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SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY DAY ON 12TH JUNE, 2021

Fellow Nigerians,   ​I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.   2.​As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.   3.​In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.   4.​The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.   5.​ Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.   6.​Once again, I want

Buhari defends $1.9bn Nigeria-Niger railway project, says “my first cousins are in Niger Republic”

President Muhammadu Buhari has defended his decision to construct railways and roads extending into Niger Republic. Eagle🦅 eyes Reporter gathered that Buhari said this during an interview on Arise Television which aired on Thursday, explaining that borders were arbitrarily drawn by the French colonialists without taking into cognisance the cultural similarities of the people of Niger and Nigeria even as he revealed that he has first cousins in Niger Republic. He argued that the people of the South-West similarly have cousins in neighbouring Benin Republic. The President said another reason the railway is being constructed is to boost the friendly relationship with Niger which has helped Nigeria to prevent Boko Haram terrorists from gaining unfettered access into Nigeria. Buhari added, “If you recall, when I came, I went to Chad, I went to Niger, I went to Cameroon. Look at what happened with Boko Haram. If we were not in a good relationship with Niger, Chad and Cameroon, B

Any Attempt To Stop June 12 Protest Will Disrespect MKO Abiola's Struggles— PDP Youths National Coordinator Comrade Usman Okai Austin (CNA)

  The PDP Youth Frontier made this known in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Usman Okai Austin (CNA).  MKO Abiola The group also advised the government to avoid a repeat of the mistake it made at the #EndSARS protest at Lekki Tollgate last year in which some peaceful protesters were killed.    "It will be recalled that the violent approach by this administration in containing secessionist protest in the East contributed to the climate of violence in that part of the country today," he said.    The group described democracy as the oil that helps the wheel of society to spin and as a fundamental right of the people of any democratic country.    "Democracy is the oil of the wheels of any civilised society. Democracy as a system of government is not perfect but regardless, it gives the citizens the avenue to either express their approval or vent their frustration with their government and its policies; and peaceful protest is one.   "T

Malami will ensure arrest and prosecution of Adeboye, Kumuyi, others using Twitter – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of Information Lai Mohammed says the Attorney General Abubakar Malami would ensure that Nigerians who accessed Twitter, including Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Pastor Williams Kumuyi, after the federal government proclaimed a ban on it would be prosecuted. The Minister said this in an interview with BBC Africa Focus on Monday, when asked if Mr Adeboye will be prosecuted for using Twitter, despite justifying his insistence on using the platform with Article 19 of theUN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Pastor Adeboye, Bishop Oyedipo and Pastor Kumuyi stated. Article 19 of the UDHR states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Mr Mohammed emphasised in the interview that the persistent use of Twitter in Nigeria is undermining the country’s corpor