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                           Biafra: Our Ancestral/Native Names Must Be Repristinated

■Author: Chinonso Igwebuike Mbah
■ Twitter: @umuchiukwu
■ 12, July 2020

The question to Christian Folks. Did Apostles Of Jesus Christ Change Their Name After Baptism? Why Is Pope Francis Not Answering Amadioha Kanu? The racist of baptizing Christian folks with western names is behind my control, so after baptizing one, you must choose a foreign name over his native name? Without advance of doubt, it got to prove that your heaven does not accommodate ancestral/local names, your heaven is a place of racist and tribalism.

It's highly provocative and unusually sadden that some Biafrans who claimed to be intellectually educated and wiser than their ancestors has abounded their ancestral/native names for meaningless western names, they stupidly and ignorantly claim our ancestral/native names are fetish whiles as every western name they bear are pagan and fetish just like ours.

 To you misguided demented efulefus of Biafra extractions, our ancestral/native names has nothing to do with idolatry, most of our ancestral/native name's are exceptionally unique, it's a thing of shame that we Biafrans are not proud of our ancestral/native names, when are we going to stop all this nonsensical habit of coping western world, we answer western names, do western wedding, eat western food, drink western water, speak the western language, dress western dressing, yet we claim we are intellectuals, that we are educated more than our ancestors, what happened to our unique, beautiful traditions and cultures? Our native names? The reason why we are backward is that we have abounded our ancestral/native names, how many of your so-called salve masters are bearing our native names, the more we bear western names, the more we keep impoverishing and enslaving ourselves, those of you bearing Paul, peter, and luck as your baptism name because you want to make heaven don't you know we have Amadioha, Kanu and Amarachi in heaven? Our stupidity is we keeping defending what is not ours.

It's obvious those days when children are not given foreign names has gone, the days when every family used to have certain names of their family they want their child to bear, those names were linking the child to his or her guardian angel, because we believe in reincarnation, gone are the days when a child is born they will consult and find out who has reincarnated in the family and give the name of that person to the child, these were to also make sure that the child was rooted in the spirituality of the family, the days when an umbilical cord of a child will be buried somewhere at home with some few rituals done to always connect the child with a home, but when Europeans came with Christianity they blacklisted everything as evil, and we believed them and followed them, we are suffering at their hands, and we are helpless because we always look to them for our problems.

The greatest racist is denouncing your ancestral/native names and calling them fetish, you idiot efulefus claiming our ancestral names are idolatry must note that the reason why we answer our ancestral names is to confirm to you that our ancestors do exist and that everyone has ancestors, otherwise, if you don't have an ancestral name you would not be existing, you live because they have lived, you are what you are because of them, ancestors are living within us through the life that they have imparted to us, through their names that we bear, their DNA is always with us, and wherever we are they are there because they live in us through their DNA in us, we don't believe in ancestors because we know them and some of them we have even spoken and touch them, I don't need to believe in My Grandmother or Grandfather because I know that she or he was and is existing through me, if she or he was not, I wouldn't be here today.

We are our Ancestresses and our Ancestors. You need to go deeper than that because our Ancestresses and our Ancestors are more ancient more than one can think of, our ancestral,/native names are as old as creation itself, always take nature into account when dealing with your ancestral/native names, because there are spiritual implications attached to it, we must retrace our steps back to our ancestral/native names and do away with western pet names.

In conclusion: we must be proud of our ancestral/native names for they are not fetish nor idolatry names if we deny our ancestors today generations to come will also deny us because we must all die someday and become ancestors to them.

Edited By Ezekwereogu John Odinaka
Published By Udeagha Obasi 
For Umuchiukwu Writers
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356 Soldiers Exit Nigerian Army Over Loss of Interest, Insiders Allege Moral Crisis

      Published Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 22:14 CET | BIAFRA TODAY
General Tukur Yusuf Buratai

By Taiwo-Hassan Adebayo 

Three hundred and fifty-six (356) soldiers are formally exiting the Nigerian Army citing “loss of interest”, PREMIUM TIMES can report, in a development insiders say is indicative of broken morale in the army.

The army is currently engaged in various combat operations as insecurity worsens across the country.

Many of the soldiers are among the troops engaged in the decade-long war against Boko Haram in the Northeast, while others are from various other formations across the country.

But apart from the 356 who are leaving for losing interest in the army, 24 others are exiting because they want “to take traditional title,” making a total of 380 soldiers, including two Master Warrant Officers and 28 Warrant Officers, voluntarily discharging from the army, according to sources with direct knowledge of the development.

Already, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has, this July, approved the voluntary discharge of all the 380 soldiers who are to proceed on terminal leave on December 20 and disengage on January 3 next year in accordance with Nigerian Army Administrative Policy and Procedure 27 Paragraphs 3 and 4, our sources confirmed.

“That the reason given by most of them is ‘loss of interest’ is an indication of low morale in the army due to poor leadership,” one army insider said, claiming the army had been “broken, demoralised and polarised more than ever before under Buratai.”

“It is an indication of the rot in the system,” said another officer who knew about the mass disengagement.

More than those enduring the long official process to exit the army, many soldiers have deserted the army especially from among the troops combating Boko Haram in the Northeast, sources in the frontline said.

At various times, commanders and soldiers have appeared in videos complaining about logistical support and equipment available to them to combat the terrorists in a war that has in ten years precipitated a humongous humanitarian disaster in the Lake Chad region, displacing millions of people and killing thousands.

In one case, a former commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Olusegun Adeniyi, appeared in a rare video admitting soldiers were outgunned by the terrorists. In that video, March this year, Mr Adeniyi could be seen among disorganised troops decrying losses of men and equipment in a particular encounter with Boko Haram, who were “facing us” from “every flank with not less than15 gun trucks.”

Mr Adeniyi was swiftly removed from his position after the video emerged, with the current commander, Faruq Yahaya, taking over.

On Tuesday, troops of 25 Brigade on patrol were ambushed by terrorists on Damboa-Maiduguri Road. In the ensuing fight, 37 soldiers were killed in action and “about 60” unaccounted for, according to security sources briefed following the losses, which also included nine gun trucks.

“Tempers were rising amongst the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade,” a source in the frontline said after the attack on Tuesday, before “the efforts to calm the situation.”

However, the military officially told the public only two soldiers died, while 17 terrorists were killed.

“That official press release is a total lie to preempt the press,” one army source said.
The source said the misrepresentation to avoid having to answer questions about the use of heavy funds and also to prevent renewed calls for the removal of the service chiefs.

Apart from the Northeastern anti-terrorism operations, the army, alongside the airforce, is combatting the spiraling armed violence from rural banditry and farmer-herdsmen conflict in the Northwest and Northcentral. In these areas, the exacerbating insecurity appears to have gone beyond the constabulary capacities of the police.

Even in the Southeast, the army has been involved in federal efforts to stop the secessionist threats; and in the Niger Delta, it helps in protecting oil and gas infrastructure.

Meanwhile, apart from the 380 soldiers voluntarily exiting the army, mostly for losing interest, six others are being discharged based on the recommendation of the armed force’s medical board.

Thus, a total of 386 soldiers are disengaging – and 356 among them have opted out over “loss of interest” amid morale crisis in the service.

Units and formations have been directed to recover all military items from the affected soldiers, who are to report to the army headquarters for documentation by October 20 and complete forms to make withdrawals from various contributory schemes.

Many more have deserted without any official process, according to our sources.

“They just abandoned their guns and uniforms and ran away,” one source said.

The spokesperson for the army, Musa Sagir, denied claim of low morale in the army. “The Nigerian Army is in very high morale,” he said.

He added that the army is “very well” prosecuting all the operations it is involved in whether “the insurgency in the Northeast and banditry in the Northwest.”

He said there was no mass disengagement happening in the army. But PREMIUM TIMES reviewed documents and spoke with sources, contradicting Mr Sagir’s position.


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US to deport 16,000 Nigerian students, ASUU fumes

    Published Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 21:55 CET | BIAFRA TODAY

By Iyabo Lawal

The fate of over 16,000 Nigerian students in the United States is currently hanging in the balance as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) moves to deport foreign students whose schools will switch to online classes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The development, however, has drawn the ire of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which blamed the Federal Government for neglecting Nigeria’s educational system.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP), which is run by ICE, in a new rule released on Monday, had said foreign nationals enrolled in U.S. educational institutions will have to transfer to in-person schools or take online classes outside the country. Otherwise, they will be deported. Also, the Department of State will no longer issue visas to students to attend schools that offer online classes only.

The statement reads in part: “The U.S. Department of State no longer issues visas to students enrolled in schools or programmes that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit such students to enter the United States.

“Active students who are currently in the United States and enrolled in such programmes must leave the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they will have to face immigration consequences.”

But in a telephone interview with The Guardian, ASUU President Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi recalled with regret “a time foreign students were coming to Nigerian universities. Students were coming from South Africa, Egypt and Ghana.”

According to him, “Today, the reverse is the case. In Ghana, more than half of the foreign students there are Nigerians. So, we can see that they are just harvesting our resources to fund their tertiary education. Why should Nigerians be going to the Republic of Benin, Cameroon, Togo, and Sudan to seek university education, not to talk of U.S.?”

ASUU’s incessant strikes are in the interest of students and their parents, he insisted, stressing that all the union is saying is: “Fix our laboratories, stock our libraries, renovate our workshops, supply facilities for e-learning and provide structures. Are those not the things they are enjoying there?”

The ASUU President said further: “Of course, the ruling class that can afford it are those sending their children to those distant places in America and Europe. The children of the poor are left to attend universities that are without facilities, universities that are not adequately staffed, and universities whose capacity for research have been dwindling. We think this is an opportunity for the Federal Government to sit back and address the problems in our university education and indeed Nigerian education as a whole.”

Also, former Minister of Education Prof. Chinwe Obaji wondered how courses like engineering and sciences that require practicals would be taught online. He called on government to make the universities attractive to Nigerian students abroad by tackling its many challenges, adding that COVID-19 is a temporary setback, which all nations would surmount in due course.

On his part, Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, former Vice Chancellor at Caleb University, Imota, said: “The truth is that this situation is peculiar. It is unprecedented. It is not sustainable. In due course, we will conquer it. We once conquered the pandemic in 1819, Ebola, and we will surely conquer COVID-19. Nothing is permanent. It is true that online teaching would always continue but it can never take away the issues of face-to face interaction. For example, those students studying engineering in American universities and lab-based sciences, would they do all those things from a distance?”

He added: “We should adjust our curriculum to reflect the reality, mainly that we have to depend more and more, now, on online teaching. Secondly, we need to provide more infrastructure of online learning, ICT infrastructure essentially.

“Thirdly, we have to train people who can manage the infrastructure and those who want to teach on the platform because you can’t teach on the platform the way you teach in conventional classrooms. This is not a permanent situation but the world has to adapt to it.”

Most U.S. colleges and universities have not yet announced their plans for the fall semester but a number of schools are looking at a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction while some, including Harvard University, have said all classes will be conducted online.

Nigeria currently has the highest number of students from Africa studying in the U.S. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Nigeria had 16,039 students as at 2019.

The agency said: “There are over 36,000 students from Sub-Saharan Africa studying in the U.S. As of March 2019, there were 16,039 students from Nigeria studying in the United States with 54 per cent male and 46 per cent female.

“This is an increase of 3,342 students over 12,693 students recorded in November 2018. Undergraduate students constituted 34 per cent; Masters students 36 per cent; doctorate formed 12 per cent; while associate was 12 per cent. Non-degree and others formed five per cent.”

According to the agency, the top five states for Nigerian students in the U.S. include Texas with 2,713; California, 856 students; Maryland, 827 students; New York, 818 students; and Florida, 753 students.