Decision of Igbo Leaders A Good Omen For Nigeria-Vice Chairman, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South)

The Governors and leaders of thought  of the South East Geo-Political zone  have been commended for adopting a definite position on the raging debate between the people and their leaders on the contentious issue of secession and restructuring.

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This commendation was given  on Tuesday in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria by the  the Ezendigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state, who doubles as the Vice Chairman, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South), Eze(Dr.)Alex Anozie, .

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”It  is a very good omen for our country, Nigeria.  I commend them for that bold step they have taken, these are people who have seen Nigeria both in the night and in the day, these are people who have seen the war, many of them even fought the war, many of them were in the battle field, and they saw war and what war means. So, everything that can be done to avoid war, I think I support it, so, I commend them for been courageous enough, despite whatever, whatever our youths may want to think about them or the way they may want to frown at their action, I commend them, it was a good move. I support it, and their stand, we must shed blood no more in Nigeria”.

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”We do not want to lose lives any longer, be it the life of Onye Igbo, or Yoruba or Hausa, or any Nigerian, even non Nigerians. So, whatever peaceful sacrifice anyone or group can make, let us go ahead to make such sacrifice, in order to have peace in our country, I think it is worth it. I am appealing to everyone to show understanding. And I am also appealing to those who are fund of doing the wrong thing in Nigeria, to please begin to do things the right way, in order to allow frayed nerves to calm down”.

”I am sure it is the stand of the majority of people of Igbo extraction, who have seen things and things in Nigeria. If restructuring is allowed to have its way, most of the problems would have been taken care of. So, we are still within the confines of one Nigeria, with restructuring, marginalization will minimize, injustice will minimize, killings here and there will minimize, corruption will minimize, and agitations here and these will fizzle out, because all the zones will put machinery in motion towards eradicating these social vices within their zones. So, it is a very good omen for our country, Nigeria”, Eze Dr. Anozie concluded.

Raid On Namadi Sambo’s Home : Security Agencies Have Clandestine Intentions-Former VP

Former VP’s  home has been raided five times in 6 months

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Namadi  Sambo has described  continued raids on his residence in Kaduna, as acts of desperate attempts by security agencies to frame him up.

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According to a statement issued and signed  by the former Vice President’s media aide, Sani Umar,  the incessant raids on the building which does not have any occupants presently, ”speaks volumes  of the clandestine intentions of the security operatives”

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“In the late afternoon of Wednesday, the 28th of June 2017, the Alimi Road, Kaduna, un-occupied residence of the former vice president, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON, was invaded by security operatives armed with a search warrant, who conducted a forensic search of the entire residence.

“Initially, we were at a loss as to their identity but later discovered that they were operatives from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission, ICPC. This raid brings to five the number of times the residence was searched within a period of six months and on each occasion valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed”.

“It is worthy of note to state that no such brazen attempts were made at any point, either at his Link Road Kaduna residence, or his Abuja apartment, which he presently occupies”.

“As the visit of the operatives was unscheduled, the reasons for the search were not specifically stated. However, the outcome of the search was made known. At the end of the whole exercise, the officers who carried out the search were satisfied that nothing incriminating was found”.

“The recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence blocking all entry and exit points, in a commando-style and coming along with a bullion van speaks volume about the clandestine intention of the security operatives. It is therefore worrisome to note that the consistency with which the searches occurred, and the intervals between them portrays a desire of a fault-finding mission. We are apprehensive that a repeat of such episode will not be surprising if an incriminating object is planted in his residence in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him”.

“It is against this background that we wish to draw the attention of the unsuspecting members of the public to this phenomenon. The desperation of some of the security agencies is glaring, by the number of times such searches were conducted and still counting. We hope it is not a way to try to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it”, the statement concluded.

The only thing Igbos hate about Nigeria is Injustice, Corruption and Killings-Vice President Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South)

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Recently, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,  warned  that all those fanning the embers of disunity in Nigeria would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land. The Acting President’s statement has attracted reactions from several Nigerians cutting across ethnic divides. Eze Dr. Alex  Anozie, the Ezendigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state, who also doubles as the Vice President, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South) has  joined  the growing list of Nigerians who have reacted to prof Osinbajo’s statement. In this interview with Federationews2day, Eze Dr. Anozie insists that the Igbos,  who are the first among the tribes that love Nigeria most, would  be ready to live in a united Nigeria  devoid of injustice,  corruption and killings . Excerpts :

The Acting President has stated that those  found to be threatening innocent Nigerians and sponsoring disunity would be dealt with by security agencies. What is your reaction to this statement ?

It is a good initiative, the Acting President is doing very well, God has bestowed him with wisdom. This issue is very fragile, delicate and sensitive and it must be handled very cautiously.  I praise him for that courage he has, in coming out bold in making that statement. Be that as it may, I still want to say  that the truth is bitter, but let all of us be bold to say the truth. All these agitations coming up from different parts of the country, there are reasons for it, injustice, deceit, corruption and killings, here and there, lives and property are no longer secure, militancy here and there, kidnapping here and there. Igbo people think that if they are on their own,  they might be able to arrange things, the way it would be more suitable for them and they would live in peace, lives and property would be secure. The crime rate would  reduce, they are thinking that, may be, in their own separate entity,  they would be able to manage all these areas and live in peace.  They may be wrong and they may be right. Igbos are the section of the country  that love Nigeria more than every other tribal grouping in Nigeria. And that is why they are investing everywhere they find themselves. Igbos are all over the country. This is a straightforward statement, that Igbos have confidence in Nigeria and that Igbos love Nigeria. If they do not love Nigeria, if they are  not committed to one Nigeria, they would not have been investing. There is no other  tribe that is scattered all over the country, like the Igbos, there is no other tribe that is investing all over the country, like the Igbos.  In the North, Igbos’ properties are in trillions, in the South West, Igbos’ properties are in trillions. If they do not have confidence in Nigeria would they have been investing in that manner ? They would have been going to the South East to invest. So, that is the number one reason why everybody should be able to agree with the Igbos,  that they love Nigeria. The only thing Igbos hate about Nigeria is injustice, marginalization, lack of equity, corruption and killings, life has lost value completely in Nigeria. Human beings are killed like  mosquitoes everywhere and the Igbos have much value  for life.  There is no hope that there would be a  stop to these happenings, the Igbos are not happy about this.  The Igbos are desperately in need of peace and security.  If they  are assured today, that all these social vices, all over the place would stop, Igbos are very willing and ready to continue with one Nigeria.  Yes, injustice must stop, indiscriminate killings of  human being must stop. The 2014 national conference started and ended with an agreement reached  by Nigerians. Now, the Government has  refused to make use of the report  of the conference Why ? After the conference, a section of the country came out to say that they do not believe in the conference. This was exactly the same thing that happened before the civil war. It was one of the things that resulted in the civil war.  Before the civil war, agreement   was reached and signed, at Aburi in Ghana, by the representatives of both sides. But surprisingly, when they got back home,in Nigeria after 48 hours, the agreement was swept under the carpet. Had it been the Aburi agreement was implemented, we would not have fought the civil war and several lives would not have been lost on both sides. The same issue has been given another name, restructuring. Everyone is now  talking of restructuring. For how long shall we continue to deceive each other ? Is it not better we tell each other the  bitter truth ?  Had it been justice had been reigning in Nigeria, had it been fair play, truth,  equity and the fear of God had been in place in Nigeria, there would not be need for all these agitations everywhere. Nobody wants to leave Nigeria, Nigeria is a beautiful country, no doubt about that, there is strength in our diversity, no doubt about that, but the truth is that injustice with impunity is in this country, but if the Igbos are  assured that all these vices would be no more, I am sure they would have a change of mind.

57 Illegal Universities Shut Down in Nigeria

The National Universities Commission(NUC) has shut down 57  illegal universities, which  have for sometime been awarding degrees in the country, without approval from the Federal Government.

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According to the NUC in a Public Service Announcement dated May 29, 2017, parents and guardians should be  wary for such universities, even though it said that the list was not exhaustive.

It announced the commencement  of investigations and legal actions against    eight others, with a view to prosecuting them and recovering  illegal fees and charges collected from unsuspecting members of the public.

The NUC warned  that certificates  obtained from such universities would not attract recognition  for the purposes of national service, employment and further studies.

Below are the names of the illegal Universities :

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Those Telling Igbos to Relocate Are Trouble Makers-Vice President (South)Association of Ezendigbo in Diaspora

16  youth groups in the North of Nigeria, some days ago, issued a press statement, directing the Igbos residing there to relocate within three months, specifically by 1st October, 2017. Nigerians are already reacting to the directive by the groups. One of such Nigerians, is Eze Dr. Alex Anozie, the Head of Igbos(EzeNdigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state and Vice President, Association of Ezendigbo in diaspora(South). Eze Dr. Anozie says that nobody has the right to issue such a directive under the law. Excerpts :

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What is your reaction to the directive issued by some groups in the North for Igbos to relocate within three months ?

I think it is either that they have slipped off from the point or maybe they have refused to make use of the constitution. Maybe, they have refused to obey the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of  movement, freedom of association and freedom of residence and this, all and sundry must condemn because by their action, they have come out to challenge the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Secondly, we are in a new order entirely, Nigeria of today is not Nigeria of the sixties. We now realize that we are Nigerians and Nigeria belongs to all of us.  So, nobody can order anyone to leave any part of the country without constitutional backing, maybe someone committed an offense or a group of  people committed an offense and they were tried and found guilty and the law says that they should leave, if there is ay law like that in existence. But apart from that, any group of people coming up to sany to anybody that they should leave any part of the country, those groups are not only illegal, but are trouble makers and they should be treated as such. I want  to congratulate Nigerians who are already speaking out. I have not seen anybody giving support  to the unfortunate press statement.  Everybody are speaking against  them, including Government, ethnic groups and associations, including none Igbo associations are also speaking against this statement. I also want to congratulate Afenifere and some Yoruba personalities, who have spoken , condemning the statement in strong terms. I also congratulate the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, for taking a drastic action, by ordering the arrest of the signatories to the press statement. This is Nigeria, we have all agreed  that we should remain in Nigeria. Any day, if we are going to disintegrate or restructure, let us sit down, discuss it, argue it and agree on what to do peacefully. The crime, they said the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra(IPOB) committed was that they appealed to Igbos all over the world to stay at home to remember the millions of their brothers and sisters, who lost their lives during the 1967 civil  war and this was done without any violence. There is no law stopping anybody who opts to sit at home, from doing so. And some people are now taking it as a crime and because of this, Igbos should leave the North, it is most unfortunate. It is unfair,  the Igbos are demanding for justice and truth to prevail in Nigeria, let us sit down to talk, everybody will come out with their points, telling us why we should disintegrate or why we should remain as one Nigeria or why we should restructure. We will disagree to agree. At the end of the day we must reach an agreement and the agreement  ought to be carried out.  By the way, there was the 2014 National conference report, which all parts of the country contributed to, but up till this moment, nothing has been heard of the report. I don’t think we should have any problem in this country, it is a very beautiful country, and everyone is proud to belong to it. Nigeria belongs to all of us, Igbos have invested in every part of the country.  One aspect that distinguishes Igbos  from other tribes, is that anywhere they are, they invest, make money and acquire property there, they have their homes there. Telling Igbos to leave, is just out of context. It is not done. But my final word is that whatever the situation, let us sit down, talk and agree. And whatever we want to happen, it should  be done peacefully. The leaders in the North should speak out and condemn this act. People should stop issuing out threats, because it is dangerous.

Security Agencies Should Take Ultimatum Given Igbos Seriously-Igbo Youths

Youths from the South East Geo-political zone of Nigeria have  called on security agencies in the country, to take the press statement issued by some AREWA groups as a declaration of war and should be taken with all seriousness.

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They  made this call on Thursday, through the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council  OYC National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, at an interaction with reporters at the end of an emergency meeting with theme ” “Igbo mandate against genocide,”

According to the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council(OYC), the investments of Igbos in the North made it impossible for Igbos to relocate.

”This is a sad development, considering efforts being made to unite this country; this is a sad commentary, considering the sacrifices Igbo have made in this country. We, however, wish to state unequivocally that Igbo are not cowards”.

“Ndigbo want to make it categorically clear that we are ready; we cannot be intimidated by their ranting. The era of taking properties belonging to Ndigbo by force is gone. We won’t let that happen again.”

 

Kebbi Govt Shuts Down Hotel Hideout of Criminals

The Kebbi state Government has ordered the closure of a hotel alleged to be abode for criminals.

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According to the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Musa Kalgo, who made this disclosure in a chat with Reporters, in Birnin Kebbi, the state Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, ordered the closure.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the Governor also directed that all the occupants should be arrested and interrogated.

“Some nefarious activities have been taking place in the area. It was alleged that the hotel is the hideout of criminals that pose threat to the security of the people in the area.”

“Government has directed immediate closure of the hotel and arrest and interrogation of all its occupants,”

“The attackers were traced to the hotel but the guards in the hotel refused to open the gate until security personnel forced their way into the hotel where two of the suspected attackers were arrested. This is a serious security concern; it is the main reason the hotel was closed,”Alhaji Kalgo concluded.

Indeed, Nigerians have expressed concern over the siting of hotels  and relaxation centres in residential areas. They insist that these hotels serve as launch pad for criminals, who terrorize residents at will.

Lagos Govt. Should Not Send Students Caught For Attempted Rape To Prison-Eze Dr. Anozie

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The Lagos state Government has been advised to punish the students caught for indecent behaviour, rather than subjecting them to what may  later  on make them become hardened criminals.

This advise was given by the Head of Igbos in Oyo state, Eze Dr. Alex Anozie in Press Release titled ”Impunity Remains Impunity” dated 12 May 2017 and personally signed by him.

”I suggest that all those boys should be given one hundred strokes of the cane each in the open court. Taking them to prison would mean exposing them  further to criminality, as they would go there to meet  with hardened criminals”.

” It was a very shocking news about what happened at a school in Lagos, where final year students went wild attempting to rape their fellow female students after their final examinations. Unfortunately and most unfortunately, some Nigerians were referring to it as normal or usual. My  heart bled when I read in the papers, these disappointing  utterances  from some human beings.”

‘Our children, who are the future hope of this country going to school with scissors in their pockets getting ready to curt or tear their female colleagues skirts and underwear, in order to rape them. Abomination ! Abomination ! Abomination ! Those people who commented on the issue and said that it is the usual thing have disappointed me and  all mankind. Even if it is the usual thing, maybe such had been happening in some places in the past, why must it be allowed to continue ?, Eze Dr. Anozie questioned.

He called on state Governments in the country, to adopt drastic and appropriate  measures to put an end to the ugly trend, adding ”I see this, as one of the problems, we are having in this part of the world, whereby we see evil growing horns and everybody keeps quiet or may even join in doing it. No wonder why corruption and all kinds of criminality and evils  are now the issue in our country, everybody. is now crying, when the milk has be split. Innocent girls suddenly found themselves in the midst of rapists, who call themselves students. The crime those female students committed was attending school to acquire knowledge to prepare themselves for a better and brighter  future for themselves and our country, Nigeria”.

He commended the Lagos state Government for handling the matter with timely, saying ‘they should not stop at any point in dishing out  the adequate punishment as prescribed by law in handling the matter. If the crime is allowed to go unpunished, it means that parents should get ready with every weapon in their possession to accompany their daughters to schools at anytime final examinations are to take place, in order to escort their children home safely”.

Former Jigawa Governor Remanded In Prison Custody

Former Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido has been ordered to be remanded in prison custody by a Dutse Chief Magistrate court.

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The Former Governor is facing  a four-count charge of inciting disturbance contrary to section 114 of the Penal Code, disturbance of public peace contrary to section 113 of the Penal Code, defamation of character punishable under section 392 of the Penal Code and criminal intimidation punishable under section 397 of the Penal Code.

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Alhaji Lamido was arrested on Sunday in Kano and  a search was conducted in his houses in Kano and Jigawa states.

He was brought to Jigawa on Tuesday morning.

The Chief Magistrate, Usman Lamin  remanded the former Governor in prison custody, until May 4, when his  bail application would be considered.

The Chief Magistrate said he needed time to decide on the application for bail and  the police’s First Investigation Report, FIR, brought as evidence in the case.

Security Tops L/G Chairman’s Priority

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As security challenges continue to envelope most communities in Nigeria,  political appointees at all level of governance in the country have started embarking on ways to check the unbecoming situation.

When the crime rate of a community is on the increase, security experts insist that the leaders  of the community  are to blame.

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Indeed, in several communities in Nigeria, owners of houses are  to blame for accommodating questionable  characters, who later turn out to be criminals.

In his views, the newly appointed  Chairman of Ibadan South West Local Government, Ibadan, Nigeria, Hon. Gbenga Opaleye, security of lives and property would be his focus.

”First and foremost, I have already started with security. In my Local Government, we are encountering a lot of security challenges, the area boys, the people from Born Photo, Foko and some other places. Last week, I went round to  speak with some of them”.

”I advised  them that if they are  ready  to remain in my Local Government, they should comply with the  rules and regulation of the Local Government, if they want jobs, we will find  a way of creating jobs for them. But if they  are not ready to  comply, we will send them to where they belong  to. So if there is security of lives and property, that means the environment is enabled.  And if you look  at it very well, Oyo state  is the most peaceful state in the world, not even in the country, courtesy of my Governor, His Excellency, Abiola Ajimobi”, Hon. Opaleye disclosed.