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Obi Of Onitsha Wants Osu Caste Culture Abolished |The Republican News

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Tony Okafor, Awka

 

The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has said the time has come for the Osu caste system to be abolished in Igboland.

Describing the practice as antiquated, unlawful and obnoxious, Achebe called for a concerted war against the act.

The Osu caste system, our correspondent learnt, is a practice in Igbo land that discourages social interaction and marriages with a group of persons regarded as slaves. The stigma is transferable to even children yet unborn.

Speaking at a workshop on Thursday in Awka, Anambra State, organised by the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatisation in Our Society,  a non-governmental organisation, Achebe said the practice had no place in a 21st century.

He urged traditional rulers in Igbo land to stamp out the practice in their domains, while hailing the body (IFETACSIOS) for its initiative in that regard.

He said, “There is the need for people from all parts of Igbo land to come together and agree that this obnoxious cultural practice, which our fore fathers introduced, no longer have effect on us and our children.

“We are happy with the coming of IFETACSIOS group on this project and we are going to collaborate with them to ensure we end this bad culture that has held our people backward for many years now”

The President of IFETACSIOS, Oge Maduagwu, in her address, sought the help of the traditional rulers in the area in the abolition of the Osu caste system.

Maduagwu said abolishing the system would restore the dignity of human beings, promote peaceful relationship and reduce communal conflicts.

She said the Osu caste system had wreaked havoc on the socio-cultural, economic and political lives of the Igbo.

She said, “In Igbo land, it is very sad to note that a young man and young lady might be courting, but the moment either of the two discovers that the other is an osu, he or she will opt out of the relationship.”

According to her, the group has extended the advocacy on the abolition of the harmful practice to Imo and Enugu states.

Maduagwu disclosed that they would visit Ebonyi and Abia before the end of 2018, saying, “The big dream of IFETACSIOS is the coming together of all the eastern states of Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia to sign an accord on the abolition of Osu caste system one day.”

She said apart from meeting with the leadership of the traditional rulers, the group had engaged various community leaders to tackle peculiar challenges faced by communities with a view to ensuring total eradication of the system.  (Punch)

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Anger In South East As The Military Plans For Python Dance 3 In The Region |RN

“The Operation Python Dance III should be sent to the areas where there are massive killings like in the northern part of the country…”

David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

Anger and condemnation have greeted the proposed relaunch of the third round of Operation Python Dance also known as Operation Python Dance III by the Nigeria Army in the South East region.

The first and second rounds of the military exercise, according to a report by the Amnesty International (AI) led to the killing of 250 and 150 Igbo youths respectively.

A human rights group, Campaign for Democracy (CD) has condemned the planned operation, alleging that it is another ploy to unjustifiably kill defenceless Igbo youths.

National Publicity Secretary of CD, Dede Uzor A. Uzor said in a statement that another Operation Python Dance in Igboland where there is no crisis amounted to a deliberate plot to provoke Igbo and slaughter their youths.

Also reacting, former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Idemili branch, Ben Okoko, said the operations were a huge and monumental waste of public funds.

According to him, the exercises also showed the incompetence of the Nigerian military in handling the internal affairs of the country, adding that the military in Nigeria has come of age and should have a paradigm shift from “physicalism” to intelligence gathering and undercover operations.

“To announce to the whole world that you will be having Operation Python Dance or Snake Dance is
to say the least, letting the cat out of the bag as such activities would definitely bring the military in direct confrontation with the civilian populace who they are supposed to protect.

“Previous outings of this operation have resulted in huge casualties of civilians. There have been instances where military might may have been required but where they failed woefully. The resources they are trying to put on the ground for this Operation Python Dance III, if channelled to the flashpoints of the country, where the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram sects are wreaking havoc, would send a Nunc Dimittis to the sects and get them eradicated.

 

“It will amount to adding salt to injury for the military to come to the South East under the guise of Operation Python Dance III where the population is already saturated with heavy police presence at peacetime. So, it will be superfluous for the military to add their presence to the South East and also very provocative.

“Since people are still recovering from the effects of the military/IPOB skirmishes in the recent past, my candid advice is for the military to allow the sleeping dog lie and to take their might to where it is needed in the North East and Middle Belt sections of Nigeria,” Okoko submitted.

 

In his own reaction, General Overseer of Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministry Inc. (a.k.a. By Fire By Fire), Nnewi, Anambra state, Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh, declared that South East zone and its people did not need anything called Operation Python Dance for any reason whatsoever.

He warned that anyone fronting such a move is making a mockery of Igbo in totality and at the same time “reminding us of the civil war massacre against us.”

He added: “Enough of that remembrance and marginalization of Ndigbo. They must be put to a stop without further delay else, the wrath of God will visit them individually and collectively.

“The Operation Python Dance III should be sent to the areas where there are massive killings like in the northern part of the country where Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents are disturbing the peace of the country and not in the South East where there are peace and quietness.”

He said the intimidation must be stopped, adding that if they insisted on relaunching the Operation Python Dance for the third time, they would see the wrath of God in action.

“Do you know that it is Ndigbo in the military that is being sent to the North to be killed by the Boko Haram insurgents. They think we don’t know all these things and that is why they still want to remind us of the harmful effects of the civil war and last year’s killing of Ndigbo. The current disagreements between Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani herdsmen are the effect of last year’s killing of innocent Igbo sons and daughters.”

Also reacting, Vincent Ezekwueme, Anambra State chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) declared: “I reject in its entirety, the proposed relaunch of the third Operation Python Dance in South East zone because the zone is yet to recover from the shock and damning effects of the first and second exercises carried out in the past which were very disastrous in nature.”

 

Ezekwueme noted that instead of Python Dance, the South East zone was in dire and desperate need of infrastructural developments, particularly the resuscitation of moribund Onitsha Sea Port, Onitsha/3-3/Otuocha road, Enugu/Awka/Onitsha road, Nnewi/Uga/Akokwa/Arondizuogu/Okigwe road, Akanu Ibiam Airport, appointment of easterners into sensitive and strategic positions.

Ezekwueme noted that with these developments in place, the people of South-East would rather stage a Dance of Smile and at the same time, have a sense of belonging, instead of the dreaded Dance of Python.  (The Sun)

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Biafra War Remark: Ajibola Is No Longer Our Staff, Does Not Represent Us – Babcock University

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By Ike A. Offor

Following the outrage generated in the social media by a hateful remark by one Mr Alaba Ajibola, who claims to be a staff of the prestigious private university,  Babcock University has distanced itself from the said fellow.

The remark on his Facebook wall that ” the Igbo should have been wiped out during the Biafra-Nigeria civil war” caused outrage that went viral on the social media and attracted the attention of the university and they had to make a disclaimer.

The only serious issue still pondering many readers is that the young man in question still has on his social media accounts profile that he is still the staff of  Babcock University.

Related: The Igbo Should Have Been Wiped Out During Biafra War – Babcock University Staff, Ajibola

The University’s disclaimer is as follow below:

The attention of Babcock University has been drawn to a story titled”Babcock University staff goes on a rant; Says Igbos Should Have Been Wiped Out During the Biafran War”.
The story is credited to one Alaba Ajibola.

This is to inform the public that the said Ajibola is neither a staff of Babcock University nor does he represent the University in any way whatsoever. The said Ajibola was once a staff of the Institution but his engagement with the University in that capacity ceased long ago. There is no longer any relationship, whether imagined or real, between the said Ajibola and Babcock University. Therefore, the University dissociates itself from him and his comments.

Babcock University’s pride is in its diversity of people and cultures. It is a global institution, and accommodates people, without bias, from every continent of the world. This confers upon the University its mark of uniqueness and identity as a global brand. The Institution celebrates the diversity of humanity because it gives a sense of beauty, and an acknowledgement of the power of God, the creator of all.

Babcock University values every and all persons irrespective of creed, culture, race, religion, and political persuasions.

The noble achievements of the University have been made possible by the contributions of the exceptionally gifted and immensely great individuals from the different parts of this country, and those from other nations of the world, who have found joy working in the University.

Whereas Babcock University believes in freedom of expression, and places premium on autonomy and responsibility, it is never supportive and does not wish to accede to any divisive tendencies intentionally or unintentionally couched, and are capable of inflaming the embers of discord or potentially devised to dismember the nation.

The University wishes to thank members of the public for their continued faith in the Institution, and for believing in it as socially responsible.

The University will continue to promote love, unity, excellence, integrity and accountability in all it does.

Yours sincerely,
Joshua Suleiman,
Director, Communication and Marketing, Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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The Igbo Should Have Been Wiped Out During Biafra War – Babcock University Staff, Ajibola

A Babcock University staff identified as Alaba Ajibola is currently trending on social media after his rant against the Igbos of South-East Nigeria.

Ajibola who revealed how much he loathes the Igbos in a Facebook comment stated that the Igbos should have been wiped out during the Biafran war.

According to him, ‘If this happened, Nigeria would have ‘gone far off’ as the tribe is the most hated tribe in the world’.

 

Babcock University Staff, Alaba Ajibola

Source: Oriental Times

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2019: Igbo Land Will Never Be The Same By End Of My Second Tenure – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Igbo ethnic extraction that the “Igboland will never be the same again” by the time his second term in office eventually comes to an end in 2023.

Buhari said his administration is not unaware that the country, especially the South East region, has many deficits in infrastructure but that he would ensure most of the deficits are taken care of before the end of his second tenure.

THE WHISTLER recalls that the South East had countless times accused the current administration of marginalizing the region in terms of development projects and federal appointments.

But the president, who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made the promise of developing the region while flagging off the 5.5km road in Isieketa community, Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Abia State.

He said, “One thing that is dear to the heart of President Buhari is infrastructure, roads, railway, power, etc.

“Nigeria has a lot of deficits in infrastructure and President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to reverse that deficit.

“We will see that by the time this administration ends, Igboland will never be the same again. Igbo will be far better beyond where it has ever been before.”             (The Whistler)

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We Want Referendum And Not War – Igbo Group |The Republican News

By Kenneth Ofoma, ENUGU

We want referendum, not war – Igbo group

 

An Igbo group, Voice from the East, has stated that majority of the Igbo speaking people of South East and South South otherwise known as Ndigbo do not want any more wars, but a referendum to determine their sovereignty.

The group which embarked on a peaceful protest in Enugu Monday in solidarity for the proposed visit of the United State’s Ambassador at large, Mr. Samuel Brownback, to Nigeria over what the US tagged, “Nigeria is a country of particular concern over killings,” urged US government to save Ndigbo and Christians in Nigeria from a possible extermination and Islamisation.

“We are Igbos, we don’t want war again but a referendum. We don’t want what happened in Turkey to happen in Nigeria,” the group declares.

The group carried placards that read in part as follows: “Herdsmen are agents of Islamisation; “Nigeria is a country of particular concern”, “US government stop killing of Christians”; “Buhari has failed to hold killer herdsmen accountable,” among other things.

Addressing journalists during the protest, the Convener of Voice from the East, Comrade Kindness Jonah, said that they were on the streets to show solidarity for the proposed visit of Mr. Samuel Brownback of the United State’s Commission for International Religious Freedom, USCIRF on his proposed visit to Nigeria over the killings in Nigeria by armed militia herdsmen.

“We welcome Brownback to Nigeria. We welcome USCIRF to Nigeria to stop killing of Christians in Nigeria,” he said.

Jonah accused President Buhari of failing to tame the armed herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents, saying that he has not done much to check their activities and pointed out that that was part of the reasons why they wanted Biafra.

“Buhari is monetising herdsmen, Boko Haram. That is why he cannot stop them. Buhari has not been talking about the killings. Buhari cannot stop them. He is the patron of Myetti Allah cattle breeders and so cannot stop the killings. We want Biafra and that is why we welcome Brownback to Nigeria,” he said.

“We want to have a referendum and we use the opportunity to ask US President to help Biafra get freedom. We don’t want war but a referendum,” he said. (New Telegraph)

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

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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)

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