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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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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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Kanu “storms” Owerri, Okorocha “picks race”

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) addressed a massive rally in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday. Kanu and IPOB want southeastern Nigeria, which includes Imo State, to be allowed to secede from the rest of the country via a referendum and to become the independent state of Biafra.  This obviously puts him at …

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Nnamdi Kanu as a metaphor

A month ago, my boss, Kadaria and I, in a project for Channels TV, got to interview Nnamdi Kanu. It was an interesting drive from the hotel to his place in Umuahia. Two things that struck me, the organisation of his movement, and how close the Kanu compound is, to the Abia Government House. For crying out loud, there were …

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A history lesson for advocates of “restructuring” Nigeria

Practically everybody is talking about “restructuring” in Nigeria, but none of them can quite adequately explain what it means. But the popular refrain goes something like: “Nigeria is not working, so it must be restructured.  We can’t go on like this”. Many “restructuring” advocates blame the Nigerian constitution, claiming it has made the states over-reliant on federal allocations and fostered …

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Nigeria’s civil war is not over – Wole Soyinka

On July 6, 1967, civil war broke out in Nigeria between the country’s military and the forces of Biafra, an independent republic proclaimed by ex-Nigerian military officer Odumegwu Ojukwu on May 30 of that year. The war killed more than 1 million people, many of whom died from starvation. It ended in January 1970 with the reintegration of Biafra into …

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Alex Ekwueme: “If Biafran war starts, my hand no dey”

A close associate of Second Republic vice president Alex Ekwueme has told to Naijiant.com what the 84 year old former politician and architect thinks of the current agitation for secession of his home region, the southeastern part of Nigeria, from the rest of the country. Ekwueme spoke to the associate this week and the conversation started with the source asking …

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