Friday, 31 January 2020

Special Report: Transparency International's "Anti Corruption Award 2020" Opens 3rd February 2020

Do you know an anti-corruption hero? Someone who is a source of inspiration and proves that corruption can be challenged? Nominate them for this year's Anti-Corruption Award! Winners will be announced at the International Anti-Corruption Conference this June in Seoul, Korea. Nominations are opening on Monday, 3 February 2020.

Click here to visit nomination portal

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Article: On The Shrinking Media And Civic Space In Nigeria


By Odia Ofeimun

After writing the foreword and a fairly long article in Testimony to Courage: Essays in Honour of Dapo Olorunyomi, I wanted to be excused from delivering this lecture at the Lagos presentation of the book. But, I happen to like the idea of a special fare for our ‘city by the lagoon’, after the Abuja date.  I see it as a way of admitting that in the matter of guarding civic competence and standing by the public’s right to know, Lagos deserves to be allowed to have a special word: even if it were merely to update things by letting an extempore speech appear as a textual  staking of position.

Friday, 24 January 2020

U-Report: "PeacePro" Urges Nigeria Government To Free All Unsentenced Prisoners

Attorney-general Malami

Reported By A Citizen Reporter

A Non Governmental Organisation, Foundation for Peace Professionals also known as PeacePro  has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to free all unsentenced prisoners in Nigeria. 

The organization also said that, setting free suspects, who have been held in detention without justice, is far more honourable than keeping innocent people perpetually in prison. 

In a statement by Abdulrazaq Hamzat, an Executive Director of PeacePro on Friday, the organisation announced its advocacy to end what it described as "destructive incarceration " in the country. 

Speech: "Nigeria Is Under A Siege Orchestrated By The Murderous Blood-Thirsty And Criminally-Minded Boko Haram Terrorists"--Christian Association Of Nigeria

(Being Text Of A Speech Of President, Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Dr. Samson Ayokunle At The Workd News Conference On 23 January, 2020 At The National Christian Centre, Abuja)

Gentlemen of the Press.

Let me call for a minute silence in honour of all those killed by the Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers in the country.

“If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels but if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.” ― Lemony Snicket

You are all aware of the gruesome murder of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, because he refused to be converted to Islam. Although, the group initially demanded for the sum of N50m and, when against all odds, the ransom was ready, they asked for €2m. It was in the process that they reached out to our people in Adamawa State to notify them that since the gentleman had refused to be converted to Islam, they had decided to behead him. And that was what they did. In the same state, just last Sunday, a clergyman, Rev Denis Bagauri was murdered by unknown gunmen in his residence at Mayo Belwa of Adamawa State, all because he was a Christian. You are also aware of the beheading of 11 Christians by Islamic State in West Africa on Christmas Day of 2019 in Maiduguri including a bride to be.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Special Report: News Express TV Unveils Special Programme On Weddings; To Air Fridays And Tuesdays

A special programme dedicated to weddings debuts on News Express Nigeria Television tomorrow, Friday, January 24, 2019.

Entitled ‘African Wedding Party’, the programme features short video clips that capture the climax of a typical African wedding: The couple’s dance, games, cutting of the cake and the first performance of couple duties.

Article: For Our Departed Revolutionary Idealists


By Edwin Madunagu

Let me begin by saying that the term idealist is not used in this article in the philosophical sense. Were this the case, departed comrades to whom the piece is dedicated would not be considered as Marxists at all. But they were all revolutionary Marxists. I employ the term idealist here in the ordinary sense of a person that cherishes or pursues high or noble principles, purposes or goals but without giving sufficient consideration to objective, historically-determined reality. When this description is applied to departed Nigerian revolutionary Marxists, you begin to have a picture of the type of persons I have in mind and the type of revolutionary tendency they partly reflected. We shall return to this and conclude with it.

Special Report: Corruption Perceptions Index 2019

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.

This year’s analysis shows corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals.

Click here to view index

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Speech: "Question Those In Favour Of Amotekun, Most Have But The Vaguest Notion About It"--Tinubu


Amotekun. This issue has dominated recent discourse and media headlines. Distilled to its basics, it concerns how best state governments can assist with the safety and security of their residents. This is a matter of serious concern entitled to sober thought. However, it has been turned into a political tug-of-war. Fierce, often unthinking rhetoric, for and against, has crossed the lips of too many Nigerians. More subjective talking than objective thinking has been the fuel of this outburst.

Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions. Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Speech: "I Urge Every True Man, Woman And Youth Of Imo State To Put The Past Behind"--IMO State Governor

Governor Uzodimma

(Being Governor Hope Uzodinma's Maiden broadcast)

Nd’Imo ndi nwem, I greet you all.

It gives me great pleasure to address you today. A few days ago, precisely on Wednesday January 15, it pleased God Almighty for me to be sworn in as the duly elected governor of our dear state, following the historic judgment of the Supreme Court the previous day.

I recall that on that event a large, enthusiastic crowd of our people thronged the airport and the swearing-in venue, Hero’s Square, to welcome me and to witness the ceremony. That was a clear indication that Ndi Imo joyfully welcomed my final emergence as the governor of the state. I recall too that an unprecedented large crowd of our people enthusiastically received me on November 15, 2018 when I clinched the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governorship candidate of the party. I was the front runner in the state all through electioneering. I deeply appreciate these uncommon show of support and love and I thank you profoundly.

Photonews: Nigeria Police Personnel Storm Venue Of South-West States Security Outfit Rally

Photo Credit: TheNationOnline

Sunday, 19 January 2020

News Release: "We Have Updated Our Special Report On Military Massacre & Related Atrocities In Eastern Nigeria"--Intersociety

The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, a leading research and investigative rights and democracy group in Nigeria since 2008, has updated its special research report on Military Massacre in Eastern Nigeria, perpetrated between August 2015 and Sept 2017. The research report was released in Jan 2019 after three years of in-depth research and investigation conducted by Emeka Umeagbalasi and his research assistants. Umeagbalasi is a grassroots rights and democracy campaigner in Nigeria since 1995. He is also a criminologist and graduate of security studies and holds a Master of Science degree in peace studies and conflict resolution.  

Photonews: Protest In Owerri Against Imo State Governorship Election Supreme Court Judgment

Photo Credit: Punch Nigeria

Saturday, 18 January 2020

News Release: ADF Statement On The Supreme Court Of Nigeria Ruling On The 2019 Governorship Election In Imo State

The Working Committee of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has duly studied the Ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 2019 Governorship Election in Imo State and hereby wish to issue this following Statement.

The ADF duly followed and studied the results of the 2019 Governorship and other Elections held in Imo State. In addition, we have followed the two subsequent Rulings of the Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal on the result of Governorship Election in Imo State. The ADF Legal Bureau has also painstakingly studied and provided a Report on the election and the subsequent Rulings on its outcome.

Special Report: Putting The Record Straight On Ihedioha Vs Uzodimma Supreme Court Judgment; A Statement By Ihedioha's Lawyer

Ihedioha (L) And Uzodimma

1.01 On 14.1.2020, the Supreme Court heard the appeal filed by Senator Hope Uzodinma and APC (numbered as shown above) against the judgment of the Court of Appeal affirming the victory of Emeka Ihedioha and the PDP in the Imo State Governorship election on 9.3.2019.
1.02 The Court of Appeal had, on 19.11.2019, affirmed the judgment of the Governorship election tribunal which dismissed the petition of Senator Uzodinma and APC against the return of Emeka Ihedioha and PDP at the Imo State governorship election held on 9.3.2019.
1.03 Soon after hearing oral arguments of senior counsel for the parties, the Supreme Court delivered its judgment and allowed it, and ordered, amongst others, that Senator Uzodinma be sworn in as the Governor of Imo State.

1.04 Since the delivery of the judgment, commentators have rendered all kinds of opinions on the facts of the case and the judgment of the Supreme Court. Some of the commentators are legal practitioners who were not involved in any professional manner with the case from its inception at the election tribunal up to its conclusion at the Supreme Court. Their comments or opinions now in the public domain, expectedly, are shallow and uninformed and are capable of misinforming the public.
1.05 It has, therefore, become imperative to put the record straight for the benefit of the reading public, even if it would not reverse the unfortunate decision of the Supreme Court and the obvious injustice it has occasioned. 2. BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE2.01 In the result of the Imo State Governorship election held on 9.3.2019, INEC declared that Emeka Ihedioha scored the highest number of votes – 273,404 amongst all the candidates and met the constitutional requirements, and was returned. The other three candidates coming behind him were credited with the following votes:

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Speech: "Supreme Court Judgment On Imo State Governorship Election Is Groundless And Should Be Reversed"--PDP

(Being a text of Press Conference by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) Presented by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, in Rejection of the Judgment of the Supreme Court On Imo Governorship Election).

Gentlemen of the Press!

The National Working Committee of our great party, after a thorough examination of all the issues relating to the miscarriage of justice by the Supreme Court on the Imo state governorship election petition, and after a very extensive consultation, resolves as follows:

Speech: "In This Historic Moment, The Judiciary Stands Out For Special Commendation"--Supreme Court Enthroned Imo State Governor


(Being the augural speech of Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Governor of Imo State)

I am very glad, and I feel highly fulfilled, that at Last Justice has been served on the Imo governorship election matter. This rare victory  is victory from God Almighty. It is victory that reminds us that as God of Justice, our Heavenly Father will never abandon the course of Justice.  Even when the road is rough, daunting and hazy he remains faithful.

I therefore dedicate this victory to God.  Indeed I lack enough words to express my debt of gratitude to the Almighty. To him be glory, praise and adoration forever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Speech: "I Do Not Agree Wth The Judgement Of The Supreme Court" --Supreme Court Ousted Imo State Governor


My dear good people of Imo State,

I address you today, following recent developments affecting our dear state, and in particular the Supreme Court judgement of 14thJanuary 2020.In my relationship with you as Governor of Imo , I had employed regular consultations and dialogue as a tool of political discourse. This informs this course of action.

2. I am reporting back to you our great Imo people on the fate of the mandate you freely gave to me as Governor and Engr. Gerald Irona as Deputy Governor. This mandate has now been truncated and cut short by the Supreme Court, in contravention of the will of the people.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Article: Of Victors And Vanquished: Biafra, 50 Years After

By Chido Onumah
January 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigerian Civil War and the official end of the short-lived Republic of Biafra. It is unlikely there will be any national event to mark the occasion other than the annual Remembrance Day ritual which has become nothing but a cash cow for those involved in organizing the ceremony. But the civil war was not only a defining moment for Nigeria, it has continued to define the country. As Prof. Yakubu Ochefu notes in the introduction to the 2013 book, Nigeria is Negotiable, “The corporate existence of the country has been tested twice. It was formally broken once (1967-70) and pronounced broken once (April 1990). It took a horrible civil war to restore the entity when it was broken and an equally brutal attempted coup when it was pronounced.”

News Release: MEND Reiterates The Group's Irrevocable Commitment To Peace

Following the December 24, 2019 dawn attack on the Otuoke, Bayelsa State residence of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by unknown gunmen, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) condemned the attack and paid a Solidarity Visit to the former President at his residence in Yenagoa on Friday, January 10, 2020.

At the Solidarity Visit, MEND sympathized with the former President and his family while emphasizing the futility of violence and terror as means of enthroning a better deal for the Niger Delta region, except as a last resort, and gave assurances that its unilateral ceasefire of May 30, 2015 still stands.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

News Report: Missiles Launched By Iran Against US Airbases In Iraq

Culled From: The Guardian
Iran has launched missile strikes aimed at US troops in Iraq in what it said was retaliation for the killing last week of the top Iranian general Qassem Suleimani.
The Pentagon confirmed that al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province, and Erbil base in northern Iraq, which both host a US contingent, had been hit by a salvo of more than a dozen missiles launched from Iran.

News Release: Intersociety Unfolds Its Focus Areas For 2020, Commends Supporters & Friendly Media

This year 2020 shall be full of challenges, ups and downs in Nigeria; with the country falling deeper from ‘flying pan to consuming fire’. The country’s bastardized, selfish, clannish, ethno-religiously divided and oligarchic political class shall offer no iota of hope in the year; except continuing with deceit including use of ‘psychology of politics’ and propaganda; and state fears and terrorism in the governance of the country or any part thereof.

Generally, no remarkable or significant changes are expected. With religious intolerance and violence reaching a crescendo and gaining state protection, violence along religious lines including killings, destructions and fears are expected to continue and increase exponentially. Targeted killing of the members of Christian faith by jihadist Herdsmen and Boko Haram and ISWAP Islamist Jihadists is expected to continue.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Speech: "As Commander-in-Chief, My Primary Concern Is The Security Of The Nation And The Safety Of Our Citizens"--President Buhari

President Buhari

My Dear Compatriots,

Today marks a new decade. It is a time of hope, optimism and fresh possibilities. We look forward as a nation to the 2020s as the opportunity to build on the foundations we have laid together on security, diversification of our economy and taking on the curse of corruption. These are the pledges on which I have been twice elected President and remain the framework for a stable, sustainable and more prosperous future.