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Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo frowns at Delta Army killings claims it’s Barbaric



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The pan-Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the killing of 17 soldiers from the 181 Amphibious Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Delta State.

The soldiers were on a peace mission to the Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area on Thursday when they were attacked.

In a statement titled “Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s Unleashed Wrath: A Stern Revengeful Warning,” issued on Tuesday by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group described the Okuama massacre as “a tragic chapter stained in blood which has left Ndigbo in a state of deep mourning, profound sorrow, and unrelenting anger.”

“The callous and heinous act that claimed the lives of 17 soldiers from the 181 Amphibious Battalion in Delta State is a bitter reminder of the treachery that lurks among us,” the statement read.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo particularly mourned the loss of Major DE Obi, an Igbo officer, and his comrades who sacrificed their lives in service.

“We hurl our unrestrained fury at the perpetrators of this vile slaughter, branding their actions as barbaric, satanic, and symbolic of cowardice,” the group said.

Ohanaeze called on the people of Delta State to rise in unison and ensure that the killers are brought to swift justice.

“The people of Delta State must rise in unison to ensure that these armed killers are brought to swift justice and face the total weight of the law for their sins,” the statement added.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo extended its sympathies to the grieving families and promised to immortalise the legacy of Major DE Obi and the other fallen soldiers.

“In the forthcoming 2024 Igbo Easter Retreat in Asaba, we will light the flames of tribute for Major DE Obi and the other 16 fallen soldiers, immortalising their legacy in the annals of our history,” the group said.

Furthermore, the organisation expressed its support for President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to address the country’s economic and security challenges.

“Additionally, we will bestow the highest honour upon President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in solidarity and support for his leadership during these tumultuous times,” the statement read.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo also called on the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party, and New Nigeria Peoples Party in the 2023 election – Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, respectively – to set aside their differences and join hands with the Tinubu-led administration to find solutions to the challenges confronting the nation.

“We call upon political stalwarts like Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar, and Rabiu Kwankwaso to set aside their feuds and join hands in solidarity with Tinubu to steer our nation through the murky waters of economic and security crises that threaten to engulf us,” the statement urged.


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Nigerians not the only ones facing poverty — President Tinubu



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President Bola Tinubu has stated that while poverty and suffering exist in the country, Nigerians are not the only ones facing these challenges.

The President said this in Lagos when he received a delegation from the National Assembly who came to felicitate with him on the occasion of Eid-el Kabir on Monday evening.

The delegation, led by the President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, included the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Jibrin Barau, and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, among others.

“Yes, there is poverty; there is suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such, but we must face our challenges. We must find a way to eliminate banditry and terrorism so that farmers can bring out food from the farmland.

If you do not have good roads to bring the food to the population, even if you grow the food and you are losing 60–70 per cent to damages, you will pay the price,” said Tinubu.

Tinubu also restated his commitment not to turn his back on the country despite the challenges. “Good economics at a harsh time is the challenge that we must face. As I said in my speech, no matter how difficult it is and how challenging it can be, I will not turn my back on Nigeria,” Tinubu said.

He challenged citizens to have a change of mindset about Nigeria if the nation is to overcome its current challenges. “The need (for some citizens) to change the rent-seeking mindset and become more productive to the economy is a challenge. There is a need to stop smuggling and all economic sabotage. Why should we have people removing rail tracks and all that, stealing electric cables, and sabotaging the economy?

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Clarifications on the Donation of Security Vehicles: IMSG Did Not Buy Brand New Security Vehicles



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– The State Only Rehabilitated Broken/Abandoned Security Vehicles.

My attention has been drawn to some mischievous and false information spread by the defeated opposition party members in the state, particularly the PDP, to discredit the government and the #PeoplesGovernor regarding the recent donations of refurbished police vehicles.

Their latest antics involve using one John Okoye, a freelance staff member of a PDP-sympathetic radio station in Owerri, BizzyBody Fm, to spread disinformation and propaganda.

They claim that the #PeoplesGovernor purchased and donated tens of brand new security vehicles a year ago and is doing so again — barely one year later — portraying the governor as wasteful.

It is unfortunate that someone like Mr. John Okoye, considered an intellectual, could be so intellectually lazy as to not even read a common news piece, and worse, spread disinformation and ignorance through the media.

For the benefit of the general public and those who may have been misled, I clarify as follows:

1. The #PeoplesGovernor did not purchase or procure brand new security vehicles for the security agencies.

2. At no point did any state government communication or the governor himself say that the state government procured brand new vehicles. In fact, the governor stated, “We have delivered 11 REFURBISHED Armored Personnel Carriers and 32 operational vehicles to the Nigerian Police Force, Imo State Command.”

3. Rather, the #PeoplesGovernor, being a prudent man who does not encourage waste, rehabilitated old and abandoned security vehicles that were lying idle at various police commands.

4. This decision encourages a maintenance culture among public officials, as broken police vehicles were repaired instead of being abandoned for brand new purchases.

5. The #PeoplesGovernor acknowledged that the vehicles were dilapidated and damaged due to use over time and undertook to repair them so they could be deployed across the state to protect lives and property and fight crime.

6. Just as we take our personal vehicles to the mechanic for repairs, the governor undertook the repairs of broken police vehicles for effective policing.

7. Our governor deserves commendation for being proactive and alive to his executive duties of protecting Imo people’s lives and property, which has made our state relatively peaceful. Any one who has contrary view on this must be viewed and seen as an enemy of the state who is unhappy with the achievements recorded in the security of Imo people in the last few years.

8. Thank you.

Ambrose Nwaogwugwu.

June 19, 2024.

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Provide commercial ranches for herders, farmers tell FG



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_Farmers’ Association Requests Commercial Ranches for Herders_

– _Solution to Farmer-Herder Conflicts_: The Farmers Association in Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to establish commercial ranches for herders as a permanent solution to the recurring farmer-herder conflicts.

– _Private Sector Investment_: The association suggests that the private sector should invest in commercial ranches, which would provide a sustainable solution to the clashes between farmers and herders.

– _Benefits of Ranching_: Ranching would allow for better breeding, feeding, and management of livestock, increasing meat production and reducing the need for open grazing.

– _Reducing Conflicts_: Commercial ranches would help reduce the conflicts between farmers and herders, promote peaceful coexistence, and enhance national food security.

– _Government Support_: The association appeals to the government to provide incentives, such as subsidies and loans, to support the establishment of commercial ranches.

– _Long-term Solution_: The farmers believe that commercial ranches offer a long-term solution to the farmer-herder conflicts, which have led to loss of lives, crops, and livestock.

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