Former Military Head of State Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has urged Igbos to always allow their positive impacts be felt amongst host ethnic communities in the country and work towards promoting the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
Babangida made the declaration when he granted audience to the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, led by IDA President Chief Chikezie Okezie and the Eze Igbo of Minna, Eze Pampas Ngozi Wahiwe.
Nigerians, including Igbos, the former Head of State said, should ensure they uphold the ideals of the country’s Independence founding fathers, adding that,
“an indivisible Nigeria is very necessary and we must do everything possible to remain as one family though we differ in tribes and tongue.”
Babangida appreciated the Igbos for being very enterprising and determined to succeed by expanding into all parts of the country for business exploits, as he urged the community to use the same spirit of enterprise to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians in all that they do, especially their host communities.
The former leader, who said he once wished to spend part of his life in the eastern part of the country, reminded every Nigerian that,
“the indivisibility of the country is non-negotiable and this we must all promote at all times.”
“You have done well to keep Nigeria together,” Babangida who expressed appreciation to the delegation, said, adding that the Igbo are known for traveling far and wide exploring new frontiers and business opportunities.
The delegation had earlier told the retired General that the purpose of the visit was to congratulate him on his 78th Birthday, praying that God continues to grant him strength and wisdom to offer advice that would help Nigeria in solving its teething problems.
The Eze Igbo of Minna, Pampas Wahiwe, and IDA President were unanimous in their resolve that, “as an elder statesman, Ibrahim Babangida’s wise counsel is very much needed at this point in our national life.”
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Some Igbo groups have demanded the expulsion and arrest of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, for allegedly holding clandestine meeting against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The group also claimed that he lacked the vision to move the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation forward.
The groups, comprising Igbo Unity Union, Nsukka Diaspora Forum UK, Igbo Bu Igbo Association, France Chapter, Congress of Ebonyi State Women and Igbo National Youths, also accused Nwodo of fleeing the country to Europe to evade arrest.
They spoke on Saturday during a solidarity visit to the Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, in Enugu.
Led by Odum Nwachukwu, Dr Ugwuoke, Maduka Igwe, Dr Chioma Ndioma and Mr Ani Robert, the groups lauded what they termed Okwukwu’s vision, which according to them, didn’t make Ndigbo put their eggs in one basket during the last general elections.
The groups stated, “We note that Igbo would have committed a political suicide had Ohanaeze secretary general not taken a more informed position which nobody can fault and which would make Igbo to have a stake in the Buhari government contrary to false perception.
“We jointly demand the immediate arrest of Nwodo, who fled Nigeria recently in an attempt to evade prosecution and we know he is currently seeking cover in Europe. We call on security agents to pick him up because of the clandestine meeting he’s holding with those fighting Buhari government.”
When contacted for his reaction, Nwodo asked our correspondent to send him a text message which he had yet responded to as of 9pm on Saturday. (Punch)
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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the Igbo had failed woefully in politics.
The outgoing governor gave two reasons to back his claim.
Okorocha said this while briefing reporters at the government House in Owerri on Monday.
He noted that one of the reasons was that the Igbo people failed to accept the light coming to them.
He also said that the Igbo did not appreciate the person who came to assist them.
Okorocha further described what is delaying his certificate of return as “the game of politics,” adding that he was confident that the certificate as Senator-elect for Imo West, would be given to him.
Okorocha also challenged civil servants in the state, to open up whether his government was owing them.
On the Imo West senatorial election, he added, “elections have come and gone and we are dealing with the outcome.
“For the Imo West senatorial election, somebody said that he declared the result under duress. The truth is that the gentleman was employed to do a hatchet job and he could not do that.
“The drama is that he had another option he wanted to declare it in Owerri, at first he said there was no result and at a point he entered the toilet and suddenly he saw the results sheets and shouted who dropped this result here. What it means is that there is a game.
“I think that the INEC, should do the needful. We are in court and I think that we don’t need much procedure to do the right thing.”
Okorocha added, “After that declaration, Imo PDP, went to town with the allegation that I have withdrew N17 billion. It is not possible.
“I have said this time without number, and I gave banks in Nigeria, seven days ultimatum to come and tell the world If I have borrowed from the banks any money not only that, I am not owing any worker in Imo state, I also challenged them in seven days to come out and say the truth.
“I am happy to bow out of government but I want to appeal that there should be peace in the land. There should be tolerance in the land. I here that they are counting my property, they should also go to Abuja, and count the ones in Abuja.
“Igbo have failed politically for two reasons, not to accept the light that has come to them and also not to appreciate the leaders that have come to help them.”
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How does one identify an enemy of a race? An enemy of a race is such that fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another contemporary cultural race. In answering the above question, it is important to critically examine the threatening harmful variables, which includes religion, targeted mission and cultural activities, that are capable of inflicting injuries to the existence of a particular race.
Firstly, let’s consider the attributes of Ndigbo in Nigeria of today. The Igbo people have an ancestral homelands and merchandise engagements that expose them to leave their respective state of origin to creating of various business centers in various cities, towns, villages and settlements in Nigeria.
Although,the Ndigbo outside their ancestral homelands are mostly practicing Christians and they are traditionally endowed in alignments with the Oodua culture and heritage spirituality.
Whereas, foreign Fulani herdsmen had no particular ancestral homelands in Nigeria. The Fulani herdsmen are operating under an umbrella organisation, recognised as Miyetti Allah. The memberships of the Miyetti Allah Group are the full-blooded descendants of the Islamic Jihadist warlords that invaded the ancient territory of Hausa Kingdom in around year 1804.
The Jihadist then successfully subsumed and subjugated the entire Hausa race under the Islamic /Sharia injunction and authority. The Miyetti Allah Group used the herdsmen, who are their ancestral foot soldiers or militias to penetrates any targeted races, tribes or communities to realize their ancestral hegemonic agenda.
Unfortunately, the British colonialists that invaded the southern indigenous lands to destroyed most great kingdoms/dynasties that are flourishing then, in which Oodua race was the center attraction ….. worked out a devilish political arrangement with the Jihadist before they left. The insistence, the Fulani Jihadist maintained an hegemonic network of coverage, otherwise known as 1st Republic Grazing Routes for their militias herdsmen. It was revealed that various unreasonable attitudes and political schemings led to the brutal action from the 5 Majors, who are mostly Ndigbo officers, on the 15th January, 1966 coup in Nigeria.
Undoubtedly, the summary of the main objectives of the 5 Majors were to change the direction of Nigeria from the vicious leadership that suddenly landed to the hands of the Jihadists and the release of Chief Obafemi Awolowo from prison custody to take over as the Nation’s leader for a new direction.
Again, in what appeared to be a replay of 1966 coup was the failed 1990 coup of Young Military Revolutionary Officers, who are mostly Middle-beltan and Southern officers, headed by late Major Gideon Okar. The coup announcement was directed at the elimination of 3 states considered to be the base of authority of the Jihadists within the Nigeria system.
Where are we today, since Nigeria now have a core Fulani President and his Cabal in charge of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Since 2015, that a core Fulani man assumed the Federal Authority, the ever known federal character system that was conspicuously entrenched inside the obviously crude constitution was abandoned. To the extent that all the Security Agencies are currently headed by Fulani men.
It is no more news about the mass influx and invasions of foreign Fulani Herders into Nigeria since 2015. The horrific displays of the open hegemonic missions over the indigenous Middle-beltans and Southerners call for deep reflections by any reasonable indigenous leader.
This is so, as the Fulani Herdsmen has continuously and successfully attacked several communities to the extent that the indigenous people have to abandoned their ancestral homelands to remain inside as Internally Displaced Camps (IDP-camps). While in a very pathetic and irritating scenarios, some of the attacked (now abandoned) community lands are now becomes the settlement areas for these Fulani invaders. And to the embarrassing note of renaming those attacked communities with Fulani FUFULDI language as the new identity…… as the original owners of the lands continue to stay inside various IDP camps.
Whereas our Fulani led Federal Government Presidency remain mute over these obvious sacrilegious hegemonic intentions. The same national security neglects which openly happened in Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, Taraba, Kaduna etc States. Barely one week that President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner for additional four-year term , no one can estimate the number of indigenous natives killed again in the quest for the foreign Fulani settlements… on cattle ranches /colonies being sponsored by Miyetti Allah Group.
Presently, all the entire Oodua forests are no more safe in the hands of these same foreign Fulani herdsmen, who could be considered as the advance party to the about to come main Fulani groups. This is what I think the Yoruba political leaders ought to flex their muzzle over, because if care is not taken quickly, Oodua culture and heritage value may be going into extinction!
Comparably, there are cries all over the other ends of most Ndigbo homesteads within most Igbo States in the forefront of these same foreign Fulani Herdsmen. The Ndigbo are seriously grouping to see the realization of their Independence State of Biafra as the only option to avoid the impending Fulani cruel intentions over their land.
Coincidentally, some knowledgeable Oodua people too, are sounding for the actualization of ODUDUWA Republic, as solution to their advancement and progress.
Regrettably, the Middle-beltan traditional heritage honours are almost gone the way Hausa race are subjugated to Islamic authority. By analysing the continuous genocides committed/perpetrating by the foreign Fulani militias over the indigenous natives.
Meanwhile, there have been series of Military Operation Python Dances moving everywhere within the cities and towns in the Southern Nigeria. One quick need to reason deeply while, any of the Military Python Dances refused to enter inside either Oodua or Ndigbo forests to dance with those foreign Fulani militias who come out at will to kill, rape, kidnap, rob etc since all these years.
Seemingly, who is really the enemy in this context? Is it Ndigbo that is enemy to Oodua race or is it Oodua race tha this the enemy to the Igbo land?
It is conceivably possible to believe that Ndigbo can never achieve their long struggle of independence without collaboration with Yoruba race. So also, it is imperative to note that Oodua heritage preservation will remain a dream without the support of the same Igbo people. The Middle-beltans may not likely get the relief necessary without the cooperation of both Yoruba and the Igbo people. Why then do the Igbo and Yoruba need to be at each others throats everytime? Serious understanding is urgently needed to move the two nations forward.
Arise my Oodua and Ndigbo people, let’s come together for a common front for the benefit of the coming generations! We can simply do it together, it is a give and take strategies………
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The apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze, has flayed the Federal government over the recent reorganisation at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
It said the lopsided nature of the exercise was a confirmation of the disdain the incumbent administration has for the South East.
President-General of the body, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said the marginalisation of the South East in the reorganisation showed that President Muhammadu Buhari’sstatement that the unity of Nigeria was settled and non-negotiable was mere lip service.
Nwodo who stated this in a statement he personally signed, said the president must revisit the exercise in the interest of peace, unity and good governance.
The NNPC, last Tuesday, announced fresh appointments and deployments of top executive officers across the value chain of its operations.
Nwodo said the reorganisation, which involved 55 top executives of the corporation, was not only appalling but also betrayed“consistent and unrepentant dispositionof disdain for the South East by the Buhari administration.”
He stressed that the Ohanaeze had thought that following the president’s declaration in a broadcast recently that Nigeria’s unity was settled and non-negotiable,he would take all necessary actions in his governance to achieve it.
However, it noted that the NNPC shake up had not shown that the administration was walking its talk.
“This brazen disregard, marginalisation and non-compliance with the Federal character provisions in our Constitution are the causes of lack of confidence, which our youths have in our present governance structure.
“As long as President Buhari continues to live out his speech abroad that his government will favour those who voted 97 per cent for him against those who voted 5 per cent for him so long will the dissatisfaction and unrest in our polity subsist,” Nwodo warned.
He added: “There is no oil well anywhere in Northern Nigeria. Four of the five states in the South East have proven oil resources some of which provide our nation’s revenue, yet our people are not found fit to be adequately represented in a key corporate institution like the NNPC.”
He restated call to the president to revisit this recent reorganisation exercise in NNPC in the name of God and in the spirit of the ongoing festivity being celebrated in this season and in the promotion of unity and good governance.
Fifty-five top management staff of NNPC were affected in the shake-up.
Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the exercise would not only help to position the Corporation for the challenges ahead but would also fill the gaps created due to statutory retirements of staff.
According to a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, under the new arrangement, Roland Ewubare, formerly managing director of the Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) moved to the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) as the new group general manager while Diepriye Tariah, former group general manager and senior technical assistant to the NNPC GMD takes over from Ewubare as MD of IDSL.
Malami Shehu, executive director (operations) of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) was appointed managing director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) while Adewale Ladenegan, former MD of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) was moved to KRPC as MD.
In the same vein, Muhammed Abah, until recently, the executive director (operations) of WRPC succeeded Ladenegan as MD of Warri Refinery.
With the retirement of Alhaji Farouk Ahmed as the MD of the Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC), Umar Ajiya, former GGM in charge of Corporate Planning and Strategy (CP&S) assumed duty as MD of NPMC while Bala Wunti, former, General Manager, Downstream, GMD’s office took charge as GGM CP&S among other changes. (The Sun)