Saturday, 12 June 2021

Photonews: Southeast Leaders Meet With Federal Government Delegation Over Insecurity And Biafra


Screenshot: Famous Nigeria Activist In A Tweet Alleges Police, Secret Police Attack During Protest In Abuja


Photonews: June 12 Protest In Lagos


Speech: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Speech On 2021 Democracy Day


President Buhari

Fellow Nigerians,

I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.

2. As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.

3. In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.

4. The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.

5. Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.

6. Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.

7. I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our country men, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.

8. I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnaped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.

9. Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

Fellow Nigerians,

Friday, 11 June 2021

Special Report: Genocide In Eastern Nigeria: 350 Killed In 160 Days, 600 Missing And 2500 Abducted Or Arrested By Soldiers, Police, Others

(…150 Igbo Christians killed by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in  past 160 days or since January 2021) 

Time For World Bodies To Take Action:

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law is drawing the urgent and ‘red signals’ attention  of Governments of the United States, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and the European Union; the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the United Nations Human Rights and Humanitarian bodies, international human rights and justice bodies, the International Criminal Court, internationally respected persons, international religious freedom bodies and other disciples and apostles of human rights, justice and democracy across the globe. This urgent international clarion call is sequel to ongoing genocidal attacks on defenseless civilians in Eastern Nigeria, done in total disregard to the country’s international obligations and laid down rules including respect for human rights and sanctity of human life as well as rules governing internal policing operations and armed conflict.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

News Release: UK-Africa Forum On Trade, Policy And Reform To Examine The Future Of Trade And Avenues For Policy Reform


(Leading African policy makers and business leaders from the UK and Africa will convene on the 15th of June for Invest Africa’s digital UK-Africa Forum on trade, policy, and reform)

A Pan-African business and investment platform, aims to build constructive dialogue between policy makers and business leaders from the UK and Africa during the Forum. James Duddridge MP, Minister for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith OBE, H.M. Trade Commissioner for Africa, and His Excellency Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana will feature in the programme.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Article: Women Leaders In Political Parties: Stakeholders Or Pushovers?

By Bassey Bassey and Oluwafunbi Alao

It is a fact that women face serious constraints compared to their male counterpart with regards to political participation in politics, governance and leadership and one of the most outstanding being access to financial resources to compete with men on an equal basis. Other constraints are influence of patriarchy, lack of support by political parties, religious beliefs, security and other targeted forms of gender based violence.

The road to occupying a political and elective position in Nigeria is through the ballot (popular vote), but this is the last lap of the electioneering marathon.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Rejoinder: "Honourable Minister Did Not Give Any Conditions Regarding Lifting The Twitter Suspension"-Nigeria Foreign Affairs Ministry

Onyeama: Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to misleading reports by several media outlets published today, Monday, 7“ June 2021, in which the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama was misquoted as giving conditions for lifting the Twitter suspension.

The Honourable Minister after a meeting with some Heads of Diplomatic Missions resident in Nigeria was quoted to have said that “Twitter’s operations in Nigeria will be restored only if the platform can be used responsibly.

Article: ANLCA Crisis Seems Abating

By Joe Sani

Facts are sacred and conscience of truth: 

Justice R. M. Aikawa's court orders’ (in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/921/2020) continuing violations with unrestrained impunity is sickening, incomprehensible and devastating to those who seek justice through the law courts. The far reaching implications of that order are that NECOM officials are to stop parading themselves as national officers of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), or signing any documents on behalf of ANLCA and, above that, they should honorably vacate the national secretariat.

2 – Undeterred in their determination to wage a relentless war on Western Zone, the Tony Iju led gang concocted a petition to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos alleging that leaders of ANLCA in the West were kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, etc. Upon receipt of the petition and without establishing a prima facie case or necessary investigations, all leaders of ANLCA in Western Zone were arrested, detained for days with a fraudulently obtained Magistrate Court order, preparatory to long days and weeks and months in detention with intent to forcefully take over all the Chapters in the Zone.

Special Report: Full List Of Nigerian Army Generals Going on Retirement Effective From 1st June, 2021 Following The Appointment Of Farouk Yahaya As Chief Of Army Staff

1. J.B Olawumi

2. J.O Akomolafe

3. C.O Ude

4. G. Oyefesobi

5. M.O Uzoh

6. C.C Okonkwo

7. M.S.A Aliyu

8. U.M Mohammed

9. B.M Shafa

10. N.E Angbazo

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Article: The Worker, The Trade Union And National Development

By Jaye Gaskia

Let me start by thanking the Food, Beverage And Tobacco Senior Staff Association FOBTOB], an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress [TUC] of Nigeria, for inviting me to make this presentation, and in so doing, making the platform of their 14th National Delegates Conference [NDC] available to interrogate the issue of the role of the working class in national development in general, and more specifically, the role of the FBT industry in engendering sustainable economic growth and enabling quality job creation.

As you may have noticed from this introduction, I have slightly modified the theme of the 14th NDC to accommodate the wider working class, and the wider labour movement beyond the worker in the FBT industry, and beyond the workers organised by your union; and in doing this, I have also extended the discourse beyond the role of the FBT industry in ensuring sustainable economic growth.

News Report: Owerri Based Activist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha Taken Away By Gun Wielding Men


Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

Sources close to Owerri based activist, Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha have informed us that the activist was some days ago taken away from his residence in Owerri, Imo State capital city by some gun wielding men.

Efforts by family and friends to trace his whereabout, we are told, have so far proved abortive.

No security agency have so far indicated that the activist is in their custody.

Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha is known to be a stunch supporter of Uche Nwosu, Governor Hope Uzodimma's opponent in the 2019 Imo State governorship election.

Owerri, Imo State capital city have lately been enmeshed in insecurity, resulting in the murder of some prominent Nigerians.

The activist recently did a petition detailing corrupt practices of a Hope Uzodimma aide.