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ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020

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Fellow Nigerians,

It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

 

3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

 

4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

 

5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

 

6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

 

7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

 

8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

 

9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

 

10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

 

11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

 

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,

b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,

c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and

d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

 

13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;

a. Farmermoni,

b. Tradermoni,

c. Marketmoni,

d. N-Power,

e. N-Tech and

f. N-Agro.

 

14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

 

15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

 

16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

 

17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

 

18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

 

19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

 

20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

 

21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

 

22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

 

23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

 

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

 

25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

 

26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

 

27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

 

Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Victoria Abidoye is a writer and editor for the Trends Checker. She follows trends in the entertainment, fashions and education sectors. She enjoys meeting people and making new friends.

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Brief Story Of Oba Alayeluwa Adeloye Ajibike II: The Oloja of Ibodi

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A Brief Story Of
His Royal Majesty Oba Alayeluwa David Adeloye Ajibike II (The Oloja of Ibodi).

Kabiyesi Oba Adeloye Ajibike II was born at Ibodi (about many decades ago), to the family of Oba Eluremi Ajibike and his wife, Princess Tinuade (Nee).

His father has nine (9) wives and many children of which he happened to be the last born. Oba Adeloye Ajibike lost his father at the age of two (2) after which he had to to live with his eldest brother.

Though the Kabiyesi had the burning desire to be educated, this dream could not be realised due to the death of his father. He then chose to be a trader and was apprenticed to one Micheal Ladelu, also an indigene of Ibodi who was a successful Osomalo at Ilorin. On completion of his apprenticeship, he celebrated his freedom and was given Three Pounds as capital to start his own business.

He traded not only in Ilorin but in all adjoining towns and villages like Ogbomosho, Akinmorin, Fiditi, Ajase, Oro, Oyo, etc. and was well loved by all his customers. He became so successful that within six months of his freedom, he bought a Raleigh Bicycle for fifteen pounds.

Oba Adeloye moved to Lagos from Ilorin during the civil war with his business headquarters at the popular Docemo Street in the heart of Lagos. There, he continued his business success story to the extent that he built many houses in Lagos. He has a street- “Ajibike Street” named after him in Okokomaiko, Lagos.

Oba Adeloye Ajibike II has many wives and his marriage is blessed with many children who are also successful traders and professionals.

He ascended to the throne of his father as the Oba Adeloye Ajibike II, (Oloja of Ibodi) in 1990.

Oba Adeloye was a rotational Chairman of the Chieftaincy Council Atakunmosa West, Osu and a rotational President Ijesa South Traditional Council, and a Permanent Member Osun State Council of Oba.

Oba Adeloye Ajibike II joined his ancestors in June 16th, 2017.

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Dr Olukoya of MFM 2021 Prophecies

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Dr Olukoya of MFM 2021 prophecies

Dr Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM), has released 34 prophecies for the year 2021.

Dr Olukoya, during the annual crossover of the MFM advised Nigerians to pray very well concerning the 2021 prophecies. However, he tagged 2021 as the ‘Year of Restoration and Revival’.

According to him, “This is a year of the valley that must be approached prayerfully to get desirable results.

“So, the three keys to tackle this year of valley are: the presence of God, aggressive holiness, and aggressive prayers.

“Is a year we must pray seriously that God will invade our nation.”

Read the 34 prophecies of 2021 below:

1. Is a year where serious prayers are needed to confront the fruit of this pandemic. The pandemic is yielding terrible fruits.

2. Is a year of aggressive engagement of the enemies in violent warfare.

3. A year of terrible temptations.

4. A year of deep distresses that only the balm of Gilead can solve.

5. Is going to be a year of strange rebellion and conspiracy.

6. A year where John 10:10 will play out aggressively.

7. Unless we pray very well, there will be breakdown of structures and protest.

8. A year of wilderness wandering and vagabond. Many will wake up and discover they’ve destroyed their lives.

9. It will be a year of multiple-magnified multiple problems.

10. Anyone who has come from polygamous family should pray very well in 2021 because the effect of that polygamous will be hugely dramatised.

11. Is a year of programmed controversies.

12. A year will need pray against the rage of waters.

13. A year will should pray against strange environmental disasters.

14. A year of very strange confrontations.

15. It will be a year of strategically inspired battles and wars. The beautiful thing is that, all these things can be arrested on the altar of prayer.

16. The Almighty God Himself wants this year to be a year of emotional and mental refreshment for those who key into it.

17. The hissings and bitings of envious children of God shall backfire.

18. Is a year you must seek for divine encounter. You must allow the words of Job 42:5 to manifest in your life.

19. Is a year of cleansing of our household from idols and abomination. Carryout a spiritual sanitisation of your house.

20. A year will need to raise altars and call on the name of the Lord frequently.

21. Is a year where if you do your restitution, it will yield dividends. If you’ve restitution to make, kindly do so quickly.

22. As people are getting closer to God and praying, it will be a year of multiple appearances.

23. It’s going to be a year where sacrifices and obedience will be tested, that is, whether you’re sacrificing to the things of God or not.

24. A year where investing your skills and creativity will yield multiple dividends to you.

25. Is a year of the 7 Ds: Desire, Determination, Discipline, Discipleship, Discernment, Deliverance, and Dominion.

26. It will be a year of chastising the sons and humbling of the proud.

27. Is a year to avoid these seven assassins: Selfishness, Pride, Parental disobedience, Lack of holiness, Unforgiveness, Stubbornness, and Prayerlessness.

28. It will be a year of mighty miracles for many.

29. It’s a year you must deploy your gifts to serve the Lord.

30. For young men and women, it’s a year of divine mandate to raise prophets among the youths.

31. It’s also a year where the Lord will be raising young Esthers both in the public sphere and church of God so as to leave a landmark.

32. It will be year of dominion over our troubles.

33. Is a year of Goshen where the Lord will put difference between those serving Him and those who are not serving Him. Also, is a year of going back to Bethel to seek the face of God.

34. Is a year we must pray seriously that God will invade our nation.

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NYSC Repudiates the Claim of Covid-19 Cases in Orientation Camps

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NYSC Repudiates Claim of Cases of Covid-19 in Orientation Camp.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has repudiated the viral reports that Covid-19 cases were recorded in its orientation camps.

NYSC however stated that there is no case of Covid-19 in any of it’s 37 orientation camps across the country. Saying that no corps member had tested positive in any of the 37 orientation camps across the federation.

The Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi said
in a statement on Sunday in Abuja “The attention of management has been drawn to the write-up with the caption: ‘Why the Rising Cases of Covid-19 in NYSC Camps’ trending on the new and traditional media”.

NYSC further explained that it partners with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to test all the prospective corps members reporting for their orientation programme.

She added: “No one, both staff and prospective corps member, that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the orientation camps. Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in NYSC camps.

“It is pertinent to state that the terminology, Prospective Corps Member should not be confused with Corps Member as both cannot be used interchangeably. A Corps Member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC Orientation Camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bonafide member of the service Corps.

The general public is advised to disregard the misleading story. Clarification should always be sought from the NYSC or NCDC on issues pertaining to COVID- 19, so as to guard against the spread of false information.

The Scheme shall never shirk its core responsibility of prioritising the welfare and security of Corps Members.” She said.

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Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide ‘Shoots’ Newspaper Vendor

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One of the security aides of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, was said to have shot a newspapers vendor, Ifeanyi Chukwu, in Abuja on Thursday.

It was learnt that the incident happened around 3pm at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Chukwu, who was shot in the head, was rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, was said to have given up the ghost.

The chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Newspaper Distributors Association of Nigeria, Benjamin Obute, narrated the incident to Daily Trust thus: “What happened was that, at the Federal Secretariat where our vendors sell their papers, you know that place is the heart of Abuja, especially the rep members and senators, that is their route, and traffic lights used to stop them for about two minutes.

“So, while they were hailing them, they used to pack some money and give them. It has been the tradition for years now. Gbajabiamila knows this late Ifeanyi Chukwu one on one.

“While he (the speaker) was waiting for the traffic light to turn green, he handed over N9,000 to his aide in the front seat and handed over the money to them before one of the security details shot him (Chukwu) in the head and shot into the air.

“The speaker stopped and asked what happened, but the police told him nothing and they moved on. The DPO at the Federal Secretariat was one of the persons that arranged how we took late Ifeanyi to the National Hospital where he was confirmed dead.”

Obute said his members would protest today and march to the Force Headquarters to demand justice for their late colleague.

A doctor at the hospital said: “A vendor was shot in the head by a security operative this afternoon. He died after all resuscitative measures at the National Hospital failed.”

When contacted for a reaction, the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, promised to get back to Daily Trust, but did not do so as of the time of filing this report (12.50pm).

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Reactions to Osun Monarch, Oluwo’s Comment On ENDSARS Protest

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Nigerians on social media have reacted as a paramount monarch in Osun State, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who said that he’s ready to lead the next EndSARS protest if called upon by the youths.

Oluwo disclosed this during an interactive programme organised by Osun State Government.

He said that any protest without a leader will fail.

He said that it is the leaders that will sit down to discuss with the government when the protest reaches the point of dialogue.

“Next time, if you want to organise a protest and you don’t have anyone to lead you, you may be afraid that they may kill you or you are afraid of being arrested, come to me, I will lead the protest.

“There is no way you can organise protest without leadership. You must give room for dialogue because it is the leadership that will eventually sit down and discuss with the government. That is the only way you can fight and get your demands to the government,” he said.

His comment has however generated to a lot of reactions as many Nigerians took to their social media handles to react.

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Petrol Scarcity Looms As Oil Workers Down Tools

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Amidst the current situation of the country Nigeria, It is highly possible that Nigeria may face the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, in coming days as oil workers have been ordered to down tools nationwide.

Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria were ordered by the association to vacate their duty posts.

The order was issued in a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the General Secretary, PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association.

Okugbawa told our correspondent in Abuja that the strike was to kick against the failure of the government to make any concrete move as regards the differences between PENGASSAN and government on matters bordering on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

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