Friday, September 15, 2017

Nigerian Army's Operation Python Dance: the Catalog of Genocide and Torture in Biafra

16 September 2017
Onenigeria, Osondi Owendi

Biafrans Being Flogged

Hausa-Fulani Celebrating

September 15 2017

What was her Crime?

Mass Grave

September 14 2017

Bruce Fein on the Genocide

From Turkey

September 13 2017

People walk with arms up in the air and still get shot by the Army

Nigerian Troops in Kill and Go

Hausa-Fulani Soldiers Cart Away Bodies of Biafrans they Slaughtered


Death March: Nigerian Soldiers March Biafrans to their Death

Nigerian Army Invades Nnamdi Kanu's Home

Nigerian Soldier with Boot on a Dead Biafran

Hausa-Fulani Soldiers Escort their People to Safety

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As October 1 Looms: Python Dance in the Southeast Represents Boko-haram, Herdsmen, Arewa Youths, and Hausa-Fulani Advance Force


The ominous October 1, 2017, is just weeks away. The Arewa Youths had on June 6, 2017, issued a quit notice to Nd’Igbo resident in the North to leave the North on
Hausa-Fulani Army Kills Unarmed IPOB Protesters
or before October 1, 2017, or face forceful ejection. Although they had since said that they’ve suspended the quit notice, the demands that followed the suspension, made it a nullity. It should be recalled too that shortly after the quit notice was issued, anti-Igbo songs for genocide in Hausa Language were released and circulated in the North. Those songs are still being circulated, and no one has been arrested. And there is no clear effort being made by the government of President Mohammadu Buhari to protect the Igbo living in the North in the face of real threat to their lives and property.

While Nd’Igbo in the North are still in the throes of the quit notice, and the anti-Igbo songs, the Nigerian Army under Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has declared operation Python Dance II in the five states that make up the Southeast. According to a press statement signed by Major-General DD Ahmadu, Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, operation Python Dance II, “has been made more expedient by the rampancy of assassinations, attack on security personnel, theft of weapons, violent agitations, armed banditry, and kidnapping.” The exercise is scheduled to take place between September 15 and October 14, 2017.

No one should be deceived by the criminal activities listed above as the reasons why the Nigerian Army is conducting the operation Python Dance II in the Southeast states. It’s obvious to every keen observer that there is only one reason for this exercise. It is to primarily ‘tame’ the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters. The heavy presence of Army personal, equipment and activities in Afara-Ukwu, Kanu’s community, since Sunday, September 10, 2017, exposes the Army on the real reason why they’re in the Southeast. They are here to implement the mandate contained in Buhari’s speech on his return from his 104 days medical tourism in London.

A quick review of the list of criminal activities the Army purports to have come to check in the Southeast will show that Kanu and his group are not engaged in any. Perhaps, the Army is classifying them as engaging in “violent agitations”. But this is a case of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Kanu and his group have continued their quest for self-determination in a non-violent manner. Commendably, Kanu has addressed millions of his supporters in rallies across the Southeast without a report of one individual being hurt. There are video evidences on this claim.

Without doubt, the secondary objective of operation Python Dance II is to provoke Kanu and his group into violent action. This will give the Buhari government the excuse it’s looking for to commence a genocidal onslaught against the Igbo in their homeland while the Northern mob will be ready to attack the Igbo resident in the North, simultaneously. IPOB and its leadership must not give Buhari this opportunity he is apparently looking for. The core Northerners are not happy that the United Nations Development Programme named the Southeast Zone as the most human security secure zone in Nigeria. They want the Southeast to be turned into a wasteland like the Northeast. They want it to be overwhelmed with millions of internally displaced people (IDPs) like the Northeast. Nd’Igbo must not let this happen.

It’s not a surprise that the Army did not include checking of the rampage of Fulani herdsmen in the Southeast. Fulani herdsmen have wreaked havoc in some communities in the Southeast. The Army has not thought it “expedient” to include in their list checking the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the operation Python Dance II. It’s a well-known fact that Fulani herdsmen have destroyed farms, killed, maimed, robbed and raped in some communities in Southeast. Rather, the Army has a list in which this serious security threat is conspicuously missing. Do they take us for fools?

The Igbo and indeed all lovers of justice must see the operation Python Dance II for what it really is. It represents Boko-haram, Herdsmen, Arewa Youths, and Hausa-Fulani Advance Force in the Southeast. Deploying the Army in a peaceful region is provocative. It must be condemned and vigorously challenged, using every legitimate means. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Nde Owerri and the Okporoko, Ugba, and Palm Wine Politics that Produced Rochas Okorocha


He aburu eri awuhu usa. So our elders say. A kindred cannot be said to have insatiable cravings for what it loves to eat. Yes, Owerri people love eating okporoko.
Ugba na Okporoko
They love eating ugba. And they love drinking palm wine. But, must their understanding and their politics seem like the consumption of these delicacies? Mbanu. It should not. However, this is what played out in 2011 that produced Mr. Rochas Okorocha as Governor of Imo State.

Some people have said that Owerri politicians, from Mr. Martin Agbaso to Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho down to the inconsequential Owerri-West, Owerri-North, and Owerri-Municipal “stakeholders” were greedy and shortsighted in the run-up to 2011 gubernatorial election. This cost Owerri zone the ticket of a party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), which was a credible alternative to Mr. Ikedi Ohakim’s Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), and which was firmly in the hands of Chief Martin Agbaso at that time.

At the time, Ohakim was already stained by the false allegation that he slapped a Catholic priest. This made Archbishop A.J.V. Obinna to lead the Ohakim Must Go campaign. Agbaso was settled so that he could step aside for Okorocha. People believed he was paid, and he got his younger brother, Jude, to become Deputy Governor. Capt. Iheanacho, who was in PDP then was relieved of his duties as Minister of Interior for anti-party activities, including support for Okorocha.

Today, many are crying that Okorocha has been a disaster to Owerri in particular and Imo State in general. People are now remembering that former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was reported to have quipped that he gave Imo people a smaller thief and they said they preferred a bigger thief in obvious reference to Ohakim and Okorocha, respectively. Governor Okorocha’s destructive activities in Owerri in the name of urban renewal
Rochas Okorocha
are making Owerri people in particular and Imolites in general to remember where the rain started beating them. Sure, it started beating them when Agbaso surrendered his ticket to Okorocha. This is the truth!

Had Agbaso not surrendered the APGA ticket to Okorocha, he would have easily won, because the platform was already enjoying mass following. People were endeared to APGA, because Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was involved.
Chief Martin Agbaso
Besides, Agbaso had previously ran on the platform in 2007 and won, but the election was cancelled. In a re-run which he ought not to have participated having won initially and could have successfully contested it in court, he lost to Ohakim.

If Agbaso and Capt. Iheanacho had an understanding with Okorocha that he would govern for one term as some people claimed, he (Okorocha) outsmarted them by joining a new party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), before his first tenure elapsed. Not only did he join a new party, he moved to the new party with the APGA structure that made it possible for him to become governor. This included moving with most of the members of the State Assembly, who won their place with an APGA ticket.

Therefore, APGA had become a ghost of its former self by the time Capt. Iheanacho used it to contest against Okorocha in 2015. Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu whose presence would
Capt. Emma Iheanacho
have improved Iheanacho's chances of defeating Okorocha or any other candidate for that matter, was dead. So, in spite of his credibility, Iheanacho lost even in his base, Owerri.
We’re in a season of “no date for a referendum, no election in Igboland” as decreed by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB). However, this does not prevent politicians from strategizing for future elections.

It behoves Imo people, especially Owerri people to unite and present a common front to ensure that come 2019, Okorocha does not continue in office through a proxy. Already, there are serious signs that he is making efforts in this direction. It’ll take some real work by a technocrat and not a politician, to redress the damage he has caused in the state. Therefore, the search for that technocrat must begin now.