A Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and a former president general of Onitsha Amalgamated Traders Association (OMATA), Chief Pius Ozoanekwe has asked Ndigbo, to forget about the Igbo presidency in 2023 and instead go for the restructuring of Nigeria which he said without it would make an Igbo presidency counterproductive.
Ozoanakwe, who made this known in Onitsha while addressing journalists, also said that such Presidency would be controlled by the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy. He cited the 9th National Assembly as an example which he described as a “rubber stamp” of the executive.
“They all want to be in the good books of the Northern power block in order to have a better bargain another time. Such struggle will be an exercise in futility and unless Ndigbo resists the attempt they would be heading for doom,” he added.
The former market leader said none of the senators nor their counterparts in the House of Representatives are making any impute because they don’t want to risk their chances like M.i Okpala Senator Chuba Okadigbo, former governor Sam Mbakwe and Francis Ibiam did in their own time.
He said only through restructuring those institutions like INEC, judiciary, Nigeria Security and National Assembly could work as an independent body devoid of external control.
He called on the Ohaneze, Afenifere and other socio-cultural organisations in Nigeria to save this country from total collapse.
He said: “They should let the world know Nigeria’s predicament by sending delegates to the United Nations and tell them that Nigeria is tired of the present military democracy.”
On Ndigbo’s demand for the presidency, he said: “Let the Igbo lead a delegation to the North and dialogue with them on way forward and forget 2023.”
Chief Ozoanekwe contended that Nigerians cannot get it right now because the present democratic dispensation was founded by the military and the constitution took its root from the military decree which is incompatible with the conventional democratic principles and ideals.
“We must re-write the Nigerians constitution to bring back the country to the part of growth and development if we are sincere in building a better Nigeria for our children and children yet unborn.
“I have no confidence in the 9th Assembly. A situation where an elected member of the National Assembly could change his Religion for political position is a source of concern for every Nigerian, and not only to his constituency.”
Femi Adesina Calls Out Fake Prophet
Femi Adesina, special adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has called out a certain fake prophet who gave some prophecies that never came to pass.
In a tweet he posted on Twitter, Femi Adesina wrote that the unnamed cleric made a prophecy on President Buhari and Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, but it never materialized.
He claims to be prophet. He said whoever won 2015 presidential poll would not rule. He said El-Rufai won’t win in Kaduna. Later, he said the man would die within a time. El-Rufai is well and alive. Is that one a prophet? Fake. It’s not me that says so, it’s the Holy Bible.
It was however speculated by some social media users that he was referring to Apostle Johnson Suleman.
Herdsmen Kill Farmer, Policeman In Edo
Suspected herdsmen have killed a farmer and a policeman in Owan community, Ovia North East local government area.
It was gathered that the farmer whose identity was yet to be ascertained was killed last Saturday by herdsmen.
The community called in the police to help retrieve the body but the herdsmen were said to have fired at the police and killed one of them in the process.
A brother to the farmer was also said to be hit by bullets fired by the herdsmen.
The killing made the community members block the Bénin-Akure highway to protest the killings and sought government attention to the crisis.
Motorists plying the road were stranded for several hours that the protest lasted.
One of the protesters who gave his name as Moses, said herdsmen in the bush have been killing and raping women in their community.
Moses said their crops have been destroyed by the herdsmen.
“They killed our person in the bush. We called in the police so that we can retrieve the body but they attacked again and killed a policeman. The government should come to our aid.
“Herdsmen are terrorising us. We need help so that we can go to our farms.”
When contacted for comments, Edo police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the policeman did not die.
He said the policeman and other injured persons are receiving treatment in the hospital and said that investigations have commenced.
Farmers at Igbanke community in Orhionmwon local government also protested destruction of the crops by herdsmen.
The farmers who protested to Bénin City said they could no longer enter their farms.
They alleged that yams, cassava and other crops were used to feed cows after which the farmlands are set ablaze by the herdsmen to enable fresh grass to grow.
An elder of Iganke, Mr. James Iguando, said, “We are afraid. We cannot take laws into our hands. We don’t have plantain, yams and others again. We are now hungry. Herdsmen take their cows to eat our produce.
DSP Nwabuzor said the police have received petition on the issue and was working on the matter.
Membership Of Political Parties Should Not Deny Nigeria Development — Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that being members of different political parties should not deny the country the much needed development.
He said under no circumstances should the country drift towards a one-party state because all political parties need to exist for the people to explore all alternatives.
He spoke on Tuesday during a Courtesy Visit by the new leadership of KAGOTE, an elite socio-cultural organization for the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality at the Government House Port Harcourt.
He said: “Party is a vehicle to a political position. When you get to that destination, you alight and work towards development. It should not stop us from seeking the development of our communities, irrespective of our political affiliations.
“We will not support a one-party State under any guise. Though people belong to different political parties, we should work together for development. There is no law that says everyone must belong to one political party. ”
The Governor called on KAGOTE to work towards ensuring peace in Ogoni communities to create environment for peace.
“We should work for peace in Ogoni communities. The situation where there is insecurity in some communities is affecting development .
“I urge you to use your good offices to ensure that there is peace in Ogoniland. We must not allow criminals to speak on behalf of communities “, he said.
Wike assured KAGOTE that the Rivers State Security Council will work hard to resolve the security issues in Bodo City and its environs.
He said: “I will take up the issue of Bodo City with the State Commissioner of Police. We will work to bring peace to Bodo City.”
The Governor assured Ogoni people that his administration will ensure the completion of all ongoing projects in Ogoniland.
He expressed happiness with the calibre of persons who are members of the new Executive Council of KAGOTE.
“I am quite impressed with the calibre of persons who are members of the KAGOTE leadership. These are men and women who crave development for their area.
“We are ready to partner with any organisation that is committed to development. There is no need fighting ourselves, as we need to work for development “, he said.
Earlier, President of KAGOTE, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Deeyah offered the support of the organisation to the Wike Administration for the development of Rivers State.
He said: “We have come to offer support to your administration to better the lots of our people. We wish to join you in a fruitful partnership in your efforts to bring to our people and indeed all Rivers men and women of goodwill, good governance, improved security , infrastructural as well as human capacity development. ”
The KAGOTE President commended Governor Wike for the projects sited in Ogoniland and other parts of the State.
He said: “We would like to commend you for the numerous projects sited in our area and all around the state. We implore you to do more. We want to place on record our sincere appreciation of your support and assistance to our sons and daughters who contested for various offices in Government at all levels. ”
He stated that KAGOTE will remain a back Channel of support, communication and linkages for the administration, as has been the tradition.
The New KAGOTE Executive was elected on December 29, 2019 to run the affairs of the organisation for three years.