THURSDAY 21TH OCTOBER 2021

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Security, Trade Take Centre Stage in Nigeria, Turkey Agreements Buhari, Erdogan sign eight MoUs Countries to collaborate on fight against terrorism Turkish President: Terror group that tried to topple my govt active here Deji Elumoye in Abuja The need to improve security and trade between Nigeria and Turkey formed the highlight of

the bilateral agreements signed yesterday in Abuja between President Muhammadu Buhari and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The discussions culminated in the signing of eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the two leaders. The eight critical sectors that

elicited the MoU between the two nations included energy, defense, industry, mining, and hydrocarbons. This was made known to newsmen by President Buhari

and Erdogan, after a close-door meeting at the State House, Abuja. President Erdogan also requested Nigeria to join his country to forge a solidarity in the fight against terror-

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The Economist: Kidnappers, Zealots, Rebels Making Nigeria Ungovernable Says President Buhari has allowed the rot to deepen Warns country sliding into failed state

Peter Uzoho with agency report

The Economist has expressed concerns about how kidnappers,

zealots and rebels are making Nigeria ungovernable, highlighting the rising incidence of insecurity across the country.

The London-based newspaper, noted in a report that in the north-east, a jihadist insurgency was spreading; rebellion was

brewing in the south-east, pointing out that across most of the country, the rich and poor alike live in fear of kidnappers, warlords or cattle

rustlers. Even the sea provides no haven: the Gulf of Guinea is the world’s hotspot for piracy, it stated.

According to the report, the country was growing ever harder Continued on page 49

#EndSARS: NEC Directs Govs to Prosecute Indicted Persons ProtestersholdcarprocessionatLekkiTollgate,demandjustice,saybrutalitycontinues Police disrupt march to National Assembly We did not stop demonstrators, Lagos insists Okowa inaugurates human rights protection committee Afenifere challenges FG to fulfil promises

Iyobosa Uwugiaren and Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja; Chiemelie Ezeobi, Segun James, Emma Okonji and Nosa Alekhuogie in Lagos; Blessing Ibunge in Port Harcourt; Fidelis David in Akure; Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba; and Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan The youth of the nation made good their threat to hold memorial marches yesterday commemorating those who died during the nationwide anti-police brutality protests last year. This was despite warnings by the Nigeria Police that marches to mark the one year anniversary of the #EndSARs protest would not be condoned. Continued on page 48

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WITH LOVE FROM TURKEY... L-R: Wife of Turkish President, Emine Erdogan; President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey; President Muhammadu Buhari and wife, Aisha Buhari, during the Turkish President's visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja...yesterday PHOTO: GODWIN OMOIGUI