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Stop Insulting Us, Efik Not Part Of Biafra – Group Warns IPOB

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biafra: ibibio group warns ipob

The Efik Leadership Foundation (ELF) has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from including the Efik people in their agitation.

The ELF claims to be a pan Efik non-governmental organisation (NGO) that champions the cause of the Efik people of Calabar, Cross River State.

A statement signed by members of the group including the Board of Trustees Chairman, Richard Duke, said that the Efik people can champion their course if need arises and feel insulted by their inclusion in the Biafra map.

The group explained that, “Our decision to finally publicly state our position is borne out of the growing false propagation especially on social media of maps showing various versions of the proposed territories of the new country being agitated for wherein such maps include our beloved Cross River State”.

The group frowned at what they described as “impersonation” of the Obong of Calabar in a recent function organized by the IPOB.

According to the statement, “The ELF has watched patiently in the past months, the activities of certain individuals and groups agitating for the secession of certain States from Nigeria and the creation of Biafra nation.

“More recently, we were presented with a video of one Nnamdi Kanu, the acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at a gathering of some sort, where he thanked an unknown fellow for attending the meeting on behalf of the Obong of Calabar. This unknown man, who dressed in attire mimicking the Efik attire, had earlier claimed to be representing the Obong of Calabar” the state added.

“Historically, and as can be Googled for confirmation, the Obong of Calabar “is one of the eight rulers recognised by the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Natural Rulers and Treaty Kings whose Kingdoms existed hundreds of years before the amalgamation, and who interacted with, and signed Treaties and Agreements with Sovereign Nations in Africa and Europe”.

“We are therefore pleased to note that the Palace through the Chairman of the Etuboms Traditional Council (ETC) has since unequivocally disowned and distanced the Palace from the impersonator”.

“Continuing, the group stated “Although we acknowledge the imperfection of the present Nigeria union, we the Efik people are peace loving people hence the acronym for CALABAR: Come And Live And Be At Rest. We primarily seek, within a workable and generally beneficial framework, a better, effective and equitable union of all constituent parts and people of Nigeria, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, sex, age, status and other circumstances of life”.

“History has shown that we have never been a part of Biafra and we reiterate that we are still not a part of this new proposed Biafra, either. We were never consulted before or after the said Nnamdi Kanu and his co- adventurers began their new agitation for the Biafra Nation thus any attempt to annex or conscript us surreptitiously or use our people, land and territory as basis for bargaining is unequivocally resisted by the Efik People”.

”While the Biafra agitators and indeed all Nigerians are entitled, within the law, to speak up against injustices, marginalization by the Nigerian State, and need for referendum and restructuring, the Efik people are also very capable of tabling their own grievances, which indeed exist, to the relevant authorities without necessarily using Biafra as a crutch,” the group stated.

“We are deeply pained and feel insulted by the actions of IPOB, more so when they attempt to portray the Efik people as co-travellers in a venture where the two parties have not met to discuss any points of mutual benefit or interest”.

“The office of the Obong of Calabar is a highly revered office and the incumbent would never belittle himself by sending such a representative to any gathering. We make bold to say that in this particular instance, the so called representative was fraudulent and the Efik people vehemently alienate themselves from that gathering”.

“The Etuboms and any other person whom the Obong may occasionally ask to represent him are usually carefully selected and well spoken men and women of substance and definitely not the calibre of the imposter shown in that video”.

While pledging to work for the unity of Nigeria, ELF added that, “We demand that the Biafran agitators cease and desist from further including the Efik people in their Biafran shenanigans or misleading the world that the Efik people are part of the movement. For now, we the Efik people remain part of Nigeria and are more inclined to making the country a better place for every Nigerian.”

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11 Comments

  1. Nkonye Chibu Ugwonu

    July 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Efik? Ugep!!! Cross River State again? All these people saying their minds for now should be allowed and, let them watch things unfold, if somebody will remember, both OHANEZE, l see them calling KANU our “son” and telling him “weldone”. Then other ethnic groups like Efik etc will blame each other within them, but the point remains they will join

  2. Obeleagu Walter

    July 8, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Fake news

  3. Michael Kanayo Onyemauwa

    July 8, 2017 at 7:31 am

    efik na una go hearam

  4. Eboh Obinna

    July 8, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Fake zoo media, referendum will clear the air .

  5. Nnoruka Onyedika Philips

    July 8, 2017 at 6:55 am

    no probs..not by force

  6. Malachi Chibuzo Godfirst

    July 8, 2017 at 5:37 am

    That’s paid group, our brother are with us

  7. Henry Inyang

    July 8, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Which efik is not part of biafra fake media reports

  8. Obiakor Sunday

    July 8, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Ubochi nta a chua na owere nchi.

  9. Womadi Anderson

    July 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Tell den

  10. Prince Silverudo

    July 8, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Efik stand by our Biafran brothers. The Erik must open their heads to know their seaport was killed by people managing Nigeria. Time to make a change

  11. Arua Oldogg

    July 8, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Liars

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Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Threatens To Excommunicate Saboteurs From IPOB

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IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has threatened to kick out of the organisation those who sabotage the sacred Biafra project.

Kanu said this in a statement signed by the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful on Saturday in Owerri., the Imo State capital.

He warned that the saboteurs would not only be shredded and destroyed “worse things will happen to you if we catch you.”

“There is no forgiveness, no pardon, no pity, no diplomacy, no bridge building. Once you are out, you are an outcast forever.

“Form as many useless pro-Biafra groups as you like with help of DSS or Ohaneze Ndi, gossip as much as you like with your multiple fake accounts, you will never be allowed back in.

“We allow petty saboteurs to keep coming forward because it makes it easier for us to destroy them. The more dangerous ones are those in our midst pretending but working for the enemy.

“Any IPOB appealling to online traitors to stop hating Kanu and IPOB is mentally weak. IPOB was forged in the heat of battle and purified in the furnace ceaseless confrontation for 8 years. Bridge building with traitors is for the confused and unfocused.

“We are IPOB, we conquer and subdue our enemies with overwhelming evidence and incontrovertible proof. We drown them in the pool of truth.

“We love trouble, enmity and confrontation because we believe and know that enemies within and without are good for us the same way a good immune system can only be built by the body confronting viruses and bacteria on a regular basis. We are arrogant yes! Because IPOB is the best there is in the whole world. An unarmed group that broke a country with nothing but truth.

“If as a frontline activist you mistakenly think that our love and praise of your work for Biafra means we are gullible and can be divided, then we show you who we are. Any day you step out of line, you are toast, we would sink you because many have died, imprisoned and tortured for this Biafra.

“We are like the vultures, we have no friends, we have no enemies. We only love those that pursue Biafra in truth and honesty. Once you deviate, then its bye bye, no matter who you think you are.”

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War In IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Community

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Nnamdi Kanu

Tension and fear now pervade the Isiama Afaraukwu country home of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu following a fracas that has left the President General of the community, Chief Ikechukwu Ndubueze hospitalized and a vehicle burnt.

The community leaders are however accusing a lady, Ms Ogala Doris of being responsible for the attack on the President General and vowed she must leave the community.

Bone of contention

At the centre of the crisis was the reconstruction of the road that passed through Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Afaraukwu, which the natives said was awarded by the state government to ease traffic during the burial of their late monarch, Eze Israel Kanu, and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, but the project could not be completed before February 14 when the late monarch and his wife were buried.

However, the contractor was said to have returned to site last week with the intention of completing the road project but allegedly met a stiff resistance from Ms Ogala. As a result, Chief Ndubueze was invited to intervene but allegedly ambushed by hired thugs who inflicted injuries on him.

Narrating his ordeal, Ndubueze who spoke from his hospital bed at the Accident and Emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia where he was receiving treatment following injuries he sustained during the attack said he escaped death by the whiskers.

Ndubueze said he had received a report that Doris was obstructing the on-going road reconstruction in the community and went to the scene to see things for himself. He said Doris had blocked a section of the road that passed through her family house with loads of sand and resisted the contractor handling the road project from dropping chippings at the junction close to her house.

“Even when I advised her not to obstruct the road project, she insisted that no chippings should be dropped close to her house until she was through with her own project”, he alleged.

The President General said instead of heeding his advice, the lady descended on him with her thugs who attacked him with machete, shovel and stones, leaving him injured before he was rescued by members of the community.

Ndubueze alleged that “Doris has suddenly become a thorn in the flesh of the community without regard for anybody. She has become troublesome, bragging that she is very close to top police officers and governors and can do anything she likes in the community and get away with it”.

More allegations

Speaking on the incident, one of the Village Heads, Chief Ben Ohaeri, said that Doris deliberately wanted to disrupt the community road project apparently to prove her “powerful influence”, adding that after the President General was rushed to the hospital, Doris’ brother blocked the junction leading to their building with a mini bus which was later burnt in the night apparently to create the impression that they were attacked by the community. “Isiama Afaraukwu is peace -loving; we accept strangers but this can never happen in Item where she comes from; so, we want her to leave our community”.

The contractor handling the road project, Maureen Uzochukwu said that trouble started on Wednesday when their trucks brought chippings from Abakaliki, and wanted to drop them at the junction close to Doris house, but she resisted the attempt.

Uzochukwu who also claimed to be a victim of the attack said she sought the intervention of Chief Ndubueze who promptly came to the area but was allegedly attacked by Doris and her thugs. The contractor said she had notified the state Commissioner for Works as well as that of Information who assured her that government would handle the situation.

IPOB talks tough

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, has warned that IPOB should not be brought into the fracas. In an interview, he said contrary to claims by Doris, IPOB had nothing to do with the matter, and warned her from discrediting the peaceful movement through blackmail. “I noticed heavy police presence in the community and inquired from one of the personnel on a road block who told me they received a report that IPOB was planning an attack in the community. It is people like Doris who write fictitious petitions against IPOB to blackmail it, she should retrace her steps before it’s too late; she is too small for IPOB”. Kanu maintained that Doris must leave the community and to stop creating problem in the area.

When Doris was contacted for her reaction, she feigned ignorance of the development. “I don’t understand what you are saying”, she said and switched off her phone. The Abia Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna who spoke to Saturday Sun on phone said he was out of Umuahia on official duty and had not been briefed about the incident.

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Biafra Freedom Is Few Months Away, Not Years — Nnamdi Kanu Insists

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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has insisted that there would be a republic of Biafra in just a few months.

ORIENTAL TIMES reports that Kanu said this on Monday while reacting to the report that President Buhari will not hold any media broadcast today which is contrary to earlier reports which said the President will address the nation.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday revealed in a tweet that no presidential broadcast on coronavirus was planned.

Adesina stated that the Presidential Task Force will rather bring the nation up to speed on the next steps during its usual media briefings.

“No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps,” he tweeted.

Reacting, IPOB leader wrote:

“MESS with us at your peril.

“Micheal Jiang, MD of CCECC in Nigeria is a very smart man for heeding my warning this morning not to disgrace himself and China by broadcasting any concocted audio/video tape of a dead Buhari. Anything he does I will expose to the whole world and the #Zoo will be ridiculed.

“The #ZooNigeria has fallen because as I have always said, Buhari is dead, Jubril is gone, Aisha Buhari’s boyfriend is shy, #AsoRockIsStillEmpty and #OsinbajoIsStillMissing

“I maintain that Biafra freedom is month’s away not years. WE MISCREANTS HAVE COLLAPSED THE ZOO!

“If they change their mind and decide to air their sham tonight, we IPOB shall be waiting to eat them alive.”

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