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Insecurity: IG, Service Chiefs, Others Ought To Have Resigned, Not Jonathan – SERAP

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO WITH (FROM LEFT), CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR MARSHAL ADESHOLA NUNAYOM AMOSU, CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, LT. GEN. TOBIAH MINIMAH, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH AND CHIEF OF NAVAL SATFF, REAR ADMIRAL USMAN JIBRIN.

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO WITH (FROM LEFT), CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR MARSHAL ADESHOLA NUNAYOM AMOSU, CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, LT. GEN. TOBIAH MINIMAH, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH AND CHIEF OF NAVAL SATFF, REAR ADMIRAL USMAN JIBRIN.

The Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, has spoken out in defence of President Goodluck Jonathan in the face of rising security challenges, saying rather than call for the president’s head, Nigerians should be calling on those at the helm of affairs in national security, including the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alexander Badeh, to resign.

A cross-section of Nigerians had suggested that the recent wave of Boko Haram attacks was an indication that the president had lost grip of the situation and should resign.

A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje had categorically stated that Jonathan’s resignation would solve the country’s security challenges.

But Mumuni, in a telephone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said, “The head of security agencies should have resigned. The Inspector-General of Police, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, and all those connected with security in Nigeria should have resigned long ago.

“We (shouldn’t) ask the President to resign. It was not a deliberate act of President Jonathan that the girls got missing”.

The SERAP director likened the current situation to that of South Korea, where the Prime Minister resigned over government’s handling of a ferry disaster.

He said, “The real holder of power in South Korea is the President. But she didn’t resign; it was the Prime Minster, who should coordinate rescue operations that admitted that their (government) intervention was shoddy and late. And that was the basis for the resignation.

“If for every little thing, the holder of executive presidential power must resign, then there would be no stability in government. But he has a right to sanction whoever he has placed in a position to deal with a particular issue, if that issue is not being dealt with”.

Mumuni also faulted the Federal Government’s handling of the situation, describing it as unorganized and shoddy. He also described the government as lacking in capacity and political will to rescue the over 200 school girls abducted by the sect last month.

“The government’s handling of the situation has been a nonstarter from day one. It has been unorganised and shoddy. That was why about two weeks ago (one week from the abduction), I called for the intervention of the international community.

“That is what everybody is back to now. There has been no political will or capacity on the part of the government. That is the reason why the search for the girls has now become an international issue. The United Nations and the powerful countries of the world are now saying they want to help”, he said.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

Governor Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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