BreakingNews 29/6/16 - Biafra: The Supreme Council of Elders responds to President Muhammadu Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Public Relations Officer of the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), His Royal Majesty, Eze Iheanyi Nwokenna JP, has made a swift response to the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari in the Sun Newspaper of 23 June 2016 in which the Nigerian President was quoted to have said that the current Biafran agitators did not witness the Nigeria-Biafra war. In the publication, the Sun Newspaper said as follows: “PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari had said Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Niger Delta Avengers as well as their sponsors never witnessed the calamities that befell the country during similar agitations between 1967 and 1970 where about two million lives were lost”. It appears that the Nigerian President has willfully hidden the truth of the Biafran Struggle for Self-determination from the general public.
 
 
We want to bring it to the notice of the whole world that by the Legal Instrument dated 12 Sept 2012 served with the Originating Summons from the Federal High Court Owerri on the Federal Government of Nigeria and Attorney-General of the Federation as Defendants, the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra headed by His Royal Majesty & His Lordship, the Honourable Justice Eze Ozobu OFR (rtd) as Chairman; Dr Dozie Ikedife (Ikenga Nnewi) as Deputy Chairman; Brig. Gen Joe Achuzia (rtd) as the Secretary; and other members of the Council, notified the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the remnants of the Biafrans who were not consumed in the war had decided to exercise their right to self-determination by the rule of law in the name of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) suing in a representative capacity by the human rights organization called Bilie Human Rights Initiative. Upon the commencement of the suit between Biafra and Nigeria in 2012 as Suit No FHC/OW/CS/102/2012 which was later renumbered as Suit No FHC/OW/CS/192/2013, the body known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) came to the notice of the Nigerian Government and received judicial recognition. The Federal Government of Nigeria hired its own lawyers and joined issues with us and both parties have been in the legal battle for more than three years.
 
 
Contrary to the assertion of Mr President, we make bold to state that all the Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra who authorized the Biafran struggle for self-determination by the Rule of Law in 2012 saw the war. In fact, most of the Elders fought in the war and were senior to President Buhari in military career. We the Elders of Biafraland are solidly behind the Biafran struggle for self-determination by legal and diplomatic method. We have emphasized several times in our publications that the Biafran struggle for self-determination must follow the due process of law. We have made it clear that we are Biafrans by indigenous identity but Nigerians by citizenship which was forced upon us against our will. This is why we are in Court and in the UN and have been admitted into the Consultative Status of the United Nations ECOSOC through our Legal Representative. We do not accept the use of violence, insults, abuses, hate speeches, incitement to anarchy, disrespect to constituted authorities, and other vices, as a method of struggle for self-determination. The next adjourned date for the hearing of the case between Biafra and Nigeria is 22 September 2016. President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Leaders are aware of the next hearing date and have instructed their lawyers.
 
 
We want to make it clear that we commenced the suit between Biafra and Nigeria in 2012 during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. This fact therefore destroys the argument of the critics who have accused us of commencing the Biafran struggle for self-determination because Dr Goodluck Jonathan lost the election in 2015 to President Buhari. Even if an Igbo man of the One-Nigeria-Syndrome becomes a President of Nigeria, we the Biafrans shall still leave Nigeria. After all, Mr Gordon Brown of Scotland was the Prime Minister of Britain but the Scottish people still want to go.  At the moment, the United Kingdom has voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. This is the hallmark of democracy and the rule of law. We the Biafrans want to leave Nigeria by due process of law and not by war. Scotland is not at war with the British Government and Britain did not fight with the European Union. The rule of law must prevail.    
 
 
We are aware that President Buhari and the Nigerian Leaders are doing everything possible to hide the genuine Biafran struggle for self-determination by the rule of law from the eyes of the public. Most of the media houses in Nigeria have willfully kept the truth away from the reading public while promoting the agents of lawlessness and anarchy. It is clear to us that the Nigerian Government has continued to promote the rebellious kids parading themselves as “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)” who abuse the Elders of the land to discredit the Biafran struggle and make it look childish.  
 
 
For not disclosing to the public that the matter between Biafra and Nigeria is in court, the Defendants are helping the rebellious kids to attract more converts who do not know that there is a legal option. This is why the children are on the streets. They were not told that the matter is in court as the Nigerian media and the Radio Biafra London have done everything possible to hide the self-determination case from the public. Everybody knows that when a matter is in court, nobody fights or makes noise about it until the court decides the case. The best thing the Federal Government of Nigeria will do now is to inform the general public that the matter between Biafra and Nigeria is in court and will soon be resolved. Also the Federal Government should not cause a delay in the hearing of the case.
 
 
In his statement, Mr President reminded us of the Biafrans who lost their lives during the war. He failed to tell the world that the Federal Government of Nigeria violated the laws of war and used starvation as a weapon of war to kill the children and the civilian population of Biafra in order to win the war. What was the intention of Mr President in reminding us of the wounds inflicted on us by the Defendants in the ongoing case? We advise Mr President to stop making provocative statements that infuriate our children. 
 
 
On the issue of self-determination, we are not going back. The Federal Government of Nigeria has no other choice than to allow us to go. They are the Defendants in the ongoing self-determination suit in the Federal High Court Owerri and they have kept running away from the court because their defence is very weak. We shall pursue them to a tight corner where they will have no more place to run to. Both the Nigerian Law and International Law are on our side. Certainly, Biafra must be free. It is only a matter of time!
 
 
Signed:
 
 
His Royal Majesty,
Eze Iheanyi Nwokenna, JP
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of defunct Republic of Biafra
 
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