By Oki Samson
Do you remember Awoism? Well, if you did not witness the politics of Nigeria’s independence days and you are not a student of Nigerian history, you might not know the political ideology named Awoism.
Awoism as a concept was coined by avid followers of the late Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo, the famed political leader of Western region. The term was coined as a representation of Baba Awo’s wide-range, progressive political and socio-economic policies which transformed first-republic Western region into a globally-celebrated region in Nigeria. The followers, called Awoists, extolled and practised this principle till their last breath.
Today, the same is being said about Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. And it is gathering momentum as fast as it can. Terms like Emilokanology among others like Jagabanism, BATified are taking deep roots in the hearts of today’s young generation, especially as Nigeria matches towards the 2023 presidential elections.
It is all about teaching and sensitizing the youths on the need for political participation. It is also to instill in the youths the value of patriotic contributions to the development of Nigeria.
Emilokanology, as propounded by the Asiwaju Distinguished Ambassadors Movement (ADAM) led by Aarebinrin Hon. Dr. Folashade Olabanji-Oba, is a political ideology aimed at inspiring greatness in the Nigeria citizenry across the length and breadth of the country, Trek Africa Newspaper can reports.
The Asiwaju proponents widely assert that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu deserves to be studied by academic intellectuals and political juggernauts in our ranking tertiary institutions.
Also, it aims to drum support for the presidential flagbearers of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima.
Further, they are pushing the 2nd tenure agenda of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat in the Lagos State. Also on the table are the senatorial candidacy of Sen. Adetokunbo Abiru for Lagos East Senatorial District; the return of Hon. Babajimi Benson to the Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye and Hon. Moshood Aro in LSHA Ikorodu constituency 1 and 2 respectively as well as mobilizing for other All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the 36 states and FCT. This is what Asiwaju desires. The more progressive-minded people are close to power, the better for Nigeria. That is the concept of Emilokanology!
In the immediate, Aarebinrin Hon. Dr. Folashade Olabanji-Oba(Founder/ DG) at Asiwaju Distinguished Ambassadors Movement (ADAM) are holding a summit which will converge over 2500 persons on Wednesday, 14th December, 2022 at the Ten Degrees Event Center, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos by 11.00am. It will not just be a political summit alone, it will double as an inter-religious, interdenominational prayers and praise conference.
There will also be voter education exercise during this one-day summit to be anchored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
There will be health talks and Free eye tests with free glasses ( Gigi Bola)
The National Chairman, Association of Local Government Vice Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGOVC) and Executive Vice-Chairman of Ikorodu LGA, Aarebinrin Hon. Dr Olabanji-Oba believes that Nigerians must fire from all cylinders – by voting, by watching, by praying – to ensure that Tinubu/Shettima emerge and retain the Aso rock seat for the enjoyment of all and sundry. She affirms the need for compatriots to also withstand any plan to cause mayhem before, during, and after elections.
Speaking on the Emilokanology political ideology in her brief chat with Oki Samson of Trek Africa Newspaper, Olabanji-Oba remarked: ‘Asiwaju is a leader of leaders, life transformer, and his capacity, capability, antecedent and all summed up in that one word ‘Emilokan’.
Asiwaju is a leader who is not intimidated by raising another person. You can see so many persons that have grown through him. For some of us who are his mentees, we know that there is so much to be done. So everyday is to get more converts not just because of now but even beyond 2023 that our mindsets and prerogatives have to be Nigeria first not any self-interest because that is what Asiwaju is all about.
On so many occasions, he has stepped down his own ambition to project a larger image, to see a bigger picture. So if we all can have that attitude and believe in this great entity called Nigeria. I am too sure that Nigeria will be among the greatest on the face of the earth. We got all that it takes.’
On the plan for the summit, Folashade Olabanji-Oba who is also the National Director of APC Professional Council ( Contacts and Mobilisation), Project 774 For Tinubu/ Shetima (National Director of Women) , National Organising Secretary for COSGABAT and National PRO for Women for SWAGA shared: ‘We will have our leaders, women, and youths that have been touched by the ideology – ideas rule the world. If you can’t conceive it, you can’t achieve it – to talk about issues and wake up the gentle giant within us and say the time is now that we all must collaborate.
The INEC would also be around to talk about what to do before, during, and after the elections, and how to make sure we have a peaceful transition. We must all understand that the peace of the land is very important. We will also be talking security.’
‘The unseen controls the seen. This time, we have to rise up and pray for the peace of the land so that we can all benefit from it. We are raising 774 prayer warriors for the 774 local governments to continuously pray for this peaceful transition is a necessity. To also pray for the wherewithal to be able to sail us through, His grace is more than sufficient. Nothing must divide us’, Olabanji-Oba concluded on the need for inter-religious prayers.
The acid test is less than 80 days away. The 2023 election is in focus. Aarebinrin Hon. Dr. Folashade Olabanji-Oba is bustling with optimism. The A.D.A.M political movement is rearing to go. The partners, Project 774 and Grassroot Care Initiative are also moving swiftly. Success on the Emilokanology Agenda is imminent!
Any Nigerian Can Initiate Arrest, Says FPRO Adejobi
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has said that every Nigerian citizen is mandated by law to initiate an arrest if they notice a crime being committed anywhere.
Adejobi made the revelation while speaking as a panelist during the panel session at the 2023 National Security Conference of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) with the theme “Proliferation of Lethal Weapon As Security Threat: Arm-Full, Harm-full to New Dispensation’ held on Thursday in Lagos.
The FPRO, who represented the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, leveraged on Section 12 of the Criminal Code, to buttress his point, saying it empowers individual Nigerians to initiate arrest, and hand over to the Police, adding that initiating the arrest does not include beating up a suspect, mobbing or lynching.
He added however, that the difference between the regular citizens and security agencies is one does not bear arms while the other does, while reiterating that whoever wishes to own or possess weapons must have them licensed by the appropriate government agency or will be seen to have run foul of the law, and made to face and bear the full weight of the law.
“The law empowers the military personnel, and other law enforcement agencies to bear arms, but it’s however, frightening to see many individuals in possession of arms without being licensed by the relevant authority,” he said.
Arase Hails Tinubu on Approval of Recruitment of 30,000 New Personnel
The Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr. Solomon Arase, has hailed President Bola Tinubu for approving the recruitment of 30,000 new personnel into the Nigeria Police Force. He said the gesture will help not only in sustaining peace and security,but also check the proliferation of small arms and lethal weapons, which has been the bane of safety in the nation.
Mr. Arase, who was represented by AIG Ade Shinaba, made the remarks while speaking as the special guest of honour at the 2023 National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) National Security Conference at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, said the president has set the pace in setting security on the right path and the enlargement of the force will go a long way in checking the proliferation of Lethal weapons and small arms in the country.
We’ll Continue to Ensure Protection of Critical Assets, NSCDC Boss Tells Katsina Gov
The Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has said that the Corps will continue to ensure security of lives and protection of critical national assets and Infrastructure in Katsina state.
The National Public Relations Officer of the Corps, CSC Babawale Afolabi, in a statement made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), said the Commandant General gave the assurance when he played host to the Executive Governor of Katsina State, Dikko Umar Radda, at the Corps’ National Headquarters, Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that effective security is sacrosanct to the Corps and strategies are constantly being deployed to ensure that criminality is reduced drastically.
He assured the Governor and the good people of Katsina state of the Corps’ commitment to curbing insecurity by employing both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to achieving results.
“I understand that Katsina State had experienced some bandit attacks in the last couple of years.
“Its vulnerability which is partly due to its big size and geographical location as a state bordering other states in the North and the Niger Republic is of great concern.
“But be rest assured that with the on-going recruitment in the Corps, more men would be deployed to Katsina to strengthen security in the state,” the CG hinted.
He reiterates that insecurity in the country took an asymmetric form almost two decades ago and it must not be allowed to spread further.
The Corps helmsman called on State Governors who are the chief security officers of their various states to adopt more robust and inclusive approaches in stepping up security.
According to Dr Audi, state governments have greater roles to play in providing maximum support that will help in curbing attacks and criminalities in states.
“Sometimes, these bandits come out from their hiding, hit a target and run back to hiding; leaving a devastating effect on both lives and property.
“We have our Special Forces and with scientific collaborations with other security agencies, the attacks will come to an end very soon.
“No single agency can tackle insecurity, hence, the need for a more inclusive operational strategy to end the menace,” CG said.
The CG commended the Governor for the proactive steps taken in the right direction to secure his people and assured of the Corps’ readiness to collaborate effectively with Katsina State Government in the fight against banditry, vandalism and economic sabotage in the state.
Responding, the Katsina State Governor stated that his visit was to further solidify the existing cordial relationship between the Corps and Katsina State Government.
“You have have been very supportive in addressing the issues of insecurity disturbing our people.
“Katsina is one of the states suffering from bandit attacks and other forms of criminalities.
“I have therefore come to solicit for more cooperation and to see how we can collaborate in bringing peace to our state,” he said.
The Governor lamented the inadequate number of personnel across security services which has impeded the expected success in the fight against insecurity.
He explained that the state has trained and engaged the service of about one thousand five hundred (1,500) indigenes to assist the conventional security agencies in the state.
“I believe with the engagement of the locals in the form of civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), combined with the conventional security, we will go a long way in combating insecurity and reduce it to the barest minimum,” the Governor said.