USAfrica: As the global social media, human rights organizations, citizens and journalists publish disturbing and violent images, evidently, capturing the activities of the Nigerian army against unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement in the Igbo south east, IPOB has called for international intervention to save lives.
The IPOB and several diaspora groups are “calling for the immediate and complete withdrawal of the Nigerian army/soldiers who seem sent on a punitive mission.”
In a news release sent to USAfricaonline.com, the controversial but popular-among-the-youth group notes that for the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York (September 2017) and especially the U.S President Donald Trump, “urgent action should be taken to avert the impending genocide of Christians in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari ordered heavily armed Nigerian army to conduct another brutal exercise with battlefield weapons, some of them made in the U.S, against the peaceful Igbo and unarmed members of Indigenous People of Biafra in southeastern Nigeria. It is a brutal scheme to suppress IPOB’s peaceful demand for referendum in the region as we seek self-determination.”
The group requests U.N leaders and Trump to tell Buhari, a retired army general, a hardline Muslim and former military dictator “to stop the killing of unarmed innocent children, women, and men in the southeastern region of Nigeria. Many more people will be displaced as a result of the looming unprovoked civil war.”
They appealed to President Trump stop the sale of arms to the Nigerian government. Those weapons will be used to massacre innocent Christians and annihilate an entire ethnic group of 49 million and region.”
They further urged members of the United Nations “to stop the British government from supporting Buhari’s injustice and heinous acts against Christians in Nigeria, particularly in the southeast. We have registered our pleas with Amnesty International, ICC, UN Secretary-General through the United Nations’ offices in New York and Geneva, The White House, US Congress, the European Parliament, various local senators and representatives.”
The leader of the IPOB (proscribed by Nigeria’s south eastern Governors and tagged as a “terror”organization by Nigerian force headquarters), Nnamdi Kanu, will return to an Abuja court for the assessment of his bail terms compliance in mid-October 2017. His home and father’s palace were invaded last week by Nigerian soldiers, leaving a trail of destruction and deaths of about 18 members of IPOB. •Dr. Chido Nwangwu who appears as an analyst on CNN, CNN International and SkyNews, and served as adviser on Africa business to Houston Mayor Brown is the Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine and the first African-owned, U.S-based professional newspaper published on the worldwide web USAfricaonline.com