Igbo Traders Back Sanwo-Olu’s Second Term Bid

Igbo traders in Lagos State have passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, endorsing his second term bid.

The traders, under the Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association, said they unanimously support the governor’s re-election in appreciation of the state government’s business policies and infrastructure development, which support their trades.

The governor got the endorsement at the 2022 All Markets Conference organised by the association in Amuwo Odofin area of the state.

Secretary General of Ndigboamaka Traders’ Association, Chinedu Ukatu, in an address to the governor, said: “Mr. Governor, you have not formally told us whether you are seeking re-election or not, but I want to tell you that all the market leaders seated here today are yearning for a second term for you.

“Anytime you walk, we will walk with you. I have been directed by all market leaders under the auspices of Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association in all the 58 dealer markets, to tell you that we have endorsed you for second term to show appreciation for your friendly policy and infrastructure projects initiated to help our businesses.”

Sanwo-Olu described the endorsement as a mark of general acceptance of his administration’s efforts to deliver ‘Greater Lagos’ and strengthen the culture of good governance for which the state is reputed.

The support, he said, comes with an assurance of more development programmes to be expected from his administration.

He said he wont take Ndigbo’s support for granted and reassured them of the state government’s continued collaboration to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

He said Igbo traders remained prominent players in the economic growth of the State, noting that Lagos’ development narrative would not be complete without the mention of entrepreneurial spirit of the Igbo.

He added: “This is another moment for our government to recognise our Ndigbo brothers and sisters for their commitment to the growth and development of Lagos. Certainly, Ndigbo traders have been part of the good story of Lagos; your entrepreneurial spirit is second to none and the Igbo enterprising spirit has become a case study in Harvard, which is the biggest business school in the world.

“Contribution to the livelihood of your host communities have been acknowledged and in Lagos, we have created together an economy that has continued to grow and position our nation as the biggest economy in Africa. Trading is a veritable link between producers and consumers, which is the area the Ndigbo traders have tirelessly worked to define the growth trajectory of our dear State. I’m happy that our modest interventions for more growth in this area are visible and being recognised.”

Pledging that his administration would continue to protect the business interests of the Igbo people, Sanwo-Olu promised to make the state habitable for non-indigenes that abide by the laws of the state.

He said his administration would continue to seek peaceful co-existence among all ethnic nationalities cohabiting in Lagos, stressing that the ethnic groups must see themselves as different sides of a coin that shouldn’t have anything against one another.

He said: “We have to come to the understanding that we all have different roles to play in keeping Lagos safe for business and living. We are all important stakeholders in Lagos project, whether it is Government, traders and private sector individual. We must continue to foster peace and harmony through an avenue like this conference, using the interaction to make Lagos better for everyone of us.”


Imo State Govt, NHRC intensify  Campaign Against  Osu System

Imo State House of Assembly moves to abolish osu caste system - Daily Post  Nigeria
The  traditional rulers and members of the clergy in Mbieri community of  Imo state, in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Imo State government , have renewed the call for the abrogation of age-long Osu, Ume, Ohu, and Diala Caste System practiced in parts of Igbo land.
Chief Onyewuchi Asinobi, Chairman of the abrogation ceremony,  in a statement issues in Abuja, described the caste as  an “ancient traditional religious practice anchored on evil altars and shrines controlled by principalities and powers, and by the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places”.
He  some  top clergies will on August 28, 2021 lead the seven concerned Mbieri communities on community and family liberation prayers and service to be held at Afor Nnudo Market Square, Umuagwu, Mbieri to end the dedications, covenants, sacrifices, idolatrous practices peculiar to obnoxious Caste practices.
He listed members of the clergy that will feature in the abrogation ceremony to  include Arch Bishop A.V Obinna, the Metropolitan Catholic Bishop of Owerri, Bishop Chukwuma Opara, Anglican Bishop of Owerri  Bishop Collins Chidi Oparajiaku,  Anglican Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema, Bishop Innocent Erimujor, Healing the Nation Ministry Int, Bishop Ngozi Durueke, He Reigns Cathedral, Bishop Blaise C. Iwuogo, New Life Evangelical Church, Bishop Stanford Nworgu, Praise Centre Cathedral  and Rev.  Dr.  Victor  Isiodu, Balm of Gilead Ministries.
Dr. Asinobi said, “A typical proscription of OSU involved a traditional religious ritual where the DIALA community gathered at the village shrine, with the Chief Priest of the land presiding over the ritual. The OSU was tied, as the Chief Priest pronounced over his head, such curses that were supposed to come upon the land. A sacrifice was made on the community altar. And the OSU was dedicated to the deity that ruled over the shrine.
“It was believed that the Osu would bear any evil burden that was supposed to come upon the land and the people; whether sickness, disease, or death. By virtue of the ritual, the OSU was regarded as one that was cursed, abominable, and untouchable. Hence he was ostracized.
“The UME was believed to have been cursed to die prematurely by the gods. Over the generations, it has been established however that the people tagged UME were simply individuals with a history of sickle cell in their family background.
“The OHU was of the slave class made up mostly of people used as collateral for debts and individuals sold by their kinsmen.  A lot of the OHU were captured in battles, whereas some were drawn from the OSU class.”
 Imo state governor, Sen Hope Uzodinma he said will lead the traditional rulers of the 7 autonomous communities of Mbieri: Umueze, Amaike, Awo, Osuji, Obazu, Ezi and Ihite  to the abrogation ceremony.
Biafra  Not Interested In Another Civil War-MASSOB

MASSOB Insists On Independent State Of Biafra, Iwuanyanwu Says Igbo Didn't  Cause Civil War | Sahara Reporters
The Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, says Biafrans would not fight another civil war.
It made the pledge  through its Biafra Internal Government (BIG) in reaction to insinuations making the round in some quarters of a possible outbreak of another civil war with Nigeria,
Elder Chris Mocha, the Senior Special Assistant to Chief Ralph Uwazuruike,spoke on Thursday after meeting with the Chief Minister for Abia south, Chief Okpani Nkama.
He said: “The founder of MASSOB, Ralph Uwazuruike, promised Ojukwu that the new Biafra struggle for Independence will not cause another war in the country.We shall achieve our new Nation where the free gift of nature to man, natural resources, abundant in our land shall be used to improve the life of man”
He recalled that the second Biafra-Nigeria civil war began on May 22nd, 2000 shortly after the re-declaration of the New Biafra based on non-violence and  non – exodus philosophy.
According to him:”Having also assured the UN in the Biafra Bill of Rights which was submitted on November 1, 1999, our leader promised that MASSOB shall remain peaceful in the course of his agitation for Biafra.Therefore any politician or groups sponsoring or inciting violence or calling for war in Nigeria are on their own because Biafra fought war between 1967- 1970 and the region is not prepared for another war of arms and ammunition”
He added that with the admission of Biafra into the UNPO on April 22, 2020, United Nations Special Rapporteur and that of Confederation of Independent Football Associations, CONIFA on October 7, last year and the Harvard Law Students under the Aegis of UNPO/UN International on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Land Use / Border Rights and Extra- Territorial Obligations of Nations in our quest for Self- Determination, Biafra is making rapid progress globally.
He noted that one of the reasons BIM-MASSOB secured the admission of Biafra as 46 member -Nation of Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organizations, UNPO was to help to facilitate the issues of Biafra.
He disclosed  that Biafra Internal Government is currently engaging in a series of conferences and bilateral talks with foreign organizations to finally achieve that Nation where slavery, oppression and marginalization of our people shall be non- existent”.
He added: “The Biafran leader, Ralph Uwazuruike had earlier thrown his weight behind the constitution of Biafra Defacto customarygovernment representing different pro-biafra groups led by Alhaji Mujahid-Asari Dokubo, whom he described as a fearless principal actor in our quest for Biafra actualization mission, he stated further.Dokubo has remained ever assertive and vocal and indefeatable in the struggle to liberate the people of Biafra through a non-violence process” .
Kanu’s Health Deteriorating-IPOB

IPOB alleges Kanu's health deteriorating, demands access to treatment -  Punch Newspapers
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm alleged deteriorating health condition of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Nigerian security agencies’ failure to allow his doctors visit him.
In  a statement signed by its media and publicity Secretary Emma Powerful,the group said that Kanu’s health  has continued to deteriorate “at the Department of State Services, (DSS) dungeon since his illegal abduction in Kenya and criminal repatriation to Nigeria”.
It said every attempt by his personal physicians to gain access to him has been rebuffed by the DSS, thereby worsening his health.
IPOB said it is alerting the world to compell the Nigeria government to grant Kanu’s doctors access to see him for a  thorough medical examination.
It urged human rights organizations, UN, AU, EU, ECOWAS and other relevant organizations across the globe “to rise in defense of justice and compel the Nigeria Government and her security agencies to grant their leader’s personal doctors unfettered access to him.
Bayero’s Father Saved Many  Igbo Lives -Iwuanyanwu

Ohanaeze Congratulates Bayero On His Installation As 15th Emir
The chairman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Council of Elders, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has congratulated Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero over his coronation as the 15th Emir of Kano.
Rejoicing with the government and the good people of Kano state on the coronation, Iwuanyanwu said that Igbos will never forget his father’s effort in 1966 in saving Igbo lives during the crises that lead to the civil war.
“His father,the late Emir of Kano HRM Alhaji Ado Bayero was my very good friend. He was a Nigerian monarch who had love for humanity. He made Kano state a home for every Nigerian especially the Igbos, most Igbos regard Kano State as their second home.
“Igbos will never forget his effort in 1966 in saving Igbo lives during the crises that lead to the civil war, even at the end of the civil war, Igbos who had properties in Kano, had their properties returned peacefully to them and the rents collected from their properties during the war was saved and paid to them by HRM Alhaji Ado Bayero and many other Emirs in the North, Igbos did not receive similar treatment in many other parts of the country.
“His Royal Majesty Ado Bayero had so much love for me and my family. | was passionately moved when he came to my state on official ceremony, he preferred staying in my house to staying in luxury of accommodation provided for him by the government. His son Aminu now HRM Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero visited my house many times.
“Kano Emirate was divided into two Emirates namely Bichi and Kano. Some years ago, one of his sons HRM Nasiru Ado Bayero, was crowned the Emir of Bichi, as the Emir of Bichi, he paid me a visit in my home Owerri Imo State with some leading members of his Emirate. We thank God for his blessings”
Kenyatta Betrayed Kanu-IPOB

We support our kith and kin - Niger Delta Avengers" - Indigenous People of  Biafra (IPOB) | BellaNaija
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,says  President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya should be held responsible for the re-arrest of Mazi  Nnamdi Kanu.
Emma Powerful spokesman of the group disclosed this in a statement
The release reads in part : “We the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great and indomitable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, express our disappointment with President Uhuru Kenyetta of Kenya and his Government over his role in the abduction of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his subsequent smuggling into Nigeria by the wicked Nigeria security agents.
 We are still at shock why a President like Uhuru Kenyetta would stoop so low to collude with a terror-friendly Government like Nigeria under
President Muhamnadu Buhari to abduct and dehumanise our Leader for doing nothing other than demanding the freedom of Biafrans from the Nigeria bondage”.
“Based on our preliminary findings, President Uhuru Kenyetta was very instrumental to the abduction of our Leader in Kenya. The treacherous action of Uhuru kenyatta against Nnamdi Kanu and Biafrans at large is a clear violation of the 1949  Geneva Convention, and United Nations Code.
We still don’t understand why Uhuru kenyatta and some corrupt officials of his Government would prefer to betray Nnamdi Kanu and Biafrans? Is it because of Nigeria oil money? Is it because of the
paltry N100 million bounty placed on Kanu’s head by some Northern charlatans?  Why will President Uhuru Kenyetta sell our leader Mazi Nnamdi to the evil hands of Nigerian government?
 “It is so shameful that Uhuru kenyatta would belittle himself in a manner he has just done. By this wickedness and grievous sin, Uhuru kenyatta has demonstrated his affection for the murderous Fulani terrorists  ravaging the entire Nigeria
killing and maming indigenous people in their ancestral lands.
Uhuru kenyatta and his partners in crime should get ready to meet us at the International Criminal Court, ICC. This act of terror against our Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, a NATO citizen, British citizen with British
International Passport and member of other international organizations will not go unpunished.”
“As we continue with our investigations into this crime with a view to unmasking all the collaborators, we announce the following interim actions until further notice:
We call on all Biafrans both home and in the diaspora to boycott travels with Kenya Air Lines; to immediately stop patronising any product made in Kenya; and to boycott any business dealings with
Kenyans. We cannot be relating friendly with anyone collaborating with our oppressors to keep us in perpetual slavery”!
“We also want to urge all Biafrans and members of the public to disregard all the concocted rubbish the wicked Nigeria Government and their agents
have been peddling about how and where our leader was arrested. He was never arrested but abuducted. All these cock and bull story is to
twist facts and blackmail our selfless leader who they have seen as the major obstacle against their agenda to completely Islamise and Fulani Nigeria. Nobody should believe these lies. They are only intended to demarket our Leader and puncture his global reputation and teeming followership.
“The global family of IPOB reaffirm our unalloyed loyalty, belief and confidence in our leader Nnamdi Kanu. Biafrans are united behind him in his current ordeals in the hands of our oppressors. We also wish to remind the Nigeria Government that nothing should happen to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”, he concluded
Umahi  Sanctions,Council Bosses,Aides Over Attack On INEC Offices

Umahi bans two journalists 'for life' from state functions
Governor David Umahi has directed that the Executive Chairmen of Ezza North local government Areas, Dr Nora Aloh; and her counterpart of Ebonyi LGA, Mrs Chinyere Nwogbaga; be issued queries, over the attacks on the INEC offices in their council headquarters.
He further directed that
the State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on State and Local Government Affairs, should also be issued queries, over the attacks.
The State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barrister Uchenna Orji, who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council Meeting,said the queries were for them to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.
Orji said the Council frowned at the affected government functionaries for failing to do anything to avert the attacks and further directed the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the attacks.
Hoodlums had Tuesday night razed down the offices of INEC in Ezza North and Ebonyi local government areas of the state.
“Exco also did deliberate on the attack on INEC facilities in Ezza North and Ebonyi local government areas. So, report was taken and it was noted that the INEC offices in Ezza North and Ebonyi local government areas were attack by bandits.
“Exco did frown at the development and urged the security agencies to immediately wade in to fish out perpetrators. Exco did frown at the government functionaries that would have helped in nipping the issue in the bud; the Chairman of Ezza North, Chairman of Ebonyi local government, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on State and Local Government Affairs.
“Exco therefore directed that they be given query to explain why disciplinary actions will not be taking against them by government for failing in their duties to take some proactive actions that would have nipped the situation in the bud.
“Exco did warn that every office holder must rise to his/her responsibilities, show diligence, show passion, failing which disciplinary actions will also face such person”, Orji said.
The  Commissioner who announced a minor cabinet reshuffle, said the Principle secretary to the Governor, Chief Clement Nweke was made Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development while Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Queendaline Agwu would replace Nweke.
Uwazuruike Petitions UN Over Attack  On MASSOB Members

BIM–MASSOB condemns attack on Uwazuruike
The leader and founder of Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has cried out over alleged security agents’ clampdown on his members.
He claimed that a combined team of army and police security personnel have been hunting,arresting and detaining his members secretly,
He implored the  international community to urgently prevail on the Nigerian government to stop the ongoing clampdown on MASSOB members stating that the movement is a non violent Biafra agitators.
Uwazuruike made this disclosure in a statement signed by the Biafra Director of Information, Elder Chris Mocha,where he alleged that  for some months now, Nigeria security agencies have been secretly arresting and detaining their members incomminicado on mere suspicion that they were members of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
He said:”One of our leaders, Chief Maduabuchi Kalu, an illustrious son of Amaofufe community, Igbere in Abia North senatorial district, Abia State, was  trailed to the assemblies of God church where he worshiped.
“Information reaching us has it that the Nigerian security agencies in Abia State have been trailing one of our leaders in Igbere, Abia North, to secretly arrest him and tag him a member of  IPOB’s Eastern
Security Network (ESN).The  combined team of soldiers and police have traced him to the Assemblies of God Church, at No. Ibina street , Igbere, where he worships with his families.
Ebonyi Shuts Illegal Motor Parks 

Insecurity: Ebonyi, NURTW shut down 'illegal' motor parks - Punch Newspapers
 Ebonyi State has  has shut illegal  motor parks as part of the  measures to check movement of arms and ammunition in the state.
Barrister Onyekachi Nwebonyi,the Commissioner for Capital City Development, Barr Onyekachi,said hoodlums and criminals hide their arms in such unserviceable vehicles parked along the streets.
Speaking at a joint press briefing, the Commissioner  and the state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Chief Anthony Ewa,said that the decision to shutdown the illegal parks followed the rising insecurity in the country.
“The Ministry of Capital City Development, Ebonyi State, has directed that all loading and offloading of vehicles within the state capital should only take place in approved public and private motor parks. This is in a bid to check movement of arms and ammunition, as well as criminal elements in and out of the state, as undercover security and precautionary measures are being put in place to avert further security breaches in the state.To this end, all illegal and private motor parks not expressly approved by the Ministry of Capital City Development are hereby closed”.
They noted that any person found contravening the order will be treated as a security threat and  prosecuted accordingly.
 “Motorists and travelers are advised to adhere strictly to the directive. Passengers boarding commercial vehicles or alighting from such vehicles at unauthorized places, that is, any place other than the approved public and private parks, will be arrested alongside the drivers”.
“Any vehicle parked along the aforementioned roads, whether serviceable or unserviceable will be confiscated by the Ministry of Capital City Development and the owners prosecuted accordingly.It is important to note that parking of heavy duty vehicles along the street in the capital city is highly prohibited. No truck, lorry, or any form of articulated vehicle is expected to park along the streets for whatever reason. Any such vehicle found along the road or street will be confiscated and the owner or driver prosecuted. Government has designated parks for all forms of commercial and industrial vehicles in the state”.
Ohanaeze  Urges Igbo Groups On Peace

Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for peace as world Igbo conference holds in Anambra |  Tribune Online
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has charged  all organizations and associations operating in the South East on peaceful coexistence for development of the region .
The President General of Ohanaeze Prof. George A. Obiozor, who gave the advice in Enugu ,said the development was part of the resolutions of the reconciliation committee during its inaugural meeting at the Ohanaeze headquarters in Enugu.
He  said :“All the organizations and associations  and Igboland in general including Eastern Security Network (ESN),MASSOB, Biafra National Guard, Biafran Zionists Movement, etc should join the peace process under the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Peace &  Reconciliation Committee. The committee  which has  started consultations with stakeholders and leaders across the region , the country and the Diaspora stated categorically that there is no substitute for  peace. The ultimate objective of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and indeed every Igbo is to ensure peace, development, security and safety of Ndigbo wherever they are particularly in their homeland.
“Igbos everywhere should make every effort and contributions necessary to guarantee peace and security in Igboland. Any information ,suggestions, petitions,and  documents that would facilitate  the work of the committee should be channeled through the Secretary of the committee ,Barrister Peter Aneke”