Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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    Compliance in Abia but Imo residents ignore IPOB’s sit-at-home order

Compliance in Abia but Imo residents ignore IPOB’s sit-at-home order

The sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over "disappearance" of Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, recorded partial compliance in some parts of the south-east.The secessionist group had asked the Igbo to stay indoors on Friday, to “commemorate one year of the disappearance” of Kanu.The IPOB leader has not been seen anywhere in the country since soldiers invaded his father’s [...]

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    ‘You’re void of emotional intelligence’ — Ezekwesili tackles Buhari over civil war comment

‘You’re void of emotional intelligence’ — Ezekwesili tackles Buhari over civil war comment

Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over a recent statement he made about the civil war.On Tuesday, Buhari said Nigerian soldiers were constrained to show a lot of restraint while fighting Biafrans.The war broke out in 1967 after eastern Nigeria declared “Republic of Biafra." Many people lost their lives by the time the war [...]

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    PHOTOS: Biafra protesters storm Westminster as Buhari meets the Queen

PHOTOS: Biafra protesters storm Westminster as Buhari meets the Queen

Some Biafran protesters are currently demonstrating at the Pall Mall Street, Westminster, about 650  metres from Buckingham Palace as President Muhammadu Buhari meet British Prime minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth II, and other heads of state.The protesters are, among other things, requesting the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and a referendum on [...]

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    IPOB: The second coming of Buhari portends goodwill

IPOB: The second coming of Buhari portends goodwill

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as a “welcome development”.Buhari announced on Monday that he will be seeking re-election in office during the 2019 elections.He said this is because of the “clamour” by Nigerians urging him to seek a second term.In a statement on Tuesday, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, said the [...]

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    INTERVIEW: We’ll forget Biafra on one condition, says IPOB spokesman

INTERVIEW: We’ll forget Biafra on one condition, says IPOB spokesman

For some years now, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been on the forefront in the struggle for the creation of a sovereign state. With the absence of Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, during the time of Operation Python Dance, as well as the branding of the group as a terrorist organization, many believe the end is near for the group. But [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafran zoo

Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafran zoo

BY CHUKWUDI IWUCHUKWUPolitics in Nigeria is largely transactional. Nigerians who want to hold political positions look for and invest millions of naira in purchasing the endorsements of godfathers and distributing rice, bread, and cash to fellow citizens to vote for them. The process is extremely expensive and attracts mostly those who see politics as a very good way of dramatically [...]

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    The history of Biafra: A comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

The history of Biafra: A comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

BY BIN ZAKThe advent of colonialism in Africa gave birth to many new territories, annexation and extinction of the existing ones. For instance, the territory known as Nigeria today was invented by the colonial masters through the annexation of different existing territories. This geographical invention precipitated the historical distortion and geographical extinction of certain territories. Biafra among other territories lost [...]

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    Ahead of Anambra poll, IPOB insists Igbo must boycott ALL south-east elections

Ahead of Anambra poll, IPOB insists Igbo must boycott ALL south-east elections

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again asked the Igbo to boycott all elections that will be conducted in the south-east.The group said beginning with the November 18 Anambra governorship election, there should be no voting in the region "to prove we are no longer interested in anything concerning Nigeria".IPOB had asked the government to conduct a referendum in [...]

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    Biafra veterans: The war is over, we are one Nigeria forever

Biafra veterans: The war is over, we are one Nigeria forever

Matthew Udeh, president of the Association of Retired War Affected Police Officers (ARWAPO), says the Biafran war "is over forever".Speaking at an occasion on Tuesday, Udeh said the country was one and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his "forthrightness and believing in one Nigeria".The president had recently approved the pension of the Biafran police officers.Reacting to the gesture, Udeh said [...]

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    Buhari approves payment of pension to Biafra war veterans

Buhari approves payment of pension to Biafra war veterans

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to soldiers, policemen and paramilitary officers involved in the Biafra war.The veterans were dismissed from service for their participation in the war which lasted between 1967 and 1970.In a statement on Wednesday, the Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) announced that payment will commence on Friday, October 20, in Enugu state.“The general [...]

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    US ‘must declare Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist’

US ‘must declare Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist’

The US embassy in Nigeria has been taken before a federal high court in Abuja for saying it does not view the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.Russel Brooks, the embassy's spokesman, had said IPOB is not a terrorist organisation under US laws.In a suit filed before the court, one Nze Charles Ugwu, through his lawyer, Simon [...]

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    IPOB: Blame Buhari, Igbo leaders if we decide to take up arms

IPOB: Blame Buhari, Igbo leaders if we decide to take up arms

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says President Muhammadu Buhari and Igbo leaders should be blamed if it decides to engage in an “armed struggle".IPOB, which has been branded a militant terrorist organisation, had always maintained that its agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is peaceful.But the military and federal government have accused its members of taking up arms, [...]

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    I have nothing to do with Biafra article credited to me, says Kukah

I have nothing to do with Biafra article credited to me, says Kukah

Mathew Kukah, bishop of Sokoto diocese of the Catholic Church, has disowned a statement on Biafra credited to him.In the piece trending on social media, the fiery preacher allegedly said if he had his way, he would cease to be a Nigerian.“Anyone who thinks the Biafra agitation is a nuisance and irritating should know that it is not the collective [...]

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    Nwodo to Igbo: Let’s forget Biafra and insist on restructuring

Nwodo to Igbo: Let’s forget Biafra and insist on restructuring

John Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says the Igbo should forget about Biafra and push for restructuring.Nwodo said this on Thursday while speaking at the 3rd inauguration of the state and local government executives of the Abia state chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.The president-general said the realisation of Biafra was a "tall order" which would not be in the overall interest [...]

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    Agitators are not enemies of your government, bishop tells Buhari

Agitators are not enemies of your government, bishop tells Buhari

Ikechi Nwosu, archbishop of Aba province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, says Biafra agitators are not enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.In his 57th independence anniversary broadcast, Buhari had described youth agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra as “hot heads”.“I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities (in states the agitations are going on) do not warn [...]

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    I don’t believe in true federalism, says Obasanjo

I don’t believe in true federalism, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he does not believe in the notion of true federalism.Proponents of true federalism believe it will help address the problems of underdevelopment and bad governance witnessed in the country.They believe devolving more powers to states will also put to bay the cries of marginalisation from various parts of the country.But Obasanjo thinks such persons “don't [...]

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