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Telecom/Mobile Spam is fast becoming a distressing phenomenon in Nigeria. In case you are lost, please refer to the fact that without consideration for customer privacy and in flagrant violation of ANTISPAM best practices, Mobile Network operators in connivance with advertisers and promoters of all sorts daily intrude upon the privacy of customers with broadcast SMS and IVR jingle-calls, even your ringback tones are hacked with commercials without your knowledge. One wonders where the line ought to be drawn in all this.
You would expect that even without legislation Mobile Network operators ought to adopt or borrow ANTISPAM best practices from similar industries if only to protect their customers and improve the overall service experience but this is not the case. Increasingly one is awakened in the wee hours of the morning by a call which one can only assume to be a distress call from a loved one, only to discover that it is in fact an automated voice call from some advertiser being caller id 4040, 5050 or some number of the sort, not to say anything of hundreds of SMS's that one has to delete and thousands of man-hours lost to distraction from people I do not know selling pro ducts I might not even want tonbuy. For instance, why do I need to get two SMS's every time I check my balance? And since I have started screaming questions, please permit me to add: Who says it is ok to interrupt my calls with a recorded voice telling me I have less than one minute credit time left and essentially eating up the minute? But I digress.
Getting back to point, when can we expect Spamming to stop? No one knows. Except it would appear that things are in fact getting worse. For while in the earlier days you were required to confirm your interest to participate or enroll for a service by texting a value to some designated number, these days very few bother.
Please join us to stop this menace and create a more productive and enjoyable mobile experience for everyone.
In Nigeria since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 600 deaths caused by the Islamic group Boko Haram; the majority of these victims were murdered while they were at Mass.
Yet millions of people continue to go to church, choosing to exercise their freedom of religion and to practice their faith.
We cannot watch in silence the substantial indifference that has accompanied these massacres and denials of religious freedom, a principle which is relevant to every religion.
Roseline arrived in the UK in September 2004 from Nigeria on a student visa, to study for a Masters Degree at Leeds University. She unexpectedly developed end stage renal failure in 2005 and remained on dialysis until she received a kidney transplant in July 2009.
Roseline applied for leave to remain in the UK but was refused. Roseline’s consultant has stated that unless she is able to continue taking immunosuppressant drugs, which are costly and unavailable in parts of Nigeria, her transplanted kidney will fail and she would have to resort to dialysis again –a treatment she could not afford. Without this she will die.
UPDATE 22nd SEPTEMBER 2012: The UKBA have considered the submissions Rose has made as a fresh claim. They have decided that there are insufficient factors to justify allowing Rose to remain in the UK and her application has been refused. The judicial review was to challenge the decision not to consider a fresh claim so there are now no grounds for judicial review. Rose’s lawyers are preparing grounds for an appeal. Please continue to support Rose in the face of this unconscionable decision – Rose’s consultant submitted evidence which included details of the fate of someone denied anti rejection medication and this decision was made in full knowledge of what Rose will face if returned.
UPDATE: Rose's hearing has been postponed until after the 8th October but the Home Secretary is due to make a decision on her application to stay in the UK on compassionate grounds on 21 September. Please write to the Home Secretary and urge her to grant Rose leave to remain in the UK. Rose's consultant has submitted new medical evidence as to how critical it is that she remain in the UK. The National Kidney Federation have written to the Home Secretary in support of Rose's cases.
Please add your support to Rose's campaign. More information is available at the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/315098168561449/384323581638907/?notif_t=group_activity
The World bank recently selected Jim Yong Kim, a Physician and Anthropologist (Health Expert) as its new head, an individual without any economic and financial credentials leaving out Nigeria's Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala an individual with impressive economic credentials and has served in the World Bank before.
This decision by the 25-member board was not unanimous with Brazil and South Africa backing Dr. Ngozi.
It was the first time that the United States' hold on the job was challenged. Was this decision merit based as agreed since 2010 or not?
Over 90% of Nigerians rely on Public Education. Without constitutional guarantees that ensure funding and education access to the needy, the corrupt political class will deny quality education to current future generations of Nigerians.
This petition will generate support for a constitutional amendment to Section 18 (3) of the Nigerian constitution.
On Jan. 1 2012, the federal government of Nigeria hiked the pump price of fuel from 65naira to 141naira and later to 97naira. We the citizens of Nigeria say NO!!! There is too much waste pipes in government finances that we know that what ever sacrifice we will be making will only be in vain. We say to the government.
REMOVE CORRUPTION AND, REDUCE GOVERNMENT RUNNUNG COST. THEN AND THEN ALONE CAN YOU TAKE AWAY THE FUEL SUBSIDY.
President Goodluck Jonathan has just fixed the price of petrol at N97 per litre while occupying major cities in Nigeria with Soldiers and the Police to deny Nigerians their right of association to engage in peaceful protests against the hike in Petrol prices.
This petition is with the view of gathering 20 million signatories to tell government to revert back to the status quo ante of N65 per litre as this represents the position of Nigerians.
Since the Christmas morning service on December 25, 2011, the world has witnessed a series of killings which, according to news agents, has left more than 90 Christians dead, leaving many others injured.
The group called Boko Haram has claimed to be responsible of these killings and has threatened all Christians to flee the Northern part of Nigeria, where they legally belong.
This petition is to urge the Nigerian government to do all that is its power to stop the killings and protect these innocent lives.
The Igbo and other Biafrans have consistently been the target of the military wing of the muslims of Northern Nigeria named Boko Haram. If indeed the people of the east of the Niger (otherwise known as Biafrans) are truly accepted as free and equal members of the Nigerian society, how come they have been marked for systematic extermination?
How come the bloody and ferocious ethnic cleansing exercise directed against them in 1966, an operation that has never really stopped, has only now taken form of these one-sided contemporary attacks.
The Igbos and other Biafrans assume that their citizenship would offer them protection, if not by the respect of citizenship by fellow-citizenry, then as the duty of the State of Nigeria.
All too often we are reminded that terrorism continues to inflict pain and suffering on people’s lives all over the world. Almost no week goes by without an act of terrorism taking place somewhere in the world, indiscriminately affecting innocent people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Countering this scourge is in the interest of all nations and the issue has been on the agenda of the United Nations for decades.
Eighteen universal instruments (fourteen instruments and four amendments) against international terrorism have been elaborated within the framework of the United Nations system relating to specific terrorist activities. Member States through the General Assembly have been increasingly coordinating their counter-terrorism efforts and continuing their legal norm-setting work. The Security Council has also been active in countering terrorism through resolutions and by establishing several subsidiary bodies. At the same time a number of programmes, offices and agencies of the United Nations system have been engaged in specific activities against terrorism, further assisting Member States in their counter-terrorism efforts.
To consolidate and enhance these activities, Member States in September 2006 embarked upon a new phase in their counter-terrorism efforts by agreeing on a global strategy to counter terrorism. The Strategy marks the first time that all Member States of the United Nations have agreed to a common strategic and operational framework to fight terrorism. The Strategy forms a basis for a concrete plan of action: to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to take measures to build state capacity to fight terrorism; to strengthen the role of the United Nations in combating terrorism; and to ensure the respect of human rights while countering terrorism. The Strategy builds on the unique consensus achieved by world leaders at their 2005 September Summit to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
No one is looking at Nigeria Terrorist group at present; Nigeria is a very good save heaven for the Terrorist because of bribery and corruption that was used in building the nation. The Security is very relaxed due to the low paid salary giving to the security agents and no good DNA systems and tracking of individual person involved. The border is free and anyone can claim to be a Nigerian at any time because the country hardly knows its citizens.
Mr King Eze Onuigbo arrived in the UK in 2001.He got married in the UK in 2008. The UKBA is now disputing the authenticity of his marriage and has subsequently withdrawn his residence permit. But the greater danger is that if he is removed to Nigeria, he would be harmed, if not killed in Nigeria because of political views and activism for Biafra actualisation.
On 20th November 2006, Mazi Onuigbo participated actively in disrupting the image-laundering project of the Nigerian government called ‘Nigeria Heart of Africa’, which took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Hall. Till date, the Nigerian government is still looking for the protesters. Mazi King Onuigbo’s participation in that disruption can be viewed via this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=f5mNjp-ddvk
And the demonstration at the Nigerian High Commission at Northumberland Street can be seen here:
Furthermore, Mazi Onuigbo is a leader and not an ordinary member of a number of pro-Biafra organizations in the UK. He is the founder of Biafra Peace Movement, a member of Biafra Liberation in Exile (BILIE); the current president of the Good Shepherd Movement and former director of mobilisation Biafra Liberation League/MASSOB INTERNATIONAL.
The Home Office Operational Guidance note 2009 states that, "In the southeast over 600 people were arrested and detained during 2005 on suspicion of being members of MASSOB".
"Demonstrations in September 2005, following Biafra Day on 26 August 2005, claimed a reported 6 lives although other local reports indicated as many as 200 may have been killed by police. Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of the group, was arrested in October 2005 along with 6 of his deputies on treason charges."
"According to MASSOB figures, more than 100 MASSOB supporters were in detention as of March 2006".
“... those that take part in illegal demonstrations or other illegal activities [eg raising the
“Biafra” flag or being in possession of “Biafra” currency] may face arrest and
prosecution for any offences that have been committed"
The Nigerian youth manifesto project is a youth mobilization and advocacy initiative that ultimately aims at establishing a structured framework of engagement with political leaders and other stakeholders, to address the socio-economic and political needs of young people. As the election approaches, different sectors are demanding
more space and visibility, while advocating for policy issues that represent their interests.
The NYM highlights four critical issues (Education, Employment, Youth Participation, Corruption & good governance) and it outlines the current facts and the demands of young people on each of these issues which are fundamental to the well-being of young people in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the NYM is a blue print that articulates the plan of action for a new generation of young Nigerians to engage government at all levels and other key stakeholders.
The Commonwealth has been silence on the issues of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual & Trangendered (LGBT) people's persecutions and discrimination going on in many of its member-countries. Gay people in these countries are being denied access to healthcare, arrested and jailed, sentenced to death, exposed to public and state homophobia and denied state protection.
In the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2009) held in Trinadad and Tobago on November 27-29 2009, it was disappointing and appalling that the Commonwealth turned blind eyes to the Ugandan Anti-Homosexual Bill proposing death penalty to gay people and did not issue a statement nor discuss it even when that bill was top of the agenda for HUman Rights through out the world at that time.
Also, on the case of 2 young men arrested and detained in Malawi, charged on accusation of homosexuality since December 29 2009, the Commonwealth has kept mute and made no official statement. This means that some citizens of the Commonwealth can be denied their right just because they are gay or lesbians.
This continued silence of the Commonwealth therefore sends the wrong message to these countries and the general public that the Commonwealth supports these injustice and discrimination.
Of the 53 Commonwealth member-countries, 40 still criminalise same-sex relations, mostly under anti-gay laws that were originally imposed by the British colonial government in the nineteenth century. This is disgraceful to the Commonwealth when its core principles includes equality, non-discrimination, opportunity for all, liberty of the individual and human dignity.
If the Commonwealth continue in this silence, it is not only living short of its own principles, but it is assuring these countries that they can also ignore these pillars of justice.
Please sign this petition with us.
The National Chairman of the Fulani group, Fula Development Association of Nigeria (FULDAN) Ahmad Usman Bello, has denied allegations that Fulani herdsmen were behind the recent attack in some Jos villages where hundreds of people were killed.
Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday, the FULDAN chairman said it was wrong to point accusing fingers at the Fulanis, saying his kinsmen were peaceful. "There is no evidence that our people did it. The crisis is either religious or ethnic," he said.
He said Fulanis were not the only Muslims in Plateau State.
"The question I want to ask is this, why are people mentioning the Fulanis? Are they the only Muslims in Plateau State? Or are they the only non-indigenes in the state? I want an answer from the authorities. To say our people are behind this ungodly act is most unfortunate. They want to portray the Fulanis as terrorists, but we are not. This is our country and we consider this accusation as an attempt to tarnish our image," he added.
Bello maintained that the perpetrators should be brought to book, adding that prosecuting them would serve as a deterrent to others.
1. The estimates of the numbers of people killed in Nigeria since the civilian rule from 1999 till date in the name of religious/tribal crisis are more than the numbers of those killed in Isreali-Palestine crisis in the same period.
2. The gory killing has not been given adequate international attention & concern to ensure totall stoppage of the persistant killings.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED, call on the UNITED NATIONS to immediately intervene in Nigeria Religious/Tribal killings/crisis with the sole aim of preventing loss of lives and properties in furtherance of the UN aims to ensure global peace.
M Jackson est un ancien membre des Freedom Fighters du delta du Niger, en exil depuis 1999, il est condamné à mort par le Nigéria. Il est actuellement menacé d'être renvoyé dans son pays. Cette pétition a pour but d'obtenir un statut de réfugié en France, et lui éviter la torture et la mort.
Mr Jackson is a former member of Freedom Fighters, armed group of the Niger's Delta. He is in jail in France and is about to be sent back to Nigeria where he is condemned to dealth's penalty. This petition's aim is to avoid torture and death to M .Jackson
From: cdas kawa
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 7:03 PM
Subject: Ubaka K. Nwose and family- are coming back to Sheffield
Ubaka, Stephanie, Desmond and Raphael have been released from Yarl's wood and will be returning to Sheffield tomorrow.
We will be doing a more detailed press release over the next couple of days.
Thanks to everyone for your support. We will be continuing to fight for their right to stay in this country without the threat of further detention or deportation.
For now we can celebrate that the family will be re-united.
on behalf of the Ubaka family campaign
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:14 PM
Subject: Fw: Ubaka K. Nwosem and family - have not been deported
You will see from the message below that Ubaka and family are still here, despite their flight being booked for today.
However, their judicial review was refused. Thus the only reason they were not put on the plane was the resistance of the children.
This means that they are still in immediate danger. There will be an attempt to put them on another flight soon.
We need to keep fighting against this appalling situation.
A solicitor is being approached to continue acting on their behalf. We need to keep up the pressure for Ubaka and his family to be returned to Sheffield.
Please see the email following this one to know what they are going through at this moment in time.
A report out this week and comments by the Childrens Commissioner on conditions for children at Yarlswood painted a bleak picture. We must relate this to the traumas of Ubaka and his family.
----- Original Message -----
From: cdas kawa
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:59 PM
Subject: Ubaka K. Nwosem and family - have not been deported
Ubaka and his children have not been deported.
The children resisted and refused to go with the immigration officers. They are extremely traumatised.
The priority now is to get the family back to safety in Sheffield where we can help with their campaign and legal case.
We need to keep fighting for this family and expose the barbarity of what is happening to innocent victims.
Ubaka and three of his children (HO Ref: N1117819) are currently detained in Yarl's Wood and due to be forcibly removed to Nigeria, at midday on 29 April 2009.
Ubaka has written this:
I have been detained since the 20th April 2009 at Yarl's Wood; I humbly wish to state the following:
Right now, my daughter Stephanie has completely lost her mind and has self harmed. She has been psychologically tortured having not seen her mother for about 10days. She is in great fear and has not eaten any thing for in the past three days. She has become very unstable and has ripped things off the wall of the room she was detained in. Some security personnel are taking turns in watching her closely so that she does not do any form of self-harm every four hours. Please help!! She is the only daughter that I have got the torture or returning home and being locked up without reasons she cannot comprehend is slowly killing my daughter she is just 12 years old.
I was shot in my country by the Military police (Military Bullet still lodged in my lower abdomen as I write). In 2005 and I came to UK and I sought asylum with my family Although the evidence of all what I claimed have been looked at but I further wish to state that at the time of my tribunal my medical report evidence was not with me I was waiting for it through the post but it didn't come, I have to proceed with the tribunal at the court, the Judge did not have them at hand prior to making a final decision. It was later I got them at the Asylum Clinic. Therefore the judge has no evidence before him before taken the decision. After the initial decision by the immigration judge every other fresh claims evidence and reconsideration was dismissed by the immigration officer.
I have undergone severe torture back home that almost took my life the evidence on the gun shot wound (Bullet still lodged near my spine) as a result of my activity on human rights. I could not have shot my self very close to my spine because I want to seek asylum, this wouldn't have been the case. I am not a soldier or military personal have never handled gun, had no training about managing gun, or its wound, I complained that I am sleeping on one side of my body since the day I arrived UK after I was shot. But the doctor never did any thing about it as they said that I do not qualify for any form of surgery.
Since after the x-ray at Sheffield teaching hospital on my condition, I have not received any treatment rather than I was placed on paracetamol I requested for cocodamol tablets when the excruciating pain continued. The surgeon said "he will not guarantee that removal of the bullet would improve my symptoms of constant pain on the affected part". This has made me to lie on one side of the bed since 2005 till date. I have lived with this pain since I was shot, I arrived UK with the hope of getting it removed but all my efforts proved abortive, because as an asylum seeker I am not allowed access to primary health care because I need a status to do so.
My wife Elizabeth and daughter Stephanie have been victims of torture by the military the other part of the story (Rape) was not disclosed and have leaved with me for long time, the defilation of my wife have turn my heart apart because I am turned between our culture and western civilization, it is an object of ridicule if I would be aware that she was sexually harassed because my culture demands an immediate divorce to such malicious incident although this was not of her own making still there is suppose to be an atonement culturally to this. As I learnt of this rape while in UK , there is nothing I could do, most especially now that am about to be returned without her.
On my application for further reasons to remain in UK my solicitor made mention of the loss of my only surviving family member (Mother in law) she passed away in December 2008, this was not considered by the immigration officer in charge, as we have no other parents back home to go back to as my father died as well in 2006 while my mum died also in 2007 while I am on this course. My father in-law died a long time ago early eighties. My sister in-law whom we made mention to the Home office during our first initial interview is no where to be found we were told she is into prostitution now.
2 of my kids are now in secondary school, they both finished from primary here in UK and got offer to the secondary school (Sheffield Springs Academy) my son is a member of sharks basket ball he plays for junior shark under 14, and they both have already choosing a subjects in science to take them to further education.
The day I was arrested taken to Yarls wood my wife and my son weren't at home they are no where to be found, taken me and the other kids to Nigeria would not only put me to danger but also will expose the kids to violence especially after our stay in UK since 2005, for they witnessed most of the arrest, harassment and torture which we undergo in Nigeria before coming to UK to seek sanctuary, I sincerely can not cope without their mother being with them as they will live in fear and torment of the past experience all their lives especially now we have no family back home, I can vividly remember the poor boy Raphael always ask when ever he came back from school " Why don't I have Nana where is my own nana every one in my class has nana" It will be extremely difficult and terrifying taken me and these kids back to Africa because their live would be in danger, if I am sought after and found my children would be exposed to these targets .Again, without their mother going home with us they will end up not getting the motherly care and affection this would turn them to street kids and eventually develop into outlaws and Stephanie will be 13years with out her mother would end up a teenage pregnancy and turn to prostitution or may end up in the arms of human trafficking for prostitution which is currently a means of survival for teenagers in Nigeria.
At this point I am devastated, hopeless, disorientated the only thing on my mind is to drink up a poison and sleep never to wake up or commit suicide, Yarls wood is so protective of such device that I can't lay my hands on any. Please help me my life is still at risk, for if I am turned back to that devilish country where I was shot, I will kill myself.
Therefore at this juncture, I would plea with your office to use your powers to help me and my family..
Thanks you for your anticipated cooperation
Ubaka Kenneth Nwose
This initiative is aimed at maximizing the benefits of democracy and making it all inclusive for Nigerians at home and abroad. The voice and influence of the millions of Diaspora-Nigerians is an indispensable foundation for the Nigeria of tomorrow which no serious administration can continue to ignore.
By this petition we indicate our interest and willingness to aid the cause of a better Nigeria. While it is not a silver bullet, it will lay a solid foundation and create an opportunity for us to make a difference. Please sign and forward this link to other Nigerians.
The Nigerian LGBTI People, Friends and Allies – Reclaiming Our Spaces.
21st September 2008
LGBTI, allies and friends of all LGBTI people in Nigeria and abroad wish to bring to your attention the recent hounding of members, leadership, families and friends of the House of Rainbow.
Recently, the Nation, the PM News, the Vanguard, The Sunday Sun, etc, have published articles on the House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church with photographs, names, physical addresses of individuals, members and friends of the church and its leadership. They have set up Lesbian, Gay, Bi=sexual, Transgender/sexual and Intersex (LGBTI) persons, communities and human rights defenders as targets of violence.
We wish to observe that the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Ministry of Health and the NACA especially) have articulated policies that recognize the existence of Men who have Sex with Men (MSMs), and their health needs especially when it comes to programming for HIV/AIDS and other forms of sexually transmitted infections, and have commenced intervention programmes to respond to the needs of the community as identified in research initiatives that have taken place on sexual practices in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Government has demonstrated interest in the need to defend the human rights of Nigerians regardless of their sexual and gender orientation, identities and expressions. This is evidenced in the confidence reposed in the recent vote for the Nigerian High Commission in Geneva to preside over the Human Rights Council and its selection to host the upcoming African Human Rights Commission.
The 9th session of the Human Rights Council, The Nigerian President, in opening the first session over which he is presiding, made a point of stating that "No human rights issue should be off-limits" and that the role of the Council is to "promote and protect human rights for all people, and I underline all people."
The new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanathem Pillay, presented her report, addressing a broad range of themes including the importance of non-discrimination, the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the importance of gender issues, freedom of expression, the work of human rights defenders, and more.
The recent Nigerian media reports on the House of Rainbow are in clear contradiction with the above claims made by and on behalf of the Nigerian Government.
The reports in question amount to libel, defamation of character, and constitute an infringement on the rights to personal dignity and integrity of these individuals.
The media in these reporting have failed grossly in performing their role as the forth estate of the nation, have not upheld their mandates of reporting facts, of being objective, of minimizing harm, and of upholding democratic values.
The Philippine Government has imposed a total travel ban of Filipinos to Nigeria.
On October 1, 2007, the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Mr. Esteban Conejos Jr. sent a directive to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to ensure the full enforcement without exception on the deployment ban to Nigeria. This is in relation to the meeting on September 27, 2007 presided by Vice President Noli De Castro and attended by officials from DFA, DOLE, OWWA, POEA, NBI, CFO and Ambassador Roy A. Cimatu of the PMEPC citing that the peace and order situation in Nigeria is unstable.
OFWs in Nigeria have done enormous efforts through different channels (phone calls, emails, letters) in a request to review and to lift the said deployment ban. Even the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria thru Ambassador Masarunga Umpa issued a statement on November 7, 2007 that they have requested and recommended the government officials in Manila to remove the travel ban.
The reasons to the petition for the lifting of the said ban are enumerated below:
1. The incidences of kidnapping of expatriates are confined mainly to a small area in Nigeria known as the Delta Region and they happen at remote swampy areas, creeks and lagoons of the region’s two states, Rivers and Delta. However, these incidents are certainly not daily occurrences but rather isolated cases which government security agencies have categorised as criminal activities and are not reflective of the entire security situation of the country.
2. Multinational companies operating in the said region, in cooperation with government agencies, have very stringent and well-planned security and surveillance arrangements for all their expatriate and indigenous workers. Aside from such arrangements, these companies have updated contingency plans and evacuation procedures for said workers in the event of emergencies cropping up.
3. The Delta Region is far from Lagos and Abuja, the financial and political centers of the country. It is also far from other major urban centers like Ibadan, Benin, Abeokuta, Aba, in the south and Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Ilorin, in the north. These places are homes to big communities of OFWs and their dependents - are peaceful and quite; daily life and business activities go on normally. True, there are social problems therein, but they are also the same problems that are in the Philippines and other countries, perhaps worse than what is in Nigeria.
4. The employment benefits of OFWs in Nigeria are far better and higher than those offered in the Philippines and in other countries. OFWs in Nigeria have made very positive impressions on their employers and are most likely to be re-hired. However, this current deployment ban will certainly affect such re-employment. Employers fully know that their Filipino workers can no longer return for employment because of this deployment ban. As a result, companies will source their skilled manpower requirements from other countries.
5. If we, OFWs in Nigeria who travel for home leave in the Philippines, are barred from returning to our employment, how can we meet our numerous financial commitments – monthly payments for mortgaged houses, children’s school fees, feeding for the family, water and electric bills, financial support for aged parents, etc?
Are there employment opportunities in the Philippines which can provide us far greater benefits than what we receive from our employers in Nigeria?
6. It is only the Philippine Government which has imposed travel restrictions on its citizens who seek for gainful employment in Nigeria. Other countries, whose citizens have been subject to much severe cases of abductions/kidnappings, issue travel advisories only. This situation makes us a laughing stock among the expatriate communities in Nigeria.
A parcel was sent to me from (Ilorin kwara state) nigeria to united states on august 16 2007with receipt number PC 000735072NG items cassette, photo,letter and important receipt. you will not belive it today is 18/10/07 the parcel was still missing, too make thing worst i was told from nipost that the parcel have to go through united kingdom and the tracking number have to be change before coming to united states, why? so there is no direct deliver to united states from nigeria. that is a shame to almight nigeria post office.
Please take immediate action to press the Nigerian government to end mistreatment of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people. Speak out openly and strongly against the horribly oppressive anti-gay legislation bill entitled “The Prohibition of Relationships Between Persons of the Same Sex, Celebration of Marriage by Them and for Other Matters Connected Therewith.”
The bill seeks to imprison anyone for:
• membership in a gay group
• attending a gay meeting or protest
• advocating for gay equality
• donating money to a gay organization
• hosting or visiting a gay website
• publication or possession of gay safer sex advice
• renting or selling property to a gay couple
• publishing, selling or loaning a gay book or video
This bill affects not only GLBT people, but the people who love and support them. This bill creates an oppressive environment for everyone. Please take action immediately to stop the oppressive Nigerian Bill, which is a threat to human rights everywhere. If passed this bill would restrict freedoms of GLBT people and defenders of human rights. It would have a devastating effect on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. As you said in your Democratic National Convention speech “it is my fundamental belief that I am my brothers keeper.”
The long history of exploitation and maltreatment of African people by European airlines can no longer be ignored. In fact, they must stop.
The petition below is a rallying call for an end to such exploitation and maltreatment which are obvious to any one who travels to and from Africa with any one of these European airlines.
Specifically, this is our position: Since African people are a part of the human race, European Airlines should treat them with respect and dignity, just like they treat any other group of human beings who are not Africans. As such, the apparent maltreatment of Africans by the European airlines will no longer be ignored.
We must stop this maltreatment NOW.
Note: This is a suppliment to the original petition published in 2004. For details, see: http://www.liberateafrica.org/petitionairlines.html
Say No to lynching poor women. I call every human on this earth to let the Nigerian government know that it has no right to allow that Amina be lynched on June as stated. The country has major problems such as illiteracy, HIV, poverty, criminality, unlawfull emigration, highjacked elections at any levels, and so on which need remedies. Killing her will not solve anything. That's why I appeal all the countries to boycott Nigeria's exports. I would also ask the UN to impose tight economic sanctions on the country. No one has the right to kill in the so-called name of God.