Saturday, 31 December 2016

Article: Leadership, Governance And The Quest For Revolutionary Transformation

By Jaye Gaskia

Let us begin with a poem by David Diop titled ‘The Vultures’. But first who was David Diop? He was a poet of the African independence movement era, born to a Senegalese father and a Cameroonian mother in France, the colonial master. He was educated in France and lived in France. He began writing poetry pretty early, and became one of the leading poets of the Negritude literary and political movement led by Leopold Sedar Senghor, who will go on to become Senegal’s first, and post independent president in 1960.

Article: The Death Of Nigeria's Civil Society

By Godwin Onyeacholem

Time was when the Nigerian civil society flourished with inspiring agility and genuine enthusiasm for public good. That was the period the group seized the national turf with commanding decisiveness, and galvanized the Nigerian people towards seeing themselves as the ultimate sovereign who must take charge of their destiny by deciding the type of country they wanted. One recalls with nostalgia those memorable days that are now locked in the deep, dark recesses of the past.

Article:Ibori And A Nation United By Corruption

By Chido Onumah

One of the highlights of the year that has just ended was the release from a British jail of one of Nigeria's most notorious politically exposed persons (PEPs), James Onanefe Ibori. Ibori's rap sheet is as long as the 338km East-West Road in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, but the reason for his latest freedom was the conviction and sentencing—13 years in prison—by a Southwark Crown Court in April 2012 after he pleaded guilty to a 10-count charge of money laundering, corruption and conspiracy to defraud.

Photonews: The Apotheosis Of Boko Haram

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Photonews: Operation Sambisa Forest

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Photonews: Gombe Market In Nigeria Goes Up In Flames

Photo Credit: Dailytrust Newspaper 

News Release: Djibouti Ratifies Afreximbank Establishment agreement, Signs Agreement For Industrial Development

President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (right) listens to Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah during their meeting at the Al Qobba Presidential Palace in Cairo
Djibouti has entered into an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to collaborate in the financing and promotion of the country's industrial base for export manufacturing and in the development of its trade-related infrastructure.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Special Report: The Nigerian Child Is chidi opara reports' Person Of The Year 2016

Nigerian Children Hawking Items. Photo Credit: Vanguard Newspaper 
For his/her ability to survive severe socio-economic and political conditions, mostly brought about by those whose mandate is to see to his/her well being, the Nigerian Child is declared chidi opara reports' Person Of The Year 2016.

Article: Waiting For Godot?

By Jaye Gaskia

Remember that famous literature piece titled 'Waiting for Godot'? In that piece the essence was that of an eternal wait and longing for something which was never to be.

Photonews: Christmas Mayhem In Kaduna State

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Photonews: Nigerian Army: From Cattle Rearing To "Azonto" Dance

News Release: "Separate The Wheat From The Chaff.....And The Boys Will Listen"-Niger Delta Militant Group.

Dear Mr President,

We receive your message of a willingness to talk to agitating units within
the Niger Delta struggle with good faith. However, we are burdened by the
fact that in the past few month, or years of your administration, certain
agents within your administration have shown a preference to dialogue with
conmen, conflict entrepreneurs, drivers of extortionist enterprises and
wholesale blackmailers. It is for this reason that your pursuit of peace
has failed.

News Release: Intersociety Names Buhari, El-Rufai, Buratai, Nigerian Army, Fulani Terror Group And Christian Leaders As Major Threats To The Safety And Growth Of Christianity In Nigeria

President Buhari 

As tens of millions of Nigerian Christians all over the country and beyond its borders celebrate the “canonical” birth of Jesus Christ and the Christian Religion with biblical sermons and merriments; the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law; have resolved to take the bull by the horn by alerting them over the growing and sustained threats to the safety and growth of Christianity in Nigeria. The lives of over 70 million Christians in the country are steadily under severe threats and the threats have gone viral following the ascendance to political and military powers and commands by some proponents of radical Islamism since mid 2015.

Speech:Text Of Samantha Power's Address To The Security Council On The Resolution Against Israeli Settlements

(Being full text of Samantha Power's address to the Security Council on the resolution against Israeli settlements.)

Season's Greeting: Merry Christmas To Our Readers

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Photonews: Three-man Demonstration Against The Nigeria Customs

Photo Credit : Uwah Patrick Nelson 

Friday, 23 December 2016

Special Report: On Amina Mohammed And Modern Biotechnology We Stand

Amina Mohammed

(Being Text Of News Conference By The Alliance Of CSOs For Effective Biosafety For The Development Of Modern Biotechnology In Nigeria Held In Abuja On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Read By Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu, Member Of The Coordinating Committee For This Conference)

News Release: Anambra State CLO Elects New Leaders

Nigeria’s foremost human rights organization, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Anambra State Branch has elected a new set of executive members to pilot the affairs of the branch for the next two years.
In the election which followed the laid down rules of the constitution of the CLO, Comrade Vincent 

News Release: Time For Moribund Southwest Rights CSOs To Leave The Stage And Become Full-Fledged Politicians

The death of Rights CSOs and their human rights advocacy activities in the Southwest Nigeria became noticeable prior to the 2015 General Elections. It became full-fledged from June 2015 to date following the emergence of the Administration of Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Photonews: James Ibori Released From British Prison

U-Report: Lawyer says Forfeiture Of Unpaid Pensions Is Fraud, Illegality

Reported By A Citizen Reporter

An Owerri-based private legal practitioner, Barr Emperor Iwuala has said that no court of law would enforce the recent undertaking the Okorocha government is allegedly subjecting pensioners in Imo State to before payment of pensions.

Article: Freedom Is Failing In Nigeria

By SKC Ogbonnia

Before assuming the presidency in May 2015, Muhammadu Buhari rightly proclaimed that “corruption will kill Nigeria, unless Nigeria kills corruption.” Unfortunately, however, after barely one year in office, a diverse segment of the population began to openly pray for the freedom of corruption in-so-far there is food on the table. By December 2016, the Nigerian Legislature answered by formally introducing a bill to amend the Constitution to grant its members immunity or, more plainly, the unrestrained freedom from prosecution against corrupt practices.  As if the circus lacks in folly, the Senate followed by mysteriously rejecting the president's nominee to head the war on corruption. But this whole dilemma has roots deeper than the ordinary eye can meet.

News Release: Departure Of Openness And Fairness In The Criminal Prosecution Of Nnamdi Kanu & Ors: Time For Defence Counsel And IPOB To Re-Jig And Rethink

Kanu (foreground)

The leaderships of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) and the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) have, again, observed with deepest dismay the recent militarist and undemocratic rulings of Hon Justice Binta Murtala Nyako’s Federal High Court; leading to denial of bail and right to open and public trial of Citizens Nnamdi Kanu, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe. We totally disagree with the findings or rulings of Hon Justice Binta Murtala Nyako and grounds upon such militarist and undemocratic findings were made.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Article: Rabid, Aggressive Obasanjoism (1)


 By Tony Eluemunor

There is this malaise that former President Mathew OkikiolaOluseg­unObasanjo has refused to extirpate from his character, so, it looms large in the despicable footprints he has left on Nigeria’s unfortunate history. And if we could look earnestly at this man, whom chance and bad judgment of otherwise well-meaning persons have thrown up at various times in Nigeria’s history instead of gawking, we would easily notice the terrible streak I’m addressing.

News Release: Intersociety Tasks Delta State And Southeast Governors And Their Security Agencies To Ensure Road Traffic And Hitch Free Xmas/New Year Activities

The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has written the Executive Governor of Delta State, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa; demanding that he mobilizes members of his State’s Joint Security Taskforce or JTF, for the purpose of ensuring free and unobstructed movement of vehicles, goods and persons along Onitsha-Asaba-Benin Expressway; particularly from the Old Asaba Tollgate to the foot of the ailing Niger Bridge in this Xmas/New Year period as well as saving the ailing and 51 years old Niger Bridge from imminent collapse.

Article: Magu, DSS, Nigerian Senate And Buhari's Anti-Corruption War


By Chido Onumah

There are very few moments in a nation’s history that can equate the infamy that took place at the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Of course, this is Nigeria, where infamous acts by those who have purloined our country are an everyday occurrence.

Monday, 12 December 2016

News Release: CLO Says “As The World Marks 2016 Human Rights Day, It Is Not Yet Uhuru”

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) South East Zone joins the rest of the world and human rights community to mark this year’s Human Rights Day.

News Release: Silent Genocide In Nigeria: 101,500 Defenseless Citizens Killed Outside The Law Since 1999 (17yrs) With 47,500 In Five Years And 9,700 Under Buhari Administration

President Buhari
This month marks the 68th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as set aside by the United Nations. Originally, 10th of December of every year is set aside globally as a UDHR Day. The UDHR is a bill of rights for all mankind, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on 10th of December 1948 and designed for current world population of over seven billion people and their institutions and 193-member States of the UN as well as some 45 local and international trusteeship and occupied territories around the world.

Friday, 9 December 2016

News Release: Sokoto State Government Preparing Ground To Attack IMN Members

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) wishes to allay the fears deliberately peddled to the public in Sokoto state by police command and Ministry of justice that there will be a mass African congress of Shi’a in the next few days, which they claim is a security breach to peace in the state.

News Release: The African Development Bank (Afdb) Appoints MCB Investment Management As Fund Manager For Its First Fixed Income Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) In Africa

(The ETF will be invested in both government and corporate bonds, and will initially be listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius)

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Open Letter: An Urgent Call To Southeast Public Office Holders: Before The Jihadist Nigerian Army Collapses The Ailing Onitsha Niger Bridge And Turns Igbo Land Into A German Concentration Camp In The Guise Of “Operation Python Dance”

Ref: Intersociety/SBCHROs/12/2016/SE/Public-Office-Holders/SE/NG
   His Excellency, Mr. Willie M. Obiano
Executive Governor of Anambra State
The Governor’s Office, Government House
Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

2.       His Excellency, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD
Executive Governor of Abia State
Office of the Governor, Abia State Government House
Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

3.       His Excellency, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Executive Governor of Enugu State
The Governor’s Office, Enugu State Government
Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria

4.       His Excellency, Mr. Dave Umahi
Executive Governor of Ebonyi State
Office of the Ebonyi State Governor, Ebonyi Government House
Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

5.       His Excellency, Mr. Anayo Rochas Okorocha
Executive Governor of Imo State
Office of the Governor, Imo State Government House
Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

6.       Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu
Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Office of the Deputy Senate President
The National Assembly Complex, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
Your Excellencies/Distinguished Senator,

An Urgent Call To Southeast Public Office Holders: Before The Jihadist Nigerian Army Collapses The Ailing Onitsha Niger Bridge And Turns Igbo Land Into A German Concentration Camp In The Guise Of “Operation Python Dance
(Intersociety/SBCHROs, Onitsha-Nigeria, 5th of December 2016)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law; abbreviated as INTERSOCIETY, respectfully write, in conjunction with the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) to draw the urgent attention of Your Excellencies and Distinguished Senator as it concerns a clear case of army of occupation by Jihadist elements in the present Nigerian Army in the Southeast Geopolitical Zone or Igbo Land as well as orchestrated plans by them to collapse the 51years Old Onitsha Niger Bridge; a major gateway to Igbo Land.

News Release: IMN Is Not An Insurgent Group

Kaduna State Government yesterday declared the embattled Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) an insurgent group.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects this new label for an otherwise pacific organization. The new declaration is nothing short of calling a dog a bad name in other to hang it. Kaduna State government is being economical with the truth, killing a fly with a sledge hammer and engaging in executive tyranny.

News Release: Egypt Petroleum Company to receive $200 million Afreximbank support for electricity generation and distribution expansion

Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank (right), Ayman Hegazy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Egyptian General Petroleum Company, and Hesham Okasha, Chairman, National Bank of Egypt, sign the facility agreement as Tarek Elmolla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Wealth (standing between flags), and another official look o

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in Cairo signed a $200-million loan facility agreement with the Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC) to support the expansion of electricity generation and distribution in the country.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Apprehension As Sokoto State Commissioner Of Police Visits IMN Leader At Islamic Centre

On 30/11/16 the Sokoto state police commissioner arrived at the residence of Sheikh Qasim Umar, a leading member of The Islamic Movement, ostensibly on a fact finding mission.

News Release: Guinness Nigeria Begins Local Manufacturing Of Spirits

In a move aimed at reducing the import dependent profile of the Nigerian economy, creating more jobs and boosting the local sourcing of raw materials, leading manufacturer and Nigeria’s only total alcohol beverage company, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has commissioned a new production line that will support the local manufacturing of some of its spirits brands in Nigeria. Some of the brands to be manufactured locally include Smirnoff X1 intense chocolate vodka, Smirnoff Extra Smooth Vodka, Gordon’s Dry Gin, Moringa Citrus Blend, McDowell’s No. 1 Reserved Whisky, McDowell’s VSOP and Royal Challenge Finest Premium Whisky.

News Release: Buhari’s Army Of Occupation In Igbo-Land: The Making Of Another Jihad And Ethnic Cleansing

The affiliate rights and supportive democracy groups and the leadership of Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) are deeply alarmed and worried concerning the deployment of more battalions of members of the so called “Nigerian Army” and their war-like heavy equipment to all the strategic roads in the Southeast or Igbo part of Nigeria. Igbo travellers and road users have reported the laying of siege by Jihadist elements in the Army on strategic roads in the Southeast particularly at boundary posts in Imo/Abia and Port Harcourt axis; Enugu (Nsukka) and Benue (Oturpa) axis; Anambra (Onitsha Niger Bridgehead) and Delta (Asaba) axis and Ebonyi (Abakiliki) and Enugu axis.