Press Conference : Republic of BIAFRA is a REALITY!
“What had started as a belief was transmuted to total conviction; that they could never again live with Nigerians. From this stems the primordial political reality of the present situation. Biafra cannot be killed by anything short of total eradication of the people who make her. For even under total occupation Biafra would sooner or without Colonel Ojukwu, rise up again.”
"Surely, when a whole people is rejected by the majority of the state in which they live, they must have the right to live under a different kind of arrangement which does secure their existence. States are made to serve people; governments are established to protect the citizens of a state against external enemies and internal wrong doers." President Julius Nyerere
Biafra, Human Rights and Self determination in Africa.
April 13, 1968 (Dar es Salam)
We, “The Igbo Coalition in the Americas”, want to alert you about a serious humanitarian issue, the immense injustice that has befallen our peace loving, God fearing population, a people steeped in the Judea Christian and democratic values, the Igbo (or Ibo) nation in Nigeria.
Nigeria is at a crossroad again and as usual the Igbo nation is the scape goat. There is a concerted effort by Islamic extremists and Islamic political leaders in the Feudal Moslem North to subjugate the Igbo nation. This plot is openly and enthusiastically supported by such countries as Iran, Libya and Sudan. To Muslim extremists, the Igbo nation is the only force that stands between them and the total Islamization of West Africa.
We, the Igbo people have suffered many pogroms in the past. We are the survivors of the most brutal genocidal massacres ever unleashed in Africa, south of the Sahara. We have paid an immense prize at the hands of Moslem radicals who consider the Igbo nation as the most despicable of infidels outside of the Republic of Israel. In the past 50 years, more than 5 million Igbo people have died in pogroms, wars and massacres designed to “teach the Igbo a lesson”. For our rich Judea-Christian and democratic values, many Moslems regard us Igbo as little better than vermin, worthy of the most brutal treatment.
To illustrate the urgency of our plight, below is a small snapshot of a few of the pogroms and acts of genocidal slaughter that the Igbo have suffered in Nigeria since 1945:
Crimes of GENOCIDE Committed by NIGERIA on the IGBO “We do not want, Sir, our Southern neighbours to interfere in our development.... I should like to make it clear to you that if the British quitted Nigeria now at this stage the northern people would continue their interrupted conquest to the sea.” Mallam Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1947)
Later to become Prime Minister of Nigeria
1945 Northern Moslems kill HUNDREDS of IGBO civilians in the Northern city of JOS and loot their properties worth hundreds of millions of dollars!
1953 Northern Moslems pounce on IGBO civilians in the Northern city of KANO, HUNDREDS of IGBO men and women are killed and their property worth in the hundreds of millions are looted!
“The seeds of the trouble which broke out in Kano on May 1953 have their counterparts still in the ground. It could happen again, and only a realization and acceptance of the underlying causes can remove the danger of recurrence.” Official Report of the 1953 Massacre in Kano
British Administrative officer
“Mr. Chairman, Sir, since 1955 this government had laid down a policy. First Northerners, second Expatriates and third non-northerners. Mr. Chairman, Sir, I have noted very carefully all the speeches made by all the Members in the Honourable House and I am ready to put up to my Government their views and I hope my Government will give them consideration ... I think these two things are the major things I have to answer now. One is on scholarship and the other is on how to do away with the Ibos.” Alhaji Mustafa Ismaila Zanna Dujuna (Minister of Establishments and training)
AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS FIND
PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF GENOCIDE
1966 * MAY * JULY * SEPTEMBER *
(The worst pogrom in all of Africa up to that time!)
“It is pertinent to observe that the Atrocities Tribunal found as a fact that the Northern Nigeria authorities with their collaborators had devised a seven point program aimed at a complete extermination of the then Eastern Nigerians (now Biafrans) in Northern Nigeria and other parts of the federation. The program is outlined as follows: 1. (a) to kill off the Major-general and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, T. J. T. Aguiyi-Ironsi;
(b) to kill off all Yamiri (Igbo) Army officers;
(c) and subsequently purge the Army of Yamiri by killing the rest in the ranks.
2. With the aid of the Westerners in the army, to take complete control of the Armed Forces, the Police and the Navy and to purge off the Yamiri in these forces too. 3. To kill off and dispossess all the Yamiri domiciled in the Northern region. 4. To use the control of the Armed Forces to take control of the country’s Government. 5. To revenge Sarduana’s and Abubakar’s death by killing Dr. Zik, Dr. Okpara, Ojukwu and Major Nzeogwu. 6. To destroy Port Harcourt, Enugu and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. 7. To kill all
(a) Yamiri in top civil service posts;
(b) all wealthy Yamiri - male and female;
(c) all Yamiri educational giants;
(d) all grown up males and females of Yamiri;
(e) to leave out only sucklings in yamiri land.
(Tribunal Report pp. 133 - 134)” AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS FIND
PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF GENOCIDE
“The army was even more deeply involved. The following graphic report was given to the Atrocities tribunal by Paul I. Okwawa, the teacher we mentioned earlier, should silence the argument as to whether or not Nigerians had the intention to exterminate Biafrans:
“At 6.30 p.m. on October 1st we arrived at the (Kano) Airport and to my greatest surprise I saw a sight that drove fear into my heart. Literally all the Northern ex-politicians had gathered at the airport in their immaculate white gowns. I saw Aminu Kano. I saw Maitama Sule, Inua Wada. Many Europeans also came to the Airport. Exactly at 6.50 p.m. soldiers in green shirts and trousers invaded the Airport.
“I had a presentiment that something bad was in the air, and as we sat near our luggage we wondered whether these ex-politicians and their European, Asian and Arab friends had come to witness the final liquidation of our people. Soon shots were heard everywhere. That day was declared a public holiday, and as usual many Ibos came to the airport ....
“one soldier ordered me outside and asked me where I came from. When I told him I was a Mid-Westerner he told me I was lying because he knew where I came from. What I heard was: “About turn! Quick march!” I heard a shot behind me and I fell down and passed out.
“How long I was there before I came round I could not tell. But when I became conscious, a heap of dead men was on me. Some still breathing but others stone dead. It took me some time to extricate myself from the dead bodies heaped upon me. I crept over other dead bodies as I tried to hide because soldiers were still shooting people in their hiding places at the airport. ...” AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS FIND
PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF GENOCIDE
“Bestialities and indignities of all kinds were visited on Biafrans in 1966. In Ikeja Barracks (Western Nigeria) Biafrans were forcibly fed on a mixture of human urine and feaces. In Northern Nigeria numerous Biafran house-wives and nursing mothers were raped before their husbands and children. Young girls were abducted from their homes, working places and schools and forced into sexual intercourse with sick, demented and leprous men. Mr. Erif Spiff (Eye witness)
AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS FIND
PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF GENOCIDE “Finally, the monstrous atrocities which accompanied the groesome massacres of 1966 bore testimony to the fact that the perpetrators were religiously intent on genocide. There were numerous cases of torture and humiliation, maiming and mutilation, gouging out of the eyes and tearing out of the womb, slaughter and decapitation - atrocities which can only be explained by the determination of the perpetrators to destroy Biafrans in every conceivable way. A witness, Dick Iwobi, described to the Atrocities Tribunal an outrageous method of murder which Northern Nigerians practised on Biafrans:
“This punishment is one of the most dreadful way of crucifying a person. A heavy rod is tied across the back of the chest of the victim with his hands stretched and secured firmly on the rod. While the victim may still be standing on his legs, he is as helpless as a man nailed to a cross. In this position they then proceed to torture the victim by plucking his eyes, cutting his tongue or cutting his testicles ...”
AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS FIND
PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF GENOCIDE
Band of killers, mostly Moslems, in all Hamlets, Villages, Towns and Cities in Northern Nigeria carried out one of the most barbaric pogroms in contemporary history against the Igbo living in Northern Nigeria. At the end of three waves of all-out massacres, FIFTY THOUSAND IGBO (and other Easterner Nigerians) were slaughtered. Among the dead were men and women of all ages, as well as children. Unborn fetuses were not spared during these three months when armed marauders prowled everywhere outside of Eastern Nigeria, hunting Igbo people down like animals: Pregnant Igbo women were captured, their bellies ripped open and their unborn children hacked to death.
1967 - 1970 (Nigeria - Biafra War)
“Let us go and crush them. We will pillage their property, rape their womenfolk, kill off their menfolk and leave them uselessly weeping. We will complete the pogrom of 1966" The theme song of Radio Kaduna, government-controlled, is the above chant in Hausa.
“There has been genocide, for example on the occasion of the 1966 massacres ... Two areas have suffered badly [from the fighting]. Firstly the region between the towns of Benin and asaba where only widows and orphans remain, Federal troops having for unknown reasons massacred all the men.”
“According to eyewitnesses of that massacre the Nigerian commander ordered the execution of every Ibo male over the age of ten years.”
Monsignor Georges (sent down on a fact-finding mission by His holiness the Pope)
“All is fair in war, and starvation is one of the weapons of war. I don’t see why we should feed our enemies fat in order for them to fight harder.” Chief Awolowo (Minister of Finance)
THE BRUTALITY OF NATIONS
“Unfortunately this [Gowon’s] enlightenment at the top level does not penetrate very deep: a lagos police officer was quoted last month as saying that “the Ibos must be considerably reduced in number”
Dr Conor cruise O’Bien
21 December 1967
New York review “The same UNICEF representative went on to convey something of what lay behind this intransigence: “Among the large majority hailing from that tribe (Yorubas) who are most vocal in inciting the complete extermination of the Ibos, I often heard remarks that all Nigeria’s ills will be cured once the Ibos have been removed ...” THE BRUTALITY OF NATIONS
“I want to see no Red Cross, no Caritas, no World Council of Churches, no Pope, no missionary and no UN delegation. I want to prevent even one Ibo having one piece to eat before their capitulation. We shoot at everything that moves.” Asked what his forces would do when they overran the center of Ibo territory, Adekunle replied, “then we shoot at everything. Even things that don’t move.” Colonel Adekunle (Commander of the 3rd Marine Commando)
THE BRUTALITY OF NATIONS
DAN JACOBS Comments: General Obasanjo (current President of Nigeria) continued with the above policy after he replaced Adekunle as the commander of the 3rd Marine Commando. “One word now describes the policy of the Nigerian military government towards secessionist Biafra: genocide. It is ugly and extreme but it is the only word which fits Nigeria’s decision to stop the International Committee of the red Cross, and other relief agencies, from flying food to Biafra ...” Mayer
Washington Post (editorial)
July 2, 1969
In July, a Northern led army declared war on the Igbo/Easterners in their homeland in Southeastern Nigeria who, out of utter shock at the pogrom unleashed against the Igbo, had concluded that Easterners/Igbo were not wanted in the Nigerian Federation and had declared the Eastern Region the independent Republic of Biafra. By the time the war ended in January 1970, more than THREE MILLION IGBO people, including over a million children had died. Many of the dead, especially children, had died of starvation, a result of the deliberate policy of the Nigerian government, which had imposed a total land, sea and air blockade of Biafra, prohibiting even food and medical deliveries to the war zone!
“The war seems to be reaching its conclusion, with the terror of possible reprisals and massacres against defenseless people worn out by deprivations, by hunger and by the loss of all they possess. The news this morning is very alarming ... One fear torments public opinion. The fear that the victory of arms may carry with it the killing of numberless people. There are those who actually fear a kind of genocide.” Pope Paul VI
THE BRUTALITY OF NATIONS
“Until now efforts to relieve the Biafran people have been thwarted by the desire of the central government of Nigeria to pursue total and unconditional victory and by the fear of the Ibo people that surrender means wholesale atrocities and genocide. But genocide is what is taking place right now - and starvation is the grim reaper. This is not the time to stand on ceremony, or to ‘go through channels’ or to observe the diplomatic niceties. The destruction of an entire people is an immoral objective even in the most moral of wars. It can never be justified; it can never be condoned.” Mr Richard Nixon
September 9, 1968
During the Presidential campaign
“The loss of life from starvation continues at more than 10,000 persons per day - over 1,000,000 lives in recent months. Without emergency measures now, the number will climb to 25,000 per day within a month - and some 2,000,000 deaths by the end of the year. The new year will only bring greater disaster to a people caught in the passion of fratricidal war.” Senator Kennedy appeals to America’s Leaders for greater humanitarian aid to Nigeria - Biafra and efforts to end the civil war.
Sunday, November 17, 1968
“However, Richard Nixon got a very different sense of the situation when he met Rogers and officials of the African Bureau. Following their briefing, he telephoned his National Security adviser and said: “They’re going to let them starve, aren’t they, Henry.” President Richard Nixon
THE BRUTALITY OF NATIONS
Since 1980 thousands of Igbo have continued to be attacked and massacred! 1980 Northern City of KANO!
1982 Northern City of MAIDUGURI!
1984 Northern City of YOLA!
1985 Northern City of GOMBE!
1986 Northern Cities of KADUNA and KAFANCHAN!
1991 Northern Cities of BAUCHI, KATSINA and KANO!
1992 Northern City of ZANGO KATAF!
1993 Northern City of FUNTUA!
1994 Northern City of KANO!
2000 (Feb.) More than 3000 CHRISTIANS which included more than 2000 IGBO were slaughtered in cold blood by Northern MOSLEM FANATICS in the Northern City of KADUNA!
2000 (Apr.) Northern City of DAMBOA!
AT PRESENT SECRET KILLINGS OF IGBO CONTINUE IN THE NORTH! As we write, a well-designed plan is being carried out throughout Nigeria. The Igbo people are the largest single ethnic group of Christians in all of Africa. As usual the current plan targets the Igbo for subjugation, even destruction. The Igbo nation continues to pay a heavy prize for their religious beliefs and ethnic background!
Before we continue on this subject, we ask that you look at the map below:
As shown in the map above the following states: SOKOTO, ZAMFARA, KATSINA, KEBBI, NIGER, JIGAWA, YOBE, BAUCHI, BORNO, KANO, GOMBE are now Islamic states.
These states have unilaterally adopted Islam as their state religion and legal/criminal code, in direct and flagrant violation of the constitution of Nigeria. They have even gone further to stop and confiscate the assets of legitimate businesses that belong to law abiding citizens, mainly Igbo.
To understand the implications of what the Igbo and other non Moslem nations face in Nigeria, we have included the map of states in Nigeria showing the unfolding ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. Muslim extremists and their political and religious leaders now believe that, for Nigeria to remain one country, it must now become an Islamic nation. The people of Southern Sudan, for more than 30 years, have been involved in a life and death struggle with the Arab, Islamist Northern Government in Khartoum, in a total rejection of the Islamization of their area. We the Igbo people totally reject the TALIBANIZATION and ISLAMIZATION of Nigeria. The Igbo people do not want to live in an Islamic republic. We want to live in a nation in which the law makes a clear separation between church and state, where the law respects the rights of all citizens to follow the religion of their choice, where government can not make policies favoring one religion over another.
It is important that we stress the following:
Islam is a great religion and we have nothing against Islam or Moslem, whether such Moslems live in Nigeria or else where. We recognize the right of Moslems in Northern Nigeria, or else where, to practice and live by the Islamic principles in their own NATION. They have now declared that right and we support them.
Since the Igbo and other non-Moslems have every right to practice whatever religion they choose and live by whatever principles they choose, it is important that the free world recognize and accord this equally very important right.
This threat to Islamize Nigeria, and in fact West Africa can best be illustrated by the two articles below:
#1 Post Express
Date of Article: 06/05/2000
Topic: Libya to Build Islamic Varsity in Kano ... Signs N30b contract
Author: Bassey Inyang, Kano
Full Text of Article:
To further promote Islamic education in the country, the Libyan government, over the weekend in Kano, signed a contract of $300m (N30 billion) for the construction of an Islamic university in the city.
The $300 million school is to be known as Moumar Gaddafi Islamic University, Kano, a name borrowed from the Libyan strongman Col. Moumar Gaddafi. Addressing newsmen in Kano over the development, the Director of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), Mr. Mohammed Ali, said his organization is handling the project on behalf of the Libyan government, adding that the school project would be financed from the "Jihad Tax" paid by Libyans.
Ali disclosed that the decision to set up an Islamic university for the propagation of the faith in Nigeria was informed by one of the five pillars of the faith which provides for the prosecution of a Jihad (holy war) to spread the religion, first championed by Holy Prophet Mohammed."Whatever we are spending is from the pocket of the Libyan people called "Jihad Tax" it is one of the Islamic pillars that you have to do it with your money or through any other means" Ali, who spoke through an interpreter stated.
According to Ali, the idea behind the university was to ensure that the Islamic knowledge was preached throughout Nigeria and other sub Sahara African countries.
He stated that the idea behind the university was also aimed at checkmating the influence of European imperialists in Nigeria and Africa at large, adding that at the fullness of time, the project will facilitate the formation of the United States of Africa (USA).
Ali said the move by Gaddafi to propagate the teaching and learning of Islam in Nigeria was not new as the leader of the Jamahariah was only following the footsteps of his forefathers who helped in bringing Islam to Western Sudan. Ali, who also spoke on the conflicts in parts of Nigeria as a result of the introduction of the Sharia said the conflicts wee not borne out of the Sharia but external forces from outside the country who were bent on splitting Nigeria. He asked Nigeria to resist foreign powers with all resources at their disposal so as to keep the country united.
Ali disclosed that the WICS was enjoying every amount of support from the Kano State government and the Federal Government as well, saying "President Olusegun Obasanjo and Gaddafi are very good friends."
The Gaddafi University which is to be cited along Gwarzo road in Kano city, will be constructed by Messrs AG. Ferrario Ltd.
The school will cover all landscape of 137 hectres, and will teach all conventional subjects ranging from medicine, sciences, agriculture, engineering, arts and a host of others.
The contract papers were signed on behalf of the construction firm by Mr. Constantino Ferrario while Mohammed Ali signed on behalf of the Libyan government.
The Guardian Online
Tuesday, June 6, 2000
Nigerian Moslem leaders to attend Sharia summit in Niger
NIGERIAN Moslem scholars and leaders will attend a Sharia summit scheduled for Niger Republic's city of Madawa alongside their counterparts from Togo and Republic of Benin this week, British Broadcasting Corporation said yesterday.
The summit is to promote Islamic law in the sub region.
These two articles above and others that we can provide if needed, will definitely point the trajectory to an unfolding Islamic conquest if permitted. Remember that since 1945, Southern Sudan has been in a death struggle against this impending conquest.
We are told that “Nigeria has taken steps towards a fairer, more democratic government, that the elections held in February represent a positive sign for Nigeria’s future.” But does this also extend to the Igbo? Below is a verifiable track record of the so called fair democratic Obasanjo’s regime.
New Heights in Marginalization (Obasanjo regime) “A conversation with one of the most impressive ministers provided significant insight into the political aims of the federal Government .... The Minister discussed the question of the reintegration of the Ibos in the future state .... The war aim, and solution properly speaking of the entire problem, he said, was ‘to discriminate against the Ibos in the future in their own interest’. Such discrimination would include above all the detachment of those oil-rich territories in the eastern Region which were not inhabited by Ibos at the start of the colonial period (1900), on the lines of the twelve-state plan. In addition the Ibos’ freedom of movement would be restricted, to prevent their renewed penetration into other parts of the country ... Leaving any access to the sea to the Ibos, the minister declared, was quite out of the question.” The Biafra Story
If the history of skewed appointments since independence leaves any one in doubt about the emergence of a pattern, the Obasanjo regime has cleared such doubts. No regime has betrayed so much disdain for the rights of the Igbo in its appointments as the Obasanjo regime. We review the appointment so far. It is important to stress that no Igbo has attained the position as executive head of state of Nigeria since the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war in 1970; also glass ceiling has been created to limit Igbo from attaining ministerial positions in the following departments: Defense, Foreign, Petroleum, Internal Affairs, etc
i) National Security Council: South West (Yoruba) 4 (including the President)
North Central 3
North East 2 (including Vice-President)
North West 2
South South 1
South East (Igbo) 0
The absence of any person from the South-East zone contravenes section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution, especially as paragraph (1) of section 25 of part 1, 3rd schedule of the 1999 constitution dealing with the composition of the National security Council provides that two additional members may be appointed to the National Security Council at the president’s discretion.
ii Armed Forces: The South East (Igbo) does not presently have any Major General or the ranks above it in the Nigerian Army, or the equivalent rank in the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy and therefore, cannot produce any of the service Chiefs. Moreover, the number of officers of South-east (Igbo) zone is far short of the one sixth of the total as required by Section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution.
iii Nigerian police: Out of the 16 top police officers, VIZ, IG, DIGs & AIGs, there is only one AIG of South East (Igbo) origin, contrary to the constitutional requirements in Section 14(3). (IG - inspector general of police, DIG - deputy inspector general of police, AIG - assistant inspector general of police)
Also, the South-East (Igbo) Zone under the present structure of the Nigeria Police Force, would appear to be a colonized territory because:
Anambra State Command (an Igbo State) reports to the AIG based in Benin (South-South Zone).
Enugu State Command (an Igbo State) reports to the AIG based in Makurdi (North-Central Zone)
Abia, Ebonyi and Imo States Commands (all Igbo states) report to the AIG in Calabar (South-South Zone).
There is need for the zonal structure of the Nigeria police Force to be changed so that the Police State Commands in the South East Zone constitute its own zone with its zonal office based in the South-East zone, to which all the state commands of the 5 South Eastern States (Igbo) will report, as is the arrangement in other geo-political zones. It was recently that due to the demands of Igbo at home and in diaspora that Obasanjo grudgingly agreed to give the South East its own zonal command.
iv. Allocation of Ministries We quote the protest of South East (Igbo) Zone of the ruling Peoples democratic Party:
“We note that in the allocation of portfolios to the ministers appointed, there is a gross imbalance against the South-East (Igbo) Zone in the number and importance of the portfolios. Persons from the South-East Zone were given 3 Cabinet ministerial positions, which is the lowest number of all the Zones, and 4 ministers of State.”
For comparative purposes, it may be noted that:
South-west has 5 Cabinet Ministers (excluding Petroleum under The President) and 4 Ministers of State.
North-West has 6 Cabinet Ministers and 4 ministers of State.
North-Central has 4 Cabinet Ministers and 3 Ministers of State.
North-East has 4 Cabinet Ministers and 4 Ministers of State.
South-south has 4 Cabinet Ministers and 4 Ministers of State.
Social Dis-empowerment [ i] Employment in the Federal Sector
In spite of this elaborate provision of the constitution that there should be predominance of a few ethnic or other sectional groups and in spite of the powers given to the Federal Character Commission in this regard, some ethnic groups and some sectional groups have continued to have predominance in share of employment at the expenses of some other ethnic groups especially Igbo.
The deliberate under-representation in aggregation of States, effected by giving Igbo ethnic group less number of States than its population merits is a predictable ploy to ensure that Igbo will be permanently short-changed in the distribution of employment and other resources. Today, Igbo (South-East) lag, in the distribution of employment and amenities, behind the Yoruba (South-West) and the Hausa-Fulani (North-West), the two other major ethnic groupings with which Igbo rank in population.
The situation in representations and employments in International Organizations in Nigeria shows a similar pattern of marginalisation. Even among the three southern zones Igbo have been worse off. It is a major path of the marginalisation plan and cynical divide-and-rule tactic that for all positions coming to the southern zones, those at the helm of affairs have always contrived to head such positions away from the Igbo zone (South East) in favor of the other two zones especially the South West (Yoruba) in furtherance of the marginalisation of the Igbo.
Admittedly, some other zones from the north are also disadvantaged in terms of number of staff, but the reason, unlike the case of the South-East (Igbo) (where there is abundant and available relevant manpower in all fields of human endeavor), is that the zones have a paucity of the requisite manpower.
Racial Discrimination (a) Exploitation “Fortunately the oil statistics both of the major oil companies and of the Nigerian Government are available for study. For the month of December 1966 out of total production in Nigeria 36.5 per cent came from the Midwest, which was not part of Biafra. Of the Biafran production for that month, Lagos’ own figures show that 50 per cent came from Aba Province (pure Ibo area), 20 per cent from Ahoada Division (majority Ibo area), and 30 per cent from Ogoni Division and Oloibiri (Ogoni/Ijaw area).”
Aspects of the Biafran Affair, London
pp. 27, 28, 53 and 54
50% of Nigeria’s crude oil export come from Igbo speaking areas, and most of these areas have been carved out of Igbo states into non-Igbo states resulting in the separation of families and communities which has resulted in the further marginalization of the Igbo nation.
The presence of Igbo, a diaspora people, boosts the population figures of their resident States in census counts. Also, the contributions of the Igbo residents help the economy of the States. Yet, the Igbo residents are denied the full benefits of citizenship in all such States in many subtle but effective ways. Such ways include:
(i) Exclusion from the benefits of Federal Character Law: Dispensations (such as scholarships and employments) which flow to States (which means explicit geo-political basis of States, not tribes) are shared by their governments exclusively to the indigenes, as against the stranger residents, normally Igbo.
(ii) Differential Civil Obligations: Different tax assessments and school fees operate in favor of the indigenes, against the detriment of “stranger elements”, mainly Igbo. The heavier loser in this legal network of exploitation is the Igbo land. In a country where population size is a vital variable in revenue sharing, Igbo land loses the head-count of millions of her children in diaspora during national census (Igbo in diaspora- outside South East zone, constitute at least 50% of the overall Igbo population).Yet she is made to bear and suffer the grim natal obligations for these millions whom Nigeria denies the full protection of citizenship and residency rights through the manipulations of “State of Origin” proviso.
(b) Discrimination and attacks in business “I was having a talk to Enahoro the other week and asked him whether Ibos would ever be allowed to move around Nigeria after the war. He replied, “Well the army boys tell me they do not intend to let more than 50,000 Ibos live outside the east Central State ever again”. Senior Canadian Correspondent
The Biafra Story
Frederick forsyth Igbo businesses suffer also from many other discriminating laws. In Katsina State, there was unprovoked molestation of Igbo entrepreneurs in August 1999, resulting in arson on Igbo hotels, restaurants and businesses. This was followed soon after by similar destruction in Zamfara State following the islamization of the State. Again, all these acts seemed to enjoy immunity from the law. The nearest which Igbo got to an official acknowledgement of injustice was President Obasanjo’s reply to the letter of protest of Dr Orji Uzo Kalu, Governor of Abia State, in which he expressed his satisfaction that Katsina State Government had taken measures against recurrence of such incidents. Officialdom was, as usual, coldly silent on compensation for destroyed businesses or punishment of offenders.
(c) Society’s Scape-goats “But even at this stage certain points can be made with absolute certainty. First, whatever has been done, the Nigerian Military Government and its Head, the Supreme Commander, cannot escape responsibility in law.
“Second prima facie cases already exist against individual Nigerian Army commanders for instigation of, or responsibility for, distinct and numerous cases of mass murder over and above the requirements of war.
“Third, the charge of genocide is too big for the world authority vested by the signatories of the Convention in the United Nations to be required to wait for a post factum inquiry, or none at all. If the Convention is to rate as anything other than a useless piece of paper, a reasonable suspicion of genocide must suffice to bring investigation. This reasonable suspicious has been established months ago; and the United Nations is in breach of its own sworn word, embodied in Article One, so long as it continues to refuse to investigate. Lastly, whatever the Nigerians have done, the British Government of Harold Wilson has voluntarily made itself a total accomplice. As of December 1968 there can be no further question of neutrality, or ignorance, or a helping hand to a friendly government. The involvement is absolute.” The Biafra Story
Finally, the Igbo has always been the favorite scapegoats of the various ethnic political and religious conflicts and clashes in the country. The property of Igbo are frequently looted whenever there is group conflict, whether or not the Igbo are involved.
(d) Protection of the Law In all the riots Igbo were made victims as they were killed and their property destroyed or looted. In the history of Nigeria, no government has ever offered compensation or any other form of redress to the Igbo even in cases of perfunctory official inquiries. Ndi Igbo (the Igbo) enjoy less protection of the law than any other ethnic group in Nigeria. A blood-chilling celebration of the licence of impunity to the rest of Nigeria in their treatment of Igbo citizens was the confident action of the mob who hoisted the head of a murdered Igbo citizen, Mr. Akaluka on a pole in a macabre street procession of triumph right in the presence of law enforcement agencies, in Kano, during an orgy of days of Igbo racial-baiting and massacres.
Economic Dis-empowerment Denial and Delay of infra-structural Facilities The unwillingness of Federal Government to repair or reconstruct the bad infra-structural facilities damaged during the war hardened into cold indifference or indeed opposition to the existence of any infra-structures in Igbo land. The roads in the five states of South East (Igbo States) have been acknowledged by all observers as the worst in the Federation.
The attitude of the federal Government is clearly illustrated by one incident. The Onitsha market, the commercial knob of Nigeria with links of patronage to most states of West African sub-region, was burnt down in a fire disaster. The evident value of this market to the economy and foreign image of Nigeria should have been enough strong reason to move the Federal Government to remedial action. But she remained indifferent. The Onitsha market traders’ request for federal assistance to Federal government met with cold rebuff. The traders then asked for a loan in place of grant. This was also turned down. But at the same time, the Federal Government released 1.6 billion niara, more than the estimated cost of reconstruction of the Onitsha Market, for the Kaduna Trade Fair project This incident is typical of Federal Government’s policy of cold indifference (indeed, subtle but outright antagonism) to the infra-structural development of Igbo states.
The few Federal utilities in Igbo land suffer total neglect, even when their appropriate maintenance will have meant increased revenue to the Federal Government. Oji River Power Station and Afam Power Station have suffered virtual abandonment at a time of critical power shortage in Igbo land and Eastern area. The Coal corporation at Enugu has suffered the same fate. The Federal Government’s policy of total neglect of Igbo land has become so glaring that some conscientious non-Igbo Nigerians have been shocked.
Recently, more than 2,000 members of a non-violent organization, MASSOB (Movement for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra) were jailed and are still languishing in jail without trial for peaceful demonstration. Also there is presently over 8 million internally displaced Igbo (refugees from Islamic States in Nigeria) who lost everything and are yet to be compensated. These internally displaced people need urgent humanitarian assistance. We hope that you, Mr. President understands that you are interacting with a government that is guilty of depriving Igbo their property rights which were compulsorily acquired in contradiction of the provisions of the 1963 Constitution, Section 31 (1), No. 20, which was in operation at that time, by the Rivers State Government, Cross Rivers State Government, and the Federal Government of Nigeria after the Civil War, up till date the owners of these properties still await justice!
Nigeria is not a democracy by any definition, it is totally corrupt and a place where the rule of LAW has ceased to exist. Feudalism, Islamization and democracy have never been known to co-exist.
There are no other alternatives out there. There will be Islamic countries and there will be non Islamic countries, one of which is THE NEW REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA. We appeal to the President, People of the United States of America and the world to come to the aid of all those fighting to maintain their way of life, be it in Sudan or Nigeria, and offer them support and RECOGNITION, including the Republic of BIAFRA, just like was done for Czechs, Slovaks and for countries of the former Soviet Union.
United States of America’s growing military ties with Nigeria! “A congressional measure, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont, forbids the American military from assisting foreign troops that have violated human rights.” In a recent article in Nigeria’s Guardian news, Tuesday, August 22, 2000, the following heading was carried: “U.S. marines arrive for training of Nigeria soldiers”.
Does the Clinton administration understand that the Armed Forces in Nigeria stands indicted for GENOCIDE and CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY?
Does this not go against the congressional measure sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy?
There is enough evidence of war crimes against the present Defense Minister of Nigeria - Danjuma.
We hereby reaffirm that there is enough evidence of war crimes against the present President of Nigeria - General Obasanjo a one time commander of the 3rd Marine commandoes who massacred defenseless civilians in Biafra, and also former military dictator that committed crimes against innocent students and the civil populace. General Obasanjo was directly involved in the nurturing and rise of other Nigerian dictators like General Babangida, and General Abacha within the Armed Forces.
Human rights groups and other impartial observers have indicted the whole Nigerian Armed Forces already implicated for genocide and crimes against humanity in Nigeria (Igbo Nation, Ogoni Nation, ...).
This is the Army that carried the massacre of nearly of all Army officers of Igbo/ Eastern origin?
Is this not the Army that was implicated in the slaughter and massacre of more than 50,000 Igbo/ Easterners in all hamlets, villages, town and cities in Northern Nigeria and outside Igbo land?
Is this not the Army that wiped out the whole town of Odi in Rivers State in Nigeria?
Is this not the Army that for more than 30 years has systematically looted the treasury of Nigeria?
Will the Clinton administration tell the American public it is unaware of these heinous crimes by these war criminals?
Is it possible that President Clinton does not realize that he is hobnobbing with war criminals and those that committed genocide against the Igbo, Ogoni, ...?
Is there not enough documented evidence to prove our case?
President Clinton owes the American public, the Senate and the House an explanation!