The Youth Wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has reacted to the outburst by Ifeanyi Ejiofor on the recent visit of the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, to the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Ejiofor, main counsel for Kanu, had called for an inquiry into the visit by the former Abia State Governor on Monday.
Reacting to the outburst by Ejiofor, the Ohanaeze Youths Assembly in a statement made available to journalists by its Spokesperson, Philip Ajah, warned the IPOB lawyer to stop attacking the Chief Whip of the Senate.
According to the group, the action of Ejiofor was regrettable and embarrassing to Ndigbo and lovers of Kanu.
The group noted that Kalu, being a former Governor and Chief Whip of the Senate, is a respected Igbo son who is working hard to negotiate the release of the detained IPOB leader.
It said: “We cannot but expressed regret in the action of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor who is now acting like a President of lost group without direction. Obviously, his action was to paint an illustrious Igbo son bad in the eyes of the masses for reasons best known to him.
“It is obvious Mr. Ejiofor is trying to sabotage the urgent release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. There is no crime for a high ranking government official like Senator Kalu to visit his brother in DSS custody. Kalu should be commended for courage, boldness and solidarity to the IPOB leader. For him to have summoned the courage to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is very commendable.
“Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor is not happy that some Igbo leaders are working so hard for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. His intention was to cause disaffection between Kanu’s supporters and these leaders. We are warning him to stop sabotaging his release. He should desist from his ugly antics of using Nnamdi Kanu’s name and IPOB to gain cheap popularity.”
Senate passes enabling bill to establish Federal University in Taraba State
The Senate has passed a bill to provide a legal framework for the establishment of the Federal Univerity, Wukari, Taraba State.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President (Press) Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, stated that bill was passed Tuesday, after the upper chamber considered a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.
Senator Sandy Onuh, in a presentation on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of nine universities across the six geo-political zones, which included the Federal University, Wukari.
According to the lawmaker, the bill to establish the university seeks to develop and offer academic and professional teaching and research programmes leading to the award of first degrees, post-graduate degrees and diplomas.
He added that the presence of the university would “assist the host communities in increasing planning, production and processing; in addition to adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in both social and management sciences as conventional university in Nigeria.
Buhari commiserates with Jamaica’s envoy on father’s death
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Amb. Maureen Tamuno, over the passing of her father, and family’s patriarch, Elder Clement Chepaka.
The President in a statement signed Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina noted that Chepaka 93, would be sorely missed for his charity, kindness and leadership.
Buhari sympathized with family, friends and associates of the departed, urging them to find solace in his good works, especially at the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Broadcast, where he worked for many years as a producer and broadcaster.
President Buhari prayed that the soul of Elder Chepaka will find eternal rest in the Lord.