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Customary Government of Biafra appoints Malaysian Envoy&Administrator, plus Attaches

The Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra has appointed an Envoy and Administrator for Malaysia.

The Customary Government also announced the appointment of two attaches who will be working with the Administrator in the South East Asian country.

According to a letter dated 19th August 2020, and addressed to the Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Hamzah Zainudin, Dr Ray Ikechukwu Jacob has been appointed to manage the affairs of the Biafran people in the country.

The letter was signed by
Barrister Emeka John Chigozie Emekesiri, Chairman of the Governing Council 
Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra.

Dr Jacob it said, is a Research Fellow, Educationist, an ordained clergyman and a former staff of the University of Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It also introduced Mr Uchenna Kenechukwu Delavega Anyakora, a First Class graduate of Information Technology, from the University of New Castle, Malaysia as its Director of Security and Allied Matters (attache).

Mr Tochukwu Camillus Egbosi on his part, was also appointed as the Director of Trade & Socio-Political Affairs, of the Biafran people in Malaysia.

Egbosi is also a graduate of Computer Science & Cyber Security, Lincoln University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Barrister Emeka Emekesiri explained in the letter that the appointments became necessary, as most Nigerians in Malaysia are actually Biafrans, whose affairs can be better managed by the Envoy, who can assist the Malaysian Government in managing their internal affairs.

The Letter of Introduction further read; “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 practising our Customary Law under the Nigerian Legal System until we gain independence by due process of law. We are therefore a nation within a nation-state. 

“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 Malaysia. 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. 

“It is therefore with great pleasure that we introduce our Customary Government Envoy and Administrator in Malaysia”, it stated in part.

Recall that in July 2020, the Customary Government of Biafra also appointed an Envoy and Administrator for the Republic of South Africa.

CG-IPOB appoints new National President and Secretary for Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI)

The Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (CH-IPOB) has appointed a new National President and National Secretary for its human rights and legal department, the Bilie Human Rights Initiative(BHRI).

Vision Bearer of the CG-IPOB, Barrister Emeka Emekesiri announced the appointments during the annual General Meeting of the organization at Awka.

Barrister Pius Nwabueze Okoro was appointed National President of the human rights group, while Frank Nwapa Esq. emerged National Secretary.

BHRI is the accredited human rights advocacy group for the Biafrans. It is the human rights organisation that has presented the Biafran case to the United Nations and the African Union. It has engaged the Nigerian Government in a hydra-headed battle of wits using legal, diplomatic and political strategies. It is one of the sister organisations under the CH-IPOB, the umbrella body of the Biafran struggle as was envisioned by Biafran lawyer, Barr Emeka Emekesiri, the Solicitor for Indigenous People of Biafra.

Emeka Emekesiri is the Vision Bearer of the Legal Method of Self-determination.

BREAKING: Join politics now, and take over political control of our territory, CG-IPOB Legal Adviser charges Biafrans

By ONUKWUBE OFOELUE, DIRECTOR/EDITOR – IN-CHIEF, MOBIN MEDIA

The Legal Adviser for the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, founder and chairman of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria, Barrister Emeka Emekesiri has charged Biafrans at home and in the diaspora to join Nigerian politics, and to take over political control of the Biafra Indigenous region.

Emekesiri said this in his Inaugural Speech at the Reinauguration Ceremony of Dunukofia Local Government Area on Saturday, 8th August 2020.

Addressing Biafrans while being represented by Rita Anigbogu, MOBIN DG, in the speech titled “BIAFRANS TO TAKE OVER POWER AND OCCUPY ANAMBRA STATE HOUSE IN 2021“, he said:

“The Biafrans are the people colonised and oppressed in their own land. We are oppressed by the politicians ruling over us. They are imposed upon us by our opponents to whom they render accounts as their godfathers in the Nigerian politics.

“MOBIN is facing some challenges posed by some Biafran activists who are opposed to the Nigerian law and politics. One group is still preaching that the Biafrans should boycott the elections so that the UN would conduct a referendum and declare the Biafra Independence while another is preaching that Biafrans should not participate in the Nigerian politics because the Nigerian Constitution is fraudulent. We think that they are confused.

“Although MOBIN accepts that the Nigerian Constitution is fraudulent, we know the rule of law that every law or order of the Court remains valid until repealed or set aside. The fraudulent Nigerian Constitution remains valid until set aside. If we boycott the election, President Buhari can exercise his powers of emergency rule under the same fraudulent Constitution and impose a Military Administrator on Anambra State. We must not allow any part of Biafraland to be put under the Military Rule.

“The challenges have made MOBIN to increase the tempo of its works in both national and international arena. We have established the MOBIN MEDIA and set up online broadcasts every week to disseminate information and create political awareness. There is much work to be done. We have come today to empower the Dunukofia Chapter of MOBIN with knowledge and political wisdom to install a Biafran activist as the Governor of Anambra State in 2021. We shall strengthen the MOBIN structures in all the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State starting with Dunukofia and ensure that a Biafran takes over the State House in 2021.

“As far as the Biafran Independence is concerned, the eyes of the world are now upon MOBIN because they know that politics is the answer. MOBIN believes that the Biafrans must secure and control their political territory first and have the balance of power to negotiate with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Some call it Restructuring but we call it Devolution of Power to the Regions. Under the Nigerian law, the members of the Parliament represent their people and whatever they pass into law becomes binding.

“MOBIN wants to start by creating Biafra within Nigeria just like Scotland within Britain. This is the next stage before outright independence. It is our Regional Parliament that will pass the Bill of Referendum into law for the Biafrans to vote and decide whether they want outright independence or to remain as a self-governing region in Nigeria. Our roadmap is very clear and not false propaganda!”, Emekesiri affirmed.

MOBIN Chairman Emeka Emekesiri pays tribute to Dr Arthur Nwankwo

TRIBUTE IN HONOUR OF THE GREAT FREEDOM FIGHTER DR ARTHUR AGWUNCHA NWANKWO FROM MOBIN AND THE CUSTOMARY GOVERNMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA ON HIS SEND-OFF PARTY TO ETERNAL GLORY THIS 8TH DAY OF DECEMBER 2020

Our Mentor and Political Adviser, the Patron of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigerian (MOBIN) and the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra, Dr Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, Ikeogu Ndigbo, the indefatigable freedom fighter who demonstrated the power of the pen and brain in freedom fighting, it is with great joy that we have gathered here today for your send-off to Eternal Glory. You fought a good fight for humanity and deserve a good rest in the bosom of the Almighty God.

You sowed the seed of freedom fighting in Biafra by intellectual power in your first book in 1969, THE MAKING OF A NATION: BIAFRA. You worked in Biafra and excelled in the Media Department. Even after the war, you remained resolute in defending us. Your pen remained sharper than razor blade, and you could not tolerate the corrupt politicians who had become tyrants and local colonial masters over us.

In 1982, you changed the Nigerian Criminal Law of Sedition when you published the book, “How Jim Nwobodo Rules Anambra State” for which you were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months. You rejected the judgment and appealed to the Court of Appeal. Your bravery and challenge to tyranny delivered us from the Law of Sedition made by the Colonial Masters to intimidate us and silence our opposition and freedom of speech.

You were vindicated when the Honourable Justice Olatawara, JCA, (as he then was) made the judicial pronouncement in the case now cited as Arthur Nwankwo v The State (1985) 6 NCLR 228 in the following words:

“It is my view that the law of Sedition which has derogated from the freedom of speech guaranteed under this Constitution is inconsistent with the 1979 Constitution, more so when this cannot lead to a public disorder as envisaged under Section 41(a) of the 1979 Constitution. We are no longer the illiterates or the mob society our colonial masters had in mind when the law was promulgated. The safeguard provided under Section 50(2) is inadequate more so where the truth of what is published is no defence. To retain Section 51 of the Criminal Code in its present form, that is even if not inconsistent with the freedom of expression guaranteed by our Constitution, will be a deadly weapon and to be used at will by a corrupt government or tyrant……The decision of the founding fathers of this present Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech must include freedom to criticize and should be praised and any attempt to derogate from it except as provided by the Constitution must be resisted. Those in public office should not be intolerant of criticism.”

Our Mentor in Freedom Fighting, you purchased the right to freedom of expression for us in this country. By that case, the Court of Appeal declared Sections 50 and 51 of the Criminal Code null and void. That was the end of the Law of Sedition in Nigeria. Sedition is no longer part of the Nigerian Criminal Law because of the case of Arthur Nwankwo. But alas, the agents of the devil are working surreptitiously again in the National Assembly to reintroduce the Law of Sedition with a new label described as the Law of Hate Speech.

You were fearless and resisted all tyrannical governments including the military junta with your pen and brainpower. On the annulment of the Nigerian Election on June 12, 1993, you were in the vanguard of NADECO fighting to restore democracy in the country. General Sani Abacha felt that you were a threat to his government and threw you into detention in 1998 but God killed him miraculously within four weeks and released you so that you could continue the fight for our freedom. You did not relent but continued the fight unto the end.

In 2018, you invited us to a meeting in your house and told us that Nigeria had become irredeemable and that you had mourned for Nigeria just like David wept over Saul who was rejected by God and slain for his stubbornness.

You gave us your last book titled, “NIGERIA AND HER PATH TO DOOM” where you wrote in the Prologue as follows: “I do not want to die a shameful death. I do not want future generations of Nigerians to point to my grave and say, ‘there lies the remains of a man who could not speak the truth’…I weep for Nigeria, a country richly blessed of God but whose destiny has been frittered away on the altar of expediency. I weep for Nigeria, a country with the awesome potential for the renaissance of Africa but wasted in a heap of corruption. I weep for Nigeria, a country with the capacity to drive the fourth dimension of global economic resurgimento but scuttled on the evil temple of religious bigotry and ethnic jingoism. My heart bleeds for this country. Professor Chinua Achebe must have had today’s Nigeria in mind when he chose ‘Things Fall Apart’ as the title for his epic novel. For indeed things have fallen apart in Nigeria and the centre can no longer hold. Like David wept over Saul and Jonathan, I weep over Nigeria. In typical Davidic fashion, my cry is that the beauty of Nigeria has been slain upon the evil altars in Aso Rock”.

Yes, we heard you as you referred to the evil altars in Aso Rock upon which the beauty of Nigeria was slain. Nevertheless, on Page 164 of your book, you still proffered the best solution and gave a warning in the following words: “I am not unmindful of the fact that Nigeria has become a very treacherous environment where truth is stifled and where commitment to speak the truth could easily be misconceived and mischievously interpreted as felonious. But the truth about or situation is that we cannot avoid talking about a restructured Nigeria if there must be a tomorrow for us. There is no alternative route to this. Nigeria must be restructured urgently or it will die”.

Although you have departed from the earth, your words will bear witness that you warned Nigeria but she refused to listen. We have joined you to weep over Nigeria as a failed state. The smokes of her institutionalised corruption and injustice against the Igbo Nation have reached heaven.

The inhabitants of heaven and earth, visible and invisible witnesses of the wickedness of men, have heard that Nigeria took a loan of $22.7billion for infrastructural development of the country but did not allocate a single kobo for the development of the South East. Yet, it is a national debt placed upon the head of every Nigerian citizen. It is very clear that the wickedness of Nigeria against the Igbo people and its inability or reluctance to protect our lives and properties can no longer be remedied.

For this reason, we are insisting that Nigeria must be renegotiated and restructured to guarantee autonomy and self-governance to the 6 geopolitical regions that make up the country so that every region would be free to govern itself and develop at its own pace. There is no alternative to restructuring Nigeria into Regional Governments otherwise Nigeria will surely die.

You inculcated in us the discipline and resoluteness required for Freedom Fighting by intellectual prowess and political strategies. We have resolved to continue the fight from where you stopped. We acknowledge that the journey is far and tedious but we assure you that we shall never give up. We shall fight from generation to generation until our freedom is achieved.

We are grateful to you for all the lectures, advice, books and resources you placed in our hands to continue the battle of wits and intelligence after your departure. We assure you that we shall never disappoint you.

Rest in Peace, our great Patron and Mentor, Dr Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, the Defender of the Igbo Nation.

Signed:
Emeka Emekesiri, Esq. (Chairman)
For and on behalf of all Biafran activists under the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra who believe in the Legal Methodology of Self-determination consisting of the judicial, political and diplomatic processes

Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) Condemns the senseless destruction of property, calls for restraint

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) has appealed to youths to end the wanton destruction of property and brigandage ongoing in the country, especially Biafrans.

MOBIN in its release noted that Nigerians and Biafrans alike must channel their energies towards meaningful engagements with the authorities of government, instead of subjecting the entire population to chaos.

MOBIN also regretted the numerous killings that have been witnessed by citizens in the hands of security operatives, especially the ones perpetrated by SARS policemen.

It condemned the killing of protesters in Lagos, but added that unless restraint is exercised, Biafrans and Nigerians will soon begin to turn against each other, without really harmjng the political class who were responsible for the suffering in the country.

It again appealed to the youths to listen to the voice of reason, leave the streets, and get ready to engage the authorities, using legal and diplomatic methods.

“Our voices have been heard loud and clear. At no time have we ever come out united like this in the history of Nigeria or Biafra. But let’s not completely destroy whta we have built ourselves. What we are destroying were built by individuals, through sweat and hard work.

We have presented the Restructuring documents to the National Assembly, and they must attend to it.
It is the Biafran Ideology. Restructure Nigeria now to Regional Autonomy. Every Region to govern itself and develop at its own pace. Every Region to have its own Police.
We have told them that we must restructure and save Nigeria now otherwise Nigeria will disintegrate into oblivion.

Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) to pay volunteers for the Biafran Project

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) has resolved to provide renumerations for volunteers who will be willing to contribute their expertise to the Biafran project that its unfolding. MOBIN Chairman Barrister Emeka Emekesiri who stated this in the BIAFRA INDEPENDENCE PROJECT ACTION PLAN, listed a number of areas where volunteers are needed to contribute their expertise.

He also listed five action plans that MOBIN and the Customary Government of the Indigenous Poeple of Biafra in the Biafran Project.

He argued that Judicial, Diplomatic (national and international diplomacy), Administrative, Political and Legislative actions must be followed as a preresequite for the success of the project.

Speaking further, the barrister revealed that the struggle has achieved a high level of success, and now needs able profesionals in different fields to handle assignements as they emerge.

His words “It is necessary at this moment to constitute the work force that will drive the Biafra Project Phase 2. All the Biafran activists who believe in the legal methodology of self-determination consisting of the judicial, political and diplomatic processes are requested to get involved now. We require the following experts and areas of expertise:

  1. Competent coordinators of IPOB Customary Government Town Hall Meetings in all cities or towns
  •  Public Relations experts and lobbyists  
  • Experts in Government and Public Administration   
  • Media practitioners (audio, visual, print media, social media, bloggers, etc)
  • Cartoonists, artists, musicians, pamphleteers, etc.   
  • Human rights lawyers, experts in Law and Diplomacy, Policy and Strategies
  • IT practitioners (Information Technology)
  • Security and Intelligence experts  
  • Business development consultants, investment experts and financiers    
  1.  Dispute Resolution practitioners (lawyers, arbitrators, negotiators or mediators)

He continued “The Biafran Independence Project must now be handled professionally. We shall consider experience and pedigree of the applicants and not mere paper qualifications. If you are qualified and experienced in any of the fields, and interested in working for the IPOB Customary Government in any capacity, please send your application with your comprehensive CV by email addressed to the Chairman through the following address: info@ipobgovernment.org; or ipobiafra@yahoo.com; You can visit MOBIN at www.mobinbiafra.org for more information on the Biafran political activities.

“As a matter of extreme urgency, we need capable and qualified leaders immediately who will coordinate the IPOB Customary Town Hall Meetings as organised by MOBIN in all cities and countries of the world. Due diligence checks shall be carried out on them and their personal details shall be sent to the Governments of the countries where they live including the Nigerian Government for their recognition. We cannot be in hiding but must engage with the governments face to face. Any person who desires to work for our Customary Government must be a man or woman of proven integrity.    

“In the meantime, we shall continue to render free services to the Biafran Struggle using our personal resources and any helps we can receive from friends and well-wishers until the re-organization of the movement is completed. Any person who is willing to help us with finances should visit our websites at www.ipobgovernment.org or mobinbiafra.org and make his or her donations.

Speaking on the legitimacy of the Project, Emekesiri expliened the very nature of the Customary Government both in national and international laws “Our Customary Government is a legitimate government which has made representations to some powerful nations of the world. Though the Customary Government is not yet sovereign, it is a recognised institution in both national and international law. It is an Institution designed to organise the Biafrans as a people seeking for independence. The IPOB Customary Government Agency is registered with the UN for international relations. I did not create Customary Law. The only thing I created was how to apply Customary Law as an existing law protected by the Nigerian Constitution to pursue the right to self-determination”, he concluded.  

Customary Government of Biafra appoints Administrators for Nigeria, California

The Customary Government of Biafra has appointed new administrators for Nigeria and California, in the United States of America.

According to Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, who is the Vision Bearer of the Indigenous People of Biafra, the new Administrator is Dr Joseph Agbo, a senior lecturer at the Ebonyi State University Abakaliki.

Dr Agbo is also the Director of Political Education in the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN). The Customary Government is powered by MOBIN.

In a similar development, the Customary Government has also appointed an Envoy and Administrator for the Biafrans in the State of California, United States of America.

The Administrator and Envoy is Ifeoma Caroline Nwadike, an American based journalist and publisher of Ifomatic Blog. Speaking about the appointments, which were announced at the annual General General meeting of the CG-IPOB (Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra), Emekesiri, said that the appointment will last for three years, and may be renewed upon satisfactory performance.

“The Customary Government recognizes the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and does not oppose the Nigerian Government. The Customary Government is an internal governmental structure for the Biafrans created under the Nigerian Customary Law by Deed of Customary Government which accepts that the Biafrans are Nigerians by citizenship but Biafrans by indigenous identity as provided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples, Res 61/295 of 2007.

The Customary Government is powered by the political arm of the Biafran struggle known as the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), the political movement that engages in both national and international politics in the interest of Biafrans.

By this appointment, Agbo and Nwadike becomes the first Administrators of the Customary Government of Biafra in Nigeria and California respectively.

The CG was initially headed by an overall Administrator, who was Engineer Anthony Aniebue.

Emekesiri, who is also the Chairman of MOBIN, also announced the redeployment of Mrs Lilian Obiechina, from the Directorate of Trade and Investment to the Directorate of Employment and Economic Empowerment.

IPOB: How Nnamdi Kanu destroyed everything we built – Emeka Emekesiri

Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, the counsel to the Supreme Council of Elders of IPOB, which formed the Customary Government of IPOB, speaks on actions Nnamdi Kanu’s betrayal of the organisation which he hijacked its name and messed up.

He said: “I don’t know how to describe Nnamdi Kanu but without apologies I have come to say that Nnamdi Kanu is the worst evil I have met on earth.

“Tell him I said this. I pray God to give me the ability to forgive that boy.
He destroyed everything we built. He came from MASSOB and joined us in IPOB; I didn’t know who he was. It was just unfortunate.

“I created that name Indigenous People of Biafra and I wrote it in my Book, Biafra or Nigeria Presidency, What Do Igbos Want? and gave reason I called it IPOB.”

He stated that IPOB was meant to be a name for all remnants of Biafra.

“When we created IPOB, it was meant to be named for all remnants of Biafra. It’s not an organization such as the one Nnamdi Kanu went and registered as a limited liability company in UK.

“When he was ostracized from IPOB because of his useless behaviour, he went and used our name, IPOB, and registered it as a limited liability company.
You know, because he is not a lawyer, he didn’t know what I was doing.

“In the first case, I filed, not as a legal entity because you cannot sue a legal entity as it is an amorphous body. With Billie Human Rights Initiative, the Elders of IPOB signed a legal instrument authorizing Bilie Human Rights Initiative to sue on behalf of the Indigenous People of Biafra”.

IPOB opts for restructuring, sends memorandum to NASS

By Dennis Agbo (Vanguard News)

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has disclosed that it sent a memorandum to the National Assembly, requesting for devolution of powers and a restructure of Nigeria into six autonomous regions.

The development was disclosed by the original founder of IPOB, Mr. Emeka Emekesiri in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Enugu.

Emekesiri said the decision was taken after the IPOB team made several delegations to the British government asking for assistance in restoration of an independent state of Biafra, but was turned down by the former colonial masters.

He said that what the British preferred instead was for devolution of powers into regions as was contained in Nigeria’s 1963 constitution, adding that Britain said it was still interested in Nigeria remaining as one country.

Emekesiri said that the idea of seeking for Britain’s nod in the re-actualization of Biafra was informed after IPOB sought the assistance of other world powers, which insisted that Britain must be consulted and its opinion established before they could wade into the Biafra matter.

According to Emekesiri “In 2018 we opened up discussion with the British government, we met them three times and the last time, they told us clearly that they want Nigeria to be one, they don’t want Nigeria to break up. Britain has maintained its stand, it said it wants Nigeria to remain as one country.

“So we asked them how do we solve the problem of incompatibility, people of the north east and west unable to leave harmoniously, killing themselves because of differences of ideology and lifestyle. Worldviews are different, how do we do it so that the clashes will stop?

“They asked us for our proposal and said that far as they were concerned they want Nigeria to be one. We were there as Biafrans Living in Nigeria and our Movement is Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), we are Biafrans in Nigeria. We had made it clear in our suit versus Nigeria that we are Biafrans living in Nigeria. So we are Nigerians by citizenship, but we are Biafrans in indigenous identity.

“We are Biafrians because we were not annihilated during the war and that is clear to both British and Nigeria governments. If Nigeria had annihilated Biafrans the way Romans annihilated Cartage, there wouldn’t have been anybody to talk about Biafra again, but they couldn’t and so we are the remnants of Biafra and we establish our customary government of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in Nigeria.

“So we approached the British government as Biafrans in Nigeria who surrounded their sovereignty to Nigeria and whose indigenous identity cannot be denied, we are who we are. The British said fine, what do you want? We came back to consult our elders and we drafted a memorandum to be submitted to the British parliament.

“We sat down with elders and said we can’t fight with Britain as world power but that we can as well copy the British nations of nation model that maintain their indigenous identities such as Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. We went to the British archives and got the British government policy of 1969 and used it to draft a memorandum which we presented to Britain.

“In the memorandum, we accepted that Nigeria should remain one, but that the model as it is in Britain, let be also in Nigeria. The Britain is four nations in one, in Nigeria we want six in one and that is the South East, the South-South, the South West, the North Central, the North West and the North East, that the six geopolitical regions shall now become six nations in one Nigeria and every nation will govern itself in one Nigeria; control your resources, develop at your own pace and we pay an agreed percentage tax to the centre.

“That is the issue of devolution of power or regional government or restructuring that we are talking about now. The politicians call it restructuring but we the Biafra activists are calling it devolution of power to the regions. Ohanaeze Ndigbo raised this issue on June 28 2012 and sent it to the National Assembly, Nigeria government sat on it and refused to implement it and said it will never restructure.

“However, our meeting with the British government paid off and I was not surprised few months ago when I saw a notice from the Senate that it wanted to amend the Nigeria constitution and in the list, item two talked about restructuring and devolution of powers which is our prayer seven in our originating summon already in court. But without prejudice, we prepared our memorandum and filed it with the Senate.

“So the Biafra memorandum for devolution of power to regions is currently with the senate. So, any moment from now when the hearing begins we shall go for the public hearing and defend our proposal. This is the first time in the history of Biafra struggle that the Biafra memorandum has been officially submitted to the Nigerian National Assembly.

“You know you can stay on the street and make noise on the street but at the end of the day, there has to be some documentation to sign and not on the street.

“You have to go to where it matters and right now, the memorandum for devolution of power submitted by the Biafra activists is right now before the senate. That is where we are now and we are waiting.”

BIAFRA: MOBIN Chairman says they have taken steps to restore peace to Oyigbo

I write to inform all the people who are concerned and worried about the rivers of blood flowing at Oyigbo or Obigbo that Igbo Leaders have taken the necessary steps to restore peace in the place.

Surely, peace shall return to Obigbo, in fact, peace is returning to Obigbo now as I speak because we have put the machineries in place to restore peace. It shall be well with the people of Obigbo. Surely, Obigbo shall enjoy its peace and tranquillity again. This peace is achieved by the same Igbo Leaders who Nnamdi Kanu directed his followers to kill, disgrace, bury alive and stone to death!

We have taken this step because of the innocent children deceived by the fugitive propagandist. We know that some of the people crying out now were the same people who promoted and sponsored Nnamdi Kanu when the Elders of Biafraland ostracised him from IPOB in 2014 and he formed his own faction. They despised His Lordship, His Royal Majesty, The Honourable Justice Eze Ozobu; they despised Dr Dozie Ikedife; they despised Col Joe Achuzia; they despised Chief Barr Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu, and followed a deceiver. However, we have forgiven everybody who was deceived into the Nnamdi Kanu’s cult.

  1. When I heard that Nnamdi Kanu made an announcement on his Radio and placed a bounty of N100 million on the head of Governor Nyesom Wike, I knew that he had put the lives of our children in danger. He forgot that Governor Wike is a Governor with State Power in whom sovereignty resides and who has the power to exercise prerogative of mercy under Section 212 of the Constitution of Nigeria to decide who dies or who lives among the convicted criminals. He forgot that Governor Wike is a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and that no lawyer takes a threat to his life lightly. In fact, a threat to the life of Barrister Nyesom Wike is a threat to all lawyers in the world. What does he want the head of Governor Wike for? Now, Governor Wike has activated and unleashed his powers against innocent people who were deceived by a propagandist living in faraway Europe!
  2. I remembered that when Nnamdi Kanu boasted some years ago that he would go to Abuja and behead President Muhammadu Buhari and bring Buhari’s head to Umuahia, the President could not take the threat lightly and therefore sent some Pythons to dance in Nnamdi Kanu’s compound leading to the death of about 350 innocent people even though he reported 28 including his dog. Obviously, Nnamdi Kanu does not understand the powers of sovereignty conferred on a president or governor.
  3. My heart is bleeding. I write this message from my heart like a grieving father. Sometimes I blame myself for creating IPOB which has been counterfeited into something else. However, it is a well-known fact that thieves of intellectual properties are only interested in counterfeiting good products. Therefore the original IPOB is a good product which the thief of my intellectual property has counterfeited. All the Governments of this world know the original IPOB and the persons behind the original IPOB. Therefore, the ECOWAS COURT ruled in the Case No ECW/CCJ/APP/06/16 that Nnamdi Kanu does not have the mandate to represent IPOB. Of course, he can represent the limited liability company he registered in the UK but he has no mandate to represent INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA who have been in Court with Nigeria since 2012. The operational name of the original IPOB is the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra (CGIPOB). It is a Government that exists under Customary Law and recognised by the Nigerian Constitution and activated by the Deed Poll of Customary Governance registered under the Nigerian Law just like the Sharia Government in the North exists under the Sharia Law and recognised by the Nigerian Constitution. Therefore, any faction of IPOB that is not recognised by the Customary Government is fake.
  4. Sometimes I blame myself for creating IPOB and accepting Nnamdi Kanu into the Movement. Some people have advised that we should remove the name of IPOB from our name because Nnamdi Kanu has counterfeited and damaged the name. It is like advising Nigeria or Britain to remove the name of the Naira or the Pound Sterling because criminals have counterfeited the name of the currency. Well, the mistake has been made but it can be corrected. The name, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, is the name I coined for all the remnants of Biafra who were not consumed in the war. It is by this name that we commenced the case between Biafra and Nigeria in 2012 in the Suit No FHC/OW/CS/102/2012 in which we sued in a representative capacity because Biafra is not yet sovereign. The name was abbreviated to IPOB by Dr Dozie Ikedife in 2013. It is the name of a non-sovereign nation. It has no membership but subjects of a non-sovereign nation with indigenous database holding its population just like Nigeria has no membership but citizens and its national database. Any person who says that he is a member of IPOB has been deceived into a cult.
  5. The political movement for the Biafrans with membership structure established by a legal instrument under the Nigerian Constitution is the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria otherwise known as MOBIN which has submitted the Biafran Memorandum to the Nigerian Senate for Devolution of Power to the Regions to create Regional Autonomy for all Nigerians. MOBIN has a membership register and not citizenship database. The Biafran activists who believe in the legal methodology of self-determination consisting of the judicial, political and diplomatic processes are enjoined to apply for membership of MOBIN at www.mobinbiafra.org
  6. The Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra issues the Certificates of Indigenous Identity and ID Cards to its subjects while the Nigerian Government issues National ID Cards and Passports to its citizens. The Customary Government has appointed many Customary Government Ambassadors known as Customary Envoys to represent the Biafrans in many nations of the world as a non-sovereign nation residing in sovereign nations under Customary International Law. We have maintained our position that we are Biafrans living in our ancestral homeland in Nigeria.
  7. We have made it clear to the Nigerian Government and the Governments of all the countries of the world that we are Nigerians by citizenship but Biafrans by indigenous identity until we gain independence from Nigeria. This is the position of international law for a non-sovereign nation whose children are scattered in all parts of the world. Nigeria is bound by the rules of both national and international law to protect the lives of the Biafrans living in Nigeria. The Biafrans who believe in us are advised to visit the Customary Government website at www.ipobgovernment.org and put their names in the database and contact us by email addressed to info@ipobgovernment.org for further information.
  8. The Biafrans in Obigbo or Oyigbo are Nigerians by citizenship but cannot deny their indigenous identity as Biafrans. At the moment, Biafra does not have a delimited and delineated territory but it has a defined people. Biafra is a nation but not yet a nation-state. Our people must understand this fact and rule of law and stop being destroyed for lack of knowledge. The place known as Oyigbo or Obigbo is a Nigerian territory by law but there are Biafrans living there. We are not contesting the Oyigbo Territory with the Nigerian Government for now until our case comes for determination in the Court of competent jurisdiction. If the Senate grants our demands as contained in our Memorandum and restructures Nigeria into Regional Autonomy, Oyigbo shall belong to the South-South Region. The lives of our children must not be sacrificed because of the foolishness of Nnamdi Kanu who lives abroad and deceives them with false propaganda. We have therefore requested Governor Wike to sheath his sword and spare our children. In my capacity as the founder and creator of the entity known as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, I apologise to Governor Wike on behalf of the Biafrans who believe in us for the insult and threat to the life of the Governor by the person who has placed a bounty of N100 million on the Governor’s head.

Emeka Emekesiri, Esq, is the Chairman, Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), and original founder of the Indigenous People of BIAFRA (IPOB) and the Customary Government (CG-IPOB).

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