He claimed that Biafra’s final breakaway from the Nigerian government is drawing closer
Simon Ekpa, the Finland-based self-professed disciple of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has declared what he called full activation of Biafra Government In Exile (BGIE).
Ekpa made the declaration in a statement on Tuesday in which he said that all the activities of Biafran supporters and agitators are to make sure that “Biafra will totally be free from Nigeria in 2023 and forever”.
He claimed that Biafra’s final breakaway from the Nigerian government is drawing closer and therefore “we also wish to officially announce an alliance and activation of Biafra Government In Exile (BGIE) with the IPOB-Autopilot.”
According to Ekpa, the declared Biafra Government In Exile signifies that “Biafra is much alive and ready to be free from 'the British' and her lower 'Niger Company' order wise known as 'Nigeria', in 2023”.
He maintained that Biafra is working to “secure the Freedom and Liberty of Biafra and its peoples; represent the Sovereignty and Interests of Biafra throughout the world; engage in international relationships and diplomacy with Governments, States, Nations and Organizations; organize for the security of the peoples, properties and land of Biafrans; obtain diplomatic recognition for the Sovereign State of Biafra; and organize the negotiation of trade and other economic activities on behalf of the peoples of Biafra”.
Ekpa stated that the “peoples and Nation of Biafra appeal to all Governments, Peoples, States, Nations, Organizations and Individuals worldwide to support the long persecuted peoples of Biafra in their struggle for Freedom, Liberty and Self-Determination”.
According to him, the declaration document “is the organic and foundational agreement for the establishment of a National Structure, Governance Structure, Governing Authority and a Basic Code of Conduct for the functionaries and peoples of Biafra”.
He added, “It's a formal document that constitutes different things for the matters which are addressed or referenced by the Charter, and accordingly, as such matters are addressed or referenced therein, granted by the Nation of Biafra, through the collectivity of the representatives of the communities and peoples of Biafra, to the functionaries and for the functions stated in the Charter.
“We wish to re-affirm our total commitments to making sure that the sovereign state of Biafra is fully restored in 2023.
“Our freedom cannot be traded for anything else, not for the illusionary Igbo Presidency, not for Mr. Peter Obi's social media jamboree. It will be total freedom from Nigeria.”
IPOB through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, has repeatedly disowned Ekpa as its member or ally, describing him as a saboteur working with their enemies.