The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu cannot come in disguise to hijack the genuine #endsars protest. We will not allow him to do that. People fought for one Nigeria. We are going to remain one Nigeria. Our problem is not about tribe or ethnicity. Our problem is about bad leadership. Now the people have finally wake up to say they want their right because their right is their life. That’s what we should focus on not on Nnamdi Kanu. For me, I don’t take him serious. If you’re a serious person who wants to agitate for your people you should be here for the struggle just like as I am here for the struggle. That’s what they call a patriot and a democrat. Kanu is just a rabble-rouser.
You reap what you sow. Tinubu has not been a good person. He is finally reaping what he sowed. He is not the only thief we have. But the problem we always have in Nigeria is about ethnicity. When we were pursuing Abacha, the northerners would say “is it only Abacha that stole?” A thief is a thief. Tinubu is a thief. He has been taking money and milking the Nigeria citizens. That’s what has finally caught up with him. I have no sympathy for him. And don’t forget that most of these people are going to pay a very severe price especially for those who are there now who have not condemned the justification of the military shooting the unarmed civilians (at the Lekki Toll Gate).
Let me tell you, Nigeria is going to be a pacesetter because the world is watching Nigeria. I can assure you the commander, President or whoever gave the order(to shoot) because soldier doesn’t shoot without order. They are all going to the Hague. The International Criminal Court of Justice(ICCJ) and they are going to spend time with Charles Taylor(former Liberian President) and other notorious criminals who are already there (in jail). That’s going to be their last vacation point. Believe me. It is never going to be business as usual.
Let me come back and focus on Edo State. We saw Governor Godwin Obaseki and his security team patrolling everywhere which is commendable. It is good for our safety. Most of the soldiers are zombies same with the police. That’s why we want the police to be reformed. So, Obaseki patrolling the town with security agents cannot solve the problem. We don’t want the massacre that happened in Lekki to happen in Edo State. What he should do is to engage the people, not through Crusoe Osagie(the Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy to the Edo State Governor). We don’t need Crusoe to talk to us. We need the man we voted for to come and address the people. You will see the likes of Donald Trump who has issues with Americans, taxation, election rigging, Chinese, Covid-19 etc still address the press on a daily basis. When was the last time Godwin Obaseki addressed the press? There is what they call Meet the Press when you have to talk to the press and the press have to transmit what you are saying to the citizens to them. I am not the governor of this state but I speak more than the governor authoritatively.
Yesterday, I had a confrontation with the military men. They were going to whip me and I said they cannot do that as they’re going to repeat what happened in Lekki here. Soldiers are supposed to defend our sovereignty. They’re not supposed to police us. Police are supposed to police the people and the people are supposed to police the police. That’s the right thing in an ideal society. But because we have lost it here we don’t know what we’re doing. Thank God that finally we are going to flush out all the bad leaders. We don’t have environmental disasters. What we have over time is leadership disaster. Now, people are ready to take back power because power belongs to the people.
Patriot Patrick Eholor is the founder of One Love Foundation, a civil rights group advocating for a better Nigeria.
Over the years, One Love Foundation has taken proactive steps towards the reform of the Nigerian Police.
Deputy director of Radio Biafra, Mr Uche Mefor has said that his group, headed by Nnamdi Kanu will participate in Nigerian politics. This is directly contrary to the earlier position of the group which has been in place since 2017.
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu had shortly after being freed from prison, started a premeditated attack on the political arm of the Biafran struggle, Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN).
While MOBIN canvassed to have Biafrans in Nigerian politics, to run for offices and take over political control of the Biafran territory, Kanu’s IPOB labeled MOBIN betrayers and even directed his foots soldiers to attack MOBIN directors and officers campaigning for political struggle in Nigeria.
Kanu on two different occasions in 2017, haf accepted that the MOBIN methodology was better and owned up by agreeing that his group will be involved in the Anambra 2017 governorship polls.
One meeting was organized by Ala Igbo Development Foundation (ADF), in Enugu, while the second was organized by the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, and hosted by late Dr Dozie Ikedife.
Jungle Journalist Media Ltd in an exclusive report then, observed that strangely, Kanu after granting press interview that he has agreed for elections to hold, quickly denied it, making claims that he never accepted the political option.
However in a very recent online discussion panel, monitored by MOBIN MEDIA, Uche Mefor was quoted to have said that IPOB would now begin to participate in politics, and using the exact words of MOBIN, is quoted to have said that they want to take ‘control of the Biafran territory politically’.
His words “IPOB is doing everything humanely possible to make sure we go back to the original stage whence we started. We are trying to identify who are our brothers, who are our sisters, who are our neighbors. This is something Nigeria has carefully through their agents over the years destroyed and put confusion into us. But we are not going to allow that confusion to be sustained…
“There is the third one which is effective government. We must have a government we call the government of Biafra. The indigenous people of Biafra should be in control of decision making in Biafraland. Whether we like it or not. The reason why we decided and meticulously deviate from the temptation of going into Nigerian politics is because if we do that, we will be destroyed forever. They set a trap for us. The system is corrupt, the system is not working ad you can see, your vote des not count, they buy off votes, even the supreme Court of Nigeria is now at the centre of deciding elections.
“Your so-called PVC does not count. We refuse to be driven into darkness but we are not going to allow ourselves to be on that particular mindset for a long time. Nigerian political system is a very devilish one, they Apply gutter methodology.
“They are telling us, ‘let them be talking while we are taking decision about what is going on in their own land. This we have studied, and going forward, we are going to descend on every evil legislation in Biafraland and destroy it, and the people of Biafra will take over the control of their territory.
“If they apply gutter methodology, we will also apply gutter methodology. In order to take over what belongs to us. We are going to use their system and work against them. If they want to be destroyed, we will help them to destroy it.
“We are not going to back away from the civil disobedience method. At the same time, we are not going to leave the political offices especially those in Biafraland. I am talking about Biafran territory. The policies. The political decisions been taken must be a reflection of the wishes of the people of Biafra.
“We have the capacity, we have the number, we are telling them ahead of time”, he stated.
The self-styled ‘Supreme Leader’ of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he is so powerful that he has the power to decide “who lives or who dies”.
Describing himself as a ‘very powerful man’, Kanu claimed he has over 2 million youths at his beck and call, apparently to carry out any directive he issues.
This is contained in an audio note monitored by Jungle Journalist Media Ltd on the social media.
Kanu in an earlier broadcast last month, had issued a death sentence on the head of the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, ordering followers to stone him to death anywhere he’s seen.
In his macabre dance via his private radio station on Wednesday, 15th July, Kanu was also heard gloating that he can destroy wherever he wishes to destroy.
In his exact words; “As the leader of IPOB, I’m a very powerful man, I know that very well. I can decide who lives or who dies.
“I can decide to play god if I want to.
“I have over 2-million men under my command, I can destroy anywhere I want to have destroyed”.
There has been claims and counter-claims about the origin of the Indigenous People of Biafra, with stories flying about regarding this.
Some say it is the brainchild of Nnamdi Kanu, while the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Customary Government of Biafra, Barrister Emeka Emekesiri is also said to be the real brain behind the project.
In yet other instances, proponents of Biafra are of the opinion that it doesn’t matter who founded the Movement since the original goal is being achieved through it.
However, Barrister Emeka Emekesiri discussed extensively with the Editor-in-Chief of Jungle Journalist Media Ltd on the social media, where he spoke on his full Biafran project, why he undertook this lofty project, and at what level it is at the moment.
He also narrates how the Indigenous People of Biafra came to he, the roles Kanu played at the beginning, and how he (Nnamdi Kanu) hijacked and derailed the comprehensive Biafran project.
He also explains why the Kanu move disrupted the project of the Vision Bearer, and what has been done to set the project back on course.
Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, the Vision Bearer of the Legal Methodology of Self-determination of Biafra. The project, which began in 2004,gave birth to the Indigenous People of Biafra, Bilie Human Rights Initiative, Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra, Elders Council of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria.
Sir, we would like to know you and your works in the struggle for the independence of Biafra.
My name is Emeka John Chigozie Emekesiri. I am a Barrister & Solicitor, Estate Surveyor & Valuer, Management Consultant and a Missionary Pastor. I am from Okwara Unegbu Village, Amucha, Imo State, Nigeria. My hometown, Amucha, is presently in the Njaba Local Government Area in Orlu Senatorial District. We are called Ndi Orlu or Ndi Uzo Ulo. I think this is enough introduction, or perhaps, I may also add that my maternal home is Okwudor. I am an Igbo man and proud to be an Igbo man.
Yes, you have made a good introduction but we would like to know about your works in the struggle for the independence of Biafra.
Oh, it’s a long story. It started in 2004 when the Federal Government arrested Ralph Uwazuruike of the MASSOB group, Asari Dokubo of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force and Dr Gani Adams and Dr Frederick Fasehun of the OPC of the Yoruba group. I was then the Spokesman of the Igbo Lawyers Forum with my Law Chambers in Port Harcourt and Aba. It was because of the Sit-At-Home Order which Ralph Uwazuruike issued in August 2004 that crippled Nigeria for a whole day. All the Igbo people obeyed him and closed down their businesses and shops in all parts of Nigeria. It was a terrible experience for Nigeria. It was the first of its kind. Everywhere was paralysed. At that time, some Igbo people were saying that it was the turn of the Igbo Nation to produce a Nigerian President while Ralph Uwazuruike and his group were insisting on having an independent Biafran nation. The TELL Magazine posed a question in one of its publications, “Biafra or Presidency- What do Igbos Want?” This question threw a challenge to me and I started conducting a research to write a book on that issue. The title of the book is “Biafra or Nigerian Presidency- What the Ibos Want”. I started that book in 2004 and completed it in 2011 and published in 2012.
The Government said that that Ralph Uwazuruike, Asari Dokubo and Gani Adams were troubling the country and must be caged. Apart from Ralph Uwazuruike who declared that his method was non-violent and non-exodus, the others were violent in their mode of agitation and waged war with the Federal Government with serious casualties on both sides. In fact, their acts were treasonable. But do you know what happened?
President Obasanjo released the OPC boys and left office. President Umaru Yar Adua came to power and released Asari Dokubo and gave amnesty to the Niger Delta Militants so that he could have access to the oil in the Niger Delta. Oddly enough, he left Ralph Uwazuruike in prison, the person who was not violent, the person who did not carry any gun. I became very angry as a human rights lawyer and could not sleep well over the injustice. I interpreted it as an insult to the Igbo Nation. The Government released the militants from other ethnic nationalities who committed treasonable offences but left a non-violent person in prison because he is an Igbo man.
So, did you join MASSOB to fight for Ralph Uwazuruike?
No, I did not join MASSOB but what I did was to move a Motion in the Igbo Lawyers Assembly, for Igbo Lawyers and the whole Igbo Nation to commence a legal battle against the Federal Government of Nigeria on the issue of injustice meted to Ralph Uwazuruike and the right to self-determination which he was championing. By that Motion, Igbo Lawyers would take over the case and fight with the Federal Government from national to international courts until justice prevailed on the issue of Biafra. The Igbo Lawyers Forum instructed me to travel to Abuja and meet with Chief Dr Chimezie Ikeazor, Oboli Obosi, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who would lead in the legal battle.
How far did the case go?
When I went to Abuja and made enquiries, I was informed that Ralph Uwazuruike was detained at the Keffi Prison in Nasarawa State. Then I travelled to Keffi. When he was told that Igbo Lawyers had sent a delegation to show solidarity and ask for his release, he came out and embraced me with joy, and said that this was the first time that the Igbo Nation had come to identify with him. He said that ever since he was held in detention, only two Igbo men who were his personal friends came to visit him. He mentioned their names as Uche Onyeaguocha and Ziggy. I told him that the Igbo Nation did not forsake him but wanted to assess the situation and know his real intention; that at the moment we had come to release him from prison and then go into serious legal battle with the Nigerian Government on the issue of the right to self-determination. He told me that he had a lawyer friend called Festus Keyamo who had filed an application for his bail. I assured him that Mr Keyamo would continue to act as his lawyer in presenting our legal argument in court but that Chief Dr Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN, would be the Lead Counsel and Senior Consultant in the matter.
We appeared in the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday 16th July 2007 before Justice Binta Nyako for Uwazuruike’s release. It was an opportunity the Igbo learned men had been waiting for to join issues with the Nigerian Government and re-open all other cases of injustice and discrimination against the Igbo people. The continued detention of Uwazuruike whose agitation was non-violent while the unrepentant violent activists from the Yoruba and Ijaw tribes had been released was sufficient evidence of discrimination and insult against the Igbo Nation for which the Igbo Lawyers arose to defend and protect the honour and integrity of the Igbo Nation.
The Judge granted an adjournment for two weeks and directed us to file the necessary papers since we had just entered into the matter. However, as we were preparing to file the necessary documents and for me to return to the East, Ralph Uwazuruike and his co-accused MASSOB members sent a letter to us and forwarded a copy to the court asking us not to appear in court again to represent them! We were embarrassed. Before their letter arrived, Chief Ikeazor had given me a letter to take to Dr Dozie Ikedife who was the then President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to assemble the Igbo Intelligentsia for the legal battle for self-determination. We could not understand why Uwazuruike should dump and shun Igbo Lawyers at the time the Judge was expecting us in court. However, Uwazuruike told me that he wanted Festus Keyamo of the South-South to be in charge in order to avoid the usual accusation that the Ibos were dominating the struggle. Therefore, we could not appear in court on the next adjourned date and he continued his case as a personal matter. Nevertheless, we went back to the drawing board to repackage the case between Biafra and Nigeria. Shortly, afterwards, I relocated to the United Kingdom and continued with my works.
How then did you continue with the Biafra Struggle since Ralph Uwazuruike did not want the Igbo Lawyers to take over the case?
I told you that I had started writing a book on the issue of Biafra from 2004 on the right to self-determination. I found that Article 20 of the Nigerian Law known as the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap 10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990, provided for the right to self-determination. It provides that all peoples shall have the unquestionable and inaliable right to self-determination. While I was writing the book, the United Nations in Septemebr 2007 promulgated the international law known as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which provided in Article 3 that Indigenous Peoples shall have the right to self-determination. It was similar to the provisions in the Nigerian Law but the difference is that the United Nations law used the term “Indigenous Peoples” while the Nigerian Law used the term “All Peoples”. I made some researches about the Indigenous Peoples and found that they are the original owners of the land who were not consumed by wars and not assimilated into other tribes in the nation-state where they live. So, I decided to describe the remnants of the Biafrans who were not consumed by the war and not assimilated into other tribes as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA. Considering that Indigenous People of Biafra is a non-legal entity which could only sue or be sued in a representative capacity, I registered a human rights organization in Nigeria called Bilie Human Rights Initiative to sue Nigeria on behalf of Indigenous People of Biafra.
I gathered some of the willing and fearless Elders of Biafraland together and constituted them into a governing council under Customary Law known as Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra of which His Royal Majesty, the Hon Justice Eze Ozobu, was the Chairman while Dr Dozie Ikedife was the Deputy Chairman. Col Joe Achuzia was the Secretary-General.
Our government is known as the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra. We set up the Office of Indigenous People of Biafra at 90 Wetheral Road, Owerri, in the accommodation provided by Engr Amadi, who we made the President of the human rights organization for a term of five years. This was how the whole Movement of Indigenous People of Biafra started. These founding fathers have died but they transferred powers to us. In fact, Dr Ikedife invited me and told me that he was about to depart from this world. He gave me his last instructions of what to do after his departure and signed the Deed Poll of Customary Governance 72 hours before he died. I will never disobey the instructions of the founding fathers.
You keep saying that you founded Indigenous People of Biafra. How did you do this and why did you leave it for Nnamdi Kanu?
It is wrong to say “I founded Indigenous People of Biafra”. The people had existed from time immemorial. You can say that I coined the name, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, and created the Movement of INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA. In 2013, Dr Dozie Ikedife abbreviated the name to IPOB. It is the name for all Biafrans. It is the name of a nation, not a cult group that initiates its members with some fetish rituals in a shrine called Ibini Ukpabi in Arochukwu. If you read my book, you will notice that I described myself as the Solicitor for Indigenous People of Biafra. This is the capacity by which I appeared in Court for the Biafrans in 2012. If you read Page 161 of my book, you will see where I stated that here is a new Biafra now but it is not sovereign. The new Biafra consists of the remnants of the ancestors of Biafraland who I have described as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA not consumed by the war and not assimilated by other tribes.
Nnamdi Kanu was not there when we created the body known as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA under Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the governing council known as the Supreme Council of Indigenous People of Biafra. If he was there, he would have brought his father to join the Elders. His father was not among the Council of Elders. He came from MASSOB and joined us. I trusted him. It was my fault to trust somebody I had not tested. He was in charge of our Media Department. I gave him a copy of my book and all the documents I had obtained from the British Authorities with which I filed the case between Biafra and Nigeria. I wanted him to have adequate knowledge and information about the Movement of Indigenous People of Biafra so that he would understand our vision and mission.
After you set up the whole structure of the Movement of Indigenous People of Biafra with the Elders, why did you leave it for Nnamdi Kanu?
I did not leave it for Nnamdi Kanu. I advised that everybody should operate in his own department and area of professional competence. I was in charge of the Legal Department. Nnamdi was in charge of the Media Department. The Elders were in charge of the government and administration of the Movement. The Elders had the power to discipline us or correct us if we erred. I was the Legal Adviser for the Council of Elders. Engr Amadi was in charge of the human rights organization which was representing the Biafrans in Court. There was division of labour. So, I did not leave it for Nnamdi Kanu. I left the government and administration of the Movement in the hands of the Council of Elders.
In our first meeting at Owerri where I shared the vision to all the Elders and new Biafran activists who had joined us, the Elders asked me about the person who should act as their spokesman for the struggle while they played the role of advisory and disciplinary council. I suggested that Barr Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu should lead the struggle. They were surprised that I did not make myself the leader. Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu accepted to lead. After the meeting, one of the lawyers exclaimed that he had not seen a person like me who would start a Movement of this magnitude and appoint another person to lead. I told him that Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu had more experience and higher social status than I had, and a name more recognised in the whole world than mine. There was no time we decided that the person in our Media Department should be the leader of the Movement of Indigenous People of Biafra. Nnamdi Kanu did not even meet His Lordship, His Royal Majesty, the Honourable Justice Eze Ozobu, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Elders, in all his life. Our Chairman did not set his eyes on Nnamdi Kanu until his death.
How then did Nnamdi Kanu become the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra?
It was a terrible and ugly story to tell. Nnamdi was performing well initially in the Media Department. He was among the delegates we sent to represent us in a meeting with the Australian Government. He performed well initially until the devil possessed him. Suddenly, he used the Radio and announced that he had dissolved the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra and become the founder and leader of the Movement. He took our name that has been in Court and registered it in the Companies House in London called Indigenous People of Biafra Limited. He started calling our Elders unprintable names such as saboteurs, traitors, and agents of the Nigerian Government. In his broadcasts and face book publications, he threatened to kill our Elders and Igbo leaders who had different opinions from his on the issue of self-determination. The attacks he unleashed on us were too much to bear.
He started attacking our human rights organization which he called Bilie Animal Rights. He brainwashed the youths and took them away from us. His followers threatened to assassinate us through his incitements. He used the Radio and destroyed everything we built. On 12 May 2014, the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra ostracised him by a Public Notice and Disclaimer signed by Dr Dozie Ikedife. I understand that when he came out from detention, he went to Dr Ikedife to ask for forgiveness.
Unfortunately, he did not obey the instructions given to him by the Elders but continued in his stubbornness, abuses, insults and disobedience to constituted authorities. In recent times, he commanded his followers to beat up Senator Ike Ekweremmadu and stone Chief Nnia Nwodo to death.
What is the present status of Indigenous People of Biafra as defined by you?
The original movement of Indigenous People of Biafra is still on course. Nnamdi Kanu’s faction of IPOB has been proscribed by the Nigerian Government. It was declared a terrorist organization by the Order of the Federal High Court in Nigeria and gazetted. We run the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra using three dimensional strategies in our legal methodology which include the judicial process, political process and diplomatic process. Our Customary Government is not proscribed and cannot be proscribed. You must proscribe the Sharia Government before you can proscribe the Customary Government.
We are in Court with Nigeria. We are engaged in politics using our political movement called Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN). We are engaged in international diplomacy. We have appointed some Customary Government Envoys and Administrators in some foreign countries. We are running our Customary Government in Eastern Nigeria just like the Sharia Government is run in Northern Nigeria. We operate within the Nigerian Legal System. We have said that we are Nigerians by citizenship but Biafrans by indigenous identity. We believe in the law and politics of Nigeria but we play the politics for the benefit of Biafra. Right now, we are preparing for the Anambra State Election next year and the general elections in 2023 if the world remains till then.
What is you plan, if any, for achieving Biafra?
We carried out the Feasibility and Viability Studies of the Biafran Project and discovered that the project could only be achieved in three phases. The first phase is the Awareness Creation Phase which has been achieved by the pioneers who started the Biafra Struggle. The second phase is the Regional Autonomy which we are pushing for at the moment. We are working with Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the other Ethnic groups seeking for the restructuring of Nigeria into Autonomous Regional Governments. The third phase is outright independence which will be facilitated by the Regional Parliament. It is the Regional Parliament that can pass the bill into law for the people of the Region to vote in a referendum and decide whether to remain in Nigeria or pull out entirely as an outright independent nation just like Scotland is doing now.
For now, we want the restructuring of Nigeria into six autonomous self-governing regions so that every region will govern itself, develop at its own pace and pay the agreed percentage tax to the Federal Government. From our researches and studies, we can confirm that this is the only solution that can bring peace and save Nigeria from violent disintegration.
An Igbo adage states: when a deity starts giving much trouble, it will be shown the wood from which it was carved. There are lines that are never crossed in culture and tradition, and in national life.
Such red lines keep the society going, cohesive and coherent. And the Igbo society is a highly organized one and imbued in deep and rich culture and tradition, of which most if not all IPOB members are part of, including their factional leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Igbo culture holds murder and its intents as the highest crime against the society and humanity.
The most recent attack is Kanu’s order to his supporters to stone Nnia Nwodo to death anywhere he is found anywhere in the world. His words: “Anywhere you see him outside, stone him to death.” Kanu further called on God to “destroy Ohanaeze”. Turning round to blame Nnia Nwodo for herdsmen atrocities in the South East or Operation Python Dance is just a case of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it and psychologically, a misplaced aggression and priority.
Nnamdi Kanu has been attacking Ohanaeze Ndigbo for not accepting ‘Biafra now’ of the faction of IPOB which he leads. The generality of Ndigbo since resolved that it is in their best interest to push for a restructured Nigeria, since self-determination is possible within a fully restructured Nigeria as obtained in the country prior to 1966 and the civil war. The position of Ndigbo is contained in the Awka declaration of 2018.
When Nnamdi Kanu was released from Kuje prison through the intervention of some Igbo leaders he now insults and assaults (Senator Ike Ekweremadu who organized the men who stood sureties for Kanu’s bail was his first victim in Nuremberg Germany), efforts were made to reconcile him with many of them including Chief Nnia Nwodo, Ben Nwabueze, Eze Ozobu, Dozie Ikedife and many others (some original founders of IPOB), many of who he similarly pronounced death on their heads in Radio Biafra. He held meetings with many of them where fresh understanding was reached and a new leaf supposedly turned.
The second meeting between Nnamdi Kanu and Ohanaeze and its President General Nnia Nwodo was again agreed to and a date set for it. There was a disagreement over the venue. While Nnia Nwodo legitimately wanted the second meeting to be held in his house or at the Ohanaeze Secretariat, which Kanu acceded to initially, he (Kanu) later insisted that the meeting should be held anywhere but in Chief Nwodo’s house.
This was the same time his meeting with South East Governors took place. A second meeting was scheduled between him and the Governors but operation Python Dance II was preemptively launched by the Nigerian Army days before, which presumably drove Nnamdi Kanu underground and out of the country. He resurfaced in Jerusalem Israel one year after where he was seen praying by the Wailing Wall, the remnant of the Jewish Temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE during the Siege of Jerusalem.
Since then, Kanu has held tenaciously to the position that Nnia Nwodo and the South East Governors invited Operation Python Dance II. He blamed everybody else but himself since he failed to see that apart from violating all his bail conditions, he rattled the nation’s security system, especially the military, by launching the so-called Biafra Security Service (BSS).
Hundreds of IPOB youths were seen in parades fully ornamented in black uniforms and red berets, proclaiming the birth of BSS and Nnamdi Kanu as the Commander in chief. This could be interpreted as a precursor to armed struggle, which Nnamdi Kanu assured Igbo leaders that IPOB will never engage in. Operation Python II came in the wake of the launching of Biafra Security Service, justified or nor, it was a military intervention to nip in the bud a paramilitary preponderance which Nnamdi Kanu himself brought about. In other words, Operation Python Dance was ostensibly invited by Kanu and IPOB paramilitary actions, which were suggesting they were ready for an armed struggle whereas they were not.
Turning round to blame Nnia Nwodo for Operation Python Dance is just a case of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it and psychologically, a misplaced aggression and frustration. As a matter of fact, Ohanaeze actually condemned Operation Python Dance II and demanded that the military be withdrawn from Igbo land, which the media widely carried.
Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB may be saying the right thing but certainly the wrong way. Leaving him and IPOB to continue as loose cannons would mean acquiescing to their rants and narration as Igbo position. He and IPOB have misrepresented the Igbos grossly since he resurfaced in Israel.
Come to think of it, is Ohanaeze and its President General really in a position to stop the atrocities of the Fulani herdsmen in the East? Ohanaeze is not a security organization but a pan Igbo NGO saddled with advocacy for the betterment of the Igbo people in Nigeria. The most Ohanaeze can do is to push for better security in the South East and in Nigeria in general.
Advocacy is therefore the stock-in-trade of Ohanaeze and similar ethnic-based organisations and the Ohanaeze PG has done his best in the circumstance in which we live today. Those holding the constitutional powers and resources to do anything about the Fulani herdsmen atrocities in Igbo land are the governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their respective States. Yet, not a mention was made by Kanu about the governors’ inaction over insecurity in the zone but would pronounce a death sentence on the only voice left in the zone if we leave Enyinnaya Abaribe and one or two others out for a moment.
Nnia Nwodo cannot do more than advocate for Igbo cause and that he has done excellently well. He cannot arm Igbo youths to chase herdsmen out of Igbo land. Only Vigilante Operations authorised by governors can happen in Igbo land and Nnia Nwodo is pushing for that too, resulting in the Community Policing that would be under the South East governors and Local Government Chairmen.
So, the reason for Kanu’s constant attack on Nnia Nwodo is not checking the Fulani herdsmen atrocities or so much for insecurity in the South East but part of the IPOB broad plans to destroy Ohanaeze as the umbrella body for Ndigbo. That’s the role Nnamdi Kanu desires and covets for IPOB.
Question is: can what Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are doing be really who the Igbos are, what they represent and what they want? Far from it! IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu are now more of the problem than the solution to the Igbo man’s problem in Nigeria and the world for derailing from their original cause, pitching Ndigbo against their neighbours – South South, Yorubas and the entire country. They are also attacking Christianity, the religion of over ninety percent Igbos, destroying everything Ndigbo hold dear and stand for.
Biafra cannot come through insults, assaults and shenanigans. Biafra and the rights of Ndigbo in Nigeria will come through strategic engagements with the rest of the country and the world, not by alienating them.
Nnamdi Kanu needs to be saved from himself. He is now carrying on like a charismatic charlatan, destroying everything he laboured for in the Biafra struggle.
Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Uchenna Madu has dismissed stories that MASSOB is now under Nnamdi Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a childish handiwork of mischief makers.
Madu made this revelation when he spoke with Jungle Journalist Media Ltd on the phone. He revealed that contrary to assumptions, Chief Ralph does not head MASSOB, but had founded a new group after he was expelled from MASSOB.
The MASSOB leader said although Biafran groups can collaborate for the good of the struggle, there is no truth in the story of MASSOB-IPOB merger.
Hear him: “That story is childish, the handiwork of mischief makers. These people want to create confusion or sell falsehood in the struggle for Biafra.
“Chief Ralph Uwazurike is of Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), and so there is no way he can hand over an organisation that he has no control over.
“He doesn’t control MASSOB, so how does he hand it over to Nnamdi Kanu? Even Nnamdi Kanu and the leadership of the IPOB knows that the information is false. There is nothing like handing over to nay person, or collaborating with any person.
“As the leader of MASSOB, we have regard and respect for these organisations, we can collaborate, and align when it becomes necessary for the interest of Biafra, but there is no way our organisation can be collapsed into IPOB. Its not just possible. Its false information.
“Chief Ralph Uwazurike is the leader of BIM, Biafra Independent Movement. I respect him for they, whereas I am the leader of MASSOB. Some people mistaken him to be the leader of MASSOB. He was the founder of MASSOB, he led MASSOB until 30th November 2015 when he was expelled because of some internal issues. After one week of his expulsion, he formed BIM. But he is no longer in MASSOB”, he stated.
The Director General of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), Comrade Rita Anigbogu has described the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as a barefaced liar who had lied against respected Igbos in the past.
Anigbogu was reacting to accusations of Kanu against Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo and Chief Ralph Uwazurike, to which they had to use holy books to swear that they were innocent.
She said that having worked closely with Kanu in the past, she is aware that his Biafran agitation is not genuine and are driven by selfish motives.
The female Biafran political leader said “Nnamdi Kanu is a liar. He has lied against so many people, including myself and has continued to lie.
“He has lied against Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, the original founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), he has lied against late Dr Ikedife, a former president of Ọhaneze Ndigbo, who was until his death the Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
“So, for him to lie against Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo is not a new thing at all. Lying against Chief Ralph Uwazurike is the kind of thing Nnamdi Kanu loves to do.
“Our position in MOBIN is that he is a perpetual liar who came into the Biafran struggle with propaganda and pretence. He has three agenda- to gain power, to gain wealth and again to run down Uwazurike, based on his former face off with him. These are the three things that brought Nnamdi into the struggle, and he has achieved them all.
“So now that he has achieved it, his empire has already collapsed. Let him go and sit down, and allow those who have the zeal and genuine interest of Biafrans can unite and restore Biafra”, she stated.
Edo Indigenous Movement, under the auspices of the Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has called on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra to reorient his members that Edo people are not Biafrans.
Edo Indigenous Movement made this call in a Press Statement issued in Benin City by its President, Dr Bishop Omogiade E Edokpolo where he said the clarification has become necessary, owing to IPOB members who are urging Edo people to join the Biafran Movement.
Edokpolo said although Biafrans and Igbos have always been friends with the Edo people, it was wrong to suppose that Edo should be part of Biafraland, pointing out that such calls emanate from ignorance on the part of IPOB members.
“Nnamdi Kanu has said it many times that Edo is not part of Biafra”, he said, and urged Kanu to remind his members this important truth.
His words “It has been brought to our attention that the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB are calling Edo people to join the Biafrans. Now, it has always been made clear by the leader of that movement, who is Nnamdi Kanu that Edo people have nothing to do with Biafra, and we appreciate him putting out that information.
“But unfortunately, his followers seems to be ignorant about this matter.
“We want to use this medium to call on the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to make this matter clear to the Biafrans. It has been very clear that the Edo kingdom and empire has been there since 1180 c and from our research, the Biafran agitation started in 1967. You apparently see the big gap in dates of the emergence of Edo and that of Biafra. We don’t have any problem or issues with the Biafrans and the Igbos, but we just want to set this record straight, that the Edos are very professional, responsible, articulate and very civilized in their approach to any matter. This matter has been brought to the attention of Edo indigenous leaders and we are handling it in a very professional manner.
“So I want to use this opportunity, in the capacity of the leader of the Edo Indigenous Movement, to send a clear message to the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, to reorient and sensitize his people.
“This is because it appears that the information that their leaders have been directing to them is not very clear to them when it comes to Edo matters. The world is aware about the credible and mighty history of Bini kingdom. So let us not get these information twisted. I also want to send a clear message to all our indigenes who promptly responded to this mater, those who are confused about this should also by this message be aware of the place of Edo indigenes in the comity of Indigenous peoples.
“Edo Indigenous Movement is hereby telling you today that Edo people have nothing to do with the IPOB fellowship. Should there be any kind of unity or partnership, it is the Indigenous People of Biafra that need to merge with the Edo kingdom. Edo kingdom has been in preexistence, Bini kingdom has been in preexistence, and the world is aware of this. I call on all Edo people wherever they are to rise up today, and begin to put Edo agenda first by calling on your brothers and sisters to begin to believe in themselves, and begin to promote themselves, and to begin to advance the positive sides of Edo people.
“We have no problem with the Igbo people, they are our friends, we have never had a problem with them. But we need their leaders to reorient their people in line with our historical values. If there is anything we do not tolerate as a people, it’s relegation, marginalisation or reduction of character.
“Whether you are Esan, Afemai or Bini, begin to place one another’s interest first. We are here for you, and we will never let you down. This is what we ask from the Indigenous People of Biafra. I do believe that once their leader speak to them, they will listen at once”, Edokpolo stated.
A second batch of rice and other food items have been sent to Biafrans by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The food items, Jungle Journalist Media Limited learnt, is meant to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown for Biafrans.Speaking on the development, Nnamdi Kanu said in a broadcast“The second batch has arrived, third batch will be delivered direct to a location in Anambra. “Distribution to homes and families started yesterday and will continue until all vulnerable families are fed. I am not under any illusion that this is a very tiny drop in a mighty ocean but with the help of numerous Biafran philanthropists, few conscientious politicians and grace of God, Biafrans shall come through this hunger and pestilence stronger as a people and more united as a nation.“We must be guided by our creed at all times and remember that our ability to defend those who cannot defend themselves is what makes IPOB unique”, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu stated.Recall that Kanu had earlier sent N50 million to the IPOB in Biafra land, for onward distribution across the land. The money, according to the organisation, would be distributed among some missionary hospitals for treatment of patients, while the rest will be used for purchase of items.
Kings and traditional rulers from across the old Eastern Nigeria flocked to Umuahia in their numbers to pay their last respect to His Royal Highness, Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Meme Sally, parents of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The Royal gathering converged in a common canopy meant for rulers in the compound of the late monarch’s residence, along HRH Eze Kanu Crescent.
They came from Okpobo, Nembe, Ogoni, Ijaw, Isoko and Kwale in Rivers and Delta States.
Others were top traditional rulers from Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, who were on ground to wish the departed Monarch farewell.
They were Kings of territories which were part of the defunct Republic of Biafra.
There were also royal fathers from the five states making the South-East region, namely, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi states.
Fierce-looking security operatives lined Factory Road, which is the road to the venue of the burial ceremony.
Two Hilux Vans were stationed at the Eze Kanu Crescent junction, while an armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and other security vans patrol the entire area.
Speaking with our correspondent, Eze Dr. Ejike Gideon, from Imo state, described the departed king as “a good and honest ruler.”
He dispelled insinuations that everything about Biafra was evil.
“We are a peaceful people. God made us for peace and we are for peace. We don’t want fighting, we don’t have guns or machetes to fight anyone.
“Biafra existed long before. It is real and I urge them to give us Biafra,” he said.
Other traditional rulers spoke glowingly of the departed king.