Pro-government rally disrupted by security agents in Abuja.

A rally held yesterday in Abuja in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was disrupted by over 100 security personnel.The protesters, comprising young and old people, had converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, from where they later marched to the Presidential Villa to register their support for the government of Buhari.

The development underscores the support of many Nigerians the president still enjoys despite the protests against his administration across the country last week over the state of the economy.

The protesters were, however, stopped just before the first gate of the villa by heavily armed security agents who insisted the rally must not go beyond the vicinity of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) where they were forced to stop.

Shortly after, they made a return to their takeoff ground at the Unity Fountain where a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu addressed them.

Shehu had not completed his solidarity speech when the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal also arrived at the scene, apologising for the action of the security personnel.

While addressing the rally, Lawal said: “President Buhari will outlive those wishing him dead.” He attributed the anti-Buhari protests to those who looted the nation dry and are now bent on causing confusion despite the president’s efforts to redirect the country on the path of genuine development.

“The government of the day is encouraged by such support from patriotic Nigerians. With such solidarity, the government is being gingered to do more in the interest of all.”

He told the people that Buhari did not anticipate the degree of the current challenges bedeviling the country, expressing optimism that Nigerians would start reaping the full dividends of democracy in every form in a year’s time, even as he called for more support for the government to fight corruption to the finish.

The convener of the rally, Moses Abdulahi described the gathering as the most patriotic stance taken by those present, saying it couldn’t have come at a better date. Abdullahi attributed the current economic hardship to the level of corruption witnessed under the previous administration.

Police Arrest 65 at IPOB’s Pro-Trump Rally

Police in Nigeria on Sunday said they had arrested 65 people at a demonstration of support for US President Donald Trump organised by pro-independence activists in the country’s south.

The rally, which took place on Friday in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt, was organised to coincide with the billionaire businessman’s inauguration as the 45th US president.

It was organised by a pro-Biafra group advocating an independent state in southeastern Nigeria and was held on the eve of massive demonstrations against Trump across the globe.

“Some suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)… staged an unlawful protest in the Port Harcourt metropolis,” said Rivers State’s deputy police chief Ahmed Magaji.

He said the march was not authorised and had disturbed the public order, with police using tear gas to disperse them.

“About 65 of them were arrested” on suspicion of belonging to the IPOB, and were found to be carrying the movement’s flag, he said.

The IPOB is part of a wider secessionist movement that advocates an independent state of Biafra, a region in southeast Nigeria that unsuccessfully fought for independence in a brutal three-year civil war that ended in 1970.

Posting on Twitter, several pro-Biafra activists claimed police had brutally attacked the unarmed demonstrators and even killed several of them but there was no way of independently verifying the reports.

Early on in the US presidential race, IPOB threw its support behind Trump in the belief he would recognise their independence movement.

Soon after Britain voted in a referendum in June to leave the European Union, the group pushed for its own version of “Brexit” from Nigeria that it dubbed “Biafrexit”.

Separatist sentiment has grown over the past 15 months since the arrest of the brother of the IPOB’s leader, with activists engaging in bloody clashes with the security forces that have been condemned by human rights groups.



See Photos From Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally

President Mohammadu Buhari attended the Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally in Benin City Edo State. The president is also see pictured with the APC Gubernatorial candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
See more photos as posted on Instagram by the president’s official photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo:
Benin City!

President Buhari attends Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally in Benin City Edo State on 6th Sep 2016 with him is the APC Gubernatorial candidate Godwin Obaseki

President Buhari attends Edo State APC Gubernatorial Grand Finale Campaign Rally in Benin City Edo State on 6th Sep 2016

Sanders Endorses Clinton At Joint Campaign Rally

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday finally offered his long-awaited endorsement to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying he would work hard to help her win the White House in November.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” Sanders told a cheering crowd at a rally in New Hampshire, with Clinton at his side.

“She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

“She must become our next president,” Sanders emphasized, offering a litany of reasons why the former secretary of state is a better choice than her Republican adversary Donald Trump.

He cited her support for gay rights, universal health care and a higher minimum wage.

“If anyone out there thinks that this election is not important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,” Sanders said.

Credit: Guardian

Student Arrested After Tweeting He Would Bomb Trump’s Rally

A Connecticut student was arrested Saturday after tweets he made about bombing a Donald Trump rally. He was picked up by the Secret Service.

Connecticut State Police allege that Sean Taylor Morkys, 20, posted the message ‘Is someone going to bomb the Trump rally or am I going to have to?’

They say the psychology student then posted a second tweet warning friends to have their family members leave Trump’s Bridgeport, Connecticut rally so they wouldn’t get hurt.

Police say they received the Secret Service tip-off at around 12:45pm Saturday, at which time

Trump’s rally at Crosby High School was still ongoing.

State Police Counter-Terrorism detectives, Waterbury Police Department detectives, and special agents with the U.S. Secret Service then launched a joint investigation.

They tracked Morkys to his Waterbury home on Ardsley Road, where they questioned him up till around 5pm.

He was charged with first-degree threatening, inciting injury to a person or property and second-degree breach of peace and will go before court on May 4.

Police say he isn’t a threat, and have released him on $25,000 bond.

Photos From BBOG’s Rally In Abuja

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Shiekh Nuru Imam joined members of the Bring Back Our Girls group in a peaceful rally to commemorate 500 days since the Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram members. The advocacy group also had a candle light session this evening. They tied red ribbons on some trees in Abuja to serve as a constant reminder that the girls are still not back. More photos below…

Atiku Pleads With Voters For Buhari During Rally Debut Appearance

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, made his first appearance at the campaign rally of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari.

 Atiku made his debut appearance at the Northeast Zonal Rally of the All Progressives Congress, at the Ibrahim Babangida Square, Makurdi.
He also used the opportunity to refute reports of his possible endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term, stressing that only Buhari could tackle the critical problems facing the country.

“I want to use this opportunity to plead to you all of you to vote for Gen Buhari. All his promises to you in 2003, 2007 and 2011 would be fulfilled this time if given the needed votes in 2015. Buhari, I am telling you that so many challenging responsibilities await you if God allows you to be President The task is enormous. It is the task of fixing Nigeria. Presently all the sectors in this country have collapsed.”

“We have been supporting you for a very long time because we believe that you will save this country. When God makes you the President, the retarded development we have had in this country and the growing unemployment should be among you priorities. We are pleading that you save this country. Our support for us is as a result of some of these challenges we have highlighted.”

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We Must Rally in Okrika Again, APC Vows

APC has said that the party will still return to Okrika and hold a rally for its governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside.

The chairman of the party in Rivers State, Dr. Davis Ikanya, who stated this on Thursday, said that the APC had the right to campaign in Okrika just like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He condemned the attack on members and supporters of the APC by unidentified gunmen at the rally, describing the PDP as a lawless party.

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction the PDP in the state for violating the codes of conduct for the 2015 general elections.

Read More: ThisDay