Biafra restoration priority to all and sundry – Nnamdi Kanu

The Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Wednesday said that the total compliance with this Sit-at-home directive he issued while still in Kuje Prison Abuja, has proven to him and Biafra agitators beyond every conceivable doubt that Biafra restoration is a priority to all and sundry.

Kanu also promise never to let Biafra down, even upon the pain of death, since they have never let him down by their compliance, and therefore, will reciprocate their gesture by staking his life to the struggle,urging all Biafrans to join hands together with all genuine and sincere individuals and groups, to restore Biafra with truth and honesty.

Similarly the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB yesterday said that the total compliance to the Sit-at-home directive it gave in conjunction with IPOB is an evidence that their referendum will be 100% success.

It added that “it is the beginning of what is about to happen in no distant time about restoration of Biafra, and equally a lesson to the South East Governors and some few politicians who think that they are in charge,but it is now clear to them that they are not, rather, the masses are in charge and they have spoken in an unmistakable terms.”

Kanu in a statement by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, Kanu thanked members of IPOB) worldwide and prayed that the Almighty God should preserve all Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom all over the world, for their tenacious efforts that made the Heroes Day Sit-at-home Order a resounding success.

“Following the total compliance with this Sit-at-home order I issued when I was still in Kuje Prison Abuja, it has proven to me, IPOB members and other Biafra agitators, and lovers of Biafrans and freedom beyond every conceivable doubt that Biafra restoration is a priority to all and sundry.

“Since you have not let me down with your compliance, I promise never to let Biafra down even upon the pain of death because you never let me down. We must join hands together, with all genuine and sincere individuals and groups, to restore Biafra with truth and honesty.”

He thanked all the road transporters workers, teachers, civil servants, market leaders, artisans, clergymen, businessmen, traders, tricycle operators, motorcyclists, drivers, school children, parents and all the Biafraland, transport owners, women organizations, community leaders, youths leaders in every community, Wheel barrow/truck pushers for their support.

“We also thank politicians who defied all odd and pressure from Aso Rock to make our sit-at-home order a memorable and resounding historical event. I will not hesitate to congratulate the people of Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers States including the good people of Igbanke in Edo State, Igala clan in Kogi State and Idoma/Igede/Agatu in Benue State for sending a clear and unmistakable message to the whole world that this Biafra self determination effort driven by IPOB and other agitators is uncompromising”.

“The fact that our people obeyed the order to sit-at-home is a confirmation that IPOB which I lead has the mandate of all Biafrans to spearhead the ongoing Biafra restoration effort.”

According to Mazi Kanu “I also wish to thank my deputy, Mazi Uche Mefor, the Directorate of State, led by Mazi Chika Edoziem and the indescribably incredible IPOB family at home and in the Diaspora who poured themselves into the streets in distant and foreign lands in more than 98 countries of the world to honour and remember our fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price during the genocidal war against our people in 1967 and 1970.”

“I appreciate your enormous work because IPOB has made it possible in less than four years for every President and Head of State around the world to know about Biafra.

“I also wish to acknowledge and appreciate the presence of international observers and foreign journalists who were on ground to monitor this epic historical event. It demonstrates that the unique formula adopted by IPOB to restore Biafra is working. By the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama, IPOB under our divine leadership will restore Biafra in no distant future.”.

However MASSOB, thanked all Biafrans and supporters of Biafra restoration who complied with the Sit-at -home order of 30th May 2017 saying that it was a success beyond its imagination, even though it knew that Biafrans will comply.

In a statement by its Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel MASSOB said that “the support of Biafrans has proven to Nigeria and the world that your desire for Biafra remains unshakeable no matter the threat from Nigeria security agents.”

“This is also an evidence that our referendum will be 100% success and the beginning of what is about to happen in no distant time about restoration of Biafra, this is equally a lesson to the South East Governors and some few politicians who think that they are in charge, it is now clear to them that they are not, rather, the masses are in charge and they have spoken in an unmistakable terms.

“MASSOB says thank you all Ndi Biafra and we will not fail to appreciate the transport companies like G.U.O Group, The Young Shall Grow, Ekeson Group, Uchenna Motors Limited, Ifesinachi Transport Limited and many other who complied with the directive.

“We also thank the Keke drivers, bus drivers, Okada riders, the banking industries, the markets like Ogbete Main Market Enugu, Onitsha Main Market, Nkwo Nnewi Market, and all the markets at Aba, Owerri, Asaba, Port Harcourt, Nsukka, Awka and other parts of Biafra land that complied with the directive.

“We appreciate the presence of the foreign journalists who monitored the event; we will not fail to commend all the school authorities who obeyed this order and every individual who participated in one way or the other.

“We assure you that this sacrifice you made will never be in vain, people all over the world have seen that nobody, not even the saboteurs who were disassociating themselves from the Sit-at-home will stop MASSOB and IPOB because Biafra is greater than any individual or group.”


31 ships laden with petrol, others expected at Lagos ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says 31 ships laden with petroleum products and other goods will arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos between May 31 and June 19.

NPA, in its daily “Shipping Position” made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, said seven of the ships had only petroleum products, including base oil and crude palmolein.

NPA said that the other ships had bulk wheat, empty containers, bulk sugar, general cargoes, base oil, bulk corn, bulk fertiliser, empty containers and frozen fish.

NAN reports that 12 other ships are already at the port discharging buck wheat, steel products, petrol, empty containers and aviation fuel. (NAN)

Rivers to shut illegal schools in September

Rivers Government will in September close schools operating illegally in the state, Mr David Briggs, Chairman, Rivers State Secondary Schools Board, has said.

Briggs, who gave the assurance on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, urged proprietors of such schools to apply formally to the state Ministry of Education for registration and possible approval of the schools to avoid closure.

“The state government will not continue to tolerate illegal schools.

“It is unfortunate that these schools operate without ensuring standards,” he said.

According to Briggs, some of the schools have been in operation for more than five years without registration.

He said that the non-registration was depriving the state government of revenue and giving room for unprofessional acts.

Osinbajo gives LASG go-ahead to reconstruct Lagos airport road

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has granted permission to the Lagos State Government to undertake the reconstruction of the International Airport Road from Oshodi.

This is coming about two months after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, publicly accused the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, where his predecessor in office, Babatunde Fashola holds sway as minister, of frustrating his administration’s effort to reconstruct the road into 10 lane with streetlights.

In a statement today, signed by Tunji Bello, secretary to Lagos State government, Ambode commended Acting President Osinbajo for his statesman like approach to issues and for fast-tracking the process.

“We are very appreciative of the good gesture of His Excellency, the Acting President for acceding to our request which is not only very timely but a very heartwarming one. Posterity will never forget this genuine developmental action”, Governor Ambode said.

Ambode further described the approval as a 50th birthday to the people of Lagos State, describing it a further demonstration of the determination of the present administration to ensure the effectiveness of the Executive Order on improving the Ease of Doing Business recently signed by the Acting President.

The governor also gave kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the enabling environment to attract Foreign Direct Investment into the nation, adding that with the upgrading of the International Airport Road which is the gateway to the nation’s commercial nerve centre, the country will attract new investments.

Ambode specifically in March this year, raised an alarm about the present state of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, describing it as a national disgrace that required immediate attention to salvage the nation’s image.

He stated then that the State presently has a design for the reconstruction of the road as well as the funds to embark on the project but was yet to get the go ahead from the Federal Government.

“The road linking Oshodi to the International Airport, you would all agree with me is a national embarrassment. In the spirit of the regeneration and urbanisation that this administration has set out to achieve, we believe strongly that the image that is exhumed by the decadence of that road must be repaired and we took it upon ourselves to appropriate the 2017 budget that the House of Assembly should approve the total reconstruction of the Airport Road from Oshodi to the International Airport.

“The state currently has a design of 10 lanes to come from Oshodi to the International Airport with interchange and flyover that would drop you towards the Local Airport. The contractor is already set to go and everything as I said has been completed and we already have the cash, but alas we are having challenges with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. This is a federal and not a state road. The Federal Ministry of Works believes that they should do the road, but they have not been able to do it all these years past.”

Governor Ambode had said if given the approval, his administration was ready to hit the ground running and begin construction of the Airport Road within two weeks and finish same within a period of six months.

Besides, the governor also implored the Federal Government to avail the state of the N2billion appropriated for the Airport Road in the 2017 national budget to carry out the project.

“I just want to appeal to the Federal Ministry of Works, to let go or reimburse us with whatever it is that they are owing us and even if they are not willing to pay us now, we have the money to do it. It is a national disgrace and we would not be part of it. We would like to do it as part of the celebration of Lagos at 50,” Governor Ambode had said then.

It would be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in its reaction said the delay in granting the request the of Lagos State was because the memorandum conveying the request of Lagos State which was already before the Federal Executive Council has not reached completion stage.

“The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing Ministry has presented the Memorandum conveying the request of the Lagos State Government to the Federal Executive Council as was done with a similar request by the Kaduna State Government in 2016”.

“Due to the fact that TWO of the roads also connect Ogun State, the Federal Executive Council could not reach an immediate decision on them because it requested the input of the other State Government affected”, the federal ministry explained.

Gas Flaring: Host communities advocate for Regulatory Commission

Oil and Gas host communities of Niger Delta has advocated for establishment of gas Regulatory Commission to tackle menace of gas flaring that has destroyed its environment in the Niger Delta.

Presenting their position paper at a one day public hearing on a proposed bill prohibiting gas flaring, the Chairman of Delta State host communities, Dr. Peter Ezedegbe decried that gas, which has been flared in the last 58 years, has not only constituted huge economic loss to the government, but has ravaged host environment thereby reducing life expectancy of the people.

Suggesting the establishment of gas regulatory policy, he noted that such should also allow host communities’ participation for effective implementation.

“There should be equitable participation of host communities in the gas Regulatory Commission whereby members are appointed into the Commission,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his opening address, Chairman Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan assured operating oil and gas companies that right incentives would be in place through effective policy.

He added that the incentives would make the cost of gas flaring cheaper.

“We are more conscious of the need for our country to have not only effective regulations, but also clear policies with the right incentives for operating companies so that the necessary infrastructure is put in place for better domestic utilization,” he said.

Gunmen kidnap lawmaker on Abuja-Kaduna highway

Kwakwaso’s political family was thrown into shock Wednesday following reports that a member representing Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency, Garba Durbunde, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen around Abuja-Jere axis of the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

Garba Durbunde, a longstanding political associate of former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was a Commissioner for Rural and Community Development after a brilliant stint at the Kano House of Assembly.

Vanguard learned that the unfortunate incident forced Kwankwasiyya political movement in Kano to cancelled much publicised engagement designed to honour Dr Ali Danyaro.

Also it was learnt that the lawmaker left Abuja for Kano around 5pm on Tuesday but was flagged down at outskirt of Jere town by unknown gunmen who took him away.

In a reaction to the unfortunate incident, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje condemned the act and tasked the police to secured his release from captivity.

A statement issued by the Governor and signed by the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Comrade Mohammed Garba described the incident as “an act of wickedness perpetrated by evil and cold-hearted elements.”

The press statement noted that “Governor Ganduje, was shocked by the news of the sad and unfortunate event, particularly at this holy month of Ramadan, condemned it in the strongest term as an act of wickedness perpetrated by evil and cold-hearted elements.”

Ganduje therefore “called on the police force and other security agencies to intensify effort to rescue the kidnapped lawmaker while also advising members of the public to be vigilante and security conscious at all times.”

Kebbi govt battles malaria, clears dump sites

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has launched a programme aimed at stopping malaria in the state with removal of dumping sites from public domains.

Bagudu, who flag-off the exercise, on Wednesday, at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birnin-Kebbi, said the action would advance health and living standard of citizens.

“We are all living witness to the harrowing experience brought by the menace of malaria in our respective domains over the years. Recent Epidemiological surveillance report in the state indicates incidence of malaria as the major dominance state-wide.

” Albeit the fact that malaria as an environment related disease is preventable. The state government therefore resolved to tackle this issue boldly by constituting a committee comprising of various stakeholders to advise it on the modalities for putting a stop to the continue scourge of malaria in the state.

“The committee has since commenced work as evidenced in the mass evacuation of existing drainages within the state capital and fumigation/spray of potential mosquitoes breeding places in the four Emirates Headquarters in the state by the Ministry of Environment.”

To achieve this feat, most dumping sites and refuse spots in Birnin-Kebbi were ordered to be removed immediately by Kebbi State Urban Developments Authority (KUDA).

The Governor also ordered the distribution of insecticide mosquito nets to pregnant women children and anti malaria drugs to health facilities free of charge.