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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.”

How to document human rights violation cases in Igboland- Civil Society Coalition

On behalf of the Eastern Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia Coalition (a coalition of 40 Rights CSOs and Intelligentsia bodies), Intersociety hereby appeals and invites members of the public in the East including town union, human rights and Christian faith activists or leaders particularly in Igbo Land part of Benue, Kogi and Edo and Eastern Nigerian States of Delta, Anambra, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi to report to us any human rights violation in their areas by the following: Army, Navy, Air Force (i.e. killing of unarmed and defenseless citizens through air bombings), SSS, Police and its various operational squads.

Others are joint military and police special squads, jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and their ‘Banditry’ counterparts, etc. This appeal is authorized by Emeka Umeagbalasi and Barr Chidimma Udegbunam, Board Chair and Publicity Head of Intersociety

The human rights violations being focused on include: late night abductions and disappearances involving unarmed and defenseless citizens, burning down or destruction of living houses and sacred places of worship and learning, arrest and detention of civilians by army, navy and air force, police long detention of citizens without trial, sexual violence against women including abduction, rape and death-rape; extrajudicial shooting and killing (i.e. instant or custodial killing of unarmed citizens), false labeling and trumped up charges, indiscriminate late night invasion of dwelling houses and broad day light shooting of unarmed citizens, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and torture; Fulani Herdsmen and Fulani Bandits’ killings or destruction and seizure of farmlands and abduction, disappearance, rape and broad day and captivity murder of women and others.

Details concerning the victims of human rights violation include: full name of the victim and his/her gender, age, religion and number of kids borne (if she is a married woman), victim’s community, local government area and state of origin; time, date and location of the rights violation and type of rights abuse perpetrated; whereabouts of his/her body if killed and disappeared or name of security agency responsible for his/her body’s disappearance; name and contacts of victim’s next-of-kin; number of victims (if group victims) and name of the state actor or non state actor entity that perpetrated the human rights violation.

The purposes of this clarion call are to document and expose the atrocities perpetrated and their perpetrators for global attention and accountable-justice including trial at ICC and others as well as to safeguard the unarmed and defenseless citizens from remote and immediate operational atrocities of the Nigerian security agencies-noted globally as serial abusers and violators of human rights.

We are also determined at documenting and exposing the atrocities of the jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and their ‘Banditry’ counterparts across the East particularly in Igbo Land; being perpetrated for purpose of advancing the Government backed jihad project but deceitfully camouflaged as “rural cattle grazing”. We must not allow the ongoing grisly or ‘industrial scale’ human rights abuses and violations in Igbo Land and the rest of Eastern Nigeria to continue!

Please send your verified and verifiable details to our contacts below:

Phone/WhatsApp: +2348174090052

Email: info@intersociety-ng.org

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Dated: Wednesday, 19th May 2021

Abia Govt begins dry port project at Ntigha, says its a neccesity for Abians

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said his administration is prioritizing the needs of the people in terms of infrastructure development of the state. The governor made this known during a zoom meeting organized by the Abia Media Forum.

According to him, resources of the state must be properly channeled to address fundamental needs of the people. He further stressed the importance of a dry port at Ntigha to facilitate ease of doing business in Aba and the state at large. Governor Ikpeazu who said the state will not embark on building an airport just to impress people simply because other States in the region have done so stated that “we are looking at viability here, economy is key. Only about 5% of our population have interest in flying while the other 95% use road to move their goods and services.

“We must look at the needs of our people before embarking on any project”, he said.

The governor also said his administration is working closely with sister States to address the issue of insecurity in the region. He reiterated the importance of the Ebubeagu Security outfit and said it would help address the security challenges faced in the region. He informed that the idea behind the Ebubeagu Security outfit is to collaborate and maximize the comparative advantage in each state of the region, enable the region procure modern technology to facilitate monitoring of movement of persons and to effectively tackle the challenges headlong. Dr. Ikpeazu said the launch of the new security outfit couldn’t have come at a better time and that the State already had in place the Homeland Security Unit with a mandate to protect lives and property of people of the State.

While stating that the state was deepening the Ebubeagu security outfit by recruiting at the ward and community levels citizens who would help in the area of information and intelligence gathering at the grassroots level, the State Chief Executive said “the State will soon organize a stakeholders forum which will have in attendance all stakeholders in the security sector.

“We are bringing together stakeholders in the security sector to help us evaluate the template we have; this will enable us tackle the security challenges we are faced with. Our target is to create a security architecture robust enough to secure our state.”

While addressing the issue of criminal herdsmen in the State, the Governor said his administration took proactive measure by enacting a bill through the State Assembly to ban open grazing in the State. This he said has helped the state in addressing the issue of herders and farmers clashes in the State.

“We have a law on open grazing. Aside Benue State, Abia was the first to pass the Anti-Open Grazing law in the country. We are tackling criminal herdsmen from other parts of the country and sub-region. We are enforcing the law”, he said.

He called for the decentralization of the nation’s security architecture and the creation of State Police to enable states tackle their peculiar challenges.

While reiterating the need to address the issue of perceived injustice in the country, the Governor said there are complaints of injustice, lopsidedness in appointments, lack of consideration of the feelings of those occupying the Nigerian territory in critical decision making of the country etc, he called for inclusiveness in the appointment of personnel: For example, in our security architecture of the country, the southeast doesn’t have any security representative in the security council meeting. There is a need to have an all inclusive government in order to assuage the feelings of those agitating.”

Governor Ikpeazu used the occasion to reiterate his government’s mission to leave Abia State better than he met it. “I want to be remembered as someone who came and tackled intractable issues; I want to be remembered as the Governor who tackled unworkable roads like Faulks, Ama Ikonne, and the governor who added to the road infrastructural stock of the state.

“Most of the roads we constructed are still standing and would stand the test of time. We have affected positively all facet of state infrastructure: education, health care, road, agriculture, SME, etc. Our aim is to leave the state better than we met it,” he concluded.

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’.

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: S’south PDP visit Wike, reiterate call for regional security outfit+PHOTOS

Governor Nyesom Wike at the meeting

The S’south Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated it’s call on South South governors to establish a security outfit to tackle the rising cases of insecurity in the region.

At a meeting of the team with the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Barrister Nyesom Wike at the Rivers State Government House on Thursday, 6th May 2021, the group led by Chief Dan Orbih raised alarm over the incessant killings, kidnappings and terror that has been unleashed on Nigeria by bandits, Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.

Orbih, who commended the Niger State Governor for owning up that the Federal Government has failed Nigerians in terms of security, said that if the S’south governors are able to establish a security outfit like their South East and South West counterparts, the issue of insecurity will be greatly checked.

His words: “I am here with the Zonal working committee members of our party to thank you for successfully hosting the last Zonal Congress that brought this Exco to office. We are also using this visit to commend and applaud the good work the PDP Governors are doing in the South South and to urge them to continue the good work.

“We are embarking on this tour at a very difficult and challenging time in our nation’s history. Let me commend the courageous declaration Gov of Niger State, Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello that the country is no longer safe under APC Federal Government. A situation where insurgents will conquer any part of this country and host their flag is a declaration of war.

“Your Excellency, I want to commend you for the steps you have taken so far to protect your people. A situation where people can no longer access their farms is a clear signal of impending food crisis.

“We call on the Governors and leaders of the South South to come together and protect our people. The Yorubas have taken steps to check the menace of these groups with the formation of Amotekun, the Igbos have theirs Ebubeagu security network. What are we doing in the South South? We must fashion out ways in collaboration with various security agencies to check the unprovoked assault on our people. Our people are distressed. The federal roads are in bad shapes and unsafe.

“There is hunger in the land. An hungry man is a angry man. The rising poverty index and unemployment worrisome. I make bold to state that the current security problems confronting us is a threat to Peace and development.

“We are impressed and satisfied with the good work you are doing in your state and the zone. Your achievements is now the benchmark for critical assessment of good governance. You have done very well. We pray God to continue to give you the strength to do more for your state and Nigeria.

“Lastly, I welcome people of other zones to visit the South South to see what their zones can be if they vote PDP into government in their zones”, Orbih stated.

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.

Felix Kurogha, N Delta youths brainstorm on social vices  reduction among youths

Hon Kurogha and some youths of the Niger Delta, after the meeting

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Youths Matters, Hon. Felix Kurogha has said that there is an urgent need to reduce social vices among Nigerian youths across the country.

Kurogha stated this at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on the 27th, April 2021 while addressing youths drawn from the various states of the Niger Delta.

The purpose of the meeting is geared towards proferring solution and the way forward to reducing the high rate of social vices and crises across the country to a minimal level.

The SSA made revealed to the delegation that Mr. President is interested in the youth popu of the country, and is eager to ensure that the evil social vices to destroy the country is reduced, and completely eliminated.

He also assured the delegation of the readiness of the Federal Government, ably led by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to work with the youths and also create an enabling environment, in addition building capacity across the 36 States of the Federation.

Hon. Felix Kurogha also used the opportunity to unveil the appointment of Comrade David Awasa as his Personal Assistant (PA).

Also speaking on his office, Kurogha assured the delegation that names of various State Coordinators across 36 States of the Federation will be officially published and liaison offices will be situated in every state to effectively carry out this rigorous assignment.

He also briefed the delegation on the up-coming capacity event as part of Mr. President’s commitment to the youths of this country.

JUST IN: INEC Releases Date For 2023 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday announced that the 2023 general elections in the country will hold February 18, 2023.

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021.

The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Yakubu stated, “By the principle established by the Commission, the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today.

“We hope to release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the General Election immediately after the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021.

“In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty about the electoral legal framework to govern the election. We are confident that the National Assembly will do the needful in earnest.”

Details later…