June 09 2020 | Radio Biafra
Dear Garba Shehu,
This actually is not a friendly letter. It would have been, had it been you did your job professionally, without insulting the memories of hundreds of thousands of Christians that have been gruesomely murdered in Nigeria, including Pastors, Reverend Fathers, Seminarians and their Faithfuls. A religious genocide to which we all are witnesses to.
Your press release titled “IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NIGERIAN STATE” is a grievous insult to all Christians in Nigeria. Your attempt to mislead the international community over the plight of Christians in Nigeria, will be confronted and countered by any human of good conscience.
Garba Shehu, as the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), you accused IPOB of spearheading a misleading campaign using false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigeria state. You said that Indigenous People Of Biafra in collaboration with relevant NGOs are using “the cover of Christianity – and calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to stop the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria. But the real purpose is to drive a wedge between the Nigeria government and its US and UK/European allies.”
I have read your press release from the so called “PRESIDENCY” times without number, and I have been asking myself how the federal government can possibly deny that Christians are being slaughtered in Nigeria. How can even a government official rise up to utter such rubbish? This to my utmost understanding proves that this is actually the time for Christians to brace up and see that the Nigeria government truly wants to wipe them all off the surface of the earth.
With this denial by the Nigeria government, it has proven the fact that the killings of Christians in Nigeria are aided and abetted by the government, if not, why is it that a government which ought to defend the people is now the one denying of their massacre. How heartless could that be?
Yes, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a Jewish adherent as he has always shown through his dressing and worship; but did that in any way stop him from speaking against the massacre of Christians in Nigeria? Could that be the reason your so-called presidency has put a blind eye as Christians are wiped out in Nigeria? The presidency, the security agencies in Nigeria are of course headed by Muslims, and they shouldn’t be seen speaking for or protecting Christians?
Is it not wonderful that IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whom you all hated and called names is now speaking for the Northern Christians? Nnamdi Kanu is simply helping to save Christians from government sponsored Jihad and ethnic cleansing. He has shown that even if Biafra is granted freedom, they will still support and preserve religious freedom across Africa.
The killing of Christians in Nigeria is no longer a new thing. It has been ongoing since more than 50 years ago, and took a radical approach since the coming of this government which you belong to.
Here are some examples of massacre of Christians in Nigeria.
Eunice Olawale was a deaconess of the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), and a mother of seven. She was murdered while performing evangelism by some Muslim extremists in the early hours of July 9, 2016 at Kubwa, in the Federal capital city of Abuja.
On Tuesday April 24, 2018, two Catholic Priests, Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha were gruesomely killed during a church service along with 17 other worshippers, as suspected Islamic extremists invaded St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East LGA of Benue state.
On Thursday August 1, 2019, Ibrahim Adamu (25 years) from Taraba state and Idris Tobe (28 years) shot and killed Rev Fr Paul Offu along Ihe-Agbudu road in Awgu local government area of the state.
Then again, on 1st June 2020, Pastor Emmanuel Bileya and his wife Juliana were killed by unknown gun men. The gun men met the pastor and his wife tending to their farm and they opened fire on them killing both instantly.
Fulani herdsmen attacked Agatu in February 2016, killing more than 300 people. They also struck again on March 4, 2018 in Omusu village, Ojigo ward in Edumoga, Okpokwu local government area of Benue state.
About 20 persons in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, were murdered during an attack by Fulani herdsmen on April 26, 2016.
These and many more are numerous attacks by Islamic extremists against the Christians. The only offense they committed is their faith as Christians.
As am writing this, Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen are moving around unchallenged, killing and wiping off Christian villages in Nigeria, especially Northern Nigeria of Benue, Taraba, Jos and Southern Kaduna. These same terrorists have been continuously pampered by the Nigeria government whom you serve.
Boko Haram members that have been killing and massacring Christians are rehabilitated, paid and recruited into the Nigeria military by Nigeria government, while those displaced by that same terrorist groups are not taken care of. Nigeria air force have even bombed and killed children in IDP camp and in a Christian village in the North, claiming it was a mistake. How do you deny these atrocities?
How many Fulani herdsmen who have declared war on Nigerians and Biafrans for the past five years have been arrested and prosecuted by the Nigeria government? None of course! For five years, they have been killing, occupying their victims’ villages and renaming them. How many of these terrorists have been confronted?
Rather, your government rushed to declare IPOB that have never harmed a fly a terrorist group, leaving Fulani herdsmen terrorists to be killing Christians. Didn’t the presidency declare Miyetti Allah a legal stakeholder in Nigeria and called for Nigerians to respect them? Didn’t you people ask the victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks to accommodate their killers? How come Nigeria Government refused to talk about and trace the source of income of Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Bandits and kidnappers terrorising Christians across Nigeria? Why spending these huge resources on IPOB who are only demanding for referendum?
Mr Garba Shehu, this your denial is yet again another big blunder which has incontrovertibly indicted the government of Nigeria in the gruesome killings of Christians across country. The press release you doctored on behalf of the Nigeria government serves nothing but the interest of the truth which IPOB stands for. I still wonder what you are still doing there as a Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity). If this government is competent, which I doubt they are, they should be considering relieving you of your duty. Your press release is a complete blunder, of which if truly there is a president, he must have signed your sack letter by now. That is because, no government will ever take such reckless blunder from someone paid to protect its interest.
Every Christian in Nigeria have now seen who their true friend is. Nnamdi Kanu they called a miscreant is the only voice speaking against the slaughtering of Christians in Nigeria. Nigerians can now see that IPOB was unjustly proscribed. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without firing a shot, has dealt a massive blow on Nigeria. He threatened that he will destroy Nigeria with the truth, and he is perfectly executing that mission.
Your unguided Press Release has exposed the truth to Nigerians who thought IPOB have been making noise all this while. The international community can’t be fooled again. You people have killed us and still use the resources in our regions to bribe diplomats not to speak the truth. That era is gone.
Thank you for opening the eyes of Nigerians. Thank you IPOB for speaking for the people. We now know better.
Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi
(Philosopher, Teacher and Activist)
Source: The Biafra Herald
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media