Asaba Accord: New Dawn for Nigeria – Delta Commissioner Aniagwu

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has described the resolutions of the Southern Governors’ Forum in Asaba, yesterday as a new dawn for not just Southern Nigeria but the entire country.

Speaking on a current affairs program, This Morning, monitored on TVC on Wednesday, Aniagwu said the meeting of the Southern Governors was a reunion of those who believe in Zikism and Awoism.

According to Aniagwu, the gathering of the leaders to dicuss on how we can make progress aimed at further uniting our country irrespective of their inherent differences was a confirmation that Nigeria would rise above primordial sentiments to a nation where truth, justice and peace shall reign again.

He expressed optimism that the President and other stakeholders would listen to the suggestions made by the Southern Governors in the interest of the unity of the nation following the endorsement by the Southern Senators and House of Representatives Forum.

Aniagwu remarked that the governors’ position on the issues of justice and equity were very clear because what we have today was far from being just and equitable.

“What happened yesterday in Asaba in no distant time will be seen as the “Asaba Accord”. It is the beginning of a new dawn, a new dawn not only for Southern Nigeria, but a new dawn for the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria irrespective of their ethnic inclination or religious background.

“A situation where governors of different political persuasions, different ethnic and of course different religious inclination were able to come together in one accord which is why I call it the Asaba Accord to discuss on how we can make progress and doing so patriotically, is indeed the birth of a new Nigeria”.

“What they have done is not only to save us from progressing to the precipice but to save and further unite our country and I want to believe that their colleagues in the Northern region will see the need to also reecho the issues very very clearly enunciated by the 17 Governors of the Southern Region with 15 clearly in attendance,”

“Am quite optimistic because they rose far beyond their political, personal and religious considerations to take a look on how we can save our country both in terms of bringing safety back to our people as spelt out in our constitution as the primary responsibility of government in section 14, sub section 2, paragraph (b).

“They were also able to realise that there was the need to come together to save our country from progressing dangerously into disintegration as earlier predicted in time past,”

On how the governors intend to enforce the ban on open grazing, Aniagwu said “It is not just a mere resolution, all the other States that are yet to pass the relevant laws have been asked to go home and enact laws to prosecute the offenders,”

The Information Commissioner said there was the need for a national dialogue because Nigeria had gone past the era when one man would dictate for the entire country.

“Even before now, all ethnic groups have held the position on the need to come to a round table not for the purpose of dismemberment of our country but for the purpose of discussing how we can exist as an entity with all respect to unity, justice, fair play, love and respect for one another.

“Nigeria has gone beyond the era when one person can sit down and think of how to give the other people orders, you will need to discuss how to harness the potentials of the Inherent blessings God has given to us in terms of huge demography and diversity.

“No reasonable Nigerian would want the dismemberment of this country but for it to exist just like the governors captured in the first point of the accord is that we believe in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

“But this must be based on equity and justice which means there is a condition precedent that the condition in which we would continue to enjoy this Nigeria is that all of us are treated as equals, that justice and fair play remains, and without mincing words this administration can be found wanting in that regard and that’s why the President and other Nigerians should take advantage of this timely advise coming from leaders of different political, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

“I am very confident that the governors would stand by their decisions and other Nigerians would also support this Asaba Accord.”

Aniagwu said no reasonable Nigerian would want President Muhammadu Buhari to fail because if he fails, Nigeria has failed and if he succeeds Nigeria has succeeded saying the best we can do is to support him to succeed

“But unfortunately we have had cause to listen to presidential spokespersons who have at best insulted the sensibilities of most Nigerians and sometimes I find it difficult to listen to them.

“Often times when they respond to issues, they do so believing that every other Nigerian should not have any reason or right to disagree with whatever the government has done or with what is happening in the polity but when the President speaks to us as our father we are able to feel what he feels.

“He needs our support to be able to realise whatever good intentions he has for the good of the country, but not where many souls are killed, communities are sacked, individuals are killed on daily basis and not one word from the President as against other climes.

“This is why the decision of the Southern Governors is very timely and we want to believe that their colleagues in the Northern part of the country will also rise up above ethnic, regional consideration and political persuasions to see the need for us to talk about the progress of Nigeria.

“The President needs to rise up and resume duty because it seems he is off duty at the moment. We want a Nigeria where someone can come from any part of the country and make the country function for the good of all of us,” Aniagwu stated.

Universities Theatre Arts Festival, Uturu 2021: Signs of Things to Come

The Igbo adage couldn’t have captured it better when it says that the smell of the fart is an indication of the nature of the feces.

Between 2nd and 7th May 2021, a total of 13 universities that offer Theatre, Media and Performing Arts in Nigeria gathered in Gregory University Uturu under the umbrella of Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF).

Colourful costumes from different parts of the world were paraded, electrifying dance steps were displayed, all kinds of music were rendered, poetry, prose and drama also came to the party.

During those days Uturu, indeed Abia became the cynosure of all eyes as both traditional and new media beamed and streamed live colourful images to the world from Gregory University Uturu.

It was a welcome departure from the trending stories of insecurity as people threw caution to the wind to unwind.

Encomiums have subsequently continued to be poured on the sole sponsor of this year’s edition of NUTAF, Prof Gregory Ibe, who as Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu undertook the financial burden of hosting the entire festival.

In doing this, Prof Ibe achieved another first by being the first private University to attract the hosting right of the 40 year old festival.

On hearing that Prof Ibe is set to run for Governor of Abia, a team of journalists that covered the festival became ecstatic, stating that the state will definitely become a major attraction point for the theatre world and a Mecca of sort for the entertainment industry when he realises his vision.

Did I hear someone say vox populi box dei( voice of the people voice of God).

ProGIMA-Prof Gregory Ibe Media Associates

MASSOB commends Southern Governors, says moves would end Islamists’ terrorism agenda

MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu addresses members at a gathering

Leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) says it acknowledged the eloquent and bold steps being taken by the governors of southern Nigeria.

MASSOB in an electronic mail to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, described Southern Nigeria as ‘comprising territorial lands of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics’, arguing that the move by the governors will protect the political interest and future survival of southern Nigeria regions from domination by the Hausa Fulani.

Signed by MASSOB leader Comrade Uchenna Madu, the release said the indigenous peoples are happy with the moves, and warned that people in power are colluding with Fulanis across the globe to ‘islamize Nigeria’, kill off the indigenous peoples and take over their ancestral lands, using terrorists and bandits.

It read further “The unanimous decision of the southern region governors in banning the open grazing by Fulani herdsmen and insistence on national dialogue have suddenly aroused and stirred up the frustrated anger and insensitivity of the northern leaders through Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) that opposed the position of the southern region governors Forum in banning open grazing and call for national dialogue. The ACF spits poisonous venoms against the southern region governors and declares war against the southern region.

“MASSOB encourages the southern region governors and other leaders to sustain the southern unity and brace up for the defense of their indigenous people. The Hausa Fulani people are fearful cowards, they only depend on the indigenous people of Middle Belt region to carry out their political, subjective domination, religious and economical wars against the southern region.

“MASSOB advises the indigenous people of Middle Belt region to unanimously oppose every external pressure of the Fulani oligarchy to subject them as political tools of waging war against the southern region. The indigenous people of Middle Belt region must join the southern region in their quest for political emancipation from the subjective domination of Fulani oligarchy”, Comrade Madu said in the release.

Patrick Eholor threatens to sue Gov Obaseki, Edo Assembly for refusing to appoint commissioners, hasty AAU Bill

Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor

Chairman of human rights group, One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has threatened to sue the Edo State Governor, over the latter’s refusal to appoint commissioners in the state.

He also said the Edo State House of Assembly is, as well as the governor has a case to answer for hastily reading, and passing a bill into Law under 12 hours, in order to sack the Governing Council of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

Eholor, who goes by the aliases of Ultimate Equals, and Democracy Observer-General respectively, expressed disgust in a social media message Tuesday, following the quick succession of first, second and third readings of a bill by a few members of the Edo State House of Assembly.

The human rights activist wondered if there were no competent hands in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Obaseki’s former party who were qualified enough to be made commissioners in the face of the many issues ravaging the state.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited reproduces the message below, as posted by Chief Eholor:

‘Can anybody assist me?I need an urgent answer …do we still have Edo State House of Assembly?

A Legislative activity follows 5 trajectories-First Reading, Second Reading, Committee Stage, Third Reading where the Bill was passed and the signing of the Bill or the Overriding of the Veto if any.

‘I’m surprised you have first and second and third reading the same day…It is only possible with Godwin Obaseki’s House of Assembly

‘Edo State House of Assembly has entered into the Guinness Books of Record as the Fastest Legislator in the World. Godwin Obaseki has also shown to be the fastest Governor signing a Bill anywhere in the world, where they all passed and signed a Bill in less than 12 hours, taking over the affairs of the Ambrose Ali University, AAU Ekpoma same day. What charade? What a shame! What a hoax!

‘My friend said they are called the legislachop and the executhieves.

‘I hope the judiciary will stand tall in this matter because we are going to court.

‘Don’t we have competent persons in PDP where he found his lost love and make them commissioners or doesn’t he have any competent person in his previous party APC that paved way for him as a governor of Edo State? In a democratic dispensation, it’s collective unfortunately ‘Mr wake and see governor’. Am giving him 30 days ultimatum to appoint commissioners-he can no longer be a Sole Administrator. The good people of Edo State voted for a governor, not an administrator, if he doesn’t comply, I will have no choice than to go to court and seek for a redress for the troubles we are facing as citizens of Edo state such as
1:herdsmen
2:kidnappings
3:cultism
4:rape etc’.

Horror as witchdoctors abduct 4, bury 2 alive in Ebonyi

‘Buried Alive’ stock image

The decomposing bodies of two young men in Agubia, Ikwo Local Hovernment Area of Ebonyi State, Silas Nkwuda and Chukwuemeka Nwoba, have been found in a shallow grave in Uduku Igbudu forest in Igbudu community.

Police have already exhumed the bodies of the two young men. The eyes of the deceased were blind folded while ropes were tied to their necks when the bodies were exhumed by the police for investigation
Nkwuda and Nwoba were allegedly abducted and buried alive by seven persons, including two witch doctors, who have been arrested by the state police command over the crime.

The two witch doctors, whose names were given as Nwali Nwankwo and Rose Godwin, also known as Mama Ogwu, were said to have abducted the two young men on 12th of last month to pressure their relatives to withdraw a case in court involving their boys.
Investigations revealed that their boys were earlier arrested by the police over the disappearance of some members of the community who allegedly visited their shrine.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident, explained that preliminary investigations revealed that those who would have been buried alive by the native doctors were four but two managed to escape.

Original report (excluding headline, image) by New Telegraph

FULL COMMUNIQUE: 17 Southern governors meet in Asaba, ban open grazing, ask Buhari to address Nigerians, convoke ‘national dialogue’


The governors of the 17 southern states in Nigeria on Tuesday called on the federal government to “convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency.”

They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity…”

The governors also resolved to ban open grazing of cattle in all their states.

The three resolutions were among 12 reached by the governors at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Below is a full list of the resolutions reached by the governors:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA, DELTA STATE, ON TUESDAY, 11TH MAY, 2021

At its meeting, held today, 11th May, 2021, the Southern Governors Forum reviewed the situation in the nation generally and focused
on the current security situation, agitations/restructuring,
prospect for inter-state collaboration and partnerships as well as on the incidence of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rising from the meeting, the Forum:

i) affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria remain
committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice,
fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence
between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economíc development and prosperity;

ii) observed that the incursion of
armed herders, criminals
and bandits into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are not able to live their normal lives including pursuing
various productive activities leading to a threat to food supply and general security. Consequently, the meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across
Southern Nigería;

iii) noted that development and population growth has put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the South. Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the South (including
cattle movement to the South by foot);

iv) recommended that the Federal Government should support WILLING States to develop alternative and modern
livestock management systems;

v) agreed that the progress of the nation requires that urgent and bold steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian Federation leading to the evolution of state police, review
of revenue allocation formula in favour of the sub-national
governments and creation of other institutions which legitimately advance our commitment to and practice of true federalism;

vi) recommended that in view of widespread agitations among
our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing
governance arrangements, the Federal Government should
convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency;

vii) recommended that in deference to the sensitivities of our
various peoples, there is need to review appointments into Federal
Government Agencies (including Security Agencies) to reflect federal character as Nigeria’s overall
population is heterogenous;

viii) resolved to foster cooperation among the Southern States
and the nation at large. In this connection, Secretaries to
the Governments of the Southern States are to work together to develop and institutionalize a mechanism to foster this cooperation which will advance the comparative economic advantages and other interests of the Southern
States;

ix) expressed concern on the continued gridlock on the
Oshodi – Apapa Expressway and the chokehold it has exerted on the nation’s economy being the sole outlet from Apapa Wharf. The meeting therefore recommended the activation and establishment of ports in other States of the
federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic
activities in the country;

x) the meeting expressed concern on the economic implications of another lockdown on the country, and therefore suggested greater coordination and cooperation
between Federal and State Governments in evolving
strategies for dealing with the pandemic;

xi) expressed very grave concern on the security challenge currently plaguing the nation and strongly urged that Mr. President should address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the confidence of our people; and

xii) expressed gratitude to our host, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
for his generosity and hospitality.

Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN
Governor, Ondo State

His Excellency
Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor, Abia State

His Excellency
Chief Emmanuel Udom
Governor, Akwa Ibom State

His Excellency
Senator Diri Duoye
Governor, Bayelsa State

His Excellency
Willie Obiano
Governor, Anambra State

His Excellency
Prof. Ben Ayade
Governor, Cross Rivers State

His Excellency
Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
Governor, Delta State

His Excellency
Engr. David Umahi
Governor, Ebonyi State

His Excellency
Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

His Excellency
John Olukayode Fayemi
Governor, Ekiti State

His Excellency
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Governor, Enugu State

His Excellency
Senator Hope Uzodimma
Governor, Imo State

His Excellency
Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor, Lagos State

His Excellency
Dapo Abiodun
Governor, Ogun State

His Excellency
Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola
Governor, Osun State

His Excellency
Oluwaseyi Abiodun Makinde
Governor, Oyo State

His Excellency
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Governor, Rivers State

Excels
Asaba, Delta state.

Biafra Day: MASSOB faults Buhari’s SE, SS shoot-at-sight order, says no one can crush Biafra

Comrade Uchenna Madu (in black) leading other members of MASSOB duinrg a rally

Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has described President Muhamadu Buhari’s directive to the army to shoot unknown gunmen at sight as an exhibition of insensitivity and cowardice.

MASSOB, while reacting to the order, stated that deployment of Northern soldiers to carry out the assignment is genocidal, and will bring more disaster to the Nigeria.

Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB further said “President Buhari and his Fulani cabals in their inner sense of reasonings believe that with their kinsmen occupying the military positions of service chiefs including all the most senior military high rank offices/ positions, they will easily crush Biafra, maybe with their intimidating tendencies over Igbo governors, national assembly members, religious/ opinion/political leaders, they still think they can crush Biafra with the mindset of 1967–1970 Biafra Nigeria war.

“Buhari’s military civilian administration is the worst government Nigeria ever experienced, his leadership style of enforcing & imposing Islamic Hausa Fulani agenda on the rest of Nigeria people is tremendously assisting and justifying our struggle for Biafra actualization, Buhari’s stubbornness and Islamic fundamentalism against the Christian Southern, Eastern & Middle Beltan regions have reawakened the consciousness & thought of future survival of the people of this regions.

“MASSOB want Nigerian President Buhari to continue to make similar blind mistakes which always expresses his frustrations. Any king who thinks like Pharaoh of Egypt against the Jews will certainly experience the doom of Pharaoh.

“No man born of a
woman can crush Biafra because God, history and humanity are on our side. The Biafra revolution is indestructible.

“MASSOB wishes to inform President Buhari that deploying his Nigerian military Fulanised soldiers to Biafra land to carry out his shoot at sight order, arresting and detention of non violence Biafra freedom fighters. killings, persecutions, mesmerizations, suppressions and oppressions of Biafrans including clampdown on non-violent and unarmed agitators because of our agitation for self rule only worsens the problem and underscores Nigeria as repressive colonial state.

“President Muhamadu Buhari and his cabals are jittery because of Biafra day anniversary celebration coming up on May 30th. The massive presence of Hausa Fulani soldiers deployed to Biafra land will never stop or frustrate the Biafra day anniversary celebration.

“Biafra agitating groups are not the problem, the Nigerian state as constituted is. Biafra agitation is only a reaction to the many injustices, exclusion, second class citizenship, born to rule philosophy, marginalization and other forms of inequality that characterise the Nigerian state”.

Anambra 2021: Nwankpo’s strategies will get him the APGA ticket – Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp 


Gubernatorial aspirants from the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA have been strategizing how to win the nomination to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.

The aspirants who are over six (6) in number from Anambra South Senatorial district where the position has been unanimously zoned to have rock solid convictions that the Governorship ticket will be thiers.

My investigation shows that winning the APGA faithful’s sympathy and support tops the priority of the Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo. The Guber hopeful want to be on the same page with the party leadership and delegates who are the ultimate deciders. Nwankpo wants his teaming supporters to see that he has the interest of the party at heart, as demonstrated over time through his massive investments in the party, especially at the grassroots level.

You know that at the moment, the party delegates to the primary election own the entire political space. They can retire, make or mar anyone if they want to. So for me this move by Akachukwu Nwankpo is clever although it puts the cabal in a fix as it makes it difficult for them to impose their preferred aspirant early in the day. The cabal will have to play along but one sure fact is that only one person will win the ticket in June.

Findings show that the APGA will stamp their feet on ensuring its supremacy as no aspirant will be allowed to throw mud or engage in anti party activities. The state Chairman Sir Norbert Obi has stated severally that APGA will conduct a free and fair primary election, where the best candidate will emerge to lead the party to the polls in November.

As the party sets out to fish out the best amongst the aspirants, I don’t think a lot will change on how the leader of the Party His Excellency Gov. Willie Obiano arranges his cards. You can see that the Governor has ensured that there is peace everywhere. Those who claimed they were sent to speak on behalf of the governor might be disappointed at the eleventh hour.

In APGA, nobody is fighting anyone, all the aspirants are going about mobilizing supporters ahead of the primary election, peacefully. No threats of violence, and you can see how the entire state is commending the Governor on this so I don’t think he will change in this aspect.

Another aspect that I think won’t change is that APGA will place more emphasis on marketability, electability and political viability. Aside from Party members, the APGA leadership will look at how the electorates will respond and react to its choice candidates at the polls.

This means that APGA will shop for a very saleable candidate with no political scandals; no history of abuse of public funds, no criminal record. APGA will definately pick a candidate with traceable source of livelihood, one with no dangling political baggage. You must have listened to the position of the party on its choice candidates for the gubernatorial election. The APGA leadership has stated clearly in the media that the party won’t field someone who will not sell in the governorship polls.

So my interpretation of this is that the party will prioritize marketability, electability and political viability, this is where Akachukwu Nwankpo is rated high above other contenders; for the past three years, he has been on ground, working assiduously, and have convinced the party that he will pull it through the gubernatorial election with ease.

Ekenem.

Eidul-Fitr: FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja on Monday.

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.

Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.

He assured that the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria was sacrosanct.

“This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and resident of the country, is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring economic prosperity of our dear nation,” he emphasised.

BREAKING: FG Announces Another COVID-19 Lockdown, To Begin Tuesday (Tomorrow)

The Federal Government has announced Phase IV of the COVID-19 lockdown across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This new directive is to take effect by midnight of Tuesday, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed, declared.

Mohammed, who is the Head of Technical Secretariat of the PSC, made the announcement while briefing reporters on Monday in Abuja.

With the lockdown imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time.

Access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.

According to Mohammed, the government has directed that bars and nightclubs should remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.

He added that only essential international travels would be encouraged, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to.

The PSC member, however, stated that there was no limitation to intra-state travel.

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