6 Shiites, Precious Owolabi, & a Deputy Commission of Police Die in a Peaceful Protest
It’s the kind of thing that happens in Nigeria, people dying in a peaceful protest.
The Shiites, as usual, had been protesting the continued detainment of their leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in Abuja. The protesters claimed the officers attacked them. a source claimed the protesters threw petrol bombs. The DCP was allegedly shot when he was pacifying the protesters, but photos show the back of his head as the entry point of the bullet. Precious Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels Television was “hit by bullets.”
What’s important to note is that so many died, and nothing has been done to prevent more deaths. El-Zakzaky is still being detained. The Shiites will continue to protest. Probably, security officials will continue to open fire on them.
Some people really believed that Shiites shot a police man on Monday.
They meant Shiites on that day, about a thousand of them, went with only one gun and one bullet. They shot only the Late DCP.
Please, if you must smoke weed, smoke the ones with NAFDAC No.
— Mr Integrity (@Intergrity56) July 24, 2019
Okay this is Wuse Market environ. Monday it was Federal Sceretariat, Tuesday it was BANEX, today it is Wuse Market. This SHIITES folks ain’t backing out anytime soon @OgbeniDipo @segalink @Omojuwa pic.twitter.com/zTcsfl6vXL
— Kobimowe Chrys (@RxChrystal_C) July 24, 2019
As an Abuja resident & a stake holder in ds Country, I am asking President Buhari, Shiites & the Police to please take their fight outside Abuja.
I was just one bullet away today at Bannex.I can not be a victim of Buhari’s proxy war i know nothing about.
Abuja folks, speak up!
— Mr Integrity (@Intergrity56) July 23, 2019
Shiites members on solidarity protest in Abuja at three(3) different locations. Indeed, Security Operatives were all confused.
— Sefinatu Umaru (@Sophienene1) July 26, 2019
— KEMIKA.August12 my birthday ?????? (@Kingsleyasogwa6) July 23, 2019
— Boymessi (@IamBoymessi) July 22, 2019
If you’re a defender of civil liberties, you’ll know that the Shiites are the most delightful set of protesters to lead on a street protest: orderly, peaceful, courageous and organized. I’ve marched twice with them pic.twitter.com/TOumWUxMQ7
— Great Oracle (@AbdulMahmud01) July 22, 2019
A young journalist on his first job killed by a stray bullet in the stomach – while covering a small protest in Nigeria’s capital. Precious Owolabi could have been any of us. Whoever shot that bullet has to be held responsible. This announcement by his colleagues is too sad. https://t.co/UR5Q8WK2qe
— Stephanie Hegarty (@stephhegarty) July 23, 2019
May the soul of Precious Owolabi rest in peace. May God console his family and comfort his friends. That could have been anyone, including any of our family members or friends who work around the 3 arms zone and environs in Abuja. Such a needless death. Resolve this madness now.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) July 22, 2019
Friends, sorry Ministerial List
Do you want to be a minister of the giant of Africa, the great nation Nigeria with its good people? It’s easy! Here’s how!
Campaign aggressively for the incumbent president who runs for a second term. You don’t have to have a great track record or be a technocrat like the country needs—who cares? All you need to do is help defeat your brother in your state elections. Or you can either be an outgoing state governor who helps the president win your state by a margin of 10,000 votes. Or you might have even been been writing press releases and fighting haters on Twitter. That’s perfectly all right. Next thing, you’re a minister! See? Easy.
Let’s see what the people have to say:
— SIGNAL (@thesignalng) July 23, 2019
They’ve turned ministerial appointment to governors’ retirement scheme. These same people that failed their states for about 8 years have been appointed to fail the nation for d next 4. Sorry 4 Nigeria!!! #MinisterialList
— Kunlexy (@Rajgan4edu) July 23, 2019
— S.U.R.V.I.V.O.R ?? (@Nattydamsel25) July 23, 2019
AMBODE : I can’t wait for the ministerial list
— Adekunle (@abiodun_john27) July 23, 2019
This one is about to shoot Buhari for not including him in the Ministerial list???? pic.twitter.com/OUWwbzyZvi
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) July 23, 2019
Moments ago, the Director General of the Buhari Osinbajo Campaign Organisation and former Minister of Transportation successfully went through Senate screening.
Congrats Mr. Minister. Nigerians are with you pic.twitter.com/EzJT6s3QJ7
— Ogbonna Nwuke (@nwuke_ogbonna) July 24, 2019
Congratulations Dr. Isa Ali Pantami on your nomination as Minister from Gombe State by President Muhammad Buhari. pic.twitter.com/6WyFGYG6Dh
— Muttaka M Sharubutu (@sharubutu87) July 23, 2019
Boris Johnson becomes UK Prime Minister
Now that it has happened it seems inevitable: Boris Johnson is the top man in the UK. What a world we live in.
Sure, he’s not exactly True. His politics are nowhere near severe. Still, we’ve heard him being islamophobic, racist and homophobic at different times. Except, when it suited his politics, he’s also been against those things.
Here’s what people are saying:
Demonstrators protested Boris Johnson’s visit to Birmingham, singing “Boris is a liar.’
— FierceWarriorNStilettos (@InactionNever) July 27, 2019
Boris Johnson has voted for everything he’s on about reversing, he voted for police cuts, he shut fire stations in London ffs, he’s a fucking snake oil salesman, he is a past master at encouraging working people to vote against their interests, hence #Brexit WAKE fucking up.
— Loz Argyle ⚓ (@ArgyleLoz) July 26, 2019
Wow . Good on him! ‘Boris Johnson added ‘Minister for the Union’ to his official job title to signal his seriousness about keeping the United Kingdom together’
— Dr David Bull MEP (@drdavidbull) July 26, 2019
‘Boris is a liar, Boris is a liar’
— ITV News (@itvnews) July 26, 2019
— ImperfectProduct (@ImperfProduct) July 26, 2019
— Theodora Dickinson (@TheaDickinson) July 24, 2019
— Greg Double (@Dubstep1988) July 23, 2019
— jacqui Pritchard (@jacquip537) July 23, 2019
92,153 @Conservatives party members have endorsed a lying, racist, xenophobic, islamophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, far right enabling, Trumpian lap dog as UK Prime Minister. Well done. You must be very proud. #NotMyPM #FckBoris pic.twitter.com/oAcLmPLRQv
— Jon B (@jonny_b69) July 23, 2019
— jayoti (@jayotishah) July 23, 2019
— Vincent Garcia (@fatherrvincent) July 23, 2019
— Ed Finch (@MrEFinch) July 23, 2019
Burna Boy’s Great Week
Omo, Burna Boy had what was probably the greatest week of his life.
With the shine on appearing on Beyoncé‘s album last week still present, the singer performed on American TV show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The he released a mad single, “Pull Up.” But the absolute best thing to happen was the release of his new album, “African Giant.” Goes without saying that the album is an absolute jam.
We’re absolutely delighted for him, and so is everyone else.
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) July 26, 2019
— Bizzle Osikoya (@bizzleosikoya) July 26, 2019
— Burna Boy FanPage (@BurnaBoySource) July 26, 2019
— Victoria Hernandez (@LadyViii) July 26, 2019
— Runtown (@iRuntown) July 26, 2019
— #Awolowo (@BojDRB) July 26, 2019
— SAUTI SOL (@sautisol) July 26, 2019
When Burna boy said
“No be for here dem born Jesus”
“My country problem pass Jesus”
“Because na we be our own problem” pic.twitter.com/3uZHSJubXB
— The Serial Chiller ? (@Beneezrr) July 26, 2019
Grace in Boko Haram Captivity and Leah Sharibu’s Reported Death
Boko Haram on Wednesday released a video showing six aid workers with Action Against Hunger they had abducted. In the video, one of the aid workers, who identified herself as Grace appealed to the federal government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to assist in securing her release. She’s the only Christian among the six, she revealed, and the last Christian captured by the sect, Leah Sharibu, had died, she said.
It’s funny, how most people had little to say about the six women now in captivity. All attention was on Leah’s reported death.
The presidency released a statement saying their attention has been called to the video, and contact is being made. Whatever that is supposed to mean.
Let’s not do this please. There is a place for the criticism of religious fanaticism and how we use it as a crutch for Nigeria’s bedeviling ills. Leah Sharibu’s refusal to recant her faith is not the place for this. She died because evil terrorists killed her.
— K (@Damocleansword) July 26, 2019
The exalted cowardice used to blame Leah Sharibu is the cowardice that keeps a lot of us quiet in the face of injustice or evil for the fear of losing out social standing or even our livelihoods. It is why evil persists.
— Ikenna – ロックの男 (@FailedRift) July 26, 2019
CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) all of a sudden remember #LeahSharibu
I hopethey remember when they dined and wined with the President.
I hope they asked him about her every single time.
Ndi nzuzu pic.twitter.com/ksaHvTbGIO
— Medahni (@medahnee) July 26, 2019
110 Dapchi school girls were kidnapped
109 were Muslims
1 was a Christian
109 got released
1 was left behind
1 was killed
RIP Leah Sharibu pic.twitter.com/qYZyi8uoN1
— V is for Vicious (@stvictor) July 25, 2019
— Mr.Matthias Okikeh (@Matthias_Okikeh) July 25, 2019
Leah Sharibu. The only child left behind. Left behind cos of her faith. Left behind to be tortured by the knowledge that she’ll probably die cos her govt couldn’t be bothered to rescue her or negotiate for her release like they did the others.
— Igala High Chief (@I_Am_Ilemona) July 25, 2019
The Nigeria Police Force, Nigerians, and #JusticeForChinedu
This one really hurts. Seeing Chinedu Obi on the ground begging in a pool of his own blood while Nigerians curse him and record it all numbs the brain. And all because he broke windshields. Somehow, that’s justification for taking his life. People are heartless oo.
His crime was that he had tattoos
His crime was that he had an iPhone
His crime was that he wore a gold chain His crime was that he broke car windscreen after he was illegally arrested and PoliceNg shot him and watched him bleed to death
His Name is Chinedu Obi#JusticeForChinedu pic.twitter.com/qh46ZavkTS
— Obi Of Onitsha ?? (@classicNedu) July 25, 2019
I’m one of those who tell my mates and others that “Nigeria will get better”, “Don’t travel out” etc..
But this saddens my heart. It really pierces deep.
This is someone I know, gunned down by @PoliceNG in sango area and he was left to bleed to death.#justiceforchinedu pic.twitter.com/wYCX0mbvB6
— Chika Victor Wealth (@ViktorWealth) July 24, 2019
He was destroying your cars
Now there is enough money to pay for the damages
We just need one thing from you
Give me back my twin
I will pay for every damage
I can grant you your request Nigeria police but can you grant me mine?#justiceforchinedu
— #justiceforchinedu (@Treshinteriors) July 23, 2019
All parties to this murder must be arrested and jailed for good if not get their own death sentence. This is barbaric and a brazen abuse of power. #EndImpunity #JusticeForChinedu https://t.co/dUeNBXks4O
— SEGA L’éveilleur®? (@segalink) July 25, 2019
That’s your brother. That’s your best friend. That’s someone’s son. That’s YOUR son. Bleeding to death. On the ground. Like a common fowl. And you bastards stood there. Watched and filmed it for Instgram. #justiceforChinedu pic.twitter.com/OY1L4S0qIH
— Wiseone (@JustifiedAz) July 24, 2019
Chinedu was no killer.
He was no thief.
He was no murderer!
He was no kidnapper.
Young, vibrant lively boy.
All he did was fight for himself!
All he did was confront the bastards while detained him unjustly!
He was shot & left to die in the pool of his blood.#justiceforchinedu https://t.co/4tPNcHWYJ5
— Elumelu Sabina (@encyclobinafix) July 24, 2019
How can you be so callous? He broke windscreens?! And so fuck what? How much is a fucking windscreen? 20k? Let’s say 25k. Let’s say he even broke 20 of them. 450k. Is that enough reason for him to die? #justiceForChinedu
— sigma (@theREDNigerian) July 24, 2019
And that’s all for this week. May we continue to find the fortitude to bear the reality of living in Nigeria. Have a great weekend!