Benue killings: Lawyers, journalists protest in Abuja, demand Buhari, Ortom’s intervention

July 29, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Association of Lawyers from Conflict Zone in liaison with the Association of Igede Media Professionals Thursday staged a peaceful protest against alleged killing of residents of Ukpute, Ocoro and communities in Oju local government area of Benue state by Bonta (Tiv) militia since last year. Addressing journalists during the protest held at the Unity Fountain Abuja, President of the Read More

Clampdown on Yoruba nation protesters unfortunate -Ekiti NBA

July 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikere-Ekiti branch, has described as unfortunate the clampdown on Saturday’s peaceful protest by the Yoruba nation agitators in Lagos. The body, after condemning the police invasion, described the act as antithetical and unknown to any democratic settings across the globe. Speaking through its chairperson at the 2021 press week of the branch with the theme, Read More

Don’t give up, PDP urges Nigerians on June 12

June 11, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians not to give up in the genuine collective struggle to reinforce democratic governance in the country. The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday also called on Nigerians to remain alert and law-abiding during the planned June 12 Democracy Day anniversary. The statement partly read, “The Read More

Rufai’s claims of sponsored protest figment of hallucination – NLC

May 25, 2021 Moses John 0

The Nigera Labour Congress (NLC) has described the claim by Kaduna state Governor Nasir El Rufai that the recent protest in the state was sponsored as another figment of hallucination by the governor. President of the congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, while reacting to the claim said since sacking workers in the state, the governor has been blaming everyone for his Read More

Edo: NBA, JUSUN forge alliance over judiciary autonomy

April 27, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Members of the Benin Branch of the Nigerian Bars Association, (NBA) have been refused entrance to the Edo State Government House in Benin City. The lawyers who were on a solidarity march with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) strike over financial autonomy, had assembled as early as 8.00 am at the Lion Bar, Benin City, and marched peacefully Read More

Judiciary workers set for nationwide protest

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, says it will hold a nationwide peaceful protest on April 19 to further push home its demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary. This threat was contained in a circular obtained by newsmen) in Lagos, dated April 16 and signed by the Deputy Secretary of the Union, P. Nnamani. NAN reports that JUSUN Read More

Lekkilies: Group wants AI, others sanctioned as US vindicates Nigerian Army

April 1, 2021 Editor 0

Following a report by the United States Department of State on the alleged killing of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, the Centre for African Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called for sanctions on Amnesty International, Cable News Network (CNN) and others for misleading the world.  The group said the US has vindicated the Nigerian Army of any wrongdoing during the Read More

Islamic group backs NLC on minimum wage

March 16, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

An Islamic group, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG), has declared its support for the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on its demand that National Minimum Wage should not be moved from exclusive list to concurrent list. The group in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi in Lagos, Monday night, said such a step would pauperise Read More

NLC: Benue Assembly vows to work against anti-people policies

March 11, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

The Benue State House of Assembly Wednesday promised to work with the organised labour in the state to fight against government policies that are anti people. Speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly Titus Uba made this known when the organised labour was at the assembly during a peaceful protest against the move by the National Assembly to transfer Read More

Herders: Why innocent Fulani must speak up – US-based activist

March 5, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

A United States of America-based Nigerian peace activist, Prince Ayo Manuel Ajisebutu has said the current herders/farmers’ tension across Nigeria is heightened by the inaction of the innocent herders who have kept mute while their kinsmen wreak havoc on host communities. Ajisebutu likened the situation to the one described by the legendary Martin Luther King who says: “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression Read More

ILO condemns coup in Myanmar

February 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

Director-General International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guy Ryder has expressed grave concern over the situation in Myanmar following the removal of the civilian government by the military. Ryder’s intervention follows reports of intimidation and threats against workers and trade unionists peacefully protesting and asking for the restoration of civilian rule. Civil servants who participate in the protests have also been threatened Read More

#EndSARS and our missing conscience

December 16, 2020 Idoko Ainoko 0

Nigeria is a country where citizens delight in unrewarding drudgery. As a nation, some persons believe Nigeria has no existential codes or laws, which confers on citizens the obligation of compliance. Disorderliness has deeply entrenched its roots in the country. That’s the vignettes of the bleakness of life in Nigeria. It depicts the nocturnal symbolism of bleakness or nothingness in Read More

#EndSARS protest? Not again!

December 14, 2020 Blueprint 0

The alert by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state of the probable resumption of another round of #EndSARS protests nationwide was an ample demonstration of statesmanship. The planned resumption of the #EndSARS protest is a not only a cause for worry but should be condemned by all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians as well as the international community. It is quite Read More

Still on fake news and #EndSARS protest

December 10, 2020 Blueprint 0

Arewa Agenda – As a young professional photographer, I was invited to cover an event at the PRNigeria Center in Abuja. Surprisingly, rather than minding my business of taking the pictures, my attention was drawn to the theme of the event when the moderator announced that “101 cases of fake news discovered during the #EndSARS protest.” As a Nigerian youth Read More

Group warns against another #EndSARS protest, commends IGP

November 26, 2020 Paul Okah 0

Following agitations on social media, a nongovernmental organisation, Food Not Bombs Nigeria (FNBN), has cautioned Nigerian youth against engaging in another round of EndSARS protest. The group urged Nigerians to give peace a chance for the development of the country. During a press conference Wednesday in Abuja, national coordinator of FNBN, Mr. Idowu Israel, commended the Inspector General of Police Read More

#EndSARS: Inter-Faith clerics launch 21-day prayer for Nigeria

November 13, 2020 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIFROP), Thursday, began a 21-day warfare and intercessory prayers against “agents of destabilisation troubling Nigeria”.  The group officially launched the campaign to cleanse Nigeria of what they described as demonic spirit behind the EndSARS protests at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.  Declaring the 21-day exercise open, NIFROP’s patron, Sheik Mohammed Adamu, alleged that demonic spirit of Read More

Don’t be used to destabilise Nigeria, inter-faith group tells youths

November 10, 2020 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIPROF) has advised youths in the country not to allow themselves to be used as agents of destruction by politicians and other groupings working against the interest of Nigeria. This was stated by the National Coordinator of NIPROF, Bishop Sunday Garuba, during an interactive session with Journalists recently in the aftermath of Read More

Breaking: Another fuel scarcity looms as PENGASSAN sends strike signal, many rush to filling stations

November 9, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

If the letter by the General Secretary of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa, is anything to go by, then Nigerians are in for another round of fuel scarcity.  In a letter to all branch chairmen across the country, the Union directed it’s members to withdraw their services from 12 midnight 8th November, Read More

Fake News: Group hands Amnesty Int’l 7-day ultimatum to quit Nigeria

November 4, 2020 Editor 0

International human rights group, Amnesty International, has been given seven days to leave Nigeria for allegedly peddling fake news which almost plunged the country into anarchy during and after the EndSARS protests.  The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) gave this ultimatum at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja.  Speaking on behalf of the group, Executive Director, Princess Ajibola, Read More

Lekki: Human rights groups storm panel, want celebrities, Int’l NGOs punished over spread of fake news

November 4, 2020 Editor 0

Some human rights groups have approached the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution with pieces of evidence indicting several Nigerian celebrities and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for inciting violence through fake news.  According to the groups, these Nigerians and NGOs must be punished for their gross misinformation which triggered the near-breakdown of law and order that accompanied the Read More

#EndSARS: How dialogue quelled palliatives looting in Niger

November 3, 2020 Blueprint 0

The constructive engagement of youths in Niger state by the government through consultations and dialogue may have saved the state from looting and arson which had spread across many states. AIDELOJE OJO reports that youths have shunned looting of Covid – 19 palliatives while protecting their own against glaring external incitement. Foiled attempt to break ADP warehouse in Maitumbi By Read More

#EndSARS violence and Nigerian Army’s footprints

October 29, 2020 Thomas Uzah PhD 0

The recent revelation with regards to the number of casualties at the Lekki Tollgate incident once again highlights why Nigerians must be circumspect before we disseminate information and draw conclusions on burning national issues. I recall I had my reservations when news went round town that the Nigerian Army had massacred peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate. I struggled to Read More

The needle sleeps in the haystack

October 29, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

The judicial panel set up by the Lagos state government to find out who authorised the army to shoot the #EndSARS peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, is now at work. But let us lower our expectations in the capacity of their lordships to sift the grains from the chaff – and serve us the grains. Read More

The right of citizens to protest

October 29, 2020 Kingson Uwandu 0

“Historically, protests have often inspired positive social change and improved protection of human rights, and they continue to help define and protect civic space in all parts of the world. Protests encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry and strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs. They enable individuals and groups to express dissent and Read More

Buhari, Lawan welcomes Maulud, urges love, understanding

As Muslims in Nigeria join others all over the world to mark the Eid-el-Maulud, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Wednesday  urged all citizens to use the occasion to reflect on the virtues of the Holy Prophet by showing love and understanding for fellow citizens while exhibiting patience, honesty, sincerity, kindness and generosity in all their undertakings. Read More