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Ekweremadu: Attackers insulted Igbo nation – Enugu Parliament

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Enugu West People’s Parliament, Monday, condemned in strong terms the attack on former Deputy Senate President and Senator representing Enugu West, Ike Ekweremadu in Germany on Saturday.

It described the attack said to have been carried out by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as an attack on Ndigbo.

While addressing newsmen in Enugu, the Parliament, through its spokesperson, Jonathan Ivoke came hard on the attackers, describing them as ”miscreants masquerading themselves as those fighting for the Igbo agenda.”

The group urged Igbo leaders who are currently occupying various political and cultural offices not to be distracted by the threats in their passionate efforts to serve the Igbo nation.

It condemned what it described as a ”dastardly, cowardly and sacrilegious” attack on Ekweremadu by members of IPOB.

The group noted that Ekweremadu had done so much for his constituents, the Igbo nation, Nigeria and the entire West African sub region.

Maintaining that he was instrumental in ensuring the bail of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the group said that Ekweremadu also drew the attention of the President to the possibilities of the python Dance escalating to another civil war.

”Ekweremadu has urged the president to address the obvious marginalization of the Igbo and this shows the extent of love he has for his people. It therefore means that an assault on him is assault to the entire Igbo nation,” it said.

The group called for immediate and thorough investigation, arrest and prosecution of all those who planned and carried out the attack on the Senator.

”Other Igbo in diaspora must take note of the threats of these miscreants masquerading as those fighting for the Igbo agenda and ensure that adequate security is provided in all genuine Igbo activities abroad,” the group said.

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Soyinka: ‘Sowore, Welcome To The Club’ As Nobel Laureate Slams Buhari Regime As Being Paranoid

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Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says the President Muhammadu
Buhari regime has attained an “unprecedented level of paranoia”
following the charges of treason filed against human rights activist,
Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement on Saturday, Soyinka said the nation had failed to
learn from past experiences.

He said, “This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has
moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the
country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify
that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet
another grotesque product of fake news, of which Nigerians have become
the greatest practitioners. I confess that I also joined in this
school of thought – at the start.

“Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed
attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the
justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as
formally publicized.

“So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of
treasonable felony. History still guards some lessons we have yet to
digest, much less from which to learn. Welcome to the Club, Mr.
Omoyele Sowore.”

The Buhari regime had on Friday filed seven counts of treasonable
felony and money laundering against Sowore.

The charges were filed a day before the expiration of the detention
order of the Federal High Court in Abuja permitting the Department of
State Services to keep the activist for 45 days.

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Iran declares readiness for war with US, Saudi Arabia

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Iran has expressed its readiness for an “all-out war” if the United States or Saudi military strikes against the country.

Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, made the declaration in an interview with CNN as the US, which has announced highest sanction ever, begins troop deployment to the kingdom.

Notin that Iran hoped to avoid conflict and was willing to talk to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zarif stated that his country would not discuss with the US unless it gets full relief from sanctions as promised under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Insisting that Iran did not blow up Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, Zarif threatened that a US or Saudi military strike would lead to “all-out war.”

“I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation,” said Zarif.

Tehran’s top diplomat added that a military response based on “deception”would cause “a lot of casualties. But we won’t blink to defend our territory”.

Meanwhile, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Major Gen. Hossein Salami, has issued similar warning.

“Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We will pursue any aggressor,” he remarked on state TV broadcast at the weekend.

Earlier, Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said that the kingdom is “certain” that the drone launch did not come from Yemen, as Houthi rebels there claimed.

His words: “It came from the north. It was done with Iranian weapons, therefore we hold Iran accountable for this attack. The kingdom will take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability.”

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Ezekwesili reacts to Buhari govt charges against Sowore

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Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has reacted to the charges brought against human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, by the Nigerian Government.

Nigerian government on Friday placed a seven-count charge of treasonable felony and money laundering against detained activist and Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Sowore.

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election was charged along with Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate.

The charges were signed on behalf of t‎he Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Aminu Alilu, a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation‎, the Federal Ministry of Justice.

In the charges instituted against the defendants, the prosecution accused Sowore and his co-defendant of committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of section 516 of the Criminal Code Act by allegedly staging “a revolution campaign on September 5, 2019 aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The prosecution also accused them of committing the actual offence of reasonable felony in breach of section, 4(1)(c) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution, in August 2019 in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria, to stage the #RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President.

Reacting, Ezekwesili on her Twitter page, said the FG might have caged Sowore but they cannot cage his ideas.

She wrote, “We stand on with @YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.

“Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.Gratitude to his legal team.

“Democracy and Voice are Siamese Twins.The good kind of Siamese Twins. No one regardless of their position is given the right to shut down Voices like @YeleSowore ‘s for daring to disagree.

“How long shall it take before the FG understands the Basics of Democracy?Our FG @NigeriaGov led by @NGRPresident @MBuhari may think they have ‘caged’ @YeleSowore because he dared to challenge Bad Leadership and Poor Governance through #RevolutionNow.

“Not so, actually.His Idea can never be caged. Why?You cannot cage an idea whose time has [email protected] is unconstitutionally and unlawfully detained for calling out deadly incompetence of the @NigeriaGov of @MBuhari

“Not even the Judiciary is spared this spread of deadly incompetence.Here’s the thing. This level of Incompetence is too costly and unsustainable.

“It is painful that @YeleSowore bears the brunt of the collective dissatisfaction of the Citizens of Nigerians toward a grossly incompetent and intolerant @AsoRock.

“We must thank him for once again reminding us that. The Power of the People is greater than the People in Power!

“When the Citizens of Nigeria are ready, neither @YeleSowore nor anyone else need publicly mobilize them and be accused of “wanting to overthrow a government”.

“The Citizens shall on their own rid themselves of a trenchantly incompetent and wicked Political Class.”

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