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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Let me take the opportunity to explicate to you about my arrest, interrogation and release by the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command on the 6th August 2019.
The Ibo members of IPOB, disguised as members of the public, selected 40 of the 400 videos I have created for my YouTube channel and passed them to the London Metropolitan Police. 17 of the 40 videos alluded to organized violence regarding the public course of actions of the Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF), a conservative youth organization established in 2012 to take Yorubaland out of Nigeria, for which I am the President.
The Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command was concerned about the zeal of the YYF to use chemical and biological weapons to defend the Yoruba’s civilization and arrested me for interrogation.
I adverted to the letters written by me to President Trump, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the CIA to extend military support to the Yoruba nation whilst impressing it on the Fulani’s led Federal Government to agree to a return to the regional government as negotiated among the three major ethnic groups before independence of 1960. These letters contributed in no small measure to my bail.
In spelling out the political realities in Nigeria, the Ibo nation and her criminally minded people must stop their propaganda around the Biafraud agitation. The Young Yoruba now knows that it is the desire of the Ibo that Nigeria remains a country under the fraudulent unitary system. The bad news for the Ibo is that the unitary system will cease soon.
The minority Fulani must also appreciate that the unitary presidential system is about to end for good. And that the influence of the self-serving career politicians in England is being eroded in view of the developing relationship between the Yoruba and United States of America.
If the Ibo and Fulani do not wish for Yorubaland to secede from Nigeria, then they must agree to the regional government as negotiated before Nigeria’s independence in 1960. If they do not wish for a return to the regional government, then they must agree to the Yoruba’s control of the presidency of Nigeria forever. Anything otherwise will lead to another civil war and the Yoruba nation will receive the support of the government and the good people of the United States of America. This, we have been reassured.
In the meantime and pending the outcome of the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command investigation, Gbenga, the Vice President of YYF, has assumed the position as the substantive President of the Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF). He will give subsequent directives in regards of the YYF and the issues before the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command.
Adeyinka Grandson London, England. Friday, 9th August 2019.
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Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora
The Senior Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa caused a serious controversy making public the names of Nigerians of Igbo extraction, who allegedly robbed a Bureau de Change in United Arab Emirates. Many Nigerians believed that it was done out of tribal hatred than working to name and shame, if not why was the same woman angry about another Nigerian, of Yoruba extraction who was executed today in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking, without calling her name out.
So, this memo was made by the writer to remind her of many other criminals of Nigerian extraction, who were not isolated for naming and shaming, rather their names were kept secret by Mrs Dabiri-Erewa.
Below is the memo:
By Peter Ekekwe
Dear Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa,
Mine is not a very long letter. Just to commend you for the “passion” that you bring to your work.
I believe like you, that when we name and shame the bad eggs tarnishing the image of our dear Nigeria, abroad, it will deter others from a life of crime, ABROAD.
It is in this light that I appreciate your publishing the names of the 5 robbers in UAE. You gave their names as Chimmuanya Emmanuel Ozo, Benjamin Nwachukwu Ajah, Kingsley Ikenna Ngoka, Tochukwu Leonard Alusi and Chile Micah Ndumodu (Ndunagu?)
Like you rightly pointed out “these five boys are a disgrace to this country and an embarrassment “.
Unfortunately Mrs Dabiri, you simply referred to the woman executed for drugs as “A Nigerian woman “. I believe you were in a hurry to address this very pressing national issue, that you couldn’t wait to get her name.
You also in the same vein failed to inform Nigerians of the names of the other Nigerians already executed for drugs and those on death row for the same drug crimes.
While you and your team are busy unravelling the name of the “Nigerian woman executed for drugs”, permit me to give the names of those already executed and those on death row. Am sure you will agree with me that all hands must be on deck to save the image of our nation.
THOSE EXECUTED FOR DRUGS IN SAUDI ARABIA
1. Yusuf Yekini Ajiboye
2. Adebayo Adeniyi
3. Mohammed Abubakar
4. Mohammed Issa
5. Ibrahim Ciroma
6. Biola Ologunro
Nwodo enjoined the Igbo people outside their home states to respect the culture of their host communities and be guided by the laws of the land.
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, has cautioned Nigerians against any form of discrimination against the Igbo, saying the country belongs to all ethnic nationalities in the country.
Nwodo said the present composition of the country allows free participation of all ethnic groups in the political and social activities, hence, the need for Igbo to be given adequate opportunity to participate in political activities where ever they live within the country.
Speaking at this year’s Igbo Cultural Day celebration in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Nwodo observed that the Igbo ethnic nationality is the most marginalised ethnic group in the country.
The Ohanaeze leader said the Igbo should be allowed to hold political positions in any part of the state they find themselves.
He said: “As a student in the University of Ibadan, I contested the post of the President of the students union and I defeated a Yoruba man. Despite being an Igbo, I enjoyed the support of the Yoruba who were majority of the students.”
“I expect the same thing to happen in the larger society. I look forward to a country where an Igbo man will contest and win elections in Ondo or Osun State. And a Yoruba man will contest and win election in Imo or Enugu State.”
Nwodo also enjoined the Igbo people outside their home states to respect the culture and traditions of their host communities and be guided by the laws of the land.
He lauded the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for creating an enabling environment for the Igbo to live and do their businesses, saying the support given to the Igbo is unprecedented.
Also, he stressed the need for business collaboration between the state and the Igbo, adding that the Igbo are ready to partner Akeredolu to drive the economy of the state forward.
In his remarks, Governor Akeredolu solicited the support of the Igbo ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Akeredolu, specifically, called on the Igbo living in the state to support his administration in his desire to transform the state and turn it to economic hub of the nation.
Similarly, former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko, called on the Igbo to ensure they support credible candidates with good antecedents in next year’s general elections.
Mimiko, who is contesting for the Ondo Central Senatorial District election, on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party, said the Igbo hold vital position in the country and urged them to ensure they vote wisely during the forthcoming elections.
Describing the Igbo ethnic nationality as an indefatigable force in the country, Governor Akeredolu, who said the Igbo are lovers of good governance and democracy, assured his administration will not discriminate against them.
He said the Igbo living in the state benefit from programmes of his government, adding that many of them are given contracts like their Yoruba counterparts.
The governor said the Igbo have the right to enjoy the rights and privileges being enjoyed by the Yoruba in the state.
Also, he advised the Igbo to remain committed to the course of advancing the economic frontiers of the state, promising that his government will continue to partner them for the progress of the state. (The Sun)
AS residents and traders continue to count their losses over the bloody violence that erupted between the Christian and Muslim youths of Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the death toll has risen to 12.
The state Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, who paid an unscheduled visit to the scene of the violence yesterday, confirmed that 11 persons were buried on Monday evening while another injured person lost his life early yesterday.
The police boss, who was supported by other security chiefs, expressed concerns over needless bloody violence in the area, vowed to unravel both the remote and immediate causes of the violence.
He said: “I can confirm to you that 11 persons were buried last night (Monday) while one of those who sustained injuries died this morning (Tuesday).
“We have arrested some suspects and dangerous weapons, including petrol bombs, recovered.
“About two weeks ago, there were skirmishes of unrest in the area and we equally made some arrests. We did not know or envisaged that there was a ground design and plans to carry out the attack. Those suspects arrested before now have been charged to court.
“But, I want to assure the people here and the public that, we will not leave any stone unturned to unravel the remote course of the violence, which has left some persons dead and properties destroyed.
“Our call to all the parties is to sheath their swords and embrace peace because as it stands, all parties in the crisis are losers.”
Carcases of hundreds of houses, shops and hotels razed and about 30 cars and motorcycles litter the scene when Daily Sun visited. (The Sun)