The Igbo community in Oyo State has backed the second term bid of the incumbent Governor Seyi Makinde ahead of the 2023 general elections, describing the governor’s all-inclusive approach to governance as unprecedented.
This was disclosed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) Mr. Tallest Innocent, while speaking with newsmen during a stakeholders meeting, held yesterday, at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.
Tallest said: “To be sincere, I have gone round, and all the stakeholders in Oyo State have their support for Engr. Seyi Makinde. He has been doing wonderfully well in his approach to governance, by placing merit over mediocrity in his scale of affairs. I can assure you that come 2023, he does not have any problem with Ndi-Igbo in Oyo State.” “From the attendance, you can see that all the Igbos are unflinchingly behind the Governor despite perceived differences within their ranks, this shows that His Excellency’s style of leadership is welcomed by the non-indigenous people that are resident in the Pacesetter state.”
“You can see that the representative of every Igbo man, ranging from Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, state associations, market associations, town union meetings, women associations as well as the Youths. The Governor has displayed capacity and our loyalty is with him.”
Reacting to the purported division among Ndi Igbo in Oyo State, the governor’s aide, played down any form of discord within the Igbo community in the state, describing it as a family affair that will not affect the common resolve of the generality of Igbos in Oyo state.
“There is no division among Igbos in Oyo State we are one. In a family, there may be differences but that does not affect the common goal of the family. As you have just witnessed, the Igbo people are United in their support for this administration even beyond 2023”
“You may talk of division but I can assure you that the vast majority of Igbos in Oyo state are enjoying the benefits of the friendly business environment that his Excellency has entrenched in the state. Gone are the days when our people are intimidated in their business places for various reasons.
“The governor has assured all and sundry that all law-abiding citizens will be given equal opportunities to contribute to the economic development of the state and our people are a major beneficiary of this gesture. For this, we will even support him for the presidency beyond his tenure as Governor of Oyo State.”
9/11: Biden surrendered in defeat, Trump on US withdrawing from Afghan
Former US President Donald Trump has slammed the “horrible” withdrawal from Afghanistan and the “incompetence” of Joe Biden’s administration during the frenzied end to America’s longest war.
Speaking during the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in the US, Trump said it was a horrible thing that took place.
“It looked like we retreated, it looked like we gave up. Like, they use the word surrender,” he also told officers at the precinct, referring to the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan last month following the Taliban takeover of the country.
“And we didn’t surrender, our people didn’t surrender and our soldiers sure as hell didn’t surrender,” he said.
The US military intervention in Afghanistan began in late 2001 in the wake of Al-Qaeda’s attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside the US capital.
Al-Qaeda had been sheltering in Taliban-held Afghanistan, and the US invasion toppled the extremist regime in a bid to find Al-Qaeda’s leaders.
But the Taliban launched an insurgency and came back to power last month.
As a president, Trump brokered a deal with the Taliban in February 2020 that would have seen all US troops out by May 2021 in return for security guarantees from the insurgents.
But it was his successor Biden who carried out the withdrawal, moving the date back to August 31 but lifting all conditions.
The Taliban captured Kabul and the Afghan government collapsed on August 15, giving the US and its allies two weeks to conduct one of the biggest airlifts in history.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump also released a video message calling September 11 a “very sad day” and again slammed the Afghan withdrawal.
He blamed “bad planning, incredible weakness, and leaders who truly didn’t understand what was happening.”
“Joe Biden and his inept administration surrendered in defeat,” Trump said in the message.
Gov Matawalle sends strong message to bandits
Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, says that his government is no longer interested in having a dialogue with bandits.
While speaking to a congregation in Gusau, Matawalle said that security forces would flush them out of the state.
“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor said.
He urged residents to be patient and to support new security measures put in place to flush out bandits and their collaborators to restore peace in the state.
The governor said the barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces had made them to make a fresh overture to government seeking dialogue.
He said the bandits’ emissaries informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with government.
He noted that some of the bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government.
Matawalle warned politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, stressing that: “politicians should fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who, in turn, sell to bandits to perpetuate their evil acts.’’
The governor said also that Zamfara government would prosecute any politician caught in the act.
Afghanistan: Taliban now has new leader
The Taliban announced Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as the leader of their new government in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also told a press conference that Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader.
Two senior figures in the Haqqani Network, a US-designated terror group aligned with the Taliban and al Qaeda, will be in in the interim government. Both have been sanctioned by the United Nations and the US.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, the network’s leader, will be the acting interior minister. Haqqani has been one of two deputy leaders of the Taliban since 2016 and has a $10 million US bounty on his head. Khalil Haqqani, Sirajuddin’s uncle, was appointed as acting minister for refugees. Two other members of the Haqqani clan were also named to positions in the interim government.
The other deputy leader of the Taliban, Mullah Yaqoob, has become acting minister of defense. Yaqoob is the son of Mullah Omar, the founder of the Taliban.