Is The History Of 1967 To 1970 About To Repeat It self In Nigeria?

16 northern groups give Igbo October 1 to vacate region

• Ask relatives in S’ East to return home
• Seek global observers to witness dissolution of Nigeria
• MASSOB accepts quit notice, Afenifere warns

Sixteen northern youth groups rose from a joint meeting in Kaduna yesterday to give Igbo residing in their states up to October 1, 2017 to vacate the region. This came days after the shutting down of major towns in the South East on May 30, 2017 as part of the campaign by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the actualisation of Biafra Republic.

The action of the northern youths shows that the agitations for self-determination are spiraling out of control. The nation’s leaders need to immediately intervene to stop these agitations from resulting in violence that may consume the entire nation.

The youth organisations in attendance at the Kaduna meeting included Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and Northern Emancipation Network on the Igbo Persistence for Secession.

Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman who read the statement issued on behalf of others at the Arewa House in Kaduna, said the North was tired of the political marriage existing in the country, hence the need for restructuring as being canvassed by many notable Nigerian leaders, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“The persistence for the actualisation of Biafra by the unruly Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria has lately assumed another alarming twist which involved the forceful (sic) lockdown of activities and denial of other people right to free movement in the South-East by the rebel IPOB and its overt and covert sponsors.

“This latest action and similar confrontational conducts which amount to a brutal encroachment on the rights of those termed as non-indigenous people residing and doing lawful businesses in those areas illegally demarcated and defined as Biafra by the Igbo, are downright unacceptable and shall no longer be tolerated,” the northern youths said.

Alleging persistent Igbo threat to national integration, the northern youth said they had met with several other people in their region and reviewed the current position of the North and jointly came up with the declaration.

The statement further reads: “The Igbo people of the South-East, without remorse for the carnage they wrought on the nation in the 1960s, are today boldly reliving those sinister intentions connoted by the Biafran agitation that led to the very first bloody insurrection in Nigeria’s history.

“Emboldened by the apparent indifference of the Nigerian authorities, the Igbo secessionist tendency is widening in scope and action at every stage, with adverse effects on the law-abiding people of other regions residing in or passing through the East, while the Igbo leaders and elders by their utterances and direct action or inaction appear to support and encourage it.

“This is happening irrespective of the undisputable fact that Igbo have done and are doing more damage to our collective nationhood than any other ethnic group; being responsible for the first violent interference with democracy in Nigeria resulting in a prolonged counter-productive chain of military dictatorship.

“It is on record that since the inception of the current democratic dispensation, the Igbo have shown and maintained open contempt and resentment for the collective decision expressed by majority of Nigerians at various stages via generally acceptable democratic processes.

“While these provocative acts of aggression persist and grow in dimension with each new move, leaders of the North whose people are at the receiving end of the threats, appear helplessly unperturbed.

“Without pursuing a resolute action-plan, these northern leaders have adopted and have been dragging their people into a pitifully pacifist position in order to sustain an elusive national cohesion that has long been ridiculed by the Igbo.

“From today, June 6, 2017, when this proclamation is signed, the North, a critical player in the Nigerian project, hereby declares that it will no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Igbo and shall take definite steps to end the partnership by pulling out of the current federal arrangement.

“This conclusion is necessitated by the realisation that it since (sic) ceased to be comfortable or safe to continue sharing the same country with the ungrateful, uncultured Igbo who have exhibited reckless disrespect for the other federating units and stained the integrity of the entire nation with their insatiable criminal obsessions.

“Rather than certain sections holding the whole country to ransom at every stage, each should be allowed to go its own way as we categorically proclaim today that the North is fed up with being in the same country with this pack of acrimonious Igbo partners.

“The North hereby openly calls on the authorities and other national and international stakeholders to acknowledge this declaration by taking steps to facilitate the final dissolution of this hopeless union that has never been convenient to any of the parties.

“As a first step, since the Igbo have clearly abused the unreciprocated hospitality that gave them unrestricted access to, and ownership of landed properties all over the North, our first major move shall be to reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of these landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the ingrate Igbo in any part of Northern Nigeria.

“Consequently, officials of the signatory groups to this declaration are already mandated to commence immediate inventory of all properties, spaces or activity in the north currently occupied by the Igbo for forfeiture at the expiration of the ultimatum contained in this declaration.

“With the effective date of this declaration, which is today, Tuesday, June 06, 2017, all Igbo currently residing in any part of Northern Nigeria are hereby served notice to relocate within three months and all northerners residing in the East are advised likewise.”

The groups mandated all northern civil society and pressure groups to mobilise for sustained and coordinated campaigns at their respective State Government Houses, Houses of Assembly, Local Government Council Secretariats and traditional palaces for steps to be taken to ensure the enforcement of the directives .

“We are hereby placing the Nigerian authorities and the entire nation on notice that as from the 1st October 2017, we shall commence the implementation of visible actions to prove to the whole world that we are no longer part of any federal union that should do with the Igbo.

“From that date, effective, peaceful and safe mop-up of all the remnants of the stubborn Igbo that neglect to heed this quit notice shall commence to finally eject them from every part of the North.

“And finally, all authorities, individuals or groups are hereby advised against attempting to undermine this declaration by insisting on this union with the Igbo who have thus far proved to be an unnecessary baggage carried too far and for too long.”

In its reaction, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) said it received with gladness the “quit notice” and urged the Igbo to return home immediately.

MASSOB, in a statement by its leader Uchenna Madu said: “The latest quit notice by the coalition of northern youths under the umbrella of Arewa youths is not a surprise gift to Biafrans residing in Arewa land. MASSOB is aware that such rascality will happen. As a matter of fact, this is the only rascality exhibited by sponsored Arewa youths to forcefully (sic) exit the people of Biafra residing in Arewa land that MASSOB will hundred percent support. Their Boko Haram tactics didn’t work as planned.

“MASSOB gladly received the good news of quit notice order to the people of Biafra living in Arewa land. We pledge our total support towards this divinely approved quit notice. MASSOB congratulates the Arewa political, religious, and traditional and opinion leaders who sponsored their youths wing by using Arewa House in Kaduna for this greatest meeting of a coalition of Islamic fundamentalists.

“MASSOB is hereby advising the people of Biafra mostly the Igbo living in Northern Nigeria (Arewa land) to take this quit notice serious (sic) as the plan to violently kill your children, wives and demolish your investments are already perfected. MASSOB will never fight or defend your lives and properties in Hausa Fulani land. The consciousness and realities of Biafra is highly overwhelming now.”

Igbo youths under the aegis of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), said the statement was capable of causing chaos in the country but urged the Igbo to remain “wherever they are and defend themselves if pushed to the wall.”

One of the leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo said the development was a bad signal for the country. Adebanjo called on the northerner leaders to urgently condemn the statement by the northerner youths by saying that they did not speak for the north. He also urged the Federal Government to make a statement on the issue “otherwise it has far-reaching implications to the unity of the nation. Otherwise nobody is afraid of separation. If the North wants to break, there is nothing wrong but the idea of giving ultimatum to a particularly set of people to vacate their region is unacceptable.”

Earlier yesterday, Prof. Ben Nwabueze described the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as a great Igbo man, stressing that marginalisation has robbed the Igbo of greatness.

Nwabueze, who spoke in Enugu when Kanu led the leadership of the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) to his office, said that those undermining the agitation for secession were making a huge mistake.

“We are supposed to be one of the leading ethnic groups in Nigeria but today we are in the minority; we have been so marginalised. Nnamdi Kanu’s case teaches that repression is seldom the right response to complaints and agitations for amelioration in the conditions of things in the society. Repression seldom settles grievances. If anything, it forces them underground.

“Another lesson to learn from Kanu’s case is that this self-determination should be a graduated process. It should begin with regional autonomy. The country should be restructured into six more or less self-governing zones or regions, with the powers of the central government drastically reduced, so as to minimise the fierce contest for its control,” the constitutional lawyer said.

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NO TOBACCO DAY: Risk From Smoking

According to America Center For Disease Control; Smoking can damage every part of your body. So of what sense does it make to lit-up your hard earn currency and at the same time inflicts diseases in to your body? Here are some of the fact about Tobacco Smoking

Smoking Can Damage Every Part of the Body.Smoking has no health benefit whatsoever, rather it has every health implications Fact: At least 28 cancer-causing chemicals have been found in smokeless tobacco.

Some of the health Implications  of Smokeless TobaccoSmokeless Tobacco

What a Man can do, a Woman can do better; does not apply in smoking

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Annual Deaths Attributable to Cigarette Smoking—United States, 2005–2009Annual date rate of tobaco

The infographic above shows the estimated average annual number of smoking-attributable deaths in the United States during 2005 through 2009 by specific causes, as follows:

  • Total: more than 480,000 deaths
  • Lung cancer: 137,989 deaths
  • Other cancers: 36,000 deaths
  • Heart Disease: 158,750 deaths
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 100,600 deaths
  • Stroke: 15,300 deaths
  • Other diagnoses: 31,681 deaths

Poison Center Calls Involving E-Cigarettes

Poison Center Calls Involving E-Cigarettes

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Biafra at 50: Total complying with sit-at-home order, shut down markets

Igbos in some South East states are observing the sit-at –home order by pro-Biafra groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra.

The pro-Biafra groups had also given the directive to honour those who died during the Biafra Civil War.

Photographs of the Main Market and New Market in Owerri, the Imo state capital showed that both markets were totally deserted and closed for business to honour the directive.

In Mile 1 market, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, traders, who are mostly Igbos deserted the market completely.

DAILY POST correspondent monitoring the situation in Enugu said residents complied with the sit-at-home order.

According to him, “most shops are closed, streets deserted while armed security agencies are seen patrolling the streets.

“Intra city movement is difficult as most keke drivers and commercial drivers are not on duty.”

DAILY POST can authoritatively report that most public and private schools in the state have been shut down.

   

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APC Manifesto Two Years After, How Far So Far?

Buhari-and-Osinbajo_0APC Manifesto Two Years After, How Far So Far?

THE CONSTITUTION

  • Initiate action to amend our Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to states and local governments in order to entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit;
  • Strengthen INEC to reduce/ eliminate electoral malpractices;
  • Attract the best and brightest into our politics and public service by aggressive recruitment of private sector people, academics and professionals within Nigeria and in the Diaspora through internships, fellowships, executive appointments and special nomination to contest elective offices;
  • Prevent abuse of executive, legislative and public offices through greater accountability, transparency and strict enforcement of anti-corruption laws whilst strengthening the EFCC and ICPC;
  • Amend the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal cases;
  • Restructure government for a leaner, more efficient and adequately compensated public service;
  • Require full disclosure in all media outlets of all government contracts over N100m prior to award and during implementation at regular intervals;
  • Reform and Strengthen the Justice System for efficient administration and dispensation of justice along with the creation of special courts for accelerated hearing of corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism and similar cases of national importance;
  • Ensure full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act so that government held data sets can be requested and used by the media and the public at large, and then published on regular basis;
  • Seek to amend the Constitution to require local governments to publish their meeting minutes, service performance data and items of spending over N10M.

NATIONAL SECURITY – APC Will:

  • Urgently address capacity building of law enforcement agents in terms of quantity and quality as this is critical in safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property;
  • Establish a well-trained, adequately equipped and goals driven Serious Crime Squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militants, ethno-religious and communal clashes nationwide;
  • Begin widespread consultations to amend the Constitution to enable States and Local Governments to employ State and Community Police to address the peculiar needs of each community. This would mean setting boundaries for Federal, State and Community Police through new Criminal Justice legislation to replace the Criminal Code, the Penal Code and the Police Act.
  • Push for more support in the security and economic stability of the sub-region [ECOWAS] and AU as a whole and maintain a strong, close and frank relationship with West Africa, South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, and other African countries.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION, NATIONAL UNITY, SOCIAL HARMONY – APC WILL

  • Establish a Conflict Resolution Commission to help prevent, mitigate and resolve civil conflicts within the polity;
  • Bring permanent peace and solution to the Niger Delta and other conflict prone areas such as Plateau, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno and Abia in order to engender national unity and social harmony;
  • Initiate policies to ensure that Nigerians are free to live and work in any part of the country by removing state of origin, tribe, ethnic and religious affiliations and replace those with state of residence.

JOB CREATION AND THE ECONOMY APC Will:

  • Maintain sound macro-economic policy environment, run an efficient government and preserve the independence of the Central Bank;
  • Restore and strengthen financial confidence by putting in place a more robust monitoring, supervising and regulating of all financial institutions;
  • Make our economy one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging 10% annually;
  • Embark on vocational training, entrepreneurial and skills acquisition scheme for graduates along with the creation of Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme to create at least 1 million new jobs every year, for the foreseeable future;
  • Integrate the informal economy into the mainstream and prioritize the full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate the relevant data;
  • Expand domestic demand and consider undertaking associated public works programmes;
  • Embark on export and production diversification including investment in infrastructure; promote manufacturing through agro based industries and expand sub-regional trade through ECOWAS and AU;
  • Make Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Entertainment key drivers of our economy;
  • Balance the economy across regions by the creation of 6 new Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as champions of sub-regional competitiveness;
  • Put in place a N300bn regional growth fund (average of N50bn in each geo-political region) to be managed by the REDAs, encourage private sector enterprise and support to help places currently reliant on the public sector;
  • Amend the Constitution and the Land Use Act to create freehold/leasehold interests in land along with matching grants for states to create a nationwide electronic land title register on a state by state basis;
  • Create additional middle-class of at least 2 million new home owners in our first year in government and 1 million annually thereafter; by enacting a national mortgage system that will lend at single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses.

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY APC Will:

  • Modernize the sector and change Nigeria from being a country of self-subsistence farmers to that of a medium/commercial scale farming nation/producer;
  • Create a nationwide food inspectorate division with a view to improving nutrition and eliminating food-borne hazards;
  • Inject extra N30bn to the Agricultural sector to create more agro-allied jobs by way of loans at nominal interest rates for capital investment on medium and commercial scale cash crops;
  • Guarantee a minimum price for selected crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products as and when necessary.

INDUSTRIALIZATION : APC WILL:

  • Formulate a robust industrialization policy and provide a conducive environment for a private sector led industrial base for the economy, promote entrepreneurship that would help usher in new industries, new jobs, new knowledge and utilization of information and communication technologies;
  • Create growth centers through the promotion of industrialization in all regions by encouraging the use of local resources.
  • Promote innovation by investing heavily in research, development, science and technology.
  • Support diversification of our economy from export of primary materials to value added goods through supporting the establishment of a solid industrial base.
  • Ensure that key agricultural products such as cocoa and rubber go through value addition as opposed to exporting raw materials for industries in other countries.

INFRASTRUCTURE: APC Will

  • Undertake an urgent review of the Public Private Partnership(PPP) enabling environment with a view to addressing the legal, regulatory and operational challenges including introducing enabling legislation where necessary. In addition, we shall create a National Infrastructural Development Bank to provide loans at nominal interest rates exclusively for this sector to help rebuild our infrastructure and provide gainful employment;
  • Generate, transmit and distribute from current 5,000 – 6,000 MW to at least 20,000 MW of electricity within four years and increasing to 50,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted power supply within ten years, whilst simultaneously ensuring development of sustainable/renewable energy;
  • Embark on a National Infrastructural Development Programme as a PPP that will ensure the (a) construction of 3,000km of Superhighway including service trunks and (b) building of up to 4,800km of modern railway lines – one third to be completed by 2019;
  • Enact new legal and regulatory frameworks to establish independent regulation and incentives to accelerate public and private sector investment in seaports, railways and inland waterways;
  • Embark on PPP schemes with a view to ensuring that at least one functioning airport is available in each of the 36 states.

OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY APC WILL:

  • Make the industry and Nigeria one of the world leading/cutting edge centers for clean oil and gas technologists, scientists, mega structure installation, drilling, processing, production engineers supported with best services and research facilities;
  • Fully develop the sector’s capacity to absorb more of the nation’s new graduates in the labour market. The sector will produce more home-grown world class engineers and scientists;
  • Modernize the NNPC and make it the national energy champion. Consider breaking it up into more efficient, commercially driven units and strip it of its regulatory powers and enable it tap into international capital market;
  • Enforce the government master plan for oil companies to end flaring that pollutes the air and damages people’s health and ensure that they sell at least half of their gas production within Nigeria;
  • Speedily pass the much-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensure that local content issues are fully addressed;
  • Make Nigeria the world’s leading exporter of LNG through the creation of strategic partnerships.

EDUCATION: APC Will

  • Fully implement and enforce the provisions of the Universal Basic Education Act with emphasis on gender equity in primary and secondary school enrollment whilst improving the quality and substance of our schools;
  • Targeting up to 15% of our annual budget for this critical sector whilst making substantial investments in training quality teachers at all levels of the educational system;
  • Implement performance based education as against the current certificate based qualification;
  • Enhance teacher training and improve the competence of teachers along with vigorous national inspection;
  • Make learning experiences more meaningful for children and make education more cost-effective;
  • Develop and promote effective use of innovative teaching methods/materials in schools;
  • Ensure a greater proportion of expenditure on university education is devoted to Science and Technology with more spaces allocated to science and technology oriented courses;
  • Establish at least six new universities of science and technology with satellite campuses in various states;
  • Establish technical colleges and vocational centers in each state of the federation;
  • Provide more conducive environment for private sector participation in all levels of education;
  • Establish six centers of excellence to address the needs of special education;

HEALTHCARE – APC WILL:

  • Prioritize the reduction of the infant mortality rate by 2019 to 3%; reduce maternal mortality by more than 70%; reduce HIV/AIDs infection rate by 50% and other infectious diseases by 75%; improve life expectancy by additional 10 years on average through our national healthy living program;
  • Increase the number of physicians from 19 per 1000 population to 50 per 1000; increase national health expenditure per person per annum to about N50,000 (from less than N10,000 currently);
  • Increase the quality of all federal government owned hospitals to world class standard within five years;
  • Invest in cutting edge technology such as telemedicine in all major health centers in the country through active investment and partnership programs with the private sector;
  • Provide free ante-natal care for pregnant women, free health care for babies and children up to school going age and for the aged and free treatment for those afflicted with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS;
  • Boost the local manufacture of pharmaceuticals and make non adulterated drugs readily available.

SENIOR CITIZENS, YOUTH SPORTS AND CULTURE APC Will

  • Ensure timely payment of retirement benefits for all pensioned senior citizens and create a poverty safety net for all aged citizens above the age of 65;
  • Provide the opportunities for youths to realize, harness, and develop their full potentials and to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of citizens committed to the sustenance of good governance and service to the people and the country;
  • Establish world class sports academy and training institutes and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and athletics;
  • Revive the Nigerian football league and put incentives in place to make it as competitive as other national leagues;
  • Put in place measures to identify talents early and ensure their participation in local and international games to enable them become professionals;
  • Mandate schools and communities to create playgrounds/sports centers with needed equipment to develop skills;
  • Assist Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT APC Will

  • Ensure the rights of women are protected as enshrined in our Constitution;
  • Guarantee that women are adequately represented in government appointments and provide greater opportunities in education, job creation and economic empowerment;
  • Recognize and protect women empowerment and gender equality with special emphasis on economic activities in development and in rural areas;
  • Promote the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the National Assembly for women.

ENVIRONMENT – APC Will

  • Ensure compliance with policies and measures to halt the pollution of rivers and waterways in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country;
  • Create shelter belts in states bordering the Sahara Desert to mitigate and reverse the effects of the expanding desert;
  • Support and accelerate the implementation of regional water transfer initiatives across the country;
  • Adopt a holistic approach to erosion and shoreline protection across the country;
  • Create teams of volunteers to plant and nurture economically viable trees in arid regions;
  • Restructure the Ecological Fund Office to enable it meet today’s environmental challenges;
  • Regulate the timber industry to ensure that double the number of trees felled are planted by the loggers;
  • Ensure full compliance with town-planning and environmental laws and edicts.

FOREIGN POLICY – APC Will

  • Make regional integration a priority within ECOWAS including free trade with a view to ensuring that a common tariff and currency are achieved by 2020 under Nigeria’s guidance and leadership;
  • Maintain strong, close and frank relationships within the Gulf of Guinea, the Commonwealth, South Africa and the rest of the world;
  • Establish a new special relationship with the leading emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners around the world.
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The Osu caste system: The shame of Igboland and the so call (Biafra)

God help the outcasts

Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don’t find on earth
 
God help my people
We look to You still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody will….
After listing to this song for the first time on Hot 98.3 FM Abuja I then to search for the video. I dedicated this song to the so call [Osu] people in all the Igboland also to the so call [Diala]. If after listing and watching this video they so call Diala still treat the so call [Osu] with disdain then their heart are cast on stone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5qFiLzRAwY
Live and let live. Let the kite perch and let the Eagle perch. Blood is thick. Be your brother’s keeper. Never abandon a brother. Igbo maxims. So why does the Osu caste system still exist in many Igbo communities?

 

Discrimination hurts , bruises, crushes. And it must hurt even more deeply when it is inflicted by kith and kin . Fate can be arbitrary and capricious, but we can always bear with fate. Some are black and some are born white and many whites think there is something else to blackness. Nature leaves some poor and lets some have abundant wealth. Many will live their lives in painstaking service of the whims of others to whom fortune came accidentally.

Amongst kings are many idiots . It is however one thing to be disadvantaged by fate , it’s another to be consigned to sub-humanity by human prejudice. Conceit and bigotry and hate sometimes coalesce to produce minds who arrogate to themselves superiority and allocate to others not just inferiority but sub-humanity. And contrary to reason and evidence , the racist just like the bigoted Diala finds pleasure in insisting that Jews or blacks or the ‘Osu’ are corrupted beings.

On any moral scale neither Botha , nor Hitler nor Klu Klux Klan conjured the hatred and discrimination being meted to the Osu. This discrimination happens within and amongst people of same ancestry, color, language and culture. The conceited Diala habours more contempt for the Osu than the usurping white Australian has for the Aborigenes.

Its inconceivable that within the very midst of a seemingly tightly knit group of people , who endured a genocidal massacre in defence of their freedom, who claim good absorption of civilization and Christianity, is an inhuman caste system . A system that has shackled and dehumanized its victims for many ages. The Osu fought alongside the Diala in the Biafran army. Unfree people fighting for the freedom of their oppressors.

So despite all the pretensions of being one, there are Igbos who arrogate to themselves superiority and freedom and who refer to themselves as freeborn or Diala. And there are fellow Igbos whom they refer to as living sacrifices or slaves of the gods or Ume or Ohu Arusi or Osu. And even though the nomenclature ‘Diala’ has so much to do with African traditional religion and is in a sense ‘heathenish‘, many practicing Christians would happily accept ‘Diala’ to distance themselves from the Osu category . Christianity and democracy, properly practiced, cannot accommodate the existence of an Osu.

Historically , the Osu was a monk devoted to the service and worship of the local deity. And before the coming of the colonialists and the now prevalent Christianity, an Osu was respected, was perhaps considered holy. Then the Osu lived around the shrine and voluntarily consecrated himself to the gods . Communities appreciated the deities and their exploits in battles by donating some conquered slaves to the service of the gods.

Though most slaves then were for transatlantic trade . The Osu, traditionally , didn’t mingle much with others in the society because of their aura of consecration, the Diala didn’t want to risk offending the gods by unrestrained interaction with gods’ devotees. The Osu therefore married from amongst themselves. With the abolition of slavery and the exit of the European slave trader, the Osu population swelled further and they lost their prestige and became an ostracized rather than a consecrated group . Anyone who married an Osu became an Osu as did his offspring’s.

Before long the ostracized became ‘inferior beings’ and were demonised. An uncle once told me that Osu embodied evil and that they were vectors of misfortune . Whites said so many things about being black including that blacks were noisy , criminally minded , unintelligent brutes structured for manual labour. And because these stereotypes are borne out of superstitions and bigotry and hatred, they persist amongst the ignorant even against clear contradicting evidence.

Christianity came with promises for the Osu. The Osu saw Christianity and western education set twins free and hoped. However, structured social disadvantages and impaired social acceptance have continued to hinder the social advancement of the Osu communities and inevitably weaken the cohesion amongst Igbos. Neither wealth nor education nor power saves the Osu from outrageous contempt . Despite the fact that the life of the Igbo man is now woven around the Roman Catholic and Anglican and Pentecostal doctrines, the Osu continues to suffer intolerable inhumanity.

And you can attend church every day of the year in an affected Igbo village and hear sermons against all known human evils including racism but non against the Osu caste system. The Osu is in the church but the church pays lip service to his plight. And while privately no one can articulate reasons for retention of the caste system, no one is courageous enough to speak openly against it and take actions to end the sufferings of their brothers. Those who find the courage to condemn it privately lack the guts to permit their children to marry the Osu.

But what beliefs and myths have managed to sustain such a tragedy in the modern day Igbo existence? And why have they remained impenetrable to the light of reason? Many Igbos go to church , claim Christianity but observe African traditional religion rituals. Many are avowed Christians but when the push becomes a shove , they approach the shrines for answers. For these , the gods , just like Ceaser, must get their due and so the Osu is ‘untouchable’.

“Its not about Christianity” they always say. Some Igbos who aren’t even religious support the retention of the caste system on the ostensible premise that it was ordained by their ancestors. Their ancestors, they presume, were wise, infallible and beyond reproach. The same ancestors didn’t understand albinism and labeled albinos demons.

The foundations and origins of the obnoxious system can be understood but the superstitions and myths that support its continued existence are flimsy. If the Osu was offered to the gods as sacrifice wouldn’t it take a leap of stupidity to insist that their offsprings who weren’t party to the exchange and who in any case are not priests of some of the now extinct deities are also living sacrifices who must remain ostracized in an age when no one can be a slave either to man or to any god? Hasn’t slavery been abolished? And when Christian parents deny discrimination against the Osu but send search parties to seek out the ancestry of their children’s brides or suitors before they give their approval, you wonder how worse hypocrisy can get . And many times you will hear, “she is very beautiful and well mannered. But she is corrupted”. That’s the euphemism

A Christian who discriminates against the Osu, besides being a criminal , is guilty of idolatry. For that inhuman categorization is premised on the existence and placation of a god which Christianity views as man made ineffectual idol. I am not disrespectful of African traditional religion . The Christian picture of the atrocity must be painted for the Christian. And it helps that majority of Igbos claim Christianity . And I am not disrespectful of our culture , our culture and our morality have long shifted.

Morality can be relative and the morality of a cultural practice is relative to time and place. The Osu caste system may not have been barbaric a century ago but is manifestly and despicably so now.

The deities in my village once considered the existence of twins a taboo and the people believed. And thousands of twins were slaughtered at birth in the service of the wishes of the gods. And mothers who clung to their twins were banished to the evil forest so that the land was spared the wrath of the gods. And my people were by no means barbaric, they were cultured people.

The English were cultured when they hung scientists and burnt them. And it was the same gods that barred the existence of twins in Igbo land that perhaps instituted and allowed the discriminatory practice against the Osu. If these Christians and other ardent followers of African traditional religion are afraid of defying the gods let them remember how even the gods saw reason with the colonialists and allowed the celebration of twins. There is some wisdom in the saying that what one cannot learn by formal education he learns by travelling, exposure. The Igbo is the most dispersed group in Africa and is therefore a group particularly well acquainted with the horrors of racism.

The Igbo man suffers unbearable discrimination for being Igbo and for being black. You would think anyone so badly and chronically victimized would champion equality. Ironically many Igbos who reject marriage with the Osu are the well travelled, well educated, roundly humiliated victims of virulent racism. But the Osu caste system is worse than racism . Racism prepares you, gives you advance warning . So the black girl is socialized to understand her racial handicaps, the hatred of blacks by some whites . Many Osu are only aware of that identity only after a brutal dehumanizing rejection. How many more youthful hearts will be shredded by bigotry?

Humiliation and discrimination breed frustration and ultimately violence. Mere mention of the word Osu has precipitated communal feuds with whole communities wiped out .

Some communities have abolished that caste system but a pan Igbo abolition will be the only real solution. Let all the governors and political office holders and all traditional rulers in Igbo land meet and abolish the Osu caste system. And let the osu be appointed to traditional stools and cabinets. And let them take part in all rites. Let a cultural compliance committee see to the permeation and enforcement of the policy. Let the church rise to the occasion. Let offenders be named and shamed. Let the laws that already exist against discrimination be robustly enforced

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/the-osu-caste-system-the-shame-of-a-nation/

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Man Killed For Urinating Near Mosque In Jiwa, (AMAC) The Capital City Of Nigeria

  A middle age man was stone to death for urinating near a mosque yesterday, in Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) This has cause tensions in the communities as some youths were bent on reprisal attack , but for the timely intervention of the police the communities of Jiwa and Gwagwa would have been boiling  now.

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According to an eyewitness, the man, whose name was not immediately disclosed to newsmen, was passing through one of the streets in the village, and then decided to urinate in a drainage, close to a mosque.

However, just as he was doing that, a man who was sitting at the front of the mosque and watching him, picked a stone and threw at him.
Blueprint gathered that when the man had finished urinating, he picked the same stone and threw it back at the same man.

This action prompted some youths who were at the mosque to descend on him and gave him the beating of his life.
He was said to have fainted and was rushed to a private hospital in Gwagwa village, where he was pronounced dead by doctors in the hospital.
Blueprint correspondent also gathered that it took the intervention of the divisional police officer (DPO), Gwagwa Police Station, and some other prominent persons in the two communities to stop the youth, who wanted to retaliate.
However, every effort to reach the FCT Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), Anjuguri Manza, for comments on the matter proved abortive.

I then ask again :

IS THIS THE ONE NIGERIA WE HAVE BEEN PREACHING TO? IF THIS CAN BE HAPPING IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL OF NIGERIA TIME AND AGAIN AND THE NIGERIAN POLICE DOES LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT IT.

WHERE THEN IS THE SECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTIES OF NON MUSLIM IN THE NORTHERN NIGERIA. ARE WE TRULY ONE? OR WE ARE ONE BECAUSE OF THE OIL OF NIGER DELTA? I THINK IT WOULD BETTER FOR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO INCLUDE REFERENDUM IN OUR CONSTITUTION, SO THAT WE CAN DECIDE EITHER TO REMAIN IN THIS COUNTRY AS ONE OR TO GO OUR SEPTATE WAYS.

CHRISTIAN ARE TIRED OF BEEN KILLED IN THE NAME OF RELIGION. CHRISTIAN DO NOT LORD THEIR RELIGION OVER ANYBODY, AND WOULD NOT WANT ANYBODY TO DO SO TO US. TO A CHRISTIAN; WORSHIPING GOD IS PERSONAL, LIKEWISE SHOULD IT BE TO A MUSLIM, IF THEY RELAY ONE US TO BE ONE NIGERIA.

WHAT WE ARE HAVING NOW IN NIGERIA IS A PEACE OF A GRAVEYARD AND WE ARE LIVING IN A FOOLS PARADISE. WHO WOULD SOUTH, EAST AND WESTERNERS OR EVEN NORTHERS CHRISTIAN RUN TO WHEN NIGERIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS CAN NOT COME TO THEIR RESCUE, OR EVEN APPREHEND THE KILLERS OF CHRISTIANS AND PUNISH THEM ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

IT IS BETTER WE GO IN PEACE INSTEAD OF STAYING IN PIECES. ENOUGH OF ALL THESE KILLINGS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION.  ENOUGH OF ALL THESE MADNESS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  @PoliceNG ACT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. NO RELIGION OR TRIBE IS SUPERIOR TO OTHERS.

 

 

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U.S. takes ‘full responsibility’ for Manchester intelligence leaks

The United States government takes full responsibility for leaks of the British police investigation into Monday’s deadly bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.

According to Reuters.com

 The United States government takes full responsibility for leaks of the British police investigation into Monday’s deadly bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.

Appearing alongside British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in London, Tillerson said that “all across America, hearts are broken” at news of the attack on people attending a concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande.

British police briefly suspended intelligence sharing with the United States on Thursday after private details of their investigation repeatedly appeared in American media.

“We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened,” Tillerson said. “With respect to the release of information inappropriately … certainly we condemn that.”

Tillerson said he expected the close security relationship between the United States and Britain to withstand the leaks.

(Reporting by William James, writing by David Milliken, editing by Paul Sandle)

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