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.
NGO rallies media support in fight against pneumonia to save children
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The Save the Children International, (SCI) a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) has solicited the corporation and support of the media in the project of eliminating pneumonia that is massively killing children in the country.
The chief of party of the Intergrated Sustainable Childhood Pneumonia and Infectious Diseases Reduction (INSPIRING) project, Dr Isah Adamu made the appeal while delivering a welcome address at a workshop organized for media practioners on the Role of the Media in Tackling Childhood Pneumonia in Nigeria.
The workshop was organised by the Save the Children International (SCI) supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
Adamu said, “The role of the media is very crucial in achieving the aims and objectives of the project of reducing pneumonia and diarrhea among the children in the country.
According to him “Working with the media on this project (INSPIRING) is a necessity as the organizations (SCI, GSK and Media) have a common mission and vision of service to humanity”.
He said “Pneumonia is a hidden
major childhood killer disease that needs collective and urgent attention by stakeholders at all levels”.
Dr Adamu maintained that a recent survey indicated that 132 in 1000 children under five die of pneumonia.
The chief of party said the INSPIRING is now operating in two states of Lagos and Jigawa states being sponsored by Save the Children International and GlaxoSmithKline.
The representative of GlaxoSmithKline Dr Abba expressed appreciation on the cooperation being received from the state government and media.
Dr Abba reaffirmed his organization commitment to saving lives and that of the children in particular, “Base on this we will continue to give our contribution to Government and non Governmental Organizations to achieve the set objective”.
Kogi NUJ charges stakeholders on credible elections, good governance
By Friday Idachaba
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State Council, has charged stakeholders i the democratic processes in the country to entrench viable and smooth electoral processes, to enhance good governance in Nigeria.
Chairman of the council, Alhaji Adeiza Momojimoh, made the call at a press conference preceding the 2021 Press Week at the NUJ Press Centre on Monday in Lokoja.
Momojimoh described good governance as a product or by product of good election saying: “When election is not well conducted, you can’t expect to have anything coming out of it to be desirable.
“Possibly, one of the very reasons why we are still battling with the issue of bad governance is that we have not been able to get our electoral system right.
“That’s why we believe that the process of evolving or bringing about another leadership in Nigeria should be holistic and be given serious commitment so that at the end of the day whatever comes out of it would be desirable.”
The NUJ Council chairman commended the efforts of the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act and urged all Nigerians to accord it support.
“It may interest us to know that as a body, we had already chosen to talk on the topic: ‘Electoral Act and the Future of Nigeria’s Democracy’ as theme for the 2021 Press Week before the bill was even considered and passed in the National Assembly.
“This is in view of the importance journalists in the state attached to the concept of democracy, good governance and the the general well-being of Nigerians,” MomohJimoh said.
According to the chairman, Sen. Kabir Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, will give the key note address at the occasion, while Prof. John Alabi of Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba, will be lead paper presenter.
He expressed optimism that deliberation on the theme would go along way in providing meaningful solutions to the myriad of problems besetting the course of social, economic and political development of Nigeria, among other benefits.
He said Hon. Leke Abejide, representing Yagba Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, would chair the event, adding that, five persons who had made positive impact in the society at various levels had been slated for awards.
He said Gaya would be given an award as Icon of Democracy; Abejide, Icon of Grassroots Education and the state Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Ohere, would be honoured for his impact in infrastructural development of Kogi state, among others awardees.
Adeiza called on the state government to implement the weigh-in allowance for the members of staff of its media houses, to boost their productivity and morale.
THISDAY alerts general public of a fake Friday digital edition on social media
THISDAY has alerted the general public of a fake version of ts digital edition of Friday, 27th, August on some social media platforms.
The fake version is being circulated on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Managing Director of the newspaper Eniola Bello in a statement said the fake edition was captioned: ‘Uzodinma declares Free Marriage Between Fulani Settlers and Imo Ladies”
“We wish to state that THISDAY at no time published the said story. Our lead story on Friday, August 27 was, “Buhari Elated as NNPC Breaks Jinx, Declares N287bn Profit, First in 44 Years”.
“Sadly, these merchants of fake news have chosen to leverage on the credibility and integrity of THISDAY to ply their trade.
“We completely reject this poor attempt by some unscrupulous people at impersonating our brand and identity in pursuit of whatever agenda they may have, by seeking to disseminate fake news to members of the public as emanating from THISDAY.
“For the avoidance of doubt, readers can easily verify our Friday publication from the print edition, or online (www.thisdaylive.com). We therefore call on members of the public who may have unwittingly fell for the cloned digital copy to disregard it and treat it with the utmost contempt it deserves.
“We also use this opportunity to call on security agencies to help unmask the counterfeiters behind this forgery and bring them to book.
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