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FG Denies Monkeypox Vaccination In South East |The Republican News

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NCDC CEO, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi and Philip Nwosu

The Federal Government, through the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said there is no ongoing vaccination against monkeypox in the South East or any other part of the country.

Dr Ihekweazu said this in Abuja, yesterday, at a Senate committee hearing on alleged monkeypox outbreak in parts of the country.

The NCDC boss explained that there is no relationship between his organisation and what is going on in the South East.

He cautioned Nigerians against participating in any immunisation against the disease.

Earlier in the week, some parents in Delta, Abia, Imo and Anambra, Yobe states, in a panic move, withdrew their children from schools, following unconfirmed reports that the army was administering immunisation vaccines suspected to be harmful.

The army has since denied the claims, saying the medical outreach is a social responsibility programme fashioned into the Operation Python Dance II, in the South East.

A statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, that the free medical outreach was not a vaccine intended to “infect monkeypox or any major contemporary or emerging diseases in Nigeria to the people of South East or any part of the country,” failed to douse the panic.

According to the statement, the free medical services in the region started on September 18, 2017, in Nkwaagu community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

That clarification, notwithstanding, parents and guardians still thronged schools to remove their wards and children.

Also, yesterday, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Turkur Buratai said the opening of medical facilities to the public is part of the army’s corporate social responsibility.

The army chief said this when he commissioned Phase One of the armed force’s Radio-Diagnosis Ward and School of Midwifery at the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

said the Nigerian Army believes in providing a befitting facility for the treatment and management of wounded personnel and their families.

General Buratai said that these facilities and the medical services to be provided by the medical unit will further boost the morale and fighting efficiency of troops.

 


 

Monkeypox: Suspected cases rise to 33

From Fred Itua, Abuja

National Coordinator, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has confirmed 33 reported cases of Monkey Pox infection in seven states of the Federation.

The NCDC boss, who disclosed this to senators yesterday said 17 out of the number manifested in Bayelsa State alone.

Others states where the disease has manifested, according to Ihekweazu, are Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Lagos, Ogun. He, however, pointed out that it was not certain whether, or not, all the victims reported to have been afflicted by monkeypox were actually infected by the virus or other diseases with similar symptoms.

The senators described as a national embarrassment and shame, the lack of public diagnostic centre for detection of the current outbreak in some states of the federation.

Members of the Senate committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases stated this at an interactive session with officials of NCDC, who were invited by the committee to brief it on the current outbreak of monkeypox disease in some states of the federation and efforts by the government to contain it.

Members urged the NCDC to submit to the committee, in the 2018 budget proposal, the full cost for setting up diagnostic centres in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.  They assured that the committee would give NCDC maximum support to get the required funds to establish such highly needed diagnostic centres across the country, to avoid the current national disgrace of going to other countries for diagnosis.

A member of the committee, Sam Anyanwu, urged the Federal Government to use all the funds it claimed to have recovered from looters to establish the diagnostic centres and, also, develop the health sector generally.

The national coordinator of NCDC shocked the lawmakers with the news that the country had no single government-owned diagnostic laboratory to test those suspected to be infected with the monkeypox virus.

He, however, told the lawmakers that it was only the Redeemer University in Nigeria that has the facilities to diagnose monkeypox, pointing out that the NCDC has sent the specimen to Dakar, Senegal, for diagnostic tests.

“There is no public laboratory centre in Nigeria at the moment that can carry out the diagnosis for monkeypox. We are walking very hard and have just opened the national reference laboratory in Gadua in Abuja. We don’t have the resources to develop laboratory services in the country.

“There is a critical challenge. All the work we do for surveillance can’t confirm diseases easily. So, that is one major strategic deficit we have. This is why we had to send samples to Dakar, where there is a World Health Organisation (WHO) laboratory to confirm the monkeypox. We sent two samples, one to Redeemers University laboratory and one to Dakar,” he said.

Briefing the committee, Ihekweazu revealed there was no known vaccination for the monkeypox menace and said the patients could only be managed in hospitals until they recover from the accompanying rashes of the contagious ailment.

On the speculation that NCDC was administering vaccination in partnership with the military, the national coordinator, said it was a rumour that had no truth in it and urged the public to disregard it.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has confirmed seven suspected cases of monkeypox in four hospitals in Abuja, with samples of six victims taken and sent to Senegal for test and confirmation.

It, however, denied rumours of an outbreak of the dreaded disease in Abuja, the nation’s capital. This was disclosed by the Secretary,  Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) of FCTA, Amanda Pam, while briefing newsmen yesterday.

She said: “Three suspected cases were recorded in National Hospital, two in Gwarinpa Hospital, one each in the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and Nyanya General Hospital.”

Pam said the recorded cases were that of chicken pox, which shares similar appearance with monkeypox. On Wednesday, there were rumours of two cases of monkeypox outbreak at Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja.

“We had some suspected cases, and samples were collected and sent to the lab; so, we are waiting for the results, but from all indications, it is not monkeypox.

“But, I like the suspicion, because it is better to suspect than ignore it, and it later turns out to be positive. The truth now is there is no confirmed case of monkeypox disease in FCT,” she said.

Explaining further, FCT’s Acting Director of Public Health, Humphrey Okoroukwu, disclosed that he had already visited the said hospitals on Wednesday and reaffirmed no case of the virus was found.

He said surveillance officers from the public health department of the FCTA were deployed to the 62 wards of the territory, as a precautionary measure against threatening health issues.

The Federal Government had, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ((NCDC)), on Monday, confirmed suspected outbreak of monkeypox in seven states in the country, which included Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River states. (The Sun)

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MonkeyPox: Deadline Vaccines Imported From Iran, MASSOB Alleges |The Republican News

From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Thursday, condemned in strong terms, the alleged forceful administration of Monkey Pox vaccine in some parts of South East especially in Anambra State which caused pandemonium in the region.

This was even as it alleged that the substance was imported from Iran with the aim of subtly annihilating the people of the region who are agitating for Biafra republic.

In a statement signed by the leader of the group, Uchenna Madu, MASSOB warned the military to be mindful of their activities in the South East and South-South region.

The statement partly read: “MASSOB through our intelligence agency has confirmed that the source of the immunization drugs was brought from Iran without the due process of clearing of imported goods, our intelligence report also proved that NAFDAC was sidelined before administration of the killer poison.

“Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) condemn the forceful immunization and administration of unknown drugs to Biafra children by medical personnel of Nigeria Army which led to the unconfirmed death of about three children in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo LGA, Anambra state.

“We see this camouflaged medical humanitarian service of Nigeria Army as another dimensional step to cause the annihilation of the people of Biafra. This Nigeria military annihilation exercise can be described as “Operation Python Death.

“The unfortunate incident at Ozubulu that snowballed into “Oso Abiola (Safety Run) has opened the eyes of Igbo doubting Thomases that Buhari led Hausa Fulani Islamic agenda against the Christian dominated Biafra land is real.

“The poisonous substance administered in Ozubulu is outrightly different from the medical drugs administered in Nkwegwu, Isukwuato and Mbaise. This is a biological warfare waged against our people by Nigeria state.

“The level of hatred President Buhari and his kinsmen displayed using the instruments of Nigeria state and primitive services of the security agents against the people of Biafra because of the emergence of Biafra can lead them to indescribable acts that will reduce our intimidating population.

“MASSOB wonder why an establishment geared towards total and open extrajudicial killings of armless and non-violent Biafrans, intimidating Igbo leadership, terrorising our people and villages through their Fulani herdsmen and subjecting our economic fortunes to nothingness will suddenly avail themselves as our medical and humanitarian Messiahs?

“MASSOB also wish to reaffirm our unshaken belief and resolute consistency on the actualization and restoration of the ancient kingdom of Biafra through non-violent means.

“Hausa Fulani frustrating and intimidating approach towards Biafra revolutionary struggle will never deter our self-determination movement to freedom” the statement concluded. ( The Sun)

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UPDATE: Pandemonium As Imo, Anambra Indigenes Flee Military Medical Outreach (Video) |RN

By Ike A. Offor

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There was pandemonium today in several towns and Onitsha, Enugu cities today as people fled from Nigerian army free medical-outreach exercise due to rumours of diseases and deaths.

The medical outreach was conceived to turn the hearts of the people towards the army after such terrible public relations with the Operation Python Dance in the region, which turned deadly and claimed many lives.

Industrial Nnewi Town Pandemonium 

In a case in the industrial town of Nnewi, the schools were closed just like in the rest of the State and rumour of death spread. This prompted a press release from the state government.

Press Statement: Army Medical Outreach

The attention of the State Government has been drawn to an ongoing medical outreach being undertaken by the Army in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

The State has been made to understand that the exercise is part of Army social responsibility to members of the public.

However, strong apprehension among the populace has followed the exercise leading to the withdrawal of students from schools by parents, misconception of the actual motive behind the exercise by stakeholders, community leaders and a general reservation by the public for whom the outreach is intended.

To this end and to ensure no further escalation of the situation, His Excellency the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has contacted the Army Authorities and advised for immediate stoppage of the medical outreach until wide sensitization is conducted to reassure people of its intentions and benefits. The exercise has therefore been put on hold.

Parents and guardians are strongly advised to stop withdrawing their wards from schools as the situation has been handled. All schools within the State will remain open as there is no cause for alarm! Community leaders, Presidents General and all Stakeholders are hereby reassured of the commitment of the Governor and the State Government to the wellbeing of Ndi Anambra.

The State Government also strongly condemns observed rhetorics on social media completely misrepresenting the situation with insinuations of the spread of diseases and death of students in schools arising from the exercise. The State categorically refutes these rhetorics and confirms that there is no death of any student anywhere in the State. Mischief makers are warned to desist from spreading falsehood. Anambra remains calm and peaceful!

Thank you!

Prof Solo Chukwulobelu
Secretary to the State Government.

In another press release from the Nigerian Medical Association, Anambra branch, the body expressed how the panic was created and spread which caused the withdrawal of pupils and students from schools. The body also asked the Army to discontinue the exercise until frayed nerves are calmed.

 

Press Release From Nigerian Medical Association, Anambra Branch

I have authentically confirmed from the intelligence services that:

1. There was actually a scheduled medical outreach Programme by the Nigerian Army;

2. Such Programmes are routinely done after every military exercise in communities e.g. Operation Python Dance;

3. That the Council Chairmen and Traditional Rulers of concerned communities were duly informed;

4. But, it appears that to information was not adequately disseminated to the citizenry;

5. Those soldiers were only setting up the sheds and stands for the exercise when some individuals concocted the rumours of an ulterior motive and began disseminating the false alarm;

6. That the false alarm led to considerable panic and confusion in the whole State now -Awka, Nnewi, Ozubulu, Onitsha, etc;

7. The Military has therefore been advised to suspend the Outreach Programme immediately in order to calm frayed nerves;

8. The State Government will soon make a public broadcast to dispel the rumour and properly explain what happened.

On my side, I am still collating information from the footmen that have been sent to the field by NMA ANAMBRA State. If what we collate vary from the official version from what I got from the intelligence agencies, I shall give out the update.

JKC
Chair, NMA ANAMBRA State Branch

Palpable reasons behind the panic

This is simply an expression of how untrustworthy the Nigerian army is in the region, which has accused the Nigerian security forces of ulterior motives in the Operation Python Dance, which caused terrible human casualties in Aba, Abia state. So, the people are very wary of the Nigerian Army and will not accept any free medical attention from them.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s family home was attacked during this very operation and his whereabouts is still very unclear. The IPOB was proscribed and labelled terrorist group, which has led to many criticisms both within the shores of Nigeria and the international community.

The same incidents were reported in Imo State and in Enugu state where parents rushed from markets and their businesses to withdraw their wards from their various.

The Pandemonium was like in a civil war where people run in all directions to avoid military attacks. In a video recorded by a witness in Onitsha, it felt like something serious was happening and children fled with fright on their faces.

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Again, Army Raids Nnamdi Kanu’s Family Home, Claims Acted On Intelligence |RN

 

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IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

 

‘We acted on intelligence, removed technical items’

Three weeks after a detachment of soldiers from the Nigeria Army invaded the Afaraukwu, Umuahia country home of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, his family raised the alarm yesterday evening,  that soldiers invaded the residence, again.
Kanu’ younger brother,  Emmanuel, alleged in an informal interaction with newsmen, yesterday, that the soldiers invaded their home and carted away some household items including the television, generating sets and clothes, among other family property.
“The international community should prevail on the Army to stop raiding our home, again. We have been telling the army to produce my bother, whose whereabouts have remained unknown since after the September 14, 2017, military invasion of our compound…”
On its part, the military confirmed the operation but denied removing any household items from the compound.
Desk Officer in charge of Operation Python Dance II, in Abia State, who declined to be named simply said: “We were there in search of weapons, no household items were removed from Kanu’s home.
The army officer, who asked to be identified simply as ‘Desk Officer for the operation” also disclosed that the operation was a joint exercise with the Police and asked that further enquiries be directed there.
“You can make further enquiries from the police,” he noted and added that yesterday’s operation was based on intelligence report that arms were hidden in the compound.
“The things removed may be technical items. Somebody was also arrested with a weapon in the compound,” he disclosed.
But, efforts to get police reaction was unsuccessful as the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, did not pick calls to his mobile telephone.
Also, he didn’t respond to text messages.
On September 14, a combined team of the army, the police and officials of the Department of State Services allegedly invaded Kanu’s home.
Thereafter, IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful told newsmen the whereabouts of Kanu, his parents and his siblings could not be ascertained.
Daily Sun’s efforts to speak with the Nigeria army headquarters in Abuja were unsuccessful.
Several telephone calls to top officials went unanswered, as at 9:35pm, yesterday.         (The Sun)

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IPOB: At Last, Nnamdi Kanu Is Found, By Bishops Edwin |The Republican News

 

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

 

By Bishops Edwin

I know where Nnamdi Kanu is now…

I apologise to all my friends. I am going to let this secret out. My conscience is exploding in grief for keeping it this long.. I know exposing this will make some people think I can’t keep simple secrets. I know some lilly hearts will feel betrayed. The brave ones have been irking to hear this truth.
I know the whereabouts of Kanu!
This is not like Orji Uzor Kalu’s spurious hullabaloo of Mazi Kanu fleeing from Malaysia to London. He is just seeking cheap relevance. He wants to be in the picture. He did it at Kuje. Filled the Social media with his Trojan horse entry. Ekele Dili Chukwu that for once he said the truth after that visit, “Kanu is unbribable!”.. Akòró gbago, akòró gbadata.

Afara Ukwu, Umuahia 14th September 2017.
The Nigerian wicked establishment unleashed their terrorist groups at Biafrans, clothed with military camouflages. News headlines later said the army claimed responsibility for that state-sponsored acts terrorism.. Army later added that they FOUND bombs at Kanu’s home. Next day, they said they DID NOT ENTER his home. Weed oriented self-countering speeches!!
Untrained in the use of assault rifles and the just supplied US APC tanks.
They claimed their drivers were just testing the manoeuvres and how the steering could turn into streets. A battalion probably was calculating bullet trajectory and speed as all the bullets rained on us.. piercing walls and roof. Bodies went down. Souls left. Blood drew maps on the ground. A few legs ran… Mine did too…
I saw Kanu, he refused to run… The boys on guard “lost order” and lifted him off his feet… They wanted him alive… They need him alive… Every man and woman of Biafra land whisked Kanu away, in spirit and in flesh… Even his enemies prayed that he survives this…
A dying soul screamed,”fear not, Biafra Will Come but you must leave here now!”…
Shooting turned to shelling…
Some lines of the famous Biafra war song grazed through my mind…
..save my bullet oh Biafra…
If I happen to fall and die for Biafra
Biafra saves my Bullet when I die.
The dying souls pleaded that Kanu is saved… Kanu is the bullet now and every Biafran have his….
A little distance further… The weight of the crying brothers and dying friends was too heavy to bear. Nnamdi Kanu refused to retreat an inch further. He walked back towards the soldiers, towards the shooting… He walked through them. He had done it before. He did it at Abakiliki road… But this time he didn’t finish the walk. They took him away. We traced and followed them like Miriam followed baby Moses at River Nile. Now River Niger carried our Moses in a basket….
Finally.. They took him to somewhere. Where they can’t kill him. They tried. But it was just impossible… I know where Nnamdi Kanu is right now…
Kanu is glued and bonded today in every Biafran heart. In our minds. In our speeches… We Speak Kanu… He is on your conscience! Bring out the Kanu in you first.. Fear not! We shall not capitulate!!..
Nnamdi Kanu was not asking for a farmland nor food nor clothes but the restoration of the indigenous dignity of mankind in Biafra land…
Let’s keep away the Spirit of servitude and mental slavery induced by these quislings and petty belle first politicians of PDP vs APC and bring out the Kanu in us!…
That’s where Kanu is now…
#Bring_Out_Our_Kanu (BOOK)
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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Not In Military Custody- Army Sources |RN

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IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

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Authoritative sources from the Nigerian Army have said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is not in military custody.

The sources, from the army headquarters, Abuja, and the 82 Division headquarters, Enugu State, which coordinates Operation Python Dance II, told one of our correspondents on Thursday that Kanu was not arrested or detained, as being speculated.

Related: IPOB Sues Buratai, Demands Kanu’s Whereabout |The Republican News

Kanu’s lawyers on Wednesday filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order, directing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu in court.

The lawyers, led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had declared Kanu missing, saying the IPOB leader was last seen after the September 14 invasion of his residence in Afara-Ukwu area of Abia State by soldiers.

But an authoritative source from the army headquarters said, “If you follow the trends of things, the army has not been talking about a proscribed group. If someone says he does not know where Kanu is, who gave him the authority to file a motion against the army?

“We don’t want to be drawn into this propaganda. For goodness sake, if we have Kanu, of what use is it if we keep quiet? We have never been secretive. Nobody prompted us before we came out to talk about Egwu Eke II starting in the South-East. Nobody prompted us before we came out to say that despite all the pressures, we were not withdrawing the operation. The exercise is still ongoing.”

Also, the source from 82 Division headquarters, Enugu, who did not want his name in print, replied our correspondent’s enquiry through a text message.

“Kanu is not with us. And I am not aware of his whereabouts,” it read.

But Kanu’s younger brother simply identified as Fine Boy, had on September 17 refused to tell SUNDAY PUNCH where his brother was, adding that only the IPOB leader could disclose his hiding place.

RelatedNnamdi Kanu Is Not In Our Custody, Says Police |The Republican News

He said, “Only my brother can tell Nigerians where he is, I can’t. I don’t know why the Army should call IPOB a terrorist organisation, it is out of their desperation to arrest Nnamdi and frustrate the Biafran struggle. We have petitioned the United Nations and the European Union.

“…Nnamdi will soon disclose his current location and IPOB will also react to the proscription of the group by the South-East Governors’ Forum.”

Soldiers allegedly invaded his house on September 14.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the South-East caucus in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who stood as surety for Kanu, has said he should not be held liable if Kanu does not show up on October 17, which is the next hearing.

Abaribe said this on Thursday on a Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, noting that the alleged invasion of Kanu’s home in Abia State by troops of the Nigerian Army, was done “18 days before Kanu is to appear in court.”

Some senators had on Tuesday in a closed-door session, reportedly lashed out at Abaribe for accepting to stand as a surety for Kanu and for meeting with the IPOB members, claiming that the senator supported IPOB activities.

Abaribe on Thursday, however, said his meeting with the IPOB members was to find, “lasting peace” to the crisis. The senator said no one could say whether Kanu was dead or alive after the army’s invasion.

RelatedIPOB: Confusion Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts |The Republican News

He said, “One of the very unfortunate issues is that when people don’t want to address issues, they abuse or personalise issues. I stood surety for him (Kanu). Put it in perspective; he is supposed to appear in court on October 17. Then one month prior to his appearance, September 14 – clearly one month – the army now invaded his house and his village, and since then, nobody has heard from him.”

Also, IPOB has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a godfather of terrorists.

In a statement in Awka, Anambra State, on Thursday by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the proscribed pro-Biafran group, Emma Powerful, IPOB alleged that  Buhari was a sponsor of several terrorist organisations including Boko Haram.  (Punch)

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I’m Not Missing, So Stop Looking For Me: A Message To The Zoo Killers Of Innocents – Russell Bluejack

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By Russell Bluejack

I almost fell from my chair due to hysteria caused by the story that I am being looked for. Matter-of-factly, I am still guffawing as I write. Wait a minute, brothers and sisters, so, when we hit them with facts, they resort to intimidation? Is that it? Now, who is looking for this Russell Idatoru Bluejack? Did I rape women, kill farmers, dispossess people of their lands and valuables in the name of nomadic grazing activities? What has this hungry and penurious Russell done to this zoo? Has the zoo security become so idle and crassly bereft of ideas as to look for someone that trots the creeks, streets, roads, and avenues in Biafraland? I expect the security operatives of whatever we call this geographical fabrication to look for those that stole my phone at gunpoint. Yes, the docility and obvious compromise shown by the security to criminal activities make Nigeria the most horrible zoo for mankind. I understand Mazi Nnamdi Kanu better now. Too bad he is still missing. That man told us things we never knew about Nigeria. I miss him the way a lover misses the apple of his heart.

Several people were killed in the East. These victims, all of whom were unarmed and posed no imagined or glaring threat, were victims of their conviction. They were shot at by men of the Nigerian Army, but we have every right to suspect that those invaders were Boko Haramists cloaked in Nigeria military attire. We still smell a rat in the adduced reason for that invasion. First, we were told that it was a training exercise. Next, we were told that the invasion was necessitated by nonexistent unrest in an obviously very peaceful East. Who is deceiving whom? Those looking for the readily available me should be working hard to fish out those unlawful invaders of our lands. I am indigenous to one of the littoral towns in the coastal wing of Biafra. My love and respect for the Igbo man are second to none since I see in them the oft-evasive salvation for the oppressed and downtrodden in this potpourri of discordant cultures, worldviews, and religions called Nigeria. The invasion and consequent apprehension of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by these heinous and destructive invaders stands condemned, nationally and internationally.

Those looking for me should be bold enough to publish my imagined crime and serve me via other means. I will receive it in the creeks and respond appropriately. Of course, no one wants to engage me legally and intellectually. God has made small me unmatchable in those areas. I will continue to speak the truth, not minding whose ox is gored. I am not missing and, ipso facto, not answerable to any law enforcement agency in this oppressive enclave. A place where people get shot at and brutally killed for merely voicing their displeasure at the country is indeed a cage for animals. A place where a prince’s palace gets invaded with the godless intention to silent him for speaking the truth is indeed a zoo too fierce for even the worst beast. Stop looking for me. Start working on Nigeria’s battered international image. I am at a loss as to why the mishandlers of Nigeria’s ailing, receding economy think there will not be repercussions for the killing of innocents in the name of tribe and religion. I do not see those occupants of the five Igbo Government Houses as humans; I see them as beasts in human forms.

But those looking for the available me should tell me why they think intimidation will force us to embrace this spooky unity against our wish. We are not herdsmen who are so hare-brained as to regard their herds of cattle more than they regard humans. We are thinkers, academics, and the enlightened. The South-South and South-East house the most vibrant occupants of Nigeria. We have all the resources that constitute the economic mainstay of Nigeria, all of which have been plundered vide the Land Use Act for years. Yes, for years our natural endowments have been taken without recompense for the landlords. I am guessing that is why some nitwits and conquered nincompoops still crusade about a unity that has ravaged our lands and taken our lives. A unity that is hinged on predatorial activities, vis-a-vis our God-given resources, is demonic. As children of the Most High God, we decided to confront this intractable problem, using the most peaceful tool – national and international agitation. Is that why we are being looked for and killed? Is that a reason why an educated Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s place was invaded and his two cousins killed? Does this dowse or stoke the fire of the agitation?

You are looking for a Russell Idatoru Bluejack that has removed criminals from the streets of Port Harcourt by teaching them and giving them reasons to be educated? You are looking for a Russell that started delivering tutorials to candidates for WASSCE and JAMB at the age of 19? What business does an educated and law-abiding Russell have with security agencies? Stop looking for the wrong people. Shekau, the arrowhead of Boko Haram, is there. Herdsmen rape and invade lands, destroy crops, and even kill innocents. When will you look for these menace to the society? When will you invade these social scourges and prove to the world that Nigeria is not the zoo we all call it? Every time innocents get impugned, Nigeria becomes a horrible zoo. Nigeria has become too dangerous for anything that breathes and thinks. Now that it is pellucid that Nigeria is owned by Hausa/Fulani, is it a crime that others want to go? Yes, Nigeria is the property of Hausa/Fulani because every crime perpetrated by criminals from that region becomes a NORM. Did someone get the message? Those looking for me should note that I, Russell Idatoru Bluejack, am looking for something. I am looking for FREEDOM. Freedoooooooooooom, where are you? We will not stop! In fact, the tempo of our academic activities just received a boost. Tuale to every Biafran, dead and alive! We love God. He is everything to us. Our hope and trust are in God, the Maker of man, the Creator of heaven and earth. We call him Chukwuokikeabiama, Tamuno, Tamara, Nanowei, Abasi, Oghene etc.

Our message has flown and possessed people all over the world. We are whiter than white, fearless, and divinely resolute. All hail Biafra!

[Russell Idatoru Bluejack is a thinker, revolutionary writer, university tutor, and socio-economic and political analyst that fires from the creeks in the coastal part of Biafraland.]

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