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Four Kwara Monarchs Receive Appointment Letters

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  • KWSG presents appointment letters to four traditional chiefs

  • As Ilala, Isare-Opin, Isapa, Apakere communities make list

Kwara State Government on Thursday presented letters of appointment to four traditional rulers from Irepodun, Ekiti and Ifelodun local governments of the State, in line with the State’s Traditional Chiefs Appointment and Deposition Law.

The new monarchs are Aala of Ilala, HRH Oba Fatai Oladega Talabi as 3rd Class Chief (Irepodun); Alara of Isare-Opin, HRH Oba Owolabi Kayode Micheal as 3rd Class Chief (Ekiti); Onisapa of Isapa, HRH Oba Oluwagbenga Adefioye Adeyeye as 4th Class (Ekiti); and Olu of Apakere, HRH Oba Isiaka Ismail Oderinde as 4th Class Chief from Ifelodun local government area of the State.

Their appointment had followed the death of the previous occupiers of the royal offices, according to a statement from the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development.

Performing the presentation, State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hon Lafia Kora Aliyu Sabi, said they were appointed based on the respect Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq accords to the traditional institution in the State, describing the fathers as custodians of people’s culture and important stakeholders in the affairs of security and peacekeeping.

“Let me state here categorically that His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has always accorded due recognition, respect and support to the traditional rulers since the inception of his administration. Today’s event is typical of such and worth commending,” he said.

“We have a Governor that ensures the welfare of our royal fathers is attended to for their maximum comfort, and this I believe has greatly assisted them in the discharge of their traditional responsibilities.”

The Commissioner enjoined the traditional rulers to close rank with all and sundry in order to ensure peace and tranquility in their domains, adding that their peaceful co-existence is critical to engendering a sustainable growth and progress in their various communities and the State at large.

Sabi congratulated the Chiefs on their appointments and prayed to God to make their reign peaceful and impactful.

The brief ceremony was well attended by some government officials, APC party stalwarts and leaders, and some family members, including the State APC Chairman, Prince Sunday Fagbemi; members representing Ekiti and Irepodun Local Government Areas at the Kwara State House of Assembly Hon. Abolarin Ganiyu Gabriel and Hon. Felix Tayo Awodiji; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Alabere.

Alabere, for his part, described the programme as a further demonstration of policy thrust of Governor AbdulRazaq on sustainability of customs and tradition in the selection of vacant stools.

State APC Chairman, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, charged the newly appointed traditional rulers to be magnanimous in their victory by carrying the people of their communities along in the scheme of things.

Fagbemi, who is equally from Ekiti, also enjoined them to support the government’s policies and programmes, and strive hard for peace, progress and development of their respective communities.

Speaking on behalf of other appointees, Aala of Ilala, Oba Fatai Oladega Talabi appreciated the government and the people of their communities for the confidence reposed in them, promising to work for the peace and economic development of their neighborhoods.

He also solicited for the support and cooperation of their people to enable them achieve their desired objectives.

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“O su wa”: A Symptom That Kwara PDP Is undergoing Political Depression- Soliu Mohammed

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The adoption of “O su wa” as campaign slogan by the Kwara State PDP is unarguably a symptom that they are going through what is  called Political Depression, a recent topic that is gaining global interests among political scientists and clinical psychologists.

O sun mi (singular) meaning I’m “fed up” O sun wa (plural) “we are fed up” a term commonly expressed out of frustration due to successive failures of attempts at a particular endeavour or when life is generally perceived to be hopelessly unfavourable to an individual or group; a symptom indicating such an individual or group is undergoing or prone to depression. So if Kwara PDP chose to adopt such a slogan too, it means they are exhibiting a symptom of depression or Political Depression in this case.

Simply put, Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.

By extension, Political Depression involves thinking and feeling like we no longer have control over our destiny. Dr. Robert Lusson in his article on Political Depression says: “Political depression may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.”

These brief definitions of Political Depression above simply encapsulate and point directly to the current psychological reality the members of Kwara State PDP are going through.

“Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.” This is not far from the current situation of Kwara PDP, because their “enjoyment of life has been lowered” due to their inaccessibility to Kwara State fund which has been their cash cow for all manners of luxury life they lived. Hence their lack of enjoyment has created a fear in them and impaired their vision of living a “happy future”, a fear that the APC Abdurahman Abdulrazaq will rule the state in the next four years God willing, thereby dashing away the hope of PDP living a happy life anytime soon.

Dr. Lusson further posits that Political Depression “may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Of course, there’s no doubt that the Kwara PDP led by Bukola Saraki to the last members are gripped by the fear that they may be materially endangered and socially excluded from schemes  of things in the state because they no longer control the political power both at the national and the state level.

Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.” Obviously there are many political events capable enough to cause intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety for Bukola Saraki and the Kwara PDP…

From losing the 2019 PDP primary to Atiku after coming a distance third with 317 votes, coupled with the “O to ge” political revolution that dismantled the Saraki dynasty, marking the beginning of the diminishing sociopolitical relevance of Bukola both at the national and state level, to also of recent, all the manipulative efforts by Bukola Saraki to secure the PDP 2023 Presidential ticket and later to be the DG of Atiku Abubakar all hit brick wall, which compounded Bukolas’s political predicaments.

Therefore, these series of political events are bad enough to create frustration, helplessness and hopelessness for the PDP Leader in the state and his followers, hence the reason for adopting “O su wa” as a campaign slogan, a symptom that they are battling with some psychological deficiency, because it is only a political party who’s membership have mental case will say “O su wa” (they are fed up) with the ongoing unprecedented development of Kwara State by Mallam Abdurahman Abdulrazaq.

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FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds

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Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.

Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.

Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 

“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.

“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.

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Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Reinstated As Federal High Court Judge

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The National Judicial Council, NJC, has reinstated Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

Fidel Info reports that the legal body based its decision on a court judgement that quashed a 15-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against the embattled judge.

It will be recalled that the NJC had okayed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s prosecution, following  a petition dated December 28, 2017, which accused her of engaging in various acts considered to be in breach of the Code of Conduct of Judicial Officers.

Based on recommendation by the Council, President Muhammadu Buhari, on November 7, 2018, in the exercise of his constitutional power under Section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

However, owing to an application by Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, the trial high court, in a ruling it delivered on November 19, 2021, discharged the defendant of the charge against her.

The court placed reliance on a judgement that was delivered on November 28, 2019, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/638/2018, which quashed the NJC report that indicted the defendant.

Sequel to the court judgement, the NJC, at the end of a meeting it held on December 1, okayed the reinstatement of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia to the bench, a directive that has been complied with by the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice John Tsoho.

Justice Tsoho, in a circular that was sighted by Vanguard, said Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s reinstatement was with immediate effect.

The circular, dated December 5, read: “Your Lordships are by this Circular letter notified that at the Meeting of the National Judicial Council held on the 1st of December, 2022, the Council reinstated the Hon. Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia as a Judicial Officer.

 “The reinstatement takes instant effect and there shall be consequential posting.”

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