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June 23, 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…

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…

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…

Biafra: Nigeria is standing before the Red Sea – Bishop Kukah

The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, has reacted to the agitation for an independent state of Biafra led by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. The cleric alluded to one of Biblical stories of the Israelites to describe the question of Nigeria’s unity. According to him, the situation in Nigeria can be likened to when the Israelites stood before the Red Sea during their exit from captivity. He said: “We cannot recover territory from Boko Haram only to surrender it to others; we are Nigeria and Nigeria will continue to…

Ndigbo: We don’t Love property more than life … IPOB Elders

Those who think that Ndigbo love property more than they love life are deceiving themselves.   In a communiqué issued by the Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) after a crucial meeting in Owerri, the elders made it clear that Ndigbo are not treating the eviction order with levity. As for those who think the Igbo would rather die than leave their property, the elders said they are wrong.   This rebuttal and explanation came from Igbo elders, against the backdrop of the quit notice given to Igbo sons and daughters living in the north, by…

Igbo Leaders Storm Aso Rock, … I will deal with trouble makers – Osinbajo

As tension builds up over the quit notice given to Ndigbo living in the North by a notorious and bloodthirsty Arewa youths, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians not to panic.   However the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt Rev. Gregory Okoroafor has admonished Ndigbo not to be deceived. He said they should not forget that similar protective assertions were made by government before the 1966-1967 pogrom, in which thousands of Ndigbo lost their lives. The Bishop Ndigbo should not forget that anybody surrounded by enemies must be vigilant and that it is time to start…

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…

IGNORE QUIT NOTICE, SOUTH EAST SENATE CAUCUS, GOVS TELL IGBO

• Police launch manhunt for Arewa groups’ leaders Says ‘we will implement same security strategy used for IPOB on Arewa Youths • Puts AIGs, Command CPs on alert • You must be combat ready, Reps tell security agencies • Free speech taken too far – APC   The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, ordered Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and state Commissioners of Police in the North to arrest and bring to book, those behind Tuesday’s three-month eviction notice to Igbo in the northern part of the country.   READ FULL DETAIL ON: Northern Youths threaten Ndigbo … Northern Governors…

Biafra shuts down South East

Biafra activists may have sent a strong signal to their fellow countrymen and women that peaceful agitation can work, even in Nigeria, by grounding the whole of South East in a peaceful protest.   Similarly, by complying totally with the sit-at home order issued by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), and sister body Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the South East also spoke eloquently about their sympathy and support for the issues the agitators of Biafra are kicking against.   READ ALSO: Photo Report on the Biafra Protest, May 30 Sit-Home exercise  …

Ahead of May 30, MASSOB declares Uwazuruike an Outcast

– The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) has disowned Chief Ralph Uwazurike (Former MASSOB leader) – MASSOB disclosed point blank that the group is never in support of the Biafra Independent Movement anchored by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike – The pro-Biafra group (MASSOB) maintained that there is no form of celebration scheduled to today Monday May 22, 2017 The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) Comrade Uchenna Madu, has distanced itself from all activities anchored by Chief Ralph Uwuazrurike. MASSOB leadership disclosed it is not linked to any…

No future for Biafra – France … It’s not true – MASSOB

The French Government has stated that there is no future for Biafra. It said there is no support for those agitating for the secession of any part of Nigeria. France Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer told the Guardian, that his home country would not in anyway work with any group agitating for the division of the nation. He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country. “We are working with Nigeria and we are supporting it as the only country. This is absolutely clear and I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra….

Military launches ‘Operation Python Dance’ against secessionist groups in South-East

The Nigerian Army on Monday launched ‘Operation Python Dance’ in the South-East part of the country. It, therefore, warned secessionist groups against acts capable of threatening the nation’s sovereignty. It said it would not hesitate to apply the Rule of Engagement to deploy troops and deal with secessionists as appropriate. According to the military, the exercise became imperative in anticipation of rise in violent crimes during the Yuletide. In a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said the operation would last from November 27 to…

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…

Investigate killing of IPOB, Shiite members now – Falana tells FG

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, on Monday called on the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the killing of MASSOB/IPOB members as well as scores of Shiites who were allegedly killed by the military and the police. Falana made the call while delivering a paper at the 2016 Law Week of the Jos branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, entitled:” War Against Corruption-Issues and Challenges Confronting the Judiciary.” He said, “In view of the admission of the Nigerian Army that it killed 5 protesters instead of the 150 alleged by Amnesty International, we…

Nigeria security forces ‘killed 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters’ -Amnesty Int’l

…We acted professionally Army replies, alleges blackmail Nigeria’s security forces have killed more than 150 peaceful protesters since August 2015, a human rights group has claimed. Amnesty International said the country’s military used live ammunition and deadly force against pro-Biafra protesters who were campaigning for independence from Nigeria. Nigeria’s police denies allegations that it used unnecessary force. The country’s army said Amnesty was trying to tarnish its reputation. Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with almost 200 people, alongside more than 100 photographs and 87 videos. Among the allegations contained in the report are what Amnesty called “extrajudicial executions”, when…

Biafra: Buhari under fire over referendum

President can’t stop it – MASSOB, Ikedife …We don’t need your consent to have new republic – IPOB Frontline Igbo leaders and groups have taken President Muhammadu Buhari to task over his decision not to allow referendum on Biafra. Buhari, during a media event in New York City at the end of his visit to the United States as the leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 71st United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) had foreclosed any chance for a referendum as a path to bring healing and closure to the vexing issue of Biafra. The president stated that the choice left…

MASSOB rejects conditional release of Kanu, insists nobody can renounce Biafra

The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB), on Sunday rejected the Federal Government’s reported offer of a conditional release for the detained Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and several others. It was earlier reported that a meeting between the federal government and representatives of some militant group proposed the release on Kanu and several others on the condition that they would drop Biafra agitation. However, MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a statement, declared that the conditions “are not only laughable but inconsequential.” The statement wondered how any sane man thought that…

Blood, sorrows, tears as army, battle Pro-Biafra protesters

No fewer than 50 members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were on Monday arrested for holding road show in Owerri, the Imo State capital to commemorate their anniversary. Mr Okechukwu Nwogu, a stalwart of MASSOB, who spoke to journalists in Owerri, regretted the arrest of members of the group whom he said were on a peaceful march to commemorate the 49th anniversary of Biafra and 17th anniversary of MASSOB. MASSOB members had kicked off their road show at Waterside Primary School Owerri from where they moved to Rotibi Street into Oguamana Street…

Fulani herdsmen kidnap Catholic priest in Enugu

Beware!  Not all Hausa/Fulani men rearing cattle are harmless They have been accused of several mischiefs. Last week, in Enugu, they kidnapped a Catholic Priest and used his mobile phone to demand a ransom of N10 million. The kidnap of Rev. Fr. Aniako Celestine, priest in charge of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ukana, Udi Local Government Area is causing ripple in the area. The priest was kidnapped while returning from a visit to his home town, Ezeagu. As at the time of going to press, the priest has not been released. State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed…

Kukah to Buhari: Dialogue with Kanu, fellow Pro-Biafra Activists

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, says pro-Biafra activists are entitled to their agitation and should not be crucified for it. He also advised the Federal Government to look at the positive side of Nnamdi Kanu, a leader of the pro-Biafra movement and promoter of Radio Biafra now in detention, and draw him closer rather that prosecuting him. According to Kukah, since every Nigerian has the right to pursue his or her goal in life, the ongoing agitation for Biafra is legitimate. Speaking on the topic: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Some Thoughts On Human Rights, Freedom And Justice…