Saturday, February 17, 2018

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    INTERVIEW: We’ll forget Biafra on one condition, says IPOB spokesman

INTERVIEW: We’ll forget Biafra on one condition, says IPOB spokesman

For some years now, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been on the forefront in the struggle for the creation of a sovereign state. With the absence of Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, during the time of Operation Python Dance, as well as the branding of the group as a terrorist organization, many believe the end is near for the group. But [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafran zoo

Nnamdi Kanu and the Biafran zoo

BY CHUKWUDI IWUCHUKWUPolitics in Nigeria is largely transactional. Nigerians who want to hold political positions look for and invest millions of naira in purchasing the endorsements of godfathers and distributing rice, bread, and cash to fellow citizens to vote for them. The process is extremely expensive and attracts mostly those who see politics as a very good way of dramatically [...]

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    The history of Biafra: A comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

The history of Biafra: A comparative perspective of the old and contemporary struggle

BY BIN ZAKThe advent of colonialism in Africa gave birth to many new territories, annexation and extinction of the existing ones. For instance, the territory known as Nigeria today was invented by the colonial masters through the annexation of different existing territories. This geographical invention precipitated the historical distortion and geographical extinction of certain territories. Biafra among other territories lost [...]

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    Ahead of Anambra poll, IPOB insists Igbo must boycott ALL south-east elections

Ahead of Anambra poll, IPOB insists Igbo must boycott ALL south-east elections

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again asked the Igbo to boycott all elections that will be conducted in the south-east.The group said beginning with the November 18 Anambra governorship election, there should be no voting in the region "to prove we are no longer interested in anything concerning Nigeria".IPOB had asked the government to conduct a referendum in [...]

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    Biafra veterans: The war is over, we are one Nigeria forever

Biafra veterans: The war is over, we are one Nigeria forever

Matthew Udeh, president of the Association of Retired War Affected Police Officers (ARWAPO), says the Biafran war "is over forever".Speaking at an occasion on Tuesday, Udeh said the country was one and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his "forthrightness and believing in one Nigeria".The president had recently approved the pension of the Biafran police officers.Reacting to the gesture, Udeh said [...]

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    Buhari approves payment of pension to Biafra war veterans

Buhari approves payment of pension to Biafra war veterans

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to soldiers, policemen and paramilitary officers involved in the Biafra war.The veterans were dismissed from service for their participation in the war which lasted between 1967 and 1970.In a statement on Wednesday, the Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) announced that payment will commence on Friday, October 20, in Enugu state.“The general [...]

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    US ‘must declare Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist’

US ‘must declare Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist’

The US embassy in Nigeria has been taken before a federal high court in Abuja for saying it does not view the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.Russel Brooks, the embassy's spokesman, had said IPOB is not a terrorist organisation under US laws.In a suit filed before the court, one Nze Charles Ugwu, through his lawyer, Simon [...]

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    IPOB: Blame Buhari, Igbo leaders if we decide to take up arms

IPOB: Blame Buhari, Igbo leaders if we decide to take up arms

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says President Muhammadu Buhari and Igbo leaders should be blamed if it decides to engage in an “armed struggle".IPOB, which has been branded a militant terrorist organisation, had always maintained that its agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is peaceful.But the military and federal government have accused its members of taking up arms, [...]

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    I have nothing to do with Biafra article credited to me, says Kukah

I have nothing to do with Biafra article credited to me, says Kukah

Mathew Kukah, bishop of Sokoto diocese of the Catholic Church, has disowned a statement on Biafra credited to him.In the piece trending on social media, the fiery preacher allegedly said if he had his way, he would cease to be a Nigerian.“Anyone who thinks the Biafra agitation is a nuisance and irritating should know that it is not the collective [...]

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    Nwodo to Igbo: Let’s forget Biafra and insist on restructuring

Nwodo to Igbo: Let’s forget Biafra and insist on restructuring

John Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says the Igbo should forget about Biafra and push for restructuring.Nwodo said this on Thursday while speaking at the 3rd inauguration of the state and local government executives of the Abia state chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.The president-general said the realisation of Biafra was a "tall order" which would not be in the overall interest [...]

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    Agitators are not enemies of your government, bishop tells Buhari

Agitators are not enemies of your government, bishop tells Buhari

Ikechi Nwosu, archbishop of Aba province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, says Biafra agitators are not enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.In his 57th independence anniversary broadcast, Buhari had described youth agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra as “hot heads”.“I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities (in states the agitations are going on) do not warn [...]

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    I don’t believe in true federalism, says Obasanjo

I don’t believe in true federalism, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he does not believe in the notion of true federalism.Proponents of true federalism believe it will help address the problems of underdevelopment and bad governance witnessed in the country.They believe devolving more powers to states will also put to bay the cries of marginalisation from various parts of the country.But Obasanjo thinks such persons “don't [...]

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    Nigerian students take Biafra battle to streets of India

Nigerian students take Biafra battle to streets of India

Some Nigerian students, who have different positions about the Biafra agitation, clashed openly in Hennur, an Indian town, on Sunday night.A Nigerian identified as Elvis Ohachosim was attacked while his car was set ablaze.According to the Times of India, the Sunday attack was in retaliation to Ohachosim attacking two Nigerian friends the previous day.On September 3, N Chigozie, a Nigerian had [...]

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    Questioning Atiku — the friend of Biafra who must be president

Questioning Atiku — the friend of Biafra who must be president

A few months after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed his ministers, I had a personal conversation with one of the 60 people who decide Nigeria's fortune (apologies to Professor Pat Utomi). Perhaps my source may not be in the top 60, but he is a very influential player in today's Nigeria. We spoke about the ministers, the vice president, the 2015 [...]

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    Brother of IPOB leader to army: Release Nnamdi Kanu’s corpse if you have killed him

Brother of IPOB leader to army: Release Nnamdi Kanu’s corpse if you have killed him

Emmanuel, younger brother of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), has asked the army to produce the corpse of the Biafra agitator if he has been killed.Kanu and his parents have not been seen in public since the military raided their Afarakwu residence in Abia state on September 14.Speaking on behalf of the family on Tuesday, Emmanuel, [...]

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    Kanu, Biafra and its disciples

Kanu, Biafra and its disciples

When the founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, told The Interview in August that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was being used to destroy Biafra, I thought it was their private fight playing out at last.In the early days of MASSOB when Uwazuruike was planning [...]

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