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Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Abuja Federal High Court grants Kanu’s request to apply for access to doctor, medical records

  Abuja Federal High Court grants Kanu’s request to apply for access to doctor, medical records



The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, granted the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, the permission to apply for an order of mandamus to compel the Department of State Service, DSS, to allow him to have unhindered access to his medical doctor.


Trial Justice Binta Nyako gave the ruling after she heard an ex-parte application the embattled IPOB leader filed through his team of lawyers led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN and Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor.


While adjourning the matter till February 21, the court, directed Kanu’s legal team to serve all the relevant processes on both the DSS and its Director General, who were cited as 1st and 2nd Respondents in the matter.


Kanu, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 2341/2022, said he would need his doctors to conduct an independent examination to ascertain his state of health.


Specifically, he is praying to the court for an order, granting him leave to, “apply for judicial review in the form of an order of Mandamus, compelling the Respondents to allow the Applicant unhindered access to his medical doctors to enable them to conduct an independent examination of his present deteriorating health condition, as earlier ordered by the Federal High Court, Abuja, Coram, Hon. Justice B.F.M. Nyako, on the 21st day of October 2021; and as required by the express provisions of section 7 of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017”.


As well as, “an order of this Honourable Court granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review in the form of an order of Mandamus, compelling the Respondents to avail the Applicant with all his medical records, from the 29th day of June 2021, till date”.


Kanu listed some of the records he would require from the DSS, including; his admission records, medical and clinical notes, nursing notes, observation charts and documentation during treatment or stay-in-hospital, laboratory test results, pharmaceutical records, radiological scans, images and reports, blood transfusion records, physiotherapy and rehabilitative treatment records, clinical findings, as well as diagnosis and treatment prescribed records.


On grounds upon which he filed the application, Kanu, noted that trial Justice Nyako had on October 21, 2021, ordered that he should be allowed access to three persons of his choice, including his medical doctors.


Kanu argued that section 7 of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017, provided that a person arrested, detained or undergoing, custodial investigation, shall have the right to demand a physical and psychological examination by an independent and competent doctor of his own choice after interrogation, which shall be conducted outside the influence of the Police or security forces.


“The Respondents have repeatedly denied the Applicant access to medical doctors of his choice to independently examine him, contrary to the order of the court made on the 21st October, 2021; and the express provisions of Section 7 of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017”, he added.


In a verifying affidavit that was deposed to by one Chimmuanya Emenari, Kanu told the court that prior to the time he was arrested abducted in Kenya and extra-ordinarily rendered back to Nigeria, he visited a Specialist Cardiologist every week for medical examination and treatment.


“Medical Reports containing the medical history of the Applicant as was issued by medical specialists managing the Applicant before his abduction in Kenya and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria are hereby attached and variously marked as Exhibits MNK 3, MNK 4 and MNK 5.


“That notwithstanding the fact that the Applicant has been discharged by the appellate court and his further detention prohibited, the Applicant is still being held in solitary confinement in the custody of the Respondents, where he is exposed to daily mental and psychological torture and degradation of his human person”.


Kanu alleged that upon his “abduction” in Kenya, he was subjected to various forms of brutal torture and inhuman treatment and degradation, all of which worsened his health condition, pursuant to which he suffered a mild cardiac arrest before he was “smuggled back into Nigeria”.


“The Applicant’s health condition has continued to take a downward spiral since then.


“That various medical personnel that attended to the Applicant whilst in custody, had repeatedly informed him that they could not ascertain the reason for the depletion of potassium in the Applicant’s blood.


“That on various occasions, the medical personnel brought by the Respondents took the Applicant’s blood sample and allegedly transported same to South Africa for screening and up till the present, there is no end in sight for their trial-and-error medicare.


“That all medical experts that have so far attended to this complex health situation of the Applicant failed to medically fathom the explanation for the continued failure of various treatments so far given to the Applicant, hence their inquiries as to whether the Applicant may have been injected with a dangerous substance by those that abducted him in Kenya before being forcibly smuggled into Nigeria.


“That the medical personnel attending to the Applicant in the custody of the Respondents are oblivious of the cause of the Applicant’s health condition and are basically using the Applicant as a guinea pig while carrying out a trial-and-error exercise, as they keep changing his drugs and increasing the dosage without any improvement whatsoever in his health condition. Attached and marked as Exhibit MNK 6 is a copy of the Applicant’s medical report issued by the Respondents.


“That the full medical history of the Applicant as contained in his Medical file with the detaining authority were deliberately suppressed, as the facts of the speedy depletion in his potassium content was clearly deleted from the medical report which the Respondents issued to the Applicant.


“That the Applicant’s doctor- Dr. CFine Okorochukwu, who had gone to visit him on the 29th August, 2022, and 1st and 15th September, 2022, respectively, was denied access to him, by the Respondents, in flagrant disregard to the Order of the trial court, made on the 21st day of October, 2021, which order directed that the Applicant should be allowed access to three persons of his choice, which persons includes his doctors. Attached and marked as Exhibit MNK8 are copies of the letters forwarding the name of the Doctor to the Respondents.


“That following the continued refusal of the Respondents to allow the Applicant access to his medical doctor, on the 12th of December, 2022, the Applicant through his lead Counsel- Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN – wrote to the Respondents and demanded that the Applicant be given unhindered access to his own medical doctors; and further, for the Applicant’s comprehensive medical records. A copy of the said letter is hereby attached and marked as Exhibit MNK9.


“That the Respondents roundly ignored the Applicant’s request to be availed of his medical records, and access to his doctors”.


Kanu told the court that though the DSS refused to avail him with his medications despite his deteriorating health condition, on account of paucity of funds, it rejected N1million that was raised by his family.


It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Abuja had on October 13, 2022, quashed a 15-count terrorism charge the Federal Government entered against Kanu, even as it discharged him.


Following an appeal FG lodged before the Supreme Court, the appellate court, on October 28, 2022, granted a stay of execution of its judgement to await the decision of the apex court.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2023

The Worsening Health Of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Is Real And Not Politics- IPOB

   The Worsening Health Of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Is Real And Not Politics- IPOB

IPOB PRESS RELEASE,

31/01/2023.



The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Leadership and command of Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu, the Prophet wishes to draw the attention of the public to the press release from Nigeria DSS dismissing the worsening health of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU and labeling IPOB's press releases as  political statements. We want to remind DSS and the public that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's deteriorating health is true and can't be termed a political statement. Nigeria government and her secret police DSS are very much aware that Mazi Nnamdi KANU's health is failing him from their poisoning, denial of adequate medication for his known ailment and torture by means of starvation as he continues to be held illegality in the DSS in solitary confinement. 


We will not be distracted by the ranting contained in the DSS press statement released through anonymous persons attempting to  dismiss and play down the dire health condition of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. The reason for this is to distract people from the alarm that has been raised on their intention  to systematically and covertly eliminate our leader. The Nigeria government should know by now that IPOB has zero interest in Nigeria politics. The government can play politics with anything but not with the life of our leader.


The DSS should explain why they have refused Mazi Nnamdi KANU access to a doctor since the second week of December 2022. Why has he not been allowed to take his drugs according to prescription? It's on record that Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu KANU is very sick, and he is dying slowly in the DSS solitary confinement. IPOB members worldwide and Ndigbo will not accept any explanation from anyone if anything should happen to him. 


We insist that Mazi Nnamdi KANU has been poisoned inside DSS solitary confinement, we maintain our position. If DSS is denying this, we demand that DSS allow IPOB leadership and lawyers to bring independent medical specialists to conduct comprehensive medical tests on our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU. 


Alternatively, the DSS Director should take Mazi Nnamdi KANU to a hospital for a comprehensive medical test, and the  test result should be made public. We demand to know why the food he eats comes out from his mouth and why he smells his stomach ordor from his mouth. 


Anybody else giving counter press releases saying that Mazi Nnamdi KANU is not poisoned must know that if anything untoward happens to him, he or she will understand that this is not an issue of brother or sister. Such heartless fellows will be visited by Biafrans as enemies. 


Mazi Nnamdi KANU is an institution. He is not representing his family but Biafrans. He was not abducted, illegally renditioned, and detained because of his family background. No, it was because he demanded for Biafra to be granted referendum and freedom.


Therefore, the fight for his release is a national assignment for all Biafrans and lovers of freedom and not just for those who may be related to him by blood. 


We reiterate our demand on the Nigerian government to urgently and unconditionally release Mazi Nnamdi KANU as ruled by the Nigerian Appeal Court ordering his discharge and acquittal since October 13, 2022, so that we can secure proper medical examination for him to avoid the unexpected. Mazi Nnamdi KANU is not part of Nigerian politics and therefore the Nigeria government MUST not toy with his life. Mazi represents the existence and future of over 80 million Biafrans. Many have given up their lives for him, and many are ready to do the same again if duty calls. A stitch in time saves nine.


COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL, MEDIA, AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

Monday, 30 January 2023

IPOB Is Against The Government, We don’t expect anything Good from them, Nnamdi Kanu Is treated well---DSS Says

IPOB Is Against The Government, We don’t expect anything Good from them, Nnamdi Kanu Is treated well---DSS Says



The Department of State Services, DSS, has dismissed reports of poisoning Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in its custody.


DSS said the issue with Kanu was not political; hence Nigerians should discountenance the report of poisoning.


There have been reports that DSS was poisoning Kanu in its custody.


It was claimed that some youths are planning to burn down government properties in the Southeast.


In line with this claim, IPOB accused DSS of secretly and systematically trying to kill Kanu by denying him access to his medical doctors.


However, an operative of DSS who spoke exclusively with DAILY POST on the ground of anonymity, said Kanu is being treated well.


He said: “Nnamdi Kanu can’t be denied access to his doctors, and what is happening to him is political. Even if the prisoner is a hardened criminal, we treat him well, so Kanu’s case is not different.


“There is no truth in the claim that DSS is poisoning Kanu; it’s all a lie – he has access to his doctors. However, he has his medical issues, but he is not denied access to his doctors.


“You know we should not expect anything good from IPOB, their issue and agenda are against the government so disregard all these reports.”


One Nigeria With Two Justice Systems, One For The Poor And The Other For The Rich

    One Nigeria With Two Justice Systems, One For The Poor And The Other For The Rich



A justice system that allows a man to be sentenced to death for stealing N57,000, while those who looted public treasuries are allowed to walk free, needs a swift overhaul, Lillian Okenwa writes


On January 28, 2013, an Abuja High Court exposed the hypocrisy of the Nigerian justice system when it sentenced one John Yakubu Yusufu, standing trial on charges of stealing N32.8 billion in the Police Pension scam to two years imprisonment on each of three charges, and then offered him an option of N250,000 fine on each count. The former Assistant Director in the Police Pension Office simply paid the N750,000 fine and walked away. But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) went on appeal.


Delivering judgment, Justice Emmanuel Agim of the Appeal Court, as he then was, made some observations: “The sentence does not show that it was influenced by considerations of the impact of the crime on the society or consideration of the nature of the crime… The offence committed by the respondent, by its nature, involves a grave breach of public trust, erodes public confidence in public governance, and causes retired police officers hardship and suffering…


“The ridiculously low monetary sentence as against the mind-blowing and massive amount of over N24 billion stolen helps the convict to effortlessly pay the fine and avoid the pain of punishment for his crime while retaining the proceeds of his crime…”


Then in April 2022 when President Muhammadu Buhari granted state pardon to Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, former governors of Plateau and Taraba states who had been convicted for stealing N1.16 billion and N1.6 billion respectively, from their state treasuries while they were in office between 1999 and 2007, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to free all prisoners who had been jailed for stealing.



Falana contended that by Section 17 of the 1999 Constitution, citizens were entitled to equal rights and opportunities in which case state pardon should be extended to all prisoners who are serving jail terms for stealing.


Prior to these, a former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion was charged by the EFCC in January 2008 for siphoning over $25 million of public funds. He eventually pleaded guilty. When he was convicted along with his company in 2008 on 27 counts of money laundering, the trial judge, Abdullahi Kafarati handed down a light sentence that excluded jail term. Igbinedion paid the equivalent of a N3 million fine, agreed to forfeit some of his properties and walked away.


While the rich thieves continually get slapped on the wrist, helpless Nigerians were shocked a few days over the mind-boggling death sentence passed on a 32-year-old vulcaniser by an Ikeja Special Offences Court presided over by Justice Mojisola Dada for stealing N57,000. For robbing a nurse of N57,000 Justice Mojisola Dada sentenced Chidozie Onyinchiz, to death by hanging. The question on the lips of bewildered Nigerians is: Why are politicians and public servants who over the years impoverished and literally snuffed life out of Nigerians allowed to walk free?


Justice Dada said the convict’s attempt to wriggle out of the charges was futile. This, she said, was because he had earlier confirmed to the police at Igando, Lagos, that his victim, Veronica Uwayzor sighted him and they both recognised each other at the time of the offence.


According to Justice Dada: “The defendant had stated that the complainant pointed at him as one of the boys armed with a pair of scissors and forcefully snatched her bag containing N57,000 at Akesan Bus Stop. The complainant had stated that neither the defendant nor his accomplice, Ediri Endurance, (still at large) wore masks which made it possible for her to easily recognise Onyinchiz a few hours after the robbery. The first statement of the defendant which he made at Igando Police Station confirmed that he and Ediri went to Akesan Bus Stop on the day of the robbery…


“The totality of the evidence before the court is compelling and I find the defendant guilty of the charges preferred against him. He is hereby sentenced to death by hanging and may God have mercy on his soul.”


And so the thieving vulcaniser faces a violent death by hanging while those that have impoverished Nigerians, enriched themselves through outright looting of public funds and brazenly weaponised poverty are celebrated. But as observed by a former President of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Ayo Obe, “it was the armed robbery element that attracted the (mandatory) death penalty, rather than the amount stolen. Privileged thieves arm themselves with pens and computers, but oddly enough, these are not considered weapons …”


Moreover, since laws are made by the ruling class in order to fortify their position in the society, these powerful people make, amend, review and generally tinker with legislations, with a view to preserve their own interests.


Daily, people are randomly arrested and hauled into overflowing prisons for ridiculous reasons, while known criminals are left alone. This group of persons constitutes the greatest number of Awaiting Trial Inmates (ATIs) across the country. Ola, a panel beater who recently regained his liberty after eight years in prison for failing to stop suspected criminals being pursued by soldiers in Lagos, was one of those unfortunate Nigerians. When the soldiers eventually handed him over to the police, he was charged for armed robbery.


Back to the issue of high-profile crime; in August 2021, an anti-corruption watchdog, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) filed an action at Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the failure of the anti-graft agencies to effectively check massive corruption in government, which according to the group, had hampered government’s ability to meet the needs of citizens.


In December 2022, another group, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre), threatened to sue the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria over its failure to investigate and sanction the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC over the allegation of N80 billion fraud. Nigerians await the conclusion of the matter and many more. In the meantime, small-time thieves are being shown the way out of the world just for using weapons as ridiculous as scissors. Some of their compatriots who are lucky are also swelling up the prisons.


As Falana said, “Criminal conversion of billions is worse than armed robbery. In 1974, Fela sang in his record, ‘Authority Stealing’ that ‘pen robbery is worse than armed robbery.’ Today, the few people who steal the billions earmarked for development pave the way for armed robbery, unemployment and poverty.”


In Nigeria today, the two basic legislations that deal with crime are the Criminal Code (applicable to the southern states in Nigeria) and the Penal Code (applicable in the 19 northern states). These two legislations which were promulgated in 1902 and 1960, respectively, have become very obsolete. From 1999, EFCC, ICPC, among others, were added to criminal justice. These agencies however focus on corruption-induced matters.


Notwithstanding, now more than ever is time to reform the criminal justice system. Now more than ever, is the time the Nigerian law Reform Commission (NLRC) on whose shoulders rest the reform and update of obsolete laws, rises up to its responsibility to do the needful.


• Okenwa is a journalist, lawyer and Publisher of Law & Society Magazine.

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Sunday, 29 January 2023

Biafra: Kill Kanu And Even A Cat Will Not Survive

Photo File: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra 



Biafra: Kill Kanu And Even A Cat Will Not Survive


By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers

January 29, 2023

In a bid to get back at Kanu for waking the psyche of Nigerian youths, Kanu is misunderstood by some quarters. Some see him as representing only the Igbo, and this somehow have them desiring his death. In reality however, Kanu is about every oppressed people of Nigeria, and not just one ethnic nationality.

Psychologically, Kanu has become incontestably a cancer that has eaten deep into the heart of the Nigerian citizens. For instance, hidden truths in Nigeria were all exposed by Kanu. These are secrets that no one dared to touch, but Kanu, a fearless man, busted it all, winning for himself, the heart of the Nigerian youths.

For example, how will you convince the Hausa people to hate a man who taught them their history and gave them hope of regaining their lost land? Will you tell a Yoruba person to join you in crucifying an innocent man whose only crime was telling them the truth of how their ancestors failed to the trick of the Fulani race by fighting against their own blood, Afonja. The Middle Belt is still counting their losses till date because they fought against the innocent Biafra.


The stubborn Igbo race doesn't play with the life of any of their sons. Hurting the Igbo race will be suicidal given the fact that they are the only race found everywhere in Nigeria and around the world. Should this race decide to toe the part of violence, even heaven can never be their limit.

The Kraken is about to be released. The military will be overwhelmed by the rage of the people. Martin Luther King Jr’s death consequences will be a caricature to what is about to befall Nigeria.

Kanu only spoke on Radio Biafra to awaken the consciousness of the Nigerian youths and the aftermath was the peaceful EndSars protest that nearly crumbled the country even as Biafrans distanced themselves. Imagine a violent uprising that the Great Biafrans are part of. Just like the British soldiers sang "The World Turned Around," Nigerian soldiers shall.

When this fire lights, no corner will be left unscathed. Even the cat that has nine lives will be swallowed alive. By then there will be nothing left of Nigeria.

Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Published by Charles Opanwa 

Saturday, 28 January 2023

The 2022 IEP Terrorism Index Report Is Nothing But A Hatchet Job. A Concoction Of Lies And Blackmail Against The Indigenous People Of Biafra - IPOB

 The 2022 IEP Terrorism Index Report Is Nothing But A Hatchet Job. A Concoction Of Lies And Blackmail Against The Indigenous People Of Biafra - IPOB



IPOB PRESS RELEASE,

26/01/2023.

The global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by our able Leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu KANU while repudiating in its entirety the lies and shameless blackmail contained in the 2022 IEP report, condemn in the strongest term possible this brazen attempt by the IEP to do a hatchet job for the Nigerian government by making itself readily available and willing to be used by the Fulani government of Nigeria as one of its international propaganda agency in an attempt to present IPOB a non violent Self Determination movement as being violent.  


It is very unfortunate to say the least that a global  organisation such as Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a USA based Institute that have been providing measurable global terrorism index will throw its reputation in the mud  descend so low as to publish concocted malicious and fallacious reports in an attempt to serve the interest of the Fulani in Nigeria thereby exonerating Nigeria a well known State sponsor of terrorism while blackmailing a non-violent Self Determination group, IPOB for a fee. The Institute for Economics and Peace must know that it has damaged its reputation beyond imagination with their inaccurate report filled with hate, falsehood, blackmail and propaganda against IPOB. 


It may not be very obvious to them now but because the institute made itself a willing tool in the hands of the enemies of Biafra and the Biafran people, this institution shall gradually lose relevance until another more objective and reputable institute shall take their place because they have sold their conscience for pecuniary gain. How can any sane person or Institute mention the name of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) while writing about terrorism. The IEP should have asked the Tony Blair Institute what became of it after turning itself into a propaganda tool for the same Nigerian government.


The Indigenous people of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not and has never been under any illusion that our desire for liberty and Freedom will easily and readily find acceptance and understanding amongst certain Western Nations because to them black people have no right to Self Determination.


In this recently published IEP's Terrorism Index Report of 2022, the current Nigerian Government was cleverly portrayed as having improved its propaganda and blackmail against IPOB by claiming to have a working counter terrorism action plan in place but the reality on the ground depicts an entirely different picture bacuase the terrorists have become more emboldened, more daring and more bloodthirsty under this Buhari Government. 


According to the report, the total number of dead victims as aresult of terrorism in Nigeria for 2021 amounted to 448 dead, which was the lowest level it had been since 2011. This is another concocted lie. In one state alone such as Benue State and Uzouwani in Enugu State, the Fulani sponsored terrorists supported by the Nigerian government have killed more than 400 civilians. Ask yourself for a moment why the IEP and the Tony Blair Institute should present such shameless and bare faced falsehood. 


The answer lies in their interest in the Zoo upcoming SELECTION PROCESS by which they hope to maintain the status quo which will guarantee the continuous exploitation of the resources of the disparate Indigenous Nations forced into the contraption called the Zoological Republic of Nigeria. That is why these Western agencies funded by their respective governments can manipulate facts on the ground, manipulate the truth and change the narative to accord with their premeditated evil aganda and objective. 


The Indigenous people of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has stated for the umpteenth time that we have neither interest nor business with the Nigerian jamboree selection process. The Biafran people cannot be intimidated into participating in a sham process before our Self Determination struggle will gain legitimacy in the eyes of the Pro Nigeria Western governments, institutions and organisations.


Instead of stating the facts and standing for the truth, the once reputable IEP has decided to hypocritically report fake information and propaganda for the Nigerian government in other to deceive the gullible minds in the international community  that IPOB an unarmed non violent freedom movement  is now the third group responsible for the death of persons in Nigeria. We challenge IEP to present irrefutable evidence where IPOB killed any person in Nigeria. The bias and fallacies contained in the  IEP 2022 report is so surreal and mind boggling in this age of IT AGE where informations are at our fingertips by simply browsing the internet. The truth and fact of the matter is that incontrovertible  evidence abound depicting and recording massacres and extrajudicial executions of many IPOB members by Nigeria Security Agencies since 2016 and 2017.

  

IPOB Lawyers, Amnesty International in Nigeria, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) Nigeria, many Diplomatic Missions in Nigeria including even the Nigeria media have  evidences of mass killing of unarmed IPOB members by the Nigeria Government using all its security apparatus for these crimes against humanity . If we may ask the IEP what have we the Biafran people done wrong other than demand for an internationally supervised  REFERENDUM to allow all oppressed Indigenous Nations in Nigeria the opportunity to decide their fate?


We are not declared the use of force as a methodoly to achieve this demand and our ultimate goal of a Free Independent and Sovereign Biafran Nation. So why all these propaganda to blackmail IPOB in the world. Irrespective of all the illegal arrests, detaintions, torture, extrajudicial killings including extraordinary rendition of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra  Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria the British and USA have never said anything rather they are in  league and collaborating with Nigeria an internationally acclaimed State sponsor of terrorism disrespecter of Rule of Law and violent violator of all known Fundamental Human Rights to fight against IPOB. 


IPOB has remained peaceful in the face of all these high levels of provocation. IPOB has a proven track record as a non-violent freedom fighting movement with offices and family members legally operating in over 120 nations of the world, including the USA and almost all the countries of Europe. In all these nations, IPOB has been peaceful working within the confines of the laws of our host country, law abiding with no trace of violence. For IEP to tag IPOB as the third group that has caused the death of people in Nigeria, it is highly provocative and libelous and indicates that this group is compromised.


It is very unfortunate that the USA government, through her agencies, have shown that they are working together with the Nigeria government to blackmail and persecute IPOB members for seeking a UN recognized Self- Determination through Referendum. If we are doing illegal  agitation, the IEP should  come  out and tell the world what we have done wrong instead of them to hide and plan world blackmail against a non violent movement fighting for their peoples freedom. The world is watching them, and they can not escape what is coming to them. 


It's on record that USA Department of State has removed Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern  on violation of Religious Freedom from their 2022 and later returned irrespective of many recorded cases of Christian massacres and invasion of Christian worship centers by Islamic extremists sponsored by the state because if the  Government has no hand in the  insecurities they would  have found  ways to stop the massacre that occurred in Owo Catholic Church, Fulanis lynching of Lady Deborah the  young lady from Sokoto state, and the recent burning to death of Rev. Fr. Achi of a Catholic Church in Niger State to mention but a few examples.


The inability of the Institute for Economics and Peace to even mention the Fulani terrorist Herdsmen which is the 4th most deadly terror group in the world in their report is a clear indication of who contracted IEP to tarnish the image of the Indigenous People of Biafra. It confirms the intel at our disposal that sinister collaboration is going on between Nigeria, the USA and the British  governments to blackmail and discredit IPOB in the eyes of the international community which is the only credible and unwavering  mouthpiece of the oppressed Nations in Nigeria in other to continue in the implementation of the Abuja Declaration which essentially seeks to levy a jihad against Nigerian Christians,  exterminate them, take over the ancestral lands of the Indigenous People, import  foreign Fulani terrorist Herdsmen from all over africa and establish an Islamic republic 

Notwithstanding very copious documented evidence of Fulani Herdsmen's massacres across Nigeria including the most recent slaughter of more than 100 people in Eha Amufu Community in Biafra Land by Fulani terrorists called herdsmen the IEP did not think it worthy of mention because (i) the victims are Biafrans and (ii) mentioning it will defeat the purpose of the blackmail and propaganda against IPOB.


The IEP should contact some reputable organizations based in Nigeria, such as Armnesty International and particularly the home grown Civil Society Organisations such as International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) Onisha, Nigeria to get the true facts and stop being the purveyor of falsehood and propaganda for the Nigerian government. 


We are aware that US Government has so much interest in Nigeria and the Oil and Gas from Biafra land and wouldn't mind giving tacit support to a terrorist government to wipe out Biafrans and to disterblize Biafra Region. They have done it in the past against Revolutionary African leaders and are still doing it as I write. It's obvious that they are not hiding their interest and bias against Biafrans. They should bear in mind that we are no longer in 1967 when the media were used to demonize Biafrans by branding our people aggressors instead of victims. We are here to tell our own stories to the world with facts and figures.  We advise the USA Government to stand as a global Human Right Defenders to defend the right of every world citizen and not join the oppressors to abuse the rights and privileges of ordinary citizens.


IPOB remains peaceful and determined in the pursuit of Biafra liberation through UN supervised referendum. We are not going to be distracted by sponsored blackmail and propaganda, not now and not tomorrow.

The coming of the Free, Independent and Sovereign Biafran Nation is a miracle in the making therefore, neither the alliances of those that hate us for being Biafrans and do not wish us to exist as a people nor all the forces of darkness shall be able to stop what CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA has decreed shall be.  


COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL, MEDIA, AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

IECF 2023 Igbo President Threat; Should Nigeria be Afraid

 


Written by Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers 

January 24, 2023

The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF) is an organization comprising of many notable political figures from the Southeastern part of Nigeria. On different occasions, this organization that fronts the former governor of Anambra state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, as their leader, has threatened the Nigerian government with the Igbo people quitting Nigeria should the federal government deny the region the 2023 president.

The Igbo people have been sidelined politically in a country that they spearheaded its independence in 1960. Since independence till date, the Igbo have ruled Nigeria for only 194 days. Unfortunately, the man (Aguiyi Ironsi) who ruled, was murdered in office. Some spurious individuals attribute this mistreatment against the Igbo race to the 1966-1970 Biafra-Nigeria war. They have however failed to revisit the activities before, during and after the war.

The recent threats from the IECF over 2023 presidential elections are what baffle me. Isn't it a total joke to think that the Nigerian government will bend its decisions because of IECF which cannot boast of its eminence even in the region they come from?

The IECF cannot point at any single demand they previously made that was met by the Nigerian government. The IECF demanded that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), be released to them, but the leader is still in detention. They promised barrage of sanctions against any Igbo person that will be a running mate to anyone outside the Igbo territory in the 2023 presidential elections but Ifeanyi Okowa is still moving freely. The IECF demanded that the PDP and APC parties in Nigeria should make an Igbo person their presidential candidate in 2023 elections, but the two didn't. Still heaven didn't fall.

Aren't IECF threats a political statement aimed at neutralizing the greatest force in the region which is IPOB. Anyone staking his coins for IECF threats should get ready for heartbreak. As birds of different motives, when this game is up, they will sing different songs.

Nigeria being a colonial construct is not designed to favour the Igbo man. The hatred against the Igbo race stems from the Nigerian independence which the Igbo people engineered. The colonialists when leaving, made sure that the Igbo race does not enjoy the country. The earlier the Igbo people come to this realization the better.

Anyone promising you president is only making a mockery of the pitiful condition of the Igbo people in Nigeria. This is the reality that will keep vindicating itself as far as the Igbos keep habouring such hope.


Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah 

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