Suspected mad man sets resident ablaze in Lagos

 

A suspected mentally-deranged man in Surulere, Lagos, on Sunday, set a resident of the area ablaze after pouring petrol on him.

The man, known in the area as Badejo Adewale, was said to have carried out the act on one Bolatito Kadara of 13, Aiyeleto Street, Surulere.

DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos police command, said in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday that after dousing Kadara with petrol, Adewale then set his victim ablaze at Hogan Bassey Street, Surulere.

Elkana said that the sister of the burnt victim, Miss Adeola Kadara, reported at Surulere Police Station that she received information that her brother had been set ablaze.

“The victim has been taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital and he is recuperating.

“He made a statement to the police and narrated how Adewale, the mentally-deranged man, poured petrol on him and ignited it.

“The police extended their investigations to the Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, where the suspect is admitted,” Elkana said.

He, however, said that all efforts made to interview the suspect proved abortive, as he did not utter a word.

The police spokesman said that investigation was ongoing on the matter.

 

 

The Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, said on Sunday that he never asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to pick or choose his successor.

In a short address in his church, the cleric said the clarification became important following the controversy that trailed his nationwide address on January 5.

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He said contrary to insinuations or misunderstandings that he asked Buhari to pick his successor, he believed firmly that accurate succession in a democracy could only be achieved through free and fair elections.

He said, “My use of the word ‘succession’ has drawn curious reactions from various quarters. Apparently, and without my participation, it has been interpreted as my asking Buhari to foist his choice on the nation in flagrant disregard of democratic principles.

“I neither did this, nor did I insinuate at any point that Buhari should ‘pick’ or ‘choose’ his successor as some news outlets have conjured.

“Succession is an expansive term that does not focus on one position alone, mindful as I am that no individual can singlehandedly solve Nigeria’s problems. Instead, it focuses on the institution of systems of predictable progress, and the sustainable replacement of capable hands with capable hands across the entire system, whether through elections or appointments.

“Unfortunately, some have chosen to place leadership succession on the one hand, and free, fair and credible elections on the other, as mutually exclusive issues when, indeed, the latter is the strategic vehicle for arriving at the former.

“In a democratic society, you cannot achieve accurate succession without free, fair and credible elections,” he said.

To achieve accurate leadership succession, Bakare said Nigeria must build and strengthen public institutions or systems that will guarantee “predictable progress and the sustainable replacement of capable hands with capable hands across the entire system, whether through elections or appointments.”

Bakare added that the consequence of inaccurate leadership succession in Nigeria over the years was that the citizens have continued to suffer, decades after the selfless sacrifices of the nation’s founding fathers, such as the late Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Michael Okpara and Ahmadu Bello.

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Bakare said unlike the founding fathers, many of today’s politicians were at best “perverts pretending to be patriots or zeroes pretending to be heroes.”

He said, “Over the years, inaccurate succession has been the bane of institutional leadership in Nigeria. Decades after the selfless leadership of our founding fathers, the citizenry has remained disillusioned with the self-aggrandisement of politicians who lack the values of the founding fathers.

“In the South, these politicians are quick to wear the cap and glasses of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, but lack the mental capacity and foresight of the late sage. In the North, these politicians affiliate themselves with the legacy of Sir Ahmadu Bello, but lack the heart with which the Sardauna worked for the progress of his people.

“In the East, they associate themselves with the giant strides of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Michael Okpara, but their governance accomplishments are dwarfed compared to those of these heroes. These are signs of leadership succession failure.”

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