Former Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa in exile in an unknown location has told President Robert Mugabe in a statement on Tuesday that the current political and constitutional crisis in the country is not a matter between him and the veteran leader.
Mnangawa, who indicated that he was not returning to Zimbabwe until his security was guaranteed, said that the current crisis in the country was in fact between the people of Zimbabwe and Mugabe.
“The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter. To me the voice of the people is the voice of God and their lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe has been expressed. Several groups including students, general workers, opposition party members, vendors, religious organisations and ordinary citizens led by our war veterans, our party members in Zanu-PF, civic society, and all races of colour and creed in Zimbabwe clearly demonstrated without violence their insatiable desire to have the resignation of His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe,” said Mnangagwa.
Mnagagwa said that the people of Zimbabwe had spoken with one voice.
“It is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy,” said Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa’s statement came after the country’s army chief Constantino Chiwenga said that progress had been made in talks towards an apparent deal over Mugabe’s exit.
Chiwenga also said that Mugabe was in touch with Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa’s ouster triggered the military takeover and Mugabe’s loss of power.
“The security services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the president and the former vice president… who is expected in the country shortly,” Chiwenga said.
“Thereafter the nation will be advised of the outcome of talks between the two.”
Chiwenga called for calm after Zimbabweans had celebrated on Saturday at huge anti-Mugabe marches that would have been brutally repressed just a week ago.
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted, according to news getting to us in NaijaNews from a source.
Quoting a source, “the news network said the army generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands, including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and that he would keep his private property”.
further information setting in from the source states, “the aim of Sunday’s televised address in which Mugabe appeared to resist calls to step aside was to ensure the veteran leader openly declared the military’s actions to be constitutional”.
For the resignation to be formally sealed and acknowledged, a letter must first be sent to the speaker of parliament, added the source.
Mugabe had stunned the nation on Sunday when he refused to say in a live televised address if he was stepping down.
His party had earlier given him 24 hours to resign or be impeached after military seized power and kept him under house arrest.
On Saturday, thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets for their voices to be heard and the same time calling for him to go.
But in a bizarre and rambling speech, Mugabe instead insisted he was going nowhere, and that he would see his political party Zanu-PF through its congress in a few weeks.
Zimbabweans who had been glued to state television to watch the speech live came out into the streets afterward, some in shock.
Harare resident Tina Madzimure called the speech “an embarrassment really. He made a fool out of the generals.”
“This man will go to his grave with Zimbabwe in his hands,” she told the source.
Source: Naija News
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, until December 5. Kanu is being prosecuted alongside others on charges of treasonable felony.
The case was adjourned due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, who said to be attending the ‘All Judges’ Conference’ being held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.
Kanu was on Monday absent from court for the second time after the alleged invasion of his home in Abia State by the military on September 14, since when he had been declared missing by his family. His co-defendants and a serving Senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who is one of the three persons standing as sureties for the bail granted the IPOB leader, was however in court on Monday.
Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge on October 17 that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant.
Source: Naija News
Embattled President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe Sunday remained adamant, insisting that he would hold on to power, at least, till the December congress of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), which had relieved him as its leader and gave him up to noon Monday to resign as president or risk impeachment.
ZANU-PF had Sunday appointed Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe had fired as vice-president two weeks ago, as its new leader.
The party, according to the BBC, had given 93-year-old Mugabe until noon Monday to resign as president or face impeachment.
But Reuters reported last night that Mugabe had vowed not to resign, leaving the ZANU-PF with no other option than to purse his impeachment.
The embattled president insisted in a broadcast Sunday that he would hang on until the party’s congress in December.
“The congress is due in a few weeks from now. I will preside over its processes, which must not be prepossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public,” Mr. Mugabe said.
“I’m confident that from tonight our whole nation at all levels gets refocused… Let us all move forward,” he concluded.
The military had intervened last week, in an apparent attempt to block him from installing his wife, Grace, as his successor.
Grace and several other senior officials have been expelled from the party.
Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against Mugabe who met for long hours with military leaders Sunday before the meeting of the ZANU-PF that eventually showed him the door out of power.
While no details of the meeting had been released, Mugabe was said to be seeking more time to negotiate his exit after nearly four decades in power.
Cheering erupted when the decision to dismiss him as party leader was announced in Harare Sunday.
One senior official later told the BBC’s Andrew Harding: “It’s the dawn of a new era. Mugabe can go farming.”
Zanu-PF’s Central Committee also warned that impeachment proceedings would begin if Mugabe did not step down as president by noon local time on today.
Impeaching the president would require a two-thirds majority in both houses of Zimbabwe’s parliament, which is due to resume on Tuesday.
The opposition MDC-T party had tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mugabe in the past, but this time the ruling party – which has an overwhelming majority in both houses – is likely to go against him.
The military under the command of the Army Chief, General Constantino Chiwenga, had rolled out the tanks on Thursday, placing Mugabe and his wife under house arrest in an action it said was not a coup d’état but a move targeted at “criminals around the president.”
“We assure the world that this is not a military takeover of government,” an army spokesman said in a televised statement on state television network, adding: “We are only targeting criminals around him (President Mugabe), who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice. As soon as we have accomplish our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
Although reactions across the globe was muted with leaders calling for calm, peace and respect for the constitution of Zimbabwe, the response in the country was that of support for the military whose action was plainly to force Mugabe out of office.
Veterans of the liberation struggle– formerly Mugabe’s staunch allies – added their voice to the calls for his resignation and demanded that he leave office Sunday.
The new ZANU-PF leader, Mnangagwa, is 75 and was touted as Mugabe’s likely successor before he was fired on November 6.
The ouster of this long-serving veteran of the liberation wars of the 1970s was seen as a ploy to position Grace for the eventual succession of her husband.
The ZANU-PF leadership, concluding its meeting Sunday, accused Grace of “preaching hate, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to her office”. This was followed by her removal as head of the women’s league.
The party plans to formalise its decisions at a special congress next month even as one of its members hinted that there could be prosecutions of members of a party faction close to the first lady.
President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged African women to embrace politics, saying that her election as the first woman to be democratically elected President in the African continent was a strong signal to all the women in Africa.
She said her election also signaled a new dawn with the prospect of leveling the playing field between men and women in politics in Africa.
The Liberian president made the remark at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) Owerri, weekend while delivering a lecture on the topic “Women in Politics” adding that as a continent, Africa should celebrate for recognising women.
Sirleaf, who was in Owerri for a two-day visit on the invitation of Rochas Foundation College of Africa, said: “Women in Africa are still lagging behind in politics due to social, cultural, economic and political constraints that limit their political participation. And the women in Africa have to do much more to get the equality that we all seek”.
“Quality education changes the attitude and mindset of people. And equality means better performance, and also means better life for everyone. Hence, we need to put more emphasis on education to enhance performance. And that is why what the Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha is doing with his foundation should be encouraged.
“In our political parties we need to put more emphasis on recruiting female candidates in and outside politics. Our governments need to do more to putting female in up and down the hierarchy. We need to ensure that we as women take the advantages that we have and develop a strategy to deal with the disadvantages we face.
“As I am about to leave office, I am proud that the women of Africa and the world have now seen that women can be leaders, women can do everything that men can do, most times better. As I leave office, there will also be a major gap because I would be leaving the presidency as the first democratically elected female President in African Continent.
“It is something that will lead us to a greater commitment so that five years from now, we all will look across the continent and see that we now have maybe more female Presidents across the world border. Men and women should be able to work harder in order to achieve gender equality”, she stated.
On the statue erected in her honour she said “I hope that this statue and the other honours I received today, would serve as great aspiration to the young girls, to the women, to know that we can reach our potentials. We can achieve our dreams. We can stand tall among the many women of the world in providing the kind of exemplary leadership that will lift us up to stand, as I stand representing women”.
Unveiling Mrs. Sirleaf’s statue, Okorocha said she has done Africa in particular proud and the world at large, stressing that the Liberian President deserves every honour because she has remained a woman of inspiration.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his running mates at a rally in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo on Sunday.
“Support comrade Naledi Pandor for deputy president,” he urged supporters at the #CR17 rally in Tafelkop.
For secretary general, he named former KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu, for national chairperson he named current secretary general Gwede Mantashe, and for treasurer general Paul Mashatile, the chairperson of the party in Gauteng.
He vowed that he would build an ANC that is “stronger” and “renewed”.
The party goes to its elective conference in December and will vote in the next round of top office bearers.
Liberia’s Supreme Court has stayed the November 7 presidential run-off election until it considers a challenge to first round results by a losing candidate who has alleged fraud.
Third-place finisher, Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party, challenged the results of the October vote, which set up a November 7 run-off between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai.
The election is meant to usher in Liberia’s first democratic transition since 1944 after long periods of military rule and a civil war that ended in 2003.
In a writ issued late on Tuesday, the court instructed Liberty Party and the National Elections Commission to file briefs by Thursday at the latest.
It was unclear if the court would rule before November 7.
“This is a big step in the right direction,” Liberty Party Chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.
“Thankfully, the Court recognizes the gravity of the issues, and has taken action in defence of the law and democracy.”
On Monday, Mr. Boakai’s ruling Unity Party announced it was backing the legal challenge.
It accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, one of its own members, of interfering in the October 10 vote by holding private meetings with election magistrates before the October10 poll.
Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf denied the meeting were inappropriate and international observers like the European Union and the Carter Centre have said that they saw no major problems with the first round vote.
Mr. Weah, a former soccer star in Europe, won the first round with 38.4 per cent of the vote to Boakai’s 28.8 per cent and picked up an important endorsement on Friday from former warlord Prince Johnson, who won eight per cent of the first-round vote.
Morluba Morlu, a senior official from Weah’s CDC party, said on Wednesday that he still expected the run-off to go ahead.
“It is sad for a ruling party that has been in power for 12 years (to) be crying,” he said of Unity Party’s support for the legal challenge.
“We don’t want any mockery of this election.”
Source: Premium Times
Kimberley – Umkhonto We Sizwe Military veterans treasurer general and Cabinet minister Des Van Rooyen steadfastly believes that his boss President Jacob Zuma is within his right to remove Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, or even himself, as provided for by “our highly regarded Constitution”.
This is what Van Rooyen told News24 in Kimberley on Friday, during his visit to actualise Cabinet’s approved ‘back to basics programme’, for municipalities that were in the red or dysfunctional.
“We are appointed at his [Zuma] behest, and of course when we are removed, we are removed at his behest,” he explained.
Van Rooyen, who is the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, would not be drawn into speculation around why Blade Nzimande was sacked as Higher Education Minister in Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle this week.
He said the president was best placed to explain his decisions.
Zuma appointed Van Rooyen to the position of finance minister in 2015, a position he held for just three days before being reshuffled.
This was after wide spread criticism of his appointment and firing of then finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
On Friday, Van Rooyen shared that nine Northern Cape municipalities were negatively fingered by the auditor general.
Visibly upset, he did not comment on whether the nine’s poor service delivery was as a result of deployed cadres who lacked basic financial and administrative skills.
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has stated that the only way the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, can defend himself in court, is if the Nigerian military produced him.
Speaking after Kanu failed to show up for his court case on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode revealed that he got information that soldiers killed up to 28 people, before the IPOB leader went missing.
“In order for him to be prosecuted effectively and for him to present his own defence, I call on the Nigerian Military to stop this charade. If he is with you, give him back to us, so he can be produced in court. And if you have killed him, give us his body.
“No matter what threats we face, I can never not stand with a friend.
“I pray for Nnamdi Kanu and I pray for his family.
“The allegation that 28 people were slaughtered in his home when the Military got there, is something that is shocking and unacceptable. I gathered that some of their guests, their works, even their dogs were butchered.
“I also gathered that the cars were burnt and the palace was sprayed with bullets.
“Now this is the information I have received and we have not seen my friend ever since then,” he said.
Source: Daily Post
A senator who stood as surety for leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has asked to be relieved of that role.
Mr. Kanu was absent in court as at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday morning as his trial for alleged treason continued at an Abuja court.
Eyinaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia, also applied to court to refund the N100 million bond earlier agreed to be given as part of Mr. Kanu’s bail condition.
Mr. Abaribe in his motion cited what he described as the invasion of Mr. Kanu’s residence on September 11, during which a confrontation occurred between IPOB supporters and the Nigerian Army.
According to the motion, Mr. Abaribe said Mr. Kanu has not been seen since the September clashes between soldiers and IPOB members.
“Since the stated visit of the Nigerian Army to the residence of the first defendant from September 11, 2017, the second respondent in this suit (Mr. Kanu) has not been seen in public, neither has he been reported as making anystatement on any issue.”
“Since September 20, the reports have been that the federal government has proscribed IPOB, and declared it a terrorist organization.
“The activities of the Nigerian Army as affecting the second defendant are matters of state secret incapable of being unravelled by the applicant, which activities have put the second defendant out of the reach of the applicant, such that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to produce the second defendant before this court.
“The applicant lacks capacity to produce the person stated by the first respondent (government) as a terrorist or a person who is of interest to the applicant,” Mr. Abaribe said.
Mr. Kanu’s whereabouts has been unknown since September 14 after the IPOB confrontation with the army. While his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, says he is in the army’s custody, the army and other security agencies say he is not.
Meanwhile, IPOB has said there would be violent confrontation if the federal government fails to produce Mr. Kanu in court.
The group also warned the government not to provoke it into taking up arms.
“One outcome is guaranteed in all these, should Nigeria not produce our leader in court on the 17th of October 2017, there will be an inevitable confrontation on a scale the human mind cannot imagine, at a time and place of our choosing.
”By nature we are peace loving people, Nigeria should stop provoking us into armed conflict. They should bring our leader to Court”, Emma Powerful, the group’s spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
SOURCE: Premium Times
Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced changes to his national executive.
Here is the statement:
“After careful consideration, I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive;
1. Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Minister of Higher Education and Training
2. Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of Home Affairs
3. Ms Mmamaloko Kubayi is the Minister of Communications
4. Mr David Mahlobo is the Minister of Energy
5. Adv. Bongani Thomas Bongo is the Minister of State Security
6. Mr Buti Manamela is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training
I thank the former members of the National Executive for good service in their previous portfolios.
I wish the members who are assuming new portfolios all the best in their new responsibilities.”
Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has described all Nigerian presidents from 1999 till date as accidental leaders going by the process of their emergence.
The former lawmaker said the faulty process of their emergence was responsible for the leadership problem facing Nigeria.
He made these remarks at the 2016/2017 Matriculation and Fellowship Endowment Ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in Abuja.
Na’Abba said accidental leadership brings about trial and error in governance, which he said had been Nigeria’s experience since 1999 till date.
Claiming that the leadership recruitment process in the country has been hijacked by a few politicians, Na’Abba called for regular ‘tutorials’ for political leaders at all levels.
He urged more Nigerians to participate in politics with a view to opening up the political space.
According to Na’Abba, “Circumstances at hand or situations on ground have to a large extent over the years determined who and who was elected into office in Nigeria as President since 1999 as against level of preparedness on the part of the leaders in terms of clear vision and programmes obtainable in most democracies of the world culminating in accidental leadership for the country.
“I believe that not just the Legislature, every arm of government that is serving the purpose of governance must invest in exposing democracy to the people. It is a sad commentary on our political life that today recruitment into leadership has been subverted by a few politicians because they deny Nigerians opportunity to contest elections and achieve their aspirations through the systematic appropriation of political parties to themselves.
“These politicians have stopped the growth of democracy. And it is true that unless democracy is allowed to grow, we cannot achieve the desired political growth, we cannot achieve the desired economic growth and we can also not achieve the desired social growth in our country. And that is why we are still in political, economic and social duldrums. We have been having successive accidental leaders since 1999.
“It is time for us to begin to understand that the more participation Nigerians enjoy in politics, the more political development we attain. And consequently economic and social development.
“We have been advocating that tutorials must be taking place on a continuous basis for stakeholders in democracy from the local governments to the states. Every stakeholder particularly party executives because what is sad today is that most of those who hold positions at the executive level on our political parties cannot distinguish the duties, functions and distinction between and among our political institutions. So, with this lack of knowledge it is almost impossible for them to understand the kind of people that should serve at various levels”.
SOURCE: Daily Post
Johannesburg – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must immediately institute charges against President Jacob Zuma, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Friday.
“The best way to restore the integrity of the NPA is to proceed and charge Zuma, who must, in turn, step down from the highest office in the land,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
Ndlozi was responding to the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling on Friday, which dismissed the appeal brought by Zuma and the NPA, in relation to the reinstatement of corruption charges against the president.
The appeal was dismissed with costs.
Ndlozi said, while the EFF welcomed the ruling, action should be taken against Zuma immediately.
“Zuma’s continued occupation of office undermines the ability to uphold the rule of law. Not only has he broken the Constitution, he has done everything in his power to avoid facing corruption charges.
“He is the greatest living threat to democracy and respect for the rule of law. He must step down and face the full might of the law,” said Ndlozi.
Zuma and the NPA had approached the SCA, seeking leave to appeal the 2016 decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria relating to the “spy tapes” saga.
The 18 charges against Zuma were withdrawn in 2009, just before he was sworn in for his first term as president, but the DA wanted the charges to be reinstated.
In 2016, a full bench of judges overturned the NPA’s decision to drop the corruption charges against Zuma that related to fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
Both the NPA and Zuma turned to the SCA after the High Court denied them direct access for an appeal.
But last month, Zuma and the NPA made an about-turn and conceded that (Mokotedi) Mpshe’s decision not to prosecute Zuma was irrational.
Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia state has disclosed the details of his controversial visit to the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje Prison earlier this year.
OUK revealed that he appealed to Kanu to change the patterns he was using to pursue the agitation for Biafra, but he did not listen.
Speaking to Channels TV, Kalu stated that he spent 2 hours, 10 minutes discussing and trying to convince Nnamdi Kanu. In his words;
“I was the first Nigerian man to visit him because it was the right thing to do. Because nobody wanted to see him, everybody was afraid to see him. They were scared to identify with him. As for me I am not afraid of death I am not afraid of anybody.
He was remanded in prison by court of competent jurisdiction and a court of record. Even the UN charter recognises that anyone remanded in prison by an official court can be visited by anybody so I applied that wisdom to myself.
I want to guess that part of the things you would have told Kanu while in prison was to drop the idea of IPOB. Maybe you did not sound convincing enough.
I spent two hours 10 minutes with Nnamdi Kanu and I sounded very convincing, at some point he was here and there and then later on he said ‘we can’t drop this fight we have gone very far,’ and I reminded him that a good general is a general that fights and goes back to fight another day, while a worse one is the one that dies in the battle .I not only visited him I went out of my way and to go as far as visiting his both parents. I talked to them I gave them reasons why they should not encourage him to continue in this manner but he (Kanu) refused.
When he came out of prison he didn’t make any attempt to visit those who wished him well he went for those who wanted to play politics with him and that is where we are.They have been shouting Biafra nobody touched them, but because the issue went beyond where it was supposed to be, the government had to respond.”
SOURCE: Politics Nigeria
The Federal Government has formally written to the governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and other foreign countries about the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, and the designation of the group as a terrorist organisation, PUNCH reports.
The Federal High Court in Abuja had, on August 20, made an order proscribing the group upon an ex parte application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The proscription order was published in the Federal Government’s gazette on the same day it was issued.
The US and the UK had indicated that they did not consider IPOB a terrorist group.
Malami, however, confirmed that the foreign governments had been duly notified of the proscription of the group.
The minister also said that following the formal notification, the Federal Government would be seeking a Mutual Legal Assistance from the foreign governments to cut off the funding of the group and deal with it and its members as terrorists.
It was gathered last week that the Federal Ministry of Justice, through its Central Authority Unit, had sent separate letters to all the foreign missions operating in Nigeria.
The letters, with copies of the Federal Government’s gazette, publishing the order of Justice Abdu Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which proscribed IPOB, were served on a majority of the foreign missions in Abuja on September 27.
SOURCE: Nigerian Monitor
Former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University and Secretary of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi has asserted that the North is not afraid of breaking up.
According to him, the region was prepared to go back to the pre-1914 arrangement.
The elder statesman bared his mind at a two-day conference organised by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP).
Speaking on the theme of the conference, “The North and the future of the Nigerian Federation”, Abdulahi was of the view that “If we can’t go back to1914, we should go back to 1960, regional governance. North is not afraid of getting its North back, just like those that want East and West. I see this as a political manoeuvre and the North will not take it,” he said.
“Restructuring means so many things to many people, but to me, I am not speaking for Unongo or NEF, when I was confronted about this, by people from the South, we sat with Prof Nwabueze and he said Nigeria is unbalanced and Lugard made mistake by amalgamation and North has always dominated that’s why they asked for national conference in 2014.
“We reminded him that the North has always sacrificed for the unity of Nigeria. I was a student when we got independence and we saw that each time there was need to unite, Nigeria, the North made the largest sacrifice,” he stressed.
He explained that the north has always wanted a peaceful country.
“Now we have 36 states from three regions which existed in 1960. No country has had constitutional conference like Nigeria, yet it has not created basis for a united country.
“We ought to have realized from that, that the failure of operators of the country is needed, if we want to restructure Nigeria, we have to start from the beginning, 1914, North and South, let’s go our separate ways,” he emphasized.
He said that such clamouring are not new, because it has always been an antecedent of the South whenever a Northerner was in charge of leadership.
“Things happening since 1999 to 2006 tazarce, and 2015 when a party agreed that Presidency should rotate, and that was the beginning of what we saw.
“Some of our various formations were unhappy with what was happening to the North, we decided that we must confront it and thanks to our efforts we succeeded in changing leadership.”
“Since assumption of Northern leadership, we have witnessed demands like they always occur whenever a northerner takes over leadership,” he pointed out.
The fundamental rights violation suit brought against the federal government at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice by leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, stalled on Tuesday.
The court was informed that lead counsel to the Nigerian government, Mr. Dayo Apata, was at a meeting with Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Kanu had approached the court through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, with a motion against the Nigerian government on alleged violation of his rights and demanded an order of the ECOWAS Court for compensation of the sum of $800million as damages.
The matter adjourned for hearing of the substantive suit and inclusion of fresh motions by Ejiofor, was further adjourned yesterday following the inability of the government counsel to attend the hearing.
A counsel representing the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abdullahi Abubakar asked for stand-down of the case which the court granted to enable government lawyer to be present in court.
Abubakar’s request was predicated on the grounds that the Nigerian government lawyer was at the Supreme Court for a different matter and asked for a short postponement of the hearing.
Following Abubakar’s application, the case was stood down for two hours.
However, when the court resumed session on the matter, Abubakar again approached the court with another request for an adjournment on the ground that the government lawyer, Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Federation, was unavailable.
Abubakar further told the court that his team had not gotten some of the documents from a previous ruling in the ECOWAS Court.
In his response, Ejiofor accused the Nigerian government of “deliberately delaying the matter”.
Ejiofor asked the court to compel the respondent to pay a cost of N2million for what he described as deliberate frustration of the matter.
The court adjourned the matter till November 21, for hearing of all the applications and determination of Ejiofor’s motion for award of cost against the respondents.
In a chat with newsmen on his client’s absence in court, Ejiofor reiterated: “only the Nigerian army can speak on Kanu’s current location”.
“The military and federal government are in a position to tell me where my client is. We are going to settle it in court,” he said.
SOURCE: Daily Post
Where is Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)? Is he alive, dead, in hiding or in military custody?
These are the questions on many lips, as his whereabouts has purportedly remained unknown since troops of the Nigerian Army allegedly invaded his house in Afara-ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State on September 14, this year. His immediate family, lawyers, IPOB and the British High Commission in Nigeria insist that they had neither seen nor heard from him since the incident. But the Nigerian Army, which allegedly raided his house during the ongoing Operation Python Dance II in the South-east, also says he is not in their custody. From every indication, there is an ongoing manhunt for the IPOB leader, either for good or bad. Besides, he would due to appear in court on October 17, this year, over alleged treason offences levelled against him by the Federal Government. He just ought to be there if his sureties would not get what they didn’t bargain for.
IPOB had in the wake of the incident issued a statement through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, alleging that troops killed many of its members at Kanu’s house and arrested some others, wondering whether Kanu was killed or whisked away. The group later gave the Federal Government and South-east governors seven days to produce Kanu or be prepared to face the consequences that would come from them.
“We are giving the Federal Government and South-east governors seven days to produce or tell us the condition of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. If he still alive, they should charge him to court because if anything happens to him, the South-east governors should bear the consequences after the expiration of this notice, or they should hasten to build more prisons and acquire more weapons which they will use to kill more Biafrans,” Powerful said.
Kanu’s immediate family has also maintained that they have not had contact with him since the raid and therefore wants the Nigerian Army to produce him alive or dead.
“It is either they captured him or killed him when they attacked our house. If they captured him, they should release him to the police and if they killed him, they should produce the corpse because he was last seen moments before the raid,” his younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu said recently.
Also, the IPOB leader’s team of lawyers led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, declared him missing after the raid. And to buttress their claim, Ejiofor filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, September 27, praying for an order directing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu in court on the next adjourned date of his case, “taking cognizance of the fact that his disappearance was as a result of the invasion of his residence in Umuahia, Abia State.”
“The fact is that they are in a position to produce him at the next adjourned date. It is public knowledge that my client had before his house was invaded, always made himself available for trial. He never evaded trial as he made it known that he was ready. If he wanted to jump bail, he would have done so immediately he was released from prison. But he did not run.
“The last time I spoke with my client was the day his house was invaded by soldiers. He called me and complained that he was being attacked by soldiers, who he said, were shooting sporadically. Since then, I have not heard from my client again.
“If he is alive, they should tell the court on that day. They will not only explain to the trial court, but will also produce the soldiers that went to his home to attack him,” Ejiofor told journalists recently.
But the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has maintained that the IPOB leader is not under its custody and that it could not be responsible for his disappearance.
Speaking with journalists recently in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, explained that the military was not holding Kanu and that it was not the responsibility of DHQ to declare him wanted.
“Nobody raided Kanu’s home; not from the information I got. I was watching it live; I was monitoring it live and speaking with them (soldiers) on the ground.
“The people that came out from there (Kanu’s house) that I saw were the Biafra Security Service and Biafra National Guard. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify the roadblocks mounted by IPOB. I saw the militancy; nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.”
Enenche contended that it was premature to assume that the Federal High Court, Abuja would hold the military accountable for the disappearance of Kanu, stressing that there was no need to jump the gun.
Meanwhile, the development has also attracted the attention of the United Kingdom (UK) as Kanu is also a British national. As such, the UK has also been mounting pressure on the Federal Government to provide information on the whereabouts of the IPOB leader.
The Press Officer of the UK High Commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku, told journalists recently that the inquiry was as a result of reports that Kanu has not been seen since the September 14 military action in his house.
He said that the British government had asked the Federal Government whether Kanu was alive or dead. “We are seeking urgent clarification from the Nigerian authorities about the status and whereabouts of Mr. Kanu, a British-Nigerian man, who has been reported missing since September 14,” Abuku stated.
Nevertheless, there was a dramatic twist to the issue last Monday when former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, revealed in an interview he granted a national newspaper that the man whose whereabouts is generating so much anxiety in the land had escaped to London.
The former governor said that he got his information from Kanu’s family members and debunked the claim that the IPOB leader was arrested by soldiers last September 14.
“Kanu was not taken away by the military. Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Nnamdi Kanu is in London right now as we speak. He was not arrested by anybody. He left the country on his own.
“One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some Federal Government officials on his issue. I also wanted to see ways of talking to the President about him, and find common ground but his family told me that he has left the country, unless they are lying to me. I believe, whether he had left the country or not, he is not with the military because I asked the Commander of the 14 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. A.K Ibrahim, who is a very fine and good soldier, well educated and dedicated, and he told me that they don’t know his whereabouts and I am sure, the Department of State Services has the same information. I also visited the commissioner of police and he said he didn’t know his whereabouts and that they are also looking for him,” Kalu said.
Similarly, a civil society group, the Advocate of Social Justice for All (ASJA), recently expressed the belief that Kanu has found his way back to the United Kingdom and threatened to occupy the embassy of the UK in Nigeria if the IPOB leader were not extradited.
In a recent statement signed by its executive director, Asongo Venatius, the group accused the UK of harbouring Kanu, whom they described as a terrorist, noting that the proper thing to do was to extradite him.
The group claimed that Kanu escaped from Nigeria to Cameroon from where he travelled to Malaysia and then to the UK.
“The proper thing is for the UK to have allowed Kanu to answer the treason charges against him in Nigeria before making any intervention. We find it supremely irresponsible for the UK High Commission in Nigeria to have issued its statement seeking clarification on Kanu when it knows it was in cahoots with the terrorist leader.
“The irresponsible behaviour became diabolic when the UK issued him an emergency travel document in collaboration with crisis merchants. This is the worst form of double standard ever. We are at a loss to understand what the UK Mission in Nigeria or even the home country stands to gain by mischievously sinking so low to aid a terrorist and facilitate his sneaking out of the country. This is a disgrace to the government and people of the UK; it is a blot that can only be erased by the government of the UK flushing out Kanu and all other bad elements that are trying to sabotage Nigeria.
“If the UK truly believes in freedom, it must extradite Kanu, who is facing charges in a Nigerian court, so that those who stood surety to perfect his bail conditions do not end up in jail if he fails to show up for his trial.”
In an interview with Sunday Sun on the issue, Kanu’s younger brother, Emmanuel, however, reinforced the stance of the family and IPOB that his (Kanu) whereabouts was unknown.
“Ever since that day the military invaded our house and killed about 22 people and our dog, Jack; and took so many people away, we have not set eyes on our brother, Nnamdi. We have been in search of him but we have not seen him.
“He was within the house before the invasion took place but we have not set our eyes on him ever since. The soldiers should produce Nnamdi whether dead or alive. If he is alive, hand him over to the police; if he is dead, give us his corpse. That’s what we are asking for.
“All the intelligence units of IPOB have been searching for Nnamdi but have not seen or heard anything from him and we want them to produce his corpse if they have killed him. The Nigerian Army denying that they do not know the whereabouts of Nnamdi is totally not true; they have been known as people who lie so much. They evaded our house without any court order,” he stated.
-Biafra can not be fought with guns, knives or nuclear bomb.
-No amount of force can kill the Biafra spirit.
-Government should rather embrace dialogue in resolving national issues.
Pastor Chris Okafor, of Mountain of Liberation and miracle ministry has said Biafra is a spirit and cannot be killed with any physical weapon or efforts including guns, arrows, or even a nuclear bomb.
Speaking in the light of the recent Independence Day celebration of the country, the pastor urged the federal government to use dialogue to resolve issues in the country rather than take to force and threats.
The Pastor was however quick to point out that he wants the unity of Nigeria but wants government to treat its citizens fairly.
According to him, “Our Government needs to learn how to resolve issues with dialogue. No amount of time or resources expended towards dialogue is a waste. ‘’
This is not 1967. Anybody who thinks that they can kill an agitation like Biafra with force is truly living in fools’ paradise. It can never happen! Biafra is a spirit. Wasn’t it Ojukwu who started it? He’s gone but Biafra is still here.’’
’You can’t kill a spirit with guns and arrows, not even with a nuclear bomb. If Ojukwu’s exit did not kill the agitation, how can any human being think or believe that Nnamdi Kanu’s exit will kill the agitation.’’
”As a matter of fact, more people have now joined the agitation and mark my words, worst people than Nnamdi Kanu will soon emerge-they are already there and nobody knows how peaceful those ones will be.”
”We should behave like a 21st century constitutional entity and stop using force to do everything. Dialogue is the only way out and the Government of the day must take advantage now.”
Source: Nigeria News
Former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, has insisted that the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, was cloned in London.
Asari predicated his claim on the fact that the president struggled to deliver his Independent Day speech.
The former Militant leader maintained that while the president was reading his speech, it would be observed that the “man they have in Aso Rock” was “trying to mimic” the original Buhari.
In a video which surfaced online yesterday, Dokubo said, “A lot of people have been wishing me happy Independence but I told them not to, because I’m not a Nigerian.
“So this man they have in Aso Rock was speaking, even from his voice, you will know that he was cloned.
“You know that there is this thing called cloning, most western judo-Christian country pretend to say they banned human cloning except for the purpose of research into health and to save life.
“So we will not be surprised if they did some sort of cloning in all the period this man was incubating in Abuja House in London.
“The way he was talking, you will notice that he was trying to mimic the original one but he didn’t succeed, we were not deceived.
Source: Daily Post
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