In a historic and emotionally charged ceremony held in North America, specifically in the state of Maryland, the Biafra Republic Government in Exile proudly inaugurated and unveiled its Administration Office, aptly referred to as “Biafra House.” The occasion, which brought together Biafran activists, leaders, and supporters from around the world, was marked by a poignant opening speech delivered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy, a key figure in the government in exile.
Addressing a diverse and enthusiastic audience, the minister expressed the immense significance of the newly established office, emphasizing its role as a symbol of the ongoing struggle for Biafran freedom. She began her address by extending heartfelt appreciation to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for their unwavering support and dedication to the cause of Biafran restoration. She acknowledged that the event marked the culmination of many years of relentless struggle and the diligent efforts of key figures such as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, General Philip Effiong, and countless others who had made the ultimate sacrifice for the dream of Biafra.
Under the leadership of Mazi Simon Ekpa, the current head of the Biafra Republic Government in Exile, the minister stressed that everyone present was considered a VIP, emphasizing unity and the shared commitment to the cause. She went on to give special recognition to the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the Biafra Liberation Army (BLA) for their dedicated service in protecting Biafra and its people, vowing continued financial support for their efforts.
The minister also expressed gratitude to Biafrans worldwide who had rallied behind the movement to restore Biafra as a sovereign state. She acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the media team of the Biafra Republic Government in Exile and all the supporters scattered across the globe.
Recognizing the meticulous planning behind the event, she extended her appreciation to the organizing committee while acknowledging the presence of cabinet members who had come to show their support. A special acknowledgement was reserved for the Finance Minister, Mazi Ogechukwu Nkwere, whose diligent work had played a significant role in the opening of the Administration Office.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who remains an inspiration to the movement, was remembered with reverence, with the minister emphasizing that his words continued to be a guiding light. The sacrifices made by him and his predecessors were deemed never to be in vain.
Drawing on the words of General Philip Effiong after the Nigerian-Biafra war, the minister noted that the rise of Biafran descendants had become a reality, just as foretold. She highlighted the vital role of women in the liberation struggle, particularly referencing the Aba Women’s Riots of 1929, which had inspired the entire umuada (women’s group).
Emphasizing unity, she pledged to continue working towards uniting Biafrans and building on their shared values. She concluded with a quote from General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, reiterating the unwavering determination of the Biafran people in their pursuit of freedom.
In a powerful message, she welcomed those who were still wavering between Biafra and the concept of a united Nigeria, urging them to join the path of truth, justice, and freedom. She invoked the adage “Onye aghala nwanneya,” emphasizing the importance of unity among Biafrans.
The minister underscored the resilience of Biafrans, highlighting their ability to rebuild despite the adversity faced after the Nigerian-Biafra war. She concluded with a vision of a brighter future, where Biafra would be restored and serve as a guiding light for all of Africa.
The event, attended by cabinet members including Mazi Ogechukwu Nkwere, Madam Azuka Nwankwo, Madam Erewe, Chief Mazi Charles Nwankwo, Professor Mrs. Chioma Ukaoma, Mazi Solomon Nkwocha, Mazi Amobi, Dr. Rubi Nnadi, and many others, was a poignant and resolute reaffirmation of the Biafran struggle for sovereignty, justice, and freedom.