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Sunday Igboho: Buratai Is Merely Doing His Job As Envoy – HURIWA



Sunday Igboho: Buratai Is Merely Doing His Job As Envoy - HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is concerned about what it says are orchestrated campaigns against the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (retd.) since the arrest and move to extradite the Yoruba Nation crusader Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and his wife, Ropo. They were arrested at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

HURIWA said that it welcomed the release of the wife of the activist as reported by credible sources.

“However, as a media- affiliated civil rights body, we have followed developments closely since the arrest of Sunday Igboho on July 19, and it is disheartening that a section of the  usually objective, independent minded and courageous Nigerian media has been agog with a series of attacks on the person of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Envoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Benin Republic for allegedly facilitating the arrest and pushing for the extradition of Mr. Igboho.

“The more recent attack came from Pelumi Olajengbesi, a prominent member of the legal team of Igboho, who in an interview as published in one of the respected newspapers of July 25, 2021 accused retired General Tukur Yusuf Buratai of acting like Mr. Sunday Igboho was his property and hastily organizing a private jet for extradition,” HURIWA said.

It continued: “For the avoidance of doubt, according to the Vienna Convention, the functions of a diplomatic mission include:

“1) The representation of the sending state in the host state at a level beyond the merely social and ceremonial;

“2) The protection within the host state of the interests of the sending state and its nationals, including their property and shares in firms;

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“3) The negotiation and signing of agreements with the host state when authorized;

“4) The reporting and gathering of information by all lawful means on conditions and developments in the host country for the sending government; and

“5) The promotion of friendly relations between the two states and the furthering of their economic, commercial, cultural, and scientific relations.

“Diplomatic missions also provide public services for their nationals, including acting as a notary public, providing electoral registration, issuing passports and papers for military conscription, referring injured or sick nationals to local physicians and lawyers, and ensuring nondiscriminatory treatment for those charged with or imprisoned for crimes.

“An ambassador or high commissioner as the case may be is an official envoy, especially a high-ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.

“Ambassadors have a wide range of responsibilities dealing with foreign relations. Each task is carried out in a diplomatic manner that is made to meet the needs of the ambassador’s home country while keeping a positive relationship with that country.

“Because of their unique relationship with the host nation, ambassadors are able to help in the development of foreign policy with that nation. All of these actions are meant to protect their home country’s interests within the host nation.

“Another responsibility of an ambassador is to act as a representative of their country of origin. As a representative, they offer up their home country’s position on many political, social, and economic platforms. They also meet with important political leaders and greet or host other diplomats.

“Ambassadors also help travellers from their home country, explain foreign policy and evacuate refugees from dangerous situations. Because of the sensitive nature of their careers, ambassadors carry out their duties with a diplomatic demeanour, with the goal of keeping a positive relationship between the country that is hosting them and their home nation.

“Thus, assuming without conceding that he played such roles as alleged, as an ambassador who is the ranking government representative stationed in Benin Republic, should General Buratai have folded his arms when someone who has been declared wanted by the government he is representing crosses into his diplomatic territory?

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“Recall that more than three weeks ago, the Department of State Services declared Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied. Before then, the DSS on July 1, 2021 raided his house at Soka area of Ibadan, killing two of his aides and arresting 12 others.

“We at HURIWA have earlier taken a position that Mr. Sunday Igboho as a person should be left alone and that the invasion of his house by the Department of State Services, which resulted in the killing of two of his associates as reported is condemnable, but the role Ambassador Buratai is playing as alleged by intervening to tell the government of the host country that someone within the territory he is serving is wanted is just within the job description of his office as President Muhammadu Buhari’s representative in Benin Republic.”

HURIWA added : “We do not understand what anyone wants General Buratai to have done when someone who has been declared  wanted by the government he is serving crosses into the jurisdiction he is serving.

“We therefore call on those orchestrating these campaigns of calumny against Lieutenant General Buratai (retd.) to stop distracting him and allow him perform his diplomatic duties as designated.

“General Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff between July 2015 and January 2021, was deployed as Nigeria’s envoy in the Benin Republic in June 2021 to expand the frontiers of Nigeria-Benin republic and to advance the interest of Nigeria in his host country.

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“Hence, we commend His Excellency, Ambassador Tukur Yusuf Buratai for living up to his diplomatic obligations in communicating the position of Nigeria on Mr. Sunday Igboho to the government of Benin Republic as reported. HURIWA has no doubt in his professionalism as he over the years exhibited throughout his career in the Military. More so, he has a perfect understanding of the terrain of his service and diplomatic and professional engagements.

Before he was appointed as Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin this year, and Chief of Army Staff in 2015; Lieutenant General Buratai (retd.) had served as Force Commander of the then reconstituted Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF) in 2014 under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Benin Republic. His operational deployments included as Military Observer at the United Nations Verification Mission in Angola, Op HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsular, OP MESA, OP PULO SHIELD, OP SAFE CONDUCT, MNJTF, OP ZAMAN LAFIYA, and OP LAFIYA DOLE.

“We want to conclude by stating again that we at HURIWA are restating our position that Mr. Sunday Igboho be released unconditionally and the invasion of his Ibadan house and the murder of his associates be investigated.”


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BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Strike As Govt, Labour Leaders Meet



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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday night suspended their strike scheduled for Wednesday.

This development is sequel to a meeting by the representatives of the Federal Government and the Organised Labour at the Presidential Villa on Monday night over fuel subsidy removal.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed the outcome of the meeting to State House correspondents, read a communique stating the agreement struck between the NLC, TUC and the team set up by President Bola Tinubu to discuss the issues arising from the subsidy removal.

According to him, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.

“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.

“Consequently, the parties agreed follows:

“The NLC to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations

“The TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above

“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.”

Earlier on Monday, the National Industrial Court restrained the Organised Labour from embarking on any form of strike.

Ruling on an exparte application filed before the court, Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the defendants (the TUC and the NLC) from embarking on the planned nationwide strike on Wednesday pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice dated June 5, 2023.

The judge also ordered that the defendants be immediately served with the originating processes, the motion on notice and the order of the court.

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BREAKING:Court Bars NLC, TUC From Strike Over Petrol Subsidy Removal



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The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division, on Monday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on strike over the removal of petrol subsidy.

The federal government had asked the court for an interim injunction preventing the labour unions from proceeding on the strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Delivering the ruling on Monday, Olufunke Anuwe, the presiding judge, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex parte motion filed by the federal government.

On June 2, NLC issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide strike.

Worker unions, including the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Nigeria Union of Journalists, have asked their members to join the planned strike.

Owing to the development, the federal government approached the court for an interim injunction.

The presiding judge said the federal government was able to show that the planned strike is capable of disrupting activities in the health and education sectors.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023,” the judge said.

“It is ordered that the defendant/respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing for 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes.”

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BREAKING: Kwara Govt Reduces Workdays To Three Over Fare Rise



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Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

As fares have risen following the removal of fuel subsidy, the Kwara State government has directed that work days be reduced from five days to three per week for every worker in the state.

The state government said on Monday that the reduction of working days had become necessary following the astronomical hike in fares.

This is contained in a statement in Ilorin, by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

The State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, therefore directed all Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.

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