Monday, 30 March 2020

News Release: Civil Society Alliance Against COVID19 (CSAA-COVID19): Situation Report #2


The Civil Society Alliance Against Covid19 (CSAA-COVID19) welcomes the address by President Buhari yesterday, March 29th and the specific actions it contains with regards to Lagos and Abuja.

We see the lockdowns planned for these two cities as very challenging, but necessary and justified if implemented consistently, in line with one of the few methods proven to be effective once an outbreak has taken hold.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Speech: "As individuals, We Remain The Greatest Weapon To Fight This Pandemic"---President Buhari

President Buhari

(Text of broadcast by President Buhari on COVID 19)

1. Fellow Nigerians,

2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Special Report: I Tested Positive To Covid 19--El Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

El Rufai

Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.

According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms. 

I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced. 

It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.

The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
28th March 2020

Friday, 27 March 2020

Article: Revisiting A National Political Debate

Madunagu

By Edwin Madunagu

One of the first definitive steps taken by General Ibrahim Babangida on displacing General Muhammadu Buhari in a palace coup and coming to power in Nigeria in August 1985 was to set up, four months later, a 17-member committee (two women and 15 men) to organize, conduct, collate and then report on a general national political debate. He called the committee the Political Bureau. The political debate was to be on the character, content and form of a future political dispensation expected to be the legal successor to both the Second Republic (1979-1983) and the military dictatorship that overthrew it at the close of 1983.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

News Release: Civil Society Statement On The State Of The Nigerian Nation & FG’s Response To COVID-19


We, the Civil Society Alliance Against COVID-19 (CSAA COVID-19) received with shock the news that a number of politicians have been recklessly ignoring measures for isolation of travellers returning from overseas. Most notably, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, and the Governor of Bauchi State, have tested positive for Covid-19. We are also calling attention to members of the National Assembly and Governors such as those of Abia, Enugu and Imo who have been seen at public events well within the period of 14 days since their return from overseas. Our shock stems from their having reportedly ignored established safety protocols and breezed past safety checks to which other Nigerians are routinely subjected. They have exposed an extraordinary swathe of the Nigerian government and public to risks of infection.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

News Report: French Doctors Cure Coronavirus Patients 100% Using A Combo Of Hydroxychloroquine And Azithromycin


Culled From: techstartups.com

Article: Electoral Reforms And The Protection Of Vote


By Uche Ugboajah

The recent activist behaviour of the judiciary through the many and sometimes controversial judgments handed out by our courts in election petition maters can only suggest that it is time we fixed our electoral process. From Zamfara, to Rivers; from Osun to Kano; and from Imo to Bayelsa, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the highest court in the land, had pronounced judgments that got many citizens not only disagreeing but also questioning the rationale of the finality of the court as enshrined in the nations constitution.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Book Review: Review Of Road To The House


Author: Hon (Rev) E. Francis Waive

Publisher: Malthouse Press Limited

Number of Pages: 118

Reviewer: Dr. Otive Igbuzor, Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate.

Protocols

INTRODUCTION
The monograph, Road to the House is the story of why and how a Pastor and a General Overseer of the Church of Anointing decided to go into the murky waters of politics in Nigeria. It has been documented that Politics is very important in any society because it affects and  determines every aspect of life. Politics affects the economy, religion, education, culture, business activities and indeed every aspect of life. In other words, politics affect everything in our life including what we eat and drink, the taxes we pay, the type and quality of school we attend, the available health care services, infrastructure, the level of crime and insecurity, etc. Politics is the largest single influence on every aspect of our life. In fact, politics shape our world and it is a matter of life and death. Scholars have documented that Political leadership is crucial for the development of nations and that the progress, development and fortunes of many nations are tied to the type and quality of political leadership that they have had and continue to have.

Article: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Essays On Nigeria At 60


By Chido Onumah

On October 1, 2020, Nigeria will celebrate her 60th year of political independence. Our diamond jubilee is a remarkable milestone worthy of significant documentation even as the country is deeply immersed in the crisis of nationhood. In furtherance of this objective, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and partners are launching the Sixty Years, Sixty Voices initiative which seeks to produce a book of 60 essays by young Nigerians to address our problems as a nation.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

News Release: The Exclusion Of South East In $22.7 Billion Federal Government Of Nigeria Loan


We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; have noted the criminal/Apartheid level exclusion of the Southeast in projects to be executed from the $22.7 billion federal loan. Having carefully reviewed all the allocated projects by administrative zones, we state as follows:

Report: Loose Tobacco Without A Trace


Last century, tobacco was one of the world’s most successful industries. This century, if current trends continue, it is expected to kill one billion people.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Article: The End Of An Era


By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

“ 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 King James Version (KJV)

True to the constance of change in the covenant of day and night, nothing last forever. Yes, what has beginning must have an end including every false assumption and false importance associated with the dirty politics of deception, distraction and vindictive primitive inclination!

Monday, 9 March 2020

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Special Report: Intersociety's Report On The Killing Of Christians In Nigeria By "Islamic Jihad"



A SPECIAL REPORT(dedicated to victims of Islamic jihad in Nigeria)
 
Nigeria: A Killing Field Of Defenseless Christians: 350 Killed In Jan & Feb 2020 between 11,500 and 12,000 Died in 57 Months (Since June 2015), 4m-5m Fled & Over 2000 churches lost

Nigeria has fully become a killing field of defenseless Christians. Available statistics have shown that between 11,500 and 12,000 Christian deaths were recorded in the past 57 months or since June 2015 when the present central Government of Nigeria came on board. Out of this figure, Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for 7,400 Christian deaths, Boko Haram 4000 and the ‘Highway Bandits’ 150-200.

Speech: "We Believe That God Will Render The Ultimate Judgment"--Emeka Ihedioha(Supreme Court Ousted Former Governor Of Imo State Nigeria)

Ihedioha

Dear Ndi Imo And Fellow Nigerians,

On Tuesday 3rd March 2020, the Supreme Court of Nigeria gave a ruling rejecting our application to set aside its earlier judgement of 14th January 2020 on the Imo State governorship election. This is certainly not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and I know how disappointed you must feel. While it is disheartening to note that your desire to introduce good governance has been halted, at least for now, it is also gratifying that our modest efforts have not gone unnoticed. I therefore feel a sense of pride and gratitude for the wonderful energy and commitment that we deployed together to secure the mandate that has now been brazenly stolen from us.

Photonews: Nigeria Supreme Court Installed Governor Of Imo State Attacked By Angry Youth In Ohaji


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Report: Breaking The Silence Around Sextortion


Sexual extortion or “sextortion” occurs when those entrusted with power use it to sexually exploit those dependent on that power. It is a gendered form of corruption that occurs in both developed and developing countries, affecting children and adults, vulnerable individuals (such as undocumented migrants crossing borders) and established professionals. While evidence shows that women are disproportionally targeted, men, transgender and gender non-conforming people are also affected.


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News Release: "The Suspension Of Professor Charles Dokubo Is Not Enough"--Niger Delta Militant Group

Dokubo

We received with absolute disgust the news on the Suspension of Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

We believe that this is a phony attempt at window dressing the core issues and a poor attempt at surface dressing the many problems facing the Presidential Amnesty Programme today.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Article: What Can The Left Do About Insecurity In Nigeria


By Edwin Madunagu

Reflections on the current insecurity and “threatening state failure in Nigeria  and what the Nigerian Left can do  recently led me, in a tortuous manner, back to a formulation on revolutionary intervention which I thought I had transcended long ago. We shall first discuss the formulation and then come to insecurity and “threatening state failure.

Sunday, 1 March 2020