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The Paradox Of Buhari and Kanu: My Dilemma as an Igbo man

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By Chidiebere Nwobodo

It is not a coincidence that Biafra agitation, since after the war, got to its teetering crescendo in the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari. Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB didn’t just become popular overnight, especially amongst Igbo youths, but are being helped by the actions and inactions of the President. Buhari’s uncouth, crude and unashamedly nepotism and bigotry, is providing conducive environment for increasing agitation in the east.

Blatant and sadistic exclusion of South-East in the running of this government, is the oxygen fanning the growing tension in the east. Here lies the paradox provided by Buhari and Kanu: these two individuals have created two schools of thought in the east. As an Igbo man that is neither for Buhari’s relegation of Ndigbo in the scheme of governance nor Kanu’s separatist movement, I am in a dilemma. I am caught in a web of centrifugal forces and centripetal forces; between the deep blue sea and the devil—and the middle ground is gradually fading away.

As someone who has been vocal in criticizing Buhari’s body language of disdain, hatred and apathy for Ndigbo: to Buhari and his apologists from the east and beyond, I am a disgruntled Nnamdi Kanu cum IPOB sympathizer hating the President for nothing. To an Nnamdi Kanu follower who has been expecting me to come out openly and declare support for Biafra agitation, I am an efulefu (outcast) and saboteur to “the struggle”. And Danladi Umar of CCT still sees me as a “Biafran Boy” just for being Igbo. Chai! where will I run to?

I am of the school of thought that Nigeria can still be restructured and made to work again for all—at least post Buhari’s presidency. I don’t subscribe to the growing philosophy in Igbo land that we should go back to the trenches of arm struggle. I believe that Ndigbo stand to lose a lot again if crisis breaks in Nigeria. This government has made it obvious the marginalization of Ndigbo in Nigeria, but like other previous injustices, we will outlive this Administration. If we could survive 30 months war, we will survive Buhari’s government.

Here lies my own quagmire: President Buhari’s unpatriotic actions and inactions are making Ndigbo of my school of thought to appear stupid, cowardice and clueless in the eyes of Biafra agitation sympathizers. My own school of thought is running out of steam because instead of Buhari to be providing us with facts to checkmate Biafra agitation in the east, he is emboldening the other side of the divide via sadistic actions and inactions against the east.

Buhari’s brazen nepotism, impunity and indifference to atrocities of criminal herdsmen are arming IPOB’s propagandists with impregnable narratives to attack us and weaken our own ideology. In fact, paradoxically, Buhari is the greatest promoter of Biafran agitation not Nnamdi Kanu. The President is winning more following for IPOB by not even recognizing his own party men and women from the South-East in terms of appointments. APC members in the east doesn’t have any narrative to oppose growing tide of agitation in the zone. They have lost moral impetus to openly identity with the President again.

Look at Gov. Dave Umahi; a known supporter of Buhari in the east and recent defector to the APC. The gruesome massacre of villagers in Ebonyi State has made Umahi look stupid for supporting the President—and more importantly, joining federal authorities to proscribe IPOB and refusal to float Eastern version of Amotekun. Ohaneze Ndigbo cried and pleaded with the President to appoint next IGP from the east. What did Buhari do? give them middle finger!

To Umahi and Ohaneze Ndigbo, they have been demoralized to speak against Kanu and IPOB again cos Buhari has put them to shame like he did to ex-IGP Adamu who was fired while still “talking tough against IPOB”.

In the foregoing context, Buhari is depopulating the camp of liberals like us in the east and populating growing camp of radicals cum extremists in the zone. With the recent wanton, barbaric and condemnable destructions of lives and properties of security personnel cum agencies in the east, another ugly chapter has been unveiled. The unknown gunmen has become mysterious even to us.

Anytime Kanu makes unguarded utterances capable of inciting violence, liberals in the east and my non-Igbo friends will besiege my box with a call for caution. When Buhari makes his anti-Igbo appointments cum decisions, IPOB members will troop to my box to mock me for not being discerning enough to see that Nigeria hates Ndigbo. My dilemma as an Igbo man is this: neither Buhari’s northerners like me for criticizing unfair treatment of Ndigbo nor Biafran propagandists, for standing in the fence of cushion.

The dangerous dimension is this: while I am running the risk of being arrested for criticizing President Buhari, sooner or later, people of my school of thought might not be free to work the streets of South-East again, for fear of being attacked for being efulefus (outcasts) or saboteurs—for not identifying with Biafra agitation. Buhari’s vindictive policies vis-a-vis decisions against South-East, has made it increasingly difficult to preach “one Nigeria” in the zone. This is my dilemma as an Igbo man. We are at a crossroad.

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There Is An Attempt To Sabotage Buhari’s Government

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Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday said with the myriads of security challenges in the country, it’s clear that there is an attempt to sabotage President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Monday said the Senate Minority Leader and senator representing Abia North in said the Federal Government is not responding as it should.

Kalu, who was also ex-governor of Abia State, called on the Federal Government to collaborate more with governors in nipping in the bud the various security challenges in the country.

“Anywhere you have no police to police the society, it means the society is failed because the major job of a government is to protect lives and properties of the citizens. Once that kind of aspect fails, we are in trouble,” he said.

“I believe there is sabotage to the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari. A lot of sabotage, things are on duty to sabotage him, the society.

“The Federal Government should cooperate with the state governments. We have done well as a party in many areas but security is key and we need to address this issue, come together.”

On the way forward, he asked President Buhari to tackle the numerous security challenges in the country to convey a security summit with the service chiefs, governors, selected ex-governors and former military personnel.

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COMMUNIQUE: Southeast Governors Launch Security Outfit

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS AND HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES AT THE END OF THE FIRST SOUTH EAST SECURITY SUMMIT HELD IN OWERRI ON SUNDAY APRIL 11th 2021

After exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South East and with valuable contributions from participants at the first South East security summit in Owerri on this day Sunday April 11th 2021, it was resolved as follows:

  1. To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the South East. The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.
  2. That the five South East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country. To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South east will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish
  3. That the political leadership in the South East has resolved to bring together all the arsenals at their command, as one united zone, to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone.
  4. That the summit resolved that to achieve this, there is a need to galvanise all the relevant stakeholders in the south east, the political class, the business community, the bureaucrats and the intelligentsia to provide all necessary support to security operatives in the five south east states to ensure total success in the fight against criminality in the zone.
  5. That the heads of all the security agencies in the south east have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone.
  6. That to fast track crime-busting in the south east, the heads of security agencies have been mandated to draw up a comprehensive list of their logistics and material needs for sustainable success in the fight against criminality, for the immediate provision by the leadership of the South East.
  7. That a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the south east joint security platform.
  8. To applaud the initiative of the South east security summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while its hosting shall rotate among the five south east states.
  9. The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.
  10. The meeting appreciated the formation of South East joint security outfit co. Named Ebubeagu. Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East.
  11. South East Governors requested the Acting IGP to stop the influx of IGP monitory units but to allow cps and state and Zonal commands to handle their cases.
  12. Meeting approve that the acting IGP and other security chiefs do invite the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and CAN to find out the reason for increasing insecurity of the South East .
  13. Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.
  14. Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agency should implement the ban.
  15. The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality. SINGED

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Businessman Arrested Over Dud Cheques For N800million Bank Loan

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A Lagos businessman, Adeleke Adeyemi, has been arrested by Lagos Zone of the EFCC for issuing dud cheques to cover N800million loan given by Ecobank.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Friday, April 9, said the suspect is also being accused of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, diversion of funds and money laundering.

It was gathered that the accused, along with his accomplice, Odusanya Ayotunde Memphis (now at large), are directors at Wafa Aggregate Limited. Together, they approached Eco Bank Plc for a loan of N800million for the procurement of petroleum products from Covalent Oil & Gas Services Limited in October 2011.

Upon receipt of the loan, Adeyemi and Memphis allegedly diverted the funds to their personal use and defaulted in paying back the loan. Investigation revealed that the five Diamond Bank Plc cheques of N10million each issued by the suspect and his accomplice were returned unpaid upon presentation.

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