Igbo Canadians Press release against military invasion in Igbo Land Nigeria
We, the coalition of Igbo National Organizations representing the interests of the about 10 thousand Canadians and Canadian residents of Igbo (Nigerian) extraction in the Greater Toronto Area, wish to invite you to our rally on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Ontario Parliament, Queens Park, to protest the Nigerian military invasion of our homeland in South Eastern and Niger Delta regions of Nigeria. Since the invasion ordered by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, under a genocidal mission called “Operation Python Dance 2”, about three weeks ago, more than 200 people, mostly youths have been killed and several hundreds injured, while thousands have fled their homes and businesses.
The only crime that our people committed was that in the 2015 controversial election in Nigeria, they did not vote for Muhammadu Buhari who eventually was elected President of Nigeria. Since then, he had declared a personal war, genocide and ethnic cleansing against our people of South Eastern and Niger Delta regions of Nigeria, through marginalization, alienation, exclusion and now direct annihilation. His high-handed dehumanizing policies have resulted in renewed and overwhelming mass agitation by our people for separation from Nigeria and actualization of the Republic of Biafra. This agitation is lead in the main by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a peaceful, unarmed movement supported by over 90% of all the people of South Eastern and Niger Delta regions.
In a country that is supposedly a democracy; our people now live in fear and are subjected to a curfew imposed from 6:00pm to 6:00am in most of the major cities. Life has become so unsafe, businesses closed as our people can no longer engage in their normal daily activities for fear of being killed by these soldiers who have taken over the streets. Most infrastructures in the regions have been shut down and level of fear and apprehension is palpable.
We are pained, distraught and apprehensive. We therefore, are appealing for the urgent intervention of the government and people of Canada and you ladies and gentlemen of the press in this unfolding genocide and ethnic cleansing which started with the 1967-1970 Biafran war in which more than five million Igbos and our minority ethnic relatives were massacred.
Kindly send your news crew on Monday October 2, 2017 to Queens Park to cover our rally/protest which starts at 9:30am and proceeds to Toronto City Hall at 11:00am.
Thank you. God bless you!
Fabian Nwoha (289-600-2364)
Chief Ike Ejesi (416)830-6551
Chris Nsedo (416)625-3803
Tim Okafor (416)919-5125