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#EndSARS and Nigeria’s democracy – The Nation



By Elle Adedoyin

SIR:  The aftermath of the #Endsars protests sparked by emboldened Nigerian youths who dared to hold their leaders accountable has proved retributive for the protesters. The EndSARS movement started as a means to liberate Nigerian youths from police brutality and the excesses of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officials who extort money from hard-working youths or whoever they suspect to be a “yahoo” boy under the guise of questioning such persons. Following the abrupt manner in which the protests ended, the last straw being the Lekki shootings; it is inevitable that Nigerian youths come to terms with certain facts. The most glaring of them is the attitude of the government towards the series of protests and its antecedent cause.

It is noteworthy that the government continues to fall short in addressing the demands made by the entire populace ranging from good governance to putting an end to police brutality, disbandment of SARS and justice for the victims of the atrocities committed by SARS officials.

Instead is the unapologetic stance of the Nigerian government manifested in the paranoia that has propelled all manners of anti-regime conspiracies and the current wave of clampdown.

It is obvious to all, except the government, that this democracy is in decline because youths haven’t only been denied the platform for creative engagement, but every attempt to exercise fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression and movement is being stifled.

It reeks of distaste when the government of a democratic society prioritises the future of repentant Boko Haram insurgents over those of hardworking youths who labour for their daily bread. Yet, this is the sad reality in Nigeria and it is the heart of unrest has plagued the nation.

Yes, amnesty deals are offered to terrorists while citizens face the trigger should they dare to demand for accountability from those governing them. It would seem the government is oblivious to the fact that such efforts is counterproductive to the fight against terrorism.

Yet, as uncertainty lurks in the present, hope beckons from the future in form of the 2023 elections when it is expected that democracy will resurrect and the power to choose will be returned to the people as is the norm, but the questions originate: should citizens wait till 2023 to take a stance? Is is the change of candidates that counts or an entire overhaul of components that could contribute to the emergence of yet another dictatorial regime in 2023?

The Nation

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From Headies 2019 Next Rated Nominee To Highest-Nominated Artiste



With the nomination announcement for the 14th edition of The Headies, Fireboy Leads the nomination table in 8 categories including the much-coveted ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Recording of The Year’ categories.

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The Headies is the most prestigious music award that recognises creativity and celebrates excellence in Nigeria. Spanning 25 voting and non-voting categories, this year, Fireboy is leading the table with the highest nominations totalling eight for ‘Recording of the Year’, ‘Best R&B Album, ‘Best Pop Album’, ‘Best Music Video’, ‘Best R&B Single’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Headies Viewers Choice and ‘Songwriter of the Year’.

Many are not surprised because Fireboy has released phenomenal music this past year from the release of his debut album ‘Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’ in 2019 to his sophomore album ‘Apollo’ released in 2020. Both were received with critical acclaim and much love from the public.

Just last year, Fireboy had only four nominations at The Headies including ‘Next Rated’ category. Unfortunately, he walked home with no awards. Maybe this year will be pivotal and see him bringing home not just one, but multiple awards.

Davido follows the lead with seven nominations including ‘Songwriter of the Year’, ‘Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’. This year also has Burna Boy, Wizkid and Wurld tied at six nominations each seeing Burna and Wurld sharing categories likes ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and ‘Recording of The Year’.

Simi receives five nominations while newcomers, Chike and Omah Lay receive four nominations each. You can see the full list of nominations here.

The 14th Edition of The Headies reviews music records and works within July 2019 to September 2020 period and we must say, artistes, writer and video directors really brought their A-game. Maybe the lockdown inspired a lot of creativity. Good luck to all the nominees!

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Angry mob sets man ablaze in Ibadan for allegedly snatching motorcycle



A suspected thief was burnt to death by an angry mob in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for allegedly snatching motorcycle from an ‘Okada man.’

The incident happened around 7:20 am on Friday, December 4, at the Mile 110 roundabout end of the MKO Abiola Way, Ring-Road, Ibadan.

According to an eyewitness, angry youths chased the two robbers from Olomi area where they had stolen the motorcycle and eventually caught one of them around 110 Round About, Odo-Ona area of the city. They set him ablaze after beating him with clubs, stones and other dangerous objects.

It was gathered that the commercial motorcyclist was shot on motion while being pursued by the robbers before youths in the area raised alarm and gave them a hot chase.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident, said the two robbers had snatched the okada from Olomi area of Ibadan and were trailed by angry youths down to 110 Roundabout.

“The guys were two. They went and snatch okada (motorcycle) at Olomi area of Ibadan. And they were on the trail, they were caught at that Round About there, 110 Round About, where the mob clamped down on the two of them.” he said.

“One escaped and the other one was not lucky, and they beat him to death. And set him ablaze there. The motorcycle has been recovered to the Oluyole Police station and the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) is making frantic efforts to meet with the Ministry of Environment to evacuate the corpse to the mortuary, while investigation has commenced on the matter.” he added.

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Turkey President, Erdogan says he hopes France gets rid of President Macron



President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the French President and counterpart as “trouble” saying that he hoped France would “get rid of him” as soon as possible.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said this on Friday, following a serious war of words between the two leaders.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his own words said that “Macron is a trouble for France.

With Macron, France is passing through a very dangerous period. I hope that France will get rid of Macron trouble as soon as possible”

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