By: on October 21, 2020
General Muhammadu Buhari’s ominous hint at a move to roll out military tanks to kill #EndSARS protesters, signals full return to authoritarianism. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, said, “We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS but a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy if the government does not take some very firm steps...” Alhaji Mohammed sounds like an out of space visitor to Nigeria. Nigeria has been in a permanent state of anarchy forever. ...
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By: on October 20, 2020
Mr. Lawrence Nwakaeti is an Imo State based legal practitioner and human rights activist. He is former Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Owerri branch. He was also a member, National Executive Council and Human Rights Commission of the NBA. In this interview with COLLINS OSUJI, he speaks on Nigerian judicial system, the recent banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS), among others. Nigeria just marked her 60th independence. In your opinion, what areas do you think need to be i...
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By: on October 20, 2020
The nomination of Lauretta Onochie as commissioner is insensitive That President Muhammadu Buhari does not seem to care about public opinion is reflected in most of his appointments that are patently parochial. But the nomination of his Special Assistant on New Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a Commissioner representing Delta State at the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) is a new low in his contempt for Nigerians. It is also an affront on the law. As the name rightly implies, ...
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By: on October 20, 2020
Chiemelie Ezeobi, who has monitored the ongoing 19-day-long #EndSARS Protest, captures some of the moments that stood out in the nationwide movement, which has also gained global traction, to end police brutality and kickstart reforms in the force “He gave us his snacks for free. We begged him to collect money but he insisted no. He said ẹ bawa ṣe kín lè lọ ile iwe (loosely translated to mean ‘Do it for us so that I can go to school’). Those were the tear-jerking words of one @Animolenikun, w...
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By: on October 20, 2020
I shudder to entertain my fear since the #EndSARS protest started as we might actually be at the threshold of a prolonged agitation that may likely blow the wind of sweeping changes that are long overdue. Should the protest extend beyond next week, government will require a careful and strategic approach to manage the situation. The spontaneous nature of the protest in many states across the country should get government strategists and handlers thinking. They need to respond to the situation...
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By: on October 20, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent speech in which he urged Nigerians to promote national unity above sectional interests should not be taken lightly as one of those sundry statements by a leader because the president too needs to examine the logs in his own eye, in this connection. Doubtless, the president’s opinion on public interest is relevant at this time that most right-thinking members of the public are quite concerned about cracks that have been noticed in managing issues that should...
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By: on October 19, 2020
The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely. This was announced in a press statement by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Monday. The statement was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’. ...
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By: on October 19, 2020
It is unlikely that EndSARS protesters or the government ever envisaged the intensity and tenacity of the protests convulsing many states in Nigeria over poor and repressive policing methods calcified by decades of misrule. In the past few years, as the repression worsened and policing decayed, and insecurity became unmanageable, the government had enough time to anticipate a crisis of confidence between the government and the people, a crisis capable of truncating democracy, instigating chaos, ...
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By: on October 19, 2020
The death of an 11-year old girl, Favour Okechukwu gang-raped by some hoodlums in the Ejigbo suburb of Lagos State, has again elevated to the fore the vexatious phenomenon of rape in our society. Reports had it that the poor girl who was sent on errand by her mother, was lured into a nearby house by some bad boys who took turns to rape her. Unable to bear the pains of man’s inhumanity to his fellow human being, the girl was said to have given up the ghost in the room of one of the accomplices...
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By: on October 19, 2020
It is a story of stories, a raft of anecdotes. It is the small stories that rise, wave after wave, volume after volume, before we see the flood, the crowd as they surge. But this is a crowd like nothing we have seen before. Not during the June 12 imbroglio, or even the famous Ali mungo. Those crowds had a menace of the exterior. They pre-announced their purpose as warriors of conscience, a sort of judgmental ferocity about them. The authorities felt a sense of righteous revenge to deploy soldier...
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By: on October 19, 2020
As of now, “political differences should be resolved at the ballot and not in the streets and we will keep it that way through this election season and beyond,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, in a bid to halt the verbal altercation and fatal shooting necessitated by one Matthew Dolloff, 30, cautions impassioned protesters and demonstrators. What does that mean in practice? It should have been clear by now that the American politics is fraught with systemic discrimination and institutional r...
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By: on October 19, 2020
…the youth have their heads clouded with worries… government should as its obligation demands provide not just jobs but basic human necessities for the people… ­— Ozah A. Matthew in The Guardian Everything about governance is mostly in the realms of strategy as those governing are meant to think of the past, today and what tomorrow holds. And, when tomorrow comes, when the youth take the baton of leadership, they reflect on the past and work towards a better tomorrow than they had seen or li...
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