OYC Rejects Toll Gate
Petitions ECOWAS, AU Over Continued Closure Of Enugu Airport
The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has said that Igbo Presidency is a project that is closer to achieve than an independent Biafra nation.
The group in a statement signed by its President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and made available to ORIENTAL TIMES urged Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion to support the Igbos to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023, arguing that Southeast remains an integral part of Nigeria.
Isiguzoro said: “The process of achieving Biafra independence is more cumbersome and complicated to Igbo Presidency project which is closer.
“Irrespective that Igbos believes in Biafra independence because of the economic hardships, through the nefarious activities of some corrupt customs officers who unleashed untold hardship on Igbo importers and exporters and traders, we are aware that United Nations are yet to receive documents on Biafra independence, or has the European Parliament open discussion on Biafra.
“We are fully aware of the limitations of Biafra agitation, So Igbos will opt to 2023 Igbo Presidency as a re affirmative action towards our togetherness as one Nation even tongue, tribe and religion may differ, Igbos are everywhere in 774 Lgas, it shows Igbos are more Nigerians than any tribe.”
Isiguzoro also disclosed that OYC will on November 1, 2019, inaugurate the newly 2023 National Committee on Igbo Presidency, with a clear mandate to reach out to all youth leaders, opinion molders, respected statesmen, traditional rulers, women and students leaders respectively across all the zones in the country.
The group said that it will further lobby Stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the country’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, through strong persuasion in order to break new barriers and build bridges across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
OYC promised to continuously appeal to the conscience of the political actors to concede 2023 Presidential tickets to Igbo speaking states including Rivers and Delta States.
Meanwhile, OYC disclosed in the statement also signed by its Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, that it has also petitioned international bodies on the sinister motives behind the closure of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The group noted that the Airport has been closed for 43 days without any rehabilitation work ongoing.
“We have petitioned to international bodies on the sinister motives behind the Closure of Akanu ibiam Int’l Airport Enugu for 43 days now without a single rehabilitation work going on there.
“After our observations through the strong resolutions and warning to the Minister for Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika last week, the General Manager Corporate affairs, Mrs Herrietta Yakubu hurriedly dished out Press release to the public that work will soon begin, till now weeds have taken over the airport.
“We appreciate the untiring efforts of South East Governors led by Gov Dave umahi on getting palliative care of Igbos on the closure of Akanu ibiam Int’l airport,” the statement partly read.
Similarly, the OYC also condemned the Federal Government plans to erect toll gates on Highways. It called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a Presidential order for the ministry of Works and Housing to rescind on the policy.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to give Presidential order for the ministry of Works and housing to rescind on the obnoxious policy of erecting toll Gate in our federal highways, because Igbos cry over dilapidated Federal highways in the South East which had worsen during this raining season,it’s adding salt to injury by erecting toll Gates on bad roads, imaging erecting toll Gates on Enugu-Ph roads (Aba Axis) which is a death trap or a toll Gates on Aba/Calabar Expressways overtaken by Bushes and hunters are having a great day, or a toll gate on Onitsha/Akokwa/Okigwe Expressways which is now a trekking routes only for bicycles and motorcycles, is it Abaomoge Ugep Road, or Ohafia/Arochukwu/Calabar Expressways which is the only bridge connecting Abia State had the only bridge connecting Abia/Akwa Ibom/cross River had collapsed, or Enugu Onitsha Expressways that you will erect toll Gates and expect Igbos to pay… Federal Executive Council on its valedictory sessions on May 22nd 2019 approved the Expansion and rehabilitation of Aba/Calabar Expressways road, Rehabilitation of Ikot Ekpene/Umuahia Expressways, dualization of Owerri/Umuahia Expressways, dualization of Aba/Owerri Expressway, Abaomoge ugep Road, and the same Minister Fashola is there yet to commence work on any of these roads, erecting toll Gates will send wrong signals, Presidency should suspend and scrape such obnoxious policy its Anti people’s policy.” the statement concluded.
“Our Parents’ Death Has Brought Us Closer To Each Other” — Kanu’s Family
The family of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu said that the death of their parents have them to be more united against the belief by some persons that the family would scatter after the burial.
Though their elder brother, Nnamdi who is the first son of the family was absent at their parent’s burial ceremony, the family of late Israel and Ugoeze Sally Kanu said that they were grateful that the burial of their parents was a huge success.
Addressing journalists at their Isiama Afaraukwu country home, the spokesman of the family, Kanunta Kingsley Kanu thanked Abia State police command and journalists for their contributions towards the peaceful and successful burial of their parents.
Kanunta who also commended members of the IPOB in the state and beyond who stood with the family before, during and after the burial said that their parents were an embodiment of peace when they were alive.
He said it was for this reason that his father as the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, was given the title of ‘Omeudo’, stressing that he lived with that peaceful virtue till death.
Kanunta said the family owed a lot of gratitude to journalists within and outside Abia for bringing what transpired at the burial to the entire world.
“I want to tell you journalists that our family members are happy with you, with what you did during the burial and we say a big thank you”.
Kanu said the family was also thanking the Abia state police command for the manner they conducted themselves which contributed to the peace that reigned during the burial.
The family said it was happy that despite the altercation between the police and IPOB before the burial, the commissioner of police, Ene Okon exhibited true sense of professionalism in the way he maintained security in the state on the day of the burial.
He said now their parents were no more, the family would strive to remain united and resolute in the fight for the actualization of Biafra, a movement which they said that their parents believed in.
‘We’re Ready To Fight Herdsmen’ — IPOB Declares
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared readiness to battle Herdsmen while calling on residents of South East to be prepared to defend themselves and land against further slaughter.
It decried the alleged involvement of bandits in what it described as “endless cycle of slaughter and mayhem especially in Biafraland,” particularly with recent killings in Delta State.
Speaking yesterday, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful noted that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s brave condemnation of Nigerian Army’s involvement in the orgy of violence unleashed by five different terror groups against innocent populations was an indication that the killings were “premeditated slaughter of the defenseless.”
According to him: “IPOB’s message of freedom is the only way out of the present impasse in the fight against state sponsored Fulani terrorism in Nigeria.”
He recalled: “In 2014, before the murderous tendencies of Miyetti Allah was unleashed on hapless Nigerians, way before Fulani herdsmen, bandits, foreign fighters, ISWAP, Ansaru, Al-Qaeda in the Mahgreb descended on innocent citizens, our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it live on air during his prophetic message of 6th February, 2014 on Radio Biafra that: “Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impunity and their masters will protect them.”
He said: “The US government and her law makers will now pay more attention to all IPOB submissions following this confirmation by Gov. Okowa.”
He vowed that IPOB would resist every attempt by the herdsmen to unleash terror on Biafraland.
“Therefore, we are calling on our people to be prepared because we are going to take on Fulani terrorists in our land.”
‘My Parents’ Burial Brought Divided S’East, S’South Together As One Biafran Family’ — Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has averred that the burial of his parents brought the people of South-East and South-South together as one Biafran family.
Kanu’s parents; His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu-Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, who died last year, were laid to rest on Friday in their royal compound in Afaraukwu community, Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The IPOB leader who was absent at the funeral took to micro-blogging site, Twitter, on Saturday, February 15, to express his delight at the success of the burial and also thanked those who graced the occasion.
“I’m joyful my parent’s burial finally brought the artificially divided people of SE and SS together as one Biafran family.
“Thank you Biafrans, friends and well-wishers for a truly memorable funeral,” Kanu tweeted.