The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said Orlu military raid signified the beginning of the second Nigeria/Biafra war.
Nnamdi Kanu revealed that he will not hesitate to face trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC, in Hague, if protecting Biafrans against wanton genocidal attacks by killer herdsmen and terrorists warrants his appearance at the ICC.
Kanu made the declaration on a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Sunday
He lamented the persistent provocations and extrajudicial killings by security agencies across the Southeastern region of Nigeria.
The IPOB leader accused the world of keeping silence over the plight of Biafrans despite complaints and petitions by IPOB as well as indicting reports against the Nigerian authorities and security agencies by some reputable global agencies, including the UN Rapporteur on human rights and Amnesty International.
He said apart from alleged state-sponsored oppressions and blatant marginalisation and exclusion against Biafrans, killer herdsmen and terrorists had continued to attack communities in the region unchallenged by the security agencies.
“Herdsmen will attack us, rape our women, destroy our farms and kill our farmers nobody will arrest them but when we try to defend ourselves, the government will come after us, rolling out the tanks and using their helicopter gunboats,” he lamented.
Kanu explained that the incessant raids by herdsmen and the silence of the Nigerian authorities to tame criminals gave birth to the creation of the Eastern Security Network, to protect Biafran locals against terror.
He, however, regretted that instead of going after the perpetrators of the grievous crimes against innocent citizens, the Nigerian government rather chose to declare war against mere volunteer vigilantes as demonstrated in Thursday’s airstrikes in Orlu.
He noted that he would mobilise people in defence of their ancestral land irrespective of the consequences.
“If defending our ancestral land against conquest by Fulani Janjaweed invaders will take me to the Hague, I am ready to go to the Hague,” Kanu said.
“The world has the indicting report by the UN Rapporteur against Nigeria but they have not done anything. Do we have to wait until we are all killed before we defend ourselves?”
Kanu said the world watched helplessly as the Nigerian government used force against mere peaceful agitators while on the other hand it dialogues with, and facilitates amnesty and payments of ransoms to bandits and terrorists who have not shown any remorse or sign of stopping their killing spree.
According to him, world leaders ought to have demanded a probe of Nigerian leaders, including some northern governors and Islamic clerics over their romance with bandits. He said he would declare 40 days of prayer and fasting by next week for Biafrans all over the world to seek God’s presence, and for more spiritual fortification for the task ahead.
Kanu, who insisted that Biafra has a Jewish foundation, said Israel can never be defeated by their enemy because of Abraham’s covenant with God, which according to him, also follows Biafra. He expressed optimism that Biafra would soon be restored despite stiff opposition by the Nigerian state and her international collaborators as well as internal traitors.
NYSC To Consider Deploying Corps Members To ECOWAS States
The National Youth Service Corps may consider deploying corps members to the 16 member states of the Economic Community of West African States Corps, going by one of the suggestions offered at its top management retreat in Niger State.
A lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Oka Obono, gave the proposition to the NYSC top management during the retreat in Suleja, while delivering his lecture titled; “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World.”
Obono stated that the advantages of Nigerian corps members deployed across the West African sub-region would include the vast reduction of unemployment among the youths as well as regional exposure.
He advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to the West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reducing pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” Prof Obono told the NYSC management.
The don, who described inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems, lauded the NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim for his leadership style since assuming duty as the 18th DG of NYSC.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt a high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
The NYSC DG, Ibrahim, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management.
According to a release by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the agency will consider the suggestion.
The DG added that the retreat would also help to formulate new strategies to guide its operations in a changing world.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim added.
DELSU Don Prof. Avwioro, Rallies WHO, FG, Against Cancer
An expert in Medical Laboratory Science at the Delta State University, Abraka, Professor Godwin Avwioro has called on the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider cancer a major public health Challenge and develop implementable policies for its eradication in Nigeria.
Professor Avwioro, who was speaking on a lecture entitled ” Cancer: A Fight For the Poor, the Rich, the Weak, the Strong and the World” at the 85th in the series of inaugural lectures at the Delta State University, Abraka on April 15, 2021, advised the government to organize a national health summit on cancer in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in order to address the Scourge of cancer.
In order to have a structure to address the challenge of cancer, on a permanent basis, he suggested that the Federal Government should establish a National Agency for the control of cancer with branches in all the States of the Federation, adding that the fight against cancer should be similar to what was done against Ebola and what is being done against Covid-19 and the six children killer diseases.
A first rate Medical laboratory Scientist, the Professor of Histochemistry and Histopathology, held the large audience spell-bound with his deep knowledge of cancer and its management at the University’s 1st 750 capacity Hall, which is gradually achieving the status of being the venue of choice for important events in the University. Professor Avwioro, who, according to the April 2021 Google Scholar Rankings, is the 6th Histochemist in the world and Number one in Nigeria, brought home the ravages of cancer with frightening figures.
According to him, “In 2020, the International Agency for Research on cancer estimated 19.3 million new cases of cancer with about 10 million deaths. Female breast cancer was the most common with a estimated 2,261,419 new cases with 684,996 deaths. Cervical cancer was 604, 101 with 341,831 deaths. On the whole, Cancer occurs in women more than men with 60:40. Cancer knows no age, gender or position of an individual in the society. It has killed the poor, the rich , the week and the strong, including Presidents of Countries Kings and the wealthy without respect for any of them”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, who was home with the inaugural lecturer’s presentation, being a Scientist of high repute himself, congratulated the inaugural lecturer on his prodigious and current publications which are the hallmarks of the academia. He observes that of the 97 publications cited, Professor Avwioro was part of all, either as a sole author, or in collaboration with other scholars.
The inaugural lecture, which was witnessed by a large audience, who wore their face masks, included the inaugural lecturer’s immediate and extended families. Also, in attendance was his 82-year-old mother , Mrs Esther Avwioro.
Lagos Govt Cautions Against Killer Fruit Juice
The Lagos State Government has warned the residents of the state against the consumption of expired products.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, who gave the warning, enjoined Lagosians to always check the expiry dates of the products they consumed.
Omotoso, while reacting to the report on the sales of expired citric acid powdered drinks in Kano State, urged residents of the state not to consume products that were not certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The commissioner, however, stated that the state consumer protection agency would not allow the ‘killer drink’ to be sold in Lagos State.
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