The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has denied granting an interview published last Sunday by an online news medium where he was alleged to have made some damaging statements about the reputation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the purported interview, the Cleric was quoted to have said, among other things, that “there is no sign that Nigeria has a president”. The interview further quoted the Cardinal as recalling that President Buhari “has a long history of a dictator and never obeys court orders. He has not changed himself but wish to change Nigeria. Three times he has disobeyed court orders in less than a year in office”.
Cardinal Onaiyekan was also purported to have described the president as an oppressor, who has undermined the Nigerian constitution and that he should tender an unreserved apology to the nation for the embarrassment of his leadership, for the deaths of unarmed civilians, who were brutally killed by overzealous security agents, and for the embarrassment he has caused leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and his pregnant wife.
In his reaction, the Cardinal, via a statement on Friday signed by his Personal Secretary, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ojeifo, dissociated himself from the said interview.
“He did not grant any such interview to any journalist or any print or online news medium”, the statement said. “The general public should beware of this and stop the further dissemination of the fictitious interview”.
Mr. Onaiyekan described the interview as the handiwork of mischievous people who want to capitalize on his credibility to sow discord and disaffection in the land.
He, therefore, called on those behind the malicious interview to repent and seek God’s forgiveness “for their misdeeds”.
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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