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BIAFRA: IPOB PRESS INTERVIEW; WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL NIGERIA CEASES TO EXIST - EMMA POWERFUL


IPOB Press Interview | Published By The Biafra Times 

June 14, 2018


The publicity secretary of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emma Powerful grants a press interview to men of the press. He touches on different issues relating to the unredeemable breaking state of Nigeria, the posthumous award to Late MKO Abiola, 2019 general elections, the disappearance of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, proscribing the group, referendum and total collapse of Nigeria and other issues.
Read the full transcript of the interview and the mind-blowing response from Mr. Powerful

1) The Nigerian federal govt recently gave an award typically reserved for only ex-president to Late MKO Abiola - and then declared June 12 as democracy day. How do you view this? Would you demand he makes May 30th, Biafra Day?

Answer:
Yorubas are learned, cosmopolitan and urbane. Surely they have enough intelligent people in their ranks to understand the damaging effect these periodic politically motivated inducements from the North can be in the long run. Unless Yorubas are driven by political expediency which we doubt, then this gesture from 'Buhari' s too little, too late.

This present confusion, which is the only way to describe the apparently unsolicited magnanimity from Buhari's handlers, was exactly what obtained when in exchange for the empty title of APC National Leader and few ministerial appointments, Yorubas returned into power what will go down as the worst regime in living memory. That mere posthumous elevation of Abiola to a GCFR is sufficient to erase the horrors this Buhari regime inflicted on the masses is laughable because well-meaning Yoruba people will not buy into it. If they do, it will speak volumes about their political priorities in Nigeria. They will be seen as pursuing a purely parochial agenda of self-preservation at the expense of the collective well being of all ethnicities in Nigeria. It will be contrary to everything their Ibadan Declaration in 2017 stood for.

2) IPOB had earlier promised that 2019 general elections would not hold in Biafra land. Is IPOB still standing on the promise?

Answer:
The simple answer is yes! The boycott of Anambra governorship elections in November 2017 was a test run. We now have a better understanding of how they react to election boycott threats, what tools they deploy including falsification of voter figures, and how they deploy it through INEC to fool the masses.

We are equally more aware of their media strategies and how they managed to dish out misleading and false information about voter turn out figures to the media. Having learnt a great deal of their strategies, our approach has been refined to make sure we mitigate such moves next year. That is why we are ecstatic that presidential election will come first. On that day the world will witness a new level of compliance from Biafrans because the election will be turned into a referendum, it will not hold.

We shall continue to boycott elections in Biafraland regardless of the consequences until we get a date for our referendum which will ultimately ascertain what we Biafrans want. Power belongs to the people, not a few educationally challenged Fulani men remote controlled by neo-colonialist interests hell-bent on the perpetuation of the unworkable status quo in Nigeria. Our people (Biafrans) must decide what they want, not these Arewa slaves we have in Ohanaeze Ndigbo and government houses in the East parading themselves as leaders when clearly they are not.

3) Since the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, the activities of the IPOB seem to have suffered setback. Why has the IPOB not selected a replacement for Nnamdi Kanu?

Answer:
I don't know where you got this widely touted but misleading and erroneous impression from that IPOB suffered a setback as a result of the arrest and possible assassination of our leader. Are you not aware of our activities in Lagos, Enugu and Awka where IPOB effectively brought the reign of Hausa Fulani appointed Arewa slaves in Ohaneze Ndigbo to an end? The humiliation Ohaneze Ndigbo suffered at those events means that politics as usual in the East has come to a permanent end. Selling the interest of the masses in return for political appointments and contracts for family members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership has ended.

Our resoundingly successful sit at home order is another reminder that even in the absence of our leader, IPOB remains as indomitable as ever. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu tutored us for years on Radio Biafra on the need to be resilient regardless of the enormity of the odds against us. It's a lesson that have stood us in good stead in his absence. IPOB was designed and engineered from inception to be an indestructible fighting machine. Efforts will be made to pull her down, criminals with the help of DSS and Ohanaeze will float alternative ideas including Biafra Coalition all in a bid to weaken IPOB but will fail.

We learnt from the mistakes of the past, so we structured the Movement in such a way that we are driven by the supremacy of our ideology anchored on the doctrine of the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not mere presence of anybody.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu our leader is irreplaceable. Let us be honest with ourselves, who can do what he has done? Name one person you think has his personality, education, charisma, oratory, the gift of prophecy, integrity, bravery, organizational prowess and sense of sacrifice. Who in Igboland or entire East will sacrifice his wife, children, father mother and wider family for the sake of liberating his people the way he has done? People talk, issue press statements, hold colloquiums and disappear.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu rejected billions of dollars, shunned oil wells, said no political appointments and insisted on freedom for his people even as Nigerian soldiers were coming to kill him and his parents. Who else can do that? Can you as a journalist think of anybody who can do that? Give me the name of one person who can do what Nnamdi Kanu has done in this day and age anywhere in Nigeria without government backing. You see, there is none like him. Chaffs will come and go but Nnamdi Kanu’s legacy shall remain for eternity.

Why do you think Ohaneze Ndigbo, Igbo governors especially Dave Umahi, Willie Obiano and Okezie Ikpeazu want Nnamdi Kanu dead, even more than the Fulani cabal in Aso Rock he is fighting? His Afaraukwu community where his father is the traditional ruler is under siege surrounded by Fulani soldiers at the invitation of Okezie Ikpeazu and Ohaneze Ndigbo because he refused to compromise his position on Biafra. Now Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo governors have failed, did they not rally a group of hardened saboteurs and pro-money agitators in the name of Biafra Coalition to destroy the unity, sense of purpose and direction Kanu brought to the struggle for Biafra emancipation? But they have failed already. Biafrans know they have only one leader and that is Nnamdi Kanu.

Nobody replaced Nelson Mandela in all his years in captivity so nobody will replace Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB deputy leader Uche Mefor and IPOB Directorate of State headed by Mazi Chika Edoziem is doing marvellously well. They will continue to enjoy the support of IPOB worldwide and friends of Biafra until Biafra is restored.

4) Is Radio Biafra still operational? How about the Hausa service?

Answer:
Radio Biafra is ever operational on FM, AM, Satellite and TV. All efforts to jam our signal, buy up our contracts with service providers, detain innocent Biafrans on the pretext that they provided technical assistance to Radio Biafra has never stopped our work or slowed us down. Radio Biafra will announce the rebirth of Biafra and until that happens, it will continue to be operational.
The Hausa Service of Radio Nigeria on shortwave sponsored by IPOB is also fully operational and winning many converts on a daily basis. We continue to record high levels of listenership. For the first time in decades, ordinary northerners are being educated on the reality of the totalitarian tendencies of this Buhari regime. Protests against Buhari's government is springing up all over the north thanks to our Hausa Service enlightenment programs.
There are changes happening all over the north and we hope over time that these will manifest in the overthrow of existing Fulani feudal lords especially in Hausa towns and villages.


5) Many of IPOB remain incarcerated in many detention centers across the country. What efforts are leaders of IPOB making to get their freedom?

Answer:

Our legal team is the very best money can buy. No expense is spared in securing the finest legal services for our people who I must add are detained illegally. We have managed to secure the release of many of them and will not relent until all are set free.

We have initiated lawsuits in international courts in three continents and hope to bring many more in the coming days. Nigeria will never have rest or peace of mind as long as there is an IPOB family member in their custody.

Every victim of illegal detention has a lawyer and a dedicated IPOB legal team at their disposal. Families of detainees are provided for, where the person incarcerated in the breadwinner of the family. We don't abandon our own.

6) The banning of IPOB by the federal govt seems to have been effective in truncating the activities of IPOB, are there any moves to unban the IPOB?

Answer:
There is an impression we must correct with this issue of banning, proscription and terrorism tag. It was Nnia Nwodo’s Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South East governors that came up with the initial idea to kill and tag IPOB a terrorist organisation before their Fulani masters adopted and perfected it. These so-called Igbo leaders are the people that should held primarily responsible for the banning of IPOB, killings and subsequent betrayal of Nnamdi Kanu.

Contrary to popular expectations amongst Igbo leaders and their Fulani masters, what the banning of IPOB did was to bring much needed international awareness to our movement because natural human curiosity led many people and governments all over the world to enquire about this new terrorist group in Nigeria. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that it was the government itself and their beloved Fulani herdsmen that are the actual terrorists.

As you know we are in court challenging the obnoxious, illegal, dictatorial and undemocratic proscription of IPOB. It is the government that is running from their own courts. We are prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court and beyond until the politically motivated tag of a terror group is removed.

7) Are any groups from the South-south and Southeast helping in reversing the ban?

Answer:
There is nothing like South-South and South East when it comes to our agitation for Biafra. We have only one East, one IPOB, one Biafra. South-South is an anomaly because there is no geographical cardinal point known as South-South, the same way there is nothing like North North or West West. Anybody referring to coastal Biafrans as South-South is only perpetuating widespread ignorance.

IPOB is a mass movement of the people of Biafra. Help is coming from everywhere around Biafraland and beyond. IPOB national coordinator in Biafraland is an Ijaw man, his deputy is Ibibio. They run the day to day affairs of IPOB, that is why anybody referring to IPOB as an Igbo group is either deluded or being deliberately mischievous.

8 )  Some say Nnamdi Kanu is hiding somewhere in the Niger Delta. Some say he is outside the country. Some say he is with the military. Where is he?

Answer:
Only Ohaneze Ndigbo, South East governors and Nigerian Army can tell us where they are keeping our leader or what they have done with his body. Those that conspired to bring Operation Python Dance should be in a better position to answer these questions.

The bullet holes in his home, the dead bodies of 28 people massacred in cold blood on the orders of Igbo leaders and executed by Buratai's men is a pointer to where any question pertaining to the whereabouts of our leader should be directed. What we are still trying to ascertain is if Britain was informed before the deadly invasion was carried out because they are the godfather of the Arewa North and Nnamdi Kanu a British citizen.

Idle speculation about possible sightings of our leader in weird and sometimes wonderful places is a mere distraction. Nigerian Army, Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors must account for him at the right time.

9) What is next for IPOB?

Answer:

Referendum and total collapse of Nigeria. We are not going to stop until Nigeria ceases to exist. If oil and gas revenue is their problem then arrangements can be reached to share the proceeds with the North and West under a binding and internationally supervised treaty. What we want is our freedom nothing more. Oil and gas is for lazy, ignorant people like Arewa Consultative Forum to depend on. We Biafrans are neither lazy nor ignorant so we view oil and gas deposits in our land as a distraction and a curse because without it the British would not have insisted on one Nigeria after independence.
If oil and gas wells were to run dry today, that will be the best gift from Almighty God because only then can neo-colonial oil and gas industrial complex leave us alone to become a free people.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

June 12: Yoruba must reject the greek gift from the caliphate and insist on their Ibadan declaration - IPOB


June 11, 2018

IPOB Press Statement 
It appears there is no length the present 'Buhari' administration will not go in its futile quest to counter IPOB agitation for a sovereign independent nation of Biafra. After another resoundingly successful 30th of May sit at home order from IPOB, it came to us as no surprise when Arewa north moved to pacify the Yorubas by declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day. Since it has clearly dawned on them that IPOB is the authentic voice of the people of the East, thereby rendering their slaves in Ohaneze Ndigbo and governors lodges in the South East  impotent, their next best move is to gain the confidence of the West in order to checkmate the rising influence of those that have come to forge an alliance strong enough to rattle the status quo.

Our successful sit at home order in 2017 prompted Arewa Consultative Forum to direct their youths to issue Igbos residing in the North with a quit notice. This  culminated in a brutal military invasion of the home of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu sanctioned by Nnia Nwodo’s Ohaneze and South East governors in what they termed Operation Python Dance. They came to kill, maim and 'crush' IPOB for good. An equally devastatingly successful May 30th, sit at home called by IPOB in 2018 have sent shockwaves to the ruling cabals in the north that IPOB not Ohaneze Ndigbo or Igbo governors, are the true representatives of the people of the East.

As with the clamour for restructuring, it can now also be confidently stated without fear of contradiction that this overriding need to checkmate IPOB is the sole reason behind the June 12 Democracy Day announcement by Aso Rock. A cynical move designed to truncate any East/West alliance or understanding with regards to a renegotiated Nigeria before 2019.

We view this announcement of a posthumous award for demised leading sons of Yorubaland in Chief MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi as another clever but desperate attempt by Arewa agents of neo-colonialism to drive a wedge between the burgeoning understanding between the East and West. We prefer to call this belated move by the north, medicine after death- too little too late.

Isn't it odd the same people that detained and killed Abiola are now cosmetically rewarding him with a posthumous presidency so close to an election year? The north are desperately hoping that Yorubas will once again accept this Greek gift and in turn reward them with their votes in 2019 as they did in 2015. In the process renewing for another four years the tenure of the most mediocre, barbaric, brutal, despotic, genocidal and undemocratic regime in living memory. Yorubas must spare a thought for the people in Middle Belt and what they are experiencing in the hands of the same Fulani terrorists, before deciding to embrace 'Buhari' with open arms.
The question most people are asking is, when will Yorubas bring to an end their one sided relationship with the north? Similar overtures were made to the West in the run up to the Biafra-Nigeria War when Chief Obafemi Awolowo was offered vice president to Gen. Yakubu Gowon which he accepted thereby abandoning his earlier agreement with Ojukwu. Thankfully eminent statesmen like Pa Ayo Adebanjo has come out to condemn the whole posthumous charade.

It will be unfortunate if other leading lights in the West were to allow themselves to be easily deceived by the June 12 pronouncement from Aso Rock. Yorubas have a golden opportunity now to rewrite African history before 2019 elections by insisting on their Ibadan declaration that there won't be any elections in Nigeria unless the basis of the union is ascertained and renegotiated. This principled stance must be maintained because that is the only language Arewa north will understand, respect and respond to. Failure to hold rigidly to this stance will condemn Nigeria to a violent disintegration because full Islamisation, which the North are bound to unleash after their victory next year, will be resisted by force if need be by those of us in the East.

We must not forget that it was the same core Arewa North that imprisoned Chief  Awolowo. It was an Igbo man and later Biafran soldier Chukwuma Nzeogwu that led a coup that it's sole aim was to release Awolowo from prison and install him as the Prime Minister of Nigeria. It was another Igbo man, Ojukwu, that eventually released  Awolowo from prison but upon his release went back to north and superintended the second worst genocide in human history.

The same thing happened with Obasanjo's civilian presidency, which again was another move by the Fulani caliphate to assuage grieving Yoruba people after the annulment of June 12 and killing of Abiola by the same north. Today even Obasanjo who was once their darling is now in their firing line.  This big brother small relationship have always been at play between the core north and Yorubas for centuries. Look at what Fulanis did to Yorubas in Illorin where Afonja,
a Yoruba prince was temporarily made the political head of the invading Fulani Islamic army to get him to turn against his fellow Yorubas. At the end of that campaign Afonja was killed by the Fulanis and his land converted to Fulani emirate.

A Yoruba Oba will never in this life sit on the royal throne in Illorin. Illorin emirate  has become the exclusive prerogative of the Fulanis. This unfortunate outcome and Yoruba national disgrace was made possible because a Yoruba man accepted what appeared on the face of it an exalted political position not knowing it was a Trojan horse. These mistakes of the past must not be repeated by this present Yoruba generation. 

Yorubas are learned, cosmopolitan and urbane. They possess enough intelligent people in their ranks to understand the damaging effect these periodic politically motivated inducements from the north can portend in the long run. That mere posthumous elevation of Abiola to a GCFR is sufficient to erase the horrors of this Buhari regime in the minds of Yorubas is an insult and if entertained will speak volumes about their political priorities of the Yoruba race. The Yoruba enlightened political class must maintain a principled commitment to a change that will be of benefit to all, even where that change may include total disintegration of Nigeria as advocated by IPOB.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL
MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

Civil War: Why Nigerian Army wasn't hard on Biafrans - Buhari': A Rejoinder


By IPOB Central Command of the Directorate of State

June 5, 2018

In the Vanguard newspaper published on June 4, 2018 and other media, it was widely reported how this version of 'Buhari' claimed that Nigerian soldiers were 'soft' on Biafrans during the Civil War. He further made claims that Gowon had issued the commanders general orders to be humane in the prosecution of the war. We, the Indigenous People of Biafra state categorically and without equivocation that Buhari's claims are as false and as strange they come, especially in the face of quantum evidence to the contrary, chronicled by independent observes of the wartime atrocities committed by Nigerian forces against innocent Biafran civilians, including women and children. We doubt if it is the same Buhari that addressed Eastern Youth Corpers in 2016 in his country home in Daura Katsina State on the horrors, pains, misery and suffering of the war, that made this latest 'soft' on Biafrans statement. It couldn't have come from the same person.

To better understand the Nigerian atrocities during the war, one needs to trace back to 1945 and then 1953 when the Hausa-Fulani political leadership in northern Nigeria planned and executed two premeditated pogroms on Biafran immigrant populations in Jos and Kano in an unpatriotic and envy driven opposition to the leading role Biafrans played in the struggle for Nigeria's independence from Britain. Vast numbers of easterners not just Igbos,  were murdered on those occasions and their properties looted or destroyed. Neither in Kano nor Jos did the colonial regime apprehend or prosecute anyone for these massacres and destruction, which expectedly and tragically emboldened the murderous northerners for the worst that was to come between 1966 -1970.

The perpetrators, whose scions like Buhari subsequently seized power in 1966 on the blood of their fellow officers of eastern extraction, continued their bloodletting that directly led to the war. And when the war came, Gowon deceptively labeled it a police action but what went on underneath was a genocide of epic proportions. There were extensive coverage of the genocide in the international media throughout its duration. According to accounts, the real Buhari committed grave genocidal atrocities of his own in the theaters where he participated or commanded, namely the battles for Nsukka, Abagana and Nkpor Junction, where Buhari had held command positions. This is subject of an ongoing suit filed at the ICC by IPOB.

During the battles for these sectors, Buhari’s officers and men torched entire villages and massacred the civilians that could not evacuate before the enemy arrived. These included children, the sick, infirm and elderly. At the conclusion of the massacres, the soldiers began their macabre dance of jubilation and Buhari was said to have told them that “Nnewi is next“. Yes - 'next' -as in the next massacre. It was on the heels and ashes of these genocide that the Gowon had, during the war, boasted publicly that his men had killed three million Biafrans. But given that the numerical strength of the entire Biafran armed forces hovered around 50,000 men, one can only concluded that the three million slaughtered were hapless Biafran civilians. Such atrocities is the reason why history of the Biafra-Nigeria was hurriedly removed from school curriculums.

In addition to Buhari, there were other self confessed butchers of Biafrans. One is Benjamin Adekunle, a notoriously gruesome commander of Nigerian forces who had no qualms in boasting about the goal of this horrendous mission o exterminate Biafrans. He stated at an August 1968 press conference, attended by journalists including those from the international media: ‘We shoot at everything that moves, and when our forces march into the centre of Igbo territory, we shoot at everything, even at things that do not move’. True to type, Adekunle duly carried through his threat with clinical precision both on his ‘everything that moves’ - targeting, especially southern Igboland where his forces slaughtered hundreds of thousands, and on the ‘things that do not move’-assault category. Adekunle’s infamous destruction of the famed Biafran economic and social infrastructure was indescribably barbaric.

In July 1968, the British mission in Nigeria estimated that 200-300 Biafrans were dying every day. However, these estimates were based on numbers reported by the Nigerian government, as the British did not have access to the Biafran enclaves. Two months later, during the height of the crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross (which traversed Biafran during the war) estimated 8,000 and 10,000 deaths per day. It obtained these figures based on random samples of death rates in villages, refugee camps and hospitals across Biafra, and it cautioned that the estimates were likely to be conservative. Jean Mayer, Professor of Nutrition at Harvard’s ..  School of Public Health, similarly argued that estimates of 10,000 deaths a day appeared to be accurate. We reckon that Buhari would rather wish all these away but it won't work. It is a fact of history.

The Asaba Massacre is but another fact of history that clearly debunks Buhari's junk narratives. According to credible reports, Nigerian troops entered Asaba and began ransacking houses and killing civilians, claiming they were Biafran sympathisers. Reports demonstrate that several hundreds were killed individually and in groups at various locations in the town. Later, community leaders summoned the townspeople to assemble on the morning of October 7, 1967 hoping to end the violence through a show of support for "One Nigeria." Hundreds of men, women, and children, many wearing the ceremonial akwa ocha (white) attire paraded along the main street, singing, dancing, and chanting "One Nigeria." At a junction, men and teenage boys were separated from women and young children, and gathered in an open square at Ogbe-Osowa village. Then Nigerian troops under the command of Murtala Mohammed and Ibrahim Taiwo gave orders to machine gun "everybody". It was reliably estimated that more than 700 men and boys were killed, some as young as 12 years old, in addition to many more killed in the preceding days. Bodies of some victims were retrieved by family members and buried at home. But most were buried in mass graves without appropriate ceremony. Many extended families lost dozens of men and boys. Federal troops occupied Asaba for many months, during which time most of the town was ravaged, many women and girls were raped or forcibly "married," and large numbers of citizens fled and never returned until the war ended in 1970.

We shall conclude this Rejoinder by quoting Robert Melson, a foreigner, a Holocaust survivor and a Nigerian expert who witnessed what happened between 1967 -1970. In his book, 'Revolution and genocide', Melson states that: "I could not help but make the connection between their experience and my own. Biafrans were being killed purely for their identity: it was as if the twenty-some years after the Second World War had been compressed into a few minutes. The Holocaust monster was on the prowl again, and it was no use trying to escape its implications in Africa or elsewhere".

It appears after each successive sit-at-home directive by IPOB, the powers that be remember Biafra. Our quest for freedom, liberty and justice can never be dismissed. At the end of this whole process Biafra will be fully restored as a civilised nation by the grace of God.


COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL

MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

30th May Sit At Home: IPOB Congratulates Biafrans and Hail Total Compliance


We the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide wish to congratulate all Biafrans and lovers of freedom all over Biafraland and various parts of  Southern Nigeria who contributed immensely towards the successful outcome of our heroes remembrance day by sitting at home as directed by the leadership of IPOB. We salute the uncommon courage, determination and resoluteness of all Biafrans that defied the military threats, intimidation from Arewa Consultative Forum and South East governors to sit-at-home across the length and breadth of Biafraland.

We commend the people of Ogoni, Idoma, Igede, Igala and others who afforded to observe and remember those that sacrificed their lives for us to be alive today. From Ogoja in the east to the border town of Igbanke in the west; from the Oturkpo in the north to the island of Bonny in the south, Biafrans observed in their own unique way a day of solemnity, reverence and respect for our departed heroes.

Pictures and video evidence abound to lend incontrovertible credence to the fact that Biafraland obeyed IPOB sit-at-home order on May 30, 2018. Those  Fulani slaves in government houses in the South East should cover their faces in shame. They threatened fire and brimstone yet the people ignored them and obeyed IPOB. We expect them to sponsor publications seeking to downplay the effectiveness of our sit-at-home directive but that is of no consequence to us. No matter what they do, the material evidence detailing full compliance on social media and other platforms will forever indict them.

We also salute the indefatigable spirit of IPOB family members in the diaspora that rallied in over 100 countries across Europe, Asia, America, Australia, South America and Africa. From the rising of the sun in the east to its setting in the west, all over the world, Biafra resonated like never before.

We are even more grateful to the people of Ebonyi and Anambra States for standing firm to honour our heroes and in the process calmly reminded Gov. Dave Umahi and Willie Obiano that Ebonyi and Anambra are not yet the Fulani outpost they are seeking to make it. Both states are firmly Biafran states and shall remain so long after they are gone from this earth.

If one thing became clearer as a result of this 2018 sit-at-home, it is the fact that people listen to IPOB not South East governors or Ohaneze Ndigbo. Roll on Biafra referendum later this year.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

30th May 2018 'Sit At Home': Congratulations to all Biafrans



May 31, 2018

IPOB Press Statement

YOU, the people of Eastern Nigeria: Conscious of the supreme authority of Almighty God over all mankind, of your duty to yourselves and posterity. These were the very first words that, in 1967, brought into being that great nation of Biafra, inspired by the indomitable will of a people to resist evil, to resist genocide, and in defense of liberty. It was an epoch in the lives of Biafrans of that generation and like no other place in history, they stood shoulder to shoulder to defend their lives, their land and their freedom. Many paid the supreme sacrifice. So, it lies within our rights and conscience to never forget.

Decades after that dark episode in our history, the same evil has again reared its head - maiming, killing and persecuting many Biafrans since 2015. So, it is with a solemn commitment to the memory of our fallen heroes; to freedom and self-determination, that we Indigenous People of Biafra ordered this year's 'Sit At Home' in keeping with the edict handed to us by our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He charged us to always remember the 30th of May each year and to keep it holy by sitting at home in perpetual remembrance of all that fought and died for us.

And it is with a great sense of history and gratitude to all Biafrans that we observed this year's event with resounding success across Biafraland and all over the world. That it succeeded despite all odds and machinations of the enemy, will make it go down in annals of history as confirmation that IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is exceptionally indefatigable and the dominant force across the entire East not just Igboland. It is also confirmation that the vast majorities of our people are with IPOB and remain committed to our collective pursuit of self-determination for all.

It is pertinent to note that great nationalist struggles throughout human history suffered one setback or the other. So, just as in our own case, we are very much aware of all the attempts from within and without to break the will of our people. There were threats, blackmail, military reinforcements, threatened arrests, and a media blitz by the happy slaves among us to scuttle this year's 'Sit At Home'. But like Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu once said 'Biafra is of the mind', so no one can kill or suppress it. How could anyone ever believe that it is possible to prevent us from remembering and honouring our dead, our maimed, our persecuted? We appreciate the fact that some governors such as Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Rochas Okorocha, Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Siriake Dickson, Udom Emmanuel and Ben Ayade did not belittle their office by coming out to act as attack dogs for Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) as Umahi and Obiano did.

It is instructive that this year's 'Sit At Home' is the very first since Arewa Consultative Forum, through a Fulani Attorney General of the Federation and Fulani dominated judiciary, declared IPOB a terrorist organization and proscribed it. So, if 'Buhari' has any sense of reality left, he should ask himself why this civil disobedience succeeded if indeed people believed IPOB is a terrorist group like Fulani herdsmen or Boko Haram.

Buhari' should take lessons from apartheid-era South Africa which also proscribed and declared the African National Congress of Nelson Mandela a terrorist organization. He should also remember Jomo Kenyatta's MAU MAU which the colonial authorities proscribed and declared a terrorist organization. In both countries, freedom and self-determination triumphed in the end when both Mandela and Kenyatta emerged from prison and tribulations to lead their countries and people.

So, as Asaba, Owerri, Enugu, Igweocha, Aba, Onitsha, and all Biafraland sat at home this 30th May 2018, we are emboldened that, like in South Africa and Kenya, it is only a matter of time before IPOB prevail and lead our people to freedom. It is a duty we owe to the dead, ourselves and to posterity.

May God bless and protect all Biafrans everywhere.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

Justice Binta Murtala Nyako Must End IPOB’S Kangaroo Trial Or Withdraw From The Case



The attention of Igbo Ekunie Initiative, a coalition of professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora was recently drawn to trial proceedings in Mr Nnamdi Kanu’s case wherein, Justice Binta Murtala Nyako declared that Senator Enyinnaya Abbaribe, who had stood as one of the sureties, must produce Mr Kanu or go to jail. We find this declaration illogical, irrational and indeed against the dictates of natural justice.

We note that Mr Kanu was on bail and was resident in his address until the federal government flouted the law and launched a bloody invasion of his home in full view of a global audience. While dozens of people were brutally killed in Kanu’s residence, Kanu himself has not been seen since the bloody raid.  Against this backdrop, and beyond any doubt, the responsibility for first violating the rule of law by invading Kanu’s home and second his consequent disappearance rests on the Nigerian army/federal government.

We note therefore that Justice Nyako’s bizarre and illogical declarations continue to demonstrate that she is working on an agenda and script dictated by the federal government. This is more so considering her demonstrated bias overall in the handling of the Kanu/IPOB case.  It’s important to note that several courts had previously granted Mr Kanu and other IPOB activist’s unconditional bail which the lawless federal government refused to obey. Yet when the case came before her court, rather than insist that the rule of law be followed and that the federal government must in the first instance comply with previous court judgements granting Mr Kanu and others unconditional bail, she chose to desecrate her own institution; abdicate her responsibility to dispense justice without fear or favour and become a stooge for the federal government, thereby acting since then on the federal governments persecution script.  When eventually she granted Mr Kanu bail under intense public pressure; again acting on the script of the federal government, she imposed impossible conditions that stripped Kanu of his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights.


The rule of law is the anchor of the modern state and basis for the development of all successful societies. It is supposed to provide hope and succour for the common man against the power and tyranny of the mighty and powerful.  Before it; all are supposed to be equal. The fundamental of justice is supposed to remain supreme.  We, however, note that justice Binta Nyako’s Kangaroo court has repudiated the essence of the rule of law and now uses her court to advance the tyranny of the federal government against ordinary citizens. In line with the federal government’s agenda, her Kangaroo court of injustice has continued to prosecute/persecute IPOB members even when it is established that they broke no law and acted within their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression and the right to self-determination.

We note the hypocrisy and double standards of the federal government and their stooge Justice Binta Nyako in continuing the prosecution/persecution of non-violent IPOB members in the same country that Fulani herdsmen that are daily killing hundreds of people across the country are never arrested and thousands of murderous Boko Haram terrorists are being released without trial. We are persuaded to ask; how do Justice Binta Nyako and her paymasters sleep at night in the face of such egregious injustice that rivals Apartheid South Africa or Adolf Hitler’s 3rd Reich?

In light of the above; we submit that Justice Binta Murtala Nyako is an agent of the federal government and is acting a script dictated by the federal government. As a consequence, we declare that Justice Binta Nyako is biased, compromised and therefore unfit to dispense justice. That her court is a “Kangaroo court of injustice” which has effectively repudiated the essence of the rule of law and the fundamental dictates of natural justice.  We hereby ask Justice Binta Murtala Nyako to redeem herself by quashing all charges against IPOB members and put a stop to the shameful trial/persecution. If she is unable or unwilling to do so, we request that she withdraw forthwith from the trial as her “Kangaroo court of injustice” is unfit and incapable of doing justice to IPOB members.   

In closing; we refer to Uthman Dan Fodio who famously warned that “a nation can survive with unbelief but it cannot survive injustice.” Justice Nyako and all those who thrive on injustice/persecution of others must know that by their actions and inactions, they are active players in the injustices that are inevitably leading to the nation’s eventual collapse.   

Signed:

Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke
President Igbo Ekunie Initiative
Email: president@igboekunie.org

Lawrence Nwobu
Secretary Igbo Ekunie Initiative
Email: secretary@igboekunie.org