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Prevail on FG to let Biafra go, ex-N-Delta agitators beg UN, int’l community

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 04, 2019, 09:52:30 PM
By Onozure Dania

Ex-Niger Delta agitators under the aegis of Niger Delta Ken Saro Wiwa Adaka Boro Biafra Freedom Fighters, have called on the United Nations and the international community to mount pressure on the Nigerian government for the actualisation of Biafra Republic.

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Militants in Imo state surrender arms

The group said the only way to stop the agitation for Biafra was to allow Ndigbo have their own republic.

The leader of the group, Chief Jasper Emmanuel, who stated this in Yenagoa,  Bayelsa State said, the actualisation of Biafra Republic could not be suppressed or denied as everybody had right to freely express his mind on where to belong.

He called on all ex-agitators and militants to come together to support and agitate for the actualisation of Biafra Republic as that would give the Niger Delta region the tonic for rapid socio-economic development which had eluded the region for decades.

Emmanuel said: “We are seriously working with all necessary stakeholders and Biafra agitation groups within and outside the country to actualise the dream of the Biafra Republic where the people can be free in a country they can call their own.

“The actualisation of Biafra Republic will happen shortly as the people can no longer remain  in a federation that is politically and economically favourable to only some sections, while  other parts of the country that lay the golden egg live in abject poverty and under development.”

Emmanuel said the battle for the actualisation of a sovereign state of Biafra must be fought and won on all fronts for the benefit of all as the political imbalance of Nigeria has thrown under development to some sections while political power had remained the exclusive preserve of a few ethnic and religious groups.

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Re: Prevail on FG to let Biafra go, ex-N-Delta agitators beg UN, int’l community

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 04, 2019, 09:55:06 PM
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Niger Delta Ken Saro Wiwa Adaka Boro Biafra Freedom Fighters

The name of the group is actually a history of the people of that region told through the lives of persons named.

Re: Prevail on FG to let Biafra go, ex-N-Delta agitators beg UN, int’l community

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 04, 2019, 09:58:30 PM
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Emmanuel said the battle for the actualisation of a sovereign state of Biafra must be fought and won on all fronts for the benefit of all as the political imbalance of Nigeria has thrown under development to some sections while political power had remained the exclusive preserve of a few ethnic and religious groups.

I think that the conduct of the last national elections is creating hopelessness in the people of eastern Nigeria.
In all honesty, I don't see these agitations dying down until something changes fundamentally at the center.

Re: Prevail on FG to let Biafra go, ex-N-Delta agitators beg UN, int’l community

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : April 06, 2019, 07:04:10 AM
We have seen many countries split without fight Serbia and Montenegro (Formally Yugoslavia) now Serbia, and Montenegro another nation,  we have it in Africa Erithea breaking away from Ethiopia, South Sudan from Sudan etc This Biafra can only be compared with Catalonia's case in Spain. I hope their won't be blood shed for the actualization of their dream.

Re: Prevail on FG to let Biafra go, ex-N-Delta agitators beg UN, int’l community

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 07, 2019, 10:40:32 PM
We have seen many countries split without fight Serbia and Montenegro (Formally Yugoslavia) now Serbia, and Montenegro another nation,  we have it in Africa Erithea breaking away from Ethiopia, South Sudan from Sudan etc This Biafra can only be compared with Catalonia's case in Spain. I hope their won't be blood shed for the actualization of their dream.

Not really the same at all.
In fact Biafra and Catalonia are like apples and oranges.

In Spain, there is ONE dominant religion: Christianity
There is also really One culture if you look closely: Iberian culture that was heavily influenced by the Moors.
Though they have different languages (somewhat), they have a loooooooooooooooog history (more than one thousand years) together.

Nigeria on the other hand is just 59 years as an "independent country". But even in those years, one MAJOR civil war has been fought, and thousands die yearly due to the internal contradictions of the country.

Secondly, Biafra is predominantly Christian while the remaining part of Nigeria after "Biafraexit" (areas outside the East) would become overwhelming Muslim.

Thirdly, there are VAST cultural and values differences between Biafra and the northern part of Nigeria that has resisted Biafran secession the most.
So, there are no religious, ethnic, cultural, linguistic , or even values basis upon which the north can claim to be one with the east. The only reason the north really wants the east is the oil, and that is not enough reasons to want to hold the east into a union they do not want to belong.

Fourthly, Biafra in her full essence (meaning that EVERY part of Biafra decides to sign in for secession) is really a HUGE country by population; we are talking about 60-70 million. That is about 30-35% of Nigeria's population. Catalonia is about 14% of Spanish population.

The main decisive and consequential difference between Biafra and Catalonia is that if ALL Biafrans (talking about all those who sabotaged the last effort) decide to support secession, Nigeria cannot defeat it in war. Fact.
The only real life comparison I can think of is Ukraine and Russia in the Soviet Union(due to ethnic and religious reasons. The other close comparison would be India and Pakistan (due to religious reasons mainly).

The mistake people often make when talking about Biafra is to assume that IJaw, Ibibio/Efik and Ogoni in Southern Biafra won't join the secession. That assumption is wrong but, I would rather that people in those areas speak for themselves.

I personally think that the only thing stopping Biafra from seceding is that a significant percentage of the Biafran population have not yet bought into the idea. A lot of them still retain hope (no matter how faint) that Nigeria will repent and become a country of their dreams. Whether Nigeria delivers that "Nigerian dream" or shatters it, would decide whether Biafra becomes an independent country.

So Catalonia's fate is in Spanish hands; but Biafran fate is really in Biafran hands.

Re: Prevail on FG to let Biafra go, ex-N-Delta agitators beg UN, int’l community

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : April 10, 2019, 01:01:57 PM
Not really the same at all.
In fact Biafra and Catalonia are like apples and oranges.

In Spain, there is ONE dominant religion: Christianity
There is also really One culture if you look closely: Iberian culture that was heavily influenced by the Moors.
Though they have different languages (somewhat), they have a loooooooooooooooog history (more than one thousand years) together.

Nigeria on the other hand is just 59 years as an "independent country". But even in those years, one MAJOR civil war has been fought, and thousands die yearly due to the internal contradictions of the country.

Secondly, Biafra is predominantly Christian while the remaining part of Nigeria after "Biafraexit" (areas outside the East) would become overwhelming Muslim.

Thirdly, there are VAST cultural and values differences between Biafra and the northern part of Nigeria that has resisted Biafran secession the most.
So, there are no religious, ethnic, cultural, linguistic , or even values basis upon which the north can claim to be one with the east. The only reason the north really wants the east is the oil, and that is not enough reasons to want to hold the east into a union they do not want to belong.

Fourthly, Biafra in her full essence (meaning that EVERY part of Biafra decides to sign in for secession) is really a HUGE country by population; we are talking about 60-70 million. That is about 30-35% of Nigeria's population. Catalonia is about 14% of Spanish population.

The main decisive and consequential difference between Biafra and Catalonia is that if ALL Biafrans (talking about all those who sabotaged the last effort) decide to support secession, Nigeria cannot defeat it in war. Fact.
The only real life comparison I can think of is Ukraine and Russia in the Soviet Union(due to ethnic and religious reasons. The other close comparison would be India and Pakistan (due to religious reasons mainly).

The mistake people often make when talking about Biafra is to assume that IJaw, Ibibio/Efik and Ogoni in Southern Biafra won't join the secession. That assumption is wrong but, I would rather that people in those areas speak for themselves.

I personally think that the only thing stopping Biafra from seceding is that a significant percentage of the Biafran population have not yet bought into the idea. A lot of them still retain hope (no matter how faint) that Nigeria will repent and become a country of their dreams. Whether Nigeria delivers that "Nigerian dream" or shatters it, would decide whether Biafra becomes an independent country.

So Catalonia's fate is in Spanish hands; but Biafran fate is really in Biafran hands.
I agree with you, Nigeria is never one, Lord Lugard and Britain caused this problem, but the decree that Nigeria must be one for at least 100 years has ended in 2014, so I hope we can have a restructured Nigeria with each region governing it's resources or better still give Biafra a chance.

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