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End Twitter suspension and violations of the right to Freedom of expression

End Twitter suspension and violations of the right to Freedom of expression



Dear President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,

Dear Attorney General of the Federation, Abubarka Malami




Nigerian authorities have unlawfully suspended access to Twitter for millions of Nigerians. They even directed Media houses to deactivate their Twitter accounts. Those actions are clear violations of the right to freedom of expression, access to information, and freedom of the press.

I call on you to ensure that access to Twitter is unimpeded and that no other restrictions are put in place to hinder access to any social media.

When in the streets, peaceful protesters are met with violent reprisal from the Nigerian authorities. Now their online voices have been silenced as well.




I urge you to guarantee the right to freedom of expression, access to information, and press freedom.



Nigerians’ voices matter.




Sincerely,

Oludele Abiola



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Buhari & Malami

EMAIL PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND ATTORNEY GENERAL ABUBAKAR MALAMI

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Dear President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,

Dear Attorney General of the Federation, Abubarka Malami




Nigerian authorities have unlawfully suspended access to Twitter for millions of Nigerians. They even directed Media houses to deactivate their Twitter accounts. Those actions are clear violations of the right to freedom of expression, access to information, and freedom of the press.

I call on you to ensure that access to Twitter is unimpeded and that no other restrictions are put in place to hinder access to any social media.

When in the streets, peaceful protesters are met with violent reprisal from the Nigerian authorities. Now their online voices have been silenced as well.




I urge you to guarantee the right to freedom of expression, access to information, and press freedom.



Nigerians’ voices matter.




Sincerely,

Oludele Abiola



You too can sign and share this letter!


Buhari & Malami

EMAIL PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND ATTORNEY GENERAL ABUBAKAR MALAMI

Your email will go directly to their inboxes from the email address you provide. 





The regime of Buhari must desist from attacking human rights, civil liberties - Festus Ogun

The regime of Buhari must desist from attacking human rights, civil liberties - Festus Ogun

And I begin to wonder why the same Buhari regime that derives joy in detaining suspected IPOB members without lawful justification is the same that treats Boko-Haram members with respect, courtesy and love.



This morning, I was reliably informed that one Emeka Richmond Ngornadi, a businessman, has been arrested and detained by the State Security Service (DSS) since April 2021 for allegedly making comments on social media in support of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and is critically ill in detention. Regardless of whatever crime he’s alleged to have committed, this is an abysmal abuse of human rights that should not go unchallenged. The SSS itself is a creation of law and cannot continue to act as if it is above the law.


Just last week, news came in that a 21 year old lady has been in illegal detention for over 67 days. Glory Okolie was arrested for being friends with IPOB members! What could be more illegal? What could be more vexing? What could be more scandalous? 


After outrage by civil society organizations, human rights lawyers and concerned citizens, the Police shamelessly made a fruitlessly long press statement; making exculpatory explanation of the gross violation of human rights. The Police cannot explain itself out of this messy show of impunity. Whatever the alleged crime of Glory was, she is entitled to fair trial and treatment. 


Under the 1999 Constitution, you cannot detain a citizen beyond 24 or 48 hours. Failure to charge Glory to court within 48 hours of her arrest made her incarceration unlawful and unconstitutional. My position is fortified my the sacred provision of Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution. Sadly, the Police, who are empowered to ensure law and order, are notorious for observing the law in breach. This madness must stop if we want a peaceful country.


Recall that I shared story about my client, Mr. Akintunde Muraina, who was unjustifiably arrested, tortured to the point of death, and released two weeks after ransom was paid. About a year after, he is yet to recover from the cruel dehumanization, trauma and abuse. Yes, the madness will certainly be challenged in the court of law, the solace of the oppressed. But, the fatal encroachment of human rights and dignity shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. 


Hear me: This house we all live in is on fire and we are keeping quiet as though fire is the sweetest thing ever. Without doubt, our country has gone to the dogs and it has never been this worse. 


The regime of Buhari must desist from attacking human rights and civil liberties. You cannot continue setting the dignity of citizens on fire by hiding under the pretext of fighting IPOB members. This calculated attack on Easterners must stop! Human rights are too expensive to be toyed with in this barbaric manner.


And I begin to wonder why the same Buhari regime that derives joy in detaining suspected IPOB members without lawful justification is the same that treats Boko-Haram members with respect, courtesy and love. 


Our country remains a risk unless and until we learn to respect human rights, rule of law and the basic tenets of social justice.


Festus Ogun 

Lawyer and human rights activist

And I begin to wonder why the same Buhari regime that derives joy in detaining suspected IPOB members without lawful justification is the same that treats Boko-Haram members with respect, courtesy and love.



This morning, I was reliably informed that one Emeka Richmond Ngornadi, a businessman, has been arrested and detained by the State Security Service (DSS) since April 2021 for allegedly making comments on social media in support of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and is critically ill in detention. Regardless of whatever crime he’s alleged to have committed, this is an abysmal abuse of human rights that should not go unchallenged. The SSS itself is a creation of law and cannot continue to act as if it is above the law.


Just last week, news came in that a 21 year old lady has been in illegal detention for over 67 days. Glory Okolie was arrested for being friends with IPOB members! What could be more illegal? What could be more vexing? What could be more scandalous? 


After outrage by civil society organizations, human rights lawyers and concerned citizens, the Police shamelessly made a fruitlessly long press statement; making exculpatory explanation of the gross violation of human rights. The Police cannot explain itself out of this messy show of impunity. Whatever the alleged crime of Glory was, she is entitled to fair trial and treatment. 


Under the 1999 Constitution, you cannot detain a citizen beyond 24 or 48 hours. Failure to charge Glory to court within 48 hours of her arrest made her incarceration unlawful and unconstitutional. My position is fortified my the sacred provision of Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution. Sadly, the Police, who are empowered to ensure law and order, are notorious for observing the law in breach. This madness must stop if we want a peaceful country.


Recall that I shared story about my client, Mr. Akintunde Muraina, who was unjustifiably arrested, tortured to the point of death, and released two weeks after ransom was paid. About a year after, he is yet to recover from the cruel dehumanization, trauma and abuse. Yes, the madness will certainly be challenged in the court of law, the solace of the oppressed. But, the fatal encroachment of human rights and dignity shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. 


Hear me: This house we all live in is on fire and we are keeping quiet as though fire is the sweetest thing ever. Without doubt, our country has gone to the dogs and it has never been this worse. 


The regime of Buhari must desist from attacking human rights and civil liberties. You cannot continue setting the dignity of citizens on fire by hiding under the pretext of fighting IPOB members. This calculated attack on Easterners must stop! Human rights are too expensive to be toyed with in this barbaric manner.


And I begin to wonder why the same Buhari regime that derives joy in detaining suspected IPOB members without lawful justification is the same that treats Boko-Haram members with respect, courtesy and love. 


Our country remains a risk unless and until we learn to respect human rights, rule of law and the basic tenets of social justice.


Festus Ogun 

Lawyer and human rights activist

VIDEO: NIGERIA'S former High Commissioner to Indonesia Ibrahim Baba Mai-Sule Almost Strangled to death by immigration officers, Abuja says unacceptable

VIDEO: NIGERIA'S former High Commissioner to Indonesia Ibrahim Baba Mai-Sule Almost Strangled to death by immigration officers, Abuja says unacceptable

 



WARNING!!! DISTURBING VIDEO: Viewers' discretion is advised!


A Nigerian Diplomat manhandled by the Indonesian immigration officers. 

NO MORE RESPECT FOR NIGERIA AS A COUNTRY UNDER BUHARI'S DICTATORIAL RULE.






 



WARNING!!! DISTURBING VIDEO: Viewers' discretion is advised!


A Nigerian Diplomat manhandled by the Indonesian immigration officers. 

NO MORE RESPECT FOR NIGERIA AS A COUNTRY UNDER BUHARI'S DICTATORIAL RULE.






Fundamental human rights: Each one of you has an obligation to do something when you witness an injustice

Fundamental human rights: Each one of you has an obligation to do something when you witness an injustice

Photo  taken during an Endears
 Protest in Osogbo 

One morning at our Law Faculty, when our new Lecturer for "Introduction to Rights" entered the lecture hall, the first thing he did was to ask the name of a student who was seated on the first bench: "What is your name?"


"My name is Justin, Sir."


"Leave the classroom and I don't want to ever see you in my class ever!" screamed the unpleasant lecturer.


Justin was bewildered. When he got hold of his senses, he got up quickly, got hold of his books and left the classroom.


All were scared and angry; however nobody spoke anything.


"Well, let's start the class," said the new lecturer. "What purpose do the enacted laws serve?"


We were afraid, but slowly gained confidence and we began to answer his questions.


"So that there is order in our society."


"No!" the teacher shouted.


"So that people pay for their wrong actions?"


"No! Doesn't anybody here have enough brains to know the answer to this question?!" asked the teacher, sarcastically.


"So that there is justice," said a girl timidly.


"At last! One person who is not a complete moron! That's correct.... so that there is justice. And now, what is the use of justice?"


All of us were extremely uneasy with his rude attitude. However, we continued trying to answer....


"To safeguard human rights."


"Well, what more?" asked the teacher.


"To differentiate right from wrong and to reward the good."


"Ok, that's not bad. However, answer this question: Did I act correctly when expelling Justin from the lecture hall?"


All were quiet, nobody answered.


"I want a decisive and unanimous answer!" he shouted.


"No!" we all replied in unison.


"Then could you say I committed an injustice?"


"Yes!"


Then his voice softened and he asked, "And why did nobody do anything in that respect? So why do we need rules and laws if we don't have the necessary will to practice them? Each one of you has an obligation to do something when you witness an injustice. ALL of you! Do not stay quiet, never again! Go and call Justin," he said staring at me.


On that day, I received the most practical lesson in my course of Law. When we don't defend our rights, we lose our dignity, and dignity is not negotiable.


*You can share if you like, It could be helpful in understanding why we should not be docile in our Community but always speak out without fear in favour of the weak, poor and vulnerable .*


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Photo  taken during an Endears
 Protest in Osogbo 

One morning at our Law Faculty, when our new Lecturer for "Introduction to Rights" entered the lecture hall, the first thing he did was to ask the name of a student who was seated on the first bench: "What is your name?"


"My name is Justin, Sir."


"Leave the classroom and I don't want to ever see you in my class ever!" screamed the unpleasant lecturer.


Justin was bewildered. When he got hold of his senses, he got up quickly, got hold of his books and left the classroom.


All were scared and angry; however nobody spoke anything.


"Well, let's start the class," said the new lecturer. "What purpose do the enacted laws serve?"


We were afraid, but slowly gained confidence and we began to answer his questions.


"So that there is order in our society."


"No!" the teacher shouted.


"So that people pay for their wrong actions?"


"No! Doesn't anybody here have enough brains to know the answer to this question?!" asked the teacher, sarcastically.


"So that there is justice," said a girl timidly.


"At last! One person who is not a complete moron! That's correct.... so that there is justice. And now, what is the use of justice?"


All of us were extremely uneasy with his rude attitude. However, we continued trying to answer....


"To safeguard human rights."


"Well, what more?" asked the teacher.


"To differentiate right from wrong and to reward the good."


"Ok, that's not bad. However, answer this question: Did I act correctly when expelling Justin from the lecture hall?"


All were quiet, nobody answered.


"I want a decisive and unanimous answer!" he shouted.


"No!" we all replied in unison.


"Then could you say I committed an injustice?"


"Yes!"


Then his voice softened and he asked, "And why did nobody do anything in that respect? So why do we need rules and laws if we don't have the necessary will to practice them? Each one of you has an obligation to do something when you witness an injustice. ALL of you! Do not stay quiet, never again! Go and call Justin," he said staring at me.


On that day, I received the most practical lesson in my course of Law. When we don't defend our rights, we lose our dignity, and dignity is not negotiable.


*You can share if you like, It could be helpful in understanding why we should not be docile in our Community but always speak out without fear in favour of the weak, poor and vulnerable .*


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