The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw his offensive statements against the Igbo nation.
The OYC spoke in reply to Buhari’s interview with Arise Television wherein he described the Igbo nation as a dot in a circle.
Buhari had said, “IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they will have no access to anywhere.
“And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and property, I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about.
“In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them.”
His statement has since been interpreted to mean that all Igbos in Nigeria are like “dot in a circle.”
In a communique issued after their meeting in Enugu, the OYC said it was unacceptable for a sitting President to denigrate the entire Igbo race and thereby prepare the ground for further onslaught against them.
The communique signed by OYC President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the Secretary General, Comrade Obinna Achionye said, “We recall how the President Buhari Government hastily proscribed the IPOB and tagged it a terrorist organization. And now, he has come up to refer to all Igbos as members of the IPOB and a dot in a circle.
“By implication, his statement will no doubt expose Ndigbo to further massacre as witnessed already. No wonder they are arresting and killing many Igbo youths in the name of IPOB.
“We reject in its entirety this terrorism tag on the entire Igbo nation, more so when this is coming from the same President whose kinsmen were carrying out carnage across the country but his government keeps defending them.
“In any case, no matter how Buhari sees Ndigbo, we are unperturbed; the Igbo people are making waves all over the world and if that qualifies them as dot in a circle so be it.”
On the recent meeting between the Southeast leaders and the federal government delegation, the OYC said they were not happy that the South-East leaders failed to pointedly caution the security chiefs over the killing and indiscriminate arrest of Igbo youths.
It said, “We keenly monitored the meeting the South-East leaders held with a Federal Government delegation in Enugu but we are not so pleased that they did not request immediate withdrawal of troops from the South-East. They did not also demand an end to the massive killing of Igbo youths.”
“It is also unfortunate that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State is now waking up and calling for dialogue. We had advised him several times to embrace dialogue but he refused, he is now doing in the night what he was supposed to do in the morning.
“We are saddened that he is waking up after hundreds of lives of Igbo youths have been wasted under the guise that they are members of the IPOB.
“The OYC urges the South-East Governors not to shy away from their responsibility of protecting the people. They should stand firm and defend their citizens,” it added.
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Obasanjo Mind Your Languages – Femi Adesina Warns Fmr President
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo should mind his language, and Femi Falana, an “anarchist,” must stop feigning being an activist, says Femi Adesina.
Mr Adesina is President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide.
Mr Falana, a lawyer and human rights activist, was reported to have demanded an apology from the police for harassing Nigerians who protested against Mr Buhari’s regime on Democracy Day.
This month, ex-President Obasanjo had spoken about the need for Nigerians to be united to avoid the country’s disintegration.
But Mr Adesina believed the two individuals should not be commenting on the current goings-on in the country, as he stated in his latest Facebook article on Thursday.
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“And what of Olusegun Obasanjo, a civil war hero. Despite all that he has contributed to the current upheavals by his actions and inactions, words, and bile, he says it is idiotic to wish Nigeria disintegration now. Good. But let us put our money where our mouth is. Let Baba mind his thoughts and his language,” the president’s media aide said as he castigated Mr Obasanjo.
Censuring Mr Falana and his ilk, Mr Adesina stated, “Last Saturday, as Nigeria celebrated Democracy Day, some people wanted to stoke protests, riots, and destruction. Did the system allow it? Not at all. Should it have been allowed? Not when there is still law and order in the land.
“Only anarchists would set the country on fire in the name of Democracy Day protests. And it was sad, tragic, to hear some so-called activists asking the police to apologise to Nigerians for not folding their arms and allowing the country to go into a tailspin. Anarchists masquerading as activists.”
I’ll Be Here Even After 2023, I’m Not Retiring From Politics Soon – Ganduje
Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said he is not retiring from politics like Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State and he will remain active even beyond 2023.
Governor Ganduje told newsmen that his political influence can not be tamed in a few years as he is still actively in the system.
“My Political dexterity goes beyond the 1970s and I will remain active in politics even beyond 2023 not retiring because I’m not entirely tired of the system”.
Ganduje hints that he can not clearly spell out what or which position he is going for, “but let me assure you that I will remain active because that is what I have been doing since the early 70s”.
When answering questions on who will be his successor after 2023, the Governor refused to specifically say but assured that delegates who are going to vote for the next person will do a diligent job.
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“On who will succeed me, I think one should allow the delegates to decide that because as you rightly know, Kano politics is something else you don’t sometimes interfere with and if you do you will be on your own”.
Governor Umar Ganduje also noted that Nigeria is in dire need of a peaceful resolution out of the several insecurities and as such all hands should be on deck to make things better.
The Governor commended regional socio-cultural groups like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, ACF, Afenifere and the Middle Belt group for identifying themselves with one Nigeria Project.
“And for those young ones who think they could divide the country by their agitations, they should know that they are alone in their quest and this is because their elders have actively identified with one Nigeria entity”.
These young Nigerians should know that our diversity is a source of our strength and pride and we should use it for a better nation than create problems that would consume us and push us to crises”, Ganduje warned.
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