‘We support Niger Delta Avengers’ – IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday expressed support for the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). The pro-Biafra secessionist group in a statement signed by its spokespersons, Emma Mmezu and Dr. Chukwuemeka Iroanya, said:
“The Indigenous People of Biafra under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu hereby state that we support our kith and kin – the Niger Delta Avengers, who are fighting for the freedom of our people from the enslaving Nigerian Government . . . The NDA have consistently stated that the release of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a precondition for any discussion with Nigeria . . . For the avoidance of doubt, the NDA is fighting for the freedom of the people of Biafra and not for amnesty payment or for resource control as some commentators would like to believe.”
Amnesty is associated with criminality and a people who are fighting for their freedom should not be unjustly termed criminals. The notion and talk of amnesty for our own freedom fighters (the NDA) is a misnomer and should be taken out of any discourse. On the contrary, amnesty should be granted to the elite who unjustly appropriated oil and gas wells and other resources to themselves and their cohorts to the detriment of the masses.”
Alleged forgery: ‘My hands are clean’ – Ekweremadu
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has exonerated himself from the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order 2011. This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Uche Anichukwu on Sunday in Abuja. Ekweremadu said, inter alia:
“The hands of Sen Ike Ekweremadu are clean because he has no business whatsoever with the production of Senate Standing Orders. This is the latest attempt to try and convict him in the court of public opinion, notwithstanding that we do not want to mount a public defence. We would rather meet them in court if they so wish . . .
. . . Ekweremadu will not legislate in fear, and he will certainly not fear to legislate. An attempt on his life in November 2015 did not deter him despite the fact that there is no information to show that the police investigated an incident of such magnitude duly reported to them. Certainly not even a purported police invitation, lawsuit, propaganda, and intimidation would cow him because Nigeria belongs to all of us, irrespective of our different political, ethnic, and religious leanings.”
– Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President
President Buhari is back to Nigeria from England
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday returned to Nigeria after spending 14 days in England. The presidential jet that conveyed the President landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 5.33pm.
He was received by Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; members of the Federal Executive Council, top government officials, federal lawmakers and service chiefs among others. On arrival, Buhari inspected a guard of honour mounted by men of the Guards Brigade. With the elaborate airport ceremonies over, the President and some top aides left for the Presidential Villa a.k.a. Also Villa.
President Buhari travelled to London to rest and also see an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor.
President Buhari was expected back on Thursday June 16th but Vice President Yemi Osinbajo later announced that he would be coming in today June 19th. According to Osinbajo, President Buhari needed to take the weekend off and then resume work tomorrow June 20th.
Photos below: The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was readied for President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival, earlier in the day . . .
At 3:35 PM — all set for the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Wing of NAIA Abuja.
U.S. Sex Scandal: Dogara ordered investigation of 3 Reps
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday directed the investigation of three members of the House over serious allegations of sexual misconduct and attempted rape – an alleged sex scandal.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, urged Nigerians to refrain from passing judgment on the three lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, saying they remain innocent until proved guilty. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara’s Special Adviser and Public Affairs on Saturday in Abuja.
Dogara asked Nigerians to wait for the outcome of investigation into the alleged misconduct. The Speaker said that judgment could only be passed when the allegation was proved. “As ambassadors of the House and indeed, the entire country, the members in the middle of the scandal have known not to bring dishonour to the institution they represent. “The House would conduct an investigation into allegations together with the US Embassy in Nigeria and we will get to the bottom of this matter,’’ Dogara said.