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Agitation for Biafra: A Selfish Agenda.

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THESE days, the quest for money takes precedence over the quest for truth. In retrospect, late Odumegwu Ojukwu’s failed attempt to lead the Igbos out of a united Nigeria should be a lesson for all and sundry, but, reverse is the case.

Those who fails to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. To all intents and purposes, Ojukwu’s efforts to actualise Biafra state were quite genuine and altruistic as opposed to the ill fated struggles of the present crop of agitators.

Asides, late Ojukwu’s intellectual endowments which were deployed to win the war can not be compared with those of mental Liliputians gallivanting empty grounds and pontificating over the issues which they were least qualified to comment on not to talk of dissecting same.

Comparatively, Ralph Uwazurike’s approach is more diplomatic than that of the stubborn tout and academic drop-out, Nnamdi Kanu. However, both of them got it wrong.

Liberation struggles in the modern world are embarked upon by those people who are not only trustworthy, but, have that clear vision and objectives which are suited towards promoting the interests of their people. Hence, it can only be brought about by people with sound intellects and thorough knowledge of political history. It is not for the people whose antecedents are not worthy of being propagated when it comes to knitty gritty.

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The two arrow heads are not qualified to lead the struggle, even and if, it is necessary. Moreso, Igbo nation parades more credible and highly intelligent men and women who are eminently qualified to lead the struggle. Essentially, there exists world class diplomats, historians, political scientists, finance experts and the related who are imbued with the cest and ethos which are required to actualise the pet project.

At this juncture, it is worth asserting that there is no basis for any secession.This aptly inform the decision of the elites from the zone to distance themselves from this white elephant project. Most of the reasons adduced to justify the imperativeness of the liberation struggle are not only weak and incompetent, but, pedestrian in nature.The much taunted cries of marginalisation are common anthems of all the geo-political zones.What else?

The agitations for the actualisation of Biafra state by the duo of Uwazurike and Kanu have given them undeserved fame and monetary gains.The overzealous politicians who are desirous of using their platforms to win elections have been doling out cash to them. Also, the groups are identified as Igbo militias. Therefore, they have been going round coercing the noveau riches and the middle class to make financial inputs into the struggle. Most of those in this system have no feasible means of livelihood.

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It is equally disheartening and nauseating to note that the militias are hirelings in the land disputes where they are ready tools in the hands of the highest bidders. Some of them have constituted themselves into kidnap gangsters terrorising their innocent kinsmen and women for huge pecuniary benefits. Are we morally bound to describe the liberation struggles of these men as genuine and altruistic? No, theirs are for selfish motives.

It is my conviction that the confused youths who are being misled by the arrowheads of the agitation should be wiser now. Application of violence is now a démodé way of pressing home one’s demands. Albeit,violence begets violence. But, the costs in terms of human casualties are enormous. It behoves on all of us that the clever Kanu has since located his immediate family members overseas. If the bubble eventually bursts, he is armed with his own visa and other relevant travelling documents. Those in support of his rascality have nothing to fall back on.

To wit, his co-accused are still languishing in jail while reprieve has come his way through bail. If he is truly committed to the liberation struggle,I wondered the reason why he has not insisted on bail for others as a condition for his own temporary freedom too.

Charity, they say, begins at home. The constitutional democracy in Nigeria has offered all the components therein fair and very wide representations in governance. Governors, legislators, local government chairmen, commissioners, ministers and the like abounds in all the states.

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They are saddled with the primary duty of promoting our welfare interests. As such, it is our duty too, to monitor them to ensure that they do the needful instead of resorting to violence over feigned marginalisation claims.

The South-Sudan example has even proven to the world that the sovereignty of Igbo nation may be another commencement of blood letting and senseless genocide in the struggle for political power. To this end, let us all stand for the united Nigeria and uphold her glory.

 

ƥ Akeem Adebiyi writes from Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

 

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#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.

This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana

According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari

”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.

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#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.

Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.

She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.

“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.

She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.

The APC chieftain  continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.

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“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.

Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency  said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.

“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.

“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.

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Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.

 

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Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery

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Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed. 

In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.

“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”

Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.

“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”

In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.

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“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.

“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”

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