Professor Abiola Denies Beating Her Orderly

The lawyer, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola, and her housemaid. Credit: Force Headquarters.

 

Professor Zainab Duke Abiola has denied allegations by the police that she assaulted a police orderly who was attached to her.

The police arrested Professor Abiola, who is a lawyer and human rights activist, along with her domestic aide Rebecca Enechido on Thursday for the said assault.

They were arrested after a video showing the orderly injured, sitting on the floor, and asking to be taken to the hospital for medical care went viral.

The police accused Professor Abiola, Enechido, and one of her male aides of being responsible for the assault.

In a statement announcing their arrest, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, had condemned the assault and directed that those responsible should be prosecuted.

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However, according to a statement issued by the Afro-European Lawyers League on her behalf, the allegations against her were not true.

The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious malicious defamatory publication against our respected Alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Security Studies, NIPPS, Professor Zainab Duke Mni alleging assault on one of her police Orderlies. We categorically state that this is NOT true and Nothing could be further from the truth. For the records, our respected revered Professor Zainab has Never assaulted anybody anywhere at any time. It is not in her character.

“The facts are: 1. That on the 20th of April 2022 the IGP approved the revalidation and deployment of police Orderlies to our leader based on the fact that she is the Chief Legal Consultant to the Nigerian Police and has her office at the Force headquarters, Abuja.

“2. That the police consequently assigned a female police officer who was among the perpetrators of Violence against innocent Nigerian Citizens during the ENDSARS imbroglio.

“3. That consequent upon discovery of her Orderly’s involvement in police brutality against Nigerians that Professor Zainab rejected the posting of a brutal officer and returned the said Orderly back to Force Headquarters to her bosses and told her Bye bye on the 19th of September.

“4. That to our surprise around 10pm the former Orderly returned with a Vengeance banging on our gates with some dangerous weapons including a gun threatening to kill everybody in the compound and that the police Orderly beat up family members in the Professor’s household.

“5. That as can be seen in the video a crowd soon gathered and there was street brawling crowd fighting and loss of properties.

“6. That it is very strange that the IGP will forcefully, brutally and illegally violate the fundamental Rights and liberties of a distinguished law- abiding citizen and proceed to forcefully take her pictures and maliciously publish same in the print and electronic media in this nascent democratic dispensation.”

2023 Election Is A Battle Of Survival For Nigerians – David Mark

A file photo of Senator David Mark

 

Former Senate President David Mark has reiterated the importance of the 2023 elections, calling on Nigerians to entrust the leadership of the country to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

He said this during his address at the 2022 PDP National Convention in Abuja on Saturday, describing next year’s poll as a battle of survival for the nation.

“The 2023 election is not a contest between the PDP and other political parties; it will be a moment of historic decision for all Nigerians to right the wrongs of the misrule by the APC,” the Chairman of the PDP National Convention Organising Committee said at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Velodrome.

“For Nigerians, it is a battle of survival. But thank God they have found solace and faith in the PDP as the vehicle to redeem the situation and give them a chance to live again. No wonder, our logo the umbrella, is a veritable shade and shield for Nigerians and Nigeria as an entity.”

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APC ‘Govt Has Mortgaged The Future’

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A photo combination of the PDP and APC logos.

 

Senator David Mark also expressed optimism that the PDP will deliver a credible presidential primary election.

“It is therefore a call to patriotic national service, for all of us; delegates to make the wise decision which will ultimately save Nigeria,” the former lawmaker added. “All our presidential aspirants are of proven integrity.”

He lamented the increasing spate of insecurity across the country and the harsh economic climate among others are making living in Nigeria “worthless”.

“Fellow countrymen and women are today in captivity with kidnappers and our government looking overwhelmed and unable to rescue them,” he said.

“Sadly, the government has mortgaged the future of Nigerians by ceaseless borrowings with nothing tangible to show. Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world.”

“These have made living in Nigeria worthless,” the APC chieftain explained.

June 12 Election Was Annulled Due To Bad-Blood, Says Obasanjo

File: Former President Olusegun Obasanjo addressing reporters in Abeokuta, Ogun State on September 28, 2019.

 

A Former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says ‘bad blood’ is the reason for the annulment of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election thought to have been won by late business mogul, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. 

The former president who described the late acclaimed winner of the election, Kashimawo Abiola as his school mate at the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, said the annulment robbed Egbaland, the rare opportunity to have three of its prominent sons, occupy the seat of the president, at different times.

Obasanjo spoke today in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during his investiture as a Trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State.

The late business mogul was also awarded a posthumous Vice-Patron of the Club during its 46th President Party held at the secretariat in Abeokuta. According to Obasanjo Abiola richly deserved the award bestowed on him by the Abeokuta Club.

Obasanjo who was apparently referring to former Head of Interim National Government Chief Ernest Shonekan, himself who ruled Nigeria, first, as a military Head-of-State and later two-time civilian president, noted that Abiola would have become the third if the 1993 poll was not cancelled.

“I want to thank Abeokuta club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved,” Obasanjo stated.

“Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.

“But be that as it may, we have a great heritage and we should be proud of our heritage.”

Obasanjo, however, pledged his commitment to the development of the Club, Ogun state, Nigeria and the world.

“I want to say this, I will continue to contribute my quota to the development and growth of this club and by extension, the development and growth of Abeokuta, of Ogun State, of Nigeria, of African and indeed the of the world in whichever way I could,” the former president pledged.

Obasanjo Ignored All Appeals To Honour MKO Abiola – NADECO

A collage showing the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has taken a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo over what it describes as his failure to honour the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential elections, Chief MKO Abiola.

NADECO’s General Secretary and Spokesman, Ayo Opadokun, on Tuesday expressed worry over the inability of the former President to recognise the election mandate of Abiola, believed by many to have emerged winner in the polls, adjudged to be free and fair.

“President Olusegun Obasanjo who the military foisted on Nigeria for 8years ignored all appeals to close the chapter of military’s disrespect to the popular will of the Nigerian people as expressed on June 12, 1993 which results have been officially announced at all the wards, LGAs, and state levels of collations confirming Abiola’s victory,” Opadokun said in a statement.

The comments by the group come 25 years after former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the 1993 elections, an action that sparked protests in parts of the country, following the inability to recognised the late Chief Abiola as President-Elect.

NADECO, known to have been spearheading the movement for the restoration of the election mandate of the late politician, business mogul and philanthropist, also expressed worry that Obasanjo being a beneficiary of Abiola’s martyrdom ought to have recognised him.

“General Obasanjo in reaction to the popular rejection of the General Ibrahim Babangida’s annulment of the Abiola’s victory said that MKO Abiola was not the messiah Nigerian people needed,” Opadokun stated further.

Opadokun also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for formally recognizing Chief Abiola by declaring June 12 as Democracy Day celebrations in Nigeria to replace May 29.

To NADECO, President was bold enough in his declaration speech despite criticisms from some Nigerians, especially the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On June 6, President Buhari conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

According to Buhari, his decision to change the Democracy Day celebration is because June 12 is a more symbolic day.

He stated: “We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to Chief MKO Abiola.

“In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1.”

Buhari Directs AGF To Gazette Presidential Order On June 12, Abiola, Others

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A file photo of MKO Abiola

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to gazette his order on June 12 and some heroes of democracy.

The President had on Thursday declared June 12 Nigeria’s new Democracy Day and conferred the title Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, posthumously, on the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.

MKO’s running mate in the election, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, and the legendary human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, were also honoured – with the title Grand Commander Order of the Niger.

According to a statement by the Personal Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the AGF is expected to take immediate steps to publish in order in the Federal Gazette.

News of the Presidents declaration went viral on Wednesday night and continued to trend through Thursday with many praising the President.

Some Nigerians including opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, were however critical of the timing of the declaration with President Buhari set to stand for re-election in eight months.

The declaration comes 25 years after the widely praised but unfortunately annulled elections and after years of calls by family, friends, associates of Chief MKO as well as statesmen and other stakeholders for him to be so honoured.

Political Scientist, Lawyer Debate Whether Nigeria Should Mark June 12

Democracy in Nigeria has always generated mixed reactions; the proponents, those “against” and the indifferent ones. This mixed grill continues as regards the day that should be call “DEMOCRACY DAY”.

While the various schools of thought continue their debates, one is forced to ask if these dates are necessary for the benefits of democracy to be seen by all.

In this episode of Faceoff, a sociologist, Sam Olisah, advises that Nigerians should forget the events of June 12 1993 and move on with their lives while a lawyer Onyekachi Ubani opposed this view insisting that being the foundation of democracy, Nigeria should revisit the election that was adjudged freest and fairest in Nigeria.

Unilag students protest renaming institution after MKO Abiola

Students of the University of Lagos on Tuesday morning organised a protest against the renaming of the institution after the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in a national broadcast early on Tuesday announced the renaming of the institution after Abiola for his contribution to democracy in Nigeria.

The protesting students began gathering in groups in the main campus at Akoka, Lagos immediately after the president’s announcement.

They subsequently trooped out of their hostels chanting protests songs and denouncing the change of the institution’s name.

They also blocked access to the institution and disrupted traffic on University of Lagos Road and St. Finbarrs’ College Road.

Officials the institution came out to beg the students to go back to campus saying, “We are with you.” Students shouted “NO”.

The university’s Director of Student Affairs, Olukayode Amund, was among the official who came out to beg the students to calm down.

Premium Times, an online newspaper reported the director as saying “We were all taken back. There was no due consultation and they said this is a democracy.”

The paper also reported, Bolanle Ajayi, a student of the University as saying, “Change of name is the least of our problems. Besides, there is MAPOLY, already named after Abiola.”