By Matthew Mbanaja
The courtroom which was filled to capacity by 9am by the indigenous people of Biafra, young and old who conducted themselves to a very quit and solemn civility which presented the only hope to the downtrodden and truly rejected Biafrans hoping and praying to God for a safe passage to their home land where they can only be saved in a genocide country that they have mistakenly found themselves.
Before entering the court, there was a night vigil at the head office of the indigenous people of Biafra, where the embattled Biafran clergies called on the God of Abiama to soften the heart of Pharaoh to let their people go.
I stepped out of the court room to psyche a Biafran lawyer who was in the court room on another assignment but on siting the dejected faces of Biafran elders and youths, left the court room in tears. I asked him why he is troubled, he told me that he truly weeps for the embattled people of Biafra and hopped that the courage of Bilie Human Rights Initiative can bring scour to his people, but his very obvious us doubt is that our approach will not provide solutions to the people of Biafra because it has been proved that the only language our present country Nigeria understands is violence.
He lamented that while the federal government gave the presidency of Nigeria to the Yorubas /Obasanjo when OPC made Nigeria ungovernable as a result of the June 12th agitation, the Niger Deltas got a full settlement plus a president when they started their militancy, but a nonviolent Massob is today seeing their leader Uwazurike arrested because the Biafrans have been cowered into submission and Nigeria know that Biafrans have lost the balls to fight any more due to the atrocities they were subjected to in the three years genocidal war of survival.
He therefore suggested that we must raise a militant wing at once to start disrtabilizing Nigeria because they are not going to take us seriously in the present legal process, I quickly arranged a meeting after the court proceedings to meet with our visionary lawyer, Emeka A.C.Adolf who lectured him on self-determination and behold, he decided to join the Biafran team of lawyers in the next appearance.
The amiable trial judge, Hon M.S.Shaubu appeared in the court by 10 am to begin the hearing. Engr Innocent Obinna Amadi, the president of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, as the complainant, introduced himself, followed by the lead council, Bar Emeka A.C.Adolf, representing the indigenous people of Biafra who rose to introduce himself and the Biafran team of lawyers, namely Bar O.O.Uwazie, and Ike Nwachuchunta. Bar Debe Odimegwu Ojukwu was unavoidably absent as a result of a family assignment in London.
Bar Shola Abeleja, representing the defendant, the federal government of Nigeria, introduced himself and started the proceeding by a counter motion argument on the early motion submitted by the council to the complainant introduced on the first day that that issues were joined by both parties being the 16th of Febuary 2013 based on the trustees and corporate trustees of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, siting cases from the western Nigeria, while the lead council to the complainant, the indigenous people of Biafra was swift to present his counter motion siting several text cases to substantiate his argument to the affirmative nodding of the trial judge and the other learned gentlemen in the courtroom.
The hearing witnessed a lot of pro-Biafran groups and other human rights organisations who came to support the Bilie Human Rights Initiative. Present also was the chairman of the elders council of the indigenous people of Biafra, Dr Dozie Ikedife and other royal fathers and Biafran dignitaries. Representatives of Bilie Human Rights Initiative from across the country were present The case was adjoined to the 25th of June for more hearing.
The mamonth crowd drove in a convoy to the office of indigenous people of Biafra located at 90 Wetheral road Owerri where the president of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, Engr Innocent Obinna Amadi, the vice chairman of the elders council of indigenous people of Biafra, Dr Dozie Ikedife, and the lead council, Bar Emeka A.C.Adolf addressed them, There was Christian songs and prayers to close the occasion with Engr Matthew Mbanaja rendering the BHRI anthem.
EBE KA UNO SI? BIAFRA, EBE KA UNO JE. BIAFRA: AGAMA HAPUBIAFRA GA EBE OZO GA BIRI , AGAMA HAPU BIAFRA GA NIGERIA GA BIRI, BIAFRA GA DI NU, UMUOKORO IBE MU JIKEREKWANU NA HEME, UMO AGBOYO IBE MU JIKEREKWA JIKEREKWA NU NA HEME”HE OOO. ”ENYI BIAFRA NA ALA BIAFRA ENYI BIAFRA ALALA ENYI, CHETAKWANU NDIANYI NWURU NA OGU, ENYI BIAFRA NA ALA BIAFRA, ENYI: CHETAKWANU P.H SECTOR, ENYI BIAFRA NA ALA BIAFRA ENYI CHETAKWANU OWERRI SECTOR ENYI BIAFRA NA ALA BIAFRA ENYI CHETAKWANU NSUKA SECTOR, ENYI BIAFRA NA ALA BAFRA ENYI, CHETAKWANU KWASIOKOR BURU UMUANYI, ENYI BIAFRA NA BIAFRA ENYI ENYI OO ,ENYI OOO OO, ENYI OO ENYIOO ENYI ENYI BIAFRA NALA BIAFRA ENYI. BIAFRA NA ALA BIAFRA ENYI.