One of many tenets of democracy is the power of the folks to decide on their chief and the power of those that need to grow to be leaders to persuade the folks about their capability to guide.
The latest information that members of Ohanaeze in Imo state had introduced a consensus candidate to guide the remainder of the Igbo nation is undemocratic and ought to be seen as unconstitutional.
One of many main traits of sociocultural teams in Nigeria has been their neutrality within the polity and that is the place it’s best energy lies.
Ohanaeze has been a number one voice in calling out President Muhammadu Buhari for the injustice melted out on Igbos, why will the identical Ohanaeze now desires to be a celebration to injustice.
It’s no information that the the choice of the governor of Imo state to current George Obiozor because the consensus candidate from IMO has an undertone with regard 2023, it seems like an APC agenda. The query now could be what about these Igbos who’re affiliated to different political events, will Ohanaeze now characterize their curiosity?
In 2019, our chief, Barr Nnia Nwodo said in clear phrases that the Igbos will solely assist a candidate that can restructure Nigeria and so it occurred when Igbos declared their assist for Atiku Abubakar even towards the desires of some state governors. The above exhibits neutrality and in addition exhibits that Ohanaeze is an unbiased entity. If President Buhari had pushed for restructuring, it means Igbos would have supported him.
The South West Governors assist Afenifere however doesn’t impose leaders on them. Not too long ago, when the south west floated it’s safety outfit, the Governors of the south east wished to do similar however for some unknown causes, they stopped the agenda, it was solely Ohanaeze who continued to push. Think about an Ohanaeze that’s managed by the governors, not simply the governors, an APC governor, it merely means we’ll lose our voice towards the Federal authorities.
Each candidate who has declared for the presidency of Ohanaeze deserves an opportunity to persuade the delegates on why he deserves to be the subsequent president. Let the folks make their selection. That’s it the flip of Imo state to supply the subsequent president doesn’t imply it they have to impose somebody on the remainder of the Igbo nation. Ohanaeze should not solely be stated to be simply, it have to be seen to be simply.
Any try to make Ohanaeze lose its neutrality will current a foul entrance for the long run and it’s my era that can endure it. This can be a ethical plea.
All candidates have to be allowed to current their manifesto to the remainder of the Igbo nation and allow us to resolve who will lead us.
In conclusion, I name on the but to be inaugurated electoral committee and the Imeobi to reject the thought of consensus and provides each candidate an opportunity.
The massive query is that why is it that the APC within the south east is so decide to deliver Ohanaeze below it’s management? Information exhibits that each one those that have supported this consensus candidate both belong to a state govern by the APC or is a card carrying member of the APC.
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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.