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Agitators disturbing peace of Southwest

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The Director-General, Strategic Planning and Implementations of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Tony Obizoba has called for cessation of hostilities by those behind the Sit-at-home that has disrupted socio-economic activities in the Southeast

He said the “madness” should end, urging stakeholders to rise to the occasion.

In a statement, he said the nefarious activities of the agitators can no longer be condoned.

Obizoma said: “The security situation in the South East of Nigeria, occasioned by the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its Eastern Security Network (ESN), is becoming a thing that must no longer be condoned, especially with the way the group appears to be having upper hand over constituted authorities without the governors ever being able to stop them.

“While Nigerians, who blame the Igbo residents operating businesses in the region for complying with the SIT-AT-HOME order of the IPOB, an organisation that has now grown wings stronger and thicker than the political elites that pampered and nurtured them in the first place, may be correct, it must also be spelt out clearly that there is little or hardly anything those residents can do in a situation where the group use force and violence to implement the SIT-AT-HOME order whereas the governors that have the constitutional powers to enforce the law to their security and safety are doing nothing. To do otherwise can be suicidal for the ordinary citizens in the region.

“We can give it to the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Nzodinma, because he has tried a little as he has made bold statements against the IPOB’s order.  However, bold statements of the governor could bite, only if they are followed with action.

“The governors, national and state lawmakers of the South East and other political elites in the region should bear it in mind that, for their incessant conspiracy of silence and inaction, they risk the Federal Government of Nigeria taking required action as a last resort and it will have overbearing effects.  And knowing full well that the Presidency of the country will, constitutionally, not fold its arms and allow a section of the country to be taken over by powers that are strange to recognition of the law, nobody can do anything about whatever action is taken by Abuja because, owners of town cannot allow their town to scatter, says an adage.

“Some people claim they are fighting for the emancipation of Igbo Land due to what they claim to be lack of development. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the odds of the past have started coming to even.  We have seen elements of development. We have seen roads that were, in actual fact, neglected under politicians that claimed to be our own sons now being fixed. We have seen the Second Niger Bridge, upgraded Enugu International Airport and have seen completed modular and groundbreaking of full fledge refineries brought to the region just like we also have the South East state of Anambra now enlisted as one of oil producing states now accessing the 13 percent derivation and other benefits that are expected to improve the lives of our people.

“In the wake of all of these, it will be out of place that a group of supposed fighters for the ‘liberation’ of Igboland will be the ones leading the fronts for the destruction of the same land they claim to liberate. Now, from whom are they liberating the land when, of a surety, they are physically witnessed destroyers that everybody can see?  You cannot continue to blame the Hausa-Fulani for the problem of Igboland because, the resemblance of hope that we have seen so far, which was impossible for the 14 years of our fellow Southerners in power, has been made possible only by the same Hausa-Fulani man that you hate to see in power.”

We should throw sentiments and self deceit to the bin and allow the common sense in us to lead our way for us to access better life. We once witnessed in recent past when this led Federal Government kickstarted the construction of Second Niger Bridge and our own Igbo youths went and blocked the contractors demanding for for N500 million before they could allow the development of their own region take place. Same done to contractors upgrading the Enugu Airport. And we have the same people now claimed that they are doing SIT-AT-HOME for the liberation of their land. Which land?

Again, because of SIT-AT-HOME order of these group, many souls of Igbo people have been destroyed due to blind killer spray that has taken place in the name of implementation of this said order. Travelers coming from other regions of the country to the South East region have had their vehicles set on fire and also got killed. They are fellow Igbo people. What is their offence?Our own children was chased out from exam hall and their motorbikes were destroyed. What is the other characteristic of terrorism if not this?

Funny enough, they fail to extend their SIT-AT-HOME order to Igbo doing businesses in other region in solidarity with their cause. They should have also enforced it on Igbo in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and other parts to show they really care.

For how long will governors of South East continue to remain in this conspiracy of silence and allow this group reign to the detriment of the land and the people?  What has happened now by their attitude is nothing more than two governments now running the affair of each state of the South East.

It must be stopped immediately because, if the Federal Government will come to do the governors’ work for them, they should know that they will not be the ones in power to witness it as the constitution empowers President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency to restore normalcy, common sense, security peace and order in the place. Gentility of Buhari’s lion, our people should not take it for a coward.

A stitch in time, the adage says, saves nine”

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Osinbajo-for-President Campaign Posters Flood Ibadan

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Campaign posters of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have surfaced at some strategic areas of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

 The posters, which bear the portrait of the Vice President, have ‘Osinbajo for All 2023’ boldly written on them.

Our correspondent observed that the posters were pasted at Dugbe, Mokola and University of Ibadan/Bodija Junction and Iwo Road, among other areas in the ancient metropolis.

The VP is being tipped to succeed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is billed to leave office in 2023.  But Osinbajo has not publicly declared any intention to join the presidential race.

A group, Osinbajo For All  Volunteer Group, had some months ago, in a statement, said they were sensitising Nigerians to the suitability of the VP for the President position because of his qualities and experience.

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When contacted on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Peter Ogundeji, said the group was behind the posters in Ibadan.

He said Osinbajo did not ask the group to campaign for him but its members were rooting for his possible emergence as Buhari’s successor.

According to him, Nigeria needs a God-fearing leader with experience at this time to steer its ship away from disaster.

He said, “Irrespective of whether Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has shown interest to run for the 2023 Presidency or not, ‘Osinbanjo For All Volunteer Group’ remains firmly committed to its belief that Osinbajo has all it takes to take our country to it place in destiny come 2023 and beyond.

“Let it be on record once again that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo didn’t mandate us to do this. He didn’t authorise us to mobilise for him; we are young and old men and women who strongly believe in his capacity.

“It is in him we think we can entrust our future. So, notwithstanding his stand for now, with respect to 2023, we shall continue to promote him, we shall continue to let the world know those qualities we have seen in him that have attracted many of us to him.”

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Umahi seals off hotel hosting PDP temporal office ahead of congress

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The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Friday sealed the Salt Lake, which belongs to the senator representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone, Sen. Obinna Ogba, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of their state congress.

The hotel is the temporal office of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State wherein all members of the party, according to reports would gather to distribute state congress electoral materials that is scheduled to hold at the Peoples Club Event Centre, Abakaliki.

Umahi had said the reason for sealing off the hotel that belongs to senator Obinna Ogba was as a result of a rumoured attempt by aggressive members of APC to hold a parallel state congress at the venue.

The governor made this known while addressing stakeholders of the state during an enlarged APC meeting that took place at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.

He said: “One, Kenneth Nwakparata wants to conduct a parallel congress, he wrote a letter on social media saying he wants to conduct a parallel congress. That letter is fake and I have declared him wanted. Anywhere you see him, bring him to the police, you will get 500,000, and where he wants to conduct the congress is at Obinna Ogba Hotel.

“Well, they have gone to ask and they said they didn’t book the place but only wrote to me. I am cancelling any meeting there tomorrow. There shall be no meeting there and the CP must take over that place, the entire place must be beefed up with security. But, if you want to try, you try and go there and see what will happen. I am the chief security officer of the state and it is my duty to maintain law and order.

“No be every governor, they go try anyhow. Make them try this one and see. Is not possible for everybody to be very happy, that notwithstanding, if you want accommodation, we will give you. It must not be your will to stand, but it’s the will of the majority of the people of Ebonyi state, because Ebonyi state is APC and APC is Ebonyi State.

“Let me commend the various senatorial zones for the manner and peaceful way they resolved the positions that were zoned to them . The party’s constitution accommodates zoning and so, there is nothing anybody can do about that,” he stated.

In a swift reaction, the chairman of the peoples Democratic party, PDP, Elder Fred Udeogu, however, urged the governor to refrain from making a ridiculous statement that is capable of putting the lives of the peoples and the entire state in danger.

According to him: “I state categorically that the information you people have is as useless as it is unimaginable. As far as I am concerned, the owner of this hotel is a bonafide member of PDP. It is not easy for APC men to even come here to use this place for anything.

“The level of non-communication between PDP and APC is so diametric. It has been a long time since the governor has been looking for how to seal a hotel that belongs to a distinguished senator. This is baseless and directionless issues.

“Umahi lacks focus, advisers by saying he will seal this hotel, let him come and seal it. We are waiting. We applied to the police about a month ago and they have the timetable of PDP that covers the ward, local government and state congresses. We are carefully avoiding the government facility,” he stated.

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Competence, not zone, should determine next president’s choice –Bakare

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The founder of Citadel Global Community Church, (formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said it does not matter where the next President comes from as long as the person can deliver good governance.

This is as he voiced his support for the electronic transmission of election results in the country, going forward. This, according to him, will protect eligible voters from disenfranchisement.

Bakare said this on Friday after a private meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, was scheduled for a 12-noon meeting with the President in his office.

Despite his previous close political affiliation with Buhari, the clergyman has in recent times castigated the President’s regime.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, he said the visit was to “dispense what was in my heart” to the President.

On the power rotation debate, Bakare stated, “I had said it on October 3. It’s our immaturity, politically and otherwise, that makes us say power must either be in the North or be in the South, instead of looking for the best, the fittest, the most competent, and people of character, who love this nation.

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