February 9, 2016
OUR RIGHTS TO SELF DEFENCE IS NOW ACTIVATED
On September 9, 2015, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) released a statement titled: “PERSISTENT TERRORIST ATTACKS ON BIAFRANS BY THE NIGERIAN STATE.” In that statement, we catalogued the deadly terrorist attacks meted out on peace-loving people of Biafra by agents of Nigeria under the supervision and leadership of Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari who is the current president of Nigeria. We further alerted the world that Buhari plans to provoke Biafrans into retaliation and then turn around to tag IPOB as a terrorist organization and Biafrans as terrorists. This was before the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was illegally abducted by agents of Department of State Services (DSS) on October 14, 2015.
Between October 2015 and February 8, 2016 more terrorist attacks were carried out on Biafrans by Nigerian agents under the instructions of Muhammadu Buhari, leading to the untimely and gruesome death of over 50 Biafrans while thousands of others were seriously injured or maimed. Today, February 9, 2016, a combined team of Nigerian Police and Army invaded a private gathering of Biafrans at Aba in Abia State in the Biafran region of Nigeria, where they were offering prayers to God Almighty for Him to give victory to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the court. This combined team of armed Nigerian agents opened fire at these defenceless Biafrans, killing 10 of them instantly while others sustained gunshot-induced injuries all over their bodies and vital organs.
We have written several letters and notifications to Heads of Governments of all countries and members of their Legislative Arms on the plights of the Indigenous People of Biafra as we face extermination by the gun-toting and trigger-happy armed agents of Nigeria under the order of Muhammadu Buhari. The world leaders and their governments have turned deaf ears and blind eyes to our plights. We have been tortured, killed, maimed, disenfranchised economically and politically, humiliated, made to desert our homelands, and treated like slaves in our own land. In all these, the entire world pretended that nothing happened.
Now, we have come to the painful but irreversible conclusion and determination to take our fate and destiny in our own hands. Starting from Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Biafrans will now be in the mode of self defence as enshrined by the relevant acts and declarations of the United Nations. Let no country or world leader attempt to tag us as terrorists because we are not terrorists, rather we are fighting for our survival and from being exterminated from the surface of the earth.
We shall defend ourselves with everything and anything necessary to avoid the continual killing of our mothers, fathers, and children. This is the time for all Biafrans to rise and defend themselves. We cannot fold our arms and watch Muhammadu Buhari kill us the second time after killing over two million of us in 1968.
We have fully and totally activated our rights to self defence!!!
Barrister Emma Nmezu Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokesperson for Spokesperson for
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)