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Nigeria’s coming generations must not bear brunt of mess we created -Pastor Tunde Bakare

 

Tunde Bakare, overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, says Nigeria’s coming generations must not be burdened with insurgency, huge debt, and lack of basic amenities.

Speaking during a Democracy Day dialogue organised by the Canada chapter of PTB4Nigeria, Bakare noted that the next generations of Nigerians must not bear the brunt of the mess created by those before them.

 

The cleric noted that coming generations must not inherit “generator-powered economy, pothole-infested road network and comatose refineries”, adding that there should be a generation that will witness the “new Nigeria”.

 

“Let me reiterate that it is our responsibility as present-day nation builders to ensure national reconciliation, national reconstitution and national reconstruction to provide an enabling environment for the growth and optimisation of future generations of Nigerians,” Bakare said.

“It is our responsibility, and we must not leave it to the coming generations. As Franklin D. Roosevelt also said, There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected.

 

“I perceive this emerging generation of Nigerians has “a rendezvous with destiny.

 

“Consequently, the emerging and coming generations of Nigerians, including the generation of my grandson, Rereoluwade, must not bear the brunt of the mess that we and those before us have created.

“Their generation must not be burdened with tackling Boko Haram, insurgency in the south-east, banditry, kidnapping, or the farmer-herder crisis.

 

“Their generation should not have to exclaim “Up NEPA!” nor should they be handed a generator-powered economy or a pothole-infested road network.

 

“Their generation should not be burdened about comatose refineries, nor should they be bequeathed a growing debt burden that could render Nigerians slaves on their soil.

 

“Their generation should not have to march on the streets against police brutality or the inability of the government to prevent or resolve the abductions of hundreds of schoolboys and girls.

“Their generation must not be burdened with a failed education system, nor should tens of millions of their peers be left out of school without access to education.

 

“Their generation should not be confronted with incessant strikes that turn four-year university courses into eight years of torture in dilapidated facilities, under poorly paid teachers and sex-for-grades merchants masquerading as lecturers.

 

“Theirs should not be a generation incapacitated with an inability to match the rising population with corresponding growth in job creation.

 

“Rather than these bleak prospects, theirs should be the generation that inherits the New Nigeria, a nation that runs on the dreams of patriotic fathers and the ideas and visions of a young generation of the most brilliant minds on the planet.”

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Nigerian Police justify use of tear gas on June 12 protesters

 

Spokesman of the Nigerian Police, Frank Mba has justified the use of tear gas by officers on June 12 protesters in Lagos and Abuja.

The commissioner said that the actions of officers were in line with international best practices of dispersing violent protests.

He said this on Saturday while speaking in an interview with Channels Television in Abuja.

 

Police officers on Saturday fired tear gas in Lagos and Abuja while trying to disperse protesters.

An aide of the Lagos State governor, Anthony Adeyinka, said the action was to ward off hoodlums from hijacking the peaceful protest.

The spokesperson of FCT Police Command, Yusuf Mariam, however, said in a statement that officers fired tear gas to disperse protesters and foil attempts by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) members from inciting public disturbance.

Mba while speaking explained that there was an isolated case in Abuja where protesters turned violent and police officers had to fire tear gas at them.

“We had an isolated case in Abuja where some of the protesters became unruly and in line with international best practices, police fired teargas at them,” he said.

“That is an acceptable mode of engaging violent protesters anywhere in the world, whether it is in Abuja, Lagos, Paris, London, or New York or California. That is internationally accepted.

“We would have problems if we had fired live bullets at them, but when you fire teargas at protesters to disperse them, you are not in breach of any known code, either nationally or internationally.

No June 12 protester in detention

The police image maker during the interview also said that officers in Lagos, Abuja and any other part of the country did not detain any protester.

“I also want to use this opportunity to state clearly that no citizen, either in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano or anywhere, is currently in detention as a result of this isolated incident, he said.

“As long as protesters conduct themselves within the confines of the law; they do not constitute themselves into a nuisance, they do not breach the rights of other citizens, they do not obstruct traffic, they do not compel other citizens to join their protests, the police will largely work with them.

“When you protest in contravention of this set of conditions I have given, clearly you are coming in direct conflict with the laws of the land, and the police will never stand by idly and watch you create problems for the entire polity.”

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Attacks won’t make us repeal anti-grazing law in Benue -Gov Ortom

 

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, says attacks on residents won’t force his administration to repeal the anti-grazing law in the state.

 

On May 22, 2017, Ortom signed the anti-grazing law that prohibits the movement of livestock on foot within the state — following a series of clashes between herders and farmers.

 

The state has witnessed a series of attacks in recent times.

 

On June 6, at least 20 people were reportedly killed, after an attack by gunmen in Odugbeho community in Agatu LGA of the state.

 

The attack came days after over 30 people were reportedly killed — including students of the College of Education — in Katsina Ala LGA of the state.

 

Speaking on the development on Saturday during a media parley to celebrate his second year in office, the Benue governor said his administration has started recruitment to activate the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000.

 

He noted that the recent attacks in the state has triggered him to activate the vigilante groups, while clamouring that the groups should be allowed to carry arms.

 

 “A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000,” he said.

 

“We have already commenced the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the Volunteer Guards.

 

“Their duty is to support the conventional security agencies in defending their communities. We have cried enough. We will cry no more. Now is time for action.

 

“Let me remind those who think that sustained attacks on the Benue people will force us to repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law that they are making a mistake.

 

 “This law has come to stay and no amount of intimidation can make us repeal it. Instead, we will soon amend the law in order to increase the penalties against offenders.”

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How to end Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria immediately – Al Mustapha

 

Retired Maj. Hamza Al Mustapha said he has done some research and concluded that the 12 year-old Boko Haram insurgency can be ended in a short time.

Al Mustapha, who was a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gen. Sani Abacha, gave the advice in an interview with NAN.

He has thus advised Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), to borrow from his insight.

“Delaying the fight against Boko Haram will be a great disservice to Nigeria. The earlier we crush them, the better.

“Speed is very vital, because we are not fighting a conventional war, speed matters a lot because Nigeria should recover from this speedily as much as possible.

“I know this is possible because I have done some homework,” Al Mustapha said.

The former CSO congratulated the new COAS on his appointment.

“He is our younger brother, I have prayed for him and wished him well on the appointment.

“I spoke with him and what I sent to him in a text message were prayers for him to succeed.

“There are different ways for him to succeed in overcoming the numerous security challenges bedevilling the country, ” he said.

Al Mustapha advised the new army chief to work in synergy with other security agencies to ensure success.

“My advice is that the army should not be alone because it is not a military affair alone.

“Boko Haram for example has been on for more than 20 years from my account, that is from conception to its maturity.

“If you want to contain an insurgency, every single detail of its activities should be on your palm, that is when you can say am on top of the situation.

“You have to get their sources of logistics, their electronic support and capabilities, what they do on daily basis and how they get information among others, ” he said.

Al Mustapha said the army chief must also trace the sources of arms getting into Nigeria resulting in arms proliferation.

“Our security challenge also has its root in the grand design by some powerful countries as far back as 1972 to retard Nigeria’s development.

“That’s why the country is facing security challenges from all facets at the same time.

 

“Our past mistakes have to do with viewing issues from narrow perspectives and that is why we must be very wide and open now,” he said.

Al Mustapha said the military must hasten its pace in tackling security challenges facing the country so it can return to barracks as soon as possible.

“We need to end all these challenges as quickly as possible, so that the military can go back to the barracks to face its primary role of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

“Internal security operation has reduced the value of the military because they are taking over the role of the police, which is a disservice.

“We have to end these crises so that the police can effectively take over their function, train and expand their capacity, ” he said.

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How we stopped hoodlums from hijacking June 12 protest in Ojota -Lagos Police

 

The Lagos police command says it prevented hoodlums from hijacking the June 12 protest in the Ojota area of the state.

 

The police noted that the hoodlums blocked traffic at the Maryland axis with the intention of attacking motorists.

 

Recall that security operatives barricaded the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, venue of the June 12 protest in Lagos.

 

Police officers had fired several shots into the air in a bid to disperse protesters who gathered at the venue.

Speaking on the development, the Lagos police said the “proactiveness” of the command prevented the protest from being hijacked.

 

“The Lagos state police command, due to its proactiveness, averted the hijack of the rally at Ojota Lagos state when some hoodlums blocked the Maryland/Ikorodu expressway with the intent to attack motorists that got stuck in the artificial traffic congestion caused by the arranged blockage,” says the statement signed by Muyiwa Adejobi, Lagos police spokesperson.

 

“The commissioner of police, Lagos state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, in his bid to forestall any act of lawlessness, had deployed adequate personnel to strategic places and arranged for show of force across the state.

 

 “As he personally moved round the state to assess the general security of the state, visited Lagos Island, Lekki Toll Gate, Surulere, Alausa and Ojota where he addressed the protesters on the need to be peaceful and avoid depriving other Nigerians of their human rights to free movement.

 

“And doing their businesses; noting that blocking the roads will only cause more harm to other innocent Nigerians and threaten the security of Lagos state.

 

“The Police boss engaged the protesters in a tete-a-tete for more than one hour at Ojota Lagos state assuring them of the police’s support and responsibility to provide security for them and other Nigerians.”

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Gov. Matawalle on banditry: Things are getting worse by the day in Zamfara

 

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, says the insecurity challenges in the state are getting worse.

 

In a statewide broadcast on Saturday, Matawalle said banditry has reverted to how it used to be before his administration — despite efforts to curtail it.

 

About 90 persons were reportedly killed by bandits in Kadawa village in Zurmi LGA area of the state on Thursday night.

 

The governor, however, said none of the criminals and their sponsors will be spared “no matter how highly placed”.

 

“In recent weeks, the act of banditry has reverted to the ugly dimensions it had, prior to the coming of my administration,” he said.

 

“The marauders kill without regard for any rules of sanity. Women, the elderly, and children are not spared.

 

“As a result, a large number of people have been displaced in nearly every town in the state.

“You are witnesses to what we have accomplished from the beginning of our administration, particularly the peace and reconciliation efforts that we initiated and achieved.

 

“As a result, we have been able to shift our violent narratives to one of optimism and peaceful coexistence. Unfortunately, things suddenly took a dramatic turn and things are getting worse by the day.

 

“It is clear that some invincible hands are plotting evil against our people with the goal of making our state as terrifying as it were in the years gone by.

 

“My constant prayer is for Allah to reveal those who are perpetrating these cruel atrocities against our people.”

He assured the people of his government’s commitment to eradicate banditry and all types of criminality from the state.

 

The governor also urged community members to repel any attack against their communities.

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Pro-Buhari protesters fight while sharing money in Abuja

 

Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari who stormed Unity Fountain, Abuja on Saturday morning, were seen fighting over the method of sharing money.

 

According to reports, the group was out to counter those protesting against bad governance across the country.

 

Eyewitnesses revealed that leaders of the group were seen in a heated exchange over the sharing of monetary resources meant for organising the counter protests.

 

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been plunged into palpable tension over protests happening in major parts of the city.

 

Earlier, police operatives clashed with some protesters at Gudu Junction causing tension in the area.

 

Similar demonstrations are currently ongoing in major parts of the country including Lagos State.

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Transport union workers disperse June 12 protesters in Lagos

 

Transport union workers and security operatives have dispersed June 12 protesters from the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota area of Lagos state .

Protesters had converged on the Park on Saturday to demonstrate against bad governance, insecurity, the unemployment level, among other issues.

 

But the police did not allow the protesters gain entry into the park.

 

Thereafter, the protesters moved upward with their placards, chanting solidarity songs.

 

Suddenly, the union workers, after having a meeting with themselves, moved towards the protesters and ordered everyone to vacate the premises.

 

“Go home. Everybody should go home. No protest here,” some members of the union said.

 

“Anyone that creates unnecessary havoc here will die.”

 

 “What are these hoodlums doing here?” one of the union workers said while pointing at the protesters.

 

 

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June 12: Twitter CEO tweets Nigerian flag

 

Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, on Saturday, tweeted the green-white-green Nigerian flag as the West African country marked its 2021 Democracy Day.

 

Dorsey’s tweet, which was posted hours to the ongoing nationwide protests in Nigeria, has since attracted thousands of retweets.

 

Many tweeps including known faces such as @HenshawKate and @mrfestusogun have since hailed the co-founder of the micro-blogging platform for showing solidarity with Nigerian citizens amid the struggle for good governance, a better economy and an end to the security challenges plaguing over 200 million people living in Nigeria.

 

Reacting, lawyer and activist, Ayo Sogunro, tweeted “In 2019, I mocked people who went to meet-and-greet Jack when he visited Nigeria. I’m like that: I hate the way we patronise rich white men in Africa. But if I meet Jack today, I will thank him for not rolling over for the Nigerian govt at the expense of the people. #KeepitOn”

The Twitter CEO has not been in the good books of the Nigerian government since last October over an allegation that he was complicit in the promotion of the #EndSARS protests that ended in the destruction of lives and billions of property in Nigeria.

 

Last week, the regime of the Nigerian President,  Muhammadu Buhari, suspended Twitter, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The Federal Government’s action followed a deletion of a controversial civil war post by the President.

 

The Buhari regime has since come under fire for what many termed as a restriction of the right of expression. The international community including the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, amongst others have since knocked the Buhari regime for the action but the Federal Government has been unyielding in its stance insisting that the sovereignty of the West African nation must be respected by the San Francisco tech giant.

 

Millions of content creators in Nigeria, who earn their living from the microblogging site, have been affected as they are forbidden from using Twitter. Some of them have since embarked on a journey of diversification while exploring other social media platforms.

 

Nigeria, with over 200 million people, had about 33 million active social media users as of January 2021. WhatsApp is the most popular platform used in the country, with over 90 million users according to Statista. Also according to Statista, about 61.4 per cent of Nigerian social media users use Twitter, 86.2 per cent use Facebook, 81.6 per cent use YouTube, 73.1 per cent use Instagram, and 67.2 per cent use Facebook Messenger.

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June 12 has come to stay – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says June 12 is a date that will never be forgotten in Nigeria.

 

In his statement, Sanwo-Olu said it marked what the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola stood for and fought for.

 

The governor regretted that the day was when the country’s democracy and the freedom to choose a leader was challenged.

 

He observed Nigerians have realized there is no alternative to democracy, which guarantees the freedom of expression, movement, and people’s choice to choose their leaders.

The Lagos helmsman said June 12 remained an opportunity for leaders to remember oaths of office, and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice heroes paid.

 

“June 12, a day which has come to stay, is when we will continue to remember and celebrate as our Democracy Day.

 

“How well have we kept to the tenets of real and true democracy? What are the challenges that are still facing us as people? Are we truly running a free and true democracy? The answers are left in each and everyone of us.”

 

On the ongoing constitutional reform, he implored leaders to let the changes and amendments being made work.

 

“Let it be a solution to what the real Nigerians on the streets are agitating for daily, which is well within their rights as citizens of this great country”, Sanwo-Olu added.