How Nigeria can remain indivisible – Sultan

How Nigeria can remain indivisible – Sultan

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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has promised that the traditional institutions would continue to work relentlessly for Nigeria to remain peaceful, united and indivisible.

Abubakar who spoke on Wednesday night in Sokoto, when he hosted some religious groups, residents and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists to a Ramadan dinner.

Abubakar commended the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for initiating the series of wide consultations as a way out to calm frayed nerves in the country.

According to the monarch, “dialogue remains the only plausible panacea to Nigeria’s myriad of challenges.

“There is no problem in the world that dialogue cannot solve. Crises are not unique to Nigeria.

“We should sit down, discuss issues and problems, as well as see where we have gone wrong and what went wrong.

“We should see where we have derailed and retrace our steps, then move forward as a single, indivisible country.

“There is no problem without a solution and there is no padlock made without keys to open it. It remains for us to see how to open it,” he said.

The Sultan promised that the traditional institutions would continue to work relentlessly for Nigeria to remain peaceful, united and indivisible.

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Abubakar further lamented that the level of patriotism in the country was very low and admonished Nigerians to develop their country, saying nobody would do it for them.

The monarch also said that Nigerians were eager to live in peace and unity with one another, irrespective of their religious, political and ethnic affiliation.

According to the monarch, “we must all strive to develop Nigeria into a country based on justice, fair-play and respect for one another.

Above all, we need the fear of God, with the fear of God, you find things going right. God is the Alpha and Omega.

“The fear of God is the key to solving all our problems. Nigerians are very religious people and we have various Mosques and Churches,” the sultan averred.

On recurring farmers-herdsmen clashes, Abubakar said that those causing mayhem were strangers and urged that those perpetrating these crimes should be treated as criminals.

The royal father underscored the need for Nigerians to trust each other, saying that “challenges were meant to strengthen Nigeria’s unity.

The monarch also stressed the need for Nigerians to understand their differences, live in peace, adding that there would be no trust and unity when there is suspicion

A cross section of speakers at the event lauded the Sultan for the gesture, describing him as a peacemaker and a bridge builder in Nigeria and beyond.

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BIAFRA: NIGERIA’S VICE-PRESIDENT SAYS SECESSIONISTS AND ETHNIC INCITERS WILL ‘FACE FULL FORCE OF LAW’

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Nigerians agitating for the secession of Biafra or trying to whip up ethnic tensions in the country will be met with the “full force of the law,” according to the country’s vice-president.

The West African country has witnessed a rise in pro-Biafra sentiment in recent years. Biafra was an independent republic that existed between 1967 and 1970 in southeast Nigeria; it was reintegrated into the country after a brutal civil war, in which at least a million people were killed.

In response, a coalition of groups from northern Nigeria—calling itself the Northern Youth Groups— issued an ultimatum earlier in June, calling for Igbos—an ethnic group that made up the majority of Biafra’s population—to leave the north, where the biggest ethnic group is the Hausa-Fulani, or face forced eviction.

Biafra protesters Ivory CoastPro-Biafra supports demonstrate with placards in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, during commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian civil war on May 30. Nigeria’s vice-president has said that calls for secession violate the country’s constitution.SIA KAMBOU/AFP/GETTY

The call, which came weeks after commemorations were held for the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra’s independence, was condemned by Nigerian politicians. The governor of Kaduna State, where the ultimatum was issued, ordered the arrest of the group’s leadership.

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo—currently the acting president as President Muhammadu Buhari recovers from an unknown illness in the U.K.—met with traditional Igbo rulers from southeast Nigeria at the state house in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Sunday.

Osinbajo stated that both “the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the Northern states are wrong and a violation of our constitution,” according to a statementfrom the Nigerian government.

“Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the federal government [of Nigeria] is committed to ensuring that our country remains united. And that anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law,” said Osinbajo.

Calls for Biafran independence have been on the increase particularly since Nnamdi Kanu, a British-Nigerian and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), rose to prominence. Kanu was arrested in the Nigerian city of Lagos in October 2015 and charged with treasonable felony. He was held for almost two years without trial before being released on bail in April.

Kanu’s detention led to widespread IPOB protests, some of which ended in violence. Amnesty International said that Nigerian security forces had killed at least 150 pro-Biafra activists between August 2015 and November 2016; some were reportedly killed in extrajudicial executions. The Nigerian military denied it had used unnecessary force and said that the protesters were violent.

The Biafran war began in July 1967 after an ex-Nigerian military officer, Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared Biafra’s independence on May 30, 1967. Nigerian military forces—with overseas support from countries including Britain—blockaded Biafra’s borders, forcing many in the territory to starve to death.

The war was preceded by the flight of many Igbos from other parts of Nigeria to their traditional homelands in the east. Igbos had faced persecution following a 1966 military coup carried out by mainly Igbo officers.

“Nigeria’s unity is one for which enough blood has been spilled and many hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. Many have paid for the unity of this country with their lives and it will be wrong of us as men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that have been made,” said Osinbajo.

The vice-president has been leading Nigeria for much of 2017 as President Buhari—who fought on the Nigerian side in the civil war—has remained conspicuously absent from office.

Buhari spent almost two months in the U.K. earlier in the year to receive treatment for a mystery ailment. He returned to Nigeria in March, only to depart again on May 7. The Nigerian government has provided little information on his health and has not set a date for his return.

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BREAKING: Northern War!!! The Igbos Started This Evil Madness – Angry HRH, Lamido Sanusi Releases Very Shocking Statement

By Post-NigeriaJune 10, 2017 08:07

BREAKING: Northern War!!! The Igbos Started This Evil Madness – Angry HRH, Lamido Sanusi Releases Very Shocking Statement

At the heels of the controversy trailing the quit notice order given by the Arewa Youth Forum, for all Igbos to vacate Northern Nigeria within three-months, the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, has lent his voice to the crisis.

In a statement made available to Post-Nigeria, on Saturday, Sanusi went down memory lane, on how the Igbos carried out the first Military coup, that led to the death of top Northerners in the early 60s.

The statement reads:

The Igbo people of Nigeria have made a mark in the history of this nation. They led the first successful military coup which eliminated the Military and Political leaders of other regions while letting off Igbo leaders. Nwafor Orizu, then Senate President, in consultation with President Azikiwe, subverted the constitution and handed over power to Aguiyi-Ironsi.

Subsequent developments, including attempts at humiliating other peoples, led to the counter-coup and later the civil war. The Igbos themselves must acknowledge that they have a large part of the blame for shattering the unity of this country.

Having said that, this nation must realise that Igbos have more than paid for their foolishness. They have been defeated in war, rendered paupers by monetary policy fiat, their properties declared abandoned and confiscated, kept out of strategic public sector appointments and deprived of public services. The rest of the country forced them to remain in Nigeria and has continued to deny them equity.

The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have conspired to keep the Igbo out of the scheme of things. In the recent transition when the Igbo solidly supported the PDP in the hope of an Ekwueme presidency, the North and South- West treated this as a Biafra agenda. Every rule set for the primaries, every gentleman´s agreement was set aside to ensure that Obasanjo, not Ekwueme emerged as the candidate. Things went as far as getting the Federal Government to hurriedly gazette a pardon. Now, with this government, the marginalistion of the Igbo is more complete than ever before. The Igbos have taken all these quietly because, they reason, they brought it upon themselves. But the nation is sitting on a time-bomb.

After the First World War, the victors treated Germany with the same contempt Nigeria is treating Igbos. Two decades later, there was a Second World War, far costlier than the first.

Germany was again defeated, but this time, they won a more honourable peace. Our present political leaders have no sense of History. There is a new Igbo man, who was not born in 1966 and neither knows nor cares about Nzeogwu and Ojukwu.

There are Igbo men on the street who were never Biafrans. They were born Nigerians, are Nigerians, but suffer because of actions of earlier generations. They will soon decide that it is better to fight their own war, and may be find an honourable peace, than to remain in this contemptible state in perpetuity.

The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have exacted their pound of flesh from the Igbos. For one Sardauna, one Tafawa Balewa, one Akintola and one Okotie- Eboh, hundreds of thousands have died and suffered.

If this issue is not addressed immediately, no conference will solve Nigeria´s problems.

Quit notice on Igbos: Arewa youths make u-turn, call for peace meeting (Video)

Quit notice on Igbos: Arewa youths make u-turn, call for peace meeting (Video)

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A coalition of Northern Youth groups tagged, “The Kaduna Declaration”, which gave all Igbos residing in any part of North three months to relocate to their places of origin, has reversed the threat.

They had also directed northerners residing in the East to within three months relocate back to the North.

The spokesman of the group, AbdulAziz Suleiman while briefing newsmen said, “All northern civil society and pressure groups are by this declaration mandated to mobilize for sustained, coordinated campaigns at their respective State Government Houses, State Houses of Assembly, Local Government Council Secretariats and Traditional Palaces to mount pressure for steps to be taken to ensure enforcement of the directives contained herein.
“The North hereby openly calls on the authorities and other national and international stakeholders to acknowledge this declaration by taking steps to facilitate the final dissolution of this hopeless union that has never been convenient to any of the parties.
”From today, June 6, 2017, when this proclamation is signed, the North, a critical player in the Nigerian project, hereby declares that it will no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Igbos and shall take definite steps to end the partnership by pulling out of the current federal arrangement”

But in a u-turn on Wednesday, Comrade Yerima Shettima, President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, and Isaac Balami, Arewa Consultative Forum Congress, appealed to Nigerians not to panic.

In a video footage, Balami said the Northern groups had observed how the issue was “being discussed globally”.

He said the groups will create a platform to discuss the outrage and condemnation trailing the eviction threat.

His words: “This is not the time for us to discuss separation. We need to come together. Arewa is know for peace.
“It is obvious that the initial approach was not the best. We need to work together as a nation
“I want to tell Nigerians living at home and in diaspora that there is hope. This nation is going no where.
“Shettima here wants to assure that everything that he has done was in good faith. This is one Nigeria and we are going nowhere.”Watch video below:

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Quit notice: Southern Kaduna assures Igbos of safety

​Southern Kaduna people have assured the Igbo in the State of their safety following a threat by a group of Arewa youths to force South-Easterners out of the North.

This is contained in a statement on Friday by the spokesman of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Mr. Yakubu Kuzamani.

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He declared that Arewa youths cannot speak for all the people of the north, especially the people of Southern Kaduna.

“The lgbo did not in anyway offend Southern Kaduna people. We are a hospitable and accommodating people. We assure the Igbo that their property and assets (movable or immovable) in Southern Kaduna are secured, assured and guaranteed”, the statement read.

“The security of all Igbo in Southern Kaduna is guaranteed. We will continue to accommodate the Igbo and all persons of goodwill towards us irrespective of their primordial, ethnic or religious cleavages.

“The express desire of the Igbo to have a separate country of their own is an inalienable right which has not in any way, in our opinion, translated into a crime or provocation to us in Southern Kaduna, the North or the Nigerian State

“The lgbo have so far in our estimation merely exercised their rights to gather and to protest peacefully. They exercised their constitutional rights to acquire property in the nooks and crannies of this country. These are not criminal actions.

“We unequivocally disassociate ourselves from the toxic fumes of hate and bigotry belched out against the Igbo without provocation by the so-called Arewa youths. We were not consulted by the so-called Arewa groups before issuing the Kaduna Declaration despite the fact that Southern Kaduna is in the North West.

“The declarants, it appears clearly, do not see us as part of the North. None of the 53 ethnic nationalities of Southern Kaduna were consulted. Neither was SOKAPU the umbrella body of the 53 ethnic nationalities of Southern Kaduna consulted.

“They have, it appears, excised us from the North. They have shown utter contempt and disregard for us as a people. They did not speak for us.Those making such calls threatening fire and brimstone on the Igbos have only served to poignantly demonstrate their bizarre nature.

“They should be arrested and prosecuted by the Nigerian State immediately. To threaten bona fide Nigerians with eviction and confiscation of their properties is to beat war drums.

“It is incitement against the Igbos. We condemn the declaration without reservations. We ask the ‘Northern Youths’ to look carefully inward into the north and they would find that other bigger problems facing the north’s existence, unity and cohesion has been festering without any comments from them.

“They should work towards strengthening the fragile trust that exists between and amongst all northerners with other ethnic groups than resorting to hate statements and incendiary ultimatum to bonafide Nigerians. These issues should be of immediate concern to them and not the Igbo”, he said.

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Igbo Quit Notice: Northern Elders Forum Backs Arewa Youth Group

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), on Friday, expressed support to the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbos to leave the region within three months.

The group made its position known despite widespread condemnation that followed the ultimatum earlier handed by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum.

The forum expressed “disappointment” with the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.

Ango Abdullahi, the NEF spokesperson, told journalists in Zaria on Friday that it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.

Mr. Abdullahi said: “I am disappointed in the decision taken by Northern Governors’ Forum disowning and condemning the agitation by this young agile and progressive youth groups.

“Let me ask these Northern governors, who are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the north?

“Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indication, their leaders including governors are behind them.”

According to him, whoever feels Nigeria “is not conducive for him” let him quit, adding that what the northern youth groups did was not a sin.”

He lamented that none of the Northern governors reacted to the persistent call for the actualization of Biafra and other agitations.

Mr. Abdullahi said when Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail recently, over 100 vehicles escorted him to his residence including big personalities from the southwest and southeast.

“This is somebody who has been agitating for the breakup of Nigeria but his people were behind him, therefore, I am behind the youths.

“This is because the Northern youths are pushed to the wall, we have been calming them down in any event similar to this,” he noted.

Speaking specifically on the Igbos, Mr. Abdullahi said the people from the south were always pretending that people from the north were cheating them.

“These people always pretend that the North is cheating them, not minding the fact that Southern Nigeria was developed by resources from the North.

“Please, look for a book written by Adamu FiKa, the Waziri of FiKa on Nigeria’s budget before and after independence.

“Each year, up to the time Nigeria gained its independence, none of the two regions was able to provide for itself.

“I mean none of the Western and Eastern regions had the money to effectively run the affairs of its region until they get financial support from the Northern region,” he said.

He recalled that the tradition had remained during the colonial masters and nothing changed after they left the country.

Mr. Abdullahi said it was the same money from the North that was used to construct Nigerian Railways, refineries and other facilities.

“First oil exploration was conducted using money from groundnut pyramid, cotton, hide and skin among other cash crops from Northern Nigeria.

“However, these people tend to forget all these goodies provided by the North toward ensuring the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.

“They always look down on us, feeling that Northerners are parasites in this country,” he said.

(NAN)

Prof. Ango Abdullahi

Biafra: Asking Igbos to vacate North is end of Nigeria – Afenifere

Biafra: Asking Igbos to vacate North is end of Nigeria – Afenifere

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Pan-Yoruba political organisation, Afenifere, has warned that the three months eviction issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths, CNY, for Igbos to vacate the North may be the beginning of the end of Nigeria.

Spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, while reacting to the eviction notice, urged Northern elders to call their youths to order.

“Carrying out their threats would be a prelude to another pogrom. These elements have over the years showed their propensity to attack people, but like the Chinua Achebe said, they are holding a knife to the tiny rope that still holds the country together,” he told The Sun.

“I hope that if they still have elders, their elders should call them to order, otherwise, it may be the beginning of the end of Nigeria, as we know it.

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“They should know that in 1967, they had a coalition to fight the Igbo but that coalition is no more there today. We know the people that fought the last war and won it.

“I can boldly speak for the Yoruba nation, that if the north thinks they can declare another war against the Igbo, it would not work. If they see any Yoruba man joining them to fight the Igbo, then that person must be a mercenary.

“The Igbo were not fighting, neither were they causing any crisis, but were just trying to make their grievances known in a peaceful manner. Why should they be threatened? For northerners to tell them to leave the north is sad for the polity.”

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