Saturday, 30 April 2016

News Release: Mando Mass Grave Site Is A Crime Scene And Must Be Protected



Reports reaching the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have it that some unscrupulous people, who were behind the massacre of hundreds of unarmed citizens and their secret burial in a mass grave, are planning to secretly and unilaterally exhume the corpses in an effort to lower the figure of those buried therein in the event of a subsequent full blown international investigation of their crime.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

News Release: It’s Time To Rethink Security Management


 “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

R. Buckminster Fuller said those words decades ago, but they still ring true in present times, especially when it comes to the progression and innovation in technology. Here at Check Point we do a lot of thinking about future trends and potential threats, as well as innovating and building solutions to combat these cyber-security challenges.

News Release: MSD Joins Campaign To ‘Close The Immunization Gap’ And “Stay Polio Free” In Africa


MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc. in the United States and Canada, has added its voice to the World Health Organization (WHO) campaign to promote the use of vaccines against some of the world’s deadliest diseases, and for countries to strengthen immunization services and systems.

Open Letter: Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria By Way Of An Act For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserves (Establishment & Development) Commission



Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/002/04/016/NASS/ABJ/NG

(1)The Senate President (Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki)
Office of the Senate President, Red Chambers
The National Assembly Complex, Three-Arms-Zone
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

(2) The Speaker of House of Reps (Hon Yakubu Adamu Dogara)
Office of the House Speaker, Green Chambers
The National Assembly Complex, Three-Arms-Zone
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Sirs,
Nationalization Of Fulani Animal (Cattle) Husbandry In Nigeria By Way Of An Act For The Establishment Of The National Grazing Reserves (Establishment & Development) Commission: Dangers, Consequences & Solutions
The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety); supported by the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), 

International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY), Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) and Intersociety, have resolved, as a matter of urgency and national importance, to write your two important legislative offices  concerning  the subject matter captioned and underlined above. This letter of ours also becomes necessary in view of the forthcoming public hearing at the House of Reps concerning the controversial Bill under reference.

As your two important legislative offices are aware, two Bills concerning the above subject matter, originally drawn from “the National Grazing Reserve (Establishment & Development) Bill 2008”, introduced  and sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure of Niger South Senatorial District of Niger State during the 6th National Assembly; are presently before the House of Reps. The two Bills are aimed at creating grazing reserves, ranches and cattle reserves across the 36 states to be funded with public funds through the establishment of a National Grazing Reserve Commission, an agency to be placed under the direct control of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the national patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a cattle rearing and trading association with membership in the civil service, retired and serving top security personnel, politics and other nomadic Fulani investors of sedentary backgrounds within and outside Nigeria (including Chad and Niger Republics); who are ethnographically referred to as “sedentary Fulanis”.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

News Release: At First Business Forum In DRC, Afreximbank Promises Support For Local Entrepreneurs

 Dr. George Elombi, Afreximbank Executive Vice President (1st right), with other invitees at the forum


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will support the effort to achieve industrialisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to expand the involvement of local entrepreneurs in the major sectors of the economy, Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President of the Bank, announced in Kinshasa.

News Release: Fulani Herdsmen Killings In Enugu; Crossing The Line Of No Return



On Monday April 25th 2016, the NAL Council offices in Washington received a report of horrific proportions, pursuant to the latest atrocious act of a band of Fulani herdsmen, who had just engaged in an unprovoked and unjustifiable lethal attack, and massacre of innocent citizens of Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani council of Enugu State

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

News Release: Abidjan To Host Africa’s First-Ever Intra-African Trade Finance And Payment Systems Conference



Leaders of Africa’s top financial institutions will gather in Abidjan from 2 to 3 May for the first ever continental conference looking at the current state of intra-African trade finance and payment systems and at their impact on the drive to achieve enhanced trade among the countries of the continent.

News Release: World Press Freedom Day 2016



40 journalists and media experts assess the state of media freedom and expression, access to information and media pluralism and diversity in sub-Saharan Africa. These articles are available for publication to all media at no charge.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

News Release: Techne Summit Hits The Tech Business By Storm Once Again


Techne Summit, the renowned international entrepreneurship technology event that acts as a platform by including the main global players in the technology industry, will launch this year once again in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt from 7th to 8thMay 2016. Carrying the same slogan of TECHNOLOGY.INNOVATION.TALENT on which the event concept is built, the two-day summit will act as a platform including the main global players in the technology industry, namely: industry professionals as speakers, technology businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, users and media representatives. Techne Summit 2016 will be under the auspicious of The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology where Minister H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady, will be leading the event’s opening ceremony. Techne Summit will also be under the auspicious of The Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, The Information Technology Industry Development Agency, The Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and The General Division for The Computer and Software.

Open Letter: Non-Conduct Of Outstanding Legislative Re-runs In Imo, Anambra & Rivers States Is An Invitation To Anarchy



Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/001/04/016/INEC/ABJ

The Chairman (Prof Mahmud Yakubu)
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
INEC National Headquarters
Plot 436 Zambezi Crescent, Maitama District
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Sir,

Non-Conduct Of Outstanding Legislative Re-runs In Imo, Anambra & Rivers States Is An Invitation To Anarchy

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety); supported by the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY), Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) and Intersociety, write your electoral Commission concerning  the issue captioned and underlined above.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Article: Obtaining Nigerian Passport/Visa In The USA Is A Nightmare



By SKC Ogbonnia

The change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari has received positive reviews so far from the United States of America . Many American businesses appear ready to take a chance again on Nigeria . But some are beginning to develop cold feet so soon because many tales on Nigeria are still very emblematic of the inept shadow of the immediate past regime.  

News Release: Kofi Annan To African Leaders: Leave When Your Time Is Up

Kofi Annan

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged African leaders to leave when their mandated time is up and to avoid excluding opposing voices if elections are to cease contributing to conflicts on the continent.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Article: Rising China’s Currency (Yuan) And Nigeria’s $6Billion Deal



By Emeka Chiakwelu

Guess what Chinese government officials probably did once they concluded the deal with Nigeria; they may have joyfully popped their champagnes and toast to the victorious renminbi (Yuan), the Chinese rising currency.

Article: Kogi State’s Mystery Deaths And Idris Wada’s Critics

Idris Wada


By Phrank Shaibu

Five months have passed since the infamous and controversial inconclusive Kogi governorship election, yet the cracks that emerged on the Kogi political sphere are far from being mended. While the Election Tribunal is busy hearing the cases of dissatisfied contestants in the said election and judgement awaited, there have been many thought-provoking situations and commentaries that have created many obvious holes in Kogi politics.

News Release: In Honour Of Late Agathe Uwilingiyamana & Victims Of Regime Atrocities In Africa

Late Agathe Uwilingiyamana


“The killings have stopped, not because of changing of heart, but because there are few people left to be killed” (Brig General Paul Kagame (as he then was), leader of the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF), responding to a Radio France International question as why the genocidal butcheries had stopped in July 1994).

Saturday, 16 April 2016

News Release: Court Action Seeks Release Of IMN Leader

Zakzaky


Lawyers for the detained leader of Nigeria's Islamic Movement (IMN) and his spouse have filed an application to a High Court in a bid to secure their immediate release.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

News Release: Nigeria’s Anambra State Seeks Afreximbank’s Support For Economic Development

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (seated centre), flanked by Executive Vice President Denys Denya, to his left, and Ifeatu Onejeme, Anambra State Commissioner for Finance, Industry, Innovations and Development Finance Institutions, in group photo with other participants in the discussions held in Cairo.


The Government of Anambra State of Nigeria has entered into discussions with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to seek the support of the African trade finance institution for its effort to speed up the industrialisation and development of trade in the state.

Article: The Changing Face Of Change In Nigeria



By Jaye Gaskia

Thanks to the endless monologue of the ‘Change government’, its ‘disunited governing party’ [remember Fela’s Beast Of No Nation – who and who unite for united nations?], and their ‘Common sense revolution’; we now know too much about our past and particularly our recent past; We have managed to acquire far too little understanding of our current challenges and present hardships; and seem to have absolutely no clarity about our future, even of the nearest future!

News Release: Another 41 Allegations Of Peacekeeper Sex Abuse Undisclosed By The UN


AIDS-Free World has received leaked information that 41 additional cases of sexual violence by peacekeepers have been documented by MINUSCA, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), following interviews with victims in Dekoa, a remote town in the country’s Kemo prefecture. In an April 7th code cable, MINUSCA informed UN headquarters that an “integrated team” sent to Dekoa from March 25th to April 4th interviewed 59 women and girls. While some were on a list of 98 victims who reported sexual abuse to UNICEF last month, the team documented 41 new cases never previously reported.

Article: Nigerian Governmentt Must Stop Rejecting The Naira As A Legal Tender



By SKC Ogbonnia

Section 20 of the CBN Act of 2007 clearly states that the Naira “shall be legal tender in Nigeria at their face value for the payment of any amount.” Yet this law has meant nothing to many Nigerian businesses which commonly reject the Naira in preference to the US Dollar. But these businesses are not alone. The Nigerian government is also guilty of the same charge. Perhaps this practice is not new by any stretch and far predates the current Buhari government, but an eye-witness account below exposes a specious dynamic.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

News Release: Togo Pledges Commitment To African Economic Integration

President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo (Left) in conversation with Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah during his visit to the Afreximbank Headquarters in Cairo


Togo is strongly committed to achieving an economically integrated Africa and to the deepening of intra-African trade, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé said in Cairo today.

News Release: Dangers Of Fulani Janjaweed In Nigeria



The Janjaweed are a militia that operates in Darfur, Western Sudan, and Eastern Chad. Using the United Nations definition, the Janjaweed comprised Sudanese Arab tribes, the core of whom are from the Abbala (camel herder) background with significant recruitment from the Baggara (cattle herder) people(source: Wikipedia 2016).  Since 2003, the Janjaweed has been a major player or party in the bloody conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan; fighting the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. The violent conflict killed 200,000-400,000 civilians between 2003 and 2007 with hundreds of thousands of others maimed and millions of others displaced. In 2008, the United States declared the killings in Dafur as genocide and attempts to wipe out African tribes of Darfur in Sudan. The Sudanese Janjaweed is commanded by Sheik Musa Hilal; named in 2004 by the US State Department as one of the leading Janjaweed commanders and genocide criminals in Darfur Sudan.

U-Report: Kaduna State Government Admits Burial Of Zaria Massacre Victims In Mass Grave



Reported By Stephen Lawan 

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the killings of at least 1000 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the guidance of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in Zaria last December has heard that the army and state officials buried 347 victims in a mass grave shortly after the massacre.

Article: Igbo Young Geniuses Triumph In New York

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna


By Emeka Chiakwelu

If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you
New York, New York   -   Frank Sinatra

Igbo Nigerian-Americans have finally arrived and now they are making it in New York. They are living the American dream in the Big Apple.

Monday, 11 April 2016

News Release: Bukola Saraki’s Time To Resign

Saraki


Per revelations from Nigeria’s Premium Times amid other global media reports, per the Mosseck Fonseca papers, we are appalled by this rising saga, involving top-ranking Nigerian officials, among other persons in the evolving Panama papers. 

News Release: The Unsuccessful Framing Up Of IPOB As A Violent And Terrorist Group


Kanu: IPOB leader

Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari and his Gestapo Organization called Department of State Services (DSS), henceforth referred to as “Gestapo-DSS“, have once again failed in their attempts to portray the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a violent and terrorist group. In their latest but poorly written statement titled “DSS Official Statement on Barnawi and IPOB“, the Gestapo-DSS stated that: “the Service has uncovered the heinous role played by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), in the abduction/kidnap of five Hausa-Fulani residents, namely Mohammed GAINAKO, Ibrahim MOHAMMED, Idris YAKUBU, and Isa Mohammed RAGO at Isuikwuato LGA in Abia State.” They further noted that: “The abducted men were later discovered at the Umuanyi forest, Abia State, where they were suspected to have been killed by their abductors and buried in shallow graves, amidst fifty (50) other shallow graves of unidentified persons. Arrest and investigation conducted so far, revealed that elements within the IPOB, carried out this dastardly action.”

Article: A Journey Of Discovery, Reappraisal, And Rededication


Chido Onumah

By Chido Onumah

In a country where the value of human life is not worth more than that of a fly at a butcher’s shop; where misery is a constant companion and the candour of our politicians and rulers is the same candour that pimps extend to prostitutes, it is not out of place to celebrate every minute, every hour, every month, and every year. It is certainly not for nothing that “Happy new month” has become a refrain at the beginning of every month for many Nigerians on WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook. But I digress!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Tribute: "D.S.P Alamieyeseigha Is A Niger Delta Martyr"---James Ibori

Late D.S.P Alamieyeseigha



DSP, I Write This With A Mixture Of A Heavy Heart And Compelling Sense Of Pride.  Even As I Mourn, I Find Comfort In The Love, Admiration, Reverence And Even Veneration That Have Gushed Out For You From All Parts Of Bayelsa, The Entire Ijaw Nation, And Beyond, Despite The Political Persecution And Orchestrated Disinformation That Culminated In The Public Hysteria Against You.

Friday, 8 April 2016

News Release: The Nigerian Regime Allow IMN Legal Team To Meet With Sheikh Zakzaky

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky


The oppressive and tyrannical Nigerian regime only allowed the legal team of Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN) to meet with His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky last Friday (01/04/2016). And the Nigerian regime only allowed that due to the refusal of IMN not to participate in their staged – managed kangaroo Judicial Commission of Inquiry until Sheikh Zakzaky is allowed to give his input.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

News Release: New Afreximbank Strategy To Increase Intra-African Trade To $250 Billion By 2021



The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is to implement a new strategy aimed at driving industrialization across Africa and increasing intra-African trade by at least 50 per cent in the next five years.

Article: Nigeria Needs A 21st Century Police Force



By Emeka Chiakwelu

The Police force is the physical embodiment of a representative government, the closest manifestation of democracy to the people.  It is not far-fetched to describe the police force as the face of a government. The state of the police force - its appearance, psychology and respectability delineate the worth and priority of a nation to a tourist and potential investor.

Open Letter: Nigerian Citizen Writes To President Mohammadu Buhari From USA

President Buhari


S. Okey Mbonu                                                                                                                                          
Washington, DC
April 7, 2016

President Mohammadu    Buhari                                                                                                                                     
Aso Rock Villa                                                                                                                                                                         
Abuja, FCT Nigeria

Dear Mr. President,

I have just returned as leader of a small Nigerian-American delegation, from a 2 week tour of Nigeria, on behalf of the Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NAL Council web: www.nalcouncil.org).  This trip afforded the Nigerian-American community to get a no holds-barred assessment of the situation on the ground in Nigeria; and the substantial challenges your administration faces, as you gain traction in your first term as civilian president of Nigeria.

Mr. President, it will be stating the obvious to say that the state of the nation is dire. Nevertheless, all hope is not lost, especially, if you pay attention in the right areas of governance.  This letter includes a highly abridged summary of our report, as the policy details will be too unwieldy to be published as an open letter.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

News Release: 98 Girls Report Sexual Abuse By French Soldiers And UN Peacekeepers In Central African Republic: Ask Your Questions LIVE


According to the Code Blue campaign at least 98 girls in Central African Republic reported they were sexually abused by French soldiers and UN peacekeepers, and three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed, and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.

News Release: African Ministers Of Energy To Discuss Opportunities For Power Sector Investment This June


Over 130 speakers to date have confirmed to attend the 18th annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF) , taking place in London this year from 22-24th June. Widely considered the meeting place for Africa’s power sector professionals to discuss opportunities for investment into the power sector, 56% of the African continent was represented at the Forum in 2015.

Monday, 4 April 2016

News Release: Security Agents Prevented Us from Attending Juma’at Prayers in Katsina and Kebbi States

Zakzaky: Islamic Movement Leader


A combined armed security team on Friday, 1st April has prevented brothers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN from conducting the usual post-khutba preaching session at the Central Juma’at Mosque in Katsina. 

U-Report: Nigeria‘s Emeka Chiakwelu Nominated into the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI)

Emeka Chiakwelu


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

“I will use my membership to promote Nollywood in Hollywood and USA -Emeka Chiakwelu

The US based Nigerian intellectual - Emeka Chiakwelu has been nominated into the prestigious America Film Institute (AFI).  Chiakwelu is a policy strategist and environmental consultant based in United States of America. He is the principal policy strategist at AFRIPOL – (Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center). AFRIPOL is a policy public center that primarily analyze and recommends policies for African economic and political advancements. Chiakwelu is also a partner in Texas Storm and Engineering, an environmental consulting firm based in Houston, Texas.

A Crooked Studentship And The Clap For Corruption In Nigeria



By Godwin Onyeacholem

Even as one struggles to make room for optimism in the destiny of Nigeria in these unsettling times, without doubt in the hope that those who now hold the levers of power will somehow manage to begin tofind solutions to some of our lingering pains, some odd incidents take placeand feed one’ssubconscious desire to remain an incurable pessimist.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

News Release: The Return Of Iwu’s Dark Era In INEC



The leaderships of Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group) are deeply concerned and dismay over continuing rigmarole of the INEC with respect to non conduct and non conclusion of the outstanding re-run elections in  the Imo North and the Anambra Central Senatorial Districts as well as other affected areas in Rivers State; one year or 12 months after Nigeria’s federal legislative polls were held. The Nigeria’s Federal Legislative polls were held on 28th of March 2015. The macabre dance of the Commission with respect to recent turbulent and inconclusive legislative rerun polls in Rivers State also worries and saddens us. The source of powers of the Commission to conceal and possibly doctor election results weeks after they were conducted, before releasing them in bits as it is the case in Rivers State remains surprising and confusing, because we are not aware of any such provisions in the INEC Establishment Act of 2004, the Electoral Act of 2010 and the 1999 Constitution.

Friday, 1 April 2016

News Release: China Eximbank And Afreximbank Plan $1 Billion Industrialization Programme For Africa

China President Liu Liange (right) makes a point as Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, looks on


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) are to develop a new $1 billion-dollar investment and industrialization programme to help accelerate Africa’s industrialization and enhance trade between the continent and China.