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Don’t Panic On Federal Government Aircraft Deal, IPOB Tells Biafrans

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 From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday asked Biafrans to remain calm and resolute over the recent move by the Federal Government to acquire some aircraft from the United States of America (USA).

Federal Government, it was gathered had approached the US government for the purchase of some aircraft from her to enable it intensify and win the fight against Boko Haram.

 The move has been seen in many quarters of Biafran land as a negative omen for Biafra agitation, with many feeling that US government selling aircraft to Nigeria would be equipping the Federal Government to run over agitators.

 But, in a statement yesterday by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the group said the business deal by the two governments would not in any way affect Biafra struggle.

“In view of the US government, Boko Haram threat has to be dealt with militarily.

“It’s for the US to provide compelling reason(s) as to why the sale of the aircraft will be detrimental to the overall US national interest. The USA is a country of civilised people, therefore, they base their foreign policy decisions on hard facts and self preservation, not sentiment or emotion.

 “Nigeria remains a ‘sovereign’ state, with the backing of US closest ally, Britain that created it. What we are witnessing here is international politics at play and nothing for IPOB to worry about.

“Britain, having publicly vowed to save Nigeria recently, when it said it won’t allow any break-up, has now gone the extra mile to back up its words with military assistance from the world’s top super power, which is to be expected under the circumstance.

 “This move, if politically motivated by the British, is calculated to demoralise IPOB and if we allow it to, then they would have scored a crucial psychological victory over us.

“Liberation struggle is never a walk in the park or endless smooth sailing, sometimes you get knocked sideways but you recover and continue marching forward.

“The question we must ask is this, is the existential threat of Boko Haram more compelling at this material time to necessitate military assistance from the US to Nigeria vis-a-vis human rights needs?

 “Unfortunately, the answer is yes, because President Donald Trump knows that there is no way the Nigeria Air Force could conceivably conduct unprovoked and disproportionate bombing raids against Biafrans in this digital day and age.

“We must, therefore, not allow ourselves to be distracted from doing the needful, which is hard diplomatic work necessary to win over foreign powers to our cause.”

Boko Haram  is an extremist violent Islamic group and therefore falls within the category of issues that US accord the utmost priority, so, this deal is nothing to worry about.

 “We must not forget that we, IPOB, especially the new leadership in the US, can stop this deal dead in its tracks if we work doubly hard to invoke the Leahy Law. But then, again, do we want Boko Haram to continue to gain ground unchecked? These are hard questions we must address .” 

It, therefore, stressed that the battle for Biafra independence would not be determined with fighter jets and bombers but with the influence of friends and allies of Biafra in the corridors of power all over the world.   (The Sun)

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