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Full Text Of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Speech

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Fellow Nigerians, It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well-intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; … but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

On approving the termination of SARS I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

 

Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

 

The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a peace-maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated.

 

So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

 

All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary.

 

Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens, is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

 

On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the well being and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.

 

These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths, and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying 3-months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small- and medium- enterprises

b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission

c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans

d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

These are in addition to many other initiatives such as:

a. Farmermoni, b. Tradermoni, c. Marketmoni, d. N-Power, e. N-Tech and f. N-Agro.

No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens, are protected. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position. or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements.

In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law-abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

I would like to thank those State Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation. Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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RAMADAN: OYHA Hopeful, Hon. Hammed Folorunso “Mido” Donates Foodstuffs, Cash To South East Constituency II

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Oyo State House of Assembly Hopeful and member of the All Progressive Congress APC in Oyo State, Hon. Hammed Folorunso Tolulope, on Thursday donated foodstuffs and cash to his constituents in Ibadan South East 2.

Hammed, while handing over the bags of rice and cash worth of N200,000 to the leaders of the party said the move was to ease people’s plight as they perform the Ramadan fast.

According to him, the gesture will also strengthen and support them to devote more time in prayers for peace and stability in Ibadan South East, Oyo State, and Nigeria at large.

He used the occasion to reiterate his continuous presence and availability to contribute his quota to the Constituency.

The Public Relation Officer for Ibadan South East 2, Hon Femi Awogboro said It’s really a good one seeing youth coming out to show interest in politics “It is a good one to vie for a post, I believe we’ll be seeing as much as many youth coming up to contest as Mido is during presently now.”

The Chairman Ibadan South East ward 10, Alhaji Teniola in his speech ccongratulated party members for the caliber of personality that visited them.

“We have been hoping to seeing a vibrant, committed and a ready youth like this thank God Mido is coming to our aid, we are very happy to receive you today in our midst and we promise to support you to achieve your ambition come 2023, and God almighty will surely make it come to past.

“I want to assure you that all the wards chairmen in South East 2 are behind and we strongly support your ambition” he said.

In attendance were; Hon Jedi Akintola chairman ward 8, Wasiu Adeyemo chairman Ward 9, Abdul Rasheed Agarawu Chairman ward 12, Babyemi oladele chairman Ward11, Honorable Anbali and many other.

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Mayowa Ayobami: An Attorney With Years of Multidimensional Legal Experience

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Mayowa Ayobami: An Attorney With Years of Multidimensional Legal Experience

 

The legal profession is an occupation which requires so much from any sane mind who wants to thread the path as it goes beyond what its practitioners stand to gain. It’s important in securing the rights of the entire civil society and ensuring effective implementation of the human rights function of the state in relation to the activities of various bodies.

 

 

With the above, any qualified practitioner must have undergone some demanding training in learning the law which enables him act for members of the society by way of enforcing the law or representing someone in defence against the enforcement of such law.

 

 

Mr. Mayowa Ayobami is a vivid portray of what upright legal-practitioners do with regards to making the legal profession serves as an instrument to better improve the conditions of the civil society.

 

 

Mr. Mayowa is a known Senior Counsel at Tokunbo Orimobi LP, where he supervises and provides overall strategic direction for the firm’s Finance, Corporate and Commercial Law practice group.

 

 

Over the past thirteen (13) years, Mr. Mayowa has gathered multi-dimensional legal experience across key sectors of the Nigerian economy; and has been described as a highly effective attorney who is able to work closely with relevant stakeholders, including board members and C-level executives of clients, senior government officials and regulatory agencies.

 

He has advised several local, international and cross-border clients on compliance aspects of Nigerian industrial relations and employment law.

 

 

With particular regard to M&A and Corporate Restructuring transactions, Mr. Mayowa was part of the legal team that advised a U.K. oil and gas company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in connection with the acquisition of the oil and gas assets of international oil and gas conglomerate.

 

 

In recognition of the outstanding work on behalf of the Acquirer, the transaction won the IFLR Restructuring Deal of the Year Award at the IFLR Africa Awards 2020, held in October 2020. In April 2021, he was included in the year 2021 WhoisWho Legal Nominations List for M&A and Governance and Capital Markets in Nigeria.

 

Mr. Mayowa is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is a Member of the Employment and Labour Lawyers Association of Nigeria; and a Securities and Exchange Commission-accredited capital market consultant, authorised to discharge the functions of a Compliance Officer.

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BREAKING: FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification to June 30 as NIN Enrolment Reaches 54 Million

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The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 30th of June, 2021.

The extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, and attended by following officials- Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez.

The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June, 2021 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to three to four phone lines.

The much-awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.

Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.

It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of NIN for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.

The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.

Dr. Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.

He again reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.

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