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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Over 30 Arrested As #RevolutionNow Protesters Storm Lagos

10/01/2020 05:26:00 pm 0


 Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Lagos to demand an end to bad governance in Nigeria on the occasion of its 60th Independence and at least 30 of those protesters have been arrested.


 


The demonstrators told newsmen that they were members of #RevolutionNow protesters.


Some members of the group, including the organizer, Omoyele Sowore, were arrested last year by the Federal Government for carrying out a similar protest.


 


During today's protest in Lagos, Nigerian security officers stormed the area and took at least 30 of them into custody.


Similar protests are also taking place in some other states in the country.


Reacting to the protest, Agba Jalingo “We are tired of Buhari and we want to tell the whole world that we are tired. Even with all the police mobilisation, we are here to show them our determination to confront this government.


"We are not going to be afraid of them. We will protest regardless of what they do. Nigerians are tired of bearing the burden that Buhari keeps piling on us, they must reverse the increase in fuel price, end ASUU strike."

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ACF Demands Referendum On One Nigeria, Dismisses Call For Restructuring

10/01/2020 12:18:00 pm 0

 

The apex northern group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has dismissed the call for restructuring, saying it was not well defined by its proponents. 


The group said the North could not be intimidated.


The ACF also said the North preferred a referendum to determine Nigeria's continued existence, adding that various parts of the country could go their different ways if its existence were no more desirable.


In an interview with Punch, the ACF secretary-general, Aliyu, said although the group was not afraid of restructuring, its proponents had not adequately defined it.


Aliyu stated, "The North is not afraid of restructuring. What we want is to define what is it that we want. If we want to be in Nigeria and if we don't want to be in Nigeria, let's sit down and agree."


According to him, the North is looking at all options and is leaving all options open. 


He stated, "We can restructure. We can become a confederation. We can devolve powers. We can have state police and all that we want. But I can tell you that the thinking of the North now is that we should have a referendum if we want Nigeria or not. If we want Nigeria, then, we must sit down and see how Nigeria will work.


"If we need the country, let's sit down and decide that we need the country first. Then we can now sit down and decide on how our country can work for all of us. If we decide that we don't want the country as it is, then, I mean, countries have gone apart, Czechoslovakia and quite several other countries, including Sudan, had gone apart. We don't want to go to war."


"The North is not going to be intimidated again to accept anything. We have to sit down and resolve whether we want this federation or this country as it is."

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At Least 40 People Dead in California Wildfires

10/01/2020 12:02:00 pm 0

 

Wildfires this year have left at least 40 people dead in California, according to The New York Times. 


More than 7,000 structures have been destroyed. The wildfires have burned five million acres across California, Oregon and Washington. 


Two new California wildfires forced more than 70,000 people to evacuate, according to the Red Cross.


Four persons were confirmed dead recently after two wildfires spread through California.


The wildfires, which started On Monday, also burnt 146 buildings, with more than 1,500 structures threatened, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.


Also, while the wildfires have burned five million acres across California, Oregon and Washington, the Red Cross reported that the two new California wildfires forced more than 70,000 people to evacuate.


"Firefighters stopped the forward spread and have approximately 50% containment. The threat to structures has been mitigated, and evacuation orders lifted, allowing residents to return home. One lane, controlled access on Hwy 16 at Ione Rd. to Old Sacramento Rd," the fire service tweeted.


"We've evacuated, and we are watching the news and watching my district burn again," Susan Gorin, a Sonoma County supervisor said Monday morning from a hotel in Novato where she had evacuated to. 


"I fear that it's heading into those areas that lost homes and were rebuilt, and I fear they will burn again."


Cal Fire added that the fire continues to burn in the grass, oak woodland, chaparral and mixed timber. 


"Hot and dry conditions are forecasted again today with temperatures climbing into the 90's with afternoon humidity in the low-teens. Firefighters will aggressively work towards establishing more containment today," it said.

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Armed Policemen Disrupt RevolutionNow Protest In Adamawa State

10/01/2020 11:57:00 am 0

 

Armed policemen have disrupted RevolutionNow protest in Yola, capital of Adamawa State.


They took away leaders of the group and chased away others.


Chanting RevolutionNow Nigeria, the group decried what it described as "hardship inflicted on Nigerians because of bad leadership”.


The police swooped on the protesters, who were marching along Hospital Road on Thursday morning and forcibly disbanded the procession.


Before he was whisked away, leader of the protest, Tony Sudan Gompwel, said, "Nigeria is celebrating 60 years of bad leadership because people are being killed on a daily basis.


"The country is now in a cocoon, it is either bandits or terrorists are on the rampage or hunger and poverty killing people.


"It is high time this regime gives way for the younger generation. Nigeria cannot continue this way.


"Look at how the regime is persecuting many Nigerians who care to talk to power including our leader, Omoyele Sowore."


A member of the group, Fisseh Moses Yakubu, expressed discontent at the action of the police.


When contacted, Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, said the police disbanded the gathering because of a fear that miscreants may hijack the peaceful procession.

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Court Stops Former Minister, Kenneth Gbagi’s Arrest

10/01/2020 11:33:00 am 0

 

The Inspector-General of Police and Delta State Police Commissioner have been restrained from effecting the arrest or detention of Former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi by a federal high court. 


 


LIB reported that Gbagi was declared wanted by the police over his hotel staff who were allegedly assaulted and stripped naked over a missing money.


 


The former Minister has now obtained an ex-parte application for the enforcement of his fundamental rights from a federal high court in Abuja. 


 


Justice Taiwo Taiwo in his ruling, granted Gbagi leave to serve the originating processes and all other subsequent processes in the suit on the Delta State Commissioner of Police by substituted means.


 


He subsequently adjourned the case till October 16 for hearing.

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Nigeria Records 201 New COVID-19 Cases

10/01/2020 11:19:00 am 0

 

Nigeria has recorded 201 new COVID-19 cases.


 


According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos recorded 77 new cases. Other states with fresh cases include Rivers 37, Plateau 25, 13 in the FCT, 12 in Kaduna and Ogun 12, eight in Adamawa, seven in Taraba, four in Imo, two each in Kwara and Osun and one each in Abia and Oyo State.


 


Nigeria now has 58,848 confirmed cases of the viral disease.


 


Of the total cases, 50,358 have been discharged while 1,112 have died.


 


See a breakdown of the number of cases per states below



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Appeal Court Nullifies IGP's Recruitment Of 10,000 Constables

10/01/2020 11:15:00 am 0

 

Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu's 2019 recruitment of 10,000 constables has been nullified by the Court of Appeal. 


 


The appellate court in a unanimous judgement delivered on Wednesday September 20, held that power to carry out the recruitment was exclusively that of the Police Service Commission (PSC). 


 


The judgement delivered by the court of appeal insisted that the IGP lacked the power to make the recruitment for the police force, and upturned the December 2, 2019 verdict of a federal high court in Abuja which upheld the powers of the IGP to carry out the said recruitment.

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Governor Zulum Begs President Buhari To Invite Chadian Army To Join In The Fight Against Boko Haram

10/01/2020 11:12:00 am 0


 Governor Babagana Zulum has asked the federal government to invite the Chadian army to help in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. 


 


The Borno state Governor who was attacked twice by the terrorists in the last few days, made the call while hosting some governors in Maiduguri, the state capital on Wednesday September 30. 


 


While insisting that he is not trying to undermine the effort of Nigerian soldiers, Zulum further stated that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency. 


 


The statement released by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) read; 


 


“Zulum pleaded with the federal government to ensure that Chadian soldiers are invited to join the Nigeria Army in the fight against insurgency if any meaningful success is to be recorded on the battleground. 


“Zulum rationalised that no single army anywhere in the world has ever succeeded in quelling insurgency and requested that the government looked into ways of complementing the efforts of the Nigeria Army with the Chadian soldiers, emphasising it is not to undermine the Nigerian soldiers but to help them in finishing the job within a realistic deadline.


“The situation in our State has become very dire because, everything calls for endurance, commitment and dedication if our people were to be drawn out of the woods.


“Chad Basin used to employ about 10 million people while the Sambisa Grazing Reserve and the Mandara Mountains used to employ about 3 million people but the insurgents have made these places inaccessible to the people.”


 


Chairman of the NGF, Governor Kayode Fayemi who condoled with residents of the state over the recent attack, also announced a donation of N100million to the state government.


 


The statement added; 


 


“Dr Fayemi admonished Prof Zulum to exercise caution in his activities in the state, even though he narrated how the Borno Governor always responded by saying that his life was in the hands of Allah and that death will only come when Allah wills. 


“The NGF Chairman announced a donation of one hundred million Naira to the Government and people of Borno State from the NGF before handing the cheque over to the Borno governor.”

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UK Considers Sending Asylum Seekers To Remote Atlantic Island

10/01/2020 11:08:00 am 0

 

An outcry has trailed UK government's proposal of processing asylum-seekers on a remote volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean more than 4,000 miles (6,435 kilometers) from the U.K.


 


The Financial Times in its report on Wednesday September 30, said British Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered officials to explore plans for building an asylum processing center on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory with a population of under 1,000. The report said Patel later appeared to have dropped the plan.


 


Another option said to have been considered was to construct an asylum centre on St Helena, another island in the group where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.


 


Following the arrival of thousands of people seeking asylum in the U.K through the English Channel, Patel had pledged to make the route 'unviable' and has appointed a former Royal Marine to the new role of “clandestine Channel threat commander."


 


Reacting to the report, the Home Office did not deny that the idea of transferring asylum seekers to remote islands had been considered.


 


The statement read; 


 


“As ministers have said, we are developing plans to reform policies and laws around illegal migration and asylum to ensure we are able to provide protection to those who need it, while preventing abuse of the system and the criminality associated with it."


 


Ascension Island, which is used as a staging post to supply and defend the Falkland Islands, has an RAF base and population of fewer than 1,000. Moving asylum seekers there and keeping them supplied was said to represent a considerable logistical challenge.


 


The proposal appears to further reflect the influence of Australia which has used offshore processing and detention centres for asylum seekers since the 1980s, on UK’s immigration and asylum policy.

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Full Text Of President Buhari’s Independence Day Speech

10/01/2020 10:31:00 am 0


 INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTIETH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2020


 


Fellow Nigerians


I speak to you today as your President and fellow citizen on this epoch occasion of our country’s 60th independence Anniversary. As President, I wish to renew my appreciation to Nigerians for entrusting me with your hopes and aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria.


 


2. Today, it is my unique privilege to re-commit myself to the service of this great country of great people with profound diversities and opportunities. We are bound by destiny to be the largest and greatest black nation on earth.


 


3. At this stage in our nationhood it is important that we reflect how we got here to enable us work TOGETHER to get to where we aspire to be as a strong indivisible nation, united in hope and equal in opportunity.


 


4. On October 1st 1960 when Prime Minister Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa received the constitutional instruments symbolizing Nigeria’s independence, he expressed his wish that having acquired our rightful status as an independent sovereign nation, history would record that the building of our nation proceeded at the wisest pace.


 


5. This optimism was anchored on the peaceful planning, full and open consultation and harmonious cooperation with the different groups which culminated in Nigeria emerging as a country without bitterness and bloodshed.


 


6. Our founding fathers understood the imperative of structuring a National identity using the power of the state and worked towards unification of Nigerians in a politically stable and viable entity.


 


7. That philosophy guided the foundation that was laid for our young nation of 45 million people with an urban population of approximately 7million occupying an area of 910,768 square kilometers. These demographics led to development challenges for which major efforts were made to overcome.


 


8. Today, we grapple with multiple challenges with a population exceeding 200million occupying the same land mass but 52% residing in urban areas.


 


9. Sixty years of nationhood provides an opportunity to ask ourselves questions on the extent to which we have sustained the aspirations of our founding fathers. Where did we do the right things? Are we on course? If not where did we stray and how can we remedy and retrace our steps?


 


10. Upon attaining independence, Nigeria’s growth trajectory was anchored on policies and programmes that positively impacted on all sectors of the economy. However, this journey was cut short by the 30-months of civil war.


 


11. We came out of the civil war with a focus on reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation that enabled the country to put in place world-class development structures and a strengthened public service that well served the government. This positive trajectory continued with a return to democratic government which was truncated by another round of military rule.


 


12. For a cumulative 29 of our 60 years existence as a nation, we have been under military rule.


 


13. My summary of our journey so far as a nation is necessary to appropriately chart where we need to go and how to get there TOGETHER.


 


14. Today, I am aware that our economy along with every single economy in the world is in crisis. We still face security challenges in parts of the country, while our society suffers from a high loss of moral rectitude which is driven by unbridled craving for political control.


 


15. An underlying cause of most of the problems we have faced as a nation is our consistent harping on artificially contrived fault-lines that we have harboured and allowed unnecessarily to fester.


 


16. In addition, institutions such as civil service, police, the judiciary, the military all suffered from a general decline.


 


17. We need to begin a sincere process of national healing and this anniversary presents a genuine opportunity to eliminate old and outworn perceptions that are always put to test in the lie they always are.


 


18. The stereotype of thinking of ourselves as coming from one part of the country before seeing ourselves as Nigerians is a key starting point to project us on the road to our deserved nation’s evolution and integration.


 


19. To start this healing process, we are already blessed with the most important asset any nation requires for such – OUR PEOPLE – and this has manifested globally in the exploits of Nigerians in many fields.


 


20. It has been demonstrated time and time again that Nigerians in the diaspora frequently excel in science, technology, medicine, sports, arts and many other fields.


 


21. Similarly, the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Nigerian at home have resulted in globally recognized endeavours.


22. I am convinced that if we pursue our aspirations TOGETHER we would be able to achieve whatever we desire. That informed our adopting the theme TOGETHER to mark this epochal event.


 


23. Together we can change our condition for the better and more importantly, together we can do much more for ourselves and for our country.


 


24. I chose the path of self-reflection because this is what I do on a daily basis and I must confess that at most times, I always felt the need for a collective reflection as I know that the foundation for a solid future which this administration is laying can only be sustainable if there is a collective commitment by Nigerians.


 


25. Nigeria is not a country for Mr. President, any ruling or opposition party but a country for all of us and we must play our part, irrespective of challenges we face, to make this country what we desire.


 


26. To achieve this, we must focus our minds, TOGETHER as a people, on ways of resolving the identified critical challenges that underlie our present state. These include:


a. Evolving and sustaining a democratic culture that leaves power in the hands of the people;


b. Supporting the enthronement of the rule of law, demanding accountability of elected representatives and contributing to good governance;


c. Increasing our commitment to peaceful co-existence in a peaceful, secure and united Nigeria;


d. Harnessing and Optimizing our tremendous human and natural resources to attain our goal of being in the top twenty economies of the world and in the process;


e. Lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years;


f. Strengthening institutions to make them stronger in protecting National Interests; and


g. Imbibing tolerance in diversity.


 


27. I am a firm believer in transparent, free, fair and credible elections as has been demonstrated during my period as a democratically elected President.


 


28. The recent build-up and eventual outcome of the Edo State elections should encourage Nigerians that it is my commitment to bequeath to this country processes and procedures that would guarantee that the people’s votes count.


 


29. The problems with our electoral process are mainly human induced as desperate desire for power leads to desperate attempts to gain power and office.


 


30. Democracy, the world over and as I am pursuing in Nigeria, recognizes the power of the people. However, if some constituencies choose to bargain off their power, they should be prepared for denial of their rights.


 


31. This call is made more urgent if we realise that even after a transparent, free, fair and credible election, desperation leads to compromising the judiciary to upturn legitimate decisions of the people.


 


32. It is necessary to, therefore support the enthronement of the rule of law by avoiding actions which compromise the judiciary.


 


33. Fellow Nigerians, our history has shown that we are a people that have the capacity to live peacefully with one another.


 


34. As a government, we remain committed to our constitutional oath of securing the lives and properties of the citizenry. I, however, call on the citizenry to also support government by providing the necessary community level intelligence in addressing these challenges.


 


35. In moving forward together, it is important to strengthen our economy to provide sustainable means of livelihood for as many Nigerians as possible so as to eradicate absolute poverty from our midst.


 


36. I want to re-emphasize my dedication and commitment, a dedication and commitment that propelled my public service career and informed my quest to continually seek for an opportunity to improve the lives of Nigerians, set the country on the path of prosperity and lead the country to a better future.


 


37. This administration has been focused on rebuilding and laying the foundations for a sustainable Nigeria. Of course, we have met and are still meeting the challenges inherent in any rebuilding initiative – more so that of a nation like Nigeria that has undergone avoidable levels of deprivation – but can be surmounted if we all work together.


 


38. I wish to re-iterate that our people and our spirit of excellence remains our most important asset.


 


39. In this wise, the need to return to our age-old ethical and high moral values would be necessary and this informed my launching of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Monday 28th September, 2020.


 


40. The policy would not implement itself and the first contact of the visibility of its implementation is the Public Service whose on-going reforms would be expected to be sustainable and give a radical re-direction in providing services to all Nigerians.


 


41. Fellow Nigerians, in addition to public health challenges of working to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, we have suffered a significant drop in our foreign exchange earnings and internal revenues due to 40 per cent drop in oil prices and steep drop in economic activities, leading to a 60 per cent drop in government revenue.


 


42. Our government is grappling with the dual challenge of saving lives and livelihoods in face of drastically reduced resources.


 


43. In this regard, sustaining the level of petroleum prices is no longer possible. The government, since coming into office has recognized the economic argument for adjusting the price of petroleum. But the social argument about the knock-on effect of any adjustment weighed heavily with the government.


 


44. Accordingly, in the last three years, we have introduced unprecedented measures in support of the economy and to the weakest members of our society in the shape of:


a. Tradermoni


b. Farmermoni


c. School Feeding Programme


d. Job creation efforts


e. Agricultural intervention programmes


 


45. No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going in spite of the disproportionate spending on security. Those in the previous Governments from 1999 – 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts.


 


46. In the circumstances, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.


 


47. Petroleum prices in Nigeria are to be adjusted. We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point;


a. Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre


b. Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346.


c. In Ghana, another oil producing country, petroleum pump price is N326 per litre.


 


48. Further afield, Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia.


 


49. Fellow Nigerians, to achieve the great country we desire, we need to solidify our strength, increase our commitment and encourage ourselves to do that which is right and proper even when no one is watching.


 


50. Fellow Nigerians, let us collectively resolve to continue our journey beyond the sixty years on the clear understanding that as a nation we are greater together than being smaller units of nationalities. By the special grace of God we shall come through any transient challenges.


 


51. It is my sincere hope that by the end of this anniversary on September 30th 2021, we will all be proud of taking this individual and collective self-assessment for the progress of our great Nation.


 


Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


God Bless us all. Thank you.

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