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Drums Support For Governor Akeredolu’s Decision To Rid Ondo Forests Of Herdsmen.

The highly revered international cultural icon, who doubles as the traditional title holder of Erelu Oodua of Aye kingdom and Irawo Oni of Yoruba land, Erelu Tinuade Mabel Onaneye has on Friday 22nd of January 2021 submitted that the Fulani herdsmen have turned Yoruba farmlands into “EVIL FOREST” and killing fields one cannot go without fear.

She made the submission during a press release she signed and made available to the general public at a brief visit to her hometown, Aye in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Erelu expressed worries over persistent attacks against farming communities in Yoruba lands, especially Ondo state and the infiltration of Fulanis into Aye Kingdom, many of who denied being Fulanis but call themselves Tarabas yet look no different from Fulanis and know every nooks and cranny of the communities.

 

“Some of the Fulanis engaged in Okada riding business, they knew everywhere, the Fulani people had already invaded the South.

 

 

 

“Please be bold, be strong, stand your ground, ignore Garba Shehu and whatever he represents, and give Leadership to your people as security of life and property is paramount  to Governance and it is the first responsibility of government. Kindly Insist on your stand sir, the good people of Ondo State are with you irrespective of political leanings”, Erelu told the royal fathers.

 

 

 

“We have had enough of Fulani Herdsmen onslaught on our people in Ondo State. From Ifon to Okeluse, from Ofosu to Okeigbo, from Lipakala to Aponmu, from Ikakunmo to Oyin, from Ikaram to Ishua, from Idoani to Oba Akoko, the story is the same, nowhere is safe anymore. These people have overstayed their welcome and usefulness, it is not acceptable for strangers who are doing their own private businesses to come to our land and continue to destroy our crops, kidnap our people, collect a ransom and kill our people in our own land with our police and security helpless most of the times.

 

 

 

“We know that not all herdsmen are bad but since they all look alike and since the good ones and have refused to identify the bad ones and point them to the Security Agencies, they should all leave our forests, for now, to pave way for profiling in the future”, she submitted.

She added that it is devastating how murderous herdsmen painted the once peaceful, picturesque domains into human abattoirs. She acknowledges the current role of the administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in ending the menace in Ondo State.

 

“Gov. Akeredolu, the Balogun of Yorubaland, be bold, be strong, stand your ground, ignore Garba Shehu and whatever he represents and give Leadership to your people as security of life and property is paramount to Governance and it is the first responsibility of government.

 

‘I join hands and hearts with millions of the Yoruba sons and daughters in the diaspora so throw our support behind Governor Akeredolu’s decision to rid our farmlands and forests of illegal squatters and herdsmen.

 

“On this note, I give kudos to him for standing his ground not minding the cost and the threat from the Presidency, unlike other southwest Governors, who for political reason and for fear of losing ‘Presidency favour’ chose to shy away from doing the needful!’ Erelu commented. Good job brother Aketi.”, she concluded.

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Femi Pedro Replaces Late Kemi Nelson in GAC

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A former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, has made a comeback from political oblivion and relegation. He is now back to political relevance and wielding enormous powers, at least at the state level.

 

At the time he was poached from the banking sector in the early 2000, where he was at that time, the Managing Director of defunct First Atlantic Bank, to be Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s deputy in Lagos, he wielded some degree of power and was naturally courted by many who requested one favour or the other from him. But that wasn’t for long as no sooner had he tasted power than he began to tussle with his benefactor over his choice of successor in the twilight of his boss’ administration.

 

Pedro wanted to succeed his boss but the latter didn’t think he was the right man for the job. In anger, he began to throw tantrums, resigned and moved to another party, hoping to fulfill his ambition. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out as he wanted and that was the beginning of his end.

 

The Lagos State House of Assembly naturally decided to impeach him for alleged gross misconduct and subsequent forfeiture of all his entitlements as Deputy Governor of Lagos State. He suffered badly for seven years for his political miscalculation. He became relegated in the scheme of things. After some soul searching, he swallowed his pride and went back to his boss when he couldn’t remedy his situation. He was accepted back albeit, warily. He had to prove his loyalty and after a few tests he passed.

 

First, he got a pardon from the State House of Assembly orchestrated by his former boss, for his impeachment. This was after the House considered his plea to be forgiven in a letter he wrote them in 2015. Then he was given a federal appointment, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), courtesy of the influence of his former boss. To further restore his political relevance, he was recently appointed to the Council of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, the highest decision-making body of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State.

 

His appointment may likely be a replacement to the vacant position of the late former women leader in South West APC, Kemi Nelson who was a commissioner during Tinubu’s tenure as governor. Until her death weeks ago, she was the only female in GAC, a position she earned due to her closeness to Tinubu and her immense contributions to the party in Lagos State. With Pedro’s appointment, one can rightly say that he is back to political reckoning.

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SIFAX Boss, Taiwo Afolabi’s Twin Brother Dies  

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Sifax and Marriot Hotel boss , Dr. Taiwo Afolabi is not a happy man at the moment. He has just lost his twin brother Kenny Afolabi to the cold hands of death.

 

Kenny, who was popularly known as Watari when he was alive we learnt died in his sleep. Though, many people around him beleive he was nursing an ailment that made him stop drinking some years back, but none could say what killed him eventually.

 

Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi is a Nigerian business magnate and lawyer. He is the founder and current C.E.O of SIFAX Group, a conglomerate that deals in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage, Hospitality, Financial Services and Oil and Gas, while Kenny Afolabi was known with his Hotel known as Ken Dallas that has its location somewhere in Ikotun, Lagos.The late Kenny pictured left above with his brother,Taiwo, was 60yrs old.

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