Recent events in Nigeria surrounding accusations and counter accusations of misapplication, misappropriation or is the outright misuse of public funds accruing to the Petroleum Technology and Development Fund (PTDF) by the President and his Vice portend grave dangers to the principle of accountability as a bedrock of democratic ethos.
It is common knowledge that the relationship between the President and his Vice has been fractured for years and has stretched from courteous accommodation to downright hostility. On December 22, 2006, this situation came to a head. The Presidency, it is now alleged, ostensibly released a statement in which it “declared” the position of the Vice President now vacant.
Constitutions are documents drawn up by civilized democracies to establish the modus operandi for conducting state business and for defining the boundaries of relationship between the state and society. In many instances, the example of what a good constitution is, includes respect for the principles of separation of powers and the rule of law.
On September 17, 2006 the world, through various international humanitarian organisations will stand up on the side of the Darfuri people to put pressure on Governments and the international community to protect the civilians in this part of Sudan. The region has continued to be overwhelmed by killings, mass displacement of people, rape and unequalled abuse of children.
Killings, assassinations, intimidation, thugry are closely associated with intolerant and unaccommodating dictatorships. History is replete with these dispositions that muzzle free speech, association and civil liberties.
On 16 May 2006, the Upper House of the legislature in Nigeria took the unprecedented and generally unexpected step of halting the debate on the controversial constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Amendment Bill) 2006.
Press release signed by 17 NGOs including NAS International on the situation in Darfur.
Followers of socio-political developments all over the world will be familiar with the unsavoury circumstances that have subsisted in the horn of Africa, the Western Sudanese region of Darfur. On 10 April, 2006, concerned individuals and international humanitarian organisations will gather outside Sudanese Embassies all over the world