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Tinubu Throws Weight Behind #EndSARS Protesters



Tinubu Throws Weight Behind #EndSARS Protesters

Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has appealed to youths to give peace a chance and call off the ongoing protest.

The APC leader made the appeal in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos, urging the youth to give the government a chance to implement their demands.

According to him, the demands for fundamental police reforms by the protesting youths are in pursuit of our aspiration in our national anthem “to build a nation where peace and justice shall reign”.

He said that a society where those who were paid from the public purse to protect the lives and property of the people become themselves threats to the liberty, safety, and dignity of the people is not one fit for free and decent people to live in.

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Such impunity and lawlessness are incompatible with the values and tenets of a democratic society governed by the supremacy of the rule of law.

“But then, the protesters must admit that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.

“This shows a laudable sensitivity to the grievances of the youths. It is only fair that the government must be given the chance to implement the reforms demanded by the protesters.

“This can certainly not be done instantaneously by the waving of a magic wand.

“If the government had not implemented promised reforms in the past, the swiftness with which it has responded to the demands of the protesters this time around shows that there is a positive change by the government both of attitude and of a new sense of urgency.

“I appeal to them to call on their teeming followers to call off the protests for now and give peace a chance.

“You have made your point, the government has made its commitment to you.

“Please, please and please call off the protests and give the government a chance to implement your demands,” he said

The former Lagos governor commended the protesters for conducting themselves with an admirable sense of responsibility, restraint, and maturity since the commencement of the civil action.

He noted that the high level of organization demonstrated by the protesting youths showed a new level of consciousness of the capability of a vigilant civil society as well as the efficacy of people’s power.

He said that such a demonstration could only ultimately strengthen the country’s democratic evolution and sustainability.

Our current democratic dispensation was borne of struggle in response to the challenge of military dictatorship.

“The impunity of SARS was thus a challenge that the youth have responded positively and courageously to.

“It has also triggered the commencement of the fundamental reform of the country’s policing system,” he said.

Tinubu noted that the protesters had made considerable gains within a very short period.

He, however, warned them to be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking.

He advised that the protesters must be careful not to set the stage for the erosion or destruction of the same democratic process that gives them the freedom and right to protest in the first place.

Their democratic right to protest must not be exercised in such a way that impedes the democratic right of other citizens to freedom of movement, expression, and the liberty to pursue their livelihoods.

“The fight for police reforms is surely to promote and protect the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians.

“It is a contradiction for the protesters to act in ways that will further worsen the economic well being of the very people they are fighting for.

“The intent of the organizers of the protests is to achieve stated objectives on police reform, which the government has in principle accepted.

“For instance, it is unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs, and assorted criminals have seized on the protests to perpetrate violence, disrupt civil life and harass, intimidate and assault innocent persons going about their lawful business.

“It can certainly not be their motive to cause generalized anarchy or effect regime change.

If they give the impression that that is their goal, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule,” Tinubu stressed.

He charged the APC to recommit itself to the values for which the party was formed through extraordinary hard work, dedication, and commitment.

He said the party should examine the gaps between its promises and its performance in order to make necessary amends.

It is important that all members of the party put aside petty and shortsighted ambitions, needless infighting and unite to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on delivering on its mandate for the remainder of its tenure.

“The protests have forcefully demonstrated the reality and potency of people’s power and the new energy must be tapped and channeled to strengthen, not weaken the country’s democracy.

“Surely, the country cannot remain the same after this.

“The government has demonstrated its sensitivity to the demands of the youth and must now be supported to implement the reforms it has committed itself to,” Tinubu said

The APC leader Tinubu commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and a number of other state governments for setting up judicial panels of inquiry into acts of police brutality over the years.

He urged other state governments that were yet to do so to follow suit and set a good example.

He said that the process of change should be supported and must not be done in an atmosphere of endless protests that are crippling an economy already enfeebled by the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Strike: Drag ASUU To Court -Minister Urges Students



Strike: Drag ASUU To Court -Minister Urges Students

Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, has dragged encouraged Nigerian students to drag the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to court for wasting their time during the six-month prolonged strike.

Speaking at the 47th Session of the State House Ministerial Briefing on Thursday, August 18, 2022, Adamu said the students should leave the Federal Government (FG) out of their worries, adding that ASUU should be the one they challenge in court over the strike.

While maintaining that the government would not concede to the union’s demand to pay lecturers their emoluments for the six months of no academic activities, the minister clarified that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government bears no liability to compensate the affected students.

He, however, said if the affected students are determined to get compensated for wasted time, they should consider holding ASUU responsible.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Extends Okada Ban To More Areas



BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Extends Okada Ban To More Areas

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, on Thursday, August 18, 2022, announced the extension of the okada ban to more areas in the state.

Starting from Thursday, September 1, Sanwo-Olu maintained that the okada ban was thereby extended to four more Local Govt Areas and five Local Council Development Areas.

According to the governor, the additional councils where the Okada ban was pronounced include Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.

Below are areas where the okada ban first took place

Areas Okada operations are banned in Lagos

While the governor stated that the affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa, he equally maintained that the total ban on Okada operations is extended to all LCDAs under the listed councils.

Apapa Iganmu  LCDA

Ojodu LCDA
Onigbongbo LCDA

Lagos Island
Lagos Island West LCDA
Lagos Island East LCDA

Lagos Mainland

Coker Aguda LCDA
Itire-Ikate LCDA

Eti-Osa East LCDA
Eti-Osa West LCDA
Iru Victoria Island LCDA
Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA

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Strike: ASUU Begins Consultation On Next Move



Strike: ASUU Begins Consultation On Next Move

The National Strike Organising Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has met to decide on the way forward concerning the ongoing strike by the union.

The committee is made up of senior officials of the union.

This is as our correspondent learnt that zonal meetings will commence by the end of the week after which branches would go ahead with congresses.

A member of the union’s National Executive Council, who did not want his name in print because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, disclosed this to The PUNCH.

The National Strike Organising Committee will meet today (Wednesday), after which zonal meetings will commence this weekend and then congresses will be held.

“From there, information will be passed to our members on the next development; the president alone cannot decide, there are processes,” he said.

Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, urged Nigerian students not to vote for politicians who have their children studying in institutions outside the country.

Osodeke spoke on a Twitter Space Webinar organised by Premium Times and tagged, ‘ASUU strike, Revitalisation Fund, and the Way Forward.’

Anybody you believe cannot take care of your interests, whose children are busy studying abroad, who are living abroad, don’t vote for them.

I repeat, you don’t need to vote for them, because you don’t vote for people who will take your life,” he said.

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