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RE: MY DAUGHTER ADEOLA OGUNWUSI AND OONI ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI’S ATTACK ON THE TRUTH

RE: MY DAUGHTER ADEOLA OGUNWUSI AND OONI ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI’S ATTACK ON THE TRUTH

 OMOLARA TUBOSUN’S FULL STATEMENT


TO THE NIGERIAN PRESS, AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED

November 24, 2021


My name is Omolara, and I am Adeola Ogunwusi’s mother. She was born in Akobo, Ibadan, in May 1994 as a result of a teenage relationship I had with Adeyeye Ogunwusi, now the Ooni of Ife, who was then also a teenager, neighbour, and family friend.









The relationship was short and uneventful, but certain matters of late have forced me to break a silence I have held since 2015 when, shortly before his coronation, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi concocted a self-serving tale about his role in our daughter’s life. A couple of weeks ago, on his Instagram and Facebook pages, he once again wrote that he was a “single father” to my daughter — a mendacious claim that has no basis in fact, but has gone on for too long.


I want to put it on the record now in public that there’s not an iota of truth to that claim, and I challenge him to prove me wrong.


Yeye Ogunwusi was never present in Adeola’s life for the first ten years of her growing up which makes the “single father” narrative shocking, annoying and disrespectful to hear by all who know the truth of the story. I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and my siblings.


I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child, and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house.


Yeye Ogunwusi saw Adeola for only five minutes at the hospital when she was born. The next time he saw her was when she was already four years old and ten years old respectively.


I got NO monetary or material support from him or ANYONE while raising my child. I could not have, because he was also just finding his way in the world.


Adeola started spending holidays with Yeye Ogunwusi and his then wife (Bukola Bombata) in Lagos when she was thirteen in 2007, and started living with them when she was fifteen in 2009. This was when he began any financial and personal involvement in her life at all.


All these years, I have kept quiet in the belief that all is well that ends well. I decided to be an adult in this situation for the sake of my daughter. I have also kept quiet since the first time he made this outrageous claim because I hate unnecessary publicity, and I wanted to keep my private life out of public glare.


However, it appears that Yeye Ogunwusi has taken my silence for stupidity.


In spite of every private outreach to him to stop repeating the lie that he “raised my daughter as a single parent since she was born”, he has continued to say so. It is not true, and no amount of repeating it will make it so. I was the single parent. He was, until our daughter was old enough, an absentee father. Unfortunately, a lie goes a long way around the world before the truth gets a chance to tie its shoes. So, this is my attempt at correcting the record.


If Yeye Ogunwusi has any photos of him and our daughter, or the receipt of any expense he bore on her, before the age of ten, let him present them to the public right now.


I refuse to let someone else define me or tell my story. It is a story of triumph over fear, over shame, and over doubt. It is a success story, but with several bumps and obstacles along the way. But it is mine, and no one else’s to tell.


If Yeye Ogunwusi is proud of the daughter we have raised, he can say so without any attempt to minimize or denigrate the very foundation on which he’s now attempting to build, and from which he cowardly fled when the going was tough.


For our daughter’s sake, enough is enough. For the sake of truth and justice, enough is enough.


I will not allow ANYONE to disrespect a lifetime of hard work that I put into raising my child no matter how powerful, famous or seemingly influential they claim to be.


I am also making this public to put on notice any media organisations to stop repeating Yeye Ogunwusi’s lies without proper verification and qualification. You, also, have a duty to be truthful and factual. And now, you can.


Omolara Olatubosun


Adeola’s mother

 OMOLARA TUBOSUN’S FULL STATEMENT


TO THE NIGERIAN PRESS, AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED

November 24, 2021


My name is Omolara, and I am Adeola Ogunwusi’s mother. She was born in Akobo, Ibadan, in May 1994 as a result of a teenage relationship I had with Adeyeye Ogunwusi, now the Ooni of Ife, who was then also a teenager, neighbour, and family friend.









The relationship was short and uneventful, but certain matters of late have forced me to break a silence I have held since 2015 when, shortly before his coronation, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi concocted a self-serving tale about his role in our daughter’s life. A couple of weeks ago, on his Instagram and Facebook pages, he once again wrote that he was a “single father” to my daughter — a mendacious claim that has no basis in fact, but has gone on for too long.


I want to put it on the record now in public that there’s not an iota of truth to that claim, and I challenge him to prove me wrong.


Yeye Ogunwusi was never present in Adeola’s life for the first ten years of her growing up which makes the “single father” narrative shocking, annoying and disrespectful to hear by all who know the truth of the story. I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and my siblings.


I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child, and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house.


Yeye Ogunwusi saw Adeola for only five minutes at the hospital when she was born. The next time he saw her was when she was already four years old and ten years old respectively.


I got NO monetary or material support from him or ANYONE while raising my child. I could not have, because he was also just finding his way in the world.


Adeola started spending holidays with Yeye Ogunwusi and his then wife (Bukola Bombata) in Lagos when she was thirteen in 2007, and started living with them when she was fifteen in 2009. This was when he began any financial and personal involvement in her life at all.


All these years, I have kept quiet in the belief that all is well that ends well. I decided to be an adult in this situation for the sake of my daughter. I have also kept quiet since the first time he made this outrageous claim because I hate unnecessary publicity, and I wanted to keep my private life out of public glare.


However, it appears that Yeye Ogunwusi has taken my silence for stupidity.


In spite of every private outreach to him to stop repeating the lie that he “raised my daughter as a single parent since she was born”, he has continued to say so. It is not true, and no amount of repeating it will make it so. I was the single parent. He was, until our daughter was old enough, an absentee father. Unfortunately, a lie goes a long way around the world before the truth gets a chance to tie its shoes. So, this is my attempt at correcting the record.


If Yeye Ogunwusi has any photos of him and our daughter, or the receipt of any expense he bore on her, before the age of ten, let him present them to the public right now.


I refuse to let someone else define me or tell my story. It is a story of triumph over fear, over shame, and over doubt. It is a success story, but with several bumps and obstacles along the way. But it is mine, and no one else’s to tell.


If Yeye Ogunwusi is proud of the daughter we have raised, he can say so without any attempt to minimize or denigrate the very foundation on which he’s now attempting to build, and from which he cowardly fled when the going was tough.


For our daughter’s sake, enough is enough. For the sake of truth and justice, enough is enough.


I will not allow ANYONE to disrespect a lifetime of hard work that I put into raising my child no matter how powerful, famous or seemingly influential they claim to be.


I am also making this public to put on notice any media organisations to stop repeating Yeye Ogunwusi’s lies without proper verification and qualification. You, also, have a duty to be truthful and factual. And now, you can.


Omolara Olatubosun


Adeola’s mother

#JusticeForTimothy: FURTHER PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

#JusticeForTimothy: FURTHER PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

By: KAYODE AJULO & Co. CASTLE OF LAW


Our attention has just been drawn to a broadcast allegedly made by the owner of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Prince Rahmon Adedoyin with respect to the ongoing police investigation on the strange death of Mr. Timothy Oludare.


From the abysmal worldwide broadcast allegedly released by the Suspect from police custody, now trending both in print and social media, what was supposed to have been a solemn declaration and recording of statement at the Police facility was transmogrified into a musical concert or show of comedy fest, advertisement and a maudlin plea of non-guilt and exoneration by the Suspect.


What is more befuddling and disheartening is the fact that the Police who is meant to be an unbiased Investigating Agency would allow its custody to be used as a recording studio for the Suspect to toot his own horn! 


Applying the test of a reasonable man, no doubt one will be led to the irresistible conclusion that the broadcast is not only an obfuscating façade but also a stratagem of invasion and confusion.


Considering the trajectory and the incendiary surrounding the heinous and gruesome murder of Mr Timothy Oludare, it is expected that the Police ought to have been very professional and discreet in ensuring that a thorough investigation is conducted, no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


Late Timothy Oludare

Be that as it may, while it is not in our stead to direct the Police on how to conduct its investigation, however the perdurable questions that urgently cry for answers are as follows:


*Since the exhumation of the Corpse of Mr Timothy Oludare, has the Police put a protective cordon around the facility extending to some radius beyond the location where his body was found? There is a probability that this not the first victim. The use of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient and effective means to search for buried bodies.


*Was there a CCTV in the hotel? If no, why? It is pretty standard for CCTVs to be in public places especially hotels. If none was installed, same is suspicious and indicative of premeditation.


*Has the premises of the suspect been searched by the Police in order to discover any incriminating materials? If not, a warrant should be obtained to search his properties for such.


While we await the outcome of Police investigation, it must be stated with every sense of purpose that we shall ensure, as ministers in the temple of justice and adherent to the dictates of the rule of law that the water of justice is not muddled in the instant case by any guise no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


We therefore urge the Inspector General of Police to use his good offices to see to it that the deceased gets JUSTICE!


In the interim, while we await the completion of autopsy on the cause of death of the deceased, we take the liberty to request that the remains of the deceased be promptly released to his family for a proper and befitting burial.


Thank you

By: KAYODE AJULO & Co. CASTLE OF LAW


Our attention has just been drawn to a broadcast allegedly made by the owner of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Prince Rahmon Adedoyin with respect to the ongoing police investigation on the strange death of Mr. Timothy Oludare.


From the abysmal worldwide broadcast allegedly released by the Suspect from police custody, now trending both in print and social media, what was supposed to have been a solemn declaration and recording of statement at the Police facility was transmogrified into a musical concert or show of comedy fest, advertisement and a maudlin plea of non-guilt and exoneration by the Suspect.


What is more befuddling and disheartening is the fact that the Police who is meant to be an unbiased Investigating Agency would allow its custody to be used as a recording studio for the Suspect to toot his own horn! 


Applying the test of a reasonable man, no doubt one will be led to the irresistible conclusion that the broadcast is not only an obfuscating façade but also a stratagem of invasion and confusion.


Considering the trajectory and the incendiary surrounding the heinous and gruesome murder of Mr Timothy Oludare, it is expected that the Police ought to have been very professional and discreet in ensuring that a thorough investigation is conducted, no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


Late Timothy Oludare

Be that as it may, while it is not in our stead to direct the Police on how to conduct its investigation, however the perdurable questions that urgently cry for answers are as follows:


*Since the exhumation of the Corpse of Mr Timothy Oludare, has the Police put a protective cordon around the facility extending to some radius beyond the location where his body was found? There is a probability that this not the first victim. The use of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient and effective means to search for buried bodies.


*Was there a CCTV in the hotel? If no, why? It is pretty standard for CCTVs to be in public places especially hotels. If none was installed, same is suspicious and indicative of premeditation.


*Has the premises of the suspect been searched by the Police in order to discover any incriminating materials? If not, a warrant should be obtained to search his properties for such.


While we await the outcome of Police investigation, it must be stated with every sense of purpose that we shall ensure, as ministers in the temple of justice and adherent to the dictates of the rule of law that the water of justice is not muddled in the instant case by any guise no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


We therefore urge the Inspector General of Police to use his good offices to see to it that the deceased gets JUSTICE!


In the interim, while we await the completion of autopsy on the cause of death of the deceased, we take the liberty to request that the remains of the deceased be promptly released to his family for a proper and befitting burial.


Thank you

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

 KACCL/PS/OB/45                                                                   19th November, 2021

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.

 

For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2020. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.

 

It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command. According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 


The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

 

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

 

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

 

Late Timothy

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

 

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.

 

Thank you.

 KACCL/PS/OB/45                                                                   19th November, 2021

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.

 

For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2020. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.

 

It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command. According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 


The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

 

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

 

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

 

Late Timothy

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

 

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.

 

Thank you.

PRESS STATEMENT: VICTORY IN SIGHT AS MATTER AT APPEAL COURT, ABUJA IS ADJOURNED TO 22ND FEBRUARY, 2022 FOR HEARING

PRESS STATEMENT: VICTORY IN SIGHT AS MATTER AT APPEAL COURT, ABUJA IS ADJOURNED TO 22ND FEBRUARY, 2022 FOR HEARING






The African Action Congress (AAC) wishes to inform all members and the public of its appeal against the furtherance of illegality under the supervision of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu’s Independent National Electoral Commisson (INEC), which came up today November 10, 2021 at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.


The three-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja granted our Motion to amend our Notice of Appeal and Brief of Argument.


As a party that believes in democratic tenets and the principles of separation of power, we have approached the Court for a redress against the judgment delivered against the party's leadership in a case which was sponsored by some disgruntled and fraudulent elements who were expelled from the party through constitutional and democratic means. 


The National Legal Adviser, Inibehe Effiong (Esq.) while addressing the press today made it clear that victory is at sight and that none of the Respondents (Leonard and INEC) have filed a counter-argument to the appeal. 


However, we also wish to state that we are not oblivious of the oppressive and exploitative system we are up against, whose judicial mills grind slowly when it concerns pro-people political alternatives such as ours. But the mill gets overtly energized when it concerns those who have ruined our space and have cornered our resources for the solidification of their political hegemony.


We appeal that our matter be given speedy hearing for the sake of justice. 


The National Working Committee of the party led by Mr Omoyele Sowore is confident that the imposters who are mere willful tools in the hands of our oppressors would soon run out of gas, as the people of Nigeria are mobilized against their agenda.


We shall return to the Court of Appeal in Abuja on the 22nd day of February, 2022 for hearing of our substantive appeal.


Onward to victory. 


Signed: 


Femi Adeyeye 

National Publicity Secretary, 

African Action Congress 

10/11/2021






The African Action Congress (AAC) wishes to inform all members and the public of its appeal against the furtherance of illegality under the supervision of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu’s Independent National Electoral Commisson (INEC), which came up today November 10, 2021 at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.


The three-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja granted our Motion to amend our Notice of Appeal and Brief of Argument.


As a party that believes in democratic tenets and the principles of separation of power, we have approached the Court for a redress against the judgment delivered against the party's leadership in a case which was sponsored by some disgruntled and fraudulent elements who were expelled from the party through constitutional and democratic means. 


The National Legal Adviser, Inibehe Effiong (Esq.) while addressing the press today made it clear that victory is at sight and that none of the Respondents (Leonard and INEC) have filed a counter-argument to the appeal. 


However, we also wish to state that we are not oblivious of the oppressive and exploitative system we are up against, whose judicial mills grind slowly when it concerns pro-people political alternatives such as ours. But the mill gets overtly energized when it concerns those who have ruined our space and have cornered our resources for the solidification of their political hegemony.


We appeal that our matter be given speedy hearing for the sake of justice. 


The National Working Committee of the party led by Mr Omoyele Sowore is confident that the imposters who are mere willful tools in the hands of our oppressors would soon run out of gas, as the people of Nigeria are mobilized against their agenda.


We shall return to the Court of Appeal in Abuja on the 22nd day of February, 2022 for hearing of our substantive appeal.


Onward to victory. 


Signed: 


Femi Adeyeye 

National Publicity Secretary, 

African Action Congress 

10/11/2021

Press Statement : AMCON TAKEOVER OF IBEDC SHOWS THAT PRIVITISATION OF POWER SECTOR IS A FRAUDULENT ARRANGEMENT FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF THE POOR MASSES

Press Statement : AMCON TAKEOVER OF IBEDC SHOWS THAT PRIVITISATION OF POWER SECTOR IS A FRAUDULENT ARRANGEMENT FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF THE POOR MASSES

 22nd October, 2021









CARE reiterates its call for renationalisation of the power sector under a democratic management and control by the elected representatives of workers and consumers


The attention of Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity, CARE, Oyo State Chapter, has been drawn to the news of the takeover of one of the largest investors in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBDEC by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON. According to media reports, AMCON has “appointed itself as manager/receiver over all assets of the Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited, core investor in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). 


Taking a look at this development and the reported factors responsible for the takeover  shows very clearly that the privitisation of the power sector in the first instance is a fraudulent arrangement designed for the exploitation of the general public not to reposition the power sector. This is not to say that there is a genuine privatisation model that can reverse  the rot in the power sector.


In fact the terrible experience of  consumers and workers in the sector since 2013 the power sector was privatised has shown that the privatisation exercise is a massive failure. The takeover by AMCON  has further showed that none of the challenges and difficulties faced by the sector either today or  prior to the privatisation exercise can ever be resolved on the basis of privatisation.


However,  AMCON itself is not out or meant to resolve the arrays of problems faced by millions of electricity consumers  Given its bureaucratic composition and absence of democracy in the control and management of its day to day activities it is just  like  many other public owned institutions which are currently in sorry state.


 Just like National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC which hardly protect right and interest of electricity consumers but readily promote the profit first interest of Disco’s, the AMCON controlled management of IBDEC will continue with the regime of exploitation and poor service of the previous management


It is in the light of this background we reiterate our call for the renationalisation of the power sector but under a democratic control  of the elected representatives of the workers in the sector and electricity consumers at all levels from the national to the ward level. This is the best way to safeguard the sector after such renationalization from the kind of corruption and mismanagement that were the features of the former  NEPA


 CARE also calls on the leadership of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to join the call for the renationalisation of the power sector as well as to ensure that the interest and right of every electricity worker  is adequately protected following the takeover of the IBDEC by the AMCON.  We also call on consumers to get organized and prepare to continue to resist exploitation and poor supply by the DISCO. 


Signed


Akinbodunshe Shadrack 

Convaner 


Ayodeji Adigun

Co-convaner

 22nd October, 2021









CARE reiterates its call for renationalisation of the power sector under a democratic management and control by the elected representatives of workers and consumers


The attention of Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity, CARE, Oyo State Chapter, has been drawn to the news of the takeover of one of the largest investors in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBDEC by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON. According to media reports, AMCON has “appointed itself as manager/receiver over all assets of the Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited, core investor in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). 


Taking a look at this development and the reported factors responsible for the takeover  shows very clearly that the privitisation of the power sector in the first instance is a fraudulent arrangement designed for the exploitation of the general public not to reposition the power sector. This is not to say that there is a genuine privatisation model that can reverse  the rot in the power sector.


In fact the terrible experience of  consumers and workers in the sector since 2013 the power sector was privatised has shown that the privatisation exercise is a massive failure. The takeover by AMCON  has further showed that none of the challenges and difficulties faced by the sector either today or  prior to the privatisation exercise can ever be resolved on the basis of privatisation.


However,  AMCON itself is not out or meant to resolve the arrays of problems faced by millions of electricity consumers  Given its bureaucratic composition and absence of democracy in the control and management of its day to day activities it is just  like  many other public owned institutions which are currently in sorry state.


 Just like National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC which hardly protect right and interest of electricity consumers but readily promote the profit first interest of Disco’s, the AMCON controlled management of IBDEC will continue with the regime of exploitation and poor service of the previous management


It is in the light of this background we reiterate our call for the renationalisation of the power sector but under a democratic control  of the elected representatives of the workers in the sector and electricity consumers at all levels from the national to the ward level. This is the best way to safeguard the sector after such renationalization from the kind of corruption and mismanagement that were the features of the former  NEPA


 CARE also calls on the leadership of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to join the call for the renationalisation of the power sector as well as to ensure that the interest and right of every electricity worker  is adequately protected following the takeover of the IBDEC by the AMCON.  We also call on consumers to get organized and prepare to continue to resist exploitation and poor supply by the DISCO. 


Signed


Akinbodunshe Shadrack 

Convaner 


Ayodeji Adigun

Co-convaner

WHY WE ARE MARCHING TODAY, 20TH OCTOBER, 2021 NATIONWIDE AND GLOBALLY IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE #ENDSARS MASS MOVEMENT

WHY WE ARE MARCHING TODAY, 20TH OCTOBER, 2021 NATIONWIDE AND GLOBALLY IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE #ENDSARS MASS MOVEMENT

 BY NEW NIGERIA NETWORK



#ENDSARS ANNIVERSARY BULLETIN NO. 









We are a broad coalition of radical and left Organisations active in the #EndSARS mass movement nationwide and globally.


Today, 20th October, 2021, we will be holding #EndSARS Anniversary Marches nationwide and globally to commemorate the first anniversary of the #EndSARS mass movement that broke out a year ago on the streets of Nigeria.


It will be recalled that exactly a year ago today, operatives of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful and innocent protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos in what the world has noted to be an horrendous massacre.


There have been denials, cover ups and falsification of facts surrounding this horrendous massacre. However, the truth continue to shine like the Northern Star.


Despite 12 months of sitting and investigating the horrendous event, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for SARS-Related Abuses and Other Matters became armstrung by its creating authority, the Governor of Lagos State,  which denied it the extension of life of its tenure, upon which it could not provide a Report of Investigation into the Lekki Massacre.


Undoubtedly, justice is yet to be served for the dead and the slain. We have no other choice, today , 20th October, 2021 in remembering our Martyrs than to demand Justice on their behalf.


We are prepared to sustain our compelling agitations through peaceful processions within our fundamental rights to same.


ADESINA OGUNLANA

Co-Convener

08034854066


JUWON SANYAOLU

Co-Convener

0901 271 5480


AYO ADEMILUYI

For: New Nigeria Network Secretariat

09097933015

 BY NEW NIGERIA NETWORK



#ENDSARS ANNIVERSARY BULLETIN NO. 









We are a broad coalition of radical and left Organisations active in the #EndSARS mass movement nationwide and globally.


Today, 20th October, 2021, we will be holding #EndSARS Anniversary Marches nationwide and globally to commemorate the first anniversary of the #EndSARS mass movement that broke out a year ago on the streets of Nigeria.


It will be recalled that exactly a year ago today, operatives of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful and innocent protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos in what the world has noted to be an horrendous massacre.


There have been denials, cover ups and falsification of facts surrounding this horrendous massacre. However, the truth continue to shine like the Northern Star.


Despite 12 months of sitting and investigating the horrendous event, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for SARS-Related Abuses and Other Matters became armstrung by its creating authority, the Governor of Lagos State,  which denied it the extension of life of its tenure, upon which it could not provide a Report of Investigation into the Lekki Massacre.


Undoubtedly, justice is yet to be served for the dead and the slain. We have no other choice, today , 20th October, 2021 in remembering our Martyrs than to demand Justice on their behalf.


We are prepared to sustain our compelling agitations through peaceful processions within our fundamental rights to same.


ADESINA OGUNLANA

Co-Convener

08034854066


JUWON SANYAOLU

Co-Convener

0901 271 5480


AYO ADEMILUYI

For: New Nigeria Network Secretariat

09097933015

#ENDSARS ANNIVERSARY: LAGOS CP’S STATEMENT AN INVITATION TO ANARCHY; PROTEST IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT

#ENDSARS ANNIVERSARY: LAGOS CP’S STATEMENT AN INVITATION TO ANARCHY; PROTEST IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT

 Press Statement 

Monday, October 11, 2021



The statement credited to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, warning citizens not to exercise their fundamental rights to protest during the commemoration of the #EndSars Massacre Anniversary is unconscionable, draconian and a reckless invitation to anarchy. Concerned Nigerians have taken his words like those of stand-up comedians.


CP Hakeem Odumosu has no such power, right or authority to warn against, prohibit or outlaw protests. That will be acting the fragile limits of his powers and against the constitution. He cannot, under our extant laws, interfere with the hallowed right to protest under any guise. The only  legal duty he has is to ensure the security and welfare of all protesters; which must be professionally done.


#EndSars Memorial Demonstration is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Sections 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, safeguard and guarantee the right to protest as a human right that shall be enjoyed by all citizens without arbitrary restraint or careless warning. Articles 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Enforcement and Ratification) Act equally protect the right to protest. Additionally, Articles 18-21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 fully protect the constitutional liberty to protest.


Emphasising the sacred nature of the right to protest in a constitutional democracy, the Court of Appeal in the case of IGP V. ANPP (2008) 12 WRN 65 held that “certainly in a democracy, it is the right of citizens to conduct peaceful processions, rallies or demonstrations without seeking and obtaining permission from anybody. It is a right guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution and any law that attempts to curtail such right is null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.


Rather than becoming restless about the looming inevitable revolution that will be witnessed in our country, in the fullness of time, the police chief is advised to ensure the right of protesters are fully protected. 


A police notorious for extrajudicial killing, torture, extortion and brutality lacks the legal and moral right to warn or caution victims on how to demand a better life. The audacity is provocative, scandalous and insulting.


We shall not condone any form of harassment, intimidation, brutalization or arrest. We shall resist any attempt to encroach on our constitutionally guaranteed rights. The police and other security agencies are hereby put on notice and they should be guided accordingly.


Aluta continua!


Festus Ogun, Esq.


Legal Adviser


TakeItBack Movement


Lagos

[email protected]

 Press Statement 

Monday, October 11, 2021



The statement credited to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, warning citizens not to exercise their fundamental rights to protest during the commemoration of the #EndSars Massacre Anniversary is unconscionable, draconian and a reckless invitation to anarchy. Concerned Nigerians have taken his words like those of stand-up comedians.


CP Hakeem Odumosu has no such power, right or authority to warn against, prohibit or outlaw protests. That will be acting the fragile limits of his powers and against the constitution. He cannot, under our extant laws, interfere with the hallowed right to protest under any guise. The only  legal duty he has is to ensure the security and welfare of all protesters; which must be professionally done.


#EndSars Memorial Demonstration is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Sections 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, safeguard and guarantee the right to protest as a human right that shall be enjoyed by all citizens without arbitrary restraint or careless warning. Articles 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Enforcement and Ratification) Act equally protect the right to protest. Additionally, Articles 18-21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 fully protect the constitutional liberty to protest.


Emphasising the sacred nature of the right to protest in a constitutional democracy, the Court of Appeal in the case of IGP V. ANPP (2008) 12 WRN 65 held that “certainly in a democracy, it is the right of citizens to conduct peaceful processions, rallies or demonstrations without seeking and obtaining permission from anybody. It is a right guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution and any law that attempts to curtail such right is null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.


Rather than becoming restless about the looming inevitable revolution that will be witnessed in our country, in the fullness of time, the police chief is advised to ensure the right of protesters are fully protected. 


A police notorious for extrajudicial killing, torture, extortion and brutality lacks the legal and moral right to warn or caution victims on how to demand a better life. The audacity is provocative, scandalous and insulting.


We shall not condone any form of harassment, intimidation, brutalization or arrest. We shall resist any attempt to encroach on our constitutionally guaranteed rights. The police and other security agencies are hereby put on notice and they should be guided accordingly.


Aluta continua!


Festus Ogun, Esq.


Legal Adviser


TakeItBack Movement


Lagos

[email protected]

#[email protected]: Unity of Nigeria is negotiable in the faces of disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of highest order - AAC

#[email protected]: Unity of Nigeria is negotiable in the faces of disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of highest order - AAC

 BEING THE PRESS TEXT OF THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 61ST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, ON OCTOBER 4, 2021 AT 13A, ISAAC JOHN STREET, IKEJA LAGOS


Good day ladies and gentlemen of the Press. 

It is our pleasure at the African Action Congress (AAC) to welcome you to this auspicious Press conference that is being organized to espouse some of the issues bedevilling our country, Nigeria, to assess the state of the country, the socio-political conditions of the mass of our people, to criticize as necessary and to proffer solutions as a fore-sighted political party armed with revolutionary ideas.


We are gathered here today, not as accidents of history but as conscious elements positioned by past and current realities that are due to the ubiquitous failure of government, which has led the Nigerian state to a total collapse. 

But as nature abhors vacuum, the burden to right the wrongs in our socio-political and economic sphere have rested on us. This burden, we have carried with pride for the last 3 years as a political party.







There are no milder words to put the state of the nation, other than disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of the highest order and backwardness. Since flag independence in 1960, the everyday Nigerian whose interests we protect and aspirations we push, at the African Action Congress have been shut out of governance. Despite the 22 years of uninterrupted civil rule, the average Nigerian cannot boast of any dividends of the much-touted democracy. He has been left to cater for himself in all forms of human survival. Recent of all the darts thrown at him, is the sermon that he should find a way to defend himself against violent attacks by different types of terrorists the government has found comfortable names for- ‘’bandits’’, ‘’killer herdsmen’’ and ‘’unknown gunmen’’.

To score the Buhari regime on its failure to fulfil any of its promises to the mass of our people would be a waste of productive time. We shall require another measurement scale for it. In 2015 and again in 2019, the APC campaigned on three pillars – security, anti-corruption, and economy; the Buhari regime has failed woefully on all three.


SECURITY


Insecurity has been “democratized” and become so pervasive that there is no greater testimony of the large-scale insecurity in the land than the robbery of the Chief of Staff to the President within the Aso Villa presidential precincts and the recent invasion, killing of two officers and abduction of another officer inside the nation’s premier military training institution, the Nigerian Defence Academy. The Buhari regime is a god with clay feet which is incapable of protecting itself and its officials from the insecurity it has wrought on the nation. If it is so incompetent in protecting its high-ranking officials, how can it protect the ordinary citizens? Can one give what he doesn’t have!

It is so unfortunate that there has not been any progressive realization of the safe and conducive space for all. Rather, Nigeria has retrogressed under the Buhari regime and it is now the 3rd most terrorized country in the world.


Placing the Nigerian space on a map today, the Buhari regime cannot boast of 10 percent where it has total control of and can assert sovereignty. We now have a horrible situation whereby terrorists now do humanitarian works like international NGOs, impose taxes on citizens and even declare a Governor for the people.  


ANTI-CORRUPTION


The Buhari regime came in 2015 huffing and puffing about fighting corruption and mouthing slogans such as “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”. Rather than kill corruption, it has pampered the corrupt. The regime continues to deodorize its officials engaged in corruption and abuse of office. The APC membership card is now effectively a “get-out-of-jail-card” for corrupt officials. People standing trial for corruption, simply move into the party and their sins are forgiven as stated by its former chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. There is no better example of this than the current Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva who had all his property earlier seized via court order, some of which he deposed in an affidavit were not his, returned to him by the EFCC when he became the arrowhead of the party’s rigging machine in Bayelsa state. The regime has bungled every corruption case instituted and has failed to achieve a conviction in the rash of corruption trials it instituted on coming to power in 2015.


ECONOMY


There is no sector where the regime’s abysmal failure and incompetence is most glaring than the economy. To pose the question which the current Minister of Works posed to the other pair of the two left legs we call “major” political parties in Nigeria, the PDP during the 2015 elections “are your lives better today than they were 5 year ago?” the resounding answer is a loud NO!

Unlike Midas, everything Buhari and his regime touches simply turns to dust. The first economic recession Nigeria witnessed was in 1984 during his short-lived brutal regime. In his second coming to power, Nigeria has suffered two other economic recessions, one in 2016 and another in 2020. He has the uncanny ability to turn success to failure and prosperity to poverty.


The economy under Buhari has been characterized by widespread poverty, galloping inflation and unsustainable debt overhang.


In 2020, an additional seven million Nigerians were plunged into what the World Bank described as multi-dimensional poverty by the Buhari regime bringing the number of Nigerians who wallow in multidimensional poverty to 98 million people or almost 50% of our total population. The multidimensional poverty index measures not just poverty by income, but also by access to health, education and living conditions such as sanitation, portable water, electricity, and housing.


The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its figures show that 40% or 83 million Nigerians live in poverty in 2020. Even if we take the NBS figures, the number of Nigerians living in poverty exceed the total populations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius and Eswatini (Swaziland) put together.

The Buhari regime has made a song and dance about cash transfers to tackle poverty but what Nigerians need is not hand out to party cronies. What is required is an enabling environment and sound policy directives which allow Nigerians to unleash their creative abilities to create wealth. As the bible teaches, what we need are fishers not handing over fishes to us.

The extreme poverty in the country has been exacerbated by galloping inflation and chronic unemployment.

Inflation in Nigeria continues to rise at an alarming rate. As at Q2 2021, it stands at over 17% fueled by rising food prices and considering that about 50% of Nigerians’ disposable income is spent on food (compared to less than 10% in UK, US and Canada), this is a double whammy for Nigerians.  Insecurity has ensured that farmers in both the north and south cannot go to their farms due to threat of banditry, kidnapping or clashes with itinerant herders. The hare-brained policy of shutting land borders for over a year ostensibly to curb small arms trafficking only succeeded in pushing up prices of goods and encouraging smuggling and corruption at the borders. To make matters worse, the president came out to admit that the policy had not succeeded in curbing the inflow of arms as more arms had come in during the border closure than previously. All these coupled with the free fall of the naira due to a monetary policy based on cronyism and patronage has brought untold hardship on Nigerians. How does one define incompetence if not this!

In Q2, 2015 when the Buhari regime came into power, unemployment was less than 10%, by the end of 2020, Buhari had worsened it to over 33% and rising. Youth unemployment is about 50% thus providing a ready army for terrorists and other criminal enterprises.

In our 2019 campaign policy document, we proposed an ambitious programme to boost disposable income, engage the youths in productive activities and embark on massive public works to ameliorate our infrastructure deficit as well as provide employment. Some said our plan to raise the minimum wage to N100,000.00 will cause inflation; now with a paltry N30,000.00 minimum wage we still have rising inflation occasioned by Buhari’s incompetence.


Nowhere is Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy more obvious and disturbing than in the unsustainable debt into which he continues to plunge the country. The regime met a debt profile of $10.72 billion in 2015 and has ballooned this $33.35 billion! Today, 97% of our revenue is used to service debt (that is, pay interest), no nation develops this way.


DEMOCRATIC SPACE and HUMAN RIGHTS


It is the position of the African Action Congress that the democratic space in the last 22 years and most especially under the Buhari Regime has suffered major setbacks and the civic platforms that should breathe life to people’s participation in governance have continue to shrink. To mention a few is the deregistration of political parties that, according the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), failed to meet the conditions to remain registered. Despite a previous court order to the contrary, the INEC continue in its undemocratic defiance to people’s participation.

We maintain that this is inimical to what the likes of the Late Gani Fawehinmi fought for, i.e- the multi-party system. Nigerians will not succumb to the binary choice pressure from the two sides of an evil coin- APC and PDP. Political parties and the participation in them must be based on ideology and they must not be reduced to ‘’special purpose vehicles’’ for ‘’winning’’ elections.

Furthermore, as glaring as an albino in daylight are the abuse of power, gross attacks on human rights, viz a viz, rights to freedom of expression, of association, to hold thoughts, beliefs and conscience, flagrant disobedience to court orders, laced with irritating impunity.

The human rights record of the Buhari regime is such that should worry any rational human being. If anything, the regime has always topped rankings when it concerns poor performance of institutions that should protect rights of citizens. The Police is atop in this aspect.


There is no gainsaying that the unpopular regime is afraid of any gathering of the people. From trying to attack social media, to the ban of Twitter, the draconian broadcasting codes, asking Civil Society organizations and NGOs to pay tax, the regime keeps sinking the country and it is preventing any engagement whatsoever and wherever that is geared towards saving what’s left of the country. But for the conscious efforts, laced with sweat and blood of the young people of this country sometime in October 2020, during the global protests tagged #EndSARS, we may by now be queuing at Aso Villa to receive permits to sneeze. 


NATIONAL QUESTION


One of the biggest debates today in the country is the question of nationhood, whether to break into bits, maintain the status quo, however unfortunate or to restructure.

We maintain that these agitations, especially from the rank and file have more economic inclinations than political. We are clear on the fact that asides the nepotistic stature of President Buhari, what have continued to fuel the agitation for secession from different quarters are crippling poverty, economic backwardness, perennial social turmoil in the midst of vast human and material resources. Anyone who is not analyzing this issue within these contexts would be doing a half work.


The common man would not mind the height, stature, religion, body language or mother tongue of the occupier (intended meaning) of Aso Villa, if there was fair access to the dividends of our commonwealth- quality and affordable education, proper healthcare, good infrastructure, a thriving business environment and adequate security in all forms. If the Yoruba farmer could go to farm and be assured of the safety of himself and the works of his hands, the Igbo trader to his business with the assurance of prosperity and the Hausa with other ethnic nationalities within the space could be afforded a thriving and safe environment that welcomes development, no one would admire the call for the break-up of such union. What is unfortunate is that the reverse is the case as of today. And rather than address the underlying issues, the unpopular Buhari regime has resorted to violent harassment of the protesters who are exercising, of all rights, their rights to freedom of expression.  


Our position in the African Action Congress is that self-determination is a right. Even the Christian Bible posits that ‘’Can two walk together except they agree?’’, let alone 200 tribes. The people in the Nigerian space must come together to discuss how they want to live and be governed. The AAC believes that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable and must be negotiated within the ambits of the law that affords equity, fairness and social justice. We are of the belief that you do not command peace into the air by some declaration in Abuja. Where there is no justice, peace is definitely going to be missing.


THE WAY FORWARD AS A PEOPLE


The AAC posits that its manifesto forms the instrument with which it shall mobilize all Nigerians in the struggle for political power towards peace and prosperity. The Manifesto code-named SPICERHEAT is detailed on the way out of this quagmire we have found ourselves as a people.


However, we are making the following immediate demands. 

- Immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners- Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), and all #EndSARS protesters who are still unjustly languishing in detention centres across the country. We hope the regime will toe the path of civility, reason and logic to release these persons before the 20th of October, 2021 which marks the anniversary of the killing of peaceful protesters which is now known as the Lekki Massacre.


- An immediate stop to the executive harassment of striking doctors. Their demands should rather be met.


- Immediate halt to borrowing, until a serious and independent audit of the earlier received loans is done.


- The trashing of the accidented Electoral Act 2021 (amended) that gives allowance for fraud and hijack of the electoral space by money-bags. For an Act that allows full electronic transmission of results. 


- That President Muhammadu Buhari should resign with immediate effect as he has shown gross incompetence and cluelessness as it concerns piloting the affairs of the country. For the creation of an interim national government to midwife a brand new constitution that will usher in credible elections. 


Also, a call for a national conference of Nigerians drawn from all ethnic nationalities, religious and cultural orientations, gender classifications and age differentiation, towards establishing a progressive, socially just, economically equitable, and ecologically sustainable society, is imminent at this time. We shall continue to be part of such discussions and shall provide leadership at all times.


We call on members of the public, home and abroad to join the African Action Congressonly ideologically clear formidable opposition party in the country.


Thank you.

Solidarity.


Signed:


Femi Adeyeye

National Publicity Secretary

 BEING THE PRESS TEXT OF THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 61ST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, ON OCTOBER 4, 2021 AT 13A, ISAAC JOHN STREET, IKEJA LAGOS


Good day ladies and gentlemen of the Press. 

It is our pleasure at the African Action Congress (AAC) to welcome you to this auspicious Press conference that is being organized to espouse some of the issues bedevilling our country, Nigeria, to assess the state of the country, the socio-political conditions of the mass of our people, to criticize as necessary and to proffer solutions as a fore-sighted political party armed with revolutionary ideas.


We are gathered here today, not as accidents of history but as conscious elements positioned by past and current realities that are due to the ubiquitous failure of government, which has led the Nigerian state to a total collapse. 

But as nature abhors vacuum, the burden to right the wrongs in our socio-political and economic sphere have rested on us. This burden, we have carried with pride for the last 3 years as a political party.







There are no milder words to put the state of the nation, other than disarray, confusion, cannibalistic, reeking incompetence of the highest order and backwardness. Since flag independence in 1960, the everyday Nigerian whose interests we protect and aspirations we push, at the African Action Congress have been shut out of governance. Despite the 22 years of uninterrupted civil rule, the average Nigerian cannot boast of any dividends of the much-touted democracy. He has been left to cater for himself in all forms of human survival. Recent of all the darts thrown at him, is the sermon that he should find a way to defend himself against violent attacks by different types of terrorists the government has found comfortable names for- ‘’bandits’’, ‘’killer herdsmen’’ and ‘’unknown gunmen’’.

To score the Buhari regime on its failure to fulfil any of its promises to the mass of our people would be a waste of productive time. We shall require another measurement scale for it. In 2015 and again in 2019, the APC campaigned on three pillars – security, anti-corruption, and economy; the Buhari regime has failed woefully on all three.


SECURITY


Insecurity has been “democratized” and become so pervasive that there is no greater testimony of the large-scale insecurity in the land than the robbery of the Chief of Staff to the President within the Aso Villa presidential precincts and the recent invasion, killing of two officers and abduction of another officer inside the nation’s premier military training institution, the Nigerian Defence Academy. The Buhari regime is a god with clay feet which is incapable of protecting itself and its officials from the insecurity it has wrought on the nation. If it is so incompetent in protecting its high-ranking officials, how can it protect the ordinary citizens? Can one give what he doesn’t have!

It is so unfortunate that there has not been any progressive realization of the safe and conducive space for all. Rather, Nigeria has retrogressed under the Buhari regime and it is now the 3rd most terrorized country in the world.


Placing the Nigerian space on a map today, the Buhari regime cannot boast of 10 percent where it has total control of and can assert sovereignty. We now have a horrible situation whereby terrorists now do humanitarian works like international NGOs, impose taxes on citizens and even declare a Governor for the people.  


ANTI-CORRUPTION


The Buhari regime came in 2015 huffing and puffing about fighting corruption and mouthing slogans such as “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”. Rather than kill corruption, it has pampered the corrupt. The regime continues to deodorize its officials engaged in corruption and abuse of office. The APC membership card is now effectively a “get-out-of-jail-card” for corrupt officials. People standing trial for corruption, simply move into the party and their sins are forgiven as stated by its former chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. There is no better example of this than the current Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva who had all his property earlier seized via court order, some of which he deposed in an affidavit were not his, returned to him by the EFCC when he became the arrowhead of the party’s rigging machine in Bayelsa state. The regime has bungled every corruption case instituted and has failed to achieve a conviction in the rash of corruption trials it instituted on coming to power in 2015.


ECONOMY


There is no sector where the regime’s abysmal failure and incompetence is most glaring than the economy. To pose the question which the current Minister of Works posed to the other pair of the two left legs we call “major” political parties in Nigeria, the PDP during the 2015 elections “are your lives better today than they were 5 year ago?” the resounding answer is a loud NO!

Unlike Midas, everything Buhari and his regime touches simply turns to dust. The first economic recession Nigeria witnessed was in 1984 during his short-lived brutal regime. In his second coming to power, Nigeria has suffered two other economic recessions, one in 2016 and another in 2020. He has the uncanny ability to turn success to failure and prosperity to poverty.


The economy under Buhari has been characterized by widespread poverty, galloping inflation and unsustainable debt overhang.


In 2020, an additional seven million Nigerians were plunged into what the World Bank described as multi-dimensional poverty by the Buhari regime bringing the number of Nigerians who wallow in multidimensional poverty to 98 million people or almost 50% of our total population. The multidimensional poverty index measures not just poverty by income, but also by access to health, education and living conditions such as sanitation, portable water, electricity, and housing.


The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its figures show that 40% or 83 million Nigerians live in poverty in 2020. Even if we take the NBS figures, the number of Nigerians living in poverty exceed the total populations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius and Eswatini (Swaziland) put together.

The Buhari regime has made a song and dance about cash transfers to tackle poverty but what Nigerians need is not hand out to party cronies. What is required is an enabling environment and sound policy directives which allow Nigerians to unleash their creative abilities to create wealth. As the bible teaches, what we need are fishers not handing over fishes to us.

The extreme poverty in the country has been exacerbated by galloping inflation and chronic unemployment.

Inflation in Nigeria continues to rise at an alarming rate. As at Q2 2021, it stands at over 17% fueled by rising food prices and considering that about 50% of Nigerians’ disposable income is spent on food (compared to less than 10% in UK, US and Canada), this is a double whammy for Nigerians.  Insecurity has ensured that farmers in both the north and south cannot go to their farms due to threat of banditry, kidnapping or clashes with itinerant herders. The hare-brained policy of shutting land borders for over a year ostensibly to curb small arms trafficking only succeeded in pushing up prices of goods and encouraging smuggling and corruption at the borders. To make matters worse, the president came out to admit that the policy had not succeeded in curbing the inflow of arms as more arms had come in during the border closure than previously. All these coupled with the free fall of the naira due to a monetary policy based on cronyism and patronage has brought untold hardship on Nigerians. How does one define incompetence if not this!

In Q2, 2015 when the Buhari regime came into power, unemployment was less than 10%, by the end of 2020, Buhari had worsened it to over 33% and rising. Youth unemployment is about 50% thus providing a ready army for terrorists and other criminal enterprises.

In our 2019 campaign policy document, we proposed an ambitious programme to boost disposable income, engage the youths in productive activities and embark on massive public works to ameliorate our infrastructure deficit as well as provide employment. Some said our plan to raise the minimum wage to N100,000.00 will cause inflation; now with a paltry N30,000.00 minimum wage we still have rising inflation occasioned by Buhari’s incompetence.


Nowhere is Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy more obvious and disturbing than in the unsustainable debt into which he continues to plunge the country. The regime met a debt profile of $10.72 billion in 2015 and has ballooned this $33.35 billion! Today, 97% of our revenue is used to service debt (that is, pay interest), no nation develops this way.


DEMOCRATIC SPACE and HUMAN RIGHTS


It is the position of the African Action Congress that the democratic space in the last 22 years and most especially under the Buhari Regime has suffered major setbacks and the civic platforms that should breathe life to people’s participation in governance have continue to shrink. To mention a few is the deregistration of political parties that, according the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), failed to meet the conditions to remain registered. Despite a previous court order to the contrary, the INEC continue in its undemocratic defiance to people’s participation.

We maintain that this is inimical to what the likes of the Late Gani Fawehinmi fought for, i.e- the multi-party system. Nigerians will not succumb to the binary choice pressure from the two sides of an evil coin- APC and PDP. Political parties and the participation in them must be based on ideology and they must not be reduced to ‘’special purpose vehicles’’ for ‘’winning’’ elections.

Furthermore, as glaring as an albino in daylight are the abuse of power, gross attacks on human rights, viz a viz, rights to freedom of expression, of association, to hold thoughts, beliefs and conscience, flagrant disobedience to court orders, laced with irritating impunity.

The human rights record of the Buhari regime is such that should worry any rational human being. If anything, the regime has always topped rankings when it concerns poor performance of institutions that should protect rights of citizens. The Police is atop in this aspect.


There is no gainsaying that the unpopular regime is afraid of any gathering of the people. From trying to attack social media, to the ban of Twitter, the draconian broadcasting codes, asking Civil Society organizations and NGOs to pay tax, the regime keeps sinking the country and it is preventing any engagement whatsoever and wherever that is geared towards saving what’s left of the country. But for the conscious efforts, laced with sweat and blood of the young people of this country sometime in October 2020, during the global protests tagged #EndSARS, we may by now be queuing at Aso Villa to receive permits to sneeze. 


NATIONAL QUESTION


One of the biggest debates today in the country is the question of nationhood, whether to break into bits, maintain the status quo, however unfortunate or to restructure.

We maintain that these agitations, especially from the rank and file have more economic inclinations than political. We are clear on the fact that asides the nepotistic stature of President Buhari, what have continued to fuel the agitation for secession from different quarters are crippling poverty, economic backwardness, perennial social turmoil in the midst of vast human and material resources. Anyone who is not analyzing this issue within these contexts would be doing a half work.


The common man would not mind the height, stature, religion, body language or mother tongue of the occupier (intended meaning) of Aso Villa, if there was fair access to the dividends of our commonwealth- quality and affordable education, proper healthcare, good infrastructure, a thriving business environment and adequate security in all forms. If the Yoruba farmer could go to farm and be assured of the safety of himself and the works of his hands, the Igbo trader to his business with the assurance of prosperity and the Hausa with other ethnic nationalities within the space could be afforded a thriving and safe environment that welcomes development, no one would admire the call for the break-up of such union. What is unfortunate is that the reverse is the case as of today. And rather than address the underlying issues, the unpopular Buhari regime has resorted to violent harassment of the protesters who are exercising, of all rights, their rights to freedom of expression.  


Our position in the African Action Congress is that self-determination is a right. Even the Christian Bible posits that ‘’Can two walk together except they agree?’’, let alone 200 tribes. The people in the Nigerian space must come together to discuss how they want to live and be governed. The AAC believes that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable and must be negotiated within the ambits of the law that affords equity, fairness and social justice. We are of the belief that you do not command peace into the air by some declaration in Abuja. Where there is no justice, peace is definitely going to be missing.


THE WAY FORWARD AS A PEOPLE


The AAC posits that its manifesto forms the instrument with which it shall mobilize all Nigerians in the struggle for political power towards peace and prosperity. The Manifesto code-named SPICERHEAT is detailed on the way out of this quagmire we have found ourselves as a people.


However, we are making the following immediate demands. 

- Immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners- Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), and all #EndSARS protesters who are still unjustly languishing in detention centres across the country. We hope the regime will toe the path of civility, reason and logic to release these persons before the 20th of October, 2021 which marks the anniversary of the killing of peaceful protesters which is now known as the Lekki Massacre.


- An immediate stop to the executive harassment of striking doctors. Their demands should rather be met.


- Immediate halt to borrowing, until a serious and independent audit of the earlier received loans is done.


- The trashing of the accidented Electoral Act 2021 (amended) that gives allowance for fraud and hijack of the electoral space by money-bags. For an Act that allows full electronic transmission of results. 


- That President Muhammadu Buhari should resign with immediate effect as he has shown gross incompetence and cluelessness as it concerns piloting the affairs of the country. For the creation of an interim national government to midwife a brand new constitution that will usher in credible elections. 


Also, a call for a national conference of Nigerians drawn from all ethnic nationalities, religious and cultural orientations, gender classifications and age differentiation, towards establishing a progressive, socially just, economically equitable, and ecologically sustainable society, is imminent at this time. We shall continue to be part of such discussions and shall provide leadership at all times.


We call on members of the public, home and abroad to join the African Action Congressonly ideologically clear formidable opposition party in the country.


Thank you.

Solidarity.


Signed:


Femi Adeyeye

National Publicity Secretary

Circumstances of Dr Mailafia's Death: Press Statement by MBF

Circumstances of Dr Mailafia's Death: Press Statement by MBF

 MIDDLE BELT FORUM

Press Statement 














The death of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja,  this morning came to us as a great shock. As someone who relentlessly participated in the activities of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), his untimely death has dealt  a deadly blow on ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country at large.


Arising from various enquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of his death, the Forum wishes to state as follows: That Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.


On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.


Dr Mailafia's was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics. The wife opted for the third choice. On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him.


After few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.


The wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada. Mailafia's wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband. 


Yesterday, Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transfered to Gwagwalada. on arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing  goes wrong.


Wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600'000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN. At a point, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.

Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia's son that is  living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr.  Mailafia for  resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.


The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead. Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.


While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr Mailafia died,  we still  await the result of the actual cause of his death. As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr. Mailafia  was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression. The economist was never afraid to speak truth to power just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious  divides.


In the twilight of his life, this consummate technocrat and global scholar of repute beamed his searchlight on the raging insecurity ravaging our country. He expressed regrets over government's incapacity to rein in the activities of insurgents and criminal groups terrorising the nation.


As a former presidential candidate in the 2019 poll, Dr Mailafia sought to deploy politics to bring about the dream he had for his country. Even after he lost the election, he never let down the bar in demanding for a fair treatment for all Nigerians.


The Forum recalls his patriotic zeal in standing up for truth and justice. He was never a letdown in being at the forefront of  showing the way for national greatness as he was willing to lay down his life for Nigeria.


The Forum is inspired by his altruistic disposition and contributions to national development. We remain proud of his footprints on the political, economic and social sands of our nation. 


In this period of grief, we extend our sympathy to his immediate family members and pray to the Almighty God to grant each and everyone of them the fortitude to bear the pain of this irreparable loss.


The death of Dr Mailafia today represents a dark day for not only only the Middle Belt but also for all citizens  who yearn for a new dawn for justice in Nigeria. 


Signed:


DR ISUWA DOGO

(National Publicity Secretary)

Sunday September 19, 2021)

 MIDDLE BELT FORUM

Press Statement 














The death of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja,  this morning came to us as a great shock. As someone who relentlessly participated in the activities of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), his untimely death has dealt  a deadly blow on ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country at large.


Arising from various enquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of his death, the Forum wishes to state as follows: That Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.


On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.


Dr Mailafia's was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics. The wife opted for the third choice. On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him.


After few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.


The wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada. Mailafia's wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband. 


Yesterday, Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transfered to Gwagwalada. on arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing  goes wrong.


Wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600'000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN. At a point, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.

Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia's son that is  living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr.  Mailafia for  resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.


The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead. Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.


While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr Mailafia died,  we still  await the result of the actual cause of his death. As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr. Mailafia  was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression. The economist was never afraid to speak truth to power just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious  divides.


In the twilight of his life, this consummate technocrat and global scholar of repute beamed his searchlight on the raging insecurity ravaging our country. He expressed regrets over government's incapacity to rein in the activities of insurgents and criminal groups terrorising the nation.


As a former presidential candidate in the 2019 poll, Dr Mailafia sought to deploy politics to bring about the dream he had for his country. Even after he lost the election, he never let down the bar in demanding for a fair treatment for all Nigerians.


The Forum recalls his patriotic zeal in standing up for truth and justice. He was never a letdown in being at the forefront of  showing the way for national greatness as he was willing to lay down his life for Nigeria.


The Forum is inspired by his altruistic disposition and contributions to national development. We remain proud of his footprints on the political, economic and social sands of our nation. 


In this period of grief, we extend our sympathy to his immediate family members and pray to the Almighty God to grant each and everyone of them the fortitude to bear the pain of this irreparable loss.


The death of Dr Mailafia today represents a dark day for not only only the Middle Belt but also for all citizens  who yearn for a new dawn for justice in Nigeria. 


Signed:


DR ISUWA DOGO

(National Publicity Secretary)

Sunday September 19, 2021)

POLICE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN LAGOS: TIB MOVEMENT LAGOS CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF MONSURAT OJUADE, DEMANDS JUSTICE AND END TO KILLINGS

POLICE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN LAGOS: TIB MOVEMENT LAGOS CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF MONSURAT OJUADE, DEMANDS JUSTICE AND END TO KILLINGS

 *TAKE IT BACK MOVEMENT LAGOS STATE*


14TH SEPTEMBER, 2021


FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE 


*POLICE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN LAGOS: TIB MOVEMENT LAGOS CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF MONSURAT OJUADE, DEMANDS JUSTICE AND END TO KILLINGS*


We in the Take It Back Movement Lagos condemns in strict terms the extra-judicial killing of an 18-year-old admission seeker, Monsurat Ojuade, who was fatally shot dead in cold blood on September 11, 2021 by a trigger-happy policeman in Lagos State. 


We equally condemn the dead on arrival efforts of the Lagos police in an attempt to cover up the truth by releasing a misleading police report that was unrelated to the brutal event which led to the death of Monsurat Ojuade on September 11, 2021.


Mosurat Ojuade, who was awaiting university admission having scored 236 marks in JAMB was killed by a trigger-happy policeman identified as one Samuel Phillips during their usual illegal and unlawful raid in Surulere neighborhood. 









Eye witness confirmed that Monsurat Ojuade and her sister ran into their compound for safety, as the raider was ransacking the neighborhood. But as their mother tried to hurriedly closed the gate, the police officer shot into their gate at very close range.


Monsurat Ojuade was first taken to a public hospital for treatment but she was rejected due to the ongoing strike. As she continue bleeding, her family took her to another hospital but unfortunately she died at the third hospital after bleeding profusely from the bullet wound.


We use this opportunity to remind the public of how the Lagos police brutally murdered Jumoke at the Yoruba Nation rally on the 3rd July, 2021. The policeman who shot Jumoke is yet to be identified, dismissed or prosecuted, instead the Lagos police charged one of the Yoruba Nation agitators who is an Ogboni chief with the death of Jumoke just to cover up the unfortunate incident. There has been no #JusticeForJumoke after 73 days of her brutal murder.


While we acknowledge the arrest and identification of the trigger-happy policeman as claimed by the Lagos CP, we call for his quick dismissal from service and also his quick prosecution according to the law.


We also call for permanent end to police brutality, human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, frequent victimisation and harassment of Lagosian by the police, as well as the unlawful policing by some members of the Nigerian Police Force.


We put the public and Lagosians on alert over the rising cases of police brutality and killings that never stopped even after #EndSARS. 


We send our humble tribute and condolences to the family of Monsurat Ojuade and we pray that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. 


May her soul and the souls of faithful departed rest in peace.


We want #JusticeForEji

We want #JusticeForJumoke

We want #JusticeForMonsurat


Signed:


Ridwan Ajayi

TIB Lagos Publicity Secretary

 *TAKE IT BACK MOVEMENT LAGOS STATE*


14TH SEPTEMBER, 2021


FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE 


*POLICE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN LAGOS: TIB MOVEMENT LAGOS CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF MONSURAT OJUADE, DEMANDS JUSTICE AND END TO KILLINGS*


We in the Take It Back Movement Lagos condemns in strict terms the extra-judicial killing of an 18-year-old admission seeker, Monsurat Ojuade, who was fatally shot dead in cold blood on September 11, 2021 by a trigger-happy policeman in Lagos State. 


We equally condemn the dead on arrival efforts of the Lagos police in an attempt to cover up the truth by releasing a misleading police report that was unrelated to the brutal event which led to the death of Monsurat Ojuade on September 11, 2021.


Mosurat Ojuade, who was awaiting university admission having scored 236 marks in JAMB was killed by a trigger-happy policeman identified as one Samuel Phillips during their usual illegal and unlawful raid in Surulere neighborhood. 









Eye witness confirmed that Monsurat Ojuade and her sister ran into their compound for safety, as the raider was ransacking the neighborhood. But as their mother tried to hurriedly closed the gate, the police officer shot into their gate at very close range.


Monsurat Ojuade was first taken to a public hospital for treatment but she was rejected due to the ongoing strike. As she continue bleeding, her family took her to another hospital but unfortunately she died at the third hospital after bleeding profusely from the bullet wound.


We use this opportunity to remind the public of how the Lagos police brutally murdered Jumoke at the Yoruba Nation rally on the 3rd July, 2021. The policeman who shot Jumoke is yet to be identified, dismissed or prosecuted, instead the Lagos police charged one of the Yoruba Nation agitators who is an Ogboni chief with the death of Jumoke just to cover up the unfortunate incident. There has been no #JusticeForJumoke after 73 days of her brutal murder.


While we acknowledge the arrest and identification of the trigger-happy policeman as claimed by the Lagos CP, we call for his quick dismissal from service and also his quick prosecution according to the law.


We also call for permanent end to police brutality, human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, frequent victimisation and harassment of Lagosian by the police, as well as the unlawful policing by some members of the Nigerian Police Force.


We put the public and Lagosians on alert over the rising cases of police brutality and killings that never stopped even after #EndSARS. 


We send our humble tribute and condolences to the family of Monsurat Ojuade and we pray that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. 


May her soul and the souls of faithful departed rest in peace.


We want #JusticeForEji

We want #JusticeForJumoke

We want #JusticeForMonsurat


Signed:


Ridwan Ajayi

TIB Lagos Publicity Secretary

PRESS RELEASE: TAKE IT BACK OYO STATE CHAPTER CONDEMN THE KILLING OF COMR. OMOYELE SOWORE YOUNGER BROTHER

PRESS RELEASE: TAKE IT BACK OYO STATE CHAPTER CONDEMN THE KILLING OF COMR. OMOYELE SOWORE YOUNGER BROTHER

We acknowledged the death of Jide Sowore, a younger brother to TIB leader, Omoyele Sowore.





Jide was reported to have Been killed by suspected dangerous heardmen/ bandit that have been terrorizing Nigeria and her people since the emergence of the regime of General Muhamadu Buhari.


Take It Back Oyo totally frown at the incident and  believe it was one of callus attempt to discourage Jide elder brother, Omoyele Sowore.


Is not hearsay, Nigeria has become jungle where nobody is safe, the level of insecurity in the state is very alarming.


We now call on Federal Government of Nigeria to  swiftly get into action and make sure they brought all the perpetrators into the book.


Our appeal to the revolutionary leader, Comr. Omoyele Sowore not to allow the evil act by the state Insecurities to brake him down,  as much as we believe in your fighting for all the common Nigerians and the idea of getting Nigerians liberated, we will continue fighting alongside with you.


Also Our sincere condolences to all Sowore family, we shear the pains and acknowledge all the sacrifices you have been making for a better Nigeria. May almighty heal the wound and make an incident like this last one to the family.


TIB will not ceased from it missions to deliver Nigerians from clueless political leaders in the country.


 Comr. Solomon Emiola


 TIB state Members

We acknowledged the death of Jide Sowore, a younger brother to TIB leader, Omoyele Sowore.





Jide was reported to have Been killed by suspected dangerous heardmen/ bandit that have been terrorizing Nigeria and her people since the emergence of the regime of General Muhamadu Buhari.


Take It Back Oyo totally frown at the incident and  believe it was one of callus attempt to discourage Jide elder brother, Omoyele Sowore.


Is not hearsay, Nigeria has become jungle where nobody is safe, the level of insecurity in the state is very alarming.


We now call on Federal Government of Nigeria to  swiftly get into action and make sure they brought all the perpetrators into the book.


Our appeal to the revolutionary leader, Comr. Omoyele Sowore not to allow the evil act by the state Insecurities to brake him down,  as much as we believe in your fighting for all the common Nigerians and the idea of getting Nigerians liberated, we will continue fighting alongside with you.


Also Our sincere condolences to all Sowore family, we shear the pains and acknowledge all the sacrifices you have been making for a better Nigeria. May almighty heal the wound and make an incident like this last one to the family.


TIB will not ceased from it missions to deliver Nigerians from clueless political leaders in the country.


 Comr. Solomon Emiola


 TIB state Members

Press release: COLONEL SAKABA DIED FIGHTING GALLANTLY NOT ASSASINATED - Nigerian Army

Press release: COLONEL SAKABA DIED FIGHTING GALLANTLY NOT ASSASINATED - Nigerian Army


The Nigerian Army (NA) has been notified of an article making the rounds online, in which an allegation credited to Mrs Oluwaseun Sakaba, the widow of late Col Ibrahim Sakaba alleged that the late senior officer was assassinated for refusing to loot funds meant for fighting the Boko Haram Insurgency. The late senior officer's widow was quoted to have made several uncomplimentary comments about the institution of the Nigerian Army (NA), making reference to an unfounded and baseless claims devoid of any fact.

While the NA is not interested in joining issues with anyone with respect to the enormous sacrifices made daily by our gallant troops, it is however expedient to address the weighty allegations credited to the widow. The NA acknowledges the emotional agony associated with loosing loved ones and that cannot be quantified by any unit of measure.

The demise of late Col Ibrahim Sakaba, like those of other officers and soldiers who paid the supreme price in the war against terrorism in the North East, is one that is painful to the NA. These men and women died serving our nation, fighting to restore peace and stability in the North East. This is in tandem with the constitutional mandate of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Therefore, it will be totally a mischief and an assault on the psyche of our troops, who are relentlessly fighting, to begin to insinuate any plot against one of our own. And what is the plot here? That troops were led by their commander for an operational engagement is not a plot, as any one may want to insinuate. Rather, it was a clear military mission with clear objective. It is however disheartening that this gallant officer and some of his men paid the supreme price in the operation and we pray fervently for the repose of their souls. Col Sakaba was a respected senior officer who gave his all in the defence of the freedom we all enjoy today. His demise is a great loss to all of us. Insinuating anything contrary is a deservice to our nation and the sacrifices of our troops.

Concerning the issue of entitlements. Available records reveal the following incontrovertible facts:

That Master Samuel Ibrahim Sakaba, the son of Mrs Seun Sakaba is the Next of Kin (NOK) to the late Senior Officer and the only child.

All entitlements meant to be paid by the NA have been paid to the NOK through Mrs Oluwaseun Sakaba.

As at the time his entitlements were processed, Samuel was less than 6years as such, he was not benefiting from NA school sponsorship. However now that he has reached the required age, he has been captured for payment of school sponsorship which will commence any moment from now. The NA will continue to sponsor the child's education up to graduation from university, as long as he fulfills the requirements outlined in the rules guiding the scheme.

The only entitlement owed Mrs Oluwaseun Sakaba is the Group Life Assurance which is normally paid by the Insurance Company and which would soon be received along with that of other deceased personnel.

The NA takes the welfare of her troops very seriously, as evident in the various welfare programmes put in place for troops and their families. The leadership has made the welfare of troops, one of the cardinal pillars of the COAS' vision for the NA. This is visible in the various welfare programmes embarked upon in addition to those that are statutorily emplaced. There are also well established communication channels with families of deceased personnel.

The NA under the leadership of the COAS, will continue to pursue the welfare of troops who are working round the clock to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians. The NA will not be deterred, but remain focused in its pursuit of excellence and in ensuring that all Nigerians enjoy their God given right to live freely anywhere in Nigeria.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
12 August 2021

The Nigerian Army (NA) has been notified of an article making the rounds online, in which an allegation credited to Mrs Oluwaseun Sakaba, the widow of late Col Ibrahim Sakaba alleged that the late senior officer was assassinated for refusing to loot funds meant for fighting the Boko Haram Insurgency. The late senior officer's widow was quoted to have made several uncomplimentary comments about the institution of the Nigerian Army (NA), making reference to an unfounded and baseless claims devoid of any fact.

While the NA is not interested in joining issues with anyone with respect to the enormous sacrifices made daily by our gallant troops, it is however expedient to address the weighty allegations credited to the widow. The NA acknowledges the emotional agony associated with loosing loved ones and that cannot be quantified by any unit of measure.

The demise of late Col Ibrahim Sakaba, like those of other officers and soldiers who paid the supreme price in the war against terrorism in the North East, is one that is painful to the NA. These men and women died serving our nation, fighting to restore peace and stability in the North East. This is in tandem with the constitutional mandate of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Therefore, it will be totally a mischief and an assault on the psyche of our troops, who are relentlessly fighting, to begin to insinuate any plot against one of our own. And what is the plot here? That troops were led by their commander for an operational engagement is not a plot, as any one may want to insinuate. Rather, it was a clear military mission with clear objective. It is however disheartening that this gallant officer and some of his men paid the supreme price in the operation and we pray fervently for the repose of their souls. Col Sakaba was a respected senior officer who gave his all in the defence of the freedom we all enjoy today. His demise is a great loss to all of us. Insinuating anything contrary is a deservice to our nation and the sacrifices of our troops.

Concerning the issue of entitlements. Available records reveal the following incontrovertible facts:

That Master Samuel Ibrahim Sakaba, the son of Mrs Seun Sakaba is the Next of Kin (NOK) to the late Senior Officer and the only child.

All entitlements meant to be paid by the NA have been paid to the NOK through Mrs Oluwaseun Sakaba.

As at the time his entitlements were processed, Samuel was less than 6years as such, he was not benefiting from NA school sponsorship. However now that he has reached the required age, he has been captured for payment of school sponsorship which will commence any moment from now. The NA will continue to sponsor the child's education up to graduation from university, as long as he fulfills the requirements outlined in the rules guiding the scheme.

The only entitlement owed Mrs Oluwaseun Sakaba is the Group Life Assurance which is normally paid by the Insurance Company and which would soon be received along with that of other deceased personnel.

The NA takes the welfare of her troops very seriously, as evident in the various welfare programmes put in place for troops and their families. The leadership has made the welfare of troops, one of the cardinal pillars of the COAS' vision for the NA. This is visible in the various welfare programmes embarked upon in addition to those that are statutorily emplaced. There are also well established communication channels with families of deceased personnel.

The NA under the leadership of the COAS, will continue to pursue the welfare of troops who are working round the clock to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians. The NA will not be deterred, but remain focused in its pursuit of excellence and in ensuring that all Nigerians enjoy their God given right to live freely anywhere in Nigeria.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director Army Public Relations
12 August 2021

Yoruba One Voice International Press Conference on the issue of Insecurity, Terrorism, Genocide in Yorubaland, and Nigeria

Yoruba One Voice International Press Conference on the issue of Insecurity, Terrorism, Genocide in Yorubaland, and Nigeria

 YORUBA ONE VOICE FOREIGN AFFAIRS

1563 State, Suite 3C, Calumet City, IL 60409

+1(917)-822-8779 | +1(708)-268-7123 |

[email protected]

PRESS RELEASE!!!!!

Yoruba One Voice International Press Conference at the National Press Club on the issue of Insecurity, Terrorism, Genocide in Yorubaland, and Nigeria.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is our distinct pleasure to announce to you our upcoming World Press Conference in Washington DC, USA, on July 1, 2021, at 12pm - 1:30pm ET to discuss insecurity, terrorism, genocide, raping, abuse of women and children, sex trafficking and the disintegration of Nigeria.


If these problems are not resolved they would impact global economy, immigration, and lead to global humanitarian crises.

The Conference will include reporters from major international news organizations including CNN, etc. and Nigerian panelists.

The Conference expected outcome is to develop and produce a peaceful road map to amicably resolve the current crises in Nigeria and to prevent further

disintegration that may lead to civil war.

Buhari's administration has been plagued with many atrocities across Yorubaland, including the two incidents at Igangan, killing of Pastors, businessmen and women, maiming, dismemberment, raping, killings of women and children and kidnappings for huge ransoms running into millions of naira.

Farmers are killed daily with their farm crops and harvests destroyed.

The outlined problems are reasons different ethnic groups are now demanding Self Determination.

We Yoruba with common language, value and culture are now demanding our own Nation.

We successfully ran our own government in the past that was a shiny star on the hill during Awolowo's era when we accomplished the following:

*First Radio Station.

*First TV Station in Africa.

"Free Education System.

*Free HealthCare System with the best hospitals in Africa.

*Functioning Public Water System and 24/7 Electricity Supply.

We are capable and ready to be part of the civilized world again.


Further disintegration is inevitable if nothing is done.

Therefore, we are asking for an internationally supervised referendum for self -determination before another civil war.


A new civil war will grossly affect all the international industries in Nigeria which are in Yorubaland.

Kidnapping has become a lucrative business with government paying huge

ransoms to the terrorist Fulani kidnappers and we find it very difficult that government negotiators can find their location but cannot arrest them.

We believe the government is complicit in this criminal enterprise where paid

ransoms are used to buy ammunition for terrorism.

We find it very difficult to believe that a President will rather lose his country to

foreign Fulani terrorists.

Herdsmen use Cattle grazing as a cover-up for terrorism, killings, kidnappings, and banditry.

Insecurity, terrorism, genocide, and disintegration of Yorubaland and Nigeria will likely continue, and this is why we want our Yoruba Nation Self-determination.


Thank you.

Yoruba One Voice Foreign Affairs Team.

 YORUBA ONE VOICE FOREIGN AFFAIRS

1563 State, Suite 3C, Calumet City, IL 60409

+1(917)-822-8779 | +1(708)-268-7123 |

[email protected]

PRESS RELEASE!!!!!

Yoruba One Voice International Press Conference at the National Press Club on the issue of Insecurity, Terrorism, Genocide in Yorubaland, and Nigeria.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is our distinct pleasure to announce to you our upcoming World Press Conference in Washington DC, USA, on July 1, 2021, at 12pm - 1:30pm ET to discuss insecurity, terrorism, genocide, raping, abuse of women and children, sex trafficking and the disintegration of Nigeria.


If these problems are not resolved they would impact global economy, immigration, and lead to global humanitarian crises.

The Conference will include reporters from major international news organizations including CNN, etc. and Nigerian panelists.

The Conference expected outcome is to develop and produce a peaceful road map to amicably resolve the current crises in Nigeria and to prevent further

disintegration that may lead to civil war.

Buhari's administration has been plagued with many atrocities across Yorubaland, including the two incidents at Igangan, killing of Pastors, businessmen and women, maiming, dismemberment, raping, killings of women and children and kidnappings for huge ransoms running into millions of naira.

Farmers are killed daily with their farm crops and harvests destroyed.

The outlined problems are reasons different ethnic groups are now demanding Self Determination.

We Yoruba with common language, value and culture are now demanding our own Nation.

We successfully ran our own government in the past that was a shiny star on the hill during Awolowo's era when we accomplished the following:

*First Radio Station.

*First TV Station in Africa.

"Free Education System.

*Free HealthCare System with the best hospitals in Africa.

*Functioning Public Water System and 24/7 Electricity Supply.

We are capable and ready to be part of the civilized world again.


Further disintegration is inevitable if nothing is done.

Therefore, we are asking for an internationally supervised referendum for self -determination before another civil war.


A new civil war will grossly affect all the international industries in Nigeria which are in Yorubaland.

Kidnapping has become a lucrative business with government paying huge

ransoms to the terrorist Fulani kidnappers and we find it very difficult that government negotiators can find their location but cannot arrest them.

We believe the government is complicit in this criminal enterprise where paid

ransoms are used to buy ammunition for terrorism.

We find it very difficult to believe that a President will rather lose his country to

foreign Fulani terrorists.

Herdsmen use Cattle grazing as a cover-up for terrorism, killings, kidnappings, and banditry.

Insecurity, terrorism, genocide, and disintegration of Yorubaland and Nigeria will likely continue, and this is why we want our Yoruba Nation Self-determination.


Thank you.

Yoruba One Voice Foreign Affairs Team.

Happy birthday to Awoniyi Olayiwola

Happy birthday to Awoniyi Olayiwola

 

Happy birthday day to Mr. Olayiwola Awoniyi. Today and always, may our dear God furnished your life with divine prosperity as you begin another journey of 365 days.


May your today be better than your yesterday as you looks forward to brighter future. May this birthday bring forth new seasons of breakthrough, blessings and mercy to your paths 


Cheers!!!

Enjoy your day.

Congratulations.



Comrade 'Dele Abiola 

 

Happy birthday day to Mr. Olayiwola Awoniyi. Today and always, may our dear God furnished your life with divine prosperity as you begin another journey of 365 days.


May your today be better than your yesterday as you looks forward to brighter future. May this birthday bring forth new seasons of breakthrough, blessings and mercy to your paths 


Cheers!!!

Enjoy your day.

Congratulations.



Comrade 'Dele Abiola 

COALITION OF NIGERIANS AGAINST AMERICAN BLOCKADE OF CUBA ASKS NIGERIA'S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO VOTE AGAINST BLOCKED

COALITION OF NIGERIANS AGAINST AMERICAN BLOCKADE OF CUBA ASKS NIGERIA'S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO VOTE AGAINST BLOCKED


The coalition of Nigerian Movements Against the US-CUBA blocked has in a letter to the NIGERIA'S federal government demanded the country voted against the blockade at the UN general assembly.


In a letter tittles " Need for Nigeria to vote for an end to the blockade of Cuba at the United Nations General Assembly"  addressed to Geoffrey Onyeama who is the incumbent Honourable Minister of the country's foreign affairs ministry, the coalition expresses desire and the hope of millions of the Nigerian people that the country should vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 for the resolution demanding a final end to the blockade against Cuba imposed by the United States since February 7, 1962.


The coalition said: " This final push is necessary because the American establishment has treated with contempt, the 28 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly condemning the blockade".



Read the full letter: 

NIGERIA MOVEMENT

OF SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA

c/o Pascal Bafyau Labour House, NLC Headquarters, FCT Abuja

E-mail: [email protected]

22ND JUNE 2021

WE ARE A COALITION OF NIGERIANS AGAINST AMERICAN BLOCKADE OF CUBA!

COPIED: The United Nations General Assembly, c/o UN Office, Abuja-Nigeria.

His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama.

The Honourable Minister

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tafawa Balewa building

Federal Secretariat

Central Business District

Abuja- Nigeria.

Your Excellency,

Need for Nigeria to vote for an end to the blockade of Cuba at the United Nations General Assembly

We, a coalition comprising the two labour centres in the country; the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC ) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), radical progressive groups, intellectuals in the Academic unions, Civil Society and Human Rights organisations organised as the Nigerian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, bring you greetings.

We write to express our desire and the hope of millions of the Nigerian people that our country should vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 for the resolution demanding a final end to the blockade against Cuba imposed by the United States since February 7, 1962. This final push is necessary because the American establishment has treated with contempt, the 28 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly condemning the blockade.

Your Excellency, Nigeria as a country has consistently voted against the blockade, and at this final stage, we need to make our vote emphatic. This will be in line with the February 7, 2021 Resolution of the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit, which in declaring “its solidarity with the People of Cuba” also expressed: “serious concern about the continuous and illegal Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Needless to remind Your Excellency that Nigeria’s principled opposition against the blockade is basically in line with the very reason why the United Nations was established in 1945. Specifically, the United Nations Charter and Resolutions (Chapter 1, Article 1, part 2) states that the purpose of the UN Charter is: "To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace."

The right of all countries to self-determination which the US is challenging by its unilateral blockade of Cuba for six decades now, is sacrosanct. It was this principle Nigeria stood for in ensuring independence for all countries particularly in the bloody liberation wars in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. We need not remind ourselves of the fact that thousands of Cuban youths laid down their precious lives on the African soil fighting the forces of Apartheid and militarily defeating them to ensure the liberation of our continent.

Your Excellency, the US blockage against Cuba is tantamount to genocide as it blocks that country from free trade including freely importing and exporting goods, using credit from financial institutions or import life-saving medicines including for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the outbreak of the pandemic, the Chinese business mogul, Jack Ma sent life-saving medicines and emergency Covid-19 materials to various countries including Nigeria and Cuba. While all beneficiary countries received the aid, Cuba was denied because the American embargo forbids airlines delivering such aid to the Cubans.

In financial terms, the accumulated quantifiable cost of the blockade to Cuba over the past sixty years is $1,098,008,000,000. No country can be subjected to such haemorrhage and remain financially healthy.

Your Excellency, we urge our country not just to vote to tear down the walls of the American blockade, but also to give leadership to the African continent in delivering a strong ‘Yes’ vote against this unilateral and inhuman blockade against a sister country with ancestral roots in Africa.

As we look forward to positive results in this universal struggle for human liberation, please accept our high regards.

FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE COALITION OF NIGERIANS AGAINST AMERICAN BLOCKADE OF CUBA.

Comrade Abiodun Aremu

For and on behalf of the Nigerian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba


The coalition of Nigerian Movements Against the US-CUBA blocked has in a letter to the NIGERIA'S federal government demanded the country voted against the blockade at the UN general assembly.


In a letter tittles " Need for Nigeria to vote for an end to the blockade of Cuba at the United Nations General Assembly"  addressed to Geoffrey Onyeama who is the incumbent Honourable Minister of the country's foreign affairs ministry, the coalition expresses desire and the hope of millions of the Nigerian people that the country should vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 for the resolution demanding a final end to the blockade against Cuba imposed by the United States since February 7, 1962.


The coalition said: " This final push is necessary because the American establishment has treated with contempt, the 28 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly condemning the blockade".



Read the full letter: 

NIGERIA MOVEMENT

OF SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA

c/o Pascal Bafyau Labour House, NLC Headquarters, FCT Abuja

E-mail: [email protected]

22ND JUNE 2021

WE ARE A COALITION OF NIGERIANS AGAINST AMERICAN BLOCKADE OF CUBA!

COPIED: The United Nations General Assembly, c/o UN Office, Abuja-Nigeria.

His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama.

The Honourable Minister

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tafawa Balewa building

Federal Secretariat

Central Business District

Abuja- Nigeria.

Your Excellency,

Need for Nigeria to vote for an end to the blockade of Cuba at the United Nations General Assembly

We, a coalition comprising the two labour centres in the country; the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC ) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), radical progressive groups, intellectuals in the Academic unions, Civil Society and Human Rights organisations organised as the Nigerian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, bring you greetings.

We write to express our desire and the hope of millions of the Nigerian people that our country should vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 for the resolution demanding a final end to the blockade against Cuba imposed by the United States since February 7, 1962. This final push is necessary because the American establishment has treated with contempt, the 28 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly condemning the blockade.

Your Excellency, Nigeria as a country has consistently voted against the blockade, and at this final stage, we need to make our vote emphatic. This will be in line with the February 7, 2021 Resolution of the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit, which in declaring “its solidarity with the People of Cuba” also expressed: “serious concern about the continuous and illegal Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Needless to remind Your Excellency that Nigeria’s principled opposition against the blockade is basically in line with the very reason why the United Nations was established in 1945. Specifically, the United Nations Charter and Resolutions (Chapter 1, Article 1, part 2) states that the purpose of the UN Charter is: "To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace."

The right of all countries to self-determination which the US is challenging by its unilateral blockade of Cuba for six decades now, is sacrosanct. It was this principle Nigeria stood for in ensuring independence for all countries particularly in the bloody liberation wars in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. We need not remind ourselves of the fact that thousands of Cuban youths laid down their precious lives on the African soil fighting the forces of Apartheid and militarily defeating them to ensure the liberation of our continent.

Your Excellency, the US blockage against Cuba is tantamount to genocide as it blocks that country from free trade including freely importing and exporting goods, using credit from financial institutions or import life-saving medicines including for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the outbreak of the pandemic, the Chinese business mogul, Jack Ma sent life-saving medicines and emergency Covid-19 materials to various countries including Nigeria and Cuba. While all beneficiary countries received the aid, Cuba was denied because the American embargo forbids airlines delivering such aid to the Cubans.

In financial terms, the accumulated quantifiable cost of the blockade to Cuba over the past sixty years is $1,098,008,000,000. No country can be subjected to such haemorrhage and remain financially healthy.

Your Excellency, we urge our country not just to vote to tear down the walls of the American blockade, but also to give leadership to the African continent in delivering a strong ‘Yes’ vote against this unilateral and inhuman blockade against a sister country with ancestral roots in Africa.

As we look forward to positive results in this universal struggle for human liberation, please accept our high regards.

FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE COALITION OF NIGERIANS AGAINST AMERICAN BLOCKADE OF CUBA.

Comrade Abiodun Aremu

For and on behalf of the Nigerian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba

PRESS STATEMENT: Yoruba Nation: "Calling the agemate of his father foolish shows Aregbesola lacks the much coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos" - Ilana Omo Oodua

PRESS STATEMENT: Yoruba Nation: "Calling the agemate of his father foolish shows Aregbesola lacks the much coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos" - Ilana Omo Oodua

Says ex-Osun State Governor is a frustrated agent of the Caliphate



Sunday 6th June, 2021.



We at Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, want to say very expressly that for Aregbesola to call the agemate of his father foolish shows that he lacks the much coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos".


He is a frustrated agent of the Caliphate. His Interior ministry is in charge of the Department of Immigration under whom foreign herdsmen invaded our land with impunity. 


He threatened Yoruba people with war yesterday, and within hours, Igangan, Ibarapa Zone of Oyo State was invaded by murderous herdsmen leading to scores of Yoruba people being killed and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed!


Has Aregbesola issued a statement to condemn the actions of the Fulani Herdsmen that had declared war on the Yoruba people under his watch?


"Aregbesola was governor in Osun State for eight years and he governed the people. It is very unfortunate if he said Yoruba Nation Agitators are foolish. Was he saying that the over 40,000 people who participated in the Yoruba Nation rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State yesterday were foolish?


"Was he saying that the Osun State people that he governed and who are currently at the forefront of the Yoruba Nation agitation are foolish? We were in Osogbo, Osun State and the crowd of people that received us was so huge. Was Aregbesola saying those people are foolish?


We in Ilana Omo Oodua know that we are not foolish and that the people who Aregbesola governed in Osun State are not foolish. 


"He is merely expressing his frustration that the Yoruba Nation self-determination crowd, passionate and determined, is increasing, from one state to another, against the expectations of the Caliphate he speaks for.


"Aregbesola is currently serving those who are against the liberation of the Yoruba Nation. He is therefore just trying to impress his equally frustrated pay masters - the Fulani dominated Federal Government, who are determined to frustrate our freedom, but we are putting it to him that he and his likes have failed. 


The power of the people is the ultimate In a democracy. No dictator has ever defeated the collective will of the people. Aregbesola and his cabal will fail. 


"Aregbesola is a frustrated man and he will keep wallowing in the web of frustration untill the Yoruba people decisively achieve their independence from the hegemony of those who Aregbesola is trying to impress."



Maxwell Adeleye, 

Media Communications Secretary, 

ILANA Omo Oodua

[email protected]

Says ex-Osun State Governor is a frustrated agent of the Caliphate



Sunday 6th June, 2021.



We at Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, want to say very expressly that for Aregbesola to call the agemate of his father foolish shows that he lacks the much coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos".


He is a frustrated agent of the Caliphate. His Interior ministry is in charge of the Department of Immigration under whom foreign herdsmen invaded our land with impunity. 


He threatened Yoruba people with war yesterday, and within hours, Igangan, Ibarapa Zone of Oyo State was invaded by murderous herdsmen leading to scores of Yoruba people being killed and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed!


Has Aregbesola issued a statement to condemn the actions of the Fulani Herdsmen that had declared war on the Yoruba people under his watch?


"Aregbesola was governor in Osun State for eight years and he governed the people. It is very unfortunate if he said Yoruba Nation Agitators are foolish. Was he saying that the over 40,000 people who participated in the Yoruba Nation rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State yesterday were foolish?


"Was he saying that the Osun State people that he governed and who are currently at the forefront of the Yoruba Nation agitation are foolish? We were in Osogbo, Osun State and the crowd of people that received us was so huge. Was Aregbesola saying those people are foolish?


We in Ilana Omo Oodua know that we are not foolish and that the people who Aregbesola governed in Osun State are not foolish. 


"He is merely expressing his frustration that the Yoruba Nation self-determination crowd, passionate and determined, is increasing, from one state to another, against the expectations of the Caliphate he speaks for.


"Aregbesola is currently serving those who are against the liberation of the Yoruba Nation. He is therefore just trying to impress his equally frustrated pay masters - the Fulani dominated Federal Government, who are determined to frustrate our freedom, but we are putting it to him that he and his likes have failed. 


The power of the people is the ultimate In a democracy. No dictator has ever defeated the collective will of the people. Aregbesola and his cabal will fail. 


"Aregbesola is a frustrated man and he will keep wallowing in the web of frustration untill the Yoruba people decisively achieve their independence from the hegemony of those who Aregbesola is trying to impress."



Maxwell Adeleye, 

Media Communications Secretary, 

ILANA Omo Oodua

[email protected]

CORE LAGOS STATE CHAPTER CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS AT ABUJA AND ATTACK ON OMOYELE SOWORE

CORE LAGOS STATE CHAPTER CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS AT ABUJA AND ATTACK ON OMOYELE SOWORE

 

*Press Statement - May 31st 2021


The Lagos state chapter of Coalition for Revolution condemns the Nigeria Police Force’s crackdown on a protest at Abuja and attacks on Omoyele Sowore today.


Omoyele Sowore, National Chair of the African Action Congress (AAC) and the National Convener of the Take it Back Movement (TIB) was shot by ACP - Altine Daniel at close range, following the live footage from his personal Facebook account, it will be recalled that ACP - Altine Daniel was also instrumental to the assault of Omoyele Sowore and four others on 1st of January during a peaceful procession in Abuja.



The Lagos state chapter reaffirms to the general public that the right to peaceful assembly is legitimate and enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and international treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to, we thus demand;


• All police officers involved in the shooting be brought to book IMMEDIATELY, 

• All trumped up charges against Omoyele Sowore be dropped forthwith,

• Sowore’s constitutional rights and freedoms to speech, movement, etc be fully and unconditionally restored.


However, it is expedient to stress that this act will not deter us and will not dissuade us from further actions. #RevolutionNow is our pathway in the popular quest to end impunity and insecurity and, win our total liberation. We shall thus not waver, as we remain committed to keep flying the banner as a revolutionary strata of working people, youths and oppressed class.



Signed:

Ayemhenre Kelvin

State P.R.O

 

*Press Statement - May 31st 2021


The Lagos state chapter of Coalition for Revolution condemns the Nigeria Police Force’s crackdown on a protest at Abuja and attacks on Omoyele Sowore today.


Omoyele Sowore, National Chair of the African Action Congress (AAC) and the National Convener of the Take it Back Movement (TIB) was shot by ACP - Altine Daniel at close range, following the live footage from his personal Facebook account, it will be recalled that ACP - Altine Daniel was also instrumental to the assault of Omoyele Sowore and four others on 1st of January during a peaceful procession in Abuja.



The Lagos state chapter reaffirms to the general public that the right to peaceful assembly is legitimate and enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and international treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to, we thus demand;


• All police officers involved in the shooting be brought to book IMMEDIATELY, 

• All trumped up charges against Omoyele Sowore be dropped forthwith,

• Sowore’s constitutional rights and freedoms to speech, movement, etc be fully and unconditionally restored.


However, it is expedient to stress that this act will not deter us and will not dissuade us from further actions. #RevolutionNow is our pathway in the popular quest to end impunity and insecurity and, win our total liberation. We shall thus not waver, as we remain committed to keep flying the banner as a revolutionary strata of working people, youths and oppressed class.



Signed:

Ayemhenre Kelvin

State P.R.O

EL-RUFAI IS A CRIMINAL: JAF DECLARES MAXIMUM SUPPORT FOR THE NLC RESISTANCE IN THE KADUNA WORKERS' STRIKE

EL-RUFAI IS A CRIMINAL: JAF DECLARES MAXIMUM SUPPORT FOR THE NLC RESISTANCE IN THE KADUNA WORKERS' STRIKE

PRESS STATEMENT

JAF SUPPORTS THE NLC RESISTANCE IN THE KADUNA WORKERS' STRIKE,

• DECLARES EL-RUFAI A CRIMINAL FOR PUBLIC PROSECUTION,

• URGES NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY STRIKE OF WORKERS & THE POOR MASSES!

• The Struggle of Nigerian Workers WILL DEFINITELY OUTLIVE El-RUFAI & his Cohort of Anti-Labour, Anti-People Governors & Vagabonds in Power!



1. The Joint Action Front ((JAF) salutes the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for the resistance in the ongoing 5-day Warning Strike aimed to compel the arrogant and criminally minded Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, to reverse his anti-people and anti-labour policies of sacking of over 30,000 workers, in the past five years, with the recent illegal sack of 4,000 workers being the latest.

2. However, rather than respond to the legitimate and popular demands of the NLC and the affected workers, the arrogant and criminally incensed El-Rufai adored the destructive and intransigence stance of violent repression of the peaceful protests, that commenced on Monday May 17, 2021 and which have been successful with the shutdown of work services and activities in Kaduna State.

3. JAF commends the NLC leadership and the entire workers in Kaduna for their principled defiance of the pre-strike threats and actual violence unleashed by sponsored thugs and the police attacks facilitated by the El-Rufai dictatorial and brutish government. The attacks unleashed against the peaceful protest marches and defenceless workers since the commencement of the popular strike is despicable and criminal and Governor El-Rufai should be held responsible for the current state of anarchy he is bent on foisting in the state by pitting other categories of workers and working people against workers in the services of the Kaduna State Government, based on his malicious and spurious propaganda of the shares of revenues in the State.

4. JAF enjoins the NLC, the sacked workers and the entire Nigerian workers not to be deterred by the threat of further attacks and illegal imposition of measures being recklessly pronounced by Governor El-Rufai, but rather, the leadership of the NLC should be encouraged to call an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting with a view to declare nationwide strike and mass protest of the working people and oppressed masses.

5. JAF wants to reiterate that the demand by the NLC for the unconditional recall of all the over 30,000 (recently and before) sacked workers should be in focus, in addition, to insisting on the full implementation of the national minimum wage and the reversal of all anti-Labour policies and anti-poor measures in Kaduna State. The demands of the nationwide strike and protest we are proposing should include rejection of any planned increase in fuel prices and electricity tariff and anti-poor policies of Buhari government and the general state of insecurity.

6. JAF urges the Nigerian working people and the poor to disregard the desperate and illegal declaration of the NLC President Ayuba Wabba wanted by El-Rufai, as an act of INSANITY and of a drowning criminal who ordinarily, shouldn’t occupy public office in a democratic space!

7. Equally, JAF demands that the Inspector General of Police and the Kaduna Commissioner of Police stand culpable and indicted for the degeneration of the peaceful protests by workers into violence. The police from documentary evidence available, rather than protect the peaceful protest from the Hell Rufai’s recruited thugs, joined forces with the thugs to destabilise the protests with their indiscriminate shootings, but for the large turnout of the organised mass of workers, whose courageous and commendable resistance defied and overcame the violence.

8. We in JAF take serious note that the El-Rufai’s violence attack on workers has once more brought to the fore the consistent demand by JAF on why the NLC and the organised Labour should be resolved to organise and mobilize the Nigerian workers along the line of working class ideological direction in the struggle to end the policies of neoliberalism that are manifested in privatisation, deregulation, dependence on IMF and World Bank policies, which are the driving forces of retrenchment of the workforce, mass unemployment, general state of insecurity, lack of commitment by Government to the welfare of the majority of the people, etc.

9. Therefore, JAF urges all the organisations of the working people and the oppressed poor across the country to join forces with the NLC, not only in the ongoing workers’ struggle in Kaduna State but to be prepared to sensitise and mobilize Nigerians in their various constituencies on the urgent necessity to UNITE & ORGANISE on a nationwide struggle for SYSTEM CHANGE!


This is what we meant by SYSTEM CHANGE:

“Nigeria is rich. The wealth belongs to the people. Most Nigerians are hungry, have no jobs, no education, no healthcare, no potable water, no electricity supply and no affordable transportation. Most cannot feed their families or educate their children. Those who are lucky to have jobs are not much different. They also cannot afford a decent living for their families. On the other hand, there is a very tiny group of Nigerians who have cornered the wealth that belong to the working people and the poor, who are in the majority. They loot the treasury and use their stolen wealth to sustain themselves in power through their political parties. They use their power to get richer and richer when the poor get poorer and poorer. This is the system of exploitation and oppression. It is the system that brings out the army and the police to kill poor people when they protest against oppression and exploitation. We want to change that system and replace it with a system where the working people and the millions of people who are sufferings under the system of exploitation will win power and ensure that the wealth of Nigeria is used to ensure a good life for the majority of the people who are now exploited and oppressed. System change is not replacing one exploiter’s government by another exploiter’s government. It is replacing an exploiter’s government by a people’s government to reorganise Nigeria and put an end to exploitation and oppression”.


“The System Change we want will UNITE the vast majority of our people under a government that will organise the working people and oppressed poor to boost our productive capacities and will use the resources for sustainable economic and social advancement; thereby reversing our economic dependency and restoring our dignity as an independent country. The Government of the working people will take care of all Nigerians no matter where they come from, their religion, where they live, and their sex. It will care for all Nigerians dehumanised by the rule of the oppressors”.


DARE TO STRUGGLE, DARE TO WIN!


DR. DIPO FASHINA  - JAF Chairperson


Comrade ABIODUN AREMU - JAF Secretary

Address:

Joint Action Front (JAF)

10, Afolabi Lesi Street, Anthony-Ilupeju, Lagos

08035068524, 08033347962,

E-mail: [email protected], www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com

MAY 19, 2021.


PRESS STATEMENT

JAF SUPPORTS THE NLC RESISTANCE IN THE KADUNA WORKERS' STRIKE,

• DECLARES EL-RUFAI A CRIMINAL FOR PUBLIC PROSECUTION,

• URGES NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY STRIKE OF WORKERS & THE POOR MASSES!

• The Struggle of Nigerian Workers WILL DEFINITELY OUTLIVE El-RUFAI & his Cohort of Anti-Labour, Anti-People Governors & Vagabonds in Power!



1. The Joint Action Front ((JAF) salutes the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for the resistance in the ongoing 5-day Warning Strike aimed to compel the arrogant and criminally minded Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, to reverse his anti-people and anti-labour policies of sacking of over 30,000 workers, in the past five years, with the recent illegal sack of 4,000 workers being the latest.

2. However, rather than respond to the legitimate and popular demands of the NLC and the affected workers, the arrogant and criminally incensed El-Rufai adored the destructive and intransigence stance of violent repression of the peaceful protests, that commenced on Monday May 17, 2021 and which have been successful with the shutdown of work services and activities in Kaduna State.

3. JAF commends the NLC leadership and the entire workers in Kaduna for their principled defiance of the pre-strike threats and actual violence unleashed by sponsored thugs and the police attacks facilitated by the El-Rufai dictatorial and brutish government. The attacks unleashed against the peaceful protest marches and defenceless workers since the commencement of the popular strike is despicable and criminal and Governor El-Rufai should be held responsible for the current state of anarchy he is bent on foisting in the state by pitting other categories of workers and working people against workers in the services of the Kaduna State Government, based on his malicious and spurious propaganda of the shares of revenues in the State.

4. JAF enjoins the NLC, the sacked workers and the entire Nigerian workers not to be deterred by the threat of further attacks and illegal imposition of measures being recklessly pronounced by Governor El-Rufai, but rather, the leadership of the NLC should be encouraged to call an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting with a view to declare nationwide strike and mass protest of the working people and oppressed masses.

5. JAF wants to reiterate that the demand by the NLC for the unconditional recall of all the over 30,000 (recently and before) sacked workers should be in focus, in addition, to insisting on the full implementation of the national minimum wage and the reversal of all anti-Labour policies and anti-poor measures in Kaduna State. The demands of the nationwide strike and protest we are proposing should include rejection of any planned increase in fuel prices and electricity tariff and anti-poor policies of Buhari government and the general state of insecurity.

6. JAF urges the Nigerian working people and the poor to disregard the desperate and illegal declaration of the NLC President Ayuba Wabba wanted by El-Rufai, as an act of INSANITY and of a drowning criminal who ordinarily, shouldn’t occupy public office in a democratic space!

7. Equally, JAF demands that the Inspector General of Police and the Kaduna Commissioner of Police stand culpable and indicted for the degeneration of the peaceful protests by workers into violence. The police from documentary evidence available, rather than protect the peaceful protest from the Hell Rufai’s recruited thugs, joined forces with the thugs to destabilise the protests with their indiscriminate shootings, but for the large turnout of the organised mass of workers, whose courageous and commendable resistance defied and overcame the violence.

8. We in JAF take serious note that the El-Rufai’s violence attack on workers has once more brought to the fore the consistent demand by JAF on why the NLC and the organised Labour should be resolved to organise and mobilize the Nigerian workers along the line of working class ideological direction in the struggle to end the policies of neoliberalism that are manifested in privatisation, deregulation, dependence on IMF and World Bank policies, which are the driving forces of retrenchment of the workforce, mass unemployment, general state of insecurity, lack of commitment by Government to the welfare of the majority of the people, etc.

9. Therefore, JAF urges all the organisations of the working people and the oppressed poor across the country to join forces with the NLC, not only in the ongoing workers’ struggle in Kaduna State but to be prepared to sensitise and mobilize Nigerians in their various constituencies on the urgent necessity to UNITE & ORGANISE on a nationwide struggle for SYSTEM CHANGE!


This is what we meant by SYSTEM CHANGE:

“Nigeria is rich. The wealth belongs to the people. Most Nigerians are hungry, have no jobs, no education, no healthcare, no potable water, no electricity supply and no affordable transportation. Most cannot feed their families or educate their children. Those who are lucky to have jobs are not much different. They also cannot afford a decent living for their families. On the other hand, there is a very tiny group of Nigerians who have cornered the wealth that belong to the working people and the poor, who are in the majority. They loot the treasury and use their stolen wealth to sustain themselves in power through their political parties. They use their power to get richer and richer when the poor get poorer and poorer. This is the system of exploitation and oppression. It is the system that brings out the army and the police to kill poor people when they protest against oppression and exploitation. We want to change that system and replace it with a system where the working people and the millions of people who are sufferings under the system of exploitation will win power and ensure that the wealth of Nigeria is used to ensure a good life for the majority of the people who are now exploited and oppressed. System change is not replacing one exploiter’s government by another exploiter’s government. It is replacing an exploiter’s government by a people’s government to reorganise Nigeria and put an end to exploitation and oppression”.


“The System Change we want will UNITE the vast majority of our people under a government that will organise the working people and oppressed poor to boost our productive capacities and will use the resources for sustainable economic and social advancement; thereby reversing our economic dependency and restoring our dignity as an independent country. The Government of the working people will take care of all Nigerians no matter where they come from, their religion, where they live, and their sex. It will care for all Nigerians dehumanised by the rule of the oppressors”.


DARE TO STRUGGLE, DARE TO WIN!


DR. DIPO FASHINA  - JAF Chairperson


Comrade ABIODUN AREMU - JAF Secretary

Address:

Joint Action Front (JAF)

10, Afolabi Lesi Street, Anthony-Ilupeju, Lagos

08035068524, 08033347962,

E-mail: [email protected], www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com

MAY 19, 2021.


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