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August 15, 2018

Buhari under fire over claims on civil war killings

Former minister of Health, Prof. Alphonsus B. C. Nwosu has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon ordered the Nigerian Army to be soft on Biafrans during the 1967-1970 civil war.   Prof. Nwosu said the president should spare Ndigbo his memory of the war and that he did not understand the basis of the president’s claims that the war was not brutal when over three million Igbo children were starved to death. The former political adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo stressed that a war that every family lost a valuable provider and…

GENERAL ACHUZIA: Great Spirit They Could Not break!

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  (A Tribute) When last I saw General Achuzia at the Hospital, I had observed “His breath is strong and steady!” A strong and steady Spirit is a fair encapsulation of who Odogwu Achuzia; Ogbueshi naabo, was. Achuzia strongly and steadily sacrificed his comfort and life for what the Ahiara Declaration, which he like General Emeka Ojukwu, whose alter ego he was, strongly believed in, had styled “A republic where the Blackman can stand proud”. For this principled stand, everything was done by adversaries to break his spirit. Achuzia died a model to Igbo youth, Biafran youth and all youths…

Prosecute IPOB members’ killers, Ohanaeze tells Army

  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural body of the Igbo, has called for the prosecution of soldiers involved in an alleged extra-judicial killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during the recent Operation Python Dance in the South-East. The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said the organisation had raised the issue with the leadership of the Nigerian Army. Speaking during a ‘Night of Tributes’ for the late Biafran war commander and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Col. Joe Achuzia, at Enugu Sports Club, Nwodo said soldiers who flouted the army’s rules of engagement during the…

Cattle Colony: MASSOB warns Igbo Governors, Traditional Rulers

  Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB, has warned governors and traditional rulers from South East not to give any part of Biafra land to Fulani herdsmen for the purposes of cattle colony, adding that the North had large expanse of land. MASSOB’s Director of Information, Sunny Okereafor, while speaking with Daily Sun, said the warning had become imperative because of information at the organization’s disposal that some state governors and traditional rulers from the South East were negotiating with the Northern oligarchy to give out some portions of land in Biafra to Fulani herdsmen to…

Anambra Election: Congratulations INEC and Ndi Anambra

  The long-awaited and hipped Anambra State elections have come and gone, peacefully without even as much as a single gunshot being fired; without any loss of life. Thanks to God! We congratulate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor Willie Obiano who won a second term, despite all odds. Congratulations are also due to all the contestants who fought bravely especially those of them who accepted defeat like good sportsmen and women. In every contest, there must be winners and losers. It is not necessarily the winning or losing that is important but,…

Coup in IPOB?

  Nnamdi Kanu dethroned He remains our leader – IPOB Radio Biafra, the international media arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), resumed operations last week. But instead of the fiery rhetoric with which it was associated with, the radio announced the sack of Nnamdi Kanu, as director and leader of IPOB. The Radio Biafra’s programme started between 6am -7am last Sunday with the lady announcer, who gave her name as Ifeoma Okorafor, stating that the radio was restructuring. Then the shocking announcement that “Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, the former Director of Radio Biafra is hereby dismissed and…

FG Agrees to Pay Civil War Victims N88bn Compensation

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Forty-seven years after the Nigerian Civil War ended under ‘no victor, no vanquished’ terms, the federal government Monday agreed to pay victims of the war N88 billion as compensation. A breakdown of the compensation adopted by the ECOWAS Court of Justice as consent judgment for government and the victims showed that N50 billion would go directly to the victims of the war in 11 affected states in the South-east, South-south and parts of the North-central region, while the remaining N38 billion would be used for the evacuation of abandoned bombs and other lethal weapons, as well as the construction of…

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The aggravation of hostility between the federal government and the popular liberation organization, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA  seeking a referendum by peaceful means, did not come as a surprise to anyone. Indeed one of the cardinal principles of the Organization, remains non violence. Over the years, successive Nigerian governments have repeatedly stated that the territorial integrity of Nigeria is not negotiable. This by implication means that no nation within the Nation state can exit while the structural imbalances , corrupt leadership, and regional marginalisation  remain intolerable. This is bound to create tension and dissent and that is exactly what happened…

As October 1 draws near

As October 1 draws near

Conventionally, October 1 means the first day of the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. And ironically, it is the month of the introduction of the calendar by Pope Gregory (X111) in 1582. For some, it is their birthday, or perhaps pertains to some joyous occasion in their lives. But for the SouthEasterners, particularly the Igbos in northern parts of Nigeria, October 1 has lots of negative and apprehensive implications.   In the interest of the international community, and for those ignorant of the ugly developments in Nigeria, the Northern Youth Forum met in one of the…

Army reacts to video showing torture of IPOB members in Abia

Army reacts to video showing torture of IPOB members in Abia

…How soldiers disturbed my siesta – Nnamdi Kanu …Declines meeting with S’East govs The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating a video being circulated on the social media, which shows soldiers assaulting some members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba Abia State last week. In the disturbing three-minute clip, a flag of Biafra could be seen on the ground in front of the men who were stripped half naked and forced to lay down. They were eventually forced to drink and inside dirty mud water. Some were alleged to have died during the torture. The Leader could…

THE INVASION OF IGBOLAND BY NIGERIAN ARMY – A RIDICULOUS MISSION

The Invasion of Igboland by Nigerian Army – A Ridiculous Mission

Nathaniel I. NDIOKWERE  Preamble NIGERIA NOT A ZOO, BUT A JUNGLE You come to the above conclusion, without much reflection when you consider absurdities that one finds “Only in Nigeria!”. Just one example: “NIGERIA’S UNITY IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!” And this testament was written and signed by two people, BUHARI and OJUKWU, and this time the venue was not ABURI, in GHANA, but in KATSINA, NORTHERN NIGERIA! The implication of this two-man agreement is that anyone that tampers with the sacred accord, the testament, must be ruthlessly deal with! Wow! Recently, Philip Omenukwa, a young Nigerian writer, in a fine article…

Biafra: Kanu Rejects Southeast Governors’ Plea

Pro-Biafra group, The Indigenous People of Biafra led by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu on Wednesday, rejected the plea of South-east governors at a meeting in Enugu. According to Daily Trust, a reliable source stated that after long hours of the closed door meeting at the Enugu Government House, the governors were unable to convince Kanu to drop his agitation for Biafra. On the other hand, PoliticsNGR independently learned that the meeting failed to stop Kanu’s threat against the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state. The governors were said to have invited Kanu to discuss issues concerning the alleged violation of…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

POLICE ACTION The independence of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria was proclaimed on May 30, 1967, by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu after he cited a variety of malevolent acts on Ndi Igbo by the North namely: the pogrom that claimed over thirty thousand lives; the federal government’s failure to ensure the safety of Igbos in the presence of organised genocide; and the direct incrimination of government in the murders of its own citizens. The proclamation had the full backing of the Eastern House Constituent Assembly. Consequently, the war began. The Nigerian government led by Yakubu Gowon said that it would…

Biafra: You can’t Stop Anambra Election – Obiano tells IPOB

Governor Willie Obiano has sent a strong message to the proponents and agitators of Biafra to steer clear of Anambra’s election slated for November 18. He was responding to a call by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for the boycott of the election. The Governor vowed not to allow a repeat of the mistake made by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in the last census, when they persuaded many people not to be counted, to the disadvantage of Ndigbo. “We will not repeat what happened during the national…

South-East, South-South Governors resolve to reinvent Region

Governors of the 11 states in the South East and South-South geo­political zones have declared that the time to rebuild the two zones had come. The governors took the decision on Sunday night in Enugu after a meeting they convened to reinvent the old Eastern Region. In their resolutions after the parley that lasted for sever­al hours, the governors agreed to pursue a common econom­ic and political agenda to devel­op the two zones. According to them, the two regions share common and identical cultural and eco­nomic traits. The joint meeting of the South East and South-South governors commenced at about…

Arewa youths ask UN to hold referendum on Biafra

More than one month after issuing a quit notice to Igbo, to leave the North by October 1, 2017, Arewa youths,  under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, have, again,  called on the United Nations (UN) to initiate processes for peaceful referendum. The groups said that is the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue. In a July 12, 2017, letter addressed to the UN, the groups said since the end of the Civil War, Igbo youths have intermittently continued to  demand an independent country. They claimed that Igbo are reopening old wounds, and said the Kaduna Declaration…

Biafra: Give everyone a sense of belonging – Archbishop Martins urges FG

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, has urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to find a lasting solution to genuine agitations of the various ethnic groups in order to give everyone a sense of belonging.   According to a statement in Lagos, Martins expressed deep concern about the discordant tunes and calls for disintegration by some youths in the country.   He urged Nigerians to live together peacefully and shun every act capable of polarising the country.   “This country needs to be more united now than ever before.   “We must not trade the…

No going back on deadline for Igbo – Northern youths tell Osinbajo

The coalition of Arewa youth which gave the Igbo a three-month ultimatum to leave the north has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow those agitating for secession to “have their Biafra”. for peace to reign in the country.   In an open letter, the group said they appreciated Osinbajo’s efforts to “finding a lasting solution to the lingering Igbo-induced crisis that is undoubtedly overheating the polity”.   The group said the Igbo had manifested their “hatred for Nigeria’s unity” five years after the country gained independence.   They said activities of the Igbo under Nnamdi Kanu and the Independent…

Igbo Quit Notice: Osinbajo blows hot …Its nonsensical – Okorocha

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has read the riot act to those promoting hate speeches and violence, warning that any attempt to disrupt the peace in the country would be met with the full wrath of the law. Osinbajo spoke, Tuesday, shortly after he went into a closed-door meeting with foremost leaders of thought from the north against the backdrop of the three-month- quit notice handed to South- Easterners by Arewa youths to ship out of their region, and other secessionist’s agitations in the country. “As a government, we are determined to ensure the unity of the country along the lines…

The Kaduna Declaration: Igbo must leave the North Full text of Northern Youth Declaration

THE KADUNA DECLARATION BEING A JOINT POSITION PAPER ISSUED BY THE AREWA CITIZENS ACTION FOR CHANGE, AREWA YOUTH CONSULTATIVE FORUM, AREWA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, AREWA STUDENTS FORUM AND NORTHERN EMANCIPATION NETWORK ON THE IGBO PERSISTENCE FOR SECESSION    PREAMBLE The persistence for the actualization of Biafra by the unruly Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria has lately assumed another alarming twist which involved the forceful lockdown of activities and denial of other people’s right to free movement in the South-East by the rebel Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its overt and covert sponsors. This latest action and similar confrontational conducts which…