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FEB 14TH: IPOB issues last warning to Nigerian army over planned disruption of parent's burial

Vows to unleash the floodgates of hell should any gunshot be fired in Afaraukwu

       Published Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 19:15 CET by BIAFRA TODAY
Nnamdi Kanu in the middle of his late parents HRM Sir Eze Okwu Kanu and Mother Sally Ugoeze Okwu Kanu 

We the global family of the Indigenous of People of Biafra (IPOB) wish to reiterate in clear and unambiguous terms that what Nigerian police and army are planning to do in Afaraukwu during the burial of Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife on Friday 14th of February 2020 will set off a chain reaction that Nigeria will never recover from.

Common arbitrary arrest of any mourner this week Friday is capable of inciting a disproportionate reaction from angry mourners. IPOB is warning all agents of the Nigerian government in Biafraland, traitors and caliphate slaves alike that what will befall CP Okon will also be their portion should shots be fired in Afaraukwu.

The era of the Nigerian army and police shooting innocent mourners in Biafraland has come to an end. What is happening in Umuahia with the provocative presence of the Nigerian army and police is an insult to the people of Biafra and the Igbo race in particular. All those that have in various ways supported the unprovoked murderous clampdown on IPOB will pay dearly for it.

IPOB has remained peaceful but it seems the Nigerian government is hell-bent on provoking us into armed struggle that will inevitably precipitate the violent disintegration of Nigeria.

Nigerians should call their government in Aso Rock to order and impress upon them the need for their army and police to steer clear of the whole of Umuahia township on February 14, 2020 in the interest of peace.

They should head to the north where there are countless security challenges. We want to join the people of Afaraukwu in peacefully mourning the death of HRM Eze Sir I.O Kanu and his wife in peace, who it must be said died as a result of Nigerian army and police invasion of their home on September 14, 2017.

What Nigerian army and police are doing in Umuahia cannot happen in the north. We do not think the Alimajiri populations of the north will allow the burial of an Emir to be subjected to such needless tension and ridicule but in Biafraland anything goes because of the reign of puppets and quislings.

As we continue to receive daily threats from the army and police regarding their impending massacre of innocent mourners on Friday February 14, let the world be on notice that the floodgates of hell will be opened should the army or police appear anywhere around Afaraukwu on the day of the burial. Let those that may feign ignorance of the fact be duly warned on time that burial ceremony is sacred in Igboland, especially that of a king, therefore the intended nuisance of Nigeria security personnel will not be tolerated on Friday.

We are aware that those behind the deadly invasion of September 2017 are the same people working with Aso Rock to bring mayhem to Umuahia on Friday. Out of public view, these politicians and so-called socio-cultural leaders have been offering financial support to Fulani soldiers in Obinze, Ohafia, Abakiliki, Onitsha, and Asa in readiness for their deadly deployment to Umuahia.

They plan to kill as many people as possible to demoralize our leader and pave the way for a full-scale Fulani invasion and takeover of our land. We are equally in the know of the numerous plans and strategies of the troops so far deployed by Buratai to the east in preparation for the burial of our first parents. It's quite obvious to the average reasonable person that IPOB will not succumb to their pressure regardless of the consequences.

All their perfected plans to disrupt the burial on that very day is common knowledge among diplomatic circles all over the world who will be following the proceedings live on Biafra Television, social media, and Radio Biafra platforms. The plan by Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai to use the burial ceremony of HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu to eliminate and kill anybody suspected to be IPOB supporter in Umuahia on Friday 14th of February 2020 is equally well known, documented and powers that be duly notified.

The burial service of our leader's parents HRM Eze Isreal Okwu Kanu and his wife Ugoeze Sally Mmeme Okwu Kanu on Friday at Afaraukwu Umuahia must hold peacefully. We want to make it abundantly clear that if the Police and Army fire a single bullet on that day there will be no peace for every soul involved, especially those that issued the order from the comfort of their offices in Abuja, Enugu, Owerri and Umuahia. We need a peaceful funeral, the ancient laws of our land demand it and nobody should try IPOB.

IPOB is strategically monitoring every individual politician in the South East and governors over their actions and inactions towards this burial on Friday. All those who may have joined the Fulani boy-boy CP Ene Okon of Abia State to encourage Fulani soldiers to come to Afaraukwu to kill people on Friday will pay very dearly for their actions.

Unfortunately, some Igbo politicians and their supporters would encourage Fulani terrorists and Boko Haram soldiers recruited in Nigeria Army and Police to kill our people in a funeral ceremony, a sacrilegious act that has never happened before in the history of Igboland, Biafra, and Nigeria.

Every Biafran must be prepared this time, IPOB would not allow these marauders to repeat what they did in Umuahia on September 2017 in this 2020 and definitely not during the burial of the parents of our leader. Nigerian army and police must stay away from Umuahia as a whole. We are informing every mourner attending the burial on Friday to conduct him/herself in a manner consistent with the noble ideals of our ancestors.

All approaches to Umuahia is rigged with CCTV cameras to monitor human and vehicular traffic because IPOB won't accept any confusion or misunderstanding from anybody. Biafra's independence and freedom is inevitable and nobody born by a mere mortal can stop it.


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Disruption of Kanu’s parents’ burial tantamount to war against Ndigbo, Ohaaeze youths warn

From Steve Oko, Umuahia

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked the Nigerian security agencies to “reserve their bullets for terrorists and not for defenceless people.”
Ohanaeze Youths Council, OYC, was responding to a statement credited to the Commissioner of Police, Abia State, Mr. Ene Okon.

The CP was quoted to have said that should members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB venture to show up at the burial of the parents of its Leader Nnamdi Kanu, the police would disrupt the event.

CP Okon was also quoted to have threatened to launch another operation “Elephant Dance” should IPOB members refuse to heed to his warnings.
A statement by OYC National President Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, chided the police boss over the comment which he said is “provocative.”

According to OYC, it is gross injustice for the Nigerian security operatives to direct their force against unarmed peaceful agitators while terrorists killing and maiming people in Northern region go without any arrest.

OYC said any attack on innocent and defenceless mourners at the burial of Kanu’s parents slated for Friday, February 14, would be considered a declaration of war on Ndigbo.

“Any move to disrupt the burial or launch Operation Elephant Dance by the Nigeria Police Force would be solely viewed as an act of conventional war against Ndigbo, and we must resist it with anything within our reach,” OYC said in the statement.

Ohanaeze youths therefore, urged the federal government to immediately pull out soldiers and other security personnel parading the Afaraukwu country home of Kanu.

The statement further reads: “OYC is reiterating that President Buhari should, as a matter of necessity, withdraw all the military troops and police personnel hovering around and over the Afaraukwu community to enable the bereaved bury their dead and accord their last respect to the late King and Queen.

“This is the least they could do as we do not see any need for provocative actions or statements promoting violence or tragedy at this time.

“It is unfortunate that the Nigerian police, when asked to join the army to fight Boko Haram by the FG, chickened out and protested that they are not trained to fight the armed terrorist group but they are spoiling for a war, a showdown to kill defenceless and unarmed youths at Afaraukwu, Umuahia.”

OYC asked the police “to launch their Elephant Dance at Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Gombe and other northern states where sleeping at nights has since become a nightmare as a result of activities of terrorists, including bandits and kidnappers.”

OYC also called on Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to rise to his responsibility as the chief security officer of the state to stop the massive killing of innocent Igbo youths during and after the burial.

It added : “That at a time Nigeria should be working towards redeeming its battered image vis-a-vis human rights abuses before the international communities, they are busy condescending a bit lower, losing sleep on trivialities.

“We are, therefore, compelled to ask: How much lower can Nigeria go from here?
“Ndigbo would no longer watch with hands akimbo while the Nigerian security forces decimate defenseless youths, we would not go back to the villainous methods of the past and Nigeria will not find it easy if they release a single bullet or waste any Igbo blood in the name or Operation Elephant Dance or Python Dance. Bullets are reserved for terrorists and criminals not for defenceless people.

“If Ndigbo would endure systemic marginalization, they would not and cannot endure killings of its defenceless brothers and sisters.

“The wounds of the civil war are ripe with all these actions coming from the government and its agencies, reminding us that Ndigbo are not part of Nigeria. Caution should be taken, lest we fall.”

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It's too late for restructuring, Nigeria will break in two or more in 5 years - Fani-Kayode

        Published on Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 20:43 CET


"I am the leader of Uthman Danfodio dynasty. I have never seen where in the hundred books that Uthman Danfodio said Nigeria belongs to the Fulani. What he wrote was the role of Islam in leadership, governance etc. He never mentioned of conquering any particular land or claimed ownership of any territory. People make comments that Jihad is to Islamise every country, but I said no. Danfodio never came to Islamise any country, he preached against bad government. That fake write-up was by those who don’t want peace in this country and we had denounced that. I am the National Patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN). It has been in existence for 44 years. There are two other organisations that I know, but others I don’t know. Please verify from us before you put blame on us”- Muhammadu S'aad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, February, 2020.

I commend His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto for attempting to do damage control and douse the tension that was generated in the aftermath of the explosive statement by the Fulani Nationalist Movement (FUNAM).
However I respectfully disagree with him on his assertion that his highly esteemed ancestor and forefather, Uthman Dan Fodio "never conquered or claimed ownership of any land" or that "he did not come to Islamise any country".

I also beg to differ with him on his tacit implication that Miyetti Allah, an organisation that can best be described as the biblical and modern-day "troubler of our collective peace" are respectable and peace-loving.

I believe that given what we have suffered in the hands of the local Janjaweed known as the Fulani herdsmen and murderous terrorist militias who have come under their protective umbrella over the last five years, the opposite is actually the case.

Permit me to focus on Uthman Dan Fodio in this contribution and leave the insidious activities and sinister agenda of Miyetti Allah for another day. The facts are as follows.

In 1804 one of the most savage and bestial wars and bloody jihads in African history was waged against the Hausa Habe Kingdom and people of the area that later became known as "northern Nigeria" by Sheik Uthman Dan Fodio.
He was primarily an Islamic scholar and the spiritual and military leader of the Fulani people who came in their hundreds of thousands from Futa Jalon and Futa Toro in modern-day Guniea to northern Nigeria and established Africa's most powerful and ruthless Islamic Caliphate.

For anyone, no matter how respected or highly placed, to suggest that Dan Fodio was just a scholar and teacher that only wrote books, that never waged war and violent jihad and that never laid claim to and conquered parts of Nigeria is most unfortunate.
Such an assertion can best be described as being, at best, intellectually dishonest and patently false and, at worse, historical revisionism in its most brazen and repugnant form.

The truth is that Dan Fodio and his Fulani army not only indulged in merciless acts of pure barbarity in battle and committed what can only be described as genocide against defenceless and innocent civilian populations but he also imposed his own extreme, hardline, purist, wahhabist and salafist version of Islam on the people of core northern Nigeria with a scimitar and a sword and forcefully imposed Fulani Emirs on them.

The only ethnic nationality that successfully warded him and his Fulani armies off in the north were the strong and proud Kanuris of the El Kanemi dynasty and empire in modern-day Borno state who warned him to steer clear of their territory and he did.

Finally, the only race that ever defeated the Fulani in open battle and thereby put a halt and full stop to their attempt to march down South and "dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean" were the gallant sons of Oduduwa, led primarily by the Ibadan generals and military commanders, who defeated them in battle at Osogbo in 1840 and drove them back north.
They not only defeated them but they also slaughtered and ate their horses and publicly executed their allies and military commanders from Ilorin.

The Fulani have never succeeded in conquering the people of the South West militarily and I make boast to say that they never will.
The recent statement credited to the Fulani Nationalist Movement known as FUNAM who said that every inch of Nigeria belonged to them "from Sokoto to the banks of the Atlantic ocean", that "Nigeria is the only inheritance we have in Africa and anywhere in the world" and that "this was the destiny bestowed on Uthman Dan Fodio which would have been fulfilled since 1816 if not for the obstruction of this great assignment by the British" was simply an accurate and honest reflection of the mindset and ultimate vision of Usman Dan Fodio and other great Fulani leaders and Mahdi's through the ages like Sir Ahmadu Bello and lately President Muhammadu Buhari.

FUNAM went further to say,
"It is no longer time to play the ostrich. Our men are waiting. We are eager to fight. We are boiling with the zeal to actualize our dream; enough of double-dealing and ambivalence by FULANI political leaders who unfortunately think the FULANI can only take back what belongs to us through appeasement and elections destined to reflect cultural values antithetical to the preaching of Uthman Dan Fodio".
We ignore and play down these incendiary words at our own peril.

I speak for millions when I say that the indigenous and oppressed people and ethnic nationalities of Nigeria have had enough of these open threats of tyranny and violence and neither are we interested in being vassals and slaves.
Had we listened to Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and the Biafrans in 1967, considered their terrible plight and aligned with them during the civil war things would have been very different today and we would not have been subjected to these infantile and provocative insults from the likes of FUNAM.

The bottom line is as follows: we either have a Nigeria where all men, regardless of ethnic nationality or faith, are regarded as being equal before God and the law or we shall have no Nigeria at all. No-one can impose their will on us and neither can anyone intimidate us.

We do not seek war and neither do we relish or endorse any form of violence. We want peaceful co-existence and mutual respect. We want love, prosperity and progress for all and we offer it to those who wish us well and seek to do us no harm.
However if in a moment of madness we are ever attacked we shall stand firm and stand strong. We shall never retreat and neither shall we surrender.
We shall defend our people, we shall defend our land, we shall defend our honor and we shall defend our heritage.

We are not cowards and we shall never bend the knee or bow our heads to the tyranny of foreign invaders who erroneously believe that they were born to rule and that we were born to serve.
Permit me to conclude this contribution with the following.

Given what is going on in our country today and despite the laudable efforts of moderates such as the Sultan of Sokoto to diffuse the tension and reign in the more radical and hardline elements in the ranks of the Fulani I am convinced of two things.
Firstly that the call by many southern and Middle Belt leaders for restructuring is not only outdated but also too little, too late.

Secondly that if care is not taken there is every likelihood that Nigeria will break into two or more pieces within the next five years.
Mark my words and remember them! The only way to prevent this from happening is for these vicious threats of gratuitous violence and Fulani adventurism and expansionism to stop and for the oppressors to start seeing the oppressed as equal partners and stakeholders in the Nigerian project. Without that Nigeria is truly finished and will soon be history.

(Femi Fani-Kayode)