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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Biafra: One feared dead, two injured as Police invades IPOB rally in Ekwulobia



By Chukwuemeka Chimerue | Biafra Writers

August 17, 2017

ANAMBRA— At least one member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was on Wednesday, reportedly killed while two others are still in a very critical condition after men of the Nigeria Police Force, violently invaded their gathering at Central School Ekwulobia, firing tear gas canisters at the crowd.

The IPOB Anambra South Senatorial Coordinator, Mr. Ernest Mmuo, who disclosed this to Biafra Writers Reporter, said the other two surviving casualties are currently receiving treatment at a nearby hospital after sustaining injuries on their heads while anticipating the arrival of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Ekwulobia today(yesterday).

“The policemen, army, and Navy with the Civil Defence Corps have received a prior information about the coming of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Anambra South today.

“We had planned to converge at the Stadium but due to the State governor didn't want us to stay there, they locked up the Stadium, which can only cost a hundred thousand naira, if they should ask us to pay.


“We, therefore, decided to host our leader at the St. John's Anglican Church of which we reached an agreement with the Church management to allow us assembly there peacefully.

“But surprisingly, we wake up today, to see well-equipped armed military men, surrounding the venue where our people had gathered and started shooting tear gas directly into the crowd.

“Three was seriously wounded and taken to the hospital of which one of them is said to be dead as he sustained deep head injuries as a result of the tear gas shot at close range into his head,” Mr. Mmuo explained.


The Coordinator who blamed the State governor, Willie Obiano, for drafting security agencies to cause mayhem, queried the motive behind invading the rally with Hausa/Fulani operatives even when there was no breach of the public peace.


Another eyewitness observed that the security operatives had been patrolling the nooks and crannies of the town, including the Stadium and other public places in search of IPOB members.

However, when Biafra Writers Reporter, arrived the scene, operatives of various security agencies, armed to the teeth, had dispersed the crowd as they were seen mounting surveillance and patrolling the premises of the Central School, Ekwulobia, the supposed venue of the rally.

Further checks done by our Reporter, indicated that two victims of the Police were lying critically and writhing in pain at the hospital while health workers has commenced treatment on them.

A woman said to be selling Biafra coloured items at the venue of the event, was also harassed by the Ekwulobia Divisional Police Officer, DPO, who burnt their items to ashes.


Publisher: Charles Opanwa
The Biafra Times
Contact: [email protected]

BIAFRA: GLOBAL ALERT! NIGERIAN ARMY KILL BIAFRANS IN ANAMBRA AGAIN- SEE PICTURES












August 16, 2017

Happening now

ANAMBRA - Nigerian security forces shot live bullets and teargas at unarmed Biafrans waiting to welcome the supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi kanu, at Ekwulobia Anambra State.

According to a Biafran who spoke with Biafra Writers over the phone: "we were at central school Ekwulobia singing and dancing while waiting for the arrival of our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, when combined Nigeria forces full of Hausa Fulani, led by Ekwulobia police DPO who first shoot teargas and the next was live bullet on us"


It is becoming unbearable how the peaceful Indigenous People of Biafra are killed randomly by the murderous Nigerian security forces, under the nose of the governor of Anambra state Willie Obiano.

We are Alerting the world to take note of this current situation in Anambra State Biafra land.



BIAFRA: PRESS STATEMENT; ADDRESSING THE SPONSORED GROUP OF CHARLATANS THAT CALLS ITSELF "ANAMBRA STATE LAWYERS












August 16, 2017

It has come to the attention of the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra under the leadership of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that a nonexistent amorphous group of charlatans that calls itself Anambra state Lawyers in defense of Democracy (ASLADD) has decided to dance naked in the market place and thereby exposed their ignorance and lack of understanding of the English language and their complete deficiency in comprehending universally accepted tenets of democratic principles even though they claim to be defenders of democracy.

This imaginary collection of beggars and booth lickers that call themselves lawyers of course biafrans know better that ASLADD is a distant cousin to TRIPOB and BUHARIPOB set up and bank rolled by both the Anambra state government and the Nigeria government in their attempt to discredit the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafra Restoration movement.

We are aware that huge public funds that should be channeled towards ameliorating the suffering of the Biafra people are being expended wastefully through the creation of nonexistent faceless groups like ASLADD as well as used as patronage for conscienceless individuals whose preoccupation is how to maximize the oppressive and dehumanizing condition of the Biafran people for their selfish interest.

In every democratic and civilized society, opposition parties, groups or individuals are part of the democratic process. We understand the quagmire in which this invented ASLADD has found itself considering the fact that the clime in which they were set up by the government to operate is indeed neither factually democratic nor civilized.
This explains their confusion and befuddlement that the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu could exhibit so much courage to reject thestatus quo and take a stand against the continued humiliation and oppression of theBiafran people by those put in power by Hausa/Fulani Oligarchy.

How much more unintelligent can the so called ASLADD be with their postulation to the effect that IPOB is neither a registered party nor registered by the corporate affairs commission and in effect should not according to them demand for the boycottof the November 18th Anambra elections. Who told ASLADD that Indigenous Peoples are corporate organizations that should be registered by a government agency saddled with the responsibility of registering commercial enterprises? This is a gross exhibition of ignorance at the extreme.

This illusory group of not wits fails to understand that the recognition of the civic dutyof the citizen in respect to voting by that same constitution they pretend to derivetheir whapped authority from protects the citizen’s right to choice. In stipulating thisright the constitution does not place any higher burden or responsibility on the citizento exercise this right in favour of one or the other but is given the freedom to make areasonable decision after a holistic analysis of his past and present condition.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) having taken stock of their past and present condition in the contraption called Nigeria and well in line with their right to Self-determination have chosen to exercise their right to choice freely and without compulsion in favour of a boycott of all political process in Nigeria as it relates toelection starting with the November 18th Anambra election. We do not owe ASLADDor anyone for that matter an apology for exercising our freedom of choice. AgainASLADD fail to comprehend the meaning of civil disobedience. I will suggest they dosome more research on civil disobedience.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)has the right to utilize civil disobedience to drive home its demand for a referendum for the Biafran people to again exercise their right to choice.
We the IndigenousPeople of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu make no apology to the fact that we are opposed to any further bastardization of our landby agents of Hausa/Fulani Oligarchy who are selected to ensure that we remain submissive while our common wealth are criminally stolen and carted away from ourland for the benefit of the children of our oppressors while our children roam thestreets hopeless. We are opposed to the continued humiliation and rape of ourwomen and murder of our youths. We are opposed to the constant desecration of thesacred land of Biafra through the daily spilling of the blood of innocent Biafran men,women and children by the Fulani Janjaweed Herdsmen.

We understand but do not excuse the fact that the long period of subjugation during which people were suffering and smiling may have numbed many to a state of hopelessness and inaction. Nevertheless there is no disputing the evident and desperate hunger noticeable in the eyes of the Biafran people for true and courageous leadership. To faceless groups like ASLADD and eternal servants such as Joe Igbokwe, the Indigenous people of Biafra are very pleased to state without equivocation that we have found this true, courageous but selfless leadership in the person of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Having found a true and trusted leader whose preoccupation revolves around the well-being of his people, we make bold to state that the combined forces of evil, internal and external enemies that feed fat on the continued abject subjugation of the Biafran people will not and cannot distract us from our set objective which is the RESTORATION OF THE SOVEREIGN STATE OFBIAFRA.

The pathetic life of people like Joe Igbokwe cannot and will not be used asthe yardstick to conclude that the Biafran people have chosen to remain under subjugation in perpetuity. Going through his regurgitation on the compromised andfake news outlet called the Punch newspaper, one can only feel sorry for him as hebemoans his unfulfilled life as discerned in the naked envy palpable in his diatribe against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Joe Igbokwe’s life has passed him by and he becomes angry that a young man named Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has attained a status he Igbokwe could only dream of but will never attain not even in a thousand reincarnations.

The Directorate of state of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu do here restate and reaffirm the resolve ofthe Biafra people to boycott any and every Nigerian election in Biafraland startingwith the November 18th Anambra election. We concluded by saying that we have embarked upon this journey prepared knowing full well that our enemies will throw every arsenal at their disposal at us. We are confident that the Indigenous People of Biafra will emerge from the crucible unscathed and victorious because we have a true and committed leader but above all because our strength and resolve comesfrom the MOST HIGH CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA in whom we trust and HE shall giveus victory to the glory of HIS name.

Signed
Mazi Chika Edoziem (HOD)
Head Directorate of State

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

BIAFRA: RESTRUCTURING, AN EXPRESSWAY TO A FUTURE GENOCIDE— AN OPEN LETTER TO SEN. IKE EKWEREMADU


By Eluwa Chidiebere | Biafra Writers

August 16, 2017


Dear Sen. Ekweremadu,

On Friday, the 5th of August, 2017, the deafening address you gave to the South-East governors, National Assembly members, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo leaders on political developments in the South-east and state of the nation, went viral on social media. It was a wonderful address, of course, which can secure you a king’s ransom in Nigeria. After perusing your well-worded address, I appreciated the fact that such well-coordinated brain could only originate from the land of the rising sun (Biafra); indeed, the apple does not fall far from the tree. I still would want to use this chance to speak well of you for your effort in the past in bringing up the Biafra issue in the floor of the Senate. Your good start is admirable and Biafrans do commend you for such a courageous step made in the right direction.

I was impressed when you recognized the fact that the Biafrans have been at the receiving end of the structural imbalances with ripples of disequilibrium in the distribution of resources and opportunities in Nigeria since the end of the civil war in 1970. That was a wise remembrance from you. But as an elder who has the goodwill of his children at heart, what have you done all these while to bring an end to all the injustices meted out against your people? Action speaks louder than voice, you know. Just as you rightly posited, “it will not be good to hear that the she-goat delivered in tethers when elders are at home’’, but this is what we have been experiencing in the time of this present-day elders. The she-goat has been delivering in tethers while our elders strangle themselves over political posts. As our people are being marginalized, killed, our elders are busy fighting tooth and nail for political relevance. Is that not an abomination?

Your passionate embrace to restructuring as the only viable route to save your people from marginalization, can be seen as a wrong and unreasonable move from an experienced and learned elder of your status. It has become a general understanding that the northern region of this contraption (Nigeria) will continue to oppose and frustrate every effort to restructure Nigeria along resource control, true federalism, and devolution of powers to the states. Sir, I would wisely advice that if you want more years to be added to you, better not mention true and fiscal federalism to the northerners. Mrs. Margaret Ekpo tried and failed, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in l met the same fate, Isaac Adaka Boro in 1963 got the same result, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu tried likewise in 1967, popularly known as Aburi Accord which later led to a great genocide on our people; even children were starved to death and pregnant women killed. Lastly was Ken Saro Wiwa in 1993 which led to his demise in the hands of the northerners. Sir, experience they say, is the father of wisdom and a burnt child dreads fire. You and I very well knows that the wild fire is never satisfied with burning down only one tree in the forest; hence, the north remains the wild fire in Nigeria. Many people have fallen in pursuit of this true and fiscal federalism. Be wise.


Even if eventually your restructuring finally sees the light of the day, it is going to result to a great future genocide on our people. I’m not doubting you about Biafrans excelling more than the other constituencies in Nigeria, but take for instance, what happens when you are rich and your brother is poor? Of course, you know better than me that your poor brother is going to be a burden and a headache to you. Certainly, the North cannot do well in a restructured Nigeria because they are the lazy type. Their hobby is terrorism. It is obviously clear that the north will eventually metamorphose into a terrorist constituency in a short period after restructuring, due to their envy caused by their slothful nature. You cannot give what you do not have, and so, what the north has is terrorism and will make use of that to get what they want. Do not plunge your people into another genocide because after a foolish deed comes remorse.

Before examining your views on legal, political, economic and social disadvantages of Biafra, let me also remind you as a sensible elder that your people know very well that he (you in Nigeria politics) who is eating does not talk. Let us keep away sentiments and the love we reserve for you and face the reality; anyone who associates his or herself with Nigerian politics becomes a tool of the Nigerian government. Your inability to come out in the open, for at least a day, to list the advantages of Biafra has questioned your sincerity. Everything with disadvantages has also advantages.

On your legal views, you made mention of Nigerian government being a territory recognized by the international community and that she is also a member of the UN, AU and ECOWAS. These are undisputed facts indeed. But for you to use that to try to strengthen your belief on indivisibility of your One Nigeria has raised a question mark on your level of education and knowledge of the present world. You did well by picking some strategic aspects of political history to try to meet your targets; your target of weakening the tempo of the Biafra agitation, making sure people go out to vote and achieving the hopeless restructuring saga that has received a heavy blow in the Senate in recent times.But my question is, what happened to Yugoslavia and Soviet Union? They did went their separate ways. These were mighty empires in which Nigeria is nowhere near their level of strength but today, I do not think you can still find their international passports anywhere in the world.


What about Mahatma Gandhi of India? The man who gave voice to the Indian masses just like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Gandhi fought excellently well against the Great British imperial rule on the strength of his three non-violent movements which includes; Non-cooperation Movements from 1920-1922(he advised his people to dissociate themselves from any activities of the British imperial rule), The Civil Disobedience Movement which kicked-off on March 12, 1930 to 1931 and lastly, The Quit India Movement of 1942. Recall that during those days, the Great Britain was occupying the League Council in the then League of Nations now known today as United Nations (UN). Britain and France were determining the fate of every other nations of the world excluding America. Amidst the threats the League of Nations posed then, the father of the Indian Nation (Mahatma Gandhi) bravely led this three movements (the epitomes of self-determination) that brought the Great British Government to her knees which culminated to the emergence of India's independence today. Wills made by the dead are changed by the living; we should not dispute that fact, inasmuch as change remains a permanent thing in life.

Coming to your political considerations of the so-called South-South geopolitical region not agreeing to be part of Biafra, I still want to applaud you for recognizing that there is safety in number. But it was quite unprofessional for you to conclude in a hurry without observing the state of minds of the silent majority. For instance, Donald Trump of America was spotted and seen as a candidate whose failure in the last America's election of the POTUS, was a foregone conclusion by so many professors in America and around the globe. At the end, the result of the polls proved many pundits wrong; that is the silent majority for you. In Britain, David Cameron campaigned against Brexit and was disgraced. If the seating governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike says he is not part of Biafra, does it mean the overall citizens of Rivers State have agreed not to be part of Biafra? Governor Wike is only one vote just like David Cameron in Brexit. In Nigeria today, the poor masses are praying and scavenging for an exit door to extricate themselves from this hellish and abysmal zone called Nigeria. It would be wise enough to let you know that if the door of Biafra is thrown open today by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for other ethnic groups not of Biafra origin to join, heaven will let loose.

You failed to put into consideration the negative effects of your economic and social considerations. To advice Biafrans in the north to stay put because of their investments in the north does not solve the problem in any way. Lives and investments, which one is more sacred and important? If they keep living in the North, they will always be killed by the northerners at the slightest provocation. You know that, although the Mangrove trees stays long in the river, it does not make it to belong to the crocodile’s kingdom, a foreigner will always remain a foreigner and so there is need for our people to return home now.
It is obviously clear that you allowed yourself to be ruled by the love of your political post when giving that address. Besides, an address to a handful group of people is not an address to the Biafrans. Self-determination is the key. Just as Mahatma Gandhi of Indian nation applied civil disobedience in his self-determination, so also we are doing. You were preaching to the converted by talking to the governors, Ohaneze and Igbo elders. It is simply no election in Biafra land. The silent majority will always prove IPOB right.


Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue


Publisher: Charles Opanwa

Biafra Times
Contact us: [email protected]

BIAFRA: OHANAEZE NDIGBO - A POLITICAL HAND GRENADE USED BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE BIAFRA RESTORATION PROJECT



By Eluwa Chidiebere | Biafra Writers

August 15, 2017

In life, every 'why' has a 'wherefore' (etiology); this implies that there is an explanation tracing everything/event in life. An explanation of why things are the way they are and why they came into existence. Explanation is the wheel of understanding and understanding determines one’s decision, and decisions channel one's actions to a particular direction. In essence, when you have a wrong understanding, you end up making a wrong decision which eventually leads to wrong actions in a wrong direction. This is why, when people are born, they understand and behave more like their parents, but before they die, their choices in life must have shaped their understanding and behaviour.

As a result, it is very essential in life to have a better understanding of the issues of life before taking action especially in the case of the name Ohanaeze-Ndigbo, the Igbo socio-cultural group. This is to save the wider world from Nigeria’s tricking nature, deceits and media hypes and also to make known to the world, the channels the Nigerian government has put in place to propagate these, because the world is too big for such nonsenses. The conducts of a handful group of people in Biafra land called Ohanaeze (organization of Igbo kings), that claimed to represent the Igbo tribe of Biafra, have called for a clarification of what and who they are in relation to Igbo culture.

After the Biafra-Nigeria war, a number of the Igbos in a mission to unify their people under one common umbrella body, gathered as a kind of patriotism to form an organizational assembly called Igbo National Assembly (INA). This was as a result of the high displacement of their people during the war and the oppression meted on them. This good group was later banned by the Nigerian Federal Military Government because they were speaking the minds of their people without fear. Then in 1976, another group under the control and manipulation of the Nigerian Government was created as Ohanaeze Ndigbo- a political hand grenade the Nigerian government is using to create more disunity, inflict injury amongst the tribes of Biafra. For Nigerian government to achieve this, they brought politics into the group to manipulate and dictate for them. Politics is a bone thrown to them by the Nigerian government for them to contest for in order to trick them into not thinking about their people and truly speaking, they are fighting over that bone like dogs. How can a group parading itself as the representative of all Igbo communities within and outside the country not have a website? This goes to bare their fraudulent nature.


The epileptic approach of Ohaneze-Ndigbo on the recent massacre of Biafrans at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Anambra, Biafra land, is not something that can be swept under the carpet or look at the other way. Just of late, defenseless Biafrans were observing a Sunday Mass when masked gunmen stormed the church and opened fire on them. Many were killed at the spot while a good number of them met their demise as the gunmen were having a shooting spree. News had it that 18 lives were lost and 50 were seriously injured, but the death toll is not yet accurate as Nigerian police came in immediately the gunmen left to dispose some dead bodies. Amidst of all these, the only thing Ohaneze could say is “it is an act on God’’. Who doesn’t know that it is an act on God? In Biafra land, never in history has it been recorded that a Biafran conducted a mass killing not to talk of in the church, never. The Oduduwa (Yoruba) people are also not known for such heinous acts. Haba! You can’t learn how to use the left hand at your old age. It is the Fulanis (northern Nigeria) - a race that has provided the world with Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen militia, that are capable of carrying out such heinous act. Ohaneze Ndigbo should call evil by its name and save the people you claim to be protecting.

Recall that on 10th July, 2017, in the Arewa Youth press release, Yerima Shettima, the National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), took to the media to say that they will bring war on Biafrans soon by saying, “We’ll take the fight to Nnamdi Kanu’s domain”. They have started with the Ozubulu massacre. The fact is that Ohaneze and the South-east governors are toothless bull dogs that cannot do anything to protect their own rather, based on issuing out calculated and manipulated statements in the media to cover up their cowardly nature. This conduct of Ohaneze-Ndigbo on this Ozubulu massacre I hope, will open the eyes of the Biafrans in the northern part of Nigeria to know that those (Ohaneze-Ndigbo) telling you that the situation (The Quit Notice) has been arrested and that everybody should go about their normal businesses, are leading you astray. Is there any army called Ohaneze Army or South-east Governors Army that will give you protection? No. The security in Nigeria is centralized. Have hope on Ohaneze and be killed. Ohaneze telling you to stay is just to protect their political interests so as to maintain their continued flow of money from the Nigerian Government.
From all practical purposes, Ohanaeze to the people they claim to be representing is a fiefdom of old hungry-stricken and opportunists, fighting tooth and nail for political relevance and contracts. Since the blastoff of this group of cabals, there have been cases of unresolved crises within them. This is due to the quest to hang on to power among them. Inner fighting most especially for relevant posts, has been the order of the day for them. Who voted them in is a very good question to ask. The people they claim to be representing never voted them in. How can you say you are representing me when I have not given you the license to do so? Their mission is not far-fetched, they are the Trojan horse of Nigerian government over Biafrans.

When their children were fallen by the bullets of the Nigerian murderous army, they desperately lose their voices when its services were highly needed. They stood still, watching the pillaging of their own. Haba! These are kleptomania citizens who have been given a feathered-bed by Nigerian government to help destroy their own people. After all their obnoxious and dishonourable statements against their people in the social media, they have continued partying around with the killers of their own people. You do not need a mirror to know the quality of that which is worn by the hand; Ohanaeze is a hub of villains. They are going for restructuring because they want to harvest political gains out of the efforts of IPOB whose leader is Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Biafrans are not on the same page with you people.

Now they have been disgraced out of restructuring. Whether you like it or not, the north determines what happens in Nigeria because they have more representatives more than the other constituencies. I hope this restructuring saga will drive the final death knell into the stupidity of the one Nigerianists. What is needed in Nigeria is Self-Restructuring (self-teaching). Let it be dawn on us that we were never meant to live together. Nigeria is a historical accident, made possible due to British desperateness to strengthen their own economy. We cannot be living by the outcome (Nigeria) of British move to better their own lives.

It is time for Ohaneze to stop whiling away in politics and buckle down with the precious son (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu) Chukwu Okike Abiama has blessed them with, to protect their people. Ohaneze should ask themselves why anytime mass death issues arise in Nigeria, it is always on their people. Your people are angry and tired of your barbaric political conducts. Ohanaeze should be made to understand that there is safety in huge number and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has the backing of all the Biafrans not only the Igbo speaking Biafrans. Advice yourselves because, he who thinks he is leading and has no one following him, is only taking a walk. A tree cannot make a forest. The earlier, the better.

Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Published By Charles Opanwa

Biafra Times
Contact us: [email protected]

Monday, 14 August 2017

BIAFRA: GOV. DAVE UMAHI SUMMONS UBURU COMMUNITY, PAYS THEM TO BOYCOTT BIAFRA ACTIVITIES













By Akubumma Princewill || For Biafra Writers

August 14, 2017

EBONYI— The Uburu community in Ohaozara is a town where most of the political giants like the current serving Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the sitting governor, Dave Nweze Umahi hails from alongside numerous political office holders.
It is a large autonomous community with forteen villages and numerous kindreds. It is the source from which Ebonyi state was nicknamed "SALT OF THE NATION". This is because of the salt lake which was located at the middle of the city referred as the 'Mmahi' by the locals.

But unfortunately, these political jobbers who hailed from this naturally endowed community were hellbent on pleasing their Hausa/Fulani paymasters and political associates at the expense of the freedom of their own people through their rigorous campaigns for one indivisible Nigeria, mainly because of their selfish-centeredness.

Recently, the attention of the Biafra Writers team was drawn to the mischievous activities of the Ebonyi state governor towards the Biafra restoration struggle, who vowed that he will not tolerate any IPOB activities in his state, especially at Uburu his hometown and ever since, has been working tirelessly to making sure he kept to that promise in order to please his slave masters.

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A recent report sent to our news desk from a very reliable source, disclosed that on Thursday, August 10, 2017, the governor, Dave Umahi, summoned representatives from all the forteen villages in Uburu at the Community Secondary School, formerly known as Central Primary School, Uburu and encouraged the people to do all they could to prevent the coming of Biafra so that he could be able to finish his second term in office come 2019.

According to the report, Governor Umahi, promised Uburu people that he will continue to be nice and kind to them only if they stick to the conditions of not belonging to any Biafra freedom fighting group especially IPOB. He distributed some monetary gift to the tune of 200,000 naira each to the people of the forteen villages and also to the youths of the villages, promising to do more if they would abide by the rules and conditions.

According to the lady who does not want her name on print, she revealed that a lot of prayers was also conducted at the venue which was solely directed against the emergence of Biafra as a sovereign nation which the governor vowed to never allow to take place under his watch.
The report also said that Dave Umahi also warned that he would treat any IPOB member caught in the community as a common criminal to teach others some lessons.

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In another separate phone interview granted to Biafra Writers correspondent by another member of the community who craves anonymity, stated bitterly of the ordeals facing the members of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Uburu community at the hands of the state governor.

Excerpts:
Biafra Writers: Good evening Sir,

"Shalom to you my brother and good evening"

BW: Please may I know you?

"My brother my name is not important here, I am just an IPOB member and a Biafran, no offences please"

BW: It is okay, I understand. So, how does being a member of IPOB feels like in Uburu?

"My brother, it feels like hell down here! That we are constantly being disturbed during our family meetings by the governor's security agents is not only the problem, the real problem here is that our communities are under occupation by Fulani herdsmen who are living comfortably in all the bushes around and on our farmlands. Every day, they are seen going about their businesses with a kind of boldness that could make someone to wonder what is the source of this courage of theirs"

BW: Was the governor aware of this, I mean the heavy presence of these herdsmen as you complained?

"Yes of course, it is the governor who gave them the impetus that they are free to rear their cattle anywhere they so choose as far as the community is concerned and promised to give them protection always"

BW: Has there been any record of violent rampage caused in the community by these herdsmen?

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"There was none, in our own community, but in Onicha community, some youths has dug up some weapons buried in the bush underground at someone's farmland so you never can tell what they may have in their coffers because of the way they are going about with these dangerous weapons which they are always seen moving freely with in every nook and cranny of our communities, their wives even do businesses here, they always go to our local markets selling stuff"

BW: So you mean they are going about with dangerous weapons, what kind of weapons do they always carry?

"When you meet them in the bushes where we do our farming, they will be brandishing Ak47 rifles and other short guns but when they want to come out of the bush to probably buy something in the village, they will hide the guns and come out with daggers and matchets only"
"Please we are on our kness begging our Supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to plan to visit Uburu community in order to liberate our people who are living in fear of the governor and his friends the Fulani herdsmen" he concluded.

Recall that this very report comes barely a week after the IPOB through the Biafra Writers Forum warned the Ebonyi state governor to steer clear from the activities of the Indigenous people of Biafra in the state especially at Uburu community which he seemed to have grown deef ears to those warning thinking he was dealing with mere noise makers and jobless youths as they always refer to the IPOB members but forgetting that Biafra is a spirit that he cannot succeed.
An Igbo adage says that an Ofeke enjoys the Egede dance but little did he know that Egede dance is the dance of the spirits. He who has ears let him hear!

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Any man who fails to dig out the precedents that lead to his father's death, may also be killed by the evil hands that killed his father.
We advice that Governor Dave Umahi should ask questions from other state governors and other politicians who has in the past fought against Biafra in order to advice himself correctly afterwards. A word is enough for the wise.


Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah

BIAFRA: PUNCH NEWSPAPER AND THE PRACTICE OF ARMCHAIR JOURNALISM




















By Ejike Ofoegbu || For Biafra Writers

August 14, 2017

Punch Newspaper have been repeatedly found guilty of carrying out an armchair journalism and the inability to go out and interview sources. Because of deadlines and the increasing amount of information they are always bombarded with, Punch frequently rely on the internet and the phone to compile their articles.

Recently, the Punch Newspaper, promoted a huge lie in their reporting that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's successful rally in Owerri, Imo State, was disrupted and opposed by some nonexistent youth, a claim which even did not take place which left us but to wonder where and when all these lies emanated from.

It is quite unfortunate that the newspaper has drifted so low to spreading lies and propaganda of which would not benefit anyone.

Another easy starting point for Punch is to take what has been reported previously as their background information. This is crippling the industry as it prompts journalists to ‘thumb suck’ stories, especially if they are relying on information sourced from social networking sites.

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In a nutshell, Punch newspaper prefer ‘armchair journalism’ because it is not easy to go out and cover a story in the field, where one needs strong cross-platform journalistic skills in order to interview, report back, write, edit, blog about and record your own work. Some newsrooms save on the costs of travelling to cover stories, where journalists write a story depending on the opinions of others who were are the scene or based on hearsay from people who may not be present at the scene of the event.

“I think the problem is that most journalists now want to tell us information that they have gathered from someone else. How can you comment about a soccer game when you only saw highlights of it, to people who saw the full 90 minutes of the game? Armchair journalism is killing the industry and those participating in it are destroying their credibility.

“I think that armchair journalism which Punch newspaper is practicing can cripple one’s career as it promotes laziness and the inability to think on your feet. Cross-platform journalism is not as tough as most people make it out to be, in the field you need to arm yourself with background information so that you know what is happening and you will be in the position to ask the right questions. I think most punch newspaper find it hard to be their own critics and in most cases, they are subjective and forget their target audience," a social commentator says.

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Finally Punch newspaper should know this, going to a story and covering the event, taking pictures and interacting with the people at the story really helps the reporter to put in the element of ‘real’ towards the story and it becomes more believable and boosts your credibility to write a story unlike it being unrealistic and based only on press releases.


Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah

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