A Forum of Nigerian Professionals in Atlanta, Georgia, has urged United States President, Donald Trump, to put measures to in place to stamp out the Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) terror activities.
These well-meaning Nigerians made this known in a letter jointly signed by Pat Alao- Moses and Moses Omotosho, its President and Vice-President, addressed to The White House on Friday.
According to the professionals, the piece was necessitated by IPOB’s persistent threat to their compatriots in the US and other parts of the world.
The group reminded President Trump of IPOB’s long-history of intolerance, disregard for constitutional authorities, bloodshed as well as failed attempts to constitute itself into a parallel government.
It is on this premise the Nigerians called on the US to activate all the necessary mechanism towards ensuring that IPOB members are well-monitored.
Being a terrorist group in Nigeria, the Forum advised Mr Trump to set up firewalls to deny fugitive leader Nnamdi Kanu entry into the country – else a repeat of the unfortunate 9/11 attack could be on the cards.
Read full address below:
Mr. President may wish to recall that the Nigerian authorities recently raised a red flag on the activities of a group operating under the name Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
This is on the heels of the attack on a former Deputy President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Germany by members of this group.
Mr. President may wish to be informed that the history of IPOB in Nigeria is replete with tales of blood and sorrow, and they have attempted to constitute themselves into a parallel government in Nigeria which was resisted by the Nigerian military.
IPOB as a group has exhibited a great disdain for the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and has in times too numerous to mention declared the creation of Biafra from the Nigerian state.
Mr. President, the nefarious activities of IPOB in Nigeria is not limited to confronting security agencies, burning down police patrol vehicles, attacking critical government infrastructures such as oil pipelines, government buildings, and vehicles, as well as killing and maiming innocent Nigerians who do not share in their ideology.
Mr. President, the last three years in Nigeria, has witnessed an uprising by IPOB, which has consequently resulted in avoidable deaths of over 300 innocent people that consists mainly of women and children.
This action prompted the Nigerian security agencies to move to address the situation quickly, and in the process, its leader, Nnamdi Kanu escaped from Nigeria alongside many of his lieutenants to other parts of the world including the United States of America.
Mr. President, you may wish to know that IPOB now has links with global terrorist networks and its continued operations in the United States of America may have far-reaching consequences for the safety of the lives of American citizens.
Mr. President may wish to see the threat posed by IPOB as real, and therefore there is an urgent need to activate all the necessary mechanism towards ensuring that IPOB members that dot the nook and cranny of the United States of America are monitored and consequently shown the way out of the United States.
Mr. President may wish to know that in Nigeria, IPOB has been proscribed as a terrorist organization and its leader Nnamdi Kanu jumped bail in his ongoing treasonable felony trial before a Federal High Court. Nnamdi Kanu as its stands is a fugitive on the run, and there is a tendency that he might seek to enter the United States of America from where he can coordinate the activities of IPOB.
Mr. President, we consequently wish to inform you that IPOB members are scattered across in the United States of America and they have been suspected to be holding nocturnal meetings at residences, offices, restaurants, pubs, clubs to evade the prying eyes of the security agencies.
Mr. President, we are afraid for the consequences of the continued existence of IPOB in the United States of America and wish to send an SOS to you to do all within your powers to nip in the mud the threat posed by the presence of IPOB in the United States of America.
Mr. President, the Forum of Nigerian Professionals Atlanta-Georgia, USA, is sending an SOS to you to ensure that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is not granted permission to enter the United States of America under whatever guise.
This is because his presence might have unpleasant consequences for Nigerians residents in the United States and who do not share in the ideology of his terrorist group, as well as Americans who are going about their daily endeavours.
Mr. President, The Forum of Nigerian Professionals in Atlanta-Georgia, USA is counting on the support of the United States to protect every citizen and residents of the United States of America from the terrorist activities of IPOB.
Mr. President, the unfortunate attack of 9/11 is still fresh on our minds hence this letter of appeal for your urgent intervention in addressing the security threat posed by IPOB members in the United States and its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu should not be allowed entry into the United States of America.
Obaseki’s Victory Shouldn’t Be Seen As Humiliation Of Tinubu – Junaid Mohammed
Dr. Junaid Mohammed, elderstatesman and Second Republic lawmaker on Thursday said the defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu shouldn’t be seen as a humiliation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s National Leader.
The election was won by Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 307,955 votes against Ize-Iyamu’s 223,619 votes.
Four days to the election, Tinubu had made a broadcast to Edo people, asking them to reject Obaseki on Saturday, alleging that the Edo governor has been undemocratic since he was first elected in 2016.
However, speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Junaid said Tinubu as a politician has a right to choose any candidate that will advance his cause politically, which he did by openly rejecting Obaseki and declaring support for Ize-Iyamu.
“Tinubu is a politician and politician are allowed to once in a while make flowery statements. That should not be taken to mean anything. Secondly, Asiwaju Tinubu has contributed tremendously to the political careers of both Oshiomhole and Obaseki”.
So, if for whatever reason there is now a reason that Asiwaju has to make a choice, it is not going to be a personal choice, it will be a political choice. He will go for what will serve him better politically”.
“Having Obaseki continue as the governor of Edo state or allowing Oshiomhole to have his way in terms of supporting his handpicked candidate. These are minor issues. You cannot ignore the influence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the South West and parts of the South South where Delta and Edo are”.
“I don’t see any problem in any statement he made. He made the statement but the outcome of the election was not exactly what he had wished. That is the end of the story. We should close the chapter and move on to Ondo and other theatres of contestation”.
“It should not be seen as a personal humiliation to Tinubu. In this game called politics, you cannot say that you’ll always win. You win some, you lose some. It should not be used against him because he said something and it turned out to be the reverse”.
” I don’t believe Tinubu is a fortune teller that whatever he says must come to pass. That cannot happen in politics” he said.
FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu
An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called.
Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.
Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states.
The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.
Expelling Oshiomhole From APC Can Lead To Suicide – Felix Obuah, Ex-PDP Chairman Begs
A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State to pardon Adams Oshiomhole, Daily Times gathered.
He said this on Wednesday in a statement that was signed by his spokesman, Jerry Needam in reaction to alleged plot to expel the former Edo Governor.
“As true and evident as it has shown that the APC lost the Edo governorship election, largely because of Oshiomhole’s intransigence and arrogance, expelling him at this material time could only translate to political suicide for the already beleaguered Edo-born politician.”
Obuah said being a core politician, he could discern the degree of regret and remorse that goes on in Oshiomhole’s mind.
“I’m indeed sorry for the Edo APC supporters on the account that the state had suffered in the hands of Oshiomhole both as Edo State governor and as the national chairman of the party.
“Nonetheless, I beseech you to forgive him but if contrary to my plea, you are still bent on discarding him, I think the PDP will definitely not accept him into our more responsible and united party,’’ he added.
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