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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has said its remains apolitical and not supporting or backing any candidate for the presidential or any other office in the 2023 general elections.

At a media briefing held late Monday, The NAS Cap’n, Mr. Abiola Owoaje, said in the last 48 hours, the group’s attention has been drawn to a viral video of a song that has raised concerns and commentary across Nigeria.

He explained that quite contrary to the manner in which certain aspects of the video are being portrayed, no aspect of this procession or the event itself was political.

Rather, he said, it was the typical climax of its annual general meeting, adding that at no time in the history of the organisation has this event; or indeed any of its events had any slanted political leanings.

The NAS Cap’n stressed that the Pyrates Confraternity does not mock or discriminate against the physical condition of any person. ”Never. It is an unfair characterisation and offends everything that we stand for.

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Indeed, this would cause offence to even our own members that are also, unfortunately, afflicted and this would never be condoned,”.

Owoaje, emphasised that, as an organisation, it has never had a preferred candidate in any political elections, including the upcoming 2023 general elections.

He stated that NAS have members who belong to different political parties and are absolutely free to support any candidate of their choice.

”For the avoidance of doubt, between August 4 and August 6 2022, the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) was in Ikeja, Lagos, for our 46th Annual General Meeting. This event was attended by over 2,000 of our members who came to Lagos from all over the world.

As part of the activities, we were at the Isheri Primary Health Centre on Thursday 4th August, where we provided free medical services to the Isheri Community.

Over 300 people were assisted with various forms of medical treatment. We were also at the Police Hospital, Area F, Ikeja, where we donated substantial quantities of PPEs and other medical supplies.

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These were part of our NAS Medical Mission which was founded in 2012. In the 11 years since then, we have organised over 50 free medical missions that has made a difference to many disadvantaged communities across Nigeria.

Part of the annual general meeting was the review of all our advocacy, humanitarian and operational activities for the year.

This, then, as usual, culminated in a celebratory procession. An aspect of this yearly process that we have undertaken for the last 46 years.

In our view, it proceeded without event, until this extremely limited video made this appearance,”.

Owoaje argued that it is most unfortunate that political capital is being made of this with interpretations that are totally at variance with the philosophy of the Pyrates Confraternity.

”Unequivocally, we condemn this in very strong terms,”.

He disclosed that the group understands that political merchants desperately seeking media mileage are all over the place misinforming and twisting events to suit their political agenda.

As an organisation in tune with disadvantaged and voiceless people, Owoaje said it was committed to the enthronement of a just society in which no one is discriminated against based on tribe, religion, gender or disability.

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”We are against conventions that are moribund. We have always stood for humanistic ideals, comradeship and chivalry. Nothing that has happened can and will change that posture.

We are determined to continue to use our social programmes, intellectual platforms and our compelling songs to advocate for good governance and accountability,”.

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Jonathan, Osinbajo, others join Buhari to mark Independence Day

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, and several local and foreign dignitaries witnessed Nigeria’s colourful 62nd Independence Day Anniversary parades.

The event was held amidst watertight security at Eagle Square, Abuja, on Saturday.

The event, marked with activities, including military drills and artistic performances, was witnessed by Senate President Ahmad Lawan and speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Others at the event included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan and cabinet ministers.

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The service chiefs and other heads of security and intelligence agencies, members of the National Assembly, and diplomatic corps were also at the parade ground.

Mr Buhari, who arrived at Eagle Square, inspected the guards on parade before proceeding to the VIP box to observe the parade processions.

The major highlights of the celebration included parades and march past by the nation’s military forces, some paramilitary outfits, cadets of the Nigeria Military School (NMS) and members of NYSC, amongst others.

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Also, the Nigerian Air Force did a couple of flying displays with some of the aircraft recently procured for the various anti-terrorism fight and minutes of cultural displays by the cultural troupe.

The president later signed the anniversary register before departing Eagle Square after the National Anthem and marching off the parade.

Mr president had earlier addressed Nigerians on the occasion of the 62nd independence anniversary.

Mr Buhari said he shared the pains Nigerians were going through while commending their resilience in the face of challenges.

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He also commended Nigerians for allowing him to lead the country in 2015 and 2019.

(NAN)

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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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