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Femi Fani-Kayode: The “terrorists” of IPOB

I watched my brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s interview with my brother Chief Dele Momodu and I used to be impressed. Nnamdi spoke with such eloquence, ardour, braveness and power. Each African ought to hearken to that interview. He cleared quite a lot of misconceptions about himself and made his place clear on so many points. Most necessary of all is the truth that he had the decency and humility to tender his regrets and apologies the place he could have gotten issues mistaken. That’s the mark of a terrific chief.

I thank Dele for giving this nice man the chance to specific himself to the Nigerian folks on a mainstream platform akin to his which has a large attain. After listening to the dialogue, I used to be prompted to meditate and ponder on how Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) is wrongly perceived by many Nigerians and to put in writing the next. Fasten your seat belts and benefit from the journey.

You name members of IPOB terrorists but you refuse to convey to justice people who have slaughtered or illegally detained and incarcerated 30,000 of their members within the final 5 years. This quantity was given to me by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, IPOB’s lawyer, whose dwelling and neighborhood in Oraifite, Anambra state was additionally attacked, burnt down and plundered while lots of his folks had been slaughtered in a joint operation by the Nigerian army and police in a matter of hours.

I used to be there to spend the day with him and mourn the lack of his brother on a Sunday and the tanks rolled in on Monday morning only a few hours after I left!

When Ifeanyi known as me early within the morning to say that they had been beneath assault, that his home and his late brothers home had been burnt to the bottom, that his aged mom had been crushed to a pulp, that the Church constructing that I had given a speech within the day earlier than had been pulled down and destroyed and that lots of his folks had been killed for no simply trigger, tears rolled down my cheeks.

Had he not fled for his life and gone into hiding Ifeanyi himself would have been killed on that day. Any group of individuals which have been subjected to that type of barbarism from the Nigerian state would have resorted to an open armed battle by now however Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB have refused to take action.

Their battle and quest for Biafran independence has remained comparatively peaceable regardless of the provocation from the Nigerian state and the large persecution they’ve been subjected to for five years. Now inform me between IPOB and the Nigerian state who’re the actual terrorists? Who has finished the killing? Who has terrorised? Who has spilled the blood of the harmless? Who has operated unlawfully and dedicated genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity?

Who has sponsored and guarded the Fulani herdsmen and refused to curb and condemn their barbaric actions or declare them as a terrorist organisation? Who has been comfortable on ISWA and Boko Haram and launched and reintegrated hundreds of their members into our Armed Forces even after they slaughtered tons of of hundreds of defenceless Nigerians, together with ladies and youngsters?

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Who has unleashed their troops and safety forces on their very own folks and killed hundreds of their very own residents? Who has crushed and destroyed the lives and households of the harmless? Who has burnt down Church buildings, slaughtered clergymen on the altar and who has sacked, pillaged, levelled, captured and renamed cities and entire communities?

Who has seized the land of farmers and raped their wives and youngsters, butchered Christians and Shia Muslims and slaughtered hundreds in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and the core North. Who has hacked to items hundreds in Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, Benue and murdered protesting kids in Mushin and on the Lekki Toll Gate?

Was it IPOB or members, associates and pals of the Buhari regime and people they encourage and defend? I’m not a person of violence and I don’t help using arms. The place anybody or group of individuals, together with IPOB, includes themselves in violence I’m the primary to sentence it. I despise people who shed harmless blood and people who unleash mayhem, havoc and tyranny on harmless folks.

But the bitter fact is that people who have finished extra of this than anybody else on this nation over the past 5 years are the Federal Authorities and their pals, associates and allies and never IPOB, OPC, YOLICOM, MASSOB, YWC, Yoruba Summit Group, MEND, NDVF, IYC, the Decrease Niger Congress or any of the opposite regional or self-determination teams.

I’m not a coward and neither am I chicken-hearted. Reality is my sword and the Lord is my defend and armour. I worry nothing and no one aside from God. It is for that reason that I refuse to be cowed or browbeaten into becoming a member of the gullible and ignorant herd of lily-livered cheerleaders who have the benefit of attacking and demonising the victims of the state like IPOB as an alternative of condemning the unbelievable cruelty and crushing wickedness that has been unleashed upon them by brokers of the state.

And the one purpose they do it is because IPOB has not been given satisfactory honest listening to within the nations media or the general public area to clarify and defend themselves or inform their very own aspect of the story to the Nigerian folks.

The bitter fact is that greater than some other group on this nation over the past 5 years IPOB have been misrepresented, vilified, attacked, demonised and subjected to the best and most horrendous type of misrepresentation and adverse propaganda. If anybody is attacked within the south or any police station burnt, based on our media, it have to be IPOB.

Hundreds of their members are in cells everywhere in the nation as we communicate and but no-one speaks for them, nobody cares for them and nobody empathises with them. That is unacceptable. That is inhuman. That is unfair. That is unjust. That is evil.

Worse nonetheless, to check IPOB to Boko Haram, ISWAP or the Fulani herdsmen is like evaluating Little Pink Using Hood to the hungry and ravenous wolf or like evaluating Mom Theresa to Jack the Ripper: it merely doesn’t make sense.

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Some have alleged that IPOB youths dedicated acts of violence all through the East and elements of Rivers state in the course of the #EndSARS protests. Unconfirmed studies counsel that a few of them even killed policemen and different harmless Nigerians. I discover these studies troubling however I do nonetheless query them.

The Nnamdi Kanu that I do know could be impulsive and say some very harsh issues at occasions however he’s not a killer or a violent man. He’s a formidable mental and a visionary chief and never a cruel, bellicose, violent, murderous and bloodthirsty barbarian.

God forbid such a factor, but when he was a person that took pleasure within the spilling of blood, he would have put a million A4K 47s within the palms of his followers. By now and all hell would have damaged unfastened. Violence just isn’t in his blood and neither is it in his curiosity.

On a number of events he has informed me privately and has stated publicly that IPOB’s battle is and should at all times be a peaceable one and he’s smart sufficient to know that something outdoors of that can be counterproductive and would lose him quite a lot of help and sympathy.

If certainly IPOB youths, versus thuggish hoodlums which might be claiming to be IPOB or rogue parts inside the organisation, have killed anybody wherever then I wholeheartedly condemn it and such barbaric behaviour should cease forthwith. Two wrongs can by no means make a proper. The truth that the Nigerian state indulges in mass homicide doesn’t imply that their victims should additionally soil their palms with harmless blood.

And if anybody doubts that the Nigerian state is certainly a brutal and bloodlusting killing machine which seeks to crush dissent and silence these that don’t key into its inherent barbarism then I problem them to learn the way many younger harmless Igbos are being focused and killed by safety forces in Obigbo, Rivers state as we speak within the identify of preventing IPOB.

Based on Amnesty Worldwide in Obigbo harmless folks have been stored in inhuman situations in a 24 hour curfew for the final 10 days with out entry to medicare, meals, water and energy and there are studies of extrajudicial killings with useless our bodies everywhere in the streets.

The group torture, psychological trauma and mass homicide of Igbo folks for no matter purpose and beneath no matter guise in Obigbo is unacceptable. I condemn it within the strongest phrases. The place is our humanity? Should the Igbo at all times be slaughtered like flies in Nigeria? Do they not have purple blood too? Does any race or human being deserve such a concentrating on and therapy?

I condemn the killing of safety brokers by anybody in that neighborhood however does that imply that each Igbo there have to be handled like a prisoner of conflict or massacred? What ethical proper do we’ve got as southerners to complain when northerners kill our folks once we within the south are so able to kill each other in such a barbaric and merciless means? At present, I weep for the South and I weep for Nigeria.

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Kids and youths had been massacred by troopers at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos simply two weeks in the past and as we speak kids and youths, of Igbo extraction, are being focused, hunted down like animals and massacred by troopers in Oyigbo in Rivers state. This inexplicable MADNESS and unconscionable BLOOD LUST should cease!

If the reality be informed the actual terrorists on this nation are in Aso Rock and never on the streets of Igboland or within the ranks of IPOB. Calling for a referendum and in search of to peacefully train your proper of self-determination after being subjected to and confronted with 60 years of subjugation, homicide, ethnic cleaning, tyranny and genocide doesn’t make you a terrorist, it makes you a brave man of conscience and a freedom fighter.

I’m not from the outdated Jap Area of Nigeria and due to this fact I’m not a member of IPOB. I hail from the outdated Western Area the place we’ve got our personal struggles and the place we additionally search to chart our personal course and decide our personal future. That battle is for both restructuring of the nation or, failing that, the peaceable institution of our personal nation which we will name Oduduwa Republic.

This can be a noble quest as a result of Nigeria has failed us simply because it has failed everybody else. And if issues don’t change rapidly it’s a quest that can be achieved ahead of later. But the battle for freedom just isn’t for the Biafrans and the sons of Oduduwa alone: it is usually for the atypical folks of the core North who’ve been by means of hell and who’ve been subjected to unprecedented ranges of carnage and savagery.

Once more it is usually for the folks of the Center Belt and the so-called minorities of the north who’ve suffered for therefore lengthy and who’ve been denied, disadvantaged and suppressed greater than some other folks in Nigeria. They too shall be free from the yoke, bondage and cruelty of imperial Nigeria.

Allow me to conclude this contribution with the next. Regardless of what number of IPOB members you torture, jail and kill and regardless of what number of of them you misrepresent and demonise, they can’t be stopped as a result of an thought whose time has come can’t be efficiently resisted.

Like the nice Libyan warrior Omar Al Mouqthar who was generally known as the ‘Lion of the Desert’, their battle cry is “we win or we die”. Just like the gallant and brave Patrick Henry, who led the American folks of their battle for independence from Nice Britain, their music is “give me freedom or give me loss of life!”

That’s their story, that’s their music and it’s ours too. Freedom calls and liberty beckons: a million tanks can’t cease them and all of the misrepresentation, disinformation, misinformation and lies on the planet can’t deter them.

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