Condemnations have continued to trail the brutal assassination of Nigeria’s former ambassador to the Republic of Ukrain and Gabon, Chief Ignatius Ajuru.
Chief Ignatius Ajuru who hailed from Isiokpo in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State was cut down on Sunday by unknown gunmen at Obehie in the Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State on his way back to Port Harcourt after a condolence visit to the Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim over the death of his mother. His orderly and the driver of the vehicle in which he was travelling sustained serious injuries and are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital while Ajuru’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue.
Nigerians who spoke to The Tide on the issue described it as a big challenge to Nigeria’s security agencies.
According to them, it was high time Nigeria’s security organs showed the world that they have the capacity to contain criminality in the country.
Reacting to the incident, paramount ruler of Isiokpo community, HRM, King Blessing Wagor described the murder of the late envoy as a rude shock to the community and Rivers State at large.
King Wagor who spoke to The Tide at the residence of Chief Ajuru also announced the cancellation of the proposed Isiokpo Day celebration in deference of the slain politician.
Also reacting, the former chief medical director of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Professor Uriah Etawo described the assassination as a big shock to him and his family.
In his comments, the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Professor Bedford Fubara also described the death as a big loss to the state.
Professor Fubara used the occasion to call on the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the act.
In his reaction, the Rivers state Islamic Leader, Alhaji Ahmed R T. Okiri who condemned the assassination, urged the government of Abia State to collaborate with its Rivers counterpart to check the rising wave of militancy at the Port Harcourt-Aba express road.
When The Tide visited his residence at Isiokpo everywhere was under lock and key but at one Chief Wobodo Amadi’s palace, sympathizers were seen trooping in and out while some expressed shock and disbelief at the gruesome murder. Some were weeping while others simply hissed.
Chief Wobodo Amadi who doubles as the chairman of Isiokpo Council of Chiefs spoke with deep sorrow and bitterness of heart. “It is true our brother is dead and his body has been removed from the scene of the incident. He is presently in a mortuary” Wobodo said.
The Nye Nwe Ali of Isiokpo, HRM, King Blessing Wagor Imenwo described the late Ajuru as a rare gem and a forthright political leader in Isiokpo. He said a condolence register has already been opened at his Port Harcourt residence.
Hon Adindu Chukwuigwe, a one-time Vice Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area described the death of Ajuru as shocking and unfortunate, saying Isiokpo, Ikwerre and Rivers State as a whole lost a top personality.
Prof. I. H. Ajuru was until his demise the chairman, governing council of the Rivers State University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt.
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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity
Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.
It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.
Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.
Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.
Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments
President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.
The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.
According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.
He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.
Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.
The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.
He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.
On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.
He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.
“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.
“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.
“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.
”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.
“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.
“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.
On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.
On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.
According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.
The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”
Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari
Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.
The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.
Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.
He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.
He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.
“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.
“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.
“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”
He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.
This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.
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