Authored by Chima Onyekachi


It is no longer news that the government of Nigeria has gotten an ex-parte order from the Abuja High Court seeking the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Though it is not yet in the country’s gazette, the Nigeria security forces have seen an approval to tag Biafrans seeking the right to Self-determination as terrorists and to continue the molestation and massacre against them. In haste, the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration goofed as usual by allowing the Nigeria Army to authorize the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group but backtracked as soon as the illegality was loudly disproved locally and internationally.

In furtherance of his desire for the killing of Biafrans, President Buhari mandated his Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to legally proclaim IPOB as a terrorist group. The AGF was quick to get a crooked Judge in the Federal High Court, Abuja who urgently approved the application by the Federal government of Nigeria to tag the Indigenous People of Biafra as terrorists. No Judge worth his robe would grant such order because there was no evidence in place and there is a subsisting court order over the legality of IPOB. Recall, the same Abuja High Court via Justice Binta Nyako had on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 declared that IPOB is a lawful society. The proscription of IPOB is a revelation of the failed judicial system in Nigeria. Revealing the desperation of the Nigeria government, the concocted order was littering all over the social media before been signed and published in the official gazette.

On a personal note, I was not surprised with the stance of the South-East Governors in proscribing IPOB because Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has exposed their ill dealings and the people of Biafra no longer consider them as leaders but servants to the northern oligarchy. The rallies organized by the IPOB leader have become threats to the selfish ambition of the South-East Governors and politicians, so they had to fight back by hurriedly banning the activities of IPOB immediately the Defense Headquarters made its “proclamation” or “declaration”.

The Nigeria government has continue to acquire and receive weaponry from foreign countries especially the US and the agreement is to use the weapons for the fight against terrorism specifically BokoHaram. Buhari never fails to show his love for his “misguided brothers” as he refers to members of the BokoHaram terrorist group and does not intend to use the weapon against them. He prefers to release those imprisoned and offer them amnesty. It is worthy of note that few years ago, Buhari and the current Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, both vocally condemned the declaration of BokoHaram as a terrorist group by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

It is an undisputed fact that the Nigeria armed forces have continued to perpetrate extra judicial violence and killings against innocent Biafrans clamoring for the right to self-determination using the weapons sent for the fight against terrorism but have been receiving knocks from global human rights watch dog, Amnesty International. The proscription of IPOB as terrorists will give the Nigeria security forces the liberty to continue the massacre of Biafrans in the cover of fighting against terrorism. 

The Indigenous People of Biafra led by Nnamdi Kanu are seeking to exercise the right to Self-determination and have only requested for a referendum, it is on record that they have not engaged in any form of violence or terrorism. Rather they are being mete with violence and killing by the Nigeria security force as attested by Amnesty International in its reports. The most recent is the invasion of the home of Nnamdi Kanu and Biafran activists in Aba by the Nigeria Military which resulted in the killing and molestation of hundreds.

It is pathetic that the killer Fulani herdsmen described as the fourth deadliest known terrorist group in the globe by the Global Terrorism Index are been described as “mere gang of criminals” by the Nigeria government which does not subscribe to curtailing them with military force. It is important to be informed that President Buhari is the life patron of the Fulani Herdsmen Association. Buhari will rather stifle the right to free speech and freedom of assembly for the People of Biafra than eradicate the incessant killing, rape and destruction perpetrated by his kinsmen – the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

The people of Biafra must not be deterred by the terrorist tag but should know that the demand for a separate nation is legitimate and not criminal. The leadership of IPOB should by now understand they are dealing with barbarians in the Nigeria government but must continue to expose them through the law. The legal team of IPOB is hereby advised to challenge the farce order in the appellant court because IPOB is fighting for Self-determination which is lawful under Nigeria’s constitution and international law. The Nigeria government is under obligation to obey the United Nations Charter which it is a signatory to, though a situation I see as a mirage. The more reason the Biafra National Guard should as a matter of urgency begin preparation for the self-defense of their people against massacre by the Hausa/Fulani Muslim stock soldiers.

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