The Committe of Civil Society bodies under the banner of Civil Society Joint Action comprising of about 68 NGO’S
has declared Nigeria President, Mohammadu Buhari a failure.
This is contained in a joint statement issued by the bodies in Lagos on Sunday.
The statement is presented below unedited:
Nigeria is in dire straits. All over the country, Nigerian citizens, including children, are killed daily by terrorists and criminals as well as in extra-judicial killings by state actors with the government doing little or nothing about it. The government, through the Minister of Defence, has instead callously abdicated its responsibility and called Nigerian citizens ‘cowards’ and urged Nigerians to ‘defend themselves’.
Kidnapping for ransom has assumed an industrial and deadly scale never witnessed on the African continent. Our children are no longer safe in schools and Nigerian citizens and communities are now pauperised by terrorists who extort huge ransoms while murdering their hostages. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, what has now become the government’s standard state policy of using taxpayers’ money to pay terrorists thereby funding and encouraging terrorism and criminality.
President Buhari and his government have failed in their primary duty under Section 14 2(b) of the 1999 Constitution which is ensuring the security and welfare of the Nigerian people. Instead, under their watch, Nigeria is now a catalogue of bloodletting with:
● The unending war in the North East with our troops often bearing the brunt of this government’s security failures;
● Gross injustices by President Buhari’s government against the Nigerian people such that peaceful protesters are threatened and attacked by the government’s security agents while terrorists carrying out mass murder, rape, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians including women and children are feted, molly coddled, granted ‘amnesty’ and paid by the government. This is tantamount to funding and supporting terrorists, encouraging murder and the decimation of the Nigeria’s gallant troops and amounts to treason against the Nigerian State and people;
● Terrorist herder attacks on unarmed farming communities and reprisal attacks in the face of government inaction and failure to bring the terrorist herdsmen and their funders to justice;
● Large scale terrorist attacks in the North West irresponsibly tagged by the government as ‘banditry’ in a bid to downplay their criminality;
● Industrial scale kidnappings all across the country;
● Extrajudicial killings by State Security agents in various forms
● Inter-ethnic violence and
● Menace of political cult gangs and ethnic militia.
Furthermore, Section 14 of the Constitution has imposed a duty on the State i.e FG, States & LGs. All Governments should invest in the security of life and property of every citizen. And since, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder or culpable homicide are state offences. All arrested suspected should be prosecuted by State Attorney Generals
Nigeria is completely under policed. As a matter of urgency, more security personnel should be employed, trained and motivated to defend the society. When an American citizen was recently kidnapped in Niger State no ransom was paid. Yet, a team of US troops invaded the country, killed two of the kidnappers and freed the abducted American!
This government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to protect Nigerians as is their primary duty under Section 14 (2)b of the 1999 Constitution and we hold President Buhari solely responsible as the buck stops at his desk. As Civil Society organisations, we call on the President to take immediate steps to :
Provide political and moral leadership for the security crisis and ensure governmental actions are humane in tandem with Section 17 (2) ( C ) of the Constitution;
The Nigeria Police Council established by section 153 of the Constitution is constituted by the President, IGP, Chair of Police Service Commission and the 36 state governors. The NPC is empowered by the Construction to administer organise and supervise the Nigeria Police Force. The NPC should be called to meet regularly to address the crisis of insecurity.
End impunity for abuse of power and sectionalism through his appointments by balancing the need for competence with the federal character principle. In this way, he will demonstrate that every part of Nigeria matters as sectional appointments appear to fuel sectional violence;
Amnesty for terrorists and abductors should stop. Huge ransom paid to criminal gangs is used to purchase arms and ammunition to attack communities. As security is technology driven the Government must acquire the necessary equipment to deal with the menace of terrorism, banditry and abduction.
Take responsibility and end the persecution of the media and free speech both of which are foundations of a democratic state.
Mobilize our rich Nigerian assets to address the insecurity situation across the country and seek international cooperation to ramp up security assets.
Where the President fails to fulfill his constitutional duties as stated above, we demand he steps aside or the National Assembly initiates impeachment proceedings against him on grounds of gross misconduct as provided for in Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We remain hopeful as citizens of Nigeria and call on all Nigerians to keep hope alive as we bond together and build a nation where true peace and justice reign.
Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
Centre for Democratic Research and Training (CRDDERT)
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP)
Zero-Corruption Coalition (ZCC)
Partners on Electoral Reform
African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
National Procurement Watch Platform
Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civil Education (CHRICED)
Community Action for Popular Participation
Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress (BOCODEP)
Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE)
Tax Justice and Governance Platform
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria
Women In Nigeria
African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD)
Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre(RULAAC)
Women Advocate Research And Documentation Centre
Community Life Project
Nigerian Feminist Forum
Alliances for Africa
Spaces for Change
Nigerian Women Trust Fund
Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa
State of the Union (SOTU)
Action International Nigeria
Femi Falana Chamber
HEDA Resource Centre
Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Organization Community Civic Engagement(OCCEN)
Say NO Campaign—Nigeria
Women In Media
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)
Sesor Empowerment Foundation
House of Justice
Molluma Medico-Legal Center
Open Bar Initiative
Partners West Africa, Nigeria (PWAN)
We The People
Lex Initiative for Rights Advocacy and Development (LIRAD Nigeria)
Centre for Impact Advocacy
Dorothy Njemanze Foundation
Raising New Voices Initiative
Haly Hope Foundation
Centre for Liberty
Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution
Adopt a Goal for Development Initiative
Education as a Vaccine
Stand to End Rape
International Peace and Civic Responsibility Centre (IPCRC)
Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development (FENRAD)
Mowalek Centre for Sustainable Community Development
Srarina Initiative for Peace, Justice and Development (SIPJAD
NUT FAULTS ASUSS CLAIMS ON COURT JUDGEMENT.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT Ekiti State wing has described as untrue that the Supreme Court in its judgement of January, 15,2021,granted secondary school teachers operating under the umbrella of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools ,ASUSS,power to operate as a trade union.
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools ASUSS had early issued a statement where it applauded the supreme court for stopping plans by NUT to deregister it.
However, NUT Ekiti State wing in a statement signed by it chairman Comrade Oke Emmanuel and the secretary Comrade Akin Ade Ojo cautioned members of ASUSS aginst spreading fake news and misinforming members of the public about the outcome of the court saying no amount of lies peddled by the group would change the fact about their status.
According to NUT the claim by ASUSS in a section of the media that it has obtained judgment to unionize secondary school teachers is reckless, complete falsehood and extraneous to the decisions of the Supreme Court.
Ekiti NUT insisted that contrary to the claim of ASUSS that it was granted registration, Supreme Court never granted such order saying the Union was only being mischievous.
Setting the Record Straight “The subject matter between ASUSS vs NUT bothered on the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to grant the restraining order sought by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) against the Minister of Labour and Productivity to unilaterally register a Trade Union contrary to the provisions of Ss. 3(2), 5 (4) of the Trade Union Act CAP. T14 LFN 2004.”
“The contest of the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to hear the Suit of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) vs Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) was upheld by the Federal High Court Abuja, which was appealed by the ASUSS to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court respectively.
However, the Supreme Court in its judgement held that ” under the doctrine of stare decisis, we are bound by these decisions. It follows therefore, that in the instant case, where His Lordship E. Ekanem, JCA who did not participate in the hearing of the appeal, rendered a judgment thereon, the lower court, in so far as the panel that delivered the judgment was different from the panel that heard the appeal, was incompetent.
“The appeal is therefore allowed. The judgment delivered on 9/6/2014 is a nullity and must be and is hereby set aside. Appeal No. CA/A/256/09 shall be remitted to the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, to be heard by a different panel of that court.”
NUT wonders where ASUSS got its own version of the judgement, urging members of the public to disregard the fake news.
Drama In Senate As Smart Adeyemi Describes Abia Gov As A ‘Drunkard’
There was a mild drama in the Senate when Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi) described Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as a “champagne drinking man”.
Adeyemi, while contributing to a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria, said Abia is governed by “drunkards”.
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The lawmaker was apparently responding to a social media post allegedly linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia.
In the post, Abaribe was said to have cast aspersion on Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
However, Abaribe said he was surprised that the Kogi Senator was making reference to a statement he did not make.
Adeyemi said while some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, Abians “are governed by drunkards”.
He said: “Despite that some governors are doing their best, we are lucky to have a governor who has taken the issue of security as a serious priority.
“We are bordered by nine states, but we had an experience of the unfortunate incidents that are happening in neighbouring states.
“Some governors are committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovations of schools and provides security services to them.
“In some states where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man.
“Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”
At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautioned him against insulting the governor.
Responding, Abaribe expressed shock over Adeyemi’s comment and urged his colleague to tender an apology to the governor of Abia.
Abaribe said: “Mr President, I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened here today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comment on the governor of Kogi State. Never!
“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask question, you will not know whether you actually said it or not.
“And I see so many things tagged to me but I don’t talk. The last time I saw Nuhu Ribadu, I also spoke to him. Something was ascribed to him that was very deleterious.
“I’m very surprised that my good friend and colleague decided to take on the governor of Abia for something I never said.”
Femi Fani-Kayode Visit Joshua Iginla, Describes Him As End-Time Gods General
Former minister of aviation and fiery nationalist, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has described popular clergy and prophet in charge of Champions Royal Assembly, Joshua Iginla as a truly remarkable, kind, compassionate,gifted, wise, extraordinary amd anointed man of God during his courtesy visit to his 80,000 seater auditorium known as City of Wonders at Kubwa, Abuja
Fani-Kayode who just got back from his visit to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and his Counterparts in Enugu, decided to visit Iginla who is arguably one of the leading prophetic voices in this dispensation. Although, the reason for the visit could not be ascertained, it might not be unconnected to national development or personal consultation
Confirming the visit on his official page today, the former Aviation minister expressed joy and enthusiasm meeting such a great man of God
I had a wonderful time visiting with the great Prophet Iginla at his Church in Kubwa, Abuja yesterday immediately after I arrived from Enugu. The Church building is simply magnificent and the Prophet is a truly remarkable, kind, compassionate, gifted, wise, extraordinary and anointed man. He is one of God’s End-Time Generals and he is doing great things for the Lord and the Body of Christ. I am very proud of him.
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