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Igala nation rejects alleged inclusion in Map of Biafra

The Igala nation in Kogi State under the aegis of the Igala sociocultural Group have rejected in totality their alleged inclusion in the map of Republic of Biafra, a country being agitated for by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others.
The group reiterated its stand that Igala ethnic nationality is not part of the Biafra agitation adding that it holds the unity, oneness and indivisibility of Nigeria sacrosanct.

The spokesperson of the group, Hon. Barry Moses Idakwo argued that the Igala nation in its glorious days ruled over those agitating for Biafra saying it is too big to be annexed by the IPOB.
Hence he said the agitation which is attempting to coerce some parts of Igala nation without its consent is not only provocative but very insulting to the Igala race.

“The agitators for Biafra have marginalisation as the main plan for their grievances. It is therefore unthinkable to annex the Igala kingdom without consulting us. This is against the spirit of fairness, sovereignty, equity, peaceful cohabitation and democracy to falsely claim that Igala kingdom which was never defeated in any war as part of Biafra”, he lamented.

“The Igala nation which found itself in the 1914 amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates of the Niger River Basin was a renowned kingdom in the 15th and 16th centuries.
“Its vast political, economic and social influences cut across most States in the current Federal Republic of Nigeria. In our days of glory, the Igala kingdom ruled most parts of the geopolitical area being described in the agitation for the State of Biafra and beyond.”
The group lamented that it was an attempt to balkanise the ancient Igala nation, stressing that Nigeria is a democratic country where any Nigerian should be allowed to live peacefully and secured as prescribed by laws without any fear of intimidation.

“In the plot to  reduce the geographical size of the kingdom, different attempts were made to balkanize the Igala kingdom and at a point, one division of it , particularly the Idah division, was carved into Onitsha province as a district.
“It may be this illusionary understanding that have led the agitators of the said publication to wrongfully and erroneously imagine that Igala kingdom is a clan.”
According to the group, many kings in the current States of Enugu, Anambra, Delta recognize the place of the traditional leadership of the Igala kingdom in their affairs.
“Describing the Igala Kingdom as a clan is definitely a product of ignorance of history and mischief.”

It used the opportunity to express its disappointment with the federal Government over the minimal presence of federal infrastructure in Kogi East.
The group asked the government to in the spirit of fairness and equity, to immediately swear in Professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni as a substantive Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria having passed through screening at the National Assembly.

“We urge our Igbo brothers to engage the Nigeria nation more purposefully for quality governance rather than agitations for separatist state”, Hon. Idakwo implored.

It stated that Igala believe that every Nigerian citizen has the constitutional right to freely live where ever such an individual or group so chooses within the ambit of the laws of the land in the interest of peace and security.
It called on the federal Government to continue urgently the construction of Bagana-Guto bridge to ease access to the Federal Capital Territory by their brothers  of the South-East and South-South to encourage economic activities, unity and proximity to the centre of governance.
It also advocated for the establishment of a full fledged Naval Base at Idah, and an army barrack in Olamaboro Local Government Area in view of security concerns occasioned by the Biafra agitation..

It also called for issues surrounding the boundary adjustment between Ibaji and Anambra States to be concluded expeditiously to bring about peaceful coexistence in the affected areas.  

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

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Foundation Donates Sanitizers, Face Masks to Journalists in Abuja

Newsmen at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday got free donations of facemasks, and hand sanitizers from A.A Zaura foundation to help contain the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic

The founder, A.A Zaura Foundation, Abdulsalam Abdulkarim Zaura, made the donation on Thursday when he paid a solidarity visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council.

He lauded the courage and sagacity of frontline workers like journalists who make concerted effort to save lives and individuals who play strategic roles in ensuring the pandemic does not spread faster than earlier predicted by experts.

He noted that his visit to the Union which is saddled with the primary duties of managing practitioners in the field of journalism, is to know how journalists are faring and the kind of support that the Foundation can offer.

In his words, “Gentlemen of the press, it is not by accident or fate that you have found yourself in this noble profession, you were born for it and today, we are in this room attending to official engagements.

“I am glad to be in your midst because every passing moment of my life is dedicated to research and findings on what can be done to impact on others positively.

“A.A Zaura Foundation is a charity organization dedicated to supporting the needs of those who are vulnerable but aspire to be relevant amidst fading opportunities.
“It’s not going to be possible to reach and meet everyone’s need but it is possible to inspire many through a medium that is accessible for such”, he said.

He indicated that the Foundation has been involved in women and youth empowerment in Kano, Abuja and many other parts of the country.
Zaura said it will be opening its portal to students in Kano in the next few weeks to access the Foundation’s scholarship scheme and enjoy the benefits of continuing with their dream careers.

He called on other wealthy Nigerians not to wait for election time before helping others, rather, they should think about those not privileged and support them, adding that the government cannot shoulder the responsibility alone.

On his part, the NUJ FCT Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche expressed gratitude to the Foundation for finding the Union worthy of the good gesture, noting that journalists are on the frontline and his visit is helping to create awareness of how deadly the COVID-19 is.

He urged more individuals to follow suit and donate assuring that the Union will work together with the Foundation to impact Nigeria positively.

Ogbeche added that the media, especially NUJ FCT Council is solidly behind the Foundation in whatever endeavor it decides to undertake.

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Garba Shehu challenges Police to tackle fake news menace with own Radio 99.1FM

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Garba Shehu challenges Police to tackle fake news menace with own Radio 99.1FM 

The senior special Assistant to President Muhammdu Buhari on media, Garba Shehu has thrown a challenge at the Nigerian police to use its community radio to change the narrative about the menace of fake and false news in the country.Shehu spoke at the commissioning of Nigeria police radio 99.1 FM on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him,”This radio is coming at a time when fake news is a big issue in the country, big problem globally.

So if the police have a radio it means that you have a station that you can tune to and listen to only that which is right, correct and truth.

“It cannot be said that the police radio is airing fake news, it will not happen and this is the big challenge that is facing them. “When people listen to all of the other radios they will tune to the police radio in order to confirm what they have heard elsewhere, there will be no defamation, no libel, no fake news. So it is a big challenge for the operators.

He said they have capability and capability as the police cannot embark on such gigantic project without being prepared to go the hug.

According to him, “When the IG took up the mantle of leadership some of us believed that he had the best credentials. He possessed the best preparation for the job so we are not surprised with the commissioning of the Radio. 

“This radio would mark the legacy for the IG for which he would be remembered for many years to come. It is a land mark achievement.

The inspector General of Police in his address at the ocasion said when he assumed office as the 20th indigenous Inspector General of Police, he introduced some strategies to combat crimes and stabilize security across the country. 

“As part of the implementation processes, we appreciated the need to bolster partnership and good working relationship between the police and the people in our various communities. 

“One of these strategies is the construction and set-up of this community-based radio station the Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio which is targeted at  bringing the police closer to the people. 

“The Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio is a product of this laudable gestures and it is within the vision of our Community Policing initiative which emphasizes smooth information flow towards strengthening the bond between the citizens and the Police.”

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IGP innaugurstes NPF Radio – 99.1FM, ABUJA

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IGP innaugurstes NPF Radio – 99.1FM, ABUJA

“””Says, its Radio will bring the Police closer to the people
 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed A Adamu on Wednesday, commissioned the Nigeria Police Radio, 99.1FM, Abuja.
The Nigeria Police Radio, which is one of the legacy projects of the Force within the past 2 years will help bring the police closer to the people and bolster partnership and good working relationship between the police and the public.


 
The IGP, in his key note address, noted that the radio station will provide community-based radio broadcast services.
“It will serve as a veritable avenue for the Nigeria Police to engage, enlighten and inform the public on policing activities and other security-related matters.”
The IGP further noted that the radio station will air programs targeted at involving the citizens in the security of their localities especially on ways to spot and report crimes and other necessary steps to take in the event of a crime or security emergency.
 
The IGP thanked the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for the unrelenting commitment of the Federal Government to the security and safety of Nigerians and the support for the Police in the enhancement of its operational capacity.
He observed that the Nigeria Police Radio 99.1FM, Abuja is a product of the laudable gesture of the Federal Government and within the vision of the Community Policing initiative of the Force which emphasizes smooth information flow towards strengthening the bond between the citizens and the Police.  
 
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed commended the Nigeria Police for the innovative and security-enabling initiative and assured the IGP that his Ministry will continue to partner with the Nigeria Police to make useful and security-related information readily available to Nigerians.
There was also a strong parliamentary presence at the commissioning as the Deputy Senate President, represented by Dr Otive Igbuzor and the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Ajibola Basiru were in attendance. The lawmakers pledged the support of the National Assembly to the continuous reform of the Nigeria Police.
 
Also in attendance at the commissioning were members of the Force Management Team, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity – Mallam Garba Shehu, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission – Dr Iganmu Onoja, Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), represented by the Director Programmes, Mrs Msurshima Kighiv, members of the diplomatic community, top brass of the military, law enforcement and the security community amongst other dignitaries.
 

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