The Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has declared his readiness to stand trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC, in Hague, if defending Biafrans against unprovoked genocidal attacks by killer herdsmen and terrorists would warrant his appearance at the ICC.
Kanu made the declaration on a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Sunday night, lamenting that the harassments and extrajudicial killings by security agencies have continued unabated across Biafra land.
The IPOB leader said that the world had maintained criminal silence over the plight of Biafrans despite complaints and petitions by IPOB.
Kanu said that besides state-sponsored persecutions and marginalisation against Biafrans, killer herdsmen and terrorists have continued to raid communities in the region unchallenged by the security agencies.
”Herdsmen will attack us, rape our women, destroy our farms and kill our farmers nobody will arrest them but when we try to defend ourselves, the government will come after us rolling out the tanks and using their helicopter gunboats,” he said indignantly.
Kanu explained that the unprovoked genocidal attacks by herdsmen and the docility of the Nigerian Authorities gave rise to the formation of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, to protect the hapless Biafran locals against terror.
Kanu slammed the Nigerian government for choosing to incite violence on the vigilante group instead of going after the perpetrators of the heinous crimes against innocent citizens.
The IPOB leader who said that the Orlu military raid marked the beginning of the second Nigeria/Biafra war vowed to mobilise the people in defence of their ancestral land “no matter the consequences”.
”If defending our ancestral land against conquest by Fulani Janjaweed invaders will take me to the Hague I am ready to go to the Hague”, Kanu thundered.
Continuing he said: ”The world has the indicting report by the UN Rapporteur against Nigeria but they have not done anything. Do we have to wait until we are all killed before we defend ourselves?”
Kanu expressed shock that the world had helplessly watched the Nigerian State use brute force against mere peaceful agitators while on the other hand dialoguing with, and facilitating amnesty and payment of a ransom to bandits and terrorists who have not shown any remorse or sign of cessation to their killing spree.
According to him, world leaders ought to have demanded a probe of Nigerian Leaders including some Northern Governors and Islamic clerics over their romance with bandits.
He said he would declare 40 days of prayer and fasting by next week for Biafrans all over the world to seek God’s presence, and for more spiritual fortification for the task ahead. Kanu who restated Biafra’s Jewish root said Israel can never be crushed by their enemy because of Abraham’s covenant with God which he claimed follows Biafra.
He expressed optimism that Biafra would soon be restored despite stiff opposition by the Nigerian State and her International collaborators as well as internal traitors.