Authored by Chima Onyekachi - TBP
August 12, 2017

Some of those parishioners killed by Hausa/Fulani terrorists inside Ozubulu Catholic Church
In company of my younger siblings watching the community shield between Arsenal and Chelsea last Sunday, a call came through on my mobile phone urging us to return home immediately. My siblings grumbled and tried hard to dissuade me from heeding the call to return home soon, as they were engrossed with the football match in play. I urged them so we can leave immediately because the voice that spoke with me over the phone was apprehensive. On reaching home, I was faced with a barrage of questions from a concerned mother; “have you heard what happened to St. Philips’ Parishioners?”, “are we still safe during mass?” “What is happening in this country?” she lamented with fear and finally warned us to avoid crowded places and to always lie low in any case of shooting. I couldn’t mutter any word because I am aware that Biafrans are not safe so long as they remain in the contraption named Nigeria.

The commissioner of Police in Anambra state, Garba Umar, was quick to blame the attack against worshippers at St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, on the disagreement between rival drug kingpins whom are indigenes of the town residing in faraway South Africa. The state police chief went ahead to claim that the attackers were speaking in Igbo language while shooting at defenseless Biafrans, his claims are efforts to exonerate the prime suspects, the Islamic terror groups, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen from the heinous crime that occurred in Anambra state.  The Anambra police was quick to cajole the story of drug war because the church where the massacre occurred was built by an indigene of the town that is very wealthy and he is being suspected to be a drug dealer which is unfounded. The Fulani police boss is ignorant of the fact that an Igbo man is either religious or spiritual, and in Igbo land, life is too sacred and cannot be wasted in such manner.

Without any forensic examination of the bullets to ascertain and trace the killers, the governor of the state was quick to concur with the tales from the police commissioner. It is laughable that similar attacks against citizens in Benue, Kaduna and other parts of the northern region remain unsolved but that of Ozubulu was claimed to have been investigated within two hours after the gruesome attack. It is not surprising that the supposed drug dealer being fingered as the target for assassination has denied the police report and is threatening to sue the Nigeria media platforms circulating pictures and videos of him. Even the monarch and councilor of the town have rubbished the police report of a drug business transaction disagreement amongst their kinsmen.

The recent attack against Biafrans in the church at Ozubulu is a resemblance of the numerous terror attacks by BokoHaram and Fulani herdsmen terrorist groups. It is well known that the Islamic terror sects have always targeted churches especially catholic parishes in their bid to instill fear and promote the jihad movement in Nigeria. The Anambra state government might be covering up the truth of the massacre in St Philips Catholic Church in order to forestall ethnic and religious crisis but there must be preparation and apparatus in place to counter further terror attacks against innocent citizens. The Nigeria government has moved into gear in promoting via the media the falsehood of arresting suspects responsible for the massacre of defenseless citizens inside a church, which is only a show of deceit.

As the October 1st deadline for the eviction of Biafrans residing in the northern region draws closer, an anti-Igbo song is circulating and trending in the north calling for the extermination of Igbos but the Nigeria security agencies are not concerned. Rather, the Nigeria government is more interested in sending more military personnel and weaponry into Biafra land. It is noteworthy that the Igbos been mentioned in the genocidal song composed by the Hausa/Fulani jihadists comprises of every ethnic group in the eastern region and not the Igbos alone. The song which was sang in Hausa language called for the sparing of lives of Yoruba indigenes and also reminded the Igbos about the origin of the word ‘Inyamiri’, which is what the Hausa/Fulani people began to call them when they begged for water while dying during the Biafra Genocide of 1967-70.

The meetings and assurances from some political leaders and elites will not change the stance of the Islamic fundamentalists against Biafrans residing in the northern region even if the Arewa youths that gave the eviction order withdraws the hate-filled declaration. Biafrans must understand that their safety is no longer assured especially those residing in that Hausa/Fulani region. The people of Biafra must not forget the massacre in St. Edmund Catholic Church at Nkpor on the eve of the 2016 Biafra Heroes Remembrance Day by the Nigeria security forces mostly of Hausa/Fulani Muslim stock. Biafrans should know that they are seen as infidels whose lives are worthless, their lives are not secured and they must seek means to defend themselves against the invaders.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
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