APC Repression vs. Allison Madueke: Nigeria May Go Down in Flames

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APC Repression Vs. Madueke

Anthony Ogbo, (Nigeria Moment), Houston –

An investigative report published by International Guardian, Anthony Ogbo examines the APC incoming administration repression against the Petroleum Minister  Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Here is the Story Excerpts….
■ A prevalent vindictive approach already taken by the APC in-coming regime led by President-elect, Muhamadu Buhari over petroleum issues has permeated the delta region with bitterness and anger. The worsening tension over continued threats on the incumbent petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been seen by various groups of the Delta as a retaliatory push by the incoming administration against a minority – their indigene – who stood up to the cartels who had always monopolized the petroleum sector.

■ But Alison-Madueke did not back off from the growing intimidation. She quickly responded by suing the Premium Times and 10 other individuals and organizations, obtaining an injunction, and restraining her bullies from “publishing or causing to be published any further defamatory statements in respect of “$20 billion, $49 billion or any other figure allegedly missing or unaccounted for.

■ In a fierce response to a call for his arrest over these comments, the wife fired another shot, vowing that Nigeria will boil if anybody arrests her husband. Hajia Dokubo-Asari had a different view of Buhari’s possible executive excesses toward his foes. There is nothing wrong with probing public officers or entities, but according her, “the probing must be all round not selective.”

■ During Obasanjo’s handle of petroleum ministry, bribery and corruption of the sector went global and defaced Nigeria’s image on issues of ethics and fiscal responsibility. It may be recalled that the United States government at the time slammed a punitive fine of $236 million on six foreign companies for offering heavy bribes to Nigerian government officials during the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency.

■ The president elect, Mr. Buhari was also not exonerated with issues of petroleum management abuses and fraud. His claims of modesty has been haunted by his past negative records of public accountability. For instance, as the chairman p of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) between 1998-99, Buhari failed to account for a missing 2.5 billion naira, confiscating all related documents and obstructing all investigative channels.
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Anthony Ogbo is an Author and Publisher

Source: http://www.guardiannewsusa.com/repressive-regime–nigeria-may-do-down-in-flames–.html

Diezani Vs. APC: Buhari’s Vindictive Politics May Backfire With Fire

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Madueke Vs. Buhari Media Vendetta

Anthony Ogbo, (NIGERIA MOMENT). Houston –

The era of sacred cows and god fatherism is back – but it is shameful that the Buhari/Tinubu’s campaign who invested millions on vindictive media campaign against families of their rivals would turn around and ban specific media houses for attacking Buhari’s family.

The photos on LEFT of screen are images of Ugonna Madueke, the son of Nigerian Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, culled from the Premium Times. The APC blogger and propaganda outlet had for years displayed members of this family in the most contemptible format, associating them with fraud and waywardness.

But photos on the RIGHT of scree are images of Nigeria’s “Holy” President-elect, Muhamadu Buhari’s fifth daughter, Zahra Buhari, who lives in the UK, relishing in an all-bills-paid flamboyant lifestyle, coupled with an annual tuition and expenses of more than £30,000 (N8 million). The cost of Zahra’s photo session, coupled with her trademarks – Givenchy python bags, or Versace leather jackets contradicts Buhari’s claims of fiscal civility. A typical Givenchy Pandora Pure Python Bag beautifully structured in premium snakeskin costs about £4,490, while Versace’s leather jacket wears a price tag of about £4,010. So who is fooling who with cleaning corruption?

The truth is that if Buhari does not call his media attack-dogs to order, he may end up opening his long concealed annals of public account embezzlement and fiscal recklessness. Let it be known, that this time around, there are no sacred cows to media scrutiny or propaganda.

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Anthony Ogbo, is an Author and Publisher

Guardian News Inc.

Obasanjo Confronted on Charges of Corruption by BBC Reporter

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Obasanjo Confronted on Corruption Charges by BBC News reporter Steve

(NIGERIA MOMENT). London –

During an interview with a BBC News reporter Steve on the programme HARDtalk, former Nigeria President Olusegun Obansanjo was asked direct questions on his involvement in corruption during his tenure as the president. Obasanjo in his characteristic manner denied all allegation and won’t take any responsibility even when he admitted that members of his government were corrupt except himself. Can you believe that. TAKE A WATCH

This is coming to light after one of Obasanjo’s minister Obiageli Ezekwesili could not answer how corrupt Obasanjo was . during a recent interview conducted by Aljazeera.

Sanusi’s Alleged Missing US$20 Billion and PriceWaterCooper Audit Report

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NNPC PriceWaterhouseCooper Audit Report Analysis

Abel Ude (ACA), (NIGERIA MOMENT), Uyo –

President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, directed that the 
full report of the PWC Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.

Following the release of the referenced audit, I have been reading several comments on social media on the report of Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC)  on the alleged US$20 Billion said to be missing by the former CBN Governor Sanusi. I am surprised at the proud level of ignorance Nigerians display when commenting on issues they know next to nothing about.

A whole lot of comments centred on the the auditor’s statement that in carrying out their assignment, “The procedures we performed did not constitute an examination or a review in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards or attestation standards. Accordingly, we provide no opinion, attestation or other form of assurance with respect to our work or the information upon which our work was based.”

People criticized the report on the basis of this and felt the report was indicting or that PWC was not thorough in carrying out its mandate. My submission on this is that the task carried out by PWC was not an AUDIT but an Investigation which can be termed a NON Audit Service. Audits are statutory while non -audit services like Investigations such as carried out by PWC are not statutory.

In an Audit the auditor is expected to form an opinion as to the truth and fairness of financial statements and compliance to local legislation and IFRS, however for non-audit service as this investigation the scope of work is not LAID DOWN IN STATUTE so it is agreed between the Office of Accountant General of Federation (OAFG) and PWC. This was clearly stated “Our services were performed and this Report was developed in accordance with our engagement letter dated 5 June 2014 and subject to the terms and conditions included herein. Our Scope of work included the following:

  1. Analysis of remittance shortfalls from NNPC into the Federation Accounts;
  2. Analysis of submissions made by key stakeholders in relation to these alleged shortfalls; and
  3. Producing an independent Forensic report detailing our findings.”

This Investigation was commission based on the inconsistent allegations of missing US$49.12 and later US$20 billion, the report started with events leading to the commission and the findings of the report was eye opening.

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)  had earlier explained that oil revenue for the period under review was US$67 Billion but further investigations revealed that actual revenue was US$69.34 billion. Actually total revenue remitted to federation account was US$50.81 billion as against US$47 billion earlier stated by NNPC.

A figure of US$740 million  excess remittance was established while further unverified indirect cost of US$2.81 billion was established this cost alongside other costs totaled US$14.16 billion. These cost are broken down as follows US$8.7 billion DPK and PMS subsidy payments, Costs directly attributable to domestic crude US$1.46 billion, Total other third party financing arrangement US$1.06 billion, and Equity crude oil processing cost US$130 million. If the sum total of these cost is net off against actual revenue of US$69.34 billion expected total remittance ought to have been US$50.07 billion but actual remittance is US$50.81 billion which gives the above potential excess remittance.

Also mentioned as part of the gross revenue is a figure of US$5.11 billion NPDC revenue, PWC termed the US$5.11 as unremitted revenue however the Attorney General Legal Opinion relied upon by the firm indicated that NPDC was to make dividend payments in line with its dividend policy alongside Petroleum profit tax, Royalties and signature bonuses. This term is misleading as we do not know the dividend policy of NPDC and as a wholly owned subsidiary the company has its own statement of financial position and income statement and as such could not possibly remit all its earnings to NNPC.

Hence to restate the figures of PWC,

Revised Actual Revenue will be US$69.34 less US5.11 which his US$64.23.

Revised Actual Revenue US$64.23 billion
Total Established Cost (US$14.16) billion
Expected Remittance US$50.07 billion
Actual Remittance US$50.81 billion

Please note that NNPC is entitled to dividends from the Net Revenue of NPDC so the term unremitted NPDC earnings is misleading. The report also mentioned NPDC as owing NNPC US$1.75 billion USD for NNPC’s assets in Joint Ventures with Shell.

The report exposed various means NNPC was fleecing the federation account through “computational errors”, reduction of ex-depot price for PMS subsidy claims US$36.05 million overcharge from PPPRA , increased ex-depot DPK price US$205 million overcharge, over claim on subsidy payment US$980 million, duplicated charges of US$63.7 million, approximation error of US$4.68 million, Unsubstantiated cost of US$305.89 million. These fraudulent practices are not isolated to NNPC alone most government agencies and the three levels of Government are cesspools of these schemes.

The now Emir Sanusi emphasised spending monies on subsidies without appropriation and I agree with him to an extent but he should note that the NNPC Act LFN 33 of 1977 states in chapter 320 part 1 as follows

“The Corporation shall maintain a fund which shall consist of –
(a) such moneys as may from time to time be provided by the Federal Government for the purposes
of this Act by way of grants or loans or otherwise howsoever; and
(b) such moneys as may be received by the Corporation in the course of its operations or in relation
to the exercise by the Corporation of any of its functions under this Act, and from such fund there
shall be defrayed all expenses incurred by the Corporation.”

Until laws enabling the NNPC operates the way it currently does are repealed we would only be scratching the surface of an Augean stable.

The claims of the Emir Sanusi where outrageous as regards the figure though to be fair to him he maintained that the monies where not stolen but only unreconciled and unremitted to the Federation Account. It would have helped the polity if the Emir had liaised with NNPC and the attorney general’s office before making inconsistent statements for the teeming uninformed population to feed fat on.

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Abel Udi (ACA) is a Chartered Accountant.

Abel Udi (ACA)
Abel Udi (ACA)

South African Congressman Honourable Julius Malema says No to Xenophobia

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Julius Malema says no to Xenophobia
NIGERIAMOMENT

One of the honourable members of the South African parliament Julius Malena says emphatic No to Xenophobia as he lashes out at the South African President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. WATCH …

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Orji Uzor Kalu’s Pro-Nigeria Speech At Lokoja? – by Igwe Emenike

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I have read what I may describe as excerpts from Mr Uzor’s speech to Igbo supporters of the governor of Kogi State at Lokoja. The emergence of IPOB has thrown up arguments about what is the right direction for Igbo future. IPOB have stated their stand. Orji Uzor is probably trying to become the leader of the other school of thought.

Nnia Nwodo and Orji Uzor may share some ideas but they are not exactly the same. Nwodo acknowledges the facts of the oppression of the Igbos and attempts to position himself in-between the hardliners like IPOB and the compromisers like the Igbo governors. Orji Uzor is different. He ignores genuine Igbo grievances and peddles a bit of personal concepts and a bit of HausaFulani postulations.

At Lokoja, Orji dismissed the practicability of a Biafran nation. He argued that we can all join hands with fellow Nigerians to make Nigeria work. He enjoined Igbos to jettison the agitation for Biafra. In his own opinion, we can use negotiations and diplomacy to arrive at our paradise which is Igbo presidency.

Let me say that I disagree with Orji. We had already tried every solution that Orji had offered and it did not work. The foundation and structure of Nigeria makes Orji’s ideas unworkable. After the civil war, the Igbos pursued a pacifist ideology; we just minded our business and yet at every moment we suffered humiliations. Alex Ekwueme was Vice President as we played into mainstream politics. Azikiwe’s NPP formed an alliance with Abubakar Rimi’s faction of PRP in Kano and NPP won in Kano.

Was it not mainstream politics that Orji Uzor himself loaned PDP 500 million naira in 1999 to fund PDP. He Orji also gave Obasanjo who came out of prison bankrupt one million dollars to fund his campaign. Were these not playing mainstream politics? Where did it take Igbos? Has Orji forgotten how Obasanjo and Anthony Aneni plotted to destroy him? Who killed Dokibo, Harry Marshall, Bola Ige, Funsho Williams? We are usually too quick to forget. It is alright to express optimism about Nigeria but I am afraid to say that it is blind optimism and faith.

I recognise the need for these debates to go on. In democracy, debates help to determine what course of action to follow. The only problem is that our HausaFulani opponents do not believe in debates. They more often than not resort to murder as a weapon for political solution. To them debates are hate speech. It is only not a hate speech when they are the ones dishing it out. To them to call Igbos kafri, baby factory, drug peddlers, kidnappers, nyamiri is not hate speech but probably compliments. It is a pity that Orji keeps including in his comments the condemnation of hate which is directed at IPOB. And Orji is yet to give a speech condemning the activities of herdsmen and murder of IPOB protesters.

Orji and co are free to pursue their line of thought. IPOB are equally free to carry on with their opinion about Igbo future.

The Orji group’s angle looks like a continuation of the failed order. The IPOB angle has popular followership and appears to be marching on tremendously.


Written by Igwe Emenike

PDP Reinstates 2 State Leadership, Sets Up Disciplinary and Reconciliation Committees.

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FULL TEXT of Press Briefing by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP at the End Of the 74th NEC Meeting – Dayo Adeyeye

The issue of the removal of state caretaker committees. You will recall that immediately after the Court of Appeal judgment on the 17th of February and March n Port Harcourt, which gave our victory to Ali Modu-Sheriff, he set about installing caretaker committees in some states of the federation, particularly in Jigawa and Benue States. The Ali Modu-Sheriff group then in authority set up caretaker committees in both Jigawa and Benue States and tinkered with the executives of some other states.

So, we brought a motion before NEC today and the motion was duly passed.

NEC declared and affirmed the leadership of the party in the two states of Jigawa and Benue that emerged after the April/May 2016 congresses.

All state caretaker committees and state parallel executives set up after Court of Appeal judgment of February 17, 2017 at Port Harcourt to be passed and go by duly elected and return from the office forthwith.

That is bringing normalcy back to the party, installing legality and constitutionality.

We took a decision on the National Convention. I want to inform you that if you recollect, on May 21st last year, there was a national convention in Port Harcourt which set up a caretaker committee. That committee went about doing its work and convened another Convention for August 17 last year. That Convention in Port Harcourt could not elect new officers due to certain circumstances. The convention then asked the National Caretaker Committee to continue in office for 12 months, which will lapse in August 16, 2016.

We have been in court since May 2016. So, the prolonged litigation of the National leadership tussle ended only last week on 1st of July when the Supreme Court when the Supreme Court gave judgement in favour of the National Caretaker Committee, leaving barely one month for the conduct of proper elective national convention, taking into account the relevant statutory notice that we need to give to INEC and the requirements of the PDP Constitution 2012 (as amended). Practically, it is going to be impossible to have an elective national convention before August 16 because we need to give certain statutory notices to INEC. And our own has some special provisions that we have to meet and there’s no time to meet up with those provisions.

Therefore, NEC took a decision that on view of all the circumstances, NEC invoking the powers conferred on it under Section 31 (2a), decided to convene non-elective national convention on August 12, 2017 in Abuja.

People know that this party had been rocked by very terrible disciplinary issues, which nearly brought the party down completely. NEC decided to set up a standing Disciplinary and Reconciliation Committees. And the National Caretaker Committee has been directed to establish and inaugurate these committees immediately.

Finally, we took a decision on important constitution amendments that we intend to effect at the next elective national convention that will come up later in the year. The constitutional amendment proposals have been circulated to relevant personalities and organs of the party.

Social Media, New Friend Of The Igbos – by Uchenna Makiavelli​ Stephen

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All these years, they (other Nigerians, especially of Yoruba extraction) monopolized the media and push their own narratives that painted Igbos ‘black’.

They made the whole world believe that Igbos are the only tribe with faults and others are saints.

They made everyone, even some gullible Igbos to believe that Igbos don’t love themselves while other tribes love themselves so much.

They made everyone to believe that only Igbos love money and wealth while others hate money and wealth.

They even made everyone to believe, even some gullible Igbos that Ojukwu declared war.

They made everyone to believe that Nzeogwu’s coup was Igbo coup, even when it is on record that the participants of that coup cut across every region and ethnic groups in Nigeria

They even made it look as if Igbos are the ones looting the whole Nigeria dry and owing oil wells.

They keep pushing these narratives unchallenged, called us (Igbos​) all kinds of names and even mocked us.

Then, social media came! Everything changed! Even though they have tried to also control the narratives on social media by paying their overlords to push out lies and twist stories, but Igbos population and love for technology worked against them on this.

We are now challenging their lies and propaganda, we now tell our story. We don’t only tell our stories, we also expose their own follies and shortcomings too.

They hate the fact that we are not only challenging their lies but are also exposing their faults and hypocrisy too.

They are now angry! They say we are insulting people and we aggressive, but all these​ years they were lying against us and calling us names, nobody cautioned them.

Oh, you all thought it will always remain that way, ‘huh’? You people thought time will never come when we will get up and fight back? You people thought IGBOS will also allow you to run them down on social media in this age? You people should better wake up from your delusions.

We have not even given you all half of the insults you gave us all these years. We are not even dishing out lies like you people did against us, all we are doing is challenge your lies and dish out some truth about you and you are crying “insults insults, arrogant arrogant, abusive abusive, intolerance intolerance” up and down like headless goats!

We are just warming up, if you think we will lie low and watch u all denigrate us and push out lies and insults against us unchallenged, then you people must be smoking expired ‘Snoop Dogg’s weed!’

We will be here to tell the whole world everything anyone is doing. No matter your tribe.

On behalf of Ndi Igbo all over the world, I thank God for Social Media. It did us (Igbos) more good than any other tribe in the world. Igbo ‘ndi oma’, let us not keep quiet anymore. Time for sugarcoating and political correctness is over. Tell it how it is. Don’t mind the feeling of anyone who will feel hurt because of the truth.

If telling the truth will born the bridge, let the bridges burn, we will swim across!

I remain your humble nwa afor
Uchenna Stephen Osuchukwu


Culled from IgberePost

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Jonathan Did Not Order Reversal of Electricity Tariff – By Sam Amadi

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I have read some piece of news suggesting that President Jonathan ordered the reversal of electricity tariff during his tenure as President. Since I have left office I have avoided issues about electricity regulation in Nigeria to give our successors the best opportunity to do better than we did. My understanding of public office that the best a former public officer should do is to truly step aside and be willing to provide advice if and when it is needed. In the best tradition of public service you don’t obstruct the new administration.

But I am constrained to restate the truth of what happened for the purpose of ensuring proper information to enable the present administration do their best to fix the electricity crisis. Throughout our five years as Commissioners of NERC there was no single day that President Jonathan ever dictated or instructed policy to the commission concerning any issue on electricity regulation. I am bold to state that President Jonathan was a great president to the electricity sector for fully supporting the independence of the regulator. My colleagues and I were determined to maintain the independence of the regulator and we found a very understanding President in President Goodluck Jonathan

As expected we made mistakes or took decisions which in retrospect may not have been optimal. This is expected in human society hence development and transformation are iterative, adaptive and path-dependent.

On the matter of the tariff, the facts are straightforward and borne out by records. NERC as a regulation has comprehensive methodology and business rules for regulating tariff. The Act, methodology and business rules put the responsibility on NERC commissioners who vote democratically for every such decisions, just like the Board of Governors of the CBN does for monetary policies. Every tariff we have issued from 2010 to 2015 did not receive or require the approval of the President. Only NERC Commissioners approved them

Before we issued MYTO 2.0 we debated on what to do with collection losses that discos collect from consumers. Two schools of thought emerged amongst the commissioners. One school, supported by most Commissioners, wanted the collection losses to be reduced to zero or to the low level of pre-privatization discos. The other school wanted us to keep it as contracted by discos and BPE even as it skyrockets the tariffs. After much debate the overwhelming position was to reduce the collection losses. When the draft of the tariff was issued, the discos protested and the commissioners had a rethink, revised the model and issued MYTO 2.0 that saw more than 180% increase in some discos for some customers.

The manufacturers and other customer groups protested this astronomical hike in tariff and sent formal petition. NERC business rules require NERC to reconsider the tariff at the petition of an aggrieved customer who petitions within 60 days of issuance of tariff order. Based on the petition, NERC held a public hearing at Sheraton with all disco heads and some consumers groups where the details of the tariff were presented and criticized. After the public hearing NERC set up a technical committee to review the allegations and conduct jurisdictional research on how other electricity markets treat collection losses.

The NERC technical team recommended that the collection losses should be set at zero and any disco that wants to have collection losses above zero should apply with evidence of its diligent effort to control losses. This recommendation was presented to the industry meeting where the discos expectedly totally rejected it. The NERC Commissioners nevertheless approved it through the usual process of decision-making and consequently reduced the revenue requirement of the discos, which then resulted in lower tariff for most customers.

This was a controversial but principled decision based on contestable evidence and value-based analysis. I am prepared to take slacks for any intended or unintended consequences of that decision as the Chairman and Chief Executive of NERC. I still strongly believe that my reading of effective regulation confirms that it was a good decision to internalize efficiency in the distribution segment of the electricity industry. But President Jonathan played no role at all in that decision. His ministers did not play any role. It was a bona fide regulatory decision that may be termed wise or unwise, after the facts. But should not be used to denigrate President Jonathan or the Ministers of Power.

The electricity industry is difficult to manage and regulate anywhere. It is a difficult job for anyone. So, we should support this government and its officials as they work hard to improve the situation. But let no be under any illusion that fixing tariff fixes the electricity crisis in Nigeria. This is a falsehood. In fact, privatization, as desirable as it, does not solve the problem. Obviously, there was a design problem with the reform of the electricity industry. This is the focus of my book in the making on reform policy in Africa.

But for now, take it from the horse’s mouth: Jonathan did not reverse any tariff. Sam Amadi and his colleagues changed the tariff through the normal due process and as part of effective regulation of the sector.


Dr. Sam Amadi, former Executive Chairman/CEO National Electricity Regulatory Commission, December 2010-December 2015.

IPOB Declares ‘No More Elections in Biafraland’ Without Referendum Date

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Official Press Statement by the  Indigenous People of Biafra.

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide under the command and supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have resolved totally and without equivocation not to participate in further elections in Biafra land from November 2017 in Anambra State up to the coming General Election in 2019, unless the Federal Government of Nigeria gives a specific date for referendum to determine once and for all time if the people of Biafra wants to remain in their present state of humiliation, servitude, bondage and hopelessness in Nigeria.

The era of crooked Nigerian elections and imposition of Hausa Fulani slaves in the guise of politicians in Biafra Land from Abuja has gone and will never be tolerated again. Until there is an agreement in principle for a date to democratically ascertain the will of the people of Biafra, IPOB will campaign for a total boycott of elections. We are not unaware that the Nigerian Government and her security agencies have perfected plans to deploy 18,000 new security operatives entirely made up of Hausa Fulani officers during the Anambra State Governorship election in November 2017. Northern dominated Army, Navy, Police, DSS and Civil Defense Corps will come to kill, maim and kidnap our people on that particular day but we are not deterred.

It is very pathetic that some hired hands and unity beggars in Nigeria have adopted the unenlightened and illiterate approach of always equating self-determination with war. Makes us to wonder what sort of education these people received, if at all they went to school. It is the Arewa North who are calling for war not “US”. IPOB is a genuine peaceful organization that is following the stipulated laid down rules of the United Nations and African Charter which Nigeria ratified and adopted in their constitution. Referendum for Biafra is all we are asking for not war. It is the only civilized way to settle this burning issue of Biafra once and for all time.

We are aware that some unscrupulous individuals and groups wants to use call for war to frighten IPOB into submission. We cannot allow such to happen because we don’t respond well to threats. The more Hausa Fulani oligarchy threatens war the more determined we become. Such silly threats can work with Northern minorities not IPOB. To prove this point, the Nigeria Government and her Hausa Fulani dominated security operatives have been abducting, killing, humiliating and burying our members in mass graves since 2014 yet IPOB is still here and have not turned violent.

We are not interested in anything violent or war to achieve the sovereign state of Biafra because IPOB have many potent weapons than AK47, bombs and mortars. Truth as our leader said Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been preaching all along without fear or favour is the only weapon at our disposal.

Therefore, anybody waiting for IPOB to engage in violent warfare is wasting his or her time because Nigeria has already collapsed under the burden of incompetence, greed, corruption and institutional laziness. Those clamoring for one Nigeria are the same poorly educated criminal class that put Nigeria in the mess it’s in today. They are too lazy to do anything else or make use of their brain apart from sickening dependence on crude oil money coming from Biafra Land. One Nigeria encourages laziness and allocation criminality which Biafra government will erase from the surface of this earth when it emerges as an independent nation.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

Biafra? Yes!, Apologies? No! – By Philip U. Effiong

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On this day (July 6, 1967), exactly 50 years ago, my family lived in Enugu in what was then eastern Nigeria, when the Nigerian Government set out to implement its “Police Action” against the breakaway nation of Biafra. This was essentially a declaration of full-scale war that would lead to the loss of over two million lives, mostly Igbos and mostly to starvation. With military support for the Nigerian side from the likes of Britain, Egypt and Russia, the war would ultimately personify the worst in human misery and Biafra’s demise was imminent despite its gallant efforts at resistance.

That the war lasted as long as it did is a miracle, considering that Biafra had to contend with total economic blockade, a devaluation of its currency and the perpetration of a series of documented and undocumented war crimes. Preceding well-known tragedies in places like South Africa, Sierra Leone, the Sudan, Liberia and Rwanda, it is ironic that desperate steps have been taken in the past 50 years to conceal information about Biafra. But the suppression is over, what with a recent escalation in the number of voices that are determined to preserve the Biafran legacy.

For two and half years, I was a Biafran child and the spirit of Biafra will always live in me! It was a spirit of self-determination and security, and of unprecedented ingenuity, creativity, efficiency and resourcefulness. It was all the above, notwithstanding its imperfections, and a valid reason why I am extremely proud to have been nurtured by that young nation. We were not rebels; who were we rebelling against? A regime that itself was enthroned by means of a rebellion? A government that was not legitimately voted into power? We were not Biafrans because we suddenly embarked on a self-centered mission to separate from Nigeria and destroy its “glorious” oneness. Like thousands of eastern families that were chased out of northern Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, places like Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan, we were compelled, in fact ordered, to return to the east. We are still confused about why we were asked to leave, and why we were suddenly exposed to such venom, since we had not committed any crime. My father, our patriarch, had served diligently since enlisting in the Nigerian army in 1945, eventually serving as its first indigenous Director of Ordnance. He has never been accused of participating in or supporting any coup, or of embezzling a penny of government money. But we didn’t wait for answers to our perplexity, and left Kaduna and Lagos as we were required to. We were actually fortunate to have made it out safely; after all, there were thousands who also agreed to leave, but were slaughtered before making the trip back home.

My father and his younger brother fought conscientiously for Biafra; they never regretted and never apologized for their military roles. Like them, I also make no apologies and have absolutely no regrets or shame for being a Biafran. I remain eternally grateful for the protection that Biafra afforded my family against a ruthless enemy; Biafra was our only source of hope at the time!


Written by
Philip Effiong,
Associate Professor at Michigan State University

The Lion Of The East (Part 2) – by Femi Fani-Kayode

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Those from outside Igboland that say that they do not want Biafra have missed the point. It is for the people of the East to make that call and to make that decision and not for you.

What you believe is good for the Igbo or what you prefer for them is neither here nor there. Ultimately it is only THEIR choice and THEIR decision, which can only be made and established in a free and fair UN-sponsored and conducted referendum, that matters.

And in that referendum every single Igbo person, whether they be a traditional ruler, a chief, a wealthy business man, a pauper, a prince, a governor, a legislator, an elder-statesman, a student, a trader, a hairdresser, a bus-driver, a houseboy, a lawyer, a dancer, a singer, a landlord, a tenant, a judge, a clerk, a fisherman, a farmer, a taxi-driver, a secretary, a banker, a writer, a mortuary attendant, a pimp, a prostitute or a jobless man or woman only has one vote.

It is either “yes” or “no”. No single vote is more important than the other and each vote carries the same weight.

The arrogance of those that beat their chests and believe that they know how that vote or referendum will ultimately go is second only to the short-sighted fools in the British media and political class who never believed that the United Kingdom would vote for BREXIT and opt to leave Europe.

It is also similar to the willful blindness and self-inflicted delusions of the Obama and Clinton-controlled liberal-left of American politics who swore and honestly believed that Donald Trump would and could NEVER win the presidential election of 2016. They forgot the “God factor” in all matters touching and concerning the destiny of nations and men and what a shocker they got!

Those in igboland that say they are the true leaders of the Igbo and that their people do not want to leave Nigeria and establish their own country may get the biggest surprise of their lives when the time comes.

And not one of them can defeat Nnamdi Kanu in a free and fair election ANYWHERE in Igboland today. If they doubt that perhaps they should try putting it to the test.

The great black American freedom fighter Malcom X said “the price of freedom is death”. The 3 million Igbos that died in the civil war paid that price.

The hundreds of thousands of Igbos that were slaughtered in pogroms in the north in the mid-60’s, during the civil war, in the ’70’s, in the 80’s, in the ’90’s, in the 2000’s and indeed right up until today paid that price.

The thousands of young and courageous IPOB men and women who were massacred by security forces in the streets of the east and in the sanctity of their homes over the last two years have paid that price.

The hundreds of Igbos that have been killed by state-protected Fulani militias and herdsmen in their villlages and on their farms in the last two years have paid that price.

Then came the threat of genocide and carnage from the Arewa Youth when the Igbo were told that they must leave the north by Oct. 1st 2017 or suffer another whirlwind of slaughter and pogroms.

Those that will be killed in the north after that date and once that deadline has expired will also have paid that price.

Given all this I have one question to ask: if the Lord, in His infinate wisdom and mercy, can raise a deliverer like the great Sir William Wallace to liberate Scotland from the English in 1297 why would He NOT raise a Nnamdi Kanu to deliver the Igbo people after they have been subjected to genocide, mass murder, wickedness and injustice at the brutal hands of the Nigerian state for the last 57 years?

If the Lord can raise an Oliver Cromwell to deliver the people of England from the tyranny of the Crown in 1642 why would He not raise a Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo in 2017?

If the Lord can raise a George Washington to fight for American independence from the subjugation of the British Crown in 1775 why would He not raise a Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo in 2017?

If the Lord could raise a Maximillien Robespierre and Marat for the French people against the Bourbon royal family in 1789 and a Vladimer Lenin and Trotsky for the Russian people against the Romanov royal dynasty in 1917 why would he not raise a Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo in 2017?

If the Lord could raise an Emeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu to deliver the Igbo people from total elimination, annihilation and extermination in 1967 why would he not raise a Nnamdi Kanu to deliver them from tyranny, mass murder and threats of genocide in 2017?

And the comparisons with Ojukwu are interesting. Both come from a royal and noble lineage and bloodline. Both went to some of the best schools and universities in the United Kingdom.

Ojukwu was at Oxford whilst Kanu was at the Metropolitan University (after finishing his first degree at Nsuka). Both were well educated and enlightened enough to recognise the chains of tyranny and both had the mettle and the courage to cultivate a firm resolve to stand against it.

One did so in the filed of battle when his people were subjected to genocide, denied the right of self-determination and attacked whilst the other did so through aggressive political activism and without firing a shot. Both are endearing, charming, handsome, charrismatic, articulate and profound.

Finally, like all human beings, both are fallible and made one or two mistakes and errors in their careers by what they said about others from time to time. This is to be expected because they are both human.

Yet it is not what they say about others that matters but what they represent. And what they represent, which is essentially the protection of the weak from the tyranny and barbarity of the strong, is not only wholesome and righteous but also noble, honorable and worthy of emulation.

Few can dispute that the suffering of the Igbo over the last 57 years has been horrendous, disproportionate and barbarous. By any civilised standard it has been totally and completely unacceptable.

Oceans of Igbo blood, including that of infants and babies, have been shed and spilt over those years and that sacred blood not only cries to God in heaven for vengeance but also continues to plague, foul and soil the very foundation of the Nigerian state.

Not only has no remorse or regret been expressed or displayed for shedding that blood but instead those that have continuosly done so for no just cause for the better part of the last fifty seven years have been handsomely rewarded and well-compensated for their great evil and sociopathic disposition instead of being brought to justice.

When we go out of our way as a people to care for the weakest, the most vulnerable, the most villified, the most persecuted and even the most undeserving in our society it says a lot about us. And when we kill them at will and treat them like animals it means that we are no better than ravenous beasts ourselves.

The truth is that nothing and no-one can stop Nnamdi Kanu because there is a divine element to his meteoric rise.

God Himself has raised, lifted and annointed him and in doing so He has planted a seed, ignited a fuse and unleashed the spirit of Biafra in the mind, body, spirit and soul of the Igbo nation.

Whatever happens to Kanu today that spirit and that movement will not die but rather go from strength to strength.

The man has died in millions of Nigerians that have remained silent when faced with the tyranny and injustice of today’s Nigeria. But not in Nnamdi Kanu. The man has refused to die in him and still lives on.

He has refused to bow to tyranny and he has refused to succumb to the blackmail and intimidation of the state.

He is the Lion of the east: I stand by him, I love him and I salute his courage. O that we had more of his ilk in our shores. May God defend him and may the Ancient of Days guide and protect Him. (CONCLUDED).


Femi Fani-Kayode wrote from Abuja

Ohaneze Ndigbo Vs. Ndigbo – by Larry Iloh

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Last year, at the World Igbo Summit convened in Enugu by Igbo Awareness Movement, I posed the following question to Ohaneze Ndigbo: An Ohaneze Ndigbo that deals only with the “Eze” and ignores the “Oha”, is that one Ohaneze?

Ohaneze is meant to be a union of both Igbo leaders and Igbo masses. However, what we see with Ohaneze Ndigbo is Ezeneze, Oha is never involved. I stand to be corrected.

When John Nwodo recently emerged as the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, there have been whispers and talks that, perhaps, this one will make a difference. He has been vocal about the marginalisation and injustice against Ndigbo in Nigeria. Quite commendable. But, apart from media and govt houses, we are yet to see the Ohaneze president in any public gathering of Igbo masses that make up the “Oha” in Ohaneze he leads? I have not seen any reasonable effort by the leadership of Ohaneze to reach out to numerous Igbo groups for a harmonious Igbo nation. Maybe I missed it, but you can refresh my memory…

Yes, he has been acknowledging the marginalisation of Ndigbo publicly and loudly, unlike his predecessors, but words alone is not enough, action speaks louder than words☆

As it stands now, there is a huge disconnect between Ohaneze leadership and Ohaneze/Igbo masses. This is a fundamental flaw in the composition and body of Ohaneze. For Ohaneze to command and enjoy the followership of Igbo masses, the common people; this fundamental flaw must be addressed pronto. And the earlier Igbo leaders realized that they cannot communique away the anger and frustration an average Igbo person feels against Igbo leaders and Nigeria, the better for the unity and progress Ndigbo crave, whether as independent nation or a nation within Nigeria. You cannot desire Nigerian govt to commence consultation and dialogue with Nigerians when you don’t see the need to consult and dialogue with the masses of Igboland you claim to lead.

The current Igbo masses can no longer tolerate the idea of an Ohaneze whose leadership dances to the dictates of bank alerts; a leadership that answers only to those who bomb their bank account with huge kpakam!

So let Ohaneze first address the concerns of her followers (if they have any followers) before condemning their agitations to avoid the potential class and ideological war brewing right now in Igboland. We already have a lot being thrown at us by Nigeria and Nigerians, we cannot afford a divided and disunited Igbo at this crucial time in our history. Internal sabotage is not part of our republicanism.


Larry Iloh writes from Brighton, UK

Nnamdi Kanu Rejects Any Attempt to Compare Him With Jesus

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IPOB PRESS STATEMENT!

“We have observed with great dismay, the purported plan by the DSS, and some politicians to cause misunderstanding and confusion between the IPOB leader and Christians in Biafra land.

“Mazi Kanu in his life time, had never challenged the authority of God Almighty who created Heaven and Earth or Jesus Christ the son of God or the Holy Spirit.

“It is very pathetic that the enemies of Biafra, IPOB and Kanu will use his name on Facebook handles as well as other social media platforms to cause disunity among the people of God and the Christian faithful.

“Nnamdi Kanu was born a Christian and cannot blaspheme God and his son Jesus Christ. Those using his name as saviour, messiah and Jesus are misinformed and uneducated because he never asked them to do so.

“Since the announcement for the election boycott in Anambra State, the Federal Government and their agents, including the DSS, have mapped out strategies and huge amount of money to destroy and tarnish Kanu’s image and IPOB in general.

“Those with this stupid story on social media platforms should retrace their steps because they will fail. The boycott of election in Anambra State come November this year was not the making of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu but rather the wishes of the people of the Eastern Nigeria and IPOB members who visited him in his home town, Umuahia, where the people told him that they did not need elections again in Biafra land and were ready to boycott such elections because since the creation of Nigeria they had benefited nothing from Nigeria’s elections except killing, riots and humiliation from politicians.

“Nnamdi Kanu had warned everybody to stop using his name or comparing him with God Almighty. Nobody can prove that he had ever wanted people to compare himself with Jesus Christ either through the video or voice call. Anybody who has such video or film should show it.”

“It is dangerous to compare him with God Almighty or Jesus Christ. It is the work of enemies planted within us by DSS and some politicians. Those involved in this ridiculous scandal and defamation of character will fail without further delay and God Almighty, or Chukwu Okike Abiama must deal with them.

“Therefore, we call on Biafrans, clergymen and women, church leaders and Christians to disregard the allegations as they amount to the works of evil people who do not want to see good things coming to our people.”

Boycotting Anambra Elections this November – by Emeka Maduewesi

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President Donald Trump is the current president of the United States. He won the majority votes of the DELEGATES of the ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

After his inauguration, he claimed, despite glaring evidence to the contrary, that more people ATTENDED the event than that of President Obama. Few weeks later, it turned out that Hillary Clinton secured more popular votes. Donald Trump was rightly worried because having less votes than the loser erodes the legitimacy of the winner in a democracy. It is a moral burden.

Boycotting elections is not new to Ndigbo. That is why I was bemused at the steps the President of Ohaneze Chief John Nnia Nwodo took recently. Considering his family and academic pedigree, he should have known that boycotting elections is not a strange phenomenon to Ndigbo.

In 1964, the NCNC, working with the remnants of Chief Awolowo’s Action group, formed an alliance called the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA) for the federal elections. The UPGA was not satisfied with the discrepancies between the number of names on voting rolls and on census returns and called on its supporters to boycott the election. The boycott was effective in the Eastern Region.

What Nnamdi Kanu is seeking for, which I see as normal, is to taint the legitimacy of whomsoever wins the election in any Igbo/Biafran State. While people are jumping up and down arguing that someone will win even if IPOB boycotts, they fail to see how the international community will view such victory.

Let us suppose Chief Willie Obiano wins under APGA with 100,000 total votes as against the numbers he posted in his first term and those of Governors Obi and Mbadinuju, that would be moral victory for us, genuine Biafran agitators. We can rightly call any such governor Attaliah!

However, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB should, as a matter of strategic planning and nkwuchality, REGISTER for the elections. Failing to register is like castrating a kid (young he goat) and hoping it will be the village stud later. Only those who grew up in the village will understand this.

As someone who has eaten onugbu soup from same plate with Nnamdi Kanu, I will implore him to ask IPOB supporters to make sure they registered to vote in every election in Nigeria, just as they spend Nigeria money and drive with Nigerian Driver’s licence. When the come comes to become, we don’t want any “discrepancies between the number of names on voting rolls and on census returns.”

After we have secured our cards, what to do with them on election day is another story altogether. We shall cross that bridge when we get there.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying.


Emeka Maduewesi writes from San Francisco

Ebonyi’s Umahi, Biafra and Restructuring  – by Emeka Maduewesi

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Let me start by saying that I am a Biafran activist. I spend money and time agitating for an Igbo nation. My only reason for writing this post is to educate Governor David Umahi and other politicians, especially those of most Igbo extraction who do not understand the concept of FEDERALISM.
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I do not support the restructuring of Nigeria. It will not help anyone except people like David Umahi who benefit from the current status quo. I reiterate that this post is for educational purposes on the concept of federalism, not an endorsement of RESTRUCTURING.

If Nigeria is restructured to practice federalism, there would be 37 federating units made up of the 36 states and Nigeria. Each would have:
1. Its own constitution;
2. Its own police;
3. Its own courts, up to supreme courts.
4. Its own legislature;
5. Its own revenue and tax base.

So, for every government business at the center, there would be a corresponding unit at the state except for the military, foreign affairs, maritime, and such other matters as may be in the exclusive list.

According to Governor Umahi’s, his problem is that Ebonyi does not have enough material resources to survive. If I were from Ebonyi, I would be ashamed of this statement. Governor David Nweze Umahi goes to Abuja to collect monthly allocation. Before him, there were Governors Egwu and Elechi. What did they do to expand the revenue base of the state?

Note that the Nigerian Cement Company (NIGERCEM) is in Ebonyi. I am from Nnewi. Chief Clement Ibeto’s villa home is about 500 yards from mine. I am close enough to know all the frustrations he’s been going through to revive an industry he purchased with his own money. And Governor Umahi is saying Ebonyi is poor!

Let us agree that Ebonyi and many other states are poor. I already pointed out that for each federal government business, there would be a corresponding state business. Let us discuss tax. Presently, there is no federal personal income tax in Nigeria. Sorry, there is the PITA but compliance is more in default. No one demands for Federal personal income tax clearance even for federal elections.

Under federalism, the federal government will be more serious with personal income tax. Registration of companies would be done by states. The federal government will be taxing the corporations just like any other citizen based on CITA. It is left for each state to make itself attractive for business. Now, how can Governor Umahi understand this after doing nothing to make sure NIGERCEM is up and running?

Let me quickly add that under federalism, the federal government is very rich. They get a percentage cut from all states revenue, tax from all residents and corporations, fees for businesses under the exclusive list, fees from vehicles that are used in inter-state commerce, etc. Poorer states ask for federal help to execute projects based on need and counterpart funding. Let’s use what we know now to peek into the future.

Ebonyi is the most educationally disadvantaged Igbo state. One would think that Governor Umahi would source for funds to lift up his state educationally. Funds due to Ebonyi State from the Universal Basic Education program is not accessed. Ebonyi has over N4 billion with UBEC but the governor says the state is poor. If he does not know how to source for federal funds now, how would he do so under real federalism?

Nigeria imports rice. Growing up, the opposite of foreign rice was Abakalike rice. How many tonnes of rice does Ebonyi State produce today? What has Governor Umahi done to occupy the spot as the highest producer of rice in Nigeria. Why should those who live by the river bank wash their hands with spittle?

I have been very close to those in government, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. At times I shudder at their level of ignorance on matters relating to governance and government business. I shudder at what they take as priorities despite global trends and best practices. It is petrifying to think that academic brilliance and professional excellence are not skills you can transfer into government.

Before I conclude, I will tell you why I am for Biafra.

Few weeks ago, Prime Minister Modi of India visited the United States. One of the issues he discussed with President Trump was immigration. Prime Minister Modi requested the US to increase the number of H1B visa issued to Indians to come and work in the US technology sector. Let that sink into your brain.

Now, think. President Obasanjo never made such request on behalf of Nigerian professionals. President Yar’Adua did not make such request. President Jonathan did not make such request. President Buhari has not made such request and I know that Vice President Osinbajo will not visit Trump. Does it mean that Nigeria does not have such professionals who are qualified to work in Silicon Valley?

I am for Biafra because I know that a Biafran Prime Minister will develop the human resources of Biafrans and make such request to ensure Biafrans are part of the global trends in innovation and industrial best practices. I know because even small me wanted to create a link between the Abia State E-Library and Silicon Valley but was frustrated. Why? Because those in government will always get monthly allocation from Abuja.

Now you know what they lack, and it is not money.


Written by Emeka Maduewesi

“You Are On Your Own If You Provoke War In Nigeria, Let Biafra Go” -Arab League Warns Nigeria

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By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze, For Family Writers

As Nigeria government has continued to beat the drums of war against the people of Biafra in the past few months due to the peaceful agitation of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great), Family Writers Press is authoritatively making Nigeria people and the world at large who may not know yet; to know that the Arab League of nations have warned Nigeria as a member state of Arab countries that should Nigeria government provoke war in West Africa, they are on their own. According to a senior civil servant in the presidency who granted interview to Family Writers Chief Media Analyst, Mazi Onyebuchi Eze, but pleaded anonymity made it clear during the interview that the Arab countries have warned Nigeria government to allow Biafra to secede from Nigeria in peace through the instrumentality of referendum as currently demanded by Biafrans.

According to the interview and a follow up investigation for accuracy in the revelation of the senior staff of the presidency, the Arab countries who were represented in the meeting held in Saudi Arabia included Saudi Arabia (host), United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt and many other countries. They rose up in the secret meeting and advised Nigeria government to organize a referendum for Biafra without further delay to avoid provoking war in Nigeria judging by the utterances and heated atmosphere in Nigeria resulting from the agitation for Biafra secession. According to the revelation, Nigeria government was seriously warned by the Arab countries to emulate Turkish government which successfully completed a referendum recently which has brought a lasting peace and stability in Turkey by organizing a referendum for Biafra.

The senior staff of the presidency told Family Writers Press verbatim that the delegates who represented Nigeria government in the Saudi Arabia secret meeting brought the report to Federal Government of Nigeria and that development was reason behind running around from pillar to post and the renewed propaganda from Nigeria government against Biafra agitation as the resolution did not go down well with Nigeria government. He told Family Writers Press that it was immediately after the resolution of the Arab countries that Nigeria government should organize a referendum for Biafra, that many countries like Turkey and Morocco openly declared support for Biafra referendum but were all disappointed that Nigeria government is still yet to announce date for the referendum.

In my own personal findings from the follow up enquiries and the investigations which I have being conducting since 3 weeks ago, it was due to the present disobedience of Nigeria government to the resolution of the Arab Countries that made most of them to back the application of Morocco to become a member state of ECOWAS in order to protect the control and interest of the Arab League in West Africa Sub-region as Nigeria government is already collapsing and creating room for Ghana to assume leadership of ECOWAS in the area of funding. As it is at the moment, ECOWAS have accepted the application of Morocco to join ECOWAS. Still in my findings, it is only Pakistan that is still standing solidly behind Nigeria government and assuring them of every necessary assistance should any eventuality take place in Nigeria as a result of the agitation of Biafra. As it is at the moment, Nigeria government is sending thousands of soldiers to Pakistan for special training in order to suppress the agitation when they complete the training of their soldiers and become battle ready. In my secret finding mission, I interviewed a young military officer of Tiv extraction whose name is Joseph (surname withheld) due to security reason who was among the Army officers batch who just passed out from Pakistan awaiting the time for the showdown with Biafra agitators.

Whatever the preparation for war with Biafrans over Biafra agitation by Nigeria government is like at the moment, it is not the business of Biafrans because they are not campaigning for war against Nigeria government but only demanding for Biafra restoration through the instrumentality of peaceful referendum. However, it is important for the citizens of the remaining parts of Nigeria to know that Nigeria government is dragging the helpless commoners of Nigeria to a situation of war with no reasonable support from other nations of the world except only the terrorists infested Pakistan and probably Britain which still stand to defend their economic interest in Nigeria.

Oh Nigeria citizens, now that Arab nations friends of Nigeria have collectively told Nigeria government without mincing words that Nigeria government is on its own should it provoke war against Biafra, is it not time for Nigeria youths especially Arewa and Oduduwa youths to stop issuing ultimatum and eviction threats on Biafrans but begin a serious gale of protest and tell Nigeria government that instead of war, Biafrans should be allowed to go in peace. It has become obvious that the world including the Arab countries have become tired of injustice against Biafrans and thereby are no more interested in what Nigeria government is doing against Biafra. It is still worthy of note that Biafrans are not calling for war against Nigeria government but are only saying that no force under heaven can stop the restoration of Biafra.

So, if Nigeria government fail to heed the advice of Arab League of nations
and go ahead and provoke war against Biafra who only asked for a referendum to decide their political future, then the international community will be witness of Arab countries when they advised Nigeria government to organize a referendum for Biafra without any violence and Nigeria government refused to heed the warning. All Biafrans that are asking for is self-determination. Nigeria government, a word is enough for the wise!


Culled from Biafra Herald

IPOB Declares ‘No More Elections In Biafraland Until A Referendum Date is Set’

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Official Press Statement – The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide under the command and supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have resolved totally and without equivocation not to participate in further elections in Biafra land from November 2017 in Anambra State up to the coming General Election in 2019, unless the Federal Government of Nigeria gives a specific date for referendum to determine once and for all time if the people of Biafra wants to remain in their present state of humiliation, servitude, bondage and hopelessness in Nigeria.

The era of crooked Nigerian elections and imposition of Hausa Fulani slaves in the guise of politicians in Biafra Land from Abuja has gone and will never be tolerated again. Until there is an agreement in principle for a date to democratically ascertain the will of the people of Biafra, IPOB will campaign for a total boycott of elections. We are not unaware that the Nigerian Government and her security agencies have perfected plans to deploy 18,000 new security operatives entirely made up of Hausa Fulani officers during the Anambra State Governorship election in November 2017. Northern dominated Army, Navy, Police, DSS and Civil Defense Corps will come to kill, maim and kidnap our people on that particular day but we are not deterred.

It is very pathetic that some hired hands and unity beggars in Nigeria have adopted the unenlightened and illiterate approach of always equating self-determination with war. Makes us to wonder what sort of education these people received, if at all they went to school. It is the Arewa North who are calling for war not “US”. IPOB is a genuine peaceful organization that is following the stipulated laid down rules of the United Nations and African Charter which Nigeria ratified and adopted in their constitution. Referendum for Biafra is all we are asking for not war. It is the only civilized way to settle this burning issue of Biafra once and for all time.

We are aware that some unscrupulous individuals and groups wants to use call for war to frighten IPOB into submission. We cannot allow such to happen because we don’t respond well to threats. The more Hausa Fulani oligarchy threatens war the more determined we become. Such silly threats can work with Northern minorities not IPOB. To prove this point, the Nigeria Government and her Hausa Fulani dominated security operatives have been abducting, killing, humiliating and burying our members in mass graves since 2014 yet IPOB is still here and have not turned violent.

We are not interested in anything violent or war to achieve the sovereign state of Biafra because IPOB have many potent weapons than AK47, bombs and mortars. Truth as our leader said Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been preaching all along without fear or favour is the only weapon at our disposal.

Therefore, anybody waiting for IPOB to engage in violent warfare is wasting his or her time because Nigeria has already collapsed under the burden of incompetence, greed, corruption and institutional laziness. Those clamoring for one Nigeria are the same poorly educated criminal class that put Nigeria in the mess it’s in today. They are too lazy to do anything else or make use of their brain apart from sickening dependence on crude oil money coming from Biafra Land. One Nigeria encourages laziness and allocation criminality which Biafra government will erase from the surface of this earth when it emerges as an independent nation.


Signed by

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

Thousands Besiege and Hail Nnamdi Kanu After Meeting With President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu held a close door meeting with Dr. Dozie Ikedife and the President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Chief Nnia Nwodo, and thereafter, he was besieged by thousands of supporters who wanted to catch a glimpse and hake his hands.

How Trump’s Immigration Order Will Affect Nigerians: 2-Years Multiple Entry In Jeopardy?

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How Trump's Executive Order on Immigration may affect Nigerians.

(LinkMoment).

Nigerians will no longer be issued with American entry visas which have two-year validity following the Executive Order signed by President Trump, unless the Nigerian government takes a proactive visa policy review to reciprocate such US Visa policy.

SECTION 9: VISA VALIDITY RECIPROCITY of the Trump’s executive order states as follows:
“The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable.”

Nigeria currently only issues a one-year multiple-entry visa to Americans, which is a non-reciprocation of the two-year visa the country issues to Nigerians.

Today Is The 18th Anniversary of My Limbs Loss – David O. Anyaele

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David O. Anyaele, (LinkMoment).

January 19, 1999: A day of blood and agony, the tragedy that changed my entire world. It was the day RUF rebels chopped off my two hands in Freetown, Sierra Leone. I thank God almighty for preserving my soul. True are the words of Martin Luther King J, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenges and controversy”. I thank the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for keeping me even in this recession.

Today is another opportunity to share with friends and family members how God has led me thus far; recognizing the important roles you played through counsel, prayers, financial support and mentoring. I was meditating on this year’s anniversary and recalled how Civil Liberties organisation (CLO) and the Nigeria Red Cross Society as well as the International Red Cross supported the struggle for my rehabilitation and integration to the society.

While on admission at the Nigerian Reference Hospital Yaba, I always thought about organisations in Nigeria I could run to for help, especially organisations of persons with disabilities, where I could share my burdens, since by their reason of managing issues of concern to persons with disabilities, they could proffer solutions for me. I visited US Information Centre library in Lagos seeking for information on how to go about with rehabilitation and reintegration. I got so many contacts in USA, but none in Nigeria.

Someone introduced me to Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) at Yaba, Lagos. I summoned courage to visit their office. On getting to CLO, I met one fair in complexion lady. I narrated my story to her, but her eyes were filled with tears. The request was simple; help me write to the Federal Government of Nigeria to support my rehabilitation. This is because the cost of procuring artificial hands then, was N5 million in 1999 and I couldn’t afford the money. The lady told to me to come back again, she also promised to handover my file to someone that will do justice to my request.

That was how I met Ogaga Ifowodo, a writer, lawyer, activist and now a Professor. He showed compassion on me. He assured me that the leadership of CLO will take up the matter. That was how I met the then CLO President, Ayo Ogunsola Obe and former CLO Executive Director, Comrd, now Hon. Abdul Oroh. These distinguished Nigerians showed sympathy on me, before you know it letters were sent to the then President of Nigeria requesting the Government of Nigeria to take steps to get me rehabilitated. By the time Ayo Ogunsola Obe and Abdul Oroh tenure ended in CLO, Comrade Chima Ubani took over the matter as the CLO Executive Director. Letters were written to the Federal and Abia State Governments to no avail.

As if the efforts of CLO were not enough, through my Uncle, Elder Emmanuel Okpechi, I was privileged to meet Elder Lekan Ogunbanwo who was then General Manager, Eko FM. Elder Okpechi shared my plights with Elder Ogunbanwo, who had compassion on me and promised to support me. It was the then GM, Eko FM that introduced me to a man that remains my Oga till date. His name is Adebayo Olowo-Ake. He was a Communication Officer for the International Committee of Red Cross. During my meeting with him, he assured me of his commitment to secure buy-in of the ICRC and the Nigeria Red Cross Society to assist my rehabilitation. Before I knew it, my name was included in the list of speakers for the Nigeria Red Cross Society Presidential Dinner holding on Nov. 3, 2000 at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The Special Guest of Honour was the then President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. I was so excited that I was going to talk to the authorities, believing I will come back home with good news. NRCS were delighted to share my plight at the event as it is in line with their humanitarian work in Nigeria.

The night of Nov 3, 2000 came, I matched to Sheraton Hotel, dressed as decent as I could, with the understanding that your dressing may make or mar your goal. This is because if you dress well they will say this one does not need any support, if not well dressed, some will say this one does not need that kind of money, give him peanut and let him continue with his problem. As such, I was very careful of what I wore that day. We waited for the President to arrive to no avail, only for a light security men to appear with the then Minister for Health, who came to represent the President. My case was brought to the attention of the representative of the President, Dr. Tim Menakaya and that was the end of the expectation from the Federal Government as nothing good came out it. However, Nigeria Red Cross Society went further to assist me with weaving machine which I used to start my business at Yaba market. I realised that you may encounter defeats but you must not be defeated.

While I was visiting CLO, I was exposed to movers and shakers of the Nigeria Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). I spent time in the library studying about human rights situation and Nigeria government obligations to international treaties and conventions. It dawned on me that no organisation in Nigeria is focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities. It was easy then to hear about women rights, children rights and all that, with minimal mention of the rights of persons with disabilities. That was how I conceived the idea of a Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), formerly Amputees Rehabilitation Foundation.

Today, CCD is alive. CCD is an organisation of and for persons with disabilities that works to promote independent living, human rights and participation of persons with disabilities in development efforts. It also works to educate, support and empower persons with disabilities and their families to maximize their potentials.

CCD is recognized by Federal and State institutions as a credible NGO working on disability matters. We have over the past fourteen years sought a redefinition of society’s perception of the plight of persons with disabilities. CCD is managed by a Board of Trustees (BoTs) and Professional Staff (PS) complements that are gender sensitive as a deliberate corporate policy.

CCD’s mandate and objectives includes:

  1. To protect, promote and safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities and promote public enlightenment in civic education, human rights and public policy;
  2. To initiate and implement programmes, policies and activities geared toward the promotion and enhancement of the welfare of persons with disabilities;
  3. To empower or assist in empowering persons with disabilities and regularly access the impact of public policy on human rights and report on same through publications seminars, workshops and lectures;
  4. To educate, sensitise, counsel and mobilize persons with disabilities in various areas critical to their survival and progress and support and advocate for respect for the rule of law and due process;
  5. To monitor the formulation and implementation of policies that impact on or are of public interest as relevant to persons with disabilities and publish reports, newsletters, journals or policy papers on same;
  6. To organize seminars, symposia, conferences on cutting edges issues and trends in socio-political and economic development as they affect persons with disabilities. For more about CCD visit: ccdnigeria.org

Permit me to use this medium to say a BIG THANK YOU to all my mentors and counsellor (many of them are reading this message) for their guidance and support. I am thankful for my struggles because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.

God bless you.


By @David O. Anyaele

Boko Haram Blows Up Unimaid Killing A Professor and Others

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“A professor and four other persons were killed on Monday January 16, 2017 when a male suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the Senior Staff Quarters of the University of Maiduguri, (UNIMAID), Borno State,” NAN reported.

According to the Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency(SEMA), the killed don was identified as Prof. Aliyu Usman Mani, the Director of Veterinary of the University.

In addition to the fatalities, The Commissioner of Police(CP), Damian Chukwu, said that 15 persons, who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to hospital.

“At about 5:45 a.m. a mobile police officer who is on duty sighted a suicide bomber who was trying to scale the fence at Gate Five of the university. Suspicious of his movement, the mobile police officer instantly gunned him down and his bomb exploded and killed him instantly,” NAN reported.

“The second suicide bomber, a seven year-old detonated the second explosive at the senior staff quarters mosque in the university where a professor, and four persons were killed and 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital,”said Chukwu according to NAN report.

It would be recalled that the Nigeria President has declared victory against Boko Haram and even raised their flag at Aso Rock, but yet Boko Haram is still bombing and killing innocent civilians.

 

“In Biafra Africa Died: The Diplomatic Plot” – Written by Emefiena Ezeani

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by Agala Uchenna:

“While heading for an assignment, I over heard Radio Biafra broadcast resounding in one of the vehicles of a driver in a motor park and said to myself, indeed “Biafrans Have Traced Their Roots”, Agala Uchenna wrote social media post.

“A boy who is selling books, approached me and demanded that I buy the book titled ‘In Biafra Africa Died: The Diplomatic Plot’, Agala Uchenna continued.

“After reading the headline of the book, I grabbed it from his hand, engaged him and other passengers in a Biafran discussion and gave an insight of the meaning attached to the title of that Book, to their astonishment.” Agala Uchenna said.

In an interview with Asari Dokubo, he stated to me that “Biafra Is The Hope Of Africa”.  Also, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in one of his broadcast said; “In Biafra The World Will Be Delivered”.

According to Agala Uchenna, “for World Leaders to stop complaining of illegal immigrants, terrorist attacks, they must rise to speak against the mayhem unleashed on Biafrans the ‘Children of Light’.”

“Biafra is the ‘Eagle that lays the Golden Egg’, as I previously put it in one of my articles and you can’t suppress that truth. ‘Biafra Is The Hope Of Mankind’ and being spiritually anchored, no mortal can stop her restoration,” Agala Uchenna concludes.

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