Politics In The Week
By : Josmat Jerry
The post #EndSARS activity took turns as the Federal Government made runs towards clearing its name off the black book with their allegation against CNN and Dj Switch. The ASUU strike, which has been very tough on students, failed not to exhibit its dramas during the week with some fire-back words from both parties although the matter is showing green light with some agreeements being reached. Its been a week embodied with a whole lot and here is a recap of the week’s (15/11 – 21/11/2020) top political events.
YOUTHS ARE HUNGRY AND ANGRY – OONI
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi says youths’ anger and hunger should be quenched with supports in form of empowerment initiatives, training and mentorship. He explained that youths are perhaps in anger due to their hunger while the only way to get them out of the anger is to keep on empowering them. The monarch disclosed this during the commencement of his fifth year coronation anniversary and graduation of Ojaja II Fashion Training Institute (OFTI) students in Ile-Ife.
WE WILL REGULATE, NOT SHUT DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA – FG
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said that the Federal government’s position on the future of social media in Nigeria is regulation rather than shutting it down. He expressed his sadness over what he described as “extensive damage to the organisation”. He said the attack was “clearly premeditated and intended to silence the voice of the nation. This attack is not just on Vintage Press Limited but on free press and democracy “.
BUHARI WILL LEAVE NIGERIA IN PIECES BY 2023 – GALADIMA
Buba Galadima, prominent political analyst, member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress and one-time ally of President Mohammadu Buhari has said President Buhari will leave Nigeria in pieces by 2023. While speaking on what will happen come 2023, he said, ” In pieces! That is the imagination of everybody! We are already in pieces, it is just that we have not disintegrated. It is difficult to divide Nigeria, not because it cannot be divided, but because of our own internal contradictions.
MAKINDE INAUGURATES AMOTEKUN, CONFIDENT ON STATE POLICE
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, inaugurated the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps to fight against insecurity in the state. He said the outfit will help combat crimes in collaboration with the police and other federal security agencies. The passjnh-out parade of the 1,500 pioneer Amotekun Corps took place at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.
FG FAULTS CNN REPORT ON LEKKI SHOOTINGS
The Federal Government via the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has threatened to sanction CNN, a foreign media outlet, over its report on the claimed shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 20202. The government described the event as a “massacre without bodies” insisting that not a single body has been produced.
WE’RE READY TO LISTEN TO YOUTHS, SAY NORTHERN GOVS
The Northern State Governors through the Chairman of the forum who is also the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, have said they were prepared to listen to the youth in the region to address the challenges facing them. The governor said setting up the Youth and Civil Society Committee became necessary in order to resolve youth unemployment, illiteracy, crime and poverty, among others.
VC APPOINTMENT : BIHARI WARNS UI AGAINST MANIPULATION
President Mohammadu Buhari has warned the governing council and the management of the University of Ibadan against manipulating the process of the appointment of a new vice-chancellor. The president, whose speech was read on his behalf by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed, said as Nigeria’s Premier University, the university is expected to live up to its billing by conducting open, transparent, fair processes in the appointment of a new vice-chancellor.
PDP HITS UMAHI FOR JOINING APC
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi came under the attack from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thrusday, October 19 for defecting from the opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP had an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to discuss the Umahi defection. Its national Chairman, Uche Secondus, said the party will not be swayed by “Umahi’s antics”.
FUEL HIKE, A VIOLATION OF AGREEMENTS REACHED WITH FG – TUC
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) says the increase in petrol price is in violation of all agreements the union had with the Federal Government. The union noted that in spite of efforts made by the organised labour in its last meeting with government over hike in price and electricity tariff, it had resolved to further imoroverish Nigerians with the recent increase.
ASUU STRIKE : FG AGREES TO PAY ADDITIONAL 15BN AS REVITALISATION FUND
The Federal Government has accepted to pay an extra 15bn as revitalisation fund, a demand by the Academics Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The government therefore offered a cumulative sum of 65bn to address Earned Allowances and Revitalisation of Universities. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the disclosure on Friday, October 20 during a press briefing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)