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Focus On Governance And Quit Blaming Jonathan – Amaechi |The Republican News

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Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has admonished his colleagues in the Muhammadu Buhari administration to stop blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Amaechi said it is time for administration officials to concentrate on delivering good policies to the citizens rather than dragging the former president for Nigeria’s woes.

“I agree with those who said we should stop criticising the last government and that we should do our own,” The Nation newspaper quoted Mr. Amaechi as saying during a meeting at his office Tuesday.

The minister decried Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit, drawing a comparison with other relatively new countries like Singapore.

“We need to leverage on what we know. People are shouting intermodal transport; I went to the new airport in Singapore and I didn’t find one person at the airport.

“As you walk in, technology takes over,” Mr. Amaechi said.

He called for an urgent renaissance in Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the area of information and communications technology.

“They also said in the next few years, they would introduce driverless cars. We should also think outside the box about how to improve our transport sector and think less about how sun and moon affect the sector or building more bus stops.

“We should see how much investment we can put in the area of ICT. Intelligence transportation should not be ignored,” he added.

If heeded, Mr. Amaechi’s call would mark a shift in Buhari administration’s approach to public engagement.

Since assuming office in 2015, President Buhari has led his appointees and party members to blame Mr. Jonathan for failing to properly direct the country’s affairs during his tenure.

Allegations such as senseless looting of public funds, nepotism, economic mismanagement and gross abuse of power are regularly directed at Mr. Jonathan.

In June, Mr. Amaechi slammed Mr. Jonathan for allegedly failing the Igbo during his years, saying the former president left the region in a state of disrepair.

“President Jonathan went to Onitsha and danced and promised to construct Onitsha bridge. Right? After that nothing happened,” Mr. Amaechi said at a social media forum in Lagos on June 13.

Bolaji Abdullahi, a spokesperson for the APC, told PREMIUM TIMES the call was appropriate.

“Enough of blaming the previous administration, Nigerians want us to focus,” the spokesperson said.

Mr. Abdullahi said the wrongdoings of Mr. Jonathan’s government would remain in the memories of Nigerians, but that the current administration was not voted to amplify them.

“Yes, there were problems created by the previous administration, but Nigerians didn’t vote for us because they want us to be telling them who’s responsible. They want us to be solving problems,” he said.  (NewTelegraphNewspaper)

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Igbo Online Referendum On Nigeria In The Offing |The Republican News

 

By Sunday Ani (sunnyani2013@gmail.com)

An association of Igbo in the Diaspora, the Global Igbo Alliance (GIA), has said that the structure of Nigeria is not working.

The group is conducting opinion poll among the Igbo all over the world to know what they actually want in the Nigeria federation.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Sun, the vice president of the group, Rev. Luke Iwunze explained what informed the poll, what they intend to do with its outcome and how they would achieve result.

What are the details of the GIA opinion poll among the Igbo all over the world?

The poll is aimed at sampling the opinion of the Igbo to know what they want. Do they want Biafra? Are they in support of restructuring Nigeria along regionalism? Or are they comfortable with the status quo; that is remaining one indivisible Nigeria as it is today? That is what the poll is all about and we are inviting all Igbo sons and daughters to follow the linkhttps://s.surveytown.com/survey/ and express their views.

 

What informed your organisation’s decision to embark on this?

The decision to conduct such poll became imperative following divergent views from the Igbo nation regarding their existence in Nigeria. Right now, the Igbo are divided between those who want Biafra and those who want regionalism fashioned in line with the 1963 Constitution, with no significant number in support of Nigeria as it is today. So, there is need to ascertain the position of Igbo people on this subject

What do you intend to achieve with the poll?

The poll will assist us to know the minds of our people. Already, there is disagreement on what the majority of Igbo want for their future. The poll would help to settle that. As there is no evidence-based proof on the subject, the poll will certainly provide us with a degree of statistical evidence on it, which would then become the basis for our next line of advocacy for the Igbo.

 

How do you intend to achieve your desired aim with the poll considering that you are not on ground at home to push for the realisation of the poll outcome, probably through legislation or other possible means?

The world of today is global village. We don’t have to be in Abuja or in Nigeria to make a change. When the opinion poll ends, we will have the results analysed. Once that is done, we will work in conjunction with other progressive Igbo groups and leaders to marshal out strategies for its implementation. In other words, when we get to the bridge, we shall cross it. How to make the outcome of the poll have impact won’t be a problem at all. We have our plans but we would rather keep it to our chest pending the conclusion of the poll.

Why is GIA passionate about the current state of the Nigerian federation?

GIA believes Nigeria is a democratic state and people should not be ruled against their will. If majority of the Igbo say they want Biafra, we will put the message across to our people. If they say they want regional government fashioned after the 1963 Republican Constitution, we will definitely follow the same process. GIA believes strongly that either of the two alternatives needs to occur to achieve peace in Igbo land. This is 21st century and things ought to be done according to the will of the people.

Nigeria right now is not working and having been like this for decades with things getting worse by the day, there is need to sit down and re-evaluate ourselves as a country. If Nigeria is not working, let us go back to the drawing table to re-negotiate, not just for the Igbo alone but also for the future of all Nigerians, including our unborn children.     (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Atiku Abubakar Defects To PDP |The Republican News

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                                   Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Atiku who recently resigned as a member of the All Progressives Congress said in a live video broadcast on Facebook, on Sunday, that he is joining the PDP.

Explaining why he left the APC, he said, “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalisation, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.”    (Punch)

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81,871 People Live With HIV/AIDS In Ondo State – Agency Report |The Republican News

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From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

No fewer than 81,871 people have been infected with the Human Immuno deficiency Virus in Ondo State. A report presented by the state’s agency for the control of Aids indicated that 5,048 people were newly infected, 8,048 were on treatment while 4,701 women tested positive to the disease. The report added…
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IPOB Press Release: Claim Of Sacking Of Nnamdi Kanu Mere Childish Prank By Unintelligent People

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Few days ago, some media houses carried the fake news of sacking of Nnamdi Kanu as Director of Radio Biafra which made rounds on social media and other electronic platforms.
The Media and Publicity Secretary for the indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Emma Powerful has released a press statement on behalf of IPOB refuting such frivolous claim, calling it a mere childish prank played by unintelligent people, referring to secret service of the Nigerian State, DSS.
IPOB not only refuted this spurious claim but touched on other issues and false claims, which it says came from DSS-engineered subterfuge that fell flat on its face.
Here is the press statement:
IPOB PRESS RELEASE
We the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leadership worldwide under the supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the prophet of our time, wish to clarify that the DSS/Ministry of Information engineered speculation regarding the position of our leader is a cheap diversionary tactics designed to test our dedication and resolve in the run up to the much-anticipated boycott of Anambra elections on Saturday November 18th, 2017. Not minding the involvement of two key ministries of government in the propagation of this falsehood, we remain fiercely resolute and undeterred by the crude antics of a drowning government. They have lost every sense of shame. The only option left open for them is to periodically opt for hyper-dramatics in an environment devoid of any form of investigative journalism.
By seeking to deflect attention away from multiple fronts of attack IPOB have subjected the Buhari regime to, DSS and their propaganda arm, the Ministry of Information came up with this laughable concoction about the dismissal of our leader, which they know, even by their own very low standards of news management, is so hilarious that no sane mind will believe it. Biafrans and the entire humanity knows that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was abducted by Nigerian soldiers on the 14th September 2017, therefore no amount of fake stories about our leader and our movement planted through government friendly media houses, will dent our resolve to restore Biafra. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the only person with absolute command over entire Biafra restoration effort, remains the rock upon which the entire edifice of IPOB is built. The preposterous and laughable idea that he has been sacked from Radio Biafra he personally established in London and IPOB he founded is tantamount to saying that the Sun is no longer part of the solar system. It is not only unthinkable, it will be foolish of anyone to contemplate it.
The world can now see how the Caliphate cabal is running Nigeria through fabrications and unadulterated falsehood in the hope of twisting the minds of the gullible and the easily deceived. For anyone to believe that faceless hitherto unheard of individuals can wake up one evening and announce the replacement of a man who commands 50 million people with presence in over 100 countries of the world, making him only second to Pope Francis as the personality with the largest cult following on earth, is plain stupid. Anybody who peddles or believes such a story needs his or her brain examined. This is another classic DSS engineered subterfuge that fell flat on its face as all on their previous efforts to rubbish the personality of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu did. Many more weird and ludicrous stories will emerge in the coming days. The more IPOB applies the pressure, the more bizarre the antics of this shambolic APC Government becomes.
No amount of fabricated falsehood or carefully packaged lies by DSS and Lai Mohammed’s Ministry of Information will ever erase the fact that Nigerian soldiers last September invaded Kanu’s compound and abducted him. The Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali on Channels Television admitted during an interview that troops went in search of our leader in his home without court warrant in a supposed democracy. This invasion led to the death of 28 people shot by Nigerian soldiers. It doesn’t take much to understand that fake stories is part of the strategy of government to stop people from asking them where Nnamdi Kanu is. By regaling the gullible few with wild stories such as the sacking of our leader, they hope to cheapen a very serious matter of abduction and possible extra judicial execution. We advice the discerning public to disregard such junk news and continue to demand for the whereabouts of our leader from the Buhari regime.
We must not forget the case of purported splinter groups set up by DSS such as REIPOB, TRIPOB, RENIPOB, SEXIPOB etc. Non of them made it from newspaper pages into the real world. This latest show of shame by DSS and the Nigerian Army proves that they are still holding our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in their custody and are hoping to create a diversion with this talk of his replacement when they know such is impossible.
We have all become accustomed to the crude antics of this shameless Nigerian Government and her security agencies who are so desperate to create confusion and pandemonium within the hierarchy of IPOB. That they came up with this ludicrous propaganda of the replacement of the irreplaceable IPOB leader is confirmation of their desperation. IPOB is arguably the most disciplined mass movement in the world today, if not all the years of torture of Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie Ishinwa would have provided DSS the key witness against Kanu in the treasonable felony trial they have been looking for.
This fabricated news of the sacking of our leader is nothing more than mere childish prank played by unintelligent people in a supposedly intelligence agency. No right thinking person would waste his or her time on such nonsensical gimmick.
We have concluded that instead of DSS to remove Nnamdi Kanu as IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, even in military custody, will remove Jubril the Sudanese who is parading himself as Buhari and return him to Sudan where he belongs. Fabricating, concocting and peddling lies against IPOB through government friendly newspapers and media houses to the amusement of the undiscerning public is an exercise in futility. Our leader cannot be demystified with cheap lies. IPOB under the leadership and supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, even in custody, is unstoppable, unquenchable, irreversible and irrevocable. We are waiting for their next installment.
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL
MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.
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BIAFRA: UN Delegation Led By Ibn Chambas Is Fake, Says MASSOB |RN

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Carpets UN, Ohanaeze over ‘one Nigeria’ stance

From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Saturday, said that the United Nation’s team who reportedly met with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, in Enugu, and proclaimed the indivisibility of Nigeria was a fake group.

MASSOB says it only recognises an authentic UN leadership not tthe one that came to the country.

The UN delegation led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General in West Africa and the Sahara, Amb. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, had visited the Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo and other principal officers of the Secret organisationation in his Enugu residence, where the world body proclaimed the indivisibility of Nigeria.

But reacting on the UN’s position, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement issued to newsmen, in Abakaliki, described the UN team as fake group, insisting that the “authentic United Nations” does not support injustice and unfairness.

He expressly dismissed the position of the “so-called United Nations” team on the indivisibility of Nigeria as anti-fairness and justice.

“Though MASSOB have respect for Igbo elders, Ohanaeze Ndigbo as an Igbo socio political group are not agitating or canvassing for Biafra actualization and restoration. They should operate on their limits because the people of Biafra know their true leaders who represent them on issues of Biafra.

“Since the so called United Nations representatives meeting with Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership borders on Biafra freedom and Nigeria’s disintegration, they would have involved the leading pro-Biafra groups which will bring huge respects and honour to their leadership in Igbo land” the statement said.

“It was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the so called United Nations representatives to Enugu neither was it Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the much clamour for restructuring and regionalism. Also, it was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the condemnation of anti-Igbo song of genocides from Hausa/Fulani by the real United Nations.

“It was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the condemnation of anti Biafra pogroms by the revered Pope of Catholic Church on the Islamic sponsored and systematic genocides against the people of Biafra from President Buhari led Nigeria Islamic government. It was not Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities that attracted the voluntary obedience to sit at home exercise by the people of Biafra on 30th May 2017 as a mark of respect for Biafra day celebration, all these eloquent achievements and feats were effectively achieved because of the non violence activities of MASSOB, IPOB and Biafra People National Council (BPNC),” the statement added.   (The Sun)

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BREAKING: NAICOM Workers Protest Unpaid Salaries, Warn Of Impending Strike

The staff members of National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) are right now protesting in Abuja to mark the beginning of a three-day warning strike today.

The workers call for the sack of the Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari.

They are also protesting due to alleged non-promotion of staff in the commission, the absence of work tools, and non-payments of their allowances.

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