FGM is the cutting and partial/full removal of the female genitals. It originated in Africa, and now is a tradition in Somalia and some countries in Europe. It is a tradition in some cultures because it shows that the females are pure/virgins until they are married and it also keeps them "clean". 3 million girls are victims every year. It is highly painful and unbearable. It makes it hard to urinate and have a period. The performance is unsterile. All the instruments used are not clean. It also has negative consequences to it such as long term illnesses, infections, diseases, and in extreme cases, can cause death. Females also lose a lot of blood. They don't deserve such treatment. And it really should be illegal all around the world.
And important migratory green corridor which endangered forest elephants use to travel between Cameroon and Nigeria is at risk of being auctioned off for oil drilling on a protected wildlife reserve; The Ejagham Forest Reserve.
The Ejagham Forest Reserve is a green corridor between the Korup National Park in Cameroon and the Cross River National Park in Nigeria. The area has aleady been illegally clearcut for palm oil plantations on the wildlife sanctuary. Read more here: http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/files/3.3_RainforestFoundation_PalmOilReport.pdf
With endangered African forest elephants in a crises that poaching has created, this area needs to be protected from oil drilling now more than ever. There has been a 62% decline in 9 years, and it is estimated that they could be extinct withn 7 years. It is estimated that there are only 1,700 remaining between two protected Cameroonian parks, The Ejagham Forest Reserve and The Douala Edéa Wildlife Reserve.
Tell Cameroon to cancel oil drilling licences on these protected sanctuaries and protect the endangered forest elephant corridor critical to their survival.
Cameroon President Paul Biya
Phone : (237) 22 23 40 25 : Extension: 43 94
Write to the President: http://www.prc.cm/index_en.php?link=messenger/write_pr
Should we allow greed and corruption to kill Nigeria? Should we watch Nigeria disintegrate if serious steps were not taken to check the menace being created by groups of slefish people who have monopolised power and public funds? Should we not stand up and rewrite our constitution? Should we no rise up to build the society we want? Should we continue to pray for the leaders as we are being indoctrinated to do?
Odey Oyama, director of the Nigerian Rainforest Resource Development Centre (RRDC) is facing threats to his life due to his advocacy on behalf of communities and against Wilmar International, one of the world’s largest palm oil corporations. Wilmar has recently established a 50,000 hectare palm oil plantation in Cross-River State, Nigeria; Odey and RRDC say that the lands claimed by Wilmar belong to local farmers and lie within the boundaries of protected forests. The company has begunplanting palm oil seedlings without conducting a proper Environmental Impact Assessment, and without consent from locals who claim rights to the land.
RRDC is on the eve of launching a lawsuit against both the company and the government due to Wilmar’s failure to comply with Nigerian laws. As a result of his advocacy, Odey has been placed on a government watch list – a recognized signal that his life could be under threat – and has been forced to flee his home.
Please join us in calling for an end to threats against Odey Oyama and other Nigerian environmentalists. Alert Nigerian government officials that the world is watching: Odey Oyama’s safety must be guaranteed, and the company must comply with national and international law.
Miss Nadra was brought to Hargeisa court twice before without any evidence against her. She was gain brought to court today for the third time and without any hearing or court ruling
Oviota Oriro Institute of Science & Technology has a most Noble Cause and is on threshold of launching, God and you enabling! Expected relevant parties to this Success include, but not limited to, Nigerian Governments, US Administration, American Peace Corps, Western Powers, Israeli Government, Russian Federation, Asian Mights, UN, Renowned Academies, Corporate Organizations and Individuals near and far!
The Oviota Oriro Institute of Science & Technology (OOIST) is more than Traditional Sound Theories/Certification Institution (which is its baseline). Rather it is one with in-field practice arms and affiliations, etc, necessitated by unique circumstances in a 170 million and growing Nigerian population which, being pivotal on the African Continent, etc, has tremendous potential to contribute to overall welfare of Mankind! While it will need Government Assistance, facilitation, etc, it is Private and International at the same time.
The OOIST as a special Institute of Science & Technology has at its core: Eradication of Hunger in Nigeria through Collaboration between The Institute, International Governments, Organizations, Nigerian Governments, etc, Eradication of Malaria, employing specially focused Science and Technology through cross-fertilization among our Team, Russian Success, Indian progress and American and Chinese Scientists, etc, Taming of Corruption Monster in Nigeria through development/deployment of relevant Technology as well as adapt and adopt best practices World-wide and Unleash Women Potential, launching from very vigorous and rigorous Women and Gender Studies wherein consultations are already afoot!
Our Eradication of Malaria, etc, is a significant part of an all-encompassing Health and Medical Agenda that will include a Robust College of Medicine &Biological Sciences and a Teaching Hospital. The International and Integrity standards here at the intended Teaching Hospital will be such that any President/Head of Government or whatever high profile person on Nigerian Soil with need for Medical attention would not need to be flown out or rushed back home for any human deliverable Medical attention or security/lack of confidence issues!
The Institute applauds the Nigerian Government’s very bold program to make Rice importation unnecessary with sufficient production for both home consumption and exports. But that will still be far from solving the hunger challenge and the pervasive crippling personal poverty and hardship in the larger population. Of course there is hardly any Government in the World that can do better than build the enabling environment and facilitate the Private and other players such as is under our Eradication of Hunger program. The least impediment is that Governments are limited to time-bound terms and succeeding Governments may not follow through, etc!!!
At this Academic/Professional level, an Institution would have maximum impact where there are Generics wherein OOIST would lay renewed and superior stress on Science, Engineering and Mathematics, etc!
Please support our appeal to Governments, Organizations and others to generously support this mega effort to make a significant positive difference to Nigeria and Mankind!
Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the groups most affected. According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2011 and the Global Malaria Action Plan 3.3 billion people (half the world’s population) live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 106 countries and territories. 86% of which is in Africa where Nigeria holds the largest single population!
Research published in the British medical journal the Lancet suggests 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010 as against underestimated World Health Organisation (WHO) figure of 781 000 deaths and 2011 figure of 655,000 malaria deaths.
Oviota Oriro Institute of Science & Technology (OOIST) is on a noble Cause and is on threshold of launching, God enabling and you supporting! The OOIST has over the years variously made case with the UN, Nigerian Government, etc, to be enabled to play leadership role in global fight against the malaria disease. OOIST has been on the drawing board for over 30 years, waiting for enablement.
Expected relevant parties to this Success include, but not limited to, Nigerian Governments, US Administration, American Peace Corps, Western Powers, Israeli Government, Russian Federation, Asian Mights, UN, Renowned Academies, Corporate Organizations and Individuals near and far.
Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the groups most affected. According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2011 and the Global Malaria Action Plan 3.3 billion people (half the world’s population) live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 106 countries and territories, 86% of which is in Africa where Nigeria holds the largest single population!
Research published in the British medical journal the Lancet suggests 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010 as against underestimated World Health Organisation (WHO) figure of 781 000 deaths and 2011 figure of 655,000 malaria deaths.
Oviota Oriro Institute of Science & Technology (OOIST) is on a noble Cause and is on threshold of launching, God enabling and you supporting! The OOIST has over the years variously made case with the UN, Nigerian Government, etc, to be enabled to play leadership role in global fight against the malaria disease. Expected relevant parties to this Success include, but not limited to, Nigerian Governments, US Administration, American Peace Corps, Western Powers, Israeli Government, Russian Federation, Asian Mights, UN, Renowned Academies, Corporate Organizations and Individuals near and far.
Write to local MPs calling for them to pressure their Nigerian counterparts to stop the harassment of Al-Mizan newspaper staff
My mom went to nigeria and called before she went. She went to Nigeria because her Dad's health is unstable. So she visited the hospital and they gave her dad some anaesthesia and he reacted badly so they gave her a doctors note saying that they recomend that she stays longer until her dad at least opens his eyes to see that she is there. So she called Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hopital and said that this was her situation at the moment. The charge nurse that she spoke to about this said " Oh just give us a heads up when you come back" and nothing else and then hung up the phone. So the day she came back she called and said she had come back. The first day of her presence she was not scheduled to work. The she had come back she was scheduled for work. She didn't even get to sit down until the charge nurse ( Carol) came and reported her to her office. In that office she gave her a termination letter. She claimed that it was a no call no show for two days. Now here is the really unfair part. Comfort Ukpong ( the worker) said that she had called and said that she won't be back. Carol was saying oh its because you have an accent and the line was bad and the hospital was busy. All three of those things were complete lies and Comfort has witnesses to prove that Carol actually said that. The line to lead to termination has an order before they even consider termination they have to have 1 verbal warning 3 written warnings a written warning with suspension and then they consider termination only if a patients life was in danger. None of those orders were followed resulting in this being done out of spite and incompetence all messaged to Carol.
Sign this petition if you think that this was unfair and to get Comfort Ukpongs job back.
The negligent act of the doctors of nigeria needs to be stopped. Join me in making sure this professionals wake up to their responsibilities.
Everyday gays in Nigeria like the "ALUU 4" are subjected to babaric acts of violence for being gay or on suspicions of being gay.
Last weekend I was set up with a young man and mobbed by a group of over 30 guys, men phones stolen, money gone, car thrashed and constantly threatened. Had to run and leave my car for my dear life. The young man I was with has not been seen till date and no one is doing anything about it.
This is the reality of being gay in Nigeria where you are ostracised by family members and left to the whims and caprices of society.
COMMUTERS ARE MADE TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES WITHIN THE CITIES OF ASABA, WARRI, SAPELE, ETC. ON FOOT DUE TO ABSENCE OF RELEVANT TRAVELLLING APPARATUS.
THE STATE GOVERNOR DIRECTED THAT ALL VEHICLE OWNERS DRIVING AS TAXI MUST PAINT SUCH CARS TO GOVERNMENT APPROVED COLOURS IN VIEW OF BANNING MOTOR-CYCLE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION IN DELTA STATE WEF 1/11/2012.
The 7th National Assembly of Nigeria recently set in motion, a process of the review of the 1999 Constitution of the Nigerian Federation.
The Nigerian Bar Association has faulted the process employed and the issues raised as matter of major concern.
The average Nigerian on the street, no doubt, has not been educated enough to be a genuine contributor to the excesise. Neither are we the Nigerian masses in a strategic enough position of power, to influence the outcome of the one document that will determine the very terms of our existence and co-existence in Nigeria.
We at The Nigerian Oracle are worried that the Nigerian people are once again the oligarchy; the powers that have controlled Nigeria for over 50 years will again control the future of all Nigerians in delusional travesty of a people’s popular constitution.
If you think;
This process is flawed,
The outcome will not represent the aspirations of the majority of our people,
Some other concern or worry that leads you to think the process is a way to subvert the collective will of Nigerians, please
Sign this petition NOW
People suspected of armed robbery are instantly beaten to an inch of their lives and then set ablaze by mobs in Nigeria. Many innocent victims have met their demise in this manner.
Recently, 4 innocent university boys between the ages of 18 - 20 years were murdered in this way. The gruesome act is all over the internet. This has to stop!!!!!
Laws need to be passed to stop this inhumane act and people brought to justice for participating in such hideous acts.
On october 5th 2012, four innocent young men aged between 19 and 22,students of the university of port harcourt nigeria were gruesomely tortured and murdered,then set ablaze by an entire community while the whole thing was videoed and cheered on by the villagers.no one spoke out for them. With your help we want to see that justice is served and the murderers are brought to book.we can not bring those boys back,but we can see give them peace and their family closure by bringing their arrested killers to book
"Never Again". These are the words that ran people's mouths when they thought of genocides in the past. But yet, here is a genocide in Darfur, Sudan that took away 400, 000 peoples lives. The Genocide in Darfur is happening RIGHT NOW, and millions of people are unaware. Please sign this petition because I am Sudan and I care.....And so should you.
On 15 May 2010, four journalists were arrested and face sentences of life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Thirty soldiers in three armed vehicles arrived at his place of residence and carried out the arrest with no formal charges or warrant.
Abu Zar Alamin, Deputy Director of the suspended Rai Al-Shaab newspaper, confirmed that he was subjected to physical torture, including beatings and electric shocks.
Raping woman, killing children, pillaging agricultural villages, destroying lives.
The attention of the world is much too slowly turning its head to address the rampant and unmitigated devastation occurring in Sudan that has in the past 18 months left more than 50,000 savagely murdered and 1.5 million more among the families of those unfortunate dead as displaced refugees in ill-equipped camps and neighboring countries. This is a UN recognized human rights atrocity; the situation in Sudan is a grave emergency! Devastatingly, the attention that Sudan has received from commercial media - which is largely focused on the situation in Iraq - has not expressed the gravity of the situation.
Who is killing who in Sudan and why? The current campaign of ethnic cleansing is intent on eliminating several sedentary African tribal groups, motivated by a struggle for power in Khartoum, Sudan's capital. The killing campaign is being conducted by a hired militia at the bidding of an imposed, abusive, and controversial government struggling to retain its power over a nation of people that wants the fanatical government routed. While the urgency for action and assistance has never been keener, the conflict has actually been long standing. Sudan as a whole has been embroiled in 50 years of civil war and rebellion between the usually tyrannical power in Khartoum and the southern populations that do not want to live under the Khartoum government's religious and dictatorial policies.
To understand why the groups are in conflict, you need to first acquaint yourself with the region. Sudan is in East Africa, just South of Egypt, East of Chad, and North of Kenya. The population is a conglomerate of Arabs and Africans, nomadic pastoralists and farmers, Muslims, Christians, and Animists (those believing that everything in nature has a soul). These people of Sudan have been in conflict ever since the British abandoned the region in 1956. Upon their leaving, the British undemocratically passed control to one group of ethnically-foreign Arab northerners in the capital city, Khartoum. This empowered groups' policy of disregarding civil rights and instituting classical Islamic rule over the ethnically diverse Southern population has spawned the 50 years of civil war, famine, and human rights violations that have never been effectively dealt with. Compounded by the discovery of oil in the Sudan South in the 1970s, the Northern dictatorial government breached beyond merely unfair policy and began trying to dominate the natural resources of the South. Still, the worst of problems had yet to come.
By the 1980s, a series of poignant civil rights abuses aroused fear in the southern populations. The increasingly fanatical Islamized northern government had been abusing its power by dismantling the constitutional rights for people in the southern region and by imposing Shariya Law - traditional Muslim Law Code - over the ethnically diverse southern populations. In 1985, the southern borne Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) led a popular uprising that succeeded in expelling the Northern Arab government. The SPLM revolt was successful in replacing the government and at ushering in the installation of a democratically oriented - but still religious - Islamic government. This progress lead to peace talks that gave many hope for a stable Sudan; but the steps forward were not to last. In 1989, as peace agreements were being consolidated between the democratized Islamic government in Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in the South and just as the government was finally preparing to freeze the Shariya Islamic Law Code, General Omar al-Bashir lead the National Islamic Front in a coup against the liberating government to bring back the authoritarian Arabic form of Islamic government.
The Southern Sudanese hopes' had been dashed and there worst fears rekindled; upon Omar's imposition, he abolished the constitution that protected the Southern populations, censured his opponents by outlawing opposition parties, and he revamped Khartoum's control of the controversial Shariya Law by imposing, additionally, a traditional Islamic Justice System which began dealing out death liberally. Omar then proceeded to declare Jihad, a holy war in the name of Mohammad, against the non-Muslim and democratic African-Muslim people of Sudan.
The National Islamic Front government continued to polarize the Sudanese people and its actions began even to alienate Khartoum from its neighboring countries. Accused of attempting to incite jihad in eastern neighbor Eritrea, and of assisting in an assassination attempt on Egyptian President Mubarak during his visit to Sudan's eastern neighbor Ethiopia, and because Sudan was recognized for harboring terrorists such as Osama bin Laden who used Sudan as a base for executing the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, General Omar's government became regionally isolated but Omar al-Bashir remains in power still today.
Omar's fundamentalist government, supported by their oil reserves, military technology, and fear, continue to push forward. Their campaign however is not fueled by purely by religious zeal as it may appear at first glance. It is much more ethnically motivated, pitting the Arabic Muslim government against the African, dark-skinned Muslim and non-Muslims of greater Sudan. The African Muslims are mostly sedentary tribal peoples, agricultural societies that embrace diversity. The Arabic government fosters the form of ethnic fanaticism that has plagued the Middle East, such as in Iraq where Arabic Sunnis have in the past threatened and massacred Islamic Shiites and Kurds.
By 2003, Omar's mistreatment of even his northern contingents and tribal populations in the area called Darfur, lead the tribal groups to mount a rebellion. In April 2003, in the name of human, social, and economic rights, and impassioned by their suffering, the Muslim tribal peoples of the Fur, the Zaghawa, and the Massaleit, allied under the two names, the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), took up arms against Omar's militarily defended government. Despite inferior resources, they actually achieved a string of victories.
At this point, fearing further retaliation, Omar made one of the most horrific moves that any dictator could entertain. He called upon nomadic Arabic horsemen in Sudan to enlist in a Janjaweed militia, promising a gun and additional payment of $116 a month in order to rape, route, and kill the African people of Darfur. Janjaweed is translated from Arabic as "man with a gun on a horse" but the Janjaweed are generally known as nomadic bandits. The government motivated the Janjaweed to carry out their mission in the Darfur region with racist incentive; told that their job was to cleanse Darfur of its darker skinned inhabitants. They were too given the additional incentive that their monthly payment would come from the booty plundered in the villages which they attacked.
For the last 18 months, the janjaweed have terrorized unabashed the tribal people of Darfur with a scorched earth policy, destroying the villages they attack. "They dump human corpses in wells to contaminate the water supply, essentially doing whatever is necessary to force the black African Muslims from their land never to return" says the report from the office of Congressman Wolf on what he witnessed while visiting.
You know when they are coming because they don't come alone. First you here the low pitched hum of the helicopters approaching. This is when most of the able villagers dash into the forest for sake of their lives. As the helicopter gun ship arrives, it first strafes the village destroying housing and killing people that have not left. It will often unload supplies for the janjaweed militia that follow close behind, coming out of the forest on horseback to finish the killing, raping, and destruction making the village uninhabitable, and to collect bounty from the village.
The government of Omar al-Bashir denies involvement, aid, or support of the raids. They maintain that the culprits are just uncontrolled bandits. Their overt lie is not much believed by anyone, as it is plainly obvious that the nomadic janjaweed alone are by no means capable to be flying the attack helicopters.
To date, the actions of the government and its militia have displaced over 1 million people from their homes, consolidating them into 129 crowded concentration camps monitored and surrounded by more janjaweed. These are what is called internally displaced people (IDPs). Their camps are ill-resourced. In Mornay, the largest camp with 70,000 people, rains carry human excrement back through the camp. At least 160 thousand Darfurians have escaped across the western border of Sudan to Chad. Few of them will ever be able to return to their home. If the refugees leave their camp, the janjaweed are there waiting for them just beyond the borders says the Wolf Congressional report. Rape of Sudanese woman is a daily reality for these refugees. They are forced to accept it, they must leave the camp to gather firewood for their families and straw to feed their cattle. The janjaweed tell the girls they rape that they are "trying to make their babies lighter." The janjaweed have even instituted a policy of branding the raped girls and woman so as not to mistake them. Murder of the male IDPs is a constant threat as well.
This is a holocaust going in Sudan today, directly in our site. After the holocaust of WWII where six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi forces, and again after failing to intervene to stop the devastating genocide of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, the world has now twice said "never again" to genocide. This is your chance to not only to say never again but to act on your intention. Get informed, read a few articles, you will understand the situation and realize why it is so devastatingly clear that this is a genocide that must be confronted immediately.
In the past months, the government in Sudan has been coming under increased - but still feeble - international pressure to address and respond to the crises. Kofi Anan and Colin Powell have both visited the region and agree it is a problem that needs to be dealt with, but what have they done to accomplish this? Currently the UN is discussing so they can make a declaration as to whether or not these atrocities may be considered a genocide. This is after a recent Security Council Resolution that urged the Khartoum government to better control the devastation in the region and to help ensure the security in the IDP camps. Do you believe it is appropriate to hold the same group which is responsible for instigating the atrocity as the group to hold responsible for ensuring the security of the region? Obviously the UN Security Council does. So who is guarding the camps? The janjaweed, the same people that were commissioned and brainwashed for murdering the Darfurians are now being publicly sanctioned by the UN to carry "defensive" weapons that will allow them to defend the safety of the black African people in the refugee camps.
The UN Security Council Resolution had the opportunity to send a clear message to the Khartoum government. Instead what do they do? They approved that more African Union monitoring forces should come to Sudan to oversee the situation. They failed to issue an arms embargo ensuring the Sudan government will have continued access to weapons. The UN also failed to inflict any real pressure on the Sudan government by passing on their opportunity to impose an oil embargo. An embargo would have forced Sudan to address the problem.
"The [UN] Security Council has ensured that the Sudanese government will have the resources necessary to continue its scorched-earth campaign in Darfur," said Human Rights Watch, an international non-profit human rights watchdog group. Instead of providing a resolution that sends a clear message to Khartoum indicating how serious the world is about putting an end to the atrocities, they committed a toothless resolution providing no real incentive for al-Bashir to respond.
This makes good sense. The UN is incapable of responding appropriately to human rights issues. You will agree if you look at who is one of the 14 member states on the UN Human Rights Commission: Sudan. Yes, the same government that fosters the genocide of ethnically African black Muslims in Sudan is a voting member on human rights issues.
Reasonably, you are probably appalled by what you have learned about Sudan. You know you can not rely on the UN to do anything constructive regarding this matter. Little known to most, the United States has actually been supporting the reabsorption of refugees from Sudan. Four years ago, the United States allowed the immigration of 7,000 black Sudanese refugees, actually victims of a different struggle against the same government. Many of these are young boys from southern Sudan who lost their parents violently while trying to escape the onslaught of northern Sudanese forces. They are now known as the Lost Boys. A group of at least 100 of them now call San Diego their home and are actively trying to build themselves a new life in this new world, along with all the trappings of modernity.
Take it upon yourself to learn, to discuss, and to represent what you know is right. Make sure that who ever wins the election for president on November 2 knows that giving attention to Sudan needs to be a priority for the United States. Don't wait to speak out and don't be afraid to raise the issue, it is not a very contested topic outside Sudan.
Resources for your learning interest:
Website about the Sudanese refugees experience starting a new life in the US:
International Crisis Group, human crisis watch group:
Document of Congressman Wolf's impression.