London-based Nigerian, Adeyinka Shoyemi, the acclaimed President of the Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF), will be cooling his heels in a London prison as he has been sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment for posting messages on social media encouraging violence in Nigeria.
Shoyemi was first arrested in August 2019 after members of the public raised concerns to the police about social media posts that contained comments aimed at particular ethnic groups based in Nigeria.
Shoyemi in his many social media posts, some of which africanewswatch.com confirmed online, especially on YouTube had declared that the Nigerian government must return “to true and fiscal federalism that is based on regional autonomy on or before the election.”
Another source quoted him saying “The Young Yorubas for Freedom will declare for Oduduwa Republic and start a war with the use of chemical, biological, and even radiological weapons against the Federal Government of Nigeria if its President orders an attack on the sovereignty of the Yoruba people whenever we declare for the Oduduwa Republic.
“The days our parents were protesting with their fists in the face of armoured tanks and being killed, arrested, imprisoned, and exiled by the Hausa/Fulani are over. Our generation has learned from their mistakes. It is Oduduwa Republic or organized violence.” The source concluded.
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested the Yoruba agitator after his social media account, Adeyinka Grandson, was traced to him. He was found guilty on 30 November 2021 of eight counts of inciting racial hatred after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.
Nigeria has had a number of separatist agendas spring up since her political independence in 1960, but the cry for self-determination amongst various ethnic-based groups has been more amplified in the heterogeneous West African country since the current President Muhamadu Buhari came into power in 2015. From Sunday Igboho led Yoruba-Nation agenda to Nnamdi Kanu’s adventures with The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), one thing is sure, the peculiar plural nature of the Nigerian state must be better managed.
Despite heavy security presence, Libyan protesters step up campaign, vow to continue demonstrations
Libyan protesters have vowed to step up its campaign and continue with their demonstrations until all the ruling elites quit power and pave way for elections.
The protests which began on Friday, saw the burning of the country’s parliament building in Tobruk when a large crowd broke through the security and set the building on fire.
The incident prompted the government to release thousands of security personnel into the streets but the demonstrators were not deterred as they defied the presence of the forces on Saturday and Sunday by holding rallies in Tripoli, Tobruk, and Benghazi, and other major cities in the North African country.
While addressing the protesters, leaders of the movement said they would step up its campaign from Sunday, urging demonstrators to set up tents in city squares and practise civil disobedience until they achieve their goal of ousting political institutions and holding new elections.
Libyan Observer reports that the protesters held their biggest rally in Tripoli for years, chanting slogans against the feuding political elites, as demonstrators blocked off roads in Benghazi and Misrata and set fire to government buildings in Sebha and Qarabuli.
The media also reported that despite pleas by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the demonstrators are bent on going on with their daily protests until they force the ruling elites out.
US commends Kenya’s effort at resolving Rwanda/Congo tension
The US has praised Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta for his effort at resolving tensions between East African neighbour, DR Congo and Rwanda.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with President Kenyatta in a phone call on Thursday describes Kenya’s move as the best approach to end armed conflict in the troubled east of the country.
The US State Department Spokesman Ned Price said of the phone call, that “Secretary Blinken expressed his appreciation for the Nairobi process, which has brought together the leadership of the DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and Tanzania.
“The Secretary noted these heads of state meetings are instrumental for facilitating the de-escalation of regional tensions, and in particular between the DR Congo and Rwanda.”
The acrimony between the countries was pronounced last month when Rwandan military authorities accused the armed forces of neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo of cross-border attacks.
Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, last week called on the East African regional bloc to deploy East African force to the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to restore security following renewed fighting between government forces and the M23 rebels which has seen thousands killed and displaced since the resumption of hostilities.
Although the move to deploy the forces has been commended by the US, United Nations and the African Union, Congolese politicians and the public have expressed reservations about the proposed deployment of peace troops. They said the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) would be duplicating roles of the UN Mission (Monusco) as well as other existing interventions currently on the ground.
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