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Benue Killings: Adesina Explains Why President Buhari Did Not Know IGP Idris Disobeyed Him

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Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari did not know about the absence of the Inspector General of Police in Benue because he is “not omniscient”.

Premium Time reports that Mr. Adesina made this known while appearing on a RayPower FM public affairs programme, Political Platform, Tuesday morning.

Mr. Buhari has come under attacks particularly from Nigerians on social media after he told the people in Benue that he was unaware that IGP Idris flouted his order to remain in Benue until peace was restored.

Premium Times reported that Mr. Buhari met with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi as part of his visit to troubled states on Monday. He however, denied insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening to Benue State.

“I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them,” he said.

Mr. Buhari however said he was surprised that the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, did not spend 24 hours in Benue when he directed him to relocate to the state and remain there till peace was restored.

“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.

The reason the president did not know that IGP Idris disobeyed his order remained unclear. Premium Times had On February 1 published exclusive details of how the IGP left the state shortly after he visited.

Speaking Tuesday morning, Mr. Adesina said the president has other channels of information but does not receive all information.

“It just tells you that the president is not omniscient,” Mr. Adesina said.

“As president and commander-in-chief, he has other channels, but it doesn’t mean that he gets every information under the sun.”

When told that when it concerns security, the president is expected to be adequately kept abreast of development and must be in the know, Mr. Adesina said such expectation was incorrect.

“It is not correct, even in the best countries in the world, the super powers, there still would be security breaches and failures. It is not correct…”

Commenting on why there had been killings in places like Plateau State even when the president visited, Mr. Adesina said the lessons from such occurrence is that security is a collective responsibility.

“The message it (the killings) sent is that security is a collective responsibility; it is no the responsibility of the president alone. What Nigerians expect is that everything will flow from the to which is not correct. It rather should even flow from the bottom up.

“What Nigerians expect is that the president would be like a knight in shining armour who comes to settle all security issues even in wards and villages and hamlets. No, it doesn’t work that way,” he said.

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#EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

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#EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

Young Nigerians protesting against SARS brutality, under the #EndSARS movement, stormed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos state.

The protesters in their hundreds are preventing movement in and out of the busiest airport in the country.

Nationwide protests have been going on over the past 11 days, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, but since it began, this is the first time protesters would disrupt activities inside an airport.

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#EndSARS Protesters take over apple junction in Festac, Lagos

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#EndSARS Protesters take over apple junction in Festac, Lagos

Some Nigerians protesting against police brutality have taken over apple junction in Festac area of Lagos state causing serious gridlock.

The protesters with different banners are calling for end to police brutality. They blocked roads while asking to be heard by the government.

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Yul Edochie calls for Buhari’s resignation

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Yul Edochie calls for Buhari's resignation

Popular actor turned politician, Yul Edochie, who had signified interest to contest the presidency in the forthcoming elections in 2019 has called for the resignation of President Buhari.

He made the call via his Twitter handle on Monday afternoon, October 19.

According to Yul, President Buhari was very vocal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration and called for the resignation of the former President on the basis of poor performance.

He opined that President Buhari has performed worse than Jonathan, therefore he should resign from office.

”President Buhari was very vocal during the previous Govt. He called for Goodluck’s resignation on the basis of poor performance. Today Buhari’s performance is worse than that of Jonathan. We put our hopes in him & he failed us. I call for Buhari’s resignation. #ENDBADGOVERNANCE” he tweeted.

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