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A middle-aged housewife, Mrs Olawumi Olasemo has told a Mapo Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Ibadan that her Wale attempted to use their two children for ritual.

Olawumi petitioned the court to annul her marriage to Olasemo due to the attempted money ritual.

She told the court that she was deeply saddened by her estranged husband’s attempt to use their two children in a money ritual.

She also stated that she was afraid of her husband because of his negative attitude and lack of love for her.

She said her husband who was not present in court became unhappy after she noticed that he wanted to use the two children for ritual.


“When I took note of Olasemo’s desperate attempt to use our two children for money ritual, he became unhappy.

“He beats me. I parted ways with Olasemo about eight years ago and he has since remarried.

However, Olasemo was absent from court.

The court noted that the respondent was duly served with originating summon as well as notice of court hearing, but preferred not to make any appearance.

Delivering judgment, the court’s President, Mrs S.M. Akintayo pronounced the marriage dissolved, noting that the evidence tendered by the petitioner indicated that there was a valid customary marriage between Olawumi and Olasemo.


Akintayo said that the dissolution was necessary in the interest of peaceful living especially with the involvement of the lives of the children for money ritual.

Quoting relevant sections of the law to back her judgment, Akintayo awarded custody of the two children from the union to Olawumi and ordered Olasemo to pay N20,000 as the children’s monthly feeding allowance to the court.

Furthermore, she granted the order restraining the respondent from harassing, molesting and interfering with the private life of the petitioner.

Also, the president directed the two to be jointly responsible for the education and other welfare of the children.

A South African policewoman has been arrested for recording and forcing her 12-year-old son to have sex with her.

In the viral video, the policewoman can be seen lying on her back, naked with her legs wide open. She then calls her 12-year-old son to come and ‘do it’.


She then says “get on top of me.” At this point, the young boy says “I can’t do it” but she continues and she opens her thighs and says: “do it, put it in there.”

The boy obeyed and inserted it, then started stroking her.

According to reports in South Africa, the mum is a police constable based in Limpopo. South Africans have taken to social media to call for her to be punished.

The woman has been arrested on charges of rape of a minor, sexual grooming of a child and creating and distributing child pornography.

The Limpopo police spokesman, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said a court remanded her in jail until next Tuesday, 30 January when she can have a bail hearing.

Mojapelo revealed that the child is in a safe location and that the country won’t stop fishing out perpetrators of child abuse.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has declared one Mr. Seun Samuel Ojukannaiye wanted for receiving double salaries illegally from both the Kogi State Hospital Management Board and Kogi State University.

The Commission in its verified twitter handle @ICPCNigeria, said, “The person whose picture appears here, SEUN SAMUEL OJUKANNAIYE is hereby declared WANTED by the ICPC for receiving double salaries illegally from both the Kogi State Hospital Management Board and Kogi State University.


“Mr. Ojukannaiye was born on 19th April 1983 (39 years old) and is an indigene of Ekinrin-Adde, ljumu LGA of Kogi State.

“His last known address is Hospital Quarters, Ogori, Kogi State. Anyone who has useful information about his whereabouts should report to ICPC Headquarters Abuja, any of the ICPC State Offices or the nearest police station, or call ICPC Toll-Free lines: 0803-123-0280, 0803-123-0281, 0803-123-0282, 0705-699- 0190, 0705-699-0191 and 0800-CALL-ICPC (0800-2255-4272).”

I have noticed that each time a new management assumes duty at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), torrents of smear campaign, fabricated stories and fake allegations would be unleashed against the interventionist agency in the social media. In February 2022, a similar series of articles were written against the former management and, as a stakeholder, I had to do some rebuttals against the publications. Just this week, another fake and an obviously fabricated news item, headlined ‘’NDDC Chairperson aborts N25 billion payment as FG sets to domicile the Commission at SGF Office’’, was published in an obscure online platform, ‘’Sahara Weekly’’.

The story, credited to an unnamed source, made two spurious allegations: that there was an attempt in the Commission to pay N25 billion to a state government in the South East and that Hon. Lauretta Onochie would be confirmed as the Executive Chairman in a letter from the Office of the SGF.

It is obvious that the writer of this false story does not know the basic working of a statutory commission like the NDDC and its procurement process. Before a huge payment is made by the NDDC (and indeed any other government agency), such payments must be approved by the Management, Board, Supervising Minister of the agency and the Federal Executive Council. In addition, the Public Procurement Act has also stipulated stringent conditions that would have to me met before such an amount of money is moved from the coffers of a government agency. I can confirm that no request for such payment has ever been considered by NDDC since the new Board was inaugurated on January 5, 2023 – just three weeks ago.

I can recall that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, had in his speech during the inauguration of the new Board, admonished them to follow extant public procurement laws, guidelines and rules in all their procurements. The advice also ran though many of the papers delivered at the retreat for the new Board held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, last week. In fact, the first formal meeting of the Board only happened yesterday, several days after the false allegations were published. Clearly, this is just a piece of invented tale designed to damage NDDC.

On the issue of the new Chairman assuming executive function, I can confirm that this is not under any contemplation. The NDDC Act 2000 clearly states that the Chairman of the Board does not have executive status. The law specifies that the Board is made up of three executives: The Managing Director and two Executive Directors (for Projects and Finance & Administration). In fact, previous chairmen of NDDC, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu (a distinguished journalist from Abia State); the late Ambassador Sam Edem (a fine public servant from Akwa Ibom) and Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN (an erudite lawyer and legislator from Cross River) all served on parttime basis. At no time did they ever crave executive responsibilities. It is therefore ludicrous to expect that the Buhari administration, renowned for sticking to due process and rule of law, would issue a letter to controvert a law that has been in operation for close to a quarter of a century. The Chairman of NDDC could only assume executive roles if the law is amended. But that has not happened; and I do not even expect that Madam Onochie, the new Chairman of the Commission, would lend herself for a role that would cause rift and disharmony in the Commission.

I can discern that the ‘’Sahara Weekly’’ story is conjured to create a semblance of a rift within the Board and give an impression of an inchoate infighting in the system. My initial suspicion is that it was planted by those who lost out in the appointment, and would rather bring down the commission since they did not succeed. This was the same kind of publications that were churned out soon after the President ordered a forensic audit into the Commission in 2019. There were palpably fears among certain elements that the audit exercise was a witch-hunt. I wrote several articles trying to calm frayed nerves. I am happy to note that finally, the audit exercise has been concluded, and no witch was ever hunted or found.

The new Board and management are fully settled into their duties now, and they are fully aware of the responsibilities on their shoulders, and most of all, the laws of the land. I recently visited the Headquarters of the Commission and I could sense an aura of calm and confidence among the staffers. There is a strong feeling that NDDC is cutting a new path to achieve its set goals.

"Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments" -Rose Kennedy

Over time, the idea of 100 days in office has been used to measure the success or failure of governments. How right or wrong is this?

100 is a number, it is a factor not a whole. 100 days in office is a tradition, a ritual that officeholders are wont to mark without any consideration for its significance or purpose. It says little or nothing about the landmark reached and it is not enough to determine efficiency or otherwise.

According to the famous American author, 100 days should not be the ideal yardstick to establish the success or otherwise of a leader or government. He further stressed that success or otherwise in 100 days does not really translate into an enduring success afterwards.

The marking of 100 days should not be blamed on Nigerian leaders as it did not originate from them. Like all else imported, they have so celebrated it in Nigeria that it has become jejune, naive, simplistic and superficial.

Pundits wait for an elected office holder's 100 days in office to analyse his high and his low. Rather than be object focused, they are subject focused. Rather than see it as a prism through which the mood in the environment is measured or the barometer to gauge or control certain influences to which the new government is responding to, wailers will see the 100 days as an opportunity to bash the office holder while hailers will see it as an opportunity to hail him.

Success is a process, nay, a journey, not a destination. Sometimes during that journey, there are stones thrown at you which you would have to convert to milestones. Nelson Mandela, symbol of African struggle for independence was of the belief that one must celebrate, not any particular day(s) but those milestones as one journeys through the road.

Milestone is a stone by the side of a road that shows the distance in miles to a specified place or an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

With increasing distance and challenges along the way, knowledge fades and fades rapidly and, sometimes, the leader reaches a dim boundary, where he is compelled to measure shadows and search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely substantial. This is when it would dawn on such leader that counting landmarks are more important than counting days.

Now, if we must count the first 100 days of Gov. Oyebanji in the Ekiti saddle, we should neither hail nor boo his strides. Rather, we should ex-ray the good, the bad and the ugly circumstances that have influenced the landmark.

The good:
The first good Gov. Biodun Oyebanji built upon in his first 100 days in office is the continuity factor. Continuity of democracy, seamless baton exchange and continuity of governance.

Had the transition been an unsmooth one as we had in the past before the last one between ex-Gov John Kayode Fayemi, JKF and current Gov. Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, BAO, the story would have been different from what we have today. We would have been talking of BAO still trying to navigate his way through and blaming his predecessor for false steps. There would not have been anything to build upon, but a lot to cry about. The succession was smooth and so the environment is peaceful today.

The second good is the activities Oyebanji quickly embarked upon. Because he is not looking for any vain glory, the governor made maintenance of existing infrastructure his low hanging fruit. He worked on roads and light up the highways. He looked at all the pacts in the critical sectors like education, health, agriculture, etc., and ensured that the tempo was sustained. He pushed the credit rating of his predecessor further with the development agencies and inherited not just all his friends, but converted his predecessor's perceived enemies to friends as well.

The bad:
First is the global economy. The economy refers to the wealth and resources of a particular area, and this time, we are talking of the entire world. The global economic instability heralded Oyebanji to government. Ekiti is not insulated from the meltdown the world economy is experiencing. Economic instability and inflation often go hand-in-hand. The factors that influence an economy are currently out of balance. When an economy becomes unstable as we have presently in Ekiti as the rest of the world, there is inflation, which is a decrease in the value of money. This leads to higher prices, higher unemployment rates, and general angst among the people who are trying to survive financially. In other words, people are naturally not happy with the state of the state, whereby people who are supposed to invest are not doing so and people cannot afford to buy much, either. This causes the economy to slow down even more.

The second bad is the rating of the State among the comity of States in the country in terms of all financial indices. Ekiti enjoys low credit rating and has no bragging right to financial independence. Ours is the poorest among the South Western States and second poorest in the country, talking about what we get from the federation account. The state cannot perform much in the area of internally generated revenue either, considering the low yield of investments at the moment. Ekiti, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has a total IGR of less than N7bn and a total GDP of $2.8 billion. This is the reality Gov. Oyebanji is contending with.

The ugly:
The first ugly to war with in his first 100 days in office is the perennially excruciating fuel crisis. It got so bad that a particular party in opposition had to accuse the governor of deliberately stopping the filling stations from selling petrol during its mega rally in the state capital. Place this side by side with the comparably lean pockets of the people in the poor state, then you will understand why the street is not smiling let alone laughing at the moment. However, like every ugly scene, it is a phase that will sooner than later pass.

The second ugly scenario is passing already. The poor security architecture, characterised by the spate of kidnapping. This is also a national malaise and when compared to other states in the federation Ekiti has faired well in curbing it. No one can blame the development on the governor, even if any had happened in the course of the first 100 days at all. But, if you ask me, it isn't increasing, it is decreasing in the state.

The BAO factor:
There is no denying that the person of Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, BAO is warm and affectionate. He is widely acceptable to all and sundry. He is a governor without boundary, spiritually inclined and gives assurances of better days ahead. He does not pretend to be what he is not, neither does he promise what he cannot do.

No sooner he mounted the saddle than he started engaging everyone on the way forward. He promised to chart a new course for Ekiti development through a six-pillar roadmap, which includes Human Capital Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Infrastructure and Industrialisation, Arts, Culture and Tourism and Governance. Not in the first 100 days but during his four years in the saddle.

BAO quickly showed a transparent determination to boost the State's economy, by commencing talks with agencies of the Federal Government and development partners in Abuja, FCT. He attracted a boost in agriculture, he gave a midas touch to education and health by continuing from where his predecessor stopped. He may not have initiated new ideas yet, but he is putting enough energy into making a success of the existing ones. The infrastructures are receiving a boost. Government facilities are being well-managed. The workers have no reasons to grumble as they get their dues as and when due. BAO has started strong, he is going on strong and he will surely finish strong. No half measures. That, to me, should be his 100-days' rating.

-Segun Dipe is the Ekiti State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Friday, 27 January 2023 06:52

Nasarawa State Governor, Sule loses son

The Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule has loss his son, Alhaji Hassan AA Sule at the early hours of Friday.

Vanguard gathered that Hassan died after a brief illness.Meanwhile, condolences have started pouring in following the demise of the governor’s son.

In a condolence message signed by the Publisher of Eggonnews, Matthew Kuju and made available to Vanguard in Lafia at about 5.30 am, reads: “it is with pains in our hearts to learn of the passage of your dear son, Hassan. No doubt, it is very painful when a father has to bury a son, but only Allah can explain such happenings.

“We pray May Allah raise him among the righteous and grant him aljannah Firdausi, and may Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear this painful demise.

In a similar message, the Honourable member representing Lafia North Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Hon. Barr. Muhammed Ibrahim Alkali said he received with great shock the passing of the Son of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State Alh. Hassan Abdullahi Sule.

In a Condolence message to the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, the Lawmaker described the death of the governor’s Son as a colossal loss not only to Nasarawa State but the Nation at large.

Hon. Alkali prayed God almighty to forgive the deceased all his short comings and grant him Aljanatul Firdaus as his final abode.

“I share my deep condolences with His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule, over the passing of his beloved son Alh. Hassan. I pray that Allah (SWT) grants him Aljanatul Firdaus and comfort his family” the statement,’ added.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said no Nigerian leaders can create a new Nigeria overnight.

Obasanjo stated this in his address at The International Conference On ‘Deepening Democratic Culture and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Security in Nigeria’ in Port Harcourt on Thursday.


According to Obasanjo, ascension to political offices does not empower incumbents to destroy the policies and programmes of their predecessors.

The former president said while it does not matter the party a predecessor belonged to, new leaders should sustain the policies and projects of their predecessors in as much as the programmes are in the interest of the people.

Obasanjo said, “In Nigeria, each new government behaves as if Nigeria is a newly found country,” he said during his speech titled, ‘Respecting The Principles Of Democracy.

“In fact, during campaigns, some leaders sound as if they plan to reinvent Nigeria and create new Nigerians overnight. That is because they miss the aspect of democracy that emphasizes continuity, stability and predictability.

“One regime can lay the foundation but it requires many regimes to continue to build positively and constructively on the foundation.

“It is largely because we overlook and often disregard the basic principles of democracy. And somehow, we do not appreciate the damage that we do, individually and collectively, to the fabric of the nation,” he said.

Obasanjo stressed that democracy is not a one-day wonder, noting that there must be continuity and predictability of policies despite changes in leadership.

Barely four days to the expiration of the deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria for old naira notes to fizzle out, banks across the country are running short of the new currency, Daily Trust can report.

The case is further worsened by the fact that commercial banks still give old notes to customers for Over- the- Counter Withdrawals (OTC) while very few Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) dispense the new naira notes.

A visit to some of the commercial banks in Abuja by Daily Trust showed that bank customers can only withdraw a maximum of N20,000 of the new notes while old notes are still being given to customers for withdrawals in the banking halls, against the directive of the CBN.

Daily Trust reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had directed customers to start rejecting old naira notes from banks, insisting that the old notes cease to be legal tender by January 31 as earlier stipulated.


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Our reporter who went to withdraw new notes was given old naira notes at a popular bank in the Garki Area of the FCT. The bank staff simply told our reporter that “The Central bank did not supply them and the little supply they have is what they load at ATMs in order to obey the CBN directive.


She said: “Immediately the ATMs are loaded, customers rush immediately to exhaust the little cash in it”.


Another bank Customer in Kano, Salihu Bello said “He was in the banking hall on Thursday where a customer was making trouble because he needed new cash to pay his own staff (labourers). The bank tellers said they didn’t have what they had expected to get today but they were not supplied. The bank is still paying old currencies”

Also another bank Customer, Ruth Tene stated that “Most banks today are claiming they don’t have cash to pay customers today, particularly Zenith Bank and GT Bank, Jabi all the same case,”

Meanwhile, Daily Trust observes that business owners in major markets and supermarkets have begun to reject the old naira notes.

At the popular Wuse Market in Abuja, Bashir Isa, a resident of the area who went to purchase some goods with the old naira notes could not do so as the traders there told him they won’t accept the old noted

The Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Church in Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, says Nigeria’s affairs are being run by two major political parties, with no ideological identity but mainly structures for capturing power for selfish interests.

He said this in Abuja on Thursday during the 20th Daily Trust Dialogue themed ‘Interrogating the 2023 Presidential Agenda’.


He said: “A relatively small group of professional political elite have been running the affairs of the nation, mainly freely between two major political parties with no specific ideological identity but mainly structures for capturing power for rather selfish personal and group interests.

“If things are to change for the better, it cannot be business as usual.”

He said there is need for a drastic change of orientation, especially in the concept and practice of political power, characterised by politics as sincere and honest service of the common good, “and not as ways and means of capturing power for self-interest.”


According to him, such a change will come from a total change of heart by the professional political elite.


Onaiyekan also stressed the need for a new group of concerned elite citizens ready to drive the new agenda of politics for service and pay the cost of involvement.

“Will the forthcoming elections bring this about? That is the question to interrogate!

“Can we hope that the 2023 elections will not be ‘business as usual’, an attitude that has not been moving the nation any way forward?

“Truly, free, fair and credible elections: that is the only way from which will emerge at all levels of government men and women ready to serve the nation with dedication, sincerity, honesty and integrity.”


Onaiyekan said Nigeria was witnessing a great change in the heightened number of citizens now interested in elections, noting that the Independent National Electoral Commission was talking of almost 100 million registered voters for the 2023 general elections.

“This is a clear and positive sign that many Nigerians have abandoned our traditional widespread voter apathy, trusting that involvement in elections will no longer be a waste of time for the ordinary citizen.


“Can we expect these millions of new voters to insist on a free and fair election and reject and refuse to settle for any rigged election, peacefully, without violence but with determination?”

Onaiyekan also warned those he called professional riggers that this year’s general elections would not be business as usual.

“Let our usual professional riggers across all parties, both within and outside of government, be put on strong notice that this time around, it will not be business as usual. This is not a threat. Rather it is a sincere warning. Let those who have ears listen,” Onaiyekan said.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike have said the failure of the forthcoming general elections will plunge the country into crisis and set democracy backward.

While Obasanjo said foisting the wrong leaders on Nigeria would increase corruption and insecurity, Wike maintained that any flop in the current democratic process would further polarise the polity.

 

The duo spoke at the 2023 Port Harcourt International Conference, sponsored by Rivers State government, with the theme, “Deepening Democratic Culture and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Security in Nigeria”, that held at Obi Wali International Conference in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Obasanjo, who presented the keynote address, titled: “Respecting the principles of democracy,” said democracy had gone through twists, dives and turns since political independence. 

He said the best of the nation’s history had been the sustenance of democracy since the military transfer of power to an elected government in 1999. 

 
 

The former President,  however, observed that there might be reasons to doubt the lessons the leaders and followers had drawn from the country’s past and how far they were willing to go to deepen, widen and strengthen democracy and democratic practice.

 

Obasanjo said the political class had only succeeded in deepening  contradictions, negative coalitions, distrust, disloyalty and unpatriotic tendencies within and between communities and constituencies all over the country through the way they had practised democracy.

He maintained that such democratic style had created  a deep structural and philosophical problems that must be deal with.

 

He  explained that if the practice of democracy remained superficial and opportunistic and designed to pursue a struggle of limited objectives, it would precipitate variants of fractured engagements that could not address structural and philosophical contradictions and challenges.

He said: “In fact, the order of the day would be community against community, religion against religion, leader against leader.  Ordinary citizens are then dragged into the directionless, meaningless and opportunistic personal or narrow ambitions of leaders. The end result will be confusion, diffusion, distraction and possibly leading to separation and disintegration. 

“Democracy is possible in Nigeria and the people have the capacity to build a culture of democratization. Nigerians must recognise and accept the fact that it is an evolutionary process with principles.

“Without retracing our political steps to the right direction, the current process will either not produce the right leaders or it will leave so many broken blocks on the path to governance and attract resources and energy away from the task of rebuilding Nigeria and consolidating our democratic practice.

“The result will be democratic quagmire, increased corruption, insecurity and survival of the fittest, richest and better connected with little or no recognition of merits. 

“The implications and cost of such a scenario to our present and future can best be imagined. I pray that God will grant us the wisdom to do what is right for our country and people at all times and more so now.”

Wike, who hosted the event, urged Nigerians not to allow the 2023 general elections to fail.

He posited that allowing such failure would only increase political polarisation, exacerbate social fault lines and set Nigeria’s democracy backwards.

 

The Governor noted that barely one month away, Nigerians are hoping and praying for the 2023 general elections to herald the deepening of democratic culture, the rule of law and good governance in the country.

He said the opportunity to elect a new President of the federation and 30 state governors, should be a success because it would consolidate and strengthen the roots of democracy in the national life of Nigeria.

Wike said: “In a democracy, periodic elections are the only legitimate means for the peaceful transfer of power from one party to another. Since 1999, Nigeria has had six general election circles, but none was considered substantially clean and fair.

“The outcome of the 2003 general elections was rejected at different levels by the opposition and the losers, and litigated up to the Supreme Court. The outcome of the 2007 elections led to protests, riots, the loss of several lives, and the destruction of property in particular sections of the country.”

Wike recalled that even late President Musa Ya’ardua had promised necessary electoral reforms when he publicly denounced the process that brought him to power because it was severely flawed. 

According to Wike, the 2011 general election also suffered a similar experience and was litigated by the opposition to the Supreme Court.

He said: “None of the defeated contestants believed they lost fairly and blamed the umpire, the security agencies and politicians for undermining our democracy with brazen electoral fraud.”

Wike noted that the 2015 general election, though considered rigged, recorded some improvements with the use of the smart card reader and the emergence of opposition candidates as the winners of the presidential poll.

The governor said the 2019 general election was also problematic and and was rejected as highly compromised by the opposition and litigated up to the Supreme Court.

“In Rivers State, we battled the military in the 2016 and 2019 re-run and general elections with pure courage and determination to secure our victory and retain our mandate with the sweat and blood of innocent citizens”, he said.

 Wike pointed out that when the government compromises the integrity of elections through electoral management agencies, it denies citizens their constitutional right to elect the leaders they want and can hold accountable.

The governor emphasised that when elections lacked integrity, the leaders who emerged from outside the people’s would remain illegitimate.

He said: “Such leaders without trust are likely to be authoritarian, divisive and incapable of effective governance. Serial election rigging threatens our democracy and constitutes an existential challenge to the nation’s future stability.

“Therefore, deepening democratic culture and institutions for sustainable development and security is important to us as a nation, and free and fair elections with integrity remain the only path to achieving this objective.”

Wike said the new electoral law, especially with the provisions of the use of technology, held the prospect for a brighter democratic experience for Nigeria if implemented effectively.

He stressed that beyond the legal regime, political parties’ internal practices and external electioneering behaviour must conform to democratic norms and standards.

He said: “The efficiency of the judiciary in interpreting and enforcing the existing regulatory regime, including the laws, regulations and guidelines beyond reproach and the capacity and consistency of INEC and the Security Agencies to be firm, impartial and independent in the discharge of their functions are most crucial.

“Safeguarding and deepening our democracy lies with every citizen. We must have the courage to stand up for justice, the rule of law, an independent and courageous judiciary, and our rights and freedoms to vote and be voted in a transparent election.”

[Nation]

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