married you, not your maid or anyone else. Do your duties.(Gen 2v24) 7). Never assign anyone to give attention to your husband, people may do everything else but your husband is your own responsibility.(Eph 5v33) 8). Never blame your husband if he comes back home empty handed. Rather encourage him.(Deut 3v28) 9). Never be a wasteful wife, your husband’s sweat is too precious to be wasted. 10). Never pretend to be sick for the purpose of denying your husband sex. You must give it to him how he wants it. Sex is very important to Men, if you keep denying him, it is a matter of time before another woman takes over theat duty. No man can withstand sex starvation for too long(even the anointed ones) (SS 7v12) 11). Never compare your husband to your one time sex mate in bedroom, or an Ex-lover. Your home may Never recover from it if you do.(SS 5v9) 12). Never answer for your husband in public opinion polls, let him handle what is directed to him although he may answer for you in public opinion polls.(Prov 31v23) 13). Never shout or challenge your husband in front of children. Wise Women don’t do that.(Eph 4v31) 14). Don’t forget to check the smartness of your husband before he checks out.(Prov 12v4) 15). Never allow your friends to be too close to your husband. 16). Never be in a hurry in the bathroom and on the dressing table. Out there your husband is always surrounded by women who took their time on their looks.( 1 Sam25v3) 17). Your parents or family or friends do not have the final say in your marriage. Don’t waste your time looking up to them for a final word. You must Leave if you want to Cleave.(Luke 21v16) 18). Never base your love on monetary things. Will you still submit to him even if you earn more money than him? 19). Don’t forget that husbands want attention and good listeners, never be too busy for him. Good communication is the bed rock of every happy home. (Gal 6v9) 20). If your idea worked better than his, never compare yourself to him. Its always teamwork.(Gal 6v10) 21). Don’t be too judgemental to your husband. No man wants a Nagging wife.(Eph 4v29) 22). A lazy wife is a careless wife. She doesn’t even know that her body needs a bath.(Prov 24v27)(Prov 20v13) 23). Does your husband like a kind of cooked food?, try to change your cooking. No man jokes with food. (Prov 31v14) 24). Never be too demanding to your husband,enjoy every moment, resource as it comes.(Luke 11v3) 25). Make a glass of water the very first welcome to your husband and everyone entering your home. Sweetness of attitude is true beauty. (Prov 31v11) 26). Don’t associate with women who have a wrong mental attitude about marriage.(Prov 22v14) 27). Your marriage is as valuable to you as the value that you give it. Recklessness is unacceptable.(Heb 13v4) 28). Fruit of the womb is a blessing from the Lord, love your children and teach them well.(Prov 22v6) 29). You are never too old to influence your home. Never reduce your care for your family for any reason. (Prov 31v28) 30). A prayerful wife is a better equipped wife, pray always for your husband and family(1 Thess 5v17) Have a lovely day….. God bless u all.