PressRelease Oputa report 01012005
December 28, 2006
NIGERIAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM)
Washington, DC, USA
“That the World May Know”
PRESS RELEASE: NDM Releases Full Version of Oputa Panel Report
January 1, 2005
A/ Release of Unofficial Oputa Panel Report
In solidarity with the Civil Society Forum (CSF) in Nigeria, the Nigerian Democratic Movement (NDM), a Washington-based pro-democracy organization since 1993, hereby releases unofficially the full Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (HRVIC), popularly called the “Oputa Panel Report”, as ten Portable Document Format (PDF) files as follows:
File # 1. http://www.nigerianmuse.com/nigeriawatch/oputa/OputaSummaryRecommendations.pdf
Size: 612 Kb
File # 2.
Size: 461 KB
File # 3.
Size: 486 KB
File # 4.
Size: 1,021 KB
File # 5.
Size: 1.3 MB
File # 6.
Size: 1.2 MB
File # 7.
Size: 6.0 MB
File # 8.
Size: 8.2 MB
File # 9.
Size: 1.4 MB
Size: 3.9 MB
Total Size: 24.58 MB
B/ Availability of Report in Different Formats
For those who have access to the Internet, full information about the Oputa Panel is available in:
For those who do not readily have access to broadband Internet, and hence may not have ready access to all the above files’ URLs, the report itself is also available on Compact Disc (CD) [ with a PDF reader included ] if you make a request by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions and costs will be sent privately.
C/ Un-official Nature of the Report
This report is NOT a leak, rather a determination of the Civil Society in Nigeria to spend its own money (rather than wait for government money), time and effort to make it available to the world at large. The Commission did its work in the public domain; the report has ALWAYS been available in the public domain, but Civil Society in Nigeria had been waiting for two-and-a-half years (since it was submitted to President Obasanjo in May 2002) to have the Federal Government spend money to publish it. Now that it is clear that it is unwilling, unable or incapable of spending that money, we have decided to relieve it of that burden.
There are no hard feelings.
D/ Court Injunctions
We are aware of challenges to the legality of the Oputa Panel before several courts in Nigeria, all of which, being so far unresolved, stop the Federal Government from carrying out some or all of the recommendations of the Oputa Panel report. None of the injunctions issued from the courts has stopped its publication. We respect the courts in the country, but are hopeful that the Federal Government will VIGOROUSLY defend itself in those courts, so that the time, money and effort spent in all the nation-wide sittings of the Panel will not be in vain. Otherwise, future efforts to solicit the participation of the Nigerian public in discourses, for example the upcoming “National Dialogue,” will always be met with understandable skepticism.
E/ The Duty of Civil Society and Citizens of Nigeria in 2005 and beyond
The NDM calls upon all members of organized Civil Society and all the Citizens of Nigeria to re-dedicate ourselves in this New Year 2005 and beyond towards ensuring greater transparency, accountability and integrity of ALL of our political and public officials. The wide dissemination of the Oputa Panel Report in various formats – including translation of its recommendations in various Nigerian languages - is a good starting point, as well as support for Electoral Reform, and the recently-announced revenue-focused “Citizens for Public Accountability and Integrity in Nigeria (C-PAIN)”.
On its part, the NDM promises to re-engage in the (d, D)ialogue which must lead to a New Nigeria.
F/ The Press as the Fourth Estate
The NDM particularly urges the Press in Nigeria to do everything that it can to disseminate these transparency, accountability and integrity efforts as a public service, and with minimal cost to the long-suffering citizens of Nigeria.
God Bless Nigeria ! God give its leaders integrity ! [Amen]
The Nigerian Democratic Movement
Washington, DC, USA
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