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Igbo youths professionals ask NDIGBOs to denounce Kanu, IPOB

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Igbo youths professionals ask NDIGBOs to denounce Kanu, IPOB

The conference of Igbo youths professionals worldwide has charged Ndigbo’s across the globe to demonstrate courage by denouncing Kanu, IPOB members and all that the group stand for.

This was contained in a statement the president of the group Barr. Maduabuchi Nwodo, issued personally in Abuja on Sunday.
According to the statement,
“The Igbo nation constitutes responsible, law-abiding and patriotic citizens, who are prepared to achieve their goals within the confines of a united and indivisible Nigeria.

“This, we shall achieve through non-violent means, as persuasion and conviction are the tools we shall deploy”.

Addressing foreign governments, especially the United Kingdom and Isreal, the Igbo group tasked foreign governments, to deny the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the freedom of using the privilege of his foreign citizenship to incite violence against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This was as the group further reminded the foreign nations that Nnamdi Kanu remained a fugitive to the law, having jumped bail that was granted him by a court of competent jurisdiction trying him in Nigeria on a criminal charge of treasonable felony and other related offences.

The group alleged that the separatist leader was taking advantage of his sojourn in the aforesaid countries to cause anarchy and insurrection, through orchestrated incitement of members of the proscribed IPOB.

The Youth organisation recalled that, in the eyes of the law, IPOB is a terrorist organisation, as it had been so declared by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Back home, the youth group reminded both the Federal and State Governments where members of the outlawed group reside, to act more decisively, in view of the extant law proscribing the IPOB.

Consequently, it tasked the military and other relevant security agencies to do the needful, as the law was on their side on the subject matter.

The group said its call was predicated on the latest utterance of the IPOB leader, where he incited police and military officers of Southern and Middle Belt extractions to resign and burn their service uniforms.

“Kanu’s call was unilateral. He was not speaking for the Igbo Nation but for himself.
We are disturbed at the incessant inciting statements coming from Mr Nnamdi Kanu, who has been parading himself as leader of Indigenous People of Biafra against the Nigerian state.

“We are aware of his status as a citizen of both the United Kingdom and the Nation of Israel. Having worked and contributed effortlessly to see Nigeria at its present state, we believe that the United Kingdom and Israel would not want to see Nigeria a shattered place. It is in this regard that we are strongly appealing to them to rein in on Kanu, whose activities have been against the unity of Nigeria.

“The latest call by Mr Kanu on the police and military officers of Southern and Middle Belt extractions was not only to abandon their duty post but to also resign and burn their service uniforms must be ignored. We wish to inform them that Kanu is alone in his cessation project and has nobody behind him,” the Youth group said.

Describing Kanu as a fugitive who escaped the law after being granted bail following his arrest and detention over treasonable felony, the Conference of Igbo Youth Professionals insisted that Israel and the UK can turn in the IPOB leader given that he was in the nation’s wanted list.

Even as it admitted that the South East region had not had its fair share in the one Nigeria project, the Igbo group said the pursuit of inclusive government must be channelled through appropriate lawful means.

“Though our people are highly marginalized and deserve the right for agitation, but that must be done legally and by the appropriate people not a deviant young man like Nnamdi Kanu who is out for his selfish interest,” it said.

It informed the foreign nations that Kanu was barred by a Federal High Court in Abuja from participating in, or addressing public rallies or protests, as part of the conditions for his bail, a development it regretted, had been ignored.

“Kanu has always lamented the treatment of people from the South East zone by the Nigerian government and by other Nigerians. This formed the reason for his agitation for a country of his own.

“However, while Kanu has a right to legally clamour for whatever he believes in, he should also know that the Igbo Nation has recognized spokespersons in the forms of the governors, legislators and Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group. Any serious statements are supposed to come from these people after extensive consultations”, the group noted

Just as the group has thrown its support behind the lawful efforts by security agencies to check the excesses of IPOB members across the South East, and some contiguous states.

“We, therefore, call on our brothers from the other parts of the country, to recognise our cry agaisnt marginalisation, and support our course to produce the next President come 2023.

“Also, we call on the federal government to reflect the federal character principle in all appointments, to give Ndigbo the opportunity to serve their fatherland”.

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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