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Edo Guber poll: uneasy calm as Accreditation of voters commences

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Uneasy calm is pervading in Edo state as 15 political parties slug it out in the election of the next Governor for the state for another four years tenure.

Benin the Edo State capital is at the moment witnessing what looks like a tranquil atmosphere as against speculation of violent election.
The electorate have resolved to elect the governor of their choice in a peaceful atmosphere that will ensure free,fair and credible election.
Security personnel were seen positioned in strategic areas, to check questionable movements.
INEC officials were living up to their bidding at the time of this report as they were seen making sure that the exercise is devoid of any negative development.

Polling booths are also set for the accreditation of voters toward casting of votes toward proper voting.

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#ENDSARS: Group challenges NASS, President Buhari to immediately reform electoral system

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#ENDSARS: Group challenges NASS, President Buhari to immediately reform electoral system

***warns presidency against further attacks on protesters

A group, Peoples Life Improvement Foundation (PLIF) which has declared support for the #ENDSARS protests, has blamed the bad leadership bedevilling Nigeria on fraudulent electoral system which does not allow people’s votes to count leading to the protests.

As possible resolution to most of the agitations by the youths in their protests, the group challenged the National Assembly and the presidency to immediately sign in to law the ammended electorate act to bring about good Governance.

This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued by the National Publicity secretary of the group
Ngoama Waekite Wem.

“We have summed up the totality of Prolonged bad governance in Nigeria which has ruined the country and have come to the conclusion that our electoral system is the sole reason why the country is in this miserable and undone state.
Wem insisted that it is bad leadership that has led to all of the present tension.
He said protesters have the right for a peaceful demonstration
“And the root cause of it is where the people are not given the freedom to excercise the power of their individual Immortal Voters card to selecting their leaders.
“Therefore, we are calling for the Electoral Act Amendment which is the begining to the end of these problems and will allow real people to choose and vote their next leaders with no one writing the  results of our elections again.
“Let our county’s electoral process be electronically done. Let there be Biometric Accrediation of Voters, Electronic Voting, Counting of Votes and Results transmission.
The group also advocated for the establishment of a 4th Tier of Government called the Ward/Community Government along side the FG, State Govt and LGA.
The publicity secretary also demanded for every Ward/Community to have their independent Administrative and Financial Autonomy.
“Let every Ward/Community have their budget to treat their perculiar issues. This will foster Freedom, Peace and Prosperity as every individual communities will be self developing simultaneously.”
He said fourth tier of government will be more responsive to the rural people, where the people can monitor and seek explanations on issues all the times.
“A tier of government that can improve the rural economy. This will further create more jobs in our communities and reduce the migration of our teeming youths into the urban centres.”
He said by that format criminality in the urban areas will be reduced.
Wem declared the full solidarity of the group with the #ENDSARS protesters.
“It is in this regard that we support the protest and proudly say that the protest had not recorded any incident of looting that has characterized protests like this even in some civilized countries.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the patriots who are dissatisfied with the government having maintained constant vigilance has come out in the most civilized manner to alert the world calling for justice, fairness, political stability, security and peace.
“We salute all our members across the country who joined other citizens to discharge this honorable duty on behalf of the people.”

“It is clear that the Nigerian youths are not only protesting against police brutality and extra-judicial killings! alone, but, in reality, a variety of longstanding political and economic problems that had pushed the Nigerians state towards instability, insecurity, poverty, destitution, decayed infrastructure etc.”
He observed that the youths are demanding for a political reform that will give all Nigerians equal opportunities, where the rights of all individuals will be protected and respected.
The secretary therefore challenged the President to leave a legacy of a listening government and write his name in the sand of time.
“In this regard PLIF stands with Nigerians to push forward these demands of the protesting patriots enumerated below;

“We also wish to state in categorical terms that any harsh response from the authorities will only make the situation worse!
“This has happened at other times and we should work hard to avoid what happened in the Dara province in Syria in 2 011.”
The PLIF is an international non-profit and non-governmental Organization setup for the deepening of democracy and improvement of the lives of Nigerians.

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EndSARS: Activist tasks youths on structured leadership

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EndSARS: Activist tasks youths on structured leadership

**demands for meeting with govts

A Social Analyst and promoter of good governance with Hope Initiative, an Abuja based non governmental organisation, Bashir Abdullahi, has said the Nigerian youths needed not just a structured leadership but also a well-articulated compilation of demands for a roundtable meeting with authorities after the #EndSARS protests.

These, he said,”must be comprehensive to address all areas where leadership and governance have failed over the years.”

He commended Nigerian youths for coming out to speak with one voice against the fault lines of Nigeria through #EndSARS protests.

He said the success of the protests was an indication that Nigerian youths were very angry with the current situation in the country, which according to him was ‘a product of many years of vision-less leadership and bad governance.”

Addressing a media conference, Tuesday, in Abuja, Abdullahi said,”I suggest we please prepare to go to the table with the authorities to discuss but before then, we need a structured leadership and a well-articulated compilation of our demands which must be comprehensive and addressing all areas where leadership and governance have failed over the years.”

He noted that,”The #EndSARS protest has sent a clear signal that the youths of Nigeria have found their voice and the message is that we need comprehensive reforms in all sectors of our country, be it security, education, healthcare, governance, economy or youth engagement.”

“To assume that it is all about police brutality is a simplistic interpretation of a complex situation,” he said,adding that:”For decades, Nigerians have been complaining about police brutality, the Nigerian state has turned a blind eye, despite panels upon panels set up and recommendations upon recommendations made.”

He recalled with regret that “the SARS problem and other forms of police brutality have lingered for too long”, adding that,”The Nigerian police are reputed to be the most corrupt in the world.”

“Each time there is a public outcry, the authorities take cosmetic measures.
All presidents since 1999 have set up one panel or the other on police reform. The reports are gathering dust on Aso Rock shelves. Meanwhile, the police have been gleefully stockpiling dead bodies, cocksure that there would be no consequences,” he said, regretting that,”SARS went on robbing and killing with impunity.”

While noting that,”Poverty, unemployment and inequality are the biggest triggers of uprising in any society”,Abdullahi tasked the government to draw lesson from the protests with a view to fulfilling its mandate to the citizenry.

According to him,”Some young person’s taking to “yahoo”, drug dealing, and armed robbery are products of a system that does not reckon with the implications of unemployment and poverty.”

“An idle hand, it is said, is tempting the devil. No human being will sit at home and die of hunger. Self-preservation is a basic human instinct. If it is to steal, beg or borrow, the human being will strive to survive,” added.

However, the social analyst said:”I am not in any way justifying crime”, adding:”However, a wise society will make a connection between unemployment, poverty and crime, and act decisively to address the problems at the root.”

Expressing happiness over the success of the protests, he charged Nigerian youths to seize the opportunity in emplacing what he called
“tactical measures in moving forward.”

“As a young Nigerian, I am very proud of the gallantry displayed by the youths in this movement. The accomplishments are already unprecedented but now require tactical measures in moving forward.

“In all, we need to have an articulated game plan. We must have an end game in mind.

“At what stage do we sheathe the sword and seize this golden opportunity to begin to hold leaders at all levels accountable as a movement? No government official, whether elected or appointed, should sleep at ease again,” he said.

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#ENDSARS: NYO has capacity to mobilise youth groups for immediate dialogue

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#ENDSARS: How NYO can mobilise youth groups for immediate dialogue

Federal Government should immediately create an opportunity for an interface with leaders of the #ENDSARS movement through the Leadership of the Nigerian Youth Organisation (NYO), Grand patron of Nigerian Youths and Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Engineer Femi Soetan has advised.

The Youth and Security Patron in a statement emphasized that in order to forestall imminent degeneration of the crisis into full scale internecine conflict; the Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO) with branches in the thirty- six states of the Federation has the capacity to mobilize all stakeholders to a strategic Peace dialogue

According to Engr. Femi the strategic plan for mediation and advocacy can be achieved through the leadership of the NYO President, Ambassador Abdullahi Wali as fast as possible by cross- fertilising ideas with groups.

Such prominent groups he said includes
Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW), Actors Guild of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Actors Council of Nigeria and Peace Corps of Nigerian.
Others he said include Association of Comedians, Human Right lawyers, Human Rights Activists, All bodies of Artisans, Tricycle Unions, Okada Riders Unions, Vigilante Group of Nigeria( VGN), End Sars Activists, Juliet Binitie: Faculty Institution for international transformation and Other Trade Unions.

“A Round Table Discussion/ Rallying Point of Dialogue shall be established for Advocacy, Mediation and Reconciliation between the leaders and the led in the efforts to broker peace and tranquility in the current troubled waters of the country”
He concluded in the statement that “the peace and unity of Nigeria should be above every consideration by the protesters while advocating that the genuine demands of the Youths should be given accelerated consideration by the government”.

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