THIS is purposely to inform my esteemed readers that IPOB and MASSOB are pro-Biafran groups but are not exclusive in seeking the right to self-determination of the people of Biafra.
I want to inform every foreign embassies, emissaries, high commissions and diplomatic posts that the people of Biafra are not restricted to members of IPOB and MASSOB but these are Indigenous peoples domiciled in the old eastern region of Nigeria and suffered greatly a genocide between 1967-70.
This is specifically to appeal to the British High Commission in Nigeria on its decision to exclude Indigenous Biafrans from all asylum and human rights claims made in the UK.
As much as its decision is for those persons affiliated with IPOB and MASSOB, efforts must be made not to enforce the commission’s decision to non-members of these pro-Biafran groups.
Though it must be noted that the proscription of IPOB by the Nigerian government has an ongoing law suit filed by attorneys of the directorates of IPOB for the de-proscription of the pro-Biafran group as a terrorist sect.
I beg to question, on what ground is MASSOB also included in the exclusion for asylum in the UK?
The UK government must understand that Indigenous Biafrans are been targeted with violence including killings by the Nigerian security forces for seeking the right to self-determination as recognized by international laws and instruments.
Indigenous peoples rights are collective rights. In essence, they are vested in Indigenous individuals that organise themselves as peoples.
The international community clearly affirms that Indigenous people require recognition of their collective rights as peoples to enable them to enjoy human rights.
Also, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples articulates in its Article 1 & 2 that Indigenous peoples and individuals are: free and equal to all peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin and identity.
The British High Commission should understand that the right to self-determination in Nigeria is grossly abused by the Muhammadu Buhari led government as he openly disclosed in a press interview with Martin Dennise of Aljazeera in March 2016 in which he blatantly refused to watch the video clip of the shooting and killing of peaceful IPOB demonstrators which occurred in Aba, Abia State.
The UK government must accord to Indigenous Biafrans the same respect and human rights protection as accorded the people of Scotland seeking the same right to self-determination.■
THE armed wing of the Biafra Nations League [BNL], ‘Black Marine’ has denied responsibility for the killings of two oil workers during an attack on a military gunboat in Abana, a coastal area of the Bakassi Peninsula.
In the early hours of Tuesday, an attack was reported at the Abana Waterlines involving the armed freedom fighters and a gunboat on a joint military patrol of the Nigerian and Cameroonian security forces.
The attack reportedly took death casualty of a sailor and an oil worker, with scores injured.
The Black Marine were the suspected attackers linked to revenge as a commander of BNL was killed in his home located at the Idadeto area of the disputed peninsula by Cameroonian security forces.
A high rank member of BNL pleading anonymity to SUNBIGHT MEDIA, described the allegation as false, disassociating the group from the attack in the Gulf of Guinea.■
<SUNBIGHT>~Football~Nkwo~24th April,2022 @18:10 WAT
Report by Amaogudu Nwanokpo
NIGERIA League side Heartland FC of Owerri were ejected out of their hotel rooms with the club’s players and management refused entry or exit from the hotel premises located along MCC Uratta Road, Owerri North in Imo State.
The hotel management stated that the club is owing them approximately seven hundred thousand naira (N700,000) for room and meal charges, including over one million naira (N1,000,000) owed previous months.
This disgraceful incident which occurred yesterday saw the players and staff of the football club stranded under lock and keys.
<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Nkwo~24th April,2022 @ 14:57 WAT
20 Years Today: Bakassi marks Cameroon takeover of Peninsula
Is 20 years today that a part of the Eastern end of the Gulf of Guinea, an oil rich Peninsula, was transferred to Cameroon after a tough fight , both armed and legal battle between Nigeria and Cameroun.
Today’s release by Cross River government that the old names of towns in Bakassi remains unchanged, confirms my broadcast few days ago when I gave reasons why we will not recognize those foreign names imposed on our territory, I also recalled many times we have pulled down Cameroonian billboards and flags from the Peninsula.
I’m happy, we are speaking for the people and the people are hearing us, no doubt BnL is carrying all Biafrans along in the liberation struggle.
As a freedom fighter without ethnic sentiments, I studied the issues, I had sympathy for the issue, I carried everyone along in the question for freedom. Today the history of the Peninsula is incomplete without mentioning me and without mentioning BnL, as I have seen already researchers placing me after Tony Ene Asuquo, the first Militant leader on the screenshot posted below, it shows that out efforts in liberating everyone is being counted, and I’m glad.
Our struggle is for everyone within the defunct eastern territory to get justice, and the only justice is a separate entity where easterners will govern themselves, we fight for everyone and that’s why we bring to the notice of the public issues affecting all our people especially in our areas of operations.
As a household group in the Peninsula today, we have raised consciousness of how people in the region are being intimidated by external Forces, and how the refugees on the Nigerian sides of Ikang wards are also facing torture by Nigerian security operatives whenever they protest, through our activities the long forgotten issue of Bakassi is still fresh in memories.
What many people do not know about the blockade of Biafra.
Recall that in 1975, at the end of the Biafran war, the both countries (Nigeria and Cameroon) led by Yakubu Gowon and late Banjamin Ahidjo went into an agreement known as ‘Maroua Accord’ which saw the defeat of Biafra as it’s main purpose, they had agreement on how to control the territory with defined boundary hence Cameroon was able to fulfill it’s task successfully in 1968 blockade by preventing Biafra troops from direct link to the outside world when they first raised their flag in Bakassi and blocked the entire Peninsula, this enable Nigerian Troops of ‘Operations Tiger Claw’ to disarm Biafra troops at Ikang-Cameroon borders, and Atimbo in Bakassi and Calabar respectively.
Later on when oil was discovered, Nigeria under the administration of Gen. Sani Abacha broke the ‘Maroua Declaration’ by deploying troops to reclaim the territory, it led to armed conflicts, and later the Cameroon government opted for legal battle and headed to the international court to defeat Nigeria.
The transfer of sovereignty was facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, and when that happened, natives of Bakassi decided to arm themselves, groups like Bakassi Freedom Fighters emerged, led by Tony Ene Asuquo who had mobilized Ijaw Militants to join forces with Bakassi Militants, Movements for emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) and Southern Cameroons People’s Organization (SCAPO) joined the fight, according to his second in command who briefed me months ago said Ene had two options, one option raised by SCAPO was for him to join the Ambazonians, second suggested to him was to proclaim a separate entity, and he opted for an independent Republic of Bakassi which lasted for weeks following his death due to fatal accident, his second in command who later took over from him is still alive, and has been a good mentor.
A lot of people do not know what the argument in court that favoured Cameroon actually was, In the case, Nigeria with its unprofessional lawyers relied solely on the 1960/61 referendum granted the Southern Cameroons to leave Eastern Nigeria, which Bakassi abstained from voting, and also the fact that the tribes have been part of Nigeria without making references or giving convincible reasons while the Peninsula should remain part of her, while Cameroon, very tactical with it’s legal gurus relied on the Anglo-German Treaty, a colonial treaty which fully placed Bakassi under Cameroon, the treaty also placed some Eastern tribes like the Ejagham, Boki and Usakedet under Cameroon (Southern Cameroons),
The treaty which Nigeria could not trash out in court, was technically dismissed by BnL when we made the ‘Ekukunela Declaration’ in Ikom in 2016 with copies circulated online, exposing the evil behind it, and why it is against the wishes of the people, most important points we raised on that resolution was that African territories were shared among European masters , and that indigenous tribes were never consulted about their rule, and so such treaty is an act of annexation of indigenous tribes territory.
And on the other hand, we have never respected even the maritime borders because we do not move To and Fro with international passports in the region , and that is how it will remain until we take capture the main maritime borders and stop the flow of oil which is the reason behind the ‘Greentree Agreement’ between Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Paul Biya.
It’s 20 years remembrance.
Princewill Richards, National Leader, Biafra Nations League, BnL. ■
<SUNBIGHT>~Technology~Nkwo~22nd April,2022 @ 21:00 WAT~Channels TV
Google’s subsea cable, Equiano , has arrived in Lagos, Nigeria.
IN a note announcing the arrival, Google’s West Africa Director, Juliet Ehimuan, said the cable will help improve internet speeds in Nigeria.
The cable, named after Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist, will run from Portugal along Africa’s west coast to South Africa.
“Nigeria is sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy. Still, the share of people using the internet stood at approximately 35% as of 2020 – double what it was in 2012. Across much of the country, people lack affordable, reliable & quality access, which limits their ability to benefit from, and contribute to, the digital economy,” Ehimuan said.
“Since 2017, the Nigerian government has been actively working on its digital transformation programs as part of plans to grow its domestic sectors.
“These initiatives have proven pivotal to the success of many industries in the country, especially the startup space. In the last five years, startups in Nigeria have produced five unicorns (startups valued at over a billion dollars).
Businesses are also benefiting significantly from the usage of internet platforms, with total e-commerce annual expenditure predicted to climb to $75 billion by 2025, up from its current projection of US $12 billion.
“Though a great deal of progress has been made, studies suggest that faster internet connections, better user experiences, and reduced internet costs will help accelerate these benefits.
“Landing this cable comes as part of critical stages leading up to its deployment later this year, and it is expected to deliver up to 20 times more capacity than the region’s prior cables.
We’ve worked with established partners and in-country experts to ensure that Equiano has the greatest potential effect in Nigeria and throughout Africa.
“A recent economic impact assessment conducted by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics states that Equiano’s arrival in Nigeria is expected to result in faster internet speeds and significantly improve people’s experiences while online.
Internet speeds in Nigeria are expected to grow almost sixfold by 2025, and retail internet prices are forecasted to decline by 21% over the same period. The same study found that by 2025, real GDP in Nigeria is forecast to be USD 10.1 billion higher than it otherwise would have been without Equiano and that the cable would indirectly generate roughly 1.6 million new jobs between 2022 and 2025.
“We are partnering with multiple key telecom players, including our landing party, the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), where Equiano lands to ensure that the cable can reach more businesses and end users across Nigeria and the African continent more broadly
“With Equiano, we look forward to being an even more integral part of the digital transformation journey in Nigeria.”■
<SUNBIGHT>~Nigeria~Orie~12th April 2022 @ 15:59 WAT~PeoplesGazette
JIHAD Analytics says Nigeria has overtaken Iraq as the country where the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has claimed the highest number of operations.
The Geneva-based open-source intelligence outlet made the revelation on Friday in an infographic.
“Since the beginning of the year, the Islamic State has conducted half of its attacks in #Africa. For the first time in the history of the jihadi group, Iraq is no longer the country where #IS claims the highest number of operations: the group #ISWAP is now more active in Nigeria,” Jihad Analytics tweeted on Friday.
Nigeria has 162 attacks claimed by IS, with Iran and Syria trailing behind at 120 and 77 attacks.
ISWAP, a breakaway insurgent group from Boko Haram, has plagued Nigeria’s northeast region killing scores and displacing over two million people in the region.
The Global Terrorism Index named the IS as the world’s deadliest terror group, replacing the Taliban. Nigeria ranks in 6th place with a score of 8.233.
The reports pegged IS, Al-Shabaab, the Taliban and Jamaat Nusrat Al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) as the terrorist groups responsible for the most deaths in 2021.
The report also noted that the groups had killed about 3,364, representing 47 per cent of total deaths in 2021.
The IS and its affiliate groups Islamic State–Khorasan Province (ISKP), Islamic State–Sinai Province (ISSP), and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) recorded the most attacks and deaths of any terrorist group in 2021.
IS deaths represented 29 per cent of all deaths from terrorism globally in 2021.■