OPINION: In Ahịara I Stand

By Chima Onyekachi

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Afo~6th July,2022 @ 21:46 WAT

“Our struggle is not a mere resistance – that would be purely negative. It is a positive commitment to build a healthy, dynamic and progressive state, such as would be the pride of black men the world over.” – The Ahiara Declaration by the Government of Biafra, 1st June, 1969.

The above statement declared by the government of Biafra still rings in my heart today.

Why is it too hard for the Nigerian government to understand that oil and water can never be successfully mixed together?

Why is the right to self-determination being denied Indigenous Biafrans even after the Biafran Genocide of 1967-70?

There are numerous reasons Indigenous Biafrans wants to have an independent State of Biafra but the Nigerian government rigidly and selfishly wants the forced union to continue simply because of the “protection of territorial integrity.”

In disguise, “territorial integrity” is the parasitic attitude towards the natural resources and economic revenue gained from the region and people of Biafra.

On the 20th December, 1999, Late Ransome-Kuti said “Our collective experience since 1960 leaves no one in any doubt that the decision to secede by the Igbo was proper and correct. You cannot kill tens of thousands of people, take over the government with arms and expect them to stay around like sitting ducks especially after unilaterally abrogating a negotiated settlement.” [The News;pg.46]

Even after the massacre against Indigenous Biafrans which led to the genocide, the people of Biafra still relocated to other regions in Nigeria to continue their means of livelihood in the hope that the mantra of “No Victor, No Vanquished” will be made practical but it is of no avail till date.

Rather, there have been an absolute disregard for the lives and properties of Indigenous Biafrans in their homeland and outside their homestead.

What are the justifiable reasons Indigenous Biafrans are extra judicially killed and imprisoned for participating in a civil and peaceful demonstration to garner attention for their right to self-determination?

Meanwhile, the BokoHaram and Fulani Herdsmen terrorists sects whom are armed are pardoned via amnesty and “RUGA” settlement so as to calm their nerves from rampantly killing defenceless and innocent citizens.

The BokoHaram and Fulani Herdsmen sects have been designated as terrorist groups by the International community through the Global Terrorism Index but the Nigerian government still denies it as impractical and unacceptable.

But same Nigerian government has through its judicial arm proscribed a civil pro-Biafran group- IPOB, as a terrorist group and also abducted IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from Kenya to stand trial in Nigeria for the unsubstantiated charge of terrorism and his trial has purposely been stalled via unnecessary adjournments.

I am well notified about the plans of the Nigerian government on its preparation to perpetrate another genocide against the people of Biafra but let it be known that the Biafran National Guard-BNG is also preparing a close-marked defence of the people, territories and borders of Biafra.

My opinion will always seem like the Tales by Moonlight or other folktales told by our grandparents but the truth shall always stand that I sought for a peaceful dissolution of the British enterprise named Nigeria.

I have continually wept and begged for a referendum to avoid a bloodshed which will not be exclusive of Biafraland but the entire human race.

The Nigerian government must understand that the Biafran Supreme Military Council of Administration [BSMCA] is also building allies and shall never be lacklustre in the defence of her people.

As General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu retorted the vices against the independence of the Sovereign State of Biafra are “the three traditional scourges of the black man” which are the issues of “racism”, “white economic imperialism” and “Arab-Muslim expansionism.

After several studies and discussions, I discovered that lack of enlightenment and understanding forced the global community against the people of Biafra during the genocide.

Though these “three traditional scourges of the black man” is still a driving force against the freedom of Indigenous Biafrans but these generation of Biafrans will spiritually, culturally, morally, intellectually and physically orientiate and persuade the global community to acknowledge our right to self-determination through peace or war.

It is historically recorded that the people of Biafra sought self-defence because Nigeria first invaded and attacked Biafra on 6th July, 1967 at Garkem as predicted by the British government. After Yakubu Gowon reneged on the “Aburi Accord” negotiated in Aburi, Ghana.

Major General Philip Effiong of Biafra in his end-of-war broadcast in 1970 said “Throughout history, injured peoples have had to resort to arms in their self-defence where peaceful negotiation failed. We are no exception…We have fought in defence of that cause.”

I reiterate that Indigenous Biafrans are collectively ready to achieve our sovereignty which flag of independence was hoisted on 30th October, 2021 by the Biafran National Guard-BNG.

To the doubters, specifically those of Biafran origin, ị say this to you “Nwatakịrị tolite amaghị ifẹ́ mere nna yà, Ifè mere nna yà emee yà” translated “When a child grows up and does not care to know what happened to his father, what happened to his father will happen to him.”

Please be informed that the view and expression of the author are personal and does not represent that of SUNBIGHT MEDIA.

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