Category Archives: Press

Coverage of the campaign in the media and information for journalists.

Afrikan students’ organisation backs anti-deportation campaign

Press release jointly issued by the All-Afrikan Students Union Link in Europe (AASULE), the Student Action for Global Justice Internationalist Society (SAGJIS), the Afrikan Migrants Anonymous (AMA), the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE) and the Global Justice Forum (GJF); London, United Kingdom. 3rd March 2016:

LUQMAN ONIKOSI MUST NOT BE DEPORTED TO DEATH IN NIGERIA! STOP THE MAANGAMIZI
We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!

Theresa May and her Home Office have, in rather dubious circumstances, decided against what many see as the valid case of Luqman Temitayo Onikosi to remain legally in the United Kingdom. Luqman is an energetic Scholar-Activist from a quite impoverished family background in strife-torn Nigeria, in West Afrika, whose postgraduate studies in the School of Global Studies of the University of Sussex, in Brighton, were disrupted by the Home Office intervention to stop his donations-funded academic pursuits in the UK. He is a very purposefully diligent Scholar-Activist who has been working painstakingly hard not only to promote better understanding, friendship and cohesion between various students, their communities and faiths but also to bridge the gap between the community-based Public Intellectuals and their Grassroots Academia on the one hand and, on the other hand, the institutions and faculties of the Establishment Academia in and beyond the UK.

Luqman was a co-founder of the trailblazing Hear Afrika Society during his years of undergraduate studies in the University of Sussex and won an award for his Student Internationalist Activism from the National Union of Students – Black Students Campaign (NUS-BSC). He brought refreshing vim into the revival of the All-Afrikan Students Union Link in Europe (AASULE) and was highly instrumental in the establishment of Africlimate. Working together with PANAFRIINDABA, Luqman sought to make Africlimate serve its purpose as an innovative Climate Justice Programme of collaboration between the AASULE and the Planet Repairs Youth Positive Action Campaign (PRYPAC) for drawing Eco-Justice enthusiasts in Europe into supporting organised and unorganised groups of Afrikan youths and students from impoverished communities in learning to creatively exercise their own self-empowering agency in driving the more concerted groundup promotion of Environmental Justice-focused Sustainable Development Education as a vital part of Global Citizenship Conscientization throughout the continent and diaspora of Afrika. No wonder he has also been making huge contributions to the efforts towards the initiative of the Decolonization of Education Toward Academic Freedom in Pluriversality (DETAFIP), with a view to its development, in and beyond universities in the United Kingdom, to galvanize the Global Citizenship Educational Campaign for Curricula of Pluriversality (GCECCOP) in Afrika and all other parts of the World.

Luqman Onikosi had to leave Nigeria because of escalating danger to himself and some of his colleagues who were playing leading roles in Free Education for All campaigning endeavours of the student and youth contingents of the grassroots movement for Decolonization, Participatory Democracy and Social Justice in West Afrika. Although suffering health difficulties and many other challenges, Luqman has relentlessly continued such campaigning endeavours on and off campuses in the United Kingdom, helping to uphold with Internationalism the resistance banners of Anti-Racism, Decolonization, Cognitive Justice, Reparatory Justice, Environmental Justice, Interfaith Justice and Social Justice, in collaboration with a wide array of Activists and their organizations, networks and campaigning formations of the Pan-Afrikan and Global Justice movements, with far reaching impact from Europe upon a wide diversity of forces for the popular democratic transformation of society in and beyond Afrika. Moreover, he is an outspoken Moslem critic of the terroristic atrocities of Boko Haram and the corrupt, repressive and maldevelopmental state disorder of Neocolonialism that allows such heinous crimes of exacerbation of the Maangamizi of chattel, colonial and neocolonial Enslavement to go on being callously perpetrated with impunity, without harnessing the ever strengthening will, desire and revolutionary potential of the masses of Afrikan people at home and abroad, together with their progressive allies, to stop the “Hellacaust” of Genocide/Ecocide!

We cannot allow such a vital figure in our resurgent communities of Pan-Afrikan, Black Power and Global Justice Resistance to be deported out of the UK to a death we believe state and non-state actors inimical to the vision, values and causes to which Luqman Onikosi has devoted his life have conspired to inflict upon him were he to be thrown back to Nigeria. So join us in putting a stop to the execution of this wicked plot against the life of our dear Luqman Temitayo Onikosi! Help in stopping this planned dastardly atrocity of the Maangamizi; we charge Genocide/Ecocide in order to sound the alarm in preventive defence of an innocent life and to uphold all human, peoples and Mother Earth rights!

EMail: Ama.panafriindaba@gmail.com

Press Release on Conference for Hepatitis Epidemic: The Future?

My name is Luqman Onikosi and I am Hep B positive.

I was diagnosed with Hep B in 2009 while studying Economics and International Relations at the University of Sussex. Since then I have lost a close friend, Shamsu Walli — a former student of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex — to this dreadful, yet preventable and manageable virus, less than 3 weeks after his 29th birthday. I have also lost two siblings, Kolade and Harun Onikosi in the space of 4 months, in October 2011 and March 2012 respectively.

Over the last three decades, concerted human resources effort was thrown behind raising awareness of HIV/AIDS globally. However, other very dreadful viruses — especially Hepatitis — have been granted time to spread. Innocent children suffer with the misconception that there is no future, mother to child transmission is not prevented, friendships are strained, couples break up and families are torn apart because of inadequate access to the accurate information that would dispel the myths and stereotypes around Hepatitis and alleviate much suffering.

The two siblings, Shamsu Walli and me, are few numbers out of the 1 in 12 people that live with hepatitis worldwide. Over 2 billion of us come in contact with hepatitis a year but 350 million out of us go on to develop chronic Hepatitis 6 months after initial diagnosis. That is 8 times more people living with hepatitis than the 40 million living with HIV/AIDS. Sadly, more than 30% of these people, like me, will not have symptoms until we are on our dying bed.

Why I am concerned is that 1 in 70 live with hepatitis in the UK now. The number of cases in Brighton and Hove is twice the average for the South East. Meanwhile, research underscores that people suffering from chronic illnesses are faced with higher risk of depression, rated between 25-33%, greater than ordinary women- 10-25% and men- 5-10%. The annual report of the Director of Public Health Brighton and Hove 2012/13 indicates that migrants who are unable to work due to disability or ill health have higher risk of depression, at 85%, which is 18% higher than the unemployed or job seekers.

Section 21 of the National Assistance Act of 1948 compels the state to intervene in the life of a migrant if it deems that the human rights of that migrant are in jeopardy, and the state has to protect the dignity of the of the migrant, especially if a ‘no recourse to public funds’ clause is present on his or her visa or the person is at high risk of mental illness. Yet liver chronic illness is not recognised as disability and its impact on mental health is disregarded.

In response to this, the community group which I am part of, Hepatitis B Foundation –Brighton, with the support of Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum, invites you to our free community panel discussion tagged:

‘Hepatitis: The Future?’

https://www.facebook.com/events/594178360641662/

On the Monday 18 November at 5pm, Brighton Museum, Old Court Room,118 Church St (side entrance) BN1 1UD UK (opp Brighton Dome). With guest speakers:

1. Dr. Jeremy Tibble (Consultant Liver Specialist & Associate Chief of Medicine Brighton Sussex University –Hospital-NHS Trust)

What is Hepatitis?Its causes, characteristics, complications, transmissions and prevention.

2. Prof. Martin Fisher (Consultant in HIV and Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Sussex County Hospital, NHS Trust, Brighton)

The interaction between Hep B and HIV, and possibly Hep B vaccination

3. Nina Yeo (Refugee Radio – Resilience Panel Coordinator)

The effect of chronic illness on mental health, especially in the refugee and migrant community.

4. Paul Desmond (Director Hep B Foundation UK – London)

The limitation Resources and funding & support for people living with the virus and their families

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A. Please arrive promptly.

Light refreshment served

Thank you

Luqman Onikosi

Founder

Hepatitis B Foundation –Brighton