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Igbo officers facing extinction in Nigeria Police, Intersociety protests to PSC, IGP

...Demand promotion, appointment of 226 additional senior police officers from South East region


By Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

A civil rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, (Intersociety), has raised the alarm over the marginalization of the South East in the appointment of senior police officers by the Police Service Commission and the Inspector-General of Police.

In a protest letter sent to the PSC and Inspector General of Police and released to newsmen in Onitsha, signed by intersociety Board Chair, Emeka Umeagbalasi, the group alleged that the lopsided appointment in the Force had gone ‘nuclear’ since the middle of 2015 while there was an imminent threat of total elimination of the Igbo from the NPF.

“As a matter of fact and urgency, the Southeast geopolitical region already stands the high risk of not producing the country’s IGP in the next ten years, if not permanently.”

The group demanded that the highlighted constitutional aberrations and illegalities must be discontinued while there must also be ‘special recruitment and promotions’ to correct the imbalances under complaint.

“The seeming age-long ‘promotion stagnancy’ policy against Igbo-Southeast serving junior and senior police officers in the Nigeria Police Force must further be abolished. As a matter of fact, all forms of discriminatory policies in the Force remotely or directly targeted at the Igbo-Southeast region or any other geopolitical region must be totally done away with. 

These firm demands of ours are beyond conditions and excuses. They also require extreme urgency and must be treated as ‘National Emergency.’
To address the imbalance, the group called for ‘special recruitment, commissioning and promotion in the Nigeria Police Force for purpose of filling the vacancies and lop-sidedness in the Force particularly those meant for Igbo-South East.

“Specifically, there shall be promoted and appointed under ‘special circumstances’ the following number of Igbo senior police officers: six new AIGs and two Zonal AIGs, ten CPs and five State Commissioners of Police, 19 additional DCPs, 34 ACPs and 150 CSPs. This is to fill the ‘shortages’ in the region’s lists of AIGs and their zonal headships, CPs and their State Command headships, DCPs, ACPs and CSPs. Similar vacancies belonging to the region and existing in the ranks of Constable to Superintendent shall be identified and filled up to bring same at par with those of other four geopolitical regions or regions of the Northwest, the Northeast, the North-Central and the Southwest.

“The Nigeria Police Force under you, sir, must be administered secularly, pluralistically and securely, so as to give all ethnic nationalities and religions in Nigeria a sense of belonging, cohesion and collective security,” the group said.
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Ethiopia: Sidama Region votes for Self Rule in Decisive Referendum

    Published Friday, November 22, 2019 at 19:21 CET 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday praised the conduct of a referendum in the ethnic Sidama region, that many expect will approve the creation of a new federal state.
Abiy's comments came as votes were tallied a day after the ballot seen as a critical test in a nation already struggling with community tensions.
With apparently overwhelming support among Sidamas to form their own state, the backing of Abiy is an important indication of the central government response ahead of the official release of results.
Analysts say it could inspire other groups to push for autonomy and redraw boundaries in Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous country with more than 100 million people.
Map of Ethiopia locating the Sidama region which voted on Wednesday in a referendum that could carve out a new federal state.  By Jochen GEBAUER (AFP)Map of Ethiopia locating the Sidama region which voted on Wednesday in a referendum that could carve out a new federal state. By Jochen GEBAUER (AFP)
"Congratulations to citizens and institutions involved in holding a peaceful and democratic referendum for Sidama statehood," a statement from Abiy's office said.
"The voting process is demonstrative of our capacity for taking our differences to the ballot and allowing democratic processes to prevail."
The Sidama autonomy push gained fresh momentum after Abiy, winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, took office last year and enacted a series of reforms that have encouraged more freedoms.
But his drive to open up Ethiopia's authoritarian one-party state has also unleashed ethnic violence as different groups and regions jostle for power and resources.
Ethnic divisions
Desta Ledamo, chief administrator of Sidama, said the election "shows the world that a civilised power struggle can take place in Ethiopia".
Local election observers and voters also reported no major issues during Wednesday's ballot.
The vote is seen as a critical test in a nation already struggling with community tensions.  By Michael TEWELDE (AFP)The vote is seen as a critical test in a nation already struggling with community tensions. By Michael TEWELDE (AFP)
If approved, the new state would be largely based on ethnic divisions, handing tax-raising powers and control over schools, police, health and other services to the Sidamas, who would be in the majority in the state.
Excitement is high on the streets of the regional capital Hawassa, roughly 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Addis Ababa.
Results are expected by Friday, said Soleyana Shimeles, spokeswoman for the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia.
But there is also concern among non-Sidama people in the would-be state, especially in Hawassa, for whom the city is home.
The Sidama push for autonomy triggered days of unrest in July that left dozens dead and prompted the government to place Ethiopia's southern region under the control of soldiers and federal police.
Armed soldiers and police remained on the streets of Hawassa on Thursday, patrolling the city in pickup trucks.
The referendum on autonomy springs from a federal system designed to provide widespread ethnic self-rule in a hugely diverse country.  By MICHAEL TEWELDE (AFP)The referendum on autonomy springs from a federal system designed to provide widespread ethnic self-rule in a hugely diverse country. By MICHAEL TEWELDE (AFP)
The referendum on autonomy springs from a federal system designed to provide widespread ethnic self-rule in a hugely diverse country.
At present, Ethiopia is partitioned into nine semi-autonomous regional states -- with the Sidama voting for a potential tenth.
The constitution requires the government to organise a referendum for any ethnic group that wants to form a new entity.
Not 'created overnight'
The Sidama -- who number more than three million -- have agitated for years to leave the diverse Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region.
If the people in Sidama choose to form a new state, the implementation of the referendum is expected to raise a host of thorny issues.
The city of Hawassa is ethnically diverse -- only about half the population is Sidama -- and up to now has served as the administrative centre for the entire southern region.
In the short term, tensions may be defused by a recent agreement that will allow the regional government to stay in the city for two five-year election terms.
"Celebrations may well be due, but a new region will not be created overnight -- this is just one key part of a process," said William Davison from the International Crisis Group.
"And during no part of that process should Sidama statehood harm non-Sidama residents or businesses."
With more than 10 other ethnic groups potentially keen to hold their own referendum on autonomy, the Sidama referendum is being watched closely across Ethiopia.
The "key question now is how Wolayta, Hadiya, Gurage, Keffa and other zones seeking statehood referendums will react", Davison said.

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|published,  November. 21.2019|10:55

The Fake Display of Innocence among the Nigerian Leaders in Juxtaposition with King Oedipus' Moral Conscience

Written by: Ikenna Ozulumba Mbaegbu

For IPOB Writers

You ever came across this book titled : "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles? You may want to read it. A very interesting story!

Oedipus in this play is the major character who could not out-run his own fate. Destiny is a bitch, isn't it?! He had struggled to control and alter his future, but in the end failed woefully!

When Oedipus was born, a soothsayer had  fortold that he (an ill-fated child) would kill his father to marry his own mother. So his own people decided to cast him away and have him slain at infancy.

However, the king's servant who was sent on this mission didn't have the nerves to do it, so he dropped him in the bush and left.

As fate may have it, Young Oedipus was picked by a man who took him away and raised him up into a vibrant, strong young man.

Later on, Oedipus became a king in his own  father-land after slaying his own father in a physical combat over a land dispute.

When Oedipus realized that he had killed his father unknowingly, unknowingly killed his father and was sleeping with his mother, and that because of his crimes plagues were ravaging his city because what he had done, he then plucked his own eyes out and left. He did not feel innocent. In fact, he had felt that he had to punish himself.

But our leaders today,
they always feel innocent. Yet, they are involved in all manner of corrupt practices such as fraud, syphoning of public funds into their personal accounts, killings, looting, money laundering,  et cetera.

 And when these atrocities of their political reign finally became known, they would shamelessly still deny them before all and sundry, and you would hear them cry,

"Ah, we didn't know!
We truly didn't know!
We weren't aware what was going on! Our conscience is clear!"

But the difference is, the single most important difference between those Nigerian political leaders and good King Oedipus is that they will still remain in power. All am saying is that morality has changed since Oedipus.

Permit me to further more reiterate here that the difference between Old King Oedipus and the Modern day Nigerian Political Leaders is that King Oedipus had morality in him while the Nigerian Leaders lack moral conscience and that does not portray a good leadership. That is why our society today is in one big almighty mess!

The only panacea to this problem is a total call for the disintegration of Nigeria. This is because the country was laid on the foundation of lies and deceit. It did not emerge through an organic process like every other nations of the world did. It was brought into existence by a certain white man named Sir Fredrick Lugard who came to Africa back in the 19th centuries only for the purpose of trade. Lugard's major interest for coming to Africa was truly not to govern the land but to exploit it.

When Nigeria was formed in 1914, different people that had different ideology and political background were brought together as one. It was this forceful amagamation that gave birth to all manner of evil practices in the land, where you have tribal wars, ethnic bigotry, disagreements, killings, corruption, abuse of power et cetera.

If Nigeria is separated today and these different people (The Igbos, the Hausas and the Yorubas) are allowed to go their separate ways to manage their own affairs by themselves, there shall be one voice and perhaps "Morality" and good "Governance" shall then return back to the land just like in the story of King Oedipus who punished himself and left so that peace be still in his kingdom.

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