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Imo Can Unite In Pursuit Of Common Goals Like ‘Good Health’

Imo Can Unite In Pursuit Of Common Goals Like 'Good Health'
Hon. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert 

Mama is over a hundred years old and a great symbol of ‘Good Health’. She still walks by herself and Mama is still very articulate. Mama is proudly from Ojingwa Family in Amike and married to Oguike Family in Orlu.

I met Mama through one of my numerous community engagements as Imo State Diaspora Special Adviser under Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, (our present Governor). There, I heard that Mama was once a Nanny to the late Dick Tiger’s wife. It is vital to me that I mentioned this element as we hardly celebrate our Sports Icons… A topic for a different day!

Anyway, today 23/07/2021 I received this beautiful photo of Mama ‘rocking’ this newly tailored APC DRESS. This is my wrapper recently given to us Appointees by our Governor. As I’m in Diaspora at the moment, I thought of who is the most symbolic of ‘Good Health’ in Imo and Mama came to mind. For this reason, I asked for the wrapper to be gifted to her.

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As she wears this wrapper today still looking ever so sprightly, I pray that our ‘Good Healths’ improve in Imo! I pray that long, prosperous and healthy lives become a norm in Imo and not an exception. I pray we all reach 100 years like Mama whether you’re in APC or not even in any Party. I pray that we can all see the sense in putting our differences aside and Unite with the 3R Government in pursuit of common Goals like ‘Good Health’.

Finally I pray that wisdom, courage and commitment-to-service will continue to manifest through our present Governor and even in future Governors so that Imo will be completely transformed for better and for all! Please say a loud Amen!

Signed: Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert

Current Elected Councillor for Penn Ward Wolverhampton. United Kingdom

Immediate Past Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Diaspora Affairs.

 

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Jailing Agitators Won’t Stop Call For Biafra – Ohanaeze Youths

Jailing Agitators Won’t Stop Call For Biafra – Ohanaeze Youths
Jailing Agitators Won’t Stop Call For Biafra – Ohanaeze Youths

The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), an socio-cultural organization, has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government that threats of death or imprisoning agitators cannot quench the call for Biafra.

It maintained that dialogue and negotiation remain viable means to end the issue.

The group warned the government to tread with caution over the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement made available to The Eastern Updates yesterday, the Igboayaka O. Igboayaka-led Ohanaeze Youth Council reminded the Nigerian government that from 1967 to 1970, a genocidal war deliberately executed with the aid of Britain, Russia, France, Germany and United States of America could not silence nor bury the agitation of Biafra, adding that anyone or government both at local or international level, thinking that crushing Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB will stop the agitation must be hallucinating.

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The highest Igbo youth body called on Igbo leaders, present and former Governors, Senators, traditional and religious leaders to rally round Nnamdi Kanu for his safety and use the opportunity of his release to seek for the workable approach for political cum economic survival of neighbors in Nigeria political project.

The statement partly said, ‘the call for Nigeria’s unity is only a verbal gesture because the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government since 2015 is practically complimenting the effort of pro-Biafra groups through his pursuit of the Fulani agenda and open marginalization, injustice, and killing of IPOB and other self-determination groups in Alaigbo,’ he stated.

‘No one throws away a child with the dirty bath of water, and an elder who rescued a perceived stubborn child has paved a new way of reasoning and the need to listen to the elders, therefore Ohanaeze Youth Council-OYC appeal to notable, noble and great men of Igbo extraction to rise up to the occasion and show their fatherly responsibility to save Nnamdi Kanu,’ Igboayaka stated.

‘Whether wrong or right, anybody thinking that Nnamdi Kanu is standing alone should interview any Igbo youth in all the communities of Igbo extraction, you will be shocked that Igbo youths still believe in Igwe Bu Ike and Onye Aghala Nwanne Ya. This evidential proof is a signal that Nnamdi Kanu could be used by a reasonable government to come into a dialogue or negotiation table, but an unreasonable government will use Nnamdi Kanu’s trial to put Nigeria in a situation more excruciating than the 1967-70 experience.

‘At the end of every violent method, peaceful strategy is always used to restore peace and unity, advising, President Muhammadu Buhari and his team to quickly make a U-turn to give peaceful approach a chance to address Nnamdi Kanu’s issues, stressing that war failed in 1967-70 to address the Biafra issue. Also, judiciary approaches over the quest for self-determination and Kanu’s trial can’t address the issue, rather it will endanger the peace and unity of Nigeria’.

The Eastern Updates recalls that Kanu was rearrested and repatriated from Kenya to Nigeria to continue treasonable felony charges preferred against by the Nigeria government

Against this backdrop, he was dragged before Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court last month for the continuation of his trial.

Justice Nyako, after listening to Kanu and the government, remanded him in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.

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Bandits Must Be Rooted Out Like Kanu, Igboho, SOKAPU Tells FG

Bandits Must Be Rooted Out Like Kanu, Igboho, SOKAPU Tells FG
Bandits Must Be Rooted Out Like Kanu, Igboho, SOKAPU Tells FG

The people of Southern Kaduna under the umbrella of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has called on the federal government to ensure that bandits maiming and killing people across the country are rooted out the way Yoruba Youth leader, Sunday Igboho and IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu were arrested.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, SOKAPU President, Jonathan Asake said government should not waste to deploy such capacity on bandits, otherwise, the bandits will wipe out Nigerians.

Asake drew the attention of government to the nature of sophisticated weapons in the hands of bandits that could bring down a military fighter jet, saying that it was high time bandits be treated as terrorists.

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‘I call you here to update you on the state of insecurity in Kaduna State and the destruction that has been ongoing in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) and other LGAs in Southern Kaduna. There seems to be a recurring vicious circle of violence meted on our communities that always coincides with the commencement of the raining season which has often culminated into massive destruction of lives and property, including displacement of thousands of people.

‘We are convinced beyond doubt that the government has a capacity to combat these daredevil bandits that have made life unbearable for our communities. If government could lure the Benue militant, Terwase Akwaza, AKA Gana, out of his hideout in September 2021, and later killed him; if they could trace Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Kenya and blindfold him to Nigeria in June 2021; if they could trace Sunday Igboho to Cotonou and arrest him just a few days ago; and if they could smoke out the commander of Eastern Security Network (ESN), Ikonso, and later killed him in April 2021, then, it clearly shows that government has enough capacity to deal with the situation.

‘It is clear from the foregoing that the Nigerian government is only interested in combating activists or perceived criminals who hail from Southern and Middle Belt Region, while pampering terrorists in the North who have killed, maimed, looted, occupied large territories, and destroyed more than any known group in the history of Nigeria.

‘While we have seen leaders of these Fulani bandits and kidnappers armed to the teeth and kitted in full military gears and taking photos during negotiations with governors, notable Islamic cleric Sheikh Gumi and high profile government officials, government has refused to bring them to justice.

‘We find it strange to explain how government is unwilling to tackle banditry and kidnappings in the North, but at the same time hasty in deploying full intelligence and military force against Southern and Middle Belt activists that are engaged in one form of agitation, criminality or otherwise.

‘Even when these bandits brought down an air force jet last Sunday, July 19th,at the border between Zamafa and Kaduna State, thereby challenging the sovereignty of our country, the government has not shown enough action to tackle the dangers posed by banditry and insurgency that have now acquired anti-aircraft launchers and sophisticated weapons.

‘The survival, unity and progress of the Nigerian State is more threatened by the untamed atrocities of these Northern bandit groups and armed Fulani herdsmen more than the actions of the Kanus, Igbohos and Terwases of the Southern and Middle Belt Region. We say this arising from the fact that if these so-called bandits have the capacity to bring down a jet fighter, then, it clearly shows that they have acquired enough weaponry to face the Nigerian State’.

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Buhari’s Maladministration Has Pushed The Igbos Too Far

Buhari's Maladministration Has Pushed The Igbos Too Far

The Igbos continue to face enormous political and economic challenges since the instigated and imposed civil war, especially with this new President Muhammadu Buhari’s era and the impositions by the All Progressives Congress. A plain glance at the economic and political development in Nigeria may be considered normal in terms of where the Igbo people stand politically, especially economically when compared to other ethnic nationalities. Indeed a cursory look at the poverty level among the ethnic groups would make the Igbo race appear exceptionally successful but in reality, the Igbo people have experienced an overwhelming level of disadvantages based on public policies that seemed crafted to undermine their ability to maximise political and economic potentials in the country called Nigeria.

The restructuring of Nigeria to create more states for the northern states to the detriment of the Southern Nigeria, especially, the Southeast was not only an impediment politically; it has been impacting the economic potentials of the Igbo people negatively. Such policies as the failure to rehabilitate the Biafra land after the war, the 20 pounds flat refund to any Biafran who wished to convert the old currency, or deposits with banks prior to the war; the Nigerian Enterprises Promotion Decree of 1972, also known as Indigenisation Decree, Federal Character Principle, manipulated population census, creation of states and local government areas in favour of the Northern Nigeria, deliberate underuse of seaports within the Igbo axis, lack of standard international airport, and other exploitative actions. These contexts have formed many overt and indirect actions to diminish the ability of the Igbo people to compete on a level-playing ground with other major ethnic groups.

Unlike today where some political actors will dare the Igbo people to vote against their aspirations, and perhaps, would still go ahead to win whether the Igbo people voted for them or not. It was not like that during the fight for the country’s independence from the British colonial masters, and neither was that way during the first republic. The Eastern region used to play a very significant role politically in determining which parties collaborated to form a government. The National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon, which later changed to the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) under the leadership of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe partnered with the Northern People’s Congress founded by Tafawa Balewa to form the government (University of Central Arkansas, 2019). Tafawa Balewa was appointed the Prime Minister and Nnamdi Azikiwe was made the Head of State (University of Central Arkansas, 2019).

Economically, every region was autonomous and developing at its pace’s ability. The Information Service (1956) reported that the Eastern region economy was heavy palm produce, through which palm kernels were exported to earn foreign exchange, as well as palm fronds is used for roofing, and palm wine for drinking. The Eastern region government promoted a systematic agricultural economy, including farm settlements; cash crops such as rubber, cocoa, and palm grove scheme were established, creating an opportunity for people to earn a living through farming (Ministry of Commerce, 1966).

The coal industry was thriving under Nigeria Railway Corporation, and Nigersteel’s rolling mill which produces mild steel bars were among only a few such operations in West Africa (Information Service, 1956). The NCNC led-government established a cement factory at Nkalagu, the Nigeria Breweries set up a stout factory at Aba, while in Port Harcourt, a Tobacco and glass-making plant was sited there and there were many pioneer oil companies in the region too. This was during the hey-days of the post-independence era.

When Buhari came into power in 2015, he made it clear that he was not in for making things free and fair for all the regions in Nigeria, especially for the Igbos. From his appointments to his utterances and his actions against individuals from the Southeast region. He exhibited and still exhibits all the character portraits of a sectional leader contrary to his public posture and what the change agents want Nigerians to believe. He surrounds himself with nepotistic, biased and corrupt people who feed him with damning lies against the Igbos which is why he has never hidden his contempt for them. At every given opportunity, he reels put threats to the Southeast region while mincing no words as he reminds them of their painful travails during the Nigerian/Biafra civil war. And instead of being apologetic about it, his minions keep defending and saluting these gibberish press releases.

He derives immense pride and joy in showing his millitary might when it comes to the Southeast region and he does not spare any arms or manpower when he wants to teach the Igbos a bitter lesson whenever he feels like they are out of line.

With every passing year, his utterances get wilder and much more brazen as he vomits incentives against the Igbos and most Igbos in turn have not also hidden their contempt for President Muhammadu Buhari and this is because they have been pushed to the wall so many times. In the past few months, words like ‘federal character’,  ‘restructuring’, ‘marginalisation’, ‘Biafra’ and the likes have been used frequently in public discussions, especially among many pro-Igbo actvists who have suddenly found their voices.

The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari and his minions have decided to ridicule Igbos this way is a step in the wrong direction and it would be better if he desists from this because the after-effects might not be so beneficial to the coming generation.

 

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World Igbo Congress Plans Worldwide Protest Over Kanu’s Arrest

World Igbo Congress Plans Worldwide Protest Over Kanu’s Arrest
World Igbo Congress Plans Worldwide Protest

The World Igbo Congress (WIC), has announced the authorization by its Chairman of the Board of Directors, Prof. Anthony Ejioforfor, for worldwide protest rallies on Wednesday, July 21 2021 (Today) to bring awareness to the world of the insecurity and cycles of killings from Southern Kaduna to Eastern region of Nigeria dominated by Christians.

WIC Public Relations Officer, Basil Onwukwe, in a statement, on Monday, said that the worldwide protests will also serve as a demand for the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested by the Nigeria government from Kenya and currently being detained in the custody of the Department for State Service, DSS, in Abuja.

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Onwukwe stated that the protest rallies were long overdue because Christians all over Nigeria today live under the spectre of the shoot-at-sight order by the government of Nigeria when they agitate against the lopsided behaviour of the government.

The Pan-Igbo group said that the recent insecurity tension in the country could escalate into another religious /ethnic conflict the way it was going, noting that the British government never thought that Islamic terrorism would become a worldwide phenomenon when they conspired and aligned with Russia and the Arab World, to murder Igbo Christians during the Nigerian civil war.

Today, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other similar groups are now committed to the destruction of our way of life. In Nigeria, the Jihadists comprise the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), the Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen to kill indigenous people in Nigeria.

‘World Igbo Congress is using the protest to alert the international community to stop any agreements or assistance to Nigeria that overtly or covertly has the potential to enable the looming genocide through acts of government and the Foreign Office.

‘We also request for an immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (MNK) who was recently illegally arrested by the Nigerian government in connivance with the government of Kenya. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Demanding fairness and true leadership of his people is not a crime,’ WIC stated.

According to Onwukwe, ‘WIC will continue the pursuit of the referendum because it is the inalienable right of indigenous people of the world to self-determination like recently happened in Britain (Brexit) and Scotland to determine our peaceful state of actualization.’

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Reacts To Igboho’s Arrest

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Reacts To Igboho's Arrest
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Reacts To Igboho's Arrest

Apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described the arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho in Cotonou, as evidence that the Federal Government had the capacity to end terrorism and banditry.

The group made the stand in a statement issued on Tuesday by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

He said the clear and ‘endless pampering of Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and killer herdsmen is the route that will surely bring catastrophe to the North and will be a great threat to the corporate existence of the country.’

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He added that ‘the interceptions of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu signify that those who promote the consciousness of Nigerians are detained while the terrorists, bandits, and killer herdsmen are furnished with cover-ups by Northern leadership to destabilize the South for their heinous political purposes.’

Ohanaeze claimed that it appeared that the arrest and detention of the two secessionist agitators was a clearance for the prospective onslaught of Fulani herdsmen and terrorists to occupy strategical forests of Southern Nigeria and wreak havoc.

‘We, therefore, call for the unconditional release of the “Prisoners of Conscience”, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, as there is no evidence on the ground of possible arrests of Northern terrorists and bandits who have abducted school children, maimed Southern Nigerian farmers, and murdered security agents.

‘Nnamdi Kanu and Igboho are not murderers, they should be released without further delay,‘ the Igbo group demanded.

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Enugu Cholera Outbreak Death Toll Rises To 14

Enugu Cholera Outbreak Death Toll Rises To 14

At least fourteen people have died from an outbreak of Cholera in Enugu State which has sparked fears in the State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, in a statement over the weekend, confirmed the outbreak.

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But in an update on Tuesday, the number of fatalities were said to now have risen to 14.

The Eastern Updates gathered that the new fatalities are amongst the 19 others who were hospitalised after exhibiting severe Cholera symptoms.

Dr Obi said the state continues to make plans to forestall the spread by carrying out more sensitization on safety and hygienic practices.

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Revalidation: We Can Win Elections Without Okorocha – Nlemigbo

Revalidation We Can Win Elections Without Okorocha – Nlemigbo
Marcellinus Nlemigbo

As the deadline for the registration and revalidation of new members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Imo State is almost coming to an end, the State executive of the party led by Marcellinus Nlemigbo has boasted that APC can win elections with or without the former governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha in the party.

The Eastern Updates recalls that the exercise has been on for several weeks before it was extended in few States like Imo, owing to party leadership disputes.

Answering questions from newsmen on Tuesday on what would be the fate of Okorocha and his loyalists if they fail to meet the deadline prescribed by the party, State chairman of the party, Nlemigbo recognised by the State governor, Hope Uzodimma said there may be no other option than the former governor and his men sent away from the party.

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His words ‘after being a State governor, what are you asking of the structure for, the party is open for him to come and register, when our President, Muhammadu Buhari went to his unit to register, he did not demand for structure or the party chairman to be removed.

‘Same goes to our governor, Hope Uzodimma,did he ask for the structure of the party, I’m the chairman recognised today and Okorocha does not want to recognise that, he wants to control the structure of the party but he has forgotten that when he sponsored his son -in -law, Uche Nwosu who was in AA to run elections, he declared that there was no candidate of APC in Imo.

‘So if AA had won the election that time, would he still be claiming to be a member of APC. The interesting thing is that without Okorocha, APC can win elections in Imo especially now that a lot of people are joining us, we have a lot of opportunities to win.

Speaking on efforts, the party has made to have Okorocha revalidate his membership, Nlemigbo said ‘it is very easy for him to register in his booth or unit, the governor and even myself have volunteered to come to his unit to observe, we don’t know why they are finding it difficult, they can even go to their council headquarters if they want.’

‘If I were Okorocha, I will quietly go back to my house or AA, this registration was extended because of people like him, I’m afraid if the deadline expires, they can no longer be members of the party’, Nlemigbo said.

But Daniel Nwafor who is still claiming to be chairman of the party in the State in a swift reaction expressed confidence that at last Okorocha will still be a member of the party even as he contended that the registration exercise must be done through his own executive.

He disclosed that already they are having discussions with the National executives of the party and part of their deliberation he said was asking the party leadership to do the right thing.

‘It’s our party and we are not running away from it, what we are only asking APC to do is to do the right thing and what is the right thing, they should conduct the exercise through legally recognised executive of the party in the State’. Nwafor said.

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Group Urges Fed Govt To Open Anambra Airport

Group Urges Fed Govt To Open Anambra Airport

Anambra Civil Society Network (ACSONET), a platform for citizens and non-state actors, has appealed to the Federal Government to open Umueri International Cargo and Passenger Airport in Anambra State for use ahead of the November 6 governorship election.

The group’s Chairman, Prince Chris Azor, who is also the national coordinator, Coalition on Improving Service Delivery (NACOISED), said that the terminal building of the airport was ready.

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Addressing reporters after a monitoring and evaluation exercise, he said opening the airport before the poll would not only address insecurity, but also assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in conducting a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.

He recalled that Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed and her counterpart in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adebayo, recently flew into the state through the airport, to inaugurate projects.

Said he: ‘Opening the airport before the governorship poll will address insecurity and assist INEC in conducting a free, fair, credible and peaceful election, through prompt arrival of election materials and sundry logistics.’

 

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Igbo People Are Dying – Everybody Is Silent

Igbo People Are Dying - Everybody Is Silent

Nnamdi Kanu seemed to be the problem of many individuals in Igbo land. They said they don’t like the way he talks and that he is too arrogant.

Thankfully he is now in detention, he can no longer talk. We are still waiting for all those people who criticised Nnamdi Kanu to begin the talking as Igbo people die like flies everyday.

WHY ARE YOU SILENT?

You said that Nnamdi Kanu is too arrogant and too provocative and that he is a rabble rouser. Why are you now keeping silent? What is preventing you from condemning the killings of our brothers in Ladipo?

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WHY KEEP SILENT?

You have the space now, you said you had a better strategy, you said Nnamdi Kanu stole your mandate, you said you are the right man. You now have the stage but you are dumb founded. Our people are still dying, come out and do that thing you said is right.

WHERE ARE OUR BISHOPS AND PASTORS?

What is still keeping you from issuing your usual communique? Why are you now silent at the death of your people, the people of God? Are you only after their money and not their welfare?

WHERE ARE THE INTELLECTUALS?

Have you exhausted your intelligence or are you beginning to lack ideas? Are you still debating whether it was a clash between unarmed traders and heavily equipped soldiers? Why can’t you talk again or was your PhD only for criticising Nnamdi Kanu?

WHERE ARE THE POLITICIANS?

You complained that Nnamdi Kanu insults you and that he doesn’t follow your protocols in doing the things he does. But he is now in detention and you can do the protocols the way you liked. So why are you still keeping quiet. These are your people, they voted for you. Why do you betray their trusts?

WHERE IS OHANAEZE?

You said that Nnamdi Kanu’s narrative is leading to the death of IGBOS. The last we checked Nnamdi Kanu was not in Ladipo. He was in Abuja yet some men in uniform still gunned down some people you represent for no reason. We all know that lawsuits in Nigeria is a waste of time, so why are you wasting time in something you are sure the result will fail? Where is the solution now?

Channels television and the corrupt news media in Nigeria described the murder of the Igbo traders as a clash but it was nothing like a clash. It was just on an ordinary day, a fleet of armed Nigerian terrorists in uniform appeared in front of their shop and requested that they unconditionally give them what they did not pay for. The traders refused and they were killed.

This is the level it has reached, they will take away forcefully from you what belongs to you without confrontation. So sad.

Unfortunately no one is going to speak on their behalf because their voice is in detention.

This is for those who criticise Nnamdi Kanu, the fact is that you cannot do what he is doing. When he speaks you criticise and when you are told to speak you protest that no one will hear your voice. You see your life?

The failure of our generation of leaders will still be felt in the next 50 years. Posterity is not going to forget that at a time in our history we had a crop of leaders who were but the worst breed our kind can produce and they would vow never to honor their memories.

By
Onyeka Chiemelie

 

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