In as much as I hate to begin this rebuttal this way, I must say it that my friend Charles Ogbu lied in his most recent article he titled “WHY IGBO YOUTHS MUST NOT BOYCOTT ELECTION IN ALA-IGBO”. I respect friendship and I also respect the personality of Charles, but I can not just see him lie and let it go unchallenged, especially in a crucial matter as this. Charles wrote that in his one-on-one discussion with Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB listened to Prof Ben Nwabueze to cancel the planned election boycott. He used the word “listened” as to mask what he intended to say which is ‘agreed’ to cancel the election boycott. This is only but a fallacy. This is maliciously concocted by my dearest friend to sell to people his need for Biafrans to jettison election boycott as to embrace election. This is how he intend to drive home his point.
We can still remember vividly the outcome of the meetings held between Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the South East governors, where they begged him to put aside his planned boycott of election. If we have not forgotten so easily, we will remember that Kanu said he will get back to his people, because it is not a decision he can make by himself as IPOB has Directorate Of State that manned it. This does not imply he accepted. He simply said, I have heard you and will relate to my people and come back to you. How then did he ‘agree’ (listen) to them to cancel the proposed election boycott? If he agreed, then why say he will get back to IPOB body. Unfortunately, Nnamdi Kanu is not here to put the record straight, but all through he was out of prison, members of Family Writers Press and other IPOB Media have always been with him to cover all his events. On no occasion did Nnamdi Kanu agreed to cancel Election Boycott, he only agreed to take the appeal to his people. So tell me how my friend Charles Ogbu got to that conclusion that Nnamdi Kanu agreed to jettison Anambra Election Boycott? An outsider or gullible fellow will just conclude that Nnamdi Kanu would have cancelled the election boycott had it been the army didn’t struck. Someone would have concluded that the governors made Nnamdi Kanu understand that election boycott is a foolish idea, when it is not the case.
Comrade, this is where you goofed big time.
We are free to pitch our tenth with anyone and with anybody we deemed fit, but we do not have that right to lie against someone, especially someone kidnapped or probably dead as to score cheap points. I am one of those that are not swayed by beautiful words and erudition. I easily pinpoint lies even when they are hidden in lines of poems.
Having said this, I will like to reiterate that it is in the advantage of Ndi Igbo and Biafra in general to seriously boycott this election. We all know that for more than 50 years and still counting, Nigeria has been going on and on to vote, and for more than 50 years they can not boast of voting in their desired candidate. It has been a self imposed leader, someone we all always embrace forcefully.
They say that the “biggest mistake Igbo youths will make is boycotting election of people who will be directly responsible for piloting their destiny”. The above quote looks logical and beautiful, but can you please throw in some questions as to know if the above statement can still stand logical when placed side by side with our ordeals and experiences in Nigeria as pertaining to elections in Nigeria. Can Charles Ogbu and those who believe in his line of thought tell us how these people we have been electing since in 70s till now have been piloting the affairs of the Igbo people and Nigeria in general? Tell us if the likes of Governors Willi Obiano, Rochas Okorocha, David Umahi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Okezie Ikpeazu are not product of election. Are they not directly responsible for piloting our affairs? What has these products of our election done for us? What did they do during operation Python dance II? Are they not the persons that sat and proscribed their own youths who did nothing? Didn’t their action put us all in harms way? Didn’t we all see the fighter jets hovering over Onitsha and Aba? What have we really got since we have been voting?
Charles, I want to let you know that in the history of election boycott around the world, election boycott have never recorded 100% and it can never record such percentage. IPOB is not seeking for a 100% election boycott. We are not even boycotting to unseat Buhari. If you say that if IPOB boycotts, still there will be results, I then also say that if you still vote, as you have been doing for many years now, there will also be results that will produce their own choice and not yours. Is it then proper for us to continue legitimizing their rigging through voting or should we not absent ourselves completely from an election that has continuously yielded nothing but failure. “Nigeria is too primitive for election boycott by any group of people to have any meaningful impact.” So tell us those meaningful impact election in Nigeria has produced if not killing, marginalization, inequality and corruption?
For more than miserable 50years we have been voting under the sun and rain. After every election, results that are completely different from the wishes of the people are announced. For how long will this continue? Did we just remembered meaningful impact because IPOB called for election boycott? Haven’t these people rule us for four years and go on to contest and win again even when they performed badly in their first tenure? How is it that we have been this way since we have been voting? How did IPOB election boycott suddenly become a problem? Haven’t we been bounded by every decision these stooges takes? So what will be different if we boycott and they go on to shamelessly appoint their own stooge like they have been doing since we started voting? For your information, I personally have my PVC, and I am going to boycott with it.
Charles I put it to you that if you truly acknowledge that the country called Nigeria has neither hope nor future for Ndigbo, then you wouldn’t have come up with this thought of asking Igbos to jettison the simple revolutionary action they have embraced to run back to voting again.
Boycott is not us cutting our nose to spite our faces. The present governors were s-elected and they sent the military to kill Igbo youths. Elect another and they will still be the puppet of the Fulanis against the wishes of their own people. We have never regarded self-determination to be a marathon race. You rightly said “what we have as leaders in Igbo land are a bunch of ‘Ndi-abani-di-egwu’. You called them political bandits and crude criminals.” And I ask, who then do you want us to vote in? Same political bandits and crude criminals or are you going to import saints from heaven? Don’t forget that most of these leaders were not bad before they ventured into politics. Who then corrupted them? Did you cared to trace it? Don’t forget that both Governor Rochas Okorocha and David Umahi are products of the same election you are telling us to embrace.
IPOB and other people like me that will join in this boycott are not boycotting because of the notion that boycott will birth Biafra as some of you are thinking. We are not even boycotting because election will be rigged. We are boycotting because we want to register our displeasure with the happenings in Nigeria and even if the shameless Nigerian government through INEC decides to call results, how then will it defeat our goal?
Biafrans will not die because of elections or in the name of protecting useless votes in Nigeria. We have been voting yet we still remain under these rogues. We will not adopt the Bayelsa style, we will rather stop permanently this defeatist elections that have seen us produce ‘foreigners’ who do not mean well for us.
My dearest friend, this is exactly the point you will have to chose were you truly belong? Are you for Biafra or are you for Nigeria? Are you for Nnamdi Kanu or are you for Nnia Nwodo? This position MUST be taken now and fast. You can not dance further without choosing your side before you put us all into confusion. And I want to tell you that whatever part you chose to be, it is solely your right. But you must as a matter of urgency chose a side.
Enough of this Election!
Tinubu has become a plague in Yoruba land — Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu, has sold his soul to the devil because of his 2023 presidential ambition.
Tinubu had on Sunday warned Nigerians against stigmatizing herdsmen, saying such could lead to the disintegration of the country.
The APC chieftain who was accompanied by a former Osun State governor, Bisi Akande said this when he visited Pa Fasoranti to console him over the loss of his second daughter who was attacked by suspected Fulani Herdsmen along Benin/ Ore/ Sagamu expressway.
But reacting in a statement on his official Facebook page on Monday, Kayode said the former Lagos governor was not there to mourn or commiserate with Pa Fasoranti, but he was there to play politics and speak for his Fulani masters.
He prayed that Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition will fail woefully.
His words, “The greatest danger to Nigeria are not the Fulani terrorists who seek to enslave us but the small handful of treacherous Yoruba slaves who have dedicated their miserable lives to serving and worshipping them.
“These people are FROM the SW but not OF the SW. They are nothing but scum and filth. Permit me to give you one example.
“I listened to Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s slurred speech and utter nonsense at Pa Fasoranti home.
“He was as inconsiderate and insensitive as ever.
“He was not there to mourn or commiserate with Pa Fasoranti, he was there to play politics and speak for his Fulani masters.
“What on earth have Evans the kidnapper or the Igbo got to do with the targeting and assassination of Mrs. Funke Fasoranti-Olakunri?
“And why the obscene determination and desperate hurry to absolve the Fulani of this hideous crime?
“He may not believe that they did it but why would he rule it out completely? Does he know something that we do not know? Is he an expert when it comes to assasination, homicide and murder matters?
“Does he know who the killers are? Why the rush to tell us who it wasn’t? Can’t he at least wait for the police to conclude their so-called investigation?
“Even for a confirmed quisling and desperate serf this time Tinubu has gone too far. Funke has not even been buried yet and he is already pissing all over her bullet-riddled body.
“Tinubu has sold his soul to the devil and his conscience to the north. He has become a slave to his ambition and a plague to his people.
“He is a shameless soul and wicked man who is ready to sacrifice anyone and anything to become President.
“I make this pronouncement today: as long as Jesus sits on the throne he will fail woefully.
Your unpatriotic letters may land you in prison again — Yakasai tells Obasanjo
Tanko Yakasai, a founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has attacked former President Olusegun Obasanjo over a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The elder statesman said that Obasanjo is known with the attitude of writing “unpatriotic” letters to the past leaders of the country.
Yakasai said this in reaction to the letter Obasanjo wrote to Buhari on the insecurity in the country.
Obasanjo had written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the prevalence of insecurity in the country, calling on him to take decisive action to prevent another ‘Rwanda-type genocide’ in the country.
Speaking to journalists in Kano on Monday, Yakasai said the content of the letter may cause unrest in the country.
He said all letters written by Obasanjo to past Nigerian leaders were never inspired by patriotism but selfish interests.
Yakasai said one of the letters Obasanjo wrote during the reign of late Sani Abacha, former military head of state, landed him in prison.
His words, “The actions of General Olusegun Obasanjo are, indeed, an open invitation for disaster for this country with the kind of hate speeches and messages that are flying all over the country,” Yakasai said.
“I don’t see patriotism in General Obasanjo’s letters. In fact, all the letters written by General Obasanjo to all Military Heads of State and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not guided by patriotic considerations.
“My experience with Nigerian political situation is that the top echelons of the Military are always fighting one another, either when in the service or when on retirement.
“It is from this angle that I always view most of the writings of General Olusegun Obasanjo to any military officer who is a Head of State or President in Nigeria as unpatriotic. Even the ones he wrote to former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua were not patriotic. They were guided by selfish interest.
“General Obasanjo did it during Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s era. He did it during the late General Sani Abacha’s regime, which later resulted to accusations that he was trying to overthrow the government, which eventually led to his imprisonment.
“General Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote a number of letters during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime; and he is still writing letters in this current presidency of General Muhammadu Buhari. So, this attitude of writing unpatriotic letters has been part of General Olusegun Obasanjo.”
Yakasai said there was nothing new raised in Obasanjo’s July 15 letter other than the call for a national conference.
He advised Buhari to revisit the recommendations of the 2014 national conference rather than calling for a fresh one.
“I am puzzled to read from that letter that General Olusegun Obasanjo is requesting or asking for the convocation of another National Conference at this critical moment in our national history,” he said.
“A National Conference, even if it is convened at this point in time cannot begin in peace and end in peace
Benue: Four Killed As Suspected Militia Attack Tiv Settlement
An early Monday morning attack has left four people dead at Jootar, a Tiv settlement in Benue state, Ndigbo News reports.
It would be recalled that Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups have been locked in dispute with each other for the past five (5) months over what started as a minor disagreement.
Over 70 persons have been killed and property worth’ millions of naira destroyed so far in the lingering crisis.
This online news medium gathered that the suspected Jukun militia stormed the border town at about 4:00 am when the people were fast asleep and set many houses ablaze.
They also shot and killed four (4) persons who attempted to escape.
When contacted the Chairman Ukum local Government Hon Tor-tyokaa Ibellogo who spoke through his special adviser on media and strategy, Hon Godwin Iwanan confirmed the attacked and killings saying the bodies have been deposited in the mortuary.
According to The Nation, attempt to speak with the Police spokesperson, Kate Anene, a DSP, failed as she did not pick her phone nor replied to SMS sent to her.
Both the Tiv and Jukuns within the crisis areas are predominantly farmers and cannot engage in their normal farming activities during this rainy season due to the conflict.
The crisis between the Tivis and Jukuns has brought hardship to both tribes economically, socially, educationally and culturally.
President Muhammadu Buhari has since raised a committee to look into the communal crisis.
Obasanjo Open Letter: Arewa Consultative Forum Reveals What It Will Do
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said it is studying former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and would respond soon.
“Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is studying Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and will make it’s position known soon,” National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said in brief statement.
Concise News reports that Obasanjo, a critic of the Buhari administration, in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed worry over insecurity, notably the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, in Nigeria.
The former Nigerian leader called on Buhari to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis.
“I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am so concerned,” part of the letter read.
He also said, “We need cohesion and concentration of effort and maximum force – political, economic, social, psychological and military – to deal successfully with the menace of criminality and terrorism separately and together. Blame game among own forces must be avoided. It is debilitating and only helpful to our adversary.”
I support establishment of Ruga settlement — Kalu
The chief whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that he supports the establishment of Ruga settlement, adding that the policy worked well when he introduced it.
According to Kalu, the controversy over the suspended Ruga policy of the federal government is unnecessary.
The Senator, while Fielding questions from journalists on national issues in Abuja, on Friday, said the Ruga settlement was not properly marketed to Nigerians, particularly those in the southern and north central axis.
The policy, he disclosed, was perfectly implemented by him in Abia State in 2001, when he was governor without generating any controversy let alone mistrust or suspicion between Abians and their brothers from the North or other categories of Nigerians resident there.
“Wen people talk about Ruga, I wonder, in 2001, I initiated the Ruga practice in Abia. In Lokpanta, I built it and the cows were being sold in Umuahia and Abah. In 2001, I invited the Hausa Community and they said Umuahia and Aba we needed to decongest.
“I had meeting with the communities and they agreed in Lokpanta and that is the biggest cow market, both southeast and southsouth of Nigeria today. So, it is about the attitude of people to issues.
“Yes, Federal Government should always do very serious and extensive consultation whenever they want to embark on such issues. It is not just to go and put a deliberate policy and say I want to do Ruga. If people in villages don’t understand what Ruga means, they will panic and say they want to kill all of them.
“Some of us are the largest sellers of cow. I started selling cow as far back as when I was in the university, I am still selling cows till tomorrow because it is profitable, so most of the cows you see are not owned by Hausa people.
“We trade on cows. So people should have information because information is power and power is information”, he explained.”
Court Of Appeal Suspends Vacation Over Election Petitions
President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has directed justices of the appellate to put on hold their plans for this year’s annual vacation of the court in view of the volume of pending election-related cases.
Justice Bulkachuwa directed the cancellation of the court’s annual vacation in a two-page circular issued last week.
She was said to have issued the directive “upon considering the enormous petitions the court is faced with, 2019 being an election year, it became obvious that “we have to forfeit our annual vacation to enable us entertain and determine all appeals arising from the various Election Petition Tribunals transmitted to the Court.”
JUST IN!! I have 104 cows, I’m qualified for Ruga — Melaye tells Buhari
Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, says he is now a member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and deserve a share of the Ruga settlement.
The senator said during the funeral service of his mother in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Ijumu local government area of Kogi state, he received 104 cows from sympathisers and this has made him qualified to join Miyetti Allah.
The service held at Apostolic Church of Nigeria, Oke-Ayo assembly, Ilusion quarters in Ijumu.
“My sincere appreciation goes to the good people of this country, including the chief of army staff, and several others that have identified with me and my family,” he said.
“During this period, I have received 104 cows and I can say I’m now a member of Miyetti Allah, and will thereby ask President Buhari to make available to me a Ruga cattle settlement.”
The lawmaker later announced the donation of N5 million to the church where the service held in addition to another N1 million donation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership.
Dignitaries at the event were Bukola Saraki, former senate president; Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president; Dimeji Bankole, ex-speaker of the house of representatives and Felicia Etteh, also a former speaker of the house of reps.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, sent representatives.
Poverty has become the fastest growing venture in Nigeria — Atiku react to UN report
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday said that poverty had become the fastest growing venture in Nigeria over the last four years.
Atiku stated this while reacting to the recent report by the United Nations Development Programme, published on July 11, which said that over 98 million Nigerians were living in multi -dimensional poverty.
The former Vice President, in a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, said there was an urgent and compelling need for institutions of the Nigerian state to understand that it was an appalling dereliction of duty to stand idly by and allow misery multiply in the populace.
According to him, this was no longer a grassroots problem.
He said, “The failure of our economy over the last four years affects everyone from top to bottom. Four years ago, Aliko Dangote, Nigeria’s richest man, was worth $25bn. However, his net worth in 2019 is less than half that. He joined thousands of industrialists whose wealth and their ability to produce, had eroded in recent years, and continue to do so.
“With the National Bureau of Statistics reporting a net job loss of over six million since 2015, we see that if industrialists have their wealth eroding, it affects their ability to create opportunities, which means that the trickle- down effect gradually dries.”
Atiku stated that the greatest national security threat Nigeria faced in 2019 was not Boko Haram/ ISWAP or bandits but the ‘creation of the largest wave of poverty in human history in the country.’
He warned that the world was noticing, hence Foreign Direct Investment was shifting from Nigeria to Ghana, making Ghana the top recipient of FDI in West Africa in the last year.
He said, “And in the wake of this report by the UNDP, we are greeted with nonchalance by those who led us into this crisis . It is as though they think that as long as they and their families are not amongst those 98 million extremely poor Nigerians, things can carry on as before.
“But that cannot be allowed to be the case. Those who have the ability, including the Council of State, all former leaders, elder- statesmen, and especially the other arms of government, must begin to collaborate for solutions, before the number increases from 98 million, to all 198 million Nigerians.
“We must remember that we are stakeholders in the Nigerian project; stakeholders who must speak up for those 98 million people who are losing their voices to poverty.”
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