Petition to Nigerian Youths, Nigerian Women, Nigerian Men, Nigerian Legislators, Nigerian Governors, Nigerian Ministers, Nigerian Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian, Nigerian Civil Servants, Nigerian Directors, Nigerian Deputy Governors, Nigerian Vice President, NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, Nigerian CSOs, Nigerian Students, NYSC , Nigerian Media
#OpenGovtNG - I Promote Public Service Transparency & Accountability in Nigeria
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network Abuja seeks to influence greater transparency and accountability in Nigerian public service. To achieve this objective, we have adopted various strategies including a Youth Leader's Conference on Transparency and Accountability in Public Service that will hold later this year and call on 100,000 Nigerians to sign an #OpenGovtNG online petition, committing to accountability and transparency. This is part of the #YALIUnites campaign of the YALI Network. Signing this online petition means you pledge and commit not to or no longer: - LOOT PUBLIC FUNDS OR ASSETS - REFUSE TO GIVE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS OF YOUR TENURE IN PUBLIC SERVICE - INFLATE YOUR EXPENDITURE DURING YOUR TENURE IN PUBLIC SERVICE - SPEND ABOVE APPROVED BUDGETS OF YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE ACTIVITIES - BE NEGLIGENT OR LACKADAISICAL AT WORK DURING YOUR TIME IN PUBLIC SERVICE. We believe that this public commitment will serve as an accountability check and increase your consciousness, now and in the future to imbibe greater accountability and transparency in public service.
Petition to National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yakubu Dogara, Nigerian Bar Association, Mahmoud Abubakar Balarabe, SAN, bukola saraki
National Assembly - Pass a mental health legislation in Nigeria.
Mental Health is a long neglected and relegated topic in Nigeria, it is a subject area that attracts lots of secrecy, superstition, spiritualism and discrimination in the Nigerian society, although the reason for this neglect is widely unknown, some consider the neglect as a religious and cultural issue while others ascribe the neglect to socio-economic factors, after all it is only a comfortable man that can consider his physical or mental health. As such Therapists, psychologist and psychiatrists are considered the exclusive preserve of the bourgeoisies and people whose state of mind have completely deteriorated, for which, there is mostly no help in the hands of the experts. Nigeria as a nation is home to about 180 million people of different socio-economic strata, about 100 tribes and about 700 languages. Statistics have it that about 21 million Nigerians are living with various forms of mental illnesses, yet only about 15-20 percent of people with mental health issues in Nigeria seek medical assistance, majorly as a result of ignorance, fear of stigma and discrimination, and of course lack of access to mental health education and facilities. Asides from the dated 1958 Lunacy Act (“the Act”), which deals with mental disorders and disabilities, there is a huge gap in mental health legislation in Nigeria. Although, in 2003, a Mental Health bill was proposed, to repeal and replace the Act. It is interesting to note that this bill for 6 years failed to go through the legislative process before it was finally withdrawn from the Senate in 2009. Some of the changes proposed by the Bill included: The introduction of a more appropriate definition for mental illness/health disorders (including the deletion of the reference to lunatic) in compliance with international standards The removal of the magistrate’s role in the patient admission decision, requiring medical directors to file application for compulsory admission of persons with mental illness before committing them to involuntary admission; and provisions for treatment and bridging a gap that existed in the Act by specifically stating that that treatment is the sole purpose of detention, unlike under the Act where a patient can be detained against his will for the purpose of observation, with or without treatment. Furthermore, we would like to draw attention to the need for a repeal of section 327 of the very much dated Criminal Code which criminalises attempted suicide and imposes a one year prison sentence upon conviction, even at a time where Nigeria is a signatory to several human rights charter and treaties that require its signagtories to recognize the right of every individual to enjoy the best attainable state of physical and mental health. Nothwithstanding, we recognize that the government needs to take pro-active measures to protect people from harming themselves as a result of mental illness but retaining the criminalization of attempted suicide is never the best alternative, otherwise every suicide intervention attempt is an exercise in futility. There are aspirations on the part of key stakeholders in the mental health sphere in Nigeria particularly non-profit organisations like ourselves that the enactment and implementation of a national legislation on mental health will go a long way in transforming mental health in Nigeria as it would create a more educated populace, provide access to adequately funded health care facilities, reduction of stigma and discrimination attached to patients with mental health issues and more importantly the adequate protection of the rights, life and properties of the mentally ill. Despite the obvious neglect of the mentally ill in the Nigerian society especially with respect to their rights to make certain decisions beneficial for their welfare, inheritance and succession and the age-long maltreatment of the mentally ill, in the form of imprisonment for suicidal acts under the criminal code, the time has come for well-meaning Nigerians to rise up to the occasion, stop paying lip service and demand a legislation that will ensure a number of things including the following: support and promotion of mental health awareness and education (including the compulsory addition of mental health education into the curriculum from primary to tertiary level); guarantee the establishment, maintenance and adequate fiscal allocation to mental health facilities and rehabilitation centres; ensure the provision of the highest standard of mental health related treatments and medications at a subsidized rate; put an end to the criminalization of attempted suicide; determine the rights of the mentally ill and mentally incapable under varying circumstances; and ensuring the protection of the lives and livelihood of the mentally ill. Mental health is a term that cuts across boundaries, cultures, religions and professions s, therefore, we have initiated this petition which we intend to run for a year and through which we seek the support of more than a million people irrespective of their age, culture, tongue, tribe, religion, and other vices that segregate us, to support this petition which calls for the enactment of a mental health legislation in Nigeria and seeks to put an end to the neglect and the relegation of a subject as important as mental health in Nigeria. Upon the success of this petition, we will be approaching the relevant authorities including the legislature backed by your support to formally demand the enactment of this law that will be a play a key role in the change process for the nation Nigeria.
Petition to FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, Nigerian National Assembly
Demanding Restoration of True Federalism In Nigeria
While campaigning for the presidency in 2011, President Muhammadu Buhari promised that his party will "restore true federalism in Nigeria" and that there "will be devolution of power." APC ruling party chief Bola Tinubu has made and repeats the same recommendations as Nigeria's only way forward. The problem is, when people taste the colossal power at the center of Nigeria, it is so sweet and intoxicating that they forget what they promised and what is best for the people. Everyone knows that the restoration of True Federalism is the best for Nigeria. Regionalism will revive a culture of patriotism and self pride in the regions and invoke a positive competitive sense that will bring out the best in Nigerians. As the Odudua region flaunts its Agbada, so shall the Arewa its caftan, the Igbo their Isiagu, the Ijaw their flowing suit and bowler hat and so on. People will cherish who they are and seize to have a reason to dedicate their time to fighting others. Every confab has recommended regionalism. Today the youth, north and south are also set on this essential restructuring next step for this nation, to grant them hope, pride, security and promise. The center has been too powerful and this has been a major reason why our past rulers all failed. With power devolved from the center, the smaller regions will be more in tune with their peculiar crises and the best ways to exploit their advantages and respond to their concerns. There will be less terror, less corruption, economic and politico-social growth, easier impeachment of failed leaders, and overall greater progress of the parts and Nigeria as a whole. Massive Nigeria was wisely created as a true federal state, but thinking he was solving a particular problem, former dictator Aguiyi Ironsi dissolved the regions with his erroneous Unification decree #34 of 1966 and started what would be endless bloody problems and what would remain the bane of our development. It is time to restore our True Federalism. It is time for devolution of power. It is time for us to work out the modalities of our restructuring and how many great regions we MUST break this nation into. Join us sign and share this petition so we can force our public servants in charge to do our bidding. – Dr. Perry Brimah; @EveryNigerian; AdvancedNigerian.com
Petition to United Nations, H.E. Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), Rupert Colville, Dr Dodik Ariyanto
Stop the Religious Bias against Hijab in the Nigerian Law profession
The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows people the right to life, to association, religion among others. This is supreme and allows people to live fairly and happily with one another. The Nigerian Law profession thinks otherwise - they need people to think their way, to walk their way, to look their way and talk what they want. They force people to abandon their religion in order to be called "barristers". At every year "call to bar", they ask Muslim ladies who have never exposed their hairs all their lives to remove their hijabs - before they can be allowed to practice Law in the country. In most Nigerian courts, hijab is not allowed in court, albeit, imported wigs can be worn. This has affected the career of so many Muslim ladies who have gone to law college for 5 years, another 1 year in Law school but have not been allowed to practice until they abandon their religion. This petition seeks to end this unconstitutional behaviour by the custodians of the constitution, and seeks to call the "body of benchers" to book, end the forced removal of modest dressing before Law can be practised and seeks a free, fair and equal treatment to all persons irrespective of age, sex, religion or nationality.
Petition to The General Public, UNICEF, United Nations
Feed the hungry and cloth the cold.
Nigerians are hungry, and this is no exaggeration or fairy tale. Insecurity, food shortages, non-paymtent of salaries, loss of jobs and intense recession and other distractions are compromising the food security and nutrition of millions in the country.Many people are stuck in the poverty trap from which there is no immediate hope for liberation. Hunger is currently a national emergency, scattered across the length and breadth of country are men, women and children living or dying of acute hunger or starvation. Experts say the amount of food needed by the average person varies according to age, sex, body size, physical activity and, to some extent, climate. But millions of Nigerians are subsisting on significantly less than the recommended 2,100 kilocalories that the average person requires to allow a normal, healthy life. While the hunger situation may not be the same as high profile crises in war-torn areas or those hit by natural disaster, which starve a population of food, the nation's hunger emergency is nevertheless paramount. No thanks to the hunger situation, almost 30 percent of Nigerian children are underweight. Statistics from UNICEF, reveal that Nigeria is facing a crisis of malnutrition and has recently overtaken India with the highest number of stunted children, the figures are daunting. With a population of over 190 million, the proportion of the undernourished in total population over the last two years averages 7.0 percent. The number of people undernourished has decreased steadily over the years from 28.0 million in 1990-1992 to 11.2 million in 2000-2002; 2005-2007, 9.3 million; 2010-2012, 10.2 million; 2014-2016, 12.9 million, 15.4 million; 2017-2018. According to UNICEF 205 children could die a day if nothing is done to stop starvation in Nigeria. Under the World Food Programme (WFP), The Nigerian Food and Security Sector has collaborated with the Nutrition Sector -“The Food Security Sector and the Nutrition Sector has increased collaboration over the course of 2017, including initiating the process of developing joint Food Security and Nutrition products to illustrate where joint programming exists and identify opportunities for joint programming going forward. The Nigeria Food Security Sector and Nutrition Sector joined colleagues from other countries at a joint meeting in Rome in May 2017 that resulted in a Call for Action endorsed by agencies working in both humanitarian Nutrition and Food Security programming. This Call for Action identifies several steps that should be taken to improve collaboration between Nutrition and Food Security sectors in promoting joint programming and integrated responses that are based on vulnerability and composite indicators, addressing all the factors that contribute to increased malnutrition, disease, and mortality within humanitarian contexts. While we wait for all higher bodies involved to make changes, you can make your own little change, which also makes a great impact. You never know you could be saving a life today by signing this petition! Hence it is an enabler in raising funds For providing meals to the poor. Remember ever one deserves to live a healthy life!
Petition to PayPal
Allow Nigerian PayPal Accounts to Receive Funds!
The vast amount of online business growing in Nigeria is insane! We have large businesses and E-Commerce websites like Jumia, and Konga!These websites do not accept PayPal, because Nigerian PayPal accounts are unable to receive funds in Nigeria. There are many online freelancers, or Nigerians whom are looking to start an online career unable to do anything receiving payments due to PayPal being one of the most used Payment gateways.We Nigerians are unable to move forward online as much as we're supposed to due to these little issues that arise. 66% of Nigerians buy items online at least every few months, and that number could increase if PayPal brings more support to Nigeria to receive funds. PayPal could do the very least by allowing Nigerian accounts to receive funds in "Goods and Services", and then potentially later on update it to allow "Family and Friends" option. PayPal could also allow a number of say 10 thousand users to participate for testing purposes, and if they see good results, and are able to handle the surge then make an official release.I hope PayPal can consider Nigeria to receive funds.Thank you.
Petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of EFCC Must Go
Innoson Saga: Proof EFCC is headed by an incompetent Officer EFCC Tuesday arrested a Chief Innocent Chukwuma, CEO of Innoson Group of Companies and an employer of thousands of Nigeria. Reason left by the anti-graft Agency was that he was invited by the Agency for questioning in a case between Innoson and a Nigerian bank. A claim the business man refuted and requested for proof of invitation. This case being referred to here is already in the supreme court after the business had some business transactions with the man but noticed excessive charge, sued the bank and won the bank in a lower court. EFCC again proved it is headed by incompetent officers without rule of law by going to the house of Mr. Chukwuma at around 5:00am on Tuesday to arrest this international business man and a great citizen of Nigeria from the Igbo extraction whom have never for once been indicted for illegal financial transactions nor corruption. The Agency not already arrested Chief Innocent Commando style, they also maltreated a family member in the process causing great defamation on his person and sending a negative impression to his international and local business partners. This said matter is already in Supreme court and in favor of Chief Innocent Chukwuma , yet EFCC waded in, does it mean they have no respect for the judiciary or rule of law? Is this how Nigeria government intend to promote local content? By using EFCC to malign the people or opposition. I don't really understand what the acting EFCC chairman is upto. I also don't know whose master script he is acting out. Over the months, cases of fraud and misappropriation of funds has been brought to EFCC but nothing has been done or any arrest made just because those cases are against some men in power or their affiliates. Today, EFCC is now a witch-hunting organization being used be the powers that be to intimidate and molest hardworking individuals in Nigeria but allowing indicted criminals to go about freely and we think Nigeria is getting better under this administration. I propose all Nigerians stand against this EFCC chairman. It's high time he is dishonorably released from his duties. Is he not the same man Nigeria senate rejected? Why will the executive be bent on using him? Is it that their is no other capable hand to manage the anti-graft commission? Or should it be that no other individual is ready to act the script of the Executive prompting them to keep the embattled EFCC chairman. Enough is enough. The EFCC chairman must go. Let the Executive do the needful if actually they have no special interest on Magu. Magu should go. He is not competent to head an anti-corruption organization. He is denting the image of Nigeria and using the Commission to intimidate hardworking individuals and those against the Executive arm of the Nigerian government. #MaguMustGo Watch Senate plenary section on the EFCC illegal arrest of Chief Innocent https://youtu.be/bCzEmUclga4 If this petition is won, there will be sanity in the way corruption cases are handled in Nigeria. The selective style of fighting corruption headed by the EFCC Chairman is affecting the intergrity of the commision. This will also allow for the trying and prosecution of top government individuals indicted for corruption but the EFCC taking little or no step to prosecute indicted individauls.