Did Chidozie Nwankwo the AAC candidate step down to support Valentine Ozigbo the PDP candidate?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: CDD came across news reports from championnews.com.ng, 247ureports.com, naijalumia.org and gistmaster.com with a claim that the candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) has stepped down from the governorship race to support the People Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate. FACT CHECK PROCESS: In order to authenticate this sensitive allegation, CDD fact-checkers reached out to …

We have zero-tolerance for corruption in Cross River – Commissioner for Justice

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cross River State, Barrister Tanko Ashang, on Monday, March 15, 2021, warned that the state has zero-tolerance for any form of corruption. Ashang while speaking at a three-day monitoring and evaluation capacity-building workshop for Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Calabar, …

How I Lost My Wife, 4 Children To Flood – 50-Year-Old Man Narrates In New Documentary

For 50-years-old butcher, Muhammadu Kabiru Zakari Y’au, the effect of corruption in Nigeria and embezzlement of the Ecological Fund translates to the loss of his entire household. Y’au, also known as Usama narrating his life-wrenching ordeal in a documentary; Ecological Funds and the Cost of Corruption in Nigeria, virtually screened on Monday, January 25, by …

Experts Call for Improved African Representation on Climate Negotiation Table

As changes in climate and adverse weather conditions which have led to harsh livelihood continue to appear on the front burners of discussion, experts have called for collaboration among critical stakeholders to ensure adequate representation of the Africa continent on the climate negotiation table. The call was made during a webinar organised by the Centre …

We Need Ranching Policies For Herders To Adopt – Farmers’ Association

All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Thursday, December 10, called for the creation of ranching policies for farmers and  herders to adopt across the country. The association made the call at a 2-day Stakeholders’ Meeting on Farmer-Herder Relations And Banditry organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in partnership with the United …

Farmers/Herders: CDD To Provide Technical Support To Curb Conflict

The Centre for Democracy and Development on Thursday, December 3, said it will give necessary technical assistance needed to curb the protracted conflict between herders and farmers across some states in Nigeria. The Centre’s Principal Program Officer, Shamsudeen Yusuf, while speaking at State-level Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Implementation of the National Livestock Plan (NLTP) in …

CDD, Others Call on Politicians, Clerics to Join in Combating Fake News

The Centre for Democracy and Development on Tuesday, September 15, has urged politicians, religious leaders, and social media influencers to join hands curbing the spread of disinformation and misinformation in the ecosystem. Speaking at a webinar themed; “Addressing Mis and Disinformation in Northern Nigeria”, the moderator of the event, Hamza Ibrahim, said it is important …

#RevolutionNow Protest: Clampdown on peaceful protesters wrong – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development condemns the attacks on, and arrests of protesters affiliated with the #RevolutionNow movement in three states of the country: Abuja, Lagos, and Osun by operatives of various Nigerian security agencies. Photographs, videos, and reports from the field corroborate that on 5th August 2020, unarmed protesters in Osun, Abuja, and …

Dans un nouveau rapport, le CDD recommande la restitution et des soutiens psychosociaux aux victimes de violations des droits de l'homme en Gambie

Le Centre pour la démocratie et le développement (CDD) a recommandé la restitution aux victimes de violations des droits de l’homme pendant le règne de 22 ans de l’ancien président de la Gambie, Yahya Jammeh. Dans son nouveau rapport intitulé : « Documenter la dictature : vérité, réconciliation et réparation en Gambie », le CDD …

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

FAQ on Coronavirus, adapted from World Health Organisation Q: What is a coronavirus? A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) …

Traditional leaders key factors in ending Liberia’s culture impunity – CDD, OHCHR

In a continuous effort to end financial crime, the Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD) in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform (CSOHRAP) met with traditional leaders in Liberia. The team who were welcomed to Bomi county by the traditional leaders said …

Access to Finance Remains a Big Challenge to Women Running for Elective Positions

Mercy Abang on Legit.ng The Centre for Democracy and Development – CDD, commissioned this report (as part of a five part series) on Women’s Participation in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Moral support for women aspiring for political office is great. Mental support too. But what is most important, and most neglected, is money. In Nigeria’s political …

Female politicians: How men promised to vote for us if we had sex with them

Mercy Abang on The Cable The Nigerian Labour Act has no provisions for criminalising sexual harassment at the workplace. Most cases go unreported. A history of gender inequality, political instability, insecurity and the absence of legal authority to protect women at the workplace deny millions of women their voices – even powerful female politicians. One …

Mercy Abang: Female Nigerian Politicians Share Their Experiences During the 2019 Elections

Mercy Abang on Bella Naija Harassment, discrimination, violence and intimidation are key characters in Nigerian politics. But for women, these events have become so commonplace, from home to school, the streets to the workplace, religious institutions, academics, and beyond. Although the 2019 elections in Nigeria saw the inclusion of a high number of female aspirants and …

A Reflection on 20 years of Democracy in Nigeria, By Mahmud Jega

The Fourth Republic differs from the three previous Republics we had in Nigeria in several respects. For one, it is the longest. While the First Republic lasted 5 years from Independence, the Second Republic lasted four years and three months while the Third Republic was inconclusive. It had elected state governors, state assemblies and even …

Is the Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law of 2019 meant to frustrate Christians?

Verdict: False Claim: Several online blogs have claimed that the Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law 2019 is specifically enacted to target Christians in the state, and some have accused El-Rufai of abolishing vigils, and other Christian observances. “It is designed to frustrate the Christians from celebrating Christmas, Easter and other vigils in the state. …

Did Prof Attahiru Jega say election results were transmitted electronically during his tenure as INEC Chair?

VERDICT: FALSE THE CLAIM: A claim has been spotted circulating on social media, including WhatsApp and Facebook, which was credited to the formal Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that “INEC server exist and it is functional.” The message first appeared on “Voice of Nasarawa” Facebook page, posted on June 15, 2019. According …

CALL FOR PAPER- Democracy in Two Decades, 1999-2019: Reflections on Nation Building and Development in Nigeria

The Department of History, University of Ibadan & The Centre for Democracy and Development, Cordially invite Contributors for the Book Project On; “Democracy in Two Decades, 1999-2019: Reflections on Nation Building and Development in Nigeria” Call for papers After a long struggle spanning more than a decade against military dictatorship, Nigeria returned to democratic rule …