IBB tasks Ndigbo on Nigerian unity

Former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), on Saturday urged Igbo people to ensure that Nigerians continue to feel their positive impact. He said this was due to their tenacity in business enterprises which spans the length and breadth of the country and beyond.
 
Nigerians of Igbo extraction yesterday took the case of marginalisation and exclusion orchestrated against them by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the United Nations (UN).
 
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has described as unfounded and unacceptable the statement by the president of Miyetti Allah, Abdullahi Bodejo, that South East governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo are engaged in a sinister plot to divide Nigeria by banning inter-state conveyance of cattle by foot.
 
The Presidency has urged Nigerians to disregard concocted stories, backed with spurious visuals, of any protest or harassment of the President Muhammadu Buhari and his team, who arrived in Japan on Monday, after leaving Abuja on August 25. A statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday, said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has had nothing to do with President Buhari since he arrived Yokohama, Japan.
 
In the heat of the lynching of Igbo citizens in Asia in 2013 over alleged criminality, I wrote an essay entitled, ‘The Igbo fallacy’. In it, I appealed to the Igbo to de-emphasise the culture of profligacy, decadent opulence and vanity which fuels the pursuit of crime by their own. I also suggested the need for value re-orientation – a task that must be actuated by all groups – the age grades, unions and traditional institutions.
 
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has commended members of the pro-independence Biafra group for assaulting a Nigerian Senator, and former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu was physically assaulted by some IPOB members in Nuremberg, Germany
 
The World Igbo Congress (WIC) has invited all governors, senators, members of House of Representatives and other stakeholders from Southeast to its 2019 convention to discuss the Ruga debacle and other security threats facing the region. The topic for this year’s discourse is WIC at 25: Bracing up for challenges ahead. The venue of the convention is the Holiday Inn Houston SW-Sugar Land, 11160 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas, USA.
 
Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia on Sunday met and formally endorsed former Gov. Orji Kalu, the Senator-elect for Abia North Senatorial District, for the Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly (NASS). The meeting, which took place at Camp Neya, the country home of Kalu in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia, also endorsed Rep. Nkiru Onyejeocha, representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, for the Speakership of the House of Representatives.
 
Despite the controversy that has trailed their endorsements in the 2019 general election season, several regional socio-cultural groups across Nigeria including Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum have endorsed the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 Presidential elections. The groups came together in at a meeting held at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Sunday.
 
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, is tottering on the brink of implosion amid the claims and counter-claims of the group’s endorsement in the presidential election. While the President-General, Chief John Nwodo, insists that Ndigbo’s endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard-bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi, was in the best interest of Nigeria, the secretary-general, Uche Okwukwu, expressed a dissenting view by announcing the adoption of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari as the true Ohaneze candidate; who would be formally recognized as such, at a coming event at the Aso Rock Villa. “Ohaneze notes particularly that a major political party (PDP) by the nomination of our son Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate has given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity. Ndigbo must seize the moment,” Nwodo argued. Both sides are now at daggers drawn.
 
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as dubious and misleading, a communiqué by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo endorsing the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 16 election. APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu told a news conference in Abuja on Friday that the Ndigbo endorsement of Atiku was a misrepresentation of the interest of Ndigbo. He said the purported endorsement may have been done by Atiku’s friends whom he had publicly promised to make rich if he was elected president, warning the Ibos to guard against Atiku’s fake campaign promises.
 
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday discounted widespread rumors that the group has endorsed the presidential aspiration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar. At a press briefing in Enugu to mark its second year in office, the leadership of Ndigbo said rumors making the rounds that Ndigbo was part of the Igbo groups that met in Enugu late last year at a meeting presided over by Prof. Ben Nwabueze to endorse Atiku were false, baseless and entirely without merit; saying, Ndigbo was yet to adopt any candidate. It was further said that the purported endorsement was a way to show gratitude for Atiku picking Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate.
 
I read with derision the infantile missive of one Churchill Okonkwo which he mischievously titled “FFK Stabbed Nnamdi Kanu, Betrayed IPOB and Kissed Kwankwaso” which was published in Sahara Reporters of August 3, 2018. It is unfortunate that in attempt to score cheap points, use FFK’s famous name to climb to momentary limelight and satisfy his paymasters, Churchill vitiated the seriousness of the struggle of IPOB and reduced it to mere politics out of the need to satisfy his hirers. I would have ignored him but then on a second thought, what does it take to enlighten an ignoramus of Churchill’s status.
 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has indicated that it will investigate the September 2017 invasion of a community in Abia State, Nigeria by soldiers of the Nigeria Army during a military exercise codenamed Operation Python Dance.