Biafra: Reasons Why IPOB Is Not, And Can Never Be A Terrorist Group
Written by Nwafor Somtochukwu Aloysius,
For Family Writers Press.
The Biafra Herald
First and foremost, I would like to make it very clear to humanity that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is not a group or an organization, rather, it is an organised civilian population or citizens of the nation of Biafra.
For a detailed clarification, the Indigenous People of Biafra, as the name implies, remains an acronym used to refer to the over 70 million population of the Biafra people who share same or identical cultural and religious beliefs, as well as organic origin. The Indigenous People of Biafra are the aborigines occupying the territory of the old eastern region of Nigeria, which spreads through the shores of Idoma in Benue state, Igala in Kogi state and Igbanke in Edo state of the present day Nigeria. We remain an Indigenous people and never a tribe or a group people or an ethnic minority, as most media outlets do employ while referring to and describing the people of Biafra. Therefore we urge the general public to disregard the misinformation projected by the media regarding the description of IPOB as an "organization" or a" group".
Now moving over to the basic purpose of this article. Biafrans are always here to tell our story and nobody does it better than us, hence I have resolved to pen down below, indisputable reasons why IPOB is not, and can never be a terrorists group.
1. IPOB are peaceful and unarmed civilians;
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are unarmed and peaceful civilians of the Biafra nation whose ultimate aim is the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. IPOB has always been peaceful and unarmed, starting from the onset. It's also worthy to note that IPOB has never recorded an act or any form of violence since it's emergence in 2012. It is on record that the activities of IPOB has gotten global attention and recognition as a result of its excellence, perseverance and persistence.
Not stopping at that, IPOB has remained peaceful, even amidst barbaric provocations. The activists are continually dragged to the mud and pushed to the wall by the Nigerian government. Thousands of innocent Biafrans have been massacred by the tyrannical government of Muhammadu Buhari since 2015. Many were killed during peaceful protests, evangelism and rallies, while others were killed through secret abduction and extrajudicial executions. Also, uncountable IPOB activists are currently being illegally detained by Nigerian government only for exercising their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined under article 13 of United Nations charter of the rights of Indigenous People.
Recall that on the 5th of September 2017, Nigerian military announced the deployment of soldiers and sophisticated weapons into Biafraland, baptizing their evil intent as an exercise code-named "Operation Python Dance II" (Egwueke). These soldiers were charged to unleash mayhem on Biafrans and assassinate the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. As commanded, the soldiers invaded Aba and Umuahia areas of Biafraland, maiming and killing unarmed and defenseless Biafrans. Setting the records straight, on the 9th of September 2017 the desperate to attempt to assassinate the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his father's compound in the home town of Afara Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia state by Nigerian soldiers was halted by Biafrans with their bare hands, but due to sophisticated weapons and fire arms possessed by Nigerian soldiers, they opened fire on defenseless and unarmed Biafrans killing 3 persons and wounding several others.
As if that is not enough, the unrelenting bid to assassinate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continued. Nigerian soldiers on the 14th of September 2017, pulled all resistance as they opened fire again on the unarmed and defenseless Biafrans shooting sporadically into Nnamdi Kanu's compound. They shot heavily on the walls and gate trying to gain access into the house of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to assassinate him as commanded. They used their dynamite to blow off the gate, thereby gaining access into his house. They ransacked the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, abducted his father, his mother and even took the IPOB leader himself to an unknown destination. On the course of this bloody raid, more than 30 IPOB activists were killed by the soldiers and scores of others severely injured. Till date, the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents are still unknown to Biafrans, yet Biafrans have maintained absolute peace and calmness among the people.
IPOB has persistently been subjected under intentional state sponsored terror attacks since its emergence till date, yet IPOB has never revolted violently against Nigerian government, neither have the activists in any way or form retaliated against the injustices and wanton extermination melted on them.
Upon the face of continuous massacre, torture, secret abductions and execution of Biafrans, IPOB have remained peaceful fighting for their freedom.
2. IPOB is Legal and Duly Registered All Over The World:
IPOB is duly and officially registered in over 88 countries of the world. Most governments of world are completely aware of the activities of IPOB, hence they have endorsed and are also in full support of Biafra restoration. Countries like America, Israel, Turkey, Germany, India, Spain amongst others are sympathetic to the course of IPOB. If the activities of IPOB is a threat to public peace or a breach to law and order, it shouldn't have been endorsed by aforementioned countries where IPOB operates freely. Enormous successes recorded by IPOB in the quest for freedom is still globally celebrated. IPOB has broken world records, Guinness records, Social Media records, amongst others. The integrity of IPOB as a people is intact, we are law abiding people and are not known for violence, therefore anybody trying to tag IPOB as violent or a terrorist group is definitely looking for trouble.
3. IPOB is an Indigenous People:
Just like the name denotes,IPOB remains Indigenous People of Biafra, with over 70 million population all over the world; consisting of children, youths and elders of honour and high level of integrity. We are the aborigines and occupants of the native land and territory of Biafra. We are a peace loving People who value life and have regards for human nature. Destruction of lives and properties is what we abhor completely to the core. We believe that men are born equal and have equal right in all life endeavors. Biafrans are Republicans in nature who places love above all things.
In conclusion, with above outlined indisputable and clarified facts, IPOB cannot be legally proscribed or labeled terrorists. It's therefore substantiated that no politician, group or a court of competent jurisdiction has the right to declare IPOB terrorists. For we remain a unique people with deep morals and high value for life. Biafra is a nation of decency and virtue, hence cannot be proscribed or tagged terrorists.
Edited By Paul Ihechi Alagba.