Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Remember him? In the sixties when many Igbos living in the Northern parts of Nigeria were slaughtered in thousands by the Hausas and driven back to their place of origin, Igboland, this Oxford trained historian and a Colonel in the then Nigerian Army who was the governor of Eastern Region declared the whole of that region, Republic Of Biafra.
Nigerian government considered that republic illegal and vowed to use police action to crush the secession within twenty four hours. But it was not as easy. What followed next was a 30 month internecine war between Nigeria and the newly created republic. Conservative estimates put the number of Igbos killed during the outbreak of that hostilities as over three million.
With the defeat of Biafra, Col. Ojukwu went into exile to Ivory Coast only to return during the civilian administration of Shehu Shagari and was granted full pardon. Since then, he has rejoined the political community of Nigeria. But today, the man who wedged a tough war against Nigeria with little or no ammunition, is talking tough again. He takes another look at that war, what future holds in store for Nigeria, a report card on the present Obasanjo administration, etc.
In what may be considered a journalistic scoop, McLord Obioha, Editor of The Nigerian, met with Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu while he was in the United States to witness the birth of his third child, a son, Nwachukwu Ojukwu, by his wife, Bianca. This interview is as probing as it is explosive. Excerpts:
As a man who led Igbos following the creation of Biafra, perhaps, there is no better person to ask this question: Is the plight of Igbos better today than some thirty years ago?
OJUKWU: Well, there is no doubt in my mind that Igbos are the most marginalized people in the entire Nigerian complex. But before I go into it, I want to take this rare opportunity to give my best wishes to your teaming number of readers. I am particularly happy to have this opportunity to exchange views with them and I want to also stress the fact that we at home look very forward to them for leadership and leadership ideas. Now, it has to be stated as a matter of fact that Ndi Igbo after the civil war despite the proclamation of “No Victor, No Vanquished”, have been treated from the end of that war to the present day as a vanquished people. The Igbos are still not in Nigeria … no restitution for their goods vandalized or appropriated wrongly by those who fought on the Nigerian side. Ndi Igbo are still suffering the ravages caused to their internal economy by the heartlessness of Nigerian leaders. These are certain things that I will be taking up as we go along. Ndi Igbo were publicly told to bring, no matter what they had in the banks and then at the end of the transition, we were only given twenty pounds in return. There can be no worst assault on their right as human beings and citizens of a country than that. These things were done perhaps, sort of in the euphoria of sort … of supposed victory by the Nigerian troops! But it has to be decided whether we are full citizens of Nigeria or not. There is no way you can justify a situation not even as in great wars to have a people deprived of what clearly was their own. As the Jews today are being given their money back and their paintings back and so on, let me make it very plain and even put it forward as a warning to Nigeria that before there can be absolute peace, there must be a requisite restitution. No Igbo man can live fully in Nigeria as a disabled.
Why is the glass ceiling still holding sway in One Nigeria of today?
OJUKWU: It is very simple. You don’t blame the Igbo man for not rising to high level. It is the ceiling that makes sure that no Igbo man rises to a high level. We have not over the years won any political power. We haven’t got in a good lien on political power and it is… an Igbo… conspiracy of the war that persists long after that war is over. Sooner or later, it should be a political objective to dismantle the conspiracy that fought the war. Remember that this new government is so very much symbolic of that conspiracy. There is the minister of defense, Danjuma, there is the head of state himself, Obasanjo, and elsewhere within. It is still the same group that fought against Ndi Igbo. Now, very soon Nigeria has to decide whether there will be peace and for that, even in Kosovo there was a peace conference and I think very soon it has to be decided either a Nigeria peace conference, a national conference or a conference where the rest of the country and Ndi Igbo will reassess the peace coming from the end of the war.
Other tribes in Nigeria ridicule Igbos for not having a leader. Do Igbos have a leader?
OJUKWU:The funny thing about Igbos not having leaders is that the only people actually who said that with effect are the Igbos. Every Hausa man knows who the true lgbo leader is. Every Yoruba man knows. It is the Igbos rejecting leadership that is the issue and sooner or later we have to face the fact that we can’t really move forward without leadership. I look forward to the time when with open arms and hearts, the Igbos will embarrass their leadership. As I said sometime ago, as far as I am concerned… because when I say these things, people imagine I have vested interest in it. I haven’t. At 65, two things have to be very clear. I have run my race. I have my baton in my hand, it is a relay, I am waiting for somebody to take the baton from me. The other thing is that I still find it quite, quite incongruous, and I don’t know how to explain how I
will if l suddenly one day aspires to be president of Nigeria after being Head of State of Biafra. It is incongruous and then in fact it is almost part of the problem with Ndi Igbo. We like to have it both ways. We like to have our bread buttered both sides. It is what I call the Mbekwu syndrome. This idea that no matter the circumstance, we must hang on a little bit to one side. Now you’re probably wondering what I mean by the Mbekwu syndrome. I have always said when our people, somehow finally reflect like all other people are now, the hero of their mythology then …When you look at the Hausa’s who always proclaim the prowess of the Jackal, omnivorous and so on, and the Yorubas, their partners who always proclaim the prowess of the hunter, but don’t forget that the Yoruba hunter is a Trappist, then you will understand it clearly. They set the trap, they withdraw and when the trap has caught, they come back and take the prey. Finally, our experience with these two groups and others elsewhere tend to underline the fact that people usually act in accordance with the qualities of their mythology. Now you ask yourself, why do we choose the tortoise as ours, the tortoise will never confront, ends up eventually victorious either by stealth or cunning. At the end of the day, he has won and if he doesn’t even win, he will persuade you that he has won. And somehow in this modern day, it appears that the Igbos are moving towards that direction. I think politics of today deserves a better approach, a more forthright approach.
What really are the problem of Igbos?
OJUKWU: I think the problem of Igbos is 50/50. It is about leadership as well as followership. The leadership fails mainly because of the followership and of course the followership due to confusion of the leadership. The problem I have said always is that within the ranks of the Igboland, those who should be given leadership of Ndi Igbo they themselves are in conflict. We have not,you see, cleared our minds and we should do that very quickly as to our true positions… whether we are Ndi Igbo or whether primarily we are Nigerians. These are the problems.
Do you think that there are something that Igbos abroad can do to arrest these problems especially their so called marginalization in Nigeria?
OJUKWU: Well, the first thing as I have said they really need do is to forge a national identity and get them all working together. I believe actually that there should be no dichotomy between the Igbos abroad and the ones at home. I look to the Igbos abroad as our window to the world. I look upon them as those most likely to produce the next leadership. I look upon them because actually by our history, leadership has never emerged at home. It emerges from outside and then takes the leadership at home. So I keep on urging our people abroad to stop their inferiority complex. At 33, I was making earth moving statements and taking positions. A lot of them are in their 50 …a lot of them are certainly 40s. Now if they don’t make their marks today, when are they ever going to make it? So when they say to me that oh, they’re waiting for the people at home to give leadership, I laugh. I say this is avoidance of your duty because at your age, you should be giving leadership.
How do you assess Obasanjo’s regime?
OJUKWU: How can I assess it? I can’t assess it yet because I haven’t even lived under one single day of his governance. I have heard a lot about what he has done and what he hasn’t done in particular. I have heard one occasion to applaud in a certain way his retirement of certain officers. Personally, I think it was a good thing, but I have my fears. My fears derive from the fact that we are now running a democratic government and there is no way you can sidestep the institution of consultation. I don’t know whom he consulted or when the decision was taken. You see there is this talk, this appearance that even though a civilian government is in place, it is running in a military fashion. There are no decrees anymore, but when have these things been debated in the legislature only for him to take unilateral decisions? Of course today, Nigerians are applauding, clapping and clapping and all that, but we are falling back into the same trap. We are either democratic or we are not. My view is that we must proceed immediately to democratize all our practices and even our language. People do not say to you in a democracy “Until further notice,” “With immediate effect” and things like that. These are things we have to look into.
During the last Nigerian election, a prominent Yoruba professor in Lagos said and I quote, “The Yorubas can vote either way, because it is our time,” what do you think of that statement?
OJUKWU: These outbursts actually have no great significance. The important thing is that the Yorubas have demonstrated the subtleties of their politics. They have moved from being number one enemy, rebel and everything straight into the State house and that is a measure of their astuteness in politics. It will do us good to accept, one, that we have been defeated, two, that the Yorubas are better at handling their own politics, because once you have agreed that way, then you can start learning from them instead of what we are doing … pretending that there was No victor. No no, no, we have been taught that they have found a mental lesson of politics.
So you are saying that the Igbos have been defeated?
OJUKWU: Yes… in politics, yes…
As an Igbo leader, how do you feel about it?
OJUKWU: I feel terrible.
Now is there a plan out there for Babangida to succeed Obasanjo after all? Who else do you think is in offing to take over?
OJUKWU: I don’t know how we keep on building bogies and after sometime we allow the boogies to whip us. I don’t know. Babangida has not told me anything. Why don’t people put it down and say, is there not a plan that Ojukwu or is there not a plan that Okafor will take over? Why do we think, even with our frame of mind as a defeated people, people with no right we should be thinking positively. Now, why don’t we sit down and decide that the next president of Nigeria will be an Igbo man and work for it? Four years campaigning…why not… nobody tells you not to campaign. Or would like to see that type of positiveness in thinking.
Major Abubakar Umar, former governor of Kaduna State said that it would be too uncomfortable for majority of Nigerians to accept an Igbo as president 30 years after that internecine war. What do you think about that kind of statement?
OJUKWU: Yes. Yes. He is my very good friend. In fact, I must confess that at a certain stage, I invited him to join the PDC. He is a good friend. He is forthright. But when he of course reflects his own antecedence, he will accept in fairness, perhaps, he will consider that arrogance and all what not. I don’t spend much time considering what others particularly on the other side say to great Ndi Igbo.
Do you think that the former military officers should be probed?
OJUKWU: Former military officers?
Yes. Those who have held government offices all these time and stalled democracy?
OJUKWU: Let me put it this way. I think that everybody who display unexplained wealth should be probed. That is an important issue. Not because you wore khaki or anything. No. If I see you today driving a Rolls Royce and I know it’s a brand new one, then I should ask you where you got it from. Now, you should show me how it reflects the tax you have been paying and your salary. Simple.
If you take a reflection of Biafra now, what would it have been like if it had succeeded?
OJUKWU: On one word, if we had succeeded, by now, we would have been like Taiwan. Taiwan of that geographic area.
Do you think that world powers knew this and did not want that to happen?
OJUKWU: I don’t care what they knew and did not know. The real point is, and we have to always look into it…you are the architect of your own fortune or misfortune. Don’t keep on looking for bogies all around when the whole purpose of this is actually to defy world reaction or opinion. It’s that simple.
It has been reported that you said if you had to do it all over again, you will … I mean another Biafra… for the sake of Igbo tribe which you said is being marginalized?
OJUKWU: I have always said to people that I am not only Igbo, I am Igbogburugburuigbo. I am the core of the Igbo race. Igbogburugburuigbo. Complete Igbo. That’s what I am and I make no bones about it. You see, my problem is that I accept that this is what I am. I don’t stop anybody from being anything for his own people but I want everybody to know that when you sit around the table with me, the first thing I will look for is Igbo interest. That is my duty and I am very proud of it.
So if it means fighting again, you will take up arms and defend the interest of Igbo race?
OJUKWU: I am now an old man. I don’t know the type of fight I will sort of carry out now. But if the interest is the word fight, yes, I will…
There were some Igbo children who were taken to Gabon at the height of the civil war, do you have anything to tell us about them.? Do you have any idea what happened to them?
OJUKWU: Some were returned to Nigeria, but from Gabon, quite a lot went to France. Those in the Ivory Coast were returned to Nigeria. To help their identity, I gave everyone that went from Gabon as a middle name, my own name, so you will find people who have Agnes Ojukwu or something else and so on and so forth. I said it was a little way of getting some form of identity. The other thing is that if you remember since the end of the war we have not as Ndi Igbo had the authority of government … If we had, we would do what a good government should be doing for its citizens. I deplore the fact actually that after the peace has been established, Nigeria as an entity has not found it necessary to set up a committee and investigate and try and get these children back because … What I did during the war was justified by the situation of a war. And I did the best I could as a government to save future generation. Well, a new government has taken over, they still have the same duty to our citizen. I believe they should have done it and whenever they decide to do it, I will give them total support in finding our children wherever they may be.
As a follow up to that question, why is there no war memorial for the Nigerian-Biafran war?
OJUKWU: I don t know, I don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know what has happened to the Igbo conscience. I don’t know why we are so afraid of our shadows.
What about the Nigerian government?
OJUKWU: It is not for the Nigerian government to immortalize those they claim to have defeated, it is for us Ndi Igbo to immortalize our heroes, those who died so that we would live. Nobody has ever said we should not mourn our dead. Nobody has said we should not immortalize our perished heroes. It is up to us. It is a duty we have, And as far as I am concerned, actually, call it superstitious … but Igbo tradition says we will never see good until we have led them to rest in eternal peace. Perhaps whatever we are suffering today is as a result of that… I don’t know. But I think it is a duty and a debt we all have to pay.
You wrote a book, “Because I was Involved” but many still believe you have not given the full account of your role from the sixties to the present. Is that the book you wanted to write? When are you going to write that long awaited book?
OJUKWU: I don’t know whoever employed me to write books. I write whatever I want to write. Whoever wants another book better sit on his posterior and write his own book. I will write a book when I feel like writing a book. I will write certain thing down for posterity, so that our children’s children will know as much as possible what actually happened from my level about the crisis and trauma which we are all still suffering now. Let nobody push me. Has Gowon written any book? The sooner he learns how to write and writes a book, the better…
At the dying days of Abacha regime, there were speculations that you were very close to him. Can you explain that?
OJUKWU: I was not close to him. He was in Abuja, I was in Enugu so I couldn’t have been close to him that way. Abacha became Ojukwu’s friend more so when everybody was running away from Abacha. When he was alive, I was not preeminent as his friend. You try and think back, we know those who were his friend, but I must say that as a person, Abacha treated me fairly. I have a certain friendship towards him. The very first of a public nature which he took in my favor was at the death of my erstwhile host, the president of Ivory Coast. He took me in good favor and took me as a member of his delegation to his funeral. And that was magnanimous. I went with him and ever since, at least he granted me access. Babangida granted me a certain level of access, but it was very studied and it was a question of army days, then towards the end of his regime that I saw him two or three times. But from day one, Abacha granted me access and that’s it. So I don t really know what happened at the last day of his life. I don’t know.
So what’s the difference?
OJUKWU: What difference?
The difference between access with Abacha or is it Espirit de Corp access or relationship with Babangida?
OJUKWU: Well, I don’t know. People are different. People are very different Don’t forget, because I don’t want to be misunderstood, Babangida after all released my late father’s property. And he saw to it that he did it before he steps out of power. So he did show a certain “at least” level of compassion if nothing else.
Speaking of property, what do you think about Abandoned property…?
OJUKWU: What can I think … What can I think? When it’s bad it’s bad, it is thoroughly bad. Actually, a lot of the leaders on the other side in Nigeria do not understand. As I said to them in my speech about reconciliation, that we have now formed a habit. On every Sunday, certainly I will think every Igbo man who is worthy anything… every Igbo man will take his son and go around pointing every house belonging to their father and explaining to them that this was taken by force. What does that do? It creates a reservoir of bitterness. If you really believe in Nigeria, if you really believe in peace, it does not matter what amount of money you spent to solve certain problems. What is money for after all? We can do it. You can give to people a certain amount that their properties are worth. As I said, we knew how much money each person took to the bank. You can start by paying them their proper equivalent, and that’s it. That’s the way it is done.
Do you think there may be another Biafra?
OJUKWU: I don’t go that way in my thought because Biafra is most a conscious plan as such. Circumstances created Biafra. And the way I look at it, those circumstances are not present as at now, but I am warning that if we are not careful, the circumstances will reappear. That means it is a warning and it is not that one sits down to say, oh, we want to do … And the other thing I want to point out is this, a lot will depend on the accommodation Nigeria gives. Certainly, if we go ahead without restructuring the federation, chances are that there will be another Biafra. It is the restructuring of the federation that will decide. If we have a federation, we should all agree on what type of federation. We should agree… what are the federating units. We should agree what are their powers. What are the general powers and what are the residual powers and where do they reside? These are the things we have to clear. How much autonomy do we get? We would not fight just for a name as such. No. The important thing is what do we get in this situation and how do we live in it.
Do you have any regrets in life?
OJUKWU: Oh yes. I have a lot I have a regret that I am 65 today. I will want today to be 35. Because what I will do for the rest of my life, I really need a lot of time to do it.
What do you consider as your greatest achievement apart from being the leader of Igbos?
OJUKWU: My greatest achievement is very simple. As far as I am concerned, it is the establishment of Igbo identity. Nothing makes me more proud than to listen to our former enemies even when they are referring to us as Ndi Igbo. That is fabulous.
Do you think Hausas are still controlling the affairs of the the nation today?
OJUKWU: Well I don’t know. I don’t know. I am waiting to see the evolution of Obasanjo’ regime. His government that is. Quite a lot of them in the positions but lets wait and see.
How much time do you think we should give for the restructuring of Nigeria?
OJUKWU: Well, it should have been done ten years ago. It is not a question of we should give … Nothing comes that way. We should be pressing for it before this interview, so that if we start off immediately and continue pressing for it, we hope that it will come in the course of the life of this government. Because actually, the Yorubas also agree that there should be a restructuring and when you look at problems in the Delta region there is evidence that there should be some restructuring to accommodate all these people.
When you take your mind back to the Ahiara Declaration in Biafra; what do you think about that speech now? Was that speech helpful to the Biafran cause…? If it did, how, and if not, why not?
OJUKWU: In Ahiara declaration, you will find my fundamental beliefs. The problem is that a lot of people don’t like to accept certain things. We will applaud a number of certain movements all over but I better warn that those we applaud in other countries have not enunciated any form of ideology to the level of the Ahiara Declaration. In fact, I would like instead of writing about Obollo Eke, Obollo Afo … and nobody is really in the movement of the battlefield… but I would like to look again at Ahiara and review it in the context of Nigeria because those things I want for the Biafran people is what we should have for the Nigeria that accommodates us.
Where are all those Biafran scientists who worked for Biafra? Why is Nigeria not using them? I mean those people who worked in Research and Production, (RAP) in Biafra?
OJUKWU: They are all there. Nigeria doesn’t want to use them. They are there in Nigeria. You see, we are justly proud of our scientist and what they did, but I am particularly proud that they were able to do it under my guidance. And the reason they were able to do it, they will tell you, is that I gave them absolute recognition. You see, a slave cannot make all these developments for you. You don’t expect them to build all these rockets, etc. when in effect they are doing it for the folks that tried to hold them down. In Biafra, I left it completely open, whatever you can produce, bring it. And the great thing was that even when I am sitting in a council meeting … a cabinet meeting … a note would come to me and say this has been done. I will just say to the council, this is what I felt. I must go and inspect and give honor to whom it is due. I was in a council meeting when I was told Biafra has developed a rocket. I was flabbergasted. I stepped out of the meeting and I was told a demonstration has been set up for me within the vast gardens of the State house. And it is funny, because when I stepped out from one end of the garden, this thing was fired. It took off and landed just by the other end of the garden. So we’ve solved the question of proportion. I was so very proud of our people. I must tell you that
before the end of the war, Biafran rockets were moving and homing unto their targets at six and half mile distance.
Why then do you think Biafra lost?
OJUKWU: We lost Biafra because we did not have the wherewithal to sustain it, that’s all.
As a respected officer, how do you think we can stop coups in Nigeria?
OJUKWU: Very simple. Remove the profit elements from coup making. That is the key! Nobody makes a coup in Nigeria to better Nigeria for policy or ideological reasons. No, it is to get their hands at the treasury and therefore all you need do, is make coup unprofitable. Anybody who has taken part always remember that it is a crime to act outside the constitution of the land, so it is high risk. Remove the statute of limitations on that issue. Whenever, as Ndi Igbo say, you take a child’s doll and put up your hands, sooner or later, your hands will start aching and you will put it down. The same way goes for coups. It doesn’t matter how long they stay in power, they will one day relax and pull out. Whenever they do, every member of that junta should be personally responsible for what he did whilst he was illegally in power. And all those who went to prison will sue. All those who were wronged for whatever it is, will take action. The other thing of course is the loot which is the attractive thing. We need to keep an eagle eye around the republic and any expenditure, any lifestyles that cannot be justified within the rules and regulations of Nigeria should be questioned. This is where you change the law a bit on this matter. Once you have been suspected of corruption, the government should immediately impose a seizure of your goods and you will be considered culpable unless you can prove your innocence. So when I see you spending so much money I’ll ask you, you can even say to me, Aha!, don’t you know that I have a tree in my house that have as leaves as Naira notes … in 50s. It is not wrong, the point is come and show me that tree. If indeed I see the tree in your house, you are not at fault. The only thing is that I will declare the tree a national property. But beyond that, you haven’t done anything bad. But If I get to your house and you cannot show me the tree, so you are in trouble.
Thank You for the interview.
OJUKWU: You’re welcome.
Fulani Terrorists Continues Their Genocidal Massacre In Ebonyi
Again, Fulani Terror herdsmen sponsored, armed, and guarded by Nigeria Fulani-led federal government has continued their genocidal massacre of Biafrans in Ebonyi.
According to a viral video online, a reporter can be heard saying that the Fulani Terrorists are not relenting in the quest to kill everyone in Ebonyi state.
This is about the 4th time in the last 6 months that Fulani terrorists have gone on the large-scale slaughter of Ebonyi people.
He called on Eastern Security Network(ESN) to come to the aid of the Ebonyi people. ESN was formed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to safeguard Biafrans against marauding Fulani terrorists.
This is the reason why we need #ESN.
Anybody on Uniform in Biafraland is a terrorist. pic.twitter.com/P9l7mfD9Ec
— IPOB FINEST 20K HANDS (@20kIpob) June 7, 2021
However, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has been against the formation of ESN and has been working assiduously to eliminate ESN personnel from Ebonyi instead of supporting them.
This led to the creation of the Ebubeagu Security Network to fight the ESN in Ebonyi and other Eastern states. Ebubeagu has never and does not have the capacity to confront Fulani Terror Herdsmen wielding automatic assault rifles given to them by the Nigerian government.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s Speech At Mississippi, USA..
“What I will say here today may come as a surprise to many of you. For those that I will rub the wrong way, I apologize in advance.
However, “NDIGBO si na owu onye nke mmadu na ghu ya ahu na agbata ukwu”. If I fail to say the truth about the existential challenges that we face today in our country Nigeria, and how we believe we should face them, then I would not be true to myself and to you who sent me to represent you in the red chamber.
From the Past to Today.
We can situate our position today following the end of the civil war in 1970. Igbo’s in 1970 were impoverished having lost an estimated 3m Igbo souls in the war, with a ruined and destroyed landscape and infrastructure.
Every Igbo man/woman with savings in the banks before the outbreak of hostilities were pauperized as the military government decreed that one would only get 20 pounds notwithstanding the amount you had. The indigenization decree was passed in 1972 and no Igbo could participate since all had been reduced to penury.
Today the Igbo have the largest pool of educated Nigerians. In 2007, Imo State had more subscribers to the JAMB UTME exams than the 19 Northern States put together.
In 2017, 56% of of NYSC members are from the South East. Our feat in education means that we now have the army to win the war of competition in a market driven economy. Since 1999, the south east states have been the best in all exams.
The largest group of direct domestic investors in Nigeria are from the south east. Igbo investments in property in Abuja alone probably has more than any other ethnic group. We are the most travelled in Nigeria.
In all parts of Nigeria after the indigenous population, Igbo’s are the next largest group. We are the largest propertied class of all ethnic groups in Nigeria and despite all this confusion, we have grown the most economically since the inception of the current democracy in Nigeria.
We have the richest and largest pool of Nigeria diaspora population. Taking an example of Lagos state, Ndigbo form a large proportion of the economy of the state. We created the following from nothing;
- Computer Village in Ikeja.
- Ladipo Spare Parts market.
- Alaba Electronic Market.
- Balogun Int’l Market.
- Balogun (Trade Fair) International Market
- Aspamda market in Festac.
- Orile Market for house fittings & appliances etc
- All second hand clothing markets in Lagos. About 4 markets
The combined turnover daily of these markets run into billions daily. Lagos state benefits by collecting taxes and now its economy contributes 56% of all VAT collected in Nigeria.
Above scenario is replicated in most big cities in Nigeria. Go to Kano, Port Harcourt, Benin City, Kaduna, Sokoto, not to talk of Abuja. Ndigbo are very large players in the economy of all parts of Nigeria. I will return to this.
The ALLURE of BIAFRA
So the question is, given all the advantages that we as Ndigbo have in Nigeria, why the clamour by our youths and others for a separate state of Biafra?
The present agitation in the SouthEast for a sovereign state of Biafra seems very tempting under the prevailing circumstance given the manifest sectional approach to governance at the center.
To some especially the youth and the disadvantaged it is the way to go and when viewed critically you cannot help but to agree with the agitators.
Of a truth there is an obvious feeling of alienation within the Nigerian state today. But has this always been the case? Apart from the civil war and the pernicious policies of the military regimes, we have not fared badly during civil rule until presently.
Given that following the civil war, there seemed to have been a glass ceiling in certain professions in Nigeria where it looked as if Igbo should not aspire to. In the police, military etc.
But we can posit this as the lingering effects of the war where the victor in a war finds it very difficult to fully integrate the other part they fought with into all areas. In the US for example, I understand that it took a very long time for someone from the southern part of the US several decades after the civil war which they lost to break the stranglehold of the north for the presidency of the US. (Correct me if I’m wrong).
But come to think of it, Dr Alex Ekwueme became the Vice President of Nigeria barely 9 years after the civil war. The glass ceiling was on its way to being broken! The military interregnum from 1993 led by the same Muhammadu Buhari put a hold on this. In the US, Germany, Japan and other climes deliberate policies were used by governments to build stronger ties among groups and opposing tendencies.
This helped to forge a bond within their nations. Nigeria seemed to think that a policy of benign neglect will resolve our problems. Of course it didn’t and that’s why we are seeing a resurgence of separatist agitation going on all over the country.
Fast forward to the civil rule era starting from 1999. Nobody would accuse Presidents Obasanjo, late Yar’adua, or Jonathan of what seemed like sectionalism as state policy.
A look at the pattern of appointments by President Obasanjo evinced the fact of an all inclusive government from all parts of the country. Same as President Yar’adua. President Jonathan took it a step further by appointing the first Igbo chief of army staff, first Igbo secretary to the federal government, coordinating minister for the economy etc.
In fact, one of the criticisms we face today in Nigeria is to explain why should this agitation for separation be under President Buhari when it was not done under the previous administration?
However, that criticism is not true. Recall that under President Obasanjo and Yar’adua there was Massob which was managed much better than today.
However, you will recall that when this government came into place, President Buhari went to the US where he made a most unfortunate statement that was widely condemned at that time.
He reportedly said that he doesn’t need to bother about the 5% that didn’t vote for him but will rather concern himself with the 97% that voted for him.
I had at the time the statement was made raised concern that such declaration from an elected President sounds discriminatory and may create the impression that our elected President Buhari is sending a message to those who didn’t vote for him that he will be partial in his decision making.
Unfortunately, it seems also that the people who are in and around the president didn’t advise him properly. They left him to make appointments and take decisions that gave the impression that there are some parts of the country that are not supposed to be part of Nigeria.
Little wonder that our youths feeling left out and not having anything to give them hope in Nigeria, started believing that a separate country would be better. But I say it is NOT. I will come to this later.
I recall that in November of 2016, after seeing how things were going, the South East caucus of the Senate sought for and got an appointment with the President Buhari.
Our discussion centered on the south East perception of not being part of this administration thereby giving rise to our people feeling disconnected from the government.
We pointed out that it should be a cause for concern if a major part of the country is not represented in the security architecture of the country in addition to other critical sectors from the inception of the administration.
We were promised that our concerns would be looked into. Sadly, this was not done till today. Our country Nigeria is supposed to be for inclusion; for making sure that everyone makes his or her input into its affairs.
Allowing such fairness and equity to prevail in a plural society like ours will make us a bigger and better nation. Today that is not the case.
Either as a deliberate act as it seems or a willful omission geared towards achieving a pre-determined goal, Ndigbo have been pushed to the fringes of the Nigerian Union in so many ways by the present government.
The unfortunate scenario is enough for one to ask the hypothetical question….why am I here?
As much as the music of separatism stirs the soul, one must ask the question; Is relapsing into a sovereign state of Biafra the optimum option or is it a restructuring of the state such that all the federating units would have greater autonomy in the mould of a near quasi self determination the better option?
When these two options are posed; a sovereign state of Biafra or restructured Nigeria, the position of most Nigerians as of today is for the latter.
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Apart from the problem of even determining the boundaries of the state of Biafra and the multifarious and multifaceted problems a simplistic solution such as Biafra poses, perhaps it makes more sense for those who have tasted war to be a little more discerning when matters affecting their race comes up in Nigeria.
Nigerians have been known to come together to use the Igbo head to break coconuts (apologies to late Abiola). Despite the problems that befell the Yoruba race following the annulment of the June 12 elections, they didn’t seek to break out out of Nigeria despite some of them calling for an Oduduwa country.
They simply used the sympathies of other Nigerians to create an economic haven for themselves which has led to massive relocation of industries by all Nigerians to Lagos and Ogun States.
They also got the Presidency of Nigeria. Our brothers from the Niger Delta have not sought to go away either. They also got the Presidency of Nigeria. However we seem to be in the unfortunate position of seeming to drag the Niger Delta into a Biafra unwanted by them.
The agitation for Biafra and how it was being prosecuted by IPOB has rather elicited hate and disdain for our people from other ethnic groups notwithstanding that they may have been nursing such tendencies.
The agitation as championed by IPOB somehow gave muscle to traditional traducers of Ndigbo to spew out hate and envious vituperations. This was exemplified by the October 1st quit notice given to Igbos to leave the North by the so-called Arewa youths which persons are yet to be arrested for hate speech and breaching the law.
They claimed to be responding to our own hate speeches etc. Indeed, other people seem to want to see us fall into the trap for them to use us to solve their own problems with Nigeria.
That notwithstanding, we as political leaders from the South East were unequivocal in asserting that that the rights of Ndigbo to peaceful and democratic engagements must be respected.
On this score we made it clear that no amount of threat will cow Ndigbo from consistently demanding for an equitable, fair and just society within the Nigerian State.
We also cautioned our youths on their vituperative calls and employed the Igbo concept of “bu uzo chu fuo Ufu, tutu ta wa Okuko uta”! This of course was misunderstood by other Nigerians as support rather than constructive engagement.
WHY NOT BIAFRA?
We believe that the best way to go given our situation today is to look before we leap. We must not be pushed to abandon our huge contribution to the modern Nigerian state.
As we pointed out in the beginning of this paper, Ndigbo have been the single ethnic group that have welded the country Nigeria together given our way of life as sojourners everywhere in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world.
I dare say that we make up to 50% or more of Nigerians in the US. The question is why would we look to confine ourselves to a small landlocked entity when we have the whole of Nigeria to cavort in?
I have deliberately left out of this discussion the practical impossibility of even getting our brothers from the Niger Delta to go with us in this quest. Not to talk of the Idoma or the Kogi that we insist are part of us.
One thing seems to elude our people when these questions are posed. We look at the determination of the present government to treat us dismissively and feel that it is well nigh an impossible task to get our wish for a just society but we fail to look at the historical evidence before us.
When the 97% vs 5% controversy erupted, I told our people that my people the Ngwa says that “Ohu afor abughi ndu ebighi ebi”. Governments come and go. PDP government lost election and quit the stage for this APC government.
Who says they cannot also lose? Why are we then acting as if it’s the end of the world? The maximum any government can stay is two term totaling 8yrs. “Obughi ndu ebighi ebi”!
Restructuring is an idea whose time has come and it will happen. Biafra should be a last option, only after every other avenue to realize a restructured Nigeria where every component part is allowed a measure of autonomy and self determination fails.
Let me state here that if the dominant views in Nigeria is for restructuring, then that should be the minimum that Ndigbo should demand, so that every component part of this country can substantially harness its resources and develop at its own pace.
Do not forget that the breached Aburi accord was about restructuring and today this call has garnered overwhelming momentum even from quarters that hitherto opposed it.
Just recently former President Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and lately Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a host of others have joined the fray.
Restructuring has become a singsong which we must explore vigorously. Even the ruling APC has set up a committee led by Governor el-Rufai to bring about a considered view on it. Forget the fact that it was part of their manifesto. The fact is that the discussion is on, as it should be.
I recall that in August, the Igbo political elite, Ohaneze, Governors, National Assembly Caucus met in Enugu and affirmed that the terms of our marriage in Nigeria is stifling to everybody and therefore we must have another look at it.
That position has not changed but has in fact been reinforced by the agreement by other parts of Nigeria that it is time to look at the matter as evidenced by the South West Political Summit where they endorsed restructuring back to the 1963 constitution.
To me the strident calls by IPOB for a referendum should be seen as a legitimate demand to compel the state to see the urgency of having a second look at our marriage, with the ultimate aim of enthroning equity and fairness, where our people will no longer be treated as second class citizens in Nigeria.
Though the methods may be misconstrued, the true colour of the agitation would have come out had there been a concerted effort at dialogue. The agitations gives fillip to the Igbo idiom…”Ma Opara emeghi nkpotu, agaghi ilughi ya Nwanyi “.
Our people are saying this union is stifling us, and we are making a lot of noise so we can find a solution.
The solution I think can be found in a restructured Nigeria.
The beauty of it is that while we can enjoy near wholesale autonomy, our people as itinerant business people could have an unrestrained space in a larger market provided by a united Nigeria.
We should not be swayed by what we think is the attraction of an exclusive opportunity to be provided by a sovereign Biafra. No. That would box us into a tiny corner which has its own challenges which would prove overwhelming as time goes on. This is a topic for another day.
DIASPORA IGBOS AND US.
One of the problems those of us who attempt to show a direction to our people at home is the near universal disdain that some of our brother Ndigbo in Diaspora have for our leaders and elected representatives at home.
Nowhere is it more apposite than in this matter of Biafra agitation. While some of our brothers/sisters here in the comfort of their homes seems to urge our youths through their utterances and actions to use unconstitutional means and disparage other ethnic groups that which actions seems to alienate us from our neighbors and the Nigerian State, we the leaders at home have been been left with the task of intervening in such a manner to dissuade the government from deploying the coercive instruments of state against the agitators.
The aim was to stop bloodshed and waste of human lives. We have lost enough from the civil war. Those egging our youths on from here do not seem to appreciate this fact.
Most distressing is the labeling of those who disagree with their positions as “cowards, saboteurs, Hausa slaves etc”. This tends to discourage those who genuinely strive to lead our people through a very distressing period in our history as a nation.
Nnia Nwodo as President of Ohaneze has been vilified for taking a stand for restructuring in Nigeria for Ndigbo, a position agreed by all of us in the earlier summit I referenced.
Governors come in for bashing everyday. As for us legislators, we have been called all sorts of names such as ‘legislooters’ etc.
Yet, when it came to taking a stand at ground zero, to bail Kanu; to reject the Fed Govt ascribing Terrorism to IPOB, we are the people doing so and we never hesitated to say that agitation in every clime is constitutional.
We take the bullets from other ethnic groups and the government for standing firm and demanding that Nigerians should be left to talk to each other about the best way forward without preconditions.
We would use this opportunity plead with our internet warriors who stay here in their comfort zone here that our Igbo say, “ma Opara nzuzu adighi nwuo, Opara ma izu aga beghi ibichi ezi”.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
Why are we not Investing at Home? Lack of Infrastructure. Should we continue to blame the Fed Govt for the dilapidated infrastructures in Ala Igbo? What of our home governments in Igbo States? Sam Mbakwe of blessed memory did not wait for the Fed Govt before undertaking massive rebuilding of old IMO State.
We think that we have not given our best to our people with the little we got. Insecurity. Nowhere have we hurt ourselves and investment in Ala Igbo than in the insecurity pervading all parts of our homeland.
Of course the latest imbroglio in Abia especially in Aba and Umuahia has worsened matters. We run the risk of undoing all the efforts made in promoting ‘made in Aba’ that we had embarked on as a catalyst for growth in Ala Igbo.
Industries have relocated from Ala Igbo to other parts of Nigeria especially Lagos and Ogun States because of the very serious insecurity such as kidnappining and armed robbery faced by those who invest at home.
We cannot be looking for investors and yet make our place not conducive to investment. Unemployment is the single biggest problem we have in Ala Igbo today.
Before this time due to our domestic investments and industry, this was not a very big problem but due to the dis-investment going on today in Ala Igbo today we are faced with a existential problem in our hand.
Diaspora Igbo’s have to assist us to also invest at home despite the problems and reduce the unemployment in Ala Igbo. Once we get Ala Igbo right the frustrations that fuel the agitation in ala Igbo will be dampened.
What we have playing out in the world today is a knowledge economy. Oil is going out of fashion. As I pointed out earlier, we are poised through out educational exploits in Nigeria to dominate the economy of tomorrow.
Why would we turn a blind eye to this emerging scenario? In ending let me quote what the great son of Igbo land, the great Zik of Africa said about himself….”despite the mythic heights to which he was raised, Azikiwe was nothing if not pragmatic, a realist, always conscious of his limits and ever eager to extract all that was possible from that limited horizon”.
May we be guided by such humble thoughts as we seek a better Nigeria for us all. What we should look for is a BIAFRA of the MIND like some have suggested in order to play our role in the emerging Nigeria that will come…
Monkey Pox – Is Nigeria Military Using Biological Weapon Against The Biafrans?
Monkey Pox epidemic that started in Bayelsa has spread to River State and Akwa Ibom State. The Indigenes of these states are accusing the Federal Government of Nigeria of having injected the virus to them via recent Immunization exercise allegedly carried out by the Nigeria military in the affected areas.
People from the affected areas took to social media pointing accusing fingers on the Nigerian Military using the virus as a form of biological warfare against them.
However, the reason for the allegation is not far fetched, given that the Nigerian Military and Police, who are 99% Huasa-Fulanis, has been killing people from such areas in large numbers in recent times because of a peaceful call for referendum.
These Biafrans believe beyond reasonable doubt that the Nigerian government introduced the Biological Weapon of warfare as a means of ethnic cleansing to further deplete their population.
They cite the notorious Kunle and Alhaji telephone conversation, where the Northerner revealed their plan to decimate the Biafrans and form a North West regional development plan.
“The Ahaji in the conversation boasted that after 4 years of Buhari’s administration, that the Biafrans will be irrelevant in the scheme of things. And the contents of that phone conversation, like a self fulfilling prophesy, is exactly what is unfolding before our eyes today,” on of them commented on social media.
Listen to the phone conversation below.
Some allude to fact that vaccination was given by the Nigerian government in the area just two weeks before the outbread of the fear inspiring Monkey Pox.
Below is some of the comments and posts by People of the affected areas on social media.
So the Nigerian government invented the #MonkeyPox and decided to test it in Southeast.
The biggest project of APC in SE after the genocide
— Onuoha (@mexiew) October 8, 2017
I REPEAT,THOSE RECEIVING MEDICARE FRM NIGERIA ARMY SHOULD BE WARE OF MONKEY POX,NOTHING GOOD COME FRM NGR GOVT!!!
— Uwa Turns (@UwaTurns) October 8, 2017
Being educated is indeed beyond speaking good English. How can some1 in right frame of mind believe that it is FG who induced monkey pox???
— aminu aliyu (@aminualiyu11) October 8, 2017
— VOFN Bayelsa (@VOFNBayelsa) October 8, 2017
Nigeria govt exterminating Biafrans through Army’s free medical care.
— Candi-Boi (@PFreshwine) October 8, 2017
Meanwhile, here is what the World Health Organization (WHO) has to say about the Monkey Pox Epidemics
- Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
- The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder.
- The monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals but has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission.
- Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been between 1% and 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups.
There is no treatment or vaccine available although prior smallpox vaccination was highly effective in preventing monkeypox as well.
Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although less severe. Smallpox was eradicated in 1980.However, monkeypox still occurs sporadically in some parts of Africa.
Monkeypox is a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.
The virus was first identified in the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958 during an investigation into a pox-like disease among monkeys.
Human monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then known as Zaire) in a 9 year old boy in a region where smallpox had been eliminated in 1968. Since then, the majority of cases have been reported in rural, rainforest regions of the Congo Basin and western Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is considered to be endemic. In 1996-97, a major outbreak occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the spring of 2003, monkeypox cases were confirmed in the Midwest of the United States of America, marking the first reported occurrence of the disease outside of the African continent. Most of the patients had had close contact with pet prairie dogs.
In 2005, a monkeypox outbreak occurred in Unity, Sudan and sporadic cases have been reported from other parts of Africa. In 2009, an outreach campaign among refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Republic of Congo identified and confirmed two cases of monkeypox. Between August and October 2016, a monkeypox outbreak in the Central African Republic was contained with 26 cases and two deaths.
Infection of index cases results from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals. In Africa human infections have been documented through the handling of infected monkeys, Gambian giant rats and squirrels, with rodents being the major reservoir of the virus. Eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animals is a possible risk factor.
Secondary, or human-to-human, transmission can result from close contact with infected respiratory tract secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or objects recently contaminated by patient fluids or lesion materials. Transmission occurs primarily via droplet respiratory particles usually requiring prolonged face-to-face contact, which puts household members of active cases at greater risk of infection. Transmission can also occur by inoculation or via the placenta (congenital monkeypox). There is no evidence, to date, that person-to-person transmission alone can sustain monkeypox infections in the human population.
In recent animal studies of the prairie dog-human monkeypox model, two distinct clades of the virus were identified – the Congo Basin and the West African clades – with the former found to be more virulent.
Signs and symptoms
The incubation period (interval from infection to onset of symptoms) of monkeypox is usually from 6 to 16 days but can range from 5 to 21 days.
The infection can be divided into two periods:
the invasion period (0-5 days) characterized by fever, intense headache, lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph node), back pain, myalgia (muscle ache) and an intense asthenia (lack of energy);
the skin eruption period (within 1-3 days after appearance of fever) where the various stages of the rash appears, often beginning on the face and then spreading elsewhere on the body. The face (in 95% of cases), and palms of the hands and soles of the feet (75%) are most affected. Evolution of the rash from maculopapules (lesions with a flat bases) to vesicles (small fluid-filled blisters), pustules, followed by crusts occurs in approximately 10 days. Three weeks might be necessary before the complete disappearance of the crusts.
The number of the lesions varies from a few to several thousand, affecting oral mucous membranes (in 70% of cases), genitalia (30%), and conjunctivae (eyelid) (20%), as well as the cornea (eyeball).
Some patients develop severe lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) before the appearance of the rash, which is a distinctive feature of monkeypox compared to other similar diseases.
Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from 14 to 21 days. Severe cases occur more commonly among children and are related to the extent of virus exposure, patient health status and severity of complications.
People living in or near the forested areas may have indirect or low-level exposure to infected animals, possibly leading to subclinical (asymptomatic) infection.
The case fatality has varied widely between epidemics but has been less than 10% in documented events, mostly among young children. In general, younger age-groups appear to be more susceptible to monkeypox.
The differential diagnoses that must be considered include other rash illnesses, such as, smallpox, chickenpox, measles, bacterial skin infections, scabies, syphilis, and medication-associated allergies. Lymphadenopathy during the prodromal stage of illness can be a clinical feature to distinguish it from smallpox.
Monkeypox can only be diagnosed definitively in the laboratory where the virus can be identified by a number of different tests:
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
antigen detection tests
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay
virus isolation by cell culture
Treatment and vaccine
There are no specific treatments or vaccines available for monkeypox infection, but outbreaks can be controlled. Vaccination against smallpox has been proven to be 85% effective in preventing monkeypox in the past but the vaccine is no longer available to the general public after it was discontinued following global smallpox eradication. Nevertheless, prior smallpox vaccination will likely result in a milder disease course.
Natural host of monkeypox virus
In Africa, monkeypox infection has been found in many animal species: rope squirrels, tree squirrels, Gambian rats, striped mice, dormice and primates. Doubts persist on the natural history of the virus and further studies are needed to identify the exact reservoir of the monkeypox virus and how it is maintained in nature.
In the USA, the virus is thought to have been transmitted from African animals to a number of susceptible non-African species (like prairie dogs) with which they were co-housed.
Preventing monkeypox expansion through restrictions on animal trade
Restricting or banning the movement of small African mammals and monkeys may be effective in slowing the expansion of the virus outside Africa.
Captive animals should not be inoculated against smallpox. Instead, potentially infected animals should be isolated from other animals and placed into immediate quarantine. Any animals that might have come into contact with an infected animal should be quarantined, handled with standard precautions and observed for monkeypox symptoms for 30 days.
Reducing the risk of infection in people
During human monkeypox outbreaks, close contact with other patients is the most significant risk factor for monkeypox virus infection. In the absence of specific treatment or vaccine, the only way to reduce infection in people is by raising awareness of the risk factors and educating people about the measures they can take to reduce exposure to the virus. Surveillance measures and rapid identification of new cases is critical for outbreak containment.
Public health educational messages should focus on the following risks:
Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission. Close physical contact with monkeypox infected people should be avoided. Gloves and protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill people. Regular hand washing should be carried out after caring for or visiting sick people.
Reducing the risk of animal-to-human transmission. Efforts to prevent transmission in endemic regions should focus on thoroughly cooking all animal products (blood, meat) before eating. Gloves and other appropriate protective clothing should be worn while handling sick animals or their infected tissues, and during slaughtering procedures.
Controlling infection in health-care settings
Health-care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed monkeypox virus infection, or handling specimens from them, should implement standard infection control precautions.
Healthcare workers and those treating or exposed to patients with monkeypox or their samples should consider being immunized against smallpox via their national health authorities. Older smallpox vaccines should not be administered to people with comprised immune systems.
Samples taken from people and animals with suspected monkeypox virus infection should be handled by trained staff working in suitably equipped laboratories.
WHO supports Member States with surveillance, preparedness and outbreak response activities in affected countries.
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Nigerian Army In Fresh Trouble As CCTV Caught Them Looting Kanu’s Home
Again the Nigerian Army invaded the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra looting items from the home. The incident was caught on hidden cameras careful planted at Nnamdi Kanu’s home.
The Nigerian army on Sunday, October 8, reportedly stormed the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi kanu.
According to several reports, including a claim by the former minister of aviation, Fani Kayode, the army carted away some personal belongings of the IPOB leader.
The army trucks allegedly parked outside Kanu’s house. Photo credit: Francis Rosevelt He wrote: “UPDATE…!!! The Nigerian soldiers are currently moving away every property in the compound of Mazi Nnamdi kanu, including mattresses clothes, generators, televisions into their trucks!!! Share this now!!!”
Another video showing the raid in kanu’s home.
We Lied, IPOB Didn’t Burn Down Any Mosque In Enugu, We Did It — Police
IPOB has denied ever burning a mosque at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, saying it was not a violent organisation.
It further said it has no quarrel with Muslims in the country or elsewhere and as such had no reason to burn down their place of worship, as alleged by the enemy.
Confrming IPOB’s position, Enugu State Police Command, yesterday, warned residents against spreading rumour and blatant lies capable of jeopardizing existing peace in the state.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, gave the warning in a statement in Enugu.
He, however, said that contrary to the claims, preliminary investigations showed that electrical power surge was responsible for the inferno at the mosque.
He said: “The issue is that there was an incident and that incident involved inferno.
“When we first heard about it, we moved in with a view to finding out what actually happened.The incident happened at the wee hours of Saturday, September 16 at about 2 a.m.
“When we got there, following our preliminary investigations, we discovered that it could have been as a result of power surge.
“However, the following morning, we started hearing all sorts of things that are blatant lies.
“We need to put things in their proper perspective to avoid mixing up issues.”
We Burnt The Police Station In Aba To Implicate IPOB – Nigerian Police
A high ranking Officer of the Nigeria from zone 9 Umuahia has claimed that Nigerian Army and Police set the Police station on fire Aba, destroyed the Yoruba mosque and organized irate youths asking for Hausas in a commuter Bus.
The Officer who pleaded anonymity said he started having sympathy for IPOB after witnessing the brutal mass killings, rape, abductions and subsequent blackmail of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) by the Nigerian army on ‘Operation Python Dance II.
He said a combine team of the Nigeria army and Police were responsible for the acts in order to have evidence for branding IPOB a terrorist organization and subsequently proscribing it.
According to the Nigerian Police officer who pleaded anonymity in a message sent to Afroinsider Facebook Page, ” in a meeting with the 5 state governors of the South East and Some senators in Enugu on 8th of September 2017, it was agreed that a means should be devised to impicate IPOB. They must be stopped by any means possible to hold Anambra elections,” the officer stated.
“This we hoped to accomplish by destroying the Yoruba Mosque at Azikiwe by Asa Road Aba. The aim was to create hatred and animosity between Yorubas and Igbos. This move was expected to cut off any relationship between the Yoruba Freedom Fighters and The Biafrans.
Secondly, it was expected to caused a wide spread indignation against the Indigenous People Of Biafra, there by justifying tagging them a terrorist organization,” he added.
About a video making rounds on social media, the officer has this to say “The video showing some boys asking if there was any Hausa person in a commuter bus was equally made by us to make the world believe that IPOB was actually lynching Hausas and Yorubas in Aba. This we thought will justify the inhuman torture and mass killings of Biafrans by the Nigerian Army”
Meanwhile, IPOB has remained peaceful and resolute despite the on-going brutal mass killings, rape, abductions and blackmail in Biafraland.
The Disappearance Of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu Is Troubling – WikiLeaks Boss, Julian Assange
JULIAN ASSANGE, the fearless WikiLeaks boss has joined a myriad of other world leaders in asking the Nigerian government the whereabouts of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The embattled IPOB leader was last seen on 11th of September as he was holding a press conference, telling the members of the Nigeria press that the Nigeria army attacked his home killing 3 persons while injuring many others.
A claim which Nigerian army vehemently denied. However the Nigerian army returned later that day and besieged Kanu’s home while killings, rapes and abductions by the Nigerian army were going on along the high ways leading to Kanu’s home.
Having killed and abducted an unknown number of persons in Aba, Obigbo and Umuahia, the Nigerian army returned to Kanu’s home killing about 30 persons, while bullets rips through the walls of Kanu’s home. His dog also was not spared as every living thing in that house was killed by the Nigerian army.
Ever since then, Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has not been sighted or heard.
Kanu’s lawyer, Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor and IPOB believe that the Nigerian army might have killed him or abducted him.
However, the International Community especially, the United States of America, The United Kingdom, the European Union has been asking the Nigeria government of the whereabout of the Biafran leader.
The latest of which is the tweet from the WikiLeaks boss, Julian Assange, in which he says that the EU and UK are right, that the dissappearance of the IPOB leader is troubling.
— Julian Assange ???? (@JulianAssange) October 4, 2017
— Ekpere Nwankwo (@EkpereNwankwo) October 4, 2017
— Nkiruka Nistoran (@NkirukaNistoran) October 4, 2017
Genocide against Biafrans for asking for referendum from the Islamic state of Nigeria! Call for referendum is not call for war! pic.twitter.com/UGaYaeRZzO
— Chinedu Onyeka (@edupeepy1) October 4, 2017
the Nigeria army went to the house of the leader of IPOB kill all his security men including the family dog
— Chiasraokwu Kakason (@mosesgodswill16) October 4, 2017
the Nigeria army went to the house of the leader of IPOB kill all his security men including the family dog
— Chiasraokwu Kakason (@mosesgodswill16) October 4, 2017
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Asaba Massacre, Radio Presenter Yanked Off-Air By Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
A radio presenter with Nigeria Info FM, known as Chxta tweeted that while he was discussing Asaba Massacre earlier today, he got a call from the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to shut down the show.
What exactly is the Nigerian government scared of? Why is there so much panic on the corridors of power? The Jubrin, oh sorry Mbuhari led Nigerian government is working so hard to cover it’s atrocities.
Genocide was committed in Asaba and it has been succesfully hidden for 50 years.
I was on air discussing the #AsabaMassacre on this show, & a call came from the NBC.
"Shut the show down."
I've been kicked off the air. https://t.co/BTIX4aOE9G
— Chxta (@Chxta) October 4, 2017
Join @Chxta and @nellylaoni on the #MiddayDialogue today at 1 PM as we discuss the Asaba massacre and the unresolved scars of Biafra.
— Nigeria Info FM (@NigeriainfoFM) October 4, 2017
Was it not censored by Buhari led NBC to erase our history that is well known? #AsabaMassacre
— Nwadede (@DeclanIfeanyi) October 4, 2017
I have never seen it in this way before. This government is very "wonderful "
— Okala David CN (@DAVECARES) October 4, 2017
I really did enjoy the conversation, along the line, I couldn't hear the discussion anymore. Hope you don't mind a repeat broadcast. Cheers
— Brendan Unique (@Brencross) October 4, 2017
Probably it was on hold because of heightened tension concerning the biafra agitators so that it does escalate into something else.kudos
— Azodo Hycenth chifun (@zodoxohio) October 4, 2017
Really thought provoking,this is the first time i have heard,read or seen anything as it concerns stories of our war in the media,kudos
— nedu (@Nedu2000Nedu) October 4, 2017
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— Gloria Kalu (@kalu_gloria) October 4, 2017
In August 1967, three months into the Nigerian Civil War, Biafran troops invaded the Midwest Region, to the west of the River Niger. They spread west, taking Benin City and reaching as far as Ore, where they were pushed back by the Nigerian Second Division, under the command of Col. Murtala Muhammed.
The Federal troops gained the upper hand, and forced the Biafrans back to the Niger, where they crossed the bridge back into the Biafran city of Onitsha, which lies directly across from Asaba. The Biafrans blew up the eastern spans of the bridge, so that the Federal troops were unable to pursue them.
The Federal troops entered Asaba around October 5, and began ransacking houses and killing civilians, claiming they were Biafran sympathisers. Leaders summoned the townspeople to assemble on the morning of October 7, hoping to end the violence through a show of support for “One Nigeria.” Hundreds of men, women, and children, many wearing the ceremonial akwa ocha (white) attire paraded along the main street, singing, dancing, and chanting “One Nigeria.”
At a junction, men and teenage boys were separated from women and young children, and gathered in an open square at Ogbe-Osowa village. Federal troops revealed machine guns, and orders were given, reportedly by Second-in-Command, Maj. Ibrahim Taiwo, to open fire. It is estimated that more than 700 men and boys were killed, some as young as 12 years old, in addition to many more killed in the preceding days.
The bodies of some victims were retrieved by family members and buried at home. But most were buried in [mass grave]]s, without appropriate ceremony. Many extended families lost dozens of men and boys. Federal troops occupied Asaba for many months, during which time most of the town was destroyed, many women and girls were raped or forcibly “married,” and large numbers of citizens fled, often not returning until the war ended in 1970.
Ibrahim B. Haruna has sometimes been named as the officer who ordered the massacre, following a report of his testimony to the Nigerian Human Rights Violations Investigations Commission, known as the Oputa Panel. This article quoted him as claiming responsibility (as the commanding officer) and having no apology for the atrocity.
However, Haruna was not present in Asaba in 1967. He replaced Murtala Muhammed as C.O. of the Second Division in spring 1968. While there are no eye-witness reports of Muhammed ordering the killings, he was the Commander in the field, and thus must bear responsibility.
A comprehensive account of the massacre, its causes, consequences, and legacy, was published in August 2017: “The Asaba Massacre: Trauma, Memory, and the Nigerian Civil War,” by S. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser Ottanelli.
“Nnamdi Kanu, Where Is Your BSS?” Clifford Iroanya Etal Celebrates The Spilling Of Biafran Blood, Mocks IPOB
While Biafrans were being killed, the Clifford Iroanya’s Soldiers of Justice seems to be on celebration mood.
“Soldiers of justice are given them nightmares, Soldiers of justice has become their reference point in all their meetings .solders of justice is like air we breathe ,if u halt air in your house,then you will suffocate and die,if you choses not to breath air you will die,” said Oyemaechi Igwe, member SOJ.
But guess who they are referring to? They are referring to the Indigenous People of Biafra
Below are some of their posts during this period of ‘Operation Python Dance’. While Biafran blood flow in the streets this what Soldiers of Justice has been posting.
See what Muamman Gaddafi told Mujahid Asari Dokubo
Nnamdi Kanu Organized IPOB To Restore Biafra, Clifford Iroanya Created “Soldiers Of Justice” To Fight IPOB
Top Biafran activist, Emeka gift has bemoaned the destructive tendencies of the Clifford Iroanya etal’s led ‘Soldiers Of Justice’ as they now stand out as a major enemy of the Biafran restoration project and clog to the wheel of progress of the Struggle. While reacting to a post by Clifford Iroanya aimed at tarnishing his image, Emeka Gift said that the reason why, Clifford created the so called Soldiers of Justice was to destroy the Biafran struggle.
“Nnamdi Kanu created IPOB to fight Nigeria government and get Biafra restored, Clifford Iroanya created ‘Soldiers Of Justice’ to fight IPOB and get Biafra struggle destroyed. If I should face Clifford as he is tempting me, it will divert our attention from the real struggle. We must concentrate,” Emeka Gift said.
Mr Iroanya who goes by so many other different names on social media has been writing all forms of divisive articles, just to bring confusion and conflict within the IPOB family.
Trouble started when Clifford Iroanya, Barr. Emma Mmezu, Uchenna Asiegbu allegedly collected bribe from Nigerian government via Orji Uzor Kalu in order to destroy IPOB while Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra was still in detention.
The trio opened a parallel Biafra radio station with different logo and website, Kanu who brought them into the struggle and gave them the post they were holding, told them not to open the radio station but they rebelled.
As a result, they were suspended from their high positions in IPOB. Instead of them to serve their suspension as they have always preached, while suspending their subordinates in the struggle, they rebelled and start working against the struggle which they hitherto took oath to uphold.
Clifford Iroanya and co has been writing a lot of devastating articles and publications bent on destroying the struggle, but unfortunately for them IPOB family members are wiser and often ahead of their divisive antics.
Since the ‘Operation Python Dance’ began in Biafraland with mass killings, rapes and abductions, Mr clifford Iroanya and co seem to be on celebration mood.
The question is, what exactly are these bunch of Judases celebrating? Are they now celebrating the death of Biafrans? Does it mean they are only interested in being leaders collecting bribes and not interested in the freedom of Biafran?
Below is a message from Clifford the founder and creator of “Soldiers Of Justice”
EMEKA GIFT’s SECRETS EXPOSED (PART 1)
There is a popular English adage that says “the devil you know is better than the angel you do not know”. This is the case with Emeka Gift who habours evil agenda in IPOB.
In my previous article, I wrote about how Emeka Gift (not Real Name) uses fake personally recruited family writer journalists to make demands of money in the name of buying gadgets. Here in this article, I shall extensively elaborate the hidden plans of Emeka Gift and how he intends to hijack IPOB.
It maybe true that the name, Emeka gift, is a popular name in the circles of IPOB, yet it is an undeniable fact that the real nomenclature of the bearer remains incognito.
Emeka Nnaoma Gift, whom Nnamdi Kanu made the head of Biafra Twitter account and had mandated him to use every Tuesday in tweeting to the world leaders about the atrocities been committed against Biafrans by the Nigerian government, have suddenely deviated from that initial plans. Firstly, Emeka Nnaoma Gift started by forming his own Biafra media called family writers, many of us subscribed and gave our consents without deeply scaling the pros and cons of that singular endeavor. As days went by, Emeka Nnaoma Gift recruited many radical journalists, including Amarachi Ibeh Gift, Ifeanyi Chijioke, Somto Okonkwo, Prince Darlington, Comrade Chukwu Ogbu, Mazi Oscar Lee, Prince Gilbert, Chima Onyekachi and Host of other brave and vocal actors who sweated in the course of transforming family writers to what it is today.
According to a facts finding, Ifeanyi Chijioke started doing quite well to the extent that he was quickly made the National President of the group. Emeka Gift, like his boss Nnamdi Kanu, feared that maybe someday the fast growing and talented Ifeanyi Chijioke would be more relevant than he, Emeka Gift, hence, he planted a bone of discord between Amarachi Ibeh Gift and Ifeanyi Chijioke. Ifeanyi Chijioke was sacked afterwards from Family Writers forum by Emeka Gift. Although, this did not go down well for Emeka Gift because many people joined Ifeanyi Chijioke and ‘The Biafra Post’ was born. Today, Ifeanyi Chijioke has been made the leader of his new group.
Offcourse, due to the injustice and evil intents of Emeka Gift, which we are going to expose before ending of this rather lengthy article, he sacks and disgrace the brains behind the formation and transformation of Family Writers, including Oscar Lee, a Biafran born Israeli from Gold Coast and host of other Family Writers gladiators. Emeka Gift has, today, recruited new and uncheckmated journalist into Family Writers.
Another fact findings reveals that Emeka Gift’s intention is now to sack Amarachi Ibe Gift, but due to the fact that the lady in question is full of valor, Emeka Gift is left with no choice than to swallow his pride and retain her. But the real question is ‘what are the evil intents of Emeka’?
Emeka Nnaoma Gift who have embarked on another plan, have started building a private website for himself gradually abandoning thebiafraherald. Prompting yet another captivating question “If Emeka should finally decamp to the enemy’s camp, which is certain, what effects will it have on the struggle?
Clifford Iroanya is the founder of Soldiers Of Justice