UN To Probe Swiss Embassy’s Visa Refusal For Kanu’s Family
As IPOB celebrates unique interface with the UN
The United Nations (UN) has pledged that the unfortunate refusal of entry visas to the family of Dr Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the Swiss embassy in Abuja would be investigated.
The Kanu family were invited by the UN for a meeting at its Geneva Headquarters alongside other firsthand eyewitnesses to the military invasion of Afaraukwu-Umuahia, Abia state on September 14, 2017.
On the said day, more than 28 persons were allegedly killed by the Nigerian military when they raided the country home of the Kanus.
The probe of the unhealthy situation was disclosed by officials of the world body during their meeting with the IPOB leaders at Geneva.
The Kanus and other relevant participants and stakeholders who were invited to the meeting by the UN were denied representation at the meeting because the Swiss embassy refused them entry visa to Switzerland, allegedly on the instructions of the Nigerian government.
The leader of the IPOB delegation, deputy leader, Mazi Uche Mefor celebrated the rare opportunity of the meeting between the UN and pro-Biafra activists which held on Sept 14, 2018.
The meeting coincided with the same day Biafrans were remembering the victims of the invasion of the home of the IPOB leader at Isiama Afaraukwu Umuahia.
The pro-Biafra group pointed out that this “is the first time in the post war history of Biafra that the leadership of any group, movement or people has met with the United Nations in a face to face meeting to discuss anything pertaining to the plight of Biafrans or the Eastern Region.
“It was a historic encounter that will go a long way in cementing the diplomatic credentials of IPOB in the eyes of the international community.
“This is the very first time that United Nations have had the opportunity to host Biafrans to a meeting. It is only appropriate that we appreciate all those working tirelessly hard with our London-based diplomatic team to accomplish this,” said IPOB In its one statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful.
The group continued: “We equally commend the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (DOS-IPOB) under the distinguished leadership of Mazi Chika Edoziem who accompanied our deputy leader to the historic meeting as well as the rest of the IPOB’s High Command.
“This unique encounter with the UN has opened up avenues and opportunities for further engagement between IPOB and relevant agencies of the world body around the burning issues of human rights violations by the Buhari regime and enforcement of IPOB’s universal right to self-determination.”
Mefor, according to the statement, had at the meeting pledged on behalf of the worldwide family of IPOB to commit the movement to working within the guidelines of United Nations charters and obligations in recognition of the unique privilege Nigeria currently enjoy as a full-fledged member of the United Nations.
From Chuks Collins, Awka