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Biafra: [IPOB Press Release]: Not Everyone With A Biafran Name Is A Biafran; But The Day Of Reckoning Is Fast Approaching

The Biafra Post | 05 July, 2020

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the prophet and liberator of our time have categorically stated time and time again, to all and sundry, that everybody that bears a Biafran name cannot be expected to support wholeheartedly the move IPOB is making to ensure that our freedom is restored because not everyone with a Biafran name is a Biafran by blood or descent. We urge the good people of Biafra not to be unduly burdened when certain comments designed to pander to the Fulani Janjaweed Caliphate are uttered by some individuals or politicians as we march ever so remorselessly to our destination which is freedom for Biafra. Some of these misguided individuals may be suffering from a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome and therefore should be pitied rather than condemned.

Our position against the flawed foundational structures upon which our British colonial masters constructed the fraudulent ediffice Flora Shaw originally named Nigga-area later anglicised to Nigeria by her lover Frederick Luggard The Creator, is unwavering. The horrific British colonial experiment we now know as the Damnable Zoological Republic of Nigger-area must not be allowed to stand. It doesn't matter what ignorant neo-colonial slaves say or do, the Fulani Janjaweed Caliphate will continue to use unity of Niggeria as an excuse to continue their age long camping of mass murder, genocide and ethnic cleansing as millions watch on impotently under the guise of keeping a British colonial product one.

Each person is entitled to his or her opinion about whether to be a free soul or to continue living as the glorified slave they are. For us in IPOB, we have chosen to be free but we shall let those that wish to be enslaved to continue to do so till eternity. It's all about choice!

Again we reiterate that we are not expecting every person to support Biafra agitation as long as we know that currently 99.9 per cent of our people are in support of the movement IPOB is making towards our quest for Biafra independence. We are not perturbed by the utterances of a few compromised politicians and their shameless agents, who because of their desire to please their slave masters, are ever ready to sabotage our collective interest. A million of them cannot deter us in our quest and unstoppable march to restore Biafra in the shortest possible time.

We are equally aware that Biafran politicians serving Niggeria in Abuja and other places took an oath to be 'faithful, loyal and honest' to Niggeria which for some of them means subjugating their fellow citizens to the devilish whims of the caliphate masters in Janjaweed core north. So, we expect them to honour their pledge the same way those of us serving Biafra in different capacities have pledged to serve her with the last drop of our blood and make sure it comes into existence in our time. The ungodly statements from Biafra politicians is an encouragement to us because it only serves to fire up our determination to restore our lost identity and freedoms. We quite understand that they are under the influence of whatever it is their Janjaweed Caliphate masters fed to them but in time they shall all be put to shame or worse.

IPOB is well organised the world over and solidly built on an immovable rock.  Mere words from Efulefus cannot change our strategy nor will it dent our resolve to restore Biafra in every truth and honesty. IPOB and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are ready for more remarks from these traitors, their foot soldiers and pay masters. But our assurance to them is that in the end, they will regret their actions. The day of reckoning is fast approaching.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

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CHRISTIAN KILLINGS: Are Nigeria’s Christians the target of a genocide?

Published on The Biafra Post | 05 July 2020

Art-work depicting the mass killings of Christians in Nigeria by the Fulani Islamists
Are Nigeria’s Christians the target of a genocide? That is the conclusion of a number of religious freedom analysts and Nigerian clergy who joined a recent online press call.

Haram Islamic Militants have for years raged against minority Christian communities in northern Nigeria, and their intention to drive out “Western” influences and establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria seems clear. But increasingly brutal attacks on Christian villages in Nigeria’s central “middle belt” region have been attributed to Fulani cattle herders and have been explained as the result of conflict over diminishing resources.

But advocates gathered for an online press call hosted by the international advocacy group In Defense of Christians on June 25 believe that Christians are being explicitly targeted in the ongoing violence in an effort to drive them off their land. They argued that the United States and the Nigerian central government must come up with a comprehensive plan to better protect the region’s Christians.

Frank Wolf, a former member of Congress from Virginia, bluntly denounced U.S. efforts in Nigeria so far, urging the creation of a special envoy to investigate the conflict. He said he was dismayed “for America to see genocide and not do anything about it.”

“I believe it will lead to what has happened in Darfur and Rwanda; I give Congress an ‘F.’ It has failed,” Mr. Wolf, a longtime campaigner for religious freedom, said. “Every day there is a delay…in appointing this special envoy, more people will die.”

He warned that if nothing more is done to protect Christians, the crisis will not be limited to fractious regions of Nigeria. “So goes Nigeria, so goes West Africa,” Mr. Wolf said, adding, “and some people say, ‘So goes Nigeria, so goes all of Africa.’”

Increasingly brutal attacks on Christian villages in Nigeria’s central “middle belt” region have been attributed to Fulani cattle herders and have been explained as the result of conflict over diminishing resources.

Gregory Stanton, the founding president and chair of Genocide Watch reported that since 2012 attacks by Fulani raiders, Boko Haram and other militants have killed as many as 27,000 Christians in Nigeria, more than died at the hands of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

He argued that the nature of the attacks clearly fit the U.N. definition of acts of genocide. “They now arrive with truckloads of fighters and simply massacre a Christian village and leave the Muslim village alone,” he said.

The “central government is acting like a bystander” as the attacks continue, he said.

The attacks, primarily on Christian farming communities, have been described as the result of tension over land use and traditional grazing rights. But these advocates say that narrative is belied by the clear and repeated targeting of unarmed Christians by well-armed Fulani raiders. Who is arming the attackers and what their long-term goals are remain critical issues to explore.

According to Mr. Stanton, researchers at Genocide Watch believe that Islamist extremists targeting Christian villages are acquiring weapons “from corrupt [Nigerian] army officers” and have been receiving financial support from inside Nigeria.

He believes, however, that militants may soon be able to tap into a worldwide support network among Islamist extremist groups. “Boko Haram has already said it is part of ISIS,” he said, “and we now have evidence that Fulani militias are linked up with that group as well.

“Money can come from all over the world, including the Middle East, and the danger is that this thing could blow up and become a huge problem.”

The nature of the attacks clearly fit the U.N. definition of acts of genocide. “They now arrive with truckloads of fighters and simply massacre a Christian village and leave the Muslim village alone.”
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“The future of Nigeria is bleak for Christians,” said Benjamin Kwashi, the Anglican archbishop of Jos. “I have seen far more funerals than I have seen any wedding ceremonies.”

He charged that the Nigerian government has abandoned its responsibility to maintain security and protect the vulnerable. He added, “A good number of the dead are children and women, the helpless, people that rely on the protection of government.”

Archbishop Kwashi said, “This thing is systematic; it is planned; it is calculated.” He complained that “the world doesn’t want to hear that, including the Nigerian government.”

“They have always explained it away as farmers-and-herders clashes,” he said. “There is no doubt that in history, communities have always had their clashes. The Fulani, whom we know, have always had their clashes with local people. They are usually settled. But this one is a different one because these killers are well armed.”

And, he said, they come to slaughter and burn, not to settle differences over land or grazing rights. “These are calculated, systematic, intentional killings of people and driving them away from their land,” Archbishop Kwashi said.

“Every time we had to raise our voices to say this is going on [government officials and human rights advocates] always produce a political narrative to say that it is farmers and herders clashing.

“That is an evil narrative to cover up,” he charged.

“The future of Nigeria is bleak for Christians,” said Benjamin Kwashi, the Anglican archbishop of Jos. “I have seen far more funerals than I have seen any wedding ceremonies.”
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A report on the conflicts from the International Crisis group acknowledges the increasing role of “Jihadist groups” but indeed depicts the conflict as the result of increasing tension between herders and farming communities.

According to the International Crisis Group, the violence has killed over 8,000 people since 2011 and displaced over 200,000. Many have sought refuge in neighboring Niger. But, according to I.C.G., the “violence is rooted in competition over resources between predominantly Fulani herders and mostly Hausa farmers.”

The I.C.G. reports, “It has escalated amid a boom in organized crime, including cattle rustling, kidnapping for ransom and village raids.” The report does acknowledge that “Jihadist groups are now stepping in to take advantage of the security crisis.”

Anietie Ewang is a researcher for the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. She described the origins of the conflict between Fulani and Hausa farmers, both Christian and Muslim, as complex with roots both in competition over resources and longstanding ethno-religious tension. She said there have been attacks and reprisals between both communities and primarily blames government incapacity for the acceleration of the conflict. Crimes often go uninvestigated and unprosecuted, she said, and victims do not trust the government to bring perpetrators to justice.

But she argued that there was “nothing to suggest these are targeted attacks [against Christians], but there are religious and ethnic undertones because of the history and that cannot be taken away.”

“We are seeing violence on both sides, revenge attacks,” she said, “with very little being done in terms of investigation and protection and accountability on the part of the authorities.” She added, “When people don’t see accountability and justice being done, you have a society that becomes perceived as a kind of free-for-all.”

She said the Nigerian government must be held accountable to protect its citizens and prosecute wrongdoing but that it must also restart suspended efforts to negotiate the interests of Fulani pastoralists and Hausa farmers, addressing the underlying tensions between the two communities.

Recent Statements from the U.S. State Department have deplored attacks on unprotected Nigerian villages, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the Nigerian government to do more to protect all of its citizens.

A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the suggestion that the attacks on Christians could be construed as acts of genocide but said that “the U.S. government helps Nigerians prevent and mitigate inter-communal conflict through our diplomacy, security assistance, police and justice reform programs, peacebuilding, dialogue efforts and development programs.”

The spokesperson, who according to standard protocol declined to be named, added, “Given the already robust U.S. government focus on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, we do not believe that appointing a Special Envoy would add significant value at this time.”

The spokesperson pointed out that Nigeria had been placed on the State Department’s special watch list in December 2019 after “Secretary Pompeo determined that the Nigerian government engaged in and tolerated severe religious freedom violations.”

“We remain concerned by the widespread violence across the country affecting all religions and ethnic groups, including Christians,” the spokesperson added.

According to the spokesperson, the United States is carrying out “a robust interagency effort to support our Lake Chad region partners to counter the Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa insurgencies and professionalize the military and police forces.”

Despite such efforts, more is needed to improve security for Nigeria’s Christians, according to Nigerian Christian leaders.

Pointing out that the presidency and top security posts in Nigeria are held by Muslims, the Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto charged that “this government has given quite a lot of oxygen to Islamist extremism.”

“We are really dealing with the fate of those who are out of power,” he said.

Noting the resource limitations of the church in Nigeria, he said it was his hope that the global reach of the Catholic Church could help focus more attention on the plight of Nigeria’s Christians.

“I would like to hear much much more from prominent archbishops in the United States and Europe,” he said.

Kevin Clarke
Kevin Clarke is America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press). @clarkeatamerica

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How They Listen To Nnamdi Kanu: Pick and Choose

By Emeka Maduewesi | The Biafra Post | 04 July 2020

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, respectfully greets Nnia John Nwodo, Ohanaeze President
He killed his brother and blamed the Bible. Being a Christian fundamentalist, he had made the decision that he would always consult the Bible before doing anything significant. Although he had read the Bible from cover to cover, whenever he wanted special inspiration, he would close his eyes, open the Bible randomly, and point at any part of the opened pages. He would then open his eyes and read the verse on which his index finger rested. Most times he would make a second trip before forming his opinion and taking the necessary action. He would first open the Bible from a position that would likely be the Old Testament, before validating it with the New Testament.

The day he killed his brother, his index finger had rested on these words, “Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” It was from the Old Testament. Following his custom, he did a second take for guidance and validation from the New Testament. His finger rested on these words,  “You go, and do likewise.” So, he killed his brother and swore Jesus specifically asked him to do what Cain did to Abel.

That's how some Igbos listen to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. They pick and choose which aspects of his broadcasts they want to “hear” and react to. If during an hour-long broadcast, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu spent 3 minutes calling out Igbo pastors, they will use their index fingers to point at the 3-minutes tirade on the pastors. They will forget that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a pastor who died for civil rights.

If in a two-hour broadcast, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu mentioned stoning Igbo political leaders and elders, they will forget everything he said in that broadcast and leech onto the stoning of elders and politicians. No one has yet stoned Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who at one time encouraged Nigerians to stone their leaders to deter them from looting our commonwealth. I guess Nigeria’s public funds are safe now.

We like cheap shots. We love finger-pointing. We pick and choose what to react to and what to “jump and pass” in any broadcast or publication. Gradually, the Igbo nation is crystallizing into three camps; on the one hand, are the “One Nigerians” who oppose the IPOB and the quest for self-determination, and on another are those who support the IPOB to the hilt, and yet another are those who support the IPOB but oppose the methodologies. I am more concerned about the last two groups. They bring to mind the story of the last two Jews in Kabul, Ishaq Levin, and Zablon Simintov.

For years Afghanistan's last two Jews carried on a bitter feud. From the Taliban tyranny to the American occupation, Ishaq Levin and Zablon Simintov squabbled and plotted against one another in Kabul's Flower Street Synagogue. The only thing they could agree on was their mutual loathing. The pair lived at opposite ends of the synagogue, refusing to speak except to exchange curses. Both were jailed and tortured by the Taliban. Each accused the other of betrayal.

The acrimony first erupted in 1998 when, according to Simintov, Jewish elders told him to bring the elderly Levin to Israel. Levin refused to go, and each man accused the other of wanting to sell the synagogue. The rift deepened when the Taliban took their Torah Scrolls, a lambskin containing Jewish law. When Levin died, police suspected Simintov of murder until a post-mortem examination showed natural causes.

So, what's the update on Kabul's Flower Street Synagogue (which I liken to Igboland) that Ishaq Levin and Zablon Simintov refused to unite as brothers to protect? After Levin’s death, Simintov was alone in the two-storey complex. His carpet shop was long gone, he lived in penury, asking visitors for whiskey and phone cards. Down the hall, tattered religious texts were piled in a cupboard, and thick dust coats the altar along with globs of excrement from birds which nest in the light fittings. Levin's apartment is directly underneath. It has been sealed by police but through paint-splattered windows can be seen broken furniture, clothes spilling from a chest, and stacks of useless banknotes from the former regime piled on the carpet.

Ishaq Levin and Zablon Simintov simply refused to coexist. They had survived the Taliban, but did not survive each other. When Mr. Levin died in January 2005, it would seem that Mr. Simintov won. He got the Synagogue to himself and in Kabul's soaring property market, the building is worth several million dollars.  But he was alone in the two-storey complex of empty rooms, lived in penury, and depended on strangers for sustenance.

Those against IPOB in any form seem to lack the brains to appreciate the monstrosity of the problems facing Southern Nigeria generally and the Igbos in particular. Like Ishaq Levin and Zablon Simintov, they continue to cast blames and point fingers over the future of Igboland, as if we have simply refused to coexist. But how much is Igboland worth to you? How would Igboland be saved from the Fulani scourge?

The truth is that the only credible opposition against the injustices and the monumental failure of governance in Nigeria is the IPOB. The IPOB is the voice of the voiceless. Fortunately, this same IPOB is the only group the federal government of Nigeria pays any attention to, knowing that IPOBians are not political prostitutes. Ask yourselves, “While Ishaq Levin and Zablon Simintov survived the Taliban, will you survive the Fulani invasion?”

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is the voice of millions of voiceless Nigerians who are being physically and mentally abused by the Nigerian state every day, year in year out. Nnamdi Kanu is the voice of millions of Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnicity, who have no platform to put their point of view out there for the world to hear. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s mouth is their only weapon against the ruling class and those of you who enable them. Nnamdi Kanu is a non-violent protester. If his sharp mouth shoots you or any of your loved ones, (like your elders or pastors), consider it a shock therapy to rouse you from your sleeping state into rethinking your circumstances in the failed Nigerian state.

While the world sees Nnamdi Kanu as the symbol of Igbo resilience and Biafra’s self-determination, how does the world see you? Who are you? What do you represent? Where do you stand on the Igbo question? How exactly will history remember you? That you stood firm in opposition to tyranny, or that you prevaricated and ran around like the testicles of the village lunatic? Go ahead, pick and choose; will you rethink Nigerian’s failed state and actually do something about it, or will go about complaining about someone who poured cold water on you to wake you up for the journey of your life?

Permit me to conclude this essay with the immortal words of Frantz Fanon, in African Revolution: Political Essays, “The future will have no pity for those men who, possessing the exceptional privilege of being able to speak words of truth to their oppressors, have taken refuge in an attitude of passivity, of mute indifference, and sometimes of cold complicity.”

Éméka Maduewesi, Esq., LL.M
(Emeka Maduewesi is an Igbo Nation Activist. He practices Intellectual Property, Technology, and Antitrust law in Silicon Valley, California)

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