The National Democratic Force, NDF, has saluted activists and well meaning Nigerians who came out on Monday to countered the ‘sponsored’ anti-government protest tagged ‘Revolution Now’.
NDF said the action of Nigerians on Tuesday showed that they can’t be easily cowed and deceived by some disgruntled elements, who are hell bent on destroying the country.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Dr Bolaji Abdulkadir, Secretary General of NDF, hailed the Nigerian security agencies for quick response across the nation, which prevented the protest.
Abdulkadir further advised those behind the anti-government protest to desist from creating further nuisance in the country.
His speech below.
Gentlemen of the press, Monday August 5th, 2019 came and passed without the rage promised by some criminal elements taking hold of the country. This was a rabble that had threatened to “bond together and bundle” a democratic government out of office.
They also threatened, through their convener, Omoyele Sowore, that a security organization like the Department of State Services (DSS) will no longer exist today (Tuesday) because Nigeria will no longer exist as we knew it.
In the hours preceding the Monday date for their day of rage, these trouble makers took to social media to harass other Nigerians while standing the law on its head to justify their pointless anger and bitterness at not being able to function in a Nigeria that is undergoing reformation. It is now apparent that these angry people are embittered because they no longer have access to proceeds of corruption that had financed the lavish lifestyles they had become addicted to. Some of those threatening to protest are also in the enterprise to pursue their terrorist agenda as their original group have been proscribed as terrorist organizations. This is in addition to those that have desires to please their foreign task masters that are hell bent on destroying Nigeria.
We want Nigerians to take to heart all those that were once held in high esteem but decided to support terrorists, separatists and coupists that had threatened to overthrow a democratic government through mob action. It is most appalling that supporters of this aberration were hiding under freedom of expression as guaranteed in the constitution without citing the relevant section of the constitution without citing the sections that specified the acceptable process for ending the tenure of a government. Even more disappointing is the failure of these influential people to educate their field agents and spokespersons that free speech does not cover a call to violence neither does it excuse treason.
The National Democratic Front (NDF) is pleased to have championed democracy by leading patriotic Nigerians to resist the anti-democratic forces that had planned a mob coup. It took the concerted effort of democracy loving Nigerians to halt these misguided elements in their track.
We found it easy to make this effort because of our patriotism and because of the knowledge that we have about several nefarious organizations such as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Amnesty International and selfish politicians with their foreign agents. We knew they had attempted to use various means to make the country ungovernable by sponsoring killings in the name of ethnic groups to make the country ungovernable and to make Nigerians turn on each other.
We appreciate all Nigerians who showed absolute belief in the future of the country, Through strength and unity of purpose, Nigerians came together to defeat these dark forces by proving to them that President Buhari remains the popular will of the people and no evil forces collectively or individually can test the people’s resolve.
The solidarity shown by various civil society organizations that came out enmass to reject the mob action, particularly those backed by Amnesty International that was waiting for bloodshed to invite the world to forcefully take the country is commendable. This spirit must be sustained and vigilance remains the watch word.
We salute the professionalism and responsiveness of the security and military agencies. Their intervention ensured that law abiding citizens were not overwhelmed by hoodlums. The civil way they went about containing the trouble makers ensured that they were not able to lie about the government excessively clamping down on their raging protests.
There is however the need to always be at alert as the paid protesters could resurface like flash floods and take the country unawares. We have been informed that this is the strategy they will adopt especially when it is time to put those arrested on trial for treasonable felony. The sub-plot is to storm the trial venue or any section of a particular city in a number that they expect would overwhelm security and law enforcement personnel.
We call on Nigerians not to allow such to happen even as they continue to protect Nigeria’s hard earned democracy to make sure no one takes the country backwards.
As for the protesters, we want to advise them that there is still time to seek clarifications on the position of the law and to also get better understanding of the changes that the present government is implementing for the benefit of Nigerians collectively. They should know when they are being conscripted as foot soldiers to prosecute the private war of those that cannot get over their hatred of a Nigeria that is beginning to signs of working.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Worsen As Country Reports 544 Fresh Infections
Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases continued to rise as the country on Sunday reported 544 fresh infections.
This is according to a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which said the new figure brings the West African nation’s total confirmed cases to 28,711.
The agency said the new COVID-19 cases were reported in 18 states in the country and the Federal Capital with Lagos State having the highest number of infections for Sunday – 199.
Other states which had new COVID-19 cases include Ebonyi – 65, Oyo – 47, Ondo – 46, Ogun – 31, Edo – 30, FCT – 28, Katsina – 25 and Plateau – 15.
The rest are: Bayelsa – 11, Kaduna – 10, Adamawa – 10, Akwa Ibom – 8, Gombe – 7, Kano – 4, Taraba – 3, Rivers -2, Abia – 2, Ekiti -1.
So far, 11,665 persons who contracted the virus have been discharged in Nigeria with 645 deaths recorded, according to the NCDC.
COVID-19: Ebonyi Indigenes in Diaspora Pray for Gov. Umahi’s Speedy Recovery
The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) world-wide has extended its heartfelt sympathy to the governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, who recently announced that he has been tested positive to the Coronavirus disease on the wee hours of Saturday, July 4th, 2020.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, signed by the President, World-wide of AESID, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, expressed shock and prayed that pandemic be successfully managed and further spread curbed in Ebonyi state, Nigeria and in the world generally.
While wishing governor Umahi a speedy recovery, Amb. Oluchukwu, commended the governor for handing over the affairs of governance of Ebonyi state to his deputy, Barr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, to lead the frontline coordination of the battle to contain and manage further spread of the dreaded COVID-19 virus in the state.
The statement said: “Even as we were astonished when he(Governor Umahi) personally broke the news on the social media that the results from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated that he and some of his close aides also tested positive to COVI-19, we are gladdened by the disposition of his faith that all affected persons will soon test negative to the virus. Like the world already is aware; testing positive to the deadly pandemic is actually not a death sentence.
“While assuring that we have His Excellency, the Governor and all the affected aides in our esteemed prayers and wishing him and others a very speedy recovery to enable him continue to pilot the affairs of governance of our dear state, we also commend him for handing over the affairs of governance of the State to his Deputy, Barr. Eric Kelechi Igwe to lead the frontline coordination of the battle to contain and manage further spread of the dreaded COVID-19 virus which is already at community transmission level in our dear state.”
The association urged every Ebonyian to take the NCDC warnings and protocols very seriously, abide strictly by them and support all efforts by government at all levels in Nigeria in the sustained fight against the dreaded COVID-19 virus.
“It is our earnest desire therefore that the pandemic be successfully managed and further spread curbed in our dear state by all concerned just as we urge every Ebonyian to take the NCDC warnings and protocols very seriously, abide strictly by them and support all efforts by government at all levels in Nigeria in the sustained fight against the dreaded COVID-19 virus. It is real and it has come to stay!
“May God Almighty continue to uplift our dear state as the salt of the Nation.”
Court Transfers Evans’ Trial To Office Of Public Defender
There’s a new twist to the ongoing trial of kidnap Kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans as an Ikeja High Court in Lagos has asked the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to take over the defence for his alleged inability to afford legal fees.
The Lagos State Attorney-General (A-G), Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) told the court on Friday that his team placed a phone call to Evans’ legal team on the last court date to enquire about the whereabouts of Evans’ counsel.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi, thereafter, noted that Evans had developed a habit of engaging the services of lawyers who according to the judge, “disappeared halfway through trial” and this has caused delays in the case.
He is standing trial alongside four others over the alleged kidnap of Mr Donatius Dunu, the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical ltd.
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