Veteran actor and director, Prince Jide Kosoko has condemned the shooting of unarmed peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos by Soldiers who were supposedly enforcing the 24-hours curfew imposed on the state.
Kosoko, who made the condemnation in a statement on Thursday, also called on Nigerian youths to get ready for leadership and not stay content with the over hyped leaders of tomorrow tag.
According to him, the #ENDSARS protests, which he described as the mother of all protests in the country, would not have degenerated into violent attacks and destruction of properties if the protesters had called it off immediately they were able to make their voice heard loud and clear.
The statement reads “There is a Yoruba philosophical song that goes thus – Oni ara so loja o, ola ara so loja o, ijo abaku aso adegbe omo ni ka ra o, a aso adegbe omo ni kara o.
“The import of the song above is that premium value must be placed on youths and children as against material things. It does not matter how much of material things you acquire and their value in monetary terms, they will eventually wear out. But children will outlive you and eventually become your pride and leaders of tomorrow.
“That goes to tell us that we should place much more emphasis on taking care of children and pay more than passing attention on the training and development of our youths because they, indeed, are the leaders of tomorrow.
“This brings me to the current situation in our country, which started with the #ENDSARS protests.
“The protest, when it started, was a welcome development because the youths of this country, who spearheaded it, had genuine demands and concerns.
“I am a father, whose children are still youths and I have on more than two occasions visited police stations to bail my children out after they were accosted on the road and wrongly arrested and detained. So for me, it was a welcome development, as I supported it wholeheartedly.
“I however did not add my voice before now because I have come to understand that most Nigerians will only believe and stick to what they want no matter what anyone says. And worse still, if you say anything contrary to what they have chosen to believe, you are promptly attacked. So for me, it was safe watching from the sidelines instead of allowing my personal opinion to aggravate an already tensed situation.
“Having said that, I honestly believe the organisers should have thought of the possibility of hoodlums taking over what started as a beautiful endeavour for a better Nigerian society.
“There is no way I would not have thought about this, maybe because I have participated in several protests in the past. From my experience, I know there must be a way of differentiating those with good intentions and those with ulterior motives.
“For me, in the first three to four days of the protest, the youths were able to make their voice heard loud and clear. The protest remains the mother of all protests in the country. I therefore expected that before the hoodlums hijacked the process, the youths would have retreated and begin strategizing on how to benefit from the gains of the protest.
“Though we still thank God that a statement has been made and government has accepted their demands, but then, there is need to continue to monitor the process to ensure that everything government promised to do is carried out to the letters.
“In view of this, I believe it is time for Nigerian youths to start thinking about leadership. It is not enough to keep saying youths are the leaders of tomorrow; they must take concrete steps to assume it.
“I honestly believe that we shall in future elections, troop out in millions to vote for them, but then, if there is no trust among young Nigerians, how then do we have candidates from amongst them that we can vote for. Because for me, this is the only way the primary objective of the youths can be adequately addressed.
“Let’s try leadership; it does not matter how we arrive there and the challenges along the way, it is a must and we must be prepared for it!
“Let me also say here that dialogue is the way and we must be ready to dialogue with government at all levels to ensure that everything that has been promised are done.
“I however absolutely condemn any form of shooting at protesters, not only at Lekki, but anywhere in the country. If truly the youths are leaders of tomorrow, must we start killing them now?
“Unfortunately, the interpretations and various posts on social media have made it difficult for people to know the true position of things but God knows and He will punish whoever is behind the shootings at Lekki and other places.
“Let me also use this opportunity to sympathize with the Government of Lagos State and salute the courage of the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his strong efforts at curbing the already envisaged looting and destruction that followed the unfortunate shooting of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters. I commend his prompt action in taking the message of the youths to President Muhammadu Buhari and also equally sympathize with all those that have lost loved ones or have their properties destroyed in the ensuing violence. God will comfort you all. I also pray that the Almighty God will take absolute control of our country.
“This statement will not be complete without expressing my displeasure with the roles played by some of our religious and traditional leaders while the crisis persisted. I had expected a more positive action from them as against what some of them did. There no doubting the fact that these sets of leaders play an important role in ensuring peace and stability in the Nigerian society, and they must always ensure that they play these roles conscientiously. Their fatherly advice, intervention during critical periods and prayers could have averted the recent descent into anarchy.”
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.
Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.
Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.
Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.
The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.
As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
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