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[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - A 64-year-old carjacker has been arrested by the police in Anambra State while attempting to sell a Toyota Tacoma jeep stolen in Owerri, Imo State. The suspect, identified as Monday Uche was arrested together with two others, Sunday Ofoekwe (42) and Joseph Chikezie (60), believed to be his accomplice.
Parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters Amawbia, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, said the suspects conspired with one Samuel Okowa and Johnson Okowa, still at large and removed the vehicle with registration No KGS 737 KS from where it was parked in a church in Owerri, Imo State.
"The suspects were tracked down by the Anambra State police and were arrested at Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of the State," she said.
Nwode who hinted that the suspects had confessed to the crime, said they were assisting the police with useful information, adding that they would soon be prosecuted.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Police logo



[ Masterweb Reports: Maureen Onochie reports ] - [ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Federal Government has disclosed plans to establish centres for missing persons in three states of the country. The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, disclosed this yesterday at in Abuja to mark the International Day for Missing Persons.
She said the National Technical Committee on the Establishment and Management of a Database of Missing Persons is setting up its pilot centres in Benue, Borno and Rivers.
Uwais, who is also the chairperson of the database committee, said it will serve as a platform for family members or friends of missing persons to engage with and document necessary information about their loved ones.
Speaking at the event, Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, said countless number of citizens have disappeared but some are allegedly in the custody of security agencies or the military.
She called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the establishment of the missing persons’ database.
On his part, Head of Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. Eloi Fillion, said over 10, 000 persons are missing in Nigeria.
"Together with the Red Cross societies in neighbouring countries, the ICRC is searching for 10, 480 persons, most of them children. This year alone, over 4, 000 tracing requests have been made to the Red Cross family by persons seeking information about the fate of missing relatives," he said.
*Photo Caption - As seen.


[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - Frontline contender and candidate of the pan-Igbo United Progressive Party (UPP) for the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka, has received the flag of his party for the poll; vowing to pursue its ideology of self-determination and restoration of the Igbo voice in the country.
Chidoka who spoke while receiving the UPP primary certificate of return from the National Chairman Chief Chekwas Okorie, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, said his emergence as the candidate of the party, signals a new beginning for the people and the resistance against the 5% relegation of the people of the southeast.
The former aviation minister said his candidature marks the end of an ideologically vacuous and imprudent government that holds no hope for the people while kick-starting a new era where the people can now vote for a governor of their choice and not for persons sponsored by godfathers.
According to Chidoka, "today, Anambra state is about to start a new beginning in the pursuit of our ideology as a people; the ideology of the UPP, which is the ideology of hardwork, creativity and the fear of God; the ideology of the restoration of our homeland and the rebuilding of our capacity as a people; the ideology of self determination and right to determine our role in Nigeria, where no man is oppressed.
"Indeed, it is the pursuit of the ideology of reenacting our people’s hopes and aspirations, the desire to be recognized as a free constituent of the country and where they are not relegated to being a mere 5 percent in Nigeria.
"Let it be known that the UPP has come to restore the Igbo voice <http://voice.?No><http://voice.?No> No <http://voice.?No> more would Anambra state be ruled by an ideologically vacuous and bankrupt party. In 2003, Chief Chekwas Okorie founded the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) on the idea that all the grievances of ndi-Igbo would be channeled through a political party to engage the other parts of the country. Unfortunately <http://country.Unfortunately> that dream was betrayed. APGA became an electoral vehicle meant for the election of people whose desires and interests are the maximization of their personal capacity and not the welfare of the people.
"That is why today, neither APGA as a party, nor the government of Anambra state, has any position on the agitation for the actualization of Biafra by ndi Igbo. They have no position on the issue of restructuring. They have worked with PDP and they are willing to work with APC. APGA as a party is adrift and we want to send it to its final funeral, and on this mission we have the full backing of the Anambra people.
"Our greatest resource is human beings and I will continue to stand by them. The banner I receive today is the banner that will do away with all that is wrong with us and promote all that is right. It is a banner that will question the history that makes us a people who though renowned globally as hard working people, are here in Nigeria, struggling to exert ourselves in our various endeavors", he said.
Chidoka, who revealed that his campaign and the vision of the UPP have since penetrated the nooks and crannies of the state with strong bonding with the people, said his candidature has for the first time presented Anambra voters with the opportunity of electing a governor of their choice as against the situation in the past where they are left with no option than to choose among stooges of political godfathers.
"No more shall Anambra state people be voting for persons who are sponsored by godfathers of people that are not contesting in the election, but whose major intent is to fleece the state and line their pockets and those of their party members and deprive the people", Chidoka stated.
Speaking while handing Chidoka the certificate of return and INEC nomination form, UPP National Chairman, Chief Chekwa Okorie said the UPP is the only party that has the full backing of the ordinary people adding that its victory at the poll has become inevitable.
He urged INEC to ensure a credible poll using its automated system to directly transmit results from the polling units to its central server to ensure that nothing but the will of the people as directly expressed at the polls, prevails.
Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie
Director Media, Osita Chidoka Campaign 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Brown Justice reports ] - August 30th, the world would be celebrating the 69th birthday anniversary of one of the most experienced and sagacious politician on the face of the Niger.
Alhaji (Dr.) Sule Lamido is a man I would say has seen both the good and the bad sides of politics in Nigeria.
Born in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu in present day Jigawa State on August 30th, 1948, Dr. Sule Lamido began his political career in the Second Republic as an elected lawmaker on the platform of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) led by the late Aminu Kano, the trendiest and popular politician the continent of Africa has ever seen.
When the promising Second Republic political experiment was aborted by some military obstructionists in 1983, Dr. Lamido went back to private business where he successfully ran some business concerns which created lots of jobs for the country's unemployed population.
At the dawn of the Third Republic which heralded another political opportunities in the country, Dr. Sule Lamido returned back to national politics where he served as the National Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) which was one of the most popular political parties in the country then. In fact, it has been established that the party in which Dr. Lamido served as its national scribe was the one that won the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election whose standard bearer was late Chief MKO Abiola.
When the military obstructionist led by the late military junta, General Sani Abacha struck again and disrupted the fledgling democracy, Dr. Sule Lamido resorted to political activism challenging the powers that be; a development that never went down well with the military establishment and subsequently stirred the honest nest.
As the founding member and national secretary of another newly formed political movement which later metamorphosed in to political party known as Social Progressives Party (SPP), Dr. Lamido delivered the harshest political criticism to the then military and maximum ruler of the country, General Sani Abacha.
It was the unyielding political struggles of Dr. Lamido for the restoration of Nigeria's democracy that led to his imprisonment by General Sani Abacha in 1998. As an astute politician, his incarceration did not dampen his political activism and doggedness as he continued with his pro-democracy struggles even in the gulag until God finally called Abacha. So, for the supporters of Dr. Lamido who were outraged over his imprisonment for political reasons some months ago by the current administration, this is not the first time Dr. Lamido is facing political persecution for his unquenchable believe in democratic Nigeria.
After his release from prison by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Dr. Lamido joined the political activities that led to the founding of the People's Democratic Party in which he is not only a founding father, but a strong pillar.
Because of the role Dr. Lamido played in the emergence of Chief Olusengun Obasanjo as Nigeria's new President in 1999, he was subsequently appointed as the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1999. As Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Lamido formulated and implemented many far-reaching policies that shaped Nigeria's diplomatic relations with other countries.
When the people of Jigawa State finally called on him to become their governor, Dr. Sule Lamido yielded and was subsequently elected as the governor of Jigawa State in 2007.
As Executive governor who ruled Jigawa State from 2007 - 2015, Dr. Sule Lamido executed unprecedented infrastructural projects and many human capacity development programmes in the state.
For Example, he built several schools and provided basic infrastures in all the school environments as well as training and retraining of teachers in the state for effective service delivery.
He executed many housing projects for low and middle income earners in the state using both the Dutse Capital Development Authority and the Jigawa State Housing Authority.
In 2009, former governor Lamido provided free plots of land and basic infrastructures as incentives to investors wishing to invest in the state's tourism and hospitality industry.
Even with little Federal Allocation to the state, Dr. Lamido was still able to build a state university, a world class airport as well as massive infrastructural projects in all parts of the state.
Other milestones reached by Dr. Lamido in Jigawa State include; payment of monthly salary as social security allowance to the aged and disabled persons in the state. The social security programme of the Lamido administration went round the entire state without leaving any part or person behind.
The Lamido administration in Jigawa State provided free maternal and child healthcare programme in the state.
During his reign as governor, Jigawa State was adjudged as one of the best states in the country that implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDS's) to the admiration of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban-Ki Moon.
Still on the health sector, the Lamido Administration also established the Jigawa State Medical Supply Organization (JIMSO). Under this organization, there were free medical cares for all prison inmates in the state as well as the distribution of free treated mosquito nets to residents in all parts of the state.
Following the rehabilitation, renovation, construction, completion and equipping of the Administrative Block of the Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital, the Lamido administration embarked on the supply of medical equipments as well as the recruitments of qualified health personnel to render specialized health related services to the people of the state.
With the introduction of ''Ask Jigawa People Health Initiative'' in the state by the Lamido administration, the health orientation and awareness in the state became so high that everyone became very conscious of his or her health profile or status. This is not to talk of the payment of monthly allowances paid to the students in the school of nursing and health technology.
Other achievements recorded by the Lamido administration in the state were; introduction of free and compulsory education for girls and physically challenged persons in the state, provision of learning materials, school furnitures, beds, electronic payments of students allowances to avoid diversion of funds, construction of 31 new hostels block for 6, 200 boarding schools, provision of 32 sitter buses for all girls boarding schools, construction of 38 new block classrooms, construction of 70 blocks of science laboratories as well as complete renovation of 48 schools and the sponsoring of 103 students to Singapore to study Information Communication Technology.
These were great achievements recorded by Dr. Lamido as former governor of Jigawa State which are all pointers to what he will do for Nigeria if elected as President.
While we await the February 16, 2019 Presidential election to enthrone a new president in the country, I want to use this chance to say Happy Birthday to Nigeria's President Awaiting.
Mr. Brown Justice ( Email: ) reports from Markudi Benue State.

*Photo Caption - Sule Lamido


[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) described the home coming of President Muhammadu Buhari after 103 days medical vacation in London as not only divine but a reward to all Nigerians for keeping faith with God and answer to their fervent prayers for an innocent man whose drive is to better the lots of all Nigerians. The Party thanked all Nigerians for their faith and love for our dear President and sympathises with Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and all those who promoted all manners of hate speeches against an innocent man whose only sin was that he wants to retrieve all the public funds those in PDP looted with impunity.
The Rivers APC stated this in a statement signed by its State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya and circulated by his Media Chief, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze on Monday in Port Harcourt, "We sincerely thank God for proven himself as the God of the just by saving the life of our dear President contrary to the prayers and wishes of these misguided politicians who decided to play ‘god’ in the politics of our country. We hope that they will seek for forgiveness from God and apologise to Nigerians for their unholy acts. Our sympathy mainly goes to Gov Wike who has to rush to Abuja to plead to be allowed to be among the delegates that welcomed the President".
With the home coming of President Buhari all those who thought that he will not come back so that their looted funds will be kept safe or swept under the carpet will now have a rethink because one way or the other the Government will ensure that all the looted funds which is the main reason behind the unwarranted tension and agitations across the country will be retrieved.
Now that the President is back hale and hearty, we expect Wike, Fayose, Kayode and the "Our Mumu Don Do" movement to turn the focus of their campaign for Mrs Deziani and all the PDP chieftains that looted our common patrimony with impunity to return our money so that we can reinvest such funds into our economy and provide employment for our teeming unemployed graduates.
This group can as well embark upon a campaign against governors who run their states without budgets, spend public resources sponsoring their cohorts to watch football matches in Europe, those states that have not conducted LGA elections and that stole bailout funds and refused to pay our hapless Civil servants their salaries and pensioners their pensions. They should start campaign against Governors that have turned their States to States of blood without any regard or respect to the sanctity of human life. Once, this group can kick-start these campaigns we can take them as a serious group.
The party noted with gladness the President's broadcast this morning which have assured Nigerians that they are now free to live and do business in any part of this country without any molestation or threat. According to the President, "Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance". We therefore plead with all Nigerians to give this government time and an enabling environment to operate so that she can fulfil all its Electoral promises to Nigerians.

Long Live APC!
Long Live Rivers State!!
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria

Long Live President Muhammadu Buhari

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari


[ Masterweb Reports:Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - I was excited to read of Acting president Yemi Osinbajo's tough talk against "hate speech." I am one who has classified the Acting president as "weak;" as someone too soft to talk tough and walk the bold walk against the enemies of Nigeria and towards our desperately needed progress. And so, even though the subject has been condemned as an unconstitutional gag effort, I appreciate the simple fact that Osinbajo was able to talk tough.

I would like to call the federal government's attention to other perhaps more important, actively deadly, terrorizing violations that must be likewise harshly condemned. There are various forms of terror and its incitement and facilitation, there is physical, verbal – as underscored – and economic terrorism among other forms.
1. Murdering hundreds of protesting Nigerian youth is terror, regardless of who is the perpetrator, civilian or military.
2. Secretly burying hundreds of Nigerians is terror.
3. Denying justice after the acts above is terror.
4. Concealing looters of money meant for dying displaced persons and concealing those with stashes of millions of dollars in their apartments is incitement and frank terror against the masses.
5. Concealing the names of indicted looter cabal who have made some refunds, in contempt of court order to expose their names, is terror.
6. It is economic terrorism to gift billions of US dollars to Aliko Dangote and other cabal via the FOREX subsidy scam, while robbing and starving the nation of these necessary funds for its survival.
7. Lying to the vulnerable in the northeast about the true state of Boko Haram aides, abets and directly supports and promotes terror against them.
8. The so-called "safe corridor" unauthorized amnesty for Boko Haram terrorists, killers and rapists is a breech of the anti-terror laws and frank terror.
9. The refusal of the government to provide state protection for and disarm so-called Fulani herdsmen and its support of Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai's funding of suspected rampaging murderers is facilitation of terror.
10. The diminishing of available police by keeping them assigned to protect the handful of looter cabal is terror.
For the above listed, I implore the Acting president make stern comment and promise appropriate harsh redress.

*Photo Caption - Dr. Perry Brimah



[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Osita Chidoka Campaign Organisation thanks all members of our great party the United Progressive Party (UPP) and indeed all delegates to the last Saturday's governorship primary for their overwhelming support for Chief Osita Chidoka, leading to his emergence as the UPP candidate for the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election. 

This unmatched support for Osita Chidoka indeed goes to show without equivocation that our people still identify, value and reward the undying Biafran spirit of hard work, resilience and determination. 

This campaign office appreciates the labour and sacrifices of our supporters and volunteers who accompanied our candidate as he campaigned vigorously, day and night, touring all the 326 electoral wards and the 21 local governments in the state, reaching all delegates and members of the UPP across board ahead of the primary.

Indeed, it is an incontrovertible fact that with our very extensive mobilization, even if the UPP had conducted a direct primary with every member of the party as delegate, Chief Osita Chidoka would have still won overwhelmingly, given his hardwork and the backing of committed party members.

Our campaign is built on hard work. We believe in the people and in reaching out directly to them. We will go in this same spirit as we engage in the main campaign for the November election.

Today, among all the governorship contenders, the Osita Chidoka Campaign has the highest demography of grassroots volunteers across all the 326 electoral wards and 21 local government areas in Anambra state. In the same vein, our great party, the UPP, with its pro-people ideology has the highest demography of genuine followership in Anambra state.

Our campaign is therefore all about the people. With the same spirit with which we worked for the primary, we will work harder now, more than ever before, to reach all the individual registered voters across Anambra state. We will engage in a door-to door campaign and reach the people one-on-one.

With the people, we will make a difference. With them, we will realize their yearning to take back their state and institute a bold, people-oriented and resourceful administration, which Osita Chidoka and the UPP represent. We will therefore continue to work hard and with the backing of the people and the Almighty God, victory is sure.

Finally, while we are still very much pained by the unfortunate death of a very dedicated and loyal member of our great party, Mr. Maduabuchi Uwakwe following a stampede occasioned by those who wanted to derail the UPP primary, we shall not be deterred, but stand strong and do all to honour him by working hard to ensure that the very cause he believed in comes to fruition.

We therefore call on all well-meaning people of Anambra to join forces with us as we move on, shoulder to shoulder, into our full campaign for the November governorship election. 


Barr. Bright Nebedum
Director General, Osita Chidoka Campaign.
*Photo Caption - Osita Chidoka at a rally.


[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - Kogi State chapter of APC is one big happy family, with only a handful of persons opposed to good governance in the state kicking against Governor Yahaya Bello policies and action since he assumed office. They are doing so because the old ways of doing things are gone, with the government trying to rewrite the history of the state, so that the unborn generation will have a legacy to hold on to, we can't afford to mortgage the future of our dear state for the sake of some few selfish cabals.
They are exploiting their access to the media to seek to manipulate the people. They have already failed because more than ninety percent of Kogi people remain solidly behind the programmes and policies of our youthful and popular Governor.
This very few cabals claimed that Governor Yahaya Bello is trying to hijacked the Kogi State chapter of APC, how can you hijack a party that you are the overall leader of in the State? Their claim is so amazing and shocking, to the best of my knowledge, the APC state chapter remains in Lokoja not Abuja, but this cabals always issued their press statement in Abuja. Probably, their is another APC Kogi state chapter in the diaspora in which they are leading. The APC in Kogi State remains one big happy family under our very hardworking and intensely innovative governor. Members and the entire leadership of the party have severally reiterated their confidence in the governor and have endorsed all his policies and programmes.
Governor Yahaya Bello is not the governor of only APC members in Kogi State. He is the governor of all the people of our great state irrespective of ethnic, tribal, social and political aspirations. We must continue to support the Governor to restore hope to the common people. Kogite are tired of looting, selfishness and nepotism.
Governor Yahaya Bello have given the youth a chance to create a better Kogi state of our dream, we must not fail him. We have been entrusted with this kind gesture, so it's time to take the bull by the horn and let's put the cabals to shame in any future election. Kogi belongs to us all.
Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman
Former Chairman Nigerian Community in Ukraine.                                           Email:
*Photo Caption - Governor Yahaya Bello

[ Masterweb Reports: Saawua Terzungwe reports ] - Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie‎,on Tuesday picked his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State.
Edochie stormed the national office of the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) with his supporters in Abuja, at about 3:57pm where he obtained his forms.
Addressing newsmen thereafter, the actor explained that he was in the race to rescue the future of the youths and people of the state through good governance.
He said that he would reduce the rate of poverty in the state through wealth ‎and job creation, provide infrastructure and develop other sectors of the state.
He noted that he was not deterred by the number of heavy weight contestants in the election, expressing optimism that he would gain support of the electorate and coast home to victory.
"Politicians have failed us‎. So I am in the race to touch the lives of Anambra people positively. The people are tired of stories," he said.
*Photo Caption - Yul Edochie
Editor's Note: Yul Edochie (born Yul Chibuike Daniel Edochie 7 January 1982)[4][5] is a Nigerian actor, named after popular Russian actor Yul Brynner.He is the son of Nigerian actor Pete Edochie. He was raised both in Lagos and Enugu. He is the last of 6 children. [ Wikipedia ]

[ Masterweb Reports: SKC Ogbonnia reports ] - The Nigerian corrupt cabal is exploiting the current Biafran agitation with increasing stridency. The venerable Merriam-Webster, mark you, defines corruption as a “dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers)” or “something that has been changed from its original form from what is pure or correct.” The confluence of these definitions perfectly rhymes with the pattern where successive Nigerian governments not only breed corruption by way of looting of public treasury but also through gross injustice as well as distortion of national history.


Very glaring, for instance, is that since the new wave of Biafran agitation heightened, instead of exploring lasting ways to resolve the crisis, the Nigerian government is aiming its underhand tactics towards the Igbo people. The most vexing, however, is the extent the government travels to accomplish its objectives. Today, even the Biblical Judas Iscariot would be ennobled as a Saint insofar the Igbo is humbled.


The pawn here is the seemingly unsuspecting Hausa-Fulani ethnic block of the North-West and North-East political zones. This group, which wields the current ruling authority, is well-known to appear tactlessly testy when it comes to any slightest suggestion towards Nigerian disintegration. By consequence, the corrupt hawks from other zones have wasted no time to cash in. Today, any nuanced opposition to the Biafran secession bid or even mere anti-Igbo antics by corrupt politicians prompts an automatic eyes-left from the nation’s anti-corruption agency.


Consider, for a moment, the case of the twin corrosive engines of the Nigerian Senate in its president, Olubukola Saraki, and his dateless deputy, Ikechukwu Ekweremadu. This duo, remember, had hitherto employed Ohaneze Ndigbo youths along with the threat of Biafran secession as a shield to elongate their illegitimate stay at the helm of the upper chamber. Today, they are singing a different tune, grandstanding as the prime apostles of Nigerian unity. It is not a coincidence, therefore, that most of the corrupt charges preferred against them have been mysteriously quashed.


The most brazen is the spectacle of James Ibori and Ifeanyichukwu Okowa. Celebrated not long ago as the first Igbo governor of Delta State, Okowa was installed by Ibori, the fugitive ex-governor, who recently completed a 13-year jail sentence in England but remains officially wanted by Nigerian authorities for all shades of corruption. However, in a grand scheme to vacate Ibori’s case and pretermit the corrupt cabal that has loomed in Delta State throughout the Fourth Republic, Okowa has been doing his portion to appease the powers that be by deepening undue divisions within the Igbo in name of opposition to Biafra. The following verbatim quote from the governor is a partial testament:


“Biafra agitation, we criticize it. Anioma land as it is said, was part of Bendel State; we were part of the Midwest State, we have not been part of the South East. So obviously, we cannot be said to be part of them (Biafra). We may speak a similar language, but we are not part of the South East. We were part of the Mid-West, now we are Deltans.” 


In a widely published essay, “The Southeast Igbo Did Not Kill Ahmadu Bello”, I reminded Mr. Okowa and his co-travelers among other things that Chukwuma Nzeogwu, the very Igbo man most closely linked with the death of Ahmadu Bello, an incident commonly blamed for the Biafran war, was actually from the present-day Delta State in the South-South zone—not the South-East. Before my ink could dry, I was greeted with another groundless argument in line with Nigeria’s post-war agenda to marginalize the Igbo nation squarely to its core base of the South-East. To Okowa and his pseudo archeologists, the Delta North Senatorial Zone (Anioma) of the South-South—of all places—must no longer be part of the Igbo nation. Yet, they cannot dare question why and how the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group extends to parts of the entire North or the basis for the rightful claim of the Yoruba of indigenous settlements in the North-Central zone, particularly Kogi and Kwara States.


But it does not take a rocket science to fathom where Okowa’s gonzo theatrics are headed. Ibori, period! Lo and behold, on Sunday, 16th of July 2017 came a disguised toast of a certain Senator Peter Nwaoboshi at Ibusa (Igbo-Uzor). On hand were Dr. Okowa, Dr. Uduaghan, Dr. Saraki, Chief Ekweremadu and the entire Senate camarilla to welcome with pomp and pageantry Chief James Onanefe Ibori—all using the occasion to disclaim Biafra, of course, while claiming the indivisibility of Nigeria. Mission accomplished! It must not come as a surprise when, very soon, all the charges against Ibori are officially dropped.


What you have read above is nothing compared to what you are about to read below.


Ezenwo Nyesom Wike. The history of the misrule of Nigeria by Goodluck Ebele “Azikiwe” Jonathan will be incomplete without a special chapter for Wike’s shady role. And if there was any politician who used the defeat of Jonathan to spew the current Biafran crisis into existence, the Igbo governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Nwike, stands alone. Then in fervent fear of a day of reckoning with the anti-corruption agency in a post-Jonathan regime, Wike was roaming the political space inciting the public with all manners of innuendo. Here are his exact words few days before the governorship election of 2015: 


"I will lead a war against them (Nigeria) like Ojukwu. Am not joking, I know am on air, and I am warning them now. Any attempt to rob us the way they rob our brother (GEJ) the battle will start from Rivers State. We will remain opposition state like Lagos. In fact, we from the South-South and South-East we remain in PDP. We leave the South-West and North to run APC. That is how they tactically shared the Country. And we will not allow them use our resources to develop their States... I want all South-South and South-East to remember this, that we’ve two Judas. Let me confess to you, we held a meeting before the elections on Saturday, and we said as people from this part of the country, we must stand by our brother.”


I beg your indulgence to carefully go through the above quotation one more time.


As the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, recently confessed, the defeat of Jonathan intensified the clamour for secession. In fact, the current Biafran agitation, initially anchored under the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Wing, is a byproduct of the party’s gloomy narratives of President Muhammadu Buhari. This explains why leading opposition elements from the South-East and South-South, at the outset, tiptoed around the neo-Biafran movement until they saw a huge opening to cash in. Today, Ezenwo Nwike has become an arrow-head of the Biafran opposition on the spur of the moment. The governor has already swooped into Sokoto, the seat of the caliphate, to curry favour, using a fleeting prank for the unity of the same country he helped to set on fire.


One of Wike’s hosts in the “unity” campaign, however, was no other than the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar III. Unlike the likes of Wike, the Sultan did the just by pointing out that the secessionist movements did not come out of the blue. In Abubakar’s words, “A lot of things were done in the past by some people with impunity and nothing was done.”  The Sultan appealed that statesmen across Nigeria “should help the country by championing the dialogue."  Though the unflappable Sultan apparently did not buy Wike’s gambit, the mere overture is sufficient to appease the gullible anti-corruption agency towards clemency.


Be that as it may, the solution to the Biafran crisis does not have to be complicated. Forget how the current agitation started, for a minute.  To solve Biafra once and for all is all about being able to face the truth. As Sultan Abubakar hinted, it lies in broad dialogue to correct past atrocities. Apart from the obvious imbalance in the current government, a starting point is to quickly uproot the poisonous seeds that were sown by the state during and after the Biafran war that have grown and are today swirling wildly engulfing the entire nation. It ought to table why and how there is lack of general development in the densely populated South-East and South-South zones, for example, lack of reliable seaports and international airports despite the region’s overflowing resources. There is also the need to revisit whatever policy—the lingering war scar—that denatured the Igbo heartland into what is now being ridiculed as the “landlocked” South-East. More essentially, such dialogue must not fail to look within: Now is the time to bring to book the local politicians who connived with contractors to loot development projects in the region, particularly during the regime of Goodluck Jonathan, where the Igbo and their South-South kit and kin held sway.


This bare exposé should in no shape or form be misconstrued as a veiled sentiment for Nigerian dismemberment. None of that! A just and equitable Nigeria remains the most attractive proposition. My point here remains the truth: Nigeria cannot continue to hope to solve a problem by creating bigger problems. Thus, the prevailing pattern where the state attempts to deflate the Biafran agitation by nurturing seeds of discord within the Igbo or balkanizing South-East and South-South into hostile units is not only profoundly corrupt but also does more harm than good. Needless, therefore, to mention that containing the Biafran agitation by embracing corrupt politicians is tantamount to a pyrrhic victory. It is a hallowed equivalence of embracing a Judas as a Muhammad. True.


*SKC Ogbonnia writes from Houston and can be reached through
*Photo Caption - Biafran flag