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Youths defy Wike’s warning, stage protest in Rivers


A large number of youths have stormed the Pleasure Park in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to protest bad governance in the country.


Some members of the civil society gathered in the venue on Saturday to join other youths across the state to decry the high level of insecurity and hardship ravaging the country, perceived to have been birthed by bad governance.


It was gathered that the Chairman of the Rivers State Civil Society, Enefaa Georgewill, was also at the protest ground.


This is coming amid tight security in the state capital to ward off protesters.


Recall that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike had warned against such activities in the state.


DAILY POST recalls that Nigeria has been plunged into tension following the protest currently taking place in major cities across the country.


The demonstration in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and Lagos State turned violent as security operatives fired teargas at protesters.

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VIDEO: Security operatives attack peaceful protesters, disrupt protest

Security operatives on Saturday disrupted with tear gas canisters the peaceful June 12 protest.

The protesters, who assembled demanded an end to what they called ‘bad governance’.

The police were already positioned at the various venues before the protesters marched into the park.

The protesters brandished different placards with inscriptions including, “Buhari must go”, “Revert electricity tariff now”, “End Bad Government”.

The video that went viral on social media showed how security agents harassed, brutalised and arrested peaceful protesters.

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June 12 protest: Why police fired tear gas -Sanwo-Olu’s aide


Anthony Adeyinka, Senior Special Assistant on Sports to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commended operatives of the Lagos State Police Command over their handling of the June 12 protest in the state.


He spoke with The PUNCH Video crew at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Saturday morning.


According to him, the police rose to the occasion to disperse hoodlums, who wanted to hijack the protest at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in the Ojota area in Lagos State.


Policemen fired tear gas canisters and gunshots at the Ojota venue of the protest earlier on Saturday.

When asked why the police fired tear gas at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, the governor’s aide said, “I was impressed with the way the police handled that situation, it was not the activists, it was the hoodlums that wanted to hijack that protest.


“The people were at Ojota peacefully. The activists were addressing themselves that what they want is a peaceful demonstration but the hoodlums, the miscreants as we all know them wanted to hijack the peaceful demonstration but the police rose to that occasion and made sure the thing was put in order.”


Adeyinka added, “The youths in Lagos are ready to work in synergy with the state government. The last thing that happened during the #EndSARS showed how hoodlums hijacked a proposed peaceful protest but we give thanks to God that the youths are able to come together and work together with the governor and make sure there is peace in the state.”

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Majority of Nigerians appreciate me, understand what we are doing –Buhari


The President, Muhammadu Buhari, says it gladdens his heart that “majority of Nigerians” appreciate him and understand what he is doing for the country since he has been in office in the last six years.


Buhari spoke on Friday evening during an interview aired on NTA.

When asked what gives him joy looking back in the last six years, Buhari said, “No matter how reluctantly, major of Nigerians are understanding me and appreciating the efforts we are making because right from the get-go, we identified our problem, one security; two, economy and try to fight corruption, people getting something for nothing, we have to make sure that people earn their living and they defend it.”

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Nigerians take over social media as June 12, BuhariMustGo trend globally


The social media space on the microblogging platform, Twitter has been engulfed by Nigerians demanding true democracy and the immediate resignation of President Muahmmadu Buhari.


Checks  on Saturday revealed that hashtags BuhariMustGo; June12Protest; DemocracyDay; EnoughIsEnough; KeepItOn were trending on Twitter.


In the United States of America, June12Protest, BuhariMustGo, Biafra, Tinubu, Keep it On – were topping the trending chart on the foreign cyberspace with about 66,000 and 18, 000 tweets.

However, in the United Kingdom, June12Protest; EnoughIsEnough; etc topped the topics of discussion.


In Afghanistan alone, the hashtag June12protest has over 1.87 million tweets as of the time of filing this report, followed by KeepItOn with over 844,000 tweets and hashtag Nigeria with 435,000 tweets.


In Argentina, BuhariMustGo topped the trends and in other countries checked by this medium.


Recall these hashtags have been trending for the past 48 hours in the world exposing Nigeria’s challenges to the world.


There is a nationwide protest to caption the 2021 June 12 anniversary.


There was a protest in Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Abuja and Ondo, this medium can report. Police have fired teargas and gunshot in Lagos to disband the protesters.


Also in Abuja, some of the protesters who stormed the Gudu Junction in the FCT, clashed with security operatives.


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Police fire tear gas at residents ‘protesting bad governance’ in Cross River


The police in Calabar, Cross River state, have fired tear gas at some protesters who were demanding improved governance.


The incident happened at Rabbana roundabout and Atekong junction on Saturday morning.


As Nigeria celebrated Democracy Day, protesters stormed major cities nationwide to demand better governance and improved living condition for citizens.


In Calabar, the protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Ayade pay owed salaries and pensions’, ‘Ayade change your style of governance’, among others.

Some of them also carried ‘Revolution Now’ placards as they asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office.


But the police officers present at the scene fired tear gas at them after failed attempts to disperse the rally.


One of the protesters, Mr Dominic Akan, one of the protesters, told NAN that the rally was going on peacefully when the police targeted them.


Akpan said: “We don’t know why security operatives used tear gas on us during the peaceful protest. We are protesting against bad governance and things that have gone bad in the state.


“Our fathers and mothers have been owed pensions and gratuities for a long period of time, our roads are bad; these are some of the things that we need the governor to address urgently.”

Igri Ewa, police spokesman in the state, said the security agency will “not tolerate any unlawful gathering, protest or procession.”


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2021 Hajj: Saudi Arabia bars travellers from Nigeria, others over COVID-19


Saudi Arabia has barred travellers from Nigeria and other countries from performing 2021 Hajj over coronavirus concerns.


This is as Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it will allow 60,000 vaccinated residents of the kingdom to perform the annual hajj.


The hajj ministry said this year’s pilgrimage would be “open for nationals and residents of the kingdom, limited to 60,000 pilgrims”, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.


With this, travellers from Nigeria have been barred from performing hajj for the second time in a row.


Last year, the kingdom also hosted downscaled hajj amid the coronavirus pandemic, preventing thousands of Nigerian pilgrims from participating.


The pilgrimage, scheduled to be held at the end of July, would be limited to those who have been vaccinated and are below 65 years of age with no chronic illnesses, it said.


The hajj – a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime — typically packs millions of pilgrims into congested religious sites and could be a major source of contagion.


Only up to 10,000 Muslims took part in last year, a far cry from the 2.5 million who participated in the five-day annual pilgrimage in 2019.


In a relaxation of coronavirus curbs last October, Saudi Arabia opened the Grand Mosque for prayers for the first time in seven months and partially resumed the all-year-round umrah pilgrimage.


The limit on umrah pilgrims is 20,000 a day, with a total of 60,000 worshippers allowed to perform daily prayers at the mosque.


The umrah usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year. Authorities said the umrah would be allowed to return to full capacity once the threat of the pandemic has abated.


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The revered Black Stone in the Kaaba – which is customary but not mandatory to touch during the pilgrimage – remains out of reach.


“In light of what the whole world is witnessing with the coronavirus pandemic… and the emergence of new variants, the relevant authorities have continued to monitor the global health situation,” the hajj ministry said Saturday.


“Considering the large crowds that perform hajj, spending long periods of time in multiple and specific places… required the highest levels of health precautions,” it added in the statement carried by SPA.


A scaled-down hajj represents a major loss of revenue for the kingdom, already reeling from the twin shocks of the virus-induced slowdown and a plunge in oil prices.


The hajj and the year-round umrah pilgrimages together rake in some $12 billion (10.3 billion euros) annually.


Last year, the foreign press were barred from the hajj, usually a huge global media event.


Saudi Arabia has so far recorded more than 460,000 coronavirus infections, including 7,536 deaths.


The health ministry says it has administered more than 15 million coronavirus vaccine doses, in a country with a population of over 34 million.


Hosting the hajj is a matter of prestige for Saudi rulers, for whom the custodianship of Islam’s holiest sites is their most powerful source of political legitimacy.


But a series of deadly disasters over the years, including a 2015 stampede that killed up to 2,300 worshippers, has prompted criticism of the kingdom’s management of the pilgrimage.


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Boko Haram recruited spies with N5,000 -Gov. Zulum


Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has emphasised the need to continue to fight poverty in the country, lamenting that some people have been recruited into the Boko Haram group with just N5,000.


He said this while delivering an address to mark 2021 democracy day and second-year anniversary of his government.


The governor said a lot had been achieved not only in the infrastructural development of the state but in the area of securing the people from Boko Haram attack.


He said, “From records, we have experienced instances when insurgents offered as low as between 5,000 and 10,000 Naira to recruit some spies and smugglers of weapons.


 “We needed to ensure that our good citizens had the support they needed, and they were not exposed to potential attractions for the incentives of insurgents.


“There was the risk that insurgents could, after making IDPs socially and economically vulnerable, also explore that vulnerability by offering food and cash incentives to recruit fighters who could even serve as their spies in communities.”


On his achievements, the governor said, “With shared commitments and with the strong goodwill, support and prayers from you, the people of Borno State, we are delivering 556 capital projects with 70% of the total already completed while 30 per cent are at various completion levels.


“Our projects, done with your support, include 194 capital projects on education, which encompass rehabilitation, completion, and fresh construction of Mega-size government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities. We have 63 capital projects on governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development. 59 capital projects are being delivered on water and environment; while on health, we are delivering 58 capital projects that include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres across local government areas, rehabilitation of 8 General and specialist hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri.”

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June 12: FG has not fulfilled its promises to us – Abiola’s family


Family of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola, on Saturday said the Federal Government has not fulfilled promises made to the family.


Rahaman Abiola, who serves as the Secretary of the family, disclosed this in an interview with journalists when a delegation of the Ogun State Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, visited the Abeokuta family house of Abiola to celebrate the June 12 democracy day.


Abiola was believed to have won the June 12 election which was adjudged the freest and fairest election in the history of the country.


President Mohammadu Buhari had moved the country’s democracy day celebration from May 29 to June 12 to honour Abiola, the hero of Nigeria’s democracy.


But, Rahaman Abiola disclosed that since the declaration by Buhari, the family is yet to benefit anything from the Federal Government.


The Secretary who lamented the death of Abiola, the breadwinner of the family, said the Federal Government has failed to fulfil any of the promises made to the family.


He commended the Federal Government for honouring Abiola with the award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and the family for declaring June 12, Nigeria Democracy day.


He said, “We are happy indeed that President Muhammadu Buhari deemed it fit to honour Abiola by giving him the GCFR and made June 12 the official Democracy Day. Kudos to that.


“So far so good, we have not benefitted anything from the Federal Government.


“Ogun State Government, right from Chief Olusegun Osoba to Governor Gbenga Daniel, to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and now to Governor Dapo Abiodun, they always honour MKO Abiola every June 12.


“Ogun State Government will always come with all the types of machinery to make the day happening and to recognise that this man was born in this area and this is his hometown.


“Our breadwinner has gone. Promises from the FG we have not seen yet. On June 12, the state government is trying its best. I give kudos to them on June 12. Governor comes here always to pay solitary to the house and empower us to make sure June 12 is celebrated all the time.”

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June 12: Democracy is a chance to build not to destroy – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye who represented the Kogi Central during the 8th National Assembly has said the presence of democracy in the country should stimulate development rather than the destruction of lives and properties happening in several parts of the nation.

Dino Melaye who said this in a statement to Mark the 2021 Democracy Day, lamented the current state of the nation noting that the country is enveloped in injustice and inequality.

He urged Nigerians to ignore the failure of the leaders and work towards making the country a better place for all.

The statement reads, “28 years after the annulment of the freest and fairest elections we are still on a learning curve. Still working at perfecting our nation, or are we? Our nation unfortunately is permeated by inequalities at all levels, with injustices slithering through it and bleeding a slow yet turbulent death.

“I take responsibility for my failures and refuse to let our beloved nation die this gradual death from fear of repression, from complicity.

“Failure of leadership at all levels is fast becoming our death knell. Where are our champions? Our noble religious sages? Our gallant civil society? Our diligent ethical press? Our luminary professors? Our righteous public servants?

“Our visionary industrialists? Our achiever C in C? Why are their voices not bellowing for transparency, accountability, justice and patriotism? Why are their actions like afterthoughts made for photo ops or soundbites without any real conviction to nationalism?

“I could list the inequalities and injustices ranging from skewed appointments, lack of security, teeming unemployment, economic regression, outdated education, unfair justice system, inadequate healthcare, all these problems are underpinned with a lack of vision or strategy to mitigate and impending implosion.

“My stance is to speak truth to power, to get them to understand their failures so they may even redeem themselves.

“Democracy is a chance for us to build not to destroy; to reorient and aspire; to give our guts for the glory. Nigeria is our nation, and in the absence of leadership, we all have to become builders.

“We can’t allow the false, pied pipers to lead our present and future generations into an abyss. Nigeria is a golden nugget that we must polish through our actions by building a social and political conscience. It is imperative to strategize, organize and prepare for 2023”.