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Special Report: Counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law in West Africa

•A strong criminal justice system offers countries better protection against terrorist attacks. •Download full report:  Read this Romi Sigsworth Editor's note:  International law and global policy place counter-terrorism firmly within a rule of law and human rights framework. By focusing on securitised responses to terrorism, countries in West Africa risk undermining the rule

Change impossible in Nigeria without education, says Ex-Commissioner

Godsgift Onyedinefu A former Commissioner for Education in Kogi State, Mr. Sylvester Onoja, has stated that Nigeria will not achieve the desired change without proper investment in the  education system. He noted that the challenges limiting Nigeria from achieving the desired feat stems from a failure of the leaders to prioritize education. According

Buhari’s government on the path to dictatorship – sen. Abaribe

Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator representing abia state south senatorial district has alarmed that buhari's government is on the rise to dictatorship if not stopped. Abaribe lamented that the lack of compliance to the rule of law, separation of powers, court order and disregard for human rights and freedom in the Buhari led

Buhari’s comment on rule of law, ‘an advance warning’ — Soyinka

  Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference last Sunday. In a statement Thursday, Mr Soyinka mocked the president by saying Mr Buhari had obviously given a deep thought to his travails under a military dictatorship

FG complicit in Nnamdi Kanu’s enforced disappearance – HURIWA

•Task FG on credible data base of missing persons   Godsgift Onyedinefu As the world marks the International Day for the missing persons, a pro-democracy group – Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the conspiratorial silence of the Federal Government on the alleged enforced disappearance of the Director of the

Buhari’s assertion on “National interest” above rule of law, a legal profanity – SAN

Godsgift Onyedinefu     A senior advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome, has strongly disagree with President Muhammadu Buhari’s assertion that security and national interest should be elevated above the rule of law. Buhari made the assertion in his opening remarks during the 2018 NBA Annual General Conference currently going on

Rule of law subject to supremacy of national security, interest- Buhari 

Jude Johnson    The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has remarked that the principle of rule of law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest. He stresses that where national security and public interest were being threatened, the individual rights of those allegedly responsible must take the

Legislature as delineator of democracy

By Chidi Omeje   Concerned about the need to preserve political liberty, guard against oppression or political indiscretion and abuse of power in governance, French political philosopher, Montesquieu wrote: “Political Liberty is to be found only when there is no abuse of power. Constant experience shows us that every man invested with

Intersociety Alleges Return of Draconian Decree 2

...Babatunde Opalana  The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety),  has alleged that that the draconian Decree 2, an instrument of the Buhari/ Idiagbon military regime under which citizens were arrested and clamped into detention without trial has found its way back into the country considering cases of

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