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June 18, 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…

Quit notice: Don’t panic, we are monitoring situation in the North – South-East Governors

South-East Governors on Monday re-assured Ndigbo residing in different parts of the country of their safety.   The Governors, who met in Enugu said they were in constant touch with the Northern Governors over the October 1 ultimatum issued to Igbos in the area. Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who read the communique issued after the meeting, said the position of the Northern governors was commendable.   “Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed us and of course we have been in touch with the federal government; we have also been in constant touch with our colleagues in the…

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…

ACF opposes implementation of 2014 confab report

Prof. Ango Abdullahi backs Arewa youths over Igbo Quit Notice

Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Wednesday opposed implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference. ACF said its opposition to the report was because the North was not adequately represented at the conference compared to the number of representatives from other parts of the country. This was contained in a communique issued by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad, Ibrahim Biu, after its National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna. The communique read in part: “The opposition of the North to the implementation of the recommendations in report of 2014 National Conference is not so much because of…

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…

Crush Boko Haram now – Jonathan orders military

President Goodluck Jonathan has given a fresh order to the Nigerian Armed Forces to go all out and crush Boko Haram and other terrorist groups operating in the country.  He said the military should not just identify and disrupt activities of the terrorists but go after their sources of funding, arsenals, training bases and recruitment efforts. Noting that unlike in the past when adversaries were easier to identify and confronted, Jonathan said, the enemy was now hiding behind human shields and despicable ideologies and deploying cyber offensives in addition to lethal conventional and unconventional armaments. He said confronting those new…

Extortion Rocks Junior School Cert Exam In Imo – Enraged Education Commissioner vows to punish culprits

A large scale extortion of candidates in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (a.k.a. Junior WAEC) by those charged with the supervision of the examination in Imo State, has been exposed Following public outcry, especially by parents of students involved in the examinations, who were shocked they were being demanded between N200 to N500 each examination day for their children and wards to “settle” their supervisor, THE LEADER embarked on a fact-finding tour of parts of the state including Isiala Mbano, Onuimo, Ehime Mbano, Ideato North and Ideato South Local Government Areas and made telephone contacts with Orlu, Oru West,…

Killing of Ndigbo: Enough is Enough – Ohaneze Ndigbo warns

The apex ethno Igbo organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo has warned that continued killing of innocent Nigerians especially of Igbo extraction in Northern Nigeria might no longer be business as usual for the murderous crusaders hiding under the cloak of Boko Haram. The warning came from the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Imo State Chapter, Hon. Dr. Emeka Sam Ukaegbu who spoke in an interview with THE LEADER in a public function at St. Anthony’s Parish Inyishi Ikeduru, Imo State recently. Dr. Ukaegbu who observed with grief that the way things are happening in Nigeria particularly the way and manner the Igbos are…

The morality of sharing money to pupils in Imo (1)

Two parents called my line on Monday, April 29 at about 7.30 – 8.00pm to launch a complaint. They said they were calling in from one of the towns in Owerri North LGA. Their complaint was that their children (pupils) in the primary schools were coming back from schools at that time of the day. Reason, they were waiting to receive the 300naira stipend from the governor before going back to their homes. I couldn’t understand that myself but went into some investigations to gather from authoritative sources that the allegations were founded. It was alleged that those who came…

Supporting Nigeria Against Biafra was our Greatest Mistake — Asari Dokubo

Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, late this morning spoke about his anguish over the failure by his people to allow the breakaway Republic of Biafra to succeed. Launched in 1967 by the old East under the command of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Biafra was crushed three years after by the Nigerian Government and its international allies. In a post on his Facebook wall around noon, Dokubo regretted the role played by the then so called eastern minorities in sabotaging Biafra. He also cast his vote for an Igbo or Middle Belt person…