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Igbo won’t fight again to achieve Biafra – Ohanaeze boss

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Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

President Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said Igbo people would not fight again through armed struggle to achieve a Biafra republic.

Nwodo, who spoke while delivering the 9th Convocation lecture of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University at the Igbariam campus, Anambra State, on Thursday, described the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War as the most devastating experience of Igbos with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking on the topic: ‘The Igbos in the Building of the Nigerian Nation-the unrealised dreams’, Nwodo noted that the war claimed lives of millions of the Igbo  while figures quoted by various reports on the war victims were totally unreliable due to the inaccessibility of data among Biafra.

Nwodo also recalled that several Igbo lost contact with their race and kinsmen during the war when some of them were flown across some African countries while running for their lives but never returned home again when the war ended.

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He said that despite the setbacks which the civil war brought to the Igbo, it was not all disappointment and dismay too because the suffering and deprivation brought out the best in the Igbo people.

He said it has become necessary that Universities in Igbo land like the COOU to recall the “ingenuity, inventiveness and the sheer determination that led to scientific breakthrough in Biafra and replicate them”.

While talking about the current challenges to viable nationhood in Nigeria, Nwodo said the current Nigerian constitution does not owe its validity and authority to local legal factors such as a referendum or an approval vote.

He said that because of the flawed constitution which Nigeria operates, revenue allocation is shared using a parameter with a weighted proportion that respects equality of all states while mineral and oil resources are exclusively domiciled in the federal exclusive legislative list contrary to the agreements of the forefathers in the Lyttleton Constitution and the 1963 constitution.

The Ohanaeze President also noted that despite so many unrealised dreams of the Igbo in Nigeria, the issue of restructuring is still the way to go because under a restructured Nigeria, marginalisation would be over while the sky would be the limit for the regions.

He summarised by saying that through restructuring,  the unrealised dreams of the Igbo can be achieved by  “ legislative independence to the federating unites, sovereignty of mineral and oil resources to the federating units, a radical revision of curriculum from primary to university education to help us integrate into the new world order in human capital development , a painstaking resolve to support all electoral processes and candidates that bring about this change  and a sustained campaign through workshops, conferences and classroom discussions that will democratize this knowledge and sustain the feeling of  a national emergency to bring about the needed change.”

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Earlier in an address, the acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Greg Nwakoby said the theme of the convocation lecture was thought provoking saying no other theme could be more expository in the present dispensation.

Nwakoby said the convocation lectures would help to x-ray the efforts and challenges of Ndigbo while disclosing that over 4000 graduands from various disciplines would be conferred with various degrees of the university this weekend during the convocation.

He appealed for more infrastructural facilities and manpower for the 62 programmes in the university to meet up with the benchmark of Nigerian Universities Commission.

Chairman of the Occasion, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe in a remark called on Nigerians to seek for what will unite each other instead of divisive tendencies.

He hailed Nwodo for his great delivery and also commended him for his leadership roles so far among the Igbo.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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