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August 20, 2018

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY; WHEN NOT TO CELEBRATE

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Charles Ogbu For Nigeria as a country, the clause “Independence Day Celebration” is an oxymoronic expression because the truth is, Nigeria IS NOT independent in any way. Not politically, not economically, not even spiritually and certainly not physically. Where is the independence? Colonialism, which is an euphemism for slavery, never really ended in Nigeria. It only got repackaged in such a way that the slaves now see their chains, not as an obstacle but a beautiful bracelet. They sing and dance in a deceitful sense of freedom even when they are anything but free. And this is why enthroning…

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…

Withdraw Igbo Quit Notice – Southern Leaders tell Arewa Youths

Southern leaders, comprising South East, South West and South South , rose from a meeting, in Lagos, on Monday 19th, 2017 called on Arewa youths to, immediately, withdraw a quit notice issued Igbo resident in the North by October 1, 2017.   The leaders described the quit notice as an affront, not only on Igbo but entire southerners living in the North.   In a communique jointly signed by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who led South West delegates, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe who led the South East delegation and Chief Albert Horsefall, who led the South -South, which was read by Afenifere…

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…

Nigeria at 55, Nothing to Celebrate

  Nigerians are unarguably Africa’s most stylish and flamboyant people. We love to celebrate, whether it is independence or not. But this time around, there is no reason to party because the country is standing still, literally. At Independence in 1960, the founding fathers had dreams, hopes and expectations. They looked forward to a new and prosperous nation, putting aside their differences and working towards one nation, whose goals and aspirations were captured in the first National Anthem: Nigeria we Hail Thee!! But alas, these hopes and aspirations were dashed when naive and selfish leaders began to put their personal…

NIGERIA’S INDEPENDENCE: A Reality or a Ruse?

An Igbo proverb tells us that “a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body” as popularly used by Chinua Achebe. Britain handled what later became known as Nigeria like a cube of sugar to be thrown in a hot tea. The area which later became known as Nigeria was one of the most populous regions of the African continent with more than two hundred and fifty ethnic groups and distinct languages. The rain began to beat Nigeria one hundred years ago, from the “amalgamation” of what later became…