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01:52

Do not allow President Buhari to censor media – Labour union tells Nigerians



The All Workers Convergence (AWC), has appealed to Nigerians not to allow President Muhamadu Buhari-led government to censor the media.


National Co-ordinator of the union, Comrade Andrew Emelieze made this disclosure while speaking with DAILY POST on Sunday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Our correspondent recalls that major newspapers across the country last week kicked against proposed amendments into the NPC and NBC (Media) Act.


The bills sponsored by Olusegun Odebunmi, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values are already at the public hearing stage.


Emelieze while speaking, condemned attempts by the government to suppress genuine agitations and protest nationwide.


He described the proposed amendments as a way to control the media.

Emelieze while speaking further, noted that members of the labour union joined forces with the media to condemn the attempt to monitor the latter.


He called on all media organisations to also mobilise massively against the proposed amendments.


“We condemn attempts by the government to suppress genuine agitations and protest nationwide.


‘We join forces with our media to condemn the attempt to monitor the media and we call on all media personnel to also mobilise massively for the forthcoming mother of all protest which shall help put an end to bad governance in Nigeria.


“We condemn also the uncivilized way President Buhari and some desperate people have been threatening Nigerians with war sounds.


“As our government is planning to totally control the media, many more are wasting away, while daily killings are now the order in Nigeria, to the extent that it is now obvious to all that Buhari has taken Nigeria to the state of nature. Definitely, nobody feels secured any longer.


“Based on the unfortunate situation in our hands, we as a people have developed a culture of resistance against bad governance as seen in the avalanche of protest nationwide.


“We as a people have encouraged other citizens to get involved and secure our tomorrow through protest that will help terminate bad governance in Nigeria. We had earlier called for a national protest against insecurity and poverty in Nigeria.


“We urge all to consolidate on the different national protests and push further for more and more massive protest nationwide. We charged all great minds not to get tired of protesting as protest has shown to be a viable means to chasing away bad governance everywhere; our case in Nigeria will not be different.” Dailypost 

02:32

Nigerians congratulate Burna Boy, Wizkid over Grammys 2021 win





The Nigerian Twitter space is currently buzzing over the successful outing of two Nigerian superstars, Burna Boy and Wizkid, at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony.


Wizkid won his first-ever Grammy Award for his collaboration with Beyonce in the song‘Brown Skin Girl’ off the 2019 album, ‘The Lion King’.


Burna Boy took his throne as the African Giant as he bagged the prestigious award in the category for the Best Global Music Album category for his album Twice As Tall.


So far, while the Grammys is trending at number one on Twitter, Burna Boy’s albums, Twice As Tall and African Giant, is trending on number two and three, respectively, on the social media platform, while Starboy, a pseudonym for Wizkid, is trending at number four.


Legendary Nigerian singer, Femi Kuti, took to his verified Twitter account to congratulate Burna Boy on his win. He simply wrote, “Congratulations @burnaboy.”


Former Senator, Ben Bruce, wrote, “Congratulations to Burna Boy on bringing the Grammys. Proudly Nigerian @burnaboy


Sonorous singer Seyi Shay also sent her congratulatory message to the African Giant stating, “@burnaboy KILLIN DEM!!! Congratulations darling #GRAMMYs #bestgobalmusicalbum #TWICEASTALL.”


The singer’s lover, Stefflondon, also took to her Instastory to celebrate the Wonderful singer. Sharing a picture of Burna Boy, she wrote, “Issa Grammy Boy.”


She further posted a picture that showed the ecstatic singer when announced as the winner as well as another picture of both of them.


Popular disc jockey, DJ Switch, congratulated both Burna Boy and Wizkid in a tweet, saying, “Congratulations to Baba NLA @wizkidayo & the African Giant @burnaboy. Very well deserved! We are all so happy, thank you! #GRAMMYs.”


Funnyman, Mr Macaroni, while tweeting a line from Burna Boy’s hit song, Wonderful, congratulated the singer on his win as he wrote on his verified Twitter account, “I go show you wonder waa ri wonderful… You no go believe wetin won happen!! African Giant don show us Wonder!! Crown.”


Popular Nigerian singer, 9ice, took to his Instagram account to congratulate Wizkid, as he wrote, “Congrats Wizman!!! @wizkidayo.”


Sending her congratulations to Wizkid, Nigerian activist, Rinu, took to her verified Twitter account saying, “Starboy, we call you number one! Wizzy baby! Machala of Africa. My President on #GRAMMYs.” Punch

01:28

My plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty possible – President Buhari




President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the administration’s policy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty did not come by accident.

He said it was a deliberate action that will be pursued with determination.

The Nigerian leader spoke at a meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) at the State House.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in attendance.

Buhari agreed with the council that the country required a poverty reduction strategy for a rapid and sustainable economic development.

The President wondered what became of the nation in the past, “with all the resources available to it”.

PEAC Chairman, Doyin Salami, led the presentation. He is expected to brief Ministers at the FEC meeting on Wednesday.

Salami welcomed the country’s exit from recession but cautioned that the strength of the economic growth must be driven in a way that it will overtake population growth.

The poverty reduction strategy advised federal and state governments to increase agricultural productivity, address poverty, ensure macro-economic stability, and use economic endowments to boost industrialisation.

The PEAC suggestion for the establishment of a “National Council on Poverty Reduction,” made up of key stakeholders, was accepted by the President. Dailypost
01:51

The Presidency Threatens Another Lockdown If Nigerians Fail to Wear Masks




The Presidency on Sunday evening threatened to impose another lockdown on the nation if Nigerians fail to comply with compulsory wearing of face masks while in public.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a release entitled “Nigerians should comply with mandatory mask wearing to avert another lockdown”, expressed concern over the non-compliance with the recently signed Executive Order which makes mask wearing and observation of social distancing in the public mandatory.

He stressed that the federal government was hesitant to lockdown the country again but continues to emphasize the non-pharmaceutical measures, adding that the only way to avert lockdowns is to observe these measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force.
His words: “Nigerians have come a long way from the dreaded lockdown and the administration is unhappy about any prospects of bringing it back as many citizens will not have food on the table without venturing out on a day- to-day business.

“Nigerians are required to wear masks, wash hands regularly with soap and clean water, and keep safe distance with anybody not in your household, hoping that this will help check spread of COVID-19.Though vaccine availability is within reach, the propensity of the public for noncompliance weakens the fight against the virus.

“Nigerians must ignore baseless conspiracy theories that seek to deny the reality of the pandemic by complying with the order to wear masks.We have a duty to protect ourselves and others in this difficult global health crisis; no one has immunity against this pandemic. Ignoring health warnings and refusing to comply with safety measures does more harm than good”

He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to give their maximum cooperation for success of the policy saying the President introduced the Order with the best of intentions and not with any motive to punish citizens.
The Presidency also urged state governments, traditional rulers and religious leaders to play active roles in the sensitization and enforcement of the Executive Order.

“He said, To achieve this, COVID-19 task forces and committees should persuade members of the public to cooperate with the government in achieving compliance and avoid crude methods that may create resistance and resentment, thereby defeating the primary goal of the Executive Order.”

According to the release “The COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to public health and wearing of masks, social distancing in public places and the basic hygiene are necessary measures that have to be taken to safeguard the well-being of our citizens.

“Nigerians must always have it in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a threat to the health of the population but it is equally so to the national economy, and to every aspect of our everyday life.Protecting public health is one of the sacred duties of any responsible government and the administration will not abdicate that responsibility” Thisdaylive
04:15

Covid-19 palliative looting - Nigerians possess their possessions

The past few weeks have been painted with different dramatic scenes, where mammoth crowds were seen thronging different warehouses across the federation and carting away food stuffs worth millions of naira.

Photo - ( Angry Nigeria Citizens Loot COVID-19 Palliatives Warehouses )
 Photo - ( Angry Nigeria Citizens Loot COVID-19 Palliatives Warehouses ) 

It all started in somewhere in Festac, Lagos, later Ikorodu in the same state. It quickly spread across other states such as; Ekiti, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and many other states of the federation.

The growing spate of looting across the nation even motivated some men in Uniform to join in the looting; during the Lagos showdown, a viral video surfaced online showing  a police truck with OP MESA inscription on it loading the back of the truck with looted Covid-19 palliatives.

Also a Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) member, Illiya Ibrahim who was spotted carting away Covid-19 palliatives was dismissed on the grounds of involvement in the criminal act of looting government reserved palliatives to fight pandemic.

The most shocking part is a legislator and majority leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade (a.k.a SOB) whose apartment in Ikorodu, Lagos was discovered to have housed loads of Covid-19 palliatives. The most interesting part is his statement claiming publicly that he intended to share the palliatives on his coming birthday.

Another surprising highly placed person found in connection with the covid-19 palliatives was the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu whose apartment was stormed by angry mob only to discover that his royal abode also was serving as a storeroom for the palliatives in question.

Many government officials have been throwing tantrums around because of the recent looting spree which has left many warehouses empty and even some private shops and stores such as ShopRite have also been looted in the process. These among many other recent realities have raised many concerns for those in government.

Photo - ( Thugs Invade Shoprite, Loot Goods )

                                                            

Who is to blame for the recent discoveries of warehouses where covid-19 palliatives were stored? Is it the protesters that motivated the continuous looting of warehouses across the federation? Or it is the complete and deliberate neglect of the masses that orchestrated the irate nature of the people at this time? Could it be the hunger and starvation in the land that is the motivating factor? Are there things that should have been done but left to chance which is now causing mayhem for the ruling class?

The opinions surrounding these events have been rather divided and could be seen as relative as many people’s opinion on the matter seems divided.

To the current administration and government officials, it is wrong and criminal to loot warehouses where the palliatives were stored. And according the statements of some of the government officials, the storage was done in preparation for the expected second phase of the pandemic.

To that effect, the governor of Adamawa State Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri though a Press Release, issued an executive order for a house-to-house search for the looted covid-19 palliatives in the state and promised that anyone found culpable of being in possession of any of the items shall surely be prosecuted.

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Also, the Plateau State government has also issued a public notice to all involved in the Jos covid-19 palliatives looting to return all the looted items and be granted amnesty in return issuing a 2weeks ultimatum to anyone and everyone guilty of the act.

Some state governors have given orders to policemen to apprehend all those involved in the looting, some alleged criminals have been caught so far as reported by the media. However, we all should ask ourselves the difficult question; “why in the world would anyone want to keep the palliatives in the first place?”

For instance, the lawmaker who claimed he wanted to share the palliatives found at his residence during his birthday, was the palliatives meant for his birthday celebration? Or what is the justification for the governors who claimed they were storing the palliatives up in anticipation for a second phase of the pandemic when the people almost lose their lives as a result of hunger during the first phase?

Photo - ( Angry Nigeria Citizens Loot COVID-19 Palliatives Warehouses ) 

At what point in this country’s history are we going to address the root cause of problems and stop picking at the problems from the top? How do we expect a set of hungry youths to stop accepting bribes and tips from the elitist class when they feel threatened by the ruling class? When will the son of nobody become somebody without knowing anybody?

The political theory in practice in Nigeria is; keep the citizens poor and impoverished, keep them dependent on the ruling class, then you keep holding on to power, because you possess the power at all times.

The way out of the wood for this country is for the masses to understand that, the power resides with them (the electorates), and they can change anything with unity and togetherness.

Also, the government needs to understand that the era of coming to the electorates with empty manifestoes are over, the era of promising water, roads, electricity and job creation is gradually fizzling out and the people are more aware of the things they want more than ever before.

My stand is; if the government had been responsive enough to public outcries, there would not have been warehouse looting in the first place. If the citizens were better educated and informed, there would not have been looting of public properties from the outset.

The blame goes to both ends; the government should indeed lead by playing her role of providing social amenities, this will in turn encourage tax evaders to turn a new leaf and pay their taxes promptly, and this will in no time give birth to a new generation citizens who are duty bound to their country.

01:23

Looting Spree: Are we not all Looting Ourselves?

The new song everywhere in the past few days have been the lyrics and rhythmic tones of looting. From discovering and looting warehouses where covid-19 palliatives were stored for God knows why, to the houses of politicians and to other stores such as Shoprites among other business organizations seem to have become the new normal in the country.

Photo : (Nigerian holding COVID-19 Palliative carton of Indomie)
                 

The trending news on the media at the moment is the looting reports of any of the listed places above and happening at a time like this many have thought it to be the ripple effects of the #Endsars protest which lasted for over 14days before hoodlums highjacked it and it turned bloody.

The Atmosphere surrounding the looting seems mixed sort of. While some people believed it is the best thing at the moment since it is almost impossible to get a new Nigeria without being hampered by the political class, who obviously has the power (money bags) to keep the poor masses poor and suppress any form of opposition with all the resources they have.

Others believed this is the nemesis catching up with the government since they neglected the cry of the poor masses for change in policies to improve their lives and nothing has been done for so long. The poor masses have therefore taken laws into their own hands and have decided to take it by force.

Other sides of the divide believed that the government have been looting the masses for so long a time and nobody has done anything about it, no accountability, no responsibility, no sense of duty and service to humanity by the government, so, why raise an eyebrow now that the masses are looting anything and anyone.

Photo: ( Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed distribute COVID-19 Palliative )
 

The reality is; should the government allow the polity degenerate into a system that is characterized by hunger, penury, strife and death with no hope of getting anything out of life legally before anything can be done? Or the government should nip matters in the bud before it escalates into what the current reality in the country is at the moment?

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There has been loads of public outcry about the standard of living in Nigeria, many organizations, Research Institutes and other stake holders in social welfare sectors have been advising the Federal Government to do something about the poor state of things in the country which translates into the poor state of the nation.

Many international organizations have also noted that Nigeria being the most populous black Nation in the entire world is living below the 1dollar benchmark by the United Nation is like sitting on a keg of gunpowder for the nation.

This of course made Nigeria emerge as the poverty capital of the world in a 2019 study. All of those statistics obviously never made a difference as the same policymakers kept making policies that enriched those who are already wealthy and made those who are poor even poorer.

This is Nigeria, a Nation where only four hundred and ninety six (496) legislators are getting about 26% of the nation's entire annual budget, while the education sector which caters for over 45% of the entire population is barely getting 14%. A nation where leaders are recycling themselves from one political office to another. From Governor of a state to becoming a Senator, and to other political appointments that keep them in office till they are very old and weak.

Photo : (Nigerian teenager carrying COVID-19 Palliative sack)

 
This is a nation where the practice of Democracy is what is enshrined in the constitution but the benefits of democracy can only be seen in the lives of the political elites and the their coffers. A nation where if you don't know anybody, the possibility of becoming somebody is almost impossible.

Going by all the menace that has been ongoing for a while, one can not expect less of what is currently happening and as bad as this may seem, it would not be far from the truth to say that, the monster the ruling class now see, is the monster they have been breeding through their deliberate neglect and hardships of the poor masses.

Moving forward, it is criminal to vandalise or loot properties, either government owned or privately owned. There is no justification whatsoever for vandalism or looting, because it is criminal and has no other appellation than that.

Is looting the way? Absolutely not, because doing that only places the masses at the same table with the powerful who have been doing this skillfully. Therefore, we all need a MIND revolution, one that says no to politicians that come back to us every 4years, one that blatantly refused to be used as political thugs during electioneering periods, one that recalls a non performing legislator and refusing to be bribed, coarsed or intimidated by any elitist personnel with influence.

Until we all decide to stand up to what is right and shun every form of corruption, this nation may not become what we want it to be. God bless Nigeria!

22:06

Who is telling Nigerians the truth?

Where can we turn to for reliable information? Many Nigerians are confused at the moment with different information flying around the media, even the terrestrial media are supplying information they later contradict with other information.


                                                      
Photo - ( Protesters in Nigeria )


There are many questions that are yet to get answers going by the present situation in the country. Although, many have claimed that the footages online especially the social media are enough to make a reasonable conclusions but, with the back and forth movement of even recognized and regularized media one is tempted to think perhaps no information is really these days.

Regarding, the pressing issues which revolved around the #Endsars movement that obviously has been on for over fourteen (14) days now. The protests started with the call to #End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and an ultimate end to police brutality in the nation which seems to have been a hydra-headed monster for so long.

The doubts in the minds of many Nigerians started when the Nigerian Army publicly disproved the Lekki video shooting where everyone could see the military shooting at unarmed protesters and tagged the video as ‘FAKE’, according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai who said the videos after been analysed by professionals and specialists can be best described as ‘Photo shopped’ this made many Nigerians ask if what they saw is actually what the army chief claimed was analysed.

Photo - ( Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai )
                 

The second shock came when the governor of Lagos, His Excellency, Gov. Babajide Sanwolu who initially said he visited the hospitals where the victims of the Lekki attack where being treated and noted that there were forces beyond the direct control of the state or him as the case maybe, his direct statement; “…the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger...." and later the same day, he publicly denied there were any casualty during the Lekki shooting incident.

The third shock came when the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech delivered 7pm 22nd October, 2020 did not include any form of acknowledgement, condolence message to the families of the deceased, neither did the president condemn the act of the Nigerian Army in any part of the speech.

What does that say to most Nigerians who have been religiously waiting on Mr. President to speak to the nation for so long a long time and after he spoke, he did not even address the pressing issues which many had thought would characterize his speech.

Does that mean the event never happened? Does that mean the social media only inflated the scenarios? Does it mean the Instagram live videos which were broadcast live at the moment of happening were false? These and many more questions are yet to get reasonable answers.

The citizens have since yesterday registered their displeasures regarding the 12 minutes speech delivered by the president. Many through their social media accounts noted that the speech was pre-recorded and that was why it was indeed difficult to include the Lekki incident in it. Many others claimed that the president was only delivering what he thought the people wanted to hear which obviously turned out to be the opposite.

Photo -  (Governor of Lagos, His Excellency, Gov. Babajide Sanwolu)
            

In the speech, the president urged the Nigerian youths to put a stop to the current protest and allow normalcy to return to the polity conclusively effective from Monday 26th Oct. 2020.

The question is; which information is true? The ones all Nigerians saw or the ones we are being told? How many Nigerian politicians can be trusted by Nigerians at this time having being told lies many times, especially when no campaign promises are ever realized since the inception of democracy in 1999.

Is the Nigerian Army right by denying the Lekki shooting which was clear to all? Is the Federal government equally right for remaining silent about an issue of that magnitude? Is the Lagos state government right for saying ‘A’ only to change it to ‘B’ after few hours?

Who is to blame for all that had happened in the past two weeks? The citizens who were tired of being maltreated by the government they gave their mandates to and took to the streets? Or the government who usually neglects her people only to remember them every four years during election? Or the social media influencers who organized a protest which led to the lost of many lives and many injured who are still recuperating at different hospitals? Or those Nigerian business moguls, opinion leaders, religious heads and other citizens who are playing it safe by keeping quiet even when they know deep down things were not right?

Only God can deliver us all in this country and help us rebuild a nation which our children will be proud of.

06:14

Nigerians based in UK Protest Buhari Visit

Nigerians under the platform of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria on Thursday in the United Kingdom protested at the Abuja House in London over the visit by President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged medical treatment.     

   

According to TheGuardianng, The protesters led by Gabriel Agbontaen, demanded that President Buhari should return home and fix Nigerian hospitals instead of seeking medical treatment abroad and planning for the importation of foreign medical Doctors.

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They highlighted the insecurity and lack of basic amenities in Nigeria while Nigerian politicians continued to travel abroad to enjoy facilities provided by the politicians of other countries.

   

   
The protesters queried why President Buhari continued to patronise foreign services when foreign products such as rice had been banned by his government.

Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, on Monday travelled to London to meet with his boss to sign the amended bill of the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act which was recently passed into law by the National Assembly.

In the course of his 2015 electoral campaign, President Buhari promised Nigerians that he will not seek medical treatment abroad.

   

   
He recently banned ministers from unjustifiable international trips.
Since his assumption in office, he had spent almost 200 days out of office for medical tourism.

The protesters argued that since Buhari’s visit was private, he ought to privately incur the financial cost of his visits.

   

   
About N10bn had been budgeted for the Aso Rock Clinic since Buhari assumed office in 2015, yet Aisha Buhari complained in 2017 that there was no syringe in the clinic.
Though no government official came out of the Abuja House to address the protesters, who were there for over two hours, some persons were seen filming the demonstrators from inside the facility.

The British police were there to ensure that the protest remained peaceful.
02:34

In India: Another 3 Nigerians arrested for possession of hard drugs.


Three Nigerians have been caught in various parts of India for possession of hard drugs.



Two Nigerians were arrested in Siolim, Panaji, capital of Goa by the Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Police with 60.1 grams of cocaine and 15.3 grams of MDMA, together worth Rs 7.5 lakh or $2,000.

The third Nigerian was picked up in Bangalore.

The accused arrested in Siolim were identified as Ifeanyi Obinna, 41 and Chidiebere Onuchukwu, 34.
The drugs were found in their rented room at Madlabhat, Siolim last week.



The ANC team led by PI Shitakant Nayak raided the rented room, based on information it had received, where they caught the duo with the narcotics.

Offences against the accused were registered under the NDPS Act and the duo were placed under arrest.

Another Nigerian, Ekene Okonkwo was also arrested by The City Crime Branch of Bengaluru, CCB for possession of cocaine weighing 20 gms.

The 34-year-old Nigerian man, popularly called Charlie, is a resident of Hennur Bande, Bangalore.


Police arrested him following a tip off.

According to BangaloreMirror, the police conducted a raid on his house and seized the cocaine. Police said the accused had also violated visa regulations and overstayed in the city.
According to the police, he would roam around in the city to reach out to more people if released. He would also sell drugs only to customers known to him. (PMnews)
01:40

Evacuation of Nigerians discourage Tourists, Others to South Africa -Air Peace Boss



Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has said that the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa had led to a drastic reduction of tourists and air travellers to that country.



Onyema made the statement in Lagos on Wednesday evening while speaking with journalists during the arrival of the second batch of Nigerians evacuated from the former apartheid nation in the wake of latest xenophobic attacks on African migrants.

In total, 315 Nigerians returned from South Africa aboard Air Peace, bringing the total number of returnees to 493 out of over 600, who expressed their desire to return home following the latest xenophobic attacks.



The first batch had landed in the country last Wednesday with 178 returning with the Air Peace aircraft that airlifted them from South Africa.

Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was on the ground to receive the returnees including a representative of the Lagos State Government. (Saharareporters)
00:19

#Xenophobia: ASUU reveals reason why South Africa attack Nigerians


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday, said that the Nigerian government should take the blame rather than its South African counterpart over the attacks and looting of property of Nigerians in South Africa.



ASUU said that about 50 percent of top-notch scholars in South Africa were Nigerians, noting that Nigerians, who were seen as mere greener-pasture seekers would always be exposed to attacks by their host countries.

The Union stated this through its national president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, when addressed newsmen after the National Executive Council meeting of the association held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.



He explained that migration of Nigerians to South Africa had been informed by the poor economic situation in the country.

According to him, South Africans would only respect Nigerians residing in their country if the migration was mutually dependent. (Dailypost)


10:40

#Xenophobia: More than 400 Nigerians ready for evacuation from South Africa -Mission


The Nigerian Mission in South Africa has said that no fewer than 400 Nigerians have indicated interest and registered to be evacuated from South Africa following the recent xenophobic attacks.



Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, said this in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

Adama noted that Air Peace had offered to airlift those willing to return home sequel to the attacks on Nigerians and their businesses by South Africans.

According to him, the first batch of Nigerians who are willing to return home will be repatriated on Wednesday.



The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, also said that Nigerians had responded positively in good numbers.

Bala said that the mission was equally responding to the needs of those willing to return, especially those who had issues with their documents.

President, Nigeria Citizens Association, South Africa,  Ben Okoli, said all efforts were geared towards the evacuation of those who were ready to come back home.

Okoli said the figure of those ready to come was in hundreds as many had lost their means of livelihood and had nothing to fall back on.



The association, he said, was still pushing ahead with the demand for compensation as there was sufficient evidence available to them that the attacks were premeditated and orchestrated.

He also noted that normalcy was gradually returning, stressing that there was no longer tension, or violence against any set of people.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in sending a special envoy to South Africa.



Okoli said that the move was able to boost the morale of the Nigerian community to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attacks.

“We have actually regained some strength knowing that our government is backing and supporting us, especially at this time.

“So we are no longer afraid because we believe that so long we are doing the right thing, the lawful thing, we have nothing to fear. (NAN)

03:18

Nigerians are envied everywhere due to high success rate says Chukuemeka Nnaji


President of the Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana, Chukuemeka Lavi Nnaji says Nigerians are the target of various attacks everywhere they find themselves due to their success in every endeavour.



According to him, unlike other Africans, Nigerians easily prosper in every trade they venture into because they train properly and help each other grow.

“Business is all about knowing what to do and how to do it and before you know anything you have to learn; you have to be trained. It’s unlike other African people who if you go to school you want to become boss of your own. Nigerians are not like that, even in the education centre you see them learning from each other.”

Mentioning how he decided to stop building a house in Ghana after the recent attacks on Nigerians in the country, Mr Nnaji said their drive to succeed in everything they do earns them envy from the locals.



“If you see everywhere Nigerians live, even here in Ghana where they build their houses is special, it’s unique and people see it like ‘what is this people trying to tell us like we don’t know how to…’ but nobody stops you from learning.

We learn from everywhere. Nigerians learn from America, they learn from Europe, they learn from even Africa. Where ever we go, whatever we see that is good we learn,” he stated.

Chukuemeka Lavi Nnaji who was speaking on Citi TV’s ‘The Point of View’ noted that Nigerians everywhere are furious with the recent xenophobic attacks on their countrymen in South Africa, causing retaliations in some parts of Nigeria.

“We don’t see the reason that should happen to one country from everywhere… we are not happy,” he stated.



He added that “everybody feel that why do we fight to protect African brothers and we being under attack from the same people. By now South Africans should know that we are one and when you touch one you touched all”.(Ghanaweb)

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