Members of the United States Military of Igbo descent who served or currently in the service of the United States Armed Forces, under the aegis of the American Veterans of Igbo Descent (AVID), have written to the US Department of State over President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged persecution of Igbos in Nigeria and extra-judicial killings in the Eastern Nigeria.
In a letter jointly signed by Chief Sylvester Onyia, President and Dr. Godson Obiagwu, Secretary, and obtained by IgbereTV, AVID condemned the “oppressive condition” of Igbo people entrapped in Nigeria and sought for Department of State’s urgent intervention.
AVID also asked the President Biden administration to restore the indigenous people of Biafra as a country, noting that “only an Independent Biafran Republic will ensure the Safety and Security of Igbo people especially now that Nigeria slid into security dark precipice.”
Read the letter below:
We are citizens of the United States who honorably served in various branches of our superior military at different times and on different conflict theaters. We are members of the American Veterans of Igbo Descent (AVID), incorporated in the state of New Mexico and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, EIN#: 85-4277623. Some of our members were born of Igbo tribal ancestry of the southeastern part of Nigeria and became United States citizens by naturalization before or during their military service.
The rest of our members are natural born United States citizens of Igbo tribe, Nigerian parents. All our members are therefore honorable men and women who meritoriously served or currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Our Christian parents, siblings, relatives, classmates, friends, and well-wishers still live in the Igbo part of Southeastern Nigeria.
We are bringing to your notice that we are stressed and stretched beyond elasticity by the oppressive condition of our people entrapped in Nigeria and we seek your urgent action. We are not oblivious to the laissez-faire nature of Nigerian President Mr. Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership. His slothfulness has exacerbated in a chaotic gap in national security and freedom of the people. Our attention is drawn to the following life-altering events currently going on in Nigeria:
General Insecurity, heinous violence, corruption, and graft, abductions and harassment of hundreds of school children, Incessant kidnappings of law abiding citizens, Breakdown of law and order, Open grazers with AK-47 weapon by Muslim Northern Nigerian brothers of the President killing people at will, Fulani hegemony, the murderous slaughter of Non-Fulani ethnic groups, Chronic youth unemployment, Mayhem in the Middle Belt of Nigeria without prosecution or accountability, Free installation and tacit enforcement of Muslim Caliphate in Eastern Nigeria, Atrocities and genocide meted out to Nigerian citizens without consequence, Government appointment of Fulani tribe indigenes to key positions such as NNPC, RIRS, NCS, NPA, Defense, Finance, Education, Justice, FTC, Agriculture, Police Affairs, Aviation, Communication, Power, Water Resources, FERMA, NYSC, PTDF, NTA, FAAN, EFCC, ICPC, NFIU etc.
Dastardly act of support for Bokoharam and Myeti Allah Muslim terrorists, Politics of the second Niger bridge, Nigeria where people killed by violence are not counted, Corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves with their government accomplices, Execution of Eastern farmers on their indigenous farmlands with no prosecution, Gruesome rape of young Igbo girls and married women, unprovoked killings, massacre, maiming by Fulani young men and nobody held to account, Army and Police killing of unarmed defenseless youths at Lekey Toll gate, Execution of Christians on church grounds during church worship, Police frequent brutality, Unconstitutional arrests, detention, and killings of political opponents, Abduction and execution of foreigners, Security condition and Human Rights violation, Excessive China monetary loans for development of another country, Government protection of criminals, bandits, terrorists, Epileptic electricity and dilapidated infrastructure, Lack of navigable roads in the Eastern parts of Nigeria, Woeful condition of Universities and academic standards, Government appointments from only Fulani tribe, Eastern Nigerian men pillaged, slaughtered en mass within their indigenous ancestral land with no consequences, Violent military inversion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s ancestral home and consequent fatal slaughter of Igbo youths, Forceful conquest of Orlu in Igbo land and its attendant wastage of lives and properties, Culpable, reckless, and gross neglect by the federal government, Attacks and massacre of Eastern people of Ebonyi State, Enugu state, Abia state, Anambra state and Imo state, Disproportionate installation of military checkpoints in Igboland, unprovoked harassment of innocent people and monetary extortion, Stifled constitutional freedom and protection of citizen’s lives and properties; freedom to assembly, association, speech, and extra-judicial killings.
The American Veterans of Igbo Descent unequivocally and officially report these vices to you and seek your consent to review these problems. Our assessment is that Nigeria is irretrievably divided and cannot be ameliorated.
The Igbo people seek a referendum to become a new nation called Biafra. The Western Yoruba people want to become a nation called Oduduwa. The Middle Belt people want to separate from Nigeria and become a new nation.
We urge our nation (United States of America) to urgently restore the indigenous people of Biafra as a country carved out of Nigeria. Only this will ensure the Safety and Security of our people especially now that Nigeria slid into a security dark precipice.
The people of Southeastern Nigeria have the right to self defense. Their youths are infuriated, have no future, and have no guarantee of life, safety, security, and protection. Because of these anomalies, AVID advocates, stands with, and expresses our unalloyed support for, and takes a strong stake in the redemption of our Igbo people.
We, therefore, declare as we vacate our silence that Southeastern Igbo people have their constitutional rights taken away by the Nigerian Fulani-led government. AVID stands to assuage the anguish the Eastern people of Nigeria have endured by leveraging your support to assure our oppressed people that their suffering will soon end. Our solemn pride and request hinge on the strata of freedom you can provide to our oppressed Igbo people of Nigeria