International Conference on Biafra, 2003
Selected Articles and Events
On October 18th 2003, the first post-Biafran War International Conference on Biafra was held in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. We provide you with some of the relevant information.
While the rest of the world works with an "open" paradigm, we are limited with respect to the amount and nature of the information which we can provide here by the prevalent nefarious signature of Nigeria as can be deduced from this email we received afterwards concerning the conference:
"... sending message regards to our prominent men that attended the last Biafra Conference that took place at Maryland USA. The information said that Federal Government of Nigeria has big plan to kill these our men in the persons of His Excellency Dim Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and three others that came to the Biafra Conference last week 18th Oct. 2003. Again to prove how serious in this information they succeeded in killing seventeen of MASSOB/BLF at Owerri, Imo State. Even the radio Nigeria Owerri gave it in their news.
Please, we strongly advice Biafra Foundation to inform these our prominent men to be careful while returning home or else they have to come with a strong security.
While we cannot adequately verify the present specific threat directly and immediately, it is a well-documented and well-reported fact that the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Security Personnel have shot unarmed members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the hundreds, killing hundreds, wounding hundreds, and detaining hundreds indefinitely, on various occasions, sometimes with the connivance of so-called State governors in Igbo-Biafraland. Keep in mind that MASSOB is a non-violent organization, and on no occasion have they ever attacked the Police or Security forces in retaliation, remaining true to their non-violent principles. The bitter-sweet irony is that more Biafrans are joining MASSOB in droves, in spite of, and often because of this type of murderous and injurious injustice meted to Biafrans because of their membership in MASSOB. We are looking forward to the day when all Biafrans are MASSOBians.
With that, we present to you what we can, from this at once most symbolic and substantive conference. The communiqué says it all...
6 months post conference...April 17 2004.
The final communiqué mentioned that if Nigeria does not hold a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) within six months following the conference, Biafra would explore the option of forming a Biafra Government in exile. Biafra Foundation (BF) and Biafra stand by that statement. On April 17, 2004, Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcast a supporting message.
MESSAGE FROM BIAFRA FOUNDATION April 17, 2004.
So, prepare yourselves and remember that this is a PROCESS not a quick one time event. It is like a journey and it requires focus, stamina, dedication, determination, and perseverance until we reestablish our Sovereign State of Biafra.
May God guide and direct our efforts and the good people of Biafra!