Sunday, 31 July 2016

Biafran Colonel Joe Hannibal Achuzia, his English wife Ethel, and son.


The Biafran Army was an organized land army and all combatants who fought as part of it are soldiers. The terms Militia or fighter are insults to the memories of all the brave soldiers that fought for what they believed in and laid down their lives defending their country.

All members of the armed forces of a party to the conflict are combatants, except medical and religious personnel. For those who say he was eccentric, J.S. Mill once said, The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. History and observers all acknowledged the genius, mental vigor and moral courage of the Biafran side during the war, thanks to the 'eccentricity' of men like Col. J. Achuzia, a brave solider and war hero!

Pictured: Colonel Joe "Hannibal" Achuzia, his English wife Ethel, and son; a former electrical engineer, Achuzia became one of Biafra's most successful and enterprising soldiers. circa 1967

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

BUHARI TO RELEASE HENRY OKAH, NNAMDI KANU, EDMUND EBIWARE, OTHERS SOON.

Nnamdi kanu the leader of IPOB

In a statement issued today, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed that a team negotiating on behalf of the Federal Government for a return of peace to the oil-rich delta had agreed to release several detained or imprisoned militants, including Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Henry Okah, a MEND chieftain serving a jail sentence in South Africa, Charles Okah, and Obi Nwabueze. The statement disclosed that Mr. Kanu and other detained IPOB activists would be released on condition that they renounce their agitation for secession. According to MEND, ex-Senator Adolphus Wabara had introduced the compromise to secure the release of the pro-Biafran agitators.
MEND also stated that the government’s negotiators had agreed not to arrest or harass fugitive ex-MEND militant, Government Ekpemupolo (popularly known as Tompolo), “whenever he makes himself available as a delegate of the MEND Aaron Team 2.” In addition, the group stated that the government would review the life sentence meted out on Edmund Ebiware.

MEND declared itself the only militant group from the Niger Delta region presently engaged in a dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria, adding that oil companies and security agencies were representing the government in talks aimed at brokering peace in the region which has witnessed increasing attacks on oil facilities since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May 2015.
MEND stated that the agreement called for a review of “criminal charges against Urhobo freedom fighter, Mr. Kelvin Prosper Oniarah,” and the review of life sentences handed to seven soldiers in 2008 for supporting the Niger Delta struggle. The affected soldiers are Major Suleiman Alabi Akubo, Sergeant Mathias Peter, Lance Corporal Alexander Davou, Lance Corporal Moses Nwaigwe, Lance Corporal Nnandi Anene, Lance Corporal Taatihi Emmanuel, and Private Caleb Bawa.

Declaring the deliberations “fruitful,” MEND seemed to back military reprisals against the Niger Delta Avengers should the group refuse to stop attacking oil installations in the area. MEND’s statement declared, “one of the most immediate and urgent fall-outs of the ongoing dialogue is the imperative for the Federal Government and MEND to jointly and separately take proactive steps to rescue and secure the region in the event that the recalcitrant Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) continue on their senseless and politically-motivated path of attacks on the country's oil assets.
“To this end, both parties agreed that the Special Forces of the Nigerian Army should commence the purely routine but strategic military exercise code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’; while MEND would commence a meet-the Government-Actors-and-People tour of the Niger Delta region code-named ‘Operation Moses.’”
The statement continued: “While ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’ is aimed at ensuring the combat readiness of the Nigerian Army in Amphibious and Internal Security Operations in the Niger Delta as well as check
criminal activities like kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, piracy and other forms of criminal activities spearheaded by the NDA in the region, MEND's ‘Operation Moses’ is essentially to inform, educate and generally sensitize the citizenry in the Niger Delta, particularly the Government, the youth, oil companies, elders and militant community on the need to ceasefire and support the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in its determined bid to proffer sustainable solutions to the current Niger Delta crisis.”
MEND urged all states, local governments, oil and gas companies and the people of the Niger Delta region “to go about their lawful and legitimate concerns without any iota of fear as we have received FIRM ASSURANCES from the Federal Government that ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’ is an innocuous exercise in the national interest.”

It added, “Meanwhile, MEND's ‘Operation Moses’ shall be anchored by the AARON TEAM 2 Dialogue, Peace & Development Initiative jointly led by Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) and HRH King Alfred Papapreye Diette-Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass in Bayelsa State.
“’Operation Moses’ shall commence with a visit by the distinguished members of the AARON TEAM 2 to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja between August 22, 2016 and August 26, 2016.
“Thereafter, the Team shall hold sessions with top executives of major indigenous and international oil & gas companies operating in Nigeria, including the state oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on August 29 and 30, 2016 in Abuja. The focus of those sessions shall include, to wit: Local content development; Petroleum Industry Bill; Corporate Social Responsibility/Host community relations, etc.
“On September 5 and 6, 2016 in Abuja the MEND Aaron Team shall hold sessions with the top echelon of security agencies in Nigeria as well as the top management of the intervention agencies in the Niger Delta, namely: Ministry of Niger Delta; Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Presidential Amnesty Office. The Minister of Justice/Attorney General of the Federation is expected to personally attend these sessions. The focus of the sessions shall include: Extension of presidential amnesty to certain categories of political prisoners in Nigeria; Fundamental Human Rights; NDDC Act in focus; Presidential Amnesty Proclamation 2009 in focus; collapse of federal infrastructure in the Niger Delta in focus; Calabar-Lagos rail line in focus; East/West Road in focus, etc.

“After these critical sessions, "Operation Moses" shall move to tour the 9 states in the Niger Delta region, commencing with Rivers state between September 12, 2016 and September 14, 2016. Between September 15, 2016 and September 18, 2016 the Aaron Team shall be in Bayelsa state. Between September19, 2016 and September 21, 2016 the Team shall be in Delta state. From Thursday September 22, 2016 to Sunday September 25, 2016 the Aaron Team shall be in Akwa Ibom state. Between September 26, 2016 and September 29, 2016 the Team shall be in Abia and Imo states. And finally, between October 3, 2016 and October 7, 2016 the Aaron Team shall be in Edo and Ondo states.
“The central clearing house for all activities connected with "Operation Moses" shall be the MEND Aaron Team 2 secretariat. Accordingly, the Secretary of the Team, Timipa Jenkins Okponipere, Esq., shall duly communicate with all concerned persons and institutions.
“Ultimately, peace and development in the Niger Delta region is the final destination of the ongoing dialogue between MEND and the Federal Government.” #
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Friday, 29 July 2016

July 29,1966 counter-coup: Africa’s bloodiest coup d'etat. By Chuks Iloegbunam.

Brigadier Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi.

The first shots shattered the peace of the night at the Abeokuta Garrison of the Nigerian Army a few minutes after midnight on July 29, 1966.
Three casualties lay instantly dead in the persons of Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Okonweze, the Garrison Commander, Major John Obienu, Commander of the 2nd Reece Squadron, and Lieutenant E. B. Orok, also of the Reece Squadron. It was the beginning of the much-touted revenge coup of Northern Nigerian army officers and men against the regime of Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi.
By August 1, when Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon assumed power in Lagos as Nigeria’s second military Head of State, the bullet ridden bodies of both Ironsi and his host, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, the military Governor of Western Nigeria, lay buried in shallow graves at Iwo, outside Ibadan.
“Within three days of the July outbreak, every Igbo soldier serving in the army outside the East was dead, imprisoned or fleeing eastward for his life”, observed Professor Ruth First in
The Barrel of a Gun: The Politics of Coups d’Etat in Africa [Allen Lane The Penguin Press, London, 1970, p317.]
But Africa’s bloodiest coup did not stop at that stage, despite the shooting deaths of 42 officers and over 130 other ranks, who were overwhelmingly Igbo. The killing sprees and ever-expanding killing fields spread like wild fire across most of the country. There were three phases to the coup – the Araba / Aware massacres in northern Nigeria pre-July that called for northern secession, the July Army bloodbath, and the ethnic cleansing that went on for months after Ironsi had been assassinated and his regime toppled. The maelstrom prompted Colonel Gowon into making a radio broadcast on September 29, 1966.
This was the kernel of what he said: “You all know that since the end of July, God in his power has entrusted the responsibility of this great country of ours into the hands of yet another Northerner. I receive complaints daily that up till now Easterners living in the North are being killed and molested, and their property looted. I am very unhappy about this. We should put a stop to it. It appears that it is going beyond reason and is now at a point of recklessness and irresponsibility.”
Salutary intervention
But Gowon’s salutary intervention changed nothing, as the massacres continued unabated. Northern soldiers and civilians went into towns, fished out Easterners and flattened them either with rapid gunfire or with violent machete blows, leaving their properties looted or torched.
According to the Massacre of Ndigbo in 1966: Report of the Justice G. C. M. Onyiuke Tribunal , [Tollbrook Limited, Ikeja, Lagos] “…between 45,000 and 50,000 civilians of former Eastern Nigeria were killed in Northern Nigeria and other parts of Nigeria from 29th May 1966 to December 1967 and although it is not strictly within its terms of reference the Tribunal estimates that not less than 1,627,743 Easterners fled back to Eastern Nigeria as a result of the 1966 pogrom.”
Counter-coup


This is contemporary Nigerian history, only 50 years old. But when experts like Dr. Reuben Abati and Professor Jonah Elaigwu write about it, they lose all sense of numeracy and statistical acuity, and glibly state that the July 29, 1966 counter-coup cost “many” Igbo lives.
Well, the truth is that the July 29 counter-coup appears to be the bloodiest in the world’s recorded history because the casualty figures it posted far outstrip those registered in decided bloody coups like the Glorious Revolution of 1688 in which King James II of England was overthrown by an invading army led by William III of Orange-Nassau; the 18 Brumaire of 1799 coup in which General Napoleon Bonaparte overthrew the French Directory on November 9, 1799; the Wuchang Uprising of 1911 that overthrew the Qing Dynasty and led to the establishment of the Republic of China; the Bolsheviks October Revolution of 1917 that led to the creation of the Soviet Union; and the Iraqi coup d’état of 1936, the first among Arab countries. Each of these coups/revolutions led to war. But none of them managed anything near the sea of blood occasioned by July 29, 1966.
Giving their interest in posting photographs and videos on the Internet by Instagram and Snapchat, and advertising mostly poor language on Facebook and other such portals, today’s Nigerian youths may know next to nothing about what led to the catastrophe of July 29. But the details follow here for those of them interested in learning.

The problem sat rigidly on the superficiality of Nigeria, a geographical expression contrived by colonialist Britain. At Independence in 1960, the country operated a federal system of government with three powerful regions that didn’t take dictation from Lagos, the nation’s capital. A fourth region, the Midwest, with capital in Benin City, was created in June 1963.
But destroying the very fabric of the artificial political entity were tribalism and corruption, corruption which by today’s standards, would seem like cloistered nuns delightfully engaging in a game of Ping-Pong!
Controversial census
Prime minister tafawa balewa
There were the 1960 and 1964-1965 uprisings in the Tiv country of the Middle Belt, and fractious elections in Western Nigeria in 1964 and 1965. There was the highly controversial national census exercise of 1963, and there was the military action of Isaac Boro’s Niger Delta Volunteer Force.
Then, the military moved in on January 15, 1966, having contracted the germ of the idea of military putsches running riot across the world. In Algeria, for instance, Colonel Houari Boumediene and Ahmed Ben Bella overthrew Benyoucef Benkhedda on July 3, 1962.
Three years later, on June 19, 1965, Boumedienne overthrew Ben Bella. More: In Argentina, General Eduardo Lonardi overthrew President Juan Domingo Peron on September 16, 1955. On March 29, 1962, General Raul Pogi overthrew President Arturo Frondizi. In Brazil on March 31, 1964, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco overthrew João Goulart to set up a 21-year-long dictatorship. In Indonesia General Suharto overthrew President Sukarno on September 30, 1965.
First West African coup

Inside Africa itself, coups were also trending. Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser had overthrown Muhammad Naguib as far back as February 27, 1954. The first coup in West Africa was on January 13, 1963, when Etiene Eyadema overthrew Sylvanus Olympio. Colonel Joseph (later Mobutu Sese Seko) toppled Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba on September 14, 1960 and “neutralized” all political parties in Congo-Kinshasa. In neighbouring Benin Republic, Christophe Soglo overthrew Hubert Maga on October 28, 1963. Soglo carried out another coup on November 27, 1965, toppling Sourou-Migan Apithy.

Both coups happened when the country still bore the name of Dahomey.
On New Year’s Day of 1966, Colonel Jean-Bedel Bokassa overthrew his cousin, President David Dacko in Central Africa Republic. Two days later, Lieutenant Colonel Sangoulé Lamizana overthrew President Maurice Yaméogo in Upper Volta, which was renamed Burkina Faso in 1984 by Marxist revolutionary Captain Thomas Sankara.

But there was a difference between the rash of coups that occurred elsewhere and the one of January 15, 1966 in Nigeria. The Nigerian coup took an immediate ethnic colouration, and for reasons that were all too obvious. Of the five Majors that formed the innermost circle of the plotters, four were Igbo – Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna, Donatus Okafor, and Chris Anuforo. But there was also among them Major Adewale Ademoyega, a Yoruba. Then, there was also the more disturbing fact that most of the coup’s casualties were non-Igbo, like Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Northern Premier Sir Ahmadu Bello, Western Premier Chief Samuel Akintola, and Federal Finance Minister Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh. No Igbo politician had lost his life in the bloody action.

Further, in executing the coup, the military had turned against itself in the killings of the following Northern military officers: Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari (Commander 2 Brigade), Colonel Kur Mohammed (Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters), Lieutenant Colonel James Yakubu Pam (Adjutant-General), and Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Abogo Largema (Commander 4th Battalion, Ibadan). Two Yoruba officers were also victims: Brigadier Samuel Ademulegun (Commander 1 Brigade), and his deputy, Colonel Ralph Sodeinde. The coup was, in effect, as bloody as they come. Its very nature fanned the fiction that it was an Igbo coup.
Chuks Iloegbunam (iloegbunam@hotmail.com ), is the author of
Ironside, the biography of General Aguiyi-Ironsi.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Press Statement: July 27, 2016 CAVEAT EMPTOR: CUSTOMARY GOVERNMENT OF BIAFRA IS A RUSE:

Biafran war veteran match that led to ARMY COUNCIL
 OF BIAFRA (ACB) inaugurated 30th May 2014.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) hereby notifies the International Community and Biafrans in particular that there is no such thing as Customary Government of Biafra. At this stage, we (IPOB) are simply freedom fighters and the leader of IPOB is Nnamdi Kanu who was given the mantle of leadership of IPOB by the High Command of the Biafran Army on the 30th of May 2014 at Enugu. The ceremony bestowing leadership of IPOB on Nnamdi Kanu was documented and can be viewed on YouTube using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muRIgNynCwQ&feature=youtu.be

Sadly, we have discovered that Dr. Dozie Ikedife and his APC cohorts are parading themselves as Customary Government of Biafra even when our sovereignty, which was robbed us by Nigeria and Britain, has not been restored. Worse still, these fraudsters are ordering genuine Biafra freedom fighters to come under their illegal and unrecognized Customary Government. These usurpers have never come out for demonstration or supported the release of our leader. They are busy conniving with Rochas Okorocha and some Igbo politicians who over the decades have sold their conscience to the devil called Nigeria. These shameless men have been busy using our name to advance their APC agenda in the Igbo-speaking parts of Biafraland.

IPOB under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu is registered and recognized at the United Nations’ ECOSOC as “Indigenous People of Biafra” without any second or third-party representation but simply and directly as “Indigenous People of Biafra—IPOB.” We are also registered and recognized in over 100 countries and territories around the world. When we came out all over the world to demonstrate and to remember our fallen heroes, where were these APC political harlots claiming to be Customary Government or part of IPOB? They never came out but here they are today with the help of Rochas Okorocha, who is a certified Northerner, trying to confuse the public with their nonsense about Customary Government.

We challenge them to name one protest march they have organized. They supported Buhari and his murderous killer squads to execute our people in cold blood. For these traitors to now claim that they are IPOB, it is an insult to the memory of the dead. If they do not refrain from this Buhari-sponsored dance of shame, the consequences will be severe on them.
While we are not against any person or group of people answering their name or belonging to any organization of their choice, one thing is certain and that is; there is only one IPOB and in IPOB we do not have any Customary Government. Anybody referring to himself as Customary Government of Biafra is nothing but a petty thief and a criminal working for Nigeria.

In essence, anyone asking people to support any Customary Government is putting the lives of our people at risk because they are essentially informants to Nigeria’s secret police called Department of State Services (DSS). Therefore Biafrans and friends of Biafra must be eternally vigilant as well as disregard anyone or group of people claiming to be members of Customary Government of Biafra because there is no such thing in existence. When Biafra is restored, we shall develop and practice real democracy as is obtainable in developed countries such as Israel and the United States of America. We cannot afford to put the cart before the horse. It is freedom from Nigeria and Britain first before formation of government. The current singular objective of every genuine Biafran is the restoration of the nation of Biafra and not the formation of a Customary Government when our sovereignty is yet to be restored.
Again, CAVEAT EMPTOR on this ruse called Customary Government of Biafra!!!
Signed
Emma Powerful
IPOB Media and Publicity Officer
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Saturday, 23 July 2016

CHRONICLE OF BUHARI’s HATRED AGAINST IGBOS (BIAFRANS). .

Buhari left, and nnamdi kanu right.
Before 2015, AHMB had attempted to govern the country again by contesting for the presidency in 2003, 2007 and 2011. However, in 2003 and 2007, AHMB had used 2 Igbos as his running mates in a bid to confuse and dodge his hatred for the Igbos but in those times, the citizenry saw him for who truly he was: an undemocratic and unrepentant tyrant. Thus, on those occasions rejected him at the polls. These Igbo sons that he had adopted as his running mates on those occasions will however not live long thereafter. They will both die in mysterious circumstances that have baffled even event watchers and which has been described in some quarters as ‘’using the blood of my enemies to prepare for my future success’’ in order to have the opportunity to deal with them.
In the run up to the 2015 elections, the tyrant will however be repackaged and presented as a REPENTANT DEMOCRATIC who was now ready to abide by democratic tenet and who has mellowed down on his ‘’I must deal with the Igbos vow’’. However, Knowing that a Leopard does don’t change it’s spots, yours sincerely had warned that electing AHMB was a disaster waiting to happen.
In the build up to the election campaigns and in spirit of giving second chance, Same Buhari came to campaign in all the Igbo states without getting any bad press, we gave him an Igbo name (Mazi Okechukwu), special Igbo titles (Enyi Ndi Aba 1 and Ogbuagu 1) and also ‘’some votes’’.

However, immediately the African Hitler won, his hatred for Igbos got rekindled. He called us ‘’THE 5 PERCENTERS’’ and said as well as vow that we can only get what the constitution allows from him and has gone ahead to implement his vow to the latter.
If only treating us as 5 percenters and allowing us to co-habit in peace was all that we got, we would have even clapped that he was truly a repentant tyrant, at least partially. But the truth is that AHMB was not done with ‘’dealing’’ with the Igbo Biafrans.
Just in few months into his reign, he had dispatched his murderous military to Onitsha to kill peaceful and armless Igbo youths who were on Biafra evangelism within their neighborhood. At the end of the unprovoked shooting on the cool and breezing Sunday evening of 30th August, 2015, 3 innocent Igbo lives were lost with many injured.
From then afterwards, killing of Igbo youths as a means of ‘’dealing with the Igbos’’ became a state sponsored program resulting in the killings of over 200 Igbo youths before the end of 2015. If the president had claimed that he had issues with peaceful protesting Igbos youth, what problem did he have with 8 jubilating Igbo youths that his soldiers killed on 18th December, 2015 in Onitsha? These 8 Igbo youths were murdered for celebrating the Abuja High Court ordered release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. An order the AHMB will in his usual I must ‘’deal with them the Igbos’’ ensured was not obeyed.

In all these senseless killings, the government headed by Buhari never condemn the killings for one single day. Rather we have a DUTY TO CRUSH THEM since they are Igbos became his government daily HATE FILLED CONFESSIONS on all the country’s media platforms.
The display of his hatred will however get worse with the turn of the Year 2016 as AHMB will throw caution to the thin air and get very dirty. Kidnapping and killing of Igbos Biafrans became so pronounced that no week passed without Buhari’s GESTAPO DSS kidnapping and ‘’wasting’’ some Igbo lives.
Igbo owned businesses were not spared the hate as his government took decisions that were targeted at strangulating Igbo owned businesses to death.

On February 9th, 2016 Igbo youths praying for God’s intervention about the trial of Nnamdi Kanu in a secluded school compound were shot with live bullets at the orders of the African Hitler. By the time the shooting which was caught on camera was over, 22 Igbo youths were stone dead in cold blood with as much as 30 critically injured.
Not done with his ‘’dealing of the Igbos’’, Buhari’s GESTAPO DSS and the Army will go for the ‘’big kill’’ on the 30th of May, 2016 a day set aside for the remembrance of Igbos and others Biafrans who had been murdered at various times and places in Nigeria especially those who were killed during the 1966 – 70 conflict. It’s to be noted that this remembrance anniversary had taken place in 2014 and 2015 peacefully inspite of the massive turnout. However, ‘’Mr Deal with the Igbos’’ was determined to accomplish his hatred on this occasion.

In a premeditated and well coordinated ‘’killing of Igbos spree’’ which started at about 11:30pm at Saint Edmund Catholic, Nkpor where mostly Igbos Biafrans had gathered to pass the night in readiness for the next day’s Biafran Heroes day event. Sleeping Igbo youths were rounded up in the church premises and murdered. The Killings will however continue throughout the anniversary day of 30th May, 2016 as Biafrans especially Igbos attending the event were ambushed in all axis from Asaba end of the Niger Bridge to the Awka -Enugu expressway leading to Onitsha. Not even the Nnewi road entrance to Nkpor was spared nor the Obosi – Ogidi entrance. Infact, Onitsha was on lock down on that day. The epic center of the killings remained the Nkpor venue of the anniversary. By the time the Igbo motivated shooting died down by the 7pm on the event day, over 140 Igbo youths in their prime were murdered. More 30 will later die in various hospitals that they rushed to and over 100 are still in different hospitals with terminal injuries. If killing them was all that happened, we would still console ourselves by the fact that we saw their corpse to give benefitting burial.

Buhari’s GESTAPO DSS and the Army made sure that most of the corpse of the innocent murdered Igbo youths were carted away. Yours sincerely saw over 8 Hilux Army Vans loaded with corpse of these youths with the killers rejoicing and hailing one and another for Buhari’s ordered killings well executed on that day.
Not done with just ‘’dealing with the Igbos’’ by killing, The African Hitler will however order for the ‘’harvesting’’ of the body parts of these ‘’well dealt with Igbos’’ before going ahead to give them MASS BURIAL after having their knife butchered corpse DOUSED WITH RAW ACID inside the Onitsha military barrack cementary were they buried. The mass burial and the harvesting of the body parts of these murdered Igbo youths was AHMB’s own way of ‘’spiting on the dealt with Igbos’’ because he was well aware that Igbo culture and tradition forbids mass burial and harvesting of body parts of the dead without the express permission of the dead before his death or the family.
Out of hatred for the Igbos, Same Buhari will again vow that he will rather be drowned in same River with Biafrans especially Igbos than allow them same right to self-determination that he advocated and supported before UN for Palestinian People and those of Western Sahara because in his thought he has not dealt with them enough now that he has the golden opportunity.
Buhari had in his address before the UN in 2015 stated that ‘’Peaceful co-existence and right to self-determination are the founding principles of the union………Neither do we have the moral right to deny ANY PEOPLE their freedom or condemn them indefinitely to occupation and bloackade’’
One is now left wondering and asking the moral right that same Buhari has that have seen him vowing to deny Igbos (Biafrans) their right to self- determination and freedom as enshrined in the UN charter on the right of the indigenous people and condemn them indefinitely to occupation and bloackade if not HATRED?

The African Hilter may use his hatred for the Igbos to outshine the white German Nazi Adolf Hitler whose hatred for the Jews saw him supervising the killing of over 6million people of Jewish origins. The Igbo blood thirsty nature of the AHMB has even made him became the President who has supervised the highest killings of people in a DEMOCRATIC SETTING OR ENVIRONMENT in the first one year of this reign worldwide. A record that will definitely be hard to beat in centuries to come if not in millenniums. Offcourse, most of the murdered being Igbo Biafrans.

AHMB can continue with his hatred for the Igbos but must avoid trying to play the victims card after committing so much atrocities against us because we are empathically keeping and chronicling the records of his crimes against us for posterity because an Igbo proverb says ‘’After the race, comes the counting of the distance covered’’.
Now still presents a golden opportunity for AHMB to study history and learn from what became of the murderer, German Adolf Hitler whose protégé he has chosen to become and what became of him when it was time to count the distance after the race he ran with his GESTAPO POLICE: suicide!

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ONE NIGERIA WAS FORMED THROUGH FOREIGN CRIMINAL NEGOTIATION AND WILL BE EITHER REMAKED PEACEFUL OR VIA VIOLENT RE-NEGOTATION CUM REVOLUTION; WHETHER THE ONE NIGERIA’S POLITICAL CLASS AND OTHERS INVESTED INTERESTS IN THE COUNTRY LIKE THIS OR NOT:



Nigeria founding fathers.

Do you think we really love one another in this country? Do you think the Hausa man truly from the deepest bottom of his heart loves the Igbo or the Ijaw man and other ethnic Nationalities in the old Eastern Nigeria; or the Yoruba man truly loves the Hausa-Fulani man or the Igbo man Truly loves an Oduduwa man?.

As for me, Comrade Makanjuola Adigun Muhammed, a proud and typical Yoruba Nationalist, loves everybody within the context of universal humanity see; I am talking to all those reading through this significant message that I love everybody. But probing sermon of love to those “Nigerians” I had met in the cause of my sojourn on earth who are few in numbers; Yes, few individuals but I was not referring to these few “Nigerians” or few individuals like shehu, Emeka or preye or Bola or Idris loving outside of their ethnic camps. I am referring to corporate love, corporate trust, corporate pursuance of one vision, mission and goal as one Nation that belongs to nobody but everybody. In today’s Nigeria, these are rare finds. Negotiating NIGERIA will help us answer these many questions.

When certain elements due to their neo-imperialistic dispositions allude to the notion that we can’t negotiate matters that concern Nigeria including her unity, it is discouraging, when a nation denies the reality, reality comes back hunting as a tormenting ghost. A man who believes he is free within the four walls of a prison is not only in delusion but in self-deception. Nigeria’s is building mansions in self-deception as if all is well with Nigeria’s unity. We are clutching a hungry tiger by the tail and expecting the animal to be singing a love song. It is not a wise talk to vent that fusion of Nigeria as we know it is not negotiable. If God in his infinite majesty could have bantered back and forth with the devil regarding the life of his servant, Job, who is a Buhari to force or decree, forced Nigeria unity on millions of people who are seriously demanding to express their freewill via negotiation of that Unity! It is simple sermonette that things thus are negotiable. Everything about Nigeria has always been negotiated. Before the name of “Nigeria” was criminally made official Flora Shaw and others had to negotiate with the British overlords. The satanic amalgamation of the present territories now called Nigeria had to go through intense British colonial office and their men on ground in the Nigeria contraption before the criminal unification was done. Only fools, naked illiterates, and regional supremacists that will pontificate on dumfounded non-negotiability of a forced marriage driven by economic considerations.

These Regional supremacists masquerading as pan-Nigerian leadership do not know implications of what a full blown rebellion backed by foreign ideological cum anti-western imperialistic agenda ,with nuclear capabilities as international state actors means if they backed those calling for negotiation and the parasites within the Nigeria system babbling that there will be no negotiation on Nigeria unity as if the answer to all Nigeria failures and many yet unanswered questions is only found on the battlefields where their federal control engineered the offensive to maintain the non-negotiability of a foreign western imposed idea; Nigeria! In a war where self-acclaimed brothers will be digger drawn against brothers. Brothers indeed!

Negotiating Nigeria is not a crime against any existing laws known locally and internationally. Most “Nigerians” believes that the country was conceived in deception, birthed in confusion, and nourished in corruption; President Buhari knows this too well yet want to fight one corruption and the most deadly ones alone, National unity and political structural corruption. President Buhari; we have to discuss as part of the negotiation you are now running away from why a particular Region or Regions appear privileged than the others while their contributions to the Nigerian purse is 0% and the others who are contributing more, are not; in same country we claim is a nation bound in freedom, peace and unity. Mr President, we have to talk about why pipelines that took many years to build now take minutes to bomb by a people so angry and bitter about one Nigeria? Mr President we have to talk about why so many people are left behind why a privileged few feed fat on a system unfair to many yet your northern brothers and sisters are opposing the calls by the millions, for the restructuring of this un-federal monster termed one Nigeria?

Mr President why is that you are upholding the interests of two out of the four geo-political zones in Nigeria for the country to be restructured into manageable Regions of equal with the principles of resources control and fiscal federalism as the unified guiding principles of the Federation why supports the North against the Southern demands and may it not be because of the above you are talking to yourself that Nigeria unity is not negotiable? Mr President Buhari, We have to talk why the core-North will continues to aggressively attack the south when it’s comes to the debate of re-negotiating Nigeria unity and will be intimidating the south with the threat of war via their firm aggression of non-negotiability of the neo-colonial failed State reality. Yet you, the President, will be comfortable with the positions of your people over that of the South? Do you think the south will keep quiet forever?

In conclusion to all the above diatribes, You non-answer or response to these above questions is what is creating the inevitable emergence of the State of Biafra, Oduduwa Federation, The United States of the Middle-Belt. There inevitable options are on the tables of those who want to negotiate with those who says Nigeria unity is not negotiable because Buhari’s and his co-Northern political, traditional and economic class do not want one Nigeria unity negotiated but the country unity’s question is already been negotiated by daily enfolding events in the dying British created artificial State.
By
Comrade: Makanjuola Adigun Muhammed
Movement for Oduduwa Republic
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Friday, 22 July 2016

BREAK UP NIGERIA NOW by Osita Ebiem

Nigeria Map
There are a thousand and one reasons why Nigeria as a matter of urgency must split up along ethnic/cultural lines as soon as today. (The emphasis here is on the now for very obvious reasons). These are some of them:
1. Nigeria as a third-party construct was put together without due consent of the actual members of the union or taking into consideration the feelings and cultural sensitivities of any of the people concerned.

2. The union from the onset is faulty because the fundamental ingredients that make any social contract or society work were lacking. Such a thing like religious/cultural affinity is just non-existent amongst the peoples of Nigeria.
3. It is believed that all successful unions, relationships, marriages, societies, etc are those in which members can communicate among themselves in a clear language that every party to the arrangement understands. Therefore the most important element in forming a union that works becomes the commonality of language. In Nigeria that is absent.

4. For a relationship or union to work there must be common objectives, goals, or destiny that everyone in it must subscribe to or aspire toward. The Muslim North and West of Nigeria surely have different agendas and goals from those of Christian and Animist Igbo/Biafra people.
5. It is only based on when all members of the society can have a common objective will they be able to work together, trusting one another knowing that they are all headed toward the same direction even when the details of their methods and minor views differ it is still understood and rooms or provisions are made for those diversities so that no one takes up arms to kill the others. Such understanding is completely non-existent in Nigeria. No tolerance of views that are unislamic is present in Nigeria.
6. There is mutual suspicion amongst the different peoples of the Nigerian union and no one is even making attempt at tolerating the other.
7. Islamic jihadist project against Igbo/Biafra people and the other non Muslim population of the failed Nigerian experiment is so overt and boiling over and it is continuous.
8. Historically, a heinous atrocity had been visited on Igbo/Biafra people. 48 years ago the greatest genocide on the African continent was committed by Nigeria and its citizens against the other supposedly fellow citizens, the Igbo/Biafra people and, they murdered 6.1 million of that group including children all because of hatred and intolerance.
9. The same Igbo/Biafra people were not only denied their right to life in the genocidal act but they were also dispossessed of their material wealth and possessions. After the killings, bombing and near-annihilation of the Igbo/Biafra ethnic group and total destruction of the physical structures of Biafran people and land, Nigeria took away ownership of all the real estate properties that once belonged to Igbo/Biafrans wherever they were located in Nigeria. In the same vein Nigeria also denied Igbo/Biafra people access to their bank deposits. Instead they handed to each Igbo/Biafran depositors 20 pounds of Nigeria’s money no matter the millions or thousands that they had in the banks prior to the time.

10. Like we earlier said, this list is endless but let’s just say that there is no compatibility and there will never be a time when there will between the Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani and the Igbo/Biafra people. There is no commonality of interests as a society, let each group go their separate ways. That is wisdom and that is the only truth

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Portrait of a Biafran Soldier.


Date: 1967 - 1969.
Note: The U.S. Army illegally invaded and bombed Vietnam and more recently, Iraq. When they returned, the American establishment made sure they were greeted as heroes. Yet, when an Igbo post a picture in honour of those who fought for our freedom, some of our own people will write silly articles against it.
Whether our feeling of marginalisation is real or perceived, it is wrong to dismiss our grievances and accuse us of being the cause of our predicaments.
Mr Chukwuhill Okonkwo & others like him, we frown upon your shenanigans!

Portrait of a Biafran Soldier.

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ONE NIGERIA IS ABOUT TO BREAKUP: WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE OF YORUBA NATION?

Oduduwa Republic





If the Niger-delta freedom fighters has combined their forces with the self-determination groups from the South-East such like IPOB of Maxi Nnamdi Kalu and Massob lead by Uchenna Madu and other genuine pro-Biafran freedom seekers with the use of devastating weapons and other destructive war armaments from Russia, North Korea, the State of Israel and the other powerful nations in Diaspora who understand the pro-British-Fulani-Hausa alliance and others in Nigeria while forcefully insisting Nigeria will not breakup because the concept of Nigeria is their meal tickets while they want one Nigeria remain in a rogue status forever united, they will not allow those who never do again to have their own separate countries. Yet they want to continue to hide under one Nigeria to use the resources of these want away regions, that do not want Nigeria again to run one Nigeria that those who do not want the country possess the natural and human resources under their indigenous geography.
The Nigeria political leadership must understand this basic reality that those from the two regions now speaking as one block are against the others from other regions that want Nigeria to remain under the eternal domination of those who want Nigeria because of the fake pan-Nigerian influences and political relationship cum partisan and business connections, may not survive the hurricane that is about to befall one Nigeria. This I can bet with my whole!

Many people from the Yoruba Ethnic Group who still want to hang on to one Nigeria do not know what is about to happen to one Nigeria. These groups of Yoruba from an Obasanjo to the least person on the Yoruba streets and those residing and hiding abroad and write rubbish in the pan-Nigeria electronic , print and social media platforms underestimated what is about to fall one Nigeria. Let them note this and do so very quickly if they are not to bite their fingers ignorantly, that the forces at work now to end one Nigeria are developed by powerful nuclear powerful Nations outside Nigeria and who has been observing the neo-colonial nature of the British created Nigeria for a long time and discovered that the most intelligent indigenous Nation trapped within Nigeria who should had ended this one Nigeria British eating tickets cum Fulani meal tickets, are so indolent and not straight forward, as their elite of various professional manifestations continue to collaborate with the forces of British imperialism and Fulani feudalism as the old eastern region had been doing before now, this time, now Yoruba, to pretentiously fake their demands for True-Federalism and Regional Autonomy, while they do not employ sustain practical confrontational manifestations for these demands from Nigeria to be met once and for all while the majority of their ordinary people majorly continue to suffer gross deprivation and unstrained poverty of un-imaginary levels.

These Yoruba interests while playing self-promoted pan-Nigeria politics of class interests to enthrone various interests outside Yorubaland to rule over the Yoruba Nation under the concept of pan-Nigerianism, the Regional agendas of these various regions while in power always manifested against the interests of the majority of the Yoruba and the further dehumanization of the Yoruba universal being. I, Makanjuola Adigun Muhammed will never oppose any struggle to breakup Nigeria and I want Buhari to note this and do so very well. I am not a hypocrites or an ignoramus. I studied History of the world and that of Nigeria to a considerable levels and I know that there is no love among those so called “Nigerians” and there is nothing like Nigeria and if this is a lie then let me die. Those who are singing a fairytales songs about Nigeria unity know why they are doing so. Such believes do not stand any universal logic and arguments and the pro-Buharists like the others who had ruled this fake one Nigeria before are only interested in the continue philosophies of robbing Peter to pay Paul. If the North and their friends in the South from the office of the President to the least man in the South-West and the old eastern region, and their Senior Northern parasites, genuinely believed in the Unity of Nigeria, let them collectively agreed to these three items below; Namely:

1, Hand off from the oil and gas of the Niger-delta areas and the VATS generated from the south, and that of the oil producing areas of Imo, Abia, Ondo, Anambra and Lagos permanently and use cows, yam, desert, the Bible and the Koran to ran Nigeria into a modern economy of the 21st century.
2, Let all the current 6 geo-political zones be urgently be transformed into six strong autonomous regions, each with, is own flags, National Anthem and Constitutions respectively according to their peculiar Histories.

3, after granting the above two, an Igbo of Eastern extraction must be allowed to preside over a new Nigeria if the Buhari co-North will accept an infidel ruling over Nigeria after the restructuring of Nigeria. Basically I know that the above two factors and the last are not impossible and the North will rather prefer war in conceding their neo-colonial ownership of Nigeria to be terminated. And it is from these above, I foresee the eventual breakup of One Nigeria in a few months from now. Let any Yoruba on this thread not call these above analysis a lie after all, the Yoruba traditional institutions and powerful elements had in recent times had become objects of kidnapping ridicule and political assaults from confrontational parts of failed Nigeria with no radical or aggressive response from those Yorubas who do not want Nigeria to breakup because they have not completed their assignments as serving in their new roles as Fulani agents in the south of criminal one Nigeria. When a Yoruba deaconess of the Redeem Christian Church of God and her counterparts from Imo State, who were women and were gruesomely murdered in Abuja and Kano respectively by pro-Islamic fanatics, there was no demonstrations at the National Assembly ,in Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, ,Imo and Ogun States respectively , to aggressively demand for recompense of these victims of conscious physical eliminations but when a hopeless, a Tug and a mad Senator had issues with a wife of a powerful pan-One Nigeria political kalifa, the love of patronage and inducement becomes the motivating factors behind these various money driven process cum massive protests.

When Yoruba demand for restructuring cum True-Federalism and Regional Autonomy, no Yoruba commoners will be sponsored on the streets of fake one Nigeria, carrying protesting banners and placards in a long sustained process to press home of these demands but let the Unitarists insult the their political leaders who are the sources of their private meal tickets that do not reflect no positive benefits to millions of Yoruba, hell will be let loose. Hypocrisy, sycophancies, and Alimajirism are now the order of things among the Yoruba people trapped within Nigeria.

Hiring, for private and sinister purposes are now the common things within Yorubaland and among the majority of the suffering Yoruba people in Nigeria yet they will, by their massive ignorance and lies accept positions and fairytale stories past down to them by their leaders and arch-deceivers to continue to oppose and condemn the calls for the breakup of Nigeria, the source of all their sufferings and dehumanization.

On a final note: The Yorubaland is dealing with the most daunting challenges in our history. Our traditional institutions are been violated at will by gunmen and kidnappers for one unclear reasons or the others. The OPC, which one of the segments of the Yoruba chop-chop class had one condemned as a criminal group cum Yoruba enemies are now be begged to save the Yoruba Nation from permanent occupation and eventual conquest, the calls current been made by the rich class and the ignorant ordinary suffering Yoruba people, of a group they had finally rejected, after 2015 elections on the basis of pan-Nigerian partisan politics. They are not calling on their Pan-Nigerian Armed forces and other security agencies to come and save them but the OPC. The OPC, on the other hands had requested all the who is who in the Yoruba leadership, to sign an open undertakings that they will not be handed over to the pan-one Nigeria state, by same people who are now calling them to protect them and their land after series of attacks in some parts of Lagos and Ogun States respectively, The OPC and other Yoruba self-determination groups, must see the current tides as an opportunity not only to defend the Yorubaland and people, both old and young, rich and poor but to free the Yoruba Nation from all the evils that the Yoruba leadership that cannot do anything about because of their selfish pursuits in one Nigeria while our totality as a people is endangered by those they are suppose to live in same useless country with, while they want to remain permanently as devious proxies want to keep one Nigeria for themselves and not to the advantage of the majority of our peo0ple. Biafra actual8ization is in months where will the Oduduwa Nation be, which areas, Oba or persons are next in the line, in further attacks to be carried out within the territory of the Yoruba Nation? Ti a baa sukun a maa rii ran ni oo! Biafra Republic will be declared soonest and nothing will happen! Nigeria unity is negotiable! There are two choices left for a determined slaves, either to be free or died in Slavery! The Biafran Armed forces had given 1st of August for individuals from Northern Extractions and the Yoruba Nation residing and working within their geography to relocate to their own respective countries of Arewa and Oduduwa Republic to enable in peace without killing non-Biafrans to declare their Sovereign independence from Nigeria by going on the offensive. We do not see any wrong with the above ultimatum, if they will not harm our own people living in their region while they make frantic attempts to come back to the Yoruba Nation. Their indigenous Territory is their indigenous homeland!

Those Yoruba who are regularly boasting on facebook and social media networks could not come home or those residing in Nigeria and other parts of already occupied Yorubaland could go to Ikorodu, Ekiti, Ibarapaa, Ereuwa,Skaki,Oyo, Ilashe, Shagamu, Ilaro, Ayetoro, Iba,ijagemo and other parts of the Yoruba Nation where external attacks and painful gruesome killings had been experienced by our ordinary people with some traditional rulers kidnapped during these unfortunate attacks because our people were not prepared for a time like this by our self-serving leaders in failed one Nigeria while the leaders of other regions are!

COMRADE MAKANJUOLA ADIGUN MUHAMMED
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION: ODUDUWA REPUBLIC.
MOVEMENT FOR ODUDUWA REPUBLIC
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Nigeria judiciary no longer follow the Constitution and the judicial process.

Nnamdi Kanu
The Nigeria judiciary no longer has the power to release NNAMDI KANU because they no long follow the Constitution and the judicial process, instead they are now obligated to do what president Buhari wants, which is to send Nnamdi Kanu to serve a jail term, possibly life imprisonment, that's why Buhari still keeps Nnamdi Kanu. Take a look at the so-called charges against Nnamdi Kanu and you will see that there is no basis, not to talk of any visible evidence to even back up their claims.

How can you arrest someone without probable cause? When has freedom of speech and self-determination become a 'Treasonable Felony'? That's what Buhari and his lawyers has been telling the world. The same Buhari who demanded that "the Palestinian people and those of the Western Sahara' be obliged their legitimate demands for self-determination to United Nations? So what the hack, huh? NNAMDI KANU is simply asking for the same rights for his people(Biafrans). Is it obvious that this just a personal agenda of president Buhari against the Igbo-Biafrans.. after all, Buhari has publicly declared that he will kill more Igbo's to keep Nigeria as one, so why am I not surprised that Nnamdi Kanu has been a victim of such hatred. Even after the federal High Court of Nigeria granted he bail, Buhari openly revoked his bail rights, saying he will never allow NNAMDI KANU to jump bail.

So Buhari has refused to grant NNAMDI KANU Bail, he has also refused to release him, what then is Buhari planning? To kill Nnamdi Kanu? To falsify evidence and send him to jail? Just like Nelson Mandela, Nnamdi Kanu has now become a prisoner of conscience. We call on the whole world to bare witness to such cruelty and injustice, we call on all Biafrans to start campaigning for the release of our leader, we call on those who stand for truth and justice to please demand for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu. Any of us can fall victim to such injustice and barbarism.
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Ghost of Biafra,” By Obi Nwakanma



Sam Omatseye’s piece in the Nation, “The Ghost of Biafra,” this past week adds to the growing discussion on the inevitable impact of the new secessionist movement in important ways. The kernel of that column is that Nigeria as a nation runs in vain from its obligation to effect closure on the Biafran experience. Omatseye, of course skirts certain issues, and fudges a few, including the important question he raises: “how could a people knowing that they did not have the arms still plunge to war against an overwhelming armed opponent?”

Indigenous people of biafra (IPOB)

In other words, why did the leaders of the East fight, when they knew they were outgunned? The simple answer is that (a) The East fought to survive. They did not levy war against Nigeria. War was levied on the East when the federal side reneged on the terms of peace arrived at in Aburi.

The Federal Government initiated the war on July 6, 1967, by opening two fronts from the North: the Nsukka front and the Gakem front. Ojukwu evacuated Enugu, and responded with a  defensive strategy; (b) as a means of easing the pressure of attack from the North, Biafra’s Liberation Army led by Brigadier Victor Banjo and Colonel Emma Ifeajuna as his Chief of Staff opened the Midwest corridor to foreclose the attack formation already planned from Jebba by the Federal forces, through the Midwest using the Military Division already established for that purpose led by Murtala Muhammed, circumventing Benin through Auchi, moving through Agbor to the East.

The movement of the Biafran forces on August 9, into the Midwest, ruptured that plan. The Liberation Army would have arrived Ibadan and secured Lagos, and the tides of the war would have been dramatically turned, but for the extraordinary meeting between Banjo, Ifeajuna, and Mr. Bell, the Deputy British High Commissioner in Benin City as the Biafrans moved in a claw formation from Warri through Benin and through Auchi towards the West. Banjo’s dilemma, regarding the threat to bomb Lagos from the sea by the British frigate and turn the West into a theatre of war, and the threat to wipe out Banjo’s family still in Lagos left him with very little choices, other than to stymie the Liberation Army in the Midwest, order a haphazard withdrawal, and the rest is now history. As a matter of fact, one of the key actors in that event, the playwright and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, already waiting in Ibadan with a “reception party,” has written about this in two of his very important memoirs, The Man Died and You Must Set Forth at Dawn.

But Nigerians hardly read these days, except for religious tracts. But Omatseye is right: War is a messy business. The after effects linger and take doggone time and supreme effort to heal. Nigeria has not healed from the last major war. It is that war that is the ghost that haunts Nigeria. That war is also the spectre rearing up today in the self-determination movements that are now challenging the basis of Nigerian nationhood. The IPOB/MASSOB and the Niger Delta Avengers are now raising the question of a “Biafraexit” – the call for a referendum on Biafra to constitutionally determine whether Biafra should be allowed to exit Nigeria as a separate nation.

The Separatist movement has been gathering momentum since 1999, and has been recently fueled by President Buhari’s adversarial, isolationist, discriminatory and conquistadorial domestic policies. It does now seem that the greatest threat to the continued survival of Nigeria is the president of Nigeria himself who seems bent on pursuing a narrow revanchist agenda, as well as the use of coercion to stop the secessionist movement which has grown as a counter force to his revanchism. Recently, the president declared that Nigeria’s “unity” was “not negotiable.” Happily many people, including Wole Soyinka, have told him that Nigerian unity is in fact negotiable. The president of course is not talking about real “unity.” He is talking about the unity which the late Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu once described as like the relationship between Jonah and the Belly of the whale.

Unity cannot be legislated. Unity is the product of a felt sense of shared destiny and values. And this is the point that the Biafran secessionists are making. I’d like to say this: every Nigerian must support the right of the Biafrans to seek self-determination through the plebiscitory process. The Biafrans must have their referendum, as permitted in International Law, on the question of “Biafrexit.” In 1964, the founding father of the modern Nigerian nation, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, wrote in the US Foreign Policy magazine, warning that though he preferred an organic nation, it might yet be better for the leaders of Nigeria to meet, and sit, and negotiate how “we will all go our separate ways peacefully” rather than push Nigeria, then lurching towards a bloodfest, to the ultimate evil of a civil war that would claim millions of Nigerian lives. Azikiwe was prescient in 1964, and I stand with the great Zik on this. It is important to settle this question of Biafra’s secession once and for all by peaceful means through a referendum. To that end, I think that those calling for secession should do the right thing: they should collect the required signatures and write the National Assembly to initiate the referendum, with a copy forwarded to the United Nations. Thereafter they should campaign for support. Here is what the Biafrans are arguing: they are arguing for a restructuring of Nigeria because Nigeria in its current formation is oppressive to their interest and survival; if Nigeria does not want to restructure constitutionally, they are arguing for peaceful exit through referendum. They are arguing that the federal government failed to meet its own obligation under the truce called “No Victor, No vanquished” by not fulfilling the promised three R’s in the old East, and by launching policies that have discriminated against, and isolated the East, especially the Igbo people, since the end of the war. They have argued that the Federal government has repeatedly failed to protect Igbo lives and property from the indiscriminate attack nation-wide, and therefore they no longer trust the government of Nigeria to secure their lives.


They have argued that as republican people, they have nothing in common, culturally, with the rest of Nigeria, and that they reserve the right to pursue their separate destiny, and redeem their society from underdevelopment and poverty using their talents and energy freed from the inherent draw-backs of a Nigeria with feudal and monarchical traditions and tendencies that squelches the Igbo spirit, and the spirit of their Biafran neighbors with long, cherished republican and democratic traditions. And they have also argued about the criminal exploitation and expropriation of resources from their oil rich region which has left the region very impoverished and ecologically devastated and they want the right of self-determination in order to have the power to restore the ecological balance of the delta. These are very powerful arguments, and I am quit















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