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BIAFRA DAY: There will be movement on May 30, Sit-at-Home will be May 31, says MASSOB

Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB marches with other Biafran activists

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)has  reinstated that Biafra Day Anniversary for this year will be a unique and special because it falls on a Sunday.

‘Observing the Biafra day anniversary celebration on a Sunday makes it more Christianized because the people of Biafra are predominantly Christians’, MASSOB said in a statement.

The statement which was signed by Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB, Biafra was declared on May 30th, 1967 by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. According to him, May 30th is sacrosanct and sacred in the history of Biafra.

He further said in the statement “The ordinances of our greatest leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must be jealousy and eloquently adhered to.

“MASSOB directs all the churches in Biafra land to observe a special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the Nigeria –Biafra war and our comrades that were killed by Nigeria security agents including the people of Biafra that died in the hands of Islamic Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist herdsmen. Our religious and church leaders should stop praying for the betterment of Islamic Republic of Nigeria.

“There will be movements and normal social activities on May 30th being Sunday because of Christian worship but there will be a sit at home exercise on May 31st being Monday for the people of Biafra as a mark of a solidarity and honor Biafra land. MASSOB directs all markets, schools, banks and all other public offices in Biafra land to observe the sit at home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland

“In the spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism,   MASSOB and other pro Biafra organizations have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate together, the 54 years anniversary of Biafra declaration by our foremost leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on 30th May, 2021.                                    

“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra in a unique style,  it is a mark of respect and honour to our father land, it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.

“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of  this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration.”

Revealed: How bitcoin market lost $400 billion, over a million investors got wrecked this week

Most investors in the crypto market are currently having a sour time as the crypto market whipsawed most of their earnings after a wave of negative macros that include Chinese officials cracking down on Crypto assets.

Bitcoin, the pioneer crypto fell as low as $30,000 during the week before rebounding to as high as $41,800. The crypto almost struck below $30,000 earlier in the week, after ending May 14 at above $49,000.

The world’s most popular crypto lost about $400 billion in value after, breaking below a trillion dollars to trade around $680 billion.

The bears are hammering hard on crypto assets with recent macros revealing one of the highest levels of the Chinese government, China’s Financial Committee issued a statement on curbing the world’s biggest Bitcoin mining hub triggering the flagship crypto to fall as low as $33,000 on Friday with investors reacting negatively to this news.

In a meeting headed by its Vice Premier Council Liu, the Chinese authorities further discussed strict anti-crypto regulations, suggesting the crypto market will face more headwinds as over 1.5 million traders got liquidated in the past week, amid high price swings in play.

At the time of writing this report, the flagship crypto traded at $36,718.65 posting a weekly loss of about 26% with profit-taking intensified among retail investors. Recall that the dreadful week began when Elon Musk, the powerful tech billionaire, said Tesla was no longer accepting Bitcoin amid social media outrage that left many investors astonished.

A few days after it emerged that the U.S Treasury might issue a framework that requires crypto transactions of at least $10,000 to be reported to the Inland Revenue Service.

However, current price actions reveal that the bullish run is still in play with institutional investors buying from the dip. The most recent data from Coinalyze postulates that Spot Crypto exchange volumes surpassed $5.6 billion in four hours, which is high even for a 12% price movement.

We will continue to attack Palestine as long as its neccesary – Israeli PM

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blaming Hamas for starting nearly a week of hostilities by firing rockets at Israel, said on Saturday Israel will continue to strike in Gaza as long as necessary and do its utmost to avoid civilian casualties.

“The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking us,” Netanyahu said in a televised speech. “We are still in the midst of this operation, it is still not over and this operation will continue as long as necessary.”

“Unlike Hamas, which deliberately intends to harm civilians while hiding behind civilians, we are doing everything, but everything, to avoid or limit as much as possible harming civilians and to directly strike terrorists instead.”

Israel bombed the home of Hamas’s chief in Gaza early on Sunday and the Islamist group fired rocket barrages at Tel Aviv as hostilities stretched into a seventh day with no sign of abating.

At least four Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes across the coastal enclave, health officials said, and many were injured as the sounds of heavy bombardment roared through the night
Israelis dashed for bomb shelters as sirens warning of incoming rocket fire blared in Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba
Around 10 people were injured while running for shelters, medics said.

At least 149 have been killed in Gaza since the violence began on Monday, including 41 children, health officials said.
Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.
Envoys from the United States, United Nations and Egypt were working to restore calm but have yet to show any signs of progress.
The U.N Security Council was due to meet later on Sunday to discuss the worst outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years.

Both Israel and Hamas have insisted they would continue their cross-border fire, a day after Israel destroyed a 12-storey building in Gaza City that had housed the U.S Associated Press and Qatar-based Al Jazeera media operations. The Israel military said the al-Jala building was a legitimate military target, containing Hamas military offices, and that it had given warnings to civilians to get out of the building before the attack.

The AP condemned the attack, and asked Israel to put forward evidence.
“We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” the news organisation said in a statement.

In what it called a reprisal for Israel’s destruction of the al-Jala building, Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv and towns in southern Israel early on Sunday.

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”.

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.

Zenith, Access Banks Express Interest to Acquire Union Bank

Obinna Chima with agency report

Two Nigerian lenders – Zenith Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc – are among the list of financial institutions from Africa and the Middle East that have indicated an interest in the acquisition of Union Bank Plc and other African assets of Atlas Mara Group, a Pan-African banking group.
Bloomberg which disclosed this quoted sources familiar with the matter to have disclosed that Atlas Mara Limited, the London Stock Exchange-listed pan-African banking group started by Mr. Bob Diamond has received a number of approaches for its 49.97 per cent holding in Lagos-based Union Bank of Nigeria.

Zenith Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc are among the suitors that have expressed interest alongside other African rivals such as Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank, the sources said.

THISDAY also confirmed the development from sources in the two tier-1 banks, who also pleaded to remain anonymous.
Middle Eastern banks and private equity suitors have also shown interest, according to the sources. Some potential buyers have indicated that they may acquire all of Atlas Mara’s remaining assets in Africa, which would include its Zimbabwe unit, they said.
Atlas Mara has been working with Rothschild & Co. to consider options for its Union Bank stake. No final decisions have been made, and there’s no certainty the deliberations will lead to a transaction, the people said.

Representatives for Atlas Mara and Zenith Bank didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Attijariwafa Bank Managing Director Ismail Douiri and a representative for Access Bank declined to comment.

A deal could bring down the curtain on Atlas Mara’s African foray after Diamond, a former Barclays Plc chief executive officer, misjudged competition on the continent and overpaid for acquisitions. The company said recently that it’s secured regulatory approval for the sales of its businesses in Botswana and Mozambique and received interest in other assets, without elaborating.

Atlas Mara also said it completed a planned restructuring process and extended a standstill agreement with its creditors to May 17 to complete the necessary documentation. It’s still in legal disputes with two creditors, TLG and Norsad, it added.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the need to reposition the company, which has seen a plunge of about 96% in its stock since it started trading toward the end of 2013. The firm’s stake in UBN, Nigeria’s sixth-biggest bank by market value is its largest investment and seen as a foothold into the continent’s most populous nation.

Commenting on the matter, Frontier and Sub-saharan Africa Banks’ Analyst, Renaissance Capital, Adesoji Solanke, wrote in a note made available to THISDAY yesterday: “Good for Atlas Mara if they’re able to exit successfully, as they’ve been selling a bunch of assets over the past year, to KCB and Access Bank respectively across different markets. Whether they get a good valuation for Union Bank is another thing.
“We don’t think it’ll be a transformational deal for Access or Zenith (Return-on-Equity dilutive for both), but could be a good way for the Middle Eastern banks to get a decent foothold in the market. We suspect getting the other private equity investor block to sell will be critical as we wouldn’t expect a strategic bank investor to desire a minority shareholding.”

Again, activist Eholor cries out on airport security, as darkness hits Benin airport for 7th day 

Civil rights defender and philanthropist, Comrade Patrick Osagie Eholor has again sounded alarm over the security of Nigerian travelers at the airports. Eholor this time sounded a note of warning following a visit to the Benin airport yesterday May 3, where he noted that there was no electricity for the past seven days.

According to him, travelers in Nigeria are currently facing several challenges, top of which is security.

He said “the situation at the Benin airport is terrible. There is no light, and there has been no light for seven days. We could not scan our bags, and that’s a security breach, a major security risk. If we only know what is happening in this country, only God has been saving us. I am talking to the Minister of Aviation, to whom I wrote a letter and nobody responded. We cannot continue to live like this in this country.

“If we don’t do anything about what’s going on now in the next six months, this country might cease to exist. I am sorry to say this but that is where we are heading.

“If the governor of Edo State knows what he is doing, if he is not playing politics with our lives, you cannot as number one Chief Security Officer, you will not tell me that you are oblivious of the fact that there is no light at the airport for seven days. I beg you, Mr Godwin Obaseki, I beg the followers of Godwin Obaseki that this is not politics. He should try to make our airspace safe, and contact the Minister of Aviation immediately.

“I was also told that in a number of occasions, the BEDC had come to the airport to cut the lights. Who does that? That is preposterous! Every day, we read that the governor is bringing in investors, are you bringing investors into darkness? If investors are coming from China or America, or Germany or U.K., will they be landing in darkness? Will that not terrify any reasonable investor?

“This is a very serious issue. I urge the governor to, within the next 24 hours, make sure that there is light restored at the airport, to make sure there is uninterrupted electricity at that airport, to make sure that he adds more generator to the airport to ensure there is uninterrupted power supply, so that the lives of citizens will not be at risk. This is a matter of urgency, or else, I will ask the president to declare a state of emergency in Edo state”, he said.

Recall that in April 2021, Comrade Eholor had written to the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Aviation over the illegal hoarding and hiking of airline tickets by airport and airlines staff.

In the letter, the activist who is also the global chairman of One Love Foundation observed that the development was very dangerous and could jeopardize the security of travelers and even that of the country.

He had warned that terrorists could take advantage of the development to hijack aircrafts and even engage in suicide bombings of planes loaded with passengers.

He therefore called on the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, as well as the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to as a matter of urgency, address the problem before it endangers the lives of travelers.

Eholor revealed neither the NSA nor the Minister has responded or reacted to the warnings he sent since last month.

May 30: MASSOB to celebrate 2021 Biafra Day, directs all markets, schools, banks, public offices to shut down

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has announced that they will observe the 2021 Biafra Day celebrations with a Sit-at-Home, on the 30th of May, 2021.

According to a Press Release signed by the National Director of Information of MASSOB, Comrade Samuel Edeson, the decision was taken at a National meeting of the organisation in Enugu earlier today.

The pro-Biafra group in its declaration, argued that they will never change the ordinances of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, leader of the Biafra nation.

According to the release, “Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra with the total consent and full support of the elders and the people of Biafra on May 30th, 1967.

“MASSOB have no intention or plan to observe our fatherland anniversary celebration on any other date except on May 30th because May 30th is sacrosanct and sacred to the history and lives of Biafra Republic.

“The ordinances of our great leader, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must be jealousy and eloquently adhered to, any attempt to change it by disgruntled persons will be strictly resisted.
“MASSOB directs the people of Biafra to observe a special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the Nigeria -Biafra war and our comrades that were killed by Nigeria security agents including the people of Biafra that died in the hands of Islamic Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist herdsmen.

“MASSOB directs all markets, schools, banks and all other public offices in Biafra land to observe the sit at home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland

“In spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism, MASSOB will collaborate with other Pro Biafran groups that have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate the 54 years anniversary of Biafra declaration by our foremost leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on 30th May, 2021.

“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra not as a pro Biafra group, it is a mark of respect and honour to our father land, it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.

“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration”, it declared.


President Buhari receives in Virtual Audience Mr Anthony Blinken, United States Secretary of State in State House on 27th April 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged the United States to reconsider relocating US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, nearer the Theatre of Operation, admonishing the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing security challenges to avoid spillovers.

President Buhari, in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony Blinken, said AFRICOM, which partners with countries to counter transnational threats, should be relocated to Africa to strengthen ongoing efforts to check the security situation, with likely effect on other nations.

“The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region.

“Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes.

The support of important and strategic partners like United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.

“In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider re-locating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation,’’ he said.

The President said Nigeria will enhance collaborations in all forms, with friends and strategic partners, to work together for greater security for all, which remain the most significant condition for overcoming the existential challenges.

President Buhari congratulated Blinken on his appointment by President Joe Biden, and commended the United States for the decision to repeal the immigration restriction known as the “Muslim ban’’, re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“Nigeria attaches great importance to its relations with the United States. Let me in this connection express appreciation to President Joe Biden for his welcome and reaching decision to repeal the Immigration restriction known as the ‘Muslim ban’ on travel and visas for citizens predominantly from Muslim Nations and African Countries, including Nigeria.

“I also wish to congratulate the United States for re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The leadership of the United States in these two organizations is crucial for international community.

“This action is a demonstration of the United States commitment in championing and supporting international organizations with the aim to build a better world for all,’’ he added.

President Buhari noted that Nigeria remains resolute in her commitment to supporting global efforts as enshrined in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which seeks to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the President, the convening of the Climate Change Summit last week by President Biden was a strong indication of the renewed interest of the United States to the Paris Agreement.

“I would like to extend our goodwill message to President Joe Biden and his Administration. May I also thank you for initiating this meeting, which I am confident, given your background and current position, you will use to promote the existing bilateral relations between our two countries,’’ the President said.

The Secretary of State said he was pleased to make Nigeria part of his “first virtual visit to Africa,” noting that Nigeria and the United States of America, share a lot in bilateral issues.
He added that he would be delighted to build on the foundation that was laid between the two countries over 60 years ago, disclosing that areas of discussion with Nigeria would include “how to build our economies back after the COVID-19 pandemic, security for vulnerable communities, and climate issues.”

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 27, 2021

Ikonso Don Will Be Buried With Heads Of His Killers, Nnamdi Kanu Vows As He Threatens To Kill Security Operatives

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has said that the Second Commanding officer of the Eastern Security Network, E.S.N, Ikonso Don will be buried with the heads of the security operatives that killed the Biafra agitator.

Nnamdi Kanu in a statement released this morning and yesterday, insisted that Ikonso Don was killed in his sleep without shootout.

The Nigerian Army said it lost one lieutenant, and the Nigeria Police Force lost three men of the Police Intelligence Response Team during gun battle with the Biafra agitators on Saturday morning in Imo state.

The Nigerian Army said the joint security operations comprising men of the Nigerian Army, Police Intelligence Response Team and Department of State Services, D.S.S was successfully carried out with the killing of Ikonso Don and six others; adding that Ikonso Don and his team are responsible for the recent attacks on security formations in the eastern states.

According to Nnamdi Kanu, Ikonso Don was killed in his house at the middle of the night without any shootout.

Nnamdi Kanu therefore insisted that the Eastern Security Network Deputy Commander, Ikonso Don will be buried the heads of his killers.

Nnamdi Kanu said in quote:
“Our enemies should know that assassination makes only MARTYS not converts. God is with us.

“There was no shootout, Ikonso was killed in his house, he was killed while he was sleeping in the middle of the Night

“We shall bury him like an Oba with the heads of his killers.

“Let them get ready!