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Biafra: Buhari must meet with Nnamdi Kanu – Obasanjo

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari must meet with Biafran secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu before violence between the army and separatists escalates into a full-blown conflict, according to Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Speaking to Newsweek in London, Obasanjo—who served as Nigeria’s first elected head of state from 1999 to 2007—says that the heavy-handed tactics of the Nigerian state against pro-Biafra activists, a secessionist movement that is pushing for an independent state, have not suceeded, and a more conciliatory approach is needed.

“I don’t see anything wrong in that [Buhari meeting with Kanu]. I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it,” Obasanjo tells Newsweek.

“I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, [and ask:] ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the southeast but from all parts of Nigeria.”

Nigeria has witnessed an uptick in pro-Biafra sentiment in recent years, resulting in deadly clashes between the military and secessionists.

Declaring itself an independent republic in southeast Nigeria in 1967, Biafra was reintegrated into Nigeria in 1970 after a three-year civil war in which at least 1 million people died. Obasanjo fought alongside Buhari on the Nigerian side in the war.

Kanu, a British-Nigerian dual national, has risen to prominence as the leader of modern pro-Biafra separatists. Kanu was arrested in Nigeria in October 2015 and held for almost two years without going to trial. He was bailed in April but faces trial for charges of treason.

Kanu’s backers accused the Nigerian military of invading his home and killing supporters earlier this week—a charge the military denied.

While Buhari has largely avoided speaking publicly on the Biafra issue, the Nigerian military has come under scrutiny for what right groups say is a heavy-handed response to protests by Kanu’s group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and other separatists.

Nigerian security forces killed at least 150 pro-Biafra supporters between August 2015 and November 2016—including some in extrajudicial executions, according to a report by Amnesty International.

The number included at least 60 people who were killed at a memorial gathering in May 2016, when security forces raided homes and a church where IPOB members were sleeping. The Nigerian military denied Amnesty International’s allegations and said IPOB members had used “unjustifiable violence” against soldiers.

Biafra supporterA supporter of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on May 28. The group is calling for an independent republic of Biafra, in southeast Nigeria. 

Nigerian soldiers were recently deployed to the southeastern state of Abia, where Kanu is currently living. IPOB members alleged that soldiers surrounded Kanu’s home on Sunday and killed several people, but the Nigerian Army said in a statement that IPOB members had blocked the road while army vehicles were on patrol, and had thrown stones at soldiers.

The statement said the soldiers fired in the air to disperse the IPOB members and that no one was killed. The army shared a video which it said supported their account.

Obasanjo says that the army’s “heavy boot” response to pro-Biafra sentiment is “not the solution,” but adds that the secession craved by IPOB is not the way forward either.

The former president, who was also military head of state in Nigeria from 1976–1979, says economic development in the country is the only way to solve the issue. Some Igbo leaders have complained that President Buhari, who hails from northern Nigeria, has prioritized the development of other parts of the country to their detriment.

“We need to satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future,” says Obasanjo. “There’s no easy way out.”

The Biafran war erupted in 1967, after Odumegwu Ojukwu, a Nigerian military officer, declared independence. Biafra was largely populated by the Igbos, a mostly Christian ethnic group; Ojukwu’s declaration of independence came on the back of pogroms against Igbos in northern Nigeria, which is dominated by the mostly Muslim Hausa ethnic group.

Nigeria, which had a much larger military force, blockaded the Biafran order, leading to a famine that sparked worldwide condemnation when images and footage of starving Biafran children seeped out to the international media.

01_01_Starving_biafra_01A severely malnourished Nigerian refugee being cared for in a refugee camp near the Nigerian-Biafran war zone in the late 1960s.LYLE CONRAD/PUBLIC HEALTH IMAGE LIBRARY

Ethnic tensions have again been boiling over recently in Nigeria, a country of more than 180 million people and hundreds of ethnic groups. A coalition of youth groups ordered Igbos to leave northern Nigeria in June; while the demand was rubbished by the Nigerian government, none of the leaders of the groups were arrested.

Obasanjo, a senior Nigerian commander during the war, says Nigeria must avoid allowing the current tensions to escalate into another conflict. “Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war,” he says. “I have fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.”09_14_Obasanjo_2

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EU Condemns Nigerian Military attack on Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB

EU Condemn And Caution Nigerian Military, Rejects The Declaration of IPOB As A Terrorist Organization

Following the brutal and inhuman video of the Nigerian army against the invasion, terrorism, and killings of IPOB members which has been going viral over the internet.
The president of the EU commission Mr Jean-Claude Junker has openly made a serious touching statement as well as warning the Nigerian security personnel against their ill hearted and unprofessionalism in handling democratic issues and the rights of the people.
 Junker directed a serious caution towards the Nigerian Military chiefs stating that they must employ every democratic tenet in handling issues that concerns disgruntle and agitations.
“It is the people’s right to agitate and make a request from their government, self-determination is a right enshrined in the United Nation Charta.
“The people of BIAFRA have every right to request for a referendum, they have been in this struggle for a while now they have never killed or shot a bullet instead they are the victims of attacks and murder.
“The entire EU hereby condemn the brutal attack on IPOB members and leadership under the pretentious disguise of a military exercise (Operation Python Dance) Nigerian military is warned to adopt democratic tenets in handling citizens.
“The EU will not sit and watch things go undemocratic in the largest economy of the West African region”.
Furthermore, Mr Junker has promised to raise the issues concerning the people’s request for a REFERENDUM among the caucus of the EU.
He further stated that the Biafra request for A referendum is no different from that of the Catalonians and the Britain.
Nigeria government must rise above insubordination and handle issues with every tenet of maturity and democracy.

Re-arresting Nnamdi Kanu dangerous – Col. Umar

download (1)Former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), has urged the federal government not to revoke the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.  According to him, effecting Kanu’s re-arrest is both “dangerous and politically unwise.” Umar, who is also chairman of Movement for Unity and Progress, said that the IPOB leader is not a common criminal as the government appears to think but a bitter young man fighting for a fairer deal for his Igbo kinsmen. He added that Kanu’s seeming militant approach was the result of the strong arm tactics with which the Federal Government deals with him. In a statement on Wednesday, Umar described President Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a settled issue as a nationalistic wish that was not a surprise having come from a veteran of civil war fought to keep the country one. He said: “President Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a settled issue is a nationalistic wish and is no surprise coming from a veteran of civil war who fought to keep the country one. “However, this does not take into account the mood of the nation as indicated by the growing agitations for self-determination, restructuring and many other similar demands. “Nigeria’s unity can only be guaranteed when all its citizens feel they are getting a fair deal; when all its component parts are treated justly and equitably. When none feels oppressed. “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Adeyanju and other similar agitators might seem like felons or even anarchists. But as often happens over humanity’s turbulent history, appearances can be deceitful. One man’s terrorist could well be another man’s freedom fighter. “In any event, despite what the security agencies might feel, there is nothing to fear from Mazi Kanu. He and his compatriots are people who love their country dearly and are willing to take a risk with their lives while blowing a whistle on some of our bad habits. “It will be a tragic mistake to treat them as common criminals. It is evident that they are fighting a cause millions consider entirely legitimate. “Until our democracy learns to accommodate dissent, vigorous, robust, even if inconvenient, it will be incapable of serving our common good.”

It’s a pity that Unongo does not know his roots – IPOB

Ohaneze Ndigbo, John NwodoWe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu condemn in its entirety the statement credited to the clueless and uninformed Arewa Consultative Forum and their decorative happy-slave chairman Chief Paul Unongo for daring to attack Ohaneze Ndigbo Chairman Chief John Nnia Nwodo for rising up in defence of the truth.

This truth is that IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not committed any crime to known to the laws of Nigeria to warrant his rearrest. If Nigeria ever had a case against our leader, why have the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) not commenced the trial since October 2015 when our leader was first arrested? Instead the Arewa North thought they could intimidate this present Ohaneze Ndigbo as they did to previous executives, into allowing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be arrested. They miscalculated miserably because all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria today including some of the most ardent critics of our leader have conceded privately that IPOB has given enslaved ethnic nationalities in Nigeria the impetus to rise up and question their slave status. The Fulani/Arewa born to rule mentality has been broken by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. People are no longer intimidated by the disproportionate number of Arewa sons in the military and other armed forces who are in essence the foot soldiers of the Caliphate and not Nigeria.

The idea of wanting to use baseless trumped up charges to justify the extra judicial detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be resisted by all men and women of good conscience. After all it was Buhari himself that disobeyed court order after court order directing the unconditional release of the our leader in 2015. If anyone deserves to be arrested, it is Buhari.

Paul Unongo and his caliphate handlers should also call for the arrest of the Director General of DSS and AGF for flagrant and serial disobedience to court orders. Whilst they are at it, they should not fail to add their beloved Arewa Youths, who actually committed the treasonable act of incitement to genocide, which is a far more serious crime than attempted coup d’etat. What Arewa Consultative Forum through their Arewa Youths did was nothing short of a call to mass murder and appropriation of properties that does not belong to them. Arewa Elders that incited the youths, provided them finance and logistics must also be arrested.

It’s a pity that Chief Paul Unongo who appear not to know his roots, have consistently failed to raise his voice against Fulani herdsmen slaughtering and raping their way through swathes of Benue land where he comes from. That he found the courage to challenge the stance of Ohaneze Ndigbo publicly confirms what we have always known, that he’s suffering from what psychologists call the Stockholm syndrome. A man who could not rise in defence of his own people being slaughtered by the same Fulani cattle interest, shamelessly had the temerity to call for the arrest of the only person who had the guts to say no to Fulani herdsmen. Paul Unongo should in actual fact be grateful to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for seeking to protect his people from Fulani annihilation and conquest.

We commend this act of Ohaneze Ndigbo for standing firm to demonstrate that they are different from past Ohaneze administrations. By refusing to be browbeaten by the mob mentality often deployed by the hegemonic Arewa North in times of crisis, they deserve our collective commendation. Fulani caliphate are not the owners of the constituent parts that make up the British contraption Nigeria and we IPOB are here to prove it to them.

The Fulani cabal that run the Nigerian Government are busy deploying instruments of governance to terrorise the masses into accepting the rearrest of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who committed no crime crime known to law. We promise Chief Paul Unongo and his collaborators in the Arewa North that Nigeria will never be the same after this encounter. Arewa North should concentrate on alleviating the long suffering poor masses of the core North and leave Biafra, IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alone.

 

Nnamdi Kanu rejects Arewa Youths’ quit notice withdrawal

download (1)The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has rejected the withdrawal of the quit notice earlier issued to all easterners living in the northern region by the coalition of Arewa Youths Consultation Forum. The Arewa youths, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, Thursday withdrew its quit notice to Ndigbo but said it would continue to push for the re-arrest  of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as well as tagging the Biafran group a terrorist body. Arewa youths & Nnamdi Kanu The Arewa group had issued a three months eviction order to all Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the northern region to vacate the north before October 1, 2017 or face physical attacks. Read also: Breaking: Arewa Youths withdraw quit notice, accuse Igbos of amassing weapons However, before the expiration of the order, the group made a volt farce, withdrawing the order yesterday. But IPOB has rejected the withdrawal, urging the Arewa Youths to stick to the eviction order if they have integrity. IPOB slao urged all Igbos and other southerners living in the north to ignore the withdrawal and come home. In a statement signed by it’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB said If the idea is to cow their leader with calls for his arrest, then “those behind the genocidal edict of ‘Igbos must leave the North’ are even dumber than we thought.” The statement partly read thus: “It is inconsequential to IPOB whether the ‘quit notice’ was rescinded or not because it will in no way impact the pace and direction of our effort to restore Biafra. “Threats don’t have any effect on us, so our advice to the Arewa North is to please stick to the October 1 deadline or else they have no honour. “We urge all southerners in the core North to return home before October 1 as history will most definitely repeat itself. “Southerners were massacred in the pogroms of 1966 and 1967 after similar assurances were issued then that people should remain in the North.” “The presence of a serving governor and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the supposed press briefing confirms what we have always known that the incitement to genocide, which is what the ‘quit notice’ is all about, has the blessing of the Arewa political class.” IPOB also said the leaders of the Arewa Youths should be arrested just like they are calling for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu. “If President Muhammadu Buhari is at all serious about clamping down on hate speech, he should arrest those behind the ‘quit notice’ along with their sponsors,” IPOB said. “Trying to drag the name of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, into their unintelligent blood fest will be resisted. “If the idea is to cow our leader with calls for his arrest, then those behind the genocidal edict of ‘Igbos must leave the North’ are even dumber than we thought. “Nigeria is crumbling today before our eyes due to the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; those wishing for him to be arrested again are basically signing the death warrant of Nigeria,”

Buhari National Broadcast: You are a hypocrite, IPOB tells Buhari

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the prophet of our time, wish to bring to the attention of Nigerians and the world at large, the unfounded statement credited to the Nigeria president Major General Muhammdu Buhari during his latest comical nationwide broadcast about discussions he had with the late Biafran leader General Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2003 at his home town in Daura Katsina State Nigeria about Nigeria remaining one.

Major General Muhammadu Buhari claimed in his robotic 3 minute broadcast that the late Biafran General and war leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu gave him assurances that Nigeria must remain one indivisible entity. In Buhari’s view, his unverified, unsubstantiable discussions with Ojukwu in his Daura village means that we Indigenous People of Biafra cannot demand for our inalienable right under the principles of self determination in order to seek our exit from the fraudulent British manufactured colony we know today as Nigeria. Interestingly enough, there is a well circulated video of President Buhari addressing the 70th of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he stated unequivocally that no nation, no matter how small, can be denied the right to self determination. Buhari in his characteristic hypocrisy failed to mention the fact that he is a staunch campaigner for self determination for Palestine and Western Sahara. This same Buhari is the major financier and backer of Western Sahara campaign to break away from Morocco.

The question that must be answered is why is it possible for Buhari to champion the cause of self determination for Muslims in Israel and Morocco but not so for Biafrans who are Judeo-Christians in the British created Nigeria? During his uninspiring nationwide broadcast littered with dictatorial proclamations, the only take away point in the entire turgid show of shame is that Nigeria must remain one. Primarily because the dominant corrupt Hausa-Fulani Islamic cabal which he represents, do not want to lose their stranglehold on the finances of Nigeria. His hypocritical threat to deal with IPOB members who are legitimately going about their self determination efforts without recourse to arms, is indicative of his natural hatred towards Christians and indigenous ethnicities that make up Biafra. It is unfortunate that some people in this mere geographical expression called Nigeria are yet to understand that Biafra is an issue that is bigger than any man.

We find it laughable that Major General Muhammadu Buhari will embark on the futile journey of deceiving the general public about his brief encounter with Ojukwu in 2003.

President Muhammadu Buhari and other government functionaries, especially politicians, should stop deceiving themselves about the true nature of the raging Biafra agitation because they cannot provide any incontrovertible proof or verifiable evidence where the agreement was made between Buhari and Chief Emeka Ojukwu to keep Nigeria one.

The current Biafra restoration project piloted by IPOB is unstoppable.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu meets South East Caucus, clarifies reason for BSS

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he set up the Biafra Secret Service to protect the people of Biafra. Kanu, who spoke to journalists after a visit to the chairman, South East senate caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, at his country home, Ohuru, in Obingwa council area of Abia State, explained that there was no need for anybody to be afraid of the internal operations of IPOB, assuring that the group will never engage in violence or armed struggle. He lamented that the Nigerian Police has failed to protect the people of Biafra from the menace of Fulani herdsmen, stressing that the Biafra Secret Service is similar to the Hisbah and Sharia Police in the North. According to him, “There is no need for anybody to be afraid of the internal operations of IPOB. Biafra Secret Service is like the vigilante outfits you have everywhere. It is not armed. We want to stop the menace of Fulani herdsmen in our land. We won’t tolerate it, it won’t happen here. In the North, you have the Hisbah Police, Sharia police; you even have the Janjaweed police. Here, we have nothing; we need to protect this land. We need to prevent the Fulani cattle men from rustling; we are opposed to every form of disorder and criminality. IPOB will never be violent, we will never be armed. “So, there is no need for people to be afraid of the internal operations of IPOB because we will never resort to armed violence or armed struggle of any sort .Our method is far more potent and effective than any armed struggle. So, I will always listen to him and I will return to him from time to time. “The Nigerian Police has done nothing, absolutely nothing. Fulani herdsmen have been rampaging everywhere. President spoke, he never mentioned the menace of Fulani herdsmen, his interest was Biafra, unity, threat and intimidation. That doesn’t work with me, it may work with you, but it doesn’t work with me. You don’t intimidate me because I’m a Biafran.” Senator Abaribe, who said he had fruitful discussions with the IPOB leader, stated there are lots of misconceptions and misunderstandings as well as too much tension in the land and urged Nigerians to work for the peace and unity of the country. He disclosed that the caucus is committed to ensure a better country where every section of Nigeria will have a sense of justice and equality. “Nnamdi Kanu has assured us that IPOB is non violent, will continue to remain non violent and will not in any way, do anything that will lead to bloodshed. We have also told him our stand. Our stand is that we cannot continue this nation the way it is. There must be restructuring, there must be devolution of powers; there must be discussion by the component parts to ensure that every part of this country will have a better and far more promising union. Not a union that you will have some people feeling that there are first and second class citizens. We had very fruitful discussions,” Abaribe said.

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