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Nigeria bans pro-Iran Shiite group.
Trouble! ZakZaky’s Shiites say govt decision “not worthy of conformity”.
You must fulfill your free school meals promised to kids by all means – parents tell Buhari.
Prison’s Assistant Inspector robbed on wedding day. And over 200 Headlines today.

Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state declares Shiite sect unlawful

Anyone convicted of being a member of Islamic Movement in Nigeria could be imprisoned for seven years, fined or both.
A northern Nigerian state on Friday said it declared a minority Shiite sect, whose members clashed with the army late last year, an unlawful society.
The Kaduna state government said anyone convicted of being a member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria could be imprisoned for seven years, fined or both. The size of the fine was not specified.
The sect came to prominence when its members clashed with the army in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, in December. A judicial inquiry in August concluded that the army killed 348 of the sect’s members.
The Kaduna state government said the group had “overtly continued with unlawful processions” and “obstruction of public highways” since the clashes.
“These acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna state,” it said, declaring the group unlawful with immediate effect.
Members of the sect are among the several thousand Shiites whose movement was inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The majority of the tens of millions of Muslims in Africa’s most populous nation of 180 million inhabitants are Sunni — including the Boko Haram militants who have killed thousands in bombings and shootings mainly in the northeast since 2009.

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The most awkward decision is that which tries to coercively bury an ideology. No amount of hatred or biased decision can fight an ideology to finish. Islamic movement is an ideological movement not a party or corporate body that operates in anonymity. The guiding principles of the movement are those principles as prescribed by the Islamic faith. The IMN is philosophically oriented from the
philosophy of Islam and a movement fully guided by Islamic law.
States place interests such as national security or economy, and the cultivation of international relations, above human rights. Popular consciousness of rights is often dulled by ethnic conflicts or the burden of ‘traditional’ values and authority. Of course, the only way to describe the newly issued statement of the Kaduna state government is by revisiting the concept of human right in an objective sense.

Due to the extreme hostility of the state against the IMN, they failed to consider the process of making the criminal, which is therefore, a process of tagging, defining, identifying, segregating, describing, emphasizing, evoking the very traits that are complained of.

Many episodes of norm violation – from unlawful procession to unlawful use of public space – often provoke little reaction from the general public and have little effect, because such passing episodes are called the primary deviance. But what happens if other people take notice of the deviation of ‘Power Elites’ and make something of it. If, for example, people begin to describe the state as a violator of the fundamental human rights of its citizens, or the state as the mastermind of arson, massacre, and creating a mass grave for over 300 victims of massacre. Then the state may become embittered to commit other offences in order to conceal the initial deviation.

In a swift response to the subjective decision of the Kaduna state government to ban the IMN in the state and declaring it as an unlawful society, we come to understand that the state government is trying to coercively create deviance by making the rules whose infraction constitutes deviance, and by applying those rules to particular people and labelling them as OUTSIDERS.

The state government mentioned that the decision was born out of the recommendations of the Kangaroo Committee set up by the state government to investigate the disastrous December 2015 Zaria massacre, which is fully undertaken by men of the Nigerian military.

The self-centred Governor and his so called members of the Kaduna State Executive Council blindly fails to make a deliberation on the over 1,000 IMN members killed. They subjectively failed to approve any form of stigma (no matter how little) to the Nigerian army as the primary perpetrators of the Zaria incident. They failed to quote from the constitution where the army institution is permitted to attack unarmed civilians with sophisticated weapons such as RPG’s. They also subjectively failed to cite sections of the constitution that lawfully permit the state government to engage in demolition of personal belongings and worshipping centres without court proceedings. The biased Members of the Kaduna State Executive Council failed to highlight a section and sub-section of the constitution that carries the concept of ‘Protective Custody’.

To sum it up, as the Kaduna State Executive Council fails to address the aforementioned questions, we can conclude that the law to ban IMN is guided by unlawful decision of subjective minds. The decision is nothing but a practical demonstration of a state acting on a foreign script to cut off the Islamic movement in Nigeria by all available means. As the fundamental rights of the IMN are woefully infringed and subjectively not addressed, the decision of the state government is not worthy of conformity.

Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria

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School feeding: FG fails to meet September take-off target

The Federal Government failed to commence its free National Home Grown School Feeding programme at the beginning of the current academic session in September as promised.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the sharp reduction in government revenue prevented the Federal Government from meeting with the target date.

The programme, which was formally inaugurated on June 9, 2016 by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, is part of the Social Investment Plans of the present administration for which 500 billion Naira has been budgeted in the 2016 Budget.

The Federal Government, through the national manager of the programme, Mrs Abimbola Adesanmi, had in July said it would commence the scheme in September when schools resumed, with 5.5 million pupils across the country.

The promise was that the programme would benefit 5.5 million pupils in the first year of its operation, while Adesanmi had explained that the Federal Government had resolved to start the programme with pupils from Primary 1 to 3 at the beginning, and then move to other classes later.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President, Mr Laolu Akande, blamed the drop in oil prices and oil pipelines vandalism by the Niger Delta militants for the delay in the commencement of the programme as planned.

An office headed by the Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection Plan, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, created for the purpose of implementing the plan which formed a major part of the All Progressives Congress’ campaign promises ahead of the 2015 presidential election is in the Office of the Vice-President.

Akande also cited the need to ensure that the beneficiary states were ready as part of the factors responsible for the delay.

He, however, assured all stakeholders that despite the setbacks, the scheme would soon kick off.

He said, “We had to first ensure there is operational readiness in the states where the programme will start. That took some of the time.

“The other reason for the delay had to do with the general drop in revenues occasioned by the drop in oil earnings.

“The economic sabotage and attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta is also a factor, which at some point, meant Nigeria was losing one million barrels per day of the 2.2 million barrels per day that had been estimated in the budget.

“But the good news is that the programme, which has been budgeted for, will take off very soon. Please note that the programme has kicked off in Kaduna State for months now and for years in Osun State.

“The steering committee, set up for social investments with presidential oversight, has recently made provision for the programme to kick off very soon.”

When told of a recent statement by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, that N60bn had been released for the programme, Akande said the sum was meant for all the components of the social investment plan, and not for the feeding programme alone.

He described the money as the first tranche of funds, saying more releases would follow.

He explained that the money would go straight to the service providers, the cooks, through banks.

On the beneficiaries, Akande confirmed that all pupils in Primary 1 to 3 in public schools in the first set would benefit.

Apart from Osun and Kaduna where their state governments are already implementing the feeding programme, he listed other states in the first set to include: Borno, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Zamfara and Oyo.

He said as the government goes ahead with the scheme and once state governments show readiness, more of them would join the programme.

According to an overview of the scheme presented at its inauguration in June, the plan runs till 2020 and forms the cornerstone of the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding programme, which when fully realised, would provide a meal a day to over 24 million primary school children.

“Not only will the Home Grown School Feeding programme help our pupils become better students, it will also boost the local economies, and create new jobs along the way,” Osinbajo had said at the inauguration.

Saturday PUNCH had in its September 3, 2016 publication reported exclusively that the reduction in Federal Government’s revenue caused by the sharp drop in global oil price was threatening the full implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned social protection programme.

Other schemes under the social protection plan include the Micro-Credit Scheme, Teach Nigeria Scheme, the Youth Employment Agency, Conditional Cash Transfer, and Free Education Scheme for Science Students.

Meanwhile, some parents from across the country have criticised the Federal Government and expressed disappointments that it failed to commence the programme in September as promised.

The parents, all of whom have children in public schools, said they were hoping that their children would benefit from the programme.

A parent in Katsina State, Mallam Nasir Manir, said, “The programme was to commence last month and the government has not told us the reason for the delay. I pray it does not end up being another campaign gimmick.”

A parent, who identified himself as Kazeem, said he was disappointed that the Federal Government failed to keep its promise to feed school pupils.

He said, “The government promised us and we were hopeful, but it has not done it. I feel it is very bad for a government to take the people for a ride because we had trust in it, but it is failing us.”

A social commentator in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Adegbuyi, also slammed the Federal Government for not keeping to the promise, saying it should apologise to parents.

In Kwara State, Mallam Aliyu Balogun, who has four children in primary schools, doubted the sincerity of the promise when it was made by the APC, adding that the government’s failure to commence the programme in September as promised showed that he was right.

Another parent, Mrs Joy Omosebi, called on the government to fulfil the promise “by all means.”

But the Kwara State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Musa Abubakar, had during his speech on World Teachers’ Day in Ilorin, said that the school feeding programme of the Federal Government would be a “colossal waste” if not properly harnessed.

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Couple robbed on their wedding day in Benue State

An Assistant Inspector of Nigeria Prisons Service attached to Otukpo Division, John Itodo was in the early hour of Friday robbed at gun point with his bride, Jesse and other family members while returning from their traditional marriage.
Mr Itodo, younger brother to Yemi Itodo, an Abuja based Media Practitioner, had concluded a traditional marriage rite with his bride in Etulo, a suburb of Katsina-Ala local government of Benue State on Thursday and was to move to Otukpa in Ogbadibo LGA same day for their wedding ceremony billed for Saturday.
The vehicle carrying the newly married couple, however, broke down in Aliade, Gwer LGA and the couple and some family members had to sleep over at Aliade.
“As early as 4 am on Friday, we set out for onward movement to Otukpo and the journey was smooth until we got to a place called Atlo, after Otukpo.
“We saw a military check-point by 6am with about 5 soldiers on uniform, fully armed, flagging down our car and we parked”, a family source disclosed to our correspondent.
Speaking further, the source said “We thought they were genuine soldiers because they were kitted with Army Uniform and carrying weapons. They also blocked the federal road with logs of wood and lanterns on both sides of the road, to suggest it was a military or police check-point.
“One of them entered our vehicle and asked the driver to move towards a path in the bush while the rest unknown’ soldiers’ were following with legs.
“They took us to a nearby bush and dispossessed us of a large sum of money and all our belongings, including a professional video camera and photo camera with the memory card which contained all our marriage activities yesterday”.
He said the matter has been reported at the Otukpo Police Area Command.


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