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Persons with disabilities are also human, important to the society – NGO

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Sahara Weekly Reports That TheInclusive Social Welfare & Empowerment Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) says persons with disabilities are human beings and are also important to the society.

 

 

Persons with disabilities are also human, important to the society - NGO

 

 

 

The convener of the NGO, Mrs Pat Eleto said this during their one day conference with theme ‘Domestic Violence Affects People with Physical & Learning Disabilities’ in Lagos.

 

 

Persons with disabilities are also human, important to the society - NGO

 

 

 

Eleto said that persons with disabilities presume nobody knows if they exist but they are human beings who have issues of abuse, rape and molestation.

 

“We came together to set up the organization so their voices could be heard by creating awareness about their plights.

 

“The initiative was established in September 2013 in UK and later incorporated in Nigeria in 2015 because we have a lot of cases reported in our office where persons with disabilities have been physically abused but no one cared to listen to them and these people do not know what their rights are.

 

“This is the fourth edition of Inclusive Social Welfare & Empowerment foundation conference which was set to help people with physical disabilities to know their rights”.

 

According to her, these people are human being like us, we are hoping that in the next five years, Lagos state would be able to reach out to persons with disabilities through NGOs because many more people with disabilities still need support to carry their daily activities and with this we will achieve more.

 

” We aim to support, advocate and challenge all forms of gender-related violence, to empower victims and survivors to gain more control over their lives, live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.

 

“The organization was initially for young children with disabilities that were involved in rape cases or any form of abuse but we decided to carry everyone along”.

 

Mr Isaac Anuoluwayinka, the coordinator Nigeria Association of the Blind Ifako, Lagos, expressed satisfaction for being part of the program which involves people with disabilities.

 

Anuoluwayinka note that mental disabilities which were being discussed at the conference affect most of them due to the way government describes them as intellectual disability.

 

” I am satisfied with this kind of lecture, it give us hope and sense of belonging to society.

 

“On the part of the government, little has been done on sensitising and educating the people on the availability and use of the law and rights of people living with disabilities.

 

” We need more awareness programmes as disability is no respecter of anyone.

 

He said that there is the need to know how to impact on these set of people and understand their plight, work with them and impact their lives.

 

“Let people know that those with disabilities also exist, that itself goes a long way.

 

” In Nigeria, people with disabilities are seen in one particular sector we shouldn’t be seen as a sector we should been included in the society, in programmes, services, welfare and any other event”.

 

Mr Harris Eleto, one of the speakers, who spoke on ‘The Difference between learning Disability & Physical Disability’ said no matter what they are, they are related.

 

“This means that the physical disabled persons require support in all areas of their lives, but in terms of learning disability requires full learning support”.

 

He noted that the four key points to work on in the lives of these persons with disabilities are their choices, their rights, their independence and their inclusion in the community”.

 

Another speaker on “Domestic Abuse on the elderly, Ms Audrey Ojiaku, said elderly people go through abuses including psychological abuse, physical abuse, physical injury and neglect among others.

 

She said elderly are vulnerable to abuse and violence because of discriminatory societal attitudes and non-realization of human rights.

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Desperate opposition figures in Kogi behind calls for Yahaya Bello’s arrest despite court process – Activists

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Sahara Weekly Reports That CSOs raise alarm over alleged plots by desperate politicians to use gunmen in military uniform to attack Bello’s residences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desperate opposition figures in Kogi behind calls for Yahaya Bello's arrest despite court process - Activists

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of activists, on Saturday, stormed the streets of Lagos to protest alleged underground moves by some desperate opposition figures in Kogi State as well as other perceived political enemies to unleash terror on the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, using the platform of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

 

The activists, who addressed a press conference and also staged a huge rally, condemned calls by a group called Zero Corruption Agenda in collaboration with another group, Kogites United Against Corruption, for the EFCC to ignore court orders guaranteing Bello’s fundamental human rights and effect an arrest despite the ongoing court process.

 

While raising the alarm that there were speculations going around that some desperate politicians were “even allegedly planning to use gunmen dressed in fake military uniforms to attack Yahaya Bello’s residences”, they called on the police and other relevant security agencies to be vigilant to prevent anarchy in the country.

 

According to them, many Nigerians already suspect that the alleged “endless attack on the former Governor, his family members and even innocent children by the EFCC in the most unprofessional way, despite revelations that showed he was actually protected by the law, have deep political undertones.

 

Comrade Segun Abegunde, who briefed the press on behalf of the CSOs, under the joint umbrella of Citizens Action Against Lawlessness, insisted that the desperation by some opposition figures and Yahaya Bello’s political enemies to hide under the purported fight against corruption to call for the arrest of a man who has a court order for his fundamental human rights to be protected and who is already in court with the EFCC, “almost confirms this insinuation of an evil plan against him by some interested politicians, using the EFCC platform.”

 

“This is not difficult to detect, having seen the composition of the so-called Kogites who made these curious calls, even in London. The videos exposed their ethnic leaning as they were speaking the language of the aggrieved politicians in Kogi State,” the activists said.

 

They alleged that opposition political parties were using the EFCC to fight political battles in Kogi State and called on the ruling Party to be vigilant.

 

“The tribunal judgement on the last governorship election in Kogi State is coming up on Monday May 27th. The desperation by the opposition to have Yahaya Bello in custody has increased exponentially as that date approaches. There seems to be a determination to either keep him out of circulation while they try to steal APC’s mandate in the state or to completely eliminate him for whatever reasons only known to them.

 

“Also, considering the way and manner the EFCC chairman has taken the Yahaya Bello matter so personal, it is glaring that a Yahaya Bello in the custody of the EFCC is not going to be safe at all,” they stated.

 

Abegunde said, “The courts are there to mediate between government and citizens and between two or more contending interests and the court’s intervention is sacrosanct until overturned by a superior Court.

 

“The rallies, both home and abroad, calling for jettisoning of the due process of law and for the EFCC to arrest Yahaya Bello, court orders or no court orders, sponsored by the opposition and his political enemies within, are not only reckless but dangerous to our polity and absolutely condemnable.

 

“Such calls have now given credence to the allegations that some powerful political forces are after Yahaya Bello, not because of corruption allegations, but that they are actually after his life. What have the military got to do with the EFCC that a group would be calling for military intervention to arrest a single citizen in a case where he is already a defendant?”

 

Emphasising the urgent need for President Bola Tinubu to call the anti-graft body to order before it is too late, the CSOs pointed out that the so-called Kogites call for the commission to use military force to arrest the former governor, even when his date to appear in court had already been fixed, was not only reckless but dangerous to the nation’s polity.

 

“There is even a speculation going around now, which may be credible, that some desperate politicians are even allegedly planning to use gunmen dressed in fake military uniforms to attack Yahaya Bello’s residences.

 

“We call on the police and other relevant security agencies to be vigilant. We also call on President Bola Tinubu to immediately call EFCC to order. The Commission seems to have offered its platform for enemies of the former governor to execute their plans against him and the President must wade in, especially with the facts on ground that EFCC has displayed flagrant disregard for the rule of law, all the way, in handling this matter.

 

“We call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, to, as a matter of urgency, call the EFCC to order with a view to staying off political interference. The Commission should concentrate strictly on its anti-corruption mandate by staying within the enabling laws that established it. The EFCC should not be identified with promoting anarchy, no matter what.

 

“The court processes should be allowed to run their course without disruption. That is when democracy and rule of law can be said to be functioning in our nation,” the activists stressed.

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Kano Emirate: Group Condemns Gov Abba Yusuf For Lawlessness, Plans To Destabilize Nigeria

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The Advocates of Social Justice for All (ASJA) has condemned Governor Abba Yusuf’s decision to dissolve the Kano Emirate and subsequent reinstatement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano despite a court order.

The group also criticised the governor for issuing an arrest warrant for the deposed Emir Ado Bayero as executive overreach, an assault on Kano’s cultural heritage and a call to anarchy.

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In a statement signed by Dr Abu Musa, the group described the governor’s actions as a clear abuse of power, a violation of the rule of law, and a threat to the stability and peace of Kano State and Nigeria.

“In a shocking display of executive overreach, Governor Abba Yusuf has taken the extraordinary step of dissolving the Kano Emirate, reinstating Emir Sanusi despite a valid court order, and issuing an arrest warrant for the deposed Emir Ado Bayero. This brazen move is a clear attempt to subvert the rule of law, silence opposition voices, and impose the Governor’s will through executive fiat,” Musa said.

“The Kano Emirate is an institution that has been a cornerstone of the state’s cultural and traditional heritage for centuries. Its dissolution is a reckless and arbitrary move that will have far-reaching consequences for the people of Kano State. The Emirate has played a vital role in promoting peace, stability, and cultural preservation, and its abolition is a direct attack on the cultural identity of the Kano people.

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“Furthermore, the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi despite a court order to the contrary is a clear attempt to subvert the legal process and impose the Governor’s will through executive decree. This is a grave affront to the principles of justice and the rule of law, and it sets a dangerous precedent for the future.

“The issuance of an arrest warrant for Emir Ado Bayero is equally disturbing, as it represents a clear attempt to silence opposition voices and punish those who dare to challenge the Governor’s authority. This is a gross abuse of power and a clear violation of Emir Bayero’s fundamental rights.

“The arrest warrant has created a sense of unease and tension among the people of Kano. This could lead to social unrest, as supporters of the deposed emir may take to the streets to protest. The potential for violence and instability is high, and the state’s security apparatus is on high alert.

“The controversy surrounding the Kano Emirate has already begun to affect the state’s economy. Investors are wary of investing in a state plagued by political instability and cultural tensions. The tourism industry, which relies heavily on the emirate’s cultural attractions, is suffering significantly.

“Governor Abba Yusuf’s actions are a dangerous power grab that undermines the very foundations of our democracy. They demonstrate a blatant disregard for the rule of law, the cultural heritage of the Kano people, and the fundamental rights of individuals.“

The group, therefore, advised the governor to reconsider his actions and respect the legal process, the rights of all individuals, and the cultural heritage of the people of Kano State before it is too late.

“We also call on the relevant authorities to intervene and address this situation, which has the potential to destabilize the peace and security of the nation. The people of Kano State deserve better than a Governor who is willing to trample on their cultural heritage and fundamental rights in pursuit of personal power and vendettas.”

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Middle Belt group convenes meeting to addres insecurity, starvation

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Sahara Weekly Reports That The United Middle Belt Indigenous Peoples Congress (UMBIPC) will convene an extraordinary session of its national executives in Abuja this Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

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The meeting, themed “Insecurity, Starvation, and the Need for Peace-building across the Middle Belt of Nigeria,” will address the escalating attacks and killings of farmers and villagers in the region, amidst widespread hunger and poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to UMBIPC’s President-General, Barr. Abuka Omababa, the session aims to find strategic solutions to the crisis, promote peace and unity, and unlock the region’s economic potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He emphasized that the meeting is crucial, as the Middle Belt faces unprecedented challenges, and its people can no longer afford to be passive in the face of violence and neglect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omababa described the ongoing attacks as an aberration, stressing that the Middle Belt people are peace-loving and should not be taken for granted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He warned that the indigenous people will not be seen as weak and will explore all options to ensure their self-preservation and survival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The meeting seeks to chart a path towards lasting peace, where everyone can live safely and securely, without fear of harm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omababa reiterated that the ultimate goal remains a united and progressive Nigeria, but the immediate priority is the survival and well-being of the Middle Belt people.

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