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Patriots, YCE, Afenifere, others condemn attack on IPOB leader

Buratai and his men are bringing war to us, says Kanu

Eminent Nigerians in various organisations yesterday expressed concern over the alleged attack by the Nigerian army on the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

The organisations, including The Patriots, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), National Summit Group (NSG) and Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) urged the Federal Government to investigate the attack in the interest of peace, unity and the future of the country.

While they refrained from taking a specific position on the matter, based on the fact that the military authority has since denied the allegation, the leaders, however, warned that this is not the best of time for the Federal Government to deploy force in resolving the delicate issues at hand.

IPOB on Sunday accused the army of ambushing the residence of Kanu, claiming that the uniformed men had tried to forcibly enter Kanu’s premises but failed and so began firing shots at unarmed IPOB members around the area.

The group claimed that three civilians were killed in the process while about 20 others were severely injured. Kanu himself alleged that the soldiers stormed his residence and injured several occupants in an attempt to kill him.

But the army has dismissed the allegation, claiming that IPOB members attacked their armoured personnel carrier as it was driven by the residence of Kanu. The military authority denied any attack on the premises of the IPOB leader.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman of The Patriots, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, said the situation in the country called for great restraint on the part of all. He urged the Federal Government to take firm steps to restrain any actions capable of escalating the crisis, such as the reported attack on Kanu’s home in Umuahia.

“The report of the attack by soldiers of the Nigerian army during which some people were reportedly killed or injured is a matter of grave concern, because it occurred at a time the country is facing destabilising crises and threats to its peaceful co-existence,” he said.

The President General of YCE, Chief Idowu Sofola, said if the action of the military as reported was true, it was totally wrong and condemnable.Hinging his position on the fact that the military’s primary duty is to defend the nation against external aggression, Sofola said “since the military authority has denied such, my advice to President Muhammadu Buhari is to quickly set up a body to investigate the matter and come out with the fact.”

Sofola warned that the situation in the country was delicate and it would not go in the interest of anybody, group or region or the country as a whole to allow it escalate.

One of the leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, described the reported attack on Kanu’s residence as provocative and unacceptable. He alleged that the Federal Government was looking for an excuse to declare a state of emergency in the Southeastern zone all because the leader of IPOB is calling for restructuring.

According to Adebanjo, “President Buhari has never changed his dictatorship attitude, against which I warned Nigerians and those who supported him to get into office during the 2015 general election. He has been paying lip service to the unity of this country. Painfully, Mr. President has deliberately rejected all the proposals we gave to him on how to resolve the challenges facing us as a nation.”

Adebanjo added that the attack on Kanu’s residence did not come as a surprise to him. “The truth must be told that the president did not want to rule but to dominate and enforce the Fulani hegemony on other regions of the country. He has surrounded the country with the military and that was the implications of what happened to Kanu on Sunday.”

According to him, Buhari has tactically deployed northerners to hold all the key military positions across the country in case of any aggression, and where he did not do that, there are Fulani herdsmen everywhere with sophisticated weapons to resist any opposition.

“Buhari has justified my skepticism and warning about him. For instance, he has also distanced himself from those southerners that helped him into power and further denied the restructuring he promised to do before he got into office,” he said

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  1. Obi Emmanuel

    AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

    Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted.
    The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation. Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places.
    Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquers today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspires to sing the conquest music’s forget they could be victims tomorrow.
    Let me start with the Igbos. The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledged the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? . Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledged there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow. Today, the Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished.
    The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.
    The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s. In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side.
    The Hausa/Fulani believes that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo can never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done in changing that. That is why in making sure they remain in their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia. The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactics by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now.
    You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom. A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties? They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?
    For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson. Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace.

  2. Obi Emmanuel

    AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

    Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted.
    The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation. Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places.
    Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquers today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspires to sing the conquest music’s forget they could be victims tomorrow.
    Let me start with the Igbos. The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledged the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? . Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledged there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow. Today, the Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished.
    The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.
    The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s. In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side.
    The Hausa/Fulani believes that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo can never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done in changing that. That is why in making sure they remain in their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia. The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactics by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now.
    You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom. A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties? They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?
    For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson. Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace.

  3. Obi Emmanuel

    AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

    Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted.
    The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation. Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places.
    Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquers today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspires to sing the conquest music’s forget they could be victims tomorrow.
    Let me start with the Igbos. The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledged the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? . Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledged there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow. Today, the Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished.
    The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.
    The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s. In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side.
    The Hausa/Fulani believes that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo can never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done in changing that. That is why in making sure they remain in their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia. The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactics by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now.
    You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom. A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties? They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?
    For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson. Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace.

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