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First Edition Of Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ Sells For N1m |The Republican News

 

A first print, first edition of Things Fall Apart and the author, Chinua Achebe.

A first print, first edition copy of late Chinua Achebe’s premier novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ has been sold for one million Naira.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the private sale took place on Twitter following a call by author, Lola Shoneyin for collectors to purchase the vintage copy.

Shoneyin, who is well-known for her book ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’, tweeted that the copy was available on Sunday.

She said, “Hey book collectors! My friend is selling a first print, first edition copy of ‘Things Fall Apart’ for N1m. Reply here and she will contact you.”

Fans of Achebe’s work took to the comment section to praise the work, with some placing bids. However, she announced hours later that the book had been bought by an anonymous buyer.
She tweeted, “The book has been bought by an anonymous buyer.”

Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. ‘Things Fall Apart’, his first novel, is often considered his best. He won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

‘Things Fall Apart’ was published in 1958; its story chronicles pre-colonial life in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century.

It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim.

The novel follows the life of Okonkwo, an Igbo man and local wrestling champion in the fictional Nigerian clan of Umuofia.

The work is divided into three parts, with the first describing his family, personal history, and the customs and society of the Igbo.

Other parts, chronicled the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community.

(NAN)

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Python Dance 2 Drove Away Nnamdi Kanu From South East, Says Buratai |RN

PHILIP NWOSU

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Monday attributed the escape of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu as one of the major successes of Exercise Egwu Eke II.

The Army Chief who spoke at the flag off of the third edition of the military maneuver Exerciser Egwu Eke III in Lagos said: “One of the important achievement of the Exercise held in 2016 was the escape of Nnamdi Kanu; let him come and face the battle if he wishes.”

General Buratai said if Nnamdi Kanu dared, the python would have swallowed him, warning other criminal elements and those planning to cause trouble in Lagos and Ogun states to stay clear or “the python will swallow them.”

He explained that the objective of the military maneuver was to reinvigorate all existing operations in the country with additional manpower, equipment and resources to address the lingering security problems in the country.

His words: Nigerians should be assured that at the end of the exercise which is also conducted simultaneously by other divisions in the army; the python must have swallowed all the bandits, rustlers, terrorists, kidnappers, robbers and militants in the country. The python will also swallow thugs and other miscreants that may raise their heads to disturb the peace in the country.”

General Buratai warned criminals within Lagos and Ogun states to flee or would be crushed by troops of the Exercise Egwu Eke 111.

He said: “The exercise is a realistic training package in internal security operations, clearance operations, emergency management, rescue operations, roadblocks, cordon-and-search as well as anti-kidnapping and anti-cultism.

“It is necessary to draw the attention of well-meaning Nigerians that while reporting issues of defense and security, they must have at the back of their minds, the importance of national security. Just as mentioned earlier, defense and national security are not all comer’s affairs. No one is permitted to divulge any information that is injurious to national security.

“This is contained in the Official Secret Act 1962. “Section 1(3) of this Act states that a person who transmits any classified matter to a person to whom is not authorised on behalf of the government to transmit it; or obtains, reproduces or retains any classified matter which he is not authorised on behalf of the government to obtain, reproduce or retain, as the case may be, is guilty of an offence.”

“l enjoined Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that this is the only country that we have and all efforts should be focused to save it from the claws of unpatriotic elements fighting to pull the country down. Giving out official information or spreading fake news is inimical to national security.”

General Buratai said that prior to EX EGWU EKE III, the Operation AWATSE had intensified operations to crack down the activities of illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism among others, adding that the operations conducted against economic sabotage by pipeline vandals and cultists as well as other criminals had achieved commendable successes. He said several vandals had been apprehended while other criminal elements especially cultists were on the run.

General Buratai said the momentum of the Operation Awatse must be sustained, pointing out that the military must continue to display professionalism in the discharge of its constitutional roles while acting in aid to civil authority.

“Do not provide any opportunity for criminal elements to infiltrate your ranks. You must also embark on civil-military relations activities like medical outreach and others.

“Let me use this opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Nigerian Army and our mandate in aid to civil authority. Accordingly, EX EGWU EKE III has the mandate to provide adequate protection and security for the good people of Nigeria.

“I am also calling on all law-abiding citizens to provide troops adequate support and cooperation, especially timely information to enable them to accomplish their task. I assure you of adequate logistic and operational support throughout the conduct of this exercise.

“You must deal decisively with the criminals and ensure that the right of law-abiding citizens is protected. I wish you good luck as we commence EX EGWU EKE III in 81 Div AOR and Nigeria.”  (The Sun)

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Uproar In Senate As Buhari Excludes South-South, South-East From EFCC Board |RN

Olalekan Adetayo, with agency report

There was a rowdy session in the  Senate on Tuesday over the four members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The senators were divided as the lawmakers from the South-East and the South-South protested the exclusion of the two geopolitical zones by the President in his nominations.

But the senators from the North, particularly the All Progressives Congress members, argued that the Senate should proceed with the confirmation of the nominees.

The division led to a resolution to suspend the confirmation for more legislative input.

The nominees whose names were submitted to the Senate for confirmation are Ndasule Moses (North-Central), Lawan Mamman (North-East), Galadanci Imam Najip (North-West) and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu (South-West).

The Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes led by Chukwuka Utazi had presented a report on the nominees to the plenary.

The committee recommended their confirmation on the basis of their “qualification, experience and suitability” for the job.

However, Utazi said the committee noted that the nominations did not reflect the Federal Character principle as the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones were excluded.

He stated, “The committee observed that three out of the four nominees were from the North-Central, North-East and North-West geopolitical zones, with only one nominee from the southern part of the country, that is South-West.

“The committee notes that this is not in strict compliance with the Federal Character Principle as provided for in section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The committee makes this observation to guide the Executive in future nominations,” Utazi said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that after the committee had presented its report,   senators Rabiu Kwankwaso (PDP Kano Central) and Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano North) supported its recommendation  that the nominees should be confirmed based on their “experience and competence.”

However, trouble began when Senator Victor Umeh (APGA-Anambra Central), rose to oppose the nominations because they would send more wrong signals about the fight against corruption.

The senator noted that “while the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, is from the North-East, the recently confirmed Secretary of the commission, Olanipkekun Olukoyede, is from the South-West and two of the nominees are from the North.”

Umeh said, “Mr President, we have continued to say this that there is a need to accommodate all parts of Nigeria in activities of government, particularly in appointing people into agencies of government.

“That has been the practice in this chamber, and on this issue of fight against corruption, the EFCC is a very important commission because the fight involves all parts of Nigeria.

“People are investigated in all parts of Nigeria and the commission cannot fight corruption to the satisfaction of all Nigerians if some parts of the country are not represented in it.”

He added, “This makes a total of four people from the North. The South-East and South-South are not accommodated in this commission.

“It is important that we include all regions in governing roles and in the fight against corruption, as it involves us all. All geopolitical zones should be included in this commission.”

He urged the Senate to be “bold enough” to step down consideration of the report and return the nomination to the Presidency.

Senator Matthew Urighide (PDP-Edo-South) supported Umeh, saying the exclusion of the South-South and the South-East would paint a bad picture.

Urighide also called on the Senate to step down consideration of the report until federal character was reflected in the nomination.

He stated, “Let us delegate people to look at the distribution of these appointments. I suggest that this matter be stood down while it is looked into.”

Eyinnaya Abaribe from Abia State also argued that the confirmation should be stepped down and nominees be returned to the President for reconsideration.

Asked by the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, to give more information on the composition of the EFCC board membership, Utazi said there were six positions, including the chairman and secretary.

He noted that the positions could go round the six geopolitical zones of the country, and give everyone a sense of justice, describing the “lopsidedness” as unfair to the excluded zones.

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe North), however, said as far as the nominations were concerned, no law was breached.

He said that they did not breach the EFCC Act which, he argued, was silent on the zones from which the members should be appointed.

Senator Ali Ndume also said the issue should not have been raised on the floor of the Senate since the chairman of the committee who is from the South-East did not raise the issue.

The chamber was thrown into pandemonium as the senators rose from their seats and yelled at each other, while the rowdiness lasted.

Efforts by Saraki to calm the angry lawmakers were unsuccessful. This prompted the lawmakers to go into a closed-door session, which lasted for 25 minutes.

It was at the session held behind closed doors that they agreed the confirmation be suspended for further legislative input.  (Punch)

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Don’t Boycott 2019 Elections, House Committee Warns South-East Residents |RN

The House of Representatives Committee on Electoral and Political Matters has advised residents of the South-East to shun agitations by pro-Biafra activists for the boycott of 2019 general election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam led a four-man team of the committee on an oversight visit to the Independent National Electoral Commission in Enugu State on Thursday.

Ujam, who represents Nkanu East/Nkanu West Federal Constituency, spoke in reaction to calls by some pro-Biafra groups for residents to boycott the election.

He urged the people residing in the South-East to participate actively in the election as a measure of enthroning good governance through which they can demand for redress on their perceived marginalisation.

He said the activities of the pro-Biafra groups were major setbacks in the various political efforts to let South-East residents vote massively in previous elections, so that their votes could count.

Ujam called on the people to “exhibit total sense of maturity by ignoring such calls’’.
The lawmaker urged the people to relay the message of mass participation in their respective constituencies.

He said such problems which hinged on voters’ apathy would be tackled head on this time around across the zone through sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns.

Ujam, said that the visit was to ascertain INEC level of preparedness ahead of the 2019 elections, assuring that the committee would tackle all issues raised by principal staff of the commission in the state.

Earlier, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, appraised the result of the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration in the state as very encouraging.

Ononamadu noted that INEC registered over 549,326 new voters during the exercise, but harped on the cancerous problem of `voters’ apathy’ in the South-East based on Biafra sentiments as a source of worry.

He also narrated the internal problems of lack of water and inconsistent power supply as some of the major problems confronting INEC offices in the state.      (NAN)

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

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

David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Address Injustice Suffered By South East During Civil War, Kalu Tells Buhari

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The former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu

Louis Ibah

The former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the injustices and human right abuses suffered by the people of the South East of Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafra civil war of 1967-1970, by the declaring the sub-region a ‘special area’.

Kalu, who spoke in an interview with aviation reporters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, shortly after arriving Nigeria from the United States of America (USA), also commended President Buhari for addressing the injustices associated with the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election, by posthumously acknowledging the election as free and fair, as well as declaring Chief MKO Abiola as the legitimate winner of that election.

Kalu said the recognition of the June 12 elections as legitimate and MKO Abiola as the winner has portrayed Buhari as a true democrat considering that his two predecessors (presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan) had failed to validate that election during their reigns.

The former governor, however, said President Buhari should extend the same gesture to the Chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, who superintended over the June 12, 1993 elections. He also sought Buhari’s extension of his reconciliation gesture to the people of the South East where millions of lives were lost and property destroyed during the civil war to assuage the feelings of hurt among the people of the region. Kalu said: “President Buhari has started a good thing by honouring Chief MKO Abiola and declaring June 12 as Democracy Day. Now that he is working, he should also remember Prof. Humfrey Nwosu, the man who conducted the freest and fairest election in Nigeria. Nwosu should also be honoured.

“And I want President Buhari to go a step further and declare the South East a special area, where people in the region were given ill-treatment during the war. People lost lives, they lost property, and they were given just 20 pounds.

“He has already made a good step by paying the Biafran police their entitlements. But, the region should be considered a special area by the government because, if that is added to what Buhari has done, in terms of those who lost their lives during the struggle for the actualisation of June 12 mandate, God will start forgiving Nigeria,” Kalu added.

Kalu also lauded Buhari for giving financial autonomy to the state judiciary and houses of assembly but urged that same autonomy be extended to the federal judiciary, noting that the independence of the judiciary is most fundamental to the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy. (The Sun)

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Sit-at-home: IPOB’s Order Was Partially Successful, As Parts Of SE, SS Failed To Obey

By Our Correspondents

 

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The plan by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to assert its control over the people of the South-East and some parts of the South-South failed in most parts of the two zones yesterday.

The order by the group to the Igbo to sit at home, as a mark of remembrance of the Biafran struggle, was not obeyed in totality.

Last year, at the peak of the popularity of the group, it had shut down the whole of the South-East and parts of the South-South on May 30.

Anambra

The sit-at-home in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State, was successful.

The Onitsha main market, as well as other markets, was shut down. Commercial banks and other big companies in both cities were also shut.

Motor parks in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka, the state capital, were deserted as not a single bus could be found on the road. As a result, roads were also deserted, especially in the early hours of the day.

In Awka, however, the main Eke Awka market opened in the morning following what was said to be an order from the government.

Leaders of the market had, on Tuesday, announced the closure of the market.

Also, the state secretariat was open with skeletal activities going on there. The courts opened for full sessions.

In Awka, banks opened their back doors for business for fear of attacks, but there was no report of any attack.

Ebonyi, Delta

In Ebonyi, the sit-at-home witnessed failure in the state.

In Abakaliki, the state capital, all the major markets, including the popular Abakaliki Main Market located along Gunning Road, Kpirikpiri market and Eke-Aba markets opened for business as buyers and sellers were seen transacting businesses when our correspondent visited at 10:30a.m.

The situation was the same as the mechanic village where artisans were seen doing their normal work.

All the schools in the state, both private and public, and filling stations opened for academic and commercial activities respectively.

However, few schools and shops at Nkaliki axis of the capital city refused to open for academic activities.

Although transport companies opened for activities, most of them refused to carry passengers to Asaba, Onitsha and Owerri.

Also, when New Telegraph visited banks in the capital city, normal commercial activities were ongoing.

Security agents made up of police, Army and Civil Defence were seen moving around streets and major roads in the capital city.

In the afternoon, a police helicopter was seen hovering around the capital city.

The sit-at-home order also failed in Delta State.

Public and private schools, banks, industries, shopping malls and marketplaces, especially the biggest Ogbogonogo Market, along the popular Nnebisi road in Asaba, the state capital, and the Midwifery Market along Okpanam road, were fully in session.

As early as 6 a.m. in Asaba yesterday, men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Crime Patrol, Safer Highways Patrol, Anti-Cult Patrol, Anti-Kidnapping Squad and the Eagle Eye Patrol, had mounted guards on the sensitive flash-points within the metropolis.

Enugu

In Enugu, there was partial compliance with the sit-at-home order.

But 21 members of the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF) were arrested by the police while marching to the Enugu Government House.

Our correspondent who moved round Enugu metropolis observed that security operatives were stationed at some strategic points while the mobile team patrolled the whole state, even as traffic in most roads were scanty.

Most public and private schools were shut even as the few public schools that opened witnessed low turnout of students, although some of the schools were said to be observing mid-term break.

Banks opened for business, but there was low patronage by customers, just as activities at the Enugu State Secretariat was at a low ebb as the premises were scanty and lacking the usual boisterous mien during normal working days when workers move around.

The ever-busy Coal Camp motor spare parts market and the Ogbete Main Market, as well as other markets in Enugu, were a ghost of what they used to be as most shops remain shut, with only food vendors and drinking joints holding sway.

Similarly, the ever-busy Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Shopping Complex along Ogui Road, Enugu was a ghost town as all the shops were shut.

Many traders and artisans were seen at various drinking joints.

Meanwhile, members of the BZF, led by their self-acclaimed President, Benjamin Onwuka, were at the Enugu Government House as early as 7a.m. with Biafra flags.

The group had earlier vowed to be at the Government House on May 30 for the purpose of declaration of Biafra Republic.

Our correspondent reports that upon their arrival at the Government House gate, they were rounded up by security operatives.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP) Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest of 21 agitators.

Our correspondent learnt that Onwuka and about 20 other members of the group were arrested while others escaped.

Imo

In Imo, residents defied the order as they freely went about their businesses ignoring the directive.

Unlike the last time it happened, markets, business offices, eatery joints and filling stations were all in full operations.

Not even the commercial banks which are usually careful and sensitive to issues of agitation were shut, as the Bank Road and banking hall bustled with activities.

The order did not stop civil servants, teachers and school children from reporting to their places of work and learning. Hawkers were not left out as the Bank Road/Assumpta Road hawkers were seen doing brisk business.

However, there was a heavy presence of security operative across the city.                       (New Telegraph)

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