“Now, with their own hands, Nigerians have set the stage for Nigeria’s first international legal battle with Biafra, and we are ready to meet them in court. There, the world will begin to hear things that will shock them about the “illegal structure” called Nigeria, which they are still keeping as a country.”
That was how a Biafran leader who interacted with Biafra Media Forum described the forthcoming legal battle that will be coming between Biafra and Nigeria in a United States of America (USA) court tomorrow, January 14, 2016. The case which comes up in a New York court will be the first international legal battle between Biafra and Nigeria.
The top ranking Biafran leader said the case will provide a solid ground to expose the underbelly of the expired and illegal contraption called Nigeria. He reasoned that one of the motives of the Nigerian government, under Muhammadu Buhari, in kidnapping Nnamdi Kanu, the Biafran leader, was to keep him away from leading the group to the USA court.
Further investigation revealed that the case came about because Nigerian government, under Muhammadu Buhari, had set up an agent to distract Biafrans in the USA who had promised to demonstrate against him whenever he visited the Obama country. Before the visit, it was revealed on good authority that the Nigerian President has been scared stiff of Biafran demonstrators, having been confronted by them in his past, where they completely humiliated him.
So when he finally visited the USA in July last year, the Biafrans did demonstrate and the agent his government sent did not disappoint. In fact, the agent appeared and tried to cause confusion amongst the demonstrators. But it backfired.
It happened that while Buhari was inside the White House meeting with Barack Obama, the USA President and his officials; Biafrans were outside the building demonstrating. They were singing Biafran solidarity songs, flying Biafran flags, and taunting Buhari for his unfitting leadership of an expired country. As they sang and danced, they displayed placards showing the Nigerian ruler as a pedophile, an illiterate, a murderer, a terrorist and a dictator.
It was at this point that the agent appeared and started taking pictures of them. Undaunted the Biafrans sang and danced away to the delight of onlookers. They told the agent that they were not bothered because all they wanted was freedom for Biafra and for Nigeria to leave Biafra alone.
The agent continued taking his pictures, boasting in the process that he would make sure the Nigerian government dealt ruthlessly with them. He boasted further that he was sending the pictures right away to the country’s secret service, the State Security Services (SSS). He promised them that the SSS would see to it that they were deported to Nigeria to face Buhari.
Biafrans called his bluff and continued with their demonstration, but warning him to take his camera away and desist from taking unsolicited pictures of them. He remained adamant, and then the Biafrans apprehended him and seized his camera. At that point, he ran off to beckon on law enforcement agents, claiming that the Biafrans had robbed him of his camera.
The law officers arrested everybody and took them to the station. At the station, the officers found the unsolicited pictures in his camera, and started asking him rigorously questions. When he realized that the case was turning against him, he sneaked out of the station and escaped. But unfortunately for him, the law enforcers already had his particulars and so charged the case to court.
The IPOB leader then revealed that the reason why the Buhari visit did not yield much fruit was because he (Buhari) was preoccupied with finding ways of avoiding the encounter with the Biafran agitators that he did not have time to prepare for the visit.
Events that happened after the visit appeared to have proved him right. It is on record that at the end of the visit, a White House official was reported to have said that the USA leadership was disappointed with the visit. “May be we are not reading from the same script, but the overall message by Barack is that they should get themselves together then get back to us” he was reported to have told some journalists.
Reports also indicated that overall, the White House was disappointed that Buhari’s contingent had no presentation about working with USA to salvage their crumbly economy. Another official was said to have quipped, “We are just being polite about this because your President doesn’t seem to understand a whole lot about government.”
It was difficult for the Americans to understand how a president whose country’s currency exchange was worsening in value would visit an important country like the United States without an economic team.
For many Biafrans who spoke on the impending legal battle between Biafra and Nigeria in the USA, “it is payback time for Nigeria”. One of them quipped: “The promise we are making to Nigerians is that their country will be many more steps closer to its grave after this court case”.