Friday, 12 February 2016

Article: Appraising The Recommendation On Compulsory Training Of Drivers On First Aid By The Nigerian Health Ministry

By David Oba, Ph.D

In Nigeria’s present situation of increasing road risks and dangers, the statistics on road fatalities and injuries are scary. Going by the World Health Organisation (WHO) records  on global Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs), Nigeria is rated second on the top of the ladder. This was confirmed in 2012 by the then Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu when he declared that Nigeria has the second highest road traffic accident fatalities among the 193 countries in the world.  In 2009, Dr. John Akanya, the then Director-General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria affirmed that  Nigeria records 34,000 deaths annually on the highways as a result of burst tyres and in 2003, the then Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe stated that  80 people die  daily on Nigerian federal roads. As much as these records may not match the official data on RTIs from the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Nigeria’s regulating agency on road safety, the fact remains that most road crashes are unreported and one preventable road death is highly unnecessary.

News Release: Afreximbank President Says Increased African Participation In Extractive Sector Key To Economic Transformation

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah addressing guests at the reception organized by Orion Group during the International Petroleum Week in London

Africans must increase their participation in the continent’s natural resource sectors in order to boost the amount of rent accruing to the continent from its abundant resources, create employment and heighten the developmental impact on national economies, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), said in London yesterday.

Article: Cadets From Hell

By Chido Onumah

It’s been over a week now since the gut-wrenching video of a group of cadets from the Nigerian military’s elite training school, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), brutalizing fellow citizens of the federal republic was made public. Since then, curious Nigerians have been waiting to see how the military will respond to that national show of shame. Unfortunately, there has been nothing but deafening silence.

U-Report: James Ibori’s Conviction May Be Reversed


Reported By A Citizen Reporter

Chief James Onanaefe Ibori’s  defence lawyers shocked the Southwark Court, London on Wednesday 10th February 2016, when they adduced evidence before Judge Tomlinson of a conspiracy between Nigeria and Britain to railroad Ibori and his associates into jail.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

News Release: Afreximbank, NEXIM Announce Intervention Programme To Revive Nigeria’s Cocoa Sector

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (left) exchanges documents with Roberts Orya, Managing Director of NEXIM, following the signing of the communique at the end of the two-day Afreximbank/NEXIM Strategy Meeting in Cairo.

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) are to implement an intervention programme in the Nigerian cocoa sector to revive and help it reemerge as the country’s top non-oil export foreign exchange earner, the two institutions have announced in Cairo.

News Release: NAL Council Analyzes Insecurity In Nigeria & West Africa

On February 9, 2016, the NAL Council participated in the Africa Policy Breakfast at the US Congress.  The Council delivered expert opinions and recommendations, for a renewed US engagement, in the Nigerian and West African theater; where Boko Haram is still wreaking havoc, even in the midst of relentless onslaught by Nigerian and multinational troops, and where other ethnic strife is starting to ravage Nigeria.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

News Release: International Forum On Islamic Finance (IFIF) Gathers Powerhouses From Across Global Islamic Finance Industry

Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered yesterday at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016) . Held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning – and in strategic partnership with the Bank of Khartoum - IFIF 2016 hosted 200 dignitaries, central bank representatives, Ministers, C-level bankers, thought leaders and experts who gathered at the Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum to deliberate on strategies to enable Islamic finance gain prominence and spur economic growth across Africa. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

U-Report: Article: Nigeria Under Fire For Zaria Massacre

Report By Stephen Lawan

Authorities in Nigeria have come under fire for not providing the  results of an inquiry that was supposed to be conducted into a military massacre of hundreds of Muslims in the northern city of Zaria
in December last year.

Open Letter: Re: Over $2trillion Loot Recovered By EFCC In Twelve (12) Years

Our Ref: Int/Soc/002/02/016/FMJ/ABJ/NG

Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN
Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice
AGF’s Office, Federal Ministry of Justice
Plot 71B, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria


(1) Re: Over $2trillion Loot Recovered By EFCC In Twelve (12) Years: How, Where, When & From Whom Was It Recovered?

(2)Our Records: Nigeria Spent N124.8trillion ($624billion) In 14 Years (2003-2016); Borrowed $50billion (N10trillion) In 10Yrs (2007-2016), $11.5billion (N2.3trillion) In 18 Months (By Buhari) And Over N400billion ($2billion) In 2016 (By 36 States)
The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law writes to demand concrete answers from your public office concerning the above underlined questions. Recall sir, that your very self had on 2nd February 2016 in a keynote address presented at the ‘First Annual Conference on Financial Fraud, Cyber-Crime & Other Cross-border Crimes’, in Abuja disclosed publicly, among others that “available reports showed that in the past 12 years, since the establishment of EFCC, more than $2 trillion has been confiscated and recovered”. Full details of the report published in the front page of the Vanguard Newspaper of 3rd February 2016; and filed by Ikechukwu Nnochiri is below: findings from the management of the Vanguard Newspaper also indicate that you were not misquoted and that the controversial disclosure was contained in your written keynote speech under reference. Besides, your public office has remained mute on the issue till date.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Article: Nigeria's Supreme Court Of Injustice

By Godwin Onyeacholem

President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the sympathy of the multitude of Nigerians and foreign friends who want him to succeed, the multitude yearning for the change he earnestly promised, that change the country can’t wait to see and which his administration has consistently insisted would be faithfully delivered.