It is no longer news that ever since President Muhammdu Buhari assumed the mantle of leadership of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, one of his noticeably key security focuses so far has been the incessant, premeditated and wanton killing of unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Christians of the Biafra enclave – for obviously no cause.
It is no longer news that ever since President Muhammdu Buhari assumed the mantle of leadership of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, one of his noticeably key security focuses so far has been the incessant, premeditated and wanton killing of unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Christians of the Biafra enclave – for obviously no cause. More often, if the killing was not based on the falsehood that the IPOB members were the first to attack members of the Nigerian armed forces and as such had to be killed in return, it would be stupidly predicated on the spurious grounds that the hapless and unsuspecting victims of Buhari’s totalitarian and fascist government were obstructing the free flow of traffic and thus needed to be dealt with (which for the military entailed killing them) in order to clear the way for motorists and other road users.
Meanwhile, in all of these series of killings of peaceful protesters, the Buhari-led government is yet to come out with a single video record showing pro-Biafra agitators killing members of the Nigerian armed forces.
But thus far, the reverse has always been the case in the aftermath of every peaceful protest duly organized by pro-Biafra agitators in Nigeria, all in pursuit of their legitimate demand for a sovereign state of Biafra. And besides the fact that thousands of members of this separatist group have been mowed down in their prime for merely thronging the streets of Nigeria in demand for self-determination as adequately guaranteed by international laws and practices, Amnesty International recently had to lend its strong voice in total condemnation of the Nigerian government’s persistent and cruel clampdown and massacre of these unarmed and peaceful protesters.
According to this highly esteemed international body, no less than a hundred and fifty unarmed civilians belonging to IPOB were brutally murdered in cold blood using torture, live bullets and other weaponry by members of the Nigerian armed forces on May 30, 2016 – Biafran Remembrance Day. And further to its graphic report titled “Bullets Were Raining Everywhere,” the AI findings clearly showed that the assertion that the peaceful protesters were the first to court the trouble and/or attack members of the Nigerian armed forces was neither here nor there. Strangely, as if the killing was not provoking enough, the same Buhari’s soldiers and other security killer forces had to even go extra miles invading churches at Onitsha and its environs in Anambra State of Nigeria in furtherance of their killing spree and the hacking of peaceful protesters who happened to be in or seek refuge in these hallowed places of worship.
Indeed, as heart-rending as these nasty incidents are, it does appear that President Muhammadu Buhari is not yet through with his morbid thought and blood-sucking inclination towards pro-Biafra peaceful protesters and the people of old Eastern Nigeria in general. As it stands now, the Christian people of Eastern Nigeria – comprising the Igbo and folks of the Niger Delta region – are obviously not at war with the Nigerian state, unlike the case in Buhari’s Northern part of Nigeria where the terrorist Boko Haram sect is increasingly having a field day and upper hand in the raging war in the region. Yet virtually all states within the Biafra enclave are at the moment more militarized and/or placed under heavy military siege than the region which breeds and harbors terrorists in Nigeria. And all of this is the result of the evil machination of the Islamist-in-Chief in an apparent attempt to spoil the Christmas celebration for people of the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones in Nigeria, in which over 90 percent of the population are Christians.
Yet, in all of this, nobody seems to be talking. Even most unfortunate of all, the United Nations, which ideally is meant to be the conscience of the world on matters of human rights abuse, oppression, subjugation, ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc. that are all rife in Nigeria today, is apparently indifferent. Ditto the African Union, which has not so far reflected through any meaningful action in any member state the remarkable change of its policy of non-interference to non-indifference in the internal affairs of member states. Perhaps, the UN and the AU are waiting for the eventual upsurge in widespread bloodletting in Nigeria before being alive to their global and regional responsibilities.
By expectation, the most appropriate advocacy for these august international bodies would have been to bring their influence, diplomacy and all instruments of coercion at their disposal to bear on the growing fascist government of President Muhammadu Buhari by impressing it on the latter to quickly organize a referendum on this lingering issue of Biafra before the bubble bursts. Meanwhile, If indeed it could be done for the Scots in the United Kingdom out of the volition of the leadership of Britain, why then will it be difficult for the world body (the UN) to do it for Biafrans in Nigeria, especially in the face of the fact of the stiff-necked attitude and blood-sucking propensities of the present rudderless leadership in Nigeria - led by an Islamist?
In Syria, for one, it can be well understood that the ostensible reason which propelled President Barack Obama to embark on the voyage of arming the Syrian rebels (the vast majority of whom are reportedly members of the opposition political parties in Syria) was not unconnected with President Bashar Al-Assad’s disgusting inclination to killing and bombing anti-government peaceful protesters. Needless to say at this juncture that this is by no means less than what currently obtains in Nigeria against the pro-Biafra peaceful protesters. Yet, President Barack Obama appears so far to turn a blind eye to this very obnoxious incident being perpetrated by his stooge and ally President Muhammadu Buhari.
But be that as it may, this is obviously one great task before the US President-elect Donald J. Trump, who understandably has no illusions about the increasing spate of killings of Christians by terrorist Islamists and their benefactors all over the world and, moreover, the far-reaching negative effects this development has had on the Nigerian Christian community under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch vis-à-vis the fundamental rights of a people to seek self-determination.
Onyiorah Paschal Chiduluemije is a journalist who writes from Abuja. You can contact him at +234 07012130204.