Saturday, 14 May 2016

Article: A Nigerian National Question & Its Answer Is Long Overdue!


By Emeka Umeagbalasi

The centrality of the argument for or against Regionalism in Nigeria lies in within the confines of National Question. The question as whether the States will continue to be retained or be replaced with Regionalism or change or retention of present revenue formulae, alone, is incapable of arresting and addressing holistically the age-long disunity and socio-economic backwardness of Nigeria. Therefore, the arguments of the two schools are out-rightly dismissive and fire-brigade approach because economic status, alone, being cited by the two schools as sole reason necessitating clamour for return to Regionalism or otherwise;  is grossly an insignificant ground to alter the existence of “statism” in Nigeria or creation of new regionalism in the country.  That is to say that clamours for abolition of States and creation of Regionalism for sole purpose of addressing the economic melt-down of the States, are too parochial, narrow-minded and lazily premised. If “economic buoyancy” is a fundamental reason for the existence of sub-national entities or States, or even national entities or countries; then poor countries like Benin Republic, Macedonia, Albania, Comoros Island, Djibouti, Laos, Nepal, Haiti, Fiji Island, etc would have fizzled out long ago and got permanently disbanded out of existence.

Open Letter: Our Case Against The Commission Over Outstanding Parliamentary Polls & Call For Your Urgent Diplomatic Intervention (2)

The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) had on 11th of May 2016 dragged Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 20 world’s leading democracies and great economies under the UN System, concerning hardened and ill-conceived position of the Commission over outstanding parliamentary rerun polls in Nigeria and its consequential capacity to collapse Nigeria’s fragile democracy and constitutionalism if unchecked. The letter was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General; Apostolic Nuncio (Pope’s Ambassador to Nigeria); United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR); United States Ambassador to Nigeria; Head, Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS; EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security (Federica Mogherini); British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Head, African Research Group/Dep. Head/Research Analyst of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Dr. Clare Thomas) and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria.

U-Report: Intercessors Call Out Nigerian Christians On 120-Day Prayer To Avert Islamization of Country

By A Citizen Reporter

As concerns heighten over a systematic design to Islamize Nigeria under the guise of seeking grazing grounds for cattle by herdsmen of Fulani/Hausa breeders across the country, a Christian prayer coalition, Global Ministers Prayer Network in conjunction with Intercessors for Nigeria, IFN, has kicked off a 120-day intensive nationwide fasting and prayer programme to protect the interest of Christians and halt any move that will be detrimental to Christendom in the country.