[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - This is a passionate plea to world leaders viz Obama, Hollande, Merkel, Putn, Jinping , Ban Ki Moon and other leaders to do something urgent before the Boko Haram Jihadists gang-rape to death the over 250 school girls abducted in Chibok in April and another set of teenagers and young girls numbering above 250 abducted in villages near Chibok in numerous other raids between April and June. Below are lists of what these Christian teenagers are facing in the hands of Jihadists who claim that they want to modify the secular status of Nigeria.
(1) The first hint of what these christian school girls are passing through was when a little boy of 15 years discovered two of the abducted girls tied to a tree, raped and abandoned to die in the forest about a week after their abduction. The crime of those girls was that they refused to convert to Islam and terrorists raped them either unto conversion or unto death. According to Baba Goni “I heard the girls crying and telling the others that they had been raped, then just left there. They had been with the other girls in Chibok, all taken from the school in the middle of the night by armed men in military uniform” Baba Goni also said that the villagers told him that” four were dead, shot by their captors for being stubborn and uncooperative”
(2) Few days later a few girls escaped from the camp of the religious rapists and narrated that they are being raped up to 15 times in a day. According to Oladimeji Thomas, a christian Councillor working with other groups to help the traumatized victims, ” one of the girls I inter viewed told me that she was raped 15 times by 15 men in a day.” Going further Oladimeji said that “..it is obvious the girl needs to be managed she looked confused. She found it hard to talk to me but after much prodding, she confessed to me that she was raped 15 times a day by 15 men throughout the time she was with the Islamic insurgents before she could escape from their den”
(3) Weeks later, another escapee christian girl who was earlier abducted some months before the Chibok abduction narrated her experience in the hands of the terrorist. According to this lady by name Rosemary( surname withheld to avoid victimization) who was captured months earlier around Maiduguri , but fortunately was able to escape Boko Haram, somewhere near Bama. She spoke to newsmen lying on a hospital bed. Rosemary narrated that over seven men slept with her every day for over two months.
The victim also confirmed that she was held captive with more than 30 other women and young girls. Rosemary that all the females were forcefully used by the insurgents as sex toys. The virgins ones and the very young girls were usually given to the leaders. The older women, or the married ones, were left for ordinary fighters.
Many of the abducted women and girls would never return. Rosemary confirmed that Boko Haram kills women for non-compliance to the sexual demands, punishes them regularly. Female hostages at terrorists’ camps die from torture as well.
(4) Senator Ahmed Khalifa Zanna, representing Borno Central in Nigeria’s legislative chamber revealed that some of the girls are being gang-raped and shot and the video is being circulated in Borno. According to Senator Zanna’s testimony, “actually the information I’m getting, some of them are very disturbing. Although I don’t want to mention but they are just raping the girls on camera and even showing them on video, releasing it to the public”
Zanna explained further that “Somebody told me that they were shown being raped, and in turn, it is the girl who was raped that came out kneeling down and begging the man to be patient. Do you know the reason why? They said when they rape them they shoot them. Therefore the girl after being raped, she curled down to the man, kneeling down and begging him to please be patient. So disturbing”.
(5) A Boko Haram commander who came to Borno to buy lorry loads of foodstuff for the insurgents by name Mallam Hassan Ali was apprehended in May and the sexual Jihadist. confessed to the Civilian JTF ( a volunteer group of locals against Boko Haram activities) that two of the abducted school girls were already married off to him, despite his advanced age. Later reports that the girls are being married off reached the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN). Senators Zanna and Ali Ndume from Borno State later confirmed that they are being married off .
(6) Mallam Abubakar Shekau had said in his televised video that he will sell off the girls as slaves because in his own words Allah told him to do so. According to Shekau” “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,”. Going further the murderer said that “God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions,”. This came weeks after those girls, most of them virgins, have been sexually molested to heights beyond hellish comprehension ostensibly on the orders of Allah.
(6) Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo had alluded in a controversial interview that the many of the abducted girls will never return alive (probably those being shot or raped to dead for failing to convert to Islam, and those who converted earlier and after heights of inhuman sexual molestations, decided to recant their conversion). He also talked of those already pregnant with children. Obasanjo claimed that government failed to act on time to rescue the girls and inferred that his attempt to negotiate the release of the girls was not accepted by the Nigerian government. These girls are just abandoned in the hands of Jihadist rapists.
(7) Two weeks ago, Chibok Christian residents disappointed that the over eight hundred thousand personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces could not deliver their precious daughters from the hands of the Jihadist rapists despite empty promises, resorted to prayers to intercede for God to save their children. Boko Haram would have none of their prayers, they attacked them in their churches on a Sunday morning and by the time the violence was over, nine churches were burnt down and over eighty worshipers killed, including some relations of the abducted girls.
(8) Chibok is literally dead, the town is deserted, residents are hiding inside the bush, parents of the abducted girls are dying one by one, as at last count, nine have died while the rest are walking corpses. The rest of the nation sees the Chibok issue as stale news, politicians are looting treasury, including funds meant to fight the insurgents, and political spokespersons of government and the opposition are hypocritically throwing tantrums at each other.
(9) Going by the account of the few escapees, they are raped by 15 men, 15 times daily, a harrowing experience for teenagers of age ranging from 12-18 years. 15 different men raping a little school girl 15 times daily translates to 1350 different men having forced carnal knowledge of each girl within the 90 days they have been kidnapped.and if by the next ten days, when they would have clocked 100 days in detention, there is no negotiated or forced release from the den of the Jihadists, they would have been raped 1500 times by 1500 different men .
(10) Nigeria's government of Goodluck Jonathan and his entire armed forces have shown cluelessness concerning the Chibok issue and the false hopes they gave the victim's parents ( many of whom have died as a result of heart break) that their daughters will soon be back, prevented these parents from seeking self help solution. Government preoccupation is funding and winning the forthcoming presidential election, scheduled for first quarter of 2015, and Chibok abduction have ceased to be an important factor, except for few pubic relations rhetoric.
The Islamic leaders of Nigeria have equally failed to mobilize the Muslim populace to stamp out this group committing atrocities in the name of Allah, and continued to deny that the perpetrators are their members. The international community should close all differences and save these innocent girls abandoned to an evil fate by an insensitive Federal Government and Islamic Leadership living in self-denial.
Obama, Hollande, Merkel, Putin, Jinping, Please Save These girls
This crime of using multiple inhuman gang-raping to force people to convert to Islam is another export from the Nigerian brand of Jihadists, and if the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and indeed the entire developed nations do not join hand to rescue these girls and prosecute those responsible, other Islamic militias all over the world will adopt the ideology of kidnapping and raping school girls.as means of prosecuting warfare. I enjoin world leaders like Barrack Obama, Francois Holande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Ban Ki Moon and other world leaders to either authorize the storming of the terrorist hideouts and release the girls or directly initiate negotiations to effect their release, whichever is more expedient.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - U.S. President Barack Obama
[ Masterweb Reports: Hilda Ifegwu reports ] - My role through my writings have been from the traditional angle as an Ada Abia. It is traditional in the sense that Umuada from the cosmology of the Igbos would always intervene to make peace, especially in tricky and knotty issues. I have been away for over three months and so been unable to contribute but the present situation, bordering on the 2015 election is worrisome and the Igbos say that an elder cannot be in the house and watch the goat strangulate itself. I plead that if I fail in my mediation, please jettison my words but do not throw me away as I cherish my Igbo heritage.
Abia like other states of the Federation is brimming and brewing with political activities. Men and some women are into frenetic efforts to position themselves to the state of jostling for positions of visibility for May, 29, 2015. Nothing so odd as it is the mode of political circumstances where so many are at the base and few or only one person will bubble to the top, chosen by the accredited electorate and electoral system. Abia has a peculiar case and through this peculiarity may be very close to the proverbial light at the end of the political tunnel if handled analytically and positively.
It is obvious that such a decision cannot be taken without the contribution of Chief T. A. Orji, the incumbent Governor and leader of the PDP in Abia. Many, as it is normal are watching his lips to give direction; most of the contestants have their hearts thumping, praying feverishly that the governor plays the good umpire as any of his moves would tilt the balance.
Ochendo has exercised unexpected caution as many would have cared less and anointed somebody of their choice mostly based on selfish considerations. In truth, Ochendo has spoken, giving the direction of the governorship but, not pointing at any particular individual.
The most peculiar of all situations is in the sense that one third of the senatorial zones, the Ukwa na Ngwa, of the Southern Senatorial Zone have wept like a motherless child. They have furiously pointed at the crown as the only and most important object that have made them strangers in their own land since the creation of Imo State till the migration to Abia. Chief T. A. Orji, an important umpire has unequivocally stated that power shift along the line of the senatorial ones is the most proper thing and the most suitable mode fashioned out of equity. This “Zonal Shift” is the line of thought of most states. Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross-River and Akwa Ibom are on the same wavelength. Weighed on a natural scale, it is only human and reasonable that where three people, three communities, even three states have an inheritance and two out of these three had gotten their shares, what stops the third?
Abia Charter of Equity from which arguments are flying, making a claim for Isiukwuato based on the “I” in ABIA acronym, may seem a wild goose chase considering so many factors. Even in the Charter of Equity, the book doused the fears of domination and denial of zones and recommended a spread of political, elective and appointive positions.
If we may ask, what is the population of Isiukwuato in present day Abia? They only exist in one Local Government and a fraction of Abia North made up of five Local Government Areas. Have we moved to the considerations of LGAs or rather equating them with zones? If Isikwuato is ALLOWED, Umuneochi, Umuahia South and Arochuckwu may come up with claims for equal opportunity.
Such argument may not stand or be supported by facts. We are in the threshold of implanting sanity, equity and fair play if we take the political journey to the South. The gains will be unspeakably enormous: Unnecessary tussles will be laid to rest. On the second note, it would give the potential senatorial zone time to prepare, putting their best foot forward in terms of candidates. Having planned and executed well, court cases would be less, thuggery and thuggism would be on its way to extinction with little attention paid to settlement and extortions by law enforcement agencies.
The incoming governor would spend less on election bills and would have valuable time for the electorate. Having gone through an impartial selection process among peaceful coexistence, the stakeholders and electorate will have much say in the government of the day, distancing the killer we-and-they feelings.
And finally to bother Onyebor, be careful with the people urging you to run for office, there is hunger in the land and people are eyeing your bulging pocket for you just left the army shoulder high. Take some time and study the electorate. Military solutions may not be suitable for political and civil situations. Military precision may be counterproductive to emerging Civil Society disorder. If you proceed as they’re urging you, you may come out with your shoulders low, drenched like a bird in an unexpected rain. History has a lesson from Ojukwu who joined the NPN straight from exile. Even when he was in the heart of the Igbos, he never won any election till he died.
For our wonder kid Uche, you have mastered energy and credited with oily pockets. This is one game you have not mastered. It is a quicksand, slippery and highly consuming. Take a little time, study, mingle and jingle with our people, do more charity works as you have been doing, deliver speeches, attend more burials and wedding occasions. Four or eight years are not a lifetime for age is on your side. More so, I see you as a better parliamentarian than one trapped in governorship labyrinth. Mind you, this is my candid opinion; you can always exercise your constitutional rights. As it stands, you may take it or leave, the choice is strictly yours.
Hilda Ifegwu reports from Umuahia, Abia State.
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Death Announcement ] - With a heavy heart and profound sorrow, the Akpom family of Umuaroli village Onitsha announce the sudden and painful death of their wife, daughter, cousin and friend Mrs. Jovita Nkeonyelu Akpom. Born on Tuesday, the 23rd of September 1980, she passed away at a tender age of 33 years of age on Wednesday, the 2nd of July 2014 at the Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington Texas (Close to Dallas Texas). Jovita is the wife of Ike Akpom, the younger brother to the venerable Attorney at Law Onwa Okey Akpom.
Words cannot begin to describe the pain and anguish that our wife's passing has inflicted on us. We are certainly aware that death is inevitable but not so soon especially to a young lady full of life and vitality. This is a profound loss and the shock continues to reverbrate. But amid this pain, we surrender to the Lord Almighty for it was Him that giveth and it was him that taketh. Jovita was very lovely, extremely lively, kind hearted with a very gentle soul. She may have transitioned to the land of the departed but her memory will glow in our minds forever.
On Friday, the 18th of July 2014, a wake keeping ceremony will take place at the:
Venue: People's Convention Center
Address: 2710 West Irving Blvd
Irving Texas 75061
Irving Blvd @ Roger Williams Rd
(Irving Bazaar Shopping Center)
Time: 8pm CST
Phone Number: 972-375-1189
All are invited to join the Akpom family, the Onitsha and the larger Nigerian community in the Dallas Texas area to bid a fitting farewell to Mrs. Jovita Akpom. Our hearts ache with anguish but God knows best and it is on this platform that we bid our farewell to our beloved wife until we meet again. Ije Oma.
The following individuals can be contacted about the wake and the corresponding arrangements:
Chizoba Abadom 480-650-5393
Onwa Okey Akpom 817-917-6069
Attorney Bernard Nwaiwu 214-537-0489
Ike Akpom (Husband) 817-449-4563
Rasheed Musa 972-357-4140
Murry Musa 817-966-2752
Frank Akpom 817-204-8576
Akunne Bosah 682-558-4922
Chris Iwobi 469-528-5107
Dr. Onyekachi Okoro 214-253-7486
Doris Chemirmir Akpom 214-288-9099
Clara Ndupu 817-602-9928
Onyeoma Nwata 469-464-6637
Ezenwa-Aroli Nnamdi Okolo 817-204-8086
*Photo Caption – Late Mrs. Jovita Akpom
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] -Resolution of two critical issues that have caused a deep divide at the National Conference formed a part of the plenary session of the Conference on Wednesday, a day partially devoted to debate on the modalities for the implementation of the Conference report.
One of the issues which were handled by a special committee comprising leaders of geo-political zones and other selected delegates was the Land Use Act and the contentious argument as to whether or not it should be removed from the constitution.
The other critical issue which had split the Conference into two regional blocs was the Derivation Principle. It bordered on whether the existing 13% allowed by the Constitution should be retained, reduced or increased.
The Committee on Devolution of Power had in its report recommended that due to the sharp division created during discussions on the issue and based on the capacity of such division to destabilize the Conference and even the nation, the status quo (13%) be maintained.
This it said was to avoid upsetting “the existing peace and equilibrium in the polity,” which it described as a product of years of political engineering and craftsmanship by the founding fathers of the Nigerian nation.
However, tempers started rising during the debate on the report when delegates from the north and the south took opposing positions on the critical issue.
While delegates from the south insisted on increase between 25% and 50%, those from the north said nothing more than the position of the Committee on Devolution of Power would be acceptable to them.
The matter was immediately handed over to a special committee comprising leaders of each geo-political zones, who then picked other delegates from their zones, for discussion and possible resolution.
Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who was introduced by General Ike Nwachukwu to present the report of the special committee, said the process of arriving at a solution was tedious but in the interest of the country.
He announced the committee’s decision that the derivation fund be increased from 13% to 18%; and that the decision was reached after two straight days and several hours of meeting and negotiation between all the interest groups which extended beyond the leadership of the six geo-political zones.
He said the decision of the group was guided by the belief that there would be no winners and there would be no losers; and that the only winner would be the Nigerian nation.
He also announced a 5% federal revenue allocation for solid mineral development and another 5% for Stabilisation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for the development of the North East, North West and North Central.
“We have reached agreement whereby no one will be completely unhappy,” he said amidst instant murmuring and applause from a cross-section of the delegates.
As soon as Professor Gambari ended his presentation, many hands went up for re-opening of debates on the issue while some delegates applauded the decision of the special committee.
Conference Deputy Chairman, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, after consultation with the Conference Chairman, Justice Idris Legbu Kutigi, announced that voting on the recommendations of the Committee on Devolution of Power would hold on Wednesday during which a decision would also be taken on the Gambari Report.
On the Land Use Act, the argument for its retention in the 1999 Constitution was based on the belief that allowing the Act to go would give chance for oligarchs to take over lands which the Land Use Act has democratized with the government as the intervening body.
Supporters of this school of thought also said that since land is not a renewable commodity, it must not be left at the mercy of land speculators; and that removing it from the constitution would be discriminatory and unjust to the poor.
It was their position that removing the Act from the constitution would create dichotomy; describing the suggestion as a grand design for the rich to buy land at cheap prices, a situation they said would lead to crisis that cannot be managed.
On the other side, the argument was that the Land Use Act should remain a law but must be removed from the constitution to make it easy for amendment.
They argued that at present, amending the Act through the constitution has become too cumbersome and that in other countries, land tenure is universal while governments nearest to the communities serve land tenure better.
They complained that government have taken peoples land and have refused to pay compensation; and that since the promulgation of the Act, access to land has remained a major problem, thus hindering economic development.
It was also stated that the power of compulsory acquisition vested on state governors has been, in most cases, used arbitrarily without the payment of adequate compensation to land owners.
The committee noted that both sides of the argument were convincing; unfortunately none of them agreed with the other and no side agreed to back down.
Thus, in its decision which was accepted by the Conference, it was stated that the Act would be retained in the constitution while certain amendments would be carried out in certain sections of the Act.
For instance, one of such amendment would enable land owners to determine the price and value of their land. It allows government to negotiate with land owners and not compensate them.
It was also resolved that the customary right of occupancy in Section 21 of the Act be amended to read “Customary Right of Occupancy should have the same status as statutory Right of Occupancy, and should also be extended to urban land”.
It was also agreed that Section 7 of the Act which deals with the restriction on rights of persons under the age of 21 to be granted statutory right of occupancy should be amended to read “restriction of persons under the age of 18”. This, it was argued, is because the Child Rights Act stipulates that a person attains adulthood at the age of 18.
With the decision on the issue of the Land Use Act, the report of the Committee on Land Tenure Matters and National Boundary was formally adopted, as amended.
Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications
National Conference 2014
*Photo Caption – Ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi, Chairman of 2014 Nigeria National Conference
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] -On the weekend of July 4, 2014, America will be celebrating her 238 years of independence from Great Britain. Ogidi which is the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government in Anambra State Nigeria will also be hosting their annual convention to benefit High/Secondary schools in Ogidi. That convention is slated to take place from July 4, 2014 to July 6, 2014 in Dallas Texas. The name Ogidi means "Pillar" and is the birth and burial place of one of the most prolific writers and a literary genius of our time. His name is Chinua Achebe who was born on Sunday, November 16, 1930 as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. From every corner of the globe, this incredible literary genius has touched so many with his amazing work by virtue of his incredible work as documented in the likes of Things Fall Apart, No Longer At Ease, Arrow of God, A Man Of The People and Anthills Of The Savannah. He was able to touch so many by virtue of the incredible gateway that education accorded him.
Today the proud indigenes of Ogidi, the home of Chinualumogu Achebe are organizing an annual convention in the city of Dallas Texas from July 4 to July 6, 2014 to benefit High/Secondary school education. Their efforts in embarking on this noble initiative is to restore the pillar that has come to define the Ogidi community. The literary icon Chinua Achebe might have passed away on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82 years of age but he left a legacy of knowledge and education. That legacy did not die with him. They actually live on and as a community we have a collective moral responsibility to sustain it. That legacy and that spirit is what the organizers of this year's convention are pursuing. On that note, all are invited to Dallas Texas beginning July 4, 2014 through July 6, 2014 to be part of the team that is sustaining the golden goal, the lofty standard and the glorious height that Chinua Achebe had set. Be there, be counted and be part of the fireworks that will illuminate the Ogidi community even more. The youth has rightfully been referred to as "Greater Tomorrow". The youth, the Ogidi community and mankind will be the beneficiary of this year's event. The proceeds of this year's annual convention will be dedicated to the youth and many more minds will be nourished with opportunity and knowledge with the hopes that they will blossom to be like Chinua Achebe, a great son of the soil.
We conclude with an obvious fact. As America is celebrating her independence on the 4th of July 2014, the fact still remains that next in importance to freedom and justice is education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently sustained. America exemplifies this fact. This is why a support for Ogidi's 13th annual convention in Dallas Texas is a support for our youth, our future and our soul. All are cordially invited and are encouraged to invest in the community. After all in the words of the Negro College Fund, "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste".
Ogidi Inwelle North America
Phone: +1 214 766 9120
*Photo Caption - As seen
[ Masterweb Reports: Eddie Onuzuruike reports ] - In the dark night of June 14, 2014, a surreptitious caravan-like movement loomed from the far North, undetected until it zoomed across Abia State.
A robust synergy in surveillance by security agencies in Abia realized that such a convoy may not mean well for the peace and tranquility that Abia has become synonymous with.
The swift intervention and interrogation that followed confirmed their fears. The findings of the interrogators were mind-blowing in that 486 men with few women numbering about eight moved in 35 unmarked buses in one direction. This led to many unanswered questions.
The 144th battalion at Asa, Ukwa East, of the Nigerian Army are in custody of the suspects and are presently grilling them to know if they actually have good reasons for their movement. Dr Khalid Abubakar, the general secretary of Ja’ Amatu Nasril Islam, spoke before he thought, ordering the immediate release of the people. He called it a crackdown on innocent Muslims.
Like a concerted effort, the Jigawa Assembly men threatened to take Governor Theodore Orji to court for detaining their brothers. If they knew the governor well, they would not have thought about the court as he has triumphed over 20 court cases in the past.
Another Salvo was fired by a Jigawa State representative at the National confab. In his words, the people detained, ‘were itinerant ‘traders’ criminalised on account of their religion and ethnic origin. Another group threatened to retaliate if nothing was done.
Such statements are highly inflammatory and suggest that these hasty defenders care less about the degree of insecurity these numbers of gangs would raise if allowed a free ride.
It is necessary to inform these reckless defenders that beside being inflammatory, that their statements make them accessory to crime by the mere fact that a most wanted Boko Haram operative was found among them. This has implicated the sojourners to a large extent if viewed from the police investigative angle.
Now the real questions: Why would 486 people undertake such a journey at night? Even if it is a Gold Rush, why such a large number in a single movement? What are their skills? Who arranged or created this labour market? Who paid for the buses when the ancient mariners scarcely had more than one thousand in their pockets? From experience of so many years, people from the North who offer services in the South-East and South-South are known to have distinctive trades as largely untrained cobblers with their boxes of scanty tools. Did these 486 have these credentials? Others are normally cattle rearers and butchers; were there evidence to identify them as such? Did these hasty defenders find out the personality and language of these massive travelers? How did they know that they were Muslims as claimed by Dr. Abubarkar and the Rep in Abuja confab? Too many questions, aren’t they?
With hindsight as a guide, most of these tradesmen come to the East in a special transport, joining trucks and trailers laden with goods where they pay little or nothing as fare, but the 486 were in cozy buses, some of them air-conditioned. Probably they were on a jihad or pilgrimage?
From reports garnered, two buses escaped. Why would they skedaddle if they were on a holy mission? More worrisome is that among these, a most wanted Boko Haram operative was found. Isn’t that enough damage to harbor a wanted man? It was claimed that they were headed to Port Harcourt and we ask, what is the population of Rivers State to require overnight the services of 486 people in one fell swoop.
This country belongs to all of us. People should be careful lest they import mayhem.
It has been a concerted effort in the whole of the country to release the Chibok girls. Abia State particularly abridged the May 29 democracy celebrations in solidarity with the moves to get our girls back. Prayers were ordered by Her Excellency, Chief Mrs. Mercy Odochi Orji for God’s intervention. A jingle: release the Chibok girls, is at present, running in our broadcast radio, the BCA, sponsored by Her Excellency. Nationally, huge efforts and collaborations have been on with other countries urging same. Our newspapers have not relented with such messages on the headlines of their newspapers.
The habit of inflicting injury and sacrificing our security by some groups with impunity should be condemned and punished.
Come to think of it, if these war mongers are truly caring for their brothers, would 486 drift in one batch to the South-South for jobs?
The statement of Chief Edwin Clark in one of the national dailies that some Northern governors are less concerned with the security situation should be taken seriously. It is typical of what the old man saw sitting down that cannot be seen by a young man atop a tree.
These same people have done little or nothing over the missing Chibok girls. The speed at which they reacted with threats in defense of the night riders portend evil and suggest that they may be part of the intent and mission of the movement.
I commend the Nigerian Army and associate agencies for their intense scrutiny.
The planned bombing of Winners Church in Owerri, is a big pointer that the insurgency is on the drift to the East.
The recent bombings in some cities are as if in war, with bowels of citizens spruced like tomatoes, bones laid bare and arms flung far off from dismembered trunks. Bloodletting scenes hitherto spared from our children’s view are now shown freely. Bomb making, reserved for military engineers are now informal lessons behind secondary schools and backyards.
Bellowing smoke, the aftermath of Boko Haram desolation has made Hiroshima and Nagasaki green with envy.
We survived a civil war. It may not be necessary stumbling twice on one stone.
Onuzuruike reports from Umuahia, Abia State.
*Photo Caption - Cross section of suspected Boko Haram Insurgents arrested between Aro-Ngwa and Imo Gate along Enugu/Port Harcourt Express way in Abia State by the Nigerian Army attached to the state, inset are the 33 buses conveying them. *CLICK FOR ENLARGED PHOTO.
[ Masterweb Reports: Victor Chinedu reports ] - It is heart breaking to see this evil group (Boko Haram) continuously mess with the church, the body of Christ, the anointed of God! It is more annoying when one remembers that Nigeria is a country blessed with major world class heavy weight spiritual champions who can just speak and this group will go into extinction! By a prophet God saved Israel and by a Prophet he preserved them. Where are the Prophets in Nigeria? We need our Prophets to arise and preserve this nation. We need our Prophets to speak the word of God over Nigeria.
If the Christian community is not divided by doctrine!!, if Christendom has love, Boko Haram cannot keep destroying lives especially the life of Christians. This heartless group of Monsters started by bombing churches while people were worshiping their God then moved on to other locations, now they are back to dealing with Christians as the released Chibok abducted girls� list shows that 900f the girls are Christians.
There is a reason why this happening mostly to the Christian community, it is time for the Lions to roar! I urge all the strong soldiers in the Lords Army to be alert and wear our weapons of war, a time has come to release carbon of spiritual monoxides against Boko Haram and Islam who has declared war against Christianity.
Mmmmmmmmm, therefore I speak from the office of a prophet!! in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I curse the satanic root of Boko Haram, I curse all their demonic members perpetrating the violence, I curse all their demonic installation of hell to manipulate Christianity! I curse all the demonic hands of Islam involved in wasting innocents bloods in Nigeria! I decree that by the BLOOD OF JESUS, YOU ARE JUDGED!!!!! ALL THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS MANIPULATING THE CHURCH OR THE MOVE GOD IN NIGERIA IS HERE BY CURSED!!
Father in the name of Jesus, I decree that these manipulations must stop! The Blood of Jesus is against every satanic installation of hell, I plead the BLOOD OF JESUS UPON EVERY CHRISTIAN FAMILY ALL OVER NIGERIA IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS,mmmmmmmmmmm this is the beginning, the war has started.
Victor Chinedu ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The attention of the Abia State Government has been drawn to the statements credited to some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly, where the latter had vowed to drag the Abia State government to court over the arrest of its citizens among the 486 Boko Haram suspects arrested by the army while travelling in a convoy of 35 buses in the wee hours of last Sunday morning.
The state government also has noted with dismay the reckless and unguarded utterances coming from some northern individuals and groups pretending to be the voices of the people of the North. These unpatriotic elements for no just cause have deliberately employed all kinds of guerrilla tactics to tarnish the good image of the Abia State government simply because it exposed and alerted the nation including the international community on the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members by a team of vigilant and gallant soldiers on routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.
As a responsible government, we want to state categorically that Abia State government had at no time ordered the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects travelling in a convoy of 35 buses. Instead, the suspected Boko Haram members were arrested by a team of vigilant soldiers on daily routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway, on the suspicion that occupants of the 35 buses were travelling at odd hours. The soldiers who effected the arrests merely carried out their constitutional and legitimate duties which are to protect lives and property of the citizens especially now that insurgency is on the increase in Nigeria.
The position of the Abia State government is that the security agencies should be allowed to thoroughly investigate this matter. Those meddling into this matter through their reckless and unguarded utterances aimed at weeping up sentiments for the detained suspects are the real problems of this country. There is no need at early stage to trivialize this matter along religious and ethnic lines. The arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects by the army should be seen as a serious corporate endeavour which all well-meaning Nigerians should allow the law to take its normal course. The Nigerian security agencies have the capacity to do a thorough job at the end of the day; they need our cooperation at this moment not distractions from self-acclaimed ethnic bigots who never mean well for the nation.
The threat by some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly to drag Abia State government to court if some of its citizens among the 486 Boko Haram suspects are not released to say the least is laughable and diversionary. Their utterances showed that they are lawbreakers and not lawmakers. Instead of the lawmakers to praise the Abia State government for providing the security agencies the enabling environment to discharge their constitutional duties they are busy chasing shadows. We challenge the Jigawa lawmakers to come to Abia to understudy how the robust synergy and relationship existing between the executive and State House of Assembly have ensured the atmosphere of peace and tranquility being experienced in the state today. Abia State government has not breached any law so we are not afraid of any law suit coming from the Jigawa lawmakers or any other group. The Jigawa lawmakers should come to Abia to be coached on the business of lawmaking. The difference is clear to all.
We implore the Jigawa lawmakers, the Arewa Consultative Forum, some individuals and groups of northern extraction trivializing the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects in Abia, to channel their energies on things that will promote the unity of Nigeria not on things that will destroy the corporate existence of the country. All should join hands with the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor
*Photo Caption - Map of Abia State
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Muslims Against Terror, totally condemn the attacks of the Sunni Islamic extremist Takfiri Group i.e the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists Organizations that operate in both Iraq and Syria that have captured several Iraqi Cities and pushed the country into deadly and barbaric chaos.
This Extremists Group (ISIS) is a terrorists organization who are killing the innocent people in cities, attacking the Government of Iraq and whose goal is to establish a radical State that violates the principles of Islam and the noble prophet.
The militant groups (ISIS) vows to inflame ethnic tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims living in Iraq, a move that could push the country and its neighbors into a full -fledged civil war.
And their actions have been predicted. It is written:
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) said; If he was here in the “End Time” when these people are doing these barbaric acts, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him) will be the first to kill them himself.
A people will come out at the “End of Time”, Immature, Foolish and Corrupt. They will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite the Quran, but it will not past their throats. They will pass through religion, the way an arrow passes through its quarray. If you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward for Allah in “The Day of Judgment”
Dear brothers, sisters and “People of the Book” (Christians and Jews) in Iraq.
We the Muslims against Terror stand as our duty of Muslims to establish the proof of Islam to the people so that truth can be made clear from falsehood. After that, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so, and whoever wishes to continue upon unbelief may do so. No one should be threatened or harmed in any way, if he does not wish to accept Islam.
Islam gives members of other Faiths, the right to practice their Faiths. Islam does not compel people of other Faiths to convert. It has given them complete freedom to retain their own Faith and not be forced to embrace Islam. This freedom is documented in both the Quran and the Prophetic teachings known as Sunnah. God addresses the Prophet Muhammad in the Quran:
“If it had been your Lord’s will, they would all have believed – all of who are on Earth! Will you their compel humankind, against their will, to believe?” (Quran 10:99).
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) states it clear; there is freedom of worship, i.e you shall worship your religion. “Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks and God hears and knows all things” (Quran 2:256)
God says what means:
“Anyone who kills a human being – it shall be as though he has killed all of mankind. If anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind”. These provide proof that Islam forbids killing of the innocent. (Holy Quran 5:32).
It is written in Holy Quran 22:39-40:
Allah (s) declares in the Quran; permission (To Fight) has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory. 40 (They are) those who have been evicted from their homes without right – only because they say “Our Lord is Allah. And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, Churches, Synagogues and Mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is powerful and exalted in Might.
For those who call themselves SUnni and those who call themselves Shia, let them know that there is only One Ummah, and everyone else who divides himself and names his sects or groups has erred. “And hold fast to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves” Quran 3:103
As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did. Quran 6:159
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result. Quran 4:59 Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah ]. And he was not of the polytheists. Quran 3:67
And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” Quran 41:33
Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.” If then they turn back, say ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will). Quran 3:64.
I on behalf of Muslims Against terror organization condemned the attacks and killing of innocent people in Iraq by Takfiri Islamic Extremist of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
We support the efforts of Nouri-Al Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraqi towards restoring peace and reconciliation, and we urge Iraqi citizens, Youths, Christians, and Muslims to volunteer in their City to carry arms to wage “Jihad” (Struggle, Strive) to fight and defend themselves, their cities and country against this Islamic Extremists Militants (ISIL), The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
It is a National “Jihad” (struggle, strive) and that, it is the patriotic duty of its sons who are able to bear arms to defend their country, their people, their Holy cities by volunteering to join the Iraqi security forces to fight and defeat these Islamic Insurgents (ISIL) in Iraq. We urges and advice Iraqi politicians to put aside their difference and unite in support for the military to fight these Insurgents (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists organization in their country.
We also call upon the International Community, the UN, USA, etc and the help of the neighboring countries (The Multinational Joint Task Forces) for collaboration between the Government of Iraq led by Nouri Al-maliki to assist and fight this Islamic Insurgents (ISIL) affiliates to Al-Qaeda terrorists organization.
We advise the international community against reckless meddling - it was their reckless actions in Syria that trained armed these Takfiri elements who now threaten the peace of the entie Middle East and world.
We offer condolences to the families of all the innocent people killed by the terrorists, also the families of Iraqi Soldiers who died in defending their countries by the “Religious fanatics” of Al-Qaeda.
We stand with them in solidarity during these difficult times. We pray for Peace, Love, Freedom and Security to return to Iraq, Syria, Nigeria etc and the rest of all Muslim Ummah and the world, in the name of Allah (swt) our Lord we pray (Amin). May Allah (God) guide and protect them (Amen).
We invite you to join us:
From Nigeria to the World,
We Denounce Terror.
Sir Doctor Amadi (JNR), JP, MPA.
Muslims Against Terror; Email: email@example.com
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Osita Ebiem reports ] - The recent reactions from certain quarters purportedly claiming to speak on behalf of Igbo/Biafran people in regard with the attempt to make a public announcement by the pro-Biafra freedom group known as Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF) at the studios of Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), to say the least is quite embarrassing. The Southeast governors’ forum that is reported to condemn the action of the Biafran activists could not have been speaking for the people.
The actions and utterances of the governors are no doubt borne out of fear and of course an insensitive and self-serving position.
There are perceived deliberate efforts by some people to mischievously distort the story of what happened on that 5th morning of June, 2014. Such dishonesty at this critical moment in the situation of things as they stand in Nigeria is uncalled for. It is for this reason that all people of good moral standing should come out to condemn the dastardly and dehumanizing manner that these Biafra freedom activists have been treated by the Nigerian police.
Ben Onwuka and the other 12 members of his group are being wrongfully imprisoned by the Nigerian police and should be released immediately because they have not committed any crime.
Under the international law the rights of Indigenous Peoples are protected under the circumstances that led to Onwuka and his fellow freedom fighters arrest by Nigerian police. And for the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to these laws, these men therefore have the right to declare their freedom any time from the encumbrances of the state of Nigeria anytime that they so wish.
When the news broke that Onwuka and some members of the Biafran Zionist Federation entered Enugu State Broadcasting Service to declare a free and independent Biafra, they were acting under the full protection of a set of civilized laws made by the international community.
It should also be made clear that Ben and his men were not acting alone or in isolation of the Igbo/Biafra people. The truth is that as things presently stand in Nigeria, every Igbo or Biafran alive today actually regards Nigeria’s government current control of the Biafran territory as an illegal occupation by a foreign power.
The people feel that they are under the weight of illegal and oppressive foreign power and are constantly hoping for the opportunity to finally free themselves from Nigeria and the threats of Nigeria’s Islamic terrorism. So to the people, Onwuka’s attempted announcement to free his people and their land from the stranglehold of Nigeria was a welcome move and did not come to them as a surprise.
The scuffle that followed when Ben and his fellow separatists entered the broadcasting studio and what led to the unnecessary murder of one of Ben’s men by Nigerian police further reinforces what the people already believe: That the Nigerian authority has always wished only death for them. Rather than shoot to kill at unarmed and defenseless civilians who were not violent at all and who were acting within their legal rights, shouldn’t the police had negotiated with them. From the shirtless pictures of (intended to humiliate) the Biafran separatists as released by the police, it is very clear that none of the men appeared to be irresponsible or very young as to assume that their action was merely that of youth or recklessness.
The truth at this time is that it is really too late for the government of Nigeria and its agents to continue to rely on using force and intimidation to suppress the various peoples in the country who are agitating for their freedom from the unworkable Nigerian union.
The right and most appropriate response at this time should be a negotiated and peaceful resolution of the issues that the separation activists are raising. The government and peoples should sit down and peacefully resolve to end a united Nigeria because it is not working and will not work for reasons well known to all the parties to the futile effort at trying to construct a country out of very disparate and irreconcilable culturally diverse peoples.
The wise thing to do is call for a referendum and let the peoples decide who they should associate with as fellow citizens of the same country. Let the Nigerian marriage partners walk away from each other alive rather than insist on a forced union and let the partners kill and destroy each other. There is never any wisdom in any such foolish obstinacy.
Osita Ebiem ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Igbo youth amongst many others demonstrating May 30, 2014 in remembrance of those that died in Biafra during the Biafran war.