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Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, yesterday, challenged Nigerians to do a critique of those aspiring to become the President in 2023.

Falana said this at the first annual lecture and book presentation of the late Mohammed Fawehinmi held in Lagos.

Speaking at the occasion, Falana said: “Today, our people are suffering as we have never suffered in the history of our country. So, for those of you who are Obi-dient, and those who are in PDP, APC, beyond religion, you must ask questions about their positions on ASUU strikes and medical treatment.

“Buhari said he was going to make one dollar to one Naira. When some of them were in school, a dollar to Naira was 60k but today, it is N650.

“The latest is that NNPC has not released money to fund the federal account; can you imagine, the government accusing the government?

“Now, do you know that some rents in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt are collected in dollars? School fees are paid in dollars; even government agencies collect dollars. Now, this is illegal because the legal tender in Nigeria is Naira and Kobo.”

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On insecurity, he said: “The Chief of Defense Staff said three days ago that Nigerians should not worry that the 2023 election will be held.

We are taking advantage of this forum to challenge them that they must prove that there will be peace in Nigeria for the election to hold.

“Today, many local governments in Niger, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna or Borno states have been captured by terrorists. In Anambra and Imo States, there are areas where nobody can talk of going.

“They are even threatening now to kidnap President Buhari and many people are already praying and fasting, including dry fasting that the threat be carried out

And, it shows the level of frustration of Nigerians under this regime.”

Commending the life and times of Mohammed, he said: “We must recognize that despite his physical challenge, he never hesitated to join and lead on the struggle. For all of us, whatever condition you find yourself in, you must contribute to making this society a better place.

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“In paying tribute to him, we must decide that the unfinished battle for which the likes of Chief Gani Fawehinmi of the blessed memory, Mohammed and others, must undertake will continue the struggle.”

Also speaking on the theme of the day, Okei-Odumakin urged the Federal Government to fight insecurity in the land.

She said: “Our elections are corrupt. We all agree, save those who feed on that corruption. Aside from the scarce times favourites win elections, the remote control is overwhelming.

“We spend billions to process people into offices, where technology and creativity could save us a lot of cash. It is one of the most corrupt and wasteful leadership processing systems on the continent, perhaps on the globe.

The processors and the processed are bedfellows while we, the masses, are the victims.”

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In her remarks, the daughter of Gani Fawehinmi, who authored the book, said: “As Gani’s first daughter, I am not happy with the political situation in the country. There’s a lot of insecurity, corruption, kidnapping, people are hungry and unhappy and there’s poverty everywhere.

“If Gani or Mohammed was alive who we are celebrating today, he probably would have gone to court to challenge the government.”

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Buhari has done his best, but obviously not enough: IPAC

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The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) says President Muhammadu Buhari has done his best, but it was not enough as the nation needs more from him.

The Lagos State chairman of IPAC, Olusegun Mobolaji, remarked while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 62nd Independence Day broadcast on Saturday.

“Well, he (Buhari) has done his best. This is the best that the President can do, and on a day like this, we say ‘well done, but obviously, the best is not good enough is the reality,” he said.

He, however, said both Nigerian leaders and citizens have roles to play to realise a better and brighter future for the country.

“We pray for a greater and better Nigeria, but this cannot come if everybody does not play his or her role- the leaders and the electorate, the great and the small, the young and old, corporate organisations and all workers.

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“Everybody has to play his or her roles to make Nigeria a better place to live and stay,” Mr Mobolaji said.

Congratulating Nigerians on the anniversary, the IPAC boss urged citizens to use the opportunity of the next transition in the 2023 general elections to choose leaders that would fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

“We should put our heads and eyes down to elect the right person-the right man or woman for the job.

“Leaders that can deliver the kind of country we all desire. Nigeria is a great nation and ought to be a great nation,” he added.

On campaigns ahead of the forthcoming elections, Mr Mobolaji said all politicians should ensure decorum and respect one another.

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“I use this opportunity to call on all candidates and their supporters, as they go about campaigns for the 2023 general elections, they should do it with all modesty and be moderate.

“Please, do not try to intimidate or harass anyone. The cloud is big enough for all birds to fly without touching one another,” he said.

He said Nigerians should continue to learn from gains and pains since independence.

Mr Mobolaji added, “The whole thing is in our hands- the leaders, politicians and the electorate.”

Mr Buhari had assured citizens that their resilience and patience would not end in vain as his administration continued to reposition and strengthen the security agencies to tackle the nation’s security challenges.

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The president also highlighted some of the achievements of his regime while addressing Nigerians in a broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary.

(NAN)

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Supporters of Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate, on Saturday trooped out en masse across Lagos, Bauchi, Asaba and Calabar to rally support for the former Anambra governor.

Traffic congestion was recorded in several parts of the cities where the rally took place.

In Lagos, the Lekki-Epe expressway as well as Surulere, supporters of Mr Obi were seen marching and chanting songs of praise for the presidential hopeful.

Many supporters of Mr Obi ditched the Nigerian green and white flag for the Labour Party’s multi-coloured flag, waving as they marched in excitement. Others adorned paraphernalia of the party.

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Another mammoth crowd marched from Inter-bus roundabout along Nnbisi road in Asaba, Delta state, for the Obidatti rally, leaving a scanty audience to receive Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s independence day address.

A similar situation was recorded in Warri where Mr Obi’s supporters converged in droves at Effurun roundabout and thereon marched to Airport road and later Warri city stadium where Labour Party leaders encouraged them to vote wisely in the 2023 general elections.

In Calabar, dancers adorned traditional attires and lined major roads chanting “Obi! Obi!” to match the beats of traditional musical instruments. Other supporters adorned the Labour Party’s paraphernalia in a show of support for Mr Obi.

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In a Facebook video posted by The Nation, another excited crowd marched in support of Mr Obi in Bauchi. Some of them could be seen chanting “Carry me dey go, Obi, carry me dey go, dey go, dey go,” while waving the Nigerian and Labour Party flags.

The massive turnout has put to question claims that Mr Obi, labelled by opponents as a social media candidate because of the support he enjoys from Nigerian social space, would not enjoy the same support on the ballot.

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Plateau Governor Simon Lalong has urged fellow Nigerian leaders to be selfless and committed to nation-building.

“Those in power should always put the interest of the citizens first and shun any action that will dwindle hope, faith and patriotism among the followers,” Mr Lalong said in a statement by his spokesperson, Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

He described Nigeria as a great nation with abundant human and material resources comparable to a few countries worldwide.

The governor pointed out that good leadership would ensure the nation’s resources are harvested and utilised efficiently for the good of all rather than for the benefit of a few.

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He expressed hope that Nigeria would achieve greatness despite its current challenges.

He urged citizens to put aside their personal interests and be united to work for the country’s progress while paying tribute to those who struggled for independence.

“It is, therefore ,important that we do not allow the challenges of the moment to stop us from highlighting and thanking God for the tremendous successes we have achieved over the years.

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“In this regard, we pay special tribute to those who fought for our independence, those who nurtured it and to all who are doing their best to sustain it.

“We should continue to do our best to ensure that the sacrifices of these men, women, youths, children and people of various backgrounds do not go in vain,” he said.

While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for commemorating the 62nd anniversary, Mr Lalong prayed for a smooth transition in 2023, which, he said, would consolidate the nation’s achievements.

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