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Saturday, 23 June 2018

#Biafra Referendum: Now that the drumbeats has changed, our dancing steps has to be changed




















By Chijindu Benjamin Ukah || For Biafra Writers

June 24, 2018

It is a wise saying that when the drumbeats in a wrestling ground changes its frequency to a faster rhythm and tone, the wrestlers also must change their wrestling prowess in order to become more focused, and ready to defeat each other's opponent.

The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 announced its readiness to conduct a plebiscite in weeks to come, for the Biafran people to exercise their right to self-determination and determine their future as enshrined in certain Articles of the United Nations Charter for the rights of indigenous peoples of the world.

This is not time for jubilation; it is rather a very challenging and critical time in this struggle, for every Biafran, home and abroad, friends of Biafrans, and lovers of freedom to work assiduously towards recording a successful referendum. The task that lies ahead is enormous and we cannot leave it for IPOB leadership and family members alone. Therefore, every indigenous persons in Biafra land has a vital role to play and must get involved.

The onus is on every Biafran to embark on massive evangelism, especially in the urban and rural areas of Biafra land where Radio Biafra signals is not yet covering. There are communities that are still groping in the dark about issues regarding this holy mission of the restoration of Biafra via referendum and we must take the message of light to them.

This gospel of emancipation must be preached in every nook and cranny of Biafra land. Whether you are in Biafra land or in Diaspora, you can sponsor a referendum campaign in your hometown and other neighbouring villages in Biafra land, organize town hall meetings in areas you can. You can print referendum handbills, banners, stickers, T-shirts, bag, scarf, bangles and share in the market places, churches, schools, village and club meetings. Write letters to the Ezes (Kings) of your community, village head, women leader, youth leader and even hunters.

I can state unequivocally, that this is the process that will usher us into the freedom that we have been fighting for since the uninvited guest (the British empire) invaded our land and enslaved us. This is the time to lay to rest the spirit of over six million Biafrans massacred, bombarded, raped and starved to death for our freedom. This is the time to free ourselves from this slavery, internal colonisation and planned extermination; this is the time to rise to fall no more.

We know that our slave masters are not resting in their inordinate quest to continue to hold us down in their slave camp called Nigeria. However, we must make ready our spirit, soul and body, and prepare our minds for the difficult times attached with plebiscite. There is no retreat in our dictionary neither shall we ever contemplate to surrender. Biafra freedom is all we pursue and that, we shall get.

“Land of the rising sun, we love and cherish thee”.

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Contact us: [email protected]

IPOB RESPONDS TO DSS ARREST OF SENATOR ABARIBE, CALLED ON BRITAIN TO CALL THEIR BABY TO ORDER













23/06/2018

IPOB PRESS RELEASE

It is no longer news that the demonic government of the Fulani Caliphate at Aso Rock, controlled by the cabal, is at it again. We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) must remind the world and especially the British government that what their beloved Fulani rulers of Nigeria are doing with political power is an open call to anarchy. Britain, as the creator and controller of the destiny of Nigeria in perpetuity, must prevent the impending catastrophe by impressing upon the Fulani tribe the need to at least follow the rule of law in the dispensation of their cruel version of justice. Other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria may have been cowered into submission by the Fulani caliphate; that will never become the fate of the East. We will resist it with the last drop of our blood whenever we called upon to do so.

As the uncontested and rightful owners of Nigeria, which they single handedly created, Britain must as a conscientious democracy and matter of urgency ask the Islamic Republic of Nigeria to release Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe without further delay. It is quite disturbing that Fulani Aso Rock cabal in control of this APC government do not know that law courts exist for a reason. No better authority is in a position to point this out to the Fulani caliphate than those that created and still control Nigeria. We therefore call on the highly respected representative of Her Britannic Majesty in Nigeria, Rt. Honourable Paul Arkwright, to get hold of Fulani leaders in the north and warn them of the consequences of their actions.



Without affording ample time for the politically orchestrated Greek gift presented to the Yoruba race in the name of June 12 declaration and national honours, the dictatorial cabal at Aso Rock yesterday directed their SSS (DSS) to arrest and detain the outspoken Igbo senator for reasons yet to be publicly disclosed by the government. It is on record that Senator Abaribe has been a vocal critic of the present dictatorship and equally stood as surety for our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Information at our disposal has it that the State Security Services (SSS) or DSS as they are commonly called, spent last night and into the early of this morning at the residence of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in the Apo District Legislative Quarters searching for what they said to be IPOB insignia and materials that will one way or the other constitute an indictable offence.

The SSS operatives conducting the search ludicrously insisted that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had taken refuge in Senator Abaribe's house in Abuja. Up till 3am this morning SSS men were still at his residence demanding that he produce Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Our intelligence has uncovered specific details which point to the fact that their belated introduction of Abaribe's purported link with IPOB as forming part of their original enquiry, is a clear diversion from what they actually set out to achieve from the onset which is not unconnected with the criminal padding of power sector budget by the corrupt Aso Rock cabal.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe should be commended by all anti-corruption crusaders and agencies in the world not hounded for his patriotic and speedy exposure of the forged documents this government inserted into the budget as presented to the Senate. Senator Abaribe's crime is that he raised alarm on the floor of the senate about how 30 billion Naira was strangely smuggled into the power sector budget when no such amount was ever part of the original budget presented to the the National Assembly for approval. This is bare-faced fraud on a monumental scale.

Instead of making clarifications on this embarrassingly open fraud perpetrated by the government, the Fulani Aso Rock cabal instead sent their Gestapo SSS, to intimidate and shut him up. Adolf Hitler will be proud of the ruthlessness and cruelty of the Nigerian SSS. This is where Britain must step in and live up to its stated colonial and moral responsibility of training the Fulani caliphate on the tenets of democracy and the need to embrace it. Failure to do so will lead to untold misery and bloodshed for all. The tolerance level of the masses has reached a breaking point. This government must be called to order.

Senator Abaribe cannot be arrested in the manner SSS did because there are laid down procedures and rules for inviting a sitting Senator to submit him or herself for any form of investigation by any security agency. Instead they chose the gestapo option to accomplish their evil designs and to embarrass him. Those who deserve to be arrested by SSS are those in Aso Rock that sought to defraud the public by criminally seeking to appropriate extra 30 billion Naira for themselves through the 2018 budget.

The Fulani controlled Nigerian government has no respect for the Rule of Law which they swore under oath to uphold and should be reminded of the catastrophic consequences of their actions. The cabal are visibly beckoning on anarchy and should immediately retrace their steps before it's too late. Britain should preempt the impending disastrous collapse of Nigeria by pressuring the government to have regard for the law.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

Christians’ Killings: Brownback Should Think Again, Nigeria Is Beyond Redemption

 


By Johnbosco Udonwa | For Biafra Writers

June 23, 2018

Solution to Nigeria’s mass killings and ethnic cleansing by Fulani terrorists in the country cannot be achieved by merely meeting some elements in the Nigerian government (who are actually part of the problem) but by organizing a referendum for those who desire to exit the expired country (1914—2014).

It is worth stating right away, that Sam Brownback’s impending visit to Nigeria may not be successful. Sam Brownback is the Ambassador-at-Large of the United States of America (USA) for International Religious Freedom. And he is planning a courtesy visit to Nigeria to advocate and work for religious freedom.

However, from the first time this writer learnt of his impending visit, the reason for it, and his itinerary, it became imperative to write this article to point out the seeming loopholes and why it might not work.

According to the Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Brownback, during the one-week visit, would meet with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups. He would be doing so alongside Ambassador W. Stuart Symington.

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While presenting the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom in May, he had said religious freedom in Nigeria needed to be protected. Part of his words: “My plan is to travel to Nigeria next month to talk with leaders – government leaders, religious leaders, Christian and Muslim leaders – to talk about what we can do to move forward, to reduce the level of violence, to open the way for religious freedom taking place in that country.”

He stated that much progress needed to take place for the government to secure the right of religious freedom. “And remember, our effort is for religious freedom for everybody, regardless of faith, or even if you’re a person without faith, but that you are free to do with your own conscience whatever you choose and that no government has the right to interfere with that”.

Good words, and good intention indeed but he is going about it the wrong way. The cities he would be visiting in Nigeria are Lagos, Abuja, and Kaduna. That means he would be meeting and consulting with killers of Christians who would not hesitate to lie to him about developments in the country. This means that Biafraland, the hub of Christianity, which is the major target of the Islamist fundamentalists in Nigeria (even from foreign Islamists) will not be consulted to give the inhabitants an opportunity for a fair hearing.
So what then is the essence of consulting with those perpetrating ethnic and religious cleansing and not those being persecuted and slaughtered? How can you meet with those orchestrating the heinous killings without first meeting with the targeted victims of the killings?

As if that was not enough, he would be touring Mosques and refugee camps. Didn’t somebody tell them that Muslims and Islamic Jihadists are the real perpetrators of the ethnic cleansing in Nigeria? Didn’t somebody tell them that ethnic cleansing is their inordinate project and that President Muhammadu Buhari and his henchmen in government are all in on the project? Didn’t somebody tell Brownback that Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, the police and military are all different arms and stakeholders of that project and that Buhari is the arrowhead?

For this reason, Buhari and his government are the problem and cannot proffer or be the solution. Yes, the visit may not be successful towards ending Christians’ killings in the country, especially if he is coming with the mindset to change Nigeria’s Islamist fanatics like their chief point-man, Muhammadu Buhari, for the better.

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For instance, Buhari is no human, but an animal in human skin. His obsession with Islam is legendary and it has turned him into a blood-cuddling machine. He started this mass-murder from the mid-1960s when he found himself in the Nigerian Army fighting in the Nigeria-Biafra war. He has not changed since then, and he cannot change now.

When you are talking of Buhari, you are talking of a man who made this chilling declaration in Kaduna, in 2001: “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria”.

What is “sweeping?” It is the bloodletting, the complete annihilation, the ethnic cleansing of the owners of the land in the contraption called Nigeria, and having the Fulani feudal lords take over those inherited lands. Take a look at the goings on, you will see that is exactly what Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and the military are doing in Nigeria today. And Buhari is their headman.

Therefore, if Brownback truly thinks he can change Buhari or Nigeria for the better, he had better think again. Nigeria is beyond redemption. The only remedy to Nigeria’s woes and unworkable structure is complete disintegration. Rather than waste precious time, money and other valuable resources of the United States of America, on seeking to appease the Islamists, it is best he begins advocating for a referendum which will peacefully and legitimately enable Biafrans exit the Lugard’s Cage called Nigeria. Tell your government to quickly move for Referendum, so that the peoples who want freedom, peace, development, and progress can go their own ways to realize their dreams.

#ChristainsKillings #ReligiousFreedom

The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Biafra: Only Referendum, Not Politics Is Needed At This Point













By Comr. Chukwu Ogbu | For Biafra Writers

June 23, 2018

Politics is indeed a dirty game and supposed not to be interwoven with freedom fighting. Anyone who brings politics in the Biafra quest is a political animal and needs to be distanced before such individual dents the image of our envisioned incorruptible Biafra nation.

I’ve had my heart broken by the Nigerian system of politics over and over again, not as a candidate, but as a fervent observer and a political scientist.

At times, I get miffed seeing people's favourite candidates losing, and the least favourite candidates inexplicably winning. I kept voting, of course. I kept paying close attention, but I couldn’t help noticing that when it comes to national issues and presidential candidates especially, my well-researched and considered opinions did not matter much because Nigerian politics have been structured to favour the Northerners by the British who see the people of Biafra as wise and then unfit to hold national or strategic offices so that their personal interests would not be threatened.

Truly, politics is not the solution and surest way of restoring Biafra. Our aspirations, our dreams and our Utopia of getting Biafra rests on the ballot box of referendum.

Our inability to use our voters' card to enthrone justice in Nigeria when Chukwuemeka Ojukwu was disgraced at the presidential poll was as a result of forces seemingly beyond individual control which have combined to polarize the populace. Brother has been pitched against brother in Biafraland all because of dirty politics and those whom we have voted to protect us has become cowards and slaves dancing to the tune of the Fulani/Yoruba feudal lords. The truth is that, it is not the wish of those we voted to power to watch us suffer and die in the hands of our oppressors but because their minds have been darkened by evil associated with politics.

Indeed, coalition of politics by politicians in Biafra restoration is totally annoying. Yes, and it’s detrimental to the unity and strength of our envisioned Biafra nation. Nonetheless, we can’t seem to restrain ourselves with the temptation that comes with politics and is clearly not the solution.

For the first time in my life, I stopped participating in the activities of the Nigerian government and its politics, then I realised the bitterness of politics and how deceitful politicians can be.

Votes in Nigeria does not count unlike what is obtainable in America and other western countries were citizens activates their votes to dethrone injustice and corruption. Little wonder whenever the word "election" is mentioned to the layman in Nigeria, the first thought that comes to mind is rigging, violence, and death. This brings to the concluding question: is this the system we are going to enmesh with Biafra? God forbid!

THE BIAFRA TIMES
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

Friday, 22 June 2018

Biafra: What Pro-Biafra Coalition Leaders Failed To Understand Due To Ignorance


By Dave O. Umahi | For Biafra Writers

June 22, 2018

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only that ever has” – Margaret Mead.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) must have known this much. That was why he declared in one of his broadcasts that he was looking for only 100 committed Biafrans to achieve the separation of Biafra from the accursed Nigeria.

But few weeks ago, on 30th of May 2018 (Biafra Heroes Remembrance Day), some groups of Biafrans, which described themselves as Biafra freedom-fighting groups had a meeting in Anambra State, where they exhibited their ignorance of this truth. They said they were forming a coalition to make it easier for them to secure Biafra independence from Nigeria.

The coalition expressed the belief that their dream of getting Biafra would be a mere mirage if they continued to work individually. Leader of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Uchenna Madu who now doubles as the spokesperson of the about 15 pro-Biafra groups that formed the coalition posited that the need for them to "jaw-jaw" on the current approach being employed by different groups had become imperative in the struggle. He said the approach must be coordinated for the groups to achieve their goal, which is Biafra actualization, despite their ideological differences.

He further noted that it would be irrational that different groups fighting for the same goal would be at one another’s throat instead of working and walking together to actualize their aspiration.

The meeting which was held at Rojenny Sports Village, Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, has other leaders from other pro-Biafra groups in representation.

Speaking on a Seminar that was held on the day, Madu said the meeting was also held to make the 51 years’ anniversary of the declaration of Biafra as a republic by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

It is important to state that the coalition partners must have been motivated by other consideration than securing Biafra freedom. This assertion comes to mind knowing that it might prove counter-productive with the groups coalescing into one command. It seems not to know that in such a situation, once the leadership is taken out, the whole body would be in disarray as the good book states: “strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter”.

This is why many critics believe the coalition leaders were just agents of Nigerian government being used to set-up the groups for emasculation. Indeed, there have been reports that money exchanged hands between the government and many of the coalition leaders.

One another plank, some other critics of the group believe it is either the coalition leaders were working in tandem with government to emasculate the groups or they were outrightly ignorant of history. According to them, if the leaders were not ignorant, they would have known that many past struggles had been successful simply because groups worked independently of one another with each focusing and operating from their areas of strength. They hold the view that it made it impossible for government to track each group and subdue at the same time. They gave ready examples with the human rights struggles of the 60s in the United States of America (USA) and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Expectedly, IPOB did not join the meeting. They were buoyed by such quotes of Margaret Mead above and the philosophy of their leader. Luckily for them, even though their leader asked for 100 men, millions are following them, which is crippling Nigeria on a daily basis. Indeed, when it called out Biafrans from the streets during the Heroes Remembrance Day, it was a total lockdown as more than 97 per cent of compliance was recorded.

No wonder Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information once declared that IPOB was more dangerous than any other group in the world, including the killer herdsmen that has caused serious security crisis in the country.

For this reason, the coalition leaders should know that they were wrong in believing that they would be ineffective working alone. That means they were ignorant of the strength of IPOB’s non-violent strategy, that it was not just because of their number. They were just ignorant of that wonderful quote from Wendy Lesko that smallness is not limitation to effectiveness: “If you ever think you are too small to be effective, you’ve never been in a room with a mosquito”.

IPOB have several other things going for it, which includes truth, honesty, trust-worthiness, determination, and non-compromise with anything Nigeria. If they should imbibe these and do them, they will also be effective.

The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

ISIS: Britain unleashes new plan to arm Nigeria against Biafrans


..Claiming Nigeria trains terrorists to fight Britain is a false flag; nobody is deceived

By Johnbosco Udonwa | For Biafra Writers

June 22, 2018

Like she did between 1967 and 1970, Britain is crafting an entrance-way into Nigeria to aid in another ethnic cleansing of Biafrans.

Why is it difficult for the British government to legitimately go to the owners of resources in Biafraland and negotiate with them, instead of arming the murderous Fulani people and using them as proxies to “ethnic-cleanse” Biafrans and take the resources by force?

Elements of British government, like they did 51 years ago (1967 – 1970), have been looking for ways to pump deadly ammunition into Nigeria, with the intent of arming its house-slaves (the Fulani people), without its unsuspecting citizens and the world being the wiser. Meanwhile, the arms would not be for any good purpose other than to annihilate Biafrans so that their oil resources will be available for free.

And they appear to have found a way. The recent news planted in some British newspapers few days ago appears to have revealed the method they have chosen. Simply put, the news was that the British have discovered some terrorists were being trained in Nigeria with the aim of attacking Britain.

The news had it that 150 British troops were conducting counter-terror training with Nigerian Forces in an attempt to stem what they called a bloody tide of Islamic State (IS) taking hold of the region. It claimed that during a training session in the city of Kaduna, a senior Nigerian Air-force Officer revealed that his country’s jihadi groups were learning tricks from IS after swearing allegiance to its black flag.

“They come and train their fighters here and some of our insurgents too are granted access to their training in Yemen and Syria, acquiring those skills and they come back and teach others,” claimed the officer, who had been fighting terrorism since 1991.

Many Biafrans like this writer refused to accept this false flag called news story by the British newspapers as they perceive it was a ruse by the British government. Such activities are not new. They had been on for such a long time in Nigeria, and why is the British government speaking out about it now? The answer is simple: it is for a sinister purpose.

Is British government claiming to be asleep when two Nigerian jihadist youths (Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale) stabbed Lee Rigby (a British soldier) to death on the street of London in 2013. What about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab popularly known as "Underwear Bomber", who was caught in London Airport in 2012 about to bomb the airplane he boarded.

Did Nigerian terrorists and their connection with ISIS and other terrorist groups from the Arab world begin today? British government were you not aware? Where you not aware that Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Nigerian Army, Navy and Air-force, are all terrorist groups under one chief terrorist commander, Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president of Nigeria?

British government was there when the Nigerian Army illegally invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who also is a British citizen in September, 2017, and extrajudicially murdered more than 28 people; and then “disappeared” his parents. What did the British government do? British government, was aware that their poster boy (Muhammadu Buhari) has turned the whole of Nigeria into one massive killing field; killing Christians everywhere, and yet they have not spoken out in condemnation to this. Why are they speaking out now; planting hoax stories in British newspapers?


British government, you were there in 2015, when the Nigerian government granted visa to Amad al-Asiri (popularly known as emir of IS in Lebanon), who is wanted and high-up in IS leadership. He was one of the most wanted persons in the high command of the dreaded IS, and visa was granted to him by your chief house-slave, President Buhari. British government, what have you done to Buhari since then? Have you not been in bed with him, facilitating and training his official terrorists in the guise of the Nigerian Armed Forces? Have you not watched him drench Nigeria in the blood of Christians and Biafrans as he continued with his obsession to the spread of Islamic Sharia law?

The reality is that the British government is looking for an excuse to transfer heavy armaments to the Nigerian government, hoping it would use same to prosecute an unjust war against Biafrans (a cloak for another genocide). British government does not want its citizens to know what it is planning. She does not want the world to know of the next evil agenda she wants to perpetrate in Biafraland against Biafrans.

This is the time to let the British government know that nobody is fooled; nobody is deceived. It is time for the British Prime Minister, Theresa May to come out clean and simply declare that it wants Biafra crude oil and other mineral resources. Nobody will deny you the oil, but negotiate with the owners and end this wicked plan to use your house-slaves in Nigeria(the Fulanis) to perpetrate a second genocide against the Biafrans. Nobody is fooled one bit!

The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Editorial: IPOB and the hurdles that lies on her path to referendum


By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Editor-in-Chief, The Biafra Times

June 22, 2018

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, made good its promise to deliver Biafra to the teeming Biafran population yearning for freedom by taking a bold step in announcing its plans for an inevitable peaceful referendum process, thereby severing its ties with a host of other pro-Biafra groups whose body language, from all indications, appears to have settled for Ohanaeze Ndigbo pro-Nigeria restructuring campaign.

A prominent part of the declaration which was widely publicized noted that “plans are at advanced stages in preparation for the first in three-stage referendum process towards the peaceful, non-violent restoration of the nation of Biafra and that 40 million ballot papers are being printed and readied for distribution to clans and villages in Biafraland.”

Following the above, it appears that a new dimension has been set out in the struggle as such declaration would herald the first of its kind amongst several activities of Biafra independence campaigners. Also, those that has went into town with the news that IPOB lacks or has lost strategy, blueprint or roadmap to actualize Biafra would now be taken aback to realise that a vessel filled to its brim does not make unnecessary noise and that some things is better pursued at the right time, using the right approach.

And rightfully so, the declaration which has been long expected, appears to have received the attention and backing of the Biafran populace, especially here in Enugu, adjudged to be the Biafra capital, where its residents gather in clusters with enthusiasm to discuss the issues surrounding IPOB’s referendum declaration. It appears as if the process is already in motion and that they can now imagine themselves queuing up to cast their votes, meaning that the Biafran youths are in a hurry to leave Nigeria. Needless to say, the intendment of referendums is to give a people the right to chose to pursue their destiny within or outside the country without recourse to armed violence. Thankfully, the world now knows that IPOB have submitted itself to this non-violent instrument of referendum. Hence, why do Nigeriand choose to tag Biafra agitators as the “noisy minority” when a simple referendum will decide their weakness or strenght? It is obvious that, should such a referendum reaffirm the fate of majority of those being polled in Nigeria, it would close the chapter on Biafra, at least for the foreseeable future which they have failed to understand.

Yet, we must consider and wholly address some of the burning issues with utmost clarity as it pertains to the referendum process because it is something that has to do with the masses and the general public. IPOB still have a lot of work to do and a lot of hurdles to pass on this bold approach, especially as it concerns with providing adequate security and an unbeatable strategy to ensure that the federal cum one-Nigeria agents do not scuttle its plan in any way. Our minds must now be cast on the political, legal and diplomatic implications of our forthcoming referendum. For one, it is common knowledge that the crafters and drafters of the Nigerian constitution dubiously and deliberately omitted the inclusion of referendum in the 1999 constitution despite series of amendments it has undergone in recent past. The Nigerian Constitution is one of the few obtainable in the world that is perpetually under amendment yet it has not tackled the chronic problems staring everybody in the face, especially as it borders on genuine ideological agitations that has been rocking the unity of the country for ages.

The programmers of the constitution sees referendum as a leeway for separatist agitations, particularly pro-Biafra agitations to plunge the country into a balkanization and/or secessionist crisis that is likely to overwhelm their personal interests and desires yet they have not deem it fit to tackle wholesomely the issues that brings the agitation for separation to the fore. Yet, referendum remains the most natural way of gauging public opinions on delicate national issues in all decent modern democracies. This is where IPOB must step in to insert that irrespective of the failure of Nigerian lawmakers to create provisions for the inclusion of referendum in its constitution, it must continue with its plan to conduct Biafra referendum for Biafrans. After all, it is not as if referendum is alien to Nigeria as she towed that part, in February, 1961, shortly after independence, to formally effectuate the secession of Southern Cameroon from her control and also the creation of the defunct Mid-western region from the domineering posture of the Awolowo-led Western region, not minding there were no such provisions in its constitution. That is surely a good point IPOB worldwide has been applauded in building on to conduct a peaceful referendum process.

Having settled that, another issue of paramount importance that has been on the front burner of political discourse in recent times amongst critics and analysts is what would be the outcome of the proposed referendum, the reactions of the Nigerian government, the United Nations and other international bodies towards Biafra referendum and the way forward. It is common knowledge that most countries where the issues of referenda by its indigenous constituents has been canvassed, has been faced with a forceful and violent resistance by their central governments. The Nigerian situation appears to be the most irrationally worse as it is an open secret that its government is aversed and rattled by mere protests not seen to be favourable to them. Nigeria’s security forces have severally clamped down on demonstrations perceived to be anti-government or capable of undermining the unity of the country. They have so far exhibited brute force, conducted out military operations and carried out other sundry arrests, detention and even abduction to quench Biafra agitations and referendum campaigns in the country.

One of the major genuine concerns of the people and  question on the lips of many is: ‘what grand strategy has IPOB put in place to avert crisis or the imminent disruption of the process by trigger-happy Nigerian soldiers and police? Are they coming with a third force to provide adequate security for the Biafrans who would troop out en masse to cast their votes?’ This is inaurguably where IPOB will face its biggest challenge and of course, it is quite understandable no sane person would like to come out to vote in a battle field that is under an unhealthy condition characterised by gunshots, land and/or aerial bombardment that inevitably may be orchestrated by the Nigerian government through her security agencies who perceives such peaceful and democratic process as a declaration of war. Surely, to tackle this security concern, IPOB must have the backing of other sovereign nations in the UN so the entire process won’t be marred with enormous bloodshed and loss of lives and properties. Many pundits have considered the Nigerian government’s posture towards the call for Biafra independence as that of a dog in the manger or a clog in the wbeel of progress, especially as she constantly undermines the spirit and letters of the UN and AU Charters which they are obligated by international law to respect as it concerns the independence of indigenous peoples all over the world. It must include this issue in its top agenda and further clarify the public on the roles it intended to play to ensure a hitch-free process, at least to the level we experienced in Catalonia where no death was recorded.

Also, in a related issue, am certain the Biafra populace wouldn’t like to go through this rigorous process only for their decision/outcome to be tossed to the dustbin the way the Catalonia referendum appears to have gone. The Biafra conundrum has been staring us all in the face for decades now even after the 1967 civil war was fought, therefore, it is only justifiable that it is forever laid to rest by ensuring that plans are on the pipeline to see to the full implementation of whatever may be the outcome of the referendum as expressed by the general will of the people. This is where IPOB needs to engage in intense lobbying for influential international support to ensure that the decision of the people are respected and made rigid.

Although IPOB won’t find it difficult convincing her people of the need to fully embrace Biafra freedom by voting for its independence at the polls but it definitely needed to carry out more of such intensive sensitization campaigns particularly at the remotest parts of our rural villages, especially in the coastal/riverine regions of the geopolitical South-South where the issue of Biafra is currently at its lowest ebb. No stone should be left unturned at this point in time and no area should be neglected. Our potentials must be maximally employed and put into good use towards ensuring that higher number of exit votes are recorded in such remote areas. If all the clans and villages in this areas are duly consulted, reached an agreement with and all the “Is and Ts” are dotted and crossed with unity of purpose, then IPOB most definitely has the strongest potential to win the referendum vote on a landslide as nobody would consensually agree to continue in an unworkable union and structure Nigeria is in.

IPOB must also begin to take a positive step in purging itself of saboteurs and intending impendiments on its road to freedom. Those who are prone to compromise and easily influenced by external factors should be kept at arms lenght and not closer to the drawing board where major decisions are being deliberated upon as they may pose as a higher threat or risk to the referendum process. All eyes should be clear and focused on the ball and every distraction on the way should be ignored as we cannot afford to be drawn aback by mere malfeasance or misfiring in the wrong direction at the instance of betrayers and unscrupulous elements in our midst.

IPOB also, has had her fair share of the challenge and hurdle of trying to educate one-Nigeria advocates and those in government that the agitation for “self-determination” or “referendum” is not synonymous with war and shouldn’t be equated or interpreted as “a declaration of war” and they must not relent in teaching that in every single opportunity they get to interact with the people. If you look at most of those equating the call for referendum to war, it is usually those who believe in their hearts that Nigeria is their personal or regional estate. What they are actually saying is: “if you really want this your Biafra, come and fight; you will not get it through referendum.” That is a very cowardly talk. How can one with all the instruments of state coercion at his disposal, challenge a group of unarmed, peaceful agitators for a referendum to an all-out war? Is that how it is done in other countries.

People who are asking for a referendum are doing so based on a series of dehumanising experiences they have experienced. If you are not willing to address their human rights concerns in order to fully integrate them in the national scheme of things, the only sensible and peaceful thing to do is to grant them a referendum. Malaysia and Indonesia did not want to continue accommodating Singapore and Timor respectively. While Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, Timor was politely given a chance to decide if they wanted to continue to be part of a country that did not really want them, and they chose to go.

The idea of a referendum is the best test of whether Nigerians really want to remain in one country or go their separate ways in peace. It is politically correct to say we want to remain together(without scientific proof) and treasonable enough to say I want to go. Why not actually put the question? That will surely provide the answers in a way that leaves no one in doubt. But of course, this will not happen.

The federal government of Nigeria, is hereby advised to respect the wishes of the people to conduct a referendum for themselves as she has failed to organize same all these years, perhaps out of fear of disintegration but which is inevitable in all countries that has similar challenges. Nigeria must take a cue from the United Kingdom, our progenitor country, which just four years ago, the Scottish people who had clamoured for independence for ages were presented with the opportunity to decide if majority of them wanted out and the majority through its slim “no” 55.3 percent vote, expressed that they want to remain part and parcel of Great Britain.

It has also become imperative, therefore, that the Nigerian authorities should take a cue from our colonialist British experience with the European Union and urgently take the necessary steps to support in organising a referendum for the people of the old Eastern region alongside any other ethnic nationality or nationalities who had long been agitating for self-determination and independence in accordance with the United Nations Charter on human rights of indigenous peoples.

Let us, therefore, adopt our own version of the British “Brexit” known as “Biaexit” or “Biafrexit” just as the Scottish people would soon have  their “Scotexit” to determine their own future. It is often said that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Let us, therefore, make haste while the sun still shines by allowing the people of Biafra to take their destiny into their own hands through a referendum in order to ascertain the true wishes of the people.


THE BIAFRA TIMES
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
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