Enemies trying to turn Iboland into terrorists’ enclave because of Ibo Presidency -Ohanaeze Ndigbo
President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador Professor George A. Obiozor has indicated that enemies of Southeasterners are working hard to turn Iboland in to a terrorist enclave because the idea of Ibo man becoming a president of Nigeria is gaining ground.
Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, he said the South East has been one of the most peaceful among the six geopolitical zones.
“Now all of a sudden because the idea of presidency coming to Ibo land has come from probability to possibility people want to turn Ibo land into a terrorists’ ground.
“Ibos are builders not nation breakers. We are not a violent people. So we must find out the root cause of the violent spree and kidnapping and all other things.
He said Nigerians should not use such things to measure the character of the Ibos, as it is not in their character.
“Of all things you can accuse Ibos of it is not getting money through laziness, like kidnapping an uncle to get money.”
On the fact that Ibos have divergent views he said, Presidency coming to south East is welcome development however, he said divergent opinion is healthy in politics “Politics is not a science of exactitude, it is considerably and consistently a matter of choices, necessity for choices.
“So for the Ibos having different opinions is not a crime. No section of Nigeria has one opinion on any leader.
He pointed out that every group in Nigeria is divided, evenmore divided than the Ibos
“Unless you focus on us South East is the most peaceful section of all other zones.
“Do you have one opinion in North East, North West, South west even South South?
“My friend Ibos have different opinion and the opinions converge in having Ibo Presidency from South East in 2023 that is the opinion.”
On the level of consultation across the divides by Ohanaeze, he said the result just manifested with a very sound approval with the Edwin Clark’s declaration.
“Consultation has been made and wonderful responses positive have been coming. You listened to Chief Edwin Clark.
“We have given you wonderful example of the support. Edwin Clark is not a frivolous man, he is man of history and he is leading a people who have experienced politics of precarious experience. “They know what it takes to support any group and they have done it.
Asked about whether the gate will be left open for the platforms of the two major parties, he said they will appeal to the political parties as many as they can be from the beginning for each of them to nominate an Ibo presidential candidate from the South east saying it would be wonderful.
“As for who will be President from the South East it is found in the Bible, many are called but few are chosen, why are you bordering yourself, don’t pre-empt us, when the time comes, politics is a matter of selection too, we will sort out so just give us support.”
When asked about the issue of Ibos not speaking with one voice he said speaking with one voice is not political but dictatorial.
He said speaking with one voice is unacceptable in a plural society, especially irrepressible society like Nigeria and among irrepressible individualists like the Ibos.
“We will not speak with one voice. We are not mumu. Ibos will speak with reasonable different voices, then articulated by leadership that has a sense of direction and knows what matters.
“This question of one voice, look at where one voice has kept us in
Nigeria today. No voice anymore.”
He said the Ibo Presidency will bring visible and conspicuous achievements, “capacity to turn this national difficulties into dividends for Nigeria, obstacles in to opportunities.
“Let me tell you the truth, nations are served by two kinds of events either through leadership or through structures.
“None of it has worked in Nigeria, the Ibo man can change the narrative because he is not a greedy man. He is also not a lazy man, forget any perception you may have about the ibos.
“The Ibos know how to share things and let others take and he will be the last just as we are taking the last of all the zones in Nigeria in the Presidency.
“You will see a difference, the difference will be clear and you will see that the country would be stable because you are getting a Government that will embrace justice equity and fairness, charity to all and Malice towards none we are the ones that can live anywhere.”
According to him, Nigeria failed to identify the immense capacity of the Iboman’s talents.
“The truth of the matter Nigerians don’t want to use their talents in the Ibos, but it is their own loss.
“Look at it, I went to South Korea in the 80s, South Korea was developed within 10 years. One of the economic adviser sent there was Kalu Ndika Kalu, an Iboman, go and ask.
On the idea of asking the Ibos to relocate their businesses to the Southeast on account of the unfavourable situation they found themselves he said,
“Ibos are not looking for Presidency to impoverish other parts of Nigeria, by withdrawing their businesses. I must congratulate all Ibo businessmen all over the country and West Africa for the wonderful successes they have recorded in the difficult situations they found themselves.
“What we are asking from them is that they should take some parts of their investments to the South East and develope the area also, let your wealth also reach home.
“So the vulnerability is also economic risk that is why we want a stable and peaceful Nigeria. So wherever we are we can also see peace and stability.”
He advised Nigerians to always know that when they are in Rome they behave like the Romans’ as there are certain behaviours that cannot be tolerated.
“That is the problem we are having in Nigeria today certainly in the South East, you know there is nomansland in Ibo land, Land is owned, including the deities, they own some lands so be careful before you challenge the Gods over their lands.”
According to him,Ibos are doing well throught out Nigeria, they should continue.
Senator Seriake Dickson condemns, calls for cessation of all forms of attacks on the Police
The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Henry Seriake Dickson, has called for cessation of all forms of attacks on the police as he condemned the series of attacks on police formations in the country.
The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State spoke when he paid a solidarity visit on the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
The senator unequivocally condemned the attacks and called for a cessation of all such criminal acts.
Dickson said he was at the Force Headquarters to solidarize with the IGP and the entire police family on the account of the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on Police.
He also condemned the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other Government infrastructure in some parts of the country.
He said the Police is not the problem of the nation and should not be seen as the enemy of the people.
The Senator, while congratulating the IGP on his appointment as the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.
He commended Police men and women for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.
The IGP, in his response, thanked the Senator for his visit as he assured him and the Nigerian people that in spite of the numerous challenges the Nigeria Police is facing, it would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property.
NDLEA arrests Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East (LCDA) with 1kg of cocain
Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) with 1kg of cocain concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.
He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos
Asekun, has been on the wanted list of the agency following the recent arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Wednesday, that the long arm of the law caught up with the ex-council boss at about 9.40pm on Friday, May 7, while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom at the Lagos airport.
Babafemi added that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the MMIA Command of the agency in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December, 2020.
“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London based baron is a seasoned politician. He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
Although, he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.
“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million”, part of the statement read.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command of the agency for resilience and dedication to duty, Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said with the support of all stakeholders, the problem of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria will be drastically reduced very soon.
“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade whether as barons or traffickers that they will soon enter the dragnet of the Agency, daily being spread across the country, if they fail to back out especially now that we are moving all out for the barons and the big cartels while we continue to reign in the traffickers”, Gen. Marwa warned
Insecurity will soon fizzle out, says IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has admitted that the nation’s security ecosystem is being challenged, but restated his belief that the nation will soon overcome its security challenges.
He reassured the citizens that the Force under his new policing vision is already implementing new, improved, tailored-to-suit and robust security solutions aimed at tackling crimes and neutralizing both existing and emerging security threats in the country.
He spoke as he ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers and other operational assets of the Force for water-tight security ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.
His order was contained in a directive to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other strategic commanders of the Force as part of efforts by the Police leadership toward stabilizing security, improving public safety and making the country a safer place for all citizens.
The IGP, further noted that the Force is equally upscaling its collaboration with the military and other law enforcement agencies in both intelligence sharing and other target-oriented missions and operations. He enjoined citizens to support the Police to stage a common front in tackling the challenges.
In addition, the IGP reminded the citizens of the newly introduced Phase-4 National Response on COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation and called for voluntary compliance with the protocols. He equally directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure full enforcement of the Protocols. He however warned that Police officers deployed for such enforcement must do so with utmost professionalism, while exhibiting compassion, decorum and due respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, congratulated all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the Muslim Ummah across the globe to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He urged them to internalize the virtues and teachings of Ramadan in their day-to-day endeavours and admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of obedience to the laws of the land and the pursuit of common good.
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