Without doubt, treachery has continued to be the defining attribute in the tripartite relationship between Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and the Federal Government on one side and the Ogoni people of Rivers state with the Rivers state government on the other. Each side has always tried to outwit the other by firing loads of lies from all sides to win sympathy from the outside world.
For more than a quarter of a century, the Nigerian state has not seen violence and massacre on random sets of people at a scale that almost strikes some parallel with the Ruwanda genocide of the early ninet more ies. An indiscriminate sequence of attacks orchestrated by the cult-like group, Boko Haram,in its self-righteous crusade of terror to misguidedly make the predominantly Muslim north an autonomous-Islamic legislated territory.
Never mind the barefaced denial from Dr. Reuben Abati, Presidential Spokesman thatthe Commander-In-Chief, President Goodluck Jonathan, did not offer the Islamist group, Boko Haram, amnesty. On democracy day, we heard the speech of the Minister of Youth Development, Mr. BoniHaruna, loud and clear, and should anyone be in doubt, here are his words, verbatim: “President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect.”
Hashtag online activism has continued to prove critics wrong in the amazingly unique way it amplifies disconsolate unheard minority voices, suppressed or subdued by a repressive and despotic government. It draws attention of millions to a horrific story.
Of all the cities in Northern Nigeria, Kano is perhaps the most important. Although it used to be subject to the Sokoto Caliphate, in many respects it has since become a far more important city in Nigeria than Sokoto. Kano was the administrative capital of the entire Northern Nigeria under British colonial rule.
Since the last time Ukraine seceded from former Soviet Union, the country had seen itself occupying the position of a controversial neighbor in among powerful Power. This is especially true with the current crisis that’s now gradually erupted into broader regional crisis.
We the members of Ogoni Council for the Actualization of Political Autonomy in Nigeria (OCAPAN), Ogoni Environmental Watchdog Project (OEWP), Crusaders of Justice, Peace and Security for Ogoni (CJPSO), International Concerned People of Ogoni (ICPO) and Ogoni Freedom Writer's Association (OFWA), have been shocked at the gross disrespect for Ogoni and