A Press Release by IgboZaraIgbo, Washington, DC

IgboZaraIgbo is a United States Igbo non-profit organization unapologetically committed to the promotion of Igbo values in all their ramifications, including the reestablishment of an Igbo State to ground those values.

God, in His infinite mercies and knowledge and upon realizing the treacherous nature of humans, separated them in ethnicities – equipping them uniquely with language, culture, tradition, values, etc., and finally placing them in a certain drawn territories across the globe. This Act of God or the golden rules of ethnicities, benefits both the big and small ethnicity wherever they are found.

Some of the territories are endowed with blessings while some are not very lucky. Today, in some of the unlucky territories, members of the  ethnicities who occupy them have found encouragement to make their territories useful while others resort to encroachment and forceful takeover of others.The benefits of the separation of ethnicities by the act are many, such as already listed above. And in the last few centuries, many of these ethnicities have found a need to form alliances with others they find compactable with; perhaps for the benefits of cooperative advantage and other reasons. The nation of Switzerland is a morden day example of this trend.

IgboZaraIgbo proposes the same for any emerging new nation or ethnicity in the dissolution of the expired Nigeria, with particular focus on those ethnicities in the former Eastern Nigeria. – which is the subject matter of this release.

The spike recently in the number of ethnic organizations from southern Nigeria ostensibly disclaiming themselves from the Igbo-Biafra movement is a
development that we at IgboZaraIgbo expect and welcome as the train of
the movement winds its way inexorably toward its final stop of self-determination. By this short release, we seek to respond to those disclamations.

  • Some of the organizations distancing themselves from the Igbo-Biafra movement by indicating that they not be included in any proposed map of the United States of Biafra (USB) come from ethnic groups in southern Nigeria that include the
    Ibibio, Ijaw, Ogoni, Edo, Itsekiri, and Urhobo.  The first three of these groups were
    part of the old Republic of Biafra.
    Our humble answer to the concern of these associations from non-Igbo ethnic nationalities is a recapitulation of the code of well-grounded principles of the new Biafra movement – the “Golden Rules of Ethnicities” – which that we earnestly advise that they familiarize themselves with. The code is embedded in the time-tested principles of social justice (ofo na ogu) that form the way of life in Igbo communities, including odi be ndi (respect for the way of life of other peoples), and egbe belu, ugo belu (the inalienable right of the strong and weak to coexist in peace).
     Under the Golden Rules of Ethnicities as we conceptualize it at IgboZaraIgbo,
     each ethnic nationality must:
      speak for itself;
  •  control its political space; 
  • control 100% of its boundaries; 
  • control 100% of its resources;
  •  grow at its own pace;
  •  govern itself; and 
  •  make the ultimate decision on the way forward by  itself and itself alone.
     Going further, each ethnic nationality, no matter its size, qualifies as a “People” under international law and hence entitled to its right to self-determination. Accordingly, each ethnic nationality must:

1. exercise its right to self-determination; 
2. having claimed or exercised its right to self-determination, each ethnic nationality has the right to go it alone, or, enter into alignment with other ethnic nationalities with commonality of interests, of its own choosing, sealed with a “Memorandum of
Understanding” that the United Nations (in junction with the African Union) may help them craft.

As conceptualized, the Golden Rule of Ethnicities is designed to correct once and for all time the British mistake of 1914 in lumping together under one state roof, without their consent, disagreeable ethnic nationalities with different value systems and no prior history of living together.    
 As we stressed in a previous press release and reiterate here, no able-bodied individual undertakes a serious journey on the legs of another person. Instead,
where we are right now, each ethnic group in the British hand-me-down artificiality called Nigeria must by itself, free of all interference by any other group(s), make a
decision on the way forward by itself and for its own people. 

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