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Avoid hasty planting – Agency warns Nigerian farmers

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Avoid hasty planting - Agency warns Nigerian farmers

Farmers across the country have been cautioned to avoid hasty planting, so as to prevent losses due to the false onset of the rains recorded in various zones.

The warning which was issued by Nigeria Meteorological Agency NiMeT, Tuesday, specifically pointed out that farmers in the North Central Zone, particularly Nassarawa, Niger, Benue, Abuja and neighboring states such as, Kaduna, should take this advice seriously.

Mr. Mansur Matazu, NiMet Director General, who said this in Abuja noted that the recent rainfall in many parts of Nigeria is a false onset of the rainy season.

He said: The recent rainfall recorded in the central states as well as Kaduna in the North West from 12 to 20th March 2021, is a false onset as captured accurately in the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction.

The recorded rainfall is as a result of the forcing functions namely Mid-Latitude waves and the Madden Julian Oscillation that led to the Northward pull of the inter-trophical continuity and increased moisture into the country”.

Matazu stated that the above developments coupled with abundance in the atmosphere resulted in the recent rainfall events in and around Kaduna, Nassarawa, Niger, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NiMet boss explained that the outset of the rains in the South South of Nigeria has been established as predicted in the 2021 SCP, which was from March 1 to March 20.

The forcast for the South West and South East parts of the country, are gradually being established in line with the predicted dates of 13th March to 25th April, he stated.

Inspite of the advice, the Agency recommended that other preparatory planting activities, such as clearing, purchase of inputs by farmers, among others should commence as scheduled.

He stated that the earlier predicted onset of the rains for the rest of the country remained valid with the Central states witnessing the rains in late April to May, while the Northern states would experience theirs in late May to June ending.

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

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A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at least three times before Monday attacks in the state.

Amachree, however, said the police and the governor, who is the chief security of the state, failed to act on the intelligence by the DSS.

The former DSS official said this in an interview with press men, Thursday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily programme’.

Speaking on the television programme, the ex-DSS director said, “There was enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it, one week ahead of the event and of course 72 hours before the event and then 48 hours before the event”.

Amachree stressed that the Imo State Governor was aware that the prison and the police headquarters was about to be attacked.

Amachree lamented, “Some people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”

He also faulted claims by the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that members of IPOB masterminded the attacks. “He (Adamu) doesn’t have his fact right because I don’t see how he can identify them. You identify people by either arresting some of them or from what they say but there was no person that was arrested,” the ex-DSS director said, adding that the DSS was investigating the attacks and would identify who the attackers were.

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Don’t be silent when politicians go wrong -APC tells Religious Leaders

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Don't be silent when politicians go wrong -APC tells Religious Leaders

The Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, has challenged religious leaders not to be silent when politicians go wrong.

He also asked them not to succumb to blackmail but continue to hold public officials accountable at all times.

The APC Secretary gave this charge on Tuesday at the 80th birthday thanksgiving and book launch of Venerable Emmanuel O. Ajayi (rtd) at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Oboroke, Ihima Kogi State.

Akpanudoedehe said: “Clerics should not be silent when politicians go wrong. They should continue holding the political class accountable to the people that we can have the kind of society we desire.”
Represented by APC Assistant Director of Media, Edegbe Odemwingie, the APC scribe said: “Clerics should not be silent when politicians go wrong.

For, it is by holding the political class accountable to the people that we can have the kind of society we desire. Religious leaders must be true examples to their followers.

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Hijab crisis: Kwara governor playing with fire – Catholic Archbishop warns

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Hijab crisis: Kwara governor playing with fire - Catholic Archbishop warns

The Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Metropolitan Archdiocese, Most Rev’d Gabriel Abegunrin, has said the Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is playing with fire that may engulf the whole of Nigeria with the way he has been handling the hijab crisis in Christian schools in the state.

In an interview with journalists after the Mass of Chrism for Holy Thursday, held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Oke Padre, Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday, he raised the alarm that if the matter is not handled with utmost caution, might be the beginning of religious war in the country.

According to him, “What concerns me seriously now and should concern all of us is the issue of hijab in Kwara State. Actually, the governor of Kwara State is playing with fire. He wants Nigeria to catch fire through Kwara State. It will not be good. So, if he listens to people or what people are saying around, he should just let go and let Christians keep their schools and let Muslims take their schools, let the public ones that are owned by the government be there.

“The Chief Imam of Ilorin, was speaking sense with another person. He said if ‘you know that you want your children to wear hijab, send your children to Muslim schools.’ The Chief Imam said that. Then, he was asked what could be done to resolve the hijab issue. The Chief Imam answered again, saying ‘What else can I say? The only thing remains with the governor to choose what he wants to do.’ The Chief Imam said that but for him, what they are fighting for is wrong because Christians have a right to keep their schools without hijab. The Chief Imam of Ilorin said that. I listened to him on television.

“The problem is that the governor is playing too much politics on this issue of hijab. If it starts in Ilorin, it may spread. If you are not careful, it may be the beginning of religious war again. I pray it doesn’t happen. But if he continues with the way he is going, people are going to get ready to see. It is as simple as that. We don’t preach violence. We don’t like violence. But when you push people to the wall, what happens?

“They sent some people to go and break doors of schools, gates of schools with hammers and other weapons. They broke the chains, the padlocks. Do you know what that means? The children are watching. They are teaching those children how to break through whatever they cannot enter, even break through people’s houses. They don’t know what they are doing. They are teaching these young ones the wrong thing to do when it is difficult for them. They are teaching them to break houses.

“So, we have to be mindful of what we are showing to the young ones. Already, we don’t have a good number of adults now to mentor the young ones, and that is what we are saying that the governor should open his mouth and say something good, not backing any religion. Religion is not attached to any government. Let those in government practice their religion and those they are governing should also be allowed to practice their own religion. Don’t lord one over the other. But it is difficult for them to hear.” (Daily Sun)

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