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IPOB Using Christianity, False Genocide Against Christians, To Wage War Against Nigerian State — Garba Shehu

Muhammadu Buhari and Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

In a press release that seems to be a cry for losing the fight against IPOB on the international diplomatic front, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity stressed on how they are losing the war against IPOB.

For those who thought that Maazi Nnamdi Kanu and his group IPOB are group of fraudsters and low lifers, they now know very well what the fight is about and where the fight is fought, International diplomatic war front.

Obviously, it is clear that IPOB is winning the war and that the Nigerian state is fighting a losing battle. IPOB shocked Nigerian government by documenting every details of extrajudicial killings, human rights violations, murders by Fulani herdsmen and others and the dereliction by the Buhari’s government and pass them on to the various international groups and world super powers. These informations with time begin to draw the attention of these bodies and governments. The effect is what you are about to read below. Let’s remind you that other groups like Lower Niger Congress, LNC, Christian groups and others have been bombarding the international community with details just like IPOB has been doing.

The press release is below

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NIGERIAN STATE

The Presidency wishes to draw the attention of all citizens and the international community to a most misleading campaign spearheaded by the so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.

A very deep and wide investigation by an agency of the Nigerian government, working with international partners have made us become aware that there are two, interconnected campaigns being run concurrently by the IPOB in this regard.

Both are using the cover of Christianity – and calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to stop the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria. But the real purpose is to drive a wedge between the Nigeria government and its US and UK/European allies.

IPOB leadership of course self-proclaims as “Jewish,” a position not shared by the generality of the members.

For reasons of convenience, he claims to have an interest in the welfare of Christians – but this is a ruse: the case for independence, the leader believes, is strengthened by “proving” the government of Nigeria is “autocratic”, engaged in a “silent slaughter” of their own citizens along religion and ethnic lines – and that therefore the only viable option for the unique religious and ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate from Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are advised to be wary of this divisive campaign, which available evidence shows is being funded with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since October 2019, with no records of the source of this largesse.

The campaign consists of producing articles in the names of the alleged Christian NGOs’ leaders (of campaign groups created at the time this PR contract with a US lobbying firm was signed) and letters to and from members of Congress to the White House.

Unfortunately, some Members of Congress have clearly been persuaded there is indeed a “Christian persecution” underway in Nigeria – and do so quoting the campaign – and they are known to be taking up the case directly with the White House to appoint the special envoy.

The American charity secured a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has made presentations to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

There is also a UK and European angle of the Campaign, which is more opaque than its US sister campaign – given there is less legal requirement for public filings – but what is known of this at the moment is that their Budget is sufficient to hire four PR firms in the UK, Belgium, France and the US (the latter additional to the above).

They have founded an “NGO/Charity” and a linked web-based campaign named “Stop the Silent Slaughter” which is well designed and complete with video “evidence”-completely concocted.

Members of the alleged Christian NGO have had multiple Op-Ed articles in conservative news websites promulgating their message of a “Christian Genocide”. Some of those articles have also been used as “evidence” in the sister US campaign.

Two of those conservative news websites were co-founded by the owner of the UK PR firm they have hired to generate their publicity as well as an OP-Ed article in the name of a British MP who may have been convinced by their campaign under false pretences.

They have secured additional coverage in France, EU and Germany.

They secured a MPs debate on the “Christian Genocide” in the House of Commons in which staff member of the UK PR was referenced as the “private secretary” to the leader of the UK-based Charity.

It is clear from all of the above that the IPOB’s extraordinarily and dubiously well-funded campaign in the US and UK/Europe is misusing the issue of the welfare of Christians purely to further their own political ends, and it seeks to damage inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria as well as to damage the international reputation of Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are hereby advised to ignore this campaign as they have disregarded similar past campaigns originated by this group which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian State.

International groups and societies are welcome to send representatives to Nigeria and give a lie to the false claims made by these terrorist groups who are duping them of their money and involving them in conduct and activities disguised to destroy the harmonious relationships existing between their home countries and Nigeria.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 7, 2020

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Igbo Business Model: “Apprenticeship” Largest Global Venture Capital, Gets Global Business Attention |RN

By Ike A. Offor,
The unique business model created by the Igbo enhanced by the century-old community unity or sense of collectiveness, has gained global business world equity and venture capitalists’ attention.

This business market model is based on “sharing principle”, a model that has come down centuries in Igbo culture and never seen among any other tribe in African continent. The sharing capital is given a good mentioned in the globally famed novel of late Prof. Chinua Achebe. In that world-famous novel by the late literary icon, who also was of the same tribe of the Igbo of Africa, describes how this system simply works.

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Alaba International market

This system by the Igbo grants opportunity to those who cannot afford to start-up business or any trade in life to find someone who could train them in such skill or trade and the person or “master” will help them to set up their new trade or business.

In the “Things Fall Apart”, it was the practice in which young adult males, or newly married ones would go to an established yam farmer and ask to work free for the farmer, in return he settles the young farmer with new yam seeds. This new yam seeds become his compensation based on basic sharing principle. The great Okonkwo did get his own yam seeds from another established farmer since his own father was considered lazy and did not leave any barn of yam for him to grow from.

The interesting thing is that the same principle is mentioned in the Holy Bible among the Hebrews or Jews. It was the very same way Jacob married his wife Rachael after serving her father for a specific number of years. There was mentions of how these were used by the Jews to acquire livestocks, from which they grew their livestock business.

This system has been with the Igbo since their origin, but it has now attracted the world business venture capitalists’ attention due to its phenomenal success in places like Alaba International market cited in this video or any other markets wherever the Igbo people carry out their trades in and around the world.

The Igbo are the only tribe in the entire global that engage in such market principle of sharing. This has made the Igbo people very successful in any business they ventured into. It does not matter what kind of business, they simply apply the same principle over and over again. This also defines why they are considered a very united tribe in Africa. This sense of “sharing principle” is also how they develop their towns, build schools and hospitals for their respective communities without the help of the bad leadership in Nigeria.

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Alaba International market

The Igbo communities simply either ask everyone to contribute or the affluent ones among them would willingly pool their financial strength together and provide whatever their communities need. This is why the Igbo hardly look up to the government to provide amenities for them, they rather do it themselves via collective, or sharing principles culture, which they apply also in trade or business.

This behind the scene principle that enables every successful Igbo business to grow, is based on this common principles of pooling efforts together and growing together. One wonders what else is unity or unitedness.

The Igbo apprenticeship based on sharing principle is simply explained this way. The young person who is aspiring to be a business person goes to any established or successful business person of the specific trade or business he or she is interested in and ask the person to accept him or her to serve for a specific or agreed number of years.

The “master” or the business owner, now will train this person for say five years, and after the agreed period, he or she will pay off this trainee with amount enough for him or her to rent a shop for at least one to three years and in many cases enough to even stock up his or her new shop.

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Also, the master could allow him or her in most cases to do what the Igbo called “oso ahia”. This is simply obtaining certain goods at specific price from the master and selling it above the real price and balances the master his own price and he or she takes the extra profit made. These are ways the Igbo create wealth for themselves, and these ways not only sharpen their business acumen, they create also enormous wealth for them.

If you still wonder how this tribe of Igbo are able to establish business in such fast rate and succeed, this is one of their basic principles and perhaps the core principle of their success, apart from sheer hard work and shrewd hardcore business management skill based on thriftiness while growing their businesses.
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