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Group cautions religious leaders over Kwara hijab crisis

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The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association has condemned the hijab crisis in some schools in Kwara State, describing it as unfortunate.

A meeting between the Kwara State Government and leaders of the two religions in the state, Christianity and Islam, on the controversy generated by the wearing of the hijab by Muslim students in schools has failed to produce amicable resolution.

Both parties had reportedly refused to shift ground at the meeting presided over by the state Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi.

Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association, in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Salaudeen, and the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Jagunma, expressed disappointment with the turn of things amongst the two religious groups on the hijab issue.

It noted that Kwara State was named the state of harmony based the way peaceful coexistence of the Muslims and Christians over the years.

It stated that whoever was fueling the hijab crisis in schools in the state wanted a religious crisis and did not mean well for Kwarans.

It, however, commended the Kwara State Government for taking proactive measures by summoning a stakeholders’ meeting and ordering the immediate closure of affected schools in the state.

It urged the government to take far-reaching measures in finding a lasting solution to the problem that would avert a reoccurrence of this ugly incident in future.

Muslim leaders in the state had last week urged the state government to impress it on the authorities of mission schools now being grant-aided by the state government to allow their wards to wear hijab to school.

The Christian leaders, however, disagreed, saying they would not allow that in mission schools.

The Christian leaders gave Muslim pupils in the affected schools the option of wearing caps or withdraw from the mission schools.

This matter became volatile, forcing the state government to shut down 10 missionary secondary schools in the state.

The state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has earlier called for calm and peace, saying “we must not allow the issue to spark religious crisis.”

PDP’s spokesperson in the state, Tunde Ashaolu, in a statement, urged the parties involved to be tolerant, exercise caution and not allow the hijab to cause enmity between the adherents of the two religions.

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Niger communities excited as soldiers return to Bassa, Allawa

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Excited villagers on Saturday welcomed the return of soldiers to Bassa and Allawa towns in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State after a month of their quitting the area due to invasion of their camps by bandits.
The armed soldiers came in about 100 camouflage vehicles to begin a special operation in the area.
The return of the soldiers followed a series of meetings between the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Danjuma Hamisu Ali-Keffi, the state government and other stakeholders in the state.
The military camps in Allawa and Bassa in the Shiroro Local Government of the state were shut down last month after bandits numbering about 100 invaded the Security Joint Taskforce camps in the two towns, killing 12 soldiers, burning the camps and some operational vehicles.
Another camp at Zagzaga in the Munya Local Government was also sacked a few days later during which one RSM was kidnapped and found dead three days after.
A senator representing Niger East Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Musa, said, “It is a welcome development and a great relief to the people it should be sustained.
“The return of soldiers is a great relief for my people, and I want to thank and commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for the return of the soldiers.
“I will equally want to appeal to them to hasten the return of soldiers to other communities to enable the people go back to their homes to continue their farming business.”

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Thunderstorms, heavy rains disrupt Yoruba Nation agitators rally in Osogbo

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Thunderstorms with heavy rain on Saturday disrupted the rally by agitators of Yoruba Nation in Osogbo Osun State.
Scores of Yoruba Nation agitators had stormed the popular Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo on Saturday after they changed the venue of the rally because of the heavy security presence.
One of the leading Yoruba Nation agitators, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, arrived in Osogbo from Oyo State at 1.40pm and went straight to where the agitators were demonstrating at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park.
Igboho got to the venue at 2.01pm to address the agitators.
He was addressing the agitators when the scorching sunny weather turned cloudy at 2.25pm.
He hurriedly addressed his supporters standing on top of a vehicle. When other leaders wanted to address the agitators, heavy rain started and it dispersed supporters from the venue.
While it was raining, thunderstorms made it impossible for supporters to gather and they ran for cover.

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Our police are overwhelmed, says Bauchi governor

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Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has said that security challenges in Nigeria will require collaborative efforts because the police are overwhelmed.
He stated this when he addressed journalists in Bauchi, stressing that addressing insecurity could not be left to the Federal Government alone.

He urged state and local governments, as well as traditional rulers, to be actively involved in ensuring improved security across the country.

Mohammed said, “It is the responsibility of the federal, state and the local governments, including all the traditional institutions in the country.
“These problems can only with tackled with concerted efforts and collaboration from the federal, state and local governments.“As a nation, we are challenged by so many aspects of misdemeanours, crime and criminality. We must be very courageous to say it, and that is not something that is acceptable within the tenet of Islam.
”It is not just a Federal Government’s responsibility; it’s a responsibility of the Federal Government, the state and the local governments as well as our traditional institutions and all the stakeholders.”

He also said, “We are all policemen today; we know these bandits; we know where they stay and what they do.
“Sometimes, they are aided and abetted by some of us and we should fish them out, because the police in their numbers are already overwhelmed.
“I’m calling on the federal government to work with us as governors and local governments, because that’s where the solution is.
“I hope we sit down as a country to reflect and make sure we bring solutions.”

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