Kofi Annan, Former UN Sec. General, Cautioned Jonathan Against Arresting Protest Leaders

Kofi Annan
By SaharaReporters, New York

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan helped prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to jettison plans to have the State Security Services (SSS) arrest four leaders of the OccupyNigeria movement.

Saharareporters had revealed the president’s plot which was leaked to us by SSS operatives in Abuja. The SSS was to arrest civil rights attorney, Femi Falana, Fiery Lagos pastor, Tunde Bakare, ex-member of house of representatives, Dino Melaye and and Kaduna based activist, Shehu Sani.

Shortly after our report, Mr. Annan reportedly made a call to President Jonathan expressing grave concern about the planned crackdown on leaders of the mass protest that have swelled in Lagos, Abuja, Minna, Kano, Kaduna and other cities in recent weeks.

A source disclosed that Mr. Jonathan called off the arrest of the activists shortly after speaking with Mr. Annan. However, he insisted that labor leaders call off all street demonstrations.
 
It was unclear whether the decision not to arrest the protest leaders was partly responsible for Mr. Jonathan's cancellation of a presidential speech that was originally scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Nigerian time on Sunday.

Nigerian Labor Congress president Abdulwaheed Omar told the Associated Press that the NLC had canceled street rallies due to "security concerns" expressed by President Jonathan. Saharareporters learnt that the so-called security concerns had to do with the government’s original plan to target a few prominent activists for arrest.
 
Mr. Annan call to Jonathan is seen as a major sign that the international community might despatch him to intervene in Nigeria the same way he was called upon to mediate in Kenya's 2008 post-election violence.

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Arrest of activist?

The world is watching all that is going on in any part of the globe. If issues are not handled by the rule of the law by our ruling elites and those in the AsoRock; the joy and benefits they enjoy from common wealth of Nigeria will definitely turn into a horror. I do not think the international community will sit and see massive casualty on the streets of Nigeria. Mr. Kofi Anan is not a Nigerian, at the same time he will be ready to sell Nigeria to a higher bidder as was down with our lovely Bakassi community. The only fear will be how to handle such a deal condidering how our civil right activists might react. Annan does not love us, but he knows what will follow. My president GEJ- I wish you soft landing from the sit of power. I could be dangerous.......

i laugh @ jonathan

Man @ dis time strike the shepard & I truly tell u d sheep will noT. Scatter but grow stronger drop that book u're reading it will make. D matter worse. I hv it & think also educated Nigerians hv it.
Why hv u left d 1st law that says do not out-shine d master. Note. D masters had voted u in so don't flip over pages of d book of power. Pls read dem it will do u good.

advice to jonathan

Jonathan the arresting of some of the protest leaders dose not mean that to stop the protest, is better for you to reales them and readuce the price becouse every citizen has the rigth to do that. This show you are not practicing democracy in Nigeria.

Booboo from Rogue Sahara Reporters, Masters of Gutter Journalism

All these fabricated rubbish from Sahara Reporters come from their paymaster El Rufai. There are no truths in these reports from Sahara Reporters. All are just imaginations that suit the agenda of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who foolishly think that they are born to rule Nigeria otherwise they make the country ungovernable. The real truth is that Goodluck Jonathan will be the last President of Nigeria as it is geographically known today while Buhari will be the first Boko Haram President of the Shariah Hausa-Fulani Muslim North Republic. El Rufai will be beheaded as he continues to receive and use prostitutes supplied to him by his rogue friend Jimi Lawal contrary to Islamic Sharia law.

Doubt

Am begining to doubt saharareporters and their information, me think u guys are taking advantage of ur readers emotion in posting all sorts of lies on ur web page. Anyway e concern una.

Fear of the unknown

When has it become a tabboo for citizenry to fight for their rights in Nigeria. What will arrest of protest leader do in this case. Mr president initiated an unpopular policy by deregulating downstream sector and the people refute such policy to be imposed on them which is about resulting to arrest of protest leader. What kind of leaders do we know have all over the world.

Zombie President

I really can't imagine this PHD holder being tossed around by every wind. This is what you get when you are married to an illiterate wife. GEJ is confused and needs to be tutored political regiments.

Zombie President

I really can't imagine this PHD holder being tossed around by every wind. This is what you get when you are married to an illiterate wife. GEJ is confused and needs to be tutored political regiments.

Booboo from Rogue Sahara Reporters, Masters of Gutter Journalism

All these fabricated rubbish from Sahara Reporters come from their paymaster El Rufai. There are no truths in these reports from Sahara Reporters. All are just imaginations that suit the agenda of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who foolishly think that they are born to rule Nigeria otherwise they make the country ungovernable. The real truth is that Goodluck Jonathan will be the last President of Nigeria as it is geographically known today while Buhari will be the first Boko Haram President of the Shariah Hausa-Fulani Muslim North Republic. El Rufai will be beheaded as he continues to receive and use prostitutes supplied to him by his rogue friend Jimi Lawal contrary to Islamic Sharia law.

Kofi Annan

I hope we will be smart enough to act purely out of what is in the interest of Nigeria and nobody else's. To that effect, anybody who advocates anarchy and toppling of our govt. should be ignored by the President. All over North Africa and Arab world we have seen the curious logic emanating out of the UN and EU that armed and violent insurrection should not be put down by the govt. The Occupy movements in Europe and North America have had their leaders arrested by the police. Yet curiously before the govt. even made an attempt to arrest a selected number of people whose actions can surely lead to a collapse of our political system a UN representative, a former UN SG no less and probably still on their payroll is asking us not to arrest insurgents. Why? What is their link?

dear president

Mr president I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ as much as we appreciate your effort,at least make the welfare of the citizens your first priority because the real nigerians,are the ones  the street

I don talk am before. This

I don talk am before. This jona is a madmad straight out of uselu psychiatric ward. Pls uselu shrinks should come and carry their protege back nigeria doesn't need him

Beyond Fuel Subsidy

Whoever has been advising Mr President as regards this rallies must have been telling him some bunch of lies! Those people you see around protesting cuts across the low, middle and high class, let's agree it will hit the low and probably the middle class the most by the fuel subsidy removal policy.The people you see at Ojota have information, the major focus is corruption and the cost of governance! So please Mr GEJ don't be deceived, arrest whoever you want to, Occupy Nigeria has come to stay unless you address these issues!

I thought he has suddenly

I thought he has suddenly become hardened in heart like Pharoh. He shouldn't have listened to Anan and go ahead with the arrest and see if this so called country will still be governable for him.

GOOD ENOUGH THE WORLD IS WATCHING

It is interesting to realize that the international community is watching the ongoing protest in nigeria. It high time the world ruling bodies met out serious sanctions on developing countries that are corrupt ridden. This will serve as a check on futher corrupt activities . May God save Nigeria

This our gej

So dis gej doesnt know day arresting des leaders willl intensify nigerians for more protest. Tank God he listened to kofi

Occupy Nigeria.

Yet another government frightened of a few tents. Shabby shameless leaders with plenty to hide.

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