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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Empowerment: Ebonyi begins registration of IPOB members

ABAKALIKI— EBONYI State government said it has begun the data capturing
and registration of Ebonyi youths across the 13 local government areas of the
state that were misled during the agitation by Indigenous People of Biafra,

This came as Directorate of States, DOS, of IPOB accused former Governor of
Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, of sabotaging the agitation for the
restoration of Biafra, urging him to rethink because those who have played
similar roles against IPOB in the past regretted it.

In a related development, Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of
Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, described some lawyers that protested against
Biafra agitation as “charge and bail lawyers.”

Ebonyi begins registration of IPOB members

The state Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job Creation,
Uchenna Orji, stated this in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the activities
of the current administration in the area of youth empowerment.

He said the current administration, apart from pursuing the action plan of
making the IPOB members economically independent, the initiative would also
help in reducing social vices and other forms of criminality currently plaguing
the society.

The commissioner, who said the state government had extended its
empowerment schemes to Ebonyi youths in other states of the federation,
including Sokoto, Kaduna, Anambra and Lagos, added that over 3000 youths
had so far been empowered in the state.

He said: “The IPOB youths are being registered in the Department of
Education and Social Welfare in the LGAs. After their capturing, the state
government will create a programme to train and empower them in their
chosen career .”

IPOB accuses Kalu of sabotaging Biafra struggle

In a statement from IPOB’s Directorate Of State, signed by Chinasa Nworu,
the group alleged that Chief Kalu had demonstrated time without number and
tried so hard and failed to induce its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, with billions
of naira bribe for him to jettison the Biafra struggle.

IPOB alleged that the former “governor was disappointed by our leader’s
uncompromising posture and he now decided to vent his frustration by
claiming to know how Mazi Nnamdi Kanu developed wings and flew out of
Biafraland to London via Malaysia.

“The point here is how would it be? Of all people, it is Orji Kalu that
announced to the whole world the escape route of a person he claimed is his
brother. It is not surprising because he is trying so hard to impress his slave
masters and cover up the whereabouts of our leader who is missing after the
military invaded his home in Afaraukwu in Umuahia.

“He has continually partook in the conspiracy act to destroy his people just
for his own selfish gains, even when he has been hustling to be relevant with
Biafra struggle, but we never allowed him because we all know he is an agent
of the Hausa-Fulani and the British government.”

MASSOB blasts anti-Biafra lawyers, Okechukwu

MASSOB in a reaction also chided Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON,
Mr. Osita Okechukwu, for throwing punches at the President-General of
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.

A group, League of African Democratic Lawyers, led by one John Oboh, had
protested at the American Embassy in Nigeria over the rising agitation for

But MASSOB in a reaction to the protest said it was a faceless group who
through their actions gave themselves out as “nothing but charge and bail
lawyers who do not know the meaning of democracy.

“How can qualified and well-trained lawyers protest against a self-
determination group. Can these lawyers define the meaning of democracy? It
is a pity that these so-called lawyers were paid by the Federal Government
to protest,” Samuel Edeson, MASSOB spokesman said.

The group insisted that if the anti-Biafra protesters were really busy lawyers,
they would not have had time for such charade.

MASSOB also condemned attack on President -General of Ohanaeze, Chief
Nwodo by VON boss, Mr. Osita Okechukwu.

MASSOB said it will not sit and watch people like Osita Okechukwu insult
Igbo leaders.

The group said: “Mr Okechukwu who prefers to be a servant should go ahead
and serve Buhari and his APC. A hungry man and a slave will always do what
his master asks him to do.

“We, Ndigbo know that Osita Okechukwu is just a puppet whom President
Buhari wants to use to divide Ndigbo but it cannot work. Hundreds of Osita
Okechukwus are no match for one Nnia Nwodo.”

Negotiate with IPOB to avert chaos, Yoruba group advises FG

Meantime, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Atayese, has cautioned the
Federal Government on the handling of IPOB crisis, urging that negotiation
should be embraced to avert a chaotic situation in the eastern part of the

Atayese, in the statement made available to Vanguard, yesterday, by its
national chairman, Chief Tokunbo Ajasin, said the calls for restructuring are
very crucial at this stage and was happy that the APC, in control of the
Federal Government, has already taken the right step by instituting a public
hearing for presentation of memoranda to its committee on true federalism.
He, however, warned that this matter should not be treated as a mere
distraction, but a strong move towards the fulfillment of the party’s

He equally advised members of the IPOB to follow constitutional means to
achieve their goals, adding that the violent steps being used would make their
agitations less effective because they would not only lose the sympathy of
the people but they would play into the hands of government might.

IPOB members at Federal High Court Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga

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