Nigerian youths are key to securing the country, says Sanwo-Olu

By (By Gbenga Salau)

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said Nigeria will be highly insecure if she fails to secure the today and tomorrow of its youth.

Speaking yesterday at the third BRF-Gabest programme, with the theme, Generational gap: Youth inclusion and the leadership question in Nigeria, meant to celebrate the birthday of Babatunde Raji Fashola, Sanwo-Olu said it is why Nigeria needs to invest in education and create an enabling environment for the youth to thrive and advised the youth to fight for what they believe in. He noted that leadership is not by age but by knowledge, insight and responsibility. He added that with the election of youths as speakers in some states, though progress is being made, there is still a lot more to be done.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Dr Balogun, praised Fashola for being a visionary and versatile leader.

On his part, Fashola said young Nigerians must continue to have a positive mindset about the country. He also said there is a need to pay attention to organised crime as a critical element of insecurity the country is facing.

During one of the panel discussions, Banky W, who contested during the last general election, said young people need to loose the sense of entitlement they own, as no one owes them anything.

Nigerian youth tasked on political participation

Adejumo Kabir

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Positive Force Forum, on Saturday brought young persons together for a leadership seminar in Modakeke community of Osun State.

The seminar which debuted in 2018 is in its second year.

With the theme: “Effective and Efficient Political Leadership” the seminar held at St Stephens Government Middle School, in Modakeke. It focused on youth political participation and leadership grooming.

The convener of the forum, Titilayo Ayotunde, a lecturer at the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, said the major aim of the gathering is to groom youth towards good governance.

“The educated youths need to come back together to influence others. It is on this vision that I want us to come together. Politics is not just for experienced people. We also have our role in ensuring that normalcy is restored in our grassroots”, he said.

The guest speaker, Adebayo Abayomi, a professor of Economics at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, said the youth have a role to play in political leadership and other responsibilities to the community.

To play this role, he enjoined them to be actively involved in the political processes.

“Leadership is key to direction and it is time we start highlighting the problem of our leaders. We have leaders who don’t have experience and it is time we all come in.

“To perfect change in this part all the world, we all need to get involved and our orientation that politics is meant for some people must change.”

Mr Abayomi said the solution to the myriads of problems bedevilling the country is not increment in workers’ salaries but the failure of the government to properly manage our resources.

He said that if our resources are well managed, everyone at the grassroots would find a good job and provide for his or her family.

Corroborating the professor, Wale Amusan, a former executive chairman of Ife -East Area Office, said the change in orientation should be from the grassroots to the top.

“To have effective and efficient political leadership, we must start from the bottom to the top. We must all be involved. It is not right to say politics is meant for some people. It is for all of us.

The chairman of the programme, Fatai Kolawole, who is the Permanent Secretary of SUBEB in Osun State, charged the youth to understudy the present leadership to prepare themselves for future leadership roles.

He added that the future has already started for the youth present.

Some of the attendees who spoke with this newspaper embraced the idea of exposing them to grassroots politics.

Source Premium Times Nigeria

Nigeria: Onnoghen’s Suspension Is Coup Against Democracy

“This is a coup against democracy and the rule of law. Nigeria is under a constitutional democracy that is governed by the rule of law and the action by President Buhari lacks foundation in law.”

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) says the news of the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), is “a coup against democracy”.

Onnoghen’s suspension was announced on Friday evening by President Muhammadu Buhari. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed was sworn in as the acting CJN.

A statement by Eric Omare, the IYC President, noted that the move is desperation taken too far.

The statement read: “This is a coup against democracy and the rule of law. Nigeria is under a constitutional democracy that is governed by the rule of law and the action by President Buhari lacks foundation in law. President Buhari lacks the powers to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria without the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and it is even unthinkable to suspend Justice Onnoghen in the light of the multiple valid and subsisting orders of the National Industrial Court, Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal, which bars the Code of Conduct Tribunal from going on with the trial of Justice Onnoghen.

“President Buhari claimed to have acted pursuant to an order of the CCT made on January 23, 2019. However, from the records of proceedings of the CCT, no such order was made. The pending motions are yet to be taken, hence it is surprising for the President to be relying on a non-existing order.

“This is desperation taken too far and the IYC in the strongest terms condemns this display of impunity by President Buhari. This is the height of lawlessness and the greatest threat to democratic rule in Nigeria. The IYC calls on President Buhari to immediately reverse this illegal, despicable and undemocratic decision.

“We also call on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy all over the world to rise up and defend our democracy in Nigeria. Anti-democratic forces who truncated democracy in the past must not be allowed to truncate democracy again.”

Source saharareporters

Nigeria: What exactly is the status of SARS?

By Motolani Alake

Circa 2006, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was formed to combat robbery in Nigeria – it worked.

The idea was premised upon the Operation Sweep, formed by former Lagos State Military Administrator, Colonel Buba Marwa around 1997. The same was also recreated in Ibadan, Oyo State under the name Operation Gbale.

Around 2009, SARS found its way into Nigerian Universities as a medium to repress the surge of internet fraud and cultism which had spilled to the streets. This era also coincided with the radicalism of style and fashion evolution amongst Nigerians under 35.

What SARS became was a national scourge that a witch-hunt machinery against Nigerian youth with dreadlocks, piercings, cars, expensive phones and risque means of expression. This led to the #EndSARS campaign, against the constant abuse of office by SARS operatives.

Daily, we hear terrible tales of exploitation of Nigerian youths by SARS operatives. These youths also give in because they don’t want to risk time behind bars. The Federal Government ignored Nigerian youths for a while before they finally gave in after years of clamour – at least, it looked like that.

Osinbajo order

On August 14, 2018, then acting president, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in a statement issued by Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, the Acting President ordered the IGP to shut down the unit “with immediate effect”.

The statement read, “Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

“The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Humanitarian Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects. The operatives should also bear proper identification any time they are on duty.

“In the meantime, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Committee that will conduct nation-wide investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.”

Noting that the body could only be rehabilitated and not scrapped, the Vice President saw that SARS was rebranded under the FSARS name, to be handled by the office of the Inspector General of Police.

On January 21, 2018, news filtered in that FSARS was disbanded, but people claimed it was only going back to being SARS under state leadership and not the Inspector General of Police’s office.

With the news came outrage that what we fought for had been taken away; our peace gone and a sense of betrayal initiated – we senselessly praised Vice President Osinbajo for restructuring SARS.

Initially, after the restructuring…

SARS became quiet and heroes were made of Segun Awosanya aka Segalink and figures like rap legend, Ruggedman who were vocal people in the struggle to #EndSARS.

SARS went quiet and people went happy, celebration filled social media and people praised the seeming strategic decision to #EndSARS by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

But the problem with SARS has never been about the organization. The idea of SARS and the corruption perpetuated by it has always been done by the men behind the movement.

The idea of restructuring SARS after months of accruing complaints on denigration of Nigerian Youth at the hands of SARS operatives always seemed shady.

You cannot change the organization if the men remain in the body, alive and breathing. The name might be gone, but the idea was always going to remain. It becomes worse.

On the other part, the ‘restructuring’ of SARS never seemed a permanent solution to the problem we had – SARS.

Yinka Badmus Case

The Nigerian Police Force was already a corrupt organization, abusing power and office at will and for sport, but the story of SARS had been overshadowing their shady dealings.

With the restructuring of SARS and not a complete disbandment and other forms of affirmative action to shelve the continued abuse of office and power, and internalized corruption as well as oppression of Nigerian youths.

The problem was always going to persist and it was never going away as long as the men behind SARS remained steadfast within the breaches of Nigerian security operations.

It was always a problem that was going to fester. It has since been exemplified in the case of Yinka

The problem has always been the people, not just the name. We shouldn’t have celebrated the news like we did.

The problem was never going away if the people behind SARS and who gave SARS that reputation were not laid off or granted leave for serious affirmative action to stop the abuse of office and power.

Now, SARS might have been restructured, but inevitably, we still have SARS-problems – nothing has changed.

Until we fix the problem with the people who constituted SARS and find a way to understand the era of avant-garde expressionism we live in, with totally no relations to irresponsibility – unless proven otherwise – there will be more Yinka Badmuses.

Source Pulse Nigeria