TWENTY DAYS LATER, POLICE YET TO RELEASE OR ALLOW FAMILY ACCESS TO REVOLUTIONNOW PROTESTER

Twenty days after the #RevolutionNow protest in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the police are yet to set free Olawale Adebayo, one of the activists arrested during the demonstration. PREMIUM TIMES reported how five protesters were arrested in the state, including the brutal attack on Sariyu Akanmu, a 70-year-old fufu seller. Following news reports about Mrs Akanmu’s brutalisation, the elderly woman has been receiving help from the public. While others were released few days after the protest, Mr Adebayo was not released. Prior to the nationwide protest, Omoyele Sowore, a lead convener…

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WHY NIGERIA NEEDS A REVOLUTION

ADEMOLA ORUNBON When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty… – Thomas Jefferson In political science, a revolution (Latin: revolutio, “a turn around”) is a fundamental power and political organisation which occurs when the population reverts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression (political, social, economic) or political incompetence. In book (V) of the politics, the Ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle (384-322BC), described two types of political revolution. (1) Complete change from one constitution to another, and (2), Modification of an existing constitution. Revolution has occurred throughout human history and varies widely…

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NORTHERN GROUPS SET DATE TO BEGIN REVOLUTIONNOW PROTESTS

The Joint Northern Action Front has announced that it would participate in the #RevolutionNow protests against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The group expressed concern over northerners’ silence since they suffer most from alleged atrocities and anti-people policies of the Buhari-led administration. The group on Sunday called on northerners to join other activists across the country in protesting bad governance and state-sponsored repression. In a statement by its Chairman, Samuel Katung and Secretary, Tanko Mustapha, the group said it decided to join the protest because “President Buhari seemed not to be…

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DSS BOWS TO PRESSURE, RELEASES DAN HALILU

The Department of State Services (DSS) has finally released Mr. Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, eleven days after he was arrested at his residence in Rigachikun, Kaduna. Dan-Halilu, a former Political Editor at Daily Trust newspaper, had been picked up by the intelligence agency over a Facebook post he made allegedly “supporting” Revolution Now movement. The movement was convened by Omoyele Sowore, detained publisher of Sahara Reporters and Presidential candidate of Action Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 election. Dan-Halilu, a former staunch supporter of President Muhammadu before the 2015 elections was once a…

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4 REVOLUTIONS NIGERIANS NEED BY JIDE OJO

Jide Ojo Since Omoyele Sowore’s spearheaded the #RevolutionNow! protest of August 5, 2019, I have been a guest analyst on several radio and television programmes to discuss the import and desirability of a revolution at this point in time in Nigeria’s history. Among the media stations that have invited me over for discussion on the matter include: Arise News TV, Independent Television, Channels Television, and Nigerian Television Authority. Others include, Nigeria Info 95.1 FM and Love 104.5 FM (Crowther Radio).  I have always maintained my stance that while Nigeria needs…

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REVOLUTION IMMINENT, AISHA YESUFU WARNS

A human right crusader, Aisha Yesufu, has told President Muhammadu Buhari and security operatives in Nigeria to get ready to arrest more people, pointing out that Nigerians will not stop demanding for their rights. She said Buhari had not shown empathy in his action and words that he has the capacity to be a leader of a democratic nation like Nigeria. She added that Nigerians are ready and willing to go to jail rather than watch the country return to dark days reminiscent of the military era. “So, the Nigeria…

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BUHARI A BENEFICIRAY OF PROTESTS NOW FIGHTING PROTESTERS

Buhari protesting in Abuja in 2014 Davidson Iriekpen with agency reports, chronicles how the same President Muhammadu Buhari now tightening the noose on freedom, benefited from protests from 2003 to when he assumed to office in 2015. Even though he never called for a violent change of government. Every elections cycle he participated in and lost, he approached the court to table his grievances Since he assumed power on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has not received the kind of bashing and criticisms as he received in the last…

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WE ARE BEING RULED LIKE A CONQUERED PEOPLE- FEMI FALANA

Mr Femi Falana is a Senior  Advocate of Nigeria   (SAN) and an activist. Falana speaks on the state of the nation in the wake of ‘RevolutionNow’ protest and the arrest of the convener, Mr Omowole Sowore. What I have considered is that the state, through the police, recognises the fact that Nigerians have the right to protest peacefully. And I hope the government will not reverse itself. However, the government is saying “we are clamping down on protesters this time around because they used the word ‘revolution’. But the…

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SEPTUGENARIAN FUFU SELLER BATTERED BY POLICE FOR PROTESTING, ‘REEVOLUTIONNOW: WHO IS SOWORE? I JOINED PROTEST BECAUSE THE SUFFERING IS TOO MUCH, READ HER INTERVIEW

Osun State-based fufu (cassava flour) seller, Mrs Sariyu Akanmu, beaten by the police for participating in the #RevolutionNow protest on Monday, tells BOLA BAMIGBOLA her story Tell us more about yourself. I don’t know when I was born. My parents were not educated. But I knew when one of my friends who should be of same age celebrated her sixtieth birthday. That was 10 years ago. Since, then I have been using her age as mine too. I am convinced we are of the same age. I will say I…

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The Verdict By Olusegun Adeniyi, Email: olusegun.adeniyi@thisdaylive.com FLASHBACK, 25TH SEPTEMBER 2003: Rally after elections? That was my immediate reaction to Hon. Farouk Adamu Aliyu, the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) House of Representatives member from Jigawa State who had called to inform me that he was in Kano for a rally to be addressed the next day by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). Why would the defeated ANPP presidential candidate (who is already in court challenging the result of the election) need to hold a rally? Is dancing on the streets…

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