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Democracy Day: Buhari lauds INEC, security agencies over 2019 elections

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerian security agencies for conducting free and fair general polls in 2019 that brought him to power for a second term.

Buhari made the commendation during the June 12 Democracy Day celebration at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

He said that INEC was given all the necessary support by providing the commission with the resources needed for a successful electoral process.

The President further stated that the various security agencies in the country must be commended for maintaining peace and order and for laying down their lives to protect the nation.

He said, “today, we are privileged to mark the 9th secretariat of unbroken democracy leadership and peaceful transfer of power; we have won a democratic election government for another four years in Nigeria.

“Throughout the last four years, I respected the independency of INEC, I ensured that INEC got every resources needed to independently conduct impartial management of elections in the country.

“Political parties can agree that the recent elections, except for pockets of unrest, were free, fair and peaceful. I thank all the people who worked for our party, who campaigned and who voted for us.

“I thank my fellow Nigerians, who, since 2003 consistently voted for me.

“I and Nigerians must collectively commend our Armed Forces and other security agencies for working round the clock to protect us by putting themselves to protect our future,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Buhari said that the issue of terrorism was a worldwide phenomenon given that even the best secured countries were experiencing increasing incidents of unrest.

He, however, said that the present administration would consolidate on the achievements of the last four years.

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EPL: How John Terry blocked Chelsea from signing Man City striker

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Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, blocked the West London club from signing Manchester City star, Sergio Aguero.

According to The Athletic, Terry advised Chelsea against signing Aguero when the Blues were working on a deal to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge two years before he joined Man City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid.

The newspaper reports that the ex-defender was not a huge fan of the Argentina international having played against him twice in the UEFA Champions League.

Terry also suggested that Chelsea’s hierarchy should sign striker, David Villa from Valencia at the time ahead of Aguero.

Aguero has been impressive for Man City since his move to Etihad from Atletico.

He has scored 173 goals for Pep Guardiola’s side and helped them to win four Premier League titles.

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Thierry Henry finally speaks on failing at Monaco, new job

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Thierry Henry has vowed to bounce back from his bad spell in charge of Monaco, after he was unveiled as the new manager on Montreal Impact on Monday.

Henry has signed a two-year contract and is tasked with dragging the club out of mid-table obscurity.

The former Arsenal striker was handed his second opportunity in the hot seat with the MLS club, despite his failings at his boyhood side in France.

“You have to start somewhere. That’s how you acquire experience. For me it came with Belgium and Monaco, where I learned a lot about myself.

“It’s about fighting. This isn’t just my story but the story of everyone in life. Everyone falls. It’s about how you get up.

“It didn’t work out in Monaco (as a coach). I can give you a lot of excuses but at the end of the day it didn’t work out and I am here as a coach of Montreal.

“I learned a lot there. The only mistake you can make is not learning from what happened. You have to confront it,” he said at the press conference.

The former Arsenal striker added: “The face of a team is often a reflection of the coach, but I want the community, the players to feel what’s going on in this city. Finance is not a problem. In this league, winning teams do not always have money.”

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Hate speech: Prescribe death penalty in your states – Falana tells lawmakers

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Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana says that the National Assembly has no power to enact a law on hate speech for the entire country.

Falana said this while discussing as a panelist at Digital Voting Summit on Monday in Abuja, NAN reports.

He stated that such law was not within the purview of the NASS but the state.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said: “Under Section 4 of the Constitution, NASS can only legislative on matters in the exclusive and concurrent lists.

“I have looked at those lists, I have not found anyway where the NASS has been empowered to make the law on hate speech. It is a state affair on residual list. Let everybody know his or her limitations of power so that we will not make mistakes.

“If you want to prescribe death penalty, you can do so in your state. In Lagos State for instance, the execution of death penalty has been declared illegal by a court in Lagos.

“Whether you want to kill someone by hanging or firing squad, the court in Lagos has said that it is against Section 34 that has abolished any form of torture.”

According to him, if any state wants to legislate on hate speech, it can do so within its jurisdiction.

Falana said that the Cybercrime Act had taken care of the entire fiats regarding hate speech by making stringent conditions, including fines and prison terms for offenders.

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