Friday, 13 December 2019

Article: How Has Nigeria’s Ruling Class Been Able To Periodically Renew Itself........?

By Edwin Madunagu

My most recent published article, “Recalling Tai Solarin’s prediction”, which appeared in the first week of this month, ended with a series of questions. I reproduce four of them that are most relevant to this sequel: “Why is it that despite the Nigerian Left’s insistence, at least since 1979, on the inevitability and irreducibility of a Revolutionary Party, the party has not emerged? Why should we find ourselves repeating the same theses and propositions after every bloody and farcical display called “election”? How has Nigeria’s ruling class been able to periodically renew itself, assume new organizational forms and continue its rule? Put differently, why has it not been possible to overthrow Nigeria’s ruling capitalist class, as a class, or dislodge it as the dominant political force?”.

U-Report: The Supreme Court Of Nigeria Reinstates Local Government Autonomy

Reported By A Citizen Reporter

The Supreme Court of Nigeria in a five man panel headed by Justice Olubolade Joe in a unanimous judgement finally put to rest as it Barred state governors from having the power to sack elected local government chairmen and councilors henchforth. Other areas of the ruling that took place on 11th Dec 2019 includes:

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

News Release: "Punch And Its Sinister Motive For Attack On President Buhari"---Presidency

The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible.

The paper claimed that it is changing President Buhari's official title to General because of his government's alleged disregard for the rule of law.

Special Report: Civil Liberties Organization(CLO) On World Human Rights Day

(Being Text Of The 2019 Universal Declaration Of Human Rights (UDHR) Report  Of The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), South East Zone, Nigeria, This Day 10th December, 2019).

It’s another December 10, the global World Human  Rights Day made possible through the United Nations (UN) Document  known as The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ratified on this day in 1948.

Monday, 9 December 2019

News Release: "I Think It Would Be Insensitive And Inappropriate To Attend The Ceremony"--VP Osinbanjo


"I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.

The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

News Release: "Sowore: Between Facts And Fiction"---Presidency

The Presidency notes some of the insinuations in the media about the arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) of the agitator, Omoyele Sowore.

The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

News Release: DSS And The 6th December, 2019 Federal High Court, Abuja Incident

It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja. It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called the attention of the Judge to a suspicion that the Service was planning to re-arrest Omoyele SOWORE immediately after the court session. The Court discountenanced his alarm and asserted that the Service was law abiding and would not engage in such and subsequently adjourned to February, 2020.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Article: Recalling Tai Solarin’s Prediction

  • Solarin

By Edwin Madunagu

Nigeria’s 2019 elections, particularly the recent governorship contests in Kogi and Bayelsa states, have forcefully brought back a prediction which the late Tai Solarin made about 40 years ago in the aftermath of the 1979 elections. Of course, recalling this prediction is also recalling my response to it at the time. I was then 33.

It is appropriate to begin any story I might wish to tell here by introducing Tai Solarin to young Nigerians who were not born when the prediction was made. This set of Nigerians now constitutes the majority of the Nigerian population. Tai Solarin was a prominent Nigerian male from Southwestern Nigeria who was a secular humanist and educationist, but whose humanism was exceptional because it was all-round (that is, in thought as well as in action), consistent, courageous and well-informed.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Photonews: Alleged Police Instigated Mayhem At The Country Home Of IPOB Leader's Lawyer

News Release: Detailed Background & Twenty-Four Unresolved Questions That Arose From Police Account Of Incident At Country Home Of IPOB Leader's Lawyer

IPOB Leader's Lawyer's Burnt House

The leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law-INTERSOCIETY has in the past 48hrs been bombarded with calls, text messages and emails by well meaning and deeply concerned citizens of Nigeria and nationals of other countries. The call bombardment was to ascertain the true situation of things concerning the Monday afternoon, early and late evening mayhem in the ancestral home of Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor (Onowu) in Umunakwa, Ifite-Orafite, Ekwusigo Local Council of Anambra State in old Eastern Nigeria.