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Biafra referendum: We’re ready for peaceful dialogue, negotiations with FG – IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has conveyed its readiness to engage in peaceful negotiations and discussions with the Nigerian government. IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, stated that the group is open to peaceful negotiations and a United Nations (UN) supervised referendum. Powerful emphasized that IPOB is committed to pursuing a peaceful referendum within the framework of the law.

In a statement released by Powerful, he stated: “We, the global community and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate our commitment to a peaceful approach and our willingness to engage in negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful realization of Biafra’s independence from Nigeria, under the supervision of the United Nations.

“IPOB’s non-violent pursuit of Biafra’s independence began in 2012, and throughout our years of rallies and protests, we have never been associated with violence or criminal activities. However, the Nigerian government, through its security forces, has waged a campaign against IPOB.

“IPOB is prepared to meet with the Nigerian government at any time they are willing to engage in discussions regarding a Biafra referendum. We advocate for a peaceful separation from the entity known as Nigeria, created by foreign powers. We firmly believe that Biafra can be achieved without resorting to war or the shedding of innocent blood, whether Biafran or Nigerian.

“We assert that IPOB has never taken up arms against the Nigerian state, but we have defended our people and our land against the threats posed by Fulani herdsmen and their supporters. IPOB has not been responsible for any loss of innocent lives and remains committed to avoiding such losses while protecting ourselves against any form of aggression.

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“IPOB is ready to engage in dialogue regarding the date and procedures for a Biafra referendum. We desire peace and are fully prepared to peacefully exit Nigeria, but not at the cost of our lives. We maintain our unwavering determination and dedication to our ultimate goal, which is the attainment of Biafra’s independence through a referendum. The sooner the Nigerian government schedules a referendum for Biafrans to determine their destiny, the better for all parties.

“This message reflects the standpoint of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leadership, and our global family of IPOB members.

“IPOB advocates for peace, dialogue, and negotiations. The fundamental principle upon which IPOB was founded is to lead the way towards a peaceful separation of Biafra from Nigeria, recognizing that Biafra and Nigeria are distinct nations.”

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Why I may not hesitate to support Peter Obi in 2027 – Atiku Abubakar

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has suggested he might support Peter Obi, his Labour Party counterpart from the last election, in 2027.

The former Vice President, currently in merger talks with stakeholders from various opposition political parties, indicated he would back Obi if the Labour Party nominates him for the next election.

According to The Sun, Atiku made this statement during an interview with BBC Hausa Service.

It was recently reported by DAILY POST that Obi and Atiku had a closed-door meeting, sparking rumors about a potential merger of opposition parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

Atiku confirmed the efforts of opposition parties to align in order to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 election, saying, “We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.”

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Atiku added that if the new party decides it’s the turn of the South-East and chooses Peter Obi, he would not hesitate to support him.

“I have said repeatedly, and even before the 2023 general elections, that if the PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it.

“But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was open to all members of the party,” Atiku explained.

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I once struggled with pornography – Bishop Oyedepo’s son, Isaac

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Isaac Oyedepo, son of Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Church, has admitted to having struggled with pornography at one point in his life.

Isaac revealed that he became involved with pornography during a trip to a European country.

Speaking on the podcast “Confession Box,” Isaac shared that he overcame this challenge with God’s help.

He explained: “My confessions are positive and meant to help others. I struggled with pornography before.

“I remember how it began; we traveled to a country, and I was alone in my room. I turned on the TV, and that’s how it started.

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“But God helped me overcome it quickly. Many people still struggle with it, and I think if someone who had previously struggled with it had approached me and showed me how to break free, I would have overcome it sooner.

“Some topics are often avoided, but today, many pastors and church members still struggle with this issue.

“You might be anointed and performing signs and wonders, but that doesn’t mean you are living right.

“There’s an old saying that if it works, it means you’re standing right, but I found out that’s not always true. There were times I realized I wasn’t right, but grace and mercy found me.

“For the sake of someone genuine in the congregation, God can bypass you to reach that person; this is my confession.”

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Alleged Corruption: Rights lawyer petitions Minister, seeks suspension of NSCDC CG, Audi

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Former Special Prosecutor for the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Properties, Tosin Ojaomo, has petitioned the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, regarding an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into corruption allegations against Ahmed Audi, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Ojaomo recommended Audi’s immediate suspension to ensure public safety and protect the integrity of the investigation from possible interference.

The petition, dated May 15 and made available to DAILY POST, was addressed to Tunji-Ojo and copied to President Bola Tinubu, Attorney General Lateef Fagbemi, and EFCC Chairman Olanipekun Olukoyede.

Ojaomo highlighted that the EFCC has been investigating the NSCDC for alleged financial mismanagement, making significant progress. He also mentioned a pending allegation against Audi regarding unexplained property acquisition filed with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB).

Ojaomo’s request is based on Section 8 of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act, 2003 (as amended), and Section 11 of the Interpretation Act, 2004, which allow the minister to recommend the appointment and removal of the NSCDC Commandant General.

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The petition stated, “We are compelled to make this request as the investigation of the agency cannot be thoroughly and discreetly conducted if the current Commandant General of the NSCDC is allowed to continue in office while the investigation continues because most of the financial activities of the agency which form the subject matter of the investigation are conducted under the current CG’s watch.”

He further emphasized that the suspension would safeguard the investigation process and prevent possible interference. Ojaomo cited allegations linking Audi to a company, Keltes Security and Consultancy Limited, which allegedly received contracts from Tantita Security Limited, a company under the NSCDC’s supervision.

He concluded, “In view of these facts, it will be in the interest of public safety and to protect the integrity of the office to suspend Dr. Abubakar Audi, the current Commandant General of NSCDC, so that the EFCC can conduct a thorough and discreet investigation into the matter.”

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