[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, says the building of the Aba Mega Mall in Osisioma Local Government Area will benefit Aba people and create employment opportunities. The Governor stated this during an inspection visit to the site to see the progress of work.
He stated that Aba is noted for commercial activities, adding that the siting of the mall in the city will further boost commerce and industry there.
He called on Aba traders and business men to acquire shops in the mall, pointing out that the mall is one of the legacies of the PDP-led government in the state.
The Governor who urged Aba people to ask politicians who are soliciting for their votes what they have contributed to the state and Aba called on them to support the PDP in the state all the way.
He commended Green Field Assets Limited that is handling the project for doing well despite the initial funding problem and expressed optimism that the project will be completed soon.
Earlier in his speech while conducting the Governor round, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Green Field Assets Limited, Mr. Paul Obanua, said the first phase of the 20,000 square metre shopping space would soon be ready for commissioning, maintaining that it has over 100 shops.
According to him, the mall will be the biggest shopping mall in West Africa and will comprise the first dry port in Igbo land as well as 100 room hotel and a business resort.
*Photo Caption - Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - To buttress his unconventional sermon last Sunday where T.B. Joshua berated pastors who ‘forced’ their members to pay tithes and offerings, a video has surfaced of the Nigerian cleric refusing a whopping $1,000 offering.
The clip, which was posted last week on Emmanuel TV’s channel on video-sharing site YouTube, shows Joshua ministering to the sick during his recent visit to the South American nation of Colombia. An elderly Paraguayan lady who had travelled to the meeting from Switzerland is shown receiving prayer for a 60 year back problem.
After she had received prayer, the son of the overwhelmed lady brought out an envelope from her bag. “In here is an offering that she has been saving for a year - $1,000 for your ministry” he tearfully told the Nigerian pastor. “Help me give it to the needy,” T.B. Joshua instantly responded. “These are the things that hinder miracles,” he then explained to the crowd. “It would look like the miracle is exchanged for money.”
How many pastors would do the same, I wonder?
[ Masterweb Reports: Makweembo Manasa reports ] - Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has released a message to the nation of Zambia on the eve of their presidential elections via his official Facebook page, followed by 1.5 million people.
Joshua, who boasts of a large followership in Zambia due to the popularity of his Christian television station Emmanuel TV, advised Zambians to let their conscience guide them in choosing their next leader.
“My people of Zambia, shalom,” the cleric’s message began. “At this period in Zambia, I wish to let you know that you are not alone. Our God is aware of what we go through. He will not leave us to our own strength. This is a time we must pass through. With Him, there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
He called on Zambians to remember the Biblical injunction in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to ‘pray without ceasing’. “imHim, If we know that God is with us, why should we be troubled?”
The controversial Nigerian cleric encouraged Zambians to involve God in their voting. “If you are going to cast your vote, let God’s Word be your standard. Let your conscience be your guide; be convinced in your own heart because anything that does not come from faith is sin,” his short message concluded.
Intriguingly, the current power tussle in Zambia in the wake of former Zambian president Michael Sata’s death in office was allegedly prophesied by the Nigerian cleric.
“Two of the nations in South Africa will face a leadership tussle because of sicknesses and disease,” Joshua allegedly said in February 2014.
The election will pit Edgar Lungu of the ruling Patriotic Front party against his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development.
Zambia’s second President Frederick Chiluba paid a visit to T.B. Joshua’s church in Nigeria both during his presidency and after it, stating publicly prior to his death that he watched Emmanuel TV on a daily basis.
Makweembo Manasa ( Email: email@example.com ) reports from Lusaka, Zambia.
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Zonal Coordinator, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-East presidential campaign organisation 2015, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia
State, says the zone is fully committed to delivering President Goodluck Jonathan in the February 14, 2015 presidential elections.
Governor Orji stated this while addressing journalists after a meeting of state coordinators of the South-East presidential committee held at the Government House, Umuahia, to strategize on how to deliver all the PDP candidates in the zone.
The Governor said they discussed and strategized, having seen their deficiencies and are ready to make amends to ensure victory for the party at all levels.
Governor Orji who said that crisis is bound to occur in every political party assured that the PDP has the capacity to overcome the crisis in Ebonyi and Enugu States, adding that President Jonathan is on ground in the South-East and ready to clinch victory at the polls.
According to him, Abia ranks high among states that have collected their permanent voters cards so far with a record 82.7% and promised that the South-East zone will sensitize their people to collect their voters cards before the commencement of the elections.
The meeting was attended by Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi state among others.
*Photo Caption - Governor Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Ohanaeze Ndigbo met with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Villa on Wednesday and endorsed his plan for re-election in 2015. The meeting between President Jonathan and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was to assure the President that the people of the South East were behind his re-election plans. The meeting was also intended to assure the President that there is only one Ohanaeze leadership under Chief Gari Igariwey and that anybody purporting to be representing Ndigbo is an impostor.
Confirming the meeting Wednesday with President Jonathan, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gari Igariwey, told the Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC) and Director of Media of General Association of all Igbo Christian Ministers and Organization (GAAICOM), Rev Obinna Akukwe in a chat that there is actually a meeting with the President but that Ohanaeze cannot take any decision on where Ndigbo is headed for in 2015 till after the town hall meeting scheduled in Abakaliki between President Jonathan and Igbo leaders on Friday. Chief Igariwey was the person who as Deputy President General of Ohanaeze Ndibo in 2011 rejected a N20 million naira bribe from agent of a presidential aide aimed at mortgaging Igbo interest. He has been under intense pressure by PDP agents to unilaterally adopt Jonathan as the candidate of Igbos just as his predecessor did but he insisted on a somewhat collective decision.
President Jonathan is scheduled for re-election campaign rally in Abakaliki on Friday and will later address a town hall meeting where Ohanaeze leadership expects him to use the opportunity of the town hall meeting to address issues affecting his unfulfilled promises to Ndigbo. The plot by agents of the presidency using Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu to force Ohanaeze Ndigbo to adopt Jonathan as its sole candidate for presidency 2015 has failed thrice, including during two separate Imeobi meeting and also during the Igbo Day Celebrations held at Awka in 2014. Igbo leaders have continued to insist that Jonathan have not fulfilled any of his promises to Ndigbo, citing especially, the 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu International Airport , Onitsha Seaport, Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway as some of the numerous unfulfilled promises to Ndigbo.
Those present at the Wednesday meeting with the President include Chief Gari Igariwey (President General), Dr Joe Nwaorgu (Secretary General), Chief OAU Onyema (Deputy President General), Chief Onyia (Vice President General -Delta State), Eze Cletus Ilomuanya (Chairman South East Council of Traditional Rulers), Eze Ambassador Agubuzo( Chairman Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers),Chief Gibson Nwosu (Ezeuzu of Awka), Chief Ibe Nwosu ( Ezeigbo of Abuja), Prof Chief Uwazulike (Chairman Aka-Ikenga),Prof Anya O Anya (Chairman Ohanaeze Political Committee), Senator Hope Uzodimma( Chairman Ohanaeze Mobilization Committee), Chief Tony Okeke (Chairman Zodiac Hotels), Dr Sam Egwu( Former Governor Ebonyi State),Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife (former Governor Anambra State), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu (Former Presidential Aspirant), Prof ABC Nwosu (Former Minister of Health) and Senator Ken Nnamani (Former Senate President).
The Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC), Rev Obinna Akukwe was also informed by one of the delegates to the Aso Rock meeting that there was disagreement within the team over the exclusion of the 82 year old nationalist and Chairman of Ohanaeze Elders Council, Chief Mbazulike Amechi from the delegation that visited the President. Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Eze IBe Nwosu were the first that protested over the exclusion of certain persons, and were supported by some other delegates before the contention was resolved. Those tactically excluded from the meeting include Dr Alex Ekwueme (former Vice President), Chief Joe Irukwu (Past President General of Ohanaeze), Dr Dozie Ikedife (Pat President General), Eze Justice Eze Ozobu(Past President General), Prof Ben Nwabueze (Past President General), hief Mbazulike Amechi , Chief Raph Obioha and Chief Mbazulike Amechi among others. Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu was said to have excluded self from the delegation by arriving Abuja after the team had left for Aso Villa.
Sources who attended the meeting told Rev Akukwe that President Jonathan promised to give more attention to the zone during his second tenure.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Chief Gari Igariwey, President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain) reports ] - Who will believe my report and in whose eye was the vision and plan of God for his people revealed? As a writer, journalist, societal watchdog, a watchman, like a priest in the old testament of the bible called and anointed right from the womb to keep the watch and shine the light for others to see. My calling and vocation entrusts me with a great charge of balancing truth and conveying the message and popular opinion to the society. For Ndigbo, and to my kinsmen of Abia, I am your brother and son, keeping watch over my people. And in my watch, I was meant to see a vision of the sufferings that my people of Abia, God’s own state has patiently been enduring. While at the island of Las Palmas Spain, I remembered Umuogele Nvosi my village, Aba and Abia, and as a young man I had a vision and not a dream, as dreams belong to our aged parents at home.
“And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” Joel 2: 28. I am not a dreamer rather I have and believe in vision as vision keeps you focused. And according to K. Ferlick, a vision is accompanied by a knowing that what is seen is a real possibility if there is the willingness to do what is necessary to create it. Waking up early morning to watch the beauty of creation at the seaside in the beautiful Island of Las Palmas, the spirit of God took control of me and I was shown a vision like John in the island of Patmos, and there was a voice saying to me write down what you see, and send the message to the Abians.
This is the message from he that makes to be, the king of kings, and he that the earth and all that dwell in it belong to, saying to Abia God’s own state; I know your troubles; I know that you are poor when really you are supposed to be rich. I know the things done against you by those who claim to be leaders but are not by their works. Let not your heart fail you, because your redemption is near through him that is coming.
I know your labour; I know how hard you have toiled in vain and how patient you have been. I know that you cannot tolerate vindictive people anymore, and you have tested those who say they are rulers but are not, and you have found them wanting. Remember how Aba town used to be in the past and how far it has fallen from grace to grass and has degenerated to a city of slump. The time has come for the city to be restored back to its former glory even better by him whom I send.
I have seen the oppression my people are being treated in Abia, I have heard their cry out to be rescued and bring them out from Egypt and restored to God’s own state, a gracious land, fertile, rich, and flowing with oil. I have indeed heard the cry of Abians, my own people and I see how the taskmasters are oppressing you. Now I am sending you my servant who will, like Moses rescue you from bondage and lead you to your promised land. For I have no other one naturally minded, who will affectionately care for my people of Abia state like him. For all before him seek their own and not the things which are for the welfare of my people.
After that I saw myself in the midst of the council of departed elders of Ndigbo and Abia, and there were, Akanu Ibiam, M.I. Okpara, Ururuka, Sam Mbakwe, Nwanyimma Okezie, K.O. Mbadiwe, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and others too numerous to mention. The elders were on a tour of their home states and the entire Igbo land. They nodded their heads with satisfaction as they traversed the streets of Anambra, Enugu and Imo. But as they arrived Aba to enter Abia state, lo and behold, there was pandemonium, confusion, riot and dejection all over them, as their countenance and demeanor changed to that of disappointment. Immediately Nwanyimma Okezie did not waste any time to call Aba and Abia women to riot just like she did in 1929 to protest against arbitrary rule in the land. Sam Mbakwe was crying uncontrollably like a weeping governor, and refused to be consoled when he saw the state of decay and abandon of the Aba shopping center, Enyimba hotels, Aba roads, rural electrification, projects he put on ground for Abians before his departure which has become abandoned. Akanu Ibiam, Okpara, Ururuka, Zik, and Mbadiwe lamented that what they saw was beyond their comprehension and not befitting for a God’s own state as it did not show the fruits of their labour for the state they diligently worked and laid foundation for.
Like Ebola, they were all scared to enter Aba as to avoid dying a second death which may cost them the resurrection of the dead which all of them are waiting for to come back to finish their good works for Ndigbo. As the elders were consulting among themselves and lamenting on what to do about the condition of Abia state, there was a loud voice saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then a voice replied and said, here I am send me. And immediately, there was a rousing ovation joy and hope among the council of elders and crowd of witnesses as Odumegwu Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, the late Eze Igbo Gburugburu, Ochiagha Ndigbo, Ezedioramma Ndigbo appeared at the stage leading a young man with the name boldly written ALEX OTI, and said Aba, Abia, here is your beloved son in whom I am well pleased, follow him, as he will do for Abia the good works my other disciples and his fellow brothers before him did and are doing in Anambra state. And at that point the vision vanished.
Now, hear you Precious voice, Abians Alex Oti has been sent like Moses to deliver you from the state of bondage, backwardness and take you forward to the height destined by God for you. Your redemption is very near, and your salvation lies in your own hands. Today, he stands at your door knocking for your support, if only you would hear his knock and his voice to open your door and usher in the man whom God and the twenty four elders of Ndigbo in heaven has given the key to lead Abia to the promised land, then it will be well with you. He is the man Abians has been waiting for. Remember as God’s own state, you cannot continue to suffer lack in the midst of plenty; “Nwa eze anaghi ario nri” Power belongs to you, and with your vote you can say no to suffering and secure the future of your children. Stand firm and resist any attempt to sell your conscience for a morsel of bread and checkmate your votes to be rigged. While I commend the serving governor for offering his best to the people, at this dispensation, Abians should be allowed according to Igbo adage; Were onu ha kporo onye akidi; meaning to use their mouth to call their own beans ball seller.
Therefore, I call on Aba people and the entire Abians, to awaken from slumber and face the realities of your situation and possess your possession. Remember nobody will do it for you better than you ought to. You have all it takes to greatness, but you have been ignorant and blind about using your resources, talents, and civic rights to better your own lot. The time has come when you should no longer stand as onlookers and watch someone crack your kernels and decide your fate for you. Regardless of the damage and failures and disappointments of the past, a new dawn has come, don’t remain passive. God has sent you a leader, an astute resource manager, tested and proven, and above all one with fear of God who will not deviate from the Godly virtues imparted to him right from childhood by his God fearing parents. Abians, you cannot go back to start a new beginning, but with Alex Oti you can start today to make a change for a new ending.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Alex Oti
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Thoedore Orji, has presented a budget estimate of N102.4 to the state House of Assembly for the 2015 fiscal year.
The figure represents a 12% decrease from the 2014 budget outlay of N115.3 billion.
Delivering the budget he termed "Valedictory Budget" on the floor of the House, Governor Orji disclosed that the recurrent expenditure is N62.20 billion while the annual estimated expenditure is N40.18 billion.]
Governor OrjI said the decrease was occassioned by the global fall of crude oil price and premised on the framework of International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) and structured along a Medium Term Expenditure framework which takes into account projections for the years 2015 to 2017 using 2013 budget as the base year.
He expressed his expectation that the 2015 budget will provide the completion of all on-going projects, put in place job creation and poverty reduction, as well as physical and human infrastructure and by so doing go a long way in transforming the state in critical areas such as peace and security, infrastructural development, health care delivery, improved internally generated revenue (IGR), education, agriculture, water resources, environment, housing, gender sensitivity and youth empowerment programmes among others.
According to Governor Orji, fiscal control policy measures would be put in place in order to achieve full implementatikn of the 2015 Appropriation Bill when it finally becomes law.
The adoption of Public Private Partnership initiative, the governor said would build strong stakeholder support which will create wealth, empower the the private sector and generally bring about improvement in the welfare of Abians.
Responding, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu urged the state government to endeavour to consolidate and improve on the gains so far achieved with a view to returning the state to the part of sustainable economic growth and development through structural and institutional reforms.
The Speaker advised that job creation programmes be further formulated and implemented to make the domestic economy to become more productive.
He further urged for increased access to such variables that will continue to guarantee the attainment of the Millenium Development Goals ( MDGs) and the Abia State blueprint on vision 20-20-20 among others.
*Photo Caption - Governor Chief Thoedore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Nkululeko Nene, Sihle Mlambo & Sapa report ] - Nigerian pastor TB Joshua has taken some of the relatives of the 85 South Africans killed when a guesthouse collapsed at the Synagogue, Church of All Nations on a shopping spree and showered them with cash.
The controversial pastor extended invitations to 44 relatives of the deceased for Christmas dinner and many accepted. Another group is expected to go to Nigeria this month.
Mpumalanga schoolteacher, Wonder Ndlovu, 47, whose husband, Mbongeni Ndlovu, 52, died in the collapse, was among the first group to spend time with the pastor after the tragedy.
She told the Daily News they had a “nice time” in Nigeria and had been taken shopping – apparently at Joshua’s expense – as well as handed 50 000 Naira (about R3 200), and taken out to the best hotels.
They also visited the site where their loved ones died.
“He (Joshua) took us to a five-star posh hotel for dinner, fine food and drinks. The hotel is in Victoria Island,” said Ndlovu.
“After chilling we came back in his luxurious kombis. (There were) more surprises while (we were) preparing to sleep. The mamas who took us shopping knocked and presented us with 50 000 naira each and they said we (must not) use all our (own) shopping money… I just sang A huna ya tshwana le yena (there’s no one like him),” she said.
On Monday, the group visited the disaster site and Ndlovu said it was an emotional experience.
“We met with the man of God (Joshua) and he briefed us about the site visit.
“Wiseman Harry and other evangelists took us there, it was very emotional for me, but others were strong and comforting.
“I brought flowers from South Africa and laid them with my son.”
Added Ndlovu: “The prophet is full of surprises. After weeping, he took us to the city to see places. To our surprise we shopped till we dropped and the bill is on him.”
Joshua laid his hands on and prayed for the relatives, a feeling Ndlovu described as a “touch from heaven”.
“We were having the time of our lives, forgetting the pain of the past and looking forward to picking up the pieces and moving on. Yesterday has gone by, but tomorrow is forever.”
Ndlovu said of the disaster site: “It is ugly. Looking at the building foundations we are convinced it was an attack.”
The Lagos state coroner is carrying out an inquest into the causes of the collapse at a guesthouse within the church’s compound.
Expert witnesses have said the structure was unsound and lacked proper permits, but Joshua’s vocal followers have insisted the building came down as a result of foul play, and was a bid to destroy the powerful religious leader.
Among the theories advanced by Joshua loyalists is that a plane flying in the area at the time of the collapse dropped an explosive device on the building.
One weapons expert called by the church’s lawyers, Beidomu Iguniwei, has testified that the collapse could have been caused by an “infrasonic weapon”, although there appears to be no credible evidence to support that claim.
Testimony at the inquest has dismissed sabotage as a cause, including evidence from aviation officials who said the air force plane in question was on a routine training mission and had in fact landed before the building collapsed.
Meanwhile, some of the KZN families who have received invitations to meet Joshua this month said they would gladly go.
Simphiwe Ngcobo, 29, of Durban North, said the trip to the Nigerian capital would help him connect “spiritually” with his parents, Dickie and Dennis Ngcobo.
He said he was excited about the trip and would travel with a relative this month.
“It is important for us to go to the site and pay our respects to our loved ones. We have accepted their death and we are moving on.
“We could have gone with the first group of families but we decided to be with the family over Christmas,” he said.
“We have no qualms against anyone, which is why we have gladly accepted this wonderful gesture from the man of God.”
Reverend Eric Myeni, whose 29-year-old son, Sabelo, died in the September 12 collapse, has also accepted Joshua’s invitation.
He hopes to meet Joshua and receive spiritual guidance.
“We need to overcome what has happened by showing our faith in Christ. We can never reverse our adversity. But with hope in the Lord we can overcome the pain suffered,” he said.
While 74 bodies were flown back to South Africa last month, relatives and friends of the remaining 11 spent the festive season without closure as the forensic identification process was still under way.
Speaking from Nigeria, Kirsten Nematandani, a spokesman for the church based in South Africa, confirmed a second group would visit this month.
He said the “healing” process for the families began last Friday when they had gathered for three hours at the church’s “Prayer Mountain”.
“It is where our prophet’s vision started. When you walk to the sacred mountain, you have to take off your shoes. It is a life-changing experience,” Nematandani said.
“We have been staying at the church premises. The prophet stays here too.”
Nkululeko Nene, Sihle Mlambo & Sapa report from South Africa.
*Photo Caption - Pastor T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports: Jojo Kwebena reports ] - A shocking video allegedly showing a Lagos State politician performing a strange ritual while naked has been posted on the internet by a controversial Nigerian pastor.
The video titled, ‘APC – A Satanic Party’ was posted on video-sharing website YouTube by ‘Archbishop Samson Mustapha Benjamin’, the General Overseer of Lagos based ministry Resurrection Praise Ministries International, popularly known as ‘Jehovah Sharp-Sharp’.
In it, a man he alleges to be Hon. Olusola Israel Adekunle, the local government chairman of Alimosho, Lagos, is seen stark naked in a swampy area sitting on a horse. He is heard muttering some unintelligible words before pouring a reddish substance all over him which the cleric described as ‘human blood’.
The video was preempted by an article on a Nigerian blog several months ago, revealing that during the ‘ritual’, Hon Adekunle had placed curses on his political enemies while appealing for favour in the eyes of the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
In his comments, ‘Archbishop’ Benjamin alleges that the same ritual has been undertaken by all prominent members of APC, describing the political party as ‘satanic’.
“Has Papa E.A Adeboye of RCCG allowed Pastor Prof. Yemi Osibanjo go through the same ritual process or will he allow him to do it,” the cleric then ponders, insisting that although Adeboye is his spiritual father, he has permitted politics to compromise his Christian faith.
Adekunle has yet to respond to the divisive video.
[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - A group, New Foundation of National Understanding (NFNM), which has retired military officers and activists amongst their fold, has called upon Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan to postpone the 2015 Presidential elections and prepare for war against agents that wants to invade Southern Nigeria using Boko Haram. The group alleged that
there is a plot by some few disgruntled political and religious extremists of northern extraction to extend the reign of terror of Boko Haram to the South East, South West and South South, causing disaffection among Igbos and Yorubas while Boko Haram takes over the entire South on a religious agenda. The Group claimed that their
petition is already before the President and Commander-in Chief as well as Heads of Security Agencies.
The leader of the group and a retired military officer, Mr Chris Okigbo explained this when he led a delegation on a courtesy call on the Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC) and chieftain of General Association ofall Igbo Christian Organizations and Ministers(GAAICOM), Rev Obinna Akukwe at Abuja during the weekend. Mr Okigbo informed the Igbo Mandate Congress leaders that Boko Haram was meant to be another pogrom against the South in angst over the emergence of Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan as President of Nigeria.
According to Mr Okigbo,” There cannot be presidential election when the military wings of enemies of Nigeria are annexing christian territories in the North and gradually coming down south. Their grand design is to gradually occupy territories and prepare for massive invasion of Southern Nigeria”. Pointing accusing fingers at key northern politicians as sponsors of Boko Haram, The leader of the group said that “any attempt to assassinate President Jonathan will result to civil war; in fact the President should impose a state of emergency on the nation if the murderers do not stop the killings, and postpone the elections till calm returns”
Mr Okigbo described Obasanjo as a coward who failed to divide Nigeria when he had the opportunity. He said that he was among the people that held several meetings with former President Obasanjo at Otta Farms since 1988 and many times later and discussed on how Nigeria will be divided and when the Ota farmer got the opportunity, he danced to the tune of the North, and mortgaged the future of Southern Nigeria. Speaking on Boko Haram, Mr Okigbo said that “I even discussed the issue of emerging northern terrror group with Obasanjo several times when he was the President, especiallyin 2006 and 2007, and he failed to take precaution until we have this problem of Boko Haram at our hands”.
He also claimed that before 2011 when Boko Haram became an albatross, he had already personally informed other key Yoruba leaders like General Akinrinade, Adebayo and Prof Wole Soyinka of the emergence of a northern terror group and their intentions to invade Southern Nigeria on a religionist expansion. Mr Okigbo also claimed that his disagreement with the late Biafra leader in 1982 was because he opposed the attempt by former President Shehu Shagari and his then Political Adviser, Chuba Okadigbo to force Ikemba Nnewi Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu to mortgage Igbo future by joining the northern party called NPN. He named some key Igbo collaborators with the northern establishment to occupy Southern Nigeria
and claimed that he was the one that thwarted the earlier plot by the north to invade Benin and Yoruba states in 1983 a fact he claimed Obasanjo and Ojukwu had sufficient intelligence on.
Mr Okigbo told Rev Akukwe that he had discussed this issue with key Igbo leaders and that soon a public position will be taken on the development. He asked Rev Akukwe to ''use his influence as a stakeholder among the Christian Community in the South East especially CAN and PFN to bring this issue to the knowledge of church leaders'' In his response the DG of Igbo Mandate Congress lamented the dearth of Igbo leadership after the demise of Ojukwu and according to him " at this juncture when charlatans have taken over Igbo leadership, the absence of Ikemba is greatly felt''
He begged the group not to ''disrupt elections in 2015 and play into the hands of looters of government treasury whose incompetence is glaring ''and promised to set up a study group over the weighty issues contained in the petition and forward its findings to key church leaders and Igbo political figures. He asked Mr Okigbo and group to exercise restraint as God has not finished with a united Nigeria yet.
Commenting on the matter, the Assistant Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo , Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu said that Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership is aware of the petitions and documents and will only comment on the issues when the need arises, He advised Igbo leaders to shine their eyes so that events of the past do not repeat again
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan