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Over $6.397 billion was paid to the Nigerian government and its agencies in 2018 by Shell exploration and production companies in Nigeria comprising The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo). The payment represents a 48 per cent increase over payments by the companies to Nigerian government in 2017 which was $4.322 billion.
The payments formed part of the four documents released on Tuesday by the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Dutch Shell, Ben Van Beurden, to signal the global oil giant’s renewed commitment to greater transparency. The documents are: Shell Sustainability Report; Industry Associations Climate Review; Nigeria Briefing Notes; and Payments to Government Report.
“Shell must remain at the forefront of the drive for greater corporate transparency. We will continue to be more open about what we do and why we do it,” said van Beurden. “We want to help people better understand Shell’s performance, values and principles. These reports outline our approach and activities in the crucial areas of sustainability and our relationships with industry associations and governments.”
In the breakdown of the 2018 payments, the Shell companies paid $3.776 billion to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation as production entitlement while $1.286 billion was paid in taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Service. Another $1.253 went to the Department of Petroleum Resources for royalties and fees, while $81.5 million was remitted to the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Managing Director of SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, described the reports as a further testament to Shell’s efforts to increase transparency around activities that are important to investors, governments and civil society. “We are irrevocably committed to transparency just as we are to business integrity as part of our core values and central tenets of the Business Principles that govern the way we do business.”
The Shell Nigeria Briefing Notes detail the activities of the Shell Companies in Nigeria for 2018. These include production, environmental performance, social investment, economic contributions, gas initiatives, deepwater operations, security and Nigerian content development.
The Industry Associations Climate Review assesses for the first time Shell’s alignment with 19 key industry associations on climate-related policy. The report also details new governance principles to improve how Shell manages its memberships of industry associations on climate-related topics.
The 22nd edition of the Shell Sustainability Report outlines Shell’s approach to sustainability and covers its social, safety and environmental performance in 2018. It sets out how Shell is playing a role in the transition to a lower-carbon world and its contribution to society, which includes helping to achieve universal access to cleaner, affordable energy.
In addition, Shell published its 2018 Payments to Governments Report covering 34 countries where it has extractive activities.

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Obiano’s Easter Message: Touch your Neighbour with Love – Obiano

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As Christians all over the world mark the feast of Easter, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has urged them to reach out and touch their neighbours with love.

In a special Easter Message delivered in Awka the state capital, Governor Obiano observed that there is no greater manifestation of unconditional love than the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind which the feast of Easter represents.

Said he, “The esssence of Easter is love. There’s no incident in known history that is higher than a man laying down his own life for his neighbours. This is why Easter is about the love we show to our neighbours, no matter who they are.”

According to him, “In dying on the cross, Jesus Christ demonstrated sacrificial love. In rising from the dead, he gave us hope and sealed our salvation. So, there can be no doubt that it is only love that can heal our broken world. And with love, we can make the society a better place for everyone.”

Speaking further on the significance of Easter to Nigeria’s national dilemma, Obiano observed that “We are at a point in our political development when some of our most intimidating challenges can be solved by a simple act of love. Love for our country and love for our neighbours and fellow citizens. We must demonstrate that love today. That is the spirit and essence of Easter.”

Governor Obiano therefore exhorted Christians to live out the full meaning of Easter by eschewing those tendencies that endanger love and touching their neighbours in the same way that Christ touched mankind with love.

The Governor who has just resumed work after a little holiday explained that he purposely came back to celebrate Easter with Ndi Anambra because his heart belonged with the people.

Signed:
James Eze
Chief Press Secretary

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Nigeria issues arrest warrants for ex-ministers over Malabu oil deal

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ABUJA/LONDON  – A Nigerian judge issued arrest warrants for two former ministers and an Eni manager over the sale of offshore oilfield OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Dan Etete, former petroleum minister, ex-attorney general Mohammed Adoke and Eni manager Roberto Casula “are to be arrested anywhere they are found”, the EFCC said in a statement. It said it followed a ruling by a judge in the capital, Abuja.

Eni called the move “disproportionate and detrimental” to the rights of its manager.
“These warrants seem to have originated from the failure by the Nigerian Judicial Authorities to notify and serve the pending proceedings to the Eni managers as per international procedure for the last two years,” it said in a statement.

Reuters was not able to immediately reach Etete, Adoke or Casula for comment.
The $1.3 billion deal has spawned legal cases spanning several countries and involving Nigerian government officials and senior Eni and Shell executives.
Eni and Shell jointly acquired the field from Malabu, which was owned by Etete. An ongoing case in Milan alleges that roughly $1.1 billion of the total was siphoned to agents and middlemen.

The Milan court has already convicted middlemen Emeka Obi, a Nigerian citizen, and Italian Gianluca Di Nardo, of corruption. Shell and Eni have denied all wrongdoing.
In a statement, the EFCC said the defendants had repeatedly failed to appear before the court in Abuja and that the Nigerian police, INTERPOL and any other law enforcement agencies would have the authority to arrest the men.


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Willie Obiano’s strides

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It is said that a people get the type of leadership they deserve. This axiomatic saying holds true in the case of Anambra State. Today the State is not just living up to its motto:
The Light of the Nation, but also bears itself out as a befitting epithet to the memory of the great freedom fighter Nnamdi Azikiwe, former commonwealth secretary general, Emeka Anyaoku and the intrepid novelist and raconteur par-excellence, Chinua Achebe. Expectedly, a state that has produced those revered personages deserves to be led by a politician who possesses exceptional leadership quality and probity.
Fortunately, the State is currently blessed with a good leader whose model of leadership is comparable to very few in the country. No doubt, Governor Willie Obiano’s sojourn in the oil and banking sectors prepared and imbued him with experience and leadership qualities for the arduous task of piloting the affairs of the State. So when providence thrust the affairs of Anambra in his care, he did not let Anambra people down. He was adequately prepared.
He hit the ground running and left nobody in doubt that he wanted to make impact. Conscious that absence of anarchic situation and crimes will give fillip to the rapid industrialization of Anambra State he unveiled measures to rid the state of crimes. What is more, the State ranks today as one of the safest states in Nigeria as kidnappers, armed robbers, and pick-pockets had fled Anambra. Night life has since returned to major cities in the state.
With the State safe and secure, industrialists who once fled it because of insecurity returned in their numbers, building industries that employ hundreds of employable but unemployed graduates in the State. In addition to that, the industries have increased the volume of trade in the state with corresponding revenue yields to the coffers of the government. That explained why the Governor was not caught in the national economic recession that forced many a governor to go cap in hand, begging for financial assistance from the centre.
Infrastructural development of the State is another area where Governor Obiano has done very well. He built long bridges across rivers in Ayamelum local government area, Anambra East and West to connect the oil rich areas of the State as well as its agricultural base. Not long ago he completed the Nengo Bridge in Nteje. This all-important bridge serves as a bypass to the treacherous Enugu-Onitsha expressway at Umunya as well as an access to Nteje town, stretching down the Omambala region. There are also the three bridges at Aroma, Akwata and Amawbia junctions in Awka, the State capital.

The three bridges are adorned with flood lights both for illumination and aesthetics. These bridges help immensely in easing traffic congestions during rush hours in those places.
Old roads were repaired and new ones constructed to facilitate the movement of people within the state. Residents as well as visitors can attest to the presence of street lights which make night drive in the state a pleasurable experience. One very important aspect of road construction, apart from ease of movement, is that it alleviates the pains of transporting farm produce to ready markets. Note that agriculture has since received immense boost from the Obiano administration. He implemented measures that boosted the practice of agriculture in the state. He gave farmers in the state financial incentive, improved seedlings, and fertilizers. Expectedly, Anambra has achieved food sufficiency within five years of his administration and has moved further on to export surplus to foreign countries.
Perhaps that explains why the State finances are in a very fine-fettle. While some other states in Nigeria go cap in hand, begging for financial help from the centre, Anambra executes capital projects and meets its obligations to its workers. The third phase of the community-choose-your- projects has already started. By the end of this phase every community in the state would have received sixty million Naira for any project of their choice. All these do not detract from prompt payment of workers’ salaries.
The Governor not only pays promptly, but approves training workshops for qualified workers. Pensions and gratuities are not paid any less. Promotion interviews are organized for qualified civil servants and promotions effected. No doubt, the Governor places high premium on making the civil service effective, conscious perhaps of its overriding values in policy formulation and implementation.
Civil servants on their part have not failed to show gratitude by casting their votes overwhelmingly for him during the last governorship as well as the State House of Assembly elections. It is a proof that they repose trust and confidence in his leadership abilities. And so far, it does not seem the Governor is in a hurry to betray this confidence. Since he returned to the leadership saddle for his second term in office, he has sustained the tempo of development in the state. Awka is gradually wearing a new look with charwomen everywhere, sweeping and cleaning streets and government offices. The State Secretariat, built by the previous APGA government, is not spared the effort at being spruced up. The parking lawns are now paved with interlocking stones while the entire buildings are being repainted to give the workers’ office a befitting look.

To the credit of the Governor the state is in a hurry to wear a new look. Within the Government House itself efforts are made to recreate the environment to befit the status of a government. A new International Conference Centre is also ongoing.
The people of Anambra state are thankful to God for giving them a governor who is imbued with probity, leadership qualities, humanness, and political sagacity. It is the prayer of many that he does not let up on the momentum of development within the next three years when he will be handing over to a successor. It is expected that if his successor keys into his development vision the road to an Anambra of our dream will be trod faster than thought possible. And Obiano will be joining the pantheon of Anambra greats.


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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 220 FOURTH SESSION NO. 98

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions

PRESENTATION OF A BILL

1. National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 736) – First Reading Sen. Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (Borno Central).

PRESENTATION OF A REPORT

1. Report of the Committee on Land Transport Labour Transportation Bill, 2019 (SB. 25) Sen. Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Land Transport on the Labour Transportation Bill, 2019 (SB. 25) – To be Laid.

ORDERS OF THE DAY
MOTION

1. Withholding of Assent.

Senate Leader

The Senate:

Recalls that the President C-in-C had signified the withholding of his assent of the following Bills pursuant to section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended):

i. Petroleum Industry Governance) Bill, 2019;

ii. National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill, 2019;

iii. National Research and Innovation Council Bill, 2019;

iv. Stamp Duties Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019;

v. National Agricultural Seed Council Bill, 2019;
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vi. Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2019; and

vii. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2019;

Notes that the rational for withholding the assent borders on the observation of Mr. President on some clauses in the Bills;

Aware that a Technical Committee of the Senate had worked on Mr. President observations and have re drafted the affected Clauses;

Relying on order 88(b)(c) of the Senate Rule,

Accordingly resolves to:

Refer the Bills to the Committee of the Whole for consideration and passage.

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

1. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 8) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 728) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West). 2. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 15) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 729) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

3. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 20) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 730) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

4. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 22) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 731) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West). 5. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 24) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 732) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

6. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 28) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 733) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

7. National Assembly Budget and Research Office Bill, 2019 (SB. 736) – Second Reading Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central).

8. A Bill for an Act to phase out Petrol Vehicles in 2035 and introduce Electric Cars and other matters connected thereto, 2019 (SB. 726) – Second Reading Sen. Ben Murray- Bruce (Bayelsa East).

9. A Bill for an Act to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow persons of African origin to acquire Nigerian Citizenship for purposes of re-integration and development and for other matters connected thereto, 2019 (SB. 727) – Second Reading Sen. Ben Murray- Bruce (Bayelsa East).

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10. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research, Akamkpa, to provide full-time courses in Forestry Technology and other fields of studies and to make provisions for the general administration of the College and for other matters connected therewith, 2019 (SB. 707) – Second Reading Sen. Gershom H. Bassey (Cross River South).

11. A Bill for an Act to provide for the documentation and protection of Domestic Workers and Employers of domestic workers in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and for other related matters thereto, 2019 (SB. 696) – Second Reading Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East).

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. Conference Committee Report Conditions of Service for National Assembly Staff Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Conference Committee report on the Conditions of Service for National Assembly Staff.

2. Reports of the Committee on Police Affairs Police Reform Bill, 2019 (SB. 683) Sen. Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (Zamfara North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Police Affairs on the Police Reform Bill, 2019 (SB. 683).

3. Report of the Committee on Health National Health Insurance Act 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 278) Sen. Olanrewaju A. Tejuoso (Ogun Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance Act 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 278).

4. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal Colleges of Education Act 1986 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 562) Sen. Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Colleges of Education Act 1986 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 562).

5. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND JAMB Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 625) Sen. Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the JAMB Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 625).

6. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 172) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 172).

7. Report of the Committee on Gas Gas Flaring (Prohibition and Punishment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 337) Sen. Bassey A. Akpan (Akwa Ibom North-East -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Gas on the Gas Flaring (Prohibition and Punishment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 337).

8. Report of the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters and Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes Proceed of Crimes Bill, 2019 (SB. 376)

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Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters and Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes on the Proceed of Crimes Bill, 2019 (SB. 376).

9. Report of the Committee on Appropriations 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721) Sen. Goje M. Danjuma (Gombe Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721) – To be Laid.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

No. Committee Date Time Venue

1. Ethics, Privileges and Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 3.00pm Committee Room 120 Public Petitions Senate New Building

2. Petroleum Sector Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 2.00pm Suite 3. 13 Chairman’s (Downstream) Office New Building

3. Petroleum Sector Thursday, 18th April, 2019 12.00non Committee Room 117 (Downstream) Senate New Building

4. Banking, Insurance & Other Thursday, 18th April, 2019 2.00pm Committee Room 211 Financial Institutions (Screening) Senate New Building

5. Banking, Insurance & Other Mon. 29th – Tue. 30th April, 2019 12.00noon Committee Room 211 Financial Institutions (Budget Defence) Senate New Building

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ICPC to appeal ruling on suspended SEC Director General

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) plans to appeal the ruling on the No Case Submission in the trial of suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mounir Gwarzo and Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services, Zakawanu Garuba.
The duo were arraigned in June 2018 before Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf of Court 4 of the FCT High Court in a 5-Count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of about N115 million when Gwarzo was the DG-SEC.
ICPC alleged that Gwarzo received the sum of N104, 851,154.94 as severance benefits and N10milion excess car grant which he was not entitled to and therefore committed breach of trust and conferred a corrupt advantage upon himself. Garuba was accused of allegedly conniving with Gwarzo to commit the fraud because he approved the monies for him as an Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services in SEC then.
The defence counsel A.U.Mustapha (SAN) and Robert Emupkoeruo filed for a No Case Submission after the prosecuting counsel had brought forward their witnesses. The defence urged the court to hold that the prosecution was unable to prove the case against their client.
The court then upheld the No Case Submission of the defendants on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove the elements of the offence in that the Board of SEC was the highest authority in SEC and had by resolution approved the severance benefit and the car grant.
Further, the court finally discharged and acquitted the defendants on all the charges against them.
Meanwhile ICPC is dissatisfied with the judgment on the grounds that the Board resolution the trial judge relied on did not decide severance benefit but retirement and resignation benefit. The Notice of Appeal will be filed very soon.

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Five years on, 112 Chibok schoolgirls still missing

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MAIDUGURI. – The sleepy town of Chibok in Nigeria’s northeast continues to grapple with the seemingly endless wait for the return of more than 100 schoolgirls who were abducted by the armed group Boko Haram, five years ago on Sunday.
Life has not remained the same for the community, which still feels haunted by the April 14, 2014 kidnappings.
The town attracted international attention after Boko Haram fighters forcibly removed at least 276 girls from the government secondary girls school in Chibok town, prompting global outrage with various organisations and celebrities calling for their release.
In the first frantic minutes of their ordeal, 57 girls managed to jump from the trucks in which they were transported, and escaped. The remaining 219 were taken away by the fighters.
A social media campaign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls went viral and celebrities, leaders and activists across the world joined the campaign to free the kidnapped schoolgirls.

Five years after the Boko Haram attack, more than 112 girls are still missing.
Over the years, a total of 107 girls have been found or released as part of a deal between the Nigerian government and the armed group.
“They (the government) are not talking about our girls anymore. They are acting as if they are happy about what happened to us,” Enock Mark, whose two daughters are still missing, told Al Jazeera.
“We have lost hope in the government helping us. They have not shown any serious interest in ensuring that our daughters are found. It looks like it was done intentionally. They don’t care about us anymore,” he said.

“We won’t give up. Even in a hundred years, we will keep believing that our daughters will return home. Until we all die, we won’t stop believing that our daughters will come back.”
Mark and other parents of the missing girls still regularly make the difficult journey of nearly 900km to the nation’s capital, Abuja, for updates about their daughters.
The road leading to Chibok is often being targeted by Boko Haram with very little done by security agencies to protect commuters. The town has also come under repeated attacks by gunmen with buildings burned and some residents killed.
In recent years, the Nigerian government has come under immense criticism for doing very little to free the Chibok girls.
Some of the parents have died waiting for their daughters to return. Local media reports say they died of heart attacks and grief-related ailments. Others are still grieving and hoping their children will be found.
“There is great pain in our heart every day when we remember our missing daughters. We leave it to God to help us,” Mark said. “My wife has been finding it so difficult to cope without her children. She keeps crying every time she remembers her missing daughters. I have to keep consoling her,” he added.

At least 20 of the girls who escaped from Boko Haram have since moved to the US to continue their education. The remaining girls may have been forced to integrate with Boko Haram, Chibok community leaders say, adding that some may be ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry the fighters and have babies.
Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to “Western education is forbidden”, has waged an armed campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. The group wants to establish an Islamic state, following a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
More than 27,000 people have been killed by the group and over two million others displaced from their homes. Over the years, the group has kidnapped thousands of adults and children. Most of those abducted are women who are used as sex slaves, while the men are often forcefully recruited as fighters.
The group has repeatedly attacked schools, churches, mosques and markets, but state institutions such as police stations and military facilities have remained primary targets.
They have used minors and veiled women for suicide bomb attacks, attacked people with car bombs and opened fire on civilians at public places. Boko Haram allegedly operates its largest camp in the vast Sambisa forest in Nigeria’s northeast.
The forest stretches for about 60,000 square kilometres in the southern part of the northeastern state of Borno, which has borne the brunt of Boko Haram’s violence. In August 2016, the group split into two after long-time leader Abubakar Shekau rejected an attempt by the a branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group’s Abu Musab al-Barnawi to replace him.
Al-Barnawi is believed to be the son of late Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf and used to be Boko Haram’s spokesperson. There are reports that Al-Barnawi has been removed as the factional leader.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised to crush Boko Haram during his first term election campaign in 2015.

But his administration has failed to end the decade-long violence, with increasing attacks on military bases and strategic towns.
Since 2014, Chibok has hosted hundreds of journalists, activists, security operatives and government delegations. Most of the advocacy groups that pleaded for the release of the girls have however gone quiet.
Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) has kept the campaign going, but the group has become smaller, seemingly having lost its punch. “It is quite challenging to sustain a singular core demand – #BringBackOurGirls – when facing a government that has taken up a disinterested and hostile stance for almost five years,” spokesperson of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Nifemi Onifade, told Al Jazeera.
“The drain of standing for the Chibok girls is real and heavy and so, many may have had various reasons over the years for their reduced commitments,” Onifade added.

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‘I am not for sale’ say Nigerian women in anti-trafficking campaign

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Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency is trying a new approach to preventing women’s exploitation abroad by sharing inspirational stories of women who made it at home, it said on Monday.
The ‘Not for Sale’ campaign was rolled out last month with posters, TV and radio adverts in which women talk about how they were tempted by Europe but instead pursued their dreams and found success in Nigeria.
They end with the statement “I am not for sale”.
Thousands of Nigerian women and girls are lured to Europe each year by the promise of work, but end up trapped in debt bondage and forced to sell sex, the United Nations says.
Most prevention campaigns in Nigeria have focused on the horror stories and dangers of trafficking, but this has proved ineffective, said Richard Sandall of Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), which is supporting the campaign.
“As we were developing this proposal we began to hear stories that actually these negative stories were almost reinforcing the urge to go,” said Sandall, who works on anti-slavery activities in Nigeria.
Sandall said suffering was seen as a kind of sacrifice or rite of passage.
“We wanted to create a different narrative. We don’t know if it’s going to work,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The campaign includes a website with links to women’s empowerment groups, job sites and entrepreneurship programmes, and a form where people can submit their own success stories.
“When I finished secondary school, things were so tough for my family that when my friend suggested crossing to Europe to make some money, I was tempted,” writes a woman named Gladys.
“But I’d also heard of what many do to make it… and I didn’t want to be treated like a slave,” she says in one of the featured stories. She is now a fashion designer.
One activist said she feared the campaign could be ineffective.
“It’s not that people who were trafficked haven’t considered opportunities at home,” said Anna Sereni of Anti-Slavery International.
“Instead, it’s the lack of those opportunities and desperation for better lives that pushes people into taking these risky decisions to travel into the unknown,” she said.
Julie Okah-Donli, head of Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency NAPTIP, said she thought the campaign had great potential.
“We hope to achieve empowerment of victims and potential victims of trafficking, which is key, and to also put out information about opportunities in the country to show there are better alternatives,” she said.


(Reporting by Nellie Peyton, Editing by Claire Cozens. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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Buhari says election rival Abubakar was not a citizen

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ABUJA. – Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari told an election tribunal the candidate he beat in a February vote was not a citizen of Nigeria by birth and ought not to have even been allowed to run for the office, deepening the rift between the political leaders in the oil-rich west African nation.
The allegation against Atiku Abubakar, the opposition candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, was made in a petition filed by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress to the panel in Abuja, according to a spokesman of that party. It came in response to a filing by the PDP challenging the outcome of the election.
Abubakar’s party filed a petition at the Presidential Elections Tribunal last month to nullify Buhari’s victory on allegations that voting was rigged in favor of the incumbent. Buhari, 76, was declared the winner for his second term, with 56 percent of the vote, while Abubakar garnered 41 percent.
Abubakar had no right to be elected because he was born in Jada, Adamawa, when it was part of Northern Cameroon, which later became a part of Nigeria by a plebiscite, APC spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu said by phone.

“Plebiscite is not stated in the constitution as a condition for citizenship,” Issa-Onilu said. “The constitution says what makes somebody a Nigerian, and it is by birth.”
The only defense of the APC and President Buhari “is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term Nigerian,’’ Abubakar said in a statement emailed by his spokesman Paul Ibe. “I trust that the tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves.”


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Igbo future in Nigeria bleak – Prof Nwala

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Prof. Uzodinma Nwala is a former university teacher, activist and nationalist. In this interview with Sunday Sun, he spoke on a number of burning issues on restructuring, place of Igbo in Nigeria, state of the nation, among other things. Excerpt:

You appear to be angry with the state of affairs in the country, why?

The word is not angry because anger does not solve anything. I’d rather say disappointed. I’m truly and generally aware that things are not moving in the right direction, particularly as they concern our people Ndigbo. I was one of those who were brought up in an environment where we believed that Nigeria was a genuine nation state that was being built up to be the pride of the black man and the pride of Africans. In the hay days of pan-Africanism, Nigeria was being built as a nation that will bring together all the blacks. While we were studying in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the spirit and air of Nigerian nationalism was oozing all over the whole place. I was the Chairman of Awolowo Hall in Nsukka. You also had Bello Hall, Isa Kaita Hall. All those ones were named after genuine actors in the process of building a great African nation and we were great Zikists, great nationalists until something happened; there was a coup of 1966. But before that coup, we witnessed the census crisis, we witnessed the election crisis, with NCNC boycotting the elections and later rejoining. We witnessed the Midwest crisis and all the killings and so on, we witnessed all the wars of attrition, killing of the Igbo. Some of us went to Enugu and saw headless bodies and bodies of pregnant women and we started asking ourselves whether we were really building a nation of the dream of Zik and others. While we were reading Zik, we were also reading Kwame Nkrumah, Nasa, Jomo Kenyata and others. We were great pan-Africanists who believed that we should build a great nation that will supplant the colonialist traps.
But from that civil war, we saw all the horrors and it dawned on us that something was wrong; there were differences, not only in tongue and culture, but in totality of what you call nations. We remembered what Aminu Kano was fighting in the North. Aminu Kano was not a mad man, but he woke up to fight for the interests of what he called Talakawas, meaning the Hausas, who were already being usurped by the Fulani hegemony. We also knew about Tarka trying to fight for the liberation of the Tiv nation. Boro was with us at Nsukka. But during the crisis, he went back to his place and realised that what was more fundamental was not Eastern Nigeria or Nigeria, but the interest of the Ogoni people and the Ijaw nation. So, it was there that we started realising that something was wrong. We took part in the war that was fought for the Igbo to come back home and rebuild ourselves since they didn’t want us to be here. But the war was unleashed on the Igbo with conspiracy by the international community. I was one of those that said okay, we’ve lost the war and I read religious meaning into it, but I found out that it was a wrong religious meaning. I said to myself that we lost the war maybe because God wanted us to remain in Nigeria and I took part in trying to see whether we can build a new nation.

Why did you say you read a wrong religious meaning?

We thought that the defeat of Biafra was God telling us no, you don’t need Biafra; you need Nigeria. But that was a wrong meaning to what happened. We lost the war, not because God wanted us to go back to Nigeria. We lost the war for obvious reasons, which I found when I went to New York in 1973 for my post graduate work. I spent days and time at the United Nations and I was searching for an answer to the question, why Biafra fell. At the end of those days of working in the United Nations and other places, I found an answer. It was not because God hated us or because he wanted us to go back to Nigeria. It was because politically, we did not understand the dynamics of world politics at the time. Ojukwu didn’t understand. A bit of the lesson on the dynamics of world politics was being imparted to him by Zik, but Ojukwu didn’t understand. He was a young man, very committed to Biafra, an Igbo patriot, but he had limited knowledge. When you move out of Biafra and then into other nations that had the same problem at the same time, first of all during the war, the Soviet Union sought to help us, I don’t know if you heard the story. They offered to help Biafra because most of the socialist leaders in Nigeria, most of the Marxist leaders in Nigeria were Igbo, the likes of O. C. Ememe, Ikenna, were great socialists. They were close to the Soviet Union and the Soviet Union wanted to come and help us. But Ojukwu said no. Nwajekwu said no because they felt doing that would mean we would now become communists and we would socialize property. That’s why they rejected the Soviet offer for help. What did Soviet Union do? They can’t force themselves on Biafra. They didn’t want to be isolated from that momentous developing world history of events in Nigeria at the time. Therefore, they had to fall back to the United Nations principle of respect for the territorial integrity of nations. That was why they now went and supported Nigeria, since we rejected their help. But compare us with other nations, people that were fighting the same battle of liberation at the time. Take Mozambique, take Namibia, take South Africa and take Cuba. All those countries, because they knew they were fighting against forces within what we call the world capitalist system, they had to seek help from the socialist world and they succeeded. The most spectacular was Cuba. Fidel Castro was not a socialist when he attempted to dethrone Batista. In 1956 he failed; 1959 he succeeded. When they took over Cuba, he was not a socialist. It’s when the American forces now came to flush them out and they knew they were in a battle to save the soul of their nation, therefore, they must seek help from where they can sustain their battle. They had to go to the Soviet Union to get help and the Soviet Union guaranteed the success of Cuba. The lesson Ojukwu failed to understand is that at that time in the world, the world was split into two. I’m sure you heard of what was cold war, East and West. You are either here or you are there. You can’t be here and there. But Ojukwu wanted to be here and there. If you remember the popular slogan at the time, they would say Biafra for the free world is a task that must be done. Who are the free world? It’s the capitalist countries, Britain, France and so on and these are the countries that didn’t want Nigeria to be divided because Nigeria was their marketplace and we are seeking help from them to destroy their market place. That is the height of contradiction. That is the levity of Ojukwu at the time.

What is actually the key problem of the Igbo?

The key problem of the Igbo is the same old problem. Ndigbo is a nation, a people with one language, one culture, like France in Europe, like Germany in Europe, like Spain in Europe, like Portugal in Europe, like the English Europe. Don’t mind the hot porgy called Britain. Britain is a collection of nations, English, Welsh, Scotland and Northern Ireland and you know they have been struggling to be on their own. In the world arena of soccer, each of them has its own team, not English team. That shows you they are nations of their own. They are only trying gradually to see how they can free themselves and become autonomous nations. Sometime ago, Europe was being ruled by empires that connected many of these nations together, but those empires have crumbled and they have come to be nations of their own. If you read Obafemi Awolowo, you will get the point that Nigeria is an artificial creation. It’s the bringing together of separate nations against their will. The old concept of tribe is ancient European ideological concept. There is nothing like tribe. What you have are nations – the Igbo nation, Yoruba nation, Benin nation, Tiv nation, Ijaw, Efik, Fulani, Hausa. All these are nations of their own that were brought together against their will. That is the problem you and I have today, until we realize that separate nations can only be brought together in a political nation state through the principle of self determination.

So, where you stand is not even about restructuring?

It’s about renegotiation of how separate nations can live together. Restructuring is a very vague, misleading and treacherous concept. When you talk of restructuring, you are begging a super power, the Federal Government to please reorganize the whole thing. Give us more power. That’s what you mean by restructuring. But that’s not the issue now. The issue now is sitting down and renegotiating how we go forward. We tried to do it in the 2014 National Conference. That Conference went very far, but not as far as it should. When the Fulani saw that that conference was going to lead to liberation of the separate nations, they stepped forward and said no war. They put their feet down and canceled that conference.

Are you talking of a confederation?

I’m not talking about confederation. By confederation, you mean bringing together separate nations into a nation-state by particular design, but not by their own free will. Even if it is confederation, that confederation has to be agreed upon by the people. There are certain semi-confederations in the world, but they are all created by the self-determination of the various people.
Let’s take this thing we call Biafra. When you talk of Biafra, they mean a nation-state comprising Ndigbo, the Efik, the Ijaw. That’s what they call Biafra. But that Biafra can only come when the forces controlling Efik come forward and say we want to be part of it, the forces controlling Ijaw say we want to be part of it. When everybody say they want to be part of it, we sit down and work out the modalities for running that multi-nation state. That’s what Biafra is. We can’t assume that all of them are part of it. We will only be working towards a point where all of them will come and say we are part of this nation. Unless they say so, you can’t rope them into a nation-state they have not decided to be part of.

Some people will also argue that asking for a renegotiation is not something that is achievable. Those who push this argument believe that the country has gone past that stage and the stage they are is how do we really structure the country in a way that it will favour everybody?

The way to favour everybody is the way to make Ndigbo fully in control of their affairs. Let me give you some little practical examples, which some of you ignore. Let’s take elections, which is one of the instruments they use in enslaving you and me. I don’t know if you know one election in America involving El-Gore and George Bush. What held it back was the Florida election if you remember. Where was the final decision?

The Court of Florida?

The Court of Florida and not of America. So, a situation where the Hausa-Fulani controlled judiciary decides who becomes your governor is anomalous. So, when you are talking of renegotiation, that’s part of the things you have to renegotiate and say we are an autonomous region, we want to control our judiciary. Let us even take education; in America, which is a super federation, there is nothing like one institution of the American state controlling all the universities in America. There is nothing like one institution in America controlling admission into universities in America. If you want to go to an American university, if you are a graduate, you take what is called GRE. If you are undergraduate, you take what is called TOEFL. If you pass TOEFL, you take your result to any university you are seeking for admission and they admit you. You are a graduate who wants to go to America to do graduate programme, once you pass the examination, you take your result to Harvard, New York, anywhere and they give you admission. That examination does not decide where you go. They don’t give any quota limits.

But it’s that not the restructuring that people are talking about?

Many of you talk about restructuring without understanding what it is. I’m giving you the nitty gritty of it. It is not something the Federal Government can give you. It’s something that the nations of Nigeria will come together to sit down and say let us rebuild this through a political conference. That political conference will decide a political arrangement for the nation and all legislative body will affirm it. You don’t have the right to alter it. There was a time this battle was very strong in those days when they were talking about national conference. That is the issue today.

Are you saying that the clamour by the Igbo and other leaders to produce Nigeria’s President at this time is immaterial?

Who are the Igbo leaders talking about president? An Igbo President under the present condition will keep us where we are. Igbo President that will be produced by the present INEC without reorganizing it as a new institution will be meaningless. Can Orji Kalu become President without the Hausa-Fulanis endorsing him? As things are now, who pulls the political strings in the North? It’s the Fulanis. Do you know that in the North, most of the governors are Fulani governors? Most of the Senators are Fulani Senators. Most of the House of Reps members are mostly Fulani. The Fulani through a historical process is in charge of the North.

You said the current INEC is not in a position to conduct an election that will enthrone an Igbo President. Have you lost total confidence in the INEC?

It’s not losing confidence in the INEC. It’s that by its very nature, INEC is not capable of giving you and I the kind of democratic election, the kind of free and fair election that you and I need in a federal union. It’s controlled by outside forces.

Are you okay with the representatives the Southeast have now at the federal level and what do you think they should be doing?

You and I have a duty to our people. If we really mean business, we have to tell ourselves our problems. We mean well for our people. Most of the chaps elected into positions, some of them are well meaning, but they don’t understand the dynamics of the power struggle in Nigeria and this is where you and I can come in to educate them, to direct them. That’s the duty you and I owe them. It is not a question of Orji Uzor Kalu wanting to be Deputy Senate President. Can he be and who will anoint him under the present circumstances? If he becomes, he will owe his allegiance to them to be able to sustain his position. That is the reality of it. We want a situation whereby an Orji Uzo Kalu, a very vibrant young man will get in there as an Igbo man and not waiting to be anointed, knowing full well that if he becomes a hero, he can only be a meaningful hero of an Igbo son, not a Fulani son or surrogate. At the end of the day, he knows what bothers the people, all these killings, all these overtaking of our territories, he will stand firm as an Igbo and say no, we can’t have it. He should defend our fatherland.

You actually sound as if this renegotiation is not done, the Southeast will have no future in Nigeria?

The only future they have is as slaves. They have no future of freedom. If things remain as they are, you cannot produce your governor, you cannot produce your legislator and be sure it’s your legislator. I’ve told you the example of America. There shouldn’t be any super electoral body for the whole country. They will knock him out through INEC and through the judiciary which they now control. The highpoint of it was the removal of Onnoghen, because they were afraid Onnoghen will upset the applecart.

Is there anything the Alaigbo plans in doing beyond what it is doing now?

We will continue enlightening our people. We have put up a document called the Green Book because the first step in any political battle is to understand ourselves and say what the problems are. This book is called the future of Alaigbo and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The battle before Alaigbo is not noise making. We should know our weaknesses and how to systematically move along.

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The Anambra State Commissioner for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Dr. Christian Madubuko, has said that the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria will soon open a Consular office in Awka, the state capital.
He said that the Consular office would lessen the stress and cost of obtaining Chinese visa by traders in Anambra State and the entire South East.
Madubuko who disclosed this in Onitsha while addressing traders at the weekend during his ongoing visit to the markets in the state said the Consular office will reduce the stress of going to Lagos or Abuja to obtain Chinese visa.
He said Governor Willie Obiano and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria struck the deal when the ambassador visited the Governor in Awka recently.
The commissioner said the consular office in Awka will equally reduce the cost of procuring Chinese visa for Anambra state traders.
He said this was one of the manifestations of Governor Obiano’s commitment to improving the welfare of traders in the state.
He restated the determination of the state government to flush out touts who engage in illegal collection of revenues in the state.
The commissioner accused the traders of being part of the extortion and intimidation in Anambra markets but warned them against the dire consequences of such action which he said would impinge on the success of their businesses.
He threatened to sack any market leader who allowed extortion and illegal revenue collection to thrive in their markets, saying “we can corrupt angels in Nigeria.”
He also told the traders and their leaders that those who steal government money would not be allowed to go scot-free, regretting that traders in the state do not pay tax.
Meanwhile, three hoodlums who engaged in illegal levy collection have been arrested in Onitsha by the commissioner and his team. One was arrested at Bridgehead market, while the other two were arrested at Tracas, Upper Iweka, Onitsha.

 


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