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Activists at White House Rally: Justice for Biafra

Activists for justice for Biafra held a rally Tuesday in front of the White House seeking President Donald Trump’s help with respect to the cause of Human Rights for their people.

May 30th was noted by the protesters as “Biafra Heroes Remembrance Day” to honor the Biafrans who were killed in the Nigerian – Biafran War.”

They also claimed that from 2015 till today more than “3,000” members of the “Indigenous People of Biafra” (IPOB) have been murdered.

Archbishop Nichodemus Obih

The activists are also seeking the immediate release from a Nigerian prison of Nnamdi Kanu, a well known spokesperson for Biafra’s cause. They claim he is a “freedom fighter” who is being held illegally and only because he is a supporter as a moral issue a free and independent Biafra.

In 1967, Biafra was located mostly in the southern, Christian part of Nigeria, “South and Middle Belt of Nigeria.” It was once known as “Biafraland,” and also the “Land of the Rising Sun.” It has a long, ancient history. It is populated mostly by the Igbo tribe.

A military coup took place in 1967. Nigeria responded with an effective military blockade of the area. Millions died as a result. The conflict ended in 1970.

The Biafra secessionist movement failed. Recently, street protests have taken place in the southern part of Nigeria – an oil rich country. They are demanding that Kanu be released from prison. They are also asking for better treatment for the Igbo people.

Some are even arguing for an independent state of Biafra, something the Muslim-dominated Nigerian government will not consider. The movement for some degree of independence for Biafra, so far has been peaceful, but serious tensions remain.

Keep in mind, however, that there are some in Nigeria, like Chido Onumah, who believe the way forward under current circumstances is to go the way of “national unity.”

Summing up, the activists at the White House want President Trump and the U.S.  to support their cause. Kanu has even written a letter to the American president from his prison cell to that effect.

The ball is now in President Trump’s corner. The buck stops on his desk.

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