Wednesday, 30 September 2015

U-Report: African Women Stage March Against Environmental Abuse For WECAN

Report By A Citizen Reporter

African women joined the world to mark the 2015 Global Day for Women on Climate Change and in Port Harcourt, hub of Nigeria’s fossil fuel zone, community women and activists from Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa and Nigeria, marched in solidarity to demand for climate justice.

News Release: Nigeria @ 55, Still Long Walk To Freedom

The Campaign for Democracy sends greetings to Nigerians on another milestone anniversary of the Independence of our dear country Nigeria. It is a milestone because the nation has attained 55 years of Independence from Colonial Rule.

News Release: Afreximbank Allocates $10 Million To Support Trade Growth In Rwanda

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict O. Oramah (centre) joined by (L to R) Saleh Habimana, Rwandan Ambassador to Egypt; Kanayo Awani, Director, Trade Finance and Branches, Afreximbank; Alex Kanyangole, CEO, BRD; and Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President, Afreximbank, following the signing ceremony

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) have signed a facility agreement for a $10 million Afreximbank line of credit to support BRD’s efforts to finance trade diversification and promote value-added exports in Rwanda’s productive sectors.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Article: Imo State Ganja Weed Government

Governor Okorocha of Imo State

By Kenneth Uwadi

Two months ago the mass of Imo poor and oppressed working people, including pensioners trooped out in thousands to emphatically reject the nonpayment of salaries and pension in the state via street protests and other forms of demonstrations. Governor Okorocha could not pay pension and salaries because he plunged Imo state into total indebtedness and financial crisis through implementation of policies that diverted public funds to private pockets of rich few in the state and beyond. The so-called china road projects that he even managed to embarked upon when he came into power in 2011, aside being inflated are today abandoned and uncompleted. Worse still all infrastructures in the 27 LGA of the state are in deplorable conditions due to his conscious refusal to allow election at the local government areas in the state.

News Release: The Federal Republic Of Nigeria Vs. The Politicians & The Judges

Our attention has been drawn to recent legal skirmishes in Nigeria, regarding the Office of the Attorney-General versus a high-ranking Public Official in Nigeria.  While we are not adjudging any accused persons as guilty or innocent, until the matter is fully adjudicated; however, It is time to address the evolving “judicial lunacy” in Nigerian, where Nigerians of means, from Politicians, to Bankers, to Businessmen/women, to Drug Dealers, to Kidnappers, all attempt to buy themselves justice, by “forum shopping”, to procure court injunctions, to stop legitimate prosecutions on charges against them.

Article: Comrade Chima Ubani May Have Died In Vain


By Comrade Aloysius Attah

I0 years after the death of Comrade Chima Ubani, the former Executive Director of The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO)  Nigeria, the ideals he stood for and the struggles he died for still stares us in the face.

News Release: Nigeria Tax Crack Down, An Imperative For Companies To Adopt Automated Business Solutions

(Due to growing regulatory complexity, organisations need to realise that spreadsheets and other manual methods are no longer sufficient to meet their needs to comply)

Article: Time To Impeach Bukola Saraki


By SKC Ogbonnia

The election of Muhammadu Buhari on March 28, 2015 came with much hope. The euphoria continued to breeze until June 9, 2015.

News Release: Warning From Afenifere On Chief Falae’s Abduction


Afenifere is compelled to issue this strong warning on the abduction of one of our leaders, Chief Olu Falae by Fulani herdsmen for over 24 hours now.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Article: Beyond The First 100 Days Of The Buhari Presidency And A Panacea For Economic Growth

By Sam Okey Mbonu

The Oil-Boom Is Over
One of the realities, which many Nigerians need to come to grips with, is the fact that this is an era where actual productivity will be required of all Nigerians, across the North-South divide.  Or, to put it another way, the “Oil Boom” is over!  The boom is not coming back; in-fact Oil may drop to as low as $20 dollars per barrel, between the next few months and early 2016.  Therefore, every state in the Republic of Nigeria will henceforth need to invariably create an environment for the economic growth and well-being of its people, through innovative home-grown policies, amid robust internal revenues.

News Release: The Kidnap Of Chief Olu Falae

Chief Falae

The kidnap of former presidential candidate and traditional ruler of Ilu Abo, Chief Olu Falae this morning has added a frightening dimension to the state of insecurity in Nigeria.

News Release: Afreximbank Swears In New President, Oramah Assumes Office

Dr. Benedict Oramah signs his oath of office as President of Afreximbank.

Nigerian banker Dr. Benedict Oramah has in Cairo took over the leadership of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) as the third President of the continental trade finance institution.

News Release: Afreximbank Inaugurates Headquarters Building

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, yesterday in Cairo inaugurated the Headquarters Building of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) with a reemphasis of the need for African countries to strengthen trade and economic links amongst them.

News Release: British Council Welcomes Launches Cultural Season In Abuja

The British Council has welcomed Laura Aldridge, British artist, popularly known for her works across art forms such as photography, screen print, ceramics, fabrics and cement, to Nigeria for the Go Woman Go! Project.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

News Release: Our Grouse Against Saraki, Tinubu & Buhari

Buhari (r) with Saraki (m) and Tinubu

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law has watched with total dismay and shock as it concerns sustained attempts by leading political figures in Nigeria and their team of lawyers to steadily pervert the course of justice using judicial gambling and legal technicalities. Of particular concern to us are alleged false assets declarations and operation of domiciliary bank accounts while in gubernatorial office involving the duo of Senators Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Abubakar Bukola Saraki; of which they are standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja the Capital of Nigeria.

Friday, 18 September 2015

News Release: AFD And Afreximbank Sign EUR 100M Line Of Credit To Promote African Trade Diversification And Intra-African Trade

Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra (left) and Stéphanie Lanfranchi, Country Director for AFD’s Egypt office, exchange documents following the signing of the agreement in Cairo.

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) today in Cairo signed a 100 million-Euro line of credit facility agreement to support the African trade finance bank in its interventions to transform the structure of African trade.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Article: When Public Declaration Of Asset Falls Short

President Buhari

By Chido Onumah

Nigerians waited for so long to get the public declaration of assets of President Muhammadu Buhari and when it came two weeks ago via a press statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, it left much to be desired.

News Release: AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015 Officially Open To All African-Based Entrepreneurs

In order to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa, EMRC will present the "AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015”, providing an African existing small-medium business with a financial contribution and exposure/visibility for the winning project.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Article: In Blessed Memory of Jesus Christ, Symbol Of Religious Unity (peace be upon him)

Image of Jesus Christ

By Mal Yusuf Abdullahi

In the name of Allah who states "certainly, you will find the most violent of people in enmity for those who believe (to be) the Jews and those who are polytheists, and you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe (to be) those who say: we are Christians; this is because there are priests and monks among them and because they do not behave proudly"  Q5:82

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

News Release: Red Media Africa, Others Shortlisted For 'African Business Of The Year' Prize To Be Announced In New York Next Week

Red Media Africa, Africa’s leading omni-media group has been nominated for the African Business of The Year award and Best Corporate Social Responsibility award at the African Business Awards 2015.

News Release: Oxfam Supports Journalists’ Participation With Additional Fellowships In UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest

 (The authors of the top five prize-winning stories will be invited to attend and cover the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris)

Monday, 14 September 2015

News Release: Equatorial Guinea Hosts Second Meeting Of National Coordinators Of The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

(The meeting is being held September 14-15 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)

News Release: APC In Collaboration With Security Agencies To Present Another Round Of Fake Witnesses At Rivers Governorship Election Tribunal.

The Rivers Renaissance Forum (RRF) has uncovered a plot by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC and its governorship candidate, Mr. Dakuku Peterside to present some bribed security agents as witnesses in the ongoing election petition tribunal where the APC is challenging the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike as the Governor of Rivers State.

News Release: Up To 20 Exceptional Young African Leaders To Be Selected In “Grooming for Greatness” Scheme

Biola Alabi, founder of Biola Alabi Media and former Managing Director of M-Net Africa has announced the launch of her new leadership development project, 'Grooming for Greatness'.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Article: The Revised Governance Version In Ekiti State

By Ogwazu Nnamdi

To most indigene and non-indigene residing in Ekiti State, the appellation-Fountain of Knowledge is suited considering her array of developed manpower and often, have turned a point to boast of a Nigerian State with firebrand knowledge necessary for the 21st century sojourn. I could remember my year in a neighbouring State during National Youth Service Corps as my friend, Yemi, never allowed so many of us from outside the South-West discuss governance without using Ekiti as case study. To Yemi, Ekiti remains a reference point, and positioned to serve as export as no single person according to him could pocket the numerous educated minds ready to do long battles on issues of governance, human right and protection of human dignity.

News Release: YARPTI Calls On Nigerian Government To End Violation Of Fundamental Human Rights Of Chris Kehinde Nwandu

Chris Kehinde Nwandu

The fate of Nigerian blogger Chris Kehinde Nwandu  hangs in the balance as his wife Mrs. Oghogho Nwandu has told the world that the blogger is now  very sick at the Ikoyi prison due to the unhealthy and inhuman condition of the prison. His life is continuously under threat and harassment in prison.

News Release: Economic And Political Risk Evaluator Assists Companies In Strategic Decision-Making

(The political actions of countries clearly affect international trade and monetary flows, which in turn disrupt the global economy and business environment)

Article: Politics of Buhari’s Official Portrait; PDP Should Be Guided on How to Play Opposition

By Barr. Olukayode Ajulo

In my personal view and to be objective actually, I believe it is hard to overemphasize the role of the opposition in politics. But it seems that Nigerian political parties are going against each other having not the best interests of Nigerians at heart, but personal grudges and ego.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

News Release: Channels TV's John Momoh , Others Are Lead Speakers At RED Summit


The RED Summit', West Africa's biggest gathering of media leaders across sectors in the sub-region has announced a line-up of Keynote Speakers for the first edition - it includes Ije Nwokorie, Managing Director of global agency Wolff Olins, Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman of Troyka Holdings and John MomoH, Chairman of Channels Television.

News Release: Afreximbank Gears Up For Investiture Of New President, Headquarters Inauguration

Afreximbank Headquarters

The Egyptian capital of Cairo is to host high ranking African government officials, heads of international organizations, members of the diplomatic community, leaders of international financial institutions and the business community as the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) inaugurates its Headquarters building and conducts the investiture of its new president on 20 and 21 September.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

News Release: Resurgence Of State Terror In Nigeria & Consequences Of National & International Silence

It is factually unchallenged that Human Rights as those rights that belong to all human beings from creation as a result of being human beings, who think and reason; regardless of citizenship, religion, ethnicity, tribe, race, gender or class; are in danger in Nigeria. The greatest threat to Human Rights comes when the State that is charged locally and internationally to ensure their ceaseless respect and protection; turns its State coercive institutions into instruments of gross human rights abuses or violations. The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) is, therefore, alarmed and shocked by new turn of events in Nigeria under the new administration of Buhari.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Article: The Era Of Guesses And Hunches Over In Governance

Governor Okorocha

By Ogwazu Nnamdi

My governor got his title”Owelle’ due to his philanthropy especially in supporting an Igbo man in search of Kidney transplant in a distant land. To the Igbos in Abuja then, and the traditional Institution, an Igboman has set the pace especially in rescuing a brother. I could feel the atmosphere among the Igbo Community in Abuja that a day was set aside crowning His Excellency, Rochas Okorocha as the Owele Ndigbo.

Article: 100 Days In Office; How Far Can The President Go?

President Buhari

By Abiodun Komolafe

I'M an angry Nigerian and I have my reasons! Nigeria is in trouble and only God can save her! She's hemorrhaging with excruciating felicity and only the Stone of Israel can say whether or not it is well with her soul. Dear country's socio-economic landscape is in dire straits and it's as if we are unjustly suffering for the impetuousness of our leaders. The leadership is far removed from the followership and one begins to wonder where relief and deliverance for the poor will come from. Unfortunately, while those who have held the country hostage are unwilling to let go, those who are struggling to rescue her do not even know how to approach this important task of life-saving for a country in distress.

News Release: Retail Potential On African Continent Confirmed

- AT Kearney’s 2nd African Retail Development Index reconfirmed the continent’s retail potential
- Gabon (#1), Botswana (#2) and Angola (#3) in particular provide retailers with diverse options for retail expansion
-Nigeria drops from #2 to #4 it is still a market to consider, while Tanzania leads the pack in East Africa

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Interview: “Buhari Made World History As First Constitutional Democracy Without Government In Four Months”---Intersociety

Emeka Umeagbalasi

(Below is a special interview session held in Onitsha-Nigeria on 5th September 2015 by some media practitioners with Board Chairman of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi on general and critical assessment of one hundred days in office of the Buhari Administration particularly as it concerns his running the country for four months without a government (Federal Executive Council).

Article: The New Sheriff In Agbada In Aso Rock

President Buhari

By Kenneth Uwadi

I am disturbed by current happenings in Nigeria. President Buhari's conduct in office so far is worrisome. The morning they say shows the day and in 100 days in office I am not comfortable with his achievements. If we were to go by the alleged overwhelming popularity of the president of Nigeria, the drums and the cymbals ought to have been rolled out by the people on their own volition to celebrate his first 100 days in office. In reality however it is only the inner caucus of the ruling APC that are celebrating among themselves. The inner caucus of the APC are marking Buhari’s 100 days in office with flamboyant congratulatory messages in the mass media.

News Release: Release The Two Jailed Nigerian Bloggers Now

The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) totally condemns the arrest and detention of two Nigerian Bloggers: Seun Oloketuyi and Chris Nwandu and demands their immediate and unconditional release. Chris Nwandu is the owner of the popular online news medium, CKN while Oloketuyi owns Naijahottestgist.

Friday, 4 September 2015

News Release: Missing Points & Unanswered Questions In Presidency’s Belated Assets Publication

Buhari and Osiganjo (L)

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has received with deep concern and mixed feelings the belated public disclosure of the assets of the duo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.  The only good aspect of the public disclosure is success recorded by Nigerians by forcing the said assets to be made public against the will of their owners and the Presidency. This is in line with the fact that “public might shall always triumph over private might and interests”. The long delays in making the assets public are totally condemned. The duo of Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osibanjo owe Nigerians unreserved apologies.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Article: Remembering Chief Abdul-Ganiyu "Gani" Oyesola Fawehinmi, SAN (22 April 1938–5 September 2009)


By Olukayode Ajulo

In the historical trajectory of nations, it is as though in the course of events, Providence- that Almighty Hand that ever, in the spirit of benevolence, interrupts the folly and the foibles of men. To right wrongs and set nations on the path of renaissance, often sends avatars, prophets, seers and visioneers to give guidance, warnings or to chart the path for increased liberty for the vast majority.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

News Release: President Buhari’s 100 Days In Office; Ominous Signs Abound

Buhari during swearing-in

As the nation draws near to the 100-day benchmark of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, a legal luminary, Dr. Kayode Ajulo has described the president’s performance so far as “being fraught with ominous signs that Nigerians would do hell to pay attention to.

News Release: Ninety (90) Wasted Days Of The Buhari Administration; Nigeria Returns To The Cave (3)

President Buhari

In this third and concluding part of our all-important governance foundational assessment of the Buhari administration, Intersociety has come to a firm conclusion that the anti-corruption policy direction of the present administration is totally misguided and unknown to modern international anti-graft control mechanisms as clearly stated in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) of 2005 (entered into force), which Nigeria ratified on 14th December 2004. Buhari’s anti graft policy direction is in all intents and purposes, haunted by “three terminal sicknesses of: moral burden or incompetence, selective application and misguided approach”.  For the records, Official or Government Corruption occurs when a public office holder or other government employees act reprehensively in an official capacity for personal or material gain. It is also official misuse of powers or public resources for personal gain or with criminal intent.