In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 29th, August, 2020

One other Battle is Brewing by Alexander Ubani

Another War is Brewing by Alexander Ubani

The IPOB members were killed in broad daylight by a combined team of DSS, Police and Nigerian army in Enugu

The IPOB members have been killed in broad daylight by a mixed staff of DSS, Police and Nigerian military in Enugu


Prior to now, it was the unprovoked ethnic cleaning and the rampant homicide of Igbos within the north that ignited the Biafran struggle. As of late, the federal government is now utilizing safety brokers to wipe out unarmed Igbo youths in broad daylight, forgetting that these individuals have households and family members. Whereas these Igbo youths do no carry weapons, the federal government makes excuses for itself to justify the unconscionable executions.


The federal government sends its safety brokers to raid conferences held by Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) members. This the federal government does to meet the target for which it declared them a terrorist group – to slaughter and gun them down in chilly blood, in any case, they’re ‘terrorists’. Whereas the federal government’s plan could also be working completely properly, the Igbos are those shedding able-bodied males, youths of their numbers who make up a big chunk of IPOB’s assist base.


The latest bloodbath of IPOB members in Enugu by a mixed staff of police, DSS, and the army on the 23rd of August, 2020 may very well be a catalyst able to turning Nigeria into one other struggle zone, bear in mind it occurred earlier than. 


Eyewitness account based on Punch stated that the IPOB members have been holding a peaceable assembly at St. Patrick’s Secondary College Emene neighborhood in Enugu State when the staff of safety brokers stormed, blocked the doorway with two hilux vans. Earlier than you possibly can say jack, blood of IPOB members flowed within the faculty compound as a lot of them have been shot useless. To worsen issues, the safety brokers after killing them, carried their our bodies to an unknown place. This story shouldn’t be new to individuals who stay within the south-east as a result of that is how safety operatives in Nigeria function. They place no worth on human life particularly when they’re within the south-east.

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Whereas cowardly Igbo elite class flip the opposite method for the chance to seize energy in 2023, one other struggle is being staged by the federal government with its thirst for the blood of Igbo youths whose solely crime is to return collectively for a gathering to advance the reason for the ethnic group. Whereas the federal government did not act the place wanted by declaring killer Fulani herdsmen and bandits who’ve raped, maimed, killed, and worn out villages in Southern Kaduna as terrorists, it has carried on with its agenda to scale back the variety of youths in Igboland. The federal government utilizing its safety brokers have continued to hold out a number of raids at IPOB assembly locations, killing and executing members of the group who’re unarmed and peaceable. From Aba to Port Harcourt, Owerri, Onitsha and Enugu, the story is identical. The federal government believes IPOB members pose a menace to the unity of the nation although the group has remained unarmed over time.


It’s unhappy many Nigerians have determined to stay silent whereas the federal government goes about killing unarmed youths of Igbo extraction with the excuse that they’re members of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra. Extra disappointing is the choice of the so-called Igbo leaders, teams, and politicians to stay silent and watch the federal government takedown unarmed youths in chilly blood. Governors, senators, home of consultant members, and conventional rulers from the south-east ought to be ashamed of themselves. They’ve failed of their duties to name the federal authorities to order for the unjustified execution of those unarmed youths. Failure on their half to liaise with the federal authorities and focus on lingering points inflicting these agitations is a recurring decimal that has continued to jeopardize the nation’s existence. They make it look like IPOB is a prodigal group, mindless at greatest preventing for a forgotten and misplaced trigger – all on their very own. They’re snug to pen bogus phrases on social media and converse eloquently at conferences condemning the killing of black individuals in America, Uk and so on; similar people preserve silent whereas safety brokers in Nigeria execute unarmed IPOB youths in broad daylight. Certainly, whereas they’re snug with the Nigeria of immediately as beneficiaries, the spilling of harmless blood of unarmed Igbo youths by the FG shouldn’t be their concern.

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After all, this additionally reveals that there is no such thing as a actual management or political drive coming from the south-east as it’s apparent these so-called elite are yes-boys of the federal government.


This untoward pattern by the federal government to kill IPOB members at will has continued for too lengthy. Some years again, some movies went viral on social media displaying males of the Nigerian military forcing IPOB members to drink and swim inside soiled water. It sparked outrage and widespread condemnation from individuals. These unprovoked assaults towards a peaceable group whose solely type of riot is to arrange protests in a number of the states will likely be extra catastrophic if they’re pressured to hold arms towards the state. We can have one other Somalia on our fingers.


Immediately, the troopers who pressured these IPOB members to drink and swim in soiled water, strip them of their garments and assaulted them in full view of the general public stroll about free males. The military swept the matter underneath the carpet as normal. They’re IPOB members, in any case, you may execute, assault, homicide them, nobody cares.


No matter comes out of it, I hope those that remained silent whereas this unjust act goes on unabated won’t die of guilt. I’m not an IPOB member, however I’m a Nigerian with eyes, ears, and a sound thoughts. The reality is: everybody is aware of that what the federal government is doing to IPOB members is unjust, inhumane, and unwarranted. However, due to some individuals’s egocentric political and monetary curiosity, they’ve chosen to stay silent. That silence may be one other struggle!

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Alexander Thandi Ubani writes from Lagos.

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