*Makes case for El-Zackzaky, Sowere
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has taken the agitation for Biafra independence to the United Nations.
Kanu, along with other top notchers of the pro – Biafra group, Wednesday, September 18, stormed Geneva where he held series of meetings with various UN agencies where he canvassed support for the restoration of the new republic.
This is coming barely two weeks Kanu had audience with the European Parliament on similar case.
According to a press statement by IPOB issued Thurday, Kanu, during the meeting with UN agencies presented strong reasons for the renewed agitation for Biafra.
Key demand of Kanu and his delegation according to the statement signed by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, was the immediate action against ethnic cleansing in Nigeria.
The statement also said Kalu solicited global support for Biafra restoration while calling for the prosecution of those behind the current genocide in Nigeria.
Kanu also reportedly called for the unconditional release of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoleye Sowore from illegal detention.
He also demanded an end to the persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheikh El-Zakzaky, ongoing tragic ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt and plight of Christian minorities in core North.
The statement entitled :”Our Case Will No Longer Be Ignored”, read in full :
“The enigma championing the current restoration quest of Biafra and leader of the indomitable Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday the 18th day of September 2019, scored yet another mark as he led a delegation of Biafrans to an all-important series of meetings with various United Nations agencies and officials at Geneva.
“Accompanied by his deputy, Mazi Uche Okafor Mefor, Head of Directorate of State of IPOB Mazi Chika Edoziem, the Head of Finance, Lady Nnennaya Anya, and other top echelons of the struggle, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the greatest prophet and leader of our time presented Biafra plight to the United Nations officials, demanding urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafrans and the need to support the undeniable right of Biafrans to self-determination as enshrined in law, statute and various UN conventions.
“The case of RUGA settlement by stealth was also raised and the august body was left in doubt that Biafrans will never allow Fulami terror settlements in Biafraland.
“Emerging from the meeting yesterday the 18th of September, our leader met a congregation of Biafrans who, on seeing their leader, began to chant his eulogy. Addressing the jubilant crowd, Kanu said, “Every issue concerning our people is now before the various arms and agencies of the United Nations. Our case will no longer be ignored.
“Every issue concerning our people” as mentioned by Kanu ranges from the incessant killing of Biafrans in their own land by terrorist Fulani herdsmen, extortion and killing of Biafran motorcyclists and commercial drivers by Nigerian army and police over refusal to give #50 bribery, killing of Biafrans in the Northern hemisphere by Islamic extremists, disfranchising Biafrans in the western part of the country as well as in the North, illegal take-over of Biafrans’ property by Lagos State government, systematic oppression and economic emasculation of the Biafran, forceful Islamization of the country as currently constituted, illegal detention of unarmed agitators, flagrant contempt of court orders, and incessant abduction and extra judicial killings of IPOB family members … all of which form the basis of the agitation for the separate state of Biafra which, in earnest, was existing before the Lugardian amalgamation of 1914.
“Exploiting the rights of indigenous people to self-determination as provided by the UN charter 2007, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his usual charismatic poise has conscientiously pursued freedom for the oppressed people of Biafra. Presenting the aforementioned matters to the UN with, presumably offers for a better deal than the failed Nigerian State can strike, Kanu and crew seem to have wrecked the Nigerian boat. Certainly he must have gotten reassuring promises to have told his followers that they will no longer be ignored.
“He also raised the issue of the continued illegal detention of Omoleye Sowore, the relentless persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheikh El-Zakzaky, ongoing tragic ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt and plight of Christian minorities in core North.”