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We Must Avoid Another Civil War. Okogie warns

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Biafra will not stand — Gov Masari

•Igbo agenda cannot be wished away — Chekwas Okorie

By Emeka Mammah, Cliford Ndujihe, Johnbosco Agbakwuru and Sam Eyoboka

ARCHBISHOP Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, says Nigeria should avoid another civil war.
 Okogie spoke, yesterday, as Acting President Yemi Osinbajo engaged in meetings with leaders of some Igbo and northern groups, last week, after some northern groups asked Igbo in the North to vacatetheareaby October1.

The northern groups had reacted to the lingering agitation by some groups to allow the Igbo to break away from Nigeria on the auspices of Biafra, the name under which the South-East tried to secede between 1967 and 1970.

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State says the Igbo do not have the capacity to actualise Biafra.

The National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, countered that Biafra cannot be wished away.

Okogie, who spoke on the occasion to mark his 81st birthday in Lagos, said, “We in Nigeria once made a mistake—a grave one for that matter—goingtowarwhenwe could have resolved our differences peacefully. The scar of the war remains.

To avoid another war is an obligationweallmustassume. To avoid going to war is not cowardice. It is to have the courage to subdue our ego and negotiate. To go to war when we could and ought to have avoided it is not courageous but reckless.

To assume the obligation of avoiding a war, we must refrain from revisionist accounts of the 1967-70 war”.

The archbishop emeritus blamed the Nigerian political class for failing to see the urgent need for far-reaching constitutional reforms and are pitching the youths against themselves while the elders are stoking the embers of disintegration.

According to him, similar circumstances precipitated the Rwandan genocide of 1994. “Would it not be wise to learn from past mistakes, ours and others? This is the time to stand back from the brink”, he stated. Saying the quality of life of the average Nigerian is low, Okogie said: “Whether one talks of education, medical service delivery, security or the economy, every aspect of our life in this country is in downward motion.

The extent of poverty experienced by our people is simply unacceptable. “This country has more than enough resources to make life liveable. If there is so much discomfort, we must interrogate those who manage the affairs of our country. Why is it that government—federal, state and local—has failed Nigerians?”

“We have said it before that we live in clear and present danger. We said it when herdsmen went on the rampage and arms were being brought into Nigeria by “ghost importers”. Now we should ask ourselves: is there a correlation between illegal importation of arms into Nigeria and the drumbeats and dance steps of war we are currently witnessing?”

Why Biafra will not rise again’

Governor Masari said, at the weekend, that Biafra will not stand even if a referendum was called to determine its fate.

“Referendum on what? If we are to have a referendum on Biafra, it will fail; even if it will win, it will only be in the South- East zone which has only five states against 31”. Masari said in an interview

‘Igbo agenda cannot be wished away’

In a reaction, Okorie said: “The issue of Biafra cannot be wished away with provocative statements.

“Nigerians are talking about constructive dialogue. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has engaged leaders of ethnic nationalities across the country to douse tension.

“Apart from Biafra, groups in South-West are agitating for Oodua Republic; people are also agitating for Niger-Delta Republic and even gave northerners October 1 deadline to leave the Niger- Delta as Arewa youth coalition gave to the Igbo living in the North. The country is at the edge of the precipice.”

Also reacting, the founder of the Igbo Youth Movement and Deputy National Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu- Uko said, “Nigeria is drifting simply because those scared of restructuring are using all sorts of excuses, making all kinds of threats and hoping still to intimidate the political elite from other regions into accepting the northern view point as standard gospel.
“They are repeating themselves like a broken record. If Biafra is dead, why are they so frightened of the very successful May 30th stay at home, to the extent that they reacted childishly with a 90 day quit order?

“Truth actually is: the ongoing tugofwarbetweenthoseforand against restructuring is dragging this long, simply because some people are afraid of change, any kind of change. They see a restructured Nigeria as creating a level playing field for all.”

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Man kills mother after impregnating his cousin.

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A 25-year-old man who has been identified as Agaezichi Ogbonna from Akpaa Mbato village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State has reportedly killed his 52-year-old mother after allegedly impregnating his cousin.
According to Southern City News , it was learnt on Tuesday that following the development, angry youths in Akpaa Mbato village descended on Ogbonna, but for the timely intervention of the soldiers attached to a nearby checkpoint, the suspect would have been lynched.
An anonymous source disclosed that Ogbonna, who is said to be the last son of his mother, was allegedly accused of having sexual affairs with sisters of the same parents at his maternal home.
He was said to have impregnated one of them in the process, an act which the villagers, said was a taboo in their community and Igbo land in general.
It was learnt that defiant Ogbonna was said to have ignored the warning of the community to continue sleeping with one of the sisters whose name was simply identified as Ugochi, which did not go down well with his sick mother.
The source said,

“Ogbonna’s mother who was managing her high blood pressure condition angered by the son’s action and the negative effect his abominable act would bring to the family, decided to raise the alarm after she noticed that her son was sleeping with Ugochi.
“In the heat of an argument with the mother, Ogbonna kicked her on her ribs which aggravated her health condition. She was said to have collapsed and died shortly afterwards when some members of the family who came to her rescue tried to stabilise her.”

A member of the community, who also pleaded anonymity, said that on seeing that the mother had died, Ogbonna tried to run away, but was prevented.
The source said when the news filtered into the community; the youths stormed their compound and took Ogbonna to unknown destination.
The family source said the youths after beating Ogbonna to a pulp was on the verge of setting him ablaze when soldiers, who were alerted, rescued him from the villagers who had already hung tyre on his neck and about to pour fuel on him.
A soldier at the Akpaa Mbato Army checkpoint said they mobilised to the scene to save the suspect from jungle justice when they were alerted to the action the youths of the community were about to take.

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Video game addiction now a mental disorder, says WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified compulsive gaming as a mental health condition.
The condition tagged ‘gaming disorder’ will be added to the 11th edition of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
It will describe the disorder as “impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.
A WHO representative estimated two to three percent of video game players meet the criteria for gaming disorder.
“For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” WHO said.
Several mental health professionals have been fighting this classification, worried that it’s more grounded in moral concerns than science.
“There was a fairly widespread concern that this is a diagnosis that doesn’t really have a very solid research foundation,” said Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist and media researcher at Stetson University in DeLand.
The American Psychiatric Association also said that there was not “sufficient evidence” to consider gaming addiction as a “unique mental disorder”.
WHO had said in December 2017 that it will recognise the effects of obsessive video gaming as a mental health disorder.

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BREAKING!! Egypt vs Uruguay: Mo Salah Missing As Teams Release First Eleven In FIFA World Cup Match

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