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Friday 12 July 2019



The truth and what is being witnessed today, form the basis of our fate and challenges that Biafrans daily encounter as a people. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) globally, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu composed our mind, for the preparation for the demand of our freedom. He said in one of his broadcasts that, "they will kill us, jail us and we will pass through all manner of inhuman treatments, but at the end, Biafra will come." With the above statement, Biafrans got prepared and learnt how to accept blows without retaliation, endure the pains of torture, the ordeals of jail and the pangs of death.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it all; lamented over Islamisation/Fulanisation and Northernisation earlier in 2014 and 2015 respectively but people did not care to listen, unknown to them that Fulani oligarchy's "Fulanisation/islamistation agenda" remain a determined project. RUGA is nothing compared to what they have in store. Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu, the courageous and dependable leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the man that sees tomorrow, saw this brewing mayhem earlier and called for a stop to it, but One-Nigerianists (even amongst Igbo elites), called him all kinds of names, jailed, tortured, maimed, and killed quite a number of IPOB family members. Instead, our people, the so-called elites regarded him as one who had the intent to destabilize Nigeria. Unknown to them, the Fulanis or Northern Islamists have an evil agenda. They are just looking for any slightest opportunity to establish those plans. RUGA that has recently been advocated, is nothing compared to the plan they have on ground. But they are just unleashing their plans in stages, because for them, it is a cause that must be achieved.

While in prison custody, people called his activities unwise and untimely, criticising his works and ideas. Some failed to study him constructively with genuine goodwill so as to be able to get an answer from him in reasonable terms. While some, instead of fighting the common enemy/evil, were exploiting the opportunities IPOB created to make money from the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy. They engaged the ill-gotten money in fighting IPOB; through creating divisions among the members, bribing the gullible to cause trouble in the name of IPOB, paying police, hired killers to kill innocent IPOB members, arrest, and shoot them even in the churches and on praying grounds. Tortures from different detention facilities were meted on the IPOB leader himself, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Mazi Chidiebere Onwudiwe's testimony at the Federal high court Abuja, is yet another example of such cruelty. People were equally paid by the Fulani oligarchy to raise false alarms against IPOB, accusing her of spates of murder and torture without concrete evidences. All these amongst others were what IPOB passed through and has remained formidable and resolute till date, because the sanctity of Biafra restoration is incorruptible.

Nigerian Fulanis have surrounded Biafraland and want to unleash another round of genocide against the people as endangered human species. Biafrans are being killed in their numbers, prompting them to resort to acts of civil disobedience, boycotting elections and withdrawing from economic activities through Sit-At-Home. These non-violent strategies were adopted to force the International Community to do the needful.

Biafrans no doubt, owe Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for unreservedly sacrificing in the struggle to free Biafra from a corrupt, murderous Fulani controlled shitholic contraption called Nigeria in the African continent. His contributions to Biafra freedom did not end with his confinement in Kuje prison cell. He is now spending his life in exile, further making priceless contributions for the total emancipation of his people and that of the continent of Africa. To realize this task, he is presently on diplomatic voyage across the globe and has also embarked on townhall meetings with Biafrans in the diaspora. His recent meeting with an Ambazonian, a Southern Cameroonian freedom fighter and Omoyele Sowore in New York, United States of America, equally recorded big boosts. Preparation for the next level of the struggle is on top gear. In a rather quiet, unassuming way, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been a giant in freedom fighting in modern history, based on his intelligent and highly enlightened approach for the freedom of his people.

And they are many like him whose lives were torn asunder while standing for their right to be treated as human beings, treated as equals to those who assumed superiority over them. Nothing can be said without mentioning the deputy leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Alphonsus Uche Okafor-Mefor, a man with impeccable character, members of the Directorate of State (DOS), Continental Representatives, Family Writers Press International (FWPI) journalists, amongst others. Many of these people will have their names engraved on tablets of stone. There is hope that in the act of remembering a few, many whose names are silent, working underground for this effect must also be accorded remembrance. IPOB leadership has wisely set apart every 30th of May annually for the commemoration of Biafra fallen Heroes and Heroines.

There exists is a unique honour in fighting for freedom, justice, equality and rights. The sacrifice in the fight for freedom and the struggle for dignity against oppressive regimes must be remembered. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other freedom fighters most certainly, should be honoured by history.

Biafra long drawn struggle to free herself from the contraption called Nigeria has been a saga of valour. The miseries and sufferings of those who fought for the freedom of their motherland form a glorious part of the story. The IPOB leader,  Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Radio Biafra London, just like Martin Luther King Jnr. and Mahatma Ghandi, started just like a voice in the wilderness. The fight is not merely for political rights, but for freedom from oppression and the oppressor.

The supreme sacrifice and selfless spirit of Biafran freedom fighters have carved out a niche in the annals of history. The United Nations, Africa Union, European Union, United States of America and other world corporate organisations should look into this very case of Biafra. Nigeria is supposed to be disintegrated into four different nations or three, just like the Soviet Union. This is because of oppressions, injustices, lawlessness and all kinds of atrocities committed against humanity in the name  of keeping Nigeria one. The criminal food blockade during the Biafra/Nigeria war and the prevalent denial of rights are evidential.

There is no doubt that laws and decrees are potent strategies by the power that be in Nigeria and her leadership, aimed at consolidating their ill will for self-enrichment and that of their future generations. This is the evil that obtains in African countries, more especially in Nigeria. The law is made only for the common man that cannot be protected against the rich. Among most countries of the world, Nigeria has immunity to the law for State Governors, Senators, businessmen and other high ranking officers and government executives including the President. Money is immunity to the law and that is the reason why most young people want to make money by all means even when they travel overseas. They commit  much crimes just to join the bandwagon. The capitalist politicians and Fulani oligarchy have influenced every parastatal in Nigeria.

Even the educational system and corporate broadcast media networks do not teach or educate Nigerians about any of those great American, African and European historical figures or pro-labor economists who derived dignity from labor. They have institutionalized public school curriculum, teaching the children to go into politics ostensibly to amass wealth, legitimizing Niger Delta oil and politics so that the children do not question the inherent purpose or legitimacy. They only believe that even if they cannot get instant employment, they can join politics so as to cut their own national cake or become fraudsters.

They have legitimized quick money syndrome, glamorizing the Nigeria economic/political scam of freeloading stockholders and reducing their own place in the workforce to lower economic ranks. Pubic education is commendable but the corporate-religious Islamic Northerners are in control of education system and media, brainwashing Nigerian children. Nobody knows why history was removed from students scheme of work and social studies was introduced just to legitimise politics and free Labour.

What would anyone expect than an unprecedented breed and growth of corruption that beats human imagination. What makes some countries such less corrupt is that the institutions which are established to checkmate and combat corruption, are very active and co-ordinated. Such institutions include the Police, the C.I.A., the Military, the K.G.B., the Scotland Yard, Interpol, MOSSAD, the Judiciary and the Media. These institutions operate in the Western World with no respect to anybody. Even the President of the United States of America, the most powerful man and richest country in the world can be made to appear in court charged with breaking of the law. Those in highest authorities or high ranked government officials are as liable as any other citizen.

In Nigeria, the politicians made the laws to protect themselves and they succeeded because they corrupted all the vital and relevant institutions including the judiciary and the Media. The judiciary which is the last hope has become illusive as even the Supreme Court has become openly Supreme injustice and an epitome of shameless fraud in the words of A. N. Ebizie. According to Abraham Lincoln, no nation can survive half slavement and half freedom and that is the state of the Nigerian nation. Biafrans' quest for freedom is in line with John Bunyan's words which says, "I will rather stay in jail to the end of my days before I make butchery of my conscience."

Most members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) prefer to suffer or die in the process out of the lawless one Nigeria than to live in a horrible condition such an entity offers. Such a country is injustice, inequality and death personified. According to the former American President, Thomas Jefferson, "we hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal". Going by this cited assertion, Nigeria is a place where some are born to rule (free born) while others are slaves or better still, born to serve. Laws can be just when it favours everyone impartially, and unjust when it does not favour a particular group of people at the same time.

One has moral responsibility to obey just laws and also a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws (no need of complaining when people apply civil disobedience as a means of agitation). St. Augustine said, "unjust laws are no laws at all". The Nigerian Constitution was created just to favour a particular region and religion. Such a law is totally unjust and must be rejected. Many people have argued about this very Constitution. Some have called for it to be reviewed, while others have kicked against such a proposal, especially the Nothern elites with reasons best known to them. In that very fact, Martin Luther King Jnr. once wrote that "a law may be just on it's facial value and unjust on it's application". Such unjust law, just as you can find in the Nigerian society as stipulated above is a human law in the words of the medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas, which rightly states that "an unjust law is a human law which is not rooted in natural law".

The evidence and the level of injustices in Nigeria were clearly played out during and after the Biafran/Nigerian war (1967-1970). Example is the fake assertion of "no victor, no vanquished" by the then military leader of Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon. Events since the end of that war, show that the Northerners have rated the Eastern part of Nigeria (Biafraland) as the vanquished or conquered territory. Secondly, each Biafran adult male survivor was given £20 pounds by the then Minister of Finance, late Obafemi Awolowo, to survive on, no matter the amount you had in the Bank before the war commenced. Another fact is the three R policy of Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, which never saw the light of the day.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) family members have variously been detained in different prison facilities across Nigeria. Many were gruesomely killed with live butlets by the personnel of the Nigerian armed forces. A good number of them were tortured to death. All the evidences confirming these atrocious acts are yet intact. The International community should work with these evidential proofs tabled before them. In a non-violent struggle, there are basic steps to ascertain whether injustice and lawlessness that brought about the agitation actually exists. First is collection of facts determining such claims and secondly, direct actions like United Nations organised rereferendum. This is the only peaceful alternative that will determine whether injustice really exists and if the people are prepared to vote to determine their future.

Written by Peter Nonso Ikeh
Editor,  Family Writers Press International

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