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IGBOS: How Yorubas Joined The Fulanis In The Biafra Massacre – FFK

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IGBOS: How Yorubas Joined The Fulanis In The Biafra Massacre - FFK

Igbos were massacred during the Biafra war which lasted from 6 July ,1967 to 15 January, 1970. The war took at least 3 million Igbos lives.

Accusing fingers have for a long time been pointed to the northerners as the brains behind the massacre but Femi Fani-Kayode in this article explains how Yorubas of the old mid western region of Nigeria also contributed in the killings of Igbos during the war.

NAIJA NEWS NG brings you the article which he titled ‘A PAINFUL AND BITTER TRUTH’  . Read Femi Fani-Kayode’s words below :

A PAINFUL AND BITTER TRUTH
One of the greatest fallacies in Nigerian history is that only northerners slaughtered the Igbo. This is false. We ALL did.
It was not the northern leaders that told the world that “starvation was a legitimate weapon of war” and that commiting the greatest genocide in African history against innocent women and children was acceptable in an armed conflict, it was South Western and Mid- Western leaders that did that.
It was not a northerner that travelled to the United Nations during the war and tried to defend and justify our heinous and barbaric war crimes, it was a great son of the Mid-West that did that.
The blame for what was done to the civilians of Biafra and the attempt to rationalise and defend it goes to us all.”
FFK said we must all ask God for forgiveness what we did to the Igbos during the civil war.
“We must ALL ask God for forgiveness for what we did and we must all take our fair share of the blame for what was done to the Biafran civilians during that war.
History is an intellectual exercise and there can be no room for subjectivity or emotions in it. Historical facts are sacred and historical opinion is cheap. Again history is not for the unduly emotional because it is not a respecter of persons. We must always strive to speak the truth and bring to the fore all the facts when we are discussing it. Nothing ought to be hidden.
Permit me to give an example. Sir Winston Churchill, the greatest leader that the United Kingdom ever had and the man that stood firmly against Adolf Hitler and who, together with the Soviets and the Americans, saved the world from the evil of the Nazis, was also directly responsile for the death of 3 million Bengali Indians who he starved to death at the stroke of a pen.
When asked why he did this he said that it was because the British troops needed the food and that the Indians ought not to have been “breeding like rabbits”.
Great men and iconic heroes in history almost always have their own dark side too and Nigeran leaders, whether southern or northern, are not exempt from that.
In our history there are no angels. Every single one of our notable leaders, both military and civilian, during the course of our civil war has innocent blood on their hands and we cannot shy away from it. We must accept our fair share of the blame for what was done to those innocent women and children and to those defenceless civilians.
Until this is done and there is true repentance and reconciliation I do not believe Nigeria can make any meaningful progress or move forward.
Until this is done the cycle of genocide, ethnic cleansing, mass murder, terrorism, violence and divine retribution that we have witnessed all over our country over the last 50 years and even more so over the last five years, will not stop.
This is because the innocent blood that we collectively shed during the civil war is calling to the God of Heaven for the blood of our own innocents in revenge.
Is it by accident that the two most deadly terrorist organisations in the world today, Boko Haram and the Herdsmen, together with ISWA are now freely operating in Nigeria killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Nigerians over the last few years?
Why have we been afflicted with this evil and why has it not affected our neighbouring countries in a similar manner? The answer is obvious and it is essentially a spiritual affliction.
It is time for us to come clean, own up to our faults, confess our sins, make the necessary reparations and thereby put a stop to this evil cycle of fratricidal butchery, bloodshed and violence.
No public figure in our history is completely good. Some are mostly good with a little bad whilst others are mostly bad with a little good. And this is the same all over the world.
Human beings are not infallible and they are not angels: they all have their short-coming and faults, they have all made bad choices, they all fall short of the glory of God and they have all made their own fair share of mistakes and been involved in one uncharitable act or act of wickedness somewhere along the line and over the years. This is especially so when it comes to men of power and leaders.
Where we get it wrong and when we have joined hands with others to commit crimes against humanity we must be courageous and gracious enough to accept it, take responsibility for it and own it and we must be ready to display a reasonable level of remorse and compassion and do justice to those that were our victims. As they say, where there is no justice there can be no peace.
What we did to the Biafran civilian population between 1967 and 1970 cannot be swept under the carpet or forgotten. We can ignore it for as long as we like and pretend that it doesn’t matter but as long as we do so the ghosts of the 1 million children and 2 million innocent civilans that we butchered and slaughtered in the most cruel and heartless manner will continue to plague and haunt our nation for many more years to come.

I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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APC plans to spend N10,000 to N20,000 per polling unit – Deji Adeyanju

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APC plans to spend N10,000 to N20,000 per polling unit - Deji Adeyanju

Activist and political commentator, Deji Adeyanju , has revealed an alleged rigging plan of the All Progressive Congress, APC .

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Deji Adeyanju said in a tweet on Tuesday morning that the APC plans to rig the Osun State gubernatorial election by outspending other parties.

He added that majority of Nigerians can’t reject money at the polling unit on election day.

READ : Ahmed Lawan and 17 Other Senators List Reasons For Plotting To Dump APC

Read his tweet below :

Comrade Deji Adeyanju
@adeyanjudeji
APC plans to share between N10k to N20k per PU in Osun. What is the plan to prevent this from happening? Majority of Poor Nigerians can’t say no to money at PUs on Election Day. Or PDP and others are just going to try to share money too? You can’t outspend the Govt in power.

He also added :

“To understand how to defeat an incumbent, we must ask ourselves how APC did it in 2015. Everybody came together to do it. They also prevented rigging of votes. Although the vote buying concept was not this bad; hunger was also not this prevalent in the country.”

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Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia (Video )

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Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo, a Nigerian lawyer who appeared at Federal High Court dressed in traditional worshipper regalia has done it again.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Malcom Omirhobo appeared again yesterday, June 27, in Lagos Federal High Court.

According to him, he is only following the approval of the Supreme Court in its judgment on June 17 allowing Nigerians to express their mode of worship which includes the use of Hijabs in schools and places of worship.

READ : Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia … See Why
He rebuffed an attempt by court officials to stop him from going in.

 

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Watch a video of him arriving the Federal High court in Lagos below…

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Gbajabiamila is pride to Lagos, face of effective legislature – Lagos Assembly

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Gbajabiamila is pride to Lagos, face of effective legislature - Lagos Assembly

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the House on Monday showered encomium on Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who recently clocked 60.

The members of the House spoke during plenary describing Gbajabiamila as one who has brought pride to Lagos State.

Speaking about Gbajabiamila’s legislative acumen, Rt. Hon. Obasa described the Speaker of the House of Representatives as “a legislator who carries out his duty with passion and dedication. He has sacrificed his own personal interest in the interest of the people.

“You will recall during the reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); he was awarded a national honour, but because he had reservations the way and manner the country was being managed then, he rejected the offer.

“This shows that he has always been with the people and serves in the interest of the people. He has also contributed a lot to the development of legislative institutions in this country.”

The Speaker thereafter directed the Clerk Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to transmit a congratulatory letter to the celebrant.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, in his congratulatory message described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as an example of what a legislator should be .

“He has shown that the older the wine, the better the legislature,” he said.

Majority Leader of the House, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, described Gbajabiamila is a man that is charismatic of the office he occupies.

“He is calm, composed and each time you watch him preside, you would know an experienced legislator is presiding,” he said.

The Deputy Whip of the House, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as a great leader who has brought developmental projects to Surulere constituency.

“He is a very outstanding man. His success cannot be far-fetched as this trait can be seen in his mother who was once a Local Government chairperson and performed very well during her time,” she said.

In his contribution, Hon. Temitope Adewale from Ifako-Ijaye said Speaker Gbajabiamila had shown to the world that there is credence in legislature .

“We are celebrating a man from Lagos who has rose from the ranks to become the ‘number four citizen’ in the country,” he said.

While lending his voice to the debate, Hon. Sa’ad Olumo opined that “Gbajabiamila had done everything in terms of quality representation. He has great impact on us in his capacity and representation.”

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