Thursday, 17 January 2013

The dilapidated situation of the Nigerian Police Force, whose fault is it?

Anyone who have seen the glory that the Police Force enjoy in other Countries of the World, more especially in the west, will not only be surprised but scandalized by what Police Force is in Nigeria.  For average Nigerians, the word Police is synonymous to corruption. They are known by their rampart road blocks meant for bus and taxi drivers, Okada riders etc. They are regularly seen in their habitual "second collection" - bribe taking from any passing drivers independent of the content of their vehicle or in their regular bullying of civilians, if not careless shooting of any driver who fails to stop.
They also have the reputation of arriving, at the height of their siren, to the crime scene when the bandits had all gone. For these reasons, they have been giving many names, and have been insulted by all who have had the opportunity of doing so, without awaking their wrath.
In this article, Channels Television explores the cause of all these dilapidating shameful  situation of the Nigerian Police Force.
Nigeria Police Training: Expecting Something From Nothings

The capacity of the Nigerian Police Force is currently being overstretched by the insurgency in the North, abuses against ordinary citizens and undermining of the rule of law. According to a report of the Human Rights Watch, Nigerians don’t trust the police; citizens generally have a bad impression of police officers because of their perceived brutality and corruption.

You may have seen how dilapidated the police quarters are, possibly have heard how horrible the Nigerian Police cells can be. The reality is right from the Academy, the Nigerian Police officer has known no better way to live.
In what can be described as a brazen show of the harsh reality, a Channels TV documentary on the life of trainees living in the Nigerian Police College, Ikeja has revealed the deplorable conditions faced by people who will later graduate to become policemen and women that Nigerians would rely on to serve and protect them.
Channels TV began the New Year with a focus on the rehabilitation of the foremost training college of the Nigeria Police with an x-ray on the life of students living in the college.
The video below depicts the sad state of the dormitories, the toilets and more. Students were seen urinating at the back of the building where the drainage system has broken down completely. The toilets and bathrooms are in such terrible conditions, one wonders how they manage to use them.
Male dormitory 10 is one of those built by Nigerian colonial masters in 1940. Today, its windows and doors are damaged with no plans for any repairs. There is no electricity and the occupants point out blood stains from bed bug bites.
The College once had an Olympic-size swimming pool which is now a breeding ground for toads. It used to win medals for shooting all over West Africa but there is no shooting range anymore.
Jonah Mavah, the Deputy Commandant of the College said there has been no major development since establishment except for some few renovations. The College itself was built for 700 students but today, it accommodates 2,554.
As for the library, the Staff says they cannot remember the last time books were supplied to the library which is full of museum pieces and antiquities called books bought in the 1970s.
Continue the article in Channels Television

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The fate of Women and children in a male dominated World, the case of indian daughters

The hostility in the World is fast increasing. The weak ones are always and regularly manhandled. The victims are many a times, women and children. and the case of women, has and will always continue to raise alarm in societies where being a female is, unfortunately, regarded as a burden not only to the family but also to the society. These ugly situation is an urgent issue, mainly in every society with class and cast fragmentation.
In every society, it appears in one form or the order. In some, it appears in form child or women slavery, child labour, child soldier and infanticide. 
In Africa for example, it appears mainly in form of Child soldiers where children are forcefully incorporated into a troop for a total destruction of whatever they might lay their hands on. This inhuman act has mesmerized and rendered hundreds of thousand young Africans useless. they have been so brainwashed that killing becomes a game for them. What annoys most is that the World remains silent to such situation, thinking it concerns only a continent. This, we must all agree is a serious and the most dangerous challenge that the twenty first century has refused to address adequately.   
In Asian for example, it appears mainly on the form of infanticides or "foeticide".  The issue touches more India and China. Each of them for cultural or political reasons. In China, for example, the case of birth control, could be one of the reasons why having a female child might not be easily encouraged by certain families. This issue always has a secondary effect in the society, for when a particular group, be it boys or girls dominate, there is always going to be a scarcity of the of the other. Who knows if the recent continuous raping incident in India, might not be a side effect of such an act? 
Another serious cause is the customary dowry system that exist in India. According Suhas Chakma, the director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights: 
"The root cause is the dowry system where a girl who is born is seen as a burden for the family … the question is how does one enforce the law. The Medical Council of India is supposed to supervise the work done by the doctors [but] it has not suspended anyone to date for violations of ethical guidelines."
In fact, it is a serious issue that needed urgent attention if the world is not going to face a serious problem in the nearest future. Al Jazarel explores:

The 'genocide' of India's daughters

We ask if the patriarchal mindset that runs across castes and class can be changed to prevent foeticide and infanticide.
Supreme Court judges in India have summoned the health secretaries in seven states over a worrying fall in the number of young girls in India.
They are demanding details about clinics flouting the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act – to determine the sex of unborn babies – with potentially fatal consequences.
The judges are blaming what they call rampant foeticide and infanticide, and they say the mindset of parents and society need to change.
"The people [district medical officers] who are supposed to be enforcing the [Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act] they themselves have the same patriarchal mindset and they don't feel that it's wrong to kill a girl child in the desire for a boy, naturally they won't go and prosecute anybody. Add to it corruption [within the medical profession]."
- Mitu Khurana, a pediatrician and a women's rights activist
The UN children's charity UNICEF says the culture of favouring males in India is costing the lives of millions of young girls.
The agency says more than 2,000 illegal abortions are being carried out every single day, and it is dramatically altering the balance of the population.
It warns: "Decades of sex determination tests and female foeticide that has acquired proportions are finally catching up with states in India. This is only the tip if the demographic and social problems confronting India in the coming years."
Speaking in April 2011, Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, called for a crusade against the widespread practice of foeticide and even further to just 914 girls for every 1,000 boys.
But that is just the average. The figures are far worse in some states.
"The main problem really is that parents don't want girl children. As long as that underlying societal attitude continues, it's very, very difficult especially in a country like India where all kinds of laws are not implemented properly and flouted, to find a purely legal solution to what is a societal problem."
- Sadanand Dhume, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute
The 2011 census found there were 830 girls for every 1,000 boys in the northern state of Haryana. It was 846 in neighbouring Punjab state. And in the national capital territory of Delhi the figure was 866.
India has very strict abortion laws. Until 1971, terminating pregnancies was only allowed if the mother's life was at risk. Other exceptions were then allowed: for fetuses with potential birth defects; for babies conceived through rape; and for pregnancies in unmarried girls below 18. Continue in AlJazeera

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Saudi Arabia, Sharia Law and the execution of RISANA NAFEEK, a slap on Huma Right

The recent public execution of Risana Nafeek in the Islamic Republic of Saudi Arabia poses many questions on the legitimacy of such a law called Sharia Law. A law based on the Old Testament "tit for tat" in this twenty-first century would not be only obsolete but also inhuman in this particular case. No one could imagine that with all the pressure and diplomatic efforts claimed to have been made by the government of Colombo to find another solution to the case of Nafeek, the kingdom, who recently wanted to show the World that they are open to dialogue, could end up executing the poor lady even when there are many indications that she could be innocent. This particular case calls for a general renovation of certain laws that are against humanity, no matter in whose name they are applied.
Risana, who was officially convicted eight years ago, to have killed a baby of four months, continued to say she was forced to accept the murder out of pressure. The Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC) and the Sri Lankan opposition MP, Ranjan Ramanayake insist that the government of Colombo did not make enough effort to save the life of Risana. .

This case, once more shows that there are still many atrocities committed in the name of God. Who knows exactly the will of God and what His reaction would be seeing this very particular tragic scene who. Whoever could be in the shoe of Risana, in these last and miserable minutes that will bring her to her early grave, just because she was forced to look for a greener pasture, in a country, which is the centre of her own religion (Islam), will understand that this law should be re-examined today.
Here is her execution, but beware as it is only suitable for adults and those who can bear sour sights.

'The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Nigerian stolen Arts, why they are still to be returned?

A look into the long awaited request made by the Nigerian government to those who robbed her historical and valuable objects

Nigeria to the world: Give us our art back! by Heather Murdock

British colonials once made off with thousands of artifacts. Now Nigeria wants them all back.

BENIN CITY, Nigeria — In this city, statues adorn the streets and there’s an art museum in the town square. It is the heart of Nigeria’s art world.
But officials say millions of dollars worth of Benin art remains in Europe and the United States, stolen more than a century ago by British colonials. And the people of Benin want it back. 
“If anybody can go down to the British government and tell them to bring those artifacts [back], we still need them in Benin,” Uyi Omoruyi, a local artist that creates bronze sculptures and woodcarvings told GlobalPost outside his small shop. “We still need them because all of them represent Benin culture.”
Benin City is the capital of Edo State in Nigeria — not to be confused with the Republic of Benin, a neighboring West African country. A traditional king, known as the “Oba,” still informally rules the Kingdom of Benin.
Umogbai Theophilus, the curator for Nigeria’s National Museum in Benin City told GlobalPost that Nigerians have been petitioning for the return of their ancient art works for decades, but most of it remains at large.
“In the past we’ve had successes bu  t they were very modest compared to what was taken away,” he said. 
Foreign art collectors, however, argue that the history of Benin Kingdom is kept alive by the art, which travels the world.
Last summer, after obtaining 32 works of Benin art from Robert Lehman, the great-grandson of the founder of the now-defunct investment group, Lehman Brothers, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts said it would “present a number of public programs that further the appreciation of the Kingdom of Benin’s renowned arts, cultural heritage, and complex history.”
Lehman’s collection includes bronze and ivory statues, plaques and utilitarian items. The most famous bronze bust in the group is from the late 15th or early 16th century and is called the “Commemorative Head of a Defeated Neighboring Leader,” an homage to Benin’s victories. 
Nigerian officials, however, say the Boston acquisition along with other collections around the world are the legal property of the Benin royal family. In response to the museum’s announcement, Yusuf Abdallah Usman, the director-general of Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monument demanded the art be returned. 
"Without mincing words, these artworks are heirlooms of the great people of the Benin Kingdom and Nigeria generally," he said. "They form part of the history of the people. The gap created by this senseless exploitation is causing our people untold anguish, discomfort and disillusionment." 
Most of the Benin art traveling the globe as museum exhibits was taken in 1897, at a time when the Kingdom of Benin had been flourishing for hundreds of years. And while tales vary, the generally accepted story of the stolen art goes something like this:
In the late 19th century, the Benin Oba enacted trade embargos against the British who were growing more powerful in the region, as European empires competed for African resources.
In response to the embargos, a party of British men traveled to the kingdom’s capital. By most accounts, they were planning to attack the city and depose the king. But the nature of their trip is still disputed. Either way, the British party was attacked, and most of the men were slaughtered.
The result is not disputed. The British launched a “punitive expedition” and sacked the capital. They trashed the palace, overthrew the Oba and forced him into exile. Most of the more than 4,000 pieces of art in the palace were looted, and much of it was sold internationally to pay for the battle. 
Theophilus, the museum curator, told GlobalPost the expedition nearly destroyed the city’s cultural heritage.
“After cutting all the art work away they burnt the old palace,” he said outside the museum, which sits on a grassy park in the city’s main roundabout. “They burnt it down in retaliation for what they felt was Benin aggression to the party that came earlier.”
Benin’s modern artists say for local people, the lost art represents a lost part of history.
“In the olden days any event that took place is [remembered] through art work,” local artist Williams Edosowan told GlobalPost. “There were no cameras to snap any events. These days now if you are doing marriages there is a video that will cover it.”
 Source: GlobalPost
''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.