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Sunday 4 December 2016



4th December 2016

Visionless and disillusioned prominent and respected Igbo men have come out of late to say that what Ndigbo need is an Igbo president and not Biafra restoration as many Biafrans have been saying and showing by their numerous protests. Chief Orji Uzor Kalu in his Igbere home in Bende LGA on 30th November made a case why it is more important to seek Nigerian president of Igbo extraction than to seek Biafra restoration. 

Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu on 25th November in Owerri Imo state during the NEC meeting of the Nigeria Union of Journalists said that what the Igbos need is to produce the president of Nigeria and not to separate from Nigeria. Many other so called Igbo leaders, elders and elites have in one way or the other expressed the same sentiment. 

If you look at them and their statements critically, you will see that more often than not, they are motivated by some personal gains or they are speaking out of fear of what will happen to them if they voice their real opinions.


Take Orji Uzor Kalu for an example, he has at one time or the other spoken in favour of Biafra restoration. Many people thought he is in favour of Biafra restoration, he even featured in some Biafran calendars made by some merchants. He promised to make sure that Nnamdi Kanu is released, all of a sudden "Presidency" became more important than Biafra to him. 

Even as he made that statement to journalists in his home, he still maintained his earlier stand that those agitating for Biafra are right, that he finds nothing wrong with people who are marginalized or are unhappy to agitate for separation. So this makes one ask if he is saying what some people want to hear or is he having a hard time making up his mind? 

We know he aspired to be president in 2007 and saw how difficult it was for an Igbo man to be president due to the gang up by Hausa-Fulani and Yorubas.
For Engr Dr. Sir Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as a member of Ohaneze Ndigbo, we know where he stands in Biafra restoration. We know that Ohaneze as a group are not for Biafra restoration, not because they believe that it is not the best thing for Biafrans, but partly because the Biafra project is driven by young people who will not give them the opportunity to continue their selfish enrichment and partly because they entered into an agreement with president Jonathan not to support Biafra restoration.

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Ohaneze always aligns themselves with any government in power in all Igbo states in other to get all the contracts in the states, apart from the contracts governors reserve for their families, friends, and party faithful. In fact, there is an unwritten law that only indigenous contractors can get contracts in those states, and almost all Ohaneze members are contractors. 

Looking at Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB who are driving this Biafra restoration project, one can see zero tolerance to those corrupt practices. IPOB maintain that they are whiter than white and whiter than snow. They want everyone to always say the truth and do the right things at all times no matter the consequences. 

This truthfulness contributed to Igbo elites hatred for Nnamdi Kanu because he exposes them without prevarication. Many of these prominent and respected Igbo elites are not what they make people believe they are, whenever their topic come out on radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu used to do what he does best, ...say things the way they are.

When President Goodluck Jonathan saw the progress being made by IPOB under Nnamdi Kanu in winning over Biafrans, he approached Ohaneze Ndigbo and gave them five billion naira in exchange for a promise that Ndigbo will not support Biafra restoration. So even when some of them have been convinced by the consistency and resilience of IPOB and the truth exposed to everybody about the position of the Igbo man in Nigeria, their hands are tied by the money they collected from the government. 

READ THIS TOO:Biafra: Enough of The Bloodshed! Referendum For IPOB Is The Way Forward , 2014 Confab delegates, groups tell Buhari

They are desperate to not only oppose IPOB but to show the government that they are doing that. During IPOB November-December 2015 protests, on 13th December to be precise, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu condemned Biafra agitators for blocking roads but said nothing about unarmed peaceful protesters killed by the military. It's not that the protesters blocked roads with anything but roads were blocked as protesters marched along and are free when they passed. 

One wonders if he wants the protesters to walk on air. Even when pensioners protested in Imo state, they blocked roads as they marched. I want to also say that till date, Chief Iwuanyanwu has not condemned the massacre of Biafran youths by Nigerian security agents, neither did he condemn the killing and beheading of his state woman madam Bridget in Kano. 

On 29th October 2016, while he was addressing the world Igbo summit in Uturu Abia state, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu let his real thoughts slip when he said that the agitators are exercising their fundamental rights in a democracy without resort to violence and use of arms. He appealed to the federal government to release IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu or charge him to court without delay. 

But on 25th November while addressing the National Executive Council of NUJ, Chief Iwuanyanwu made a U-turn, he advised president Buhari not to treat the IPOB leader as an important personality by keeping him in detention for months but quickly try him in court. He further said that what Igbos need is to produce the president of the country and not to separate from it. 

In October, chief Iwuanyanwu called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, less than a month later he said stop treating him as an important personality, he advised that he be tried in court quickly as if our leader is a criminal. One wonders if chief Iwuanyanwu is speaking for himself or for somebody to hear him. 


Chief Iwuanyanwu is the chairman board of trustees of Nigerian sports development fund inc. We also know that his company Handel and Enic handled many construction projects for the government. Is it that some papers were presented to him after his October speech that forced him to turn against Biafra restoration or he will be visited by some not too friendly guys from EFCC?

Let's examine his stand on Igbo presidency, on the 27th September 2012. Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu dismissed the possibility of a president of Igbo extraction in 2015. He asked for the inclusion of zoning in Nigerian constitution to give the six Geo-political zones equal opportunity to produce the president through zoning. 

One wonders if the conditions in 2012 have changed in 2016 that he now wants Igbo president for 2019. Have they enshrined zoning in the Nigerian Constitution? Whoever enters Aso rock goes for a second term, Buhari's aides have already started talking about 2019, how feasible is it for an Igbo man to occupy Aso rock come 2019? 

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Chief Iwuanyanwu himself tried to be president in 1993 but did not succeed. In fact, the closest an Igbo man has come to the presidency since after the war was Dr. Alex Ekwueme who was Vice President from 1979 to 1983. So is it now that they will succeed? Blinded by their political gains, they see not beyond their noses.

Let us assume they get the Igbo president, will that solve the problem of the common man? The only people who will benefit from it are still the politicians. Goodluck Jonathan was president for six years, go to his hometown of Otuoke and see if there is any change. The only thing that changed there is that his family members and friends become millionaires, they all have companies and turned contractors. But nothing changed for ordinary people in Otuoke how much more Bayelsans. 

Goodluck Jonathan was constructing roads and rail lines in the north. He completed numerous projects in the north but completely neglected Biafraland. All the roads in Biafraland are death traps, no infrastructural development. Now his international profile is increasing so he is traveling for international engagements but the airport he is supposed to land when coming home is in a sorry state. 

Port Harcourt airport is one of five worst airports in the world. Is that not a shame? Jonathan could not make at least one of the seaports in Biafraland; Calabar, port Harcourt, Onitsha and Warri operational. So ordinary citizens did not gain anything from Jonathan's six years in Aso rock and for sure any Igbo president won't be different.

If Nigeria is so good that Iwuanyanwu and his cohorts do not want to separate from it, why did Iwuanyanwu send his wife Frances to the US as soon as she got pregnant? The lady was in one of his houses in the US until she was delivered of their son Kamsiriochukwu in Greater Baltimore medical Center on 2nd January 2016. How many US citizens have houses here and how many come here to deliver their children. 

This is pure hypocrisy. These people know that the country is not working but because of their perceived consequences of saying the truth, they continue telling themselves lies. At the age of chief Iwuanyanwu, what is he afraid of? He is about 74 years old, has grown up kids, his daughter Mrs. Nwadiuto Ikeakanma is the managing director of champion newspapers. 

He is a renowned businessman whose business cuts across all areas of the economy. He is old enough to say the truth and damn the consequences. Is chief Iwuanyanwu telling us that fighting to produce a Nigeria president is more important than fighting to separate from a union we were forced into that has brought us so much pain? A union in which we are killed at the slightest provocation. 

We have lost count of how many times we have been killed in numbers in the North. Now they have come down to our homeland to kill us. Security agents kill protesters, they now trace IPOB members to their houses to kidnap and kill them, nobody is talking. Fulani herdsmen destroy our crops, they rape our women in our farms, they maim and kill us in our farms and homes yet our so called elites and leaders can't utter a word. 

Some months back when Buhari was preparing to fight the Niger Delta Avengers in the creeks, he mobilized armored personnel carriers and many other ground war machines, people were asking if he will drive those in the creeks but we know that those are just provocations for us to come out and be massacred. We endured all their provocations and they couldn't wait anymore, early this week they launched their python dance and occupied our streets with their killing machine. 

None of our so called elders, elites and leaders uttered a word. Presidency is more important to them than the lives of the people. Did they even bother to ask the people what they want? The answer is no because they feel the people don't matter. They need to be told that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has opened people's eyes, he has cured people of their mental slavery. Now Biafrans are thinking for themselves not let politicians and pastors think for them.

I have an advice for you, the so-called elites, elders, and leaders, I want you to go and ask a certain Hillary Clinton and the elites in America what happened to them. Donald J. Trump, against all odds, came out for the presidency, though a multi-billionaire, he focused on the masses, the masses propelled him to the biggest election upset in the world. He defeated his opponent Hillary Clinton, her party, his own party and his party leaders, captains of industries and tech owners, wall Street, Hollywood, music and sports stars, mainstream media, the seating and former presidents of US. 

We the people will show you that power belongs to the people and when that time comes, we will have no pity on you. Your arrogance and pomposity will be trashed in the bins where they belong.

Written By Joseph Afokwalam
Edited By IkeChukwu NwaOrisa
For Biafra Writers


  1. Brother well written, keep it up, let them know that power belongs to the people. Please we BIAFRANS will not participate in the upcoming elections, everyone will be indoors in request and restoration of BIAFRA!!!!!!!

  2. Well and powerfully written by Mazi Joseph Afokwalam. I concur 1000%. Igbos are treated like slaves in Nigeria and will never be allowed to rule Nigeria. Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba will always find a way circumvent it until Igbo are completely marginalized and enslaved. Already the so-called Igbo politicians, governors, senators, legislators and even the traditional rulers are 100% enslaved by Hausa-Fulani. But as you rightly said, true power belongs to the people. We will win this struggle to restore Biafra nation.

  3. You pointed it clearly.
    Personal gains and fear compel them to deny what is simple truth.
    They are deceiving their own selves.

  4. Nice one brother you have said it all, but i wil like to warn any bagger that wil come and said lets forgive them their wil be no forgiveness for them bcs biafra must surely come every one of them must face the evil they comitted against our people period. Free nnamdi kanu free biafra

  5. Thank you so much for the wonderful write up, i have said before and i will say it again even though am in South Africa i read about Biafra all the time and i think is time we use our voting power to show the world that we really want Biafra all the south East states should avoid voting starting from now and you will see that our stupid politician we start to take us and Biafra serious.


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