The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, took his turmoil on Tuesday for the update of a sovereign state called Biafra to the European Union parliament.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that the IPOB leader told parliament that it was the mistreatment inflicted by the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari that aggravated the situation that made Biafra agitation worse.
In a document presented by Mazi Kanu, to the EU Parliament and made available to journalists by IPOB deputy leader Uche Mefor, Kanu noted that “after the Nigerian civil war Biafra, Biafrans slowly rebuilt his world, but As far as Nigeria is concerned, they were not and had never been biafranes, were Southeast Nigerians or Igbo-speaking Nigerians.
“The Biafran war was expelled from Nigerian consciousness. Biafrans could only whisper about his loss. Joining the world diaspora of Biafran was an option for those who could leave the country; others remained in the land of Biafra, their Biafran identity among them, intact.
“The leaders of Nigeria, in particular the current Buhari administration, continue to prioritize the overwhelming claims of identity of Biafra that have been on the agenda, since even peacefully commemorating the war runs the risk of arrest, detention, ill-treatment or shooting.
“In recent years, Nigerian state authorities have conducted three orchestrated campaigns against Biafrans, and the three military operations of Operation Python Dance have been battles directed against the Biafrans, the first in 2016 and the second in 2017 and the third In progress, all designed to undermine calls for self-determination of Biafra.
“The campaigns of Operation Python Dance are full of intimidation, serious and systemic violations of human rights carried out by the state with impunity and IPOB, which is the voice of Biafrans for self-determination, a non-violent group that is always white of destruction
“The determination of the IPOB is to guarantee self-determination by calling a referendum that the Nigerian government led by Buhari decided to qualify as a terrorist organization, a proclamation that the EU, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have rejected.
“Nigeria is the problem, not the solution, and added that Nigeria has always been a fiction because it was created for British administrative and colonial continence in 1914, as it brought together supposedly desperate people in a single entity.
“Biafrans do not speak the same language, since many speak Igbo and others speak Urhobo-Isoko, Ijaw-Epie-Ogbia, Ogoni, Efik, Annang, Eket, Oron-Ibibio, Ogoja, Ejagham, igala, Idoma Ibani and Igbanke among others.
“To put Biafra in its geopolitical context of Nigeria, Biafraland is formed by Rivers Province Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Bayelsa and Delta and the Fulani shepherds have shown interest in the provinces of El Biafra central belt as Enugu.
Kanu further stated that the persecution of Biafra began with Independence when a colonial master was replaced by another and that Biafran did better with the British than with Nigerian rule.