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Igbo youths celebrate Mamman Daura at 80, felicitate with Muslims on Eid-el-Maulud

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The Igbo Youth Assembly (IYA) Worldwide has felicitated with Alhaji Mamman Daura, Nephew and close confidant of President Muhammadu Buhari, on his 80th birthday.

A statement signed on Monday by Mr Ifeanyi Nwaudunna, President General, IYA, and Mr Casmir Irekamba, Secretary General stated that Daura deserved to be celebrated for the sacrifices he made towards the country’s development especially in manufacturing and journalism.

The statement also quoted the IYC leaders as also celebrating Daura who clocked 80 on Saturday, for his commitment to nation building in Aluminum, textile and other establishments.

“We join the Daura Emirate, well-wishers and other Nigerians in celebrating an amiable elder statesman, role model, bridge builder, an exemplary father and a good family man as he turns 80.

“He is a man of great intellect and a stabilising force to the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We appeal to the Octogenarian and elder statesman to support youth participation in governance to ensure some leadership roles and positions are given to them to enable them to contribute their quota to nation building and development.

“As he continues to uphold national unity and honour, we pray God Almighty will continually keep him in good health and grant him many more years to serve God and humanity here on earth,” the statement quoted the IYA leaders as saying.

Meanwhile, the IYA also congratulated Muslims in the country as they celebrated this year’s Eid el-Maulud.

The group enjoined Muslims to imbibe the teachings and edifying virtues of the Prophet Mohammed anchored on peaceful coexistence.

It called on them to work for peace that would promote growth and development of all parts of the country.

“Leaders in the three geopolitical zones should encourage youth development initiatives that would promote good governance and youth empowerment.

“The county needs leaders with enviable records that can mentor our millions of youths seeking political direction with good heart to serve,” the IYA leaders stated.

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Igbo youth back minister over non reopening of schools

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An Igbo socio-cultural youth organisation, Igbo Youth Assembly Worlwide (IYAW), has backed the decision of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to postpone reopening of schools across the country due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement issued on Saturday by the IYAW President General, Mr Ifeanyi Nwaudunna, stated that the safety and health of students and pupils ought to be the priority of every Nigerian.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adamu had after Wednesday’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting told newsmen that it would be preferable for Nigerian students to lose one academic year than expose them to danger.

He went further to appeal to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), which had fixed Aug. 5, as commencement date for its examinations, and state governments to put off plans of reopening schools until the pandemic was defeated.

His comments attracted reactions from different quarters including Afenifere, a socio-cultural organisation for the Yoruba people in the country, which called for the sack of the minister.

Nwaudunna, however, said that the minister’s comments were in order considering that students and pupils were the future of the country.

IYA Worldwide strongly agreed to the decision of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, over the postponement of re-opening of schools across the country.

“We must protect lives of the future generation of the most populous black nation.

“We also condemns strongly the call of Afenifere group for President Buhari to sack the Ministers of Education and the Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba,” Nwaudunna stated.

The group noted that call for the sack of the ministers demonstrated lack of love and concern for health and safety of the children and future of the country.

Nwaudunna also described the call for the ministers’ sack as “unpatriotic and uncivil”.

The IYAW president general appealed to Nigerians to support the Federal Government on the fight against COVID-19 pandemic with the hope that the virus would be eradicated soon.

Nwaudunna also appealed to state governors who had yet to heed to the minister’s advise to reconsider their plans of reopening schools until further notice.

He urged Nigerians to adhere to the stipulated rules and guidelines from the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

This, he said, would guarantee the defeat of the virus and enable the reopening of schools and other businesses as well as stabilisation of the country and world economy.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Gov. AbdulRazaq felicitates with Bamigboye as Rotary’s first female governor

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has congratulated Mrs Jumoke Bamigboye as she becomes the first female Governor of District 9125 of the Rotary Club in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the district covered 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, while noting that her tenure began on July 1.

The governor described her appointment as not just historic but also deserving on account of her sterling contributions to the club and upholding the high principles of service above self over the years.

“The Governor is very happy about this historic development and congratulates Mrs Bamigboye for making her family and Kwara proud.

“The Governor believes strongly that the position is merited, given her outstanding personal performance in the Rotarian practice of humanitarianism, in advancing peace and goodwill around the world in general and Nigeria in particular,” the statement read in part.

The governor assured his full support as she commenced her term as the first ever female governor of the district.

He called on all Rotarians across her constituency to support the new governor to ensure a record breaking delivery of humanitarian projects for which Rotarians were universally known for.

“The Governor commends Mrs Bamigboye and the entire Rotary club, especially in Kwara, for their tremendous support for the state’s campaign to eradicate polio.

“He commended them for the laudable role they played shortly after Kwara recorded vaccine-derived polio cases in January 2019, and their support for the administration’s efforts which have helped to eradicate the virus in Kwara,” the statement said.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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APC chieftain commends lawmaker for providing solar street lights to Onigbongbo LCDA

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Mr Adamson Ayinde, a chieftain of APC in Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos state, has commended Rep. Abiodun Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency for providing solar streets light in the area.

Ayinde, who made the commendation in a statement  made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, lauded the lawmaker for the gesture.

He described Faleke’s gesture as timely intervention that would go a long way in helping the residents of Onigbongbo community.

He expressed the unwavering commitment of the people of Onigbongbo LCDA to the lawmaker’s course, adding that any laudable effort to help the people would be supported by the lawmaker.

“We are thankful to the lawmaker, he has been consistent in helping our people, the solar street light is one of the many projects he is doing to help our people.

“Rep. Faleke is a representative that can be trusted, he is not just at the green chamber to waste the people’s vote, his voice is loud and we are happy to have a voice through him,” he said.

Ayinde added that such gesture would ease movement around the areas at night, while commending the lawmaker for the show of concern for the people.

The lawmaker had on June, 10 provided solar street lights to Onigbongbo community within the council areas to lighten up the areas to curb crimes in the areas.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Zamfara Igbo community condemns killing of Consultant Gynecologist  

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The Igbo Community Association in Zamfara has condemned the killing of a Consultant Gynecologist with Federal Medical Center, Gusau, Dr Enoch Okpara by unknown criminals.

The Eze Igbo in Zamfara, Chief Egbuna Obijiaku, made the condemnation on Monday when he led the Igbo leaders in the state on a condolence visit to the deceased family.

Obijiaku described the incident as “unfortunate and worrisome”.

“We were shocked when we heard that one of Igbo community members from Abia state, Dr Enoch Okpara was killed by some criminals at his resident last Thursday.

“Dr Okpara just completed building of this house, making arrangement to bring his family to the state from Abia but was killed by criminals.

“We condemn this ugly action; we are calling on security agencies in the state especially the police, to conduct thorough investigation and ensure arrest of the perpetrators,’’ he said.

He also called for improvement of general security of the state.

“The state government has been making efforts towards tackling the issue of insecurity which reduced to a minimal level until the time of recent COVID-19 lockdown where we are witnessing something like this,’’ he noted.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased was killed by unknown criminals at his residence in Mareri area, Gusau on Thursday.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

 

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June 12: Igbokwe seeks compensation for Abiola’s family

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Joe Igbokwe, has called on Federal Government to compensate the family of late Chief MKO Abiola in view of the losses and pains they suffered following the annulment of June 12,1993 election.

He made the call on Friday in Ikeja while speaking with newsmen at the Democracy Day Celebration of Ndigbo in Lagos APC.

Igbokwe, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring Abiola, winner of the election, said a lot more should be done to compensate for the losses his family suffered.

Igbokwe, also Special Adviser to Gov.  Babajide Sanwo-oOlu on Drainage Services, said the family had lost almost everything as a result of their patriarch’s death during the June 12 struggle.

“That we are having this June 12 celebration today is an indication that Chief MKO Abiola and all the other people that died as a result of the June 12 did not die in vain.

“And Ndigbo in Lagos APC is having this celebration to alert Nigerians that seven presidents were at the seat for 27 years and none did anything to recognise June 12, until Buhari, a good man from Daura came.

“Even a former president, who comes from Ogun State with Abiola and benefitted from June 12, did not do anything to honour MKO until the good man from Daura came.

“We want to appreciate the president for recognizing June 12 and Abiola, but we are adding another caveat.

“Though no amount of money would compensate for the pains and losses suffered by the Abiola family over June 12.

“I appeal to the Federal Government to still compensate the family with a good amount for those irreplaceable losses and also do its best to unite the family,” he said.

Igbokwe pointed out that all the wealth and investments of the late Abiola, including Summit Oil, Concord Airline, Abiola Farms, Abiola Estate had vanished with the June 12 struggle and his eventual death.

The APC chieftain said the government would be appreciating the family for the sacrifices of their patriarch for democracy by compensating them.

“The Federal Government can further honour Abiola by recognising him as a former president by placing his photograph among those of other former presidents in Aso Villa,” he added.

He commended Lagos State Government for its consistent support for MKO’s family, saying other state governments could emulate the gesture by supporting the family.

While wishing all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration, he urged citizens to keep hope alive in the face of national challenges and guard the country’s democracy jealously.

Speaking, Chief Uche Dimgba, Coordinator, Ndigbo in Lagos APC, said the group was committed to sustaining the foothold of the party in the state and the country.

He commended Igbokwe for being the rallying point of all Ndigbo in Lagos APC, saying the governor’s aide had done a lot for the party’s growth.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Igbo community in C’River commends Ayade, raises security advisory committee

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Igbo community resident in Cross River, has commended Gov. Ben Ayade for his fight against insecurity in the state, announcing setting up of an advisory committee to compliment his effort.

The commendation is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ugoji Nwabueze, leader of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the state.

Nwabueze issued the statement after a caucus security meeting he summoned to review constant kidnappings in the state.

He remarked that Igbos, resident in the Cross River acknowledged that insecurity, which was growing globally, was no longer the exclusive responsibility of the state but all.

Nwabueze, a Lawyer, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Indigenes Affairs (Igbo)a>) observed that the current measures put in place by the government in fighting insecurity in the state have proven to be efficient in tackling security challenges.

The Igbos commend the governor for rising to the challenge of insecurity in the state through the demolition of property acquired by kidnappers, through ill-gotten ransom.

Also, the declaration of 35 cultists on the wanted list, whose activities greatly affected the economy and nightlife of the state, thereby, reducing its tourism potentials.

Consequently, the Igbo community in Cross River has set up a security advisory committee for information gathering, sensitisation and close networking with security agencies in the state.

The Igbos are saying, constant kidnapping of people and high insecurity caused by senseless cult wars in the state have greatly affected the business fortunes of the state,’’ Nwabueze said.

He gave an instance of one Chief Jude Odinka, a 70-year-old businessman with health complications kidnapped, over a month ago and is yet to be released, as well as several others who have died in the process, after ransom, as too many atrocities that cannot be tolerated any longer.

The Igbo leader appealed to the governor, not to be intimidated by pressures or blackmail from people, who wanted to use insecurity in the state to rubbish his programmes.

“The meeting rose with the resolution that any Igbo son caught in acts that constituted insecurity to the government of the state would be allowed to face the consequences,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government recently engaged in massive demolition of property belonging to suspected kidnappers and cult leaders at large in Calabar South Local Government Area of the state.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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APC has done well for South East, says Igbokwe

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbokwe, on Tuesday said the South East had benefited immensely under the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the statement in Ikeja while speaking with newsmen during the inauguration of new executives of Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.

Igbokwe, who is the leader of the group, said the South East had gotten more projects under the APC government than any other government since 1999.

He said the APC government would soon deliver the Second Niger Bridge after several failed promises by previous governments.

Igbokwe, also the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, urged more people from the South East to join the APC as the party meant well for the region and the country in general.

“I want more of our people to join the APC given what is happening in the South East now in terms of development.

“I do not think there is any project bigger than the Second Niger Bridge in Nigeria now; the bridge is getting to completion.

“I know that by next year, the government would have finished the bridge. The same bridge that was used to dupe our people for 22 years will soon be completed,” he said.

Igbokwe said the inauguration of the executives was to further strengthen Ndigbo in APC Lagos to take the party to greater heights both in the state and at the national level.

He added that the group had the mandate to mobilise Ndigbo for the APC to ensure the party’s continued foothold in Lagos and the nation.

Igbokwe charged the new executives to discharge their duties without let or hinderance and ensure the growth of the party “from strength to strength”.

He dismissed reports in some quarters that there was division in Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.

The governor’s aide said that whoever was parading himself as apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC outside of the group was an imposter as the group was not factionalized.

Igbokwe said he was the face of Ndigbo in Lagos APC as he had done a lot for the party and that he was recognised as leader by all Igbo political stakeholders in APC.

He called for support for Gov. Sanwoolu, saying the governor was doing his best to take the state to greater heights.

Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated executives, the Coordinator, Chief Uche Dimgba,  thanked all members of the group, particularly Igbokwe, for the confidence reposed in them.

He also thanked the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for giving all members of the party a sense of belonging.

Dimgba promised that he and other executive members of the Ndigbo in Lagos APC would do their best to move the party forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the 15-member executive include Chief Chris Ekwulo(Deputy Coordinator);Princess Oby Onu(Women Leader);Chief Uche Babatata(Organising Secretary);and Mr Leo Obasi(Assistant Youth Leader).


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Communal crisis: Igbo leader warns youths against land grabbing

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Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, President, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra has called on various communities in the state to  discourage youths from land grabbing to avoid communal conflict.

Okeke-Ogene made the call at a press briefing on Friday in Awka.

He said that if such practice was left unchecked, it would have socio-economic consequences on Igboland in the nearest future.

The Igbo leader said that land grappling among youths has been  identified as one of the causes of intra and inter-community crisis, noting that Igbo culture encouraged protection of land inheritance.

Okeke-Ogene said that transfer of land from one generation to another had been the tradition of Igbo people.

He condemned the increase level of land speculation and encroachment which had put many communities under serious threat.

He advocated for establishment of land management committee in communities, villages and kindred, headed by traditional rulers, village and kindred’s heads to protect people’s land from being sold.

Okeke-Ogene also appealed to appropriate government agency to ensure strict enforcement of land laws to stop the excesses of land speculators  and provide lasting peace among warring communities.

”There is need for enforcement of boundary closure. Security agencies should be alive to their responsibilities.

”State governments must prosecute people who violate the inter-State boundary closure to serve as deterrent to others,” the Igbo leader said.

Okeke-Ogene called for synergy between government and the people in curbing coronavirus as well as increase sensitisitation of the people in promoting safety protocols.


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COVID -19: Ohanaeze Ndigbo frowns at flouting of order banning interstate travel

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The Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra  Chapter, has expressed dissatisfaction at poor compliance with  the order banning interstate travel aimed at curbing COVID-19 spread.

Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene,  President,  Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra,  expressed the dissatisfaction in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Awka.

He said that some people from states hard hit  by the virus had  been entering states  with less record of the virus in spite of the order.

 

He said that such movements must stop for  Nigeria to contain  the spread of novel coronavirus to communities.

“ Such  movements are unacceptable and have defeated the purpose of  lockdown, curfew and other measures put in place by governments, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to contain  the spread of the virus.

He urged mobilisation of  vigilance groups to ensure proper protection  of communities.

He said that vigilance groups should report  strange faces or new entrants into communities to the appropriate authorities.

He frowned at alleged  inability  of security personal at the borders to stop   unlawful vehicular movements.

He urged them to ensure adequate public compliance  with the ban on interstate movement.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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