NIGERIA: 33 out of 36 ministerial nominees fail litmus test

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New revelations have indicated that the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to announce his ministers after almost two months in office is connected to discrepancies including misappropriation of funds traced to the ministerial nominees, Sunday Tribune reports.

Investigation teams reportedly revealed shocking security reports on the alleged fraud and misappropriation of funds by 33 nominees short-listed by President Muhammadu Buhari, with only three said to have passed the corruption test.

Sources said that 36 ministerial nominees were penciled in and submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC). After passing through the filters of the Department of State Security (DSS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), and the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) for forensic screening, only three nominees came out clean.

President Buhari had insisted from the onset that he wanted to appoint people without corruption baggage that could taint administration and inhibit his anti-corruption drive.      

It was also gathered that the president was shocked by the amount of money quantified in several transactions cutting across several sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, finance, power, governance and infrastructural commitments, where the persons involved failed the nation, thus contributing to its current decadence.

Consequently, President Buhari is said to have rescheduled the new date for the submission of his list of ministerial nominees to the Senate for approval to September, during which it is hoped that he would have prepared a new list that will be screened and those that scaled the integrity huddle, presented for confirmation.

A source said: “Buhari has said anybody with skeleton in the closet will not work with him irrespective of the role he or she played. If such persons are around him, it means he may be pressurised to compromise his principled stance

So they are trying to push him to a corner, because the truth is that they cannot seem to read or understand his body language. They have now seen that Buhari is ready to sacrifice anybody for Nigeria to move forward."

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President Buhari arrives U.S ahead of meeting with Obama

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Ahead of his scheduled meeting with the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has landed in the country.

Read 9 things you should know about the U.S president's guest house

The president, who jetted out of the country early on Sunday morning, July 19, 2015 with a 33-man delegation arrived the Joint Base Andrews Int'l Airport, Washington DC at about 9:48PM Nigerian time.

Buhari is scheduled to stay at The Blair House, the official state guest house of the U.S President during his stay in the country.

Shehu Garba, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this with a tweet from his official handle.

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NIGERIA: DG accused of financial recklessness

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, is in the heat of what seems to be a major financial scandal.

The erstwhile Finance Director, Ademola Mogbojuri, has accused the NAFDAC boss of financial misappropriation.

Mogbojuri, who claims to have evidence of all the shady financial dealings of his former boss, said “I am not the one who wrote to Sahara Reporters or even petitioned the Federal Government on the crisis in NAFDAC as widely claimed. The truth of the matter is that the DG is quite reckless with spending.”

“Before he joined the agency in 2009, the annual total revenue of NAFDAC was about N2.5bn and he met around N600m in the account. Now, the total internally generated revenue is about N9bn and the agency owes about N5bn in debt,” Mogbojuri said.

Speaking on his deployment, to Kaduna, he said "The DG swapped me, a trained accountant with a statistician, who used to head the Planning, Research and Statistics section but I never protested. The posting they did on Thursday in which they moved me to Kaduna, I have not received the letter even as we speak, so how do I say I am resuming anywhere? This is the second time I would be redeployed within a month. The impunity in NAFDAC is too much.”

He also added that “Every month, I wrote about the financial position of the agency to the DG and supported it with relevant documents. Part of what we owe are government remittances which are about N1.4bn but he never allowed me to pay because he was scooping the money.”

“Some of the companies they use to carry out the deals have collected over N6bn in the last two years. Towards the general election this year, he collected a lot of money and used it to buy vehicles, which he branded and gave to a governorship aspirant in his native Benue State. The financial recklessness of the DG has brought NAFDAC onto its knees.”

In a surprised twist, the chairman of the NAFDAC’s workers’ union, Isa Ibrahim, in a press conference, said the former finance director always demanded for bribes before he releases funds.

Ibrahim also said “On numerous occasions the DG would approve funds to carry out some projects but the directorate of finance, rather than honour the approval, would tell us there is no money. The director in question was transferred recently to another section but he refused to go. He does not obey or regard the DG or any constituted authority. Nobody should be bigger than NAFDAC. It is an act of insubordination that we must not allow to continue.”

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My Journey to the Land of the Dead: How I Survived Six-Hour Surgery

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In daily hustle and bustle to make a living, we often tend to forget how delicate life is and what a wonderful gift from God it is. Although I have always appreciated life and expressed gratitude to God for His blessings, I have every reason to do more of that after He mercifully delivered me from the jaws of death on 16th of July, 2015.

For about a year now I have contended with a problem with my voice. Since the problem did not appear to be life-threatening, I chose to live with it and to give my full attention to the 2015 political battles, which, I thank God, ended in victory for us the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Federal level. As everyone knows, the unexpected happened in my immediate constituency, Rivers State, where former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Dame Patience ensured that all the positions were brazenly awarded to their formerly ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Though our battle for justice – which I am convinced will end in victory – is just hotting up, I had to finally surrender myself to the doctors days ago when I was warned that I would totally lose my voice if I further delayed throat surgery. Thus I found myself admitted in one of the best medical centres of excellence Nigeria can boast of.

After day-long series of tests that pinpointed the exact cause of my problem, I was wheeled into the theatre for surgery. Having a premonition that the unexpected could happen, I sent text messages to close and trusted friends, church members, asking for prayers and pleaded that they should not abandon my family if I happened not to survive the surgery. One after another, they rebuked me, telling me never to doubt that the surgery would go well. They assured me that they were fervently praying for me. Further emboldened by their encouragement, I submitted myself for anaesthesia and passed out.

When I woke up many hours later, I was informed of how God and the committed medical staff comprising five doctors, five nurses and their aides rescued me from the jaws of death against all odds. According to an eyewitness, even thought the surgery that lasted for six hours was a success, it was a monumental task getting me back to life. I was informed that the doctors had to administer oxygen and employ other devices to resuscitate me after twenty minutes of concerted efforts. It would have been a disaster if not for the prayers of the Saints and expertise of the doctors. The photos showing me in the resuscitation room tell the story better.

I have been on drip since then and only allowed to drink water though I was given a little Custard this morning. I am not expected to talk until after seven days. My specimen has been sent for histology analysis that will be ready within the next two weeks time for the final treatment.

All my Muslim brothers and sisters wondering why I did not call or send text messages as usual wishing them Barka da Sallah now know what happened! Was at the borderline between life and death and couldn’t possibly have done any such. Therefore, kindly accept my belated Barka da Sallah!

I involuntarily travelled to the land of the dead and I wholeheartedly thank Almighty God for bringing me back as – to quote the Great Zik of Africa – I am not in a hurry to leave this planet since there is still a lot of work left for me to do here on earth. I thank my darling wife, Evangelist Ada Henrietta Eze who have to take care of our son and daughter hospitalised at thesame time of the operation. Thanks also go to my precious children, who have proved to be a pillar of support at this time, as always. I also thank my General Overseer, church members, Rivers State Correspondents Chapel, all my friends and well wishes for their support and prayers. My special thanks go to the Rivers APC Family, in particular our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi; our Governor-in-waiting, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; my immediate boss and our Chairman, Senator Magnus Abe, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya; Dr. Dawari George, Asondu Wenah, Chris Finebone, Chief Allwell Brown, Iron Lady Oby Ndukwe, Hon. Ike Chinwo and others who have demonstrated that we are truly a loving family. Your demonstrated love has further recharged my symbolic battery and commitment to the struggle. True, I cannot talk for now but I can still think and write. The struggle continues till victory is fully achieved!

Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Media Consultant based in Port Harcourt, ezemediaconcept08@rocketmail.com

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Bayelsa Gubernatorial Race: Coalition mounts pressure on Sylva

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A coalition of under the aegis of Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM) has urged the people of Bayelsa State to base their choice of the next governor of the state on the core attributes of competence, integrity, courage, initiative and focus.

In a meeting held on Friday in Yenagoa to discuss the political future of the state and to assess the physical, social and institutional infrastructural provisions in the state, the group vowed to put stop to square pegs in round holes in leadership positions in the state.

The group also extolled the uncommon virtues of Chief Timipre Sylva, describing him as pragmatic and winsome. “Sylva is suitable for the governorship job. He has devoted his life to humanitarian and philanthropic services. He has provided employment opportunities for the people, especially the youths. He has been one of the most supportive and committed leaders of the APC in the country”.

Spokesperson of the movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua said Sylva would galvanize the people to self-development, energize the economy and also raise the standard of living of the people through adequate inter-village communication such as good road network, electricity, pipe-borne water, recreational facilities, etc.

The groups also said Sylva would stimulate rural industries and show the necessary leadership by matching words with action through evolving workable development approaches, proper co-ordination and funding.

“Sylva has strategies to banish unemployment and insecurity. His government will bring about sustainable development and progress” the group said. Over 1,000 members from Brass, Ekeremor, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Ogbia, Sagbama, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa councils stormed the venue in representative capacity. Meanwhile, notable personalities in Bayelsa State, including leaders of ethnic and youth groups, political parties, former council chairmen and past political appointees on Friday looked at those who have announced, directly or by implication, their intention to contest the Saturday, December 5, 2015 governorship election, and those whose names have been put forward, with or without their public confirmation, as prospective candidates for the state’s number one seat, describing the former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva  as ‘the best person for the job”.

“Chief Timipre Sylva stands out of the pack of pretenders, traders and contenders. He is a consummate politician, proven administrator, a bridge builder, dogged fighter, grassroots mobiliser and crowd puller”.” the leaders said. At a meeting in Yenagoa, the leaders urged the people of the state to embrace politics anchored on qualities like credibility, competence and ability to perform and deliver the dividend of democracy to the people.

“Bayelsa State needs a well-focused manager who has the interest of the state at heart; someone who is administratively skillful; someone who will deliver. Timipre Sylva possesses the ability, courage, sincerity and guiding philosophy to provide the right leadership for the betterment of the people. He is a stickler for hard work and excellence”.

In a statement issued in Yenagoa by the spokesperson of Bayelsa Political Congress (BPC), Comrade Nicholas Benjamin, the leaders said “We are solidly behind Sylva. We shall mobilize our people and give him an overwhelming electoral support.

Bayelsans, they further charged, should ensure that Sylva becomes the next governor of the state.

“If the succession is about lifting the state and the people to the greatest heights, then Bayelsans have the answer in Sylva. He has the requisite appeal and political structure to clinch the governorship ticket of the APC. He has vision, moral fortitude, zeal, leadership, commitment and love for all” the statement said.

They advised the people to rally round Sylva for a better Bayelsa State “This is another opportunity to redefine and redesign our future in a direction that would strengthen the bond of unity, foster the spirit of oneness, enhance development and promote good governance” he added.

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APC matters at tribunals receiving favourable attention – Rivers APC

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APC matters at tribunals receiving favourable attention – Rivers APC …Technical setback on Dawari, Odili matters temporary By Nwaorgu Faustinus The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, says its attention has been drawn to attempts by the PDP and their agents to sell to the public the impression that the APC petitions before various tribunals at Abuja are on the verge of being thrown out on grounds of technicality.

The party stated this in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Mr Chris Finebone.The statement reads:

“This is sequel to the ruling Tuesday by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in the matters of Dr Dawari George and Mr Lucky Odili of  Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency respectively. Both men had filed petitions challenging the victory of Hon. Boma Goodhead of Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and Prince Nnam Obi of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency. But the Tribunal ruled that the APC revised notice for conduct of Primaries was not within the stipulated 21 days.

“Since this development, the PDP and their agents have inundated the media claiming that all other APC candidates’ petitions will be affected by the technicality of time.

“The APC feels obliged to explain for the benefit of our members and Nigerians that there is no atom of truth in the assertions by our opponents regarding this matter. The truth remains that the APC National Headquarters issued notice for conduct of party primaries on 19th September, 2014 which is more than the 21 days required by law. However, due to certain circumstances, the APC, out of courtesy, sent a revised notice to the INEC informing the electoral umpire of a slight change in its primaries schedule to which the INEC acknowledged receipt. All of the actions eventually happened within the period specified by INEC in its timetable.

“However, it appears curious to the APC that the Tribunal sitting on the matters of Hon. Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili would base its decision on a revised notice that might as well not have been written, to technically set aside the petitions of both APC candidates. However, both candidates have promptly appealed the Tribunal ruling and we believe justice will be served the candidates and the party accordingly.

“It is rather shocking that the PDP and their agents have started bandying that the rulings on Dr. Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili also affect all other APC petitions before different tribunals. That is a white lie meant to distract and misinform the public.

“The APC would like to re-assure its members and Nigerians that the said revised notice of primaries has no consequential effects on all other petitions by APC candidates at all levels, be it the House of Assembly, Governorship, House of Representatives and Senatorial petitions presently being heard at the different tribunals. We would like to urge APC members to remain steadfast and prayerful as victory at the various tribunals is around the corner”.

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APC Spokesman, Finebone describes the call for his arrest as ‘infantile joke

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APC Spokesman, Finebone describes the call for his arrest as ‘infantile joke’ By Nwaorgu Faustinus Spokesman of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives congress, APC, Mr. Chris Finebone says his attention has been drawn to a press release by the Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro. Felix Obuah and signed by Mr. Jerry Needam calling for his arrest for purportedly making inciting remarks over the ruling by Federal High Court I, Port Harcourt and presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi last Thursday.

According to Chris Finebone, “Ordinarily, my instinctive response to such a joke is to ignore it as I have done severally in the past. However, let me for once state that we are in such serious times that the likes of Felix Obuah and Jerry Needam should discard their toga of court jesters and refrain from puerile jokes that enjoy no attention from serious people”.

“More so, Bro. Obuah and his Aide should have come to terms with the serious dimension the total breakdown of waste management in Rivers State has assumed especially with the possible breakout of serious epidemic in Port Harcourt and environs. Curiously, rather than lose sleep on how to pull the chestnut from the fire, the hilarious duo prefers to display their uninspiring comedy before an inattentive public concerned with more serious things in life.

“The APC has extensively and unequivocally made its position clear on the matter of the court ruling and there is no need to belabour it here. However, it is important to re-state that prior to the sham ruling of last Thursday, Justice Akanbi, Governor Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State House of Assembly and other relevant parties were in possession of an interim Order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria given in writing under the hand of Hon. Justice J.T. Agbadu-Fishim, holden at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on 22nd day of June, 2015 restraining the Governor of Rivers State, the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Attorney-General of Rivers State and their agents from dissolving, suspending, sacking terminating or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the tenure of office of the 23 Local Government Councils of Rivers State.The Order also restrained the Inspector-general of Police or his agents and proxies from enforcing any purported action detrimental to the existence of the 23 Chairmen and Councils in Rivers State.

“However, I would like to advise Felix Obuah to concentrate on tackling the breakdown of refuse removal in Port Harcourt city and environs, a job his master consigned him to do. But more seriously, he should consider how best to launder billions of Naira belonging to Rivers people on behalf of his master, which is the real reason he is positioned at his present outpost – a job many consider too demeaning for the high office of a state party chairman.

“Finally, there is nothing inciting in my presentation to the public other than to place the issues arising from the ruling of Justice Lambo Akanbi and its interplay with other related issues, especially as it concerns our party, the APC and the 23 Councils in Rivers State, in their proper perspective for the benefit of the public. No more”

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Rivers State LG Council: PDP crying wolf

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers State Chapter says its attention has been drawn to a press release by the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, alleging partisanship by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police in the decision by the Police to secure and forestall breakdown of law and order in Rivers State following the illegal dissolution of 22 Local Government Councils and replacement with Caretaker Committees by the Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike.

 

A press statement signed by Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya says the APC as a political party fails to see the need for such accusation by the PDP while it refused to caution Governor Wike to resist the lure of polluting the hallowed corridor of justice through the encouragement and purchasing of what APC termed ‘Jankara’ court rulings as witnessed yesterday in Port Harcourt.

 

The statement reads in full:

 

For the avoidance of doubt and to situate the issues in their proper perspective, it is important to clarify that following suspect and hostile utterances and body language of the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike from the moment he was sworn in on May 29, the 23 Local Government Council Chairmen in Rivers State, on behalf of themselves and their Councils, approached the Nigerian Industrial Court seeking an interim injunction which was granted on Monday, 22nd June, 2015 in Suit No: NICN/YEN/26/2015.

 

The Order which will remain in force until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for Interlocutory Injunction, restrained the Governor of Rivers State, the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Attorney-General of Rivers State and their agents from dissolving, suspending, sacking terminating or in any manner whatsoever, interfering with the tenure of office of the 23 Local Government Councils of Rivers State.

 

The Order also restrained the Inspector-general of Police or his agents and privies from enforcing any purported action detrimental to the existence of the 23 Chairmen and Councils in Rivers State.

 

The Order, given under the hand of Hon. Justice J.T. Agbadu-Fishim, presiding over the NICN Court, holden at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State was duly served on all parties including the Inspector-General of Police and others.

 

Surprisingly to the APC and its members, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi reversed his earlier decision to adjourn sine die a similar case on same subject matter without serving hearing notices to the Council Chairmen despite the pendency of an appeal fixed for hearing on October 12. After a brief sitting, Justice Akanbi gave a ruling voiding the election of 22 Council Chairmen and their Councillors elected into office in the May 23 Council elections in Rivers State.

 

Purportedly acting on the sham ruling by Justice Akanbi, the Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike immediately dissolved the 22 Councils despite the fact that there is a subsisting Order of Interim Injunction by the NICN Court of Yenagoa which he, the State House of Assembly and other parties were duly served. Obviously, his action was illegal and aimed at humiliating the subsisting Order issued under the hand of Hon. Justice J.T. Agbadu-Fishim.

 

It is worthy of mention that the NICN Court which issued its Order of Interim Injunction on the 22nd of June, 2015 is of equal or cognate jurisdiction with the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Lambo Akanbi which handed his curious ruling just yesterday [July 9, 2015].

 

Obviously, the Nigeria Police were properly advised to obey and stick to an Order duly issued way back on June 22, 2015 until vacated or superseded by a judgment or Order of same court or of a higher court.

 

The APC simply sees the accusation by the PDP against the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police as cheap blackmail aimed at eliciting underserved sympathy from the Nigerian populace and the international community. However, we are happy that both Nigerians and the international community are discerning enough to see through the antics of the PDP.

 

The APC would like to re-affirm our belief in the new leadership of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to continue to provide an impartial service to all irrespective of political affiliation in the spirit of the new order in Nigeria.

 

 

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Nigeria determined to shut Radio Biafra

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Nigeria's government has vowed to shut down an illegal radio station operated by people sympathetic to the breakaway state of Biafra.

The ministry of information said it has "successfully jammed the signals" of the station.

However, the BBC's Abdussalam Ahmed in Enugu says Radio Biafara is still broadcasting.

It is not clear where it is based but it mainly broadcasts to the Igbo-speaking south-east of the country.

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Please Igbos Do Not Ever Use The Word #Biafra, It Is A Village In Portugal – Ozodiobi Osuji

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The below population data is from The World Almanac and Book of Facts. (New York: World Almanac Books, 2015) page 717. According to it, the populations of major Nigeria groups are:

  • Hausas: 25 million persons
  • Yorubas: 19.4 million persons
  • Igbos: 18 million persons
  • Fulfulde (they are found in several West African countries for total 11.6 million persons); if nearly half of them live in Nigeria so about 5 million Fulanis live in Nigeria
  • Kanuri: 3.8 million persons
  • Kanuri central: 3.2 million persons
  • Tivi: 2.2 million persons

The other Nigerian tribes, according to the book, do not have over two million persons; the book ranked groups with over two million persons, worldwide.

You may ask why I chose to use the World Almanac data instead of data from Nigeria. Good question. Do Nigerians keep accurate data? Do Nigerians conduct clean census? All we are given are cooked figures calculated to make some groups seem large for political purposes; Nigeria bands around its population as 120 million today, tomorrow 150, another day 170 and even180. It is a mess, that bizarre country called Nigeria. They cannot get anything correct.

But that is not our problem right now. The issue at hand is this: there are about five million Fulanis in Nigeria and this minority ethnic group rules all Nigeria (Buhari is Fulani).

Five million Fulanis since 1804 ruled the Hausa states (they appointed emirs in major Hausa towns and cities and ruled them from their headquarters at Sokoto). Fulanis ruled Northern Nigeria and have now completed their quest to rule all of Nigeria with the victory of Mohammadu Buhari as the president of Nigeria.

Five million people, a minority rules Nigeria a country of about 140 million people!

What does that make Fulanis? It makes them politically savvy. They are like the Tutsis of Rwanda and Burundi. The Tutsis are very few in numbers but for centuries (from, at least, 1300 AD) have ruled the majority Hutus.

For our present purpose, we have a situation where a handful of so-called Nigerians rule the majority of Nigerians.

And such large ethnic groups as Igbos, who are, at least, 18 million people (Igbos are the third largest Ethnic group in Africa, behind Hausa, and Yoruba) are now ruled by minority people, Fulanis!

The amazing thing is that members of this Fulani tribe are probably the least educated tribe in Nigeria. Who is going to compare them to the hugely well-educated Yorubas and decently educated Igbos? How did it come to pass that a bunch of illiterate Fulanis rule Nigeria?

Just look at Mohammed Buhari, a man with only shoddy secondary school education (I doubt that the man can write a good sentence) ruling Yorubas and Igbos; two groups with a basket full of doctorate degree holders.

What does that make Igbos? It makes them politically unsophisticated. A handful of Fulanis rule Igbos and they come to the public square telling the world how they are a superior people and expect the world to believe them? The world sees Igbos as not what they claim to be, for if they were the gods they claim to be a minority people, a mostly illiterate bunch for that matter cannot rule them.

Nigeria is actually in the situation of Apartheid South Africa where five million white folks ruled forty million black folks.

Let me repeat: five million Fulanis (who probably have Arab blood in them) rule 140 million black people called Igbos, Yorubas, Kanuris, Tivi, Edo, Efik, Urhobo and other ethnic Nigerians.

Is this not an outrage? How is it that a minority tribe, Fulanis, who are not even from Nigeria, who came from Guinea only a few hundred years ago, are ruling Nigeria?

Is it the case that black folks are always ruled by people with Caucasian blood in them?

Fulanis are said to be part of Maghreb Arabs, Arabs who left Arabia (may be around 700 AD) and journeyed across North Africa until they got to Morocco. Some turned north and conquered Spain in 711 AD and some turned south to Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, and Mali and so on.

Fulanis, Arabs of sorts are ruling Africans in Nigeria! This is amazing, I say. If Europeans did this to us we would all be complaining about colonialism but when Arabs colonize Africans, Africans do not complain.

 

Well, this Igbo, this African will complain. I do not want to be ruled by white folks or by Arabs and if Fulanis are Arabs I do not want them to rule me.

I have begun my war to eliminate the Fulani rule of Nigeria (they actually want to make all Nigeria their fiefdom) and rule it in perpetuity!

This war will end only when Fulanis, a minority group accept ruler-ship by majority Nigerians or there is no deal, there is no Nigeria. Alaigbo must separate from Nigeria rather than allow itself to be ruled by Arabized Africans.

Please Igbos do not ever use the word Biafra in referring to us. Biafra is a village in Portugal. A Portuguese, during the age of exploration, in the 1400s, gave the Atlantic Ocean area directly below the lower River Niger the name the bight of Biafra. That Portuguese sailor probably came from the village of Biafra and gave the name Bight of Biafra in honor of his village?

There is no need for Igbo people to call themselves by a Portuguese name, Biafra. I feel insulted been referred to by a Portuguese name, Biafra.

“Biafra took name from “Bight of Biafra” as labeled by colonial conquerors

“On 30 June 1849, Britain established a colonial protectorate over the Bight of Biafra, under the authority of the BritishConsuls of the Bight of Benin

“Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in south-eastern Nigeria that existed from 30 May 1967 to 15 January 1970, taking its name from the Bight of Biafra (the Atlantic bay to its south).[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biafra

So, let us stop hearing that nonsense called Biafra. Please refer to us as Alaigbo. Forget Ijaws, Efiks and other groups that were in the so-called Biafra. No ethnic group should dominate others. Igbos should strive for their independence and allow other groups to do the same and give up the delusion that they need to call themselves Biafra so as to have Ijaw, Efik and others in it. Those groups do not want to be ruled by Igbos and this Igbos does not want to dominate other ethnic groups.

I want independence for my people. There must be a Republic of Alaigbo with capital at Owerri. This is not a negotiable proposition, it is a done deal; if you do not like it you are free to go jump into the Atlantic Ocean and drown yourself and I could care less.

Africans self-rule does not mean that we should allow ourselves to be ruled by half Arabs called Fulanis. Half Arabs used to rule all of Sudan and abused real Africans in South Sudan and currently do so to real Africans in Darfur province of Sudan.

Internal colonialism whereby one so-called African group dominates others should not be tolerated just as white rule of Africans should not be tolerated.

I will not tolerate Buhari and his Arabized Fulani rule of Alaigbo. The subject is not open for debate.

Ozodiobi Osuji, from Five million Fulanis rule 25 million Hausas, 19 million Yorubas and 18 million Igbos!

 

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