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Monday, 14 June 2021

UNICEF calls for unconditional release of 150 Tsangaya pupils kidnapped in Niger State

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UNICEF calls for unconditional release of 150 Tsangaya pupils kidnapped in Niger State

UNICEF on Monday called for the immediate and unconditional release of 150 Tsangaya pupils abducted at the Salisu Tanko Islamiya school in Tegina, Rafi local government Area of Niger State in north-central Nigeria.


This is coming two weeks since the abduction of the children.


The UN agency in a statement said it is worried about the fate of the children, some of whom are as young as three years. Old.


“We are appalled that two weeks after 150 students were abducted from their school, they continue to be held by their abductors,” said Rushnan Murtaza, Officer in Charge, Representative UNICEF Nigeria.


“Parents are grieving their children’s ‘disappearance’; siblings are missing their brothers and sisters – these children must be immediately and unconditionally released and safely reunited with their families.”


“It is horrifying that schools and schoolchildren continue to be targets of the attack – and in this particular incident, even children as young as 3 years old. We can only begin to imagine how frightened they are, and the impact this will have on their mental health and well-being.”


UNICEF stressed that attacks on students and schools are not only reprehensible but a gross violation of the right of children to an education. It is a right that any society can ill-afford to violate.


The organization called on the Nigerian Government to take all measures to protect schools in the country and implement the promises made in financing safe schools in Nigeria so that children will not be fearful of going to school and parents afraid of sending their children to school.


“Schools must be safe places to study and develop, and learning should not be a risky endeavour,” said Rushnan Murtaza. “There are very few – if any – things more important for any society than ensuring the safe education of its children.”

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JAMB extends 2021/2022 registration deadline

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JAMB extends 2021/2022 registration deadline

 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has announced another extension of 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME registration deadline.


This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by JAMB’s spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.


Dr. Benjamin said the extension was to enable candidates who were yet to complete their registration due to some hitches before the previous deadline elapsed, to do so.


He urged the affected candidates to visit any specially designated registration centres on Tuesday, June 15, to finish the process.


He noted that the development applies only to candidates whose names were compiled following complaints of their inability to meet up with the previous extension.


“The candidates who have not registered but have secured the profile codes and initiated the registration process are expected to visit the specially designated registration centres to complete the registration on Tuesday, June 15,” he added.

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Ronaldo addresses rumours about his future amid links to Man Utd, PSG

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Ronaldo addresses rumours about his future amid links to Man Utd, PSG

 Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has insisted he is fully focused on the European Championship and is not thinking about his future.


Ronaldo has been linked with an exit from Juventus this summer.


It is believed the 36-year-old might return to Manchester United or join Paris Saint-Germain.


Ronaldo is currently with the national team and they begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Hungary on Tuesday.


And the former United forward brushed aside questions surrounding his future on the eve of Portugal’s opening fixture in Group F.


“I have been playing at the highest level for many years this doesn’t faze me, maybe if I was 18 or 19 I might have had some sleepless nights, but I’m 36.



“It’s like I say, whatever comes, it will be for good. Regardless of whether you stay or leave, that’s not the most important right now.


“The most important thing is to focus on the national team, a competition of this magnitude is not played every day, I’m going to play the fifth European but in my mind it’s like the first.


“I want to start on the right foot, I want to win, I want to play well and I want to have positive thoughts, from the beginning to the end of the competition,” Ronaldo said at a press conference on Monday

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Panic As Armed Bandits Abduct Farmer In Ekiti

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Panic As Armed Bandits Abduct Farmer In Ekiti

Alhaji Jimoh Olodan, a Nigerian farmer, has been abducted by armed men suspected to be bandits in Iyemero Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Sun News reports.


The abduction came two months and some days after a farmer, Mr. Isaac Agbanigo, was abducted from a farmstead in Ikere Ekiti, Ikere council of the state.


The incident, according to an eyewitness, Chief Ajayi Ogungbemi, happened at Elegure farm settlement around 11.15pm on Friday.


The farmstead is about 15-minute drive from the community.


Ogungbemi, who is the Babaloja of Iyemero, told journalists, on Saturday that the abductors, numbering 18, invaded the farmstead and whisked away the farmer.


According to the witness, the kidnappers shot sporadically into the air before taking the farmer to an unknown destination.


He said the gunshots caused panic, as residents, who had not slept when they came, fled into the bush, while those sleeping quickly woke up and fled.


Ogungbemi appealed to the state police command and the Amotekun corps to expedite actions and free the victim from his captors.


 When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the police were not aware of the incident.


“We are not aware, but we will ensure that we contact all the necessary units to ascertain the veracity of the incident,” he said.


Also, the commandant, Ekiti State Security Network Amotekun, Brig Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd), stated that the corps had not been informed about the incident.


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Google Deletes Adamu Garba’s "App" From PlayStore

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Google Deletes Adamu Garba’s "App" From PlayStore


Following hundreds of unfavourable reviews, Google has axed Adamu Garba’s app from the Google play store.

 

Recall that Garba had before FG's ban on Twitter, used Twitter to promote his microblogging app.

 

He even asked Nigerians to leave Twitter and join his app. He also threw his support on the federal government for banning Twitter.

 

Nigerians in their hundreds stormed play store to complain about his app, leaving hundreds of unfavourable reviews.

 

This prompted Google to remove his app.

 

According to Gazette Nigeria, following the announcement of Twitter ban by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the former presidential candidate presented the app as an alternative to the microblogging website that can help “to grow Nigeria.”


“Join now! Build your country, Build your people and Build your Brand. Join now., Mr Garba tweeted.


“This is the best opportunity to grow Nigeria to Build Nigeria, to the World.”

 

He also expressed his excitement in an interview with Channels TV that the federal government has banned the operations of Twitter in the country.


It could be recalled that Mr Garba had earlier called for a ban of the microblogging platform when it deleted president Buhari’s genocidal tweet.


“Twitter has no right to infuse into our local political affairs. It’s a company not a government. By removing our democratically elected President’s speech to the people of Nigeria, Twitter need to shut down from Nigerian internet space. Twitter need to get out of Nigeria,” he tweeted.

 

Mr Garba’s attempt to seize the opportunity of Twitter Ban in Nigeria to advertise his app met stonewall rejection from Nigerians.

 

Twitter users criticised the application on many grounds including its privacy policy. For instance, critics discovered that ’s Terms and Conditions were copied from another app, Spotify. The discovery was also verified by Dubawa, a fact-checking platform, to be true.

 

“Check the app’s terms and conditions. It’s the SAME thing as Spotify. They didn’t even bother editing. Like if you click on the hyperlink it redirects you to Spotify theft. What sort of pangolo app is that?” A critic alleged on social media.

 

The app has since received terrible reviews which could be responsible for its disappearance on the play store app.

 

In one instance, a scathing review of the app goes: “This App represents everything that defines wrong. From the space it takes on phone, to the design interface and user experience, it makes me wonder if thoughts went into the development of this App. For the benefit of doubt, check the login icon and how unnecessarily bad it looks, the dashboard looks fraudulent and the trademark looks like that of ISIS. I am suspecting the App to be from that side. Please take it down so that people can be protected. Zero Star App.”

 

Another reviewer alleged that the app was being used to recruit members for terrorist organisations.

 

“This app has been found to be used for recruitment purposes by terrorist orgs like Boko Haram and ISWAP. It steals your personal data which the developers turn in for phising. It is also harmful to your device. In fact, I had to do factory reset to be able to make my device efficient again after installing this app. I would recommend that YOU DO NOT INSTALL THIS APP. Look at the 4 star ratings, pay attention to the names and be convinced that the app is specifically designed to enhance terrorism.”

 

In yet another review, Bennette is upset that the app keeps attacking people with porn ads.

 

“Admin, please do something about the frequent pornographic ads. Can’t believe the useless app accessed my photos and videos without permission.”

 

When reached for comments on the development, Mr Garba however told Peoples Gazette on Monday that the company was working on updating the application that is why it was deleted on play store.

 

The Gazette’s checks on Google Play Console help, however, revealed one does not necessarily have to remove an application before updating it.

 

“Once your update is available, users can download the update on your app’s store listing page or from their My apps page on the Play Store app. If a user has turned on automatic updates for your app, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically,” it explained.

 

Google removes applications that are perceived to have violated its policy.

 

“Once your app is removed, the published version of your app won’t be available on Google Play until a compliant update is submitted,” the app store policy states.

 

“Until a policy violation has been fixed, don’t republish a removed app,” it added.

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OOMPA Postpone The Media Parley By A Week

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OOMPA Postpone The Media Parley By A Week

The Osun Online Media Practitioners has postponed the planned Media parley with House of Representatives member, Bamidele Salam by a week.


The postponement according to the Chairman of the association, Jare Tiamiyu on Saturday night was to accomodate some requests from members of the public and constituents of he lawmaker who wish to attend the public event. 


Tiamiyu, while regretting the inconveniences the change of date might cause, said the postponement will not only make the Programme better but also ensure more benefits are available for the masses of Osun and the country at large.


"We regret to announce the shifting but we believe it will make the Programme better, more inclusive and ensure people of Ede federal constituency and Osun State at large benefit from the Parley. The venue remains Ben Ber Event Hall, Beside Regina Suites, Ring Road, Osogbo and time remains 2pm." He said.


The event will coincide with second anniversary of the lawmaker in the green chamber and will also focus on his activities so far in the last 24 months.

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Sunday, 13 June 2021

What they said wasn’t funny – Hazard expresses disappointment after laughing with ex-Chelsea teammates

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What they said wasn’t funny – Hazard expresses disappointment after laughing with ex-Chelsea teammates

Real Madrid star, Eden Hazard, has revealed that he was very disappointed with himself after he was seen laughing with his former teammates at Chelsea following Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League exit at Stamford Bridge in May.


Hazard struggled to make an impact against Chelsea and then angered those connected with Real Madrid after television cameras caught him laughing with the Blues stars, Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy, just minutes after the full-time whistle.


Real Madrid eventually lost the match 2-0 against Chelsea, who eventually won the Champions League after beating Manchester City 1-0.


Speaking on the development, Hazard told Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad, that what he did against Chelsea was wrong and damaged Real Madrid’s image, adding that what Mendy and Zouma said was not even funny.


Hazard said, “That was wrong. What Mendy and Zouma said was not even funny, but I played with Zouma and I know Mendy.


“It’s always fun to see your friends again. I know that I damaged Real Madrid’s image. Everyone assumed that I was not hurting, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.


“I was very disappointed. If there was any game that I wanted to win, then it was against my old club at Stamford Bridge.”

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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Christian Eriksen 'awake and stabilised' as picture shows him after collapse

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Christian Eriksen 'awake and stabilised' as picture shows him after collapse

Pictures have emerged showing Christian Eriksen sitting up and awake as he was stretchered off the field after collapsing during Denmark's Euro 2020 clash with Finland.


DaOptimistic had earlier reported that Christian Eriksen collapses and the match between Denmark and Finland was stopped, but however, he's now awoken 


UEFA have also described his condition as 'stabilised' following the distressing scenes that unfolded in Copenhagen.


In the first half, the midfielder fell to the ground, with medics rushing to his aid.


His team-mates formed a shield as first responders performed CPR and the game was suspended.


Amid heartbreaking scenes, Eriksen's partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen was seen being comforted by players before the TV feed was cut.


Eriksen is now in hospital.


In a short statement, UEFA said: "Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET.


Christian Eriksen 'awake and stabilised' as picture shows him after collapse


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EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland

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EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland


 Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in Saturday's Euro 2020 game against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, causing the suspension of the match in the first half.


The match was stopped just minutes before half-time when players signalled the medical team to come onto the pitch to attend to Eriksen, who collapsed inside the Finland half.


Eriksen remained motionless as the players and fans appeared visibly upset at the nature of the incident


Some of the Denmark players circled Eriksen so he could receive treatment in privacy.


With the half-time whistle not blown, the Finland players began to walk off the pitch in the 55th minute.


Eriksen was carried off in a stretcher with the Denmark players surrounding him with a white cloth


EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland

EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland

EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland

EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland

EURO 2020: Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland


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Friday, 11 June 2021

Rep Bamidele Salam Set To Feature At OOMPA Media Parley

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Rep Bamidele Salam Set To Feature At OOMPA Media Parley


Representative Bamidele Salam of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore and Ejigbo federal constituency of Osun is set to feature as guest for Media Parley organized by Osun Online Media Practitioners' Association, OOMPA.


This was disclosed by Chairman of the association, Mr Jare Tiamiyu in a press statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, state capital of Osun.


Mr Tiamiyu said Honorable Salam will be featuring as guest on the maiden Media Parley of the association on 14th of June 2021 which will be held at Ben Ber Foundation, Ring Road, Osogbo.


He explained that the Media Parley with the theme " Digging Into Politics, Governance and Dividends" is aimed at bringing public servants, stakeholders in development of Osun and aspiring political office holders to narrate what they have done for the people, what they intend doing and so. 


He added that this will also avail the masses opportunity to speak with the elected Representatives and policy makers on their aspirations as people. 


Also, political analysts, academia and experts from different profession will also be featured on the program.


He further explained that the monthly media parley will be streamed live on Facebook for the world to watch and contribute via same platform.

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Spray naira notes, go to jail – CBN warns Nigerians

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Spray naira notes, go to jail – CBN warns Nigerians

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has warned Nigerians against spraying the Naira notes in parties and other events.


The CBN spokesman, Isaac Okorafor, who made this known on Thursday in a statement, said defaulters would be jailed for not less than six months and would be given the option of a N50,000 fine.


According to the spokesman, the CBN has concluded the decision to establish mobile courts to prosecute those abusing the Naira notes.


He noted that the security agencies particularly the police operatives would be involved in monitoring the Naira users and ensure that the order is enforced across the nation.


“If a celebrant is dancing and you spray him/her, you may go to jail from the party venue, because the law enforcement agents will be there, waiting to arrest you.


“The law enforcement agencies must catch offenders and take them to court. Our (CBN) collaboration with the police will intensify as we move to implement the mobile court for offenders,” Mr Okorafor said in a statement on Thursday.


The CBN spokesman urged Nigerians to ensure that monies being gifted to their loved ones either in an event or not are properly enveloped to avoid abusing the note.

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Premier League effects new changes to VAR ahead of 2021/2022 season

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Premier League effects new changes to VAR ahead of 2021/2022 season

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the Premier League will begin using ‘thicker lines’ in matches next season to determine marginal decisions, according to Sky Sports.


This agreement was reached at the annual general meeting of clubs on Thursday, where there was a presentation by Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] referees’ chief Mike Riley.


The PGMOL is hoping the change will give advantage to the attacking team, following a VAR feedback from Premier League clubs last season.


It is however not confirmed if the thicker lines for offside will be used for FA Cup ties next season.


Football lawmakers, the International Football Association Board [IFAB], do not specify a maximum thickness of lines, under the laws of the game.


FIFA, which has operational control of VAR, trialled semi-automated offside technology at the Club World Cup in 2019 in Qatar.

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Despite Twitter ban in Nigeria, five Governors remain active, tweet

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Despite Twitter ban in Nigeria, five Governors remain active, tweet

By Nsikak Nseyen and Silas Onuoha


Many prominent Nigerians have continued to defy the ban on micro-blogging and social media platform, Twitter, despite the threat by the Nigerian government to prosecute Nigerians still posting or using the microblogging site.


Last Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari-led government announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria over what it termed, “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”


The suspension came days after Twitter deleted a controversial tweet by Buhari where he made reference to the 1967 civil war.


Amid the public outcry and criticism that greeted the government’s Twitter suspension, the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday ordered the prosecution of violators of the ban.


Nigerians had immediately opted for Virtual Private Networks (VPN) in a bid to access the platform, daring the police to arrest them and prosecute them.


VPN, a key path for digital anonymity, has enabled Nigeria to trend in different parts of the world.


Issues relating to Twitter ban in Nigeria have become popular in free VPN locations, especially in the United States, Netherlands, Canada and Ireland as gathered by DAILY POST..


Just two days ago, ‘Nigeria, ‘TB Joshua, ‘June 12 protest, ‘Buhari, ‘werey, ‘Oyo, ‘Igbo trended in Netherlands, America, Canada and some other countries.


Interestingly, some Governors have been using VPN to access Twitter. Among those yet to comply with Buhari’s order are the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.


Although some Governors who were active before the suspension have complied with the directive, the accounts of others who rarely use the platform have remained dormant as usual.


Governor Makinde had, while calling on the Government to rescind the decision, said many would be rendered jobless.


He counselled Buhari not to hamper the operations of thousands of businesses and services, maintaining that the ban is capable of affecting investors’ confidence in the country.


He, however, called for due consideration of the Government due to the implications of its action.


Lending his voice to condemn the ban, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State tweeting via his official handle, said the ban was illegal.


According to him, it is also an ill-advised move to divert the attention of Nigerians from the FG’s failure to tackle insecurity in parts of the country.


He noted that the ban amounts to suppression of fundamental human rights and gagging of social media.


Similarly, El-Rufai, a leading member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, tweeted despite the existing order by the Federal Government.


El-Rufai used the banned social media platform to tweet what seems like support for the Federal Government, saying, “Based Nigeria: African country teaches US lesson in how to handle Big Tech tyranny — RT Op-ed.”


HOWEVER, According to DAILY POST, said when it reached Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, to comment on why his principal didn’t obey the FG’s Twitter ban directive and why he described it as illegal, the CPS said the answer was in the governor’s tweet.


Akase said, “The answer was in the question you asked.


“Even the governor’s tweet and statement we issued, the answer is there.


“So read our statement and the governor’s tweet, you will have the answer there,” he added.


Meanwhile, all efforts made by DAILY POST to get a reaction from the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, Taiwo Adisa, proved abortive as he could not take his calls.


Also, efforts by DAILY POST to get a reaction from the Special Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai (Media and Communication), Mr. Muyiwa Adeleke, were not successful as several calls put through to his mobile phone were showing ‘line busy’ as at time of filing this report.

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Nigeria vs Twitter: Buhari under fire as lawyers condemn social media censorship

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Nigeria vs Twitter: Buhari under fire as lawyers condemn social media censorship

Legal practitioners have decried the ongoing social media censorship in Nigeria amid President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s action against Twitter.


The federal government sanctioned the microblogging site after the President’s tweet was deleted when many users reported it.


Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said it was high time Facebook, Instagram and Twitter registered in Nigeria.


The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been directed to license all social media operations, while television and radio stations are barred from tweeting.


But lawyers in the country are infuriated by the events, with some accusing Buhari of dragging the entire nation into an individual altercation with the Jack Dorsey-led company.


Festus Ogun, a human rights activist told DAILY POST he agrees with other stakeholders that social media should be regulated to prevent abuse.


The legal analyst, however, noted that Nigeria’s social media space is already regulated with laws like the Cybercrime Act.


The sudden interest to regulate Over the Top (OTT) services, Ogun noted, is suspicious, malicious and a desperate attempt to gag the constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech and access to information.


“I see it as a backdoor implementation of the widely rejected Social Media Bill. Why is the whole conversation surrounding OTT regulations and licences coming at a time the President’s indecent tweet was justly deleted?


“It tells a lot about the proverbial witch that cried at night and the child’s death in the morning! Clearly, the authorities are only hiding under the pretext of ‘regulation’ to strangulate the voice and liberty of the Nigerian people.


“The right to internet and access to digital information are human rights that cannot be arbitrarily derogated without lawful justification. The Buhari regime’s growing lust for despotism is enough yardstick to reject any dangerous OTT regulations.


“The real trouble with Nigeria is leadership, not social media. Given that the internet space seems to be the only platform patriotic Nigerians ventilate their grievances, the planned OTT regulation appears like a cynical attempt to cover up the failure of our rulers by clamping down on the right to social media.


“The current leadership of our country lacks the legal, constitutional and moral rights to make delicate policies that are capable of endangering basic human rights and democratic liberties.”


Ogun added that a serious government would focus more on security, poverty, job creation, infrastructure and getting the economy out of the woods, instead of trying to gag the media through the “undemocratic policies”.


“We will resist the policy by all forces permissible under our laws”, the Convener of the Civil Coalition for Constitutional Governance added.


In a statement, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa urged activists, civil society organisations and all lovers of democracy, to boycott any events organized by the Buhari administration in commemoration of the June 12.


He said it will be hypocritical of the government to claim to celebrate the ideals of the date, when the same is in gross violation of people’s freedom of expression.


Adegboruwa condemned the “illegal ban of Twitter and the unwarranted censorship of all media organisations”.


The activist stressed that June 12 represents total freedom, the free expression of the will of the people, justice, equality and respect for human rights.


“The decision of the government to suspend the operations of Twitter and to force media organisations to comply therewith, are contrary to the spirit of June 12.”


“We cannot continue to live in a nation where the rights of citizens depend on the personal idiosyncrasies of those in power; where the institutions of State are deployed whimsically to settle personal grievances, as President Buhari is doing in respect of his personal dispute with Twitter”, he said.


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and scores of citizens have dragged the Buhari administration to the ECOWAS Court.


The suit, filed by Femi Falana (SAN), is demanding a dismissal of the threat to arrest Twitter users, an end to the repression of human rights, freedom of speech, media freedom, among others.

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