By Okoafor Odinaka
14th May 2019
The United Nations is an intergovernmental body with a mission to maintain peace, security, and human rights while offering humanitarian aids and promoting sustainable development. The UN principal organs include the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, and more.
Some believe that the body is truly for peace and human development, while others doubt its sincerity and effectiveness. Those staring at the UN with doubtful eye are not doing so for fun; they have their reason. Cogent ones come to that.
As pointed out earlier, one of the aims of forming the UN is to maintain peace and security, and the UN has an organ – the Security Council – in charge of that. Has this organ been awake to its duties as regards the Nigeria Biafra issue? The UN Security Council has the power to make a binding decision on such matters like Biafraexit. Their silence, therefore, is conspiratorial demeaning.
The Secretary-General of the UN on whose laps the onus to bring to the attention of the Security Council matters that threaten international peace and security has conveniently looked the other way. And so has International Court of Justice, ICJ, whose principal assignment is to adjudicate international disputes. The court has heard cases of war crimes, illegal state interferences, ethnic cleansing, and other similar crimes, yet turned a blind eye. Maybe because black Africans are involved?
In many cases, the UN member-states have shown reluctance in enforcing Security Council resolutions. Sometimes even, disagreements in the Security Council forestall peace moves. For example, disagreements in the Security Council over military intervention made the Rwandan genocide in 1994 to succeed for the length of time it did. Similarly, UN inaction is blamed for the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, the incessant killing of Biafrans in Nigeria, and to some extent, the Somali Civil War.
Since the formation of the UN, about seventy countries have gained independence. This was made possible by the UN declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples. Why then is the issue of Biafra different? Are Biafrans not humans?
Biafrans hereby call on the world to do the needful. We are being killed, raped, and humiliated almost on a daily basis. The world should act to preempt another war, for a man pushed to the wall has no choice than to push back.
THE BIAFRA TIMES
FAMILY WRITERS PRESS EDITORIAL: THE FREEDOM OF BIAFRA AND HER PEOPLE CAN NEVER EVER BE COMPROMISED
The freedom quest for the nation of Biafra and her people was initiated in the sixties through the dogged effort of the late People's General, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu who led a couple of other combatant compatriots then serving in the Nigerian military. Virtually all of these heroes have died, leaving quite a number of veterans recruited into the Biafran army in defense of their fatherland alive today, recounting their experiences. That coordinated resistance against the combined military invasion of Nigeria and her foreign mercenaries led by the British, lasted for a period of three good years (1967-1970), to the disappointment of the invaders, claiming not less than 3.5 million Biafrans including men, women, children and even the elderly. Biafran economy, properties/possessions, worth fortunes, were totally plundered.
According to chronicled accounts, an internationally mediated ceasefire/peace was brokered with floated slogan that read: "No Victor, No Vanquished". A program of triple "R" :...REINTEGRATION, REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION of the entire old Eastern and parts of the Midwestern regions devastated by this annihilative war, was initiated. But instead of carrying out that policy as Biafrans were made to believe, it was the Yorubas and the Hausa-Fulanis that suffered no displacement nor destruction, that largely benefited, thus making the entire peace process guide earlier instituted to engender genuine reconciliation and unity amongst contending parties, delusional. It is most unfortunate to point out therefore, that the events that led to that unforgettable encounter, yet thrive today with reckless abandon against same Biafrans by successive Nigerian governments. The people are steadily being marginalized, victimized, kidnapped, gruesomely murdered, pauperised and enslaved across the Nigerian contraption. Incidents that prompted the Biafran armed resistance in defense of their people and homeland (territories) dating back between 1945 and 1970 are very much prevalent after over forty years of hypocritical unity/federalism.
Undoubtedly, Biafra is a spirit. She is indestructible and had already regained her freedom, awaiting physical manifestation. Yes, Biafra is free! It is the spirit that controls the physical, most definitely. The events of today's Biafra restoration drive as tenaciously being anchored by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the courageous, highly disciplined and intelligent leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) globally, can very vividly attest to that. Nigeria is steadily and helplessly convulsing to death as an entity, confirming the prophecies of this divinely ordained liberation crusader of our time. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has the singular mandate of championing the final phase of the inalienable freedom of his people from the pangs and trappings of slavery and deprivations orchestrated by Nigeria and Britain. The meticulous, intelligent, civilized and very rare approach being adopted in the course of realising this laudable generational objective even in the face of provocations and persecutions, is globally incomparable. Indeed, IPOB which is the largest indigenous movement ever to be known to humanity and recognized in freedom agitation, is an exceptional phenomenon.
Biafrans have over the years, variously sacrificed for the unfettered restoration of the sovereignty of their fatherland. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alongside many others, within the IPOB global family have made and are yet making invaluable sacrifices despite life threatening persecutions from the enemies. Many have been extra-judicially arrested, imprisoned/detained and murdered in this struggle by the agents of the Nigerian state. Fulanised political merchants (saboteurs, traitors and propagandists) both within and without, have persistently vilified the IPOB leader and the struggle in virtually all fronts, with abysmal failures hitting their every move. All their evil strategies and enterprises will continue to suffer shame and disappointment.
Come Thursday 30th May 2019, Biafrans both at home and in the diaspora, will yet defy every odd to accord our heroes and heroines both living and dead, well deserved honor and recognition for their priceless sacrifices in the Biafra restoration struggle. This memorial will be accompanied with a total Sit-At-Home observance across Biafraland. The slain chose to fall that we may live and nothing less will suffice.
The Biafra restoration project is insurmountable. All IPOB family members must therefore maintain high degree of discipline and defiantly get committed to the cause, oppositions on the way to our destination, nonetheless. We must neither mutate nor mortgage our blissful future and that of the upcoming Biafran generations, no matter the allurings of temporal comfort. We have come this far, staking our lives and wherewithal for this all important project. The evolving developments in Nigeria are clear indications that we are close to the finishing line.
The much anticipated Biafra independence is quite imminent. The date and time heralding the trumpet blast for it's declaration may not be known or determined but behold, it is in the horizon. Oh yes!, Biafra is certainly free and we must all get our eyes fixed on the ball for the appointed season of our glory as a people can no longer tarry. God's hand of providence and protection on behalf of His own children (Biafrans), is evidently clear in every ramification. He is completely in charge.
Written by Peter Oshagwu
Family Writers Press