A STATEMENT ON THE #ENDSARS PROTESTS IN NIGERIA

Press Release For immediate release, THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2020 THE FATHERLAND GROUP STATEMENT ON THE #ENDSARS PROTESTS IN NIGERIA On 1st October 2020, Nigeria marked the 60th anniversary of its grant of Independence from British colonial rule. In his celebratory speech, the President, General Muhammadu Buhari, said amongst other things: “As a government, we remain committed to our constitutional oath of securing the lives and properties of the citizenry. I, however, call on the citizenry to also support government by providing the necessary community level intelligence in addressing these challenges”.Two days later, on 3rd of October 2020, officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) murdered a 20 year old singer, Daniel Chibuike Ikeaguchi, popularly known as Sleek. In another outrage, Ifeoma Abugu, a 20 year old lady, who had just graduated and was performing her mandatory National Youth Service, was arrested in place of…

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Why the African Voice must be heard in Britain

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Dele Ogun: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 September 2020: This paper was delivered by Dele Ogun (Photo), Convenor of the Fatherland Group at the 19th anniversary celebration of the African Voice Newspaper on 19th September 2020. I was a boy of 7 when I came to Britain in 1969 from my [Read More] Dele Ogun: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 September 2020: This paper was delivered by Dele Ogun (Photo), Convenor of the Fatherland Group at the 19th anniversary celebration of the African Voice Newspaper on 19th September 2020. I was a boy of 7 when I came to Britain in 1969 from my home in Nigeria. I was part of the tail end of the Windrush Generation. I never imagined that 50 years on I would still be here. It was never the plan my parents had for me nor the dream that I harboured for myself.…

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STATEMENT ON AGF ABUBAKAR MALAMI’S PURPORTED AMENDMENT TO THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

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Background The practice of law in Nigeria is regulated by the Legal Practitioners Act 1990. The Nigerian Bar Association is the professional association of legal practitioners in Nigeria with a membership of over 120,000 lawyers across the country. The motto of the NBA which appears on its corporate seal is: Promoting the Rule of Law. Mr Abubakar Malami SAN is the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice of Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. The Legal Practitioners Act 1990 established an entity known as the General Council of the Bar (the Bar Council) to be responsible for the general management of the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association. (section 1(1)) This power of general management includes the power to make rules for the professional conduct of legal practitioners. The current form of these rules are…

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A STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES BILL

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Background The National Water Resources Bill is a proposed Act of the Nigerian National Assembly the stated purpose of which is to “provide for the equitable, beneficial, efficient and sustainable development, management, use and conservation of Nigeria’s surface and groundwater resources . . . and other matters connected thereto”. To this end it introduces the following regime: “All surface water and ground water, wherever it occurs, is a resource common to all people”. (section 2(1)) “the right to use, manage and control all surface water and groundwater affecting more than one state . . . together with the beds and banks thereof, is vested in the Government of the Federation”. (section 2(3)) “the Federal Government is the public trustee of the nation’s water resources”. (section 2(4)) “. . . the use of water shall be subject to licensing provisions” (section 96)

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A STATEMENT ON THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S DECISION TO DIS-INVITE GOVERNOR NASIR EL-RUFAI

Background The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is the professional association of legal practitioners in Nigeria with a membership of over 120,000 lawyers across the country. It is a body “engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria”.Following widespread domestic concerns over renewed inter-religious-ethnic killings in Kaduna State, on 20 August, 2020, the NBA took the decision to “dis-invite”, the Governor of Kaduna State from speaking at its 2020 Annual General Conference which is scheduled to hold from 26th to 29th August, 2020. The organisation came to this position having made the judgment that “it was not in the best interests of the Association to be engulfed in the controversy that has trailed the invitation of Mallam el-Rufai for the Conference”.Kaduna State is one of the 36 States into which Nigeria is divided under the…

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A STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF DR OBADIAH MAILAFIYA FOR WARNING OF CIVIL WAR PLOT FOR 2022

Background Dr Obadiah Mailafiya is an economist who is a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and was a candidate for the office of President in the 2019 Presidential Elections. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. https://youtu.be/p54IJuNg9JY On Monday 10, August 2020, Dr Mailafiya gave an interview on the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna to a Nigerian radio station, Nigeria Info 99.3FM. In the course of the interview, he made the following comments and revelations: that the immediate crisis dates back to 2018 when the king of his community, Adara land, was ambushed on returning from a meeting with the State Governor Mallam Ahmed El Rufai; that in the course of that ambush the king’s wife was raped in his presence before he was brutally murdered after taking a ransom;that the current cycle of killings of his people…

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THE FATHERLAND MAGAZINE – AUGUST 2020 EDITION

The Fatherland Magazine - August 2020 Edition Welcome to the first edition of The Fatherland, a ground-breaking magazine which speaks to the past, the present and the future of the people of Nigeria, and of those removed. To access The Fatherland Magazine, please choose from the following 2 options: Option 1 (For an Online Experience): Please click this option to read online at flipsnack’s website. https://www.flipsnack.com/fatherland/the-fatherland.html Option 2 (For Offline Reading): Please choose this option to download a PDF version of the magazine from the FATHERLAND.org (secure) website: Click here:https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.170/60u.b1c.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Fatherland.pdf

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A FATHERLAND INTERVIEW – RIGGING NIGERIA

https://youtu.be/2gSbMescYwc An interview with Harold Smith, an Oxford Graduate, who was recruited by the British Colonial Office and was posted to work in Nigeria. The interview also features Harold Smith’s wife, Mrs Carol Smith. It followed an interview of Mr. Smith on the BBC Radio 4, by Mike Thomson, on 30th of July 2007 on a programme entitled “Rigging Nigeria”. A FATHERLAND INTERVIEW – RIGGING NIGERIA (Explained) This interview was done at the recording studio of Passion TV in London before Harold Smith’s death on 3rd January 2011. It has never been broadcast until now. It was initially scheduled to be aired at the “FATHERLAND VISION 2020 CONFERENCE: LOOKING BACK FACING FORWARDS”, which was scheduled for 1 – 3 May 2020, but which was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic. As our contribution to the Black Lives Matter cause, in the wake of the public…

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A STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT’S JUDGMENT ON THE IMO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS AND THE DETERMINATION OF DEMOCRATIC EXERCISES BY TECHNICALITIES OF LAW

Statement It is a matter of concern to the Fatherland Group that the Supreme Court, by its decision of 14 January 2020, endorsed an outcome in which the choice of the five million people of Imo State as to the Governorshi p of their state for the next four years was determined by a presumption of law that elections took place in 388 polling units within the State regardless of the reality. The Fatherland Group believed that it is in the field of democratic rights that society can least afford for disputes to be determined by legal technicalities of presumptions of law and facts, burdens of proof and points of pleadings. The group notes that the outcome of this case, and therefore the elections, turned on different views taken by different judges of the pleadings prepared by the lawyers for the parties. Substantive justice…

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