Obasanjo charge Nigerian Youths

Olusegun Obasanjo, former head of state and President has charged Nigerian youths to make it uncomfortable for old leaders to remain in government. Obasanjo charged the youths during a virtual interview with Toyin Falola, an academic and historian. While admitting that his generation did a lot of wrong, the former president apologised to the youths. Obasanjo who noted that things are bad in the country, said Nigeria’s fortune might change when youths step up. He said; “You (youths) have everything going for you and I don’t want you to feel discouraged. Things are bad in Nigeria but I believe it is only for a short while because it depends on you “Whatever my generation might have done wrong –and I will be the first to admit that my generation has done a lot of wrong, (but) it is for your generation to do it better. “Don’t just sit down and complain. Sitting down and complaining will make you be on the same level and you have to get what I called critical mass of likeminded people who will be ready to say let us bring about the change. You can bring about the change if you get critical mass of people that are ready to slug it out. “When people say when will these old hags go out of the way? I tell them they won’t go out of the way, you have to make them go out of the way. They won’t voluntarily go out of the way, you have to make it uncomfortable for them; I am not talking of violence but bringing pressure to bear to make it uncomfortable for them to go out of the way.”

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Insecurity!! Return to work AIG begs police men!!

The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Ahmed Iliyasu in charge of Zone 2 Command, has called on police officers of his command to return to duty post in Lagos and Ogun states. This, he said, was to ensure adequate security before, during and after the yuletide. Yesterday, he made the call during a workshop at the Nigeria Police Force Zone 2, Onikan in Lagos. Iliyasu also urged all police officers to put the #EndSARS protest behind them in the spirit of nationhood. He also appealed to them to go back and correct the negative perception which Nigerian youths have about police officers and policing. “We must have a change of attitude to our duty and put the people as the centre point of our policing,” he said. He emphasized that policing strategy should be people-centred, satisfactory to the people and good enough to remove the fear and uncertainty in the mind of the people anytime they have contact with the police.

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‘Wike, Kanu responsible for violence, alleged killings in Obigbo’

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) is blaming Governor Nyesom Wike and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the violence which erupted in Obigbo area of Rivers. The group made this public in a statement by its President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike. The Governor has been under series of attacks in previous weeks over alleged human rights abuses and extra judicial killings in the area by the Military enforcing a 24hrs curfew which was applied in the area in the wake of the violence that tailed the #EndSars protests. Wike on Monday allegedly imposed the curfew because IPOB protesters murdered 6 soldiers, burnt down some Police stations and courts in Obigbo. Wike also denied that he ordered military actions in Obigbo, describing the accusations as politically motivated plots of his detractors to distract him from governance. But OYC, in a quick reaction, called to Wike’s notice that there was burning of police stations,courts, killing of military personnel and police officers and vandalization of government properties in other parts of the country especially in major south east cities like Aba, Nnewi, Abakiliki, Enugu, Onitsha, Owerri. “But none of the Governors of these states ordered Military actions against their people. “Wike as Chief Security officer of Rivers State will surely account for the loss of lives and brutalities in Obigbo in the near future as international human rights groups and activists are gathering informations and evidences of genocidal violence escalating in Obigbo Rivers State,” the group said. It added: “OYC vehemently oppose the 24hrs curfew placed on Obigbo with heavy military actions and onslaughts against the people which have continuously abused their fundamental human rights in Obigbo. “The people have been denied access to food, adequate medicare, water because Rivers State Government unleashed state machinery against IPOB over what we perceived as relationship gone sour between Governor Nyesom Wike and IPOB Leadership led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.” He went further to say that, “We had[…]

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development Says FG has the option of bringing down the social media space

Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has said the Federal Government had the option of bringing down the social media space during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to do so. On Monday, Dare, while featuring on Channels Television’s programme Sunrise Daily, said the government did that to allow freedom of expression. Nevertheless, the Minister, said the internet and the social media have great benefits but “as a country, we must start to think of how to curtail fake news. There must be some level of responsibility and some level of punishment to those that create chaos out of mischief in our country.” Dare continued by saying, “The fact that our youths used it to mobilise is commendable. But the talk about the regulation of the social media has been around for a while. We’ve seen other countries taking practical steps in that direction, this country has not done that. “Even during the #EndSARS protests, the country had an option (but) the country never went for that final option. “There was no time the cyberspace was shut down, people were still able to connect themselves through the various social media platforms. And that shows a government that is committed to the rights of freedom and association of every citizen of this country.” Dare also said the social media was used to disseminate fake news which got some persons angry and eager to go violent. “The protests brought home the dangers of fake news,” he noted, adding that the National Assembly will do justice to the proposed regulation of the social media to guard against the spread of fake news. “The talk around regulation, of course, we have a National Assembly, it will have to go through the normal process. We have a constitution, we have to make sure it does not violate certain provisions of the constitution that has to do with freedom of expression. “Where you have fake news destroying lives, the government has a responsibility to[…]

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Why Electoral Act was not signed in 2019 –Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State has said President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign the Electoral Amendment Act before the 2019 general election for political reasons. The governor blamed politicians for their selfishness in avoiding actions that would in the long run undermine their personal interests and to the detriment of the common good. He, however, expressed optimism that the Electoral Act would be signed this time around. According to him, “The Electoral Act was not signed because of politics, politicians are selfish. If you watch what is going on in America, President Donald Trump does not want the mailing votes to be counted if they arrive after 8pm on election day. But members of the Democratic Party think otherwise. “That is the way of politicians, always be conscious to avoid taking actions and decisions that would undo you. So it was not signed because of politics but I know that it will be signed this time.” While addressing youths in Delta North at a town hall meeting following the #EndSARS protests across the country and it’s subsequent hijack by aggrieved youths, the governor addressed them. Okowa told the youths that politics was about learning along the line and picking the good things seen in good politicians and throwing away the bad ideas. “I agree that there is need to re-work our electoral processes but we need to re-engineer our minds because we have lost it and it’s time we began to talk to ourselves,” he said.

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Looting, vandalism: Plateau lost N75bn says Lalong

Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor, has had an interaction with youths in the State as part of his consultation with stakeholders to ensure lasting calmness in the State. While addressing the participants, Lalong said his administration has been friendly to the youths and advised them against engaging in retrogressive behavior which has the tendency of hindering the development of the State. He said, “My dear youth of Plateau State, we have gathered here in continuation of our consultations with stakeholders towards our journey to progress and development. You will recall that I have had engagements with traditional rulers, elders and community leaders in recent weeks. Sadly the engagement with the youths was obstructed because of the uncertainties that arose as a result of the #ENDSARS protests and subsequent disturbances that followed. “It is therefore with a deep heart that I welcome you to this interaction as we review the events of the recent past and look at the way forward. Indeed, these are very challenging times for the nation and our State because of recent events which have left us counting our losses.  Lives have been lost, properties destroyed and the voices of the youths clearly and loudly heard across the nation and beyond. “Let me first express my deep commiseration to the families of those who have lost their lives and others who have suffered injuries or lost their properties during the unfortunate recent happenings in our State. I went round some of the affected areas together with Members of the National Assembly Caucus from Plateau State and the Minister of Women Affairs to assess the level of destruction. What we saw was horrific and despicable. “The level of destruction and carnage is unbelievable and unacceptable. We are still trying to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the total cost of the damage. However, the preliminary report by a team of experts I constituted has estimated the losses to be put at about 75 billion naira for now. This[…]

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Traditional ruler faults amnesty’s claim on alleged Lekki shooting

Oba Adekunle Oyelude, the Olowu of Kuta in Osun, has faulted claims by the Amnesty International that it tracked troops of the Nigerian Army to Lekki Toll Gate, where they allegedly shot unarmed #EndSARS protesters on Oct. 20, 2020. Oyelude said this in a statement on Friday, in Ibadan, calling for a probe into the claim. “Although Amnesty International has the right to operate legally in the country as an international Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), the claim that it tracked troops of a sovereign nation and announcing same, amounted to an attack on national security,” he said. He said he was worried as a Nigerian that a foreign NGO could admit spying on the Nigeria Army with an air of impunity. The traditional ruler called on relevant authorities to probe the claim, and possibly extradite the organisation from Nigeria. “I can’t imagine a foreign NGO operating in the United States to be so bold and claim that it tracked troops’ movement from the pentagon to a particular location and still remain in the country,” he said. Oyelude went further to appeal for peace and calmness across the country, while encouraging Nigerian youths to make their legitimate claims and ventilate their grievances peacefully in future. He also appealed to the federal and state governments to implement programmes and policies designed to empower millions of unemployed youths in the country. He expressed compassion to those who lost loved ones and property in the crises, praying that God would wipe off their tears.

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Lalong orders fresh 24-hour curfew after invasion of palliative warehouses

The State Governor. Simon Lalong has ordered a fresh 24hrs curfew in Jos North and Jos South local government areas of the State. On Saturday morning, warehouses were ransacked as some residents got away with bags of grains donated according to the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as palliatives to the State. He said, “Fellow citizens of Plateau State, you will recall that I announced a 24-hour curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas on 20th October 2020 in response to the disturbances that arose when hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protests leading to the destruction of lives and properties. After an assessment of the situation, the curfew was relaxed from the hours of 6 am to 8 pm from yesterday 23rd October 2020. “However today, some hoodlums broke into the warehouses where palliatives delivered to the State by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last week were stored awaiting distribution and carted them away. “By this, security agencies are directed to enforce the curfew and ensure that all violators are arrested and prosecuted. I call on all citizens and stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the Government in ensuring the peace and progress of Plateau State.”

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NMA – Attack on ambulance, health workers during #ENDSARS protests condemnable

The Nigerian Medical Association on Thursday damned the violent attack by hoodlums on ambulances and healthcare workers who went to the location where the Lekki tollgate massacre took place. Dr. Adetunji Adenekan, NMA Lagos chairman, said if the violence was continued, more lives of health workers and residents would’ve been at stake. “This sad event of unprovoked and unwarranted attacks of unarmed youth by security agents, whose primary constitutional duty is the protection of lives and property, will be remembered as a day security authority waged war against and attempted to make peaceful protest unconstitutional. In parts, the statement reads, “We are also aware of the restriction of movement of ambulances by some security personnel around the Lekki area during the pandemonium, and damage to one ambulance in another part of the state by hoodlums, thereby endangering the lives of health workers.” “We also wish to note that this act has led to a more tense atmosphere with public panic and mental health concerns. “In the same vein, the event is capable of putting the lives of healthcare workers, including medical and dental practitioners, who will have to continue to care for Lagosians, in great danger,” he said. Adenekan pleaded on the Lagos State Government to create free flow of movement for emergency responders, ambulances and health workers especially for emergencies.. “We call on the state government to make adequate arrangement in respect of provision of security for health workers and doctors, first responders and all essential workers. “The NMA also wants an urgent mechanism in place to prevent further escalation of the current situation and ensure the protection of lives and property of Lagosians,” he urged. Continuing, the Consultant Ophthalmologist said, “We appreciate the efforts of first responders, ambulance drivers, nurses, emergency room physicians and other health workers who worked round the clock to provide care for the wounded Nigerians on account of these attacks; and Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, for visiting some of the victims.”  

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Sanwo-Olu warns against protest in the state, eases curfew

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor, has announced the easing of the curfew imposed on the state on Friday. The governor announced that people are allowed to go out between 8am and 6pm from Saturday. Sanwo-Olu said this during a statewide broadcast on Friday. He said, “We have decided that we are going to be easing the curfew from tomorrow (Saturday) morning; and what that easing means is that people will be allowed to go out from 8am to 6pm. “For emphasis, from 8am tomorrow morning, you will be allowed to go out, to go wherever you wish till 6pm in the evening.“

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