Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths have raised concerns over incessant killings and kidnapping by suspected herdsmen in the South eastern parts of the country.
The Igbo apex socio cultural group youth wing declared a state of emergency on the onslaught of the herdsmen across the country.
A statement on Sunday by the National leader of the body, Amb. Dr. Arthur Uchenna Obiorah, challenged concerned authorities to provide security intelligence networks to battle the menace.
The group vowed to lend its support when necessary to secure Igbo land from being taken over by the herdsmen.
The statement partly reads: “Elected public officer holders in the executive and the legislative arms as well as the five south east governors and their counterparts in Delta and Rivers should fortify their internal security mechanism to enable them safeguard their territory from the invading Fulani marauders whose aim is geared towards annihilation of their people from their ancestral lands.
“Ndigbo home and abroad should consider their position with utmost importance and join their elected officers to ensure Igbo land is secured from the invaders, who seems to have deployed their machinery to sack their people from their farmland in the bid to extend their pastoral grazing zones to the south east of Nigeria.
“Igbo sons and daughters, the political class, people in diaspora and legal professionals from Igbo land should rise to their responsibility to ensure the systemic approach of the herdsmen be put on check and lives and property of Ndigbo are kept secured in their land.”
The group vowed it will fold its arms and allow strangers who came to its land to transact business to resort to kidnapping and killing, insisting that “this nonsense has to be checked”.
Among issues also raised at the emergency meeting was to publicly disclaim Comrade Okechukwu Isiguzo, the immediate past leader of the body, asking him to desist from speaking on behalf of the Igbo youths.
Obiorah said the Igbo youths have raised serious concern to dissociate itself from any dealings or statement issued by Isiguzo.
I Don’t Believe President Buhari Is In Charge — Wole Soyinka [VIDEO]
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he does not believe President Muhammadu Buhari is in charge of the country.
He made this statement in reference to the open letter written to Buhari by a retired colonel and former military administrator of Kaduna, Umar Dangiwa, over the president’s habit of appointing people from his section of the country into office.
Reacting to this in an interview on PlusTv Africa’s ‘One-On-One’ on Thursday, the playwright and political activist said the answer to the nation’s problem is decentralisation.
The renowned writer commended the former military administrator who has a tendency to hit the nail hard and go straight to the point factually without self-interest.
He said: “Umar Dangiwa is one of the really serious letter writers without self-interest and when I saw this I was appalled but I shouldn’t have been appalled in the first place. I was appalled by the silence that followed this revelation. I think those who are responsible for this criminal lopsidedness should be punished. It is not sufficient just to discuss it. It’s criminal.
“I have said this before. I don’t believe there is really anybody in charge in Aso Rock. I’m sorry to say this. I’ve been studying the trend over the past year and a half and I believe this president is not in charge of this nation, in so many aspects and directions.
“I’m convinced he’s not really and totally with it.
“It’s so serious. It is not the fact alone, we know the history of this. We know what it has caused the nation, and we know it isn’t over yet. And you say are launching an enquiry. That’s not enough. This man is not in charge.”
Watch the full interview here;
BREAKING: Buhari Nominates Okonjo-Iweala For WTO Director-General Position
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable reports.
In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.
The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.
Buhari Presides Over Virtual FEC Meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting, which started at 09:02 GMT has the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as some Ministers in attendance.
Ministers present in the hall include those of Justice, Aviation, Finance, Information and Culture, Environment, Water Resources, Defence and Works.
All other Ministers are attending form their various offices in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.
The meeting is expected to consider issues surrounding how the nation can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 and how to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians in the midst of the pandemic.
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