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2023 Presidency: Plot To Short Change Igbo Nation Thickens

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…. PDP Whoops Up Sympathy For Atiku

…. APC Yet To Take Decision

…. IPOB Insists On Biafra

Except plans are midway changed, the 2023 presidential ambition of the people of the southeast may not be realised.

Some top-notch politicians of Igbo extraction have recently joined the ruling APC with the sole aim that the 2023 presidency is non-negotiable for the people of the South East.

Some Igbo top politicians who recently joined the said ruling APC include the former Governor of Abia State, senator Oji Uzo Kalu amongst others.

Recently, the national chairman of the major opposition party in Nigeria, Uche Secondus, the chairman of the PDP informed Nigerians and the members of the PDP in particular that the party has not yet abandoned the presidential ambition of the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

Secondus went further, informing the world that though zoning arrangement is enshrined in the PDP constitution but that does not stop anyone Atiku inclusive from contesting for the party’s primaries in the next presidential election.

This statement coming from the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus did not go down well with many Nigerians, particularly the Igbos who are mainly PDP persons who have been nursing the interest of clinching the position of the Nigerian presidency having watched other regions and tribes ruled the nation as presidents.

In the 2019 presidential primaries of the PDP, the Igbo were appealed with to support the aspiration of Atiku Abubakar on the grounds that it would be the turn of them after Atiku, and this understanding and agreement were said to be reasons why non-Igbo person contested for the PDP primaries again Atiku.

Since the said statement of Secondus, many Igbo men, have begun to see a situation where the said PDP may at last give Atiku another chance to run for the presidency under the platform of the PDP in the next election against the Igbo’s turn.

On the other side of the coin, the ruling APC is yet to make any pronouncement on whether or not, the Igbos who ordinarily supposed to contest the 2023 presidency under the platform would be supported to do that or not.

President Buhari amongst other top APC members during the 2015 APC presidential Rally in Imo state made it clear that after the turn of Buhari that the presidency would shift to the south east, which according to them was the only Tribe that had not produced the presidency, this amongst others warranted some of the Igbo people to support the ambition of the President Buhari, at the said time.

Although the APC is yet to say anything about the 2023 Presidency as it concerns the party and the Igbos but political Analysts are of the view that going by the party’s body language, the Igbos may not get the Ticket for the presidency.

Recently, one of the cousins to the president disclosed that there should not be zoning of the presidency to any Zone, Igbos inclusive, adding that the best person despite the tribe should be supported to have the party’s ticket.

Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, the apex social-cultural organization in Igbo Land has often said that nothing would stop an Igbo person from ruling the nation in 2023.

Nnia Nwodo, the President General of Ohanaeze in a press release to Journalists, made it clear that without an Igbo man becoming the next president of this country, that the Igbo nation would be left with no option than to support the independence of Biafra.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, had on several occasions made Igbos understand that Nigeria’s Government would never allow an Igbo presidency, including in 2023.

Nnamdi Kanu in a release signed by the media and publicity secretary of the IPOB, Emma powerful called on Igbo people to keep struggling and fighting for the sovereign state of Biafra while calling of the Nigerian Government to let Biafrans be.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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