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PAGE 22—SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 8, 2018 Continued from page 21 As early as 7am on March 10, suspected murderous herdsmen, in their hundreds, stormed the village. With their small population, and most men gone to farm, leaving mostly children and women at home, the task of stopping the invaders was a herculean task. The herders, armed with sophisticated weapons such as AK47, pump action guns, cudgel and machetes, among others opened fire on the villagers, and burnt their houses. The gory tale of a little boy was narrated by one of the survivors. According to her, the boy pathetically knelt down, begging the suspected herdsmen to spare his life to realise his dream of becoming a medical doctor but the plea fell on deaf ears as they stripped him of his school uniform and clubbed him to death. Another survivor, who narrated that his escape was divine, Ismaila Maji, recounted the ordeal, “We were taken by surprise. The attackers were so many and they were armed with sophisticated weapons. Residents tried to fight them but had no weapons. Our children, women, seniors were butchered like rams; motorcycles were carted away; even food stuff were evacuated from our homes. In fact, we counted up to 25 corpses while six persons were killed in Agbakaka. We had to give them mass burial. Those who sustained gunshot and machete wounds are receiving treatment in hospital. “It may be difficult for survivors to return home, as our houses were completely burnt. We appeal to government and well-meaning individuals to help us rebuild our settlement to enable us return to our ancestral homes”. On Saturday, March 14, Governor Yahaya Bello visited the attacked villages to see for himself the extent of the carnage. He promised to institute a judicial commission of inquiry to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the mayhem and promised to fish out perpetrators and bring them to justice while assuring the people of adequate security. While addressing the men of the Nigerian Army from 913 Battalion drafted to the communities, Bello said he would not fold his arms and allow “armed bandits to wipe out our people”. He added, “As a government, we will, as much as possible, provide comfort for affected families, Igala Kingdom and the entire Kogi State. It is most unfortunate”. Killers strike again Meanwhile, as Bello was assuring the Oganenigu residents of adequate security, some people were busy gathering weapons to launch deadly attack on Omala villages. Two days after the governor’s visit, suspected herdsmen, around 11am on Monday, March 16, struck at Ajichekpa, Opada and Agbenema, killing the traditional ruler, Chief Musa Edibo, and burning 37 houses. Nine other houses were vandalised. Nephew of the late traditional ruler who escaped narrowly, Chief Peter Salifu, 35, narrated his story, “We had premonition of the attack, what we didn’t know was the exact date it would happen. The assailants came around 11am and started setting houses ablaze. Those who ran out were shot at. We tried frantically to repel them but we were overpowered. We had earlier moved our wives and children out of the villages because we anticipated the attack and that accounted for the low casualty. 'Schoolboy clubbed to death after telling suspected herdsmen he wanted to become a doctor' “We put a distress call to our neighbors, especially men from Abejukolo, but they could not gain immediate access because some security personnel prevented them from entering the village. When they eventually arrived, grievous damage had been wreaked on our village. My uncle, the Onuh Agbenema, was clubbed to death. We initially thought the wife, Kasuwa, was killed with him, because they were sitting together in the parlour when the assailants came; but the wife, Kasuwa Edibo, was saved by fingers of God. We put a distress call to our neighbors, especially men from Abejukolo, but they could not gain immediate access because some security personnel prevented them from entering the village *Scenes from the attacks “I manage a viewing centre. They set our houses ablaze including the ‘Keke Napep’ I use for my business. We have lost all our life savings. Please tell government to come to the aid of the communities in rebuilding their lives. We are now refugees in our father land.” He wept. Sunday Vanguard gathered that some of those who escaped fell into the hands of suspected herdsmen dressed in military uniform. The escaping villagers must have thought they were nearing safety until the suspected herdsmen fired at them sending them to their early graves. The story was the same in Iyade and Ogabifo who played host to the invaders. Members representing Omala, Dekina/ Okura and Bassa constituencies in Kogi State House of Assembly, Aliyu Akuh, Moses Ododo and Sunday Shigaba, respectively, on Wednesday, March 23, moved a motion of urgent importance to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Bello and security agencies to the killings. Akuh, while presenting the motion, asked government to adopt proactive measures to protect lives and property as the state was drifting towards a failed state. He urged the government of Yahaya Bello to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice and to reassure the people of security to enable them return home to pick up the pieces of their lives while calling on the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to send relief materials to the displaced persons. He called on security agencies to be professional in the handling of the crisis of such magnitude to avert wanton loss of lives and property. The killings have generated controversy with some persons faulting Governor Bello over the panel of inquiry he promised to raise on the attacks. They asked whether he expected the attackers suspected to be herdsmen or their victims in their graves to appear before the panel. They put the blame for the killings at the governor’s doorsteps especially since he threw open the borders for herders to come into Kogi. They expressed disappointment that, despite Operation Cat Dance in Kogi and other North Central states, killings had continued as suspected herdsmen operate with no efforts to stop them, particularly in Kogi. The Audu/Faleke Political Organisation particularly condemned the killings at Oganenigwu and Aloko. A statement by Hon. James Abiodun Faleke described the killings of over 25 people in the two communities and destruction of houses as the height of wickedness. “The news came to us as a shock. Can we ever equate cows with human lives? How did we come to this sorry pass as a people?” the statement said. The state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on its part, said Bello’s open invitation to herdsmen and the setting up of cattle colonies without adequate security measures brought about the killings. In a statement, Achadu Dickson, Director of Research and Documentation of the party in Kogi, said the governor should explain his role in the killings, following his invitation to herdsmen and the ceding of land in the state for the establishment of cattle colonies, even though the people were against it.

SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 8, 2018, PAGE 23 08112662589 Men are far more vulnerable to damage than women “ It is common place nowadays to decry the men as male-chauvinist pigs who go round hurting girls, creating havoc and irresponsibility by leaving a trail of broken hearts behind them,” so wrote Abbey, a thoroughly bitter man in his mid-forties and, according to him, “still hurting”. He continues: “This picture has always irked me. Some women simply do not think of men as people who can get hurt and be damaged by life just like themselves. True, men don’t get pregnant, but in some ways, men are far more vulnerable to damage than women - the irony being that this vulnerability is often dismissed in the phrase, ‘the fragile male ego’ as if it were something rather pathetic, not worthy of sympathetic consideration. Because men are not expected to get hurt, or at least not supposed to start crying about it, many women can be infinitely more cruel than any man. Maybe there is some tiny mitigation in the fact that they may genuinely not understand the damage they have done precisely as a result of all the cliches of the situation. “Which brings, me to my case. Many years ago, in my first year in the university, I underwent a set-back which effects are still with me. I had the misfortune to fall for a girl a few years older than myself; we call her Bukky. She was plump, nubile, engaged to a man back home, but fond of entertaining herself with extra talents closer at hand, finding a three-month separation from her man something of a bore and frustration. I was slim and good-looking and she evidently felt that I merited her attention. She led me on eagerly, something I did not object to. I was young and romantic, exceptionally innocent and thought that love was something spiritual and poetic. Perhaps, that in itself seemed precious, but it was a classic piece of female chauvinism to find such qualities touching and attractive in a girl 1 but a little comic in a man. “The result was that I courted her very slowly by standard. Finding me to be unsatisfactory, she jilted me rather quickly, and found someone preferable. I cannot really object to this, though I have to reflect tht in the same situation, a man would be expected to be patient and understanding. She had led me to love her, then ditched me when she got bored - an ordinary scenario I do accept, and it would be tedious to keep whining about it. “If it had stopped there, I would, no doubt, have had very little to complain about ... Unfortunately, that was not the line she took. I realise now, as I did not realise then, that her attitude was a classic case of sour grapes. She certainly did not love me, but it evidently irritated her that 1 was so inexperienced that I had failed to provide what she wanted at a plain earthy level, even after a few weeks of courtship. “Her method was very simple. Over a period of nearly two years, she sought to humiliate me with her jokes, innuendoes, hints and nudges to the benefit of her associate. The remarks she made were innocent enough in isolation. ‘Abbey leads women on and then disappoints them,’ she said. ‘It’s all platonic between Abbey and myself,’ she said. ‘(as if poor Abbey was capable of ... ). ‘Abbey would, if he could, but he can’t.’ “To cap it all, an acquaintance of mine made a suitably casual remark implying that he took it for granted that I was sexually impotent. I was gutted. If only women have the remotest conception of the immense humiliation it is for a man to be seen to be sexually deficient. “After 1 left the university, I fell in love with another girl, who’s beautiful, sweet, everything I could have wished in a girl. We got engaged, but I was still haunted by the past insinuations. What happened next might be regarded as a joke by some people with a certain sense of humour, though I suffered the torment of being unable to satisfy the girl sexually. She was kind, sympathetic, and said, ‘it doesn’t matter, darling’, three months after, she jilted me, having found some-one else. “Shortly after this massive blow to my sexual life, I ran into Bukky at a wedding reception. This was some five years after we left the niversity. She looked different and was with her husband. She was wearing a rnore glamourous hair-style and had lost weight – wearing one of these gears that do wonders for a woman’s cleavage. “I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up. I was on my own but she completely ignored me, even when she stood next to me at the drinks corner. I was shocked by the look of contempt on her face and was too shaken to approach her. I was really upset that she could ignore me like that that as we had obviouslybeen close once. I didn’t want to cause a scene, so I left. “Since that little episode, I have resigned to being impotent and remaining so. I realise that a lot of people reading this will be inclined to snigger in just the same way, and for the same reasons that others have. There is no point at all in denying that impotence is funny; deliciously funny, to all but the victim himself ... “ 08052201867(Text Only) The Spread Eagle Pose O VERWEIGHT may not be your problem, but, then, that’s not the only reason for exercising. On account, life can rather be hectic, we all need to have a little bit more energy than we already possess. Practising relaxation techniques help us relieve stress brought on by everyday living. That way, we get quick results from exercise characterised by great energy and wonderful well-being. Of course, it won't do to do all the right exercises and ignore to eat properly. Quality aside, we must be modest in the quantity of food we eat. Eating great quantities of food means almost all of our energies go to digesting the food leaving us feeling lethargic. One of the good things about exercise is the fact that we tend to eat less. The less active we become, the more food we tend to put away. Now, this is why: With exercise or increased physical load, you call forth reserves of sugars from your liver and muscles for a dip in blood sugar levels. When you don’t exercise, you tend only * The Spread Eagle to experience a high in blood sugar with meals. And, as soon as the energy from the food is stored by the help of the hormone insulin produced by the pancreases, yawning and malaise takes over - there’s a false alarm of hunger. In such a case, all you need do is whip up a bit of sweat,’ a bit of a work out and presto, your fallen blood sugar levels stabilise, doing away with your false hunger and all. It’s now an established fact that flexibility exercise which can be practised daily are best suited for relieving physical stress. Let’s consider one of the flexibility postures and a relaxation technique. THE SPREAD EAGLE Technique: Sit down and spread out the legs as wide apart as possible. Bend down the trunk and with the left hand hold the left foot from the inside with the left elbow touching the floor. Bring the right hand over the side of the head and hold the left foot from the outside. Keep your breathing normal. Retain the position for 10-15 seconds and repeat on the other side. Benefits: The Spread Eagle stretches both hamstrings and inner thigh muscles. The flanks get a good workout leading to fat reduction about the waistline. C M Y K