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Biafran separatists yet to learn the difference between bravery and foolhardiness

Bravery plays a strong part in Igbo folklore.  Pre-colonial Igboland was mainly a gathering of fiercely independent city-states, many of which fought wars to preserve their independence.  Each able-bodied young man was expected to do his duty in the defence of his homeland from attack.  Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart” highlighted how the main character Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, was …

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Nigerian military declares IPOB a “militant terrorist organisation”

Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has issued a statement today branding the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a “terrorist organisation”. The statement from the Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche declared that: “After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organisation is non-violent is not true. “Hence, …

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American MRAP tanks being used for repression of Nnamdi Kanu & pro-Biafran activists

The Nigerian army has reportedly surrounded the home of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Afaraukwu, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State. The standoff, which started on Sunday evening, is part of what the military has termed “Operation Python Dance”, which Kanu and his many supporters believe is an attempt to …

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Nnamdi Kanu and the cult of personality

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 Anyone in need of evidence of this lacking in knowledge should try a conversation about Biafra/Nnamdi Kanu (the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who are agitating for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country) with Kanu’s supporters. Earlier this month, while discussing those …

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Buhari’s return speech: The height of irresponsibility

After 103 days holed up in London with a mystery illness, President Muhammadu Buhari returned on Saturday announcing he will address the country on Monday morning. Nigerians waiting for anything of substance from the absentee and part time president (when he is in the country) would have been as disappointed as they have been in the two years of this …

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Nnamdi Kanu has run away before, he may do so again

Very little is known about the life of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who are agitating for the secession of Nigeria’s southeast region from the rest of the country, before he became a shock jock on the internet-based Radio Biafra and was arrested during a visit to Nigeria in October 2015. That arrest turned …

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