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INTERVIEW: It has been illegal to move cattle across the country since 1969- Patrick Eholor

Chief Patrick Eholor

Chief Patrick Eholor, the President of One Love Foundation is at it again. Here, in an exclusive interview with Jungle Journalist Media Limited, Eholor explains why herdsmen must end nomadic cattle rearing, how legalising of guns will end insecurity, and why he took the Federal Government, as well as Edo State Government to court.

He also speaks on other sundry matters.

Excerpts:

The dreaded Fulani herdsmen

The rising insecurity problem caused by Fulani herdsmen

In 1969, there was a federal government judgment that said the Fulani has no right to move their cows all over the country.

For the benefit of those who do not know it, Justice Thompson on 17th April 1979, in Suit no AB/26/66 at Abeokuta Division of the High Court, made the ban and warned of unprovoked killing by Fulani herdsmen.

“He declared in his judgment ‘I do not accept the contention of Defendants that a custom exists which imposes an obligation on the owner of farm to fence his farm whilst the owner of cattle allows his cattle to wander like pests and cause damage. Such a custom if it exists, is unreasonable and I hold that it is repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience and therefore unenforceable…in that it is highly unreasonable to impose the burden of fencing a farm on the farmer without the corresponding obligation on the cattle owner to fence in his cattle.

‘Sequel to this, I ban open grazing for it is inimical to peace and tranquility and the cattle owners must fence or ranch their animals for peace to reign in these communities.’

People have a right to make a living, and people have a right to coexist. With this their destruction, AK 47, and their criminal activities like raping women and killing citizens, if they cannot coexist with us and live peacefully, the government should finds place for them to have a ranch. In American today, nobody trains cows on the streets. It’s a shame to us as a nation that we are so primitive, allowing minors to patrol cows with guns and machetes on our streets.

The cause of this problem is not far fetched, it’s due to the abysmal failure of the previous administration, and worsened by the administration of Muhammadu Buhari. He is an abysmal failure. There are no plans by anybody to salvage the situation, so the youths are very restless. They are indulging themselves in cultism, and various crimes. They went to school but after graduating, they send them to streets to look for jobs that are not there.

And they know that there is no job in the streets. So what next, that’s the question you will ask. What you will now ask is that they have focused their minds on criminality. They are now emboldened by the corruption going on in the country and are now saying that we are all equal. No one is superior ro the other. Then there is also the issue of Fulani herdsmen carrying guns to rape our women, and they are saying, enough of it. That’s why you see that there is unrest everywhere.

You can also see last week’s publication and video that went viral, when I suggested and wrote a letter to the President. That we should have a database for the background of all Nigerians, and those Nigerians who do not have criminal records should be allowed to carry guns when they are travelling and when they are home. Not just because of the Fulani herdsmen, but also due to bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers.

It is enshrined in our constitution that the government should protect lives and property, but you can see that they failed at both state and federal levels. Our lives and property are not guaranteed anymore. So we are going to find out how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. That is why we are here today.

You can also see that those working with Buhari have failed him, because if you cannot trust the messenger, you can’t trust his message.

Festus Keyamo

I want to give you two reasons. Recently, Festus Keyamo came up with an idea to use N52 billion to be allocated to his office to empower 774,000 Nigerians. He wants to to give them N20,000 a month each for three months. These are masters degree holders, graduates, and I ask, after three months, what next?

You want to pay a graduate N20,000 per month for three months and after three months, you won’t pay him again. So what’s next for that graduate? I suggested that he share that money into the six geopolitical zones and establish factories- in the oil, agriculture, infotech and other fields, and before you know, they are good in these fields. That money is only going to insult their sensibilities, and increase criminality.

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President

Surprisingly again, Osinbajo also came out again to say that he is going to bring out 20 million people from poverty. He is saying that without a blue print, he is saying that without telling us how is intends to achieve that.

Somebody also came from the Minsitry of Finance, and said she is going to be paying people N5,000 every month for 3 months. That’s going to be N30,000 after three months, and she will start with 1 million people. How do you now identify the very poor in our society, when you do not have a database? So everything about them is criminality, how they can make money, how they can put people more into abject poverty.

If these things are not nipped in the bud, people are going to resort to self help, and that can turn this country into a banana republic.

Fall out of the #Endsars Protests

Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder that’s going to explode very soon. Before the end SARS protests, I had led protests to the police stations, led a protest to the Commisioner of Police, Edo State, and also to Abuja. I told them that the police are grossly underpaid, they are not treated fairly, although I don’t encourage the SARS criminality, but they are living below poverty line. There is no barracks, there is no uniform, there is no patrol van, there is no bullet proof vest, there is no gun. And I said, by the time the citizens revolt and transfer the anger the police is transferring to us back, it will overwhelm them.

I am not a prophet but what I said is like Nostradamus. I also foresee something worse than this, and it has to do with the military. The military we have today are also transferring their aggression to the citizens. The military is supposed to be at the borders and in the barracks to protect us, I have lived in Canada for 35 years but never seen military men on the streets. When there is no war, we don’t need them.

But the military also abuse the citizens. Because they are not well treated by the government. They are treated like animals in their barracks, they have no light, no running water, the environment is so dismal that even your dog will not live in that kind of environment.

For that reason, they are very angry, and instead of them to put their anger on the government, they face the citizenry. Also note that the government has not shown sincerity in that End SARS issue. None of the demands has been met. As a matter of fact, the Inspector General we have today should be ashamed of himself, he should resign from the force. He told us publicly that there will be no road block, but the road blocks are back. He told us that unlawful searches will end, but they are still searching people unlawfully. He told us that he is going to take all the police from the VIP, today, he has increased the number. These are facts, and if he says I am lying, let him sue me for defamation of character. My name is Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor.

I have facts to back up whatever am saying today. The end SARS protests was just a warm up protest. Because by the time citizens are tired of being enslaved, decieved, lied to, I pray that the second protest should not happen.

The government should listen to me very carefully now, and do what is needed, and adhere to the promise they made to our citizens, open our Universities so that people can go back to school and do the needful.

Instead of buying vaccine from the west, open the schools, train our lecturers again, invest in our scientists. Who told you that we don’t have engineers in this country? We have engineers but they are not supported by the government. We have the best doctors all over the world but they don’t have the enabling environment. That is why you see that we run abroad for treatment. But we have the best doctors, born here, schooled here, trained here, but they go abroad to work and perform surgery.

When we are looking for someone to work in our gas stations, we are looking for the best. But when we are choosing leaders, we are looking for the worst. That’s why we have problems.

On the news that soldiers are resigning to join Eastern Security Network

It will only worsen the situation we are facing because if they join pseudo military forces, it will only increase the criminality. They are already trained on how to shoot, how to kill, and that is very dangerous.

It was in the news the other day that a soldier and a police officer were arraigned for armed robbery in Bayelsa. Also in Lagos, a 16 years old boy was defrauded of N70,000 by a police officer.

The Commisioner was able to investigate and arrest the police officer. He made sure that the money was returned and the police officer faced criminal charges.

Most of the robberies and kidnappings you are seeing today, I will tell you without mincing words that security agents are behind them. Those who were abused by the system, those not paid adequate salary, those not given proper living wages, they are the ones increasing crime. The military has to realized that they are not pledging their allegiance to Buhari, but to Nigeria. But the reverse is the case. They are not concerned about Nigeria or the citizens. Look at what happened in America recently where Mike Pence did not obey Donald Trump because he had to serve the interest of the country and not that of one man, the president.

The only interest of the expired service chiefs we have here is to protect the interest of Muhammadu Buhari, not to protect the citizenry. If the Chief of Army staff Buratai knows what he is doing, we won’t have been in this situation today.

But because his term has expired like expired milk, and he doesn’t know what he is doing, he is serving the interest of Buhari. The same thing when they selected the IGP. They just select on nepotism and favoritism, instead of experience and ranking.

IGP Adamu

The IGP is going in February, but don’t be surprised he is going to be replaced with another northerner. Why are all the security outfits headed by northerners? Does it mean we don’t have a south easterner who is brilliant? Or south south, or south west? Until we end this issue of favoritism, the country will continue to get worse and worse. God forbid.

Prophet Onyeze Jesus

Pastors, prophets and their fake promises (Onye Eze Jesus)

We see mad men everywhere, and I think he is another mad man and a cult leader. He has a right to do what he is doing, in as much as he is not infringing on anybody’s rights. But I will not blame him but I will blame his followers who are desperate about getting rich. Blood doesn’t give you money. Humans head doesn’t give you money. Ram doesn’t give you money. Eating live chicken downs to give you money, and doing all kinds of stupid things doesn’t give you money. What gives you money is intelligence. What gives you money is hard work. But we have to explain to the public that another mad man have come again, false prophets, enslaving the mind, so I don’t take him serious, he is a joke and before the next two, three months, he will disappear.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

The lawsuits against Governor Obaseki and the Federal Government

The governor said that because of Covid 19, he is going to promote all the primary six pupils. I felt that will kill our educational standards, unreasonable, and not a wise decision. He doesn’t have to reduce our educational standard. So it’s a public interest, and I took the matter to court.

The next one that I am doing now, I don’t hate him, I don’t belong to PDP, I don’t belong to APC. But I belong to the people of Edo State and Nigeria, and I speak on their behalf. He borrowed N25 billion, which he has not been able to deny and that means the rumor is true.

Recently, John Mayaki of APC accused him of borrowing N18 billion. I am in touch with some stakeholders, looking for facts to see if it’s true or not.

But instead of wasting time on that, I am going to court with the Freedom of Information Act to compel him to tell me whether it’s true or not. If it’s true, he should tell me the reason he is borrowing that money, if it was approved by the House of Assembly. As you know, the House is not well constituted. It’s not robust, 9 out of 24, and so, many people do not recognize that it exists at all. So he is using executive power to get them do whatever he wants.

Right to Firearms and Ammunition

Am sure you must be aware that I also took the Federal Government to court, to compel them allow citizens defend themselves and carry firearms. Imagine a scenario where I am traveling with my daughter, my wife, my in-law, and we are accosted by armed robbers or herdsmen or bandits, and someone take my wife and violates her in my presence. How would I feel if it happens to me? But if guns are legalized, and the criminals know that you are fully loaded, will they dare you? Whether at home or in the streets, they won’t dare you. That’s why I advocate for the rights to carry arms and ammunition.

State governors should enforce 1969 law that banned open grazing in Nigeria – Activist Eholor

A crusader of social justice and equality, Chief Patrick Eholor has stated that it’s high time the law and justice system of the country enforce the ban on open grazing which was done in 1969 by the renown Justice Adewale Thompson. He said state governors should as a matter of necessity enforce this law and arrest offenders, to protect their citizens and communities.

Eholor in his argument stated that it was becoming increasingly dangerous to ignore the ban, while gun wielding, killer herdsmen go about raiding communities and destroying farm products, lives and property, and even raping women and girls in order to establish fear and dread across the country.

He decried the spate of insecurity raging across the northern part of the country due to the menace of Fulani cattle grazers, which has continued to increase down in the southern part, despite the ban by the late judge.

He stated ” It is time for Nigerians to be aware that there is a ban on open grazing in this country. As far back as 1969, the renown Justice Adewale Thompson delivered a judgment which placed a ban on open grazing, and thereby made it a crime to enter farms and cause havoc to people’s crops.

“We all must be aware of our rights over this impunity, and get the Justice System to reaffirm that ban. Herdsmen must be arrested and jailed for violating that ban, and this must be done within the ambit of the law, to end the growing terrorism imposed by Fulanis upon our communities.

“For the benefit of those who do not know it, Justice Thompson on 17th April 1979, in Suit no AB/26/66 at Abeokuta Division of the High Court, made the ban and warned of unprovoked killing by Fulani herdsmen.

“His words ‘I do not accept the contention of Defendants that a custom exists which imposes an obligation on the owner of farm to fence his farm whilst the owner of cattle allows his cattle to wander like pests and cause damage. Such a custom if it exists, is unreasonable and I hold that it is repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience and therefore unenforceable…in that it is highly unreasonable to impose the burden of fencing a farm on the farmer without the corresponding obligation on the cattle owner to fence in his cattle.

‘Sequel to this,I ban open grazing for it is inimical to peace and tranquility and the cattle owners must fence or ranch their animals for peace to reign in these communities.’

According to Eholor, “It is high time states put this law into practice and end unprovoked killings by Fulani herdsmen. This information should be shared widely so that state governors should be aware of it. It is not known that anybody appealed against this decision, so in law any open grazing is a violation of the law. State governors should setup task forces that will enforce this law and arrest offenders”.

Captain Hosa, trailblazer, one of Africa’s most inspiring industrialists, says Eholor

President of One Love Foundation, and Democracy Observer-General, Chief Patrick Eholor (Ultimate Equals) has joined family and friends, business associates and the political class to celebrate a great son of Benin Kingdom, businessman and philanthropist, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo on his birthday.

Eholor, in a birthday message described Captain Hosa as a trailblazer and worthy Ambassador of the Benin people.

His words “With great joy, I celebrate one of Africa’s most inspiring industrialists, businessman and philanthropist, Captain Hosa.

“You’re a trailblazer, an embodiment of hard work, determination and consistency whose singular ingenuity has put the Benin people and Nigeria on the world map.

“Your immense contributions to nation-building through job creation, community development and human development will remain indelible in the annals of history.

“I join your family, friends, supporters and business associates to wish you good health, long life and prosperity.”

Judiciary, arms of govt must operate on absolute separation of powers – Activist Eholor

The Democracy Observer – General and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has stated that unless the three Arms of Government operate on the basis of separation of powers, doom awaits the upcoming generations of Nigerians.

Eholor made his position known to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, while discussing issues of governance in the country. He decried the increasing spate of impunity, which he said is a result of the abuse of the laws of separation of powers.

Hear him “It’s imperative to draw attention to the above subject which has been undermined by our leaders.

“The constitution of Nigeria allows for absolute separation of powers of the three(3) arms of government which include:
The Executive Arm,
The Legislative Arm and
The Judicial Arm.

“These arms of government were created to checkmate the excesses of each other to create a balance in the affairs of effective governance. For the purpose of the injustices consuming the country in all sectors, emphasis will be laid on the Judicial Arm of Government.

“The Judicial Arm of Government is very sacrosanct whereby laws created by the Legislative Arm of Government are interpreted for execution by the Executive Arm of Government. Over the years, the rot in the system has disabled the judiciary to perform optimally which is supposed to be the hope of the common man in the streets.

“There are many factors militating against the judiciary which some include; reports of cases where judges collected bribes to subvert justice, nepotism (where judges are not selected based on merit but by nepotism), poor infrastructure resulting in the delay of judgments, poor renumerations and partial autonomy of the judicial system. If this trend continues, the country will be doomed and the future of the generations to come will be in jeopardy.

“Every citizen of this country has a right to be protected by the law and deserves justice when infringed upon. If the Judiciary cannot live above board owing to some of the factors enumerated above, where else can justice be served? It’s worthy to note that in our Judicial system today, court judgements have been so conflicting on similar cases which has worsened her situation thereby creating double standard.

“This is very appalling because it reduces our democratic values as a nation.

“As a developing nation, we are must continue to sincerely emphasize on the absolute separation of powers for every arm to be autonomous and independent of the other.”

Human Rights Warrior, Eholor Reveals Plans To Sue Gov Obaseki Over Pry School Exams In Edo State

A Benin-based human rights activist, Chief Patrick Eholor, has threatened to sue Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

This followed reports that the compulsory 2020 Primary school Leaving Certificate Examinations in Edo State, had been cancelled for undisclosed reasons.

Eholor, the President of One Love Foundation made the allegation while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Benin City, the State capital where he called on the Governor to rescind the decision.

He explained that his decision to seek redress in court, is to discourage mediocrity in the education sector and for the sake of posterity.

He wondered why some perfidious individuals in the Government who duly earned their Leaving School Certificates on merit, failed to tell the Governor the consequences of promoting pupils who did not sit for the Examinations.

“My reasons are simple and clear. Godwin Obaseki is a good man who has passion for the citizens. He is a man that is very civilized and civil, but those he surrounded himself with are his messengers. Sadly, we can no longer trust their message.

“I am going to challenge it in court that nobody should be promoted without examinations.

“What I am saying is that we are going to go to court to challenge that. Our children must write their examinations before they are promoted. You cannot carry people forward without examinations, that is wrong. It will amount to setting a wrong precedent for the state.

“He (Obaseki) must reverse that decision and the children must do their Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations before they are promoted to the next level.

“First of all, if he (Obaseki) reply me within 24 hours, I will save his cost of spending tax-payers money in court. But, if he doesn’t respond, I will engage the best lawyer in town to take him to court.

“I have never lost one case. I represented myself 37 times in court, even in Canada. In all, I represented myself 35 times while my lawyer only represented me twice and I won all the cases”, he boasted.

According to him, “When governor Godwin Obaseki said in his own words that we are going to give a Leaving School Certificates to non-performance and to non-education, he said it was because of Covid-19 and that the State doesn’t have the resources.

“But, you cannot promote people without pass. We have suffered enough”, he lamented.

Recall that the Federal Government had shut down all private and public schools nationwide for about several months during Covid-19 lockdown.

Schools that were yet to sit for their third term promotion examinations, were promoted to the next classes in a bid to make up for the lost ground as a result of the compulsory holiday.

COVID-19 Test: Activist Eholor vows to sue UBTH over alleged extortion, graft

An activist, Patriot Patrick Eholor has vowed to drag the management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, to a competent court of jurisdiction over alleged extortion and out right corruptive practices as regards Covid 19 testing procedure.

Patriot Eholor who is the founder, One Love Foundation, narrating his ordeal at the hands of staff of the Teaching Hospital on Monday said he was compelled to cough out thirty thousand Naira for the Test and another three hundred and seventy five Naira for what they termed administrative costs.

In his words ,”I will soon be traveling overseas and in strict compliance with acquisition of Covid19 certification, I went to UBTH to undertake the compulsory test only to be asked to pay thirty thousand Naira as test cost. As if that was not insulting enough because health is supposed to be free for every Nigerian, as enshrined in the Constitution, I went and paid the thirty thousand Naira”.

“On getting to the cash Registry, I was told that there is a service charge for additional three hundred and seventy five Naira. And I asked what it was for? ”

“The cashiers answered and said it was Government regulations, that the Hospital Management is partnering with some firms who process theirn forms “.

The Activist said he sees that action as “fraudulent and preposterous.

“I saw a lot of people, even children there who were helpless as they were unable to afford to pay the excess charges for the Covid 19 test.”

“So I am compelled to take them to court. I am going to sue the Hospital Management to make them explain to us why they are putting the burden on us, because I also know that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has directed that no service charge should be more than sixty five kobo in any transaction”.

“I know that over time the CBN has directed that COT and other excessive charges be reduced considerably, to abort exploitation of the public by bankers who thereafter invest the funds to buy properties in highbrow estates abroad.’

Patriot Eholor says this corruption must be stopped, while those who are partnering with Government to perpetuate this evil must be investigated as the ordinary citizens of this nation are very pained, hence he is instituting the legal process to address the issue.

He said he has briefed his lawyer, an Abuja based Legal luminary, Mr Ihensekhien, Esq. to file an action against the UBTH and CBN to explain their actions to the public why they are exploiting innocent Nigerians.

Patriot Eholor who presented copies of the payment vouchers to newsmen said it would have been very calamitous if he could not complete the process of the Covid 19 test as he did not have the extra cash on him, and he had to plead with one Miss Gladys, a complete stranger, who agreed for money to be transferred into her account at the hospital, where she then withdrew the money for him to pay for the test.

He asked if he “did not meet that lady or could not afford the cost”, would he have been allowed to suffer unjustly like others ?”

He likened the situation at the UBTH to the contract at the Lekki Epe tollgate and others where an influential elite received all the royalties and remit pittance to the Government which led to the alleged massacre during the recent #EndSarS protest.

On whether he found out from the Management of the Hospital whether the controversial charges were official, Patriot Eholor said he indeed made a lot of enquires at the Hospital and nobody said the contrary.

He said he was going to report the matter to the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Senator representing his Constituency, Edo South Senatorial District at the Senate, Pharmacist Mathew Urhoghide and the Member House of Representatives, representing Oredo Federal Constituency, Rt Hon Ogbeide Ihama for quick intervention to prevent more people from suffering the same humiliation and deprivation.

He said he wants them to as a matter of urgent public importance look at the problem as other countries that are conducting Covid 19 test for free, emphasizing the dreaded monster was still killing people globally.

#EndSARS: If Nigerians protest again, they might be looking for the politicians’ heads this time–Eholor

Democracy Observer-General, Patrick Eholor is at it again. In this analysis of political and economic uprisings across the world, Eholor speaks to Jungle Journalist Media Limited, in his home in Benin City.

He speaks first, about America’s insincerity with Africa and African development, then delves into the recent #EndSARS protests that raged across the country.

He warns that unless something is done urgently to address the questions raised by Nigerian youths, another uprising, this time more devastating is imminent.

Excerpts:

Professor Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, one former minister has been endorsed to head the World Trade Organization, but the United States of America openly rejected her candidature. What do you say about this development?

First of all, I want to congratulate every participant. Honestly, they are all qualified, but we are just looking for the very best. It happens that one of our own, our daughter is also there. You know with her experiences and credentials, she is over-qualified, but the issue with this position is that she does not only need a home-based support, she also need a counterpart, like some other countries that we have a tie and relationship with. But unfortunately, America have their own reasons to back South Korea instead of Nigeria.

The name Okonkwo-Iweala is snynonymous with Nigeria, but she is also an American. She has dual citizenship. One would have thought that she would have been first choice for the United States, but probably because she knows too much about the American undue influence over our politicians, how the Americans have marginalized us, have stolen from us, how they continue to enslave us.

Because she will not be a stooge to them, because she will stand tall and challenge them, and make sure that Africa gets it right this time, that is why they refused to support her. It’s not because she is not overqualified. I want to congratulate whoever is going to wear the cap now. If we have leadership in this country, this is the time for us to wake up. America is not against us, but they have never been for us. They are for themselves. Its only Nigeria that is a country that I know that is not for her citizens.

They are selfish, and they are very unpatriotic. But when you see an American, they are very patriotic. Chinese, South Koreans, they are very patriotic. But unfortunately, those we call big men are only loyal to money. Thy are ready to sell anyone, at any time, for any reason for money. It’s unfortunate.

If you recall four years ago, the same America ensured that Okonjo-Iweala was not also elected to head the WTO. Also earlier this year, Professor Akinwumi Adesina was billed for re-election into the African Development Bank headship. America, which has no stake in Africa also opposed it. Do you think America loves Nigeria?

The question is out in the mainstream, they don’t have love for us but they love our money. You don’t have to love us to love our money or to love our resources. If you look at what Exxon Mobil did in the Niger Delta, the pollution they have caused in Ogoni, you will know they don’t care about our welfare. America is a superpower, they exploit us, they dehumanize us, even though the highest migrants in America, the most educated, the people with the highest financial contribution to their economy are Nigerians, they are still very ungrateful to us. That’s why I cannot wait to see the results of the US presidential elections, that is bye bye to Donald Trump. The relationship between Nigeria and Africa has been very low, has not been very cordial since the emergence of Trump, because he is a confirmed racist, a bigot.

So a man like that does not want the interest of Africa, the interest of Nigeria, who have the highest population in the entire black race.

When we are united, we have positions that will enhance us and take us away from this poverty, this quagmire that the politicians have suddenly put us in, the difference will be very clear that Africa will be the pace setter for the world in the future.

If you are saying this about Trump, what do you say about Barack Obama who never turned his face towards Nigeria at all?

Barack Obama was the president but he wasn’t the man in the mirror. Am not using that as an excuse for him, but there are a lot of issues why Obama could not give us the necessary assistance that we need.

There were conditions given to Africans, Nigeria in particular. They wanted gay rights in Nigeria, but for Africans, they fail to realize that people have the right to be gay or lesbian. Am not in support of it but I am not against it. My life is my life and their life is their life. So it’s about give and take, so if Nigerians had embraced some of the things that America was clamouring for, it would have been good but Africa wanted all. What the Americans should have asked for was trade by barter. But Africa wanted all. They couldn’t respect the human rights, they couldn’t respect gay rights, they couldn’t respect child rights. There were lost abuses within the African continent which Americans could not condone or curtail, and that’s why Obama didn’t give us the full support.

You must be aware that the Democratic Party in America played a very major role in the removal of Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. Today we have a very terrible government in power in Nigeria imposed upon us by the same Obama. What do you say about this?

Niger Delta militants wanted America off their shore, that is also the place of Goodluck Jonathan.

It was very difficult for Goodluck Jonathan to kill or enslave his people. He didn’t give them access to do that, and Buhari perhaps, had made some key promises to them that he will do better than Jonathan, and that was why he emerged as president. Not because he was popular, and not because he was qualified. Today we are wishing that Jonathan was the one in power.

The manager of Lekki Concession Company (LCC) in Lagos said that their CCTV cameras are switched off at 8pm everyday. I want to ask, looking at that scenario, are those cameras supposed to serve as a 12 hour monitors or 24 hour surveillance?

There is a saying that some of us will die and keep living. Some men don’t die, even when they dies keeping living. That brings us to government magic. May the soul of Fela Anikulapo Kuti continue to rest. Fela did not die, he lives among us. This is government magic. In my house here, I have a surveillance camera, I have a memory card that can take you to ten, twenty years. Why would anybody who is making over 7.5 billion every month tell us that there is no security camera to catch 24 hours round the clock activities? I think it’s preposterous, I think they are lying, I think they are fooling themselves, I think there is going to be a forensic investigation and on that forensic, we are going to get the truth out.

Before now, Sanwo Olu came out to say there were no dead bodies. He also said that he didn’t send any military. The military denied they were not there, but you see now, the pressure is high and they are singing. Most of them will be tried for war crimes. They committed crimes against humanity. As they were shooting at the youths, they had the Nigerian flag in their hands, but they continued shooting. Thy will not go unpunished. The more they lie, the more they complicate themselves.

When this thing is over, it’s going to be an offense to call anybody Sanwo Olu. The man who is the manager, no one will be proud to bear his name again. Their names will go with Covid 19, palliatives, SARS, Donald Trump, all the evil things that ever happened this year, the name will go with them. The name will be an abomination. 2020 will sweep them away, and 2021 will be a year of grace for everybody.

You were quoted to have said that if Nigeria refuses to listen to the demands of the youths during their protests, something worse than #ENDSARS is coming that will consume the whole nation. Can you please throw more light on this?

I have told you that I am not Nostradamus, the man that saw tomorrow. I am not a very religious person, but I can see tomorrow, not like Nostradamus, but differently. For over 6 years now, I have been writing letters to the Presidency, to the IG, to the Commisioner of Police, that if we don’t end SARS and reform the police, that the citizens will overwhelm the police force and the armed forces.

I also said that if they don’t handle it very well, and not with kid gloves, it’s going to backfire. The SARS you are talking about is not just any SARS as police. Any Commisioner of Police that’s not acting properly is SARS. Any immigration officer who is giving out citizenship without proper process is SARS. Any government official who is giving out contracts to himself without due process is SARS.

Any government official getting security votes and refuses to use it for the interest of our people, and works to the detriment of our people is SARS.

So SARS is not just calling off some of the notorious policemen wearing black and black to intimidate people with guns and go into women’s private part to search them, there are so many SARS in Nigeria, and we must try to deal with all the SARS before the year 2021. Otherwise, if Nigerian citizens go out again, they certainly will not be looking for palliatives, they might be looking for the politicians’ heads.

#EndSARS: Rights defender Eholor demands security, good governance from Obaseki

A frontline human rights activist and President, One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has called on the governor of the State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to reassure the people of Edo state maximum security irrespective of party affiliations.

Chief Eholor stated this while chatting with our Correspondent in Benin on the situation of the state.

“I have seen the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki with combined military forces – the Army, the Air force, the Police and Civil Defence. I know a lot of you in this platform will want to misconstrue my statement, I am not here to play politics and I think the politics time is over.

The state actors and state agents; it’s time for you all to do the needful; to reassure the citizens of Edo State who voted for Mr. Obaseki that we are safe, whether the All Progressive Congress, APC, or the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP”.

Chief Eholor who noted that engagement of battalions did not solve the Lekki massacre said that the governor should assure citizens that the victim of SARS would be compensated while those who victimized them would be prosecuted.

Chief Eholor further said that the Governor should reassure citizens that there will be transparency and accountability in his government.

“Remember, going out with battalions didn’t solve the Lekki massacre, let the governor reassure us that the victims of SARS will be compensated while those who victimized them will be prosecuted. And that there will be transparency and accountability in his government and there will be no witch hunting of those who didn’t vote for him or were with him. His foot soldiers and media gurus and propagandists should shield their swords and tongue of destruction, this is a time for strength, unity and a better Edo State for all his citizens”, he enthused.

He however described the silence of the international communities as unfortunate as we are not their priority adding that the jailbreak in Benin was a conspiracy.

#EndSARS Protest: Patriot Eholor urges youths to sustain momentum

A social crusader and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor, Wednesday, charged youths to sustain momentum on call to end Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS until demands are met by the government.

Eholor gave the charge during a protest in Abuja, where he condemned action and announcement by Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, banning street protests carried out by EndSARS protesters in Rivers State.

He said youths should not allow anybody to intimidate them rather continue their protests until all brutalized victims of F-SARS gets justice including total overhauling of the country’s security, which the police needs adequate funding, training, welfare and well taken care of by the government.

He said: “Such action by the Rivers State Governor is reckless, dictatorial, shameless and undemocratic. Why a leader who calls himself a democrat would descend so low infringing on the rights of Nigerians on peaceful demonstrations and protests.

“The protest must be sustained until other social and economic ills bedevilling the country like corruption, injustice, insecurity, high cost in governance and unemployment are decisively addressed by the government at all level.

“I commend the Nigerian youths for their courage in the ongoing EndSARS campaign across the nation despite harassment, intimidation and brutality by the police who were out to forcefully stop the movement.”

He also cautioned that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, should not take credit and advantage of the EndSARS protest, because atrocities and menace of SARS are traceable to leadership failure and the bad foundation laid by several administrations including that of the former Vice President.

He called on Nigerians to reject calls from the former Vice President because he allegedly failed young people when he was in power, and should not have the boldness to incite the youths as far as the protests are concerned.

He also urged Nigerians to elect leaders that will stand for them in the future, and accused APC and PDP of failing Nigerians with poor policies of oppression.

He (Eholor) said nothing less demanded from President Muhammadu Buhari other than to restructure the country’s security architecture by retiring the service chiefs with immediate effect.

He also asserted that retiring the Service Chiefs will be a solution to the protracted security challenges the nation has found.

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EndSARS Protest: Eholor berates Wike, Atiku, Osinbajo, urges youths to sustain momentum against oppressors

Renowned Crusader and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has called on youths across the country not to be intimidated by the announcement made by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike banning street protests against the corruption, anarchy and brutality being perpetrated by the men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Eholor, said such action by the Rivers State Governor is reckless, dictatorial, shameless and undemocratic. He wondered why a leader who calls himself a democrat would descend so low infringing on the rights of Nigerians to peaceful demonstrations.

The Crusader, in a statement in Abuja urged the youths to continue their protests until all victims of SARS’ brutality gets justice and other issues affecting security like proper funding of the police in the country are attended to.

He said that the protest must be sustained until other social and economic ills bedeviling the country like corruption, injustice, insecurity, high cost in governance and unemployment are decisively addressed by government at all level.

He commended the Nigerian youths for their courage in the ongoing EndSARS campaign across the nation despite harassment, intimidation and brutality by the police who were out to forcefully stop the movement.

He further questioned characters like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for trying to take credit and advantage of the EndSARS protest. He said the atrocities and menace of SARS is as a result of the leadership failure and bad foundation laid by the former Vice President while in office. He said the desperate action of the former Vice President is selfish, questionable and disgusting.

He wondered why a corrupt leader who superintendent the darkness faced by Nigerians would have the effrontery and audacity to incite the youths. He insisted that Nigerians must continue to reject failed and desperate leaders like Atiku Abubakar who has failed them in the past when trusted with leadership position.

He further berated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for not speaking up for Nigerians despite being a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He said the action of the Vice President is hypocritical and shameful. He urged Nigerians to always elect leaders that will always stand up for them in the future. He said both the PDP and APC have failed Nigerians.

The Edo State born Crusader also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country’s security architecture by retiring the service chiefs with immediate effect. He noted that retiring the Service Chiefs was the way out of the security challenges facing the nation which is no longer appealing.