The Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, on Tuesday announced fresh names as addition to its self-styled government.
Among the names are former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who it appointed ambassador to the United States, as well as Kanu Agabi named as attorney general.
Nigerian Eye recalls that self-acclaimed President of the Biafra Zionist Federation, Barr. Benjamin Onwuka had few months back named his cabinet.
However, ever since the exercise, he has not been seen in public, though he still issues press statements from time to time.
This time, he also came hard on Igbo leaders over their recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Villa, Abuja, describing the visit as futile and self-serving.
It could be re-called that at the meeting attended by selected South-East leaders and the governors from the zone, President Buhari dismissed insinuations that he was marginalizing Ndigbo.
The Zionists in what they called “Stern warning to saboteurs of the Biafra project”, said it was shameful that while they were dying in the struggle for the restoration of Biafra, “the so-called Igbo leaders went to Aso Rock to share war bounties.”
Onwuka said a time would come for the Igbo leaders to pay for working against the interest of the common man in the street.
He equally warned former Abia State Governor, Chief Orji-Uzor Kalu to stop sabotaging the interest of Ndigbo on the altar of his presidential ambition.
The Biafra agitator, who also announced a change of his name to Onwuka Nsiegbe, vowed that with the support of the United States, he would before this year’s Christmas re-declare Biafra at Lokojo in Kogi State.
He also reeled out six new appointments, among whom is former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who he appointed as Ambassador to the United States.
According to him, “We are hopeful that Biafra is going to be approved in December by the US because this problem of Biafra is not about IPOB or Nnamdi Kanu, it is about America’s support. We are now waiting for Trump’s endorsement before Christmas; whatever we are doing is based on America’s diplomatic engagement.
“Therefore, the Republic of Biafra will be announced in Lokoja; Lokoja is an Igbo land; as at 1914 when the amalgamation took place, Lokoja was part of Igbo land; Igbo land extends up to Plateau State; it used to be called Arochukwu kingdom; so, Biafra is going to reclaim her sovereignty from Lokoja.
“Biafra issue is a diplomatic matter; if America does not support us, it will not work; so, IPOB or Nnamdi Kanu cannot get Biafra; what the IPOB is doing is a waste of time. We are hopeful that our diplomatic approach will make it come true.
“We want to reinforce our ministerial appointments. They include foreign minister, PAtrick Utomi, finance, Arunma Oteh, Governor of the Central Bank of Biafra, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Information, Amarachi Ubani, currently at Channels Television, Lagos, Trade and Industry, May Okafor, currently at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, transportation, Prof. Jerry Gana, Aviation, Labaran Maku, Secretary to the Government of the Republic, Beny Lar, education, Gabriel Oluwole Osagie, energy, Prof. Barth Nnaji; United Nations, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the current chairman of Ohanaeze; defence, internal affairs, agriculture, police, air force, prison service, customs, would all be Israelis.
“We are equally announcing new appointments as follows: Chairman of national committee for Biafra’s independence, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, the leader and founder of the IPOB; man of the day, would be former governor of Kogi State, Dr. Idris Wada; the attorney general of the federation will be Rt. Hon. Kalu Agabi, and then the Biafra’s ambassador to the United States is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“The reason we appointed her is because she knows Washinton very well; she has been the Vice President of the World Bank and she knows all the politics of America. So, with her appointment, she will help us and make American investors and opportunities more apparent for Biafra; so, it is not mere appointment. The minister of religion or what you call the national chaplain of the Republic of Biafra will be Rev. Jude Okoye.”
On the visit of South-East leaders to Buhari, he said, “They are wasting their time; these are people being bought over by the Nigerian government; they know very well that we are not part of the Hausa-Fulani. The meeting is totally futile and self-serving.
“We are not bordered about what they are doing but the ordinary man on the street is saying. They are going there singing praises, have they spoken strongly against the killings in Aba and Umuahia? How many of them challenged them on the killings; so, these are saboteurs; people who are being bought over; but they are going to be put to shame; once the US gives us backing, we will know how to treat these liars and saboteurs; these are people whose children are in New York, London, Germany, so, what matters is what the ordinary man is passing through.
“Let me, however, warn them that they are at risk, they must answer to what they are doing in Abuja; while we are fighting and dying, they are going there singing praises and sharing spoils of war; they must be called to question. We are not part of them; they are on their own. They cannot stop Biafra’s independence; before Christmas, Biafra will be announced with US support.
“May we also bring a serious warning to Orji-Uzor Kalu, that his attempt to stop Biafra’s independence will backfire on him. He is being watched; his support for the Hausa-Fulani who are killing our people will not go well for him; he is campaigning for presidency; so who will vote for him when everybody has been killed here?
“When he ran for governor and senate, who voted for him? Are they not these same people being killed now and he is supporting the killings. We are warning him very seriously, he will pay a heavy price.
“These things he is doing now because of vote will backfire on him. He is not evens safe himself. Without Biafra, no Igbo man, no southerner is safe. The way we placed Mbaka, we will place Orji-Uzor Kalu as well, his own will be worst.”