AFENIFERE DISAGREES WITH  SUPREME COURT VERDICT ON LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY, SAYS IT’S SETBACK ON TRUE FEDERALISM Afenifere, a Pan Yoruba Socio-Political Group, has criticized the Supreme Court judgement granting financial independence to local government areas, stating that it has dealt a severe setback to the principles of federalism. The group’s leaders, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Prince Justice Faloye, signed a statement saying the judgement has “done incalculable injury to the Nigerian state” and is a “judicial conspiracy” against the Nigerian state and its foundational principles of federalism. According to Tribune newspaper, Afenifere views the judgement as a retrogressive declaration that recognizes local governments as a third tier of government, contrary to the constitution’s recognition of a two-tier federal structure. The group emphasizes that Nigeria is a federation consisting of states and a federal capital territory, as affirmed by Section 2 (2) of the 1999 Constitution. The group condemns the subjugation of states and their constitutional roles, including the local government system, to the federal government’s whims. They argue that the 1999 constitution provides for the payment of allocations to local government councils through the state joint local government account, not directly to local governments.Afenifere insists that the way forward for Nigeria is holistic restructuring to re-enact the fundamental principles of true federalism, recognizing the local government system as an exclusive preserve of the states. They quote Section 162 of the Constitution, emphasizing that the Supreme Court’s interpretation has done incalculable injury to the Nigerian state.


#REVOLUTIONOW: HOW WE FOILED DICTATOR ABACHA’S PLANS IN 1998 – SOWORE Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, has pledged to continue the fight for revolutionary change and the ousting of ineffective leaders in Nigeria. In a post on his X account on Friday, the human rights activist reminisced about a pivotal moment in 1998 when he, along with fellow activistst Sylvester Odion Akhaine and Ogaga Ifowodo, successfully resisted former military head of state Sani Abacha’s attempt to install himself as the sole candidate in his proposed transition programme. Despite being met with a formidable force of over 5,000 police and soldiers, the activists remained resolute and ultimately thwarted Abacha’s plans. Sowore drew inspiration from this historic event as he vowed to sustain the current protest and quest for leadership change in Nigeria. He said, “In 1998, so many youths and elders in Nigeria were handsomely paid to support the late General Abacha’s quest to become the sole candidate in his planned transition programme, so in April, we embarked on a counter-protest in Lagos tagged “Abacha Must Go”. It was an unexpected success. “So in May, when word came that Alhaji Lamido Adedibu was planning an Abacha rally at Adamasingba stadium in Ibadan, Oyo, we mobilized down there. “The Nigeria Police mobilized over 5,000 police, and the Nigerian Army also sent reinforcements; as determined freedom fighters, we mobilized from different parts, snuck into Ibadan the night before, and camped out at Dr Ola Onu’s bungalow to thwart the Abacha campaigner’s rally. “When we started heading towards the stadium, we were met with some cane-bearing Masquerades assembled by Adedibu and his supporters. “We pushed them aside, giving the people of Oyo state the courage and energy to rain on their parade.” Sowore said it took the help of AIT crew to help Adedibu escape the people’s wrath once the people surrounded the stadium. “The 5,000 police plus soldiers ran away. Of course, the brutal dictator Sani Abacha died a few weeks later. “The leaders here in the photo are Sylvester Odion Akhaine, Ogaga Ifowodo and my angry self!” he said. Sowore had previously declared that a protest would be held on August 5 to commemorate the movement’s fifth anniversary. However, he revealed that President Bola Tinubu has counter-mobilised, planning a rival protest to oppose the #RevolutionNow movement. Furthermore, Sowore exposed that President Tinubu has established a media centre in Abuja to amplify his counter-revolutionary efforts, which are slated to take place in August 2024. But he said, “Have no fear for the Nigeria Police Force, HQ Nigerian Army or the Department of state security service because none of them can stop the time.” According to Sowore, although Nigerians may not have been prepared for revolution in 2011 and 2014, when Tinubu and Muhammadu Buhari respectively advocated for it, the situation has now changed. Sowore believes that Nigerians are currently eager for a genuine revolution, and ironically, the present administration’s actions will ultimately precipitate this revolution.In other words, the government’s policies and actions will inadvertently spark the very revolution that Nigerians are now ready to embrace.


TWO KIDNAPPED JOURNALISTS, FAMILY MEMBERS, FREED AbdulGafar Alabelewe, chairperson of Correspondents Chapel Kaduna, and Abduraheem Aodu of Blue Print Newspaper as well as some of their family members who were kidnapped in a separate incident from the same part of Kaduna last Saturday, have been freed. The council chairperson of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Kaduna, Asma’u Halilu, confirmed the release of the journalists and their family members on Saturday. “To the glory of God Almighty, our colleagues, Abdulgafar Alabelewe, Abduraheem Aodu and their families have been released. “The Council extends her profound gratitude to the office of the CP, Kaduna State Command, office of the NSA, the DG, DSS, the Inspector General of Police, Kaduna State government, the NUJ President and all well meaning Nigerians that prayed along with us during the trying time. “We will soon announce when they will join us in Kaduna so that we could visit, rejoice and glorify God with them,” the official wrote. Ms Halilu did not indicate if ransom was paid before the journalists were freed.Kidnap for ransom is common in some parts of Kaduna and other states such as Zamfara and Niger.


TOP TEN WORLD RICHEST RELIGIONS I2024 Religion has been a cornerstone of human civilization for centuries, shaping cultures, societies, and economies worldwide. While the primary focus of religions is faith and spirituality, the financial aspects of religious institutions play a crucial role in their operations and influence. In this comprehensive analysis, we will explore the richest religions in the world in 2024, delving into their economic power, sources of wealth, and their impact on both followers and society at large. Introduction Religions are often viewed as entities solely concerned with the spiritual well-being of their followers. However, many religious institutions have accumulated substantial wealth over time, enabling them to wield significant economic influence. This wealth comes from various sources, including donations, real estate holdings, investments, and other financial assets. In this article, we will examine the top ten richest religions in the world, providing insights into how they manage and utilize their wealth. 1. Roman Catholic Church The Roman Catholic Church is the richest religious institution in the world, with an estimated net worth of billions of dollars. With over 1.3 billion adherents, the Catholic Church’s wealth is derived from a combination of historical legacies, extensive real estate holdings, generous donations, and strategic investments. Historical Wealth Accumulation The Catholic Church’s wealth dates back to its inception over two millennia ago. During the medieval period, the Church amassed vast estates and properties from monarchs and nobility. These lands, often tax-exempt, allowed the Church to accumulate wealth steadily over centuries. Real Estate Holdings One of the primary sources of the Catholic Church’s wealth is its extensive real estate portfolio. The Church owns some of the most iconic and valuable properties globally, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. These properties not only hold religious significance but also attract millions of tourists, contributing significantly to the Church’s revenue. Donations and Offerings The Catholic Church receives substantial donations from its followers worldwide. These donations come in various forms, including regular tithes, bequests, and one-time contributions for specific causes or projects. Wealthy patrons and benefactors often make significant financial contributions, further bolstering the Church’s financial standing. Investments and Financial Holdings The Vatican Bank, officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), manages the Church’s financial assets. The Vatican Bank handles billions of dollars in assets, contributing to the Church’s overall wealth. The Church also invests in various sectors, including banking, insurance, and real estate. 2. Islam Islam is the second richest religion in the world, with over 1.8 billion followers. Its wealth is closely tied to its presence in oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, where religious and state finances are often intertwined. Oil Wealth Predominantly found in the Middle East, Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar have vast oil reserves, contributing significantly to the religion’s wealth. The oil industry has made these countries some of the richest in the world, and the wealth generated from oil sales is often used to support Islamic institutions and initiatives. Donations and Charitable Giving (Zakat) Zakat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is a form of almsgiving and religious tax. It is obligatory for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. The funds collected through Zakat are used to help the poor and needy, fund community projects, and support religious education. Endowments (Waqf) Waqf is an Islamic endowment of property to be held in trust and used for charitable or religious purposes. Wealthy Muslims often donate land, buildings, or other assets as Waqf, which generates income to support various religious and social causes. Islamic Financial Institutions Prominent Islamic banks and financial institutions manage and distribute wealth within the Muslim community. These institutions adhere to…


WHY NOLLYWOOD STARS ARE DYING – MAMA G Veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor, widely recognized as Mama G, has voiced serious concerns over the increasing number of untimely deaths within the Nigerian film industry. Speaking to Vanguard in Lagos, Ozokwor attributed these frequent tragedies to what she perceives as negligence and carelessness on the part of the actors themselves. The respected actress expressed her distress during the emotional funeral of the beloved comic actor John Okafor, known as Mr Ibu, in Enugu State last month. Mama G said, “When you are doing something you are enjoying, you won’t bother to take care of your health. Once there is life in you, you keep doing what you are doing. And it’s something that pays back on your body. “Some people are so careless that when they are sick, instead of going to the hospital for a proper check-up, they prefer to visit a chemist or a pharmacy to buy a pain reliever. It’s no longer safe with me. I don’t know how many people are thinking like myself. That’s why I blamed it on carelessness. We are trying to put smiles on the faces of people while forgetting to take care of our health.” On why she broke down in tears at Mr Ibu’s burial, Mama G said it dawned on her that the actor was gone forever when she went close to his corpse and called him by the name she used to call him, but he didn’t respond. “At that moment, I broke down in tears. It’s not because I was expecting him to respond, but it was when I realized that this man is gone forever,” she said. She, however, advised her colleagues to learn to go for regular check-ups and curtail some of the things they do that are detrimental to their health. Speaking further, Mama G, who’s currently an Evangelist, recalled how she had an encounter with her maker, who transformed her life and asked her to work for Him. Narrating the encounter, she said, ‘It was in 2016 when God called me to work for Him. Then, I used to be a teacher in the church, but I didn’t climb the pulpit. It’s not something I can explain, God asked me to separate myself so that He wants to talk with me. “I thought somebody was talking to me, but I discovered it was a voice coming from somewhere. It took me time to accept to submit myself for 21 days and it was extended to 30 days. “My son reminded me that the owner of my life is asking me to separate myself for 21 days and I didn’t want to yield to his call and that He may make it 100 days. “At that point, I quietly went in, and by the time I came out from those 30 days, I became a changed person. And how I knew He was the one who called me, he created a platform for me to appear on stage to give a testimony of What He did with me for 30 days. While I was giving the testimony, people started falling under the anointing.“And after the encounter, other pastors and evangelists started inviting me to their programmes. That’s how I became an evangelist.”


ENUGU GOV, PETER MBAH, REWARDS RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB WITH N50M FOR WINNING 2023/2024 LEAGUE TITLE Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah, has announced a cash reward of N50 million for the players of Rangers International Football Club, following their impressive win of the 2023/2024 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title. The Governor made the announcement during a reception held at the Banquet Hall of the Enugu State Governor’s Lodge, where he hosted the players and club officials. In addition to the cash reward, Governor Mbah also promised other non-cash incentives for the team. He praised the team’s dedication and spirit, urging them to sustain their “never die” attitude as they prepare to represent Nigeria at the continental level. Rangers International FC, also known as the Flying Antelopes, secured the 2023/2024 NPFL championship with an impressive 70 points and 56 goals. The team is now set to face Union Sportive Zilimadjou, the champions of the Comoros Islands’ League, in the first preliminary round games scheduled for August. Governor Mbah reiterated his administration’s commitment to supporting the club, promising to redouble their efforts to ensure the team’s continued success. The governor’s gesture is a testament to the state government’s appreciation for the team’s hard work and achievement, and a motivation for them to excel on the continental stage.With this support, Rangers International FC is poised to make a significant impact in the upcoming continental games.


FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL ACHIEVED NOTHING – NANS TELLS TINUBU The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has lamented that the President Tinubu administration has done nothing to alleviate the nation’s petroleum problem, but instead made it worse. The student body stated that rather than increasing fuel availability, the subsidy removal has caused scarcity and immense sufferings for Nigerians. There is hike in petrol pump price in Ogun, Lagos, Abuja and oher parts of the country. It was gathered that while major marketers sold petrol below N650, the independent marketers sold between N750 and N800 per litre. Expressing their dissatisfaction, the students in a statement signed by the NANS National Clerk of the Senate, Abdul-Yekinn Odunayo on Saturday, in Abeokuta, lamented that queues in petrol stations are becoming alarming despite the promises made by President Bola Tinubu. He said, “This crisis has continued to persist despite the removal of fuel subsidy which has brought untold hardships to Nigerians. “Nigerians are experiencing unprecedented hardship and going through hell before they can get to buy fuels. “Queues have been a common thing at petrol stations across the country despite the promise by President Bola Tinubu that fuel will queues will disappear in the country after the removal of subsidy, but that has not been the case. “The exorbitant cost of petrol has led to a sharp increase in transportation fares, caused a surge in the prices of essential goods and services. The increased cost of transportation and production is being passed on to consumers, exacerbating the already high cost of living.”The student body demanded that the President and NNPC act quickly and forcefully to address the problems before Nigerians are forced to the breaking point.


IPOB CAUTIONS SOUTH-EAST GOVS AGAINST GRAZING RESERVES FOR MIYETTI ALLAH The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday warned South-East governors against setting the region on fire by allocating lands for grazing reserves to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN. Emma Powerful, the spokesman of IPOB, in a statement on Saturday, cautioned the governors against mortgaging the safety of the people of the region. A statement by Powerful reads: “The Noble family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu wish to caution the Eastern Governors to shun the recent demand from Miyetti Allah for the governors to allocate grazing reserves in their respective states to them. No governor should mortgage safety and security by allocating land for RUGA in disguise. “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is asking the Southern and Middle Belt Governors to reject the demand for grazing reserves by the Fulani Miyetti Allah organization in Nigeria.“IPOB will resist any form of land grabbing, change of demography, and conquest ideology in any disguise. All we are saying is that there shall be no grazing reserve for Miyetti Allah in Biafra Land.”


MIYETTI ALLAH PRESIDENT HAILS PRESIDENT TINUBU FOR CREATING MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT The establishment of the new Ministry of Livestock Development by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has received significant backing from Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore. Bodejo strongly supports the ministry, arguing that opposition to it stems from those who benefit from the ongoing herder-farmer conflicts. In an interview with Sun Newspaper, Bodejo urged President Tinubu to open all grazing reserves nationwide and emphasized the need to allocate specific areas for Fulani herders in every state. He highlighted the presence of existing marked grazing reserves in some regions and stressed the importance of providing essential facilities such as education, medical care, and electricity within these reserves to settle herders. Bodejo believes that establishing these facilities would help reduce conflicts and criminal activities among herders. He pointed out that providing a stable environment for the herders would promote peaceful coexistence and address the root causes of the herder-farmer clashes. When asked whether the new Ministry of Livestock Development implies creating designated areas for Fulani herders in each state, he affirmed this, advocating for the federal government to utilize the already marked grazing reserves and establish a place for Fulani herders in every state. He believes this initiative would be beneficial, ensuring that each state has a dedicated grazing reserve. Bodejo praised President Tinubu for addressing the long-standing issue of grazing reserves, which had been previously proposed under various names like RUGA, cattle colonies, and ranching. He commended the President for his decisive action, noting that this bold step had earned Tinubu the nickname “President Action.” He expressed that settling herders in designated areas would foster peaceful coexistence and reduce the need for herders to trek long distances, which often involves elderly, teenagers, and infants. Badejo saw the initiative as a crucial step towards resolving the herder-farmer conflicts and improving the overall well-being of the Fulani herders.Hear him: “What I want the federal and the implementers to understand is that there are already some marked out grazing reserves in some places. They should carve out a place for them (Fulani herders) in every state and put them there. It is going to be a good thing. There is supposed to be a grazing reserve in every state.”


BREAKING: EX-US PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP, SHOT AT CAMPAIGN RALLY AS SECURITY OPERATIVES KILL SUSPECT Former US President, Donald Trump was shot by an unknown assailant as he was rallying supporters at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. Trump appeared to fall to the ground as he was giving a speech. He was quickly surrounded by armed security and stayed down for around a minute. Video appeared to show blood on his ear as he was taken away. The former President appeared to be clutching the side of his head as he fell to the ground. Donald Trump’s campaign had disclosed in a statement that he is “fine” after being whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd. “President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act,” spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement. “He is fine and is being checked out at a local medical facility.” Meanwhile, the suspect who fired shots at Trump during a rally in Pennsylvania has been shot and killed by Secret Service Operatives. The shooter, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, was neutralized following the incident Dockaysworld reports. Authorities are investigating the motives behind the attack, and further details are expected as the investigation continues. The County prosecutor had stated that Trump was slightly hit by the bullet. Reacting to the incident, Trump’s Campaign team revealed that the former president is fine and responding to treatment at an undisclosed hospital. “President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act. He is fine and is being checked out at a local medical facility. More details will follow.” Trump’s predecessor, Barrack Obama also reacted to the incident.He said in a statement: “Although we don’t yet know exactly what happened, we should all be relieved that former President Trump wasn’t seriously hurt and that he and Michelle are wishing him a quick recovery.”