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Dr. Betta Edu Seeks Military Assistance To Prevent Humanitarian Crises.

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…Expands Social Register To Cover Families, Widow, Poor Ex-military Men.

 

Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has sought the collaboration of the Nigerian military in the management of humanitarian crises in the country.

The Minister made the request during a courtesy visit she paid on the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher G. Musa at the Defence Headquarters on Monday, in Abuja.

Edu said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to preventing and mitigating any humanitarian crises while responding to present issues appropriately, thus the need to improve security and reduce poverty.

The Minister said insecurity increases humanitarian crises and poverty, saying there is a need for collaboration between her Ministry and the Military in a bid to prevent, mitigate, and reintegrate those affected back into the society.

She said there was a need for military support for humanitarian workers to provide services to persons affected by humanitarian crises wherever they are and also protect displaced persons and refugees across the country.

“We also want to expand our social register and social database to accommodate military persons that are either affected by war and injured or even killed, leaving their families behind.

“We need these data from the military so as to capture them under the Social Register and can benefit from poverty alleviation programmes while touching lives in their millions. The President’s target is to see that Nigerians are brought out of humanitarian crises and poverty in Nigeria”, she said.

In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher G. Musa said there is always a link between poverty and crime, and the military believes that once the Ministry succeeds, it makes their job easier and better.

“We assure the Minister of all the support she needs, wherever they want to go, and whatever the logistics that need to be done, we are going to provide that.

“We are also happy that the Barrack community will also be considered, which is critical. The troupes’ morale will be high knowing that in case of any emergency, their families will also be considered in the poverty alleviation programs. I can assure you we will give you all the support and work together to achieve success, ” General Musa stated.

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NIGERIA STATE: The conspiracy of Silence

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Nigeria is a Country of about 250 million citizens in multi-State, multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-tribal State protected by the 1999 Nigerian Constitution.

Section 38 to 41 of the 1999 Constitution speaks to freedom of expression, freedom of Association, dignity of persons, freedom of movement etc, the VAPP Act 2015 as well as Anti-torture Act 2017 Speaks to the rights of Nigerian citizens and prohibits anything that violates these rights in these laws. The government whose role as enshrined in the constitution are expected to ensure the making, promotion, preservation and protection of the rights of citizens at all cost through law enforcement officers like the NPF, DSS, NSCDC, Army etc. #UDHR

But despite the rich laws backed up by legislations like CEDAW, UNCAT, UDHR, amongst others, respect for Human Right have been a scarce resource in Nigeria. It is bad enough for citizens to be oppressed by fellow citizens, or foreign investors like Lloyds in Nigeria but to be oppressed by the Government saddled with the responsibility of Protection of Lives and property is the murder of Justice!

Government through State representatives now or its law enforcement officers torment citizens in variety of ways, through forceful extortions on the way, collection of bail monies, investigation money, unlawful arrest, kidnapping, unlawful detention, incommunicado detention, assault, torture, brutality, forceful coercion for confessional statement, tribal and religious sentiments in handling cases that have led to the death of people like Joshua Gwebe Alabama in Nassarawa etc

But worse was detaining Rhoda Jatau because she spoke about the failure of Nigerian government to bring Murderers of Deborah Samuel 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education to justice. Deborah only corrected fellow student to only write only issues relating to Studies on the WhatsApp group but was murdered by religious bigots who were not there to study. The Leadership of the school, school Security, Nigerian Police Force till date have failed to neither arrest, prosecute, punish those involved in the killing, no expulsion either it means they were all involved and they played their part of silence, doing nothing till date, “what a One Nigeria”. Same Government, people who could not arrest people for murder hurriedly arrested Mrs. Rhoda Jatau for urging them to do their work on false charges of “inciting public disturbance, contempt of religious creed and cyber stalking”! how low can the criminal justice actors go! Justice has a face in Nigeria in tribalism and religious sentiment, how rotten has the Nigerian State become! Our leaders should hide their faces in shame. Mrs. Rhoda was in detention incommunicado without access to bail for doing nothing wrong…..Oh, finally she was released on bail with court hearing on the 19th December, 2023 because of citizen’s outrage cos of abuse of her right! “Does it mean the government or law enforcement officers do not know its laws, or the law is afraid of religion”, “what happened to Rule of Law” or religion is the Law in Nigeria Now!

The precedence set by some politicians, government is that Nigeria is an Islamic State now! So, it is a crime being a Christian! that is why all the above is happening in different states in the north and daily killing in Kaduna, Benue, Plateau State without culprits punished. As well as the new trend of blocking State and Federal roads in the name of prayer! Religious intolerance has no place in a Democracy! Unfortunately, the conspiracy is real.

Nigeria as a country is supposed to be govern by Nigerian 1999 Constitution not by Islamic or Christian laws! All State and Federal Leaders are to ensure compliance to Nigerian Laws, Nigerian Courts not religious laws or religious leaders or religious courts. Religion is personal! It can’t and should not take the place of laws. But as citizens we ought to respect each other as well as beliefs but to take advantage of dominance of a particular religion in a particular State to victimize another citizen because of her religion is criminal and violation of her rights. What happened to Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015, what happened to Anti-torture Act 2017, that you detain a married Woman, Wife, Mother of Five children for 18 months for encouraging you to do the needful! This is Bad, it shows that our law enforcement officers either lack knowledge of Nigerian laws, feign ignorance of the law, either patriotic to their religion instead of Nigeria therefore do what ever they are being told or because they are in position of authority can do whatever they can and nothing will happen as always! What is the essence of Laws and Courts then, or gain of Correctional Centers with unnecessary awaiting trial persons? Wastage of Nigerian resources.

The Courts used to be the hope of common man but Nigeria happened so justice now have a face shrouded in tribalism, party affiliation and religion.

It is time for citizens to wake up and take back their country from corrupt politicians, ethnic and religious bigots, who have crumbled the giant of Africa to a place of japa! Seat of embezzlement, where contracts of security are given to individuals not state actors, where one mineral in one Zone is used to finance the country and the ones in other locations are privatized or used only by some persons! Nigeria Why?

Murder of about 100 citizens in Kaduna, about 200 in Plateau and 100,000 displaced in Benue, yet we are not at WAR, nobody was and is held accountable as always by either the Military or the government. It begs the question of rule of Law, why other persons can commit crime “Murder’ and nothing happens but others would be charged for murder! The military have always done this yearly! Before Kaduna, we had Konshisha, Ukum, Niger, Taraba, we have Imo, how about Rivers State! Protectors turned predators, these crimes should not be allowed to go without people responsible been held accountable and punished adequately for abuses of human rights. Victims of these litany of abuses by law enforcement agents, particularly the military, should be compensated, to cushion the loss of relatives and property. Nigerian Lives should Matter!

Citizens die daily due to poor health care services, despite the billions allocated for the sector! The hospitals still use manual tools and equipment, nothing has changed. Billions budgeted by Federal and state governments but same leaders travel abroad for treatment, so what happens to the common man without paid jobs! In-order to address this abnormally All elected office holders must be made to receive healthcare services from public healthcare centers only, this would make them pay attention to improving the state of the health sector. It should also be the pre-requisite for contesting for elections.

#YouthLead was one of the hashtags for last year’s “International Youth Day 2023” but has the youths been allowed to lead? NO!. even the State ministries and Federal Ministries of Youths are not headed by Youths. Instead, they are criminalized in all aspects, political forms has been hiked by political parties, making it almost impossible for Youth to Lead #100million, Why? This abnormally should be corrected for #youthlead

Kidnapping and Insecurity is the new business in Nigeria fueled by the government, traditional chiefs, religion and politics. People/criminals are benefiting from these crimes but citizens are suffering and Nigeria is bleeding badly because no one will invest in such a criminal infested place except fellow criminals who also benefit by ensuring continuity in criminality. That is why no one has been arrested or prosecuted! At most some persons are arrested, detained for some time but the leadership of these criminal elements in government, law enforcement agencies are not arrested or prosecuted hence the lip service to citizens as the die silently without protest! If the speak out #EndSAR 2020 is their reward! Why is implementation of laws so hard in Nigeria! Anti-kidnapping laws? Why can’t the military be audited yearly for trillions given to them?

The National Human Right Commission need to wake up to its role of promoting and ensuring respect for right because their silence speaks volumes. The issues on Elections, Awaiting Trial Persons for years, Killings of citizens, embezzlement of public funds, criminalization of policing agents, the rotten state of courts and judgement on cases, from last hope to lost hope of the common man, yet the silence in the miscarriage of justice is shocking but we believe change is possible. There are agencies that exist but have not improved the Nigerian situation, NOA is an Agency existing on paper but doing nothing giving room for disinformation and misinformation. NDE is another agency that exist but aids no employment for anybody.

Litany of issues in Nigeria are too numerous to mention, despite the efforts of some state and non-state actors, so much needs to be done, to address these problems and the new administration presents us with an opportunity for wave of change if the elected representatives have the political will to be patriotic to its citizens, Nigeria not to themselves or their pollical parties, tribe or religion.

Community Police relationship is important in addressing crimes. Communities should defend themselves as the work with the police because the police alone cannot secure lives and properties. The Civil Defence who has been working with and in schools should do better for the security of lives of students, serve as escorts to these children as they travel for programmes.

The Nigerian State should take stringent methods to push crimes especially like life imprisonment for kidnappers or terrorist or at least try to implement based on the laws we have on terrorism and prevent the funny trend on freeing criminals like the current and former President have been doing. Law enforcement officers should show they are capable of addressing this evil to prevent ransom payment instead of just telling citizens not to pay but not showing they are capable. Actions should speak louder than words.

As we celebrate independence today there are several questions begging for answers. They include;

Why is shell and Chevron still handling crude oil in Nigeria after 64 years?

Why has the Federal Government Refused to build or make Nigerian Refineries working but insist on exportation, subsidy, for fuel?

Why has security of pipes been in the hands of individuals?

Why are the waterways still guarded by non-state actors? What is the Navy doing?

Why is Nigeria still paying rent for Aso rock? To who?

Why do we have indigens still in IDP Camps? Why has the government failed to carter for them or provided the partway for their return but same government taking care of so called repentant boko haram criminals?

Why has the appointment and removal of all leaders of MDAs in the hands of one man?

Why is the Federal government delaying to include Gold and other Minerals in to revenue accrued for the country?

Why is there still no ban on public office holders going abroad for treatment?

Why are NASS not reducing their pay to 10% instead of the 30% of Nigerian Budget? Only Salary, utilities and constituency allowances should be monthly. Housing, Car allowance should be once per term.

Political Parties should also be checked by INEC for unnecessary hike of form! ETC

Nigeria is falling, Nigeria is failing and we would be a failed Nation if rotten leaders are not replaced because of tribalism or religion or zone! What happened to the Giant of Africa? Bad Leadership and Bad followership! Fix Nigeria, #Youthlead and Know peace! A better version of us is what Nigeria needs.

Happy Democracy Nigeria

Emmanuel Ikule

Executive Director/Elixir Trust Foundation

elixirfoundation2019@gmail.com

www.elixirtrustfoundation.org

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June12: Tinubu Vows to Protect Nigerians’ Rights, Cement Democracy as Way of Life

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President Bola Tinubu marked Nigeria’s 25th Democracy Day anniversary with a speech promising to safeguard citizens’ rights and freedoms, and solidify democracy as the nation’s foundation.

 

He honored heroes of the democratic struggle, acknowledging sacrifices made to end military rule.

 

Tinubu emphasized democracy as a way of life, ensuring economic opportunity for all through reforms.

 

He highlighted negotiations with labor unions on a new minimum wage and pledged continued cooperation.

 

The President committed to protecting democracy, fostering inclusive growth, and promoting peace and unity.

 

Read President Tinubu’s June 12 Full Speech Below:

 

My fellow Nigerians, let me begin by congratulating all of us for witnessing the celebration of another Democracy Day today, the 12th day of June 2024. This year also marks our nation’s 25 years of uninterrupted democratic governance.

 

On this day, 31 years ago, we entered our rites of passage to becoming a true and enduring democratic society.

 

Six years of struggle

 

Going through this passage was hard and dangerous. During the fateful six years that followed, we fought and struggled for our natural rights as human beings put on this earth by the divine hand of our Creator.

 

We lost great heroes and heroines along the way. In this struggle, the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, the most significant symbol of our democratic struggle, his wife, Kudirat, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Pa Alfred Rewane, among others sacrificed their very lives.

 

They bravely surrendered their futures, so that our nation might have a better one.

 

Let us honour the memories of Chief Anthony Enahoro, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chief Arthur Nwankwo, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Frank Kokori, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ganiyu Dawodu, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Chief Olabiyi Durojaiye, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Chima Ubani, and others who have transited to the higher realm.

 

Sacrifices of heroes, heroines

 

The sacrifices of General Alani Akinrinade, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Professor Wole Soyinka, Chief Ralph Obioha, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, among many others, should never be forgotten. For at least six years, they bore the pains and difficulties of life in exile.

 

While the exiled pro-democracy activists kept the fire burning, their comrades at home sustained the pressure on the military brass hats. Among the latter are Olisa Agbakoba, Femi Falana, Abdul Oroh, Senator Shehu Sani, Governor Uba Sani, Chief Olu Falae, and other National Democratic Coalition leaders such as Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Ayo Opadokun.

 

The sacrifices they made, and the precious gift brought about by their selfless devotion can never be repaid. Neither shall it be forgotten.

 

June 12: IPC frowns at surveillance on premises

We could not have won the battle against military dictatorship without the irrepressible Nigerian journalists who mounted the barricades along with the pro-democracy activists. We celebrate them today, along with their media establishments such as The Punch, Guardian, National Concord, Tribune, The News/Tempo, and TELL Magazines. Military authorities proscribed these media establishments and jailed their journalists for standing for free speech and civil liberties.

 

Despite the lethal might of the military government, what appeared to be high and unyielding walls of dictatorship came tumbling down. The dismal fortress exists no longer.

 

The power of an idea, the power of the people proved more potent than all the guns and munitions, and the threats of the strongmen.

 

The nation exited the yoke of military rule in 1999 to become the most populous democracy on African soil, the beacon of democratic self-determination for the black race and one of the largest democracies in the world.

 

This change stands as a pivotal moment in human history. From this change, we shall never turn, nor shall the annals of mankind’s progress forget the sublime meaning of this great moment.

 

We’ve steadied democracy

 

Today, 25 years later, we celebrate the silver anniversary of our journey in democracy.

We have steadied the course.

 

Democracy is neither a foreign nor abstract concept devoid of real-life meaning for us. Neither can we afford to reduce or minimalise it to being nothing but the mere holding of periodic elections where one candidate and party outdo another.

 

While elections attract dramatic attention, they are but one aspect of democracy. Democracy is a way of life that encompasses a broad outlook of which elections are but a part. As such, a nation can have elections without being democratic. But a nation cannot be truly democratic without holding elections.

 

That we have established a tradition of holding transparent, open, and fair elections gives credence to our democratic bearing. That we have experienced peaceful transitions of government affirms our democratic temperament.

 

Fellow Nigerians, true democracy shines its light into the daily lives of the people who live under its nurturing wings. It affords us the freedom and liberty to think as we want, live where we want and pursue whatever legitimate endeavour that suits us.

 

Democracy does not assume some false or forced unity of opinion. In fact, democracy assumes that conflicting ideas and differing opinions shall be the order of the day. Given the diversity and variety of the human experience, there must be diverse perspectives and viewpoints.

 

What democracy demands is that we do not resolve differences through force and repression. But we make allowance for the legitimacy of views that differ from our own.

 

Where other forms of government impose against the will of the people, democracy aims to make leaders sufficiently humble that they conduct themselves as servants of the common good, not as viceroys of the narrow interests of the mighty.

 

My dear compatriots, Nigeria faced a decision of untold gravity twenty-five years ago: Whether to veer toward a better destination or continue aimlessly in the fog of dictatorship.

 

We made the right choice then. We must continue with that choice now.

 

As Nigerians, we must remind ourselves that no matter how complicated democracy may be, it is the best form of governance in the long run. We must also be aware that there are those among us who will try to exploit current challenges to undermine, if not destroy, this democracy for which so much has already been given.

 

These people do this not to make things better but to subject all other people and things to their control and dominance until the point that, if you are not counted among their elite, then your life will be small and no longer owned by you.

 

This is the great battle of our day and the major reason we specially celebrate this Democracy day.

Fellow Nigerians, our Democracy is more than a historic fact. It is a living, breathing reality.

The true meaning of this day is not to focus solely on the great deeds of the past that have brought us to this point.

 

Yes, we pay eternal honour to those who laid down their lives, sacrificing everything to pave the way for the nation.

 

I stand uniquely placed in this regard. I was among those who took the risk to midwife the birth of our democracy. I am now a direct and obvious beneficiary of the fruits of those historic efforts.

 

I’ll protect Nigerians’ rights, freedoms

 

As president of this nation, I am morally and constitutionally bound to preserve this precious form of governance. I vow to do my utmost best to protect your rights, freedoms, and liberties as citizens of Nigeria.

 

Even more than that, I pledge to do whatever is necessary to cement democracy as our way of life.

Although the challenges are steep and multiple, I am grateful to lead Nigeria at this moment in her history and point in her democratic journey.

 

I come before you also to declare that our most important work remains before us. This real test has never been whether we would rise to challenge the slings of misfortune and grievous pain of dictatorship.

 

The real test is whether we shall lower our guards as the shadow of despotism and its evident physical danger fade.

 

I say to you here and now that as we celebrate the enshrinement of our political democracy, let us commit ourselves to the fulfilment of its equally important counterpart, the realisation of our economic democracy.

 

I understand the economic difficulties we face as a nation.

 

Our economy has been in desperate need of reform for decades. It has been unbalanced because it was built on the flawed foundation of over-reliance on revenues from the exploitation of oil.

 

The reforms we have initiated are intended to create a stronger, better foundation for future growth. There is no doubt the reforms have occasioned hardship. Yet, they are necessary repairs required to fix the economy over the long run so that everyone has access to economic opportunity, fair pay and compensation for his endeavour and labour.

 

As we continue to reform the economy, I shall always listen to the people and will never turn my back on you.

 

In this spirit, we have negotiated in good faith and with open arms with organized labour on a new national minimum wage. We shall soon send an executive bill to the National Assembly to enshrine what has been agreed upon as part of our law for the next five years or less.

 

In the face of labour’s call for a national strike, we did not seek to oppress or crack down on the workers as a dictatorial government would have done. We chose the path of cooperation over conflict.

 

No one was arrested or threatened. Instead, the labour leadership was invited to break bread and negotiate toward a good-faith resolution.

 

Reasoned discussion and principled compromise are hallmarks of democracy. These themes shall continue to animate my policies and interaction with the constituent parts of our political economy.

I take on this vital task without fear or favour and I commit myself to this work until we have built a Nigeria where no man is oppressed.

 

In the end, our national greatness will not be achieved by travelling the easy road. It can only be achieved by taking the right one.

 

The words of the American President Franklin Roosevelt certainly ring true: “There are many ways of going forward. But only one way of standing still.”

 

We dare not slumber

 

We dare not slumber lest the good things awaiting our immediate future pass us by. We dare not plant our feet in idle standstill in the middle of the intersection of hope and despair.

 

We know the proper way forward and we shall take it.

 

The initial rays of a brighter tomorrow now appear on the early horizon. An abundant future and our capacity to achieve that future lie within our reach. Democracy and the institutions it begets offer to take us to our profound destination.

 

Let us board this progressive train together. Together, let us move Nigeria forward.

Let’s continue to keep the fire of democracy burning. Let’s keep the torch lit for generations to come.

 

May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and preserve our democracy.

I wish us all Happy Democracy Day.

 

•Being text of President Bola Tinubu’s National Broadcast on the 25th Anniversary of Unbroken Democracy In Nigeria, Democracy Day, June 12, 2024.

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Billions Spent on Cars for Lawmakers Amid Economic Downturn

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Despite Nigeria’s economic challenges, several state governors have spent over N15 billion on exotic vehicles for lawmakers, according to Daily Trust.

 

At least nine states have purchased vehicles worth millions of naira for their legislators, with some governors justifying the expenses as necessary for the lawmakers’ oversight functions.

 

The report highlights Kano State, where Governor Abba Kabiru Yusuf spent N2.7 billion on vehicles for members of the state assembly, and Benue State, where Governor Hyacinth Alia purchased SUVs worth N60 million each for all 32 members of the state assembly.

 

Other states mentioned include Gombe, Kogi, Ondo, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Osun, Niger, and Delta, where governors have also spent billions on vehicles for lawmakers.

 

Critics argue that these expenses demonstrate a misplacement of priority, as they come amid economic hardship and suffering for many Nigerians.

 

Civil society organizations have condemned the practice, urging governors to invest in capital projects and improve the lives of ordinary citizens instead.

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