Image

Address Injustice Suffered By South East During Civil War, Kalu Tells Buhari

Orji-Uzor-Kalu

The former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu

Louis Ibah

The former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the injustices and human right abuses suffered by the people of the South East of Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafra civil war of 1967-1970, by the declaring the sub-region a ‘special area’.

Kalu, who spoke in an interview with aviation reporters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, shortly after arriving Nigeria from the United States of America (USA), also commended President Buhari for addressing the injustices associated with the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election, by posthumously acknowledging the election as free and fair, as well as declaring Chief MKO Abiola as the legitimate winner of that election.

Kalu said the recognition of the June 12 elections as legitimate and MKO Abiola as the winner has portrayed Buhari as a true democrat considering that his two predecessors (presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan) had failed to validate that election during their reigns.

The former governor, however, said President Buhari should extend the same gesture to the Chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, who superintended over the June 12, 1993 elections. He also sought Buhari’s extension of his reconciliation gesture to the people of the South East where millions of lives were lost and property destroyed during the civil war to assuage the feelings of hurt among the people of the region. Kalu said: “President Buhari has started a good thing by honouring Chief MKO Abiola and declaring June 12 as Democracy Day. Now that he is working, he should also remember Prof. Humfrey Nwosu, the man who conducted the freest and fairest election in Nigeria. Nwosu should also be honoured.

“And I want President Buhari to go a step further and declare the South East a special area, where people in the region were given ill-treatment during the war. People lost lives, they lost property, and they were given just 20 pounds.

“He has already made a good step by paying the Biafran police their entitlements. But, the region should be considered a special area by the government because, if that is added to what Buhari has done, in terms of those who lost their lives during the struggle for the actualisation of June 12 mandate, God will start forgiving Nigeria,” Kalu added.

Kalu also lauded Buhari for giving financial autonomy to the state judiciary and houses of assembly but urged that same autonomy be extended to the federal judiciary, noting that the independence of the judiciary is most fundamental to the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy. (The Sun)

http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1

Continue reading

Advertisements
Image

Buhari Slammed Over Claims On Civil War Killings |The Republican News

Buhariworksfromhome

•ABC Nwosu, IPOB, MASSOB fault president

Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja; Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

Former minister of Health, Prof. Alphonsus B. C. Nwosu has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon ordered the Nigerian Army to be soft on Biafrans during the 1967-1970 civil war.

Prof. Nwosu said the president should spare Ndigbo his memory of the war and that he did not understand the basis of the president’s claims that the war was not brutal when over three million Igbo children were starved to death.

The former political adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo stressed that a war that every family lost a valuable provider and the Asaba massacre could not be said to be less brutal.

He remind the president that a Red Cross plane, which was to supply food to starving Igbo children, was shot down at Uli, in present Anambra State, by Nigerian soldiers, and that the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, renounced Christianity because of the killings, among other atrocious things perpetrated against the South East during the war.

“A war where bombs exploded in markets, every family lost valued providers, Asaba massacre took place and a Colombian rights activist had to burn himself in protest against atrocious things taking place against Ndigbo cannot be said to be one where Nigerian soldiers were lenient on Biafrans.

“It was a war which every Igbo, with proper Igbo DNA would not want to remember,” Nwosu said and expressed surprise that the president did not consider the sensitivity of the matter and the telling effect his claim would have on the people of the South East.

He said: “Ndigbo have moved on, in spite of the war. In due time, the accurate accounts of the war, as recorded by the participant,s shall be released.”

Nwosu tasked the president to focus on building a “just, fair and restructured Nigeria that works for all Nigerians and not for some Nigerians only,” rather than delving into issues which touch on Igbo sensibility.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has faulted the president’s comments on the civil war.
IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said that most Biafrans were massacred by the Nigerian soldiers without mercy.

“We state categorically and without equivocation that Buhari’s claims are as false and as strange as they come, especially in the face of quantum evidence to the contrary, chronicled by independent observes of the wartime atrocities committed by Nigerian forces against innocent Biafran civilians, including women and children”.

“We doubt if it is the same Buhari that addressed Eastern Youth Corpers in 2016, in his country home in Daura, Katsina State, on the horrors, pains, misery and suffering of the war, that made this latest ‘soft’ on Biafrans statement. It couldn’t have come from the same person.”

“The perpetrators, who seized power in 1966, on the blood of their fellow officers of eastern extraction, continued their bloodletting that directly led to the war… In July 1968, the British mission in Nigeria estimated that 200 to 300 Biafrans were dying every day. However, these estimates were based on numbers reported by the Nigerian government, as the British did not have access to the Biafran enclaves.

“Two months later, during the height of the crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross (which traversed Biafra during the war) estimated 8,000 and 10,000 deaths per day.

“It obtained these figures based on random samples of death rates in villages, refugee camps and hospitals across Biafra, and cautioned that the estimates were likely to be conservative.

“Professor of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, Jean Mayer, similarly argued that estimates of 10,000 deaths a day appeared to be accurate. We reckon that Buhari would rather wish all these away but it won’t work. It is a fact of history”.
“The Asaba Massacre is but another fact of history that clearly debunks Buhari’s narratives…

“It was reliably estimated that more than 700 men and boys were killed, some as young as 12 years old, in addition to many more killed in the preceding days. Bodies of some victims were retrieved by family members and buried at home. But, most were buried in mass graves; without appropriate ceremony. Many extended families lost dozens of men and boys. Federal troops occupied Asaba for many months,” Powerful narrated.
Similarly, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has also faulted president Buhari over his comment that Nigerian soldiers had mercy on Biafrans during the civil war.

MASSOB Leader, Mr Uchenna Madu, said the president’s statement cannot “pacify the people of Biafra… The beauty and secret of the success that propelled us were the principals of non-violence, consistencies and self-resolution.”  (The Sun)

http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1

Continue reading

Image

Biafra: MASSOB Berates Buhari Over Saying That Nigerian Military Had Mercy On Biafrans During The War

Jeff Amexhi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereignty State of Biafra (MASSOB) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his comment that Nigeria soldier had mercy on the people of Biafra during the civil war.

The leader of MASSOB, Mr Uchenna Madu, while reacting to the President’s comment described his sudden change or reserve about the Biafra welfare as an alleged ‘mischief and insincerity’.

Madu said: “The sudden reverse or change of tactical approach on issues concerning Biafra consciousness by President Buhari can be likened to an evil man who is dying and confessing his evil atrocities, such death and confessions are beyond the evil man’s control, it is propelled by divine power.

“President Buhari is tactically and subtly making confessional statements that he and his Arewa people think that will pacify the people of Biafra”.

“The eloquently coming together of all pro Biafra groups with the Biafra spirit of oneness and brotherhood including the global successes of 51 years anniversary celebration of Biafra declaration by our utmost leader, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and successful sit at home exercise by the people of Biafra are all sending jittery and uncomfortableness to the Nigeria President Buhari and Arewa Hausa Fulani people”.

“The beauty and secret of the success that propelled us are the principals of non-violence, consistencies and self-resolute.

“Though we are being persecuted, blackmailed, oppressed, tortured, imprisoned, killed, mesmerized from the oppressors and enemies of Biafra, we shall never succumb, deviate, derail or compromise this divine movement for the actualization and restoration of Biafra sovereignty”.

“No amount of President Buhari’s antics or hypocritical statements or friendly appearances will ever impress the people of Biafra. We know him as the major slayer of our unborn children” Madu stated.   (The Sun)

http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1

 

Continue reading

Image

Sit-at-home: IPOB’s Order Was Partially Successful, As Parts Of SE, SS Failed To Obey

By Our Correspondents

 

IPOB-Crowd

The plan by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to assert its control over the people of the South-East and some parts of the South-South failed in most parts of the two zones yesterday.

The order by the group to the Igbo to sit at home, as a mark of remembrance of the Biafran struggle, was not obeyed in totality.

Last year, at the peak of the popularity of the group, it had shut down the whole of the South-East and parts of the South-South on May 30.

Anambra

The sit-at-home in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State, was successful.

The Onitsha main market, as well as other markets, was shut down. Commercial banks and other big companies in both cities were also shut.

Motor parks in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka, the state capital, were deserted as not a single bus could be found on the road. As a result, roads were also deserted, especially in the early hours of the day.

In Awka, however, the main Eke Awka market opened in the morning following what was said to be an order from the government.

Leaders of the market had, on Tuesday, announced the closure of the market.

Also, the state secretariat was open with skeletal activities going on there. The courts opened for full sessions.

In Awka, banks opened their back doors for business for fear of attacks, but there was no report of any attack.

Ebonyi, Delta

In Ebonyi, the sit-at-home witnessed failure in the state.

In Abakaliki, the state capital, all the major markets, including the popular Abakaliki Main Market located along Gunning Road, Kpirikpiri market and Eke-Aba markets opened for business as buyers and sellers were seen transacting businesses when our correspondent visited at 10:30a.m.

The situation was the same as the mechanic village where artisans were seen doing their normal work.

All the schools in the state, both private and public, and filling stations opened for academic and commercial activities respectively.

However, few schools and shops at Nkaliki axis of the capital city refused to open for academic activities.

Although transport companies opened for activities, most of them refused to carry passengers to Asaba, Onitsha and Owerri.

Also, when New Telegraph visited banks in the capital city, normal commercial activities were ongoing.

Security agents made up of police, Army and Civil Defence were seen moving around streets and major roads in the capital city.

In the afternoon, a police helicopter was seen hovering around the capital city.

The sit-at-home order also failed in Delta State.

Public and private schools, banks, industries, shopping malls and marketplaces, especially the biggest Ogbogonogo Market, along the popular Nnebisi road in Asaba, the state capital, and the Midwifery Market along Okpanam road, were fully in session.

As early as 6 a.m. in Asaba yesterday, men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Crime Patrol, Safer Highways Patrol, Anti-Cult Patrol, Anti-Kidnapping Squad and the Eagle Eye Patrol, had mounted guards on the sensitive flash-points within the metropolis.

Enugu

In Enugu, there was partial compliance with the sit-at-home order.

But 21 members of the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF) were arrested by the police while marching to the Enugu Government House.

Our correspondent who moved round Enugu metropolis observed that security operatives were stationed at some strategic points while the mobile team patrolled the whole state, even as traffic in most roads were scanty.

Most public and private schools were shut even as the few public schools that opened witnessed low turnout of students, although some of the schools were said to be observing mid-term break.

Banks opened for business, but there was low patronage by customers, just as activities at the Enugu State Secretariat was at a low ebb as the premises were scanty and lacking the usual boisterous mien during normal working days when workers move around.

The ever-busy Coal Camp motor spare parts market and the Ogbete Main Market, as well as other markets in Enugu, were a ghost of what they used to be as most shops remain shut, with only food vendors and drinking joints holding sway.

Similarly, the ever-busy Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Shopping Complex along Ogui Road, Enugu was a ghost town as all the shops were shut.

Many traders and artisans were seen at various drinking joints.

Meanwhile, members of the BZF, led by their self-acclaimed President, Benjamin Onwuka, were at the Enugu Government House as early as 7a.m. with Biafra flags.

The group had earlier vowed to be at the Government House on May 30 for the purpose of declaration of Biafra Republic.

Our correspondent reports that upon their arrival at the Government House gate, they were rounded up by security operatives.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP) Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest of 21 agitators.

Our correspondent learnt that Onwuka and about 20 other members of the group were arrested while others escaped.

Imo

In Imo, residents defied the order as they freely went about their businesses ignoring the directive.

Unlike the last time it happened, markets, business offices, eatery joints and filling stations were all in full operations.

Not even the commercial banks which are usually careful and sensitive to issues of agitation were shut, as the Bank Road and banking hall bustled with activities.

The order did not stop civil servants, teachers and school children from reporting to their places of work and learning. Hawkers were not left out as the Bank Road/Assumpta Road hawkers were seen doing brisk business.

However, there was a heavy presence of security operative across the city.                       (New Telegraph)

http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1

Continue reading

Image

Biafra Day: Five Killed, About 500 Arrested |The Republican News

By  Steve Uzoechi, Emmanuel Masha, Uchenna Inya, Kenneth Ofoma, Emmanuel Ifeanyi and Okegwo Kenechukwu

 

At least five people were feared killed yesterday while the police arrested more than 500 members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) in the South-East and South-South regions. Several others were injured in clashes with police during rallies in support of planned declaration of the Biafra Republic and hoisting of the Biafran flag.

The rallies were held in major cities of Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers and Delta states. Five people were said to have been killed while four others were injured in Anambra State during the 18th anniversary of the “independence of the New Biafra” by the members of MASSOB. The Director of MASSOB Information, Mazi Chris Mocha, said in a statement that the celebration was in continuation of the desire of the group to achieve a sovereignty state of Biafra.

He said: “While we were gathered at the Onitsha-Owerri Road, by Obosi junction, a joint military task force, including the Army, Navy, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in over 45 Hilux vehicles shot five of our members dead. “About 206 members were arrested.

The arrested members included Chief Christian Ifejika, Declan Okafor, Gloria Umejesi, Rose Oforbike, Fidelis Oduenyi, and 173 others.” Mocha said that four persons – Chief Vincent Iloh, Ebuka Emmanuel, Innocent Okolie and Mrs Virginia Ubazuonu – received machete cuts on their heads from the Joint Task Force (JTF) members in their desperate attempt to disperse the crowd. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said he was not aware of any arrest or killing. In Imo State, about 84 members of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led MASSOB and BIM were arrested by the police in Owerri.

According to the Owerri Zonal Leader of MASSOB/BIM, Mr Samuel Njoku, some members of the group were arrested while conducting a press briefing at the old Timber market (Ogbo Osisi) on Wetheral Road, Owerri, while others were arrested on their way to the rally from Orlu, Mgbidi, Ngor Okpala, Mbaise and Okigwe.

On the reason for their rally, Njoku explained that “since the end of the Civil War in 1970, no Igbo was courageous enough to mention Biafra until Chief Uwazuruike launched MASSOB on September 13, 1999, and on May 22, 2000, declared and hoisted the flag for the new Biafra.”

According to him, the uniqueness of May 22 anchored on its historic importance makes the day a big event for the struggle for the emancipation of Biafran people.

The state PPRO, Andrew Enwerem, said arrested members of BIM/MASSOB were separatists who were nabbed by security operatives of the command from various parts of the state. He said the arrests were based on intelligence information that MASSOB/BIM members were about to conduct themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace. As early as 7:30a.m., security men were stationed at various entry points of Owerri, to stop MASSOB members from joining the rally while others were also stationed at various local government areas.

Despite the heavy security presence, the demonstrators were able to arrive in buses from nearby council areas of the state with Biafra flags and placards bearing various inscriptions depicting commitment to the Biafran state, wearing Biafran military uniforms and chanting Biafran songs and solidarity slogans.

At least 10 members of MASSOB and BIM were arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Hundreds of Biafra supporters outside Rivers had stormed Port Harcourt to mark the event, starting a procession at Mile Market and were heading towards Eleme Junction before they were intercepted around Garrison Junction by security operatives.

The security men thereafter released tear gas into the air and arrested 10 of the protesters, mostly those wearing military and NSCDC camouflage. Those that were arrested, according to some of the Biafra supporters, were subsequently taken to the Olu-Obasanjo Police Station in Port Harcourt. Meanwhile, the state PPRO, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he was not aware of the arrest. The leader of MASSOB in the state, Solomon Chukwu, lamented that the arrest was unnecessary, noting that they only embarked on a procession and did not engage in any violent behaviour.

Police, soldiers and other security agents arrested scores of members for MASSOB and BIM in Abakaliki in Ebonyi State. Security agencies in the state accosted them on Nkaliki Road as they started the peaceful march, fired tear gas at them and arrested some of them. Army, Department of State Security (DSS) and the police carried out the joint operation. Commander of the Nigerian Military Cantonment in Nkwegu, Col. S. O. Sadiq, confirmed the participation of the Army in the arrest of the Biafra agitators.

He said all the arrested persons were handed over to the police. Sadiq said that MASSOB did not notify security agencies in the state of the event in writing which he said necessitated the arrest. The state PPRO, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident but could not give the actual number of persons arrested.

“I don’t have the details of the actual number of persons arrested right now when I get the full details I will let you know,” she said. Ebonyi Central MASSOB/BIM leader, Gideon Iloke, said: “Today, we are celebrating Biafra Independence.

We are happy that the world authorities have recognised Biafra as an independent state and that is why throughout the federation, South-South and South-East are celebrating Biafra independence. We also agreed that all the states under Biafra must gather to celebrate the greatness of Biafra because we are grateful for what God has done to us.”

In Aba, Abia State, the police arrested 115 members of MASSOB. The Zonal Leader of the group, for Abia South, Mr Fredrick Onyenucheya, disclosed that the police, aside from arresting 115 members of his group, injured many others.

Onyenucheya, flanked by Chief Obi Anyaogu (leader Abia Central) and Pastor Evans Okoronkwo (Abia North MASSOB/BIM leader), claimed that they were holding peaceful rally to mark this year’s anniversary at Umuorieoma on the Osisioma axis of the Enugu-Aba- Port Harcourt Expressway when policemen in over 20 Hilux vans arrived at the location.

He said that the group members numbering over 200 gathered at Umuorieoma junction by 9a.m. and were peacefully dancing and marching towards No 175, Faulks to hoist the Biafran flag which will mark the 18th-anniversary re-restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra in the year 2000.” The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, confirmed the arrest of 47 members of MASSOB and BIM in Aba. Ogbizi said those arrested included men and women and were being held in detention in Aba.

He said that although they were peaceful during their march, they were arrested because they wore Army camouflage uniforms and had Biafra flags and insignia in their hands. He said: “We are profiling them and when we finish they would be charged accordingly. “The legal department is there.

They will advise us before we know what else to do.” Also, police in Enugu arrested an undisclosed number of members of MASSOB and BIM for allegedly breaching public peace. The state PPRO, SP Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrest in a statement, advised residents to go about their lawful businesses.

Amaraizu said the state Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, had “warned against any act or omission by any individual or group of persons under any guise capable of disrupting the existing peace in the state.” Meanwhile, the Imo State correspondent of the Punch newspaper, Emeka Ihiegbulem, was brutally assaulted by policemen for attending a press briefing by the MASSOB.

While the policemen dealt him blows, soldiers and personnel of the NSCDC also shoved him around. Ihiegbulam was in the midst of the MASSOB members, trying to clarify an issue raised when policemen, who were later followed by soldiers, stormed the area; cordoned off the rally and forced everyone including journalists to sit on the ground.

Ihiegbulam said: “I sat down on the ground with all the MASSOB members. I brought out my identity card and my recorder telling the officers that I am a journalist on an assignment and that I was not a MASSOB member.

They ignored my explanations, arrested me alongside the MASSOB members and marched us all into a lorry to the police headquarters.” Ihiegbulam’s beating started when a soldier and policemen tried to force him to hang a Biafran flag around his neck to give the impression he was arrested with the flag.

The man firmly refused while brandishing his identity card and work tools. His refusal infuriated the policemen; while one snatched his identity card, recorder and jotter from him, another slapped him from the back of his head. He was trying to see who slapped him when a heavy wooden club landed on his head. At the State Police Command Headquarters, Ihiegbulam was forced to sit on the ground. But Commander, MOPOL 18, who identified Ihiegbulam among the ‘suspects,’ ordered him out of the ground.        (New Telegraph)

http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1

Continue reading

Image

Gowon Signed Off Nigeria To Fulanis During The Civil War – Dr Ikedife |RN

By Correspondent

A former President-General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, spoke with OKEGWO KENECHUKWU on the sundry issue. Excerpts:

 

What should be the expectation of Ndigbo as President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to run for a second tenure?
This raises a question whether the Igbo should support Buhari to win so that in 2023, Ndigbo will have an indisputable right to field a candidate for the Presidency or they should allow him to be defeated by perhaps another Northerner, who will be there for another eight years and that will cancel the chances of a candidate from the South East in 2023.
Another important question is what do those in Biafra land want. Is it Nigerian presidency or self-determination or the actualisation of Biafra. That is an issue that has to be resolved. These are the questions to be answered with as much rationalisation and logic as possible.

Who among the Igbo would answer these questions?
It is a difficult one. You will notice that if any group comes up to talk, another group will stand up and discredit it. It makes the thing look cacophonic. There is a disharmonious communication. One person will say one thing, another person will counter it and say a different thing.
A case in point to illustrate what I’m saying is what happened recently. The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, got a report that the youth wing of Ohaneze had sacked him. What did he do? What is their locus for saying that? Is it the tail wagging the dog or the dog wagging the tail? All these kinds of situations are proofs of what I’m saying. The Igbo have to get their house in order. The people of Biafra land should get their house in order.

We have Alaigbo Development Foundation, South East Elders Forum and Even the Supreme Council of Indigenous People of Biafra, apart from Ohaneze Ndigbo. Which among these groups is qualified to address the issues?
Of course, they are all qualified. They are all legitimate Igbo organisation working for the interest of the Igbo people.

What is your own perception of the declaration of President Buhari to contest in 2019?
These are issues that have to be balanced. Buhari has every right to contest if he so wished. It is for the Nigerian electorate to decide whether he deserves a second tenure or not. There is a school of thought in assessing him, I think judging from the way he ran the first four years; the suffering of people of the South East and the cry of marginalisation, another four years will make it appear like 40 years of neglect and marginalisation of the whole of South East.
The reference point is the reaction to the so-called Fulani herdsmen’s sacking of villages, communities and towns, planting themselves and carrying dangerous weapons without licences.

Why do you think the Fulani herdsmen attacks have continued unabated?
Now, it is understood that certain things happened during the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War. Biafra declared its independence on May 30, 1967, and the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, said he was declaring a war against Biafra and expected that it would last for few weeks. He then underrated the resistance and resolve of the Biafrans.
When the thing did not end in three weeks as he expected, he engaged mercenaries who came and fought, took their money and left. But Biafrans did not surrender. Then he was told that the Nigerian troops could take Port Harcourt, that so long as PortHarcourt was in Biafra land, Biafra will not cave in. To reach Port Harcourt, he apparently signed an agreement with the people of Cameroon that they should allow him access through Bakassi area to Port Harcourt and at the end of the war, Cameroon should take Bakassi. That was done.
He signed that agreement as Nigeria signing away part of Biafran land while at that time Biafra was a sovereign state of its own recognised by some countries and Nigeria should have no legal right to sign away any part of its land. Notwithstanding, Biafra did not fall.
Gowon was said to have obliged to enlist help from Muslim soldiers from other West African countries where a good number of them came to help fight and decimated Biafra to bring it back to Nigeria. The condition for that service was that they would be allowed grazing rights all the way down Eastern Region, that was agreed.
And it appeared that looking back after the war, Cameroon claimed Bakassi and sacked natives of Bakassi who said they were Nigerians. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo as at that time took the case to the International Court of Justice (ICC) which ruled against Nigeria.
Similarly, Fulani herdsmen from neighbouring countries are of the assertion that based on the agreement with the Nigerian government during the civil war, they will graze their cattle at any place they want. And they now have the temerity to sack villages, communities and towns. And when they do, they just set up their homes and it appears that Buhari’s hands are tied because of that agreement allegedly signed by Gowon.

Is there no way the agreement could be reversed?
The legal questions are: Did Gowon have the right to sign away Biafran land if he did that when Biafra was standing as a sovereign state? Did he consult the people of Biafra then? Did any of them join in signing? Did he get their consent before signing it? If he did not consult the people of Biafra, is that agreement legitimate, is it binding? These are questions that deserve resolution by a court of
law. (New Telegraph)

http://www.twitter.com/RNNetwork1

Continue reading

Image

Proselytized Igbo: Denial Of Igbo Identity Amongst The Igbo Of South-South |RN

IGBO-CULTURE-PROTECTION-COMMITTEE-MEETS
By Victor Wilberforce
I coined the word Proselytized – Igbos. Many stopped being Igbo during the Civil war out of fear of genocide and are unable to resume their cultural identity again.
These groups are predominantly found in the South-South and are in each of the 6 SS states. They are usually oil-rich and prefer to be called ethnic nationalities which fits the British/ Federal Government propaganda that Igboland has no oil.
Their resolve to remain minorities despite their actual majority status is strengthened by the fact that they shiver to imagine their group in the deprivation of their brothers in the SE, who are marginalized and viciously maltreated in the scheme of things.
These groups get certain palliatives nay incentives for divorcing themselves from the major Igbo group.
However, like other oil producing ethnicities, their lands are despoiled by oil exploration activities, the people are bereft of tangible developmental indices. Their lands are overwhelmed with despoilation from pipeline bursts. Their major source of living being fishing and farming is disturbed, yet the people cannot complain.
They cannot complain because of the crumbs gave out to their elites. These vocal and selfish elites scramble for everything from their masters’ table so that their families can enjoy the soft life they are used to.
There is a 13% deprivation for these states, ‘magnanimously’ put in the Constitution by General Sani Abacha but this amount is viciously cornered by Nigeria elites in both the Federal and State governments. In the 1963 constitution, the derivation is 50%.
The Ministry of Niger Delta and the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC are other conduits used to defraud the peoples and governments of the region.
Why the people cannot come together and form a group like South-South Igbo Agitation Group or Agitation for Development of Igbo Oil Producing Areas in the South-South or Niger Delta Igbo Agitation for Development DIAD like the Ijaws have to MEND remains a shock – yet many of the freedom fighters for the upliftment of the Niger Delta are Igbo.
In truth, Igbo groups are the largest producers of oil in Nigeria but it is an anathema and even dangerous to voice this truth in Nigeria. Rivers state produces about 20% of the nation’s oil and over 70% are Igbo groups, Delta state produces 25% of the nations’ oil and about 40% are Igbo. This trend is replicated though in smaller percentages in all the states of the South-South.
Everybody in Nigeria knows that the South-South Igbos are the majority in the Niger Delta. However, when an Ikwerre man like Chibuike Amaechi says he is Igbo, he is termed fake Niger Delta but when he says that he is Ikwerre then he is Original Niger Delta.
Few people in Nigeria today agree that the Aniocha, Ikwerre, Abueto, Oshimili, Ika, Ogba, Ekpeye, Ukwuani, Aboh, Ndoni, Abi, Etchie etc are Igbo, fewer people will agree publicly that Governors Liyel Imoke, Nyesom Wike, Chibuike Amaechi, Peter Odili, Ifeanyichukwu Okowa etc are Igbo but in the secret they know and use it against them.
Gov Peter Odili of Rivers state was denied the Presidency and Vice – Presidency of Nigeria at the behest of Clarke and Nuhu Ribadu because he is Igbo though the position was zoned to the South-South where he comes from.
In as much as a system prevails in Nigeria that encourages people to deny their ethnicities, in as much as there is a system that provides the uneven playing ground for all, in as much as lies are promoted above truths then the Nigeria of our dreams shall remain a mirage.
(Victor Wilberforce is a critical thinker and a social engineer)

Continue reading