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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Corona Virus: Nigeria Is In An Almighty Mess

Corona Virus: Nigeria Is In An Almighty Mess

USA have already mapped out 2.2trillion dollars as aide to companies in the country to pay their workers whether they're working or not throughout this period of corona virus outbreak. Each US citizen(adult) is entitled to a sum of one thousand, two hundred(1,200) dollars which is equivalent to four hundred and forty thousand(440,000) naira in the Nigeria currency. Every child in the US is entitled to five hundred(500) dollars(one hundred and eighty-three thousand naira). This is more than a show of love and care from the government to the  citizens and even investors in America.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, the government is fighting corona virus by deploying military and police to force people to remain indoors. While the rest of the world are moving higher, we are sinking deeper into abyss every second of the day. As a Nigerian citizen, this period of corona virus pandemonium is a time your government should show you how much they love and care for you. Not a matter of confining you to a stinking room in the name of self isolation or quarantine. Other countries that are mandating their citizens to stay indoors already have food banks which have the capacity of feeding their country for not less than five years should events like a pandemic or war arises. What is economic blueprint of the government to sustain the average Nigerian citizenry who solely rely on their daily hustling as a means of livelihood? What is the economic plan to sustain companies and businesses that will definitely shut down in the face of the uncontrollable explosion of the pandemic, as well as the vulnerable working class? What is the Nigeria government really doing other than the obscure release of daily statistics of corona virus patients and shutting down of borders?
The real problem is that Nigerians are too docile to reason properly. Have you asked yourself why USA and European countries have evacuated their citizens from Nigeria, despite the fact that their respective countries are worse hit by the pandemic than Nigeria as it stands? Of course, nothing is worse than a wise man dying at the backyard of an ardent fool.

When I first saw the list of individuals and banks making donations to Nigeria government to fight corona virus, I wept for this country. Is Nigeria really unsalvageable to that extent? Who will account for millions of barrels of crude oil that leave this country on a daily basis? Who will account for the taxpayers money? Who will account for the Nigerian citizens when Nigerian citizens are now the ones bailing their government out from socioeconomic doom and the worst of health crisis. All over the world, politicians are cutting down their salaries by almost 50%, but in Nigeria, the politicians are even booking few ventilators in the country for themselves and their families. Nigeria is currently under economic strangulation because all the monies have been embezzled and deposited in foreign banks.  A friend of mine living in USA said the only investment Nigerians are known for over there is buying of houses. Ninety percent of these Nigerians are politicians; I hope this solves the puzzle of why the country won't stop borrowing across the world.

Corona virus has a bigger lesson for Nigerians; it has exposed the irredeemable rot in the system of governance and highlighted the gross insensitivity and ineptitude of the political class. While the rest of the world is looking for a permanent vaccine for corona virus, Nigeria on the other hand is in dire need of an explosive revolution that will usher in a sane society.

(Paul Ihechi Alagba is an Analyst and Deputy National Leader of Family Writers Press International.)

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Coronavirus: 50 Million Naira Released By Mazi Nnamdi Kanu In Assistance To Biafrans, Is An Example Of True Leadership

Coronavirus:  50 Million Naira Released By Mazi Nnamdi Kanu In Assistance To Biafrans, Is An Example Of True Leadership
 Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

People-oriented leadership is exemplified by it's characteristics. It is truly committed to doing the right thing, at the right time and for the right purpose. When people come to the full realization that their leader(s) will always do the expected as pronounced, they in turn, will relentlessly work to ensure that such a leadership achieves it's set objectives.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is a rare species of a human. He has always in all circumstances, proved to the whole world that he is a true leader. His promise to assist Biafrans with the initial release of a whopping sum of fifty million (50,000,000) Naira for the control of coronavirus epidemic across Biafraland, has really esteemed him as examplary with an extra-ordinary charisma, a valuable leadership quality the so-called Nigerian political elites especially of Biafra extraction, totally/disappointedly lack.

In the present day Nigerian society, a leader is presumed to be one who is well-connected, powerful, charismatic and wealthy. Leaders are erronously evaluated by what they possess. A true leader should however, be assessed by what he/she has not, such as ego, arrogance and self-interest. A true leader sees his services as entirely selfless towards a higher purpose. As sages rightly say: "Leadership is not power and dominance, it is servitude". This does not mean that such a leader is weak but such that derives great strength from his/her dedication to a purpose much greater than himself/herself.

It is important in our time especially, to clearly distinguish between genuine leadership and that which tends to garner support through emotional arguments (demagoguery). A demagogue may try to inspire the people with impure motives and unrealistic expectations. It is wise to be a little skeptical when assessing a leader. Is such an individual truly devoted to a mission or he/she is just seeking personal glory? Is such genuinely and convincingly interested in the welfare of the people or just simply grooming a flock for his/her personal aggrandizement?

True leaders are really given to the service of their own people. They act with integrity and in so doing, establish untainted trust. They genuinely place value on their people and in so doing, create/attract loyalty. True leaders are in the business of selflessly assisting their people to realize their full potentials thereby, inspiring excellence. These  considerable qualities have made the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Biafrans at large, to unreservedly trust Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at all times. Each generation it must be clearly noted, certainly has it's own Moses. A leader is one who inspires absolute trust and who is wholly dedicated to fulfilling his/her unique role. Such understands and appreciates other people's roles in making the world habitably better. This guides him/her accordingly thereby making such an individual, rise above parochialism in taking a global view on issues that fit into the scheme of the contemporary world.

A true leader shakes people off from their fantasies, telling them: "No, you do not need to live in desperation and confusion. Yes, you do have the ability to find meaning in your life and the unique skills of fulfillment. You are an important link in a chain of generations past; you have a legacy worth preserving and a future worth fighting for". This noble personality, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has made Biafrans to truly differentiate truth from lies/deceits. He is a true leader that shows to his people, that their world is indeed heading somewhere and that they can effectively control it's movement. It clearly shows that the people should not be subjected to the mercy of prejudices or the adverse effects of prevailing political winds. It shows that the people are not subservient to the history of nature but are themselves, the history and the nature. It shows that the people can rid the world of needless wars, hatred, ignorance and obliterate the borders separating one race from the order, rich from the poor, high from the low. These are the sterling qualities of the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Centuries past, kings and queens ruled the world but today, humanity is far distanced and alienated from the very concept of absolute leadership. Indeed, leadership is contradicted with prevailing democratic traditions, teaching the people not to subordinate their lives to another. But cannot afford to be so liberal-minded. If the ideals of democracy were duly followed to the letter, if the people demanded a referendum for even the smallest piece of legislation, the society could not function. Therefore, the present political makeup, is a pragmatic compromise, allowing individuals the role of deciding their leaders while also holding such leaders accountable to the society. This does not lie in resignation but a determined search for a leader with unquestionable character. The ultimate goal therefore, should be to have all the benefits of democracy and as well, that of a visionary leader.

A true leader does not need followers but to have others appropriately impacted with astute leadership qualities. Such a leader does not need control but truth. He does not take pleasure in imposing his leadership on others nor does he usurp the autonomy of others. He inspires by love and not through coercion. When it comes to taking the credit, he makes himself/herself of no significance. He/she is exceptionally timely at the hour of need and does not shy away in fear or discouragement. Such a personality is incomparably passionate about the welfare/wellbeing of his/her people and when approached for guidance, it is likened to having a first hand one-on-one meeting. This catalogued points form the mission of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for his fellow Biafrans.

A true leader must be a living example of his teachings/statements. When a leader's personal lifestyle embodies his/her philosophy, the people will be inspired to learn unreservedly. Conversely, if the leader's lifestyle practically negates his/her words, he/she automatically loses their trust. IPOB family members globally, have over the years closely watched their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and have remained resolutely unwavering in their stand with him.

It is completely unproductive for a leader to be visionary in the abstract. He must  be a successful communicator whose vision can be vividly translated into specific and applicable principles. It should not just be knowledge merely for the sake of it but that which can realistically help to improve the world. A leader therefore, must be many things epitomized, such as: selfless, devoted, visionary, courageous, knowledgeable, accommodating, resolute and unquestionably humble. These characteristics must be recognized in a leader, not just for weeding out the demagogues but for the people to freely see and embrace a genuine one when he/she emerges. When the people sincerely believe in their leader, they in unison, rise above petty self-concerns. They become eagerly prepared to accept such a leader's direction and input, and inspired to accomplish far more than they could ordinarily have done on their own.

Written by Obulose Chidiebere N.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Nigeria: Elochukwu Blasts Peter Okoye of P-Square and his Nigerian Fans

Peter Okoye
Nigeria: Elochukwu Blasts Peter Okoye of P-Square and his Nigerian Fans

I am beginning to think that Nigerians are the major problem we have in this country. For over 50 years, the leaders of this country have distorted their brain that they can't think properly. They now hail and thank politicians after being defrauded by them. When we talk against such anomaly, they launch attacks against us.

I made a comment where some people were praising one of the Okoye twin brothers formerly known as P-Square for going after a boy that beat his girlfriend. I stated that I am not moved at all with what the hip-hop star did. Many commentators came with trailer loads of insults. Some cursed me and said they are wishing that my unborn daughter be beaten like that. Wicked souls that can wish an unconceived child evil. Damaged brains that can't reason properly.

What was my offence? I never supported the beating of the girl. I totally condemned it. Yet I said the musician should go and sit down and stop the hypocrisy. And they came for my head.

We are easily fooled. Both the politicians, pastors and celebrities easily fool us.

A girl was beaten up and Mr Okoye found his voice. Where was he when many girls were forced into child marriage in the North. Where is he when Fulani Herdsmen wipe entire villages, rape women and children and butcher them? Where are the musicians when Yanusa Yellow kidnapped that little underage Ese Oruru from Bayelsa to Kano and impregnated her? She was even taken to Emir's compound and no celebrity made noise.
Would Mr Okoye cough if the boy that beat the girl is a son of an influential person? I mean if he happens to be Emir's son or a son to a top politician?

Do you know the extent just one song can go in stopping the Fulani Herdsmen massacre? None of your musicians raised a voice. But they will go in and sing muputu muputu muputu in a country people are killed every day in hundreds. A country police will go to a family house and shoot IPOB members killing them in cold blood in Delta state. Have they ever joined their voice in condemnation?

Between beating a girl and wiping off of an entire village which is worse? Why did they all keep quiet?

You will call them back to their senses. You will not ask them through Instagram or Twitter why they are silent in the face of evil. But you will curse me for asking the right questions.

Now, with the outbreak of coronavirus, hopeless Nigerians are shouting total lock down, and I am asking them what they are locking down. These same people are accusing me of being insensitive. That I don't understand what coronavirus is.

What is it that I don't understand? I understand perfectly what is coming, yet I know quite well the realities on ground in Nigeria. You can't enforce a successful lock down in Nigeria. It won't happen. People will still go out.

It is not my words that will force people out. It is the 60years failure of the Nigeria government. The government of Nigeria is the reason a lock down won't happen. Ask yourself how real countries are cushioning the effect of a lock down. Someone told me that his friend has been on lockdown in China. He said that they drop food for him and he has never been hungry for once. He has electricity, refrigerator, running water etc all inside his house. He won't say let me go and buy fuel, not to talk of going to fetch water. Everything is in there.

USA is paying her citizens and Canada sees to the rent of her citizens. So tell me what Nigeria is doing for you. Name one dividend or democracy you are getting from Nigeria? Absolutely nothing.
No electricity,
No modern or efficient medical facilities,
No good roads,
No clean water,
No housing,
They don't even have the correct data of Nigeria citizens.
Nothing is working in Nigeria and they want to lock down. They are even taxing you heavily with nothing to show for it. When will you people wake up? When?

I am not the reason your country cannot lock down. Your criminal politicians and you enablers of evil are the reason Nigeria can't lockdown.

Hunger has been weaponized for mind control and winning of elections. Nigeria citizens have voted for politicians simply because they were given a plate of rice at the polling unit. With just 4k, many people have sold their votes, and those telling you how important PVC is have opined that if PVC isn't important, politicians can't buy it 4k. This type of mentality is the reason I say that the people are more of a problem than the leaders.

Instead of holding politicians accountable, they are excusing them.

Until you rise up and start reasoning well, freedom will continue to elude us.

Elochukwu Ohagi, Philosopher, Teacher & Activist.

Writing For Family Writers Press International

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Release Our People Now, Kanu Tells Okowa

Nigeria: Release Our People Now, Kanu Tells Okowa
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa

The spate of attack targeted against law abiding family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Delta State has assumed a disturbing dimension. And according to the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, during his live radio Biafra broadcast on Sunday 22nd March 2020, this act of terror orchestrated against law abiding IPOB members in Delta State can no longer be tolerated.

He laid the blame at the doorstep of the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Police Commissioner, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa. Mazi Nmamdi Kanu pointedly stated: "For those in detention in Delta State, I am holding Ifeanyi Okowa and Fulani terrorists in the Nigerian government responsible".
Nnamdi Kanu

Detained are:

1) John Chukwuma  (IPOB Delta State Coordinator) 
2) Sunday Ashaka (Public Relations Officer) 
3) Collins Nwuba  Chukwudi
4) Ikechukwu Nwaodo
5) Ogodo Monday

These Biafrans were all arrested last Monday being  16th March 2020. Others include:

1) Nwamiri Chidi   
2) Enyi Friday             
3) Nwaodo Ikechukwu             
4) John Ojike Maduabuchi         
5) EKene Otakpo     
6) Nwamana Chidi (with bullet wound)               
7) John Ibe (already killed)     
8) Enyi Friday and Ojo Ejike were shot and taken away with their motocycles.

Those in custody for three (3) months now are:

1) Nwanze Uchenna
2) Oko Agbor
3) Chukwudi Obiada Michael
4) Aliegbu Obinna

The Delta State Police Command has no other choice than to immediately release these innocent IPOB family members who has committed no crime known to law, from detention.

He concluded .

Family Writers Press International

Saturday, 21 March 2020

IPOB Family Units/Zones Inaugurated At Ishielu In Obeagu LGA, Ebonyi State, Biafraland

IPOB Family Units/Zones Inaugurated At Ishielu In Obeagu LGA, Ebonyi State, Biafraland

On Sunday 15th day of March 2020, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), went on official expansion spree as additional family units and zones were duly inaugurated in Ishielu, Obeagu local government area of Ebonyi State.

The security challenges in the state notwithstanding, the people could not be deterred from trooping out in their numbers to grace the occasion. The coordinator of one of the newly established zones, Mazi Emmanuel Igwiriube gave the disturbing narrative of the incessant/gruesome killing of Biafrans in the area by the Nigerian government sponsored Islamic terrorists of the North. The criminal activities of these so-called bandits in Ebonyi State under the protection of Governor Dave Umahi, can no longer be accepted, he stressed. It is worrisome to IPOB family in this part of Biafraland that our people are no longer safe in their own land. He thereby urged all Biafrans of good conscience to stand up against this genocidal madness being visited on the indigenous land owners by the Fulani Islamic government of Nigeria. Their intent is to completely depopulate Biafrans as a means of actualizing their evil interests should the current peaceful Biafra restoration struggle transforms into arms conflict.

Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya who was a special guest of honor in the event, Afikpo Mobilization Officer, Mazi Igwe Johnson and their entourage, witnessed the ceremony. The people were enjoined to be decisive and committed to the struggle, for the present difficulties are not insurmountable, using the determination and trustworthiness of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as case studies.

Mazi Igwe Johnson equally brought to the notice of the people, the patience and doggedness of the IPOB leader since all through the turbulent number of years the struggle for our freedom began. This he further stated, will be the historical basis that will certainly bring to the end, the slavish policies against humanity presently existing in the world.

Christopher Otu Ezeali
Reporting for Family Writers Press International

Breaking News: IPOB Delta state coordinator, Mazi John Chukwuma abducted by DSS

Breaking News:  IPOB Delta state coordinator, Mazi John Chukwuma abducted by DSS

The Coordinator of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Delta State, Mazi John Chukwuma has been confirmed missing for the past few days. According to the report gathered by Family Writers Press International, he was picked up by men of the Nigerian Department of Security Services (DSS), in his shop at Asaba on the late hours of Thursday, March 19, 2020.

In a chat, some of his members told Family Writers Press Correspondent that their leader was abducted and taken to an unknown location and efforts made to reach him proved abortive.

"Some men dressed in DSS uniforms came into the shop of the Stste Coordinator and whisked him away to an undisclosed location. Since his abduction, his phone lines have remained  unreached neither has anyone established contact with him". reliable sources stated.

Confirming the sudden disappearance of the State Coordinator, many top members of IPOB have shutdown their means of communication for security purposes. Report indicates that Mazi Ogodo Monday and other members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have equally been declared missing after the arrest of Mazi John Chukwu the Delta state Coordinator.

Details coming......

Family Writers Press International Reporting

Sanusi, Who Killed Gideon Akaluka?

Sanusi, Who Killed Gideon Akaluka?
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The death of Akaluka Gideon is a case seeking for justice. It has been a popularly discussed issue of recent. The question is directed to the former Emir of Kano, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. When will the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and deposed Emir of Kano give answer to this question from the law court? Another question is, "can such a thing happen at all?"

Periodic outbursts of tribal and religious brutality are not new to Northern Nigeria more especially in Kano State. It has become a culture, a norm and a heritage, but a radical group of zealots, the Alamjiri boys who have nothing doing, who do not value life and have no regard for  human life have gained ground among the youths of the Islamic Fulanis.

Undeniably, for any enthusiastic bystander of governance in post-colonial Africa, believes that Nigeria must be a very depressing address. And this is applicable simply because of the fact that no country in history has done so much which Nigeria, has consistently and consciously found herself. Nigeria has been an object of everlasting travesty and mockery in the committee of civilized countries of the world. That explains why those, especially young Biafrans who dispute that Africa’s backwardness and poverty is a function of Nigeria’s pathetic and dismal leadership style, cannot be entirely wrong after all. Even Nigeria’s own citizens, who look up to their country to provide the required domestic and international leadership, have continued to be utterly disappointed and embarrassed in so many ways.

Gideon Akaluka, was a young Biafran trader who was falsely and allegedly accused of desecrating the Koran that brought about an outbreak of riots in May 1994 that kept the city of three million people on a dagger edge. He was arrested in December on the order of the then Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, after his wife was allegedly accused of using pages of the Koran as toilet paper for her baby. After he was imprisoned by the police, a group of Muslims broke into the jail, killed him, and walked around the city parading his severed head. The head was hoisted on a stick and used as trophy which the mob carried around the streets in a chilling victory parade. There was neither arrest nor prosecution.

But against all expectations, the case has decidedly been bungled by the government headed by Islamic fanatics, which ought to protect citizens and messed up in a manner that powerfully vindicates those who insist that Nigeria is not yet a nation but a joke of Africa; that as much as the people desire to live together as one, there is an urgent need for a round-table meeting of it's various stakeholders to fashion out a modern nation by agreeing on terms for the people’s co-existence. Call it whatever name: 'restructuring or structuring,' young dreaming Nigerians have to work towards arriving at an acceptable outline that determines the center of a much desired unity.

The basis of that outline must be free from prejudice. As it is now, no matter what any Nigerian leader at whatever level preaches about Nigeria, with the way they have been denying justice to young Biafrans residing in the North, Biafrans will never, ever feel that they belong to this country which they forcefully amalgamated.

But this government can still redeem itself and that is what it should do by revisiting the case of Gideon Akaluka and making sure that those who needlessly killed the young man are truly punished. Otherwise, this country will continue to be a laughing stock in the eyes of the world. It is already late for Nigeria because greater number of the people have queued behind those who maintain vehemence in their candid opinion that Nigeria as an entity is just a mere geographical expression.

Written by Obulose Chifiebere N.

Edited by Peter Nonso Ikeh
For Family Writers Press International

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