By Femi Asu


Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the presidential and National Assembly elections as the most vicious, unprincipled, vulgar and violent he had ever witnessed.Prof.-Wole-Soyinka

Soyinka, in an interview with The Guardian UK on Sunday, was quoted as saying, “We’re talking about a very positive response by the public in terms of determination to register and vote but, you know, this has been one of the most vicious, unprincipled, vulgar and violent exercises I have ever witnessed.

“I just hope we won’t go down as being the incorrigible giant of Africa.”According to Soyinka, the stakes appear to be so high that all scruples have been set aside and it’s very distressing to compare this election with that of 1993, which was one of the most orderly, civilised and resolute elections the country ever had.

He said, “This one was like a no-holds-barred kind of election, especially, frankly, from the incumbency side. One shouldn’t be too surprised anyway given the kind of people who are manning the barricades for the incumbent candidate. Read More →

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By Segun Awofadeji in Gombe

No fewer than seven persons were reported to have been killed this Saturday morning when suspected fleeing members of Boko Haram invaded Shole village in Nafada Local Government Area of Gombe State. Read More →

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By Ese Awhotu

Attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko
Haram killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015, based on witness
accounts and an analysis of media reports, Human Rights Watch said
today. Boko Haram fighters havedeliberately attacked villages and
committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread
from northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since February.IDP

Human Rights Watch interviews in late January with people who fled
Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno states in northeastern Nigeria revealed
horrific levels of brutality. Since mid-2014, Boko Haram fighters have
seized control of scores of towns and villages covering 17 local
government areas in these northeastern states, some of which were
recaptured by Nigerian and Chadian forces in March 2015.

“Each week that passes we learn of more brutal Boko Haram abuses
against civilians,” said Mausi Segun, Nigeria researcher at Human
Rights Watch. “The Nigerian government needs to make protecting
civilians a priority in military operations against Boko Haram.”

The findings underscore the human toll of the conflict between Boko
Haram and forces from from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency says that nearly one
million people have been forced to flee since the Islamist rebel group
began its violent uprising in July 2009. During 2014, Human Rights
Watch estimates that at least 3,750 civilians died during Boko Haram Read More →

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By Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja

 


As the Presidential and National Assembly elections hold this Saturday, President Goodluck Jonathan has charged all political parties and politicians to allow the free, unfettered will of Nigerians to be expressed without any hindrance during the elections in keeping with the hallowed principles and tenets of democratic governance.President Goodluck Jonathan

The will of the people freely expressed through the ballot, according to Jonathan, was the bedrock of all democracies and as such that of Nigeria could not be an exception.

The president spoke during the nationwide broadcast on the 2015 elections on Friday.

“As we prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, I have come before you this morning to express my immense appreciation for the opportunity you gave me to lead this great nation of ours in the past four years.

“I also wish to place on record, once again, my sincere gratitude for the support you have given my administration without which the significant progress we have made in recent years would not have been possible.

“In spite of the many challenges we have had to contend with since 1999, our present democratic dispensation continues to endure and grow stronger in keeping with the yearnings and aspirations of our people.

“We have all worked very hard to nurture and strengthen our democratic institutions and promote the good governance practices which they were designed to deliver for the better well-being of our people.

“I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that we all clearly cherish the democracy we now have and will never willingly give it up for any other form of governance.
“This much-cherished democracy of ours is about to be put to the test once again.

“I urge you all to troop out en-masse to peacefully perform your civic duty of voting for leaders of your choice tomorrow (today).

“As we do so, let us all – political party leaders, contestants, party members, party agents, supporters and ordinary voters alike, be very conscious of the fact that the eyes of the entire world are on us.

“We must therefore comport ourselves in a manner that will further strengthen our democracy and consolidate our place in the comity of truly democratic nations.

“I made a commitment on assumption of office to progressively deliver freer, fairer and more credible elections in our country. In keeping with that commitment, the Federal Government has given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all necessary support to ensure that it conducts very successful elections tomorrow and on April 11.

“We have all been assured that INEC is fully ready for the elections. I believe that we can all trust that they are certainly more ready now than they may have been before security issues and other concerns necessitated a re-scheduling of the dates for the 2015 general elections.

“As an administration, we welcome the fact that millions of Nigerians who were yet to receive their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) as at February 14, and would therefore have been unfairly disenfranchised if the polls had gone ahead on that date, have seized the opportunity of the re-scheduling to collect their cards and can now exercise their right to vote tomorrow. Read More →

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Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

In a symbolic defeat to Boko Haram and in line with the assurance by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian Military has this morning liberated Gwoza, the Headquarters of the terrorists’ caliphate.Nigerian-troops

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) announced the recapture of what is regarded as the last frontier of Boko Haram through their twitter handle
@DefenceInfoNG. Read More →

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By pmnews

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday in Abuja assured that Gwoza in Borno, the last town under Boko Haram terrorists, would be liberated by Friday to pave way successful conduct of general elections in all states of the federation.

Jonathan, who gave this assurance when he received four International Election Monitoring Groups, said already the Nigeria soldiers had successfully liberated Adamawa and Yobe from the menace of insurgency.

According to him, the military command has also assured him that Gwoza will not only be recaptured, but Sambisa forest in Borno will be Boko Haram-free in the next weeks.President Goodluck Jonathan

He said already soldiers had intensified efforts to drive away the terrorists from the forest.

“But we cleaned up Adamawa completely, we cleaned up Yobe completely and even Borno state, before the election, election is two days away.

“But, before the elections you will see that only one little area, the Sambisa forest in Borno state only will be in the hands of Boko Haram because we believe by tomorrow latest Friday, we will be able to take over Gwoza. Read More →

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