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US Announces Additional $30m For Boko Haram Victims

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The United States has announced an additional $30m as humanitarian aid for the people of the north-east.

In a statement made available to DAILY POST by the US embassy in Nigeria, the funding would bring the total US humanitarian contribution in Nigeria to more than $298m since October 2015.

It said the funding was in response to the humanitarian crisis in the north-east as a result of years of brutality by Boko Haram and other militant groups.

“This new funding will support the UN World Food Programme in Nigeria, which is providing critical food assistance, nutrition support, and vouchers that can be used to buy food where local markets are functional,” the statement read.

“This assistance is also helping communities return to their agricultural livelihoods where security allows.”

The embassy also noted that humanitarian efforts were vital in the north-east where “approximately 8.5 million people require assistance, including 5.2 million people who need emergency food assistance, and more than 1.7 million people who are displaced.”

US restated its commitment to working with the Nigerian government and other donors to provide humanitarian assistance to avert famine and support vulnerable communities.

Source: Dailypost

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D’banj backs #EndSARS protesters, says “I know what it means to lose a child”

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Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (born 9 June 1980), better known by his stage name D’banj has said he stands in solidarity with Nigerian youths who are condemning police brutality and raising awareness about the extrajudicial killings carried out by SARS operatives in Nigeria.

The singer who lost his son two years ago said he understands the pain of losing one’s child so he can relate to the pains Nigerians feel about the death of young Nigerians.

He wrote:

I know what it means to be in pain, to lose a child and a loved one, so I know the pain my brothers and sisters are going through and my heart is heavy

I pray God grants us the healing and restoration we so deeply need in our country and that our lights can once again shine
As a Nigerian youth,I try my best to never give up especially when it seems the hardest, so I urge you to do the same.

I stand in solidarity with the Nigerian youth. I stand for restructuring of the Nation system
On that note,we move, we never give up,till we get to the top of the world!
ABUJA ;pls where is the location for the ?? #ReformtheNation #EndSars

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#EndSARS: FG not showing any real intent to make things right – Falz

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#EndSARS: FG not showing any real intent to make things right – Falz

 

Falz, real name Folarin Falana, has become a voice that captions societal happenings succinctly and to high praise from Nigerians

#EndSARS: FG not showing any real intent to make things right – Falz

Singer Folarin Falana aka Falz has said in any sane society, the Inspector General of Police would have resigned following the numerous cases of human rights violations perpetrated under his leadership.

Falz said this during an interview on Arise TV today October 19.

”It is unfair to the lives that have been lost to tell us to get off the streets. It is extremely unfair. It is terrible of any humanbeing, without justice being done, to tell people to get off the street. I completely disagree with that. I would say if you want people off the street, make sure that justice is done and in a way that is transparent.

Which one of those points really needs time? If we are honest with ourselves, which one of the points on the 5 for 5 agenda really needs time? You really need time to release all arrested peaceful protesters or you really need time to make sure that justice is done and appropriate compensation? What real actions have been shown? What real actions have been taken to show that you are serious about doing this?

Look how long they dragged their feet even before they created the state by state panels. Look at how long it took? They are not even showing any real intent to make things right. They are not.

For example, nobody has been sacked. In any sane society, the Inspector General of Police would have already resigned by himself. Is he waiting to be sacked?

All these stories of horrible violation of human rights happened under him” he said.

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#EndSARS: Youths are entitled to peaceful protests – Buhari

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against criminal elements hijacking protests across the country.

The President who noted that youths are entitled to a peaceful protest in a meeting with the Minister of Youths and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare, vowed to implement reforms he promised.

Speaking to state house correspondents after the meeting with President Buhari, the Minister pleaded for more time to enable the federal government implement some demands of the #EndSARS protesters as promised.

Dare said;

“Mr. President said the youths of this country have spoken and he has heard and he has since gone to work for the youths of our country.

“The President promised that he will ensure that the reforms he has promised are met, he will make sure that the reforms are long lasting and that the reforms will deliver for our country a police force that we will be proud of

“He appreciates the fact that they have brought the SARS issues to the fore through their peaceful protest.

“He recognises the fact that they have called upon the government to do what is necessary and that as the President and a father, he will make sure that the demands as put forward are met.

“The President said that as far as he is concerned, it’s important to allow the younger generation to exercise the freedom to protest and make sure that such protest is in a peaceful manner.

“He said that part of the demands that were made is to make sure that those protesting are protected and that any police officer that has in one way or the other attacked any protesters be brought to book.

“So the President thinks it’s a fundamental right, he thinks so long as the protest is peaceful and focused.

“He believes that the youths of this country have the right to demand for certain things”

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