IPOB meeting with the UN and the open doors for Biafra that it presents
On Thursday 14th September 2018, Indigenous People of Biafra led by it’s Deputy, Uche Mefor met with the United Nations in Geneva over Biafrans plight in Nigeria as made public by it’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful.
The meeting with UN was taking place the same day that Biafrans were remembering and mourning the victims of Operation Python Dance 2 (A Nigerian Military exercise in the South Eastern Nigerian which led to the disappearance of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu) in a peaceful civil disobedience termed Sit at home.
According to Emma, “it is the first time in the post war history of Biafra that the leadership of any faction, movement or people has met with the United Nations (UN) in a face to face meeting to discuss anything pertaining to the plight of Biafrans or the Eastern Region.
The meeting according to Powerful, which held in Geneva has opened up doors and better opportunities for further engagement between IPOB and relevant UN agencies around the serious issues of human rights violations by the Muhammadu Buhari’s government, and the declaration and enforcement of IPOB’s universal right to self-determination which the UN herself recognises till date.
In his exact words:
“This unique encounter with the UN has opened up avenues and opportunities for further engagement between IPOB and relevant agencies of the world body around the burning issues of human rights violations by the Buhari regime and enforcement of IPOB’s universal right to self determination”.
Pertaining to the issue of Swiss Embassy’s refusal of Kanu’s family visa. Kanu’s family who were invited alongside other eye-witnesses to the military invasion of Afaraukwu-Umuahia, Abia state on September 14th, 2017 where more than 28 persons were allegedly killed by the Nigerian military including destruction of properties, Powerful disclosed that investigations are soon to be carried by the United Nations (UN) over the refusal of entry visas by the Swiss Embassy in Abuja to the family.