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African Union Asks United Kingdom To Leave Chagos Islands After Deadline Expired On Friday |The Republican News

Chagos Islands

By Pauline Bax

**UN deadline for U.K. to end its adminstration expired Friday

**U.K. clings to last African territory for ‘security reasons’

The African Union urged the U.K. to comply with a United Nations resolution calling for it to withdraw from the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which is considered part of Mauritius.

The U.K. is under increased international pressure to give up its last territory in Africa since the International Court of Justice ruled that the 1965 excision of the islands from Mauritius had been unlawful. The UN General Assembly affirmed the ruling in May and set a six-month deadline that expired Friday.

Almost all African nations support the resolution. AU Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat “requests the international community to continue its support to the Republic of Mauritius for a complete decolonisation of the Chagos Archipelago,” according to a statement on the website of the organization.

The U.K. argues it can’t give up the Chagos Archipelago for security reasons. It’s leased the biggest island to the U.S., which runs a military base there that supports operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.  (Bloomberg)

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Nigerian, Igbo Economist Becomes First African Elected Into Austrian Parliament |The Republican News

Another Nigerian, of Igbo extraction, sets new record by becoming the first African elected into the Austrian parliament.

Mr Benjamin Enwegbara is an Economist and lives in Austria where he was elected in the just concluded election in Austria.

Reacting to the good news, his immediate senior brother, Mr Odilum Enwegbara said that this is the best news ever for their family.

Mr Odilum wrote “My immediate younger brother, Benjamin Enwegbara…has just been elected a member of the Austrian Parliament. …This is truly the biggest news ever happened to my family. He is the first African to be elected a member of the Austrian parliament,” his brother, Odilim, said. Big congrats to him.

Nigerians have been making waves around the world in different fields, politics, science, business and much more.

Congratulations to Mr Benjamin Enwegbara for his new feats as a member of the Austrian parliament.

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“It’s Sad Ways The Igbo Are Badly Treated And Marginalised, This Has To Change” — Phyno

Popular singer and artist, Chibuzo Nelson Azubuike with stage name Phyno wrote on his Twitter account about the ill-treatment of the Igbo in Nigeria and also on the marginalisation that is beginning to become more obvious and clear to him and to a large number of people within Nigeria.

He wrote ; “I pity my people that will travel back to the South-East this Christmas season. Every road is bad. Very bad that 30min drive turns into 6hours sometimes. Even ENUGU Airport is shutdown for maintenance till further notice. How far? What’s going on?

It has become even an open point of discussion on the marginalisation of the Igbo in Nigeria and it appears some Igbo public figures like celebrities are beginning to voice out their concerns.

The region has the worst federal government presence in the entire country. The federal roads in the South east is the worst in the country. There is no functional international airport, though they are statistically the most traveled people of the country.

One viral audio recently release on the social media, one of the callers from the North recounted how the government of Buhari has openly shown hatred towards the Igbo and his effort to exclude the Igbo in his government is solely responsible for his government’s failure.

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BREAKING NEWS: Leaked Secret Audio Reveals Turkey Is Sponsor Of Boko Haram |The Republican News

Ike A. Offor

An Egyptian Television has released an intercepted telephone conversation which has confirmed that Turkey is clearly a terrorist state with a broad reach. It reports that Turkey is the supplier of weapons to the deadly Islamist terrorist group, Boko haram, which has waged a terror war for ten years in Nigeria.

The report further said that without doubt President recep Erdogan, and his party are transferring weapons from Turkey to -this is a shock, to where you may ask- to Nigeria; to whom? -to the Boko Haram organisation.

It has been a very disturbing speculation among Nigerians, the government officials as where the deadly Islamic terror group is getting their supply of sophiscated weapons from. Some finger have been secretly pointing at Saudi Arabia due to the fact that the Muslim group that make up the Islamic terror group is known to be of Sunni, of which Saudi Arabia is regarded as Sunni Muslim country.

Some speculations had it that Nigerian politicians are behind the group, and different political parties have pointed fingers at each other since the last 8 years since this terror group has been carrying out their attacks.

It is estimated that at least Boko Haram has killed over 11,000 Nigerians, mostly women, children and a good number of officers of the Nigerian security forces. Also, the group has been collecting huge ransoms through kidnapping of school children, and villagers. Among these kidnappings are the widely publicised one, the Chibok school girls. While some of these girls have been released, some are still in their custody for several years now.

This leaked telephone conversation was made in 2014/15, which was the year the group was most deadly and carried out most of their horrendous suicide attacks within this period.

When the audio was leaked, it didn’t attract much attention due to the fact that the United States, and other super powers did not see President Recep Erdogan as one who is interested in Islamist politics other than in his own nation.

President Recep Erdogan seen here showing the Rabbia Insgnia, a sign of the Islamic brotherhood

But recently, the leader of ISIS, Khalif El-Baghdadi was killed, or apparently blew himself up, when the United States special operation forces closed down on him just three miles away from Turkish border. Something that shocked some analysts, who questioned how could such a man be so closed to the Turkey without being detected.

Political and Intelligence analsyt, Mr Raymond Ibrahim, said that certain issues have revealed that President Erdogan is involved with ISIS and has now been linked to such a deadly terror group, Boko Haram. He also said that the international observaers have noticed that weapons used by Boko haram are very sophiscated. He said that attacks by Boko Haram has the same pattern as that of ISIS, like chooping off heads of their captives, and attack targetting Christians women, school children. Also, mentioned was made of Fulani tribesmen, who are largely normadic and primitive in their lifestyle but are always armed with sophiscated weaponry.

Mr Raymond said that the benefit of this to Erdogan is that he is a strong ally of Muslim brotherhood, and seems to believe that spread of Islamist groups will overhtrow more secular states.

He said that President Buhari is also a Fulani Muslim, who has been accused of being complacent to these attacks by Boko haram and could as well been an ally of Turkey in these attacks, which is aimed at Islamising the entire country, Nigeria.

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Kogi Guber 2019: Masked Gunmen Attack Gov. Makinde, PDP Candidate, Wada In Their Hotel

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde and Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s election in Kogi state, Musa Wada on Friday escaped being whisked away by masked gunmen, who attacked the Suitorial Hotel where they were lodged.

The gunmen, dressed in police uniforms and bullet proof masks, were said to have arrived the hotel at about 12.50 pm with some of them scaling the fence to gain access.

Makinde is the Chairman of the PDP Governorship campaign Council for Kogi state.

The gunmen however did not succeed in gaining access into the hotel as security men attached to the Governor repelled and chased them away.

An eye witness said while some of the masked men climbed the fence of the hotel to gain access, others came in through the gate, alleging they may have come into the hotel to abduct the PDP candidate.

The eye witness said: “Some people said they may have been fake policemen but the governor’s security men said the attackers were not fake judging from uniform they were wearing and that they were hooded so that they will not be identified.”

Director General of Publicity of the PDP Campaign Council, Farouk Adejoh, who confirmed the attack told The Nation on phone that about 50 of the men dressed in police uniform came in to attack and apparently to abduct the governorship candidate of the PDP who was lodged in the same hotel.

Adejoh said: “I can confirm to you that the hotel was attacked by hooded men in police uniform. They came in tinted buses, but our security details repelled them.

“We have been complaining that there are so many tinted vehicles that are not registered in the state and two days ago, the Commissioner of Police said such vehicles should be impounded. But these men came in those tinted vehicles”.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, also confirmed the attack, saying “Information reaching us from Lokoja, the Kogi state capital confirmed that some armed and masked security men who appeared in police uniforms have attacked the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

“Makinde is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Kogi State Campaign Council. He is in Kogi in his capacity as the Chairman of that Council.

“Eyewitnesses confirmed that the hooded security operatives arrived the Suitorial Hotels, Lokoja, located along Stadium Road, Lokoja where the Governor and some members of the PDP Campaign Council are lodged at about 12.50 pm, on Friday, shooting sporadically and attempting to break into the hotel rooms.

“It was gathered the some of the hooded security operatives scaled the fence of the Hotel and attempted to enter the rooms.

“A melee was set off as the security operatives attached to the Governor of Oyo state were said to have resisted the invaders.”

Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, however said the Police also got the information but denied that there was an attack on the governor’s hotel.

The Nation gathered that the PDP high command has reached out to the Inspector General of Police, asking him to ensure that nothing happen to its candidate.

Information from Anyimgba, Dekina local government area of the state also have it some houses belonging to some PDP leaders in the area were allegedly destroyed early on Friday.

A source from the area said: “There were shooting throughout the night in Anyimgba by hoodlums who apparently don’t want people to come out and vote on Saturday.

‘’But the people are determined to vote and so they mobilised themselves and disperse the hoodlums.’’

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It Is Too Late To Forgive Bello For Failing To Deliver In Kogi — JS Okutepa SAN

When I watched Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State kneeling down begging kogi people today to forgive Yahaya Bello for failure of governance in that State just because election is on 16th of November 2019, I came to the conclusion that Nigerian politicians can take us for granted.

Yahaya Bello is young and he is bound to make mistakes he said. Mistakes I laughed. Mistakes?. What mistakes.

Yahaya Bello as an accidental Governor who had power foisted on him by providence was behaving in government as if there was no tomorrow.

He became synonymous with such characters as Herod and Nebuchadnezarr in the Bible.
Nobody matters to him except himself and his cronies. Forgiveness is a function of true repentance.Did he confess to Nasir El-Rufai. Kogi people want to know what he confessed to El-Rufai.

What happened to those who lost their lives under Bello’s tyrannical and mis-governance.

Let Yahaya Bello first confess his sins. What happened to our bail out funds. Why were workers not paid.
Let him tell us why in more than three years there is no visible evidence of good governance. He must be punished for his audacity of arrogance.

He acted like emperor.Yahaya Bello must explain to us in Kogi why he so desecrated the constitution and the institutions of government.

He disregarded law and order and had no respect for judicial pronouncements including orders of supreme court.

Bello must be punished to know the power of the people. It is too late to seek forgiveness when the corpse is in the mortuary of democracy. It is to late to cry when the head is off. Let the people decide in free and fair election. The day of reckoning is here.

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Gen. Murtala Mohammed Would Have Survived Buka Dimka’s Bullets Of 1976 Coup, Says Orderly |The Republican News

*Coup plotters returned to finish him off

*Obasanjo, TY Danjuma were lucky

*I was dumped in the mortuary for dead

Had the coup plotters led by Lt. Col. Buka Suka Dimka not noticed the door of General Murtala Muhammed’s Mercedes Benz car open minutes after it was sprayed with bullets from AK-47 assault rifles, triggering another round of firing, perhaps the late Head of State would have survived the brutal attack.

The lone survivor and Orderly to the late Head of State, Staff Sergeant Michael Otuwu, broke his silence in a highly emotional interview with The AUTHORITY Daily, nearly 40 years after the tragic incident.

According to the Orderly, on their way to work on the morning of Friday, February 13, 1976, the Head of State left his personal house in Ikoyi and was headed to work in Dodan Barracks, the seat of government, which he said was being renovated at the time.

Otuwu disclosed that beside the Head of State was his ADC, Lt. Akintunde Akinterinwa, himself (Otuwu) directly seated in the front passenger’s seat, with Sergeant Adamu Michika behind the wheels.

According to the Orderly, as the unsuspecting car of the Head of State stopped before a row of cars at a junction, he noticed a man in a traditional attire, babanriga (he later identified as Dimka) who approached the car, removed the flowing robe and pulled out an AK-47 rifle, shooting the driver in the head point blank.

According to the Orderly, having disabled the car by killing the driver, other soldiers clad in robes, ran towards Murtala’s car and opened fire.

“The Head of State, his ADC and I all ducked while the shooting lasted,” narrated the Orderly, sobbing uncontrollably as he recalled the traumatic incident. After the shooting, Otuwu continued, he heard the gunmen running towards the Radio House.

A few minutes later, he continued, he noticed that the injured ADC opened his door, apparently to come to the aid of the equally injured Commander-in-Chief.

According to the Orderly, the opened door alerted the assailants that the occupants of the vehicle were not dead – and this prompted the coup plotters to return a second time to, again, open fire on the car in order to finish them off. He passed out.

According to Otuwu, Generals TY Danjuma and Olusegun Obasanjo were lucky because they were also targets but escaped because they did not leave for their offices as early as Murtala did and they heard the radio announcement which may have fatefully altered their movement plans.

According to Otuwu, who enlisted in the Nigeria Army in 11 September, 1967, he had moved early that morning with the late Head of State from his Ikoyi residence to Dodan Barracks because the overthrown General Yakubu Gowon had not evacuated the official residence and it was not yet renovated.

His words: “I was his Orderly throughout to his last day during the Dimka coup. I was inside the car with him when he was killed.

“On the morning of that February 13, we were going to the office. Sergeant Adamu Michika was the driver; Sergeant Akintunde Akinterinwa, his ADC, sat behind the driver. As an Orderly, I was in front with the driver.

“While the Head of State sat behind me – I was the one who opens the door for him. That fateful day I came up in the morning to carry him to the office in Dodan Barracks. We got to the former Secretariat, now at Ikoyi, which was under construction.

Before the place they call Alag bon junction, near the labour office. The official car was a Mercedes Benz 600. It is still at the National Museum. There were about four or five vehicles in front of us. You know at that junction there was traffic. We didn’t go with sirens. During his time we didn’t go with escorts with the accompanying out-riders, road-closed signs and all that.

So when we got to the Alagbon junction, the traffic warden stopped the vehicle and we were in the queue. We were the fifth or sixth vehicle behind the forward vehicles that were stopped. That secretariat was under construction.

They put zincs around the compound behind that secretariat. Then some soldiers came in Agbada carrying AK-47 rifles. “They wore uniforms but covered them with Agbada. They had their Kalashnikovs with Agbada cover-up in form of camouflage. We never knew they were even waiting for us. Then one soldier from Golf Road shot and got our driver, Sergeant Michika. Our motor was neutralized.

“Between me and the driver was an arm-rest. On that arm-rest was Oga’s brief case. In this brief case he puts civil dress he could use as needed. When he wants to go to Mosque, he does not like going back to Ikoyi to change.

“Then some other soldiers converged on us. I can’t recall their number. They began to spray us from the back. All of us took cover. I fell on top of the driver; the blood of the driver covered my head. They thought the bullet got my head.

“After the first shooting and without return of fire they must have assumed that we were all dead. The shooting was actually in two phases. They ran to the NBC to announce the assassination. They shared themselves into three.

“There was a group waiting for Obasanjo when he was about to go to the office. Also another group was waiting for TY Danjuma at Bourdillon – our own was at Ikoyi Road. It happened we were the first target that moved early from the house to the office.

“Before Obasanjo and TY Danjuma moved to their offices they have already heard the radio announcement. By the time of the first shooting, we being the target and their running to NBC to go and announce that they have already finished their assignment, the ADC who was still alive, thinking they were gone, opened the door of the Benz.

“In the first spraying of the car, except the driver who was killed, the three of us were injured but not dead. On observing the car door opening, one of the attackers, still within range, a Major, called to the others: “he never die, he never die.” He was calling his group to return.

“This time around when they came back they finished their entire magazines. That was what happened. They carried everybody to the mortuary at Igbosere Hospital, not far from Kam Salem Police Headquarters. Because of the extreme cold of the mortuary, my left hand started shaking and one of the attendants saw it and called the nurses or doctors and said somebody was still alive.

“From there they checked and confirmed I was still breathing. So they had to look for a vehicle to carry me to Dodan Barracks. From Dodan Barracks they looked for an ambulance and carried me to a hospital, Awolowo Road hospital, a military hospital.”

Otuwu, who hails from Kogi State, spent six months in the hospital after his miraculous survival. He has not been recognized by the army or the state. Presently, he does a few jobs for late General Murtala’s son, in Abuja.

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Osinbajo May Face Worst Humiliation Than Former Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Onnoghen — Ohanaeze

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo

Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC)  Worldwide Sunday advised the Vice President, professor Yemi Osibanjo, to quit his 2023   presidential ambition and focus on his calling as a pastor or be ready to face humiliation.

President General of OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement said from the handwriting on the wall, Osibanjo’s fate may be worse than that of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen.

According to the statement, the outright sack of VP’s aides is a sign that he might face humiliation like Justice onneghen.

The statement reads I parts: “There is a sinister motive behind the sacking of VP Osibanjos political aides. This shows that VP Osibanjo might face humiliation like CJN Justice Walter Onneghen and he is likely on his way out of office. It is just a matter of time before he faces the worst treatment akin to what former CJN Onneghen witnessed.

“Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the National leader APC had likely seen this handwriting on the wall and carefully choose to support and side President Muhammadu Buhari instead of Osibanjo, his political godson.

“When Senator Ahmed Tinubu said that there is nothing wrong  for the President to sign the offshore bills in London while observing his private visit without transmitting power to VP Osibanjo;  it’s a clear testimony that VP Osibanjo is likely on his own and should mend his ways,” the statement reads.

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12-year-old Nigerian Boy Of Igbo Extraction Makes New Discovery In Mathematics, Gets Recognition Award In UK |The Republican News

A 12-year-old Nigerian youngster of Igbo extraction who is based in the United Kingdom, Master Chika Ofili, has been presented with a Special recognition award for making a new discovery in Mathematics.

The little Mathematician just discovered a new formula for divisibility by 7 in Mathematics.

The little genius, Chika Ofili seen here with his parents and sister

If you ever used new general Mathematics JSS 2, you would understand how significant this is in the world of Mathematics. Even Professors in this field over the years were unable to solve this problem that a young genius like this did.

Chika Ofili poses with his mother

There was no divisibility rule for 7. It was thought not to exist.

Kudos to this young man. This is a noble feat worthy of recognition.

The .little genius during the presentation of award to him

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Obasanjo’s Mango Farm In Benue To Employ 1000 Workers, Plans To Build Juice Making Factory |The Republican News

Former President, Dr Olusegun Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, says his mango plantation in Howe, Gwer East Local Government Area will employ over 1,000 workers in Benue State.

Mr Obasanjo made the disclosure on Monday in Howe during a visit to the farm to inspect the progress made so far.

He said the plantation would produce and process finished products such as juice from assorted fruits and oil from the seeds that could be used by pharmaceutical companies among others.

“I have come for four things, first to see how the farm has started, thank the governor for his encouragement; thank the community for accepting us and lastly give the workers the way forward.

“The workers are from this community. The mangoes will start producing between three to four years time. We have about 140 hectares of land for the project.’’

The former president said that factories for processing fruits would be built and over a 1,000 people would be employed at completion.

He said the oranges, mangoes and other fruits produced by farmers in the state would not enough be enough to run the factories, hence the need for the plantation.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who accompanied Mr Obasanjo on the visit, said the state government was ready to facilitate the enabling environment for investors to invest.

Mr Ortom said agriculture remained the only permanent gold mine in the country, stressing that it was even far more than oil.

He said his administration would support the private sector and promote development and provide employment for the Benue people.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Obasanjo had earlier laid foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi School for “Children with Special Needs” in Igbor, Gwer East local government area.

(NAN)

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