Published on 8 Nov. 2016 @ 6:10 AM by Uchechi Collins

Biafra Protesters holds banner on the street 

November 08, 2016.

This is a journey of those who have decided to die for what they believe in, surprising but commendable!
Regrettably, a considerable number of IPOB peaceful protesters have been shot dead and many injured

The above disclosure ultimately demonstrates that the Biafran freed slaves and the Kings of Calabar never abandoned the name of their nation "Biafra"  rather chose to sustain it through the name of a new religion they embraced.

It also reflects that the Presbyterian missionaries as far back as 1846 were in support of maintaining and sustaining the name of the nation – Biafra where they came to propagate and plant the new faith with the Biafran freed slaves.

Most importantly, this goes to corroborate the fact that the Indigenous People of Biafra existed before the forceful amalgamated in 1914 with the People of Oduduwa and Arewa.  As the new colonial slaves in Nigeria, Biafrans seem not to understand the frightening enormity of the mess they are in.

This unfortunate situation could be seen from negative events of time compounded and championed the more by political media campaign subterfuge. It is a deliberate but calculated attempt as well as an exercise of the decimation of the people of Biafra.

There is an agenda of balkanization, divide and win/rule game-plan or ploy unleashed on the people of Biafra of which many didn’t know and still don’t seem to know or care. If it is not in the creation of states to dislocate people with “cutting and pasting or joining that has created disharmony,” it is in the giving of new names such as South East, South South, NigerDelta, Oil Producing States.

It could also be seen by the use of a particular expressions of insidious indoctrination such as “Igbo speaking people are bad,” “they will cheat you,” “Igbo people don’t love each other,” “Igbo people love money,” etc. By this, wittingly and unwittingly, the people of Biafra with the same cultural value system, whose mothers tie two pieces of wrapper, same dressing and dancing pattern, same understanding of market days (Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo), eating habit, same Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), same sense of creativity and hard work are beleaguered, hewed and set apart from each other.

By engaging in unholy exercises, “rejection and alteration of traditional names”, dangerous political wrangling and parting of ways to always oppose each other.
Getting themselves involved in continuous in-fighting while others milk them dry It will not be out of place to say that Biafrans are critically heading to ruin. Our cultural practices, identity, worldview, way of reasoning and the language sliding into extinction

Nnamdi Kanu and Radio Biafra/BiafraTV
With the Nigeria/Biafra war, the project for the restoration of Biafra carried out by Odumegwu Ojukwu was unduly suppressed by the British   But with the setting up of Radio Biafra in 2009, and, subsequently Biafra Television by Nnamdi Kanu the project for the restoration of Biafra ultimately took a new dimension.

The establishment of  these media outfit hinges on article 16 par 1 of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples which states; “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish their own media in their own languages and to have access to all forms of non-indigenous media without discrimination.” As the Director of Radio Biafra/Biafra TV and Leader of IPOB, he (Kanu) provided a veritable platform upon which the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are reunited and consciously know whom they are as Biafrans.

Nnamdi Kanu, notwithstanding whatever may be considered his flaws as a human person regarding his stand, on certain religious issues in his challenging radio Biafra messages, remains a symbol of hope for many. The people see him as a light of freedom and liberation for Biafrans from the dungeon of hopelessness.

One may not like Nnamdi Kanu or his approach, his style or his manner of speech or the way he sees things. One significant fact remains that from all indications, he is remarkably sincere with the course of the restoration of Biafra, which is the crux of the matter. His maxim is “Biafra or death.” With this undaunted spirit, he urges all IPOB members “Remain resolute even in the face of your enemies,” because “Truth is life.”

An Igbo adage says, “Ma Nwokoro emeghi ka onye ara Umunna ya  agaghi alunye ya nwaanyi” meaning “If the first male child in the family does not behave like a mad man, his kinsmen will not advocate and assist him get married.” That is what I deduce as part of Kanu’s method to bring Biafrans out of the incalculable tragedy and destructive mess in which they are in.

However, we cannot throw away the Baby with the dirty water.  In the response of Nnamdi’s father, His Royal Highness (Eze) Israel Okwu Kanu regarding his son’s Biafra restoration project, he says; “My son will rather die than back out of Biafran struggle.”

Because of his (Kanu) thundering speech and teaching that resonate, piercing the clouds, the clamoured jamming and neutralizing of radio Biafra by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Buhari administration coupled with his (Kanu) arrest and protracted incarceration and negligence by the Department of State Security Services (DSS), of the court’s several orders for his release, the issue of Biafra and its restoration is now on the world’s centre stage.

Femi Fani-Kayode in Nnamdi Kanu and the Cry for Biafra says: “the biggest favour that President Buhari’s security agencies could have done for the Biafran cause was to lock up Mr. Kanu and thereby transform him from being a little-known secessionist into the living symbol of the Biafran struggle, a respected freedom fighter, a champion of the Igbo people and an internationally acclaimed political prisoner.”

On the front page of Saturday Sun bearing, “Nnamdi Kanu, Mystery Man Behind Biafra, Onuoha Ukeh notes: “until…when Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra, was arrested in Lagos, only a few people knew about the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)…Today, that hitherto obscured group has come to national limelight, with the “release Nnamdi Kanu” protests across the South East and South South.” People now courageously, openly and freely talk, discuss Biafra.

Various Media outfit has directly or indirectly, tacitly vowed not to air, mention or talk about Nnamdi Kanu, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Biafra or Radio Biafra/TV have been forced by circumstances of the uncontrollable blowing wind of Biafra restoration packaged by the same Kanu to do so.

As a freedom fighter whose name now resonates all around the world, Emmanuel Obe states this about him; “Kanu one day walked into the waiting arms of Nigeria’s security agents at the Lagos airport as he made a trip from the United Kingdom to Nigeria.

It is still a matter of speculation if Kanu’s ‘surrender’ was a planned phase of the struggle or not.”

Who would ever imagine that young men and women can protest for Biafra restoration from Agbor to Asaba, from Onitsha to Enugu, from Bayelsa to Igweocha,  from Igweocha to Owerri,  from Aba to Owerri and from Aba to Umuahia, despite threats from the Nigerian army to clamp down or crush Biafra unarmed peaceful protesters?

BIAFRA has come to stay; this may be hard to believe for some, but it is indeed the fact and cannot be denied. Nnamdi Kanu is a hero, and the people loves him.

Written by Timothy Israel
Edited by Uchechi Collins
For IPOB writers


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