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From Steve Oko , Umuahia
Traditional rulers from South East and South South geopolitical zones have pledged their unalloyed support towards the struggles for the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra.
The monarchs who made the declaration when they visited the Afaraukwu Umuahia country home of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to condole with the family over the death of their parents, said current developments in Nigeria had made the Biafra option inevitable and the last hope for people from both zones.
According to them, South East and South South people have been made the targets and victims of the bad policies and misrule of the current administration in the country.
The monarchs called on people of the zones still undecided over the agitation for self- rule to better join the struggle, as according to them, Nigeria holds no hope for anybody from the Old Eastern region.
They particularly urged the political elite to stop attacking Kanu but rather synergy with him towards peaceful restoration of Biafra.
According to them restoration of Biafra does not require another war but sustained peaceful agitation and unity of purpose.
The monarchs appealed to the United Nations, the United States of America and the international community to intervene against the wickedness perpetrated against the people of the region by the cabal at the centre.
Spokesman of the monarchs, HRH Eze Dr. Lt Gideon Ejike (Mmiri Enweghi Ilo of Ozu Ancient kingdom) in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo state, said people of the region had firmly resolved to push for self- rule.
He said the royal fathers would mobilise their subjects to fully key into the move having been convinced beyond every doubt that Nigeria holds no hope for people of Old Eastern region.
The monarch said every prediction by Nnamdi Kanu about Nigeria had all happened accordingly, thus confirming that Nigeria has no plans but perpetual enslavement for the region.
Adding his voice, HRM Eze Ifeanyichukwu Okeke of Ekwulobia, in Anambra State said Nigeria had expired and could no longer bind together as a united entity.
He regretted that the current administration had further divided the country along ethnic lines through its wicked, anti -people and tribalistic policies.
The monarch who said Biafra remained the only solution, charged agitators of the new Republic on the need to maintain peace and unity among themselves.
He said that unity of purpose and peace among the agitators would accelerate the restoration of Biafra .
In his contribution, HRM Onyenweala Igwuocha, (king of Alumili, the Ohazurumee viii), lamponed the Federal Government for treating the people of the Old Eastern region particularly Ndigbo as conquered slaves.
He vowed that no amount of intimidation would make the people back down in their resolve to restore Biafra.
“We are here today to tell the nation that what we need is our nation because the nation is already before us, we are not Hausa, we are not Arewa, not Oduduwa and we cannot be them.
“So, you don’t force water and oil to be together. We cannot be together. So, I want the whole world and all the world power to listen and hear us.
“We can’t live together. We have been living for over 500years ago and that is the reason the Ezes, the real owners of Biafra land have stood up and said enough is enough! This thing has to stop and what we need is Biafra!”
In his speech, the Public Relations Officer, PRO of Council of Ndieze in Biafra land, HRM Eze Nnamdi Ochor, praised Kanu for his uncommon sacrifices towards the restoration of Biafra which according to him were the reason he lost both parents at the same time.
The monarch said Kanu’s high wired international diplomatic consultations and other strategic efforts would make Biafra restoration come sooner than expected.
I won’t mind breaking some toes to serve my people -Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that he would not mind breaking some toes if it would aid his determination to serve the ordinary people of Oyo State.
Governor Makinde, who made the declaration while speaking at the thanksgiving service to mark his 52nd birthday said that he would continue to fight on the side of the ordinary people.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor, who clocked 52 on Christmas Day, made the declaration during his Birthday Thanksgiving Service held at the St Peter’s Cathedral, Aremo, Ibadan.
According to Governor Makinde, his determination to render service to the ordinary people informed his decision to declare free and qualitative education in the state adding that education remains the surest way to lift people out of poverty.
The Governor said: “If I can be who I am today, then no child should be left behind in Oyo State. And that explains my passion for education. Once we give education to our children, the sky is their starting point.”
He stated that he never thought he would live up to 30 and that he has remained grateful to God every year he has lived beyond 30.
“I thought I would join the Army, fight for my country and possibly get killed and that may be the end of the story. So for me, every year I have lived above 30 years is like a bonus,” he said.
The Governor maintained that he was getting more mature at 52 appreciated everyone who has made an impact on his life, even as he expressed appreciation to the people of Oyo State, without whom he said he would not have been able to achieve anything in last six months of his tenure as Governor.
He said: “There is nothing really much to say; today is my birthday and I am getting mature. Quite frankly, I never thought I would live up to 30. I have a friend here and every time we were talking, we always thought that we would go into the Army, fight, get killed and that would be the end of our story.
“We actually went for recruitment into the Army but were rejected. But today, we are seeing Seyi Makinde at 52 and all I can do is to give thanks to God.
“When we were going through the electioneering period, people said the political terrain here is rough, and I could get killed. So, I looked at myself and said that I could take the risk since I am more than 30 because I had always believed that anything I have after 30 would be like a bonus to me.
“That is why without looking back, I will continue to serve the people of Oyo State, without minding whose toe I will step on. Truth is, I will break some toes if I really have to and will continue to fight for the ordinary people of this state.”
He added: “My story won’t be complete without all of you and I thank you all. Today is the first time I am celebrating my birthday like this. In the area I grew up, the first time they would bring a cake for somebody’s birthday was when the last child of my family, Iyabo, celebrated her birthday. My parents kept delivering male children until they got to the 5th one.
“I remember after the delivery of the fifth child, who happened to be a female, my mother, in the labour room, was shouting for everyone to hear that she had a female child. For her, it was special treatment.
“Some of us who stayed in the area where I grew up, we used to eat in a communal setting. So, when they brought the cake for her birthday, it was strange to us and we suddenly rushed it. My mum cried that day. That was the kind of environment where I grew up.
“So, if I can be who I am today, then no child should be left behind in Oyo State. And that explains my passion for education. Once we give education to our children, the sky is their starting point.”
The Governor, who singled out the people of the State for appreciation for the support they have continued to offer to his Government, further said: “For the people of Oyo State, I want to thank you because we would not have achieved anything without you. People have been commending us that there have been changes within six months we came into government.
“I want the people to know that it is not only Seyi Makinde that is doing these but all of us. And you know that decisions are always taken by consensus. We discuss, thrash out issues and superior arguments always win. So, in 2020, I look forward to a more robust argument, discussions, and alignments.
“This time last year, I didn’t know I will become the Governor of Oyo State but I prayed to God during my birthday and the last cross over night that if my wish to serve the people of Oyo State would be to their benefit, let it be so and God answered that prayer. So, I want to pray today again that all our wishes, in the coming year 2020, God will make them manifest.”
In his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province, Most Revd Segun Okubadejo, who spoke on the topic, “a gift for Christmas,” encouraged Christians to gift Christ the best of their thoughts, actions, and deeds.
He said: “The gift Christ is asking of us today are the gifts he has given through finished work of redemption and the gifts are not for Christ’s benefits, they are for our benefits.
“Today, I am telling you children of God here celebrating Christ’s birth, the first gift Christ wants from us is love. He has deposited that love in us and he is asking for the same love. Love to God and to our neighbours.
‘We all know what lack of love causes in the home, the society. Lack of love is disturbing us. In the political circle, lack of love continues to cause crisis. So, today, Christ is asking for the gift of love.
“The second gift he is asking is that of humility in place of pride. Pride has turned the society and a lot of people into something else.
“Today, Christ is asking for the gift of doing good deeds,” Okubadejo stated.