The standard bearers of the All Progressives Congress and the All Progressive Grand Alliance in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election took to social media on Monday to express their opinions on the stampede that claimed the lives of 30 people at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ground, Uke in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The candidate of the APC, Chris Ngige, blamed the incident, which occurred during a vigil service last Saturday, on the candidate of the APGA, Willie Obiano and Governor Peter Obi.
However, Obiano, who was alleged to have attended the service in company with Obi and the National Chairman of the APGA, Dr. Victor Umeh, went on Twitter to deny that he was responsible for the deaths.
Apparently to prove his point, Ngige posted on Twitter and Facebook a photograph, which showed the leaders of the ruling APGA dressed in the party’s campaign uniform.
Also in the picture, nine men dressed in the same uniform, which had the image of the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu inscribed on it, could be seen kneeling before an officiating minister who appeared to be offering prayers.
“My people, be the judge: Are these men praying or campaigning? Does one go to a vigil in a campaign uniform? You see their lying lives. The last time I attended the adoration at Uke was in June. Then I had not even declared for governorship. I quietly went as an individual to seek the face of God. The priest prayed for me and I quietly left. But, in their desperation, these gentlemen here turned a praying-ground to a campaign ground. Judge for yourself. Are they praying or campaigning?” Ngige wrote, after posting the picture on his Facebook page.
In another message on Twitter, Ngige said, “Desperation can make a man do the unthinkable. It is foolhardy for the culprits at Uke to believe that they can lie successfully about an event attended by about 100,000 people. Every lie has an expiry date; the truth remains constant.
“Lies have a way of catching up with liars. These people are heartless. Their hands are soaked in blood! For the records, the church has gone on for years without incidence until the merchants of blood visited.”
But Obiano insisted that Ngige’s claims were baseless, adding that it was unfortunate that the APC candidate had decided to unfairly politicise the sad incident.
Arguing that it was not unconstitutional for a political aspirant to attend a church service, Obiano said he attended the vigil in company with Obi following an invitation from the leadership of the church.
Addressing his followers on Twitter, Obiano wrote, “I consider it necessary to talk to you about the unfortunate incident at Adoration Ground, Uke. I am convinced that it is inhuman to ever contemplate playing politics with human lives. Every life is sacred and should be treated as such.
Lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, Sanai Agunbiade aka SOB, has reacted to the invasion of his home in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
The majority leader in the Lagos State House of Assembly said the looted covid-19 palliative were meant to be shared to 50 selected widows on his birthday.
Information Nigeria recalls that an irate mob invaded the lawmaker’s house, ransacking the lawmaker’s wardrobe and that of his wife and children, thus carting away with food items and personal belongings.
His statement reads:
The violent attack on my house: Thank you Ikorodu.
To God be the glory that the violent attack on my house on friday 23rd October, and the massive destruction of everything therein did not record any fatalities.
I got intelligence reports of the plan to exterminate me early enough, but I took it as unfounded rumours. Moreso, I was not ready to have security operatives around lest lives be lost. I trusted in God’s plan for my life.
But to those that masterminded and sponsored the carnage for nothing other than political vendetta, I say ‘thank you.’ We know ourselves in Ikorodu, but God reigns supreme. God will repay every hands involved in the attack in appropriate proportion.
I am happy to be alive to witness the 2020 anniversary of my birthday on Sunday 25th October. The plan of detractors to delete me before my bithday has failed. To God be the glory.
Let it be noted that at the peak of covid 19 pandemic, I personally distributed palliatives to my constituents more than three (3) times at my personal expense and recently, my team also shared palliatives to very indigent residents of Ikorodu. All these and many more of efforts aimed at taking care of my constituents are public knowledge as we have a way of ensuring open nomination of beneficiaries.
And for my bithday on 25th October 2020, I have sent out, through my Media Team, notice of my intention to give support to 50 widows who have already been nominated by different groups in a programme christianed Widows Mite for Widows and also distribute to some vulnerable and indigent individuals across the three local councils of my constituency, some palliative materials donated by the state and federal governments, as well as myself. Those are the materials stolen from my house yesterday. Alhamdullilah.
My service to Ikorodu since my teenage years up to this present time is already treasured by posterity and remain immutable. God knows I do not deserve the treatment meted on me by the perpetrators of this politically motivated attack and their sponsors, but I seek solace in God.
It is a truism that no one will attack the property of a mad man, but people of reckoning always suffer vilification. The barbaric event of friday is though shocking but like a dolphin which is happy even in the middle of giant waves and horrible storm, I am stable and my faith in the mercy and grace of God is very fat.
For certain the looters are not #Endsars protesters because the youth in Ikorodu engaged in very peaceful and well coordinated protest. The perpetrators of the attack on my house are group of assailants on a mission targeted at my life. They stole my certificates and travelling passports of my family. They emptied my wardrobe and that of my wife and went with other valuables…pure broad day robbery! But we thank God.
Nigerian politics is indeed very profitable! Ikorodu you have done well for me, I thank you.
For all of these, I thank God for the preservation of lives. I thank God for his infinite mercies and grace.
SOB will not go down, no matter how much they try because God is my armour. Whatever the situation, Ise Oluwa n tesiwaju insha Allah!
Watch videos of residents carting away the palliatives below:
Son of late 60’s civil rights leader, Martin Luther King III has joined other world leaders in lending their voice to the peaceful #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
Martin Luther King III stated that Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari should guarantee fundamental freedoms of peaceful protesters, adding that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
He made this known on Sunday, in a tweet he sent to Buhari on Twitter.
The American human rights advocate disclosed this in a statement on Twitter, where he also noted that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
He wrote: “I appeal to @MBuhari to guarantee the fundamental freedoms of peaceful protesters in Nigeria, including their right to protest. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -MLK, Jr. We must stand with those protesting to #ENDSARS.”
Nigerian journalist, Gbolahan Macjob has called for the trial and prosecution of Obianuju Catherine Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch over alleged lies and fraudulent activities.
According to Macjob, DJ Switch lied and manipulated her live video capturing how peaceful EndARS protesters were shot and killed by men of the Nigerian army.
Information Nigeria recalls that DJ Switch, who was present at Lekki toll gate on the day of the incident, shared IG live feeds as she and others tried to save those with gunshot wounds.
While the Lagos state government insists only one person has been confirmed dead, DJ Switch in a video posted on her Instagram page on Friday, October 23, said she and others present during the attack, counted 15 bodies. She said the only thing she regrets now was that she and others carried the bodies and dumped at the feet of soldiers who carried them away.
In a post shared on his Facebook page, Gbolahan who works for BBC in the UK, called DJ Switch a fraud and added that she must be tried.
His post reads:
”DJ Switch is a fraud and her lies has caused a lot of destruction. She must be tried and prosecuted once the facts come out in the open. And let me assure you, she will not get asylum, regardless of her CNN interview. Nobody likes being manipulated or used. The intel is out there and her game will be up soon. You guys realise there’s something called satellite imagery bah? And you’ve heard of BBC Africa Eye ? have you not?
Okay we shall soon see how the dead bodies of the massacre were removed and why their family members are yet to come to demand their whereabouts. Lies kill more than guns.” he wrote