Thursday, 30 December 2021
Monday, 27 December 2021
By Otive Igbuzor, PhD
The conduct of election in any country is crucial because it gives the procedure that allows citizens to choose representatives who will hold positions of authority within it. In any democratic system, it is crucial that elections be free and fair. An adequate legal framework has been recognized as a prerequisite for a credible, free and fair elections. There has been a lot of challenges with the conduct of elections in Nigeria from 1923 to date. The challenges include among other things irregularities which put the entire electoral process in doubt; problems with the legislative framework which puts constraints on the electoral process; the inability of various stakeholders to play their roles; lack of room by the electoral system for inclusiveness; lack of independence of electoral commissions; long process of election dispute resolution; irresponsible behaviour by politicians; thuggery and violence; and monetization of politics. One of the ways that has been used to address these challenges is through the electoral Act.
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Thursday, 23 December 2021
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Friday, 10 December 2021
Special Report: Civil Space And Rights In Nigeria Under Attack By Government And Its Linked 600 NGOs And 400 Democratic Institutions
The theme for this year’s World Human Rights Day 2021:“Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights” has virtually no space in the present Nigeria and its democratic space. This arises from the fact that the country’s human rights and other democratic freedoms are under siege and attack by the present Government of Nigeria and the country’s supposedly human rights and democracy protective NGOs and social institutions numbering over 600 and 400, respectively. For the avoidance of doubt, the Article 1 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, a sacred rights code globally proclaimed on 10th December 1948, and theme for this year’s World Human Rights Day, clearly states that “All Human Beings Are Born Free And Equal In Dignity And Rights”. The Article clearly and unambiguously pointed out the need for Equality, Inclusion and Non-discrimination in all state actor and non state actor social or civil spaces across the globe including Nigeria.
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Special Report: An Open Letter To Mr. Mark Zuckerberg: A Global Call To Act Now On Child And Adolescent Mental Health Science
Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
We are a global coalition of scholars with expertise at the intersection of psychology, online technology, and health. Recently, we have been following news reports about research within your companies on the mental health of child and adolescent users of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Unfortunately, that research is happening behind closed doors and without independent oversight. Therefore, we have only a fragmented picture of the studies your companies are conducting. We do not believe that the methodologies seen so far meet the high scientific standards required to responsibly investigate the mental health of children and adolescents. Although nothing in the leaks suggests that social media causes suicide, self-harm, or mental illness, these are serious research topics. This work, and the tools you are using should not be developed without independent oversight. Sound science must come before firm conclusions are drawn or new tools are launched. You and your organisations have an ethical and moral obligation to align your internal research on children and adolescents with established standards for evidence in mental health science.
Saturday, 4 December 2021
The Nigerian Government and its security forces have been engaging in mindless ethno-religious profiling and terrorization of citizens subscribing to Sabbath Christian Faith and related others in Eastern Nigeria especially those under the umbrella of ‘the African Instituted Churches”. Several investigations by Intersociety since the Obigbo Army massacre and abductions in Rivers State in October/November 2020 have clearly shown that targeting, criminalizing, stigmatizing, terrorizing and killing members and leaders of the Sabbath Faith Family and related others have become the official ‘operation code’ of the Nigerian Government and its security forces. Without provable and indictable pieces of evidence, the security forces including Police IRT, RRS and others and soldiers of the Nigerian Armed Forces and their joint forces under “Special Forces” as well as operatives of the DSS have been going about in frenzy, abducting members and leaders of the Faith, destroying their properties including homes, sacred places of worship and livelihoods and killing them at will after being taken into custody or at the point of their arrest or abduction.
Wednesday, 1 December 2021
We wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will be in court tomorrow, December 2, 2021 in Abuja
We therefore, urge Biafrans living in Abuja and its environs to come out to solidarise with our leader.
News Report: Nnamdi Kanu Makes Emergency Appearance In Court Tomorrow, May Be Granted Bail Or Moved To Prison Custody
Leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is scheduled for an emergency appearance at an Abuja federal high court tomorrow.
The emergency appearance is likely to lead to granting of bail to the Biafra agitator or a transfer to prison custody, a more conducive place.
The IPOB leader, whose release is being championed by some Igbo leaders is currently being detained in a Directorate of State Security facility on Court order.