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Again, Protests Rock Lagos, Osogbo, Abuja Over Hike In Electricity, Petrol Price

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Again, Protests Rock Lagos, Osogbo, Abuja Over Hike In Electricity, Petrol Price

By Augustine Akhilomen

Nigerians have continued to display their anger over the sudden hike in the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as fuel and the electricity tariff by the administration of resident Muhammadu Buhari.

On Wednesday, protesters in some parts of Nigeria such as Ojuelegba in Lagos, Osogbo, and Abuja called for a total reversal to the old price for the commodity and the electricity tariff inclusive.

Protesters were armed with banner and placard chanting anti-government demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In Osogbo, the protesters converged at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage area, and matched through Oke-Fia junction, Alekuwodo, Ola-Iya Junction, and eventually terminated the protest in front of NUJ Correspondent Chapel, Fagbewesa.

The inscriptions on the banner read: ‘Nationalise the oil sector under workers democratic control’, ‘no to fuel, electricity tariff, ‘Buhari govt anti-poor’ and others.

One of the leaders of the protesters, the convener of Dialogue 360, Comrade Waheed Saka, said, “Nigerians have never had it so bad like we are under the current administration. We are here to protest against the hike in price which is not affecting businesses.

In Lagos, some of the activists protesting Lawanson Road, Ojuelegba were arrested on in Lagos by a combined team of security agencies.

The protester drawn from many socialist organizations, human rights /pro-democracy groups that participated in the JAF mobilisation and sensitization rally were stopped in the middle of the demonstration and taken into four Area C Police Command vans by fully armed police officers.

Some of the activists arrested: Aremson, Chike, Soweto, Dagga Tolar, Ade Sahara, Mrs Basirst Ogunlana, Mrs Goke Akinrogunde, Sina Odugbemi, Pelad, and a host of other comrades.

Some young Nigerians, who took to the streets of Abuja to protest against the increased electricity tariff, were spotted in a viral video being assaulted by some policemen.

@AyowoleSanyaolu who noted that the protest at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) office in Abuja was peaceful, said the policemen who assaulted them told them that they don’t have the right to protest.

He tweeted, “While we protest peacefully at @NERCNG , Abuja, against the thoughtless increment in electricity tariff, @PoliceNG descended on us fiercely. A number of us were mercilessly beaten and others were dragged like common criminals. But in all, we stood our ground. Tyranny will not win! @PoliceNG says Nigerians have no right to protest”

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Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho: Why Northern Elders Are Responsible For Secession Agitation, Afenifere Reveals

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The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has accused the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, of fueling the ember of secession.

Jare Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said recent comments from his NEF’s counterpart, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is part of the reasons some Nigerians were craving for secession.

Speaking exclusively with DAILY POST, Ajayi urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order.

On Baba-Ahmed’s claim that North will retain power, Ajayi said they do not have the monopoly to rule Nigeria.

According to Ajayi: “The North does not have the monopoly of who can govern this country well.

“The kind of governance we have in the past six years which would be eight in 2023 is not the kind we worked, prayed for or desired.

“What Baba-Ahmed is saying is undemocratic, unfair, and unfortunately, it’s that kind of posture that is responsible for those agitating to leave Nigeria.

“It’s unfair, we are using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order because what they are saying is fueling the ember of discord.

“This is not the kind of thing that would unify the country. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming from a person like him and he needs to be cautioned.”

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Utomi Debunks Rumours Of New Party Formation

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Professor Patrick Utomi has debunked rumors that he and some other people are forming a political party called Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) to rival the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The political economist spoke on Thursday on the sidelines of a press conference announcing winners of the Year 2020 Zik Prize in Leadership Awards. The event was organized by the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC).

Others mentioned working alongside Prof Utomi to float the new party are former Kwara Governor Ahmed Abdulfatai; former Minister of Education Prof. Tunde Adeniran; former Cross River Governor Donald Duke; Senator Lee Maeba; former National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega among others.

Prof Utomi while speaking said the group is simply more interested getting competent leaders into office, irrespective of the political party platform.

“No, I don’t think it (Third Force) is going to be a political party. We need to gather some of these movements, moving towards a better society,” Utomi said.

Sen. Lee Maeba, who is also listed among those forming RNP disassociated himself from plans to float any party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Ortom Blasts Buhari, Says Nothing Will Silence His Voice

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, came hard again on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, accusing it of trying to silence every dissenting voice.

Ortom, who said he would never be cowed, maintained that the All Progressives Congress, APC, Government had failed in every indices.

The Benue Governor made the assertion in Enugu during an event on organized by the Radio Nigeria chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.

He said the Government was busy fighting perceived opposition while at the same time looking the other way amid mindless killing and maiming of Nigerians by Herdsmen.

Ortom said “the present administration at the centre has adopted the approach of intimidation of those who dare to voice out their frustrations and concerns over growing insecurity and marginalization.

“But I, Samuel Ortom, will never keep quiet as long as injustice and marginalization prevail in the affairs of our country. I uphold the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior when he said and I quote: ‘If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status-quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace.’

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