By Emma Peter, Abuja
As part of cementing long time relationship between the Bassa ethnic group and Keffi Emirate, His Royal Highness, the Aguma of Bassa Turukun Chiefdom in Toto LGA of Nasarawa State, Dr. David Wodi Tukura with his council of Chiefs were on Sunday November 7, 2021 paid courtesy visit to the Emir of Keffi, HRH Alhaji Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa 111 and Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Sarkin Yakin Keffi).
It was gathered that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the long time relationship that was coexisted between the Bassa tribe and the Emirate, promoting unity, harmony and peaceful coexistence.
The visit however attracted Bassa men and women from different parts of the country which includes Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger Benue and the federal capital territory.
Receiving HRH Dr. David Wodi Tukura and his entourage at the palace, the Emir however expressed his excitement, describing the visit as historical and a symbol of unity that existed between the people of Turunku Chiefdom and the Keffi Emirate.
The Emir also described Bassa people as custodian of peaceful coexistence amongst their neighbours, but stressing that for lack of knowledge and wisdom that fact is being disputed.
“We should rise up and seek knowledge and wisdom because I believe that is the only way you (Bassa) can overcome the challenges you are facing in Toto LG and beyond. I will also add by saying that there is no gain in conflicts, he who dies, died forever”.
In his response HRH Dr. David W. Tukura thanked the Emir for his warm reception and also appealed for his support to ensure that his people returned to their homeland.
The group also paid a similar visit to Distinguished Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the former Governor of Nasarawa State, at his country home as a sign of respect, peace and unity.
Speaking, the Aguma of Turukun Chiefdom expressed his happiness as Senator Adamu availed him and his people the opportunity to come and pay him visit despite his busy and tight schedules.
The traditional ruler also noted that the purpose of Bassa people visit to him was to build everlasting unity. Adding that Senator Abdullahi Adamu belong to Bassa and the Bassa also belonged to him.
“We have come to you as Bassa people and as a community to show our solidarity and to identity our sign of love and to build a strong unity”.
In his reaction, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Sarkin Yakin Keffi), appreciated HRH Dr. David W. Tukura, saying he has been waiting for a day like this to meet the good people of Bassa community.
He further said, “to speak in a clear understanding, I know that I have offended you likewise you have also offended me, but today we have forgiven one another. Let us focus on how to strategize the progress and development of Bassa in Toto LG”.
Tinubu Donates ₦50 Million To Victims Of Zamfara Attacks
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, announced a donation of N50 million to Zamfara communities recently attacked by bandits.
Mr Tinubu announced the donation shortly after he commiserated with Gov. Bello Matawalle in Gusau, Zamfara.
The APC national leader called for sustained prayers to overcome the insecurity situation in the state.
“I could offer prayers for the people from anywhere, but coming in person is important.
“The enemies of knowledge, Boko Haram and other criminal elements will be defeated through commitment in humanity.
“We pray for the entire country to be stable and if the enemies refuse to stop the carnage, we shall eliminate them.
“We believe in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to restore law and order and bring back our country to stability and tracks of development,” Mr Tinubu said.
He was accompanied on the visit to Gusau by Kashim Shettima, former Borno governor, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu and former APC national vice chairman, South-West, Pius Akinyelure.
Mr Matawalle, who received the APC leader, said that his visit would further console the bereaved communities and the entire people of the state.
“It is my pleasure to welcome His Excellency, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Jagaban Borgu, who has spared time out of his tight commitments to visit the state to commiserate with our people over the recent tragic incident of banditry attacks in some communities of Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas,” Mr Matawalle said.
He described Mr Tinubu as a doyen of contemporary Nigerian politics, a dedicated leader, and a bridge-builder.
Similarly, he cited him as someone who had spent the past 23 years of the nation’s democracy fostering unity, nurturing, and raising individuals who had equally distinguished themselves in various spheres of human endeavour in contemporary Nigeria.
The governor noted that the problem of banditry in the state had persisted for over a decade.
“When I assumed office in 2019, I made it my utmost priority to address this issue as no meaningful development could be accomplished in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“Considering the reality that the conflict is tied to ethnic fault lines, I initiated a dialogue and reconciliation programme, which leaders of thought overwhelmingly accepted all over the state.
“As a result of our programme of dialogue and reconciliation, hostilities ceased for a period of over nine months.
“Hundreds of kidnapped persons were unconditionally released by their captors,” Mr Matawalle said.
He explained that as the disarmament process progressed; the glorious era of brotherly love, and mutual coexistence among segments of the Zamfara communities returned.
According to him, for the first time in more than a decade, the annual Fulani festival of ‘Sharu’ was held in Gusau in 2019.
He, however, expressed sadness that the achievement became bad news for some “self-serving politicians in the state.
“They, therefore, perfected plans to sabotage the peace process. In some cases, security reports fingered them as having direct involvement in the planning and execution of kidnapping, ostensibly to embarrass the government.
“For instance, based on the figures confirmed by the affected community leaders when I visited the communities after the recent attacks, a total of 58 people lost their lives in contrast to the outrageous figures being published in the media,” he stated.
Mr Matawalle said that his government had in addition to the dialogue, committed enormous resources in the provision of logistics and allowances for security forces deployed to the state.
In 2019 alone, he said that his government procured and distributed 200 brand new Hilux pickups for the security forces in the state.
The Governor added that his administration would continue to do everything within its power to bring an end to the menace of banditry in the state.
“As we get closer to 2023 general elections, we will be more vigilant and proactive, knowing that these destabilising forces are not likely to tone down their antics.
“They may continue to plot nefarious schemes in order to obtain political gains,” Mr Matawalle said.
He thanked the APC leader for taking time out to visit and commiserate with the government and people of the state.
“May Allah richly reward you and fulfil your desire of building a strong bond among Nigerians across all the divides.”
Wedding Guest Finds Out Bride Is His Girlfriend (Video)
A video which is circulating on social media, shows a man creating a scene at a wedding ceremony after he found out to his shock that the bride is his own girlfriend.
It was gathered that man was invited to the wedding and he showed up to the venue just like other guests, but to his shock, the lady who was getting married that day was his girlfriend.
Destabilized by the turn of events, he started causing drama but before things could escalate, he was whisked away by security guards at the wedding.
The video was shared online alongside the caption; “He was invited to a wedding and he came to meet his girlfriend as the BRIDE.”
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