AN ADDRESS BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE CUSTOMARY GOVERNMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, CG-IPOB TO ALL BIAFRANS ON THE OCCASION OF THE HERO’S DAY AND COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA BY GENERAL CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, THE PEOPLES GENERAL
My fellow Biafrans, I salute you all. On a day like today, 30th day of the month of May, in the year of Our Lord 1967, our great people of Biafra took the world like a storm by declaring the birth of a new Republic to be known as the Republic of Biafra. On a day like today our great people of Biafra accepted to take their destiny in their own hands. On a day like today, our heroes and heroines stood up, defiantly to challenge an orchestrated attempt by the force of extermination descending on them from the better-equipped army of Nigeria.
Today, 30th day of May 2017, our great people of Biafra are remembering over 3.5 million Biafrans killed by the combined forces of the world power in the planned effort to bring back our people into the Nigeria Federation. Today, we remember all those killed in the Northern and western Nigeria during the pogrom. Today, we remember all those heroes of our people slaughtered in cold-blood by the combined forces of the world, backing Nigerian troops as they dropped bombs inside markets, Churches, Schools, and other civilian locations all over Biafraland, in the most senseless war ever recorded in history. Today we remember those civilian Biafrans still being killed all over Nigeria, for the mere reason that they are Biafrans. Today we remember the slaughtered pro-Biafrans agitators that are continually being killed for peacefully agitating for Biafra.
My fellow Biafrans, today we Biafrans are mourning our dead. We are equally celebrating that challenge of our life. It is a day when the great valiant Biafran people decided to stand up to stop the move by the radical Islamic force called Nigerian military to exterminate our people.
That war can never be forgotten. All those attempting to make us forget that horrid experience, must be told in an unmistakable terms that WE CAN NEVER FORGET. Yes, we might forgive, but we can never forget.
Therefore as we mourn our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and all our loved ones who died that we may live, may we do a very serious mind-searching on the issues of the moment. Today, we Biafrans are on another mission to restore that lost Republic, through another route. Let the power of history be our watchword.
The world stood by and watch as over 3.5 million people, both combatants and noncombatants were slaughtered, some cold bloodedly, without doing anything to stop the carnage. Today, 50 years after, the world has said nothing. The world, with all their conscience being canvassed, stood by, sometimes aiding Nigerian troops, as they mercilessly murder our mothers, and sisters and children, without as much as condemned the orgy of blood.
My fellow Biafrans, let me remind you that going by that horrid experience, we the Customary Government of indigenous people of Biafra, has declared today, and every other day of 30th May every year as Biafra cultural day of mourning of our dead relatives. In doing this, my fellow Biafrans be law abiding. Do all you want to do to mourn our dead without violence. Respect the law of the land wherever you reside. Show the world that we Biafrans are passionate about our loss. Our people do mourn and bury our dead respectively. So dead Biafrans must be mourned respectively. Do not force anybody to do particular things for this occasion. Let our conscience carry us through.
Therefore , let all Biafrans be cautious and careful. The situation is still not clement. Be smart, sharp and vigilant.
Biafrans, mourn your dead.
Administrator, Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra CG-IPOB.