Dr. Dozie Ikedife

Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra (SCEIPOB), Dr Dozie Ikedife, yesterday, joined other Biafra agitators to express his happiness over Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release from detention.

Speaking on behalf of the group Dr Dozie Ikedife, described Kanu’s release as a healthy development, adding that he never knew stringent bail conditions would be easily met. He congratulated him and thanked those who rallied support to achieve his release.

Ikedife who was in Aba yesterday, at a memorial of  Prince Longinus Orjiakor organized by Eastern Peoples’ Congress (EPC) of which Orjiakor was the leader. He made a statement that the state of Biafra would become a reality in no distance time following Mazi Kanu’s release.

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Speaking at the event, Ikedife advised pro-Biafra groups to close ranks and stop the infighting among them.

His words: “We abhor infighting, personal attacks in any shape or form, propagation of any statement or story that is not entirely true. Never lace up the reports or presentations”.

Describing the late Orjiakor as a man with whom they shared a hope and vision, Dr. Ikedife said they gathered to celebrate him for his heroism, and commitment to the dream of a liberated people.

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“We must use this opportunity to try to forge synergy among those who share a common dream, common hope, common goal of self-determination for all ethnic nationalities as prescribed by United Nations Acts which is accepted by the African Union and Nigeria,” he said.

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He urged pro Biafra groups to hold seminars on May 30, 2017 for their members to enlighten them on the tenets of good government, responsible citizenship and patriotism which he said Orjiakor lived and died for.

While reacting to Kanu’s release, Ikedife called for the charges to be withdrawn. He noted that his long incarceration had served enough warning to him and others. He was of the view that Kanu should only be told what he should not do that might disturb the peace of the community.

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He noted that Kanu’s release was going to increase the tempo for the struggle to actualize self-determination.

“His incarceration generated a lot of enthusiasm in the people to get Biafra. Five, six years ago, before you mentioned Biafra, you must look right, left, front and back to be sure that nobody was watching you or listening. But now, people get up openly and say they are Biafrans, displaying Biafran insignia, flags and any other material that represents Biafra,” Ikedife noted.

He said Kanu’s detention had drawn not only local but global attention to the struggle for Biafra. He called on all Biafrans to rally support for the actualization of self-determination in Biafra land.

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