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Monday, 7 September 2020

Enugu Killings: Cause Of IPOB's Dragon Flag Defence Mechanism

Enugu Killings: Cause Of IPOB's Dragon Flag Defence Mechanism


The callous crudity and consistent senselessness with which the Nigerian military operations have been killing peaceful, armless Biafra citizens over the years, have successfully prompted the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to dutifully activate it's inalienable defence  mechanism in response. It is important for the organized International Community to understand what actually propelled Biafrans into the instantaneous adoption of self-defence as announced by the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, few weeks ago.

The world should fully understand that the raising of the IPOB's dragon flag on Sunday 23rd August 2020 therefore has become essentially necessary considering the high rate of the Nigerian government's impunity against peaceful Biafran agitators. These are people whose only objective is the demand for political independence of the Biafran region from the Nigerian federation. Recall that the Nigerian government has vehemently and against every civilized approach, refused to engage IPOB on dialogue over the just demand forBiafra Referendum and the sovereignty of the nation of Biafra but has instead, resorted to state sponsorship of violence against the people as a means of cowing them into abandoning the struggle.

The Emene - Enugu massacre of Sunday 23rd August 2020,  marks therefore, the 5th anniversary of systematic, well coordinated and targeted massacre of defenseless, unarmed and non-rifle bearing citizens of the old Eastern Nigeria presently known as the people of Biafra particularly those of Igbo extraction. The Emene massacre brings to at least, fifteen (15) of such act of cruelty in at least, eight (8) different occasions since August 2015 due to IPOB peaceful assembly and prayer meetings, totally free from any known form of associated violence or breach of public peace.

Such occasions of state-sponsored terror and mayhem are:

* The massacres at Onitsha, Enugu, Yenegoa, Uyo, Port Harcourt and Asaba, on the 30th of August 2015. Forty (40) deaths were recorded.

* Onitsha, on the 2nd and 17th of December 2015. Thirty (30) deaths were recorded.

* Aba, on the 18th and 29th of January and 19th of February 2016. Forty (40) deaths were recorded.

* Onitsha (Nkpor) and Asaba massacre on the 29th and 30th of May 2016. Forty (40) deaths were recorded.

* Port Harcourt massacre during President Donald Trump's IPOB organized peaceful rally on the 20th of January 2017. Twenty (20) deaths were recorded.

* Ogwe, Aba, Isiala-Ngwa and Umuahia massacre on the 11th to 14th of September 2017. One hundred and eighty (180) Biafrans were gruesomely massacred.

* Oraifite (State terrorism) took place on the 2nd of December 2019. Four (4) deaths were recorded with assassination attempt on the life of IPOB legal counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, although he escaped.

* And of course, the Emene - Enugu massacre of Sunday 23rd August 2020. Over twenty (20) deaths amongst other thirty (30) deaths were respectively recorded.

Summing up all the figures, gives a total of over five hundred (500) deaths of defenseless citizens murdered in cold blood with over five hundred and fifty (550) others fatally wounded. Both the dead and injured are all family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Their only crime against the self-acclaimed "democratic Nigeria" was their demand for political independence which remains an inalienable right of indigenous peoples globally, under the United Nations charter of which Nigeria is a signatory. These were agitations Biafrans carried out peacefully without any record of violence, arms bearing or disruption of public peace.

Considering the array of consistent senseless killing of innocent Biafrans, the International Community as a matter of conscience and recourse to the law, should not in anyway, apportion blames on IPOB when the results of it's laxity start rolling in due to the raising of the dragon flag for self-defence. The world should not be deceived in a hurry by the Nigerian government when IPOB Volunteer Forces will be tagged "Igbo militants" or whatever, operating in the Eastern part of Nigeria. Igbos do not have militants operating in the region but resolute Biafran agitators whose defensive actions are being fueled by the cruel treatments of the Nigerian government.

These Biafrans got transformed into invisible and impregnable dragons for the purposes of survival. With the present development in Nigeria over the Biafra agitation which has suffered lots of defeaning silence from the leadership of the International Community on the mindless and unprovoked killings of armless Biafran citizens by the Nigerian state, is yet another call for action. The world should expeditiously encourage the Nigerian government to allow Biafrans to go in peace now before the situation degenerates any further.

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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