A former gubernatorial aspirant under the banner of National Rescue Movement NRM in the just concluded governorship polls in Ebonyi State and a Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Rev Paschal Gold Nwaigwe had alerted the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN, Christian Association of Nigeria CAN and Ohanaeze Ndigbo of a grand plan to install an emirate in Afikpo.
In a letter to CAN, PFN and Ohanaeze made available to ORIENTAL TIMES, the politician alleged that there is a secret plot to have an Emirate in Afikpo.
According to the statement, ”From a reliable information some of our traditional rulers the Eze Ogo’s are being lobbied to accept the crowing of an Islamic Traditional Ruler, the arrangement is to institute an Emirate in Afikpo, An Ebonyi born Moslem Imam has been slated for the Hausa Fulani traditional rulership, which in no distance will translate to an Emirate, first of its kind in the South East”.
”I urge the traditional rulers council chairman and the Eze Ogos in Ebonyi State not to stoop so low in accepting to crown a traditional ruler for the Hausa fulanis, rather to stand up for the welfare of Ebonyi Indigenes Welfare and drop money police which descrets the scared traditional leadership stool.”
Rev Nwaigwe also alerted that the plot to institute RUGA in the state under another guise is still intact.
In his letter to CAN he claimed that the plot is still ongoing. According to his statement
”These Fulani men were given a welcome package of N4m from the State Governor himself delivered to them by the Chief of Staff of Ebonyi State. The youths took to the streets in a bid to defending their villages from what is perceived as forceful step to Islamize their community the video went round the whole world.”
Rev Nwaigwe mentioned the communities slated for RUGA to include ” Achara 1 and 2, Okwata Ndunwangele, Oferekpe, Okpoduma, Odariko, Nkwuda in Igbeagu Community, Sharon, Nwankaleke were not left out, but Nkeleke and Okwata Ndunwangele is the war front”
It would be recalled that Rev Nwaigwe had a bloody battle with the incumbent during the governorship elections and his campaign director was stabbed severally, and his boys beaten and intimidated. He also reported to INEC that his party agents’ tags were deliberately given to the wrong persons by INEC and on the day of the polls his agents were arrested and beaten for not putting on accreditation tags all in an effort to intimidate him.
On another note a community leader in Izzi Local Government Mr Camilus Onwe had told Igbo Mandate Congress how they stopped the invasion of their communities by Fulanis on land grabbing scheme. Speaking with the Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress IMC, Rev Obinna Akukwe in Abuja yesterday, Mr Onwe said that they heard the rumour two days to the actual invasion but ignored it as propaganda.
Onwe said “we heard the rumour, but ignored it as another propaganda until these people came with hummer buses, young men, women, children and even a few aged. They claimed that the governor of the state gave them the land while we said that we are not aware yet. When the situation was getting out of hand, an unidentified government official came with policemen and pleaded with us to allow them settle for a few days while they resolve same with the governor. We refused and insisted on seeing the governor or they will leave.”
Mr Onwe said that the Fulanis had some millions of naira in a bag which they showed them claiming the governor gave them for upkeep and their coming was with official sanction. Military men were positioned to protect them. They had to ignore the governor’s emissary and spoke to the Fulani leaders in private to leave them alone. The Youth leader accused the governor of ceding pasts of Izzi land for RUGA especially Nkeleke and Okwata Ndunwangele without their knowledge said that the next rumored invasion will be properly resisted,
The Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress Rev Obinna Akukwe had asked Governor Umahi to pursue his 2023 ambitions without overheating the polity. He made the calls while speaking with the youth leaders from Izzi who were in Abuja to speak with some NASS members on the security situation in the state .Rev Akukwe posited that the infrastructures Governor Umahi put in Abakaliki within four years is enough for him to move to a higher level in 2023 but dragging Islam and Fulanization into it is unnecessary.
Reps Reject Castration As Punishment For Rapists
The House of Representatives has rejected the recommendation for castration of rapists.
The Nation reports that the reps voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria.
A member of the house, Mr James Faleke, had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male, just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote.
The House of Representative put the prayer to vote and it was rejected by the majority.
Ogoni: We’ve Started Clean-up At 57 Sites — FG
The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, says no fewer than 57 sites at Ogoni land in Rivers are being cleaned up currently.
Abubakar made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, saying that he had presented a report on the ministry’s mandate to a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The virtual meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Ogoni cleanup in the past has been a story. Finally, President Buhari came in 2016 and the contract was given out.
“We are currently cleaning 21 plus 36 sites in Ogoni land. All these are impacted areas with hydrocarbon — a very big project.
“The world is watching this project because of the nature of hydrocarbons and what they can cause to the environment and the people living there.’’
The minister said that planting of 25 million trees was also in the fore burner and that the ministry was collaborating with state governments on the project.
Abubakar said that the Federal Ministry of Environment was one of the implanting ministries of the 774, 000 jobs approved by the president.
“So, those skilled and unskilled labours are coming through the ministry. About 200, 000 people will be employed plus additional 2,000, who are going to be employed by the erosion department of the ministry.’’
He said that the ministry was also handling waste recycling, describing waste management as a big project.
Abubakar said that waste management entailed waste reduction, waste recycling, waste re-use and waste recovery, among others.
According to him, it is no longer fashionable to produce, use and dispose waste.
The minister said that his report to FEC also covered efforts being made on erosion control in the South East and the upper North areas of the country.
“We have two programmes on erosion control. One is being handled by the department in the ministry of environment, which is in charge of mostly conventional erosion.
“Then, we have the big one which is being sponsored by the World Bank and we call that Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project.
“The project deals with gully erosion — huge erosion that will gulp houses and you know South-East is prone to this type of erosion because of the geologic nature of the area.’’
On job creation, the minister said that the Ogoni cleanup had created 765 jobs, adding that more jobs would be created through the cleanup.
He said that a programme on training of 400 women in agriculture, aquaculture and poultry was also underway.
“We have the National Generator Emission Control Programme that will be coming on line.
“These are jobs that will be crated immediately after COVID-19,’’ said the minister.
Court Orders Immediate Release Of Orji Kalu
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to immediately release a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
Kalu is in the Kuje Correctional Service centre following his conviction last December for looting N7.65billion belonging to Abia State.
Justice Mohammad Liman granted the lawmaker’s application for release moved by his counsel Lateef Fagbemi.
The judge made the order after he received no opposition to Kalu’s application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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