Wednesday, 31 August 2016

News Release: Untapped Intra-Regional Trade Opportunities Key To Boosting African Economies

(Despite an average annual growth in exports of 8.5% since 2010, trade between African regions remains low when compared to other parts of the world, according to The Africa Economic Outlook Report 2016)

News Release: Worldremit Commends Restoration Of Money Transfers To Nigeria

(Nigerian diaspora to benefit from increased competition in remittance market)
WorldRemit,  the leading digital remittance service, commends the restoration of money transfers to Nigeria, following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to approve WorldRemit and ten other international money transfer operators (IMTOs).

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

News Release: Ringier Africa Rolls Out Internship Programme With Africa Leadership University

(The ALU is a pioneering academic institute set up by educationalist Fred Swaniker in 2013 and forms part of the Africa Leadership Group)

Monday, 29 August 2016

Article: Why Are Igbos Still Biafrans?

By Adagbo Onoja

In his latest book entitled, We Are All Biafrans, Chido Onumah offers a very powerful discourse of Nigeria by imposing on the observable claims of marginalisation by every other group against the Nigerian State the metaphor of Biafranism. Every other group is selling that narrative about its own place in the Nigerian set up. In other words, they are doing what the Igbos took to a very high level in the late 1960s by declaring sovereignty, a move to which the Nigerian State responded by declaring a police action.

News Release: IPOB & Other Nonviolent Pro Biafra Activists In Danger In Nigeria

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) is still deeply shocked and alarmed concerning the continued detention under solitary or incommunicado circumstances of key IPOB activists in Aba, Abia State and other parts of the South-south and the Southeast Nigeria. To the extent that the authorities of the DSS now go about riotously, abducting, shooting, torturing and detaining IPOB activists outside processes and procedures laid down in the 1999 Constitution; further shocks and worries us.

News Release: Time To Take Drastic Action On Killings By Herdsmen Is Now Says CLO

The Civil Liberties Organisation, (CLO) South East Zone condemns in totality the brazen murder and killing of innocent citizens of Igbo land in different parts of the South East by Fulani herdsmen.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

News Release: News Release: Presidential Emergency Powers Legitimization Request Is Another Time-Bomb

The attention of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) is again drawn to a recent presidential request for legitimization of emergency powers which it magisterially and tyrannically arrogated to itself since September 2015. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has since September 2015 castrated the 1999 Constitution and illegally arrogated sweeping extra constitutional powers to itself in the governance of the country; upon which it now seeks for legislative legitimization through retroactive legislation or legislative cementation by way of executive sponsored bill. Our advocacy attention to latest executive lawlessness was drawn by the authorities of the Trent Online News. Since the inception of Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on 29th May 2015, time-bombs abound and the instant case is one of them.

News Release: Only IPOB Members Were Massacred On May 30th 2016

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) want to put the records straight by affirming that only IPOB members were massacred by armed security team led Col Isa M. Abdullahi, the Commanding Officer of 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha which is under 82 Division of the Nigerian Army. We are making this clarification because of the falsehood reported by Terhemba Daka of the Guardian Newspaper. According to Terhemba’s erroneous report of 23rd August 2016, “The House of Representatives Committee on Army has started collating information on the alleged killing of members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by security agencies in Anambra State on May 30, 2016.“ Terhemba further stated that “Biafran agitators clashed with security agencies, during the 50th anniversary of their fallen heroes near St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Nkpor, off Nkpor -Umuoji road, in Idemili North Local Government Council.“ This is the height of irresponsible and unprofessional conduct in journalism and a crass display of the notorious “brown envelope“ journalism.

News Release: “Don’t Dialogue With Criminals”---MEND To Nigerian Govt.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) welcomes the recent decision by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to ceasefire and dialogue with the Federal Government. It is a move we have repeatedly canvassed since April, 2016; given our stance that, criminal attacks on oil installations as a strategy to force concessions from Government was no longer fashionable. Given also, the fact that MEND have since May 30, 2014 ceased all forms of hostility against Nigeria's economic and strategic assets.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Article: Is This The Change Nigerians Voted For?

By Godwin Onyeacholem

In the light of almost two decades of horrendous governance under the PDP administration, the call for change by a large section of Nigerians was expectedly overwhelmingly loud. Thus, this piece is a response to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who indeed holds the copyright to the first leg of the title of this piecewhich I have slightly modified – as can be seen in his latest defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC administration.

News Release: The Chief Edwin Clark And Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Communiqué

The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to a meeting of the Niger Delta Coastal States held in Warri, Delta State on Friday, August 19, 2016. The meeting was jointly convened by elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

News Release: Secrets Of Proper Treatment In The Service Center

As you know, the sipliest is some device, less often it brokes. And any gadget is something very complicated and fragile technically. Fortunately, there is a guarantee, but the average user changes old to a new device earlier than this guarantee ends. So if you belong to those lucky people who have until now there was no need to call for the  repair, you might think naively, that if anything happen, you just come to the service center with a defective device, and it immediately becomes serviceable. Ideally, theis is the way it should be, but unfortunately, in practice it often happens otherwise. There are many "pitfalls" of which we want to warn you.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

News Release: James Ibori Pays Tribute To Late Justice James Omo-Agege

Late Justice James Omo-Agege

Chief James Onanefe Ibori has extoled late Justice James Omo-Agege, who died Thursday at age 83, as “one of the leading lights of Delta state, especially, in those first trying years after it was carved out from Bendel  state.”Ibori, a former Governor of Delta State, said that Omo-Agege was visibly involved in the task of seeing that the then emerging Delta state unified and developed very fast.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

News Release: Nigeria’s Power, Finance And Energy Investors To Meet With Government In Abuja This October

(Leading development finance institutions and heads of Nigeria’s most accomplished energy companies will meet with national government at EnergyNet’s Powering Africa: Nigeria Investment Summit, taking place in Abuja from 12-14 October 2016)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

News Release: Roles Played By Print And Visual Media In Nnamdi Kanu’s 300 Days Of Detention Without Trial


It is the information of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs), comprising: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast Zone, Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Organization of Nigeria, Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group)  that Citizen Nnamdi Kanu; the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and SBCHROs’ named Prisoner-of-Conscience (POC), has been detained by the authorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria headed by Gen Muhammadu Buhari for over 300 days or 10 months without trial. We also wish to inform that the battered and lacerated leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria or Shiite Muslim, Sheik Ibrahim Zaky El-Zaky has been detained dead or alive by President Muhammadu Buhari for over 240 days or 8 months without trial and public appearance.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Article: Genetically Engineered (Ge) Crops’ Risk To Health And The Biodiversity: Real Or Imaginary

Scientist Parminder Virk of the International Rice Research Institute scientist holding sample of GMO Golden Rice

By Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Biologists have used genetic engineering since the 1980s in crop plants to alter characteristics such as; higher vitamin content, longer shelf life and resistance to diseases. The only characteristics that have been introduced through genetic engineering into commercial use are those that confer insect resistance and herbicide resistance which were available in fewer than 10 crop species by 2015 (see reports from the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources authoring committee).

News Release: How Buhari Administration Created 18 Armed Opposition Groups & Made Nigeria Fourth Country With Largest Number Of Armed Opposition Groups In Africa


The policy of militarism and militarization adopted and intensified by the civilian dictatorial Presidency of Gen Muhammadu Buhari has in the past one year and three months given birth to 18 armed opposition groups (AOGs) or non-State armed groups in Nigeria. That is to say that the number of non-State armed groups or groups that have taken up arms against the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Gen Muhammadu Buhari has risen from two before 29th of May 2015 to 20 as at August 2016. It further means that 18 non-State armed groups have risen in Nigeria in the past 15months under the Presidency of Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

News Release: MEND Denounces IPOB/Nnamdi Kanu Hypocrisy

The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to the recent spate of hypocritical and provocative statements issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu which purport to dissociate IPOB/Kanu from some of the concessions which have so far been secured by MEND in the ongoing talks aimed at resolving the current Niger Delta crisis between the Federal Government and MEND. 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

News Release: Nnamdi Kanu Sacks Lawyers For Speaking Against Niger Delta Avengers And Misleading The Public Over Negotiations With Government

Following the press conference earlier today by our legal team, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Worldwide has been reliably and incontrovertibly informed that some of the utterances of their defence lawyers were made without consultation. These utterances border on negotiations and some were against the Niger Delta Avengers. As  as a result of this unsolicited and unguarded utterances, the defence team has been sacked and will be replaced. The IPOB leader wishes to state categorically that the only thing we are open to is negotiations that will lead to modalities and processes to restore Biafra and avert further hardships on the people of Nigeria who have been under bondage since his kidnapping and illegal detention.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Article: Lessons From The First Families

By Rufus Kayode Oteniya

Do you know Ann LePage? She's the (third) wife of Paul LePage, the right-wing weirdo, out-of-control and ever controversial governor of Maine, a man with an inspiring story of growing up on the streets after running away from an abusive step-dad at the age of 11 and who in spite of all odds went on to college, became a company executive and then a governor.

News Release: The Report And Recommendations Of The Judicial Commission Of Inquiry Set Up By The Kaduna State Government

On the 29th day of July 2016 the Kaduna State Government released the Executive Summary and Full Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) set up to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the December 12-14, 2015 violent attack by the Nigerian Army on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in Zaria resulting in the death of over 1000 persons and wanton destruction properties.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

News Release: Discriminatory Appointments Against Non-Muslims In Nigeria

President Buhari

Islamist Jihadists of the Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Ethnic Nationalities, who are Negroid immigrants to Nigeria, are pushing the nation to an implosion. It is therefore imperative that the remaining 386 Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria should, as a matter of priority, convene a Conference to demonstrate to the few Islamist Jihadists of the three Ethnic Nationalities the grave danger of Islamism as a system of governance.  Nigerians are reminded that the present distress in the nation is not an act of God but man-made.

News Release: MEND Replies Former President Jonathan

The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to a statement issued by one Ikechuckwu Eze, on behalf of former President Goodluck Jonathan purporting to dissociate himself from the allegation leveled against him by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) that, the former President was the Grand Patron of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

Monday, 8 August 2016

News Release: Illegal Police Probe Of Padding Of The Nigeria 2016 Budget Bill

The emergence of Acting Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpokum Idris may have unveiled a new dogari policing for Nigeria. That is to say that the primitive Hausa-Fulani policing methods specializing in collection of taxes, guarding Emir palaces and arresting and jailing tax defaulters and others considered by Emirs as Emirate enemies, all according to whims and caprices of the Emirs, may have been brought to the fore by the Acting IGP, with two major instances being the reckless abandon with which the Acting IGP has ordered his personnel to flood Nigerian roads and retire at every evening with bagfuls of officially robbed naira notes; and the rush and speed with which he set up a five-man criminal probe panel to selectively and illegally investigate the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara over a clearly non-criminal conduct correctly called  “Padding of the 2016 Budget Bill”; leaving behind other partakers, aiders and abetters. The action of the Acting IGP is a height of trial by ordeal and selective application of justice.

News Release: Niger Delta Joint Revolutionary Council Calls “Reformed Niger Delta Avengers” A Fraud

Our attention has been drawn to a deceitful, malicious and cantankerous press release issued by a con-group which calls itself the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers and signed by a 'Cynthia Whyte'.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

U-Report: World Catholic Body Elects Okekenta As Executive Director

Dr. Dan Anaebo Okekenta

Reported By A Citizen Reporter

There is palpable celebration in the Catholic Church of Nigeria over the election of Dr. Dan Anaebo Okekenta, from Enugu-Agidi, Anambra state, as an Executive Director of the Supreme Board of the respected Catholic body, the Knights of St. John International (KSJI).

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Book Review: Recruiting Soldiers For Peaceful Biafra

By Akeem Lasisi

Chido Onumah’s We are all Biafrans brings a fresh perspective to the national question.

In book business, there is definitely something in a name. Once a book passes the test of a title that is not just catchy but also grand, the writer has scored a high point.

With We are All Biafrans, Chido Onumah can lead the class in this respect. The title bears a compelling force and creative mischief that could make even the worst enemy of Biafra want to read it.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

News Release: A Call To Free Senator Ike Ekweremadu From Presidential Terror & APC Toutocracy In Nigeria


Democracy triumphs where it is pillared and powered by free speeches, pluralism of opinions including political tolerance and accommodation and, most importantly; independence of judges and rights of those criminally indicted to be heard and defend themselves at all times up to Supreme Court where necessary. Democracy totally forbids infamous art of using presidential powers and political structures of a ruling party for the purpose of destroying or persecuting political opponents.

News Release “Biafra Or Death” Says Nnamdi Kanu In Response To MEND And Their Ahithophel Team


Last week, the world received a shocking but fake news peddled by a group of Judases who go by the name MEND, stating that they have reached agreement with the disastrous Islamic and blood-sucking government of Nigeria in which the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will be released from his illegal detention on the condition that he renounces Biafra. Nothing can be further from the truth!!!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Article: The Right To Food In A Changing World Through Modern Biotechnology And The Role Of Biosafety

By Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Biotechnology refers to any technique that uses living organisms ranging from virus, bacteria, plants and animals or parts of the organisms to derive other products for the benefit of mankind. It is not a new technique. Traditional biotechnology such as the use of yeast to make bread or wine has been applied for thousands of years. Since the late 19th century, knowledge of the principle of hereditary gave farmers new tools for breeding crops and animals. They selected individual organisms with beneficial characteristics and developed hybrids.

Book Review: Biafrans And Onumah’s “Prophecies”

By Ibrahim Ramalan

Title: We Are All Biafrans
Author: Chido Onumah
Publisher: Origami
Year: 2016
Pages: 214

Along the line of my quest for knowledge, I have always come across this cliché that Nigeria is a land of milk and honey: Arable land, mineral resources, and a large and enterprising population;variables that make a nation great. Regrettably and in spite of all of these, we have been in a pitiable situation. WheneverI ruminate over these conundrums, a whole lot of rhetorical questions keep agitating my mind.

News Report: “We Have More Material Related To The Hillary Clinton Campaign”---- WikiLeaks Founder

Julian Assange. Photo Credit: Associated Press

Credit: CNN

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won’t say whether Russia had any involvement in the emails his organization released on the eve of last week’s Democratic National Convention. But he says there are more leaks coming.