Gunmen abduct policewoman, daughter, 4 others in Kaduna
From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
A popular Igbo businessman, Emmanuel Eze, has been abducted by an unidentified gang of gunmen in Kano State.
The victim, sources said, was picked up at gunpoint at his residence at Kore Town, Dambatta Local Government Area of Kano State at about 10 00 pm on Thursday.
It is not clear if his abduction was intended for ransom or for some other motives as the abductors were yet to communicate with the family of the victim as at press time.
According to eyewitnesses, the bandits who arrived the town in large numbers shot sporadically before whisking away their victim.
It was gathered that the victim was shot in his ear to get him to cooperate before he was taken into custody.
Kano State Police Commissioner, Sumaila Dikko has since confirmed the incident and has dispatched his men to the scene of the crime.
Kano Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who spoke on behalf of his principal on Friday, explained that: “bandits kidnapped Emmanuel Eze in his provision store at Kore in Danbatta Local Government Area. Teams of Policemen have been mobilised for possible rescue and arrest of culprits.”
1 year in office: Buhari, Osinbajo, others to storm Imo for Uzodimma
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
The Imo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Hope Uzodimma for his evident lack of capacity to guarantee safety and security of lives and property of Imo people.
The party also expressed grave concern over the daily wanton killings in the state, which have claimed the lives of security personnel and innocent youths.
The Imo PDP said the climax of the deteriorating security situation in the state was the gruesome murder of Ahmed Gulak, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and member of the PDP.
Speaking at a press conference in Owerri, yesterday, the state chairman of the PDP, Chief Charles Ugwu, said the resignation of Governor Hope Uzodimma has become necessary in view of his evident lack of capacity to guarantee safety and security of lives and property of Imo people.
Said he: “The resignation of Governor Hope Uzodimma has become necessary in view of his evident lack of capacity to guarantee safety and security of lives and property of Imo people. Governor Hope Uzodimma, in his capacity and responsibility as the chief security officer of the state, has failed to protect the lives and property of Imo people.
“The PDP in Imo State is alarmed and worried at the continued escalation of the militarization of Imo State, mass arrests and killing of Imo youths, on-going intimidation and harassment of Imo people. No doubt, security has very sadly completely collapsed in Imo State.
“We strongly agree that the heightened insecurity has everything to do with such provocative policy decisions that have sustained the injustices and marginalization of Ndigbo, giving ample impetus to the avoidable emergence of such self – determination groups as IPOB, MASSOB and an army of enraged youths. These, coupled with the uncanny imposition of the Senator Hope Uzodimma as the governor of Imo State by the state.
He maintained that Governor Uzodimma should accept full responsibility for the huge loss of lives in the conflict he has created and exacerbated with his invitation of the military into Imo state.
The prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche has said he does not see the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation, contrary to the pronouncement by the Federal Government.
In an interview with VERA WISDOM-BASSEY, he advised the Federal Government to invite those agitating for Biafra and Yoruba Nation for a dialogue. He stated that if government officials could hold negotiations with bandits, there is nothing wrong in also negotiating with those seeking secession from Nigeria. He also advised the Muhammadu Buhari administration to consider implementing the report on the 2014 National Conference, saying most of the challenges in the country were already addressed by the confab.
What’s your take on the inauguration of Ebubeagu, the security outfit by South-East governors?
Amotekun is recognised by the South West. We should have Ebubeagu to police our people in the South-East. I don’t believe that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) is a terrorist group. And I will plead with the governors of the South-East to summon the boys and ask them to jettison violence and embrace peace. Those found to be peaceful can be integrated into Ebubeagu so that they can protect our forest and farms. Women no longer go to the farms, because if they do, they are raped and the men are killed.
Sometime ago in England, I saw lands for cattle rearing and ranching. They do everything there and they pay tax to the government.
What we need in this country is a leader that has the mind of God. Personally I don’t mind whether you are Hausa, Igbo or whatever. But I will mind if you are a leader who hates others, a religious bigot, someone who does not want to relinquish office.
In the Methodist Church, for instance, we have a tenure, but I am preparing to go in November. My tenure will expire in January 2022, but I want them to elect a new leader, so that by November I will hand over and it will be done under a peaceful atmosphere. There is peace in the church because there’s no money, unlike the new generation churches where they are sole signatories to the account. We take care of lepers, mad persons, we have schools and so on. But the present day churches are mostly into materialism.
Recently, the Federal Government blamed the United Kingdom for trying to grant asylum to IPOB members. And in the North, some people want amnesty for bandits and killer herdsmen.
It was hatred that makes them call IPOB a terrorist group. I am Igbo. If they can call these herdsmen for negotiations, then call these people and dialogue with them and ask them what the rheir problem is. If Nnamdi Kanu is not demonised, and you have no intention of killing them, then dialogue with them. I believe they will surrender. I don’t support what they do, so I am calling for a dialogue with them. If you want to separate from Nigeria, it is not by using guns. During the civil war, in my family alone, we lost eight men. So I don’t want war, I hate bloodshed, be it Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Benin, Idoma, I don’t want to shed a fellow Nigerian’s blood. I weep bitterly when there is any death of any Nigerian.
Nigeria is passing through security challenges, killings, kidnappings, etc. What do you think gave rise to all these?
Personally, I feel that the whole thing initially was politically motivated. It is manipulation in politics that is causing all these problems. Some people feel that the best way to get what they want is by causing confusion. For instance, if you talk about Boko Haram, we all know that Boko Haram started somewhere by a governor who trained political thugs and gave them appointments. The people you call bandits, insurgents, unknown gunmen are all funded by politicians because of their ambition.
Secondly, some people think they can take over Nigeria. But I don’t support anybody’s ambition of taking over Nigeria and destroying others. If we must succeed, we must remove political and religious intolerance and know that we belong to one nation. I just came back from Togo. They are not fighting there. In Ghana, they are not fighting and in many parts of West Africa they are not fighting. Why is it that some people say Fulani will take over Nigeria? It will never happen. Nobody can take over Nigeria. It’s either there is a destruction or inclusion. Someone was appointed as Minister, and he is suspected of killing students when he was in school. Such a minister shouldn’t be given any office in this country.
Anybody, Christian or Muslim, that is fanatical, should not be given any office. The whole problem is caused by us. People are not happy with our country. If people are happy there will be no need to call for division, separation, secession. But things are not happening very well. I have said it many times, the disaffection is caused by us, by the government of the day. Why must you appoint people from one side to sensitive positions? What do you have in mind? You said the other person from the other religion is an animal that must be killed. But he was created by God.
In Israel you have a big mosque, the Muslims worship there. On Saturdays, the real Jews don’t come to the market. They buy things from Muslims and Christians. On Fridays, the Muslims close the shops for two hours, from 12 noon to 2:00pm. In the evening, you see them coming back to their markets. Go to the United States, you will find Christians and Muslims. Same thing in South Korea. Nobody is molesting anybody. I think the problem in Nigeria is from us. People have inordinate ambitions. Unless that is addressed, there will be no peace in this country. We heard that there was a programme by some people who are fanatics, and their target is Nigeria. And their Muslim leaders asked them to come and take over Nigeria. But it will never happen. If you like, take all the men and women and make them security men from one religion. No one tribe, no one ethnic group can take over Nigeria.
The second issue that has aggravated problems is unemployment. Now we are borrowing money, and this borrowed money is on the head of generations unborn. Those people you are borrowing money for, many of them are unemployed. They told us they will generate 50 million jobs from agriculture. Have you seen any? They told us that they will generate millions of jobs from oil and gas. Do you see any? People are dying and that is increasing criminality in the country. I want the government of the day to think properly, whether they are doing well or if they have conscience. I am talking as somebody who does not belong to any party. But I’m a Nigerian talking for the well being and welfare of Nigeria. I want a Nigeria where peace, equality and justice will reign, nit where some people think they own Nigeria. Why should visitors try to occupy the land? I am opposed to secession. I am for a Nigeria where there is peace, harmony and justice. From what happened when the North said they are not bringing food to the South, it was self destruction. They are doing that to themselves because no part of Nigeria can survive without the other. If we say we cannot survive without the other, it’s in the South. This is where the wealth of the nation is. They want to take over everything. I want to plead with our brothers from the North to jettison that spirit. It was Nmamdi Azikiwe that persuaded them to join Nigeria. If not, they would not have joined. Today, they don’t allow our children to study history. If they do, it will help us to know where we came from. There will be no fighting. I am pleading with the Northern part of the country. I talk as a bona fide Nigerian. Nobody should have the spirit of destruction of others. They should sheathe their swords. Let’s practise tolerance with one another. Let us have a Nigeria of harmony, peace and togetherness.
How can we overcome this problem?
In 2014, there was a national conference. Why do some people sit on that report? Justice Kutigi that handled it was a Muslim. People are sitting on that report. We must come together and say what will solve this problem is a roundtable discussion. How do we stay together, live together and dialogue on how to live together? Fighting with guns will not help us. If the report of the 2014 conference is implemented, I think that will help us.
Leadership has been identified as Nigeria greatest problem, but all these political leaders attend either churches or mosques. Why have they refused to change?
Satan remains Satan. Has Satan being converted? There are agents of Satan in this county, those agents of Satan are wearing demonic paraphernalia. There are some leaders who are wearing the garments of Satan; they have not changed. They go to church, mosque, but a leopard cannot change its spots. They remain where they are. Unless God touches them, they can never be converted. Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela brought changes in their countries. If our people are determined to bring changes, they will bring change. Kenneth Kaunda who wrote Africa must be free is a notable man who brought change. People can bring changes. We want people that can bring transformational leadership in Nigeria.
There are churches in nearly every street in Nigeria, yet things don’t work. In some countries that don’t have churches at all, things work. Why is this so?
The point is that Judas followed Jesus for three and half years. But that did not change him and he betrayed his master. So, the church does not change somebody, only Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are agents of change. If you are the leader of a church, just as I am, and Jesus Christ has not touched your life, there is no change. You remain a problem to yourself and the people you are leading, I am not condemning any church, but by their fruits you shall know them. They are not bearing good fruits, that is what I will say. They should change and allow Jesus Christ to touch their lives and if they do, every other thing will be okay around them. That is what I feel.
Men of God are said to face temptations, especially from their female members. How do you cope with such challenges?
You don’t lure yourself into temptation. I have practised for 42 years after training and post training from the theology school. You have to boycott the ‘boycottables’. If you are a minister and you are not mature, don’t sit with a woman alone. You might be tempted. Don’t practise things that are unseen. Like some young pastors, you don’t touch a woman where you should not touch. That is why we encourage marriage. I have five sons and two daughters. All I needed and all I need is in my wife. I don’t need to look at any other woman. And the Bible says, thou shall not commit adultery or fornication. But if you look at a woman lustfully, you have committed adultery. I don’t need any woman to mess up with. I am to have whatever satisfaction, romance with my wife. I can say that since we were married about 41years ago, none of us have treated any sexually transmitted diseases.
The Catholic Church has banned the spiritual director of Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Ejike Mbaka from commenting on partisan politics.
The ban came after the recent controversy surrounding the disappearance and reappearance of the fiery Catholic priest, which also led to the shutdown of his Adoration Ministry.
In a copy of the letter to Mbaka obtained byThe Nation, the Catholic bishop of Enugu Diocese, Callistus Onaga, announced the conversion of the adoration ministry to ‘chaplaincy’.
The letter dated June 3, contains the diocesan directives and guidelines for the conduct of the adoration ministry.
It also explained that Mbaka still leads the chaplaincy, but the bishop (Onaga) can appoint any ministerial officer “to assist the chaplains to oversee the pastoral activities of the ministry.”
“There shall be no partisan politics either by way of active engagement or by prophetic naming of candidates for position of power,” Onaga said.
The directives in the letter dated June 3 coincided with the resumption of the ministry’s activities after it was suspended following his one-month private retreat.
In a recent clash with the Presidency, the vocal priest had demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari should resign or be impeached.
But the Presidency said he was angry only because the government declined his demand for
Akure, the Ondo state capital stood still as agitators of Yoruba nation in their thousands stormed the state.
The agitators under the auspices Ilana Omo Oodua converged on lsinkan Roundabout before marching to other parts of the state capital causing gridlock.
Masquerades, market women, youths, Okada riders also joined in their protest in the state capital.
Security agencies deployed their personnel to guide against the hijacking of the protest by miscreants
The spokesman for the group, Maxwell Adeleye had assured that the rally would not be violent or that there would be any form of brigandage.
Adeleye told newsmen that “We shall peacefully, logically and intellectually achieve our independence without violence, bloodshed”
According to him” the rally would relentlessly and vociferously demand the Oduduwa Republic.
The Ondo Police Command image-maker Tee-Leo Ikoro, said “the police would not allow miscreants use the rally to cause havoc like what happened during the #ENDSARS protest
May 22, 2021
By Okey Sampson, Umuahia
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has warned the South East governors against joining forces with those pushing for the establishment of state police.
MASSOB Director of Information, Sunny Okereafor who gave the warning, said establishing state police in the states of the South East would create more security problems for the zone.
Okereafor equally warned that any security arrangement in the South East other than Ebubeagu would not be tolerated.
He accused the South East governors of mooting the idea of jettisoning Ebubeagu and joining others to canvass for state police for their selfish interests.
He said it was disturbing that some states in the zone owe workers months of salary arrears, and yet they toy with the idea of state police, thereby adding to their problems.
“They have formed Ebubeagu, so the governors should not tinker with the idea of any other security agreement, no matter the pressure from any quarter. Else, they will be creating confusion and anarchy in the region,” MASSOB warned
•You need no permission to graze anywhere •People hate us because of Buhari, but president has done nothing for us •Southern govs are confused jokers
May 22, 2021
National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo has dismissed the ban on open grazing declared recently by the Southern Governors Forum. He has also instructed Fulani herdsmen not to obey the directive but to keep grazing their cattle wherever they find themselves in all the states of the country.
In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the leader of the Fulani socio-cultural organisation stressed that the governors were jokers, accusing them of plotting to take over the cattle business in Nigeria.
How will Fulani herdsmen cope with the ban on open grazing declared by the Southern governors?
We are going to follow the law and see how to approach some good leaders in the South-East, South-West and the South-South. We will also approach the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to protect our people.
It is not about grazing; it is a plan against Fulani people. Some people want to hijack the cattle business from us. Anywhere you go now, you see Fulani grazing cows and you will think they belong to them. No! The cows belong some people in that area or community. If you go to Benue, the state that first promulgated the anti open grazing law, you can see cows grazing; their owners are Tiv people. Even the governor, Samuel Ortom, has so many cows. They want to chase us away and continue with our business.
What these Southern governors are trying to do, some other African countries tried it, but it didn’t work. So, this one will not be an exception. You can’t just wake up without plan B, and say you have banned open grazing. This business has history; we didn’t just wake up and start cow rearing. It is a blessing from God; it is God that blesses us with this business, it is not like farming or palm wine tapping business. This is from the beginning; the only thing is how to transform the business. These governors are confused; they are trying to deny Fulani their rights and means of livelihood. Nigeria has only one constitution, which the governors are breaching. We may approach the court to stop them from carrying out their plans. The process by which they arrived at their decision was wrong. They were supposed to have invited us because we are part of their various states. If you are a governor, you are a governor for everybody living in that state. Since we live in all the states doing our business, it behooved them to have invited us to the meeting. I don’t know who is giving them this evil idea. No state can progress without Fulani being in that state; any state without Fulani is backward and poor. Fulani attract blessing. They don’t have problem, but unfortunately, people attribute kidnapping, robbery and banditry to them. It is not fair. They have not seen their people killing police and other security personnel. How many police stations have Fulani burnt? How many policemen have Fulani killed? But they want to tamper with the business God has blessed us with. The governors are very wrong.
You said other African countries tried to ban open grazing and it didn’t work, but these governors seem determined to execute it.
I say it categorically that this ban on open grazing by the Southern governors will never work. The only thing that can stop us from grazing in any area is if there are no grasses and water in such place. Fulani don’t have borders or boundaries; they don’t need permission to graze their cows from one area to another area.
There is no law, no constitution prohibiting them from doing so. Fulani are educated and they believe in leadership. They follow the constitution, which permits them internationally to graze anywhere. ECOWAS permits us to graze anywhere, but any person that commits a crime, let the law of the land be visited upon such a person.
Do these governors want to tell me that in their states, only Fulani herdsmen are their problems? Let them know that what they are doing is against the law. They are confused and they don’t know what they are doing in their respective states. They are confused and also jokers. That law cannot be obeyed. You can’t wake up and ban somebody from doing his legitimate business without providing a Plan B for him. Are they not in Nigeria? If they have a hidden agenda, they should make it open for everybody to see. They don’t have a reason for what they want to do. Governors have powers and if they wake up and decide to do whatever they like with the Fulani, then we shall see. They should remember that before them were some leaders in this country and if all these leaders, Zik, Awo, Ahmadu Bello, etc had toed their line; this country would not have been here for them to be governors. God has blessed some parts of this country with oil, some parts with agriculture and others with cattle rearing. However, we don’t want anybody to tamper with what God has blessed us with.
You said you are going to petition the IGP. Why?
We are going to write to the Inspector General of Police to provide enough security to our people wherever they may be in the South because they are under threat. This morning I have received 46 calls from our people there who want to leave, but they are scared of what may happen to them on the way. Since the governors are the chief security officers of their states, they should provide security for them to leave their states. Grazing or no grazing, the Fulani will survive. A Fulani man can trek from Abuja to Cameroun, from Abuja to Somali, Abuja to Central Africa. It is only Fulani that can do that. You can’t dictate to them how to run their business or their lives. You didn’t provide electricity, water, school, hospital to them. Now, people are taking vaccine for COVID-19, you don’t remember them. They are doing their businesses inside the bush and you still want to stop them, and yet they are feeding you with the meat! If we order our people to leave the South, may be the governors will be eating dog meat. I don’t know what they will be eating if we stop our people from going there.
If you were a farmer, you took a bank facility to plant maize, millet, cassava, and then cows descend on the farm and eat up the crops, what would you do?
Is there any nearby police station in that area? Is there any court in that area? Such a wicked person is supposed to be arrested, prosecuted and jailed. Such person is not a good rearer. In Nasarawa, Plateau states, for example, we have a vigilante that joined hands with the communities. We will send our vigilante to arrest any person who commits this kind of atrocity. If he is a small boy, they will arrest his father and everybody in the house and take them to the police station and force them to pay for the damage done to the farmer. We are good leaders, we can’t support anybody who will go and destroy somebody’s farm. That is what the governors should do. They are supposed to join hand with the good Fulani to deal with those who are spoiling our names, which is better than waking up to ask our people to leave their area.
Will you invite Buhari to mediate over this matter?
We will like the Federal Government to intervene between Fulani and these governors who don’t like them. They should be made to know that this country is one and forget about those their boys – IPOB and Oduduwa boys. These boys are joking and we are not part of their joke. We don’t have time for that. They killed Fulani fathers and children. I urge the security agencies to go after these killers.
Talking about killings, last month, some people alleged to be herdsmen killed about 25 people in Ebonyi State. What do you say to that?
If other people kill some people, they pin it to herdsmen. How many herdsmen have the police in that area arrested? How many herdsmen are in police custody? Herdsmen were not responsible for the killings. They can say Fulani were the ones involved, but how many of them were arrested? I can only believe it if the Commissioner of Police says that they arrested a Fulani or some of them who did the killing. The propaganda is too much. Like a big lie that Ortom told. He said Fulani attacked him and he ran away. How did he recognise a person who wanted to kill him while he was running? Did he have any video to prove they were Fulani? Some people are now learning Fulani language. Like in a video, one boy alleged to be a Biafra person was speaking pure Fulani language and people will take him for a Fulani. If such a person goes to kill, and he speaks Fulani, people will say the killer was a Fulani man. Let the police do their investigation, and thereafter people can draw conclusions. Many people are trying to cause trouble because Buhari is a Fulani man. Everybody is angry with the Fulani.
How do you mean? The late President Yar’Adua was also Fulani, and there were no such issues…
Yes, Yar’Adua was Fulani. He tried to unite the country. He gave the Niger Delta militants amnesty. Buhari is also in the process of uniting the country. Till now, the Federal Government has not looked into our problem. I get very much annoyed and curse such people who say Buhari is backing the Fulani. He has not done anything for us. We are the first people he is supposed to do something for, but he hasn’t done anything for us. See how they are funding rice farmers. See what work he is doing in the South. We are calling on him to wake up and give us our grazing areas. We may consider paying a courtesy visit to Southern governors on this issue and make them see reason to reverse their position. If they can’t invite the Fulani associations, they are supposed to invite the Sultan of Sokoto and other emirs, who are also Fulani for that policy. Some people were educated and went to school through the Fulani, so they are not supposed to treat us in this way. Thank God that the Nigeria’s constitution gives the governors only four years and the highest is eight years. These governors who came up with this evil law, some of them in the next two years will become former governors. We also believe that those who will replace them will change the narrative. We believe in one Nigeria and we want everyone to be one. I’m about going to marry an Igbo girl from Enugu. Then these people shouting Biafra will see that the leader of Miyetti Allah has become their in-law. A Rivers State man is married to my aunt and they have ten children – some of their names are Kate, Ndidi, Kingsley, etc. If I go to Rivers State, nobody can chase me out because I have cousins there. But it should be pointed out that Igbo and Yoruba cannot stop Fulani from grazing their cattle in their areas.
We have separatist agitators who want to leave Nigeria. What is your view?
If the country breaks up, we don’t have any problem. Even if they break it into 32 parts, it is not a problem to us. But let them not forget that the Fulani are cooking their food under the trees in the bush. If you are looking for Fulani trouble, be ready to leave the city and join him to cook your food under the tree. Or else, allow him to be. Don’t touch them. If you chase the Fulani away, you kill their mother, father, and others, do you think you will sleep with both eyes closed? They don’t look for trouble, but don’t look for their trouble.
You said if Nigeria splits, it doesn’t concern the Fulani. How do you mean?
The Fulani don’t have borders. If I want to migrate to Ghana now, nobody can stop me. If a Fulani man wants to relocate to Sudan, can you stop him? So, we don’t have a problem if they tear Nigeria apart. But the only thing is that our forefathers suffered to build Nigeria and they treated everybody, Igbo, Yoruba and others equally, and that is why we are saying let Nigeria be one united country. But we are not scared of anything. For Yoruba, if you leave Ogun and Lagos, you cannot see any other Yoruba country again. It is the same thing with the Igbo. Go anywhere, you can see Fulani, even in the 36 states. The only thing is that you can’t appreciate their population because they are inside the bush and don’t care what is going on in the city. How then do you want to chase them out? I’m directing all the herdsmen in the South not to leave or go anywhere and they should continue to graze their cattle in that region because it is Nigeria. They should not mind the governors who have violated the constitution that guarantees everybody freedom to live and do legitimate business in any part of the country. They can’t expect the Fulani to respect their law, which is inferior to Nigeria’s constitution. Let them think on how to provide basic amenities to their people instead of fighting the herdsmen. Fulani are not problem in this country, but some desperate politicians are trying to give them a bad name. Some of these Southern governors have seen that their tenure is ending in two years time and they are not popular among their people to the extent that any candidate they sponsor for election, even for councillorship in 2023 will fail and that may be the reason for the meeting, to cause confusion in the country.
I want to tell these governors, even in their dreams, none of them will be president or vice president in this country. If they have a hidden agenda, let them make it open so that Nigerians will advise them. I don’t know what they are looking for.
Amidst Continued Onslaught Against Its Members By Nigeria Security Forces
May 19, 2021
By Emmanuel Nnadi, Owerri
A call has gone to the Unrepresented Nations and people’s organization, UNPO, to do something urgently to prevail and pressurize the All progressive congress (APC) led Muhammadu Buhari federal government to halt the ongoing victimization, suppression and arrests of the members of BIM-MASSOB.
A statement issued to journalists and signed by the Biafra’s director of information/ senior special assistant to the president of internal government of Biafra on media and publicit, Elder Chris Mocha said, “the members of BIM-MASSOB are hounded day and night, arrested , tortured and detained on trump up allegations wthout trial by the repressive regime of president Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.”
The arrests , detention since March 21,2021 without trial of the members of BIM-MASSOB continued unabated in cross river state, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and Imo states even after it was explicitly established to the security forces that the arrested members have no link or relationship with the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, they have remained in their detention facility till date
The presidential spokesperson pleaded with the United States and other relevant Western Nations to take full responsibility of their actions to accord Biafra recognition adding, ” No responsible government will allow her law abiding citizens to be mowed down on daily basis as was the case in nigeria with impunity and no person had been prosecuted.
The statement added that in the last three months under review, no fewer than nineteen (19) of BIM-MASSOB members have either disappeared or been arrested, tortured and detained incumunicado by the combined team comprising of soldiers, police, civil defense and the department of state service, DSS.
“The force should be able to distinguish between a non violence group like BIM-MASSOB which deserves a better deal of respect and honour than other violent agitators like IPOB”
Insistng that the arrested persons including Mr. Ikechukwu Ajah are innocent members of a peaceful organization, BIM-MASSOB, campaigning for the rescucitation of Biafra through non violence method, it’s time to let Biafra go, he concluded .
As UN Set To Grant Biafra Observer Status
May 19, 2021
By Emmanuel Nnadi, Owerri
The Head of Biafra Foreign Mission and The Chief Ralph Uwazuruike led Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Foreign Representative Mr. Ikenna Obibi Egeonu have announced that the Biafra Leader, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Ralph Uwazuruike have been invited by the United Nations to address the global body.
Mr. Ikenna who noted that Uwazuruike will be speaking to the world body in the preparation of granting Biafra Republic an Observers Status in the United Nations General Assembly.
According to Umuaka, Orlu born Biafra Head of Mission, he noted that on June 3, 2021 at 1 – 2PM BIAFRA TIME, UNPO shall be holding a special session of BIAFRA and ODUDUWA in preparation for granting BIAFRA OBSERVER-STATUS AT THE UN and 2 – 4PM CATALONIA JOINS the Discussion.
“June 15 – 16 at 1 – 4PM BIAFRA TIME, The UNITED NATIONS Special Rapporteur on Africa and the Middle East shall, through its TOM LANTOS INSTITUTE, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY shall hold a Special Session of Africa and the Middle East as it relates to Minority Issues and Nations in search of their Independence. Biafra’s UN Observer-Status standpoint to be presented.
“Both events should have been held at The HAGUE and BUDAPEST respectively but for international flight restrictions arising from the second wave of COVID-19 Variant. Preventively The UNPO and The UN opted for Zoom Cloud Presentation.
“Chief, DR. RALP UWAZURIKE is invited to address the global community on the Criminalization of the Biafra Self-determination Struggle by the Nigerian State and to point out a way forward.
“Both events shall be beamed live on Social Media and the International Media Houses. Link to connect and be part of our burgeoning history shall be made available before the date”.
He also noted that all Pro-Biafran Groups, institutions and establishments are, by this announcement, invited to these great events.
As the loan is equivalent to N2.3 trillion
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, seeking the approval to go for another external loan to the tune of $6,18 billion.
The request by President Buhari is contained in a letter read on Tuesday at plenary by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
According to Buhari, the proposed loan which is equivalent of N2.3trn is to finance the 2021 budget deficit of N5.6trn
He explained that the loan would enable the Federal Government fund critical infrastructural projects in transportation, health and education,m among others.