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Ohanaeze Leadership Crisis Worsens As Faction Opens Secretariat



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The crisis in the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has taken a turn for the worse as the Chidi Ibeh-led faction has opened a parallel secretariat.

This is coming days after they declared the Ohanaeze Secretariat at the Park Avenue, Enugu, as uninhabitable.

Earlier, after inspecting the Park Avenue Secretariat with his executive members, Ibeh said it was in a sorry state and would not host Ohanaeze activities pending the completion of its renovation. He went ahead to announce a shutdown of the secretariat.

However, the Amb. George Obiozor faction of Ohanaeze countered the shutdown of the secretariat, insisting that the Park Avenue structure remained open. It has also been observed recently that renovation is ongoing in the old structure at the secretariat.

But the Ibeh group has now made real its stand with the opening of another secretariat at Emene, Enugu, a few metres away from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

It also announced that April 22, 2021, has been set aside as Atonement Day of Ndigbo.

Addressing journalists after a tour of the new secretariat, Ibeh said it became inevitable owing to the deplorable state of the Ohanaeze permanent secretariat.

He also announced at the press briefing that the Ohanaeze Elders’ Council held in Owerri, Imo State on Saturday was a nullity.

Ibeh said at an Executive Committee meeting of Ohanaeze , it was resolved that the Igbo presidency project must be pursued with every sense of seriousness and without compromise.

He declared that, “my leadership as elected on January 9 remains the only authentic leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and we will do everything under our purview, under our power, to bring Ndigbo to a very proper perspective.

“Having said this, I must express dismay over the so-called Council of Elders’ meeting of Ohanaeze held yesterday at Owerri; that was a charade in its entirety, an absurdity, that meeting was a mere political dinner meeting convened by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State. It was not an Ohanaeze meeting and I want to appeal to Ndigbo to discountenance the discussions, the outcomes and whatever gathering they had yesterday.

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“When the Elders’ Council is properly constituted we will let out people know about it. In the first place, if I am the President-General, for power balancing and equity, the chairman of the Council of Elders will come from another State of Ndigbo not from Imo State. So, anyone addressing Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as chairman of the Elders’ Council, it is not acceptable and it is a nullity.

“I want to let our people know that having visited the permanent secretariat of Ohanaeze last month, we have come up with a temporary secretariat; it has been sited here in Enugu and this environment is the temporary secretariat. Henceforth, all Ohanaeze activities shall be conducted here.

“We, however, appeal to the contractor handling our permanent secretariat to hasten work, because 40 percent of the outstanding sum has been released to the contractor; we expect him to furnish and hand over to us within four weeks time.

“On Igbo presidency, our resolve is that it is non-negotiable and we will not compromise; we will do everything possible to have an Igbo man rule this country.”

He warned against anyone stopping the contractor from having access to complete the job at the secretariat, stressing that “we have contacted security agencies and anyone who tries to foment trouble would be arrested.”

He said the inauguration of the state chapters of Ohanaeze was on course as that of Imo had taken place, with Abia billed for next week, and others to follow suit.

On Atonement Day of Ndigbo, Ibeh said, “this land must be purified; our prayerful men and women will be assembled together- all the clerics in Igbo land will come together and pray for the cleansing of the land.”

He said his group was behind the Eastern Security Network, ESN, powered by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

“We are calling on all the governors in this region to support the ESN; their work is important to stop the incursion of criminals into this zone,” he stated.

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Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari – Babachir Lawal



Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari- - Babachir Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer in charge of his government as some of his aides have hijacked his leadership of the country according to Babachir Lawal.

Babachir, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, spoke when he appeared on Channels Television’s “The Verdict 2023”, on Friday night.

Speaking about the state of governance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Lawal said things were out of the hands of the President.

He further stated that those in the present regime who had the ears of the president refused to carry out the expectations of the President or the public.

Lawal also said before the president’s election into office in 2015, he had shown a remarkable sense of leadership, while he previously held positions as governor of Borno State, Minister of Petroleum, and military Head of State, but had challenges with his “lieutenants”, and deciding who executed projects and orders when he came into power as President.

“Things are out of his hands, there’s no running away from that fact. There are people that do not take the orders they are given. As soon as they leave where the order is given, they go and do different things. There is nothing like cabal. There is no government that does not have an inner caucus. There’s no government. There are people who have the ears of the President, to whom the President by functionality, their functions in government, ought to do things, but they are not doing what the President tells them to do, or what the President expects them to do, or what society itself expects them to do.

“I can tell you this, I know President Buhari very well, even long before he became President, and most Nigerians also knew him. And the expectation was that based on his antecedents as former governor of Borno State, former Minister of Petroleum, and then President, he had shown a remarkable sense of ability to rule.

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“By 2015, we were almost at the same level where we are this time around; people were fed up. But when he got in, I think the President had issues with his lieutenants, about who executes the orders he gives, and who executes the policies that he makes. And that is really my own side of things.”

Asked about his switch from his support for, and membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to join the Labour Party which has Peter Obi as its presidential candidate, Babachir said: “I’ve seen the light; you can repent when you see the light. I’ve seen the light, I saw the light and I repented, I’m sorry. I did that before. The light is Peter Obi. The darkness is the old system that used to govern us, which is represented by both the PDP and the APC. No change. The same people, the same agbada, the same red face cap. The same people. So Nigerians have seen the light, not only me.”


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BREAKING: I’ll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days – Buhari



BREAKING: I'll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged citizens to give him seven days to resolve the cash crunch that has become a problem across the country from the Central Bank of Nigeria policy to change high-value naira notes with new ones.

During the Progressives Governors’ Forum who paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa to seek solutions to the cash crunch which they said was threatening the good records of the administration in transforming the economy, Buhari said the currency re-design would give a boost to the economy and provide long-term benefits. He expressed doubts about the commitment of banks in particular to the success of the policy.

“Some banks are inefficient and only concerned about themselves”, said the president, “even if a year is added, problems associated with selfishness and greed won’t go away.”

He said he had seen television reports about cash shortages and hardship to local businesses and ordinary people and gave assurances that the balance of seven of the 10-day extension would be used to crack down on whatever stood in the way of successful implementation.

“I will revert to the CBN and the minting company. There will be a decision one way or the other in the remaining seven days of the 10-day extension,” the president was quoted to have said in a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The governors told the president that while they agreed that his decision on the currency redesign was good and that they were fully in support, its execution had been botched and their constituents were becoming increasingly upset.

They told the president that, as leaders of the government and party in their different states, they were becoming anxious about a slump in the economy and the series of elections that are coming.

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They requested the president to use his powers to direct the concurrent use of the new and old notes till the end of the year.

The president said when he considered giving approval to the policy, he demanded an undertaking from the CBN that no new notes would be printed in a foreign country and they, in turn, gave him assurances that there was enough capacity, manpower and equipment to print the currency for local needs. He said he needed to go back to find out what was actually happening.

Buhari told the governors that, being closer to the people, he had heard their cries and would act in a way that there would be a solution.


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BREAKING: Buhari, APC Governors Meet In Also Rock



President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC are currently meeting in Aso Rock.

The governors, under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum, are meeting with the president at the council chamber of the State House, Abuja.

The reason for the meeting is still sketchy at the moment but it may not be unconnected to the ambition of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Kaduna sate governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had a few days ago, raised the alarm alleging that some elements in the presidency are working against the former Lagos governor.

Those currently at the meeting are governors of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai; Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu; Imo State, Hope Uzodimma; Zamfara State, Bello Matawale; Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje; Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; Yobe State, Mai Bala-Buni; Niger State, Sani Bello; and Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.




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