Thursday, 27 August 2020

Article: Lend Your Voice

By Otive Igbuzor, PhD


The theme of this conference and the book is Violence against Women. Violence against women and girls is a huge challenge and an obstacle to development across the world. It has been recognized as an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. In recent years, there is an increased reportage or incidence of violence against women and girls across the world. There is no doubt that accelerated development which is greatly needed across the world cannot take place without addressing the challenges of violence against women and girls. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

News Release: Extra-Judicial Killing Of Unarmed IPOB Members: A Crime Against Humanity And Assault On Democracy

We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; unequivocally condemn the extrajudicial killing of unarmed youths holding peaceful meetings in Emene Enugu state by Nigerian security services.  

In light of this egregious violation of human rights and assault on the very essence of democracy; we wish to state as follows:   

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

News Release: "FFK's Attack On Daily Trust Reporter, Totally Reprehensible"-NUJ

The Nigeria Union of Journalists- NUJ condemns the gangster-like outburst by Chief Femi Fani Kayode against the Cross River State Correspondent of the Daily Trust Newspaper, Eyo Charles who asked him a simple question which he felt was embarrassing. 

News Release: Emene Massacre: Handiwork Of Racial Profiling, Criminal Labeling & Crude Policing

…this is 5th Anniversary and 15th massacre since August 2015 with over 500 deaths and 550 injured

The Sunday, 23rd August 2020 massacre by the combined team of war-like Joint Security Taskforce (soldiers, air force, SSS and police SARS, Anti Cult and Anti Terror personnel, etc) of over 20 of defenseless and non rifle bearing Judeo-Christian citizens of Igbo extraction and violent disruption of Pentecostal and Orthodox church (i.e. Catholic) services at Community Primary School Premises, located between St Patrick Secondary School and St Joseph Catholic Church in Emene, Enugu State of the old Eastern Nigeria; are clearly and unarguably the handiwork of racial profiling, criminal labeling and stigmatization and crude and hate policing.

Friday, 21 August 2020

News Release: NBA’S National Executive Committe’s (“NEC”) Decision To Dis-Invite His Excellency Mallam Nasir El-Rufai As A Speaker In A Panel Session

1. At its meeting that was held yesterday, 20 August 2020, NEC took the decision to dis-invite HE Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as a Speaker in one of the Panel Sessions that is planned for the NBA 2020 AGC holding from 26-29 August 2020. This morning, I have had telephone discussions with the Director General of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Mr. Asishana Okauru, on the issue and have tendered through him, to HE Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, my sincere apologies and regrets for any unintended embarrassment that he may have been caused by the NBA NEC’s decision.

2. I followed up our telephone discussions with the attached letter which explains the circumstances of the decision by NEC. The letter has been sent to Mr. Okauru, both in hard and soft copies. It is apropos that I reproduce in this Release, paragraphs 5, 6 and 7 of the letter for ease of reference by our members:

Videonews: Alleged Killing In Southern Kaduna Nigeria (Gruesome Video)

Note: We did not verify the authenticity of this video. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

News Release: "We Stand Behind Godswill Akpabio, The Minister of Niger Delta And The Forensic Audit Of NDDC"-Joint Revolutionary Council


Question: Leading agitating groups in the Niger Delta such as the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) and its constituent groups like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND have been quiet on the ongoing revelations and exposures at concerning the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the National Assembly especially bothering on cross allegations between leaders of the National Assembly, The Minister of Niger Delta and the members of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Special Report: Over 20 Lies Told By Government Of Nigeria To Cover Up Herdsmen Terror-Jihadism & Protect Its Perpetrators

Nigerian Jihadists 

It is now beyond any reasonable doubt that Government of Nigeria and its security agencies as presently constituted has consistently told litany of lies, numbering over twenty to cover up Herdsmen terror-jihadism in Nigeria or any part thereof and protect or shield its perpetrators; all in a bid to misinform and mislead Nigerians and members of the int’l community and intensify the anti Christian butcheries. Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law also makes bold to say that the most dangerous dimension to the ongoing jihadist atrocities in the country is the Government lies as well as elevation of Fulani jihadism to state cover and protection. These are directly or indirectly done by same Government in grave contravention of Sections 10 and 38 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and rights to freedom of religion and worship contained in various regional and international rights treaty laws acceded to by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Special Report: Full Text of Suspended EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu's Defence

Ibrahim Magu

Re: Alleged Case Of Conspiracy , Enrichment, Abuse Of Public Office And Other Infractions

The above subject matter refers:

2: Your Excellency, permit me to express my profound gratitude for the unique opportunity you afforded me to defend myself of all the allegations levelled against me and the Commission. This is a demonstration of your commitment to the fundamental principle of justice which is ‘fair hearing’.

3. Ordinarily, Sir, the petition against me would have been answered by a simple response that:

3.1 Under my watch, no assets were sold and the proceeds thereof fraudulently converted.

3.2 The investigation conducted by the Commission in respect of P&ID has been timely, exemplary and has been commended by English Courts, with Justice Butcher commenting that Nigeria has established seismic fraud against P&ID. Further, Nigeria’s off-shore lawyers are relying on over 5,000 pages of documents and evidence availed to them from the EFCC investigation of this saga.

3.3 Neither I nor the EFCC, have ever threatened any Judicial Officer in the discharge of our official functions.

3.4 There has been no mismanagement of and lack of transparency in the management of recovered assets under my leadership of the Commission.

3.5 There has been no diversion of proceeds from recovered assets or personal enrichment on my part.

3.6 The EFCC has in a timely and exemplary fashion responded to information and documents whenever required, not just in the Paris Club Refund investigations, but in respect of other investigations.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

News Release: 1, 421 Christians Hacked To Death By Nigeria’s Jihadists In Seven Months Of 2020 (1st Jan-31st July)

Women Protesting Killing of Christians In Southern Kaduna,  Nigeria. 

(…UN, Commonwealth, ICC, EU, US, UK, Canada, Vatican, Australia, Brazil, Israel & others written & asked to intervene)

Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law is continuously alarmed over ceaseless and untamed massacre of Christians in Nigeria or any part thereof and the lackadaisical attitude and strongly suspected complicity of the present central Government and its security forces. It is specifically shocking that in the past seven months of 2020 or 1st Jan to 31st July 2020, no fewer than 1,421 Christians have been hacked to death, out of which Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for 1,027 deaths, Jihadist Boko Haram and ISWAP over 310 deaths and Jihadist Ansaru and Jihadist “Bandits” over 60. The total Christian deaths of 1,421 included “24 dark figures”.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Tribute: Activist Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha Pays Tribute To Late Father

"That my father, Chief Sir Samuel Nwadike Iwuoha, is an Epitome and
Embodiment of Almighty God’s goodness and mercy, is an understatement; he is indeed a true definition of God’s grace.