Nobody Can Separate Igbos From Nigeria, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his government does not discriminate against the south-east region or any part of the country.

He said this on Tuesday while addressing a crowd during his two-day working visit in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.

The President also noted that his visit was a symbol of a strong belief in the Unity of Nigeria, and therefore, encouraged the youths to dismiss any calls for secession.

“My presence here today is a demonstration of a strong belief in the Unity of Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa with over 300 ethnic groups – our diversity is almost unique among nations.

“The people of the South-East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent.

“There is no part in Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women contributing to the development of their adopted communities.

“So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are Inseparable.

“We must, therefore, continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria while we sustain our unity without compromising on our cultural identities.

“We must work towards building a Nigeria that we can sleep at night, knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.”

The President also stressed the need for nation-building and the need for leaders at all levels to teach their subjects the importance of unity, starting from the home-front.

“The task of nation-building is a continuous one, it relies on the successful transition of factual knowledge from one nation to the other. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure we do not betray our founding fathers as we transform the Nigerian project from one generation to the next.

“As our national anthem says, the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain – So parents, speak to your children on the importance of their heritage, culture and being open-minded.

“Teachers, teach your students about the history of this nation, and leaders, we must lead by example and show tolerance and acceptance of diversity.”

Buhari also expressed gratitude to the government and traditional leaders of Ebonyi State for conferring on him two traditional titles.

“I’m delighted to be in Abakiliki today, to interact with the good people of this state and indeed the south-east region as a whole.

“I want to express my gratitude for their hospitality and the warm reception since our arrival in Abakiliki Some Hours Ago.

“In the last few hours, I have commissioned some landmark projects and laid the foundation stone for the Ebonyi City Mall and fly-over bridge projects.

“I commend his Excellency, Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of his state.

“In the course of my visit, I also had the honour and privilege of unveiling the statue of a great Nigerian – Sir Akanu Ibiam, whose notable record of humanitarianism and advocacy of free primary education will continue to be an inspiration to all.

“I am also grateful to the people of Ebonyi as well as the southeast traditional rulers who today bestowed on me, traditional titles. I am Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi (A good Friend) and to the South East and I am Ochioha NdiIgbo. I thank you for this honour and the kind gesture,” he added.

Governor Al-Makura Meets With Igbo Leaders In Nasarawa

Governor Tanko Al-Makura has held a meeting with Igbo leaders in Nasarawa state.

The security meeting which was held at the government house in Lafia, the state capital, was aimed at dousing tension and fears of a communal clash and to allay any apprehension over a possible breakdown of order.

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Plateau Governor Meets With Hausa/Igbo Leaders In Jos

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has met with the Hausa and Igbo leaders in Jos communities to further allay any fears of the breakdown of law and order in the state.

This meeting is coming few hours after Governor Lalong made an announcement of an indefinite curfew in Jos, the state capital.

The meeting also had in attendance the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaduna Govt. Meets With Community Heads Over Crisis

Kaduna Govt. Meets With Community Heads Over CrisisThe Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, has met with community leaders from different parts of Nigeria that are resident in the state.

The meeting, which included security agencies, was organised following the recent clash between Hausas and Yorubas in Ile Ife, Osun State, as well as the lingering violence in Southern Kaduna.

It was also convened to forestall any form of reprisal attacks in Kaduna State, and seek the support of the leaders in finding  solutions to the Southern Kaduna crisis which has claimed so many lives.

Resident community leaders comprising of Igbo, Yoruba, Igala and others from various part of the country gathered at the Government House, on the invitation of the Kaduna State Government.

Speaking, Mr Bantex warned those trying to incite unnecessary tensions in the state as a result of recent events elsewhere to desist from circulating videos, images and making inciting comments.

He appealed to the community leaders to prevail on their subjects to uphold peace in the state, remain calm and firmly reject any attempt to drag them into any form of violent behaviour.

Enemies Of Peace

“Those trying to incite unnecessary tensions in the state because of what is happening in Ile Ife, Osun State should desist from circulating videos and images with inciting commentary and calls to citizens for reprisals.

“Already, the unfortunate incidents in that part of the country have been contained and taken care of, so the government will not watch enemies of peace capitalising on the situation to cause problems in Kaduna State, using images and videos to incite reprisals.

“People circulating images and calling for reprisals are enemies of peaceful society, and all citizens must say no to them.

“The Kaduna State Government is determined to ensure that anyone or group of persons distributing images and videos calling for revenge are arrested and prosecuted.

“Citizens must support the government to ensure that every threat to law and order in the state is defeated,” he said.

Speaking on the crisis in Southern Kaduna, the Acting Governor noted that the violence was purely an act of criminality and banditry, contrary to the Christian against Muslim crisis as widely believed.

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Some traditional rulers at the meeting

According to him, the most peaceful local government area in Kaduna State is Jaba Local Government Area, which is one of the eight local governments that make up the ‘Zone Three’ called Southern Kaduna.

The leader of the Community Leaders Forum and President-General of Yoruba Traditional Rulers Council in the 19 Northern States, Abdulganiyu Oguntoyinbo, in his response said those responsible for the Ile Ife crisis did not represent the Yorubas as a people.

He urged the Yoruba community in Kaduna and Northern Nigeria to remain calm, peaceful and shun reprisal attacks.

“We are tired of blood spilling and we therefore appeal to our political, religious and traditional leaders irrespective of their differences to come together and find a lasting solution to the recurring crises,” Oguntoyinbo said.

While commending the Kaduna State Government for convening the meeting to acquaint them on the measures taken to protect lives and properties of citizens, especially the non-indigenes, he lauded the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s administration for the ongoing infrastructural development in the state.

Although the community leaders commended the recent steps taken by government and security agencies to end the attacks in Southern Kaduna, they expressed concern over the negative consequence of the crisis on the socio-economic development of the state.

Reports say so far, many lives and properties were reportedly lost in about 10 sectarian crises in Kaduna State in the past 30 years.

 

South-East Governors Meet To Discuss Development For Igbo Tribe

Southeast Governors Meet To Discuss Development For Igbo TribeGovernors of the five south east states in Nigeria, have been deliberating on issues of insecurity and economic integration, among other challenges facing the region.

The meeting which resumed for the first time since 2014, under the aegis of the Southeast Governors Forum, was held behind closed doors at the Government House in Enugu state.

The gathering included governors of Anambra, Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu states, alongside the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu and President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Nnia Nwodo.

The meeting lasted for about two hours, after which the Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi, emerged chairman of the forum.

Expressing his happiness over the leadership position, he said: “I want to first of all accept the leadership position that my colleagues have imposed on me, not being the most qualified but, they decided that I should lead the governors forum at a time like this.

“I want to thank them with all sense of humility and I want to accept it with all heart.”

Security Integration

Governor Umahi said the meeting was largely about deliberations on the Igbo nations, individual states and Nigeria in general.

He further stated that they looked at how security can be integrated.

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“One of the things we talked about is security integration we have agreed to compare notes, talk with our CPs to do security integration, and other security agencies so that the issue of kidnapping, robbery and other terrible insecurities in our various states will be looked together because we realise that when kidnap happens, the victim is taken to another state of the southeast” he explained.

The governor then expressed optimism that this decision would help to secure lives and property of citizens better.

He noted that economic integration was also top on the agenda. “We have agreed that we are going to have proper economic integration and to this effect, we agreed that we are going to appeal to commissioners in charge of economic planning to come together and discuss and compare notes, use consultants and come up with blueprints on how we can have proper economic integration of the southeast”.

Meanwhile, Governor Umahi said that they equally agreed that the only way to fruitful results and to improve the lives of the people, is to work as a team, compare notes and adopt the peer review mechanism where a state learns from what is happening in other states.

He announced that they support the leadership of Ohaneze, as led by Dr. Nnia Nwodo, urging the people to support the leadership so that Ohaneze can continue to be a voice for cultural integration and welfare of the Igbo people.

Niger State Hosts First Ever Christmas Carol Festival In Minna

Niger State Hosts First Ever Christmas Carol Festival In MinnaThe Niger State Government in partnership with its Ministry of Information, has organized the first ever Christmas carol festival with the theme ‘The Dynamics of Praise and Worship’.

The festival witnessed presentations from different choir groups representing various tribes such as: Nupe, Gbagi, Hausa, Igbo, Tiv, Yoruba, Kamokun and Calabar.

The festival which was its maiden edition also witnessed a large turnout of Christians and surprisingly, Muslims in the state.

Asides signifying oneness amongst the two major religions in the state, top dignitaries were also in attendance and they were full of praise for the Governor, Abubakar Bello, who despite not being a Christian, chose to show concern to the Christian community in the state.

Speaking through his representative, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Niger State, Nasara Danmallam, said that the Governor was full of praise to the Christian community and appreciated their level of understanding and peaceful coordination amongst the non-Christians in the state.

While promising the sustenance of the festival, he used the opportunity in wishing all Christians in the state and Nigeria in general a peaceful celebration.

The convener of the Christmas carol festival, Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism, Hon. Jonathan Vatsa could not hide his feelings as he was also full of praise to the Governor.

He also assured the Christian community that the best was yet to come and called on them to come together in unity.

He wished every Christian in the state a happy and peaceful celebration.

NDLEA Recovers 243.2 Kilograms Of Cannabis In Onitsha Market 

ndlea, efccThe Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recovered 243.2 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, otherwise known as “Igbo” in Nigeria in two warehouses in Onitsha Main Market, Anambra State.

In one of the warehouses belonging to Chidiebere Nneziewhere 130.4 kilograms of cannabis was recovered, the Commander of the NDLEA, Anambra State Command, Mr Sule Momodu, said.

According to him, the suspect brought in the dangerous drug into Anambra state from Delta state through the waterways.

“Through intelligence reports the officials of the agency were able to trace the drug to the suspect’s warehouse inside the market where the suspect was also arrested,” he said.

The second suspect, Uche Baron, a notorious drug baron who escaped from the NDLEA officials, was declared wanted in the state due to his high profile activities in drug trafficking in Onitsha.

The command also alleged that he is the highest distributor of cannabis in Anambra and its environs, adding that they recovered 109.8 kilograms of cannabis from his warehouse in Onitsha main market during the raid.

 

Explaining the need to fight drug traffickers, the Commander said the fight against drug would be a continuous one, as “drugs gives criminals impetus to commit crime”.

In the same vein, the command declared Uche Baron wanted in the state for high profile drug trafficking.

According to Mr Momodu, the suspect is the highest drug baron in the entire Anambra state and environs.

The fleeing suspect escaped arrest on August 20 but the agency arrested his ally, Mr Ugochukwu Chukwu, who upon arrest was found with the 109.8 kilograms of cannabis sativa.

While commending the State government for supporting the agency in several ways to fight drug trafficking in the state, the Commander also made a passionate appeal to the State government to assist them put the agency’s speed boats in order for water patrols.

Southerners Leave Kaduna Ahead of Election

kaduna Nigerians particularly southerners living in Kaduna State and other parts of the north are migrating to their villages in anticipation of post election violence.

This is despite the pleas by Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to Igbos in other parts of the country, especially the North, to vote where they live.

Channels Television visited some motor parks in the state capital, reported that many families prefer to travel to their home towns ahead of the election, in anticipation of election violence.

Some of those interviewed, gave reasons for their traveling to fear of an outbreak of election violence, as witnessed in 2011, while others claimed they are traveling ahead of the Easter Celebration.

Some of the passengers who were seen at the motor park said, they would stay until after the elections before returning to the North, adding that they abandoned their businesses for fear of crisis.

Commuters are traveling along with mattresses and other household items, signalling that they may likely stay for quite some time before returning to their bases.

In 2011, many people in the state were killed including non indigenes during the post election violence in Northern Nigeria.

While assuring residents of adequate security during the general elections, the Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, called on people not to panic. The Commissioner said that the fear is unfounded, noting that such movement will only be necessary if they were going home to cast their votes in the elections.

Mr. Shehu, also warned of a restriction order starting from Thursday evening, adding that all exit and entry points into the state will be blocked by security agencies ahead of the election.

The Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has however faulted the Police commissioner’s restriction of movement order, saying that it is illegal and unconstitutional to bar people from moving around freely more than 48 hours to the election.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has received all non-sensitive and sensitive materials in preparation for the election. The materials were brought to the state amidst tight security.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Husseni Mahuta who briefed journalists in his office, said adequate arrangement has been put in place to ensure a hitch free election, while it is still distributing Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that are already in its custody.

Imo State APGA Governorship Candidate Debunks Rumours Of Stepping Down

2401F01.Emmanuel-IheanachoThe Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)  in Imo State, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, has debunked rumours that he has stepped down for the PDP Governorship Candidate in the state.

Captain Ihenacho has described the rumour as untrue and a cheap blackmail by opposition parties to discredit his growing popularity.

He made this known to Channels Television after his campaign team visited Nkwerre and Nwangele Local Government area of the state where he promised that if elected into office he would provide free and qualitative education for youths in the state.

Addressing the gathering in Igbo language, Captain Iheancaho, said the APGA remained the only party with Igbo interest and that the party would deliver free and qualitative education to youths as well as provide job opportunities to all graduates in the state.

He said that the rumour that he had stepped down for the PDP Governorship candidate in the state was untrue and a mere blackmail, insisting that the APGA was still very much in the race.

Having toured 24 out of the 27 Local Government Areas in the state, Captain Iheanacho has three more local governments to visit before the general elections.

Al-Makura: Disabled Persons Threaten Protest Against Nasarawa Lawmakers

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Kaduna State Chapter of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria have threatened to mobilise the over 25 million of their members across the country to stage a peaceful protest in Nasarawa State, against the plot by the state lawmakers to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al Makura, who is also a member and supporter of the association.                                                          

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna on Thursday, spokesman of the association, Mohammed Abdullahi, and some other members said that the Nasarawa State lawmakers were plotting to remove the Governor not because of any tangible offence as alleged, but because the Governor is a disabled person, having developed deafness at the age of 37. They, therefore, vowed that such move would be resisted by the association.

They also criticised the statement credited to the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, sometime ago that Al-Makura should resign over his hearing impairment or face impeachment by the State House of Assembly, expressing disappointment that someone so high in the society would make such remarks on disability.

While describing the statement as “immoral, inhuman and ungodly”, the association accused the PDP of being behind the plot to remove the governor by all means.

They stressed that Governor Al Makura had alleviated the sufferings of the less privileged and persons with disabilities in the state through empowerment programmes and recruiting their members into the state civil service, pointing out that being disabled is not the end of life as according to them, Al Makura became the governor of Nasarawa State as a person with hearing impairment, and has also transformed the state more than his predecessors.

Emir Of Lafia Intervenes In Al-Makura Protest

Emir-of-Lafia-Alhaji-Isah-Mustapha-Agwai-IThe Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai, has opened a peace pact between members of the State Assembly and Governor Al-makura, as street protests in the state capital enters day two.

The intervention came as the mass protest in solidarity with Governor Al-makura, continued to ground activities and obstructing free movement, shutting down the state capital.

Tension rose among the protesters who throng the streets of Lafia, Doma and Keana, with reports of impending break down of law and order.

Some protesters, made up of politicians, youths, women, non-indigenes and some PDP members were at the Emir’s palace in Lafia with placards that had solidarity messages inscribed on them, demanding the Emir’s intervention between the lawmakers and the Governor.

Addressing the crowd of protesters at the palace, Dr. Mustapha Agwai urged the people to remain law abiding, as the traditional institution wades into the dispute to find an amicable solution.

Consoled by the assurances of the Emir, the non-indigenes from Igbo, Igala, Yoruba and South-South tribes, resident in the state, also added their voices, urging the lawmakers to heed the advice of their electorates.

With Military men and Police in most parts of the state, it is hoped that an amicable solution would be found, as reports have indicated security concerns about the safety of the people.

Why Ladies Were Stark Naked In “Ukwu Nka” Video – Pucado

PucadoAristokrat Records rapper, Pucado, hit the limelight following the release of his X-rated “Ukwu Nka” video, in 2013.

The raunchy video which set tongues wagging had video vixens twerking in their ‘birthday suits’, making it the first video of its kind, in Nigeria.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Pucado talked about the video, his career and the price he has had to pay for music and fame.

“I wouldn’t lie. I wanted the video to be raunchy because I wanted something that will be captivating. I don’t want something you’ll watch and you say “cool”. I wanted something you must talk about.”

The video was shot by Clarence Peters, and “we decided to go a little bit extreme just to make sure that we do something that has not been done before and that was where the idea of the ladies going stark naked came in”.

Although the video raised many eyebrows, Pucado insisted that it was done creatively, “to show the beauty of an African woman”.

Pucado, who set to take the entertainment industry by storm, told EN that Pucado is not just a music brand but a lifestyle brand. According to him, 85 percent of his songs and videos reflect his personality.

“I actually like girls that twerk, a whole lot… so if I’m going to the club, I’m coming with the club with like 10 babes… that’s the beauty about my brand,” he said.

Despite his rise in music, he has suffered set-backs on the home front.

“While I was trying to do music, I had serious problems with my family. They didn’t want me to do music, so I left and ever since I’ve not been back,” Pucado revealed.

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