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CISLAC Commends the Judiciary on Decisive Judgement on Anti-Corruption Cases

 

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the judiciary for the judgement against the ex-governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, who was handed down a 14-year sentence on Tuesday June 12, for misappropriation of funds during his tenure as governor after a trial which lasted 11 years.

This judgement, coming shortly after the 14-year sentence of ex-governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on corruption charges in May this year without an option of fine, is a step towards restoring the confidence of the citizens in the fight against corruption, although long overdue.

We note that, until recently, despite numerous allegations and court proceedings levelled against Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), it is worrisome that many of them move in and out of the country without consequences regarding the allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds levelled against them. It is embarrassing to Nigerians and the nation as a whole that many of these […]

Corruption: Experts demand adequate response to cases

 

By Abubakar Jimoh

A group of national and international anti-corruption actors has called for ample and sincere policy response to reported corruption, giving zero chance to nepotism to revert current unfavourable corruption indices and successfully combat the menace in Nigeria.

The group made this call at a One-day High Level Workshop to Share International Anti-Corruption Best Practices to Address Emerging Issues themed “Preventing the Facilitation of Corruption in Public and Private Sector: Leveraging on International Frameworks to Promote Sustainable Development” organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from  MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation in Abuja.

Speaking at the High Level meeting, human right activist and former Minister for Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili urged immediate dismissal of excessive centralized power operating in opaque context, especially in the oil and gas sector to successfully wage war against corruption in the country.

She bemoaned the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint […]

Press Release: Civil Society Group Condemns Recurring Threats against Amnesty International Nigeria

We, the undersigned civil society groups that work at the intersection of the protection and promotion of human rights and good governance in Nigeria, condemn in totality the recurrent breach of peace, brazen lack of patriotism, and absolute disregard for fundamental democratic values and principles of good governance by a malicious group that has persisted in threatening and issuing unjustified ultimatums to Amnesty International Nigeria to vacate the country.

We are aware that Amnesty International, as a duly registered organisation, possesses legal operational rights and mandate to protect and defend rights of the citizens irrespective of their socio-economic, ethno-religious and political backgrounds as pledged by the Government of Nigeria under relevant national, regional, and global laws including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocols on Human Rights and Rules of Law, and particularly, Section 33 to 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We, in […]

Civil Society Holds Public Lecture in Honour of Taju, Winnie & Momoh

The Nigerian Civil Society groups have scheduled a public lecture in honour of the past renowned human rights activists and pan-Africanists such as late Tajuddeen Abdulraheem, Abubakar Momoh and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The late trio stand out as Activists, pan-Africanists and Gender Advocates who lived fighting for human causes and therefore deserve periodic remembrances to inform and inspire young Africans who are able to learn from the experiences and uncommon struggles of these trio.

It is on this note that CSOs in Nigeria are working round the clock to commemorate Tajuddeen, Abu and Winnie during a commemorative annual lecture with a theme “PAN-AFRICANISM, GENDER & AFRICAN LIBERATION: REFLECTIONS ON TAJJUDDEEN ABDULRAHEEM, ABUBAKAR MOMOH & WINNIE MANDELA.” This year’s memorial lecture will be delivered by the respected African Scholar on International Peace and Justice, Horace Campbell, at The Electoral Institute on the 25th of May 2018.

Below is a brief on the trio activist.

ABUBAKAR […]

Clamour for State Police: Beyond Sloganeering and Grandstanding

 

By Salaudeen Hashim and Jaye Gaskia

Whenever the question of restructuring and devolution of powers are raised by the contending factions and fractions of Nigeria’s prodigal ruling class, they bring to the fore incessant outcry for State Police and fiscal federalism.

As always, these issues, like the parent concepts of Restructuring and Devolution of powers, are simply thrown and bandied around without content, reflection, and any sense of responsibility.

Just as we had challenged them to come up with programmes of action on how to restructure Nigeria and achieve devolution of powers; we are equally duty bound now to once again throw up the challenge to ask them to provide content.

From a careful and critical analysis of the various responses given by different fractions of the ruling class to the challenge of providing concrete programmes on restructuring; it is now very clear that no serious, deep and reflective thought had been given […]

Nigeria and corruption cankerworms

 

By Aminat Yusuf and Salmat Abdulwaheed

In Nigeria, endemic corruption permeating the three arms of government constitutes a major threat to social, economic and political development.

Apart from the arms of government, corruption is consciously and unconsciously encouraged in the smallest unit of the society like the family.

Corruption spreads like epidemic in all ramifications with a clear tendency to hinder growth and development in the country.

It is mainly responsible for the vast inequalities in the country with incessant diversion of public treasury into private pockets by public office holders giving chances to greater impunity and their lavish lifestyles.

The recent Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, further exposes the extent of the country’s vulnerability to corruption epidemic despite the present administration’s campaign against corruption.

Meanwhile, the CPI ranks Nigeria high in corruption showing lack of progress in anti-corruption as the country regressed in ranking from 136 in […]

Adamawa Assembly parleys CISLAC on comprehensive humanitarian law

By Austin Erameh

The Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa has assured of the state’s readiness to support Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in formulating a comprehensive legislative framework to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues and harmonise existing fractional laws which attempt to achieve same.

Mijinyawa gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of CISLAC under the aegis of Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria project in his office at Adamawa State House of Assembly Complex, Yola.

The Speaker, who acknowledged non-existence of a comprehensive and proactive legislation to effectively coordinate humanitarian issues despite having a number of laws which have attempted to achieve same in piecemeal, encouraged the delegation to consider adequate review of existing laws in its plan to formulate a comprehensive framework that will harmonised humanitarian issues.

Also, speaking during the visit, the delegation led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, said the […]

Human rights abuses and the inconsistencies in recruitment, selection for peacekeeping missions

By Abubakar Jimoh

There are indications that faulty recruitment and selection processes by the security forces could be major contributory factors to persistent human rights abuses and violations by Nigerian peacekeeping troops in various United Nations’ missions.

These hints are contained in a 78-page report titled “Nigeria: Navigating Secrecy in the Vetting and Selection of Peacekeepers” published by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Asia Centre for Human Rights, supported by Open Society Institute, New York.

The report attributes persistent human rights violation and abuses by peacekeeping troops to systemic corruption and inconsistencies associating with personnel recruitment and selection of troops for peacekeeping where “personal relationships and political positioning drive the promotion and assignment” activities.

While the reported cases of misconduct by Nigeria and other security forces during peacekeeping missions triggered the development of uniform standards of conduct for all personnel by the United Nations, the report however faults […]

Press Statement on the State of the Nation

STATE OF THE NATION

 

We the undersigned Civil Society groups working on transparency, accountability and good governance in the country express utmost worries over the recent but unwary developments invading the nation’s socio-economic and political spheres with propensity to back-pedal progress in achieving a stable, secured and prosperous country.

VIOLATION OF ELECTORAL GUIDELINES, INTERNAL POLITICAL PARTIES’ DEMOCRACY AND HATE SPEECH

We are worried by the persistent violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act with the improper use of electoral timetable as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by political parties and politicians who continue to engage in premature campaign activities.

We are not unaware of the violation of various regulations guiding political party financing including deliberate effort to take advantage of individual’s socio-economic situation and buying of votes that resultantly undermine free, fair and credible electoral process.

The on-going recurring unresolved leadership, congressional and conventional conflicts erupting within political parties […]

Press Statement: Reforms in the Extractive Sector, Slow and Not Deep Enough

REFORMS IN THE EXTRACTIVE SECTOR, SLOW AND NOT DEEP ENOUGH

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) having observed the state of affairs in the extractive sector in the past four months wish to state that the reforms initiated by the present administration have been slow and are not deep enough.

We note the high expectations heralded by the anti-corruption stance of the government and numerous promises made during the electoral campaigns. These include the commitment to addressing corruption in the oil and gas sector through drastic reforms, plugging of leakages, passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill into law and implementing recommendations from the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit reports.

CISLAC recalls that many of these commitments were also conveyed as recommendations in a memo CISLAC and her partners had submitted to the Minister of State for Petroleum who was then GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the early stages of this […]