PHOTOS: ‘Dreams Shattered,’ Disqualified Nigerian Athletes Protest In Tokyo

 

Nigerian athletes disqualified from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games hit the streets of the Japanese capital in protest on Friday.

They had prepared to represent the country in the track and field events but were declared ineligible to participate in the games.

On Wednesday, Channels Television reported that the 10 athletes were declared ineligible to compete at the games by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

 

AIU is an independent body created by World Athletics to manages all integrity issues – both doping and non-doping.

In its reaction, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) took responsibility for the lapses recorded during the process and reassured Nigerians that the nation’s performances at the Olympics would not be negatively impacted.

While participating countries continue to celebrate heroic achievements and medals in the Japanese capital, it’s a sad tale for the affected athletes would condemn what they described as the negligence by sports administrators.

Those affected are Ruth Usoro, Favour Ofili, Annette Echikunwoke, Chioma Onyekwere, Glory Patrick, Chidi Okezie, Tima Godbless, Rosemary Chukwuma, Yinka Ajayi, and Knowledge Omovoh.

 

They marched through some of the streets of Tokyo carrying placards with various inscriptions as they registered their displeasure over the situation they have found themselves in.

Some of the inscriptions read: “Why should we suffer for someone else’s negligence”, “All we wanted to do was compete”, “We are not just alternates but potential medallists”, “We are not just alternates, but potential medallists”, “Dreams shattered”, and “10 out of 23, we can’t continue this way”.

The protests by the athletes were captured in photos shared by a Facebook user, Kuti Dare Gattuso.

 

‘God Has Greater Plans For Me’

Ofili, in an emotional message, was quoted as saying she and her counterparts were punished for the unknown offence committed by some persons.

She said:

Hi everyone. It’s with utmost disappointment I share the news that I won’t be competing at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic game after coming this far.

Firstly, I give God Almighty all the thanks for the journey thus far and all my accomplishments this season prior to the Olympics. Thanks to my family all my fans and all those that intercede for me in their prayers.

I feel it’s right that everyone out there knows the truth. I was punished for the crime committed by those who are supposed to be looking out for me because of incompetence and selfishness.

I worked really hard to qualify for the Olympics and in the end, this is the payment I got in return, ineligible to compete.

I am a product of grace and God always got my back. #Though_Sorrow_May_Come_at_Night. #Joy_Will_Definitely_Come_in_the_Morning.

Y’all negligence can’t demoralise me for I know God has greater plans for me. Forgiveness is of the Lord. I pray God gives me the grace and enablement to do so ASAP.

Thanks, everyone, and God bless

 

 

AIU announced that the affected Nigerians were disqualified along with eight athletes from other countries while two others were replaced prior to the submission of their entries to World Athletics.

It explained that the affected athletes, who represented some ‘Category A’ Federations, were disqualified from the final entries for the Olympics for failing to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules.

AIU listed the seven identified ‘Category A’ National Federations to include Nigeria, Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Ukraine.

Nigeria was listed in ‘Category A’ at the start of 2020 after a continued period of weak domestic testing levels.

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Rare Anti-Government Protests Erupt In Cuba

People take part in a demonstration to support the government of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, on July 11, 2021. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
People take part in a demonstration to support the government of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, on July 11, 2021. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

 

Thousands of Cubans took part in rare protests Sunday against the communist government, chanting, “Down with the dictatorship,” as President Miguel Diaz-Canel called on his supporters to confront the demonstrators.

The anti-government rallies started spontaneously in several cities as the country endures its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic shortages of electricity and food.

Several hundred protesters marched through the capital Havana chanting, “We want liberty,” with a heavy military and police presence deployed after demonstrators massed outside the Capitol building.

Police used tear gas to disperse crowds, and at least ten people were arrested, while officers used plastic pipes to beat protesters, AFP journalists witnessed.

Several thousand protesters — mainly young people — also took to the streets of San Antonio de los Banos, a town 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Havana.

Security forces arrived soon after the protests began, and Diaz-Canel later visited the town himself surrounded by party activists as residents heckled him, according to videos posted online.

The president delivered a combative television address, saying: “The order to fight has been given — into the street, revolutionaries!”

“We call on all revolutionaries of the country, all communists, to go out in the streets where these provocations occur… and to face them in a decisive, firm and courageous way.”

Government supporters held some counter-demonstrations in Havana.

Social media showed several anti-government protests around the country, and mobile internet — only introduced in Cuba since 2018 — was largely cut off on Sunday afternoon.

The United States reacted swiftly to the day’s events.

“The US supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba, and would strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Twitter.

Boiling public anger

One local in San Antonio de los Banos, on condition of anonymity, told AFP that she participated in the demonstration as she was exasperated by “the situation with electricity and food.”

Public anger has been driven by long food lines, worsening power shortages for several hours a day and a critical shortage of medicines since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, with Cuba under US sanctions.

Cuba is experiencing its toughest phase yet of the coronavirus epidemic, and on Sunday reported a new daily record of infections and deaths.

“The energy situation seems to have produced some reaction,” Diaz-Canel told reporters in San Antonio de los Banos, blaming US sanctions imposed by Donald Trump and left unchanged by President Joe Biden.

He accused “a Cuban-American mafia” of whipping up the protests on social media.

“People have come to express their dissatisfaction with the situation they are living in,” he acknowledged.

Diaz-Canel has been president since 2018, succeeding Raul Castro, who served as leader after his brother Fidel Castro.

The only authorized gatherings in Cuba are normally Communist Party events.

The country of 11.2 million people was left relatively unscathed in the first months of the Covid outbreak but has seen a recent hike in infections, with a new record of 6,923 daily cases reported Sunday and 47 deaths for a total of 1,537.

“These are alarming numbers which are increasing daily,” said Francisco Duran, head of epidemiology in the health ministry.

Under hashtags such as #SOSCuba, calls for assistance have multiplied on social media, with citizens and music stars alike urging the government to make it possible for much-needed foreign donations to enter the country.

An opposition group called Saturday for the creation of a “humanitarian corridor,” an initiative the government rejected by saying Cuba was not a conflict zone.

Ernesto Soberon, a foreign affairs official, denounced a “campaign” he said sought to “portray an image of total chaos in the country which does not correspond to the situation.”

 

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Police Deny Killing Teenager In Lagos Protest

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, speaks during a protest in Ojota on July 3, 2021.

 

The police in Lagos have denied killing a teenager during a protest in the Ojota area of the state on Saturday.

Agitators of the Yoruba nation had defied the presence of security operatives and converged at the Freedom Park, chanting different songs of freedom and flying their flags.

They said the nation is bleeding and they need Oodua Nation, insisting that it is time to have a separate nation for the Yoruba ethnic group because they are suffering and are being marginalised.

Reports emerged that a 14-year-old girl was hit by stray bullets as policemen dispersed the protesters in the nation’s commercial hub.

But the Lagos State Police Command distanced itself from the incident, describing it as a rumour being circulated to cause confusion and fear amongst residents of the state.

In a statement, the spokesman of the state police command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the police was not responsible for the lady’s death.

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While claiming that the lady’s corpse is not fresh, the police spokesman maintained that no live bullet was fired during the protest.

“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fear in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large,” the statement partly read.

“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from the Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh.

“After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspected sustained from a sharp object was seen on it,” Adejobi said adding that investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately.

Lebanon Protests Leave Nearly 20 Wounded – Charity

Demonstrators burn tires to block the Martyrs’ Square in the centre of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on June 26, 2021, as they protest against dire living conditions amidst the ongoing economical and political crisis. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

 

Nearly twenty people were wounded in overnight scuffles in northern Lebanon between security forces and protesters angered by a spiralling economic crisis, a medical association said on Sunday.

The protests in the city of Tripoli came as the Lebanese pound plumbed fresh lows on the black market due to a financial crisis that the World Bank says is likely to rank among the world’s worst since the mid-19th century.

Calm returned to the city on Sunday after protesters tried to storm official buildings, including a branch of the central bank, overnight, forcing the army to deploy.

“18 people, both civilians and soldiers, were injured, including four who were hospitalised,” said the Emergency and Relief Corps, a local medical charity that dispatched ambulances to treat the wounded.

Rubber bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades accounted for some of the injuries, a spokesperson for the charity told AFP.

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The army said 10 soldiers were wounded in the Tripoli clashes, the majority in a single incident that it said involved a group of protesters on motorcycles throwing stun grenades at personnel.

The southern city of Sidon and the capital Beirut saw smaller demonstrations against the ongoing dramatic fall in living standards.

The Lebanese pound, officially pegged to the dollar at 1,507 since 1997, traded at 17,300-17,500 to the dollar on the black market on Saturday — a record low.

Some social media users said it had fallen as low as 18,000, down from 15,000 earlier in the week.

The country is also grappling with a fuel crisis that has led to seemingly endless queues at gas pumps in recent weeks.

The price of fuel is expected to rise after the government said it would fund fuel imports at a rate of 3,900 Lebanese pounds to the dollar, instead of the official rate.

The move effectively reduces subsidies on fuel as the central bank tries to shore up fast-diminishing foreign currency reserves.

The financial collapse has sparked outrage at Lebanon’s political class, seen as woefully corrupt and unable to tackle the country’s many difficulties.

Lebanon has been without a fully functioning government since a massive blast in Beirut last summer that killed more than 200 people and ravaged swathes of the capital.

The government stepped down after the disaster, but efforts to agree on a new cabinet have repeatedly foundered.

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Lebanon Protesters Clash With Security Forces As Currency Plunges

Demonstrators burn tires to block the Martyrs' Square in the centre of Lebanon's capital Beirut on June 26, 2021, as they protest against dire living conditions amidst the ongoing economical and political crisis. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Demonstrators burn tires to block the Martyrs’ Square in the centre of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on June 26, 2021, as they protest against dire living conditions amidst the ongoing economical and political crisis. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

 

Lebanese protesters tried to storm central bank offices in two major cities on Saturday, state media reported, after the national currency plunged to a new record low on the black market.

The pound has been pegged to the dollar at 1,507 since 1997, but the country’s worst economic crisis in decades has seen its unofficial value plummet.

On Saturday, money changers told AFP it was trading at 17,300-17,500 to the greenback on the black market, while some social media users said it had fallen as low as 18,000.

Dozens of angry Lebanese took to the streets of the northern city of Tripoli to denounce the depreciation and “difficult living conditions”, the National News Agency reported.

Some protesters managed to break through the gates of a branch of the central bank and enter the courtyard, the NNA said, but the army prevented them from reaching the building.

Demonstrators also set fire to the entrance of a government office, an AFP correspondent said.

Others were seen trying to force their way into the homes of two lawmakers but were stopped by security forces.

The NNA said gunshots were heard outside the house of lawmaker Mohammed Kabbara and the army intervened to disperse protesters.

In the southern city of Sidon, protesters tried to storm another branch of the central bank only to be pushed back by security forces, the NNA reported.

Scattered protests also took place in the capital Beirut, where a small number of protesters took to the streets and burned tyres, an AFP correspondent said.

Lebanon has been roiled since autumn 2019 by an economic crisis the World Bank says is likely to rank among the world’s worst financial crises since the mid-19th century.

The collapse has sparked outrage at Lebanon’s political class, seen as woefully corrupt and unable to tackle the country’s many difficulties.

The pound’s dizzying depreciation comes as the eastern Mediterranean country grapples with shortages of medicine and fuel which are imported from abroad using foreign currency.

The country has been without a fully functioning government since a massive blast in Beirut last summer that killed more than 200 people and ravaged swathes of the capital.

The government stepped down after the disaster, but a deeply divided political class has since failed to agree on a new cabinet to replace it.

 

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#EndSARS: Kaduna Panel Ends Public Hearing With 69 Petitions

A group of #ENDSARS protesters.

 

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings in the state has ended its public hearing after it entertained a total of 69 petitions from individuals and organisations.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice David Wyom (rtd), who disclosed this at the end of its sitting in the state capital on Friday, said that some of the petitions that bothered on human rights violations were cases that were pathetic and avoidable.

He further explained that some of the petitions were either withdrawn or struck out by the panel.

Wyom further stated that having concluded the public hearing, the panel will now commence compilation of reports of each of the petitions and recommendations after which it will be submitted to the state government for implementation.

Tension Surrounding June 12 Forced Us To Cancel Protest – Nigerian Students

FILE: Students under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students during a protest to demand the reopening of Tertiary Institutions by the Nigerian Government amid the coronavirus lockdown in Abuja on Wednesday 19th August, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

The National Association of Nigerian Students on Friday said it has suspended its planned June 12 protest, citing concerns of the safety of the protesters and the fear of a possible hijack by politicians.

The President of the association, Mr Sunday Asefon, said while every Nigerian has the right to protest, security agencies have shared credible intelligence report, that the protest would be hijacked.

He stated categorically that the planned protest was borne out of the concerns for the safety of the students and not on secession or against the present administration as rumoured.

 

“In the last few days, I have met with the Inspector General of Police, other security agencies, student leaders across the country,” Mr Asefon said.

“While everyone agreed that the content of the planned protest is genuine, and we reserve the right to protest, the tension surrounding the date has come under a special security.

“Our planned protest was never part of the Buhari-Must-Go campaign or secession campaign. Our planned protest was borne out of our genuine concern for the safety of our students around our campuses.

“However, some politicians with different agenda, opinions have concluded plans to hijack our protests.

“The suspension of the protest is necessary to avoid a clash of interest, and clash with security agencies that are on red alert to protect the nation and infrastructure from the security breach on the proposed date.”

Police Arrest 15 Suspects For Violent Protest On Zamfara Highway

Some of the suspects were paraded at the Police Headquarters in Zamfara State.

 

Police in Zamfara State have arrested 15 youths in connection with the violent protest in the Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of the state.

Those arrested were paraded on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Hussain Rabiu, at the Police Headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.

He warned residents that the command under his watch would not tolerate any attempt by conflict entrepreneurs to sabotage the efforts of the security agencies to restore peace and stability in Zamfara.

Rabiu also called on parents and guardians to take proper control of their children and advised them against attempts to be recruited by the said conflict entrepreneurs to commit acts of criminality.

He alleged that the violent protest held on Monday was organised by unpatriotic citizens from Kurya Madaro and Maguru District in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of the state.

Some of the motorcycles recovered from the suspects.

 

According to the police commissioners, such persons have the intention to undermine the relentless efforts of the security agencies and the state government to fight recalcitrant bandits and other criminals in Zamfara.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects included six motorcycles, four locally fabricated guns, motorcycle plugs used as bullets, a machete, and assorted charms.

The angry protesters had blocked the Kaura Namoda – Gusau Road to protest the incessant killings and attacks on their communities by bandits.

However, the protests turned violent as the demonstrators armed with dangerous weapons went on a rampage, destroying public vehicles travelling along the road.

This led to a gridlock on the highway until the arrival of security operatives who dispersed the protesters and restored free vehicular movement on the road.

Normalcy has since been restored in the affected towns and no casualty was recorded on the part of the police and the protesters.

Youths block the Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway in Zamfara State in protest on May 31, 2021.

Falana, Falz Join CSOs To Protest Insecurity, Unemployment

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana speaks during a protest at the Lagos State Government House, Ikeja on May 31, 2021.

 

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana and his son, Falz on Monday joined civil society organisations, labour unions and youth bodies to protest against insecurity, unemployment, mass poverty and bad governance.

Bearing placards with different inscriptions, the groups took the peaceful protest which had the theme “National Day Of Action Against Insecurity in Nigeria” to the Lagos State Government House in Alausa, Ikeja.

They were received by members of the State House of Assembly.

Falana told the lawmakers that there was a need to provide for the poor so that peace could be guaranteed in the country.

He called on states that had not adopted the Child Rights Act to urgently do so and take all the children off the streets so that they could get an education.

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“South-West has 54 universities, graduates are being churned out daily and nobody is planning for their future,” he said.

“We are asking you because Lagos is where everybody comes to. This is the home of every Nigerian and we are asking you to intensify your efforts and increase the budget of the poor so that there will be peace.

“It is now clear in our country that without peace for the poor, there cannot be peace for the rich. For those who want to fight banditry and terrorism, we must put all our children in school.”

The protesters, which included trade unions, civil society, students, farmers and peasants, were led by Jaye Gaskiya, a foremost activist.

Gaskiya said the protest was organised to express displeasure over how badly the country had degenerated.

He expressed worry that Nigeria, characterised by extreme poverty, arms proliferation, religious intolerance, the rise of hate and ethnic nationalism is moving towards social upheavals due to exploitation of the people, greed and avarice of a spineless political class that has reached its end.

Zamfara Youths Block Highway, Destroy Vehicles In Violent Protest

Youths block the Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway in Zamfara State in protest on May 31, 2021.

 

Angry youths armed with weapons have staged a violent protest along the Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway in Zamfara State.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the protesters occupied the road very early on Monday over the incessant attacks by bandits in their communities.

One of the commuters who was trapped along the road explained that the youths blocked the highway along Kurya junction and began to destroy public vehicles travelling along the road.

They condemned the unending insecurity and attacks which the people of the area have suffered at the hands of the bandits.

While the demonstration was ongoing, police operatives were said to have dispersed the protesters to ensure the free flow of vehicular movement on the road.

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Residents of Zamfara have been living in fear as a result of the continued attacks by bandits on communities in various parts of the state.

One of the recent attacks was the killing of over 20 people when bandits stormed five communities in two local government areas of the state about two weeks ago.

The affected communities – Gabaken, Rigiya, Donroyi, Torawa, and Riwoji are located in Zurmi and Kaura Namoda local government areas of the state.

Addressing a press conference on April 2, the Commissioner of Information in Zamfara, Ibrahim Dosara, revealed that no fewer than 2,619 people were killed in the state between 2011 and 2019.

He added that bandits abducted 1,190 people from various parts of Zamfara in the last eight years, and over 100,000 people were displaced from their ancestral homes as a result of bandits’ activities, while 14,378 livestock were rustled within the period.

Dosara noted that the Zamfara State government has spent the sum of N970 million on payment of ransom to bandits to secure the release of kidnapped victims since 2011.

He lamented that there were more than 100 different camps and over 30,000 bandits operating across Zamfara and beyond, but the state government’s would continue with its amnesty programme for bandits as part of measures to secure its people.

Refrain From Minimum Pension Protest, FEPPPAN Directs Members

Edo To Pay Next Batch Of Pension Arrears From Wednesday
File photo showing pensioners in Edo State protest against their unpaid gratuities and pension arrears

 

The Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN) has directed its members not to participate in any minimum pension protest.

The directive was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by its President-General, Temple Ubani.

Ubani reiterated its call for President Muhammadu Buhari, to speedily intervene and ensure that pensions adjustment for Pensioners is implemented without further delays to forestall imminent embarrassing actions by the senior citizens.

FEPPPAN said the National Administrative Council (NAC) had earlier engaged government on the matter and was given a satisfactory response that assured that “Federal Government was at the final stages of approving, issuance of circular and implementation of the negotiated adjustments for pensioners.”

“Consequent upon the signing of the Minimum Wage ACT by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR in 2019 and the implementation of the law for the active workers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, FEPPPAN and other sister pension unions have been variously prevailing on the government to implement the Pensioners component of the law in accordance with the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as Amended,” the statement partly read.

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“Furthermore on the 1st of March 2021, FEPPPAN wrote a Passionate open Appeal to Mr. President and copied all relevant government agencies and Stakeholders on the subject. The letter which was delivered to the addressee’s hard copies was also published in the print and online media.

“As a follow-up, on the matter, the National Administrative Council NAC of FEPPPAN further took up the Executive Secretary of PTAD Dr. Mrs. Chioma Ejikeme on the matter, at a scheduled meeting of both parties held at the Directorate’s headquarters in Abuja on the 15th April 2021.

“The E. S. Ptad reiterated that the Federal Government was at the final stages of approving, issuance of circular and implementation of the negotiated adjustments for the Pensioners. She expressed the hope that the process would be concluded in two months’ time latest.

“Dr. Ejikeme described as unnecessary for the Pensioners to embark on any street protests which might portray them as being ungrateful or insensitive to President Buhari’s commitment to the welfare and well-being of the Senior Citizens through regular and prompt payment of monthly Pensions and arrears.

“However FEPPPAN NAC members assured the meeting that our Union had no plans to immediately embark on any mass action or street protests against the Administration of President Buhari as a mark of honour and appreciation for his safe return to the office from a medical trip abroad.

“We, therefore, appeal once more for the President’s intervention so that the Pensions adjustment for Pensioners will be implemented without further delays to forestall imminent embarrassing actions by the Senior Citizens.

“In the circumstances, all PARASTATALS AND PRIVATE SECTORS PENSIONERS are directed to refrain from participating in any street protests on account of the delayed pension’s adjustment.”

Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Over Unpaid Allowances

Some workers of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti converged at the school to protest the non-payment of their salaries on April 19, 2021.

 

Lecturers and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities at the Ekiti State University have occupied the campus to press home their pending demands from the state government and the university management.

The protesters occupied the university on Monday causing a standstill of traffic and activities on campus for over two hours.

They were singing solidarity songs and vowed to increase the intensity of the protest day by day.

The unions are aggrieved that the state government has not met their demands for payment of three months’ salary arrears dated 2018, six years of earned academic allowances and unremitted cooperative deductions among other demands.

The Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities, EKSU Chapter, Mr. Kayode Arogundade accused the state Governor of shunning several appeals from the Union and other intermediaries.

“As of today, Ekiti State Government is only subverting EKSU by 50% of its monthly wage bills, without paying any considerable attention to capital grants and infrastructural developments,” he said.

“This has led EKSU Administration to ingloriously indulge in financial infractions, such as Subversion of Tax Deductions to paying salaries; Diversion of Pension deductions to paying salaries and Fund diversion from s units of the University.

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“This is just the beginning; we are going to do this until we occupy the government house. After all, we are asking for our rights. If we go on strike the children of ordinary Nigerians will be home, the VC and Chairman of Council will be at home spending our money, the governor will be at home spending our resources.

“Before we go on strike, we will make this state ungovernable for them, we’ll make this school ungovernable for them.”

The unions vowed to go beyond the usual strike action this time as they have threatened to make the university and state ungovernable until their requests are granted.

But the state government has blamed the situation on over-bloated recruitment done by the immediate past administration and the inability of EKSU to meet its own portion of subvention.

Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Tertiary Education, Sikiru Eniola pleaded with the protesters to embrace dialogue and also find alternative funding channels in the face of dwindling revenue.

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