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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.”

Edo Govt, Eholor in war of words over Freedom of Information Act

Chief Eholor and Governor Obaseki

The Edo State State Government has said the that Freedom of Information Act is not applicable in Edo State, citing a Court of Appeal decision.

In a letter to Chief Patrick Eholor, dated 20th of May, 2021 and endorsed by the Solicitor General of Edo State and Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Justice-Oluwole Iyamu SAN, the government said the FOI is not applicable to the state.

However in a swift reaction to the letter, Chief Eholor, through his counsel, Douglas Ogbankwa Law Firm,
stated that he will be pleased to meet the Edo State Government in court, as he won a similar case against the Edo State Government recently at the Edo State High Court, where the court held that the Freedom of Information Act is applicable to Edo State and awarded damages against the Government.

Eholor stated further that the Government relied on an outdated authority or judicial precedent on the matter as latest authorities on the matter are on all fours with his position on the issue.

“Edo State Government should get ready for a long drawn legal battle, as we interrogate other governmental processes to ensure transparency and accountability in government”.

Chief Igbinedion after my life, lands! Patrick Eholor cries out, says Esama trying to intimidate him to abandon his landed property

Eholor, Igbinedion, Acting IGP Usman, AGF Malami

Foremost human rights defender and founder of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has sent out a Save Our Soul message over alleged attempts by Edo-born billionaire, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion to intimidate him out of his landed property and arrest him.

Eholor also alleged that Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin kingdom had sent persons to physically attack him, a development which could have resulted in serious bodily harm, or death on his part.

In a petition addressed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police

Zone 5, Benin City, with reference number TA/04/05/21/VOL.II, and dated 04/05/2021, Chief Eholor through his lawyers, T. A. AKAHOMEN ESQ, of T. A. Akahomen & Co, Notaries Public accused Chief Igbinedion of trying to use his political influence and financial muscle to push him out of the vast, choice land located at One, Benin City and take over the property.

The petition, which was made available to journalists, is hereby reproduced in parts below:

Sir,

A CASE OF THREAT TO LIFE, LAWLESSNESS, OPPRESSION AND ACTS

CAPABLE OF CAUSING BREACH OF PEACE: CALL FOR URGENT

INTERVENTION.

We write as solicitors to CHIEF PATRICK OSAGIE EHOLOR, also known as

“Ultimate Equal”, the Founder and President, “One Love Foundation; a Non –

Governmental Organization, who we shall refer to as our client in this petition.

It is our instruction that our client is the owner in possession of a vast land

situate at Obe Community in Benin City. On or about the 23rd day of April, 2021,

following destruction on our client’s crops and property on the land by one MR.

FRIDAY, who claimed to be acting for an undisclosed person at that time;

ISMAILA SULE MOHAMMED, an employee of our client made a report at

Etete Police Division. Our client’s employee made an entry on the criminal acts

of the said FRIDAY. One policewoman at Etete Division made a call to FRIDAY

to report and answer to the allegations against him.

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every day in the country”, T. A. Akahomen stated in the petition, on behalf of Chief Patrick Osagie.

Also speaking about the matter, Eholor alleged “They are boasting that they want to use thugs, they want to use police, they want to use soldiers to silence me. The world should be aware that if anything happens to me, Igbinedion should be held responsible.

‘His son in law, Osunde has a corruption case on his neck, where people lost over 23 billion to him. The EFCC arrested him, and the case is still there.

“There is also the case of his son, Lucky Igbinedion who was tried for corruption in Edo State.

“Igbinedion is not God. He has been sending non uniform police to my house, he has been sending some unknown soldiers to my house, as a matter of fact, he has been sending people to my children’s school to go and look for them. I am crying out so that the world will know that my life is at stake with Igbinedion over a piece of land.

“This is a man who have operated an airline, a man who has houses everywhere in the world, this is a man who is so blessed by God, but this man now wants to curse God. But he cannot curse God because God is almighty. God will fight for me.

“If I speak, I will die, if I don’t speak, I will die, so let the world know that Esama is threatening to kill me and my family”, Eholor said to journalists.

Attempts to speak with the Esama of Benin to get his own side of the story were unproductive, as he was said to be away in South Africa.

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

Our Website is: intersociety-ng.org

Dated: Wednesday, 19th May 2021

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’.

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”.

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.

(PHOTOS) We’ve no choice but to rescue Nigeria, says Obaseki as PDP S’south visits Edo

…blames rising insecurity on mismanagement of nation’s economy

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the country amid the challenges facing the country but work collectively to ensure a better Nigeria.

Obaseki gave the charge on Tuesday while receiving members of the South-South Zone Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by its National Vice Chairman, South-south, Chief Dan Orbih.
The governor, who identified insecurity as one of the country’s biggest challenges, blamed mismanagement of the nation’s economy for the worrisome trend.

“The way the ruling party has managed and mismanaged the economy of this country is the reason why we are having the level of insecurity that we are faced today. The lawlessness, indiscipline by the ruling party has brought us to where we are.

“We should not lose hope in Nigeria but focus on how to create confidence to give our people hope by managing the country well. The challenges of insecurity just show the dysfunctionality of our federal system.

“We run a federation; we have three tiers of government: Federal, State and Local Governments. Why should security be exclusive to the federal level? What happened to the other two? Until we address that structural imbalance, we are not going to be able to deal with security at its core.”

He continued: “The country has a major problem and it’s only the PDP that can help the President solve the problem but not his party. Let us as party men and Nigerians help rescue the nation and call on those that have the capacity to rescue Nigeria. Security is local and we can rescue this nation; that is why Edo is relatively peaceful.

“In the South-South, we must stand up to defend ourselves economically, politically and security wise. We have pretenders in the region who try to exploit the region and we must stop them.

“When you concentrate resources at the centre, you can’t get results. The security structure that we have in Nigeria has expired; we need a new security arrangement. The system that we operated till now is not tenable,” he noted.

While addressing the governor earlier, Orbih said: “The South-West and South-East have both formed a security network to protect its people. As South-South, we need to look for a way to check insecurity and protect our people in the region.

“We appeal to you to lead the stand for state policing. It’s time to rejig the security architecture of Nigeria. We urge you to lend your voice to the struggle to make the country safe for all.”

PHOTOS from the event: