Kalu hails Gbenga Daniel over emergence as Atiku campaign DG

Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Chief Dr Emeka Kalu has congratulated former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) as the Director General of Alhaji Abubakar Atiku’s presidential campaign in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Kalu in a press release made available to journalists expressed delight over Alhaji Atiku’s decision, and stated that OGD is meticulous and understands the art of politics so well that he is in the best position to deliver the mandate OF given to him.

He said; “OGD’s political sagacity and astute disposition not only makes him a fine gentleman but also a dogged fighter who knows that it’s never over until its over”.

“The history of this country indeed is never complete without the mention of OGD who has remained the only man with a record of serving longest as governor in the history of our nation, with visible developmental results” .

“He transformed Ogun State and gave it a new government secretariat which brought all the state ministries together in one administrative complex. It’s also on record that his programme on Public Private Partnership attracted several businesses into the state during his tenure”.

“His understanding of our nation’s political terrain, generous knowledge of contacts and open-heart are some of the assets he will bring to the table to ensure our victory”, Kalu enthused.

Breaking News: Dino Melaye resumes in Senate, announces defection to PDP


Embattled Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) resumed in the Senate this morning and has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He announced his defection on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday morning which caused confusion as APC and PDP senators exchanged words over the defection.

Melaye had been away from the Senate, since over a month, when the Nigerian Police arrested him and he was subsequently admitted at the intensive care unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Appearing with clutches and neck support to Wednesday’s plenary, Melaye said he was no longer comfortable sitting on his seat at the wing of the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying he has cross over to the wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

EDOCSO vows to stop renewal of BEDC license over high handedness

The Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO) have vowed to block efforts by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to renew its operational license later this year.

At the time of filing this report, the Civil Society organization is holding a protest in Benin City, capital of Edo State and headquarters of BEDC.

A press release signed by the Public Relations Officer of EDOCSO, Comrade Osazee Edigin and made available to JUNGLE JOURNALIST NEWS CORPORATION accuses the BEDC of failure to meet its operationa obligations to citizens under its jurisdiction.

The statement is reproduced here:

“Funke Osibudu led management team of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company has failed the expectations of the people on what the unbundling of the power sector which was hoped to address the perennial energy challenge of the nation seek to achieve.

As a distributor or retailer in the electricity value chain, it has further caused more pains and anguish to the people it was expected to assuage their tiredness under the management of the defunct PHCN. The situation wasn’t as bad as it is today under BEDC as it was under NEPA or PHCN.

Succinctly, their operational licence must not be renewed by the Federal Government due to their high level of inefficiency and incompetence as exhibited over the years of operation. In November, 2018, their licence will be expiring; this is an urgent call to the President Buhari’s led federal government not to consider its renewal.

Among their many sins are enumerated below and not limited to the following:

1. BEDC managed by Vigeo Power Limited is a lawless company and does not respect decisions of NERC and court orders. Only recently a court slammed it with a N10m compensation to a customer whom the NERC forum had already decided its case but BEDC went ahead to arrest him with the police while the matter subsisted in court.

2. It uses police to harass customers in debt recovery.

3. It uses military personnel attached to some white foreigners working with it to abuse the human rights of citizens who are their customers over little issues as protests by communities when they get disconnected without due process and for debt recovery.

4. BEDC management is fond of accusing a whole community of owing and putting them in darkness until the amount alleged to be owed is fully paid, whereas it is a case of few individuals owing because prepaid meter owners cannot be said to be owing rather it is the other way round.

5. Refusal to supply meters so as to further exploit citizens with outrageous estimated billing.
6. BEDC will never replace a faulty transformer or bad poles. Communities and individuals are forced to buy these items themselves and BEDC compelling the purchasers to say it is a donation to BEDC if they want them connected.

7. Customer service is very poor and discouraging.

8. Poor remunerations for the inadequate staff.

9. High handedness of Funke Osibudu on mild issues.

10. Operation of special lines with up to 24 hours supply to some customers while a majority of their customers barely enjoy three hours of constant supply daily.

The people of Edo state are sincerely tired of the operations of the BEDC and its activities and urge the federal government to act before the state is plunged into total anarchy and disorderliness by the attempt renewal of their licence. We are wholeheartedly in support of the criminalization of estimated billing bill currently under consideration by House of Representatives.

Comrade Osazee Edigin
Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations
28A, Erie Street,
Off Sokponba Road,
Benin City,
Edo State,
Nigeria.

http://www.edocso.org

Maxi Okwu Emerges ADC Chairman of Technical and Strategy Committee *Moves into party with 100, 000 faithful

Former national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Maxi Okwu has emerged the Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Technical and Strategy Committee (South East), after announcing his defection to the party in Owerri over the weekend.

Okwu who formally announced his return to politics in Owerri on Saturday, 26th May 2018, stated that he was back for good.

At the South East zonal meeting of the ADC, Okwu expressed delight that the time has come for upright men and women to take power and rebuild Nigeria.

His words ” I have known the national Chairman of the ADC since the 90s, and we worked to grow APGA. But he was wronged and he left to form another party. I remember us going to apologise to him for the wrongs they did him in Awka.

“I took a sabbatical, and when Obasanjo collapsed the structure of the CNM into ADC, I decided to return to politics. So, here, today, I am back.

Okwu, who was warmly received into the party by the leadership of the South East caucus, was named Chairman of the Technical and Strategy Committee that was formed to steer the party forward.

The committee is made up of 26 members, with five drawn from each state of the South East.

Jungle Journalist News Corporation learnt that Okwu, who had embarked on political sabbatical after controversies with APGA, has been having series of meetings with the leadership of the ADC in Abuja.

According to our source, the ADC embraced Okwu as a potential asset to the party, as he is joining with his wealth of political expertise to reposition the party in Enugu State, and nationally.

Another source close to the Barrister also informed our correspondent that in a few weeks time, Okwu will be formally presenting himself to the party with his hundred thousand-plus faithfuls who have patiently waited for his return to active politics.

“Look, Enugu State is excited. Let me tell you, over a hundred thousand youths, women and men have been wondering if our Principal is finally out of the political circle. They are excited with this new development. Once he declares his entry to ADC, the game will change in our state. Real political action is about to start now, ” said our source who did not want to be named.

Although an old party, the ADC picked life some weeks ago after it was adopted by the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) as the face of the Third Force.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has also formally joined the ADC. This move is seen in many circles as a return to politics after he tore his PDP membership card and exited politics in 2014.

Elders to convoke forum for Igbo-interest groups

A group of Igbo elders have stated that they shall convoke a unifying forum for all all Igbo interest groups.

The group, under the auspices of Ndigbo Consultative Assembly (NCA) made this known in a press release signed by its Acting Publicity Secretary, Nze Ethelbert Onwukwe where it said that such a forum has become necessary in order to streamline further actions of the Igbo nation and promote the spirit of unity and progress.

The decision might not be unconnected with the disagreements between two apex Igbo interest groups concerning the Ekwueme Square Declaration held in Awka on May 21, 2018.

The press release revealed that more information about their plans will be revealed soon.

Democracy Day: Buhari lists projects across Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has listed projects embarked upon by his administration across the country.

The president in a nation wide broadcast to mark the 2018 anniversary of Democracy Day tasked Nigerians to commit themselves to hitch-free, credible and violence-free election in the country.

The president appealed to politicians to “conduct ourselves, our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence such that we will have not only hitch free elections but also a credible and violence free process.”

The President listed counter-terrorism, anti-corruption, infrastructure, power, Niger Delta, the 2nd Niger Bridge, school feeding project, among others, as some of the areas his administration has been busy across the country and stated; “My dear country men and women, as we all celebrate our democratic experience, let us resolve to avoid hatred and intolerance; we can only achieve our objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.”

Full text of the address:

My Dear Nigerians

Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration. I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far. This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed Change, the Change we promised and the Change we continue to deliver. We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely; Security, Corruption and the Economy.

2. The commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day is a celebration of freedom, a salute to the resilience and determination of Nigerians and a recommitment by Government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity.

3. Public safety and security remains the primary duty of this Government. Before this Administration came into being 3 years ago, Boko Haram held large areas of land spanning several Local Governments in the North East.

4. Today, the capacity of the insurgents has been degraded leading to the re-establishment of authority of government and the release of captives including, happily, 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, and over 16,000 other persons held by the Boko Haram.

5. In order to minimize the impact of the insurgency on Internally Displaced Persons, Government has established secure IDP Camps and has improved the mechanism for the distribution of basic aid, foods and essential commodities using various strategies in collaboration with local and international Organizations.

6. Efforts are in process for resettlement of IDPs in their home communities by providing schools, hospitals, clinics, water and sanitation to facilitate a quick return to economic activities. Government is similarly implementing de-radicalization and rehabilitation programmes to facilitate sustainable peace and development.

7. The unfortunate incidences of kidnappings, herdsmen and farmers clashes in several communities which have led to high number of fatalities and loss of properties across the country is being addressed and the identified culprits and their sponsors shall be made to face the full wrath of the law. All the three tiers of Government are presently engaged with communities and religious organizations to restore peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

8. I want to commend members of the Multinational Joint Task Force drawn from Niger, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and our own country in collaboration with the International Community who are assisting in the fight against insurgency in the North East. I also commend the gallantry of members of our Armed Forces and other security agencies that have continued to provide security for lives and properties across the country. State and Local traditional authorities are helping with much needed intelligence in this fight against insurgency.

9. This administration is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties occasioned by the carnage of insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country. I wish to assure Nigerians that we will not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors are brought to justice. Government is boosting the capacity of our security agencies through recruitment of more personnel, training and procurement of modern equipment, enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges.

10. The Niger Delta Region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the Elders and the good people of the region. Government is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace, security and development plan for the region. The environmental clean-up of the region which commenced with the launch in Bodo, Ogoni in June, 2016 is progressing satisfactorily. Furthermore farming assets are being revived and investors in cocoa and palm oil plantations are showing serious interest.

11. The second primary object of this Administration is to fight corruption headlong. Like I have always said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will destroy the country. Three years into this Administration, Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption. We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is. I therefore appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight.

12. Various policy measures already put in place to stem the tide of corrupt practices are yielding remarkable results. Some of these key reform policies include:

a. The Treasury Single Account (TSA) has realized Billions of Naira being saved from maintenance fee payable to banks. N200 Billion has also been saved from elimination of ghost workers in public service.
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c. The Whistle-Blowing Policy has helped to recover over N500 Billion;
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c. The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit set up with a mandate to validate controls, assess risks, prune personnel costs, ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms has helped to identify and remove over 52,000 ghost workers from the Federal Government MDAs Payroll;

e. The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) aimed at expanding tax education and awareness has offered the opportunity for tax defaulters to regularise their status in order to enjoy the amnesty of forgiveness on overdue interest, penalties and the assurance of non-prosecution or subject to tax investigations.
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e. The Sovereign Wealth Fund project portfolio has been expanded with an injection of US$650 million so as to strengthen its investment in local infrastructure, power, health, re-construction of Abuja-Kano road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East West Road (Section V) and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Power project as well as the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.

13. The fight against corruption through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has resulted in recoveries of Billions of Naira, as well as forfeiture of various forms of assets. This alongside other efforts has improved Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation.

14. We have retained the services of one of the world’s leading assets tracing firms to investigate and trace assets globally. This is in addition to the exploitation of provisions of existing Treaties, Conventions as well as Bilateral Agreements with Multilateral bodies and Nations. Nigeria has also signed Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements to ensure that there is no hiding place for fugitives.

15. This Administration has therefore focused on revamping the ailing economy it inherited in 2015. In 2016, Government executed an expansionary budget and developed the Strategic Implementation Plan. For the first time, 30% of the budget was earmarked for capital expenditure which represents an upward review when compared with the 2015 budget. The SIP was followed by the development of a comprehensive medium term plan – the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.

16. The broad strategic objectives of the ERGP were to; Restore and sustain economic growth; Build a globally competitive economy; and Invest in our people. The implementation of the ERGP has started yielding results. The National Bureau of Statistics reports that the economy grew by 1.95% in 1st quarter 2018, which is a good performance when viewed against -0.91 in 1st quarter 2017 and -0.67% in 1stquarter 2016 respectively.

17. Our foreign reserve has improved significantly to 47.5 billion USD as of May, 2018 as against 29.6 billion USD in 2015. The inflationary rate has consistently declined every month since January, 2017.

18. Recently, Government conducted Focus Labs in three key sectors of the Economy namely, Agriculture & Transport, Manufacturing and Processing as well as Power and Gas. These have yielded significant prospects for investments and Job creation to the tune of US$ 22.5 billion with a potential for creating more than 500,000 jobs by 2020. These investment generation initiatives are expected to increase capital inflows in the form of foreign direct investment. There is a high prospect that the cumulative investments from this first phase of the Labs will hit US$39.2 billion by 2025.

19. Under agriculture, Nigeria continues to pursue a strategic food security programme built around self-sufficiency and minimization of import dependency. As a result, rice importation from other countries has been cut down by 90% which has a direct impact on foreign reserves.

20. The Social Investment Programmes (SIP) has been created as a means to graduating our citizens from poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support. The major strategic objective is to restore livelihood, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor across the country. The SIP programmes and projects include:

a. Home Grown School Feeding Programme – About 8.2 million pupils are currently being fed from 24 States of the Federation with over 75,000 Catering Staff engaged under the programme.
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c. The Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 297,000 caregivers and being trained by 2,495 Community Facilitators in 21 states. Less privileged Nigerians are now being paid N5,000 monthly stipend in 9 pilot States of Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo. Eventually the scheme will cover all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
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c. Under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme – About 264,269 loans had been disbursed to 4,822 societies in the 36 States and FCT, while another 370,635 are awaiting release of funds.

e. N-Power Job creation Scheme – is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates and has so far recruited 200,000 youths while the next batch of 300,000 have been selected, verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT. Furthermore, 20,000 non-graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N-Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.
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21. In the area of power generation, Nigerians from all parts of the country continue to report better power supply and less use of generators. This underscores the effectiveness of the methodical plan to deliver incremental and uninterrupted power supply to our homes, markets, offices and factories.

22. The country achieved 5,222.3 MW representing the highest peak of power generated onto the national grid and delivered to customers in December, 2017. With new facilities, repairs and rehabilitations by Government and private investors, generation capability now exceeds 7,500 MW.

23. This Administration is committed to lawful interventions to ensure the operators of the distribution business live up to expectations especially in the areas of distribution capacity, service delivery, collection efficiency, and metering to eliminate contentious estimated billing.

24. The Transportation Sector continues to undergo a series of reforms in order to sustain the international best practices and ensure safety and security. The nation’s major airports have witnessed reconstruction of runways, installation of navigational equipment and new international terminals due for commissioning in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu. Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Nigeria and the Governments of other countries will significantly open up new flight routes.

25. As a result of strict regulatory and compliance policies, Nigeria retained her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 status, after a routine international audit. Recently, a new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility with capacity for aircraft C-checks and other comprehensive levels of maintenance was established in Lagos. This would save the country an estimated $90m annually.

26. Giant strides have been recorded over the past three years to improve road transport infrastructure in all geopolitical zones of the country.

27. The Railway Sector has also received tremendous attention as this Administration is committed to the goal of linking all State capitals in the Federation by rail network to ease the movement of goods and passengers.

28. The Education Sector especially at tertiary level has continued to witness expansion in order to improve access to higher education by millions of youths in Nigeria. Over the last three years, Government has approved the establishment of 1 new Federal Polytechnic, granted licenses for the establishment of 4 State and 14 private-owned Universities as well as 12 private Polytechnics.

29. Government has also continued to support the implementation of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education delivery. Thus, it has ensured proper funding at the Basic Education level with the disbursement of N42.2 billion UBE Matching Grant to 26 States and the FCT, N851.5 million Special Education Grant disbursed to 23 States and private providers of Special Education and N2.2 billion Teachers Professional Development Fund to 33 States and the FCT.

30. The Federal Government has continued to support fiscal sustainability at the sub-national governments through the implementation of the Budget Support Facility which was accompanied by the 22- point Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Thus, bailouts funds were made available to States to ease their fiscal challenges and other obligations including payment of salaries.

31. In addition, a total of 73 Ecological Fund projects for the control of gully erosion in different communities across all geopolitical zones have been completed in the last three years and are undergoing commissioning while 53 other projects are ongoing. The execution of these projects has generated 357 skilled jobs and 1,350 unskilled jobs during this period.

32. It is pertinent to also make mention of the immeasurable contributions of the Nigerian woman to national development and advancement of democracy, over the last three years. The government and people appreciate you all as mothers of our great country.

33. My dear country men and women, as we all celebrate our democratic experience, let us resolve to avoid hatred and intolerance; we can only achieve our objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.

34. Finally, the up-coming months will usher us into another season of general elections. Let me use this opportunity to urge us all to conduct ourselves, our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence such that we will have not only hitch free elections but also a credible and violence free process.

35. In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill

36. I thank you for your attention.

37. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ex Enugu guber candidate donates Secretariat to Enugu ADC

A former chairman of Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State and Enugu gubernatorial aspirant, Dr Walter Oji has presented a facility to the state chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Speaking to party representatives of the party who visited him on Friday, 25th May 2018, Oji said he is happy that he could provide the party with a place for temporary use as it grows in the state.

He promised to give attention to the growth of the party which he said, is attractive to him due to it’s political ideologies that centres on the development of the People and the State.
“I will be happy if the party can use the facility until you can get a better place. There is ample space outside for large gatherings and office space inside for smaller meetings. Feel free to use them”, he stated.

Responding on behalf of the State Chairman, the Party Secretary expressed delight at the kind gesture and thanked Dr Oji for his offer.

Earlier in the week, Dr Oji had expressed interest in the party when he visited the Chairman, Mrs Stella Chukwuma in Enugu.

Chukwuma had pointed out the ideologies of the party to Oji, and invited him to be part of the growth of the party for the benefit of Ndi Enugu.

MOBIN hails Ohaneze Ndigbo on Restructuring Summit

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) is happy to identify with Ohaneze Ndigbo on its coming South East Summit on Restructuring.

With this Summit which seeks a redesigning of the country’s political structure, Ohaneze leadership under Chief Nnia Nwodo is set to carve it’s name in the sands of time.

MOBIN believes that Politics, Restructuring, Regional Government, Diplomacy and Economic Emancipation of our geographical region are alternative methods on our path to Biafra.

MOBIN is a human rights political movement of the Biafrans anchored on Freedom of Speech where everybody can express his or her political opinion without being tagged a saboteur.

The Biafran Freedom Movement has entered into the hands of intellectuals and elder statesmen, and MOBIN is gathering together the Biafra Intelligentsia to take the Biafra Struggle to the final level through political struggle.

The decision of Ohaneze Ndigbo, as the apex sociocultural organisation of the Igbo people is timely, and very laudable, as Ndi Igbo usually have been at the forefront of the agitation for a better political design of the country.

MOBIN, since it’s formation, has been working for the political and economic independence of our territory from external controls.

We have been employing diplomacy and negotiations, which is why we commend Ohaneze Ndigbo for launching this Summit where we can jaw-jaw instead of war-war on the best path to a better structured Nigeria.

We strongly believe that the Summit would yield desired results.

Finally, MOBIN is wishing Ndi Igbo successful deliberation, as Chief Nwodo’s Ohaneze hosts the Restructuring Summit.

Signed, Eberechukwu Anigbogu
Director General (MOBIN)

Alex Otti attracts NDDC road projects to Arochukwu, Isi Eketa-Mbawsi towns

Alex Otti attracts NDDC road projects to Arochukwu, Isi Eketa-Mbawsi towns

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 elections in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti (OFR), has facilitated the rehabilitation of some internal roads in Arocvhukwu through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Roads benefiting from this project include Amaikpe market square to the Avia Ovuru road, curving out to Ibom by Opobo House; Avia Ovuru through Obinkita new layout road to Ugwuavor new layout, and bursting out at Amangwu village square; Isimkpu/Amangba junction to Amangwu with a spur through Amankwu Amangwu to Ndi-Ivi to Umuoti Asaga village square; Aro Civic Center road commencing at Oror to Amoba village square; and Amoba village through Jubilee road to Obinkita hall joining the main road.

The project is being handled by Solberg Construction Company Limited, the same firm that undertook the grading of 8 kilometers of the Arochukwu-Ohafia road in December 2016.

According to information made available to Inside Abia through Aro News, the contractor has since mobilized to site, digging drainages and constructing culverts, while grading, earth works and stone base work are scheduled to commence in earnest. Aro News gathered that some of the road will be asphalted, will others will be graded with stone based.

The development has elicited positive responses from residents many of whom prayed for Dr. Alex Otti who only recently facilitated the completion of the Historic Aro Civic Centre, a project that took over 42 years to realize.

In a related development, Dr Otti has also attracted the reconstruction of Isi Eketa-Mbawsi road in Isiala Ngwa North LGA through the NDDC.

Inside Abia gathered that there were speculations that high authorities in Abia State tried to stop the project, a ploy to whittle down Dr. Otti’s popularity in the State. But the drama did not go down well with residents,who went on air to appeal to the authorities not to interrupt the project as the roads had been in very bad states of disrepair, with no other intervention save for the current one.

You can’t stop Ohaneze Summit, MOBIN replies IPOB

You can’t stop Ohaneze Summit, MOBIN replies IPOB

Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN),the political arm of the Biafran struggle has cautioned Igbo youths to ignore the call by the Nnamdi Kanu -led Indigenous People of Biafra to stop the coming Summit of Ohaneze Ndigbo by any means necessary.

MOBIN in a press release signed by its Director General, Ezenwanyi Eberechukwu Anigbogu expressed shock that IPOB is calling for violence against the summit organisers.

She said that the incessant manipulative directives of the IPOB leadership to its adherents have brought nothing but violence and death across the South East whereas those issuing the directives are usually safe abroad.

She therefore urged that instead of obeying the directives, aggrieved agitators should instead, embrace the Summit and make their contributions which will in the long run contribute to the progress of the quest for Biafra.

She also called for all agitators to embrace the political and diplomatic methods of the group, which she said is the best route to nationhood.

THE FULL PRESS RELEASE:

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), is shocked at the continual, incessant threats against reason and commonsense by the Nnamdi Kanu-led faction of Indigenous People of Biafra.

We are appalled that the organization, in its unbridled desire for popularity will always choose to attack every action taken to address our agitations, whether right or wrong. The latest is the repeated insults on the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo, and this time in the form of threats against the proposed restructuring summit.

The Press Release signed by Mr Emma Powerful, threatening fire and brimstone against Ohaneze Ndigbo is very distasteful.

You cannot condemn every move made by our elders and insist it’s your opinion or nothing.

The Summit for Restructuring is a move in the right direction and should be supported by all freedom fighters and comrades of the Biafran cause.

We call on all Biafrans to be aware that Mr Emma Powerful has no better alternative to the Summit, given the current circumstances we find ourselves in.

They should also be aware that the Summit is lawful, and any attempt to disrupt it is illegal and would be stopped by security agencies.

Emma Powerful, Uche Mefor and all others urging you to come out and confront legal security agents will not join you during the confrontation as they would be safe in their homes, far away from Nigeria while you either get arrested, get injured or get killed.

These manipulative directives of the IPOB leadership have brought nothing but violence and death across the South East. They have always urged our sons and daughters to stand against armed security forces. Without arms they have done this and each time, we lose our children. Yet not one of those asking for this violence ever comes out to lead the confrontation.

Is it not time we resort to alternate, more friendly methods of agitations other than the ones that bring death, sorrow and tears? How long shall we keep burying our children when we have more pragmatic alternatives?

We are asking you to stand down and resort to our political and diplomatic methods toward Biafra by being part of the unfolding political process.

Do not endanger your lives for people who will not raise a finger to assist you when you run into trouble. They never have and never would.

Instead of wilfully inviting violence against our people, why don’t we sit and hear the alternatives Ohaneze shall bring to the table?

The vision of MOBIN is the political and economic emancipation of Biafraland based on the philosophy that politics determines the economy of the nation.

We are Biafrans by indigene and Nigerians by citizenship. As such, we have a right to participate in all social, political and economic activities of Nigeria.

We therefore urge you to join the political, economic and diplomatic path to Biafra which is not only legal, but also the most credible alternative.

Signed,

Ezenwanyi Eberechukwu Anigbogu, Director General.