ADF President Birthday Celebration

ADF President Birthday Celebration

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

Below are more picture from the Celebration.

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

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

COALITION OF PAN-IGBO CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D. Why the Anti-Open Grazing Bill?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date February 17, 2020

ADF PRESS STATEMENT
ON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signed

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

BISHOP OBI UDEZUE ONUBOGU
Chairman, ADF BoT

PROF ELO. AMUCHEAZI
ADF Vice President

BARR MAX OZOAKA
Director. ADF Legal Bureau

HON ABIA ONYIKE
Chairman ADF Publicity Bureau

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

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

ADF PRESS STATEMENT

By Alaigbo Development Foundation

Addressed by Barr. Max Ozoaka,

Co-ordinator, ADF Legal Bureau

On 6th February, 2020.

MEETING SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING NDIGBO IN THEIR HOME LAND

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

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The Yoruba nation first established the needed Security structures.

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

 

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

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

And then the requisite structures and instruments followed.

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

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

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

 

DRAFT ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL BY THE ADF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS TO BE DONE AND DONE URGENTLY?

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

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

What do we have on Ground?

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

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

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

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

ROLE OF COMMUNITY VIGILANTE GROUPS.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF) PROPOSES – AN SOS TO IGBO LEADERS. GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF) PROPOSES – AN SOS TO IGBO LEADERS. GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

On behalf of OUR PEOPLE AND OUR LAND, we, the undersigned representing various interests and organizations, send you this SAVE OUR SOUL (SOS) Message!
We, in the entire Igbo nation, should not mystify issues concerning the Security of our People and our Ancestral Communities!
There is no mystery in the Security Measures being taken by our neighbors – the Yoruba, the Tiv in Benue State, the Junkun in Taraba, the Edo People, etc, to protect themselves (their men, women and children) and their Ancestral lands.
What they have done is to exercise their fundamental right to Self-Defense, a right which we ourselves have been trying to exercise BUT now need to assert in a more positive and non-ambiguous terms.

The Yoruba nation first established the needed Security structures.
And now the various states within the Yoruba nation are enacting the relevant laws to back those security measures taken earlier.

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

The Benue State first established the enabling laws for their security
And then the structures and instruments to back the laws.
And no one can rationally and politically challenge what they have done and are doing to protect their people and their land.

We, within the Igbo nation, we are aware of some measures which some of our Governors are taking with regard to our security.
Apart from certain basic inadequacies, what those security initiatives lack is the backing of the popular will and support of our people. They also lack enabling laws to back them up.

DRAFT ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL BY THE ADF
In 2016, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), in anticipation of this crises and following consultations with some of our respectable stakeholders submitted a Draft Anti-Open Grazing Bill to all the Seven (7) States in Igbo-Speaking Areas. Information we have is that only Abia House of Assembly passed the Bill but it was yet to be signed into law by the Governor.
That initiative of ADF was sequel to her earlier intervention in both the Senate and the Federal House of Representatives, challenging the RUGA, CATTLE COLONY AND GRAZING ROUTES as was then proposed by the Federal Government. Those programs eventual have been rejected by majority of the various states and nationalities within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Why is he Grazing of Cattle an issue and core one affecting he Security of lives and property in the Republic today?
Those who emphasize what they call herders-farmers clash as a major root-cause of the present bloody Security situation in Alaigbo and other parts of the Federation are right in a sense. The free roaming and grazing of cattle that lawlessly destroy the crops of helpless farmers is the major root cause of the problem.
What is more, criminals from West African and other countries have taken advantage of this situation to invade our communities wrecking all manner of havoc, killing, maiming, kidnapping our innocent citizens, rapping our wives and daughters with reckless abandon. Our President, General Mohammad Buhari has himself confessed that many of these criminals come from Libya.
The most common identity of these criminals is that they hide under the movement of cattle. Therefore, the first step in tackling the Security challenges, is to control the free movement and grazing of Cattle.
We are not saying that nobody should rear cattle. All we are saying is that open grazing of cattle is bad for our Security and is bad for our economy and our survival.
Therefore, the law banning open grazing of animals, cattle, goat and sheep is not allowed for the above reasons.

WHAT IS TO BE DONE AND DINE URGENTLY?
IGBO NATIONAL CAUCUS TO ASSERT OUR COLLECTIVE RESOLVE AND OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR GOVERNMENTS TO ENACT THE ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW AND PUT IN PLACE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES TO ENFORCE THE LAW.
We, the undersigned are calling for an URGENT IGBO NATIONAL CAUCUS involving the People and our Governments to give popular backing to the necessary adequate Security arrangements for our collective action.

What do we have on Ground?
We have our Ancestral customary Laws which prohibit the roaming of GOATS, SHEEP, COWS, CATTLE, in our communities and farms.
We have Old Eastern Nigeria Law which prohibits the roaming of animals within the community, Such animals are teetered to avoid the destruction of farm lands if they are allowed to roam freely within the community.
In most of our ancestral communities, women organize themselves and provide schedules for various groups of women to operate on assigned days, to monitor, arrest offending animals and handing them over to community leaders. The owners of such animals must pay approved fines before they can reclaim their animals

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

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

  • Security Is the joint Responsibility of the People and their Government!
Throw Back to ADF’s Past Events

Throw Back to ADF’s Past Events

The International Colloquium On The Igbo Question In Nigeria (Before, During and After Biafra), This was the event that birthed ADF (Alaigbo Development Foundation), it was an event that was attended by lots of dignitaries and Igbo sons and daughters from around the world (both in Nigeria and in Diaspora), it was also  birth ground of the the Famous IGBO NATION Book, this magnificent event took place from 11-14th March, 2014 at Igbozurume Unity Hall, (Akanu Ibiam International Airport) Emene-Enugu

On 20th May, 2015 We had our Inaugural Conference And Book Presentation (IGBO NATION: History & Challenges of Rebirth and Development), the event was held at: Igbozurume Unity Hall, (Akanu Ibiam International Airport) Emene-Enugu

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On 25th-26th April, 2018 we had our 4th Anniversary Celebration (Themed: The Past, The Present And The Future) which so many Compatriots, Various Igbo Sons and Daughters were Present, this event took place at, The Base Event Centre, Independence Layout, Enugu.

On the 28th July, 2018 We had our Book Presentation (1966 Coup and Biafra Myth and Realities) & Consultative Forum which was a very successful event, and was held at Bon Sunsine Hotel, Presidential Road Enugu.

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On  7-8th July, 2019 we celebrated our 5th year anniversary with the Theme ADF, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This memorable event was held at Honeywell Hotels, Umuchu, Auguata Orumba south, Anambra State.

2020 Kicked off on a very good note as we Embarked on a 3days retreat (6-8 January, 2020) THE ADF 2020 RETREAT themed Igbo Experience In NIgeria: The Way Forward. this event featured Prayer sessions and lots more, and it was held at  Mayfair Suites & Conference Centre

We look forward to a better 2020… ADF (The Rebuilding and Development of Igbo Nation and the Rebirth And Advancement of the spirit of her culture and Civilization)

 

ADF Press Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Imo Guber Election

ADF Press Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Imo Guber Election

ADF STATEMENT ON

THE RULING OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA ON THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN IMO STATE,

The Working Committee of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has duly studied the Ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 2019 Governorship Election in Imo State and hereby wish to issue this following Statement.

 

The ADF duly followed and studied the results of the 2019 Governorship and other Elections held in Imo State. In addition, we have followed the two subsequent Rulings of the Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal on the result of Governorship Election in Imo State. The ADF Legal Bureau has also painstakingly studied and provided a Report on the election and the subsequent Rulings on its outcome.

 

In the light of the above, The ADF Working Committee hereby not only reject but condemn the Ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a mindless assault on Democracy and Rule of Law which is its foundation. It is, above all, an arrogant assault on the fundamental right of Imo people to decide those to whom they give their mandate to preside over their political affairs for the next four years.

 

ADF position is based on a number of factors surrounding the judgement, among which is the technical and substantive impossibility of a candidate who came fourth in the election with just only 96,45 votes and came 4th in the Governorship Election would overtake every other candidate to defeat the number one candidate who scored 273, 404 votes. And this is a candidate whose Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), did not win any seat in the State House of Assembly Election held simultaneously with the Presidential in the 2019 General Election. What is more, the manner in which the Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court judges did their on- the-sport calculations and came to their conclusion is so bizarre that one wonders whether this is happening in a normal human society or in Alice’s Wonderland.

The Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court appear to be desperately keeping faith with the grand design for which Justice Tanko was brazenly fostered on the Nigerian Judiciary after Justice Onnoghen was hounded out of office.

 

Our people in Imo State and the entre Igbo nation should regard the removal of the legitimately elected Governor of Imo State as a great assault on the Regional solidarity of Alaigbo, especially now that Regional cohesion is vital to the defense and security of Alaigbo from the invaders.

 

To our brother, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the beneficiary of the Supreme Court Ruling which we, in ADF reject, we say to you that you should remember that the Igbo blood is in your veins. Furthermore. You should also be mindful of the use-and-dump fate of some of our bothers some of whom are now shamefully languishing in jail.

 

To Our people in Imo State and Alaigbo in general, we, in ADF, say to you: –

 

 Political Struggle is a Perpetual Struggle.

The Terrain could be as Rugged as the Colorado Mountain.

Any Descent, no matter how Steep

Should be no Reason for Resignation, So Don’t Give Up!

Your Right to Self-Determination and Freedom is Inalienable.

The Struggle Continues!  

                                                                             

PROF UZODINMA NWALA                                          PROF NATH ANIEKWU

ADF PRESIDENT                                                              ADF SECRETARY

 

 

HIS LORDSHIP                                                                 HON ABIA ONYIKE

BISHOP OBI UDEZUE ONUBOGU                            CHAIRMAN

CHAIRMAN,  ADF BoT                                                  ADF PUBLICITY BUREAU

 

 

The Working Committee of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has duly studied the Ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 2019 Governorship Election in Imo State and hereby wish to issue this following Statement. The ADF duly followed and studied the results of the 2019 Governorship and other Elections held in Imo State. In addition, we have followed the two subsequent Rulings of the Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal on the result of the Governorship Election in Imo State. The ADF Legal Bureau has also painstakingly studied and provided a Report on the election and the subsequent Rulings on its outcome. In light of the above, The ADF Working Committee hereby not only rejects but condemn the Ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a mindless assault on Democracy and Rule of Law which is its foundation. It is, above all, an arrogant assault on the fundamental right of Imo people to decide those to whom they give their mandate to preside over their political affairs for the next four years.

ADF position is based on a number of factors surrounding the judgment, among which is the technical and substantive impossibility of a candidate who came fourth in the election with just only 96,45 votes and came 4th in the Governorship Election would overtake every other candidate to defeat the number one candidate who scored 273, 404 votes. And this is a candidate whose Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), did not win any seat in the State House of Assembly Election held simultaneously with the Presidential in the 2019 General Election. What is more, the manner in which the Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court judges did their on- the-sport calculations and came to their conclusion is so bizarre that one wonders whether this is happening in a normal human society or in Alice’s Wonderland.

The Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court appears to be desperately keeping faith with the grand design for which Justice Tanko was brazenly fostered on the Nigerian Judiciary after Justice Onnoghen was hounded out of office.

 

Our people in Imo State and the entire Igbo nation should regard the removal of the legitimately elected Governor of Imo State as a great assault on the Regional solidarity of Alaigbo, especially now that Regional cohesion is vital to the defense and security of Alaigbo from the invaders.

To our brother, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the beneficiary of the Supreme Court Ruling which we, in ADF reject, we say to you that you should remember that the Igbo blood is in your veins. Furthermore. You should also be mindful of the use-and-dump fate of some of our bothers some of whom are now shamefully languishing in jail.

To Our people in Imo State and Alaigbo in general, we, in ADF, say to you: –

 Political Struggle is a Perpetual Struggle.

The Terrain could be as Rugged as the Colorado Mountain.

Any Descent, no matter how Steep

Should be no Reason for Resignation, So Don’t Give Up!

Your Right to Self-Determination and Freedom is Inalienable.

The Struggle Continues!  

  

ADF PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ON THE 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

ADF PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ON THE 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has received the news about the ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria over the outcome of the 2019 Presidential Elections.

We must say quite frankly that we are not surprised that the Justice Tanko-led Supreme court delivered this verdict which we consider one more very dark moment in the history of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And we believe that majority of the people living in the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not surprised as well.

Everybody saw this verdict coming the very day the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Onoghen, was crudely hounded out of office.

Meanwhile, we congratulate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running-mate, Mr. Peter Obi for their comportment before, during and after the election, including their reaction to this judgment of the Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Those who have finally murdered justice, have murdered the political environment of Nigeria and shall reap the fruits they have sowed.

When on October 16, 2018, ADF gave a world Press Conference endorsing the Atiku-Obi Ticket, we did so for reasons that have been confirmed by subsequent events. We did say that their victory would not instantly guarantee Ndigbo the resolution of the century-old predicament in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, nor guarantee the quest for Self-determination for Alaigbo and other nationalities.

We did assert that under an Atiku-Obi Presidency, the series of brazen onslaught against Igbo business men would not continue, and we may now add that the blockage of Alaigbo by Air, Land and Sea would not continue. That is to say that the Enugu Airport would not be shut down in such an inhuman manner as it has now been done. Of course, the mindless regular killings of our kith-and-kin would be stoutly arrested. Certainly, under Atiku-Obi watch, poor innocent Kendra would not be lying lifeless in a cold coffin and grave in Oma Eke in Udi LGA today, victim of the incessant rape and murder of our people by the Fulani insurgents.

Of course, we did say that “His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, is one of the most Authentic, Trusted and Capable Igbo leaders through whom the form of the continued membership of Alaigbo (if at all) in the Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria could be negotiated”. We did add, however, that there are a few other authentic Igbo sons and daughters like him, they may not be many under the present circumstances.

Now that we have reached the end of the road of democratic governance because of the sabotage and systematic annihilation of all democratic institutions in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is over to God and the people – God who gives ultimate just power and the people to whom power belongs,

We, in the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) believe that the people can defend their freedom under God’s watch, and this may not be long in coming.

​​​
PROF UZODINMA NWALA​ PROF NATH ANIEKWU
  ADF PRESIDENT​ ​  ADF SECRETARY
 

​HON ABIA ONYIKE
​CHAIRMAN, ADF PUBLICITY BUREAU

ADF LETTER TO THE GOVERNORS IN ALAIGBO ON SECURITY OF THE REGION –

ADF LETTER TO THE GOVERNORS IN ALAIGBO ON SECURITY OF THE REGION –

TO:
The South-East Governors Forum C/o The Chairman,
His Excellency Dave Umahi Executive Governor of Ebonyi State,

Your Excellencies,
Advancement of the Spirit of her Culture and Civilization
The Security Challenges of Alaigbo – Call for Realistic Measures to Address them.
Date:- September 17, 2019

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) would like to state that the greatest challenge facing Ndigbo today is that of The Security Of Their Lives, Ancestral Land And Their Civilization As A People. ADF is aware that every genuine Igbo son and daughter is not only conscious of the Security Challenges facing Ndigbo today, but they are aware of the necessity to confront these challenges boldly and courageously. Without adequate Security there can be no Peace and Development in our land.

ADF is also aware that the State Governments in Alaigbo are conscious of the Security situation in Alaigbo, and we have read about their concern as well as efforts they are making to help secure the people and the territory they govern.
However, it is our belief that the issue of Security Of Alaigbo is The Joint- Responsibility Of The Government And The People of Alaigbo.
It is in this light that the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), submits to you, the Governors in Alaigbo, this Brief Memorandum and hereby state as follows:-

1. The Governments and the people of Alaigbo must jointly take full responsibility and take their destiny into their hands as far as Security, Peace and Development of Alaigbo are concerned.

2. Under the existing conditions in the Federal Republic of Nigeria today, and given the failure and/or inability of the Federal Government of Nigeria to protect the people, the people of Alaigbo must take their destiny into their hands.

3. In the light of the above, we urge the State Governments in Alaigbo to ensure that –
i. The Town/Village Vigilantes in our various communities must be the foundation on which the protection of our communities is organised. Vigilantes are the primary primordial foundations of the security and peace of our people.

ii. We are aware that some Governments in Alaigbo had in the past for selfish political reasons discarded the Community Vigilantes and set up their own structures that merely promote the political interests of the governments and not that of the people. In many of such Communities, the course of Security, Peace and Development have been compromised and abandoned as a result of the unnecessary political party interferences in the genuine security structures established by the people.

iii. ADF has information that the management of Community Security through the agency of the local community Vigilantes in Anambra State provide a model that our present efforts can borrow from. This is the paradigm where the Communities themselves organized and operated the Vigilantes to promote their Community security, with the State Government providing the legal backing, assisting in the provision of security equipments and funds to support the community security initiative and apparatuses.

iv. Training of the local Vigilante and other local security formations.
Most of our communities have retired army, police and other security personnel. Therefore, the training and management of the local vigilante
security formations should be handled by these retired officers from the various communities.
Consequently, the involvement of the Federal Directorate of State Security (DSS) in the organization and/or training of local security personnel in Alaigbo is most counter-productive and should not be allowed under any circumstance.

v. The State Government should not be involved in the selection of the Vigilantes, otherwise it will become an extension of party apparatus and hence become compromised as a means of settling and rewarding party loyalty. In that case, the spirit of vigilante as a structure and system of protection of the communities will be defeated.

vi. Finally, Sir, we wish to emphasize once more the point that, under the present circumstances, the protection of Alaigbo and her people should be a joint-responsibility of the people and the State Governments. Of course, the Local Governments do have a role to play in mediating between the State Governments and the local communities

IMPERATIVE MEASURES TO SECURE ALAIGBO.

1. The State Governors and the State Houses of Assembly should pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law as a fundamental step in securing our farm lands, and our Agriculture and hence ensure that Ndigbo are not subjected to hunger and starvation through the destruction of the mainstay of their survival, namely, agriculture and food security.

2. No RUGA Establishment and Cattle Colony should be allowed in any part of Alaigbo. Hence, the so-called National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) and National Grazing Reserve Establishment and Development Commission should be rejected by Ndigbo.

3. The Governors and the State Houses of Assembly should investigate the information that already RUGA and other alien settlements exist in several parts of Alaigbo. If this is confirmed, all necessary steps should be taken to abolish such alien settlements.
We, in the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) wish to remind our brother Governors that they do not derive their power and authority from the Federal Government or Mr. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Their power is derived through the mandate of their people. Therefore, as long as they are on the same page with the people and strive to make the people’s protection, security and welfare as their primary responsibility, they will continue to enjoy the people’s unalloyed support.

May God bless you all as you selflessly, patriotically and courageously serve the people.
PROF, UZODINMA NWALA PROF NATH ANIEKWU
ADF PRESIDENT ADF SECRETARY
HON ABIA ONYIKE
CHAIRMAN ADF PUBLICITY BUREAU
Abuja Office:Suite B04 Gouba Plaza, Plot 171 Ekukinam Street Utako District, FCT ABUJA
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Phone: 08033497985, 08023455681
Email:-info@alaigbo.org Website: www.alaigbo.org

COMMUNIQUE FORUM OF IGBO COMMUNITIES IN CHICAGO

To Receive a delegation of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) on Tour of the United States of America Held at  the First Immanuel Church, 1126 South Ashland Chicago, Illinois, September 9. 2018.

A Forum of Igbo Communities in Chicago, USA was convened by the leadership of Igbo Communities in Chicago to receive the President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) and his team who are on a visit to United States of America to exchange views with the Igbo Diaspora on the current challenges of survival and development of Alaigbo.

In his address to the Forum, the President of ADF, Professor Uzudinma  Nwala, spoke on the issues of Igbo Regional Integration; Homeland Security; the on-going ethnic and religious cleansing in Nigeria; the militarization of Alaigbo and the brute torture of her women and youths; the infiltration and occupation of ancestral homes of Alaigbo by trained Fulani insurgents masquerading in various guises; the imperative of self-defense as fundamental natural right of Alaigbo and all humanity; the neglect of Alaigbo in the distribution of  immense foreign aid flowing into the coffers of Federal Republic of Nigeria; the seizure of the organs of organs of state authority and concentration of same in the hands of one ethnic group – the President’s kinsmen; urgent necessity of Youth Empowerment programs to alleviate the excruciating level of poverty in Alaigbo; the need to drive the Akuruo-Ulo (Invest-At-Home) Movement as a vital element in the Rebirth and Development of Alaigbo, ETC..

The ADF President also spoke on the latest attempts to define the future of Alaigbo with particular reference to the Awka Declaration hosted by the Ohaneze Ndigbo which President Buhari has dismissed as Personal Agenda. He narrated the background to the Enugu Declaration of July 28, 2018 as a Re-affirmation of Igbo Position and which has been endorsed by over sixteen pan-Igbo and pro-Biafra organizations, including major stakeholders in Alaigbo.

On the fundamental position of the Enugu Declaration, the ADF President explained the need to synergize all the committed patriotic view-points in Alaigbo.

According to ADF President, there are two positions in Alaigbo today,

  1. Those who want Ndigbo to continue to remain as part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the expectation that the situation of Ndigbo will get better, and
  2. Those who believe that after 104 years the artificial Federal has remained a grave yard for Ndigbo.

However, those Igbo citizens who wish to remain in Nigeria also believe in and demand their inalienable right of Ndigbo to self- determination, insisting that any continued political union of Ndigbo with their neighbors in Nigeria must be based on the fundamental principle of free choice, the choice to remain or opt out of the union; the recognition that Alaigbo is a Nation, a land of free peoples and therefore, any union with any other nation must be based on the hallowed principle of Self-determination.

It is to be noted that Alaigbo did not become part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria initially out of choice, but by force, due to the determination of a foreign power that led to the Amalgamation of 1914.

In light of the above, if Alaigbo is to remain as part of Nigeria, Alaigbo must be recognized as An Autonomous Self Governing Region, In full Control of our Lives, Our land, Our Resources and Our Security and Legal System; Free to Relate To The World, But Collectively Agreeing On A Union With Our neighbors in Nigeria or with those Willing To Live Under The Same Principle Of Self-Determination as we Cherish and desire for Ourselves.

HOWEVER, if this fundamental national right of Ndigbo is ultimately rejected by the forces of hegemony dominating the affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ndigbo shall opt out of Nigeria and Establish The INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF ALAIGBO or whatever name we chose to name our independent Republic.

For Alaigbo, this is the Option of Self- Determination and Freedom, guaranteed by our Creator and enshrined in the United Nation’s Charter of People Rights as well as African Charter on Human Rights.

This is the position which has been clearly articulated in the Enugu Declaration as a Reaffirmation of Igbo Position on their Future.  It has received the endorsement of the two shades of opinion in Alaigbo.

Finally, the ADF President distributed the text of the Enugu Declaration which was read and discussed at the Forum.

The ADF President briefed the participants on the programs and activities of ADF since its birth which has made it a major voice in the Igbo struggle and affairs.

The Forum engaged in spirited discussion on the Speech of the ADF President, fielding fundamental questions, expressing the concerns of the Igbo Diaspora over the urgent need to ensure that the survival of Ndigbo and development of Alaigbo are not neglected or compromised; the need for synergy of all patriotic citizens of Alaigbo, the special role of Igbo Diaspora in helping to pilot the struggle for the survival and development of Alaigbo, etc.

Finally, the Chicago Forum resolves as follows:

  1. To recognize and express deep satisfaction over the emergency and achievements of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) as well as the new strategic impetus it has brought to the struggle to chart a new course for the survival and development of Alaigbo
  2. The forum called on the ADF to help promote greater synergy and focus among all the groups and forces presently engaged in the struggle to liberate Alaigbo from the shackle of annihilation.
  3. The Forum urged the Ohaneze Ndigbo and the State Governments in Alaigbo to recognize and support the role of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) in the affairs of Alaigbo.
  4. The Forum firmly endorsed the ENUGU DECLEARATION and calls on UmuIgbo to align the Igbo struggle to establish the Igbo Nation either as An Autonomous Region in the new Federal Union or as An Independent Republic if the first option is rejected by the forces of hegemony in Nigeria
  5. The Forum condemns the military occupation of Alaigbo, the killings of Igbo citizens by the Nigerian military and Fulani insurgents, the harassment and torture of Igbo citizens as if they are disposable items or slaves whose lives do not matter.
  6. The Forum condemns the recent arrest, torture and detention of Igbo women who were peacefully demanding the release of Nnamdi Kalu, the IPOB leader.
  7. The Forum called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to release Nnamdi Kanu and his parents who disappeared during the invasion of Alaigbo by the Nigerian Army under the guise of OPERATION PYTHON DANCE since 2017 and also release all IPOB and other freedom agitators in the Prison.
  8. The Forum condemns the seizure of all the organs of governance in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to wit the Executive, the Judiciary, the Military, Security forces and Civil Authority by Fulani leaders and their agents, who have virtually rendered the Federal Legislature comatose.
  9. The Forum calls on all the citizens of Alaigbo to support all measures to ensure the Security of Igbo Homeland, defend the fundamental right of Alaigbo as an Autonomous Self- Governing, Region, effectively in charge of the protection of the lives of her citizens and Security and to freely participate in global affairs in pursuit of the welfare and survival of her citizens.

Alaigbo must not compromise her right of free association with her neighbors either in a Federal Union of Nigeria or Biafra based on the principle of Self- determination and the right to opt out of the such union if we so wish.

  1. The forum calls for an urgent need of action to promote Youth Empowerment through promoting food production, through re-launching the Food Army Program that sustained Ndigbo and her neighbors during the Biafra War.
  2. The Forum calls on Igbo businessmen and women to help promote the Akuro-Ulo (Invest-At -Home) program initiated by ADF
  3. The Forum urges the Governments in Alaigbo to provide the enabling legal and political environment to promote investments in Alaigbo .
  4. The Forum congratulates the Governments in Alaigbo for their courage in rejecting the attempt to seize Alaigbo through spurious creation of Cattle Grazing Colony.
  5. The Forum pledged support for the anti-Open Grazing Bill which the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has placed before the States in House of Assembly in Alaigbo.
  6. The Forum urges Umuigbo to render financial and other forms of support to all the legal cases instituted to challenge the brutal and arrogant killings and torture of Umuigbo.
  7. The Forum took a decision to work with other Igbo Organizations and Igbo Stakeholders and Organizations to host an IGBO SUMMIT in Chicago as soon as consultations and arrangements can be concluded. The Igbo Community organization in Chicago shall host the IGBO SUMMIT.

 

Long Live the Igbo Nation

Long live all the Communities of civilized nations, the World Over!!

Conveners:

Friday Nwokeoma Onwukwe

President Igbo Associations of Chicago

Adamazi Adanna Okoro

Dr. Ndieze Nnawuchi:

Adaeze Nwaezeapu

Chief Emeka Nnadi

Mr. Emeka Ukachukwu

Prince Odinakachi Ubani

Mr. Hardy Ogele

Pastor Victor Anukem

Rev. Paulicap Nwachukwu

Dr. Sam. Enyia

Mr. Chidi Enyia

Dr. K.K. Odeluga

Dr. Mrs. Odeluga

Professor Uzodinma Nwala

President Alaigbo Development Foundation

On behalf of the ADF Delegation

 SIGNED: On behalf of the Conveners:

Chief Eddie Nwosu

Chairman, Committee of Conveners.