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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Return of Biafra

 By Ori Martins (The Sun)

Return of Biafra: B. I. Onwuka
The fall of Biafra and the eventual surrender of the People's Republic by Philip Effiong, Biafra's deputy head of state, to the federal troops led by Lt. Col. Olusegun Obasanjo, after the Commander of the ill fated republic had gone to Cote d'Ivoire to 'seek for peace' in January 1970, is still being regarded as a gross miscalculation and unacceptable even by people who either were not yet born at the time or were toddlers when the 30-month-old tragic war took place.

Forty three years on and after most of the major actors have died - Ojukwu himself gave up the ghost more than one year ago - a new pro- Biafra group, Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), has given indications that a new Biafra would be inaugurated on February 20, 2013.
The president of the new Biafran group, B.I. Onwuka said his association had noted the mistakes that truncated the first attempt for the emergence of Biafra even as he insisted that BZM was determined to succeed in its latest bid for the creation of a sovereign entity to be called Biafra! In the beginning On May 30, 1967 the Eastern Consultative Assembly led by Dr Alvan Ikoku mandated His Excellency General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to declare the then Eastern Nigeria, the Republic of Biafra. Ojukwu took up the challenge and declared Biafra a republic as directed by the Eastern Assembly. On July 6, 1967, Nigeria declared war on Biafra and some of its senior military officers like Usman Katsina boasted that Biafra would be crushed in a matter of days. As it turned out to be, 24 hours later became three long years!
At the end of the tragic episode in 1970, over two million Biafrans had paid the supreme sacrifice in defence of their well cherished country and freedom. This is not a history of Biafra as it were but an attempt to really provide insights into what happened in Nigeria between 1967 and 1970. The new Biafra and BZM On November 5, 2012, at Coal Camp Enugu, the Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM) decided to, once again, renew the May 30 1967 mandate and re-declare the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra.

Our movement revisited the gross injustice, crime, pogrom and deprivation that prompted our late leader Odumegwu Ojukwu to declare the Eastern Region an independent state and we are of the view that the situation today in the East is still what it was in 1967. In 1967 Easterners suffered pogrom, today we are victims of organized killings and mass murder. In 1967 we suffered starvation, today we are being deprived of our rights. In 1967 the East was target of discrimination, today we are marked out for marginalization. I make bold to state that the South East has the least number of states; least number of council areas; least number of National Assembly members even as we do not have any Federal Government's presence as all the federal roads in the region have completely broken down. The South has never produced Minister of Works and we can go on and on. Surprisingly, this is a country our fore fathers contributed more than 65 per cent to establish.

The South East has sacrificed more than any other geo political zone for the unity of Nigeria yet, no recognition or respect is accorded to us. It is a national fact that without the Great Zik there would not have been anything today called Nigeria. We have it on Chief Obafemi Awolowo remarked that Nigeria was a mere geographical expression. It was only Zik that said, Nigeria belonged to all of us, let us make it great. Again, General Ironsi died fighting to uphold national unity yet he was demonized and recklessly assassinated. Which shall we highlight and which one shall we leave behind? Nigeria achieves a consensus only when it gathers to discuss anti-Igbo agenda. We have therefore looked at Nigeria and are well convinced that it cannot fend for the interest of the South East, hence, our people called on us to look for survival elsewhere.

This was the enormous responsibility saddled on us and I can tell you that the BZM as a body can now boast to have reclaimed the independence of Biafra on two grounds namely; there was a heavy presence of the international community as the flags of USA, France and Israel were flying colourfully all over the landscape of Enugu on November 5, 2012. Indeed, the world woke up to behold the expected re-birth of the Federal Republic of Biafra. We embarked on this project because it has become abundantly clear that the security of life and property of our people can no longer be guaranteed in the geographical entity called Nigeria. We are also convinced that the people's rights to freely worship God according to their Christian faith is no longer guaranteed in Nigeria. In view of these factors I have highlighted, the people of Biafra resolved to opt out of Nigeria in order to seek co-operation under the United Nations Convention on freedom of worship and association. Officially and formally, the inauguration of the government of Biafra is slated for February 20, 2013.

Countries that broke away
The history of the world is replete with an avalanche of countries that started as one sovereign state but are today broken into two or more independent countries. Here in Africa, Eritrea used to be a part of Ethiopia. The former sought to stay alone as a sovereign nation out of the latter. There was a civil war just like the Nigeria, Biafra case and eventually it succeeded. Today, there is Ethiopia, there is Eritrea. About two years ago, we all witnessed how the Southern Province of Sudan pulled out of the country and it is an independent state on its own. In Asia, East Timor is no longer a part of Malaysia.
Even in more organized Europe, the former almighty USSR has been dismantled and so many countries emerged out it. It is the same case in the former Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia that have produced about five countries between them. It is also on record that all the countries mentioned above have similarities with the Nigerian situation even as it stands today and that is ethnic strife and incompatibility. As Ojukwu put it in Ghana, 'It will be better for us to shift backward and live than to stay together and suffocate'. If we shift backward, quote me, militancy will stop, Boko Haram will be a thing of the post and ethno- political tension will cease. But, if what is happening now is anything to forecast tomorrow, then we can say even without any power of clairvoyance that, the best for us, especially as Ndigbo, is not to stay together. If other countries that are suffering the same fate with Nigeria in terms of political tension can dissolve their union for good, why can't Nigeria do the same?

 Inside Biafra
The land and people of Biafra are blessed with natural and human resources. Even during the tragic civil war, our people, despite suffering from genocide, advanced technologically, scientifically and economically without external assistance. Biafran engineers fabricated war weapons like the Ojukwu bucket, ogbunigbe; built airport at Uli and piloted its own aircrafts; constructed refineries and maintained them without shortage of petroleum products all through the war period; set up Radio Biafra that was received worldwide and so on and so forth. After the war, Nigeria never cared to absorb the men and women that led these technological and scientific innovations into the system and this tells you the avid hatred the country has for the Igbo nation.

It was General Yakubu Gowon himself who said the war ended in a draw as he declared the 'No victor, No vanquished' slogan but went ahead to adopt a cruel economic policy of giving any Igbo who had money in the vault, no matter how much, just 20 pounds. It therefore means that the Igbo people started life with only 20 pounds. Gowon also constituted a post war reconciliatory move by instituting the Three Rs - Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. We make bold to say that Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo who was then National Commissioner of Works cannot point to anything or person that was either rehabilitated or reconstructed. Igbo nation still suffers from the civil war devastation and there is hopelessness, depression, disgust and despair all over the land. Our promise is that the new Biafran government will bring hope and guarantee security and a world of opportunity and prosperity.

We shall empower free market based on positive capitalism. We shall support individual enterprise and work hard to attract foreign investors to create jobs for the youths and working adult population. The days when our graduates will only hope to be keke napep drivers and okada riders are over. This government will not depend 100 per cent on oil it has been the case with Nigeria since 1970. The Biafran Government will restore the following industries – cash crop, palm oil, cashew and others that the Nigerian Government abandoned for oil. Also, the Abakaliki rice base will be developed to feed Africa; the Avutu poultry will be revived to produce chickens for West Africa; the breweries in Umuahia will be upgraded to compete favourably with multi- national ones like Guinness while the coal in Enugu will be modernized. Indeed, massive industrialization is our key the same way security of lives and property of all who live in Biafra will be adequately guaranteed. Of course, our goal will be to make Biafra the pride of our people and friends and the envy of our foes.
To this end, education will not be taken for granted, the health sector will get government's attention just as rural and urban development will be given adequate consideration. We shall also protect the rights of all irrespective of creed, gender or origin. Constitution and constitutionalism will be promoted and equality before the Law will be our guiding principle.

We encourage freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of worship and press freedom shall flourish. This is Biafra's marshal plan! We shall not fail because we looked at the issues that made the first attempt at Biafra not to go through and took care of them. We as a people are determined to succeed more than ever before.

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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