As 50,000 Biafra protesters shut down Niger bridge and Onitsha, Obiano calls for peace
USAfrica: The ongoing demonstrations across the parts and key cities in the eastern and south-southern delta of Nigeria (which formed in 1967-1970 the now defunct Republic of Biafra) spearheaded by the Indigenous People
of Biafra (IPOB), continued today December 2, 2015 with the same demand: that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari orders the release of the founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
At massive demonstrations by an estimated 50,000 persons/activists in Onitsha, Anambra State, USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and IgboEvents eye-witness correspondents in and around Onitsha report that the Niger Bridge was not only shut down but the loud, bold, peaceful and increasingly popular demands were heard across Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Anambra State Governor Obiano delivered a Special address a few hours ago December 2, 2015 on the continued action in Onitsha by thousands of IPOB protesters: “As your Governor and the Chief Security Officer of the state, I am compelled to act to avert any likely breakdown of law and order. In all situations, the preservation of human life comes first and I am determined to enforce that,” Governor Obiano declared.
Pointing out that his administration had made security of lives and property its priority from inception, Obiano warned that he had no intention of compromising on that.
Consequently, he appealed “to the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), MASSOB and other aggrieved groups and individuals to maintain the peace and resist any attempt by hoodlums to take advantage of the situation and destabilize any part of Anambra State.”
The governor further warned all mischief makers who might want to take advantage of the peaceful demonstration to foment trouble to “keep off as we will not tolerate any breach of peace under any guise or pretence.”
Kanu, based in the U.K with his family, has used Radio Biafra to catalogue what he cites as the decades of discrimination, deprivations and oppressive acts against the Igbo and its neighbors those who formed the former Republic of Biafra. By Chido Nwangwu @Chido247
‘Beyond Aspiration’, JFK and notes on founding of USAfrica. By Chido Nwangwu
One of the remarkable, transformative leaders of the 20th century whose vision and mission moved mankind ‘beyond aspiration’ is John F. Kennedy (JFK), ex president of United States. Hear him: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” [Address at Rice University, September 12 1962]
I know that ‘beyond aspiration’ JFK took man to the moon!
First, I believe that at the center of achieving and operating ‘beyond aspiration’ is a summary of vision.
Second, you must have what I call that creative impetus and soaring courage to propel your determination to succeed and transform your environment — no matter the odds.
Third, beyond the mortal arrogations and the flawed genius of men and women, we must seek the extraordinary grace of God,
On my part, I left Nigeria for the US in August 1990 with media aspiration, faith in God’s kindness and U.S$150 in my wallet as I arrived JFK airport in New York. After clearing the immigration and customs, I had my ‘Welcome to America’ hustle. The taxi driver who took me to nearby LaGuardia airport dealt me through my first ‘The more you look the less you see experience’ in America. He charged me $100 for the short trip and I was left with $50 only. Without any fanciful description, the taxi driver made me a ‘mugu’ — the Nigerian slang for the person who’s conned.
In 1992, I established USAfrica, with headquarters in Houston, Texas. Beyond my vision [aspiration], I have since almost 24 years walked and worked with a formidable team and the support of our international communities to establish the authoritative, pioneering, respected and foremost multimedia company for Africans and Americans that I named USAfrica. That is, Aspiration Beyond $50! •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCE, SECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/