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August 20, 2018

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…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

Read the previous – Part 1 IGBO QUIT NOTICE The Igbo quit notice is like a pilot scheme subtly let out to test the mood and evaluate the implication before the implementation of the actual plan. It is worthy of note that the Arewa youth’s action has the support not only  of the Northern Elders Forum(NEF), but of prominent northern leaders like Professor Ango Abdullahi and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. For some of us, the stage had been set quite long ago. Is it not absolutely inconceivable in a democracy in the twenty-first century that President Muhammadu Buhari would take…

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…

IGBO QUIT NOTICE: Osinbajo Meets 36 State Governors, charges them not to play politics with security

Osinbajo Meets 36 State Governors, charges them not to play politics with security

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, June 21, while meeting with the 36 state governors in Abuja said Nigeria would remain a united country.   Osinbajo told the governors that they “must ensure the security of lives and property” in their states, adding “Nigeria is indissoluble.”   The meeting was part of a series of meetings the acting president is having with ethnic, religious and political leaders to douse tensions in the country.   The tensions got worse after a Northern youth coalition asked all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria to leave.   The call has been condemned by…

Ndigbo will be better off in Biafra

I feel highly disappointed when I hear some Igbo sons and daughters kick against Biafra especially those who know the history of Nigeria very well. They don’t want Biafra. They want one Nigeria. What a disappointment? How long will it take some of these Igbos to know that there is no basis for One Nigeria. Out of the three major ethnic groups (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba), the two major ethnic groups – Hausa and Yoruba don’t want us. What they want is our land and our national resources and not the human resources. It is only the Igbos who want…

That Amnesty International report on Biafra

Recently, the Amnesty International released a report on the killing of some innocent and harmless Pro-Biafra agitators. It was based on interviews with 200 people, 100 photographs and 87 videos. According to the report, more than 150 peaceful IPOB and MASSOB protesters have been killed since August 2015. It said that Nigeria’s military used live ammunition and deadly force against Pro-Biafra protesters, who were campaigning for independence from Nigeria. While the police denied allegations of use of unnecessary force to snuff life out of these harmless youths, the army accused Amnesty International of trying to tarnish its reputation. But on…

Igbos are hated in Nigeria – Ex-Military VP, Ukiwe

A former Chief of General Staff in the military era, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), on Wednesday claimed that the Igbo race is hated in Nigeria. Speaking in Lagos, the elder statesman said rather than lament their plight, Igbos should stay focused on their strength because “they have what it takes to succeed in Nigeria.” According to Ukiwe, ‘’Igbo people are great people, it is unfortunate that they are being hated. But I am urging them to stop lamenting. This is not the time for lamentation. Igbo people should get up and move on because hatred is not always a bad…

Who is Afraid of Restructuring and True Federalism? (1)

By Fr. Mark-Donald Ude, C.S.Sp [ude@ualberta.ca] Over the past several months, I have given public writing a break in order to focus more on personal academic commitments laced with pastoral duties. But things have reached a point at which silence would be criminal on my part, and indeed on the part of all who have a modicum of sense of justice and patriotism. We are living through perhaps the most tumultuous times in our history. Nigerians have not known it this bad as a country, at least not since the return of democracy. Our hope for a “change” has been…

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…

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…

Ndigbo condemn Olisa Metuh’s court appearance in handcuffs

More condemnations have continued to trail the treatment given to the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, by the Nigeria Prison Service. Metuh, who is standing trial over an alleged fraud of N400 million, was brought to the Federal High Court in Abuja in handcuffs – the only one so far among the prominent persons accused in the Dasuki case to be so handcuffed. On online platforms, in telephone conversations and personal interactions, many prominent Igbos, ordinary citizens and Igbo forums alike have condemned what they call the “humiliation and unfair treatment” meted out to Metuh by arraigning him in…

BIAFRA: Northern elites meet with Igbo Royal fathers

Following the upsurge in pro-Biafra protests, northern royal fathers have met with Igbo royal fathers in Owerri, the Imo state capital. A high-powered delegation was welcomed by the governor of the state Rochas Okorocha, who held a meeting to discuss the previous disturbances in the southeast. The northern traditional rulers said they believe in the unity of Nigeria and are worried about the agitation for the Biafra state. The meeting was attended by the first class traditional rulers of Nigeria comprising the Obi of Onitsha, Emir of Lafia, Emir of Fika, Gbong Gwom Jos, among others. The Igbo royal fathers…

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…

Imo Monarch Advises Ndigbo on Culture

  The Chairman, Njaba Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Vincent Duru has described culture as the identity of people and the society. He stated this while speaking with journalists in his palace, Okponakuma Autonomous Community Njaba Local Government Area, Imo State. Eze Duru noted that every society has its culture and way of life or particular festival they celebrate annually, which they are known for. He said that Igbo culture should not be abandoned or allowed to go extinct, adding that it is a clarion call for the people to revive their culture and enjoy what they have, since it…

President Buhari and the Igbos: the bitter truth of an open secret?

Dr. Kenneth Amaeshi The argument is often constructed like this: the clamour of the Igbos for political positions in President Buhari’s administration is bizarre. Recently, they did not vote en masse for the All Progressives Congress (APC) – President Buhari’s political party. Historically, they attempted to secede from Nigeria, as Biafra. As such, they are not expected to benefit from President Buhari’s reign. Such expectations are invariably tantamount to ad misericordiam (i.e. appeal to pity) fallacy exemplified in the classic case of a man who murdered his parents, and when it came to sentencing him, he pleaded to the judge…

Buhari visits Imo, hails Igbos

  The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has described Igbos as strong partners in Nigeria’s development during his first trip to Imo State after election. He noted that where a thousand Nigerians gather, there must be Igbos in their midst and commended the mercantile spirit of the people. “Igbos are all over the country and there is no part of the country where 1000 people gather without finding Igbos,” the president-elect said. Gen. Buhari, who was received by the party’s supporters at the Imo International Conference Centre, Owerri, Tuesday, April 7, also appealed to the people to support the All Progressives Congress…

Bastardization of August Meeting

Every historical event has an origin in time. Some events are traced to antiquity and some to pre-historical times. When evolutionists are confronted by issues that appear timeless, they try to escape through the horns of dilemma using hundreds of millions of years back, e.g. their irrational claim that man evolved from unicellular organism like Amoeba till the transformation reached ape, then to man. This equivocation does not apply to the emergence of Women’s Home and Abroad (August) Meeting. Special attention started to be drawn to this great event when Nollywood featured it in one of their films in 1990s…

KSM Mater Dei Sub-Council carries anti-abortion campaigns to schools

Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Mater Dei Sub-Council Urualla on Friday, April 11, 2014 took their campaign against abortion and other issues that threaten the welfare of the unborn child to National High school and St. Theresa’s Secondary School Ndiawa both in Arondizuogu. In his separate addresses to the staff and students of the two schools, the Grand Knight, Mater Dei Sub-Council Urualla, Bro. Marcel Nwajeri noted that the Knights and Ladies of the Sub-Council were in Arondizuogu to launch a campaign against sex before marriage, abortion, the use of condom and other illicit preventive measures against pregnancy or termination…

Federal Projects: Minister wants Ndigbo to key in for maximum benefit

States in the South East geo-political zone of Nigeria have been urged to key into the National Development programme so as to derive maximum benefit from the siting of Federal Projects. Professor (Mrs.) Viola Onwuliri, Minister of  State 1 for Foreign Affairs, who made the call Tuesday (August 13, 2013) while addressing newsman at the Nigerian Union of journalists Press Centre Owerri, said they could do so by fulfilling the required conditions such as applying for and meeting up the laid down conditions for such projects. She maintained that Ndigbo will continue to miss such opportunities for development as long…

Irete youths and the display of hostility to non-indigenes

Undoubtedly, we are living in a precarious and hostile society.  A society where brutes and brutality are the order of the day.  This is indeed a society where atrocities are committed with impunity.  A lawless and barbaric society replete with animals in disguise in the name of human beings.  While the youths in civilized societies are busy making great impacts on ground-breakings and wonderful innovations, their Irete counterparts are busy wallowing in unethical behavior, violence and abuse of human rights.    This inference is drawn because of the attitude these young men exhibited at Mrs. Ibenye’s store on Friday at about…