The @_AfricanUnion has made a fetish of discouraging "unconstitutional changes in government" in #Africa. This past week, the soldiers in Mali have set up an artifice of compliance. Around the continent, though, at least 20 presidents are ex-soldiers. It's #RegimentedDemocracy
These are soldiers from liberation movements, insurgencies or regular armies. But this doesn't quite tell the full story. In Madagascar, for instance, @SE_Rajoelina is the son of a soldier. Algeria's transition to Abdelmadjid Tebboune was in the gift #RegimentedDemocracy.
#Nigeria's Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, @MalamiSan, claims to have amended Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) in the Legal Profession under powers conferred by s.12(4l) of Legal Practitioners Act. There're no such powers? We have a HAGF can't do basic due diligence.
The power to "prepare, and from time to time revise, a statement as to the kind of conduct which the Council considers to be infamous conduct in a professional respect" created in s.11(4) of the Legal Practitioners Act, belongs to the #BarCouncil not to the HAGF.
The #BarCouncil is a statutory body created by s.1 of the Legal Practitioners Act. It comprises 57 persons, made up of: 1. HAGF as president; 2. All state attorneys age metal 3. 20 reps of @NigBarAssoc.
No meeting of the #BarCouncil has bn called in order to amend the RPC
Nasir @elrufai has caused to be issued on his behalf a tissue of untruths, #halftruths & falsehoods concerning his brutal persecution of his critics as @GovKaduna. To help his memory, here is a litany of #bodybags of critics who have suffered at his hands
Barack Zebedee: Ph.D student in fisheries & hydrology in Biology Dept., Ahmadu Bello Univ, Zaria: Arrested in May 2017 on charges of incitement for a post on a WhatsApp group created to mobilise assistance for victims of #SouthernKadunaMassacre
In June 2020, @CivicMediaLab declared Kaduna the most dangerous state in #Nigeria. Its record of 493 persons killed between Jan & June, is higher than reported deaths in the #BokoHaram/ISWAP terrorised territories of Borno; 290, Adamawa; 37 and Yobe; 5.
In Dec, 2019, @qzafrica named @elrufai at the head of a list of "powerful" #Nigerian govs who "now regularly use security agents to arrest & intimidate journalists & activists who dare to question their actions or attempt to hold them accountable."
Following the #gangrape, she obtained an extract from the @PoliceNG crime diary, a sworn affidavit & a medical report, which indicated that she sustained “injury of right ankle joint with laceration & bruises around the thigh region.”
Sapele Branch of @NigBarAssoc had 115 members on penultimate electoral roll for #NBADecides2020 2020. Now, they have only 70 &, of that no, about 20 don't belong to the branch. U want to know how they got there....?
By 2014, the process had become too expensive. In #NBADecides2014, "money spoke very loudly. By some estimates, @NigBarAssoc's 2014 elections were the 1st in which the campaign expenditure easily crossed the One billion Naira mark."
In Ethiopia, the onset of #COVID19 forced the govt of PM, @AbiyAhmedAli to declare emergency. Citing inability to prepare, @NEBEthiopia postponed elections due Aug 29. Tenure of govt ends early sept. Now the have got extension.
Last week, Rev. Fr Nichodemus Benedict from the Catholic Mission in Idon village officiated in #MassBurial of 11 victims of the most recent #AdaraMassacres, in Makyali around 13 May. Departing from usual script, the #MakyaliMassacre was in daytime.
The victims in this #AdaraMassacre included 6 members of the local vigilante. Makyali is about 55km from Kaduna city. The killings in Makyali took place between 07:00-11:00 hrs in daytime & the killers reportedly overran soldiers on their approach to the village #NotAtWar #NDOM20
At least 2 other members of the local vigilante in Makyali are still reported missing from this instalment of the #AdaraMassacres. On the same day, 2 other villages - Idanu Doka & Unguwan Rana Doka - not far from Makyali, were also attacked. #NotAtWar #NDOM20
Here is a briefing for all those "impressed" by the #tearsandswindle enacted by #LittleNapoleon in this clip in Calabar yesterday. It's not the 1st time: On 17 Jan 2017, @ben_ayade announced abolition of all forms of taxation for low-income earners in Cross River state.
According to his spokesman, Christian Ita, @ben_ayade made the order after signing the 2017 budget of the state into law, saying: “I am sounding the last warning that henceforth I don’t want to hear any1 who earns less than N50, 000 a month being taxed in any form in the state."
On that occasion, @ben_ayade also cried. But if he had occasion to "abolish" again in May 2020, the same taxes he had abolished with the same words & tears in 2017, it is because the 2017 abolition didn't work & the 2020 abolition won't work. Let's stick with the tears 1st....
Gen Abacha said much more that remains true today:
"There is inadequacy of food at reasonable prices for our people who are now fed up with endless announcements of importation of foodstuffs. Our educational system is deteriorating at an alarming rate"
None in the North; none in SE. But we like the figures?
If there isn't, then I am willing to go out on a limb & wager the numbers being put out by @NCDCgov right now may be part of the problem rather than part of the solution in giving people a false sense of security, since testing isn't really available to most who cld need it.
So, look at the political geography of access to testing: if you present with symptoms in Calabar or Port Harcourt, u have to motor specimen to Irrua; From Katsina or Damaturu or Yola, it's a v long ride to Abuja. Where is the storage to make sure specimens don't degrade?
#Africa between the Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn has bn fortunate so far wth confirmed cases of the virus that Zimbabwe's @edmnangagwa complains didn't give notice. But while #COVID19 notice period marinates, what have the continent's rulers done? THREAD zanupf.org.zw/covid19-is-no-…
If anything, u cld say West Africa got a bit of a #headstart in pandemic virus management with exposure to the #EbolaVirusDisease, #EVD, 5 yrs ago. Sierra Leone, Guinea-Conakry & #Nigeria were 3 countries in the region that saw #EVD up close. So how have the prepared?
U can choose where u begin but Sierra Leone is as good a place as any: it was epicentre of another virus, Ebola, just 5 yrs ago. While #COVID19 was processing entry visa in China, on 21 Feb, @PresidentBio decided to wed a 2nd time a wife he wedded in 2013