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The Igbo Love Themselves More Than Every Other Tribe In Nigeria – Idris Abubakar (Dakata Of Kano)

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I think and believed in Nigeria today, Igbos love themselves more than every other tribes.

If you see any Igbo rich business man, listen to his story how he get to where he is today, he will always start with, I was a poor boy at home with my parents when my uncle, brother, or relation took me and brought me to the city to learn trade with him and finally settled me to start my own.


THE IGBO ARE RARE.

1] You will see one Igbo man who has trained and settled more than 100 young men and all are doing well in their businesses.

2] It is only Igbo man that I have seen who would train a child that is not his in schools up to the university level.

3] Only an Igbo man would send a relation abroad to go and find means to survive without minding how much it cost him.

4] Every Igbo man want his brother to live comfortably and don’t have to rely on others.

5] Igbo man would rather teach you how to catch a fish than to give you already caught fish.

6] When an Igbo man marries, he takes good care of his wife and children plus his wife’s relations unlike the other tribes that doesn’t respect their wives.

7] My sister Murna has always said that she would love to marry an Igbo man because they know how to take good care of their wives and those related to her.

8] Igbo man, no matter what and where he maybe would always have home at heart and wherever they see their people, they make themselves known.

9] Wherever they are, they would surely have Igbo meetings and gatherings of their local governments people.

10] Igbo man would go to meetings every Sunday where they meet with their people.

Related: Misreprestation Of Igbo Folks In Some Quarters Is A Mirage Based On Jealousy-Idris Abubakar

I wonder how anyone could say that the Igbo don’t love themselves, In fact we are jealous of Igbo people for how united and together they come all the time. When something happen to one of them, they would come together and assist. I have seen people from other tribes buried here when they died, but when an Igbo die here they must gather and take the body home in solidarity.

Things Igbo people do together I have never seen in other tribes in Nigeria. An Hausa or Yoruba rich man would never do anything to help you, they rather be giving you 20 Naira every time they see you that is after you must greeted them tire.

If Biafra goes away from Nigeria, I will be the first to apply for their visa, I want stay with them very intelligent people, they know how to make things happen.
This is indeed a true description of the Igbo people as seen by others. Unfortunately, Ndigbo sometimes seem not to really appreciate uniqueness.

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27 Plateau Victims Given Mass Burial After Latest Attack By Fulani Herdsmen |RN


• President condemns incident, orders security forces to arrest situation
It was another moment of grief Monday morning in Nkiedonwhro village, Bassa Local Government Area in Plateau State when at least 27 people were massacred in their sleep by gunmen suspected to be cattle herders.
The latest is about the third in the wave of attacks on the local government area since the state government imposed an indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew on the local government council last Friday.
By Monday evening, the remains of the 27 victims of the attacks had been given a mass burial amidst wailing and outpouring of emotions in the village.
The incident followed a similar deadly attack in the same local government area on Saturday, leading to the deaths of six persons.
Confirming Monday’s incident, the National President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Mr. Sunday Abdu, indicted the soldiers attached to the Special Task Force (STF), saying the soldiers had gathered the villagers for the suspected herdsmen to kill.
He said the soldiers had gathered the victims in a primary school in the village to protect them from incessant attacks in the area, adding that while the soldiers occupied one classroom that they use as their operational base, the women and children occupied the next classroom.
“How then did the attackers come and kill the women and children without the soldiers knowing. It is either that the soldiers are conniving with the attackers to annihilate our people or they ran away and left our people to their fate.
“It is even more worrisome that the same local government is under a curfew imposed on it by the state government,” Abdu said.
Reacting to latest attack Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he received with deep sadness and regret, news of the killings which have been described as a reprisal perpetrated by suspected herdsmen.
Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said: “This madness has gone too far.”
Shehu said the president instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisals by one group against the other.
“President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony,” Shehu said.
The president’s spokesman added that the president commiserated with the governor and people of Plateau State, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family.
“May God comfort them as only He can,” Buhari was quoted to have said.
Also reacting to the attack, the senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Jonah David Jang, said he was sad to hear about the “incessant violent killings going on in Bassa allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen who have become the usual suspects in this kind of coordinated attacks in the state and others in the Middle-Belt”.
“The attack on Taagbe village, the failed attack on Nzoruvho village on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, and the most recent one on Nkiedonwhro in the early hours of yesterday (Monday), where more than 20 persons were alleged to have been killed, are condemnable no matter the justification.
“Notably, these attacks prove that the method of response adopted by the Plateau State governor is not working especially considering the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Bassa Local Government Area on Friday.
“There is therefore the need for the state government to critically reconsider its strategy for the good of our people,” Jang, who is the immediate past governor of the state, said.
A former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Yakubu Dati, added that the attack was condemnable, considering that the state governor had taken several measures, including the establishment of the Plateau Peace Agency and deployment of resources to assist the security agents to carry out their duties effectively.
“We can only call on the state government to reinvigorate the process that is already on ground,” he said.
Also commenting on the massacre, the member representing Jos North/Bassa federal constituency, Mr. Suleiman Kwande, called on the federal government to investigate the killings in the primary school while under the watch of the security operatives.
Kwande described the attack as unfortunate, particularly now that peace has returned to the state after decades of violence.
“The new spate of killings of innocent people in Bassa Local Government Area in recent times is very unfortunate and disheartening. The natives of the locality in the last few weeks have suffered unprovoked attacks that resulted in the killing of innocent people.
“I call on the federal government to set up a committee to investigate the fresh killings of innocent persons, including children, women, men and the aged in a primary school where they were taking refuge,” he said.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tyopev Terna, said he could not comment on the attack, as he had not been briefed by his Divisional Police Officer in Bassa.
But the Director General of Plateau Peace Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengman, said the state government was slated to hold a security meeting Monday and would make its stance known after the meeting.
When contacted, the military Special Task Force (STF), codenamed Operation Safe Haven, said it would investigate the involvement of soldiers on duty at the Nkiedonwhro when the villagers were attacked.
The commander of the task force, Major General Anthony Atolagbe, who revealed this when he went for on-the-spot assessment of the school, said the soldiers were sent to the headquarters of the task force for proper investigation on how the attack took place in the village under their watch, especially since a curfew was imposed on the village and there was supposed to be restriction on movement.
Meanwhile, after the mass burial for the victims, the villagers called on the state government to vacate the curfew, as it was needless and had failed to serve its purpose.
They also demanded to know how the attackers found their way from the mountains to the village when there was a curfew and movement restriction.
THISDAY gathered that Governor Simon Lalong is slated to visit the area Tuesday to commiserate with the people.        (ThisDay)

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Diplomatic Car Belonging To Finland Involved In Car Crash In Abuja (Photos) |RN

There was road crash this morning on the Abuja airport road, involving a driver of a diplomatic vehicle belonging to Finnish embassy and that of Nigeria.

The other party in the crash is the vehicle Airspace Management, that was said to be at high speed and hit the diplomatic vehicle from behind and it somersaulted.

 

 

A Finnish diplomat sitting on the ground after the accident

 

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Petty Bourgeois: Members Of The Nigerian Ruling Class Are Fickle, Untrustworthy, Perfidious – Prof. Nnoli

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Prof. Albert O. Nnoli

By Prof. Albert O. Nnoli

Beware of the perfidy of the petty bourgeoisie. The petty bourgeois, members of the ruling class in Nigeria, are fickle, untrustworthy, perfidious and unreliable as comrades in political and other battles. They would lead you on and, inevitably leave you in the lurch.


Since 1950, they have propagated the false, unpatriotic and despicable narrative that Nigerian politics is all about the struggle of ethnic and religious groups for power and national resources. The propaganda in promotion of this falsehood has been so successful that practically every politically aware Nigerian now believes that ethnic politics is the reality of Nigerian existence. So they act accordingly.


The politicians lead the rest in this ignominious political behaviour but are unable to control all the ethno-religious forces they unleash: Boko Haram, OPC, MASSOB, MOSOP, Niger Delta militants, IPOB, and Arewa Youths. Perfidiously, they leave them in the lurch. Worse still they seek to destroy these their offshoots. And they never blame themselves for the resultant tension and civil strife. The politics of mea culpa is still a pipe dream in Nigeria. Just as the politics of sharia during the Obasanjo regime gave birth to Boko Haram, the politics of resource control birthed the Niger Delta militants while the politics of marginalization unleashed the OPC, MASSOB, MOSOP, and IPOB.


Therefore, the fundamental source of political tension and civil strife in Nigeria is the political and propaganda environment, as well as political behaviour created and nurtured by the petty bourgeois politicians that gave birth to these movements, not the movements themselves. As long as this environment persists, these movements or others like them will continue to emerge. The petty bourgeois will fuel their emergence but abandon them in the heat of battle. Frantz Fanon warned the masses about this perfidious nature of the petty bourgeoisie. So did the British colonialists, and the Zikist National Vanguard, a progressive wing of the petty bourgeoisie.


The British colonialists characterized the Nigerian petty bourgeois as “unreliable, undisciplined, lacking in integrity, self-control, and respect for the law of any kind. They quarrelled endlessly, sometimes with passion, and not frequently on idealism but largely for personal reasons. They envied one another, and found it impossible to exhibit team spirit.” Mokwugo Okoye of the Zikist National Vanguard described them as “commercializing politics, embracing tribalism, graft, corruption of power, and inordinately delighted in debilitating concupiscence. Their character and causes are defined by a long tradition of evasions, dubieties and nonchalant improvisations and opportunistic accommodations.”
Damn the petty bourgeoisie!
Down with petty bourgeois chauvinism!
Long live the class struggle!
A Luta Continua.

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Welcome Address By Gov. Okorocha At The Meeting Of SS, SE Governors Forum

 

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WELCOME ADDRESS BY GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA AT THE MEETING OF THE SOUTH-SOUTH/SOUTH-EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM, ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 8, 2017 AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE OWERRI

Your Excellencies,

My brother governors, from South-South and South-East geo-Political Zones I welcome you to Imo State. May I, on behalf of the government and good People of Imo State, most sincerely welcome you to this all-important meeting.

Permit me to welcome in a Special way, the Chairman of the Forum, my brother and indeed, the performing governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Udom Emmanuel. I thank the Almighty God for granting all of you his journey mercy.

My brothers, we all know why we are here. We are here for the good of the South-East and South-South geo-Political Zones and their People. We are here for the common good of our their nation, Nigeria and her teeming population. We are here for the good of all

Again as we are meeting here in Owerri, the rest of Nigerians and the rest of the world are waiting to hear what will be the outcome of this august meeting. And I want to say that we won’t disappoint such people. With God on our side, we shall come up at the end of the exercise with opinions and ideas that will, to a large extent, help our States individually and Collectively and also help our nation greatly.

In the notice for this meeting, the Chairman, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel said “this meeting will provide an avenue for deliberation on various issues of regional and national importance with a view to enhancing collaboration on matters of common interest to the overall benefit of the Citizens and residents of the States in these regions”.

In otherwords, we are here to talk about peace, development, Unity, understanding, progress, cooperation, and so on, as they concern the participating regions and of course, the nation.

Even on the face value of this meeting, seeing governors from the South-East and South-South sitting together to deliberate on the way forward is enough to excite all men and women of goodwill. In other words, we have come to realize that there is time for Party Politics and there is time to talk about development or those things that unite us. It also means that we have also resolved to break the jinx of disunity caused by Politics because what Unites us is far more than the Political Parties or Politics that divide us. We shall know the Points to speak as members of Political Parties and time to speak as a people.

My brother governors, you are once again welcome. This is the best time for us to think outside the box. This is the time for us to also encourage our youths and give them hope. We must Consolidate on the Unity of the States involved and that of the nation at large. And if you ask me, I would request that the Constitution be amended to create a provision that would make governors go to States other than theirs to serve for three months. By so doing, we would further be strengthening our Unity.

And on a lighter mood, when that happens while I would like to be sent to Rivers State or Lagos State for the three months as governor. Governor Wike will be posted to Kebbi, and Ambode to Imo and so on.

Finally, I know that one day, in the course of the history of this nation, Nigerians will rise to such a height that the Igbos, Ijaws, Efiks, Hausas, Fulanis, Itshekiris, Ndomas, and all, will be talking as one people, and the issue of where one comes from, won’t be a serious issue again. May God help us.

Owelle Rochas Okorocha
Governor, Imo State

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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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Lagos Named Third Worst City To Drive In The World – Forbes |The Republican News

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Lagos State has been named the third worst city for drivers in the world, with 60 percent congestion and 10.70mph average speed.

Lagos was ranked third next to Karachi, Pakistan: 59 percent congestion, 11.20mph average speed and Kolkata, with India topping the list.

According to Forbe’s list, Dusseldorf, Germany came first as the best city for drivers, with 20 percent congestion, and 21.20mph average speed.

The website states that the list was arrived at after considering the following: an analysis of local congestion levels, an average cost of parking and fuel, average roadway speeds, air pollution levels, number of traffic injuries, and road quality.

Also considered ­– and what should seem like a no-brainer to international travellers – is the frequency and perception of road rage.

In the analysis of 100 international cities, Lagos is the only city in Africa that appeared on the list:

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