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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

BIAFRA: IPOB BEGIN PRINTING OF BALLOTS, SAYS REFERENDUM IS DEMOCRACY EXEMPLIFIED

BIAFRA: IPOB BEGIN PRINTING OF BALLOTS, SAYS REFERENDUM IS DEMOCRACY EXEMPLIFIED

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has started printing ballot papers, with which a referendum would be conducted for the people of Biafra to vote if to remain in Nigeria or secede.

IPOB said it plans to hold the referendum latter this year,and that it was determined to ensure that the exercise took place without violence. A call for Referendum is not a call for war says IPOB, the Press Release Reads Thus:

IPOB PRESS  RELEASE
19/06/2018

CALL FOR REFERENDUM IS NOT CALL FOR WAR

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wish to bring to the attention of the world that plans are at advanced stages in preparation for the first in our three-stage referendum process towards the peaceful, non-violent restoration of the nation of Biafra. Our decision to hold the first of the three plebiscite later this year has vindicated IPOB's resilience in sticking to the principles of non-violent agitation for Biafra, in the face of government brutality and treachery from enemies within. Efforts geared towards this first referendum is gathering unstoppable momentum with dates for the exercise to be announced imminently. 40 million ballot papers are being printed and readied for distribution to every clan and village in Biafraland for all adults over the age of 18 to express their preference.

Through this age old democratic process, IPOB shall return power to the  long suffering down trodden masses, to enable them determine their destiny which was cruelly taken away by successive Nigerian governments. This massive consultation exercise, will guide all future IPOB activities and hopefully address the issue of lack of wider participation by the people which some Nigerian government agents within have often cited as their reason for working against the emergence of Biafra.

For those that set out to mislead the populace by equating IPOB call for referendum as a call for war, in order to mask their betrayal of the people, will no doubt find another reason or excuse to object to this upcoming plebiscite.

It is worth reminding Ohaneze Ndigbo and their likes that on the 11th February 1961, Nigeria conducted a referendum for the people of Southern Cameroon to determine whether they  wish to be part of Nigeria or merge with the Francophone northern  Cameroon. This referendum resulted in the peaceful secession of the then NCNC controlled Anglophone Cameroon from Nigeria. In other words, they voted to leave Nigeria for good. That was democracy in action not war.

No war was fought and no ethnic group was threatened with annihilation. If those parading themselves as leaders, with their much touted academic accomplishments, are not aware of this relatively modern history, then the pervading ignorance in Nigeria, occasioned by the spectacular collapse of the education system, is more generational than earlier thought. If those that claim to be the elite in the society cannot reference Southern Cameroons as a case where referendum resolved an intractable issue, then their supposed elitism is founded on pure fantasy. 

Again, on the 13th of July 1963, Nigeria conducted another referendum which led to the creation of the defunct Mid-west  from the supposedly Yoruba dominated Western region. The old Mid-Western region comprised of parts of today's Delta and Edo states. No war was fought, no ethnic group was threatened with extinction. Those that canvassed for a referendum then were not labeled war mongers. It speaks of the magnitude of prevailing ignorance in Nigeria that people are in this age unaware of the fact that referendum has been used in Nigeria before to resolve a seemingly intractable issue.

The mission of IPOB is to restore Biafra sovereignty via a democratic process and through the instrumentality of a three stage referendum, the first of which will be held in the coming weeks.

IPOB led Biafra agitation is a struggle for liberty, justice and equity firmly anchored on fiscal independence, local control of all resources and complete autonomy for all federating ethnic nationalities. This ancient arrangement that sustained our civilisation for over 5000 years without recourse to war or conquest of one another was the arrangement Mazi Mbonu Ojike advised Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe to adopt during the Lancaster House pre-independent negotiations. This ancient system of loose confederation, that served our ancestors very well before the British destroyed it with their amalgamation, is where IPOB is taking  Biafra back to. Every ethnic nationality within Biafra will be encouraged to be  independent from day one.

Our fight is against a deliberate government policy of mass poverty, irreconcilable and divergent value systems, marginalisation, deprivation, incessant state sponsored murder, terrorism and unimaginable Fulani nepotism. IPOB call for referendum has nothing to do with WAR!

Those beating the drums of WAR are the agents of the status quo, the Efulefus (Igbo slaves) using the cover of Ohaneze Ndigbo and PANDEF to continue running errands for their Arewa masters to the detriment and well-being of the people of the East. They, along with their feudal northern masters are the beneficiaries of this lopsided fraudulent neo-colonial system we call Nigeria.

These war mongers want to scare and frighten everyone into submission. They want IPOB to accept slavery as they and their predecessors in Ohaneze have done. They want to submit this blessed IPOB generation to eternal servitude out of fear of losing the paltry favours and privileges their Arewa masters periodically grants them. Their evil antics and psychological manipulation has failed woefully. Referendum is peace not war.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

BIAFRA: AGITATION IS ANOTHER GLOBAL PHENOMENON IN NEED OF PRAGMATIC STEP - BIAFRANS TELL TRUMP

AGITATION IS ANOTHER GLOBAL PHENOMENON IN NEED OF PRAGMATIC STEP - BIAFRANS TELL TRUMP

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

Tuesday 12th of June 2018, remarkably opens another chapter in human history as President Donald Trump of the United States of America met with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jung Un in Singapore. This all important meeting was precipitated on the need to arrest the rapidly deteriorating peace in the Korean peninsula alongside denuclearization deal. Recall that for over 50 years of a dangerously elusive peace between South Korea, North Korea and the entire region, President Trump has exceptionally become the first US President to exchange handshake with the North Korean leader after brokering peace that will eventually usher in the much needed denuclearization of North Korea. For President Donald Trump to be standing side by side with the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un in Singapore purposely for a Peace Summit is a tacit indication that the US President is realistically, God sent. His emergence on the scene is principally to arrest all phenomenon of security threats to peace, globally.

Based on this premise therefore, the people of Biafra worldwide, while commending this giant stride of President Trump through pragmatic diplomatic requisitions and consultations, are unanimously calling on the United States President to beam his searchlight on the West African sub-region also for justice and peace. This is where Biafra agitation is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon which if not proactively addressed, will snowball into an unprecedented global crisis. Biafrans are hereby calling on the attention of President Trump to boldly and courageously wade into the Biafra restoration question as he did in the Korean nuclear conflict. The Nigerian Islamic government has bluntly refused to employ democratic approaches as clearly required by International laws in addressing the Biafra agitation. It is necessary to bring to the notice of the US President that the Nigerian government has steadily and indiscriminately applied the use of lethal weapons and excessive military force in dealing with peaceful Biafran agitators, who within the ambit of both local and international laws, are freely exercising their rights of demand for a referendum. It is through this civilised  process that Biafrans all over the world, could declare their political future themselves via the instrumentality of the ballot. The US President should decisively wade into the Biafran issue as presently and tenaciously being championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide. This has now become the biggest phenomenon threatening the peace within the African continent. The resultant effect of this anomaly can only just be imagined as the Nigerian government through it's security operatives employ the use of excessive force and lethal weapons, leading to the deaths of thousands of the people of Biafra with related forced disappearances of non-violent agitators. This if not checked, will most assuredly metamorphose from civil agitation into catastrophic armed conflict.

During his Peace Summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, President Trump pointedly stated and I quote "everybody can make war, but it is only the most courageous that can make peace". The US President should be aware that the reality of this his statement is evidenced in Nigeria as the government has unrelentlessly been beating the drums of war against the civilised approaches the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have so far adopted. The IPOB has meticulously toed the path of peace in it's quest regardless of the repressive wave of killings, maimings and detentions of it's members in Nigeria. It is in keeping with this peaceful approach that the IPOB is calling on his Excellency, the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald John Trump, to as a matter of expediency, prevail on the Nigerian government to respect international laws and protocols governing self-determination and allow the conduction of peaceful and acceptable referendum. As he has pragmatically arrested the elusive peace in the Korean peninsula, let him courageously extend such a gesture for global peace, to the West African sub-region on the Biafran restoration drive. He should bring his influence to bear upon this "explosive dynamite" to stem the unexpected. The  Biafra exit via a referendum has no option. The body language of President Donald Trump clearly shows that he is God's choice man sent to broker peace in the world's troubled regions. A clarion call is being issued out from West Africa by the Biafran people for a repeat of the feat that has diplomatically been established in the Korean peninsula. Biafrans need Trump's intervention  in their resilient campaign for the unfettered restoration of the sovereignty of the nation of Biafra.


#GodblessDonaldTrump!

#GodblessIPOB!!

#GodblessBiafra!!!



Edited by Peter Oshagwu

For Family Writers

Sunday, 17 June 2018

BIAFRA: THE NAME THAT TREMBLES THE ENEMIES AND CONFLAGRATES THEIR CAMPS

BIAFRA: THE NAME THAT TREMBLES THE ENEMIES AND CONFLAGRATES THEIR CAMPS

Written by Ogeh Friday Igiri
For Family Writers Press

The name BIAFRA, is a nomenclature the people of the old Eastern region in the contraption called Nigeria, was identified with, well over decades of years before the advent of Fredrick Lugard and his fellow colonialists that conceptualized the amalgamation theory of Nigeria.

The original, untainted map of Africa, has Biafra conspicuously contained with no description of any country known as Nigeria. This further portrays the originality and superiority of Biafra as a nation over and above Nigeria even as clearly inscribed on the floor of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London. There is a display of a list of nations including Biafra that had existed dating back to the 17th, 18th and down to early 19th centuries. Up till date, those historical inscriptions on the floor of the BBC are yet evidenced without Nigeria included.

The nomenclature Biafra, was given to a class of the Israelites who historically journeyed on their way from Egypt to Canaan the promised land. They conspired with Aaron to build a golden calf which served as their god (idol) to abridge the vacuum created by the absence of Moses whose anticipated return from Mount Sinai got delayed. According to biblical accounts, he was there for forty days and forty nights to obtain the tablets of the 10 commandments of the Almighty God, for the children of Israel during their encampment in the wilderness. There subsequently journeyed from the wilderness to Ethiopia and then down to Agulu, the present day Agulu-Eri in Anambra State, Biafraland.

This set of Israeli immigrants into this part of the world, were christened Biafrans because of their behavioral instincts patterned after God. The name Biafra means 'Bia furu ndi neme ka Chineke' (Come and see those that behave like God). From time immemorial, Biafra has been a nation peopled by godly class of human species just like their Creator (Chukwu Okike-Abiama). They are descendants of Jacob, God's chosen among the nations of the earth, directly from the tribe of Eri.

The sacredness attached to the name Biafra, is such that darkness cannot comprehend and at the mention of the name, within the spiritual and physical spheres, the devil and all his cohorts, stutter, scramble, tremble and flee to avert the conflagration, particularly within their camps in the contraption called Nigeria.

Within the Nigerian electronic media platforms, call-in to any of their audience participatory programs where Biafra name is mentioned, cause waves of abrupt/ unsettling reactions. The brown-envelope and compromised journalists will just get the Biafran calls truncated as such gravely neutralize their evil activities.

The Biafran nomenclature scares the devil and his agents. It is a name whose bearers should be glad they are associated with anywhere because of the enormous blessings embedded therein, quite unlike Nigeria the citizens are ashamed getting identified both within and without, due to the evils associated with that name.

Millions of people around the world today, want to identify with Biafrans ostensibly due to the diverse rich endowments these specially blessed children of God are associated with. Biafrans, be proud of your identity and firmly stand in the struggle for your total emancipation from this slavish contraption of the British called Nigeria and all that she represents.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

RACISM IN AFRICA AND THE PHOBIA ATTACHED TO THE FLAG OF ISRAEL

RACISM IN AFRICA AND THE PHOBIA ATTACHED TO THE FLAG OF ISRAEL


Written by Chima Uche
For Family Writers Press

XENOPHOBIA within the African context, remains the attack and killing of African migrants by black South Africans in South Africa. In Nigeria, there exists one set of people whose stock in trade revolves principally, around bizarre slaughtering of fellow Africans by a certain group of persons whose right it seems believed, to perpetuate such atrocity even undeterred on weekly basis. And these crop of murderers appear to have been licensed, commissioned and shielded by the Nigerian government. In Cameroon, the government forces are daily killing children, women, men, sacking communities and making thousands of Southern Cameroonians refugees, with impunity.

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Other instances abound in the African continent where diverse groups go on rampage unhindered, persecuting other Africans. Libya is  yet another African country so-called, where citizens are tortured and other  African migrants are chained and sold out as "merchandise". Yet there appears no recorded incidences of any African Muslim setting ablaze, the South African, the Nigerian or the Cameroonian flags.  Frankly speaking, it should be noted that a section of individuals that are offended at the flags of the United States of America and Israel particularly, in Nigeria, their fellows are not so vexed in the aforementioned African countries.
Palestinian flag
Discovered traits common amongst these Africans who are offended at the Israeli flag include:

* Hypocrisy
*Islam

They do not see anything despicably wrong with African Muslims or countries, exploiting and murdering their fellow Africans. To them, those acts are normal. But they get enraged by "anti-migration" or "racist" policies/comments of the Israelis and the Gaza conflicts between some supposed "Europeans" and the Arabs.

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Obviously, there is an institutionalized spate of hatred of the Jews and the Christians which indisputably, is a product of ancient animosity that has been in existence between these groups which is premised on HYPOCRISY and ISLAM.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

6TH EDITION: FAMILY WRITERS PRESS IN TOUCH WITH HISTORY--CONTRIBUTIONS OF YORUBA SOLDIERS TO THE BIAFRAN GENOCIDE (PART 2)

6TH EDITION: FAMILY WRITERS PRESS IN TOUCH WITH HISTORY
CONTRIBUTIONS OF YORUBA SOLDIERS TO THE BIAFRAN GENOCIDE (PART 2)

Nwafor Somtochuku Aloysius
For Family Writers Press

Colonel Benjamin Adekunle, notable Nigerian war hero, had by this time, earned for himself, a reputation at least amongst Biafrans, for cruelty and sadism. After a number of provocative public statements, illustrating his zeal for warfare, in addition to his verbal clashes with foreign journalists and observers, Adekunle became the subject of both local and international spotlights. His conduct subsequently became a source of worry and embarrassment for Yakubu Gowon's wartime cabinet.

Colonel Benjamin Adekunle's  criminal statement during the war was: "Biafran aid is misguided humanitarian rubbish..... If children must die first, then that is too bad, just too bad."

Colonel Benjamin Adekunle
The American Jewish Congress reported: Some Nigerian commanders notably Colonel Benjamin Adekunle maintained that the denial of food to Biafran held areas and to Igbo people in the federally controlled areas, is a legitimate and necessary strategy. As Colonel Benjamin Adekunle himself told a Dutch Newspaper; "I want to see no Red Cross, no Caritas, no World Council of Churches, no Pope, no Missionary and no United Nations delegation. I want to prevent even one Igbo having one piece to eat before their capitulation". This quote was in Baum, American Jewish Congress Memorandum, 27th December 1968  from London Economist of 24th August 1968, as cited in the Village Voice of 17th October, 1968.

The above cited statement caused such an International uproar that the Federal Government of Nigeria found itself in a very disadvantaged position of having to tender unreserved apology for the actions not only of Colonel Benjamin Adekunle but also of Colonel Ibrahim Haruna (leader of Asaba gruesome massacre) in concert with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd division of the then Nigerian army, Colonel Murtala Mohammed, who felt humiliated by the Biafran/Mid-Western offensive.

Unknown to Colonel Benjamin Adekunle, a quiet retirement package for him from the Nigerian army was already in the offing. Thirty four years later and precisely in the Guardian Newspaper publication of 25th July 2004, an article captioned "I Did Not Dislike Igbos But I Had A War To Win" by Adekunle himself, was released. He provided his perspective on his duties as a soldier for the federal forces. Continuing, he asserted "I Do not Dislike Igbos. I learnt one word from the British and that is 'Sorry". "I did not want this war. I did not start this war, Ojukwu did. But I want to win this war, so I must kill the Igbos, sorry".

Unfortunately, thirty four good years after the civil war had ended, Benjamin Adekunle remained an unrepentant sadist, highly economical with the truth and an irredeemable tribalist. And just like his brother Awolowo, he hated Biafrans, particularly the Igbos with passion. Their hatred for the Biafran Igbos was reminiscent of a rejected suitor, loaded with caustic bitterness for the damsel that "dumped" him for another "catch".

To avert more of this "Adekunle recklessness and embarrassment" to the army therefore, he was withdrawn as a General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 3rd Marine Command. Olusegun Obasanjo, his fellow tribal kind, was called in for his replacement. Benjamin Adekunle was retired from the military by Yakubu Gowon but his colleagues - Murtala Mohammed and Ibrahim Haruna (who masterminded the Asaba massacre) remained in the service. They were "Princes" of the feudalists that "cannot be touched". What a paradox?

Ironically, Colonel Benjamin Adekunle died with no accorded federal recognition. He died as a "no-body". The Yorubas who are his kinsmen lamented fruitlessly over the shoddy treatment meted out to him by the federal government he staked his life and career for. Poor Adekunle, he will be weeping profusely without consolation in his grave, gnashing his teeth in regrets for being a pawn in the chessboard of the Hausa-Fulani Oligarchy. He was used against his Southern folks and unceremoniously dumped into the waste bin of history, to the scrapheap of forgotten tyrants.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WHY A COALITION IS NOT NECESSARY FOR BIAFRA RESTORATION------EXPERT

WHY A COALITION IS NOT NECESSARY FOR BIAFRA RESTORATION------EXPERT

Biafra restoration requires a multifaceted approach, a London based international security/counterterrorism expert(name classified for professional reasons) once told me during an interesting conversation in late November 2017. Our insightful conversation was based on the bloody military raid at Nnamdi Kanu's residence, and which its resultant led to the IPOB leader's enforced disappearance. The submission of my learned friend was one I found slightly hard to assimilate. In other words, the postulation sounded contestable to me, maybe due to my IPOB deep-rooted sentimentalism; but as a lay man wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, and having found it needless to dabble into such a debate with an expert without veritable facts, I had to keep tight-lipped and absorb the tutorial.

The counter-terrorism Chief believes that due to the fact that IPOB is seemingly the only genuine group with sophisticated ideological framework towards Biafra restoration, It is nearly realistic for the Nigeria government to deal a heavy blow to the group and its ideology by simply infiltrating or getting rid of its leadership structure. According to him, this is the major  reason why 'Operation Python Dance' was relaunched by Nigeria military in collaboration with relevant state actors- to get rid of Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigeria government believed that having Nnamdi Kanu(being the fulcrum and focal point of IPOB) out of the way would to a large extent douse, if not extinguish the multiplying tensions generated by IPOB agitations across the country.

My learned friend opined that the reason why the Nigeria government nearly succeeded in putting IPOB to bed was because, although different factions of Pro-Biafra do exist, none were genuine, powerful or radical enough to rival IPOB methodologies, as they failed to utilise the enabling environment provided by IPOB activities to enhance and push through their various versions of Biafra activism.  An excerpt of his statement reads-

"I spent four years researching how movements grow, how they are sustained and how they collapse, but also how they succeed. Any movement that does not establish a strong rival faction in the beginning of the struggle never succeeds. Governments find it difficult if not impossible to control rival factions that have different ideas on how to achieve their objective. A disorganised movement with multiple leaders is a nightmare to states, an organised movement is good for states.
...In the case of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu is the only man who carries all the cross. To be honest , it was overwhelming for him."

From all ramifications, it is very evident that what is needed to fast track the freedom of Biafra is not for IPOB to indulge in any form of coalition with any group, be it predecessors or splinter groups; rather what we urgently need is for each and every group that claims to propagate Biafra restoration gospel to scrutinise and sanitise itself of every greed, selfish interest and every sabotaging tendency that makes it susceptible to the influence of the inept oppressive state actors. As long as we're all genuinely headed for the same destination, it shouldn't be a source of concern, the different routes we tend to apply.

 However, the problem is that most Pro-Biafra groups I've taken time to study are more occupied with rendering incessant attacks and destructive criticisms on IPOB's modus operandi more than concentrating their efforts towards their own methodology of Biafra restoration. They end up deviating from freedom fighting and rapidly transforming into mere watchdogs driven by reckless antagonism.

 If anyone feels too big to join or support IPOB or  feels uncomfortable with rigid leadership system of IPOB with reference to 'command and control', the best thing for such a person to do is to go and form his/her own group of big and lawless men, and stop distracting IPOB with obscure coalition lobbying.

IPOB being the largest sustainable freedom fighting group in Africa, and by the virtue of its vision, mission and accomplishments, should be accorded the much needed reverence by other groups with parallel modus operandi, while IPOB on its own should be ready to accommodate dissent voices from other groups. Debates are best won on ground of superior argument, not on the altar of exchange of insults and vulgar languages.

 In dealing with a multi-headed demon such as Nigeria, we need more versatile approach of dispensing our various ammunitions. At the end of it all, we'll come to the realisation of the fact that what we really need to achieve the freedom of Biafra is the seriousness and incorruptibility of different groups agitating for Biafra, not a coalition of unserious mindsets driven by ulterior motives and greed.


Written By Paul Ihechi Alagba,
Family Writers Press Analyst.

ASARI DOKUBO: A LEGENDARY ICON OF OUR TIME, BORN IN THE MONTH OF JUNE

ASARI DOKUBO: A LEGENDARY ICON OF OUR TIME, BORN IN THE MONTH OF JUNE

Dokubo

Written by Godswill Leeleebari Gabriel
For Family Writers Press

INTRODUCTION

This is certainly not one of those articles put together to massage individualistic ego but that meant to prudently evaluate and eulogies the beauty of integrity, purposeful living hard work and untainted resilience. Amongst humans, lies good deeds of great men which often seem only appreciable when they go the way of all mortals (die), thereby introducing the reverberating song of consolation: "only remembered by what you have done". Wisdom however, demands that we give, appreciate and celebrate our own even while yet alive.

Asari Dokubo, formally known as Melford Dokubo Goodhead Jnr, was born on June 1964 into a Christian family from Sagbama who were based in Warri, Delta State, as a gift to the Ijaw Clan in the so-called Niger Delta area of Nigeria. He attended both Primary and Secondary Schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He grew up getting increasingly disenchanted with the gross marginalization, economic emasculation and victimization of his people, orchestrated by the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy and their British overlords. Though he was still very young then, he decided to chart a course of emancipation for a better tomorrow within the Nigerian context, but later discovered the foundational structure of the Nigerian State which was exclusively premised on policies inimical to the survival of the Ijaw nation.

Undeterred by the oppressive tendencies of the Nigerian rulers, the man Asari Dokubo persisted in his dream of pursuing academic excellence. He gained admission into a tertiary institution to study law at the University of Calabar. This was however truncated due to corruption and victimization antecedents of the University authorities. He could not compromise his stance on truth, transparency, accountability and integrity. He made fruitless attempts to further his education at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, as his disdain for corruption prevalent in the Nigerian system could not permit him. The forces of evil in Nigeria associated themselves to forestall the academic desire and potentials of this promising young fellow. But destiny cannot be perpetually caged. He determined that as far as he was concerned, truth will never be compromised.

ASARI DOKUBO, THE ACTIVIST

After the gruesome execution of the late  environmental activist/writer, Kenule Saro Wiwa and other eight Ogoni indigenes popularly referred to as the "OGONI NINE"ficer in the year 1995 by the then military administration of late General Sani Abacha, the coastal region of Biafra (so-called Niger Delta), was thrown into turmoil and hopelessness. It was like who will go for us? The colossal pollution of the environments (air, land and sea) by the oil multinationals persisted unabated. It was "all for the Nigerian government and absolutely nothing for the oil bearing communities/people".

Dokubo
Jolted by this seemingly endemic but gradual impoverishment and annihilation, Asari Dokubo and a handful of few other good spirited individuals from the Ijaw Clan, sprang up in unison to frontally resist the destructive anomaly of the Nigerian State and her foreign allies operating as oil multinationals. The oppression, repression and enslavement of the Ijaw ethnic nationality have to be challenged. It was this conceptualized body of resistance that gave birth to IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC) in the year 1998, with Asari Dokubo becoming the pioneer Vice President of the Organization, and later the President in 2001.

Consequently, the Kaiama Declaration was made, urging the oil companies carrying out activities within Ijawland to suspend operations and withdraw from the territory, owing to the devastating effects of their activities on both the environments and the people. The IYC further pledged to remain peaceful in it's quest for freedom and ecological justice. This position was however blatantly snubbed by the oil companies and the Nigerian government, arrogantly stating that all the resources within the territory of Ijawland wholesomely belong to the Nigerian State. This oppressive tendencies of the government never deterred the man, Asari Dokubo.

The excruciating plights of the people thereby gave birth to the declaration of "OPERATION CLIMATE CHANGE" which included peaceful protests down to the gates of the oil multinational companies, to strongly register the grievances of the people. These were responded to by the Nigerian government, with measures of forceful crackdown and brutal repressions including military invasions of Ijaw communities and rampant raping of the women. With these unfolding bizarre developments, Asari Dokubo seized to see himself as a Nigerian and decided to stake his life for the liberation of his people. He formed the formidable and largely dreaded Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF) in the year, 2004 to checkmate the destructive approaches of the Nigerian government and pressure with the agenda of RESOURCE CONTROL. Determined to have it's way, the Nigerian government responded with the deployment of various degrees of military arsenals and personnel to the Niger Delta instead of listening to the cries of the aggrieved people. The whole scenario played out this popular saying "when justice becomes law, resistance becomes duty". The forceful and indiscriminate use of lethal weapons nonetheless, the NDPVF led by Asari Dokubo strongly posed an uncrushable force to contend with. The Nigerian military woefully failed in it's vampiric enterprise to quench the burning determination of the  oppressed people and as a result, oil exploitation and exploration activities were completely brought to a halt. Production output dropped below marginal level.

ASARI DOKUBO, THE VICTIM OF SABOTAGE

The appearance of parallel and renegade bodies to counter the drive of the genuine freedom fighters is not new in the British enclave called Nigeria. The Nigerian government has always employed antics to frustrate the good intents of the people meant to better their lives and that of their upcoming generations. Asari Dokubo fought so vehemently under the umbrella body of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF), to press home the people's unambiguous demand for freedom, justice and total control of their God-given resources. When the Nigerian government in it's desperation and frustration noticed it cannot prevail against the resilient spirit of the Great Lion of the South, the sponsorship of a renegade group became the only available alternative.  A group known as Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV) which labored strenuously to hamper the activities of the NDPVF was created. This was the shameless game of a government whose duty it is to wholesomely cater for the welfare and well-being of the citizens. It aided the creation of an in-house or better still, subterfuge war within the region which will surreptitiously attract it's officials as mediators, tagging the freedom fighters, militants. This never debarred the man Asari Dokubo as he meticulously, fought on. This resilience prompted the then government of Olusegun Obasanjo to extend invitation to the freedom fighters for peace talks. Living true to his convictions, Asari Dokubo strongly resisted all enticing inducements from the Nigerian government and pointedly refused to recognize Obasanjo as his President. Asari Dokubo's blunt refusal to sell out the collective will of his people, attracted his arrest and incarceration in an underground secret cell for one year and two months. He was there subjected to horrific tortures but he remained resolute and unyielding. He has encountered many terrific and life threatening circumstances but like the biblical Caleb, has enjoyed the favor and protection of the Almighty God. He remained undaunted for the fulfillment of divine purposes.

THE WISDOM OF THE MAN ASARI DOKUBO

While still in secretive custody of the Nigerian State, the government floated the criminal Amnesty Program. Many lily-livered individuals were hoodwinked. They surrendered to the government as repentant militants/criminals and were granted "state pardon" with stipends from the resources deposited in their fatherland. The man Asari Dokubo bluntly refused the criminal/militant tag and uncompromisingly rejected the criminal Amnesty Program mantra. He unequivocally stated that it was an insult to his personality as an Ijaw man and that the quest for freedom and justice can never be a criminal offence. This can never be compromised. He has remained the only courageous lone voice that speaks against the oppression of his people by the Nigerian government in the coastal area of Biafraland.

Asari Dokubo in his wisdom, has refused making any form of investment in Nigeria which he sees as the habitation of Lucifer, controlled by the satanic Fulanis that will eventually turn around to confiscate them as he remains an opposing voice from that region of Biafra. He pledged his allegiance to Benin Republic, without which, he would have been a poor fellow today.

ASARI DOKUBO IN OUR PRESENT TIME AND THE BIAFRA AGITATION

Asari Dokubo while speaking on Radio Biafra London stated "Asking me if I am a Biafran, is like asking me if my name is Asari Dokubo. We, the Ijaws are even more Biafrans than the Igbos. They said I am following Nnamdi Kanu and I said why not? If Nnamdi Kanu is doing better than me in restoring Biafra, then it is only wise that I follow him".

It is noteworthy to state here that at a time when men are shamelessly hiding under their wives' wrappers and in their mothers' kitchens, Asari Dokubo courageously stood up to get identified with the Biafran restoration cause. He has been campaigning vigorously for the coastal region of Biafra to rise up and embrace the emancipation drive. The man Asari Dokubo has continued to stand on the side of justice and is unrelentlessly fighting in defense at all cost, of what he unrepentantly believes in.

Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo 'The Great',
The Edi Abali of Kalabari
The Fearless Lion of the Coastal Area of Biafra
The Master of the Creeks and the Ocean

You have done exceptionally well but like the proverbial Oliver Twist, my prayer is: "May God keep and strengthen you to do more".

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SIR!

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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