According to a report by SaharaReporters, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that its members remain resolute in their quest to realise a sovereign nation of Biafra despite the arrest and detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Head of the Directorate of the group, Mazi Chika Edoziem said this on Thursday while addressing IPOB members across the globe.
According to Edoziem, their helmsman, Kanu was criminally abducted in Kenya and illegally repatriated to Nigeria, adding that Nigeria and Kenya have abused his human rights.
The group, however, reiterated that its members shall flood Abuja on July 26, for the hearing of the Biafra separatist leader.
“Good evening to you great Biafrans. Good morning and good afternoon to you depending on your location time. My name is Mazi Chika Edoziem, I am from Iheoma in Biafraland. By the mercy and grace of CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA PURU IME IHE NILE, I am a servant of the great and wonderful Indigenous People of Biafra and the Head of the Directorate of State,
“I wish to use this opportunity to inform the Biafran people, friends, and well-wishers that our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was abducted criminally in Kenya and illegally brought into Nigeria. This criminal violation of international law was carried out by Nigeria in spite of the fact that Onyendu does not possess any Nigerian travelling document having repudiated any previous connection he may have had with the contraption called Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
The Head of Directorate also stated that the goal of the group is not only to create a Biafra nation of just a mere landscape but also to seek freedom at every available time.
IPOB media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful made the statement available to SaharaReporters on Thursday.
“Our struggle for freedom is not just the desire to establish a geopolitical entity called Biafra, of course, that is a fundamental objective of our self-determination struggle but much more imperative is our hunger and thirst for true, honourable, and irrevocable freedom from all manner of subjugation and oppression, freedom from every debilitating influence that retard and hinder the full realisation and development of our heaven endowed talents and gifts.
“We pursue that freedom which a sovereign and independent Biafran Nation shall provide our children and our generations yet unborn to dream big dreams and achieve those dreams in dignity and liberty," it said.
“We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu affirm our immutable right to determine our cultural, economic and political systems, as well as our right to Self-determination as guaranteed and proclaimed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous peoples to Self-Determination and Articles V, VI, VII, and XII of the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights (ratified and domesticated by Nigeria in 1983).
“In recognising and upholding our right as Indigenous People, we made a deliberate choice of nonviolent methodology to achieve our stated objective as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“Our peaceful agitation notwithstanding, the Nigerian government continued unhindered its plan to exterminate our race and take over our ancestral land and resources through the instrumentality of the Fulani Herdsmen on the one hand and the Nigerian terrorists in Uniform comprising all its security forces (the Army, the Navy, the Airforce, the Police, DSS, Civil defense and all other of its armed agencies)," it said.
It noted that it will henceforth use @real_ipobDOS as its official medium on Twitter to communicate and update Biafrans and the world about new developments.
It said, “Despite the provocations, arrests, and torture, notwithstanding the degrading and inhuman treatment meted out to Biafrans and the cold-blooded murder and execution of unarmed peaceful Biafran civilians, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has resisted the efforts of the Nigerian government through its security agencies to compel us into violent agitation. Now by this blunder of criminally abducting the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. The Nigerian government alone shall be held responsible for the resulting consequences.
“It should by now have become very obvious to the Nigerian government that its state-sponsored acts of violence and terror, abductions, and extrajudicial murders cannot change our resolve to extricate ourselves from the oppressive and humiliating servile existence imposed upon us by the creators of the contraption called Nigeria. We remain undaunted in our conviction; we remain resolute in our belief in the justness of our cause and we shall remain focused and dedicated in our pursuit of freedom for the Indigenous People of Biafra.
“The IPOB worldwide family and all Biafrans must close ranks and stand behind the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It is time to activate the famed discipline for which we are admired all over the world. All principal servants must adhere very strictly to our fundamental principle of COMMAND AND CONTROL and apply the chain of command in the exercise of their functions and duties.
“To the politicians of Biafran extraction, a small window of opportunity still remains for you to turn a new leaf and stand up in defense of your people because you do not have time ad infinitum.
“Going forward, the Directorate will be using the Twitter handle @real_ipobDOS as its official medium to communicate and update Biafrans and the global community of new developments. I will encourage everyone to follow the handle.
“On 26th July 2021, being the date the Abuja court of Justice Binta Nyako has fixed hearing, all roads must lead to Binta Nyako’s court and both the Nigerian government and the court must understand that the attention of the world community is fixed upon the Zoo and their legal system. Prior to this date, however, the Directorate of State demands that our leader’s personal physician and any other international physician put forward by the DOS must be granted access to him for a holistic medical examination because of his deteriorating health condition."
The group, through Edoziem also pledged its solidarity to those agitating self-determination mentioning Ambazonia and Oduduwa in particular.
“Finally, the Directorate of State appreciates all the solidarity from our Ambazonia and Oduduwa brothers as well as from all well-meaning lovers of freedom for your words of support and encouragement. The Directorate of State condemns in its entirety the violation of Sunday Igboho’s residence which resulted in the death of many people. IPOB stands ready to assist our Oduduwa brothers in any manner they may request," it said.
In the same vein, IPOB has threatened to cripple Nigeria should anything happen to its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is in the custody of the DSS.
IPOB disclosed this on Friday, in a communique issued by its spokesman, Emma Powerful.
The group also argued that Nnamdi Kanu should be granted access to his lawyers, doctors, and family as part of his fundamental human rights.
“Following the refusal of the Nigeria Government and her security agency, the Department of State Services, DSS, to allow our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers and family access to him in the dungeon of DSS secret cell, it is now confirmed that their real intention in arresting him and bundling him back to Nigeria is suspicious. The mission they could not actualise on September 14, 2017, when soldiers invaded his Afaraukwu home during Operation Python Dance is what they want to actualise now.
"His health has been deteriorating in the DSS cell as he has refused to eat their food since almost one week they kidnapped him. We demand that DSS should allow him access to his lawyers and family members for this is his lawful right. And his lawyers are being harassed and we pity them and Nigeria if anything happens to our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigerian Government and security agencies must understand the product we are made of and how prepared we are.
"South-East Governors and Ohanaeze including politicians in the region must ensure that nothing bad happens to Nnamdi Kanu because Miyetti Allah and sympathisers of terrorists are going free in the country but an ordinary person and innocent citizens are being molested every day because they are Biafrans. We won’t accept that.
"We also want to tell the DSS to jettison any plan to inject our leader with the poisonous vaccine that will make him die slowly. Any such attempt will come with unimaginable consequences! Nnamdi Kanu must not die in custody!”