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Only Biafra Can Change The Course of Africa Says US Secretary of State

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has confirmed that Biafra will bring back the glory of the African Nation when achieved.

He made this assertion during a press briefing with congressmen on Monday evening.

He said , “the Nation of Biafra is the only apparatus that can change the course of Africa, steering it back to the path of progress”. I  can categorically state that a speedy action be taken to make the agitation a reality”

According to the former congressman from Wichita, Kansas, was already a trusted adviser to President Trump as Director of the CIA, personally delivering the president’s daily intelligence briefings in the Oval Office.

He takes the helm of the State Department as a number of issues demand attention on the world stage, from North Korea to Iran, to Syria to Russia, China and the state of Biafra agitations.

IPOB Present At The USA National Prayer Summit In Washington D.C

According to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

He recently held a prayer summit in Washington D.C. ahead of the sit-at-home order across the Biafralands.

Kanu said the prayer summit was organized and conducted by the popular US Evangelist Minister Franklin Graham.

Meanwhile, Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed for the quick restoration of the ‘Republic of Biafra’ by the United Nations(UN) and other world leaders to approve the breakup of Nigeria, so that Biafra country will be created from Nigeria.

“Throughout the event, we did not sight any individual or individuals with their trademark Office Flat File containing worn-out pages of Abdulsalami Abubakar’s 1999 #Zoo Constitution.

“When the IPOB outing in Washington begins to yield a positive outcome in the near future, these unconscionable One Nigeria slaves deceiving themselves under the name of a river or should I say NEW NIGERIA(NNM).”

READ ALSO: Biafra: Only Biafra Can Change The Course Of Africa – US Secretary Of State

Kanu, he said, that;

“Efulefus would start grumbling that it was their effort that led to it. They always want to claim credit for something about.”

Attention seeking nonentities. Umu Okoko!

Iberiberism is always better than Efulefuism.

“We are IPOB, the largest and most formidable mass movement on the face of the earth. If in doubt ask Aso-Rock,” he concluded.

I am a Born-again Christian and my Husband is a Muslim – Tinubu’s wife, Remi

Oluremi Tinubu, wife of All Progressives Congress chieftain Bola Tinubu while revealing the trauma of being alone in the US with little kids, says she is a Born again Christian and her Husband is a Muslim.

In an interview on Television Continental, Remi Tinubu who is the Lagos Central Senator said this after celebrating her 60th birthday, according to her, it was when she became the first lady of Lagos at a young age she knew she had to seek God’s guidance to handle the responsibilities that came with the position.

She said; “Like I said, if you get into a position you never envisage in your life time that you will ever occupy, you believe it is a privilege and God must have made you to become that. So you have to go back to God and ask ‘how do I do this.

“Thank God before I became the first lady, we were in self exile for almost five years and when you have problem, the only person you run to is God. So while I was in the US, I went to church, that was when I became born again.

“I went into exile as an Anglican, came out as a Pentecostal. I remember I was looking for God from one church to another, it was very difficult. When I came back, l had amnesia, I lost my memory, it was traumatic for me and that’s why I don’t like attending social gatherings because people walk up to me and I don’t recognise them anymore.

“It was traumatic for me because I was around 34, first time of being separated from your husband, and then you are stuck with two children with a lot of responsibilities.

“My husband couldn’t come see us until 18 months after. They locked them up for a while during the Abacha period and to see us, they have to go through neighbouring borders and the only passport he had was a diplomatic passport that couldn’t get him to UK because there were sanctions on diplomats because of June 12.

“He had to get to a neighbouring country to get their passport to come see us. Through that passport, he came to see us once every six months. But for me to raise the children to go to school, they were very young, it was traumatic for me. So to come back and become a first lady, it was something else.”

The ordained minister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God also revealed what its been like, living in a home with a husband who is a Muslim.

Remi Tinubu added; “When I met my husband, I didn’t know it was a big deal. We’re from the Anglican Church. Then, a lot of Christians married Muslims. It was my sister that introduced us.

“One of the things that was profound for me, when we both went to see my dad, my dad asked him ‘are you a Muslim?, that was the first time I heard that. You’re a Muslim, I hope you won’t prevent my daughter from going to church and he promised not to.

“The point is he is quite respectful of my faith and if someone respects you it is quite right you show the same respect. He respects my faith, I respect his so there is no conflict.

“He doesn’t stop me from praying even if some pastors come around. He also has a lot of pastor friends that I met through him.

“My husband is very liberal when it comes to faith, being married to a Muslim I never had any problem. But when it is time for me to put on hijab during his events, I’ll do that but that doesn’t change my faith.

“He didn’t impose his faith on our children, I raise my children as Christians despite they bear Muslim names.”

Your First Wife Died At 74 But You Claim You Are 66” – Yinka Odumakin Reveals Dirty Secrets About Tinubu

Secrets About Tinubu- Yinka Odumakin has reveals dirty secret about Chief Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The Bombshell From Yinka Odumakin To Tinubu

Dear Chief Tinubu,

The backpage of your The Nation of Tuesday 12 March where one of your Rottweilers under the FORGED name “Segun Ibirogba” wrote “Odumakin’s anxiety over vanishing feeding-bottles” has un-paused the button on this serial.

I have always wondered why these intellectual almajiris around you always attack me under fake names.It is either they are afraid of me or they don’t believe in you to risk their names doing the dirty job for you .Well,we know many of them hold worst views about you than us but for the free money they have been accustomed to from a Robbin Hood.

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The piece referenced was a rehash of same old silly lies and freshly minted ones.In keeping faith with my resolve that for every dart of lie you guys throw in my direction ,I will return 10 bombs of truth I make this response.And for every line I write,I can say like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti “Na true I wan talk again o,if I dey lie o,make Edumare punish me o”.

Since you guys made a failed attempt to impugn my integrity ,I have chosen to use this edition to place your life side-by-side mine on the scale of integrity so we can know if your hen can point at the boil in a hawk’s eye.I intend to show that were it not that Nigeria has become Ceaser’s palace where the leper holds the veil,nobody in your circle should move near that subject.

I am Yinka Odumakin and nobody can say he had known me under any identity in my life .I have led a straight life unlike you that people know under different identities depending on where they met you in your about 80 years on earth .Yes,80!

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Those of us who are knowledgeable about you cant buy your 66 claim for so many reasons .The current governor of Osun is the son of your immediate senior sister from Iragbiji and he is 63 while you are claiming 66. Your first wife died in Lagos recently unannounced at 74 .

When the son he had for you died many moths earlier his age had to be doctored to fit into the lie that you live. And there is a photograph of yours at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso in 1974 when the current monarch was installed with a bottle of beer and packet of cigarette in your front. You mean you were 20 when you were drinking and smoking in a palace ?

There is no school I have attended in my life that my classmates would not come out in droves to say “yeah, we were there together!”. From St Augustine Primary School, Ondo to CAC Grammar School, Edunabon and Oduduwa College Ile -Ife down to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife and University of Ghana.

At your end St John Primary School Aroloya you claimed may be created by your new governor in Lagos. The old boys of Government College Ibadan were planning a reception for you when someone asked which set you belonged to .There has been no answer to that till date and the reception was cancelled. The tales by moonlight on Chigago State University and University of Chiicago are all over the place.

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My parents are alive in Osun and by God’s grace I will give them a befitting burial. I will not have to send emissaries to bury them since I have not abandoned “moomi” (that’s how we Oyo people in Osun call mummy) to be calling another woman “maami” in Lagos to fit a life of lie and greed. No Mama HID Awolowo would have told me that she knew all the children of “maami ” and that I was not one of them.

My parents are not rich but I am proud of them because it is from their black pot that my white palp has come out. I say proudly among my University mates today that they could not afford more than N60 per month for me throughout my University days .The story of grass to grace is a proud thing among the Yoruba. MKO Abiola was proud of the story that he ate egg for the first time in his life in the home of Simbiat Abiola’s parents.

With the modest means of my parents, they instilled so much values in me that there is no crime attached to my name in all my years on earth. Forging traveling passports had never appealed to me. Neither has my name been linked to a narcotic ring leading to inquiry and forfeiture of assets. All my life, my hands have provided for me. And they have provided for you too.

I recall when you returned from exile in 1998 and running for governor. You were not “Ezeego” then. You had only the Sunday Adigun house and all the four cars you used then belonged to Mr Ganiyu Solomon. There were a lot of printings being done for you by your friends at The News. I saw the price you were being offered and I told you my press could do it at 40%. I delivered and saved you 60%. I recall Mr Babafemi Ojodu complained openly that they could not do the price I offered you !

That should tell you and your attack dogs that I have always separated the cause I believe in from what I would eat unlike you who always mix the two. You pose as a June 12 hero today but Kola Abiola is alive to tell the story of what happened to MKO’s money as Bashorun is no longer alive. In 20 years, there is hardly any boundary between Lagos treasury and your private pockets. Your “O to ge” moment is coming some day and all the dirty deals will be out.

Like a rapist, you can tell your victims to shout “O to pe” for as long as stolen funds and drug money rule Lagos politics.

I have noticed that because you and your followers have no abiding principle and you are driven by only lust for money, you assume it is so for everybody. Your being glued to the lowest of all spirits (money) makes it difficult for you to make the right judgement about people thinking they are all about money. Was it that you didn’t have money when I told you in December 2006 that it was over between us politically? Have I ever looked in your direction ever? There are men who may not be able to give N10,000 to a cause but if they say they want to see me at 8AM I would be there at 7. Can you summon me with all your bullion vans?

I recall how you said to me in 2006 about Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi and I quote you “Adiye ni Tokunbo, yin agbado fun a pada” (Tokunbo is a fowl, throw corns and it is U-turn). Has he not turned his back at you today? You don’t have “corns ” again? This was the man who was your fall guy when you made all the forgeries in 1999. He was among the team that went to bury your biological mother in Iragbiji when you could not show your face, has his exit not shown you there are men who place value on principle than money?

I have lived my political life on the basis of the fact that an adversary today can be an ally tomorrow and vice versa. I am not beholden to any person outside the core beliefs we share. One of the men I had an open disagreement with was President Obasanjo and when we reconciled it was an open thing. That differentiates me from you who walk both sides of the streets simultaneously. You were with NADECO and also in bed with Abacha through whom you forged friendship with the Chagourys who are your business partners till date.

The political buffoons around you would hold you out as an anti-third term person today but you know what happened between us on May 2, 2006. We had a meeting at Airport Hotel in Lagos where you were dictating the communique against third term unknown to participants you were at a meeting till wee hours of that morning to work third term in another way.

I was reading the communique to the press when you called me. I gave the phone to the late Rev Tunji Adebiyi but you told him you wanted to speak with me. We didn’t get to talk till late in the night. I had with me in the car as you spoke with me from VGC to Ikeja then President of Egbe Omo Yoruba in North America, Mr Odusanya. Let me quote you verbatim :

“I hope you have not released that communique. We need to manage this third term carefully. Obasanjo is a blind cat. If he causes problem now and they kill one Yoruba graduate in Kano and we kill 200 people selling onions in mile 12 it is not equal. I am therefore proposing that we have a win-win situation. Instead of outright third term we can have the confab recommendation of one six-year tenure starting with the incumbent having 2 extra years and so with we the governors. We can use the two years to empower people like you and handover to one of you. I have asked General Alani Akinrinade to come and I am going to meet Prof Soyinka to discuss it. I want you to think about it”

I told you as a matter of fact that the proposition was unreasonable and there was nothing for me to think about as I would prefer outright third term where we would have elections to automatic two years extension. But my eyes were opened to how unreliable you are that night. Here was a man dictating communique against third term in the morning having this conversation with me at night.

I made up my mind on you that night. The conversation I had with you minutes after Funso Williams was killed and the way you handled your your succession made me to severe political links with you within six months .

…More to come.

IPOB, Yoruba group join forces, send referendum notice to world leaders

The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) and the Yoruba One Voice (YOV) have jointly taken a stand to ask for a referendum to be conducted on or before October 1, 2021 which marks Nigeria’s next independence day celebration.

IPOB and YOV, which disclosed this in a joint press statement by the Head, Directorate of State for IPOB, Chika Edoziem and Sina Okanlomo, Internal General Secretary of YOV yesterday, noted that they have already notified the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and some other world bodies who they had also requested to monitor the process for them.

Both groups said they are seeking for self determination because they are tired of injustice, killings and other inhuman treatments meted to them in the country.

“From all indications, the current leadership of Nigeria is not, and has never been committed to the fundamental objectives and directives of the principles of statehood, policies of federalism as enshrined in Chapter II of the Constitution that it derived its powers from.

“Our peoples are tired of the terrorism, insecurity, hopelessness, injustice, killings, unemployment, inequality, corruption, scandals, violence, oppression, extortion, and repression.

“Whereas, our peoples are entitled to their inherent inalienable rights to self-determination and dignity of their persons in accordance with Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human and Peoples Rights of 1948; Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Article 1 of the International Convention Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

“Our aspiration is to build a viable, democratic and stable Nation for our Peoples and in this regard, we demand that there must be a referendum, so that our peoples can freely and fairly make a democratic choice, whether they want to continue with Nigeria as presently configured or seek their right to Self-determination before the 2023 general elections.

“In order to prevent an implosion of sorts, we, on behalf of our people, therefore demand a proper referendum/plebiscite, to be conducted between now and the 1st of October,2021, in accordance with the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ all over all over the world under The Law as provided in the AU and the United Nations charters, to be supervised by Both The AU and the United Nations.

“Copies of this jointly signed Release have been sent to these world bodies.
If, as we believe, our people choose Self-determination, The Next Natural Step would be the immediate activation of the processes and modalities, beginning from the 2nd of October, 2021, for the creation of the Odùduwà and the Biafran Nations out of the present but otiose Nigerian experiment, which started in 1914”, the statement reads in parts.

It added “We shall begin the mobilization of our respective peoples toward the actualization of the quest for freedom and life more abundant at a certain date in the future, when peaceful negotiations for applicable terms of separation would have been concluded with our respective residual ethnic nationalities and neighbors.

“We wish to place on record our hope that Major General Buhari and his Fulani peoples of West Africa will heed this peaceful democratic demand in a timely manner. The attention of The IPOB and YOV, to the plight of their people, the Brothers and Sisters of the Biafra and Oduduwa nations, their sufferings within the stifling, breathless, forced convergence with degenerative, limiting, confluence and influence with others, who do not share our own values, whose ways of life, mannerisms, ideology, are untoward, inimical, alien, hostile to our people, all of these have now necessitated this historic occasion to which the IPOB and YOV are now addressed.”

Meanwhile, both groups have enjoined their members in diaspora to organize flag flying carnivals and peaceful rallies on October 1, 2020 in all cities across the world to mark a journey to their freedom.

“A joint Biafra/Oduduwa event marking the beginning of our journey to freedom is to be celebrated into the following weeks. The whole world ought to witness a rekindling of self-awareness and our pride of place among the community of civilized peoples of the world.

“All our peoples are to be on standby in readiness for further calls for peaceful and legal demonstrations of our resolve to be free from the failed Nigerian state. These calls will continue to be made for as long as it would be needful, up until our goals for self-determination are achieved. We salute all of you our compatriots here at home and across the world”, the groups stated.

Amaechi Blasts Wike at Justice-Whyte’s burial

Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers state and of course the Minister of Transportation, bombarded the current governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, over insecurity noting that the state has gone back to the time of Ateke Tom, a former militant leader.

Amaechi who disclosed this at the burial of a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, noted that Wike has instilled fear in the people of the state, making it impossible for them to speak nor criticize him (Wike).

He said that starting from next year, he (Ameachi) will begin to talk if nobody wants to talk, because of fear.

His words,

“You have lost your voice. The sage (the late justice) has gone under and nobody is speaking. When I was governor, I gave people voices, but they have blocked those voices.

“Everyone is scared. We are going back to when Ateke held sway. We are going back to the period where we run away from our people. We are back to a period when nobody could speak. But from next year, I will begin to speak, if nobody wants to speak.

“We are all here because we need to bury a man God has blessed. I have stopped traveling because of bad weather, but I told myself I must be here because of Justice Whyte.

“If you knew Justice (Karibi-Whyte) very well, you will know I was close to him. I was one of the few people he mentored,” Amaechi stated.

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On the other hand, Wike who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Emeka Woke, replied Amaechi, saying:

“It is unfortunate for Amaechi to come to Kalabari land and accuse former President Goodluck Jonathan of not developing the area six years after he had left office.

“I wonder why the former governor will choose to make such embarrassing remarks at the funeral of late Justice Karibi-Whyte, a man he (Amaechi) claimed to be his mentor.”

(Vanguard)

Protests will not make petrol price reduce, it will reduce when Dangote refinery, others begin operation – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the price of petroleum products in Nigeria will reduce when Aliko Dangote’s refinery and other modular refineries come on stream.

Mohammed hinted that the first modular refinery with the capacity to refine 5,000 barrels of petroleum products daily would be inaugurated in October in Imo State.

He said this on Sunday in an interview aired in Yoruba language on radio.

Mohammed said the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is performing well in spite of the dwindling revenues.

He reiterated that government policies were in the best interest of the nation.

Mohammed explained that the federal government spent N10.4 trillion on fuel subsidy from 2006 to 2019.

According to him, subsidy can no longer be sustained under the prevailing economic conditions.

“Revenues and foreign exchange earnings by the government have fallen by almost 60 per cent due to the downturn in the fortunes of the oil sector. There is no provision for subsidy in the revised 2020 budget. So where will the subsidy money come from?” NAN quoted him as saying

Buhari has make Nigeria great, we must continue to celebrate – Gov Akeredolu tell Nigerians

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said on Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari has put the country on the path of growth and greatness.

Akeredolu, who disclosed this to journalists at the end of a thanksgiving service to commemorate the country’s 60th Independence anniversary held at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM), Akure, said Buhari had established democratic principles in addition to making a lot of fiscal policies.

He urged Nigerians to continue to celebrate the country’s anniversary, saying the country was on the path to greatness.”

The governor said: “How many presidents in this country have lost a state and welcomed the governor that won against their party?

“This is a sign of leadership and the path the country should toe. Look at the path we are following, the leadership that Buhari has offered this country.”

Akeredolu also urged Nigerians to be prepared to make the sacrifices required to move the country for greatness.

Earlier, the General Overseer of MFM, D.K Olukoya, in his sermon, urged Nigerians not to forget what God has done for them and the country as a whole.

I’m afraid Nigeria may break up, let’s do something  – VP Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday, admitted that Nigeria could be heading for a national break up if urgent action is not taken, collectively, to mend/address the identified cracks that could fasten the unfortunate break up.

Osinbajo said that, though, the task of mending the cracks could face severe opposition but it can only be achieved and diffused by consistent focus and prayers by Nigerians who desire more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

The Vice President who spoke through the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the 60th Independence Anniversary interdenominational church service held at National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, on Sunday, made reference to the story of Nehemiah in the Bible, and his role in rebuilding the broken down walls of Jerusalem.

The service which was attended by representatives of the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Head of Service of the Federation, Permanent Secretaries, Military officials, members of the diplomatic community and other senior government officials, provided opportunity for prayers, praises and cutting of anniversary cake.

Osinbajo in his remarks encouraged Nigerians to study the story of Nehemiah and replicate same in Nigeria for a better country. “The story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria who is desirous of following the part of Christian way of life.

“It’s only that kind of Nehemiah’s love that will make us as Nigerians to rebuild the cracks we have in our walls (Nigeria) today. For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for that Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation building.

“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to break if not properly addressed. Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the Face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls.

Because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.

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“There’s urgent need for Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desire to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers.”

Osinbajo was, however, optimistic that the 60th independence anniversary could herald a rebirth of Nigerian nation, and “no group is more prepared for this task than our religious bodies.”

He, thus charged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to provide quality leadership to its faithful and properly guide them in making Nigeria a great country that it has been destined to be.

CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in a sermon stressed the need for justice which, he said, will birth peace, tolerance and love.

He said: “A nation that is religiously plural like ours require love in practice so as to co-exist without fighting one another. What is sane in using the name of God or hide under the cloak of religion to kill a fellow human? If God wants all of us to be of one ethnicity, race or religion doesn’t he have the power to do it? Why do we want to play God and wickedly terminate the lives of others in account of religion?.

“Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and material resources located in different parts of this country. This underscores the indispensability of all the regions and ethnic groups.

“For us all to be on the same page, have sense of belonging and be happy, the doctrine of equality, that is equal access to employment, governance and education, must be available to all. The principle of inclusivity must be adopted. Nobody or region must be excluded from the scheme of things in Nigeria.

“We must not allow exclusion in any form to manifest in our national life because that would be dangerous for our pilgrimage or voyage together. All ethnic and religious groups must be given equal opportunity in the way we do things, otherwise, why should I remain where I was not recognized or where I was cheated? Will I not rather go on my own way?.

“Why should I be denied access to build my place of worship in any region of the country by government official?. Why should my child be denied the opportunity to study any particular course in any university after he or she has passed the required examination on account of the child’s religion or ethnicity. Ethnicity is ascribed, it is divinely conferred, not achieved by the individual.

“We must know that there’s mutual suspicion of one another in Nigeria, either along ethnic or religious lines. We have refused to do many things we agree to do at dialogue tables because lack of love and suspicion. We need to do away with lack of understanding.”

IPOB Doesn’t Have Best Interest of Either Democratic Governance or Peaceful Coexistence in Mind – Shehu Blows Hot

Garba Shehu has cried out saying Nnamdi Kanu who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and all his members ‘does not have the best interest of either democratic governance or peaceful coexistence in mind’.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, reacted to an allegation by former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is biased against any ethnicity or religious group.

Although the presidency did not specifically mention the name of Danjuma in a statement it issued in Abuja, it clearly referred to the two offices he held during the military and civil governments of former President Olusegun Obasanjo as Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence, respectively.

The presidency was as well reacting to a letter from British parliamentarians to the Federal Government of Nigeria, which had accused it of condoning killings of Christians in the country.

IPOB, which the Nigerian presidency also tackled in the statement is a group canvassing for the secession and sovereignty of Eastern Nigeria.

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In a statement on Thursday, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said:

“At the same time as we take note of the lawmakers’ letter, it is also important to stress to our partners and colleagues in the United Kingdom that not all who press them have the best interests of either democratic governance or peaceful coexistence in mind. For example, the former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, named and quoted in the letter as a source on military matters, relinquished that position some 40 years ago – in 1979.

“He was last in a government position 17 years ago in 2003 (as Minister of Defence). At that time, religious and ethnic riots erupted in two states of the federation, (2001 and 2002); these were violently and ruthlessly put down by the military under his authority, leading to the loss of thousands of lives and the displacement of some further 50,000 persons. He is, therefore, not a natural source of pressure for good governance.

“Another, signatory to the letter, is well-known to be associated with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a Nigerian-blacklisted terrorist group. The IPOB is running a well-known (source-of-financing-unknown) international campaign intended to damage the reputation of Nigeria and its government in order to further their cause of ‘independence.’

“He jumped bail in Nigeria. He frequently travels on a Nigerian passport but urged his supporters to burn their passports! The IPOB barely mention their aims in their publicity; neither do they mention that their own leadership does not claim to be Christian.

“Yet, their media and lobbying campaign has focused near-exclusively on promoting matters related to Christianity in Nigeria, promulgating false claims that a government with 50 percent of its cabinet and 50 percent of its state governors who are Christian somehow works against Christians. We call on our British friends and colleagues to join us in addressing genuine solutions not pander to agents of anarchy,” the statement said.

Furthermore, the statement stated that the government would welcome the parliamentarians to Nigeria to discuss issues raised in their letter, buttressing further its assertion that the government is made up of both Christians and Muslims by the claim that the vice-president of the country is a pastor.

It also said the apex Nigerian government was ready to work with the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group in addressing the threats posed to the country by Boko Haram and bandits.

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“The President and Government of Nigeria welcome the seriousness of the letter from UK lawmakers, legal experts, and campaigners. We welcome the attention paid to this serious challenge by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and seek to work with you, the Commonwealth, and all concerned parties to bring a lasting solution to herder-farmer clashes, and the threat posed to all Nigerians – and the Sahel region as a whole – from Boko Haram terrorists and their allies.

“We ask our British colleagues to visit Nigeria, whether formally or informally to discuss all the points raised in their letter. Our government is made equally of Christian and Muslim cabinet members; our Vice President is an Evangelical Pastor. We have everything to gain as a country through international cooperation with concerned, senior British parliamentarians, and policymakers.

“The threat to civilians and peaceful co-existence between different ethnic and religious groups from Boko Haram, banditry and land disputes is of serious concern to the President and the government. It is incorrect, however, to assert that the government has or is doing nothing to address these intertwined threats,” the statement added.

Submitting that there are ongoing efforts to resolve lingering herders and farmers’ conflicts, Shehu said the conflicts date back to colonial days, pointing out that state governors have their own roles to play in resolving them.

He also proceeded to highlight roles being played by the federal government to contain the activities of the terrorist Boko Haram group, narrating the situation of things when the government came to power and the situation of things now.

Shehu disclosed that in the government’s efforts to improve the security of lives and property, a community policing initiative has been launched with N13 billion allocated for its take-off.

“Firstly, there are ongoing efforts for the establishment of cattle ranches to prevent or curtail open grazing, the practice that brings herders and farmers into conflict. This is an age-old problem facing Nigerian Governments since the colonial days. However, matters of land distribution are dealt with at the state level.

“This means willingness has to be shown by state governors to drive the process forward. The Federal Government launched a plan last year to work with states to address these issues – together. Unfortunately, this has been lacking in some states.

“Secondly, with regards to the long and determined battle waged against Boko Haram, Nigerians are aware of the efforts made by this Government. When the government came to power, the terrorist group held and administered an area the size of Belgium. Now they hold none.

“The terrorists are hiding out amongst remote forests and across borders. This makes it difficult to extinguish the final flames of the insurgency, and the government has no illusions of the potent threat still posed. However, the progress made cannot be denied.

“Thirdly, in the face of rising crime and insecurity, the government’s new community policing initiative was launched this month. 10,000 new constables are being recruited from the areas they will safeguard – as opposed to past practice. The government hopes this will bring policing closer to local communities. N13 billion has been earmarked for this initiative.

1st October: IPOB’s sit-at-home order is an insult to Nigerian government – Ohanaeze

The splinter group of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Ohaneze General Assembly Worldwide has stated that the call by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB for sit-at-home on 1st October is big insult to the first President of Nigeria, late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and the country.

It called on the people of Southeast to ignore such call and go about their normal businesses

In a statement Sunday in Awka, Anambra State, President General of the group, Basil Onuorah, condemned such call by the pro-Biafra agitators.

The Corporate Affairs Commission had withdrawn the registration of Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide shortly after its registration.

The group described a sit-at-home- order on a day the country was marking her independence anniversary as an insult to Azikiwe and others who achieved the country’s freedom in 1960.

It said: “A call for sit at-home on Nigeria’s Independence Day (October 1st), in South- East zone of the country is an aberration and insult to Igbo heroes who fought for Nigeria’s independence with all their might.

“The efforts of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and all our heroes past can never be in vain. Ndigbo in Nigeria and the diaspora are hereby enjoined to ignore any purported order for sit-at-home on October 1st 2020.

“The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide states firmly that the organization is not in support of the October 1st sit -at-home order.

“Any publication or gathering in the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo anywhere in Nigeria or abroad without the due approval or recognition by the current National Executive of ONGAW amounts to impersonation and such conveners will be decisively dealt with. All Security Agencies are hereby informed to please take note.”

IPOB had declared a sit-at-home on October 1, stating the decision was to avert possible mass killing of the people of the area who might gather to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence.

President of the main stream Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra State, Chief Damian Okeke -Ogene, had distanced the apex Igbo group from IPOB’s call.

He said Ohaneze had no control over pro Biafran agitators, adding that each group had their different modus of operations.

Breaking: FEC approves N12bn for the construction of Umuahia Arochukwu Highway

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved over 12 billion Naira for the construction of the Umuahia to Arochukwu Highway section in Abia State.

Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the length of the road is about 45 kilometers.

The FEC also approved over 3.7 billion Naira augmentation of contracts for the construction of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.

The Council further approved the award of contract for the design, manufacture, and supply of one unit of 150-ton Crain in the sum of over three billion Naira.

No More APC, What Is Left Of APC Is Just Respect For Buhari – Okorocha

A founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said that only respect for President Muhammadu Buhari is all that is left of the APC and that the crisis rocking the party was part of consequences for relegating the founding members.

Okorocha who addressed some journalists on Sunday in Abuja said that there is no more APC.

According to him, the party that is smarting from internal crisis after the 2019 general elections, died the day the leadership abandoned the progressive and democratic ideals on which it was founded.

Okorocha, who is also the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, said that apart from President Buhari, the other leaders of the political blocks that merged to form the party in 2015, were practically schemed out by forces that later joined the party.

“Permit me to give you the inside of APC, this word APC was formed by four major political parties that had governors, one was the CPC led by President Muhammadu Buhari, ACN led by Ahmed Tinubu, ANPP led by Ogbonnaya Onu who all brought their structure, APGA led by me brought in our structure. Every other person fell into this structure. The PDP group came in and joined us. I gave the name APC. I designed that logo and that was the beginning of the party and we had understanding.

“That is the party you call APC and unless we go back to where it all started, APC can never see the light of the day and that was how we started and that was what brought President Muhammadu Buhari to office.

You cannot rule out the role of these four key people, then CPC has only one governor in Nasarawa, APGA had only one governor, ACN came with the chunk of the governors and ANPP had a few. And we shared the first positions equally among these four parties. Now the founding fathers of the part are relegated to the backgrounds and people are coming with different interests making us play the same kind of politics that PDP played,” Okorocha said.

He added, “There is no more APC, what we have is the respect for President Muhammadu Buhari, that is what is keeping us together. What we have is our respect for the person of President Buhari and we still believe that something can be done.

“That trust and respect is what we still call APC, outside that, respect for President Buhari and the trust and belief that he could wake up one day and correct all these injustices and make it fine. That is the only thing that is keeping the APC, if not that, I don’t think there is anything like APC because people are beginning to get fed up.

Be patient with Buhari, good days to enjoy will soon come – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that Nigerians should be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lai Mohammed said that good days to enjoy Buhari will soon come.

“Like Mr President said at the opening of the last Ministerial Retreat, this government is not insensitive to the current economic difficulties our people are going through and the very tough economic situation we face as a nation.

“We certainly will not inflict hardship on our people.

“But we are convinced that if we stay focused on our plans, brighter and more prosperous days will come soon.”

 

Western Togoland breaks away from Ghana, Declares Independence

𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮- 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲. 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀.

Western Togoland was a part of Togoland territory which was a former German colony in Africa, but after Germany lost the world war, the land and people of Togo: (Ewe, Kabiye/Gurunsi, Tem and others) were split and divided between the victorious nations of Britain and France.

After independence of their African colonies the British portion of Togoland was added to modern Ghana, while the French portion became the Togolese republic.

The portion that was added to Ghana has since been crying for freedom. They claim to be marginalized in the country by the larger and more politically dominant Akans.

They are seen as fringe Ghanaians or even sometimes referred to as Togolese people. To compound issues, there is minimal to no development in their areas of the country.

The movement for the independence of Western Togoland from Ghana has been active since after independence. Western Togoland is a part of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)and has be crying for freedom for a long time.

Africans are starting to define their own natural borders and not where Europeans say the borders should be.

The Oodua Nation hopes to work in the future to re-unite with our brothers in the present day Benin and Togolese Republics as we hope to become one indivisible family with brethren of like mind and same ancestry.

𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮- 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮- 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮- 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮- 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮- 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲