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Mailafia May Have Been Killed Extralegally – HURIWA

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Obadiah Mailafia: The Grip Of Grief

… Calls For Autopsy, Independent Probe

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has alleged that former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor and presidential candidate Dr.Obadiah Mailafia may have been killed extralegally.

In a statement on Sunday, HURIWA recalled: “Exactly one year ago on September 11th 2020 at the height of the incessant  harassment by the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a critic of the current administration Dr Obadiah Mailafia raised the alarm of death threat as follows: ‘Please, pray for me. I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth. For speaking on behalf of the Holy Martyrs — of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and youths that have been killed in our beloved country.’

“There are very unassailable reasons to believe that the alarm he raised which was never investigated may be the harbinger of his sudden demise in Abuja on Sunday September 19th 2021.”

The human rights group which called for an independent probe into his death urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)  and the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) to jointly hire top notch forensic investigation teams to independently probe the immediate and remote circumstances of his death “so as to ascertain the exact cause of the death of a man who since the past few years became the voice of truth against the powers- that -be and the champion of the principle of the rule of law in Nigeria.”

READ ALSO: The Power Of Positive Difference: Dr. Obadiah Mailafia And His Nigeria

In the statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf,  HURIWA regretted that Nigeria “seems to have become the killer of her best citizens” adding that “indeed persons who speak truth to power in the past six and half years have come under persistent attacks and pressure from forces embedded within the Nigerian Security Forces and the political class in charge of government at all levels to an extent that even the central ruling party – All Progressives Congress has gone all out to try to sponsor many toxic, obnoxious and unconstitutional bills all aimed at curtailing the enjoyment of the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights recognised in chapter 4 of the Nigerian constitution.”

HURIWA said that its “officials have similarly been threatened by forces working for the federal government and the officials of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that are being protected by officials working in the office of the President.”

HURIWA continued :”We call on the president to immediately fish out the blood-thirsty officials working in Aso-Rock who are issuing personal threats to human rights campaigners.”

The rights group said it got “many calls from the presidency in the past few months warming its officials to stop causing distractions. Of truth, there are individuals in this government who do not wish their principal President Muhammadu Buhari to quit on a high note but they are working to stain the image of the president and it looks like the president does not read opinions of critical stakeholders who are clearly interested in guiding the government to the path of legality and lawfulness .”

HURIWA expressed disappointment that months after the erstwhile deputy governor of the CBN raised the alarm that government agents were after him, “there was never any effort made in the direction of unraveling the forces who wanted him dead and he was overlooked and allowed to be wasted in such a callous manner and we are only being told that he died after a brief illness.”

According to HURIWA, “there have been several of such suspicious deaths that have been covered up such as the death of the Executive Secretary of National Examination Council in Minna Professor Obioma from Abia State whose suspected murder has been hidden from the public scrutiny.”

It said that “the persistent attacks of political rivals by the current federal government are the reason a lot of robust brains are migrating legally to the United States of America,  Canada and other Western Societies to pick up specialised jobs as university professors just as the rights group condemned the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary General of the United Nations for abandoning Nigerians in the hands of tyrants and a brutal dictatorship that does not tolerate plurality of opinions and the security agents are adopting extralegal means including suspected  gas poisoning.

“The death of Obadiah Mailafia is highly suspicious and must be investigated, ” the group said.

READ ALSO: Ex-CBN Deputy Governor Mailafia Dies

The rights group noted that even the detained leader of the self determination group – the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu “has just told the court of law that he was physically tortured and his faeces used to smear his face but unfortunately the United Nations has done nothing about the fact that a citizen faced illegal rendition and abduction from Kenya to Abuja against natural and international laws.”

HURIWA said: “It is so unfortunate that the National Human Rights Commission is dead and buried and the security forces are simply playing football with the human rights of citizens. It is unfortunate that the National Assembly does not provide adequate oversight functions and has not sufficiently exercised its oversight responsibility over the different security forces which is why the Department of State Services keeps invading houses of citizens,  killing, maiming and destroying lives and property at will. The court of law has just justifiably slammed well desrved N20 billion damages against the DSS for invading the Ibadan home of the leader of the Yoruba Nation self- determination group Mr. Sunday Igboho in which his associate were murdered in cold blood.

“In Owerri and other South East of Nigeria States, Amnesty International found out that there are credible evidence of over 1, 000 cases of extralegal killings by security operatives but the Federal government which has a policy of permitting extrajudicial killings by security operatives has done nothing to investigate these atrocities. Too many citizens are getting killed by state-sponsored assassination and executions. Nigeria has become officially a killer of good citizens.  This must not be allowed to continue. ”

 

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Tinubu Approves N70,000 Minimum Wage

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By John Michael Ojo

The Federal Government on Thursday, pegged the new national minimum wage at N70,000.

This was made known by Mr Bayo Onanuga, a Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

“President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days,” the statement read.

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Olaopa Urges Youths To Shun Japa Syndrome, Prepare For Leadership

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Prof. Tunji Olaopa flanked by Hon Abike Dabiri (left )and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi , former Head of Service of the Federation ( right) at the event on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, has urged youths to prepare for leadership positions early in life instead of travelling overseas to seek opportunities, a development that is popularly known as the Japa syndrome.

The seasoned bureaucrat and former federal permanent secretary said that opportunities abound for youths but that they could only access them when they begin early .

According to Olaopa who spoke on Thursday during the 2023/2024 graduation of KIA Lakeside Academy in Abuja, these opportunities will elude the youths if they opt to go and wander on the streets of foreign countries. He said : ” In the civil service I am very familiar with, people grow old and retire every day. We need youths to fill such vacancies that the old people leave behind . If all the youths go abroad to be doing menial jobs, do we go to Ghana and other neighbouring countries to employ their youths?

Prof. Tunji Olaopa and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, former Head of Service of the Federation at the event.

He said that under his leadership of the Federal Civil Service, there is so  much hope for youths to access federal jobs. He said he had decided to maintain a policy of transparency and equity in making jobs in the civil service available for all eligible Nigerian youths through open advertisement.

He said in the area of political leadership, the older generation could not keep on dominating the sector. He said that the youths would be need to replace the old political leaders as they quit the scene.

According to him, the ability to prepare early for leadership goes hand in hand with a clear vision. He said nobody could prepare for anything if there is no clear vision of where they are going or what they want.

He said people who reach great heights in life always have a clear vision of where they are going early in life and they work towards it. He gave the example of former United States President Bill Clinton who as a youth had a clear vision of being his nation’s leader.

According to Olaopa, past and current leaders in Nigeria have had early in their youths clear visions of what they want in life. He said it was this clear visions early in life that made them trailblazers in different areas of life. In politics he cited Chief Obafemi Awolowo , Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and others. He said that these were trailblazers in their youth. He said in business, young people have become trailblazers.

He said that because of the opportunities the current world offers, youths do not need to become old people before reaching great heights in life. According to him, youths have become trailblazers in technology . He mentioned the examples of Zuckerberg of Facebook, Elon Musk and a younger Bill Gates.

Talking about breaking the glass ceiling, Olaopa said that no gender barrier should stop anyone from reaching the summit of life. He said many women in the past and the present have been trailblazers. He mentioned Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. Dora Akunyili,l and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. He said unlike in the past , many bank CEOs in Nigeria are currently women.

However, Olaopa said that nobody could be a trailblazer without preparation. He said this preparation comes in the form of education. He quoted Nelson Mandela who once observed that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” He said if in the past people we regard as great today could get education despite the huge barriers they were faced with, youths of today have no excuse. He said Awolowo was faced with a huge educational disadvantage which he overcame by studying at home . He said Azikiwe had to find his way overseas where he suffered to educate himself. According to him, one of the greatest lawyers today in Nigeria is Chief Afe Babalola. He said Babalola overcame his challenges by studying at home and that today he owns one of the best universities in the country.

According to him, youths who lack the opportunity of going to formal university classrooms can avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the open university system that the Federal Government supports .

He said that in fact President Bola Tinubu has demonstrated his interest in the education of the less-privileged through his government’s Student loan scheme. He said that youths who desire to acquire university education but have no sponsors can use that scheme.

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Tinubu Appoints Walson-Jack Head Of Service As Yemi-Esan Retires

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As the current Head of Service Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, is due to retire on August 13, 2024, President Bola Tinubu has approved her replacement. She is Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack.

Mrs. Walson-Jack was appointed as Federal Permanent Secretary in 2017 and has served in several Ministries.

While thanking Yemi-Esan  for her stewardship, President Tinubu tasked the incoming Head of Service to discharge her duties with innovative flair, integrity, and stringent adherence to the extant rules and regulations of the Civil Service of the Federation.

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