The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, worldwide and its Directorate of State, DOS has said that it would not achieve Biafra’s sovereignty through warfare and bloodshed but will rather achieve it through globally accepted procedures.
It said the United Nations has a set of approved self-determination processes and hence, urged the Nigerian Government and its military to be civil and play by the globally accepted approaches in their dealings with self-determination seeking groups like it.
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at St Peter’s Square Rome, during their visit to Pope Francis at theVatican.
In a statement by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, it said “we are aware that some individuals fear that the Biafra actualization project will turn bloody like done in the 1967 and 1970, but we want to assure them that it will not be so because the international law gives room for the restoration of Biafra through the stipulated lay down processes that will be applied without shedding blood.”
“Biafran by nature have respect for human life. We are not war-mongers like as known by the world unlike the people who are persecuting us who have no respect for human life.”
“Biafrans do not like to shed blood, and the actualization of Biafra will not change us. What happened in the past was the extreme pushing of the Biafran to the wall, but times have changed, we must achieve Biafra without shooting a gun.”
“We therefore want to take this opportunity to let Biafrans, Nigerians and the entire world know that Biafra’s restoration is not by war, the United Nations law permits the rights for the self determination of the indigenous people around the world, and ours will never be an exception.”
“The United Nations and the international community have made self determination possible for other countries around the world and it must be possible for Biafra. There is nothing stopping up, not even the mass killing by the Nigerian military will stop us; not even the directionless All Progressives Congress, APC government will stop us.”
“The continued incarceration of our God-sent leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who has shown that he is unruffled, that he is committed and ready to give his life and comfort for the actualization of Biafra, will stop us from achieving Biafra Independence.”
“Not the repeated failed attempt to kill Nnamdi Kanu by the present administration in Nigeria, and now the resort to continue to detain him by intimidating judges in Nigerian by the present APC government will stop actualization of Biafra.”
We thank God for the type of leader we have who is not ready to compromise, whose determination has toughened thousands of Biafrans to follow his footsteps.”
“IPOB now have with the encouragement of Mr. Kanu millions of youths who will help achieve Biafra. So, the Nigerian government is wasting it’s time incarcerating Mr. Kanu our God-ordained leader.”
The IPOB’s statement equally stated that, “Singapore was created out of Malaysia, Pakistan was created out of India, Bangladesh was created out of Pakistan, East Timor was created out of Indonesia, Sudan was created out of Great Egypt, Eritrea was created out of Ethiopia, South Sudan was created out of Sudan, Southern Cameroon was carved out of Nigeria and Namibia was once part of South Africa.”
It further stated that “Gambia was once part of Senegambia, Ukraine was once part of USSR, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia were once together in Yugoslavia, Crimea was once part of Ukraine, Czech and Slovakia were once together as Czechoslovakia and today they are all independent countries and most of them did not fight a war before they were freed.”
“Biafra fought a war of defense in 1967 to 1970 under the supreme command and the great and unmatchable leadership of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the undisputed Biafra warlord, whom we are proud of today and will remain forever and therefore we cannot fight another war to get freedom.”
“Our freedom must come without a war or gun shot. Nnamdi Kanu will lead us to achieve independent Biafra. Incarcerating him is just postponing the evil day for those behind his ordeal.”
“We have no doubt that very soon it will be written in the history, that Biafra was part of Nigeria because unity by force is slavery and it is unacceptable by Biafrans. We can be neighbours and do inter trading and other important things in common, but it is not by force to stay together as one country.”
“Nevertheless, the Biafrans all over the world have made up their minds to be free from economic strangulation, killings, humiliation, marginalization, injustice in the Nigerian project against the Biafrans. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will see his children through,” the statement concluded.