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CSOs Seek Better Implementation Of PwDs Discrimination Act

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The Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) and the Access Nigeria campaign partners’ and allies on Tuesday convened a forum to review the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. Grace Jerry, the Executive Director, Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), while speaking during the event, said the forum was to celebrate gains made, document challenges, and pave way for collaborations in other to provide adequate implementation to better the lot of over 30 million PWDs.
While commending the 8th Assembly for passing the law and President Muhammadu Buhari for signing it into law in January 2019, Jerry clarified that the implementation review was not conceived as a means to witch hunt any person, agency or group.
“I like to welcome all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government (MDAs) present, Members of the National Assembly, Leaders of PWDs community, political party leadership, gentlemen of the press, the donor communities, and all other stakeholders present.
“No doubt that before the enactment of this law in 2018, there has been the absence of systems, structures and process that Accommodates Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in various spheres of life thereby depriving them access to and participation in public life on an equal basis with other citizens.

“Since 2016, the IFA led Access Nigeria Campaign and other campaigns led by other Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) have diligently advocated for the passage and enactment of the Disability Act law which is a reality today.

“The Access Nigeria Campaign wishes to use this medium to appreciate the 8th Assembly for passing this law and President Muhammadu Buhari for signing it into law in January 2019.

“We must also commend the President for establishing the National Commission for person with disabilities to run with the administration of the law, and for appointing a competent hand in the person of James Lalu as its Executive Secretary.

“Let me state clearly that the efforts of all implementing MDAs are not unnoticed and with emphasis that, this meeting is not to witch-hunt any MDAs but rather to celebrate gains made, document challenges, and pave way for collaborations in other to provide adequate implementation to better the lot of over 30 million PWDs.

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“I, therefore, urge all participants to be open and frank for effective deliberation so that we can come up with a communique that will serve as a road map for collective action by OPDs, relevant MDAs and other stakeholders for the effective and efficient implementation of the act going forward.

“I will like to thank our partners the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for their technical assistance; and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for their unrelenting financial assistance for the Access Nigeria Campaign. The Disability community is most grateful for their support” she said.

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Edi Abali Group Raises Alarm Over Security Threat To Ancestral Home, Assets Of Ahaji Dokubo-Asari By Military

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The Edi Abali Group has expressed concern about a security threat to the ancestral home and assets of
Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari, the Paramount Ruler of Edi Abali Group of War Canoe and Chieftaincy Houses in the Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, by the military.
According to a public notice issued by the Edi Abali Group, credible intelligence has revealed plans by elements of the 103 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Obuama to provoke a confrontation and disrupt the peace in the area.
The notice states that the plot is aimed specifically at Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari, who is currently out of the country. The army allegedly intends to use his absence to instigate a crisis that could be falsely blamed on community members, resulting in attacks on innocent people. The Edi Abali Group confirms that there are no conflicts between their community, the army, and Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari or his company, Royal Fouche Services Limited.
According to the notice, tensions arose after Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari spoke out about the involvement of some Nigerian Army personnel in oil bunkering activities in the Niger Delta. These activities allegedly deprived the government of much-needed revenue, causing dissatisfaction among these elements. The group believes that they are deliberately inciting a crisis involving Royal Fouche Services personnel to justify an attack on innocent Kalabari indigenes, particularly in Obuama, where Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari and the 103 Battalion are stationed.
Mr Mpakaboari Pankin Braide stated:
“The army in Obama is aware of his absence from the country and intends to use it to incite a crisis that will be falsely attributed to community members, resulting in attacks on innocent people.”
The Edi Abali Group urges the Nigerian Army to be aware of this plot and not be duped into jeopardising peace and security in the region. They also highlight Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari and Royal Fouche Services Limited’s successful collaboration with security agencies in the fight against terrorism, kidnapping, and insurgency.
The group intends to inform the public, as well as the people of Kalabari and Rivers State, about the planned provocation against innocent people, including Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari.
They emphasise his determination to assist President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Federal Government and Governor Sim Fubara’s Rivers State Governments in ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians.
According to Mr Mpakaboari Pankin Braide, Secretary Edi Abali, Group of War Canoe and Chieftaincy Houses: “We want the public, particularly the people of Kalabari and Rivers State, to be aware of this planned provocation against innocent people, including Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari, who remains committed to assisting the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government and the Governor Sim Fubara-led Rivers State Governments in ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians.”

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‘Unveiling The Truth Of Boko Haram,’ Group Launches Audio Series Of Insurgency In North East

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The newly formed coalition of civil society organisations known as ‘The Truth Alliance’, which is dedicated to shedding light on the truth behind the reality of life inside and outside Boko Haram, has released a gripping three-part audio series titled “Unveiling the Truth of Boko Haram” to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok Girls in Northeast Nigeria.

According to a statement issued on Sunday, “Boko Haram’s presence in Nigeria has had far-reaching consequences for the region’s peace and stability, resulting in the destruction of families and communities and forcing many people to live in IDP camps.” Each person has a unique story to tell about how they were persuaded to join and how their lives, and those of their families, were destroyed as a result.
Others tell the story of how they became innocent victims of Boko Haram’s destructive path.

“Through this evocative series, each story reveals the truth behind the way each was manipulated, lied to and impacted, telling others not to fall into their trap.

“Each story delves into the harrowing experiences of those affected by Boko Haram’s atrocities, including Islamic clerics, as seen through the eyes of those who were once involved or impacted by the group.
Among the stories told is that of Bukar Bukar, a survivor who was brutally attacked by armed assailants in 2015 and is now living in an IDP camp.
According to the statement in this series, Bukar Bukar revealed that following the initial attack on their village: “The northern part of our village is a bush, and Boko Haram came through it to fight the military until the next morning when they arrested some of our youth.
” Ever since then, I said that we were not going to do any farming activity because members of Boko Haram were killed.
“Boko Haram are like Camels; they don’t forget things that are done to them easily. 1000 military personnel were sent to us but after a while, they became a little less than 100”.

Other stories in the series will include that of Modu Mustapha, a farmer and father of seven children who escaped Boko Haram twice: Shown exclusively on the Truth Alliance’s YouTube channel and across various social media platforms, audiences worldwide are invited to bear witness to the untold truths of life inside and outside Boko Haram in Nigeria.

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According to the statement, The Truth Alliance is committed to unmasking the truth behind violent and extremist groups and empowering communities to resist tyranny and violence.
Through education, outreach, and collaboration, the Truth Alliance strives to build a safer, more resilient society for all.
In a campaign tagged ‘Time to Tell the Truth’, the Truth Alliance has come together to expose the truth behind how violent extremist groups draw young people into their ranks.

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Nigerians Urged To Stand Against Sufferings Caused By Violent Extremist Groups

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The Truth Alliance has invited all Nigerians to join its campaign and speak out against the suffering caused by violent extremist groups, claiming that “Together, we can save lives, protect our communities, and uphold the values of peace, tolerance, and unity.”
In a statement issued on Sunday, the group said: “Ten years ago, the world was shocked by the terrorist group Boko Haram’s abduction of over 270 innocent girls from Chibok. While some have managed to escape and others have been returned, many remain missing, their fate unknown.
“In the decade since this tragic event, numerous violent extremist groups have continued to carry out acts of terror, wreaking havoc and causing untold suffering to countless innocent Nigerians. These groups thrive on spreading fear, death, and destruction, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.
“As an alliance of NGOs and Civil Society groups, we have united under the banner of ‘Time to Tell the Truth’ to shed light on the harsh realities of life inside these extremist groups. We aim to expose the lies and deceptions they employ to lure individuals into joining their ranks and carrying out their agenda of destruction.
“On this solemn 10th anniversary, we stand together to remind the authorities and all relevant stakeholders that the abduction of the Chibok girls remains a poignant chapter in our national history—a stark reminder of the atrocities committed by violent extremist groups. It serves as a solemn call to action to ensure that such a tragedy is never repeated.
“Beyond the Chibok girls themselves, we recognise that there are “Chibok Girls” in every community—girls who, despite all odds, strive for an education and a better future.” Their resilience embodies the spirit of hope amidst adversity, and it is our collective responsibility to safeguard their right to education and security.”
The Truth Alliance, according to the statement, is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind violent extremist groups and empowering communities to resist tyranny and violence. Through education, outreach, and collaborative efforts, we strive to create a safer and more resilient society for all Nigerians.
“In our campaign dubbed ‘Time to Tell the Truth’, the Truth Alliance aims to expose the tactics employed by violent extremist groups to recruit and radicalise young people.

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