More Violent Protests Against Donald Trump Continue Across U.S

Anti-Trump Protests Break Out Across American CitiesThousands have remained unhappy with president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S presidential elections, and have continued to take to the streets of major cities, in a third day of more violent protests.

Following Wednesday’s election results, the protesters had since begun protesting across the cities of Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, while smashing windows and starting up fires as a way of expressing their frustration.

While protests were also ongoing in Portland, a male protester was shot, voicing anger at Trump’s controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and women.

The unidentified man was wounded on Portland’s Morrison Bridge in the early hours of the morning, as he and other protesters crossed it during a demonstration.

Other small protests were held in, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Detroit, Missouri; Olympia, Washington DC, and Iowa City.

Earlier in the night, protesters blocked traffic and threw objects at Portland police, dressed in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and flash-bang devices.

The aggrieved protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Not my president”, “Americans against hate and bigotry”, “no human being is illegal” among many others.

Reports said at some point, police pushed protesters back and appeared to take at least one person into custody.

trump45On wednesday November 9, Donald Trump emerged as winner of the U.S presidential elections 2016.

He defeated his democratic party Rival, Hillary Clinton, with a vote count of 289 – 218.

In his victory speech, he promised to be the “president for all Americans” and urged all Americans to come together in unity.

This came with much criticism, as many failed to buy into the inklin of the sudden ‘changed persona’ of Mr Trump, after he had made various obnoxious statements all through his campaign trail.

Also in his speech, he praised Mrs Clinton, saying “she fought very hard”.

In Mrs Clinton’s concession speech however, she told all Americans to put aside their differences and support the new President-elect, in bringing about sustainable development and unity in the country.

Outgoing President, Barack Obama, who also admitted he had major differences with Trump, called on Americans to support the new leader regardless.

He said “we Are All Rooting For Trump’s Success”

U.S President-elect, Mr Donald Trump, says he will soon be making ‘very
important decision on persons that will be in his cabinet.

Mr Trump announced the plan on Friday, via his Twitter handle.

Ebonyi PDP Elders’ Council Chides Governor Elechi

EbonyiThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Council of Elders in Ebonyi State has reprimanded the State Governor, Mr Martin Elechi, accusing him of trying to cause disunity in the PDP and behind the political crisis in the state.

At a news conference in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, South East Nigeria, the Chairman of the PDP Council of Elders in the state, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, said that the Governor should stop pretending to be a member of the PDP when his entire cabinet has moved to the Labour Party.

The Council of Elders said that since the Governor broke the principle enshrined in the Charter of Equity, it became impossible to condone the Governor’s autocratic stance.

They said that the Governor was on his own in the present predicaments – the impeachment move – as they would not dabble into the functions of the legislature in the state.

The council advised Governor Martin Elechi to desist from dragging the name of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim into the present crisis in the state, as the SGF has nothing to do with his woes.

However, in reaction to the alleged plot to impeach the Governor, hundreds of protesters have stormed the streets of the Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital on Monday.

The anti-impeachment protesters converged on the Government House asking that those behind the impeachment process desist from such action.

Governor Al-Makura Supporters Protest Over Impeachment Notice

nasarawa governorFollowing the impeachment notice served the Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-Makura, commuters and road users plying the road had it so rough today as thousands of protesters from Nasarawa state staged a peaceful protest towards Abuja against the impeachment plot of the governor.

The protesters marched from Keffi to  Mararaba axis, a boundary settlement annexing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Top on their demand, was the call to the PDP and its elected members of the House to rescind its decision and halt the impeachment plot against Mr Al-makura, who was elected in 2011.

The protesters expressed their grievances over “frequent interference and impeachment threat on the Governor” which is “distracting him from delivering more dividends of democracy to the people of the state”.

They however recalled that, this is about the ninth time the House of Assembly is making attempt to impeach Mr Al-Makura from office and therefore advised the aggrieved legislators to temper justice with mercy in the interest of peace and progress of the State.

Government’s Response To Protesters Is Derogatory – Mathew-Daniel

mathew - DanielThe Founder ACTS Generation, Laila St. Mathew–Daniel has referred to the response of the government to the protesters, over the abduction of 200+ Chibok girls by the Boko Haram sect as very “derogatory and confrontational”.

She noted that if the president could not attend to the protesters, the speakers should have appealed to these protesters rather “the statement is very derogatory, confrontational and demeaning to Nigerians”.

She said the protest is directed to the government because the government is supposed to look after the people. “the protest is directed to the government and the leader of the government is the president, we want to be believe that a lot is being done but there are still bombings, people are killed” she noted.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mrs. Mathew-Daniel stated that the protest cannot be directed to Boko haram because they don’t rule Nigeria instead it’s the government that Nigerians are asking, “Nigerians are asking the government what is happening, we are not happy, what are you doing about this situation”.

Mrs. Mathew-Daniel noted that today makes it 39 days since the Chibok girls were abducted and nothing has been done, “the international community has come in supposedly but we are not hearing anything instead its today Jos bombings or tomorrow another bombing, please what’s next?” she questioned.

She also called for attention to be drawn to the parents of these girls, adding that there are still killings in the same area and there are reports saying some parents are dead due to the shocking news of their abducted daughters; she therefore stressed that when these girls are out, they should be given psychological therapy.

Police Disperse Protesters With Tear Gas In Lagos

IMG_20140501_093633There was a mild drama in Lagos between the police and a group of concerned Nigerians  protesting against the abduction of female students writing exams at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The protesters had planned to take off on their march from CMS to Onikan Stadium but were dispersed by a large number of policemen who shot tear gas canisters at them.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Kelvin Obeten was told by the police that the protesters did not obtain a permit before embarking on the protest.

On Wednesday the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, had warned all workers to engage in peaceful rallies and avoid using the Workers Day celebration to disrupt peace of the nation.

Scores of Nigerian women, and a few men, had also protested Wednesday in Abuja to demand the release of over 200 girls kidnapped on April 14 by insurgents believed to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The women, coordinated by Dr Obi Ezekwesili, Mariam Uwaiz, Saudatu Madi and Hadiza Bala Usman, marched from the Unity Fountain from about 3:30pm, singing to register their anger even as the police guided them to their destination.

They said that the demonstration was to register the agony they are feeling as a result of the abduction of the girls.

They held up placards with inscriptions like; Rescue Our Children, Please Find Our Daughters, Save Our Sisters, Rescue Our Chibok Girls.

Intermittently, they stopped to address the crowd, insisting that not even the rains can stop them until they get to the National Assembly, where the leadership of the National Assembly also defiled the rains to address them.

The Senate President, David Mark, House of Representatives’ speaker, Aminu Tambuwal and his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, addressed the women.

They stressed that the National Assembly had scheduled a meeting with the president to discuss the issue and assured the women that they would do their best to ensure that the girls would be rescued soon.

Moments later the women returned to the take-off point, where they poured out their anger over what they have been through so far following the abduction of the girls.

Some Nigerian men and concerned fathers, including human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, wonder why the authorities are paying lip service to the welfare and security of the citizens.

This is the second demonstration following the perceived inaction by security agencies over the abduction and continued detention of those Nigerian girls.

 

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Sack Petroleum Minister now, Protesters at NNPC headquarters tells Jonathan

Members of the Civil Society Organisations on Thursday gathered at the Headquarters of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja to protest what they have tagged ‘End Impunity Now’.

The Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke

The spokesperson of End Impunity Now campaign and convener of the protest, Jaiye Gaskia said the group wants the federal government to take necessary steps to end the corruption in the downstream sector.

The protesters claimed that they will continue their protests in different parts of the country and will submit a petition to the EFCC. They also called on Nigerians to be more politically active.

Mr Gaskia said the protest was to demand the removal of the Petroleum Minister by the president or her resignation as alternative, over her perceived involvement in the fuel subsidy fraud. They are also demanding the full implementation of the subsidy probe report.
Furthermore, the protesters are asking the government to address the security situation in the country and the incessant hike in electricity tariff.

The protesters were however faced with resistance from over 30 armed policemen who refused to allow them access to the premises and who asked them to get a permit from the Abuja Police Command before they can hold the protest.

The protesters however argued that there is an existing law which allows Nigerians organise protests without police permit.
As at the time of publishing this report, the protesters have been dispersed.

NNPC REACTION

However, the acting spokesperson of NNPC, Fidel Pepple in a telephone interview said “the NNPC has reinforced its commitment to ensuring the values of transparency and accountability and has nothing to hide. The corporation will be available at all times for public scrutiny of its records.”

Mr Pepple observed that the protesters have exercised their fundamental human rights to peaceful demonstration.

Enugu youths protest against 4-months black out

Youths of Uwani, Enugu on Monday crippled movements in Uwani following the protest against the blackout of their area by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
A Nigerian Newspaper correspondent, who monitored the protest, said the youths blocked the major exit roads in the area, restricting the residents to their homes until mobile policemen were drafted to clear their barricades. Some of the youths carried placards with inscriptions, ‘No light no road,’ as they chanted “NEPA enough is enough, give us light, we cannot continue in darkness.”
One of the protesters disclosed the whole area had been in darkness since December “and we have made several attempts to PHCN to rectify the anomaly but all in vein. We cannot continue our lives in darkness. PHCN has failed us.” he said.
The protesters insist the action is the only way to express their frustration since officials of PHCN are not ready to address their suffering.
Reacting to the protest, the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said the command had deployed policemen to the area to observe the protest, adding that the early morning protest was a result of PHCN blackout “but our concern in the state is to keep the peace.”
Residents of the area, including school children, workers, artisans and traders were stranded as the protesters kept off transporters.