Chibok Girls: FG’s Refusal Of Assistance Is Not Helping Rescue Efforts – SERAP

serapSocio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Thursday, said that “the failure of the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to genuinely seek and fully accept assistance from other states and international organizations is a major contributory factor why the over 200 pupils of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, kidnapped by the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, have not been safely returned to their families.”

In a statement signed by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization said that, “It is 101 days today that the girls were taken away from their families. The question Nigerians are asking is why this government has not admitted that it cannot do it alone. It is now time for the government to genuinely and proactively seek help and international assistance to obtain the badly needed intelligence, logistics and other support so that the schoolgirls can return to their families without further delay.”

“At this point in time, seeking such assistance will not breach Nigeria’s sovereignty. As a matter of fact, SERAP believes that Nigeria has a duty under international law not only to seek international assistance but also to accept any such assistance when offered. This is the basis of the principle of international cooperation for the protection of human rights,” the organization also said.

According to the group, “the government does not have unchecked right to withhold its consent or refuse to genuinely and fully accept assistance in the case of the Chibok schoolgirls. A state cannot be allowed to arbitrarily refuse international assistance or to restrict such assistance for political reasons where it is unable to satisfactorily respond to a crisis like the case of the abducted schoolgirls.

“SERAP also reminds members of the international community of the common offices of humanity owed by all states to each other, which means that they must move beyond the rhetoric of the past 100 days to be more proactive, willing and ready to offer assistance. Proactively offering assistance to the government and civil society will not be an unwanted incursion into the country’s territory but will rather advance the fundamental principles of international cooperation, solidarity and respect for human rights,” the organization added.

The organization said that, “following this path will be entirely consistently with the UN Charter, which commits states to take joint and separate action in cooperation with the UN to promote universal respect for human rights, including the rights of the schoolgirls to human dignity and education.

This principle has been further articulated by the General Assembly in the Declaration on Friendly Relations, which offers authorities interpretation of the Charter”, the statement added.

Boko Haram: Turkish Airlines Denies Carrying Weapons To Nigeria

Boko Terror Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines have denied carrying weapons and military equipment to Nigeria after a Twitter account behind a string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal released a voice recording suggesting it had done so.

The recording, whose authenticity has not been verified, is purportedly of a conversation between a senior Turkish Airlines employee and one of the advisers of Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan.

Part of the voice recording of an alleged Turkish Airlines official, goes, “Lots of material is on its way to Nigeria right now. Is it going to kill Muslims or Christians? I am sinning right now, you should know.”

The airline said in an e-mailed statement that it only carried weapons and military equipment in line with international law and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations and that no weapons were carried to Nigeria.

EGYPT UPRISING: Public Opinion Can’t Be Unconstitutional In Democracy

A lecturer of International Law at the University of Lagos, Edefe Ojomo, while discussing African Union’s (AU) rationale for suspending Egypt following the removal of President Morsi, argued the that consent of many Egyptians to the military intervention should not be regarded as unconstitutional.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, she said that asides from military coups, a revolution as seen in Egypt could also be unconstitutional, by AU standards.

She however explained that if the “constitution gets its backing from the people, then obviously public opinion and public will can’t be unconstitutional.”

She attributed the success of 20 million signatories to the petition against the Morsi led administration to dissatisfaction by the people including those who had initially voted the ousted President into power.

She said the democracy, as interpreted by Egyptians, means the ‘people’s voice”

The uprising which led to the Egyptian Army ousting President Mohammed Morsi from power barely a year after being elected into power, was caused by people’s dissatisfaction.

Ojomo noted that the crisis, which involves international politics,  domestic politics and domestic economy would not spiral into a civil war.

“People don’t think it will spiral into a civil war because the Egyptian army is strong enough to maintain ‘some calm and some peace’.”

She disagreed with claims that external influences were involved in the uprising adding that “it is insulting to call a popular uprising a sort of manipulation” by outsiders.

She regarded it as a political manner of interpreting such problems.

At 52 Nigeria is experiencing more motion than movement, says University don

A Professor of International law and former Vice Chancellor, University of Ado-Ekiti, Akin Oyebode, on Monday said little else apart from the replacement of the Union Jack with the Nigeria flag has changed since 1960.

Mr Oyebode, who was discussing the level of development in Nigeria since independence on Channels Television’s news at 10, said he thought that by now Nigeria should have experienced economic independence to ‘wrestle the firm hold imperialism’.

“But we’ve not succeeded in doing that. Nigeria has remained a neo-colonial economy. In fact, we’ve had more motion than movements in terms of progress in this country,” he said.

Watch the full interview with Mr Oyebode below as he proffers solutions to Nigeria’s leadership problems.