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 [ Masterweb Reports: Press Statement by WILECC  ] – (1) . The World Igbo Leadership, Educational and Cultural Council (WILECC),  hereby  condemns in unmistakable terms the recent bombing in SABON GARI, KANO .
 
(2).   The dastard bombing is a clear evidence that the terrorist BOKO HARAM  is not ready to lay down their arms . No responsible country and leadership will allow terrorists to overwhelm them.
 
(3).   WILECC  does not however think NDIGBO  in  KANO  or elsewhere in the North should run away from there.  Northerners are in Igboland doing their businesses unmolested. The North and its leaders must also protect Igbos in their area. However in view of the apparent inability of the authorities to protect Igbos in the North, they ( igbos) in the NORTH should organize themselves and form vigilante groups and protect their lives. Self preservation is the first law of nature.
 
(4).   Northern leaders in the East should send delegation to their people in the North and warn them to stop killing innocent Igbos and Nigerians. If the SABON GARIS   are no longer safe, then nowhere is safe for non-indigenes in the North.
 
(5). We are steadily and gradually descending to the terror of  the 60s that led to the civil war.
 
(6).  The need for a NATIONAL CONFERENCE  is now urgent.
 
Chuks Ibegbu
President
WILECC
Phone: 0803410176

 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – The clamour and dint for the position of the recently vacant position of the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District was heightened over the weekend as a result of the stand of Agbarho Peoples’ Mandate on whom to represent Urhobo Nation at the Upper Legislative Chambers of the National Assembly.
 
This call was made during an interactive session with Members of the Agbarho Peoples Mandate (APM) after an exclusive Executive meeting of the political pressure group in Agbarho. The Chairman, Evang. Daniel O. Adarighofua’s sorrow-laden voice during the session attributed it to the surprise demise of the former Senator (Barr.) Pius Akpor Ehwerido, whom he described as a very close friend. He said the death of the Senator, whom his group supported during the last general election came as a rude shock to the Mandate. While praying for the repose of the soul of the departed, he enjoined the family, Urhobo nation and Nigeria at large to take solace in the fact that Almighty God shall provide another and greater Pius Ehwerido.

 
In another development, the Agbarho Peoples’ Mandate has thrown their weight behind the aspiration and subsequent candidature of Sir (Chief) J. M. O. Orido (JP) as the most viable candidate for the vacant post of the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District. They said, “from all available statistics, Chief Orido, the former President General of Agbarho (Urhobo) Improvement Union Inc., and a foremost contestant to the seat of the Senator is the most qualified person to occupy that seat, considering his acumen and sagacity. Again, his management antecedents and wealth of experience in the political and social endeavor is an asset to reckon.”

 
It could be recalled that Chief Orido once contested the office of the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District under the platform of the PDP, but relinquished his ambition to an elder statesman for the love of the Urhobo Nation. “Today, Chief Orido has another opportunity to use his unquantifiable wealth of experience to move the Urhobo nation to greater heights”, the Ogidigidi I of Akpososo noted.

 
The Agbarho political group therefore ask for the helping hands of all Urhobo people to support Chief J. M. O. Orido (JP) in the quest to achieve this noble aim.

 
Those present during the interactive session include Mr. Oris Akpobi, Power Emuobosa, Godspower  Adarighofua, Amren Ajomaru, Ikwema Akpevwe, Chief Vincent Ugor Emucha and a host of other political elites.

 
Evang. Daniel O. Adarighofua
National President
Agbarho Peoples Mandate
EmaiL:   agbarhopeoplesmandate@gmail.com
+2348027938335

 
*Photo Caption – Map of Delta State

 [ Masterweb Reports: Press Statement By Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) ] – In view of the above, it is the position of the CLO that developments without human faces and which overlook human rights are undesirable projects. In the same manner, Yoruba citizens are said to have been deported to their states of origin while Yoruba communities like Makoko, Badiya and Isefun etc have also been willfully evicted from their God-given residences without alternative options.  The war against okada riders, taxi drivers, traders and now keke riders in the state has only multiplied social crisis and hardship for the citizens instead of solving them as government had falsely made us to understand. Car, laptop and phone snatching has returned to town while kidnapping experiences which were never entertained here has begun to obtain. We no longer understand what security and social crises these anti-people policies are meant to resolve while, in the opposite, increased hunger, poverty, prostitution and frustration mount.
 

We have also decided to make this statement in order to dissociate the civil society community from the sponsored position of certain government apologists masquerading as civil society groups who rose to support the ungodly action of the government in the aftermath of the widespread national condemnation of the act. The group painted a picture that tend to absolve the government from this crime against humanity, our constitution and human rights.

 
CLO condemns this action in its entirety and urges the Lagos state House of Assembly to urgently intervene in the matter and call Governor Fashola to order. Also, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) have copious roles to play in ensuring that human rights and the law are not violated with impunity by governments and powerful persons in the society. Human rights and the law are abused because perpetrators are not brought to book. CLO enjoins the NHRC to begin to document incidences of human rights violations in Nigeria with a view to bringing the perpetrators before the International Criminal Court where they will not manipulate the process so that these impunities can abate and citizens’ rights and our law respected.

 
We insist that as one of the leading stakeholders in the struggle against authoritarian regimes, this is not the kind of government that we fought to install. Lastly, violation of human rights will continue until institutions and individuals entrusted with the responsibilities to check lawlessness and abuses live up to their duties and punish the offenders in line with the provisions of the law. Nobody is above the law and shall never be.

 
CLO enjoins all men and women of good conscience, civil society organizations, the Federal government and its agencies and the State House of Assembly and the leadership of ruling party in the state to condemn this crime and take urgent steps to redress this ugly trend. Apologies to the victims and adequate compensations by the Lagos state government can help reduce rising tensions and found peace.

 
Signed.

 
Ibuchukwu Ohabuenyi Ezike
Executive Director
08/08/2013

 
*Photo Caption A Lagos State Igbo deportee.

 [ Masterweb Reports: Joint Statement BY Intersociety, MASSOB & Civil Liberties Organization ] – Following the controversies and unceasing condemnations trailing the internal deportation of 72 Nigerian citizens of Igbo-Lagos extraction by the Government of Lagos State and its ruling party,  now called All Progressives Congress, the International Society for  Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra and the Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization, today in Onitsha Nigeria, call for immediate decentralization of the age-long concentration of socioeconomic activities in Lagos State and de-monopolization  of same as “the economic capital of Nigeria”.
 
Our joint call is made after critical assessment of circumstances on the ground including defenses put forward by the Government of Lagos State and its APC in which it among other things, blamed the Nigerian citizens of Igbo extraction for flocking, flooding and stressing Lagos State and its population. The State and its APC party also submitted controversially that Igbo-Lagosians are responsible for 100% of violent and syndicate crimes committed in the State.  It said that Igbo-Lagosians are involved in advance fee fraud (419), kidnapping, armed robbery, assassination, etc. It is in view of this that this joint hallowed and informed call is made.  The conclusion drawn by the spokesmen of the Government of Lagos State and its APC also raises serious fear over the possibility of inclusion of violent criminals among   72 citizens dumped in Onitsha at 3: am, at the hours of blue law, especially the 54 escaped deportees.

 
However, our joint call is in no way extricating the Government of Lagos State and its APC from its malicious, atrocious and grossly unconstitutional act.  “The hallmark of a modern government, as espoused by Thomas Hobbes, is not measured by a number of high rising buildings or tarred roads with flowering roadsides or number of exotic cars driven by its infinitesimal rich/privileged class. Rather, it is measured by how the welfare of the downtrodden including citizens with disabilities is being catered for through government humane social programs and actions. It is in no way measured by government inhumane social programs and actions such as internal deportation of citizens from one federating unit to another. A country without downtrodden is not a country. This is because it is the welfare of the downtrodden that originally brought government into existence. Another name for government is Destitute Social Welfare “.-Says Emeka Umeagbalasi today in Onitsha Nigeria.

 
Evicting hawkers, petty traders, beggars and the physically and mentally challenged from the streets and roads in order to beatify them is like deforestation that destroys the only source of oxygen meant for human survival. Their presence in well-secured public places is the real beauty of a country and the traditional monument of the origin of government. Social living condition is propelled not by man, but by nature.  A less privileged citizen today can become a privileged citizen tomorrow and a privileged citizen today can be less privileged citizen tomorrow. The issue of being a destitute or less privileged also has individual and corporate connotations. In other words, there also exists corporate destitute and corporate privileged. For instance, China is a corporate destitute of yesterday and a corporate privileged country of today. Nigeria was a corporate privileged State in the 1970s, today, it is a corporate destitute.

 
Punishing a citizen because he or she is a destitute is a crime against humanity and amounts to playing God. In the major streets of the USA, for instance, destitute including lepers, the mentally challenged and beggars still abound. In all her airports, the physically challenged are treated as primus inter pares or first among equal. They are placed in the category of vulnerable class, cared and catered for at all times. During sightseeing visits organized for international visitors in the USA, “destitute in the streets” including drug addicts, lepers, beggars and mentally challenged are shown and introduced as part of the great US society and foundation upon which the US Government exists. Their resettlement and rehabilitation centers are also included as part of American great monuments for sightseeing visitors”.

 
The great civil rights struggles of 1960s in the USA were also propelled by people hitherto called “American Destitute Class”, from which the present US President emerged.  The Catholic Destitute Rehabilitation Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Destitute  Food Center in Seattle, the Washington State and the  Girls Incorporation in Huntsville,  Alabama, to mention but a few, are all part of the US  great monuments and epitome of  her greatness. The white section of the South African society, which leads the African Continent in terms of socioeconomic governance transformation, was founded by the European destitute and prisoners.  Sadly, the Lagos State version of destitute welfare, which has spread to River State,  is the Onitsha Upper Iweka Flyover, which was randomly and militarily  created at 3: am, at the hours of  blue law”-further says Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board of Trustees Chairman of Intersociety Nigeria.

 
In view of the foregoing, therefore, it is about time Lagos State’s age-long monopoly of Nigeria’s socioeconomic capital got broken and decentralized. To this extent, it is our demand that the Southeast Governors Forum and other core stakeholders should hold talks with the Federal Government of Nigeria so as to get the foreign missions in the country particularly those of Europe, North American, India, China and other Southeast Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council to open their consulate offices in Enugu for visa procession and obtainment and related issues. A situation whereby the South-east and the South-south Nigerian citizens have to travel to Lagos to obtain visas for international travels is not only condemned but also amounts to diplomatic enslavement.  Also traveling to overseas through Lagos is not only death-prone, but also harsh and wicked policy that must be reversed. The upgrading of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport is a welcome development, but it is not enough. Efforts must be made to equip it and make it to wear the outlook of a modern international airport so as to meet international aviation qualities to be able to attract not cabin coffins but internationally certified healthy aircrafts.

 
Having an international airport is not enough if access routes to it are not provided and maintained at all times. To this extent, it is our joint call that the Onitsha-Enugu and the Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Ways, which are now death-traps, should be reconstructed as a matter of uttermost immediacy. For immediate and effective utilization of the international airport, the five States of the Southeast should jointly fund the reconstruction of the two important roads and seek for refund from the Federal Government of Nigeria later. There is also need to decongest and decentralize Lagos wharfs. In view of this, cargoieing container goods to Port Harcourt wharfs, which are more friendly and convenient for traders of the Southeast and the South-south zones, should be encouraged and intensified.

 
There should also be proper dredging of the River Nigeria and construction of medium size wharf in Onitsha as part of the decongestion and decentralization of the Lagos economic capital monopoly. For easy conveyance of goods and services to Onitsha, Nnewi and Enugu, a connecting bridge should be built between the Ogwuikpere- Ogbaru part of Anambra State and the Ndoni part of River State, which, when built, will shorten the distance between Port Harcourt, River State and Onitsha,  Anambra State  to about  one  and a half hours as against seven hours drive from Lagos to Onitsha, Anambra State.

 
In addition to existing industrial layouts in the Southeast zone, there shall be established new ones to be decentralized and sited in Anambra, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi States and they should be provided with modern industrial incentives such as roads, power station, human, physical and policy security as well as tax concessions. Entrepreneur Igbo-Lagosians should begin to divest and invest in their ancestral zone. This is in line with the spirit and letters of the Constitution, Federalism and their ancestral norms, which empower them through freewill to move, reside and invest freely in any part of Nigeria. It is in view of this that we wish to commend the likes of INNOSIN Group of Companies, Orange Drugs Nigerian Limited and JUHEL Pharmaceutical Limited for taking a bold step in establishing industries in their ancestral zones. That Lagos State that today tags poor Igbo-Lagosians as “destitute”, survives economically today, is evidenced by 40% contributions made monthly by prosperous and enterprising Igbo-Lagosians into its internally generated revenues, which records monthly benchmark of  about N23.5Billion.

 
We wish to reveal to the world that the Igbo-Nigerians are not only targeted for pogrom and ethnic cleansing by their Hausa-Fulani federating partners, but we are also pursued through media warfare and economic enslavement by our Yoruba federating partners.  For instance, the averted plane crash that nearly killed the Anambra Governor and others about three months ago has to do with a distress call that he received informing him of malicious efforts of some political interest individuals from the Lagos axis of the Southwest to confuse and corner a world largest brewery domiciled in South Africa to divert its planned mega brewery project slated to be built in a Southeast city to an area in Lagos called Epe Industrial Estate. This would have made the company to pull out of a Southeast city where it just completed and opened a bewaring site. Its proposed mega brewery is said have been designed to be three times larger  than an existing brewery located at the Ninth Mile area of Enugu State. The same Igbo-Nigerian enemies were fingered as brains behind those discouraging foreign investors that have chosen to invest in Anambra State to turn their back on the State and its people.

 
Further, the immortal vision of the late Obafemi Awolowo that necessitated the first introduction of television device in 1955 in the old West, which signaled its media access, ownership and control in Nigeria, has been defeated and brutally bastardized. The hitherto “gong of social emancipation” is now an instrument of institutionalization of falsehood and ethnic jingoism. Our tribute to the inventors of the electronic/ social media knows no bounds. The Southwest loss of the ownership and control of the media including the print media is clearly evident. An effective counter-force is herby established. The era of concoction of theoretical falsehood and barefaced ethnic interest masqueraded in federalism theory and their imposition on all federating units and their constituents through ethnically breaded media is gone for good. The fame, with which the Southwest media was known for, died after anti military and pro democracy struggles in 1999.

 
Finally, we wish to restate our firm position that no amount of warfare by an obsolete section of the Nigerian media and concocted defenses and falsehood will water down the abominable and grossly unconstitutional action of the Government of Lagos State, which is now christened “Lagos Disease or Lagos Constitutional Tuberculosis’. If the Lagos State Government and its APC is afraid of losing any forthcoming elections in Nigeria including the Anambra 2013, then it serves it right so that next it will never embark on such unconstitutional and illegal acts especially during the election season. It is laughable to observe those canvassing that 14, not 67 or 72 citizens were internally deported from Lagos to Onitsha at the hours of the dead.  We wish to repeat what we said before that by convention, liars use passive voice, while truth tellers use active voice. It is a case of forged and unverified document manufactured by the LASG versus testimonial pieces of evidence obtained from some mentally coherent deportees. By testimonial pieces of evidence in our custody, the number of deportees, which is 72, is incontestable. Also the number of citizens deported is immaterial and has nothing to do with the unconstitutionality of the act.

 
Signed:

 
1. Comrade Uchenna Madu
For: Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra
2. Emeka Umeagbalasi
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
3. Comrades Aloysius Emeka Attah & Justus Uche Ijeoma
For: Civil Liberties Organization, Anambra State Branch

 
*Photo Caption – Governor Babatunde Raji  Fashola of Lagos State, Nigeria.



 [ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] – The news of reconciliation of differences between Mr. Peter Obi, governor of Anambra State and Mr. Victor Umeh, chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance,  is a welcome development to us at International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law. The reconciliation, which took place yesterday- July 29, 2013, is also in line with our strong belief in alternative dispute resolution approach as opposed to self-help and litigation approaches especially in matters of civil disputes. Under our Peace & Security Program, ADR is strongly advocated for.
 
It is recalled that we had on 16th of July 2013, written the duo and asked them to reconcile their differences in the interest of Igbo nation and sustenance of democracy and good governance in Anambra State. A similar letter was sent to them in 2012. Our moves are powerfully supported by our Democracy & Good Governance Program. It is important to point out that the unique nature of Nigeria’s democracy is such that has produced “vibrant political machinery” and “the electorates”. In Anambra State of Nigeria, vibrant political machinery is a counter-force to malevolent political godfatherism with the latter having potentials to drift back to the former unless it is properly nursemaid(ed) at all times. Political party game in Nigeria is usually described as “madness of many for the interest of the few”. This is because political machinery in the country is solely controlled by political parties.

 
That is to say that the choice of the electorates is restricted to polling boots.  When political machinery is hijacked and controlled by political criminal gangs, electorates have no choice than to elect one of the criminals as their next leader. Political criminals thrive in a society with limited formal education and social consciousness. In such an environment, “psychology of politics” becomes a powerful instrument and weapon of deceit and confusion in the name of “political campaign and promises”. Credible polls are more than election monitoring. Vibrant pro-democracy and rights NGOs must advocate against seizure of political machinery by political criminals and ensure that it is in the hands of political saints and  agents of positive social change at all times. This is our main ground of calling for reconciliation so as to save the Ojukwu-fathered party from extinction and prevent criminal political class from staging a disastrous come back to Anambra politics.

 
A political criminal is a plunderer; an evil voodooist; an educated illiterate; a maniac of party politics; a brigand and State terror; a serial womanizer and immoralist; a visionless and non-creative leader; a propagandist;  a serial loan borrower and dependant on statutory fiscal allocations; and a person of bankrupted integrity with penchant for thievery  who cannot attract a dollar from international development agencies. His or her purposes of seeking public office are crudely for power, women, false social titles and adoration and profligacy. Through “psychology of politics”, he or she brainwashes “many” for his own selfish interest and that of his or her minute followers and supporters. In a socially uninformed society, such a leader is canonized.

 
A political saint and agent of positive change is the opposite of the forgoing and a later day saint. In good governance, he or she is politically and fiscally prudent, responsible, accountable and transparent.

 
As a pro-Igbo rights group, we are mindful of the need at all times to join hands in protecting what is our own. This is very important especially now that the Igbo Southeast Nigeria is facing challenges of survival in the hands of her major federating partners especially the Hausa-Fulani and the Yoruba of Southwest. While the race is being steadily exterminated by the north, it faces fierce media warfare and other socially discriminatory policies from the Southwest. In the eyes of our Southwest counterpart, “Igbo geniuses are evils that must be crushed”, while her “clowns and charlatans are “saints who must be adored and celebrated at all times in the Yoruba media”.

 
We thank the duo of Mr. Peter Obi and Mr. Victor Umeh for coming together again. We also thank Their Lordships and other concerned Igbo sons and daughters including Mr. Raphael Uwazuruike of MASSOB and Mrs. Bianca Onoh-Ojukwu for their historic roles in settling the differences. It is our called that all the group-members of the Ojukwu fathered party including Barrister Maxi Okwu and his NWC members should be fully integrated and carried along at all times.

 
Signed:
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board.
 

*Photo Caption – Governor Peter Obi (Left); Victor Umeh (Right).

 [ Masterweb Reports: Press Release by Chuks Ibegbu ] – Some people have been going  about claiming Ndigbo have endorsed President  Goodluck Jonathan for a second term of office in 2015; (2) There is nothing like that. Individuals can do that but Ndigbo as a group have not taken such weighty decision; (3) For now, Ndigbo are waiting for Jonathan to address such issues as infrastructural deficiencies in Igboland and until he does that we cannot just endorse him. No responsible group can just trade their political destiny without proper negotiation. Aga akpa ya akpa; (4) Ndigbo are the only group that have the moral justification to vie for the Presidency in 2015 and if they are for any reason reviewing that stand then it must be done in a gathering of proper representation of Igbo stakeholders.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chuks Ibegbu
President
World Igbo Leadership, Educational And Cultural Council (WILECC)
08035410176
 
 
 

*Photo Caption – President  Goodluck Jonathan

 [ Masterweb Reports: Human Rights Campaign for Democracy (CD) reports ] – The campaign for Democracy (CD) has given President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience seven days to apologize over the current mess and crisis in Rivers State.
 
The statement was contained in two-page strong-worded statement issued by CD in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

 
The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, CD South-East and South-South Regions.

 
It said that the present show of shame in Rivers State would be unconnected to Gov. Rotimi Amaechi’s refusal to heed to the first lady’s call for Rivers State government not to demolish shanties in the Port Harcourt Water-Front area.

 
The statement said that again and lately, Gov. Amaechi might be hunted over his personal ambition to contest for the post of the vice-president under Gov. Sule Lamido’s presidential ambition in 2015.

 
``CD is warning Jonathan to desist from creating security and civil crisis in Rivers State; since the state is not the only state in the South-South geo-political region of the country.

 
``CD is unequivocally giving Mr President and his first lady seven-days to re-dress their steps and face the challenges of governance; which chief among them is the present security and economic challenges in the country.

 
``CD is also giving them seven days to apologize to the peace loving people of Rivers State as well as the entire nation for this act of lawlessness,’’ it said.

 
The statement said that if Mr President did not re-dress his steps and apologize; CD would see him as an anti-democratic president.

 
``Who does not believe in freedom of association and choice as stipulated by democratic tenants popularly known World over.

 
``CD is imploring international human rights organizations like Human Rights Watch; United Nations; International Criminal Court (ICC) and international democratic institutions to closely watch and monitor the presidential rascality going on in Rivers State with aim of bring him to justice after his tenure,’’ it warned.   

 
Human Rights Campaign for Democracy (CD) [ Email: uzorauzor4real1@yahoo.com ]

 
*Photo Caption – Map of Rivers State, Nigeria.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - It is recalled Sirs, that our organization wrote similar letter to you sometime in 2012 through our ADR Bureau, over the differences between two of you who were and are still great friends and pro-democracy and rule of law fighters. Sadly, that important letter for reconciliation failed to achieve its frontal aim. Nevertheless, we must commend your acknowledgement of the letter. Today, our advice, to the effect that alternative dispute resolution, not court is the best way to go about resolving your differences, has come to fruition. Having said this, it is commendable on part of two of you for resorting to court process instead of self-help form of seeking remedies or vengeance. It is now time for peace, forgiveness, harmonization & teamwork, which are also in line with the reported outcome of your reconciliatory meeting nursemaid(ed) by Their Lordships-the three Catholic Bishops. It is very important to inform you as pro-Igbo rights group that APGA is the only thing left after Ojukwu as an idol of Igbo Emancipation and Survival in Nigeria. Two of you must not be”Egu Jidesiri ike n’ nwata, mgbe olulu n’ okenye, ohachasia aka ya”. We profusely pray that you shelve your differences and ego and work like a team. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven. Sir Umeh as a Knight of the Church can attest to this. That is the reason why the Church made him........Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria. 
 

 [ Masterweb Reports: David Dappa reports ] - Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar is the first woman to occupy the position of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) since the nation had its first indigenous Chief Justice in 1958. This unprecedented feat also makes her the 13th indigenous head of the judiciary.
 
Her appointment is coming at a time when President Goodluck Jonathan is ensuring affirmative action by giving women strategic positions and promoting the rule of law through the Transformation Agenda. The judiciary has not been left out in the transformation and it has introduced a breath of fresh air in this arm of government. It is also gradually establishing a new phase in the judicial history of the country.

 
Justice Mukhtar who is leading this new phase, has been described as a highly principled individual. She is known to have an aversion to acts inimical to due process in the course of justice delivery. The current reforms she is introducing in the judiciary to clean it up and improve the public perception of the institution, will undoubtedly, enhance the justice system. We are therefore pleading that Justice Mukhtar let her reforms extend to Rivers State.

 
Many well meaning individuals have expressed alarm at the state of the judiciary there.  They argue that there has been a systematic and continued abuse of the judicial process which is controlled by the executive. We appeal to the Chief Justice to reverse this and sanitize the system.

 
All law abiding citizens are praying that the integrity and principled stance in the dispensation of justice the CJN is championing will be seen in Rivers State. If Justice Mukhtar can sanitize the judicial system in Rivers State, her name will be written indelibly in the sands of time.

 
It is often said that the law court is the last hope of the common man. The people of the State are awaiting, hoping and praying for the success of your reforms.

 
David Dappa, a freelance journalist reports from Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria.

 
*Photo Caption - Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar