A week after the burial of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, leaders of the pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun State, met top traditional chiefs of the ancient town.
The meeting, which started around 2.25pm at the residence of the Asiwaju of Ife, Chief Alex Duduyemi, lasted for about 45 minutes.
Afenifere leaders at the meeting included Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, who arrived at the residence of Chief Duduyemi around 1.30pm.
Some of the Ife traditional chiefs at the meeting were the Obalufe of Iremo, Oba Solomon Omisakin and Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola.
Though details of the meeting could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, sources said “it was just a condolence visit of the Afenifere leaders on the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade.”
The Afenifere leaders later visited the palace where a condolence register was opened for the late monarch, before proceeding to the residence of one of the wives of Oba Sijuwade, Olori Morisola Sijuwade.
Speaking on what informed the meeting of Afenifere leaders at his residence, the Asiwaju of Ife, Chief Duduyemi said “the leaders of the Afenifere group, which is a revered Yoruba body only came commiserate with us on the demise of late Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. There is nothing spectacular about the meeting.”
When our correspondent inquired from Obalufe of Iremo, Oba Omisakin on the motive behind the meeting with Afenifere, he stated that “they only came to condole with us over the passage of the late Ooni, Oba Sijuwade. There is no big deal about their presence.”
Commenting on the late monarch, Chief Adebanjo maintained that “Oba Sijuwade had left the throne better than he met it. The Yoruba race will never forget his role in globalising the monarchy of Ife and the dynasty of Oduduwa land.”
Deborah Samuel: Adeboye postpones RCCG crusade in Sokoto
Pastor Enoch Adeboye has postponed the crusade scheduled to hold in Sokoto following the tension over Deborah Samuel’s murder.
The deceased was a 200-level Home Economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education.
Last Thursday, she was beaten, stoned and burnt by Muslim youths who accused her of blasphemy.
In a Facebook post Monday night, Adeboye announced the shift of the planned religious event which now holds virtually.
The Redeemed Christan Church of God (RCCG) General Overseer, however, noted that God is able to fix all situations.
Adeboye, who conveyed his message in parable, quoted Richard Halverson, the late American Presbyterian minister who served as United States Senate chaplain.
Halverson had said intercession is the universal work for Christians and that no continent, nation, city, office nor power can stop prayers.
“Postponed but God turned it around. We Trust In Our God’s Big Picture Plan!”, Adeboye wrote.
The Christian leader insisted believers serve a God who specialises in using the impossible situation for His glory.
Adeboye noted that if in doubt, they should look closely at the death and resurrection of Jesus.
“Devil thought he killed Him, but His death and resurrection resulted into life for many. He keeps turning it around for our good. It is in this might that we proceed”, he added.
Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.
Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.
The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis
“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”
Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.
However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.
The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.
Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra
Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.
Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.
Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.
The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.
“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.
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