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[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Leader of Biafra Independence Movement and founder of Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, BIM-MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has disclosed that preparations for the celebration of 5th memorial anniversary of the demise of Biafra warlord, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu had commenced.
He said the ceremony is expected to hold on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Ojukwu memorial library (Auditorium) in new Owerri, Imo State capital.
Assistant, Mazi Chris Mocha, said Uwazuruike paid a glowing tribute to the late Ikemba Nnewi whom he described as the greatest Igbo man of our generation as well as a mentor whom he had so much respect for.
"Ojukwu is one of the three heroes that ever existed on this planet earth, including Mahatma Ghandhi of India and Dr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
"Since 2013, we had always remembered Ojukwu on an annual basis and although he has died, we still believe that he lives on.
"I must made bold to state that Ojukwu deserves the memorial anniversary celebration because whenever the issue of Biafra was reflected, the late Biafra icon’s name must be mentioned first.
"So, we are keeping a date with November 26 for such an epoch-making annual event," the statement quoted Uwazuruike as saying.
*Photo Caption - Map of Defunt Republic of Biafra

[ Masterweb Reports: Tochukwu Ezukanma reports ] - In one of his mournful songs, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, that tireless nonconformist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, sang: everybody run, run, run; everybody scatter, scatter; police de come, army de come; confusion everywhere; somebody nearly died, somebody just died; ten minutes later, police don go away, army don disappear; they leave sorrow, tears and blood. In that sad song, he lamented official brutality that pervaded Nigeria in the days of military rule. Those days, soldiers and policemen brutalized Nigerians, and readily, murdered the innocent.
It was terrible but, by a stretch of the imagination, understandable that under military rule, the police and soldiers left sorrow, tears and blood in their wake. After all, there is a universal and age-long recognition that soldiers, by training and orientation, are ill-equipped for political leadership, and, as such, military rule is an aberration. Centuries earlier, the 18th Century historian and man of letters, Edward Gibbon, in an effusive ridicule of military aptitude for political leadership, wrote: “…the temper of soldiers, habituated at once to violence and (servitude), renders them very unfit guardians of a legal or civil constitution. Justice, humanity, or political wisdom, are qualities they are too little acquainted with, in themselves, and cannot appreciate in others”. Secondly, the soldiers shot their way into power, and could therefore, only hold the people in submission to the gun.
So, as Nigerians chafed under military rule and all its aberrations, they were hopeful; they hoped and longed for democracy. Justifiably, we expected that democracy will usher in a new era marked by a palpable reduction in official corruption, more responsible and humane government policies, conspicuous decline in official brutality and an obvious improvement in the quality of life of the majority of Nigerians. From democracy, we   expected social justice, rule of law, elevation of societal morals and ethics and a more equitable distribution of the national wealth. 
Disappointingly, after eighteen years of democracy, very little has changed for the better in Nigerian. Like military rulers, the civilian rulers are unimaginably arrogant and shamelessly corrupt. They are just as supercilious – scornfully indifferent – to the plights and woes of the Nigerian masses. They loot the public treasury, maintain perplexingly extravagant lifestyles and treat those they supposedly represent and serve, the Nigerian masses, as the scum of the earth.
Unsurprisingly, the hallmarks of Nigeria under military rule, mass poverty, lawlessness, violence, theft of public funds, none payment of workers’ salary, police brutality, etc, remain the defining characteristics of the Nigerian society.
We still run, and still scatter in fear of the police and army for they still leave sorrow, tears and blood in their wake. Although, officially confined to barracks, soldiers, periodically, foray into civilian centers to harass, maim and kill civilians. The Nigerian Police Force remains world renowned for its brutality and extra-judicial killings. It behaves as though it is beholden to an occupation power because the Nigerian political elite behave like an occupation power. An occupation power has no sentimental and patriotic attachment to the occupied country. Therefore, in total apathy to the legitimate aspirations of the people and the good of the country, it rides roughshod over the people and mercilessly exploits the country.
Ironically, we now have more reasons than in the days of military rule to run and scatter. The different levels of governments added to the list of purveyors of sorrow, tears and blood. In addition to the police and soldiers, we now also, run and scatter because Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), etc are rampaging through, and leaving sorrow, tears and blood in their trail. We also run and scatter because the siren blaring convoys of our civilian rulers are speeding through. Those unable to scamper out of the way of their zooming motorcades are in for big trouble. Their security details break the windscreen of motorists that could not speedily get out of the way, and then, threaten to shoot them for daring to ask why their windshields were broken. In other instances, they were flogged, beaten up, arrested and detained, even when the “offender” was a mother taking her children to church or an elderly priest groggy from an all night prayer session.
Our “democratic leaders”, in their unmitigated cruelty, routinely bulldoze the homes and businesses of Nigerians without due process. They do these in complete disregard of the hapless men, women and children they abruptly render homeless and the indigent they dispossessed of their sources of subsistence. Recently, against the relentless objection of the people of Owerri and in defiance of a court injunction, the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, demolished the Eke Ukwu Market in Owerri. In his unequaled wickedness, he bulldozed the market at mid-night when the traders were not around to salvage their goods from their stalls.  
As the day broke, traders frantically scrambled to retrieve whatever was left of their wares in their demolished stalls. And quite naturally, they protested the unwarranted destruction of their sources of livelihood. For the demolition exercise, and to contain the expected traders’ protest, Governor Okorocha deplored the army, air force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Department Security Service (DSS) and the police. In their harassment of the traders and protesters, they killed three persons, including a 10 year old boy that was helping his father to recover his goods from his demolished market stall. If Okorocha is not a vicious loony, wholly deranged by grasping avarice and untrammeled power, why did he, in addition to the police, deploy the army, air force, NSCDC and DSS to contain a peaceful protest by unarmed traders? 
Why is Nigerian democracy devoid of the essence of democracy: social justice, rule of law and subordination of governing powers to the will of the governed? It is because it was twisted and bent to the personal will of an evil oligarchy. An evil oligarchy matchless in its dictatorial and undemocratic methods; electoral fraud; disregard for human lives; and stealing, sharing and salting away billions of dollars slated for the public good. 
Tochukwu Ezukanma writes from Lagos, Nigeria.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) last night held an emergency meeting at Aso Rock in Abuja. The closed-door meeting, which began at 8:30pm and ended at 10:15pm, was presided over by the chairman of the forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.
Addressing State House correspondents later, Yari said the meeting discussed the ongoing amendment of the constitution by the National Assembly.
Yari said the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, would be invited to brief the forum in two weeks’ time.
Those in attendance included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Simon Lalong (Plateaeu), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Nasir el-rufai (Kaduna) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).

The deputy governors of Benue, Nasarawa, Imo, Enugu, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ekiti States represented their bosses.

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[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Nigeria’s ex-Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, yesterday, threw his weight behind the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Oseloka Obaze, ahead of the November 18 Anambra election.
The endorsement of Obaze’s candidature by the elder statesman has laid to rest speculations in the media of the endorsement of the second term bid of the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
Addressing PDP faithful in his family house at Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state, Ekwueme said time had come to unseat the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to pave way for a PDP government in the state.
He noted that Anambra had been a PDP state, regretting that APGA was able to steer the affairs of the state for 12 years as a result of the protracted crisis in PDP.
"Anambra State is a PDP state from inception; we shall henceforth continue with PDP. Time has come for us to take away power from APGA," he said.
Ekwueme, whose first daughter, Chidi Onyemelukwe, is the running mate to Obaze in the governorship race, insisted that the November 18 poll would bring to an end, the fame of APGA in the state.
On his part, Obaze described Ekwueme’s endorsement of his candidacy and that of his daughter as "eloquent testimony of his position in the party."
He said the choice of his daughter as running mate was to compensate him for the enormous job he did in the transformation of Igboland.
*Photo Caption - Oseloka Obaze

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - The annual budget of about N7 trillion can’t build a modern economy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said. He said the desire of the Federal Government to grow the economy was limited by the fact that its annual budgeted expenditure is only a small part of a multi trillion naira economy.
The vice president said government’s policy of partnering with the private sector was also borne out of reality.
"The private sector is clearly the bigger contributor to the economy. It thus follows that the private sector must be enabled and encouraged to play its decisive role if our development efforts are to succeed," he said.
Osinbajo said this in Abuja yesterday at the commencement of the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit with the theme "Opportunities, Productivity and Employment: Actual is in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan".
The vice president’s speech was made available to State House correspondents by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
Osinbajo said government was concerned with the very high interest rates which, he noted, had to do with government borrowing.
He said since the evidence pointed to a crowding out of the private sector, the government would reduce its demand for domestic paper and seek to refinance maturing domestic debt with longer tenor and cheaper external borrowing.
He also stated that intervention funds would continue to be made available through the Bank of Industry, and the repositioned NEXIM and the Bank of Agriculture, as well as the newly established Development Bank of Nigeria.
He assured that government would continue to sustain the dialogue with the private sector through the National Economic Summit and the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum.

Osinbajo also stated that government counted on the continued engagement of the private sector to support its economic policies.

*Photo Caption - Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo



[ Masterweb Reports: Don Silas reports ] - The Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor has admonished Igbos to be realistic about Biafra agitation. Okorafor said this Sunday during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Emeabiam Parish, at Christ Anglican Church Emeabiam in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Bishop said Igbos must come to terms with present realities confronting the zone in the Nigeria context. The cleric implored Igbos to squarely address their problems or else, they will not succeed.
He stressed that not even the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)’s agitation and its leadership can solve problems of Ndigbo.
The prelate lamented lack of unity among Ndigbo and berated some groups championing the secession struggle for being at each other’s throats.
He, however, advised that they should not dissipate energy fighting each other, but appreciate the fact that "they are pursuing common goals, which are to confront their oppressors, marginalisation and subjugation, as a race, in the national polity."
Okorafor maintained that until Ndigbo become united, they would continue to be denied their position as a vital component in the Nigerian polity.
"Besides craving for unity, Igbo should embrace economic ventures in which they have comparative advantage in their zone.

"Igbo should return to agriculture because we have good and arable land in the South East, rather than looking up to the North," he said.

*Photo Caption - Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - A primary school teacher in Anambra State, Mr. Okodo Clement Nwoye, has been named as the winner of Nigeria’s 2017 Overall Best Teacher. Nwoye, a teacher in Central School Abagana, in Njikoka Local Government Area, won the award organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja.
Announcing the winner in Awka, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, represented by the Director, Education Support Services, Mrs J. N. Ibeh, said the award presentation ceremony would hold on October 5 in Abuja during the World Teachers’ Day celebration.
Also, Roseline Nkemdilim Obi, a teacher at Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha, was said to have won the maiden edition of Maltina Teacher of the Year Award in 2015.

Reacting, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, said she was proud of Mr Nwoye and all the other teachers because they were perfect examples of all honesty and hard work.

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[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has urged the Nigerian Army to release the report of its investigation on the recent activities of the army in the South East tagged 'Operation Python Dance II'.
He also called for appropriate punishments to be meted on errant officers, while mechanisms are put in place to end such violations.
A press statement signed by Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie, Director of Media, Osita Chidoka Campaign organisation, the former Corps Marshall, of the FRSC urged the continued spirit of brotherliness among Nigerians.
He called on the Federal Government to use the occasion to heal the wounds caused by the civil war on the Igbo by issuing an official regret.
Chidoka, who is the governorship candidate of the United Progressives Party, PPA for the Anambra governorship election, said this was necessary as Igbos commence the 50th remembrance of the horrific massacre of the innocent in Asaba during the civil war.
The statement reads: "We urged the military high command to release the report of its investigation on alleged abuses and violation of the rights of citizens by security officials involved in the widely criticized Operation Python Dance in the South-East.
"Recalls that the military had acknowledged that it was investigating reports of alleged rights violations including a video showing the dehumanization of civilians by some soldiers along Port-Harcourt – Enugu Expressway.

"We therefore urges the military to accelerate its inquest, make its findings public and apply appropriate punishments on errant officers, while mechanisms are put in place to end such violations."

The UPP candidate commended well-meaning Nigerians from other parts of the country who identified with the anniversary including Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Father Matthew Hassan Kukah.
He pledged his commitment towards the pursuit of the interest of Ndi-Igbo through institutionalized legal and legitimate means.

*Photo Caption - Osita Chidoka


[ Masterweb Reports: Emeka Mamah reports ] - The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has denied allegation by the former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, that its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, escaped to the United Kingdom, through Malyasia, adding that Kanu had not been seen or heard from since the military invaded his country home and killed some members of his family.
IPOB said that its lawyers would compel Dr Kalu to appear in court and speak on oath, all that he knew about Kanu's whereabout on October 17, when his case would come up before an Abuja High Court.
According to IPOB's Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, "It has come to the knowledge of the worldwide family of IPOB and it's leadership, regarding the wild and widely reported comments of Orji Uzor Kalu on the whereabouts of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This man Orji Uzor Kalu has again made claims that could only classify him as beholding to the Fulani caliphate interests.
"His spurious claim that the overall leader of IPOB and prophet of our time Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has made his way to London via Malaysia is confirmation that he would do or say anything to escape his ongoing trial.
"Worse still, he might be a hapless victim of a well orchestrated blackmail by his masters...
"We expect many more compromised Igbo leaders to follow suit in the coming days. After all selling collective Igbo interest and by extension that of Biafra has been their hallmark. It didn't start today but their era is coming to an end.
"Biafrans are now well accustomed to Hausa Fulani errand boys euphemistically referred to as Igbo leaders coming out once in a while to condemn what is in the collective interest of the people. They have no qualms about conniving with Hausa Fulani soldiers to kill and maim their own people as long as their meaningless and fake interests are protected.
Only people who have no qualms about what happens to their natives man without honour, and devoid of shame will spout such unfounded, uncorroborated nonsense in the hope of letting Buratai off the hook for the abominable atrocities his soldiers committed in connection with the disappearance of our leader when his home was raided on September 14, 2017.
"Both the United Kingdom and Malaysia are civilised countries and not as corrupt as Nigeria, where there is no accurate record of migration in and out of the country. What Orji Uzor Kalu is saying in essence is that United Kingdom government officials were lying when they rightfully demanded the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
"For the information of those who may have fallen for the bare faced lies of Orji Uzor Kalu, United Kingdom is an island nation surrounded by water and it is near impossible to enter without being documented. If our leader is in the UK their government will not bother demanding that he be produced by the Buhari regime. Lying it seems runs deep in APC.
"It is not right to apportion blame to Orji Uzor Kalu alone but, there is no other humiliating indictment of the an entire race than when those, who in traditional Igbo setting would not speak in public, suddenly rise up to spread falsehood.
There seems to be an ongoing battle among so-called political leaders in Biafraland as to who will emerge the anointed son of the Fulani caliphate."
IPOB through her lawyers will compel Orji Uzor Kalu to appear in court alongside Buratai on the October 17, 2017 to tell the world, under oath, what he claims to know about the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
His laughable assertion that the IPOB leader is in London is confirmation that all along he has been working in tandem with Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano, Rochas Okprocha and others to slaughter as many IPOB family members as possible in order to please the core North.
Any right thinking person, aware of the dubious upbringing of Orji Uzor Kalu and his fraudulent paternity claim against the famous businessman Nnanna Kalu, a man that publicly denied him, should dismiss his latest antics as another calculated attempt to endear himself more to his Hausa Fulani Islamic handlers. The question Orji Uzor Kalu must answer is this, if indeed you are Nnanna Kalu's son, why do you tell people you come from Igbere when the man you fraudulently claim is your father is not from there.
Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before his abduction by Nigerian Army has brought an end to the era of cash and carry politics politics of subservience to Hausa Fulani to the detriment of Biafra. That was why he flatly rejected your monetary offer to him to compromise his uncompromising stance on Biafra restoration. Thankfully today you have told the world that Nnamdi Kanu cannot be bought. The politics of selling the interest of the East to the North is why all Hausa Fulani stooges in government houses across the South East ganged up with their Hausa Fulani masters to kill Nnamdi Kanu and proscribe IPOB.

Their wish having come through, they are now lining up to exonerate the military because they know their names will be mentioned as accomplices to mass murder of IPOB family members.

Orji Uzor Kalu and his co-conspirators must await the fury of the people which is slowly building up. The same way Romans rose against the murderous Brutus and his gang that slayed the popular Julius Ceasar, so will the mob in Biafraland descend on all traitors in no distant time.
Planning and executing the mass murder of IPOB members including our leader and looking to cover up your complicity with bare faced lies, will expose and render Orji Uzor Kalu inconsequential and expose him for the Hausa Fulani slave he truly is. The masses will set an example with the likes of Orji Uzor Kalu, Okezie Ikpeazu and Willie Obiano in no distant time that other quislings like them may learn.
We have formally instructed our attorneys to add the name of Orji Uzor Kalu as one of those who might help in locating of our leader. He should be prepared to present his evidence in a court of law and be cross examined under oath. The surviving members of Kanu family have all denied ever talking to the lying Orji Uzor Kalu about the whereabouts of our leader, so he should be prepared to mount the witness box because his lies have gone on for far too long.

*Photo Caption - Nnamdi Kanu

[ Masterweb Reports: Ronald Mutum reports ] - The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not in the custody of the military.
Defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche, at a press conference in Abuja that it was not the responsibility of the DHQ to declare Nnamdi Kanu wanted.
"Nnamdi Kanu is not in the custody of the military," he said.
He also dispelled fears over the October 1 quit notice given to Igbo’s to leave the North and denied reports that the military raided the home of Nnamdi Kanu.
He said: "Nobody raided Kanu’s home and I stand to be justified, not from the information I got. I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live and also speaking with them on the ground."
"The people that came out there that I saw were the Biafra security service and Biafra National Guard.
"I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify them legally to mount roadblocks. I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.
"For the past couple of days since the operation started, the feedback I have been getting from that place is that yes, they are happy.
"Some of them were actually afraid even before the operation started not of our troops but of the people that were actually getting them to fight, people that were actually intimidating them. But now, they have a lot of relief.
"We have our sources of information as information outfits of the armed forces. We also get information from the general public using our own sources as a form of checks and balances," he added.
He said the armed forces of Nigeria were not alarmed by worries of an increasing militarization of the country.
"Other countries passed through this, if you go into history, before getting to where they are as developed countries today. Like in China, you see one policeman inside a car, you hardly see a military man outside and it depends on the developmental process and what you passed through.
"That’s why in simple terms, I will tell you that we are not alarmed at all. For example, in the last terrorist attack in the UK, 24 hours after the attack, the government asked the military to take over the area.

"If the UK government can tell the military to take over, to back up the police, I think we are just about 100 years old of amalgamation and we about 57 years old, it’s not out of place," he said.
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