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Ohanaeze denies issuing statement on Tinubu’s private trip to Paris

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The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization; Ohanaeze Ndigbo has refuted media reports which claimed that the organization was angry over President Bola Tinubu’s private trip to Paris, saying the reckless, bare-brained and unguarded statement credited to one Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro did not emanate from the organization.

The National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, described the media reports which stated that “Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities by formally transmitting power to the Vice president, Kashim Shettima”, etc etc”, as the handiwork of “a mischief maker, meddlesome interloper, social climber and media navigator.”

The statement entitled “Tinubu’s Private Trip to Paris – A Rebuttal” reads:

“The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been drawn to the news making the rounds to the effect that “Ohanaeze is angry over Tinubu’s Private Trip to Paris”; in some of the dailies, it reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities by formally transmitting power to the Vice president, Kashim Shettima”, etc etc. The above reckless, harebrained and unguarded statements are credited to one Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.

“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR; OFR; CFR; FNICE; FNSE; FNIST; KSG (Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo) was tempted to ignore the said press release by a mischief maker, meddlesome interloper, social climber and media navigator but since our silence may be misconstrued as giving validity to such a whimsical figment of a transactional imagination, this rebuttal becomes very imperative.

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“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has for an umpteenth time disclaims the said Isiguzoro, reiterating that the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR.

“There is no gainsaying that some unreflective Igbo wary transgressors leech on the invaluable and hallowed name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for narrow, perverse, illicit and pecuniary interests.

“It is indeed very curious that some editors of Nigerian dailies have, true to type, been compromised to remain impervious to reason by turning a cheap lie into media hype; domesticating negative propensities; conveying flawed ethnic renditions; indulging cheap mendacious propaganda; clothing falsehood with elaborate wings and ultimately damaging the corporate image of their nuanced, unethical and unscrupulous publications.

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“Otherwise, there is hardly any Nigerian journalist who doesn’t know that the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR.

“Ndigbo all over the world are often incensed that an uncultured maladjusted young man would wake up and issue a press release in the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo with neither clearance nor consultations with the Igbo leadership. This is a clear case of sabotage to the Igbo nation.

“We have severally appealed to the social deviants that the Igbo, all over the world owe a profound emotional attachment to their apex socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and as such our sacred identity should not be desecrated upon by the whims, caprices, youthful tempestuousness and immediacies of the uninitiated.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by Iwuanyanwu has neither contemplated a press release on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu trip to Paris nor raising the issue of transmission of power to the Vice President, Kashim Shettima.”

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Peter Obi should be held responsible for anarchy arising from August 1 hunger protest – Presidency

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Bayo Onanuga, a senior to President Bola Tinubu, has alleged that supporters Mr Peter Obi, former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, are planning mayhem in Nigeria.

Onanuga claimed that the proposed nationwide protests were being planned by Obi’s supporters, whom he described as failed presidential candidate.

According to him, Obi should be held responsible for whatever crisis that would emanate from the action.

In a post on his X handle on Saturday, Onanuga said the proposed protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by the incarcerated IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020.

He wrote: “REVEALED: Peter Obi’s supporters are the people planning mayhem in Nigeria: Obi should be held responsible for anarchy

“Don’t be fooled: the malcontents planning to stage nationwide protests are supporters of Peter Obi, the failed presidential candidate of the Labour Party. And he should be held responsible for whatever crisis emanates from the action.

“The protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020. ENDSARS began as a genuine protest by youths against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, notorious for its high-handedness. IPOB members planning to extricate the South East region from Nigeria infiltrated the protest and hijacked it for their own agenda. Lagos still bears the scar of the malicious destruction by IPOB elements until today.

“Two years after ENDSARS, the IPOB and the gullible innocents joined the Labour Party in 2022 to support Peter Obi, a sympathiser of their cause.

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They are the people spreading the hashtags ‘EndBadGovernance’, ‘Tinubu Must Go,’ and ‘Revolution2024’. They are not democrats but anarchists. They are attempting to call out our people via propaganda because their Messiah, Peter Obi, failed to win the Presidency in the 2023 election. As bad losers, they don’t have the patience to wait for another election in 2027; they would rather destabilise Nigeria by staging a civilian coup against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Two brothers drown in FCT River

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Two brothers, Joshua and Samson, have drowned in a river in Robukya community in Kwali Ward in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

A relation of the deceased, Musa Abednego, who confirmed the incident to our reporter on Thursday, said it happened on Tuesday around 9am while they were crossing the river.

He said the brothers, Joshua and Samson, were between the ages of nine and 12 and that they were on their way to the farm when the incident happened.

He explained that the victims got drowned following a heavy rainfall which made the river to overflow.

He said, “Their father asked them to hold on after the rain subsided. Unfortunately, they left home to the farm without him knowing.”

Abednego said their corpses were recovered on Wednesday around 4pm through the help of some fishermen, adding they had been buried.

The spokeswoman of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, was yet to speak on the incident.                                              Daily Trust

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CBN intervenes in foreign exchange market

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has started selling foreign exchange on a regular basis through Authorised Dealer Banks and licensed Bureaux De Change (BDCs) as a response to the current fluctuations in the foreign exchange market.

These fluctuations are primarily caused by the demand pressure coming from corporate entities and the seasonal increase typical during the summer period.

By implementing regular sales of foreign exchange, the CBN aims to stabilise the market and ensure smoother transactions for both businesses and individuals involved in foreign exchange activities.

Director, Financial Markets Department of the CBN Dr Omolara Omotunde Duke in a statement on Friday night assured the public of the bank’s commitment to address the demand pressure and stabilize the foreign exchange market.

Highlighting recent transactions, the CBN disclosed that it sold a total sum of US$106,500,000.00 to 29 authorized dealer banks on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, 2024.

These transactions took place within an exchange rate range of N1,498.00/US$1 to N1,530.00/US$1. Additionally, the CBN purchased US$9,500,000 (Nine Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) from four authorized dealer banks at rates between N1,510.00/US$1 and N1,550.00/US$1. All these transactions are marked for settlement on July 19, 2024.

The Central Bank also stated its commitment to closely monitor compliance with existing trading rules and regulations by authorized dealer banks. This is seen as an effort to promote ethical conduct and ensure stability in the foreign exchange market.

The general public was also advised to direct their foreign exchange demands to their respective banks and BDC operators, adhering to prevailing market regulations.

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With the regular sale of foreign exchange and ongoing monitoring of trading practices, the CBN aims to meet demand pressure, foster stability, and sustain a well-functioning foreign exchange market.

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