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Nigeria’s former President Ibrahim Babangida has called on Nigerians to ensure they live in peaceful unity with one another.

“Peace remains the best option in resolving conflicts and agitations in the country, adding that recent conflicts and agitations, chanting slogan of war and hate speeches are derailing the nation’s development and unity,” he said in a statement released on Saturday to acknowledge the country’s independence, which is tomorrow.

“As an active participant in the Civil War and a retired military officer, with the hard lesson learnt, I will never be tired on calling for the oneness and unity of our great nation. We will forever be ready to sacrifice for a united and prosperous Nigeria whenever the need arises

“During our tenure in government we deliberately formulated policies, programmes, projects and even the creation of states to further weaken unwholesome agitations for secession and promote mutual and peaceful coexistence devoid of ethnic, religious and regional discriminations.”

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  1. Rave Ali

    January 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    A MINISTER OF APC SENT ME THIS:

    THE ISLAMAISATION AGENDA FOR NIGERIA. IT’S REAL, ALREADY PLANNED OUT AND ABOUT TO BE IMPLEMENTED.

    Please continue to pass this leaked information until every Yoruba, Igbo, all tribes and all Christian parts of Nigeria gets alerted.
    This was planned many years by Fulanis as a strategic way to Islamization of Nigeria.
    That was why Buhari continued running for presidency even at his old age because they knew he is the possible mean to achieve their goal.
    In 1804 – 1808. Fulanis came in from Guinea to the Northern part of Nigeria, led by Usman Dan fodio .He lead in jihad against the Hausa kingdoms of the northern Nigeria. The forces of Usman dan Fodio slowly took over more and more of the Hausa kingdoms through war. By 1810, Fulanis had already conquered all hausas.
    They formed boko haram sect solely for the process, waiting for Buhari or any of their Fulani brother to come in power but Unfortunately, Goodluck Jonathan came into power and they became annoyed.
    They started their violence to distract him and whether it was Yoruba or Igbo that was on the seat during GEJ’S regime. The same thing could’ve still happened about Boko haram.
    Now their dream has been achieved having their brother on top.
    Here is their plan.
    They started herdsmen war believing that they have the chance to control all parts of the country since they are in power and forces.
    If GRAZING RESERVE BILL is passed and achieved, It means that Fulanis will have a place mapped out for them in all 36 states of Nigeria.
    The next thing is that, they will start bringing in their wives and children to increase their population.
    With time, they will have their Emir installed in every 36 states which will eventually take part in every leadership community gatherings.
    They will eat into every community like worms and the place given to them can never be taken away from them again since it has been passed.
    Their sect will be ready to strike in every state and community with no hiding place for anyone since they have known every corners of our community.
    It is then that we will beg them to stop killing us for we are ready to become Muslims in order to live.
    This is the only time we have to reject this because tomorrow might be late for us to act.
    ‪# *SAY NO TO GRAZING RESERVE BILL‬#
    ‪#SAY NO TO ISLAMIZATION OF NIGERIA‬#*
    Pass this to everyone in your contact,Yoruba, igbos ,others and all Christian alike.

    DON’T BE TOO SPIRITUAL, PASS ON THIS INFO!

  2. Diala chibueze

    December 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Biafra’s all the way

  3. ANONYMOUS

    November 15, 2017 at 3:17 am

    FREEDOM FOR BIAFRA IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE WE UNDERSTAND.

  4. IGNATIUS

    October 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    IBB, is the cause of hate speaches , started Islamization , descriminations , created more states and local governments in the north , still move capitat al to the north , from there now this fool called pmb now move defense to the north. Ibb is greater than devil

  5. Ikenna Onyedikachukwu

    October 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    IBB you are late. Sorry cus all we need and want now is nothing but BIAFRA AS A SOVERIGN STATE.

  6. Mmiri Nke Udo

    October 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

  7. Uche Okwuoha

    October 1, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Criminal

  8. Oguejiofor

    October 1, 2017 at 7:56 am

    IBB your father , idiot like you , is it by force to be together with you people Ewu Hausa . get lost and never come back again , BIAFRA we want and nothing more .

  9. CHUKS

    October 1, 2017 at 7:07 am

    THE DEVIL SPEAKING WITHOUT CONSCIENCE

  10. Ebere Ifeanyi Chukwu

    October 1, 2017 at 6:01 am

    USB .WEIL NEED

  11. Nnakwadoro Jo DayLight

    October 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

    ‼‼‼FATAL ALERT‼‼‼

    Information reaching us now is that the military / Fulani herdsmen want to put on Biafra uniform / flags and start bombing police stations and government properties any moment from now, just to prove their point to the whole world for labeling IPOB a terrorist organization. They are looking for evidence to justify their pronouncement.

    Please let’s spread this information to let the world know their evil plan and atrocity. Those of you in the southeast, please keep our mobile phones handy to capture everything on social media. Going Facebook Live is very important.

    Note: Youcan stop more blood shed just for sharing this information. Because if they notice that everyone is aware of this evil plan, they will never continue with it.

    #Let’S keep sharing….

  12. Wilson Mike

    October 1, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Why a still alive babangida, why?

  13. Hon Jonathan Ikemba Ezeh

    October 1, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Ibn why you Hausa /fulani afriad of Bafria.Let my tell Destiny can be delayed but not to be denied .Bafria must come to past. So lab keep mute.the acclaimed president without election

  14. Uche Eze

    October 1, 2017 at 1:45 am

    IBB and the likes created the divisions that causes agitations and secession due to policies they made to stampede the igbos in every aspect of the economical development. For example, no international airport and sea port in the whole Biafran land . No federal government project(presence) in the whole Biafra land. Biafrans are not appointed in the key positions in the government.

  15. Evang.Godswill Kelvin

    October 1, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Then how many States were created in South South and South East? Is it not cheating?

  16. Kelechi Mbamalu

    October 1, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Pls who ever have this man’s picture without cap on his head shouid send me ONE

  17. Chidon Deval

    September 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    No he is trying to protect the oil wale they privatize for themselves idiot

  18. Chidon Deval

    September 30, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Idiot you have the guis to speak while you are the chief dictator who private our oil wale as yours

  19. Hyacinth Nwankpa

    September 30, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Nawaoo,them no d tire!

  20. BigKing Joe

    September 30, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Useles ibb see who is talking about peace and unity

  21. Keren Michaels

    September 30, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Go and hide ur face biko mstwweew

  22. Bottle

    September 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    IBB,ur a mad terrorist. I wl kill u ibb if ur untrained military terrorist did provide our leader mazi nnamdi kanu

  23. Springsteen Ndubuisi

    September 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Now you will be the one to be weakened

  24. Kingsley Istanbul Vam

    September 30, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    ,all d zoo old fools must talk about us , great is Nnamdi KANU

  25. Ifeanyichukwu Madunagu Frank

    September 30, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Biafrans demand referendum for biafra now we are not for nigeria referendum now because no amount of terrorist attacks against innocent unarmed biafrans youths by nigeria military force of terror will not stop biafra restoration now get it clear

  26. Felix Okechukwu

    September 30, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I beg let this man park his vehicle there.he has just woken up.

  27. Christopher Ochini

    September 30, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    That?

  28. Godsown Emeka

    September 30, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Yrs gas gone bye and Nigeria couldn’t put the quest for separation to rest and I don’t think it’s going out soon coz I didn’t see anything promising that tomorrow has goodies for my people let’s be honest. So I guess we should try something else

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  30. Collins Williams

    September 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    We need the presidential result of 1993 June 12 election

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    September 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    IBB is a useless living idiot on earth

  32. Mike Napo

    September 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Which peace are you talking of? One Nigeria is not for we Biafra’s,

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    September 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    When you made sure Igbos had the lowest number of states like your brothers

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    September 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Go and sleep your time is over

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    September 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Biafra is all we need

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  37. Okeke See Cash

    September 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    We want Biafra not one Nigeria Biafra we must get.

  38. Chris Njoku

    September 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    IBB , yes are damn right you divided the Eastern state and sowed seed of discord for Hausa and Fulani interest. You are now speaking from both side of your mouth that you want peace but it will be at expense of sacrificing your blood to make sure you achieve a united Nigeria. Listen Mr Babangida, it is on record that you are one of Nigeria’s treasury looters. Like all other Northern before and after you that have ruled nigeria, you want to continue to want the status quo to be maintained so that you will continue to loot the Nigeria’s commonwealth at the expense of the masses; if only you had used some of the looted funds to better million of almajiris and countless of beggers and God knows what, sleeping outside the your Opulent Mansion gate. If you really want peace as much as the writer does, please tell your fellow blood sucking brothers in Aso rock to call for a referendum to determine the level support for Biafra. We have told you in more than many ways that we are no more interested in this forced unity/ marriage or whatever you may choose to call it. Biafrans want to go and build their own country to a modern standard with rest to the rule of law, respect of the sanctity of human life in a plural democracy in equity and harmony. We will be the 16th ECOWAS member state as well as the being a member of the African union. Northern Nigerians and their leaders should grow up and stop throwing tantrums like spoilt children each time Biafra is mentioned. Biafra will become a sovereign state whether you like it or not. Other wise get ready to murder more than 50 million of Biafrans. You can preach as much unity as you like we do not be part of this evil empire called Nigeria. All Hail Biafra !

  39. Henry Okolo

    September 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    He’s also confirming the divide and rule tactics

  40. Augustine Okoye

    September 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Ibb u should open up normally, not hiding the truth, simple, said that northerns hate Biafra’s

  41. Henry Okolo

    September 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Because he sees they are losing the battle

  42. Obinna Mark

    September 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    IBB the most notorious criminal in the world talking,travel outside Nigeria and let us see how far,criminal

  43. Ugo Opara

    September 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    all I need is Biafra and nothing Elsa

  44. Kelly kelly

    September 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    IBB You should be preparing yourself for your judgment before God and not to be committing more sin because you will give account of all your atrocities before God. You are supposed to be asking God for forgiveness and stay quiet

  45. Justice Nwi-UeBari

    September 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Guy go back to ur grave.

  46. Boniface Young

    September 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Ibb, this is 21st century, that force marriage is no longer working anymore and it can never work, marriage is not by force, simple

  47. Ezinwa Na Ukwa

    September 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    All i know is that Nigeria is finish/spoil,n can not repair again

  48. Paul Johnson Aguguo

    September 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    IBB you should start doing your Worst because we Biafra have decided to stay in our own,now we are demanding a date for referendum to determine our future,marriage is never a forcé,,,

  49. Michael Amaliri

    September 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Confession how u created state, divided south east and made sure we dnt have say in leadership of the country, divide and rule born to rule no even development in our region. Ur here talking of unity? Unity my foot we cannot continue tobe slave to u idiots. We want Biafra .

  50. Pachuky Chuky

    September 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Do you know how many people you kill lBB

  51. Ibeh Chukwujekwu

    September 30, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Biafra is what we need

  52. Chinedu Agbahime

    September 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

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  53. Moses Okafor

    September 30, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    There no peace to the wicked country called Nigerian

  54. Trustgod Onah

    September 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    You are a BOKO HARAM

  55. Ejimaduekwu Larry

    September 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    look at your statement, you will do anything to make Nigeria unite, is this not a hate speech, is it by force for some one to say he or she don’t need you again

  56. Egwu Chidiebere

    September 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    IBB go and seat

  57. Patrick Nnoli

    September 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Nigeria is not a country IBB nothing like peace only hate

  58. Cyprian Mmegwa

    September 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    We are mourning for our Heros and Heroin

  59. Ani Cýprian UcheOrakle

    September 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Red Alert! Red Alert!! Red Alert!!! This is to bring to the notice of the world that today being 30th of September 2017 the Nigeria soldiers invaded Isiama Afaraukwu again this evening. People are fleeing from their homes as matter of fact a village called Umuobasi is deserted as all the villagers has deserted their home because the murderer (Okezie Ikpeazu) has once again sent the zoo soldiers chasing the Biafrans in Abia State expecially those in Umuahia, Isiama Afaraukwu the village of Mazi Nnamdi. Biafra land especially Abia state is under siege as people are running for their own lives. Report and share this in every forum. Call all the radio and TV stations across the globe. Tell them what is happening in Biafra land. Seems the October 1st killing promise by the Hausa-Fulani youth has started in our own land? We cannot be chase out from our homes without any reason and have them kill us all before the world comes to our rescue. BIAFRANS stand up now and defend your land.

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Presidency Finally Reacts To Sowore’s Rearrest By DSS

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The Presidency has finally reacted to the maltreatment of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The presidency on Sunday justified the treatment of Omoyele Sowore by the State Security Service (SSS)

The Presidency posited that Omoyele Sowore, is a person of interest to the Department of State Service (DSS) and not ordinary human rights activist.

Recall that despite the court order, he was rearrested at the court premises in Abuja last week by the service, an action that has drawn widespread condemnation.

But reacting to the rearrest, the Presidency in a statement issued in Abuja by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), reiterated its accusation that Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

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It said no government will allow anyone to destabilise the country.

The statement read: “The Presidency notes some of the insinuations in the media about the arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) of the agitator, Omoyele Sowore.

“The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

“However, it should not surprise anyone who has followed his actions and words that Sowore is a person of interest to the DSS.

“Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

“He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely-read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.

“He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, ‘Days of Rage,’ with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow.

“No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilisation in the country and do nothing.

“Mr Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet.

“He was a presidential candidate himself, who ran and lost as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 general elections.

“Nigeria’s democracy was a long time in the making and was achieved after decades of often harsh, military-led overthrows of government: the kind of situation Sowore was advocating.

“To believe in and desire armed revolution is not normal amongst ‘human rights activists’, as Sowore has been incorrectly described.

“Again, it is no surprise that he should be a person of interest to the DSS.

“Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the northeastern region of our country.

“The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.

“Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in faraway New York and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu.

“This is a matter for the DSS, acting under its powers.”

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JUST IN: US Department Of State Condemns Sowore’s Arrest

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The United States Department of State has condemned the rearrest of convener of RevolutionNow protest and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday barely 24 hours after he was released on bail after four months in the detention of Department of State Services.

Sowore was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by the DSS for calling on Nigerians to pour out to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a post on Twitter on Sunday, the State Department tweeting @StateDRL, said, “We are deeply concerned that #Sowore has been re-detained in #Nigeria shortly after a court ordered he be released on bail.

“Respect for rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom, and due process are key tenets of #democracy.”

The US State Department’s position follows similar condemnation by top American lawmakers like Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, who both called for the respect of Sowore’s rights and his immediate release.

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The Presidency in his reaction to the agitations on restructuring by Nigerians has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to restructure the country but the issue is that he does not have the constitutional power to do so, adding that only the National Assembly does.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu at a media parley with House of Representatives correspondents.

Garba Shehu urged proponents of restructuring to take their agitation for restructuring to the national assembly as the Buhari-led administration is committed to the promise which is contained in APC manifesto.

He said: “We in the APC are committed to restructuring. Read the manifesto of the APC. It is stated there and so, we are not running away from it. President Buhari is ready to restructure the country.

“The problem we have with a lot of the proponents of restructuring is that they are looking for the fastest way to that restructuring. They don’t want to use the parliament. They want to use extra constitutional bodies and that is untidy. If you are a democrat, you abide by the processes.

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“The parliament is the institution of government working with the executive and the judiciary. For you to say no you want to do a congress at Yaba Market Square and debate; do you want to cause a fight.

“We must be organised and follow due process. If you have a case on restructuring, come to the parliament. In any case, the Senate President has announced that this 9th Parliament will start constitutional amendment in January. So, bring your issue. These are intelligent people voted for by the people.

“Those who shout restructuring saying they want a parallel body to-do that, we have said to them that they are wrong. The sovereignty of the people resides with the parliament and so, if you want to restructure the country, come to the parliament.

“If you don’t have confidence in the parliamentarians you have voted for, wait for four years and vote them out and choose another set of people. But you cannot circumvent the role of the parliament in a democracy and it is key to whatever restructuring you want,” he said.

While reacting on the controversial social media bill, the Presidential spokesperson insisted that the proposed death penalty is not the only thing contained in the bill.

Garba Shehu disclosed that there is need to curb fake news as it can lead to the death of other Nigerians which is not acceptable.

He said: “It is your responsibility as the media to help the Nigerian government on the issue of hate speech before the parliament. The Minister of Information, who speaks for the Nigerian government, has spoken of the necessity of a law to govern social media.

“I am being careful on what he wants to do because I think there are parallel processes going on. I also blame the media for creating unnecessary controversy. If you look at the law being discussed, the media has focused more on the death penalty for fake news.

“You have a responsibility of studying that bill. Only a few days ago, the American Ambassador met the sponsor of that bill and at the end, he said Nigerians should have a rethink. It is your duty to reap it open and tell Nigerians what it contained. The bill is not all about death penalty or free speech,” he said.

He also said, “I think we have a problem that Nigerians have to address. Nobody is saying that President Buhari or the parliament should impose a law against the press. I am happy that they will hold public hearing on this and if you have any objection to some of the elements, come forward and tell parliament that you have objection. This country needs a law that will regulate social media and attack fake news.”

On claims of the current parliament being a rubber stamp legislature, Garba Shehu said;

“Anybody who is thinking that because the parliament and the executive has worked together on the finance bill and the budget within record time, so we are dealing with a rubber stamp parliament, such a person better look back and see what happened in the past.”

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