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Boko Haram: Centre Accuses Red Cross of Peddling Falsehood to Discredit Nigerian Authorities, Local CSOs

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The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has accused the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) of a deliberately peddling falsehood to undermine the efforts of the Nigerian military in the North-East.

The Centre believes the international humanitarian organisation is misrepresenting facts in a bid to mislead unsuspecting members of the general public.

This trails a recent report where the Red Cross alleged that nearly 22,000 Nigerians are missing in the North-East.

This figure, according to the ICRC, represented the highest number of missing persons registered in any country.

At a world press conference on Monday in Abuja, CESJET revealed that there is a campaign of calumny by the ICRC against the Military’s counter-insurgency operations in North-East Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of CESJET, Executive Director, Isaac Ikpa, said that there’s no element of truth in the piece, describing it as a propaganda to dampen the morale of the troops, especially at a time the military recorded massive gains in the fight against terrorism.

The Centre, therefore, advised Red Cross to desist from commenting on issues outside their operational purview and concentrate on providing humanitarian services that it is known for.

While urging Nigerians to always verify such reports, the Centre, however, called on the ICRC to tender an unreserved apology to the military authorities, as well as withdraw the statement credited to it.

Read full statement below:

I most warmly welcome you all to the World Press Conference put together by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) in the light of the recently misrepresentation of facts by the International Committee on Red Cross on the counter-insurgency operations of the Nigerian Military in North-East Nigeria where either by omission or commission erroneously stated that over 22,000 Nigerians have been declared missing in North-East Nigeria.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency, having been conversant with the counter-insurgency operations in North-East Nigeria, is alarmed by the fact the International Committee on Red Cross would condescend to the unenviable height of misrepresenting facts and attempting to mislead unsuspecting members of the general public.

The disposition of the ICRC is an affront to the efforts of various civil society organizations that have devoted time and resources in monitoring the counter-insurgency operations of the Nigerian Military in North-East Nigeria. It is as well an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians for such a false statement to be made public by the ICRC.

This is also cognisant of the fact that the parameters used in arriving at such postulation might either be defective or outdated, as there is no element of truth in the ICRC report on the number of missing persons in North-East Nigeria.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency see the recent move by the ICRC as covert terrorist propaganda aimed at damping the morale of the Nigerian troops in operation in North-East Nigeria.

It is also somewhat curious that this is coming on the heels when the Nigerian Military has made considerable gains in the fight against terrorism in North-East Nigeria that has seen the remnants of Boko Haram flee to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin region.

It is also curious that the ICRC would feign ignorance to the fact that the Nigerian Military in operation in North-East Nigeria has been conducting search and rescue operations that have resulted in the rescue of thousands of women and children and reunited them with their families.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency wishes to highlight the fact that on November 17, 2019, Nigerian troops deployed in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State rescued women and children, as well as an older woman in her 80s from Boko Haram captivity.

On May 19, 2019, The Nigerian army rescued 54 women and children held captive by the extremist group Boko Haram. On June 24, 2019, over 120 women and children were rescued by the Nigerian military from Boko Haram captivity. On March 7, 2018, over 1000 women and children were rescued by the Nigerian military from Boko Haram captivity. On June 5, 2018, the Nigerian Military rescued 54 women been used as sex slaves by the Boko Haram terrorist. And the list goes on and is verifiable.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, believes that the report by the ICRC is intended for mischief purposes as there is no iota of truth in the claims made therein. It consequently behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard whatever postulations the ICRC has canvassed with regards to missing persons in North-East Nigeria, as well as a probe of military operations in North East.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency are worried about this trend that is capable of misleading unsuspecting members of the general public on the actual state of affairs in North-East Nigeria, as well as the efforts of the Nigerian Military in Search and Rescue operations.

The ICRC has, by their action, demonstrated that they are either not conversant with the happenings in North-East Nigeria, or they have so chosen to take the dishonourable path like others that do not want the war on terrorism in Nigeria to come to an end.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency, therefore, states that the report by the ICRC is highly condemnable and must be retracted for lack of objectivity and an outright attempt at smearing the image of the Nigerian Military in operations in North-East Nigeria.

The ICRC must, as a matter of urgency, desist from commenting on issues outside their operational purview and concentrate on providing humanitarian services that it is recognized for. The ICRC must not allow itself to be used by agents of Boko Haram terrorist groups to spread propaganda that would mislead unsuspecting members of the general public.

The Centre of Social Justice, Equity and Transparency as a result of this calls on the ICRC to tender an unreserved apology to the military authorities, as well as withdraw the statement credited to it.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency wishes to advise the ICRC to always verify the information before going to press, else it might lose its credibility before the relevant authorities in Nigeria, as well as the Nigerian people.

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Lawyer Writes Finland Ambassador Over Activities of IPOB’s Propagandist

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A human rights attorney, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, has alerted Finland over the conduct of a Nigerian lawyer based in the country with known affiliation to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

This was contained in a letter addressed to the Finnish government, through its Ambassador to Nigeria.

Mr Simon Ekpa had published a video urging Southeasterners to quit the Nigerian Military following an alleged capture and execution of troops by Boko Haram terrorists.

In a press statement on Friday, however, Mr Ugochukwu described the claim as “false” aimed to “cause disaffection and destabilize the Nigerian troops”.

Having thoroughly examined the purported video, the human rights lawyer concluded that the “said soldiers are certainly not Nigerians and the location not identified as Nigeria”.

He further described Mr Ekpa as a “ misguided Nigerian lawyer in Finland who, not living in Nigeria, wants to put the country on fire”.

Mr Ugochukwu, therefore, called on the Finnish authorities to look into the activities of the lawyer while urging Nigerians to ignore the video.

Read full address below:

The video publication by SIMON EKPA on December 10 2019 claiming that the Soldiers being tied and shot in the bush by Boko Haram are Nigerians and thus urging Easterners to resign from Nigeria Army is most shocking and a threat to National Security.

I have examined the purported video and the said soldiers in the footage are certainly not Nigerians and the location not identified as Nigeria. Thus the wild claim by Simon Ekpa that Nigeria Soldiers are being killed indiscriminately by Boko Haram based on the so called video is False and malicious publication against the institution of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria as a whole. Such publications are mischievously designed by Ekpa who is a Lawyer based in Finland, to cause disaffection and destabilize the Nigerian troops.

Simon Ekpa is a misguided Nigerian Lawyer in Finland who, not living in Nigeria, wants to put the country on fire by such hate speech and hate publication.

We call on the Embassy of Finland to look into the activities of Simon Ekpa who lives in Finland and hides there to cause disaffection and aim at maligning the leadership of the Nigerian Army. We urge the Finland Ambassador to by this notice take steps in initiating action against Simon Ekpa who is based Lahti 85 km from Helsinki and operates on FINNISH MOBILE +35837800600.

Nigerians should thereby ignore the said viral video as its manipulated and never a scene involving Nigerian soldiers. Simon Ekpa surely would soon be brought to book by the relevant state security service and justice will be meted to him in no distant time for engaging in acts capable of destabilizing Nigerian troops and threatening National security.

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Prosecuting Sowore Will Save Nigeria’s Democracy, Nigerian Professionals in Europe Declares

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The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) believes the prosecution of Sahara Reporters founder, Omoyele Sowore, will save the country’s democracy.

The umbrella group of Nigerian professionals in Europe made this known on Thursday after an emergency meeting in Brussels, Belgium to deliberate on the state of affairs in Nigeria.

In a communique jointly signed by President, Dr. Agwu Onyeke and 13 others, the professionals urged the Federal Government to bring Sowore and his cohorts sponsored by foreign mercenaries to destabilize Nigeria to book.

The group frowned at Sowore’s call for revolution – an indication that the controversial human rights activist was working hand-in-hand with some external forces.

ANPE, therefore, expressed solidarity with the FG on his on-going trial for instigating violence aimed at truncating democracy.

The group further recommended the process of profiling all Sowore’s accomplices in Nigeria and beyond the shores – bringing them to justice with the assistance of the International Criminal Court and the Interpol.

Read full communique below:

A communique by the Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe issued after an emergency general meeting which held at Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace in Brussels to deliberate on the state of affairs in Nigeria, chiefly on the growing spate of externally influenced plot to destabilize Nigeria on Thursday, 27th November 2019.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe, the umbrella organization of Nigerian Professionals in various walks of life in Europe, converged an emergency general assembly to discuss the threats posed to the unity of Nigeria from external sources. The emergency general assembly discussed extensively the various issues confronting the Nigerian nation

The meeting was well attended, and it touched on sensitive issues in Nigeria as well as recommendations for the relevant authorities in Nigeria. At the end of the meeting, the following resolutions were reached:

The Issues:

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe views with high suspicion the motives behind the call for a revolution in Nigeria by Omoyele Sowore and his co-conspirators.

That the call is at best an indication that Omoyele Sowore was working hand-in-hand with some external forces bent on destabilizing Nigeria through their nefarious ways.

That the unity of Nigeria has been gravely affected by the actions of Omoyele Sowore and his cohorts, bent on seeing to the disintegration of Nigeria

That the sponsors of Omoyele Sowore are instigating the on-going protests across the world by individuals and organizations using pro-democratic pseudo names in an attempt to blackmail the government of Nigeria into submission.

That Omoyele Sowore indeed provided himself as that willing clog in the wheels of progress in Nigeria

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe also frowns at the campaign of calumny against the government of Nigeria and wishes to state that the campaign is in poor taste aimed at causing disaffection in the polity so they can ultimately rubbish the gains Nigeria has made since 2015 under the present dispensation.

It is highly advised that those individuals and organizations should channel their energies and resources into noble causes for the benefit of humanity.

THE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN PROFESSIONALS IN EUROPE CONSEQUENTLY MAKES THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS:

That it supports wholeheartedly the on-going trial of Omoyele Sowore by the Nigerian authorities for instigating violence aimed at truncating democracy in Nigeria.

That the relevant authorities in Nigeria should not relent in its fight against enemies of the country who are engaged in these nefarious acts.

That the relevant authorities in Nigeria should, as a matter of urgency, begin the process of profiling all the accomplices of Omoyele Sowore in Nigeria and beyond the shores of Nigeria, and bringing them to justice with the assistance of the International Criminal Court and the Interpol.

That the call for a revolution is a part of a bigger plot towards ensuring that Nigeria is made ungovernable and uninhabitable.

That the Nigerian authorities must also, as a matter of urgency, begin a detailed investigation into how these illicit funds are brought into the country.

That anyone found guilty no matter how highly placed should be made to face the full arms of the law in line with international conventions on crimes against humanity.

That should the Nigerian authorities fail to act decisively, the agents of destabilization would achieve their ultimate desire of disintegrating Nigeria.

Signed:
1. Dr. Agwu Onyeke (President)

2. Arc. Adesugun Lawal (Ukraine)

3.Chief Adekoya (Italy)

4.Engr. Bright Anyanwu (Spain)

5. Mr. Godspower Smith (Germany)

6.Prof. Afik Babarinde (Cyprus)

7. Chief Chuba Chime (UK)

8.Mr. Charles Ayoola (UK)

9.Mrs. Anita Ibeh (Malta)

10.Dr. John Umeh (Republic of Ireland)

11.Tobias Idoko esq (Netherlands)

12. Arc. Adesugun Lawal (Ukraine)

13. Mrs. Omolara Oguntade (Italy)

14. Mr. Sylvester Okon (UK)

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PDP Salutes Atiku At 73

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated its Presidential Candidate in the 2019 Presidential election and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, as he clocks the age of 73 years.

In a statement issued on Monday, the PDP said Atiku Abubakar is an exceptional patriot, quintessential democrat, leading light and incontrovertible symbol of the collective quest by Nigerians for a united, peaceful, secure, democratic and prosperous nation governed by the rule of law, equity and justice for all.

“Indeed, Atiku Abubakar leads the trail in the hope for a much-desired national rebirth, anchored on purposeful leadership where the overall interest of the people is over and above selfish personal interests,” the statement read.

The party further stated that it is lamentable that at the time our nation would have been enjoying the dividends of Atiku Abubakar’s blueprint for economic recovery and political stability, our citizens are rather groaning under prevailing harsh economic polices, excruciating multiple taxes, worsened security situation and degenerated poverty in the land.

The PDP held as unarguable that the nation, by now, would have been enjoying a breath of fresh air had the February Presidential election had gone their way.

According to the PDP, this is so because Atiku Abubakar has demonstrated in all spheres of life that the true worth of leadership is in applying the powers therein for the collective good of the people rather than that of a group or self.

The PDP, therefore, joined family members, millions of compatriots, friends and associates in celebrating Atiku Abubakar, while supplicating the Almighty God to continue to bless him and keep him in good health as he applies his wealth of experience and goodwill for the service of our dear fatherland.

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