NewsReel 15/12/13 - Nigeria may soon crash like an aircraft says Anambra CLO

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[ Masterweb Reports:Nigeria may soon crash like an aircraft says Anambra CLO, dedicates celebration to Mandela ] – *Being text of the report by the Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) to mark this year’s 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Human Rights Day 2013, on Sunday 8th Dec. 2013.
Another historic week in the world of human rights activism is here with us. The Annual United Nations Human Rights Day is observed December 10 to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Events focused on the UDHR are held worldwide on and around December 10. Many events aim to educate the people on their human rights and the importance of upholding these in their communities. The day may also include protests to alert people of circumstances in parts of the world where the UDHR is not recognized or respected , or where the importance of these rights are not considered to be important . Human Rights Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted between, January 1947 to December 1948. It aimed to form a basis for human rights all over the world and represented a significant change of direction from events during World War 11 and the continued colonialism that was rife in the world at the time. The UDHR document is considered as the most translated document in modern history. It is available in more than 360 languages and new translations are still being added.
Each year, Human Rights Day has a theme. Some of these themes have focused on people knowing their human rights or the importance of human rights education.
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has chosen the theme for this year’s celebration as – 20 Years working for your Rights.  The United Nations General Assembly created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights in December 1993. The General Assembly was acting on a recommendation from delegates to the world conference on Human Rights held in Vienna earlier the same year. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights and is regarded as one of the most significant human rights documents of the past quarter century.
The Vienna Declaration is a reality document of this age which calls upon the peoples of the world and all states members of the United Nations to rededicate themselves to the global task of promoting and protecting all human rights and fundamental freedoms so as to secure full and universal enjoyment of these rights.
Reflecting on this year’s theme and celebration, The United Nations Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay said and I quote “As we continue to strive towards a world that acknowledges the rights of all human beings, the Vienna Declaration, which led to historic advances in the promotion and protection of human rights is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the past 40 years”
Coming back home, The Civil Liberties Organisation founded on October 15th 1987 despite undergoing several challenges and dynamisms is still preoccupied with the business of human rights promotion, good governance and deepening democracy.
For us in the Anambra State Branch, we dedicate this years World Human Rights Day to the memory of the living legend the now late Nelson Rolihlahlah Mandela ( Madiba) (1918- 2013).
Mandela epitomizes the true meaning of “Struggle” and “Activism”. He lived and died for what he believed in and not even the vagaries and vicissitudes of life, the filthy lucre of public office nor the ostentations of wealth could taint his life. He lived and died so that humanity all the globe would be free.
Alongside Okonkwo Networks, we say that Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary man and a rare breed in our generation. He was a man of destiny, who came, saw oppression, bigotry and tyranny, rejected them and found justification for the use of violence in the face of tyranny. Then while in the jail of his oppressors, he realized the limit of violence as a response to evil and he became a changed and better man. He found his humanity and learned that only forgiveness can heal the pain of injustice, prejudice, oppression and any evil men can inflict on the weak or strong.
As Nigerians like Paul Omoruyi would say, the lessons we should imbibe on the life of Mandela includes
a)     If all we live our life is all about our personal interests, then we have led a worthless life.
b)    Our lives don’t consist of the abundance of things we possess.
c)     Life is much more than what we wear, eat drive and acquire
d)    We should believe in ourselves, our dreams and contribute to the greater good of the society.
e)     Forgiveness is more powerful than hatred while evil cannot triumph over good
f)      Against all odds, fight for what is right and stand for what is right always.
Adieu the great one.
When God created Nigeria, He made it the finest of all His Creations. Is it the beautiful landscape, the vegetation, the flora and fauna, the natural tourist attractions, the abundance of human and natural resources etc. just name them . Some poets after reflecting on the abundant gifts bestowed on us freely by nature once declared that “God is a Nigerian”.
But the big question begging for answers and quick solution has always been why are we so blessed and at the same time doomed like cursed people? . The answer is that our problem is self inflicted and no one can solve it for us unless we address them frontally.
The 2013 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index still placed Nigeria among countries with high rate of corruption. While countries like Denmark, New Zealand and Finland and are in top shape going by their ratings, Nigeria still follows behind countries like Paupau New Guinea ranking 144th most corrupt countries out of 177 countries studied in the world. In 2012, Nigeria was ranked 124th and its further slide in the ranking clearly shows that we still pay lip service to the fight against corruption in Nigeria.    
Also, Maplecroft, a global rights watch in its 2014 Human Rights Risk Atlas ranked Nigeria as the world’s 10th Worst Human Rights Offender. Classified among the category of extremes, the report also said that the economies of Myanmar (8th), Nigeria (10th) Ethiopia (28th) and Indonesia (30th) present a particularly high risk to business. It said and I quote “In such economies, a high rate of deforestation coupled with the unchecked conduct of security forces and a climate of impunity for human rights violations has led to a high risk of abuses of the people’s rights including property and minority rights”
 The most alarming and disheartening of it all is Nigeria’s debt profile at the moment. According to the Debt Management Office, Nigeria’s total debt stock comprising external and domestic has raised from N7.5 trillion to N8.23 trillion levels as at September 30, 2013. This according to the report represents an increase of 10. 20 percent from the December 31, 2012 figure.
This is a clear and present danger and we warn that Nigeria may crash like an aircraft if the government refuses to adjust its belt and the citizens oblige those in power their various luxuries.
When two American Political Scientists, Harold Lasswell and David Easton defined politics as “who gets what, when and how” and “the authoritative allocation of values
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