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Wednesday 22 May 2019



Another monthly General Executive Meeting of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Obio/Akpor Local Government Area 2, Igweocha in Biafraland, was held on Sunday 19th May 2019. The meeting witnessed an encouraging turnout of both zonal and unit coordinators as well as members of the Area 2 executives.

The secretary of the local government executive who also doubles as the IPOB Igweocha chairman of the Elders Forum, Deacon Sam Izodinma, gave a talk titled: "WHY SOUTH-SOUTH MUST JOIN FORCES WITH IPOB TO RESTORE BIAFRA". He cited compelling instances with the gruesome massacre in Odi community, Bayelsa State during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the gruesome murder of Ken Saro-wiwa and his fellow Ogoni compatriots by late despot, General Sani Abacha and the assassination attempt on the life of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the current Buhari/Jubril led Nigerian government, for daring to speak against the gruelling wave of injustice, servitude and penury their people (Biafrans) were being subjected to by successive Nigerian governments, despite abundant crude oil deposits/blessings amongst others, that God Almighty graciously endowed them with. Deacon Sam Izodinma decried the endless cheating and marginalisation that are increasingly being meted out against Biafrans, in a grossly unworkable federation whereby the crude oil and gas being massively explored and exploited in the so-called South-South region (Biafraland), for the benefit of the entire country while that exploited from the resources of the Northern region, has remained an exclusive reserve/gains of the Hausa-Fulani cabals. He enjoined the South-South to wholesomely synergize with the South-East to fast track the restoration effort of the nation of Biafra as uncompromisingly being driven by the IPOB. Both regions must purposefully unite to make this project a resounding reality, he further stated. Deacon Sam Izodinwa harped on the pauperisation of our people, occasioned by the evils of State-sponsored marginalisation, ethno-religious bigotism, socio-political deprivation, spate of terrorism and death steadily being unleashed on Biafrans without recourse. He reiterated the attached generational consequences if we miss the mark. There presently exists out of desperation, lined up strategies of the Nigerian government aimed at truncating the Biafra restoration struggle but the Igweocha Elders Forum Chairman passionately encouraged all to remain focused and determined, giving assurances that the unfettered freedom and restoration of Biafra and her citizens remain irrevocably certain.

Elder Njoku Ikechukwu Chinonyerem, the Obio/Akpor Area 2 Elders Chairman, in conjunction with the Area 2 Coordinator, Mazi Wisdom Elochukwu Okafor, heartily welcomed the participants who turned up in their numbers. Elder Njoku appreciated the elders who equally graced the occasion and urged them to keep up the spirit.

Mazi Wisdom Elochukwu Okafor (aka Bishop), re-echoing the admonition and demand of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) globally, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, enjoined all to be adequately prepared to help usher in the long anticipated freedom of our people as well as the Biafran nation. He strongly reminded the family members that acts of sabotage and betrayal must never ever go unpunished. The Area 2 coordinator however praised the resoluteness and commitment of the members, encouraging all to remain focused and undeterred.

At this juncture, a presentation of newly acquired set of media equipment and accessories was made by the Area Coordinator, Mazi Wisdom Okafor, through the Area Elders Forum Chairman, Elder Njoku Ikechukwu Chinonyerem to the  Area 2 Media Team, before the House, to enhance news/information gathering. The media equipment/accessories included Tecno Spark 3 Android phone, 10000 capacity Power Bank and 32G Memory Card. Receiving the equipment/accessories on behalf of the media team, Mazi Prince Chinonso expressed joy and thanks for the gesture, assuring that the items will be adequately protected and fully utilized for the purposes they were provided.

Arrangements for the upcoming 30th of May 2019 IPOB globally organized Biafra Heroes and Heroines Remembrance Day, were further streamlined. Members at both unit and zonal levels were encouraged to ensure that this event records anticipated success. On Wednesday 29th of May 2019, being the eve of the main event, all zones within the area, must ensure that they carry out candle light prayer/memorial service for the repose of the souls of our slain freedom champions. Sample of printed flex to be produced by the zones, was also displayed.

Other relevant updates relating to the Biafra restoration project were given whilst all unit and zonal coordinators were encouraged to tenaciously do the needful in their various areas of jurisdiction according to the mandate of the IPOB leadership.

Some notably outstanding elders in the area were duly recognized and appreciated for their respective acts of commitment, discipline, sacrifice and doggedness in the liberation struggle. Those honored were:-

(1) Elder Njoku Ikechukwu Chinonyerem, Area 2 Elders Forum Chairman

(2) Elder Oghenekaro Alfred Edemejaro and wife

(3) Elder Sam Izodinwa, Area 2 Secretary and Chairman, Igweocha Elders Forum Chairman.

They were exceptionally delighted and respectively spoke on the recognition accorded them. They pledged their loyalty and dedication to the Biafra restoration cause. The Area 2 coordinator, Mazi Wisdom Okafor enjoined others to remain resolute, assuring them that all their sacrifices are being noted. Their own season of recognition and appreciation is coming, he maintained.

At this point, one minute silence was observed in honor of all Biafran Heroes and Heroines who nobly laid their lives in love for their people and fatherland.

The presence of Biafran veterans in the meeting was duly acknowledged. The need for them to reach out to many of their colleagues within the local government area was also highlighted.

The meeting gracefully adjourned with a closing prayer amidst pomp and pleasantries.

Peter Oshagwu
Reporting for Family Writers Press International

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