UN, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton call for stop to killing of #EndSARS protesters

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and his deputy, Amina Mohammed, a former Nigerian Minister of the Environment, have called on the Nigerian government to end the killing of protesters against police brutality in Nigeria.

A statememt by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said “I’ve been asked about the ongoing protests in Nigeria and I can tell you that the Secretary-General is following the protests in Nigeria calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and an end to human rights violations allegedly committed by security agencies.”

“The Secretary-General stresses the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly and calls on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint in the policing of the demonstrations.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the decision by the Government of Nigeria to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Unit and undertake broader police reforms. He expresses the readiness of the United Nations to accompany Nigeria in those efforts,” the UN said.

On her part, the deputy Secretary-General said “The UN & I are following the protests in #Nigeria calling for an end to human rights violations. I join the #UNSG in stressing the importance of respect for peaceful protests & freedom of assembly & call on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint.”

Also, Joe Biden, US presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to cease the violent crackdown on #EndSARS protesters.

In a statement on Wednesday, Biden asked the federal government to engage in dialogue with the civil society in order to address citizens’ grievances.

He added that the United States must show solidarity with Nigerians who are peacefully seeking police reform and asking for an end to corruption.

“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” he said.

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.

“I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”

Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state, had also asked Buhari to stop the killing of the protesters.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, Clinton lent her voice in support of those who had condemned the action of the soldiers.

“I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters,” she tweeted.

I’m calling on @mbuhari and the

@hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2020

UN, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton call for stop to killing of #EndSARS protesters

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and his deputy, Amina Mohammed, a former Nigerian Minister of the Environment, have called on the Nigerian government to end the killing of protesters against police brutality in Nigeria.

A statememt by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said “I’ve been asked about the ongoing protests in Nigeria and I can tell you that the Secretary-General is following the protests in Nigeria calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and an end to human rights violations allegedly committed by security agencies.”

“The Secretary-General stresses the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly and calls on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint in the policing of the demonstrations.


“The Secretary-General welcomes the decision by the Government of Nigeria to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Unit and undertake broader police reforms. He expresses the readiness of the United Nations to accompany Nigeria in those efforts,” the UN said.

On her part, the deputy Secretary-General said “The UN & I are following the protests in #Nigeria calling for an end to human rights violations. I join the #UNSG in stressing the importance of respect for peaceful protests & freedom of assembly & call on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint.”

Also, Joe Biden, US presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to cease the violent crackdown on #EndSARS protesters.

In a statement on Wednesday, Biden asked the federal government to engage in dialogue with the civil society in order to address citizens’ grievances.

He added that the United States must show solidarity with Nigerians who are peacefully seeking police reform and asking for an end to corruption.

“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” he said.

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.

“I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”

Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state, had also asked Buhari to stop the killing of the protesters.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, Clinton lent her voice in support of those who had condemned the action of the soldiers.

“I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters,” she tweeted.

I’m calling on @mbuhari and the

@hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2020

Nigeria flag to be lowered for 3 days in Lagos

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu , has given directive to lower all the Nigeria flags in all government establishments for 3-days.

This is as he suspended all the state activities for 3-days.

His decision came moment when Nigerians are mourning the death of #ENDSARS protesters allegedly killed by the Nigerian soldiers.

His words:

In sensitivity with the mood of the nation at this time, I have directed the following:

1. The immediate suspension of all State activities for 3-days except those connected with governance of security in the State and the management of the current issue.

2. The lowering of the flags in all government establishments for 3-days.

3. The constitution of a 5-man Fact-Finding Committee into the Rules of Engagement ordered & adopted by the Nigerian Army to be headed by a retired military officer not less than the rank of a General.”

In sensitivity with the mood of the nation at this time, I have directed the following:

1. The immediate suspension of all State activities for 3-days except those connected with governance of security in the State and the management of the current issue.

— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 21, 2020

2. The lowering of the flags in all government establishments for 3-days.

3. The constitution of a 5-man Fact-Finding Committee into the Rules of Engagement ordered & adopted by the Nigerian Army to be headed by a retired military officer not less than the rank of a General

— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 21, 2020

#ENDSARS: Commonwealth doctors condemn assault, murder of protesters

The Commonwealth Medical Association, CMA, on Wednesday expressed worry over what it described as ‘reports of callous assault and murder’ of defenceless civilian protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos even as it called on the Nigerian government to take up the medical care of injured victims as well as bring the culprits to quick justice.

The CMA also urged the Nigerian government to guarantee unfettered access to physicians and healthcare workers to care for injured victims and ensure the transparent investigation into the killings and prosecution of perpetrators.

Reacting to the development, President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele, who lamented that the protesters were only demanding for end in police brutality and reforms said CMA viewed as most unfortunate and unacceptable, the alleged prevention of ambulance services and medical care for the injured victims by the military.

He said while the CMA was not currently in a position to make a declarative statement on the pre-morbid state and motives of the elements behind the unholy assault and decimation of defenceless civilian protesters, it deeply regrets the loss of lives.

The CMA President further condemned the unwarranted murder of civilian protesters and gross assault on their fundamental human and health rights.

Noting the enormous human casualties and its implications for health and security, the CMA further called on the Government of Nigeria to urgently calm the situation by arresting further intimidation, assaults and murder of the peaceful protesters.

He said the government should ensure the arrest of criminals and hoodlums who are attacking peaceful demonstrators and ensure strict adherence to existing International treaties on fundamental human rights, and international treaties that govern the treatment of civilians, as enshrined in the Geneva Declaration of 1949.

“The CMA appreciates all physicians and healthcare workers who have so far offered to provide medical care to the injured victims and urges the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association to sustain her leadership roles in ensuring full medical and psychological rehabilitation of the injured.

“We call on all parties to exercise restraint and embrace peaceful means, constructive and altruistic dialogue, laced with respect for the rule of law, respect for human and health rights, and the dignity of human lives.

“The CMA condoles the families of those murdered at the Lekki Tollgate and other parts of Nigeria and prays for the repose of their souls.

“This unfortunate incidence which took place in the course of a peaceful protest (code-named #ENDSARS) against police brutality and calls for reforms of the Nigeria Police Force in various parts of Nigeria, was characterized by the firing of live bullets at the protesting civilians, with several deaths and fatal injuries recorded amongst the protesters.”

NBA condemns Lekki killings, sets to begin legal actions against FG, military

The Nigerian Bar Association on Tuesday condemned the killing of peaceful # EndSARS protesters by soldiers at Lekki tollgate in Lagos .

The NBA President , Mr Olumide Akpata , stated in a statement asked the Nigerian Army to immediately identify the soldiers who carried out the attack and dismiss them from service .

He also said the association would immediately commence legal actions against the Nigerian government and the Army at both international and local fora.


He said the suits would be initiated by the NBA on behalf of the families of the victims , “for abuse of power , disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights ( including right to life ) of the affected citizens ”.

He stated in the statement titled , ‘Nigerian Bar Association condemns the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lagos by the Nigerian military ’, the protesters ’ act of misdemeanor of a breach of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government “did not warrant the use of live ammunition by the Nigerian military to confront otherwise peaceful , unarmed and defenseless protesters ”.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (“ NBA ”) has been drawn to the dastardly shooting and killing of # ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos State by some unidentified men of the Nigerian Military on Tuesday , 20 th October 2020 . From news reports on the incident , many lives were lost in the attack while several others were injured during the melee that ensued . The NBA strongly condemns this act of recklessness and lawlessness by the security apparatus of the Government in what , based on reports available to us , appears to have been a carefully calculated and premeditated attack.

“The NBA states that even if the protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza were in breach of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government , such a misdemeanor or breach did not warrant the use of live ammunition by the Nigerian military to confront otherwise peaceful, unarmed and defenseless protesters . To be clear , the events of today are events that we should never see or consider as normal in any democracy . Against the backdrop of this ugly development, the NBA wishes to state as follows :

“The military high command is hereby requested to immediately identify and name the officers involved in this gross professional misconduct for immediate prosecution and dismissal in line with extant laws .

“The NBA shall immediately commence legal proceedings at all relevant fora ( both locally and internationally ) against the Nigerian Military and other relevant authorities , on behalf of the families of the victims , for abuse of power , disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights ( including right to life ) of the affected citizens .

” Given the degenerating nature of the crisis, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee ( the highest decision-making body of the NBA ) will be convened within the next 48 hours to review the state of the Nation and take other appropriate steps to decisively deal with the situation and prevent the nation from further going adrift .”

Akpata said the current situation in the country “calls for dynamic leadership and , as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project”, calling on the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd ) and others in authority “to show uncommon leadership in saving the situation, instead of deploying troops against defenseless citizens whom they swore an oath to protect .”

​Akinbami Appreciates Governor Oyetola on His Appointment, Salutes Ademola Adesina’s Led Management Committee

The new Vice President of Osun United football club, Vincent Akinbami has appreciated Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola for giving him the opportunity to contribute his quota to the development of sports in his state through his appointment as the Club’s Vice President.
The Ifetedo born football technocrat and a Chartered Accountant, in an appreciation message to the Governor over his appointment described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a thoroughbred politician and a goal-getter who is always meticulous in his approaches and a lover of sports.

“I thank his Excellency for the opportunity given me to be part of the management committee of Osun United. I am particularly happy to be part of the great Osun United’s managerial squad that has an experienced, versatile and veteran ex-international, Ademola Adesina as the leader together with other committee members who are all professionals.

“I am also grateful to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Yemi Lawal and the Special Adviser, Aremo Gboyega Adelabu for their support and several ideas and initiatives that can bring fortunes to the club.

“I want to reaffirm that I am fully ready to work with other committee members for the progress and development of football in my state and I want to assure the Governor that as a management, we won’t disappoint the state in the mandate given to us to turn the fortune of Osun United around positively.”

The former Ranchers Bees FC of Kaduna manager however solicited for more support from the State Government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in getting the required fund to assist the management committee in their desire at improving players welfare and give Osun United a new facelift.

“It’s a new dawn for Osun United and we need government’s full support pending the time the club will be self-sustaining and our plans at reducing the total reliance on the government for funding will begin to manifest. I want to assure everyone that within the next three years, the club’s will become asset to the government,” concluded the former Chairman of Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Kaduna State Chapter.

#EndSARS Protest: Take responsibility and step down, Fani-Kayode hits Buhari

A former Aviation Minister and foremost Chieftain of the main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has on Tuesday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to humbly take responsibility for the ongoing protest and honourable step-down as President of the federal republic.

Fani-Kayode noted that as credible, laudable, vital, noble, necessary and important as the #EndPoliceBrutality and #EndSARS protests and initiatives are to every right-thinking, reasonable and rational person they are nothing but a mild irritation and meaningless slogans to the President.

In a statement released on his Facebook page, the former Aviation minister lamented that tyrant leaders, whether democratically-elected or not, have little respect for the will of the people and do not bow to reason. According to him, “they see these protests and these courageous young men and women in the streets as nothing but mere irritants with little more than nuisance value.

in an article titled: BUHARI MUST GO!

Fani-Kayode quoted Maiwada A. Mohammed, where he tweeted, “To call for the end of Buhari means that you are trying to dig your grave and next week will be battle week. We will eliminate anyone that says or carries the sign of “end Buhari” within Abuja or elsewhere”- Maiwada A. Mohammed (maiwada_muhd), Twitter, 17th October 2020.

According to Fani-Kayode, “We take note of this misguided young man’s irresponsible, reckless, dangerous and provocative words.”

“We deem them to be a clear and unequivocal threat to life and an ominous expression of intention to maim, kill and destroy those of us that believe that Buhari ought to resign.”

“Yet we are not intimidated and I take this opportunity to say it again loudly and clearly that the resignation of Buhari from power is the only way forward.”

“I say this because it is painfully obvious that there can never be any meaningful reform of the police and security agencies and neither can #endsars truly occur and endure unless and until Buhari leaves power.”

“You cannot change the mindset of a provincial 80 year old war veteran and General and the crude and thuggish thinking of a violent, vicious, retrograde, backward and oppressive antedelluvian dinosaur.”

As credible, laudable, vital, noble, necessary and important the #EndPoliceBrutality and #EndSARS protests and initiatives are to every right thinking, reasonable and rational person they are nothing but a mild irritation and meaningless slogans to a man who has not only proved to be totally deaf to the yearnings and blind to the sorry plight of his people.”

“Tyrant leaders, whether democratically-elected or not, have little respect for the will of the people and do not bow to reason. They see these protests and these courageous young men and women in the streets as nothing but mere irritants with little more than nuisance value.”

Fani-Kayode further berates the presidency for not issuing a statement on ntghe APO destruction where over 50 cars were burnt to ashes.

He said, “Just in case you have any doubts about this kindly consider the burning of the 200 cars which were owned by #EndSARS protesters in Apo, Abuja by pro-SARS rioters and hoodlums who are also busy killing, maiming, threatening and chasing #EndSARS protestors all over the city every day.”

“And in case that does not get you thinking consider the stage-managed prison break in Benin City and the sponsoring of thugs to infiltrate and cause trouble at #EndSARS protests in order to create the illusion of anarchy and justify the sending in of the military to “restore law and order” during which they will kill a whole lot of innocent people.’

“In the light of all this please do not expect too much from Buhari and his team despite their promises of reform and change. The only changes and reforms they can offer are cosmetic in nature and meaningless and designed to create a false sense of reasonable behaviour, compromise and decency.”

“Yet the truth is that Buhari cannot be trusted and he would rather die than yield to those who are making these demands.

Only the gullible can be fooled by his strategy of “tell them what they want to hear but do as you please”.

“If you really want a new Nigeria or a restructured Nigeria where the rights of the people and the principle of self-deremination will be respected and where police and military brutality and savagery will come to an end and be a thing of the past then you must pluck up the courage to demand that Buhari must resign and leave office for his sheer insensitivity, impunity and his woeful failure of leadership and for the massive amount of innocent blood that has been spilt and brazen lawlessness that has been displayed under his watch.”

Fani-Kayode recalled President Buahri’s call of ex-president Jonathan to resign in 2014 in the wake of Boko Haram killings in parts of Northern Nigeria.

“In 2014 Buhari asked President Jonathan to resign due to insecurity. In 2013 Buhari himself together with other leading members of the then opposition came out and marched in the streets against Jonathan.”

“No-one threatened them. No-one accused them of attempting to subvert the state or destabilise the country. No-one dismissed them with contempt or subjected them to insults, threats and brutal reprisals.”

“No-one brought out thugs and miscreants to attack and kill them and burn their cars. No one opened the doors of the prisons and accused them of raiding and freeing prisoners.”

No-one called them unprintable names and threatened to bring out troops on the streets to kill them. No-one threatened to wipe them off the face of the earth with an iron fist or turn the whole thing into a tribal war.”

Those that say we have no right to say Buhari must resign due to the prevailing circumstances in our country have no right to tell us what to say or do and are nothing more than irreverent and intolerant.”

They have much to learn about the meaning and true nature of democracy, citizens rights and the freedom of speech.”

There is nothing unlawful or irresponsible in calling for the resignation of a democratically-elected leader where and when he has failed.”

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Fani-Kayode recalled a statemet credited to the APC national leader and he said, “Tinubu’s words were prophetic and he has clearly been proved right. Thanks to Buhari Nigeria is on the brink.”

Fani-Kayode cited, Emperor Haile Sellasi 1 of Ethiopia,Where he said, “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better and the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph”.

“This is true. We must shed all fear and continue to speak out and resist the tyranny, injustice and wickedness that thrives in our land lest evil triumphs.”

“That is our duty and calling as children of light and believers in God. That is the risk we must take and the price we have to pay for a better tomorrow. We are lions: we have no fear.” He said.

#EndSARS: Hoodlums burn 4 police stations, loot Ajeromi/Ifelodun LG secretariat

The Police Command in Lagos State has confirmed that four police stations and the secretariat of Ajeromi/Ifelodun Local Government have been burnt in the course of the #EndSars protests.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Tuesday said that the police formations burnt in the state were located in Orile, Layeni, Amukoko, and Cele outpost (under Ijesha division).

He added that the disbanded SARS office at Ajegunle and the Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government secretariat were also burnt by suspected hoodlums.

He said that the Mushin Police Division, and the Ilembe Hausa Division were attacked and warned that the police would repel further attacks.

He also said that the number of policemen killed at various locations within the state would be released soon.

“We will ensure that there is no total break down of law and order in the state as adequate security operatives have been deployed to enforce the curfew,” Adejobi said.

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