Nnamdi Kanu Petitions United Nations Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses In Nigeria |The Republican News

Edward Nnachi

Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, petitioned the United Nations and its relevant agencies over alleged human rights abuses suffered by its people at the hands of the Nigerian government.

A statement signed by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Director, Comrade Emma Powerful, which was made available to The PUNCH, in Abakaliki, hinted that there was hope that the UN and officials in Geneva, were giving adequate attention to the various human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated against members of the group.

The statement read, “The enigma championing the current restoration quest of Biafra and leader of the indomitable Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, today, the 18th day of September 2019, scored yet another mark as he led a delegation of Biafrans to an all-important series of meetings with various United Nations agencies and its officials in Geneva.

“He demanded urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafrans and the need to support the undeniable right of Biafrans to self-determination as enshrined in law, statute and various UN conventions. The case of RUGA settlement by stealth was also raised and the august body was left in doubt that Biafrans will never allow Fulani settlements in Biafraland.

“Every issue concerning our people is now before the various arms and agencies of the United Nations. Our case will no longer be ignored.

“‘Every issue concerning our people’ as mentioned by Kanu ranges from the incessant killing of Biafrans in their own land, extortion and killing of Biafran motorcyclists and commercial drivers.

“Exploiting the rights of indigenous people to self-determination as provided by the UN charter 2007, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his usual charismatic poise has conscientiously pursued freedom for the oppressed people of Biafra.

“He also raised the issue of the continued illegal detention of Omoleye Sowore, the relentless persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheikh El-Zakzaky, ongoing tragic ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt and plight of Christian minorities in core North. From every indication, there is palpable air of assurance that all the years of neglect of Biafra as a global issue requiring serious attention is now a thing of the past.”

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


 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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