ECOWAS calls for dialogue to end protest in Nigeria

The Economic Community of West African States has urged Nigerians to build peace in the ongoing crisis in the country. This statement was disclosed by the Directorate of Communications in ECOWAS on Thursday. ECOWAS stated with utmost concern of how the peaceful protest by Nigerian youth calling for police reform had turned violent. The statement reads, “ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. “ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery. While ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it also wishes to stress that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner. In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally. “ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly. “Finally, ECOWAS Commission appeals to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian youth and the civil society to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest and maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order.”

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Shiites protest in Kaduna, demand el-Zakzaky’s release

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, on Monday in Kaduna protest the five years remembrance of their clash with soldiers in Zaria, which they called ‘massacre’ and continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Malama Zeenatuddin Ibrahim. The members were Children, between the ages of 10 and above with adults, marched through Kano road in the Kaduna metropolis. They displayed posters of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and chanted continuously, “free our leader;” “free Zakzaky,” “we want justice:” “He needs to go for medical treatment.” Leader of the protesters, Sheikh Aliyu Tirmizi, called on the Federal Government to unconditionally release the leader of the sect for proper medical attention. He said, “In the aftermath of Zaria genocide executed by the Nigerian military in December 2015 we have been calling on all citizens to uphold the dictum that injustice to one is injustice to all, but to no avail. “But in truth, Islam abhors injustice, and enjoins Muslims to express disdain to injustice and the unjust whoever they are. Indeed history is full of instances when Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) assisted the victims of injustice in upholding their rights. This explains why for the past five years we have been explaining how this Buhari regime has trampled upon the rights of Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers, demanding that citizens condemn this repression, and call for the release of our leader unconditionally.”

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Miyetti Allah warns allege sponsor of EndSARS Protest

The Miyetti Allah kautal hore Fulani socio-cultural association has alleged. that a former governor of Lagos state was behind the EndSARS protest. The association, therefore, said they will hold him responsible if anything happen to President Buhari’s administration. ” To avoid this, he must immediately put the protest to an end while the Federal Government put in modalities to address the challenges confronting the nation,” they said. This was contained in a statement, entitled #ENDSARSPROTEST – GATHERING OF POLITICAL VULTURES. This statement was signed by  Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo(Lamido Fulbe) and Engr. Saleh Alhasan, National President and National Secretary of the association, respectively. “For weeks now citizens, especially our youths have taken to the streets to demand an end to SARS or Police brutality and also requesting for a reform of the Nigerian Police Force.” “Thankfully, these demands have been made by the Federal Government, and ordering arrest and persecution of those Police officers involved in extra-judicial killings of citizens.” “And since the Federal Government has heard and accepted the issues raised by the protesters, it is only wise for the protesters to stop as government needs time to implement their demands. “The protests have yielded the desired results with the government accepting their genuine demands and working to address all of them. “For us, Nigerian citizens came out to demand justice and the government responded positively. “It is, therefore, unacceptable for the protesters to now involve blocking of roads, thereby denying other citizens the right to use the roads. This is an attempt to ground the country and create more suffering in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ethnic and regional coloration of the protests. Some people from certain regions trying to undermine and overthrow a democratically elected government or intimidate the North to give up its rights to rule beyond 2023. “The insistence to continue to protest even when the government has made concessions. The open defiance is reckless, provocative. Denial of access to means of livelihood[…]

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#EndSARS protest in France

Some Nigerians in France on Friday morning joined the #EndSARS and #EndSWAT campaign presently going on. The Nigerian youths in France demonstrated in front of the Nigerian Embassy at the Victor Hugo area of Paris, capital of France, to demand an end to police brutality and human rights abuses under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Despite the police authorities announcing the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and announcing the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics team. Nigerians are not backing down on their agitations for total reforms of the law enforcement agency, pouring out more into the streets across different cities of the world to push for change.

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Nigerian man says it is a sign of love to be clingy

Love is a beautiful thing and as individuals who have different interests, opinions, ideas, we all love in different ways. For some people, it’s by giving their partners the best things in the world and for others it’s always being there for the one they love. A Nigerian man raised a conversation that gathered mixed reactions on Twitter. The man identified simply as Akinbosola talked about people who always want to be around their partners. The man noted that these kind of people express their love this way. He stated that many people might think its clingy, adding such way of showing affection is actually love. Akinbosola further expressed that people should be worried when their partners who show so much affection and attention stop doing so. According to him, they have found someone who actually appreciates the attention they give and they have probably moved on.

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