Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Biafra Agitation: Pro-Biafran Groups Form New Government

Reports just reaching reveal that on Tuesday, December 22, various pro-Biafra groups merged to form one umbrella body and initiate what they named a “shadow govern­ment”.

The merging pro-Biafra groups said they would function as an interim customary and legitimate organization, affirming that they would not break any Nigerian laws.

Breaking Times reports that the Indigenous Peo­ples of Biafra (IPOB), the Move­ment for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MAS­SOB) as well as other pro-Bi­afra movements merged under one umbrella body named the Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra (CGIPB), a development which brought much jubilation to the agitators.

Operations for the CGIPB were flagged off at a government secretar­iat in Enugu state.

A press statement made it clear that the governing council of the IPOB remains functional, with leaders as follows: HRM, the Honourable Justice Eze Ozo­bu, OFR (Chairman); Dr Dozie Ikedife, OON, JP (Deputy Chair­man); Brig Gen Joe Achuz­ia, (Secretary-General); HRM, Eze Iheanyi Nwokenna, OFG, JP (Public Relations Officer), with other members of the council still on duty.

The statement reads: ‘‘We are happy to announce that the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra has commenced operations at the Government Secretariat located at Enugu, in the interim”
“All the ministries are located within the complex but liaison of­fices shall be opened in all parts of Biafra land, for easy coordination”.

‘‘The Supreme Council of El­ders of Indigenous People of Bi­afra has approved a 24-mem­ber National Executive Council (NEC) that will run the govern­ment. The NEC will consist of the representatives from all pro-Bia­fra groups and all the provinces in Biafra land so that none will be excluded.”

’The junior staff officers of the CGIPB have commenced work at the Secretariat but the Director of Administration and Principal Of­ficers of the Customary Govern­ment shall be announced to the public soon.

‘’The Biafran Government has taken off under Customary Law within the Nigerian Legal System. It is similar to the Sharia Government in the North. We shall not break any Nigerian law. It is a transitional government.

‘’Everything we do is legal. All the Indigenous People of Bia­fra are therefore advised to submit themselves to the authority of the Government of Indigenous People of Biafra headed by the supreme council of elders,’’ the statement concluded.

It has previously been reported that the process of forming the cabinet of Biafra is ongoing and will soon be announced.

The report by Biara Times also announced that there would be a secret meeting with a UN committee on the arranging of newly emerging Africa states.