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Why we attacked Enugu Govt House – Pro-Biafran Group

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A Pan-Biafra Organization, the Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), formerly Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), led by Mr. Benjamin Onwuka has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Enugu Government House.

The group said the motive was to hoist the Biafran flag and “reconfirm the independence of the Republic of Biafra”.

Over 500 members of the Biafra Zionists Federation were arrested and detained by the police on November 5, 2012, at Enugu, after it re-declared the Republic of Biafra.

Members said Nigeria “must vacate Biafra by March 31 and failure to do so will result in a blood bath”.

Onwuka, who led the Enugu invasion, told reporters in Enugu that “since January 12, 1970, the Biafra flag has never rested in Government House, Enugu, which is  Biafra’s seat of power”.

He said they were unarmed, and that they only brought flags, sticks and ropes to hoist the flags, which also included that of Israel.  “We don’t know how the police came up with the story of machetes, cutlasses and charms”.

Onwuka said: “What we did on March 8 was to re-confirm the independence of the Republic of Biafra, which we successfully did.  We didn’t attack the Government House but we captured it for the Biafran people.  We battled for four hours from 3am.  By 7am, we repeated because we didn’t have any weapons, to avoid loss of life.

“And the reason why we did it was to show the Biafran people that the hope of Biafra is still alive.  And nothing shall quench the aspirations of the people to be independent, and that independence has resurrected.  So the Biafran flag was raised at the Government House on March 8.  And I, Benjamin Igwe Onwuka led the operation.

The group warned the police to free four of their members.  “These boys must be freed now because what Nigeria is going to face soon would not be forgotten easily.

It called for the unity of Pan-Biafra organizations, such as MASSOB, MEND, Bakassi Peninsular Boys, Zionism and others.

The BZF, which drew a new map of Biafra, including Benue, Kogi, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Southern Ondo, said there was no division among these groups.

It said the national conference was unacceptable to the Biafran people.

“We must go back to history, in January 1967 at the Aburi Convention in Accra, we signed what was agreed upon.  But on getting back to Lagos, the Nigerian government reneged.  That caused the civil war.  History must be the greatest teacher.  Those selected for the conference, Biafra says you should not go.

Meanwhile, the movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Enugu State has demanded an unreserved apology from the police for smearing its image by linking it to the attack on Enugu Government House.

“It is now clear that we were never involved”, MASSOB leaders told newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday.

Ikechukwu Ekwe told journalists that MASOB is a non-violent organization and has no need for the Enugu Government House.

“What we are talking about is the Republic of Biafra, not a state Government House”.

 

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  1. king

    November 14, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    By Nwachukwu Ugochukwu..Danger Ahead:
    Biafrans have done well for the past two weeks
    fighting Nigeria in a very civilized pattern. Nigerians
    were really surprised because they were told that
    only about 1% of Igbos and South South support
    Biafra. The recent events proved them wrong.
    Nigeria will fight back from this week going forward.
    They will unleash their campaign on Biafra. I heard
    they released 20 billion naira to fight Biafra. This
    information is coming from a very close friend with
    access to inner working of the Nigerian government.
    They will unearth Igbos who fought the civil war and
    some who did not fight but will claim they fought.
    They will use pastors and reverend fathers known to
    accept bribes and change their belief. They will use
    some Igbos living at borders who claim they are not
    Igbos. They will use Sahara Reporters (I heard they
    were paid 100 million yesterday from a reliable
    source monitoring their bank account in Nigeria) and
    Premium Times to unleash a psychological war on
    Biafrans.
    The pastors and reverend fathers will condemn
    Biafra and the newspapers will spread fake news
    against Biafrans to the international society claiming
    that Biafrans killed people and destroyed properties.
    The Biafrans should be at alert and engage these
    lairs everywhere they see them and they must be
    prepared mentally to absorb the attack that will
    follow.
    I pity for Biafrans and IPOB members as the attacks
    will be fierce but I trust in their ability to counter.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

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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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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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