Lagos and the Struggle for Democratic Nigeria

The book “Lagos and the struggle for Democratic Nigeria” is a modest contribution by Razaq Olokoba, Titilope Akosa and Alfred Ilenre to the pursuit of good governance and genuine democracy in Nigeria.

The focus of the book is to capture and highlight the role of Lagos in the dynamics of the struggle for a democratic Nigeria. Since the struggle against European expansionist mission in Africa and notably, the British colonial intervention in 1861, Lagos has become the centre of human rights and political struggle for freedom in Nigeria. Lagos elites and the ordinary people have contributed immensely to the activities of events that led to the nationalist struggle as well as the pre and post- independence democratic struggle.

Here are some excerpts from the book to whet your appetite;

” In the decade before Nigeria’s independence, Lagos would witness series of agitations, struggles, births and rebirths towards self -rule and independence .More than any other state in Nigeria, the collective yearnings, tears, pains and the struggle that nurtured and gave birth to Nigeria’s independence were indelibly woven into the fabric of Lagos State”

“Effectively, Lagos remained in the second republic the hotbed for the intermingling of power and influence between government-controlled media and their privately- owned counterparts. Indeed, the media were caught up in the struggle for power as it is the case in present day Nigeria”.

“It is like going to meet a good deal of all the colours of Nigeria, the colours of the west coast, and all the colours of the African continent too, when you come to Lagos. It is one city in the world in which black people do things for themselves even in the face of the most brazen conspiracy of distractions. This is a port city, an entrepot of trade. The city of the media. The city of industry. The city of fashion. It is the city of music. The city of politics. It was a city of power from its origins, becoming richer and more industrialized than any other city in Nigeria, thus acceding to the role of the frontliner, always in a position to influence if not restructure the poor and largely provincial lives of other cities through a demonstration effect that appears to survive all vicissitudes”. Odia Ofeimun

” At the hoisting of of the APC flag in Lagos on August 1, 2013, Governor Fashola made clear the mission of APCwhen he referred to APC as the stone that will kill the Goliath of the ruling party at the federal level. In his words “——-the Goliath now has a stone and will fall. You see there is a stone for every Goliath. this is the stone for our Goliath ——-“ These words by governor Fashola kick started  the build up of the change movement of APC during the 2015 general elections”.

Be ready to purchase your copy on the book stand

PRESS RELEASE ON GUBERNATORIAL AND STATE

 

 

 

Issued: By the Women’s Situation Room-Nigeria

Date:   Saturday, 11th April 2015

 

The Women’s Situation Room-Nigeria (WSR-Nigeria) is observing the elections for the Governorship and the State House of Assemblies in nine (9) states covering the six (6) geo-political zones in Nigeria. The WSR-Nigeria perceived that with the announcement of the Presidential elections and the stakes becoming higher, the potential for violence would grow higher hence the need for early warning and early response pre, during and after the April 11th elections. This led to the setting up of a second physical Situation Room in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, one of the states identified as a flashpoint for violence.

 

Reports coming from our observers and the general public indicate that generally, the commencement of accreditation started on time as the INEC officials arrived in good time and the massive failure of the card readers reported during the Presidential election was minimal. The WSR-Nigeria however notes with concern electoral malpractices that were experienced in some polling units across the country; in Nasarawa State, we received reports of the electorates being chased away and mass thumb printing being done by unknown persons; in Anambra State in Ekwusigo LGA we received a report of the elections materials being seized at the RAC center; in Jigawa State there were incidents of the destruction of card readers by a political party and snatching of ballot boxes,while in Edo State there were reports of buying of votes on the queue by some political parties.

 

Reports of violence ranging from arson, violence against women, shootings, intimidation by heavily armed men have come in from Abia, Nasarawa, Rivers, Abia, Lagos, Anambra, Delta, Rivers, Imo, Gombe, Benue and Akwa Ibom States. There were reports of violence committed against the police from Rumola and Ogu-Bolu both in Rivers State.

 

General:

We are concerned about the blatant electoral malpractices being perpetrated with impunity by political parties and its corresponding violence, putting the safety and security of women and Nigerians in general, in jeopardy.

 

We commend the INEC for being resolute in pursuing the implementation of the Electoral process, as indicated by reports of improved performance of the card readers and commencement of accreditation and voting processes to mention a few. We further call on INEC to maintain its integrity of the electoral process and do the right thing without fear or favour.

 

We call on the security forces to close ranks and amplify their efforts to uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety and security of lives and property.

 

Lastly,but certainly not least,we call on political parties to put Nigeria first.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE BY CENTRE FOR 21ST CENTURY ISSUES (C21st) ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF PERMANENT VOTER CARDS AND CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN LAGOS STATE

The centre for 21st century is concerned about the various logistics challenges that have characterized the commencement of the distribution of the Permanent Voter card (PVC) in Lagos state.

On ground reports and reports monitored on various news media indicates that all is not smooth with the PVC distribution. Some pooling units where distribution is supposed to have commenced are still empty. In some other places many are yet to obtain their PVC because it is not yet available, while some others are unable to locate their names on the voters register.

This disturbing lack of preparedness by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) could lead to loss of confidence in the electoral process and ability of INEC to conduct the 2015 general elections in a free and fair manner.

As of now, it is confirmed that INEC is able to commence distribution of the PVC in the following 11 Local Governments in Lagos state; Agege, Ajeromi –Ifelodun, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Lagos Island , Lagos mainland, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Ojo. This distribution in this LGs is expected to conclude by 9th of November 2014

The second stage of the distribution exercise is now scheduled to hold from November 28 to November 30, 2014 in the following 9 Local government areas; Alimosho, Amuwo- Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Oshodi-Isolo, Epe, shomolu, Surulere and Eti-Osa.

The continuous voter registration (CVR) is expected to hold from 12-17 of November, 2014. During the CVR, any person who has attained the voting age of 18 years and those who registered in the last exercise but could not find their name in the register will be eligible to register.

C21st hereby calls on INEC to;
• Ensure that PVCs are available for collection by the electorates at the designated collection points before the end of the distribution exercise.
• Resolve all logistics problems and ensure that the CVR that will commence on November 12 and the second state of the PVC collection is not marred by logistical challenges that characterized the PVC collection in the last few days.

C21st also call on the general public, residents and all citizens of Lagos state not to be deterred by the perennial challenges of non- supply of materials and other logistics challenges from coming out en mass to collect their PVC and or register to vote as the case may be on the stated dates.

reminded that the PVC your ticket to making your voice heard and voting for change in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Sacrifice your time; make efforts to collect your PVC and register! Don’t allow any inconveniences to deny you of your inalienable right to vote!

Signed
Ms Titilope Akosa
Executive Director,
Centre For 21st Century Issues