Herdsmen Killings: British Prime Minister Urges FG To Find Solution

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has said the British Government is engaging Nigeria’s federal and state governments over killings allegedly being perpetrated by herdsmen in some parts of the country.

This is contained in a letter signed by Angela Almona (Whitehall Nigeria Unit) of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The letter was addressed to Dr Kohol Shadrach Iornem, the Vice President of the Mutual Union of Tiv in the United Kingdom.

The Publicity Secretary of MUTUK, Salome Biam, in a cover note which accompanied the letter, said the British Prime Minister was replying to a protest letter earlier submitted to her over the killings in Benue State where 73 people were given a mass burial.

May was quoted in the letter as saying, “We express our concerns about this issue and encourage the government to work with the affected populations to develop a solution that meets the needs of all the communities affected.

“The British Government is concerned about the issue of unprovoked attacks and killing by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and some states and we are engaging the government of Nigeria to find a solution to these killings.”

Biam said the Tiv community in the UK had, on January 22, staged a protest to the office of the Prime Minister and submitted a petition to her office.

The petition was titled: ‘Stopping the systematic killings and displacement of rural farming communities by Terror Fulani Cattle Herdsmen in the Benue Valley of Nigeria’.

The Tiv community requested the British Government to consider intervening in the alleged systematic ethnic cleansing against their people and other tribes in Nigeria.

The protesters also requested the British Government to compel the Federal Government of Nigeria to take necessary steps to identify and disarm the Fulani herders and their accomplices while providing protection for the victims.

May Accuses Putin Of Election Meddling

In the strongest attack ever launched on Russia by her administration, Theresa May has accused Moscow of meddling in elections and carrying out cyber espionage.

Addressing leading business figures at a banquet in London, the prime minister said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies”.

Mrs May said it was “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”.

But, she added, whilst the UK did not want “perpetual confrontation” with Russia, it would protect its interests.

BBC reports that her comments are in stark contrast to those of US President Donald Trump, who last week said he believed President Putin’s denial of intervening in the 2016 presidential election.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is due to visit Russia next month.

In a major foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, which Mrs May described as a “very simple message” for President Putin, she said he must choose a very “different path” from the one that in recent years had seen Moscow annex Crimea, foment conflict in Ukraine and launch cyber attacks on governments and Parliaments across Europe.

Russia could be a valuable partner of the West but only if it “plays by the rules”, she argued.

“Russia has repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption.

“This has included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag among many others.”


Monisola Bakre: Is The UK Government Forcefully ‘Adopting’ A Nigerian Child @UKinNigeria @TheresaMay_M @PaulTArkwright

…Don’t Come Home Without My Son, Distressed Father Pleads

A Nigerian man, Ayo Bakre has raised an alarm over the curious illegal detention and absurd adoption of his young son in the United Kingdom.

According to Bakre, the issue started in 2012 when his wife, Shade traveled to London with their son Monisola, who was less than one year old then.

Since their departure five years ago, the story has taken bizarre turns in what ended in an unjust, if illegal ‘adoption by the UK government’ under the pretext that the mother could not take care of the child.

Now the UK government is about to deport the mother to Nigeria but without her child.

The wife and son, Shade and Monisola Bakre
The wife and son, Shade and Monisola Bakre

Ayo Bakre who has two other children with Shade (Moyosore and Morolayo), told Osun Defender that “Sade had traveled to London on holiday in 2012 with Monisola who was less than 12 months then.

While in London, Monisola got injured and was taken to an hospital for treatment but the social workers claimed the degree of the injury is non-accidental. Because of this, the mother was charged to court for attempted murder, child trafficking, etc. but she was subsequently cleared of this by the court in Bromley.

“However, the judge says she cannot release the boy to her on the ground that in the opinion of the court, she cannot take care of the boy. After a long legal battle, our son was adopted by a court decision.

“As a father, this does not go down well with me and I have told the mother not to make any attempt to return to Nigeria without bringing my child. I don’t understand this decision in anyway. We have never declared to court in any manner that we cannot take care of our son. I am saying it loud and clear regardless of the consequences that my son Monisola must be brought back home. The mother dares not come back home without bringing Monisola.

” I have appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a letter dated 17th of August, 2015 to help me in this unfortunate situation I found myself but I am yet to get any response. His siblings at home keep disturbing me almost on a daily basis that they want to see their brother but each time they say they want to talk to their brother, confusion always sets in.”


Moyosore and Morolayo Bakre and their father, Ayo Bakre
Moyosore and Morolayo Bakre and their father, Ayo Bakre

The case leaves many questions unanswered as Shade’s family has threatened to report Ade to the police for insisting that the mother must return only with Monisola, his son. This has raised the question of whether the boy was actually adopted or if any shady dealings are playing out

“I don’t care if my wife’s family reports to police because they threatened to do so when I told them their daughter dares not return home, if my son is not released. I am not about the story in UK; all I want is Monisola must be brought back or else the consequence for Shade might be too severe”, Bakre said.

Theresa May Apologises To Own MPs For Election ‘Mess’

Theresa May took the blame for the ruling Conservatives’ disastrous performance at last week’s elections, as she faced her party’s angry MPs on Monday, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

“I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out,” May told Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster.

May’s Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday’s snap general election, causing political chaos ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union set to start next week and prompting calls — from within her own party — for her resignation.

 But one MP present at the meeting said there was no discussion of a leadership contest, adding “she’s won, she’s got to be prime minister”.The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged almost two percent since Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to parliament.

May vowed to stay on despite the poor results, and on Sunday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time on Monday.

The Conservative Party fell eight seats short of retaining its parliamentary majority, and is now in talks with Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — which won 10 seats — to forge an informal alliance.


Theresa May’s Dramatic Failure

For someone who had predicted to win easily, Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered one of the most dramatic reversals in recent British political history, losing an overall majority in parliament. Her confidence made her call an election on April 18th, to boost her 17- seat working majority in order to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations.

Opinion polls at that time gave her Conservatives a 20-point lead over Labour, enough for a potentially triple-figure majority.

To May’s misfortune, many Britons viewed the election as a cynical ploy to score gains against an unpopular opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn. After all, the country was only two years into a five-year parliament and May, after becoming prime minister last year, had repeatedly pledged not to hold new elections.

But there were others who were mindful of the toxic legacy from two referendums — one on Scottish independence in 2014, the other on membership of the European Union in 2016 — that left the country deeply divided. To them, a new election would simply open old wounds.
May’s attempt to make it an election just on Brexit leadership went badly awry in mid-May. A row brewed over a Conservative proposal to make elderly people pay potentially unlimited amounts for care in their home — a move that would force the sale of many family homes.

Even the pro-May conservative press rounded on the idea, branding it a “dementia tax” that would wipe out the inheritance of the middle classes.

Corbyn seized the advantage, painting May as cold and uncaring. She backed down, promising that there would be a limit on contributions to pay for care, and the government would launch a consultation paper.

But the row also shone a light on May’s managerial style, of surrounding herself with a few trusted advisors. Even cabinet ministers were excluded from discussion over parts of the Tory manifesto.
The Conservatives are traditionally more popular than Labour when it comes to security, but May suddenly found herself on the back foot after terror attacks occurred in Manchester and London, leaving 30 dead and around 150 injured.

May sketched plans for tightening Britain’s already extensive security laws, but Corbyn shifted the debate to focus on her own six-year record as interior minister, when she oversaw thousands of budget-saving cuts in the police roll.

He pounded away on his proposal to hire more neighbourhood police, arguing these would provide a vital bulwark against jihadist radicalisation.
May refused from the outset to join a TV debate, saying she preferred “getting out and about, meeting voters and hearing directly from voters” rather than “debates where the politicians are squabbling among themselves.”

Corbyn initially replied that he would not take part in the debate unless she attended, but cannily changed his mind, joining the leading candidates on the podium on May 31, with the Conservatives represented by May’s interior minister, Amber Rudd.

May thus handed Corbyn the spotlight and exposed herself to accusations of political cowardice.
May sought to showcase herself as a no-nonsense, get-things-done Englishwoman in the face of a woolly, idealistic Corbyn, but the downsides of this image showed up glaringly on the campaign trail.

Her endlessly repeated mantra of “strong and stable leadership” grated for many, earning her the nickname of “Maybot”, and her awkward style, favouring programmed events, compared badly with Corbyn, a veteran grassroots campaigner who enjoys meeting the public.

In a rare unscripted encounter with a voter that was filmed and went viral, May responded to a woman angry about welfare cuts with bland campaign slogans.

“Theresa May has the personal warmth, wit, oratorical ability and attractiveness of an Indesit fridge-freezer which has been faultily connected by a man called Trevor for five quid, cash in hand, and which is now full of decomposing Findus Crispy Pancakes,” satirical writer Rod Liddle wrote in the conservative political weekly The Spectator.

Bad Brexit Deal Dangerous for Britain -Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said there would be dire consequences for Britain if it failed to get a good Brexit deal, adding “the coming five years would be among the most challenging in our lifetime”.

May made the remarks during a speech presenting her Conservative Party’s policy pledges to voters ahead of a June 8 parliamentary election the party is widely expected to win.

“Make no mistake, the central challenge we face is negotiating the best deal for Britain in Europe,” May said. “If we fail, the consequences for Britain and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire. If we succeed, the opportunities ahead of us are great.”

In another development, May said she stood within the mainstream of British Conservative party thought, rejecting the suggestion that she had a distinctive personal approach or wanted to be compared with Margaret Thatcher.

“There is no ‘Mayism’. I know you journalists like to write about it. There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government,” she said at a news conference to launch the Conservatives’ policy pledges before a national election she called for June.

The manifesto included a number of curbs on businesses, which contrast with the free-market approach taken by Thatcher, regarded by many Conservatives as their most successful leader since World War Two.


UK at Loggerheads With EU Over Brexit “Divorce Bill”

The UK will not pay a €100bn (£85bn) “divorce bill” to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has insisted.

He told ITV’s GMB programme the UK would pay what it was legally obliged to do “not just what the EU wants”.

It comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the financial settlement sought by the EU has risen from €60bn.

Mr Davis said the UK treated its EU “rights and obligations” seriously but it had “not seen any number”, adding the EU was playing “rough and tough”.

The EU’s chief negotiator Michael Barnier is due to publish his guidelines for the talks later.

An EU source has told the BBC that officials in Brussels will not enter into a discussion about potential figures for a final bill.

Talks over the size of the so-called “divorce bill” are likely to be one of the hardest-fought and most sensitive areas of the Brexit process.

Mr Davis said the negotiations had not started in earnest but indicated the UK would set down a marker when it came to talks over the divorce settlement.

“We are not supplicants,” he said. “They lay down what they want and we lay down what we want.”

The EU has insisted that the UK will have to accept liabilities stemming from its membership, including contributions to the EU Budget.
The EU has already listed some sort of agreement on a payment from the UK as a precondition for opening talks on a trade deal.

Previous calculations had placed the financial settlement likely to be demanded by the EU at between 50 and 60bn euros.

The Financial Times, using the same economic model with new data from around Europe, suggests that has now gone up to 100bn euros.

There are reports in Brussels that the difference might include demands from countries like France and Poland for UK contributions to farm subsidies.

The EU may also be planning to refuse to allow the UK a share of the EU’s assets including buildings and bank deposits.

The suggestion that the payment would be made in installments would not do much to soften the blow from the British perspective, he added.

The revelation comes amid growing tensions between the UK and EU following reports of a dinner in Downing Street last week, in which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is said to have told Theresa May that Brexit could not be a success.

On Tuesday, Mrs May said Mr Juncker would discover that she could be a “bloody difficult woman”.

Many Conservative MPs argue the UK does not owe the EU anything given the size of the contributions it has made in the past.

A recent report by a House of Lords committee argued the UK was not legally obliged to pay a penny.