How to End the War in Ukraine

With a New Envoy, U.S. Can Energize Peace Efforts Based on Sovereignty, Regional Stability

By:Willima B. Taylor ; Viola Gienger

The recently expanded U.S. sanctions against Russia, preparations for a massive Russian military exercise next door to NATO allies in September and a spike in casualties this year on the battlefields of Ukraine are powerful reminders of the threat posed to European and U.S. security of a conflict now in its fourth year. But the sanctions, together with a new envoy from Washington, set the stage for the U.S. to invigorate what has been a stalled peace process to end the war between Russia and Ukraine.

The damaged roof of a residential building hit by artillery fire near the front lines in Avdiivka, Ukraine.

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Opposition Parties In Zimbabwe Request Mugabe To Resign

Opposition parties have requested  the country’s President Robert Mugabe to resign from office.

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Their request revolves on the insinuation the the ailing 93 year old ruler, is presiding affairs of Government from the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

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Brazil: Report analyses recent process of criminalisation of protests

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  • Study describes how the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government have adopted measures to restrict the right to protest in Brazil
  • The report shows that between August 2015 and December 2016, at least 1,244 demonstrators were detained and 22 restrictive bills were proposed
  • In the state of São Paulo, at least 69 protests were targets of stun grenades and tear gas canisters used by police
  • Among the findings are the new requirement of notification on the route of demonstrations and the retaking of occupied buildings without court orders
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ARTICLE 19 today launches the report “In the streets, in the laws, in the courts: violations of the right to protest in Brazil, 2015-2016”, that provides a detailed analysis of the process of criminalisation of the right of protest that has occurred in Brazil in the three branches of governance: Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. In addition, the report draws attention to the growing attitude that protest is criminal, instead of a right.

The report shows new techniques used by the police to crackdown on demonstrations, new criminal charges used in detaining activists, repressive judicial decisions against demonstrators, and the proposal, and in some cases passage, of bills that restrict the right to protest.

Another worrying trend observed in the research was the demand by the police for organisers to tell them the protest route, otherwise they would be prevented from marching. This conduct was recorded in several protests in the city of São Paulo.

Several emblematic cases of demonstrations that have been targeted by the disproportionate use of force by police are highlighted in the report. Among them are demonstrations against the impeachment of the former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and the occupations of school buildings by high school students against austerity measures in education funding.

The student occupations even motivated the Government of the State of São Paulo and the police to adopt an unprecedented procedure: the retaking of occupied buildings without court orders.

According to the report, of all the protests registered between August 2015 and December 2016 in Brazil, at least 1,244 demonstrators were detained, while in the state of São Paulo alone, at least 69 demonstrations were targeted by the use of stun grenades and tear gas canisters by the police. On the legislative side, at least 22 bills were found to have been proposed or passed, which would directly or indirectly restrict the right to protest.

Violations of the right to protest and free expression

For Paula Martins, Director of ARTICLE 19 South America, the Brazilian state’s attitude toward street demonstrations has been very worrying for the right to protest and freedom of expression.

“The criminalisation of protest that was once very visible in the executive branch, through episodes of police repression at demonstrations, ended up in recent years also in the legislative and judicial branches. This process has caused great concern for civil society because it suppresses civil rights provided for in the Constitution and ratified by Brazil in international conventions”, she says.

She also adds: “One short-term measure that could be taken to remedy the situation is the creation of a protocol regulating the use of the police force in protests, which is currently either lacking or not public. In addition, it would be up to government officials and the judiciary to investigate the abuses and illegalities committed by police at the demonstrations and to enact policies aimed at guaranteeing this fundamental right. However, what we see today is often the opposite, with high level government officials commending violent police actions and judges issuing restrictive decisions on the right of protest, which further perpetuate the cycle of violations.”

The Anti-Terrorism Law and the Olympics Law

One of the main milestones in the criminalisation of the right to protest in Brazil was the Anti-Terrorism Law, approved at the end of 2015. The law is discussed in the report as it has gaps that allow it to be applied against demonstrators. Its approval took place in the context of the Olympic Games in Brazil, which was marked by various violations of the right of protest.

The report recalls that in both Rio de Janeiro and in São Paulo, demonstrations against the social impacts of the Games have been targeted by strong police repression. It also criticises the approval of the “General Law of the Olympics”, which, among other things, prohibits the use of flags for purposes other than that of “festive and friendly demonstration”, and recalls that, during the event, several spectators came to be expelled from the competition venues for demonstrating politically, in a flagrant violation of the right to protest and freedom of expression.

Significant cases and positive examples

The report also highlights some of the most significant cases of people who have been victims of the criminalisation of the right to protest in Brazil. Among the cases is Rafael Braga, who was imprisoned for more than two years after being detained carrying a bottle of disinfectant near a demonstration that took place in June 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. After the progression to the semi-open regime in December 2015, Rafael was again arrested and placed in solitary confinement for 10 days for appearing in a photo next to a protest message.

Another case cited is that of photographer Sérgio Silva, who lost his left eye after being shot by a rubber bullet that hit him in the face while covering a demonstration in Sao Paulo in June 2013. Sérgio filed an action asking for compensation but saw his request denied by the Justice in August 2016 on the grounds that he himself was responsible for the injury, in a very illustrative example of the Brazilian courts’ position on legitimising violations in protests.

Despite the wide-ranging examples of violations of the right to protest, there have been a few positive episodes that are mentioned in the report. These included judicial decisions that suspended the retaking of occupied buildings, the granting of indemnities to injured protesters, and the lawsuit accepted by the São Paulo State Court that, for a few days, restricted the State police from employing less lethal weaponry at demonstrations until a protocol on the use of police force was created.

Source : Article 19

Zimbabwe Police Forcibly Disperse Rioters in Harare

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Police have fired tear gas at a crowd of opposition supporters amid an outbreak of violence in Harare. Clashes have broken out all over the city.

Zimbabwean police on Friday used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest against President Robert Mugabe that was authorized by court order, triggering violent clashes throughout the capital, Harare.

Opposition supporters who wanted to march to the offices of the electoral commission to deliver a petition calling for electoral reforms ahead of 2018 elections were told to leave by police. When some refused to comply, the officers violently broke up the crowd, which included opposition head Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru. Tsvangirai and Mujuru fled the rally in cars.

The dispersed protesters then fought running battles with police in the streets of Harare, burning tires, throwing rocks and burning a popular market to the ground. Several people were reported injured in what was some of the worst unrest in the country since food riots in 1998.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba accused protesters of looting shops, saying a number of arrests had been made.

Growing unrest

Zimbabwe has seen months of protests against alleged human rights abuses, a weakening economy and high unemployment under the 92-year-old Mugabe, who has held power since 1980 when the south African country obtained its independence from Britain.

Government critics want international observers, including the United Nations, to monitor the poll in 2018. They are also calling on Mugabe to dismiss corrupt ministers, scrap plans to introduce local bank notes and end cash shortages.

Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo on Thursday accused opposition leaders of being “foreign agents” who were trying to bring about international intervention in Zimbabwe’s affairs.

Source : DW

The Religious Cult Secretly Running Japan

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Nippon Kaigi, a small cult with some of the country’s most powerful people, aims to return Japan to pre-WWII imperial ‘glory.’ Sunday’s elections may further its goal.

TOKYO — In the Land of the Rising Sun, a conservative Shinto cult dating back to the 1970s, which includes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and many of his cabinet among its adherents, finally has been dragged out of the shadows.

The group is called Nippon Kaigi (Japan Conference) and is ostensibly run by Tadae Takubo, a former journalist turned political scientist. It only has 38,000 members, but like many an exclusive club, or sect, it wields tremendous political influence.

Broadly speaking, Shinto is a polytheistic and animist religion native to Japan. The state-sponsored Shintoism promulgated here before and during World War II also elevated the Emperor to the status of a God and insisted that the Japanese were a divine race—the Yamato; with all other races considered inferior.

Nippon Kaigi originally began in the early 1970s from a liberal Shinto group known as Seicho No Ie. In 1974, a splinter section of the group joined forces with Nippon o Mamoru Kai, a State-Shinto revival organization that espoused patriotism and a return to imperial worship. The group in its current state was officially formed in May of 1997, when Nippon o Mamoru Kai and a group of right-leaning intellectuals joined forces.

The current cult’s goals: gut Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution, end sexual equality, get rid of foreigners, void pesky “human rights” laws, and return Japan to its Imperial Glory.

With Japan’s parliamentary elections to be held on July 10, the cult may now have its chance to dominate policity completely. If the ruling coalition wins enough seats, the door will open to amending Japan’s modern democratic constitution, something that has remained sacred and inviolate since 1947.

Indeed, for Japan, these elections may be a constitutional Brexit—deciding whether this country moves forward as a democracy or literally takes a step back to the Meiji era that ended more than a century ago. Then, the Emperor was supreme and freedom of expression was subservient to the interests of the state.

The influence of Nippon Kaigi may be hard for an American to understand on a gut level. But try this: Imagine if “future World President” Donald Trump belonged to a right-wing evangelical group, let’s call it “USA Conference,” that advocated a return to monarchy, the expulsion of immigrants, the revoking of equal rights for women, restrictions on freedom of speech—and most of his pre-selected political appointees were from the same group.

Sounds incredible… In any case, this would worry people.

That is the American equivalent of what has already taken place in Japan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet.

Abe, a third-generation politician, is the grandson of Nobusuke Kishi, who was Japan’s minister of munitions during WWII and arrested as a war criminal in 1945 before becoming prime minister in the 1950s.

Abe is a staunch nationalist and historical revisionist, who also served as prime minister, from 2006 until 2007, before resigning abruptly mid-term. His ties to the Nippon Kaigi organization go back to the ’90s.

In line with fellow members of his imperial and imperialist cult, Abe has said the revision of the constitution is his lifetime goal. In an interview in Nikkei Asian Review, published in February 2014, Abe stated, “My party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has been advocating amending our constitution since its founding almost 60 years ago.”

So, now, Abe and his party, at least the extremist factions, are at last coming very close to that goal.

Japan’s Parliament, also known as the Diet, is composed of an upper and lower house. Article 96 of the constitution stipulates that amendments can be made to the constitution if approved by super majority of two-thirds of both houses of the Diet, and by simple majority in a referendum.

At present, the LDP and its coalition partners only have a two-thirds majority in the Lower House and a simple majority in the Upper House. They hope to have the needed two-thirds majority in the Upper House after Sunday’s elections.

The Asahi Shimbun and the independent press in Japan have called this year’s campaign “The Hidden Agenda Elections.” Local media have reported that the LDP and partner political parties have made sure their candidates avoid mentioning constitutional revision in their stump speeches.

The ruling coalition is toeing the party line that: “It’s all about Abenomics.”

And those are?

Abenomics is the economic policy Prime Minister Abe promised to put into action in 2012. It is based upon “three arrows” of fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms. It was supposed to revitalize Japan’s long stagnant economy. The third “arrow” has yet to be fired and on June 20, this year, the International Money Fund essentially declared it a failure and suggested Japan raise wages.

The ruling party wants to focus all talk on the economy and the hope that Abenomics eventually will work, while the opposition parties, united by The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), are cooperating to field single candidates in areas of Japan where they have a good chance of winning—all under the banner of blocking constitutional revision.

DPJ leader Katsuya Okada has warned, “Under the Abe administration basic human rights such as freedom of speech and the public’s right to free access to information (about their government) have been threatened… the pacifism of the constitution will be destroyed.”

The LDP’s internal crackdown on mention of constitutional revision is savvy, notes Koichi Nakano, a professor and expert on Japanese politics at Sophia University. “Abenomics was simply a way of repackaging Abe’s nationalism as something sexy so he could return to power,” says Nakano. He notes public opinion is opposed by a large margin to the revision of the constitution.

“Abe is using the same tactics he did in two previous elections since 2012 to emphasize that the vote is about the economy and then proceed to do what he intended to do once the election is over. He did this with the passing of the State Secrets Laws and then with the strongly opposed Security Laws last year after the December 2014 snap elections. Perhaps he is getting advice from his deputy prime minister, who once remarked that the LDP should learn from the Nazis about how to quietly change the constitution.”

The LDP’s proposed constitution, which has been strongly influenced by Nippon Kaigi alumni, according to reports by the Asahi Shimbun and other media, would scrap Article 9, which forbids Japan from engaging in warfare as a means of settling international disputes. It would also severely curtail freedom of speech, taking away the right to speak out on issues “if it is against the public interest.”

Presumably, the government would decide what is “the public interest.”

It eliminates the words “basic human rights” from key sections, as constitutional experts have noted.

The LDP argues that revision is necessary for a modern Japan to deal with the threat of China and break free “of the post-war regime.”

The ideology behind Prime Minister Abe and his cabinet had received only modest scrutiny from Japan’s mainstream media until this May. All that changed with the publication of the surprise best seller, Nippon Kaigi No Kenkyu (Research into Japan Conference) by former white-collar worker turned journalist, Tamotsu Sugano, on April 30.

Japan’s leading constitutional expert, Setsu Kobayashi, who is also a former member of Nippon Kaigi, says of the group, “They have trouble accepting the reality that Japan lost the war” and that they wish to restore the Meiji era constitution.

Some members are descendants of the people who started the war, he notes.

Kobayashi is so vexed with his former brethren, that in May he created a new political party to promote and protect constitutional rights called, somewhat amusingly, Kokumin Ikari-no Koe aka The Angry Voice of the People. For Nippon Kaigi, he is a traitor and a nightmare. For Prime Minister Abe, he is an angry loud-mouthed headache.

And Abe is having other headaches before the election. Seicho No Ie, the spiritual forebear of Nippon Kaigi, has turned its back on the LDP and the ruling coalition as well—its first overt political action in decades.

The organization told the Weekly Post last month, “The Abe government thinks lightly of the constitution and we are opposed to their attempts to change Article 9 (the peace clause). In addition, we feel distrust in their failure to uphold policy determined by law.”

Despite Nippon Kaigi’s small numbers overall, half of the Abe Cabinet belongs to the Nippon Kaigi National Lawmakers Friendship Association, the group’s political offshoot. Prime Minister Abe himself is the special advisor.

Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike, who is running for Governor of Tokyo, is another prominent member.

Sankei Shimbun and others have reported that Nippon Kaigi even tried to pressure the publisher, Fusosha, into dropping the book on April 28. The protest letter sent to the publisher was surprisingly under the name of the group’s secretary general, Yuzo Kabushima, not the name of the Chairman Tadae Takubo.

Kabushima is a staunch Emperor worshipper and was a key member of Seicho No Ie’s student movement. Sugano argues in his book that Kabushima is the person really running the organization.

Despite the threatening tone of the letter, the publisher didn’t budge. Originally, only 8,000 copies of the book were printed. It’s now on it’s fourth printing with over 126,000 copies sold. Five other books have now been printed on the group; magazines are running front-page stories about them.

Suddenly, Nippon Kaigi is very visible.

Sugano is surprised and relieved to see Nippon Kaigi and its influence on national policy finally getting attention. He himself is a political conservative who graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in political science before returning to Japan over a decade ago.

While he was living in Texas, where he picked up a bit of an accent, he noticed how the Christian evangelical movement exerted political influence and sees some parallels in their methods and those of Nippon Kaigi.

Sugano was still a white collar worker aka “salary-man” when he first became aware of the existence of Nippon Kaigi. Back in 2008, Sugano recalls the shift he felt in the atmosphere on the streets. “Crazy people were starting to speak out,” he says. Protests lead by groups, such as the anti-foreigner hate speech group Zaitokukai were more noticeable. He saw an ugly escalation of their activities with each passing day.

He found these hate speech movements troubling and started to infiltrate their protests, documenting the events in photos and recordings. In order to understand the motives of members and supporters, he started to dig into the conservative publications often referenced in their online comments.

The contributors that wrote for these publications puzzled him. Many were established in their field, journalists and academics, all contributing on topics unrelated to their expertise. This peculiar pattern helped him connect the dots: they all seemed to be members of one group. That realization led him down the rabbit hole, where he found the revisionist wonderland that is Nippon Kaigi.

Nippon Kaigi, he found, used neto-uyo (cyber right wingers who troll anyone on the internet they feel writes negatively of Japan), intellectuals, politicians, and closet sympathizers in mainstream media to exert considerable influence on policy and public opinion.

That included getting the Japanese government to reinstitute the Imperial Calendar, which was banished by the U.S. occupation government. It’s 2016 in the West, but under the Imperial Calendar, based on the reign of the Emperor, it is year 28 of the Heisei era. The system is so confusing that many reporters in Japan carry a handy chart to translate the Imperial Calendar dates into Western time.

Sugano also credits Nippon Kaigi with politically resurrecting Prime Minister Abe, whose political career was considered dead after his abrupt resignation as prime minister in 2007.

He also believes their goal may be to alter radically the parts of the constitution which define marriage and the rights of wives, thus, “rolling back sexual equality and making Japan a country pleasant for cranky old men, like themselves.”

The Daily Beast contacted Nippon Kaigi via email, fax, and by telephone and asked for clarification of what has been written about the group and their objections to Sugano’s book but did not receive a reply

While several recently published books and articles paint a picture of a masterful Machiavellian organization that has skirted the law to avoid having to register as a political group, Sugano believes they are primarily reactionary with no clear idea what they want to do once their goals are achieved.

“They have worked steadily and stealthily with local politicians and political lobbies to oppose things like gender equality, recognition of war crimes and the comfort women [sex slaves during WWII], women using their maiden names after marriage etc. It’s anti-this and anti-that but has no vision of the future.”

Other researchers have taken notice of the group’s anti-gender equality stance, but point out that Prime Minister Abe appears to be sincere about promoting women in the workplace and that the group also has female lawmakers in its ranks.

Sugano isn’t surprised. “Prime Minister Abe talks a lot about womenomics (the empowerment of women in the business world) but it’s all talk. It’s like a Texas racist saying, ‘I have a black friend so I’m not racist.’ The fact that there are female politicians supported by the group is the same logic. There are always some minorities in a minority that consider discrimination to be acceptable. Or these women find the support of the group advantageous to themselves—if not for women in general.”

Professor Jeff Kingston, a historian of modern Japan, has pointed out that while Abe says all the right things, he has quietly reduced his original professed goal of promoting women in management from 30 percent to 15 percent, and in reality his meager actions are “a nod to patriarchal realities that exposes Abe’s version of womenomics as a sham”.

Sugano insists the “patriarchal realities” of Japan are one reason behind Japan’s media self-censorship under the Abe administration and why they long avoided touching upon Nippon Kaigi.

He argues the mainstream Japanese media are run by misogynistic old men whose world views align with Nippon Kaigi’s sexist ideals, and since they agree with their principles, they have seen no need to report on the organization.

“It is not self censorship. It’s more like silent collusion,” he said.

Nippon Kaigi’s dismissive attitude towards women and children also explains its evident opposition to The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Hideaki Kase, a prominent member of Nippon Kaigi and prolific revisionist writer, is also listed as Chairman of Japan’s Corporal Punishment Association—which advocates judicious beating of children as a means of educating them and making them strong.

If you ask Sugano why these elections are important, he will tell you why in his Kansai-accented Texas drawl:

“The LDP, Abe, and Nippon Kaigi have essentially the same agenda. The frightening thing about this election is that they have never been closer to achieving their dreams—amending the constitution to return Japan to a militaristic feudal society where women, children, youngsters and foreigners, including the Japanese-Koreans, have no basic human rights. They will only have one right: the right to shut up.”

Source :Daily Beast

President’s Democracy Day Address Has Succeeded In Raising The Hopes of Nigerians With Elements of Frustration-Prof. Olagoke

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When Nigeria marked its Democracy day on 29 May, 2016, it citizens put up a non nonchalant attitude. In this interview with Federationews2day, Founder of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke gives the reason why. Excerpts :

Before the present disposition, the opposition laid emphasis on June 12 as Democracy day, but now, the reverse is the case, why do you think this is so ?

The present government happens to be that of the progressives whereby the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) government was tagged reactionary, or capitalist conservative. The progressives have been sensitizing  the members of the public since the days of their been in the opposition, as well as been activists, who used to tag themselves as the progressives, the society itself is used to them, as those people who are well meaning to Nigeria, and whose government would be able to bring about the expected succour to the people. Fortunately for them, then, opposition was highly necessary because of the oppressive way the then government in power had been ruling the country.  June 12 happened to be the cornerstone of the then progressives in opposition and the argument then was that Chief M.K.O  Abiola should be recognized as the champion of democracy upon which all of us believed that he was erroneously killed. Unfortunately for them, the are now in government and they were able to come to power through the legacy of May 29, which now happens to be the tradition of  our democratic establishment in Nigeria. People are now waiting for June 12, to see how they will celebrate it. If June 12 is undermined, not well celebrated, it would mean that the progressives of yesterday,  who happen to be in power today, are hypocrites, they only rode on the back of the problem and travail of Chief Abiola, to get to power.  But this should not be strange to us, because even since the demise of  Awolowo, most of them have been riding  through the fame of Awolowo to get to power, but to the utter disappointment of the  people, they have not been able to perform, even at 25 per cent capacity, as Awolowo would have done. Political campaigns are now reality of a mirage through which the masses are hoodwinked for the politicians to have their way. It is really unfortunate. One thing that really disgust me, the real patriots of Nigeria, is the double standard posture of many of our politicians, when things are not favorable  for them, they identify with the masses, but when they are in control of power, some of the time they get  nasty. Personally, I wouldn’t like such to happen to the  All Progressives Congress(APC) government in Nigeria.

What is your assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy day address to the nation ?

In the real sense of it the peoples’ wishes are yet to be met by this government, because the issue of unpaid salaries, infrastructure in comatose and failure to provide basic amenities, to feel the impact of government is yet to be put in place.  But in the areas of zero tolerance for corruption, they are yet to succeed , but  they are on the right path. The argument is that the creation of an enabling environment should be paramount. And this is what this government should rightly do. Eevn the budget of N6.06 trillion is still a paper work because sourcing for the money to be able to fund the budget is still underway.  But the situation of Nigeria is that of the bad past and the weak present. Bad past, in the sense that the PDP government really and actually bastardized the economy. The present state, faces the curse of the fall in the crude oil price which in the  real sense has affected the budget, the feasibility of funding the budget without borrowing. However, political pundits want to know the amount recovered from the anti-corruption crusade, which government may not be sincere in its disclosure, because of one reason, the government itself has internal funding problems, through which its campaign was administered. Some individuals must have lent them the huge amount spent, which I believe the APC government will never declare. If part of the money is used to settle the internal debt of the party, the left over may not necessarily  be sufficient enough to support the funding of the budget.  If this is to be denied as a misconception, government owes it a huge duty and debt to reveal the names of the looters as well as the amount recovered from them so far. This is to correct possible misgivings from members of the public, for government to be able to maintain its credibility. It is not possible to give what you don’t have, although the broadcast of the President was full of complains against the peoples’ expectations. This is not to write them off, as not having achieved anything, because in the areas of fighting to have peace and curb terrorism, kudos must be given to them, as well as the Nigerian soldiers under Buratai. Government is duty bound to come out with palliatives and largesse to  cushion the effect of the rising prices of good and commodities as a result of the unexpected increase in the pump rice of petrol from N86.50 to N145.00, because people are dying, getting sick and losing hope, which negates the essence of good governance. In the areas of generating jobs, our companies must be revived, but  through functional power generation and supply, otherwise diversification of the economy to be embarked on may not be able to survive the challenges of the time. His speech, generally, has done  well in the areas of raising our hopes, but with elements of frustration. The President and the Ministers must rise up to action quickly.

 

Why Health Workers Did Not Join The Nationwide Fuel Strike Action-Allied Health Porfessionals

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Workers in Nigeria recently embarked on a nationwide strike action to show their displeasure over the decision of the Federal Government to unilaterally increase the pump price of Premium Spirit(PMS)from N86.50 to N145.00. In this interview with Federationews2day, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals(NUAHP), Oulsegun Sotiloye, who doubles as the Deputy President(South) of the same union, gives reasons why his union did not join the strike. Excerpts :

Allied Health Professionals did not join the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC). Why ?

Before I answer the question directly, let me first and foremost say, the labour movement is all about loyalty, so as a labour person, I am loyal to my union and my union, NUAHP, IS affiliate of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), and therefore the union is very loyal to the Trade centre, Trade Union Congress. Therefore, whatever directives given from above has to be followed. The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals as a body, went in line directly with what the Trade Union Congress directed.

All branches, units, state chapters were put on alert, until around 11.00pm on Sunday(before the strike commenced), when the directive came that we should suspend action. That is as far as the directive or loyalty to the union goes. Personally, I don’t believe that a strike  action will be of benefit to Nigerians, concerning this struggle.

The labour union had said what should be paramount, is increment in salaries, implementation of palliative to cushion the effects of the increment, I will be more comfortable with that. And that invariably is what the TUC and the Ajaero faction of NLC subscribed to eventually, that is a committee to look at the increment of salaries, making available palliatives to cushion the effects of the price increment, because let it be told, going back to N86.50, fuel was not available, even though we know people are suffering.

Buhari Will Succeed By Eze Dr. Alex .C. Anozie, Head of Igbos, Oyo state

I have carefully studied the situation of things as going on in our country, Nigeria today, even though everything looks difficult and hopeless, I remain positive that Nigeria will laugh last at the end of it all. I am saying this because I discovered that Buhari came in and met an empty treasury, the country’s wealth were stolen  away by our fellow Nigerians in high positions. Let’s look at what we read in the papers everyday, the discovered stolen wealth by fellow Nigerians, multiples of billions of Dollars. money stolen by just two or three people, as we read should be enough to strengthen our economy, and when our economy is strengthened, everything will fall in line.  And when with the sudden collapse of oil price world over, Buhari could not have performed any miracle, that is just the basic truth. But like we have all seen now, Buhari is very busy trying to recover most of these stolen monies, both those in foreign banks and locally, and I believe that by the time these stolen wealth are recovered, knowing Buhari  with his integrity, he will surely bring life back to Nigerians.

I have never met Buhari, I don’t know him and I am not expecting  anything from him, except that he should try his best and see that this great country, Nigeria, gets back to her glorious position, whereby Nigerians will begin to live again. Let me advise him, Buhari, to still look inwards because that corruption, whereby the country’s wealth is still being stolen away, is still there thriving.  He should also do everything at his possible best to see that all the unwanted killings, destruction of human lives and property all over the country, is fought to a standstill. He should be able to investigate  and find out, if there are some highly placed individuals, who are working to sabotage his government, that cannot be ruled out. I believe that Nigerians will laugh last. It is very dangerous to allow things to continue to go the way it’s going now, particularly all these unchecked killings here and there. As a matter of fact, all these contributes, so much to the reasons that make some Nigerians being tempted, to think whether it is worth it remaining in the one country, Nigeria, where lives and property are not safe, where thievery is the order of the day, where nothing is working fine,  where there seems to be no hope. But  I am calling on all Nigerians to ”Refuse to give up as God’s miracle is on the way”. All religious bodies should intensify efforts in praying to GOD FOR his mercy and guidance. Unfortunately, many religions, churches, mosques have turned from being the house of God, to something else. Most religious houses have become monster houses, they have become homes for all kinds of crimes, rape, rituals, fraud, deceit and many others. I am requesting those of them that are still for God, truly, to intensify their prayers to God. He will surely deliver the country.  Good day  Nigeria.

Machete Carrying Youths Attack and Rob Journalist In Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan

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Solomon Adewunmi, Editor-In-Chief of online news portal, Federationews2day was on Monday  night attacked, injured and dispossessed of his personal belongings by identified machete carrying youths at the Olorunsogo community in the Molete area of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The youths numbering about 12 attacked the journalist at about 7.45pm in the evening when he was about entering 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street,  dealth him machete cuts on his head and thereafter dispossessed him of his handbag, containing N30,000 two GSM handsets and some vital documents.

The youths, led by one Samson, a student of Ibadan Grammar School, who are between 14 and 18 years old, thereafter took refuge inside a storey building, 5 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, owned by Mrs. Ajayi, Mother of Tobi of Community  Grammar School, Eyinni and a member of the gang. This was after they  had boasted in Yoruba language that ”report to the police, the police will not listen to you”. Indeed, this has been the response of the police in so many cases.

The same gang, also comprising of one Samuel of Community Grammar School, Eyinni, Samuel, of JSS 3, St. Lukes Grammar school, Kudeti, Mathew and Ayo Adesanya of Anglican Grammar School, Eyin Grammar, had in March, 2016, burgled a flat  at 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street.

Sadly, officers and men of the Felele Police Division, which oversees, the community where the robbery incident occurred have for long exhibited attitude that has continuously raised suspicions by members of the public over their compromising roles in criminal activities within the community.

Olorunsogo is home to individuals with suspicious and questionable character, including petty traders, who own shops, which  the youths use as launching pads for attacks on innocent residents. The Landlords and Tenants Association in the community have for long aided and abetted the activities of the youths.

Before this time, the youths, who are residents, of 5 and 6 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, had scaled the fence of house no. 3, broke into a flat and stole building materials worth several thousands of Naira.

With these development, coupled with the fact that Teachers of these schools, live on the same street with the criminals, the insinuation is that the schools are now breeding grounds for criminals.