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Envy, jealousy causing problems in South-East — Cubana Chief Priest

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What can be blamed for the killings and insecurity in the South-East?

It is jealousy and envy that caused everything that is happening in the South-East. If you say you do not like a particular government, do you go and kill your brother because of that? No! You should rather wait for when it is time for election, then you can vote that person out. You should not go about hating or killing your brother, because you don’t like him, or because he is supporting a particular government, or the police. How can you kill your brother, because he is a policeman or a soldier? In a state without the police and military, who will maintain peace and order there?

Why did you relocate your business to Lagos State from Owerri (Imo State)?

I left the South-East, and relocated to Lagos State because some of our wealthy Igbo brothers are now scared of coming home. Usually, whenever they came home, my business was always flourishing. That is because those who live in Owerri usually buy just beer and little champagne. But, when the big boys who live in Lagos and Abuja come home during the weekends, they usually buy lots of drinks; and I will ultimately make so much money.

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For instance, after Christmas in those days when business was booming in the South-East, after every Christmas sale, I would usually buy a new car or start a new business (because of the huge profit recorded). But, business has now become so slow. And, just like the Igbo saying, you will have to move around with your wares to be able to make sales. That was why I packed my bags and relocated.

It is also a way of bringing the things that those who travel home come to enjoy at my place in Owerri here to them in Lagos State.

How has the rising insecurity in the South-East affected the drive of Igbo people?

All the bad Igbo people and kidnappers who are working to spoil Igboland are just foolish. In the area of real estate, things are no longer how they used to be. Before we started having insecurity issues in the South-East, people like Kennedy Okonkwo, the billionaire founder and CEO of Nedcomoaks Limited; and socialite, Emeka Okonkwo, aka E-Money, had mansions in their hometown, and that caused a lot of competition among us. Everyone was ‘pushed’, and there was a hunger in our hearts to go home and erect those kinds of edifice in our father’s compound. The Igbos like competition; we are each other’s inspiration.

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What is the impact of the situation on the wealthy people who usually visit their hometowns?

What these evil people have succeeded in doing is to make sure that we no longer see the wealthy people at home (in the South-East).  When they see a wealthy person, they would kill him, and say he was a bad person. And, that has caused wealthy people to stay away from home. This has caused hunger in the land. There is great hunger in the South-East now.

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What is your advice to people in the Diaspora on how to curb the tension in the South-East?

My appeal to my brothers (in the Diaspora) is this, “Let us not forget our home. We cannot run away from the evil people; they should run from us instead. You people should be coming home”. And, to our brothers at home, “You people are expected to protect the home, because it is the rat inside the house that tells the one in the bush or outside that there is fish in the kitchen”. So, it is some of those at home who burn down their brothers’ houses because of envy. We know that some people are not good, just like it is everywhere; even outside the country. But, it is something we should treat and approach with wisdom. It is not something that requires us to carry guns and machetes.

Our heritage is getting destroyed. We have our own culture, but we cannot project it from afar.

What are some of the things that used to make going home interesting?

Sometime ago, in my village, there was a festival called ‘Ofeke Day’, observed on January 1. It was the most interesting festival at that time. But, things like that no longer exist. We need to come together, and agree to bring the South-East back. There are a lot of great things in the South-East. You can imagine that people now host traditional marriages in event centres in Lagos State, or Owerri town. Is that good?  When there is a funeral, the dead would be buried like a thief, in a hurry, and the people will run to somewhere safe for the reception. That is not how we used to live. Before, whenever the corpse of a popular or wealthy person was coming home, there would be a lot of festivities, including gunshot salutes, and masquerade parades, with so much excitement. But, those days are gone and dead. We are gradually losing our heritage and culture.

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What approach do you think can end these problems?

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Let us go back to our roots and repair our states. Whatever is spoilt can be repaired. We should stop running, because running will not help us. Rather, running will spoil everything completely.

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Police arrest Prankster ZFancy over viral videos

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Police authorities have arrested prankster ZFancy over some viral videos in which he was alleged to have committed some heinous crimes including rape.

In a statement on Thursday, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi said ZFancy whose real name is Ubani Zion Chibuike was arrested at an apartment in the Wuye area of Abuja.

“The Nigeria Police Force, through the NPF National Cybercrime Centre, has arrested a Nigerian ‘prankster’, one Mr. Ubani Zion Chibuike (AKA ZFancy), at an apartment in Wuye, Abuja,” the police said.

It described the videos as having “caused significant apprehension among social media users”.

Although ZFancy had claimed that they were scripted and part of a publicity stunt to get back to the limelight after a break, the police said “such actions have serious implications and can not be taken lightly.

“The Nigeria Police Force remains committed to maintaining public safety and ensuring that individuals are held accountable for actions that incite fear or disturb public peace,” the statement read.

It warned, “pranksters and content creators to be law-abiding and be conscious of pranks and contents that could pose threats to the public and jeopardise the general security of our country”.

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Veteran Nollywood thespian Joke Silva, the wife of veteran actor, Olu Jacob’s has debunked the rumour of her husband’s death, saying he is much alive and doing just fine.

This is the second time rumours about the death of the legendary Nigerian actor will be making the rounds on social media.

Joke Silva in her reply to an sms inquiry by our reporter replied “My husband is alive and doing just fine.”

A close source to the family (name withheld), told Vanguard on phone that the AGN President told him that he spoke with the wife today and they spoke for over one hour without any mention of such news.

“Somebody who has lost a husband cannot be that chatty and Gail on phone,” the source said.

The final nail on the coffin of the rumour was a broadcast by Channels TV where they were seen speaking with the actor who said he is alive and in fact preparing to go to Ikoyi Club this evening.

A Nigerian columnist, Betty Irabor, also debunked the rumour through a message posted on her social media account on Sunday.

“Olu Jacob is well and alive.. please ignore all rumours of his passing. He is alive please,” she wrote.

The rumours of Jacobs’ death had earlier spread online without official confirmation.

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This is not the first time such news about the veteran actor will trend online.

In June 2020, there was a similar report that trended on the then Twitter (now X) and Facebook.

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The then spokesperson of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Monalisa Chinda-Coker, later debunked the news.

In August 2022, there was also rumour concerning the actor’s death.

His wife, Joke, later debunked the news and threatened legal action against those spreading the information.

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Obi Cubana urges blogs to stop disrespecting elders online

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Billionaire businessman, Obi Cubaba, has appealed to blogs and social media platforms to refrain from amplifying instances of youths disrespecting elders.

Cubana’s call followed a recent online altercation between activist Verydarkman and Paul Okoye, lover of actress Iyabo Ojo.

Verydarkman had initially claimed that Iyabo Ojo was not invited to Davido’s main wedding ceremony, only to be rebuffed by Paul Okoye.

The exchange escalated, with Verydarkman directing insults at Okoye.

Obi Cubana, in response, took to his Instagram page to decry the trend of youths disrespecting elders, urging blogs to withhold visibility and attention from such instances.

According to Cubana, granting attention to such behaviour only serves to enable and encourage it.

He emphasised the need to promote respect for elders and put an end to the perpetuation of “rubbish” on social media.

“Dear blogs; pls stop giving visibility to youth insulting elders! You enable them! We can’t continue to enable rubbish!!! Stop, pls,” he wrote.

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