Nigerians are beginning to draw a
parallel between President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Anambra but failed to pay
a visit to the Obi of Onitsha.
When Buhari visited Anambra in November, a lot of people called out the Obi of Onitsha for not going to Awka to visit the president, while some others defended his actions, saying it was the place of the president to pay him a courtesy visit in his palace.
The argument died down after a few days but was revived a day ago when photos of Buhari visiting Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II at his palace emerged.
One of the 164 Nigerians exiled from
Libya, Mr Emmanuel Keshi, the
International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) has warned that Nigerians may be used as human
shield in clashes between the various groups in the North African country in
case of post-election violence.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ifom was one of the latest new returnees from Libya who arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 12.34 a.m.
The Delta indigene told newsmen that he dropped out of the University to embark on the perilous journey in August.
Keshi lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the evacuation of all Nigerians stranded in the volatile North African country.
“I learnt that Buhari has directed the evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya. I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and lacking human rights as they are being treated as animal. The President’s directive is very important because of the coming election in Libya.”
They were received on behalf of the Federal Government by the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja.
Mahaija, who was represented by the South West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, gave the breakdown of the returnees as 155 male adults, five female adults and four children and infants.
He thanked the IOM and the EU for their humanitarianism and enjoined the returnees to learn from the bitter lessons they learned in the course of their unpalatable sojourn.
Mahaija charged them to make use of the various schemes being put in place by the Federal and State governments to reintegrate themselves into the society.
“There’s no place like home and Nigeria is peculiar nation that God has endowed with bountiful resources that everyone can harness and prosper.”
NAN reports that the returnees were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).Read More
The Ex Vice President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has revealed his record of fixing Nigeria
to make the country a great place for young people in governance and his
efforts to help the country's youthful population.
The former Vice President disclosed this in a letter that he wrote to comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye, in response to the open letter that the comedian had written recently.
In his open letter, the comedian had criticised Atiku for his track record in governance and pointedly criticised his stance on the inclusion of young Nigerians in government.
In his letter, Atiku replied, making a distinction between the old generation of Nigerians and the new ones.
"I do understand your frustration on the issue, however. I tell people my age that to understand young Nigerians, we need to understand the difference between Nigerian and Naija.”
"Naija embodies the hopes and dreams of young Nigerians, the country they love and long to go home to when they are abroad.
“Naija is the country that brings them pride in music, film, comedy, fashion, and technology. It is the country of Wiz Kid, Asa, David O, Tuface, the Olympic bobsled team, Iwobi and Don Jazzy Again.”
"Nigeria on the other hand, is the country of their parents, the country where leaders are constantly failing them, of Boko Haram, of herdsmen violence, of recessions and joblessness.”
"Our young people need us to make our country live up to the aspirations of Naija by fixing the problems associated with Nigeria."
The Ex Vice President went ahead to defend his record in governance and his efforts that have greatly benefited the country's youthful population.
If you've not been living under a rock the better part of this week, then you must have read the page long message and advice that comedian 'I go dye' had for the former vice president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar on Monday December 4th 2017. Just in case you missed it, read HERE
A group known as 'Atiku Connect' has however countered the words of the comedian terming it a 'comic relief'.
Here is an excerpts from the post below
Click here to read the full post. Atiku Connect
The comedian has since replied the group; he said,
Nigerian Legendary Singer, Charles Oputa, generally known as Charly Boy has introduced a protest against reported slave auction in Libya.
On Monday December 4, He led the protest to the Foreign Affairs Head Office in Abuja with his hands chained.
A group of protesters called “OUR MUMU DON DO MOVEMENT” was led by Charly Boy in reaction to the plight of Nigerians in Libya demanded that proactive and reactive steps be taken by the Federal Government over the plight of Nigerians sold as slaves in Libya.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate and House of Representatives have condemned the modern day slavery in Libya with the executives vowing to stop illegal migration in Nigeria.
There has been uproar on social media in reaction to the ongoing slave action in Libya after a recent CNN viral video showing migrants being traded in an auction which many narrating their sad ordeal.Read More
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, accused European countries for the human trafficking scourge across the world, especially as it affects Africa. He expressed disappointment with western countries over delay, or outright refusal, to repatriate more stolen funds stashed in their countries, by ex-Nigerian government officials.
Reports from sources at the just-concluded fifth African Union/European Union Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire indicate that the president said for there to be a halt to human trafficking as well as curb the deaths of desperate migrants as its currently being seen in Libya, the EU must work more diligently with the African AU, to bring normalcy to Libya and for the EU to be more forthcoming with humanitarian aid and other forms of assistance to countries directly affected by the menace and by terrorism.
At the bilateral meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, where the issue of stemming the tide of illegal migration of Nigerians to Europe took the front burner, Buhari said a process has been put in motion for the negotiation of new agreements that may open doors of migration and also lead to reducing illegal migration.
Under this agreement, according to one of the sources, close to 4,000 Nigerians may be given scholarships as well as skills and vocational training for illegal migrants before they are brought back home.
The president further declared that the single most important investment needed for growth in Nigeria and Africa is to grow and develop the economies in ways that will provide jobs for the youths. He stated and advised that future AU-EU summits must be dedicated to this goal until it is achieved.
“Without jobs, even educated youths become vulnerable to forms of extremism, ranging from joining the ranks of terrorists to risking their lives, migrating to Europe, through the ‘sea of sand that is the Sahara and the unforgiving waters of the Mediterranean.’ We must declare this era of African industrialization for this must be the primary goal of all AU members.”
On stolen funds trapped in Europe, Buhari expressed displeasure over delay in sending them back to Nigeria.
He reiterated that the funds will go a long way in assisting the country build the much-needed infrastructure and create jobs for youth, as well as discourage those embarking on risky journeys through the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean, enroute Europe.
The president, said sources privy to what transpired at the bilateral meetings with some western leaders on the sidelines of the summit, disclosed that he was particularly unhappy that African countries are being blamed for illegal migrants taking dangerous routes to Europe.Read More
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has sworn in 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils in the state. Among the commissioners was his biological sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha). She is now the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment.
Ololo, who is married to Chuks, an engineer, was the All Progressives Congress’ candidate into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015 and she has served in various capacities since Okorocha became the state governor in 2011.
She had, before her new appointment, served as her brother’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Domestic Matters.
Swearing in the new commissioners and the Transition Committee Chairmen on Monday, December 4, at the Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri, the governor charged them to leave their marks in their respective ministries and local governments.
“You are the privileged group that has the opportunity to make names for yourselves. I want to remind all of you that this appointment is not business as usual. We shall not tolerate any sharp practice or corruption of any type. Neither shall we accept indolence or laziness. You have been called to duty to help us to achieve our vision in the Rescue Mission Project.”
“At this moment, I charge you all to be good ambassadors of the Rescue Mission wherever you find yourselves. To the Transition Committee Chairmen, you must ensure that ongoing projects must be completed especially the schools, chapels etc.”
He reiterated that what his administration had achieved so far had exceeded all that the previous administrations in the state, both civilian and military put together, had achieved.
The commissioners sworn in and their portfolios are: Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri (Information); Lady Ugochi Nnana-Okoro (Agric and Food Security); Gertrude Oduka (Primary and Secondary Education); Dr. Jones Uzoka (Niger Delta Affairs); Uchendu Mark (Public Utilities); and Gerald Okolie (Rural Development).
Others are Dr. Cyril Okafor (Tourism); Emmanuel Ojinere (Trade and Investment); Chief Lasbery Anyanwu (Transport); Onwueyiagwu Valentine (Youth Development); Mrs. Ngozi Njoku (Gender and Social Development); Chief Josephine Udoji (Works); Achilike Nwawuike (Internal Resources and Pension Matters); Prof. Emenalo Chizoba (Tertiary Education); Nwamerenini Chukwuka (Labour); and Dr. Iyke Njoku (Planning, Budget and Statistics).
The Transition Committee Chairmen sworn in include Okechukwu Onyechere(Ideato South); Sir Anyehe Okeneme (Ikeduru); Julius Onyeneho (Isiala Mbano); Akas Paschal, (Isu); Steve Odoemena (Mbaitoli); Eke Chidi (Ngor Okpala); Aloysius Onwuegbuchulam (Njaba); and Paschal Onwukaike (Nkwerre).
The governor added that they had come to be part of the success story of his administration. He charged them to prove their worth in the service of the state and her people. He urged them to see themselves as men and women on a rescue mission.Read More
The Federal Government has revealed that 250 Nigerians will be released from Libya on Tuesday (tomorrow), noting that 3,000 citizens had been brought back so far.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the returnees would arrive through Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by 7pm.
The Charge d’Affairs, Nigerian mission in Libya, Iliya Fachano, said this while addressing members of the #Ourmumudondo coalition which staged a protest at the ministry on Monday in Abuja, demanding an end to slavery in the Arab nation.
Fachano explained that embassy officials visited the detention camps weekly where illegal migrants mostly from African countries were held.
He added that those identified as Nigerians were given emergency travel certificates to enable them to return to Nigeria on chartered aircraft financed by the International Organisation for Migration.
“The IOM informs the mission once Nigerians are identified among the illegal migrants, we then visit the detention camps, register them and give them emergency travel certificate, then schedule a date for their return.”
“The mission repatriates immigrant Nigerians weekly, tomorrow being December 5, 2017, 250 Nigerian migrants will arrive Lagos by 7pm.”
The diplomat said the exercise is carried out regularly, adding that after immigrants are scheduled for a flight, their names contained in a manifest is sent to Nigeria.
“They are not only Nigerians there, there are other nationalities like Ghanaian, Gambians; so the Nigerian embassy visits that place to identify its own people.”
“So far we have registered about 2,000 Nigerians now, the 250 will return tomorrow because no plane has the capacity to take all the detained people at once. And all the detained people are not only Nigerians.”
The CDA said the moment the immigrants were brought back to the country, the National Emergency Management Agency would receive and ensure they are resettled.
“Migration is not an issue; it only becomes an issue if it is illegal. Our duty as government is to protect both Nigerians that run foul of the law and those here in the country; Government is responsible for everybody, we don’t say because you’re detained by this person we won’t bring you back.”
Speaking earlier, the coalition demanded an emergency meeting of African Union to discuss the human trafficking issues in Libya which they insisted should not be left to the European Union to address.
A member, Ariyo Atoye, berated President Muhammadu Buhari for not doing enough to address the root cause of illegal migration which he traced to the economic situation in the country.
The protesters, led by musician and activist, preserved their mouths with channel tapes and chained their hands to portray the sufferings of many Nigerians and Africans in Libya.
Nigerian Comedian, I Go Dye, advised the former vice president in an IG post, not to use Sentimental Empathy on youths. He said that he doesn't think Atiku Abubakar is helping the youths by filling political positions since he was 23.
This was his statements on his IG page;
“Don’t use sentimental empathy on the youths to express your political ambitions.”
you are one of those that have immensely benefited from Nigeria since your
birth in 1946.
Having worked for 20years with the Nigeria Customs where you retired at the age of 43 in 1989 as Deputy Director, your bucket list sure looks good because you were obviously employed at youth 23.”
“In 1999 you became governor of Adamawa and ultimately the Vice President, all of these you achieved at 53. What did you do during your time in that exalted position? When will the youths like in your time get a chance? Am motivated to speak, based on your statement: A party that does not take the youths into account is a dying party. The futures belong to young. Please which of the future?”
“Remarkably, between 1999 and 2007 that you were the Vice president of Nigeria, it is recorded that tertiary institutions witnessed several strikes that wasted seventeen months, three weeks and three days. Within this period, what did you do?”
“If social support were given to youths then, their children will be between 18 and 20 years during the 2019 elections, obviously they would have willingly voted for you or anyone that you endorse in 2019. This is the essence of making sacrifices for the future generation.”
“You cannot be credited to have been a philanthropic to the youths. The recent revocation of the NPA contract with Intel, your company, is the major issue.”
“As a company either, the people in the region you operated cannot accredit Intel to have provided credible support for the youths or built skills acquisition centres to curb unproductively as part of its cooperate social responsibility , which has resulted to many youths embarking on the sub- sahara deserts route trekking to Europe, which has claimed many lives.”
“Your Excellency, Sir Atiku Abubakar, please don’t use sentimental empathy on the youths to express your political ambitions, because by 2019 the youths are preparing to substantiate the real economical, political and progressive change.”
“I kindly recommend that you should advocate for process that will afford us the opportunity of a youthful leadership in the 2019 election. Thanks Amb Francis”
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has said that it has accomplished plans to commence its headquarters in Langenfeld, Germany.
The group said the opening of the headquarters slated for 8th and 9th December, became necessary so as to coordinate its activities from across the world, which it said has raised to a height as a result of the massive sensitization of Biafrans all over the world.
The body, in a press release issued by the media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful, said the occasion would be done by the Deputy Leader, Uche Mefor and all members of the ruling Directorate of State (DOS).
He said the move was in preparation for an expected referendum, which would be conducted next year.
The statement reads:
“Due to increased global awareness generated by the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the need to effectively harness the positive attention, this has brought on the activities of our movement, we the family members of IPOB and it’s leadership worldwide wish to proudly announce the public opening of our brand new official world administrative headquarters of the Indigenous People of Biafra by the Deputy Leader Uche Mefor and all members of the ruling Directorate of State (DOS) on the 8th and 9th of December 2017 in Langenfeld Germany.”
“This ceremony will demonstrate the commitment and zeal of the worldwide family of IPOB to meet the administrative challenges of our renewed diplomatic offensive and demands of the upcoming mid-2018 independence referendum of the territory of Biafra. It will also serve as notice to all friends and well wishers of Biafra that Langenfeld Germany is now the one and only officially recognized world headquarters of IPOB from which every authentic information regarding the agitation for Biafra liberation will emanate from. The public is hereby warned to desist from corresponding with any other office except the one in Langenfeld Germany.”
“We however must point out that IPOB have official regional liaison offices in London United Kingdom, Tel Aviv Israel, Ankara Turkey, New Delhi India, Los Angeles California USA with many more expected to open in major countries of the world before the last quarter of 2018. These offices will continue to serve as regional points of contact but are not authorized to issue any diplomatic directive. That prerogative is the exclusive preserve of the world headquarters in Langenfeld Germany under the direct supervision of Mazi Chika Edoziem the Head of the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Any correspondence from any other quarter not sanctioned by Langenfeld Germany and signed by Mazi Edoziem should be regarded as fake and inauthentic.”
“As we are preparing for Biafra referendum next year, we are expecting every Biafran both home and abroad to begin the crucial sensitization and education of not only Biafrans but non Biafrans alike. IPOB is working tirelessly hard round the clock in every major country and continent of the world to restore the dignity and sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra. All persons must be disciplined and alert at all times because we know the Nigerian government may seek to use some gullible people to open a rival office in a European country as they did with the fake Biafra radio broadcasting on shortwave in furtherance of their quest to divide, destabilise and demystify IPOB.”
“Our legendary discipline, which has today made us the preeminent freedom fighting movement in the world today, must be maintained at this critical period. Corrupt politicians, worried at the impact and level of compliance with our election boycott in Anambra State will stop at nothing until a significant proportion of Biafrans succumb to their pressure to take money and abandon the quest for Biafra freedom as some groups have done.”
“This Biafra independence struggle championed by IPOB, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, dead or alive, is resolute and determined to restore Biafra regardless of the human and material cost. We are calling on all Biafrans, especially those in Europe, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom, men and women of goodwill across the globe, to come and be part of this epoch making event in Germany on 8th and 9th of December this year.”