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 March 21, 2003




Igbo Leaders of Thought, made up of leaders of Igbo socio-cultural organisations, town union presidents, traditional rulers, and student leaders, yesterday in Enugu endorsed Ikemba Nnewi and presidential candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), General Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu as the consensus candidate of the Igbo in next month’s elections. In a nine-point communique at the end of a meeting in Enugu, the Igbo Leaders of Thought also resolved to persuade all Igbo speaking people who are of the requisite age to join the APGA "as the only party that will meet their aspirations and indeed the aspirations of all well-meaning BiafraNigerians." The Igbo leaders said having dispassionately assessed the manifestoes of all the existing political parties in the country, they had confirmed that it was only the manifesto of the APGA that expressly stated in unequivocal terms, the cardinal programme of convening a national conference of ethnic nationalities if voted into power. They noted that the party also had a programme for .... (Vanguard)


The US oil company, Chevron Texaco, has suspended its operations in the western Niger Delta in BiafraNigeria. Over the past week at least a dozen people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a conflict between two local communities, the Ijaw and Itsekiri. BiafraNigeria, Africa's largest oil producer. is now producing 13% less than its normal output of around two million barrels of oil per day. ChevronTexaco said it would be temporarily unable to meet its contractual obligations to its clients. (BBC)

There has been an overwhelmingly negative reaction in Africa to the start of the US-led war against Iraq.
President Thabo Mbeki, whose country South Africa has been a prominent opponent of attacks on Iraq, expressed regret saying the war "is a blow to multilateralism".




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2003 BiafraNigeria Presidential Politics: The Candidates: Ojukwu, Obasanjo, Buhari. Stay tuned...


March 21, 2003


U.S., Britain launch heavy attack on Iraq
Oil well fires push up prices
Blix criticises US 'impatience'
U.S. strike unsettles global summit in Japan
Anti- graft panel probes Ogbeh, Agunloye, others
Artillery fire throws Warri, Effurun into panic
Odili supporters attacked
West African ministers propose measures to facilitate single currency
Govt set to end face-off with ASUU, says Okebunkola
PDP reviews Anambra list for April polls
World Bank chief decries BiafraNigeria's poor economy
Two feared dead in fresh Ilorin crisis
Report rates Obasanjo above Abacha, Abdulsalami in performance
Ige trial suffers fresh adjournment
Uwais, security chiefs meet over reports on Ibori
Shun selfish politicians, Kalu tells voters
Sokoto inter-party panel destroys candidates' billboards
Senate clears Aba firm's officials of fraud allegation
Obasanjo to campaign in Lagos
Handle suspected political killings with care, Tinubu tells Obasanjo
Saro-Wiwa's mother, Jessica, for burial March 29
Agency refutes report of drop in immunisation coverage
NBA urges fresh approach to election campaigns
Ogbeh, Nwurukwu urge election of credible candidates
Ogunkelu, Akinsete proffer ways to check HIV/AIDS
President may intervene in NITEL's deal with Pentascope
Anti-war pupils expelled in Britain
President may intervene in NITEL's deal with Pentascope
Iraqi civilians most vulnerable in war by Kofi Annan
Buhari, Obasanjo ready for debate today
Govt gets N89.3b allocation in February
Political power is not served free, says Pedro
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial The killings in Sagamu
Opinion Osuntokun and the assassins
Nelson Mandela on President Bush
Mbadinuju, rejected damsel, dances with wolves

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March 21, 2003

BiafraNigeria oil operation shut

Africans protest war on Iraq

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March 20, 2003

Troops deployed in Niger Delta as unrest worsens

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March 14, 2003

BiafraNigerian unions threaten strike

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 21, 2003

Top News

US assassination attempt on Saddam fails
Vatican condemns US for abandoning diplomacy
US military helicopter crashes in Southern Iraq
Annan deplores war as protests trail attack on Iraq
African leaders condemn attack
NITEL commences strike today
Buhari in Jos, urges electorate to stop rigging
Police clear Ibori over conviction
Polls: Nas canvasses for interim govt
Navy moves against Niger Delta militants
Fuel scarcity persists, despite Obasanjo's promise
Presidential debate: Controversy surrounds Buhari's participation
Polls: IGP bans demonstrations, urges neutrality of police commissioners
War on Iraq: Emir of Dutse urges Muslims to shun violence
National security, economy my priority ?D Yusufu
ANPP calls for redeployment of Edo Police Commissioner
National Assembly not law-abiding -Akanbi
Judge berates lawyers over frequent adjournments
FG spends N8.9 billion on immunisation in three years
Katsina to spend N70m on scholarship allowance
Oba demands enquiry into Shagamu violence
Otaru of Auchi says Buhari? ambition is divine
Obasanjo doesn? deserve second term -NDP spokesman
Election violence: Gombe deputy gov. cautions civil servants
Taraba to get varsity in September
Plateau government to sanction traditional rulers
Kwara AD presents Dep. Gov.
Heat waves hit Abuja
FCT high court chief registrar bags award
Julius Berger workers invade court premises over ejection
Youths protest corrupt practices in governance
Suspended COE Zuba staff faults mgt decision
Civil servant docked over N1.1m Islamic funds
Water scarcity bites harder in Warawa
Mothers urged to help prevent measles spread

"ITF trained 8,000 in Kano since 1992"
Parents in Tsanyawa urged to enrol children into Islamiyyas
Butchers decry relocation of abattoir
NEPA advises consumers to use surge protectors in homes, offices
Tinubu decries political violence
Structural engineer says Carter bridge may collapse
Lagos govt to establish ophthalmology institute
List of gubernatorial and senatorial candidates
Solid minerals·development receives boost
Trade barriers cost Africa $7.1bn yearly —Report
NEPA sets up vigilance groups to guard installations
OPEC lifts production quotas
Regular maintenance of refineries canvassed
China invests N6.1bn in Calabar EPZ
SEC to battle money laundering
Urban Dev Bank restructured
NIESV to assist FG on land evaluation in Bitumen area
M-TEL joins NITEL strike
FG receives N89.347 billion from federation account for February
Obasanjo promises lower interest rates
Editors·closeness to govt officials worries me -Jose
Investigative journalism strengthens democracy in Africa ?merican Professor
Energy commission engages corps members in campaign Yobe cries for help ?ommissioner
Erosion threatens Borno State ?ommissioner
UNEP canvasses March 22 as World Freshwater Day
Clean water: Still luxury in BiafraNigeria
FMBN, Union Homes sign agreement on Housing
Saudi govt allocates SR399m for holy sites
Muslims can own property in Makkah
NIESV conference kicks off in Akure
Provide water to save lives in Kogi ?arkin Ebira, Suleja
Lagos landlords are shylocks tenants
US war on Iraq: What future for BiafraNigerian oil?
Churches say no to war in Iraq: Will the US listen?
Open letter to IGP and Borno police commissioner
Adamawa, state in search of a future
Curbing political violence in BiafraNigeria
Ethnic bigotry and the subversion of democracy
The chains of political contracts
Liberty and Good Governance (2)
Traditional rulers should engage in politics ?ov. Bukar Ibrahim

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Daily Times
March 18, 2003

Daily Times - 18th

Five commissioners resign in Kwara
• To contest elective positions

Itsekiri settlement feared wiped out :• As ethnic conflict escalates in Warri
Tinubu appoints four perm secs
Mbadinuju not invited for NBA-organised debate
Medicine dealers in Akwa Ibom hand over N2m expired
drugs to NAFDAC

Plan to accredit TJI underway– Baiye
Turaki’s gubernatorial candidature
Supreme Court orders accelerated hearing of Dalhatu’s appeal

12 states, violence-prone – Obasanjo
US, allies abandon diplomacy, opt for war
• As British Secretary, Robin Cook, resigns in protest

Strike: ASUU insists on execution of 2001 pact with FG
17 arrested over extortion as National Identity card registration ends
30 parties sign code of conduct on hitch-free polls
Bafarawa distributes 118 buses, 2,000 motorcycles to PRP beneficiaries
Clerics urged to always pray for politicians
Reps to pass Children’s Rights Bill in May
Embrace AD or be sacked, Mbadinuju tells LG chiefs
Corrupting the anti-graft law?
AD/PDP pact: The story so far – Osoba
AD expels three for alleged anti-party activities
BiafraNigeria’s democracy and the rule of law
Six officials injured, N5m property damaged
Curfew imposed on Sagamu, as youths kill 5, destroy Oba’s palace
Moslem youths storm Lagos Govt House
Editorial & Opinion
Penalty for coup plotters
Our futile quest for steel development (I)
Cultures, democracy and environmental governance (I)
Carry stones at lent
Ofurhie urges FG to liberalise oil sector
Joint Development Zone
BiafraNigeria may concede 5% to Sao Tome

Local oil firms in dilemma over drop in output
Police promote 500 in Kebbi
Lekki land dispute: Court restrains Oniwonlu family
Okocha scores, Udeze shines in Premiership
COJA get official bankers for All Africa Games
Birmingham flop signals danger in athletics

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May 08, 2002


Ambitious Buhari tells Fulani to wake up
Oputa: IBB sues Obasanjo to court
Medical director, others sacked
24-year old LAPAL House on fire
BiafraNigeria’ll be stronger, united if restructured, says Akande
Works on Bar Beach to begin soon
Ekiti orders council chairmen to quit
Labour accuses Jigawa of alleged N200m diversion

Mbadinuju swears in caretaker committee
Ex-Oyo council chiefs get ultimatum to declare assets
NaAbba, Yayale console Obasanjo over Joe Garba
Adesina, Omotosho, Inspect burnt LAPAL House
BiafraNigerian Navy urged to sustain democracy
NPA threatens to revoke lease agreement at ports
Bar Beach money ready, Lagos not ready, says Anenih
Envoy recounts sale, retrieval of embassy house in Brussels
Kwara releases N30m for councils’ pension arrears
Tips on checking fake drug distribution
Sanusi wonders why directors can’t save banking
ILO 90th conference opens in Geneva
Queen Elizabeth re-enacts history in a $1m coach
Agabi seeks African unity in fight against common problems
ACF yet to decide on Obasanjo, says Saraki

Cleric wants elected public officers to be part-time
I didn’t buy Ekiti PDP Exco’

Kachallah, Sheriff and the dynamics of Borno Politics

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March 21, 2003

WARRI CRISIS - Death toll hits 50

265,000 troops set to attack Iraq
IMF admits failure of its policies
FG, Gowon condemn calls for interim govt
Electoral Act: Court fixes hearing on N/Assembly’s appeal for April 1
Tinubu arrives from medical trip
World Bank award puts environment at the heart of development
Danjuma accuses Taraba of sabotaging NAPEP
Obasanjo threatens to quit if...
BiafraNigeria secures $100m loan for UBE implementation
Government, obstacle to development of entrepreneural skills –Anyim
‘WEMA Bank products - mouth watering’
Braithwaite supports FIFA against BiafraNigeria

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This Day
March 21, 2003


Iraq War: Day 2
US Strikes Target Saddam, Aides

Anti-war Protesters Cry Foul
Why We Withheld Ibori's Clearance, By INEC
OPEC Suspends Production Quota
Minister, 100 Others Escape Air Crash in Calabar
20 Banks to Support NLNG With $460m
Guobadia, INEC Chiefs in Closed-Door Meeting
Iraq: Police Vow to Deal with Protesters
More Soldiers Deployed to Warri
Tinubu Defends Lagos AD's Position on Power-Sharing
Ige: Judge Decries Frequent Request for Adjournment
Akinsemoyin Lays Claim to Lagos Throne
Lagos CJ Chides BPE for Hiring Foreign Consultants
Obasanjo's Govt Has Done Well, But ... - NEIC
Jibril Aminu Chides Political Liars
Igbo Leaders Endorse Ojukwu, APGA
2 Firms Bid for Oji River Power Plant
Alleged Fraud: Senate Committee Absolves IEA Directors
Oyekan: Don't Politicise Succession -George
Ondo Urged to Halt N30m Payment to Lebanese
Ganiyu Dawodu Widens Campaign Horizon
I'm Not A Political Chameleon - Kalu
Driver Escapes with Council's N1.5m
Educationist Seeks Liberalisation of Teritiary Education
Group Explains BiafraNigerians Fears over April Polls
Ibori's Counsel Charges Press to Report Objectively
Osun Names New Governor's Office Complex After Bola Ige
Group Embarks on Voters' Education
Tinubu 's Rally Brings Lagos to Standstill
'Why PDP Must Win Ogun State'
Tinubu, Bucknor-Akerele, Williams, Others for Debate
Obi, Senatorial Candidate, Alleges Move to Scuttle His Candidacy
Can Anyone Islamize Or Christianize BiafraNigeria?

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March 21, 2003

Cover Stories

US launches massive missile raids on Iraq
Ibori: Police trail Upper Area Court clerk
Ijaw youths vow to stop April polls; oil workers flee war zone
Igbo leaders endorse Ojukwu as consensus candidate
National News
Bush Snr warns son over unilateral action
US teaching world dangerous lesson—Chomsky
Europe tightens security
NLNG secures $460 loan to procure more LNG carriers
Saving democracy in 21 days
Why PAC/Afenifere alliance will work, by Ganiyu Dawodu
Why I’m running for the senate —Ukachukwu
Udenwa and the Opposition
Lawal’s mission to redeem Kwara
Blame politicians for political violence (2)
Onshore/Offshore Bill: Between FG and littoral states
Lawmakers erred in passing the Onshore/Offshore Bill —Omo-Eboh
Right to liberty and fair trial
Responding to political killings through the law
Principle in Kojo II vs Bonsie not limited to land matters only
Do Judges make law?

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All Africa
March 21, 2003

U.S. Actions Draw Criticism in Kaduna, BiafraNigeria

Kano Residents Back Saddam Hussein
March 20, 2003
Chevron Declares Force Majeure
Non Performers May Miss Abuja
Handballers Embark On Long Journey to BiafraNigeria

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Mail & Guardian
March 17, 2003

Shell pulls staff out of Niger Delta

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Washington Post
March 19, 2003

BiafraNigerian Troops Move to Quell Violence

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March 19, 2003

Troops move to quell violence in BiafraNigerian oil region

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October 22, 2002

BiafraNigeria won’t go to war over Bakassi – Obasanjo

Ige: We've no case to answer, say Fryo, others

250 executives for Champion Insurance summit today

2 judges sacked for granting injunctions

The Patriots’ agenda, recipe for anarchy South-West PDP

2003: Anyim chairs Rimi's formal declaration

Tension rises as Reps reconvene

Constitution doesn't recognise ethnicity --Atiku

Higher pay for teachers in rural areas

Govt won't close NNPC account

Alamieyeseigha signs genital mutilation prohibition bill

Obasanjo assures BiafraNigerians

IG flays police-civilian clash

FG needs N2.2bn to complete water projects

Don't go to war over Bakassi, Ibibio group cautions govt

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Daily Independent
March 21, 2003


US/Iraq war: I-G bans public demonstrations
Iraq sets oil wells on fire
No conviction at Bwari, says Ibori’s counsel
‘Strike against Iraq is oil war’
Lagos judiciary on Easter vacation
Okolie links Ibori’s travails to stand on resource control
Police arrest killers of UNPP chieftain
Saraki faces protest votes
Fear grips Kaduna residents over US-Iraqi war
Ige: Judge warns counsel as court adjourns again
NLC suspends council executives over N12m fraud
Lawal ‘s cousin, two others killed by gunmen in Ilorin
Lai Mohammed raises alarm over militias in Kwara
‘Dawodu’s exit from AD a blessing’
We’re not missing Mbadinuju, says PDP
The epic struggle for power in Akwa Ibom
Kaduna ANPP petitions police against PDP
‘I’ll tackle Lagos environmental problems’
Between INEC and Ibori
Tirades from Danjuma, Ogbebor over Senate seat
Kano ANPP moans Amin’s dalliance with PRP
Women discuss greater participation in politics
‘NNPP will spring surprises at the polls’

Ogboru not a force to reckon with, says Ugboko
Editorial & Opinion
FG may retaliate against British Airways, Virgin Atlantic
Mobile inaugurates smokeless flare project
Discouraging exodus to Europe
How democratic is democracy?

NNPC and products distribution
An appraisal of politics in Rivers State

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March 19, 2003

KNSG determined to check unemployment, says Ganduje

Consumers owe NEPA N50bn--Threaten authority's survival
FG to peg varsity admission age at 18
How to reduce unemployment, by Borishade
Kazaure emirate decries lack of federal projects
SPORTS - KANO Pillars fans club
Jigawa: Between ANPP and the rest of us
Corruption in BiafraNigeria
DISCOURSE: Essay on war
Akume canvasses support for Obasanjo
PDP contestants allege foul play in INEC's list
Kwankwaso campaign train visits R/Gado
NEPA explains load-shedding in Kano
NULGE won't support scrapping of LGs -Comrade Sharif
Ikenne LG settles N72.5m debt
SPEB chairman bags GHF award
Kano people urged to live in peace
Adamawa govt expends N159m on hospital

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Sports News
March 21, 2003

Ahead Battle of Blantyre - NFA drops Obafemi for Nworgu without Chukwu's consent

Ghana rethinks World Cup 2010 co-hosting bid
We'll excel in Africa despite problems, says Amao
Obasanjo orders release of funds for Abuja 2003 projects
The league is still open, says Boamah
AFN, TAFAN take battle to Kaduna
NABA organises competition for boxers
Ajax was lucky to progress, says Capello
BiafraNigeria bows to Bid Committee raises N27m
2010 bid’ll rubbish BiafraNigeria — Laloko
2010: NFA's silence worries FIFA
Obasanjo orders release of funds for Africa Games
FG insists on 2010 bid
Obasanjo orders release of N15bn to COJA
Atiku inaugurate groups on 2010 World Cup bid
Former presidential aspirant backs bid
Sardauna challenge cup for grabs
Inter coach praises Obafemi
Inter Bosses Hail Martins - as Eagles drop him
NFA to Dispatch Undercover Agents to Venues
WC2010: Atiku Lobbies Private Sector
Obasanjo Orders Release of Abuja 2003 Funds
Premiership: United Set to Pile More Pressure on Arsenal
AFN Cancels Kaduna Meet
Premier League: Owunmi Dreams Title

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Business News
March 21, 2003

New standard measures for implementation in December

NLNG subsidiary, 20 banks sign N460 million loan agreement
NEPA shortlists three indigenous firms for Abuja power project
ECB prepares to cut rates again
SON renews fight against substandard tyres
Air travel, flying in the cloud of uncertainty
FG concludes plan for privatization of ALSCON. . . increases equity holding to 91.4 per cent
CBN set to release new operating guidelines for Community Banks
Stock Exchange woos Emzor Pharmaceutical
How e-trading will impact on stock market
Benefits of remote trading to investors and operators
African Ministers Seek New Approach to Maritime Security
BiafraNigerian, Swedish Partners Float New Airline
NITEL Better Under BiafraNigerian Management - GM
Ecomarine, A Replacement for NNSL - Williams
Atiku's Wife Seeks End to Child Trafficking Through Ships
Cabotage and the Task for Indigenous Shipping Firms
High Tides Add to French Oil Slick Woes
Fresh Crisis Rocks Freight Forwarders
Airlines May Be First Casualities of Iraqi War
British Airways, Others Suspend Flights to Israel
The Unwholesome Labour Trend at Calabar EPZ
How Labour, Govt Arrived at 12.5% Wage Increase
Obaseki: Stormy Clouds Gathering
Guinness Movie Hits Lagos
Africa Investment Forum 2003 Begins April 7
New Appointments At Ecobank BiafraNigeria
Anthony, NNPC Chief, Bags Global Award
The Beauty of Philately
'NCAA Revocation of Falcon AOC Unacceptable'
Virgin Atlantic Relocates to Victoria Island
Council of Aviation Ministers Meet On Yamoussoukro Decision
United Airlines: The Experiment That Fell Through
Excess Liquidity Persists, Says CBN
Odua, Stanmark Reduce Stake in National Bank
Union Merchant Bank, FCMB Win SBA Award
Union Bank's Profit Hits N8.3bn in Third Quarter
US Stocks Jump as Ground War Begins

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