Nigeria: Minister Warns Ife/Modakeke Warriors

By Lekan Obafaiye In Ibadan, 16 May 2000

Lagos — The Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana has called on the people of Ife and Modakeke not to be prisoners of their past in order to move forward.

According to Prof. Gana who was addressing news men in Ibadan during his familiarisation tour of media houses in Oyo State, appealed to the warring Ife and Modakeke communities to evolve “free, fair and just ways of resolving the crisis and abide by the directive of President Obasanjo for a ceasefire.”

He advised the communities to come together and contribute positively to the development of the country, especially the community they belong to.

Prof. Gana described the uprisings in different parts of the country as diversionary measures by some powerful elements in the society against the government because without peace, there cannot be development. He advised media houses in the country to continue mobilise the society against any military incursion into Nigerian politics.

Professor Gana said that he was disappointed that most of the facilities in both the Nigeria Television Authority and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, both at Ibadan, were procured in the early 1960s and are now outdated but promised that the present government is ready to replace them.

The minister wondered how the staff of the parastatals manage to transmit with those outdated equipment.

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