Open Letter To Her Britannic Majesty, Queen Of England, Queen Elizabeth II

CHIMA ONYEKACHI

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Eke~8th July,2022 @ 06:36 WAT

I read Akanu Ibiam’s letter to Your Majesty, written during the Biafran Genocide of 1967-70. So I decided to write my own letter openly to you, fifty-two years after my beloved hero of blessed memory wrote to you.

Akanu Ibiam is dead but you are still living and ị strongly believe at your ripened age of ninety-six years, you should be wise, knowledgeable and more discerning than you are fifty-two years ago.

Watching the silver jubilee anniversary of your monarchy, ị couldn’t but admire your children, grandchildren and other relatives at the balcony of your palace.

But when I came to the realization that you sat on the Britannic throne fifty-two years when my Ancestors- Indigenous Biafrans were massacred, ị became filled with grief and anger.

What is a Genocide? I will define a genocide as an extermination purposely perpetrated against a people because of their religion, ethnicity, race, belief or skin colour.

The Biafran Genocide saw the killing of over two million people by starvation, bullets, bombs and organised massacre by the Nigeria Army led by Yakubu Gowon.

Fifty-two years later, no one has been tried or convicted for murder, genocide or war crimes, which has approved the signal that Biafrans can be killed or their fundamental human right violated with impunity for the simple act of participating in a civil demonstration seeking to garner attention to their right to self-determination.

President Muhammadu Buhari, an active participant in the Biafran Genocide is always quick to remind the younger generation of Biafrans about the bitter experience of their older generation and his readiness to repeat the same crime against humanity.

The Nigeria Government is yet to recognise the wanton massacre against the people of Biafra as a genocide but rather chose to describe their heinous actions as “squashing a rebellious side.”

I beg to ask, is bombing crowded market places filled with no men and children part of squashing a rebellious side or an act to exterminate a particular people?

Still in my grief and anger, ị couldn’t even wish Your Majesty the same act of crime against humanity.

But if I could be excused, how will you feel if the Scottish people began to destroy and kill every member of your beloved family and citizens?

Of course, Your Majesty may end up suffering a heart attack due to the tension and stress of such news.

You may not be able to reason such wicked acts against your own people because of the high calibre of intelligence accrued to the British security forces  but Your Majesty kept silent when innocent and defenseless Biafrans were destroyed to fuel the development of your country and Monarchy via the looting of crude oil from the coastal part of Biafra.

I must surely forgive you because fifty-two years ago, you must be younger and naive as a Queen on the Britannic throne.

I want Your Majesty to prove to your family and citizens that a deadly mistake done once must not be repeated, by publicly acknowledging that a genocide was perpetrated against my Ancestors – Indigenous Biafrans from 1967-70.

Your Majesty may be concerned if I want her  support for the recognition of our right to self-determination. Yes! I do want it and I do not want it. Why? Because with your support or not, the people of Biafra will again strive for the independence state of Biafra.

Demanding for your recognition of the Biafran Genocide is only for your soul to be able to find rest in the bosom of your God when you eventually make your demise just like my Ancestors.■

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

OPINION: The Mistakes Of Harold Wilson Must Not Be Repeated

CHIMA ONYEKACHI

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Nkwo~7th July, 2022 @ 22:47 WAT

I was never born during the reign of former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and ị may never have heard of him if not for the fact that he fought hard and in absolute support of Nigeria against the Peoples of Biafra in the Biafran Genocide of 1967-70.

Late Harold Wilson would have had his name on a platter of gold in Biafraland but he is in the wastebin of history for his active participation in the destruction  of a race known for ingenuity, enterprise and spirituality.

The images ị have seen of Harold Wilson has always been of a man smoking a tobacco pípe. I would have accused his state of chimney smoking for his lack of wisdom and understanding but I have seen several chain smokers whom are wise and discerning in spirit.

From researches, ị learnt the British Government of Harold Wilson, rejected the independence of the Sovereign State of Biafra because it was not going to survive as an independent State. Such absurdity from a learned fellow!

The fact is that Harold Wilson and the British Monarchy were feeding fat on the crude oil been shipped from the coastal part of Biafra to their country. They felt the independence of Biafra shall cause the cessation of the wanton looting of the natural resources and in turn the development of Britain.

That reason for the rejection of Biafra is an absolute fallacy from a crooked colonial masters who felt the independence of Biafra will unravel the atrocities and theft against the people of Biafra.

The British Government understood they could easily deceive the Northen-Muslims than the Eastern-Christains in Nigeria.

I was not present with General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Major General Philip Effiong but I know their desperation for the freedom of their people will never stop them from giving the British Government access to the crude oil in the coastal region of Biafra.

An act of desperation to hide several eras of pilliage of the enterprise named Nigeria forced the British Government of Harold Wilson to cajole Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria into reneging on the Aburi Accord negotiated and agreed upon in Aburi, Ghana in January 1967.

Without regard on which side was the aggressor and the aggrieved, the British Government of Harold Wilson chose genocide instead of the birth of a new nation which they would never be disappointed.

Historically, before the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorate; earlier in 1897 in an article written in The Times of January that year, Flora Shaw, mistress to Frederick Lugard, had derived the name Nigeria from the words Niger (from River Niger) and Area.

In essence, only the Southern Protectorate occupied mostly by Biafrans and Yorubas was referred as Nigeria and the name was retained after the amalgamation in 1914 to form a country.

The old Eastern region of Nigeria referred as Biafra has always being used for crude oil pillage as the British oil firm called Royal Niger Company was introduced to siphon crude oil from the enterprise named Nigeria.

The amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorate to form a country called Nigeria is an act of selfishness and disregard for the black race.

Since the forced union, Nigeria has been bedevilled by several crises caused by ethnicity and religion. The country has been in division by endemic tension caused specifically by the Muslims in the Northern region claim to the right to Federal power is solely theirs as instructed by the British colony.

Not forgetting, that the Northern leaders rejected self-government of Nigeria hence the delay until March 1959, a year and six months before Nigeria was to be granted independence in 1960.

Which is to say that it was the Southern leaders notably from the old Eastern region, that vigorously demanded for the independence of Nigeria.

So at what level of reasoning did the British Government of Harold come to the conclusion that the people of Biafra would not be able to survive as an independent State?

Notwithstanding the total blockade and intolerable war conditions, the People of Biafra in two years mined crude oil and refined petroleum in locally fabricated refineries.

But for over twenty years, all of the state-of-the-art refineries owned by the Nigeria Government is in comatose.

I want to expressly persuade and also warn the present crop of British diplomats and Monarchy to rethink their thoughts and reasoning towards the right to self-determination of the people of Biafra.

It is simple! If the Scottish people in Great Britain can be civilly allowed a referendum several times. Why can’t Biafrans in Nigeria be given such human right for once?

The Government of Biafra and her people even fabricated their own weaponry which included rockets, missiles and bombs at the time when only few countries in the globe could fathom such inventions.

Not forgetting, the redesigning of passenger airplane to fighter jet, manufacturing armoured cars and tanks by Biafran engineers and scientists. ■

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

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.

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.■

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

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!!!

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

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.■

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

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.■

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

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.■

FG Amends Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu, Lists Lawyers As Accomplices

<SUNBIGHT>~Nigeria~Orie~18th May,2022 @ 15:21 WAT~ChannelsTV

THE Federal Government is set to re-arraign the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on an amended six-count of treasonable felony.

The amendment came on a day the trial Judge, Justice Binta Nyako fixed to hear an application Kanu filed to be released on bail, pending the determination of the charge against him.

A member of Kanu’s legal team, who craved anonymity, says the FG had in the amended charge, listed some lawyers representing the embattled IPOB leader, including Misters Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Maxwell Opara, as accomplices of the defendant.

It is gathered that the FG alleged that the said lawyers, were constantly in contact with Kanu after he jumped bail and fled the country.

Justice Binta Nyako had on April 8, struck out eight out of the 15-count treasonable felony FG preferred against Kanu.

Justice Nyako held that the charges were mere repetitions that did not disclose any offence that could be sustained by the proof of evidence before the court.

Scenes from the court showed Kanu, his lawyer Mike Ozekhome and supporters in triumphant celebration over the amendment.

FG had in the counts that were struck out, purported that Kanu had through his broadcasts, incited members of the public to not only stage a violent revolution but to attack police officers and also destroy public facilities in Lagos State.■

MASSOB AND IPOB ARE NOT EXCLUSIVE TO BIAFRA

Written By Chima Onyekachi

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Nkwo~12th May,2022 @ 06:19 WAT

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.■