Saturday, 31 January 2015

News Release: Executive Summary Of PVCs Distribution In Nigeria’s Six Geopolitical Zones As At 27th January, 2015



1.Northwest Zone: (a) Total registered voters 18, 616, 499.
(b) Total PVCs distributed 12, 794, 880.
(c) Total disenfranchised 5, 871, 619 (note: this includes over four/five million Igbo resident in Kano, Kaduna, etc who fled and are still fleeing owing to Islamist insurgency abandoning their PVCs in INEC).

News Release: Revisiting INEC’s PVCs Distribution



The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law has resolved to revisit the burning issue of PVCs distribution in Nigeria by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This resolution of ours follows the official release by INEC of its update on the PVCs distribution across the country.

News Release: We Protest Campaign Of Calumny And Blackmail By AIT And NTA



Our attention has been drawn to the malicious and unprofessional reportage by the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Nigeria Television Authority on its Network News, in which it tried to link the recent peaceful rally by the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria demanding justice over the Zaria Quds Day gruesome killings, to the MOSSAD/CIA covert terror cells- Boko Haram and ISIS.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Article: Nigeria, Politics, 2015 And Beyond



By Ogwazu Nnamdi

As political campaigns and declarations rent the air across Nigeria States with some blowing their horns in favour of preferred candidates while others mount the vehicles/motorcycles displaying skills to applaud of numerous on the open field that I pinched myself. This is purely in utter disbelief that there exists nothing new in the displays outside the considerations that the men who rode in 2011 may have only succeeded in showing the very old vehicle/Motorcycle used. The realization made me undertake an inner review of our Politicians and their saintly work during electioneering period.

Photonews: "Action 2015 Nigeria" Launched


News Release: Zaria Massacre, Six Months On, We Still Demand Justice



The 25th July, 2014 massacre of some members of the Islamic Movement was a tragedy that shocked not only the members of the Movement but every right thinking Nigerian and beyond shores. On that faithful day, soldiers on a mission to kill attacked a peaceful procession in Zaria to mark the International Quds Day which is observed annually by many people (Muslims, Christians, Jews and others) all over the world in solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine. That dastardly attack resulted in the murder of 34 people including 3 sons of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, ShaikhIbraheem Zakzaky(H). Over a hundred others were severely injured. The insensitive killing of such creative and vibrant young men has exposed the cluelessness of the present administration.

News Release: Danjuma’s Call For Arrest & Prosecution Of Ex-Niger Delta Militants Callous & Selfishly Motivated

Danjuma


A call by Mr. Theo Danjuma for the arrest and prosecution of the ex-Niger Delta Militants over their threats of resumption of oil war should President Goodluck Jonathan continues to be attacked and stoned in the core North in his campaign rallies as well as if he is rigged out in the February 14 Presidential Poll; is baseless and condemnable. It is also jittery and selfishly motivated.

Photonews: Rally Held In Abuja Demanding Justice Over Quds Day Killings


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

News Release: Immediate Past Imo State Governor Says “Vote For Goodluck Jonathan, Vote For Emeka Ihedioha”

Ikedi Ohakim


Since the disturbing event of the PDP Governorship primaries of December 8, 2014 in Imo State, which created the impression that our party may have gone seriously off-course, I have deliberately refrained from making public statements that may jeopardize our chances at the polls or react to speculations and blackmail.

Open Letter: International Community Urged To Ensure That INEC's Shoddy Preparations Do Not Lead To A Rwanda Type Genocide



International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is a leading human rights organization from the Southeast of Nigeria headquartered in Onitsha, Anambra State. Formed in 2008, we work on: civil liberties & rule of law, democracy & good governance and security & safety.

This is the concluding part of our facts boggling letter to the leading members of the International Community, namely: the Holy Father, Pope Francis through his Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria and the UN Secretary General through his Special Representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Ibin Chambas. Others are the High Commissioners of Britain, Australia, Canada and India in Nigeria as well as the Ambassadors of the United States of America, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of France, Brazil, Japan, China and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS.

Below is the continuation of our findings as well as our recommendations and conclusion.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Article: 2015 General Election To Make Or Mar Nigeria



By S. Okey Mbonu                                                                                                              

As a member of the Nigerian-American community, a community that provides upwards of $21 Billion Dollars in material support to the Nigerian nation annually; I have carefully observed the cacophony of Nigeria’s presidential electioneering of 2015, in Sub-Saharan Africa’s most populous and influential nation, and largest economy.  I find the signs troubling, per Nigeria’s ability to join the ranks of the most influential, and important countries in the world post-2015. 

U-Report: Sheikh Zakzaky Tasks Muslims On Unity

Sheikh Zakzaky


Report By Stephen Lawan

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky says there was never a time when unity of the Muslim Ummah was more paramount than now when enemies are all out against it.
He made the statement at the grand finale (Khatmah) of the birthday of the Holy Prophet in Zaria and environs, which took place at the Zaria City Juma’at Mosque on Yesterday.

Open Letter: Intersociety Drags INEC To UN, Others



Ref: Intersociety/001/01/015/Foreign Missions/ABJ/NG

1.   The United Nations Secretary General
C/O  The UN Special Representative in Nigeria
The UN House, 617/618 Diplomatic Zone
Central Business District, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

2.  The Apostolic Nuncio (Pope’s Ambassador to Nigeria)
Vatican Apostolic Nunciature in Nigeria
Pope John Paul Crescent, Maitama
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

3.  The United States Ambassador to Nigeria
Embassy of the United States, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

4. The Head, Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS
Europe House, 21st Crescent, Off Constitution Avenue
Central Business District, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

5. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria
The British High Commission, 11, Torrrens Street, Off Mississippi Street
Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

6.  The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria
Embassy of Germany, 9, Lake Maracaibo Close
Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

7.  The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria
The Canadian High Commission
 15, Bobo Street, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

8.  The Ambassador of the Republic of France to Nigeria
The Embassy of France, 7, Udi Hills Street
Off Aso Drive, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

9.  The Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria
Brazilian Embassy, 324, Diplomatic Drive
Central Business District, Garki, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

 10.  The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria
Embassy of Japan, 9, Bobo Street
Off Gana Street, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

11.  The Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria
The Australian High Commission, Fifth Floor, Auckland Center
48, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

12.  The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria
The Embassy of China, 302/303 A.O. Street
Central Business District, Garki, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

13.  The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria
The High Commission of India, 15, Rio Negro Close
Off Yedseram Street, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Your Excellencies,

2015 General Elections In Nigeria & INEC’s Shoddy Preparations: Chaos, Anarchy & Bloodletting Looming (Part One)
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is a leading human rights organization from the Southeast of Nigeria headquartered in Onitsha, Anambra State. Formed in 2008, we work on: civil liberties & rule of law, democracy & good governance and security & safety.

Monday, 26 January 2015

News Release: Jega’s Plot To Rig Nigeria’s 2015 General Election, A Call For Vigilance.


Jega


The National Democratic Vanguard (NDV) want to use this medium to call the attention of Nigerians and the International Community to the continuous attempt by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Professor Attahiru Jega to manipulate the outcome of the 2015 General election in Nigeria.

Report: Boko Haram Attack On Maiduguri: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Civilians At Grave Risk-Amnesty International

Photo Credit: Getty Images



(Culled from www.amnesty.org)

A failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis said Amnesty International with reports of two large scale attacks in Nigeria on the major north-eastern city of Maiduguri as well as the nearby town of Monguno. 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

U-Report: TB Joshua Connects Pipe To Savelugu School For The Deaf



Report By Abdul Karim Naatogmah

Founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOANS) headquartered in Nigeria, Prophet TB Joshua has provided pipe-borne water to the Savelugu School for the Deaf in the Northern Region.

Article: When Does Time For Justice Come?

Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky


By Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky

On the 25th of July 2014, during a peaceful procession to mark the annually held international Quds Day (observed all over the world and in this particular country, every last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan since 1984), three of my brothers were shot dead by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along with 31 other people in Zaria, Kaduna State.

News Release: INEC Already Rigged 2015 Presidential Poll For The North



The attention of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law has again been drawn to the latest public statement made by the Chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, blaming Nigerian registered voters for not coming out en masse to collect their PVCs and absolving his Commission of any blame associated with their poor distribution and collection. The INEC Chairman was responding to our recent letter to the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, dated January 21, 2015 over the issue as well as a comment on the issue made by the National Security Adviser, Mr. Sambo Dasuki in UK, while responding to a question put across to him by a journalist, Mr. Theodore Damian over the issue of disenfranchisement of over 30 million registered voters based on non distribution of PVCs.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Open Letter: Letter To President Goodluck Jonathan

President Jonathan


January 21, 2015
Press Release
Houston , Texas
His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ,
Presidential Villa,
Asokoro, Abuja


Dear Mr. President,

Before the Election: An Open Letter

A recent publication of the federal allocation of projects by political zones in  Nigeria  was an eye opener. According to the Daily Trust Newspaper, published December 31, 2014, the Niger Delta received a lion’s share of the ₦1.6 trillion Federal Government contracts for 2014.

News Release: INEC Should Postpone 2015 Election To Avoid Credibility Issues



The National Democratic vanguard wishes to join the call by some prominent Nigerians and civil society groups for a postponement of the General elections scheduled to commence on February 14th 2015. There is no doubt that it is exclusively within the  constitutional powers of INEC to fix dates for elections, we are not unaware that the same law gave the window opportunity for elections to be conducted not earlier than 150 day or later than 30days to the expiration of tenure of current administration.

News Release: “Any More Attack On Jonathan Will Lead To Real Violence”-Niger Delta Group

Niger Delta Militants


In the past months, we have watched with great interest, the plot by political stakeholders to wrest political power by any means possible from Dr Goodluck Jonathan. We have seen an alliance of very strange bedfellows including sons of the Niger Delta and people who have been strong beneficiaries of the agitation of the Niger Delta.We have seen the resources of Rivers State deployed to undermine a Presidency led by Dr Jonathan, a son of the Niger Delta. We have also seen the corrupt earnings of a former Governor of Bayelsa State being used to oil the violent political machinery of General Muhammadu Buhari. We have seen all that.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Open Letter: Ayatollah Khamenei Writes To The Youth In Europe And North America

 Ayatollah Khamenei


In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful,

To the Youth in Europe and North America,

Open Letter: Before INEC Sets Nigeria On Fire



Ref: Intersociety/001/01/015/FGN/ABJ/NG

The Chairman of the Federal Executive Council & President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
 Thro
 Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation
 Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation
 Shehu Shagari Complex, Three Arms Zone
 Abuja, FCT 234, Nigeria

Sir,
 February 2015 General Polls & Allied Matters: Before INEC Sets Nigeria On Fire
The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law wishes to alert your noble Council headed by Mr. President over the above subject.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Poem: Retired General Nightmare



By Chidi Anthony Opara

Stiff-necked,
Sticking fore-finger
Into every election pot.
Retired General Nightmare
Struts
This dark space again
Shouting a strange slogan
“Chenji!”

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Report: Charlie Hebdo Attack Unites France On Free Expression, But Will Solidarity Hold?

A vigil in France for victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack. In cities across the world, pens and signs reading I Am Charlie were held aloft in honor of those killed in the gun attack. Photo Credit: AFP


U-Report: Sheikh Zakzaky Condemns Charlie Hebdo’s Blasphemous Publication

A Charlie Hebdo Publication


Report By Ibrahim Usman

Lending his voice to the global concern by Muslims over the blasphemous publication by a Paris-based magazine, Charlie Hebdo on the personality of the Prophet of Islam, Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky says, the publication was another way of striking at the inner core sensibility of Islam and Muslims.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

News Release: MEND Disowns Ultimatum



The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to dissociate itself from a recent publication in Thisdaynews on Friday, 16 January 2015 , titled: MEND Issues Ultimatum to Anti-Buhari Ex-Militants. This so-called “ultimatum and threat did not emanate from MEND and we wish to strongly advise the public and the media to disregard this false and fabricated statement.

News Release: General Buhari Must Produce His certificates

Buhari


It has become clear  to the PDP Resurgent Group  that Gen Muhammadu Buhari does not and has never possessed the minimum educational qualification required to contest or become the President of Nigeria.

Article: Party Manifestoes, Political Parties And The Upcoming February 2015 Nigerian General Elections



By Jaye Gaskia

Our political parties, like the politicians that have created them are strange animals. From the very beginning I haven’t had any faith in any of the current political parties or currently dominant politicians with respect to the possession of any degree of capability, much less capacity to transform positively, I  a conscious manner, the condition of our country and her citizens.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

News Release: Disenfranchisement Of Over 35 Million Nigerian Registered Voters By INEC (Concluding Part)



Following wide circulation and readership that greeted the part one of this informative and educative publication, more reasons and facts abound as per our submission that over 35million registered Nigerian voters have been disenfranchised by Jega’s INEC; and that there is thickened desperation by powers that be at INEC to return the Presidency of the country to the North at all costs using technical and demographic electoral manipulation processes designed lopsidedly between the North and the South.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

U-Report: “Return To Your Root”, Sheikh Zakzaky Tells Fulani In Nigeria


Report By Stephen Lawani

His Eminence, Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky says in the face of on-going general onslaught and atrocities against Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria, return to Islam remains the only salvation.

Article: Fr. Mbaka Resurrects Democracy In Igboland

Fr. Mbaka


By SKC Ogbonnia, Ph.D.

Any political system without dynamic opposition necessary for the essential competition, accountability, and checks and balances is tantamount to dictatorship and abuse of power. But that has been the case with the presidential politics of the Southeast (SE) zone of Nigeria since the recent democratic transition. The rationale is that a wholesale support for the national ruling party offers best hope, and any counter opinion is a naked sin.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Article: Pastor T.B Joshua Runs A Nation In A Country

T.B Joshua


By Adewale Adeoye

Amazed.  Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua amazed me. I was part of a delegation that visited him two days into the newyear, on the platform of the human rights community. Our mission was to find out more about the six layer building that collapsed with upsetting death toll. Many of us on the delegation were fuming prior, but had a completely different impression at the end of the encounter.

News Release: Disenfranchisement Of Over 35 Million Nigerian Registered Voters By INEC



On 22nd December, 2014, the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law communicated the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, Prof Attahiru Jega and made far reaching recommendations and demands chiefly on the management of the National Register of Voters including the issuance and collection of the Permanent Voters Cards, Continuous Voters Registration, Revalidation of Voters and Voters Card Transfer exercises and the legal status of  Internally Displaced Persons and War Displaced Returnees (if any). The communication to Jega’s INEC above referenced was premised on “stock taking request” ahead of the February 2015 General Elections.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Special Report: Lest We Forget, The January Uprising Of 2012 And The Anti-Corruption Movement In Nigeria



[Being The Text Of A News Conference Jointly Addressed By Protest To Power Movement [P2pm] , Civil Society  Legislative Advocacy Centre[Cislac], And State Of The Union [Sotu] Project;  Friday 9th January 2015]

Why Human Rights Will Remain Endangered In Africa & Nigeria In 2015



 December 2014 marked the 66th years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights commonly called “UDHR”. The 2014 slogan of the United Nations was Human Rights 365; meaning that every day is world human rights day. Despite this memorable event of December 2014, human rights will still face big challenges in Africa and Nigeria in 2015. This is chiefly due to prevalence of dictatorship and tyranny in Africa and expected turbulent general elections holding in Nigeria in February (2015).

News Release: MEND Debunks President Jonathan’s Assassination Allegation

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) views the President, Goodluck Jonathan’s recent campaign rally speech as the most outrageous and ridiculous speech by any President, were he openly accused Mr Henry Okah of being “paid to assassinate” him.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

News Release: MEND Replies PDP, Ijaw Youth Council



The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) views the recent question and statement credited to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, as very callous and irresponsible. This question: “Explain your connections with MEND”, further confirms and vindicates our views about Goodluck Jonathan, his inept government and the PDP.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Article: Governor Okorocha’s Lies On Radio

Governor Okorocha


By Kenneth Uwadi

I must applaud myself for successfully avoiding the Rochas Okorocha’s radio interview of 5/1/15. There are several wonderful TV programmes begging for my attention, so I considered it a waste of my time to listen to Okorocha’s talk on radio which judging from his past will be nothing more than unappetizing combo of cassava-market nonsense, careless hawking of plenty lies and further attempt at self-celebration. Whenever Okorocha is on air, he usually presents himself as one of the world’s most righteous human beings and competent leaders when we all know that Imo’s condition today under his watch is too dangerous for silence. We all know that Okorocha and his clique of thieves have turned Imo State into a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom .

U-Report: Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky Stresses Importance Of Unity Among Muslims

 Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky


Reported By Ibrahim Usman

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, says unity among Muslims is paramount irrespective of schools of thought and boundaries.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

News Release: It Shall Be Unto Us A Year Of Good Success



We appreciate God for making the year 2014 a huge success, to have protected us all through the massive movements of our staff and partners across the nation with no evil report. Indeed our God has been awesome. The beginning of 2015 ushers us as a nation with a lot of choices. The choices we make as citizens will go a long way to make or mar us tomorrow as a nation. However we thank God that the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan had set the tune with his New Year message to us as a nation. 

News Release: MEND Endorses Buhari



The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has, upon careful consideration of the state of the Nation, endorses and fully support the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress ( APC ), General Mohammadu Buhari.

Article: The Return Of Garrison Command Politics In Anambra State

Governor Willie Obaino of Anambra State


By Comrade Aloysius Attah

In 2003 as earlier stated in a part of this report, a self styled political godfather arose in Anambra state. With the active collaboration of his brother who was then a powerful force to reckon with in Aso Rock, they drew an organogram of rulership and partitioned Anambra as it suited their avaricious desires. They got a willing tool from Alor who wanted to be Senator then but was quickly drafted to be governor, a puppet and ceremonial one at that. To cement their agreement to avoid any form of reneging, they visited the dreaded Okija shrine at the dead of the night and administered an oath on the soon to be crowned puppet governor amidst recorded videos before finally drafting a resignation letter already signed without date which will be tendered with date any day the puppet governor tried to be mischievous.

News Release: Ebola Survivors Across West Africa Share Life-Saving Tips Via Mobile App



‘Yes, I Survived Ebola’ Says Guinean Woman in First-Ever Message Sent Through the Interactive App

#ISurvivedEbola (http://www.isurvivedebola.org), the groundbreaking West African multimedia campaign, has launched a new, interactive mobile app that allows Ebola survivors to connect with each other, share public health advice, and update the world on the challenges they still face during their post-recovery lives.

News Release: Why Benjamin Natanyahu Hailed Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan (L) and Natanyahu


The year 2014 has come to an end. The Palestinians have witnessed yet another sad moment with no state, no justice, and no prospects for independence. There is also no end in sight against the occupation of their land by the illegitimate state of Israel.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Speech: “The New Cardinals Are……”------Pope Francis

Pope Francis


"As was already announced, on February 14 next I will have the joy of holding a Concistory, during which I will name 15 new Cardinals who, coming from 14 countries from every continent, manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in the world.
“On Sunday February 15 I will preside at a solemn concelebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 12 and 13 I will hold a Consistory with all the Cardinals to reflect on the orientations and proposals for the reform of the Roman Curia.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Article: Bastardization Of Local Government System In Anambra State

Governor Obaino of Anambra State


Report By Comrade Aloysius Attah

One sore point in the Peter Obi led administration in Anambra State that led to altercation and collision with some civil society organizations in the state chiefly the JDPC, Onitsha Archdiocese and the CLO Anambra State Branch is the non democratization of the 3rd tier structure of government in the state. Though the past administration gave so many reasons why the local government election could not hold, we kept pressurizing the government on the issue until finally on January 11, 2014, the elections into the local councils were conducted.