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Presidency Warns Of Plot To Throw Nigeria Into Turmoil, Force Undemocratic Change Of Govt

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The presidency has raised an alarm over the plot by some disruptive elements to throw Nigeria into turmoil.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement issued on Tuesday said the aim of the disruptive elements is to create a situation whereby a vote of no confidence would be passed on President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil,” the statement partly read.

“The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.

“The agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.”

He recalled that the Department of State Services (DSS), on Sunday alerted on sinister moves by misguided elements to wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.

The warning comes two days after the Department of State Services says it will begin a clampdown on agents of anarchy in various parts of the country.

DSS in a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, faulted those said to be creating instability through comments that threaten the sovereignty and corporate existence of the nation.

It also condemned what it called the unnecessary criticism and activities of some religious and past political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it.

The DSS described as unfortunate, a situation where those who should be patriotic were allowing their personal ambitions to ruin the nation.

Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country. Any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.

See the full statement issued by the Presidency below:

OUR RESPONSE TO DSS ALERT, BY PRESIDENCY

The Department of State Services (DSS), on Sunday alerted on sinister moves by misguided elements to wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.

Championed by some disgruntled religious and past political leaders, the intention is to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.

Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil.

The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.

The agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.

Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country. Any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.

These discredited individuals and groups are also in cahoots with external forces to cause maximum damage in their own country. But the Presidency, already vested with mandate and authority by Nigerians till 2023, pledges to keep the country together, even if some unruly feathers would be ruffled in the process.

Femi Adesina


Special Adviser to the President


(Media and Publicity)


May 4, 2021

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‘You’re A Mole In PDP’- Nigerians Attack Agbaje For Criticizing Sanwo-Olu

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Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje, has come under heavy criticism for describing Lagos State Gov, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu as an underperformed governor.

Agbaje, who on Saturday scored Sanwo-Olu’s Govt low in performance since his assumption into office in 2019, describing his claimed achievements as imaginary.

The PDP chieftain expressed disappointment at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for wasting its 21 years in power in the state. He accused the government of lacking transparency due to their refusal to make budget spending public.

However, Nigerians on social media have blasted Agbaje’s claim, describing it as a desperate act to make himself relevant ahead of the 2023 election.

@AbiolaRuth29 Election is around the Conner this man as show face again, after loosing he will disappear .now is telling us who’s not performing.

@Babz_nd So bro Jimi still never get hair for him headRolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughing and him dey complain sey person never do anything

@YinkaAfe After the third time we had turned him down at the polls, he wept. Jimi Agbaje needs to weep like… to win at the poll to eventually come and fumble like him as well

@BajTunji D one & only thing Sanwolu has achieved is how he sent d military & police to massacre those very fine young peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate.And perhaps how Sanwolu,Ambode & Tinubu have been using DPP to kill any criminal cases involving dem or those work 4 dem. Awon Werey

@akinmusi Egbon Jimi Agbaje wey APC and Tinubu dey carry for handicap and under 0.1. Bros go soon crawl back to his hole. Rolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughing

@igboamaka12 Jimi Agbaje is a cyclic politician who crawls back into his shell after every election cycle.
Methinks he started very very early this time around. A commendable step but nothing for him. We need a new blood different in all ways from the old school

@adenijimikel Is he even a politician?that guy av never being an opponent to APC is just as if dey fix him to render PDP useless in lagos state though I did not see anything changing in lagos, lagosians political destiny is in d hands of tinubu,he control all lagos when it comes to politics

@highlandre1 Why are you all rallying Jimi Agbaje?
Sanwoolu has underperformed in areas of security, infrastructure, policy enforcement & people engagement. When last did you see functional street lights in Lagos? We read on a daily basis how robbers attack in the day and at night. Isn’t it?

@tolusefrancis Rest! We’re not saying Sanyo-Olu is good. The issue is that Jimi has suddenly found his voice because election is near

@Patrick05856722 He has fixed all the potholes from Ajah to Eleko junction. I am not his fans but he did. From Eleko junction a heavy duty road construction is on going to Epe. Yes, he did.

@_keepgoingat_it So fixing potholes is now an achievement. Ok.

@godwinplanna Ah, Jimi Agbaje came out too early o. Dude has reviewed his political engagement timetable.

@mademenFP Sir i think this is the best time for him to contest against the party

@BajTunji Lagos state government uses its Attorney-General of Lagos Moyosore Onigbanjo to stop & kill any cases involving them. They steal deceased people’s money in their care & use Lagos judiciary to further oppress & repress dem. My close friend was a victim even in d face of Evidence

@opeyemifolarin1 This is deep. Kindly explain further

@TaiwoZosu I will call him Jimi Agbaya…you lick from Tinubu’s plate secretly and come out to yarn rubbish just to deceive the public. Eranko jatijati

@Lionheart_147 Are you annoyed he is saying the truth?

@iykedave11 Jimi agbaje is an APC insider in the PDP so he is out there to make it look like he wants to contest while all he need do is lose so that Tinubu can continue to protect his business. Don’t be deceived this man has never been an opposition because appearing after 4yrs can’t do it

@deproff8 Exactly Handshake

@adexiology4all Jimi Agbaje, what did you do in the last Lagos State election when lagosians needed u the most, sanwo olu posters were all of Lagos State, u didn’t not create awareness for lagosians to vote APC out, instead u were doing low-key campaign and here u are complaining,

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I Never Used Political Power To Oppress People – Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan said in Benin on Sunday that he never believes in the use of temporary political office to punish people.

“My belief, particularly when I joined politics is not to use a temporary privilege, a temporary position God has given to me to punish people,’’ he said.

He was delivering an address at the 50th birthday celebration of Apostle Charles Osazuwa, President of the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly when he made the submission.

Jonathan stressed that people would always be remembered for legacies they left behind.

“Some of the things I did while in office to which people still make reference were based on the conviction not to use my position to cause the death of anybody. Any position I have occupied by divine providence should not be used to create hardship for other people,’’ he said.

“Just at 50 years, you have impacted significantly on many lives,’’ he told the cleric.

In his address, Edo’s Gov. Godwin Obaseki lauded Apostle Osazuwa for using the word of God to address current realities and challenges facing the country.

“What singles you (Apostle Osazuwa) out is your ability and capacity to use and link the challenges we are having today as a country with the scriptures and to use same to give hope to the people particularly the youths.

“Apostle Osazuwa understands the role of God and the role of the scripture in our modern society; nobody, in my view has been able to explain things the way he does.

“Government helps to organise us and when government fails to help us to express ourselves, it’s the church and men of God like you that help us to pick up the piece; government will always be grateful to people like you,’’ he said.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, who was also in attendance, commended the Apostle Osazuwa for using the church to impact on the lives of the people.

Okowa said that the Church was in a position to proffer solutions to challenges facing the nation and urged its ministers to continue to speak truth to power.

Earlier, Apostle Osazuwa, enjoined politicians to make life easier for the masses.

“King David used his position to make things easier for the children of Israel. I encourage our governors and all politicians not to use their positions to cause pain in the lives of the people,’’ he said.

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Yoruba Nation Agitators Converge On Osogbo, Demand Independence

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Agitators for the independence of the Yoruba nation from Nigeria, yesterday, in Osun State, braved heavy security presence deployed to strategic points, as they marched through streets of Osogbo, the state capital, chanting various solidarity and liberation songs while displaying Oodua flags.

The protesters were drawn from various groups across the Southwestern states, among which are Ilana Omo Oodua and Isokan Omo Oodua, and Kwara, Kogi, Delta and Edo states.

Dressed in various outfits, the agitators demonstrated and marched from the November 27 bridge in the Africa area to the convergence point at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo for the rally. As they approached the Freedom Park, they were undeterred by the presence of men of the Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Police Force, Joint Task Force, Nigerian Army, Amotekun and other local operatives.

After spending over two hours at the rally venue, they marched to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun’s palace to pay homage.

The tension in Osogbo ahead of the rally had heightened earlier when Sunday Adeyemo, a self-professed Yoruba freedom fighter, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, arrived in a convoy to join the protesters.

Addressing the agitators, Adeyemo declared that the actualisation of Yoruba nation is an idea whose time has come and that Yoruba rights to self-determination are inalienable. He claimed that the Yoruba people were being marginalised and short-changed; adding that Yoruba would boycott elections in 2023 in the country should the Nigerian government fail to allow them to secede.

The Yoruba freedom fighter gave the Oyo State government and the Nigeria Police, Oyo command, a week ultimatum to release members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) arrested in Ibarapa recently. He said should they fail to accede to the demand, he would mobilise Yoruba people in protest.

He thanked all the Southwest governors for declaring support for the agitation and called on the Yoruba people to be united so their dream of breaking away from Nigeria can be actualised.

Speaking in Yoruba language, Adeyemo said: “The Nigerian governments are deceiving us and oppressing us. All key positions have been taken over by the Hausa-Fulani people. We the Yoruba are tired of being enslaved and cheated. We thank Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola for allowing us to gather peacefully to demand for the Yoruba Nation. We also thank the Ataoja of Osogbo for believing in and supporting us. The Ataoja told us that he could not open his eyes and watch the Fulani keep oppressing his people. Also, we are grateful to the Alaafin of Oyo, Alake of Egbaland, our fathers, Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Prof. Seth Akintoye, for their support.

“We are not happy because, in spite of the fact that the Fulani and Hausa people are the ones benefiting from Nigeria, they have been killing our people. We are being marginalised. Therefore, we don’t want to belong to Nigeria again. We are happy that our governors are now speaking up. We know they are behind us.

“We insist that there would be no election in Yoruba Land until we are given Yoruba Nation. They (Nigerian Government) thought we are joking with them; we will let them know how serious we are. In Libya, no matter how impoverished you are, you will own a car and house but what do we see in this country, abject poverty everywhere. We have limitless mineral resources, yet we are suffering. There is no going back on our agitation for the freedom of the Yoruba nation,” he declared.

Also speaking, the Secretary-General of Ilana Omo Oodua, Arc. George Akinola, and Head of Youth Development of the group, Dr. Akin Adejuwon called on Yoruba youths to join the movement for the agitation of the Yoruba nation, stressing that Nigeria couldn’t continue to be united.

Adejuwon, a cultural studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said the rally was to enlighten youths to fight for their freedom and that of the Yoruba People.

Meanwhile, the Itsekiri people, who joined the rally in Osogbo, asked the Federal Government to conduct a referendum and allow those demanding secession to be free.

The Director of Mobilisation, Itsekiri National Youth Council in Edo State, Comrade S. O. Nesiangho, disclosed that the Niger Deltans are with Yoruba Nation, adding: “We are in full support of the Yoruba nation. We are tired of the suffering in this country. We are going with the Yoruba People.”

But the newly inaugurated executive Ijaw National Congress (INC) has warned secessionists and those clamouring for a separate republic that the Ijaw are not part of either Biafra or Oduduwa Republic, saying that the Ijaw have never been conquered.

The new INC President, Benjamin Okaba, who spoke during the inauguration of the new executive of the Ijaw apex body in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said the Ijaw remain part of present-day Nigeria until they decide to leave if they are no longer comfortable with the present arrangement.

Okaba, who stated that INC would collaborate with other ethnic minorities that share the same experiences with the Ijaws to achieve their dreams, said the ethnic group was aware of surreptitious moves by some groups to annex territories in the Niger Delta because of its resources, but that no part of Ijaw would be ceded or conquered.

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