Wednesday, February 14, 2018

John Shagaya: An Officer Ungentlemanly

According to his official resume, Shagaya was born on September 2, 1942 to MalIam Sikji Miri-Wazhi alias Shagaya and Mrs. Maryamu Zwancit. He obtained his primary school education at Nyer and later SUM Primary School, Langtang between 1952 and 1959.  Between 1960 and 1964 he attended the Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria. After graduation from the NMS, Zaria, he was posted to the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps then (Recce Squadron) between 1964 and 1966 where he rose to the enviable rank of a corporal.

Perhaps his most memorable experience in the army was the night of July 28, 1966; it was indeed the Night of the Long Knives in Abeokuta. In retrospection, this experience must have set the career tone for 24-year Cpl. John Shagaya with its rich mix of intrigues, hatred, treachery, blood-letting and mutiny.  Later on in his military life these traits would continued to manifest, and willy-nilly, brought him to the attention General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), the master-coupist of all times! 
The following is an account of what happened on the fateful night of July 28, 1966 which altered the destiny of Nigeria, and perhaps Shagaya, for all time:
At about 9:00 pm that night of 28th Lt. Col. Gabriel Okonweze, Commander of the Abeokuta Garrison received an information to the effect the northern officers in the Nigeria Army were positioning to strike against the military government of Major General Aguiyi Ironsi, over his non-action against Igbo officers who executed a coup killing prominent Northern political personalities as well as military officers. He was tipped off by Lt. Col. Patrick Anwunah, General Staff Officer (1) for Intelligence at Army HQ in Lagos. What Okonweze didn’t know at the time was that although such a plan was afoot it had been shelved to another date and the coup leader, Lt. Col. Murtala Muhammed had duly communicated this to other conspirators. But when Okonweze stumbled on the information he took measures to secure his command in Abeokuta: he summoned his unit commanders to brief them in the Officers’ Mess.
In the end he admonished: “What we are going to do is to avoid what happened in January where officers were taken unawares. We are going to wake up all soldiers, ask them to go to the armoury to get issued with arms and ammunition."
The officers at the briefing included: Major John Obienu (Recce Commander), Lt. Gabriel Idoko, Lt. DS Abubakar ("Datti Abubakar", Recce), Lt. IS Umar, and Lt. AB Mamman (Arty). Others were Captains M. Remawa (Recce 2ic) and Domkat Bali (Artillery Battery Commander). Lt. E.B. Orok (Recce) came later
Shortly after the briefing, an Igbo non-commissioned officer (NCO) was sent around the barracks shouting "Come out, come out, there is trouble; go to the armoury and collect your armour." Some northern soldiers were alarmed thinking that another Igbo uprising to “finish what they did not finish in January” coup was again taking place. Quickly they mobilised and took control of the armoury which happened to be under the custody of one Corporal Maisamari Maje, a Bachama. In next to no time the northern NCOs at Abeokuta had set up a small guard of northern soldiers to protect the armoury while they proceeded to disarm the quarter-guard.
This is how the military historian Prof. Nowa Omoigui, MD, narrates it verbatim in his publication: OPERATION ‘AURE’: Northern Nigerian Military Counter-Rebellion July, 1966:
Having secured the armoury, Sgt. Kole, issued weapons and ammo to a section of assault troops. Assisted by Maje, and including Corporal J. Shagaya, the group advanced to the Officers Mess under the direction of the duty officer….Once in the mess they ordered all officers present to raise their hands. When Okonweze challenged them, he was summarily executed right there and then. Major John Obienu, Commander of the Recce Squadron, sitting next to Okonweze, was also shot dead. Lt. E Orok, driving in to join them, saw what was happening, shouted at the soldiers, and was himself shot dead right under the tree where he parked his car. In the chaos, some northerners were shot too, notably Lt. Gabriel Idoko, mistaken for Igbo because he was wearing an "English dress". He was lucky to survive. Some Igbo soldiers (other ranks) in the garrison were subsequently rounded up and shot (read more on

What is remarkable about this episode is that it was the decisive factor that forced the hands of the initial conspirators to execute the purge of July 29, 1966. It remains in the realm of speculations whether the planned coup would have taken place, at all, or the form and manner it would have taken. What is incontrovertible, however, is that Cpl. Shagaya made his name early in the history of coup-making even before he became a commissioned officer!
In 1967, a year after the mutiny, Cpl. Shagaya attended the short service combatant course at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and upon completion and commissioning as a second lieutenant, was posted to 3 Marine Commandos where he participated in the Nigerian civil war 1967-1970. Since the uprising in Abeokuta, his name has featured in virtually all the coups that subsequently took place in this country. Talk of accumulated experience!

 At his 60th birthday celebration, John Nanzip Shagaya, announced with considerable aplomb that he was proud to be called “IBB boy.”
Although this statement sent shockwaves around the country, most especially in the middle belt region, long tired of its elite’s sheepish kowtowing to elements of the northern feudal oligarchy, such expression of approbation coming from one coup maker to another was hardly surprising.  
Many progressive members of the middle belt rue at the naivety of this fellow who many had hoped that with advancing age would finally purge himself of the fawning servility and self-effacement to the former military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida. Given the typical “use and dump” mentality of the wily members of the oligarchic Northern Establishment, for which, he and his co-travelers, the so-called Langtang mafia, were victims in the early 90s, Shagaya ought have been more circumspect in his utterances. But, alas, he appears to suffer from a chronic delusion of his place in his master’s heart.
“That label,” he told ThisDay newspaper at the time, “is a compliment to the fact that we were loyal to ourselves." When coupists use such terms as loyalty, it means something else. Why were they loyal to themselves, and not to the nation, as expected of men under arms? Secondly, the use of the phrase “loyal to ourselves” is misleading in the sense that it suggests a relationship based on mutual respect. But was that, indeed, the true description of the relationship between Shagaya and IBB? We shall soon find out.
On the 18th anniversary of the coup that brought IBB to power, Shagaya presented a book titled Governance in Nigeria: The IBB Era; an Insider View. The occasion which took place on August 27, 2003 was chaired by IBB’s Minna neighbor and former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar.
In his speech, Babangida admitted that Shagaya was “a participant in the exercise that brought our regime to power.” But the next paragraphs were perplexing; they require a more careful reading to decipher what the sly ex-military President was saying. It was a crafty dénouement. Till date, I have my doubts whether the fawning Shagaya has comprehended its full implication.
This is what Babangida said: “I am sure that John will allow me the indulgence of accusing him of being also a believer, an apostle and indeed a disciple of the programmes and policies of the administration…His intimate knowledge of our views and conviction over the years equipped him to understand our motivations and informing ideals.”  
From the outset, it is obvious that IBB does not share the bunkum of “loyal to ourselves.” His reference to Shagaya by his first name at such formal gathering reveals his condescension for the fellow. Let’s cut out the barracks bulls***t about military perk system; this guy, John, is a grandfather, for goodness sake! IBB intentionally employed a cynical put-down syndrome which is common to all superior-inferior relationships. In the American slave plantations or apartheid South Africa every blackman is a Sam, Frank, or George. In the oligarchic set up in the North, the feudal hangers-on are not differently called; they are Sule, Garba, John, Joe, etc; no Mallam, Alhaji or Mr.
Read the text again more carefully; does the text collaborates Shagaya’s notion that he was an “insider” in IBB’s governance? Babangida is suggesting here in his speech that Shagaya was an outsider who he could indulge by accusing him of thinking that he was “a believer, an apostle and indeed a disciple of the programmes and policies of the administration.” This statement throws more light on the type of regime IBB ran and the people, like Shagaya, who supported it. There were people that ran the show and there were those who were the window dressing.
The fact is that the ex-President used a very spiteful language to describe the role of people like Shagaya. Why did he, for example, say he would “indulge” Shagaya by accusing him “of being also a believer…?” You indulge children, the weak, the hapless, etc; you don’t indulge your equals or superiors, even in accusing them. The word indulge means spoil, pamper, pander, cosset, make a fuss of, coddle, humor, or treat. I cannot see in which context it could connote respect, equality or mutual loyalty. But the term bears all the critical elements of “use and dump” and that was precisely the point IBB wanted to make. And he made it eloquently, too.         
Shagaya, like his fellow Langtang cousins, Jerry Useni, Joshua Dogonyaro and Domkat Bali, were members of the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC), yet IBB is suggesting that their understanding of the regime’s “programmes and policies” were garnered through “intimate” association only; that they were not in the kitchen were the cake was being baked. In other words, Shagaya and co. played absolutely no role in forming “the programmes and policies of the administration.”
Whatever, Shagaya and his ilk may want to think, IBB had no intention of sharing his glory with them. He had only used them and it irks him that they would preposterously carve any “insider” role for themselves other than the one he had given them; dispensable corteges. In spite of such crude put down, however, it is unbelievable that Shagaya still gladly fights IBB’s proxy wars. This is a man who saw at close quarters IBB’s humiliation of  his own people, the so-called members of the Langtang mafia, but has remained tenaciously and shamelessly tied to the former dictator’s apron-strings.
IBB humiliated the revered Lt General Domkat Bali, the then Joint Chief of Defence Staff and Minister of Defence, by asking him to take over from Shagaya as Minister in the Interior Ministry. Considering that Shagaya was far younger than Bali and as a fellow Taroh, could as well be termed a relation, he did not see any thing wrong with Bali’s short shrift treatment. However, when recently IBB was being accused of ogling Aso Villa during rumours that President Umaru Yar’Adua may abdicate the Presidential Seat, Shagaya rushed to his defence, saying: “I have no right to speak on his behalf based on my age, experience and relationship and the tradition of the Nigerian military. He (IBB) cannot aspire to take over from the man who is younger than him in age (my emphasis), and who is the younger brother of his colleague, especially when they maintain a cordial relationship.” How ironic! Is this not what is called the middle belt affliction; the tendency to pull your own kind down but defend the interloper with your last once of blood? Shagaya didn’t see anything wrong in his elderly kinsman, Bali taking over from him back in those days, but he would die ten times than see his mentor, IBB, take over from a younger Yar’Adua.
General Bali, a man of high principles, resigned his commission as the result of this humiliation but, I can bet my last kobo that if the opportunity presented itself, IBB will grab power from anyone far younger than Yar’Adua!
It is the pull-him-down attitude by fellow middle belters that has led to the systematic decimation of the middle belt power elite as an alternative fulcrum of leadership in Nigeria. Similarly, for his loyalty to IBB, Dogonyaro was blinded from seeing the conspiracy between his former boss and General Sani Abacha which cost him his career. Shagaya was personally demoted from the rank of Major General to Brigadier by the same oligarchic forces he had dutifully served.
But did Shagaya learn any lesson from his misadventure with the Northern oligarchy? No. At one point, he became the founding member of the United Nigeria People Party (UNPP) under which he sought for the Senatorial seat for the Plateau South during the 1999 elections but which was actually a façade for IBB’s political ambition. For the 2003 elections he joined the All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) and was woefully defeated once again. While parading as an ANPP stalwart he also called himself the National Co-ordinator of the Democratic Mandate Group (DMG) for Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB).
During the swearing-in of the Bayelsa State chapter of DMG executive members at Women’s Affairs Centre, Yenagoa, Shagaya declared emphatically that IBB would be the President come 2007. It did not come through but he got lucky, this time around, to be elected into Senate. With the various problems confronting his constituency in particular and Plateau State, in general, you would expect that Senator John Nanzip Shagaya would settle to the role of statesmanship deserving of his office, won’t you?  
Today, however, Shagaya is still fighting another Babangida agenda in Plateau State. Remember that it was IBB’s unilateral creation of the Jos North Local Government in 1991 with lopsided wards favoring a particular ethno-religious group that is responsible for the incessant crises in the city. IBB intention was to spite the indigenous population by promoting the interest of its Muslim settler elements. To people like Shagaya, “a believer [and] an apostle” of his policies, as long as the crumbs kept falling from the dinner table everything was alright; in the bargain he got Langtang split into two local governments while bigger local governments in the state remained intact; the two Langtang local governments formed a Federal Constituency while more spatial and heavily populated Mangu combined with Bokkos to form one; same as the three local governments of Pankshin, Kanke and Kannam which also combined to form another. Is it this selfishness that forms the basis for Shagaya’s undying love for the obnoxious dictator, IBB?
In his interview with ThisDay to mark his 60th birthday he claims: "One thing my upbringing dictates for me to do is to be upright, be truthful in whatever I do. In my relationship with other beings, and lesser mortals, one has to do so with fairness." Fairness, indeed! Tell that to the marines.
Since, the violent crisis of November 28, 2008 in Jos North, Shagaya has made reckless utterances that cast him as a megaphone of external interests, and not a senator representing Plateau State. When mercenaries were arrested with guns and fake army and police uniforms in the centre of Jos during the curfew imposed as a result of the sectarian violence, he was quoted as denouncing the use of the term “mercenaries” to describe the hoodlums by the state government.
He did not even offer his own definition befitting of a man with some experience in military matters. Certainly, the foul-mouthed Chairman of Okene Local Government Council, who called them vigilante, did better than Brigadier Shagaya; at least he made an attempt at disinformation. Shagaya appeared just to be pricked by the exposure of the armed mercenaries, making one to wonder whose side he was anyway. Yet it shouldn’t come as a surprise to the Shagayas of Langtang the very phenomenon of “mercenaries” given their experience during the 2002-2004 violent strife in the area. But if Shagaya wants to put up a deceitful face to the world, or to his supposedly paymasters in Minna, he needs to explain why of all the 17 local government headquarters in Plateau State, it is only in Langtang, his hometown that the voice of the muezzin is not heard at all?      
It is tragic that at the time the Plateau State government is rallying support across the state to overcome the crisis that recently broke out; the likes of Shagaya are teaming up with a breakaway section of the Peoples Democratic Party to fight the progressive state government under Governor Jonah Jang. It is common knowledge that those sponsoring this parallel party are the same who not long ago were calling for the imposition of state of emergency on the state. Having failed woefully to have their way they are now organizing to scuttle the laudable programmes of the Jang administration.
Dr. John Shagaya ought to be told some home truths, which perhaps, his age-old obsession with fawning would not permit him to see. (By the way, yes, John Shagaya is a Doctor of Letters of the St. Clemens University. This is a university company based in the Turks and Caicos Islands-don’t bother if you don’t know where that is; suffice to add that it is a well known money laundering haven. This ‘university’ has a new campus in – of all places - Mogadishu, Somalia , and which specializes in giving ‘degrees’ to those who are desperate  to covet them, either in Nigeria or in other parts of the underdeveloped world).
Dr. John Shagaya ought to be told that if he can’t represent his people well, he should not court their ire by fighting them. This is not Abeokuta of the 60s or the military of the 80s; this is the new Nigeria, the emancipated middle belt and the democratic era! If he can’t deal with the reality of the Plateau condition, he could, as an alternative, contest the Senatorial seat of Minna Central come 2011 and see how he fares as an IBB boy!


Gen. John Shagaya, the same "lance corporal John Shagaya" who pulled the first trigger that killed his garrison commander LT Col. Okonweze, Major Obienu, Major Orok, and many innocent Igbo officers in the early hours of July 29th 1966 at Abeokuta garrison.
And from there they marched unchallenged to the government house in Ibadan where they kidnapped a very "stupid" visiting head of state Gen.Ironsi, his ADC, Captain Nwankwo, and his host, Lt Col Fajuyi, took them to Iwo village about 10km outskirt of Ibadan where Ironsi and Fajuyi were brutally murdered while captain Nwankwo miraclously escaped through the rare brave help of his trusted northern officer friend Lt. Sani Bello.
After killing Ironsi and Fajuyi, the death squad marched to Agodi prison in Ibadan where Major Don Okafor, one of the five Majors in Nzeogwu's coup of January 15 1966 was being held, violently took him out of his prison room to the nearby bush where he was buried alive.

Now 51 years later after participating in that horrific and brutal massacre of innocent people who happened to belong to the wrong tribe at the time, the same Gen. John Shagaya left his village near Jos travelling to Jos with 4 other occupants and their prado jeep suddenly somersaulted and hit a tree resulting in his death at 75 years of age while 3 other occupants of the same vehicle survived. 
What a strange world we live in?
What do we call this? Is it the dreaded law of karma at work here.
May his soul rest in peace if at all there will be peace for him.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


TAQIYYA IS HIS TRADE, EVIL IS HIS WAY by Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo.

Nigeria is currently in the midst of deceit. She is currently in the hands of one who is limited but that has chosen to deploy doctrinal "Taqiyya" ahead of the 2019 elections.

Now he pretends to agree to restructure, to have state police, even agrees to employing lopsided appointments and promising to address such pressinh issues.

All these are called "premeditated sins":  he knew he was doing evil, persevered in it, defended it... but only now agrees to seek forgiveness as he knows these very actions are now going to haunt him in his re-election bid!

And very soon he will backtrack on 97/5% dichotomy: Also promising to correct that.

Soon he will pretend to also fight the same Fulani killers and his Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association hired to kill people in order to protect their cows.

He will pretend to also value human lives more than the Fulani value cows. He will come to deceive and if possible to do so again, the so called "Church", like he did in 2014/2015, with appearances, with prepared speeches, loose and gaseous!

Like that impostor, the snake of Eden, he comes with an apple: restructuring et al. Taqiyya is his trade, evil is his way.

Don't be deceived, even if a few Fulani are caught, a few sacrificial gestures are only meant to deceive and to distract.

When the juicy plummy coating is affixed to the language of freedom, be very alert..... a mere rhetoric which has not served him in 76 years, the cacophony of "restructure now",  cannot be music to a man fossilized in Fulani hegemony.

He will not give us our Freedom. He is by nature, by his training and preponderance of antecedents undemocratic!

The plum jobs goes to the north and to mediocrity, while 23 southern lawyers, 11 SANs inclusive, are the ones to defend his lack of secondary education certificate.

He creates crisis upon crisis by his very acts that negate fairness, justice, equity and equality, he then asks a southerner, Tinubu, to clean up his own mess.

Same Tinubu he shoved aside, same Tinubu his advice he shelved ab initio. Only a congenital, instinctual fool, will believe him.

Just consider this: he said Abacha didn't steal a dime.  He reinstated Maina and Yusuf, both northerners caught in deep corruption running into billions of dollars.

He unilaterally defended Babachir, Buratai, Dambazzau and Kyari, without a recourse to any security and/or anti-graft agency clearing these northerners in his kitchen cabinet of the monumental corruption allegations against them and he patted Baru's back so obscenely when a southern overseeing Minister reported Baru's insubordination and corruption!

He will come like the Almajiri, with a bowl in hand, asking for your votes.

He will come like an old Fulani of the sanda stick asking you to accommodate, "your fellow countrymen", while the real intent is the application and operation of the greatest and unfortunately religiously-sanctioned deceptive dogma in the history of mankind.

He comes versed in the way of Fodio, of Alimi, of "Taqiyya". Taqiyya is the Doctrine of Deception.

He who cares to listen, should do a thorough research on Taqiyya for it is the most powerful weapon that comes with no remorse, no conscience, no consciousness.

I will end this treatise, with the words of the Christened One:

"but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared".

May you not sleep and allow this evil to be sowed, let alone, sprout. For to do so is to put a fire to your own roof before keeping a rendevous, with your pillows!

Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo
9th Feb 2018 ©®

Friday, February 9, 2018

Harass, kill,intimidate,occupy & dominate: The Fulani ideology( Kogi is done )

It was  a great pity to see the unfolding events in Kogi state :i.e seeing the families of Fulani Herdsmen flooding in to occupy a vast area of the state which many years  ago belonged and was occupied by the rightful owners who were gradually and systematically embarrassed,butchered,and intimidated to the point abandoning the area by this same  herdsmen. 
This has always been the story of the movement of the Fulanis  in history and this is one of the reasons they banned history in schools  so that your children will always remain ignorant of historical facts and frames of references. 
For those still in doubt of this the  circle (harass, kill,intimidate,occupy & dominate)has been completed in Kogi state ,though the final stage of dominating neighbours will take  a while  with what we know of Fula expansionism.
All the communities  that voluntarily welcomed the Fulanis  also saw in time the same dynamic taking place. 
The question I ask those who are accepting colonies and other sorts of settlements in their area is this ; DID YOU READ THE HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE YOU ARE ACCEPTING? How did they behave  in the place they are coming from ?

An Igbo adage  has it  tha  "MADU ANAHI AHUCHIA ISHI NA ANYA OGAKWA KPO YA" That is =nobody would see blindness with his eyes and still accept to welcome it on his eyes... In simple  explanation : you avoid what you already know will eventually happen.
A word is  enough for the wise. 
Read your history books or ask elders. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Enugu people welcomed  with euphoria  the report  that their state wasn't among the states that welcomed  the  unpopular "Fulani cattle  colonies" of the Buhari administration, but little do they know  that they already have cattle colonies  approved  and established  by the government.

 An informed  citizen comment on this  said  ".......Enugu does not have to be in the list because Enugu state sold out many colonies already quietly. This is even more dangerous. There are official cattle colonies in:
  • Obolo afor,  
  • Opi, Ehamufu, 
  • Mbu, 
  • Nomeh, 
  • vast land between Okpome (Nenwe) and Ndeabor, 
  • and of course nearby Lokpa (outskirts of Enugu). How much more can they get............?" he lamented.
Someone  even added   that a part of the 'milkin hill' area has been given out. 
The questions people are asking  are:
  • Who permitted these establishment?
  • Why has nobody ever cautioned on these presence?
  • How  can they be controlled  or dislodged now that they have proved to be bad guests  at the long run?
'Enugu is in the 'hands of God ' as the governors says  but we can see the Fulanis have also a chunk of it already.
Citizens talked to  are  calling on the state government to 'stop the 'peace and soothing nice smiles  on TV and get into real action' because  from their  positioning you are strategically encircled !!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


 I love theFulanis! Our Political Scientists take time to study Machiavelli, Gramsci, Shaka de Zulu, Hans Morganthau, Guevara et al ignoring a rare and unique political philosophy in our midst -Fulanism-Jihadism!

See how they took Hausa land, took Ilorin, used and dumped Ken Saro Wiwa, used the Tivs, Igalas, Idoma's et al and dumped them. Unongo is now a wailing wailer, David Mark has lost his voice, Gemade is lost, Audu is still somnambulistic, Fani- Kayode is screaming, Olu Falae is now a chronic wailer; learnt they visited him again yesterday. Na so life be?

Now, let it be known all over Southern Nigeria, that the March to dip the Koran into the Atlantic ocean has began in earnest. Any obstacle will be ruthlessly crushed. They tested the people's will of by threatening to soak dogs and baboons in blood, they got their way. The killed and burnt the entire family of a REC, nothing happened. They appointed only people from their side into their kitchen cabinet, southerners were made to justify it. They closed the chapel on the rock at Aso, our Christian Vice president, explained it away. They released murderous Boko Haram members, without any kind of penal measures into society, we hissed and went about our normal businesses. They paraded our people accused of corruption in handcuffs like common criminals, we kept quiet. They picked up Nnamdi Kanu, whose words pierced their conscience, exposed their plans and cried to the world; they handcuffed him, like a common criminal while Boko Haram kingpins, who have murdered thousands, appeared in court unfettered, we only grumbled. They sent herdsmen to cause havoc in our homelands, we kept quiet and begged them to stop killing us in our own ancestral homes. They pushed further by appointing only their own people into the National Defence Council, something that has never happened before, not even immediately after the civil war, all we did was murmur. They took on unarmed IPOB, proscribed them, labeled them militants, politically correct people hailed them and clapped for them. For the jihadists, sorry government, sorry, Nationalists, patriots and elder statesmen, it was a sign that the time is has come, the time to implement the time tested strategy that worked in Ilorin, Lebanon, Turkey and several other places. Since it is now very obvious, that the people have been cowed, intimidated and politically outsmarted, it is now time to introduce the Trojan horse, the cattle colonies. They will take the people's lands, develop them with proceeds from oil, gotten from the people's land and hand them over to their people. They will move in with their families, one man to four women, each woman have at least five children, in twenty years time, they'll outnumber the Aborigines, use their numbers to get strategic political positions and declare an Islamic state. Sounds like fiction? No! That's exactly how Lebanon moved from a very popular trading and beautiful tourist country that it was, to the ruins and debris laden country that it is today
The Christins in the South have a choice, they either hand over the colonies to the Jihadists, sorry government and convert to Islam or say No! to the colony project and begin to prepare for the consequences. To be forewarned, is to be forearmed! - Oguejiofor Okeke


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Communique – Handshake Across The Niger

Communique – Handshake Across The Niger
A] Notations.
After today’s meeting of all strata of persons of Igbo and Yoruba origins in Enugu, the erstwhile capital of Eastern Nigeria, the conferees comprising leaders of the South West (SW), South East (SE), the South South (SS) the Middle Belt (MB) made several observations and resolved as follows:
1. Noted the immense strength of Igbo-Yoruba close affinities of kinship and brotherhood, shared origins and cultural/ethical values, a common world view and inherent love of freedom and justice;
2. Noted that the Hand Shake Across the Niger (HSAN), anchored on the heroism of Major General J.T.U. Aguiyi Ironsi and Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, though long overdue, has finally burst the myth of Igbo-Yoruba irreconcilable differences and spiteful rivalry, thus, providing new impetus for resurgence of the same bold, patriotic and nationalist solidarity of the two ethnic groups from the 1930s to the 1950s that earned independence for Nigeria in 1960;
3. Noted that in a long history of close relations and association, the Igbo and Yoruba have no recorded instances of violence against each other’s ethnic group, such as inter-ethnic mass killings and destruction and/or seizure of property; that instead, they have lived, worked and prospered together, accommodating and respecting their differences;
4. Expressed awareness that grievances generated by past errors on both sides can no longer justify or sustain dissention between the two groups whose solidarity and mutual collaboration have the capacity to dramatically change the fortunes of Nigeria, thereby also, changing the fates of the African continent and the black race;
5. Noted that the HS has brought about a new dawn of irreversible amity in the horizon of Igbo-Yoruba relations, that they have today declared time-up for, and permanently buried, the hatchet of distrust and spiteful rivalry, leading to a credible tipping-point of optimism and opportunity in realizing the destiny of Nigeria as a start-up nation-state that can achieve great things;

B] Decisions and Commitments.
In consequence of the fore-going, the conferees of the HS arrived at the following decisions and commitments:
1. Decided to collaborate closely to create mutually beneficial opportunities, build a strong alliance to advance their ever growing mutual interests, while striving together to meet the common responsibilities of building a united, coherent and prosperous nation - state of free peoples, freely relating to one another across the dividing lines of tribe, religion, region and politics;
2. Declared unflinching support for a truly federal union of Nigeria that is democratic, stable, secure, peaceful, just and fair to all its citizens.
3. Committed to work in close partnership and through peaceful means to restructure Nigeria, reducing and restricting the duties of the federal government to only matters of national import on the exclusive list, while granting the federating units the right to take full responsibility for local, developmental and residual matters, as this will lead to healthy competition and cooperation among the federating units, in place of the present dysfunctional arrangement that merely superintends over the sharing and consuming of rents, and holds some States and Zones down for others to play the elusive game of catch-up;
4. Committed to insistence therefore, on peaceful devolution of powers, fiscal federalism, land/resource ownership/control, reforming component structural and systemic institutions to radically reduce the escalating cost of governance;
5. Committed to working tirelessly towards joining the economically-performing nations  – China, India, Brazil, Israel, Singapore , South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand etc. – not as a dependent State, but a competitive producer and exporter of knowledge-based goods and services;
6. Committed to immediate implementation of pro federalism recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, in particular those affecting the efficiency of governance.

C] The way forward.

We believe that the fore-going measures will reposition Nigeria to reach credible nationhood, attain its full potential and respect in the community of nations thereby enabling us to effectively lead the campaign for the political and economic renaissance of Africa and the black race – the very goals for which the Zik of Africa and the sage Chief Awolowo and a host of other founding nationalists lived and sacrificed so much.  The conferees of the HS have therefore:
i] Decided that today’s Hand Shake (HS) is not a one off event, but only the first of a progressive and continuous re-socialization project that will, in short order, reach out to embrace other compatriots in the South South (SS) , Middle Belt [MB], North Central (NC) North East (NE) and North West (NW) zones of the country;
ii] Decided therefore, to establish a standing Joint Action Committee to drive this process, and to continually articulate fresh ideas and strategies to sustain the current zeal and momentum of mutual understanding and collaborative actions aimed at resuscitating Nigeria politically and economically in order to position her to earn her rightful place among the contending nations in the world.
The composition and mandate of the Joint Committee and its sub-committees, along with the full report of today’s Hand Shake, will be posted in due course.

Chief Nnia Nwodo                                        Chief Ayo Adebanjo                                   
President – General                                         For: Afenifere
Ohaneze Ndigbo