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UK Prime Minister Theresa May quizzed about plight of Igbos in Nigeria

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Kirsty Blackman challenged Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday about human rights threats to Igbos in Nigeria. The challenge came in the weekly encounter in the UK Parliament known as Prime Minister’s Questions, in which MPs question the PM about government business.  Blackman, representing Aberdeen North, asked May: “At the last census, there were 3,000 Aberdonians …

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American MRAP tanks being used for repression of Nnamdi Kanu & pro-Biafran activists

The Nigerian army has reportedly surrounded the home of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Afaraukwu, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State. The standoff, which started on Sunday evening, is part of what the military has termed “Operation Python Dance”, which Kanu and his many supporters believe is an attempt to …

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The “Yoruba Summit” and the politics of ignorance

South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko famously said: “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”  This was as true then for apartheid South Africa as it is for the criminal enterprise that is Nigerian politics today. Yesterday there was a gathering of famous and infamous Yoruba “leaders” in what they called a “summit of the …

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Mbaka on Biafra

Fiery Enugu-based Catholic priest Ejike Mbaka gave his views today on the current agitation for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country as the Republic of Biafra. Addressing a gathering of Igbos in East London, the controversial cleric said that Igbos should be the last people seeking to leave Nigeria.  He said: “No Hausa person owns …

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Eid-el-Kabir: Buhari does not kapish

As the Muslim faithful, including President Muhammadu Buhari, gathered at the Daura praying ground to mark the sacrifice of Ibrahim (Abraham), members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) also showed up to celebrate with the president. Addressing the “corpers”,  Buhari called them “NYSC students”.  Watch it here: The president seemed unaware that you can’t take part in the scheme …

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Nnamdi Kanu and the cult of personality

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 Anyone in need of evidence of this lacking in knowledge should try a conversation about Biafra/Nnamdi Kanu (the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who are agitating for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country) with Kanu’s supporters. Earlier this month, while discussing those …

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Pots & kettles: Comical Lai Mohammed calls Dino Melaye a clown

This is beyond parody.  Nigeria’s propaganda minister Lai Mohammed called Senator Dino Melaye, both of whom belong to a party that came to power on a tissue of fanciful lies, a “clown” on Twitter this morning. Melaye’s clowning credentials are not in dispute.  But surely, Lai Mohammed would give him a run for his money on the court-jester stakes.  A …

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Wike wickedly unconvincing in his denials of “cult” membership

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was a guest on Channels TV’s Hard Copy yesterday and was quick to deny allegations that he belonged to one of the vicious gangs known as “cults” while he was a student at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.  Those allegations have hung around him for a while and wouldn’t have gone away …

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Buhari’s return speech: The height of irresponsibility

After 103 days holed up in London with a mystery illness, President Muhammadu Buhari returned on Saturday announcing he will address the country on Monday morning. Nigerians waiting for anything of substance from the absentee and part time president (when he is in the country) would have been as disappointed as they have been in the two years of this …

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