Friday, 28 October 2016

News Release: Evil Plots To Unleash Mayhem During This Year's Arbaeen Trek Uncovered

It has come to our notice that security agents have perfected plans to cause mayhem during our annual symbolic Arbaeen trek, commemorating a similar trek the Umayyad ruler Yazid subjected family members of Prophet Muhammad (AS) to, from Karbala to Damascus in the year 680AD.

News Release: Afreximbank Forum Ends With Call For Strengthened Financial Control Mechanisms And Capacity Building On Corporate Governance

Dr. George Elombi, Afreximbank Executive Vice-President, addressing participants at the Forum in Kigali

Africa must institute stronger financial control mechanisms and capacity-building for customer due diligence and corporate governance in order to attract capital competitively and ensure greater financial stability and sustainable development, participants in the Third Annual Forum on Customer Due Diligence and Corporate Governance organised by the African Export-Import Bank’s (Afreximbank) have said.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

News Release: Afreximbank Introduces Model Law To Improve Legal Frameworks For Factoring’s Growth In Africa

Members of the Afreximbank Factoring Working Group with the Afreximbank Model Law on Factoring

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has introduced a model law on factoring to provide a benchmark for African national legislatures enacting arrangements aimed at fostering the growth of factoring activities across the continent.

News Release: Ten Propaganda Orchestrated By The Lagos-Ibadan Media Against Biafra

Propaganda #1: Biafra is only about the Igbo-speaking people mainly in the unconstitutional Southeast geo-political zone of Nigeria.
There has been systematic pidgeon-holing of Biafra into Igbo by the Lagos-Ibadan media. In doing this, they implanted into the subconsciousness of both foreign and local observers that the quest for Biafra is an “Igbo thing.“ But they failed to inform their audience that the man who piloted the affairs of Biafra after General Odimegwu-Ojukwu travelled to Ivory Coast was not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafra. The Lagos-Ibadan media intentionally failed to let the world know that, during the war of genocide on Biafra, there were high-ranking military and civilian Administrative Officers who were not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafra working for their nation of Biafra. Fortunately, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) through the media arm – Radio Biafra London (RBL) – has exposed this lie being peddled by the  Lagos-Ibadan media. Now, the entire world has come to know that Biafra is not all about the Igbos. As a matter of fact, Igbo is only a language spoken by some people in Biafra. IPOB through RBL has proven beyond reasonable doubt that Biafra is a people and Igbo is just a language.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Article: Aisha Buhari Is The Icon Of The Moment

Aisha Buhari

By Edel-QuinnAgbaegbu

For over one week, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's reigning First Lady has been dominating the media space in Nigeria. Given the weight of what she said recently, which went viral on the internet, Mrs Buhari  words are now a quotable quote  in many public statements, articles and commentaries in the country. She must have also made wide impact globally, as the world is now a global village, thanks to online media and innovations in communication technology. By a mere expression of her view, against the modus operandi in the administration of a democratic government where her husband is the President and Commander-in-Chief, she stirred the honest nest. She is today seen by many as an icon of a sort.

News Release: Saving The Rule Of Law From The Brink In Nigeria

It is no longer hidden that President Muhammadu Buhari and his co-travellers in the country’s current state of toxaemia have fully resorted to political terrorism and barbarism in their so called “anti corruption crusade”. Hiding under the guise of “anti corruption” to perpetrate heinous State crimes such as treason, State murder and other forms of official terrorism, had been a recurring decimal in Nigeria; dating back to January 1966, during Nigeria’s first military coup. Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari (as he then was), used the same excuse to oust the democratically elected Presidency of Shehu Shagari on 31st December 1983. 

News Release: MEND Endorses Forthcoming Meeting Between Pan Niger Delta Group And Nigerian Government

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) hereby welcomes and endorses the forthcoming meeting aimed at finding solutions to the current Niger Delta crisis to be held between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Pan Niger Delta Group (PNDG) led by Ijaw National Leader, Chief (Dr.) Edwin Kiagbodo Clark on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Speech: Ndi Igbo, Leadership, Nationhood, The Nigerian Dilemma And Why We Are All Biafrans

(Being a keynote address by Chido Onumah, author of We Are All Biafrans, on the occasion of the 2016 National Convention of the Anambra State Association (ASA-USA), Dallas, Texas, USA, October 21, 2016.)

Article: Nigeria’s Electoral Reform Stares At The Judiciary

By SKC Ogbonnia

The recent statement by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to reform the Nigeria ’s electoral laws is in order. Any overture with a positive attribute is always welcome. Yet, some might argue, and plainly so, that the idea of electoral reform in the country is hardly novel and therefore far from the solution. After all, despite the fact that Buhari’s immediate predecessors made similar attempts that resulted to Electoral Acts of 2002, 2006, and 2010, the Nigerian experience with election matters has remained a travesty of sorts.

Photonews: Nigerian Supreme Court Justice's Statement On Imvasion Of Residence By Secret Police

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

News Release: Trade Rep Credits AGOA With Spurring Four-Fold Boost In Africa-U.S. Non-Oil Trade

Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, makes a point during her presentation at the Afreximbank Trade and Development Seminar Series in Cairo

The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), implemented by the United States government, has resulted in a four-fold increase, from $1.4 billion in 2001 to $4.1 billion in 2015, in the continent’s non-oil trade with the country, Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, said today in Cairo.

Monday, 17 October 2016

News Release: Our Stances On The Gestapo Arrest Of Judges And Unabated Arbitrariness Of Buhari Regime

The National Conscience Party, NCP, watch with amazement and utter disgust the events that unfolded within the past days in Nigeria, though we are not in any way surprised by the turn of events. We are not surprised because we have consistently warned of the insincerity of this inept and pretentious APC regime and the script been played now only confirms our position about this regime and the fact that nothing has fundamentally changed for the better.

News Release: The Making Of Another Deadly Insurgency In Nigeria Via State Repression And Radicalization Of Shiite Muslim Worship

Our heart is saddened over the failure of the civilian Government of Gen Muhammadu Buhari to learn from history so as to avoid further triggering of societal anarchy and plunging the Federal Republic of Nigeria into a state of unquenchable and intractable human tragedies. The Buhari Administration has become so destructive that most, if not all of the democratic gains, values and consolidations made over the years particularly since 1999 have virtually disappeared or collapsed. The worst of it all is that Nigeria has lost its “conscience of the nation” (CSOs, rights activists and media) to Buhari Administration’s entrenched governance rascality and brigandage. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

News Release: Kaduna State Government Is Culpable Of Inciting And Executing Cleansing Of IMN Members

Kaduna state government yesterday 13/10/16 was reported to have issued a warning to residents in Kaduna and other towns not to take laws into their hands on any individual or group, in reference to the attacks, arson and destruction of properties of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria that occurred days earlier. Clearly, this is nothing but an afterthought. What happened in the wake of our peaceful Ashura mourning procession was a carefully planned plot, meticulously executed with all machinery of government.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Article: Justify The Action Of The DSS If You Want To, But Not Under Its Establishing Law

By Solomon Okedara

In the last 72 hours or so, I have read with total dismay the very disappointing words of many legal practitioners including some senior members of the bar claiming that Section 3 (c) of the National Security Agencies Act (NSAA) covers the arrest of some judges as done by the DSS on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th, October, 2016. The relevant part of the establishing law reads ‘such other responsibilities affecting internal security within Nigeria as the National Assembly or President may deem fit This is the part of that law that many “learned” counsel and other self-appointed ‘draftsmen’ have stretched to a sheer ridiculous extent to cover the ultra vires action of the DSS.

Article: Is Bola Tinubu guilty in the APC Imbroglio?


By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Bola Ahmed Tinubu's call on John Odigie-Oyegun to resign as National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly derailing from the path of progressives continues to generate diverse opinions in the polity. The call, rather than being misconstrued by Tinubu's antagonists should be seen for its altruistic value and content. It is about saving the soul of a ruling party that is still in its embryo.

News Release: How NJC’s Communique On Abduction Of Judicial Officers Exposed And Shamed Buhari And His “DSS” Damaging Falsehood And Propaganda

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law having gone through and carefully studied the communiqué of the National Judicial Council (NJC), issued and dated 11th of October 2016, following its Emergency Meeting concerning the recent late night raid of the homes of serving and suspended judges (i.e. Justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and other Federal and State High Court Judges) and their subsequent abduction; have resolved to adopt all but paragraph 4 of the said communique of the NJC.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

News Release: The Economist’s Nigeria Summit Shifts Focus On The Future Of Nigeria’s Economy

(The 2017 summit will be a 2-day event, themed, “Paving the Way”, and will be held on March 6th and 7th 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos)

Speech: The NBA Reiterates Its Demand That The DSS Must Be Restricted To Its Constitutional And Statutory Duties

AB Mahmoud, NBA President

(Being speech delivered by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association at the valedictory court session in honour of his lordship the honourable Suleiman Galadima)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

News Release: Kigali To Host Afreximbank Due Diligence And Corporate Governance Forum

Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, will play host to the third edition of the African Export-Import Bank Annual Customer Due Diligence and Corporate Governance Forum scheduled to hold from 26 to 27 October, 2016, Afreximbank has announced in Cairo.

News Release: Democracy Under Threat In Buhari Administration

The midnight invasion of judges homes by the DSS has brought to the fore the reality that Democracy, Rule of  Law and Respect for the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are under serious threat in the civilian administration of  President Muhammed Buhari.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

News Release: Army Has Abducted Members Of IMN In Katsina

It has come to the notice of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) the abduction of two of its members by the Nigerian Army on their way back to their homes after evening session of Ashura mourning in Katsina state.

Article: Nigerian Senate Silently Supports Massacre

By Abdulmumin Giwa

It is really unbecoming of it that the Nigerian Senate has refused to say anything on the mass murder of over 1000 men, women and children perpetrated by the Buhari regime in Zaria on the 12th to 14th of December last year.

Article: What Is The Future Of GMOs In Europe And Africa?

By Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

It is now of global knowledge that Bayer, the German pharmaceuticals giant, has completed its takeover of Monsanto, America's leading pro- GMO company. As reported in the media a few weeks ago, shareholders of Monsanto accepted Bayer’s buy over prize of $128 per share in Monsanto, making the deal worth $66 billion, including debt. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Article: What About Fundamental Human Rights?

By Abdulmumin Giwa

I read the speech delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari in commemoration of the 56th Independence Day Anniversary waiting in suspense to see his response on fundamental human rights but no mention of that was made.

Speech: The Intractable Problems Of The Niger Delta

(Being speech delivered by Austin Emaduku on October 1, 2016, as part of activities by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Rainbow Deck, Effurun, Delta State, to mark Nigeria’s 56thindependence anniversary.)

Open Letter: Nigerian Constitution Still Wails At 56

Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN
Attorney General of the Federation And Minister for Justice
Office of the AGF, Federal Ministry of Justice
Federal Secretariat Complex, Shehu Shagari Way
Central Area, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
Dear AGF,
Nigerian Constitution Still Wails At 56
It is with deepest dismay that the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law: INTERSOCIETY write your public office through this public or open letter to inform you and other Nigerians and international watchers that the 1999 Constitution and the Rule of Law under your watch as “the Law Officer of the Federation” are gravely threatened, undermined, disrespected and battered particularly by the authorities of the Department of the State Security (DSS).