Sunday, 30 September 2018

Speech: "Our Leaders Need To Be Reminded That Politics And The Quest For Offices Must Not Divide Our People"----Nigerian Bar Association President

Dear learned colleague,

1. The Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) felicitates with President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the States and Local Governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed every Nigerian on Nigeria’s attainment of 58 years of independence and sovereignty. We certainly have plenty to thank the Almighty for, particularly when we recall that our unity as a nation was sorely tested and almost shattered by and during the Nigerian Civil War. Indeed, our unity has been severely tested a number of times before and after the Civil War and remains a work-in-progress even today. That should not be, after 58 years of independence and sovereignty as a nation. This should indeed be a reflection point for our leaders on this Independence Anniversary day.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Open Letter: UN At 73: An Agenda For Permanent Peace In The Middle East

            H.E., Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador)
President of the United Nations General Assembly
The Ecuadoran Permanent Mission to UN
760 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan
New York City, New York, USA

H.E., Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres (Portugal)
Secretary General of the United Nations
The UN Headquarters, First Avenue, 46th Street
New York, NY 10017, USA
H.E., Ambassador Nikki R. Haley
Outgoing President of the UN Security Council (USA)
The US Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations’ Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA

H.E., Ambassador Sacha Sergio LIorentry (Bolivia)
Incoming President of the UN Security Council
The Permanent Mission of the State of Bolivia to UN
801 Second Avenue, 4th Floor, Suite 402
New York, NY 10017, USA

Your Excellencies,

An Agenda For Permanent Peace In Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Calling For “Two-Lands-In-One-State”

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Article: The Tragic Consequences Of Failure

By Jaye Gaskia

A number of incidents have been happening in the polity of recent, some of which have led me to a decision that this piece needs to and has to be written now.

This piece is about the Niger Delta struggle and the popular interventions in that struggle; and because it is about the Niger Delta struggle, the most significant of the recent events leading me to this juncture include the following;

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Speech: "Given The Imminence Of Our 2019 National Elections, This Legal Year Would Be Anything But Ordinary"---Nigerian Bar Association President

Paul Usoro


On behalf of the members of the Nigerian Bar Association, I felicitate with My Lords on this occasion of the 2018/2019 Federal High Court Legal Year Opening and also welcome Your Lordships from a well-deserved long vacation and rest period.  Knowing how full and busy Your Lordships dockets are all year round, My Lords deserved the rest and vacation.  It is not for nothing that the Federal High Court is described and looked upon in terms that suggests its ranking as primus inter pares in the hierarchy of High Courts in the Nigerian Federation.  The gamut of its jurisdiction, both exclusive and concurrent, stands it out.  But more than that, it is the only High Court in the Federation that has jurisdiction over the entire Federation, with its Divisions dotted all over the country.  Your Lordships therefore have the unique advantage of being periodically transferred from one Division of the Court to another and in that process, Your Lordships get to work in, know and understand all the different component units of the Nigerian Federation and also appreciate the different quirks and idiosyncrasies of the peoples that make up this great country.  

Monday, 17 September 2018

Article: The Dangers of Smear Campaign

By Livy-Elcon Emereonye
Political campaigns precede elections. The Lexicon Webster Dictionary (1981:143) defines a political campaign as “any course of aggressive action... intended to influence voters in an election”. It is an organized effort which seeks to influence the decision making process within a specific group. In democracies, political campaigns often refer to electoral campaigns, by which representatives are chosen or referendums are decided.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

News Release: 250 Killed In 2 Months & 2000 Recorded Since Jan 2018 In Renewed Anti Christian Violence In Nigeria

A Church in Raqqa, Syria, converted to Mosque and replaced with Islamic black flags by Islamic Jihadists in 2014.

The agonies of Christians in Nigeria have uncontrollably continued and escalated with possibility of same being adopted as a reelection strategy by the Muslim led central Government in the country. It must be stated clearly here again that anti Christian attacks including killings and destruction of properties and sacred places and symbols of worship by Fulani jihadists are solely perpetrated or targeted against members, properties and sacred places of worship of members of the Christian faith in industrial scale as well as members of other non Muslim population in Nigeria. It is still on record that no single Muslim or Mosque has been targeted for death or destruction by the Jihadist terrorists in the country or any part thereof.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Report: Exporting Corruption - Progress Report 2018: Assessing Enforcement Of The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Photo: T.I

Transparency International’s 2018 Progress Report is an independent assessment of the enforcement of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) anti bribery Convention, which requires parties to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials and introduce related measures. The Convention is a key instrument for curbing global corruption because the 44 signatory countries are responsible for approximately 65 per cent of world exports and more than 75 per cent of total foreign direct investment outflows. 

This twelfth such report also assesses enforcement in China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, India and Singapore, which are not parties to the OECD Convention but are major exporters, accounting for 18 per cent of world exports. Hong Kong is covered separately in the report, as it is an autonomous territory, with a different legal system from China and export data compiled separately. The report has been prepared by Transparency International, with contributions from our national chapters and experts in 41 OECD Convention countries, as well as in China, Hong Kong SAR, India and Singapore......

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Article: Revisiting "Democracy And Dictatorship"

By Edwin Madunagu

Let us begin by quickly recalling two bits of Nigerias recent history. First, at the close of 1983, a military junta overthrew and supplanted the elected civilian government of Shehu Shagari, the first and only president of Nigerias Second Republic (1979-1983). Then, early in 1985, in the second year of the new military regime, which was headed by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, an animated debate, similar to the one the country is now witnessing, raged in Nigerias national newspapers. The debate then was the relationship between democracy and dictatorship, or—as Leftists would more elegantly describe it—the dialectics of democracy and dictatorship. Thirty-three years later, with the global triumph of democracy, the question has transformed to the relationship between national security and the rule of law under democracy!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Article: In Defence Of History


By Edwin Madunagu

I cannot now remember exactly how I first encountered this phrase: In defence of history. But I think it was during my days on the Editorial Board of The Guardian newspaper, between mid-1980s and mid-1990s. The specific source must have been Odia Ofeimun, a friend and colleague that I had met and engaged about seven years before I landed in that newspaper house. In the first encounter with the phrase, it was used as title for a contribution to the debate on a widely-known account of a “cross-carpeting” (todays defection) episode in a Nigerian regional House of Assembly in the early 1950s. The phrase had thereafter remained a favourite one in my historical writings.

Special Report: Summary Of The Report On Army Python Dance Massacre 11 And Names Of The Perpetrators

Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is concluding the investigative findings of its yearlong investigation into the Nigerian Army Python Dance massacre in Igbo Land (Southeast); principally targeted at Abia State especially the innocent citizens and residents of the State.

Special Report: Office Of Nigeria's Senate President Releases "Timeline On Killings In Middle Belt Since January 1st" (2018)

· January 1 – 73 killed in Logo and Guma LGAs in Benue
· January 1 – 2 killed in Awe LGA, Nasarawa
· January 1 – 25 Killed in Keana LGA, Nasarawa
· January 3 – 3 killed in Markurdi, Benue State
· January 4 – 6 killed in Wukari in Taraba
· January 4 – 1 killed in Gassol LGA, Taraba
· January 5 – 4 Killed in Lau LGA, Taraba
· January 5 – 15 killed in Tse Akombo, Tse Vii and Tse Agule vilages in Benue

Monday, 3 September 2018

News Release: "Ozubulu Church Massacre: Anambra Government And Police Must Unconditionally Release And Acquit Incarcerated 94yrs Old Chief Priest & Five Other Criers Of Traditional Justice Accused Of “Trial By Ordeal”"----Intersociety

The Government of Anambra State through its Attorney General and the authorities of the State Police Command must unconditionally release, discharge and acquit the following six incarcerated and persecuted citizens: (1) Anazo Ilomuanya (94yrs old Chief Priest of Ndiekwulu Deity in Ozubulu), (2) Okoli Appolo Udegbunam (68yrs), (3) Igbokwe Nnanyeleze (65yrs),(4) Ifediorah Aloysius (64yrs, (5) Emeka Anaekwe (38yrs), who is the leader of the disenchanted Ozubulu youths and (6) Richard Obimaluokwu (not among the first arrestees but was later arrested and charged for “trial by ordeal”, among other phantom charges and remanded in Nnewi Prison custody till date).