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REBUTTAL: The vain attempt to smeer reputation of Sen Mao Ohuabunwa, debunked

The attention of Forum for Abia Enlightened Youths (FABEY), has been drawn to a libecious, damaging and dangerous publication on Facebook by one “Spartan Arinze” with intent to smear and assassinate the character of Distinguished Senator Moa Ohuabunwa for no cogent reason.

As a matter of concern, it is uncertain at this point to aduce the intent behind this deliberate attempt, and the persons behind such petty act of perilous, dastardly and wicked tantrums towards a reputable personality as Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, albeit, naysayers and political gangsterism, brigandry, to wit; intent to defame and score cheap political goals.

But we wish to state categorically that we would not fold our hands to watch some unscrupulous elements defame a respectable personality like Senator Mao on any guise and shade, and therefore warn vehemently that the said Spartan Arinze, (whose Facebook account published the libecious article) should as a matter of remorse, tender an unreserved apology to the person of Distinguished Senator Mao Ohuabunwa or face legal actions that FABEY may deem neccessary to tow as we will not relent to use and exhaust all legal means at our disposal to seek justice against Spartan Arinze and his sponsors/co-travellers.

For avoidance of doubt, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa is a known personality around Nigeria and in the political terrain, and we state unequivocally that he had at no point in his political and/or individual career been indicted or accused of any illegality whatsoever. Therefore this gullible attempt to smeer his name will be resisted, challenged and fought to a standstill.

To put the record straight, THE HOUSE AND THE CARS DOES NOT BELONG to Senator Mao Ohuabunwa as alleged in the FAKE NEWS video.

We therefore advise Spartan Arinze to pull down the viral video, tender his apology to Senator Mao Ohuabunwa within 48hours of this publication or face the consequences of his actions.

Signed,
Comrade Jeremiah Okoronkwo-chukwu (President General, FABEY)
Amb. Solomon Onwudibe (Secretary General, FABEY)

Civil Society Group calls for inclusion of activists in Enugu State #EndSARS panel

PRESS STATEMENT
28Th Oc tober, 2020.

APPRECIATION OF SETTING UP OF ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL OF INQUIRY BY THE ENUGU STATE GOVERNOR TO HANDLE THE CASE OF ENDSARS VICTIMS: CALL FOR INCLUSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY AND ONE MORE YOUTH IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL AND EXPANSION OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE.

The attention of International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Initiative had been drawn to recent action of Enugu state of setting up of a special panel of Inquiry called Administrative Panel of Inquiry to look into the case of various category of losses suffered by residents of Enugu state as a result of violence and destruction that took over the hitherto peaceful ENDSARS protest.

We see this intervention as a welcomed initiative giving the high level of calamity that has befallen so many people following the violence that characterised the later part of the protest.

Setting up of the Administrative Panel has cleared the confusion and uncertainty that have beclouded the mind of the affected victims and families of casualties of the protest as well as concerned members of the public of what becomes their fate.

With the setting up of this panel, it is clear that all the perons that have lost their property, sustained various cstegory of injuries and families of those who lost their loved ones will receive adequate compensation .

While appreciating the Governor for this intervention, we call on him to include representatives of human rights Civil Society Organisations and National Human Rights Commission in the panel as wrll as add one more youth from a general youth platform to complement the student youth already there as a member.
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The expediency of this demand is necessitated by the unique nature of the issues to be handled by the panel which bother mainly on human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, the social class of the victims and those the recommendation of the panel will revolve around for implementation.

Our call is also necessitated by the fact of special knowledge, experience and skill that human rights activists/defenders possess on areas of human rights violation investigation and report which form the core aspect of the panel’s responsibility

Even though there is youth there to represent the students, thst is not adequate enough giving the nature of the issues at stake. Out of about 6 persons in our record who were extra-judicially killed, all are youths. The youths should be more than one in such a panel as the recommendation of the panel will affect them and they are the ones to drive the process of implementation of the outcome.

We therefore call on the Governor to include representatives of human rights organisations and National Human Rights Commission in the panel as well as add one more youth to complement the one already there who is a student.

We also suggest that the Terms of Reference should be expanded to include the following:
1. To investigate the circumstances that triggered off the violence protest and the destruction and when the violence and destruction started .
2. To recommend ways of forestalling future occurrence.

The need for including these in the terms of reference is for the government and the prople to have the opportunity of discovering and knowing the real truth of what transpired during the period of the protest and to know what really made the hitherto peaceful protest to transit into violent dimension which led to the recorded monumental loss in both human and financial resources. More importantly it will help the government and the people to avert future occurrences

It is good to pay compensation to the victims of violence and destruction but it is also very expedient to know how the violence started, what triggered it off in the first place and how to avert or prevent it in the future. It is also good to set up a panel but is also very essential to use the people that will give the correct result and people that will matter in the course of implementation of the outcome in csrrying out the assignment.

Your Sincerely,

Comrade Osmond Ugwu.
President,

Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo
Secretary.

Full Speech of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians over #EndSARS Protests

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020

Fellow Nigerians,

It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
a. Farmermoni,
b. Tradermoni,
c. Marketmoni,
d. N-Power,
e. N-Tech and
f. N-Agro.

14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It’s evil to accuse Ndi Igbo of destruction of property on Lagos, says MASSOB

PRESS RELEASE:

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) under the leadership of Comrade Uchenna Madu have reiterated our resolve to maintain our principals of non violence in our legitimate pursuit for the actualization and restoration of Biafra.

We shall never resort to violence even though we are being provoked and pushed to the wall.

The nationwide protest, destruction of public and private properties and degenerated tensions in Nigeria including the inability of the government to control the senseless killings of innocent citizens have justified the self determination struggle of MASSOB and other pro Biafra agitators. The current situation in Nigeria have vindicated MASSOB before the international communities.

The entity called Nigeria has been damaged beyond repair. The foundation that holds Nigeria is fraudulent, deceitful and hypocritical, it is going through bizarre fire now. Soon, the remaining carcasses of Nigeria will be consume by the flames of injustices, corruption and nepotism.

Ndigbo have never declared any aggression against the Yorubas or any other indigenous tribe in Nigeria.

Ndigbo did not attack or destroy any government or private properties in Lagos. It is evidently known that armless aggrieved Nigerian youths expressing their in comfortability against the Nigeria’s worst administration were massacred by Nigerian soldiers which resulted to burning of government and private properties in Lagos.

MASSOB warns the perpetrators of the falsehood that is capable of pitching Ndigbo and Yorubas into unpleasant aggression to stop it. Southwest, Southeast, South-south and Middle Beltans regions have formed a greater alliance that will emancipate them from their political subjections in Nigeria. We shall never allow the fulanis to create divisions among us again.

MASSOB also warn the protesting Nigerian Youths to stop destroying peoples properties. The armed less youths should not give room to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s military terrorists to massacre our people or cause more havoc on our people.

Comrade Edeson Samuel,
National Director of Information, MASSOB.

#ENDSARS:CoalCity Youth Council Condemn unrest in Enugu, National Disturbances

*Urges Youths in Enugu State to remain resolute and law abiding while protesting

Our attention has been drawn on the recent and incessant destructions of both private and public owned properties in Enugu by some alleged End Sars protesters within the State.

Our Council, through the office of our Acting National President, Comrade Ifebuchi, Williams Chime, has vehemently condemned this Acts without mercy, thereby expressing deep disappointment amongst the Youths within the State, especially to those who have decided to divert the agendas of the protests into another dimensional parts.

However, our acts at this moment may be morally justifiable based on the recent sordid experience that took place at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, 20/10/2020 but also abysmally condemnable as the act is about to undermine our philosophy and protesting undertone as a family in Enugu State, the Council Acting Nat’l President noted.

As a Council, we also wish to establish and thereby calling the attention of our Youths on how we started a peaceful protests, and today, something we started on a peaceful note has degenerated into another form of human attitudes, with much rancour and civil unrest across the major cities of Enugu State.

No doubts, Nigeria Government both present and past has failed us in terms of leadership prowess and proper accountability in governance, including credible representation and public welfare, but then, we needed to retrench from the parts we are apparently trending on now if we must win this battle.

Be that as it may, while we are actively expressing our views with deep shocks over the recent destruction of properties with further lost of lives in Enugu State, CoalCity Youth Council is also condemning the last human genocides that took place at Lekki tollgate by Nigeria Army, with further describing of their acts as been barbaric and devilish in nature.

To this end, we wish to remind the APC led adminstration of President Mohammed Buhari that, the killers of unarmed Nigerian Youths at Lekki tollgate while singing the National Anthem and holding of Nigeria flag as citizens of this Nation should be brought to book as their acts were undemocratic. This is because, the citizens of this Nation have the legal and fundamental human rights to actively express their views over the governance of this country, anyday, and time and no amount of total humiliation, subjugation and killings of our innocent Youths by this present administration and other Government to come will stop such from happening.

Therefore, CoalCity Youth Council is pleading on all, including our able Youths to remain resolute and law abiding as we pursue justice using the rightful channels. The entire world is seeing what’s happening today.

More also, we are asking and calling on all our members globally to be law abiding in any States of their abodes, and never to implement or embrace the policy of violence while we continue in this journey of total liberation from the shackles of those, who do not want us enjoy the true and dividend of democracy in this Nation.

We are builders and not destroyers.

Thanks!

Signed:
Ifebuchi, Williams Chime
Convener/Acting Nat’l President
Coalcity Youth Council.

MASSOB Clocks 21: Anniversary Speech by MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) celebrate our anniversary with deep sober reflection on the plight of the people of Biafra in Nigeria. MASSOB started on 13th of September 1999.

Twenty one years have passed on our long walk to freedom with uncountable sacrifices and huge prices for the actualization and restoration of Biafra from the oppressive government of Nigeria.

Though MASSOB as a non violence organization have achieved a lots for Biafra emancipation, we shall never relent or derail. We have been persecuted, arrested, killed, mesmerized, imprisoned and traumatized by aggressive agents of federal government of Nigeria, we shall never retreat nor surrender.

MASSOB will continue to remember and honour our fallen heroes who willingly laid down their precious lives for the love of Biafra.

Our members are still languishing in Nigeria prisons at Awka and Onitsha, some are still in the mortuary in Onitsha hospital.

Our lives are dedicated to the cause of Biafra actualization. We have no future in Nigeria because this geographical expression called Nigeria was designed by the Christian British colonial masters to enslave the people of Christian Biafra forever and favor the moslem Arewa people.

Concerning the water bill being sponsored by the president Mohammadu Buhari led federal government of Nigeria, MASSOB support and encourages that the National Assembly should pass it into law without much deliberation. MASSOB support every government policies, actions and moves that will eventually breaks Nigeria and her forced marriage with unknown partners.

MASSOB advised President Mohammadu Buhari and his Fulani ethnic cabals not chicken out of cowardice, they should never relent in securing all the water ways in Nigeria for the establishment and resettling of wandering Fulani ethnic tribe from other West African countries.

Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB

One Love Foundation hails Emeka Kalu as he clocks 50

A philanthropic and civil rights organisation, One Love Foundation has felicitated with the Chairman of Stercoll Group, Chief Emeka Kalu as he clocked 50 years old.

One Love Foundation said in a Press Statement that Kalu has proven himself to be an astute statesman and freedom fighter who has played a major role towards the development of the country.

The Statement, signed by its founder and chairman, Patriot Patrick Eholor, also wished Dr Kalu a great life ahead. Eholor, who was the then Deputy National Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, also described Kalu as a wonderful friend.

It said in parts; ‘Dr Emeka Kalu, you have proved to be a great friend of truth and justice, which One Love Foundation stands for, since our paths crossed in the struggle to liberate this country.

“Wonderful friend, you have never relented in speaking the truth, standing up for the truth and fighting for the truth. That’s what is required in today’s challenging situations facing our dear country Nigeria. We have no doubt that with a man like you, there is still hope that Nigeria will be great again.

“Happy birthday sir. Please remember that in this Golden Age of your life, the future lies ahead of you to help in making life meaningful for the coming generations”.

I don’t know about attack of Gov Obaseki at Oba of Benin Palace – Capt Hosa

PRESS STATEMENT:

There have been reports of an ugly and unfortunate booing incident that took place outside the palace of our revered Royal Father, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, on Saturday, July 25, 2020, during the visit of members of the National Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP entourage, including the Edo State Governor and governorship candidate of the PDP in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, were reportedly booed while going in and out of the palace by a motley crowd of mostly young boys, according to media reports.

Some members of the crowd who reportedly embarrassed the PDP team and the State Governor were said to have been subsequently attacked allegedly by some gun-toting thugs and sustained varied degrees of injuries in the attack.

While I condemn the booing of the governor and the PDP team, and the reprisal attack, I am particularly pained that some ungodly insinuations in some quarters have linked me with the unfortunate saga. It is against this backdrop that I have deemed it necessary to make the following clarifications:

1. That I was invited to the Palace of the Oba of Benin for a very private ceremony, which I did not even attend with my friends; and that the private ceremony, which had no bearing at all with politics, took place hours after the booing incident happened outside the Palace;

2. That I was not privy to the ugly incident during which Governor Godwin Obaseki was reportedly booed;

3. That as a responsible citizen and elder statesman who respects constituted authorities, I would not subscribe to any act that tends to disrespect or denigrate any constituted authority whether in Edo State or any other State in Nigeria;

4. That I sincerely frown at the brazen act of disrespect for constituted authorities by the crowd of young men who reportedly became unruly on sighting the entourage of the PDP National Campaign Council and Governor Godwin Obaseki at the palace of the Oba of Benin;

5. That I will never, ever be a party to any plan, plot, action or inaction to embarrass our most revered father, Oba Ewuare II, who is non-partisan; and who plays the role of a father to all sons and daughters of the great Benin Kingdom;

6. That I was not associated with the activities of the unruly crowd and therefore could not have been sent to the palace by me to embarrass the PDP entourage, including the State Governor whom I respect as the number one citizen of the State;

7. That I have equal measure of respect for other State Governors who were on the entourage with Governor Godwin Obaseki, some of whom are my personal friends; and could not have encouraged any plot to boo or embarrass them;

8. That just as I was not privy to the ugly incident outside the palace of the Oba Of Benin, our revered Royal Father, Oba Ewuare II, was also not even aware of what transpired outside until later after he had been briefed about it;

9. That those who made insinuations linking me with the ugly incident were just trying to drag me into their politics and create the impression in certain quarters that I was responsible for their rejection by the people;

10. That I state solemnly that, in my position as a role model to our teeming youths who look up to me for guidance and support, I cannot, under any guise, undertake directly or sanction indirectly any action that will place me in a position of disrepute before them and other well-meaning members of the society;

11. That, for the records, our revered Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, will not, at all times, condone any act of indiscipline by the youths;

12. That I urge my good people of Edo State, associates and supporters to rest assured that I remain the person they have good neighborliness who is committed to the promotion of peace, security and orderliness in our society;

13. That I have always preached to the hearing of everybody that the ambition of any man is not worth the blood of any Edolite;

14. That I call on all Edo people to join hands to ensure that they eschew violence in the electioneering by the political parties and in the forthcoming September 19, 2020 governorship election;

15. God bless Edo people; God bless Edo State; God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

Oba Gha to Kpere, Isee!
Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo Sunday, July 26, 2020