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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The atrocities against Biafrans in Nigeria

The atrocities against Biafrans in Nigeria
By Chima Onyekachi
(For Family Writers)

Though Biafrans have developed thick skin to incessant threats, intimidation and molestation melted out to them in their sojourns outside Biafraland especially those in the Northern and Western areas of Nigeria. But it is pertinent that their future generation should not be made to undergo such inhuman treatment because of their natural zeal for hard work and success. I want to inform Biafrans that no matter how they try to assimilate with the Oduduwas' and Arewas' they shall never be trusted and accepted wholly. In Lagos where Biafrans are largely domiciled, they have been publicly asked to leave by the indigenes and were threatened with drowning by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu because they wanted to exercise their right to vote a candidate of their choice in the last governorship poll.

Some got deported by former governor Raji Fashola who is poise to become a member of cabinet in Buhari's government. In Ondo state,the issue is same where the Deji of Akure Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo has banned the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in the state and had the so called Igbo leader flogged by Yoruba youths and his followers chased away from the Oba's palace. The exorbitant rents and taxes imposed on Biafrans all over Yoruba land has caused tension in Ekiti State where Biafrans were forced to pay ten times higher than what was agreed earlier with the state government.

The atrocities against Biafrans in Northern Nigeria are worst and frequent as ever. The unwarranted killings of Biafrans to justify their Islamic faith have continued unabated and have never been investigated. The recurrent bombings in Markets, motor parks and churches in Northern Nigeria have Biafrans as the most casualty and they are left without compensation or rehabilitation. The rate of wickedness against Biafrans is unfathomable especially those hidden from the public. What needs to be done to Biafrans before they realize it is time to locate their roots and find safety? I want to tell Biafrans wherever they are especially those in Oduduwa and Arewa land that the spirit of Biafra is gathering her people and the enemies around them is gearing to cause havoc and inflict pain upon them. They have no excuses to remain permanently in their place of sojourn.

It is time to begin to relocate the bulk of their business and family members to Biafraland which will be more accommodating and secured for them. For those worried about their landed properties, I want to inform them that we are in the year 2015 and not 1970 when Biafran properties were coveted and stolen. Under international law,their properties are secured and shall not be tampered with. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Right Article 17 states: (1) everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrary deprived of his property. I also want to inform Biafrans that Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is exploring every peaceful means of restoring the sovereign state of Biafra as recognized by the United Nations charter on right of indigenous people to self-determination, and should ignore every misinformation emanating from Nigeria mass media about the struggle. Biafrans should also be aware of the lawlessness and crude nature of Nigeria government on the fundamental rights of human and must remain resolute to stand against every subjugation failure to do so will result in a systematic subjugation and extermination of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

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