2013 CASER ADVOCACY PROFILE

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FRANK TIETIE v. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF FEDERATION & NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Goal: To secure the enforcement of Child Rights Act, 2003 in the prosecution of Apostle Basil on alleged rape of two girl-children in Nyanya, Abuja.
Status: Won. Judgment wholly obtained in favour of the children’s rights. Respondents yet to obey the judgment of the court. Petition set to be filed at National. Assembly.

BABY EGIETHUA v. BRIGHT BEGINNINGS
Goal: To prevent malicious and harmful use of corporal punishment on infants. Seeks to shut down a school for child abuse.
Status: Ongoing

FRANK TIETIE v. FEDERAL FIRE SERVICE
Goal: To prevent discrimination on grounds of religion and conscience. Seeks reinstatement of sacked employee on grounds of violation of his rights to freedom of thought conscience and religion.
Status: Ongoing

FRANK TIETIE v. INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE & FED. MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS
Goal:  To enforce the provisions of the Obscene Publications Act and other laws against corrupting public morality. To prevent unwholesome sexual influence on children through publication and availability of sexually explicit materials.
Status: Ongoing.

FRANK TIETIE v. JAMB & FED. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION. & 2 ORS
Goal: To seek to stop Post-UTME Exams on the basis of being illegal. To honour Mrs Chinwe Dike and her son who departed the world during travels for the illegal and exploitation tests.
Status: Ongoing

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PRESIDENTIAL FAUX PAS ON OBASANJO’S PATRIOTISM: CASER FORMALLY POSITS

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Having studied the former President Obasanjo’s recent letter to President Jonathan and the subsequent response from the Presidency, we at CASER formally take this position.

Former President Obasanjo should be highly commended for the passionate candour with which he addressed the issues in that letter. He has by that won our respect and admiration more than ever before. It is abundantly clear by the contents of the letter that Obasanjo by his antecedents has always meant well for our country, his mistakes despite. The unreserved and acerbic yet highly respectful manner he addressed our President shows a high degree of patriotism with refinement.

What has become worrisome on the other hand is the reaction of the presidency through its spokesperson, Reuben Abati. It is becoming clear that there is something obviously going wrong with the presidency since it is angered that the public has knowledge of the contents of the letter rather than acknowledging the value of the letter to national interest and development. Public trust and good faith are highly wanting in the Presidency at the moment. We expected a measure of gratitude from the Presidency to Obasanjo because critics in the type of Obasanjo, are the unpaid guardians of our souls.

As a first step, President Jonathan should sack Abati for the manner he has addressed the person of the former President Obasanjo and the poor evasion of the import of the letter. The President’s advisers like Abati are clearly bereft of sound responses and are highly lacking in standard practice of statesmanship.

CASER encourages every Nigerian to read the content of the said letter in order to demand a response from the Presidency. The issues Obasanjo raises are grave enough to worry every well meaning Nigerian.

Do Jonathan and his Ijaw broods want to destroy Nigeria? Shouldn’t Obasanjo be taken so seriously?

Frank Tietie
Director, CASER

NB: Download Obasanjo’s Letter at:
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