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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Has ICC President Chile Eboe-Osuji Sold his Birthright?

By Johnbosco Udonwa | For Biafra Writers

July 17, 2018

These are curious times. International Criminal Court (ICC) has received nothing less than 131 petitions against Rtd. General Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian President and his government but the court has never interviewed Buhari on the issues, or seem to have kicked off any investigations.

Instead, the world was shocked that ICC President, Chile Eboe-Osuji, invited Buhari to give a keynote address at the ICC 20th Anniversary celebration at The Hague, today, July 17, 2018.
Since he became President of the court early this year, Chile Eboe-Osuji, have surprised many people with his actions about Nigeria. He surprised not a few when he visited Nigeria in April 10-13, 2018. There he called on Nigerian government, headed by Buhari, to give support to fight impunity in the world, especially in Africa. Many people were surprised because Buhari, the Nigeria ruler, has himself been impunity personified.

How could the situation be reconciled with Eboh-Osuji’s declaration during the visit that victims of injustice were at the heart of the Court’s mandate? He explained that the aim was to provide justice to those who have suffered the worst atrocities, as well as protect populations from future crimes.
Meanwhile, this man could not in any way claim not to be aware of Buhari’s atrocities before and after he was rigged into office by President Barack Obama in 2015.

There is no way Eboe-Osuji could convince anyone that he was ignorant of the evils Buhari has unleashed on Biafrans, after all, he hails from there. Is he saying he does not know of Buhari’s pathological hatred for Biafrans? It will be most appalling if the ICC President claims he had taken these actions because he was ignorant of the huge petitions by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), and others from various rights group had sent to the court.

The ICC was petitioned last year to investigate the alleged killings, torture and human rights abuses of IPOB members by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, even as we wait endlessly for their response, Buhari’s ethnic militants, the Fulani herdsmen, are busy killing Christians in the middle-belt as part of his Islamization agenda till date the perpetrators of this crime against humanity are yet to be brought to book.

But in spite of these, ICC under Eboh-Osuji invited Rtd. General Muhammadu Buhari to give a keynote address in a prominent activity at ICC 20th Anniversary celebration. This is why the question on the lips of many people today is: “Has Eboh-Osuji sold his birthright?

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

IPOB slam the chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) for senseless statement

IPOB Press Release

July 14, 2018|The Biafra Times

We understand the so-called chairman of the quasi terror outfit Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has directed the Fulani controlled Nigerian Police to, in his words "go after IPOB" for warning terror herdsmen to shelve the idea of ranching anywhere in Biafraland. It is now clear there is  widespread disappointment on the part of the northern ruling class towards IPOB’s anti-ranching statement. That is the only reason why Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo governors were pressured to ban IPOB  activities in the first place, to allow for the unchallenged invasion of Igboland by Fulani terror herdsmen.

Perhaps MACBAN did not count on IPOB meeting with Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo leaders to resolve lingering issues between them. It is now obvious that had IPOB not accepted the invitation of prominent Igbo leaders to forgive and dialogue with Ohaneze Ndigbo, both Enugu and Ebonyi states would have come under attack by now.

It is our considered opinion and we believe that of the rest of humanity that every man and beast associated with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association should be pursued by security agencies, apprehended and made to face the law. MACBAN has made itself the mouthpiece of a terror group, the Fulani terror herdsmen, whose dastardly acts and genocidal ethnic cleansing is responsible for thousands of deaths across the Middle Belt.

MACBAN should concern itself with the barbaric conquest and takeover of towns and villages in the Middle Belt which they seems to have largely accomplished. Our homeland Biafra cannot be used for ranching. Not now, not ever. Should the army and police wish to aid their fellow Fulani terrorists to launch an invasion of our land, the world will live to regret it. We maintain that 1967 is not and can never be 2018.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Exposed: Reason political office holders engage in massive stealing and re-looting of public funds in Buhari’s government

By Johnbosco Udonwa | For Biafra Writers

July 11, 2018

Various reasons have emerged for the current massive stealing going on in the Nigerian government under the very watch of the self-acclaimed anti-corruption crusader, President Muhammadu Buhari. Biafrans who spoke to our journalists on the issue, explained that it was nothing new, but a usual practice in Nigeria during every approaching election year.

People believed that the massive stealing and re-looting of stolen funds in government under Buhari upped in the last few weeks as a result of two recent news reports. The first was news of the padding of the country’s 2018 budget by the government to the tune of N30 billion.

While the people were still chewing on the budget-padding controversy which has become a norm in this administration, it was then announced by the government that it was going to share the Sani Abacha loot worth up to $322 million to ordinary Nigerians. In fact, the latest from the government was that they had started transferring the funds to poor homes through their bank accounts. Then you would ask “how many poor homes in the expired country have bank accounts?”

More questions are being asked. How can a country which could not provide electricity to the populace; which could not share infrastructures equitably to all parts of the country; which could not even equitably share government appointments, be able to share money among Nigerians?

READ ALSO: Further Clarifications Surrounding Our Dialogue with Ohaneze Ndigbo - IPOB

From where will a country, which its policemen, sent to combat terrorist Boko Haram insurgents, are blocking roads and protesting the non-payment of their salaries/allowances in Borno State, suddenly find out a means to pay 322 million dollars to private citizens.

Biafrans who contributed to the discussion explained that looted public funds as is the case with the budget-padding, or the re-looted funds as is the case with the Abacha loot, were always used for bribery purposes. They explained further that such stolen funds were used to bribe compromised and integrity-challenged elements and institutions. Among such are Christian leaders and pastors; Muslim leaders and imams; so-called traditional rulers; electoral commission officials; journalists; opinion molders; and several others.

John Okafor (not his real name), a journalist in Anambra State, said bribery is usually the first line of consideration for incumbents who always use their position to divert and embezzle public funds. After bribery, he added, is the murder of those who chose to follow their consciences; refusing to compromise their position.
He said: “Remember the INEC official in Kano state, whose house and entire household were burnt down and obliterated from the face of the earth?” And added: “That was a man who refused to endorse the lie called election result in the state”.

What happened was that Mikaila Abdullahi; his wife (Zulaila); and his two daughters (Aisha and Asmau), were consumed to death in a mystery inferno at their home, described by neighbours as strange. The Police Commissioner of the state, Ibrahim Idris, was eventually promoted to the position of Inspector General of Police (IGP) by Buhari. He was promoted above more than 12 of his seniors, who were arbitrarily retired forcefully. It was a promotion seen by all as reward for his actions in the rigged election that produced Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president.

To buttress this claim, in Mauritania few days ago, Buhari was seen campaigning for foreign countries to return looted funds to Africa. Possibly, those he was with did not understand. But the fact is: the looted Abacha fund he is now re-looting for the purpose of bribing his way during next year’s election, he wants more he can re-loot.

Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
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Further Clarifications Surrounding Our Dialogue with Ohaneze Ndigbo - IPOB

The Biafra Times | July 11, 2018

By Charles Opanwa

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has given further clarification on the much talked about peace parley with the apex Igbo group Ohaneze Ndigbo.

According to Comrade Emma Powerful, Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB in a press statement released by the group, he stated, “The meeting between Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), selected Igbo elders and Ohaneze Ndigbo is the first of many such meetings that will be held within the next two months to map out and agree an unambiguously strategic approach to the myriad of problems afflicting our people”.

“Our expectation is that at the end of the process, all thorny issues regarding the role certain individuals and groups played in the instigation of the murderous Operation Python Dance II will be adequately ventilated and addressed”. 

He said: Other major issues such as the illegal proscription of IPOB and terrorist tag dominated the deliberations, those that hastily banned IPOB activities in the South East that precipitated the illegal moved by the  Federal Government to proscribe IPOB has been given between now and the next meeting to do the needful.

“It is our conviction that it is immoral and makes a mockery of natural justice for peaceful, non-violent IPOB to be hamstrung in its efforts to checkmate Fulani terrorists by a ban imposed by the same South East governors whose states are under siege”.

Mr. Powerful also said “The fate of Biafra leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his father, HRM Eze Sir Israel Okwu Kanu, the Egwu-Ukwu 2 of Afaraukwu and his mother Ugoeze Sally N. Kanu were also tabled”. We are confident that at the next meeting a lot of satisfactory answers will be provided to enable IPOB to close this sad chapter in our history.

“For reasons bothering on integrity and confidentiality, we are not at liberty to delve into the minutiae of what transpired at the meeting or to disclose the identity of those that attended”.

Mr. Powerful went further and reinstated that IPOB is the largest mass movement in the world with an impeccable global reputation and are not in the business of public disclosure of confidential exchanges regardless of pressure or temptation.

“At this present time, we are engaged in sensitive discussions with institutions, governments and agencies around the world. They need to be reassured that under no circumstances will any aspect of our deliberations be divulged to a third party or made public without their prior consent and approval. The same principle applies in our meetings with Igbo leaders until a joint final communiqué is issued”.

“Our ongoing dialogue with Igbo leaders and Ohaneze Ndigbo has come at a very critical stage when the might of IPOB is required to address common security challenges. IPOB would not like to be seen as exerting undue pressure on those involved in making difficult life-changing decisions that will undoubtedly determine the success or failure of the parley”

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Fulfilment of Nnamdi Kanu's Prophesies and the bloody disintegration of Nigeria


July 10, 2018

We the worldwide family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) note with sadness and grave concern the impending catastrophic end to Nigeria unless our leader and prophet of our time Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released from military detention and IPOB allowed to conduct its referendum in peace.

It should be noted that when Buhari was crying his eyes out and agonizing over whether  to run for presidency for the umpteenth time; at a time when grazing reserves and cattle ranching had not even entered the lexicon of political discourse in Nigeria, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu via Radio Biafra broadcasting from London foretold what is to befall Nigeria.

To put the frightening accuracy of his prophetic pronouncements in perspective, here are some of them.

As they campaign vigorously for elections, you would think, they are coming to grow the economy, enthrone justice, breed unity and tolerance, love for one another.No! they are coming to enthrone Hausa/Fulani supremacy, to reposition the security agencies by sacking all competent hands and replace them with their kinsmen in order to drive their ethnic domination of the south." 6 February 2014

The Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impurity and their masters will protect them. They are coming to ensure that my people are enslaved forever. Those who do not, believe me, will soon see it happen before their eyes.“ 6 February 2014

The Fulani will take over the entire south as a continuation of their age-long agenda to Islamise Eastern Nigeria. They will brazenly seize our land in pretence of creating grazing fields for the Fulani. Then the conquest will be complete, we will become their slaves forever.” 12 October 2014

When IPOB came with their message of freedom and hope, some people, probably misguided by Fulani sponsored propaganda against Biafra due to their dependency on oil and gas, came up with the narrative that IPOB is preaching hate and will cause another civil war. What those that bought into the Aso Rock lies never knew was that war had already been declared by marauding Fulani terrorists under the false cover of herdsmen/farmer clash. This blatant misrepresentation is still being propagated by BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and their likes, hence the lack of urgency from the international community in tackling the menace.

Fulani feudal lords are not remotely worried over their open declaration and execution of a deadly covert war on the people of Middle Belt and the rest of Southern Nigeria. Whereas the likes of Ango Abdullahi, Hamza Al-Mustafa and other Northern leaders were busy castigating IPOB and calling for military action against our leader for exposing the wickedness at the heart of governance in Nigeria, they have since gone silent on the carnage their herdsmen have unleashed on innocent populations.
The scriptures told us that a prophet is not recognized in his own country. That certainly is true of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu because, despite his warnings, which fell on deaf ears, they accused him of planning to plunge Nigeria into war as justification for the deadly invasion of his home. What happened during the time of Noah is unfolding before our eyes. When he was building the ark, they called him all sorts of names until out of ignorance they perished in the flood that came.  This same fate shall befall all Nigerians unless Nnamdi Kanu is released from military detention to lead the people to freedom and safety. Without this happening, any and every attempt to stem the tide and speed of Fulani murderous invasion will be futile.

Fulani herdsmen are committing state-sponsored genocide in broad daylight in full view of the entire security machinery of Nigeria. This became possible because all security agencies are headed by Fulani men. Their stated mission is to conquer all parts of Nigeria exactly as our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu prophesied. Operation Python Dance II was the forerunner to Fulani invasion of the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. Without the military invasion Isiama Afaraukwu, Fulani terror herdsmen would never have dared launch their genocidal onslaught.

Only IPOB can save those that wish to be saved before it's too late. Fulani terrorists have made Benue communities organise countless mass burials. They have walked into a Church- yes, walked straight onto a holy altar, dragged two Catholic priests celebrating mass along with 17 faithfuls and butchered them to death. Rome and Canterbury are still silent, instead, we are told that Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Welby is a close friend to Buhari.

Shame on all those that conspired against the anointed one because had he been around, Fulani terrorists would not have dreamt of attacking with such impunity and ferocity. Only Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB can save the people.


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Monday, 9 July 2018

Group ask Buhari to call 'extortionist' police officers in S-East to order

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor, |The Biafra Times

July 9, 2018 

ENUGU— Angered by the recent surge in illegal extortion of citizens by some policemen in the Southeast, a civil rights pressure group, Concerned Enugu Citizens, CEC, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to order for an abrupt end in the nefarious activities of the Force men.

Speaking on Monday at the NUJ Press Centre in Enugu, the group said it has become worrisome and regrettable that some police officers charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties of citizens, has turned the Southeast geopolitical zone to an “extortion ground.”

The group who called on the president to prevail on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to caution and checkmate the activities of the security operatives, lamented that the number of checkpoints created in the zone surpassed that of other regions in the country which has caused a lot of bottlenecks against business activities in the zone.

“It is important to have security patrols and control points in the Southeast but to turn the zone to an Extortion ground is unacceptable.

“A lot of military and police checkpoints in the south east are purely mounted to extort poor Southeasterners. We see these officers harass and abuse Igbo people simply for money; a thing they cannot try in many other places in the country. That is dehumanizing and it gives bad impression to people of the Southeast.

“As Senator Mao Ohuabunwa said on the floor of the Senate, every 300 metre you drive, you will see these guys(policemen) only busy collecting money and abusing people who refuses to give them money. This is not hearsay, we have witnessed it on several occasions and the tempo is increasing and that is not good.

“To make matters worse, these guy comes out in the morning and towards late evenings to do their business and then return back to their bases. It is simply about the money. When you drive through these checkpoints at midnight, when their presence will be much needed you don't get to see them. Kidnappers and all manner of  criminals use the night to conduct their activities and these officers come in the day to extort people and create bottlenecks for businesses. That is unacceptable.

“As much as their presence is needed in the Southeast, they should be told clearly what they are sent there to do. They need to improve their intelligence gathering and stop the ongoing embarrassment on south eastern roads.

“Our people are beginning to think that this is part of federal government agenda to intimidate Ndigbo. Please Mr President mandate Inspector General of Nigerian Police to remedy this situation immediately,” CEC stated.

Also speaking, John Chukwunyere, a constant road user/traveler in his calculations, said the number of security checkpoints in the Southeast region surpassed those obtainable in the North.

“I often drive from Umuahia to Abuja and back. I have counted the number of road blocks and all manner of security checks  between Abuja and Enugu and then between Enugu and Umuahia.

“Here is the result on two occasions: Abuja to Enugu: 7 and 7, Enugu to Umuahia 33 and 43.

“You will not even find such controls in volatile areas like Benue. Use your tongue to count your teeth.”

The Biafra Times 
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah 

Over 50 fishing settlements destroyed by oil spill in Bayelsa community - OGPAEEI

...Community, in dire need of potable water, food and medical aid

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor, The Biafra Times

July 9, 2018

BAYELSA - The Oil and Gas Producing Areas Enlightenment and Empowerment Initiative (OGPAEEI), a non-governmental organization, NGO, in Bayelsa state, has said that over 50 fishing settlements have been destroyed by the recent oil spill in Aghoro 1 and 2 communities.

Aghoro is hosting an oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state.

According to sources, the Aghoro 1 and 2 settlements were affected by a spillage from SPDC pipeline network in the area on May 17 this year.

Dr Anapunere Awoli, spokesman of the NGO, told our correspondent in Yenagoa on Friday that about 10,000 fishing nets, sources of water and farmland with crops were also adversely impacted and damaged.

Awoli, who spoke on behalf of the President of the group, Mr Jackson Igbabiri, said the most affected communities were those in Aghoro 1, including Famous Ama, Garden of Eden, Aya Ama, Azatitor and Birigbene among others.

READ ALSO: Editorial: Herdsmen Killings: Cows, More Valuable Than Humans In Nigeria

“From the assessment, we conducted on the incident, we found out that about 10,000 fishing nets, over 50 fishing settlements, farmlands including coconut farms, plantain and water yam farms were impacted by the spill.

“Some of the fishing settlements in the area are Amasese, Idolo, Semetiegbe, Yoba, Agoloudu, Ama Iyorodtugbene, and Isun Adofeye camp, among others.

“We are calling on SPDC to urgently provide alternative sources of water like borehole for the people; the people are also in dire need of medical aid and food items; the situation can lead to public health challenges if not taken care of.

“Let me once again commend the state government officials for their visit to the affected communities; it is very encouraging that the state government is sensitive to the plight of the victims; the show of empathy is plausible,” the spokesman said.

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It could be recalled that the Bayelsa Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Gboribiogha Jonah, had visited the impacted sites and enjoined Shell to apply standard practice to avert a recurrence.

In a separate interview, His Majesty, King Enimikem Famous, the traditional ruler of Famous Ama Community in Aghoro, described the incident as “unfortunate” and urged the Federal Government, Shell and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid.

Famous expressed dissatisfaction over the suffering of his people due to oil spillages, adding that the adverse effects on human health were worrisome.

“We have suffered too much of spills; our people have suffered from several illnesses such as cholera, severe cough and infertility caused by the type of water we consume,” he said.

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