IPOB seeks intervention in a letter to the US over incessant killings of Biafra Christians

Obinwannem News IPOB seeks intervention in a letter to the US over incessant killings of Biafra Christians

IPOB seeks intervention in a letter to the US over incessant killings of Biafra Christians

The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB in the United States of America has addressed a letter to Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state over the killing of Biafra Christians in Nigeria, says the US should also conduct a study to investigate the highlighted issues and hold the Nigerian government accountable.

IPOB is asking the United States to appoint a special envoy to the Lake Chad region, where Christians are being killed on a daily basis by various terrorist groups.

The letter dated July 6 and signed by Clement Okoro, IPOB national coordinator in the US also made reference to the report by the United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief, a group made up of  British parliamentarians, which said Christians are being targeted because of their faith in Nigeria.

The letter as was distributed by Mercury Public Affairs, the US lobbying firm reads: “We write to you as the United States coordinators for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), an organization that represents the social, political, and economic interests of Biafrans in Nigeria.

“These issues have been compounded by the Nigerian government’s inability and unwillingness to hold violent perpetrators accountable for their actions.

“As Biafrans who live and work in America but remain immensely concerned about the state of our homeland, we urge you to consider appointing a Special Envoy to the Lake Chad region who can hold the Nigerian government accountable for its harmful actions and equally detrimental inaction.

“Our concerns have also been echoed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, a group of British lawmakers from across the ideological spectrum established to raise awareness of and defend against religious freedom abuses around the world. Last month, the APPG released a report titled, Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide, which provided recommendations to prevent the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.

“While the report noted that issues like resource competition, population growth, and climate change have contributed to the farmer-herder conflict, it highlighted extremist ideology and government mismanagement as the main sources of conflict, emphasizing, “the inability of the Nigerian Federal and State Governments to protect Christian farmers, and the lack of political will to respond adequately to warnings or to bring perpetrators of violence to justice, has fostered feelings of victimization and persecution.”

“The IPOB strongly supports this request, as we believe the only way to prevent the Nigerian government from allowing these attacks and human rights violations to continue with impunity is rigorous oversight conducted by a well- respected third party, like a Special Envoy,” it said.

“People around the world look to the United States as a defender of human rights and democratic values, and we strongly believe that American oversight in the region would promote stability and save lives.

Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News

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