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Nigeria census, fathers rights and ETA
A good solid programme - Fiona - 2000 GMT

A good programme in our opinion that got a lot of response from you, but did we pick the right topics? We're always looking for your feedback.

Kabiru Yusef, Bala Sanusi, Tunde and Samuel from civil liberties were our guests for the discussion on Nigeria's first national census for 15 years.

A selection of your texts:

    This census will raise a growing concern by the international observers, I pray that the census officials will conduct it with God-fearing.
    Yusuf Karatu

    Where I am now in Lagos, I've not been counted. But I think it's a good idea that we know exactly how many we are.
    Joe Emoyon, Lagos

    Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa and the census is very important for the even distribution of their resources.
    Ian Kosgei

    A census is vital to planning. I am however apprehensive about the honesty and transparency of the process...
    Jefta Dakat, Jos, Nigeria

    I am not in favour of this census as the consequences will lead to discrimination at various levels, and it could provoke destabilisation in the region.

    Census is not the problem in Nigeria. The problem is our leaders and our image makers. It Is not going to make any changes.
    Thasseus Ejiofor, Abuja

    The first day of the census is a complete failure in many places in Nigeria because of lack of adequate preparation.
    Abdulahi from Maiduguri

    It's a life time experience many young people are eager to be counted.
    M.M.Kumo, Gombe

    The census is sham like the ill-fated ID-card project.
    Dare, Ibadan, Nigeria

    Census taking is a normal thing. Why all this noise? Please let the people do their job in peace.
    Priscilla, Accra

Mel Feit, founder of the National Centre for Men and Debbie Klein of ACES - The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support representing the two sides of the argument about the rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. We also took your calls from Germany, the UK, the US, Liberia and Prague.

You responded with your comments:

    It hard to believe that a parent would want to divorce himself from his daughter. Such a person deserve no blessing in an African setting.
    Martor Zubah, Liberia

    Please tell that guy to take care of his child. If he had wanted not to take care he should not have developed the relationship. It is a shame.
    Lansana M Dumbuya

    I can understand where he is coming from, after all women do have a choice to terminate a pregnancy if they do not wish to be a parent while men do not have any choice. However there are many ways to make sure that you don't become a parent, he should have thought about it before having sex.
    Sarah, Minneapolis

    This is such a complex topic. On one hand, a father should have the right to refuse - this is the result of the sexual revolution women started 30 years ago. On the other hand, societies and families are held together by age-old responsibilities and duties.

    I side with being responsible about one's actions - this man should pay support. Lastly, I find it interesting that this issue, which shows deep confusion about roles and values, is taking place in the US, and no where else.
    Christian Hufnagel, Dayton, Ohio, USA

    I think the man should have the right not to be the father if he had talked to her about it. We have so many women here in the USA who go on a rampage getting pregnant against the man's will and then making a living out of child support. This should come to an end. Men should have a right too.
    Kadie, Durham, North Carolina, USA

    It amazes me that woman can have the choice to be a mother i.e., have an abortion or not, but women get their backs up when men want the same rights, where is the equality?
    Patrick Smith, Brno Czech Republic

    In cases of developing countries like Uganda, taking care of a baby is done with both mum and dad.
    Julius, Uganda

We had planned to look at reaction to the talk of ETA laying down their arms. After looking around we felt that it wasn't a big talking point but will hopefully return to it at a later date.

Tomorrow on the programme we have James Yee, the US army chaplain who was accused of betraying America. He is a third generation Chinese American who converted to Islam and went to Syria to study Arabic.

While he was serving as the army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he was accused of espionage and assisting Al Qaeda and held for 76 days in solitary confinement.

Send us your questions and comments for James Yee, and your suggestions for other discussions you would like to hear on World Have Your Say, using the form at the bottom.

A worthwhile headcount? - Rabiya - 1345 GMT

Three stories to look at on tonight's programme.

Nigeria Census

Nigeria's first national census in 15 years has started today. President Olusegun Obasanjo has stressed that the census is not political and has urged people to remain calm.

The count started in earnest in Lagos, and enumerators will go house-to-house counting residents. The census is highly sensitive, as funding and political representation depend on the results, but controversial questions of religion and ethnicity have been left out.

This is because rival ethnic and religious groups have tried to use them to assert their numerical superiority and claim a larger share of oil revenues and political representation.

But already there are problems. Some communities are hoping to use the census to record their claims to land or property.

We want your views on whether a census is necessary in Nigeria? Will it be used effectively? Are you taking part? Have your say here.

Fathers rights

Can a father refuse to take responsibility for a child he never wanted?

Matt Dubay, a computer programmer in the United States, is trying to. He's asking a court to absolve him from all the responsibilities of fatherhood.

When he learned that Lauren Wells was pregnant, Mr Dubay says he made clear to that he was not ready to be a father and talked to Ms Wells about an abortion or putting the baby up for adoption.

Mr Dubay says that it "isn't right to be part of the child's life. An unwilling parent is not good for a child."

He is facing a court order to pay $500 each month to support Elizabeth.

We're asking if a man should have the right not to be a father. Or does having sex make him responsible for any consequences? Send us your comments or join the debate.


It appears that the Basque separatist group ETA, are moving closer to renouncing armed struggle.

ETA has not carried out any killings for more than 1,000 days and talks with the Spanish government regarding the terms of a cease-fire seem likely.

Could this really be the end of the long and bitter war?

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