The Indigenous People of Biafra has appointed a Customary Government Administrator and Envoy for South Africa.
In a letter addressed to the Government of the Republic of South African through its Minister of Homeland Affairs, Dr Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, the Biafrans announced the appointment of Victor Osonduagwuike Akanno, who is an engineer as its Administrator.
The letter, signed by Chairman of the Governing Council of the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra, Emeka John Chigozie Emekesiri, Esq. announced that Engineer Akanno will be responsible for organizing Biafrans and managing their internal affairs in South Africa.
He would also ensure that they live in peace and harmony with their hosts, and work with the laws of the country.
Other parts of the letter read as follows:“We are the custodians of the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra which oversees and manages the affairs of the remnants of the Biafrans who are scattered in all parts of the world on self-exile since after the war between Biafra and Nigeria in 1970. Following the collapse of the Republic of Biafra and the loss of her sovereignty, some of our people who could not endure the persecutions and humiliations we faced and still face in Nigeria went on self-exile to foreign countries. Others who could not escape the ordeals remained in their homeland and were granted the Nigerian citizenship and permitted to practise their Customary Law pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Thus, we are Nigerians by citizenship and subject to the Nigerian law but Biafrans by indigenous identity and practicing our Customary Law under the Nigerian Legal System until we gain independence by due process of law.
“The Biafrans have migrated to all parts of the world in their great numbers. We can confirm that there is a large Biafran Community in South Africa. Also, the Biafran Babies who were evacuated from the war and carried to various countries of the world to save them from starvation and death have now grown to large communities desiring to reconnect with their ancestral roots. Introducing our Customary Government Administrator and Envoy in South Africa:
“It is with great pleasure that we introduce MR VICTOR OSONDUAGWUIKE AKANNO whose details are shown above as our Customary Government Administrator and Envoy in South Africa. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and Member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), trained at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. He has impressive Curriculum Vitae.
“Mr Akanno is saddled with the task of organizing the Biafrans in South Africa and managing their internal affairs, ensuring that they live peacefully in harmony with their host communities and with one another, ensuring orderliness, discipline, and respect to constituted authorities and obedience to the laws of the country. He shall operate under Customary Law to manage the internal affairs of our children in South Africa and liaise with the Ministry of Home Affairs in South Africa in matters pertaining to them if your Office requires him to do so.
“We encourage our children to work hard and earn decent living and participate fully in the development of the communities and cities where they live in any part of the world. We believe that they shall contribute immensely in the development of their host towns and communities in South Africa and add value to the economy of the country.
“We have instructed our Customary Government Administrator and Envoy to present himself and his executive members to your Office in due course for a formal introduction. Please receive him in the name of the surviving Elders of Biafraland who have sent him to represent us in South Africa.
“We pray the Almighty God to be with you, and bless you with divine wisdom and good health to excel in your Office, and grant you the desires of your innermost heart in accordance with his perfect will”, the letter said.