Monday, 28 September 2020

Article: Study Notes On Revolution And “National Unity"

Madunagu 

By Edwin Madunagu

The importance and urgency of this subject to the Nigerian Left, at this time, demand that I begin the discussion with a series of clear propositions. And that is what I intend to do here. None of the propositions, in its essence, will be new to the movement or in the movement. What may be new will be the way they are articulated and brought together here. The over-flogged and yet not too-illuminated subject, the national question, may enter this particular discussion because of its connection with the question of national unity. The first two propositions will establish the link I am making between revolution and national unity in Nigeria.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Article: Watch Out: Wike Is Coming!

Wike 

By Uche Ugboajah

I first heard of the name Ezenwo Nyesom Wike sometime in 1999. Then, he was the dashing chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. He had contested the local government election as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and had to reclaim his mandate through the court. A staunch believer in the rule of law and the efficacy of the judicial process, Wike has a rich history of engagements in this critical arena that undergirds society and anchors democracy. And he is a consummate lawyer to boot. Beyond the realm of law, it is noteworthy that Wike has remained faithful to the PDP since its formation. Unlike many fair-weather politicians in the country, he has not been swayed by the vicissitudes of partisan politics and its changing fortunes to leave the PDP. This uncommon trait speaks to consistency, principle, and loyalty to his political party. 

Friday, 25 September 2020

News Release: Fitch Affirms Afreximbank’s BBB-Credit Rating



(Credit ratings agency highlights strong solvency and liquidity, bolstered by ongoing and expected capital increases)

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)announces that Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Bank’s long-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘BBB-‘ with a stable outlook. The agency also affirmed the Bank's Short-Term IDR at 'F3' and senior unsecured debt at 'BBB-'.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Special Report: World Development Report


The World Bank’s World Development Report, published annually since 1978, is an invaluable guide to the economic, social, and environmental state of the world today. Each report provides in-depth analysis and policy recommendations on a specific and important aspect of development—from agriculture, the role of the state, transition economies, and labor to infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty. Through the quality and timeliness of the information it provides, the report has become a highly influential publication that is used by many multilateral and bilateral international organizations, national governments, scholars, civil society networks and groups, and other global thought leaders to support their decision-making processes. This corporate flagship undergoes extensive internal and external review and is one of the key outputs of the World Bank's Development Economics unit..........

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Monday, 21 September 2020

News Release: "Credible Outcome Of Edo Governorship Poll: Handiwork Of US, UK Visa Ban Or Threat Of Same Targeted At ‘Doyens Of Poll Rigging’ In Nigeria"--Intersociety


The popular and credible outcome of the just conducted and concluded Governorship Election in Edo State, South-South Nigeria ‘is not as a result of change of heart or repentance’ by the country’s ‘doyens of election rigging’ but the international entry visa denial or threat of same by the Governments of the United States and United Kingdom and their allies; targeting the country’s malevolent political leaders and actors.

But for the announcement and enforcement of same and its targeted persons, the ‘Nigeria’s doyens of election rigging’ would have declared the Edo Governorship Poll “inconclusive” on “account of violence or canceled results that sufficiently affected the validated results and number of registered voters in some polling booths or electoral wards”. This would have further been followed by militarized fresh polls in “the affected areas” with predetermined outcome in favor of their preferred candidate.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Special Report: "FinCEN Files"(An ICIJ Investigation)


An ICIJ investigation reveals the role of global banks in industrial scale money laundering and the bloodshed and suffering that flow in its wake.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Article: Between ‘Dividers-In-Chief’ And ‘Divider-In-Law’

Soyinka 

By Wole Soyinka

Culled From PM News 

I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reasons to change my stance on his record.  Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse. We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co-habitation, capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate. On Africa Day, May 2019, organized  by the Union Bank of Africa, I similarly seized an opening to direct the attention of this government to warnings by the Otta farmer over the self-destruct turn that the nation had taken, urged  the wisdom of heeding the message, even while remaining chary of the messenger.  That advice appears to have fallen on deaf ears. In place of reasoned response and openness to some serious dialogue, what this nation has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaires, apologists and sectarian opportunists.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Special Report: "Emene Massacre Perpetrated By Personnel Of Nigerian Army (82 Div), Enugu State Police Command & Enugu State Directorate Of State Security Service"--Intersociety


About Intersociety:

International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is a leading research and investigative human rights organization in Nigeria registered and formed in 2008, to promote and advance civil liberties & rule of law, democracy and governance accountability and public security and safety.Intersociety is led by professionals and grassroots activists including criminologists, security studies and peace and conflict resolution experts, lawyers, journalists, etc. See our website for more details at www.intersociety-ng.org.

General Background

The Emene Community High School is located in Emene, along Enugu-Abakiliki Road and situated between Catholic owned St Paul International Institute and St Joseph Girls’ College (formerly Emene Girls’ High School). Immediately after the Emene Community High School and St Joseph Girls’ College are situated Construction Primary School and St Joseph Catholic Church Parish. Opposite the Emene Community High School is age-long St Patrick Secondary School. In other words, the area is sacredly a ‘Mission and School Environment’, dominated by several lawful religious, schooling, sports and other social activities. Historically, St Patrick Secondary School is an ancient mission school that has produced eminent persons of Igbo and non Igbo extraction including one of Nigeria’s renowned physicists, Prof Justin Akujieze of Ekwenche Igbo Research Institute in Chicago, the United States; a pioneer student of the School.

The Community High School, Emene, in particular and the area, in general, has for decades, played host to a litany of lawful social gatherings (peaceful assemblies) and activities. These include Sunday Church services by Catholics and Pentecostals. On Saturdays, similar religious services by Jewish and African religionists are hosted by the area including the Emene Community High School, which also plays host to other social gatherings such as pre or post church service meetings and night vigils. Beyond the referenced litany of religious activities, the Emene Community High School is also famously known for decades, for playing host to leisure and mental rehearsal activists and various sporting activities such as football, athletics, physical fitness and martial arts exercises.

Owing to these, the School’s Premises or Field also attracts food vendors and energy/soft drinks and sachet water sellers, etc. The area, therefore, is usually jam-packed with several weekend lawful social activities. These are contrary to “security and intelligence reports” by the Enugu Directorate of State Security Service and the Enugu State Police Command that “the area particularly the Emene Community High School’s Field is a ground where terrorists are receiving arms training” and “training grounds and hideouts for armed hoodlums”.

Friday, 11 September 2020

U-Report: Niger Delta Leaders, ICPC Set For Showdown Over NDDC Staff Report


Report By  Ebiereri Henry Ovie 

The Niger Delta leaders and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) may be heading for showdown over the interrogation of senior management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Notable leaders in the region, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Leaders Forum (NDLF) on Friday described the action of ICPC as a distraction.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Article: Resistance: Understanding The Issues And Taking Responsibility


By Jaye Gaskia

In the midst of the current unfolding crisis of hardship inducing, poverty enabling, and life-threatening maladministration and bad governance, a lot of citizens have been left submerged and almost drowning in anger and confusion, or confused anger.

And this is quite understandable. There are those who have quickly gone back to the archives, and in this internet age, everyone who has ever been active online leaves a digital trail, an almost indelible digital footprint.

News Release: Abduction of the Students and Teacher of Prince Academy Kaduna: Why the Morbid Silence? Or is there No Rescue Plan?

It is now two weeks (14 days) since the news broke that gunmen attacked yet another school in the country – Prince Academy in Damba-Kasaya village in Chikun Local Government in Kaduna State. It was reported that the terrorists killed one-person and abducted Junior Secondary School students as well as a teacher who had been asked to resume school by both the Federal and State governments.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Article: Lend Your Voice


By Otive Igbuzor, PhD

Introduction:

The theme of this conference and the book is Violence against Women. Violence against women and girls is a huge challenge and an obstacle to development across the world. It has been recognized as an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. In recent years, there is an increased reportage or incidence of violence against women and girls across the world. There is no doubt that accelerated development which is greatly needed across the world cannot take place without addressing the challenges of violence against women and girls. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

News Release: Extra-Judicial Killing Of Unarmed IPOB Members: A Crime Against Humanity And Assault On Democracy


We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; unequivocally condemn the extrajudicial killing of unarmed youths holding peaceful meetings in Emene Enugu state by Nigerian security services.  

In light of this egregious violation of human rights and assault on the very essence of democracy; we wish to state as follows:   

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

News Release: "FFK's Attack On Daily Trust Reporter, Totally Reprehensible"-NUJ

The Nigeria Union of Journalists- NUJ condemns the gangster-like outburst by Chief Femi Fani Kayode against the Cross River State Correspondent of the Daily Trust Newspaper, Eyo Charles who asked him a simple question which he felt was embarrassing. 

News Release: Emene Massacre: Handiwork Of Racial Profiling, Criminal Labeling & Crude Policing

…this is 5th Anniversary and 15th massacre since August 2015 with over 500 deaths and 550 injured

The Sunday, 23rd August 2020 massacre by the combined team of war-like Joint Security Taskforce (soldiers, air force, SSS and police SARS, Anti Cult and Anti Terror personnel, etc) of over 20 of defenseless and non rifle bearing Judeo-Christian citizens of Igbo extraction and violent disruption of Pentecostal and Orthodox church (i.e. Catholic) services at Community Primary School Premises, located between St Patrick Secondary School and St Joseph Catholic Church in Emene, Enugu State of the old Eastern Nigeria; are clearly and unarguably the handiwork of racial profiling, criminal labeling and stigmatization and crude and hate policing.

Friday, 21 August 2020

News Release: NBA’S National Executive Committe’s (“NEC”) Decision To Dis-Invite His Excellency Mallam Nasir El-Rufai As A Speaker In A Panel Session


1. At its meeting that was held yesterday, 20 August 2020, NEC took the decision to dis-invite HE Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as a Speaker in one of the Panel Sessions that is planned for the NBA 2020 AGC holding from 26-29 August 2020. This morning, I have had telephone discussions with the Director General of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Mr. Asishana Okauru, on the issue and have tendered through him, to HE Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, my sincere apologies and regrets for any unintended embarrassment that he may have been caused by the NBA NEC’s decision.

2. I followed up our telephone discussions with the attached letter which explains the circumstances of the decision by NEC. The letter has been sent to Mr. Okauru, both in hard and soft copies. It is apropos that I reproduce in this Release, paragraphs 5, 6 and 7 of the letter for ease of reference by our members:

Videonews: Alleged Killing In Southern Kaduna Nigeria (Gruesome Video)

Note: We did not verify the authenticity of this video. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

News Release: "We Stand Behind Godswill Akpabio, The Minister of Niger Delta And The Forensic Audit Of NDDC"-Joint Revolutionary Council

Akpabio 


Question: Leading agitating groups in the Niger Delta such as the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) and its constituent groups like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND have been quiet on the ongoing revelations and exposures at concerning the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the National Assembly especially bothering on cross allegations between leaders of the National Assembly, The Minister of Niger Delta and the members of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Special Report: Over 20 Lies Told By Government Of Nigeria To Cover Up Herdsmen Terror-Jihadism & Protect Its Perpetrators

Nigerian Jihadists 

It is now beyond any reasonable doubt that Government of Nigeria and its security agencies as presently constituted has consistently told litany of lies, numbering over twenty to cover up Herdsmen terror-jihadism in Nigeria or any part thereof and protect or shield its perpetrators; all in a bid to misinform and mislead Nigerians and members of the int’l community and intensify the anti Christian butcheries. Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law also makes bold to say that the most dangerous dimension to the ongoing jihadist atrocities in the country is the Government lies as well as elevation of Fulani jihadism to state cover and protection. These are directly or indirectly done by same Government in grave contravention of Sections 10 and 38 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and rights to freedom of religion and worship contained in various regional and international rights treaty laws acceded to by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Special Report: Full Text of Suspended EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu's Defence

Ibrahim Magu

Re: Alleged Case Of Conspiracy , Enrichment, Abuse Of Public Office And Other Infractions

The above subject matter refers:

2: Your Excellency, permit me to express my profound gratitude for the unique opportunity you afforded me to defend myself of all the allegations levelled against me and the Commission. This is a demonstration of your commitment to the fundamental principle of justice which is ‘fair hearing’.

3. Ordinarily, Sir, the petition against me would have been answered by a simple response that:

3.1 Under my watch, no assets were sold and the proceeds thereof fraudulently converted.

3.2 The investigation conducted by the Commission in respect of P&ID has been timely, exemplary and has been commended by English Courts, with Justice Butcher commenting that Nigeria has established seismic fraud against P&ID. Further, Nigeria’s off-shore lawyers are relying on over 5,000 pages of documents and evidence availed to them from the EFCC investigation of this saga.

3.3 Neither I nor the EFCC, have ever threatened any Judicial Officer in the discharge of our official functions.

3.4 There has been no mismanagement of and lack of transparency in the management of recovered assets under my leadership of the Commission.

3.5 There has been no diversion of proceeds from recovered assets or personal enrichment on my part.

3.6 The EFCC has in a timely and exemplary fashion responded to information and documents whenever required, not just in the Paris Club Refund investigations, but in respect of other investigations.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

News Release: 1, 421 Christians Hacked To Death By Nigeria’s Jihadists In Seven Months Of 2020 (1st Jan-31st July)

Women Protesting Killing of Christians In Southern Kaduna,  Nigeria. 

(…UN, Commonwealth, ICC, EU, US, UK, Canada, Vatican, Australia, Brazil, Israel & others written & asked to intervene)

Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law is continuously alarmed over ceaseless and untamed massacre of Christians in Nigeria or any part thereof and the lackadaisical attitude and strongly suspected complicity of the present central Government and its security forces. It is specifically shocking that in the past seven months of 2020 or 1st Jan to 31st July 2020, no fewer than 1,421 Christians have been hacked to death, out of which Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for 1,027 deaths, Jihadist Boko Haram and ISWAP over 310 deaths and Jihadist Ansaru and Jihadist “Bandits” over 60. The total Christian deaths of 1,421 included “24 dark figures”.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Tribute: Activist Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha Pays Tribute To Late Father


"That my father, Chief Sir Samuel Nwadike Iwuoha, is an Epitome and
Embodiment of Almighty God’s goodness and mercy, is an understatement; he is indeed a true definition of God’s grace.

Friday, 31 July 2020

News Release: Release On The Status Of The Meter Assets Providers (MAP) Regulation


Whereas the Meter Assets Providers (MAP) Regulation was published in March 2018 and intended to go into effect within 90 days. Unfortunately, the MAP Regulation did not go into effect until May 2019.

Whereas the advocacy for independent metering services providers stemmed from the failure and continued inability of the electricity distribution companies to provide meters to their customers.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Special Report: Minister Of Niger Delta Affairs Writes House Of Representatives

Akpabio: Minister Of Niger Delta Affairs 

"The Clerk Of The House Of Representative,

MNDA/HM/04/IV/158

Some Niger Delta Development  Commission(NDDC) Contractors Allegedly Given To Some Members Of The National  Assembly(Senate And House Of Rrepresentative).

May I extend to Mr Speaker the compliments of my office and those of the staff of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

I refer to the resolution of the House passed on the 21st July 2020 and forwarded to me on the same day Ref. NASS/HR/LEG/3/36/VOL.ll/O8 directing me to respond to the contents therein within 48 hours.

I hereby respond as follows:

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Article: Between Hushpuppi and Hushpoliticians

"Hushpuppi"

By Chido Onumah

The last one month has witnessed a celebration of crime and corruption in Nigeria, from Ramoni Olorunwa Abbas, aka Ray Hushpuppi, to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which the president supervises as Minister of Petroleum Resources, to the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, and the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and everything in between.
With each revelation, my mind would go to Mc Edo Pikin, the talented and creative comedian who has popularized skits that compare absurd topics and situations. I imagined Mc Edo Pikin working on the difference between Hushpuppi and what we shall call Hushpoliticians—the tribe of political and public officers who have mortgaged the estate called Nigeria. He did not do that. But he did not disappoint when he released the “Difference between NDDC and NCDC.” Nigeria is a nest of political Hushpuppies—from Dino Melaye, an ally of Hushpuppi, to Ayo Fayose, Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Orji, to Rochas Okorocha, the list is endless.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Director-General and CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission was right when she said—in response to the Hushpuppi affair—that the actions of Ramoni Olorunwa Abbas do not reflect who we are as a people. If in defence of our national pride we can afford to “deny” Mr. Abbas, I wonder what Abike Dabiri-Erewa makes of the putrid news of corruption by our Hushpoliticians oozing from every national orifice in the last one month. As a friend remarked when I used the term Hushpoliticians in a WhatsApp group recently, “When you think about it, Hushpuppi is better than these politicians. He is stealing other people’s money while our politicians are robbing our patrimony.”

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Article: For Soyinka At 86, And A Scoop Denied

Soyinka

By Godwin Onyeacholem

Just off Ozumba Mbadiwe Street in Victoria Island, immediately behind a cluster of residential apartments popularly known as 1004 flats, and directly opposite a quaint one-storey building on the other side of Adetokunbo Ademola Street, lay a row of bungalows finely spruced up with middle-class taste.

It was in one of these bungalows that the fortuitous encounter with the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka took place in the early 90s. 
The one-storey building was the residence of Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, while the bungalow was the official abode of Maxwell Nemadzivhanani, a South African diplomat, now departed, who was then the representative of the Pan Africanist Congress, PAC, a left wing to far left political organization founded in 1959 by an Africanist group which broke away from the African National Congress, ANC, and thrust itself on the frontline of the intense struggle to dismantle the horrid apartheid regime in that country.

Friday, 10 July 2020

U-Report: Edo Deputy Governor Returns Home, Says Oshiomhole Called Ize-Iyamu Thief

Shaibu: Edo State Deputy Governor

Report By Ebireri Henry Ovie

A positive political horizon which signposts the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election, rejection of godfatherism, people’s power in politics and the state’s agenda for sustainable development were given at the weekend by Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Phillip Shaibu as the four main reasons for quitting the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Special Report: Coronavirus - Africa: WHO Calls For Equitable Access To Future COVID-19 Vaccines In Africa


(WHO and partners launched the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to speed up the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines)
The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa (www.Afro.WHO.int) joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in Africa to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

News Release: #BringBackOurGirls Denounces Renewed Abductions of Women By Boko Haram


#BackOurGirls and Nigerian women’s groups in solidarity call upon the Nigerian government to rescue all of Nigeria's women and girls abducted by Boko Haram and reunite them with their families. We denounce the renewed spate of abductions by Boko Haram is in response to the recently reported abductions of women and girls from Malaharam in the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Book Review: Review Of Critical Thinking And Policing


Title: Critical Thinking and Policing by Mathias Okoi-Uyouyo & Abdul M. Suleiman.

Publisher: Bookman Publishers.

Year of Publication: 2020.

Number of Pages: 259.

Reviewer:  Dr. Otive Igbuzor (E-mail: otiveigbuzor@yahoo.co.uk; Website: www.otiveigbuzor.com)

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Article: Inside The Nest Of Killers


By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

One of the things that surprise me about human beings is the degree of our conceptions and machinations. It never ceases to amaze me what man can do to get even and settle scores, and regrettably, this can happen for mere imaginary problem(s). There is no limit to what we can do – and this includes the good, the bad and the ugly which can come in legions even when least expected and within our cells and the confines of our operations.

News Release: CLO Kicks Against Use Of Soldiers For Face Mask Enforcement In Enugu State


The Civil Liberties Organization,( CLO), South East Zone is apparently disturbed over  plans by the Enugu State Government to engage the services of  soldiers of the Nigerian Army in enforcing the use of facemasks towards containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

News Release: Whistleblowing: AFRICMIL Challenges Attorney General, Says Not The Duty Of Whistleblowers To Recover Looted Funds

Malami: Attorney-general

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has restated its call for an honest implementation of the federal government's whistleblower blower policy as a way of ensuring the success of the war against corruption. The Centre highlighted fair and upright application of the rules as one of three key areas in engaging the whistleblowing policy. Other areas are creating awareness and advocating effective whistleblower protection.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Special Report: Nigerian Security Agencies Pocketed N44B ($120M) Bribes In 90 Days Enforcing Intra/Inter-State “Lockdowns”


Executive Summary: The Nigerian security forces and their chiefs are likely to have corruptly or criminally collected and pocketed total cash sums validly estimated at not less than N44billion or over $120m in the past 90 days or from 30th of March to 30th June 2020. Our investigation covered lands and borders and did not include railways, coastal lines, water ways and airports. The criminal sums were collected by the named culprits while enforcing intra and inter-state COVID-19 “prevention lockdowns”. Those directly or vicariously responsible for collection and pocketing of the bribes included officers and personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and Nigeria Customs Service.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Article: Malami: Portrait of a “Barrier-in-Chief”

Malami

By Godwin Onyeacholem
Much as one tries, it has been difficult to find something for which to commend Nigeria’s current Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. He has been the chief law officer of the country since he was first appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the take-off of his administration in 2015, and re-appointed in 2019 as Buhari returned for a second term. Malami is one in the privileged club of distinguished lawyers who tag their names with that smug title of SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), a legal title keenly coveted by the typical Nigerian lawyer. But he also comes across as one who is essentially unfaithful to the law.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

News Release: World Whistleblowing Day: AFRICMIL Calls For Passage Of Whistleblower Protection Law In Nigeria


The African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has called for the passage of a whistleblower protection law in Nigeria. In a statement to mark this year’s World Whistleblowing Day, the organisation noted that Nigeria is playing catch-up with an issue other African countries like Ghana, South Africa and Uganda have formalized.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Article: What Kind Of Democracy Do We Need In A New Nigeria?


By Otive Igbuzor, PhD

INTRODUCTION:
Today is Democracy Day in Nigeria and marks 21 years of unbroken civilian rule since the military left the stage in 1999. As at 1999, with 39 years of post-independence Nigeria, the military had ruled for about 30 years.  It is therefore worth celebrating unbroken period of civilian rule for over two decades. This is important because historically, there has been argument about what system of government will be good for people. Various systems have been experimented including autocracy, monarchy and democracy. But from experience, it has been recognized all over the world that democracy is the best form of government. Autocracy characterized by one individual making all important decisions and oligarchy which puts the government in the hands of an elite are less desirable when compared to democracy. Democracy is so important in the world today that it has become the driving force of development making many scholars to draw a nexus between democracy and development. Although different people put emphasis on different issues which they consider to be crucial to democracy, majority of people agree that liberal democracy contains some basic principles which include citizen participation; equality; political tolerance; accountability; transparency; regular, free and fair elections, economic freedom; control of the abuse of power; bill of rights; accepting the result of elections; human rights; multi-party system and the rule of law.  The idea of democracy is that majority of citizens take the decisions on who governs and the policies, programmes and projects to be implemented for the benefit of the people. But the challenge especially for the working people is that it has been recognized that liberal democracy is facing a crisis of legitimacy and declining confidence in political leaders and institutions necessitating the need for democratic renewal through increasing citizen participation. The process of governance has been hijacked by the political elite and the dividends of democracy do not go to the people.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Article: My Riverside Experience


By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

It's one of those days of aloneness and loneliness for sober reflection under a mango tree by the riverside. It’s at Mmiri Oma – the spring beside Urashi River in my community, Umuezealla-Ogboko in Ideato South LGA, Imo State, Nigeria.

The weather's cool. The atmosphere's serene with leaves waving and birds singing to the wondrous God. Everything exists in tune and obedience to the work of Nature in the beauty of creation. More than a holiday in a resort, the experience’s educative and priceless. It’s a very unique intercourse, an uncommon, raw love encounter of a life time with mother earth.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Special Report: "Nigeria Is Operating An Illegal Constitution"--Coronavirus Video Conference Participants


President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, Elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and former Governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko have disclosed that Nigeria is operating an illegal Constitution forced on the people by the military.

They spoke at video conference organized by Governance Index tagged, "Coronavirus Pandemic: is it time to reevaluate the political structure of the country”.

Opening the session, Nwodo said the constitution was given to Nigerians by the Military government which was not elected adding that in 1999, politicians went into the election without knowing the parameter that will guide the democratic process.
He said the Military wrote the constitution for us and abandoned the agreement that our forefathers had with British before the Independence which was to operate a regional government.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

News Release: Rivers State Governor Announces Temporary Lifting Of "24 Hours Total Lockdown" On Capital City

Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  announced the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.

Governor Wike made the announcement in a State-Wide broadcast on Sunday night. He said that the total lockdown will be lifted on Tuesday 12th May, 2020 and Wednesday,  13th May, 2020.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Article: The Pandemic And The Country’s Future


By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Nigeria’s decision to ‘unwind’ the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in the capital, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States refers.

As we strive to “balance the need to protect health while also preserving livelihoods”, can we safely say that the worst of the pandemic that has unleashed more than 2,170 cases and over-68 deaths on the country is over? If we take a chance when the pandemic is still ravaging our land, how safe are we? If we are not safe, where then lies the sunshine in dark times?With porous borders and a compromised security system littering Nigeria’s geopolitical landscape, how far can the closure of inter-state borders go in repurposing our lives towards the sought-after reprieve? What type of sustainable national strategy and national framework are being put in place for the economy to bounce back, especially, after lots of pains for the people? What type of conversations are our leaders having - even, with those working at their pleasure - on decisions with life and death consequences? Are there modalities in place to cushion the effects of job losses and unpaid salaries as a result of COVID-19?

Thursday, 30 April 2020

News Report: New COVID 19 Antibody Test Certified For Use Across Europe


Courtesy: independent.co.uk

A new antibody test to check whether someone has been infected with coronavirus, and said to be 99 per cent accurate, has been certified for use across Europe.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Article: Re-Introducing “The Lugano Report"


By Edwin Madunagu

Sometime in 1999, as both the 20th century and the second millennium were drawing to a close, the Pluto Press, London, released a book with the title: The Lugano Report and subtitle, On preserving capitalism in the 21st century. The author, Susan George, who shares this name with another well-known but much younger woman, was born in 1934. The older woman, our own Susan George, is an American-French Leftist, a writer, a global popular-democratic activist and a public intellectual.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Special Report: Former Writer, Mallam Adamu Adamu Becomes Nigeria President's Chief Of Staff

Adamu
Adamu Adamu is a Nigerian accountant, writer, former journalist, public analyst and a Minister of Education. He was first appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 2015, along with 35 others, when the president made his first major appointments. Before his appointment as minister, he was the secretary of Muhammadu Buhari's transition committeeHe was reappointed on 21 August 2019 as Minister of Education by President Muhammadu Buhari. Before his appointment, Adamu wrote backpage column for Media Trust's titles and often syndicated by many news outlets including London-based Crescent International--Wikipedia

Saturday, 18 April 2020

News Release: James Ibori Condoles Late Abba Kyari's Wife

Ibori

Dear Mrs. Kulu Abba Kyari,

It is with great shock that I received the news, in the early hours of this morning, of the passing of your husband, my brother and friend, Alhaji Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President,

Though I knew about his bout with Covid-19 infection, I had expected him to pull through because he was remarkably strong-willed, and the entire nation was praying for him. But on Friday 17th April, he went the way of all mortals.

Friday, 17 April 2020

News Release: Presidency Announce Death Of Nigeria President's Influential Former Chief Of Staff

Late Abba Kyari

The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020.

May God accept his soul.

Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.

Garba Shehu
Presidency Spokesperson

Monday, 13 April 2020

News Release: FRICMIL Calls On NBET Boss To Comply With Court Order On Payment Of Salary Of Whistleblower


The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has called on Dr. Marilyn Amobi, MD/CEO of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc, to comply with the judgment of the National Industrial Court in Abuja which ordered the immediate payment of the salaries, emoluments and accruable benefits of a whistleblower, Sambo Abdullahi, which she has withheld since December 2017.

Article: COVID-19 And Governance (4)


By Otive Igbuzor

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and co-ordinating authority on international health within the United Nations System.[i] WHO experts produce health guidelines and standards and help countries to address public health issues. WHO also supports and promotes health research and has a membership of 193 countries and two associates. On 30th January 2020, the WHO declared the 2019 Corona virus disease (COVID-19) outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Since then, WHO has issued guidelines to support countries to respond to the pandemic. WHO guidelines have been organised around six strategic objectives to:

Special Report: Text Of President Buhari's COVID19 Broadcast To Nigerians On 13-4-2020

President Buhari

1. Fellow Nigerians

2. In my address on Sunday, 29th March, 2020, I asked the residents of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory to stay at home for an initial period of fourteen days starting from Monday, 30th March 2020.

3. Many State Governments also introduced similar restrictions.

4. As your democratically elected leaders, we made this very difficult decision knowing fully well it will severely disrupt your livelihoods and bring undue hardship to you, your loved ones and your communities.

5. However, such sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country. They were necessary to save lives.