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Monday 1 October 2018



Ogeh Friday Igiri

Reporting From Abakiliki For Family Writers Press

The principal officers of the Ebonyi South Senatorial district of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had an indoor crucial meeting on Thursday 27th September 2018. It was summoned to comprehensively explore avenues aimed at proffering enduring solutions to problems militating against the progress of the Biafra restoration struggle within the area.

In attendance were the IPOB Ebonyi State Coordinator, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya, the State Public Relations Officer, Bishop Nwachinemerem Stanley, the State Media Head, Mazi Ogeh Friday Igiri, Ebonyi South Senatorial district coordinator, Rev. Oko Elijah, Afikpo North local government area coordinator, Mazi Okechukwu Okpara, and other influential Afikpo indigenes.

The meeting went into session with opening prayers led by Rev. Oko Elijah. Mazi Igwe Johnson, the Afikpo Zonal Coordinator (host), tabled for deliberations, a three-point agenda which included :

(1) Alleged fake receipts used for payments in the State

(2) The planned visit of the IPOB African Representative to Afikpo

(3) The way forward in Afikpo zone and Ebonyi South.

Making emphasis on the above, Mazi Igwe Johnson pointed out that some IPOB Afikpo family members resident in Igweocha, visited the State with the complaint that the type of financial receipt used for monthly dues is fictitious. Based on this development, they had to withhold further remission of all national monthly payments after allegedly effecting unverified payments amounting to five thousand naira (N5,000), to the State.

On the second point of the agenda, he stated that some Igweocha-based IPOB family members of Afikpo extraction in union with the home-based, had concluded arrangements for the visit of the African representative, Mazi George Onyeibe. The main import of his visit to Afikpo, is to clarify issues on the conflagration of receipts and anchor their Radio Biafra London live broadcast with the IPOB deputy leader, Mazi Alphonsus Uchenna Okafor Mefor. This plan could however not be realised as it lacked the approval of the Ebonyi State Coordinator.

The third point of the agenda centered on the way forward for the IPOB Afikpo zone. This realistically, is the major catalyst required for the enhancement of the Biafra restoration struggle in the entire Ebonyi South Senatorial district.

Commenting, the IPOB Ebonyi State Coordinator, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya said that the receipt being used in monthly dues collection is authentic. He stated that the color of the receipts used in Ebonyi, Igweocha, Enugu, Anambra amongst others, are at variance with each other, stressing that this complaint would have been earlier tabled before the state rather than taking it to some Igweocha-based individual members for verification. This development he said, cannot provide them accurate information on relevant issues in the state. Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya further stated that the IPOB Head of Finance, Mrs. Nnennaya Anya had earlier given authorization for the printing of the receipt and it's usage. He added that the National Auditor gave it proper scrutinization and approval in his last visit to the state for audit.

In his reaction, Mazi Egwu Nwaga from Oziza, complained about the wrong destination point of all monies that are realized in Afikpo zone, pointing out that detailed investigation needed be carried out in this respect to ascertain true positions.

Mazi Anthony Ezeaku brought up the issue of problems confronting the zone which were masterminded by the Afikpo zonal coordinator himself, Mazi Igwe Johnson. He complained that the coordinator has been feeding them with incorrect information about the happenings in Ebonyi State.

The IPOB Ebonyi State Public Relations Officer, Bishop Nwachinemerem Stanley asked Mazi Igwe Johnson to tender all the receipts he used in collecting dues from the people and give explanations on his remittances since his claims of having collected and submitted only a sum of five thousand naira (N5,000) to the state office. This has however, not yet been confirmed or denied by the state financial officer.

Putting up a defense, Mazi Igwe Johnson stated that he could not immediately access the receipts due to unforeseen circumstances. He however presented two different receipts bearing conflicting figures of  N3,000 and N2,000, neither of which has been synchronized as monthly dues payment.

The matter was inclusively decided and was adjourned to next month's meeting which will consist of all the affected units under Afikpo zone. Other family members are equally expected to come with their respective receipts as evidential tenders of their payments involving monthly dues and donations. Mazi Igwe Johnson as expected, will render appropriate account since his assumption of office.

On the issue of the invitation of the IPOB African Representative, Mazi George Onyeibe to Afikpo, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya stated the futility of inviting the African Representative in the absence of following procedural requirements. He stressed that the IPOB state office could have been consulted on that instead of confiding on those who know little or nothing about procedures and functions. He advised that the clear outlined IPOB protocols should be observed to forestall unnecessary conflicts and misunderstanding.

Elder Uche Agu Uche appreciated the state coordinator for his wisdom, resilience and courage in resolving the seemingly insurmountable problems hampering the laudable objectives and activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Afikpo.

Admonishing the house, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya, the IPOB Ebonyi State Coordinator, maintained that the reason why their names are not being mentioned on live broadcasts of Radio Biafra London amongst payers of monthly payments, hinges on the improper remittance of payments to the IPOB Head of Finance, Mrs. Nnennaya Anya. He urged them to regularly and committedly attend meetings at the local government, senatorial and state levels, so as to keep abreast, all developments in the state. This he emphasized will eliminate second hand or fictitious information that could breed selfishness, distrust and betrayal. The state coordinator made it clear that IPOB is not a business organization and that everyone must assuredly, give account of his/her stewardship when the time comes.

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