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#EndSARS: Igbo youth professionals disassociate Buhari, Igbo nation from activists action

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#EndSARS: Igbo youth professionals disassociate Buhari, Igbo nation from activists action

By Deborah Musa

THE Conference of Igbo Youth Professionals Worldwide has disassociated itself from the actions of Mr Kenechukwu Okeke over his lawsuit against the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi and 49 alleged promoters of the #EndSARS protests.

Expressing surprise over the action of Mr Okeke, the Igbo group said his action was “not only ill timed but also mischievous.”

The group which is with a wide network across the world also disowned the acclaimed activist, saying he was not known in their fold or in the South East geopolitical region.

To this end, the Conference of Igbo Youth Professionals Worldwide, in a statement Wednesday by its President General,Barr. Maduabuchi Nwodo, appealed to Nigerians to disregard the antics of Mr Okeke and his alleged sponsors.

The Conference of Igbo Youth Professionals Worldwide said contrary to the picture being painted by Mr Okeke, his action had no blessings of the people from the South East extraction, insisting that he was alone in his doings.

This was as it disassociated President Muhammad Buhari from the action of Mr Okeke, alleging that he was being sponsored by those it described as “fifth columnists” to paint the president and his administration black in the eyes of the world. “

According to the statement, “This, no doubt, is an anti-progressive and anti-people action that should not have the support of people yearning for a better Nigeria.”

“Just as we are shocked at the action of Mr Kenechukwu, we are in utmost disbelief that an Igbo man could be used by some enemies of Nigeria to institute this evil action in court,” it wondered.

The statement read in full:”Our attention has been drawn to a criminal charge filed by one activist Kenechukwu Okeke, against Pastor Sam Adeyemi and 49 other influential  Nigerians at a magistrate court in Abuja over their alleged roles in the recent #EndSARS protests in the country.              

“While we  acknowledge his fundamental human rights to sue and be sued, we received this with mixed feelings considering that it is not only ill timed but also mischievous. This, no doubt, is an anti-progressive and anti-people action that should not have the support of people yearning for a better Nigeria.

“Just as we are shocked at the action of Mr Kenechukwu, we are in utmost disbelief that an Igbo man could be used by some enemies of Nigeria to institute this evil action in court.

“We wish to not only completely disown him but also strongly disassociate ourselves from him.

“As a well recognized and respected Igbo organization, we can authoritatively say here that the so called Kenechukwu Okeke is not known in the South East region where all members hail from. He is carrying out his action exclusively on his own and not acting on behalf Ndigbo.

“We call on all Nigerians not to view his actions as an Igbo agenda but a mischievous agenda carried out for his selfish reasons as directed by his paymasters.

“After a thorough investigation, we make bold to say that the said Kenechukwu acted on his own without the support or endorsement of the federal or any state government whatsoever. He rather acted selfishly to gain recognition and also set Nigeria youths up against the Federal Government just to satisfy the agenda of his paymaster who are bent on disuniting Nigeria.   

“President Muhammad Buhari has repeatedly appealed to the youths to remain calm and come to the drawing table to negotiate and this is where we are now. So,we wonder what he stands to benefit by trying to thwart this peaceful process.

“We wish to remind him and his sponsors that the federal government has every instruments at its disposal to institute action against the youth influencers especially following the ugly turn of events that trailed the recent #EndSARS protests across the country if they so wish but they didn’t.  

“The government’s quiet disposition to allowing things die down naturally despite the development was no doubt an indication that the government is committed to resolving the matter in peace.

“Our discreet investigation revealed that the insinuation that the said complainant  acted on behalf the government or Igbo nation is far from the truth and should be discountenance.
Rather, he acted completely without the knowledge of the either the government or Igbo nation.   

“Based on the evidence available to us, we make bold to say that he acted as a mole for some fifth columnists who are bent on giving the government a bad name who don’t want the unity of Nigeria.

“We therefore, call on all Nigerians, Igbo nation home and abroad to appeal to him to drop this ill timed charges in the interest of peace without further delay.

“Ndigbo must distance themselves from him.”

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The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who jumped bail and fled Nigeria has been nabbed by Security agents.
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Maina was apprehended by operatives of Niger Republic intelligence service in a collaboration with Nigerian anti-corruption agency on Monday evening.
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2billion.
Maina is facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the EFCC.

EFCC alleged that Maina, as Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, used the account of the firm for money laundering to the tune of about N2 billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja.
He, however, has not been attending trial since the September 29, 2020 proceedings, a development that prompted Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court to order the detention of Senator Ali Ndume last Monday.
But the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail to the Borno South Senator over his suretyship for Maina believed to have jumped bail.

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PDP says killing of 43 farmers is devilish, wicked

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PDP says killing of 43 farmers is devilish, wicked

The gruesome beheading of 43 innocent farmers by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state is extremely wicked, devilish and must not be left unaddressed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

The party indicated that the horrific killing of compatriots comes as yet another of the recurring horrid testament and badge of failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure the nation and guarantee the safety of lives and property in the country.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the PDP is indeed is distressed by the escalated killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians by insurgents, bandits and marauders, who have continued to ravage and pillage communities, while the lazy and lethargic Buhari administration continues with its lip service, rhetoric and false performance claims.

The PDP also said that it is particularly disturbed because of the failure of the Buhari Presidency to take decisive action despite series of concerns raised by the Borno State governor, Prof. Baba Gana Zulum, of security compromises in the state.
It said that the Buhari administration appears helpless while the national security structure under him seems to have collapsed. “Our nation appears to be on auto pilot with no one in charge while the ship of state continues to drift.”
The PDP further said; “All our nation gets from the Buhari Presidency is that ‘Mr. President is shocked’, ‘Mr. President is saddened’, ‘Mr. President regrets’ and such lame responses without any decisive policy direction or directive to definitively tackle the situation at hand, leading to escalation of killings in our country.

“Such attitude by the Buhari administration has continued to embolden insurgents to the extent that they now attack military formations, convoys of state governors and engage in wanton beheading of our compatriots.”
“It is distressing that despite this sorry situation, Mr. President, who promised to lead from the front, has receded into the safety of Aso Presidential villa and refused to act on the consistent demands of Nigerians to rejig the national security architecture and replace the service chiefs with more capable hands to affectively tackle our security challenges”.
The PDP therefore charged President Buhari to stop his unhelpful rhetoric but should sit up and take actions that will safeguard the lives of Nigerians who have been subjected to all manners of mental and physical torture under “this incompetent” administration.
It further said; “Mr. President should immediately move to Zabarmari in Borno state, empathize with the families of the victims and lead from the front in restoring security in the area”.
The PDP commiserated with the government and people of Borno State and urge Nigerians to remain at alert particularly in providing useful information for the security agencies in this fight against insurgency in the land.

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric 

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric

The unprovoked and mindless killing of innocent and hardworking farmers in Borno State is horrifying and barbaric especially at a time that all efforts are geared towards restoring peace and order in the troubled North East zone of the country the police Service Commission has said.
In a statement issued by the Commission’s head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, he said that it is particularly disturbing that the victims of the callous act were ordinary harmless Nigerians who were in their farms to seek for livelihood only to be slaughtered like rams and chickens.
The Commission said; “There can never be any justifiable reason for this madness and cruelty”.
It therefore called on the security agencies to quickly re-strategize and put an end to the unending circle of killings in the North East, and advised the citizens to be in the forefront as security has become the business of everybody.
The PSC further said; “We wish to commiserate with Mr. President, the leaders of the North East, the Government and people of Borno State and the families of the assassinated farmers on this sad development. We pray that God will see the nation through these difficult times”.
The Commission however maintained that it will however continue to partner with the security agencies in the search for a durable and workable security arrangement for the country.

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