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Thursday, 7 December 2017

BIAFRA: THE DEMAND OF THE PEOPLE CANNOT BE WISHED AWAY

THE DEMAND OF THE PEOPLE CANNOT BE WISHED AWAY

By Ogeh Friday Igiri
For Family Writers Press

The unmistakable Biafran restoration struggle under the able leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has no doubt, gone through stages and processes over the years, which has recently rattled the Nigerian establishment. The civilised world has variously commended the modus operandi so far adopted in realising this set objective which is under the United Nations (UN) code of freedom agitation for the implementation of the rights of the oppressed Indigenous People Groups all over the world.

Uncountable number of sacrifices were made by the Biafran people between 1967 - 1970 which was christened the Biafran / Nigerian civil war in which over 3.5 million Biafran citizens were killed and properties worth millions of US dollars, wantonly destroyed . And up till date, various degrees of sacrifices are yet being made in staying the course. The arrival of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on the scene, tend to correct this state institutionalised anormaly. Dating back to decade of years, Biafrans have steadily been made to suffer varying degrees of marginalisation from the Nigerian governments that were supposedly bound by law to impartially cater for the interest of all.

Millions of Biafrans within the Biafran territory have consistently been subjected to indescribable levels of oppression occasioned by the policies of despotism and tribalism by agents of the government of Nigeria and most ostensibly pronounced under the government of  Muhammadu Buhari. The cost of living for the people is hellish. Peasant farmers, traders /business people and even the working class citizens reel in the same economic quagmire. The story remain the same. The infrastructural development within the entire Biafraland is zero in spite of the indispensable record of facts that the oil proceeds that enrich and sustain Nigeria as a country come from the region.

It is very clear from the foregoing to note that the only panacea of liberation from this slavery, is the fight for unfettered freedom from Nigeria, the costs nonetheless. The efforts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide and lovers of freedom and human dignity are quite commendable and appreciated. Biafrans, in the face of damning dangers of death and destruction, have demonstrated variously to the world, that their primary desire and demand are their freedom and independence. They have severally displayed high standard of civility, discipline and maturity in their protests both within and outside Biafraland, even against provocative and dangerous treatments from the Nigerian combined security operatives, in the course of their entitled civil dissent against unjust government policies.

Biafrans therefore, are unequivocally demanding that a referendum be organized for them forthwith, to enable them determine their future and that of their upcoming generations in the contrapted enclave called Nigeria. It is a democratic right enshrined in civilised laws across the world. There is absolutely no other better time for it than now, forever therein lies the solution to the many ills that have bedevilled not just only Nigeria but also Africa by extension.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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