Buhari Takes Heat off Nigerian Army, Signs Proclamation Proscribing IPOB

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President Muhammadu Buhari
• Saraki calls for due process in declaring separatists terror group, Buratai back tracks  
• Northern govs embark on peace mission to S’East, S’South 
• Wike, Ikpeazu assure of Nigeria’s unity, Aba curfew relaxed
By Olawale Olaleye in Lagos, Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt, Damilola Oyedele, Paul Obi in Abuja, Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto, Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia and Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu  
In a move to take the heat off the Nigerian Army and ensure that due process is followed, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a presidential proclamation proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the group’s involvement in terrorist activities.
Making this known yesterday, sources in the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation informed THISDAY that the president signed the declaration on Sunday before his departure for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, where he will be expected to address other world leaders today.
Buhari’s decision to sign the proclamation was a fallout of the sharp criticism that followed the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Army at the weekend and the group’s proscription by the South-east governors.
Although the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai yesterday made a half-hearted attempt to deny that the army had declared IPOB a terrorist group, this did not stop the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki from insisting that due process should have been followed before the declaration and proscription by the army and South-east governors respectively.
With the signing of the proclamation by Buhari, a source in the attorney general’s office explained that the presidency had effectively initiated the formal process of proscribing IPOB in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.
It also paved the way for the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) to head to court to give legal backing to the presidential proclamation.
Section 2 (1) of the Terrorism Act states that “where two or more persons associate for the purpose of, or where an organisation engages in: (a) participating or collaborating in an act of terrorism; (b) promoting, encouraging or exhorting others to commit an act of terrorism; or (c) setting up or pursuing acts of terrorism, the judge in chambers may on an application made by the Attorney General, National Security Adviser or Inspector General of Police on the approval of the President, declare any entity to be a proscribed organisation and the notice should be published in the official gazette”.
Sub-section 2 goes further to state: “An order made under sub-section (1) of this section shall be published in the official gazette, in two national newspapers and at such other places as the judge in chambers may determine.”
The sources further added that Buhari was keen on signing the declaration before his departure for New York in order to have the right response in the event that the question over the declaration by the army was posed by other world leaders who have been watching events unfold in Nigeria.
“The issue was extensively debated between Buhari, the AGF and other aides before he left for the UN General Assembly and the president decided to sign the declaration before leaving for New York, so he could say that due process was being followed if the question was raised by other world leaders at the UN,” the sources explained.
 
Saraki Demands Due Process
 
But even as news got out that Buhari had signed the proclamation, the Senate President said yesterday that due process should have been followed before the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group by the army.
Saraki, in a statement he personally signed, said the declaration of the separatist group as a terrorist organisation was unconstitutional and an act which failed to follow due process. 
He also faulted the proscription of the group by the governors of the South-east states, stressing that the National Assembly would investigate what actually happened during the military exercise, code named Operation Python Dance II, in the region.
Saraki said that there are laws outlining steps to be taken for the categorisation of any organisation or persons as terrorist, which must be followed for such declaration to have effect.
He, however, expressed confidence that the president would initiate steps to ensure that due process was followed, thus demonstrating to the world that Nigeria is guided by the rule of law whatever the circumstances are. 
While commending the military for its efforts at restoring peace to different parts of the country, the Senate President urged its personnel to be guided by respect for human rights and be wary in the use of force. 
Saraki also cautioned against over-stretching the military, which he said should not dissipate its fighting strength.
This, he said, could be averted by strengthening the police and enhancing its capacity to deal with civil crises. 
The statement read in full: “Following the clash between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), I hereby call for calm and restraint by all Nigerians so that we would all jointly find the right solution to the current problem rather than worsening the crisis.
“Our brothers and sisters in the South-east, in particular, should continue to maintain peace and tranquility and go about their lawful business. This crisis will not benefit anybody but would only expose innocent people to unwarranted danger.
“At this point, Nigerians outside the South-east who have worked to ensure that the crisis does not spread to other parts of the country deserve our commendation.
“I therefore call for continued efforts to sustain peace, unity and stability in all our communities so as to ensure that all residents, no matter their religion, tribe and creed, remain protected and safe under the law.
“It is also important that commentators and purveyors of information on all media platforms should be conscious of the need, at all times, to maintain the unity of the country.
“Therefore, they must refrain from circulating information that have the potential for aggravating the crisis. We should all realise, as individuals and as a collective, that Nigeria is all we have and it is in our individual and collective interest that we do not stoke the fire of crisis and fan the embers of discord through the messages we are spreading.
“We must all protect and strengthen our country rather than contributing to her collapse and disintegration.
“I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by governors of the South-east states and the categorisation of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and did not follow due process.
“Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the president will do the needful by initiating the right process.
“This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operates by laid down processes under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool.
“We must commend the military for their efforts in restoring peace to different parts of the country and sustaining the unity of the country. However, in the face of provocation, the military should allow themselves to be guided by their training, which emphasises respect for human rights, even in war.
“Also, given the nature of this particular situation, the military has every reason to be hesitant in the use of force.
“Also, it is my view that we should not over-stretch the military. We need to protect our military against dissipation of their fighting strength. And this means we need to strengthen the police and equip them with the capacity to deal with civil crises.
“That is why we, in the National Assembly, are already reviewing the Police Act and also looking at the possibility of enabling other para-military agencies to help in curbing civil unrests and maintenance of law and order.
“I want to also make it clear that the National Assembly intends to embark on a fact-finding investigation aimed at determining what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the South-east.
“We want to be able to sift the facts from the fiction and determine who did what. It is quite clear that all the facts are not yet known. We assure Nigerians that there will be no cover up. We intend to lay the facts bare.
“On a long term, we want to remind Nigerians that the reason for embarking on the constitution review by the National Assembly was to enable us look into issues that are agitating the minds of Nigerians and creating tension among us.
“We have promised that the exercise would be continuous. We intend to keep that promise by further taking decisions that would strengthen and improve on our structures.
“The Eighth National Assembly, on resumption, will play its constitutional role by addressing all those issues that are agitating the minds of our people and over which they feel so strongly. I appeal to all our people to always direct their grievances to the right channels.
“Let me further reiterate the need for all leaders of thought – political, religious and traditional – to continue to engage with our people on the need to maintain peace and be our brothers’ keepers.”
 
Buratai Back Tracks
 
However, in defence of the military exercise in the South-east, the Nigerian Army stated yesterday that it acted within the ambit of the law. 
Responding to its critiques, the Chief of Army Staff, who spoke to journalists in Abuja shortly after addressing principal staff officers, corps, formations and operations commanders at the Third Quarter Nigerian Army Conference in Abuja, said the army acted constitutionally and within the purview of the law. 
Buratai contended that the military was under compulsion to uphold its constitutional responsibility to protect lives and properties in the face of internal and external threats to the territorial integrity of the nation.
Describing the army’s operations in different parts of the country as continuous training of the troops, he said: “Training is a continuous exercise; apart from the obvious exercises that you see, there are lot of other exercises from different formations of the Nigerian Army and even skills. So it is not a new thing, we have been training, we have been exercising on a regular basis.
“But once in a while we come and carry out large scale exercises to harmonise all the aspects of training that have been taught in training institutions and unit formations.
“Since we came on board in 2015, we have been having a series of exercises and we did the same set of exercises in 2016 and we are repeating the same thing this year.
“You are aware of Habin Kunama II in the North-west, the on-going Egwu Eke II (Python Dance II) in the South and very soon at the end of Operation Python Dance we would move to Crocodile Smile II in the Niger Delta.
“This is just to reassure Nigerians, law-abiding citizens that the Nigerian Army and indeed other security agencies are really concerned with the safety and security of their lives and property. You are very much aware of the security challenges in the country,” Buratai explained.
On the categorisation of IPOB as a terrorist organisation and if the army had succumbed to political pressure in making its declaration, Buratai said the army did not declare the group a terrorist group “per se”, adding that it was simply a pronouncement.
According to him, “You see, you spoke about political pressure, but you should understand the context in which the Nigerian Army is operating.
“The Nigerian Army is part of the political consideration in the democratic system.
“It is part of the democratic process, it is a product of democratic governance. We are not succumbing to any pressure. We are guided by what the constitution has provided for us.
“Constitutionally, we have responsibilities, so we are not under any pressure whatsoever. Whatever anyone is saying, we will refer him back to the constitution.
“There are several provisions that give us those responsibilities and also to carry out such tasks as duly assigned by the government or by the constituted authority.
“Be rest assured that we don’t have any other role that is outside the constitution.
“As regards to the declaration (on IPOB), this is what I want to say: the federal government will take a final decision on that. We did not declare them a terrorist group per se. That was a proclamation.”
On declaring the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu wanted, Buratai said he was awaiting the directive of the federal government on the issue, explaining that it was only the government that has the jurisdiction on declaring him wanted.
“There are guidelines as provided in the the Terrorism Act and I’m sure that the relevant government agencies I’m talking about will take the appropriate steps on whether to arrest or whether to take any other actions (against Kanu) and we will receive the appropriate directives from the authorities,” he clarified.
Northern Govs on Peace Mission
 
Meanwhile, a delegation of the Northern Governors’ Forum yesterday kicked off a two-day visit to the South-east and South-south geopolitical zones in a bid to douse tension and promote peace and dialogue among all sections of the country.
The delegation met with the Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyesom Nwike and his Abia State counterpart, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, in Port Harcourt and Umuahia respectively, where it was assured by both governors of their commitment to the country’s unity.
According to a statement issued by the media aide of the Sokoto State governor, Mr. Imam Imam yesterday in Sokoto, the delegation was led by the chairman of the forum and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima.
Other Northern governors in the delegation included Tambuwal, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Simon Lalong of Plateau States.
“The delegation will hold meetings with their counterparts in Rivers, Abia and Imo States. 
“Apart from the visit to political leaderships in those states, the delegation is expected to meet with traditional and religious leaders.
“The governors will also during the visit confer with Northern residents in those states.
“Importantly, the delegation will reassure their counterparts in the South-south and South-east that all Nigerians are free to stay in all parts of the country, especially in the North, and that the entire North stands with the people of the South-east in this period of heightened tension,” Imam stated.
He said the delegation had the blessings of the president and the consultations will continue with all stakeholders so as to enhance unity and peace in the country.
Wike, Ikpeazu Meet Northern Colleagues
 
During their meeting with Wike, his counterparts from the North commended him for taking urgent steps that led to the protection of lives of all Nigerians in Rivers State. 
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Shettima said the Northern governors were in Rivers State to identify with Wike and commend the governor for nipping in the bud the unfortunate conflict that erupted in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. 
The forum said his actions, especially his statewide broadcast, helped to restore peace, despite the challenges. 
Shettima stated: “Governor Wike we are mightily proud of you. We are mightily associating ourselves with you. Nigeria is greater than political differences. We belong to one political family and that is the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“No interest should be bigger than the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You believe in the Nigerian project. For that, we remain eternally grateful.”
The Northern Governors’ Forum also called for the enthronement of peace-building measures despite the challenges facing the country. 
According to the forum, no law-abiding Nigerian deserved to be punished because of where they reside and do business. 
Shettima said despite the unfortunate incident in Abia, steps had been taken to ensure that there was no retaliatory attack in different parts of the country. 
In his response, Wike declared that he would continue to protect all Nigerians and foreigners living in the state. 
He said: “Rivers State believes in the unity of this country. Rivers State will not be a part of those calling for the disintegration of Nigeria. We owe it as a duty to protect every Nigerian living in the state. 
“I will not allow any group to intimidate, harass or attack other Nigerians living in the state. We are Rivers people and we belong to the Niger Delta.”
While stating that violence could never lead to the resolution of any grievances, Wike urged those who are aggrieved to embrace dialogue in the interest of peace and development. 
“I am not against anyone who wants to protest any grievances, but there are channels for such protests,” he said.
Wike added that the people of Rivers State have their own peculiar grievances over developmental issues in the country.
He pointed out that as governor he had raised the issues, but would never support the disintegration of the country.
In Umuahia, where the delegation met with Ikpeazu, the Northern governors called on the people of the South-east zone to have faith in a united and indivisible Nigerian nation.
The governors who arrived late in the evening, were received by Ikpeazu in the executive chamber of his office, after which the delegation went to the banquet hall of Government House and addressed the Hausa community.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Shettima said they were in Abia “to reassure the people that we have faith in one Nigeria” and to show solidarity with Ikpeazu.
“We are here on behalf of Northern governors to commend Governor Ikpeazu on his high quality leadership in handling the crisis in Abia.
“He rose to the occasion and declared a curfew in Aba just as Governor Lalong also declared a curfew in Jos to avert a reprisal attack on Igbos.
“We are here to show solidarity. We have a moral obligation to ensure that Nigeria remains one. Nigeria is the largest conglomeration of black people in Africa and we cannot afford to separate.
“If we separate, where do we go? North is the Sahara desert and Chad cannot contain us. If we go South, it is the Atlantic Ocean. The South is too small for us and the mountains of East Africa with their so many challenges cannot accommodate us,” he said.
Shettima said Nigeria had come a long way as a nation with a rich diversity, hence the need to sustain the country’s unity, adding that it was in the interest of all Nigerians to stay together and work to build a strong united nation.
“We are here to remind Nigerians that we are better as one. We are here to also invite our South-east colleagues to also come to the flash points of the North to speak to Ndigbo living in the North,” he said.
The Borno State governor noted that those of them that had served in the National Assembly had intermingled with other Nigerians from different parts of the country and had come to see Nigeria as one and built alliances across the nation.
He said irrespective of the challenges of nation building, there was no strong reason for the country to be allowed to disintegrate.
In his response, Ikpeazu expressed gratitude to the Northern governors for coming to show solidarity with the people of Abia, saying: “When this crisis started, I asked myself what will my brother Tambuwal in Sokoto do if he is in my shoes or Shettima of Borno?
“I thank you for coming Your Excellencies.  I am delighted by this show of solidarity by our brothers from the North. We are one and I want to assure you of the security of all Abia residents.”
Alluding to the crisis that Abia was plunged into following the clashes between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB last week, Ikpeazu assured his visitors that the separatist activities of IPOB would not be allowed to cause the breakup of Nigeria
“We cannot allow an infinitesimal few to separate us,” he said, assuring that normalcy had returned to Abia and Muslims went to their places of worship on Friday peacefully.
However, the Abia governor announced that the dusk-to-dawn curfew he imposed on the commercial city of Aba would now be relaxed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
 
Nwabueze: Reopen Talks with Kanu
 
But even as the Northern governors met with their counterparts in Rivers and Abia States, renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN) yesterday in Enugu asked governors of the South-east zone to re-engage Kanu in fresh talks once the tension caused by last week’s clashes between his members and the military have quietened down.
In a statement made available to journalists by Nwabueze, who is also the chairman of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, he said Kanu had indicated that he was ready for a peaceful resolution of the impasse before the military invasion on parts of Abia State and his home last week.
Since the invasion of his residence, Kanu’s whereabouts and that of his parents have remained unknown.
But the elder statesman, who had accompanied Kanu to meet with the governors in Enugu on August 30, dismissed as false insinuations in some quarters that Kanu was opposed to the amicable resolution of issues during the meeting.
He said on the contrary, Kanu was not just ready to shift grounds but had insisted that the entire leadership of IPOB must be involved in the discussions.
Nwabueze also expressed dismay over the disturbances in Umuahia, Aba and other parts of the South-east on account of the attempt to clampdown on the separatist group.
 “On 30th August, 2017, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko and I met with the South-east Governors’ Forum. The meeting was chaired by the current chairman of the forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. Dave Umahi, who, in his conduct of the meeting, exhibited his characteristic sagacity, candour and forthrightness tempered with friendliness. 
“Perhaps charmed by the things said by the chairman and the way he conducted the meeting, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on his part, showed an accommodating disposition for an amicable resolution of the crisis, and more specifically a disposition to reconsider the threat to stop or disrupt the 2019 elections and the Anambra State governorship election on 18 November, 2017, but emphasised that the decision did not lie with him alone and that the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) must be carried along. 
“Accordingly, it was agreed to meet with the leadership of IPOB in order to try to secure their agreement and support. 
“Regrettably, while the follow up meeting was being arranged, the attack on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Umuahia by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on 10th September, 2017 occurred, as reported in the news media, which, expectedly, triggered clashes between the IPOB supporters and the army in Aba, Umuahia and other places, resulting in the deaths of, or injury to several people.
“Reacting to this sad development, the IPOB leadership indicated its intention not to attend the planned meeting. Despite all this, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu made it known that in the spirit of a search for an amicable resolution of the crisis, he personally would still attend the planned meeting, now fixed for Friday 15th September 2017. 
“However, a day or so before that date another attack on his Umuahia residence by soldiers, armed with guns and armoured vehicles, involving serious causalities, was reported in the media, which caused Nnamdi Kanu to renounce his intention to attend the planned meeting, even despite all the provocation that led to its repudiation by the IPOB leadership.
“It seemed unreasonable and unfeeling to expect him to attend the meeting when the causalities included two of his cousins,” Nwabueze said.
Nwabueze added that even on September 15, he had travelled back to Enugu from Lagos for the meeting and even spoke on the phone with the Ebonyi governor, who never mentioned a word to him about the decision, which must have taken days before, to proscribe IPOB. 
“I had arrived to Enugu from Lagos for the meeting on Friday, 15th September. But without the IPOB leadership, especially without Nnamdi Kanu, it seems to me that the essential purpose of the meeting had been defeated. So I went back to Lagos. 
“The meeting should be reconvened when the tension caused by these developments have quietened down,” he suggested.
  • abodes_124

    It is interesting to see what buhari and his coterie spend precious time on. with so much on his desk a meeting to plan how to declare IPOB a terrorist organisation is what he has spent most of his time at.

  • josvinco

    I hope the president would remember to sign the proclamation banning the Fulani herdsmen from carrying Ak-47 rifles and the wanton killing of defenceless villagers ?

  • U. K. Charles

    Was Buhari in the U.N. at New York signing the IPOB proscription?? Liars!!! When will this government stop deceiving the people?? We know very well this is an attempt by the hegemony to muffle IPOB. It’s not gonna work!! IPOB will resort to the judiciary, which is the arbiter. Should the court be compromised too, then IPOB will metamorphose into a new name. Because this agitation must continue, never ending, until Biafra is achieved, period!!!

  • princegab

    May all the happenings wake the administration up into good governance. We had a narrow miss, next will be 1st Oct.

  • muazu wali

    Nigerian big men are interesting people. They arrogate wisdom to themselves and foolishness to the rest of us. Anything that any public officer may announced if the officer does not have the authority on the matter he is simply talking from his head. We should not take such pronouncements seriously. Everyone knows that and it does not take Saraki to tell us.

  • Rev

    You know as Fulani herdsmen ravaged the country, I waited for this criminal Buhari to do something, and my worse possible fears were confirmed when case after case, occurred around the country, some even involving some notable Nigerians and when this accomplice failed to take appropriate action to arrest his kinsmen, I knew it was all over for Nigeria as we knew it.

  • omnia1

    Biafra is inevitable, IPOB or no IPOB.

    Nigeria’s problem is NOT bad leadership, bad constitution, poor economy, corruption, failed infrastructure, etc.

    The problem with Nigeria can be summarized in 4 simple sentences:
    I: Unless a society runs a merit-based system, all sectors deteriorate.
    II: Nigeria tried merit before and ended up with Igbos leading EVERY sector (economy, education, military, science, transport, trade etc).
    III: Nigeria refuses to go back to merit because of ‘risk’ of Igbo domination.
    IV: Nigeria cannot improve, because it cannot run a merit-based society.
    Igbo people (the engine of Nigeria’s advancement), are stifled by an Islam-motivated cabal which prefers power to meritocracy. Igbo ostracisation is the main reason for Nigeria’s irreversible backwardness.

    SUMMARY: Nigeria is in a catch-22. Institute merit and Igbos inevitably become the top dogs. Deny merit and Nigeria goes to the dogs.
    SOLUTION: The only way forward is Igbo autonomy or independence. Otherwise neither Igbos nor Nigerians can make much progress. The only other way is to attempt to destroy the Igbos totally (like Hitler’s final Jewish solution). This second option has been tried (through the Civil War) but failed!.

  • Apataganga

    The Bucks ends with the President and precisely on his desk in Aso Rock. All he needs is an executive order. It is legal, moral and constitutional. It is a preemptive precautionary step to protect the country and the South East and each of their territorial integrity.

  • Intrepid

    Signing that which he knows best, a military decree. No more rule of law from the military JUNTA. Nigerian democracy has been buried.

  • henry price

    comrades we should not attempt to distort world view of any indigenous group that make use of violence in pursuit of its desire is terrorist group. Mali is a perfect example of what could plus do occur when we deviate. These groups are incline to pursue violence to achieve their desire plus more violence work in their favor more they make use of violence unto what we have is a vicious cycle of violence reliant upon us fulfilling acting group desires. Under that condition law is no longer of value unless it have terrorist group deceitful approval . Thus failure to label violent acting indigenous groups as terrorists groups plus act upon indigenous groups who act with violence in pursuit of their desire is a step toward unending chaos having great destruction of property plus murder of untold number of Buntu people. Indigenous Buntu groups desires should under total circumstance present in this condition should be honored only when when pursued by peaceful means. Where those actions are not peaceful they should be met with enforcement of law to letter of law. This method is not only in best interest of Buntu people but also in best interest of Nigeria’s national security. We absolutely need security to upgrade living conditions plus pursue greater modern development. Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan aka Gue.

  • Ralph

    IPOB was childish. They could have used the momentum to capture senate and house of rep seats. They should learn from nationalist parties like SNP in Scotland. You get nothing from insulting people. Especially if you havent got any natural resources and depend on other regions for business, access to sea etc

    • Otunba 1

      Which momentum would South East muster to capture a North-dominated National Assembly?

      • Ralph

        When SNP started they barely had any seats. Today the have 50 seats. Every state has 3 seats in senate. That is solid 15 out of 105 votes. Those 15 votes can be used to do powerful things for people with imagination

        • omnia1

          Only a “childlish” fool compares Fulani-led Nigeria to a western democracy. How many pythons have danced in Scotland?

          • Ralph

            Ask Northern Ireland. Some of you dont research before you speak

          • omnia1

            The Irish “troubles” took place in a different time and age. The things that happened then CANNOT happen again in the UK. Fulani-led Nigeria is stuck in a mind-set that has not even attained the freedom of the 17th century.

            Do you know why the Fulanis killed about 800 in Southern Kaduna? It is in exact imitation of Mohammed who in 627AD PERSONALLY killed about 800 Qurayza Jews in Mecca. Buhari is stuck in that same mind set.

            Do not compare the incomparable, Mr. “childlish”.

          • Ralph

            Ah ha… so Britain progressed and you want Nigeria to mature overnight like 13 going to 30?

          • omnia1

            Do not be silly. Singapore went from the third world to the first in one generation.

            If you came back to Igboland 5 years post-Biafrexit you would find the same kind of total transformation that took place after Singapore left Malaysia. Biafra will convince the whole world that Africans and Blacks can excel.

            Nigeria as presently constituted is a failed State, entrapping the Igbos – Africa’s most enterprising ethnic group. Neither Nigeria nor Igboland will make progress until the toxic twinning of Biafra-Nigeria comes to an end. No amount of twisted logic can change that fact.

            Give the Fulanis a thousand years, and they will have the same mind set that they have today. It is not time that they need, it is a challenge! The massive progress that will inevitably occur in Biafra will act as an INSPIRATION, CHALLENGE, CATALYST AND MODEL for what is left of Nigeria. (The same thing happened after Singapore left Malaysia. Malaysia experienced accelerated progress, because they were challenged by Singapore’s phenomenal transformation.) Very ironically, Biafra is actually Nigeria’s only hope.

    • omnia1

      You are the “childish” one, Sir.

      You and I know that there is no true election in zooNigeria. What obtains is a four yearly charade that is manipulated by the Cabal towards a predetermined answer. Did you not see how the recent so-called elections in Edo and Ondo States were manipulated?.

      The ruthlessness of the Fulani-led Cabal in maintaining their hold on power cannot be tamed by any electoral process. If we are not willing to kill, rape and pillage the innocent, practice unrepentant tribal bigotry, subdue the common will of the majority, pervert justice, apply vicious divide-and-rule tactics, rig the constitution, falsify the census, witch-hunt and persecute opponents, suppress dissent and engage in all the other wicked and inhuman ills which are the hallmarks of the Cabal, we cannot beat them. It does not matter how many elections you conduct.

      Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (MNK) has a perfect strategy – NO REFERENDUM, NO ELECTION IN BIAFRALAND!

      What every lover of freedom should do is to support the THE REVOLUTION STARTING ON NOVEMBER 18 IN ANAMBRA STATE (“NO REFERENDUM; NO ELECTION”).
      The Aba Women’s revolt of 1929 (the greatest act of civic disobedience in Igbo history) started on NOVEMBER 18, 1929. At the end of it the imperialists gave up, although the women suffered casualties.

      The non-violent “November Revolution” of Czechoslovakia ALSO COMMENCED ON NOVEMBER 18, 1989. It brought about the break-up into Czech and Slovak republics and transition of power from dictatorship to democracy.

      HISTORY BECKONS ON ALL LOVERS OF FREEDOM –
      SUPPORT BIAFRAN SELF-DETERMINATION!
      SUPPORT THE NOVEMBER REVOLUTION!!

      • Ralph

        PDP wins — free and fair. They loose – Manipulated. In both INEC is constant. Im sure the Oyo Senatorial election was also manipulated. How old are you?

        • omnia1

          “Childlish” is what you are, and “childlish” you will remain.

          • Ralph

            Go and do some research before coming back to debate with me

          • omnia1

            I find your posts infantile, compared to the wealth of information available. Have a little humility and learn from others.

          • Ralph

            Im humble enough to know that Nigeria is not as bad as many think it is. Once we agree on that and dedicate ourselves to that we can discuss. But once I sense you are just from that school of ‘Nigeria is bad’ regardless of whatever effort people are making, then we have a problem

          • omnia1

            That is the problem! Most Nigerians are not aware of just how bad Nigeria is. Nigeria is much worse than its worst critics put it, including people like Nnamdi Kanu!

            I have all the facts and figures. There is no single index of human development in which Nigeria is not the worst or among the worst globally. NONE! And things will NOT improve; they will only get worse.

            I believe that to call Nigeria a zoo is an insult to the animal kingdom; because animals do not kill themselves for no reason. And zoo keepers do not consume food meant for the beasts. When a Nigerian obtains a foreign visa he goes for thanksgiving. Go to the embassies and see the mass of hapless Nigerians desperately looking for a way out; even animals trying to escape from a zoo are not that desperate.

          • Ralph

            Lol. Good night my dear

          • omnia1

            Good night to you, Sir (and I hope we can soon say a befitting good night to “one Nigeria”).

    • oshodi001

      Why not mind your business. They have no natural resources, and they do not have access to the sea. Have they ever come to you to give them food?

  • Otunba 1

    I know that the South South, South West and Mid-belt who have been crying for restructuring will be intimidated and cowed now by Buhari’s military “force” antics. All of them, out of fear will succumb to the Greek-gift emissaries from the North. It is a game plan. May God open Southern Nigerians eye to see like the South Easterners!

    • Ralph

      LOL. South East opened their eyes after losing indirect power in 2015. We are sophisticated in South South. We know when to fight and what to fight. Buhari is not our problem. For 16years it was all good. No one thought we needed to restructure. On May 29th 2015 Nigeria became “bad” because the treasury was shut

      • Otunba 1

        There was no any power in the South East in 2015, even if there was, it was puppet power!

        • Ralph

          Lol. My dear, if you had SGF, Minster of Finance, Deputy Senate Present (10yrs), Deputy House of Rep (8yrs), Senate President (8hrs), CoAS, Stock Exchange, PenCom and you couldnt do anything with it, dont complain when Hausa/Fulani use those positions well

          • Otunba 1

            Hahahaha! Is that what you mean? You should have also included the president GEJ. They were all puppets. The North was and still will remain in control unless we address the imbalance thru restructuring. Wonder why they severally ignore the calls for restructuring?

          • Ralph

            When next we have a chance we will send a brainaic there. As we hear the IPOB nonsense, have you seen any Igbo man that has stood up to be counted that one can see as a potential president n 2023? None. The only ones like Prof Soludo etc have chosen to be sectional. Peter Obi is in the midst of thieves instead of standing by Obiano in Anambra.Very narrow minded thinking

          • omnia1

            I agree with you that Igbos are incapable of Yoruba political “sophistication”. But you are far too kind. The harder truth is that the Igbos have no hope or future in Nigeria as presently constituted, because the typical Igbo man cannot play unprincipled ethnically-inspired chameleon-like politics of the Yoruba (this is what you call ‘wisdom’). The typical Yoruba is a master of deceit.

            A Yoruba man could greet you very respectfully in the morning and murder you in cold blood at night. ALL the 5 governorship aspirants murdered before election in Nigeria are Yorubas – Chief Dele Arojo of Ogun State, Engr. Funsho Williams of Lagos State, Otunba Dipo Dina of Ogun State, Dr. Deji Daramola of Ekiti State, and possibly the recent Senator Isiaka Adeleke of Osun State. In none of the other 5 zones of Nigeria has a governorship aspirant been murdered before election! ! (Some believe Kogi’s Prince Abubakar Audu was also murdered; if so, a major beneficiary of his death would have been his Yoruboid running mate – James Faleke!)

            Why are such high-profile political murders uncommon among Igbos? When Igbos oppose you, they argue, shout, and tell you how they feel to your face and at the end you shake hands as brothers and go home. That kind of equity and transparency has no place in Nigerian politics.

            The Igbo man simply does not share the same world view with you two-faced unprincipled hedonistic Yoruba or the murderous ‘born-to-rule’ Islamo-fascist Hausa Fulani.That is precisely the reason for the quest for self-determination. After Biafrexit you can enjoy the zoo to the full. Congratulations!

          • Ralph

            Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA) (Kanu the First). Asociation for Better Nigeria (Nzeribe). Very principled, eh? Those were Biafrans, no?

          • omnia1

            Daniel Kanu and Nzeribe were just hired noise-makers. You may not know that the key individuals that the cabal (led by IBB and later Abacha) used to finish Abiola were “sophisticated” Yorubas (including MKO’s fellow Egbas like Shonekan and OBJ).

            IBB could not compromise Abia-born INEC Chairman Prof. Eme Awa; nor could he cow Prof. Humphrey Nwosu (who took over from Awa). If the tables were turned, do you think a Yoruba INEC chairman would withstand a military dictator, for the benefit of an Igbo man?. When Abacha offered “sophisticated” Yoruba Obas money did they not abandon Abiola?. Even in death OBJ (who became chief beneficiary of June 12) continues to snub Abiola, and as President refused to name anything in Abiola’s memory. Even “sophisticated”Tinubu who used to be a June 12 observer has embraced the cabal and conveniently forgotten June 12. Jakande, Onagoruwa, Aluko and others refused to heed the clarion call not to serve under Abacha.

            Meanwhile, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu was co-founder and chairman of NADECO, a position that almost cost him his life, When last was a “sophisticated” Yoruba the chairman of an association organized solely to get justice for an Igbo?

      • kazkaz

        Thank you!

    • omnia1

      Words of deep wisdom. The army has already “announced” that they are planning Operation Python dance for the SW and SS.

      The Igbos are the ONLY part of Nigeria that has enough homogeneity to tackle the Hausa-Fulani cabal. The Middle Belt and South South are divided by ethnicity, religion and language. The SW and Yoruboid North Central are divided by religion. The Igbos have one faith, one language, one culture and one four-fold ethos (Egalitarianism, Enterprise, Equity and Excellence).
      IF THE IGBOS CANNOT BREAK THE ZOO CABAL, NOTHING ELSE WILL.

      • Apataganga

        No…absolutely not. The fringe elements among the Ndigbos are fomenting trouble and the trouble was served to them on a platter of Silver. The Ndibgos are not the most cohesive by any shred of evidence and your opinion does not constitute an evidence no matter how rhetorically well you’ve put it. The losers asking for Biafra are greedy and covetous, if they really want Biafra, let them take the five states that belong to them and go. If they try to desecrate and disintegrate our territorial integrity, they’ve got a dance appointment to keep with the Python….Egwu Eke 2.

        • omnia1

          You sound very much like Pharaoh in Exodus 5-10. As long as you fight Biafra, be prepared to live with the same kind of plagues which eventually freed the Hebrews. The earlier you let the Igbos leave the zoo, the better for everyone involved.

          THE TEN PLAGUES OF ZOONIGERIA SINCE BIAFRAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE:
          1. Plague of Blood (Exodus 7:14-25) – INSECURITY
          2. Plague of Frogs (Exodus 8:1-15) – INTERNATIONAL PARIAH
          3. Plague of Lice (Exodus 8:16-19) – SOCIETAL STRESS
          4. Plague of Flies or wild animals (Exodus 8:20-32) – RAVENOUS LEADERS
          5. Plague of Pestilence (Exodus 9:1-7) – ECONOMIC DEPRESSION
          6. Plague of Boils (Ex 9:8-12) -LOW LIFE EXPECTANCY/ UNTIMELY DEATH
          7. Plague of Hail (Exodus 9:13-35) – ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
          8. Plague of Locusts (Exodus 10:1-20) – CORRUPTION & WASTE
          9. Plague of Darkness (Exodus 10:21-29) – INFRASTRUCTURAL COLLAPSE (INCLUDING LACK OF ELECTRIC POWER)
          10. Plague of Death of Firstborn –Ex. 11:1-12:36 -WASTED GENERATIONS

          Reason for the plagues: Nigeria is holding down Biafra (God’s chosen instrument to uplift the black race)

          • Apataganga

            And exactly so shall it be for you, your ancestors and 4 generations of yours to come. And let the people say A Men….I see you’re taking this deception and delusion they’ve fed you that you’re the lost tribe of the Jews too serious…snap out of it, you’re descendant of the Yorubas and partly from Mecca and Egypt exactly like the Yorubas. That’s why you also settled in Ile Ife.

          • omnia1

            Igbos came from Nri who is himself of Abrahamic descent – no relationship whatsoever with Ile Ife.

            I thought Oduduwa your progenitor was a fallen angel? Why not leave Biafrans out of your “fall from the sky” myth? We are not dragging it with you, Sir. You can have that myth all to yourself.

  • Otunba 1

    The National Assembly should make haste to impeach Buhari before he bastardizes whatever inroads we have made in democracy and rule of law!!!!!!

    • Ralph

      Lol. Please! Take a cold shower and have some sleep

    • omnia1

      Believe it or not Buhari is a divine agent. He is the worst leader Nigeria could have elected at a time like this; yet he is the best man for the job in providential terms.

      Buhari’s providential role is actually to bring an end to Nigeria as we know it. That is Buhari’s destiny! The man is doing his duty excellently. He should NEVER be impeached. BUHARI IS THE KEY TO OPEN THE PRISON OF NIGERIA SO THAT IGBOS AND THEIR ND BROTHERS CAN BE FREE AT LAST. The wisdom of God is endless!

      NOTE: THE ONE THING MISSING IN THE BIAFRAN STRUGGLE IS THE VOICE OF THE CHURCH (IGBO BISHOPS). NOW THAT IPOB HAS BEEN PROSCRIBED THE CHURCH WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE. BUHARI CANNOT PROSCRIBE THE CHURCH. BIAFRA IS INEVITABLE!

  • Otunba 1

    The FG now means: Buhari (the president), Brutai (Chief of Army Staff) and Balami (Attoney-general of the FG) all core Muslim Hausa-Fulanis. Three of them will now represent multi-ethnic Nigerian state, and can determine what is right or wrong. But before they label IPOB a terrorist group, they should define IPOB and terrorism. What exactly is terrorism?

  • Bobby Valentino Iyamu

    !!!why are you people like this!!!people is dieing you are still talking!!!like a kid please my people let stop this hated!!!may God bless nigeria

  • Nancy Harvey

    While other nations are working their ass out and tasking their brains to be relevant in this information age, Nigerians and their leaders are busy with ethnic, religious and regional shenanigans. The country has become a laughing stock among the comity of nations. What a wasted generation!!!

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    • omnia1

      We have no nation to build. We have a zoo to destroy, so that true nations might emerge.
      NIGERIA-BIAFRA UNION IS PLAIN UNADULTERATED EVIL.
      It is like forcing Turkey, France, Britain and Italy to be one nation. It will not work. During the 20th century a number of troubled nations dissolved themselves to avoid continuing ethnic conflict: Norway, Singapore, the Slovak and Czech Republics, former Soviet states etc. Norway-Sweden dissolved in 1905; Singapore-Malaysia dissolved in 1961; Czechoslovakia dissolved in 1992. All these unions were FAR MORE SUCCESSFUL than Nigeria, BUT TO SAVE LIVES, the parties decided to go their separate ways.
      Among the wastage of lives to retain troubled national unions, Nigeria’s is the most catastrophic: Biafra cost 3 million lives (in contrast Chechnya has cost 200,000 lives; Yugoslavia, 260,000; Kashmir, 60,000; Sri Lanka, 70,000 and so on). You cannot be so heartless to justify such human sacrifice (which continues to this day)!
      Nigeria is the ONLY British colony of its size that has not been divided for a better outcome. UK that created Nigeria has divided (into Britain and Ireland) and is preparing to divide again twice (externally via Brexit and internally via the second Scottish referendum). How can you be so uncharitable as to want future generation to grow up in this messy and deadly contraption called a nation! God forbid!!

  • share Idea

    Now, the drama continues so Buhari can sign for IPOB to be proscribed and will be mute on Fulani herdsmen.

    • yinka

      Stop equating Fulani herdsmen with IPOB. IPOB is acting like a government within Nigeria and no responsible leader should allow it. Some Fulani Herdsmen, baboo, militants, cults, kidnappers, etc are bunch of criminals and the police are responsible for arresting and charging them to court. In Democracy, there are set rules for making a grievance public without disparaging the sovereignty of a nation.

      • omnia1

        They first came for the Shiites,
        and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Shiite.
        Then they came for Southern Kaduna,
        and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t from Southern Kaduna.
        Then they came for Agatu,
        and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t from Agatu.
        Then they came for Biafrans,
        and I didn’t speak up because I was not a Biafran.
        Then they came for Ile-Ife
        and I didn’t speak up because I was not from Ile-Ife.
        Then they came for me
        and by that time no one was left to speak up.
        ADAPTED FROM Pastor Martin Niemöller

        NOTE: Only a coward leaves his real enemy to attack an innocent party.
        Throughout history, the wars and woes visited on Yorubas all came from the Fulani. Biafrans do not kill your people. Biafrans never imprisoned Awolowo and kill thousands of Yoruba youths who rioted in protest against the unjust imprisonment for days in several Yoruba cities in 1963. It was the Fulanis and incidentally the wanton killing was spearheaded by the platoon leader of the 2nd infantry brigade, Abeokuta, a certain MUHAMMADU BUHARI. As a reward for dealing with Yorubas, that same 1963, Buhari was given a double promotion on the same day by the Balewa regime.
        Was it not a Biafran, Odumegwu Ojukwu, who released your leader Awo from Calabar prison and personally sent a squad of Eastern Nigeria policemen to escort him right to his house in Ikenne?
        It was not the Biafrans who sent many Yoruba elders and leaders to prison, stampeded others
        into exile and killed others like Abiola after annuling the freest presidential election in Nigeria.
        It was not the Biafrans who attacked Yoruba people in Lagos neither was it the Biafrans who desecrated your cradle of civilisation, Ile-Ife by decapitating a Yoruba man and parading his head all over Ile-Ife, thereby igniting a deadly ethnic fracas that ended in the arrest and detention of only the Yorubas including an Oba by the same Muhammadu Buhari and his Fulani security agents.
        No Biafran herdsman ever kidnapped Chief Olu Falae or attacked Wole Soyinka. Biafran herdsmen have not been going about terrorizing and killing Yorubas in Osun, Ogun, Kwara etc with silent but tacit govt support.
        If the above is so why are you baying for Biafran blood instead of worrying yourself on how Yorubas can free their future generation from the Fulani-led zooNigeria. The man has died in you, Ade! It is a pity!!

      • Milito

        I do not support IPOB and had always said that there are more refined ways to push for the agitation but did I hear you say “ïn democracy”? Please first tell that to the APC regime that has the highest record for anti-democratic behaviour . Why do you and your folks have this penchant for double speaking and hypocrisy ???

        Omashe eeooo

      • share Idea

        So to you asking for referendum through peaceful means is now a matter to be dealt by military

  • Paulocaesar

    The proclamation of the president retroactive to the dancing pythons illegal attacks, makes matters worse.

    If our constitution enables the president to come come out one fine day and proclaim the sky green and the grass blue, it doesn’t make it so.

    What’s wrong with you people???

  • Zico

    Thisday why are you trying to set the Senate President against Mr. President the way you narrated the story? At the time Dr. Saraki made his statement, he was not aware that PMB had signed the proclamation.

    • Jon West

      The Senate President, Vice President Osinbajo, Speaker of the House, and the Information Minister ,were obviously unaware that the Dullard from Daura ha signed that document, which was obviously done in a hurry and as a damage limitation process. The fact that these important constitutional figures were kept in the dark, shows that this country is really the Zoo that Nnamdi Kanu says it is. A bloody failed state; a Banana republic!!

      • BankyMons

        So on whose authority did the army headquarters procribe IPOB and tagged them a terrorist organisation? Nigerians must demand answers from Burutai and his men.

        • Jon West

          Why bother? Mamman Vatsa ,of unlamented memory , dubbed this army, an Army of Anything Goes. Add on a Zoological republic, and Buratai’s action starts to make sense.

          • bigdaddy

            Correction Jon West. That description was made by Lieutenant General Salihu Ibrahim.

          • Jon West

            Thank you for the correction.

  • BankyMons

    You are fools – Mazi Kanu and his group will change name, just wait and see. Fulani cattle rearers who have destroyed towns and villages across Nigeria are yet to be proscribed by Buhari but a self-determination group which is legal and supported by UN charter is being proscribed by the dullard of Daura aka M. Buhari and Sarah, wait and see who the fool is. The eagle has already perched!!!

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      The terrorists are out again.

      • Ibeh Ilodi

        why do and your master dying to be with those you hated with passion in the guise of ‘one indivisible Nigeria ‘? .It is better to be good neighbour than perpetual mutual suspicious and unhealthy ethnic rivalry, mutual mistrust and constant warring .All these do not engender development. Can two walk together unless they agree? Amos 3:3.

  • KWOY

    DESPERATION TO GET LEGITIMACY
    This is a desperatio both by Buhari & the Yorubas to find a legitimate ground in order to ban IPOB. But it is an effort in futility! YOU WIL FAIL!!
    And for the terrorists from the North being sent to Igboland to spread darkness & death in the Name of peace. The Igbo should reject these demons! Spit into their face! We have nothing in common with them!

    • papred06

      Our great masters from the North have defeated terrorist IPOB!!!!!!!

      YEEPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…….(skipping along the streets)………………….

    • Nkem Okike

      Please leave Yoruba out of this. This hatred should stop now.

  • Debaptist

    No wonder the corruption poster boy is mad, there was no space at all for him and his collaborators in the Senate to arrange some looting in the process. Thank God for the constitution and a level headed president.

  • Akin Malaolu

    An awesome President indeed. Saraki and Ekweremadu must desist from playing politics with Nigeria our else blood will flow everywhere.

    Thank you my President.

    • omnia1

      They first came for the Shiites,
      and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Shiite.
      Then they came for Southern Kaduna,
      and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t from Southern Kaduna.
      Then they came for Agatu,
      and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t from Agatu.
      Then they came for Biafrans,
      and I didn’t speak up because I was not a Biafran.
      Then they came for Ile-Ife
      and I didn’t speak up because I was not from Ile-Ife.
      Then they came for me
      and by that time no one was left to speak up.
      ADAPTED FROM Pastor Martin Niemöller

      NOTE: Only a coward leaves his real enemy to attack an innocent party.
      Throughout history, the wars and woes visited on Yorubas all came from the Fulani. Biafrans do not kill your people. Biafrans never imprisoned Awolowo and kill thousands of Yoruba youths who rioted in protest against the unjust imprisonment for days in several Yoruba cities in 1963. It was the Fulanis and incidentally the wanton killing was spearheaded by the platoon leader of the 2nd infantry brigade, Abeokuta, a certain MUHAMMADU BUHARI. As a reward for dealing with Yorubas, that same 1963, Buhari was given a double promotion on the same day by the Balewa regime.
      Was it not a Biafran, Odumegwu Ojukwu, who released your leader Awo from Calabar prison and personally sent a squad of Eastern Nigeria policemen to escort him right to his house in Ikenne?
      It was not the Biafrans who sent many Yoruba elders and leaders to prison, stampeded others
      into exile and killed others like Abiola after annuling the freest presidential election in Nigeria.
      It was not the Biafrans who attacked Yoruba people in Lagos neither was it the Biafrans who desecrated your cradle of civilisation, Ile-Ife by decapitating a Yoruba man and parading his head all over Ile-Ife, thereby igniting a deadly ethnic fracas that ended in the arrest and detention of only the Yorubas including an Oba by the same Muhammadu Buhari and his Fulani security agents.
      No Biafran herdsman ever kidnapped Chief Olu Falae or attacked Wole Soyinka. Biafran herdsmen have not been going about terrorizing and killing Yorubas in Osun, Ogun, Kwara etc with silent but tacit govt support.
      If the above is so why are you baying for Biafran blood instead of worrying yourself on how Yorubas can free their future generation from the Fulani-led zooNigeria. The man has died in you, Akin! It is a pity!!

  • Harry

    Doing First things last is the hallmark and bane of the Buhari administration.

  • Sarah

    This will give greater clarity to our Army as it goes about

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  • Admonisher

    THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT!!!

    This is the courage , clarity of thought and direct action we are used to expect from you.