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ASUU Strike: Our Protest’ll Be Worse Than EndSARS, We’ll Block Federal Roads – Students To FG

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to block all federal government roads in Oyo from today if the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike continues.

A section of NANS members from Zone B made the threat yesterday while protesting at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

Led by its South-west Coordinator, Steven Tegbe, the association advised the federal government and ASUU to resolve their crisis for the sake of students.

NANS said that there was no need for a strike if issues were settled amicably.

“We are holding our peaceful demonstration here today because of the lingering crisis between ASUU and the federal government, which has been a reoccurring event over the years.

“Unfortunately, we students are always at the receiving end. If the federal government and ASUU refuse to resolve on Monday, we won’t hesitate to go violent on Tuesday(today).

“They cannot continue to be wasting our time. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

“We are appealing to the federal government to respect agreement and ASUU to be decisive in spending when their demands are met.

“There are ways to deal with issues rather than going on strike.

“We want to see the projects that ASUU is carrying out with the subventions received from the Federal Government,” Tegbe said.

According to the association, the protest will be held continuously across the country, until students’ demands are met.

NANS disrupted activities at the Federal Ministry of Education over what is alleged to be a walkout by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on the association.

It is on record that for the second time in two weeks, the meeting between the minister and Nigerian students protesting against the ongoing strike embarked upon by the ASUU ended abruptly, leading to chants and solidarity songs, all calling for the sack of the minister, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige.

The students, who regarded the duo as incompetent, blamed them for failing to resolve the impasse between ASUU and the federal government to allow for industrial peace in public universities.

However, in their reaction to the allegation, the Director of Media and Publicity, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Bem Goong, and other sources in the ministry said the minister did not walk out of the students, claiming that “such as a product of their fatal imagination.”

Goong said the minister pledged that moving forward towards ending the impasse, the student’s body would henceforth be on board the negotiating table, adding that based on his capacity as the minister, this was the only request he could approve among several others they had brought before him.

According to him, “The minister didn’t walk out on them. The minister listened to them and as four of them finished talking, he responded. His response was very short. He said of all the things they talked about, what is within the limit of the ministry to do is to get NANS on the board of the negotiating table. That is what the minister said. He said he would put NANS on the negotiating team, and that of all the things they have said, that is the one he can do. He said going forward, they’ll be part of the negotiating table.

“It is a product of their fatal imagination. I have told you what the minister said. Somebody that would walk out of students couldn’t have been saying that this is what he can do. Let me tell you, there are certain things that we can’t say in public. If you were in that meeting, it would have been very clear to you.”

On the possibility of the strike ends soon after a truce might have been reached with the striking lecturers, Goong said: “The ministry is not on strike. It is ASUU that is on strike, and you should be asking them. You’re not being fair to me.”

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‘Obidients’ Threatening To Burn Down Afrika Shrine – Femi Kuti

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Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti has alleged that some people threatened to burn down the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja over reports that he called supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi ‘zombies’.

The 60-year-old said this in a video posted on Instagram on Friday night, where he insisted he never called Mr Obi’s supporters ‘zombies’.

On Friday, reports that he described the LP candidate’s supporters as zombies emerged.

The singer immediately debunked the report, describing it as misleading.

In a performance at the Afrika Shrine on Thursday night, Mr Kuti said that at 60, he could not be obedient.

Supporters of the LP candidate refer to themselves as ‘Obidients’.

The threat
Despite clearing the air, the singer said he woke up to a barrage of insults and abuses by people whom he described as Mr Obi’s supporters.

He said, “I woke up today to insults abusing me, my family and my children, threatening that they will burn the shrine because they said I said Peter Obi’s supporters are zombies.”

Clearing the air, Mr Kuti said that he was too angry, too sad, and depressed to be obedient.

“How can anybody come up with that term? I cannot be ‘Obedient’ in this country with END SARS killings, my grandmother was killed, my father’s house burnt, and I’m supposed to be obedient.

“Did I call Peter Obi supporters zombies? Did I say that? No. What does ‘obedient’ mean? I wouldn’t say I like that terminology for myself and will never use it.

“Nothing can make me obedient. I’m too angry, too sad, too depressed to be. Stop threatening to burn the shrine, stop threatening my children, stop that rubbish,” he said.

He went on to express his reservations about Mr Obi’s candidacy.

He said, “Obi went to greet Obasanjo. That makes me sceptical. Obi went to meet Babangida. Who? Me? My family believes these people are a part of the problem in this country.

“Well, some people will say no. That is your business; you have the right to think like that if that is what you believe is good for you. But you, too, cannot tell me how to think.

“I have my reservations. I do. You cannot tell me not to have reservations.”

What transpired
An online publication reported his speech at the Afrika Shrine with the headline, ‘Femi Kuti says Obidients are zombies’.

In its report, the publication likened the Grammy nominee’s speech to his Father’s 1976 acclaimed song, ‘Zombie’.

The publication quoted the ‘Sorry Sorry’ crooner said, “You know what obedience means? Stand up, sit down, sit there — zombie.”

In his response, Mr Kuti said that the publication took his words out of context.

“You are such liars. What benefit is it to the people when you take my words out of context like this?”

He further added that he also gave his reasons for not trusting anyone else too in the present Nigerian political arena.

What actually happened
From the clip posted by People’s Gazette on YouTube, it appeared that Mr Kuti had paused a performance to talk about the 2023 presidential election.

He said, “At 60, why am I obedient? All my life, I don’t even remember a good time.

“I fear for my children; you say I should be obedient. Sit down. Be peaceful. That’s the meaning of obedience. ‘Obedient’, that was the Vice President of Atiku?

“Are you all ok in this country? Be obedient to who? Dem don suffer my life, make I come still dey stand up, obedient.”

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Akwa Ibom Monarch To Die By Hanging For Murder

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Akwa Ibom State High Court presided by Justice Edem Akpan, has sentenced 82-year-old Village Head of Efen Ibom in Ika Local Government Area of the State, Chief Essien Matthew Odiong, to death by hanging for murder.

The monarch, married to 12 wives and has 60 children, was standing trial on four counts of conspiracy, directing unlawful trial by ordeal, stealing of the motorcycle, and murder of the owner, one Udoma Udo Ubom.

Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Akpan said the court found the accused guilty of the murder of the deceased by injecting some chemical substance on him, leading to his death on 26th April 2017.

According to the judgment, the late Ubom was accused by his brothers of being a wizard and was reported to the Village Head, who brought him before the Council, where the deceased was administered an oath to swear and prove his innocence.

The court held, “Having sensed the consequences of his criminal activity, the monarch escaped from the Village since 2017 and returned in 2019 when he was arrested by the Police.”

Justice Akpan stated, “The accused had voluntarily admitted that he sat at Efen Clan Council with five other village heads and members of the Clan Council to try the deceased on the allegation of witchcraft, and the law has relieved the prosecution of the burden to prove the offense of conspiracy.”

The court further held, “The admission of the process of trial and the decision of Efen Clan Council to administer oath on the deceased, has logically brought to the conclusion that a plastic bath on the head of the late Udoma Akpan Udo Ubom and injecting some chemical substance through a syringe into his buttocks by the village head, caused the death of the deceased.”

Justice Edem Akpan sentenced the Village Head to death by hanging for murder, seven years imprisonment with hard labor for directing unlawful trial by ordeal, and three years imprisonment for conspiracy with others now at large.

However, before the sentence was announced, the convicted Village Head, popularly known as ‘Kill and Bury’ pleaded for leniency, asking the Court to temper justice with mercy.

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”It’s Totally False And Malicious”, 2Face Debunks Rumour He Got A Banker Pregnant

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Nigerian singer, 2face Idibia has debunked reports he got a banker pregnant.

His manager, Efe Omorogbe released a statement debunking the rumor this afternoon, August 13.

Recall that few days ago, 2face came on social media to apologize to his wife, Annie Idibia, for being a “Shitty husband”.

Shortly after he shared his apology post, some social media users claimed he apologized publicly because he got a banker pregnant.

The singer has now debunked the report.

Read the statement below…

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