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PARIS, JANUARY 24, 2017: (DGW) Dr. Chukwuma Egemba, a UK-based Biafra campaigner and a close associate of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said there is no going back on the struggle to restore Biafra in spite of the repressive posture by the Nigerian government.
He made this disclosure in an interview with Daily Sun newspapers where he covered a wide range of issues about the Biafra restoration, the struggle and strategy adding that all means will be employed in the course of time for the struggle.
Dr. Egemba, while answering questions during the interview declared why Biafra must be restored and the efforts made so far to reach out to foreign governments to aid the restoration and Biafra independence.
Below is abridged version of the interview with Daily Sun:
Excerpts:
Looking back, can you say you’ve really achieved anything?
Absolutely, let us say that within this period I call the second phase of Biafra restoration struggle, the first phase being 1967-1970, which coincided with the declaration of the Republic of Biafra, the outbreak of the civil war, how it was prosecuted and the way it ended. Now the second phase, I can say started effectively from 1999 following the formation of MASSOB as an organisation which most Biafrans belonged to and identified with until misunderstanding; misdirection stepped in and we had to move on with the help of Radio Biafra and other events that led to the formation of IPOB, which catapulted the struggle to the height which it is today. We have achieved a lot in the sense that Biafra is no longer a project that one can sweep under the carpet. Biafra is not what someone will be talking and looking at his back, being afraid whether there will be a clamp down by the authorities. Today, anybody anywhere can talk freely about Biafra; engage in meaningful discussion about Biafra. That’s a tremendous achievement. Also, there are people around the world who proudly associate and identify themselves as indigenous people of Biafra both in demonstrations, meetings and representations to foreign governments to present the case of Biafra not minding the enormous repression that the Biafran people are suffering within Nigeria. That’s a tremendous achievement.
How do you reconcile your peaceful and disciplined approach to the incessant killing of Biafra agitators? 



In as much as we are adopting peaceful means, that doesn’t mean that we will fold our arms endlessly when our people are being killed unnecessarily. So, there would be a point when the world would see that we have exhausted all peaceful means but we’ve not got to that point yet. We have been disciplined that we have not returned fire for fire; if you like; but we have proven to the world that we are disciplined and non-violent because regardless of all the provocations, killing of our people in Aba, Onitsha, Asaba and all other places without any iota of provocation, we managed to maintain peaceful approach to our restoration effort, because we know where we are going. What the Nigerian establishment is doing is to provoke us into action, so as to justify further use of force on our people or they want to term us as a violent group. But we are trying to resist that, we will continue to do so and we have successfully proven that we are disciplined in our approach to self-determination.
Since you talked about diplomatic means; what have you done and what is the future of Biafra?
We have representations and doing representations to various governments of the world; to major governmental centres, to main governments and political organisations that matter. We have been doing inroad to AU, UN; there is hardly any foreign government that does not know that Biafra exists; that Biafran people through IPOB and other organisations are fighting for their freedom. They are seeing what we are doing so far; the result of what we are doing is filtering into the mainstream international media regardless of the efforts of the Federal Government to ensure a blackout of news about Biafran struggle. They are doing that consistently, persistently and continuously but the news is filtering because 2016-2017 is not 1966-1967, when it will take days, weeks or months for information to filter into the outside world. So, in this age of social media, information spreads like wildfire. I can assure you that many governments, if not all governments of the world know what is happening and at the right time, they will come out to prove that they know what is happening.
How do you reconcile your peaceful and disciplined approach to the incessant killing of Biafra agitators?
Inasmuch as we are adopting peaceful means, that doesn’t mean that we will fold our arms endlessly when our people are being killed unnecessarily. So, there would be a point when the world would see that we have exhausted all peaceful means but we’ve not got to that point yet. We have been disciplined that we have not returned fire for fire; if you like; but we have proven to the world that we are disciplined and non-violent because regardless of all the provocations, killing of our people in Aba, Onitsha, Asaba and all other places without any iota of provocation, we managed to maintain peaceful approach to our restoration effort, because we know where we are going. What the Nigerian establishment is doing is to provoke us into action, so as to justify further use of force on our people or they want to term us as a violent group. But we are trying to resist that, we will continue to do so and we have successfully proven that we are disciplined in our approach to self-determination.
At what period would we say this agitation has got to a head?
I can’t give you a specific period but circumstances will determine that. But we are focused that we will use all means possible to achieve our quest for freedom and self-determination. Arms struggle is not ruled out. In some of my previous speeches and write ups, I have always maintained that no national liberation struggle worth its salt will exclude arms; it will be stupid to say that at no point shall we carry arms. It will be foolhardy to say that, but at what point will that be, chain of events will determine that. But before that, all the necessary conditions will be in place so that when it happens, both local and international community will justify and even support us in that stage.

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