By Ike A. Offor
In a move that is now considered as a lack of interest and inefficiency of Nigerian government via their foreign missions under Muhammadu Buhari to protect or defend the slightest interest of Nigerians in diaspora, IPOB has stepped up to defend the interest of Biafrans.
In a press release dated 4th of January 2017, the IPOB has stepped up to act as a government whose duty is to defend the interest of her citizens around the globe, since the successive government have failed to do just that.
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Though this may be seen as a joke to some, it actually means something for those who comprehends the importance of such gesture. They no longer allow the interest of their citizens in the hands of the Nigerian government but into their own hands. That is the first step of telling Nigerian government that they have failed, and they are taking charge of the affairs of the Biafran citizens henceforth.
The press in connection with the unlawful death of an Igbo young man in the hands of South African police officers via suffocation, has not received any reaction from the Nigerian government. One would ask, why would death of one man receive any attention from Buhari when massacre of over 800 Southern Kaduna indigenes received no attention from the same president.
IPOB Condemns The Killing of Victor Tochukwu Nnadi By South African Police Officers
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Western Cape wishes to strongly condemn the death of Nnadi who died while in the custody of some Officers of the South African Police, Cape Town CBD on 29th December 2016.
According to eye-witness statements and of onlookers, observers and some IPOB members present during the confrontation that led to the arrest and instant death of Nnadi, it was unanimously agreed among them that no other explanation can be given other than that the young man was brutally killed by some sadistic members of the South African police after he was arrested and handcuffed for suspicion of dealing in drugs.
Furthermore, the general opinion is that he was helplessly strangled to death by those police officers whilst in cuffs and even when he pleaded for his life, with his mouth producing foam as well as his whole face bleeding, the police officers never bothered to release his cuffs.
Indeed there can be no justification for this gruesome slaughter of this innocent, young man whom no court of law had previously never convicted of any crime.
We call on every progressive person and organisation in South Africa to condemn this xenophobic killing of this innocent African man so as to prevent future xenophobic killings.
We also call on the authorities to leave no stone unturned in uncovering the truth behind this brutal satanic murder of this law-abiding man.
Furthermore, the death of Nnadi should serve as a timely reminder to all sons and daughters of Biafra that no place, not Nigeria and not even South Africa, can ever be compared to the independent Republic of Biafra. As a result of the genocidal killings and blatant injustices against Biafrans by successive Nigeria’s despotic governments since the end of the war in 1970, millions of our men and women have been forced to migrate from Biafraland to different parts of the world.
Those of us who came to South Africa for safety, help and an opportunity to live a normal life can confirm today that it’s not yet Uhuru. There is nothing comparable to a country where one is treated as a citizen in words and deeds.
There can be nothing comparable to a country that understands that, as a citizen, you are entitled to justice, fairness and human rights. Comrades, brothers and sisters, that country is BIAFRA!
It is sad that Nigeria has hounded many of our people into doing all sorts of things in order to able to make out a livelihood. But we must continue to aim high to be able to stop the plot to criminalize the Biafran people.
Let’s all keep out criminal activities; let’s all always observe and respect the laws of our host country, South Africa. Let’s always represent the best of Biafra: hard work, creativity and humility.
Biafra will not come on its own. It can only come about through a struggle. On that note, we want to invite you all to join IPOB and the struggle for Biafra.
Let’s also learn from the South African experience that says that freedom is not free. It comes after a persistent and uncompromising struggle.
Signed: Mazi Innocent Alia (Zonal Coordinator – Cape Town: Indigenous People of Biafra)