Why Nigeria Government Should Trade Carefully With IPOB
Mijovia News Update, 9th August, 2021.
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) have with the just concluded Monday Ghost Town, instituted by IPOB DOS to press for the release of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to prove that it is they and not Eastern leaders that are in charge of the East.
Eastern leaders were seen dishing out unnecessary threats to workers, as to force them to disobey the IPOB sit at home order. Threats ranging from losing a month salary and position were issued by both Anambra and Ebonyi state governors. Yet, upon all these threats, the people stayed at home in respect for IPOB and in utmost disrespect to them that claim to be political leaders in Eastern Region.
IPOB is a peaceful movement demanding for referendum for a separate state of Biafra. Biafra in 1967-70 fought a brutal civil war with Nigeria. A war Britain took side with Nigeria to decimate Biafrans. Not less than 3.5 million Biafrans died in that war. About 2 million of them were children and women. Since after the war till date, Biafrans have been suffering grave injustices and marginalization from successive Nigeria government till this very day. They are treated as third class citizens in a country they called their own. This and many more has propelled Biafrans into seeking for referendum as to allow their people to decide through a plebiscite where they actually want to be.
Nigeria government have been brutal in trying to stop the movement. Members of IPOB whom are mostly youths that didn't experience the 1967 war, have been gunned down by Nigeria security operatives during their many peaceful protest across the East. Amnesty International have reported of many bloody clampdown on the movement by Nigeria soldiers and police, resulting to the killing of many innocent Igbo youths.
Recently, Nigeria government have abducted the IPOB leader from Kenya back to Nigeria. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu escaped Nigeria when a combined team of Nigeria security operatives invaded his father's house in Afaraukwu Ibeku of Abia State, SOUTH-EAST Nigeria. Even though the about 29 people were killed that night by Nigeria Soldiers in that compound, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu escaped and appeared in Israel after one year.
The extraordinary rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has caused lots of tension in the South East Region of Nigeria. The youths are restive and have been demanding that their leader should be released unconditionally. Killing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in prison or holding him any much longer will cause more problems for Nigeria.
Nigeria already is suffering from lots of internal crisis. The Northern region of Nigeria is already ravaged by many terrorists organisations. There are Boko Haram Terrorists who are fighting Nigeria government and Kidnapping school children. There are bandits who are also kidnapping citizens and forcing them to pay ransom. Fulani herdsmen terrorists are also domiciled in the North. They are wiping off villages and claiming lands belonging to indigenous people.
With all these problems, it did be disastrous for Nigeria government to start another unrest in South East of Nigeria.
IPOB have more than 90% acceptance in the South East and should not be disregarded. It is very much unreasonable for the government at the center to rely on what the political leaders and their supporters are telling them. You can't fight a war on two fronts and succeed. You can't fight the people and win against them, no matter how sophisticated the government is. Nigeria government have lost the people of the East. It is better they trade with caution concerning Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
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