Selling national assets will be a historic mistake, says Soludo

The federal government will be repeating mistakes of the past should it sell some of the nation’s assets as has been proposed in some quarters, Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said.

Asset sale has recently emerged as one of the strategies for Nigeria’s quick exit from its current economic recession, and notable public figures have argued for and against it.

Soludo said he initially labelled the asset sale suggestion a “joke” when it first began to emerge, but when the senate and NEC joined the “convenient but flawed call”, he decided to lend a voice to the matter.

He said that although he would ordinarily not join issues, the matter in question is “critical”, especially due to the assumption that the move would help to “build reserves and provide funds for immediate spending” and thus ensure that this recession will be the “shortest” ever.buhari-soludo-sanusi-e1472392953263

“Part of the legacy of the oil resource curse on matters of public finance is a mindset that resorts to easy, albeit lazy approach to ‘quick fixes’ — with a gaze on the short term even when the issues are structurally long-term. So, I understand the mental framework that drives such a proposal especially given the pressures to show immediate results,” he said.

“But for the record, it is our considered view that the proposal is based on a false foundation. Our thesis is that in extreme, exceptional circumstances, sale of certain assets could be a last resort option but that Nigeria is currently not near that threshold and the institutional framework for its effective use is also not in place.

“Furthermore, we argue that any sale of assets now amounts to chasing pennies when by acts of omission or commission, we are losing pounds. Such a hasty auction of national assets can only benefit a privileged few with cash and access while jeopardizing Nigeria’s long-term economic interests.  It will be a historic mistake….”

He advised government against focusing on short-term next-quarter GDP growth, saying it misses the key point and has the danger of understating the serious work required.

He also spoke on the erroneous belief that asset sale would spawn an “optimal level of reserves for confidence” such that once investors see $35 billion or $40 billion as reserves, they would stop speculation.

Instead, he argued that there is more to investor confidence than temporary boost in stock of reserves when everyone knows that the underlying political environment as well as the policy regime and its credibility make the flow of reserves unsustainable.

“The argument that sale of assets is the only way to reflate the economy out of recession is troubling, and suffers what economists might call policy myopia or time inconsistency problem,” he said.

“First, imagine if previous governments used asset sales as a strategy to ‘reflate the economy’ during previous periods of economic recession or crisis. Alternatively, if we auction away some valued national assets for the short term goal of reflating the economy out of recession, what will happen during future cycles of recessions and economic crisis?

“The global economic system is inherently and cyclically crisis-prone.  Prudently managed economies are preparing for the next cycles of global crisis, and the IMF has already warned of persisting vulnerabilities.  What shall we sell then?”

He maintained that “a hasty auction of the assets” would short-change Nigeria, saying privatisation of national assets is not an ideological matter but plain pragmatism.

“Reasonable people can have a good debate about the composition of public assets for sale at any time. Although government is yet to be definitive about the assets being proposed for sale, it is reasonable to object to any scheme that will hurriedly sell performing public assets that guarantee future flows of revenue and forex to future generations such as the NLNG, AFC shares, JVs in oil and gas sector, etc,” he said.

“Even for non-performing assets, when privatization is forced and assets auctioned on an emergency basis to meet short-term needs, the danger signs are there for all to see. Nigeria will never get value for money under the circumstance. We all know what happens when someone urgently needs to sell his or her property to meet an emergency.

“What happens to the valuation/pricing? If we price them properly and wish to go through proper due process, the deal might take several years to conclude, thereby defeating the advertised purpose of immediate spending. On the other hand, if we insist on forced sale because we need cash urgently, we can as well imagine how the valuation will be done and how buyers will bid for them.

“In all, the proposal is largely self-serving and convenient. For some privileged private sector operators with cash and access, the temporary rump up of reserves as well as temporary strengthening of the Naira will enable them to take whatever forex they can get (at the official rate) knowing that it is just a temporary elixir. They can then round-trip same a few weeks after and rake in billions.

“Furthermore, the attempt to sell valuable national assets under duress guarantees these same interests to cherry-pick the assets on the cheap. For our Senators and government, it is very convenient in the sense that it provides easy money to continue with the expenditure trends. So, for both government and its private sector collaborators in this scheme, it is a win-win. The only losers are Nigerians and the economy.  In this apparent short-termism or myopia, no one seems to care about tomorrow.”

The need for Hon Justice Tosho,to Hands off Biafran Case and Resigns,


The Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, born 24th of June 1959, must hands-off Nnamdi Kanu’s case as the trial Judge. In addition, he must turn-in his resignation in order to prevent unavoidable dimissal by the National Judicial Council (NJC). Already, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), The Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has sounded a note of warning to Judges like Hon. John John Tsoho that they shall be punished for their judicial somersaults and miscarriage of justice. Based on available evidence and facts related to the ongoing court case invloving the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, we believe that the most honourable thing for Hon. Justice John Tsoho to do is to excuse himself from the case as the trial Judge as well as turn-in his resignation to avoid being axed for impropriety on the job.clifford-iroanya

We recall that on January 29, 2016, Hon. Justice JohnTsoho in his first ruling denied bail application made by Nnamdi Knau’s lawyers and the denial was based on three frivolous reasons which were:
1) That Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was a threat to national security.
2) That if released, Nnamdi Kanu might commit the same offence again.
3) That there was a probability that Nnamdi Kanu might jump bail because he possessed dual citizenship.

On the 9th of February 2016, Hon. Justice John Tsoho ruled that items belonging to Nnamdi Kanu should not be returned to him even when such items were not listed as part of the exhibits in the case and this ruling runs contrary to sectio-10(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) of 2015. Part of the items being requested to be released to Nnamdi Kanu were cash in sums of $2,200 & N87,000 and his two International passports (British and Nigerian). We should also keep in mind that at this time, Nammdi Kanu was already remanded in Kuje prison and we are wondering why Hon. Justice John Tsoho will not release the non-listed items to someone in prison custody.

On the 19th of February 2016, the Hon. Justice John Tsoho in his ruling, dismissed prayers by the DSS lawyer to hide the identities of prosecution witnesses for which the DSS lawyer wants to enforce under section-232(3) of ACJA-2015. This ruling was welcomed by all and seen as a sound judgment based on correct interpretations of the law especially section-36(4) of the Constitution and section-232(4) of ACJA-2015 which correctly specified and streamlined the conditions for which section-232(3) should be applied.

Surprisingly on the 7th of March 2016, instead of the Hon. Justice John Tsoho to apply section-351(1) of ACJA-2015 which specifies the dismissal of the case for non-appearance of prosecution witnesses, he unilaterally and without an appeal from DSS lawyer reversed his judgment of Frebruary 19, 2016, thereby making it possible for DSS witnesses to testify with masks or as masquerades. When questioned by the defense counsel as to why he changed his mind without directing DSS to appeal to a superior court, the Hon. Justice John Tsoho lied that he was merely clarifying his ruling when in actual fact the said relief he was referring to never made mention of testifying behind a screen. When the Hon. Justice John Tsoho realized that he lied in his own court, he deliberately withheld the rulings because he knew he would be exposed and that he cannot alter a judgement he pronounced publicly in a court of law. We wonder what fellow 1984 University of Lagos law graduates will be thinking of Justice Tsoho and his judicial acrobatics.

In the meantime, on the 9th of February 2016, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers applied for Certified True Copy of Justice Tsoho’s judgment of January 29, 2016. Also, application for Certified True Copies of the last two rulings mentioned above were made on the 8th day of March 2016. We would like to remind everyone that in the Nigerian Constitution, section-36(7) allows only seven (7) days for the Court to keep judgments/rulings after which the judgments/rulings must be made available to the accused person. However, it is on record that the Certified True Copies of the three aforementioned rulings were made available to Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers after a formal complaint was sent to the office of the Hon. Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. The formal compliant was sent on April 11, 2016 and the three Certified True Copies were released to Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers on April 25, 2016.

In other words the Certified True Copies were released:
(1) two months and fifteen days after the ruling of February 9, 2016,
(2) two months and six days after the ruling of February 19, 2016, and
(3) one month and 18 days after the ruling of March 7, 2016. All of these are in contravention of section-36(b) and section-36(7) of the Constitution of Nigeria. In addition, Justice Tsoho dismissed Nnamdi Kanu’s application for stay of proceedings within 24 hours of obtaining the excessively delayed documents mentioned above.

From the foregoings, it is crystal clear that the Hon. Justice John Tsoho lacks the moral, ethical, and judicial burden to continue as the trial Judge on this case. As a public officer identified in the Fifth Schedule Part-II(5) of the Constitution, the Hon. John Tsoho has violated his Judicial Oath, he has violated section-36(7) of the Constitution and he has violated the Fifth Schedule Part-I(9) of the Constitution he swore to uphold at all times. We therefore urge the Hon. John Tsoho to hands-off the case of Nnamdi Kanu and immediately tender his resignation to the Hon. Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in order to avoid his impending dismissal.

We call upon the Hon. Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to transfer Nnamdi Kanu’s case to another Judge of the caliber of the sagacious and fearless Hon. Justice A. F. A. Ademola so as to salvage what remains of the battered image of the Nigerian Judiciary.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu looks forward to battling the DSS in court under an unbiased trial Judge and we are confident that victory shall be that of Nnamdi Kanu’s.

Barrister Emma Nmezu
Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokespersons for IPOB

You Have No Say When It Comes To Biafra Referendum, Igbo Leaders, Groups Replies Buhari

Igbo leaders and groups have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over comment that he will never allow referendum for Biafra, says that President Buhari has no say when it comes to passing a resolution on Biafra referendum.

Buhari, during a media event in New York City at the end of his visit to the United States as the leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 71st United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) had foreclosed any chance for a referendum as a path to bring healing and closure to the vexing issue of Biafra.14457250_912669908837686_1656060567015206462_n

The president stated that the choice left for Biafran activists was to form a political party that would advance their interest within the Nigerian democratic space.

The president’s advice to Biafran’s activists came a day after commercial activities in some key cities in the South-East and South-South were grounded following a stay-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB ).

A few weeks ago, while speaking to youth corp members who visited him at his country home in Daura, Katsina State, Buhari impressed on them to ask their friends to forget Biafra.

But in separate reactions yesterday, former president-general of the Igbo apex group, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr. Dozie Ikedife and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), IPOB and others descended on the president.

Dr. Ikedife and MASSOB said President Buhari cannot stop referendum on Biafra.

Ikedife described Biafra as unforgettable, questioning what President Buhari would allow if he was averse to referendum.

“Since he will not allow referendum, then the logical thing to ask him is, is this democracy or dictatorship? Is it his will or the will of the people that will prevail? These are the natural things that follow. Is it his discretional will or the will of the people that will prevail?

“If he won’t allow referendum, what will he allow? Does he remember that any group of indigenous people has right for self-determination? And when we are talking about referendum is not for him to vote, it does not concern him.

So, whether he allows it or not, when the time comes referendum will take place and people will be allowed to express their opinion and their wish. And I am sure that the reaction of the civilised world to such a statement will be a measure of shock and surprise, so let him think again.”

Leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu said Buhari was only bluffing as the Biafra referendum would commence first quarter of next year.

“President Buhari’s latest comment on Biafra further proved his is jittery, confused and unable to quench the fire of determination and consciousness of Biafra.

“The just concluded United Nations General Assembly which Buhari attended have dawn it on him that Biafra actualisation and restoration to independent and full statehood can no longer be ignored. The world leaders have shown their sympathies for the oppressive and subjective economic policies of Buhari-led Nigeria government against the industrious and creative people of Biafra.

“The Oriental, Asian and Western world are seriously in support of Biafra because 60 per cent of their economic growths are been propelled by the industrious people of Biafra. It has dawn on President Buhari that the universal clamour for Biafra referendum to determine the choice of the people of Biafra between his Nigeria and Biafra have reached greater height of momentum which he can’t deny.”

According to him: “The Biafra referendum which Buhari cannot stop will commence on first quarter of 2017. The United Nation has already announced that Nigeria is deeply divided on ethnic and religious lines. Nigeria is an artificial creation of the British colonial masters through Lord Luggard.

“With President Buhari’s latest comment on our precious Biafra, MASSOB, IPOB, Biafra People National Council (BPNC) and Niger Delta Biafra groups will redouble all our efforts, synergies, political cohesion and build more understandable platforms for speedy actualization and restoration of Biafra.”

While MASSOB plans to begin the Biafra referendum in 2017, IPOB said referendum or not, Biafra has come to stay.

In fact, it argued that the issue of referendum was settled on September 23 with the full compliance of the sit-at-home order by the people of South East and South South and those in the Diaspora. It, therefore, said anybody talking about referendum for Biafra, was living in the past.

The younger brother of the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Prince Emmanuel Kanu said the movement was not in any way perturbed by what Buhari said since the referendum had already been conducted on Biafra.

“We are not in any way perturbed by what the president said, perhaps he never knew we had already conducted referendum for Biafra and the result was very successful and encouraging.”

Kanu said what the president had refused to acknowledge was that Biafra was ahead of him and the Federal Government, stressing that it was laughable that Buhari was talking of not allowing a plebiscite that was held three days ago.

“IPOB is ahead of Buhari and his Federal Government; it is laughable that the Nigerian president is still thinking of not allowing a referendum on Biafra that was held three day ago, that shows he is living in the past. The sit-at-home order of September 23 which the people, even those in the Diaspora complied with was the referendum we needed on Biafra and no other. The people have spoken, we are almost there and we are grateful.”

He urged all Biafrans not to lose sleep over the president’s comment, stressing that in no distant time they would get to the Promised Land where they would no more be oppressed.

Also, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, said its (Biafra) fathers and grandfathers in 1967 never expected a referendum before the declaration of Biafra.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. president is still confused about the struggle for Biafra, the statement credited to him far away USA proves that he is undergoing serious pressure about Biafra.

“The people of former Eastern region declared Biafra Republic in 1967 and fought a war for the new republic through their leaders, the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Philip Effiong. They never expected a referendum before the declaration of Biafra but our fathers from the East then fought the war without looking backward.

“Also, the statement proved that the president is jittery over the popularity of Biafra internationally and he cannot stop it because Biafra is the will of the people in the whole South-South and South-East of Nigeria.

“In or around the world, the presidents who are clueless on such matters like this always make such statement because he doesn’t want the citizens to blame him. It happened during the colonial rule in Nigeria, but they later succumb to the pressures.“It was the same President Buhari at the UN, that supported the creation of Palestine from Israel but cannot allow the peaceful people of Biafra who are agitating for freedom,” IPOB lamented.

“Is President Buhari trying to imply that if the UN passes a resolution that Biafra should have a Referendum that he will go against it?” he queried.

But, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said it was still studying the President’s position.

“We just read about it today; he thought about it before he said it, we shall also think about it too before issuing a statement on it. For now we are not ready with a statement yet,” Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu said.

On his part, Evangelist Elliot Uko, president, Igbo Youth Movement (IYM) said restructuring of Nigeria was inevitable.

“Anybody who doesn’t know that is deceiving himself. Restructuring Nigeria into six regions is inevitable; it’s the only way to save Nigeria. Anybody who doesn’t realise that is living in another world. Nigeria must be restructured.”

Meanwhile, MASSOB in a Statement  titled: “United Nations, this is the appointed time for you to liberate Biafra”, says the United Nations should listen to the yearnings of the Biafra people, the international convention on civil and political rights recognises self-determination by a people and that by virtue of that right, “a people can freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

Hard Core Biafran warned those trying to play game with IPOB,

Before I gave myself as a Soldier in the Biafran struggle, I’m aware of what is involved and 100% prepared for whatever that may come out of it, man dies but once as a Hard Core Biafran, because before you take Oath to be a member of IPOB you have signed to die for Biafra as many have already done so11402769_890772690959882_7200578838349673559_n
So I don’t give a damn to whoever that comes to my page or whoever asks to be my friend,I will accept you even if you are an agent of Buhari or DSS or that Lucifer himself sent you I don’t care or that you were sent by Lucifer to call me,I will receive your call I don’t care but I promise you one thing, you will not know what will hit you and when. So for your information do not allow yourself to be used as a willing tool to destroy your generation. The word ‘forgiveness”is not in my dictionary when it comes to Biafra restoration but a bigger eye for an eye. The best thing that will happen to you is that you tried and got me but when you fail believe you me no Ant will breath in your family. If you think you can frighten me I will tell you that I am more dangerous than danger and more fearful than fear itself. In any way you have tried to threaten the restoration of Biafra and those involved in the struggle is in record and you shall receive your pay one day and that day those who sent you will not be there to help you.
Today the fire is burning Injustice Tosho and he is running away, It will hit Buhari when his time reaches,God is just hardening him so that he can live to see his failure.
For some of you who keep saying that when Biafra comes then we start fighting ourselves, we can avoid such now by you not allowing yourself to be used against this noble assignment. Know it that if you allow yourself to be used against the great IPOB you must be killed no matter who ever you think you are. Remember you have one head like others not two. Biafra land must be cleaned, count yourself out among the traitors that will be used. If you don’t like what we are doing please keep your mouth shut,go into your house and hide yourself we have many doing the needful.
Mind you this is not a threat but when the time comes we shall see. Ndewo

Dr. Fred Onyeali
Elder Statesman BIG

Restructuring only solution for Nigeria’s progress, says Ekweremadu

By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA – DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has once more, frowned at the incessant attacks in Igbo land and some other parts of Nigeria by suspected herdsmen, and called on affected states to pass legislations restricting cattle rearing to modern ranches, while also setting up forest rangers to enforce such laws. Ike Ekweremadu Ike Ekweremadu Similarly, he maintained that unless Nigeria was 14435262_316283915399891_8273129006533531209_orestructured, to make it more efficient and productive, it would be difficult for the country to wriggle out of security challenges, pervasive poverty, and retarded growth, as successive leaders would only be dealing with the symptoms, not the root causes of a festering illness. A statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, quoted Ekweremadu spoke as speaking at the weekend, in New York, the United States of America, during the 2016 Convention of the World Igbo Congress, WIC. He, however, said that while the country awaited the much-needed restructuring, the incessant havocs wrecked by suspected herdsmen were unacceptable because they had monumental socio-economic consequences on the nation. Commending the efforts of various state governments at managing the humanitarian crisis resulting from the attacks and ensuring there was no total breakdown of law and order, the Senator emphasised that every legitimate step must be taken to end the menace and avoid a dangerous situation where the people begin to resort to self-help. He said: “Governments of various states in Igbo Land and indeed other parts of the country should immediately consider enacting legislations that confine cattle-rearing to modern ranches as obtainable in developed societies. In fact, our governments could go a step further to invest in constructing and leasing out modern ranches. “This will produce 14468671_1398733060167832_5809925219154853455_ohealthier animals, give better products, provide employment, added value to the farm products, and help in promoting peaceful co-existence as well as sifting armed bandits and terrorists from real farmers doing legitimate business”. Senator Ekweremadu, however, warned that enforcement of such measures should not be left entirely in the hands of the federal security agencies. “Sadly, when you enact laws to checkmate the menace, as Ekiti State has commendably done, you will still rely on the same security institutions to enforce them. This is the dilemma. “Therefore, our state governments should take further step by ensuring that such legislations provide for enforcement bodies, such as Forest Rangers, which will consistently comb the forests to ensure that those who run foul of the laws are arrested and speedily prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others”. He regretted that “successive military regimes reneged on the core ingredients of a federal structure agreed upon by our founding fathers, at various constitutional conferences leading up to independence, as the basis of the Nigerian union” He further stated: “Over the years, we have moved from a strong and viable three-regional federal structure to a weak, spendthrift, and unwieldy 36-state structure; we moved from a decentralised police system that allowed the federating units to take greater charge of security of life and property in their territories to a centralised police system in which one man at the centre pretends to be in full charge of security of lives and property in the creeks of the Niger Delta, the cocoa farms of the South West, the expansive land mass of the North, and the hinterlands of the South East. “We also moved from fiscal federalism, which encouraged productivity and competitive development to a feeding bottle federalism that runs on free oil money, encouraging indolence, corruption, and lack of creativity in governance”. “Now you can see why the cost of governance is so high; why states can no longer pay salaries; why neither the federal government nor the federating units cared to invest, but lived off their 14409679_1396712230369915_3912680561418445801_oallocations like lottery proceeds over the years; why it is difficult for a state governor to sack rampaging suspected herdsmen; and why those who have the authority to call the security agencies to action to put a full stop to the menace may not be quick in their response”, he added. Ekweremadu called on Ndigbo in the Diaspora to join in shaping the ongoing debate on restructuring in Nigeria, because “it is at the heart of the forward-movement”. He regretted that efforts and calls to restructure the country had always fallen on deaf ears because some people felt favoured by the current arrangement, insisting that the message should be continually passed that “he who pins another to the floor is also detaining himself”. “With good faith and realistic restructuring, every part of Nigeria, Igbo Land inclusive, will explode in prosperity, the expected initial challenges notwithstanding; and the good thing is that we can set a timeline and adopt an incremental approach to allay unfounded fears and misgivings that have held us down”, he added. Senator Ekweremadu commended the Igbo in the Diaspora, especially the WIC for its efforts towards the development of Igbo Land in particular and Nigeria in general.DSC02335

IPOB,Three wise men from the East,the land of Biafra.

14494850_956038024541873_6876537741522100651_nMatthew 2,

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.


13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.14435262_316283915399891_8273129006533531209_o

16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.14469682_1394843920556746_8070324113973833724_n19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.That Place is Biafra.

An Igbo Biafran Billionaire encouraging the Youths,

aghalieakuIgbo Biafran billionaire snubs Nigeria, floats airline in Swaziland
an Igbo Biafran tycoon, Chief Benjamin Aghalieku Arinze, has launched an airline in Swaziland.

Aghalieaku Airways as called, commenced operations last month and has its base at the Manzini King Mswati III International Airport, Swaziland.

A statement on the airline’s website said: “Aghalieaku Airways is an aviation company that has a business strategy to set up base in the Beautiful Country of Swaziland.”

“Developing the cargo aviation sector with a powerful and dynamic vision to create a hub site that will become your channel partner to servicing the aviation sector, locally, nationally, globally.

Speaking, Arinze, the President of Aghalieaku Airways, said: “Driven by passion for people, development, growth and positive changes coupled with a strong will and sheer determination, my dream is to capture the aviation market sector and develop the african continent.

“My vision is to leave a legacy behind that will inspire and motivate the future generation to strive for greater heights, leaving no stones unturned in achieving their goals and vision, by beating all odds in turning their dreams into reality.”

Mamfe in Cameroon part of Biafra land?read

DSC00484Mamfe (also spelled Mamfé) is a city and capital of the Manyu A Division of the Southwest Region in Cameroon. It is located 60 km (37 mi) from the border of Nigeria, on the Manyu River. It has a population of 20,300 (2001 estimate). Mamfe had in the past 400 years been the center of trade between Cameroon and Countries west of the republic of Cameroon such as Nigeria, Ghana. When the first Explorers came to Cameroon through the Atlantic Ocean they sailed into the hinterlands through the Cross river to “John Holt” port. This river port served as the main trading post for trading goods from land-locked highlands of the English-speaking Cameroon to other English speaking African countries. It also harbored English-speaking Cameroon’s first Airport. The trade activities propelled Mamfe as the center for pre-independence political conferences as Cameroon prepared for its independence from the British. The British Cameroon held most of its important pre-independence conferences in Mamfe. It is known as a centre for Ekpe or Ngbe tradition that has its origin traced as far back to one of the 12 Judaic tribes that sailed from Egypt to the bight of Biafra. This tradition dates over 11 centuries before Jesus Christ and had spread over lands as far as parts of Nigeria including Efik, Oyo, Ejagham, Arochuku Ibo lands, Mali, Cuba, Grenada and Brazil. Mamfe is the land of traditional medicine and blessed with sweetest fruits as pineapples, oranges, coconuts, palm oil, African plums and best plaintains and colanuts.
The name “Mamfe” comes from the Kenyang. language. When Dr. Manfield, a British Anthropologist as he explored west Africa in quest for origins of Ivory and spices, made friends with the local chiefs of Besong Abang who one day took him to visit their cousins in Okoyong chiefdom. On their way the explorer was interested in marking the boundary between Besong Abang and Okoyong when they strayed into this bubbling junction river town and asked his friend the name of this place. The chief replied “Mamfie Fah”, in Kenyang language which meant “put the mark here”. For the Chief, this was the boundary marker Dr. Manfield had asked for. So Dr. Mansfield wrote “Mamfe” as the name of this bubbling town. That is how Mamfe got its name. Mamfe was a “stranger-town”, a town which was not owned by any of the neighboring villages. The Bayangi man didn’t understand and only said in his dialect, “Mamfie fah(where should i put it)”.

The inhabitants speak a Kenyang language as their mother tongue, although English is the official language spoken along with Pidgin, and several other dialects, including Ejagham. The city is also noteworthy for the high proportion of Nigerians who live there.

Mamfe is still too small to possess a university, but the Queen of the Rosary Catholic College was Cameroon’s first all-female boarding school. There is also at Teacher’s training college, and several vocational schools. Popular local foods in Mamfe include eru and fu-fu, plantains with ndole, and garri and agusi soup.

Peace Corps has maintained a presence in the Mamfe area since they entered the country in 1962.

BIAFRA: Come and lecture us on how to forget Biafrans you killed during the war— IPOB invites Buhari to Biafra land


The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have invited President Mu­hammadu Buhari to Igbo­land to deliver a lecture to Igbo Biafrans on why he opposes the Biafra Republic and wants a united Nigeria.

They also want the Pres­ident to use the opportuni­ty to explain why businesses owned by Ndigbo are alleg­edly being frustrated by his administration. In a statement entitled: “The Muhammadu Buhari’s Speech to Youth Corps Members – Setting the Re­cords Straight,” IPOB, through its spokespersons, Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clif­ford Chukwuemeka Iroan­ya, also appealed to the pres­ident to use the opportunity to explain why he aban­doned the zone in terms of appointments and pro­jects’ execution.

Iroanya said that IPOB will use the lecture to ex­plain to the President the imperatives of a Biafra state and why the ongoing agitations won’t die.  The group said the invi­tation to the President was prompted by misgivings by those who should know bet­ter the need for an independ­ent Biafra state.
The group said that war-mongering and regurgitation of the stories of Biafra geno­cide will not shake its resolve and determination for the res­toration of the God-given na­tion to Igbo.

Iroanya said: “The earlier Buhari understands that noth­ing on this earth can stop the restoration of the nation of Bi­afra, the better for him and his sympathisers. “We reiterate that the res­toration of the nation of Bia­fra is divine and beyond the whims and caprices of any government,” he said.

IPOB accused Buhari of vi­olently overthrowing the dem­ocratically elected government of Alhaji Aliyu Usman She­hu Shagari on December 31, 1983. Buhari had on September 14, 2016 advised corps mem­bers, who visited him in Daura during the Sallah celebration, to “tell your colleagues who want Biafra to forget about it. As a military commander, I walked from Degem, a bor­der town between the North and the East, to the border be­tween Cameroun and Nige­ria. I walked on my foot for most of the 30 months that we fought the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War, in which at least two mil­lion Nigerians were killed”.

IPOB said that what Buhari told his audience was not new because “one of the require­ments of a soldier is endur­ance trekking. Therefore, that he may have trekked from one location to the other should not be used to scare Biafrans from exerting their rights to self-determination.

“After all, General Rat­ko Mladic walked all the way from Serbia to Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina to com­mit war crimes in the name of preserving Yugoslavia unity, yet in the end he lost.”

IPOB alleged that it was the struggle for the control of oil in Biafraland that “Britain in 1968 alone supplied hundreds of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), 10,000 machine guns, 20 million rounds of ammu­nition, 3,000 bayonets, 10,000 rifles with grenade launchers, 15,000 pounds of explosives, 21,000 mortar bombs, 42,500 Howtizer rounds, 5,000 sub­machine guns and other weap­ons of mass destruction, in one year alone, to the killing fields in Biafraland…Without this one-sided military support from the British to Nigeria while at the same time deny­ing Biafra access to weapons, even Buhari himself knows that there is no way in a bil­lion years Nigeria could have defeated Biafra in the war.

“Buhari must understand that a nation develops organ­ically and is predicated on the commonality of shared value systems. A nation is markedly different from a country even our colonial masters know this. That is why Scotland, which is a nation can seek independ­ence from Britain which is a country. The same way that Biafra, a nation is seeking her independence from Nigeria. Buhari must know that Nige­ria may claim to be a coun­try but definitely not a nation.

“Muhammadu Buhari should also understand that unity cannot be force-fitted or enforced by one region on other regions within a geo­graphical expression. This is why David Cameron, imme­diate past British Prime Min­ister, did not deploy troops to Glasgow or Edinburgh with rules of engagement (ROE) to kill innocent Scottish people in the quest to preserve “One Britain”, IPOB said.

IPOB continued that Bu­hari’s argument that Nigeria is big enough for everyone to be a part of, is not logical, adding that the “Soviet Un­ion was big and a super pow­er but it broke up. Yugoslavia went their separate ways with the active support of Britain. Those familiar with the his­tory of British politics will know that it was Paddy Ash­down MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party that sought and gained the back­ing of the British Government of the day to support the in­dependence of the Muslim enclave of Bosnia Herzego­vina away from Yugoslavia”, the IPOB stated.