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DOTUN TAYLOR FLAGS OFF ‘THE ROOT AND HERITAGE MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA

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EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE ROOT AND HERITAGE MOVEMENT

A movement poised to draw attention to the disadvantages of an unguided and excessive westernization of Africa, accentuating a need to embrace Afrocentrism, as the only way to economic revival called The Root And Heritage Movement has been inaugurated.

Mr. Dotun Taylor who is a known filmmaker, accomplished voice over artist cum broadcaster with a BA in history and has, since profession inception made known his intentions to put all energies into the emancipation of African intellect using subtle creative means, hence he opened At Groove since 2007.
His 800 man Movement on Sunday 21st August 2016 had its inauguration at Wine Down Lounge, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos where all executives were in attendance.
According to Mr. Taylor, in his words ‘I am not ashamed of myself because my people are shamefully uncultured…Sorry about that. It takes a brave one to want to change the world. Every history has its twists and bends; the more alert we are the likelier we may script it to go our way. Therefore, to have that peace and tranquility we seek, we must not stop teaching…For that which is known to only you, supports you only but edifies no man, and only you make no society. And, for the true measure of internal joy is in the warmth of another’.

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More so, knowledge is the casing of power. Africa is confused and caught in a vicious circle of non-certainty of what to learn, how to learn and way to learn it. He has been thought to hate himself, hate his heritage, hate his skin colour, language, forefather, even ancestors…He only brightens up when it is from “overseas”. Shirts from overseas, trousers from overseas, socks from overseas, pants form overseas, thoughts from overseas even language, from overseas.

The young African is scared of his own linage, roots and heritage. However, silently wishing he wakes up from this bad dream of earth which has begotten him on this continent called Africa. Little does he know that if he were attentive to climate, observant of weather and takes cognizance of topography, he will see that here stands a collection of earth so fruitful it can almost grow human, a vast island so favoured, filled with people who will never see earthquake, volcano, wild fire nor tornado.

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Someone somewhere is again eyeing these advantages and if we are not careful once again the slave ships shall dock and this time it is the land it shall demand. Within us is the power to choose, not only for us but for future generations, he concluded.

The initiator of the movement, emphasized that his name is Dotun Taylor, a filmmaker, broadcaster, historian and hope you will allow him to sink you deep in the waters of nostalgia so that you may raise up like the baptized, ready to take the future, for you shall know exactly how it will turn, he disclosed.

Welcome to the Root and Heritage Movement…history is beautiful…#historyisbeautiful #movement.

The group has outlined immediate actions such as intensifying the struggle to return history into mainstream education curriculum and contribute to the argument seeking the replacement of school shorts, skirts, berets and caps with ofi and other locally produced materials instead of paying lips service to the “buy Nigeria” campaign.

 

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How Ekweremadu Was Mobbed By IPOB Members

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Ex-Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, escaped being mobbed by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), in Nuremberg, Germany.

A video in which Ekweremadu was physically abused by members of IPOB surfaced online with its credibility initially being questioned.

However, confirming the veracity of the video, his media aide, Uche Anichukwu said that the development took place when Ekweremadu gave a keynote address at an event on Germany.

Ekweremadu, who also gave an account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremdu, however, assured Ndigbo and his supporters across the nation that he was safe.

Detailing what happened, Ekweremadu said: “I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however could not make it eventually.

“I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.

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“I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.

“Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency and the media as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.

“I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar,” Ekweremadu said.

Meanwhile, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has asked German law enforcement officers to bring to book perpetrators of Ekweremadu’s attack.

While condemning the attack, the socio-cultural group said that the act was disgraceful and an embarrassment to a revered son of Igbo.

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A statement by the president general of Ohazneze Ndigbo worldwide, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, described the action as ‘un-igbo’ and lamented that Ekweremadu who had always been in the forefront of fighting Igbo cause did not deserve the kind of treatment meted out to him by the pro-biafra agitators.

He said, “The assault on Ekweremadu by Igbos in Germany, described as IPOB, is disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity. This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause. It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weakens our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights.

“Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race. Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered son and leader, I call on the law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act. It is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful,” Nwodo said.

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Another Priest Escape Death In Enugu State

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A Catholic Priest identified as Fr. Chimezie Ani escaped death in Enugu State after he was attacked by gunmen.

 Fr. Ani was attacked by gunmen at Ugwuomu Emene, a suburb of Enugu metropolis, late in the evening on Thursday.
Confirming the attack, Fr. Benjamin Achi,  spokesman of the Enugu Diocese of Catholic Church said the priest escaped his assilants without any injury.
Achi said the gunmen were firing at an SUV jeep when the priest ran into them in his car
According to him, a haul of bullets hit the car of the priest but he escaped unhurt.
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Police Arrest Killers Of Fr. Offu

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The suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest, Fr. Paul Offu have been arrested by the police.
They were paraded at the Enugu State Police Headquarters on Friday.
According to the police, the suspects were identified as Ibrahim Adamu (25 yrs) from Taraba State and Idris Tobe (25 yrs).
Three other suspects, Garba Basulugu, Mohammed Lagu and Mojunpan Duna, were said  to be at large.
Fr. Offu was killed in Agbudu, Awgu LGA, Enugu State on August 1.
Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Enugu on Friday, Sulaiman Balarabe, the Commissioner of Police, said two of the suspected killers of Fr. Offu were arrested in different locations at Abia and Benue State.
Balarabe said the police were trailing the remaining three suspects at large.
He said the suspects were also behind the kidnap of a traditional ruler, Igwe Sunday of Agbogugu town and his wife on August 4.
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