Je me permets de vous écrire en qualité de président de l'Association Béninoise des Amis du Nigéria. (ABAN). Je voudrais vous signaler un fait de prévention sécuritaire imminente concernant notre sous région ouest-africaine. Ce fait est d’importance capitale car il met en jeu les rapports entre le Bénin et le Nigéria.
Un plan du président Goodluck Jonathan et de son équipe en vue de faire capoter la tenue des élections générales prévues pour Février a été publiquement suggéré par son conseiller à la sécurité nationale, M. Sambo Dasuki qui a appelé ouvertement depuis Londres au report des élections. Selon ce conseiller, l’excuse du report était que la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) n'aurait pas distribué les cartes d'électeurs à travers tout le pays comme prévu. Le site SaharaReporters qui annonce la nouvelle avait rapporté il y a plusieurs mois que le président Goodluck Jonathan était réticent à tenir des élections nationales parce que sa popularité avait considérablement baissé et il craignait le cas échéant de perdre. Ces derniers jours, la popularité de son challenger, le général Muhammadu Buhari ayant fait des bonds, M. Jonathan a dépensé d’énormes sommes d'argent pour mobiliser du monde autour du thème du report des élections. De sources bien informées à la présidence nigériane, il paraît que le président Jonathan veut que les élections soient reportées d’au moins six mois, une période qui va lui permettre de nommer un nouveau président de la CENI à son goût. Le mandat de l’actuel président de la CENI, le professeur Attahiru Jega expire en Juillet 2015. Une fois M. Jega mis hors jeu, le président Jonathan nommerait un autre président de l’INEC qui aura pour mission de proroger le report des élections. En clair, il s’agit d’une stratégie de report en deux temps. Selon les sources du site Saharareporters, le président Jonathan envisagerait sérieusement un «gouvernement intérimaire d'unité nationale» qui prolongerait son mandat jusqu'en 2017.
Le Front Citoyen s’est réuni ce jour, 24 septembre 2012, sous la présidence effective de son Président, Monsieur Antoine Robert DETCHENOU à Cotonou, en vue d’examiner une fois encore la situation sociopolitique de notre pays et surtout aviser par rapport aux derniers développements relatifs à la LEPI.
Vu que la souveraineté du peuple reste la seule qui vaille et qui prime sur tout ;
Vu les déclarations et tergiversations qui entourent l’outil LEPI dans notre pays, outil qui s’est révélé un instrument inexistant tant du point de vue technique que juridique en raison de sa non publication à ce jour comme l’a prescrit la loi N° 2009-10 du 13 mai 2009 ;
Vu l’accaparement de cet outil LEPI par un groupe dit majoritaire depuis sa conception jusqu’à sa réalisation ;
Vu la mise en place à l’Assemblée Nationale d’un groupe de travail qui a, in fine, sciemment occulté la dimension paritaire et consensuelle qui devait régir ses travaux ;
Vu les incohérences contenues dans la proposition de loi issue des travaux de ce groupe de travail, proposition de loi qui avec ses 167 articles sème la confusion et n’a d’autre objectif que d’abroger subrepticement la loi 2009-10 du 13 mai 2009 ;
Vu les déclarations provocatrices des Représentantes de l’UE et du PNUD relatives à la réalisation de la LEPI ;
Vu les déclarations arrogantes de certains députés membres de la Majorité sur la Démocratie considérée par eux comme une loi de la jungle et une entreprise de barbares frustes, déclarations contraires à l’esprit et à la pratique de l’idée démocratique telle qu’elle a été conçue par ses initiateurs grecs et telle qu’elle est reçue et vécue aujourd’hui dans la tradition civilisée qui prévaut dans le monde ;
Vu que cet état de choses aggravé par les propos régionalistes voire divisionnistes du Chef de l’Etat est porteur de graves dangers pour la paix sociale et l’unité nationale ;
Le Front Citoyen :
1. Demande à l’Assemblée Nationale de surseoir à l’examen de la proposition de loi portant apurement de la LEPI, proposition qui ne prend pas en compte les principes de parité et de consensus réclamés par tous les acteurs socio-politiques consultés par le Groupe de Travail, et de dessaisir le Centre National de Traitement (CNT) de toute tentative de correction clandestine et illégale de la LEPI.
2. S’engage à organiser des manifestations diverses en vue de dénoncer l’imposture en cours dans notre pays.
3. Recommande à l’ensemble des groupes qui le constituent (partis politiques, syndicats, associations, personnalités) d’organiser des séances d’information sur toute l’étendue du territoire national en vue de sensibiliser les populations sur la nécessité d’exiger une LEPI crédible et fiable et d’engager des actions de lutte citoyenne, tous azimuts, pour exprimer, dans le cadre des libertés garanties par la Constitution, notre opposition ferme au fascisme qui s’instaure insidieusement.
4. Exige le départ immédiat de notre pays des Représentantes de l’UE et du PNUD, Mesdames Françoise Collet et Nardos Bekele Thomas, pour ingérence dans les affaires politiques de notre pays avec un rapport circonstancié à leur hiérarchie pour dénoncer leurs pratiques qui sont contraires à la marque de PTF crédibles.
Enfin, le Front Citoyen dénonce avec la dernière rigueur les atteintes répétées aux libertés publiques et à la libre expression des citoyens consacrées par la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme, la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et le préambule de la constitution du 11 décembre 1990.
Le Front Citoyen tient le Gouvernement pour responsable des conséquences que pourrait engendrer sa marche forcée vers une LEPI non consensuelle.
In the context of good neighbourly relations between states that share common borders like Nigeria and Benin, it is normal that exchanges and visits at high level take place regularly. This is also a good sign of the excellence of secular, historical, cultural, social and economic relations forged by the peoples of Nigeria and Benin as well as their leaders, during their common history. I would have liked to believe that the brief visit in Benin Friday, March 18, 2011, by the Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan was part of that framework, but for his astonishing statement that strongly stroke the national opinion and the political class. I quote: "I congratulate the people of Benin for the presidential election held without violence and would like to invite candidates and voters to accept the election results, and avoid violence and war. Nigeria will not accept violence or war at its doorstep. " Unquote In this very sensitive period where the people of Benin is facing enormous difficulties before, during and after the presidential election on March 13, 2011, this injunction to politicians and voters and, as a hole, to the people of Benin, is unacceptable. Benin is admittedly a small country, but it is a great nation, proud of its history and its independence. If the Head of State of Nigeria during his visit on March 18, 2011 had sought to hear the different actors of the Beninese political scene, starting with the former Heads of State and to provide advice to each other in order to avoid a looming crisis, his mission would have been highly appreciated by all the people of Benin. He would not only have acted as a friend and neighbour, but would certainly have accomplished a useful and preventive work, especially in his capacity as a regional leader and current Chairman of ECOWAS. It is unfortunate that this injunction was made in the presence of the Head of State of Benin guarantor of its dignity and integrity. The Republic of Benin is a member of ECOWAS, the AU, as well as the UN and other international organizations. As a former Chairman of ECOWAS who while in office, contributed to the settlement of the fratricidal war in Liberia, I would have hoped that His Excellency Mr. Goodluck Jonathan had not had to take sides in the current political situation in Benin . It is as though, not content to use the influence conferred upon them by the demographic and economic weight of their countries, the French President, British Prime Minister or the Chancellor of Germany, intervened in the internal life of The Holland, The Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Can one ever imagine in the United States of America, the Government of New York state summoning the state of Massachusetts or the Connecticut ; or the state of California summoning any of the states of Nevada, Arizona ; or the state of Texas summoning those of Louisiana or Arkansas. ? The European Union and the American Federation would not survive. Our dream is that as soon as possible, ECOWAS become a federation such as Brazil that it surpasses in terms of population, and assume a major role in the political, economic, international fields. Thank you. Mr. Dieudonné Nicephorus SOGLO Former President of the Republic of Benin, Former Chairman of ECOWAS Vice-President of the African Forum former Heads of State and Government
Lawyer Ahmed L'Hedim, center, shows a journalist the book Tintin in the Congo at the Palace of Justice in Brussels. A Congolese man, Mbutu Bienvenu, right, is trying to get a controversial Tintin book banned in the cartoon star's home country of Belgium.
The seamen stranded offshore Benin started coming to mainland of the West African country, said a foreign ministry official yesterday.
“One ship was brought to the shore yesterday but it could not be known how many seamen were on it,” said Saida Muna Tasneem, director general of the external publicity wing of the foreign affairs ministry.
According to earlier information, there were 27 seamen on board the eight ships. Another ship was traced having two more seamen aboard bringing the total to 29, she said.
These ships are around ten miles off the port of Cotonou, seamen said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Shipping agreed to bear the airfare of the seamen for their repatriation except for three. Those three were sent by the shipping agent KSF which agreed to pay for them, she said.
The foreign ministry from Dhaka is trying to buy e-tickets for them, Muna noted.
The development followed negotiations of Bangladesh's chargé d'affaires in Morocco, Lutfar Rahman, with the Benin foreign ministry and the port authorities. He arrived at Benin on April 28…
Baby-boomer Sani Yerima has just taken delivery of his fourth wife. As a Muslim, we cannot accuse him of bigamy. A fourth wife is just it for a Muslim who has enough harvest in his barn to cater for such indulgence. The Muslim religion allows for up to four wives. So, in the case of Yerima, we ought to be clinking glasses in animated celebration. But there is a snag. Yerima's wife is also his daughter or even grand daughter. She's a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, a soft-spoken, pliant and innocent virgin. That's the person that appealed to Yerima most; that captured his dirty heart and captivated his depraved sense of love. Even Pharaoh with all his shortcomings would not have approved of this act of savagery. Taking a starry-eyed 13-year-old as wife is a pastime only fit for maniacs. It is the stuff of decadent minds. But Yerima is not new to such dissolute acts. Recall he was governor of Zamfara State for eight years, from 1999 to 2007. He was the chief proponent of Sharia law. He introduced the Islamic legal code in his Zamfara State. A man of such near-manic passion to please his God ought to be a repository of morals, a beacon of rectitude and exemplar of the finest virtues of civility. Not so for Yerima. As governor, he got the hand of Citizen Jangebi chopped off in the name of justice. Jangebi's offence was grave, very grave. He was convicted by a Sharia court for stealing a cow. Yes, a cow, which as at then was not more than N60,000 in the market. That's a grave offence, my dear. And for stealing such rare quadruped specie, Yerima got Jangebi's hand amputated. Yerima defended his action amidst a swirling tide of public outrage. Yet, while he was governor, there was rumour of billions of Naira flying out of government coffers into private pockets. It ceased to be rumour when former boss of the anti-crime agency, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, singled out Yerima for lampooning. While tendering the report of the investigations carried out by the EFCC on serving governors during ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo regime, Ribadu told a bewildered National Assembly that the variant of corruption in Yerima's Zamfara was of the primitive genre. "It was a case of direct stealing", a seething Ribadu told his audience. And this is my quarrel with Yerima's moral self-glorification. A man who would crucify a fellow man for stealing N60,000 has showed up to play the role of officiating minister at the funeral when the same man cannot account for billions of Naira put under his care. Yerima's case file is still at the EFCC. I hope he hasn't forgotten that. But that's by the way.
Since December 25, 2009, Mr. Simon Pierre Adovelande, National Coordinator of Benin's Program for the Millennium Challenge Account is undergoing an injustice and a flagrant violation of human rights from the Beninese government, particularly from the head of State, President Boni Yayi. As a matter of fact, on Friday, December 25, 2009, Mr. Simon Pierre Adovelande was arrested by National Police and placed in custody, a government statement; the command centre of the RAID, a section of the Benin National Police, specialized in repression of crime. The official reason served to the public, shocked and appalled by such brutality, is the involvement of the person concerned in the management of a private limited company called Bezaleel Building Group (SA GBB), as Chairman of the Board of Administration and specialized in real estate. The real reason is reflected in the growing popularity of Simon Pierre Adovelande because of his moral values, discipline and professionalism in the implementation of MCA-BENIN ; and above all, in the increasingly persistent rumours of his claims for presidential elections in March 2011 that hinder the power and decided to break his curse. In March 2000, Adovelande Simon Pierre and his friends have established the Bezalel Group Building (GBB), a company whose main object is to develop real estate business. In 2001 and in the framework of for a government housing program, GBB has won the tender in two areas of real estate that can accommodate about 1042 low-cost housing to be built on its own fund raising intiatives. To this end GBB has had to resort to Shelter Afrique and the OPEC Fund, private institutions specializing in financing real estate in Africa. These two organizations have granted GBB loans in 2003 and 2004 totalizing 2.235 billion CFA francs of which 1.825 billion CFA francs have been disbursed for the implementation of 323 housing units fully sold, built and on which 203 have been delivered. It should be noted that these loans were not guaranteed by the Benin government For commercial reasons, especially the plastering costs of disposal of certain types of housing by the government, GBB has made huge losses that do not allow it to meet its repayment obligations when due vis-à- vis its lenders.. It is clear from the foregoing that GBB, the Board of Directors of which Adovelande Simon Pierre is the Chairman, is in no way accusable of a criminal offense. The company is in temporary financial difficulty and at best liable to a business process with its partners, the aim of which should be research and commitment of ways and means to resume its activities and the repayment of loans made to it. Instead, Simon Pierre Adovelande and Isaac AGOSOU, the Director General of GBB were arrested on December 25, 2009 (Christmas Day) and brought to the civil prison of Cotonou since December 29, 2009, arbitrarily, on the basis of counts fanciful, like common criminals. Upon their arrest, the government and the counsel for Shelter Afrique in Benin, tried with much media noise, to present to the public their version of the events, in the old style of African dictators of the 70s and 80s. After questionings and hearings of the plaintiff and confrontations that have clearly shown that we are in a business process and that the charges against Mr. Simon Stone Adovelande are fully identified, he is still detained at the civil prison of Cotonou. Only the constant search for truth can justify detention of the accused, detention should also be an exceptional measure and freedom the rule, as stated in Article 118 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The plaintiff has, himself, admitted that if GBB-SA had consistently met its financial commitments in respect of creditors, this case would never have existed, which shows that we are in a purely commercial process. On several occasions, before he was arrested Simon Pierre Adovelande had received several emissaries of the ruling regime in Benin, urging him to abandon his presidential ambitions. The complainant had until his arrest given no response to theses demands that continued even during his incarceration. To all the friends of Adovelande Simon Pierre, who approached President Boni Yayi to intervene for his release, President Yayi has always denied his involvement in the affair, which confirms that his is really behind the whole machinery. Democracy and human rights are seriously threatened in Benin. For this reason we appeal to all groups and all associations of Human Rights to consider the case of Simon Pierre Adovelande and Isaac AGOSSOU who are deprived of their liberty since 25 December 2009 and detained in civil prison in Cotonou. On behalf of the committee of support of Simon Pierre Adovelande, France, Section Raymond ADJAKPA-ABILE Consultant & Director of Publication AfriQualité firstname.lastname@example.org