Biafra: What REFERENDUM Means For Biafrans And Why Nigerian Politicians Are Uncomfortable .

Written By Nkeoma Chiukwuemeka
For IPOB Writters




The only peaceful way left for the Biafrans to choose where to live their lives like humans, after several protests on the streets of Biafra land, after losing more than a thousand activists from 2015 till date, after being detained unlawfully in several prisons all over Nigeria, is the referendum. IPOB have once again in their peaceful and democratic nature resorted to going through a referendum to decide their fate in Nigeria. But the Nigerian politicians seem not to be comfortable with the idea of referendum knowing fully well that if the referendum is conducted free and fair, IPOB will win the referendum and that means a Nigeria without an Igbo man, a Nigeria without a Bayelsa man, a Nigeria without a Rivers man, a Nigeria without an Akwa-Ibom man, a Nigeria without an Igala man, a Nigeria without Edo province, a Nigeria without Warri province, etc, and that means no more oil and then the salt of Nigeria is no more and gradually the name Nigeria will die a natural death. The call for the referendum by IPOB is a great move but the question is how many Biafrans understand the meaning of referendum? How will IPOB take the message of the referendum to the Biafrans in the remote areas of Biafra land? No doubt IPOB is a very influential freedom fighting organization and well organized and knows how to take its messages across Biafra land but a lot of work is required this time to ensure a successful outcome of the upcoming referendum. Although Referendum is a vote of "Yes" or "No" to a proposal cast by eligible voters, but to Biafrans, it is a platform to register their long weariness to a country they were forced into; a country where they are killed extrajudicially; REFERENDUM to Biafrans is a way of saying no to the evil government of Nigeria; it is a way of saying no to hunger, deprivation, untimely death, subjugation, intimidation, and killings. It is another way of putting food on your table, good and quality health care system, standard and reliable educational system, non-stop power supply, job after school, pipe borne water. REFERENDUM is another way of being original, a way of being in charge of your God-given resources and lastly, REFERENDUM remains the way you can have good leaders. A stitch in time saves nine, the earlier the better for the people of Biafra to take back their freedom which was taken from them by the British mercenary soldier "Fredrick Lugard"


Written By Prince Chinonso Jacob

IPOB Writters

Date : 18/03/2018


As 20th of March draws near, the whole world media is once again focused on Nigeria, the fake giant shithole of Africa. Binta Nyako the woman judge actress whom Nigeria government has been holding ransom to deliver judgement against the Four IPOB detainees in Kuje prison is expected to choose between the truth and deliver fair judgment and free the four IPOB detainees in Kuje prison or accept the written script given to her by Nigeria's president which is undoubtedly not to free the four IPOB detainees in Kuje prison, which amounts to pervasion of justice. But I believe that failure to do the former which is the needful will be the last Straw to break Nigeria's back, not camel this time around. It is crystal clear that there is no justice in Nigeria and even when the few bold judges stand their ground to dispense fair judgment, the government always comes after them. It is no longer news that IPOB members in Kuje prison committed no crime but the Nigerian government never wanted to tell the path of justice and free them, the clock is ticking faster than the Nigerian government can imagine. It is no longer a child's play that IPOB sincerely wants a democratical means and measures to dissolve this entity called Nigeria. But the Nigerian government has been drumming for war, by all means, believe to use it in suppressing the voice of desire for freedom and restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. IPOB members sincerely have been massacred, detained and murdered in secret yet we keep our calm not because we are cowards but because we want peace, equal right and justice yet Nigeria government keeps pushing us to the path of war. But a time is fast approaching when the Nigerian government will cry out blood, they will seek for a peaceful dialogue and disintegration of Nigeria just like Biafrans are doing now but then it will be too late for the Nigerian government. My ears are not bigger than yours either are my eyes brighter than yours, the death toll in Benue and other parts of Biafra land is increasing on daily basis because of the Fulani herdsmen attack in different communities. They are being used by the Nigerian government to box us to accept the evil called Nigeria, but we will keep focus and bring this to a logical conclusion, which is the referendum and when this is done and dusted in June, then the Nigerian government will understand how determined Biafrans are in leaving Nigeria. Let justice be done, I rest my case.

Biafra: IPOB Writes UN, US President, UK Prime Minister and Other World Leaders (Read Full Text)

IPOB Writters 

Date :18/03/2018



Dear Sir,

RE: Nnamdi Kanu & Indigenous People of Biafra (Before the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights) [Decision on Seizure and Provisional Measures]

The purpose of this Letter is two-fold. The first is to bring to your esteemed attention a recent Decision by the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) with respect to the above-referenced matter. The second is to appeal to your good office and conscience to hold the Muhammadu Buhari regime in Nigeria to account in relation to this ruling by ACHR because of their long-established tradition of disobeying court orders, violation of treaty obligations and dreadful human rights abuses. We are of the firm belief that without adequate monitoring of the conduct of the Nigerian Government, they will continue to subject Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB to punitive extrajudicial measures in breach of their fundamental human rights as reaffirmed by the Africa Commission on Human Rights (ACHR) contained herein.

Another critical area of concern is the conduct of the Nigerian judiciary, whose duty it is to interpret, for domestic purposes, the rulings and judgments of institutions like the ACHR. To say that Nigeria has a dysfunctional judiciary will be a gross understatement. It is arguably the most corrupt judiciary in the world, at the beck and call of the executive. The Nigerian Government effectively administer the court system. They appoint and assign judges to cases. In almost all instances where the regime has an interest, they determine the outcome of every court process. Nigerian judges merely sit to rubber-stamp the decision of the government. Even in the rare occasion when judgment has gone against the government, getting the courts to enforce their own judgments has been almost impossible. No judge wants to be in the bad books of this Buhari regime.

Whereas, the details of the Decision are contained in the two documents attached to this Letter, please permit me - for further clarity - to provide a summary of the background and analysis of this matter. They are as follows:

1. The Complaint upon which the said Decision was rendered was brought before the ACHPR on behalf of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Nnamdi Kanu, in his capacity as the leader of IPOB.

2. We placed 5 (five) main issues before the ACHPR for determination. They are:

(I). The declaration by the Government of Nigeria that IPOB is a terrorist organization and its Proscription thereof.

(II). The deployment of soldiers to the five (5) States of southeastern Nigeria (the core base of IPOB) for the purposes of enforcing the declaration that IPOB is a terrorist organization; and the quantum extrajudicial killings that resulted from that and is continuing till date.

(III). The arrest, detention, and trial of IPOB members before and after the terrorist designation/proscription; and the continuation of those trials to this day.

(IV). The arrest and lengthy detention of Nnamdi Kanu (as IPOB leader); and the lethal military attacks against his person (while he was free on bail), his family, and members of IPOB in September 2017; and which attacks led to many deaths, woundings and military arrests and detentions of IPOB members, including the troubling fact that Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen or heard from since the said attacks.
(V). The continuing and menacing presence of armed soldiers at several checkpoints in the five (5) States of southeastern Nigeria which has created an atmosphere of fear that many more IPOB members (including Nnamdi Kanu - if he is alive) could be shot at sight pursuant to their having been declared terrorists.

3. Having considered the foregoing issues and the rest of the contents of the Complaint, the ACHPR - on March 8, 2018 - communicated its interim Decision to the undersigned Counsel and to the President of Nigeria, granting Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB's request for 'provisional measures' requiring the Federal Government of Nigeria:

"Not to take any further action so as to avoid irreparable damage to the Victim, IPOB and its Members, pending the decision of the Commission on this Communication".

4. The Commission also held that it has seized itself of jurisdiction over the Complaint; and found further "that the Complaint reveals prima facie violation of the African Charter"; and it requested the "Respondent State to report back on the implementation of the Provisional Measures granted within 15 (fifteen) days of receipt of this decision".

5. Going by the previous antecedents of this Buhari regime and his total disregard for the rule of law, we are not hopeful that the President of Nigeria will faithfully and timely implement the measures requested by the Commission, hence the need for your intervention to ensure they do so.

We wish to draw your kind attention to the following which Nigerian courts have worryingly failed to acknowledge in all their rulings and judgments to date:

(I). This Decision of ACHPR is binding on Nigeria by virtue of (a)- Nigeria's ratification of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights; and (b)- Nigeria's domestication (or enactment) of the Charter as part of the Laws of Federation of Nigeria, to wit: the 'African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (Ratification and. Enforcement) Act, CAP A9, LFN 2004', which in pertinent part provides that:

"As from the commencement of this Act, the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights which are set out in the Schedule to this Act shall, subject as thereunder provided, have force of law in Nigeria and shall be given full recognition and effect and be applied by all authorities and persons exercising legislative, executive or judicial powers in Nigeria".

(II). By virtue of this Decision, all criminal trials of IPOB members as they relate to the issues considered by the Commission (including that of Nnamdi Kanu) shall cease forthwith and thus shall be formally discontinued. Additional basis for discontinuance lies in the companion pronouncements by ACHPR that it has seized itself of (or assumed) jurisdiction; and the further determination that Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, and its members have made a prima facie case of violations of the Charter by the Nigerian government.

(III). By the same virtue, all IPOB members currently being held in detention centers across Nigeria on IPOB-related charges, which are also the issues considered by the Commission, shall be released forthwith and their cases closed until such a time the ACHPR has rendered a final Decision on the Complaint.

(IV). By the same virtue, the Order of Proscription of IPOB and its designation as a terrorist organization should be lifted or suspended and its execution to date reversed, pending when the ACHPR has rendered final Decision on the Complaint.

(V). By the same virtue, there shall be no further arrests of IPOB members; there shall be immediate dismantling of all military checkpoints in the five (5) States of the southeast of Nigeria currently arrayed against IPOB members and other residents of southeast Nigeria.

(VI). The President of Nigeria shall issue a statement restoring the rights of IPOB members under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and assuring IPOB members of the commitment of the Government of Nigeria to no further violations of those rights as is called for by the kernel of the ACHPR Decision.

(VII). That in view of the overwhelming public interest in this matter and the undeniable fact that precious human lives and civil liberties are at stake, there is an abiding need for public monitoring of the implementation of the Provisional Measures the President of Nigeria is expected to take within the next fifteen (15) days.

6. In conclusion, while we thank you for the opportunity of sharing this landmark ACHPR Decision, we most respectfully request you to use your good offices to help assist or ensure that the Decision is faithfully and timely implemented by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Please accept the assurances of our highest esteem for your office and person.

Yours truly

Chika Edoziem
Indigenous People of Biafra



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