Francis Akanu Ibiam – A Christ-like Disciple and ​Our Modern Classical Saint.

Francis Akanu Ibiam – A Christ-like Disciple and ​Our Modern Classical Saint.

Francis Akanu Ibiam –
A Christ-like Disciple and
​Our Modern Classical Saint.

The German Philosopher , Karl Marx, regarded all those who truly embodied the Spirit of Christ as Classical Saints. For him, the true modern saints are to be found only among the true followers of Christ. But Christ has truly said not all those who shout and call upon God. Father! Father! will enter the kingdom of God.
Many regard Karl Marx as an atheist because of what is called his materialist theory. But that is for those who read him upside down, or dwelt on those intellectually fanciful interpretations of his doctrine.

The truth is that Karl Marx had such profound respect for Christ, the founder of true modern Christian faith. Hear what he said of Christ.

“The Classical Saint mortified his body for the salvation of the soul of the masses.
But the modern saint mortifies the body of the masses for the salvation of his own soul,

For Marx, sainthood is what typifies Christ and his true followers, particularly, the classical followers of Christ beginning from the Twelve (12) Disciples. These were the people Marx saw as those who mortified their bodies, just as Christ did, ready for all kinds of tribulations in the hands of civil authorities as they crusade for the salvation of the body and soul of the masses, even against the civil authorities.
There are examples in modern times even in our clime of such modern classical saints. For example, Dr Francis Akanu Ibiam of blessed memory was indeed a true representative of the Classical Saint, a true Christ-like minister and disciple of Christ.
During the war (I mean the Biafra war), Dr Akanu Ibiam as leader of the World Council of Churches, fearlessly mobilized the Church to provide humanitarian services to his people. In protest over the role of the Government of Great Britain, he returned the British Empire Title, OBE to the Government of Harold Wilson for the complicity of that Government in the Biafra genocide.

Dr Akanu Ibiam immediately after the war went to General Yakubu Gowon and threatened to call the Biafrans back to arms if his Government continued to treat them as conquered people.
When the soldiers and security personnel of General Ibrahim Babangida arrested students of the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus for violating the Decree which banned student demonstrations and was about sending them for trial by a Military Tribunal set up for that purpose, we approached Dr Akanu Ibiam. He went straight to Dodan Barracks and asked General Babangida whether it was his intension to test his Decree with Igbo students. Babangida immediately ordered the release of those students despite the fact that they violated his so-called Military Decree.

It was Dr Akanu Ibiam who modernized the traditional chieftaincy institution in Alaigbo, re-christened it Ezeship institution, whereby Igbo traditional rulers took the title of Eze instead of Chief, Akanu Ibiam, himself became the Ezeogo of Uwana.
Dr Akanu Ibiam was instrumental to the founding of Igbo State Union as well as OhaNaeze Ndigbo. He was a true Igbo leader an active Christian Minister and a great advocate of the Igbo liberation struggle.
His daughter. Princess Alu Ibiam, the current Regrnt of Uwana was one of the founding mothers along with Hon Mrs Maria Okwo of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) and is a member of the ADF Board of Trustees.
Dr Akanu Ibiam, Ezeogo of Uwana chaired the launching of my book, Igbo Philosophy at Owerri, while HRH Eze Onuegwunwoke was the Chief launcher of the book.
Today, one of the great hallmarks of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) is the spiritual guidance of several members of the clergy, most of whom neatly fit into the mold of Christ-like disciples, the Modern Classical Saints.

Christ himself was not only a spiritual liberator, he was also a selfless civil liberator. It is in this sense that he hailed as our Supreme Classical Saint. Indeed, you cannot be called a true Christ-like disciple or a minister of God unless your life epitomizes the spirit of a liberator of the oppressed, I mean those oppressed by both evil spirits and evil humans.

PROF T. UZODINMA NWALA
ADF President
July 21, 2020

Herdsmen have taken over 400 villages in S/East

Herdsmen have taken over 400 villages in S/East

An Igbo interest group, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), has condemned what it described as the excesses of the Fulani herdsmen in the South East geo political zone.

The group said the criminal activities of the herdsmen have worsened the security situation in the zone.

The pan Igbo group in a statement yesterday alleged that the herdsmen have illegally taken over more than 400 villages in the zone with attendant regular reports of killings, kidnapping and raping of women and girls and other criminal activities, which according to them have made life difficult for the people.

The statement, which was signed by the chairman of the Media and Publicity Bureau of the group, Chief Abia Onyike, called on the governors and state Houses of Assembly in the zone to quickly pass into law the bill the anti-open grazing, which they (ADF) had presented before them in order to checkmate the activities of the herdsmen in the zone.

The statement read: “The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), after a careful review of the worsening security scenerio in the South East states of Nigeria, hereby wishes to state as follows:

“That the excesses of the Fulani herdsmen in the zone can be traceable to the failure of governance in Igboland, which manifests in lawlessness, disobedience of laws by citizens and groups, without appropriate sanctions from government and security agencies. “This lack-lustre attitude by elected officials of government, public administrators and security agencies has emboldened the Fulani herdsmen, who have taken over 400 villages in the South-East with regular reports of constant incidents of killings, kidnappings, raping of women and girls and other criminal activities.

“It is in the light of this development that ADF congratulates the Chairman of Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Chuks Oseme, who recently mobilised his council authorities to set up a vigilante group to flush out criminally minded herdsmen, who were involved in killings, rape and kidnapping in the forests within the area.

“The council chairman had stated that herdsmen and other strangers in their vicinity must obey the laws of the land and respect the rules or be prepared to be flushed out of the area.

“Such a courageous and unequivocal statement from an elected government official condemning the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen in Delta State is a very good example of what is required of government officials and the law enforcement agencies.”

THE OWERRI DECLARATION 2019

THE OWERRI DECLARATION 2019

THE OWERRI DECLARATION

COMMUNIQUE OF THE
2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT
ON THE
PEACE, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF
ALAIGBO AND HER NEIGHBOURS.
​​ Held at Villa Gardens Hotel, Owerri , Imo State, Nigeria.

The first-ever IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT was convened today, August 22nd
2019 by key frontline Igbo organizations and major stakeholders with representatives of her Neighbors in attendance to examine the grave state of insecurity in our region, under the banner Peace, Security and Development of Alaigbo and Her Neighbors. The event was presided over by His Royal Majesty, Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers. He was assisted by His Lordship, Bishop Obi Udezue Onubogu, Overseer, Rock Cathedral, Enugu.

After an exhaustive of key nte addresses by the conveners as well major presentations on the state and challenges of insecurity that have gravely affected the peace and development of Alaigbo and her neighbors, the participants noted as follows –
i. That the Territory known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria was initially created by the British colonial authority mainly to advance her colonial interests.

ii. That since the amalgamation of the territory consisting of several major and smaller nationalities in 1914, the region has known no stability, but rather has witnessed incessant crises resulting in the Biafra war of 1967. That war saw the worst state of pogrom in which over 3 million people mainly Igbo citizens were brutally killed and the territory devastated. That the end of the war left Alaigbo and her neighbors in ruins with no efforts since then to rebuild the region.

iii. That the endemic instability in the Federation has been due to an inherent incompatibility of values between the dominant religions, traditions and cultures of its indigenous ethnic nationalities. But this has been made worse by the deliberate act of manipulation by the British colonial authorities who, through manipulation of the Federal structure and census, left power in the hands of the Fulani minority.
iiii. What is more, political stability is anchored on the fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law and equity. Unfortunately, the Fulani minority does not understand, let alone believe in these basic norms of co-existence among peoples. This truth has been brazenly asserted by the Fulani National Movement (FUNAM) when, in a recent statement in which they declared their resolve to fully conquer the rest of the Federation, FUNAM referred to what it called “irresponsible Western notion of democracy”, which it said the British imposed in Nigeria in order to undermine their territorial ambition.

v. The participants noted that the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it exists today is a phantom political state which has lost all the basic principles of rule of law, justice, equity and humane values; anarchy now prevails in all spheres of the society.

vi. The Republic has been seized by one ethnic nationality, namely, the minority Fulani who do not hide their intentions to wipe out the indigenous populations and their religions and turn the territory into an Islamic State.as has been arrogantly stated by the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM). Following the mass killings of the helpless citizens of Plateau by the Fulani, where some non-Fulani civilians according to FUNAM ‘were justifiable hacked down’. In their statement following this gruesome massacre, FUNAM declared: –

We have said it over and over, that Nigeria is the only inheritance we have in Africa and anywhere in the world. This land belongs to us, from Sokoto to the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. This was the destiny bestowed on Uthman Dan Fodio which would have been fulfilled since 1816 if not for the obstruction of this great assignment by the British. It is no longer time to play the ostrich. Our men are waiting. We are eager to fight. We are boiling with the zeal to actualize our dream; enough of double dealing and ambivalence by FULANI political leaders who unfortunately think the FULANI can only take back what belongs to us through appeasement and elections destined to reflect cultural values antithetical to the preaching of Uthman Dan Fodio.

vii. Indeed, this declaration is no longer a statement of intentions. The Fulani have fully embarked on their fulfillment. In pursuit of this goal, they have systematically, under their leader General Mohammadu Buhari, seized all the apparatuses of the state – the Executive, the Legislative, the Judiciary, the Military and all the Security Forces, the Bureaucracy, the Economy, all machinery of Government including the so-called Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC), the Educational Institutions, all parastatals of the state.

viii. The participants noted that as of today, the following is the composition of the key Executive, Legislative. Judiciary, Administrative and Security organs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria:-

• President of the Federal Republic …​​North
• Senate President …​​​​North
• Chief Justice of Nigeria…..…​​​North
• President Court of Appeal …​​​North
• CJ Federal High Court ……​​​North
• Inspector-General of Police (IG)​ North
• DG of Department of State Security ……​North
• DG NIA ………​​​​​North
• CG NSCDC……​​​​​North
• Minister of Defense ……​​​​North
• Nat. Intelligence Agency​​​​North
• Minister Finance ……​​​​North
• Minister Petroleum ……​​​​North
• Minister of Aviation ……​​​North
• Chief of Air Staff ……​​​​North
• Chief of Army Staff ….…​​​North
• CG Customs ……​​​​​North
• CG Immigration ……​​​​North
• CG Prisons ….…​​​​​North
• GMD NNPC ……​​​​​North
• Chairman Code of conduct Bureau ​​North
• Chairman CCT ……​​​​North
• Chairman EFCC ……​​​​North
• Director of NFIU ……​​​​North
• Chairman INEC ……​​​​North
• Population Chairman ……​​​North
• DG/CEO Nat’l Identity ……​​​North, etc, etc.
All these Officials are not only Northerners, but 95% Fulani Muslims.

ix​The participants recalled the catalogue of pogroms and genocide serially inflicted on Ndigbo and the Peoples of Eastern Nigeria which have long threatened our collective survival and existential reality as a People in their economic sojourn across the Country and their violent displacement from their places of abode denying them a sense of belonging in the polity in the face of Government acquiescence and non-payment of compensation as outlined below, the consequent decimation of our growth as a People and our Youth and future generations and our treatment as a conquered People by successive Governments:

* Katsina Railway riot 1937.
*Jos Northern Nigeria 1945. *Northern Nigeria 1953.
*1966 Pogroms Northern Nigeria
*Biafran War 1967-70
*Mubi January
*May 1967 Northern Nigeria
*Asaba 1968
*Benin 1968
*Sapele 1968
*Warri 1968
*Agbor 1968
*Kano 1980
*Maiduguri 1982

*Funtua 1993
*Kano 1994
*Beheading of Gideon *Akaluka Kano 1995
*Kaduna 2000
*Kaduna 2001
Maiduguri 2001
*Jos 2001
*Jimeta 1984
*Gombe 1985
*Zaria 1987
*Kano 1991
Kaduna 1991
*Kafanchan 1991
*Bauchi 1991
*Katsina 1991
*Zangon-Kataf 1992

*Kaduna 2002
*Jos 2008
Christmas eve riot
*Jos 2010
*Madalla Christmas day bombing 2011Kano
*Post-April 2011 Presidential Election: 10 Youth-Corpers & several Citizens murdered because a Christian Southerner was elected President against a Moslem Northerner.
Nimbo, Enugu massacre 2016
*Awgu Enugu in 2016
*Abia 2016
*Aba & Afara Ukwu 2017 Operation Python Dance, and the list goes on …………

ix. Given the daunting and unabated militarization of our Homeland by extortionist Police and Military Agents of State, the senseless and conscienceless killing of our Clergy, the condescending sacking of our Churches, Villages and Rural Communities, the routine rape of our Women, Mothers Wives and Daughters, the willful destruction of farmlands and humiliating desecration of our sacred Traditional Grooves, Shrines and Deities by ravaging Terrorist Fulani Headsmen, the immolate destruction of our lives and property, and the wanton implementation of the obnoxious RUGA policy despite widespread Citizen resistance,.
In the light of the above, the participants resolved as follows:-
i. Against this background of worrisome escalating insecurity, fear and horror in our Homeland, threats to our continued existence as a people more so in the face of mounting pressure of occupation by alien terrorist Muslim Fulani Herdsmen, we hereby declare that our people are no longer willing to live a life of meaningless existence in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

ii. And, therefore, we urge for a renegotiation of the basis of our co-existence with our Neighbors. We do not wish to live in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as slaves but desire to co-exist with other regions if Alaigbo (and her willing neighbors) are recognized as AUTONOMOUS REGION, with the right to full control of our territory, our resources, our Executive, legislative, Diplomatic and Administrative institutions, as well as our judiciary, economic and social resources. etc.

iii. Consequently, we are compelled to call for a plebiscite to secure our God-given Homeland, propelled by our collective will to self-determination, to embrace a sustainable future of peace, Security and development for Ourselves and our Children yet unborn.

iiii. Wherein we urge all Pan-Igbo Organizations, including the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Association of South-East Town Unions (ASETU), World Igbo Congress (WIC). concerned Christian Clergy and Representative Organizations, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria South-East (CAN-SE), from our contiguous Neighbors including the Coalition of all Pro-Biafra Groups, and the vindictively proscribed non-violent Organization, IPOB, to collectively work in political synergy for our collective aspiration for self-determination, to ensure our survival and lead the pursuit of the realization of our collective security, destiny and development as a free, prosperous peace loving People bound together by the principles of Self-determination and freedom

v. We call for a formal coalition of people-based organizations – ADF, ASETU, CAN-SE, WIC, Traditional Rulers Councils, Prof-Biafra Groups (IPOB in particular),Trade Union organizations, Human Research Organizations, Media organizations, Women organizations, Youth and Students Organizations, other religious groups, ex-Service men, to remain together and continue working for the benefit of our people,

vi. We urge for unity of purpose and regular consultations and collaboration between these bodies and the Governments of our region including the socio-cultural organization in Alaigbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo

vii. We finally urge the Governors and States House of Assembly to take immediate steps to pass the Anti-Open Grazing Law for the control of the movement of Cattle and other animals in order to protect our farmers and avert the imminent starvation knocking at our doors as farmers are afraid to go to their farms because of the incessant brutal attacks and killings as well as rape of their women and daughters by the Fulani terrorist Herdsmen.

viii. The Governors of the South-Eat should be reminded that they do not need the approval of the President to ban the movement of cattle by foot in the South-East. Even in the absence of Anti-Open Grazing Law, the people and government of Alaigbo can draw their authority to ban the free movement of cattle in the region either from the traditional Igbo customary law or the 2nd Schedule (Concurrent List) of the existing Constitution, particularly items 18 and 20, and the Fourth Schedule (Functions of LGC) items 1 and 2,

ix. We call on the State Governments and the various Communities to ensure that Community vigilantes are effectively in place, All patriotic citizens should support the Government and the vigilantes with adequate funds and protective gargets.

x. We call on our youths and all Pan-Igbo and Pro-Biafra organizations to mobilize their members to enforce security in their various communities.

xi. We urge our women to remember that they were responsible for hastening the demise of colonial rule whose citadel they assaulted in 1929, the first such incident in the history of global colonialism,

xii. We urge the authorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria to lift the siege on our territory by withdrawing all the invading forces and dismantling all extortionist checkpoints

xiii. Finally, we urge all Governors in Alaigbo, Senators, Hose of Reps, and Speakers of the House of Assembly to please consider matters in this communique as expedient and dealt with urgently.
xiiii. Whereupon we call on Almighty God to strengthen our Resolve on this day being Thursday 22nd August 2019 at Owerri. Imo State, Nigeria

LIST OF SIGNATORIES AND ORGANIZATIONS.
NAME
ORGANISATION
1. PROF T UZODINMA NWALA
ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)
2. PROF UKACHUKWU AWUZIE
CHAIRMAN, ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
3. CHIEF EMEKA DIWE
ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH-EAST TOWN UNIONS (ASETU)
4. BISHOP GODDY OKAFOR
CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN-SE)
5. BAR ADA EGBUFOR
WORLD IGBO CONGRESS (WIC)
6. PROF, ELOCHUKWU AMUCHEAZI
IGBO LEADERS OF THOUGHT (ILT)
7. BAR EMEKA UMEAGBALASI
INTER-SOCIETY FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES & RULE OF LAW
8. MRS MARIA OKWO
IGBO WOMEN ASSEMBLY (IWA)
9. BAR ALLOY EJIMAKOR
ATTORNEY TO THE PRO-BIAFRA ORG.
10. OKEY ORJI
COALITION OF PRO-BIAFRA ORGS.
11. BAR CASMIR NWAFOR Rtd. Captain
EX-SERVICE MEN OF NIGERIA
12. PROF N P. OKOLI
OFOR BUIKE INTELLECTUAL UNION BENIN CITY
13. CHIEF SAM AWUIAKA
IGBO COMMUNITY UNION EDO STATE
14. SIR CHUKS OGBONNA​
IMO COMMUNITY EUROPE
15. MS CHINWE EBOH
IGBO GLIBAL AALIANCE AUSTRALIA
16. ASUZU CHINEDU PETERS
BVI CHANNEL 1
17. ANAENUGWU NDUBISI VINCENT
PEOPLES RESTORATION MOVEMENT
18. MR BENEDICT OKORO
OCHIE IGBO CULTURAL FOUNDATION
19. PROF NATH ANIEKWU
RAPPORTEUR
20. DR. ONYI GBUJIE
RAPPORTEUR
21. HON, GIDEON ADIKWURU
RAPPORTEUR
22. CHIEF MONDAY IKOKU
RAPPORTEUR

THE FUTURE OF NDIGBO IN THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION MEMORANDUM OF THE ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)

THE FUTURE OF NDIGBO IN THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION MEMORANDUM OF THE ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)

THE FUTURE OF NDIGBO IN THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION
MEMORANDUM OF THE ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
(ADF)
1.0 PREAMBLE
1.1 The Crises-ridden Federation.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria is not working and has never worked as a united country. The debate on Restructuring or Dissolution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the one hand, and the Political Future of Ndigbo, on the other, is provoked by the fact that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not working and is crises￾ridden, Ndigbo, in particular and most of the nationalities that make up the Federal Republic in general, feel enslaved and dominated by alien and uncompromising hegemony. This peculiar situation of Ndigbo in Nigeria has constantly fueled their desire to opt out of Nigeria.

1.12 Demand for break-up or opting out of Nigeria, not of Igbo origin.

Indeed, Ndigbo are not alone in this situation; the desire to leave Nigeria was not originated by them. Several other nationalities in Nigeria have at one time or the other made serious moves like Ndigbo to opt out of Nigeria. This was the case in 1966 when Northern Nigeria led by the Fulani felt they had lost control of the Government following the January 1966 coup. The Yoruba did so in 1992-4 following the annulment of June 12 won by Chief M. K. O. Abiola. In the sixties, the Tiv nation fought for their own political and so did  the Ijaw nation und Isaac Adaka Boro. In the case of the Niger Delta, the movement for their freedom is still on-going. To understand the nature of the incessant political crises and demands for the break-up of the country, we must look for the roots in the history of the Federal  Republic of Nigeria.

1.2 Faulty Federal System

1.21 Nigeria is a country of many nations

Nigeria is a multi-ethnic Federation put together by the British without proper foundation. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is made of autonomous  nationalities which the British forced into an artificial political and economic  union without their consent.Before the emergence of British colonial rule there was nothing like Nigeria as  a country. What existed were only separate nationalities (with several  communities) independent of each other just like the European nations – the  French, the English, the Russian, the Turks, the Portuguese, etc. Some had cultural and commercial links with each other. Their initial contact with Britain and the rest of Europe was mainly commercial.

Among these independent nationalities were the Ijaws, Igbos, Urhobos, Itsekiris, Yoruba, Hausas, Fulani, Nupes, Kanuris, Ogonis, Gwaris, Katafs,  Jukars, Edos, Ibibios, Efiks, Idomas, Tivs, Junkuns, Biroms, Agns, Ogojas and  so on. There were Kingdoms like Oyo, Lagos, Nri, Aro, Calabar, Brass,  Itsekiri, Benin, Tiv, Bornu, Sokoto Caliphate (with lose control over Kano,  Ilorin, Zaria, etc.) Bonny, Opobo, etc

1.22 European colonial interest led to the creation of Nigeria

The 1884 Berlin Conference of European powers ceded the territories of these nationalities to Britain. Initially there was a loose commercial relationship with  the British Royal Niger Company which was granted corporate trading rights  by the British Government. Later in 1900, the Britain Government assumed  direct political and economic control of the territory.

Their basic interest in the territory was in the natural resources of the area (palm oil and palm kernel, cocoa, hides and skins, groundnut, coal, tin, iron  bauxite, etc.), which were needed as raw materials in the British industries.

1.23 Forced Acquisition of Territories and their artificial Amalgamation

Through a process of arm-twisting, forced-treaties, conquest and other form of subterfuge, the British colonial power brought these separate nationalities together without seeking and obtaining their consent.

First, Britain brought them together under separate artificial combinations

– The Northern Protectorate,

– The Southern Protectorate and

– The Colony of Lagos.

Finally, all these artificial combinations of independent nation-states were brought together under the one-sided Amalgamation Treaty of 1914 and baptized NIGERIA, with a British Colonial Officer presiding  over her affairs as the Governor- General assisted by other colonial  officers.

During the intra-European struggles for the control of the world, the colonizers citizens from these territories as soldiers in their war of world  domination.

2.0 REGIONALISM AND THE MAKING OF AN ARTIFICIAL

FEDERATION.

2.1 Federation with a Central Government and Three Regional Governments.

For purposes of convenient political, economic and administrative control, the

British colonial authority devised various constitutional arrangements for the  Federation. The most outstanding one with the greatest tragic consequences for the Federation and the peoples in the entire territory was the Regional Governmental Structure of 1954 via the so-called Macpherson Constitution.

Here again the British grouped these independent nationalities into three

regions –

– The Eastern Region –

The Northern Region, and

– The Western Region.

2.2 Formation of Political Parties and the loss of National Autonomy by the various Nationalities.

Formation of Political parties were encouraged, and there and then all consultations were between the British and the leaders of the political parties, while the nationalities and their leadership were ignored. Indeed, Nigeria became a Federation of political parties rather than a Federation of Nationalities.

2.3 Domination of the Regions by Major Nationalities.
The result of this constitutional process was an artificial Federal Regional Structure which put most of the various nationalities in each Region under the control and domination of the dominant nationality in the Region. The regions were controlled by the dominant political parties which were controlled by the dominant nationalities. Thus, the Fulani dominated the Northern Region, Ndigbo dominated the Eastern Region, while the Yoruba dominated the Western Region.

Beneath this artificial federal structure, were constant national rivalries; first among the big three nationalities (Igbo, Fulani and Yoruba) for domination of their regions and next for the control of the Federation. And then there was rivalry between the gig nationalities and the smaller ethnic nationalities within the regions controlled by them.

2.3 Special British interest in the Northern Region. The Making of Fulani Hegemony

For reasons of the convenience of colonial control, the British had special arrangement for managing the affairs of the Northern Region in what was called Indirect Rule. By this arrangement, the British shared power with the Fulani Emirs; in fact, she directly and constitutionally put the various nationalities in the Region under the control of the Fulani Emirs.

The British went further to ensure that the Northern Region was dominant in terms of allocation of territorial landmass but also in terms of manipulating the census figures. A one-time British Colonial Officer, Mr. Harold Smith, confessed that the British falsified the Nigerian pre-independence Census figures before they were release in their bid to put the North in power at all cost. According to him, ”…Despite seeing vast land with no human but cattle in the north, we still gave the North 55 million instead of 32 Million. This was to be used to maintain their majority votes and future power bid”.

Thus, the British made sure the Northern Region was the dominant Region over the rest, and by that arrangement, the Fulani became the dominant political force in the Federation and has since continued to control and dominate the whole of the whole Federation. Given the feudal and religious character of the Fulani socio-political system, they have made it impossible to democratize the political and social system of the Republic. The situation today is that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is under the firm grip of the Fulani hegemony. The Fulani is in firm control of the Nigerian Military, all Security Forces (Intelligence and the police) the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary, the Central Bank, and Currency, Immigration and Customs, the Oil Industry, Agriculture, Education, all the major institutions of the State.

Given this state of affairs, any democratic remaking of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is almost impossible. However, the future of Nigeria will depend on the recovery of the national identities and political freedom of the various nationalities that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria. That, of course will depend on their individual and collective ability and will to assert their Fundamental Right to Selfdetermination.

2.4 How the early leaders of Nigeria saw the Emergent Federation.

2.41 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the front-line pan-Africanist and leader of what was initially the biggest political party in Nigeria, the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), strenuously promoted the philosophy of ONE NGERIA and the slogan ONE NATION, ONE DESTINY! urging all in the Federal Republic “let us unite and forget our differences’.

2.42 Sir, Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and one-time Premier of Northern Nigeria, was fully aware of the political reality of Nigeria as an artificial assemblage of distinct nationalities. He held the view that in making one country out of the multinationalities of Nigeria, one should not forget the fact that Nigeria is a country of many nations with basic cultural, political, economic and religious differences. He therefore, jealously guarded the large territorial bounty the British had put under the dominance of the Fulani, his people.

He thus promoted the slogan ONE NORTH, ONE DESTINY! and urging the other leaders and everybody “in uniting let us remember our differences”. Aided by the British, the Sardauna deployed his feudal background, using all manner of political, religious and administrative machinery to cow and manipulate the large territory and various nationalities the British had put under his control.
2.43 Sir, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, echoed the Sadauna’s views when he said, “We must recognize our diversity and the peculiar conditions under which the different tribal communities live in this country”

2.44 Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of Western Nigeria, in his book, Path to Nigeria’s Freedom asserted that “Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’ in the same sense as there are ‘English’, ‘Welsh’, or ‘French’. The word ‘Nigerian’ is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria from those who do not. There are various national or ethnical groups in the country. It is a mistake to designate them ‘tribes’. Each of them is a nation by itself with many tribes and clans. There are as much differences between them as there are between Germans, English, Russians and Turks, for instance. The fact that they have a common overlord does not destroy this fundamental difference. (“Path to Nigerian Freedom” (Faber & Faber, 1947, page.48)

Chief Awolowo went on to name ten such nationalities as recorded in the 1931 Census, namely, Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Fulani, Kanuri, Ibibio, Munshi or Tiv, Edo, Nupe, and Ijaw.) while acknowledging that there are several others. Nigeria is today said to comprise over 350 such nationalities.

2.5 Dialectics of a Multi-National Society.

Politics is said to be struggle among social forces. And in a multi-ethnic society, the most potent social forces are the ethnic nationalities. In the final analysis politics in a multi-ethnic society is seen as a struggle for self-determination and pre-eminence among the contending groups. This explains why the most celebrated national heroes are ethnic heroes, ranging from the Sardauna of Sokoto, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Michael Okpara, Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, Joseph Tarka, Isaac Boro, Ken Sarowiwa, etc.

2.6 The Pull between Nationalism and Federalism in the Making of the Federation.

The pull between Federalism with very week foundation and Nationalism with strong natural socio-cultural and historical roots is at the root of the instability of the Nigerian Federation. In other words, attachment to one’s nationality was very stronger than attachment to the Federation unless one is in position to join the dominant political party

i. As we observed earlier, the initial three regions were an artificial construct. Each Region was swallowed by its dominant nationality – a. Eastern Region by the Igbo b. Northern Region by the Hausa-Fulani c. Western Region by the Yoruba

ii. The dominant party in each Region was equally dominated by the dominant Nationality in the Region. The most outstanding in this contradiction between Federalism and Nationalism is the case of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC). NCNC started as a truly ‘pan-Nigerian Party”, but was eventually to become an Igbo-dominated National Party especially when the other major ethic groups have built their own party as an instrument for struggle over the control of the center.

iii. The Sardauna of Sokoto and even Mallam Aminu Kano made no pretentions in recognizing this political reality. And so gave their parties names that reflected the reality of the ethnic–orientation of political organization in a multi-national society. a. Northern Peoples’ Congress (NPC) – The Sardauna of Sokoto. b. Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) – Aminu Kano. c. United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC) – Joseph Tarka. d. Alhaji Ibrahim Waziri’s party was a later formation and so did not have an appellation showing its Northern base and concern with the interest of the Kanuris. His Party was called The Grand National Party of Nigeria (GNPP)

2.7 Sir Ahmadu Bello was not A Federalist but a Fulani Nationalist. Today it is obvious that Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto was very realistic in recognizing that no union of not built on the fundamental principle of freedom of association and of Self-Determination! The Union must allow the various constituent nationalities to freely decide if they different nationalities can succeed if it is not built on the right foundation; if the Union is are willing to be part of the union or not. It will not succeed if it does not allow the various peoples to control their ancestral homes, if it does not allow them to control their socio-cultural economic and political environment and life. 2.8 Minorities in search of political relevance and survival.

Within each Region, there were minority Nationalities seeking to project their national identities and so had to resist the dominance of the bigger nationalities controlling the affairs of their Region. And in doing so, they sought political alliance with the big parties outside their region. This enabled them to have recognizable voice and influence in the affairs of the Federal Republic. – NEPU in the North allied with the NCNC dominant in the East. – UMBC in the North allied with the Action Group (AG) in the West. – The Mid-West Regional Movement in the West allied with the NCNC in the East. – The COR Movement in the East with the Action Group and the NPC What was wrong with some of the pre-as Constitutional Conferences?

2.9 The 1963 Constitution – The Birth of Political Naivety versus Political Realism

At the dawn of the Republican Constitution of 1963, Southern politicians were enjoying the fanciful intellectual and emotional idea of Nigeria being ‘truly independent, no longer tied to the apron string of Her Majesty’s Government as was the case with their dominion status. On the other hand, the Northern politicians, led by the Sardauna of Sokoto, had their eyes on who controls the so-called independent Republic; that is to say, the North had her eyes on the management and control of STATE POWER in the new Republic.

And what are the decisive indices of state power? – the Military, the Executive and the Legislature- In other words, he who controls the decisive instruments of state power would invariably control the Federal Republic. In short their major concern and focus were on the major instruments or organs of state power, viz, the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary, the Military, and the Security Forces (the Security Council, the NSO, the Police, the Customs, etc).

In his article, The Republican Constitution of 1963: The Supreme Court and Federalism in Nigeria, Akin Alao reveals that the Republican Constitution of 1963, was among other things, to allay the fears of insecurity by the Prime Minister (Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa) to bolster the powers of the Executive, regulate Cabinet/Legislative relations, enhance the leverage of the Executive over the Judiciary through subtle intimidation. For example, according to him, the power of the Governor-General to remove the Prime Minster was amended to make his removable dependent on loss of confidence by his Cabinet which composed of his appointees.

Within the same period, Sir Adetokunboh Ademola, the Chief Justice the Federation complained about the loss of independence by the Judiciary following the subjection of the Judicial Service Commission to the powers of the Prime Minster (The Republican Constitution of 1963: The Supreme Court and Federalism in Nigeria by A kin Alao. The University of Miami International and Company Law Review Rev 91, 2015).

2.10. The 1966 Military Intervention, not responsible for the Collapse of the 1963 Federal Constitution.

The military was not responsible for the collapse of the 1963 Constitution. That Constitution collapsed on its own weightlessness and faulty assumptions. Its incapacity to guarantee a stable and genuine political union was demonstrated through series of crises between 1962 and 1966. During this period the contradiction between federalism and nationalism bared its monstrous fangs and progressively tore every element of the faulty Federal structure.

The military intervened when the 1963 Constitution itself collapsed, when it proved incapable of sustaining the rule of law, democratic conduct of state affairs, and thus could not deal with the contradiction between federalism and nationalism.

The Constitution collapsed when the leadership of the Fulani nationality had assumed an over-bearing influence and had taken over (in fact seized) the affairs (state power) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The collapse of the 1963 Constitution before the January 1966 coup was manifested through series of crises, for example,

i. Census crises of 1962,

ii. The 1962 treasonable felony trial and imprisonment of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his allies, some of whom were driven into exile.
iii. The Federal Election crises of 1964,

iv. The Western Nigeria Election crises of 1965

It was at this point that the military got involved. The military was to be used to settle the power struggle, in other words, the military, the ultimate force finally got involved in the resolution of the power struggle. Having manipulated all the other ethnic nationalities, two fronts had emerged in the power struggle. By the end of 1965, two coups were on the offing –

1. The Nigerian National Alliance (NNA) led by the Northern People’s Congress (NPC) of the Sardauna of Sokoto in alliance with the National Democratic Party (NDP) led by Chief S. L. Akintola planned for a final settlement of the power struggle by using the military.

2. The young army officers driven by the patriotic pan-Africanist ideology of democratic socialism and in sympathy with Chief Awolowo seized the initiative and staged a pre-emptive coup early on 15th January 1966. It must be stated for the sake of objectivity, that the sympathy of the coup led by Major Kaduna Chukwuma Nzeogwu was not for Igbo hegemony, rather, according to their records and testimony, their sympathy was for Chief Awolowo not as leader of the other broad alliance, the United People’s Grand Alliance (UPGA) but their sympathy was for him as an individual, If it was otherwise, they could not have killed Chief Festus Okotieboh, one of the major kingpins of UPGA.

The military leaders killed in the January 15th, 1966 coup were killed because they were regarded as the leaders of the alternative military coup which was to have taken place on January 17th, 1966.

2.11 The Nigerian Military and full-blown Fulani Hegemony.

Between January 15, 1966 and October 1999, Nigeria was ruled by the Military. With the exception of the six months of Ironsi regime, the rest were under the Northern Military leaders (Gowon, Buhari, Babangida, Abacha and Abubakar). Within this period, the Federal Republic of Nigeria was radically restructured to advance the hegemony of the North.

During this period there was the politico-intellectual mafia based in Kaduna called the Kaduna Mafia. This was the intellectual backbone of the of the Fulani power machinery. Dr. Bala Takaya wrote a book on the operations of this Mafia but the book was seized by the military and all copies confiscated.

Under the reign of the Northern military, Nigeria went from three regions (one in the North and two in the South) to what it is today, namely, 36 states and the Abuja Federal Capital Territory – (nineteen plus Abuja in the North and seventeen in the South). This translated to 20 States in the North and 17 in the South

In addition to this, they created a lob-sided Local Government Structure with a total of 774 Local Governments. Out of this, the North has 428 Local Governments, while the South has 346. These all have huge implications for Revenue and Power–sharing between the North and the South.

As we noted above, The situation today is that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is under the firm grip of the Fulani hegemony. The Fulani is in full control of the Nigerian Military, all Security Forces (Intelligence and the Police) the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary, the Central Bank, and Currency, Immigration and Customs, the Oil Industry, Agriculture, Education and all major institutions of the State. President Mohammadu Buhari has ensured absolute control of these organs of the state by the Fulani Moslems.

3.0 THE PREDICAMENT OF NDIGBO IN NIGERIA.

3.1 Roots and State of Igbo Predicament in Nigeria.

To understand the plight of Ndigbo in Nigeria one has to understand the history of the formation and development of Nigeria as we have tried to sketch above. What is more, one has to understand the peculiar place of Ndigbo in the course of that history.

Given this background one is fully armed to appreciate the nature and intensity of the longing for freedom by Ndigbo, nay by other nationalities that have suffered tremendously under the arrogant yoke of Fulani Moslem domination.

Indeed, the predicament of Ndigbo since the Amalgamation of 1914 and up to today clearly show –

i. That there has been a problem of Igbo integration in Nigeria.

ii. As a people, the Igbos are like an endangered species in the Nigerian Federation. This is what is today called the Igbo Question or the Igbo Predicament in Nigeria.

iii. The Igbo society, by its socio-cultural character, is a highly development-oriented society, but the situation within the Nigerian Federation seriously retards her development potential.

iv. The political conditions in Nigeria are grossly antithetical to the egalitarian/republican, democratic and development-oriented nature of the Igbo society.

v. The cumulative effects of the above are a state of persistent and explosive physical, moral, political, socio-economic, religiousspiritual and psychological pressures on the peoples of Igbo origin in Nigeria. This has often taken the form of gruesome pogrom, murder, punitive neglect and denial of fundamental social and human tights. The 1967-70 Biafra War and the attendant pogrom against the Ndigbo with the Asaba massacre during when 2000 unarmed innocent men and young people were shot and buried in a mass grave, as its high watermark. (Below are cited some of the incidents of unprovoked attack and killings of Ndigbo in Nigeria).

vi. The capacity of the Igbo nation to overcome its present predicament in Nigeria through democratic methods is highly circumscribed given the feudal, anti-Christian and undemocratic nature of the Nigerian Federal Republic, and the vulnerability of Igbo leadership, some of whom were reared by the Fulani feudal lords.

3.2 Ndigbo and the Burden of History.

The Igbo nation has, indeed, continued to carry the burden of survival and political relevance since the 1994 Amalgamation by the British which, as we have clearly shown above, brought together various nationalities, distinct in their history, language,
culture, institutions and values just as the English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, etc, are to one another.

3.21 The Origin of Igbo phobia in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Radical opposition of Ndigbo to British Colonialism It all began with the uncompromising nature of the stiff and fierce Igbo resistance against British colonial penetration of Alaigbo (1902-8); the resistance of Igbo women during the Aba Women Resistance Movement in 1929 and the militant nationalist movement in Nigeria and the entire African continent in which Igbo leaders played prominent roles, etc.; these were the root-causes of British antagonism to the Igbos in Nigeria, and incitement against them as part of the British policy of “divide-andrule”

Consequently, in order to isolate Ndigbo in the Nigerian Federation, the British created a Federal structure within which Ndigbo became politically marginalized and at the same time antagonized with their neighbors. During this era of colonial history in Africa, the British and other European powers were very antagonistic to those who stood on the way against colonial domination. The Kwame Nkrumahs, Lumumbas and to a different extent Dr Azikiwe were intensely loathed and harassed by the colonial powers. Lumumba himself was consequently killed and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was deposed by a neo-colonial military and he later died in exile.

3.22 Organized attacks against Ndigbo as a War of Attrition.

The series of massacre of Ndigbo in Nigeria from the forties up to the Nigeria-Biafra war which continued in greater intensity with the Boko Haram insurgency that killed thousands of Umuigbo, drove millions of them down to their Southern ancestral homes and further pursued and killed; with their women and daughters raped by armed Fulani herdsmen, etc, are the serial sordid experiences of Ndigbo as a result of the seed of intense hatred sowed by the forces of colonialism and their agents in Nigeria . 3.23 Fulani Ambition to make Nigeria an Estate of their forefathers. The Fulani have never made secret of their intension to dominate the entre territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ndigbo appear to be their greatest obstacles and the Fulani has never hidden their hatred for Ndigbo.

The Igbo experiences under the present Buhari regime is only an echo of the Fulani intention to annihilate and occupy Alaigbo as a prelude to occupying the entire territory.

3.24 Ndigbo have remained an Endangered species in the Fulani dominated Federation of Nigeria.

All these sordid experiences of Ndigbo have been compounded by the state of economic and social ruin of Alaigbo due to refusal to reconstruct or develop Alaigbo after the Biafra war; the punitive economic and political measures that have virtually ruined the economy of Alaigbo, brought internal disharmony in Igbo-land and ruin to such major cities as Onitsha, Aba and Port Harcourt that were once the economic and social pride of West African and the entire African continent; the flight of Igbo business and capital outside Igbo land, etc; the deliberate punitive boundary adjustment created to dismember Alaigbo, assign parts of their territory to other zones and land-lock their territory; all these constitute the state of helplessness of a nation that has been under siege since the beginning of the last century; and this is a nation whose friendly and enterprising citizens are all over the Nigerian Federation helping to develop different parts of Nigeria; a nation whose citizens have been made vulnerable to constant physical massacre, religious, political and social marginalization, manipulation and harassment.

3.25 The Biafra War. We should also emphasize that the Biafra war is a nodal point in this sordid experiences of Ndigbo in Nigeria.

In that war, and the massacres that preceded it, Ndigbo lost over three (3) million innocent civilians and soldiers; their territory devastated, millions of children and old people died of malnutrition (kwashiokor), many of those airlifted overseas thanks to the humanity of the morally and spiritually-inspired mankind, are still there. Indeed; some non-Igbos burnt themselves in protest against man’s inhumanity to man.

One would have thought that after 50 years of the Biafra pogrom the forces in control of Nigeria would relent and allow Ndigbo to be, No, today under President Buhari, they have gone berserk terrorizing and killing other ethnic nationalities, who are today facing their own music of fire and brimstone and are now searching for a way out of this Golgotha. The movement of total islamization and ethnic cleansing targeted at the entire Federation has become like a great monster supervised by the Fulani controlled security forces.

3.25 Ndigbo: Victims of Serial Massacre and Genocide in Nigeria.
For the record, several recent test-runs involving bloody attacks on Igbo Villages in Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi and other parts of Enugu State, all the States in Eastern Nigeria have been conducted by the Fulani insurgents without any repercussions. What do you think such mindless slaughter of Igbos were meant for? They were not the real thing planned for Igbo annihilation. Let us go down memory lane to examine such massacres of Ndigbo by those who insist that Ndigbo must live in the same country with them: –

i. In Jos Northern Nigeria,1945, there was massacre of Igbos.
ii. There as genocide against Igbos in Kano in 1953.

iii. 1966 pogroms- over 60,000 civilians were killed in different parts of Northern Nigeria.

iv. May 29th 1967- over 200,000 soldiers and civilians of Igbo origin were killed in different parts of Northern Nigeria.

v. 1967-70 – over 3,100,000 killed during the bloody Biafra war (including the Asaba Genocide, during when over 2000 unarmed men and youth slaughtered and buried in a mass grave.
vi. Another riot occurred in Kano 1980. Many Igbos were killed and billions of their property destroyed.

vii. There were series of massacre of Igbos in Maiduguri 1982

viii. Jimeta 1984

ix. Gombe 1985

x. Zaria 1987

xi. Kaduna & Kafanchan 1991

xii. Bauchi & Katsina 1991

xiii. Kano 1991

xiv. Zangon-Kataf 1992

xv. Funtua 1993

xvi. Kano again in 1994

xvii. Kaduna 2000

xviii. Kaduna 2001

xix. Maiduguri 2001

xx. Jos Maiden Crisis-September 2001

xxi. Kaduna 2002

xxii. Jos-November 2008

xxiii. Beheading of Gideon Akaluka in December of 1995 in a Police Station in Kano.

xxiv. Post-April 2011 Presidential Election: 10 youth-corps men & women and numerous citizens murdered because a Christian Southerner was elected President against a Moslem Northerner.

xxv. Christmas Eve Riot in Jos in 2010

xxvi. Madalla Christmas day bombing in 2011

xxvii. Mubi January 6, 2012.

xxviii. Thousands of Igbo killings caused by Boko Haram (which of course has the full backing of the northern elites).  We should also include the more recent cases of –

xxix. Nimbo, Enugu Massacre, 2016by Fulani Herdsmen armed with sophisticated weapons.

xxx. Similar massacre of unarmed civilians in Awgu Enugu in 2016

xxxi. Another massacre in Abia in 2016 by Fulani Herdsmen.

xxxii. Beheading of a 74-year old Mrs. Bridget Agbahume of Ebonyi State. The killers of Bridget were released on the orders of the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdulahi Umar Ganduje.

xxxiii. The killing of the Apo 6 (six Igbo youth) were brutally killed by the police; a case whose disposal and handling reveal much about the federal security agents and their hate or non-value for the Igbo.

xxxiv. In late January, 2013, more than 50 dead bodies were seen floating on Ezu River in Anambra State. These bodies were later identified as remains of some missing MASSOB members who were taken away from a meeting venue in Anambra State.

xxxv. In 2016 a university graduate farmer, Ndubuisi Uzoma, was beheaded in his farm at Iddo community along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road, Abuja by Fulani herdsmen. His headless corpse was found in the pool of his blood on a Sunday by his relations, who went in search of him when he failed to return from the farm.

xxxvi. Massacre of unarmed Self-determination agitating IPOB and MASSOB members in Onitsha, Asaba, Nkpor, Oba and Aba by combined Security forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

xxxvii. This year, the Arewa (Fulani) youth issued Quit Notice to all Igbos living in the Northern part of Nigeria to leave the Region before October 1, 2017. Global outcry prevented the intended attack and killing of Igbos.

xxxviii. This Quit Notice prompted petitions which ADF and some other organizations sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the United States of America Congress, requesting for protection.

xxxix. What followed next was the invasion of Alaigbo by the Nigerian Army in what it called OPERATION PYTHON DANCE, during when many unarmed youth, members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Movement were tortured and killed in most inhuman conditions. The home of their leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu was sacked by soldiers; up till today nothing has been heard about their leader and his parents.

xl. In 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo set up The Human Rights Violations Investigation Committee under the Chairmanship of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa. Ohanaze Ndigbo submitted a Memorandum detailing series of atrocities and deprivations against Ndigbo. That Panel was spurned by the former Military President Ibrahim Babangida and other former Military leaders mainly of Northern origin.

4. THE INTENSIFIED AGITATION FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA.

By the beginning of the twentieth Century the predicament of Ndigbo and their frustration with every aspect of their existence in Nigeria had reached such a boiling point that there was renewed agitation for the restoration of the Republic of Biafra.

i. In 1999, the Movement for the Restoration of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) was set up.

ii. In 2012, some Igbo elders went to court to seek the separation of Alaigbo under the aegis of Biafra from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The case has been on at the Federal High Court, Owerri since 2012. Among the Igbo elders who instituted this case are His Majesty, Justice Eze Ozobu, former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers; Dr. Dozie Ikedidfe, former Commissioner in the East Central state and ex-President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, General Achuzie, an outstanding soldier who fought during the Biafra war, Bar Debe Ojukwu, son of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and others.
These elders went further to establish a Customary Government in the name of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). This is the original IPOB. Nnamdi Kanu was the Director of Radio Biafra set up under the auspices of this struggle. His unjustified arrest and detention raised the renewed agitation for Biafra to a higher and intensified level. His eloquence and strong-will has made him the rallying point for the younger generation who have rallied round the banner of IPOB Biafra.

iii. It was in the light of the above also that in March 2014 an International Colloquium was held in Enugu attended by over 2,500 Igbo intellectuals, pubic figures, traditional rulers, clergy, business men, women and youth from both home and in the Igbo Diaspora in such continents as the Americas, Australia, Europe, Asia and other countries of Africa. The Colloquium examined the Igbo Question in Nigeria Before, During and After the Biafra war, At the end of the Colloquium, it was decided to set up the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) to work with all our patriotic compatriots towards the survival and development of Alaigbo in view of the enormous challenges facing her in Nigeria. We vowed to work for the Rebirth and Development of Alaigbo so that she could become a major player in the Committee of Nations. So the recent upsurge in the agitation for Biafra is only the rising in crescendo of the struggle for self-determination of Ndigbo because they are rejected in Nigeria.

iv. It is therefore an act of deliberate distortion and diversion to call the renewed agitation for Biafra an act of the youth.

5.0 RESTRUCTURING OR OPTING OUT OF NIGERIA –  WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?

5.1 From the pages of History.
In the light of the above, the question of the Way Forward for Ndigbo in Nigeria demands a correct sense of history as well as due appreciation of the uniqueness of the dangers they face in Nigeria today. 5.2 The Way Forward for Ndigbo – There` are two possible choices: – a. RESTRUCTURING THAT CREATES A NEW POLITICAL UNION – OR

b. A PEACEFUL DISSOLUTION of the Federation so that Ndigbo can build a Nation-state of their own!

5.3 RESTRUCTURING THAT CREATES A NEW POLITICAL UNION 

Restructuring that creates a new political and socio-economic foundation for the continued co-existence of the various nationalities that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This is the only rational meaning of RESTRUCTURING that can ensure the survival of Ndigbo and at the same save Nigeria from tragic collapse in view of the prevailing political crises.

More than ever before, most of the Regions and nationalities in the Republic want to breathe an air of freedom, to control their political and socio-economic affairs and, where possible, maintain a form of peaceful union or association with their neighbors in the Republic. Let us consider these two alternatives: –

5.4 A PEACEFUL DISSOLUTION – of the Republic as was the case of the East African Federation, the old Yugoslavia, the Indian Federation, the Soviet Union, etc. If we do this, a number of independent nation-states emerge from the existing Federation, co-existing as autonomous and peaceful friendly neighbors. It will, no doubt, be possible that a new impulse will emerge to encourage a form of political and economic cooperation or union as has been the case with the European Union today. Let us take a close look at the two options: –

5.5 Proposition or Choice No One – Restructuring, What does Restructuring mean in the Nigerian context as of today?
After a careful and objective analysis of the persistent political and social crises in Nigeria and the level it has reached today, ADF is of the view that the only viable political union is the one based on certain social, cultural, religious, economic and political principles and values. It is only these that can guarantee the continued co-existence of the various nationalities in Nigeria in any peaceful political union.

These principles include the following: –

i. A Union of the willing and free peoples, totally devoid of masterslave relationship in the conduct of its affairs.

ii. It must be a Union anchored on the principles of

  •  Self-Determination of The Various Nationalities,
  •  Regional Autonomy,
  • Freedom of the Component Regions to manage and control their Political Environment and Resources.
  • Thus, it has to be a Union that guarantees the fundamental principles of Equality, Equity and Justice for the component nationalities and individuals who live under its authority.
  • It must, therefore, be a Union not held together by force of arms, but through an equitable structure as well as a clearly-defined and collectively empowered Central Authority.

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) would like to state quite categorically that no amount of military force can hold the Federal Republic of Nigeria together. Only the free choice of the people can. It is, however, possible for any mad-man in the mold of Hitler to think and insist otherwise.

5.6 Restructuring Nigeria as of today means more than Constitutional Amendment; It is beyond Constitutional Amendment.

i. What is needed to salvage the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it is today and prevent the looming crises from bursting into a civil war is more than a Constitutional Amendment and, therefore, cannot be left to the National Assembly and the Executive to handle or to decide what should be done.

ii. The ADF believes that the perennial crises in the Nigerian Federation, which has claimed the lives of millions of innocent people, particularly of the Igbo race, has, as of today, raised the question “which way Nigeria?” to unprecedented luminous level.

iii. Therefore, only the people themselves through a Special Political Conference of delegates specially elected for the purpose of providing an answer to the question, “Which Way Nigeria, to be or not to be?”

iv. Whatever possible answers they propose have to be put to the people in a Special Plebiscite or Referendum.

v. As said above, the ultimate two-related questions to be put the people now are :-

a. Whether we should continue to stay together in a common political union, i.e., in one country or To dissolve into our separate natural cultural and linguistic entities.

b. If we decide to continue to live together, then what type of political union will guarantee that we live under conditions of peace, human dignity and social progress? If, on the other hand, we decide to dissolve, how do we do this without war among peoples who should be living in peace as citizens of neighbor-states?

vi. In the light of the foregoing, we affirm that what is required today is either laying the foundations for a new political union or dissolving the Republic. This is beyond the powers of the present Legislature or Executive to decide or determine. Anybody who is looking in that direction or asking us to look in that direction is neither serious nor sincere. vii. What the National Assembly is doing by way of tinkering with the discredited 1999 Constitution of the Federation is simply robbing paraffin oil on a deep smelling cancerous would.

The Question of ‘Which Way Forward For Nigeria?’ must be returned to the People to Decide. Therefore, we wish to emphasize the absolute necessity now of a Political Conference of freely elected delegates by their constituents (units of ethnic nationalities).

In this regard, ADF holds the view that the proposed Political Conference has to go beyond the submission of the 2014 National Conference. The basic task of such a Political Conference is to provide answers to no 4 (v) above, namely, a. Should Nigeria continue to remain as one political union or b. Should Nigeria dissolve into its component Regions? The answer(s) which the elected delegates of the people provide should be submitted to the people for ratification in a Plebiscite or Referendum.

5,7 The Principle of Self-Determination! The foundation of any political union is based on the highest principle essential for the formation of any state, particularly a political federation. This is the fundamental principle of Self-Determination.

This is the principle that underlies the proposed Referendum or plebiscite. Thus, even after the General Plebiscite and in spite of its conclusion, any Ethnic Nationality, or Region that wishes to opt out of the Federation must indicate so after an agreed period of say a year or two years. Their choice should also be ascertained through a Plebiscite or Referendum conducted to ascertain whether that is the wish of the majority of their people or just the campaign of a minority of political agitators within the ethnic or region.
In other words, ADF believes that the Principle of Self-Determination is the key rational principle that should decide the relation between peoples of different ethnic nationalities. This should be the guiding principle in the case of the new Federal Republic of Nigeria as a Union of Autonomous Regions.

5.8 The so-called Indissolubility of the Nigerian Federation.

This is the sing-song of those who treat Nigeria either as their collective orchard or an estate of their forefathers and therefore regard the peoples of the various nationalities as their minions.

That is to say, Nigeria is indissoluble

  •  For those who have amassed so much wealth acquired through looted and stolen funds and resources of the people and have them hidden in international and local banks and investment institutions. Some even own palatial properties with values greater than the budget of the entire country.
  • For those countries and their leaders who wish to perpetually control the natural resources of Nigeria, and in whose banks and financial institutions including real estate, Nigerian leaders and other looters hide their loots.
    These are the people and countries desperate to keep the Federation as it is – a human Golgotha, an indissoluble political entity enjoying the peace of the graveyard1.

5.9 The Option of Opting Out of the Nigerian Federation.

The option of leaving Nigeria to build a separate country called either The Republic of Alaigbo or The Republic of Biafra is very strong among Ndigbo whether living in the present Nigerian Federation as well as those living in other parts of the world. It is an option no one can easily ignore. The extensive background discussed above demonstrate very clearly that there is great justification for that option.

It is not therefore, a matter of deciding for the people, especially if the decision is being made by those who have personal reasons to choose remaining in Nigeria.

6.0 PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS AT RESTRUCTURING AND WHY THEY FAILED.

6.1 Restructuring through Constitutional Amendments,

Previous attempts at Restructuring of Nigeria, mostly through Constitutional Amendments, have failed for three major reasons: – i. They failed to address the fundamental character of the Federation as a union of pre-colonial autonomous nationalities and what is needed to make such a political and economic union viable and stable.

ii. They did not derive from the will of the people being united in such a Federation.

iii. The political leaders who controlled the North, the Region which the British allocated the largest land mass and capped it up by manipulating the census to give it political majority and thus control of the emergent political union, the Region whose leaders subsequently used the Nigerian military under their control to further restructure the Federation to put it more firmly under what previously we use to refer to as Northern hegemony, (but the people of the Middle Belt and all the minorities living in the North now confirm that it has indeed been Fulani Moslem hegemony) This hegemonic power has consistently blocked any attempt to restructure and create a genuine federation with a democratic political order.

iv. In this way, those who control the Northern Region have maintained a political strangle-hold on the entire federation and enslaved the various ethnic nationalities under them They allow only restructuring that were promoted by their military leaders but oppose and nullify those that have attempted to promote meaningful reordering of the status quo.

6.12 Hegemonic Restructuring Versus Democratic Restructuring

In the current debate, we are therefore confronted by what is called Hegemonic Restructuring versus Democratic Restructuring. The doublespeak is obvious when we listen to their leaders talk about restructuring. They either oppose it or they affirm it. When they affirm Restructuring they mean to offer Hegemonic Restructuring, the type that offers Ndigbo such insincere carrots as Vice Presidency, an additional State, devolution of power, etc., etc.

When they oppose Restructuring they mean the type of Restructuring that will guarantee their minions political and economic equality and freedom, self-determination, regional autonomy, control over the security of their ancestral homes, their religion, their culture. etc. Only such restructuring that took place under Gowon, Murtala/Obasanjo, Babangida, and Abdusalem Abubakar were sustained. Even the restructuring that resulted from the 1994-5 Constitutional Conference in the time of Abacha was blocked and torpedoed by the Northern leaders. Similarly, the outcome of the National Conferences organized by Obasanjo and Jonathan were thrown into the trash can.

What went wrong with the restructuring under Obasanjo and Jonathan? In fact, we should equally ask ‘what was wrong with the outcome of the Abacha-sponsored National Conference of 1994-5?’

First and foremost, those Conferences produced results that radically altered the status quo and could have led to an opening of the democratic space to allow the dominated nationalities to breathe a little fresh air of democratic governance and freedom.

In the case of the 1994-5 National Conference under Abacha, the various nationalities were able to elect delegates that derived their mandate directly from the nationalities.

The end result of this process was obvious, namely, the Abacha National Conference produced results that largely had obvious democratic implications. The Hegemonic agenda was badly assaulted. But the forces of Hegemony were not done; they used General Abdulsalem Abubakar to finally overthrow the 1994-5 Draft Constitution that had an air of enhancing positive democratic development for the Federation.

Thus, in place of the 1995 Draft Constitution handed over to Abacha as the popular wish of majority of the people, they imposed the contraption called the 1999 Constitution.

What happened was that those conferences under Abacha, Obasanjo and Jonathan reached decision which would radically alter the entire structural equation.

6.3 Fulani Hegemony Firmly Rooted: Nigeria has indeed almost become the illusory Estate of the Fulani Progenitors.

But mark you, over the years, the Arewa hegemony has become so firmly rooted, so comprehensive and total that they control the entire political and social space of Nigeria. The last lap of the process of total conquest of the territory of the Federal republic of Nigeria is the ongoing desperate efforts at overrunning the entire geographical space of the Nigerian Federation, using the murderous armed Fulani herdsmen supported by the Nigerian security forces.

6.4 Why the demand by the Fulani to have the National Assembly to Handle the issue of Restructuring?

Since they are aware that the only platform on which their present campaign of total conquest can be politically challenged is a Political Conference where patriotic and nationalistic forces may prevail, they do not want anything pertaining to restructuring the Federation to be tabled again at a National Conference of the people, knowing fully well that the coalition of the forces of freedom in these areas will overwhelm them as before. Rather they want the National Assembly which they presently control to handle the issue of restructuring so as to produce the result they want.

Already serious mobilization of political forces is going on in order to influence the course of the steps they want to adopt. The main target in this campaign are the State Executives, Legislators, politicians and businessmen whom they can blackmail and manipulate and use them as agents to misrepresent the wishes of their people.

Why do the forces of hegemony insist that the issue of restructuring should be left to the National Assembly and not to the Political Conference of the people? – One, they can easily blackmail and manipulate the legislators to achieve their goal of keeping the system as it is. – Two, what happens in a Political Conference is that the forces of freedom are now dominant in the Regions of the South-East, SouthSouth, South-West, Middle-Belt, Southern Kaduna, etc. An alliance between them will definitely influence the outcome of such a Conference as happened in the time of Abacha, Obasanjo and Jonathan. These geo-political zones control over 70 % of the population of Nigeria. People in these zones are desperately eager to free themselves from Fulani domination. They are all yearning for equality and freedom.

The forces of hegemony would not mind if the issue of restructuring and the future of Nigeria are left in the hands of the Judiciary, the Military, the Police, the Security Agencies, Economic and Social Agencies and Institutions, the Federal Media and some handful of private media, elected Governors and Legislators, etc. The Arewa Fulani control the majority of these organs and institutions of state power. But they have lost over 75 % of the popular masses who are yearning for freedom and liberation from the hegemonic control and massacre by the Fulani and the institutions of the state under their control

6.5 Fallacy of Nigerian Federalism Restated.

In a recent submission one of the emerging leaders of ADF sent us the following note which eloquently summarizes what may be popularly referred to as how a fraudulent federalism is being promoted in Nigeria. According to him, in what we may call the artificial Nigerian Federation
“Federating nations which hitherto were thriving very well on their own, came together under duress, to become part of what is currently known as Nigeria”
However, Federalism truly defined and explained means the following:

  • independent federating units come together to form a Federation.
  • these federating units cede a portion of their powers and responsibilities to the central government.
  • the federating units provide the resources to run the services ceded to the central government.
  • the federating units maintain their autonomy to run their own affairs without let or hindrance, outside those services or responsibilities they have collectively ceded to the central government.

But in Nigeria, it is now the central government that is creating the federating units, it has collected all the resources and decides on what or what not to give the federating units. Thereby creating a Unitary system of government; a rogue system imposed by the Military to suit their selfish ends. This is a fundamental problem.
This is the cause of all the agitations and chaos. Enough is enough because Nigerians have now said that the gloves are off. (Attorney Austin Okeke Writing from South Africa).

6.6 The monstrous forces of Hegemony is on rampage.

– The chickens have come home to roost.

– Things Fall Apart and the Artificial Center can no longer hold.

– Utam Abala Ohia The Monster is on rampage

– the forces of Ethnic and Religious cleansing have been let loose

– All the Victims of this hegemony are now astir

– Songs of freedom is now raging all over the Federation.

7.0 STANDPOINT OF ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)
As a patriotic organization of patriotic citizens from all parts of Alaigbo – the Igbo-speaking Areas of Nigeria – Eastern Igbo, Western Igbo, Southern Igbo and other areas that speak various Igbo dialects and practice different variations of Igbo culture, and after careful study of the Igbo Predicament in Nigeria, the series of pogroms and genocide of Ndigbo, before, during and after Biafra, including the Asaba Massacre of innocent citizens and humiliation of our unarmed youth and discretion of our women demonstrating peacefully against the slaughter of their children, it is our conviction that Ndigbo, at this point in their history can only accept either of two possible political relations with the rest of Nigerian. These are – i. Alaigbo to exist as an Autonomous Region in a new political union with their neighbors in Nigeria. OR ii. To opt out of Nigeria as an Autonomous Republic.
This position have been arrived at as a result of the circumstances stated above. ADF would like to reassure herself that these two alternatives represent alternative desires of our people through two steps, namely Opinion Poll and Referendum.

The question of which direction the Ndigbo want to go at this juncture in their history is the number one question that we, as a patriotic organization, with men of global and national experience, have painfully been seeking answer to.

We are aware that various groups including major stakeholder in Alaigbo (Governors, Legislators, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), IPOB, etc.) have been advocating views which they consider as what the Igbos want. Because these views are somewhat divergent, we must take urgent steps to have evidence to place before our people, other Nigerians and the global community as to what our people really want.

Therefore, ADF proposes an empirical method that could enable us to speak more confidently and authoritatively on what the Igbos – our people – want. In this regard, ADF proposes the following two steps –

A. An Opinion Poll – conducted with utmost respect for scientific evidence and truth. This will enable us to ascertain, with high probability (rather than conjecture) of the wishes of Ndigbo globally, both at home and in the Igbo diaspora.

This exercise would provide us as well as those who share our views the basis to speak authoritatively and confidently on behalf of our people. Thus, it would enable us to answer the question President Buhari posed in his Aljazeera interview when he asked “What do the Igbos want? with a high level of authority.”

B. A Plebiscite or Referendum. The Plebiscite or Referendum should be conducted either through the machinery set up by Igbo Stakeholders and pan-Igbo organizations or by the Federal Government of Nigeria in conjunction with the International Community and Igbo leadership institutions.

It is not, indeed, possible for anyone or any people to believe that they can exterminate the entire Igbo race because they are demanding their fundamental rights of freedom, security, control of their lives and meaningful existence. Ndigbo want to leave at peace with our neighbors and co-operate with them in assuring for ourselves and our neighbors’ security, social and economic progress.

8. ADF PROPOSAL

NIGERIA TO BE RECONSTITUTED AS A FEDERAL UNION OF AUTONOMOUS REGIONS.

Given the background of the chequiered history of Nigeria and the genocidal experiences of the citizens of Alaigbo, including subjugation and denial of fundamental political and economic rights, punitive measures, dismemberment of her territory to render her landlocked without sea ports, functional airports and motorable roads, etc. Ndigbo want a political and economic system that would enable them to take control of their physical, socio-economic and political environment, Consequently the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) proposes as follows with respect to the First of Two Options: –

A. The Option of Remaining part of a Political Union, otherwise to be addressed and with the rest of Nigeria.
Nigeria to be Reconstituted as A Federal Union of Autonomous Regions.

  1. Nigeria is to be Reconstituted as a FEDERAL UNION OF AUTONOMOUS REGIONS.

    The Union shall be held together by the hallowed principle of SelfDetermination. In other words, Nigeria becomes a Country in which all the Autonomous Regions have freely chosen to live together. In other words, Nigeria is not a Federal Union created by Conquest or Annexation.

  2. Therefore, any member Autonomous Region shall be free to opt out of the Union if it so wishes.
  3. Federal Union Government

i. There shall be A Federal Union Government which is the Central Authority of the Federal Union consisting of

a). A Federal Union Executive Council.

b). A Federal Union Bi-cameral Legislature – A Union Congress.

c). A Federal Defense Council

d). A Federal Supreme Court (Responsible for Constitutional issues)

e). Institutions in charge of Common Services of the Federal Union

4. Powers of the Union Government shall be as delegated to it as agreed collectively by the Autonomous Regions, provided that it shall be confined principally to

i. Defense as constitutionally defined, provided that the Military shall not be committed to any operation without the decision of the Defense Council and that such decision receives unanimous agreement of all the Autonomous Unions.

ii. Foreign Affairs as limited by the powers of the Autonomous Regions to establish consulates, seek and attract foreign investment for the development of each respective Region.

iii. Currency

iv. Central Bank

v. Citizenship

5. There shall be Common Services Agencies as may be agreed by all the Autonomous Regions.

6. The Management, staffing and operations of the Common Services Agencies shall reflect the Union Character, in terms of equitable representation.

7. The Federal Union Government shall have a President and such number of VicePresidents as there are Autonomous Regions,

8. The office of the President shall rotate among the Autonomous Regions every four years in such a way that no Autonomous Region shall produce a President a second time until all the other Autonomous Regions have produced a President.

9. There shall be a Uni-cameral Union Legislative Assembly (the Union Congress) responsible for law-making.

10. The Union Legislative Bodies shall be composed of such number of representatives of the Autonomous Regions according to their respective population.

11. The Armed Forces of the Federal Union There shall be a Union Defense Council made up of

i. The President as Chairman and the Vice Presidents.

ii. The Prime Ministers of the various Autonomous Regions

iii. Union Defense Minister, iv. The Chief of the Union Defense Council.

v. The Defense Ministers of all the Autonomous Regions.

vi. Military installations, defense establishments, appointment and promotions within the armed forces shall reflect the Union Character.

12. Judicial System

i. There shall be Federal Union Supreme Court responsible for Constitutional matters.

ii. There shall be Regional Courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Courts handling all cases within each Region.

13. AUTONOMOUS REGIONS

i. An Autonomous Region is defined as a geo-political territory made up of one ethnic nationality or a number of ethnic nationalities that have, in accordance with the principle of self-determination, agreed to stay together as one Autonomous Region.

ii. Each Autonomous Region to answer whatever name the people wish to adopt.

iii. Each Autonomous Region to have its own Constitution, Anthem and Flag.

iv. Each Autonomous Region shall have the freedom to democratically reorder its internal structures which shall be reflected in its Constitution.

v. The Autonomous Union shall have a Prime Minister as Head of Government of the Autonomous Region. There shall also be a Deputy Prime Minister.

vi. There shall be a Council of Ministers for the management of the affairs of the Autonomous Region.

vii. There shall be a Unicameral Regional Legislative Council.

14. States in an Autonomous Region

viii. There shall be State Governments provided that the States as presently composed shall be guaranteed their identity and governmental structures.

ix. New States shall be created provided that no State shall be created unless through a Plebiscite.

x. Each State shall be responsible for the creation of Local Governments within its territory and defining their constitutional status and responsibilities,

xi. The choice of membership of any Autonomous Region by any nationality shall be determined by the principle of Self-determination provided that members of each nationality shall be encouraged to stay in the same Autonomous Region.

xii. All territorial claims shall be settled by Plebiscite or Referendum.

Resource Control.

xiii. Each Autonomous Region shall be in charge of the natural and mineral resources, including VAT and other forms of taxation generated within its geo-political space.
xiv. Each Autonomous Region to be Self-governing as far as control of its Security and Resources are concerned

xv. The Continental Shelf of an Autonomous Region shall be deemed as part of the Autonomous Region. This is consistent with international law which defines the Continental shelf as a seaward extension of the land of the coastal state,

xvi. The income and resources generated in each Autonomous Region shall be shared as follow: – a. The Union Government 20% b. The Autonomous Region 30% c. The State 50%

xvii. Protection of legitimately acquired individual and collective property in each Region by citizens of other Regions.

Security

xviii. Each Autonomous Region shall have control over its Union Guard, Police, Para-military and Security Agencies including the Police, Civil Service, Judiciary, Education, Agriculture, Land, Transportation, Customs, etc.

xix. All Autonomous Regions shall enter into a national treaty to Defend the Country in the case of aggression.

xx. The military shall not be used to settle internal disputes within the Union.

Census

xxi. The Union Government in collaboration with the Governments of the Autonomous Regions shall seek the assistance of the United Nations to conduct fresh census in order to resolve any controversies regarding the population of Nigeria and its component Autonomous Regions; and Census data shall contain parameters and characteristics of the ethnic composition of both country and all the Autonomous Regions.

B. THE ALTERNATIVE OPTION

B.1 The Option of Freedom from Slavery. Instead of Staying in the Nigerian Federation under the present conditions analogous to conquered peoples, whose lives don’t count, slaves deprived of fundamental rights to life and property, Ndigbo would Opt out of the Nigerian Federation and establish

  • The Republic of Alaigbo or
  • The Republic of Biafra.

B.2 The new Republic shall seek to embrace all parts of Alaigbo, that is to say,

– the Igbo-speaking Areas of Nigeria

– Eastern Igbo, Western Igbo, Southern Igbo and other areas that speak various Igbo dialects and practice different variations of Igbo culture.

B.3 The Affairs of the New REPUBLIC OF ALAIGBO OR BIAFRA shall be conducted in accordance with the basic principles freedom, equity and justice in accordance with the principles of Self determination and self-reliance, respect for of the fundamental principles of her civilization; Democratic Republicanism, her Christian faith and respect for international law and fundamental human rights. It shall respect the culture and religion of her neighbors, protect their legitimately acquired property and investment in our land.

B.4 Any other Nationality opting to co-exist with Ndigbo as citizens of the Independent Republic of Republic of Alaigbo or Biafra shall be guaranteed Equality, Equity and Justice based on the principles of democratic political participation and representation, equitable power and resource sharing based on the principles of proportional representation in the key organs of the State such as Executive, Legislative, Judiciary, Military, Security Forces, Bureaucracy, Diplomatic Service, Economic institutions, etc.

CONCLUSION

After deep and strategic reflection on the history, national character of Ndigbo as well as the present state of the global community, ADF is fully consciousness of the need for Alaigbo to maintain very cordial relationship with members of the international community including her erstwhile colonial master, Great Britain. Fully conscious of the fact that Alaigbo is a Christian and Democratic society, and above all, that her citizens are global citizens who live in several parts of the global community, Ndigbo shall seek to maintain political and economic friendship and cooperation with all countries who respect her Democratic Culture and Christian values. Alaigbo expect her citizens to remain law-abiding inhabitants of their host communities.

PROF. T. UZODINMA NWALA

PRESIDENT

PROF. NATH. ANIEKWU ADF

 ADF SECRETARY

ADF SECRETARIAT

DECEMBER 21, 2017

 

ADF STATEMENT ON HON. ABIA ONYIKE: VICTIM OF SERIAL POLITICAL VENDETTA IN  EBONYI STATE.

ADF STATEMENT ON HON. ABIA ONYIKE: VICTIM OF SERIAL POLITICAL VENDETTA IN EBONYI STATE.

1.The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has read with deep feeling of
utter disgust the full page advertorial signed by some Government Officials
and a few other citizens from Edda (Afikpo South LGA), in which they gave
Hon Abia Onyike 48 hours to apologize to the Governor of Ebonyi State,
Engr Dave Umahi.
If Hon Abia Onyike failed to do so, according to them, he would obviously
be ostracized and perhaps banished from the State. This resolution was
announced in the Ebonyi Broadcasting Service (EBBC) on Sunday, 21st
June, 2020.
And what is the crime of Hon Onyike? – for criticizing the Governor on 9th
June, 2020, during a panel discussion on Leadership and Democracy in the
South East at Dream FM, Enugu as part of ‘the celebration of 21 years of
unbroken Democratic governance in Nigeria’
This action came after the signatories had met for two days at the
Government House in Abakaliki and later met at Edda, Afikpo South LGA.
2. In February 2020, the Governor of Ebonyi State had ordered the arrest and
detention of Mr. Abia Onyike by the Nigerian Police. According to
information we received, the Governor had directed Mr Stanley Okoro,
Commissioner forInternal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution to
forward a petition against Hon. Onyike alleging economic sabotage and tax
evasion. There was a prior threat to seal his residence. And what was the nature of this economic sabortage for which HonAbia Onyike was accused?
He was subsequently charged to court for failure to pay tenement rate which,
incidentally, is an issue under the jurisdiction of the local government.
3. The other day. Hon Abia the Journalist, whose role falls within the essential
service category , was accused of travelling out of his home State – Ebonyi
against the COVID-19 ban on inter-State movement and so Mr Abia was
ordered by the Givernment of Ebonyi State to be quarantined in his house
and subjected to test for COVID-19.

Below is the communique issues against Hon. Abia Onyike

 

 

4. Who is this Hon Abia Onyike?

i. Hon Abia Onyike is one of the finest and most committed sons of Alaigbo
who has devoted his life to the fundamental democratic values of human
society. And the story of his life is the story of this unceasing quest for
human emancipation.

ii. Look at the story of his life from his student days at the University of
Calabar, and later at the University of Nigeria Nsukka;

iii. check out the moulding of his activist orientation
– Frontline Student Activist at University of Calabar. Member of the
Patriotic Youth Movement of Nigeria (PYMN).
– Chairman, Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Abia State, 1991-95
– Member, Campaign for Democracy (CD), 1993-98.
– Founding Member, Democratic Alternative (DA), 1994-98.

iv. Go further to check the consistency of his activist orientation in his
entire career –
– Elected Pioneer Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),
Ebonyi State Counc il, 1996-99.
– Elected Pioneer Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC),
Ebonyi State Council (1996-2000).
– Elected Deputy National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists
(NUJ, 1999-2003).

– Mr Onyike is a veteran Journalist, life Member of the Nigeria Union
of Journalists and West African Journalists Association (WAJA).
v. Still go further to see his role as one of the founding fathers of Ebonyi
State-
– He was active in the movement for the creation of Ebonyi state and
actually submitted the Memo for the Inclusion of Afikpo South (Edda)
in Ebonyi State.

Thus, without Hon Abia Onyike and his compatriots, there would
have been no Ebonyi State and thus there would have been no Engr
Dave Umahi as Governor of an Ebonyi State today.

vi. That is not all of the roles of this frontline leader of Ebonyi State. He
has served in critical positions in the making of Eboyi State for which
he gave his life –
– Worked as Information Officer in three Core Igbo States, namely Imo,
Abia and Ebonyi (1989-2014) and rose to the position of Director of
Information.
– He was appointed Commissioner for Information, Ebonyi State by
former Governor, now Senator Dr.Sam Egwu (2005-2007).
– Appointed Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations by
former Governor, Chief Martin Elechi (2008-2011).

vii. Currently Abia is the Spokesman of the Alaigbo Development
Foundation (ADF) a frontline organization committed to the Rebuilding
and Development of the Igbo Nation and the Advancement of the Spirit
of her Culture and Civilization.
It is doubtful if there are many with his pedigree, of long varied
activism in public service who would still be standing tall today
without hiding from the long crude arm of the Nigerian EFCC? We
doubt if there is any way Hon Abia could be found culpable after his
long public career without the Governor, given his present aggressive
disposition against Mr Onyike Abia, not easily introducing him as a
guest of the Nigerian EFCC

5. Abia Onyike’s Crime?

What does the Governor have against this veteran pro-democracy activist, freedom fighter, one of the founding fathers of Ebonyi State with  blameless public service career?

 He has not paid his tenement rate and so the Police was directed to arrest and detain him.

 He criticized the Governor so Government officials and traditional rulers and what have you under the patronage of the Governor are  directed to meet for two days at Abakaliki and at Afikpo to issue  an order to Mr Abia to withdraw all his criticisms and apologize to  the miracle-working Governor or probably be ostracized and  banished from his community.

 A Journalist whose role falls within the essential service category – He is held culpable for travelling out of the State against the  COVID-19 ban on inter-State movement and so Mr Abia should be  quarantined in his house and subjected to test for COVID-19. The  State Security are being incited against him for criticizing the  Governor. All these are very unfortunate happening in Igbo State  against an Igbo citizen!

6. Hon Abia Onyike’s criticism of His Excellency Engr Dave Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State, 

  •  He has accused the Governor of Nepotism
  •  Converting the Government of Ebonyi State to his private and family estate.
  • Destruction of the Civil Service.
  •  Payment of half salaries to workers
  •  Non-payment of gratuities for the retired workers
  •  Cancellation of scholarship scheme.
  •  Personal enrichment by the Governor and his family members.
  • Over borrowing of domestic and foreign loans.
  •  Punitive taxation policies
  •  Misappropriation of local government funds,
  • Destruction of Secondary School boarding facilities.
  •  Impoverishment of Ebonyi youths through zero employment into the State Civil Service.
  •  Destruction of the contract system in the State by awarding 95% of contract to selected companies where the Governor and his  family have interest
  •  Engaging in white elephant projects such as Ecumenical Centre, shopping mall, international cargo airport, Olympic size stadium,  New government house. These projects where invented to serve as  conduit pipes for syphoning public funds into private pockets  while Ebonyians continue to wallow in abject poverty.
  •  General impoverishment of the citizenry through the lodging of substantial amounts of state accounts to generate interests which  are siphoned into private pockets
  •  .The government of Engr Dave Umahi is also lawless and it is wrong on the basis of impunity, the governor hates to take advice  from experts. His own vision of development for the state is self opinionated and this is why his government is neither consultative  nor people oriented.
  •  Money is not flowing in the state because the resources have been high-jacked by few people that is why there is poverty.
  •  The in human nature of the administration has driven it to treat the citizenry with disdain. Tax agents of the government and other  officials of the state beat-up the citizens mercilessly sometimes  with imported koboko from Arab countries.
  • Harassment using the Nigeria Police to arrest and detain opponents,
  •  Harassment by members of the Governor’s family members – Mr Austin Umahi is cited as operating as the Governor’s hatchets man
  •  Running the State for five years without Permanent Secretaries.

7. Why not Respond to these Criticisms in Accordance with the principles of Law rather than resort to Jungle Justice?

In respect of all these criticisms, what the civilized world expects is that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr Dave Umahi and his men should debunk them on  the basis of facts. In a democracy, citizens have the fundamental right to criticise  their Government. This is in aid of accountability, rule of law and good  governance. The Government of Idi Amin became a joke in those days precisely  for hounding the citizens of Uganda and denying them freedom of speech.

8. Let us not destroy our Stars!

The Feud between the Governor of Ebonyi State and Hon Abia Onyike is not in the interest of Ebonyi State, nor the Igbo Nation. Those of us who know Hon Abia  Onyike are firmly of the view that the face-off between him and Governor Dave  Umahi is indeed a tragedy.

Apart from what we know of Abia Onyike eduring his student days and in his days as an activist, we know him to be a patriot with an immense gift of the pen and  heart, When we started the journey to rally together Igbo Elders, Intellectuals,  Clergy, Diplomats Traditional leaders, Business leaders, Women and Youth, to  begin to address the tragic Igbo Question in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hon  Abia was there. He took the stage by storm. The paper he presented at that historic  International Colloquium on the Igbo Question in Nigeria was seminal and touched  on a major nerve-center of the Igbo Question in Nigeria right from the colonial  era. The paper was captioned MEDIA OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL IN  NIGERIA: THE DIALECTICS OF POLITICAL HEGEMONY . 

The paper examines the ownership and control patterns of the media landscape, the prevailing dynamics and impact of the media on the politics of the nation. In his  exploration of the dialectics of political hegemony as manifested through media  ownership and control in Nigeria, Onyike states clearly that the press at times and  in one way or the other tilts towards sectional pressures and serves the interests of  its owners and tends to favor the views and positions of certain power blocks in the  polity”. (IGBO NATION: History and Challenges of Rebirth and Development  vol. 1 p.36) 

Dear Compatriots, you need to read this profound revelation of Mr Onyike concerning some of the ways those who are in control of the political hegemony in  the Federation manipulate all of us including our dear Governors to render us highly vulnerable through media control. This is an awful reality which we do not
need any diviner to open our eyes. No. We only need to tap the wisdom of the Abia
Onyikes in this sphere of our struggle.

Dear Compatriots, let us ask ourselves Where are the Zikist Group of Newspapers
– the West African Pilot, The Northern Defender, The Onitsha Spokesman, etc?
Their contemporaries – The Tribune and Sketch Newspapers – are still there.
Where is the Nigerian Outlook, The Renaissance, The Champion, The Satellite,
The Globe, The New Outlook, etc? Where is Minaj Television, etc?
The answer to these critical questions as they relate to the dynamics and impact of
the media on the politics of the Federation require the wisdom and experience of
an Abia Onyike. We need people like him. We should not abandon him to the
political slaughter house of powerful political forces. On the assumption of office by Excellency the Governor of Ebonyi State. he assigned Hon Abia Onyike the job of General Manager of Ebonyi State Printing Press curiously on a monthly salary of N100,000= (one hundred thousand naira only). The day this information came to us in Enugu we starred at each other and laughed. One of us said that perhaps our brother Governor is a miracle worker. (an expression our brothers from Afikpo South LGA used to describe his Excellency’s performance in their recent write-up against Mr Onyike). But we advised Abia to hang on and let’s watch the unfolding drama. We were later informed that the Government had budgeted about N1.4B for the
Government Printing Press. We still held our breath. What next did we hear? – that
a private company – AGELINK PRESS – owned by His Excellency had been set
up. It is this company that has been handling all Government Printing and
Publications. What a miracle performance!

9. ADF is always in Sympathy with our Governors. But we expect them to
learn while on the job.

It is our policy in ADF to be very patient with our Governors. We do not believe
that they are magicians. None of them had prior formal education on the art, the
ethics or even the science of governance before they became Governors. What we
expect them to possess is the basic requirement of the spirit of service and the basic ethics of our culture.

We equally expect them to learn while on the job, to have humility and listening ears and good advisers. When these are lacking the result is tragedy of governance.

ADF calls on the Governor of Ebonyi State to take it easy with Hon Abia Onyike.

People like Abia Onyike di Ndigbo Nkpa. We cannot sit by and allow him to be physically, economically and psychologically destroyed by the Government of a  State he had fought to see to its creation. Nor shall we encourage him to pull down  the house he is meant to sustain for the sake of our people.

ADF would, therefore, like to send a delegation to see our brother Governor of Ebonyi State if he agrees to receive our delegation so that we can help to ensure  that all hands are on deck to protect and move Ebonyi State and Alaigbo forward.

Signed

PROF. T. UZODINMA NWALA

ADF PRESIDENT

PROF. NATH ANIEKWU

ADF SECRETARY

 

Insecurity: Alaigbo Development Foundation backs proposed law on arms-bearing by citizens

Insecurity: Alaigbo Development Foundation backs proposed law on arms-bearing by citizens

ADF President, Prof. Uzodinma Nwalawarns against slide into anarchy

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), has thrown its weight behind the moves by the House of Representatives to enact laws empowering Nigerians to bear arms for self defense.

In a statement on Monday signed by its spokesman Mr. Abia Onyike, and made available to SummitNews, the group said such a measure would help curtail the excesses of armed marauders and warlords, adding that the nation’s security agencies have failed woefully to checkmate the mass killings going on in several parts of the country.

It cautions that if such a drastic measure is not adopted, the country may slide into anarchy, and unplanned disintegration.

The association called for a return to true federalism, saying that the present unitary system of government has stifled economic prosperity and human liberties.

The group said that the country needed to be governed as a true federal republic with autonomous regions and fiscal federalism.

ADF expressed concern that failure to accommodate true federalism through political reform, the federating units  might be compelled to assert their rights to self-determination.

The statement reads:  “After a thorough assessment of the current security situation in Nigeria and the concomitant mass killings taking place nation-wide by terrorists, bandits, Fulani herdsmen and other armed groups, we do hereby state as follows:

“That ADF supports the moves by members of the House of Representatives to make laws empowering Nigerian citizens to carry arms, for their self defense.

“ADF believes that such a measure will go a long way in curtailing the excesses of the armed marauders and warlords, as the nation’s security agencies have failed woefully to checkmate the mass killings going on in several parts of the country.

“ADF is convinced that if such drastic measures are not adopted, the Nigerian state would gradually slide into anarchy and a monumental collapse, which may snowball into the unplanned disintegration of Nigeria.

“ADF is convinced that such a situation would precipitate a dangerous conflagration in the West African sub-region with attendant horrible human conditions and scenarios such as an unimaginable refugee crisis which would be an eye-sore to the world community.

“ADF however believes that Nigeria’s salvation lies in the return to genuine federalism as opposed to the current monolithic unitarism which has stifled economic prosperity and human liberties.

“We need to be governed as a true Federal Republic with Autonomous Regions and Fiscal Federalism.

“ Failure to accommodate true federalism through political reforms may compel the federating units to assert their rights to self- determination.”

ADF STATEMENT ON MAY 30, 2020 BIAFRA REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATIONS.

ADF STATEMENT ON MAY 30, 2020 BIAFRA REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATIONS.

ADF STATEMENT ON MAY 30, 2020 BIAFRA REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATIONS.

Events in Alaigbo on May 30, each year show that May 30 has become an official Igbo Remembrance Day in Memory of the Biafra war of 1967-70, not only within Alaigbo but throughout the entire world where Igbo citizens live. Each year, from London to Johannesburg, to several cities in Europe, Asia, America, and Canada, the story is the same with various activities organized by Umuigbo and their friends to mark the occasion. Back home the entire Alaigbo has often been shut down; markets, shops, schools, and offices closed while streets are deserted to mark Remembrance Day. The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) is fully aware that May 30 is a day in the history of Alaigbo, deeply rooted in the heart of our people and which nobody can wish away or ban by force of Law or prevent by force of arms. It is in the light of this that the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has fully supported the observance of May 30, each year embracing peaceful activities lined out for the day by different Igbo organizations. May 30 marks the day Biafra was declared in 1967 and no patriotic Igbo son or daughter can pretend that Biafra is not part of the history and indeed the major watershed in the history of the Igbo nation. If anyone is in doubt let him recall what has often happened on May 30, as was especially the case in 2017 and 2018 when our sons and daughters under the aegis of IPOB, MASSOB, and other Pan-Igbo organizations declared a SIT-AT-HOME to commemorate Biafra Day as a historic day in the life of Ndigbo and their neighbors, with various other forms of memorial activities to mark the historic day. The total compliance of that call throughout the length and breadth of Alaigbo was not because these pan-Igbo and pro-Biafra organizations have become their supreme authority. No! That call evokes intense yearning in the innermost recesses of the hearts and minds of Umuigbo. Consequently, whosoever provoked the observance is welcome as a lover of the Igbo nation.

BIAFRA evokes an intense longing for freedom for our people. Biafra is indeed more than a state of the mind. It is also a material force that moves our people. Why will Biafra not be in their mind? Why will Biafra not symbolize their longing for freedom, when their predicament since the Amalgamation in 1914 up to the Biafra Declaration on My 30, 1967 and ever since Biafra has been a continuous state of estrangement, brutal attacks and punitive measures against their spiritual, economic, political and physical survival?

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), therefore, proposes that Umuigbo should continue to observe May 30 every year as a REMEMBRANCE DAY – a day to remember our history, to review our successes and failures, to remember those
who have died fighting for the Igbo cause and also think of our future. Incidentally, the May 30, 2020 celebration is taking place during a most tragic era in the history of humanity, namely, the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is not the only terror
Ndigbo and their neighbors are currently facing. The massacre of our people have been intensified with the influx of Fulani warriors in the guise of Almajiri.In the face of all these, ADF hereby calls on Ndigbo and their neighbors to remain
vigilant, strong, and united; ready to defend themselves and their ancestral homes.

Sign:

PROF. T. UZODINMA NWALA
ADF PRESIDENT
PROF NATH ANIEKWU
ADF SECRETARY
HON ABIA ONYIKE
CHAIRMAN,
ADF PUBLICITY BUREAU
THANK YOU LETTER TO THE IMO STATE GOVERNOR

THANK YOU LETTER TO THE IMO STATE GOVERNOR

ON THE THANK YOU LETTER TO THE IMO STATE GOVERNOR!

On May 14th 2020, a Press Statement was issued by the Government of Imo State to the effect that the Governor, Hope Uzodinma had settled the claims of the Fulani herders who invaded some communities in Ezinihitte LGA in April, 2020. The Press Statement was signed by the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor of Imo State, Mr Oguwike Nwachukwu. The photograph of the Governor and that of the head of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), taken during the occasion, was published alongside the statement.

On the same day, May 14th 2020, the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of Ezinihitte LGA., Chief Sir F. S. Onyeberechi went on air (Darling FM 107.3) to confirm the payment and went further to issue a Press Statement signed by himself confirming the payment to the Fulani herders by the Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma. That Press Statement was profuse in eulogizing the Governor’s magnanimity.

Dramatically on the same day, another Press Statement was issued by the same Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor of Imo State, Mr Oguwike Nwachukwu stating that no payment was made to the Fulani herdsmen by the Governor.

Indeed, people became justifiably embarrassed, confused and were asking what is happening over this Double-speak or Double-talk from the Government.

It does appear to me that this embarrassment was caused, perhaps, on purpose, by the Governor’s men at the State House including the Chairman of the Ezinihitte Interim Management Committee. It has nothing to do with Ezinihitte people.

The whole incident arising from the trespass of the Fulani herders into Ezinihitte Local Government Area was indeed badly handled from the very beginning and needed a great circumspection in its remedy. When the Governor decided to make the payment for whatever political expediency there was, it should have been done with some sense of statecraft!

The Governor would have called all the parties to the State House to hear from the two parties since he had already been involved. He should have talked straight to them and sued for peace. He should have used his Executive Authority to caution the Fulani herders for their trespass and for violating –

i. the LOCKDOWN ORDERS of his Government
ii. the Customs of the people of Ezinihitte that prohibit Open Grazing in their area, and the
iii. Imo State Law No. 9 of 2006 which prohibits Open Grazing in Imo State.
Whatever else, including compensation to both parties—the Fulani Herders for their alleged lost cows, and the Ezinihitte Farmers for their crops which the cows may have damaged in the course of their illegal roaming, all these would have been done without so much GUSTO!

The resort to Media Hype of the incident was absolutely counter-productive and may have led to the embarrassing and unnecessary double-speak on the part the Government.

All these have little to do with the stance of Ezinihitte people.

Ezinihitte People – What Is Our Own?

The Cows have been paid for. We have nothing to do with the mishandling of the matter neither from the Public Relations aspect nor from the Purely Political aspect; all those are the headache of the Imo State Government and its Advisers.

For Ezinihitte, the Cows have been paid for. That headache has been removed from our people. There is therefore, every good sense in our thanking the Governor for it. That is the exactly what we have done in the LETTER OF APPRECIATION addressed to the Governor.

As for the crops destroyed, I am one of those that advised that we should not pursue the matter. Why did I do that?

My dear people, it is because the issue of the missing cows is becoming dangerously DIVERSIONARY. My People, don’t you see the danger in the whole episode—OUR SECURITY? That is the signal—the Fulani herders were not just grazing and passing by. They came to stay! Their target is the Imo River Basin Area that includes Ezinihitte. What happens if they do?

We would lose our Ancestral Land and Farms; our People would become the victims of kidnapping and murder; our wives and daughters, victims of rape and murder that will accompany that! The herders will easily legitimize their takeover of our ancestral land, for they believe that there will always be hungry and unpatriotic Traditional Rulers and Politicians to sell our lands to them!

If all these happen in our life-time, our ancestors would curse us, our children (born and unborn) would spit on our graves, NDI EZINIHITTE NWEM, MBANU!

What Is to Be Done!

The People of Ezinihitte should now focus on the main challenges staring us in the face—namely how best to protect our farms and our ancestral land, our men and women from the invaders. We must focus on how best to apply our Customary Laws and rely on the enabling Anti-Open Grazing law 9 (2006) of Imo State to protect our farmlands as well as our lives, if we must learn from the experiences of other communities within and outside Alaigbo.

What lies ahead of the Ezinihitte People is now how best to ensure their security working in collaboration with dedicated Law-Enforcement agents in our area.

It is of course hoped that the Fulani herders have leant that Ezinihitte people do not have land for Open Grazing and are determined to protect their crops and their land to avoid famine and starvation of their citizens.

As for NDI OJI AKPA ELI OZU, na Ndi RATU RATU in our midst, please allow us to consolidate Aladinma Ezinihitte and other similar organizations in Mbaise for the sake of the SECURITY and DEVELOPMENT of Ezinihitte as well as the WELFARE of our people!

May God Bless Us All!

Your dear Brother,

PROF T. UZODINMA NWALA

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