By Tim Tochukwu
For Biafra Choice Writers
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was in its element once again recently when it decided to degrade Amnesty International’s (AI) Report, which exposed how Nigerian Army under Muhammadu Buhari mass-murdered more than 150 innocent and unarmed Biafrans.
AI released the well investigated and documented report last November 23, showing how peaceful Biafrans who were campaigning for the restoration of the independent/free state of Biafra were killed. It was a Report based on interviews AI had with up to 200 people, alongside more than 100 photographs and 87 videos.
Among the allegations contained in the report were what Amnesty called "extrajudicial executions", where scores were killed during a prayer session at Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State; and 60 that were shot and killed at Onitsha, the commercial capital of Anambra State, during the May 2016 Biafra Remembrance Day.
Now, rather than concentrate on the report and its import, BBC tried to do what it knows best, which is to inject lies and twist everything that concerns Biafrans. The British media outfit claimed its crew covering the event was chased away by heavily armed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Meanwhile, the Biafrans have always conducted themselves in the most peaceful manner, which all videos of their activities have always shown.
But the BBC will not want such a story to go without being tainted. It did not stop there, it also referred to a statement made by Nnamdi Kanu, the detained IPOB leader, when he addressed Biafrans under the aegis of World Igbo Congress (WIC) at Los Angeles, United States of America (USA). Kanu had informed the people that plans were in the offing by Buhari and his terrorist Fulani kinsmen, to infiltrate Biafraland (with Boko Haram, the dare-devil terrorist organisation, camouflaged as Fulani herdsmen) and commence a violent campaign against Biafran towns and villages. Kanu had told them that the only remedy would be to purchase “guns and bullets” to confront them when the time comes.
This was what the BBC twisted to mean a request for arms with which to fight Nigerian government. However, even if that was the case, will that translate to an offense? When did statements of intent become offense? How will that be a reason to massacre non-violent and unarmed protesters?
Back to the BBC lies, Biafrans are not surprised because that has been BBC’s stock in trade since the colonial era. They always twisted every word and action of Biafrans and painted them in bad colours. It has always chosen to lie against Biafran just to empower their haters – the Fulani of the North, and to an extent Yoruba of the West – who have occupied their land by force of arms since 1967, and have used the opportunity to steal their resources. That was how BBC twisted the January 1966 coup d’état and called it an Igbo coup. Meanwhile, this was a coup in which only two people with Igbo names participated in out of a list of 14.
The coup plotters were Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu(Delta Igbo); 2 Major Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba) author of "Why we struck"; Capt. G. Adeleke (Yoruba); Maj. Ifeajuna(Igbo); Lt. Fola Oyewole(Yoruba); author of "The reluctant rebel"; Lt. R. Egbiko(Esean); and Lt. Tijani Katsina(Hausa/Fulani). Others include: Lt. O. Olafemiyan (Yoruba); Capt. Gibson Jalo (Bali); Capt. Swanton (Middle Belt); Lt. Hope Harris Eghagha (Urhobo); Lt. Dag Warribor (Ijaw); 2nd Lt. Saleh Dambo (Hausa); and Lt. John Atom Kpera (Tiv).
It was on the basis of this lie that British government sold deadly weapons to Nigeria, allowing it to bomb markets, train and bus stations; hospitals, schools, and churches, killing innocent and defenseless civilians. It was also on the basis of this lie that the British government helped Nigeria to prosecute food blockade in the Biafran enclave during, which led to the death of nothing less than three million people, mostly women, children and the aged.
With this knowledge of history, no Biafrans is surprised that BBC is at it again to blight and confuse the AI report.