Protests Greet Buhari In UN Visit As His Speech Is Adjudged Hollow, Full Of Ironies

Nigerian activists and other concerned Nigerians carried out what has been tagged Nigeria Must Be Free Protests this evening at the United Nations (UN) in New York as Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari delivered his speech at the General Assembly. The speech meanwhile has been adjudged to be hollow and full of old rhetorics of fighting corruption, even as the high corruption fever has caught up with the Presidency full time, with not only well known corrupt politicians included in his cabinet, but his Vice President entangled in a corruption…

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IPOB Leader, Kanu Joins The Free Zakzaky Train

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is the latest entrant to the Free Zakzaky Campaign Train, when he asked the United Nations to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. This demand was part of the issues Kanu raised in a meeting with UN agencies last Saturday. Other notable demands by the IPOB leader include the demand for the release of the convener of #Revolutionnow, Omoyele Sowore, who is being accused of treason and…

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UN Special Rapporteur Ends Visit To Nigeria, Condemns Arbitrary Deprivation Of IMN Lives

A United Nations rapporteur has condemned Nigeria for QUOTE arbitrary deprivation of life and excessive use of lethal force against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leader Ibrahim Zakzaky. Anges Callamard made the remarks in Nigerian capital, Abuja, where she presented her preliminary findings following a 12-day visit to the country. The UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said she had NOT been presented with ANY evidence indicating the IMN was weaponized and posed a threat to the country. She added that the move to ban…

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UN Declares Aug. 22 International Day Of Victims Of Religious Violence

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday, declared Aug.22, as International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. This followed the adoption of draft Resolution A/73/L85 tabled by Poland with support from several other countries, ironically including Nigeria, which has been killing members of the Islamic Movement based on their faith. Over a thousand members of the Islamic Movement were killed by state agents within one weekend in December 2015 based on their faith and dumped them in mass grave. Several scores have further been…

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IHRC Drafts Report For UN On Nigeria Rights Abuses

The London-based rights group, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has submitted a report to the United Nations highlighting systematic state abuse in the Nigerian authorities’ treatment of the country’s Islamic Movement. The report has been written for the upcoming review by the UN’s Human Rights Committee of Nigeria’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The report focuses on the persecution of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leaders and supporters since 2014, a period which has seen two massacres and routine killings, torture, and…

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Shi’ites’ Killings By Nigerian Forces: Activist Writes Open Letter To UN Secretary-General

An activist, Comrade Timi Frank, who is the Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress has written an open letter to the United Nations Secretary-General over the recent brazen killing of unarmed Shi’ah protesters by the Nigerian Army. The letter, which was made available to the public this afternoon, was also copied to a number of foreign offices including the US Ambassador, the British High Commissioner, the French and German Ambassadors as well as the Representative of the European Union in Nigeria. The letter called for…

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Nigerian Authorities Has Completely Failed To Address Zaria Massacre – Activist At The UN

Head of Advocacy Islamic Human Rights Commission, has seriously denounced the Nigerian authorities for their complete failure to address the matter of the horrendous Zaria genocide of December, 2015 while speaking on “Human Rights in Nigeria: The Case of Sheikh Zakzaky” on the sidelines of the 39th session of the United Nations on Tuesday. He said there is a complete failure on the part of the Nigerian authorities to address or deal with what happened on December 12 to 14, 2015 and denounced the fact that Sheikh Zakzaky remains in…

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Human Rights In Nigeria: Sheikh Zakzaky Case To Be Discussed At UN Side Panel

A special session has been organised at this September’s session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss the case of Sheikh Zakzaky, who continues to be held in violation of a Nigerian Federal High court order demanding his release from detention by the state security services. The side panel is to be held on Tuesday, 18th September from 10 – 11am (BST + 1) in Room XV, United Nations Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on the auspices of the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Panelists expected at the side panel include Mr. Massoud Shadjareh,  the Chair of…

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Falana reacts to SERAP’s petition to UN over FG’s disobedience to court

Femi Falana, human right activis,t has reacted to the petition by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on President Muhammadu Buhari’s disobedience to court rulings and orders. The organisation, in a petition dated May 11, 2018 to the UN, lamented the Federal Government’s habit of picking and choosing court judgments to obey. SERAP in its petition urged García-Sayán to use his good offices to prevail upon President Buhari to ensure the sanctity of the country’s constitution as well as respect for the country’s…

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SERAP Drags FG To UN Over El-Zakzaky, Dasuki

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over the detention of leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, as well as the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd). In a statement by SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organisation accused the Federal Government of disobeying court orders The petition was dated May 11, 2018, and addressed to UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr Diego Garcia-Sayan. El-Zakzaky was detained after members of…

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