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OF ASUU-KSU, GOVERNMENT OF KOGI STATE AND STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING: MATTERS ARISING

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Dr Daniel Aina ASUU acting chairman KSU

Dr Daniel Aina ASUU acting chairman KSU

OF ASUU-KSU, GOVERNMENT OF KOGI STATE AND STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING: MATTERS ARISING

It has become imperative to set the records straight on certain issues or at least reveal the other side of the coin, particularly as we were at the stakeholders’ meeting but we were not recognized. ASUU – KSU lauds and commends the courage of the present administration of the state under the leadership of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello on the efforts to sanitize the civil service in the state. No doubt, it is bedeviled by rot and corruption of varying magnitudes and dimensions. The rot in civil service appeared to have defied solutions until recently. To break it is no small feat, and we commend the governor for the progressive steps at holding the bull by the horn in order to reposition the state as an enviable one among its equals. We pledge our unflinching support to the government in the pursuance

of these noble ideals because ASUU has zero tolerance for corruption.

ASUU’s Grouse with Government
ASUU has held several consultative meetings with government machineries at various levels and even with His Excellency. It seems the government will only listen to and do what tickles its fancy. The celebration is about the payment of four months’ salaries. We even note that since the inception of the “No Pay, No Work” action, the government has paid five salaries, not four! The truth is that the government of Kogi State currently owes us two months’ arrears of salaries. The resolution of congress is that the action will be sustained till the last kobo owed is paid and that the action will be invoked anytime delay in salary payment goes beyond the 7th day of the succeeding month.

Why should ASUU be insistent?
Due to the Union’s intolerance of corruption under any guise, the prompt payment of workers emoluments is held sacrosanct. When there are delays in salary payment, the chances of corruptive tendencies are rife.
We sounded the peculiar nature of the University-that is, its universality. A Harvard or South African University Don may be in KSU on sabbatical just as we go to other places. Why should the way our colleagues are being treated in such Universities be different from the way we treat them here? It is a gradual means of localizing the Ivory Tower and eroding its potency to promote excellence through collaborative efforts. If the Ivory Tower is to live up to expectation and compete favourably globally, its sanctity must be upheld and its peculiarity respected.
If it is possible to achieve accreditation through bribery, ASUU will stand against such, but that is the reason why the government must live up to its responsibility in prompt payment of salaries. For example, it is a fact that no University has exhaustive number of staff in all fields. For the accreditation exercises, academic staff may be appointed on Sabbatical. Who will want to go to a University where the staff may be owed salaries and when part payment is made, they will be expected to be celebrating?
Prompt payment of salary is a sine qua non for the sustenance and growth of the Ivory Tower. How many Permanent Secretaries or any other civil servant can freely migrate from state to state at will? Academic staff can and they do. Non payment of salaries as at when due is one of the reasons why they do. Universities that pay salaries promptly will sustain, retain and even attract staff, while those that celebrate backlog of salaries lose staff. What is Kogi State up to? ASUU wishes to pursue and establish a lasting end to strikes in KSU by Academic Staff in terms of emoluments. We are committed to this and the government, being the sponsor, has to be equally committed to it. It has become clear to us that the government is not favourably disposed to fulfilling its obligation of paying salaries as at when due. That is the reason for stopping short at liquidating the arrears owed. What does two months’ salary amount to before the government? Do not look at our pocket, look at the system! We are stakeholders who want to see KSU built. We reiterate that ASUU wants to put in place once and for all, all distractive tendencies and unnecessary disruption of the University Academic Calendar.

Government’s Response to University Matters
The operation of the University system is by strict adherence to academic calendar universally. That is why it cannot be subjected to the civil service whims without something going berserk. The clear line of communication and operation is anchored on the tripod of Management-Council-Visitor. The government must see the University as it is in practice and not by convenience, to eliminate rifts and bumps in its operations. ASUU has the responsibility to ensure congenial working environment and efficient operation of the system. The Management and Council are the operators of the system, who report directly to the Visitor.
ASUU wishes to state very loudly and clearly that the issue of salary is only but a fraction of the issues at stake. If the issue of salary becomes insurmountable to government and is being subjected to politicking, what will happen to other grave matters that are pending before the Union’s NEC for approval to proceed on industrial action? ASUU is for progress and development, not for retardation or vendetta. The history of ASUU in Nigeria bespeaks of this. However, the welfare of those who turn the wheel of development and technology in every facet of human endeavour must not be treated with levity. That is ASUU’s task.
The Visitor has been intimated of the other weighty matters which needed to be addressed vide a letter sent to the office of His Excellency on 25th May, 2016. Till date, no acknowledgement of the letter has been received from government talk less of addressing the issues.

Taxation
It is not true that ASUU KSU requested to be exempted from taxation. We are responsible citizens. Sometimes ago, we were over taxed. Through series of protracted dialogues, consultations and negotiations, the government conceded to the exemption and granted the affected staff, a seven month tax holiday with effect from October 2015 to April 2016 via S/KGS/ADM/307/IV/876. Till date, this exemption has not been consummated.
The other issue is the rebate which we are asking for. In our negotiation with government, we pointed out that KSU staff pay as high as 400% of what their counterparts pay within the state as well as neighboring State Universities. We cited this as one of the reasons why we lose staff in KSU. A caring father will not just wave such off and say whoever wants to leave should leave. He should be able to itemize structures put in place so that the one leaving will see himself as a prodigal son. What ASUU is requesting for is rebate not waiver. In trying to broker the situation, the government requested the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) to look into the matter. Why should the situation change? If you hit the mosquito by the gravity of the pain it has inflicted on you, you‘ll end up feeling the pain. The wiser ones are gaining what we are losing in Kogi State!

Arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) from 2009 to 2014
The government received the EAA bill amounting to One Billion, one hundred million naira only (N1.1b) and committed itself to offsetting same. After the initial payment of One hundred and twenty five million naira only (N125m), the government reneged on the promised monthly installmental payment of Twenty five million naira (N25m) naira. When ASUU threatened to go on strike, the government pleaded that it would resume the monthly installmental payment pending when the bailout fund was assessed, in which case all the balance would be defrayed. Graciously, the bailout fund has now been accessed. We are expecting the government to respond now.

Pension
The Standard practice in the University is the domiciliation of pension within its borders. Presently, there is neither domiciliation nor the contributory pension in KSU Anyigba. This contributes in no small measure to the mass exodus of academic staff from the University. It is one of the issues we have brought before His Excellency and to which we have received no response.

Autonomy
ASUU reiterated that the autonomy of the Ivory Tower is sacrosanct the world over. In the letter to the government under reference, it was stated that these issues have been presented to the NEC of ASUU for permission to go on strike to actualize their implementation. Are these issues not grave enough the elicit response from the Visitor? Is it necessary to embark on strike before such issues are addressed?
The bureaucratic handling of ASUU matters will not solve the problem. The issuance of threats of sack or “No Work, No Pay” will not solve the problem. Any, and every repressive moves against ASUU will not solve any problem. It is erroneous to be biased that ASUU means trouble. What will solve the problem is an objective and open minded engagement of ASUU on the issues at stake with definite commitments. This, we require from government as a prerequisite for having strike-free sessions in KSU.

The stakeholders’ meeting and critics
It is an act of responsible leadership to give an account of its stewardship. Thus, we readily appreciate the need for the stakeholders’ meeting. Of more kudos to the government are the revelations of various corrupt practices being perpetrated in the civil service. The sustenance of the tempo through the back up team to ensure a comprehensive clean up is equally laudable. As pointed out variously, critics abound to castigate and cast aspersion on well meaning endeavours of government. Efforts should be made to silence the enemies of progress through a clean sweep. Moreover, His Excellency has confidently said that Kogi State will be built and ASUU stands with government in every possible way to actualize this dream. At the stakeholders’ meeting, one expected more of positive emergence of actions that will culminate in the repositioning process. Efforts should be made to ward off as much as possible, avenues for skepticism and unnecessary criticism. The Hon. Commissioner for Finance gave a report of the allocation of funds accruing to the state including the wage bills.
A cursory look at His Excellency’s speech of May 1st 2016 on the same matter shows some discrepancies that needlessly can give critics some grounds for disbelief. For example, His Excellency gave January allocation as about N2.6B, the Commissioner, N2.5B. His Excellency gave March allocation as about N2.3B, the Commissioner N2.2B. The Governor gave January wage bill as N2.7B, the Commissioner, N2.771B. The Governor said the wage bill in March was N2.9B, the Commissioner put it at N2.771B. Very curious to the mind is the fact that despite the screening exercise, the wage bills remain the same. Explanations should have been given for this, if not, what gains have emanated from the screening exercise? The government is committed to increasing the IGR, blocking leakages and removing ghost workers. Certain things readily come to mind which would have given the government good wings for flight and public applause. For example, one would want to know how side by side with what obtained in 2015, what gains (through blockage of leakages) have been made in 2016 in the Internally Generated Revenue (1GR), instead of letting us peg it at Three hundred million naira only (N300M). How much has the gains amounted to? That would certainly have warmed the heart of the stakeholders and given hope that better days are in the horizon.
As a Union, we actually believe that Kogi State at this point in time is richer than the recent past and it ought to translate into better life for all. This may be erroneous however and that should provide the basis of educating the populace of funds that have accrued to the State. It is in the air that the state has accessed ecological fund. Is it true? How much? What is government’s focus for the fund? It is also in the air that the state has received refund for projects undertaken by the state government on behalf of the federal government by past administrations. Is it true? How much? What is the focus of government concerning the fund? That is the kind of transparency that silence critics. The bailout of N20B has been accessed. How well does the aroma of food translate into the satisfaction of the hunger in the stomach? How long will Kogites continue to wait? When facts are laid bare, it silences skeptics and makes heroes and heroines out of the leadership.
The fact that the unpalatable facts were orchestrated while the sweet ones were kept back make one wonder whether it was not a deliberate attempt at orientating the populace in a direction capable of making them think that the state has no money.
Lastly, we declare that ASUU has no political affiliation, but academic affiliation and collaboration. We dare the government to pay us the two months salaries owed if within three days thereafter, FULL academic activities will not commence in Kogi State University. If that is not done, every talk of political, ethnic or whatever interferences is only but a cover up to shy away from obvious obligations and realities on ground. Since government is a continuum, we shudder to note that the beginning of a long drawn struggle with the government is in the offing, if agreements reached with the previous administration are not honoured and issues of which we have intimated the government about are not attended to.
Long live Kogi State University
Long live Kogi State
Aluta continua Victoria acerta

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Zamfara: Buhari Got It Right

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Zamfara: Buhari Got It Right

By Emameh Gabriel

The recent ban on gold mining in Zamfara by the Federal Government is one of the best decisions taken by the Government in recent times. Declaring the state a no-fly zone afterward, was again an icing on the cake.

We can’t continue this way- allowing organised criminals to keep plundering the country’s mineral resources, fueling crises, while innocent citizens pay the price with their lives, is in itself a sad indictment of the system.

State governments, particularly in conflct-ridden areas like some parts of today’s North, have clearly failed the people who elected them into office. Consequently, they have allowed criminals to exploit the vulnerability of the citizens, who couldn’t withstand the effects of the hostile environment in which they find themselves.

80% of mining in the Zamfara and other parts of the North is carried out illegally. Sadly, they are sponsored by foreign smugglers, who will do anything to keep themselves in the business, even if it means burning down the country.

Like drug lords, they operate under a powerful network with officials in the government as local mob bosses, and NGOs as alibi.

Oil companies operating in the Niger Delta and their local collaborators in government have done this in the past. Sponsored violence by oil companies has succeeded in dragging the region more than 50 years backwards.

It is a common practice in mining communities. Foreigners register Coys, hire criminals to register humanitarian bodies and secured backing from local collaborators within government circles.

Take for instance, in 2018, Maiduguri alone had at least 150 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in humanitarian work. Among these NGOs, more than half were operating without legal registration.

Who are they working for and to what purpose?

A situation where staff employed by several of these organisations have to secure rental housing contracts for five years and beyond, leaves one with the impression that they already knew that these crises would persist for as long as they want and so, they settled in.

This is one among many other ruse designed to create crises and open more corridors for smuggling and stealing from the people’s common patrimony.

This whole thing boils down to one thing- failed leadership.

Maurice Ogbonnaya’s peice, Illegal Mining Drives Nigeria’s Rural Nanditry And Local Conflicts, succinctly captures the underlying factors and motives by foreigners.

The piece highlights numerous fundamental social, institutional and structural problems in Nigeria’s governance system.

He posits that the crisis reveals the prevailing socio-economic problems in the region, especially the inadequate responses to poverty and poor service delivery by the state. The youth in particular have limited income-generating opportunities, and this is where the sponsors of illegal mining recruit their labour force.

And then, foreign corporations’ involvement in illegal mining depicts the weakness and failure of regulatory oversight and gross inadequacies in the enforcement of regulatory compliance by respective governmental agencies.

The ban, though came rather a little too late, yet it is not too late to correct the mistakes. Government must be sincere in its efforts to get rid of all dissident groups in the country. There must be delibrate efforts to develop rapid, responsive system to deal with criminals, both local and foreign. I do hope this will not end up as one of those gragra.

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What Has Niger Delta Done to Buhari’s Administration?

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What Has Niger Delta Done to Buhari’s Administration?


The Niger Delta Coalition of Justice and Equity (NDCJE), a pro-democracy, pressure group and civil society organization, made up of professionals from different endeavours basically set up for the emancipation of the Niger Delta/South-South people and to accelerate the fight for equity and justice for the region in particular; especially as it concerns government appointments into positions, remunerations and justice for the Niger Delta people as a region that has singularly been responsible for the rich oil and gas deposit, on which Nigeria as a nation, sits on today and parades itself as the giant of Africa.

The NDCJE has, for long, kept aloof, because of the precarious security situation of the country and the divisive tendencies thrown overboard by people in authority, who, look the other way, for their selfish interest, not minding where their actions take the nation to, even if it is in a retrogressive motion.

As partners that believe in the course of Nigeria as a dear nation; as well as believe in putting square pegs in square holes, and uplifting merit than mediocrity in all ramifications, we are hereby compelled to critically and objectively analyze the current letter from the President to the National Assembly, presenting someone for confirmation as Acting Director-General; someone that has not even acted for a day, not to talk about acting in any capacity whatsoever, but has consistently let Nigerians know that he will surely (come rain or shine) ascend the mantle of leadership of NASRDA. Our investigation has revealed that his confidence is based on the presumption that having been connected to the present Chief of Staff to the President as a cousin, he will have a smooth sail, based on these antecedents:

• That Dr Halidu Shaba Ahmad has never ever acted in any capacity before now, not to talk about that of Director-General/Chief Executive of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA); and that he is even number eight in the hierarchy of the nominal roll of the agency since Mr Jonathan Angulu left as the Acting Director-General of the agency. We wish to recall that Mr Angulu handed over the mantle of leadership to the most senior management staff in person of Dr Francis Chizea Dubem, a renowned research fellow with 21 years of service at NASRDA, who has been in charge of the organization till date, and the first Vice Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, a position bestowed on him based on the recommendation of the African Group Task Force on Space Science and Technology, based in Vienna, Austria.

• That precisely, nine months ago, the South-South Renaissance Group (SSRG) called on the Chief of Staff of the President, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to prevail on Dr Halidu Shaba to stop parading himself as the Acting Director-General of the agency; the call which was captured under the headline, “Curtail Dr Halidu Shaba’s Inconsistencies, Bragging Rights at Nigerian Space Agency.” This was informed by the fact that Halidu was unduly parading himself (which action made him to be safely referred to as an imposter) as Acting Director-General, which he is not in any capacity and has never acted as such till date, until his recommendation few hours ago to the National Assembly by the President/Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic.

• That Mr Halidu brags in the corridors of power that he and his cabal/cohorts own the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari; that they decide whatever happens to any position; as well as decide who occupies which position as far as Muhammadu Buhari remains the president. Going by this impunity, our organization vehemently resists this injustice meted out to Dr Chizea Dubem, and any other qualified and legitimate candidate for that matter. This is based on the fact that all qualified Nigerians have alienable right to aspire to any position of authority as long as they remain Nigerians. In view of the above, therefore, we are asking these vital questions: What has the Niger Delta done to the Nigerian nation to deserve this barbaric treatment? Where did the Niger Delta go wrong, in such a way that it will warrant the dropping of the most senior and adequately qualified Acting Director General from the region, who has all the prerequisite qualifications; and the sending of the name of the number eight position in hierarchy on the nominal roll? How long will it take for Dr Francis Chizea Dubem to be confirmed as the Director-General of the agency?

• It will also be recalled that there was a candid instruction from the President that the National Council in charge of the board of NARSDA must meet to ratify Dr Chizea’s ascension, but that meeting did not hold. Today, the name of one who does not deserve to be recommended, Mr Halildu, has been smuggled through the window/back door and sent to the National Assembly for confirmation. If this is confirmed, it will affirm his bragging rights for the past two years that he would be made Director-General of the agency.

• Luckily, at the agency, since inception, this is the turn of the Niger-Delta/South South to assume the position of authority as the Director-General, having acted for over one year, within which period the agency has grown in leaps and bound, conforming to international best practice and good governance, entrenched in all ramifications. The Acting Director-General still remains Dr Francis Chizea Dubem, who has been acting since Mr Jonathan Angulu left the agency. We pray that due diligence be carried out to ascertain the veracity of this statement to know the fact of the matter. But one would ponder, where has Mr Halidu been all this while, that Dr Chizea Dubem has been sacrificing tooth and nail to keep the agency afloat, especially during this Covid-19 Pandemic? Who is misleading the President to act contrary on the issue he had already directed the National Council to meet to rectify Dr Francis Chizea Dubem? The Acting Director-General is Dr Francis Chizea Dubem and not Halidu. It is a concoction from the pit of hell, which, we suggest, must be verified by the security agencies and right thinking Nigerians. Would somebody tell us what is happening in this country? Again, at what stage, did Halidu rise to become the authentic Acting Director-General, when, indeed, there is a substantive Acting Director-General in person of Dr Francis Chizea Dubem?

• Our coalition has it on good authority that the only reason why Halidu is to be named as Acting Director-General, according to him, is because he is a relation to the Chief of Staff to the President. Due to the foregoing, he continuously brags that whether he merits it or not, he would be confirmed the Director-General of the agency. If this is confirmed, it will be viewed as man’s inhumanity to man; and very unpatriotic action to the collective growth of the Nigerian nation; as against natural justice, equity and good conscience. Consequently, justice must be seen to have been served on this vexed issue, if the present Acting Director-General, Dr Chizea Dubem is confirmed and left to continue, instead of bringing Mr Halidu Shaba from the back door to assume leadership, to reap where he did not sow. It is, indeed, an act of nepotism, inhumanity, and, indeed, a slap on our collective conscience and psyche as a people of the region in particular and Nigeria in general, for accepting mediocrity in place of merit.

• We have watched, with keen interest, the retirement of the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana Abdullahi, where a South-Easterner, Hilary Madu, was made an acting Commandant-General and immediately, a petition came that he was out for ethnic cleansing; and within three weeks, he was dropped and replaced with a North-easterner, while the Inspector-General of Police’s tenure ended but is still there serving, calling shots, because he is from a particular region and ethnic tribe. What a country, indeed!

• It is our candid advice that the President, should, as a matter of national interest, revert to status quo, and set aside the letter sent to the National Assembly and do the right thing, by confirming Dr Chizea, who is far more capable than Mr Halidu.

• The NDCJE appropriately urges Niger Deltans, South-South indigenes, and, indeed, Nigerians to rise up and condemn this injustice in all its form meted out to a fellow Nigerian. However, if there is any doubt about our status as Nigerians, we should be made to understand and President Buhari should do the rightful and make this very important decision by appointing Dr Chizea as the substantive DG of NARSDA. By the way, Dr Chizea is a foundation staff and it is even on record that the office property that NARSDA first used was his father’s personal property. And, apart from being a scientist and researcher of international repute, he is a patriot and when NARSDA was not recognized, he was able to convince his father to let his property to NARSDA for use. If we must ask: is this the price he has to pay for been patriotic? Where is the reward for excellence? Where is the reward for hard work?

• The entire Niger Delta/South-South geopolitical regions, and Nigerians at large, are eager to know the reasons behind this act. It is also our candid advice that constructive investigations should be carried out to ascertain who is the authentic Acting-Director General of NARSDA, before they bring in any one from the backdoor to a position he does not even merit in the first instance; for which he did not work for. Why must Nigeria take itself backwards by clamouring for mediocrity in place of meritocracy?

Signed:

Alaowe Preye Dokubo Comrade Olisa Ode Osundi
National Coordinator National Secretary

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That failed kidnap attempt on Sunday Igboho

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That failed kidnap attempt on Sunday Igboho

By Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, FCIArb, LL.M, Ph. D, LL.D

The act of a combined team of soldiers, DSS and Police, numbering about 40 attempted to arrest and detain Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo Igboho was too much in the form of a kidnap attempt. Igboho was said to have been waylaid along Ibadan/Lagos Expressway whilst on his way to see Pa Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos. It was totally and absolutely unnecessary. A government exists to protect its citizens, not to terrorise them. If the government believed that Sunday Igboho had committed an offence, the best route would have been to simply send him an invitation to report to a Police station for interrogation.
If the security agents felt there were any internal security issues or breach of the law, they should have invited him to the DSS or Police office. It became therefore totally absurd that a whole security armada like soldiers, the Police and the DSS will waylay an innocent Nigerian citizen in a commando-like manner and attempt to abduct him. At least, Nigerians have not been told he has committed an offence, or what offence, if any.
What if Sunday Igboho and his handlers had felt they were being kidnapped and responded with a shootout? There would have been unnecessary mayhem and loss of lives because of the indecent and incongruous manner and way the attempted arrest was carried out.
What the government does not still seem to understand is that because it has failed to give security and welfare to the Nigerian people as provided for in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, ethnic nationalism is fast rising in a way that ethnic groups and the various nationalities in the Nigerian contraption have begun to feel that they need to go the extra mile to protect themselves from ravaging insecurity. That is why I always ask, who is advising this government?

The present ravaging insecurity is what led to the emergence of Amotekun, in the South West and the Eastern Security Network in the South East. There have also mushroomed various local policing militias across the country. It is the failure of the government to provide security that is at the root cause of these defensive measures.
Someone needs to drum it to the ears of this government that the young man with a tattooed face that proudly displays his tribal marks is no longer an ordinary “small boy” representing himself alone. He has become a metaphor for the Yoruba struggle for self-determination. At least, if you are not giving us self-determination, do not kill us in our homes and farms, the young man seems to be yearning on behalf of the Yoruba race.
Sunday Igboho is no longer ordinary. He is the equivalent of IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbos. He came out from nowhere to become the voice of the voiceless. He wears the new face of the Yoruba struggle for emancipation. The earlier this government understands this, the better for everybody.
Sunday Igboho from Igboho town recently came to national limelight when he stormed Igangan on January 15, 2021, and gave a quit notice to Fulani herders terrorizing his people in the Southwest through kidnappings and killings. Igboho was said to have earlier risen to fame during the Ife-Modakeke fratricidal war in which he played a major role between 1997 and 1998. Born in Igboho of Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state on October 10, 1972, he had relocated to Modakeke in Osun state. He started life as a roadside motorcycle mechanic and later ventured into car sales. Upon return to Ibadan, he met former Oyo state Governor, Lam Adesina, and also worked with Rashidi Adedoja. The Akoni Oodua of Yoruba land is the new face of the Yoruba struggle for emancipation, self-determination and racial respect. Does the federal government realize this? Igboho is believed by his teeming admires to possess magical powers that lift him beyond mere mortals like you and I. So famed was he that, a 2017 Yoruba Movie (Parts 1-4) by the same name “Sunday Igboho” was cast after his personality. Does this government appreciate these peoples’ sentiments?

WAY FORWARD
Sunday Igboho can approach a court of law under the Fundamental Rights Enforcement (Procedure) Rules and seek protection from being killed, arrested, being waylaid, being detained and having his humanity degraded. He can go to court to seek his fundamental rights that he is entitled to freedom of movement, freedom of association and the right to move about and across Nigeria to any part that he wishes, without let or hindrance. See sections 32, 33, 35, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.
A court of law will readily grant him that protection because it has not been shown that he has committed any offence; and none is alleged against him. If any has been alleged against him, then they could invite him over to make a statement. We are operating a constitutional democracy where things are done by the rule of law; not rule of the thumb.
This government is too jerky. It embraces too much fire brigade approach to issues. That is the danger in it. The government must know that if they had killed Sunday Igboho yesterday, may be with a stray bullet, or by mistake, or deliberately, I don’t think Nigeria would have been having a nice weekend today.
The government should understand this. Let them understand that there is anger, despondency. There is fear across the country; fear of death, fear of fear. So, they (the DSS and the Police) should never attempt to do what they did yesterday (Friday) so as not to trigger unnecessary national hoopla, national insurrection, national commotion, national brouhaha. I have said my own.

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