Asari Dokubo, former Niger Delta militant leader, has described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as a liar, following his denial of demolishing a mosque in Port Harcourt.
He alleged that Wike and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had hitherto singled out the mosque for demolition.
Wike was accused of ordering the demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The governor, however, denied the allegation raised by the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, saying there was no building on the site at the time of the clearance exercise.
Reacting to Wike’s denial, Asari warned the governor that Islam was bigger than him, despite demolishing the said mosque.
In a Facebook video, Asari stayed that there was nothing Wike can do to stop Muslims in the state from practicing their religion.
He explained that he and his family worshipped at the mosque located at Trans-Amadi in Port Harcourt and that the property was legally acquired.
According to Asari: “It is most unfortunate that fickle-minded persons will claim that a mosque was demolished at this place, when no mosque existed here. The story was concocted by mischief makers to score cheap points.
“I have been down for eight days which makes it difficult for me to talk on the issues that are trending now; one of the issues is concerning the dastardly act carried out by the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, in demolishing my mosque.
”I am a member of the congregation of the Trans-Amadi central mosque. That is where I pray with my family. I, alone, have 21 children and I live with 59 other children.
“They are on holiday. The bulk of them pray. Fortunately, they are in my village, Ogbama with me.
”The debate continues to drag on. Wike claiming there was no mosque; I will say that is a lie. He is lying. And you know, Wike you are lying. if there is no mosque why did you go there? We legally acquired the land for the mosque like other groups there. we acquired it from Dr Sotonye Amadi; a christian group acquired part of that land and they have built their churches, why did you and your brother, Rotimi Amaechi single out our mosque to demolish and to prevent us from building?
”The person who acquired the land for the mosque is an Ijaw man, an Okrika, Ijaw man. This land was acquired legally. Why is this mosque a problem to you?
“Rivers State people are active members of that mosque. What offence have we committed against our motherland that you will dictate to us what religion to follow. There are some of you that are Ogboni members; has Ogboni any relationship with Rivers State? You used our money to build a Christian interdenominational centre.
”There is nothing you can do to stop us from being Muslims. You take our money to sponsor Tambuwal. You say you are the governor of all Rivers people; you should examine yourself. You take on weak opponents, but bow before the enemy.
”We are Rivers Muslims. There is nothing you can do about it. You will look at us and get a heart-attack. In the next three years you will be out of government house.
”And people are praising you because you said Rivers State is a Christian state. It will never be a Christian State. You not even a Christian. I don’t now which of you is a Christian. Islam is bigger than you.”
Amotekun: A Battle Won Against FG — Afenifere
A factional Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere on Tuesday described Amotekun Security outfit as a battle won against the ‘imperial’ Federal Government by the strong will of West and freedom-loving friends across Nigeria.
Besides,the group in a communique after its regular meeting held in Sure, the Ondo state capital expressed disgust with the Nigerian Police Force(NPF) that almost seven months after the murder of its Leader’s daughter,Late Funke Olakunrin, the police has stopped any form of investigation into the dastardly act without any briefing to the family.
It said” We are left with no option at this stage than to conclude that she was a victim of political assassination necessitating state cover-up.
Afenifere challenged the police to do its job on the matter in spite of their disappointment with them.
The group also invoked her spirit to remain restless until the killers and masterminds of her death are exposed and brought before the temple of Justice.
The meeting noted that but for the depth of despair unitary rule has sunk Nigeria, States having security guards should not have been any issue as the 1999 constitution recognizes the right of state to protect lives and property and “State” does not mean only Federal Government but states and Local Governments.
According to the communique, only carpenters posing as lawyers would ever say that security is on any exclusive list as there is no law that stops individuals from securing their premises talk less of state actors.
“The jejune argument by spokesmen of our tormentors that the Federal Government has failed to protect us against, that having a security outfit that cuts across states is unacceptable was seen as a non-sequitur as Yoruba are a homogenous group once under a region before Nigeria broke into states”.
The group pointed out that Yoruba would find it hard to oppose Amotekun in any other part of Nigeria if it owns Hisbah, Lafiya Dole and harbors Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah that are tormenting the country and making President Trump to consider placing Nigeria on travel ban.
It rejected any attempt to subsume Amotekun under the Community Policing scheme of the Federal Government which the group claimed was just being informants to the Nigerian police.
Afenifere maintained that Amotekun should be independent in carrying out the security of residents of South West with defined operational cooperation with the police but not its subordinate.
“While Amotekun has now come to stay there must be no let or hindrance in the pursuit of a federal Nigeria so we can revert to the multi-level policing status of Nigeria of the past which saw the Nigerian Railway corporation having its own police.
“In this regard, we are happy with the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan declaration of support for issues in Federalism especially multi-level policing and we enjoin the National Assembly to see it as the urgent business of now”
The group hailed the South West Governors for standing firm on Yoruba consensus on Amotekun without blinking.
It equally appreciated other groups such as Ohaneze, PANDEF and Middle Belt Forum for standing solidly with the project as well as Prof Wole Soyinka,Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Prof Itse Sagay(SAN), Femi Falana, and others.
The communique also condemned in the strongest terms the lawlessness in Oyo State over local council dissolution.
Security In Nigeria Has Deteriorated — Senate President, Ahmed Lawan
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has raised an alarm over the insecurity witnessed across the country which has led to loss of lives and properties.
Speaking at Tuesday’s plenary at the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, Lawan reiterated the need for lives and properties to be secured in the country as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
He said: “My distinguished colleagues, the security situation in our country requires serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed the National Assembly.
“Recently, the security in the country has deteriorated and the attendant loss of lives is not acceptable.
“We need to secure the lives and property of our citizens, as enshrined in our Constitution. We all are witnesses to how our economy is also affected by the inclement security situation.”
In his welcome speech after the lawmakers resumed from their six-week recess, the Senate President disclosed that they are working to engage the Federal Government on the implementation of the nation’s security strategy.
He added that they will also be working towards implementation of community policing and will also be inviting police authorities to give periodic updates.
He said: “There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift and reform of the architecture and structure of our security systems. Equally important is citizen participation, and collaboration in providing security.”
“In this regard, the Senate will engage the Executive arm of government to discuss the implementation of the recently launched National Security Strategy (NSS) 2019.”
On Power he said: “My distinguished colleagues, it is an incontrovertible fact that the power sector cannot function optimally and thrive under the current circumstances.
“The anticipated outcome of improvement in effectiveness and efficiency of the privatisation process has not been achieved and doesn’t look feasible. Therefore, we have to take all the necessary steps to salvage this indispensable sector.
“The ensuing debate on the report of the Roundtable Discussions will no doubt reveal the actions that the Federal Government will need to take.”
BREAKING: Senate To Debate Rising Insecurity Wednesday
The Senate on Tuesday exclusively dedicated Wednesday to debate the worsening security situation across the country.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan disclosed this after a closed-door session of the Senate on Tuesday.
Lawan said that the Senate also resolved to prioritise the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Power sector reforms to provide energy to Nigeria, agricultural enhancement across Nigeria, Electoral Act Amendment Bill and legislations to boost solid minerals development.