The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned the federal government not to provoke it into taking up arms by continually keeping its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. It warned that Kanu must be brought to court Tuesday dead or alive.
Recall that Kanu had been granted bail in May under stringent condition, with the order to return to court to face his trial before Justice Binta Nyako.
The group added that its angst would be felt if the Nigerian government failed to produce Kanu in court, dead or alive to continue his trial.
The group in a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful and made available in Awka, stated that it was gradually losing patience with Nigerian government for keeping its leader, who they alleged was abducted during the invasion of his home in Umuahia, last month.
IPOB also condemned the continued denial of the military that Kanu was not with it, citing a recent interview by the Nigerian Defence Minister, General Mansur Dan Ali on Channels Television in which he confirmed that Nigerian Army went in search of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his home.
The group said this was in total variance with previous statements of the military, where they denied invading Kanu’s home. It noted that since the invasion on 14th September, Kanu and his parents have not been located.
“The bare faced lies of the Nigerian Defence Minister General Mansur Dan Ali and that of the Buhari regime against our leader and organisation is beginning to unravel before the eyes of the world. By admitting publicly that soldiers were sent to Isiama Afaraukwu to look for our leader without any order or warrant from a court of law confirms the contempt in which Nigerian government holds the rule of law and their judicial process.
“It is therefore incumbent upon civilised nations of the world and organisations alike to ask the APC led Nigerian government why they decided to send armed soldiers to invade Kanu’s residence.”
The group spoke further that, “It is therefore reasonably expected to conclude that the army is also lying about not having our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in their custody.
“Is the world waiting for Biafrans to pick up arms to demand for the release of the body of their leader before they know IPOB is serious about ascertaining what the Nigerian government did with him?”
It said the struggle for Biafra independence had gone far beyond violence and way beyond the capacity of Nigeria to deal with, and that the dimension its struggle will take going forward depends on what fate Nigeria visited or intend to visit on its leader.
“One outcome is guaranteed in all this, should Nigeria not produce our leader in court on the 17th of October 2017, there will be inevitable confrontation on a scale the human mind cannot imagine, at a time and place of our choosing. By nature we are peace loving people, Nigeria should stop provoking us into armed conflict. They should bring our leader to court.”
The last Leonardo Da Vinci painting dating from around 1500, “Salvator Mundi” — which depicts Jesus Christ as the world’s saviour, will go under the hammer next month in New York.
The Christie’s auction house on Tuesday, estimated its worth at $100 million, the AFP reported.
The painting which was long believed to be a copy of an original by the Italian master, was eventually certified as authentic.
Fewer than 20 works by Da Vinci, whose art was already highly sought after during his lifetime, have survived to this day — all of them held in museum or institutional collections, with the exception of “Salvator Mundi.”
As a general rule, very few pre-19th-century artworks remain in private ownership, and it is extremely rare for one of them to be offered at auction.
“For auction specialists, this is pretty much the Holy Grail, no pun intended, but it doesn’t really get better than that,” said Loic Gouzer, co-chairman of Christie’s Americas post-war and contemporary art department.
A third party guarantee has been arranged for the painting, which ensures it will sell for around the estimate of $100 million on November 15, said Francois de Poortere, head of the Christie’s old masters department in New York.
The work will travel to Hong Kong, San Francisco and London, before spending three days on display in New York leading up to the sale.
According to Poortere, “Salvator Mundi” — which measures 45×65 cm (26×18 inches) — was last sold to an unnamed European collector following a historic Da Vinci exhibition at London’s National Gallery in 2011-12.
Mining a common theme, next month’s auction will begin with the sale of the massive “Sixty Last Suppers” by pop artist Andy Warhol — which depicts Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” 60 times over, and is offered with a $50 million estimate.Read More
At least 30 houses have been burnt and several other properties including farmlands destroyed in the aftermath of a fresh feud between Fulani herders and the native Irigwe of Miango Community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The fresh development has forced the Governor of the state to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the local government to forestall escalation.
A resident of the community Mr. Moses Adi while narrating the recent onslaught on the community said it may not be unconnected with previous killings in crisis in Ancha Village of the local government in which a Fulani boy was killed leading to a reprisal that claimed over 20 lives.
He said that since the incident there had been pockets of killings around the villages in the community as some where attacked and killed in their farmlands and on their ways to the markets.
He said the recent incident happened on Friday when suspected herders swooped on the villages attacking and burning their houses, adding that over 30 houses were razed by fire in the attack.
Adi said that the Soldiers drafted to the area have not helped matters as they have conducted house-to-house search collecting the few weapons they have in their houses for self-defence, thereby making them vulnerable to attackers.
The military Special Task Force (STF), which confirmed the attack, said more soldiers have been drafted to the area to maintain peace, noting that eight persons have been arrested in connection with the recent attack.
Spokesman of the force, Captain Umar Adam, added that the soldiers are also conducting vehicular checks at various checkpoints mounted in the community.
Jim Yong Kim the president of the World Bank Group, in a press conference in Washington D.C yesterday and spoke about World Bank activities in Africa. While addressing the press, Kim said that in his first meeting with President Buhari, the president asked that the world bank should specifically shift its focus to Northern Nigeria.
“You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that. Now, it has been very difficult. The work there has been very difficult. I think Nigeria, of course, has suffered from the dropping oil prices. I think things are just now getting better. But the conversation we need to have with Nigeria, I think, is in many ways related to the theme that I brought to the table just this past week, which is investment in human capital. The percentage of the Gross Domestic Product that Nigeria spends on healthcare is less than one percent. Despite that, there is so much turbulence in the northern part of the country, and there is the hit that was taken from the drop in the oil prices. Nigeria has to think ahead and invest in its people. Investing in the things that will allow Nigeria to be a thriving, rapidly growing economy in the future is what the country has to focus on right now. Focusing on the northern part of Nigeria, we hope that as commodity prices stabilize and oil prices come back up, the economy will grow a bit more. But very, very much important is the need to focus on what the drivers of growth in the future will be.” he saidRead More
At a reception held in honor of two of the state officials who were recently arrested and then released from EFCC custody, the Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose revealed that he will restructure EFCC if he is voted in as President in 2019.
The state Commissioner for Finance Toyin Ojo and the Accountant General, Mrs Yemisi Owolabi, were arrested on September 28th on grounds that they refused to honour previous invitations for interrogation in relation to a pending investigation on the misuse of bailout funds by the Ayodele Fayose administration.
After spending over a week in EFCC custody, they were released on Wednesday, October 11th. At the reception organized for them, Fayose said;
“By the grace of God, I will restructure the EFCC when I become the president of this nation. I will reorganize EFCC and make it look responsible. They detained me in 2008, but I won them in court because the most high God was on my side. EFCC is a senseless body, because if they are not senseless, it should have known that the man who wrote the petition had been sacked because he didn’t deserve to be called a civil servant. The arrest of my officials was orchestrated by Ekiti indigenes in collaboration with the EFCC. I will never go and beg EFCC, it will rather beg me. I won’t negotiate anything because I am not afraid of them. There was a subsisting court that barred them from arresting any official of this state, but they breached the law' he said
The NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh has assisted a corp member Ogunpaimo Kehinde with the sum of N3.5M to enable her undergo a heart surgery.
Kehinde, who is serving in Lagos State, and has been living on strong survival drugs for some time now, is due for surgery soon. Moved by her condition, , Prince Mohammed Momoh presented her case to the National Directorate Headquarters of the Scheme. Following the approval of the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, the cheque of N3.5m was presented to her by Momoh in his office.
The Coordinator said the gesture was yet another illustration of Management's concern for the welfare of Corps members. He wished her a successful surgery and quick recovery.
Receiving the cheque, Kehinde thanked the scheme for it's assistance. She also appreciated the Coordinator for his role in bringing succor to her.Read More
Chisom Eduputa, niece to Nigerian prolific writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, shared a photo on instagram with a caption suggesting that either she is lesbian or she is showing her support to the gay community.
See post below:
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of the Girl and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
According to BBC, these ten countries have been marked at the ten toughest countries for girls to obtain education.
South Sudan: Almost three-quarters of girls do not even make it to primary school.
Central African Republic: one teacher for every 80 pupils
Niger: only 17% of women between the ages of 15 and 24 are literate
Afghanistan: wide gender gap, with boys more likely to be in school than girls
Chad: many social and economic barriers to girls and women getting education
Mali: only 38% of girls finish primary school
Guinea: the average time in education among women over the age of 25 is less than one year
Burkina Faso: only 1% of girls complete secondary school
Liberia: almost two-thirds of primary-age pupils out of school
Ethiopia: two in five girls are married before the age of 18
Nasir El-Rufai the state governor of Kaduna State has disclosed that 21,780 out of 33,000 teachers failed the primary four exams they set out to test their knowledge and competence recently. He said;
“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examinations and required they must get at least 75 percent but I am sad to announce that 66 percent of them failed to get the requirements. The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state.' he told a World Bank’s delegation in Kaduna on Monday.Read More