THE “RISING SUN” GROUP AND OTHER FREEDOM LOVERS STORM THE UNITED NATIONS PREMISES IN NEW YORK, USA, DEMANDING FOR THE RELEASE OF BIAFRAN LEADER, MAZI NNAMDI KANỤ
NEW YORK AT A STANDSTILL AS THE “RISING SUN” GROUP, BIAFRANS AND LOVERS OF FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD DEMAND FOR THE IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF THE LEADER OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, MAZI NNAMDI KANỤ AMIDST THE BIAFRA HEROES DAY CELEBRATIONS.
By Mary Myekka
VIDEO – UMU BIAFRA
VIDEO – UMU BIAFRA 2. NARRATION BY IPOB NJ USA COORDINATOR
On the 30th of May 2023, the “Rising Sun” Group, a convergence of “The Gallant men of the Rising Sun”, The “IPOB WOMEN”and the “New Jersey IPOB family” stormed the premises of the United Nations in New York, USA as part of the events celebrating the heroes of the Biafra Civil war of 1967-1970.
They very loudly demanded for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanụ who’s being held at the Nigeria’s D.S.S (Department Of State Security) prison in Abuja, Nigeria since being extraordinarily renditioned from Kenya in June of 2021. Kanu, a British National and an Igbo Biafran is the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), a mass movement of the indigenous peoples of the former Eastern and Midwestern portions of Nigeria that’s often touted to be the largest mass movement on the planet Earth. Kanu maintains his innocence, insisting he was only calling for self determination for his people. Self determination quest is protected under the United Nations charter on human rights. Kanu and IPOB seek to restore the Republic of Biafra which once existed between 1967 and 1970, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, faced with ethnic cleansing of his people by the Nigerian military and other hostile tribes, declared the state of Biafra to protect the lives of rhw oeooles of Nigeeia’s then Midwestern and Eastern rwgions. The government of Nigeria declared war on biafra, using disproportionate amount of force with help from the U K and other Western allies and killing millions of Biafrans in what has been often termed as the African version of the European Jewish Holocaust. Biafra ceased to exist at the end of a bloody genocidal civil war that many experts believe claimed the lives of about 5 million Biafrans, many of them children.
Mazi Kanu was believed to have been intercepted by Kenyan intelligence agents, tortured and handed over to Nigerian Intelligence agents who ultimately extraordinarily renditioned him to Nigeria. The Nigerian government claimed that Kanu jumped bail in 2017 after being freed on bail from a 2015 incarceration on charges that most international observes belief were frivolous and trumped up. Kanu and most independent and foreign observers believe Kanu escaped death as the Nigerian Military invaded his house in Afara Ibeku, Abịa State Nigeria, killing about 28 of Kanu’s men and relatives.
The United Nations had faulted Kenya and Nigeria in their roles in the extraordinary rendition of Kanu into Nigeria and had demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanụ. Amidst a flurry of so often “amended charges”, several Nigerian Courts had also set him free but the federal government of Nigeria is still holding him.
The Rising Sun group practically slowed up much of New York as they rode around the City in a convoy of cars with giant sized Biafran flags, with Biafran War time qnd revolutionary music blasting in the air as many of the peiple either wqtchwd in amazement or joined rally. Men, women and children, blacks, whites, brown people who aren’t even related to Biafra and Biafrans joined the rally that took the crown through much of the city from 42nd Street to 60th. From 60th Street to 35th Street. From 35th Street to 57th Street. From 57th street to 30th Street, through the world famous New York Times Square and many more.
While at Times Square, much of the international media (Print, online, radio, TV) joined in, took notes and reported the news worthy ammo compassion-filled event.
We had a chance to speak with some of the people that helped put the event together. Madam Bridget Okafor, a woman leader appointed directly by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said, “I am very elated that we have been able to come out here today and demand for the immediate and unconditional release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanụ and at the same time Celebrated our Heroes of the Biafran civil war. We would not rest until our leader is freed.”. Mazi Chijioke Onyechege, the IPOB New Jersey State Coordinator said, “We are not going to stop until Mazi Nnamdi Kanụ is released and until Biafra is restored. That’s what we are demanding…”. Mazi Ume Opara, a Principal Officer of IPOB New Jersey added, “We are here to project the good image of Biafra. We are here to remember our loved ones who were killed many years ago, from 1967-1970 and also remember the heroes of the war and the struggle. We are here to demand for the release of Mazi Nnamdị Kanụ…”
Mazi Joel Ejekwu of IPOB Washington DC commented, “The Courts of the land, the land so called Nigeria had already decided to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanụ and there’s no other Court that can try him in Nigeria. So, they should just free him and conduct a referendum…”
When asked about the need for continued funding and the importance of financial accountability and, Mrs Bridget Okafor said, “We are looking for freedom. Freedom for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and freedom for Biafra.
Freedom is not cheap. I, Bridget Okafor Would make sure that whatever Money that’s within my reach is used for the purpose for which it was donated..”
Beatrice Okezie, IPOB Women’s Secretary and technical Adviser, asked about what she’s demanding from he world on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case, said, “..They should free him now… His Fundamental human rights guarantees him the freedom and right to advocate for Biafra and seek the freedom of his people. Hé shouldn’t have been renditioned from Kenya in the first place . He hasn’t broken any laws so he should be released”
Mazi Agbarakwe, IPOB New York. Madam Adannaya Ọnwụdịegwu, IPOB congresswoman from Houston, Texas; Helen Nwafor, IPOB Women Spokesperson; Uche Nwaọbasị, IPOB Women financial adviser, Mazi Eberechukwu Amụka, Lolo Evangeline Exile and Rev Fr Onyebọ were very much represented. We4We Media CEO, Val Frakas Amadị said, “I am filled with emotions. This memorial day, like every other one has been very weighty. I remember the services of my dad, my uncle’s, especially my mom’s younger brother, Capt. Auguste Okpe that was a pilot and commander in the Biafran Air Force. He wrote one of the best selling and most widely read books on the Biafran Civil war, ‘The Last Flight’. I remember the non Biafrans like David Koren, Brice Mayrock that went above and beyond to serve humanity and the people of Biafra selflessly. May the efforts of our heroes never be in vain. Iseee…”
It is also noteworthy that Rev Fr Ọdịmmegwa, Madam Okafor, Val Friday Offor (Ebube Biafra) and many others led a Group of Biafrans and freedom loving people to Long Island, New York where they observed a very sobering moment by the graveside of Bruce Mayrock, a Jewish White American College student who set himself ablaze in front of the U.N to protest the killing of innocent Biafrans during the Biafran genocide.
Our correspondents were able to obtain more interesting information on the Rising Sun group via 5heir Website, http://www.Risingsuncharities.org.
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