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Governors’ Wives Urge Women’s Inclusion In Governance

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The wives of governors in Nigeria have urged the inclusion of women in governance as they celebrate this year’s women’s day.

In a statement by the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), the first ladies noted that March 8th is a day set aside to celebrate women around the world.

“Throughout the month of March, activities are organized to showcase the contributions of women and draw attention to the challenges they face. In Nigeria, even though many attempts have been made at Federal and State levels to raise the status of women, there is still a long way to go. Millions of Nigerian women, most of them in rural areas, struggle with poverty, lack of access to education,qualitative healthcare and basic resources such as food, water and shelter.

One in three women is at risk of one form of gender-based violence or another and insecurity in many communities has placed women and girls in particular in grave danger. As wives of governors, we support our husbands by complementing their efforts, and drawing attention to the plight of vulnerable citizens in our midst, most of them women and children.

Through our various projects as First Ladies, we engage in advocacy, awareness raising and coordination of empowerment programmes. We work with Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as with civil society organisations and development
partners to promote the well-being of women and girls.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.

In spite of the many obstacles in their way, Nigerian women have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, capable and experienced leaders at all levels in the political, professional, business, public and academic sectors. However systemic and structural barriers
still prevent the vast majority of women from achieving their full potential.

Cultural beliefs, mindsets and attitudes which disempower women do not augur well for the growth and development of any society. The COVID19 pandemic has stretched the capacities of many countries around the world and has widened the gender gap.

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Nigerian women are now more likely to be poorer, more likely to be excluded from employment and business opportunities and more vulnerable to various forms of violence. A post – COVID19 world cannot be one that leaves women behind. That would be a disaster for any emerging economy because of the immeasurable contributions that women are capable”, they said in the statement.

The statement was signed on behalf of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum by Erelu Bisi Fayemi, First Lady, Ekiti State, Chair( NGWF), Dr Amina Abubakar Bello, First Lady, Niger State,

Chair, Northern Governors’ Wives Forum and Mrs Betsy Obaseki, First Lady, Edo State, Chair, Southern Governors’ Wives Forum . They urged the federal and state governments to: Demonstrate political will to ensure that the needs and concerns of Nigerian women are addressed.

Enact laws and policies for inclusion and non-discrimination to safeguard the interests of women, and where they exist, we call for full and adequate implementation. Involve more women in policy and decision-making at all levels. Provide adequate resources for the empowerment, education and training of women and girls.

Strengthen the National and State machinery responsible for women’s empowerment so that they can function optimally. Support civil society organisations to work in partnership with the government and local communities for effective reach and impact.

“As governors’ wives, we will continue to support our husbands and remind them of their obligations towards the security, protection and empowerment of citizens, especially women. We will also engage with local communities and various stakeholders to ensure that no woman is left behind.

We will continue our joint flagship project as governors’ wives which is addressing sexual and gender-based violence, as well as our individual projects which address women’s health, education of children, mental health, economic empowerment, literacy and many other issues. As we manage the fallout from the COVID19 pandemic during these difficult times, we call on all the authorities concerned to make the COVID19 vaccine widely available, and ensure there is equity in access.

The vaccine should not be yet another resource that women do not have easy access to in Nigeria. We also urge all women to take the vaccine when it is available, we ourselves will be taking the vaccine to demonstrate that it is safe.

“To commemorate International Women’s Day, Nigerian Governors’ Wives Against Gender Based Violence is releasing an advocacy video which will be disseminated widely.

We will also be providing financial support to survivors of GBV drawn from states across the country.
We firmly believe that if women are encouraged as leaders, there will be solutions to many of our intractable problems.

The future of our country belongs to both men and women. We can no longer afford to leave one side behind by
accident or design.”

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CDHR , #ENDSARS Group Disown Call For #ENDSARS Protest Against Alleged Police Extortion In Delta State

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The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and #ENDSARS Group  have dissociated themselves from a press statement tagged: “ANOTHER #ENDSARS PROTEST LOOMS.”

The CDHR and #ENDSARS group said that in the press statement, “the author issued a threat notice to the Delta State police command under the able leadership of the Commissioner of Police (CP) Ari Mohammed Ali to the effect that he and his group will mobilize massive #ENDSARS protest against the police command for the increasing rate of extortion by officers and men in some of the police divisions in the state.”

The CDHR and the #ENDSARS group denied any involvement in the planned action.

In the statement made available to the press by Comrade A. P. Edariese of the CDHR and Israel O. Joe of #ENDSARS in Warri, Delta State, said: “CDHR and the #ENDSARS hereby disown and disclaim the alleged action as the handiwork of a disgruntled element in the society who did not mean well for the #ENDSARS group, the police authorities in Delta State, the general public and the CDHR as a noble organization in Nigeria.

The author and whatever group he represents can best be described as mere adventurous tricksters who want to use the names of CDHR and the #ENDSARS to achieve an evil agenda against the Delta State Police Command in Delta State in the face of the good work the CP and his men have been doing that has brought relative peace to the state in recent time to give a dog a bad name to kill it. At the same time, the author intends to create bad blood between police and the CDHR and the #ENDSARS group so that the police will regard each of the two groups as bitter enemies of theirs. But the interest the author wishes to serve is that of suspects, Yahoo boys, who are often arrested by the police who he, the author, often strives to protect and eventually extorts money from to oil his dubious and extravagant lifestyle and if the police do not allow him to have his way, he blackmails the DPO in such a division and his officers as extortionists whose heads and that of the CP must be sacrificed.

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For the avoidance of doubt, there is only one CDHR in Nigeria with its Head Office at No. 43, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, duly registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja, Nigeria. It’s under the leadership of a legal giant in Nigeria, Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, a two-time Attorney General of Edo State as its current National President with other great men who have made their marks in their various areas of human endeavour as members of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The organization has a formidable and vibrant branch in Delta State with its office at the famous Isoken Plaza, No. 3, Warri/Effurun Road, Enerhen Junction, Enerhen, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State of Nigeria under the able Chairmanship of Comrade Elder (Chief) A. P. Edariese, a banker of repute and a human mobilizer and manager with an array of great men and women who include lawyers, accountants, technocrats and businessmen and women who have achieved great strides in their chosen careers in different fields in life as members of the Branch Coordinating Council (BCC).

“The CDHR also has an organizational structure with a Board of Trustees (BOT) at the helm of affairs with a legal luminary, Femi Falana (SAN) as its Chairman, with others such as Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, a two-time Attorney General of Edo State, a great scholar, Prof. Lucky Akaruese of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Gbenga Awosode Esq., Mr. Debo Adeniran and Malachy Ugwummadu Esq. as members.”

READ ALSO: CDHR Disowns Event Notice In Delta

The CDHR and the #ENDSARS group also called on the commissioner of police and the Police Management Team in Delta State to “urgently take steps to tackle the incessant cases of police extortions, victimizations, brutality and unnecessary raiding of homes of innocent citizens with a view to arm-twisting them into parting with their hard-earned money in the name of bail from detention on purious allegations by some overzealous officers whose work is capable of bringing the name and image of the Police Force in Delta State to disrepute.”

 

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Terror Group ISWAP Massively Recruiting Nigerians – Army

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Having suffered a huge loss of its members to military’s onslaught, terror group Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has begun a massive recruitment of young Nigerians.

The Director, Army Public Relations,Brig. Gen. Onyeama Nwachukwu, disclosed this at the headquarters of the Theatre Command, Operation Hadin Kai Maimalari, during a tour in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Sunday.

Nwachukwu wants members of the public to be on the lookout within their immediate environment, adding that it was very important to engage media organizations to block ISWAP’s recruitment.

The army spokesperson also revealed that the Boko Haram insurgents had been surrendering.

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Nwachukwu said: “I will like to mention that the ISWAP, very recently, has been depleted by the surrendering of their members, as well as a conflict between them. They’ve embarked on what I will call a massive recruitment drive and I consider it very important to engage the media to block this recruitment.

“The Boko Haram insurgents have been surrendering. People have questioned the authenticity of the surrendering of these insurgents and why they’re surrendering at this time.

“There are also questions on the reintegration of these insurgents.That is the essence of this tour.”

 

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‘How Doctors Shabbily Treated Mailafia While Dying’

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Fresh details have emerged concerning the circumstances of the death of the former Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor Dr.Obadiah Mailafia.

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) particularly exposed the shabby treatment the former presidential candidate was subjected to by doctors while he was dying.

In a statement on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of MBF, Dr.Isuwa Dogo, the group extolled the patriotism of Mailafia that he expressed through his quest for justice and peace.

The statement read: “The death of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja, this morning came to us as a great shock. As someone who relentlessly participated in the activities of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), his untimely death has dealt a deadly blow on ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country at large.

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“Arising from various enquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of his death, the Forum wishes to state as follows: That Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.

“On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.

“Dr Mailafia’s was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics. The wife opted for the third choice. On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him.

“After few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.

“The wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada. Mailafia’s wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband.

“Yesterday, Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transfered to Gwagwalada. on arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing goes wrong.

“Wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600’000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN. At a point, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.

Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia’s son that is living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr. Mailafia for resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.

“The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead. Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.

“While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr Mailafia died, we still await the result of the actual cause of his death. As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr. Mailafia was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression. The economist was never afraid to speak truth to power just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious divides.

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“In the twilight of his life, this consummate technocrat and global scholar of repute beamed his searchlight on the raging insecurity ravaging our country. He expressed regrets over government’s incapacity to rein in the activities of insurgents and criminal groups terrorising the nation.

“As a former presidential candidate in the 2019 poll, Dr Mailafia sought to deploy politics to bring about the dream he had for his country. Even after he lost the election, he never let down the bar in demanding for a fair treatment for all Nigerians.

“The Forum recalls his patriotic zeal in standing up for truth and justice. He was never a letdown in being at the forefront of showing the way for national greatness as he was willing to lay down his life for Nigeria.

“The Forum is inspired by his altruistic disposition and contributions to national development. We remain proud of his footprints on the political, economic and social sands of our nation.

“In this period of grief, we extend our sympathy to his immediate family members and pray to the Almighty God to grant each and everyone of them the fortitude to bear the pain of this irreparable loss.

The death of Dr Mailafia today represents a dark day for not only the Middle Belt but also for all citizens who yearn for a new dawn for justice in Nigeria.”

 

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