Abia Imposes Curfew on Aba After Soldiers, IPOB Clash

Okezie Ikpeazu
Okezie Ikpeazu
  • Two feared dead, others injured in Rivers in another fracas
  • NUJ secretariat, journalists attacked, army apologises
  • Kanu’s lawyer claims IPOB leader under house arrest, military says it’s not after him
  • Ohanaeze, Senate caucus ask FG to end harassment in S’East

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt, Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia, Damilola Oyedele and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

Following Sunday’s clash between the civil populace, especially members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the country home of the IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu, as well as further skirmishes Tuesday around the border communities between Abia and Rivers State, the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikeazu, has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Aba, the commercial capital of the state.

This is just as Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, claimed that soldiers laid siege to the IPOB leader’s residence in Afaraukwu, Umuahia in Abia State, Tuesday and placed him under house arrest.

According to the lawyer, the latest invasion on Kanu’s residence led to a clash between IPOB members and the deaths of four persons with several others injured.

But even as the claim that Kanu had been placed under house arrest could not be verified, another clash took place in the neighbouring Oyigbo community in Rivers State between IPOB members and the military, which eyewitnesses said resulted in the deaths of two persons and many injured. Oyigbo is about 25km from Aba in Abia State.

However, the Nigerian Army has denied that Kanu’s residence was invaded Tuesday, stating that no soldiers were deployed to his residence and that its operation in the South-east, known as Operation Python Dance II, was not targeted at him. The army also denied the clash in Oyigbo.

Ikpeazu, who addressed journalists after an emergency meeting of the security council in the state which was convened over the security situation, said the curfew came into effect Tuesday and would last for three days (September 12-14) between 6pm and 6am, adding that “Aba residents are advised to observe the curfew”.

The Abia governor said he was quite aware of the degenerating security situation in the state, noting that the clashes between the army and IPOB members “could presumably be attributed to the commencement of the said Operation Python Dance II”.

Curiously, the governor made no mention of any invasion on Kanu’s residence Tuesday, thus raising doubts over the claim made by the lawyer of the separatist leader.

In order to curb the rising tension in the state, Ikpeazu urged the army to carry out its operation in accordance with standard rules of engagement, taking cognisance of human rights and the rule of law.

He said: “While the Government of Abia State recognises the right of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens, such duties must be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and the sanctity of human lives.”

The Abia governor also expressed concern at “the frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afaraukwu, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months.

According to him, while the government recognises the constitutional right of freedom of movement for all Nigerians it “objects to the influx of people into Abia State for the purpose of unsettling the enduring peace in the state”.
He assured the people that his administration was committed to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within the geographical entity called Abia State.

“Abians and others living within Abia are advised to remain law abiding and carry on their lawful business without fear, as efforts by government will be made to reduce friction between the civil populace and military personnel in the state,” he said.

The governor “strongly advised” Abia residents “to remain law abiding while going about their lawful business without fear of molestation, and not to engage in any form of confrontation with military personnel or other security agents”.

Kanu Under ‘House Arrest’

But the statement issued by Kanu’s lawyer claimed that at least four IPOB members had been killed in the area when soldiers invaded kanu’s residence Tuesday.
According to Ejiofor, “Just to notify the world that my client’s (Nnamdi Kanu) house is presently under siege by the trigger-happy soldiers acting under the direct instruction of Chief of Army Staff.
“He has been placed under house arrest at the moment while shooting sporadically into the air.

“Casualties are being counted as the unprovoked assault progresses. Some IPOB members have just been killed, at least four people.

“They drove in, in their thousands to arrest and maim him. I just got a distress call from him now. Further efforts to establish contact with him have remained unsuccessful.
“As it stands now, I can’t confirm whether he is dead or alive.”

Ejiofor added that Operation Python Dance II, the military operation launched by the Nigerian Army in the South-east to checkmate the separatist group, was principally targeted at eliminating his client, reported online news medium Premium Times.
“It is yielding the desired result for the presidency, having launched a manhunt for my client and unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra,” he said.
“Let the world know that the federal government has practically abandoned their case in court in search of a brute route to eliminate my client.
“As I type this statement, his residence has been cordoned off by the military, majority of whom are of Fulani extraction.
“The world should hold the Buhari-led federal government responsible if anything untoward happens to Nnamdi Kanu. The situation is very tense at the moment,” the statement added.
However, the police spokesperson in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, denied the claim. He said the army was only on a routine patrol and passed through Kanu’s community.
“They have moved on now to other parts of the city. I have been to that area, they were on their normal ongoing show of force. I don’t think they tried to break into the building,” Ogbonna said.

Ejiofor had accused the military of killing over 20 IPOB members on Sunday when Kanu’s residence was invaded by Nigerian troops, which the army denied.

Two Feared Dead in Rivers

But even as Kanu’s lawyer made his claims Tuesday, at least two persons were feared dead and scores injured when supporters of IPOB and soldiers clashed in Oyigbo, the headquarters of Oyigbo Local Government Area in Rivers State.

The deaths were not confirmed as of press time, just as the army denied deploying its men to the area.
THISDAY gathered that problem started Tuesday at Oyigbo Express junction, when news reached IPOB members who had gathered there that soldiers had allegedly ambushed and killed eight of their members at 44 Battalion Asa in Abia State.

The source said the travelling IPOB members were responding to the call made by their second in command, Uche Mefor, who they claimed called from London, ordering the IPOB members to move down to the residence of Kanu in Umuahia.

According to the source, in reaction to Mefor’s call, the IPOB members mobilised and started protesting, with some of them attacking people they suspected were opposed to the Biafra struggle.

It was alleged that some IPOB members seized three rifles from policemen and burnt a police van at the junction of Oyigbo, forcing business and shop owners to lock up, as motorists and commuters scampered for safety.

The source stated: “At the Oyigbo Express, a Hilux van belonging to the police was burnt, while traders from Northern parts of the country closed their shops and ran for safety, with some of them running to the Oyigbo police station.

“At the popular Nkwo Oyigbo market and Afam Road, people ran helter skelter as gunshots boomed from the Oyigbo Express junction, while soldiers mounted at the railway and near Abriba quarters to provide safety to people of Northern extraction.”

But the spokesman of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, told journalists that no soldier was deployed to Oyigbo to stop IPOB members from travelling to Umuahia.
Iliyasu stated that soldiers could only shoot if they were attacked.

He said: “I am in Bayelsa now, but people have been calling, telling me that there is a situation in the Oyigbo area. But I don’t know exactly where this is happening. But one thing is certain, no soldier was deployed to Oyigbo and asked to stop IPOB members from travelling to Umuahia.”
The violent clash caused serious traffic along Aba-Port Harcourt road, particularly the toll gate axis of Port Harcourt.

An eyewitness, Chuks Madu, a trader who was travelling to Aba, said their bus was trapped at toll gate for several hours, following the blockage on the road by security agents, to forestall the protest escalating to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Madu said he had to return to Port Harcourt after trekking to Eleme junction before getting a vehicle.

Abia NUJ Secretariat Invaded

Meanwhile, over 20 soldiers of the Nigerian Army Tuesday morning invaded the press centre of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia State Council.
The angry and well-armed soldiers who were taking part in Operation Python Dance II, beat up journalists and destroyed their phones and tablets.

They alleged that the journalists took pictures of a convoy of troops marching through the city of Umuahia.
As the operation lasted, journalists holed up at the press centre on Aba road were horrified as soldiers ordered them at gun point to surrender their phones and tablets.
There was panic and apprehension as passersby scampered for safety around the Abia Tower roundabout where the press centre is located.

Some of the soldiers had taken position around the centre while their colleagues were manhandling journalists and destroying their tools inside the storey building.

Chairman of Abia NUJ, John Emejor, described the army invasion as “a desecration of the NUJ press centre”, adding that it was an affront on democracy.

But just as the NUJ condemned the attack on the Abia secretariat, the army high command in the South-east zone quickly tendered an unreserved apology to its members over the invasion by soldiers, saying that it was “worried by what happened”.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Enugu, Maj.- Gen. Adamu Abubakar, tendered the apology Tuesday evening at the NUJ press centre.
His apology was conveyed by the Deputy Director of the Army Public Relations Unit, Col Sagir Musa, who rushed down to Umuahia at the instance of his boss.
“I’m here on behalf of the GOC 82 Division Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Musa Abubakar to show concern about what happened,” he said.

He said that the army would never condone any behaviour by its personnel that was not in line with established norms of engagement with the civil populace, adding that the media remain a critical partner of the Nigerian Army.
“I want to assure you (journalists) that it won’t happen again,” he said, adding, “We have noted it, we will deal with it and those responsible would be identified and sanctioned”.

Earlier, the Commander of 14 Brigade Ohafia, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, had visited the press centre, assessed the damage done by the soldiers and described it as “a disaster of unimaginable proportions”. He also tendered his unreserved apology to NUJ.

The brigade commander had come to the press centre immediately after attending the state security council meeting in the company of the Commandant of the Navy School of Finance and Logistics, Owerrinta, Commodore Abdul Aminu.
Ibrahim said that the soldiers that invaded the press centre had no authority from anybody to act the way they did.
He said that he was already in the state capital when he got phone calls from overseas about what the soldiers had done to journalists in Umuahia, hence he decided to come and see things for himself and apologise.

The brigade commander said he cherishes the good working relationship with the media and would not condone anything that could sour the relationship.
He promised to replace all the tools of trade of the journalists, including the tablets and phones damaged by the soldiers.

IPOB: Army Wants to Assassinate Kanu

However, with tensions escalating in Abia State, business activities were crippled around the Afaraukwu part of Umuahia following the presence of soldiers around the ancestral home of Kanu.

The arrival of the soldiers at the junction leading to the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, Kanu’s father, sent residents of the area panicking, with shop owners hurriedly closing their businesses.
The tension was all the more palpable as some of the armed soldiers paraded around the vicinity of the IPOB leader’s home, apparently in surveillance of the area.
While the presence of the soldiers lasted, members of IPOB also kept vigilance in their large numbers to ensure that nothing untoward happened to their leader.
Reacting to the “siege” on Kanu’s home, IPOB said that the aim was to “assassinate” their leader and other IPOB members, warning that “killing of unarmed civilians in Biafraland, including Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of IPOB must not be accepted by Biafrans both at home and in the diaspora”.

In a statement signed by the IPOB media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful, the Biafra separatist group recounted the clashes that had occurred between the army and IPOB in the past few days, noting that the soldiers had fired live bullets at Kanu’s convoy at Ubakala junction while on an official assignment.

IPOB lamented that despite the democratic posture of the Nigerian government, it has turned the South-east zone into a war zone, adding that Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State, had become a dangerous zone since the commencement of Operation Python Dance II.

“The Operation Python Dance II is now seriously embarking on forceful abduction of Biafrans, brutalising anyone seen with the Biafra insignia, whether it is on a vehicle or home.
“IPOB is putting the world on notice that the Nigerian Hausa-Fulani dominated government plans to kill our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Biafrans through the launch of Operation Python Dance in the South-eastern part of Nigeria,” IPOB stated.

It seriously warned that “this plot to assassinate our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in broad daylight will trigger a catastrophic situation in Nigeria and parts of Nigeria, if they succeed in their evil plot”.
The group alleged that it had been informed that Hausa Fulani soldiers had instructed all the Hausa-Fulani living in Biafraland, particularly those in Umuahia and its environs to vacate the place immediately, hence “none of the Hausa Fulani could be sighted or seen anywhere around Umuahia”.

“This is to prove that the Hausa Fulani soldiers deployed to Biafraland are battle ready to decimate Biafra people in their own land while preventing any reprisal that this evil plot might lead to.

“But we promise them that IPOB under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu cannot resort to an armed struggle or afford to stop now that we have passed the rubicon because we have achieved a lot towards the restoration of Biafra and God Almighty is on our side, as no man born of a woman can stop the project God Almighty Himself ordained.

“We are calling on men and women of good conscience across the globe, lovers of freedom, the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU), ECOWAS, American Government, Russia Government, Israeli Government, Chinese Government, Turkish Government, Canadian Government, French Government, German Government, Amnesty international, Human Rights Watch, and relevant human rights organisations across the globe to prevail on the Nigeria Government to leave Biafrans alone by fixing a particular date for a referendum on Biafraland to ascertain whether the people want to remain in Nigeria or not, we are not asking for war,” the group added.

Ohanaeze, Senate Caucus Decry Harassment

Also reacting to military siege on the South-east, the umbrella body of Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze Tuesday called on the federal government to direct the military to call off its operation in the geopolitical zone, describing it as an invasion aimed at intimidating the people.

Ohanaeze said in a statement signed by its President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, that “Nigeria at this moment does not need such deliberate and proactive escalation of tensions and crisis.”
According to Ohanaeze, rather than resorting to the use of brute force in the resolution of the demand for self-determination, the government should be more civilised and employ established practices to resolve “our democratic and security challenges”.

Ohaneze warned that if “this act of intimidation is not discontinued immediately, it would be left with no alternative than to conclude that this is a containment policy aimed at the South-east to intimidate our people from freely expressing their anger and angst at their marginalisation and treatment as second class citizens”.
Nwodo added: “In a democracy, the level of disenchantment expressed by the people of the South-east of Nigeria ought to have provoked a serious dialogue between our people and the federal executive and the legislature.

“History teaches us that the continuous use of force to silence dissent and free speech will only accelerate the growth of dissent and dissatisfaction.

“Fundamental rights of freedom of expression are critical for a successful democracy.”
Ohanaeze said the claim that the military operation was aimed at checking increasing crime in the region had no empirical support because the first Python Dance was used to extort money from Igbo people and never addressed the issue of crime, more so by the police record that shows that the South-east does not have the worst crime rate in the country.

“Our people were shamelessly intimidated and harassed at these check points. Operation Python Dance I procured no arrests of criminals that were prosecuted for any of the criminal activities that Operation Python Dance II is supposed to address.

“Instead it witnessed reckless and indiscriminate murder of self-determination agitators in Asaba, Aba, Nkpor and Port Harcourt numbering up to 191 by the estimates of Transparency International and shattered the public confidence of South-easterners in the Nigerian Army and police,” Nwodo said.
With the regard to the incident at the country home of the IPOB leader on Sunday, Ohaneze described it as unfortunate.

“We believe that it is a deliberate invasion of a quiet homestead, an act of provocation and a continuing policy of intimidation.”
He pointed out that crimes of monstrous proportions were occurring in other parts of Nigeria.

“Such crimes include ravaging killings by Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt, secret cult killings in Lagos and the South-west, bunkering and armed resistance in the Delta, wanton kidnappings and killing of military personnel in Kaduna State and environs, as well as the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east.

“The Nigerian Army has never embarked on Operation Python Dance in any of the other five geopolitical zones on account of these incidences.

“Innocent civilians living in these other parts of Nigeria have not witnessed the type of invasion Umuahia witnessed Sunday night,” he added.

Similarly, the South East Senate Caucus condemned the alleged military incursion into the home of Kanu on Sunday, describing the action as a deliberate abuse of his fundamental human rights.
The caucus also condemned what it said was the military’s show of force in the South-east states, particularly in the remote villages around Umuahia, Abia State.

In a statement by its chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the caucus said the actions of the military suggested willful personalisation of the operation, expressing sadness that such a development was happening after the caucus had extracted a commitment of non-violent agitation from IPOB.

“We had hoped that our ongoing engagement with the group be given a chance, and here we are, with a hurried military action deep into a highly populated area with high propensity for casualties, which occurrence would rather escalate the already tense situation.

“It is more worrisome that the military’s Operation Python Dance II, restricted to the South-east in peace time, has no doubt fouled the environment and sent a strong signal that the region is under siege, which should not be so in a democracy.

“We therefore urge extreme caution and advise the military to de-escalate the situation and choose the best operational modus that will not only guaranty the safety of Nigerians, but also enhance national unity.
“Nigeria is not at war, people are only exercising their constitutional and universally guaranteed rights. So far they are carrying on in a manner that has never given room to violence which could warrant a wholesale military expedition,” Abaribe stated.

He expressed sympathies with those wounded in the clash on Sunday and reiterated the call for dialogue to all agitations.

  • AriseNigeria


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  • Country man

    Buhari and his govt with this show of force, are actually boxing themselves into a corner where its either they use force to crush the insurrection, or they withdraw as cowards. Neither option is palatable. The ramifications of exploring either of these two options has the potential to set up a chaos over the whole country.
    This issue could have been handled in a much better way.
    Buhari has again shown his bigotry, and inability for serious governance at a problematic time in our history as a nation.
    He may well prove the naysayers right, and preside over the disintegration of this space called Nigeria

  • BankyMons

    Very soon Buhari’s eyes go clear vammmmm!!!!!!

  • John Paul

    “According to the source, in reaction to Mefor’s call, the IPOB members mobilised and started protesting, with some of them attacking people they suspected were opposed to the Biafra struggle”

    Is Biafra the new Nazi Germany 卐

    The Nazi party, under Adolf Hitler, was in control of Germany between 1933 and 1945 before they were defeated by the allied forces, in 1945, at the end of the second world war.

    When the Nazi party held sway in Germany, they practiced Fascism.

    Totalitarian control. Where the Nazis used force to suppress the opposition, control opinions, control thought, propagate racism, control industry/commerce and muzzle speech. They used the radio to propagate their hate. And sanctified and idolized their flag as a symbol of their ideology

    Germans who refused to ostracize Jews or who showed any signs of resistance to Nazi propaganda were intimidated, placed under surveillance by the Gestapo, had their rights removed, or sent to concentration camps

    What Nigerians saw on the 30th of May, 2017, during the IPOB stay at home order, has an eerie similarity to Nazi Germany. Igbo that wanted to go about their business, were afraid not to comply with the stay at home order, because they were fearful for their safety.

    Igbo that dared to leave their homes, and go about their business, were waylaid by IPOB members – mostly teenagers and twenty something year olds – sent back home or had their vehicles smashed

    Today in many parts of Eastern Nigeria, people feel that they dare not speak up against Biafra because they fear for their personal safety. A culture of intimidating people who speak against Biafra is emerging

    IPOB has set up their own Gestapo – Biafra Security Service. No doubt, to spy on and intimidate Igbo who are against Biafra

    The proponents of Biafra are allowed to exercise their free speech rights. No one prevented them from waving the Biafran flag or wearing Biafran colors. Prominent Nigerians and the press have spoken against any attempt by the Nigerian authorities to muzzle pro-Biafra speech

    “What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander”

    Biafra proponents should not muzzle opposing speech. They should not be allowed to harass or intimidate Igbo that are against Biafra. Ohaneze, the press and prominent Nigerians, who have spoken up against the harassment of Biafra proponents, must also speak up against the harassment and intimidation of Biafra opponents

    • oshodi001

      Are you really serious? Who is the NAZI? The one carrying the gun, or the one being hunted down. You are being disingenuous.

      • John Paul

        Go an interrogate IPOB members.

        You will be amazed to find out what is going on in their minds. And as an adult, you cannot but pity them and quake with anger against our leaders, who betrayed them and brought them to this mental state

        Remember that this people – teenagers and twenty something year olds – have been listening to Biafra Radio, or whatever Radio Station that Nnamdi Kanu has been using to propagate hate speech, night and day, for several years now.

        So they are almost like Zombies – who keep repeating what they heard on Biafra Radio. No deep thinking. No original thought. No analysis. And no synthesis of what they have been fed.

        They will tell you in one fell swoop that Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa, every single one of them, are the enemy, who looted our resources and brought us to this place. And every Igbo is a friend – including Evans the Kidnapper

        When you remind them that 99.99% of Yoruba, Hausa and Fulani have not looted even a single Kobo of our resources. Or that Fela, who they listen to, with gusto, on their day off from militancy, is Yoruba. That information does not register in their mind, because that information did not come from Radio Biafra

        It is such a pity

        One reason for this situation is that the elite in Igboland – Judges, Doctors, Lawyers, Lecturers – abandoned their moral authority, especially during the years of the locust (1999 to 2014)

        They failed to criticize the decay that the politicians of that era brought upon us. They all watched as our major roads – Port Harcourt Road Aba, Faulks Road, etc – decayed before their eyes, and did not give a hoot. They were too busy making money for themselves and their families

        This created a vacuum for the problem we are experiencing today

        • austin

          So the locust was only in 1999 – 2014. Before that and presently we were in hibernation.
          We can’t progress if this elite keeps tainting things with political eyes.

    • austin

      “Totalitarian control. Where the Nazis used force to suppress the opposition, control opinions, control thought, propagate racism, control industry/commerce and muzzle speech. They used the radio to propagate their hate. And sanctified and idolized their flag as a symbol of their ideology”
      Swap “Nazi” with APC and swap “flag” with broom, read it again and see how it fits perfectly.

      • John Paul

        My brother, this is not a joking matter.

        In Onitsha and Aba today, IPOB members – teenagers and twenty something year olds – have been brain washed by the the college dropout Nnamdi Kanu.

        They are harassing Lecturers, Engineers, Judges, lawyers, doctors and other productive members of the society who have the courage to speak up that “Biafra” is not the solution to our problems

        People abuse PMB everyday – from Femi Fani Kayode to Ayo Fayose – and live to see the sun the next day

        But come to Aba or Onitsha today, and announce with a bull horn, that Nnamdi Kanu is a complete idiot and see whether you will live to watch the next Super Eagles match against Zambia

        You will be lynced by the IPOB idiots in less than 20 minutes

        This is Nazism my friend. Facism. Anyone who preaches racial or tribal superiority, and uses force to intimidate people who do not share their views, is a vampire. A relic of Nazi Germany and the 1994 Rwanda

        We have to bring our emotions under control and use our brain my friend. Life, anywhere in this planet is not a bed or roses. Building a nation that we can be proud of requires step by step, hand blistering, honest, hard work

        • austin

          My brother, if you take a bullhorn and go to Daura and insult PMB you’ll find out why the suya knife is curved. At that level violence is the answer, though we are still looking for the question. The President has just descended to that level by unleashing violence.
          I am not in support of IPOB, far from it. As far as I am concerned, NK is an otele (as Mbano man would say) but the thoughtlessness of the lopsided nature of the current government would make rational people start seeing IPOB with fondness. Those actions that even APC members find hard to explain, precipitated a lot of what we are seeing now.
          I actually blame you, the South Easterner in APC. When the man made his first move and pronounced the 97%/5% dichotomy, the onus was on you the APC Igbo who is spritually and physically 95% but would get the 5% treatment to tell him, “Oga, no be so o”.
          But you kept silent and chose to defend even more than Lai himself. When he threw appointments to only his kinsmen, you kept silent and continued the defence of the inexplicable. Pray tell me, if you had challenged him then what would have happened? The APC Central would throw the whole of the southeast APC out of the party?
          Impossicant. They would have developed a healthy respect for you and would have thought twice before NNPC appointments.
          This is nku aruru. Lizards are now top of the visitation list. And sadly so for everybody.
          Let’s leave the emotions and use our heads. Agreed. You are on the inside, what do you suggest? But please first cage your man. Na people pikin im de kill so.

          • John Paul

            I am not in support of IPOB, far from it. As far as I am concerned, NK is an otele (as Mbano man would say)
            Then speak up my friend, speak up !

            Remember that during Nazi Germany, an overwhelming majority of Germans were not in support of the Nazis. And many were not even aware of the Nazis’ nefarious activities.

            But their silence, and willful unconsciousness, allowed evil – like the world had never seen up until that point – to prosper

            Regarding the appointments of this administration. Our excessive focus of appointments and the elite, is one of the reasons, that we are where we are today. During the last dispensation, we had high ranking Igbo in GEJ’s cabinet and in Government:

            1. Okonjo Iweala – Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister of the economy;
            2. Pius Anyim – Secretary of the Government of the Federation;
            3. Ike Ekweremadu – Deputy Senate President;
            4. Ihedioha – Deputy Speaker of the House
            5. Arunma Oteh – DG SEC,
            6. Mrs Madueke – Minister of Petroleum;
            7. Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho – Minister of Interior;
            8. Onyebuchi Chukwu – Health Minister;
            9. Viola Onwuliri – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs;
            10. Stella Odua – Minister of Aviation etc, etc,

            Despite all these Igbo appointees, Port Harcourt Road Aba, Faulks Road Aba, etc, did not see even a single cup of cement or Asphalt between 1999 and today. Ditto, Onitsha.

            So of what use was their appointment to the masses in South East Nigeria

            Nwayo, nwayo ka eji alacha ofe di oku – You don’t eat hot soup in a hurry

            We should tell the masses the truth. We should explain to them the importance of focusing on the issues. We should tell them that 99.99 % of Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa have not looted even a single kobo of their resources.

            We should tell them who looted the money that was meant to fix the street in front of their homes. When we are able to segregate the “enemy” from the “friend”, no Nigerian politician will ever make appointment for ephemeral reasons again. And the tribe of appointee will be irrelevant

          • austin

            Chai, John Paul, I advised that you speak up within your party and you are advising me to speak up against people that hold no power to do or change anything. Hian. Anyway we are converging.
            Why is the appointment thing tops on the list? Because it is all we can see. The are no projects on going as you have pointed out, whether previously or currently. The present crop of leaders have decide that appointments is the business of governance. When a man takes 6 months to appoint ministers, that one no pass hard farm work? Hence the concentration on appointments. The former Agriculture Minister, nobody cared where he was from because his CV was examplary. But when you appoint a Lalong, everybody would remember that he has one imbicile in his village and wonder why he was not appointed.
            Which kind of nwayo are you advising we apply here? It is the Sidon look and apply nwayo that brought people like Kanu into the fray.
            I am still of the opinion that you of the ruling party have the ball in your court. Je nu zota nke anyi. Esi na uno a malu mma puta ezi (you prepare to be beautiful from inside your house).

          • John Paul

            This is not a party matter. So let us not personalize this conversation.

            If by – “Je nu zota nke anyi” – you are seeking more political appointment for Igbo, for the purpose of self aggrandizement, then that is a Welfare mentality. And the antithesis of what Igbo believe in

            It is important to look at things from the point of view of the masses. Of what use has Patience Jonathan’s $10 million in Skye Bank or Mrs Abacha’s inheritance from Abacha’s loot been to the masses in Otueke and Kano

            The last time we checked Otueke and Kano is not exactly Dubai

            People that excessively talk about government appointments, are people who have profited from government appointments, and have lost out because the game has changed against them. They lack objectivity

            Nigerians – from East to West and North to South – want development. They want a secure environment for their wives, daughters and aged parents

            They do not want any idiot, or group of idiots, to loot the money that is supposed to hire police officers for the protection of their families, or to fix the major streets that their mothers and wives travel upon everyday.

            They don’t care whether Musa, Adeyemi, Okeke or Okafor, is the minister of works, so long as he applies our resources, in good faith, for the benefit of the masses. As supposed to sharing it among their diabetic friends

          • austin

            “Je nu zota nke anyi” means that you should go get that which you believe in for us. If appointments are in season, get it. If it is development you believe in, get our own. So far you have neither gotten appointments nor developments. Budgets have come and gone; half of 2015, whole of 2016, and nearing the end of 2017 and you are still talking of “we will”. It is a good thing not to share the resources among diabetic friends but not to apply it for the benefit of the masses is even worse. There has been no application thus far.
            Thankfully you have compared both North and South to conclude that they are the same people in abysmal performance. Poverty abounds irrespective of the party in power. If you earnestly want to show change from the status quo then do something different but you are not as nothing has changed. However, like I said, the ball is in your court as your party is in power. Show them how it should be done. The one they have shown us so far is far from impressive. And don’t come back with the PDP years excuse. It being 2yrs and 4mths and that excuse has worn thin.

  • The squeaking & squealing from coward Kanu cannot stop the dance. It has commenced. The pythons keeper and chief of the green berets is watching the dance.

  • Lawrenece Ifo

    The first target of any social-political agitation is not achieve instant result but to change public discourse while progressively,taking steps to actualize it’s main target.
    In that light,the ill trained military and their equally mentally challenged Hausa/Fulani handlers have unknowingly, through their murderous activities against unarmed civilians,presented itself to the whole world as a terrorist entity who are presented commiting qualitative genocide against the agitators.

    It is sad that lives was lost but just like the sharpvile massacre did not deter the oppressed and undignified South Africans,even when they face a more organised and resourceful apartheid machine,the same thing will happen to the zoo.
    As it is very glaring that the seed of resistance to the Hausa/Fulani oppression and savagery have been planted and the people have prepared their psyche for a long haul of agitation if it is demanded of them to be free,knowingly fully well that they have a legalitarian standing before the law and human conscience to pursue their right to self-determination.
    Unless if that right is now closed blind?
    The zoo will get tired just like the apartheid and other criminal states.

  • Ade Whenu

    Black people never learn! They keep calling Nigeria a zoo, but by their lack of decorum, discipline, foresight and respect for others, they demonstrate they are actually the animals in it.

    Where are all those beating the war drum and running belligerent commentary on social media? Logic will dictate it is by diplomacy, tact, flexibility, engagement, discussion with key stakeholders you can facilitate change, not by being a nuisance.

    Here we are four innocent life’s lost and for what? Stupid pride and ego!

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      Black people will never learn?
      But you just exposed your backwardness thorough your thoughtless comment which portray you as being below animal.What manner of black person are you??
      How do you qualify diplomacy in the context of freedom of expression? May be in your abstract mind! FOOL!
      You are the over-assuming nuisance, as you just wrote what you heard from other people without knowing the meaning.
      Who will they engage and under which framework and what is the source of that presumed framework??? Zoo itibiribo! Haha.
      Learn before you teach!!
      If you are enlightened and not limited by your ‘Quota’which turned you to a charlantan,you ought to have known that agitation is not a call for war and that there is a test to measure what amount to hate speech.
      As there is a different between speech that different individuals hate and hate speech?
      Will the shooting stop the agitation?NO!
      Will it continue?YES!
      Will you and your children develop when you will continue to use your meagre resources to fight agitation?NO!
      IPOB is pushing and exposing the zoo to the world and they are wining in the sphere of public discourse just like every other freedom fighters before them.
      So go and think!

      • Ade Whenu

        With respect, I have no incline or interest to take issue with any of the rubbish you have spewed.

        The unfortunate reality is that four IPOB members have been needlessly killed. Tell me if their parents read the illogical essay you have posted, I wonder who would be seen as ignorant and foolish?

        You talk of an agitation that is ill conceived, lacks any action plan to facilitate its dream and leaders that endlessly insult and undermine other key stakeholders.
        Yet in your addled brain IPOB is winning.

        You are as deluded as you are stupid.

        • KWOY

          A fool, if you do not know it, IPOB is winning the discourse!

          • Ade Whenu

            Congratulations is in order then. Well done to you and your deluded comrades.

    • Samuel Okezie

      Please remind me again who is using violence White man? You guys are deaf to the shout of a ‘non violent IPOB’. Even Kanu commenting about the attack said the military were trying to trick them into bearing arms. But you are not interested in that. You only take in information that feeds your narrative

      • Ade Whenu

        My narrative is that innocent life and properties should not perish needlessly.

        Mazi Kanu might say IPOB is non violent, but their activities provoked the response of the military. That should not be construed to imply, I support or agree with the military,’s stance, but it was clear to me from when Buhari returned to Nigeria, this outcome is inevitable.

        I have always been concerned about unintended consequences. The military and IPOB are at a cross road and something will give!

        • Samuel Okezie

          Which IPOB activity provoked the Army? I would rather say that matching through Kanu’s street with a truck load of soldiers and armoured vehicle is provocation.
          Most Nigerians know that Nigeria needs serious changing. Nigeria kills many people needlessly in hospitals and on the roads. Those that died fighting for change died a glorious death….and Change will come.

  • Sarah

    For declaring an illegal state on the territory of Nigeria, Kanu/Ipob bear full responsibility for what is happening now in Umuahia and Oyigbo.
    Our Army’s primary duty is to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria and impose the authority of the Sovereign wherever any threat appears. It is left to the commander on the ground to determine and apply the amount of force required to achieve the goals of ‘Python Dance’
    Kanu MUST be re-arrested and sent back to Kuje Prisons where his co-accused have remained to resume his trial.
    Igbo parents should keep their children and youth away from confronting our Army.
    A word is enough for the wise.

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      Noise maker.
      Tell us why your army is panicking and lying?
      Even the apartheid army were bold enough to own up to their attrocities and non of them ended up in Hague?hahaha.
      Is your army afraid after the indictment in the competent court in the United States of America??
      You can never force unity in this era but you can make gra gra like Northen Sudan but agitation will continues until self-determination ensues.
      So that you and your children can at least have something for social spending,in Instead of merely developing on the pages of newspaper while negative HDI is ravaging the zoo.

  • William

    The Hausa-Fulani ,born to rule race ,has declared war against the peace loving people of Biafra .The hausa -Fulani control the nigerian Army about 85%,the Police 80% ,Custom and Immigration 80% ,and NNPC 80%.A feet they achieved through Jihad inspired Islamisation agenda through military coups and depotic unitary military government since 1970 ,till date.
    It is obvious that that they are killing , raping ,molesting and intimidating by brute force any one who dared to raise his or her voice of opposition.They have no respect for human right ,or life.
    They want to continue in thier occupation and stealing of the oil and the GOD given treasure in the Biafran land.
    I suggest that the people should not be cowed or intimidated.People must cry out to the LORD GOD Almighty,who can be trusted to fight for His people.People must use social media to make the world know the genocide ,and ethnic cleansing going on the land by tthese wicked race.The people must not keep silence.

    • Daniel Obior

      It is doubtful if our dumb ex-military despot will respond to the ways of God. He certainly does not believe in God, else he will not have so readily and so soon embarked on disturbing the relative peace that had existed during his absence on treatment. Even in ill health, he thinks and breaths evil. There are of course better ways to handle the current situation through dialogue with the people of the Southeast. Unfortunately, he does not consider them human enough to dialogue with. The shame about it all is that the rest of the country is just sitting and watching this carnage being played out, without a whimper of disapproval. What then is the basis of being one country, when people are so indifferent to the plight of some others? This is sad.