Friday, 28 February 2014

CONFAB: Igbo leaders of thought canvass for secession and self determination rights.

The eminent Constitutional lawyer; Prof. Ben Nwabueze yesterday in Enugu made public the Igbo position on the proposed national dialogue as articulated by Igbo Leaders of Thought which includes the right of zones to form the basis for the federating units and the right of self determination and the right to secede.

Nwabueze, who addressed a press conference in Enugu said to give room for the younger ones, he and Dr. Alex Ekwueme would not take part in the conference but assured that they would not abandon their people.
Said he: “We are not going to be delegates sitting in the hall exposed, taking all abuses, bombardments; but we will stand behind. Our role should be that of guidance.”

He stated that they would reach out to Igbo governors and other prominent Igbo sons to provide a meeting place in Abuja, where Igbo elders like him and Ekwueme would be meeting with Igbo delegates to the conference twice a week, to guide and educate them on the Igbo position as contained in the document.

On the summary of the contents of the Igbo position paper, Prof. Nwabueze said Ndigbo had proposed the inclusion of the right of secession or self-determination in the new constitution; adoption of the regions as the basis of the federating units and the establishment of regional or state police to enable the governors or regional leaders enforce their authority and law.

He said the position paper reduced the items in the exclusive legislative list as currently contained in the 1999 Constitution, from 68 to 36, adding that the current constitution was abhorrent to true federalism where a commissioner of police had overriding power over a state governor and chief security officer of the state.

He said the right of self-determination was contained in the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, which he said was domesticated into the Nigerian Constitution by National Assembly enactment.

In his words: “In this document, we are proposing the rights of the zones as the federating unit to self-determination, including the right to secession. The Yoruba have already accepted it, they are coming to the conference with this. It is part of the law of the country already because the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, says that all people shall have an unquestionable and inalienable rights to self-determination.

“It is part of the law of this country already because I know that we have already enacted a law; the National Assembly enacted a law incorporating the African Charter as part of domestic law of Nigeria. This is the only international treaty that has been incorporated as part of our domestic law.

“So, it is nothing new; all that we are now saying is that it should be elevated from being part of the ordinary law of the country into a right enshrined in the constitution, that’s all that we are saying now.”

The secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought, Prof. Elochukwu Amaucheazi stated that initially Ndigbo were worried by the refusal of Nwabueze and Ekwueme to be at the conference, but expressed happiness that the two elders have now agreed to remain behind the scene to give support.

He said that that his group want Nigeria to remain strong and united but on the basis of justice and equity.

The Assistant Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought and convener of Igbo Youth Movement, Evangelist Elliot Uko, said that the content of the Igbo position as presented in booklets was futuristic and that millions of copies would be mass produced to distribute free to Ndigbo wherever they are, as critical Igbo agenda in Nigeria.

The book presentation was attended by other members of the group including Senators Anyim Ude and Offia Nwali, Barr. Nneka O. Nzeakor and Prof Chinweite Ejike.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Biafrans, wake up! Read the 3 stages of Jihad.

Should Biafrans wait until we are all Islamised by force (Jihad)? Watch the short video below carefully and decide for yourself. What stage are we right now?

According to the Qur'an, people who reject Islam are "the worst of creatures" (98:6). Not surprisingly, this view of non-Muslims, when combined with Muhammad's call to jihad, has led to endless atrocities in the name of Allah.

So, how long are you willing to wait and be deceived? If you are willing to save your life and that of your children and family, you must take action right now. Protect your kind.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Boko Haram killed more than 43 students at Buni, Yadi, Yobe State.

Kano: Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 43 people on Tuesday when they attacked secondary school students as they slept in the latest school massacre to hit Nigeria's troubled northeast.

The raid at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) targeted the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state and bore the hallmarks of a similar attack last September in which 40 died.

The attackers reportedly hurled explosives into student residential buildings, sprayed gunfire into rooms and hacked a number students to death. 

A senior medical source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Yobe's capital Damaturu said the gunmen only targeted male students and that female students were "spared".

"So far, 43 bodies have been brought (from the college) and are lying at the morgue," said the source, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss death tolls. 

Yobe has been one of the hardest areas in Boko Haram's four-and-half year Islamist uprising, which has killed thousands of people.
The name Boko Haram means "Western Education is forbidden". 

The group has been blamed for waves of school attacks, especially in Yobe, where scores of students have been slaughtered in the last year. 

The state's police chief, Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the attack and had given an earlier death toll of 29, was headed to Buni Yadi, roughly 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Damaturu, with Governor Ibrahim Geidam to assess the damage.

Damaturu resident Babagoni Musa told AFP that four ambulances carrying dead bodies drove past his shop, which falls on the road from Buni Yadi. 

"They had tree branches on them which is a sign used here to signify a corpse is in a vehicle," he said. 

People whose relatives were studying at the college had surrounded the morgue and were desperately seeking information about those killed, forcing the military take control of the building to restore calm, the hospital source said.

Yobe is one of three northeastern states which was placed under emergency rule in May last year when the military launced a massive operation to crush the Boko Haram uprising. 

At least 40 students were killed in September at an agriculture training college in Yobe after Boko Haram gunmen stormed a series of dorms in the middle of the night and sprayed gunfire on sleeping students.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the northeast since the emergency measures were imposed, despite the enhanced military presence. 

Boko Haram, declared a terrorist organisation by Nigeria and the United States, has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north. 

Geidam and the governor of neighbouring Borno state, Kashim Shettima, have fiercely criticised the military's record in combatting Boko Haram, insisting that more resources were needed to defeat the emboldened and increasingly well-armed insurgents. 

In a video sent to AFP last week, Boko Haram's purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, said he would continue his relentless campaign of violence on anyone who supports democracy or so-called Western values. 

Shekau, deemed a global terrorist by the United States, also threatened to widen the insurgency outside the group's northeastern stronghold with attacks in the oil-producing, southern Niger Delta region.

Nigeria is Africa's top oil producer and an Islamist attack in the country's key economic region would pile further pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan, who has faced scathing criticism over his handling of the Boko Haram crisis.

Jonathan on Monday defended his government's record in tackling the militants, telling reporters that "no effort will be spared" to protect civilians and their property.

He renewed his call to Boko Haram to lay down their arms and engage in talks to address their grievances.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

I WAS KIDNAPPED BY MASSOB - Nnamdi Kanu's Account.

By Nnamdi Kanu (RBL)

I was kidnapped by Uwazuruike on the 19th of December 2009. Uchenna Madu who is MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Of Biafra) Director for Information led the kidnap party. They were told they were going for a rally but instead chose to come an kidnap me. Now I will outline again the reason for the kidnap so you and your co ignorant fools will know. Uwazuruike your master came to see me in London in the summer of 2009 and asked me to print Biafran Passport for sale. I told him no. I introduced him to Coleman Asomba in South Africa to coordinate our agitation but when he Uwazuruike got there they concentrated on printing passports. 

I also agreed with your master Uwazuruike that we should return to the ways of our ancestors which is rulership by an Elders Council which he agreed in London but did not implement when he got home. I am giving you instances so you will ask him if you can find him.

Uwazuruike rejected the involvement of Igbo intelligensia and failed to allow consultation to happen between us and Igbo elders. I received information through a source at Aso Rock that your master sold out the struggle to Nigerian Government and the deal was brokered by Senator Chukwumerije. 

I called Uwazuruike to tell him the information I received and he denied it. I travelled to Owerri with two of my members to confront him with the evidence we had. We went to his Works Layout palace where he agreed to meet us but he wasn't there. Before travelling to Owerri I addressed Massob members in Lagos where I made it clear to them that fraud will not be tolerated in the struggle.

Uwazuruike having realized what I knew refused to see us. After visiting PH to see Massob members I returned to London. People started calling Radio Biafra to enquire if the new Biafran passport was a legal tender as BBC Africa had carried the news. I gave them an honest opinion that Biafran Passport printed could not get them into the mythical 99 countries that recognized MASSOB. 

The criminal elements among you started calling me to threaten me and you wrote a letter to my father saying you had authority from Nigeria to declare me wanted. I have the letter. I ignored you and came home where you hired 10 buses led by Uchenna Madu to come and kidnap me. Yes you tore my clothes, spat at me, even had a mock trial to ascertain the whereabout of the Biafran Army that was then camped at Abakpa. 

You tortured me to force me to reveal who was sponsoring Radio Biafra and I told you that I used my savings to fund it which was the simple truth. During my captivity at Okwe, you told me how you kidnap people in Igboland. You mentioned a few prominent names I will mention in my book. You hungry ferrals stole my clothes, wrist watch and money. Some of you spat at me, some poured urine on me. You fooled them into believing I was a traitor to cover the fact that you people are the traitors. 

You tried to humiliate me in the hope that I will be silenced forever but you failed. In your stupidly you made a video tape of the whole torture and kidnapping in the hope of using it to blackmail me into silence. You threatened to release the video if I criticized MASSOB criminal activities again. Little did you know the video was the proof the world needed to confirm that MASSOB was a full time crime empire. You see how daft you people are, I knew you will come up with this which confirms in your own words that you kidnapped me then later Pascal Okorie and also Benjamin Onwuka. 

When MASSOB released me from Okwe, I took a taxi to Umuahia and was receiving attention at Ojukwu Bunker Guest House when SSS men came and arrested me. I never went to the police because I knew that as a freedom fighter, I cannot go to my enemies for help. I have rules I abide by. Nothing will make me ever go to Nigeria Police for help. It was Uwazuruike himself that told SSS that Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra he kidnapped had been released and if they wanted to question me.

I was arrested yet again by armed men of Nigeria SSS. When I got to their headquarters at Ojike Street Umuahia the SSS Director's phone rang. To my astonishment it was Uwazuruike inquiring if the information he gave them was correct. I was amazed when this Hausa man looked at me and said I was wasting my time fighting for Biafra. He showed me his phone and there Uwazuruike's number was. I kept asking myself what type of freedom fighter would be so friendly with his oppressor. It was at that point I realized that Uwazuruike was working for Nigeria all along. 

So in conclusion, I did not call the police and will never call the police for a fellow Biafran not even if they come to kill me. Go and do your research. You have the video of my kidnap and ordeal, I challenge you to release it. That way we know we know who is lying. The worst mistake MASSOB made was to let me leave Okwe torture chamber alive. If they had the intention of continuing in their criminality they should have killed me. Biafra is the only reason why I live that was something none of you knew. You have sowed the wind now you will reap the whirlwind.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Boko Haram Killing Trend 2014.

In this post, we shall be giving updates on the killing trend of the Boko Haram Terrorist Group. Please, check back often for updates. Sometime the terrorist disguise under the name of Fulani herdsmen, but they are the same people. The main target of these killings are the Igbo-Biafrans who have refused to move back to the south where they come from, for whatsoever reason best known to them. That is why you often hear that shops were burnt. They were burnt to punish the businessmen who are in most cases, the people of Biafra who migrated to those areas. The sacked army chief (Ihejirika) was winning the war against Boko Haram when the sponsors of the group requested that he be sacked. Their puppet president Goodluck Jonathan did as they requested. He did the same to Stella Oduah; the Minister of aviation recently because she upgraded the Enugu airport (in Biafraland) to international standard.
The Red line indicates updated death toll for each date, while the Blue line indicates the death toll at press time.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Boko Haram murders 106 in fresh attack on 15th, Feb., 2014.

Gunmen  believed to  be  Boko Haram Islamists on Saturday  night   continued their reign of terror by killing  dozens of   people in Izghe, a village in Gwoza Local Government Area of  Borno State.

The latest killings came barely a few hours  before President Goodluck Jonathan reiterated his belief that Boko Haram activities represented Nigeria’s  “share of the negative news” across the world.

Only last Tuesday,  the fundamentalists snuffed lives out of no fewer than 67 people in Konduga in Borno State. Late last month, the sect  killed over 115 people, including worshippers,   in two communities in Borno and Adamawa states.

The gunmen reportedly rounded up a group of men in Izghe, a largely Christian community  and shot them  during  the attack that lasted about five hours.

Residents, who fled the area said some of the victims were shot, while others had their throats slit by the attackers who were  chanting  “Allah is great.”

“All the dead bodies of the victims are still lying in the streets,” a resident, Abubakar Usman, told Reuters.

“We fled without burying them, fearing the terrorists were still lurking in the bushes.”

There were however conflicting  casualty figures  given  by  some prominent indigenes of the area.

While   Ali Ndume, who represents the area in the Senate  told the Agence France Presse that about 106 people were murdered, a resident put the fugure at 93.

“So far, from information I have received from Izghe, 106 people, including an old woman, have been killed by the attackers, suspected to be Boko Haram gunmen,”  Ndume   said.

The resident,  Mallam Bulama,  told journalists in Maiduguri, Borno State, that the Islamists, who were dressed in military uniform, invaded the community   “killing 93 people, and inflicting injuries on several others.”

“As I speak to you (journalists), many residents of Izghe are missing and those lucky enough to be alive have started leaving.”

Bulama added  that the terrorists who were about 100  came with sophisticated weapons and  shot sporadically before    setting  many houses and shops ablaze.

Funeral rites were held for 52  Muslim victims at the central mosque in the nearby town of Madagali, mosque officials   said.

Another  survivor, Barnabas Idi, also told the AFP  that  he scaled the fence of his house and crawled for about 40 minutes to safety.

“The attackers came around 9.30 pm in six trucks and some motorcycles. They were dressed in military uniform. They asked men to assemble at a place and then started hacking and slaughtering them,” he said.

Idi, who added that security agents were not present during the attack, said some of the insurgents moved from door-to-door looking for those in hiding in their houses.

A Maiduguri resident and an indigene of the troubled community, Adamu Izge,   said he lost his father in-law to  the siege.

 “The insurgents stormed the area on Saturday night  wearing military uniform  and carrying  sophisticated weapons. They launched massive attack on the village, killing many and wounding  others. Some people, as I talk now, are   missing,” Adamu added.

He said the insurgents razed down many houses  and even trailed some of  those that escaped to   nearby villages.

Adamu stated that Izghe indigenes in Maiduguri had expressed their displeasure  at both the Federal and Borno State governments over  incessant attacks  on their village.

Lamenting  that   Gwoza, Bama, Konduga and Damboa   in the state  had  been under  Boko Haram siege, he called on the Federal Government to deploy more military personnel and equipment  in the communities.

The  LGA Chairman, Maina Ularamu, who  confirmed the attack had earlier  told the AFP  in Abuja that  over  60 people lost their lives.

He said, “The  gunmen  killed  many people in the attack late on Saturday. From the latest information I have gathered, more than 60 people have been killed.

“We suspect that the gunmen were members of Boko Haram. They have taken over the village.

“They looted businesses and food stores and loaded all their spoils into vehicles owned by residents and fled into the bush.”

Lamenting that the  attack had  made hundreds of villagers homeless, he said  that he  was about to return to   Maiduguri to face the security and humanitarian challenges created by the raid.

A military spokesman in the area, Lt. Col.Mohammed Dole, told the AFP he had not been briefed on the attack. Also, the   Borno State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Lawal Tanko,   could not  give   the   number of casualties.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Nigerian Army have deployed more men in Borno State to strengthen the Special Forces.

Investigations   on Sunday  revealed that  between 800 and 850 soldiers   from the 82 Division of the  Army in Enugu were sent to  strengthen the military presence in the troubled state.

Fresh facts  also emerged on Sunday on why the Special Forces could not foil the onslaught on Konduga by Boko Haram.

A source said that the soldiers deployed in the community  could not penetrate the Boko Haram blockade   because of the high calibre weapons  used by  the insurgents.

It was gathered that while the  soldiers who were drafted from Maiduguri, about 40 kilometres from the troubled town, were armed with AK-47 assault rifles, the insurgents wielded  long range assault weapons like RPG, Browning Machine Guns and AA-12 Combat rifles.

The fate of the people of Konduga was said to have been made more precarious as an Air Support Operation from the Nigerian Air Force couldn’t  bring  them relief.

Investigations revealed that Air Force helicopter gunships deployed in the area could not drop any bomb because the insurgents  mingled with the people of the  community.

It was gathered that after hovering in the sky for some time,  the fighter planes  returned to base.

Our source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the issue said, “You know that soldiers responded immediately when the information came. I think, the team that was sent to the place couldn’t penetrate it because the Boko Haram members were armed with long-range weapons.

“They were carrying Rocket Propelled Grenade, AA-12, which is very deadly and which shatters the body when it hits a target, and Browning Assault rifles.

 “The soldiers had to retreat to base because they went with AK 47 riffles, which are not as strong as the weapons in the hands of these people.”

But the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, dismissed  insinuation  that the insurgents were better equipped than the   soldiers.

He told one of our correspondents in Abuja, on Sunday, that the Army had   “all the  weapons that were  mentioned.”

Laleye  added, “You don’t know the instructions given to the soldiers so you cannot say they did not enter there or  that they  went  back to base.

“The way we conduct our operations is not something that we discuss on the pages of newspapers.

“I think we should allow the   Army to conduct this operation; at the end of the day if we don’t succeed, we should be held responsible. We have kept this country protected and defended her territorial integrity since independence. Is it now that we will not do so?

 “We are a well equipped Army;  we have more equipment; we are a standard Army. Our troops are well equipped; there is nothing the terrorists have that we don’t have and I can tell you that we have more. We are a standard Army, we are  not like Boko Haram.”

Analysis: Now that Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika has been sacked, we expected a positive change regarding the Boko Haram menace. It was reported that the new man will do better because the former was from the Engineering department. What is happening now? Soon, Boko Haram will be in full control of Borno state with their own government established. The actual death toll hardly ever gets published. To get closer to reality with a fair figure, use a make-up factor of 0.8. That brings the estimated death toll to about 190.

Update: You see, the death toll is now (18th, Feb.) rising as we predicted, currently at 121. See source.

Britain To Apologise To Nigeria?

A civil society organisation known as Gatestone Institute (GI) based in New York, United States, has called on Britain to apologise to Nigeria because “the problems and tensions in northern Nigeria are direct results of left-overs by the British colonial government.”

A representative of GI, Mr. Alan Craig, made the suggestion on Saturday in Abuja, during a workshop for leaders of ethnic minorities in the North. The workshop was jointly organised by Minority Interests Rights Project (MIRP) and Stefanos Foundation (Nigeria).

At the event, the Coordinator of MIRP, Mr. Mark Lipido, raised the alarm that 75 per cent of indigenes of Southern Borno had fled to Cameroon following the recent attack on them by the Boko Haram Islamic sect.

Craig told journalists after the event that Britain had no choice than to apologise to Nigerians following the sad fallouts of colonialism.

He said, “This type of grassroots work is significant for the people in the villages and we hope to help the local people to have a voice. We want to support ordinary people to have a voice and we are always on the side of the minorities.

“The problems of northern Nigeria are direct results of left-over by the British Government (colonial) and therefore the tension and difficulties in northern Nigeria are direct result of the British Government (colonial). Therefore, my argument now is that the British Government should be rectifying the situation and contributing instead of telling the Nigerian Government about the gay right law, for instance.

“It should be saying that ‘we are sorry for the legacy we left and other things we did’; there are other good things the then British colonial government did too. So, don’t condemn it all but that particular aspect was wrong and was a mistake; so the British Government should be rectifying it.”

Meanwhile, Lipido also expressed reservation over the 20 slots given to the ethnic minorities in the National Conference, being packaged by the Federal Government.

He said, “The security situation in northern Nigeria is bad enough; we have found out that the minorities in southern Borno at the moment are within the Republic of Cameroon and nobody seems to have said anything about them, particularly in Gwoza Local Government Area.

“The recent attack in Konduga is there widely. We heard a report from the people in Konduga when they were running four days ago; they said they did not know whether they will survive. At the end of the day,  75 per cent of the whole community has been burned down and over 50 people were killed.”

Analysis: How many countries will the British apologise to? Why not apologise to the Biafrans, for joining hands with the Nigerian government to kill more than 3.5 million Biafrans (1967 - 1970). Biafrans are still suffering the impact of the genocide until this day. To Mr. Craig, are you afraid of saying the truth? Why say "and other things we did"? What are the "other things"? Funny man! The world is forming a deaf ear to the true picture of the crisis in the Borno South. The so called Christian countries or Churches could not protect their own being wiped out. What a hypocrisy? Even to be their mouth piece, no way. Only pray pray till thy kingdom come... 

The Boko Haram Islamic group are not expecting any retaliation of-course, so they are bent on wiping out every other religion and installing Islam across the country.

The above lacked clarity as it failed to mention that the people being massacred in South Borno are mainly Christians and some migrants from the South East (Igbos who still live there).

Monday, 10 February 2014

Why 2014 is Pivotal in the March Towards the Restoration of Biafra.

I have placed it on record that our quest is not just to see the re-emergence of Biafra but to precipitate the end of that name Nigeria. Anything short of the destruction of the satanic entity-the zoo called Nigeria will not be acceptable.

Those that starved and killed our children and mothers in their millions must be hunted down and killed. 2014 is the year predicted many millennia ago that will herald the rising of the Sun dripping with blood.

This year a rare event seldom recorded in humanity will happen with devastating precision. The full moon in April and October on a specific date to be announced on Radio Biafra will see the moon turn to red not once but twice. This year the spirit and memory of all those murdered by Nigerians will be honoured, remembered and atoned for. 2014 will mark the beginning of the end of the zoo and things will happen that will shock the world into realising that this generation of Biafrans prefer death to slavery. 

They will kill us no doubt but we will lay waste their lands and inheritance. We shall kill them in untold numbers so that the name Biafra will be forever feared. 1967-70 is not 2013-15, fear is not an option. 
The mercy and blessing of Chukwu Abiama is with us and so is the spirit of the millions brutally massacred by the force of darkness.

This year we shall call down the blessing of the most high through a series of mythical, sacred and ancient ceremonies that will purify the land before we meet our enemies in battle. The moon will turn bloody this year and so will the zoo called Nigeria.

Go and prepare, steel yourself for what is to come because this is the year of reckoning. Many will die but out of misery hope will arise in the land of the rising sun.

Hold me against these words. If Nigeria does not start burning this year I will commit suicide in public.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Who Cares About Biafra Anyway?

News Source: Published February 25, 1969
(This is another story about Biafra. We all know about Biafra--it's where a million people have starved to death in the past six months. One million people. Think about that for a minute. There are almost five thousand Harvard undergraduates. If each one of us died two hundred times, that would be almost a million deaths. Almost, but not quite. Yes, we all know about Biafra.)

THE UNITED STATES government never meaningfully recognized that the Biafran situation existed until this month. The government had not even breathed the possibility of official U.S. recognition of Biafra as a nation, predominantly as a result of the archaic "one-Nigeria" policy which America inherited from Britain and has guided State Department attitudes toward West Africa for years.

Earlier this month the State Department sent a six-man fact-finding mission to examine the needs of both Nigeria and Biafra and to make recommendations to the U.S. government about the necessary forms and amount of possible aid. Senator Charles E. Goodell (R.-N.Y.), accompanied by his administrative assistant--Charles W. Dunn--was in charge of the mission's diplomatic aspects.

Four experts on African problems, led by Jean Mayer, professor of Nutrition at the School of Public Health, also treked to Biafra. They made detailed studies of the supplies and health of both sides of the conflict, but they concentrated on Biafra because of the huge gaps in America's knowledge of the situation there due to the lack of diplomatic links with that area. Mayer said "At least this (the mission) means the State Department realizes that Biafra will probably survive for at least the immediate future."

The Mission has prepared a 36-page report, edited by Mayer, which calls for an immediate ceasefire as the only way to provide adequate food and medical supplies, a halt of the atrocities being committed against Biafran civilians, and a huge increase in the amount of relief supplies. The report blasts the United States and the United Nations, except UNICEF, for their failure to aid the Biafrans. In a foreward to the report, Sen. Goodell states "It was our purpose to fill America's factual void" on Biafra. "May these findings bestir the world's leaders to prevent an indirect form of genocide."

Right now, with the report still at the printer's, it's a moot point whether or not America will carry out the report's recommendations. Chances are good when you consider that Goodell is a leading Republican and that Nixon seemed to smile at the Mission's purposes. On the debit side is the influence of Great Britain, who, along with the Russians, are arming the Nigerians. No matter what the State Department does with the report, or doesn't do, if this report of starvation doesn't stir well-fed America, perhaps, as E. E. Cummings once suggested, we'd better "Burry the Statue of Liberty because it begins to stink like hell."

BEFORE the civil war, Biafra differed from most developing nations because it had a good supply of food and water, and sound public health policies with many physicians, nurses, hospitals, and clinics. Following the slaughter of 40,000 Ibos in 1966, about two million Ibos and other minority groups left their positions throughout Nigeria and fled to Biafra. Additional refugees continue to pour into Biafra to avoid capture by the Nigerian troops who have gained a reputation for slaughtering whole villages.

While Biafra originally encompassed 29,000 square miles, present boundaries now enclose only about one-fourth of that area. This remaining territory is totally landlocked and does not contain the former Biafra's most fertile land. The Mission asserts that somewhere between eight and nine million Biafrans live in this area, although many previous estimates have been as low as four million.

THE PREVAILING shortage of foods is likely to reach famine proportions during the next few months. Before the war Biafra was not only self-sufficient in food production, but the area exported some items to the rest of Nigeria. Proteins, however, have always been a problem, with 80 per cent coming from northern Nigeria and Europe. The land, sea, and air blockade imposed on this area by the Nigerians early in 1967, even before Biafra declared its independence, cut off normal food sources of proteins.

Diversion of able-bodied Biafrans to defense has weakened further Biafra's agricultural output. Dislocation of markets and transportation snafus have spurred inflation to astronomical heights.

To remedy the situation as best as possible, Biafra has established an Emergency Food Production Program, aimed at the total mobilization of all available resources for increased food production. To expand production, a special unit of males between the ages of 12 and 35 who are not in military service receive farming training. Their goal is to clear 100 acres for agricultural use in each village.

The smuggling of food from Nige- rian-held territory into Biafra has been discouraged severely by both armies. Only a trickle of food reaches Biafra from this route anyway, but some of the smuggled food was found to contain poisonous ingredients. Deliberate poisoning of food supplies was suspected first in 1967 when several deaths were thought to be caused by toxic foods. Of 1487 samples of salt--the principal item being smuggled in--which were tested by Biafrans during the last part of 1968, 20 samples contained toxic quantities of arsenic and 50 contained cyanide.

Mayer said that several samples collected by the Mission which could not have been "fixed" by the Biafrans were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration upon the group's return. "The samples contained arsenic, the Administration confirmed the Biafran reports." Mayer said.

Right now there are outright starvation conditions among the refugees. Acute protein deficiency is widespread among all Biafrans. The Mission's members reports that, they never saw one child in satisfactory nutritional condition in any of the camps they visited. Mass feedings must be made under the most difficult of situations: distribution centers and refugee camps are bombed and strafed if any large numbers of people are visible in the daylight. Red Cross insignias are singled out for special attention by Nigerian bombers. Mayer saw one European engaged in working on the Biafran side of the war front carry 117 dying children in his truck to a hospital in a single night.

"WHILE visiting several hospitals," Mayer reports, "we saw children on the floor between the beds, along the outside corridors, and often two or ore to each bed. There was not one well nourished child among the 80 seen in one 20-bed ward. Particularly disturbing to witness was one small girl with the arm in a cast, the victim of a bombing attack, who refused to come out from beneath her bed, afraid of the bombs. Children as young as 16 months of age were observed running into bunkers when they heard the first warning shots before the bombs fall."

Severe malnutrition underlies all other Biafrian diseases. Severe anemia is widespread among children and pregnant women. Infectious diseases, including meales especially, hit hardest at the very young and the elderly. Tuberculosis, malaria, and dysentery also are prevalent. Hospitals are not only consistently bombed, but airplanes come in low and strafe the fleeing patients and staff.

Before the war, Biafrans, particularly the Ibos, had stood out among inhabitants of West Africa in literacy, youths admitted to universities, and general respect for learning. Many observers believe that the Ibos' high level of education, coupled with the extremely high number of managerial and professional posts they occupied, generated intense envy among the Nigerians. Now there is next to no formal education going on among the Biafrans. The University has closed completely. Only here and there through the area a number of primary schools hold classes in the forest so that the leaves will hide the children from enemy aircraft.

The Biafrian Mission Recommends:

1) The fundamental action needed to alleviate suffering in the Nigerian civil war is an immediate ceasefire, for this is the only way that food and medical relief can be adequately provided. 2) The atrocities being inflicted upon Biafrian civilians must be halted. 3) The Biafrans need a greatly expanded tonnage of relief supplies, especially food. To accomplish this,, in addition to the relief plane flights, a sea or land corridor must be opened up under international control. Only this method would be able to furnish Biafrans with the six to eight thousand tons of relief supplies needed each week.

The Mission also made suggestions in the following specific areas:

* Health -- The already existing campaign for vaccination against measles and smallpox should be widened so as to include more than 50 per cent of the population and health education plans should be instituted to spread information into the more remote areas.

* Agriculture -- Relief supplies -- insecticides, seeds, baby chicks, tools, etc.--should be made available to the Land Army, Biafra's farmers' corps.

* Education -- Bombing of schools should be stopped so that children can use school buildings, as well as to avert the carrying out of intellectual genocide against the next generation.

* Transportation -- In order to insure the adequate distribution of relief supplies, tires and spare parts for cars and trucks should be supplied when required along with lubricants, gas, and vehicle repair tools.

The Mission expressed deep dismay over the United States' and the United Nations'--except UNICEF--low level of involvement in the Biafrian crisis. The Mission proposes, in effect, four steps for the U.S. to take: 1) to play a more active role as a mediator in the negotiations leading to a cease fire and expanded relief. 2) To station in Biafra some medical and nutritional personnel to report possible solutions to the President. 3) To send a relief coordinator to Biafra who would work with voluntary agencies and with the Biafran physicians. 4) For this and similar situations which could arise in the future, the President should designate a Relief Advisor to work in a voluntary capacity as his consultant on problems of international relief.

Mayer would not comment on whether the report would hasten U.S. recognition of Biafra. However, he did observe that "arriving at some sort of accommodation is made easier by the fact that about four African states have recognized Biafra and France has made gestures that have enhanced Biafra's dignity as a nation." He added that the Biafrians' situation was similar to the Isrealis. Both countries are heavily intellectual groups set upon by less educated peoples who have superior numbers. "To borrow a phrase, the highly-civilized have been bombed back into living in caves," Mayer added. He pointed to the Biafrans' skill in setting up petroleum distilleries from scratch. "They are very inventive, and experiment constantly to find out how best to use their resources."

Mayer blasted the British -- who, along with the Russians, arm Nigeria--for their "clumsy, heavy-handed role in this conflict." He said he hoped President Nixon would convince Harold Wilson that Britain's policies in West Africa should be drastically changed.

THE ONE aspect of the situation which impressed the Mission most was the Biafrans' good spirits in the5Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe

Friday, 7 February 2014

Confusion in Osun; Baptist High School.

Baptist High School, Osun.
Since Monday, 3rd February, pupils of the Baptist High School, Iwa Osun state has created drama of various kinds. The most visible of the confusion is wearing of the hijab by the muslim pupils and choir robes by the christian pupils, in place of the normal school uniform. The recent classification policy by the state governor has been reported to be the root cause of this confusion. It is indeed funny to see such scene.

Going by the name of the school, one can easily infere that it was originally a christian dominated school. That notwithstanding, school uniform should be school uniform, nothing more nothing less. A lot of people that I have talked to on this issue said that the whole scenario is part of a bigger agenda; islamization of Nigeria. The truth is that it is impossible to see christians enroll in an islamic school in Nigeria. What's your take on this?

Saturday, 1 February 2014

What is Biafra?

Was Biafra Ojukwu's formulation?

NO, Biafra (Biafara) has been in existence before the creation (without consensus) of Nigeria. Please check the 1662 map below.

The word "Biafara" stands for "Come and join". It is mostly occupied by the present day "South-Eastern" Nigeria, "South South" and some parts of southern Cameroon. Reading a closer meaning into the name explains the dominant behavior or character of the Biafran people explaining why they got such name naturally.

A true Biafran person is known for his hospitality and forgiveness. Some people say they are "ala wu otu" meaning "land is the same" kind of people. This goes deeper to explain why the Biafrans still went back to the Northern part of Nigeria after the civil war despite the fact they are being killed on daily basis for who they are and how successfully and religious they are. Let us not forget that the mass execution of the Biafrans in that part of the country was what led to the civil war in the first place. The same trend is repeating itself unreported or rather inappropriately reported. The media in Nigeria is a mess and controlled by politicians and the government.
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