But the attack took its toll on my parents. Once in Senegal I was able to make arrangements to travel to Israel. Violence, harassment and persecution by the Nigerian state and their unofficial militia are constant these days. The incident took place as soldiers besieged Oyigbo, Etche, Iriebe and Eleme after violence broke out as a result of a youth protest demanding an end to police brutality in the country, 9Africa news reported, citing Igbo Jewish adherents … My name is Nnamdi Kanu. By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News - Soldiers destroyed six synagogues of the Igbo Jewish community in Nigeria last week during a siege of several areas in the country’s Rivers State, while killing at least 50 people and arresting two, 9Africa reports. How I Arrived In Israel When Soldiers Invaded My Home — Nnamdi Kanu. Despite the lack of resources and international support, Biafra refused to surrender in the face of overwhelming Nigerian military superiority. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Biafra has always been wealthier, better endowed with natural resources and more creative with them than the north of Nigeria. Biafran soldiers supervised by Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu (Getty) Harold Wilson’s British Labour government, realizing the position of Nigerian as having a clear military advantage in the conflict, backed Nigeria solely with the goal of quickly defeating the Biafran army. In 1967 Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, ... 'Lost tribe of Israel' ... he was a soldier in the army that defeated the separatists in 1970. More than 50 years later and the violent persecution of the Biafran people by the Nigerian state continues unabated. We had friends and supporters outside and inside. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. The People of Biafra and the south of Nigeria are predominantly Christian and Jewish. Israel was a haven for me, but it took over a year to get there, ... Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops in 1968. The Times of Israel is an Israeli-based news website launched in 2012. Missing Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu has resurfaced in Israel more than a year after soldiers … All my life my colleagues and I have been working for Biafran self-determination, the right for the people of Biafra to choose their own destiny, to be free from persecution. Israel Needs a Clear Biafra Strategy. The numbers since have not been collated but will be equal. Dying mothers, Biafran youth dead on the roads around Port Harcourt. And when I was finally released on bail, less than a month before my court hearing, the Nigerian army was sent to kill me as part of its ongoing activities against Biafrans known as Operation Python Dance. She became very ill and died earlier this year. It would not be an overstatement to say that the primary cause of my mother's death was Operation Python Dance 2. From London, where I had been living, I had set up Radio Biafra to offer a platform for debate over the right to self-determination of the Biafran people. When Nigeria was created in 1914 the stated purpose by then Governor of Britain’s West African colonies, Sir Frederick Lugard, was to marry the rich South to the Poor North and even up the economics of both. What astonishes me, though, is the almost total silence from the world’s media, politicians and the international community surrounding this horrible persecution. Now Nigeria’s government, dominated for so many years by politicians and top brass from the north, has set itself to oppose with full military force peaceful calls for Biafran self-determination. The case of the so-called Muslim Fulani herdsmen from the north of Nigeria, who have already been recognised as terrorists by the international community, is a perfect example of this ongoing persecution. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The book tells the story of the Biafran War from the perspective of a Biafran soldier, John Ude who fought on many fronts against the unwarranted … I wouldn’t be able to expose the attempts by the Department of State Security to silence me. In 1970, after nearly three years of fighting, Biafran soldiers, who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms. I came back to my home country in October 2015 to try to help bring an end to the violence and persecution by peaceful means. The Fulani and other people of the north are Muslim. Somehow, they man-handled me to the top of this and I fell to the ground the other side. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Ten feet high. Then there is the systematic cleansing of whole areas by Fulani herdsmen from the north. No one else in the world has agreed with this move to ban our movement. The Biafra war was fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria, Shame of a nation: up to 12,000 people a day died from starvation during the civil war, A Biafran man trains with a dummy rifle during the simulation of a confrontation with the enemy in a field of Biafra, Biafran rebel soldiers during an attack to take the city of Ikot Ekpene from the Nigerian troops on 11 August 1968, A group of mothers and their babies waiting at the Enugu Civilian Hospital, A Nigerian army soldier wounded on his neck is carried by his comrades on the pannier rack of a bicycle, Refugees walk on a road as they flee the city of Aba, to go to Umuahia, the new capital of the Republic of Biafra, A Biafran mother and her starving baby during the famine resulting from the Biafran War, Colonel Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu, the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, delivers a press conference, Singer-songwriter John Lennon on the telephone during a press conference held after he returned his MBE to the Queen in protest against the war in Biafra and the British support of the American action in Vietnam. I will tell you all these things. I was in my old home in Umuahia. At the time I knew nothing more. I might as well have been in prison.Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, all the countries I had to pass through rely economically on Nigeria, their governments corrupt enough to arrest me and send me back. This was called “win-the-war effort”. Little is done to stem the flow of violence from either group. Two people were arrested at a synagogue in Iriebe Okpulor for “wearing Kippah & Magen”. Sign Up. Source: Centre For Memories, Enugu. The room was peppered with machine gun fire. Israel was a haven for me, but it took over a year to get there, and only then did I feel confident enough to let my fellow IPOB family members and immediate family know I was safe. But a handful of adults and children would have been too many, never mind millions. The Indigenous People of Biafra has reacted to alleged DSS report which claims that a certain Biafran Army Camp exists in Israel. Then I heard the gunfire and I understood what the man standing over me was trying to tell me. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. I protested. How they refused to bring me to court when a judge demanded it. Initially the Nigerian army denied the assault, but footage and photographs show the attack as it happened and its aftermath. The Nigerian army avoids confrontation with Boko Haram and the Fulani enjoy the tacit support of the Nigerian government. The 1 August 2019 article carries a photo of a plane with “Biafran Airlines” … Soldiers shouting. But we must add the killing and brutal beating by the Nigerian army and police of anyone who supports the Indigenous People of Biafra or calls for Biafran self-determination. The “Times of Israel” for the first time has carried news concerning ‘Biafran Jews’ on its Front Cover. And yet, despite the violence meted out to us on such occasions, we are called ‘terrorists’ and proscribed by the Nigerian government. We believe five million. After that terrible day in September 2017, I woke up in a safe house. I mourn my mother. Lieutenant colonel Ogbonnaya Oji during a battle of Nigerian Civil War. I had wanted my day in court in 2017, but the military response tells me that the rule of law in Nigeria has collapsed. I was denied the bail that had been granted me. I realised the soldiers were not here to arrest me – they could have done that at any time. You may remember those photographs of starving children, their bellies distended, crying with hunger, crying without tears because their tear ducts had dried up. We reject violence. That we had opened fire on the soldiers. We uphold human rights. They should not have been forced to make that sacrifice. Kanu made this statement with a brief meeting he has with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu calling for the Israel government to protect him and to ensure the good people of the Biafrans citizens are well protected during the independence, “The zoo country security agents are bitting what they can’t chew, but, we good people of Biafrans are peace lovingly citizens. And my men had been telling the soldiers they had no right to enter. The attorney for Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, head of the Biafran separatist movement, has confirmed that Kanu is in Israel following the first sighting of him in more than a year – but Israeli authorities say they’re not so sure. The outlawing of IPOB has given the Nigerian government an excuse to send in the army and provided impetus for Islamist militias to drive us from our homes. Kanu made My left side was swollen, and every breath was agonising. "The Nigerians who were pursuing us were trained soldiers. I will tell you about the murders, the beatings, farmers driven from their land, young men unarmed except with the flag of our country, shot dead in the streets by those ostensibly sent to ‘protect’ us. Biafra: Israeli Soldiers Set To Arrived In Enugu On October 15 Ahead Of Biafra Independence September 19, 2020 Admin Biafra: Israeli soldiers Set to arrive in Enuguon October 15 ahead of biafra independence. The Atlantic off that coast is heavy, stormy, treacherous. My men pushed and pulled me towards the high perimeter wall which ran the full circumference of the compound. At the same time, the plight of the Igbos reminded many Israelis of the Holocaust. Nnamdi Kanu “My coming to Nigeria with Israeli military is to address some issues with the good citizens of Biafra, who has been coming for my arrival and to also be in the right position to fight for a due course for the actualization of Biafra. In a press statement signed by its Head of Directorate of State, Chika Edoziem which was made available to ORIENTAL TIMES , the group described the news which seems to have circulated all over Nigeria media as fake. … Obiozor, a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, was on January 10 declared President of the group after an election held at Dan ... cooked and took care of Biafran soldiers as well. In 2017 Amnesty International recorded hundreds of killings of Biafrans by the Nigerian state. I might have started involuntarily. I wanted to confront the soldiers and ask them what they had come for. The Israeli public, press and parliament called for assistance to Biafra, evoking their country's deep moral obligation to help a people in distress. 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