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Buhari’s Govt is helpless, Kukah tells US Congress

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Buhari’s Govt Is Helpless, Kukah Tells US Congress

Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has told the United States Congress Commission that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is helpless.

Kukah, who addressed the congress over the rising insecurity in the country, said the current administration has been unable to tackle the security challenges like it promised to do before taking power in 2015.

The fight against insecurity was one of the major campaign promises of Buhari in the build up to the 2015 elections.

During his virtual presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC, Kukah said Nigerians were yet to see any tangible move towards tackling insecurity.

He also accused Buhari of deliberately appointing more people of his ethnicity and faith into political offices.

“The North, even the whole country, is invaded by armed bandits, kidnappers etc, who attack communities at will. The fact that the government seems to be either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added more confusion.

“The contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic agenda and policies that show very clearly his preference for men and women of his faith.

“For the first time in Nigeria, the people heading the three arms of government – President, Senate President, Speaker and Chief Justice – are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of rivalry between Christians and Muslims has worsened. This kind of situation has never happened before.

“The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and their faith.

“In 2020, some of our priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims. What is significant here is that we are in a democracy; with weak structures and institutions. These are existential issues. So, we require practical assistance that can help us and our children,” he said.

The presidency is yet to officially react to Kukah’s latest comments.

While reacting to Kukah’s critical comments in April, Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had accused the bishop of playing partisan politics.

Back then, Kukah had said the Boko Haram crisis had worsened under Buhari.

“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter massage. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021,” Shehu had said.

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#EndSARS Memorial: Nigerian youths plan to shutdown Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow

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The Nigerian youths have confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos will be shut down tomorrow, Wednesday 20.

According to the youths, the #Endsars Memorial Car Procession will be held at the toll gate from 8 am.

The notifier, shared by Nigerian singer Falz, said the procession is “in memory of the lives lost on the 20-10-20.

“We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons.

“Please be sure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together,” the notifier stated.

This plan was also confirmed by Comedian Mr Macaromi, who shared e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme on his Instagram page.

Meanwhile Falz, on his part, noted that nothing will stop the procession.

“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes,” Falz stated on Instagram.

However, some youths are also planning a counter-protest titled “Defend Lagos.”

The Defend Lagos group in a trending message said:

“About a year ago, this carnage fell on Lagos State while Lagosians thought it was just going to be a protest. Lagos State was destroyed by End SARS protesters.

“Lagosians are ready to defend Lagos NOW. Never again will Lagos be destroyed.”

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University of Ibadan loses two students in 24 hours

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A 200 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oluwaseun Ayomide Adeyemo, yesterday died in a car accident.
 
The student of the department of Microbiology was involved in a car accident around Mobil filling station, UI Ojoo axis.

She was rushed to the University Health Clinic popularly known as Jaja but efforts to save her life proved abortive as she passed on due to excessive loss of blood.
 
Her death came barely 24 hours as the university community was mourning the loss of a 400 level student of the department of History, Adebayo Adegoke.

Adegoke was allegedly shot by robbers around Pre-Boye World Shopping Complex in the late hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

A source, who preferred anonymity said, the deceased, who lived in Independence hall was shot and efforts to save his life proved abortive as he was unable to make it to the hospital.

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The students’ union officials were joined by the Dean Students Affairs, Professor A. Abiona, Head of Department of History and some other students’ leaders to visit the Bodija police station in order to ensure proper investigation is carried out on the deaths.

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Another building collapses in Lagos

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A building collapsed Monday night at No. 97, Lagos Road in the Haruna area of Ikorodu.

The incident occurred around 10pm. Two persons, a male and a female, were confirmed injured.

The victims are currently at the Ikorodu General Hospital receiving treatment.

At least three persons are trapped but no casualty yet, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

It was gathered that after the structure disintegrated, residents within the area mobilised to carry out initial rescue.

The Fire Service and Police responded on time but could not do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift rubbles.

A rescue operation was ongoing as at press time.

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