Christmas 2020 is right here. It’s a season that brings buddies and households collectively. In the meantime, Igbo folks from the South-East, wherever they could be based mostly, are identified to have, through the years, developed particular curiosity for the season, and, as such, would do every part potential to mark the season on their dwelling grounds.
It’s, subsequently, typical to see the Igbo utilizing the event of Christmas to besiege their villages from wherever they could reside, together with these within the Diaspora, for a similar function.
Many would have thought that the rising insecurity, worry of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the hardships occasioned by the a number of months of lockdown, and improve in transport fares, would drastically cut back the variety of Igbo vacationers this time round.
Nevertheless, Sunday Vanguard findings revealed the other.
A visit to some parks in Lagos and Abuja confirmed ever growing variety of vacationers regardless of over 100% improve in transport fares in the previous few days.
For instance, a journey from Lagos to Onitsha that price N6, 000 final Sunday was N14, 000 on Friday.
Many Igbo folks, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard from throughout the nation, stated neither the precarious safety state of affairs nor improve in transport fares would deter them from touring to be with their family members of their varied villages.
Whereas some attributed this quest to go to dwelling throughout Christmas as an inborn trait of Ndigbo, others noticed it as extra of a home-coming, a get-together for a median Igbo traveler.
This faculty of thought believed that Christmas time gives south easterners the chance to reunite with their households and family members.
Sharing this view with Sunday Vanguard, Mr. Obinna Kesta, a media character and social media influencer, defined that Ndigbo is a tribe that’s extremely dominated by Christians (up-to 98%) and can be very troublesome for them to not have fun Christmas which was why they usually journey dwelling from the cities.
He stated: “Christmas is a time to reunite as households and as a folks to deliberate on points that concern them and search for methods ahead after staying aside for fairly a while.
“Sure, there’s Covid-19 pandemic however we’ve all seen that it hasn’t actually been an enormous downside for we Africans.
“Loss of life charges with or with out Covid-19 have remained the identical.
‘South-East most secured’
“On insecurity, I believe it’s even safer to journey as a result of there is no such thing as a place like dwelling, as we are saying, and south-eastern Nigeria has been essentially the most secured and peaceable area in latest historical past.
“The excessive price of transportation is self-inflicted on our folks by our folks and we’ve at all times survived it.
“So I believe there may be nothing a lot that ought to cease our folks from touring this Christmas.”
Craving to return dwelling
Talking in the identical vein, an entrepreneur from Owerri, Imo State, Mr. Ikenna Egejuru, added that Christmas was not only a mere celebration for Ndigbo, because it has change into a time for reuniting and household get-together.
“It’s one thing that has been half and parcel of Ndigbo because the time immemorial”, Egejuru stated.
“Individuals at all times put together that each December, they need to contact dwelling to see the folks they haven’t seen for a really very long time, most particularly, these from the Diaspora which are going to return.
“So excessive price of transportation and no matter Covid-19 has include can’t deter us from touring.
“Once more, there are specific actions in varied villages that give that craving to return dwelling each December.
“So the issue of insecurity or improve in transportation fare can’t truly cease them from being a part of these actions on the villages”.
Egejuru’s sentiment was additionally shared by an Abuja-based medical practitioner, and Chief Government Officer of JOFA International Basis, Dr. Obinna Oke, who identified that no impediment was adequate to stop a keen Igbo particular person from touring dwelling this yuletide.
Oke regretted that he gained’t be travelling for the Christmas celebrations as a result of he had travelled dwelling in November and his work wouldn’t allow him to journey once more this quickly.
“Sure, the prevailing insecurity within the nation, the difficulty of COVID-19 and excessive price of transportation right now are crucial elements that may discourage somebody from travelling”, he stated.
“Nevertheless, none of them is an absolute contraindication for travelling to see one’s household, buddies and family members.
“These three elements mustn’t discourage Igbo who need to journey to have fun and spend high quality time with their family members after a protracted interval of being away particularly those that can afford to, a possibility that Christmas gives.”
The medical physician, nonetheless, added a caveat, advising those that “can’t afford to journey to not really feel dangerous or interact in an illegal effort to have the ability to” as there is no such thing as a time that one can’t journey.
“They will have fun the Christmas this 12 months wherever they’re and probably journey when subsequent they really feel it’s handy for them. Christmas isn’t ending anytime quickly. Similar to me; I gained’t be travelling and I don’t really feel any loss”.
Additionally, a Lagos-based businessman, King-James Onuegbu, who stated although he was apprehensive concerning the insecurity state of affairs within the nation, it might not cease him from touring to his dwelling state, Anambra.
He stated: “Sure, I’m touring, although I’m a bit apprehensive about insecurity, I’m not going to be deterred by a potential hike in transportation fare.
“Additionally, I’m not afraid of Covid-19 in any respect. It is because, folks have been travelling out and in prior to now, ignoring Covid-19 protocols and evidently nothing is occurring.
However for another folks, the search to journey ought to take the backstage when the difficulty of security of life was involved.
To Favour Amakor, a journalist resident in Abuja, the one factor discouraging him from going to his village throughout this yuletide was the excessive price of transportation and insecurity alongside the main highways, and never essentially the difficulty of Covid-19.
“I’m planning to journey for Christmas however I’m being deterred by excessive price of transportation and insecurity and never essentially due to Covid-19. It’s unlucky that authorities who got here to energy on the mantra of ‘change’ has failed woefully in discharging its constitutional accountability of defending life and property. For me, the worry of insecurity throughout the yuletide is the start of knowledge”, he stated.
Equally, a workers member of one of many business banks within the nation, who most well-liked to stay nameless, was apprehensive concerning the safety state of affairs in Nigeria, saying she wouldn’t danger her life just because she wished to have fun the festive interval in her village.
“Effectively on the difficulty of touring, I don’t need to danger my life on the highway due to insecurity”, she stated.
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FOR troopers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen again to a neighborhood in Ogun State from which they had been earlier evicted after which to publicly whip members of that neighborhood for evicting them merely beggars perception. Have the folks of the South West now turn into slaves of their fathers’ land? Have we lastly been conquered and occupied?
It’s completely mind-blowing. It’s depraved. It’s evil. It’s unacceptable. How way more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the folks of the South West anticipated to take? Troopers are whipping our folks like canines on the street with the intention to reinstate these which are killing, raping and maiming them?
Is our Military a Nigerian Military or a Fulani Military? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the legislation? Is the Presidency a Nigerian Presidency or a Fulani Presidency? Why do they at all times converse out in defence of killer herdsmen and by no means for his or her victims? It is just when you might have met somebody whose entire household has been raped and butchered by Fulani herdsmen that you’ll know or admire what’s going on within the South West.
It has turn into a each day incidence.
They’ve kidnapped, maimed and slaughtered conventional rulers, businessmen, politicians, elder-statesmen, farmers, artesans, lecturers, lecturers, college students, artists, pure-water sellers, market ladies, hairdressers, the wealthy, the poor, ladies, youngsters and so many others, together with the gorgeous daughter of Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the chief of Afenifere.
For Miyetti Allah, the ACF, the NEF or anybody else to say that the Fulani “personal all of the land in Nigeria” and that we’re “being provocative”, “beating the drums of battle” and “asking for a second civil battle” by calling for the arrest and eviction of the killer herdsmen and murderous thugs from our land is insulting and provocative.
Solely the ignorant, cowardly and uninformed speak like that. Solely these which are secretly behind the carnage, that revenue from it and that despatched the herdsmen to unleash terror on us can say such issues.
The Structure doesn’t grant the Fulani or anybody else the precise to commit homicide in Nigeria or to show the South West into their killing fields. The Structure doesn’t regard Yoruba blood as being cheaper than others and neither does it prescribe that the Yoruba persons are to be handled like sacrificial lambs and killed at will.
Some Yoruba leaders need to be president or vp in 2023 and are, subsequently, ready to maintain quiet and tolerate this garbage that’s being performed to our folks. I’m not a type of leaders. Nothing on this world could make me commerce within the blood and lives of my folks. Nothing will make me flip a blind eye to their sufferings or betray them.
For me, my folks come first and politics or political expediency comes a distant second. I’ll converse the reality irrespective of the implications, it doesn’t matter what it prices me and irrespective of whose ox is gored.
And the reality is that Chief Sunday Igboho, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Afenifere, Professor Akintoye, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, SOKAPU, the Southern and Center Belt Leaders Discussion board, SMBLF, and all the opposite people and our bodies which have spoken out in opposition to the murderous actions of the herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere are proper.
And people who have supported or tried to rationalise the legal behaviour of the killers within the title of political correctness or political expediency are treacherous, shameless and irresponsible.
In case you are a Yoruba man and also you need to be president or vp I ponder whose affairs will you be presiding over and who will you lead or symbolize on the nationwide degree if all of your Yoruba folks have already been killed?
Quickly we will begin calling the collaborators and cowards out by title. You betray your individual only for assist, acceptance and promotion from Northerners whereas no Northerner price his salt will ever promote his personal folks out for you? Nothing might be extra reprehensible than that.
Shakespeare wrote ‘cowards die many occasions earlier than their demise’ and Soyinka wrote ‘the person dies in him who stays silent within the face of tyranny and injustice’. They had been each proper. The person has died in too lots of our leaders at this time and the time to talk out is now. All of us must take a cue from Igboho. Sufficient is sufficient. An excessive amount of blood has been shed and too many lives have been taken by these herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere. They kill within the North, the Center Belt, the South-South, the South East and all over the place else they usually do it with out regret and with whole impunity.
Peace-loving and law-abiding Fulanis are welcome within the South West however people who kill, steal, rape and destroy should depart they usually have to be delivered to justice by the authorities. If this doesn’t occur count on many extra Igbohos to stand up.
The Buhari administration are complicit in these crimes and on this ethnic cleaning, mass homicide and genocide. I say they’re complicit as a result of they’ve refused to disarm the perpetrators, arrest them or deliver them to justice even though it’s their constitutional responsibility to take action.
They’ve failed to take care of legislation and order and to guard the lives and property of the Nigerian folks they usually proceed to pamper and encourage the killer herdsmen.
The Presidency not speaks for the Nigerian folks however just for Miyetti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it doesn’t matter what they are saying they are going to by no means change.
Chief Fani-Kayode, a political chief and former minister, wrote from Lagos
The Requirements Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged the federal authorities to think about a coverage geared toward returning substandard items to international locations of origin to spice up shoppers’ confidence and strengthen worldwide commerce.
Mallam Farouk Salim, SON’s Director-Basic, mentioned, at an enforcement train on Monday, the coverage would tackle the preponderance of imported faux and substandard items within the nation.
Salim famous that an association to return items with no financial worth to international locations notable for producing substandard items was well timed and important.
“One association I’d like to have is the power to return substandard items again to nation of origin, whereas additionally paying again the importers of the merchandise in the event that they have been wrongly deceived.
“Nevertheless, a state of affairs the place the importer was not deceived, we’d prosecute the importer.
“We’ll assist any nation to prosecute any producer or importer with their very own legal guidelines over there, however that legislation to my data just isn’t but in place, I’ll positively wish to attraction to the related authorities sooner or later to place such enabling legislation in place,” he mentioned.
The SON DG revealed plans to destroy over N300 million value of substandard fuel cylinders and tyres.
In line with him, the merchandise failed to satisfy the minimal requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Normal (NIS) and, subsequently, weren’t secure for consumption by the general public.
Salim mentioned the company was additionally growing its surveillance and intelligence to checkmate the inflow of substandard items, whereas restating its dedication to zero tolerance for substandard items.
“We’re destroying these items in an environmentally pleasant approach as a result of we don’t need to pollute the surroundings and we additionally should make sure that the whole lot recyclable can be recycled correctly.
”We’re taking a look at N300 million value of products to be destroyed and that is simply an estimate.
“About six containers of tyres have been stuffed into one another and for the cylinders, we intercepted them from a number of sources.
“We nonetheless have extra merchandise ready for courtroom orders to be destroyed as a result of we can’t on our personal destroy them,” he added.
Salim harassed the requirements physique’s preparedness to make sure the passage of solely items that met the minimal necessities following the graduation of the African Continental Free Commerce Settlement (AfCFTA).
“When it comes to the AfCFTA, we’re ready so far as standardising is anxious.
“We’re prepared for any state of affairs whether or not from Africa or different continents the world over,” he mentioned.
Additionally talking, SON’s Compliance Director, Engr. Obiora Manafa, mentioned the company was poised to intensifying its sensitisation programmes to teach Nigerians on the destructive impact of substandard merchandise in 2021.
“The sensitisation campaigns had to date yielded constructive outcomes in line with the feedbacks of many market organisations on the processes,” he mentioned.
Mr Charles Amudipe, Assistant Director, Head of Enforcement, Lagos Workplace, Nigeria Copyright Fee (NCC), mentioned each the SON and the NCC would proceed to strengthen their partnership to make sure the protection of Nigerian shoppers.