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Sunday, 4 December 2022

The Memories Of Biafra Cannot Be Erased By The Intentional Removal Of History From School Curriculum - Wole Soyinka

 The Memories Of Biafra Cannot Be Erased By The Intentional Removal Of History From School Curriculum - Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka


The Prominent Yoruba born laureate made this statement on 20th November, 2022 during a speech at the 24th annual Lagos Book and Arts Festival, which was organized by "Book Kraft" .


Recall that, from the academics' year 2009–2010, the federal government of Nigeria, out of their selfish intentions, withdrew history from the country's schools' Curriculum. And, one major problem that came with this singular action, is the case of Identity Crisis present in several parts of Nigeria currently, especially among the people of the country's South South Region, where the youths and children have all forgotten who they are and what Ethnic group they belong to. 


Most Igbo people in the Anioma part of Delta State, today identifies as “Niger Deltans” – Words they do not even know its meaning. 


The lack of History among most youths today has led them into believing Late Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegu Ojukwu started a war in 1967 against Nigeria, when, in fact, Ojukwu was only doing what was mandated for the safety of his people and generations to come. 


The Biafra Genocide, mostly disguised and called the Nigeria-Biafra War, is a major reason for the removal of History in Nigerian schools. It was an intentional move by the Nigeria Government and their Masters, the Britain Government. The target is to keep the present and future generations of Biafrans in ignorance as a way to cover up their deeds against the older generations of Biafrans. 


But it is very evident that even with the removal of History from Schools, Biafrans cannot be fooled, and the spirit and history of Biafra can never be eradicated. 


The Nobel Prize Winner, Wole Soyinka, has reinstated this fact in the recently concluded "Lagos Book and Arts Festival". Sighting that the removal of history from the Nigerian school's curriculum by the government is a criminal and intentional act. 

 

In Soyinka's own very words, He said; “Collective memory is the key, because it is that memory which is related to the mechanisms of relating reality to whatever narrative is given to us. It is far more important, and it is more dangerous because you can get trapped in it because it is collected as a community activity and some of that, I think, it's happening to us here in Nigeria".


“I’m referring of course to Biafra", he specifically noted! 


“The collective memory there is strong, even before the war, I warned that this collective memory might remain to plague efforts at nation building, and that therefore, everything should be done to avoid that war". “When I use the expressions like, "Biafra can never be defeated and can never be wiped away, people thought I was talking about just the battlefield. I was talking about, a notion, a passion which enters collective memories in active life, not just as a past narrative. This is what I was warning against. And we’re seeing it today", Soyinka said. 


“Government somehow undertook the criminal act of removing history from schools, something I never believed could ever happen to us. The government actually stopped teaching of history in schools. So naive, so stupid as not to recognize that there is something called memory, collective memories, active memory in the present."


“If the purpose was to obliterate the war or memories of the war, what about events that led up to the war? What about the position, the narrative of existence in relation to the outer world? How do you obliterate those, for heaven’s sake? Yet, people sat down and went about their business when they removed history from the curriculum. That’s what I mean by saying that we must always adjudicate the present by history, by the collective memory."


“At the same time, however, we must take care not to become prisoners of that collective memory. That member must be able to use our collective memories in a progressive, productive, creative, and advanced way".


These words the Professor should be a caution to the Nigeria Government; they should stop fighting a war they cannot win, even in a million years.


The Biafra Spirit lives on. And the earlier the government of Nigeria accepts this, the better it is for them.


Nigerian Government should release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in line with the pronouncements of the court, and also release all other Biafrans that have been illegally abducted and detained by Nigerian security agents. Because, come what may, the Restoration Of The Sovereign State Of Biafra Cannot be Stopped. 


Written by Chidiebere Obulose


Edited by Chizobam E. Olise


For Family Writers Press International

Thursday, 1 December 2022

The Continued Persecution Of Nnamdi Kanu And How Nigeria Government Is Invariably Nurturing A Volcano

   The Continued Persecution Of Nnamdi Kanu And How Nigeria Government Is Invariably Nurturing A Volcano



The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was Kidnapped in Kenya, tortured, extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria and arraigned in court on 29th June 2021 over frivolous charges of treasonable felony and terrorism, which the appellant(Kanu) pleaded not guilty. 


Following the appeal by Kanu, a competent Appellate Court in Abuja discharged and acquitted the IPOB Leader from all charges on 13th October, 2022, and barred all further trial of the case, by any Nigerian Court. This is on the grounds that the Nigeria judiciary lacks jurisdiction to try Kanu, due to the illegal process of his arrest and extradition. But, the Muhammadu Buhari led government, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami rejected the judgement and said that he(Kanu) was only discharged and not acquitted. So they have continued to illegally detain IPOB leader in the Department of State Services(DSS)'s detention facility, which can be safely described as a dungeon, due to the uncomfortable state of the facility.


Prominent personalities and world respected institutions like the united Nations working group have called on the Nigerian President to release Nnamdi Kanu, but to the requests fell on deaf ears.


Some of the personalities and institutions includes; Late Elder Dunu Mbazulike Amaechi who was the Nigeria First Republic Aviation Minister, Late Amaechi pleaded with the President to release Kanu to him as his final wish for his services and devotion to Nigeria; the then 94 years old man said he could go on his knees if that would soften the heart of Buhari to grant him his last wish. But that request was not granted before he dead on November 1, 2022. May his gentle soul rest in peace! 


Others are: Iyom Bianca Ojukwu(Wife to late Chukwuemeka Dim Ojukwu, the first Biafra leader/head of state), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike (the leader of the movement of actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra 'MASSOB') and Kanayo O.Kanayo (a Nollywood veteran) who called on Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu as a birthday gift to him. But, all of the above were ignored by the Nigerian president.


Members of the European parliament and the United Nations working group on arbitrary determination asked the Nigeria government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and engage him in a political discussion, because his demands for a referendum are legitimate under the United Nations charters, which Nigeria is signatory to.


Most recently, Jarvis Johnson a member of District 139 in the Texas House of Representatives made a request to Joe Biden, the President of the United States of America to compel Buhari to obey court order and release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally. 

 

As it stands, there is a blunt refusal of the Nigeria government to comply with court orders and release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and this has been raising very serious concerns in the minds of conscientious individuals pertinent questions like, "has Nigeria irredeemably degenerated into a lawless entity?" Is the tenets of modern democracy that correlates the share of power amongst the arms government without intimidation from the executives over the judiciary and legislatives still prevalent in Nigeria? or Is this just part of the long existing hatred engendered against the Igbos and Biafrans? 


This act of disrespect displayed by the Nigeria government to these above mentioned personalities and institutions show how arrogant and reckless those tribal bigots saturating the political corridor of Nigeria are. Their feudalistic mentality is the driving force to treat Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Biafrans and other indeginous population in Nigeria with contempt and disregard. Hence all and sundry In Nigeria and around the world must rise up and prevail against these band of reprobates.


Buhari and his kinsmen should understand that respect is reciprocal. They should not be drunken with power and ignore the sincere call of those individuals and constituted authorities for justice to be served and peace to prevail.


IPOB is a nonviolent self-determination movement which believes in a democratic world recognized process(referendum) to determine the fate of Biafrans that were illegally almagamated by the British since 1914, but the continued illegal persecution of Nnamdi Kanu could affect the status of the above principle. The movement's patience could exceed its elastic limits and could revert to anarchy.


Nigeria government is wittingly nurturing a Volcano that could erupt and destroy the already debilitating entity, if they continue to hold the IPOB leader. The only option left for Nigerian President Buhari is to hearken to the voice of reason, release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally and engage IPOB in a dialogue to discuss the future of the union.



 Written by Ify Mmaduabizie


Edited by Enenienwite Ikechukwu


For Family Writers Press International


Biafra Women protest, demands the Nigerian govt to obey court orders, Free Nnamdi Kanu

   Biafra Women protest, demands the Nigerian govt to obey court orders, Free Nnamdi Kanu



The barbaric tactics and uncivilized attitudes of Nigeria government and its security agencies have gradually become unbearable, especially as it concerns the illegal detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra(IPOB). This is why the Biafran women of Abia State extraction decided to march out in protest for the release of Kanu.


The Abia Women, had long kept silent in expectation that the Nigeria state would obey court orders. But in view of how Lawless Nigeria have become in repeatedly ignoring the order of courts and United Nations working group, these women determined to storm the street in demand for the freedom of the IPOB Leader. 


The incident took place in Aba, the commercial city of Abia state, Biafraland. The women demonstrated with placards, how unsatisfied they are with the continuous detention of their son, despite the orders, of competent jurisdiction.



Some of the banners and placards read, "The journey of nine (9) months is painful, we cannot keep calm to watch our son die for a crime he never committed! #RELEASE NNAMDI KANU NOW" while some others read, "we're loosing patience! #FREE NNAMDI KANU", etcetera. 


We all can recall that Nigerian courts of competent jurisdiction in both Abuja and Umuahia, quashed all the count charges against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and also affirmed and ordered for the immediate release of the leader of the IPOB. But, Nigeria government have not complied to the instructions since over a month after the verdicts. This blatant act of disregard to court orders have been locally and internationally described as executive rascality, total dishonest and impunity of the executive to the orders of court of competent jurisdiction. 


Biafrans have wondered why the international community is yet to do anything concerning this uncultured act from Nigeria. But, one thing is certain: justice must prevail.


#FREEMAZINNAMDIKANUNOW! 

#REFERENDUMNOW


Onyemachi Gabriel, reporting


For Family Writers Press International.


Tuesday, 29 November 2022

The Road To Biafra Restoration, And The Huddles therein

  The Road To Biafra Restoration, And The Huddles therein


Uniquely, this very dimension of the Biafra restoration struggle championed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People Of Biafra(IPOB), has been through lessons. Much of the problems the struggle is facing at present, are results of mistakes made in the past.


But, of a certainty, we have learn from our mistakes. I must say that every of our mistakes have in one way or the other, been a stepping stone to Biafra restoration. We face every problem with keen interest while shaping the future to avoid the same occurrence. 


Likewise, I am happy that, despite the huge problems we encounter on this road to freedom, our zeal and determination to restore Biafra still rises above every of the challenges. And, Biafrans must understand that more problems are ahead; do not expect rosy freedom fighting, do not expect merriment on our way to freedom, the pathway to liberty is full of both internal and external complications. Your left hand might disappoint you, and when you turn to your right hand, it will be singing another song. Our spirit must never lose focus on our goal to Biafra freedom.   


Nigeria government will never allow you leave the imposed union without putting up a fight. They will come in so many ways and with so many strategies to throw confusion on this movement; The government will never allow you speak in one voice, they will send agent to set confusion in IPOB family meetings, etcetera. Because the formidability of IPOB in setting up IPOB families across the globe is seriously a big threat and heavy challenge to the British establishment(Nigeria). They will come in so many ways to bring confusion so as to force you to speak in different tongues and languages. If you understand this, then you will never allow yourself to be used against this global family. 


I have said this time without number on different platforms; a genuine Biafran can be used by Nigerian government without his/her knowledge. And the question should be, how? When you allow yourself to be used to derail the efforts of this movement; either by argument or confrontation, blackmail, anything you are doing against the constituted authority of IPOB, it automatically amounts to sabotage and at that point, the government is using you against the IPOB freedom movement.  You might be a government agent or being used to do the government biding without your endorsement.


Who is Nigeria government?  Everybody understands that Nigeria government is fighting IPOB, yes, but not everyone understands how that fight is carried out.  The government will fight back through you if you allow them to use you. Yes, they can use you to fight this noble cause by giving you the impression that you are doing the right thing, without knowing that the government is using you to fight the freedom movement you are part of. 


If your action is against the constituted authority of this struggle, if you have been deceived to see the leadership of IPOB as the major problem of the struggle, I tell you, the government is using you against Biafra restoration struggle without your knowledge. In other words, if you are being use to set confusion in IPOB family, my brother, my sister, the government is using you. 


One major thing a true Biafran who understands how government fights back will never do, is to allow anyone to use him/against the leadership of this movement. If you have fallen victim to any of these outlined measures, I want you to have some reflection, understand that you are being used to fight IPOB family, the government is using you to set confusion in IPOB.

The most noble thing that should be done now by anyone in such situation is to take a u-turn, reflect on his/her ways, make necessary amendments and guide up for the days ahead is still evil.


Written by Mazi Emeka Gift

For Family Writers Press International

Monday, 28 November 2022

ENUGU: 82 Division GOC Is Responsible For The Rise Of Fulani Terrors In The State

   ENUGU: 82 Division GOC Is Responsible For The Rise Of Fulani Terrors In The State


Information available to the intelligence of the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People Of Biafra(IPOB) states that the General Officer Commanding(GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu State, Major General Umar Musa is the cause for the upsurge in kidnappings & killings by Fulanis in the state. 


Recall that different parts of Enugu State have continually experienced heightened Kidnaps and killings in recent months, weeks and days. One of such instance is a place called "4-Corners", along the road leading to Udi local government. A report from a Family Writers Press correspondent in Enugu confirmed that this said area have witnessed daily kidnaps and different other crimes perpetrated on a daily basis by Fulani terrorist, since the past one month.


Also, in Udi local government of the state, several Kidnappings and robberies by these Fulani sects, have been consistently witnessed on the road leading from "Eke to Affa".


And worst still at Iziuzo, the indigenes of Aguamede Community of Ehamufu Zone in Iziuzo local government area, were heavily invaded by these same Fulani blood sucker in almost all days and nights of the past one week. Report has it that over twenty (20) lives have been lost. 


Currently as at the time of writing this report, the Aguamede village and surrounding is deserted.


It is worthy to note here that at no instance of these attacks by Fulani gun men has the military or police intervened. Infact, the one of 4-corners happens nearby a military check-point. But, we confirmed that on 24th of November, 2022, the women from the Iziuzo area who attempted protesting against these terrors in the land were dispersed by police and soldiers who came and shot live bullets and tear-gas sporadically at the innocent protesters mostly aged mothers. And, these are the same police that never answered the people's call for intervention while Fulani were on rampage killing innocent Enugu indigenes. 


All these outlined unbecoming circumstances and more, got this highly escalated since GOC Umar Musa was transferred to Enugu 82 Division military barrack. So, IPOB intelligence were compelled to embark on thorough investigations. 


According to the findings of the intelligence unit, "this Fulani army general, Umar Musa has caused a lot of problems in northern Nigeria by killing a lot of indigenous people". "States in western region of Nigeria and many other state governments have all rejected Major General Musa from being posted to their states, because of his shady background and strong sympathy for Boko Haram and ISWAP". "Biafrans must stand up because this man is a looming danger to the Enugu metropolis". 


IPOB intelligence also gathered that "this General Musa was transferred from Kaduna where kidnapping, killings and robberies also thrived under his watch”.


"Some rescued kidnap victims in the 4-corner area have narrated what their Fulani kidnappers told them. These kidnappers boasted to the victims that they(Victims) can go on to tell the world, after they have paid ransom, emphasising that they(Kidnappers) do not care for anything. The Kidnappers boasted that their boss is in charge of the army in the region, and because of this their 'army general' boss in the military, they are fearless”, -the intelligence also unveiled. 


Our intelligence further told us that the rescued victims also narrated how those Fulani terrorists said, "where ever our boss is transferred to, he usually moves with his Fulani bandits, kidnappers and herdsmen group". 


There are also numerous reports that many people have complained to the south east Governors, but they have all kept mute about this Fulani Nigerian army general, sent to Biafraland for destabilisation. 


Family Writers Press International, reporting


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

IPOB Remains A Non-Violent Self-Determination Movement

   IPOB Remains A Non-Violent Self-Determination Movement


This is in line with the consistent dissociation, public sensitisation campaign of the Indeginous People Of Biafra(IPOB) from any form of criminality or government sponsored criminals, hired to give the Biafran people and the world a wrong impression about IPOB. But this will continue to fail. Family Writers Press International(FWPI), a solid media outfit of this Biafra restoration struggle wishes to reiterate that "IPOB remains a non violent movement" , hence cannot be a thorn in the flesh to the people and the land of Biafra.


IPOB remains the face of peaceful agitation for freedom in this 21st century. And restoring the sovereign state of Biafra is the single goal. After our fathers failed to attain that outstanding goal in the Biafran appropriate but inaccurately articulated revolutionary resistance of 1967-70, IPOB in a well determined manner, chooses a non-violent approach to unfailingly realising this objective of Biafra restoration.


This approach though, has cost the movement some unimaginable losses of thousands of innocent lives and properties and still counting, because our detractors think that killing and intimidation will in some way shake Biafrans resolve to exit the British contraption, and restore our God given heritage, which is the republic of Biafra.


The Nigeria government and their neocolonial friends have further unleashed their evil plans to anihilate our people and create a very insecured atmosphere in our land with their criminal agent provocateurs; people who go about committing atrocities against the Biafran people, and yet hiding under the cloak of being Biafra agitators. These paid agents are the ones that give the murderous Nigeria security operatives the grounds to move in and massacre indeginous Biafrans in the remote Biafra villages and communities, claiming they are after the criminals.


IPOB was divinely instituted to restore hope and succor to a people that have seen nothing but misery, pain and death, since over a century now. The formation of Eastern Security Network(ESN) was all part of the grand plan to restore peace and tranquility in Biafraland, defend her from marauding fulani terrorists and all forms of crimes and unrests. IPOB's resolve to restore Biafra through a peaceful transitional process (referendum) remains on course. But the movement will not either or both state and non state actors degenerate Biafraland into a den of crime for their own selfish benefits.


IPOB have been clamouring the need for the world to understand the pain of the Biafran people and grant the request of a referendum to the indeginous people living in this geographical space. For years, the movement have conducted peaceful protests in many countries of the world and have continued to do so. IPOB have asked United Nations to uphold their laws and discharge their duty towards the people of Biafra; stressing that our people being law-abiding and responsible are ready to exercise their rights to live with dignity and respect amongst other races on the Earth. And thankfully, there has been applaudable success. 


Biafran oppressors being envious of a sucesss own to consistency, resoluteness and God Almighty on his people's side, vowed to halt the Biafrans' march to freedom. They have unleashed all manner of provocations to lure IPOB into avoidable mistakes, but the Children of the Most-High are smarter and do understand the terrain more than they do. Recruited agent provocateurs that were payed to destroy IPOB and implicate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has failed and will continue to fail, because IPOB will not allow them blackmail her or her leader who is still illegally detained. 


FWPI is audibly aiding voice to make it crystal clear to individuals or groups in Biafraland and beyond, that IPOB is not against anybody who is truely agitating for Biafra, but we will not tolerate any form of criminality in Biafraland, intended at helping the biased media and corrupt government to blackmail Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB/ESN.


The Nigeria government should stop rigmaroling and obey subsisting Court orders that have discharged, acquitted and mandated the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from illegal detention. Let a date for a referendum be fixed.


Written by Sabinus Gab


Edited by Enenienwite Ikechukwu


For Family Writers Press International

Nnamdi Kanu demands N20bn compensation, apologies from Malami for saying he "jumped bail" despite Court clearance

 Nnamdi Kanu demands N20bn compensation, apologies from Malami for saying he "jumped bail" despite Court clearance




The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has demanded N20 billion as compensation from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.


Kanu demanded compensation following alleged defamatory and libellous claims against him.


Speaking through his Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, the IPOB leader, said Malami’s claim that he jumped bail despite a court order clearing him was libellous.


Recall that the military had invaded Kanu’s premises at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Abia State on 10th September, 2017, and this led to him fleeing the country.


The alleged invasion was contested and tagged a violation of Kanu’s fundamental human right.


But, the courts ruled that the invasion was unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional.


Speaking on the issue, Malami was quoted as saying: “To release or not to release Nnamdi Kanu is a function of law and the rule of law for that matter. In arriving at a decision on whether to release or not release, is one; you look at the rule of law, two; you look at the public and the national interest, three; you look at the security situation, four; you look at the international diplomacy.


“Let me talk first of the rule of law. This is someone that has been granted bail on account of charges that have been preferred against him at the court. Someone jumping bail to the international community, a case of a fugitive is established against the background of jumping the bail.


“Two, arising from the national security, this is someone that is charged with treason, incitement and destruction of civil authority, murder and assassination of others on account of his incitement, that boils down to issues of national security and criminality.


“Three, on account of international diplomacy, this is someone that has against his person, used the international community or a foreign country to launch an attack against a nation, against his nation for that matter.


“So all these naturally come into play to determine what to do. So if you have, through judicial processes, established multiple cases of treason, homicide, and bail-jumping, among others, the fact that you have indeed succeeded in one case as against multiple others that are pending, goes to establish the fact that that case cannot be the only basis and criterion for determining whether you are entitled to be released or not.”


Condemning Malami’s remark, Ejimakor said: “Despite the clear exoneration from jumping bail contained in the Judgment exhibited and quoted above, you have, after 19th January 2022 when this judgment was rendered, defamed and libelled our Client by your several utterances and publications (in national dailies) where you falsely stated that our Client jumped bail.


“In view of the said judgment of the Abia State High Court, your above utterances were false, malicious and reckless and they were read and heard worldwide and portrayed our Client in light.


Ejimakor stated this in a letter addressed to Malami tagged: “RE: Pre-action notice and formal demand for settlement of the claim of defamation/libel of the character of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu grounded on your false, defamatory and libelous publications that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu jumped bail.”


The letter reads partly: “The sum of N20,000,000,000.00 (Twenty Billion Naira only) being general and exemplary damages.


“An unreserved personal letter of apology, to be prominently and boldly published full-page in two Nigerian Newspapers of national circulation, namely: Guardian Newspaper and Sun Newspaper.


“You shall write and deliver to your superior officer(s) and/or your employer(s) a Legal Opinion to the effect that our Client did not jump bail in view of the 19th January 2022 Judgment of the High Court of Abia State.


“The foregoing demands are without prejudice to other options or terms for settlement that you may counter-propose in response to this Letter. We, therefore, request that, with a view to settling this claim out of court, you respond to this Letter by Legal Mail (to the email on this Letterhead) within three (3) days of the receipt of this Letter. In the event that you fail to do so, our Client shall immediately commence legal proceedings against you without any further notice.”

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