Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Article: Our Participatory Democracy


By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

 

The fact that we are all alike but not the same confers a lot of differential peculiarities on us and the things we do. This can be an asset or liability, depending on what we are looking at or doing but from which perspective and view. Intention often determines approach; motif affects methodology; relationship can easily affect positions. Result matters; giving room for acceptance or rejection, justification or tolerance for the sake of common goal or otherwise.

 

Our differences can be used to justify or condemn something - and when we are involved, emotions often run amok, putting reasons to test, sometimes sedating it! The vices we see and condemn in others might suddenly become virtues because we are somehow involved or affected. The position we take on a neutral issue might change if someone we know is an interested party. Our reasoning is subject to our degree of partisanship.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Special Report: The Evolution Of The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Registered Current BOT(Board Of Trustees)Of ANLCA


By Adumaza Joe Sanni  

The last known BOT of ANLCA certificate of registration in the CAC file was in 2001.  

It was established that during the process of regularizing the registration of the BOT, it was surprisingly discovered that between 2001 and when the certified certificate was reissued on the 16th of January 2020, no activity like annual returns and other financial transactions was conducted on the file.

Any other seen certificate of registration between 2001 and January 2020 are subjects of forgery.

Friday, 18 December 2020

Special Report: ANLCA Latest Crisis And The Violence-Prone Trampling On ANLCA’s Constitutional Provisions And Judicial Pronouncements


By Adumaza Joe Sanni 

The darkest day of the over sixty-six years of ANLCA’s history, was enacted on Wednesday, 16th of December 2020 in Owerri-Imo state when, with brazen impunity and the effrontery of deceiving Governor of Imo State – Chief Hope Uzodinma to attend a meeting that clearly flaunts all sections of the Supreme Constitution of ANLCA 2008 (as amended) and the Subsisting/unvacated Federal High Courts judgments/orders of FHC/L/CS/599/2020 & FHC/L/CS/921/2020. As a living witness and active participant in the festering and unfortunate crisis in ANLCA, the undersigned will proceed to lay out some of the related cases so far instituted within this tenure of the now judicially-restrained National Executive Committee (NECOM) from parading themselves as national officers of ANLCA, which is between 2018 and 2022, until the hearing and determination of the motion on Notice, adjourned to the 9th of February 2021.

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

News Release: #ChibokGirls 2014, #Dapchi 2018 And Kankara 2020: No Lessons Learned


The #BringBackOurGirls movement received with predictable dread the news of the abduction of the unconfirmed figure of 333 schoolboys from the Government Science Secondary School in Katsina State around 11: 00 p.m. on Friday the 11th of December 2020 by Boko Haram terrorists.

Characteristic of the federal government of Nigeria, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again failed the #KankaraBoys. The continuation of the seemingly endless nightmare of the string of school-children abductions including, the 112 #ChibokGirls, and #LeahSharibu still unaccounted for is unacceptable while the Buhari-led government continues to play the role of an ostrich with the security and lives of citizens. Has President Buhari not learned anything about securing our children in the theater of war? His indifference to the plight of citizens is the trademark of the failed leadership of his administration.

Saturday, 12 December 2020

U-Report: James Ibori Says Late Nigerian Newspaper Publisher, Sam Nda-Isaiah Had Strong Convictions

 Sam Nda-Isaiah


Report by: Tony Eluemunor 

Chief James Onanefe Ibori has described the late Sam Nda-Isaiah, who died Friday night, as a man with strong convictions and who expressed them passionately.

In a press statement signed by Ibori's Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, Ibori said that Nigeria will remember Nda-Isaiah as a man of many parts. He was not just a Leadership newspaper publisher but an influential columnist who maintained a weekly newspaper column for decades. Nda-Isaiah the businessman and writer was also a politician who grew to the stature of contesting seriously for the presidential ticket at the national primaries of the All Progressives Congress.  

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Article: Between Fake News And Propaganda In Modern Journalism


By Abdulrazaq Hamzat

Cable News Network also known as CNN is today regarded as the poster medium for the propagation of fake news in the world. This claim was made popular by the US president, Donald Trump who has been alleging CNN of being propagator of fake news since 2016, but more recently, by the Nigerian Government, which accused the international news medium of reporting fake and unsubstantiated figures of alleged casualty in the Lekki incident during EndSars protest against police brutality in Nigeria.

The position CNN found itself became compounded, after it attempted to retract a bogus casualty figure it had earlier reported about the Lekki incident, a development that made the Nigerian Government stance more legitimized. 

Additionally, the claim that CNN refused to report the killings and massacre of over 38 police officers and the burning of over 256 police stations equally raised more questions about the intention and credibility of the medium.

However, before the emergence of President Trump in 2016, many African Countries had long maintained that CNN is a purveyor of negative propaganda against the African Continent, a claim recently amplified by Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed.

In a lengthy petition addressed to Vice President, Communication of CNN, Mr Jonathan Hawkins, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed accused CNN of not only being a fake news propagator, he also claimed that CNN report fall short of any known journalistic standard. 

News Release: On The Aborted Attempt To Set Up The Electoral Committee For The 2021 Ohaneze Elections


On  the 6th of December, a meeting was convened at the Nike Lake Resort by the outgoing Ohanaeze Executive. As it turned out, the main item on the Agenda of the meeting was the forthcoming January 2021 Election of a new Ohanaeze Executive.

Although I came a bit late to the meeting, however I asked and throughout the duration of the meeting, there was no reference to the genocide going on in Oyigbo (Obigbo) in Rivers State where hundreds of our kits-and-kin are being gruesomely slaughtered with reckless abandon.

Friday, 4 December 2020

Special Report: After #ENDSARS Protests: The Pragmatic Way Forward


(Being the text of news briefing by Police, NIPOST Security Initiative Advocacy Group (PONSIAG) on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.)

Protocols

 

It is my singular honour and pleasure to welcome you members of the Press to this briefing.

 

Our hearts go out to the families of Nigerian youths and policemen who lost their precious lives during and after the #EndSARS protests across the country. To Nigerian youths who protested peacefully, for an end to Police brutality and extra-judicial killings, your struggle was not in vain! Your voices have been heard loud and clear by Federal government. To this end, calculated steps are being taken by government towards reforming the Nigeria Police. Government promise to implement the Five (5) point demand from Nigerian youths is a huge victory. We also commend the genuine effort of State governments in ensuring justice for the families of those who died, and those who suffered in the hand of now disbanded SARS, with the setting up of judicial panels. We hope that in the end, justice will be served.