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The delegation of Indigenous people of Biafra who visited India for Biafra Genocide awareness campaign has called on the Indian National Government to lend her support to the exiled people of Biafra presenting the argument at the Conference which held in New Delhi, India on April 21, 2017.
THE BIAFRA GENOCIDE: TIME FOR INDIA TO SUPPORT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE NATION OF BIAFRA
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) posit that the time has come for the government and good people of India, the United Nations, and all lovers of freedom and justice to support the sovereignty of the nation of Biafra. This is more so after several rounds of acts of genocide being perpetually visited upon Biafrans in Nigeria, dating back to the 22nd of June 1945. From the aforementioned date till this day, Biafra has lost over ten (10) million of her citizens in the hands of the Nigerian government with the tacit support of the British government. In particular, 30% of Biafra‘s population of fifteen (15) million were killed between 1967 and 1970 alone when Nigerian government supported by the British military engaged in a genocidal war against the nation of Biafra.
Biafra existed as a separate self-governing entity even before the invasion of Africa (for purely economic reasons) by Britain and other colonizing countries. But under the force of arms and without the consent of the indigenous people of Biafra and the other constituent nations, the British government unilaterally proclaimed the amalgamation of Nigeria on January 1, 1914. This illegal and unconscionable act of 1914 co-joined into a single country, three nations with distinct but diametrically opposed and mutually exclusive value systems. From then up till this day, that unholy marriage of three strange bedfellows has produced retrogression and deaths especially to those from Biafra. This is more so when the colonialist (British government) engendered conditions that undercut the Biafran people/region and effectively put the Hausa-Fulani (of the Arewa nation) perpetually in charge of political power in Nigeria.
The Arewa nation took advantage of their vice-like grip on political power to confiscate the resources in Biafraland, disproportionately allocate political offices to themselves, enact disenfranchsing laws/constitution and, in the process, ruined the economies of the Biafrans in that contraption called Nigeria. While Biafrans were grappling with these injustices and exploitation visited upon them by the British government-imposed internal colonialist, a new dimension by way of frequent genocidal acts was introduced as early as 1945 and this culminated in the full-blown genocidal war of 1967-1970 which led to the loss of over five million Biafran lives, mostly the elderly, women, and children who died of starvation due to British government’s unilaterally imposed and enforced air/land/sea blockade of Biafraland thereby preventing food and needed medicines from reaching the populace. In addition, British military aircraft targeted their bombing raids on churches, hospitals, markets, and retirement homes resulting in the deaths of millions of Biafrans. The war of genocide was officially declared over on the 12th of January 1970 but the killing of Biafrans by the Nigerian government and her agents continued until today.
Recently, the Nigerian government embarked on a more aggressive killing of Biafrans following their assertion of the right to self-determination in consonance with the 2007 United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) to which Nigeria is a signatory. Currently, the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is being illegally held and unconstitutionally prosecuted by the agents of Nigerian government for peacefully demanding the rights of Indigenous People of Biafra as enshrined in the UNDRIP. This is despite three separate and unchallenged court orders stipulating that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu be released unconditionally. Strangely, the presiding Judge in the ongoing case, Hon Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, has indicated that she will deploy Sharia Law in her adjudication of the case, meaning that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is a Christian as well as a British citizen, will never receive a fair hearing.
We therefore appeal to the government and good people of India to join Biafrans in the call for the separation of Biafra from Nigeria to forestall further bloodshed and injustices meted out to Biafrans in Nigeria. We have the confidence that the government and good people of India will support Biafrans and will help reach out to other nations of the world to collectively request for a UN-managed/supervised Referendum in Nigeria with respect to the quest by Biafrans to have their sovereign nation. As the largest democracy in the world, India has the moral and political responsibility to uphold universal freedom and the rights of indigenous people to self-determination anywhere in the world. We have no doubt that in this case of sovereignty for the nation of Biafra, the government and good people of India shall lead the way. The time has come for the restoration of the nation of Biafra and we are counting on the support of the government and good people of India.
God bless the good people of India and God bless Biafrans.
Barrister Emma Nmezu
Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Spokespersons for IPOB
Cliford speaking in India