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Buhari’s speech in UK shows he is heading criminal empire – Ipob

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“We would humbly advise Mr. President to take a course in citizenship diplomacy, so that he will not disgrace himself and the entire black race again. He should retract his comments and apologise to Nigerians.”

We, the Indigenous People of Biafra in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that we are seeking for our independence from Nigeria by the authority of the Customary Government of Biafra, do hereby unequivocally condemn the recent labelling of Nigerians as criminals by President Muhammadu Buhari in London. 

Such comments are irresponsible and dehumanising. 

May we remind Mr. President that Chuka Umunna, Chi Onwurah, Kate Osamor, and Helen Grant are Nigerians, who are members of British Parliament. 

They were properly scrutinised before they were nominated by their political parties, and voted for by their constituents. 

Many Nigerians here in the UK are University lecturers, doctors, engineers, barristers, writers and other professionals. They are not criminals. 

Despite all the crimes the British Empire committed against Africa – slave trade, mass murder and colonisation, no British Prime Minister has even admitted to such crimes, let alone addressing British citizens as criminals. 

Is Mr. President also not aware that there are over one hundred Nigerians that play professional football in different clubs in theUnited Kingdom? Amongst them are John Mikel Obi of Chelsea, Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City, and Peter Odemwingie of Stoke. We were utterly embarrassed and disgusted, when his comments about the criminal reputation of Nigerians, were widely published in many British dailies. 

According to Metropolitan Police statement on countries with highest number of criminals in the UK prisons, Nigeria is not even amongst the top five. Poland ranks first, followed by Jamaica, Ireland, Somalia, and Romania. None of these countries’ leaders that visited Britain ever branded their citizens as criminals. 

According to United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, Nigeria is not amongst the top ten countries with highest crime rate. Why should the Nigerian President call Nigerians criminals? Maybe there are information he has been hiding about himself and people around him. 

There are anti-migrants’ rhetorics already going on in Europe in general, and the UK in particular. Such comments by number one citizen of Nigeria, will have a chilling effect on Nigerians living abroad, and may inflame what is already a tense situation. 

Gen. Buhari would have used his visit to Britain to make case for Nigerians, who have been affected by the UK draconian immigration laws, that have made it difficult for them to bring their spouses over to join them. 

He would have canvassed for foreign investment, rather than insulting Nigerians before the international community. 

Since he became the president, everything has fallen apart – poverty is increasing, unemployment is rising, Naira has fallen to its lowest level, military/police brutality has increased to an alarming height, Boko Haram are feasting on the blood of the innocent more than ever. 

In the short period of time that he has been the president, over 20 peaceful Biafra activists have been killed by his genocidal army, while he is busy gallivanting from one country to another disgracing Nigerians instead of fixing the problems. 

He wants Nigerians to return home while70% of graduates are jobless and retirees do not receive their pensions. 

Does he know how much Nigerians in diaspora contribute to Nigeria economy yearly? According to Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, they remitted $21 billion in 2015. 

We would humbly advise Mr. President to take a course in citizenship diplomacy, so that he will not disgrace himself and the entire black race again. He should retract his comments and apologise to Nigerians immediately. 

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has, through his recent comments, shown that he is heading a criminal empire, and this is the more reason, why we, the Indigenous People of Biafra, should extricate ourselves from Nigeria to have a country where citizens will not be addressed as criminals. 

Mr Nnabuike Nnadede

Editor, Voice of Biafra (BVI Channel I)

For: Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra 


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