OPEN LETTER TO THE NIGERIAN SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE: THE DANGEROUS TOYING WITH THE LIFE AND DESTINY OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF NIGERIANS, A CALL TO HALT THE INFAMY CALLED INFECTIOUS DISEASES CONTROL BILL 2020

OPEN LETTER TO THE NIGERIAN SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE: THE DANGEROUS TOYING WITH THE LIFE AND DESTINY OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF NIGERIANS, A CALL TO HALT THE INFAMY CALLED INFECTIOUS DISEASES CONTROL BILL 2020

The Senate President,

The Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Members of the National Assembly

1.It is with heavy heart and shock that we rise to bring to your exalted tables this open letter, with the sincere hope that for the first time, you will be aroused to see reasons to back-pedal on this war of annihilation which you have mysteriously elected to wage on the very electorate that voted you into office and the masses of this nation , even the generation unborn. It beats every imagination of the heart, that men and women, addressed as distinguished Senators and Hon Members of House of Representatives, could descend so low in wisdom as to pour acid into the health and economic sores inflicted on us by Covid-19 virus, earlier called Wuhan-400 by the international scientists and Health experts, even at the peak of our travail. What a tragedy!
2. If not for the unprecedented politicization and economic predatory tendencies exhibited by the authorities both in Nigeria and international community, Corona virus is much less serious epidemic compared with Ebola and Lassa fever which this nation had combatted successfully in the past, without confusion, convolution, intrigues and noise-making, gnashing of teeth and anguish that are the order of the day now.
3. May we draw your attention to the fact that this proposed bill is absolutely ill-timed, unnecessary, and an act of betrayal of the people of this nation.
4. We make bold to declare that due and adequate notice was given to us before Corona virus was imported into the country. All indications point to the basic truth that this virus is man-made and was deliberately unleashed on mankind by powerful forced that want full control and dominion of the earth, politically, economically and religiously. The National Assembly failed in their duty to make urgent law, motions and ensure that the executive arm enforces them, to prevent the importation of this virus, by way of early closure of our international borders and quarantining few Nigerians returning from other lands. By this failure the national Assembly has advertently or inadvertently become an accomplice in this deadly war against Nigerians and humanity.
5. What is a vaccine one may ask? A vaccine is a biological preparation of an infective organism, in its dead, attenuated or weakened form or a very low dose of an active organism, administered to humans or animals, for the purpose of stimulating the immune system of the body to fight the organism causing infection( active immunization, tetanus toxoid) It can also be a preparation produced by using serum of an infected person to mass produce antibodies against an infective organism (passive immunization, example Anti-Tetanus serum, ATS).
In the recent time, scientists have developed genetic engineering methods of developing drugs modifying plants and animal. This involves creating a segment of genetic material or code (mRNA) similar to a virus which when injected into the body of an animal will get incorporated into the genes of the cells. They can now start controlling the body to do things it was not naturally designed to do and may alter a lot of characters and functions of the body. This has been adopted in Corona vaccine production. It has generated a lot of controversies, including legal, ethical and heritage issues, including the much talked about genetic certificates by Bill Gate, that approval is yet to be given. Some of this vaccines being touted for Covid -19 are genetically engineered.
6. It takes about two years for development and full clinical trials of a vaccine to be completed to determine its safety and efficacy. Many of complications of vaccines, particularly negative effects on the kidneys, heart and brain takes months or years to become clinically evident.
7. Relying on the evidence of the superpowers who manufactured Covid-19 virus and spread it to us, the virus is only known to man for four months (December to April). So, when was the vaccine the National Assembly wants to compulsorily inject into Nigerians produced, passed through phase1, phase 2, and Phase 3 clinical trials? When did the mass production for the 180 million Nigerians start? Which nations have approved the vaccine for their citizens? What is the trade name and type of the vaccines you have in mind? Which strains of corona virus do we have in Nigeria and for which strain is the vaccine ready ? These are questions you must answer before embarking on this dangerous assignment for your masters and collaborators.
8. Be it known to the National Assembly members that universal law, the medical oath forbid any doctor or health personnel from administering any drug that has not passed due scientific diligence, including such vaccines undergoing phase three clinical trials approved by relevant ethical committee in Nigeria, as well as NAFDAC approval.
9. We noted that the National immunization programs , which involves immunization against tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis etc have been executed successfully over the years by past governments without any specific laws but through reasonable persuasion and health education and free and adequate availability of the services to the door steps to Nigerians. Indeed, many parents and adults pay to get their children Immunized without being compelled by any law, showing excellent compliance by Nigerians.
10. There has been many epidemic diseases ravaging mankind without success in their vaccine production, eg HIV/AIDS, seasonal Flu, Cov-SARS 2 , Ebola, Lassa fever, despite concerted effort by scientists worldwide. One wonders what is giving our legislators this bizarre confidence that a vaccine is ready, that requires legislation for its enforcement.
11. On the contrary, while we appreciated the efforts of NCDC in tackling the pandemic, in spite of the unfavorable political environment and other challenges militating against the work, we observe the abysmal failure of the Presidential Taskforce and NCDC to meet the demands of this situation. There are countless tales of woes for failure or inadequate response by the government and NCDC officials to distress calls from Nigerians when they have suspicion of falling ill with corona virus. The tales of multitude that died without receiving medical attention and poor or no care at the isolation centres has reached high heavens. Is it those who want to be tested but has nowhere to go or are turned down at the designated test centres? The unusual secrecy with which the Covid fight is prosecuted makes it a mystery and creates obvious doubts as to what Government’s intentions are. All these push the people to become aggressive to the Covid -19 and Government Officials, creating a false impression of unco-operative attitude by few Nigerians. Thus there is no justification for contemplating a law for the Covid-19 and any future epidemic. It is Government rising to her responsibility that is the challenge.
13. ADF notes with sadness, that the problem of this nation is not lack of laws but lack of political will and sincerity of purpose to implement existing laws. It is a universal medical and legal ethical code that any death of indeterminate cause must undergo autopsy before a certificate of death is issues by a medical officer or Police officer in-charge of such matter. Co-incidentally, such deaths are legally called “corona cases”. Likewise, no person can convey a dead body from one place to another or to burial ground without a death certificate and nobody can bury without a valid death certificate from a hospital or Police in-charge of the inquest. Thus cases of death by suspected Covid-19 disease falls under this code. Ask the Police and the Pathologists. Governments of the day controls activities at the cemeteries, owns the Police and the Hospitals, why do they need more laws for this obligation?
12. ADF, noted that there is practically no difference between the version of the Bills being rushed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The landmines are the same in both documents, not minding the different headings. We observe that this bills are grand designs to install total authoritarianism and dictatorship, and weapon to hound and cage opposition voices, both political and civil society groups and ousting the jurisdiction of the Court.
13. The next contentious issue is the deliberate absence of the key words in most clauses or sections of these bills. The key words are; EPIDEMIC and PANDEMIC. Infectious disease becomes of public health interest when the outbreak reaches an epidemic or pandemic level order wise, it is a hospital headache. Thus isolated or an individual case cannot attract draconian actions as envisaged in the bill. Infectious diseases have been with us for ages and no such law has been employed to deal with them but education, strategic curative or treatment and rehabilitative interventions. Without the Key words, the law will be prone to brazen abuse.
14. The issue of given uncontrolled or un-moderated powers to a civil servant in the person of DG of NCDC and his boss, unelected public servant in the person of the Minister of health to arrest citizen, without court warrant, even on flimsiest excuse of suspicion of a Nigerian being a carrier, or came in contact with a carrier is an open cheque for the police and health officers to harass and intimidate, terrorize and arrest opponents and enemies both real and imaginary, under the pretext of protecting public health. This is official institution of anarchy. Arrest of an individual without an iota of evidence of an offence or breaking the law is a rape of fundamental human right which must be resisted at all cost.
15. The compulsory vaccination of all Nigerians is scientifically and legally flawed. Some diseases when contacted , even without symptoms stimulate development of natural immunity, to the extent that vaccination in such individuals are useless at best but could be dangerous as the vaccine can trigger adverse immune reactions. Also, some people are genetically endowed with resistance against some infectious diseases, for instance , some adult Nigerians (2%) do not suffer malaria, thus it is scientifically unjustifiable to enforce immunization by military fiat when no one knows the behavior and biology of the disease as in the case of Covid-19.
Above all, it is against the fundamental human right to force an individual to take any form of treatment , more so an invasive treatment as vaccine. One can only be persuaded through education. Even Almighty God gave man a choice between life and death and so such fundamental human right is only denied in demonic nations as in the communist and dictatorship nations where freedom is out of stock. No one should turn our nation to China or North Korea.
16. Section 20, of the House of Rep version deals with prohibition of meetings and public gathering. The subsection one is poorly or craftily worded to give the NCDC DG unfettered powers to stop any gathering or meeting when there is no epidemic or outbreak. He cannot be faulted for stopping an APC National Committee meeting or rally on the ground that a member of APC present is suffering or just recovered from typhoid fever or malaria. A political rally, or labour or professional body protest or rally can be stopped by a health officer of level seven or a police constable on the ground that one person in the rally is suffering from hepatitis or gastro-enteritis. It is glaring that this section is not intended to deal with epidemic or pandemic.
17. These bills gives the minister, a member of the executive arm of Government a final say on the human right issues, thus ousting the authority and powers of the judiciary to entertain appeals on any matter that has to do with right violation under this law.
18. Finally, we want to remind the honorable Legislators that the health system of this country has collapsed and Nigerians are dying in their thousands with covid-19 accounting for less than 10%. The Hospitals are now Ghost territories. There are no consumables and drugs, no equipment, no PPE, no electricity and water for the health personnel that are poorly motivated and under staffed to work. There is no manufacturing capacity in this country for these. Even if Covid-19 disappears tomorrow morning, there is no hope of recovery of the slumped healthcare institutions. The bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen militia, who kill more than covid-19 are only on temporary and isolated covid –induced break. No! they are able to freely move and terrorize from state to state, from city to city, unmolested by the security forces mounting uncountable road blocks, despite the presidential order for interstate Lockdown and night curfew in Nigeria.
How far with the fight against Boko Haram, has the Nigerian Army taken over our territories recovered by President Husein Habre of Chad? These are areas we expect should give you sleepless nights, now that medical tourism is suspended, or have those foreign powers sponsoring the bills assured you of air ambulance and hospital care in Cuba and China?
Your legislative actions are despirately needed in these directions. You should know that the jet speed with which you are pursuing this misadventure, against the background of the allegation of multimillion dollar bribe by some foreign pharmaceutical companies to surrender Nigerians as guinea pig, speaks volume and gives credence to the accusation that you are agents of the same satanic force who unleashed this terror with unprecedented economic and health services collapse on us.
We join other well-meaning Nigerians to urge you to take urgent measures to withdraw your arms and prove to Nigerians that you are not the servants of these powerful International enemies.

We wish to appreciate some of our Representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate led by our able and distinguished Senator Abaribe. We ask you to remain resolute, we are solidly behind you and Almighty Jehovah that rules in the affairs of men shall surely shield, strengthen and uphold you.
And to those few Legislators from Alaigbo who are part of the gang sponsoring these Bills, take this memo as a final notice from Ndigbo. If you do not withdraw your support for these and similar Bills, Ndigbo will be left with no other option than to declare and treat you as enemies of good governance and democracy.

May Almighty God Bless us.

Dr. Onyemuche Ibeneche

Chairman, ADF Health Committee

Dr. Arinze Nwosu

Secretary, ADF Health Committee

Hon. Abia Onyike

Chairman, ADF Publicity bureau

ADF STATEMENT THE DECISION TO CLOSE “ADF-USA  & BEYOND” WHATSAPP FORUM.

ADF STATEMENT THE DECISION TO CLOSE “ADF-USA & BEYOND” WHATSAPP FORUM.

Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) came into existence following the FIRST International Colloquium on The Igbo Question in Nigeria, held in April 2014, in Enugu.  It was formed and registered as a historical organization and the platform for the execution of decisions of the Colloquium comprising over two thousand five hundred sons and daughters of Ndigbo, both at home and in diaspora. The vision and mission of ADF are as contained in its Motto and the Mission Statement (copies may be attached).

ADF, is indeed an Organization with an official Constitution, Operational Guidelines and Organogram.  There is strict order of conduct of members and everyone, including affiliate members and supporters are expected to abide by the vision of the Organization. Thus, adherence and focus on its rules and action plans are required  of all who subscribe to the vision. (Copies of ADF Constitution, Organogram and Guidelines for formation of chapters  (may be attached).

Recall, that a team of ADF Leadership visited the Igbo Communities in USA in 2018. In the course of interaction with some of our brothers and sisters in several cities, great interest was expressed by them to have ADF formally established in some of the States. Inaugural meetings were held in some cities.

ADF has presently two active and functional Affiliates in the USA,

One of the topical issues that emerged in the course of meeting with our brother in Chicago was the organization of Igbo Summit in Chicago. As a result of certain inconsistency and lack of clarity, that project was not pursued. However, some Whatsapp platforms bearing ADF Logo and insignia has emerged.

ADF leadership tried to encourage those who set up such platforms to ensure that such emergent organizations should be properly and constitutionally aligned to the aims and objectives as well as the programs of ADF as a legal global organization. ADF leadership made allowance for such Chapters and/or Affiliates to in addition have their own local concerns in as much as it does not contradict the broad goals of ADF as defined in it official documents.

At a point we discovered that two or so platforms had emerged in Chicago, some of which were in fact pursuing separate international identities and the ADF leadership tried to discourage that tendency.

At a point there was a debate as to whether we should have one ADF Chapter in the USA or separate but structurally linked chapters, This debate was a major issue wi the emergence of an officially registered ADF-USA in Atlanta Georgia.

The main goal of encouraged the formation of ADF Chapters in USA was to harness and mold the numerous quantity of individual strength and talent of Ndigbo  there into effective quality power house that can help to bring the needed global succor to Alaigbo . History has shown that Diaspora arm of nations are critical and indispensable force for the liberation struggle of peoples. Ndigbo lack the needed cohesion of their Diaspora powerful separate forces.

There was initially some disquiet over the formation of ADF Chapters in USA, on the ground of existence of the existence of two powerful ADF Affiliates in New York and Connecticut. We also received some concern over how to reconcile the existence of ADF in the USA with the existence of the World Igbo Congress in the USA. We eventually convinced our compatriots on the need to have ADF abroad, a goal that has been confirmed as critical fore then Igbo struggle.

In order to douse any doubts, ADGF spent so much time and resources towards salvaging the World Igbo Congress that was at the time in a state of disintegration. We did this despite the criticism of well-meaning Igbo sons and daughters who had virtually lost interest t the time over the relevance of WIC. ADF leadership still believes we did the right thing at the material time.

ADF has just embarked upon the process of sanitizing her Media/Public Face. This has to do with her Website, Facebook, Whatsapp Forums, Internet Groups, etc. It is in that light that a Committee made recommendations regarding the use of ADF Name and Logo in some Whatsapp Forums.

Please try and appreciate what the last official statement on this is trying to convey. It is simply that any Platform intent on using ADF Name and/or logo must be seen to be part of ADF as an organization. ADF makes allowance for local programs. It must be seen as espousing the message as contained in ADF programs and official positions.  Its activities must be seen as complimentary and efforts must be made to synergize them; there must be unity of purpose although there may be different modalities.

ADF has a policy of purposeful and principled collaboration with all Igbo/ Biafran Groups that share similar vision, hence, its effort to galvanize the pro-Biafra and self-determination groups and numerous efforts to work harmoniously with Igbo Leaders of Thought, Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Governors and other stakeholders in Alaigbo.

What is Happening in Chicago?

ADF Chicago WhatsApp Forum was established for the purpose of setting up ADF Chapter in Chicago and as a rallying forum for the Convocation of the 2nd Colloquium of Igbo Question in Nigeria in 2018, in Chicago, branded “Chicago Igbo Summit”. When ADF leadership observed that the activities and focus in the Forum was not flowing in the line of ADF vision and activiies and there was attempt to pursue a separate and doubtful agenda in the Forum with respect to the proposed summit, as well as complaints by others Igbo  groups who had supported the idea of the Chicago Summit, the leadership stepped in to issue directives to correct the anomaly. This did not receive the cooperation of the administrators of the Forum.

Their next line of action was to create another Forum called “Igbo Nation” and renamed this  CHICAGO IGBO SUMMIT.  Later, for reason the leadership of ADF do not know, it was re-christianed “ADF USA & BEYOND forum”.  What an Unserious way of engaging in the Igbo struggle for emancipation!

The crust of the matter is that yes, general issues on igbo nation are discussed in the Forum, but there is no focus on action plans, no group decision of what to do or what need to be done. What os Moreno correlation withbthe activites and programs od a legal organization whose name and identitybisnbeinf flouted. At times, it is pouring of aspersions on ADF, no solution to our national problems.  Whenever ADF posts an issue that requires input, there is dead silence on the matter in the forum.  The Forum became ebe anakwa uwa!

This state of affairs stems from the fact that there is no Organization called ADF-USA Chapter and a mere internet forum such as this has nothing to offer Alaigbo at this critical time of the struggle.

Thus, it is more sensible for those who are comfortable with the status quo in the forum to drop the use of the Name, Logo or Insignia of ADF and change to another name.  Those who share ADF Vision and are ready to join hands together with us, guided by the Constitution should follow the guidelines and apply as a Chapter or Affiliate of ADF . This will give them the right to use the name and Logo of ADF.

We hereby extend our hands of brotherhood to all. United we shall triumph over our traducers. Let the spirit of agbakota aka nyuo mamiri o tie ufufu prevail.

Log Live ADF!
Long Live the Igbo Nation!

 

Dr. Onyi Gbujie
Deputy Secretary, ADF.

Hon Abia Oyike
Chairman, ADF Publicity Bureau

May 2, 2020

THE MISSION OF ADF STRATEGY.COM WHATSAPP  GROUP

THE MISSION OF ADF STRATEGY.COM WHATSAPP GROUP

Dear Colleagues,
Just to remind you that
ADF Strategy.Com is a Special ADF Chat Forum designed for consultation on core issues within ADF Agenda as they arise. As such, the President of ADF has the main responsibility to initiate the issues and themes on which members are to deliberate. Of course, the President consults other leaders in the course of raising any issues.
However, any member can raise an issue he considers urgent and critical.
The Forum does not take the place of ADF Working Committee or ADF Council. However, all Council members and members of ADF Working Committee are on ADF Strategy.Com.
The purpose of our discussions on this platform is to generate action points.

We shall continue to use ADF Whatsapp  Group or ADF alaigbodf@googlegroups.com to deal with relevant issues. PLEASE COOPERATE!!!
Because of how much we have on our table, members should not copy or bother us with posts from other platforms.
FINALLY, everyone should bear in mind that ADF is a registered organization and hence a legal, moral as well as a socio-political personality. It is not just merely a chart forum. From time to time ADF leadership shall arrange online meetings when necessary.
Like ADF Board of Trustees, ADF Council and Working  Committee, ADF Strategy.Com has a major leadership responsibility in the actualization of ADF historic mission.
Thank you And You are welcome.

Prof. T. Uzodinma Nwala
ADF President

ADF Action Program on COVID-19

ADF Action Program on COVID-19

ADF has actively followed the raging CORONAVIRUS other wise called COVID-19
We have tried to provide basic information to ADF members and our people. This includes a Message to Ndigbo on the Pandemic, identifying it as another major security threat  to Ndigbo along with the  insurgency of the Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen which have claimed  thousands of life and destroyed billions of naira worth of our property and farms.
The Statement urges our people to remain vigilant
and continued to rely on their efforts, obey all the directives from the WHO as well as those from the local sources that are credible. It calls on our people to utilize what they have for the protection of our people in the various communities. Bulletins 1-3 are basic information to help the  people stay safe by acquainting them with the basic guidelines from  credible authorities both international and local.
As a result of the limitations in access to information that are limited mainly to Social Media, TV and Radio and the fact that majority of our people do not have access to these media organs. and further even if they have them there may not be light of data to access them , ADF has reduced the messages  on what they do to very easily communicable form through Town Criers. Efforts are being made to forward the material to the Town Unions, The Churches, and various civil society organisations to help promote the use of Town Criers for  disseminating the information to the local people;
(call me for any clarification in case of any doubt.)
Uzodinma Nwala
ADF President

ADF MESSAGE TO NDIGBO

ADF COVID-19 Bulletin 1

 

ADF COVID Bulletin 2

 

ADF BULLETIN 3 ON COVID

WARNING TO OUR PEOPLE! PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY! PROTECT ALAIGBO AND HER NEIGHBOURS!

WARNING TO OUR PEOPLE! PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY! PROTECT ALAIGBO AND HER NEIGHBOURS!

ADF BULLETIN 3 ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
WARNING TO OUR PEOPLE! PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY! PROTECT ALAIGBO AND HER NEIGHBOURS!
Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, wish to alert Ndigbo and our NEIGHBOURS that CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC is real and here with us.
It attacks the rich and the poor, the old and the young, those in the cities and those in the villages.
As at Wednesday, 8th April, over 1.5million people have been infected , with over 88,000 deaths. NIGERIA has recorded 283 CASED , with 7 DEATHS. 3 daughters of one Igbo family living in UK were infected, two died and one is in Intensive care unit as at yesterday. 13 members of one family in Italy were killed by Corona virus.
In Nigeria, only very few suspected cases have been tested , because the test kits are very scarce. The numbers of infected cases above is far below the actual number.
COVID-19 is gotten through AIR OR CONTAMINATED SURFACES from an infected Person. Coughing and sneezing releases the virus into the air. It stays in the air for up to 8 hours and on surfaces of objects up to 3 days.
How do we know when one has the COVID-19 sickness; coughing, sneezing, fever, headache, body aches, difficulty in breathing.
More than 30% of those infected do not have symptoms and do not know or suspect they have the disease. THOSE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS CAN INFECT OTHERS. That is the biggest danger!

HOW TO PROTECT OUR OURSELVES, FAMILIES and COMMUNITIES : ADF ADVISES THAT ALL SHOULD ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING BEST PRACTICES.
AVOID CROWD OF MORE THAN TEN PERSON.
Obey STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. corona virus and hunger combined is far worse than hunger only. Hunger for one month will not kill us BUT covid -19 can do it. Prevention is better than cure.
Let every family stay-at-home as directed by the Governments and Health Authorities and the church leadership. It is biblical to do so(Jeremiah 26:20-23)
Close your mouth and nose when coughing , blowing nose and sneezing with tissue or handkerchief and wash your hands after .
Keep water and soap ( detergent, toilet soap, bar soap, liquid soap) at the entrance of your compound OR Office for everybody, including family members , to wash hands for 20 seconds, before entering the house or sitting down on a chair in the compound.
Wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizers.
Frequently clean the door handles, car door handles, table and chairs, hand rails and staircases, toilet, with soap and water or 5-in-1 bleach solution(jik) or sanitizer.
Use Medical face-mask or N95 Face-mask when you are in the market or where there is large number of people or more than one person in the car. Cloth face-mask is not useful against corona virus.
Do not shake hands with people.
Avoid AC and winding up of car windows when more than one person in the car or bus. Open the windows of your car and houses for good ventilation.
Ensure you feed well, TAKE VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND NATURAL FOODS AND SPICES to build-up your immunity.
AVOID unnecessary visits.
CALL your doctor or the Nurse and book appointment before going to the hospital, when it is very necessary.
Communities must have a dedicated Doctor or Nurse or Community health officer who should be notified of any suspected case or contact with a returnee from Abroad.
Every suspicion of Covid-19 infection, or contact with a positive or suspected case or returnee from Abroad, should self- quarantine and call the Community doctor or Nurse or state Committee on Covid-19, or the nearest hospital. THIS IS TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY.
Avoid SELF- MEDICATION, contact your doctor or Nurse.
The Town Unions and Local Churches must Engage Town Criers to spread this message to the people in the Communities.
ABOVE ALL, BE PRAYERFUL, LIVE A GODLY LIFE AND HAVE FAITH IN OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. In this perilous times.

Alaigbo development Foundation
health Committee
9th April 2020

ADF MESSAGE TO NDIGBO ON THE PREVAILING STATE OF ​NATURAL AND POLITICAL INSECURITY!

ADF MESSAGE TO NDIGBO ON THE PREVAILING STATE OF ​NATURAL AND POLITICAL INSECURITY!

ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
(ADF)

The Rebuilding and Development of Igbo Nation and the Rebirth and
Advancement of the Spirit of her Culture and Civilization
…………………………….

A TIME FOR SUSTAINED PERSEVERANCE

ADF MESSAGE TO OUR PEOPLE ON THE PREVAILING STATE OF
​NATURAL AND POLITICAL INSECURITY

Although this is a Message to the entire Igbo race, it is also addressed to all who share either totally or partially in our present predicament.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC ADDED TO FULANI INSURGENCY:

Up until few weeks ago, when the news of Corona Virus filled the air in Nigeria, we were confronted mainly with the forces of insurgency on a determined course to annihilate us, stamp out our faith, wipe out our civilization and occupy our ancestral land.

IGBO PREDICAMENT IN THE FACE OF ANARCHY IN THE FEDERATION:

There was no one to come to our rescue, neither the Federal Government nor our own State Governments. Every possible evidence showed clearly that the Federal Government was in support of the insurgents. State governments in the north did not hide the fact that the insurgency was their historical movement to take over not only our land but the entire territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Our State Governments were too timid, complacent or afraid to mobilise our people to protect themselves.

Authorities around us behaved as if Ndigbo have lost even the basic natural right of self-preservation or rather that we and our land have become cannon fodder for the pleasure of the ramapging murderous sqaud and their cattles.

In the process, our people including the Christian territories of the North and South of Nigeria lost men, women and children ten times what the entire world has lost due to the present Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We also lost billions worth of property including our crops and farm lands. We have been subjected to brutal massacre, rape of our women and daughters, kidnapping for ramson. On top of this, the Nigerian military and police have behaved like occupation forces, and our judiciary turned into an instrument in the hands of our tormentors.

Suddenly, We have found our selves along with the entire human race confronted with the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

WE HAVE DOUBTS OVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DATA ON THE CORONAVIRUS

Unfortunately, it is hard to say how many people have contracted COVID-19 in Alaigbo and the entire Federal Republic of Nigeria. Confirmed cases are determined through testing. But the big question is how many have been tested? How much faciltities does Nigeria have to conduct the tests? Lagos and Abuja report of some relatively higher number because the faciltites for test are more readily available in those areas. The Government has for example, released billions of naira to Lagos State.

Umuigbo travel more than any other people in Niegria and so indeed have a higher rate of exposure to the Corona virus. The other day, the nurses in one of the Teaching Hospitals in Alaigbo were demonstrating against lack of basic equipment; masks, gloves, testing kits, ventilators, etc.

Meanwhile, debate is raging as to the cause and cure of the COVID-19. The grave issues about the pandemic is now being swallowed by global power struggle and rivalry (political, diplomatic, military) among the super-powers.

THE SOCIAL MEDIA AS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD:

The social media has become a double-edged sword – enlightening and spreading dangerous disinformation at the same time.

Tragically, the entire scientific community has been exposed and its authority badly impaired because of multiple-speak among the authorities.

Religion has taken the worst beating in the whole process, not only Christianity but the other religions. While Christianity has been suffering under the weight of jihadism and its own internal decay, presently unable to defend its own authencity, Islam is boldy asserting itself because it has been more than a religious movement.
It is fundamentally a politcal movement, bent on conquiring the world, with its present focus on Nigeria.

WHAT IS TO BE DONE:

Umuigbo, given the this tragic combination of two forces of annihilation, and our vulnerability as a nation what do we do? How can we survive these forces of nature and society?

NDIGBO are besieged by two Deadly Forces – Fulani Invasion and COVID-19, hence the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) urges our people to –
1. Please Always Remain Conscious of our Present Double Predicawment!

Never to forget that we were engaged in a war of survival before the arrival of the coronavirus. And that this war is still raging inspite of the corona virus.
If anyone is in doubt, let him read the research-documentd report of the The International Society for Civil Libertires and Rule of Law (Intersoceity) showing that Fifty (50) Christians were hacked to death by Fulani Jihadists in March and Ten (10) in the first two days of April 2020.
This figure is higher than the 5 or so COVID-19-related deaths recorded throughtout Nigeria.

The other day the Nigerian Military descended on the Warri Community wrecking havoc; brutalizing the people and threatenig to rape their women with more reckless abandon.

2. Respect all Stay Safe Guidelines on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Effective Medical Guidelines and Rules for dealing with the Corona Virus must be observed to the letter. Everybody should join in simplifying and ensuring the strict observance of these rules by the masses.

The first act of ADF in the midst of the Pandemic was to direct the ADF Deputy Secretary, who is a medical expert to issue a bulletin to provide our people basic information on the COVID-19 Virus and how to handle the Pandemic. This he did in ADF BULLETINS 1 & 2.

Use of Town Criers to Spread the Message to the People:

ADF has just set up a Committee to reduce the basic rules drawn from global and national authorities to simple messages both in English and in our local dialects.

The Committee shall transmit the messages to the various town unions and churches. In turn, the Town Unions and Churches are urged to appoint town criers who would go round twice a week to spread the messages to their various communities. The Town Unions and Churches can afford to give the town criers basic stipend for this community service.

3. Umuigbo – Let us be our Brothers’ Keepers!

It is obvious that this is the time the famed Igbo attribute of being our brothers keeper is challenged as never before. Please do not forget our vulnerable ones in our villages and communities. There is nobody who can do this for us except our Chukwu Okike Abiama and ourselves.

Please share what you have with your vulnerable people in your families and kindreds.

Please ‘Ndi Akajiaku’ in Alaigbo donate directly to the villages and communities. Do not give any money to the Government. Let the Governments deploy the billions of naira and dollars at their disposal to provide the basic needs of security, food, water and electricity to the people.

Our various town and state unions in the diaspora please send funds to support the vulnerable people at home.

4. Message to Our State Governments:

The State Governments should concentrate the funds available to them to meet the basic needs of the people. We mean basic needs of security, food, water, and electricity.

The program of sit-at-home should be organised and implemented in a way our people are not starved. There should be room for them to sell and buy their basic needs while observing basic rules of social distancing, use of gloves and sanitizers etc. This is where the State Governments come in. This is also where the services of the health workers are needed.

5. The Army and Police should not constitute a ‘Third Pandemic Force’.

Efforts should be made to prevent the Army and Police from terrorising the people at this time. The soldiers and the Police should be deployed to their state of origin.

6. The Church needs an Internal Reform to Return to its original Mission.

The Church should go back to the basic mission of the Church when the Church was the succour for the poor, the sick and the widows. The various Christian denominations in Igboland are wealthy and this is the time to deploy this wealth for the benefit of the massses. This is the time for the Church in Alaigbo to regain relevance.

7. Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters, this is not the time to engage in the bashing of Christianity!

To do this is to do the enemies job, namely, hasten the liquidation of the Christisan Faith. Our criticism should be focused on those fraudsters who hide under Christainity to promote their fraudulent actvities.

We should remember that some of the noblest of our citizens are clergy men and that Igbo land have produced many highly spiritual and dedicated religious leaders.

8. There are grave issues which have arisen in connection with the reality of COVID-19 and whether there is a political motive to its emergemce at this time in our history. Igbo land has many eminent scientists and medical doctors who should guide us on such grave issues including the 5G issues. These are not subject of Social Media warfare and should not be left to Social Media warriors, nor are they mere subject of Superpower rivalry.
Remeber that there has been several epidemics and worse Pandemics in history. A list of some of those cases are in circulation and ADF Bureau of Publicity is being asked to recirculate the documents.

Signed

Prof. T. Uzodinma Nwala; ADF President

Prof. A.N Aniekwu; ADF Secretary

Bishop Obi Onubogu; ADF BoT Chair

Hon. Abia Onyike; Chairman, ADF Publicity Bureau

April 6, 2020

ADF President Birthday Celebration

ADF President Birthday Celebration

The 78th birthday celebration of The ADF President Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, was a great occasion which was honored by friends, ADF members and well wishers. The celebration was held at Crystal Palace Hotel, GRA, Enugu on 20th March, 2020. Among others in attendance were Prof. Nath Aniekwu (Secretary of ADF) Bishop Obi Onubogu (Chairman  ADF BOT), Mrs (Hon) Marie Okwo ( Leader of Igbo Women Assembly (IWA) and also known as  Mama ADF), HRH, Igwe L.O.C Agubuzu ( Chairman Enugu state Council of traditional Rulers and Membe of ADF Trust Fund Board) Prof (Akunne) P.O Ngoddy ( Chairman  of The Occasion), and many more personalities present at this great event to celebrate the father of Igbo Philosophy.

Below are more picture from the Celebration.

DISTRESS CALL TO IGBO LEADERS, GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS ON THE SECURITY OF ALAIGBO!

DISTRESS CALL TO IGBO LEADERS, GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS ON THE SECURITY OF ALAIGBO!

COALITION OF PAN-IGBO CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

DISTRESS CALL
TO IGBO LEADERS, GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS ON
THE SECURITY OF ALAIGBO!

We, the undersigned representing various interests and organizations in Alaigbo, on behalf of Our People And Our Land, send you this Distress Message!

A. Our Ancestral Homes are under siege! Our Lives are being wasted! Alaigbo has been invaded! We must rise up and defend our Homeland!!
The situation in Nigeria today is one of the worst security challenges in human history. For us in Alaigbo, the situation is more critical than the one we faced during the Biafra war.
There does not seem to be anyone in charge to whom the people can look up to for their protection or the Government in power is in collusion with the forces responsible for the state of generalized anarchy in the land.
The people must take full responsibility for the protection of themselves, their families and their property. Our land has been invaded!
We must stop mystifying the issue of security. When the enemy attacks us and our families; when he goes into our farm to destroy our crops, or forcefully enters our home s to seize the little foods we have for our children, should we just sit there and do nothing? Should we fold our hands, sit there until General Buhari or any Federal or State Authority comes to our rescue.
Indeed, the Security of any man is first and foremost his personal responsibility.
The role of Government on matters of security of the lives and property of the people is crucial but only second to the efforts of the individual citizen who are direct victims.
It is true that one of the major reasons for the establishment of Government by man is to ensure his security and that of his family.
However, this does not in any way remove the citizen’s personal responsibility in matters of his own personal security and that of his family.
There are layers of responsibility over the security of every man – from the family, kindred, village to the Clan, and, ipso facto, from the Local Government to the State, the entire country and indeed to the Global Community. Thus, every tier of society has a role to play in matters of security of lives and property of the people.
It is in this sense that we the undersigned maintain that – SECURITY IS THE JOINT RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT.

In the light of these truths that we categorically declare that –

We, in the entire Igbo nation, should not mystify issues concerning the Security of our People and our Ancestral Communities!
That Right of Self-Defense is inalienable and therefore –
Every citizen has a duty and a right to carry defensive weapons for the protection of himself, his family and his property including his farmlands and ancestral homes.
The Government should recognize and hence legalize private ownership and possession of defensive weapons, particularly now there is a state of virtual anarchy in the land.
Anti-Open Grazing Law should be enacted by all the State Houses of Assembly in Alaigbo to enforce the protection of our farms and crops and prevent famine in our land.
Communities Vigilantes should be fully operational in all our communities, provided with legislative backing and thus provided with adequate system of weapon.
We fully support the idea of State Police, provided that such State Police is under the full control of respective zonal and State Governments.

B. We support the Bold Security Initiatives by our Neighbors in other parts of the Federation – the Yoruba, the Tiv, the Junkun, etc, to protect themselves and their Ancestral lands!
We, in the entire Igbo nation, should not mystify issues concerning the Security of our People and our Ancestral Communities! This is what the example of our neighbors teaches us. And we, therefore. fully support them.
Yes, there is no mystery in the Security Measures being taken by our neighbors – the Yoruba, the Tiv in Benue State, the Junkun in Taraba, the Edo People, etc, to protect themselves (their men, women and children) and their Ancestral lands.
What they have done is to exercise their fundamental right to Self-Defense, a right which we ourselves have been trying to exercise BUT now need to assert in a more positive and non-ambiguous terms.
The Yoruba nation first established the needed Security structures.
And now the various states within the Yoruba nation are enacting the relevant laws to back those security measures taken earlier.
With the later action, all ambiguities in the earlier steps they took have been taken care of and thus challenges to their right to exercise Self-Defense have been neutralized.

The Benue State first established the enabling laws for their security, and followed it up with needed structures and instruments to back the laws.
And no one can rationally, legally and politically challenge what they have done and are doing to protect their people and their land.
In all these, the People and their Governments have worked in tan dem! And therefore Ndigbo, we should learn from their examples.

Thus, from the experience of our Neighbor, it is imperative that Regional/State Governments (Governors and Houses of Assembly) need to do two basic things to secure our land and protect our people, namely –
Pass the enabling Security Law, particularly the Anti-Open Grazing Bill which have been submitted to them and
Set up and equip the necessary Security Structures including Community Vigilantes.
We also hereby call on all our various communities and citizens to support their local Vigilantes organizations with all that are needed to make them effectively functional.

C. To the State Governments in Alaigbo. Within the Igbo nation, we are aware of some measures being taken by some of our Governors with regard to our security. Apart from certain basic inadequacies, what those security initiatives lack is the backing of the popular will and support of our people. They also lack enabling laws to back them up.

We aware that a few of our State Legislatures have passed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill, awaiting signing by the Governors. We, therefore, urge the Governors to urgently do so if they have not already signed the bill into law. Other States are called upon to follow suite and enact the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

D. Why the Anti-Open Grazing Bill?

i. Why is the unrestrained movement and open Grazing of Cattle an issue and core one for that matter which affects the Security of lives and property in the Federal Republic of Nigeria today.
Ii. Those who emphasize what they call herders-farmers clash as a major root-cause of the present bloody Security situation in Alaigbo and other parts of the Federation are right in a sense.
iii. The free roaming and grazing of cattle that lawlessly destroy the crops of helpless farmers is the major root cause of the problem.
iv. What is more, criminals from West African and other countries have taken advantage of this situation to invade our communities, wrecking all manner of havoc, killing, maiming and kidnapping our innocent citizens, rapping our wives and daughters with reckless abandon. And the Federal Government of Nigeria is hardly doing anything to protect the people.
v. The Nigerian President, General Mohammad Buhari, has himself publicly confessed that many of these criminals come from Libya. And so what?
vi. The most common identity of these criminals is that they hide under the movement of cattle. Therefore, the first step in tackling the Security challenges is to control the free movement and grazing of Cattle.
We are not saying that nobody should rear cattle. All we are saying is that open grazing of cattle is bad for our Security and bad for our economy and our survival.
Therefore, the law banning open grazing of cattle, goat and sheep must now be enacted for the above reasons.
E. What Is To Be Done And Done Urgently?
Urgent Igbo National Caucus To Assert Our Collective Resolve And Our Support For Our Governments To Enact The Anti-Open Grazing Law And Put In Place All Necessary Measures To Enforce The Law and ensure our Security!
We, the undersigned are calling for an URGENT IGBO NATIONAL CAUCUS involving the people and our Governments to give popular backing to the necessary adequate Security arrangements for our collective action.
What do we have on Ground?
We have our Ancestral Customary Laws which prohibit the roaming of GOATS, SHEEP, COWS, CATTLE, in our communities and farms.
We have Old Eastern Nigeria Law which prohibits the roaming of animals within the community. Such animals are teetered to avoid the destruction of farm lands if allowed to roam freely within the community.
In most of our ancestral communities, women organize themselves and provide schedules for various groups of women to operate on assigned days, to monitor, arrest offending animals and hand them over to community leaders. The owners of such animals must pay approved fines before they can reclaim their animals

All Governments in Alaigbo are called upon to Urgently enact the Anti-Open Grazing Law and provide all necessary measures to enforce the law and to ensure the security of lives and property in our Region!
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Role Of Community Vigilante Groups.
Today, virtually all communities have their VIGILANTE (Local Security Watch) either operational or in limbo, Therefore, every community should be encouraged to set up and energize their Community Vigilante. State Houses of Assembly and Governors should quickly enact enabling Laws to back such measures. The State Governments and the various communities must provide the needed resources for their effective operation.

Finally, we declare that Security Is the joint Responsibility of the People and their Government!

To our all people, Ndigbo,  we say unto you
“Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.” – Joel 3:10

Signed:
Prof. Uzodinma Nwala Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF).
Prof. Elochukwu Amuchazi Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT)
Nze Fidelis Ozichukwu Igbon Town Unions (ITU)
His Grace Bar Chris Ede Christian Council of Nigeria, Enugu.rjt31z
Bishop Goddy Okafor Christian Council of Nigeria SE.
Mr Ngozi Odumuko Nzuko Umunna
Mr J. Ikunna Igbo Intelligentsia
Mr Tony Nnadi Lower Niger Congress (LNC)
Bar Emeka Umeagbalasi Inter-Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law
Bar Alloy Ejimakor Counsel for IPOB
Barr Max Ozoaka South-East Lawyers Forum
Engr Anthony Aniebue Peoples Restoration Movement (PRM)
Emeka Emekesiri MOBIN
Dr J. C. Chukuokolo South-East based Coalition of Human Rights and Democracy Organizations.(SBCHROS)
Ndubisi V. Anaenugwu BVI
Engr Ike Iwendu Assoc. of SE Presidents- General.
Mrs Maria Okwo Igbo Women Assembly (IWA)
Pastor Dr Okey Anoruo Assoc. of Imo Town Unions
Comr Uchenna Madu MASSOB
Mr Okey Orji Coalition of Pro-Biafra Organizations.
Ms Ola N. Uchendu Sons and Daughters of Alaigbo

ADF PRESS STATEMENT ON:  The Community Policing Proposal of the South-East Governors and the Nigerian Police.

ADF PRESS STATEMENT ON: The Community Policing Proposal of the South-East Governors and the Nigerian Police.

Date February 17, 2020

ADF PRESS STATEMENT
ON

The Community Policing Proposal of the South-East Governors and the Nigerian Police.

PART A. Two Meetings –
Ime-Obi Ohanaeze
Joint Meeting of Ime-Obi and the SE Governors

Meeting of Ime-Obi Ohanaeze.
On the 9th of February, the Ime-Obi Ohanaeze met in Enugu on the current acute Security Challenges in Nigeria with particular reference to Alaigbo.
At the meeting, the President General of Ohanaeze , Chief Nnia Nwodo and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu addressed Ime-Obi followed by speakers from all the States in Alaigbo including Rivers and Delta States.

The President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Prof Uzodinma Nwala, presented to Ime-Obi, a document referred to as a DISTRESS CALL signed by over twenty pan-Igbo and civil society organizations.

After deliberations, Ime-Obi took two key decisions, namely –
To set up, as a matter of utmost urgency, a Special Security Committee to forge and drive an Igbo Security Agenda that would enable Ndigbo to protect the lives and property in their zone just as other zones are currently doing.
To set up, as a matter of utmost urgency, an Elders Council to sustain an interface with the Governors and Legislators in the zone.

Joint Meeting of Ime-Obi Ohanaeze and the SE Governors Forum.
On the same day, a team of the Igbo leadership who attended the Ime-Obi, proceeded to the Enugu Government House for a joint meeting with the Governors of the South East.
At the Meeting, representatives of Ime-Obi Ohanaeze conveyed to the Governors key elements of Ime-Obi deliberations at her meeting earlier in the day.
In turn, the Vice Chairman of the Security Committee of the Governors, briefed the joint meeting on the deteriorating state of insecurity in the South-East.
At the meeting it was resolved that both the Governors and Ime-Obi should work together to promote a common Security Agenda for Alaigbo.
In keeping with the above, it was agreed that Ime-Obi should be fully appraised of the Security proposals by the Governors of the South East and that Ime-Obi would come up with its own proposals, so that Ndigbo can evolve one comprehensive and adequate set of Agenda to meet the Security Challenges in the South East. And indeed in Alaigbo in general.

PART B.
Reports on the Alarming State of Insecurity in Alaigbo.

If anyone at those meetings was in doubt about the grave dangers of insecurity facing Ndigbo, such doubts were confounded by two very terrifying reports received at both the Ime-Obi Ohanaeze and the Joint meeting with the Governors.
At the Ime Obi meeting, the former President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief Enwo-Igariwey from Ebonyi State, narrated a very heart-rending account of the Security Situation in Ebony State. According to him, the Fulani herdsmen and insurgents have taken over many of the farms with their cattle ravaging farm crops. The farmers and the people are hardly able to access their farms because of the menacing presence and threats from the herdsmen and insurgents wielding AK 47 and other dangerous weapons. Not only farms and crops but their women and daughters as well as the men are desecrated. Killing and kidnapping are the order of the day.
Next at the Joint Meeting with the Governors at the Enugu Governor’s Lodge, the Vice Chairman of the Security Committee set up by the SE Governors, Mr. Aduba CP Rtd, presented even a more harrowing picture of the state of insecurity in the South-East. According to his account. what exists today in the South-East is not just a threat of insecurity, it is that the entire zone has been occupied or simply overrun by the insurgents. What is worse is that there exists a state of utter hopelessness in the face of the grave dangers facing the people of the South East.

That Joint-meeting of Ime-Obi Ohanaeze and the Governors Forum undoubtedly raised some hopes. It was, therefore, expected that –
certain immediate and urgent consultations would take place towards implementing the decisions of the Ime-Obi regarding setting up of two Committees.
Proposed consultations between the Ime-Obi and the Governors Forum would quickly take place to ensure the emergence of a Regional Security Agenda for the South East.
All the above did not take place before news came about a Security Summit of the Nigerian Police and the SE Governors.

PART C.
Security Summit of the Nigerian Police and the SE Governors.

The next we heard was that a Security Summit had been convened by the Governors and the Inspector-General of Police. And that at the Summit, the South-East Governors have accepted and adopted Community Policing proposed by the Nigerian Police as an effective tool in bringing policing to the grassroots.

Composition of the Security Summit by the Nigerian Police and the SE Governors.
There were two segments of this Security Summit –
The first segment during when the actual decisions were taken by the Police and the Governors.
The second was during when the decisions were formally announced to a larger audience.

According to the Communiqué there were twenty (20) participants in that first substantive meeting
Five (5) from Alaigbo
Four Governors and One Deputy Governor
Fifteen (15) from the Nigerian Police.
IG 1
DIG 2 Igbo 1
AIG 5 Igbo None
CP 5 Igbo None
DCP Igbo 1.
Total 15.
None Igbo 13
Igbo 2.
This is the composition of the participants from the Nigerian Police Force who have come to plan for the Security of Alaigbo.

The Communiqué of the Summit of the SE Governors and the Nigerian Police.

According to the communiqué of this SE Security Summit, the South-East State Governors have accepted and adopted Community Policing as an effective tool in bringing policing to the grassroots.

It is important to note two things about this Summit and its outcome
that it was the SE Governors who accepted and adopted the so-called Community Policing Plan and not the People of the South East whose security is being planned. It is the people of the SE whom are the victims of the horrendous state of insecurity revealed by both Mr Enwo-Igariwey, former Ohanaeze PG and Mr Aduba, CP rtd and Vice Chairman of the Security Committee set up by the SE Governors Forum.
However, what was adopted was
COMMUNITY POLICING PLAN and not
SECURITY AGENDA FOR THE SOUTH-EAST
AND INDEED FOR THE ENTIRE REGION OF ALAIGBO.
If we understand this development thus (and it is the correct way for Ndigbo to understand it) then two things follow as the appropriate reaction to the SUMMIT of the SE GOVERNORS and the NIGERIAN POLICE .

A critical but constructive appraisal of the POLICING PLAN, which is the program and an affair of the Nigerian Police meant to be their contribution in tackling the GRAVE STATE OF INSECURITY IN ALAIGBO.
The Creation of an Appropriate SECURITY AGENDA (with an appropriate supportive laws and structures) for tackling the acute state of insecurity in Alaigbo, a bit of which were highlighted by Chief Igariwey during the meeting of Ime-Obi Ohanaeze at Enugu on the 9th of February as well as the that contained in the Report of Mr Aduba, CP rtd who is the Vice Chairman of the Security Committee set up by the Governors of the South-East.
Thus, the POLICING PLAN of the Nigerian Police is neither a substitute for nor in principle mutually opposed to the a SOUTH SECURITY AGENDA which is to be put in place by the people of the South East and their Governors, Legislators and Stakeholders, PROVIDED
The POLICING PLAN of the Nigerian Police is not a FULANI PLAN to subdue and overrun the South East, nay the entire Igbo nation.
PART D
Understanding the proposed COMMUNITY POLICING PLAN

Information reaching us indicates that already there has long been a Security Program of the Nigerian Police in the South East called POLICING PLAN.

The so-called POLICING PLAN was set up and operated solely by the Nigerian Police. It is meant to monitor and moderate what they call FARMERS-HERDERS CLASH in the South East. The senior officers of the POLICING PLAN are non-Igbos, mostly Fulani Police Officers. They also recruit local members of the body of the POLICING PLAN, most of who are junior and subordinate officers and other unsuspecting members of the public.

Reports from the field monitors of the Policing Plan which are not in favour of the Herders, are frowned upon and demand made for any such report to be torn and so they get torn immediately.

It is our hope that it is not this outrageous outfit that the Enugu Security Summit organized by the Nigerian Police that is being elevated to what is now CALLED COMMUNITY POLICING FOR THE SOUTH-EAST.

From the above, it is important to underscore the point that this POLICING PLAN of the Nigerian Police has been IN OPERATION IN THE SOUTH EAST while the horrors in Ebonyi State as depicted in the Report of Chief Igariwey at the last Ime-Obi meeting as well as that depicted in the Report by Mr Aduba CP rtd at the Joint meeting of Ime-Obi and the Governors Forum, all those horrors rather than abating have been rising in crescendo with our helpless people wondering if they have any Government or leaders who care for their plight.

It is Possible that the Governors of the South East are ignorant of the truth of the POLICING PLAN as it has been in operation in the South East. And this is because they do not work with the people they are elected to serve. They rather work with the Oti Nkpus and the Oji Akpa elu ozus in the South East.

PART E.
REACTIONS TO THE POLICING PLAN OF THE SE GOVERNORS AND THE NIGERIAN POLICE

There have been several negative reactions, indeed widespread condemnations by the people to this development – the idea of so-called COMMUNITY POLICING as the ultimate panacea to the dangerous Security situation in Alaigbo.

PART F.Position of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF).

ADF totally and unequivocally reject this so-called COMMUNITY POLICING for the South East.

We stand by the message conveyed as a DISTRESS CALL to the Igbo leaders and Stakeholders presented to the last Ime- Obi Ohanaeze. That position was signed by over twenty (20) Civil Society and pan-Igbo organizations. Based on that ADF therefore affirm the following –
The Security of Alaigbo is a joint responsibility between the Government and the People of Alaigbo.
ADF is not opposed to any genuine and positive role of the Federal Government and her agencies in helping to tackle the prevailing state of grave insecurity in Alaigbo, provided –
That such role by Federal Agencies must be under the exercise and full control of personnel of our zone.
The primary Security outfit for the protection of Alaigbo must be that created by the Government and people of Alaigbo.

ADF shall continue to work with those genuine and patriotic authorities and civil society organizations in Alaigbo including our Governors, Ohanaeze, the Churches, the traditional institutions, etc, to protect and advance the interest of our people and the entire Igbo nation!

Signed

PROF. UZODINMA NWALA
ADF President
PROF. NATH ANIEKWU
ADF Secretary

BISHOP OBI UDEZUE ONUBOGU
Chairman, ADF BoT

PROF ELO. AMUCHEAZI
ADF Vice President

BARR MAX OZOAKA
Director. ADF Legal Bureau

HON ABIA ONYIKE
Chairman ADF Publicity Bureau

Press Statement On  MEETING SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING NDIGBO IN THEIR HOME LAND

Press Statement On  MEETING SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING NDIGBO IN THEIR HOME LAND

ADF PRESS STATEMENT

By Alaigbo Development Foundation

Addressed by Barr. Max Ozoaka,

Co-ordinator, ADF Legal Bureau

On 6th February, 2020.

MEETING SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING NDIGBO IN THEIR HOME LAND

Security Is the joint Responsibility of the People and their Government!

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hereby welcome you to this Press Briefing in my capacity as the Coordinator of the Legal Bureau of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF). The Bureau is currently charged with supervising the input and measures which the ADF is currently advancing in the on-going efforts to ensure the Security of our people and our neighbors.

We like to begin by emphasizing some fundamental facts about the on-going security crises in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The situation in Nigeria today is one of the worst security crises in human history. For us in Alaigbo, the situation is more critical than the one we faced during the Biafra war.

There does not seem to be anyone in charge to whom the people can look up to for their protection or the Government in power is in collusion with the forces responsible for the state of generalized anarchy in the land.

The people must take full responsibility for the protection of themselves, their families and their property.

We must stop mystifying the issue of security as if when the enemy attacks us and our families, when he goes into our farm to destroy our crops, or forcefully enters our home s to seize the little foods we have for our children, we must do nothing but sit down until Buhari or any Federal or State Authority comes to our rescue.

Indeed, the Security of any man is first and foremost his personal responsibility.

The role of Government on matters of security of the lives and property of the people is crucial but only second to the efforts of the individual citizen who are direct victims.

It is true that one of the major reasons for the establishment of Government by man is to ensure his security and that of his family.

However, this does not in any way remove the citizen’s personal responsibility in matters of his own security and that of his family.

There are layers of responsibility over the security of every man – from the family, kindred, village to the Clan, and, ipso facto, from the Local Government to the State, the entire country and indeed to the Global Community. Thus, every tier of society has a role to play in matters of security of lives and property of the people.

It is in this sense that the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) emphasizes the fact that – SECURITY IS THE JOINT RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT.

In the light of these truths the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) categorically declares –

That every citizen has a duty and a right to carry defensive weapons for the protection of himself, his family and his property including his farmlands and ancestral homes.

The Government should legalize private ownership and possession of defensive weapons.

Anti-Grazing Law should be enacted by the State Houses of Assembly, This is very urgent!

Communities Vigilantes should be fully legalized and provided with adequate security equipment.

The idea of State Police is fully supported by ADF provided that it is fully under the control of respective States Government.

We, in the entire Igbo nation, should not mystify issues concerning the Security of our People and our Ancestral Communities!

There is no mystery in the Security Measures being taken by our neighbors – the Yoruba in South West Nigeria, the Tiv in Benue State, the Junkun in Taraba, the Edo People, etc, to protect themselves (their men, women and children) and their Ancestral lands.

 

What they have done is to exercise their fundamental right to Self-Defense, a right which we ourselves have been trying to exercise BUT now need to assert in more positive and non-ambiguous terms.

 

The Yoruba nation first established the needed Security structures.

And now the various states within the Yoruba nation are enacting the relevant laws to back those security measures taken earlier.

 

With this step, all ambiguities in the earlier steps they took have been taken care of and thus challenges to their right to exercise Self-Defense has been neutralized.

The Benue State first established the enabling laws for their security;

And then the requisite structures and instruments followed.

And no one can rationally and politically challenge what they have done and are doing to protect their people and their land.

Within the Igbo nation, we are aware of some measures which some of our Governors are taking with regard to our security.

Apart from certain basic inadequacies, what those security initiatives lack is the backing of the popular will and support of our people. They also lack enabling laws to back them up.

 

DRAFT ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL BY THE ADF

In 2016, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), in anticipation of this crises and following consultations with some of our respectable stakeholders submitted a Draft Anti-Open Grazing Bill to all the Seven (7) States in Igbo-Speaking Areas. Information we have is that only Abia House of Assembly passed the Bill but it is yet to be signed into law by the Governor.

That initiative of ADF was sequel to her earlier intervention in both the Senate and the Federal House of Representatives, challenging the RUGA, CATTLE COLONY AND GRAZING ROUTES as was then proposed by the Federal Government. Those programs eventually have been rejected by majority of the various states and nationalities within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Why is the Grazing of Cattle an issue and core one for that matter which affects the Security of lives and property in the Federal Republic of Nigeria today?

Those who emphasize what they call herders-farmers clash as a major root-cause of the present bloody Security situation in Alaigbo and other parts of the Federation are right in a sense. The free roaming and grazing of cattle that lawlessly destroy the crops of helpless farmers is the major root cause of the problem.

What is more, criminals from West African and other countries have taken advantage of this situation to invade our communities, wrecking all manner of havoc, killing, maiming, kidnapping our innocent citizens, raping our wives, sisters and daughters with reckless abandon and mindless impunity. Our President, General Mohammad Buhari has himself publicly confessed that many of these criminals come from Libya.

The most common identity of these criminals is that they hide under the movement of cattle. Therefore, commonsensically, the first step in tackling the Security challenges, is to control the free movement and grazing of Cattle.

We are not saying that nobody should rear cattle. All we are saying is that open grazing of cattle is bad for our Security and bad for our economy and our survival.

Therefore, the law banning open grazing of cattle, goat and sheep must now be enacted for the above reasons.

WHAT IS TO BE DONE AND DONE URGENTLY?

IGBO NATIONAL CAUCUS TO ASSERT OUR COLLECTIVE RESOLVE AND OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR GOVERNMENTS TO ENACT THE ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW AND PUT IN PLACE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES TO ENFORCE THE LAW.

We, the undersigned are calling for an URGENT IGBO NATIONAL CAUCUS involving the people and our Governments to give popular backing to the necessary adequate Security arrangements for our collective action.

What do we have on Ground?

We have our Ancestral customary Laws which prohibit the roaming of GOATS, SHEEP, COWS, CATTLE, in our communities and farms.

We have Old Eastern Nigeria Law which prohibits the roaming of animals within the community. Such animals are teetered to avoid the destruction of farm lands arising from freely roaming within the community.

In most of our ancestral communities, women organize themselves and provide schedules for various groups of women to operate on assigned days, to monitor, arrest offending animals and hand them over to community leaders. The owners of such animals must pay approved fines before they can reclaim their animals.

All Governments in Alaigbo are called upon to Urgently enact the Anti-Open Grazing Law and provide all necessary measures to ensure the security of lives and property in our Region!

ROLE OF COMMUNITY VIGILANTE GROUPS.

Today, virtually all communities have their VIGILANTE (Local Security Watch), Therefore, every community should be encouraged to set up their Community Vigilante. State Houses of Assembly and Governors should quickly enact enabling Laws to back such measures. The State Governments and the various communities must provide the needed resources for their effective operation.

 

Security is the joint Responsibility of the People and their Government!