Ex-Biafran Police Officers Pension – Too Late or Too Wrong?

 


By: Farooq Kperogi – 

Nigeria politics and lifestyle!

News that Buhari has approved the payment of pension to ex-Biafran police officers who served on the rebel side during Nigeria’s 30-month Civil War from 1967 to 1970 is heartening. It is little symbolic gestures like this that nurture national cohesion.

National cohesion won’t magically emerge out of thin air because some leader proclaimed that Nigeria’s unity is “settled” and “non-negotiable”—or that the question of Nigeria’s unity had been settled with some dead rebel leader at a private meeting. Nation-building is never “settled” and is always in a state of negotiation and renegotiation.

Unity is consciously sowed, watered, and nourished by acts of kindness to the disadvantaged, by equity and justice to all, by consensus-building, by deliberate healing of the existential wounds that naturally emerge in our interactions are constituents of a common national space, and by acknowledging and working to cover our ethnic, religious, regional, and cultural fissures.

If Buhari, from the incipience of his presidency, had offered this sort of olive branch to parts of Nigeria that didn’t vote for him, we won’t have the current disabling fissiparity that is threatening to tear down the very foundation of the country. But it’s never too late to do the right thing.


 

TIME TO STOP BLAMING LUGARD!


By; Andy Akporugo Jr & Paul C Nwabuikwu

I’m tired of hearing what Frederick Lugard said or thought or did. The man and his girlfriend/wife, Flora Shaw died a long time ago. If Nigeria breaks up, it would be mainly our fault, not theirs.

So what if we started out wrong? Australia began life as a British colony of prisoners and prostitutes. Not every country enjoyed the privilege of being midwived by revolutionary-philosophers like the US.

But as with individuals, the beginning doesn’t have to dictate the trajectory of life or the timing or the end. So it’s time to stop blaming Lugard. The man was a patriotic trader who did the best he could for his empire and his firm, the Royal Niger Company.

And out of the process, Nigeria emerged – clumsily, messily but surely. Here we are, for good or ill, a country.

If we are going to fail, let’s at least have the dignity of failing honestly. It’s time to stop blaming Fred and Flora. They did their manipulative, imperial best for their fatherland. What are we doing for Nigeria?

 

SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS NNAMDI KANU?

By: Andy Akporugo Jr

Nnamdi Kanu worshipped his own voice and winked at the mirror each time he saw his own image. He loved the way the grey hairs that ran densely underneath his chin glistened when the klieg lights touched them – especially when he spat curses on a country whose only sin is that it exercised a choice two years ago and only brings out its negotiation table when it sits on the other side of slippery looters.

Mazi Kanu is fiercely narcissistic and talks because he lives – and this is why I worry. It is the 4th day since, and no word from him still, no view of him yet. Is he all right? Is he alive? I miss him already!

Now, where the hell is Nnamdi Kanu?!!

Primate Ayodele Releases Fresh Prophecies On Nigeria’s Breakup, Nnamdi Kanu

Primate Ayodele

Published by: Nigerian Bulletin

The General Overseer of the Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Lagos, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, has released new prophecies regarding the unity of Nigeria and the agitation for Biafra.

Ayodele predicted that Biafra will be actualized but not through the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The clergyman, who made the prediction, disclosed that he sees Kanu having problems with the bail granted him which is due to his activities.

In his new book, “Warning to the Nation” Ayodele says he sees Nigeria breaking up by 2032 into five different countries.

Ayodele also disclosed that the Name Aso Rock and location of Aso Rock will change, while there will be shootings and death in the Villa.

According to Ayodele, “The voice of God says the name Aso Rock will be changed in the nearest future and the location may also change. Let us pray to rebuke death and shootings in the villa.
“I forsee that from 2032, Nigeria will not be one country again as I foresee five nations coming out of Nigeria. In 2024, there may be a natural disaster and in the nearest future, the name Lagos may change and Ibadan may become a state.

Noting that the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari is dicey, Ayodele predicted that power will still remain in the North come 2019.

He also stated that those close to Buhari will disappoint him and this will lead to a forceful change in government.

Ayodele said, “The spirit of God says power will still return to the North in 2019 and Nigerians will be shocked as regards who becomes president. The second term bid of President Buhari will be dicey. I foresee that the international community will gang up against him especially on issues of human rights and corruption.

“President Buhari needs prayers for his health as his health condition will be troubling him. People who are to help the Buhari government are the ones that will fight him. I foresee an unexpected change in the government of Buhari, he will be disappointed by close confidants.

“The spirit of God says Democracy in Nigeria may not last for the next 30 years. I foresee a referendum which may lead to reforms as so many things will be affected in the country.”

On the issue of agitaton for Biafra, Ayodele said, “I foresee that Biafra will be actualised but not now. Biafra is going to battle with Nigerian forces for they have done a lot of underground works.

“The current leaders clamouring for Biafra now may not be the ones that will make the dream come true. Nnamdi Kanu may not be the one to actualize this dream. I foresee that he will have problems due to his activities in relation to the bail granted him.”

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YOU BATHED IN THE BLOOD OF BIAFRANS – BY FANI KAYODE

Published by: Vanguard
“You bathed in the blood of Biafrans, you crushed their bones and stripped away their dignity and self-respect just to keep Nigeria one. Now you say their children have no right to ask for self-determination simply because you killed their fathers and mothers during the war and shattered their homes If you want the Igbo or any other southerner to stay and if you want Nigeria to remain one then treat us all as equals, offer our children and our people equal opportunities and a public apology and pay full compensation for all the atrocities that you and your people have committed against the people of the south and the northern minorities over the last two hundred years. In addition to that you must defeat, destroy and dismantle Boko Haram, decommission your Fulani militias and herdsmen and put a stop to the marginalisation, threats, genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder of our people.
It is after you have done all these things that you can make an appeal to us for the continued unity of Nigeria. Outside of that the Nigerian baby you are carrying and saying that you killed and died for during the civil war is already dead. It is only waiting to be buried”. These words, written one year ago, remain relevant and true till today. What we are witnessing in the east in the name of Operation Python is barbaric and unacceptable. It ought to be condemned by every self-respecting person. The behaviour of the military against a defenceless and unarmed civilian population in Abia state particularly is simply reprehensible.
What has Nnamdi Kanu or indeed the Igbo people done to warrant this primitive show of barbarism and force? We are on the brink of a total breakdown of law and order and a prolonged and bloody armed conflict. I urge restraint on all sides and I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the army from the east and leave Nnamdi Kanu alone. Terrorising your own people with soldiers is not the act of a courageous man but rather the act of a tyrant, a coward and a bully. We call on the international community to bear witness to what is unfolding in eastern Nigeria. The slaughter of innocent civilians by soldiers must stop.
Yesterday it was the Shiite Muslims. Today it is the Igbo. Tomorrow it could be you. Anyone that believes that a separatist movement or the quest for self-determination can be stopped by the force of arms alone has no knowledge of world history. The more people people are killed the more the agitation will blossom and grow. The shedding of innocent blood energises, spreads and fortifies the cause for which it was shed. This is a spiritual principle with practical consequences. It is a deep and mystical truism. The blood of martyrs is never shed in vain. It cries to God in heaven for vengeance and it haunts and torments those that shed it from generation to generation. The following questions must be answered.
Who is fanning embers of hate if not this administration? Who is killing and locking up innocent people if not them? Who hates Christians, Middle Belters and southerners if not them? And nothing reflects this disposition today more than the words of President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr. Shehu Garba, who in response to Mrs. Oby Ezekwezile’s laudable though belated observation that Buhari is nothing but a tribal leader who has been unfair to the people of the east, said the following: “there is a deliberate sinister agenda by IPOB to provoke the soldiers into killing innocent people in retaliation so that Nnamdi Kanu would use the pictures of the victims for international propaganda by accusing the government of ethnic cleansing against the Igbos with the sole purpose of gaining sympathy”.
The question is this: why should the Buhari government feel provoked to murder anyone simply because they say that they want a referendum to determine their own future and simply because they want their own country? Is Nigeria a giant prison that no-one must question or dare to break out of? Did the British Army slaughter the Scots when they asked for a referendum? Did the Spanish army butcher the people of Catalan for asking for their own country? I do not think it is right or proper for innocent souls to be killed simply because they are exercising their right of free speech.
No sane or civilised person should remain silent when such wickedness is unleashed on others. When our soldiers force young men to bury their faces in pools of muddy water and drink it we know that we are dealing with animals and barbarians. When they shoot these young men in the back of the head and line up their bodies on the side of the road we know that this is not OUR army but rather army of occupation which seeks to dehumanise, humiliate, murder, subjugate and enslave our people. I watched that horrific video and I cried for Nigeria. And after the tears came rage.
Is this what our nation has been turned into What a shame and what a tragedy There is only one side to this ugly story. Torture is torture. Murder is murder. Children are children. Blood is blood. And it is God’s will that we condemn evil and refuse to tolerate it. Permit me to conclude this contribution with the following observatons about the abomination called the python dance from a handful of insightful and courageous commentators. Adetilewa Adetomiwa wrote: “You see young Igbo men standing in front of military tanks with stone, bottle and sticks.
You are calling them stupid people because they are not afraid. They are not stupid, you just don’t know what is going on. When u see human standing firm in front of a greater power, it’s not stupidity, but a psychological state of mind that is very dangerous to any society. It’s a state of mind that represent hopelessness and all or nothing attitude. It is the same state of mind that ensured there is no peace in Middle East today. It’s a fanatical state of mind than can’t be conquered by any amount of military operations. As it is today, only dialogue can settle the war created by buhari in Igbo land. Else the rest of Nigeria will not have peace.
The earlier we prevent total breakdown of law and order with restructuring, the better”. Again Chika Udenkwo wrote: “A Country’s Unity is not determined by guns, sticks, wires, hate speech or restructuring. It is determined by a collective will of the people to forge a future that is beneficial to ALL”. Again Aniefom Udoabasi wrote: “Boko haram is deadly. They are armed to the teeth. They have killed military men in their hundreds. They have killed civilians in their tens of thousands.
They have burned down houses and villages. They have burned down churches and mosques. They have threatened to blow up Nigeria. They even blew up the United Nations building in Abuja. Yet northern elders/leaders, including Buhari, opposed any attempt by the military to invade any Northern community as a result of boko haram’s presence. Northern elders, again and again, asked the government to withdraw the army from Borno, the headquarters of Boko Haram. In fact, Buhari publicly said that it was wrong for the military to move against boko haram. He specifically said that any attack against boko haram should be viewed as an attack against the North as a whole. I’m not talking about a century or even a decade ago.
I am talking about a few years ago. Also Lai Mohammed, speaking for APC, Buhari’s party, said that it was wrong for the government to label boko haram as an unlawful organisation. This was immediately after the Nigerian government had declared boko haram an unlawful organization. APC said that declaring boko haram an unlawful organization in Nigeria is unconstitutional .
I also remember that when the United States government wanted to declare boko haram a terrorist organisation, the North vehemently opposed it. The Sultan of Sokoto led the opposition. He openly canvassed that the USA should not label boko haram a terrorist organisation. Only CAN ,as led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, canvassed for the United States to pencil boko haram down as a terrorist organisation. I remember that when pastor Ayo traveled to the United States to lobby its government to declare boko haram a terrorist organisation, he was ridiculed by Northern leaders for daring to cause their boko haram to be called a Nnamdi Kanu, hate him or love him, has not killed a single soul. You may be irritated by the conduct of some of his followers, but the fact remains that they are not armed.
They have not burned communities, have not blown up mosques or churches. They are just a group armed with social media and a radio station. And yet you say that the army should clamp down, attack and kill them. Same you who said that boko haram should not be attacked because that would mean an attack against the North! Same you who said that boko haram should not be declared an unlawful organization by the Nigerian government! Same you who pleaded that boko haram should not be declared a terrorist organisation by the United States government! Shame on you!” Finally Jude Ndukwe wrote: “Boko Haram killed UNIMAID lecturers, NNPC Geologists, soldiers, students, market men and women recently; just last week, Fulani herdsmen killed about 30 people in Plateau State with their killing of farmers and raping of even old women causing demonstrations in Ondo State, you said nothing, there was no outrage from you. But your preoccupation is an IPOB that has never killed or kidnapped or taken up arms against anyone except that their only weapon is their usual massive PEACEFUL rallies which makes you convulse out of jealousy.
While you are busy clapping for the military for their misplaced priority in the so called “show of force” against Nnamdi Kanu, the herdsmen are busy killing your fathers and raping your mothers freely, unchallenged and unhindered over two years or more now. Common sense should tell you to focus your energy on telling the military to leave the peaceful south east alone and focus on your real enemies”. I could not have put it better than any of these distinguished and respected individuals and I commend them for their courage, foresight, compassion, humanity and sense of decency. They have spoken the minds of millions.
Finally let me end with the words of two of the greatest writers and literary icons that have ever lived. Professor Wole Soyina wrote , “the man x dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny” whilst Franz Fanon wrote: “The future will have no pity for those men who, possessing the exceptional privilege of being able to speak words of truth to their oppressors, have instead, taken refuge in an attitude of passivity, of mute indifference, and sometimes, of cold complicity. We are nothing on earth if we are not slaves to a cause, the cause of the people and the cause of justice, liberty and free ideas that are made available to all. Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” The Nigerian people have much to learn from these famous words. May the souls of all those that were ruthlessly butchered and martyred by the army in Abia state rest in peace.

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