About 50 Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) family members who were on a peaceful solidarity rally with the new President of United States of America, Donald Trump on his inauguration were shot dead by the Nigerian armed forces. The jubilant Biafrans were non violent in anyway but where brutally shot dead by trigger happy Nigerian armed forces who allegedly received orders from Abuja to shoot. The soldiers were said to be shouting “Donald Trump is a terrorist” as they shoot live bullets and tear gas at the IPOB members.
The rally took place at Igweocha, popularly known as Portharcourt the Rivers State capital. Portharcourt was a beehive of activities as the indigenous people of Biafra marched in a colorful solidarity rally bearing placards and banners with American flags, Biafran flags, Israeli flags, united nations flags etc. They were also carrying pictures of President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Vladmir Putin, the Russian President, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Benjamin Madubugwu etal [Biafrans detained alongside Nnamdi Kanu].
This rally coincided with the inauguration party of President Donald Trump at the Capitol Hill 2 days ago [20th of January 2017]. While the inauguration was going on in the US, Biafrans are gathered at Igweocha (Portharcourt) solidarizing with him. The Biafrans were seen singing songs of Redemption, with praise and encomiums to God for giving them Nnamdi Kanu, whom they describe as another saviour from God.
There were about 15 pockets of rallies by IPOB family members arriving Portharcourt from different parts of Biafraland. This was because the large numbers of Biafrans trooping into Portharcourt had to disembark from the buses conveying them as soon as they entered Portharcourt to proceed on foot as a result of characteristic traffic jam in the Rivers State capital. There were 4 groups at Ikwerre road Portharcourt, while there were 7 groups along aba road. These groups were separated by the time interval between when they arrived Portharcourt. There was a group at Obigbo, a satellite town of Portharcourt. A group was seen at the Portharcourt airport road, While another group gathered at mile 1, under the bridge. Another group was coming from trans-Amadi. All these groups were marching to Rumuola Portharcourt which was the venue for the event.
The Indigenous People of Biafra supported the election of the unpopular republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump because they believe he will look into the lingering crisis between Nigeria and Biafra and support the restoration of an independent state of Biafra. This was because the Obama administration was seen to be against the Biafran agitation while supporting the northern Muslims.
Obama and David Cameron played a vital role in removing the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan who was a christian and installing a Muslim, octogenarian dictator, Muhammadu Buhari, who does not have even a secondary school certificate as the president of Nigeria, for reasons best known to them. Also the Nigerian government donated millions of dollars to the Hillary Clinton campaign organization as they are opposed to Donald Trump becoming the president of America. These and more are the reasons why the Indigenous People of Biafra supported Trump both in United States and at home hoping that he will reciprocate their goodwill when elected American President.
While the peaceful rally was going on, the Nigerian army, DSS, Police and Navy started arriving at different locations. They happened to be watching and observing what was going on at first. Therefore the Biafrans became comfortable and continued with the rallies. At around 12:45pm, the armed forces who were thought to be securing the people opened fired on the jubilant Biafrans. These security agents opened fire at different locations at almost the same time. This is believed to be the reason why IPOB accused Abuja of giving the order shoot the non violent unarmed Biafrans. As the armed forces began firing live bullets and teargas on the crowd, there was serious pandemonium as the crowd least expected that to happen. The soldiers made away with most of the corpses in order to destroy the evidence against them. Others who sustained gunshot injuries died later on. Thousands of Biafrans were abducted by the navy, police and the military in different locations as thousands of IPOB family members were reported missing in their different zones. About 50 IPOB member were confirmed dead, while hundreds of others sustained different degrees of injuries from gunshots and stampede. Police stations in Rivers State, Portharcourt prison, Army camps were all filled to the brim with Biafrans abducted from the Pro Trump Rally.
11 Dead as Police, army shot at IPOB members in solidarity rally for Donald Trump in Rivers State Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/kJyQqJNL8b
— ifeanyi Calistus (@lystechng) January 21, 2017
Unfortunately, both local and international media shamelessly falsified reports on what transpired in Portharcourt Rivers State. For example, while reporting on the brutal massacre of more than 50 jubilant Biafrans and injuring of more than 100 of others and adoption of an estimated 1500 others, on a Pro-Trump rally in Igweocha (Portharcourt) 2 days ago,a report by REUTERS published by Anamesere Igboeroteonwu and Additional reporting by Tife Owolabi in Yenagoa; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Tom Henegha stated that about 1000 Biafrans gathered in Portharcourt and went ahead to say that the Biafrans clashed with the armed forces, even though the video evidence showing that at least a hundred thousand Biafrans were on the streets of Portharcourt abound on the internet.
BIAFRA: 11 Dead as police, army shot at unarmed IPOB members in solidarity rally for Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/OiRcvJRdka
— ifeanyi Calistus (@lystechng) January 21, 2017
It was vividly visible from the videos and pictures posted from the rally that at least 100,000 people were between Waterlines Junction and Garrison Junction and similar number of people were at Ikwerre road, trying to meet up at Rumuola but were prevented by the Ak47 wielding soldiers. How on earth can someone who has no weapon clash with and a soldier shooting AK47 at him?
Video showing some of those killed IPOB Pro Trump Rally 20-01-17
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra through Radio Biafra London and a press statement signed by it’s spokesperson, comrade Emma Powerful, has called on world leaders and the United Nations to sanction Nigerian government for the senseless killing of unarmed, defenseless and non violent Biafrans. They also asked the United Nations to speedily conduct a referendum to ascertain whether the Biafrans wants to remain in Nigeria or to have an independent state of Biafra.
Video showing part of the rally
Another video showing part of the rally
THERE MUST BE HEIGHTENED REPLICATION OF IKE EKWEREMADU’S GERMANY ORDEAL EVEN DOWN TO HIS CHILDREN
Nigeria doubtless, is a contraption that creates and cherishes variety of deficiencies around the citizenry in other to devalue and render them powerless and useless. When people get devalued, they become frustrated out of which reactions ensue and when they are made powerless, they become wild and ready instruments in the hands of politicians, craving for means of survival. When people are pushed to the wall, they most assuredly choose to either remain enslaved or react proportionately. It is their reactions that are easily witnessed like what is presently happening with particular reference to Ike Ekweremadu’s introductory romance with fate in Nuremberg, Germany.The South-East governors and some Hausa-Fulani bloody Igbo-named political merchants, think that they can successfully coerce Biafra, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the very poor masses, languishing in the dungeon of slavery and misery into suppression. They fail to come to the realisation of the fact that coercion is not and can never be a civilized/fruitful way of crises management. It seemingly suppresses crises which often than not, rear up their ugly heads in other forms giving birth to either a revolution or full blown terrorism as exemplified by Boko Haram. When consciousness evolves to a certain degree of conceptualized self-awareness, it then becomes a discovery of curious freedom in which people seize to be driven by the blind forces of biology. They get awakened in their consciences. The “madness” it must be stated here, has just begun if really it is what we are witnessing.
More of what happened to Senator Ike Ekweremadu should be replicated and even extended to their children studying overseas and other ethnic groups should follow suit. It is time for the people to take back their stolen mandate from this band of vampires called politicians. We are absolutely not going to surrender or retreat but rather, they will. IPOB is a very potent, unique, dependable enlightened and indefatigable indigenous mass movement that every sane being should fall in love with. The organization always sets the records straight no matter whose ox is gored. All those men of courage and discipline that withstood and embarrassed Ike Ekweremadu before the purview of the global community, deserve serious commendation. The revolution has just started and it cannot mutate. An elder surely deserves respect but not a useless, heartless and corrupt elder. Those class of elders who stay at home while goats deliver in tetters do not deserve an iota of respect and honor. Previously, it was Rochas Okorocha but today, it is Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Soon, another person in the pack will take his/her own turn of the treatment.
What is most worrisome in all these political imbecilic displays of the so-called Igbo leaders border on how someone who is surrendered by a cacophony of complaints of improper representation would be complaining when politicians are called upon to render accounts of their stewardship. And until people begin to hold these Fulani slaves accountable, they will always take the people for a ride. In the entirety of the continent of black Africa, nothing is working just because those that occupy positions of leadership in whatever grade, have not been held accountable.
Nigerian political class send their children abroad to developed countries for their academic pursuits but here in Nigeria, the same politicians get neck deep into embezzling monies allocated for the education industry. They pocket the funds, remitting them to foreign bank accounts. Then those in Nigeria are slaves that do not deserve quality education in the best of universities. It may interest you to note that the best government owned university in the country is the worst of standards in the Western world. Lecturers are not paid and industrial actions are the order of the day. There exists arrays of dilapidated classroom and office buildings in virtually every State in Nigeria, with even federal universities being the worst affected.
These politicians need be compelled to bring their children back from whichever countries they. None of their family members live in this evil enclave to school or be treated in the hospitals. If it is an error, it has to be corrected now. All the politicians and their families should come back to Nigeria and get the full dose of all that they are subjecting other people to. A course that is supposed to take only four years, takes six years due to corruption and spate of industrial action. The overseas they flock to, are developed by human beings just like them. Mary Wilson once said: “what makes us inhumane is the inability to reason”. If these politicians really reason, they will know that those places they take solace overseas were not built by God but by mere mortals like them.
In the midst of the psychosis, crumble, decadence and cacophony of ravaging shitholic antecedents Nigerians can yet lay hold on historic redemption, restoration and fulfillment if only the youths will rise up and stop playing the ostrich while these dishonorable men randomly gamble with their destinies. Let all the various ethnic nationalities part ways. This illegal marriage must be nullified. Enough is enough!
Written by Obulose Chidiebere
Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International
BIAFRA: MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING OF IPOB OBIO/AKPOR AREA 2, IGWEOCHA PROVINCE
The Area 2 family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Obio/Akpor local government area, Igweocha Province of Biafraland, held it’s monthly general meeting on Sunday 18th August 2019. The meeting recorded large turn out of accredited members which included zonal coordinators and their deputies, unit coordinators and their deputies, treasurers and media personnel.It was kick-started at 4:45pm with a session of prayers said in diverse Biafran indigenous languages. Exhortation was given by Mazi Wisdom Asuquo, enjoining members to sincerely seek the only true God that created the heavens and the earth.
The Obio/Akpor Area 2 coordinator, Mazi Wisdom Elochukwu Okafor heartily welcomed all the participants and appreciated God for protection and safety as well as for the grace for the attendance of the day’s meeting. The Area 2 Elders Forum Chairman, elder Njoku Ikechukwu Chukwunonyerem, prayed over the kola nuts as presented.
Mazi Wisdom Elochukwu Okafor recalling the seeming ugly trend propping up in some quarters within his jurisdiction, seriously frowned against disrespect to zonal coordinators by other principal officers and members. He as a matter of utmost priority, sternly warned that at no time should he get further unholy information regarding such, reiterating the need for all IPOB family members to imbibe the principle of discipline, loyalty and obedience to their zonal coordinators who remain the chief principal officers in their respective zones. He equally stated that such privileges should not as well be abused by the zonal coordinators, as acts of dictatorship by any them will never ever be condoned. He harped on the need for the zonal coordinators to imbibe the outstanding leadership qualities of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in all their dealings with the brethren. All relevant innovative strategies already outlined, aimed at enhancing IPOB objectives in the Biafra restoration project must be followed, he further maintained. Mazi Wisdom Okafor warned that on no account should monthly dues remittance be delayed. Henceforth, financial secretaries must ensure prompt payment of dues to the appropriate quarter a day after monthly meetings. He stated that appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken against offenders. Logistic costs aimed at facilitating their movements in this respect must be the burden of the zones.
Prince Chisom C. Iheukwumere, the Area 2 Media Head, gave a brief rundown of trending information to the house, with particular reference to Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s encounter with the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany. Other issues associated with the department were also highlighted. He encouraged all to tune in to the live broadcast of Radio Biafra London wherein Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was billed to speak to the world same day at 7:00pm Biafra time. All the zones and units coordinators were advised to encourage their interested members to enlist into the media team. The need for all to explore available social media platforms created by the department to easily access developments, was also re-emphasized.
Mrs. Sandra Ngozi George, representing the IPOB Women Wing, graciously thanked the leadership for the encouraging support so far received. She equally used the opportunity to plead that all married male members whose wives are not yet part of the struggle should help in encouraging them to get enlisted.
Elder Oghenekaro Edemejaro, the Area 2 Welfare Coordinator gave a brief on developments in the department. He enjoined all the zones and units to encourage their members to sacrificially give for the welfare of IPOB family members that are presently being incarcerated in various detention facilities across the State.
Bishop Prince Joshua Joseph, an outstanding Minister of God who showed up in the meeting, was heartily welcomed and appreciated for his invaluable sacrifices in the struggle. He was automatically appointed by Mazi Wisdom Elochukwu Okafor, as the Head of Ministers Forum in Area 2.
The Elders Forum Chairman, elder Njoku Chukwunonyerem enjoined all to always accord the elders in their various IPOB family meetings their due respect and channel acts of unwholesome behavior of any to the appropriate quarter. Collaborating his position was the Area coordinator who also maintained that the elders must as a matter of discipline and reciprocity, remain submissive to the leadership of their zonal coordinators who are the chief principal officers in their respective jurisdictions.
The meeting adjourned at 7:02pm with closing prayers said by Mazi Wisdom Elochukwu Okafor.
Reporting for Family Writers Press International
IKE EKWEREMADU: HIS PERSONALITY AND THE SYMBOLISM OF YAM
Briefly put, Senator Ike Ekweremadu can be said to be one of the political leaders presumably chosen by his constituency or senatorial zone to represent their interests in the Nigerian upper legislative chamber called the Senate. He, out of the very corrupt indices of the Nigerian government, has abysmally disappointed the expectations of his people, shamelessly taking sides with the enemies to suppress and kill the very people on whose purported resaons he is sojourning in Abuja.YAM on the other hand, is one of the greatest staple foods that is cultivated and even adoured across Biafraland especially within the Igbo speaking area. It is a generational inheritance from ancestry. It is a seed that endures seasonally if well preserved. And because of the surviving nature of this tuber seed, the Igbo nation uses it as one of the very symbolic items in great festivities like traditional weddings, visits to new born babies by both paternal and maternal in-laws as occasion demands, symbolizing wishes for longetivity of life.
|Senator Ike Ekweremadu|
The new yam festivals are occasions marked annually with funfair at the beginning of harvesting seasons across Igboland. This occasion as traditionally demanded, opens the door for indigenous, bona-fide sons and daughters to converge and give thanks to God Almighty for His favors, protections and bountiful harvests of farm produce. During this occasion, lavish thanksgivings to God are made and issues bordering on communities are deliberated on, while also proffering/initiating developmental ideas. Realistically, it affords opportunities to distant relatives to meet once again after a long while. The new yam festival affords the people, moments of reliving the customs of the land through tourism attractions and socialization.
NEW YAM CELEBRATIONS IN FOREIGN LANDS
Occasioned by wider spread of Igbos across the globe, the cultural event has also been carried overboard, making the revered cultural festival to be celebrated at home by those sojourning overseas somewhat alien. They no longer have the interest of coming back home or even thinking about their people. It is against the culture of Ndigbo for this festival to be celebrated outside their homeland. It is an anathema to even consider celebrating this annual event in the land of those who through their covert or overt involvements, participated in the gruesome massacre of innocent Biafrans. Over the years, the spate of injustice meted on the Igbos remains unimaginably painful and incurable. The hearts are yet bleeding with that heinous criminality against the people. Unfortunately however, the political representatives via their mad cravings for selfishness, have consistently being applying salt to the incurable wounds of this genocide through sabotage and wilful negligence to their avowed responsibilities. Criminally abandoning their people to die in penury, Fulani terrorism trade and other relative acts of violence while traveling abroad on demented celebration spree, culturally meant to be conducted at home.
POLITICISATION OF THE NEW YAM FESTIVAL
It is really a pity to say that a well respected culture like New Yam Festival, has been turned into a feast of the rich, corrupt and uncultured individuals. It has become a culture that encourages and teaches servitude and suffering before pleasures against a culture that teaches the importance of laboring during the planting season and bountifully reaping during the harvesting season but all that proudly bequeathed to us and cherished, have automatically lost their value and glory due to the moronic/corrupt antecedents of these Igbo politicians of shame. During the planting season, they care-less and exhibit no concern to that which troubles the peasant farmers even when there is nothing or little stocks of seed for planting. They totally abandoned the agricultural project because they hope to feed on the farm produce elsewhere at the expense of the people they shamelessly claim to represent.
The rampaging Fulani killer herdsmen (terrorist cattle herders) all over Igboland, resulted from the despicable negligence of these so-called political leaders and elites, claiming representation of the people at various government cadres. The farmers cannot access their farms anymore for fear of being killed or raped by the Fulani Islamic terrorists. There is no longer yam crops to harvest in the land. The politicians now gallivant globally especially within Europe, to celebrate the new yam festival. If this maladious antecedents are therefore allowed to continue unchecked, what then will be the fate of the revered culture of the Igboman and the poor masses who cannot afford to travel to the Western world in search of yam? The people who have unfortunately, been pushed to the wall, have to start off with a very definitive/commendable action through it’s species that are domiciled in Germany.
The politicians henceforth, should realize that their games are up and that the wounded, the impoverished, the victimized and the humiliated have arisen in desperation, in search of permanent healing and rest. It is for your own interest as an Igbo politician to stay back and fix the problems you helped to create. All must partake in our rich culture as the opportunity beckons and enjoy the peace of the land only when the right things are done. You cannot be in a strange land and be singing the song of redemption. God forbids!
Written by Paul Emerenini
Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International
SENATOR IKE EKWEREMADU WAS ATTACKED WITH EGGS WHILE MAZI NNMADI KANU WAS ATTACKED WITH ARMORED TANKS AND AK49 RIFLES
Something is fundamentally wrong with the mentality of a black African especially in the British enterprise called Nigeria. What has happened to our humanity that we have become so hypocritical and inhumane? What has happened to our reasoning faculty? William Blake evokes a similar opposition in “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” when he said: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.” The devil has a way of talking about that which blocks one’s path in life, frustrates one’s aspirations, makes one feel stuck, hemmed in and obstructed. When seized by a demon, one feels suffocated, oppressed, and fatigued as he struggles to be free from what entraps him. These politicians have in one way or the other blocked our paths, frustrated us, suffocated us, raped us of our senses, shortened our lives and the lives of our loved ones; and I think I should not be too harsh to call this men devil.
The whole of Nigeria erupted because Senator Ike Ekweremadu was attacked with a mere egg and his shirt torn, but Nigerians fail to understand how many lives the same Ike Ekweremadu has carelessly sent to eternal rest prematurely through his actions and inactions. Social media platforms were more than ever busy because the supposed corrupt Nigerian senator was thrown an egg in Nuremberg, Germany. The same Nigerians fail to remember those that were shot live bullets on the streets of Nigeria. They blatantly failed to utter a word. Nigeria radio/television stations and newspaper houses are busy broadcasting, televising and writing respectively because Ekweremadu was assaulted in Germany but failed also to remember millions of family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Reverend Fathers, kidnapped traditional rulers in Enugu and across and Biafraland under his nose as a serving member of the national assembly for 19 good years now. Do people suffer from dementia or is Ekweremadu more human and important than all other people?
The assault on Ekweremadu is now a taboo because it was done by IPOB but when it is done by Hausa-Fulanis or Yorubas, it becomes an acceptable culture. Have you forgotten how the same Ekweremadu colluded with the Nigerian government and the South-East governors to tag IPOB a terrorist organization after sending the Nigerian army with armored tanks, machine guns, helicopter gunships and other weapons which the country has not even used on Boko Haram or Fulani Islamic terrorists, to kill Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on September 14, 2017?
On 21st January 2015, President Jonathan was stoned in Kastina State, Muhammadu Buhari’s home State, because he failed to do what he supposed to as the then President of Nigeria. The same President Goodluck Jonathan was also stoned and some of his DSS officials were wounded same 2015 at Agwan Gaadi, Jalingo, when he went to the palace of the Chief of Jalingo to canvas for presidential votes.
Irate youths of APC in Taraba State forcefully attacked and chased governor Dairus Ishaku of Taraba State out of his country home when he accompanied Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to his political opponent, Senator Aisha Ahassan with stones and machetes. Was Senator Isah Hammah Misau not attacked in 2016 in Bauchi State for supporting the then Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki? Was President Muhammadu Buhari not stoned in Ogun state during an election rally in 2019 for his presidential re-election? Some of these people were stoned, some people were sent to the grave by security bullets, some of them had their properties worth millions of naira destroyed but Ekweremadu was only stoned with an ordinary egg and people want heaven to fall.
It is not the corruption of the elites that bothers this piece but the inability of the masses to distinguish between parochial sentiments and their real oppressors. Everyday now reveals how average Nigerians want the country to be run. Intractably caught up in ethnic and creedal biases, Nigerians have become very defensive of people of easy virtues. With the logic of, “Is he the only person?” Yes, he is not the only person, there are many other people worse than Ekweremadu out there, but we must start from somewhere.
IPOB was even civil in dealing with Ekweremadu and that is what enlightened people like IPOB do, not coming hard on him with stones or bullets or armored tanks like its being done in Nigeria. It was just a signal of what will happen to other corrupt and imbecilic politicians out there. Today it is an egg, tomorrow it maybe stone.
Written by Obulose Chidiebere N.
Edited by Emilia Domendu
For Family Writers Press International
Biafra: Nuremberg Scenario, a Litmus Test for what is to Come
August 22, 2019
By Princewill Akubumma | Biafra Writers
The 21st-century democracy in every part of the world gives the masses the authority to hold their corrupt leaders accountable. The Nuremberg incident involving the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is a litmus test of what awaits corrupt politicians in that unfortunate British establishment called Nigeria.
The political divides – APC and PDP – have been in serious loggerhead, but sensing the looming karma as heralded by the Ekweremadu encounter, they are suddenly unified … unified in a frantic effort to quench the fire of revolution. Rather than improve the lives of the people they are leading, our politicians devise a means of looting our common wealth while intimidating anyone that dare challenge them.
The singular fact that they are now coming together to form a synergy, putting party differences aside in order to defend selves, should open the eyes of the oppressed masses to see the need to synergize with IPOB who have taken the bold step and form a common front. Every civilized and developed country in the world once had revolution.
In the USA, the likes of George Washington, George Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and countless others were once heavily barricaded by angry mobs that pelted them with eggs and dirt to register their displeasure. In Britain, Tony Blair – former British Prime minister – was once pelted with eggs and shoved around by angry masses.
We have as well seen in the social media, viral video footage of angry Ukrainians beating and shoving their corrupt politicians, forcing them into the street waste bins as a result of their inefficacy in representation. Heavens didn’t fall upon those angry masses, for they have it as a fundamental right to protest against corrupt leaders in any democratic dispensation. Yet, in the Nigerian setting, politicians wouldn’t have the masses even air a dissenting view. Speak against the government and you are a dead man.
Recall, however, that in 2013 Sahara Reporters circulated video footage of Rotimi Chibuike Amechi – then still the governor of Rivers state – addressing an audience on the docility and cowardice behavior of Nigerian youths towards corrupt politicians. Amechi told the listeners that Nigerian politicians have been taking them for a ride and charged them to be more confrontational against irresponsible leaders.
The Igbo youths in Germany seem to be taking Amechi’s advice. The day of rage has come. The oppressed people are taking their destiny into their hand. No hiding place for the corrupt politicians.
Publisher: Charles Opanwa