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August 16, 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…

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…

How Igbo man saved my life during civil war – Gov. Lalong

How Igbo man saved my life during civil war – Gov. Lalong

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has recounted how an Igbo man saved his life during the Civil War. The Governor said this while warning against allowing the rising tension in the country to degenerate into a violent conflict. Lalong recalled how an Igbo man sacrificed his life for him. According to him, the Igbo man, who was his guardian, was brutally killed after saving his life during the crisis when he was three years old. He said this on the occasion of Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary during a church service held at the national headquarters of the Evangelical…

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

PREAMBLE Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus was the Emperor of Rome from 54 to 68 AD. His name at birth was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Nero was so notoriously cruel and depraved that he ingloriously earned the first position in the world book of infamy listing the seven most wicked men. He unleashed a reign of persecution on Christians. History stated that a conflagration erupted within the confines of the Palatine and Celius of Rome and ravaged the city for six days and seven nights. Nero blamed Christians for the fire. The cruelty visited on those that the wicked Emperor held…

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…

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…

How to actualize Biafra – Ex-Senate President, Nnamani

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has opined that agitation would not lead to the actualization of Biafra. Nnamani stressed that rather than agitate for Biafra; people of the region should rather embrace dialogue and political solution to achieve self-determination. Speaking in Abuja, on Thursday, the former Senate President also canvassed for the restructuring of the country. He noted that the people stand a better chance to benefit from restructuring rather than engaging in agitation that could easily lead to deaths. According to Nnamani, “Those of us from South East had nothing to be ashamed of, our case was reviewed and…

Biafra War: Yoruba, Middle Belt owe Ndigbo apology – Femi Kayode

Four and half decades after the Nigeria Civil War, and wishing that the clock could be rewound, at least one vocal Yoruba politician, thinker, poet and social commentator is making a journey down memory lane and looking back regretfully and admitting that his people made a monumental mistake by not supporting Ndigbo. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode said it was wrong for the South and Middle Belt not to have supported Biafra. He said that Ikemba Ojukwu and Ndigbo deserve an apology. “We owe the late Colonel Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu the erstwhile Head of State of Biafra and his entire…

Here is why I’m pro-Biafra – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has, again, explained his support for Biafran agitators. Soyinka said the Igbo people have been so wronged that they have no choice than to consider opting out of Nigeria. Prof. Soyinka spoke on Al Jazeera, yesterday where he shed light on his support for Biafra agitators. “I am very much pro- Biafra because I recognise that the Igbo have been wronged desperately. “They have been brutalised in a way that justifies their feeling that they were not part of the nation. “Let me also say this, Biafrans are not entirely innocent in this affair. They…

Buhari: Biafra agitators never saw civil war

Those currently agitating for Biafra never witnessed the civil war which led to 2 million deaths, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday night. He was speaking at the breaking of fast (iftar) with his cabinet at the presidential banquet hall, Aso Rock Villa, referring to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) ‘We need a lot of prayers. certainly, with the nation’s econo,y going down, we haven’t developed agriculture, we are still trying to talk on those who will come and develope solid minerals for us’ he said. ‘The militants in their…

The Task Ahead For Igbo Intellectuals (3)

By: Bishop Godfrey Onah If any German had any idea about how to influence atmospheric conditions in such a way as to make it rain or stop raining on desired dates, at specific times and in designated areas only, we would probably have had “professors of rainmaking” sitting among us today; that is, if they would not have been in the different parts of Africa helping solve the severe problem of draught ravaging the area, or somewhere else (in Europe and America) stopping the rains from causing destructive floods and inundations. Unfortunately, those who claim to have such knowledge are…

Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra Restoration (1)

The Nigerian State, which was created and designed by Britain for her economic gain, was an aftermath of the 1884-1885 European Conference held in Berlin for the partitioning of or scramble for Africa. The interest for the acquisition of Africa – its lands and peoples – followed the “abolition” of slavery and slave trade. Though said to have ended; it has to be clearly stated that slavery continued in a new dimension/fashion which could be regarded as “homeland slavery” and total possession of the peoples of Africa. Theophilus Okere expresses it clearly thus: “The powerful nations of Europe that had…

Renewed agitation for Biafra (1)

By Ochereome Nnanna My people have a proverb which says: a person who was not present when a corpse was buried runs the risk of exhuming it from the foot end rather than the head. If you check the age profile of the pro-Biafra multitudes fuming with ballistic wrath and thronging the streets in the Igbo-speaking cities of the East and parts of South-South, you will find out that they are mostly the youth born long after the end of the Biafra-Nigeria civil war over 45 years ago. The oldies among them couldn’t have been more than teenage soldiers. The…

Can That War End Now?

  According to one of the World’s foremost Political Scientists, Hans J. Morgenthau in his book Politics Among Nations: the Struggle for Power and Peace, p. 51, defines Political Power as “…a struggle for power.  It is a means to the Nation’s Ends”. Similarly, Kaven A. Mingst et al in his Book: Essential Readings in World Politics, p. 51, defines Politics as “…a struggle for power”. An aggregated search into the meanings of the above given definitions reveal that man is consciously constantly making efforts through struggles to harness his environment in order to govern it.  “It is therefore, a…

FIGHTING BOKO HARAM: PROFESSIONALISATION NOT POLITICISATION

In the 1970s, when armed robbery first went digital in Nigeria, there was a cartoon in a national daily trying to convey a satirical depiction of the phenomenon. In the cartoon, villagers were rejoicing over the fast development of their town and some of the celebratory placards read: our town now has motorable roads; we have electricity; we have pipe-borne water; now even armed robbers visit us! In other words, armed robbery is a normal collateral consequence of development and affluence. After all, armed robbers do not waste time and ammunition on undeveloped, impoverished villages. To extrapolate this logic to…

National Dialogue: Why the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Should Not Represent the Igbo Nation

Recently, the GEJ administration came up with the idea of a national dialogue which in my view is a distraction from the present Civil war he is prosecuting against the Boko Haram rebel group and charges of Corruption against his administration in the backdrop of the cohesive belligerence of the APC. Not many Nigerians are aware of the fact that Nigeria, in the view of the United Nations, the international court of Criminal Justice, The World Bank and the international community is a Nation at War just because, the war has religious connotations. Perhaps this is one of the reasons…

Fajuyi deserves more honours, says Fayemi

– For choosing to die with his guest, Aguiyi Ironsi Ekiti State Governor, Fayemi, has urged the Federal Government to accord posthumous recognition to the slain Governor of the old Western Region col. Adekunle Fajuyi. The governor said the late military governor paid the price that held the country together till date. Dr. Fayemi  spoke in Ado-Ekiti at this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Fajuyi Memorial Park. The governor noted that if Fajuyi had not scarified herself during the muting in his domain, there could have been ethnic distrust, which might have torn the nation apart. The late…

THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF ACHEBEISM

The World Almanac and Book of Facts (2013) published a list of worldwide Writers of the Present. Only three (3) Africans made the list. They are Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), John Maxwell Coetzee (South Africa), and Wole Soyinka (Nigeria). In 2014, it will publish a new list. This list will move the names of those who died in 2013 to the list of Writers of the Past. The list will include the name of Chinua Achebe. By this move from the Present to the Past, Chinua Achebe joins his departed kindred spirits like William Shakespeare, James Baldwin, William Blake, Dante Aligheri,…

Fallen standard of Education

When Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation gained political independence from Britain in October 1960, she inherited that high standard of education that makes Great Britain to thick among the comity of nations. Candidates from Nigeria wrote the London General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations both at Ordinary and the Advanced levels and excelled.  They also did very well in the London Matriculation Examination.  When the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) came on board, our candidates maintained that high standard in the West African School Certificate (WASC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examinations, which were in vogue before the outbreak of…

Eze Desmond Ogugua: Igbos won’t run away again

As tension mounts in the North, opinion is divided whether thousands of Igbos living there should return or not. Those who have loved ones in the danger zones are sending a strong “come-back-quick” message to them. They recall the slaughtering of Igbos in the north, prior to the civil war, and although the situation now is somewhat different, they fear history may repeat itself. But the hardliners urging people to “stay” base their position on the poverty and unemployment situation is the East, which is dangerously high. However, there is a strong and powerful voice also urging Igbos in the…