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I stand with the people on right to protest – Tinubu

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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he remained an avowed believer in the right of the people to peaceful protest against oppression and demand for justice.

Although he said he stood with the people in exercising this right, he maintained that he had nothing to profit politically from the #EndSARS protest.

The former Lagos State governor gave this position in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘The #EndSARS protests: A fundamental lesson in democratic governance.’

He said the #EndSARS protest, and its fallout, including the shooting of the peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers, had “complicated matters” for him.

Tinubu, who lamented that he was first accused of sponsoring the #EndSARS protest, then later of sending soldiers to shoot at the protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night to disperse them, said he had knowledge that “certain malevolent elements” hiding under #EndSARS protests were going to attack the TVC and The Nation, two media outfits in which he has business interest.

He, however, said he could not do anything to stop the attackers and arsonists.

He said his political enemies falsely claimed that he sent soldiers to the tollgate because he had financial interest in the tollgate and he was losing revenue due to the prolonged protest.

He said the claim was a “complete and terrible lie,” being sponsored by his political enemies to pit him against the state and the Federal Government.

Tinubu said he neither had investment in the Lekki tollgate nor sent soldiers to disperse the protesters but admitted that “I am, indeed, a promoter and financial investor in The Nation newspaper and TVC.”

“There is no rationale that can adequately explain why I would order soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the tollgate, where I have no financial interest, yet, choose to do nothing to protect my investments in The Nation and TVC,” Tinubu said.

He said the attacks on TVC and The Nation newspaper were carried out by his political enemies.

Tinubu said, “The present situation clearly does nothing to profit me politically or otherwise. It has complicated matters for me because many people now wrongfully blame me for a violent incident in which I played no part. Still, I stand strongly behind the people of Nigeria and affirm their right to protest peacefully.

“Along with all well-meaning, patriotic Nigerians, I want to see an end to all forms of institutionalised brutality and I shall do my utmost to see that this humane objective is realised.”

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Updated: Postpone visit to Kano, Ganduje advises Buhari over fuel, new naira anger

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Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Ganduje, has made a request to President Muhammadu Buhari to put on hold his planned visit to the state.
Ganduje’s reason, according to a statement by his media aide, Abba Anwar, is to avert possible embarrassing breakdown of law and order by the ordinary citizens over the complications arising from the fuel scarcity and scarcity of the newly redesigned naira.

Ganduje was quoted to have stated this before some professionals who visited him at the Government House on Friday.

He was quoted as telling his visitors, “As we are waiting for this important visit, we find ourselves in this situation, which puts citizens into untold hardship. For security purposes, we wrote to the Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kano be postponed.

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“We got an acknowledgement copy of the letter. People are really suffering because of this policy.”

Among the visitors were said to be two serving senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Barau Jibrin and Kabiru Gaya, 20 members of the House of Representatives and 30 legislators from the State House of Assembly.

The governor quoted as saying that it has become difficult to transact businesses even with the Point of Sale (POS).
The situation is said to have led to many traders closing their businesses.

“This problem affects all of us.Therefore, our voice must be heard in all nooks and crannies. We are a commercial hub. As such, our position must be loud and clear,” Ganduje said.

The governor also reportedly called for an extension of the deadline for returning old naira notes.

“There are no banks in most of our rural communities. How these people get new naira notes is of great concern. Just look at what is happening in our urban areas; people go and spend hours upon hours in banks without any assurances of getting the new notes,” Ganduje lamented.

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I’m alive by God’s grace, I saw many colleagues during civil war fall before me – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has recounted a part of experience during the civil war in which he saw many people including his colleagues die right before him.

He also revealed how he ran away from home to join the Nigerian army to escape family pressure of getting married.

The President revealed this during a visit to the Emir of Daura, Faruk Faruk, after inaugurating two roads in Katsina State.

A presidential aide, Femi Adesina, highlighted Buhari’s narrative of his battle during the Nigerian Civil War and some personal challenges faced as told by the President duy the visit.

The statement read, “President Buhari said that he secured his first job early after school to manage a co-operative in Daura, but had to escape and join the army when there was pressure that he should get married.

“I told Governor Aminu Masari the story of how I left Daura to join the army. That was how God planned it. We make choices in life, but eventually destiny is before God.

“I was at the war front during the civil war, and saw how many died. Some fell right beside me. God kept me.

“Many bridges were blown just before we arrived at some places, and after we crossed. I arrived at some places to see bodies of my own colleagues that we were fighting together. I am alive today only by God’s grace.

“This opportunity to serve the nation comes from God. All over the world, Nigeria is known for its diversity, with different religions and cultures.

“We are also known because we have a huge population of millions of people. For the President of Nigeria, at this time, to come from Daura is the grace and mercy of God.”

Buhari also told the emirate that he would return and settle in Daura after handing over on May 29, 2023.

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Alabi remains Lagos CP, no new commissioner appointed – PPRO

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Lagos Police Command says no new police commissioner has been appointed for the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this in a statement, in reaction to reports that a new CP had taken over the command.

According to him, the command has been inundated with requests for clarification on the status of the commissioner of police in the state.

“We wish to state categorically that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State is still CP Abiodun Alabi,” he stated.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no Commissioner of Police has been posted to Lagos State. Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard fake news making the rounds that a new Commissioner of Police has been deployed to Lagos State Police Command.

“It is hoped that this clarification would halt the barrage of calls to officers of the command which has resulted in needless distraction and waste of valuable time.

“The Lagos State Police Command will keep residents and the good people of the state updated whenever the need arises.”

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