Oyegun Has Lost Focus As APC Chairman And Must Resign Immediately – Save APC Group

Less than 2 years ago, different political parties came together to form one single, nationalistic opposition party in Nigeria, making history by not only being the first truly opposition party with national spread, but most importantly, going on to defeat the ruling party PDP in the March 28th elections after 16years in power. It was a glorious moment in our political history as a nation, one that political analysts and pundits from around the world are still trying to comprehend, how we did it.

Elections were over, the President and other elected officials were sworn in, and just a month into this administration, our party is obviously suffering from what General Godwin Alabi termed “Tragedy of victory”. The current happenings in our National Assembly are disgraceful, shameful and utterly childish to say the least. Our party is gradually losing focus, from the way and manner it handled the election of National Assembly’s principal officers, to what we saw happened in both chambers as they reconvened to appoint other leaders. Throughout the process of our great party’s formation, one thing that has remained in its backbone is supremacy of the party, everyone respected party leaders and everyone shelved his or her interest, allowing the party to be well disciplined and in total control of all situations. But today, sadly, we have got to a stage where the party has been defied more than once by the Senate President, with no disciplinary action against him. The party did not handle the situation leading to this in the best manner, and clearly within our eyes, we are sliding into the same position the now opposition party PDP was, when they were in power. As stated by Bill Gates “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure”. PDP has provided us with enough failure lessons to last a lifetime, unfortunately, a month into our victory at the polls, we haven’t learned anything from the failures of PDP

As youths of this great party that sacrificed a lot to be where we are, we feel ashamed, displeased and furious at the way and manner things have been done since the swearing in of this new administration by our party leadership. If they cannot control things now, how then will they handle major things to come like congresses and party primaries in the not too distant future? It is in light of these that we, without mincing words, call for the immediate resignation of our party chairman, Chief oyegun, for his failure to provide the much needed leadership that will make our party stronger than it is.

At a point when our President, Muhammadu Buhari has clearly stated that he will not interfere in the NASS leadership crises, which translates to not having any form of interference from the presidency which was a departure from the usual way of the PDP, we would have assumed the APC leadership will seize the moment and manage all the various interests like it did during the presidential primaries, if we could handle that perfectly, despite the many powerful candidates contesting, one wonders how a simple NASS leadership election can degenerate into this national display of shame. Before things become completely out of control, we still have a chance to salvage the situation, by removing our national chairman with immediate effect and handing the party over to a capable hand.

Mahmud Jikamshi

For: Save APC Group

Ohaneze Youth Threatens War If Ekweremadu Is Impeached

Press Statement: We, the Igbo youths independent command organ, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) Worldwide, hereby state categorically that against the frolics of those who appear hell-bent on subverting the nation’s budding democracy by singling out only the Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu among other leaders who were duly elected by the same Nigerian Senate the same day, because he is Igbo, calling for his resignation or impeachment that the 8th Senate leadership has come to stay.

Lovers of germane democracy must accept the historic emergence of a bipartisan Nigerian Senate made possible by the return of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP, as the Deputy Senate President of the 8th National Assembly, as a beginning point in deepening and advancing Nigeria’s democracy. The cacophonous noise of the demoralized Unity Forum in All Progressives Congress (APC) and their ethnic jingoists who thought that with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential comeback loss that the Igbo are politically conquered have to brace-up for the task ahead having to do with deepening and safeguarding Nigerian democracy and economy, needed to help President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed, which Senator Ekweremadu’s Deputy Senate President is essential to.

If the so-called Unity Forum and ethnic jingoists in APC cannot see the involvement of an Igbo man in their belittling political disposition and conquest politics, then they have nothing to offer Nigerians and our democracy. Some of them have even gone to the extent of calling for the resignation or impeachment of the duly elected and constitutionally-backed Deputy Senate Presidency of Senator Ike Ekweremadu just to satisfy their greed and egos. This is not good for our probationary democracy and must be condemned by all lovers of democracy no matter the political divide one may belong. Leaving all other Principal Officers of the 8th National Assembly elected with Senator Ike Ekweremadu the same day to be asking for his (Ekweremadu) resignation or impeachment is an affront to the Igbo nation and must be resisted by the Igbo and lovers of democracy to the last pint of our blood.

This is not the first time that we are having bipartisan political arrangement in Nigeria, especially in National Assembly. In first republic, we have Northern Peoples Congress, NPC, led by Prime Minister Tafawa Belewa; with Rt. Hon. Nwafor Orizu, an Igbo, from another party National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC) as Senate President. In second republic, we have National Party of Nigeria (NPN) led by President Shehu Shagari; with Rt. Hon. Edwin Umeh Ezeoke, an Igbo, from another party Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP), as the Speaker, House of Representatives. Unless there are ulterior motives against Igbo man and other Nigerians, whose legislators made the lists of the newly elected Principal Officers of the present National Assembly, the argument by the Unity Forum and ethnic jingoists in APC that official secrecy may be sabotaged by Senator Ekweremadu, who comes from the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is highly belated, empty and antisocial, because National Assembly does not know party but legislature and legislators.

From the aforesaid bipartite legislature between Igbo and their traditional political ally North, there was never a time the issue of one party sabotaging another at the National Assembly came up, and with the Ekweremadu’s Deputy Senate Presidency, we thank our Northern brethren who helped carried the day, for restoring the East –North political alliance that has held past democratic dispensation; against the wishful thinking of those who are not magnanimous in victory.

In view of the above, while we forgave the frolics of the Senator Lawan led Unity Forum and ethnic jingoist in APC as antics of the regionalists who just embraced national politics with bucolic and parochial hangovers, they have to accept that the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Rt. Hon. Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s steered 8th National Assembly has come to stay. The disenchanted voices of some-democratic elements that appear hell-bent on subverting the nation’s budding democracy ought to wane with the reality that the 8th National Assembly Principal Officers elections has come and gone.

Finally, while the main task is to help President Buhari succeed, through a friendly working relationship between the Presidency and National Assembly. May we warn without reservation that any further attempt to singling out only Senator Ike Ekweremadu from the elected Principal Officers of the 8th National Assembly, either asking for his resignation or impeachment by the ethnic jingoists in APC would be taken by the Igbo as an affront to their nationality and continuation of the pre-independent unfinished antisocial acts and tribal wars against the Igbo tribe that was seen ravenous during last 2015 presidential elections. Leave Ekweremadu’s Senate Presidency, alone or prepare for war. Enough is enough!

 

For: OHANAEZE YOUTH COUNCIL, OYC (Worldwide).

Mazi Francis Oji                                      Mazi Okwu Okwu

Secretary BoT OYC                                 President, OYC

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Nigerians Protest For A 90% Reduction In The Assembly Budget And 100% Transparency

These are times of great hardship, destitution, desperation, displacement and death for Nigerians. The destinies of our children and the children we hope to have, balance precariously on the probity and profoundness of the change we have decided to embark upon. This change of our ways as a nation must be total and complete. The world also watches closely in this day of modern media; concerned and anxious that Nigeria may be rescued from the abyss and rise again to its true position for Africa. Africa, Blacks and indeed minorities around the world hope. They hope that Nigeria will restore their pride and be a beacon and resort for recourse in trying times.

Corruption is the bane of our beloved nation of many great nations. Nigerians on the 28th of March made a statement: that we reject corruption and have decided to do away with it once and for all and in totality. We banished poverty and terror, the offspring of corruption as we revolted at the polls against a cabal who had ganged up.

The open fleecing of our commonwealth by members of the National assembly cannot and will not continue. In the words of late sage Fela Anikulapo Kuti, “few people go dey part with big money and the rest dey hungry.” While 80% of Nigerians live under $2/day with 100 million Nigerians destitute, living under a-dollar-a-day according to the national statistics bureau, these lawmakers budget and spend over N150 billion ($1 billion) to themselves every year. A senate that only threatened to impeach the past president when his actions affected their interests and never once did when it affected ours.

We have complained for years. Late President Umaru Yar’Adua attempted to force down the stupendous income of these assemblymen before he passed under suspicious conditions. Transform Nigerian Movement (TNM) on the 23rd of June, 2010 in a terse statement declared that enough was enough. Our advice fell on deaf ears. The senate today which still has a majority of the same members including as its leadership, guilty of the wrecking of the nation via the unconstitutional and inhumane guzzling of its commonwealth, protected itself and voted under the previous coterie corrupt administrations to keep increasing its jumbo earnings.

Today as we rev-up our protests, the senate attempts to blindfold Nigerians, taking us for individual and collective fools by pointing to the “autonomous” Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, a brainchild of ex-dictator Ibrahim Babangida, as the culprits. Whereas, while acknowledging that over the past several years, RMAFC have been co-conspirators in the defrauding of Nigeria by lavishing assemblymen with the world’s highest salary and the most ridiculously stupendous allowances in modern history;

and while in this Position we demand the firing and charging of RMAFC’s directors (commissioners) and overhaul or scrapping of the entire irresponsible and treacherous body; we are not stupid not to know of the extra-RMAFC allowances the senate and House proportion to themselves also to the tune of billions of naira.

We are aware of the illegal quarterly “constituency project” funds to the tune of N160 million/year for Reps and N240 million/year for Senators as at 2012. Funds mostly usurped, coveted for political campaigning or personalized to beggar the constituents.

We are also aware of how senators remunerate themselves with committees upon committees.

We know we do not know the whole of the superfluous jumbo budget of our national assembly. This is again intentional and malicious. The picture is more likely worse than we recognize. According to the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and human rights activist, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, Nigerian senators get as much as N1 billion ($5+ million) per annum and Reps, N600 million ($3+ million). We are talking of as much as $1.5 to $2 billion for only 469 people out of a national budget of $22 billion for all 176 million Nigerians. Compare, the entire 26 million population of Ghana survive on a budget of just $6 billion. This National Assembly, NASS defalcation is not only illegal, but a sin and curse.

To this effect, we demand from the Presidency:

1. The immediate termination and investigation of the directors (commissioners) of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC.

2. The dissolution of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC. Or the total and radical overhaul of the fraudulent agency.

3. The immediate 90% down-revision of the total budget of the National Assembly to nothing more than 10% of the current budget. We believe that 12 billion naira total is the most Nigerians deserve to and can afford to pay for assembly duties, otherwise we must and will find much cheaper alternatives. And this is being very generous comparing to compensation of our thoroughly learned and achieved professionals: physicians, professors, etc.

4. 100% transparency and oversight. Every kobo that is budgeted for or spent by the National assembly must be subject to federal approval and review and declared openly to the public.

5. Open, recorded, individualized voting as demanded for by Seun Onigbinde of Budgit.

6. Immediate termination of the so-called “constituency projects” allocations.

7. In these trying times, we call for a serious review and plan for the scrapping of the redundant Senate in its entirety; as Senegal did in 2012. Many of these colonial institutions are redundant and counter-productive, most especially in a modern electronic world.

We will continue our #OccupyNASS protests Tuesday 10 am at the National Assembly and elsewhere around the country and around the world.

We invite all able bodied Nigerians to join our revolt for our freedom. To join us in peaceful protest and acts of civil disobedience, to force this change to be complete. This is a mission for true representation – to assist our representatives to better represent us. We are doing this to help them and make them proud at their job. There is no way that senators and House of Rep members on a largesse of millions of dollars every year can ever relate with and represent the constitutions from which they departed to the beautiful Abuja. Today, earning these billions of naira, they can unfortunately only represent each other, being as it is, members of a new family and constituency – the FCT constituency, all 469 of them. And this must stop. And this will stop.

We enjoin all Nigerians who cannot join our protest to unleash fervent prayers to create internal hardship, pain and chaos among these wicked thieving legislators. To frustrate them as the Lord frustrated out the various evil tyrants and kakistocrats over the past 30 years. To solidify this change for us. To bring victory for us as He did on March 28th and when he helped us eliminate the Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalami dictatorships and the unhinged ambitions of Obasanjo.

We remind Nigerians of their #PowerOfRecall and encourage those of us who have started strategizing to begin the processes to recall many of these legislators who rigged their way into office or are already abusing the mandate being part of those fighting to keep stealing our national income.

We march for a great Nigeria!

And we will never stop!

#UndressNASS #OccupyNASS

*As decided at Friday’s protests, a statement of this letter will be addressed and delivered to the Nigerian President and Senate president during Tuesday the 23rd’s morning’s protests at the National Assembly.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

MEND Joins In The Condemnation Of National Assembly, Says The Legislator Are Selfish

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has observed with disgust, the brazing disregard for the feelings of the Change-Seeking masses by very selfish members of the Eight National Assembly.
These wicked individuals appropriate to themselves huge and absurd Salaries/Allowances at the expense of the millions of hapless Nigerians who have not been paid for months, their salaries, pensions and other due benefits they deserve.
The Niger Delta region where the bulk of revenue that sustains the nation continues to suffer neglect, environmental degradation and lack, made worse by the very corrupt and visionless past government of Goodluck Jonathan and his cronies, some of who still shamelessly parade themselves on national Television and other media platforms as “Niger Delta Activists”.
Nigerians refuse to tolerate this ostentatious lifestyle of our Lawmakers whose main objectives it seems is to enrich themselves and carelessly spend scarce resources. The Niger Delta people refuse to pamper and cater to the needs of these thieving Assembly rogues to its detriment.
If the Lawmakers refuse to make the necessary adjustments needed to accompany the needs of the masses and the Niger Delta region, it may lead to the resumption of hostilities and Nigerians should hold the Eight National Assembly responsible should that happen. Enough is enough!
 
For our Freedom and Yours
Jomo Gbomo

Request For EFCC To Commence Corruption Investigation Into Liyel Imoke’s Administration

PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF

OF THE ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA

PRESIDENTIAL VILLA

ABUJA

 

Your Excellency Sir,

 

OUR CLIENTS (CHIEF BARR OKOI OBONO – OBLA) REQUEST TO THE EFCC

Pursuant to our client’s age long unrestricted and avowed determination to assist stem corruption in our society which from all intents and all purposes synchronizes with your determination as well acknowledged internationally to confront corruption malaise in our society head-on, we hereby on his behalf forward to you as a symbol of his support, a copy of his plea to the EFCC to investigate alleged cases of monumental financial crimes suspected in the out-gone Liyel Imoke Cross River State led administration.

Your Excellency like you already know, Chief Obono-Obla our client many years now, is an active senior private Legal Practitioner, a Human Right Activist, and an acknowledged Anti-corruption Crusader. Our client has before you became our dear president been trying to pressed his request for the EFCC to investigate cases of suspected chronic financial crimes observed in the Imoke led government of Cross River State over time without success.

It will interest you to know that our client has written several petitions on many heads requesting the Chairman of the EFCC to do his legitimate work promptly. This has been in furtherance of his avowed objective to be part of the vanguard to free our society of corruption malaise.

It is the hope of our client that his petition/request to EFCC will be acted upon with seriousness and dispatch in keeping with your promise to Nigerians to free them from the wickedness of corruption.

On behalf of our client we wish you the best in this regards.

Our Warm Regards.

 

 

Chief Barr Utum Eteng

SOLICITORS TO CHIEF OKOI OBONO-OBLA      

 

SGF: Buhari and the PDP Gang-up Against Ogbonnaya Onu- IMC raises alarm

It is with deep sense of regret that the leadership of Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC) received reports of massive gang-up against Chief Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, President Buhari’s preferred choice for the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by some elements within APC and opposition PDP.
Igbo Mandate Congress have followed the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the South East notable among whom is Chief Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Chris Ngige and Chief Rochas Okorocha, and we have it on good records that the incumbent President has respect for the trio.
The level of mudslinging, blackmail and campaign of calumny and gang-up against Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of recent has attracted the attention of IMC. Information reaching us has outlined those campaigning against Ogbonnaya Onu’s candidacy for the post of SGF as including;
1.       Chief Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State who prefers his in-law, and former Imo State SSG, Prof Anthony Anwuka for the position.
2.       Chief Dave Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State who believes that an Ogbonnaya Onu as SGF from Ebonyi State will dwindle the political fortunes of the PDP in the next dispensation.
3.       Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Nigeria’s immediate past SGF who was not able to make even his principal, Goodluck Jonathan execute any tangible project in the South East for the four years he was in office. The 2nd Niger Bridge and Enugu International Airport being ‘419’ on the Igbo Nation. This man believes that Onu’s influence will whittle down his own influence in the State.
4.       Chief Ike Ekwweremadu, Deputy Senate President, who is being pressurized to join the blackmail Ogbonnaya Onu campaign, so as to maintain the supremacy of the PDP in the  Enugu-Ebonyi  Stateaxis
5.       Chief Rotimi Amechi, who is cashing in on the division within the South East, to position himself for the plum appointment.
Igbo Mandate Congress wishes to note that these men have contributed in one way or the other to move Nigeria forward.
1.       Chief Rochas Okorocha had the foresight to drag a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) into the Buhari-Tinubu alliance
2.       Chief Dave Umahi, despite all odds, have proved from the Ebonyi State example, that a victimized Deputy Governor can defeat the candidate of a sitting governor, and emerge as a State Chief Executive-a feat not lost on lovers of democracy
3.       Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, who through the act of God, benefitted from our protests after the 2011 elections, that Igbo be made Senate President which ex-President Jonathan compensated with an SGF slot.
4.       Chief Ike Ekweremmadu, who through another act of God, secured a slot for the Igbo race in the 5th National Assembly, despite being in the opposition PDP
5.       Chief Rotimi Amechi, who refused Presidential impunity in Rivers State and set stage for a Southern platform of ‘Change’.

Igbo Mandate Congress believes that Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former National Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and a consistent member of the opposition since 1999 is ably qualified for the position. This Ebonyi State born former governor was part of those who helped form a coalition that led to the formation of the APC. He also helped some Igbos in the north to remain and cast votes for the opposition.

Igbo Mandate Congress believes that anybody can pursue his political ambition of being the SGF, and believes that Senator Chris Ngige and Prof Anthony Anwuka and indeed others are not inferior choices but ganging up against a particular person and putting undue pressures on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison his preferred choice, using instruments of blackmail, is not in the best interest of the Igbo race.

Igbo Mandate Congress is known worldwide as a stakeholder in the ‘Change’ being celebrated in Nigeria today, and participated in ensuring that Igbos in the North rejected some directives form Ohanaeze and compromised Igbo Leaders to vote for the expired “Transformational Agenda” in concert with Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and as such has the moral right to call erring leaders t order.

Igbos in the APC should pursue their ambitions without puling down others.  They should promote their preferred candidate without rubbishing the efforts of others.  Let this mudslinging politics stop for once.

We have reliable information that President Buhari is wearied of all these recurring Igbo antics and may cede the position to another zone if the pressure becomes overbearing. 

 

That was the nonsense that made Igbo produces five Senate Presidents in eight years while another zone (North Central) produced one senate President in eight years.  Those misguided Igbo leaders must carefully avoid a situation whereby President Muhammadu Buhari wearied by scandalous lobbying cedes the coveted SGF position to another zone.In the event that President Buhari cedes this position to another zone, and cries of marginalization starts, IMC will reveal all the details of the self inflicted calamities and hold the players responsible. They must not gang up with the PDP to pull down Chief Ogboinnaya Onu before Buhari to become SGF or anything they wish.

Rev Obinna Akukwe
Director General, Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC)
igbomandate@yahoo.com

BBC World Service Radio Now Available On Any Mobile Phone In Nigeria

Mobile phone users in Nigeria can now tune in to the BBC World Service radio in English and Hausa by dialling the local number, 01 4405 222. BBC World Service is collaborating with ZenoRadio – a leading service that enables radio to be heard on the phone – to give on-demand access to BBC World Service’s audio streams in English (option 1) and Hausa (option 2).

Users can listen to the broadcasts from any mobile network in Nigeria. English-language radio is streamed live around the clock. Programmes in Hausa are streamed live at 06.30, 15.00 and 20.30 Nigeria Time and then repeated until the next programme is broadcast.

To hear the programmes, users can dial 01 4405 222 from any phone in Nigeria and choose the language they prefer from the audio menu. Calls are charged at a normal rate, according to network packages and tariffs.

BBC Africa Editor Solomon Mugera says: “The01 4405 222 service provides open and easy access to the BBC’s radio programming that until now has only been available in Nigeria via shortwave, online and satellite. Thanks to this development, anybody with a mobile phone in Nigeria can listen to BBC World Service in English or Hausa at any time.”

There are 132 million active mobile devices in Nigeria*. By using ZenoRadio’s technology, the BBC dramatically improves its accessibility to Nigerian audiences, with every mobile phone user getting the chance to tune in to BBC radio.

“Thanks to BBC and our service, listeners in Nigeria can now stay connected to their favourite BBC content from any phone,” said Morris Berger, Chief Executive Officer of ZenoRadio. “As this is our first foray into Africa, we are proud to work with the BBC on this.”

By dialling the 01 4405 222 service, mobile-phone users across Nigeria can tune in to BBC Hausa’s 06.30 broadcast, BBC Shirin Safe, BBC Shirin Rana at 15.00 and BBC Shirin Yamma, at 20.30 Nigeria Time. Popular BBC programmes in English include Newsday every morning from 04.00 to 08.30 and Focus on Africa at 16.00, 18.00 and 20.00.

BBC Hausa is part of BBC World Service.

Senate Presidency: APC UK Chapter Endorses Senator Lawan

APC UK Chapter is pleased to endorse Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan for the position of Senate President.

“Senator Lawan has unparalleled experience in the senate with exceptional expertise in law and ethics. He has proven to be immune to corruption over the years and he is totally trustworthy.

“Senator Lawan’s dedication and hard work will promote a healthy and positive environment in the senate. We are confident that Ahmed Lawan is the best candidate for the office of Senate President.

“We believe with a strong presence like Ahmed Lawan, the existing weaknesses we currently find in the Senate will cease to exist. Ahmed is a leader and people just naturally follow his ideas and beliefs.

“If you want to see a Senate President take office who will listen to the needs of the people and stand strong against the things he believes are not in our best interests, Ahmed Lawan is your man.

“We call on fellow senators to join hands with Nigerians and vote for Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan as the next senate president.”

ENDS

Adenike Lucas

Press Secretary

APC – UK Chapter.

Nigerian Internet Registration Association, NiRA Shuts Down ENDS.ng Civil Rights Website

Press Release – Youth Group Task Nigeria President Buhari on Climate Change

(Abuja-Nigeria, 29th of May, 2015): Today Nigerians has been given a new opportunity for change and transformational leadership in the fight against climate change as President Muhammadu Buhari takes over as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘Climate change remain one of the biggest challenge facing the world today, from storms in America to heat waves in India and recalling the 2012 floods in Nigeria that eroded the small gains in development and democracy. We are reminded of need for leadership and the required but urgent and rigorous action on climate change’, Esther Agbarakwe.

‘When it comes to climate change, people generally look towards experts for solutions forgetting to engage us, young people. As young Nigerians we are more disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change more than any generation and we will not watch as our future is risked by the inactions of our past leaders’, Hamzat Lawal.

We commend President Muhammadu Buhari for making Climate Change one of his top Policy actions and we express hope that the leadership we lacked in the years past will be demonstrated especially now as we transits from Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals and the new Climate Change Agreement to be decided in Paris during the Conference of parties (COP 21) later this year.

‘We call on the President to focus on investing more in renewable energy which can create millions of job for young people and support local efforts in bridging the intergenerational gap in climate leadership. We also ask the President to give young people a voice in climate decision making at all levels’ Lawal stressed.

‘As young people are working under the umbrella of the Nigeria Youth Climate Coalition (NYCC) and the African Youth Initiative on Climate change (AYICC) to empower each other through peer education, policy advocacy and social media awareness campaign such as #ClimateWednesday’  Esther confirmed.

We are hopeful that Nigeria will take her leadership place in the regional and international agenda in the fight against climate change and we are ready to support and hold the government accountable.

Esther Agbarakwe                                                      Hamzat Lawal

Co-Founder,                                                              Communications Officer,

Nigeria Youth Climate Coalition                               Africa Youth Initiative on

Climate Change (AYICC)

 

Why We Withdrew From Kashamu’s House – NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that it pulled out its operatives from the house of senator-elect, Mr. Buruji Kashamu in compliance with court order. The Agency withdrew from his house when it officially received a copy of the order from the court on Thursday May 28, 2015. Kashamu’s attorney also signed an undertaking to produce him in court for hearing.

This is not the end of the case as the NDLEA has filed a formal extradition process at the Federal High Court. The Agency is following the due process of law and will ensure that national interest is balanced against the constitutional rights of Mr. Kashamu. The mission of the NDLEA is not and has never been to abduct him, but to engage the extradition process. The Agency is taking necessary steps to ensure that Mr. Kashamu will be available to stand trial on extradition charges as required by law.

To this end, the NDLEA has a provisional warrant of arrest on him as well as a formal request for his extradition. The honourable thing for him to do is to submit to the due process of the law as pledged. The NDLEA wishes to reiterate that it would comply with all court orders and not forcefully abduct and take him to the United States for trial.

It is pertinent to state that the court did not prevent the Agency from embarking on extradition process against Mr. Kashamu. The court held that the respondents cannot be restrained perpetually from arresting the applicant and that they were only restrained from arresting him without a warrant of arrest and for forcibly abducting and taking him from Nigeria without recourse to the due process of law as enshrined in the Extradition Act.

 

Ofoyeju Mitchell

Head, Public Affairs

Conference On Youth Participation in SDGs Formation To Hold in Ilorin

By Hameed Muritala

After the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the United Nations (UN) is in the process of developing the next set of international development goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A conference that will address youth involvement in the formulation of these Post-2015 international goals will be held at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State on June 4, 2015. The youth conference is organized by the Building Bridges foundation, Netherlands in partnership with UN.

The conference theme is, “Beyond 2015, Promoting Gender Equality and Good Governance”, while deliberations at the conference will be based on two sub themes, which are “Re-thinking Women’s empowerment and Gender Equality in 2015 and Beyond” and Good Governance – The Initiative From A Sustainable Perspective.”

According to the Building Bridges ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Lemo, the conference aims to picture the new Post-2015 development agenda through the eyes of young people at the grassroots who will be the largest beneficiaries of these agenda.

He argued that the youth have been historically isolated from high-level policy determination despite their large size and roles to development of the world, stressing that, “the youth were not actively involved in the formulation of MDGs in the year 2000.”

“The youth must participate in the formulation of these new international development goals because they will be the ones to feel the impacts of this new framework.

“By including young people in policy formulation and development, they become more empowered, gain a stronger voice and determine their own future. This is why the UN has provided platforms for the youth to contribute their voices towards the formulation of the SDGs,” he noted.

Gbenga disclosed that similar conferences of this nature have been held in some parts of Europe and Africa in the past few months. About 200 Nigerian youth from different parts of the country are expected to participate at the conference.

Expected to speak at the conference are the UN General Assembly youth representatives from the Netherlands, Jilt Van schayik and Teun Melaupus, and Dr. (Mrs.) Saudat AbdulBaqi, a senior lecturer at the Department of Mass communication, Unilorin.

Others are Maurice Pauluseen from the Netherlands embassy in Nigeria, Babatomiwa Adesida who is the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Sahara Group. Also expected to grace the occasion are the Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, John Groffen and the Vice-chancellor of Unilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali.

The outcomes of the conferences will be presented to the UN during her high level post-2015 summit in September, 2015 in New York.
 

 

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