Biafra Agitation Predates President Mohammadu Buhari's Election In 2015

Biafra Agitation Predates President Mohammadu Buhari's Election In 2015

Mijovia News Update, 3rd August, 2021.

By Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi

Philosopher, Teacher And Activist

With the ongoing illegal arrest of citizens, nepotism, and marginalization of other regions that marred the President Buhari's tenure since he was elected in 2015 as Nigeria president, the international community and those without adequate knowledge of Nigeria's problems have attributed the struggle for secession in Nigeria as being reawakened by the election of Buhari into power, a man that fought against Biafra in the 1967-70 Biafra-Nigeria war.

This is a wrong presentation of facts and also a tactical ploy by those that propagate it to confuse the world and set Biafrans up.

The struggle for the restoration of Biafra have been on before Mohammadu Buhari was declared winner in 2015 election.

The marginalization of Biafra (Eastern Nigeria) didn't start with the election that brought Buhari into power. It became a policy of Nigeria to keep the breakaway region called Biafra under marginalisation and subjugation since after that war. The abandoned property saga and the 20pounds policy that saw Nigeria take monies belonging to Biafrans are never something new to the ears. Nigeria government led by Yakubu Gowon made sure the planned rehabilitation and reconstruction project after the civil war never took place in Biafra. And the injustice did not end there.

Even though the resources that have been sustaining Nigeria comes from the Eastern Region, the Easterners are still left out in infrastructure. Towns that produce oil in the East remain polluted without hopes of a clean up. Ogoni and the struggle for emancipation that led to the kangaroo trial and hanging of Activist Ken Saro Wiwa is still fresh in our minds. Many cities can't boast of railway lines, no international Airport, seaports and good roads. An Easterner will be traveling more than 380 KM (kilometers) and 800 meters before he can access ordinary embassy. There is no embassy in and around the Eastern region. These things were engineered by Nigeria government. The oil companies operating in the East have their headquarters stationed in Abuja and Lagos, leaving the chicken that lay the golden eggs behind.

The acceptance of the Easterners to be marginalized without complaints for the past 50 years has been the reason why the East has been peaceful. The first uprising came with the formation of MASOB (Movement For The Actualisation Of The Sovereign State Of Biafra) by Raph Uwazuruike in 1999, with its headquarter in Okwe, in the Okigwe province of Imo State. MASOB was a challenge against injustice and marginalization of the Nigeria state against the people of Biafra. Nigeria refused to have Biafrans be part of Nigeria as equal partners and countrymen. Immediately the people got the voice to challenge the injustice against them by Nigeria state, the government came hard on them. The leader of MASOB was arrested and incarcerated for years. His members were killed and more than 100 of them were dumped in a River in Anambra state, South East Nigeria. Villagers woke up to see bodies of youths between the ages of 20 to 45 floating the Ezu River. It was a terrible sight to behold.

When Raph Uwazuruike was subdued by the Government of Nigeria, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu came up with IPOB. IPOB means Indigenous People Of Biafra. IPOB has its members scattered across the country's of the world and in Nigeria. IPOB formed in 2012 by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a political Activist and a British citizen became another indomitable voice of the people. IPOB has been demanding for referendum for Biafra. IPOB was not formed to confront President Buhari as many revisionists might want some people to believe. IPOB was formed to restore the dignity of the Indigenous people of Biafra. The right to self-determination is a fundamental human rights and this right is for all whether black or white.

The Nigeria government has also brought their brutality against members of IPOB. More than 10,000 Biafrans have been killed both by Nigeria security operatives and Fulani herdsmen terrorists. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader was recently abducted in Kenya by Nigeria government and is still in prison. Many peaceful protesters killed and many more imprisoned without trial.

IPOB is not seeking to negotiate unity with Nigeria. IPOB seeks to grant the people the right to chose what they want. In 1914, Lord Lugard created what is today known as Nigeria without the consent of the people. Today, the people wants to have the opportunity to decide by themselves and make their own choices.

Even before IPOB started seeking for referendum, Scotland a part of Great Britain demanded for referendum to leave the country and got it. So why can't Biafra get the same thing? Why?

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