Biblically, it is endorsed as Ecclesiastes 3:1 pointedly expressed that: to everything there is a season - an appointed time for everything. There is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.… As a result, this year, on the 22nd and 23rd day of September 2015 to be precise, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, by His grace, will perform the most honorable sacrament, the very prominent act of humility before heaven and earth but well pronounced in terms of the “cleansing rite”- the Biafra Atonement of the year.
IPOB as the creation of the Creator will continuously clearly and categorically make reparation or expiation for our misdeeds, visibly known and unknown, committed knowingly and unknowingly, through our actions or inaction, we must atone for all these wrong doings – one-by-one, chapter after chapter but all for a particular purpose and in pursuit of our common goal – to reconcile us with our Creator.
It’s edifying to know that IPOB’s success earned and recorded so far in the struggle for freedom remains compellingly a living credit to the All-Knowing God. And Biafrans all over the World as a people of God – Chukwu Okike Abiama, and specially chosen children of heaven having their value systems anchored not only on the irreducible divinity and divine providence, but whose prospect and progress is largely premised on the solemn respect and reciprocity which is continually maintained through obedience to a divine command - an old standing covenant between us as a people of God on one hand, and the immortally invincible God Himself. As mortals, we are predisposed to imperfection but surely strive for perfection as our Creator is, and remains infinitely perfect. As result, this annual ceremony of confession and atonement for our sins obviously offer us the desired reconciliation of God and humankind. We perform this rite knowingly and well in order to renew our selves, regain our senses and reposition our strategies towards reclaiming our lost glory and liberty. We offer, in its entirety, our supplications to God, while asking for His forgiveness and mercies.
Biafra Atonement affords us yet another opportunity of collective introspection about the Biafra Restoration Project and even a renewal of personal life. As succinctly captured by Brendon Burchard in his book: “THE MOTIVATION MANIFESTO, 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power; There comes a time in the lives of those destined for greatness when we must stand before the mirror of meaning and ask: Why, having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live as mice? We must look squarely into our own tired eyes and examine why we waste so much time sniffing at every distraction, why we cower at the thought of revealing our true selves to the world, why we scurry so quickly from conflict, and why we consent to play small. We must ask why we participate so humbly in society’s frantic race, allowing ourselves into its mazes of mediocrity and settling for scraps of reward when nature has offered unlimited freedom, power, and abundance to the bold, the determined, the creative, the independent—to each of us. We must ask if our desires to feel safe and accepted are in fact enslaving us to popular opinion—and to boredom. We must ask: When will we be ready to ascend to another level of existence?
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to ask such questions and to dissolve the beliefs and behaviors that have limited us, assuming once more the full powers of our being to which God and the laws of nature have entitled us, a decent respect to humankind requires that we should declare the motives that impel us to exert our strength and to separate ourselves from those who stunt our vitality, growth, and happiness.
We must declare our personal power and freedom. We hold these truths self-evident: That all men and women are created equal, though we do not live equal lives due to differences in will, motivation, effort, and habit. That we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, but that it is incumbent upon each of us to be vigilant and
disciplined should we wish to attain such a vital, free, and happy life. We believe the greatest of human powers is the ability to independently think for ourselves, to choose our own aims, affections, and actions. For in the hearts of humankind lives a natural instinct for freedom and independence, a psychological predisposition for self-direction, a biological imperative toward growth, and a spiritual joy in choosing and advancing one’s own life. It is the main motivation of humankind to be free, to express our true selves and pursue our dreams without restriction—to experience what may be called Personal Freedom.
To secure these Rights and this Personal Freedom, men and women of conscience must not consent to be controlled by fear, convention, or the will of the masses. We must govern our own lives, and when our thoughts and actions become destructive it is our responsibility to alter or abolish them and to institute new habits as the foundations for a freer, happier life. We must exert our power, improving how we think and how we interact with the world.
When a long chain of self-oppressions and social controls has reduced our strength and independence, it is our right—our duty—to throw off such a life, rise anew, and charge unencumbered through the gates of greatness. We have patiently suffered long enough, hoping that someone or some kind of luck would one day grant us more opportunity and happiness. But nothing external can save us, and the fateful hour is at hand when we either become trapped at this level of life or we choose to ascend to a higher plane of consciousness and joy. In this ailing and turbulent world, we must find peace within and become more self-reliant in creating the life we deserve. This will be a difficult effort, as the history of our actions too often tells a tale of self-injury and unhappiness, stemming from our blind desire to be judged worthy, acceptable, and lovable by people who hardly know our true hearts and powers. And so we have kept ourselves down: We forgot to set clear intentions and standards, and too often failed to voice our desires and dreams. Randomness and mediocrity too often ruled the day, and the loud and the needy dictated who we were and what we should do—our lives becoming subject to the tyranny of fools. If we can be vulnerable and brave enough to admit such missteps, we might see the potential we left unrealized; we might see a shining new path.
And so let us right our lives. Let us face the mirror and be candid. No matter what we see, let us use these common human truths and personal declarations to reclaim our collective freedom: We are too often lost in the abyss of unawareness. We regularly miss the energy and blessings around us, and the importance of this very moment. It’s as though we prefer to be elsewhere doing something else, as if we are living in distant time zones, hours behind or ahead of the joyous tick and bliss of Now. We have forgotten that the natural foe to life is not a distant death, but a present, in-the-moment detachment from living. Should we wish to be free and alive with full power, we must decide to bring the full might of our conscious mind to the present experience. We must choose to feel again. We must set intentions for who we are, for what roles we wish to serve, for how we’ll relate with the world. Without a vibrant
awareness, we cannot connect with others or ourselves, nor can we meet the demands of the hour with grace. For this, we now declare: WE SHALL MEET LIFE WITH FULL PRESENCE AND POWER.”
All these aspirations as desired are directed toward ennobling Biafrans’ life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence to a higher level of spiritual consciousness, self awakening to our surroundings and leading us individually and collectively towards freedom
Finally, with Biafra Restoration Project in sight or in full swing, we have no choice as a way forward in consolidating our gains than to embrace the opportunity of making this Biafra Atonement an absolutely one compelling, committed and credible ways of mending our connections with our Creator and of course, restoring our dignity, destiny and destination which is made manifest in the sovereign state of Biafra. Join us, in answering to this clarion call to obtain the grace of God as a facilitator and the means to our mission.