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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu Allegedly Bars Brother from Issuing Statements

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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has reportedly ordered his brother, Prince Emmanuel, to stop making public statements on behalf of himself or the family.

Emmanuel, in January, urged the public to disregard a voice note that had gone viral, alleging that the IPOB Leader was poisoned in detention.

He claimed that he met with the IPOB Leader at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services, DSS, where he is currently detained.

Reliable sources told POLITICS NIGERIA that the statement issued by Prince Emmanuel has degenerated into controversies among top members of the group.

Many believed Emmanuel’s statement downplayed the health challenges of the leader and the concerns for his safety.

They noted that the leader of the group was miffed by the statement released by his brother and has ordered that he should stop making public statements.

POLITICS NIGERIA also obtained a series of correspondences between the IPOB leader and members of the group.

A member of the group who pleaded anonymity confirmed this saying: “It is true that Emmanuel has been ordered to stop making statements. This came from Mazi himself. We are working on settling the issue,”.

As of the time of filing this report, the outlawed group’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, and spokesperson, Emma Powerful, could not be reached for comments.

Inside IPOB’s multiple crises

This comes at a time the IPOB is facing crises in different countries including Germany and South Africa, which has led to the expulsion and suspension of members.

Another Kanu’s sibling, Kingsley Ezebuiro, who is also known as ‘Kanunta’, was suspended from the IPOB branch in Germany late January.

Kingsley’s suspension was announced in a statement signed by the National Coordinator of the group in Germany, Collins Chinedu.

“The lPOB leadership in Germany unanimously suspends him (Kingsley) indefinitely from the family of IPOB in Germany led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with effect from today, the 21st of January 2023,” the statement read.

Kingsley was also accused of engaging in activities that bring disrepute to the IPOB globally.

The group said Kingsley is just an ordinary member of IPOB in Landsberg am Lech, Germany, but has been using his affiliation to the detained IPOB leader, Mr Kanu to gain “unmerited super advantage” and has been placing himself above every IPOB rule.

But Kingsley, in a series of tweets, has debunked news of his suspension, stating that it was masterminded by Chinedu, who he claimed has been expelled.

“I am born for a day like this, Kanunta Kanu is very much around”bThis is to inform the general public that Mr Collins Chinedu, was officially expelled from #IpobfamilyGermany by #MaziNnamdiKanu on 28:11:2022 through @AloyEjimakor . And his successor is Mazi OGBONNA ABRAHAM,” he wrote on Twitter.

In another codified tweet, the IPOB leader’s brother challenged Chinedu for not wanting to relinquish his position.

“After all, I am not being paid for serving IPOB – yes you are right. But why do you put up a fight when you’re asked to leave your position?” Kingsley asked.

Like Germany, Like South Africa

Also in January, the South African branch of the group suspended some members for anti-IPOB activities.

This, POLITICS NIGERIA gathered, led to the creation of a parallel organisation within the South African branch.

The suspended members have registered another IPOB branch in Western Cape under which they operate.

But the South African national coordinator, Ogechukwu Isu, has countered the creation of the parallel group.

He reiterated that all communication and requests for marches or any public gathering will only be made through the official Head Office in South Africa based in Johannesburg, Braamfontein.

“It has come to our attention that certain members in various provinces who have been suspended for not abiding by the constitution and code of conduct of the organisation (POB), are going around masquerading and presenting themselves and holding, marches, protests or events in the name of IPOB This is most regrettable and unfortunate because unsuspecting people have been caught unawares and misled by these acts of the imposters concerned.

There is only one IPOB registered with the CIPC with the registration numbers 2019/593089/08 or further with registration number 2022/618519/08, which is the NPC registration and Welfare registration but to all intents and purposes referring to the same organisation,” he stated.

A Family Business?

Furthermore, It was gathered that Kanu, who is very unhappy with the crisis in the group, also instructed his brother, Emmanuel to confirm the status of some foreign bank accounts owned by the group from Kingsley adding that they should also give feedback on the amount of funds held in them.

This newspaper gathered that the crisis in Germany which led to Kingsley’s suspension was also partly caused by the discovery of over 700,000 Euros stockpiled in one of the organisation’s account managed by him.

Source: Politics Nigeria

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Inter-Agency Collaboration: FRSC Corps Marshal Visits CDS Musa

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Shehu Mohammed, has paid an official visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, to consolidate existing relationship between the Corps and the nation’s Defence Arms, seek areas of fruitful partnership and achieve considerable mileage in Inter-agency collaborations.

According to a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), during the visit, the Corps Marshal commended the Defence Chief for his leadership qualities and the successes achieved in maintaining national security. He also sought collaboration in the area of human capital development which he believes will help advance the course safety on the nation’s highways.

He intimated the Chief of Defence Staff of the role of the Federal Road Safety Corps in improving national security through intelligence gathering, noting that FRSC is a custodian of critical national infrastructure; the National Vehicle Identification Scheme,a database that has helped in the fight against insecurity in the country.

Reacting, the Chief of Defence Staff congratulated the Corps Marshal on his appointment, emphasizing the critical role the Corps plays in advancing national security. He assured the Corps Marshal of the readiness of his office to assist the Corps in the area of personnel training as well as other veritable areas of interest.

He highlighted the critical role the Corps plays in the fight against insecurity being the Security agency that have greater level of interface with the general public.
He applauded the energy, resilience and steadfastness of FRSC personnel who against all odds are out in their best to make the highways safe.

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Food for Living: Become a Person of Value

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friend,

“Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value” – Albert Einstein

To be valuable is one of the best things that can happen to any person. Whoever has value is the king of the pack, and is well sought after. He is resourceful, and everyone wants to tap into his resourcefulness.

But what does it mean to be a person of value? Note that understanding differs when the word value is mentioned. Value is relative because what’s valuable to one person might not be valuable to another. For example, a lady who has several suitors seeking her hand in marriage has something of interest she admires and dislikes in every suitor, but what will determine who she will marry will be the value she desires in a man. This value might be money, character, academics, loyalty, beauty or skill.

It’s however, sad, when people think that value relates to only money; but value is more than money. It can be skills, academic qualifications or certification, network and networth, spiritual life, social life, physical strength, position, talent among others.

To the world, value means having something to offer; a person’s value is something that can make a positive difference in the lives of others. When one is valuable, it means that they are not just a consumer, but a producer and creator. It means that they are not just followers, but a leaders.

The importance of value cannot be overemphasized. Everyone has a measure of value, but the challenge most people face is the inability to maximize their value.

Your value is a gift to the world. Your value is your talent. People of value are in high demand. People of exceptional value are in higher demand, and are respected and honoured.

Did you know that your value can be used to know your interest? For instance, how you spend your time; what you think; how you invest and spend your money; where you work; causes you support; choice of majors; the books you read; the events you attend and more, all combine to reflect your inherent value. Your value will assist you to know how you can balance work life and career. Your value can be used to showcase your mission and passion for life.

It’s instructive to note that nobody will willingly come to you if you don’t have value. When you position yourself as a pest, beggar, liability, etc., people will begin to see you in that light. Just to let you know how attractive one can be, imagine an ant being attracted to sugar. It is simply because the sugar has what the ant likes. That’s how life works. People will come to you when they see you have what they have.  That simply tells you must add value to yourself. Quit complaining and apportioning blame to people, government and circumstance, take ownership and responsibility of your life.  According to – Marcus T Cicero “You will be of as much value to others as you have been to yourself.”

When you know the value you offer, you won’t need to talk too much. You will have self confidence, you won’t need to announce yourself, rather, people will seek your services or product. According to  Patrick Lencioni, the author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, “he stated the five ways to become a person of value and Influence. According to him, you must find your passion and purpose; Embrace Personal Development, choose a problem you can solve; be authentic.

1. Find your purpose and passion

The great and influential men and women the world has ever known were those who discovered and pursued their purpose and were driven by their passions. When you’re on the path of purpose, it’s easier to add significant value to the lives of others. You’ll hardly be of any significant value to people or influence them when you don’t know where you are going yourself. Purpose ignites passion which keeps you motivated, inspired and focused. You need that to be valuable and influential.

2. Embrace personal development

Becoming a person of value and influence demands embracing a lifelong pursuit of personal development. Personal development is a process of understanding and developing yourself to realize your full potential. The extent to which you’re able to add value and influence others depends on the extent to which you have been able to develop yourself. Every raw material has little or no value. It becomes valuable after it’s been refined. Take time to refine yourself in every area. That could be hard but it’s rewarding. Daily ask yourself, “What do I need to learn or do to become a better person?

3. Choose a problem you can solve for people

To be a person of value and influence, you have to become genuinely interested in people enough to solve a specific problem for them. Think of what you can do to make lives better. The more people you solve problems for, the more valuable and influential you become.

4. Be original and unique

When we live our lives mimicking or imitating others, it steals our originality. Originality is the beauty of life. Guess what? Imitations don’t get much attention, originals do.  You can copy my style, but you can’t imitate my creativity. We’ve all heard that when you imitate someone else, the best you can be is second best. That’s very true. To be a person of influence, don’t be anyone else. Be you.

5. Pursue excellence

Becoming a person of value and influence is not going to be so much about what you do as it is about how well you do it. It’s said that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. Go beyond the usual. Add a touch of class in all you do. That’s what excellence is all about. Mind you it’s not the same as perfection.

6. Encourage and inspire others

Find a way to encourage and inspire others to be all they can be. Empower, share your knowledge and skills with others. Your value and influence is connected to the number of lives that are better because of you.

7. Exude confidence

Self-confidence is one quality that’s very admirable. It’s about knowing what you want and having the courage and boldness to go for it. When you’re self-confident, people are attracted to you. When you don’t have it, the opposite is the case. The reason is simple — what value do you think a person who doesn’t believe in himself offers?

8. Have integrity

It’s true that none of us is perfect but for you to be a person of value and influence you must be able to earn people’s confidence and trust. You should be able to live by certain values that uphold sound moral principles. Integrity means always doing the right thing and, in all circumstances, whether or not it’s convenient. It’s about being sincere and real. It’s about being honest enough to admit when you’re wrong. It’s your “yes” as “yes” and your “no” as “no”. It’s people trusting you not for any other reason but because you have earned their trust.

In conclusion, to be relevant consider being a person of value. Remember, your value depends on what you can offer.

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HoS Reforming Civil Service to Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, Says Perm Sec, MPA

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The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Police Affairs has pointed out that the Civil Service has undertaken bold steps toward reformation and has reached a critical stage of the reform process.

He made this known after the Jumma’ah Service in the National Mosque in Abuja as part of the activities line-up to commemorate the 2024 Civil Service Week in Nigeria, according to a statement by Deputy Director, Press, Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

The Permanent Secretary, who represented the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, stated that the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has aligned the civil service reforms towards the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr. President.

In his words, “The Civil Service is reforming itself and whatever Mr. President intends to achieve with the Renewed Hope Agenda we are ready to support him in that direction”.
Gwarzo added that the reform process is going to be very tasking as the service is moving toward digitalization, implementation of the Performance Management System (PMS), and Service-Wide development of Standard Operating Procedures (SPS) among others.

According to him, “The reform is a reality and the civil service of today is different from the Civil Service of the old and the trajectory is upward which is phenomenal. Very soon Nigerians will see a Civil Service that is not only transformative but worthy of emulation by any civil service in the world.”

Earlier, the officiating Chief Imaan, Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maiqara stated that civil service is an integral part of the national administration in Nigeria and the role of the spiritual leaders is to support civil service in delivering its responsibility.
“We continue to remain prayerful that Almighty Allah will continue to guide our leaders and help them in all transformation agenda to transform the civil service to become a better civil service in Nigeria and the world at large,” he stressed.

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