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Nnamdi Kanu Has No Means Of Livelihood, Says Nigerian Army |RN

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Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

 The Nigerian Army has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has no means of livelihood but used “propaganda” to make people believe him.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, stated this in Abuja while rounding off a two-day media conference on the military’s enhancement of human rights.

Related: IPOB Sues Buratai, Demands Kanu’s Whereabout |The Republican News

The army spokesman, who stressed the need for a robust army-media relationship towards enhancing national security, said those people following the IPOB leader were in a “one-chance vehicle.”

Usman said, “There was an allegation that somebody (Kanu) went into hiding. Now, I can’t remember the day but in an interview on Channels TV, one of Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brothers said that he was in hiding and he knew where he was.

Related: IPOB Berates Uzor Kalu Over Claim Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts, Calls Him Desperate Hausa-Fulani Slave

“And one lawyer came up that he has taken the Chief of Army Staff to court. Now, who gave you the brief? You said you do not know where he (Kanu) is. Now, who gave you the brief? And the media is asking us where is Nnamdi Kanu? Why not ask the man that said so who gave him the brief to take people to court when he does not know where the man is?

“…That is why those people following him have entered into a one-chance vehicle. This is somebody standing trial in a criminal case. Sometimes, whether we like it or not, we want to stand against the truth. But no matter how long, the truth will come to pass on October 17. This is an individual without a means of livelihood.

Related: BREAKING NEWS: Soldiers Invade Nnamdi Kanu’s Family House, Kill 18 |RN

“I can speak eloquently. So what? If I can speak like him; I can also have my own group, that’s exactly what is happening. So, what is the essence of our education as a people? You know that somebody is in a criminal case, and you believe in him.”   (Punch)

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Nnamdi Kanu, Qualifies As A ‘Head of State’ – Former U.S Attorney General, Bruce Fein Tells UN |RN

 

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Former US Attorney General, Bruce Fein

 

Former U.S Attorney General Tells UN: Designate Nnamdi Kanu as Internationally Protected Person Controversial former U.S attorney-general Bruce Fein has urged the United Nations Security Council, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to designate Nnamdi Kanu as an “internationally protected person” as defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, Including Diplomatic Agents.

Article I of the Convention defines an “internationally protected person as “A Head of State, including any member of a collegial body performing the functions of a Head of State under the constitution of the State concerned, a Head of Government or a Minister of Foreign Affairs, whenever such person is in a foreign state ….”
“The acts and utterances of IPOB were acts and utterances of terrorists, said the federal government after the organization was proscribed, but Fein in a fresh appeal to the world body said that Nnamdi Kanu, qualifies as a ‘Head of State.’ “In sum, Nnamdi Kanu qualifies as a “Head of State” under the Convention. He is one of a group of IPOB leaders who perform the core government function in the South East region of Nigeria of protecting the physical safety of innocent civilian Biafrans from predation or murder by Hausa-Fulani terrorists. He is subject de facto to Nigerian martial law.
He possesses lesser rights than a foreign diplomat in Nigeria. Mr Kanu is a de facto foreigner in Nigeria and a Head of State in a de facto foreign territory in the South East within the meaning of the Convention.” “The United Nations Security Council, through a resolution or otherwise, should designate Mr Kanu as an internationally protected person.

His status falls within the jurisdiction of the Security Council under Chapter VII of the Charter because the Nigerian Government’s threatened force or violence against him threatens international peace and security in West Africa and elsewhere.”

“As an internationally protected person, Mr Kanu falls within the protections of the Convention. Under Article 4, all parties are required to undertake measures to deter the Government of Nigeria from criminal action against him by an embargo on arms sales, financial sanctions, or otherwise. The United States has specifically criminalized the assault, harm, murder or manslaughter of internationally protected persons in 18 U.S.C. ¶¶ 112 and 1116.” “In fact, IPOB is a peaceful political group led in part by Mr Kanu that seeks to restructure Nigeria in conformity with time-honoured principles of self-determination, he alleged. “The United States Government has denied that IPOB is a terrorist organization. It is not listed as such under United States law.

No nation seriously considers IPOB to be anything other than a peaceful political group representing the political interests of a substantial part of Nigeria’s fifty million Biafrans.” Fein is a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, which is closely connected to AIPAC, the main lobby for Israeli interests. Fein’s business associations largely consist of foreign governments and large oil conglomerates, all of which seem to be strange bedfellows for a “constitutional lawyer” of the United States, Per Second News gathered.

Investigations show that Mr Fein is currently a lead lawyer at the Lichfield Group a law firm that holds many global partnerships in addition to its political and media consulting.

On its own website, it alludes to directing or managing global concerns, including assisting foreign governments to influence the United States Congress. In recent years, Fein has had his ethics called to question over a money laundering scandal involving the Turkish Coalition Of America (TCA) and Republican Representative Jean Schmidt from Ohio. This prompted a House Ethics Committee hearing in August of 2011. Although Fein was representing Schmidt, a U.S Congressman, he had been in collaboration with the TCA and the Turkish lobby for some time. It’s not hard to think there may have been a conflict of interest.

Sibel Edmonds, a well-known FBI whistleblower had this to say about Fein’s character: “With Bruce Fein, you have exactly the opposite stand. He has been a crusty foreign lobbyist making millions of dollars peddling his foreign bosses’ interests and influence in Congress and government agencies. For Fein, it has never mattered who the foreign client or what their agenda. He does not care whether his foreign clients are criminals or terrorists or dictators. As long as they pay him handsomely he’ll sell their agenda and interest no matter what they may be.”

Reports in the U.S alleged that it was Fein who authored the very first articles to impeach former U.S. President Barack Obama, later introduced by Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina.Former U.S Attorney General Tells UN: Designate Nnamdi Kanu as Internationally Protected Person Controversial former U.S attorney-general Bruce Fein has urged the United Nations Security Council, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to designate Nnamdi Kanu as an “internationally protected person” as defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, Including Diplomatic Agents. Article I of the Convention defines an “internationally protected person as “A Head of State, including any member of a collegial body performing the functions of a Head of State under the constitution of the State concerned, a Head of Government or a Minister of Foreign Affairs, whenever such person is in a foreign state ….”
“The acts and utterances of IPOB were acts and utterances of terrorists, said the federal government after the organization was proscribed, but Fein in a fresh appeal to the world body said that Nnamdi Kanu, qualifies as a ‘Head of State.’ “In sum, Nnamdi Kanu qualifies as a “Head of State” under the Convention. He is one of a group of IPOB leaders who perform the core government function in the South East region of Nigeria of protecting the physical safety of innocent civilian Biafrans from predation or murder by Hausa-Fulani terrorists. He is subject de facto to Nigerian martial law.

He possesses lesser rights than a foreign diplomat in Nigeria. Mr Kanu is a de facto foreigner in Nigeria and a Head of State in a de facto foreign territory in the South East within the meaning of the Convention.” “The United Nations Security Council, through a resolution or otherwise, should designate Mr Kanu as an internationally protected person. His status falls within the jurisdiction of the Security Council under Chapter VII of the Charter because the Nigerian Government’s threatened force or violence against him threatens international peace and security in West Africa and elsewhere.” “As an internationally protected person, Mr Kanu falls within the protections of the Convention.

Under Article 4, all parties are required to undertake measures to deter the Government of Nigeria from criminal action against him by an embargo on arms sales, financial sanctions, or otherwise. The United States has specifically criminalized the assault, harm, murder or manslaughter of internationally protected persons in 18 U.S.C. ¶¶ 112 and 1116.” “In fact, IPOB is a peaceful political group led in part by Mr Kanu that seeks to restructure Nigeria in conformity with time-honoured principles of self-determination, he alleged. “The United States Government has denied that IPOB is a terrorist organization. It is not listed as such under United States law.
No nation seriously considers IPOB to be anything other than a peaceful political group representing the political interests of a substantial part of Nigeria’s fifty million Biafrans.” Fein is a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, which is closely connected to AIPAC, the main lobby for Israeli interests.

Fein’s business associations largely consist of foreign governments and large oil conglomerates, all of which seem to be strange bedfellows for a “constitutional lawyer” of the United States, Per Second News gathered. Investigations show that Mr Fein is currently a lead lawyer at the Lichfield Group a law firm that holds many global partnerships in addition to its political and media consulting. On its own website, it alludes to directing or managing global concerns, including assisting foreign governments to influence the United States Congress. In recent years, Fein has had his ethics called to question over a money laundering scandal involving the Turkish Coalition Of America (TCA) and Republican Representative Jean Schmidt from Ohio.

This prompted a House Ethics Committee hearing in August of 2011. Although Fein was representing Schmidt, a U.S Congressman, he had been in collaboration with the TCA and the Turkish lobby for some time. It’s not hard to think there may have been a conflict of interest. Sibel Edmonds, a well-known FBI whistleblower had this to say about Fein’s character: “With Bruce Fein, you have exactly the opposite stand.

He has been a crusty foreign lobbyist making millions of dollars peddling his foreign bosses’ interests and influence in Congress and government agencies. For Fein, it has never mattered who the foreign client or what their agenda is. He does not care whether his foreign clients are criminals or terrorists or dictators. As long as they pay him handsomely he’ll sell their agenda and interest no matter what they may be.
Reports in the U.S alleged that it was Fein who authored the very first articles to impeach former U.S. President Barack Obama, later introduced by Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina.

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United States Faults Nigeria’s Use Of Military Option In Resolving Internal Conflicts |RN

Remarks at Ceremonial Groundbreaking of United States Institute of Peace.

The United States (U.S.) yesterday urged Nigeria to look beyond a military option in resolving internal conflicts.

The appeal was made under the auspices of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC when the agency convened a gathering of U.S. officials, diplomats and Nigerian leaders.

The conference focused on “Peace in Nigeria: How to build it, and America’s role” and explored possible options beyond military operations. The symposium agreed on the need for the Nigerian government to strengthen the responsiveness of state institutions, address grievances and perceptions “before they become reality and improve accountability and transparency.”

Thomas Hushek, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State, in his concluding remarks said “durable peace” in Nigeria “will require a painstaking dialogue.”

Apart from the 15-year Boko Haram issue in the Northeast, Nigeria’s military is grappling with widespread conflicts within the country’s borders, the most current being the second phase of its “Operation Python Dance” in the Southeast that has put soldiers in direct confrontation with the self-determinist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Military authorities have also proscribed IPOB and declared it a terrorist organisation following which they announced imminent operations in South-West and South-South regions — a decision that has drawn the ire of civil society groups and human rights activists.

Re-echoing General Martin-Luther Agwai’s introductory remarks on the centrality of the country to potential peace in Africa, Hushek describes Nigeria as a very critical U.S. partner on the continent but added that the President Muhammadu Buhari government must in its pursuit of peace first identify the options that citizens want to be implemented.

The country is warming up to charged elections in two years and the U.S. assistant secretary believes the “2019 election will be critical to Nigeria’s continued prosperity and stability.

“Achieving stability or building political peace is a political endeavour,” he said, just as he explained that responsiveness to people’s needs would “build trust and encourage durable peace.”

General Agwai, former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff and former commander of the combined United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan is one of the members of the Nigeria Senior Working Group that participated in the conference on peace in Nigeria. In his opening remarks, Agwai described himself as a simple old soldier humbled by the presence of the State Department and the U.S. and “privileged to stand and talk to learned people across the world about what we are doing.”

His submissions on peace in Nigeria equating peace in Africa kicked off the first panel discussion involving Pauline Baker, President Emeritus of the Fund for Peace and Senior Advisor, Creative Associates International as moderator; Yau, Yunusa Zakari, Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development, Kano, Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim, Senior Fellow, Centre for Democracy and Development – West Africa; and Ambassador Fatima Balla, former Nigerian diplomat, civil servant, and politician.

While declaring the discussion open, Baker made specific reference to agitations in the South-East and urged discussants to be informal. “We tend to look at the outside without looking at the inside,” she remarked, adding that it would be important to think about the fact that Biafra agitation still thrives many years after.

The conference agreed that “Nigeria under President Buhari has made military gains against the extremist fighters of Boko Haram” but observed that Nigeria’s varied conflicts have kept more than two million people displaced and weakened stability in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel region. “Peace and security will not be achieved purely through armed force,” the USIP said.

It further noted that peaceful Nigeria is vital to long-term U.S. interests as well as to a reduction in the world’s refugee crisis, and to the stability of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and other nations of the Sahel.

“Fortunately, President Buhari’s election in 2015 marked an advance for democracy as the country’s first peaceful transition of power to an opposition candidate. U.S. policy has supported his government’s campaign to push back Boko Haram.

The conference also built on what the organisers said was months of USIP-coordinated dialogues among the governors of northern states and civic leaders, including diplomats, retired civil servants, and scholars. “These dialogues join government officials and civil society in shaping more inclusive policies that can help prevent violent conflicts.”

The highlight of the event was a conversation among three of Nigeria’s most noted figures—Cardinal John Onaiyekan; Dr. Usman Bugaje, a senior advisor to the Sultan of Sokoto; and Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a former vice president for Africa at the World Bank, a former Nigerian cabinet minister, and co-founder of the anti-corruption group Transparency International and the Bring Back Our Girls Movement.

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Biafra: We Are Wiser Now, But We Have Not Abandoned The Boys – Umahi |RN

From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Mr David Umahi, in this interview, spoke on the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Operation Python Dance among other issues.

Given what transpired in the North East, especially on how Boko Haram got radicalized and started engaging in warfare, isn’t it proper to reach out to Nnamdi Kanu and get him to return to the table for dialogue so that he wouldn’t go and radicalize IPOB members too?

Our situation is different from Boko Haram situation. But if anybody believes that we will abandon those boys, it is not true. We will still be appealing to them to come back to their leaders, let us sit down and discuss. Kanu somehow raised awareness on this restructuring issue. We must give it to him. We are not going to throw him away; we will still find a way; we will be appealing to the federal government for forgiveness. The word, IPOB, is not in agreement with me because when you say the Indigenous People of Biafra, it has its own connotation. When you say indigenous, if you go to America you talk about the indigenous people of America and that is the Red Indies that founded America. There is no indigenous in this sense. It could be Igbo Youth Movement or association and so on and so forth. So having proscribed that and their activities; of course, the federal government says it’s a terror group; we cannot dialogue with them under that name again. They’re our brothers and sisters and it’s a question of getting them to a better level of understanding and partnership.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo according to newspaper reports said that it was better for President Muhammadu Buhari to invite Kanu for a meeting. Do you agree with him?

I can’t comment on what one of our much-respected leaders said. I don’t have opinions to share on this matter but I say that on our own, Kanu remains our brother. We will wish them to rebrand; we will wish them to come to understanding with the leaders of the South- East. Let’s live our today in peace and then it will be their turn to so that we must create a future for them. So that is what I can say about that.

With Operation Python dance about commencing in Ebonyi, and since IPOB has been proscribed, what will happen to anyone that will wear Biafra’s insignia or carry its flag?

Well, there are two issues here. One is that we have appealed to Mr President to withdraw the soldiers in the South- East region at least for now for temper to cool. I am not the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces; it’s Mr President who is. It is an appeal that we have made to him. It is his constitutional powers and rights. So, I cannot say for certain that Operation Python Dance will not commence in Ebonyi State. I don’t have such powers. But if Mr President views it that in his own opinion that he wants to heed to our appeal, that is good. But specifically in Ebonyi State, we are appealing that everybody should be law-abiding. There’s no nation inside a nation. Even if you want Biafra, you have to get it first; become a nation before you start putting up your flag, owning your own secret service and so on and so forth.

So far the members of Indigenous People of Biafra can still go to the Nigeria courts on their own, it means the sovereignty of Nigeria still stands and it’s binding on everybody; and as such everybody must submit to the law of that country, Nigeria. That’s what I want to say. My appeal is that our youths should not do anything that will be against the law. That is my appeal.

And for the army, if the Python Dance is to go on in Ebonyi State the Acting Commander is here and I have instructed, as the Chief Security Officer of the state that it must be done within the rules of engagement; that Ebonyi people must not be harassed; they must not be undue stress on them. If they want to carry out operation anywhere, none of us here wants to be kidnapped; none of us wants to be attacked by the armed robbers. They must be given cooperation to do that. So, this is our measures to know that there is peace.

Recently you were out of the country on investment drive and we believe other governors are doing the same. Don’t you think that the declaration of IPOB as a terror group by the Defence Headquarters will affect the efforts being made by the governors to attract foreign investment to the South East region?

There are things that you don’t have control over and so, you worry about the things you have control over and leave the rest that you don’t have control over. The activities of the members of IPOB in the South East have denied us a lot of investment already; and so it is very, very important that our people should know and understand that. No investor wants to come to a place that is under tension. It is an appeal. I don’t know the effect of that matter but people are gifted differently and we have our duties to perform. I wasn’t consulted before that and I shouldn’t be consulted. So, every coin has two sides. It has its merits and demerits. Let’s put the two before God to help us. He is the only one who makes all things beautiful.

You see, the point is South East. What happened in the South East can have very serious consequences in the North East, South West and so on and so forth. What comes first in my mind and the mind of the South East governors is the life of every Nigerian. Anything beyond the life of every Nigerian is nonsense. Restructuring is secondary. Given the circumstance now, we are taking measures that will ensure that the lives of Nigerians are secured.

The other day, the leadership of Igbo people in the Northern states were in a meeting with us. And they were saying that they don’t want Biafra. They want us to peacefully coexist. We all know that there are differences here and there but we should sit down and discuss it. We should not endanger their lives in the north. They came to report back to us. You can’t shave a man in his absence. You want us to have Biafra. I am an elected leader. You should discuss with me.

You can have the mandate of the people. There are National Assembly members, the state Houses of Assembly, the Local Government Chairmen, the councillors and so on. We should say Ok. We are representing the people. So, there is no such mandate. Let us not agree on certain things because any of you can jump up tomorrow and say that your local government is marginalized and start your own kind of agitation. Such attitude must not be encouraged. So, whatever thing that must be done to secure the confidence of everybody living in the South East and outside of it is welcome. No life that is lost can be regained. And it is only the living that can be president, governor, ministers and so on. Let us secure our lives first and we sit down and discuss.

Fulani herdsmen are causing havoc in many parts of this country. We have not heard about any python dance for them. They always have their way. But in a peaceful environment like the South East, there is Operation Python Dance. What about that?

We asked the General Officer Commanding [GOC] this question. I don’t have the details but the one I can remember is the Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta. People were not killed. They gave me another kind of dance that was done in Ondo State. He mentioned not less than ten that had happened. They just call it anything. It’s a way of just having a name to go and do the operation. If the herdsmen are targeting the South East, we wouldn’t have the problem in Zamfara, Benue and others. It is the way God wants it. When you find yourself in a certain position, you’ll have to find a way of solving the problem.

Is the agitation for Biafra because of the herdsmen? The answer is no. The question I will leave to our people is: what is it that we really want? We have to define means of knowing what we want. Our people should go back to hard work and determination which we are known for. It is God that blesses people. God can decide to deposit a lot of gold in the South East. So let’s go back to hard work.

When people say that they want to have Biafra, I laugh. This is because if IPOB had ensured that there was no single kidnap in the South East; ensured that there was no single killing of people, armed robbery and all that, people can begin to say that these people can rule themselves. Look at the level of cultism, armed robbery in the South East. There a lot of atrocities that is happening. It shows that we cannot even rule ourselves if we are to become Biafra. Let us go back to hard work which Igbo people are known for. Our forefathers bequeathed hard work, honesty, commitment to duties and all good virtues. Let us go back to them. God has given us wisdom. Let us explore it. Let us not be pushed into war by people who we think are sympathetic to our course only to be left in the blues. It has happened before. Let it not happen again. We are wiser and better now.  (The Sun)

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Ojukwu’s Reincarnation: Most Nigerians Now Sing The Lyrics He Wrote |RN

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By Ray Ekpu

At Newswatch, we must have had close to a dozen interviews with Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu after his return from exile in Ivory Coast. We cherished every opportunity to grill the eloquent rebel, not just because he led the Biafra revolt but largely because he enjoyed a much as we did the prospect of a robust forensic combat. Ojukwu was very well informed, eloquent, argumentative, analytical, controversial and loved to give to his prosecutors, that is us, as much as he received. Every encounter with the great man was an exchange of distilled wisdom.

His antecedents excited us endlessly. His father, Sir Louis Philip Odumegwu Ojukwu, was a billionaire of the old – money variety. He wanted his son to study law. The boy refused. Rather, he studied Modern History at Oxford and returned home with a master’s degree in his pocket. His father wanted him to work for his sprawling business empire. He refused and rather joined the civil service as an Assistant District Officer. When he got bored he decided to join the Army as a recruit. His seniors in the Army tried to frustrate him apparently wondering why such a highly educated man from a well-regarded father would choose to be a soldier. He refused to take the bait.

Let’s step back a little bit. When he was at King’s College, Lagos, a school for the children of the elite runners in his days largely by British citizens something spectacular happened. The boys were unhappy about the quality of their food so they decided to go on strike. One of the senior students, Victor Ovie-Whiskey, was assigned to remain at the school gate and to let no one in or out. He was armed with a huge machete. One of the teachers, a tall, brash bully of an Englishman called Slee came around and howled at Ovie-Whiskey, commanding him to get out of the way. Ojukwu, a tiny 10-year-old, was sent by some senior students to fetch water for them. When Ojukwu saw Slee intimidating Ovie-Whiskey he dropped his bucket, jumped up and slapped this huge Englishman. Everyone was stunned. The police were called in and the matter was taken to court. Ojukwu was tried along with other students and freed.

Let’s step forward. Ojukwu waged war against his country, lost it, went into exile in Ivory Coast. Shehu Shagari in a rare moment of statesmanship forgave his trespasses and Ojukwu got accepted into the mainstream of Nigerian life again. But he was not fully forgiven because of even his own party, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), blocked him from becoming a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was not a man to be deterred by any temporary setback. He trudged on and when Sani Abacha convoked his national conference Ojukwu was one of the respected delegates who thought that if Abacha had a bag of tricks they were ready to open it. At the conference, Ojukwu showed, once again, that he was a man of courage and conviction.

Alex Ekwueme, one of the conferees, was speaking one day at the conference when some of the delegates heckled trying to bring his speech to an abrupt end. Ekwueme was trying to figure out whether to stop or to damn the hecklers when Ojukwu got up from his seat, went up and stood behind Ekwueme like the Rock of Gibraltar. He said to Ekwueme, “Speak”. The hall was in turmoil. The veteran warrior was ready for whatever anybody was ready for.

Why am I talking about Ojukwu now when he is not anywhere around here. The reasons are four (a) at Aburi, Ghana, where a last-ditch attempt was made to save Nigeria from disintegration Ojukwu was a central figure (b) President Muhammadu Buhari talked about Ojukwu’s acceptance of Nigerian unity when he visited him in Daura some years ago (c) the idea of Biafra has gained traction again and we seem to be back all over again to 1967. (d) the negotiability or otherwise of Nigeria’s unity is on parade right now, an idea that Ojukwu had discussed in several seminal interviews in the past.

In a five-hour gruelling interview that Newswatch had with Ojukwu in September 1992. He talked extensively about what transpired at Aburi. “At Aburi I used the term that it was better for us to separate a little and survive than to keep close and burn ourselves up in the friction. This is the statement I made and everybody said Ojukwu calls for confederation. If you go through the tapes again you wouldn’t hear the word confederation coming from my lips. But it is a Nigerian fact, the basis of unity, even today, some people might say doesn’t exist. Let us talk as Nigerians. Let our leaders talk and get us an acceptable form of togetherness.”

President Muhammadu Buhari was probably truthful about his conversation with Ojukwu on Nigeria’s unity in Daura some years ago. After being pardoned for his sins, Ojukwu had no reason to go on the treasonable path again. He had accepted defeat, got back to Nigeria on Nigeria’s terms and sought to be a Nigerian senator. He attended Abacha’s constitutional conference and made his presence felt. And when he stole the heart of the beautiful Bianca Christian Onoh he made Abuja the staging post for the wedding carnival. He was making a statement that he and his wife were fully Nigerianised that is why they chose Abuja as the centre of the Marriage Carnival. It wasn’t that he was running away from a possible disruption of the marriage by an angry C. C. Onoh who was initially opposed to the union. Ojukwu still had a huge crowd of admirers who could have taken care of business if he chose to tie the knot in Enugu.

Please permit this little digression. A few years ago, a certain man, handsome and loquacious who is a politician just as his father was had said that he used to touch Bianca sometime in the distant past. Who could be touching her now? Femi Fani-Kayode, are you back there?

In spite of Ojukwu’s full reclamation of his Nigerianness, he was still a bit sceptical about the sustainability of its unity. In the interview I referred to earlier we had asked him about his book on Biafra. His reply was. “I would tell you that I want Nigeria to settle down a little bit more”. We said: “Nigeria is settled”. He said: “Nigeria is not. You know it is not.” This was in 1992. Twenty-Five years later, Nigeria looks even more unsettled than ever before. There is a shooting war in the North East. Pythons aka soldiers are dancing and devouring people in the South East. Herdsmen are harassing farmers and communities in various parts of the country. There is also a new deadly game in a town known as kidnapping. Just as it happened in 1967 people are asked to leave one part of the country for fear of being attacked. So is it deja vu all over again?

When Ojukwu was alive MASSOB was around. We asked him at one of the interviews what was his take on MASSOB. He never condemned them and never supported them but he thought they were making the right noises. His position was simply pragmatic and existentially prudent. He would have been foolish to condemn them for doing what he had done even though he got his fingers burnt in the process. He would have sounded hypocritical after accepting to be a Nigerian again if he decided to back them. So what would Ojukwu have done now? Whatever anyone may say now is only in the realm of speculation. But I believe he would have continued to insist on what he called a “better togetherness.” A better togetherness is elastic and indefinable, but it means a rejection of the status quo and a pursuit of a less jaga jaga system of running our lives.

He would not have prescribed secession again because there is no pogrom or any existing calamity that has befallen Ndigbo now. He would know that the actualization of Biafra as an independent republic is the equivalent of tilting at windmills in the light of the political and administrative structure of the South East today. He would also have thought that many Igbos would not succumb to the seductive thought of an idea that could bring another war to the Igbos who have not yet fully recovered from the last one. But he would have continued to ask for a “better togetherness”.

That is the rallying cry in various parts of the country today. That was Ojukwu’s thesis at Aburi. After the Biafra fiasco, he never stopped asking for a rearrangement of the country for optimal functionality. Nnamdi Kanu is unlikely to get the Republic of Biafra but embedded in his idealistic, unachievable and melodramatic exertions is the fact that Nigeria needs some structural refurbishment. That is what Ojukwu sought for at Aburi. That is what he fought for after the war and until he died. That is why I think Ojukwu has reincarnated.
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IPOB Remains Terrorist Group, Despite EU, US Stance, Says Buhari’s Aide |RN

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has described as inconsequential the recognition accorded the Indigenous People of Biafra by some foreign nations as a non-terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.‎

Obono-Obla also disclosed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami(SAN), would soon charge the promoters and members of the proscribed group for allegedly operating illegally in Nigeria in violation of Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

He maintained in a statement which he released late on Sunday that IPOB’s activities qualified it as a terrorist group as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013.

The presidential aide said by its advocacy and modus of operation, IPOB terrorised, harassed or intimidated “those who do not subscribe it to its separatist’s ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription”.

He added, “So it is a terrorist organisation! This is also an organisation that was hounding and killing Nigerians in Rivers and Abia States before the military intervention!

“This is a group that was burning police stations; killing police officers, throwing bombs at military convoys, threatening to make the country ungovernable, threatening to stop governorship election in Anambra State!

“Most importantly a court of competent jurisdiction -Federal High Court has presided over by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati upon an application filed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation hinged on Section 2 (1) (a) & (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act granted an order proscribing IPOB! So whether EU or United States of Nigeria or any foreign country says about IPOB is immaterial, irrelevant and of no moment!”

He insisted that the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group with the backing of a court order proscribing it last week was Nigeria’s domestic affair, which foreign nations should not meddle in.

With particular reference to the European Union and the United States of America, Obono-Obla said meddling in Nigeria’s internal affair could erode the nation’s sovereignty.

He said, “I have previously said that the international community should not meddle in our internal affairs because doing that will amount to an erosion of our sovereignty!

“The EU has no business absolutely and totally with our internal matters so if EU says it does not see IPOB as a terrorist group, it does not matter as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“It is inconsequential! We all know by the definition of a terrorist organisation within the meaning of the term as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, IPOB is a terrorist organisation! Also it by its advocacy and modus of operation it is a terrorist organisation! It used to terrorise, harassing or intimidating those who do not subscribe it to its separatist’s ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription so it is a terrorist organisation!

“I want to add that the USA may say IPOB is not a terrorist organisation by US Law because it is a registered business concern in the State of California in the United States!

“However by Nigerian law a foreign company which is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission by the provisions of Section 53 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 is illegal.

“And by Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, it is a criminal offence for a foreign company to operate in Nigeria without registration! So all this while IPOB was operating in Nigeria illegally!”   (Punch)

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Biafra Not Realisable Now, But Big Referendum Is Coming – Primate Ayodele |RN

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Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele

By Olakunle Olafioye

The agitation by the secessionist group for the Republic of Biafra may not be actualised anytime soon.

One of Nigeria’s leading seers, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele made this known in an interview with Sunday Sun shortly after the press presentation of the 2017/2018 and beyond edition of a book, “Warnings to the Nations- (a collection of divine signals).

The book, a compendium of divine warnings to Nigeria and nations across the world, chronicles revelations and warnings to governments, institutions, organisations and notable individuals in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

The cleric revealed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, might just be wasting his time on the struggle for Biafra as a result of what he described as his (Kanu) wrong approach.

“Kanu is just wasting his time because he is not approaching the struggle the proper way.

“Nigeria as a nation needs a lot of prayers to survive. Biafra may not be actualized now. The struggle will face challenges. It is not the time for Biafra now; it will take a longer time.

“The government must take the issue of agitation seriously and ensure they take the right steps so that things can work out accordingly. A big referendum is coming. So the government must not take the issue of Biafra with levity. They must give it the all the seriousness it deserves.” he revealed.

The over 300-page book, in addition to revealing hundreds of events, happenings and personalities that would shape Nigeria in particular and the world at large in the next few years also highlights over 100 past prophecies by the man of God that have come to past

Recent among these revelations are the prophecies on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the fire outbreak in a palace in Lagos and invasion of schools by kidnappers.

The new edition of the book gives revelations on politics in Nigeria and countries in the world, politicians, political parties, government parastatals and agencies, the economy, traditional rulers, local governments, sports both international and local and much more.  (The Sun)

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