LETTER TO MY FELLOW COMPATRIOTS – PROF T. UZODINMA NWALA

LETTER TO MY FELLOW COMPATRIOTS – PROF T. UZODINMA NWALA

PRESIDENT
ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)

LETTER TO MY FELLOW COMPATRIOTS!

Dear Beloved People, Umuigbo!

OVERCOMING OUR PRESENT PREDICAMENT IN THE WORLD!

Recently I have had several occasions to exchange views with some of our well-meaning brothers and sisters. Many of them have sought to know the position of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) on the present critical state of our struggle for survival and liberation in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Some of them are desirous for this information in view of the raging crises of insecurity and hunger in our land and because of what ADF has come to symbolize in our struggle.

Those of our brothers who are very active in the global campaign to expose the duplicity of the current regime in Nigeria, a regime that is complicit in the on-going Fulani Jihadist campaign of annihilation to wipe out the indigenous peoples of Nigeria and taking over their land; these brother are wondering why ADF appears to be missing in action at the global level.

Among these brothers and sisters, some of them are aware of the AKURUO ULO MOVEMENT (ACM) which ADF has birthed at home and is vigorously championing along with some well-meaning individuals and organizations at home. Yet they do not seem to accept that the ACM deserves the emphasis which ADF is ascribing to it.

They are asking, for example, how can we be talking of food production and security while the enemy is attacking our farms and killing our people, destroying the crops in our farms, raping our women and daughters, slaughtering them along with their husbands and fathers; how can we talk of food security when the Nigerian soldiers, security and police are harassing and killing our youths for daring to challenge them.

According to them, our primary attention should be exposing the grave insecurity in Alaigbo and her neighbors. Particularly, they insist we should focus on Relaying our current predicament to the world’. Thus, international campaign, they insist, is the major task of the struggle now, and everybody bothy at home and in the Diaspora should exclusively focus on it

What is my answer to this viewpoint?

Fellow compatriots, I am not a magician in terms of regarding my perspective and approach to how best, in strategic terms, to address our present predicament. But I have always tried to honestly and passionately apply the little gift of experience and knowledge I have in proffering what needs to be done at each moment of our struggle.

1. First of all let us understand the challenges facing us right now. What are they?
I Submit:
i. The enemy’s Conquest Agenda that is already being ferociously pursued.
ii. The Raging Anarchy particularly in our Motherland.
iii. The Raging State of Hunger in the land.
iiii. The disarray within our nation, etc, etc.
v. The cultural crises among Igbo Youth – exhibited to such an alarming state that both the school and education, not to talk of the family, are utterly helpless.
Yes, these are the primary challenges facing our nation today.
2. The fundamental question is What is to be Done In view of all these?
Permit me to say that surely there are two identifiable fronts from which these challenges are being seemingly addressed, namely;
I. The Home Front and
II. The Diaspora Front
Among these two friongts, there is no doubt that even though they are complementary and therefore need to have synergized strategies, THE HOME FRONT is indeed the more Critical and Decisive in contending with the Enemy and these challenges. I may be wrong –

3a THE HOME FRONT.
i. This is the Front that is in direct Physical confrontation with the Conquest Agenda, the Raging State of Anarchy, State of Igbo National Disintegration, Food Security, Youth Disorientation and unemployment etc. It is the front from which to directly confront the enemy.
ii. The basic question at this point is – With what instruments and resources do we confront the enemy? And how are they to be mobilized?
Surely the Needed Instruments and Resources are to be mobilized from within both the HOME and the DIASPORA FRONTS.

iii. What are the required resources?

4. FUNDS and MATERIALS.

iiii. What are the needed materials? Instruments of physical engagement, and information and Intelligence gathering as well as organized forms of human physical resistance?
v. Instruments of information – Radio, Television, Newspaper, Internet and Oral communication. These can be sourced from Home-base as well as Diaspora-base.
vi. Organization of internal alliances and all necessary maneuvers to confront and defeat the enemy.
The most important point to note here is the enormous responsibility placed on the shoulders of the HOME FRONT. This is the Front the Enemy is struggling to overrun, conquer and take over. Therefore, it has to be managed by patriotic, lion-hearted, and tested forces on the ground.

5.ii THE DIASPORA FRONT.

The major responsibilities of the DIASPORA FRONT include –

a. To relay our AGONIES AND SUFFERINGS in the hands of the Fulani Jihadists as well as the relentless and mind-bugling complicity of THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA to the International Community and gain first their moral support.
b. To secure International Diplomatic support.
c. To secure their overt and covert military support if need be.
d. To use all possible strategic measures to secure friends abroad for our cause.
e. To provide funds and relief in aid and support to the home front.

6. THE OVERRIDING IMPORTANCE OF SYNERGY!
i. Synergy among the patriotic forces in the Home Front.
ii. Synergy among the Patriotic forces in the Diaspora Front.
iii. Synergy among the Home Front and the Diaspora Front.

Dear Compatriots,
What is needed very urgently is clarity on these questions, particularly clarity as to who does what and how to coordinate all forces available to us.
At the moment and tragically, no such coordination exists! But who is to blame?

The blame is on all of us. It is not only on the politicians or the agents of the enemy alone. Yes, these are the frontline enemies of our struggle. However, Social Media and some pretentious elements befog our rational communications. In Social Media, everybody is an authority and to hell with those so-called intellectuals even when they are innocent and concerned fellow compatriots.

7. NOW HEAR ME, FELLOW COMPATRIOTS!
i. Anyone who tells you he can drive the Home Front from Abroad is A DANGEROUS DEMAGOGUE!
ii. Anyone who tells you he can drive the Diaspora Front from Home is equally A DANGEROUS DEMAGOGUE!.
iii. Similarly, Anyone who tells you that there are no PATRIOTIC, EXPERIENCED AND CAPABLE ELDERS AND STATESMEN Within the HOME FRONT IS DOUBLY A DANGEROUS DEMAGOUE! Indeed, he is an enemy of the Igbo Liberation struggle!
iii. Finally, Anyone who tells you that it is only within the Home Front that we can find Saboteurs of our Struggle and Agents of our Enemy is telling you DANGEROUS HALF TRUTH.

8. By the Way, who are the Enemies of our people?
i. Buhari, his Fulani Kinsmen, and All Who Are Intent On Totally Annihilating Our Nation, Our Civilization And Our Faith And Taking Over Our Ancestral Land.
ii. Their Agents within, some of whom have Fulani blood, while others for selfish material interest are serving the cause of the Enemy.
iii. Demagogues from within (both at home and in the Diaspora) who for the sake of lust for power (political and material) want to drive our struggle solo or in consort with many 419-ners who abound in our clime in several disguises and who see the Igbo Predicament And Struggle As A Vendible Item.

9. The Home Front Revisited!
Dear Compatriot, it is our submission (ADF) that given our present VULNERABILITY as a result of the overwhelming strength and preponderance of the above forces against us, we must devise the best feasible strategy that can enable us to systematically defend our people, our civilization and our Ancestral Home.
Here comes the AKURUO ULO MOVEMENT, call it LAND ARMY if you like. It is designed to enable us to –
Defend Our Ancestral Home Land,
​Produce Food and Feed Our People.
Protect Our People,
​And Empower Our Youth, Who Are A Vital Instrument For Our Defense.

While we do all these, there should be, I Repeat, that Formidable Synergy designed between the Home Front and the Diaspora Front.

10. Furthermore, Dear Compatriots,
The importance of encouraging patriotic, dedicated, and tested forces on the ground to manage the HOME FRONT is that it is the field Commanders who know when to urge our fighters to charge when to dodge when to take cover, when to tactically seize firing or when to withdraw.

All these are tactical steps to victory against the enemy. It is only after fighting in this way and it becomes impossible to defeat the enemy, rather than allow all our forces to be completely decimated by the enemy, there is also what is known as technical but temporary or momentary surrender. Just to live to fight another day.

To this, some will say Tufia Kwa! We should rather fight like the Spartans of the Carthaginian Army!

Yes, the danger of ignorance of these time-tested lessons of warfare is for a people to tragically fight like the Carthaginians (Spartans) – whose motto was –
A Spartan Dies but never Surrenders!
And at the point of total decimation by the enemy, the last Spartan soldier to breathe his last, on sighting their national emissaries who had come to take stalk of the horrors of defeat, said to them in such agonizing voice –
Soldiers Go,
Tell The Spartans,
That In Obedience To Their Law,
Here We Lay!

Dear Compatriots, nobody celebrates defeat or cowardly surrender to the enemy as some of our brothers and sisters may want us to do. No!.
But there are definite CONTOURS of WARFARE! History including our own history has a lot to teach us on this!

This is why the Chinese military wisdom celebrates THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GENERAL as the –

The Commander Who Wins A War Without Firing A Shot!

I believe the Race defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in Haiti in 1804.
Whose Women Amazons defeated the British Colonialists in 1929, has what it takes to defeat the now highly vulnerable Fulani Jihadists!
Indeed. Ndigbo are not alone now as they were in 1967-70!

FINALLY, Umunnem, Ndigbo!

HERE COMES –
THE ADF AKURUO ULO COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT (ACM) PIONEERED BY THE ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)!

We need to appreciate what the AKURUO Ulo Movement of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) is all about.

Security is at the heart of the AKURUO ULO Cooperative Movement. ADF is urging us to DEFEND our Land by collectively organizing our youth as both Farm Workers and Farm Guards!

We can’t fight the enemy on empty stomach nor cultivate while the enemy is destroying the farms with their cattle and raping and killing our women and men.
ADF is urging everyone to leave the comfort zone of their handsets, laptops, social media and get into our Farms and Agro-allied programs. Cultivate and produce food while at the same time we collectively defend our lands and crops,

Those who make reference to the Jews should study the Jewish Kibbutz system which was both village farm settlements and barracks.
ADF is already embarking on large-scale communal farms organized on the cooperative model to produce food, secure our land as well as promote youth empowerment.

If we move along this trajectory we shall more strategically deploy the youths and move them away from crime and adventurist heroism.
In this way, we shall have an abundance for domestic consumption as well as export. We are guided by this notion of security by fundamental natural and customary laws.

Self-preservation and self-defense are fundamental RIGHTS and LAWS that supersede all civil and state laws. We, therefore, have a divine right and duty to protect ourselves and our property.

ADF has established a Pilot Farm, secured lands in several parts of Alaigbo, secured the cooperation of several stakeholders and organizations, and communities, established outlets for distribution and processing of products ACM Cooperative farms. \What is more, ADF has set up schemes to promote individual and collective farmers to go on their own with ADF Support.
Several investors are waiting are lined up to partner with the Akuruo Ulo Cooperative Movement.

Above all, ADF has set up a Management Board and also established communication channels with some State Governments and foreign investors to support the ACM.

The ACM Management Board has worked the scheme for buying of shares by investors.

THANKS;
PROF T. UZODINMA NWALA
IKENGA
​ ADF PRESIDENT
​ August 1st, 2021

ADF PRESS RELEASE ON THE ARREST OF NNAMDI KANU

ADF PRESS RELEASE ON THE ARREST OF NNAMDI KANU

PRESS RELEASE

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has received the news of the arrest and deportation of Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria and his subsequent arraignment in court in continuation of his previous trial.
2. This development is very unfortunate both for the continued existence of the crisis-ridden Nigerian federation and the struggle for the self-determination and emancipation of Igboland from the artificial Nigerian federation.
3. The arrest or elimination of Nnamdi Kanu from the scene of the struggle is most unlikely to result in the smashing of the spirit of the longing for the freedom of the Igbo Nation or that of other Nationalities that are equally struggling to free themselves from the chaotic Nigerian federation.
4. Earlier in the day, we saw a social media news item with the headline: “Nnamdi Kanu arrested and Boko Haram fighters released”. This news item summarizes the grave injustice in the Federal government’s attempt to crush Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB supporters, while the blood-sucking Boko Haram and other bandits are on the prowl throughout the entire Federation including Katsina the home state of Mr. President.
5. The Igbo Nation is meanwhile groaning under the agony of the massive arrests, torture and killing of many Igbo youths by security agents of the Federal Government.
6. One thing is very clear. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is breathing its last. It may well go the way of other federations which were created artificially and held together by the force of arms.
7. We call on the International Community not to turn it’s back on the horrors taking place in Nigeria, especially in Igboland.
8. We equally call on all Igbo lawyers no matter their persuasions, to come together and defend Nnamdi Kanu as well as several other Igbo youths who are languishing in various detention centers and prisons all over Nigeria.

PROF. UZODINMA NWALA,
ADF PRESIDENT.

ABIA ONYIKE,
CHAIRMAN, ADF BUREAU OF MEDIA & PUBLICITY.

ADF Press Statement On the Aborted Attempt to set up the Electoral Committee for the 2021 Ohanaeze Elections.

ADF Press Statement On the Aborted Attempt to set up the Electoral Committee for the 2021 Ohanaeze Elections.

PRESS STATEMENT

On the Aborted Attempt to set up the Electoral Committee for the 2021 Ohanaeze Elections.

On the 6th of December, a meeting was convened at the Nike Lake Resort by the outgoing Ohanaeze Executive. As it turned out, the main item on the Agenda of the meeting was the forthcoming January 2021 Election of a new Ohanaeze Executive.

Although I came a bit late to the meeting, however, I asked and throughout the duration of the meeting, there was no reference to the genocide going on in Oyigbo (Obigbo) in Rivers State where hundreds of our kits-and-kin are being gruesomely slaughtered with reckless abandon.

There was not even ‘a minute silence’ in memory of the dead as has become our custom and as observed throughout all civilized communities in the world. What echoed from the leadership was justification of the murder of those innocent victims.

With particular reference to the alleged meeting of Ime Obi Ohanaeze, it turned out that –

  • What was summoned and what met was not IME OBI Ohanaeze Ndigbo. At best, it could be called a quasi assemblage of some members of the General Assembly of Ohanaeze.
  • Senator Chris Ngige eloquently made this observation, and although his observation was widely supported, his views were ignored. Another former Governor made a related observation, but all were ignored and suppressed by the Chairman.
  • The implication of this is that NO MEETING OF IME OBI OHANAEZE has taken place with respect to setting up the machinery for the election of a new Ohanaeze Executive.
  • On the list read out by Chief Nwodo as members of his Electoral Committee, no consultations were made with the respective States and Bodies/Organizations whose so-called representatives were announced by him.
  • Most of us are familiar with the tradition of getting representatives of various States/0rganisations into any Committee of Ime Obi Ohanaeze. And what is that tradition?

“In a properly constituted Ime Obi Ohanaeze, once we get to the point of appointing, for example, the Electoral Committee, States/Organizations  are requested to stand aside to nominate their representatives and return the list to the Secretary of Ime Obi  Ohanaeze. After which the names of nominees are collated and announced”.Our experience is that such a process has always ended amicably and the various States/Organizations have always returned their nominees without any internal rancor.

  • Indeed those who try to introduce controversy into the election of the next Ohanaeze Executive are not fair to Ndigbo, especially at this time when our people are facing the worst threat to their existence as a nation.
  • We, in the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), urge Chief Nnia Nwodo and his team not to plung Ndigbo into unnecessary internal rancor at this time. Any attempt to impose any person on Ndigbo in the name of Ohanaeze leadership at this period shall be stoutly resisted by our people and our Gods including our Supreme Chukwu Okike.

We, therefore, urge Chief Nwodo and his team to urgently convene a properly constituted Ime Obi Ohanaeze so that a legitimate Electoral Committee shall be set up to organize the Ohanaeze Election in January according to the Ohanaeze Constitution.

It is important to advise that the mood of Ndigbo at the present moment will not accept any attempt to impose any candidate on them. Anyone involved in such an attempt should think again as such a gamble and act of desperation and treachery shall be resisted vehemently by the people.

SIGN:

Prof. UZODINMA NWALA

ADF PRESIDENT

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

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!