Emma Nmezu And Clifford C. Iroanya, (LinkMoment).
The Indigenous People of Biafra issued a Press Release where they responded to the statement made by the incumbent governor of Delta State Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. READ the Full Press Statement Below:
Dr. IFEANYI ARTHUR OKOWA AND HIS DISJOINTED UNDERSTANDING OF THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE NATION OF BIAFRA.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 during his first interactive session with journalist at the Government House in Asaba in Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa made the following statements;
“Delta State has never been, and is not part of the South East. Biafra agitation, we criticize it. Anioma land as it is said, was part of Bendel State; we were part of the MidWest State, we have not been part of the South East. So obviously, we cannot be said to be part of them (Biafra). We may speak a similar language, but we are not part of the South East. We were part of the Mid-West, now we are Deltans.”
Dr. Okowa, who is the current governor of Delta State, was just two days short of his 8th birthday when Yakubu Gowon-led Nigerian Armed Forces invaded Biafraland on July 6, 1967. But considering the fact he attended the famous Edo College in Benin City in the 1970’s, he should have learned a bit about the history of his own people and the Nigerian war of genocide against Biafra. The statements of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa indicate that he is either pretending not to know the history of his people or he is making such statements to please his Northern Nigeria friends and supporters.
Is Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa saying that Biafra is all about the South East? If so, is he asserting that Capt. Anuku, Col. Mike Okwechime, Col. Joe Achuzia, Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu, Col. Conrad Nwawo, Col. Ben Nwajei, and other Biafrans from the present-day Delta State were recruited into the Biafran Military as mercenaries? Even the name “Anioma”, does that name sound like Oduduwa, Bini or Arewa to Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa? Furthermore, does the first name of Dr. Okowa which is “Ifeanyi” sound like a Hausa name?
Because Yakubu Gowon forced the people of current Delta State into alliance with the Binis and named them Mid-West, does that remove their Biafranness? Perhaps, we would like to remind Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa that in Delta State, there is a community called “Igbo bi na uzo” which is shortened as Igbouzo or anglicized as Ibusa, which is where Prof Pat Utomi comes from. As someone from Owa Kingdom, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa should know that his roots is to ancient Eri Kingdom and genealogically, he is from the Igbo-speaking area of the nation of Biafra. May we ask Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa who was elected the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on November 29, 2008?
Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is deepening the identity crisis engendered on the so-called Niger Delta or “South-South” by the British and Northern Nigeria which has culminated in sowing seeds of discord, hatred, and mutual suspicion among fellow Biafrans. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa by his misguided utterances has shown disdain for God’s creation because he is mocking God’s efforts in making people of the same descent to speak the same language. It is laughable that Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is behaving as if he will be the person to determine for all Biafrans, to be or not to be part of their God-given nation of Biafra.
We therefore, advise Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to desist from mocking and challenging God and His creation. We are hereby educating Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa that Biafra’s footprints cover the entire South East and all of the so-called South-South with the exception of Edo State but with the inclusion of Igboakiri or Igbanke as is presently called. We further educate Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa that Biafra also includes Idoma land and Igala land.
Finally, we advise Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to concentrate on his primary function of lifting up the quality of lives of the Biafran people in the present-day Delta State while we steadily and successfully go through excision of Biafra from the British contraption called Nigeria. The restoration of the Nation of Biafra is unstoppable, unquenchable, irrevocable, irreversible, and a continuum. We are not going to leave any Biafran behind and that includes the entire Delta State. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa should better shape up or ship out!
(1). Barrister Emma Nmezu, Spokesperson for Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
(2). Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, Spokesperson for Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).