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Kunle Poly to Youths: “We must join hands to defend our iconic structures”

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Popular transporter and Lagos Island indigene, Alhaji Abdulazeez Adekunle Lawal, fondly addressed as ‘Kunle Poly’ has appealed to youths across Lagos to join forces in wading off enemies of the state from the ongoing wanton destruction of what he described as a commonwealth.

‘Kunle Poly’ believes that the massive attacks on Lagos “is not only condemnable but also disrespectful to the entire good people of Lagos.”

Alhaji Lawal made this assertion in a press release issued on Monday afternoon, -a copy of which was made available to GidiNews newspaper.

He said: “it is with a high sense of responsibility that I address the teeming youth of Lagos on the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protest which culminated to the rampage in Lagos Island and some other parts of Lagos State recently.

“The most important thing is that the destruction of our iconic buildings and uncommon heritages which must stop henceforth.

“We also need to constantly check on ourselves from time to time and comply with the laws of the land in our quest to achieve that Lagos of our dream.”

‘Kunle Poly’ who expressed sadness over the arson visited on the ancient palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, said the invasion was not just an attack on the person of the respectable monarch but an affront on the rich culture of the Yoruba.

He said those responsible have only desecrated the revered stool of the ‘alase ekeji orisa‘, -a representative of the gods.

“…the unfortunate incidence of rioting mob unleashed at the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Osuolale Akiolu on Wednesday 21st of October 2020 has left me devastated. I say that this is not only condemnable but also disrespectful to the entire good people of Lagos. ” He said.

‘We Must support the government’

The popular transporter therefore appealed to Lagos Island youth in particular and the state in general to support the government of Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in its drive to build a Lagos of pride to all.

He said: “The youths as leaders in their own right, must give their constant support to the Government of Lagos State and our traditional institutions, most especially, our highly referred Oba of Lagos- Oba Rilwan Aremu Osuolale Akiolu.

“As an indigene of Lagos Island, I preach peace, love and cooperation to all the youth in order to bring us to achieve the common goal of our founding father for Lagos.” He added

 

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8 things Lai Mohammed said about EndSars, CNN’s report

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The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Thursday morning reacted to an ‘exclusive’ report released on Wednesday by international news platform, -Cable News Network (CNN), addressing issues raised in the report.

The televised press address on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) had a select team of Journalists in attendance.

These are eight main points of Mohammed’s address:

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THE FG WAS RESPONSIVE AND VERY RESPONSIBLE IN ITS HANDLING OF THE DEMANDS OF THE ENDSARS PROTESTERS

“The Federal Government was responsive and responsible in meeting the demands of the EndSARS protesters”

 

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WE DO NOT HAVE PLANS TO SHUT DOWN THE SOCIAL MEDIA

“The irresponsible use of social media by some unscrupulous persons aggravated the violence that erupted in the wake of the EndSARS protest and helped to precipitate the violence. While the government has no plans to shut down the internet, it will work with stakeholders to regulate the social media to curb abuse”

 

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WE CAN’TFOLDOUR ARMS AND ALLOW THE SOCIALMEDIA TO BE USED NEGATIVELY

“Those who use the social media responsibly have nothing to fear, but those who abuse it have every reason to be worried, as no responsible government will stand by and allow a few unscrupulous elements to set the country ablaze.”

 

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CNN’s REPORT IS JAUNDICED

“CNN goofed in its preconceived stance that the soldiers who were deployed to Lekki Toll Gate indeed shot at protesters, killing some of them. CNN relied heavily on unverified and possibly-doctored videos, as well as information sourced from questionable sources, to reach its conclusion. This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting.”

 

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THERE WAS NO KILLING IN LEKKI

“While the Judicial Panel sitting in Lagos works to unravel what really transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate, available evidence so far points to the world’s first case of MASSACRE WITHOUT BLOOD OR BODIES.”

 

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KUDOS TO THE ARMY, POLICE, OTHERS

“The Federal Government commends the security agencies for acting professionally and showing utmost restraint all through the EndSARS protest and the ensuing violence, an action that saved lives and properties”

“Human Rights Organizations should note that the security agents are also human beings and they have rights too. Even if the organizations, for whatever reasons, are reluctant to recognize the human rights of security agents, they should quit vilifying them as they are wont to do. It is also disheartening that the human rights organizations have not seen anything wrong in the mindless violence that was perpetrated in the name of EndSARS.”

 

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DJ SWITCH IS AN AGENT OF FAKE NEWS

“DJ Switch (Obianuju Catherine Udeh) should quit peddling falsehood and present her case, with verifiable evidence, to the Judicial Panel sitting in Lagos. No agency of government has declared her wanted hence she has no reason fleeing or seeking asylum anywhere.”

 

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NBC WAS LENIENT WITH THE FINES ON AIT, CHANNELS AND ARISETV

“The sanctions imposed on some broadcast media organizations by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) are justified, in view of the unprofessional acts of the organizations which were in clear breach of the Broadcasting Code, as stated by the Commission. It is also imperative for the traditional media to authenticate information from the social media before pushing such to the public”

 

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Balarabe Musa: Nigeria has lost a selfless leader – Mimiko

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Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has described the death of ex-Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Balarabe Musa, as a big loss to the Nigerian nation and the African continent.

Mimiko, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, John Paul Akinduro, said “Balarabe Musa was a detribalised Nigerian, who until his death, remained a true advocate for a just, fair and pro-people Nigeria”.

He further described the elderstatesman as a dogged politician. “To my mind, his most remarkable legacy was his unwavering commitment to principle in the face of overwhelming opposition and oppression during the ignoble effort to impeach him from the office of governor”

Mimiko eulogized the late ex-Governor of Kaduna State as one whose uncommon leadership style stood him out among the rest.

“Though he has left us, his passion and dedication towards making Nigeria an egalitarian society will continue to be a reference point for quality leadership. I join the good people of Kaduna state to celebrate his life and times and the legacy of selflessness he has bequeathed to our country,” Mimiko said.

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