The public protests which greeted the illegal annulment of the result of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by Chief M.K.O Abiola forced the military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, to relinquish power. While announcing that he was merely stepping aside, the dictator transferred power to an Interim National Government (ING) headed by Chief Ernest Shonekan.
How else could anyone have described the statement by the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi that the failure of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) -led Federal Government to implement the United Nations Environmental Protection Agency (UNEP) report on Ogoniland remediation was part of the reasons why he left the party, if not to say that that declaration was very unfortunate? Above all, he chose no other place but the heart of Ogoniland to say that.
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