Sunday, 30 November 2014

Photonews: Pope Francis At The Blue Mosque In Istanbul

Photo Credit: AP
Photo Credit: AP
Photo Credit: AP

Special Report: Quotes From 2014 Right Livelihood Awards Recipients

(Being quotes taken from the award speeches of  four awardees)

U-Report: Kano Mosque Attack Was Handiwork Of Enemies Of Islam And Humanity

Report By Stephen Lawan

His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky says the recent bomb attack on worshippers at Kano central mosque on Friday was the handiwork of enemies of Islam and Muslims, who have no regard to human values.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Article: Fiscal Ineptitude

By Jaye Gaskia

'You save during expansion and spend during contraction. But when you look at Nigeria's history; we [that is the incompetent ruling class] spend during [economic] expansion [growth], and cut spending [drastically] during contraction [economic downturn/crisis]. That is [simply put] Fiscal ineptitude.'

News Release: Bill Mckibben And The Climate Movement 350.Org, Set To Receive The 2014 Right Livelihood Award

Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change. It has been estimated by Greenpeace that over 180 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa alone could die as a result of climate change by the end of the century. Other impacts include threats to food production, particularly in areas with rain-fed agriculture, threats to biodiversity, rising sea levels and increased droughts.

Friday, 28 November 2014

News Release: Tanzania Refute Claims To Evict 40,000 Maasai From Their Land In Ngorongoro

Maasai People. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The government of United Republic of Tanzania has never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land as falsely reported by the media in recent days. The information circulated through the media outlets globally was misleading, malicious and meant to tarnish the image of our country and her international standing.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

News Release: Police And State Security Service Invasion Of Nigeria’s National Assembly Is Treason

The Centre for Rights and Grassroots Initiative (CRGI) condemns in strong terms the barbaric, crude, retrogressive, illegal, reckless, irresponsible, invitation to chaos, threat to national peace and security, undemocratic, unconstitutional and treasonable invasion of the National Assembly by men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Security Services.

Friday, 21 November 2014

News Release: Afreximbank Gives $1 Million For Anti-Ebola Effort In Africa

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a contribution of one million dollars to the effort to combat the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Africa.

News Release: Skyvision Provides Cable & Wireless Seychelles With State-Of-The-Art IP Trunking And Managed Private Network Solution

 SkyVision Global Networks Ltd,  a leading global communications provider, today announced the commencement of its managed IP Trunking and Private Network solutions to Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS), part of the Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) group of companies operating in 38 markets worldwide. The project, managed by SkyVision, consists of providing IP Trunking to the main island of Seychelles (Mahe), and a private VSAT network for its surrounding islands.

News Release: Upcoming Right Livelihood Award Ceremony And Programme

At the end of next week, the Recipients of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award will come to Stockholm for the award programme and to accept their awards in the Swedish Parliament on December 1st.

Photonews: The Nigerian Legislator In 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

News Release: Postponing The Scientific Conference of The CODESRIA General Assembly

As CODESRIA members and friends are aware, the eruption of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in some countries of West Africa has provoked a major health crisis in the region. Although the modes of transmission (direct physical contact with bodily fluids emanating from people who are suffering from the disease) are now well known, and the international response to the crisis is evolving, it still cannot be said that EVD has been brought under control and that the crisis will soon be over.

Article: Africa, A Continent Of Prophets?

By Mario Giro

9 March 2014:  Live on Emmanuel TV the controversial Pentecostal “prophet” from Nigeria T.B. Joshua is working a miracle. In front of the usual audience of thousands of people in his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) of Lagos, he discovers a young man in the audience – says Joshua – that was sent by Boko Haram to place a bomb in his church. Mustafa, as his name is called, falls on the ground and vomits something, while the prophet is over him, pushes him, and cries to Satan to come out of him. The man gets up, makes it a few meters towards the exit as if to escape, then falls. Joshua comes close to him and continues shouting. The scene repeats itself several times for many minutes until the exhausted man lifts up his hands and says that he feels better, that Satan left him. “He is free in the name of Jesus”, says the prophet. Loud contemporary music plays in the background for the event, with a play of lights of many great reflectors in the room. Quickly, the able assistants of T.B. Joshua take away the supposed Boko Haram member while the public applauds, singing praises to God who once again has worked through the “prophet”. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Article: Abia State PDP Mischief

By Ngozi Edwin

ON September 14, 2014, the office of the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abia State, took a full-page advertorial in THE NATION ON SUNDAY of the same date. The specious publication entitled “DISCLAIMER” was signed by a certain Uchechi Ogbuka, State Publicity Secretary, PDP, Abia State!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Photonews: 1st Year Memorial Anniversary Of Late Activist Baba Omojola


Article: The Hunters, The Witches And The Nigerian Army

By Prince Charles Dickson

The Indians have a proverb that literally means, "Your future does not depend on the lines of your hands, because people who do not have hands also have a future". It means, it is better to do your work than to be superstitious and wait for the right time.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Article: Abia State’s Flight To Doom

By Aaron Ogbuji

Believe it or not Abia State is passing through its roughest periods since it was created. Never have the people had it so bad. Life is gradually grinding to a halt. Nothing seems to be working any longer. The government, as well as social infrastructure, seems to be in a comatose state. Hunger, poverty, infrastructural decay, insecurity and disorder are the prevalent features in the state. A once virile and robust state has been pulled to its knees by the greed and avarice of a few persons who parade themselves as leaders of the state. The governor, Chief Theodore Orji, whose primary responsibility is to superintend over the affairs of the state and its people, has abandoned the day-day governance in preference to politics.

News Release: GSK Launches First Call For Proposals For Research In To Non-Communicable Diseases In Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK launched the first call for proposals for its Africa NCD Open Lab, to support much-needed scientific research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. Up to £4m will be available in this first funding round, to support successful proposals from researchers in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

News Release: Threat Of Breakdown Of Law & Order In Nnobi Community In Anambra State



AIG Usman Akila Gwarry
Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 9 Command
Nigeria Police Zonal Command Headquarters
Umuahia, Abia State
2.  CP Hosea Karma
Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command
Nigeria Police Force State Command Headquarters
Awka, Anambra State
3. Retired IGP Mike Mbama Okiro
Chairman, Police Service Commission
The Police Service Commission Headquarters
The Federal Secretariat Complex, Shehu Shagari Way
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Threat Of Breakdown Of Law & Order In Nnobi Community: A Call For Steady Maintenance Of Law & Order & Protection Of Recognized Traditional Institution & Community’s Association & The Entire People Of Nnobi Community 
The attention of our organization-International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has been drawn to the above referenced subject.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Article: As Governor T.A Orji And Son Pick PPD Nomination Forms

Governor T.A Orji

By Eric Okonkwo

As we approach the 2015 general elections, politicians who have nothing to offer to the people have started adopting desperate strategies not only to emerge as the party’s flag bearer but to win general election.

U-Report: Child Killers In Nigeria And The Israeli Connection

Report By  Stephen Lawan

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria His Eminence, Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky said, the Ashura and secondary school attacks in Potiskum in which majority of the victims were children has Israeli landmark and connection.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Sunday, 9 November 2014

U-Report: Labour Party Seeks Revision of Nigeria’s Minimum Wage

Report By Labour Party Publicity Unit

The National Secretary of Nigeria's Labour Party, Barr. Olukayode Ajulo on Thursday recommended an upward review of Nigerian Workers minimum wage, in accordance with the extant National Minimum Wage Act signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010.

U-Report: Defection Looms In PDP As It Adopts Incumbent Senators

Report By Will Sam

As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP congress appeal panels round off their hearings and reports, another crisis capable of scuttling the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections has engulfed the party. Our source gathered that a few days ago,  President Jonathan met with National Assembly PDP caucus on the need to manage the internal wrangling of  last Saturday delegates' congress and promised to give 40 automatic tickets to incumbent Senators across the states.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

News Release: Withdrawal Of Security Details From The Speaker Of The Federal House Of Representatives

Speaker Tambuwal

The Say No Campaign is a nationwide campaign against growing level of Impunity and bad governance in Nigeria, with Zonal Hubs and representation across the states of the federation.

News Release: African Legislators Urged To Help Create Environment For Factoring

Legislators and regulators should assist African businesses to take advantage of the benefits of factoring as a trade finance instrument by creating enabling environments for the flourishing of the instrument, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has urged.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Article: Ojo Maduekwe’s Conspiracy

Ojo Maduekwe

By Olaniyi Olanike

“Ojo Maduekwe was also as wily as they come in the politics of eating one of his own to pave way for himself… In essence, a few pro-Igbo policies of the Obasanjo era were lost in the din of tribal self-hate Ojo polluted all around the Villa. Recall that it was Ojo that called his own people – the Igbos idiots and all that, and he never apologized”.  This is contained in an article by James Osunbor, titled, “Ojo Maduekwe is a drag on Nigeria's foreign policy”, 25 September 2009.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

News Release: Musiliu Obanikoro's Imprudent Outburst

Musiliu Obanikoro

We have read with alarm and disgust the outrageous claim of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro alleging that a National Leader of our party, PDP, Chief Olabode George was  partisan in last Saturday Wards Congresses of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP that was held in Lagos state.

U-Report: Dozens Of Mourners Killed, Many Injured

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

Report By Stephen Lawan

A bomb targeted at the Ashura procession in Potiskum, Nigeria on Today was reported to have killed many members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, while many sustained injuries. At the time of filing this report, 27 people were reported martyred while 80 sustained various forms of injuries.

Monday, 3 November 2014

News Release: APC Is Not Ready To Win Election In 2015, Out To Cause Chaos

Barr. Olukayode Ajulo on Monday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to cause chaos in the 2015 general elections going by their unguarded utterances and inciting statements against the country.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Special Report: Full Text Of Boko Haram Leader’s Statement Debunking Ceasefire

I am using this opportunity to send this message to the infidels in Nigeria and their rest infidels in the world in Hausa vernacular, the tongue that many understand and if the need arise, I will explain in Fulani and Kanuri, but let us explain to you briefly.

U-Report: PDP Ward Congresses In Oyo State Disrupted


Report By Ola Adekanbi

‎Saturday's ward congresses of the People's Democratic Party PDP in Oyo State have been disrupted by thugs led by the former Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Adebayo Alao Akala.