Thursday, 1 September 2016

VANGUARD: OPEN LETTER/DISCLAIMER ON FAKE GROUPS CREATED BY BUHARI AND HIS VAGABOND NEWSPAPER TO BRING DISUNITY AMONG IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are the only people championing the quest for self-determination of the Biafra people, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu; a prisoner of conscience. IPOB is the only people who are strictly pursuing the self-determination of the Biafran nation, through a legitimately established process, as enshrined in the United Nations declaration on the “right of indigenous people” which the African union and Nigerian State is a signatory to.
IPOB is a member of Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS), which is recognized by the United Nations. The indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu are in over 90 countries of the world, numbering over 60 million people. Through several mass peaceful protests in Biafra land, Nigeria and all over the world where Biafran are, IPOB has proven to the world that they are ready to restore the nation of Biafra which existed long before Nigeria but was amalgamated with the Arewa north and the Oduduwa west, by the British in 1914.
Among other rights of Indigenous People outlined in the UN Charter;
Article 3. states that Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Article 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law
Under article 7 of the right of indigenous people
1. Indigenous individuals have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of person.
2. Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom, peace, and security as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including forcibly removing children of the group to another group.
All these rights as it applies to Indigenous People of Biafra have been violated by Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. On the order of Buhari, Biafrans were massacred on several occasions, during their peaceful protest against the illegal detention of their leader and the restoration of Biafra.
On 30th May 2016 when Biafrans gathered to remember and honor their dead heroes, they were massacred in great numbers by the Nigerian army and police, which took the life of many and left others seriously injured with bullet wounds. As a matter of fact, Biafran youths are being secretly abducted and killed at random by the Nigerian state security service agents, police, and army. Evidence abounds.
Nigeria government led by Muhammadu Buhari is not satisfied with the continuous killing of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), they are now buying over some notorious groups such as Ohaneze Ndigbo, Billie Human Wright Initiative, MEND, to work against IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu.
Their most current strategy is the creation fake IPOB groups, intimidating and bribing media houses such as “Vanguard news peppers” “Sun news peppers” and other news outlets Nigeria, to publish fake news against IPOB and Biafra restoration. These fake and faceless groups like TRIPOB and REIPOB are laying baseless claims and false accusation against Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, thereby deceiving the general public and the international community and media houses.
We are urging you to disregard any news published by any media house in Nigeria or at the international level, painting an ugly picture of our leader Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB. We know that enemies of truth abound, but do not fall to their evil devices.
Recently Muhammadu Buhari, stood on the floor of the United Nations and moved for the recognition of the state of Palestine as a sovereign nation and also received delegates from the people of Western Sahara, the Saharawi Arab republic in his office in Abuja and assured them that Nigeria will support the Saharawi Arab republic self-determination bid, but hell-bent on destroying anybody that mentions the word “Biafra”.
We hereby appeal to you to be concerned that indigenous peoples of Biafra IPOB have suffered from historic injustices as a result of, inter alia, their colonization, and dispossession of their lands, territories, and resources, thus preventing them from exercising, in particular, their right to development in accordance with their own needs and interests.
Recognizing the urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples of Biafra IPOB which is derived from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories, and resources we urge you to speak up for the course of the indigenous people of Biafra.
Be convinced that control by indigenous peoples over developments affecting them and their lands, territories and resources will enable them to maintain and strengthen their institutions, cultures, and traditions, and to promote their development in accordance with their aspirations and needs.
Recognize in particular the right of indigenous families and communities in Biafra to retain shared responsibility for the upbringing, training, education and well-being of their children, consistent with the rights of the child. Recognize that indigenous individual in Biafra are entitled without discrimination to all human rights recognized in international law and that indigenous peoples possess collective rights which are indispensable for their existence, well-being and integral development as a people.
Add your voice in favor of this legitimate and noble quest for the restoration of Biafra, and call for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, a prisoner of conscience, who has been in detention in Nigerian prison since October 2015, on the orders of the president of Nigeria, dictator Muhammadu Buhari against the order of the court to release him unconditionally.
IPOB IS ONE, NOT TWO: [Video] Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld8RakcthAQ&feature=youtu.be
The truth remains that there is only one indivisible Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB is not a group but a nation of great children of God. We are fanatical about the nation of Biafra and will continue to work hard for its restoration. No amount of propaganda, intimidation, arrest and killing can stop us until Biafra is restored.
Written By: Chijindu Ukah
Edited By IkeChukwu NwaOrisa
FOR BIAFRA WRITERS

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Asari Dokubo: I won't be hoodwinked to be part of Buhari's deception masked as negotiation; I stand for Biafra

Asari Dokubo has said that he will not dialogue with members of the Niger Delta Avengers and declared his support for them.
The militant group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of oil and gas pipelines in the region which has affected the oil production and economy of the country.

In a statement via his social media page, Dokubo said he would not condemn the activities of the militants and claimed President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a genocide against the south east and south south region of the country.
Read full statement below:

The public should note that I, Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari,Alabo Edi Abali -Abala Buruburu 1 of Kalabari had not entered, directed, appointed or delegated any person or group of persons to negotiate or enter into dialogue with any president, vice president, governor, minister, national security adviser, any committee or institution in furtherance of the Nigerian states pretension to the pursuance of peace in the occupied Ijaw, Niger Delta Region and The United States of Biafra(USB).
Therefore, anybody who had presented himself/herself claiming to me or represent me in any manner of discussion, fora or conference in furtherance of this pretentious negotiation or dialogue is a fraud and therefore should not be accorded any recognition, as a person representing me, the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Front and Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force.

I am convinced and firmly believe that the occupation gambari and their collaborators in the Nigerian state led by General Muhammadu Buhari is not interested in any or in any type of peace in Ijaw, the Niger Delta Region, In the Territories of the United States of Biafra or even in any part of Nigeria. The body language of General Muhammadu Buhari is to carry out a genocide and a pogrom against the Ijaw, Niger Delta and the United States of Biafra (USB).

Therefore, there is no way I will be hoodwinked to be part of any sham that the government of the Nigerian state led General Muhammadu Buhari is masquerading as negotiation or dialogue that will lead to peace in the aforesaid territories….The same way the bride Amnesty was introduced-which I and the volunteers rejected-was used to bribe the faint hearted amongst our compatriots, the cult gangs and fraternities, and the criminal elements in the Niger Delta to allow the our hydro carbon resources-which is our God given and exclusively belong to us- to be freely extracted to satisfy the extravagant and immoral appetite of the gambari and their collaborators…Today most of the recipients of the Amnesty bribe are full of regrets and wish that they turn back the hands of clock.
In furtherance to the above stated reasons, I have no cause to be part of any negotiation or dialogue in the present General Muhammadu Buhari contrived crisis in the Ijaw territories to give him an excuse to carry out his well thought out plan to execute his genocide and pogrom against us….since I am not a member of the Niger Delta Avengers or any of the other internet groups trying to obliterate the shine of the heroic explores of the Niger Delta Avengers….Some people had severally opined that if I am not an Avenger I should publicly disclaim them…Why should I do so? What is my business to be a busybody in this matter? Why should I take pannadol for someone else headache? I will never disclaim, denounce or condemn the Niger Delta Avenger….For I am a known advocate of this truism that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction….You can’t sow to the winds and expect not to harvest a whirlwind in return.

Finally, the public should know that I am not part of any negotiation or dialogue and had not mandated, nominated, appointed or authorized any person or group of persons to represent me in any dialogue or negotiation with the government of the Nigerian state led by General Muhammadu Buhari. My believe is that only a SOVEREIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE with the resolution for a PLEBISCITE SUPERVISED BY THE UNITED NATION can lead to permanent peace in Ijaw, Niger Delta and the Biafran territories.
Thank you
Alhaji Mujahid Abubakr Dokubo-Asari
Alabo Edi Abali-Abala Buruburu 1-of Kalabari
Long live the Ijaw nation
Long live the United States of Biafra(USB)





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GREAT PEOPLE OF BIAFRA,LOVERS OF FREEDOM,AND ENEMIES OF BIAFRA WITH DEPUTY DIRECTOR MAZI Alphonsus Uche Okafor-Mefor GREETINGS TO YOU ALL,GREETINGS TO YOU ALL,GREETINGS TO YOU ALL...


Those of us on shortwave please note that on the 20th of April 2016 frequency changes over to 11700 kHz at 25 meter band.the time is 7pm to 10pm London time tell your friends and family and also share to every platform,timelines etc....All Hail Biafra....
Right now we are back on shortwave after Nigerian government spent millions of dollars taxpayers money trying to stop Radio Biafra. All Biafrans and friends of Biafra can now go to 11600 khz at 25 meter band to cherish the gospel of truth, Broadcasting time is 8pm London time , 9pm Biafra land time. We are unstoppable because Chukwuka Okike Abiama is on our side.
For broadcast announcement. .....
Akwa-Ibom is now on chk 102.1 fm
Covering ikot Ekene, Uruan, Oron, Uyo, insiriatai, ibiono, nundo, abak, idioro... call home to confirm it.
Akwa-Ibom dakka
Yamal-402 DTH Platform:
Frequency: 11045MHz
Pol: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 40MSym
DVB-S, QPSK, 2/3 FEC
Service ID: 5
RADIO BIAFRA IS NOW BACK ON SATELLITE =
RADIO BIAFRA IS ON Yamil 20/C band 55° E, freq 11045V 40000
this same satellite houses prophetic TV, CW TV, Loveworld Sat, Glow TV, Racing int yml. If you are already on this sat or if you are already receiving the above channels all you have to
do is to presstv/radiobutton on your remote and scroll down to see Radio Biafra.
Lagos is on CHK 89.1
Enugu is back on CHK 105.1 and it's Environ
You can Listen via any of the following listening post: For those living in Igweocha/PH axis, Isoko, Urhobo, Asaba, Nkwerre, Nwangele, ikeduru, Mbaise, Ideato, Ntigha Ngwa, Owerri, Etiti, Mbano, Okigwe, Orlu, Nnewi, Ozubulu, Oraifite, Ihiala, Asaba, Ibusa, Okpanam, Ogwuashi-Uku, Isele- Uku, Igbanke, Onitsha-Ugbo, Ubulu-Uku, Agbor, Warri, Benin, Aba, Onitsha, Umuahia, Awkuzu, Nkpor, Okija, Orba, Ogbaru, Awka and its environ...kindly tune in to 102.1 BIAFRA FM......
For others living outside the above mentioned locations kindly join us via internet by clicking on any of the following links:
1. http://www.radiobiafra.co
2. http://www.ipob.org
3. http://www.forum.radiobiafra.co
4. http://www.thebiafraherald.co
5. http://biafratv.co
6. http://www.thebiafratimes.co
7. http://broadcast.radiobiafra.co
Mobile App
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radio-biafra/id689306314
http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Bi…/…/B013OOV02K/ref=sr_marpr_1
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
here comes the list of Radio Biafra App for iphone IPhone &iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radio-biafra/id689306314…
You can also call 014405266 or 014405265 from Biafra land or Nigeria to listen live and direct....but note you will be charged by your network provider when you call these numbers.
Do not lose faith if your location is not connected via FM yet as director is doing all he can to ensure that other parts of Biafra land starts listening via FM transistor as well.
Numbers to call during broadcast, +447405964146 and Whatsapp/Viber line +74400103098. Enquiry Line =09090776589. SKYPE ID: radiobiafra6





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Thursday, 25 August 2016

MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND HIS DSS HAVE RUN OUT OF IDEAS ON HOW TO DESTABILIZE IPOB

Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari who committed treason on December 31, 1983 and his Department of States Services (DSS) have run out of ideas on how to effectively destabilize the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). They have tried all the tricks available to them plus those they could borrow from elsewhere and yet they are unable to destabilize IPOB. Buhari and his DSS started on June 17th 2015 with a failed attempt at provoking Biafrans through the use of the Nigerian Airforce to bomb Akwa-Ibom and Cross River states in Biafraland and in which they expected Biafrans to react violently.

Next, they shot and killed Biafrans at Aba and Igweocha (Port Harcourt) in July 2015 but Biafrans never responded violently. They went further on 30th August 2015 to kill several Biafrans by shooting live bullets at over ten thousand Biafrans who were on evangelism at Onitsha Head Bridge in Anambra state. Again there was no violent reaction from Biafrans.

Between November 2015 and May 30th 2016, Buhari and his DSS murdered over three thousand Bafrans all in a bid to provoke IPOB into violence so as to satisfy “Section-62 CAP C38 LFN 2004“ which they desperately want to rely upon to convict the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Seeing that they were not making any headway, Buhari and his DSS made a fake press release in which they claimed that IPOB members killed five Hausa-Fulani men in Aba and buried several others in unmarked graves. This false press release back-fired when they listed the names of four out of the five men but were unable to prove how they came to the conclusion that these men were specifically of Hausa-Fulani descent. This was in addition to renunciation of the fake press release by both Abia state government as well as the Abia state branch of the same DSS.

Another failed tactics of Buhari and his DSS was the use of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and some Biafrans from Igbo-speaking areas who were easily swayed with a few thousand naira notes to cause disaffection among Biafrans. These men include Chekwas Okorie, Gary Enwo-Igariwe, Joe “Judas“ Igbokwe, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, Monday Ubani, and others. These conscienceless men were used to create the impression that the quest for the restoration of Biafra does not resonate among Biafrans especially the elites and well-placed. This strategy was dead on arrival because Biafrans saw through the tissues of lies coming from these money-minded individuals. With the emergence of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the crippling effects of their actions on the Nigerian economy, Buhari and his DSS tried creating a fake NDA which crumbled when Gen. Mudoch Agbinibo exposed, named and shamed the impostors.

The next thing Buhari did was to use Charles Okah to resurrect the dead MEND and to get them involved in IPOB affairs with a promise to release him from detention in Kuje prison. This strategy failed too. Lastly, Buhari and his DSS decided to create a fake IPOB group and christened it TRIPOB. They went further to formulate a wierd name for the spokesperson of this fake group by combining the names of the last Head of State of Biafra with two other Igbo names to form a decoy known as “CHIMA PHILLIP EFFIONG OSUJI.“ We have since established that this fake group is run by Okechukwu Isiguzoro of Ohanaeze Ndigbo—Youth Wing who also goes by the name “CHIMA PHILLIP EFFIONG OSUJI.“

Curiously, the DSS through this fake group has admitted that the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is unwavering and can never renounce Biafra even at the point of death. We are happy to note that if there is one thing the bumbling DSS got right in their stupefyingly ludicrous concoction through this surrogate fake group, it is the fact that IPOB Worldwide under the supreme and unquestionable leadership of Nnamdi Kanu is indeed uncompromising. However, we are bold to state that for anyone to successfully recreate IPOB they must at least have presence in over 50 countries and territories around the world. Magically recreating IPOB on the pages of newspapers and television screens is the height of deception typical of the DSS.

The restoration of the nation of Biafra is a divine project ordained by the Most High God Chukwu Okike Abiama himself and IPOB was specifically chosen by God to bring Biafra restoration to a reality. Therefore no man can divide or break IPOB, not even our leader Nnamdi Kanu can. Buhari and his DSS have run out of ideas and we advice them to devote their energy and resources into other useful ventures and stop wasting their time and money trying to destabilize IPOB.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu is indivisible, indestructible, and impenetrable!!!

Signed
Barrister Emma Nmezu
Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokespersons for IPOB

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Press Statement: PUTTING THE RECORDS STRAIGHT: ONLY IPOB MEMBERS WERE MASSACRED ON MAY 3OTH 2016 AND NO MASSOB MEMBER WAS KILLED. August 24, 2016

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) want to put the records straight by affirming that only IPOB members were massacred by armed security team led Col Isa M. Abdullahi, the Commanding Officer of 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha which is under 82 Division of the Nigerian Army. We are making this clarification because of the falsehood reported by Terhemba Daka of the Guardian Newspaper. According to Terhemba’s erroneous report of 23rd August 2016, “The House of Representatives Committee on Army has started collating information on the alleged killing of members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by security agencies in Anambra State on May 30, 2016.“ Terhemba further stated that “Biafran agitators clashed with security agencies, during the 50th anniversary of their fallen heroes near St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Nkpor, off Nkpor -Umuoji road, in Idemili North Local Government Council.“ This is the height of irresponsible and unprofessional conduct in journalism and a crass display of the notorious “brown envelope“ journalism.

First, we have to remind Terhemba Daka that it is on record as reported on Thisday Newspaper on May 31, 2016 that Uchenna Madu of MASSOB confirmed that his members were not involved in the Remembrance Day activity and that none of them was killed. How then is it possible that MASSOB members were killed when they never participated during the Biafra Heroes‘ rememberance of May 30th 2016? By the way, has MASSOB ever conducted Biafra Heroes remembrance since its existence?

Secondly, Terhemba reported falsely that “Biafran agitators clashed with security agencies, during the 50th anniversary of their fallen heroes near St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Nkpor, off Nkpor -Umuoji road, in Idemili North Local Government Council.“ The question for Terhemba is: How is it possible for unarmed and peaceful Biafrans who were sleeping inside a church be “clashing“ with well-armed soldiers of 302 Artillery Regiment led by Col Isa M. Abdullahi and assisted by Major C. O. Ibrahim? It beats the imagination of any discerning mind that harmless Biafrans in their sleep will be “clashing“ with soldiers who are armed to the teeth and commanded by an officer of the rank of Colonel (Isa M. Abdullahi) and assisted by a Major (C. O. Ibrahim).

This same “brown envelope journalist“ reported that ”A faction of the aggrieved victims however, stayed away when the panel arrived Enugu, a development that forced the committee to demand written memoranda. This option was communicated to them via a go-between.” In addition to the pack of lies, he also reported that “Another faction however, later testified at a closed-door meeting at night.”
Our questions to this unprofessional Terhemba Daka are: (1) Which faction of the aggrieved victims stayed away when the so-called panel arrived at Enugu? (2) Which is the other faction that later testified and why should they do so behind closed doors and in the middle of the night for that matter? (3) Who is this go-between that was used by the so-called panel to communicate to the faction of the aggrieved victims? (4) How come two Muslims from the Northern part of Nigeria namely Col Issah M. Abdullahi and S. A. Mohammad of DSS were the only two people who testified at the sitting of the so-called panel as reported by Terhemba Daka?
It is also interesting to read from Terhemba’s skewed report that the leader of the killer squad Col Issah M. Abdullahi averred that “the activities of MASSOB, IPOB and their affiliated groups, were detrimental to national security.

Similarly, their violent protests and continued attack on other Nigerians residing or carrying out their legitimate duties have resulted in deaths, injuries and destruction of properties, which could result to reprisal action in other parts of the country.” The only response we have to these allegations by Col Issah M. Abdullahi is that he should have his records and evidences intact because he will surely be demanded to substantiate his allegations at the appropriate time. Failing to substantiate his allegations, he will spend the rest of his life in jail, that is if he doesn’t pay with his own life along with Major C. O. Ibrahim. The same response goes to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Johnson-Babatunde Kokumo who claimed that 45 Biafrans were arrested and charged to court “after an attack on the military with all sorts of weapons during a clash at Enugu-Onitsha Expressway by New Tarzan, Boreo and old Nkpor-Awka Road.”

Even though Terhemba Daka used the phrase “alleged killing”, we would like to remind the world that the massacre of Biafrans on 30th of May 2016 was reported as confirmed killings by most Nigerian media and not as “alleged killings.” We refer Terhemba to Premium Times of 13th June, Thisday of 31st May and 11th June, and Daily Post of 31st May. Even the Army confirmed that they killed Biafrans as published in Premium Times of 31st May and Daily Post of 31st May. Also, Makmid Kamara who is the project coordinator for Amnesty International confirmed to the VOA on June 10, 2016 that Nigerian soldiers shot and killed unarmed Biafrans during Biafran Heroes Remembrance Day of 2016.
It is laughable that S. A. Mohammad of DSS could not tell the difference between MASSOB and IPOB when he accused IPOB of “producing international Passport, Driver’s Licence and Vehicle Number Registration Plate”, which are activities specifically associated with MASSOB in addition to kidnapping and armed robbery. There is no record anywhere in the world where IPOB got involved in printing of international passport, driver’s license or vehicle number. All Biafrans can testify that the incidences of kidnapping and armed robbery have stopped since the emergence of IPOB.

IPOB would like to advise the so-called House of Representatives Committee on Army to invite the Biafraland Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe if they are really interested in getting the facts of what happened on the 30th of May 2016. Any representation from IPOB to any panel that is not led by Chidiebere Onwudiwe is null and void and of no effect. Bringing in MASSOB into the case of the massacre of IPOB members and convening a hearing session in the middle of the night behind closed doors all go to prove that the so-called panel is acting a script prepared by Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari in view of his upcoming unavoidable indictment and imprisonment in The Hague.

Muhammadu Buhari escaped trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for the killing of over two million Biafrans in 1968 at Owerri. He has also escaped death penalty after committing treason on December 31, 1983. But he will never escape justice at the ICC for the mass-murder of Biafrans which he started on June 17, 2015 and continued till date. It may take a little while but ultimately Buhari and his murderous colleagues must have their date in court and their years in prison.

We conclude by re-affirming to the world that those massacred by Col Isa M. Abdullahi and Major C. O. Ibrahim on the 30th of May 2016 were all members of IPOB and not a single member of MASSOB was killed. However, killing us will never stop the irreversible and irrevocable restoration of the nation of Biafra. The restoration of the nation of Biafra is a divine project that is beyond human destruction or stoppage, be it Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Col Isa M. Abdullahi or Major C. O. Ibrahim.
Biafra nation is simply unstoppable!!!
Signed

Barrister Emma Nmezu
Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokespersons for IPOB

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

August 13, 2016 Press Statement: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA AND NIGER DELTA AVENGERS ARE INSEPARABLE IN THEIR QUEST FOR BIAFRA RESTORATION: NO FREEDOM FOR NNAMDI KANU NO PEACE


The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) hereby categorically state that we and our brothers the Niger Delta Avengers (N.D.A.) are inseparable in our quest for Biafra restoration. Just as N.D.A. stated in their demands which the Nigerian Government is very much aware of but has chosen to ignore, there will be no negotiation if there is no freedom for the leader of IPOB Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Nigeria will avert imminent doom only if Buhari is compelled by civilized nations to obey existing court orders and release Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally. Trying the discredited divide and rule tactics of using the media to claim Nnamdi Kanu denied N.D.A. in order to engineer acrimony and hatred between him and N.D.A. has failed woefully. South South and South East are united in this noble quest for freedom and no amount of media manipulation can alter this fact. Only if Buhari knows who Nnamdi Kanu truly is or the amount of influence he commands among the people of South East and South South he won't listen to the lies Lawal Daura of DSS and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have been feeding him.

Although we acknowledge that our lawyers spoke out of turn in a recent press conference, we are also aware that Mr. Rochas Okorocha who parades himself to the contrary as an Igbo man has been working as a front man for Muhammadu Buhari to penetrate and compromise IPOB governing structure and our lawyers. We are aware of the grand conspiracy orchestrated by Rochas Okorocha to penetrate IPOB by all and any means necessary. We know that one of our lawyers has been meeting with Okorocha clandestinely in the past few weeks just like Buhari through Lawal Daura of DSS has been doing through inducements and threats. Some of our lawyers are currently being investigated by the EFCC at the behest of Daura of DSS over a land case settled years ago, in order to unsettle them sufficiently to turn to DSS informants and ultimately undermine the legal defence of our leader as was the case with Vincent Obetta.

In spite of all these shenanigans by Buhari through Daura of DSS and his co-jesters in the media peddling falsehood about negotiations that our leader never consented to, IPOB worldwide is unwavering, determined and resolute under the supreme command of Nnamdi Kanu. No other person dead or alive has the right to command or can command IPOB whether that person is residing in Government house in Owerri or from a private hospital in Nnewi. Only Nnamdi Kanu can tell us in IPOB what to do and we obey. Anybody else attempting to do so will be comprehensively disgraced. IPOB rank and file is with their leader Nnamdi Kanu and we speak with one voice. Our decision remains that there will be NO negotiations with Nigeria until Buhari obeys court orders for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu.

We would like to remind everyone that whatever statement or information is provided by IPOB either through our spokespersons or live on Radio Biafra broadcast by our Deputy Director is exactly the mind of our leader Nnamdi Kanu because he trained us to always put the needs of Biafra restoration first and never to retreat nor surrender. From the time of the arrest of our leader till date he has never at any time disputed publicly or in private, through his wife or family members any press statement issued by IPOB official spokespersons.
Furthermore, IPOB is aware that Buhari is planning to kill our leader Nnamdi Kanu and is doing so with active connivance of some Igbo politicians with certain executive members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. We warn Buhari and his cohorts that the murder of Nnamdi Kanu will spell doom not just for Nigeria but the entire sub-region because the fall out will be too disastrous for a sane mind to contemplate. Anybody from the government of Nigeria or Ohanaeze Ndigbo that thinks that Nnamdi Kanu can be another Ken Saro-Wiwa or M.K.O. Abiola is digging their own grave.
IPOB is a global phenomenon, unprecedented in the history of freedom fighting anywhere on earth. We are all over the world with fanatical following. That IPOB has vowed to maintain a peaceful approach to liberating Biafra from the contraption called Nigeria does not translate to allowing Buhari and his conniving so-called Igbo elites to assassinate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and go scot-free. That will never happen.

We would like to state that IPOB is aware of the fact that all over the world terms for self-determination is always negotiated. But what we insist on is that for Buhari to start any negotiation with IPOB on a peaceful exit of Biafra from Nigeria he must first obey court orders on the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu. Buhari should also release all Biafrans illegally detained in various prisons in Nigeria.
However IPOB would like to take this opportunity to commend the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) of Nigeria, Hon. Abubakar Malami (SAN) and all those endowed with common sense who have come to understand that all IPOB family members arrested must be released unconditionally because our quest is the restoration of Biafra and not to take over the rulership of Nigeria.

It is instructive to note that the AGF dropped all the charges against IPOB members in Abia State even when Okezie Ikpeazu Abia State governor and other killers of innocent Biafrans in government houses were hell-bent on forging ahead with the ridiculous treasonable felony charges. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and those like him specifically directed Hausa-Fulani controlled JTF to undertake the indiscriminate slaughter of fellow Biafrans in Aba on more than two occassions. Their judgement is coming and Nigeria they so diligently serve now will abandon them as is happening already with Ikpeazu.

It is a fact that some people within the Judiciary know that there is no evidence of treasonable felony in the case against Nnamdi Kanu which was why a more learned and highly respected judge like Ademola dismissed these charges at the same Federal High Court John Tsoho is now sitting today to make a mockery of himself and justice.
Finally, we want to reiterate that IPOB and N.D.A. share the same ideology and philosophy concerning the liberation of Biafra from Nigeria and this will be the centrepiece of any negotiation that will take place after the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu. We re-emphasize our stance that there is no negotiation going on at this time and that IPOB and N.D.A. are inseparable in their objectives and expected outcomes.

It is either we get Biafra or we die trying to get Biafra. There is no middle ground, there is no compromising this cardinal point. Let it be known to humanity that there will be no negotiation without first effecting the release of Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally.
The restoration of the blessed nation of Biafra is a divine mission from God Almighty of which Nnamdi Kanu is the chosen messenger. We are unstoppable, unchangeable, irresistible, and irreversible whether Buhari and Lawal Daura like it or not!!!
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

CONTINUED DETENTION OF KANU - THE WAR MIGHT START FROM THE BARRACK - TOP MILITARY OFFICER.


With the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the tide is slowly changing because patience is fading away. The survey conducted by Biafra Reporters through Ifeanyi Chijioke accurately shows that in Nigeria there is gross sense of division and in Biafra there is ill-feeling because people of Biafra feel with the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, they are treated as nobody despite the calls they have made even to the point of giving their lives away.

The continued massacre of unarmed Biafra agitators seems to have been the major factor driving the impending dooms. While the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu could be a spark plug and time is becoming detrimental.

When Nnamdi Kanu was initially arrested; there was opposing views, some persons in Biafra seem to support the arrest while others were against it. The cultural group Ohaneze Ndi Igbo was at the centre of controversies while some leaders in Biafra were also not positive but with his continued detention, everything is quickly changing. Ohaneze are today shouting that things will get out of hand if his detention is not called off. Leaders are now talking that their son should be released and everybody seems to have come together and now speaking with one voice.

There is a sudden change due to sympathy and conscience; there is an awakening for Nnamdi Kanu due to his continued detention. From militants to common or law-abiding men; military to civilians and political leaders to tribal leaders, everybody is responding to his continued detention. The officer posited.

The top military officer who spoke to Ifeanyi Chijioke on the condition of anonymity has expressed his fears over what he termed ‘Biafra sentiment in the barracks’. The sentiment which started as a result of continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu seems to be significant in army barracks and should this get out of hand, there would be a military revolution that would not only divide Nigeria but destroy lives.

The survey which shows that Nigeria has already been divide with 100% Biafrans and 60% liberals siding Nnamdi Kanu in what could as well be as a result of his continued detention while 80% Northern people and 40% liberals backed Buhari. The survey could not be successful in the Barracks as there was fear and issue of trust to have soldiers speak on Biafra. They were majorly of the belief that talking to journalists could be self destructive.

According to the top military officer who confided in Ifeanyi Chijioke, he is very much certain that if Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention is not called off; the military commanders could lose control of the boys. He noted that the continued detention of Kanu is whipping up unnecessary sentiment though he said soldiers are very careful with the sentiment. He noted that there is now a feeling in the barrack that the Northern soldiers are the big boys in the barrack while the Eastern and Western soldiers are less effective. He also said that the division is now everywhere and the everyday issue of Kanu’s detention is becoming a negative factor. “The spark plug, Nnamdi Kanu is the spark plug and we have to remove him to save the day” he quoted and continued.

If Nnamdi Kanu is released; he can keep talking about Biafra but there won’t be any reason to feel bad or anything that would activate sense of division. Nnamdi Kanu can be released, he can continue talking about Biafra while the President keeps delaying referendum or opposing that in a civil way. With this there won’t be sympathy for anyone, there won’t be ill feeling and the game would be fair. Nnamdi Kanu is asking for Biafra but the President doesn’t seem to buy that idea; that will be the state if Kanu is released or was not arrested at all.

But in a situation you arrested him, people are dying in demand for you to release him; the world taking note of this, you could not prove any crime he committed and every day the issue of Biafra is everywhere. In the barracks here we stay, the issue of Biafra is eating deep; the boys are being conscious of the word ‘Biafra’ and what it stands for. A Northern personnel looks at Eastern personnel as a possible saboteur; the sentiment is here and Nnamdi Kanu is the reason; senior man should release that boy and casually handle Biafra question, with the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, he made Biafra a serious thing”

He was of the view that the military might not be able to handle the development if not handled carefully and sympathy drawn to the side of the military. He further warned of possible coup and he said this is something that cannot be avoided if Kanu’s detention is not handled carefully.
“Look, there would be bloodshed and the military to fight itself is something unimaginable; we might be taking this as a joke but the boys are careful, everybody is conscious and their eyes wide open. The division is very clear and even going to assignment is something very complicated, you send the boys to a mission and you see a group complaining that they won’t go with Emeka because Emeka won’t stop his people but would rather sell us out.

When you send Emeka to Northern region, he says no I need Okechukwu to go the mission; Muhammad would sell me out to Boko haram. It is not like this before but since the arrest and continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, we are losing the touch, sympathy is growing and the people are becoming religious and tribally conscious” he explained.
There was a report in 82division Enugu where a soldier was said to have shot his commander for assigning only Eastern region personnel to fight against militants. The report which was sufficiently concealed and swept under the carpet to avoid heating up the polity or tension is one of the examples of this report. The top military officer has something to say.

There is no unity in the barracks right now, we have liberal soldiers from West and we also have few liberals from Northern minorities but mostly Christians from Nasarawa etc. The liberals are of the view that Nnamdi Kanu has done nothing and neither has Biafran people taken up arms. They are more the elite soldiers who feel there should be civil approach than military approach to a people that don’t bear arms. When Nnamdi Kanu was arrested at first; they were very pleased with that with hope that he would be handled like Uwazurike but the opposite is now the case. The young man is resolute and having killed unarmed agitators and they are not backing down, sympathy began to grow for Kanu.

The boys are beginning to pity Kanu as someone that is unfairly treated because he is from Eastern region or because he is Jonathan’s brother. They feel that after treating Jonathan the way he was treated, his brother is now being treated same way and it is not good news” he said.
“It becomes hard for the soldiers to fight without having support, this is a one sided fight, the boys have gun against Kanu while Kanu have no gun. He is just talking and the boys are killing them just like that. There is sympathy for Kanu and this is as a result of his continued detention and his willingness to peacefully go about his cause in the first place. I receive calls from outside Nigeria and people tell me to talk to Buhari but that is not the order.

People have interest in coup and the coup rumour you heard before is not a joke, people are serious and that is as a result of continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu has won all the sympathy and you think the sympathy did not go beyond the barrack and Nigeria? Nobody wants Nigeria to divide and we shall fight for the unity of Nigeria if need arises; but the way Nnamdi Kanu is being handled, the fight for the unity might be done by only the Northern soldiers. The West might fight but not as much as those that won’t fight and those of them will be fighting alongside Nnamdi Kanu” he posited.

If Nnamdi Kanu is released and he goes on talking about Biafra and Oga refuses to listen to him, that is very much normal but detaining him, suffering him for asking you something is affront on the people and everything moral. If Kanu is released today and Oga refuses to listen to him on Biafra, if he dares war against Oga, we will deal ruthlessly with all of them that picked up arms and then there won’t be sentiment or sympathy. Oga is acting like he fears Nnamdi Kanu and that fear is worsening things, he has to be brave and trust his army. To me, the only reason Nnamdi Kanu is being illegally detained is because Oga is afraid and this is unlike a senior man. If Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention results to full blown crisis, if he commands the boys, the boys will obey but there might be less commitment or less motivation because there is sympathy.” He concluded and said “Anonymous”

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Igbo must pack out of Lagos, because Yoruba owns Lagos, Ambode tells Igbo traders and traditional men.

Igbo Group Lagos


Now listen to latest ‘shocker’ by Governor Ambode of Lagos State, and a certain Yoruba group known as ‘Coalition of Lagos Indegenes’…
● “…Henceforth, the position of ‘Eze Ndi-Igbo in Lagos’ will not be allowed anymore.” — Governor Ambode speaking recently at Badagry.

● “Computer village and Alaba Intl market will be moved to outskirts of Lagos to allow for Government proposed plans for those areas. Ladipo market will be moved to Lagos-Ibadan expressway because the present Ladipo market is meant to be government owned hospital site. ” — Governor Ambode speaking at same location.

● “Lagos is not a colonial settlement. It is owned by Yorubas.”— Ambode as quoted in same place.
● ” We are excited about this news and we thank the Governor for implementing the real master plan of Lagos to relocate computer village and Alaba Market to Lagos-Ibadan expressway, and also that the Ladipo market land master plan is for public hospital.

With this giant stride to reclaim our land from imposters (Ndi-Igbo), we thank the spirits of our ancestors of obas of lagos on behalf of oba Riliwanu Akiolu Aremu,and all the past obas of Lagos.
We wish to state no Yoruba sons and daughters should employ non-indigene in our ministries or local goverment in Lagos state anyone that does otherwise will be haunted by the spirits of our obas and ancestors.

We thank God for Yoruba warriors led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu working tirelessly to reclaim Lagos back from those claiming its a no man’s land.
He that hath an ear let him ear.
Itesiwaju Eko lo je wa logun!!!!! “—- Coalition of Lagos State Indigenes, August 2016.
Now, what more can one add? Isn’t it crystal clear what this is all about?
Some Igbos in my school of thought have been on this agitation for “THINK HOME” by the Igbo and for what Ndi-Igbo are facing; But the affected ones don’t seem to buy into it and scarcely have good points as reasons of staying put.
The Igboman’s traducer sees him as a LEECH. In Lagos, Igbo traders are being chased from one spot to another and have remained unsettled since the new die-hard Lagos-boy known as Akinwunmi Ambode became Governor.

About the position of “Eze Ndi-Igbo in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos et al”, isn’t it about time those ‘Igbo characters’ understand what they are dealing with and then allow ‘Igbo-Ezeship’ to remain in Igboland with due reverence that position deserves? Not the bastardization it faces outside Igboland.
To buttress the Igbo traducement & extreme hatred, in the North, Igbo traders in Kaduna shut their shops last week and protested the incessant killings of innocent Igbos by unknown persons. The list is endless and, surely, have been heard-of by many.

In all of the aforementioned, bottomline is, until the Igboman comes to terms with what he’s dealing with as a “Nigerian”, he’ll do the needful of “Thinking home” or, supporting the agitation of, outright peaceful secession to a better place called Biafra.
I wonder why something that refused to work since 102-years ago (Nigeria’s amalgamation in 1914) is still being forced to work. Isn’t it evident that it is DEAD?
We’ve had enough of this and it has been that way long ago. Flushing it down history’s septic-tank will serve best purposes for everyone.

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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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