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Igbos End Easter Retreat In Asaba With Far-Reaching Resolutions.

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Ndigbo from all walks of life concluded their Easter retreat in Asaba, Delta State, with far-reaching resolutions.

The Asaba Declaration meeting sought to dispel myths and misconceptions about the Igbo people.

According to a communique issued at the meeting, “Despite facing unjust brutality, humiliation, and ostracism following the Civil War in 1970, the Igbo’s industrious spirit, vibrant energy, and entrepreneurial acumen have driven us to resurgence as a tribe.” We have reclaimed our position as a guiding light in Africa, particularly Nigeria, by overcoming obstacles and defying the negative labels imposed by previous military leaders.

The communique was drafted by Prof Nwokojie Ambrose,
Prof Thomas Ella, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro,
High Chief Engr Chidi Ibeh, and Prof Chukwuemeka Ananamba.

“We are therefore convinced that democracy, no matter the challenges, serves the Igbo egalitarian and enterprising spirit much better than meritocracy. As such, Ndígbo will always, as a matter of self-preservation, support Democratic rule while praying and working towards the deepening of Nigeria’s democracy”, it added.

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“In Asaba, Ndigbo redefined their identity as progressive Nigerians seeking a fair, equitable, and conducive environment in which to contribute meaningfully to Nigeria’s greatness. We aim to replicate the economic success of Dr. Michael Okpara’s era when the Eastern Region was known for its rapid growth in the 1960s. “We are dedicated to self-help, communal efforts, and long-term economic projects to propel the Igbo community forward,” it stated.

Resolutions of the Asaba Declaration included, “Think Home Philosophy
We commend the efforts of individuals such as Prof. Bath Nnaji and past and present governors of Abia State for spearheading initiatives like the Enyimba City power plant in Aba. We call on Igbo and non-Igbo governors to collaborate with Prof. Bath Nnaji to replicate such projects across Igbo-speaking states and Nigeria as a whole. Furthermore, we urge Igbo businesses to consider relocating their headquarters back to the homeland to facilitate growth and development”.

“We appreciate the Federal Government’s progress on various projects in the Southeast, such as the completion of the Onitsha Dry Seaport and the ongoing construction of the Second Niger Bridge. We encourage the utilization of the Onne Seaport for economic activities and advocate for regional railway connectivity to enhance trade and reduce costs. We also commend and urge the Governors of the Southeast and South-South geopolitical zones to collaborate with each other for common large-scale infrastructural projects like monorails”.

“We urge all non-state actors and Biafra agitators to halt violent activities in order to facilitate discussions with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu regarding Nnamdi Kanu’s release. We condemn hate speeches and inflammatory rhetoric, emphasizing the need for peaceful resolutions and dialogue. The implementation of state police is supported, with caution against misuse”.

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“Ndigbo’s decision not to partake in anti-Tinubu protests demonstrates our unwavering support for his administration. At the retreat, President Tinubu was honored with the title “Nwanne-Di-Mba” in recognition of his contributions and inclusive leadership. We acknowledge the positive impact of Igbo individuals within his government”.

“We reiterate our commitment to upholding the 2004 Ohanaeze Ndigbo constitution and calling for free and fair elections in 2025. The zoning of the President’s General position to Rivers State is non-negotiable and must be respected. As a result of our commitment to the duty owed to Ohanaeze Greats from Rivers such as Senator Francis Ellah, Eze C.C. Nwuche, and Chief Emma Aguma, Ohanaeze hereby announces the Countdown to the January 2025 Ohanaeze Elections, which will produce a President General from Rivers State. As such, we urge Rivers State presidential hopefuls to commence consultations for the upcoming elections”.

“A moment of reverence was held in memory of esteemed individuals of Anioma extraction, including Ambassador Raph Uwechue, Col Joe Achuzia, Chief Sunny Odogwu, H.E. Dr. Mrs. Maryam Babangida, Major Chukwuemeka Kaduna Nzeogwu, HRM Prof. Chike Edozien, Chief Emma Okocha and HRH Esther Dunkwu (Ọmụ Anioma). Their invaluable contributions to the advancement of Ndigbo are still visible, and we honour their enduring legacies.”

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Gov Otti Lectures At Johns Hopkins University 

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti,  will be speaking live at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Affairs (SAIS) in a few hours from now.

He will be speaking on the topic: State Governance and Economic Transitions: Meeting the Challenges.

Programme Details:
Friday, April 19, 2024
4:30 – 6:00 pm (starting 9.15 pm Nigerian time)
JHU Bloomberg Center – Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

According to a terse statement from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, this is a FREE event but registration is required. Please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-governance-and-economic-transitions-meeting-the-challenges-tickets-881031257207?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

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Nigerian Government Restates Commitment To Provision Of Affordable Housing For Civil Servants

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The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to provide affordable housing for civil servants through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation’s(OHCSF) Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme, in line with pillar six of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation plan 2021-2025 (FCCSIP-25).

Dr. Folasade Yemi Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), disclosed this during a site inspection of the ongoing construction of 116 housing units of two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows at Gwagwalada to be allocated to core civil servants upon completion.

Yemi-Esan called on all contractors involved in making the Estate habitable to expedite action on the provision of electricity, water and internal road network in the housing estate.

The Estate, which is fully funded by the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB) and being constructed, in partnership with some Real Estate Developers, is projected to be commissioned in June as part of activities to mark the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Ibrahim Mairiga, Executive Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB), revealed that two developers have already completed and handed over their buildings to the Board.

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The commissioning of the FISH Estate, he said, will be a testament to the present administration’s pledge towards improving the welfare and well-being of civil servants, in tandem with its Strategic Plan.

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Obi’s Philanthropy,  Charity Work Predate His Politics, Says Media Office

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The Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) wishes to inform the public of a new orchestrated plan to blackmail Peter Obi, the 2023 Labour Party Presidential Candidate, by linking him to frivolous, malicious, and unsubstantiated allegations of engaging in religious politics.

POMR is aware that some persons operating under the guise of civil society, and non-governmental organizations but acting at the behest of some powerful political interests have been deployed to petition and accuse Peter Obi of playing religious politics.

The aim is to malign Mr Obi’s purely altruistic motives in supporting underprivileged Nigerians of all faiths.

The ploy is to erroneously claim that he goes to religious places to carry out political campaigns off-season.

We should ordinarily ignore such mischievous ploys as they are only intended to distract attention from Mr Obi’s patriotic and compassionate position.

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For the avoidance of doubt and the protection of the gullible in our midst, it has become imperative to restate the truth and the facts.

Peter Obi understands fully the constitutional dictates of separation of church/mosque and state and that Nigeria is an undisputed secular state.

Nonetheless, his primary concern in and out of public office has always been to pursue the welfare of the underprivileged in society whom he believes should have a better life given the abundant human and natural resources bestowed on this country by God.

His acts of philanthropy and altruism transcend politics and religion.

The organizations that oversee the two dominant religions in the country, Islam and Christianity by their doctrines and concepts of charity are closer to the poor in our midst and naturally attract the generosity of kind hearts like Mr. Peter Obi.

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Peter Obi’s visit to Churches and Mosques is purely prompted by his urge to help the less privileged and has nothing to do with political campaigns.
In these places, Obi had given messages of hope to lift the spirit of the downtrodden. He hastily and never talked about politics, abused anybody or indulged in name-calling.

For instance during the Ramadan period, Obi visited some praying centres in the North and South breaking fast with Muslim faiths and dolling some items to help ameliorate their sufferings and even went further to provide basic amenities such as water in some communities.

Similarly, he also visited some churches during the Christian Holy Week and celebrated Easter with prisoners and in all he delivered a message of hope to the people.

What remains an undisputed fact, is that Peter Obi’s charity work predates politics and he would never be intimidated to change this personal disposition, which he believes is an assignment for him from his creator.

We, therefore, urge the public to ignore any insinuations of co-mingling politics and religion; and see them as a grand design to limit Mr. Obi’s freedom of movement and citizenship welfare action.

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Narrow-minded political agents are only embarrassed that Mr Obi’s transparent patriotism and compassionate commitment to the common good of all Nigerians have been self-evident.

Through these visits and acts of undivided fellowship with all Nigerians, Mr. Has come across as Nigeria’s foremost patriot and change agent.

His visits to the places where Nigerians feel the hurt, he is exposing the to enormity of unmet needs and unfulfilled promises across the nation as well as the acute failure of our selfish national elite in addressing proactively the needs of the underprivileged in our society. Obi’s preoccupation now is with the poor not politics.

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