Mr. Obi Uchechukwu, advert hoc secretary of the Igbo group in Finland, explains to VICTOR AYENI why the group issued a press liberate condemning the actions of Simon Ekpa, chief of the Biafran Indigenous Peoples in Finland
What’s your stance at the Biafran unrest and why did you disassociate the Igbo group in Finland from what Ekpa stands for?
As we all know, many people reinforce the agitation. We’re all from Biafran. However what worries us is Simon Ekpa’s modus operandi. Everyone knows that his taste of agitation may be very violent, and we wish the most productive for our area, South East Nigeria, and we are not looking for bloodshed and violence.
The velocity of lack of confidence in south-eastern Nigeria is alarming, and we Igbo in Finland had been receiving telephone calls from quite a lot of assets asking the place we stand on Simon Ekpa’s actions. We idea it used to be time for the Igbo of Finland to come back in combination to determine the place we stand, and we should stand by way of it.
That press liberate used to be issued when we had a gathering on December 18, which used to be attended by way of Ekpa and their ‘autopilots’. You’re going to be stunned to understand that he’s now transferring along with his safety, who’s armed with a gun, and ahead of he may get to the assembly position, our personal safety on the gate requested him to drop the gun ahead of they may to get. inside of, and it took him rather some time to conform. We knew that the assembly, if no longer cautious, may escalate into violence, so the federal government right here gave us papers and we were given our personal safety guards.
We requested him a number of questions bordering on his actions, and the explanation we even referred to as the assembly used to be on account of his incessant orders just like the sit-in at domestic, which Nnamdi Kanu had already cancelled, and likewise on account of his consistent pronouncement that there used to be no there will probably be no no elections in south-eastern Nigeria and no political gatherings.
We didn’t consider those two statements, and so we referred to as this assembly to invite him head to head if he supposed what he stated, and he vividly instructed us that he used to be no longer going to backtrack, that he would stand by way of his orders and proceed issuing the orders. to stick at domestic.
And everyone knows that on every occasion you factor the sit-at-home order from Finland right here, all the ones felony components in Nigeria will take that chance to kill and assault individuals who defy their orders.
What used to be the results of that assembly? Have been there arguments or from side to side eventualities that attempted to persuade Ekpa to switch his strategies or phrases?
The primary assembly used to be hung on Saturday, December 17 and used to be a digital (on-line) assembly, which I attended. Ekpa hosted the assembly, and we allowed him to take action, in order that he would really feel at ease. He used to be requested a number of questions and his solutions weren’t convincing. This is why we determined to carry the bodily assembly the next day to come.
Prior to that, the commander of the Ekpa Biafran Indigenous Other folks right here in Finland, a person who calls himself Clement Anyaegbu, made an audio message ordering all ‘autopilots’ to come back to the assembly position to struggle and damage issues and ensure the assembly did not happen. I’ve your entire audio messages with me and may also publish one.
In some other audio message leaked by way of this identical Anyaegbu, he discussed some names of Igbo males right here in Finland and stated that he would ship their telephone numbers to a few other people in Nigeria so they may maintain them.
On the assembly, Ekpa used to be requested questions that bordered on 3 major issues: the stay-at-home order, the non-election in Biafraland, and the consistent threats in opposition to those that are towards what they stand for.
Consistent with a file, he claimed that the five-day sit-at-home order he issued, which resulted within the lack of existence and assets, used to be a check and that he’s going to factor some other sit-in ahead of the presidential election. interior order, which might be lengthy, and insists that there will probably be no elections in all of south-eastern Nigeria. Those didn’t sit down smartly with all people on the assembly that day.
I used to be taking mins as advert hoc secretary and the assembly nearly degenerated into chaos. So Ekpa left with all his fans, the ‘autopilots’. That is when the progressives now sat down and we had our assembly, and we offered this solution in that press liberate.
Because the press liberate used to be issued, there were hateful feedback from Ekpa’s supporters, and lots of of them had been sharing pictures of key participants in their crew in Finland on social media, labeling them “spoilers” and “criminals”. . Have you ever gained threats because the press liberate used to be issued? Are you apprehensive that their lives could also be in peril because you proportion the similar nation with Simon and his fans?
Sure, my existence is in peril. That photograph being shared is of me, they usually discussed my identify, or even had the center to incorporate the identify of my town in that photograph, indicating that I’m the one that wrote and revealed the click liberate. I have been seeing the pictures all over. I would like it to be recorded that I’ve reported this subject to the Finnish police. I’ve additionally filed felony fees towards Clement Anyaegbu and Simon Ekpa.
A number of other folks have carried out the similar, and as I stated previous, there’s an audio message through which Anyaegbu says that he’s going to maintain positive other people whose names he discussed. It is a giant downside.
They put out their very own press liberate on their web site the day gone by to counter what we put out, they usually additionally integrated my image and that of our president, Kingsley Orji. Additionally they put our the town and our actual names, and have you learnt what that implies?
Thankfully no media area in Nigeria revealed such nonsense. It used to be once I noticed him that I went to the Finnish police to record felony fees, and now we have extra to do to include those guys right here. My existence is in danger.
Do you assume those petitions to the Finnish executive may impact the residential standing of Nigerians in Finland because of this perplexing factor?
I don’t believe so as a result of I’m an influential particular person right here, I’m already within the media and I’ve by no means dedicated any crime in Finland, even supposing I will not discuss for others.
However invariably, I don’t believe it impacts us. I feel maximum people who’re pushing this motive wouldn’t have skeletons in our closets.
Has the Finnish consulate contacted you, or have you ever contacted them, to speak about those problems?
We don’t have. I feel so as a result of I additionally observe what is going on in Nigeria. The Berekete circle of relatives referred to as the Finnish embassy in Nigeria about two or 3 weeks in the past, and their host instructed the Finnish embassy consultant that if they did not need to do anything else about Simon Ekpa, he would lead a protest of indignant Nigerians on the Finns. . Embassy in Abuja in order that Simon Ekpa might be delivered to justice.
As it’s, no person has contacted me or the president, or the embassy or the federal government, however now we have our plans. , this press liberate is simply the very first thing now we have carried out to let Nigerians know our stance to disassociate and distance ourselves from Ekpa.
We additionally produce other plans that we’re going to perform in the following couple of weeks that may draw in the eye of the Finnish executive.
Do you assume Ekpa may endure the similar destiny as Nnamdi Kanu, extradited to Nigeria and accused of crimes towards humanity?
I do not know as a result of, initially, he’s a Finnish citizen like many people. I do not know the way Finnish regulation works with regards to that. Since we’re from the similar position, now we have a voice, and as probably the most boys who attended the assembly stated: “Best the Igbo in Finland can prevent Ekpa from doing what he’s doing, as a result of we’re right here with him and we are living in Finland. legally”.
So the federal government will have to pay attention to us, know what the issue is and examine the subject.
Ekpa’s elementary proper to expression is probably not violated, however he should loosen up and read about the affect of what he’s doing. Many Igbo males who are actually in Nigeria for Christmas had been not able to trip. They may be able to’t move the Niger bridge from Asaba for concern of being killed by way of those guys within the southeast.
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