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EndSARs: All these wouldn’t have happened of you’ve spoken as ‘a father’ – PDP schools Buhari.

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The opposition party condemned the killing of citizens who were exercising their civil right at the Lekki Toll Gate.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday (today), urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take responsibility for the genocide that happened on Tuesday, October 20 in Lagos State.

PDP in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, charged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Presidency to take responsibility for the shooting and reported killing of peaceful protesters by military operatives at the Lekki toll gate.

The opposition party said this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that a well-structured response from the President as the number one citizen of the nation, would have calmed frayed nerves and averted the crisis rocking the country at the moment.

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According to Ologbondiyan: “President Buhari is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces and the buck stops on his table.”

A part of the statement reads: “Our party is however shocked at President Buhari stance, particularly his inability to demonstrate the capacity for concerned, attentive and proactive governance and command structure, while the nation he presides over dangerously slides into anarchy.”

“A well-structured governance response from Mr President, as the father of the nation, would have calmed frayed nerves and averted the crisis, violence, deaths, destruction of property and the avoidable loses we are
witnessing today,” PDP reiterated.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has called on the protesters of End SARS to continue with the movement despite the killing of demonstrators.


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EndSARs: Reno Omokri attack Buhari after Lekki Massacre.

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Reno further stated that some of the protesters that were killed on Tuesday paid the tax used by the Federal Government to rehabilitate the terrorists.

Former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has condemned the killings of protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night.

The former presidential aide in a post on his Twitter account noted that President Muhammadu Buhari takes time to rehabilitate Bolo Haram terrorists but uses force on the End SARS Protesters.

He wrote, “This same government rehabilitates hardened Boko Haram terrorists and demands that we surrender land for ranching or face death.”

“Some of those killed at the the #LekkiMassacre of peaceful, #EndSARS protesters, paid the tax that enables Buhari rehabilitate his beloved Boko Haram!”


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EndSARs: See what Wizkid asks Buhari, Osinbajo, IGP to do after Lekki Massacre.

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Wizkid in a statement on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, said the leaders have failed Nigerians in their expected duties and responsibilities, describing them as incompetent.

Nigerian music star, Ayo Balogun more popularly known by his stage name, Wizkid has called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the #EndSARS rocking Nigeria.

The entertainer said the Nigerian leader has failed the people of the country and called on him, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as well as the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to resign.

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He accused them of incapability to handle and respond adequately to the #EndSARS protests which has continued to spread across the country.

He tweeted: “@MBuhari you are a failure! Old and incompetent! Step down! We don’t want you, your Vice President and your IG! Resign!

Meanwhile, the presidency has appealed for calm and understanding from Nigerians as regards the shootings by security operatives on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza in Lagos State.

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EndSARs: Obasanjo sends message to Gov’t, Nigerian Youths.

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The leader acknowledged the fact that the citizens have the legal right to make legitimate demands, he, however, urged them to stay calm. He revealed that his heart was heavy and that he was deeply concerned about the ongoing situation.

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the ongoing unrest in different parts of the country as a result of the uncalled killings of citizens by security agents in various states across the nation.

Obasanjo in a statement on Wednesday, October 21 urged President Muhammadu Buhari to act with immediate effect on the crisis before it is too late to do so.

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According to the elder statesman who served as a military and political leader, the situation at hand demands leadership and mature leadership as such. Obasanjo also admonished the youths, most especially the #EndSARS protesters to allow for peace to reign in the country.

He stressed that the country was at a critical moment and urged the incumbent president to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force on citizens who they are supposed to protect.

He said, “The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration.”

“Instead, such actions only reinforces the anger and frustration of the populace and closes the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution,” Obasanjo noted.

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He stressed further that “It is clear that Mr. President and his lieutenants did exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to use of force.

Reacting to the denial of the government in having hand in the massacre, Obasanjo said, “It is worse that there is denial of wrongdoing despite overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control.”

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned the shooting of protesting youths in Lekki, Lagos State and other parts of the country.

The world leader of the Anglican Church who is a personal friend of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said he had earlier advised the President to ensure that lives are protected.


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EndSARs: Buhari, stop killing our future! – Peter Obi cries.

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In a series of tweets, the former Anambra State governor described the incident as a collective loss to the nation.

Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential running mate, Peter Obi, has called on the government to stop wasting the lives of young Nigerians protesting.

Obi made the call while condemning the shooting at the Lekki tollgate by security operatives.

Some security operatives believed to be men of the Nigerian Army had shot at End SARS protesters in Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.

However, Obi in a series of tweets lamented that the massacre was avoidable.

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He wrote, “The killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country yesterday is condemnable. It should not have happened.

“To imagine that young people seeking to enthrone a better Nigeria where shot at even while they were singing the national anthem is unconscionable.

“We cannot be wasting precious lives that represent the foundation of our future. It is not just a loss to the families who are grieving, but the collective loss of our nation.

“My deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those affected. May their souls rest in peace and their memory a blessing. -PO.”


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EndSARs: Stop killing peaceful protesters! – Biden tells Buhari.

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Biden’s statement came hours after a former secretary of states Hillary Clinton Tuesday night asked Nigerian authorities to “stop killing” persons protesting against police brutality in the country.

Former United States Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has called on Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the ongoing violent crackdown on protesters in the country.

“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” Biden said in a statement.

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“I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence.”

He urged the United States to “stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.”

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– What Actually Happened –

Security forces on Friday shot sporadically at unarmed protesters who were protesting against police brutality at Lekki area of Lagos State.

About 7 persons were feared dead from the shooting in Lagos on Tuesday night with more than 10 people dead earlier in different demonstrations in Nigeria.

Scenes of people removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers.

Amnesty International Nigeria said there was no justification for the “excessive use of force” against the peaceful, unarmed protesters.

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The protests against police brutality, harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killings had attracted thousand to streets in different parts of Nigeria.

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the round-the-clock shutdown in the sprawling economic hub on Tuesday, claiming the protests had “degenerated into a monster” as violence flared in a string of cities.

Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said the shooting and killing of the unarmed protesters was an “unfortunate incident.”

“I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents,” the governor said.


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EndSARs: Say Something! – Senate tells Buhari

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The federal lawmakers urged the protesters to stop their agitation on the streets while the Federal Government address their demands.

The Senate on Tuesday asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address the nation immediately on the current nationwide protests by youths against police brutality and bad governance.

The Senate also directed the police to offer protection to the #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.

The Senate decision was a sequel to a point of order by Senator Biodun Olujimi, titled, “#EndSARS: The need for a comprehensive reform”

They also urged Buhari to immediately set up a judicial panel of enquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution

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EndSARs: APC Chief, Hussaini pleads after asking Gov’t to engage military in protest.

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He blamed the President for taking things lightly with protesters, pointing out that former President Olusegun Obasanjo would never have allowed such protests.

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hussaini Coomassie, has apologized to Nigerian youths after he asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apply iron fists on the peaceful protesters.

Coomassie, who is the Deputy National Coordinator of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, had in a video last Saturday, described the nationwide protests as “nonsense,” blaming Buhari for allowing it to continue. Noble Reporters Media reports

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But in another video he shared on Monday night, after receiving more than he bargained for from Nigerian youths on social media, Coomassie appeared remorseful, saying that he was only airing his opinion and didn’t mean to offend anyone.

He said, “Good evening teeming Nigerian youths out there on the streets day and night protesting for the end of SARS or police brutality. As a Nigerian, like any other Nigerian, I have a right to air my view.

“It may suit some people and it may hurt some people but in whichever way you take it, I am deeply sorry for the utterances I made in that video. Please accept my sincere apology. I endorse you fully and wholeheartedly.”


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EndSARs: Get military involved – Hussaini asks Buhari.

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Can you try this nonsense during Obasanjo’s time? I blame Buhari for taking things lightly. There are certain things that should be handled with iron fist

– Hussaini Coomassie

United Nations Ambassador for peace and social justice, Hussaini Coomassie, has condemned the activities of the EndSARS protesters across the country.

Coomassie, who is the Deputy National Coordinator, Buhari Campaign Organization, in a viral video, said President Buhari is taking things lightly with the protesters.

He stated that such nonsense could never have happened during the ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure.

He added that the military should be used on protesters if the police have failed in putting an end to the ongoing protests.

In his words, “Can you try this nonsense during Obasanjo’s time? I blame Buhari for taking things lightly. There are certain things that should be handled with iron fist”.


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INEC fixes 2023 presidential election date. [Nigeria]

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Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Thursday.

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday disclosed that the 2023 Presidential election will hold on the 18th of February 2023.

In his good will message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, the INEC Chairman told members of the House of Representatives that they have about 855 days to the next general election.


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[Nigeria] Buhari Gov’t considers new business reform bill.

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According to her, the gains were recorded after the implementation of over 140 reforms by PEBEC between 2016 and 2019.

The Presidency says it is considering a new bill to boost the different initiatives to transform Nigeria’s business climate.

It is also aimed at consolidating and institutionalising the gains of interventionist programmes under the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole said the essence of an omnibus bill on business facilitation was to institutionalise the reforms to ease implementation and sustain the efforts made by PEBEC so far.

“Nigeria’s rating on the global scale of ease of doing business improved in 2018 and 2019,” she said.

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Oduwole added: “The Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES), an arm of the presidency driving the reforms, had in 2017, sought and got the approval of PEBEC to adopt an omnibus bill as a legislative tool for business climate reform in Nigeria.”

The presidential aide said “the bill is now being reopened for review and further inputs” as a number of the provisions earlier included in the draft have been addressed by the Financial Act 2019 and Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020.

According to her, similar legislation was adopted by Georgia in 2005 when the country amended at least 30 legal documents.


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EndSARs: Buhari reject Buratai’s offer to deploy soldiers in bid to end protest.

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Their desperation followed several advises that they have given the president over the past week; including some without any form of law enforcement intervention.

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a request from the Nigerian Army to quell ongoing #EndSARS protests with soldiers, Peoples Gazette can report, on the account that such approach could backfire.

Mr. Buhari said heavily armed soldiers with directive to open fire should be the last resort — if at all they’ll be considered — because of the spontaneous and elaborate nature of the ongoing pushback against decades police brutality, according to a presidency and two military sources briefed on the matter Wednesday night.

Our sources said Mr. Buratai and some of his generals are increasingly furious that #EndSARS protesters have refused to stand down.

He sought the president’s permission to deploy soldiers to disperse protesters and take over demonstration grounds in Lagos and Abuja, a senior administration official told the Gazette shortly after 11:00 p.m.

The official said Mr. Buhari fear that the protests could grow bigger if any attempt is made to use soldiers to violently suppress it.

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“The president is wary of escalating the situation,” our source said. “He does not want this to backfire because there are many locations that protests are holding across the country.”

Chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari was amongst those who advised the president against troops deployment.

National security adviser Babagana Monguno did not take part in the meeting but a source said he would be briefed.

The Gazette has yet to establish whether or not the NSA was briefed, and a telephone number for him did not immediately connect Wednesday night.

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Mr. Buratai’s proposal followed a week-long demonstration that has refused to wane despite government acceding to some of the key requests from the protesters.

On Sunday, police chief Mohammed Adamu announced immediate abolition of the special anti-robbery squad, a police detective unit whose decades of corruption and ruthlessness sparked the world-famous hashtag.

He also announced a new unit that would replace the defunct brutal squad.

Mr. Buhari in additional repeatedly assured that his administration would take police reforms more seriously, but urged protesters to embrace dialogue around a sustainable solution.

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The protesters have declined to end the campaign until at least five fundamental issues that border on citizens’ rights and restitution thousands of SARS victims.

But top government and security appointees of the president are seething and “now itching” to do something immediately.

A military source said the president and his key insiders are reluctant to take a straight position because they are still learning to understand the main actors of the protests.

“The president may still be asking for time to better understand the protesters first,” a military brass-hat told the Gazette. “But the president recognises that these categories of protesters are not the same as members of the Shiite sect.”


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Buhari’s S.A on Social Media becomes INEC commissioner.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday read the letter from Buhari on the floor of the Senate.

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, and three others as commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Others are Prof Mohammed Sani Katsina), Prof Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti), and Seidu Ahmed (Jigawa).

“Appointment for commissioners for INEC. Pursuant to paragraph 14 of part 11 of the first schedule of the 1999 constitution,” Buhari said.

Lauretta Onochie is famous for making controversial posts on social media.


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EndSARs: Police sectors to be reformed – Sanwo olu give detailed report on his meeting with Buhari.

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The governor delivered the demands of the protesters to the president part of which calls for an end to police brutality.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has restated his commitment to police reform.

Sanwo-Olu met with the president in Abuja hours after he took part in an EndSARS protest in Lagos today.

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He said:

“Today, I met President @MBuhari to present the demands of the Lagos #EndSARS protesters. The President restated his commitment to embark on a holistic reform of the entire Police Force.

He added:

“Just today, the President has approved a panel made up of Civil Society leaders to look at all the cases of abuse by the police. The benefits of this genuine protest will be fully realized and I will continue to work to defend the rights of all Lagosians any and everyday.”


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EndSARs: Muhammadu Buhari Addresses Nigerians | Video

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There have also been cases of extrajudicial killings by some officials attached to SARS in different parts of Nigeria.

Buhari’s address came after weeks of local and international agitation against the now-dissolved controversial unit of the police.

In recent years, officials of the SARS unit of the police have been in a public bad light for harassment, illegal arrest and extortion of citizens, especially youths.

Nigerians, mostly in thousands online and offline demanded the scrapping of the police unit. Many of the protesters demonstrated overnight – especially in Lagos State.

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The government, however, responded to these protest when Nigeria’s inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu on Sunday announced that the SARS unit has been dissolved.

“New policing arrangements to address the offences of armed robbery, and other violent crimes that fall within the mandate of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad shall be presented in due course,” Adamu said.

Despite announcing the dissolution of the unit, Nigerians – home and abroad continued the protest, demanding an overhaul of the police, an end to brutality and an executive order from Buhari to the scrapping of SARS.

Many were injured and one person killed during the protests in different parts of Nigeria when police personnel shot at protesters during the weekend. One of the protesters Jimoh Ishaq was shot dead in Oyo State on Saturday.

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Buhari said he has directed an investigation into the Ishaq’s death.

“We also deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations. I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated,” Buhari said.

The president said the majority of Nigeria Police personnel are “diligent and hardworking in performing their duties” and their image should not be tarnished because of “a few bad eggs.”

Buhari stated that the responsibility of police personnel remains to protect citizens.


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EndSARs: Nigerian president, Buhari finally speak on protest, SARs menace.

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The police tear-gassed the protesters in a bid to disperse them.

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally spoken on the ongoing nationwide protests against alleged brutality and extortion by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The protests have been going on nationwide for over 72 hours.

In a statement late on Friday night, Buhari confirmed that he had met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The president expressed his determination to reform the Police Force and ensure that officers are fully accountable to Nigerians.

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“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses and ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.

“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job,” the statement posted in his Twitter handle read in part.

On Friday, men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) threw teargas canisters at peaceful protesters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


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