The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra ( MASSOB ) has called on the Federal Government to declare an emergency on the roads in the South-East and South-South regions of the country.
MASSOB said rather than make empty promises on the construction of a second Niger Bridge, the Federal Government should concentrate on the reconstruction of the bad roads in the two regions.
National Director of Information of the pro-Biafran group, Mr. Sunday Okereafor, expressed surprise that while the roads in the South-East and South-South had become death traps, the Federal Government was promising to construct a second Niger Bridge.
Describing as an empty promise the recent pledge by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to deliver a second Niger Bridge to the people of the South-East, Okereafor, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, said such promise was a mere election campaign aimed at getting Ndigbo to vote for the All Progressives Congress in 2019.
“Rather than making empty promises, the Federal Government should declare a state of emergency on the roads in the South-East and South-South. It is surprising that major roads in the South-South, where oil is produced, are in deplorable condition,” Okereafor added.
He also urged the people of the South-East not to be deceived by such a promise, recalling that past administrations gave a similar assurance but reneged on it.
He said, “The promise is an empty one. What of our roads? Even where they produce oil, the roads there are still bad. From Rivers State to Enugu, from Enugu to Onitsha, the roads are all death traps.
“On the second Niger Bridge, former President Olusegun Obasanjo awarded the contract, ex-President (Umaru) Yar’Adua talked about it; former President Jonathan also promised to do it and now, President (Muhammadu) Buhari is promising that his government will construct it.
“We are telling Ndigbo not to believe them (FG). It (promise) is only aimed at getting their votes in 2019. The second Niger Bridge cannot work. They should repair the bad roads first.”
Osinbajo had, during the governorship campaign of the APC in Onitsha, assured the people of Anambra State that the Federal Government would construct the second Niger Bridge.
Okereafor also expressed doubt over the President’s directive that former Biafran policemen should be paid their entitlements, adding that affected persons should not take such a directive seriously.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
El-Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared a 24-hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan announced this is a statement on Saturday.
Although the reason for the restriction was not stated, it follows the looting of warehouses – where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly stored by the government – by residents.
Residents were said to have trooped to Gwari Avenue where they discovered a warehouse and immediately forced it open and carted away food items.
Reacting to the development, the government directed security agencies involved to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating the curfew, and those responsible for the breakdown of law and order as well as looting and destroying properties.
The affected communities include Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South LGA, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi of Chikun LGA.
#ENDSARS: IGP Talks Tough, Says Enough Is Enough
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of operational assets and resources to bring an end to the nationwide unrest.
Following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, there has been serious unrest in the country which has led to the destruction and looting of properties.
The IGP gave the order in a statement issued by Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba on Saturday
The Police Chief asked all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, and the Special Protection Unit, to immediately restore order.
He ordered the police head to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means, to halt a further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.
Nobel Laureate, Soyinka Denies Video Claim On Igbo, Yoruba
Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called on Igbo indigenes to ignore threats asking them to leave Yorubaland.
In a video circulating on social media, Grandson Adeyinka, a UK-based Nigerian, called on Igbo indigenes to leave south-west states.
In the video, Adeyinka issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Igbo, warning that those who refuse to leave will be dealt with.
However, Soyinka, reacting to the video, condemned the message, saying the threat “is the work of sick, cowardly minds.”
Soyinka called on social media platforms to stop giving publicity to people who peddle fake news, especially ones targeted at creating ethnic tension.
Soyinka’s remark was contained in a statement he titled ‘Identity Thieves on the Rampage.’
“Undoubtedly in order to promote the video clip of an ethnic revanchist calling on Igbo to leave Yoruba land, this same lunatic fringe has exhumed, and embarked on circulating an ancient fabrication – several years mouldering in the grave – once attributed to me and vigorously denounced,” Mr Soyinka said.
“That statement impudently expounds, as my utterance, what the Hausa want, what the Yoruba want, and what the Igbo want. Such an attribution – let me once again reiterate – is the work of sick, cowardly minds that are ashamed, or lack the courage, as the saying goes, ‘to answer their fathers’ names. At least the current ethnic rabble-rouser has the courage of his convictions, not so the sick brigade of identity thieves.
“Normally, one should totally ignore the social dregs. However, in the present atmosphere where fake news is so easily swallowed and acted upon without reflection, I feel once again obliged to denounce this recurrent obscenity.
“As for our brother and sister Igbo, I hope they have learnt to ignore the toxic bilge under which some Nigerian imbeciles seek to drown the nation.”
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