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IPOB Attack On Ekweremadu, Wake-Up Call – Igbo Youth Assembly

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Igbo Youth Assembly Worldwide (IYA) has described the attack on Sen. Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany, as a wakeup call to Igbo leaders of thought to do the right thing.

The group said this in a statement jointly signed by its President-General, Mazi Ifeanyi Nwaudunna and Secretary-General Mr Casmir Irekamba, in Abuja on Thursday.

The apex body of Igbo youths socio-cultural organisation, however, condemned the Saturday attack on former deputy president of the senate by members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany.

The group stated that it had on many occasions faulted certain activities of IPOB such as “sit at home” order, Nnamdi Kanu mass protest for disintegration and secession from Nigeria.

This, it said, also included hate speech against the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“We condemned all these illegal and disordered activities of IPOB as misguided and a play by enemies of Ndi Igbo to ground economic activities of Ndi-Igbo and Nigeria.

“We also express deep concerns over numerous cheap blackmail and name calling against certain individuals and ethnic groups and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari,” it stated.

According to the group, such are not of the best interest of national integration, unity, peace and progress adding, it further isolates Ndi Igbo from National engagements.

The group said it was unfortunate that IYA Worldwide had been the lone voice crying in the wilderness against the aftermath of the misdirected agitation, haters and enemies of Ndi Igbo.

It stated that the enemies of Ndi Igbo had in connivance with disgruntled politicians within and outside Igbo land, continued to embolden the activities of IPOB with the guise of marginalisation.

“This propaganda of Igbo marginalisation is a total deceptive and cheap blackmail against the present government by failed Igbo Politicians to stir dangerous resentment to sustain their selfish political machinery.

“These failed Igbo politicians are the ones causing disconnection of Ndi Igbo from National level.

“Today the wind of bitterness is blowing in all directions and as they say governance in Igbo Land has been desirable? Answers to the question will help provide guidance to where Igbo major problems lie,” it stated.

It stated that the Igbo youth group stood on the mandate of acclaimed Igbo Leader, Late Odumegwu Ojukwu who after returning from exile joined active partisan politics.

“At the time, he said the reason for joining the national ruling party then was to return Igboland to national politics.

“Igbo is a major tribe in Nigeria and can never be marginalised in the affairs of Nigeria.

“Therefore, IYA stands with Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu when he recently stated that zoning of political office cannot be jettisoned or abolished until the Northeast and Southeast geo-political zones produced the President of Nigeria.

“IYA calls on Igbo leaders of thought to speak up against using Igbo land as a launching pad by disgruntled elements and secessionists within and outside against the constitutional authority of Nigeria,” it stated.

According to the group, Ndi Igbo must now rise to take over their rightful place in the affairs of the nation by engaging in constructive dialogues.

“This is the absolute wish of our founding fathers.

“The future of Nigeria is hopeful with the inauguration of the next level ministers.

“IYA calls on Ndi Igbo to channel their agitations to new ministers to deliver dividends of democracy to all Nigerians,” it stated.

(NAN)

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JUST IN: Boko Haram Strikes In Chibok, Sets ‘Many Houses’ On Fire

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are currently attacking Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno State.

A resident told the TheCable that the insurgents came into the community around 6pm, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.

“People were just returning to their houses from the farm when the insurgents came in,” the resident said.

“They came in through Forfor, and our people are running for safety as we speak.”

A military source said troops from the Nigerian Army’s 28 task force brigade and 117 battalion, both headquartered in Chibok, are already on their way to Korongilum.

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“In fact, the brigade and the battalion commanders are the ones leading soldiers to the attack,” the source said.

TheCable’s effort to reach Sagir Musa, army’s spokesman, for comment on the attack proved abortive as his telephone line was out of reach.

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We’ll Lift Visa Ban On Nigeria If… — US

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The United States has declared that the visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries was a temporary measure.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, said the visa ban could be resolved between the two countries if the Nigerian government meets certain conditions.

The US ambassador said that Nigeria needed to meet information sharing goals before the decision would be reversed by the US government.

She said this during a visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige in Abuja on Tuesday.

The ambassador said the ban was based on US concerns over needs for information sharing and not about character definition.

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Leonard said that students visa were not included in the ban.

The ambassador said the immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.

She also said the ban does not cancel the status of anyone who is currently in the United States.

The US ambassador said: “I need to clarify something for you here, the immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.

“It does not cancel the status of anyone who currently is in the United States.

“What Secretary Pompey said was something that was meant to be temporary.

“And it is about problems with information sharing which are investigable, achievable and resolveable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short time being able to meet those information sharing goal so that the decision can be reviewed.”

The US ambassador noted that Nigeria was blessed with the ingenuity to diversify its economy, noting that the industrious endowment of many Nigerians home and abroad.

According to her, these were ingredient that should be employed to tackle unemployment.

“I think for Nigeria, you have an interesting story about diversification of your economy and prosperity of your economy and it is people.

“You know Nigerians are so well known at home and abroad for their industriousness.

“You know you hear about how much of the activity in the informal sector. So I wonder how you think about capturing that entrepreneurial spirit and to bringing it into the formal sector in service and to enhance employment,” she added.

Ngige said the inclusion of Nigeria in the list of countries under the US travel ban was a shock to the country.

The minister described the ban as unwarranted because of the contribution of Nigerian professionals to the US economy.

The Minister said: “Some of these Nigerians are medical doctors, engineers and people with high level of proficiency in oil and gas fields.

“They were all part of the Nigerian residents in the US and it came to us as a rude shock when the US government banned Nigerians and put us in the list of those countries whose residency status have been cancelled.”

Ngige urged the US ambassador to discuss the visa ban issue with her home government in order to reach an understanding and have it reversed.

The Minister told the US ambassador that more than 70 per cent of Nigerians living in the US were highly skilled professionals who contributed billions of dollars yearly to US economy while sending equally impressive amount to Nigeria.

He used the opportunity of the visit to seek for collaboration and assistance of the US in the area of poverty eradication and child labour. He said Nigeria would not demand for money from the US but other forms of assistance.

“We have called on the US Department of Labour to assist and we have given them a list of what we need.

“We are not asking for monetary assistance and we are not asking for American cash but we need technical assistance and logistics like vehicles for those in the inspectorate division to be able to carry out their functions.

“We call on US to help us build schools in those areas where child labour is endemic. You also help in setting up clinics and executing its own empowerment programmes in those localities,” the minister added.

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JUST IN: IGP Seeks Algeria’s Support To Combat Terrorism, Insurgency

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has appealed for Algeria’s support to combat insurgency and terrorism in the country.

Adamu made the appeal when he received a delegation of the African Police Organization (AFRIPOL) General Assembly led by its President and Inspector General of Police of Algeria, H. E. Khelifa Ounissi, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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