It appears that the Independent People Of Biafra have had enough of brutish force and senseless killings of their members by the Nigerian security forces, and have now activated their self-defense mood. How this will play out remains to be seen.
By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said in a statement yesterday that the All Progressive Congress, APC, led government is trying to provoke Biafrans into retaliation by attacking and killing their members during a prayer session in Aba, Abia State.
The group alleged that between October 2015 and February 8, 2016, more terror attacks were carried out on Biafrans on the instruction of the APC government, leading to the untimely and gruesome death of many Biafrans while thousands of others were seriously injured or maimed.
The statement from United Kingdom signed by IPOB Spokespersons, Mr Emma Nmezu, a lawyer and Dr. Clifford Iroanya said: “On February 9, 2016, a combined team of Nigerian Police and Army invaded a private gathering of Biafrans at Aba where they were offering prayers to God to give victory to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the court.”
The group stated that the combined team of military and police including other security agents working for Nigerian government opened fire at the defenceless Biafrans, killing 10 of them instantly, while others sustained gunshot injuries all over their bodies. Biafra protesters
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“We have written several letters and notifications to Heads of Governments of all countries and members of their Legislative Arms on the plight of the Indigenous People of Biafra as we face extermination by the gun-totting and trigger-happy armed agents of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari. The world leaders and their governments have turned deaf ears and blind eyes to our plight.
“We have been tortured, killed, maimed, disenfranchised economically and politically, humiliated, made to desert our homelands, and treated like slaves in our own land. In all these, the entire world pretended that nothing happened.
“Now, we have come to the painful but irreversible conclusion and determination to take our fate and destiny in our own hands. Biafrans will now be in the mood of self defense as enshrined by the relevant acts and declarations of the United Nation. Let no country or world leader attempt to tag us as terrorists because we are not terrorists, rather we are fighting for our survival and from being exterminated from the surface of the earth.
“We shall defend ourselves with everything and anything necessary to avoid the continual killing of our mothers, fathers, and children. This is the time for all Biafrans to rise and defend themselves. We cannot fold our arms and watch agents of Nigeria government kill us the second time after killing over two million of us in 1968,” it stated.
Meanwhile, IPOB in another statement signed by its Media and Publicity officer, Mr Emma Powerful has warned one Chief Chris Elumuno whom he said has been parading himself as the Chairman of all the chairmen of the South East Ohaneze Ndigbo to stop castigating IPOB by allegedly saying unprintable things against the group.