Connect with us

news

Ijakadi festival: Don’t Play Politics With Human life, politicians warned

Published

on

Lai Mohammed

Aminat Isah

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned politicians in Kwara state against playing politics with human life, saying no amount of money is worth any human life.

The Minister, gave the warning to some political actors in Kwara State for attempting to trivialize the April 5, 2018 robbery attack in Offa that left 33 people dead, at the 2018 Ijakadi Festival, in Offa, Kwara State, on Saturday saying claims of compensating the victims in monetary terms cannot equate the lives lost in the incident.

He described the efforts to trivialize the dastardly act as indecent, and called on the people to condemn any attempt to play politics with human lives.

“In recent days, there have been attempts by some political desperadoes to trivialize the calamity that befell this community when those armed robbers attacked banks and the police station, among others.

“These desperadoes were quoted as saying that when they visited this town to commiserate with the people after the attack, they donated N10 million, even when what was stolen from the banks’ vault was seven million naira.

”Now, let us ask them: How many of those who were killed in that attack have they also been able to bring back? How can any sane person equate human life with money? No amount of money is worth any human life. And no one should play politics with human life. All people of conscience must condemn this glib comment by a
desperate political warlord,” he said.

Lai Mohammed however commended the resilience of the people of Offa for organizing such an elaborate festival, despite the calamity that befell their community this year, saying it is not surprising because Ijakadi festival itself is a celebration of the Offa virtues of strength and determination, as well as equity, justice and wisdom.

He also expressed delight that the people of Offa have resolved that never again will any armed robber, hoodlum or brigand shed the blood of any innocent person in the town by raising 700 million Naira to build an ultra modern Mobile Police Force Barracks in the community.

The Minister said in keeping with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to develop and promote national festivals, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival has been nominated to attend a training on festival management in Ghana.

“In line with our promise during the 2017 Ijakadi Festival, to help train the managers of this festival, I am happy to announce that come January 2019, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival will be travelling to Ghana to attend the training which is being organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the British Council. I congratulate the nominee and I am sure he or she will make the best use of this opportunity,” he said.

The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, in his remarks said the Ijakadi festival was aimed at sustaining the cultural heritage of the people and fostering cohesion in Offa community and its environs.

“Today, the Ijakadi Festival has, of course, attracted national attention, corporate bodies and government at all levels. Without any iota of doubt, this festival has brought development and benefits to Offa Community,” he said.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Latest News

news15 hours ago

NLC rejects N27, 000 minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress has rejected the N27,000 new national minimum wage adopted by the National Council of States on...

news15 hours ago

2019 budget passage faces delay as Senate adjourns over lack of quorum

Indication that commencement of debates on the 2019 budget presented by last year December by President Muhammadu Buhari may be...

Politics16 hours ago

Kwara North Leaders Commend PDP 2023 Power Shift Plan

Former top bureaucrats from Kwara north senatorial district have praised the understanding announced on Sunday by leaders of the Peoples...

Crime1 day ago

After defiling 3 step sisters, see what court did to 14yr-old boy

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday remanded a 14-year-old boy (name withheld) for allegedly defiling his three...

Politics1 day ago

Buhari is only waiting for election declaration— Okowa

President Muhammadu Buhari had already won the February 16 presidential election, ROYAL NEWS has gathered. The All Progressives Congress’ governorship...

Politics3 days ago

BREAKING….PDP signs MoU to shift power to Kwara North in 2023

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party,  (PDP), in Kwara State on Sunday resolved to shift power to Kwara North...

Politics3 days ago

Gobir donates new secretariat to Kwara APC

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress,  (APC) and Patron of the Presidential Support Committee for the re-election of President Muhammadu...

Business and Economy4 days ago

Active subscribers near 173million in December — NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says there were 172,871,094 active subscribers on the telecommunication networks in December 2018, as against...

Celebrities4 days ago

SAD…. Fire outbreak kills Jimoh Ibrahim’s 76yr-old mother

Mrs. Theresa Jimoh, the mother of business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim, has been killed in an early morning fire incident. It...

news4 days ago

Presidency dismisses report on plan to arrest CJN, frame Supreme Court Justices

The Presidency has expressed “considerable concern and surprise’’, the fake news of the Presidency’s alleged plan to arrest the Chief...

Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2018 Royal News.

%d bloggers like this: