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This is the best time for restructuring, says MBF

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This is the best time for restructuring, says MBF

The Middle Belt Forum has indicated that there is no better time than at the momment for the Federal Government to heed the calls for the nation’s restructuring.

This was contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Dr Isuwa Dogo yesterday.
The statement explained that the agitation is timely against the backdrop of incessant bloodshed and violence being unleashed on defenseless communities by criminal elements in the name of Boko Haram and criminal Fulani herdsmen.”The attention of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has been drawn to the ill-mannered response by the Presidency over calls by prominent Nigerians on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to facilitate processes for the restructuring of the Nigerians state.
“The Forum recalls that Nigeria’s 60th independence celebration were fraught with calls by prominent citizens that the present government accede to calls to restructure the country. “Against the seed of reasoning, as it has become the norm, presidential spokesmen Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu, dismissed such calls, arguing that the Federal Government will never yield to pressures to break up the country.Mallam Shehu was quoted to have warned that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the COVID-19 health crisis. “Even to the blind, it is too glaring that Nigeria’s corporate existence is severely threatened, taking into consideration the incessant destruction of lives and property rocking the various nooks and crannies of the nation. “Not only have criminal elements invaded hundreds of communities and presently occupying towns and villages to the consternation of citizens, the inability of security forces to rein in the dastardly acts of these killers have weakened citizens’ faith in the government to secure their lives and property.”It is now evidently clear that the Federal Government is enmeshed on pursuing an agenda that seeks to enthrone an agenda of ethnic supremacy and suppress other ethnic groups. “Apart from the capturing of power by a vicious cabal, the same power-wielder group is deploying the same for the singular pursuit of empowering a particular ethnic group as shown by various appointments into key security positions, among others. He said with the present government in power, there seems to be deliberate policies that subjugate and enthrone inequality in a country reeking of injustice.”Considering the various forms of injustices that are now traits of the Nigerian state, is it justifiable for elder statesmen and women to keep silent while the nation marches to its precipice? “Having watched the country degenerating into a vicious pond of frightening uncertainties, are these respected persons, who have played and are still playing critical roles in national affairs, be condemned for demanding for a quick solution to avert a national catastrophe?”It is tragic that the Presidency only sees such a warning from a negative perspective. If all prominent Nigerians would join the bandwagon of playing the role of cheerleaders amidst the bloodshed and massive destruction of our communities, then, the labor of our heroes past would amount to an exercise in futility.”Therefore, the calls on the Presidency to provide quick solutions to avert the incoming break-up of the country is not only in order, but also a demonstration of faith these prominent elders have on Nigeria. “Keeping silent under a democratic government, these elder statesmen would have betrayed the cause for national development.Without any form of contradiction, we have come to a crossroad where we need to redefine and restructure our nation in order to attain justice and equity for all ethnic nationalities. “Having watched so much funds expended in the fight against Boko Haram without attaining the objective of obliterating the firepower of the dreaded insurgent group that has now metamorphosed into bandits in some parts of the North-west geo-political zone and Fulani militia in the Middle Belt region, there is a clear message that country’s ethnic nationalities are under attack.”The recent move to register artisan miners through the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative of the Federal Government to “mine and refine their gold” and sell to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is a clear case of injustice. “If crude oil that is extracted in the southern part of Nigeria and sold for the benefit of all Nigerians, why should that of gold be different?”The forum said is necessary to reiterate the timely warnings given by prominent elder statesmen over the present state of our nation. “Instead of attempting to denigrate an honest advice that should be taken seriously, presidential spokesmen have often resorted to dismissing such with an inscrutable disposition.”We must remind these presidential spokesmen that we are practicing democracy and not dictatorship. The symbol of democracy is freedom of speech. When the government or its agents attempt to muzzle that freedom that provides oxygen to democracy, then, the journey to dictatorship begins.” 

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

As Kogi palliative warehouse was discovered at Kpata opposite Old Market in Lokoja Sinday the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Candidate in the State Governorship election, November last year, Natasha Akpoti has asked God to send his wrath on all evil leaders.

This was according to the comment she posted on her verified facebook wall.

She said it’s wickedness of the highest order for government to hoard food items from the poor in the depth of poverty and starvation. 

“May the wrath of God and the masses visit all ‘leaders’ whose evil tactics have been exposed in these #EndSARS times. 

“I know say my Kogi people no go disappoint … abeg pack and no forget to give some to your neighbours.” 

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained to former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria, that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.

In a virtual meeting with the former leaders, Buhari said he could not have folded his arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.
These were contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja Friday by his special adviser
(Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina
In the statement Buhari reeled out the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.

He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded, and further articulated the additional demands, including:

”The immediate release of all arrested protesters.

”Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

”Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.

”Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed; and increase in Police salary.”

The President declared: ”We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

”Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

President Buhari expressed concern that in the mayhem that ensued, many lives were lost, while a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized.
The President reaffirmed that,

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

”We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

He thanked the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their invaluable comments, observations and advice, adding that ”Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.”

Each of the former leaders commended President Buhari for steps taken so far to restore calm and order to the country and also applauded the presidential broadcast of Thursday as detailed and soothing to the country.

”I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended. Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you,” former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said.

The former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.

They also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest, and reaffirmed the commitment to respect the fundamental rights of citizens, including for peaceful protest as enshrined in the Constitution.

The former Heads of State also condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, and were of the opinion that such acts should be stopped.

Equally, the former Leaders commended the actions taken by Governors to address the demands of the ENDSARS protesters and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct.

Finally, they called on youths to pursue peaceful means, in seeking redress through engagement with Government and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country.
At the meeting were all living past leaders, including: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Lekki Killings: No Country aspires to defeat Its People – Jonathan 

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Lekki Killings: No Country aspires to defeat Its People – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reminded Nigerian authorities that no nation can win any war target against it’s own citizens as he reiterated the need or peace
He spoke while condemning the killing of #EndSARS protesters by military men at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Tuesday.
The former president in a statement released on Friday, indicated that the use of deadly force against citizens only worsens the tensed situation while condoling with the families of victims who lost their lives.
“My deepest condolences to the families of young Nigerians who have lost their lives in the past few days as a result of End SARS protests.
“I pray that God grants them the fortitude they need at this difficult time.
“I would Like to let everyone know that nation-building is a collective task which involves the genuine efforts of all patriotic citizens whether old or young.
“Our country cannot afford to lose the lives of our youth who we look up to take over leadership and continue our nation’s journey to greatness.
“As leaders, we must also understand that a nation can never win a battle against its own people.
“Thus, I totally condemn the use of deadly force against citizens because this only worsens tense situations.
“We must therefore move away from battlegrounds to middle grounds in our individual and national life.
This, I believe, show like cases the essence of democracy.
“I condemn any unnecessary loss of life and urge efforts to be stepped up to ensure that such incidents do not re-occur. “Finally, we all must accept that we are all brothers and sisters of one Nigeria, and always act accordingly towards each other,” he said.

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