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Nnamdi Kanu Inaugurates Biafra Secret Service (VIDEO) |The Republican News

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A video showing the leader of‎ the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, inspecting the ‘Biafra Secret Service’ has gone viral on the internet.

The video showed some of the purported ‘BSS officers’ dressed in black attire and red beret.

Kanu could be seen walking around and in between them, inspecting what can be described as a guard of honour.
See footage posted on Instagram below:

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Northern Group Warns Nnamdi Kanu Against Inflammatory Remarks Against Northerners

 

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IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

 

FROM: PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI

Some youths under the aegis of the North East Unity Forum (NEUF) have warned the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu against inflammatory statements against northerners and their leaders.

Chairman of the Forum, Comrade Alkassim Nuhu Abdulkadir, disclosed this while addressing a press conference at late Sir Abubakar Tafawa tomb, Bauchi, on Tuesday, saying they stand by agitation of Patriotic

A coalition of Northern groups.

Abdulkadir said: “We hereby reaffirm an unflinching support for the

the patriotic coalition of Northern groups and advise Nnamdi Kanu and his

rowdy crowd to desist from making further inflammatory remarks against our people and our leaders”

According to him, unruly crowd in the south eastern part of this

the country led by Kanu had for quite a long been disturbing the peace of

the nation with the greater emphasis on northerners whom they call

“baboons in zoo” and other derogatory names which “we are not ready to tolerate it any longer”

He continued,  “That is why we feel duty bound to break the silence

on the unhealthy development introduced into the country by some self-seeking unpatriotic elements who preach hates, incitement and violence in the name of agitation for an independent Biafran nation”

He said the Northeast Unity Forum  condemned Dr. Usman Bugaje’s hostility towards the Patriotic Coalition,  stressing that “more pronounced in its hostility to the patriotic Northern Coalition is the contraption fronted by certain Usman Bugaje, which persisted in muscling the coalition in to partisanship in favour of presidential aspiration of a north east politician with an open preference for the Igbo at the expense of Northern interest.”

Abdulkadir stressed that the Forum sees Dr Usman Bugaje moves through the lens “to cowardly sabotage” and wishes to “advice him to shed the cloak of intrigue and come into the open to test his popularity against the overwhelming interest of Majority northerners.”

He, however, urged Northerners to continue to support the peaceful pursuit of a united and prosperous Nigeria as championed by the coalition of Patriotic Northern groups to disregard the anti-North schemes of Dr Bugaje and his fellow conspirators. (The Sun)

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Nnamdi Kanu Isn’t An Igbo Leader, He Is A Kid, Igbo Are Marginalised, Says Joe Igbokwe

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Joe Igbokwe, a politician and an Igbo, tells BAYO AKINLOYE about his relationship with the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and why he is not in support of any movement for an independent state of Biafra

Do you believe that Igbo are being marginalised?

Yes, Igbo have been marginalised in Nigeria since the end of the Civil War in 1970. It is a deliberate, systemic, and strategic marginalisation. We have six zones in Nigeria. In the North-East, there are six states; the North-West has seven states; the North-Central has six states; the South-West has six states; the South-South has six states but the South-East has five states. This imbalance has left Igbo with the least number of states, local government areas, governors, ministers, senators, House of Representatives members, and House of Assembly members. It is the same thing with revenue allocation, both in the state and local governments, and federal appointments, to mention a few.

If you grant one additional state to the South-East today, the region will at once have one more governor, one state capital, more senators and House of Representatives members, more local government councils, one more House of Assembly, a federal university, a polytechnic, one more minister, ambassadors, thousands of jobs and take-off grants. Nigeria must do this now and it is going to change a lot of things, calm nerves and (resolve) agitations. We must do this and the time is now. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s constitutional conference approved one additional state for the South-East in 2006. The region has yet to get it.

Nnamdi Kanu has become a popular figure in the South-East, recognised by prominent personalities. Don’t you think he is the new leader that can truly lead the Igbo?

The late Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has done his bit, Ralph Nwazurike has done his bit and he is still fighting. Nnamdi Kanu has also joined but his method of agitation is potentially dangerous and frightening. Nnamdi Kanu became popular by abusing other Nigerians – calling Nigeria a zoo and preaching hate and ethnic bigotry. Hate speech can lead to an exchange of hot words, and the next ( the thing that can happen) is war. Once there is a full-scale war, thousands or millions will die. After the loss of the 2015 (presidential) election, which Igbo never thought Jonathan would lose, hell was let loose. The colossal and tragic loss led some Igbo leaders to believe in anybody that will throw as many stones as possible at the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari. I can understand this. They did not play better politics as they put all their eggs in one basket. Kanu became what they needed to fight back.

Now you must hear this: Kanu is not an Igbo leader and can never be one. He is a kid. The Holy Book says: ‘Woe betides a nation whose leader is a child.’ We have competent, trusted and tested leaders in Igbo land. We have millions who do not believe in the so-called Biafra and when the chips are down, you will hear them loud and clear. Leading a sophisticated and hard-working tribe like the Igbo is not an all-comers affair. It is for the serious-minded; the cerebral; the educated; the cultured; and experienced. We have yet to know Nnamdi Kanu’s pedigree, temperament, antecedents, and education. You cannot put a crown on a clown and expect a king. If a blind man leads a blind man, both of them will fall into a pit. Kanu – with all due respect – cannot lead the Igbo. This I know, all things considered. What we need now is a war of sense and not a war of bullets.

But do you support his call for a state of Biafra?

Support for a state of Biafra? No, sir, and I say this with all emphasis in my command and with all the energy at my disposal. I have my reasons. One, South-East is too small for Igbo enterprise. Two, diversity should be a big plus in Nigeria and not a minus. We are better united with justice, equity and fair play. Three, Igbo have invested heavily in the ‘project Nigeria’ so much so that throwing away their monumental investments for the sake of a small Biafra is tantamount to committing political, economic and social suicide. Four, all Nigerians have paid the price of the unity of this country with millions of souls (lost) between 1966 and 1970. Therefore, we must work hard to remain one nation – for one destiny and one God. Five, given the history of Igbo and their republican attitude, I do not think we can manage one another in Biafra. Biafra may turn out to be another South Sudan because of leadership tussle and struggle for power and positions. Six, Biafra is landlocked. Seven, Nigeria provides a big space for Igbo to operate. I can go on and on to give you 10 reasons but time and space will not permit me.

Why do you think prominent national figures like Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, and Dr Alex Ekwueme from the South-East have publicly associated with Kanu?

I do not think Ekwueme, Amechi, and Prof. Nwabueze are supporting Nnamdi Kanu for Biafra. They are advocates of the restructuring (of the country) who are using Biafra agitation as a tool of blackmail to achieve their desired objectives of getting a restructured Nigeria. Their tactical support is not an endorsement for Biafra. This I know.

So far, it would appear the Indigenous People of Biafra have gone about their agitation without employing violence and the government has been criticised for trampling on IPOB members’ rights, with claims that some of them were killed by security operatives and others left in jail to languish without being tried. Do you think that’s right?

IPOB in deed and in word has not been making their agitation without violence. Have you ever listened to Radio Biafra? They preach hate, violence and war. I saw a video of Nnamdi Kanu in the United States asking Igbo residing there for money to buy arms to fight other Nigerians. I know what they told him. Hate speech leads to war and war leads to deaths and, therefore, IPOB preaches violence. In the South-East, they extort money from traders after intimidating them. They harass citizens and threaten them with violence. They intimidate them to close their shops. I suspect that they bear arms also. They have talents for mischief. This is potentially dangerous. IPOB is exposing Igbo to another war and this is unacceptable.

Don’t you think Odumegwu Ojukwu would have thrown his weight behind Kanu if he were alive today?

I do not think Ojukwu would have supported violence through hate speech and abuse of other Nigerians. Ojukwu would have known that there are millions of Igbo residing and doing their business outside Igbo land. Ojukwu would not have thrown his weight behind anybody that will endanger Igbo lives and property across Nigeria. Now, have you asked yourself why the Arewa youths issued the notice to quit to Igbo residing in the North? They did so because nobody has monopoly of violence or hate speech. They did so because prominent Igbo leaders kept quiet while Nnamdi was preaching hate and is still preaching hate to date. They did so to demonstrate that there can be balance of terror and hate.

If you feel Kanu isn’t fit to be Igbo leader in the mould of Ojukwu, who can?

The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, is there. The five (South-East) governors are also there. There are also other prominent leaders in Igbo land. We have never sat down to pick one Igbo leader in Igbo land. Maybe time has come for us to do so because of Nnamdi Kanu’s nuisance value. When elders are not at home, children may wear snakes as necklaces.

Do you think the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and IPOB deserve the kind of treatment they’ve been getting from the government?

What treatment have they been getting? Please go back to history. No section of this country can be said to be free from this kind of treatment. Do you know what the Yoruba went through or what they suffered between 1993 and 1998? Do you know what the northerners suffered during the Maitasine and Boko Haram crisis? No serious government will sit down and allow a group to become a threat to national unity. An intelligent and well-informed approach is the way to go. Constructive engagement is the way forward. With common sense – even though common sense is not so common – we can get the world to pay attention to us. Violence, hate speech, and ethnic bigotry bring war and people will die.

With the enforcement of the stay-at-home protest by IPOB, do you still deny the fact that Igbo are firmly behind Kanu?

May we never use the sit-at-home protest Igbo do every year on May 30 to remember the fallen heroes to think that it is an endorsement of Biafra. It is not, please. May 30 means so many things to so many Igbo. Yes, we lost the war but we have not forgotten the consequences.

Have you met Kanu before and do you have any relationship with him?

I have not met Nnamdi Kanu before and I have no relationship with him. I offered to have a debate with him, so that the world will know the content of his inner chambers when he said he would defeat seven professors in a debate on Biafra, but he ran away. I wanted to use that debate to bring to the fore his carriage, his thoughts, and inner disposition. He did not accept the challenge. I also made public my story and asked Nnamdi to do the same. He kept quiet. The young man has nothing to offer. Someone said he is an over-bloated (sic) kid with a protozoan intellect.

If you were to meet Kanu face to face, what would you tell him?

I would tell him that the fundamentals have changed for anybody to talk and think about Biafra at this present stage and age. I would tell Nnamdi Kanu that with equity, justice and fair play, a united Nigeria is a better option (than Biafra). We must also work with other Nigerians to get a Nigeria of our dream. Building a nation is not as easy as milking a cow. Difficult situations require difficult solutions. Biafra is not the solution. (Punchng.com)

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Nnamdi Kanu Shuts Down Onitsha, Insist On Anambra Election Boycott|RN

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•Insists Anambra election won’t hold

Human and vehicular movements were temporarily grounded in Onitsha and Nkwele Ezunaka, Anambra State as the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu visited the areas yesterday.

In particular, the 3-3 road to Onitsha city was blocked as supporters stormed the venue of the event.

Kanu,  who arrived at about 1.30pm, walked around the field,  waving and cheering his supporters after which he stood at the centre of the field and prayed God for a speedy restoration of Biafra state.

He later addressed the crowd, saying he brought the message that governorship election will not hold on November 18, 2017, in Anambra State as scheduled, calling on every Biafran to boycott it.

The IPOB leader later proceeded to Nkwele Ezunaka with his entourage, where other supporters were waiting and prayed for prompt freedom for the people of Biafra whom he said have been enslaved for years in Nigeria.

Speaking to Daily Sun, Kanu dismissed the insinuation that the boycott of November 18 election may attract state of emergency and possible appointment of a military administrator, saying there would be no vacuum that may warrant such.

He stated that there is a constitutional provision that on the expiration of the tenure of the governor, the speaker of the House of Assembly will take over, until after referendum when an election would be conducted for the state.

On the restructuring of Nigeria, he said it won’t work because according to him, such arrangement has never worked before now, like the ‘Aburi Accord’.

“I am not condemning restructuring of the country, but, it is not workable, it has not worked before; Aburi never worked, Decree R after the civil war never worked. So, why should this one work, that is why I’m against it? I want total freedom for Biafra,” Kanu said.

He stressed that there would be no election across the Biafran region until the referendum is conducted for its exit.

“We brought the gospel of the restoration of the kingdom of Heaven, which is Biafra and the emancipation and redemption of our people, which comes by the boycott of November 18 governorship election.

“The boycott will not attract any vacuum or state of emergency because the constitution provides for replacement of the governor in case of death, vacation or whatever circumstance that may have led to not producing the governor or deputy.

“In other words, the Constitution provides that the speaker of the House of Assembly will take over government on the interim basis and that is going to happen in Anambra State.

“The people of Anambra must boycott the governorship election and further elections, for Biafra to come until we get the date for a referendum. “ (The Sun)

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Form Party To Test Your Popularity, Edozie Madu Tells Nnamdi Kanu |RN

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The National Chairman of the Independent Democrats, Chief Edozie Madu, has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra lacks the power to stop any election in the country.

He described IPOB’s threat to disrupt the November 18 poll in Anambra State as empty.

The ID leader spoke in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Tuesday, while inaugurating the party’s women league and a 10-man committee of the party in the state ahead of the governorship election in the state.

He said, “If  Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB thinks  his movement is popular  he should form  a political party where he will have all the powers and legitimacy to participate in elections the way  he thinks.

“We are  fully prepared and ready for the Anambra governorship election. We don’t listen to such talks. We don’t want to be distracted because we are out to win. No party has presence in the 21 local government areas and 326 wards in the state as ID.

Madu asked the committees to mobilise the people of the state to vote ID in the November 18 poll.

He condemned the Sunday killings by unknown gunmen at Ozubulu, describing them as barbaric and satanic.

He expressed optimism that  the President  Muhammadu Buhari administration would not allow the perpetrators of such dastardly act to go unpunished, adding that the Anambra massacre was a wake-up call to security agencies to work harder at creating a crime-free society.  (Punchng.com)

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Ambode Will Deal With Kanu If He Tries To Hold Rally In Lagos – Lagos Lawmaker

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A Lagos state lawmaker has fired warning to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who threatened to hold a rally in Lagos.

While speaking in exclusive interview with The Independent, Honourable Segun Olulade, lawmaker representing Epe constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, warned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to steer clear of Lagos if he does not want to incur the wrath of Lagosians and the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The IPOB leader has earlier vowed to take his protest to Lagos, Nigeria’s economic and commercial capital and shut down the state in his bid to draw support for the actualization of Biafra republic.

Speaking in a chat on Monday, Olulade, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, said Governor Ambode and Lagosians will not fold their hands and allow anyone disturb the peace that is enjoyed by residents in the state.

He said; “I think as a state, we will be ready to curtail any act of insecurity in Lagos state. We will not fold our hands and allow anybody to cause crisis and breakdown of law and order in the state.

“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will deal decisively with anyone threatening to shut down the state. If any fellow is threatening to shut down our state, he should go back to where he is coming from. He is not welcome in Lagos state. Lagosians will resist it.

“The government of Lagos will resist it and we will ensure that nobody truncates the peace we enjoy in Lagos. I see his threat to hold a rally and shut down Lagos state as an empty threat. Lagos is not like any other state.”

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Biafra: Northern Group Alerts 8 Presidents Of International Community Over Nnamdi Kanu, Biafra Agitation|RN

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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has told the international community to blame Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) if there is an outbreak of violence in the country. The coalition also accused Igbo religious and political leaders of issuing half-hearted condemnations of the activities IPOB, the reason for which it has made fresh formal complaints about the IPOB leader’s conduct to international bodies.

Among those whom the CNG said it has alerted through official communication are the

President of the United Nations General Assembly,

President of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August,

President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR).

Others are Chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM),

President of the African Court of Peoples and Human Rights in Banjul,

The Gambia; Chairman of the African Commission on People’s and Human Rights, Speaker of the Pan-African Parliament,

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security,

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Chairman and Executive Board members of the National Commission on Human Rights.

“We are compelled to insist on this line of action based on our belief that the sole motivating factor behind Kanu’s action is to bring about a major ethnic and religious crisis across the country. While we faithfully await action from the Federal Government of Nigeria and the international community, we initiated a series of town hall meetings in major cities of the three geopolitical zones of the North,” stated CNG.

The group recalled that it met in June when it examined the impediments to national integration and identified IPOB’s agitation for Biafra as the major factor currently impeding Nigeria’s stability. As a result, CNG said it took a position, through the Kaduna Declaration, which contained an ultimatum to Igbo people resident in the North to leave by 1 October. The declaration also contained a similar order to Northerners resident in the South-East to quit by the same date.

The coalition said it followed this up with a petition to the Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as major foreign diplomatic missions.

“We drew attention to the emerging trends in the country that are pregnant with complications and unforeseen consequences. We can proudly say, today, that this objective has to a large extent been achieved as the Biafran issue, which was neglected for 50 years, has now been brought to the front burner of our national discourse,” CNG added.

As a result of its initiatives, CNG explained that it has held meetings with many peace-loving groups, agencies, religious, cultural and traditional leaders with a view to achieving peace and stability.

Among those it met, disclosed CNG, were the Sultan of Sokoto, Northern Governors Forum and the National Peace Committee, which CNG charged with the responsibility of harmonizing previous and future efforts to resolve the crisis.

The first of such meetings was held in Kano on 3 August. At the end of the meeting, CNG said it opened a dialogue with Igbo leaders in the 19 Northern states. The dialogue was facilitated by the State Security Services and supported by the Kano State government.

On account of the new the new lines of communication, CNG said it will make definite pronouncements at an international press conference in Abuja on Monday, August 14, 2017.

“We appreciate the concern of the State Security Services, Kano Command, in facilitating peace processes and the government of Kano state for its support and cooperation,” CNG said.

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