Monday, 30 May 2016

News Release: 125 Constitutional Breaches & Regime Atrocities Of Buhari Administration In One Year

Buhari


The Government of Gen Muhammadu Buhari has clocked one year in office having being sworn in on 29th of May 2015; and the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has identified at least 125 Constitutional Breaches & Regime Atrocities committed by the hostile administration in the past 365 days or one year. The breaches and atrocities covered the process through which the administration was brought to civilian presidency to its policies and conducts in the past 365 days or one year. This simply means that in each of the past 12 months, the administration of Gen Muhammadu Buhari committed at least ten constitutional breaches and regime atrocities against Nigerians and the 1999 Constitution. The constitutional breaches and regime atrocities are numbered and summarized below:

Article: One Year In Office, Challenges, Opportunities, And Nigeria’s 37th State

Buhari


By S. Okey Mbonu                                                                                                                                               
Nigeria has teetered on a precipice in the past one year, under Muhammadu Buhari.  I first met Muhammadu Buhari in Washington in July 2015, during his first official post-election visit to the United States, on President Obama’s invitation.  Meeting President Buhari and his aides, at the White House guest house- Blair House, and at a US Chamber of Commerce dinner in DC, provided neutral grounds for brief personal interactions, without the excessive layers of handlers.  While I liked Buhari’s amiable demeanor, I left with apprehensions, pursuant to my awareness of the huge security challenges and strife that Nigeria faces. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

U-Report: “Ijaw Collectives” Call For Removal Of Amnesty Programme Chief

Boroh: Amnesty Programme Chief


Reported By Femmy Lawson
Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh, has come under attack with the calls for his immediate removal and extensive probe of the amnesty programme under his leadership since he was appointed by President Muhammadu, Buhari.

News Release: How G8 Countries & China Flood Nigeria With Small Arms & Light Weapons (2)



The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) had two days ago (24th of May 2016) released the first part of our special  public statement in which we expressed dismay, shock and alarm over “the gun-boat speed” with which Nigeria and Nigerians are arming courtesy of  the G8 Countries and their allies including the EU as well as the Peoples Republic of China with steady supply and shipment of small arms and light weapons to the country through licit and illicit means.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

News Release: Tanzania International Forum For Investments


The Tanzania International Forum For Investments is scheduled to take place at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, 12-14 July 2016.

News Release: Another Mischief Against Islamic Movement In Nigeria In The Making



Our attention has been drawn to a leaked intelligence document titled “Plans By Islamic Movement Of Nigeria To Attack Service Personnel And Families” with reference number 3DIV/G2/240/01 dated 12 May 2016.

News Release: Reversing The Trends In Sexual Violence In Africa



In honour of Africa Day 2016, three Right Livelihood Award Laureates from Africa are speaking out to reverse the current trends of sexual violence on the continent.

News Release: How G8 Countries & China Proliferate Nigeria With Small Arms & Light Weapons (1)



Following intensification of regime malfunctioning of the APC and Buhari led Presidency in Nigeria and ahead of this week’s G-7 Meeting in the Japanese City of Ise-Shima, we have considered it upper most important to expose the double standards of the named developed countries with respect to Nigeria and its affairs particularly under the present Buhari administration. We are deeply dismayed concerning the double-edged policies of the members of the Group of Seven Industrialized or Developed Countries (G-7) and their allies including the EU on one hand and Russia and China, on the other; towards the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its socio-political affairs.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

News Release: Afreximbank Closes Historic $750 Million Bond Issue



The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has closed a $750 million bond after achieving an order book of $3.4 billion from 290 investors, the largest ever to be achieved by the Bank in the international debt capital market.

News Release: MEND Says President Buhari Deserves More Time To Stabilize



After a rigorous and robust analysis, debate and review of political events in Nigeria within the past 12 months; particularly as they affect the Niger Delta region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has resolved to continue to respect the unilateral ceasefire of hostilities declared May 30, 2014 against key economic interests of the Nigerian State.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

News Release: Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria Inaugurates Large Corporation Group To Boost Manufacturing In Nigeria


The Manufacturing Association of Nigeria has inaugurated its Large Corporation Group, which will amongst other things come up with policy recommendations that will lead to a conducive economic and social climate for the operation and development for large scale industries in Nigeria.

Friday, 20 May 2016

U-Report: James Ibori's Counsel Alleges Abuse of Process In London Trial

Ibori


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

Counsel to Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Thursday May 19, 2016 told the Southwark Court, Londonm that there may be no fair trial in the confiscation hearing of James Ibori that is due to start in June at a Southwark Crown Court in London. According to a press statement signed by Ibori's Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, Ibori's lawyer said this during Thursday's preliminary hearing preparatory to the confiscation trial against Ibori that is due to start in June. The lawyer, Mr. Ivan Krolic, said that there are established cases of corruption against the police and the crown prosecution counsels who investigated Ibori. This, he said, has led to dropping every member of entire Police and Crown Prosecution teams that investigated Ibori and his associates.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Article: Nigeria Is Trapped In Yesterday



By Sam Amadi

Nigeria is today at a very difficult time. The nation is witnessing the most severe crisis of multidimensional nature. Severe economic crisis is coming at the heels of unrelenting terrorist attack. The present administration is challenged on two fronts: defeating terrorists and imprisoning corrupt leaders. Nigerians believe that their country is much more corrupt than the Transparency International Index may suggest. Corruption has become the dominant mode of public and social interaction. Going by the allegations and recent revelations, the words of Time Magazine writer that Nigeria’s leaders are not distinguishable from its criminals and corruption is not an aberration but a normal mode of governance are not totally off-the-mark. Corruption and incompetence in government have worsened poverty and trapped politics in stasis. This is the context to understand Mr. Chido Onumah’s new collection of essays: “We are all Biafrans”

Article: Peter Obi Is The Rock of Political Triangulation and Studious Sagacity

Obi


By Emeka Chiakwelu
 

Where many politicians have tried and failed, Peter Obi the former governor of Anambra State and the candidate for the senate has managed to succeed, if not triumphed. It will not be understatement to call Peter Obi one of the most successful Igbo politicians in the contemporary Nigeria’s disconcerted political topography.

News Release: Hearing On Sheikh Zakzaky's Court Case Begins

Zakzaky


In line with the decision of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN to seek redress in a formal court to restore the dignity, humanity and fundamental rights of its leadership and members that have been
trampled upon and abused by the Nigerian government and its Army when it attacked it in a killing spree on the 12th to 14th of December 2015, dates for the commencement of court hearing have been slated.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Article: Why Weird Trump Can Win


Trump
By SKC Ogbonnia
 
Many assume Donald J. Trump can not win the US presidential election this November because he is widely viewed as weird for someone aspiring to lead the free world. But often lost in the debate is that America is not new to radical politicians who have found their way to the White House.

News Release: A Vote Of No Confidence On The Buhari Regime





The National Conscience Party, NCP, condemns in its entirety the current illegal, crude, callousand wicked 85% increment in the price of petrol and the effective devaluation of the naira by the Buhari – APC government on May 11 2016. This increment too defies all forms of logic. As atthe time oil was going for over $112.00 in 2012, petrol went for N97.00, now that it is going forabout $40.00 per barrel they want us to buy it for N145.00 per liter of petrol.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Article: We Are All Biafrans Indeed



By Godwin Onyeacholem

The coincidence cannot be more striking. Chido Onumah, journalist, blogger and human rights activist will be launching his book, We Are All Biafrans, in the same month and just two weeks after the much elderly Ladipo Adamolekun, renowned professor and an well-respected public administration scholar, unveiled an autobiography with the emotive title, I Remember. Both personalities are remarkable for their enduring interest in federalism.

News Release: Afreximbank Appoints Kanayo Awani MD For Intra-African Trade

Awani


The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today announced the appointment of Kanayo Awani as Managing Director of its intra-African Trade Initiative.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Article: A Nigerian National Question & Its Answer Is Long Overdue!

Umeagbalasi


By Emeka Umeagbalasi

The centrality of the argument for or against Regionalism in Nigeria lies in within the confines of National Question. The question as whether the States will continue to be retained or be replaced with Regionalism or change or retention of present revenue formulae, alone, is incapable of arresting and addressing holistically the age-long disunity and socio-economic backwardness of Nigeria. Therefore, the arguments of the two schools are out-rightly dismissive and fire-brigade approach because economic status, alone, being cited by the two schools as sole reason necessitating clamour for return to Regionalism or otherwise;  is grossly an insignificant ground to alter the existence of “statism” in Nigeria or creation of new regionalism in the country.  That is to say that clamours for abolition of States and creation of Regionalism for sole purpose of addressing the economic melt-down of the States, are too parochial, narrow-minded and lazily premised. If “economic buoyancy” is a fundamental reason for the existence of sub-national entities or States, or even national entities or countries; then poor countries like Benin Republic, Macedonia, Albania, Comoros Island, Djibouti, Laos, Nepal, Haiti, Fiji Island, etc would have fizzled out long ago and got permanently disbanded out of existence.

Open Letter: Our Case Against The Commission Over Outstanding Parliamentary Polls & Call For Your Urgent Diplomatic Intervention (2)



The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) had on 11th of May 2016 dragged Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 20 world’s leading democracies and great economies under the UN System, concerning hardened and ill-conceived position of the Commission over outstanding parliamentary rerun polls in Nigeria and its consequential capacity to collapse Nigeria’s fragile democracy and constitutionalism if unchecked. The letter was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General; Apostolic Nuncio (Pope’s Ambassador to Nigeria); United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR); United States Ambassador to Nigeria; Head, Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS; EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security (Federica Mogherini); British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Head, African Research Group/Dep. Head/Research Analyst of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Dr. Clare Thomas) and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria.

U-Report: Intercessors Call Out Nigerian Christians On 120-Day Prayer To Avert Islamization of Country



By A Citizen Reporter

As concerns heighten over a systematic design to Islamize Nigeria under the guise of seeking grazing grounds for cattle by herdsmen of Fulani/Hausa breeders across the country, a Christian prayer coalition, Global Ministers Prayer Network in conjunction with Intercessors for Nigeria, IFN, has kicked off a 120-day intensive nationwide fasting and prayer programme to protect the interest of Christians and halt any move that will be detrimental to Christendom in the country.

Friday, 13 May 2016

News Release: Civil Right Activists Slam Buhari Over Increase In Pump Price And Call For Its Immediate Reversal



Following the recent pronouncement by the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President  Muhammadu Buhari on increase in pump price, we the Civil Society Groups in Abia State namely Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development (FENRAD) and Society for Economic Rights and Social Justice (SERSJ) have condemned in strong terms the move by the presidency, describing it as a height of insensitivity, disregard to the plight of hardship faced by the majority of Nigerians at this critical time in our nation’s history,

Open Letter: Our Case Against The Commission Over Outstanding Parliamentary Polls & Call For Your Urgent Diplomatic Intervention (1)



Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/NG/002/05/016/Int./Democracies/UN

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

News Release: Buying With Jiji; Motorbike Parts And Accessories

Do you prefer riding a motorbike more than a car? Do you have an own steal horse and always ready to make it more attractive and work better? That’s why you are interested in finding necessary details and accessories of high quality. A good option for you is to visit Jiji.ng and its Motorbike Parts and Accessories category, where different motorbike parts and accessories of high quality are available at low prices. After all, your motorbike will be grateful for new upgrade.

Jiji.ng is a modern and convenient classifieds website in Nigeria. There you can find the greatest variety of any goods and services according to different preferences and tastes. The website is simple in use – log in with Facebook and begin buying or selling items. Each ad is posted by real people and contains images and detailed information about a particular thing. Reviews are available too. All users can be reached though the phone – you can give a call or send messages as far as phone numbers are available. It can be done if you have some questions or want to bargain in order to lower the price.

A nice feature of Jiji.ng is that new adverts appear every several minutes, so there are a great variety of goods for any taste. People can filter them due to price or date – this will help to simplify the searching process, save time and efforts - there are things that remain impossible when people go to ordinary shopping malls and stores. That’s why you should check Jiji and try to make your life much easier.

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

News Release: The Unwarranted Arrest Of Members Of IMN In Kebbi State



Following arbitrary arrests and subsequent detention of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria by the Kebbi state government, it has come to our notice that Governor Atiku Bagudu is silently launching a sectarian mission against Shi'ites and Islamic Movement in the state.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Article: Another Corruption Summit In London; How Many Is Enough?

Cameron (l) with Buhari


By Emeka Chiakwelu

Another corruption summit will again take place in London. This time around the chief organizer and town crier is David Cameron’s Great Britain. The last one about two years ago was initiated by G8 and we are still waiting for solutions and results.

News Release: Africa’s CEOs Look To Innovation And Technology To Stimulate Growth In Uncertain Global Economic Environment


In Africa’s boardrooms growth is on the agenda – together with addressing stakeholders’ expectations and concerns and managing the pipeline of talent. Business strategies of companies include the growing of regional operations, investing in and developing innovative and technological products and services, and strengthening of internal management structures. These are some of the key highlights of PwC’s Africa Business Agenda, 2016 survey released at the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali today.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Article: Nigeria’s Quota System And Cut-Off Marks: Anambra And Imo Are Discriminated



By An AFRIPOL Writer

For many years, the Federal government of Nigeria has promulgated and implemented cut-off marks for all candidates seeking admission into Federal Government Colleges or Unity Schools as they are  popularly known. But the policy of assigning different cut-off marks for candidates of different states in Nigeria tends to promote mediocrity at the expense of meritocracy.

News Release: 10 Nominees Announced For AIF’s Innovation Prize For Africa 2016



The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) today announced the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Now celebrating its 5th year under the theme “Made in Africa”, IPA is the premier innovation initiative in the African continent, offering a grand share prize of US$150 000 and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions.

News Release: Exposing New Waves Of Grazing & Bomb Terrorisms Against Southern & Northern Christian, Others




The Nigerian Christians and other secular populations are steadily going the Lebanon way by facing steady and unprovoked attacks, hostilities and targeted decimation in the hands of northern politico-religious fundamentalists. Fifty years ago, the population of Christians in Lebanon was estimated at about 78%, which has been violently suppressed to about 34% following forceful conquest and conversion by its radical Muslim neighbors including Iranian backed Hezbollah using targeted and widespread violence. Similar situation is the case in Egypt where Christians of Asyut origins with sizable population decades ago has brutally been suppressed, leading to its  present population being reduced to less than 10% of the Egyptian population.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

News Release: New Plots Against Members Of The Islamic Movement In Katsina



A very reliable report reaching us with regards to the scheduled visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Katsina is that the authorities, along with security forces have completed devising a devilish plot to attack members of the Islamic Movement in Katsina.

 The stratagem involves the use of touts dressed as political or other opponents, who would lay ambush on the path of the President during his visit in Katsina. These paid touts would throw stones at the President and shout him down. They would then attribute this to members of the Islamic Movement and use that as a basis to launch fresh attacks on members of the Islamic Movement in continuation of the brutal clampdown they started in Zaria, which obviously they are yet to complete.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Article: Donald Trump’s Rises And Conservatism Falters, Falls?

Trump


By Emeka Chiakwelu

As liberalism and leftism grow leaps and bounds with the help of the leftist Senator Bernie Sanders of Democratic Party, we cannot say that is applicable to conservatism of Republican Party in the era of Donald Trump.

News Release: Onitsha Bomb Explosion & Limits Of Police Spinning Or Distorted Facts



Spinning” is a police public relations methodology, designed to reduce deceitfully, the gravity of casualty figures, property destructions and distortion or suppression of general facts associated with social vices or disturbances; for the purpose of manipulating public opinion and saving police image or sustaining its mechanical legitimacy. In other words, it is a sustained distortion or corruption of facts of the matter or information by the police. “Spinning” is very common among policing entities of the third world or developing countries, owing to their failed intelligence, gross incompetence, lack of effective preventive policing, graft and inability to carry out their established duties and functions. To ensure these, scene of crime figures and facts are brutally mangled and information grossly corrupted or distorted in the context of “official crime findings or criminal statistics”.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

News Release: African DFIS Urged To Partner For Solutions To Intra-African Trade Finance

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (3rd right) joined by (L-R): Denys Denya, Afreximbank Executive Vice President; Kanayo Awani, Director, Trade Finance and Branches; Alioune Sarr, Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Sector, Senegal; Fatima Haram Acyl, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry; Adama Kone, Minister of Economy and Finance, Cote d’Ivoire; and Dr. Robert Ochola, Director, Strategy and International Cooperation, Afreximbank; launch Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Strategy.


African development finance institutions must come together in partnership in order to more effectively tackle the challenges affecting the financing of intra-African trade, participants at the first ever continental conference on intra-African trade finance and payment systems have urged.

News Release: Pendency Of The National Grazing Reserve Bill At The National Assembly; Setting The Records Straight



Our attention has, again, been drawn to public statements credited to some serving Senators in Nigeria to the effect that the National Grazing Reserve Bill is not before the Upper Chamber or Senate of the National Assembly. The latest of such statements was credited to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu during his recent outing in Enugu. We wish to state strongly that the referenced public statements are deceitful, diversionary, distractive and misleading.The implication of such statements is that there is nothing like “the National Grazing Reserve Bill 2008 & 2016” before the National Assembly of Nigeria; whether passive or active; or that the Bill is nonexistent.

News Release: “We Are All Biafrans”, A Book By Chido Onumah To Be Released May 31st



Parresia Publishers Ltd and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation will on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, present to the public a new book, We Are All Biafrans, written by Chido Onumah. Designed as a platform to reinforce the debate about federalism and national reconciliation, the event is expected to draw Nigerians from all walks of life. Onumah is a journalist, blogger, human rights activist and Coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Report: Social Entrepreneurs Provide Sustainable Solutions For Africa’ Development Priorities


Is social entrepreneurship the new face of development? A recent impact report released by Reach for Change suggests it might be.

News Release: Intra-African Trade Named Path To Africa’s Industrialization As Finance And Payment Systems Conference Begins

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (3rd right) with some high-level delegates to the conference (L-R): Prof. Dorothe Sossa, Permanent Secretary, Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa; Walid Loukil, Deputy Managing Director, Loukil Group; Christopher Edordu, Former President, Afreximbank; Jean-Louis Ekra, Former President, Afreximbank; Fatima Haram Acyl, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry; Adama Kone, Minister of Economy and Finance, Cote d’Ivoire; Alioune Sarr, Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Sector, Senegal; and Helen Hai, CEO, Made in Africa Initiative.


The first ever continental conference on intra-African trade finance and payment systems and their impact on the achievement of enhanced trade among African countries opened in Abidjan yesterday with Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), saying that putting Africa on the path to industrialization and greater relevance in global affairs called for the fostering of greater intra-African trade.

Article: Fighting An Effective Anti-Corruption War

President Buhari


By Rufus Kayode Oteniya

Nigeria is currently at war with not only the the notorious Islamic insurgency, it is also in a battlefront with corruption. While the war against the terrorist group, Boko Haram is mostly confined to the North Eastern part of the country, the anti-corruption war is neither as straightforward nor against any clearly known enemies.

Monday, 2 May 2016

News Release: Free Sheikh Zakzaky, For Us To Appear Before Judicial Commission

Sheikh Zakzaky


The Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), in a communiqué issued at its meeting last Friday, called on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to cooperate with the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate the December military attack on members of IMN in Zaria.

News Release: BADEA Grants $50 Million Line Of Credit To Afreximbank.

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (left) and Dr. Sidi Ould Tah, Director General of BADEA exchange documents following the signing ceremony in Khartoum.


The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) have signed an agreement for a $50 million line of credit granted to Afreximbank by BADEA for the financing of trade operations between Arab and African countries aimed at guaranteeing regular flows of goods and services vital for economic growth.

News Release: Ethnic Bloodshed, Rights Abuses & Other Regime Atrocities In Nigeria



It is an incontestable fact that ethnic bloodshed, gross rights abuses and other regime atrocities in Nigeria’s present dispensation have deteriorated on account of conspiratorial roles of the security forces, aided and abetted by the Presidency as well as well as coordinated conspiracy of silence maintained by the (former) mainstream human rights, good governance and democracy activists or groups; majorly concentrated in the Southwest part of Nigeria and dominated by activists of Southeast and Southwest sections of the country. It is also an undisputed fact that the conspiracy of silence under reference came on account of an existing partisan alliance between the referenced rights and democracy CSOs, their leaders and then AC/APC controlled Government of Lagos State (since 2003); through a Government-CSO liaison arrangement. This was later extended and enlarged ahead of 2015 general elections that produced Gen Muhammadu Buhari and his APC as the sixth Nigeria’s central civilian government.