By Chima Onyekachi
November 16, 2016

Apart from Americans who voted for Donald Trump to become the President-elect of the United States of America, his most vigorous and vibrant supporters were Biafrans. His victory was not only celebrated in US but also in Biafra land. A popular Biafra activist of American descent, Shawn Branch, described Biafrans as been more passionate than the Americans who wanted Donald Trump as President. You cannot blame Biafrans for been too passionate, because they saw in Donald Trump what they could not find in outgoing President Barack Obama.

Donald Trump, (just like the Indigenous People of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu), was never taken serious when he made his intention known to become the President of US. Trump was mocked and laughed at, by virtually everyone described as “personalities and intellects.” He was not deterred by the so-called personalities and intellects but consistently passed his messages to the people of America.
Trump was not spared by the mainstream media, as his image was repeatedly slandered on their platforms, public opinion polls were fabricated against him and his political rallies were hardly covered. Donald Trump, a businessman without any experience as a politician, without minding, had to see his business empire suffer greatly because of his quest to serve his people and according to him “make America great again".

Trump did not only contended with Hilary Clinton and her Democratic Party, he also had to contend with senior members of his own Republican Party. He was seen as not fit and suitable enough by the party hierarchy to be the party’s flagbearer. Surprisedly for them, Donald Trump won the party’s presidential primaries. With the incumbent President Barack Obama and four surviving past US Presidents openly opposing him, he looked like he had no chance but he prevailed. Close allies to the US did not hide their mistrust and fear for Trump’s candidacy as they openly called for renegotiation of their agreement with the US.

Donald Trump suffered a great deal in gaining the attention and trust of majority of Americans to become the President-elect of the US.

At the beginning, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, were mocked and aspersed as jobless, miscreants, fools, illiterates and touts, by several Nigerians. The arrest and illegal detention of Nnamdi Kanu changed the tempo of the struggle as Biafrans showed their formidability and resoluteness, even as they were gunned down by the Nigeria armed forces and police. The mainstream media were gagged from any reportage that relates to IPOB and they looked away while atrocities were committed against Biafrans. But in recent time, the media has picked interest in activities relating to the restoration of Biafra.

Unsurprisingly, those politicians of Biafra extraction that never took IPOB serious in the clamor for the restoration of Biafra seems to have back-tracked and are now seeking relevancy in relation to the struggle. Even those that called Biafrans ‘online warriors” have lost their voice due to the resiliency exhibited by Biafrans in several protests and demonstrations across the globe. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have set the bar so high in the quest for the restoration of Biafra by making the world discuss ‘Biafra of Spirit” in an exhibition in faraway Czechoslovakia.
It is obvious that the restoration of Biafra will take many by surprise, just as the victory of Donald Trump has placed some of his opposition on a suicide watch list; some people are being monitored from committing suicide because of the victory of Trump.

Biafrans must remain consistent and bold in the face of adversaries just like President-elect Donald Trump did, so as to emerge victorious at the end of the battle. The attention of the world must be drawn to our plight because we have always stood on the truth. As we march on the road to our freedom, let us be aware it will get tougher but we shall survive.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie


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