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Sunday, 27 May 2018

#BiafraFallenHeroes: A Living Eulogy To The Bravest Biafra Pilot And Squadron Commander, Artur Alves Pereira




By Princewill Akubumma | For Biafra Writers

Artur Alves Pereira is another lover of freedom and one of the squadron commanders during the Biafra war, well known for his bravery in taking some calculated risks in order to help maintain and hold onto the seemingly only remaining Biafran airstrip (Uli Airstrip) used in smuggling relief materials into the Biafra territory for the dying and hungry during the brutal war.

On this day, we remember thee, we shall never forget!

A LIVING EULOGY
Artur, a living hero and a legend was known for his special love for the Biafrans due to their resoluteness and readiness to acquire new ideas and skills before and during the war which was one factor that motivated him. He took it upon himself to volunteer in helping Biafra to survive and probably win the war which was why he was hit thirteen times by anti-aircraft guns from the enemies during his selfless service for Biafra and for humanity as a Biafran flight commando during which he once sustained an injury.

Hear him: “I loved Biafrans from the beginning because they are avid for education and particularly for qualification in one of the technical professions. Because they are convinced that ‘no condition is permanent in this world’ an Igbo motto and they are adaptable to a degree and are prepared to learn new ways. Notably, the Muslims are content to accept their poverty or backwardness as the will of Allah, But Biafrans sees both as a challenge to his God-given talents.”

READ ALSO: #BiafraFallenHeroes: Tribute To Slain Biafrans During President Trump's Inauguration Rally In Port Harcourt

This special skills and resoluteness of the Biafrans was one outstanding factor that motivated him the more to stand by the Biafran air force by taking up the most risky task of flying within some restricted danger zones despite the heavy hostilities from the enemies' machineries which was meant to enforce the blockade policy of air, land and sea by the Nigerian military government. Even when every other pilot is afraid to fly over the restricted non-flight zone, Artur always puts his life on the line to make sure that relieve materials must get to the Biafrans at all cost even if it might take his life.

To justify the saying which states that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, the Biafran engineers and scientists devised a means to conceal the Uli airstrip with palm trees, palm fronds and leaf branches in order to hide the only surviving airstrip from the sight of the enemy jet bombers, which is the only hope and route through which food and medicine could get into Biafra hinterland. Usually, the Uli airstrip is normally dormant during the day but becomes a beehive of activities during the night and it takes the bravest of the pilots to successfully land his plane on the tarmac which was poorly lighted for few seconds before the lights goes off almost immediately to avoid detection by the enemy’s attack bombers. And one of those bravest pilots is Artur Alves Pereira who usually takes his plan named ‘Gray Ghost’ to only 100 feet above the Uli airstrip before landing on the dark tarmac as against the precautionary 1500 feet at least in order to avoid being hit by anti-aircraft guns from the enemy jet bombers.

The brave Alves Pereira has this to say: “It was in a Super Constellation, our famous "Grey Ghost that I first landed in the tarmac of Uli airfield. It was dark as coal and during the final approach when our people turn the lights on for 30 seconds, the runway looked very narrow. Till that night the only Igbos I knew were from the Biafra Embassy in Lisbon.”

READ ALSO: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Abie Nathan, Whose Magnanimous Efforts Was Unequaled During The Nigeria-Biafra War

Dear Artur Alves Pereira, for all these risks taken, for putting your life on the line to save many Biafrans from dying, we shall always remember, we Biafrans will never forget.

Artur’s Biography And Responsibilities During The War
Artur Alves Pereira was born on February 26, 1942, in Angola. He joined the Portuguese Air Force as pilot in May 1962 serving in Portugal and in Angola, a former Portuguese colony at the time. He got his Commercial Pilot License after the Air Force duty time. In early 1969 he was flying a Dakota DC3 for a Rhodesian between Luanda and Sao Tome with aid for the Airlift to Biafra. After a few flights one engine broke down and they had to cancel the operation due to lack of funds to buy a new one. In 1967, Biafran Government bought 12 T6-Texans what became a long and frustrating acquisition but in April 1969 were in Tires, near Lisbon ready to be checked but was a little late to enhance Biafra chances of operating a squadron of ground attack aircraft.

The first operational sortie by Biafra T6's under Artur Alves Pereira command was Ughelli, the primary source of power that served Benin airport and the base from which the "Intruder" bomber operated. Two T6, s took-off in the evening in order to reach the target at 05:00pm. The two T6, s did plenty mission but one was very important. Port Harcourt Airbase was attacked early on November 10, 1969. Operating out of Uga, Port Harcourt represented only 15 minutes flight-time to target. Both aircraft escaped from heavy anti-aircraft fire and turned back to base. They attacked a row of three Mig 17 parked on an unprotected and open ramp area and a DC-4. The Port Harcourt raid was described by one of the British mercenary pilots (with the Mig detachment there) "not one of the usual flying-club type of raids", but a highly professional attack and using high accurate rockets.

According to Alves Pereira, this raid destroyed two of the resident Mig-17 as well as one Ilyushin Il-28 which was passing through at the time. Four days after Port Harcourt, they attacked the Norwegian ship Titania when unloading at John Holt wharves at Warri docks and the African Crescent. In December 1969 he was alone flying his T6 still operational. Invited by Cor. Godswill Ezeillo he joins also the Minicons until the end of the war, for him, January 10, 1970.

With the Federal Troops near Uga, he took-off with Larry Obiechi, one of his pilots to Libreville leaving his heart in Biafraland. He was hit by anti-aircraft fire 13 times and injured once. He also served as a ‘Squadron leader’ in the Biafra Air Force. The brave Arthur Alves Pereira left the Biafran Air Force on January 10, 1970, few days before the war ended.

The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Saturday, 26 May 2018

#BiafraFallenHeroes: Tribute To Slain Biafrans During President Trump's Inauguration Rally In Port Harcourt



By Comrade Chukwu Ogbu | For Biafra Writers

May 27, 2018

Since the freedom fighting movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), unified the entire Southeast and South-South geopolitical space into "Biafra," many Biafrans' finest and brightest men and women, artisans, students and civil servants have volunteered for selfless services to restore the lost nationhood.

Their duty is difficult and their service in peaceful demonstration  and demand for a free state of Biafra, especially in a country with little or no regard to the rule of law, like Nigeria, is dangerous.

In most peaceful protests staged by Biafrans, none is without a heavy physical and emotional toll on us, and on our families.

READ ALSO: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Abie Nathan, Whose Magnanimous Efforts Was Unequaled During The Nigeria-Biafra War

The truth is that I have attended far too many funeral services of brave men and women, friends and acquaintances, who have sacrificed their lives in demand for a free state of Biafra from the British contraption called Nigeria. But yet, the most painful, heroic and honourable death is that of the IPOB-Trump rally in Port Harcourt on January 20, 2017 where men of the Nigerian army attacked Biafrans for simply demonstrating their solidarity to the inauguration of the elected American President Donald J. Trump.

Ndubueze Johnson Okoli was one of the 20 victims of circumstance who embraced his death with utmost honor, dignity and valor. Even at 20 years, Ndubueze  understood the basic tenets of freedom. No wonder the last line of his last words were, "...get Biafra for me." What a heroic suave! What a triumphant death!

The number of Biafrans who died at their prime while in solidarity with Donald Trump includes Kingsley Mathew Essien (aged 17 yrs), Justice Kelechi Uwakwe and many more. The deaths of these brave heroes settled permanently, the question that Biafra is indeed a great nation envied by Nigeria and their British allies. One people with one Hag, founded on the equality of the rights and dignity of man: That broke the manacles of modern slavery, subjugation, injustice and finally made us and posterity free forever.

READ MORE: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Those Butchered On 2nd Dec. 2015 By Combined Team Of The Nigeria Security Forces


The deaths of these Biafrans on Trump's inauguration day ought not to be. Though it was a heroic death but it breaks my heart to see their killers still walking freely in the streets, looking for another prey to devour even as we honour our dead heroes and heroines. This brings to question and disrepute, the U.N Charter and her policies which suppose to signal and bring to justice the numerous deaths of indigenous peoples for the bereaved families in mourning and for posterity. We cannot but regard such a policy as an act of injustice and cruelty to our own people, calculated to entail upon us disasters and calamities of the most alarming and shocking rate of extermination of our race.

My slain compatriots, this day I say to you , "With our collective efforts, our leader, Nnamdi Kanu shall march the remaining of us to that Utopia nation which you died fighting for."

"We shall neither retreat nor surrender, we shall fight on until we restore the dignity and lost glory of Biafra.

Rest in Peace! Your nation Biafra salutes you all who died on IPOB-Trump solidarity rally!

The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

#BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Abie Nathan, Whose Magnanimous Efforts Was Unequaled During The Nigeria-Biafra War




By Chikwas Onu Ikpe | For Biafra Writers

May 26, 2018


Abie Nathan was born of Jewish parents, on April 29, 1927, in the Persian city of Abadan, Iran. He was born with a birthmark, which an expert had supposed an indication to achieving great things. So he did as he fought during the Second World War (at the age of 17) with the Royal Indo-British Air Force, and was instrumental in the defense of Israel against the invasion of Arab armies.

In all likelihood, Abie was a humanist. Even as a combat pilot, he was tactical in order not to harm civilians of the opposition. On one occasion, following his bombing missions against the Arab villages, he was reported to have been struck with "deep depression," after he had visited and seen the destruction, wreckage and burnt bodies resulting from the air raid.

It is impossible to forget that Avraham Abie Nathan, under the pressure of mortar shells and grenades, demonstrated his humanitarian efforts to ensuring that Biafrans were not obliterated from the surface of the earth.

READ ALSO: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Those Butchered On 2nd Dec. 2015 By Combined Team Of The Nigeria Security Forces

The Israeli-born Abie dedicated his life for other people and for a better humanity. When it reached to his awareness, as regards to the plights of the Biafran people, especially children, in her belligerent times; he hired a DC8 plane sponsored by the State of Israel in order to fly humanitarian aid to Biafra. In the heat of the war, in 1968, Abie flew to the Netherlands, hired a boat which he equipped with 550 tons of provisions, and sailed to the United-States. In New-York he purchased more provisions that were packed by volunteers and it was sent to Biafra.

Today, we remember the gallantries of Abie Nathan, who was sensitive to the anguished cries of the repressed Biafran people; peculiarly children.

Occasionally, Abie flew to the Netherlands, and to the Americas, raising monetary funds through his newly founded "Fund for the Biafra Children" organisation. He took starving Biafra children to the Netherlands for medical treatment. He acquired food and powdered milk and flew to Sao Tome (a small island close to the south of Biafra) in order to deliver it to the children of Biafra.

READ ALSO: May 30th, 2018, Biafran Heroes and Heroines Remembrance Day, Is Sacrosanct

All over the world, Abie Nathan was a virtue of selfless humanity. He epitomized the 'Voice of Peace' for the oppressed and repressed people.

Avraham Abie Nathan,
We remember thee!

#BiafraFallenHeroes

Published by The Biafra Times

Friday, 25 May 2018

May 30th, 2018, Biafran Heroes and Heroines Remembrance Day, Is Sacrosanct


25th May 2018

Press Statement

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide led by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu shall on the 30th of May 2018 be honoring and remembering the millions of victims of the Biafran Genocide which include victims of all the pogroms carried out in the Arewa Northern Nigeria from 1945 to present, those killed during the Biafran Genocide as well as present victims of Nigerian State sponsored acts of terror and violence who were murdered in cold blood by the trigger happy Nigerian security forces for exercising their inalienable right to Self determination. We will also be remembering all those massacred in Benue, Jos, Kogi, Taraba, Enugwu, Adamawa, Southern Kaduna and western Nigeria by the Fulani Janjaweed Herdsmen


The Biafran people are very much aware of the existence of a policy of the Nigerian ruling class represented by the Hausa/Fulani/Yoruba Oligarchy, spearheaded by the evil Sokoto Caliphate and tailored towards achieving both the political, cultural and economical emasculation and annihilation of the Biafran people, as well as to ethnically cleanse Biafrans from Nigeria and from our homeland. As a result of this conspiracy, the Indigenous People of Biafra have suffered untold hardship, threats to their culture and tradition, assault on our value system and a near complete waste of our environment. It was this aspiration to ethnically remove Biafrans from our homeland a place wherein we have inhabited and developed a civilization which pre-dates the Greek and Roman civilization that culminated in a war of annihilation imposed upon the Biafran people by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the British government and their allies. This was after a series of well planned and well executed acts of pogroms perpetrated under the watch of Britain the then Colonial government.


On the 22nd of June 1945, the massacre of Biafrans commenced in Jos and hundreds of Biafrans were murdered by the Hausa-Fulani while tens of thousands of pounds sterling worth of Biafran people’s properties were either looted or ruined. Nobody was held accountable, nobody was arrested and none was prosecuted by the British Colonial government. As a matter of fact the British refused to institute an inquiry into the bestial and gruesome murder of a section of the populace and wanton destruction of their properties. Fast forward Kano 1953, thousands more Biafrans, their families and properties were again targets of ethnic cleansing under the supervision of the British overlords. From 1954 to October 1966, more than 30,000 Biafrans were killed in Northern Nigeria, and between October 1966 and June 1967 more than 300,000 more were massacred. In a most brutish and gruesome manner, pregnant women were killed, their unborn babies pulled out of their wombs, received a most gruesome and barbaric end while other victims had their eyes gorged, arms and limbs amputated, and heads chopped off. It was a most graphic animalistic tendency ever exhibited in Africa These were barbaric and horrifying crimes against humanity in an indescribable scale. Bear in mind that all these killings were done in peace time, without provocation and with evidence of complicity on the part of local and national authority at the time be it the colonial British government or the Nigerian puppet government. Then from July 6, 1967–January 15, 1970 a large scale program of total extermination of the Indigenous People of Biafra termed the final solution to the Biafran problem was initiated. More than five (5) million Biafrans representing close to 15% of the total population of the Biafran people were exterminated in a most inhuman and ghastly manner by Nigeria fully backed, supported and militarily equipped by the British during which more than three (3) million civilians especially women and children died from starvation because of the British Government supervised air, land, and sea blockade of the Biafran territory. The killings have continued unabated from 1970 to the present resulting in the death of millions more of the Indigenous People of Biafra.


These victims of the pogroms in Northern Nigeria, of the Biafran genocide and those murdered in cold blood for exercising their inalienable right to Self determination by the trigger happy Nigerian security forces are our Heroes and Heroines. They paid the ultimate price for our collective dignity and freedom and it is in their honor that we observe and shall observe till the end of time 30th May of each year as a day to remember, acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices they made on our behalf.

For the past five consecutive years, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide led by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have remembered and honored Biafran heroes and heroines’ men, women and children who gave their life for our liberty who sacrificed all for posterity. This tradition continues This tradition continues this year and on May 30th, 2018 Biafrans will again gather in more than 120 countries around the world to remember, pay their respect and honor these great men, women and children victims of the Biafran Genocide and our Heroes and Heroines as well as those massacred in Benue, Jos, Kogi, Taraba, Enugwu, Adamawa, Southern Kaduna and western Nigeria by the Fulani Janjaweed Herdsmen. This year’s remembrance is unique in that victims of Islamic Jihadists under the cover of Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen especially the Christian community in the Middle Belt will also be remembered and honored. During the period since after the Biafran genocide, our land has been raped and degraded in such a horrific manner that our youths, driven into hopelessness and desperation embark upon suicidal journeys across the desert and the Atlantic just to get out of the hell that is Nigeria, anywhere other than Nigeria is preferred by these youths.

Although we are yet to have that freedom for which they died for, remembering and honoring their sacrifice constantly reminds us of the obligation we owe them and of our duty not to relent until total freedom and liberty for which they died are achieved. As has been our usage, Biafrans in the whole of Biafraland shall observe a SIT-AT-HOME in honor of our fallen Heroes and Heroines and in the honor of all the victims of the horror of Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram. In more than 120 countries around the world, Biafrans will gather and rally in public places in the capitals and cities of these countries.

We urge the world to relieve itself of the moral burden that has been on their conscience for more than five decades and counting and speak up for the oppressed Indigenous People of Biafra.

We urge the Media both local and international to use this years 30th of May Remembrance of the Biafran genocide to remove the seal of conspiracy and silence they have placed on this blight on human conscience. We urge all men and women of conscience not to relent in their efforts to ensure that justice in practical terms is done to the Indigenous People of Biafrans for the crimes committed against them.



Finally, we urge the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide to remain resolute in their pursuit for freedom. We urge them to maintain the discipline for which the world has now come to associate IPOB with. We urge them to remain firm in their conviction of the justness of our course. We urge them to reject every form of irritation and distraction and focus on our objective which is the restoration of the Sovereign and Independent nation of Biafra as that is the only way the souls of millions of our dead Heroes and Heroines will have rest and accorded the honor due to them.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide led by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu affirms our inalienable right to determine our cultural, economic and political system, as well as our right to Self-determination as guaranteed and proclaimed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous peoples to Self-Determination and Articles V, VI, VII and XII of the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights (ratified and domesticated by Nigeria in 1983.

Long Live Biafra
Long Live the Indigenous People of Biafra

Signed

Mazi Chika Edoziem
Head Directorate of State of the
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

Thursday, 24 May 2018

#BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Those Butchered On 2nd Dec. 2015 By Combined Team Of The Nigeria Security Forces


By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor, |The Biafra Times

May 25, 2018

MISS Anthonia Nkeiruka Ikeanyionwu, aged 20, was among the fallen heroines who met their untimely death during the picketing at Ojukwu gateway, Onitsha Head bridge on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).

Tragedy struck when few weeks to the end of the year, bullets from the guns of some trigger-happy Nigerian soldiers, in league with other joint sister agencies who were deployed to quell the protest by the IPOB, suddenly flew in from God-knows-where and struck dead Miss Anthonia Nkeiruka Ikeanyionwu, a 200-level student of Educational Management and Policy, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, leaving her in a pool of blood.

The picketing at the Head bridge by IPOB, was to drive home their demand for the unconditional release of the then illegally detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu who was languishing at Kuje prisons without any form of trial. Biafrans were simply picketing under moral and ideological precepts against the continued detention and incarceration of Mr Kanu.

The Biafra protesters had converged from various states in Biafra land and beyond to ask for his release only to be attacked at odd hours by the combined team of the Nigerian army, police, civil defence, navy and what have you.

Apart from Miss Ikeanyionwu, the incident led to the death of other innocent hawkers, a 'suya' merchant and passersby who got struck by the stray bullets while some surviving victims sustained varying degrees of injuries as a result of the violent, uncultured and unprofessional engagement of the security operatives.

Furthermore, evidences abound of unarmed and defenseless pro-Biafra protesters being gunned down in cold blood by Nigerian security agents during demonstrations.

It could be recalled that in respect to the cold murder of Miss Ikeanyionwu and others, a human rights group, The Kingdom Human Rights International, on behalf of IPOB and families of the deceased victims, filed a lawsuit before a Federal High Court in Abuja, demanding an aggregate sum of N8.5 billion in damages against the federal government over the killing and maiming of pro-Biafra protesters on October 20 and December 2, 2015 in parts of South East and South South geopolitical zones.

The suit, which was filed by counsels in the firm, Okere Kingdom Nnamdi, Paul Nwoko, and Richard Udozo, also joined the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation, the National Assembly of Nigeria, and the Chief of Army Staff as respondents.

Others also joined in the suit were: the former Inspector General of Police, the Commissioners of Police in Imo, Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States commands, the Commandant General of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Director General of the Department of State Services..



Among other reliefs, the suit was seeking a declaration of the court as crime against humanity, unlawful, cruel, brutal, and wicked the killing of “unarmed, non-violent and peaceful protesters who are exercising their right to peaceful assembly, freedom of association and right to self-determination as guaranteed by sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Articles I, IV XIX of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, by the combined team of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies.”

Though peacefully buried and laid to rest on December 8, 2015, Miss Anthonia Ikeanyionwu will always remain in our minds as part of those who sacrificed their lives for the irrevocable restoration of Biafra and that we shall always remember. She died that we might live to continue in the pursuit to regain our nationhood. And for that single reason, we will forever adore and cherish her even after death.

#BiafraFallenHeroes


THE BIAFRA TIMES 
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]


#BiafraFallenHeroes: Remembering The Exploits Of The Stouthearted Gen. J. Achuzie A.K.A Biafra Air Raid, The Hannibal Of Biafra and The Mystery Of The Western World




By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | For Biafra Writers

May 24, 2018

“He had some supernatural powers, he could disappear like an apparition, bullets tend to water on coming in contact with his skin.” These and more were the confessions from colleagues, friends and foes alike who fought the brutal 3-year Biafra war with the late General Joe Achuzia, famously known as 'Air Raid'. These mysteries/confessions are difficult to comprehend and its accessibility is not within the reach of an ordinary man. But to an ordinary man, these are jocular assertions that hold no water because ex-raying its meaning is as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack.

Gen. Achuzia, who was the most successful of all Biafran commanders, was born on 1929. Achuzia, the synopsis of a real Biafran soldier, was in the Nigerian army but later escaped to his homeland(Eastern region) which he held dear in 1967, to roll into one with fellow easterners due to the barrage of killings of his people, in order to take the bull which was like a pain in the neck of his people, by its horns. He died on 26th February 2018.

Though he has shuffled off this mortal coil to go join the invisible choir of the Biafran warlords, the crescendos and the diminuendos of his unprecedented accomplishments by valor in the world during the Biafran war, which are above elephant size, top of the pile is the "Abagana Ambush," are still resonating till date. This black "Air Raid" fired just a single indigenous Biafran invented rocket bomb called Rocket Ogbunigwe (Monster Bomb), which engulfed the entire two hundred (200) vehicles that a Nigerian commander by name Murtala Rafai Ramat Muhammed was leading to the East.

READ ALSO: #BiafraHeroesDay: Tribute To Rolf Steiner As We Remember His Sacrifices During The Nigeria-Biafra War, 51 Years

Achuzie, who was a roving commander, a no-nonsense commander, was known as the last man standing during the war. He was a soldier who takes delight in saying the truth always; this l know is the source of his supernatural power. To him, “if truth is axiomatic and light so magnetic, then l cannot be destroyed by mere mortal.” Through Achuzie during the war, Noah Kartz's (an Israeli ambassador to Nigeria) statement when he said that he knows that the Biafrans are related to Israel by blood, has been vindicated. According to the Torah (Holy Bible), Yahweh promised Israelites that any of them can pursue a thousand men. Indeed, Gen. Joe Achuzie really showed off what stuff Africa would have been made of if only the western world had allowed her to remain as a sovereign state of its own.

“We didn't surrender. If there was a surrender, there must be a surrender term agreement. There must be a paper to that effect. Let them publish the terms of surrender so that the country will know,” these were the words of the General. He never feared saying the truth even when he is facing death. He fearlessly confessed that Nigeria was originally on a tripod of South-east region, South-west region and Northern region; a truth feared by the lily-livered men in the East.

READ ALSO: #BiafraFallenHeroes: We Remember Those Who Fell By The Bullets Of The Nigeria Security Joint Forces At National High School, Aba; The Darkest Of All Days In Enyimba City

In this year's Biafra Heroes' and Heroines' Remembrance Day, Biafrans in one camaraderie, one accord and of one voice, stand still to salute you the hero for your bravery and stoutness that is second to none in the world at large. We remember your sacrifices. We promise you that this trend of intrepid Biafran warriors in IPOB, with their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will stop at nothing in fighting for the same cause which you believe and fought for — the freedom of the Biafran people. We love you as you have gone to continue the fight from the spiritual realm. Requiescat in peace my hero, in Chukwu Okike Abiama's name, Ise! Ise! Isee!


The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Contact us: [email protected]

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Biafra: IPOB condemn killing of 8 unarmed members of Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), blame Ohanaeze and Igbo governors over their grave silence



Published By The Biafra Times

IPOB PRESS RELEASE | May 23, 2018

The worldwide family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) condemn in the strongest possible terms the reported deaths of 8 Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) activists and illegal detention of 206 others in Enugu during a gathering to commemorate 22 years of the founding of MASSOB. This is another atrocity in a long list of shameful atrocities committed by predominately Hausa Fulani staffed Nigerian Army. That this level of brutality is not receiving the desired media attention and condemnation is indicative of the times we now live in where life has become so cheap that deaths of activists is now seen as routine.

There remains only two constituencies to blame for this, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo governors. Their repeated silence over the slaughter of their own people makes them an accomplice after the fact. Those agitators romancing with Arewa politicians by night but jump up during the day to shout Biafra must cover their faces in shame. Their duplicitous character will never endear them to the oppressor.

We are asking the Nigerian Government to focus their military hardware and firepower on Fulani terror herdsmen in Benue and other Northern terrorist groups active in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. The senseless killings of unarmed Biafra agitators must stop because it will only breed more diehard activists that may choose to abandon the non-violence stance of IPOB.  One day, violence will surely beget violence if this ongoing anti-Biafra persecution is not stopped.
Nigeria will have no one but itself to blame when eventually that Pandora's box they have been forcing is finally opened. The world cannot continue to feign ignorance of the fact that innocent unarmed  Biafrans are being slaughtered on a daily basis like cattle by Northern Nigeria troops stationed in Biafraland. The day this sustained level of brutality will drive splinter groups to take up arms against the Nigerian state, architects of these massacres should not say they were not warned.

Self-determination is part and parcel of the Nigerian law. There is nothing illegal about secession in any of the laws in Nigeria. These killings must stop now or else we embark on a slippery slope to anarchy which IPOB may not be able to control. All Biafra detainees must be released.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

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