The incessant attacks and killings in the South-East region by a group of unidentified gunmen are no longer a secret to the public. It should be recalled that for a while now, some unknown gunmen have been going around in the region, attacking government facilities, and killing people at will.
Since the recent months, the extent of the breakdown of securiy in the South-East is nothing new. And it continued to deteriorate with the passage of time, even to the extent that the members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) ordering that the flag of NigerIa be pulled down in all the states of the region.
Recall that during the exclusive Interview President Buhari had with Arise News, he was asked his opinion concerning the agitations going on in the South East. He Replied, "IPOB is like a dot in a circle..." The comment of Mr President was not well received by the South Easterners and in extension some Nigerians, people felt that he as a President could have taken a more diplomatic approach.
Many Nigerians will agree that it will be a wise decision to allow the people of South East part of Nigeria to produce the next President of the country in 2023. Image credit: New Telegraph By then, President Muhammadu Buhari would have been through with his second term.
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), took to his official Twitter account to share a picture that has generated mixed reactions from his followers as well as supporters. Recall that Nnamdi Kanu initially made an official announcement, instructing his supporters to adhere to a total lockdown order which will take effect on the 31st of May, 2021.
Nigeria is a country with over 200 million population and the South Eastern region of the country is one of the major power house predominantly occupied by the people of Igbo tribe. Over the years, we have seen an increase in secessionist agitation in the region despite the result of the deadly Nigerian/Biafran civil war which saw the decimation of innocent lives and properties from 1967 through 1970.
The rate at which the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) are going about their agitations to divide Nigeria is becoming alarming to the extent that they gave an order for everybody living in South-South and South-East to stay indoors on Mondays simply because their leader Nnamdi is under the custody of DSS.
Without much wrangling, the Igbos' feelings about who will be Nigeria's president in 2023 are not misplaced. But it takes more than feelings and desires to make something as important as presidency a reality. As of now, the political landscape in Nigeria does not indicate that the South Easterners are doing enough to make their desire a reality.
Many people have been clamouring that the South-East should produce the next President of Nigeria. They argue that no President or Vice President of the country has emerged from the South-East since Nigeria's return to democracy in 1999. However, recent events and occurrences have made people to question if the South-East is ready to produce the next President of the country.
In the past few weeks, Nnamdi Kanu's supporters have been trending across numerous social media platforms. With many Nigerians calling for the President to say something regarding this. However, some Nigerians raised suggestions as to what President Muhammadu Buhari should do to the southeasterners to shut down Nnamdi Kanu's supporters.
The alleged Sit-at-home Order by IPOB, has really paralyzed activities of the residents in the south-east region. Monday is a sensitive day of the week, where businessmen make constructive plans for the week. You can imagine how many loses they have incured for three Mondays now and so many residents have been terribly affected.
Over the years, Nnamdi Kanu has championed the agitations for the secession of the South-Eastern part of Nigeria through the IPOB which was firmed in 2012. When the movements started, the bane of killer Fulanis who have recently constituted themselves as a thorn in the flesh of the Igbo people and most other parts of the country had not begun.
In the mid hours of today, Sahara Reporters filed a report about a statement issued by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo's General Secretary (Okechukwu Isiguzoro). In the released statement, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo group advised all Southerners (including the Indigenous People of Biafra) to take the forthcoming elections serious.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly arrested twelve (12) South-Easterners who were on their way to Abuja to attend the trial of detained IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. According to SAHARA REPORTERS, the 12 persons including two drivers were apprehended by the officials of DSS on Monday in Kogi State.
It's Stupidity To Appease S/East With Presidency- Bishop Mike Okonkwo Photo Credit: Daily Post The presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, has said that the South-East should not produce a presidency on the grounds of pity. Speaking with journalist in Lagos, the Bishop pointed at that the South-Easterners are not suppose to beg for presidency because it is their right as Nigerians.
The presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), identified as Mike Okonkwo has revealed that the South Easterners should not produce the next president of Nigeria. Mike Okonkwo gave his reasons for making such a statement, saying “To the best of my knowledge, the South Easterners are not asking for anything other than live and let’s live”, Mike Okonkwo alleged.
Aisha Yesufu, a popular Nigerian human rights activist and political critic has taken to her official Twitter account to share her excitement with her fans and followers after Wikipedia officially added an Igbo name to her name. She shared a screenshot of her updated Wikipedia profile where her name was updated from Aisha Yesufu to Aisha Somtochukwu Yesufu.
South Easterners Must Prevent The Region From Finding Itself In The North East Situation- Shehu Sani
The former senator that represented the good people of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, Senator Shehu Sani has urged south easterners to resist attacks on police formation and INEC facilities in the region. Lately, police stations and INEC offices in the south east region have been attacked.Just today, it was reported that the Anambra State's INEC office was burnt down by unknown gunmen.
Mrs Aisha Yesufu has commented on the tragic event that took place in 1967. The first civil war in Nigeria took place between 1967 and 1970. The war claimed so many lives especially that of the Igbos who were crying for restructuring. Mrs Aisha Yesufu, an activist took her time to say that a lot of horrible things happened during the war.
Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi on Thursday has reiterated that the Igbo people don't have any intention to disrupt the peace of Nigeria, he claimed that non of the south-easterners want to leave the country. The governor spoke while having a meeting with the press in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.