War looms as Joint Military Task Force kill 9 Biafra protesters in Onitsha, injures 18 badly


Lady killed by JTF in Onitsha - Sister to Blogger @ Viviangist

Written by Emenike Emmanuel

What began as a peaceful protest twenty eight (28) days ago by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) following the arrest and unlawful detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra by DSS yesterday being December 2, 2015 turned bloody with the killing of nine (9) pro-Biafra protesters with another 18 sustaining major injuries in Onitsha by the Military Task Force dispatched by President Buhari to stall the protest.

Eyewitness said that the peaceful protesters had gone to the Niger bridge at Onitsha to protest against the continued incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu by DSS. The crowd numbering over 100,000 flooded the vicinity, blocking the bridge and consequently made it hard for motorists coming from Asaba and Agbor to have their way into Onitsha. And just by 1:30am the military taskforce invaded the area and started shooting at innocent protesters who had vowed to remain in that bridge for three (3) days or more unless Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally.


You will recall that this is not the first time peaceful and unarmed protesters were shot at and killed in their numbers within the spark of this agitation. Yet, no one is coming up to condemn the act. Since the beginning of this protest in October, not fewer than 30 protesters had been killed by the military with scores of others badly injured. This is so unfair and an indirect way of pushing the protesters to the wall to consider picking up arms which they have sworn not to do.

The Biafra protesters who are calling on international bodies to come to their aid in their quest for freedom had vowed to be civil since the protest began, but gradually and tactically, the military is killing them at various locations of Biafraland. 
 
JTF stop protesters in Onitsha
Unfortunately, Nigerian soldiers have shown that they are powerful before protesters who are peacefully protesting unarmed but powerless before Boko Haram.  Not more than a week ago, reports on national newspapers told us of how some members of the Boko Haram sect invaded a military camp and carted away the military riffles while Nigerian soldiers ran to the nearby bush for safety. Despite all effort made by the Nigerian army to cover up the death of those 105 soldiers killed by Boko Haram in the month of November, the pictures still came online.


If President Muhammadu Buhari in his right conscience could ask the most deadly terrorist group in the world (called Boko Haram) to name their price and come for negotiation, what stops him from asking Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to come for negotiation instead of being dictatorial even to the point of violating court order that had granted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu bail? 

Unarguably, President Buhari has represented a leadership that is bias both in his anti-corruption war and handling of human rights. Considering the way he has abused the rights of Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu using DSS and against other perceived political enemies like Senator Saraki and R. Dokpesi using CCT and EFCC respectively, one will be left to wonder if he actually knows that this is not a military regime but a democratic one.
Burial of Ahaoma Nna killed by Nigeria police during a pro-Biafra protest in Aba
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Oba, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka who is believed to have the loyalty of both IPOB and MASSOB said: “The dangerous game being played by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the continued incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu will end up being an expensive joke and dangerous mistake. I am calling on Igbo elite to speak with one voice for immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu before the youths turn their peaceful protest to violent protest. The protest started with free flow of traffic, but today it has advanced to road block."


Meanwhile, let me stop here. This is the “CHANGE” most Nigerians asked for. Had he not wriggled himself to power with the assistance of INEC, he may have been awarded “The Best President Nigeria Never Had” but right now, the change is here. 

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