March 24, 2017

Review Category : OP-ED

Nuhu Ribadu on why he took the job as PTF boss

News that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu had accepted an appointment from the PDP-led administration as head of the Petroleum Task Force has shocked some, but the former crime-fighting boss and front man for the major opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria, says the appointment was a national call — one he had to say yes to. Following the announcement of his new position in government, the former Presidential hopeful released a statement explaining his acceptance. Below is the full text of the message. Nuhu Ribadu Explains I was greeted to numerous calls and mail yesterday when the administration announced my ...

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Opinion: Death sentence of Hamza Al Mustapha sends the wrong message

Written by Femi Fani-Kayode Femi Fani Kayode is is a Nigerian politician, essayist, poet and lawyer. He served under former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Special Assistant on Public Affairs. When I heard that Major Al Mustapha was convicted of murder and sentenced to hanging by a Lagos High Court yesterday afternoon I was utterly shocked, saddened and disgusted. And let me tell you why. I was one of those that opposed the late General Sani Abacha’s government and fought against Al Mustapha and co. with every fibre of my being during the NADECO days. Given that, if anything, I ...

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“The song that Nigeria wrote” – Banky W. on the #OccupyNigeria movement

Nigerian singer/song writer Banky W. published this article on his blog site that offers the artist’s insight and opinions on the movement that swept through the nation at the start of the year. The nationwide protests that gripped the nation when the FG revealed it had cut the fuel subsidy and hike fuel prices snowballed into one of the largest movements the country has witnessed, with Nigerians around the world joining in on a protest against corrupt, wasteful government and the subsidy removal. The singer writes about his experience during the protest which ended on 17 January, and ends by ...

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Ugonna Madueke responds to online publication of personal pics

Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison Madueke’s son, Ugonna Madueke, has had several of his photographs splashed all over on-line media and not in a good light. Photos of the the young Madueke living the life of the “rich and famous” hit the net even as his mother, the petroleum minister is currently embroiled in allegations of corruption in the oil sector. Look at some of the photos: Seen riding private jets, attending exclusive parties, hobnobbing with celebrities and waving stacks of dollars, the photos depict the wasteful lifestyle of the Madueke family, at a time when its matriarch is being ...

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Nigeria has planted the “Never Again” tree – Save Nigeria Group

The following is the press statement from the Save Nigeria group released on Tuesday, 17 January, a day after labour unions called off the nationwide strike accepting the federal government’s compromise to keep fuel prices at N97 per litre. The SNG denounced labour’s capitulation, but commends Nigerians for joining the struggle, saying “never again” will the voice of the people be taken for granted. Save Nigeria Group Press Release The general strike and citizens action which followed the January 1, 2012 on 117 percent increase in the pump price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) has proved a defining moment in ...

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Why National Assembly Should Reject Fuel Subsidy Removal – SERAP

SERAP As the House of Representatives and the Senate meet in emergency sessions to discuss the fuel subsidy removal problem, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the National Assembly to “live up to their Constitutional oversight role by unanimously rejecting President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to withdraw fuel subsidy as unconstitutional, illegal, and violation of Nigeria’s international human rights obligations.” In a public statement dated 8 January 2012 and signed by SERAP Executive Director Adetokunbo Mumuni the organization said that, “The National Assembly has a unique responsibility to see to the just and fair resolution of the fuel ...

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Save Nigeria Group Calls Increment in Fuel Prices “Unwarranted and Oppressive”

SAVE NIGERIA GROUP(SNG) The Save Nigeria Group (SNG) hereby condemns the unwarranted and inhumane increment in the pump prices of petroleum products by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government under the guise of ‘removal of fuel subsidy’. We had followed the arguments, debates, meetings (secret and open), campaigns and moves being made by the Federal Government and its surrogates and co-conspirators to hoodwinking or coerce the impoverished Nigerians to accept an evil World Bank/Western Imperialist-policy that will further heighten the hardship and anguish of the people with consternation. And contrary to the lies being advanced by the Goodluck Jonathan-led government, ...

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Fuel Subsidy: Joint Action Front Condemns President Jonathan, Calls for Boycott

Press Statement from Joint Action Front on Fuel Subsidy Removal: The Joint Action Front (JAF) – the pro-labour civil society partner in the Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) – has just learnt from media report that the Federal Government (FG) through its agency – the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has formally removed the so-called subsidy in PMS and hiked prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol from N65 to N141. According to the statement signed the agency Executive Secretary – Reginald Stanley, it stated that “Following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the nation, the ...

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Campaign for Democracy Calls Fuel Subsidy Removal “Insensitive and Wicked”

In a press release today, the Campaign for Democracy, expressed their dissatisfaction with the removal of fuel subsidy, which was made official today by the PPPRA. The move, which is proving to be vastly unpopular among the Nigerian public who have taken to social networking sites to express their displeasure, also rubbed this civil society group in the wrong way. In the statement, signed by President of the CD, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, the group said they were alarmed that President Jonathan’s administration “has again packaged a callous New Year gift to Nigerians” by removing the subsidy. “We see the action ...

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Nigerian Children Say to President Jonathan: “Sack Yourself Sir”

Written by the Association of Conscious Nigerian Children (ACNC) Dear Mr. President: We should say Merry Christmas but we are not your goverment, we are not in the business of deception. After almost ten hours of gathering your thoughts to speak on the bomb blasts that rocked the nation yesterday, you still fell short of your own very low standards. What did you intend to say when you said Bomb Blasts are a burden we must live with? Why do you bother to budget over a trillion for security if we must live the burden of insecurity? How come you ...

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