Is Freedom For Sale For Biafrans?

Authored By Chima Onyekachi

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Orie~27th June,2022 @14:30 WAT

Opinion – I will define Freedom as a state of wellbeing where or when an individual is able to exercise his human and fundamental freedoms without fear or force.

You may wonder if I am locked up in a prison or police cell but none is the truth.

Why do we always have to think that one needs to be locked up to talk about freedom? Surely, everyone will have different opinions to that question.

Indigenous Biafrans have always lamented about freedom, that is the independence of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

There are people that may not come to an understanding why Indigenous Biafrans steadfastly clamour for freedom or simply the right to self-determination.

It must be understood that the creation of the contraption named Nigeria by Frederick Lugard was forced.

An individual may be domiciled in his homeland but denied his freedom in such a way that he may not be allowed to exercise or be part of any activity or rites in the community.

Freedom entails the ability to be able to exercise whatever is deem or referred to as a franchise, right or privilege associated to the area domiciled by the individual.

Freedom could also be defined as an exemption from constraint or oppression or simply referred as Liberty.

I am an indigenous Biafran forced to be governed by an occupational government of Nigeria, which is in fact denying my freedom to self-government.

The denial of freedom caused the Biafran Genocide of 1967-70 which has deepened the mistrust against peoples of Biafra amongst Indigenous Arewa and Yoruba.

As an Indigenous Biafran, why is no international flight routed to my region where an international airport is located in Enugu and Rivers States.

As an Indigenous Biafran, ị cannot deliver my container loads of imported goods into my region where there are Seaports located at Onne, Calabar and Warri.

Is it not enough discrimination for Indigenous Biafrans to always route international flight to Lagos or Kano?

Is it not enough denial of freedom for my imported goods to be delivered to Lagos Seaport or the dry dock at Kaduna?

There are so many ways Indigenous Biafrans have been denied their freedom but the most horrifying is the denial of the the right to self-determination as recognized by international law and conventions.

I have wondered if it is because I am Black or an African? Of course not!

The people of Western Sahara are beneficiary of the same right to self-determination.

The Helsinki Conference 1975 declared “Within this framework the participating States will recognize and respect the freedom of the individual to profess and practise alone or in a community with others, religion or belief acting in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience.”

The same covenant constituted at Helsinki in 1975 declared also “The participating states will respect the equal rights of peoples and their right to self-determination acting at all times in conformity with the purposes and principles of the Charter of United Nations and with the relevant norms of international law, including those relating to territorial integrity of States.”

The core problem of the occupational Nigeria government is the inability to adhere or respect international laws and covenant which it is signatory.

President Muhammadu Buhari has often shown his disdain for Biafran freedom fighters or activists as they are always melted with extra judicial violence and killings.

The Nigerian Presidency prefers to be sympathetic to the Fulani Herdsmen and BokoHaram terrorists sects while proscribing Biafran activists as terrorists as he did the civil pro-Biafran group- IPOB.

International Human rights organisations, Amnesty International, in their November 2016 report confirmed that “International researched and documented evidence proved that demonstration and rallies by pro-Biafran activists were largely peaceful.”

The same human right report stated that “The Nigerian security forces led by the military embarked on a chilling campaign of extra-judicial executions and violence resulting in the death of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafran protesters in the South-East of the country.

It is utter betrayal to note that in March 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari threw his weight behind the people of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, SADR, otherwise called Western Sahara stating that Nigeria would ensure the realization of their Self-determination and independence.

Why should Muhammadu Buhari assure the Special Envoy of SADR, Mohammed  Abdeleze, on pursuing their right to self-determination but at the same time issued directives for the arrest and abduction of notable pro-Biafran activists such as Nnamdi Kanu, Benjamin Onwuka and others?

Freedom should never be designated by language, color or ethnicity but free for everyone.■

PM Hasina opens Bangladesh’s longest bridge over River Padma

<SUNBIGHT>~Asia~Eke~26th June,2022 @ 05:06 WAT~Aljazeera

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated a landmark bridge over the turbulent Padma River after years of delay due to allegations of corruption that forced the World Bank to walk away from the nearly $4bn mega project, which will connect Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to the underdeveloped southwestern region of the country.

The opening on Saturday of the eponymous Padma Bridge – Bangladesh’s longest bridge to date which has been dubbed a “symbol of national pride” – marks a momentous occasion in the South Asian nation’s history.

The construction of the 6.15km (3.82 miles) bridge began in November 2015 to connect 21 districts of the country’s southwest with Dhaka via road and rail, thereby cutting travel time considerably.

It usually takes 15 to 22 hours to cover a distance of 180-300km (111-186 miles) between the southwest districts and Dhaka.

The double-layer steel truss bridge incorporates a four-lane highway on an upper level along with a single-track railway on the lower level.

With a construction cost of $3.87bn, this is one of the largest mega projects Bangladesh has ever undertaken and the entire amount is financed by the Bangladesh government.

In 2012, the World Bank withdrew from a $1.2bn loan agreement for the project following allegations of corruption. Following suit, other donors, including Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), also pulled out of the project.

Hasina, who spearheaded efforts to build the bridge, famously declared that her government would self-fund the project.

Her decision faced a battery of scepticism from the country’s economists as well as political opponents since Bangladesh did not have any experience in building such mega infrastructure without financial support from multilateral donors.

“Some people said we would always be beholden to others, but our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman taught us the importance of self-respect,” Hasina said, addressing a sea of people on Saturday.

Sheikh Rahman was Bangladesh’s founding father who led the movement to secede from Pakistan in 1971.

“This Padma Bridge is not a pile of brick and cement, but a symbol of Bangladesh’s pride, honour and ability,” she said.

“We have shown the world that we can.”

An engineering marvel

Terming it as an “engineering marvel”, experts say the construction of the bridge is a great feat as the Padma is the most “treacherous and unpredictable” river after the Amazon River of South America.

China’s state-owned Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group (RMBEG) was tasked to lead the construction of the bridge with the help of about 1,200 Bangladeshi engineers.

With steel piles being driven 122 metres (400 feet) deep into the river bed, Padma Bridge has the record of having the deepest piling among all the bridges in the world.

The bridge project director, Shafiqul Islam, told Al Jazeera that the water that flows at Mawa point (one end of the bridge) every 20 seconds is equal to the total amount of water used in Dhaka city a day.

“After Amazon, Padma has the strongest current [roughness in water] in the world. So we had to go for piling that is the thickest and deepest in the world,” he said.

Mentioning another unique feature of the bridge, Islam said, modern friction pendulum bearings (FPB) have been used to support the steel superstructure and the concrete pier foundation.

“Such bearings have never been used anywhere in the world before and they can withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake,” he said, adding that the bridge bearings can sustain more than 10,000 tonnes, exceeding the limit of any other structure in the world.

Islam said as they faced a plethora of engineering challenges, the cost of the project rose to almost three times the initial estimate of $1.2bn.

“Besides, the devaluation of Bangladeshi currency Taka has played a major role in raising the cost, as more than half of the project’s expenditure has been paid in foreign currency.”

Why a significant structure?

Located some 68km (42 miles) from Dhaka, the Padma Bridge will work as a gateway to the country’s southwestern region and will significantly reduce travel time between Dhaka and major districts in the region, including Khulna, Jashore and Barishal.

It will also slash the distance between Dhaka and Bangladesh’s second-largest seaport, Mongla, by 100km (62 miles).

The mighty Padma separates the southwest region from Dhaka and people are forced to travel on ferries or launches that make slow journeys. Perishable goods transported to Dhaka from southwestern districts by truck often rot because on the long trip that can sometimes take 22-24 hours due to the long tailback in ferry stations.

According to a study by the government-run Bridge Division, the Padma Bridge will save a total of 187,727 hours of waiting for ferries per day for 2,620 vehicles. It is estimated that with the opening of the bridge, about 24,000 vehicles will cross the river every day – a significant jump from the current number of 2,620.

The study also pointed out that the economic impact of the bridge will help increase the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of the southwest region by 2.5 percent and the overall GDP of the country by more than 1.23 percent.

Economist Selim Raihan, who conducted a study on the economic impact of the bridge, said its main benefit is that it will connect southwestern districts – known for fishing and agriculture – to the economic lifeline of Bangladesh – the Dhaka-Chattogram economic corridor.

“As communication and transportation over Padma River had been solely reliant on ferries, much industrialisation didn’t take place in the southwestern districts so far,” he told Al Jazeera.

“Readymade garment sector – Bangladesh’s most prominent industry and main export earner – has remained completely absent from those districts.”

“I believe, investors and industrialists will be interested to invest there that will spark a massive economic growth.”■

The role of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in empowering Nigerians

<SUNBIGHT>~Cryptocurrency~Eke~26th June,2022 @ 04:19 WAT~Business Insider Africa

NIGERIA is known for many things; for its rich material resources and human resources and for being the “giant of Africa.” Amidst economic challenges, Nigeria is repositioning well with the dominance of cryptocurrency adoption among its populace.

Despite regulations by the government limiting crypto trades among financial institutions in what was described as a bid to protect citizens and observe the growth of the technology, many citizens have continued to engage in crypto regardless.

Today, the average Nigerian youth is interested in cryptocurrency, not just because of the trendiness but also to seek financial freedom. This article explores the different opportunities that a bitcoin-dominated payment system could create for average Nigerians in terms of economic opportunities.

According to Statista, Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa with not only the highest population but also the highest number of cryptocurrency adoptions.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 6 out of 10 Nigerian youths are interested in cryptocurrencies. About 4 out of them must have invested in these currencies, either by trading Bitcoin or running a remittance/OTC business.

There is a thriving market for crypto in Nigeria, and we’ll be looking at some of the ways that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are creating opportunities for Nigerians:

In a country with a high poverty index, and the naira triggering increased inflation, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies represent a more alternative source of asset distribution and financial transfer.

Going back to the bitcoin whitepaper authored and released by Satoshi Nakamoto, the idea of cryptocurrencies is to create an inclusive payment system that is easier, faster and free of intermediary influence.

Today, Nigerians can buy, sell and store cryptocurrency without consulting an intermediary in the form of a bank or carrying physical cash. The trust has been enacted further by introducing Peer-to-Peer (P2P) based transactions.

Beyond the financial inclusion and provision of financial services to the “unbanked,” bitcoin has become a source of livelihood for Nigerians.

According to Cointelegraph, crypto and blockchain jobs’ share grew 118% in 10 months and has hired the most of any industry in the last year.

Nigeria is not left out as many have gotten jobs in crypto writing, blockchain development, product design, NFT marketing, community management, game development etc.

The beautiful thing about these opportunities is that they pay between $200-$3000/per month, depending on experience, which is remarkable since the country’s minimum wage is around $70. Based on the prevailing exchange rate of the dollar to the naira and the massive unemployment, Nigerians can now earn income from trading, investing in bitcoin and working in the cryptocurrency industry.

3. Cryptocurrency Trading and OTC/Remittance

This is the most popular cryptocurrency investment strategy in Nigeria. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts in the country buy bitcoin to sell at a profit or stake them to earn passive income. 

Staking a cryptocurrency simply means putting it in a liquidity pool or offering it up for use in borrowing and lending services to those who need the asset.

Nigerians also offer remittance services, whereby they exchange bitcoin or some other cryptocurrencies for Naira Over-the-Counter OTC.

For example, a Nigerian Over-the-Counter (OTC) trader can offer to buy bitcoin from another Nigerian and pay the person in Naira. Millions of Naira are transacted daily just for OTC trades, thus, creating a constant stream of income for the traders.

Blockchain is the underlying technology that powers the bitcoin cryptocurrency. It has also been used as a decentralized infrastructure/network powering many other decentralized projects and platforms.

The successful adoption of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in Nigeria has increased blockchain consciousness, with many young Nigerians picking up valuable careers in the crypto industry.

Based on the anticipation of a broader crypto use case and the enthusiasm shown so far by Nigeria’s younger population, the bulk of the technology’s success in the country lies with the government.

If the government lifts the ban on banks for crypto trade and puts systems in place to make it more mainstream, more Nigerians will be encouraged to invest in cryptocurrencies. The government just needs to regulate the market and ensure that bitcoin is not used to promote Ponzi schemes, perpetuate cybercrimes or promote fraud.

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s financial market, including financial service providers, banks and lending firms and regulatory bodies, need to strategise better on harnessing the potential of cryptocurrency in the country.

When fully regulated and recognized by law, bitcoin and indeed cryptocurrencies would not only attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country but will also help solve some of the economic struggles that have befallen the country in recent times.■

OPINION: Will Our Votes Count In 2023?

Author: CHIMA ONYEKACHI

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Nkwo~13th June, 2022 @ 08:49 WAT

I do not want to be seen as a hater of the democratic process in Nigeria but my experience since I began to exercise my franchise has proven that votes do not count during electioneering.

I must confess I am intrigued by the vigour of the youths to sensitize the citizens on procuring the Voters’ Card so as to be able to exercise their franchise during the 2023 elections in Nigeria.

I really do want to believe that the votes in the 2023 elections will count but past experiences keeps haunting me from reckoning that the electioneering process is yet matured to be without rigging or corruption.

After twenty-three years of democratic dipensation in Nigeria,the citizens are yet to come to an understanding in the avoidance of ethnicity, religion and belief in electing a candidate, then how much long shall it take for us to understand?

Sixty-two years after the independence of Nigeria from the clutches of the British colonizers, the political class and religious heirachy still does not trust an individual from the old eastern region herein referred as Indigenous Biafrans to be suitable to ascend the position of Presidency.

How long will an Indigenous Biafran be entrusted to preside over Nigeria?

Though, ị am simple-minded whom believes ethnicity or religion should be ignored in the selection of a leader.

But after the Biafran Genocide of 1967-70, to prove the mantra of “No Victor,No Vanquished”, the people of Biafra should be made to feel accommodated by occupying the highest political position in Nigeria based on merit and not sentiment.

It is a fact that Indigenous Biafrans are the most inhabitated in other regions of Nigeria and engages selflessly in the development of the areas in which they domiciled not minding it is not their place of origin.

I laughed out loud when I read in the dalies that the political party-APC presidential candidate, Ahmed Tinubu, promised to handover to a Biafran after an eight-year tenure.

Shouldn’t we be wise enough to reason that he has discarded the core point of his presidential agenda and already dreaming of two terms even before the 2023 elections? THINK ABOUT IT!

Meanwhile, former Nigerian vice-president and political party-PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has declared he will handover to a Biafran after one term(four years) as President. Should I actually believe this politician that has persitently changed political party after losing the primaries?

Factually, both politicians I mentioned are well aware that it is a Biafran that should take over from President Muhammadu Buhari but due to the mistrust from the other regions of Nigeria against the Peoples of Biafra, there is continuous postponement. TRUST ME!!

Some of you may wonder, what can we do?

I opined that the same zeal exhibited towards the sensitization of Indigenous Biafrans to acquire the Nigerian Voters’ Card should be demonstrated to demand a referendum for an independent Sovereign State of Biafra.

The right to self-determination is not a call for warfare but a civilised approach for dialogue and to determine the census of the wellbeing of the indigenous peoples.

The HELSINKI CONFERENCE of 1975 reaffirmed that “the participating states will respect human rights and fundamental freedoms including the freedom of thought, conscience,religion or belief for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.”

Furthermore, the convenant also declared that “they will promote and encourage the effective exercise of civil, political,economic, social,cultural and other rights of freedom all of which derive from the inherent dignity of the human person and are essential from his free and full development.”

I implore Indigenous Biafran youths to quit the desire to rigorously attempt to vote in Peter Obi of Labour Party as the President of Nigeria because their votes will never be validated nor counted judiciously.

If at all it does, violence will be erupted in other regions of the country so as to threaten the lives and properties of Indigenous Biafrans domiciled there.

I urge everyone to use this opportunity and strategy of campaigning for Peter Obi to undertake our right to self-determination via referendum as recognized by international laws and instruments.

Peter Obi shall lose the election and be compensated with a ministerial or ambassodorial appointment leaving you all in regret and confusion.

Let Indigenous Biafran youths reject playing to the gallery and make the political and religious heirachy in Nigeria understand we cannot be used often to define the electioneering process every four years.

This time, let us request for a different approach called REFERENDUM to enable us define our wellbeing appropriately.

The referendum is a civil manner to enable us choose whether Indigenous Biafrans wishes to continue in the forced union created by Frederick Lugard or be independent to govern and manage ourselves and resources respectively.

If our grandparents and parents were unable to achieve our independence via the barrel of gun, let us show the global community that we are civilised  and determined to enforce our right to self-determination via referendum.

The Indigenous peoples of Scotland has attempted four times, a referendum for independence and devolution from the British empire.

I beg to question, are the Scottish people more human than Biafrans?

I may be insulted or castigated due to my opinion but be rest assured that if Indigenous Biafrans refused to call for a referendum now, we may be forced to acquire an armoury to defend ourselves – a thought I do not wish or dream about.

But whatever means to enforce my human right and fundamental freedom- the right to self-determination. I AM GAME!!!

Russia and China open cross-border bridge as ties deepen

<SUNBIGHT>~Global~Nkwo~13th June,2022 @ 00:27 WAT~Reuters

RUSSIA and China have opened a new cross-border bridge in the Far East that they hope will further strengthen trade as Moscow reels from sweeping Western sanctions imposed over its actions in Ukraine.

The bridge linking the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to the Chinese city of Heihe across the Amur River – known in China as the Heilongjiang – is about 1km long and cost 19 billion roubles ($342m), the RIA news agency reported on Friday.

Amid a fireworks display, freight trucks from both ends crossed the two-lane bridge festooned with flags in the colours of both countries, video footage of the opening showed.

Russian authorities said the bridge would bring Moscow and Beijing closer together by boosting trade after they announced a “no limits” partnership in February, shortly before President Vladimir Putin sent his forces into Ukraine.

“In today’s divided world, the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe bridge between Russia and China carries a special symbolic meaning,” said Yuri Trutnev, the Kremlin representative in the Russian Far East.

China wants to deepen practical cooperation with Russia in all areas, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua said at the opening.

Russia’s Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev said the bridge would help boost bilateral annual trade to more than one million tonnes of goods.

Cutting journey time

The bridge had been under construction since 2016 and was completed in May 2020, but its opening was delayed by cross-border COVID-19 restrictions, said BTS-MOST, the firm building the bridge on the Russian side.

BTS-MOST said freight traffic on the bridge would shorten the travel distance of Chinese goods to western Russia by 1,500km (930 miles).

Vehicles crossing the bridge must pay a toll of 8,700 roubles ($150), a price that is expected to drop as toll fees begin to offset the cost of construction.

Russia said in April it expected commodity flows with China to grow and trade with Beijing to reach $200bn by 2024.

China is a major buyer of Russian natural resources and agricultural products.

China has declined to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine and has criticised the Western sanctions on Moscow.■

OPINION: Treasonable Felony For Self-determination in Nigeria

Authored By Chima Onyekachi

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Orie~3rd June,2022 @ 11:56 WAT

I have reflected on my journey on the struggle for restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra, and the view is not of joy but of flames.

Today, during a ransack of my book catalogue, I stumbled on a gift presented to me seven years ago by the Rumuokwurusi Unit of IPOB – a book titled ‘In Biafra, Africa Died’.

Reminiscing, I was overcome with grief because the Nigerian State has never considered me a human being but a threat to be destroyed because I chant the song of freedom for Biafra.

The quest for the right to self-determination is seen and considered as illegal and whosever is arrested is charged with the criminal offence of treasonable felony by the Nigerian government.

The Biafran Genocide of 1967-70 is never seen as enough reason for the Nigerian State to have a civilised approach to pacify Indigenous Biafrans seeking the right to self-governance.

Rather extrajudicial violence and killings against Indigenous Biafran activists by the Nigerian security forces have led to the Nkpọr Massacre, Onitsha Head Bridge Massacre, Port-Harcourt Massacre, Ngwá High School Massacre and others

We are yet without armour but plainly raising the Biafra flag and yet targeted as a threat, what happens when we decide to acquire an armoury to exercise the right to self-defence?

The Indigenous right to self-determination is our right as Indigenous Biafrans to choose how we live our shared lives and structure our communities based on our norms, laws and culture. I will simply define it as the freedom and equal rights to control our destiny.

It is most disheartening that the Nigerian State has mistaken the right to control our destiny as an affront against the government, to be persecuted by the criminal charge of treasonable felony.

It is well-known that Indigenous Biafrans were peacefully inhabited in their ancestral lands before the British colonizers forcefully almagamated and later created the contraption named ‘Nigeria’.

This forced union with Indigenous Yorubas and Indigenous Arewa has never been beneficial but has concieved more vices than virtues for the inhabitants specifically targeted against Indigenous Biafrans.

Several pro-Biafra activists have been arbitrarily arrested and also unjustly put on trial for treasonable felony because they seek to exercise their right to self-determination.

It is to be noted that even with the farce trials by the Nigerian government, no Biafran activist has been convicted for treasonable felony.

The Nigerian State will rather instigate the case of treasonable felony against pro-Biafra activists without substantial evidence then continue to prolong the case with frivolous adjournments while remanding the accused in prison. The trials ọf  Mrs Onyekachi Orji, Benjamin Onwuka, Nnamdi Kanu and others is a case study.

The United Nations Declaration emphatically stated that Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination, in accordance with international law. By virtue of this right, they freely determine their relationship with the States in which they live, in a spirit of co-existence with other citizens, and freely pursue their economic, social, cultural and spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity.■

Opinion: FIFTY-TWO YEARS LATER OUR TEARS STILL OVERFLOWS

Authored By Chima Onyekachi

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Nkwo~1st June,2022 @ 20:44 WAT

THIS is the year 2022 and the 30th day of May, a significant day in the lives of the people of Biafra.

From the year 1967-1970, the people of the old eastern region herein called Indigenous Biafrans were battered, starved and killed in a genocide perpetrated by the Nigerian State in collaboration with Russia, Egypt, Britain and the Arab League of Nations.

The supposed crime of these Indigenous Biafrans is the exercise of their right to self-governance or simply state the right to self-determination.

According to recognised citation as thus “If the government is quite unrepresentative and oppressive, the International community may recognize secession and independence as a legitimate claim” [Magnarella, 2001-2002,P.447]

The right to Self-determination as stated by the Human Rights Committee interpretes Art.27 of the International Covenant On Civil & Political Rights [ICCPR] as protecting the right of indigenous peoples to preservation of their livelihood, culture, language, traditional activities necessary for their survival and their customs.

Also, Art. 5 of United Nations Declaration clearly stated that “Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their rights to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the state.”

The Biafran Genocide ended with the mantra of “No Victor, No Vanquished” but the reality is that Indigenous Biafrans have been vanquished to become second-class citizens in the affairs of the Nigerian State without any tangible infrastructure or development.

My interest is not the classification of people whom are Indigenous Biafrans but the continuous efforts to subjugate us in the exercise of our right to self-determination as recognized by international laws and conventions.

In a civilised society in which the Nigerian State is far from becoming, the best step should have been the call for a referendum for Indigenous Biafrans, fifty-two years after the butchering.

Rather, civil demonstration requesting the right to self-determination for Indigenous Biafrans are been quelled by shooting of live bullets, beatings, arrest, trials and also extrajudicial killings.

The Nigerian State has refused to understand that an Ideology can never be defeated by violence but through dialogue.

Fifty-two years later, ị weep as the young ones who never experienced the war or taught the history of the genocide against their people are violated and even killed because they seek the right to self-determination.

It is rather callous that numerous prisoners of conscience are languishing in prisons without trials or fair civil hearings because they demanded for the right to self-determination in a civil manner which is not a criminal act.

I weep for my ethnic region which is described by the UN as the most peaceful in the Nigerian State but has turned into a hub of extrajudicial killings and violence because the Muhammadu Buhari led government decided to be archaic by choosing violence instead of dialogue.

The Nigerian Presidency prefers to offer amnesty to the dreaded BokoHaram and Fulani Herdsmen terrorists sects than to dialogue with Indigenous Biafrans whom engages solely in civil demonstrations.■

Protest Over Kidnapping in Uturu-Okigwe

<SUNBIGHT>~Biafra~Afọ~19th May,2022 @ 19:38 WAT

Report By Chima Onyekachi

PROTESTERS from the Okigwe and Uturu communities of Imo and Abia states respectively held a civil demonstration against the incessant kidnappings occurring along the Uturu-Okigwe road.

The protest began from Marist Brothers Catholic Secondary School, Ukwunwangwu to Okigwe Junction of the Umuahia-Enugu Expressway.

The protesters lamented bitterly over the lack of action by the security forces to curb the social vices even with the numerous security checkpoints along the road.■