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Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by bolaayenimo: 6:00am On Nov 16
By Temidayo Akinsuyi

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts:

South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that?

The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive.

There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC) to a northern summit initiative, which shows clearly that they don’t see this nation as one. They see themselves as slave masters while the rest of the country are seen as slaves. They tried to play what is called Taqiyyah into the Middle Belt. When herdsmen killed 78 people in Benue in January 2018, Buhari called Governor Ortom and said ‘go and learn how to live with your people’.

Now they want to use them as part of their crowd. It was when Southern and Middle Belt leaders said ‘no, this shows how incompetence you people are’, that was when Buhari said his Chief of Staff should start the rearguard measures. The South-East invited their traditional rulers and socio-cultural leaders but in South-West, they invited only the traditional rulers, governors and some ministers. Because our Obas have told them what is important to us in the South-West like restructuring, implementation of the 2014 national conference , we allowed it to go.

The governors know that we cannot sit down in a place and you go and issue a communiqué which is anti-people; to say that we commend Buhari for the way he ended the #EndSARS crisis and to say that we support the gagging of social media, we will never be part of that. We are glad that (Seyi) Makinde came out and said they never agreed on such things. With Governor Akeredolu coming out to say that he sees nothing wrong in freezing the account of #EndSARS people, we can now know the reason why they did not want people they think they cannot control, to sign on to what they want at that meeting. But we commend the traditional rulers for speaking the truth to power, for condemning what happened and for standing on where we stand.

Is Afenifere on the same page with Governor Akeredolu who said the government is right in freezing #EndSARS protesters account?

We cannot. We openly disagreed with him. Yesterday, I was with one of his aides on a national television, and I had to knock him clearly. I said ‘young man, there will be tomorrow. Akeredolu will not be governor forever.

He will finish his term and come back. He should not use his present to destroy his past and make a mess of his future. Akeredolu was a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He has a pedigree. If it was any governor we don’t think has anything to protect that had said that, we will just ignore him. But for Akeredolu, how do you say that they can continue to punish people without trial? Will Akeredolu get up in Ondo state and starts freezing and punishing people without trial? Before you can punish anybody, their guilt must have been established.

How do you establish the guilt of those whose accounts you have frozen? It has to be through a judicial process. If there is a judicial process that says this people committed an offence, let us punish them, we can’t say you cannot punish in accordance with the law. We cannot say what Akeredolu is now saying in the second part of it that if those whose accounts were frozen have been offended, they should go to court. You did not go to court, but went to court of impunity to punish them and you are now saying they should go to court of law. You are SAN, a senior member of the Bar, past president of the NBA who should maintain the standards of law of how a society should be organised and not behave like anything goes politician. We don’t agree with that.

We condemn him in totality. When his aide said Afenifere was against Akeredolu, I told him that when Akeredolu took that position on Amotekun, did Afenifere not commended him openly, even though we knew it could be of benefit to him during the election? It doesn’t matter to us. But when you are making statements that makes you not to be different from the fascists who are running Nigeria aground, we cannot accept that! you are wrong and we have told the governor that he is totally wrong on this matter.

There is this notion that Nigeria cannot survive without the North based on their agricultural prowess. What is your take on that ?

So, before the amalgamation of the North and South, have we been feeding on air? That’s nonsense. Yes, the federal government has done so many agricultural projects in the North. When you go and look at the records of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), when they are doing Anchors Borrowers Programme, most of the money is spent in the North. But there is no section of Nigeria that cannot feed itself.

The food scarcity in some parts of the country may be due to certain factors. In South-West for instance, if you see what the herdsmen have been doing to the farmers, you will be alarmed. In the past, even our women go to farms unaided to plant agricultural products. Which man today will allow his wife to go to the farm alone and not throw her to Fulani herdsmen for raping? So, there are problems in this country but there is no part of the country that does not have the capacity for food sufficiency.

Some have claimed the attacks on Lagos during the #EndSARS protest was politically motivated, do you share that view?

I don’t think so. I say so because for years now, I have been telling my wife whenever we are driving in traffic and we see many young people on the streets, with no future, no job and no hope, I always tell her that the day these people will take to the streets, there will be serious trouble.

Today, Nigeria is the global secretariat of poverty. The attack by these youths was not only in Lagos, it was across the country. See the way people were looting. Even in Kwara, soldiers were begging them to loot peacefully. The social inequality in the country is so high. We have given no hope or future to our youths. Since they have been killing armed robbers in this country, have you seen any armed robber that was arrested and said ‘I am a worker with Unilever, Guinness or NNPC? No! If you are working in this Lagos, you will leave your house 5am in the morning, get to work and return home by 10pm at night. By the time you get home, you are already exhausted; even to eat is a problem and you went to sleep like that. Is that the time you will go and plan how to burgle somebody’s house? No! A young man was telling me to assist him get a job.

He said he has been a graduate for the past 10 years but has not worked for a day. During the #EndSARS protest, I met a man with MBA but have no job and no money. But people who cannot think are saying the protesters and those looting palliatives are hoodlums. The hoodlums are the people in government. Those looting palliatives are ‘foodlums’ who are looking for what to eat. I laughed when the governors said those who looted should return what they stole in 48 hours. Is that how these governors return what they steal?

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, what advise can you give to Nigerian youths?

I will tell the youths to keep their voters cards very well. They should be ready to shine their eyes, not to follow anybody because of money. They should know what they stand for and present their programmes, people will scrutinise them and them decide who have their interests at heart.

On election day, they should go to the polling units and ensure that their votes count and are counted very well. They should follow the process through and ensure that nobody steal their votes so that they can make a change in the polity. We can’t just continue like this in this country. We cannot continue to put our lives and states under these self-serving leaders who don’t care about the welfare of the citizenry but only care about what they can take out of the system.

The present crop of leaders have no idea for how to develop the society; they cannot proffer any meaningful way forward for this country. Any set of politician they follow will need new leadership and the young people are the new publics that must cause the needed change in our polity.
https://www.independent.ng/those-in-government-are-the-real-hoodlums-not-palliative-looters-odumakin/

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by RedNStripes(f): 6:03am On Nov 16
So true. Those in government are worst than the people.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by MickzyDonald: 6:04am On Nov 16
I'm still surprised that some people still trust the governmental bodies, when the are the one's exploiting we citizens

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Racoon(m): 6:07am On Nov 16
Yeah! Looters and super-looting criminals.COVID-19 scamdemics.God and we also will continue to punish these heartless so called leaders.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by nairavsdollars(f): 6:09am On Nov 16
Those looting palliatives are ‘foodlums’ who are looking for what to eat.
i totally agree

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by BhoomiMivics: 6:11am On Nov 16
The video went viral seeing so called hoodlums claimed by the govt on their SUVs and yet they left it out of evidence.
Another bastard in court claims nothing happened at lekki.
If I see Nairobi pass I Dey go

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by whytediamond(m): 6:45am On Nov 16
Dem know na, we too, we know.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by HisExcellence(m): 6:46am On Nov 16
Yes they are the Real;
Hoodlums
Theives
Terrorists
Rapist's


And they deserve Dead by Hanging.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Freshfish4: 6:46am On Nov 16
The worst government Nigeria has ever had

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by ivolt: 6:46am On Nov 16
They defend hoodlums when it suits their political aims. But reject them and claim they are sponsored when it doesn't. You guys should make up your mind on which side you support.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by ATEAMS: 6:47am On Nov 16
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Mitsurugi(m): 6:47am On Nov 16
Was this ever in doubt? Any next wave of anarchy will definitely be targeted at the elites and politicians (I even pity the "comfortable folks" managing in their gated communities). What happened in the aftermath of #ENDSARS was target practice which our leaders are too foolish, arrogant and ignorant to acknowledge. undecided

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Moferere: 6:48am On Nov 16
Supported, they are big hoodlums

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Gkay1(m): 6:48am On Nov 16
Agreed

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by OakConsultNG: 6:48am On Nov 16
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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Isinweke(m): 6:48am On Nov 16
All of us are criminals in this country.

We need to go our separate ways to regain our sanity. Both looters and hoodlums(politicians and the ordinary people) na the same people so let's stop deceiving ourselves.



We are still in the second year of the Next Level and we have started pointing fingers to one another.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Bigsolo10: 6:48am On Nov 16
Is the pure true
Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by ifeanyija(m): 6:49am On Nov 16
Old talk
Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by DropsMic(m): 6:49am On Nov 16
We know
Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by GracefulBunmi(m): 6:49am On Nov 16
FOODLUMS vs HOODLUMS

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Seniorwriter(m): 6:50am On Nov 16
They are the God Fathers of Hoodlums.....very threacherous lots ...they loot with impunity....imagine a government setting out billions for deworming random kids?!!!!

In another news if you are a youth make sure you get your PVC and be ready to vote out these incompetent God Fathers of Hoodlums!

PROACTIVITY Leads To PRODUCTIVITY!

©Seniorwriter

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by Officialhorlah(m): 6:51am On Nov 16
They are genuine hoodlums
Thief'sgrin

Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by lonelydora: 6:51am On Nov 16
A country that hides ordinary Indomie from her people.

Since they can search house to house for the "looted" palliatives, why didn't they share it house to house too?

Kai! Dis country na wa o!

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by seeker121(m): 6:51am On Nov 16
This government is trying everything within their means to make life unbearable for the masses.Buhari govt will go down in history as the worst and probably the last clueless govt to rule this country.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by specialmati(m): 6:51am On Nov 16
cool what has our residence zombie idiots have to say concerning this.the big problem now is Nigeria is now left with 20% reasonable people 80% zombies there is work to be done if we will ever get it right 2023.because na people still voted in this idiots in 2019

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by TinubuGoQuench: 6:52am On Nov 16
Zombies in the house come and defend your hoodlums!
Fools

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by xynerise: 6:52am On Nov 16
Why do people believe the North decides how we feed in this nation? Even though the FG invest greatly on agriculture in the North, the South still survives without the help of the FG.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by olisaEze(m): 6:52am On Nov 16
This man has said the truth. After all is said & done, the koko na to sensitize all those ur friends & family way long-throat no dey let dem reason during election season.
Not even Abacha was as despotic and nepotistic as the wraith we have in Aso Rock! It’s like him and his brethren are hell bent on destroying the nation economically and totally. Tufiakwa!! angry

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by onward4life(m): 6:52am On Nov 16
nairavsdollars:
Those looting palliatives are ‘foodlums’ who are looking for what to eat.
i totally agree

I like d word...


Let is be known pls

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by buchilino(m): 6:54am On Nov 16
TOMORROW SOMEBODY WLL CALL THOSE IN GOVERNMENT OUR "LEADERS".

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by toprealman: 6:54am On Nov 16
I have been enjoying military security cover because of a federal government facility that stores rice in my area.....albeit illegally going by their core function.

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Re: Odumakin: Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters by pretydiva(f): 6:54am On Nov 16
They are very wicked hoodlums

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