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Later on I discovered how, miraculously, no one was killed or badly hurt and the Nigerian army let them be once they knew I was not in the house. Soldiers had come. “The conflict caused an … Obiozor, a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, was on January 10 declared President of the group after an election held at Dan ... cooked and took care of Biafran soldiers as well. "The Nigerians who were pursuing us were trained soldiers. From Benin I travelled by road to Senegal, a distance of nearly 2,000 kilometres. I had felt safe, secure. It was a dangerous time. I protested. Biafran Jews mark 50 years since failed bid for independence - Times of Israel for the first times reports Biafra news Nigeria on Tuesday marks 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a … More than 28 of my fellow IPOB members were killed that day. What astonishes me, though, is the almost total silence from the world’s media, politicians and the international community surrounding this horrible persecution. Soldiers shouting. Then I remembered my parents, my family members who had stayed in the house, young nephews and nieces. A starving Biafran child sits by a pile of yams, English model and actress Jean Shrimpton joins a group of anti-war protestors campaigning to end the killing of civilians in Biafra and the Nigerian Civil War, on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial in Piccadilly Circus, Biafran injured men lie on a street of Ikoi as the overcrowed hospitals of the town couldn't take care of all the injured people, A group of mothers and their babies at the Enugu Civilian Hospital, Biafran refugees gather after the storming of the city of Nnewi, Refugees walk on a road as they flee the city of Aba, Nigerian leader General Yakubu Gowon (rigjt) welcomes United Nations Secretary General U Thant (left) who flied into Lagos to hold talks over the continuing Biafran refugee crisi, Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops in 1968, IPOB supporters and members of the Yahveh Yashua Synagogue celebrate Shabbat, Amarachi Onyemaechi lost a leg during a pro-Biafra protest in 2015, A security guard in the empty Ogbaru Market in 2017, closed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Civil War, A convoy of Nigerian soldiers in Aba, a pro-Biafra separatist zone, At the height of the war in 1969, 12,000 people a day starved to death in Biafra. I was still recuperating, and I was sleeping that afternoon in my room, and someone was shaking me and calling my name. Biafra has always been wealthier, better endowed with natural resources and more creative with them than the north of Nigeria. If they wanted to arrest me or question me, they would have sent the police or agents of the DSS. After Biafra's declaration of independence from Nigeria, Nigeria declared war on the nascent state, defeating them in the Nigerian Civil War and reuniting the two states. In a press statement signed by its Head of Directorate of State, Chika Edoziem which was made available to ORIENTAL TIMES , the group described the news which seems to have circulated all over Nigeria media as fake. For 14 days we travelled in dangerous seas in a small boat with an outboard motor. Lieutenant colonel Ogbonnaya Oji during a battle of Nigerian Civil War. But a handful of adults and children would have been too many, never mind millions. She became very ill and died earlier this year. The world would know how the Nigerian Security Forces tried to keep me imprisoned without trial on trumped-up charges. More gunfire. But we must add the killing and brutal beating by the Nigerian army and police of anyone who supports the Indigenous People of Biafra or calls for Biafran self-determination. If we can achieve this, perhaps we can lead other African countries to bring democracy and respect for law and human rights into the lives of African peoples. IPOB celebrates as Israel ‘recognizes Biafra‎’ The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has thanked the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for openly recognizing Biafra. The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. Overhead I could hear helicopter gunships, their propellers whirring with that sick, lazy beat they have when they hover. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933–2011) from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970. Then I heard the gunfire and I understood what the man standing over me was trying to tell me. A sharp, sharp pain literally took my breath away. But the attack took its toll on my parents. I had to get up. I had to stay silent, unknown. I didn’t want to leave my home. The … Theirs was called the disabled Biafran war veterans camp. I will tell you about the murders, the beatings, farmers driven from their land, young men unarmed except with the flag of our country, shot dead in the streets by those ostensibly sent to ‘protect’ us. These killings cannot be disputed. We only had our voices. Our successes are measured by peaceful protest, such as the stay-at-home day we have organised on 30 May each year to commemorate the Biafran declaration of independence in 1967. Nnamdi Kanu on the battle for self-determination, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Biafra: 50 years on and the violence continues, take land from Biafra and give it to Fulani, burning down of houses by Nigerian Police in Abia State, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. At the height of the war in 1969, 12,000 people a day starved to death in Biafra. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. I mourn all my IPOB family member who had given their lives to protect mine. I have lost a mother. How they ignored the bail that had been posted. Kanu made this statement with a brief meeting he has with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu calling for the Israel government to protect him and to ensure the good people of the Biafrans citizens are well protected during the independence, “The zoo country security agents are bitting what they can’t chew, but, we good people of Biafrans are peace lovingly citizens. It only forced together unhappy and angry bedfellows. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? We had friends and supporters outside and inside. In a letter to the president of Nigeria in March 2019, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights declared Nigeria’s proscription of IPOB as a terrorist group and attacks against its members as prima facie violation of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. Informally Israel, France, Portugal, Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), and South Africa provided support as did the Vatican partly because the Biafran were overwhelmingly Catholic. Since 2017 state oppression has included: the beating of young men attending a relative’s funeral in Onitcha in 2019; in August 2018 the arrest and imprisonment in Owerri of 100 women protesting against violence carried out by the security forces and specifically the attack on my home; in 2017 and 2018 brutal beatings given by Nigerian soldiers and police to anyone wearing or carrying the Biafran flag, including a disabled man in Onitsha; the indiscriminate burning down of houses by Nigerian Police in Abia State in October 2019, because their inhabitants support Biafran self-determination. After that terrible day in September 2017, I woke up in a safe house. These were crack troops; they’d called in the air force. I would stay for that. My world was shrunk to a room with a window, and sometimes not even that. From London, where I had been living, I had set up Radio Biafra to offer a platform for debate over the right to self-determination of the Biafran people. I couldn’t even tell my wife or family where I was, just in case they became targets. Facebook; Twitter . I mourn my mother. The numbers since have not been collated but will be equal. The online English website covers “developments […] That we were to blame. The personal stories of people who remember the war and some who lived through it are here. Children also helped out in their own way. My men shouting. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. It was a terrible and inglorious beginning to post-colonial African history. Log In. Other estimates are anything between one and eight million. T he Indigenous Peoples of Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu has commissioned Biafran Airlines from Israel, claims a n article on the Biafra Star website.. Biafra is a region in south-eastern Nigeria. Israeli prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has ordered the Israeli Military following the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu set to arrive at Biafra’s own country any moment from now. “If Nelson Mandela can do it, then, I can do it. The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. I wish this had been an unusual day in Biafraland. But I refused to go. We pursue the right to self-determination for Biafrans without the use of force. Nnamdi Kanu “My coming to Nigeria with Israeli military is to address some issues with the good citizens of Biafra, who has been coming for my arrival and to also be in the right position to fight for a due course for the actualization of Biafra. Shouting. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Biafra represented nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, … No doubt they hope to stave off the collapse of Nigeria, which commentators from all regions have recognised in recent months. And yet, despite the violence meted out to us on such occasions, we are called ‘terrorists’ and proscribed by the Nigerian government. In 2017 Amnesty International recorded hundreds of killings of Biafrans by the Nigerian state. I blinked. The incident took place as soldiers besieged Oyigbo, Etche, Iriebe and Eleme after violence broke out […] I stayed hidden in a room while my companions went foraging for supplies. Because of my activism and vocal criticism of the Nigerian government, I was arrested, demeaned, degraded and treated atrociously and held without trial in an undisclosed location for 18 months.I was accused of treason and belonging to an illegal organisation. The Nigerian army avoids confrontation with Boko Haram and the Fulani enjoy the tacit support of the Nigerian government. I wanted to confront the soldiers and ask them what they had come for. I had to get out now. It would not be an overstatement to say that the primary cause of my mother's death was Operation Python Dance 2. [size=14pt]BIAFRA MISSION TO ISREAL[/size] The Republic of Biafra under the leadership of the Biafra Zionist Movement will be sending 500 military trainees to Israel for training as Pilots and engineers. Israel Needs a Clear Biafra Strategy. At the time I knew nothing more. That we had opened fire on the soldiers. More than 1,700 deaths were attributed to the Fulani in the first nine months of 2018. We left from a small town in Abia, Azumiri, an unobtrusive place where the Nigerian authorities might not have thought to look. The Indigenous People of Biafra has reacted to alleged DSS report which claims that a certain Biafran Army Camp exists in Israel. The Atlantic off that coast is heavy, stormy, treacherous. But we had no guns in the house. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Ten feet high. But it is in the millions. This was called “win-the-war effort”. The Biafran secession of 1967 and ensuing civil war presented Israel with an acute dilemma. We believe five million. On May 30, pro-Biafra groups and their supporters celebrated the anniversary of the declaration of the Biafran Republic on May 30, 1967, by Col. Odumegwu … Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, is a subsumed state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970 and also before the creation of Nigeria by Britain. At least six Igbo synagogues were razed by soldiers last week in Nigeria’s River State, located in the country’s Biafra region, 9Africa news reported. Initially the Nigerian army denied the assault, but footage and photographs show the attack as it happened and its aftermath. I realised the soldiers were not here to arrest me – they could have done that at any time. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? It is published in 2016 by Feli Publishing Maryland, USA and available at www.amazon.com for $15. Source: Centre For Memories, Enugu. Video: Biafran Zionist Movement Sends "500 Military Personel" To Israel To Train As Pilots and Engineers. They were attacking the compound, shooting, killing my friends and family. Work. My men pushed and pulled me towards the high perimeter wall which ran the full circumference of the compound. Photo by Francois Mazure for Agence France-Presse. Dying mothers, Biafran youth dead on the roads around Port Harcourt. Read our full mailing list consent terms here, I was being bundled down the stairs and out into the compound at the back, away from the soldiers who had forced their way into the front of the house. But even now, if a Nigerian government was willing to talk honestly and openly about our demands and to consider a referendum on self-determination for the Biafran people, in a neutral space provided by the United Nations, I would be there at the table. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Biafra: Israeli soldiers Set to arrive in Enuguon October 15 ahead of biafra independence, Biafra: Get Prepared Ahead Of October 12, Nnamfi Kanu Tells Biafrans World Wide, Breaking: Buhari Finally Sends Ministerial Nominees List To Senate, Latest Biafra News Today Friday 18th December 2020. It was agonising to realise that they didn’t know if I was dead or alive. The attorney for Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, head of the Biafran separatist movement, has confirmed that Kanu is in Israel following the first sighting of him in more than a year – but Israeli authorities say they’re not so sure. In 1967 Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, ... 'Lost tribe of Israel' ... he was a soldier in the army that defeated the separatists in 1970. They should not have been forced to make that sacrifice, but I will honour them for it until my dying day. Then I blanked out. Boko Haram is first while the Fulani Herdsmen represent the fourth. Its secession in 1967 sparked a civil war, and calls for its independence from sympathisers continue.. They were brave, good people. Bodies are buried in shallow graves, thrown in the bush or left on the street. Israel National daily, ... Biafran soldiers, who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms. I gasped, convinced that I had punctured my lung in the fall. Christopher Ejike Ago Soldier in the Biafran war "We thought we were magicians," said 76-year-old Mr Ago. I might have started involuntarily. To connect with Biafran Soldiers, sign up for Facebook today. The book tells the story of the Biafran War from the perspective of a Biafran soldier, John Ude who fought on many fronts against the unwarranted … The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that I lead, has one principal purpose: we call for the recognition of the Biafran people’s right to self-determination. The soldiers even shot and killed the family dog. Biafra: Israeli Soldiers Set To Arrived In Enugu On October 15 Ahead Of Biafra Independence September 19, 2020 Admin Biafra: Israeli soldiers Set to arrive in Enuguon October 15 ahead of biafra independence. And when I was finally released on bail, less than a month before my court hearing, the Nigerian army was sent to kill me as part of its ongoing activities against Biafrans known as Operation Python Dance. Government agents act with impunity, and I include among them the Fulani terrorists who are doing the Nigerian government’s dirty work, not one of whom has been brought to justice for the murders they’ve carried out.It is a sign that Nigeria itself is imploding. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. My parents and other members of my family were there, brothers, nephews, nieces, cousins. But that was 50 years ago. Then there is the systematic cleansing of whole areas by Fulani herdsmen from the north. I came back to my home country in October 2015 to try to help bring an end to the violence and persecution by peaceful means. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. I was told they had all congregated in my mother’s room when the soldiers broke in. At least six Igbo synagogues were razed by soldiers last week in Nigeria’s River State, located in the country’s Biafra region, 9Africa news reported. On January 11, 1970, Nigerian forces captured the provincial capital of Owerri, one of the last Biafran strongholds, and Ojukwu was forced to flee to the Ivory Coast. Now Nigeria’s government, dominated for so many years by politicians and top brass from the north, has set itself to oppose with full military force peaceful calls for Biafran self-determination. The Fulani and other people of the north are Muslim. 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