Nigeria’s Buhari speaks out on Biafra

Following tensions gripping the country between Biafra agitators and security forces, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that his adminstration will not bow down to demands of separatism.

Nigeria Abuja - Muhammadu Buhari nach Rückkehr aus England (Reuters/Nigeria Presidency Handout)

In a stark warning, Buhari said that the country will remain united despite incessant demands from some parts of Nigeria that want independence. “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance,” Buhari said.

Buhari also did not mince words about the videos that have been circulating on different social media platforms. “I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.”

In the meantime, the whereabouts of Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu remain unknown amid renewed protests and a military operation in southeast Nigeria. State governors have urged calm.

Nigerian governors on Friday called for calm after renewed protests by pro-Biafra supporters calling for independence. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group led by Nnamdi Kanu wants to break away from Nigeria and create a separate state for the predominantly Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria.

Windscreens of police vehicles have been smashed, petrol bombs thrown, bonfires lit on streets to restrict movement and warning shots fired, in the latest violence. Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau State in central Nigeria, convened a meeting of leaders from the Hausa and Igbo communities following violence at two markets. Two people were reportedly killed and calm was only restored after police fired warning shots in the air.

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Biafran people still long for independence

The violence has also claimed the lives of two police officers. More than 30 Biafra supporters have been arrested, the Daily Post, a local online daily reported. Shops belonging to ethnic Hausas have been attacked by pro-Biafra agitators in Aba and Port Harcourt, according to local media.

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“There are very conflicting reports of violence on both sides,” Isa Sanusi, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Nigeria, told DW in an interview. “There are reports of violence on the side of the military and there are reports of violence on the side of supporters of the Biafra movement.”

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts are unknown following an invasion of his home by the military, two local newspapers, the Premium Times and Naija News reported. Ifeanyi Ijeafor, a lawyer representing Nnamdi Kanu told DW, the army had gone to his client’s home with the intention of assassinating him.

Nigeria's Biafra leader | Nnamdi Kanu (DW/K. Gänsler)Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafra’s independence has become a hot political issue in Nigeria

“I got a distress call from my client that his house was invaded by the military, the soldiers,” Ijeafor said. “I believe they went there for reasons best known to them – that reason is nothing more than to go and assassinate him.” He accused the security officers of plotting to suppress Kanu and consequently arresting him.

Nigeria’s military referred to the allegations that they had invaded Kanu’s homestead as “baseless and mischievous.” Kanu, a British and Nigerian citizen, is presently on bail on treasonable felony charges. His trial is set to resume next month in Abuja.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (picture alliance/AP Photo/S. Aghaeze)President Muhammadu Buhari: ‘Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable’

Calls for an independent Biafra have grown ever since Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail. During an exclusive one on one with DW’s Adrian Kriesch, Kanu reiterated his demand for a referendum on the independence of Biafra. President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly rejected any attempts to divide Nigeria saying the unity of the country was “not negotiable.”

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More than one million Igbos died following the unilateral declaration of an independent republic of Biafra in 1967.

Nigeria’s military urged to be cautious

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State attributed the rising tension to the presence of soldiers. The Nigerian army is carrying out a military operation codenamed “Python Dance II” to tackle what it says is rising crime in the region.

However, video footage and pictures showing some military officers allegedly torturing pro-Biafra supporters have triggered anger, particularly on social media. The Nigerian army has promised to investigate the matter and punish those found guilty.

Nigeria Soldaten (AFP/Getty Images)Nigeria’s army has previously denied accusations of human rights violations

“As always we call on Nigeria’s military, while carrying out their constitutional obligations, to respect the human rights of all Nigerians,” Amnesty International spokesperson in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi said.

“They have their own rules of engagement and their own code of conduct; we are always calling on them to respect this code of conduct while they are out in the field.” For Sanusi, no one should end up as a victim of human rights violations as a result of their [military] activities.

Read more:  Amnesty accuses Nigerian army of killing 150 Biafran protestors

In 2016, at least 150 Biafra supporters were killed at peaceful protests according to Amnesty International.  Those figures were however dismissed by the military and police.

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Biafra: Sultan of Sokoto breaks silence on Operation Python Dance

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to live in peace with one another for the unity of the country.

He made the appeal against the backdrop of the rising number of civilian deaths linked with the on-going military invasion of the South-east and the resultant reprisal attacks in various parts of the country.

The monarch, in a statement issued in Sokoto yesterday, said that religious and community leaders should be given a chance to wade into the pockets of tension which threaten the continuous survival of the nation.

He said: “I am calling on all Nigerians to imbibe and embrace the culture and spirit of living in peace, irrespective of tribal, ethnic or regional differences.

“Nigeria would continue to remain one nation with a common goal of purposeful development. The action of some should not be allowed to tear the country apart.

“Bad ones among our people should be called to order by their elders and community leaders.

“I challenge elder statesmen to call the youth to order and educate them on the need for peaceful coexistence in their respective geo-political zones.

“As traditional leaders, we would continue to preach love among the diverse communities in our domains throughout the country.”

The Sultan said Nigeria was brought together by an act of God, despite the different ethnic group, religions and diverse rich and beautiful cultures to form one country. He said God would protect the sovereignty.

He further tasked the federal and state governments as well as security agencies in their collective efforts to bring sustained peace and development to the country.

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Stop Eating, Drinking Your Nationals Blood, Turkish Diplomat Tells Buhari

**Says ‘Biafra Army’ Will Soon Kill Buhari
Stop Eating, Drinking Your Nationals Blood, Turkish Diplomat Tells Buhari

A Turkish diplomat, Abdulkadir Erkahraman, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly killing members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Erkahraman, who took to his Facebook page, said that the president was eating and drinking the blood of his own people, adding that the Muslim religion does not allow such an act.

He further claimed that if Buhari does not engage in a peaceful negotiation with the Biafra agitators, he will be killed by the “Biafran Army” one day.

The Diplomat, who recently visited Kanu at his country home in Afarau Ukwu in Umuahia, the Abia State capital warned that Buhari will be killed soon by “Biafran Army.”

He said, “Buhari, I am calling you from Istanbul, Turkey. Stop killing the people. Are you crazy? You idiot, crazy man. What are you doing? What kind of religion do you believe in? Is there any chapter in the Quran that says you should kill the people? You have to stop killing the people or how are you going to stand in front of your God in the hereafter?

“I’m telling you on behalf of Biafra, stop killing the people, I’m also a Muslim it’s not allowed, 500 hundred Biafrans killed and you said they are your nation. Let me tell you the Boko Haram terrorist will come and kill you too one day. You are eating and drinking the blood of your national, you are an idiot.

“The Army of the Biafrans are coming and they will fight you. The Biafrans are saying they don’t want to fight, they want to negotiate but you are killing them, how old are you now, you will die very soon, you crazy man.

“I will say it again stop killing the Biafrans, they are also humans. You idiot, why are you afraid to talk to this people? Why can’t you sit with this people at a roundtable and negotiate peacefully?

“Buhari, tell your dogs to stop, when you die how will you face your God?

“I’m saying it again, stop killing the people sit and negotiate, you are a human being with father, mother, children and so on.

“If you were them how will you feel, they don’t have weapons, aircrafts, tanks in their hands yet you are killing them with your guns, open your eyes you will die very soon, they have their lives, they are suffering.

“We will show you very soon you idiot man, I’m telling you on behalf of Biafrans worldwide you will die soon and face punishment, this group will kill you one day. They are human being like.

“You will see what will happen to you and your dogs very soon, it’s not enough for you to go to criminal court, you will die very soon, you think we are playing this is not a children game you will see what will happen to you very soon, you are not killing cows, they are human beings.”

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Hausa & Igbo (IPOB) Clash In Aba: Video Of IPOB Searching Buses For Hausa (Live Updates)

The tension in Abia State has npt been this high in recent times apart from 8 years ago when Osisi kankwu was disturbing the whole state with his kidnapping activities. And the worst part of it is, it is getting higher and higher everyday.
Several gunshots were heard yesterday and today as Hausa and Igbos (IPOB) clash in the commercial city of Abia State (Aba) and the video below shows Igbos searching almost every buses for Hausa people.
The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has also moved in to quench the worm that is threatening to destroy his state as he, alongside Traditional Rulers in the State, met with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) commanding the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu, Major General A.B. Abubakar, at Government House Umuahia today.
The following are the highlights of the meeting:
1. The Governor and the Traditional Rulers appealed to the GOC to reduce military presence in the state, particularly at Aba and umuahia, as tension in the areas have gone down.
2. That the Nigerian Police and other security agencies should ensure that those who are brought into Abia from other states, in order to cause trouble and engage in acts capable of causing breach of law and order, should be prevented from entering the state.
3. That Traditional Rulers should further liaise with HRH Eze I.O Kanu (father of Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB) to further explore ways of restoring peace and normalcy.
4. That Abians and those who do business in the state should go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation, while desisting from acts capable of causing the breach of peace in the state.
Enyinnaya Appolos
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
13/09/2017

Video footage of Ipob searching buses for Hausa ….

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No Reasonable Igbo Man Supports IPOB – Okorocha

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 14, (THEWILL) – Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has declared that no reasonable Igbo man was backing the secession agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Okorocha, who doubles as Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, made this statement on Wednesday when he led a delegation of the forum on a visit to internally displaced persons (IDPs), and victims of the recent Benue flood disaster in Benue State.

He described the agitation by IPOB, for a sovereign republic in the South-East as a child’s play insiting that it wasn’t an agenda of the Igbos.

“I have always said that IPOB is an agitation group, but the captioning is bad when you talk of sovereignty within a sovereign nation and also talking of secession,” he said.

“Let me assure you that no Igbo person or man is in support of secession and people must see this as a childish act. We must stand up to address it before it becomes a national problem.

“As for us leaders in that area, it will be insane for anyone to think that the IPOB leader will ask us to follow him to seek secession.

“So Nigerians must learn to address it specifically. If you are addressing IPOB you should be specific and not to address it as if it is an Ibo affair.”

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Igbo Professionals in Diaspora laud Operation Python Dance in Southeast

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Igbo Professionals in Diaspora laud Operation Python Dance in Southeast

The Southeast Professionals in Diaspora have hailed the Nigerian military, particularly the Nigerian Army for taking the war against kidnapping, armed banditry and political secessionist agitations to states in the southeast.

They said the operation will restore normalcy and peace to the region in the wake of the agitations being led especially by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The group , however, advised the military,  to ensure the protection of peace loving innocent civilians within the states where the operation is currently being carried out.

Spokesman of the group, Engr Fidelis Nze said they were impressed by the way troops of the Nigerian Army under the Operation Python Dance II, were recording successes against the elements,  whom he said had turned the region  to a theater of absurdities going by the increasing rate of criminality.

He also condemned the uncontrolled activities of the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB, which he said had continued with hate speech against every other tribe in the country.

The group also called on governors of the Southeast States to cooperate with the military and other security agencies towards ensuring that the peace being returned to the region is sustained.

The group also called on the security agencies especially the Nigerian Army to institute a wider probe into the activities of the  Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB,  with the recent discovery of a large consignment of ammunition by the Nigerian Custom Service at the Lagos port.

Again, Soyinka tears Obasanjo apart

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For the second time in two months, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday took ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to the cleaners for allegedly belittling the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria.

Soyinka had in July fired barbs at Obasanjo for saying restructuring was akin to breaking up the country.

That was at a colloquium entitled: ‘A day with the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Ijaw literary icons,’ held at the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, Bayelsa State on July 14, 2017.

Again, yesterday Soyinka tore his kinsman apart at a press conference in Lagos on the sides of the unveiling of the second batch of students leaving for Lebanon under the aegis of the Study Abroad In Lebanon Programme by The Cedars Institute, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Wole Soyinka Foundation.

Obasanjo had during a visit to the palace of the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, on July 7, 2017 said what Nigeria needs is a restructuring of the people’s mindset.

Reacting to complaints by the palace chief, Benson Mene, that the Itsekiri people were being marginalised in the system of things in Nigeria, Obasanjo said in part: “The answer to most of our problems is mindset change and change of mentality. If we need any restructuring, it is the restructuring of our mindset and mentality.”

Soyinka was livid at the thoughts expressed by Obasanjo, whom he did not refer to by name on both occasions. He stated that such comments were aimed at diverting attention from the real issues.

He said: “Like I said when I visited the Women Arise (For Change Initiative) the other day, it doesn’t matter by what name you call it. We all know what we are talking about. We all know that this nation was deconstructed and that what we live in right now as a nation is not along a structure that expresses the true will of Nigerians.

“So, when people use words like ‘restructuring, reconfiguring or call it reconfiguration, return to status quo, or call it reformulating the protocols of our association or used a single word like restructuring, it doesn’t matter. Everybody knows what we are talking about. That is number one.

“Also, there are those who try to divert the attention away from the main issue by mouthing platitudes, clichés like it is the mind that needs restructuring. You know those I am referring to.

“This is a constant process — restructuring the mind. It is both an individual exercise as well as a theological exercise. People go to church and mosque to have their minds restructured. They go to school and extramural classes to have their minds restructured. Restructuring the mind is not the issue.

“Nobody is saying that the exercise of restructuring the mind should not be undertaken; it should be undertaken. Anybody who indulges in self-examination is already engaging in an exercise of mental and attitudinal reconstruction. We know that. People shouldn’t try to substitute one for the other.

“I find it very dishonest and cheap time-serving, trivialising the issue when I hear expressions like ‘it is the mind that needs to be restructured.’ Who is arguing or denying that? Why bring it up? Why is it a substitute?

“We are talking about the protocols of association of the constitutive parts of a nation. We are talking of decentralisation. That is another word. This country is over-centralised.

“Are you saying we cannot reconstruct the mind and reconstruct the nation at the same time? Call it by whatever name. We are saying that this nation is long overdue for reconfiguring. That is the expression I choose to use now.”

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