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Written By Onyebuchi Eucharia 
FOR IPOB WRITERS

Date : 17th June,18


ALL HAIL BIAFRA


The war bell rang loudly

Like an evening horn

Every head went hiding

For the cry of gunshot

To save nose to

Breathe tomorrow



The heads of

Thirty thousand men

Waited not, for more harms

Left body to paint the floor

With red liquid;
Embarked on a Journey

To the east, from north

In a speedy lorry rolled

Side by side
And sang and danced

A  dance with the ghost

In ancestral land



The hit of the song

And the red costume

Charged the falling rain

And it turned bloody.
It vexed the sun

And it set quickly;
It frowned the moon
And it hid behind the cloud;
It shocked the breeze

And it ceased at once

The aged received heads

Instead of hug

The children enjoyed tears

Instead of bread;
And the babes enjoyed blood
Instead of milk


The anger of the heart

Never slept nor smiled

That the mouth

Cried for freedom

The lips sparked

And kissed the blade

The hands ran to the gun

For a hug

The feet went for

Jungle match in the field

Fought to stop

The cobweb that wrapped

The race ever since

The identity was stolen



The book of history

Broke into tears to reveal

The mayhem
of wolves In human form

That all came and devoured

The people and drenched

The land with blood



Today,
The blood of the slain,
The skeletal image

Of the starved children,

The voices of the slaughtered

Millions,
Thousands chorused
Sorrowfully in the war pot,
Still, make mournful Music in the heart

Of the people.



Fair, fair and fair,
Could this be a dance of fairness?

Could this be a hug of brothers?

Or extermination of a race?

The mouth is aware

And runs faster than breath

To speak lies and deceit;
The pretty mouth

Behind the mask

Not familiar with the mind

And the memory

To recall an act



Yes an act, still an act

The act, still in the book

The book, still tells stories

Of the past

And the past, still reveals

To the present

And the present still

Protects the future

And the future still needs
To be free from slavery

Of wolves that still

Slaughter and sodden
The land with blood



The coat of slavery

Is torn and worn out.
The land warns,
'Curse no more the people!
And suck not their blood!
Unless to set ablaze
The rotten eggs in the cage,
Now that the lips run

Day and night calling

Freedom! freedom!
Yes, support the freedom

Of the people for

Your name to be

Called tomorrow,
Speak to liberate
the people;
To be
known as a hero,
Walk in line with

The multitude

To shout freedom

And freedom shall

Follow all

In the land of Biafra!
Biafra, the Land of the rising sun



All hail Biafra!!!










BIAFRA: IPOB PRESS INTERVIEW: NIGERIA MUST BE DESTROYED, NO GOING BACK - EMMA POWERFUL 


 POB Press Interview 
June 15, 2018


 
PRESS RELEASE



The publicity secretary of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emma Powerful grants a press interview to men of the press. He touches on different issues relating to the unredeemable breaking state of Nigeria, the posthumous award to Late MKO Abiola, 2019 general elections, the disappearance of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, proscribing the group, referendum and total collapse of Nigeria and other issues.

Read the full transcript of the interview and the mind-blowing response from Mr. Powerful

1) The Nigerian federal govt recently gave an award typically reserved for only ex-president to Late MKO Abiola - and then declared June 12 as democracy day. How do you view this? Would you demand he makes May 30th, Biafra Day?
Answer:
Yorubas are learned, cosmopolitan and urbane. Surely they have enough intelligent people in their ranks to understand the damaging effect these periodic politically motivated inducements from the North can be in the long run. Unless Yorubas are driven by political expediency which we doubt, then this gesture from 'Buhari' s too little, too late.

This present confusion, which is the only way to describe the apparently unsolicited magnanimity from Buhari's handlers, was exactly what obtained when in exchange for the empty title of APC National Leader and few ministerial appointments, Yorubas returned into power what will go down as the worst regime in living memory. That mere posthumous elevation of Abiola to a GCFR is sufficient to erase the horrors this Buhari regime inflicted on the masses is laughable because well-meaning Yoruba people will not buy into it. If they do, it will speak volumes about their political priorities in Nigeria. They will be seen as pursuing a purely parochial agenda of self-preservation at the expense of the collective well being of all ethnicities in Nigeria. It will be contrary to everything their Ibadan Declaration in 2017 stood for.

2) IPOB had earlier promised that 2019 general elections would not hold in Biafra land. Is IPOB still standing on the promise?
Answer:
The simple answer is yes! The boycott of Anambra governorship elections in November 2017 was a test run. We now have a better understanding of how they react to election boycott threats, what tools they deploy including falsification of voter figures, and how they deploy it through INEC to fool the masses.

We are equally more aware of their media strategies and how they managed to dish out misleading and false information about voter turn out figures to the media. Having learnt a great deal of their strategies, our approach has been refined to make sure we mitigate such moves next year. That is why we are ecstatic that presidential election will come first. On that day the world will witness a new level of compliance from Biafrans because the election will be turned into a referendum, it will not hold.

We shall continue to boycott elections in Biafraland regardless of the consequences until we get a date for our referendum which will ultimately ascertain what we Biafrans want. Power belongs to the people, not a few educationally challenged Fulani men remote controlled by neo-colonialist interests hell-bent on the perpetuation of the unworkable status quo in Nigeria. Our people (Biafrans) must decide what they want, not these Arewa slaves we have in Ohanaeze Ndigbo and government houses in the East parading themselves as leaders when clearly they are not.


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3) Since the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, the activities of the IPOB seem to have suffered setback. Why has the IPOB not selected a replacement for Nnamdi Kanu?

Answer:

I don't know where you got this widely touted but misleading and erroneous impression from that IPOB suffered a setback as a result of the arrest and possible assassination of our leader. Are you not aware of our activities in Lagos, Enugu and Awka where IPOB effectively brought the reign of Hausa Fulani appointed Arewa slaves in Ohaneze Ndigbo to an end? The humiliation Ohaneze Ndigbo suffered at those events means that politics as usual in the East has come to a permanent end. Selling the interest of the masses in return for political appointments and contracts for family members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership has ended.

Our resoundingly successful sit at home order is another reminder that even in the absence of our leader, IPOB remains as indomitable as ever. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu tutored us for years on Radio Biafra on the need to be resilient regardless of the enormity of the odds against us. It's a lesson that have stood us in good stead in his absence. IPOB was designed and engineered from inception to be an indestructible fighting machine. Efforts will be made to pull her down, criminals with the help of DSS and Ohanaeze will float alternative ideas including Biafra Coalition all in a bid to weaken IPOB but will fail.

We learnt from the mistakes of the past, so we structured the Movement in such a way that we are driven by the supremacy of our ideology anchored on the doctrine of the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not mere presence of anybody.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu our leader is irreplaceable. Let us be honest with ourselves, who can do what he has done? Name one person you think has his personality, education, charisma, oratory, the gift of prophecy, integrity, bravery, organizational prowess and sense of sacrifice. Who in Igboland or entire East will sacrifice his wife, children, father mother and wider family for the sake of liberating his people the way he has done? People talk, issue press statements, hold colloquiums and disappear.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu rejected billions of dollars, shunned oil wells, said no political appointments and insisted on freedom for his people even as Nigerian soldiers were coming to kill him and his parents. Who else can do that? Can you as a journalist think of anybody who can do that? Give me the name of one person who can do what Nnamdi Kanu has done in this day and age anywhere in Nigeria without government backing. You see, there is none like him. Chaffs will come and go but Nnamdi Kanu’s legacy shall remain for eternity.

Why do you think Ohaneze Ndigbo, Igbo governors especially Dave Umahi, Willie Obiano and Okezie Ikpeazu want Nnamdi Kanu dead, even more than the Fulani cabal in Aso Rock he is fighting? His Afaraukwu community where his father is the traditional ruler is under siege surrounded by Fulani soldiers at the invitation of Okezie Ikpeazu and Ohaneze Ndigbo because he refused to compromise his position on Biafra. Now Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo governors have failed, did they not rally a group of hardened saboteurs and pro-money agitators in the name of Biafra Coalition to destroy the unity, sense of purpose and direction Kanu brought to the struggle for Biafra emancipation? But they have failed already. Biafrans know they have only one leader and that is Nnamdi Kanu.

Nobody replaced Nelson Mandela in all his years in captivity so nobody will replace Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB deputy leader Uche Mefor and IPOB Directorate of State headed by Mazi Chika Edoziem is doing marvellously well. They will continue to enjoy the support of IPOB worldwide and friends of Biafra until Biafra is restored.



4) Is Radio Biafra still operational? How about the Hausa service?

Answer:

Radio Biafra is ever operational on FM, AM, Satellite and TV. All efforts to jam our signal, buy up our contracts with service providers, detain innocent Biafrans on the pretext that they provided technical assistance to Radio Biafra has never stopped our work or slowed us down. Radio Biafra will announce the rebirth of Biafra and until that happens, it will continue to be operational.

The Hausa Service of Radio Nigeria on shortwave sponsored by IPOB is also fully operational and winning many converts on a daily basis. We continue to record high levels of listenership. For the first time in decades, ordinary northerners are being educated on the reality of the totalitarian tendencies of this Buhari regime. Protests against Buhari's government is springing up all over the north thanks to our Hausa Service enlightenment programs.

There are changes happening all over the north and we hope over time that these will manifest in the overthrow of existing Fulani feudal lords especially in Hausa towns and villages.
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5) Many of IPOB remain incarcerated in many detention centers across the country. What efforts are leaders of IPOB making to get their freedom?

Answer:

Our legal team is the very best money can buy. No expense is spared in securing the finest legal services for our people who I must add are detained illegally. We have managed to secure the release of many of them and will not relent until all are set free.

We have initiated lawsuits in international courts in three continents and hope to bring many more in the coming days. Nigeria will never have rest or peace of mind as long as there is an IPOB family member in their custody.

Every victim of illegal detention has a lawyer and a dedicated IPOB legal team at their disposal. Families of detainees are provided for, where the person incarcerated in the breadwinner of the family. We don't abandon our own.

6) The banning of IPOB by the federal govt seems to have been effective in truncating the activities of IPOB, are there any moves to unban the IPOB?

Answer:

There is an impression we must correct with this issue of banning, proscription and terrorism tag. It was Nnia Nwodo’s Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South East governors that came up with the initial idea to kill and tag IPOB a terrorist organisation before their Fulani masters adopted and perfected it. These so-called Igbo leaders are the people that should held primarily responsible for the banning of IPOB, killings and subsequent betrayal of Nnamdi Kanu.

Contrary to popular expectations amongst Igbo leaders and their Fulani masters, what the banning of IPOB did was to bring much needed international awareness to our movement because natural human curiosity led many people and governments all over the world to enquire about this new terrorist group in Nigeria. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that it was the government itself and their beloved Fulani herdsmen that are the actual terrorists.

As you know we are in court challenging the obnoxious, illegal, dictatorial and undemocratic proscription of IPOB. It is the government that is running from their own courts. We are prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court and beyond until the politically motivated tag of a terror group is removed.

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7) Are any groups from the South-south and Southeast helping in reversing the ban?

Answer:

There is nothing like South-South and South East when it comes to our agitation for Biafra. We have only one East, one IPOB, one Biafra. South-South is an anomaly because there is no geographical cardinal point known as South-South, the same way there is nothing like North North or West West. Anybody referring to coastal Biafrans as South-South is only perpetuating widespread ignorance.

IPOB is a mass movement of the people of Biafra. Help is coming from everywhere around Biafraland and beyond. IPOB national coordinator in Biafraland is an Ijaw man, his deputy is Ibibio. They run the day to day affairs of IPOB, that is why anybody referring to IPOB as an Igbo group is either deluded or being deliberately mischievous.

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8 )  Some say Nnamdi Kanu is hiding somewhere in the Niger Delta. Some say he is outside the country. Some say he is with the military. Where is he?

Answer:

Only Ohaneze Ndigbo, South East governors and Nigerian Army can tell us where they are keeping our leader or what they have done with his body. Those that conspired to bring Operation Python Dance should be in a better position to answer these questions.

The bullet holes in his home, the dead bodies of 28 people massacred in cold blood on the orders of Igbo leaders and executed by Buratai's men is a pointer to where any question pertaining to the whereabouts of our leader should be directed. What we are still trying to ascertain is if Britain was informed before the deadly invasion was carried out because they are the godfather of the Arewa North and Nnamdi Kanu a British citizen.

Idle speculation about possible sightings of our leader in weird and sometimes wonderful places is a mere distraction. Nigerian Army, Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors must account for him at the right time.

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9) What is next for IPOB?

Answer:

Referendum and total collapse of Nigeria. We are not going to stop until Nigeria ceases to exist. If oil and gas revenue is their problem then arrangements can be reached to share the proceeds with the North and West under a binding and internationally supervised treaty. What we want is our freedom nothing more. Oil and gas is for lazy, ignorant people like Arewa Consultative Forum to depend on. We Biafrans are neither lazy nor ignorant so we view oil and gas deposits in our land as a distraction and a curse because without it the British would not have insisted on one Nigeria after independence.

If oil and gas wells were to run dry today, that will be the best gift from Almighty God because only then can neo-colonial oil and gas industrial complex leave us alone to become a free people.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

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Press release: IPOB further exposes the evil gimmicks of the Fulanis and their Islamization agenda as prophecied by Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB further exposes the evil gimmicks of the Fulanis and their Islamization agenda as prophecied by Nnamdi Kanu


It appears there is no length the present 'Buhari' administration will not go in its futile quest to counter IPOB agitation for a sovereign independent nation of Biafra. After another resoundingly successful 30th of May sit at home order from IPOB, it came to us as no surprise when Arewa north moved to pacify the Yorubas by declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day. Since it has clearly dawned on them that IPOB is the authentic voice of the people of the East, thereby rendering their slaves in Ohaneze Ndigbo and governors lodges in the South East  impotent, their next best move is to gain the confidence of the West in order to checkmate the rising influence of those that have come to forge an alliance strong enough to rattle the status quo.

Our successful sit at home order in 2017 prompted Arewa Consultative Forum to direct their youths to issue Igbos residing in the North with a quit notice. This culminated in a brutal military invasion of the home of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu sanctioned by Nnia Nwodo’s Ohaneze and South East governors in what they termed Operation Python Dance. They came to kill, maim and 'crush' IPOB for good. An equally devastatingly successful May 30th, sit at home called by IPOB in 2018 have sent shockwaves to the ruling cabals in the north that IPOB not Ohaneze Ndigbo or Igbo governors are the true representatives of the people of the East.

As with the clamor for restructuring, it can now also be confidently stated without fear of contradiction that this overriding need to checkmate IPOB is the sole reason behind the June 12 Democracy Day announcement by Aso Rock. A cynical move designed to truncate any East/West alliance or understanding with regards to a renegotiated Nigeria before 2019.

We view this announcement of a posthumous award for demised leading sons of Yorubaland in Chief MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi as another clever but desperate attempt by Arewa agents of neo-colonialism to drive a wedge between the burgeoning understanding between the East and West. We prefer to call this belated move by the north, medicine after death- too little too late.

Isn't it odd the same people that detained and killed Abiola are now cosmetically rewarding him with a posthumous presidency so close to an election year? The north is desperately hoping that Yorubas will once again accept this Greek gift and in turn reward them with their votes in 2019 as they did in 2015. In the process of renewing for another four years the tenure of the most mediocre, barbaric, brutal, despotic, genocidal and undemocratic regime in living memory. Yorubas must spare a thought for the people in Middle Belt and what they are experiencing in the hands of the same Fulani terrorists, before deciding to embrace 'Buhari' with open arms.

The question most people are asking is, when will Yorubas bring to an end their one-sided relationship with the north? Similar overtures were made to the West in the run-up to the Biafra-Nigeria War when Chief Obafemi Awolowo was offered vice president to Gen. Yakubu Gowon which he accepted thereby abandoning his earlier agreement with Ojukwu. Thankfully eminent statesmen like Pa Ayo Adebanjo has come out to condemn the whole posthumous charade.

It will be unfortunate if other leading lights in the West were to allow themselves to be easily deceived by the June 12 pronouncement from Aso Rock. Yorubas have a golden opportunity now to rewrite African history before 2019 elections by insisting on their Ibadan declaration that there won't be any elections in Nigeria unless the basis of the union is ascertained and renegotiated. This principled stance must be maintained because that is the only language Arewa north will understand, respect and respond to. Failure to hold rigidly to this stance will condemn Nigeria to a violent disintegration because full Islamisation, which the North are bound to unleash after their victory next year, will be resisted by force if need be by those of us in the East. 

We must not forget that it was the same core Arewa North that imprisoned Chief  Awolowo. It was an Igbo man and later Biafran soldier Chukwuma Nzeogwu that led a coup that it's sole aim was to release Awolowo from prison and install him as the Prime Minister of Nigeria. It was another Igbo man, Ojukwu, that eventually released  Awolowo from prison but upon his release went back to the north and superintended the second worst genocide in human history.

The same thing happened with Obasanjo's civilian presidency, which again was another move by the Fulani caliphate to assuage grieving Yoruba people after the annulment of June 12 and killing of Abiola by the same north. Today even Obasanjo who was once their darling is now in their firing line.  This big brother small relationship has always been at play between the core north and Yorubas for centuries. Look at what Fulanis did to Yorubas in Ilorin where Afonja a Yoruba prince was temporarily made the political head of the invading Fulani Islamic army to get him to turn against his fellow Yorubas. At the end of that campaign, Afonja was killed by the Fulanis and his land converted to Fulani emirate.

A Yoruba Oba will never in this life sit on the royal throne in Illorin. Illorin emirate has become the exclusive prerogative of the Fulanis. This unfortunate outcome and Yoruba national disgrace were made possible because a Yoruba man accepted what appeared on the face of it an exalted political position not knowing it was a Trojan horse. These mistakes of the past must not be repeated by this present Yoruba generation. 

Yorubas are learned, cosmopolitan and urbane. They possess enough intelligent people in their ranks to understand the damaging effect these periodic politically motivated inducements from the north can portend in the long run. That mere posthumous elevation of Abiola to a GCFR is sufficient to erase the horrors of this Buhari regime in the minds of Yorubas is an insult and if entertained will speak volumes about their political priorities of the Yoruba race. The Yoruba enlightened political class must maintain a principled commitment to a change that will be of benefit to all, even where that change may include total disintegration of Nigeria as advocated by IPOB.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL
MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB