Meet Damian Ogbonna, Nigerian man fraternising with North Korean Leader

Meet Damian Ogbonna, Nigerian man fraternising with North Korean Leader

Damian Ogbonna, is a Nigerian claiming to be representing Nigeria at the International Festival in Praise of the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, North Korea.

According to an official press release published by the North Korean news agency, Damian Ogbonna who is the national chairman of the People’s Progressive Party of Nigeria who is co-chairman of the International Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, and his party.

A check with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, shows that the People’s Progressive Party of Nigeria, PPPN is a duels registered party in Nigeria before the 2015 General elections.

It is not clear how Damian Ogbonna received the invitation to North Korea and whether he has the permission of his party to represent them at the festival in North Korea.

Apart from being a reclusive state, North Korea and Nigeria have no diplomatic, economic and or socio-cultural ties. Last year the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, executed new sanctions on North Korea as a fall out of new sanctions from the United Nations after North Korea carried out series of nuclear tests.

Damian Ogbonna
Damian Ogbonna. Source: Sun Newspaper

In an interview with Sun Newspaper, Damian Ogbonna said he supports restructuring, a popular reform viewpoint clamoured by opposition party leaders and other sections of Nigeria’s ethnic divide.

He said in the interview that:

“It is only the privileged people who are in top positions that might think otherwise. The only way oppression leads to is anarchy or separation. When I say oppression that is the obstinacy and lack of discernment of those in power and absolute open antagonism to the debate on restructuring. Nigeria is going to be divided whether they like it or not”.

“You see, you cannot hold down the liberty and freedom of people forever. There comes a time when they have to throw away that yoke. History told us about this, Britain over hundreds of years were on this oppression and ruled over various nations all over the world, they were forced to go. The wheel of progressive independence of states moved without much hitch. As an independent state Nigeria would also decide to peacefully evolve into confederacy through restructuring so that the various entities can evolve at their own pace. Through restructuring, we would remove all that is controlled by the cabal. So the power that dominates the nation has nothing to do with all this things we see. So we need to find a way, in case if there is going to be a division in this country, it is going to be a division that would strengthen us and not weaken us”.

See the press release below:
Pyongyang, August 11 (KCNA) — Foreign guests came here Friday to attend the Fifth International Festival in Praise of the Great Persons of Mt Paektu.

They include Victor Petrov, chairman of the Russian Association for Friendship and Cultural Cooperation with the DPRK who is co-chairman of the International Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, and his party; Helmi El Hadidi, chairman of the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization who is co-chairman of the International Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; Javed Ansari, secretary general of the Karachi branch of the Pakistan-Korea Friendship Association who is secretary general of the Pakistani National Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; Suneet Chopra, secretary general of the All India Indo-Korean Friendship Association who is secretary general of the Indian National Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; a delegation of the Mongolian Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu led by Chairman J. Lomvo; Tin Tun, director of Myanmar Medical Research Institute who is chairman of the Myanmar Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; Vitali Revedev, chairman of the preparatory committee of the Russian Group for Solidarity with the DPRK for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, and his party; a delegation of the British Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu headed by Chairman Dermot Hudson; Vasile Lacatus, secretary general of the Romania-Korea Friendship Association who is co-chairman of the Romanian National Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; a delegation of the Bulgarian Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu led by Maya Boneva; a delegation of the Belgium Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu led by Chairman Jozef Bossuyt; Jon Arni Halldorsson, general secretary of the Iceland-DPRK Friendship and Cultural Society who is chairman of the Iceland Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; Jozef Servista, deputy general secretary of the C.C., Czechoslovak Communist Party who is vice-chairman of the Czech Republic Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; a delegation of the Luxembourg Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu led by Secretary General Charles Doerner; Adamos Katsantonis, chairman of the Cyprus-Korea Cultural and Friendship Association who is chairman of the Cyprus Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, and his party; a delegation of the Ecuadorian Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu led by Vice-Chairman Julio Ballesteros Espin; Noel Steeve, chairman of the Haiti-Korea Cultural Association who is chairman of the Haiti Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; Rosanita Campos, vice-president of the Party for Free Motherland of Brazil who is representative of the Brazilian Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; and Abdoulaye Diallo, chairman of the Guinean Society for the Study of the Juche Literary Idea who is vice-chairman of the Guinean Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu.

Also arriving were Damian Ogbonna, national chairman of the People’s Progressive Party of Nigeria who is co-chairman of the International Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, and his party; Cristian Pivetta, chairman of the Italian Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu; and Oliver Jonischkeit, representative of the Austrian Preparatory Committee for Gathering 2017-Praise to the Great Persons of Mt Paektu. -0-