Why can’t Buhari come to Biafra and lecture us about unity? -IPOB
ENUGU – The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of allegedly having more interest in the welfare of his cattle in his country home in Daura, Katsina State than Biafrans or other Nigerians.
IPOB said that apart from overseas countries which Buhari had visited for about 30 times since he became president over a year ago and Daura or other northern states, he had not stepped into any part of Igbo land or Biafra, adding that he usually travelled to see his animals rather than his fellow citizens.
This was contained in a statement issued by IPOB Spokespersons, Mr Emma Nmezu and Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya yesterday.
They spoke against the backdrop of the comments credited to Buhari to the effect that south east youth corps members serving in Daura should educate their people on the need to ensure Nigerian unity when they get home after completing their compulsory one year national service.
“The first question is, why can’t Buhari come to Biafra land to lecture Biafrans on unity rather than mouthing it every time he visits his cow ranch in Daura or someplace in Northern Nigeria?
“Is Northern Nigeria the only place that a president travels to? Can anyone point to a single visit that Buhari has made to Biafraland from May 29, 2015 till date?
“Buhari has more regards and affection for his cows than the average Biafran because he finds time to visit animals rather than those he claim to be his fellow citizens…
“Buhari has made 30 foreign trips as at the end of May 2016 as well as countless trips to the Northern part of Nigeria including Boko Haram controlled regions but he has not set his feet on Biafran soil since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015.
“Buhari must understand that a nation develops organically and is predicated on the commonality of shared value systems. A nation is markedly different from a country even our colonial masters know this.
“That is why Scotland which is a nation can seek independence from Britain which is a country. The same way that Biafra a nation is seeking her independence from Nigeria. Buhari must know that Nigeria may claim to be a country but definitely not a nation.
“Muhammadu Buhari should also understand that unity cannot be force-fitted or enforced by one region on other regions within a geographical expression. This is why David Cameron, immediate past British Prime Minister, did not deploy troops to Glasgow or Edinburgh with Rules of Engagement, ROE, to kill innocent Scottish people in the quest to preserve one Britain.
“If Britain our colonial masters and the creator of Nigeria can allow the Scots to determine their fate, how much more their product Nigeria refusing the nation of Biafra the same right.
Therefore the assertion by Buhari that Biafrans must stay together with the rest of Nigeria is not enforceable under any known law on this planet earth.
“The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, UNDRIP, makes it clear that Biafrans have the inalienable right to be on their own as a sovereign nation. The right to self-determination is not synonymous with war or violence.
“Buhari should therefore, not juxtapose self-determination with war because the two are not interchangeable. The least he can do is to use the instrument of referendum to test the resolve of Biafrans in their quest for the restoration of the nation of Biafra.
“We will also like to remind Buhari that the sovereignty of a nation is not premised on size.
The excuse that Nigeria is big enough and therefore Biafrans are bound by the sheer size of Nigeria to be part of it, is not logical. The Soviet Union was big and a super power but they broke up.
“Yugoslavia went their separate ways with the active support of Britain. Those familiar with the history of British politics will know that it was Paddy Ashdown, MP the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party that sought and gained the backing of the British government of the day to support the independence of the Muslim.