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I will not tolerate Pro Biafra Agitations, Buhari vows



President Mohammasu Buhari has stated pointblank that Nigeria would not tolerate the renewed agitation for a separate state of Biafra.

President Buhari made the declaration as seven civil society organisations yesterday expressed alarm at the immoral activities of “political traders” and other merchandizing groups concerning pro Biafra agitation in Nigeria, which gathered currency in  October 2015.

Buhari made statement during an interview by Martine Dennis on Al Jazeera while he was in Qatar last week. 

He was asked about the shooting of unarmed pro-Biafran protesters in Aba, Abia State on 9 February this year and Dennis suggested he could watch the video. But Buhari pointedly refused to watch and then said the pro-Biafrans “should not be joking with Nigerian security”.

In a statement made available to Elombah.com, the CSO’s accused unnamed “political traders (including sitting governors and political appointees), hired community and market based associations and religious bodies as well as socio-cultural organizations of Igbo extraction of immoral silence over the killing of Biafrain agitators by Nigeria security agents.

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“We have observed that these conscientiously mortgaged groups and individuals have since October 2015 when Prince Nnamdi Kanu (POC: prisoner-of-conscience)) was arrested and detained over pro Biafra struggle; turned themselves into “merchants of the dead and butchers of conscience”; by criminally enriching themselves and engaging in sundry immoral politics at the expense of the blood of dozens of their murdered fellow Igbo citizens and liberties of hundreds of others maimed and incarcerated till date”, the groups said.

“Others found to have maintained till date “silence of the graveyard” over the burning issue, for reasons best known to them, are majority of the civil rights leaders or frontline activists of Igbo or Southeast extraction, who are dominant in Southwest zone particularly in Lagos State. It is on indisputable record that half of the civil rights and pro democracy organizations in the area are founded or led by citizens of the Southeast extraction. These “docile comrades” and their groups are quickly followed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which had maintained the same “silence of the graveyard” on the issue since October 2015.”

Speaking to Aljazeera television during his last visit to Qatar, president Buhari recalled that over two million lives were lost during the Nigeria civil war between 1967 to 1970 on the demand of a Biafran state.

He said “At least two millions Nigerians were killed in the Biafra war. And for somebody to wake up may be they weren’t born. Looking for Biafra after two millions people were killed, they are joking with the security and Nigeria won’t tolerate Biafra.”

He was asked about the shooting of unarmed pro-Biafran protesters in Aba, Abia State on 9 February this year and Dennis suggested he could watch the video. But Buhari pointedly refused to watch and then said the pro-Biafrans “should not be joking with Nigerian security”.

Meanwhile Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group), are alarmed and shocked by immoral activities of “political traders” and other merchandizing groups concerning pro Biafra agitation in Nigeria, which gathered currency in  October 2015.

“Combined effects (negative) of the foregoing have emboldened President Muhammadu Buhari and his killer-security forces; resulting in entrenchment of culture of impunity in their use of State terror against unarmed and nonviolent pro Biafra agitators and criminalization of the country’s international and regional treaty rights and obligations particularly rights to self determination, ethnic identity, existence and development. The central purpose of the Vienna Declaration & Program of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25th of June 1993, which led to setting up of the National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria in 1995, is for the advancement and protection of all human rights contained in the treaties of the UN, the AU and the 1999 Constitution. The same rules and regulations also govern all Nigerian based civil and other human rights organizations including those concentrated in the Southwest Zone, dominated or led by citizens of the Southeast extraction. The worst of it all are the open hostile and chronic hate attitudes of other rights and media advocacy groups run by Nigerians of other sectional or regional extractions towards the safety, security and rights of Igbo citizens in Nigeria”, the groups stated.

The statement continues in part:

“To them, “Igbo citizens do not deserve living and protection in Nigeria or any part thereof”.  To them, also, “Killing, maiming and incarceration and torture of Igbo citizens in Nigeria do not constitute rights abuses”; while same elsewhere do and warrant prompt advocacy responses including wide media campaigns and condemnations, litigations, protests and petition writings.

“In spite of the foregoing tragedies that have befallen Nigeria and Igbo Ethnic Nationality; leading to nonviolent and peaceful pro Biafra agitation under reference, the struggle has also thrown up “merchants of the dead” and “butchers of conscience”, who go about defrauding federal authorities by claiming to have potentials and capacities, ”if bribed”, to end or “kill” the agitation. These elements are conspicuously present in “Ohanaeze”, and other conjectured and government controlled market associations and religious bodies. Among them also are sitting governors, legislators and political appointees in the Southeast Zone as well as harlotry and habitual politicians in the zone.

“The unforgivable of it all is merchandizing with innocent blood of the murdered pro Biafra agitators, numbering at least 80 and the injured or maimed, numbering over 170 since August 2015. Apart from “collective silence of the graveyard” maintained by these political traders during and after the Onitsha and Aba pro Biafra peaceful protest massacres and shootings as well as dumping and burning or destruction of 16 of their corpses in burrow pits in Abia State, they have also resorted to criminal enrichment per federal authorities and their host State Governors as well as giving of false and scripted opinions to visiting international observers. We are aware that in the course of arranged meetings facilitated by federal authorities and host State Governors, those political traders were influenced to give false opinions over the social state of things in the Southeast Zone, warranting the agitation under reference.

“Finally, the main purpose of this joint statement is to expose the immoral, despicable and condemnable roles of political traders and other money mongers towards the systematic ethnic cleansing and extermination of the Igbo race in Nigeria, condoned and sanctioned by federal authorities, and to call on politicians of Igbo extraction to desist from using pro Biafra struggle for their dirty political games or campaigns. We also advise such dirty politicians to desist from raising false alarm and instigating murderous security agencies into harassing and arresting arbitrarily their opponents or dissenting forces using nonexistent allegation of “sponsorship of IPOB or pro Biafra agitation”

“Those who go about collecting bribes and defrauding federal authorities and host State Governors for the purpose of “killing Southeast or pro Biafra legitimate and nonviolent self determination rights agitation” must stop such generationally calamitous habits of trafficking in the dead or merchandizing in human and material miseries of their Southeast citizens and the zone. Politicians engaging in election campaigns must stay away from politicizing and criminalizing pro Biafra agitation and concentrate on real campaign issues such as how they can contribute immensely towards societal transformation and betterment of the downtrodden if elected as legislators, governors or LGA chairmen or councilors.”

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