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The Continued Nigeria blackmail and the Resoluteness of IPOB



 The continued Nigeria blackmail and the Resoluteness of IPOB I appeared on the members of the indigenous folks of Biafra (IPOB) in faraway I…

The continued Nigeria blackmail and the Resoluteness of IPOB

I appeared on the members of the indigenous folks of Biafra (IPOB) in faraway Ivory Coast sharing items to kids within the orphanage houses and it caught my consideration. I rapidly requested myself how on earth can a bunch of branded terrorist groups in Nigeria by Nigerian authorities go to motherless houses and distribute items to the needy. It’s by no means complete. Terrorists are identified for inflicting hurt and by no means delivering smiles on the faces of the folks. The grins within the faces of those little kids were so wonderful. Talking in the French language, one can hear the kids say ‘tonto Emeka’ which is a respectful method of calling consideration of senior a brother. The youngsters calling the IPOB members by their names, reveal some degree of familiarity. It signifies that these IPOB members have been visiting motherless houses, cause they’ll name them by their names.

IPOB members are indigenous folks of Biafra, in search of for referendum from Nigeria authorities to find out whether or not to stay in Nigeria or develop into their very own nation. The referendum is proper and each folk, regardless of color have proper to it. Not way back, Scotland demanded for it from Britain and acquired it. What I do not perceive is the rationale Nigeria rapidly branded such a bunch of terrorists, as an alternative of giving them this proper to find out their future. Why is Nigeria so wanting to persuade your complete world that IPOB is a terrorist group?

The Legal professional-Normal of the Nigeria federation Abubakar Malami in 2017, hurriedly secured a kangaroo order from Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja to declare the actions of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) as “acts of terrorism and illegality. ” IPOB actions have been nothing than protesting peacefully, sporting Biafra regalia and carrying Biafra flags. That is the acts Nigeria authorities declared terrorist acts.

Talking on the terrorist tag towards IPOB, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor stated the next “The IPOB I defend is NOT a terrorist group. It is also NOT a violent group.  It isn’t against the law to need a separate nation. That is how new nations are created.  Terrorist teams do not have mounted & open addresses. IPOB has mounted & open addresses in lots of international locations of the world,” Barrister Alloy Ejimakor. The phrases of Alloy Ejimakor will not be completely different from the stance of worldwide communities regarding IPOB. Since 2017 Nigeria branded IPOB a terrorist group, no international nation has taken it significantly. That is as a result of they perceive the sport Nigeria authorities is taking part in. IPOB members reside in lots of international locations of the world, together with Britain, USA, Canada and France. None of those international locations have branded IPOB a terrorist group. They’re working in a good organisation and doing their real companies. Efforts to make different international locations declare IPOB a terrorist group haven’t been granted by these international locations.


Nigeria is in a determined place to get international locations like USA and Canada to designate IPOB a terrorist group. The irony of all of it is that Nigeria authorities have refused to designate Fulani herdsmen terrorists a terrorist group, even after your complete world declared them the 4th deadliest terrorist group on this planet. Nigeria’s lack of ability to declare Fulani Herdsmen terrorists a terrorist group is an indication that they’re insincere and easily attempting to blackmail IPOB. Nigeria authorities will not be able to model Fulani herdsmen terrorists which have wiped off Christian villages, raped girls and decapitated little children a terrorist group, however they’re significantly utilizing blackmails to model a flag waving peaceable protesters a terrorist group. Is not that humorous?

Nigeria authorities have gone to the extent of contracting folks to commit terror, solely to make use of the media to rope it into IPOB. Lately, a bunch went to a primary financial institution in Anambra, and hosted a Biafra flag proper in entrance of the financial institution. The next day, information broke that suspected IPOB members tried robbing a financial institution. It beats widespread sense for a folks to mount their very own flag after robbing a financial institution. One other blackmailing video surfaced within the web. This time round, a bunch with human heads claimed they’re ESN members. In addition they claimed that the heads belonged to police males. Once more, one may ask, how a bunch asking for referendum will kill a police man and go on to personal it up. The sport being performed by Nigeria authorities may be very infantile and unbelievable.

Till we see Boko Haram members go to orphanage houses and kids dancing round asking for items, it would proceed to be an effort in futility to persuade the world to declare IPOB a terrorist group.

Elochukwu Ohagi, Thinker, Instructor And Activist.

Writing for Household Writers Press Worldwide.

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