Southern Leaders Unite, Insist on Restructuring

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• Want concrete steps taken on Confab report before Oct 1 
 Enough of bloodshed, Ag. President tells S’East traditional rulers 
• DSS warns agitators, ethnic jingoists
By Omololu Ogunmade and Paul Obi in Abuja Shola Oyeyipo in Lagos
Following the refusal of the relevant security agencies to apprehend some Northern youths under the auspices of the Arewa Youths’ Consultative Forum (AYCF) which recently issued a quit notice to Nigerians of South-eastern extraction, leaders in the South have resolved to work together to protect the interest of the region.
They also resolved to pursue the restructuring of the country and called for concrete steps to be taken on the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report before October 1, 2017
Rising from a meeting that lasted for about four hours yesterday, leaders of the three geopolitical zones in the region – the South-west, South-east and South-south – declared in a communiqué that they were forging a common front to pursue the interest of the region, noting that rather than reduce the issue to the North and the South-east, it was an issue of the entire Southern and Northern Nigeria.
The communique signed by Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, on behalf of the South-west; founding Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Chief Albert Horsfall for the South-south; and former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe‎ (rtd.) for the South-east, also criticised the manner in which the federal government and the acting President Yemi Osinbajo have handled the ultimatum given to Igbos resident in the North.
Part of the communique read: “We the people of Southern Nigeria, comprising the South-east, South-west and South-south of Nigeria, decided to come together to forge a common and formidable front for the sustenance of sound principles of national development, equity, fairness, social justice and political emancipation.
“The meeting held against the backdrop of the ultimatum given by the Arewa youths to the people of the South-east and by extension to all Southerners to vacate the North by October 1, 2017, and the refusal of the Nigerian state to activate the law against any of them, giving us the impression that these youths are not acting on their own but on the back of their establishment.
“We consider the need to avert the impending danger arising from the ultimatum given by the Arewa youths. We agreed that there is a growing demand by our people and other Nigerians to form a stronger federation in which the principles and practice of true federalism are upheld.
“We observe that the cry for self-determination will continue unabated and become much more stringent unless the federal government sincerely addresses the issue of Nigeria’s restructuring.
“We therefore resolved that we reject the attempt to reduce the current crisis in Nigeria, flowing from the unresolved nationality question, to an Igbo and North affair.
“The meeting therefore insists that any further discussion on this crisis should be between the entire South and the North of Nigeria. The South-east is advised to consider any further meeting where the South-west and South-south are not involved as Southern Nigeria because the issues involved affect all of us.
“We also demand that the Arewa youths and their sponsors must withdraw the quit notice given to the people of the South-east, as failure to do so will be taken as an ultimatum given to the entire Southern Nigeria to quit their region and any attack against anybody from the South, will be considered an attack against Southern Nigeria.
“We therefore advise the federal government to take seriously and live up to the primary responsibility of any government, which is to protect the lives and property of every citizen of Nigeria wherever they may reside. 
“The meeting also condemned in the strongest terms the activities of Fulani herdsmen who have taken over the entire Southern and Middle Belt of Nigeria, including invading state Houses of Assembly preventing them from making laws; cows going into classrooms and chasing our children out of schools; killing our farmers on their farms and raping their wives.
“Now, we also resolved on the need for the restructuring of Nigeria and to uphold the principles of true federalism as agreed by the founding fathers of Nigeria and practiced effectively in the years before the first military coup in Nigeria. 
“We reaffirm our stand on true federalism as the system of government founded on democratic principles and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between the national and the federating units.
“Such units have control over their own affairs and are bequeathed equal status with their constitution, which is consistent with the federal constitution.
“We affirm and are resolved on the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference aimed at the complete transformation and restructuring of our country and to build and confederate Nigeria’s unity through peaceful and harmonious unity, progress and genuine development.  
“We want concrete steps taken on the implementation of 2014 National Conference Report before 1st October 2017.
“We resolve to reawaken once more the spirit of friendship and mutual respect among our people and extol our common determination to pursue peace, progress and enhance the continued existence of Nigeria, just as we commend the convener of this dialogue in bringing us together. We appeal to them to continue to do so in future.”
Some of the eminent Southern leaders present at the meeting which held at the Lekki, Lagos home of Adebayo included General Alani Akinrinade (rtd.), President, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, Secretary, Afenifere, Mr. Femi Okunrounmu, Dr. Okey Anueyiaya, Chief Sydney Dike, Chief Eric Ebeh, Walter Ofonagoro, Senator Bucknor Akinrele, Ogita Iyalla-Finnih, Dr. Kunle Olajide, Chief Mike Uwaka and Abdulaziz Ude.
Others were Chief Goddy Uwazurike, Prof George Obiozor, Prof. Joe Irukwu, Charles Odunukwe, Iyaze Ebigwe, Col. Tony Iyiam, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Dr. Amos Akingba, Supo Shonibare, Chief Tokunbo Ajasin, Senator Bassey Henshaw, Air Comodore Idongest Nkanga (rtd) and Chief Guy Ikokwu.
 
‘Enough of the Bloodshed’
 
The meeting of the Southern leaders came on the heels of Osinbajo’s meeting yesterday with traditional rulers from the South-east.
During the meeting, the acting president informed his audience that enough blood had been spilled on Nigerian soil, warning that events hurtling towards further bloodshed in any part of the country would be resisted.
The acting president made this remark at the opening of his meeting with the traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, in continuation of his meetings with leaders of Northern and South-eastern Nigeria.
Osinbajo, who told the traditional rulers that yesterday’s meeting had become imminent in view of the influence that the traditional rulers wield in their respective domains, said many Nigerians had paid the supreme sacrifice for the unity of the country and hence, attempts to toy with such sacrifices by dragging the nation towards another civil war would not be allowed.
Recalling the protracted agitations for secession in the South-east as well as the attendant ultimatum from the North, the acting president said both incidents were in grave violation of Section 2 of the constitution which recognises Nigeria as both a sovereign state and an indissoluble entity.
Observing that such agitations were predicated on perceived marginalisation and compromised safety in such regions, Osinbajo submitted that the federal government has a responsibility to ensure that such perceived injustice is dealt with, pointing out that Nigeria’s greatness lies in its unity.
“In planning these meetings, I was conscious that we should have a separate set of meetings with our traditional rulers because of the peculiar and the unique positions that they hold especially in their relationship with those that live in their kingdoms.
“This was the reason we chose to have two separate meetings, one with the South-east traditional rulers and tomorrow evening, I will be having one also with traditional rulers from the North.
“I want to emphasise that it is the unique position that traditional rulers occupy that is behind the separate consultations and we want to take advantage of it as much as possible.
“Most of us are aware, especially for those who have been following the consultations, that we have worked very hard to ensure that the representations across the two zones that we are interested in consulting with initially, is as wide as possible and we have tried to inculcate that even in our meeting with traditional rulers today.
“As you are aware, there has been agitation from some of our youths in the South-east, urging secession, the creation of Biafra. In apparent response, young people in the Northern states, under the aegis of Arewa youths, have purportedly issued an ultimatum where they have set a date for the eviction of persons from the South-east region who live in the Northern states.
“Those agitations, the manner of those agitations, the method and objective are wrong, unlawful and violate the laws of Nigeria and the constitution of Nigeria.
“I want to repeat that both the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the Northern states are wrong and a violation of our constitution.
“Our constitution says in Section 2 that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name Federal Republic of Nigeria. That is the law of our country.
“Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the federal government is committed to ensuring that our country remains united, and that anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law.
“And the reason why it is so is because enough blood has been spilled and many hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. 
“Many have paid for the unity of this country with their lives and it will be wrong of us as men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that have been made.
“This is why men of goodwill in our generation must not tolerate any tendency that drags us in the direction of yet another civil conflict.
“But we must be sensitive to the reasons why there are agitations by the various young men across the various zones of this country. Many have to do with perceived marginalisation.
“Some have argued that safety in different zones has been compromised. But I want to say the only way to make things right is to do things right.
“And it will be wrong of us to approach even our grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of our nation.
“What the federal government is committed to doing is ensuring that we listen to all the reasons, the various suggestions and the various agitations and the reasons for those agitations and to ensure that we do justice to all persons, regardless of where you are from in this country. 
“That is the commitment of the federal government which I am able to make to you today.
“I recall that President Muhammadu Buhari said that as a person who served in the Nigeria Army, he committed his life to the service of this country, and that he did so not alone but with others from the North, South, West and East of Nigeria.
“And that he fought side by side from Congo to so many related places where he had served the country, protecting each other’s lives and ensuring that all of them were safe.
“That in the Nigerian Army, they were men and women from all parts of Nigeria and that is the reason, according to him, he is so committed in ensuring that Nigeria remains one united country.
“Our greatness lies in our being together and I believe very strongly that as our royal fathers, you will ensure the message is clear to all, that the greatness of any people lies in their ability to work together despite our differences, despite the types of offence that have been caused between each other.
“The greatness of any community lies in our unity. We trust that you our royal fathers will give us the right directional advice to ensure that our country remains together,” he stated.
 
DSS Warns Agitators, Tribal Jingoists
 
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday also warned regional agitators and tribal jingoists in the country against hateful utterances and misinformation likely to threaten the unity of the country.
In a statement signed by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the DSS, the agency said: “The Department of State Services has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements that have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.
“Only recently, the Arewa Youths in a press statement called for the relocation of the Igbos from the North. Unfortunately, this development has been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all Northerners to quit Niger Delta region.
“Meanwhile, another group went to the extent of harvesting from the internet, a horrific accident scene, for the purpose of making it look like a site of massacre of the Igbo ethnic group by Northern youths.
“However, the service has been able to establish that the purported murder scene being depicted as a field of massacre was a high casualty accident scene which occurred along the Owo-Akure road, Ondo State, on the 3rd March, 2016.”
The DSS said that those behind the “misleading and despicable acts” have since been warned to desist from anything capable of causing disaffection and stoking nationwide tensions.
“Consequently, the service, in line with its statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country, wishes to inform the public that it will stop at nothing to deploy all resources at its disposal to identify and deal with all those culpable, as well as maintain peace and order in every length and breadth of the Nation.
“To this effect, it warns, in very clear terms, all those who are charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions.
“The service is also not oblivious of the efforts of some miscreants to ignite fear and cause ethnic tensions across the country. It strongly condemns in its entirety the call for relocation of anyone to places against their wishes.
“Such relocation order is not only illegal, it is strongly viewed to be against the spirit of our constitution which allows for freedom of movement and association, among others.
“The DSS, therefore, frowns at the tendency some ethnic chauvinists easily and cheaply resort to hate speeches, misinformation and total manipulation of information, especially on the social media simply to fan the embers of discord and subvert the efforts of government in implementing its policies for the good of everyone.
“Well-meaning and law abiding citizens and residents are enjoined to disregard persuasions by these tribal jingoists to make our beloved country a theatre of the absurd and bloodletting.
“It is time for us Nigerians to show our humanness and patriotism which have been our defining strength as one united indivisible nation,” it added.
 The DSS also said that it has commenced a detailed investigation to get the perpetrators of the hate campaigns as well as their sponsors.
“At the appropriate time all those involved in these condemnable acts will be unmasked and decisively dealt with in line with the laws of the land.
“The service wants to reassure the entire populace that it will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that those who are bent on causing a breakdown of law and order are not spared,” it said.
It encouraged anyone with useful information to volunteer same to the DSS or the nearest security agency or formation for prompt action.
  • Taiwo Umolu

    @obior. Sorry $500 million dollars not billion

  • Taiwo Umolu

    @daniel Obior. No state in Nigeria is not viable. It is laziness and wickedness that is making most states appear unviable. We have come to deceive our poor citizens that if you don’t have crude oil especially, you are not reach. Does Japan and many other countries without resources not been in the top league of nations for a long time? It has been proved that the road to economic prosperity does not lie in resources or has stopped to be. We live in a knowledge based world. To gain knowledge, you need education. What has Nigeria done since the British left? They have destroyed education by lowering standards, exam malpractices, sex for marks and all other forms of terrible vices. Our universities for years have been places to award papers to donkeys in the name of degrees. Check the recent IGR and Paris Refund statistics. People who have been disturbing this nation how rich and brilliant they are, fall abysmally short in IGR. For centuries, taxation was and is still the number one way to raise government revenue. In Nigeria, how many people pay tax, how many people pay correct custom duty? Years ago when Oshiomole raised taxes in Edo, all the wicked people were abusing him. But thanks to popular support, we got through it. Today, you know where the state IGR is and will get better as Obaseki has introduced more ICT in revenue collection. Look at the first tranche of Paris Refund. What happened, most was stolen and workers were not paid. The second tranche is here. Can you believe that the smallest state will be getting close to $500b. Dollars not naira. So they have been getting 13% for decades. At the end, they will Ibori and Alamesiegha the money under na our pikin mentality. Let all states go and use their head as they are all viable. By the way, are you aware that the northern states have more minerals than the south? They have uranium, gold, tin as we know in plateau and many others. El Rufai says Kaduna has more gold than South Africa. Do you still believe any Nigerian state is not viable? Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba want Nigeria so they can be rotating Presidency. Can’t you see that their candidates are being mentioned and Ibos who have produced two Presidents already say they must product another in 2019. How many Presidents have Edo, Efik, Tiv, Bachama, kalabari, Annang and numerous other ethnic groups in Nigeria produce? All this shakara for Biafra is all about Presidency. Ibo will never leave Nigeria even after the Hausas have told them to go. The northern youths have given them an uppercut. Served them right as they fight their codominators. Let them not use minorities as cannon folder in their scramble for Nigeria.

  • Cecillia manso

    To me,we have only two ethnic and religious group.They are the elites and the masses.Housa,Ibos and Yorubas have nothing against each other.It is this elites that are exploiting the masses with this ethnic and religious game.This is the the weapon they are using to put we the masses against each other so that they be left alone to do as they want.It is time for the masses to wise up and unit to take this elites down.I was born in the North and my Dad used to tell me when i was small that Hausas are the best people in Nigeria.That it is their elites that is just using religion to confuse the masses so that no one can challenge their style of leadership.This is why they fail to invest in education.There is no how an uneducated person can have their own voice. This conflict is breaking my heart.If china that is about 1.6 billions can live and progress together why can’t Nigeria that is just about 200 million.

  • Bro. Thomas Uzombah

    Since from all indications, the north will never support or allow restructuring which may likely handicap their ploy to enslave igbos and others, the best option for nor now is to allow the East to go their way.

  • nnaemeka odo

    It’s obvious some people are deliberately heithening the tension by posting all kinds of innuendos on the internet.

  • idris

    The worst ‘Hate speech’ ever, was the 97% / 5% Washington Declaration. That declaration and indeed its actual implementation and use as a template for governance was a most mortal blow to the solar plexus of the Lie which for far too long has masqueraded as a Nation, Nigeria. If Osinbajo is as brilliant as I imagine him to be, it should be pretty obvious to him that time is fast running out; and so, enough of these meaningless meetings… When was the last time a meeting was called to put a stop to the menace of murderous ‘Herdsmen’? …. Was the small matter of the removal of CRK from our School curriculum an innocuous oversight? … Indeed, did it not amount to high treason for a presidential spokesman to purport to issue a completely fatuous and meaningless statement to the effect that the Acting President had been given permission to sign the National Budget? We need to be frank and honest with ourselves…this thing is not working!

  • Egie Joseph Odiase

    DSS. Check out naij.com, hopefornigeria.com,premium times. They are known for peddling false news all day on the internet. AIT online also.

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    Elections (the American’s say has consequences. The 2014 conference of unelected delegates (that recommended restructuring in the guise of 18 further states) cannot trump or impose its decision on Nigeria’s duly elected officials. The 2014 national conference resolution was the policy of the GEJ presidency. That was the agenda that GEJ ran on. Buhari did not run on the implementation of the 2014 conference resolutions and his party (the APC) won that election. There is nowhere in the world where a defeated party’s manifesto is imposed on the winning party. The losing region cannot force its agenda on the winning coalition through threats of secession. The 2014 conference of unelected delegates cannot trump or impose its decision on Nigeria’s duly elected officials. The Afenifere group are a group of unelected and unsupported people in the place the claim to represent. They lack the ability to win any elections in that area and have long since ceased to be the legitimate voice of the Yoruba people. The lack the shame to gracefully leave the arena when it is clear that they speak for no one. To be a leader one must have followers. Afenifere has no followers.

    • MUkintu

      You are a dirty scumbag.

  • Stanley

    Why is middle belt region not in the meeting? Please we should not leave them behind. In every accident those that can talk are those least injured and that is the south. The middle belt is bruised to coma. That is why we are not hearing them.

    Congratulation to the people of the South for their unity. Lets be resolute on our stand. No going back. Governors and politicians must know now that the South have spoken and every one must fall in line. No betrayers from now on. media take note. Change must come and it will favour everyone including the Fulanis, except the cabals holding everyone to ransome. Restructure is a change against not any tribe but the cabals and those that steal us dry.

  • Bex Chukwuma Akwsda

    We have always heard most of these Eulogies Countless Times.
    But there are Immediate Situations that Need Urgent Rearrangements before Any of These Homilies any Threats Can Amount to Anything. The Most Important IS THE PROPER NIGERIANISATION OF THE SECURITY STRUCTURE OF NIGERIA
    ARMY, NAVY, AIRFORCE, NIGERIA POLICE, EFCC, DSS ICPC, CUSTOMS. IMMIGRATION, FRSC, VIOS, SECURITY SERVICES ETC ALL HEADED BY MUSLIM NIGETIANS.
    So How Do You Expect Trust Unity, and Fairness in This Country,?
    PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.
    T
    And

  • Curious One

    1. If Southerners hate themselves as is usually taunted, how come they do not fight annually in Lagos where they cohabit in large numbers. And how come its with the Hausa Fulani that Lagosians almost always fight.

    2. I hope the Southerners know that up to 90% of middle belters are with them on restructuring and a host of other issues

    3. The meeting must appreciate the fears of core Northerners on restructuring and come up with workable remedies to those fears. To insult or talk down on those who are against restructuring is not only defeatist, but will further heighten their fears. Lets see the positive things that restructuring will bring to the whole country.

    • Reuben Avwunu

      Good suggestion, I hope our leaders and the federal government take this seriously.

  • Jon West

    There is nothing new under the sun, so says the Holy Book of the christians. These expired old men have nothing to offer the southern peoples or anybody for that matter. They are just politicians looking for relevance and opportunities to continue with the disaster called Nigeria.

    Truth be said, all these developments , from the Biafra agitations and the resulting ultimatums from both the Arewa youths and their sponsors , to the Afenifere, Oduduwa, Southsouth , North Central, Southern Kaduna and even the naked Gbagi owners of Abuja, point to only one conclusion. Nigeria as we know it is dead.

    This realization is in itself, a great achievement and we should all be grateful to the Biafran agitators and the Dullard from Daura, both of whom have succeeded in addressing the fraudulent nature of the Nigerian “Federation” , which basically has turned out to be an extension of the Fulani caliphate with all its failures and no successes.
    No matter what happens from now, the genie is out of the bottle and nobody can put it back. Nigeria is dead ,awaiting interment, and very soon the mourners will gather for the process or else the vultures will have to do the job of carcass dissolution.
    It is quite disgusting that the DSS has finally found its mojo, just because it appears to them that the bluff of their Northern masters have been called by IPOB, the south and just about everyone else.

    All in all, we should be happy that IPOB has brought some progress to the Nigerian conversation and that the Senate will hopefully pass the 2014 National Conference Recommendations as a Bill and we can then pursue the dissolution of the fraud called Nigeria peacefully . Who knows, we can even do it to the chagrin of all the naysayers.

  • Restructure this country now or the current and coming youths will destructure it. Do not be held hostage by the money you gather in Abuja to share in the name of Federation Account. There should not be anything like Federation Account. We need only Federal Government Account. All other components of the Federating unit should contribute an agreed quota to that Account; not the other way round.

  • remm ieet

    People have waited for years to see a change in the way our resources are managed but they have waited in vain. All we see is politicking on a daily basis so the political class can keep their kill. Nigerians have had to endure politicking as governance, and the decay is beginning to show, in everything. The only option left for them now is to use the power they have left to start very quickly the process of restructuring Nigeria to reflect a true federation. Nothing else will suffice to drag Nigeria out of this mess.

  • Daniel Obior

    Things would never have gotten to this terribly bad situation if there had been a genuine effort to have a common purpose by the South. On every occasion one part of the south or the other had been lured into opposing the other, for the selfish reasons and benefits of their leaders. Why should anyone take this attempt at unity by the South seriously? These so called southern leaders have betrayed their people too often to be trusted. The salvation of the South lies with the people and not with these leaders who have lost their trust. As a first step the people of the South should agitate for restructuring, which is a more common goal for the South as an entity. Lets put Biafra in the back burner, for now. Restructuring is an easier objective and a less disruptive one.

    • reachbm@gmail.com Okeke

      You are just on point.

    • Don Franco

      Dear Daniel Obior,

      Secession is the only avenue to restructuring, if you consider the intensity with which restructuring is being resisted presently by the rulership and the NASS.

      • Daniel Obior

        Secession should be the option if restructuring to a proper federal system fails. Further pressure should be put on the leadership to accept restructuring.

        • Sustain Transformation

          Non-teleguided restructuring should be the way to go. If the current NASS members and gerontoclasts anchor a teleguided restructuring, we might come out with a caricature of what is being pursued. They have a way of doing this. How do we counter this.

    • Dickson Esonarae

      Wise talk buddy. The leaders of the entire South must prove their sincerity of intentions by their moves in the preceding months. Selfish and ego trips will be simply futile. Any government worth its sort must see the handwriting on the wall now and move proactively to douse the flickers of fire that is likely to engulf the nation where no one I say absolutely no one knows how it is going to end. The government may decide to wait until it s too late and the consequence will be very dare in nature. A stitch in time saves ….

    • nnaemeka odo

      Exactly, the south should unite and pursue the restructuring issue, rather than agitating separately.

    • AriseNigeria

      Forget about restructuring. We have gone beyond that, let every region that desires for independence do so, let each region that wants to form an alliance do so, Biafra must separate from Nigeria

      • Daniel Obior

        Restructuring will be less disruptive and easier to achieve. It could be considered a first step, with separation as the eventual destination, after quite some time to allow things settle.

    • Taiwo Umolu

      Every state should fight for their right. There is nothing like southern Nigeria. Ibo should go ahead and fight for their Biafra. They have been told to go. What are they waiting for? Those people who claim to represent southern minority are on their own. Who knows Horsfall in my state Edo? They want to expose us to Igbo and Yoruba domination. When the time comes, we Edos know who we will listen to. We can not fight for and got Mid West region, for an alien to come and talk on our behalf.

      • Daniel Obior

        Most of the 36 states as you have now are not viable economically. So it will be futile for every state to fight. Groups of states may do the trick and it makes some sense to have for instance, the six geographical zones emerge as regions, with a weak centre. As for your Edo state and the minority South-South states, I fully agree with you on the risk of exposure to Yoruba and Igbo domination, on the basis of having a united South. However, the burden will be lighter than what we now have which is Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo domination. Obviously a united South is a better option than a united Nigeria, from the point view of the minorities.

  • Sarah

    Thank you Ag. President Osinbajo.
    All tribes in Nigeria were WILLINGLY entered into the Federation by pre-independence leaders; Awolowo, Bello and Azikiwe. All WILLINGLY agreed to our Constitution and it’s various reincarnations.
    Let whomsoever has grievances seek redress within the framework of our Constitution.
    Nzeogu and Ojukwu tried self-help outside the Constitution, they brought death to at least 1million Igbos and still FAILED.
    IPOB and AREWA Youth are welcome to choose any of the two options

    • Don Franco

      Dear Sarah,

      The train has already left the station; you are on your own on your “forced” One Nigeria quest; the choice now is: Restructure/Secession or Disintegr8.

      • Musibau Adebayo

        What a good and reasonable summary of the whole saga as response to Sara. You got my vote.

    • Nkem Okike

      Sarah is still living in the dark ages.

  • ccc

    When I see yorubas and igbos live together in lagos in (peace) I say “wow”.igbos go to churches and schools where the yorubas teach I say “wow”.they eat in the same restaurants I say “wow”.me think this two tribes are tolerant enough to know how to avoid major conflict with each other, but when it comes to the fulanis there is always problem with containing and avoiding them. this are ppl we cannot live together with in all circumstances cos they put their darknees “religion” b4 them and can never see the light.

  • Ify Onabu

    A house built on sandy soil and deceit will eventually collapse like a pack of cards!

  • Biafran

    Main Documents

    Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples

    Adopted by General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960

    The General Assembly,

    Mindful of the determination proclaimed by the peoples of the world in the Charter of the United Nations to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    Conscious of the need for the creation of conditions of stability and well-being and peaceful and friendly relations based on respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of all peoples, and of universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion,

    Recognizing the passionate yearning for freedom in all dependent peoples and the decisive role of such peoples in the attainment of their independence,

    A ware of the increasing conflicts resulting from the denial of or impediments in the way of the freedom of such peoples, which constitute a serious threat to world peace,

    Considering the important role of the United Nations in assisting the movement for independence in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories,

    Recognizing that the peoples of the world ardently desire the end of colonialism in all its manifestations,

    Convinced that the continued existence of colonialism prevents the development of international economic co-operation, impedes the social, cultural and economic development of dependent peoples and militates against the United Nations ideal of universal peace,

    Affirming that peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law,

    Believing that the process of liberation is irresistible and irreversible and that, in order to avoid serious crises, an end must be put to colonialism and all practices of segregation and discrimination associated therewith,

    Welcoming the emergence in recent years of a large number of dependent territories into freedom and independence, and recognizing the increasingly powerful trends towards freedom in such territories which have not yet attained independence,

    Convinced that all peoples have an inalienable right to complete freedom, the exercise of their sovereignty and the integrity of their national territory,

    Solemnly proclaims the necessity of bringing to a speedy and unconditional end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations;

    And to this end Declares that:

    1. The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and is an impediment to the promotion of world peace and co-operation.

    2. All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

    3. Inadequacy of political, economic, social or educational preparedness should never serve as a pretext for delaying independence.

    4. All armed action or repressive measures of all kinds directed against dependent peoples shall cease in order to enable them to exercise peacefully and freely their right to complete independence, and the integrity of their national territory shall be respected.

    5. Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all other territories which have not yet attained independence, to transfer all powers to the peoples of those territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freely expressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or colour, in order to enable them to enjoy complete independence and freedom.

    6. Any attempt aimed at the partial or total disruption of the national unity and the territorial integrity of a country is incompatible with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

    7. All States shall observe faithfully and strictly the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the present Declaration on the basis of equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of all States, and respect for the sovereign rights of all peoples and their territorial integrity.

    • Egie Joseph Odiase

      All these nonsense. Do you have a map of your biafra? Is the ulterior motive seizure of land that does not belong to you? Do you think the rest of Nigeria would just sit by and watch one tribe take our rich coastline for themselves only. The UN knows what is right and that is why after so many years of agitation, there is no movement. Tell me one single progress you guys have made apart from fighting and insulting people on the internet. VP has stated it clearly above, Secession is not negotiable and if you try to force it, we would resist it by any means necessary.

      • Jon West

        What have you done with your rich coastline? Why is poverty the lot of these people with oil ,in addition to a “rich coastline”? Whoever wants your rich coastline in a Biafra is an imbecile. Access to the sea is not a condition precedent for development. If that were so, Nigeria and Somalia , with the longest coastlines, will be great countries , but we have seen the reality. Nigeria is lagging behind landlocked Ethiopia, Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the great Switzerland. Talk about rich coastline.

        • Grelia O

          It’s not just a long stretch from
          Lagos all the way to Calabar, the tropical weather allows for outdoor activities from January to December. A functional nation with such potentials can depend on tourism alone.

          The easiest thing was to slaughter their way into a new Nigeria/structure. The real challenge is to properly run it properly. They have done their best but their best has not been good enough, it has only taken us back to stone age almost. Either way, restructure with substantial autonomy for each to dictate dictate their future or we go our separate ways. We would rather be slaves in heaven than Kings in hell.

          Talking about coastline, who told those fools that the artificial boundaries that Gowon and his gang she’d innocent blood to impose in 1967 will be recognized? Changing Umumasi to Rumumasi and all such nonsense means practically nothing when and if push comes to shove. Ndigbo are not interested in what doesn’t belong to them, but no inch of Igboland and single Igbo soul will be abandoned. There can never be peace without justice. As you rightly said, discerning minds should thank IPOB, MEND, OPC and their Northern counterparts for forcing the the real national discussion going on now. These are troubling times for Gowon and his fellow co-architects of the current backward structure. His 1967 faction is crumbling.

        • Egie Joseph Odiase

          There is poverty everywhere in the world. America still cannot feed all her citizens despite her wealth. The goal of biafraud is simple, to annex all the land that holds Nigerian wealth and keep all for themselves. There is absolutely nothing in your 5 state biafra to satisfy your greed. Somalias coast is not rich. There’s hardly any oil. You can never compare Ethiopia and your other examples to Nigeria. Truly Nigeria is not well managed but Biafra will be worse. What is so great about Switzerland? Even, so biafra will not happen in this lifetime.

  • chukwudozie duru

    Injustice and marginalization pervade the land, it is kind of the acting president to talk about the problems, the questions remains that for how long will the country sit and allow such to continue, when we take a careful look of every event that is upsetting the system , it is as a result of people in power not doing anything to address or remedy the situation, Boko Haram is traced to injustice, Niger Delta militants is traced to injustice, Biafrian agitation is also trace to injustice, lack of effective law enforcement is also a greater injustice because people will stand on it and commit more crime, where in the world will a herdsman kill a farmer and never arrested , the invasion of the south by herdsmen is part of theproblem suffered by the middle belt and each time it happened , a committee will be formed and at the end nothing is done with the committee reports.
    Any society that predicate its existence on the suppression of people will not be progressive, rather what is needed is the empowerment of its people to achieve their potentials.
    The acting President is quoting section 2 of the Nigerian constitution , there is nothing wrong with that however were are the sections that is supposed to protect ordinary citizens and punish offenders, what is the constitutional stand on allowing one ethnic group to violently with crass impunity inflict injury on others.
    In my view, the solution to all these problem is to make a decision by every state actor that whoever committed crime must be arrested, tried and if convicted go to jail, developed countries are know for their effective law enforcement, have we ever asked ourselves why is it that when we go outside the country we absolutely conform to the host country’s law and back home nothing is working?.
    Now that there is a cause and reaction from different ethnic groups its time we start talking on how to fix our problem from the roots and not from the top, just as former President Goodluck averted blood shed and shamed the western intelligence, it our duty to start to look for solutions to our problem, it is only us that have the capability, will power and desire to fix our problem external people are profiteers and merchants of different interest.

    • Ndem B.

      YES, IF THINGS ARE DONE IN THE RIGHT WAY, THE AREWA YOUTHS AND THEIR ELDERS SHOULD HAVE BEE ARRESTED AS IN THE CASE ON NNAMDI KANU, BUT THEY ARE LEFT UNTOUCHED, WHY

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