CITIZENS FIRST! POSTPONE FEB. 2015 ELECTIONS ON GROUNDS OF INSECURITY

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Citizens First!
There should be no General Elections at the expense of human security. Nigeria is at war!
CASER believes the Political Class is insensitive to the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) resulting  from the insurgency war being waged by Boko Haram against Nigeria in the North- Eastern Part of Nigeria.
CASER believes that there is yet to be enough security apparatus in place to forestall an unimaginable degree post-election violence that would destroy human life.
A post-election crisis of a grander scale than the one of 2011 would destroy the great Nigeria project which began in 1914.
CASER shall employ all legitimate means to seek the postponement of the February, 2015 Elections for the purpose of preserving Nigeria for its Citizens.
Frank Tietie
Executive Director, Citizens’ Advocacy for Social  & Economic Rights (CASER)
Abuja

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PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO FREE PRESS : AIG JOSEPH MBU’S INTIMIDATION OF NIGERIAN JOURNALISTS

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CASER SUES AIG JOSEPH MBU IN PRESERVATION OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND FREE PRESS TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT TO HOLD OPINIONS ABOUT ANYONE .
CASER-Citizens’ Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights has sued AIG Joseph Mbu, the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police for violating Amaechi Anakwue’s fundamental right to freedom of expression and the press together with the right to hold opinion about anyone and on any matter.
Amaechi Anakwue, a senior correspondent with the Africa Independent Television (AIT) was unjustly arrested, detained and charged to court on the orders of AIG Mbu, for simply referring to him as controversial.
Find attached a copy of the Court Process that was filed by CASER on the 9th of October, 2014.The suit shall be fixed for hearing at the FCT High Court within 7 days from the date of filing.
We write to solicit your support and solidarity in the face of this implicit and complicit resolve by certain authorities to intimidate and frighten Nigerian journalists and, consequently deny Nigerian citizens of the social right to receive information that is true, fair and free from fear.
Thank you
Frank Tietie
Executive Director, CASER
Citizens’ Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER)
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Off Uke Street, Area 11
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Lawyers, biggest threat to rule of law — Utomi

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Lawyers, biggest threat to rule of law — Utomi http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/punchng/NEWS/~3/HEXvwVj0zo8/

PAT UTOMI CHIDES LAWYERS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS
Thanks to Utomi. For to whom much is given, much is required. I had considered that the practice of law is most times, cheaply exploiting people’s predicament for personal gain. It may have been traditionally so from its outset in England but I found solace and greater purpose in a more traditional text which declares : “Open thy mouth for the dumb
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Prov. 31:8, Holy Bible, KJV)
If only lawyers would speak against their clients’ destructive acts that have degraded the living standards of  the Nigerian majority and have also plunged the country into its present uncertainty.
Lawyers, in pursuit of elusive success have always preferred to take sides with the oppressive class. They would at the slightest opportunity want to identify with the rich and powerful.
Law and its practice are sacred instruments for the development and preservation of society. There lays its claim to nobility and not from a pursuit of some persons to be inducted into a bourgeoisie class that operates some esoteric rules.
My shocking observation in recent times is the realisation that Nigerians do not have the spirit of service. Selfishness pervades and  sacrificial heroism is considered sinful. Were this selfish spirit to be prevalent among the civil populace alone, there would have been some hope but it is even the norm in the entire sphere of  the public service.
Thus, the spirit that appears to guide every aspect of life in Nigeria is the “what’s in it for me?” mindset. It prevails in everything from public service, private relations and sadly even, to the conduct of charitable works like the worship of God.
The Nigerian including lawyers, are driven purely in everything they are involved in by the need to maximise personal gain even when they have taken up a responsibility of service.
There is really nothing wrong in seeking private gain but when it has become the only motivation where a sense of responsibility is lost then we must expect a destructive implosion of the system or polity that we have so exploited, thus, charring our vainglorious acquisitions.
Let us reawaken the traditional spirit of service.  Therein lie true success and the preservation of the future.
God help us!
Frank Tietie

THE DICTATORSHIP OF NIGERIAN LABOUR UNIONS

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Nigerian citizens! Wake up to your Social and Economic rights.
Nigerian labour unions take the citizens for granted. The NLC and TUC with their affiliate unions are selfish and lawless people who do not truly care about the citizens’ welfare. They care only about themselves and would not hesitate to exercise their illogical might in cowing a burdened government to serve their bidding.
The Nigerian government is a conspirator with these selfish unions against the Nigerian citizens.
Now, doctors and judicial workers are still on strike. The people are suffering excruciating pains. Some are dying on account of lack of doctors’ care while many are in unjust detentions because the courts are not working. Lawyers have also been stripped of their of their means of livelihood as they can no longer take court related briefs. Yet, this government is watching.
And after all the suffering and pains borne by the citizens, who have been deprived of these social services, it is most certain that the striking workers would get all their demands and get handsomely rewarded by the government,  with the payment of a backlog of salaries to them for doing no work. In fact, they get rewarded for allowing Nigerians to die and suffer unjustly. “Chaii!  Dia is God oo”
Seriously, CASER is troubled by this trend and shall deploy its resources in checking this malignant waste of the national commonwealth on unpatriotic elements operating in the cover of trade unionism.
CASER Executive Director had in his personal capacity,  with the support of friends challenged this anomaly in court on account of the last university lecturers’ strike. The government fought and embarrassed him for daring the horrendous norm.
This time around, under the aegis of CASER, it shall be a show down. Our government and trade unions must be held accountable. We operate a republic. We are governed by law; not by reckless and arbitrary use of privilege.
Report all deprivations,  losses and wrongs arising from these illegal strikes to CASER at citizensadovocacy@gmail.com or send SMS to 08172891308.

CITIZENS’ ECONOMIC RIGHTS: HOW MUCH IS A CITIZEN’S TIME AND LIFE WORTH?

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A citizen goes to the bank to transact and he is told the servers are down hence, he would have to wait. He waits the whole day and ends up achieving nothing. The bank doesn’t apologise to him. He loses his time which is his highest commodity in his trade for survival. His business suffers; his family suffers. Nobody is held responsible for the loss of his time and the bank does not think he owes the citizen some form of compensation.
Similarly, a citizen dies because  doctors are on a strike which lacks a legal basis yet the doctors’ union is not held responsible. These and more are ways the citizen’s rights are taken for granted.
As the Executive Director of Citizens’ Advocacy for Social &  Economic Rights (CASER), I have vowed to challenge this gross anomaly. There shall henceforth, be accountability for the citizens’ social and economic rights. Send reports on violations of these citizens’ rights to : citizensadvocacy@gmail.com or send sms to 08172891308- Frank Tietie