About Conscience International Magazine
Published by Conscience Publishing and Communications Limited, CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL made a bold entry into the Nigerian socio-political landscape in 1997 during the heat of the June 12 crisis.
Daring to be different, CONSCIENE INTERNATIONAL hit the newsstands during the military administration of the late General Sani Abacha when ill-informed political activists and self-styled social crusaders led the masses blindly to see virtually nothing good in the regime that has not been equalled in delivering people-friendly socio-economic policies and programmes.
It is on record that in spite of the spate of economic and social sanctions imposed on the nation by Western powers during the period, foreign exchange, a strong index of the economic well-being of a nation, was stable at N80 per dollar throughout while prices of food and household appliances dropped to an all-time low and remained so. It is needless to state that the economy enjoyed relative stability in spite of the endemic social unrest that characterized the Abacha Administration.
The magazine, founded by the irrepressible High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, national publicity of the ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) during the Second Republic from 1979 through 1983, therefore took up the challenge of crusading for the success of the Abacha Administration. It was a period which some people attained cheap popularity simply by opposing the government.
Encouraged by the zeal, the principles and the determination of General Abacha to succeed in all his programmes, and spurred on by a divine direction to pick up the gauntlet, the publisher/editor-in-chief, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, a former non-executive director of Daily Times of Nigeria Plc, led a good quality crop of time-tested and fearless journalists on the journey into focused development journalism that has stood the test of time.
He found both the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible instructive to his mission of crusading for the success of the General Sani Abacha.
Chapter Four of the Holy Quran AL-NISA Part Five Verse 60 says: “O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey His messengers and those who are in authority among you. And if you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His messengers if you are believers in Allah and the Last Day. That is best and most commendable in the end.”
On duties towards the state authorities, the Good News Version of the Holy Bible says in Romans 13: 1 – 9:
Duties towards the State Authorities – Holy Bible, Romans 13: 1 – 9:
1. Everyone must obey the state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God.
2. Whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God has ordered; and anyone who does so will bring judgment upon himself.
3. For rulers are not to be feared by those who do good, but by those who do evil. Would you like to be unafraid of the man in authority? Then do what is good, and he will praise you.
4. Because he is God’s servant working for your own good. But if you evil, then be afraid of him, because his power to punish is real. He is God’s servant and carries out God’s punishment on those who do evil.
5. For this reason you must obey the authorities – not just because of God’s punishment, but also as matter of conscience.
6. That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfill their duties.
7. Pay them what you owe them; pay them your personal and property taxes, and show respect and honour for them all.
8. Be under obligation to no one – the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law.
9. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not desire what belongs to someone else” – all these, and any others besides, are summed up in the one command, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
– Good News Version
While professional armchair critics of government seek to destroy Nigeria, their fatherland, through their salvos and devilish machinations, CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL is committed to building a strong, united black race, apart from helping to create the foundation of a virile economically and politically stable Nigeria.
While political jobbers and fair weather friends who had dined and wined with the military turned round to put on the toga of political activism, calling on Western nations to impose sanctions on Nigeria, their fatherland, the publishers of CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL thought differently. For one thing, these sanctions would only make life difficult, if not unbearable, for the poor, the oppressed and already marginalized masses. We reasoned then – as we still do – that those calling for the sanctions and the military high brass they were supposed to be fighting were so well fortified physically and too immunized financially to be affected by the sanctions.
In another breath, we could see that the so-called activists were only dancing to the gallery and were reaping good fruits financially from the masters of the old order, the colonial masters who prodded them on. Most of them chose to stay out of Nigeria to fight the government.
By choice, we have been different. And our stand has earned us direct attack from some of the very vocal social crusaders who, over the years, have subjected us to verbal onslaught, using every available medium at their disposal.
Over the years, against the general concepts of offensive journalism towards government and those in it without suggesting alternative solutions, the pages of CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL have been used to promote peace, good governance and equitable development. While a section of the media has constituted itself into a cult of opposition for no just cause with anybody in government as an enemy, CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL has been focused and consistent in its exhaustive coverage and reportage of the government and its agencies, both at the federal and state levels. And this, the magazine has done creditably well, surpassing all competing brands and standing head and shoulders above all others.
CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, which reported the last 27 months of the military like no other, has done business with every succeeding civilian administration since 1999.
With reference to the “international” in the name of the magazine, the worst critics of CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL have admitted to buying the magazine either in a Western capital city or one Asian friend or the other calling their attention to it after buying it in his or her country.
The policy of the magazine is never to compromise on fearlessness, high editorial standard and state-of-the-art production quality in aesthetics and colour presentation.
Although the magazine is not a political journal yet it does not shy away from the coverage and reportage of political issues. However, it is neither partisan nor affiliated to any political party. In the same vein, it is not the mouth piece of any tribe, religion or creed.