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Finally, Shiites call for dialogue with FG

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The Islamic movement in Nigeria has called on the Nigerian Government to come to a round table for dialogue.

Malam Yahaya Yakubu, leader of the group in Katsina, said this while addressing journalists as part of activities marking the annual Arbaeen Trek, which is in commemoration of the murder of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

He said, “Our doors are always open for dialogue with the government, it is an unconditional offer to enable government understand us even though we have understood them already, we have no other country but Nigeria.

“We have no other way to demonstrate and worship God than peaceful march through the streets and we have never instigated violence.

“The government should provide evidence justifying that what we are doing is wrong even in the sight of God. If they can, we will stop.

“We are in good relationship with our neighbours and even assist them in times of disasters.

“We invited the media in order to open up our activities on what we are doing to promote religious peace and interfaith harmony.’’

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BREAKING: Bayelsa Guber: Court disqualifies APC governorship candidate, Lyon

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The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has disqualified the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

The court ruled that the APC has no candidate for the Saturday governorship election in the state.

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Nigerian Lawmakers Wasting Public Funds On Hate Speech Bill -International Press Centre Director

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Lanre Arogundade, the director of the International Press Centre, says the attempt to establish a commission for the regulation of hate speech is a waste of Nigeria’s resources.

Arogundade, while speaking in an interview with Arise TV, said Nigerian lawmakers’ consideration of bill did not make any sense.

“The fact that our senate wants to establish a national commission for the prohibition of whatever they call hate speech, and my first instinct would be to say that this will be an absolute waste of public resources,” he said.

He said at the time that the country is grappling with serious financial needs for infrastructural development, a commission to regulate hate speech is “absolute balderdash and arrant nonsense”.

He said the crusaders of democracy in Nigeria did not fight for independence just to have the legislators gag the freedom that was fought for.

He suggested that the national broadcasting policy could be amended to accommodate regulation of the internet and social media use.

Arogundade added that for the proper regulation of hate speech, multiple stakeholders, across human groups and sectors must be involved and considered.

He said corrupt politicians looting the country should be the ones to get a life sentence, adding that there are more important matters to be considered in the country.

The IPC director explained that the incidents of hate speech documented in the past was perpetrated mostly by agencies of government, particularly their spokespersons and political parties.

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Kogi Guber: Don’t be deterred by threats of violence – PDP candidate urges voters

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The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming governorship election Engr. Musa Wada has tasked electorates in Kogi State not to be deterred by the alleged threat of violence coming from the All Progressive Congress to prevent them from voting on election day.

Engr Wada who made this known on Wednesday while speaking at a rally in Ayingba Dekina Local Government Area said the sacrifice of the people to liberate Kogi state from bad leadership will not go unnoticed.

The PDP candidate attributed the large number of crowd at the rally to the people’s determination to eradicate an underperforming government of the APC in the state.

In his words “Nobody gave you one naira to come here, you are here because of interest, determination and save yourselves and the entire people of the state, from maladministration, poverty, lack of salary payment, development decay as characterised in the APC government in Kogi state.”

“I want to assure you that your sacrifice to liberate Kogi state, will not go unnoticed, because my first priority as governor, if Allah permits, will be total human and physical development”

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