|Engineer Chukwuemeka Iroanya|
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu read with horror and utter disgust, the garbage vomited by one Sylvester Ude who goes by the name Debe Ojukwu in his interview with Sunnewspapers. Although the first part of this two-part press release is devoted to dismantling and deconstructing the lies spewed out by this man, it is worthy to note that the Ojukwu Family of Umudim-Nnewi, Biafraland, have since dissociated themselves from this Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu who could not pass simple DNA test on his claim of being fathered by Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu, Ikemba of Nnewi. Therefore, Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu is an impostor and a fraud who should look for his real biological father.
Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu started the interview by insinuating that IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a violent movement when he said the following: ”There are many Biafra agitators of which I am one. I am one, but I subscribe to the legal and diplomatic agitation; not the violent agitation.” Even though we do not want to go into what makes Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu to claim that he is a Biafran agitator when he is a card-carrying member of Nigeria’s APC party but we would like to request Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu to provide a single evidence to show that we are violent. Is Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu aware that utterances such as these can land him in jail via a class-action lawsuit? Does this man, who is yet to identify his biological father, know that we have been mowed down by agents of Buhari for simply gathering and praying in a school football field?
To display how disorganized this man’s brain is, he made the following contradictory statements: “We own IPOB . IPOB belongs to us. We formed IPOB. IPOB is not a group. Our group has succeeded in being given observer status at the UN and AU.” Now the question is, who are the “we” that formed and owned IPOB? And which of the last two sentences are correct; that IPOB is not a group or that IPOB is “our group”? In addition, we challenge this Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu to provide any document that supports the claim that Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been given observer status at the UN and AU. It is one thing to make a claim but it is another thing to support or substantiate such claim with documents or evidence.
In one of his lies and misinformation, Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu noted the following: ”If you are agitating, you don’t block the roads. The law of riots and unlawful assembly is very elastic. It gives very wide powers to peace officers. It says when you perceive that an assembly is likely to be riotous, you read the proclamation. When he has made the proclamation, he gives them 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, they can use tear gas first, and after that, if it persists, they can use arms.” We are at loss to read that the football field at Ngwa High School Aba where Nigerian security agents slaughtered Biafrans is now a roadway which Biafrans “blocked.” Secondly, we state categorically that we have never blocked any road whenever we evangelize or peacefully protest because Biafrans are law-abiding, peaceful, and non-violent people. We are also appalled by the support given by Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu on the use of live ammunitions on peaceful protesters. Above all, we challenge Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu to provide or point us to this ”law of riots and unlawful assembly” so that we can see where provisions were made for the use of live ammunitions on peaceful defenceless civilians.
On the ownership of Radio Biafra as well as the leadership of IPOB, Sylvester Ude a.k.a Debe Ojukwu has this to say: “Nnamdi Kanu is not our leader. It is a misconception. The leader of IPOB is Chief Justice Eze Ozobu, the former chief judge of Enugu State. The next in command to him is Dr Dozie Ikedife. Then we have Col Achuzia. We have many people involved in that. It was that body that set up Radio Biafra. Radio Biafra is part and parcel of what we are doing.” This lying Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu forgot to inform his interviewer the year that “his IPOB group“ was formed and the year Radio Biafra was incorporated in London-UK and who are members of the Board of Directors as well as the Editorial Board of Radio Biafra. Perhaps these information would have thrown more lights on who preceded who. In addition, can Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu point to a single event where the people he mentioned as being the leaders of IPOB were publicly given the mantle of leadership by the people of Biafra or by the remnants of the Biafran High Command just like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was bestowed publicly with the leadership of IPOB on May 30th 2014 as evidenced by this Youtube link?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muRIgNynCwQ&feature=youtu.be
In continuation of his lies and deceits, Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu falsely alluded to the existence of factions and crisis within IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by saying the following: “You can say IPOB is factionalized. MASSOB is also part of IPOB. IPOB is for everybody that subscribes to the idea of Biafra.” We hereby state that there is no faction or crisis within IPOB. We have an established structure and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu remains the leader of IPOB. There are no two IPOB’s nor are we known by any other name than Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. In addition, we pursue the restoration of the nation of Biafra in a puritanical and holistic manner. Meaning that we do not just associate with anyone “that subscribes to the idea of Biafra” but we associate with those who pursue Biafra’s restoration in truth and honest and they must be completely removed from Nigerian politics and politicians. No genuine Biafran in IPOB is a card-carrying member of any Nigerian political party like Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu who is a member of APC party and the chief campaigner of Dr. Chris Ngige’s failed political bids.
To finalize his deceits and doublespeak, Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu lied thus: “It is for every Igbo man in every part of Nigeria to come back home, and stay at home. If you have a bag of rice you share it with your neighbour, and we manage. We won’t stay up to one week; there will be negotiations for Biafra.” In the meantime, this man is living cozily in Lagos but is deceiving Igbo-speaking Biafrans to return back to Biafraland. He forgot that the economy of Nigeria runs on crude oil and with the proceeds from crude oil sales, Nigeria can survive for decades via importation of anything the country wants without any input from the Igbo-speaking Biafrans. Secondly, is Sylvester Ude a.k.a Debe Ojukwu discounting Biafrans from non-Igbo speaking areas because his statement (and the interview in general) was directed at only Igbo-speaking Biafrans? Has he forgotten that the last Commander-in-Chief of Biafra is not from Igbo-speaking area of Biafra? So, in the scheme of things in Biafra, what happens to those Biafrans who are not Igbo?
There are so many unanswered questions begging for answers from this fraud called Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu and we shall delve more on his person and his antecedents in the second part of this press release. But for now, we ask Biafrans to disregard anything coming from this fraud called Sylvester Ude a.k.a. Debe Ojukwu.
Barrister Emma Nmezu, Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokespersons for IPOB
Spokespersons for IPOB