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2015 Elections: Why Jonathan Won’t Sign Anti-Violence Agreement – Presidency

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jonathan-signsThe Presidency said on Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan will not heed the suggestion by a former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi that the president and his main challenger in the 2015 presidential election, Ge. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, should sign an agreement to restrain their supporters against violence during and after the polls.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said this in an interview with The PUNCH.

Reacting to the suggestion by the former minister, Abati said, “The President does not need to sign an agreement for him to achieve something that he is fully committed and of which he has been very consistent.

“Free, fair and credible elections constitute one of the major legacies of this administration for which President Jonathan is proud of.

“He proved the point in the conduct of the 2011 general elections and it is public knowledge that every election that has been conducted under President Jonathan’s watch has been successful, free, fair and credible.

“Even when it is an election which the opposition is the winner, he has always been the first to congratulate the opposition.

“In his messages to Nigerians as the head of the nation, he has always called on the professional political class and the society in general to eschew violence because for him, he has always said that nobody’s blood is worth his ambition”.

The presidential spokesman said people like Akinyemi and other Nigerians should be worried about those who had openly threatened fire and brimstone over the elections.

He said, “The people that we should be worried about are the people who have been openly threatening fire and brimstone over an election that they have not yet participated.

“You were in this country when one character said that they will form a parallel government. You were in this country when another character said that heaven will fall if they do not win the election.

“You were in this country when some characters claimed that they have already set up a cabinet over an election which they have not yet participated”.

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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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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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

Seyi Makinde

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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