It is quite unfortunate that at such a time like this when the organized International Community expects the British government’s intervention on the plight of the indigenous people groups, it is neck deep on the embarkment of self-serving intrigues. The British government and it’s officials yet derive joy and satisfaction in the continuous plight of the people of Biafra, Oduduwa and Hausa, lumped together in an unworkable union called Nigeria in the West African sub-region. Instead of strategizing to save humanity from another catastrophe, Britain is yet exploring options to try to keep the Nigerian contraption one, not minding the growing misery of the people. The cynical struggle by the officials of the British government to perpetuate the existence of Nigeria, was demonstrated once again through the desperate and needles tour of the British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, to Biafraland, which she described as the South-East States of Imo, Anambra and Enugu. According to the High Commissioner, she would be meeting with government officials, traditional rulers and civil society organizations, to gather needed information regarding security and development within the region.
Now that it is Biafraland’s turn to witness 3-days visit ever, by the distrustful British High Commissioner, it is pertinent therefore, to bring to her notice, series of obnoxious cum devilish policies of the Nigerian government bedevilling the region. This is to enable her masters get acquainted with the appropriate and accurate information about issues. Nigeria government’s draconian policies against Biafrans in their homeland which she intently described as “South-East”, include:
(1) UNWARRANTED MILITARY SIEGE AND EXTORTION
When the British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing gets back to Abuja to compile her findings, she should not fail to report the unwarranted military siege, occupation, intimidation and criminal extortion being shamelessly perpetrated against innocent Biafran citizens by the fulanised Nigerian soldiers in the region. It is necessary that she finds out from her hosting Fulani puppeted government officials, traditional rulers and civil society organizations, the rationale behind the bizarre military occupation of 100℅ relatively peaceful Biafra territories. Stipulated in the so-called Nigeria Constitution of 1999 as amended, the Nigeria armed military personnel involvement with such an occupation, is only required when a proclamation of state of emergency is effected, when a territory or region experiences breakdown of law and order to the extent that a such is being termed enemy territory or at least, when there is insurrection, defying the control of the police. It is only in such situations that the assistance of the military is required to help restore normalcy. The above listed conditions were never the case in Biafraland where the Nigerian soldiers are densely detailed today, criminally extorting money, victimizing and shamelessly killing the people. As Catriona Laing tours the three earmarked States of Imo, Anambra and Enugu, she should pass through innumerable military road blocks and police check points. Let it be made known to her that those security points on the way are designated extortion, intimidation/torture and killing outposts.
(2) INFRASTRUCTURAL DECAY DOTTING THE REGION
It is really gladdening that the British High Commissioner will be touring the region she surreptitiously tagged “South-East”, on state by state voyage by road as there exists no longer any functional airport. She should brace up for her unbiased report pertaining the complete infrastructural eyesore of the region. Virtually all the federal roads in the so-called “South-East” where she would ply, are terribly dilapidated. It will interest the High Commissioner to also know that she cannot pick up a flight from Owerri in Imo State to any other city in Biafraland. The Nigerian government controlled by the Fulani cabals, has shut down the half-baked Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu just to cripple the economy of the region. This further explains their oppressive policies through zero aviation transportation against Biafrans. Although the federal government of Nigeria under the flimsy excuse on carrying out the renovation work, blatantly shut down the airport for three months running now without any appreciable end in view. The hydra-looting Nigeria government has relentlessly continued to hoodwink the gullible that the renovation project could not be completed due to lack of funds.
(3) FULANI HEADSMEN TERRORISM IN THE REGION
Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria in her tour, is expected not to limit her voyage to the three major cities in the States. Her voyage to Imo, Anambra and Enugu should afford her the opportunity of interacting with the villagers too, so as to garner untainted information regarding the activities and menace of the Fulani killer herdsmen in the region over the years. It is unfortunate that the government of the United Kingdom cynically continues to feign ignorance of the ordeals of the Indigenous People of Biafra in the hands of these marauding Islamic terrorists. In most rural communities within Biafraland and particularly in Igboland, these marauding cattle herders satisfactorily kill the land owners, destroy farmlands/produce and pillage communities at will. These frequently happen in Ebonyi State as well as in Anambra-West local government area of Anambra State respectively. The worst of this their trade is that it is being sponsored by the Nigerian government with the President as the grand patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the umbrella body of the Fulani herdsmen. The federal government yet hypocritically claims incapable of containing the attacks of these criminals ravaging the region.
If therefore, those political leaders, traditional rulers and civil society organizations awaiting the visitor fail to catalog the above mentioned issues in the course of inquiry, it will then clearly confirm that the British High Commissioner only succeeded in meeting a band of self-serving politicians, sycophantic traditional rulers and compromised civil society organizations. Catriona Laing is highly welcome to Biafraland but she must be firmly told to desist from referring to Biafrans as people of the South-East for there exists absolutely no such referral to any part of her native country of Scotland.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media