ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
MOBIN is a political pressure group established as a civil rights movement with vision to impart political education to the Biafran masses and ensure that stooges and efulefus will no longer be planted in our midst by the Northern and Western Oligarchy to rule over us in Biafraland.
You can describe MOBIN as a political watchman. Enough of the efulefus and stooges! True Biafrans must be elected to rule in Biafraland. Enough of the efulefus who serve their masters in the North and West at our detriment.
MOBIN believes in the rule of law, politics and diplomacy to achieve self-determination. It is a civil rights movement by Indigenous People of Biafra who are the Claimants in the Suit No FHC/OW/CS/192/2013 for both political and economic emancipation of Biafraland who sued in a representative capacity by the human rights organization called Bilie Human Rights Initiative.
It was founded by the Vision Bearer of the legal method of self-determination, Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, Solicitor for Indigenous People of Biafra, who has proved to the Nigerian Government that what Biafrans lost after the war was their sovereignty and not their identity as a people. He argued in the Federal High Court that the greatest mistake that Nigeria made was to have spared the Biafrans alive and that if Nigeria had annihilated Biafra just as Rome annihilated Carthage, there would not have been any remnants to seek for the restoration of their ancient country. But since Nigeria failed to annihilate the Biafrans, the law protects the remnants of the Biafrans to rise up again as an independent nation.
The Biafrans are united in their quest for Freedom through the exercise of their right to self-determination but divided into two groups regarding the type of Freedom they want. One group wants to have Freedom within Nigeria just as Scotland within the United Kingdom of Great Britain while the other group wants Freedom outside Nigeria.
The truth is that the Biafrans must be properly organized as a people to seek for whatever type of freedom they want. MOBIN has come to harmonize the diverse opinions by engaging all Biafran intellectuals in robust debates in free and fair atmosphere where nobody will be insulted or abused for holding a contrary opinion. At the moment, Biafra has been restored as a people but without a delineated territory yet. They can only govern themselves by customary law but not by statute law until the Customary Government Bill is passed into law. The next question is about a defined territory. Should the Biafrans have a defined territory within Nigeria just like Scotland within the UK or outside Nigeria as Eritrea outside Ethiopia? This question shall be decided in a referendum.
MOBIN is a human rights political movement of the Biafrans anchored on freedom of speech and freedom of conscience where everybody can express his political opinion without being tagged a saboteur. It is a civil rights movement constituted and regulated by Mekadolf Chambers, Barristers & Solicitors and Human Rights Advocates. The Vision Bearer of the Legal Methodology of Self-determination is the Head of Chambers who used his powers to issue the Originating Summons to institute the case between Biafra and Nigeria in the Federal High Court Owerri. The case is still in progress.
UNDERSTANDING THE VISION OF SELF-DETERMINATION BY LEGAL METHODOLOGY
It has become necessary for MOBIN to emphasize the importance of understanding the Vision passed down to Indigenous People of Biafra by the Vision Bearer of the Legal Methodology of Self-determination. Just as the Bible says, “write the vision and make it plain so that whoever reads it will understand and run with it”, Hab. 2: 2, the man who received the Vision of Self-determination by legal method, Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, has consistently written profusely and explained the details of the methodology consisting of judicial process, diplomatic process and political process. To commence the struggle by legal method, he first of all registered the human rights organization called Bilie Human Rights Initiative in 2011 under the Nigerian Law when many pro-Biafra activists said they were not Nigerians and did not believe in registering any organization under the Nigerian law. Then in 2012, he wrote the book, “Biafra or Nigerian Presidency- What the Ibos Want” where he created the name “Indigenous People of Biafra” as the identity of all the remnants of the Biafrans who were not consumed in the war and described himself as “Solicitor for Indigenous People of Biafra”. The stage was therefore set for him to commence the legal battle between Biafra and Nigeria.
Then he contacted the British Authorities and asked questions regarding the history of Biafra and how the British came into Biafraland. He was given all the necessary documents showing the Treaties signed between the British people and the ancestors of Biafraland between 1882 and 1889 by which the British through the Royal Niger Company entered lawfully into Biafraland for the purpose of trade only. The Treaties specifically provided that the British people must not interfere with the Customary Government of the Biafrans. At that time, there were only three kingdoms in West Africa where Nigeria exists today. They were the Kingdoms of Biafra in the East, Benin in the West and Zamfara in the North as shown in the Ancient Map of Africa 1660 and 1707. The Bight of Biafra and Bight of Benin remained on the Map of Nigeria until 17th January 1975 when the Nigerian Government changed the name of Bight of Biafra to Bight of Bonny by the Act No 4 of 1975.
Though it may be argued in law that the British acted ultra vires by creating a new country called “Nigeria” contrary to the Treaty Agreements, this provision of not interfering with the Customary Government of the people has been protected in all the Nigerian Constitutions. The Customary Law and Sharia Law are protected by the Nigerian Constitution as EXISTING LAWS under Section 315 of the Constitution. Existing Law is defined by the Constitution as any law or rule of law which was in existence before the Nigerian Constitution came into force. The Sharia Law, Customary Law and the Rules of Customary Law had been in existence from time immemorial before the Nigerian Constitution came into force. This is why both the Sharia Law and Customary Law have the same force of law as any Nigerian statute. It is therefore lawful for a people to be governed under the Sharia Law or Customary Law within Nigeria.
The next question is how the people can be independent from Nigeria. The Vision Bearer commenced the journey by judicial process when he instituted the case between Biafra and Nigeria in 2012 in the Suit No FHC/OW/CS/102/2012 which was later reconstituted as Suit No FHC/OW/CS/192/2013 in the Federal High Court Owerri. But this is not the ultimate plan. He only sought for declaratory reliefs which are not enforceable by the Court Bailiffs and Police Officers. He had other plans which he did not reveal to his opponents.
Many Nigerian lawyers including Professor Ben Nwabueze have asked Barr Emeka Emekesiri how he would enforce declaratory reliefs assuming the Court grants his prayers but he has refused to reveal his plans. He responded that what he wanted the Court to answer was the simple YES or NO to his prayers and the people would see what would follow. Nevertheless, the first advantage which the case has provided to the Biafrans is what the law calls JUDICIAL IMMUNITY. By judicial immunity, it means that all the Biafrans who are his clients in the case are protected by law and cannot be harassed, molested, arrested, or disturbed by the Nigerian Police until the case is over. It is the rule of law that where two parties are in court over a dispute, the law protects both of them and no party can molest or disturb the other until the case is over. Therefore the Nigerian Government cannot disturb or molest the Biafrans who are Claimants in this case and the Claimants cannot molest or disturb the Nigerian Government until the case is over. Judicial immunity protects both parties in a case. In his capacity as Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Solicitor for Indigenous People of Biafra, Barr Emeka Emekesiri gathered his clients together and instituted the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra headed by the Supreme Council of Elders to establish a structure on the ground.
The Customary Government has started functioning as a De Facto Government of Biafra with physical offices in Biafraland, gathering the remnants of the Biafrans together by the use of Town Hall Meetings under Customary Law. The Administrator of the Customary Government is Engr Anthony Chibuzo Aniebue. In his submissions in court, Barr Emekesiri duly pleaded the existence and functionality of the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra and attached documentary evidence of the existence of the Customary Government. However, he has said that the Customary Government is not sovereign but an internal government structure that can gather the people together and prepare them for their independence. Since after the war, the Biafrans were scattered like sheep without shepherd. The jurisdiction of the Customary Government goes beyond the Igbo Nation and encompasses parts of the South-South and parts of the Middle Belt where the remnants of the Biafrans inhabit as pleaded in the Originating Summons in the case between Biafra and Nigeria. The powers of the Customary Government therefore exceed the powers of Ohaneze Ndigbo in its sphere of jurisdiction. This is the Customary Government that has gathered the Biafrans together and engaged the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in law and diplomacy. The next stage is to pass the Customary Government Bill into law. This is where the political process comes in.
Unfortunately, when the Vision Bearer came into the Biafran Struggle, he did not find Biafran activists in the Nigerian politics. He was told that the pro-Biafra leaders of those days had told the Biafrans that they were not Nigerians and should not participate in the Nigerian politics and census. So, there was no Biafran politician in the House to move the Motion he had prepared for Biafran Independence or Referendum for Independence. He therefore decided to build up the Biafran politicians to engage Nigeria in political battle while the legal battle continues. This was the stage where he activated the political movement called Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) which went into an alliance with the United Progressives Party (UPP) the only registered Political Party in Nigeria that had the same vision of self-determination with him. Unfortunately, the alliance did not last long. MOBIN saw the Anambra State Gubernatorial Election like another Biafran war because we wanted only the Biafran activists to be voted into power, not only in Anambra State but also in all States in Biafraland. The northern and western political godfathers wanted to take over Anambra State but MOBIN countered them by ensuring that APGA remained in power as the only Igbo political power base in Biafraland. In short, MOBIN wants the Biafran activists to occupy all the Houses of Assembly and State Houses in Biafraland so that we can pass the Biafran Bills into law at regional levels. It has not been easy to educate the Biafrans and make them to understand the importance of law, politics and diplomacy in national liberation. We are not much worried or concerned about the Federal level at the moment. We want to control our region first. Therefore, Biafran politicians are urgently needed now! MOBIN is mobilizing the whole of Biafraland, training leaders and educating the people on their civic and political rights and powers and obligations as Nigerian citizens seeking for the independence of their native homeland.
While the judicial and political processes were going on, the Vision Bearer pushed the Biafran case to the United Nations and African Union and sent the Biafrans as delegates to the UN meetings to engage in international politics. The Biafrans have made friends in the international community. At the moment, we are using hydra headed legal, political and diplomatic processes that have got the opponents confused. Yet, another bombshell is about to be revealed when MOBIN activates the business and economic aspect of the Biafran Struggle so that the Biafrans in all parts of the world will engage in international political economy and international trade leading to the introduction of the Biafran currency as Community Currency. Both National and International law recognize the use of Community Currency under certain conditions. To commence this process, we have registered the IPOB Customary Government Agency for International Relations with the United Nations. This is the Customary Government Agency that can sign treaties and bilateral agreements with other countries on behalf of the Biafran Government since Biafra is not yet sovereign. We have also set the stage for the Biafrans to manufacture their products and market them both in Nigeria and in all parts of the world as Biafran-made goods. The Biafran International Trade Mark shall be unveiled in due course. The Federal Government of Nigeria shall be notified at the appropriate time before we activate the business and economic aspect of the Biafran Struggle. The Biafrans have many things to manufacture and trade on. We are not concerned with oil politics. The Biafran manufacturers who shall produce and market their Biafran-made goods stamped with the Biafran Trade Mark shall be required to pay their excise duties (taxes) to the Nigerian Government because we are still Nigerian citizens until we gain independence. The corporate organization which shall work in partnership with MOBIN to showcase and market the Biafran products has been registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja.
The major disagreement that the Vision Bearer of the Legal Methodology has with other pro-Biafra leaders is the status of the Nigerian Law. They said that the Nigerian Constitution is fraudulent and must be set aside before any discussion on Independence of Biafra. Barrister Emeka Emekesiri agrees that the Nigerian Constitution is fraudulent but maintains that every law remains valid until set aside. He said that as long as the Nigerian Constitution has not been set aside by a Court of competent jurisdiction, it remains valid. All the institutions in Nigeria are built on the Nigerian Constitution- the Judiciary, the Legislature, the Executive, the Police, the Army, the States, the Local Governments, the Certificates of Occupancy for properties, the Nigerian Currency, the Universities, etc. It is trite law that fraud vitiates a contract including a social contract such as the Nigerian Constitution.
Therefore, if the Nigerian Constitution is declared null and void by a Court without adequate preparation and adequate remedy, there would be anarchy as every institution would crumble immediately including the Judiciary. The naira would become invalid. The University Degrees and Certificates would become invalid. The Judge who would pronounce the judgment automatically sacks himself from the seat because it is the same fraudulent Constitution that created the Court! There would be anarchy. No more Police, no more Army, no more Customs Officers at the Borders, no more Immigration Officers, no more Houses of Assembly or National Assembly to make laws. The results would be unimaginable as every institution established by the Constitution shall crumble automatically. But there is some good news. Only the EXISTING LAWS which were in force before the Nigerian Constitution was created would remain valid. These are the Customary Law and Sharia Law. However, the problem with Customary Law is its enforcement. The best approach therefore is to find a way to go around the fraudulent Constitution to achieve our objectives without causing any harm to anybody.
From the beginning, the Vision Bearer boasted before the Nigerian Authorities that we would gain independence from Nigeria without breaking any Nigerian law. We are doing just that. All the Biafrans all over the world are therefore advised to support the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra and remain law-abiding citizens. Those who believe in politics are advised to join MOBIN and take over power in the whole of Biafraland. We shall never again allow the Northerners and Westerners to impose their errand boys and stooges on us as Governors in Biafraland. Never again!
You are advised to join MOBIN today and bring your friends into MOBIN. The struggle for Biafran Independence is now in the hands of the Biafra Intelligentsia and Elder Statesmen.
ORGANOGRAM AND MANAGEMENT OF MOBIN:
As MOBIN is for both political and economic emancipation of the Biafrans in all parts of the world, the aim is to reach to the grassroots wherever they live and mobilize the Biafrans for political and economic revolution leading to wealth creation and political freedom. Therefore the Organizational Structure and Management of MOBIN are as follows:
(1) The Chairman:
The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of MOBIN and presides over the meetings of the Organization. He is the leader and vision bearer of MOBIN with the power to manage and control the organization, give directions and guidelines for the smooth operations and running of the affairs of the organization. He may have a Personal Assistant (PA) or delegate his authority to any Officer of MOBIN to perform any function on his behalf.
The Director-General of MOBIN (DGM) is the Chief Administrative Officer of MOBIN with power to supervise all the operations of the Organization. The Office of the DGM is essentially the Directorate responsible for the day-to-day running of the affairs of MOBIN and reports to the Chairman. It is a full time work having the admin staff such as the managers, clerks, receptionists, etc. The Accounts Department shall be in the Office of the Director-General.
(3) Director of Biafran National Orientation:
The Director of National Orientation is in charge of re-orientating the minds of the Biafrans whose psyche has been destroyed since after the war and restore their lost social values. His work is vast touching on restoration of cultural values, love & unity in Biafraland, educational values, work ethics, religious tolerance, respect and obedience to constituted authorities, civic rights and responsibilities. He or she will supervise the State Coordinators working in the Directorate of National Orientation.
(4) Director of Information & Mass Mobilization:
The Director of Information & Mass Mobilization is in charge of the Media and Publicity works of MOBIN to mobilize the masses to achieve the desired objectives. The objectives may vary from time to time depending on the programme at hand and may include mobilization for finance, mobilization for membership, events management, Biafra Trade Fair Exhibitions, Biafra Database, political campaign programme, etc. He or she will supervise the State Coordinators working in the Directorate of Information & Mass Mobilization.
(5) Director of Employments & Economic Empowerment:
The Director of Employment & Economic Empowerment is saddled with the responsibility of eradicating poverty in Biafraland and ensuring that there is no idle person in Biafraland. The children of school age must be in schools or undergoing apprenticeship schemes or learning some trades or vocations. Those who have finished their education or vocational training or apprenticeships must be at work either as employees or self-employed persons. Those who cannot be in trades or service industry should be engaged in the transport industry or agricultural productions, whether arable farming, fisheries or animal husbandry. The Director liaises with employers of labour, transporters, farmers, businessmen and women in trades and industries to create employments for the unemployed in Biafraland. This was the pre-war status of the Igbo Nation when there was no beggar in Biafraland. The Director will supervise the State Coordinators working in the Directorate of Employment & Economic Empowerment.
(6) Director of Budget & Economic Planning:
The Director of Budget and Economic Planning is responsible for drawing up the operational budgets for MOBIN, carrying out feasibility and viability appraisals for MOBIN projects, sourcing for finance, preparing staff payroll for wages, allowances or benefits, overseeing the implementation of budgets to ensure that the Organization operates within the budgets and available resources.
(7) Director of Political Education & Governance:
It has been observed that the average Biafran does not understand and appreciate the essence and power of politics as the average northerners and westerners do. The Biafrans are fully engaged in business and industries without understanding that he who holds the power controls the economy. The Biafrans do not always vote in the elections and do not defend their votes even when they manage to come out and vote. For these reasons, the northerners and westerners who have been ruling Nigeria have always made laws and policies to disempower the Biafrans. The Biafrans do not understand that politics and governance are involved in every institution of mankind including the churches which the people of Western Nigeria have used to enrich their region at the detriment of Biafraland. Somebody has estimated that about N12 billion naira is sent to Yorubaland from Biafraland every month through tithes and offerings generated from their churches in Biafraland. The irony is that the Biafrans would prefer to worship in the churches established by the Yoruba pastors instead of worshipping in the churches established by the Biafran pastors. Much political education is required for the Biafrans to understand politics at all levels in the society. Most importantly, there is great need to educate the Biafran activists on the art of governance, public accountability and public administration. The Director will supervise the State Coordinators working in the Directorate of Political Education & Governance.
(8) Director of Sports & Youths Development:
The Director of Sports & Youth Development shall engage with the Youths of Biafraland. He will organize youth programmes designed to guide and empower the youths. He will hunt for talents in Biafraland and help the youths to develop their skills and talents in sports, science and arts. The Director will supervise the State Coordinators working in the Directorate of Sports & Youth Development.
(9) Director of Women and Children Affairs:
he Director of Women and Children Affairs shall be responsible for the welfare of women and children. This includes the protection of vulnerable women and children from discriminations and abuses, women empowerment, promoting the upbringing of children in good morals and inculcating good virtues in them for a better society.
(10) Director of Biafran Diaspora Affairs:
The Director of Biafran Diaspora Affairs shall represent MOBIN in the international community. He or she shall coordinate the members of the organization in the Diaspora to engage in international politics with their host countries. They will present the Biafran case to various Governments in the international community and help to lobby the Governments of the nations into passing Bills in their Parliaments to recognize Biafra just as MOBIN is lobbying the Parliament in Nigeria to pass the Biafran Bill into law.
(11) Director of Marketing & Business Promotions:
The Director of Marketing & Business Promotions shall work in collaboration with ICCI Indigenous Products Ltd to market the goods and services produced by Indigenous People of Biafra which meet the quality standard to be stamped with the Biafran International Trademark. He or she shall be the Officer responsible for organizing the Biafran Trade Fair Exhibitions in Nigeria and other parts of the world in conjunction with the Company.
(12) Secretary General of MOBIN:
The Secretary General of MOBIN (SGM) has the sole responsibility for the secretarial administration of the Organization. He is like a bridge between the Management and Staff of MOBIN. All the coordinators and liaison officers are under his direct supervision and within his oversight functions. His secretarial duties include (but not limited to) keeping all the records of MOBIN and updating the records regularly, events management, staff audit and appraisal, work supervision, engaging in media publication and promotional activities in liaison with the director of media and mass mobilization where necessary. He is a member of the MOBIN GOVERNING COUNCIL (MGC) by virtue of his strategic position. He facilitates the works of the Directors. Therefore, in terms of remunerations and benefits, he is at par with all Directors even though he does not head a Directorate.
(13) State Coordinators / Diaspora Coordinators:
The State Coordinators implement the programmes under the supervision of the Directors. MOBIN has adopted the existing State structure in Biafraland for ease of management. Each State shall therefore have a Coordinator for MOBIN for each of the Directorates who shall report to the particular Director under whose portfolio he or she works. In effect, there shall be 9 different State Coordinators in each State reporting to the 9 Directors in accordance with their different portfolios. The same rule applies to the Diaspora Coordinators where the Districts or Metropolitan Cities with mayoralty are equated to States.
(14) Local Government / Local Council Coordinators:
The Local Government / Local Council Coordinators implement the programmes of MOBIN at the local authority level. Every Local Government shall have 9 Local Government Coordinators covering the 9 Directorates. The same rule applies to the Local Councils in the Diaspora.
(15) Ward Coordinators / Community Liaison Officers:
The Ward Coordinators are the Community Liaison Officers of MOBIN at the grassroots in constant touch with the people. Each Ward shall have 9 Ward Coordinators reporting to the 9 Local Government Coordinators in accordance with their job descriptions.
ASSISTANCE AT WORK:
Though there are 9 Directors heading the 9 Directorates with different job portfolios and having different junior staff at their command whose secretarial administrative works are facilitated by the Secretary General, MOBIN expects cooperation and assistance among the workforce. We want friendly and brotherly cooperation at work so that each Officer lends a helping hand to his or her colleague in times of work pressure. For instance, if the Director of Information & Mass Mobilization is given a project to implement such as mobilization work for Biafra Trade Fair Exhibition or creating the Biafra Database, MOBIN expects the workforce from the other Directorates to assist him if he is short of competent staff. However, he or she is the person in authority as far as the project is concerned and nobody should usurp his powers.
Relationship between MOBIN and the Customary Government of Biafra:
It is necessary to understand the relationship between MOBIN and the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra. MOBIN is a voluntary organization established as a civil rights movement with conditions and requirements for membership. It is not every person that can qualify to become a member of MOBIN. It is a voluntary organization operating in the private sector but supporting the work of the Customary Government. It is therefore a pro-Biafra organization with a clear vision to engage in diplomacy, politics and business as strategies to fulfill its objectives. It is not a public body but a private sector organization engaged in business, diplomacy, trades, politics and politicking. It has the vision of creating wealth for its members and the Biafran masses who shall be willing to invest and participate in its businesses and have sufficient money to help in financing the Biafran Struggle.
On the other hand, the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra is not a pro-Biafra organization but a Government. It has no membership requirements because all Biafrans are automatically its citizens by birth. The Government is a public body and cannot be partisan in politics. It must accommodate all Biafrans irrespective of their political affiliations and political opinions. It cannot form an alliance with any particular political party as MOBIN has done. MOBIN is the organ that powers the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra using the mechanism of Town Hall Meetings to mobilize the Biafrans into politics.
In future, MOBIN may transform itself into a political party but the Customary Government cannot be transformed into a political party. If the Customary Government Bill is passed into law, it becomes a statutory government with power to use the State machinery and enforce its policies in governance. On the other hand, MOBIN has no such right to use the State machinery.
The management and administration of MOBIN are not under the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra. MOBIN can only discipline its members and has no power over all the Biafrans but the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra can apply the customary law and its rules of customary governance at the moment to discipline an erring indigene of Biafra such as ostracism as the Supreme Council of Elders administered in the case of Nnamdi Kanu in 2014. In summary, MOBIN is not a government but an association of persons who qualify to be admitted as members of the group while the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra is a Government and should function as a Government without interfering with people’s businesses and organizations. Nevertheless, the Government can have a project financed and executed under what is now called PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) in which the Government of a country and a private organization can enter into a partnership agreement to execute the project.