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International Youth Day: Centre for Citizens with Disabilities Salute Nigeria Youths with Disabilities

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Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) heartily congratulate and salute Nigerian Youths with disabilities on this year’s International Youth Day.

This year’s theme: ”Youth Engagement for Global Action” intents to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

The day was first commemorated in the year 1999 after resolution 54/120 of Council of Ministers was adopted. The day which is annually commemorated on 12th August has its central objective to create awareness around issues of youth development, mainstreaming and participation of the youth in Political, economic and social activities.

CCD is concerned that Federal and States governments development programs and activities are conceptualized, planned and implemented at the exclusion of more than 12 million Nigeria youths with disabilities

We are worried that access to participation and inclusion in political, economic and social activities remains very limited due to institutional, environmental and attitudinal barriers that have held young people with disabilities hostage from maximizing their potentials.

We are more worried that access to education, healthcare and rehabilitation have been very slim because of non – consideration of the needs of young persons with disabilities in Federal and State governments budgets. Even the little that is budgeted no release of funds, misappropriation and corruption continue to hinder support to young people with disabilities.

Recognizing how the disability agenda is been handle by both State and non-State actors in Nigeria through application of charity based approach which is not sustainable, one wonder how the fate of the next generation of youth with disabilities in Nigeria will be.

CCD is concerned that the present scourge of unemployment, the growing level of poverty, the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and the global health pandemic of Covid-19 which adversely effected the lives and livelihood of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

More worrisome is the continue delay for the implementation of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 and the National Youth Policy 2019. These documents have robust provisions for Youths with disabilities in the areas of employment, sport, entertainment, empowerment, and other social and political engagements.

CCD calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Youth and Sport Development Mr. Sunday Dare to take appropriate measure to implement Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 and both the National Youth Policy 2019 for youth with disabilities to survive, live independently and contribute to the socio economic development of the country.

While we commend the resilient, doggedness and productive nature of Youths with disabilities despite glairing challenges hampering their success, we urge Youths with disabilities to take advantage of this day to create awareness, engage relevant authorities of the government and non-State actors for adequate representation and participation in all political, economic and societal activities.

On our part, CCD shall continue to offer a better and inclusive platform for youths with disabilities to showcase their potentials and realized their dreams. We reaffirm our commitment to continue to give the needed leadership and support to ensure that youths with disabilities are gainfully engaged in all strata of human endeavor.

Once again, we congratulate Nigeria Youths with Disabilities on the International Youth Day.

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the premier organization of, and for persons with disabilities that works to promote disability rights, independent living, inclusion, and participation of persons with disabilities in development agenda. CCD coordinated CSOs campaign for the passage of the National Disability Bill, now an Act. For more about CCD, please visit: www.ccdnigeria.org.

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NDA Release Official Statement Following Attack by Bandits

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The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted.

The Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.

The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that this unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.

Bashir Muhd Jajira
Major
Academy Public Relations Officer
24 August 2021

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2023 , IBB Youth O’Clock and the Call for Forthrightness

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Ngozi Alaegbu was the star of that Arise Tv interview for two reasons, the first was the razor sharp and fearless questions she threw at the General.

And the second, the incisive manner and poise that got the General talking, infact the General spoke albeit frankly on several issues ranging from the banality of partisan politics in Nigeria to the failure of his generation, from the prevalence of corruption in his time to the Olympic status of corruption in the present, and from the absence of Justice in this clime to the imperativeness of resource control and true fiscal federalism, call it restructuring, if you like.

But one subject the General parried like he always does was Youth O’Clock and the call for a new republic come 2023. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida IBB was clear in ruling out citizens Atiku Abubakar and Ahmed Tinubu as worthy candidates in the 2023 power contestation. But IBB maradonically threw up a twist, he called for a new generation of leaders and yet muddled the waters by talking about a leader in his 60s. Still the Maradona, the Evil Genius you may say.

One tread ran through that interesting interview, and that is the call for a new Republic, for a new generation of leaders and thinkers, and for a Pan Nigerian President come 2023. But IBB owes the polity the debt of forthrightness and the duty of care as he clocks 80years in a few days. He should right the past through some forthrightness.

At 4 score years we expect less dribbles. At 80 IBB’s most important deft touch should be a clear validation of the season, the moment and the movement. IBB knows that the time is Youth O’Clock, he knows that Nigerian youths have the capacity and the competency to salvage this Enterprise from the precipice. And he knows that the fire of patriotism remains largely in the Youths.

We know and have seen young men and women in their mid 30s, 40s and early 50s who have genuinely bestrode the Nigerian space with a breath of fresh air. We have seen the energy and electricity of the 46years old Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello whose stride across the nation fits the description of IBB, we have seen Governor Yahaya Bello’s understanding of economics, finance and commerce, and have observed his love and friendship across the Nigerian geography, and would ask the General for some forthrightness. Call his name, IBB call his name, he is ready, willing and able to right the wrongs you all left behind, and he is ready to give a definite closure to the lost years of Nigeria.

Together with him we are building endearing and enduring blocks of oneness, purpose and patriotism across Nigeria, and together we shall berth a new and vibrant Nigeria come 2023. Say his name, be forthright and redeem the past, IBB.

And the time without an ounce of equivocation is Youth O’Clock.

Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.
National Coordinator
Got Your Back Nigeria.
GYBNIGERIA.

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Igbo Delegates Expell Eze Ibe Nwosu From the Association of Ndieze

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IGBO DELEGATES ASSEMBLY(IDA)COMMUNIQUE REACHED AT THE EMERGENCY JOINT MEETING OF THE IGBO DELEGATES ASSEMBLY (IDA) AND THE ASSOCIATION OF
THE EZE NDIGBO IN THE NINETEEN NORTHERN STATES OF NIGERIA AND THE FCT ABUJA HELD ON THE 12TH DAY OF JUNE, 2021, IN ABUJA

All protocols duly observed.

Preamble: After a thorough deliberation on the State of the Nation, our country Nigeria and the secession activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by a joint meeting of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) and the Association of Eze Ndigbo in the nineteen northern states of Nigeria and the FCT, the following resolutions were reached:

  1. We stand for one Nigeria in its entirety, condemn the secessionist activities of IPOB and therefore dissociate ourselves from same.
  2. We urge the Federal Government and all the relevant authorities in Nigeria to use lawful measures towards securing the unity, security and development of all parts of our great country, Nigeria.
  3. We condemn and denounce in its entirety, the various on-going insecurity activities of killings, banditry, kidnappings, destruction of government property, robbery, unlawful herdsman-ship, etc.
  4. All Nigerians are free to live and engage in all or any lawful business, acquire and develop property in any part of Nigeria and maintain that nobody or group of persons should act against the exercise of such rights.
  5. We urge all our people in the Eastern part of Nigeria to desist from all acts and or omissions that would endanger the lives of our people in the North and other parts of Nigeria.
  6. We support the current government of Nigeria and urge her to ensure Nigeria is led with unity, peace, equity and justice for the development of our great country, Nigeria.
  7. We support the rightful demands of the Igbos for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction come 2023, no matter the political party.
  8. We condemn and disassociate ourselves from all killings and destruction of property in Eastern Nigeria and urge that no Nigerian should associate us with same.
  9. We pass a complete vote of confidence on the Igbo Delegates Assembly (Igbos in the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja) and Association of Eze Ndigbo in the North and FCT Abuja; and as affiliates of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, we disassociate ourselves from individuals or group of persons who parade themselves as Ohaneze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja.
  10. We recognize and maintain that Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide is our apex body and there should be no proliferation of the body in any part of the North.
  11. Further to the earlier decision taken by the Ndieze of the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja over the suspension of Eze Ibe Nwosu, he has now been finally expelled from the Association of Ndieze in 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja.

• Long live the Igbo Delegates Association (IDA);
• Long live the Association of Eze Ndigbo in 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja;
• Long live Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide;
• Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed:

Chief Chi Nwogu
(President-General, IDA).

His Majesty Eze Pampas Ngozi Wahiwe
(Chairman, Eze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja).

His Majesty Eze Bonifact Ibekwe
(Eze Igbo Kano and President-General of Eze Ndigbo in Diaspora).

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