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End SARS : Nigerians Blast Simon Kolawole Of TheCable

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End SARS : Nigerians Blast Simon Kolawole Of TheCable

Nigerians have knocked the Publisher of online Newspaper, TheCable , after he published an article titled “#EndSARS: Picking up the pieces”.

NAIJA NEWS NG gathered that Nigerians accused the Writer of trying to change the narrative in favour of the government. Read the article below :

How can a peaceful protest end up with killing and maiming, burning and looting in a matter of days? For those of us who have seen plenty “peaceful” protests in our lives, it is not too hard to explain. The moment you hit the streets and fail to read the road signs — so that you will know where and when to turn, reverse or park — you are at the risk of losing control of the steering wheel. You will end up carrying all kinds of passengers — thugs, hoodlums, gangsters, cultists, politicians and all manner of opportunists. In fact, you may unwittingly provide cover for state agents to target the assets and possibly the lives of perceived opponents and rivals. So it goes.

In the best of times, peaceful protests can go awry — much less in these hard times, with oil prices down, government revenue falling, the currency losing value, prices of goods and services rising, and, to add fuel to the fire, COVID-19 taking our breath away. A majority of the people are already bleeding and groaning with the removal of subsidies on petrol and electricity. And with the huge population of unemployed, underemployed and unemployable youth, we knew all along that an uprising was a strong possibility at some point. That a peaceful protest against police brutality, tagged #EndSARS, would spark off this massive carnage was what we probably did not budget for.

With the protests infiltrated by rogues, the anarchy was inevitable. My biggest fear was military involvement. Those who witnessed the massacres by soldiers during the pro-June 12 protests in 1993 and other riots under military regimes would agree with me that it was not a pretty sight. I was praying that troops would not be called in to quell the #EndSARS protests. But I was wrong. On Tuesday evening, soldiers invaded the Lekki ground and started shooting. Initial reports said there was a massacre, although there is yet no identified victim: no names, no addresses, no relatives; just grainy videos with tailored commentaries. Hopefully, we will a much clearer picture soon.

This is my “executive summary” of the #EndSARS campaign. It started as a genuine protest on social media. It went to the streets. Government saw the danger and accepted the five demands of the protesters. Police disbanded SARS. States set up judicial panels to probe police brutality. Despite getting these concessions, protesters remained adamant. Then came the partisan and sectional dimensions — with #BuhariMustGo and #EndNigeria added to the hashtags. Mayhem started. Looting. Shooting. Lynching. Curfew. Then Lekki happened. And President Muhammadu Buhari, silent for so long, finally addressed the nation, basically declaring: “The fire next time!”

After Buhari’s broadcast, I could see defeat on the faces of the youth. Many started tweeting about relocating to Canada, declaring a total loss of faith in Nigeria. #ItIsFinished began trending. This is sad but I would like to appeal to the Nigerian youth not to give in or give up. The #EndSARS protest did not fail. For one, the protesters got the government to act on their demands — which is a major victory by any definition. SARS has been disbanded. I can bet that whatever police unit replaces SARS will come under stricter scrutiny. Judicial panels have been set up. We expect to see the murderous police officers face justice. Police reform is now an imperative. These are big wins.

Moreover, the youth have shown that they have the ability to organise. These are the same youth we condemn for voting more in Big Brother Naija than in general election. We have often described them as lazy, entitled and obsessed with Instagram, fast cars and bling. By starting a campaign against SARS and taking to the streets to protest police brutality, they brought the country to a halt and attracted international interest. Everybody started paying attention to them. We started celebrating the coming of age of our youth. Older people started scrambling to associate with the cause. Ladies and gentlemen, this is surely a positive development. Let’s now discard it.

What next? According to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released before the 2019 general election, the youth — described as those between ages 18 and 35 — made up about 51 percent of the 84 million registered voters. If you expand the age bracket to 50 years (to accommodate other young Nigerians like me), the figure jumps up to 81 percent. That is mind-boggling. What the youth should be thinking now is how to use these humongous figures to bring about new things in Nigeria in 2023 — rather than flee to Canada. They should realise Canada was not built in a day. Its people fought hard to build the country with their sweat and blood.

Just a brief journey into Canada’s history: there were two rebellions against “bad governance” between 1837 and 1838. The rebels were arrested after the uprisings and put on trial. Samuel Lount, one of the organisers of the Upper Canada Rebellion, was publicly hanged. He is regarded as a martyr till today. Over 100 rebels were sentenced to life imprisonment. What the rebel leaders wanted was political reform. They had a common agenda for Canada. Even though they paid the ultimate price, Canada was never the same again. Reform came. Today, Canada is one of the most developed countries in the world. But Canada was not always like this. People paid the price.

What’s my point? The youth must begin to conceive of a new political order and the role they can play in birthing it. The #OccupyOjota protests of 2012 helped in building the momentum that uprooted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power in 2015 and installed the All Progressives Congress (APC). In 2023, the #EndSARS momentum can become a movement that will help uproot both APC and PDP from power and birth a new political culture where government officials will begin to pay less attention to the perks of office and more to their responsibilities to Nigerians. And I mean at all levels — local, state and federal. That would be the best legacy of #EndSARS.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it would be for Nigerian youth to unite in the quest for good governance! They can be more politically active. They can be more involved in choosing councillors, council chairpersons, state lawmakers, governors, federal lawmakers and the president. It does not mean only the youth will occupy these positions. In addition to contesting, the youth can engage with the aspirants and candidates, scrutinise them, advance the agenda of good governance, monitor the performances of those elected or appointed, and mobilise for recall or removal if they fail to deliver. Canada was not built in a day. Nation-building is not a sprint. It is a marathon.

I hope the youth have also learnt their lessons from the #EndSARS fiasco. One, you don’t go to war without visible leadership. You will end up creating anarchy and mob action. We can now see the consequences. Things completely went out of control and there was nobody to call the mobsters to order. Leadership is key in every life endeavour. Two, you don’t go to war without a plan. There should be Plan A, Plan B and even Plan C. I did not see any plan apart from “we no go gree o”. Three, because of lack of leadership and strategy, the protests continued when they should have been called off. Now over 70 people are dead. This is extremely disturbing and disheartening.

Four, you must take your wins and know when to retreat without surrendering. When SARS was disbanded and judicial panels set up, that was the time to retreat. That was the time to say: “We are suspending the protests. If nothing changes, we will return to the streets.” Some people were even demanding that Buhari should sign an “executive order” to show that SARS had been disbanded. It got that ridiculous. Some rejected the panels because there was no “youth” and declared a boycott. I have come to learn that boycott is not an effective strategy. Campaign for youth inclusion in the panels but mobilise to engage with the process and follow through to get justice.

Five, you must stay the message. Nigerians were united in the call to stop police brutality. It was nationwide. Contrary to the propaganda, there were #EndSARS protests in Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa, Adamawa and some other northern states. It was not a purely southern thing. Unfortunately, some people sneaked in their #BuhariMustGo and #EndNigeria agenda and things began to fall apart. More so, protesters started losing focus when they moved from the unifying agenda against police brutality and expanded it to an omnibus campaign for restructuring and ending corruption and bad governance. It is impossible to achieve everything at a go.

Finally, the youth must learn from their elders. As the Yoruba would say, no matter how many Gucci shirts a child has, he can never have as many rags as an elder. Some youth actually think the story of Nigeria started in 1999 or 2015. Actually, people have been fighting for a better Nigeria for 100 years. Our forefathers played their roles and left. We are still fighting for a better Nigeria. We cannot all adopt the same style and strategy. Ultimately, we need to engage constructively to change the rigged and warped system. From my little experience, starting a mass action without a strategy, without a fall-back plan, and without giving an inch can only lead to anarchy. Lessons learnt?

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS…
LEKKI SHOOTING

While the argument is still ongoing over whether or not there was a Lekki massacre, I will keep asking just one question: why on earth would soldiers shoot when the protesters were clearly peaceful and orderly? Lekki was the best organised of all the protest points. Shooting into the air alone at such a large gathering can create a pandemonium and lead to a stampede. Hundreds could have been crushed! It is not enough for the government to say nobody was killed. In the 21st century, we must be discussing how our security agencies can manage an orderly gathering without firing a bullet: whether live, rubber or blank. We need an investigation to establish the facts. Urgent.

BURNIN’ AND LOOTIN’

I will never, ever support anarchy and mob action, but I can never, for the life of me, understand the wickedness that dwells in some of our leaders in this country with the alleged hoarding of COVID-19 relief materials. The warehouses are now being attacked and looted. While we can legally argue that this is wrong, we were all in this country when poor Nigerians were being given miserable packages as “COVID palliatives” during the lockdown. In some cases, a whole household got a little bag of foodstuff that would not feed a five-year-old. The #EndSARS campaign has opened a can of worms. What about the insanely inflated costs around sanitizers, face masks, PPEs and COVID tests? Evil!

FAKE NEWS FIESTA

Those who manufacture and distribute fake news may think they are having fun but they will have to start having conversations with their consciences at some point. If their goal is to set the country on fire, perhaps they should retreat for a minute and ask themselves if even they, and their families, will survive the inferno. Two have stood out in recent weeks. One, using an old video of Niger Delta militants surrendering their arms under the amnesty programme to broadcast a message that Fulani militias were being given arms to attack Yoruba people. Two, using the drama sketch of a body wrapped in national flag to claim that it was a victim of the Lekki shooting. Wicked.

ON MENTAL HEALTH

I was a speaker at the #UNASHAMED2020 Conference on mental health organised by the Asido Foundation. Kudos Dr Jibril Abdulmalik, the CEO/founder and consultant psychiatrist, who is doing a great job drawing attention to mental health issues in the country. Having suffered depression myself nearly nine years ago, I shared my own experience with participants and promised to contribute to the demystification of mental health issues in Nigeria using the media. Korede Bello, the artiste, has apparently been doing a wonderful job in this area. I got to understand that every human being suffers mental illness in different degrees. No-one should be ashamed. Therapeutic.”

Here are reactions of Nigerians to the article on Twitter :

Nedu Ekeke #LekkiMassacre
@Nedunaija

“I saw your reference of #OccupyNigeria protests as Occupy Ojota.

Was that a joke? So the 2012 subsidy protests only happened in Ojota?

This is the height of intellectual dishonesty. But I should have known.

I read you today just to see if there’s anything new.

Well, my bad.

NTA-era columnists who twist chronicle of events every time.

The protests were so peaceful that some people even started saying the youth were only just ‘having fun’.

Some powerful people (read: govt) introduced thugs and hoodlums into the protests. Why were you silent on it?
As expected, Simon Kolawole never mentioned the Prado jeep in Abuja that was picking up and dropping off hoodlums clutching clubs and other dangerous weapons, nor did he mention the thugs seen in Alausa that were actually REPELLED by the peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

Well done!”

Elder Crespo
@opuj
Replying to
@thecableng

@MBuhari
and 12 others
“Journalists cannot serve two masters. To the extent that they take on the task of suppressing information or biting their tongue for the sake of some political agenda, they are betraying the trust of the public and corrupting their own profession.” – Thomas Sowell”

Sinmi Hassan
@OluSinmi
Replying to
@thecableng

@MBuhari
and 12 others
“By the ‘cc’ ye shall know them. Yoruba people and the adage, ‘what an elder sees…’ What exactly have the elders been seeing that brought us to this fore? Except for enriching and perpetuating themselves and their ilk in power, what else? Garbage column.”

Sotola OD
@sotolafactor

“Replying to
@thecableng

@MBuhari
and 12 others
Some things have changed affecting your perspective. This is observable not just in this article but other previous ones. Just so you know, your account of the protests and d violence that followed is d same as Keyamo and others in govt. Dt shld tell you something”

Comrade Deji Adeyanju
@adeyanjudeji

“This is insane mehn ”

Nubari Saatah
@Saatah

“God forbid bad thing. Simon Kolawole sat and wrote this? He should hide his face in shame.”

Tunde Leye
@tundeleye

“It is important to call out people like
@simonkolawole
when they write these things. Otherwise this narrative will go on to be documented as the reality. The protests did not turn violent.
The violence was either perpetrated or seeded by government agents.
The worst of the violence happened after the #EndSARS protesters had gone off the streets and curfews were declared, during which government abdicated its responsibility for security during the curfew it imposed.

Mr. Kolawole knows this yet deliberately chose this narrative.”

I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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Grace Nation Mid-year Cross Over : The Remaining 6 Months of The Year Will be Harvest In All Side For Kingdom Promoters – Dr Chris Okafor

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Grace Nation Mid-year Cross Over : The Remaining 6 Months of The Year Will be Harvest In All Side For Kingdom Promoters - Dr Chris Okafor

It is the Spirit of God that gives inspiration to make wealth and be successful in Life, Although when God Position you for greatness you will definitely meets obstacles but when you understands the Legal technicality and The Principles of the Almighty God in the place of service, you exile in your endeavours

Speaking at the Day 3, of the ongoing Mid year Cross Over Conference at Grace Nation International Headquarters in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria, The Senior Pastor of the Church Popularly known as The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor said, the remaining second half of the year according to what he hears from God shall be, Months of Harvest for those who Promotes God’s Kingdom, the Man of God started further that the Kingdom is not about sentiment but Principles, he added in as.much as you understand the Methodology and the Legal Technicality of Give and take, you will definitely harvest in Multiples

In his sermon with theme “Breaking The Limit” Dr chris okafor Emphasised that when God assign you for greatness the enemies will like to limit you, but it is good you know which weapon you can deploy to battle the limit,

The man of God Continue that, there are various kind of Limit Projected by the Enemies, he said some limits are Poverty, sickness, barrenness, altars and barriers, but when you understand the source of such Limit, to tackle it now become something with else, Prayers and fastings is good but when you Practices Kingdom Partnership, when you partner with God, in return God too will Partner with you, therefore you break out of any Limits, God does not give to those who are not into Partner with him, the Apostle of God remarked

There is an antidote to escape death and the simple but hard to abide is by worshiping God in Truth and in Spirit, when you uses what God gave you to worship him, he marked you with the blood and when the Death come and see your mark, Death pass over, i am a commited kingdom promoter, i service God like no Tomorrow this is the reason, anytime death came knocking, My families and myself Escape, No matter how far they have gone in there conclusion we escape, Dr chris Okafor Concluded

It was a praise and worship jamboree at the Conference (Night Vigil) As foremost Popular Gospel Act with wonderful Solo Voice Who is also a Son of the Prophet Gabriel Peters dazzles faithfuls with his popular latest track and many more, as faithfuls dance to there next Level and to Harvest bountifully in the second half of the year

The Realms of the Prophetic witness another tsunami in the kingdom of Darkness as acclaimed strong man behind many family predicaments were smoke out, Leaving many demonic altars empty,,

One of the interested scenero was that of a woman who was fires a spiritual arrow on her leg, she could not walk to church but after prayers and deliverance by God servant the arrow give way and the swollen leg come back to normal,
So many mind blowing testimonies, meanwhile 64 woman receives their miracle babies at the conference on Day 3, Over 1000 Participants gave there lifes to christ, this is the most important aspect of the conference, ,

The Special thanksgiving service for the annual conference Continue on 26th June 2022 at the international Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger lagos Nigeria,

The sunday program is also tagged as the Cultural Sunday Service of the church where faithfuls and Participant are expected to Dress in the Native Attires

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Northern Elders Forum’s Top Shot, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed , Describes Peter Obi

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Northern Elders Forum's Top Shot, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed , Describes Peter Obi

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed the Northern Elders Forum National Publicity Director has taken to Twitter to describe who Peter Obi after spending time with the Labour Party Presidential Candidate.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said Peter Obi is not an ethnic candidate. He advised those project him to stop selling him as an ethnic candidate .

READ : Why We Have Not Announced Peter Obi And Kwankwaso Alliance – Doyin Okupe

I spent valuable time with Mr Peter Obi this morning.I wish those who see him as an ethnic candidate can get to know him better.I also wish those who try to sell him will tone down his ethnic identity.I hope the nation will see the candidates up close, we could see a revolution.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed tweet on Peter Obi

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Obasa Celebrates Sanwo-Olu At 57, Praises Gbajabiamila

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Obasa Celebrates Sanwo-Olu At 57, Praises Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has congratulated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as they both mark their birthdays.

While Governor Sanwo-Olu celebrates his 57th birthday, Gbajabiamila is 60.

In his congratulatory message to Sanwo-Olu signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, Dr. Obasa told the Governor: “Your purposefulness and dedication to serving the people of Lagos has resulted in unprecedented achievements even in the face of current economic realities.

“Under your administration and supported by the state legislature, our dear state has kept on setting the pace for others to follow as we grow greater and develop better.

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“As you celebrate your birthday, my colleagues and I pray to God to continue to keep you in good health, amen.”

The Speaker also commended Gbajabiamila for making Lagos and Nigeria proud over his maturity and the ways he had run the affairs of the House of Representatives.

“Your exemplary leadership and initiatives in the conduct of legislative business have constantly stood you out as a worthy legislator that deserves to be celebrated.

“History will always be kind to you as the architect of transformational leadership in the House of Representatives with your remarkable landmark achievements.

“I wish you sound health, outstanding success, more wisdom and long life, amen,” Obasa prayed.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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