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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Anambra State 'rewarded' with Boko Haram prisoners

It started off as a rumour. Within days, the rumour has gained legitimacy and momentum leading to widespread demonstrations by civil society groups in the South-east. The chat that sparked massive public protests was that Boko Haram prisoners were transferred from their holding place in the North to a low security prison in Ekwulobia, a local community in Anambra State.

It did not take long for the rumour to be confirmed. In the stillness of the night on Sunday, 28 June 2015, 47 Boko Haram prisoners were ferried secretly from their prison in the North to the Ekwulobia prison. Unfortunately, what was meant to be executed in secret had been blown open in the public sphere. This is not surprising. In the age of new media, it is hard to conceal spine-chilling decisions made by the Federal Government, in particular decisions that are intended to imperil ordinary people's safety, wellbeing, interests, and lives.

In the end, no one was fooled. Unusual presence of soldiers in the Ekwulobia prison premises, as well as the odd presence of armoured tanks positioned in a quiet community that has not seen violence or warfare for many decades confirmed to everyone that Boko Haram terrorists have indeed been transferred to the low security prison in Ekwulobia.
It is wrong to use armed soldiers and armoured tanks to intimidate and restrict the movement of local people in Ekwulobia. Soldiers are not always the solution to every problem, you know. There are instances in which diplomacy has proved to be a more productive way of resolving a sticky problem. You cannot silence people's right to express their opposition to an unfair decision that threatens their lives.

Renowned British playwright William Shakespeare said while it is excellent for anyone to have a giant's strength, it would be tyrannous to use that power like a tyrant to bully and oppress other people. This is not the image that President Muhammadu Buhari wants to cultivate in the first few months of his government. He has nothing to lose but the goodwill and support of the local communities to gain if he could rescind the transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia.

What point or message does the Federal Government want to convey by sending dangerous prisoners to the low security prison in Ekwulobia when there are maximum security prisons that are more suitable to hold the prisoners? A prison facility holding hardened criminals such as Boko Haram terrorists should not be located in a local community with a huge civilian population.

The point has been made about the detention of Al Qaeda prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay high security prison that is far from civilian population. Why can't the Federal Government see reason in doing a similar thing with Boko Haram terrorists who are in prison in communities with dense population such as Ekwulobia? We expect common sense to prevail. We also expect the Federal Government to apply discretion to resolve the decision to relocate Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia.

Transferring Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia prison is not right. The government must show it has no malicious intentions against the southeast by annulling the relocation of the prisoners. What is wrong is wrong no matter how the government tries to dress it, no matter how many times the government attempts to turn reason upside down.
The relocation of Boko Haram terrorists to Ekwulobia prison has exposed the contradictions in Buhari's acceptance speech soon after his election. In that speech which he delivered on April 1, 2015, Buhari made the right noises, said the right things that suited the mood of the time, and presented himself as an advocate of peace, equity, and good governance. Now, you might wonder why a promoter of peace would sanction the relocation of dangerous Boko Haram prisoners from the northern states to a peaceful community in the South-east.

In his acceptance speech, Buhari said he would govern for all Nigerians, not only for people in the states that voted for the APC or people in his region of origin but also for every citizen of Nigeria, including people who voted against his party. He said: "I shall work for those who voted for me as well as those who voted against me and even for those who did not vote at all." He also said: "We will govern for you and in your interests." That was Buhari two months ago. You can now see how the man has transformed himself in just two months from a "man of the people" into a man whose popularity is waning rapidly.

When you deconstruct Buhari's speech, you will see that nothing so far supports his propaganda that he will govern for us all and in our national interests.
Surely, the transfer of Boko Haram terrorists to Ekwulobia undermines rather than upholds Buhari's promise that he would govern in the interest of everyone. It does not make sense to engage in excessive use of executive presidential power to suppress the collective interests of people in a local community.

There are times when you have to wonder how and why the Federal Government makes decisions that continue to baffle everyone. There is no way to justify the decision to transfer dangerous prisoners to Ekwulobia. It beats common sense. It lacks sound logic. It is indefensible. It is inexcusable. And it is malicious in intent and execution. Up until the criminals were moved to Ekwulobia, no one ever dreamt that such an action would ever be contemplated by the Federal Government, not to mention putting the thought into action.

The people of Ekwulobia, the people of Anambra State, and the people in all the communities that have common boundaries with Ekwulobia must be wondering why Buhari would allow such a sensitive decision to be implemented so soon after the inauguration of his government. It is unimaginable that a president would endorse a decision that would allow peaceful communities to be exposed to terror, a decision that has the potential to lead to the shedding of blood of innocent citizens. A president is often perceived as a judicious person. The transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia will not make Buhari to be perceived as a thoughtful and considerate president.

A number of people have argued already that the ill-informed and bewildering decision to move the violent prisoners to Ekwulobia must be driven by a hideous desire to spread Boko Haram terror to the southeast. I am inclined to agree with this idea. People in Ekwulobia specifically and the southeast in general are justified to feel that there is a deliberate plan to disturb the peace in the region, and a craving by the government to impose on the southeast the terrifying experience that people in the north have had with Boko Haram violence.

And yet another view holds that the relocation of the terrorists to Ekwulobia, a low security prison for that matter, could have the unintended consequence of providing a soft ground for the terrorists to stage their escape from a prison that is managed by ill-equipped prison warders and supervisors. This seems to be a sound view also. The government cannot claim ignorance of the pointlessness of transferring dangerous criminals to a prison that is situated in a densely populated community, a prison that is without adequate security forces and equipment. It is imprudent to embed prisoners with terrorist track record into a local community with virtually no resources to defend itself if the terrorists should strike back from their prison.

Let us be clear here: The relocation of Boko Haram terrorists to Anambra State is nothing but mischief of the worst kind authorised by the Federal Government. While impoverished communities in the southeast expect the Federal Government to help them to improve their socioeconomic conditions, what the communities have been given in return is a sinister Greek gift of terrorists who have a record of sadistic violence. Anambra State and the southeast deserve better than this.

It will be hard for the people of Anambra State and the southeast to forget this dreadful experience with the Buhari government. It is an appalling experience. Rather than bequeath well equipped hospitals and medical personnel to the people of Ekwulobia, rather than empower the people with projects that will help to make a difference in their lives, rather than show the human face of the Federal Government, Buhari has imposed fear, terror, restlessness, nervousness, and suffering on the people in Ekwulobia and the southeast states.

For a government that was elected barely three months ago, this is a very bad start. The decision to insert Boko Haram criminals into a local prison that will allow them to interact with, and radicalise, other prisoners who are serving time for minor offences is mindless and iniquitous.
The question must be asked: are people in the South-east being punished because they did not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential election in March this year? If so, the decision is discriminatory. It is ethnic bigotry by another name.
I have heard people say that the decision to transfer the Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia was made by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Even if that was the case, the argument lacks merit. Just as Buhari has been overturning some of the decisions and appointments made by Jonathan, Buhari can also overrule the decision to relocate Boko Haram terrorists to the South east. In his capacity as president, Buhari must know what is good, what is bad, and what is unfair for ordinary people.

No one needs to impress it on Buhari that the decision to move Boko Haram prisoners from the North to the South-east was wrong, offensive, insensitive, dishonourable, inappropriate, demeaning, and shameful.That decision has the potential to create inter-ethnic tension and conflict between the North and the South-east.
Buhari must show he is a listening and understanding president by annulling the decision to house the Boko Haram terrorists in the minimum security prison in Ekwulobia.

Relocation of Boko Haram inmates to South-East hatched during Jonathan's govt -Ekwueme

Dr Ekwueme
The President should reverse it to assuage the feelings of Ndigbo
Former Vice President of Nigeria in the Second Republic, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has said that the plan to bring Boko Haram detainees to Aguata Prisons in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, was hatched during the former President Jonathan's administration, but was resisted and protested against by the people which made the past administration to drop the idea.

Speaking with newsmen at Aguluzigbo, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State during the end of tenure Thanksgiving Ceremony of Chief Victor Umeh as APGA Chairman, Chief Ekwueme said, "I am aware that the plan of bringing Boko Haram detainees to Aguata prisons in Ekwulobia came up a while ago and there was reasonable protest to the then President Jonathan against it and he dropped the plan.

"I was out of the country when I heard that Boko Haram detainees were brought to Aguata Prisons in Ekwulobia, Anambra State. I started wondering how the idea of bringing them to the South East and my local government area came up again after the people thought the matter has been rested.

"I am sure the new President must have seen the records and proposal and decided to implement it, but since there was initial protest against the relocation of the detainees to the South East, I'm sure President Buhari will do something to assuage the feelings of the people of the South East," he said.

On the alleged delay in appointing ministers, Chief Ekwueme said he cannot start passing judgment now on the President because “every leader has his leadership style, everybody will not approach that exalted office with the same style. You have to watch and assess each person based on his style. The important thing is that we get the right result.
"Another important thing is that we have peace, prosperity and unity, and better quality of life as Nigeria attains her God given-position as a great nation and leader in the comity of nations.

“So, I wish the President well in running the affairs of Nigeria. I cannot start assessing his performance now, it is too early,” he said.

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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