“We Will Secede In 2015” Biafra ThreatensIgnatius Okpara, Interview, Latest News, News Monday, June 2nd, 2014
… As group unveils multi million cenotaph for fallen heroes.
IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu
Leaders of defunct state of Biafra, including scores of its aged war veterans have vowed to realize the Republic in 2015, just as they unveiled a multi- million naira cenotaph in memory of its fallen Heroes killed during the Nigerian/Biafran civil war.
They insisted that their agitation for freedom from the entity called Nigerian will continue until the Biafra Republic is enthroned.
Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, stated this in an interview with African Examiner Friday at Ngwo, Udi council area of Enugu state, during the maiden commemoration of Biafran Day, May 30th when the Igbo leader, late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra in I967.
Kanu, regretted that despite the declaration of the “No VICTOR NO VANQUISH” position after the Nigeria/Biafra civil war in 1970, successive governments including the present Goodluck Jonathan led administration have continued to deliberately marginalised and make life unbearable for the Igbo nation and its people.
He therefore, called on all genuine Igbo people across the globe to rise up and join the crusade of putting in place the Biafran Republic, adding that it was time for the Igbos, to pull out of Nigeria, which he described as ‘’a failed nation, where nothing works.’’
Kanu noted that it was unfortunate and painful that 47 years after the civil war ended, the Nigerian federal government has bluntly refused to pay soldiers who fought on the side of Biafra all their benefits and entitlements, whereas, all their counterparts in the North and Western parts of the country have received theirs.
The Radio Biafra boss, who said despite all odds, they remain eternally grateful to the Biafra leader, late Ojukwu, and others who laid down their lives for the struggle, warned the Federal Government not to constitute a cog in the wheel of progress of the proposed Republic, saying they should allow the will of God be done, by letting the Igbos go.
He however, wondered how any right thinking fellow would want to remain in a nation where they have no stake or recognition, stressing that the Igbos would soon move from bondage to the promise land where God has already prepared for them.
“It is the watershed in the history of the geographical expression called Nigeria. It is the aftermath of the mistake of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates by Lord Lugard.
Kanu further regretted that 47 years after Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra, the reasons that led to his decision are still evident in the failed nation called Nigeria.
He decried the sufferings and agony being faced by common Nigerians as a result of corrupt and bad governance in the country.
The Baifran chief insisted that Nigeria is doomed, especially since the country is driven by selfish and corrupt leaders, who do not believe in the well being of the poor masses.
He pointed out that as long as the intention and purpose of the amalgamation of North and South were designed to cheat the South, the nation would never move forward.
According to him, no amount of National Conference can solve Nigeria’s problem, as, according to him ‘’the leaders are not sincere and there is deep-rooted hatred among the different nationalities in the country.’’
Kanu maintained that the only panacea to Nigeria’s problems is to split it into different regions, calling on Igbos to embrace and keep faith with Biafra, which he assured, will come to reality.
Highlights of the colourful event which featured dozens of Biafran war veterans from various parts of Igbo land, clad in their uniforms, was the formal unveiling of the cenotaph, as well as official hand over of the leadership of Biafra to Kanu.
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