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1966 coup: Ohanaeze denies any planned apology to Fulani

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1966 coup: Ohanaeze denies any planned apology to Fulani

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied any plans by Ndigbo to apologise to the Fulani community over the 1966 coup in Nigeria.

It was reacting to a viral audio indicating that Ndigbo were making moves to apologize to the Fulani community over the incident.

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation described the viral audio as wicked, false and malicious.

The January 15, 1966 led by Major Kaduna Nzeogwu and called ‘Igbo coup’ in some quarters because the major participants were from Eastern Nigeria, killed 22 people including then sitting Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, many other senior politicians, senior army officers of northern extraction and their wives.

However, the coup was not well received by some northern soldiers led by then – Lt. Cols Murtala Muhammed and TY Danjuma who staged a counter-coup in July 1966.

The counter-coup resulted in the murder of Nigeria’s first military Head of State, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, and Lt Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi (who was hosting a visiting Aguiyi-Ironsi as Western Region Governor) in Ibadan.

Reacting to the voice note in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, maintained that the Igbo were not responsible for the coup in 1966 and, therefore, have no reason to apologise to anyone.

Iwuanyanwu also said all Igbo governors were calling for IPoB leader Nnamdi Kanu to be released from custody.

Kanu is facing trial for alleged secession and treason before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

“I was shocked to read a voice message alleging that we held a retreat in Enugu State, and it was poorly attended and that at the meeting we said we were going to Sultan of Sokoto to apologize to them for the killing of Ahmad Bello and the other things that happened in the 1966 coup.

“The voice message was false, malicious and wicked,” Iwuanyanwu stated.

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“Part of what we agreed in that retreat was that we are going to publish a book called; ’This is our story’. It will tell our story starting from the time of war till this moment. So, as a father, I will forgive those who did the evil voice message. So far, Ugwuh has apologized and I have forgiven him.”

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On Nnamdi Kanu, the Ohanaeze leader said, “I have done a lot, I am the one who started the move to free Kanu, and many were bold to join me because they have respect for me. All our governors are calling for Kanu to be released.”

Meanwhile, the Igbo-Biafra Nationalists has said it would not accept any plan to apologize to any person or group of persons over the issues surrounding the coup.

The Convener of the group, Uche Mefor, denounced any such suggestion or plan of extending apologies to the Fulani community.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to a purported shameful plan by some unscrupulous individuals from the South-East, contemplating the notion of extending an olive branch to the Fulani community, seeking forgiveness for the events surrounding the military coup of 1966.

“Such contemplation, however, must be met with resounding condemnation and a vehement refusal to tow such an ignoble, abominable path to destruction.

“The Igbo-Biafra Nationalists and the Indigenous People of Igbo Nation for Self-Determination categorically denounce any such suggestion or plan, whether genuine, perceived, or manipulated, of extending apologies to the Fulani community.”

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Northern elders express concern over dethronement of Kano Emirs

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Northern elders express concern over dethronement of Kano Emirs

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed concern over the dethronement of Kano Emirs.

The Forum on the other hand blamed the previous administration for creating new emirates, saying such action threatens the unity and cohesion of the traditional structure and undermines the centuries-old customs, values, and traditions that are the bedrock of Nigerian society.

In a press release by its director of publicity and advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the forum warned that the crisis in the Kano emirate has significantly raised public tensions and concerns.

It, however, urged the Kano state government and the involved politicians to handle the situation with utmost care and professionalism to prevent further escalation.

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“It is important for all parties involved to approach this matter with the utmost care and professionalism, keeping in mind the potential consequences of their actions. Rash decisions and inflammatory statements can only serve to worsen the situation and jeopardize the peace and stability of the state,” NEF stated.

The Forum also called on the public to remain calm and law-abiding, stressing that violence and unrest would only further divide the community and hinder peaceful resolution efforts.

The Elders emphasized the need for unity and mutual understanding during this crisis, noting that, the traditional institution in Nigeria has long faced challenges that have rendered it weak and ineffective.

According to NEF, “Creation of multiple emirates in Kano is a deliberate attempt to weaken the authority of traditional rulers, making them more susceptible to political control and manipulation. The arbitrary dethronement and replacement of high-ranking traditional rulers in Kano, according to the NEF, undermine their authority and legitimacy.

“This move threatens the unity and cohesion of the traditional structure and undermines the centuries-old customs, values, and traditions that are the bedrock of Nigerian society,” the Forum stressed.

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BREAKING: Yusuf signs bill reversing Ganduje’s Kano emirates creation

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BREAKING: Yusuf signs bill reversing Ganduje’s Kano emirates creation

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Thursday, signed the new emirate council law.

The governor, alongside his deputy, the Speaker of the State Assembly and other principal officers in the government signed the law Thursday evening at the Government House.

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[ICYMI] HOW TO APPLY FOR STUDENT LOAN

CREATING AN ACCOUNT

Step 1: visit www.nelf.gov.ng

Step 2: Click on the “Apply Now”

Step 3: Click on “Get Started”

Step 4: Answer the questions on this page to continue by clicking on “Yes, I am a Nigerian”

Step 5: Verify your educational information. You would be required to select your school from a dropdown and provide your matric number to check if your school has uploaded your details.

Step 6: Click the “Verify with JAMB” and enter your JAMB details in the screen.
(Students whose NIN has not been registered with JAMB will have an input field where they can enter their NIN for validation.)

Step 7: Create an account by entering your Email address, Password and Confirm Password in the fields provided and click “Create Account”.

Step 8: Click the email verification link sent to your email.
This concludes the process of creating an account.

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