Lai Mohammed slams Saraki for trivialising Offa theft


The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhajii Lai Mohammed (center); the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi (proper) and the outgoing President of the Offa Descendants Union, Alhaji Najeed Yasin (left), on the 2018 Ijakadi Pageant in Offa, Kwara State, on Saturday.

The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has chided some political actors in Kwara State, particularly Senate President Bukola Saraki for making an attempt to trivialise the April 5, 2018 theft assault in Offa that left 33 individuals useless.

Mohammed mentioned claims of compensating the victims in financial phrases can’t equate the lives misplaced within the incident.

The Minister, who made the remarks in Offa, Kwara State, on Saturday on the 2018 Ijakadi Pageant, described the efforts to trivialise the dastardly act as indecent and known as on the individuals to sentence any try and play politics with human lives.

Senate President Saraki mentioned on a radio programme that he gave N10 million to the Offa monarch, as towards the N7million stolen by the Offa robbers, a few of whom had been linked with him.

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Lai Mohammed hammered him for the reckless assertion.

“In current days, there have been makes an attempt by some political desperadoes to trivialise the calamity that befell this group when these armed robbers attacked banks and the police station, amongst others. These desperadoes had been quoted as saying that after they visited this city to commiserate with the individuals after the assault, they donated 10 million Naira, even when what was stolen from the banks’ vault was 7 million Naira.

”Now, allow us to ask them: What number of of those that had been killed in that assault have additionally they been capable of convey again? How
can any sane individual equate human life with cash? No sum of money is value any human life. And nobody ought to play politics with human life. All individuals of conscience should condemn this glib remark by a
determined political warlord,” he mentioned.

Alhaji Mohammed recommended the resilience of the individuals of Offa for organising such an elaborate competition, regardless of the calamity that befell their group this 12 months, saying it’s not stunning as a result of Ijakadi competition itself is a celebration of the Offa virtues of energy and dedication, in addition to fairness, justice and knowledge.

He expressed delight that the individuals of Offa have resolved that by no means once more will any armed robber, hoodlum or brigand shed the blood of any harmless individual within the city by elevating 700 million Naira to construct an extremely trendy Cellular Police Drive Barracks in the neighborhood.

The Minister mentioned in line with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Info and Tradition to develop and promote nationwide festivals, a supervisor of the Ijakadi Pageant has been nominated to attend a coaching on competition administration in Ghana.

“Consistent with our promise throughout the 2017 Ijakadi Pageant, to assist prepare the managers of this competition, I’m glad to announce that come January 2019, a supervisor of the Ijakadi Pageant shall be travelling to Ghana to attend the coaching which is being organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the British Council. I congratulate the nominee and I’m positive she or he will make the very best use
of this chance,” he mentioned.

In his remarks, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, mentioned the Ijakadi Pageant is aimed toward sustaining the cultural heritage of the individuals and fostering cohesion in Offa group and its environs.

“At this time, the Ijakadi Pageant has, in fact, attracted nationwide consideration, company our bodies and authorities in any respect ranges. With none iota of doubt, this competition has introduced improvement and advantages to Offa Group,” he mentioned.

Highlights of the Ijikadi Pageant embody the standard wrestling, homage to the Oba by the assorted districts, horse racing, hairdo and conventional apparel show, in addition to Moremi showpiece.


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