Presidency Blasts Ondo Governor, Akeredolu Over Ultimatum To Herdsmen (Video)

Akeredolu had on Monday issued a statement giving herdsmen seven days to vacate all forest reserves due to the high rate of kidnapping in the state.

The Presidency has condemned the seven-day ultimatum given to herdsmen by the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to vacate forest reserves, urging the governor ‘not to act outside the constitution of the country’.

Akeredolu had on Monday issued a statement giving herdsmen seven days to vacate all forest reserves due to the high rate of kidnapping in the state.

The governor also banned the movement of cattle within cities and highways, as well as night grazing.

He had said, “Today, we have taken major steps at addressing the root cause of kidnapping, in particular, and other nefarious activities detailed and documented in security reports, the press, and debriefings from victims of kidnap cases in Ondo State.

“As the chief law and security officer of the state, it is my constitutional obligation to do everything lawful to protect the lives and property of all residents of the state. In light of the foregoing, the following orders are hereby issued: All forest reserves in the state are to be vacated by herdsmen within the next seven days with effect from today, Monday, January 18, 2021.”

But reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, condemned the action of the governor.

Shehu said Akeredolu, being a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and indeed a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, will be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.

The statement read, “The Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the ‘orders’ by the government of the state, ‘asking herders to vacate the forests in seven days.’ 

“What is clearly emerging, is a lack of consistency in messaging which in turn leads to various contradictions regarding accuracy and the intent behind the message. There is little to be said other than to call for restraint on both sides and urge the state government and the leadership of the Fulani communities to continue their dialogue for a good understanding that will bring to an urgent end, the nightmarish security challenges facing the state.

“Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a seasoned lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and indeed, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has fought crime in his state with passion and commitment, greater sensitivity and compassion for the four years he has run its affairs and, in our view, will be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.

“If this were to be the case, rights groups will be right in expressing worries that the action could set off a chain of events which the makers of our constitution foresaw and tried to guard against.

“We want to make it clear that kidnapping, banditry and rustling are crimes, no matter the motive or who is involved. But, to define crime from the nameplates, as a number of commentators have erroneously done- which group they belong to, the language they speak, their geographical location or their faith is atavistic and cruel.

“We need to delink terrorism and crimes from ethnicity, geographical origins and religion—to isolate the criminals who use this interchange of arguments to hinder law enforcement efforts as the only way to deal effectively with them.

“The President, who swore to defend the constitution has spoken against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in asking citizens of Northern origin to leave; he did not spare the group based in Sokoto, ‘Muslim Solidarity Forum,’ which asked the Bishop of Sokoto to leave and is prepared to do all that the law permits to protect citizens all over the country in their choice of where they wished to reside and are treated as equal citizens.

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“The government of Ondo, and all the 35 others across the federation must draw clear lines between the criminals and the law abiding citizens who must equally be saved from the infiltrators. Beyond law and order, the fight against crime is also a fight for human values which are fundamental to our country

President Buhari plays host to President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic who came on an official visit to the country at the State House Abuja.

It is also advisable to observe Covid protocols everywhere you go to help curb it’s spread.

However according to president Buhari’s aide Bashir Ahmed, president Muhammadu Buhari met with the president of Benin Republic Patrice Talon at the Aso Rock earlier today.

Apparently, Nigeria had recorded above the 100,000 virus mark and she’s putting more adverts out there to sensitize people on why maintaining social distancing, washing hands and putting on masks can really go a long way to help curb the virus spread.

Looking at the picture of the two presidents, you’d observe their masks on and sock distancing in their sitting arrangement. Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmed reported that the presidents assured that the two neighbours will continue to work with each other in the light of understanding.

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See what Professor Wole Soyinka Said About President Buhari That Got People Talking

We all know that the current Nigeria President has been elected as the President of Nigeria since 2015. He happened to be a man who gained the interest and love of the people as at that time.

In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to do a lot of things for the citizens which could lead to the growth of this country. Some promises which he made as at that time includes:

1. He would build one refinery each year for the next 4 years.

2. Give unemployed youths 5000 naira each every month.

3. Create 3 millions job opportunity each year. etc.

As at January 2021, the President is yet to build a single refinery. Nigeria unemployment rate is at 33.5% in 2020.

According to what Punch Newspapers posted on Facebook on what Professor Wole Soyinka said about the President which goes as thus:

“I don’t want to talk about Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.” Professor Wole Soyinka also said that “Talking about Buhari not good for my sanity”.

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See also, the reactions as many people took to the comment box to drop their opinions about what Professor Wole Soyinka said,

With the opinions of these people, we can all see that many are dissatisfied with the governing of the Nigerian President.

Full Text Of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Speech

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 3-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 d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

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.

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

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

The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 judgement and making hasty pronouncements.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

BREAKING: Four dead as Security Operatives open fire on #EndSARS protesters in Lagos

Ibyson Fortes Blog has just gathered that four people have been shot dead at the Lekki Toll gate on Tuesday evening.

Security agents opened fire on peaceful #EnDSARS protesters still on the road after the Lagos state announcement of a curfew, scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m this evening.

We also gathered that the CCTV cameras at the toll gate and the LED panel were removed and turned off shortly before the security operatives arrived at the scene.

The street lights were also turned before Several shots were fired into the crowd.

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Remember the Driver that was Shot in Surulere’s Protest? Check what his wife said that got Reactions

Early this week, the EndSars Protests in Surulere Lagos State turned bloody. About four persons were said to have lost their lives during the Protest. Among the fours persons that lost their lives, one of them was allegedly shot by the Police. Mr Okechukwu Ilohamauzu was driver, and he was not even involved in the Protest, he was just passing by when a stray bullet hit and injured him. Those that were around tried their best to see how they could save him, but in the end, they lost him.

The wife of Late Mr Ikechukwu, Ngozi Ikechukwu, had an interview with The Cable and expressed how she felt by the incident. She never thought that her Late husband, wasn’t going to to come back home that faithful day. The woman in the interview, Narrated how calm and peace loving her late husband was.

She said that, she and her late husband has been married for over 11 years now. According to her, she said that her husband loves her so much and they both earn little to support themselves. They don’t have much, but they try their best to manage the little that they have. She further went on to say that, her joy has been taken from her, and who will help her now? One thing that she pleaded for was that, those who were guilty of Killing her husband should not be allowed to go free.

You can just imagine the pains, the poor widow will be going through. If anyone would have told her that her husband won’t be alive today, she wouldn’t have believed it. I just hope the right authorities look into her case and give the poor widow the Justice that she wants. At least that can help her find a little Peace.

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And also, if they Nigerians the government supports her financially, that will also help, even though money can not replace life.

Female doctor narrates how SARS officials arrested her after seeing condoms in her bag

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This woman in the photographs beneath clarified what she went in through with the Sars authorities the day they arrested her and took her to their station. 

She is by name Nkechi Okoro, a Nigeria doctor. She said that the day the SARS officials arrested her, that it was essentially a direct result of the condom packs in her bag. She clarified that the condoms are not for her but rather they demanded and took her to their station. 

Doctor Nkechi Okoro said that she went for family planning gatherings and on her way back ran into this men and was taken to their station. All her arguing for them to free her fell on deaf hears. 

She said that she begged them that she is a doctor and was simply getting back from a program. The main motivation behind why she was released from their station was a direct result of her medical issue. What’s more, she additionally clarified that the intervention of her friend at the station likewise helped in her release. 

She said in light of her wellbeing they released her to go and said to her, carry your wahala and go. Try not to come and die in our station. She was later taken to a close by drug store by her friend that went to the station.

She didn’t failed to encourage everyone to join in he struggle to put an end to the killíngs and brutalities Nigerians go through in the hands of the SARS officials.

There are dozens of genuine cases that were never treated justly in the Face of SARS,

However, their unfairness to honest citizens who they are supposed to protect is not enough reason to End this Unit of the Police force, The most currupt ones that have reached their elastic limits should be shown to the door while normal officials of the units with any sense of rationale should be examined, probed and retained.

If square pegs are not placed in square holes speedily, Criminal elements of the society will take advantage of helpless Citizens. I hope and pray no body sponsors crime at this time to Justify why SARS should not be scrapped #IGP, #EndSARS #President Muhammadu Buhari

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President Buhari Makes Fresh Appointments To Oversee Nigerian Power Sector

Buhari appoints Fashola, Malami, others as power committee members
President Muhammadu Buhari has made appointments into a new power committee. Credit: Vanguard.

In a collective effort towards improving the electricity supply nationwide, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed some top members of the executive cabinet into the Special Purpose Vehicle for Presidential Power Initiate (SPVPPI).

The appointment was approved by the president on Thursday, September 10, as contained in a statement from the office of the Ministry of Justice.

Members of the committee include the attorney general of the federation Abubakar Malami (SAN), the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed.

Buhari also appointed minister of power, Saleh Mamman and minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola into the special committee.

Malami’s spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, who released the statement, also named other members of the committee as director-general of Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprise (NBPE) Alex Okoh, and Babagana Mohammed, president Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSEs).

“Inaugurating the Committee on Thursday, President Muhamamdu Buhari who described power sector as one of the most critical components of sustainable development, expressed commitment to improve the delivery of power in the country as his enduring and defining legacy.

“He said following the Federal Executive Council Approval, the coast is now clear and the SPV has the responsibility of executing the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), providing project management for the implementation of PPI and serve as the key manager to ensure cohesion and seamless execution,” Gwandu said.

According to a statement signed by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Adaji’s appointment took effect from Friday, August 7.

NBC’s head of information, Ovuakporie Efe, disclosed that the appointment will last a duration of four years.