•It’s seed of discord —Ohanaeze
•It’s a declaration of Jihad —Igbo youths
Abia State Government has threatened ‘armageddon’ against those behind the proposed installation of the emir of Aba, saying that such a proposal is strange, illegal and without any authorisation.
Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Chris Ezem, in a strong-worded press statement, issued yesterday, warned those behind the illegality to stop immediately or brace up for the full weight of the law.
The statement, made available to Vanguard, read: “The attention of the Government of Abia State has been drawn to a proposed coronation of one Sarki Shehu Bello II as the emir of ‘Aba Emirate Council’, without recourse to government.
“Government wishes to warn all involved in this unauthorised and illegal coronation to stop, forthwith, or be prepared to face the full weight of the law.
“Government, hereby, directs the immediate cancellation of the proposed illegal coronation, as there is nothing like ‘Aba Emirate Council’ in the state.
“Government further warns all residents in the state, especially residents in Aba, to be law-abiding.
“Law enforcement agents have been directed to swing into action and ensure that no such event, capable of breaching the existing peace in the state, takes place in Aba or any part of the state.
It’s seed of discord—Ohanaeze
Reacting to the development yesterday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemned in strong terms, the alleged plot to establish an emirate in Aba, Abia State, saying that it is sowing a seed of discord.
Ohanaeze has, therefore, thrown its support to the Abia State Government in stopping such a plot.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Chidozie Ogbonnia, emirate means an area the Emir rules which connotes that the area is dominated by Muslims and wondered how such a thing will work in Aba and South East in general which is 99 per cent Christian dominated.
“It will not work; it means the people of Aba are Muslims, and it will bring conflict of interest.
“What I expect them to do is to have a leader of the Hausa community as they are in many places in Igbo land. And we also have leaders of Igbo communities in the North.
“No, not an emirate, emirate means that the area is dominated by Muslims which is not the case in Aba or any part of Igbo land. It will create conflict.
“It should not be contemplated at all, it is an anathema, I support the Abia State Government, it should not be allowed”, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said.
It’s a declaration of Jihad—Igbo youths
Reacting to the development, Igbo youths under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, have described as a declaration of Jihad on Igbo land, the alleged plot by a Fulani group to install Emir of Aba.
This is as the paramount ruler of Abiriba ancient kingdom, HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu (Enachioken Abaribe), has described the proposal as very strange and a ploy for something sinister.
The apex socio-political youth group in the South East geopolitical zone
COSEYL in a statement by its President General, Goodluck Ibem, called on those behind the “expensive loke over the plot by Fulani Community to install “Emir Of Aba”. Such an expensive joke by the Fulani is a declaration of Jihad against Ndigbo in Aba.
The apex socio-political youth group in the South East geopolitical zone said: “It is surprising that the Fulani who came to Aba as strangers have perfected plans to take over Aba by installing an emir, which means Aba will be a Fulani territory.
“We warn the plotters and organizers of such an expensive joke to immediately leave Abia State with their evil plot back to where they came from.
“Aba and South East are not a Fulani land and we don’t want to hear such again. Enough is enough!” Igbo youths warned.
Similarly, HRM Eze Ogbu said the strange development was a signal to something beyond the ordinary.
The monarch who said that the State Government had all needed to halt the combustible plot charged Government to decisively deal with the situation before it snowballs into something dangerous.
His words:” That is a signal for something else. It’s beyond what you can see now with your eyes. It’s a very serious issue.
“So, anybody trying to do that is somebody that has already dined with the devil and is prepared to show the world that he has dined with the devil.
“The state government is in a very good position to stop it. It’s very strange in Igbo land and should not be tolerated by any sane person”.
Speaking with Vanguard, the Chairman Board of Trustees, BoT, Igbo Think Tank, Professor Madubuike Ezeibe, dismissed the plot as a huge joke taken too far.
He advised those behind the proposal to immediately jettison the idea as they might not be able to withstand the ripple effects.
Professor Ezeibe explained that Aba already has Eze who must not share his kingdom with a Fulani Emir as Enyimba City is not part of Northern Nigeria.
He cautioned against actions that could stoke ethnic tension and avoidable crisis.
BREAKING NEWS: PDP’s Diri Wins Bayelsa Gov Election
The incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, has been declared the winner of the State governorship election held last Saturday.
The Returning Officer, Prof Faruq Kuta, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Of Technology, Minna, announced Diri winner of the poll at the collation centre of the election on Monday.
Diri polled 175,196 to defeat his closest rival, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, who garnered 110,108 votes while the Labour Party polled 905 votes.
Plateau: Protesters Storm S’ Court Over Sack Of Four PDP Members From NASS
Over 1000 protesters, on Monday, besieged the Supreme Court to register their displeasure over the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which sacked four members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau State, from the National Assembly, based on a pre-election dispute.
The placard and banner-wielding groups, under the aegis of Coalition for Justice in Africa, CJA, submitted a protest letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
According to the protesters, the appellate court, by its judgement, thwarted the wish of electorates in Plateau state, when it declared candidates that lost the National Assembly elections that held on February 25, as winners of the legislative seats.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the protest letter was submitted to the CJN, the National President of the CJA, Dr. Daniel Okwa, maintained that the judgement of the appellate court was capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in the state.
He said the group was at the apex court to seek the intervention of the CJN, alleging that the verdicts that removed all the PDP federal lawmakers were influenced by some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The protest letter, which was obtained by Vanguard, read in part: “The Coalition for Truth and Justice believes that the judgment of the Appeal Court in Abuja is a case of injustice, else, how could one explain a situation where lawmakers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) would boast and predict the outcome of the Court of Appeal judgment even before the pronouncement.
“This is unacceptable and indicates that the justice regime in Nigeria has been thrown to the dogs. What happened in Plateau State is an aberration of immeasurable proportion. There is a distinction between a pre-election matter and a post-election matter.
“The Supreme Court has established this fact on several occasions. It is now a wonder why the Appeal Court would act otherwise and in a despicable manner that tends to truncate our nascent democracy.
“The Coalition for Truth and Justice entirely condemns the actions of the justices of the Appeal Court that sat in Abuja. They displayed insensitivity to the electoral choices of the people. This is a worrisome trend that the Chief Justice of Nigeria must address.
“This is on the heels that the Judiciary, the world over, is regarded as the last hope of the commoner. This presupposes that it is the only place the commoner can get justice. The function of the Judiciary is not to twist the truth or fabricate facts but to interpret the law. The consequence of the interpretation of the law is justice.
“However, what played out in Plateau state negates the Judiciary’s position as the common’s last hope. The Judiciary is for sale to the highest bidder in Nigeria, if such positions could be taken without recourse to the implication of such on the psychological state of the people.
“The Coalition for Truth and Justice is using this protest to drive the point that justice in Nigeria should not be reserved for a section of the country or any political party. What happened in Plateau should not be allowed to stand or repeat itself. The implication of such is that the reputation of the judicial arm of government would be eroded.”
It will be recalled that the appellate court had on November 7, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel led by Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, okayed the nullification of the election of a Senator and three members of the House of Representatives in the state that emerged on the platform of the PDP.
The panel based its decision on failure of the PDP to fully comply with a court that was made in 2022, which it said directed the party to conduct congress in the 17 Local Government Areas in the state.
It, therefore, held that though the lawmakers won their respective seats during the National Assembly election that held on February 25, all the scores that were credited them, amounted to wasted votes.
It ordered that candidates that got the second majority lawful votes at the election, should be sworn in as winners of the legislative seats.
Canada’s Abuja, Lagos Visa Centres Open – High Commission
The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria has said its Abuja and Lagos visa application centres remain open for the processing of immigration, refugee and citizenship applications.
The Canadian High Commission had on Tuesday announced the suspension of operations in its Abuja office following a fire incident at its generator house, which claimed two lives on Monday.
Nigerians had expressed fear that the operations suspension would hamper visa application processes.
But in a statement posted on its X handle on Thursday, the Canadian High Commission clarified that its Abuja and Lagos visa application centres remain open and operational.
In the statement by its public affairs staff, Demilade Kosemani, the commission said, “As we continue to mourn the passing of our dear colleague from the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, please note the following information below:
“Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada clients: processing of applications continues. Regardless of the suspension of operations at the High Commission of Canada in Abuja, the Visa Application Centres in Abuja and Lagos remain open.”
Meanwhile, a travel agency, , TMT Travels and Tours Limited, has sympathised with the Canadian High Commission over the Monday tragic fire incident.
In a statement on Thursday the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Collins Onukwubiri, said, “We at TMT Travels and Tours Limited shares in the grief and sense of loss of the Canadian embassy in Abuja. The partial burning of the Canadian embassy in Abuja and the death of two workers there was most unfortunate.
“Canada, as a major player in the Nigeria’s travel and tours business, is an integral player in Nigeria’s economy. We know how devastating this unfortunate incident is to them but we want to say that we stand with them in this time and always. We specially condole with the families of the two persons who died in the process.”