Economic hardship at home has turned Nigeria into a nation of emmigrants. The side effect of it is the lack of respect for the rights of Nigerians as enshrined in various national constitutions and in international laws. The Embassy of Indonesia in Nigeria is taking advantage of Nigerians by enforcing rules, which few other nations can accept, upon Nigerians, this time even in Nigeria. Indonesia has sacked many local embassy staff in Nigeria for refusing to accept labour rules that amount to slavery. Read More About An Account of the Indonesian Embassy's Maltreatment of Nigerians.
The Citizens for Nigeria calls on the Nigerian people and government to mount pressure on the Indonesian Embassy to re-absorb the sacked Nigerian employees.
It is time to reclaim the respect for Nigerian citizens, home and abroad. The way to do this is to fight for our rights, whenever it is trampled upon, as is in this case, where a paralyzed Nigerian government is not ready to defend the rights of its citizens within its own borders.
The Niger Delta is burning, and Nigeria is disintegrating with it. The pictures that the world see of Nigeria these days, through the kidnapping of foreigners in the Delta, compares to the images of Iraq. How did we get here? What should be done? The CNN travelled to the Niger Delta and showed the world a frightening report of a new Nigeria.
With indications that many former governors in the last political dispensation may find a place in the new federal cabinet, President Yar'Adua may have soft-pedalled on the expected prosecution of many of them who have been found to be corrupt.
Nigeria has a Justice Minister whose main preoccupation is to help corrupt officials escape with stolen public money. The man, who also serves as the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, was counsel to some of the same dirty scoundrels he now attempts to protect, ironically, with the rule of law. President Umaru Yar'Adua can no longer pretend the war on corruption is not being watered down from the inside. The Citizens for Nigeria has, therefore, decided that the President must let Aondoakaa go, or Mr. Yar'Adua will be on record as ending the hopeful war on corruption in Nigeria.
The Citizens for Nigeria, on September 11, wrote President Umaru Yar’Adua, demanding the immediate removal of Mr. Michael Aondoakaa from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. A few days later, legal luminary, Mr. Gani Fawehinmi, echoed the CFN, asking that Mr. Aondoakaa be let go.
The CFN letter sent by DHL to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, was received by a presidential aide, Mr. Nuhu Ibrahim. A copy of the letter was also sent to the embattled Attorney General. The CFN took the position that the Minister had become an impediment to the progressive fight against corruption, working from the inside to weaken the national will for honesty in pu blic service, while serving only the interests of his former clients.
Read Letter: Loss of Confidence in the Minister of Justice
If you have been through a lot, you ought to be wiser. Nigeria has gone through affluence and lack, and it should be wise. Except that there is no evidence of wisdom. Nigerians are experiencing more of the same, even when things ought to be getting better.
Only the unintelligent optimist would have failed to observe subtle moves since the inception of the Mr. Umaru Yar'Adua administration to weaken anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria. It cannot, therefore, be stunning to hear that the last bold move to remove the remaining block in the immensely strong Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) - the plot to send its Chairman, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, to a useless training program that has helped to breed the most corrupt administrators in the country - has been hatched. It is a shame, a repugnant outcome for a government that ought to be very humble before Nigerians. It is a distraction we unambigously reject.
The Citizens for Nigeria (CFN) is deeply troubled by media accounts of the possibility that within the National Assembly lurks dishonorable fraudsters. Senator Nuhu Aliyu of Niger State, who raised the fear that some federal lawmakers are known criminals, was ready to immediately release names of the masquerading legislators to the citizens of Nigeria, but was abruptly and inexplicably shut down by the Senate leadership.
The Citizens for Nigeria (CFN) welcomes with optimism for the future of Nigeria, the attempt by the National Assembly to find ways through which the former President, General Olusegun Obasanjo, has impoverished the nation. It is now public knowledge that the former President is nothing but a pretender, having helped himself, family and cohorts to loot the nation in his eight years in power. However, the CFN is also interested that the dragnet be spread so wide that all those who stole from the national treasury long before now, from anytime of possible record, be publicly scrutinized for fraud. The list should be long, and include all those retired generals, bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen living in unlimited influence and affluence.