By Ifeanyi Chijioke - TBP
July 13, 2017

Hell will not be more severe to evil doers than to those that could do a thing but watched on without shunning it; let it be where I anchor consequences of not heeding to this kindest call. Biafra referendum needs activation and by so doing; humanity can avert the impending doom in Nigeria. Situation in Nigeria has become a global threat that if not addressed, the world will someday look back and say we failed, like the Prime Minister of Israel regrettably said; we watched on while genocide and crimes against humanity thrived in Biafra.

Nigeria as the most populace African country needs not be torn apart by war or crisis which by her rejection of referendum is headed for crisis. It would be a monumental loss of conscience that humanity watched on again while second civil war is harnessed by overzealous politicians. For their acts in 1967; millions of children and women that deserved a better world were murdered and starved to death and such scenario in this computer age deserves not a chance. Referendum is the only option on the table for this inevitable crisis, why shouldn’t we take it and make this world a better place for African children?

Europe may not be able to stand the impact of war or full blown crisis because Nigeria has over 180 million population, the cost of refugee management and retaliatory character that would expose Europe to another round of terror will be immense. African continent will quite be shaken in advent of another civil war which would threaten continental development and draw us back on our quest of achieving a better Africa.

Nigeria has abused her sovereignty and used it against her citizens; on the back of sovereignty, they kill, maim and abuse human rights. Human rights groups have gone weary; their persistent call for action has often fallen on deaf ears. In Nigeria; humanity suffers terrible state sponsored crimes such as her army without provocation shooting to kill citizens. Contained in this Amnesty International report… is one of the gruesome scenes of Nigerian state sponsored genocide.

In 1967; an independent nation called Biafra was declared by late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu in the Eastern part of Nigeria, the nation was to finally opt out of 1914 British amalgamation of Southern and Northern protectorate but Nigerian establishment engaged the civilian populace to a war of genocide and within three years, Gowon the then Nigerian military head of state successfully defeated the nation applying starving technique as a weapon of war.

Thirty three years later after the military rule; agitation for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra began. Seventeen years on; the agitation had gotten to its climax and championed by Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra who in 2015 argued that amalgamation treaty has expired and renegotiation is needed. The agitation resurrected as a result of Nigeria’s inability to heal the wounds of the 1967 civil war and address its cause.

He was arrested in October 15 2015 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Lagos on his way back to Biafra land, but his arrest followed protest across Eastern Nigeria. The agitators peacefully took to the street to register their dissatisfaction and demand the release of their leader; instead, Nigerian government unleashed her military against peaceful and lawful citizens which by 2017 resulted in the murder of over 1000 Biafran citizens. Nnamdi Kanu has been released while his co-defendants are still unlawfully incarcerated without trial.

The agitation took a serious turn; the eastern Nigerian people who are the Biafrans have been vigorously agitating. Sitting at home; boycotting as their civil rights and even recently, election boycott has been declared. There seems to be no way out; their forceful disappearance, unlawful arrest and harassment have been on the increase.

While declaring that there won’t be election; the people unanimously demanded referendum, suggesting that self determination is their untouchable right. By approving a referendum; they can ascertain if they want to continue to stay in Nigeria or decide their own political and economic future.

Let me humbly remind this institution that in 2007; a charter was drafted by it on the rights of Indigenous People and IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has followed articles of that charter in pursuit of freedom. To this end; they have endured chilling provocations and buried their loved ones with hope that common sense would prevail.

Nigeria has repeatedly signaled that she won’t approve referendum but would rather engage the civilian populace to another war of genocide. The people of Biafra have shown no sign of retreat or surrender which gives belief to possible violence. The situation in Nigeria needs a quick intervention on the basis that it is a case that endangers human rights.

Activation of referendum in Nigeria will kill this impending crisis; and Nigeria to be left with the responsibility of managing this situation internally will lead to war which was the tool they used for the same cause in 1967. Referendum is a global practice that is set aside to shelving crisis but in a situation Nigeria rejects referendum, she has planned to execute war against unarmed Biafran populace.

UN/EU is saddled with the responsibility of protecting human rights without boundary and making the world a better place. Biafra must not be an exception.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
Twitter: @ckorie17



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