Events in Alaigbo on May 30, each year show that May 30 has become an official Igbo Remembrance Day in Memory of the Biafra war of 1967-70, not only within Alaigbo but throughout the entire world where Igbo citizens live. Each year, from London to Johannesburg, to several cities in Europe, Asia, America, and Canada, the story is the same with various activities organized by Umuigbo and their friends to mark the occasion. Back home the entire Alaigbo has often been shut down; markets, shops, schools, and offices closed while streets are deserted to mark Remembrance Day. The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) is fully aware that May 30 is a day in the history of Alaigbo, deeply rooted in the heart of our people and which nobody can wish away or ban by force of Law or prevent by force of arms. It is in the light of this that the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has fully supported the observance of May 30, each year embracing peaceful activities lined out for the day by different Igbo organizations. May 30 marks the day Biafra was declared in 1967 and no patriotic Igbo son or daughter can pretend that Biafra is not part of the history and indeed the major watershed in the history of the Igbo nation. If anyone is in doubt let him recall what has often happened on May 30, as was especially the case in 2017 and 2018 when our sons and daughters under the aegis of IPOB, MASSOB, and other Pan-Igbo organizations declared a SIT-AT-HOME to commemorate Biafra Day as a historic day in the life of Ndigbo and their neighbors, with various other forms of memorial activities to mark the historic day. The total compliance of that call throughout the length and breadth of Alaigbo was not because these pan-Igbo and pro-Biafra organizations have become their supreme authority. No! That call evokes intense yearning in the innermost recesses of the hearts and minds of Umuigbo. Consequently, whosoever provoked the observance is welcome as a lover of the Igbo nation.

BIAFRA evokes an intense longing for freedom for our people. Biafra is indeed more than a state of the mind. It is also a material force that moves our people. Why will Biafra not be in their mind? Why will Biafra not symbolize their longing for freedom, when their predicament since the Amalgamation in 1914 up to the Biafra Declaration on My 30, 1967 and ever since Biafra has been a continuous state of estrangement, brutal attacks and punitive measures against their spiritual, economic, political and physical survival?

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), therefore, proposes that Umuigbo should continue to observe May 30 every year as a REMEMBRANCE DAY – a day to remember our history, to review our successes and failures, to remember those
who have died fighting for the Igbo cause and also think of our future. Incidentally, the May 30, 2020 celebration is taking place during a most tragic era in the history of humanity, namely, the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is not the only terror
Ndigbo and their neighbors are currently facing. The massacre of our people have been intensified with the influx of Fulani warriors in the guise of Almajiri.In the face of all these, ADF hereby calls on Ndigbo and their neighbors to remain
vigilant, strong, and united; ready to defend themselves and their ancestral homes.





On May 14th 2020, a Press Statement was issued by the Government of Imo State to the effect that the Governor, Hope Uzodinma had settled the claims of the Fulani herders who invaded some communities in Ezinihitte LGA in April, 2020. The Press Statement was signed by the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor of Imo State, Mr Oguwike Nwachukwu. The photograph of the Governor and that of the head of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), taken during the occasion, was published alongside the statement.

On the same day, May 14th 2020, the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of Ezinihitte LGA., Chief Sir F. S. Onyeberechi went on air (Darling FM 107.3) to confirm the payment and went further to issue a Press Statement signed by himself confirming the payment to the Fulani herders by the Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma. That Press Statement was profuse in eulogizing the Governor’s magnanimity.

Dramatically on the same day, another Press Statement was issued by the same Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor of Imo State, Mr Oguwike Nwachukwu stating that no payment was made to the Fulani herdsmen by the Governor.

Indeed, people became justifiably embarrassed, confused and were asking what is happening over this Double-speak or Double-talk from the Government.

It does appear to me that this embarrassment was caused, perhaps, on purpose, by the Governor’s men at the State House including the Chairman of the Ezinihitte Interim Management Committee. It has nothing to do with Ezinihitte people.

The whole incident arising from the trespass of the Fulani herders into Ezinihitte Local Government Area was indeed badly handled from the very beginning and needed a great circumspection in its remedy. When the Governor decided to make the payment for whatever political expediency there was, it should have been done with some sense of statecraft!

The Governor would have called all the parties to the State House to hear from the two parties since he had already been involved. He should have talked straight to them and sued for peace. He should have used his Executive Authority to caution the Fulani herders for their trespass and for violating –

i. the LOCKDOWN ORDERS of his Government
ii. the Customs of the people of Ezinihitte that prohibit Open Grazing in their area, and the
iii. Imo State Law No. 9 of 2006 which prohibits Open Grazing in Imo State.
Whatever else, including compensation to both parties—the Fulani Herders for their alleged lost cows, and the Ezinihitte Farmers for their crops which the cows may have damaged in the course of their illegal roaming, all these would have been done without so much GUSTO!

The resort to Media Hype of the incident was absolutely counter-productive and may have led to the embarrassing and unnecessary double-speak on the part the Government.

All these have little to do with the stance of Ezinihitte people.

Ezinihitte People – What Is Our Own?

The Cows have been paid for. We have nothing to do with the mishandling of the matter neither from the Public Relations aspect nor from the Purely Political aspect; all those are the headache of the Imo State Government and its Advisers.

For Ezinihitte, the Cows have been paid for. That headache has been removed from our people. There is therefore, every good sense in our thanking the Governor for it. That is the exactly what we have done in the LETTER OF APPRECIATION addressed to the Governor.

As for the crops destroyed, I am one of those that advised that we should not pursue the matter. Why did I do that?

My dear people, it is because the issue of the missing cows is becoming dangerously DIVERSIONARY. My People, don’t you see the danger in the whole episode—OUR SECURITY? That is the signal—the Fulani herders were not just grazing and passing by. They came to stay! Their target is the Imo River Basin Area that includes Ezinihitte. What happens if they do?

We would lose our Ancestral Land and Farms; our People would become the victims of kidnapping and murder; our wives and daughters, victims of rape and murder that will accompany that! The herders will easily legitimize their takeover of our ancestral land, for they believe that there will always be hungry and unpatriotic Traditional Rulers and Politicians to sell our lands to them!

If all these happen in our life-time, our ancestors would curse us, our children (born and unborn) would spit on our graves, NDI EZINIHITTE NWEM, MBANU!

What Is to Be Done!

The People of Ezinihitte should now focus on the main challenges staring us in the face—namely how best to protect our farms and our ancestral land, our men and women from the invaders. We must focus on how best to apply our Customary Laws and rely on the enabling Anti-Open Grazing law 9 (2006) of Imo State to protect our farmlands as well as our lives, if we must learn from the experiences of other communities within and outside Alaigbo.

What lies ahead of the Ezinihitte People is now how best to ensure their security working in collaboration with dedicated Law-Enforcement agents in our area.

It is of course hoped that the Fulani herders have leant that Ezinihitte people do not have land for Open Grazing and are determined to protect their crops and their land to avoid famine and starvation of their citizens.

As for NDI OJI AKPA ELI OZU, na Ndi RATU RATU in our midst, please allow us to consolidate Aladinma Ezinihitte and other similar organizations in Mbaise for the sake of the SECURITY and DEVELOPMENT of Ezinihitte as well as the WELFARE of our people!

May God Bless Us All!

Your dear Brother,




The Senate President,

The Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Members of the National Assembly

1.It is with heavy heart and shock that we rise to bring to your exalted tables this open letter, with the sincere hope that for the first time, you will be aroused to see reasons to back-pedal on this war of annihilation which you have mysteriously elected to wage on the very electorate that voted you into office and the masses of this nation , even the generation unborn. It beats every imagination of the heart, that men and women, addressed as distinguished Senators and Hon Members of House of Representatives, could descend so low in wisdom as to pour acid into the health and economic sores inflicted on us by Covid-19 virus, earlier called Wuhan-400 by the international scientists and Health experts, even at the peak of our travail. What a tragedy!
2. If not for the unprecedented politicization and economic predatory tendencies exhibited by the authorities both in Nigeria and international community, Corona virus is much less serious epidemic compared with Ebola and Lassa fever which this nation had combatted successfully in the past, without confusion, convolution, intrigues and noise-making, gnashing of teeth and anguish that are the order of the day now.
3. May we draw your attention to the fact that this proposed bill is absolutely ill-timed, unnecessary, and an act of betrayal of the people of this nation.
4. We make bold to declare that due and adequate notice was given to us before Corona virus was imported into the country. All indications point to the basic truth that this virus is man-made and was deliberately unleashed on mankind by powerful forced that want full control and dominion of the earth, politically, economically and religiously. The National Assembly failed in their duty to make urgent law, motions and ensure that the executive arm enforces them, to prevent the importation of this virus, by way of early closure of our international borders and quarantining few Nigerians returning from other lands. By this failure the national Assembly has advertently or inadvertently become an accomplice in this deadly war against Nigerians and humanity.
5. What is a vaccine one may ask? A vaccine is a biological preparation of an infective organism, in its dead, attenuated or weakened form or a very low dose of an active organism, administered to humans or animals, for the purpose of stimulating the immune system of the body to fight the organism causing infection( active immunization, tetanus toxoid) It can also be a preparation produced by using serum of an infected person to mass produce antibodies against an infective organism (passive immunization, example Anti-Tetanus serum, ATS).
In the recent time, scientists have developed genetic engineering methods of developing drugs modifying plants and animal. This involves creating a segment of genetic material or code (mRNA) similar to a virus which when injected into the body of an animal will get incorporated into the genes of the cells. They can now start controlling the body to do things it was not naturally designed to do and may alter a lot of characters and functions of the body. This has been adopted in Corona vaccine production. It has generated a lot of controversies, including legal, ethical and heritage issues, including the much talked about genetic certificates by Bill Gate, that approval is yet to be given. Some of this vaccines being touted for Covid -19 are genetically engineered.
6. It takes about two years for development and full clinical trials of a vaccine to be completed to determine its safety and efficacy. Many of complications of vaccines, particularly negative effects on the kidneys, heart and brain takes months or years to become clinically evident.
7. Relying on the evidence of the superpowers who manufactured Covid-19 virus and spread it to us, the virus is only known to man for four months (December to April). So, when was the vaccine the National Assembly wants to compulsorily inject into Nigerians produced, passed through phase1, phase 2, and Phase 3 clinical trials? When did the mass production for the 180 million Nigerians start? Which nations have approved the vaccine for their citizens? What is the trade name and type of the vaccines you have in mind? Which strains of corona virus do we have in Nigeria and for which strain is the vaccine ready ? These are questions you must answer before embarking on this dangerous assignment for your masters and collaborators.
8. Be it known to the National Assembly members that universal law, the medical oath forbid any doctor or health personnel from administering any drug that has not passed due scientific diligence, including such vaccines undergoing phase three clinical trials approved by relevant ethical committee in Nigeria, as well as NAFDAC approval.
9. We noted that the National immunization programs , which involves immunization against tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis etc have been executed successfully over the years by past governments without any specific laws but through reasonable persuasion and health education and free and adequate availability of the services to the door steps to Nigerians. Indeed, many parents and adults pay to get their children Immunized without being compelled by any law, showing excellent compliance by Nigerians.
10. There has been many epidemic diseases ravaging mankind without success in their vaccine production, eg HIV/AIDS, seasonal Flu, Cov-SARS 2 , Ebola, Lassa fever, despite concerted effort by scientists worldwide. One wonders what is giving our legislators this bizarre confidence that a vaccine is ready, that requires legislation for its enforcement.
11. On the contrary, while we appreciated the efforts of NCDC in tackling the pandemic, in spite of the unfavorable political environment and other challenges militating against the work, we observe the abysmal failure of the Presidential Taskforce and NCDC to meet the demands of this situation. There are countless tales of woes for failure or inadequate response by the government and NCDC officials to distress calls from Nigerians when they have suspicion of falling ill with corona virus. The tales of multitude that died without receiving medical attention and poor or no care at the isolation centres has reached high heavens. Is it those who want to be tested but has nowhere to go or are turned down at the designated test centres? The unusual secrecy with which the Covid fight is prosecuted makes it a mystery and creates obvious doubts as to what Government’s intentions are. All these push the people to become aggressive to the Covid -19 and Government Officials, creating a false impression of unco-operative attitude by few Nigerians. Thus there is no justification for contemplating a law for the Covid-19 and any future epidemic. It is Government rising to her responsibility that is the challenge.
13. ADF notes with sadness, that the problem of this nation is not lack of laws but lack of political will and sincerity of purpose to implement existing laws. It is a universal medical and legal ethical code that any death of indeterminate cause must undergo autopsy before a certificate of death is issues by a medical officer or Police officer in-charge of such matter. Co-incidentally, such deaths are legally called “corona cases”. Likewise, no person can convey a dead body from one place to another or to burial ground without a death certificate and nobody can bury without a valid death certificate from a hospital or Police in-charge of the inquest. Thus cases of death by suspected Covid-19 disease falls under this code. Ask the Police and the Pathologists. Governments of the day controls activities at the cemeteries, owns the Police and the Hospitals, why do they need more laws for this obligation?
12. ADF, noted that there is practically no difference between the version of the Bills being rushed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The landmines are the same in both documents, not minding the different headings. We observe that this bills are grand designs to install total authoritarianism and dictatorship, and weapon to hound and cage opposition voices, both political and civil society groups and ousting the jurisdiction of the Court.
13. The next contentious issue is the deliberate absence of the key words in most clauses or sections of these bills. The key words are; EPIDEMIC and PANDEMIC. Infectious disease becomes of public health interest when the outbreak reaches an epidemic or pandemic level order wise, it is a hospital headache. Thus isolated or an individual case cannot attract draconian actions as envisaged in the bill. Infectious diseases have been with us for ages and no such law has been employed to deal with them but education, strategic curative or treatment and rehabilitative interventions. Without the Key words, the law will be prone to brazen abuse.
14. The issue of given uncontrolled or un-moderated powers to a civil servant in the person of DG of NCDC and his boss, unelected public servant in the person of the Minister of health to arrest citizen, without court warrant, even on flimsiest excuse of suspicion of a Nigerian being a carrier, or came in contact with a carrier is an open cheque for the police and health officers to harass and intimidate, terrorize and arrest opponents and enemies both real and imaginary, under the pretext of protecting public health. This is official institution of anarchy. Arrest of an individual without an iota of evidence of an offence or breaking the law is a rape of fundamental human right which must be resisted at all cost.
15. The compulsory vaccination of all Nigerians is scientifically and legally flawed. Some diseases when contacted , even without symptoms stimulate development of natural immunity, to the extent that vaccination in such individuals are useless at best but could be dangerous as the vaccine can trigger adverse immune reactions. Also, some people are genetically endowed with resistance against some infectious diseases, for instance , some adult Nigerians (2%) do not suffer malaria, thus it is scientifically unjustifiable to enforce immunization by military fiat when no one knows the behavior and biology of the disease as in the case of Covid-19.
Above all, it is against the fundamental human right to force an individual to take any form of treatment , more so an invasive treatment as vaccine. One can only be persuaded through education. Even Almighty God gave man a choice between life and death and so such fundamental human right is only denied in demonic nations as in the communist and dictatorship nations where freedom is out of stock. No one should turn our nation to China or North Korea.
16. Section 20, of the House of Rep version deals with prohibition of meetings and public gathering. The subsection one is poorly or craftily worded to give the NCDC DG unfettered powers to stop any gathering or meeting when there is no epidemic or outbreak. He cannot be faulted for stopping an APC National Committee meeting or rally on the ground that a member of APC present is suffering or just recovered from typhoid fever or malaria. A political rally, or labour or professional body protest or rally can be stopped by a health officer of level seven or a police constable on the ground that one person in the rally is suffering from hepatitis or gastro-enteritis. It is glaring that this section is not intended to deal with epidemic or pandemic.
17. These bills gives the minister, a member of the executive arm of Government a final say on the human right issues, thus ousting the authority and powers of the judiciary to entertain appeals on any matter that has to do with right violation under this law.
18. Finally, we want to remind the honorable Legislators that the health system of this country has collapsed and Nigerians are dying in their thousands with covid-19 accounting for less than 10%. The Hospitals are now Ghost territories. There are no consumables and drugs, no equipment, no PPE, no electricity and water for the health personnel that are poorly motivated and under staffed to work. There is no manufacturing capacity in this country for these. Even if Covid-19 disappears tomorrow morning, there is no hope of recovery of the slumped healthcare institutions. The bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen militia, who kill more than covid-19 are only on temporary and isolated covid –induced break. No! they are able to freely move and terrorize from state to state, from city to city, unmolested by the security forces mounting uncountable road blocks, despite the presidential order for interstate Lockdown and night curfew in Nigeria.
How far with the fight against Boko Haram, has the Nigerian Army taken over our territories recovered by President Husein Habre of Chad? These are areas we expect should give you sleepless nights, now that medical tourism is suspended, or have those foreign powers sponsoring the bills assured you of air ambulance and hospital care in Cuba and China?
Your legislative actions are despirately needed in these directions. You should know that the jet speed with which you are pursuing this misadventure, against the background of the allegation of multimillion dollar bribe by some foreign pharmaceutical companies to surrender Nigerians as guinea pig, speaks volume and gives credence to the accusation that you are agents of the same satanic force who unleashed this terror with unprecedented economic and health services collapse on us.
We join other well-meaning Nigerians to urge you to take urgent measures to withdraw your arms and prove to Nigerians that you are not the servants of these powerful International enemies.

We wish to appreciate some of our Representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate led by our able and distinguished Senator Abaribe. We ask you to remain resolute, we are solidly behind you and Almighty Jehovah that rules in the affairs of men shall surely shield, strengthen and uphold you.
And to those few Legislators from Alaigbo who are part of the gang sponsoring these Bills, take this memo as a final notice from Ndigbo. If you do not withdraw your support for these and similar Bills, Ndigbo will be left with no other option than to declare and treat you as enemies of good governance and democracy.

May Almighty God Bless us.

Dr. Onyemuche Ibeneche

Chairman, ADF Health Committee

Dr. Arinze Nwosu

Secretary, ADF Health Committee

Hon. Abia Onyike

Chairman, ADF Publicity bureau



Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) came into existence following the FIRST International Colloquium on The Igbo Question in Nigeria, held in April 2014, in Enugu.  It was formed and registered as a historical organization and the platform for the execution of decisions of the Colloquium comprising over two thousand five hundred sons and daughters of Ndigbo, both at home and in diaspora. The vision and mission of ADF are as contained in its Motto and the Mission Statement (copies may be attached).

ADF, is indeed an Organization with an official Constitution, Operational Guidelines and Organogram.  There is strict order of conduct of members and everyone, including affiliate members and supporters are expected to abide by the vision of the Organization. Thus, adherence and focus on its rules and action plans are required  of all who subscribe to the vision. (Copies of ADF Constitution, Organogram and Guidelines for formation of chapters  (may be attached).

Recall, that a team of ADF Leadership visited the Igbo Communities in USA in 2018. In the course of interaction with some of our brothers and sisters in several cities, great interest was expressed by them to have ADF formally established in some of the States. Inaugural meetings were held in some cities.

ADF has presently two active and functional Affiliates in the USA,

One of the topical issues that emerged in the course of meeting with our brother in Chicago was the organization of Igbo Summit in Chicago. As a result of certain inconsistency and lack of clarity, that project was not pursued. However, some Whatsapp platforms bearing ADF Logo and insignia has emerged.

ADF leadership tried to encourage those who set up such platforms to ensure that such emergent organizations should be properly and constitutionally aligned to the aims and objectives as well as the programs of ADF as a legal global organization. ADF leadership made allowance for such Chapters and/or Affiliates to in addition have their own local concerns in as much as it does not contradict the broad goals of ADF as defined in it official documents.

At a point we discovered that two or so platforms had emerged in Chicago, some of which were in fact pursuing separate international identities and the ADF leadership tried to discourage that tendency.

At a point there was a debate as to whether we should have one ADF Chapter in the USA or separate but structurally linked chapters, This debate was a major issue wi the emergence of an officially registered ADF-USA in Atlanta Georgia.

The main goal of encouraged the formation of ADF Chapters in USA was to harness and mold the numerous quantity of individual strength and talent of Ndigbo  there into effective quality power house that can help to bring the needed global succor to Alaigbo . History has shown that Diaspora arm of nations are critical and indispensable force for the liberation struggle of peoples. Ndigbo lack the needed cohesion of their Diaspora powerful separate forces.

There was initially some disquiet over the formation of ADF Chapters in USA, on the ground of existence of the existence of two powerful ADF Affiliates in New York and Connecticut. We also received some concern over how to reconcile the existence of ADF in the USA with the existence of the World Igbo Congress in the USA. We eventually convinced our compatriots on the need to have ADF abroad, a goal that has been confirmed as critical fore then Igbo struggle.

In order to douse any doubts, ADGF spent so much time and resources towards salvaging the World Igbo Congress that was at the time in a state of disintegration. We did this despite the criticism of well-meaning Igbo sons and daughters who had virtually lost interest t the time over the relevance of WIC. ADF leadership still believes we did the right thing at the material time.

ADF has just embarked upon the process of sanitizing her Media/Public Face. This has to do with her Website, Facebook, Whatsapp Forums, Internet Groups, etc. It is in that light that a Committee made recommendations regarding the use of ADF Name and Logo in some Whatsapp Forums.

Please try and appreciate what the last official statement on this is trying to convey. It is simply that any Platform intent on using ADF Name and/or logo must be seen to be part of ADF as an organization. ADF makes allowance for local programs. It must be seen as espousing the message as contained in ADF programs and official positions.  Its activities must be seen as complimentary and efforts must be made to synergize them; there must be unity of purpose although there may be different modalities.

ADF has a policy of purposeful and principled collaboration with all Igbo/ Biafran Groups that share similar vision, hence, its effort to galvanize the pro-Biafra and self-determination groups and numerous efforts to work harmoniously with Igbo Leaders of Thought, Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Governors and other stakeholders in Alaigbo.

What is Happening in Chicago?

ADF Chicago WhatsApp Forum was established for the purpose of setting up ADF Chapter in Chicago and as a rallying forum for the Convocation of the 2nd Colloquium of Igbo Question in Nigeria in 2018, in Chicago, branded “Chicago Igbo Summit”. When ADF leadership observed that the activities and focus in the Forum was not flowing in the line of ADF vision and activiies and there was attempt to pursue a separate and doubtful agenda in the Forum with respect to the proposed summit, as well as complaints by others Igbo  groups who had supported the idea of the Chicago Summit, the leadership stepped in to issue directives to correct the anomaly. This did not receive the cooperation of the administrators of the Forum.

Their next line of action was to create another Forum called “Igbo Nation” and renamed this  CHICAGO IGBO SUMMIT.  Later, for reason the leadership of ADF do not know, it was re-christianed “ADF USA & BEYOND forum”.  What an Unserious way of engaging in the Igbo struggle for emancipation!

The crust of the matter is that yes, general issues on igbo nation are discussed in the Forum, but there is no focus on action plans, no group decision of what to do or what need to be done. What os Moreno correlation withbthe activites and programs od a legal organization whose name and identitybisnbeinf flouted. At times, it is pouring of aspersions on ADF, no solution to our national problems.  Whenever ADF posts an issue that requires input, there is dead silence on the matter in the forum.  The Forum became ebe anakwa uwa!

This state of affairs stems from the fact that there is no Organization called ADF-USA Chapter and a mere internet forum such as this has nothing to offer Alaigbo at this critical time of the struggle.

Thus, it is more sensible for those who are comfortable with the status quo in the forum to drop the use of the Name, Logo or Insignia of ADF and change to another name.  Those who share ADF Vision and are ready to join hands together with us, guided by the Constitution should follow the guidelines and apply as a Chapter or Affiliate of ADF . This will give them the right to use the name and Logo of ADF.

We hereby extend our hands of brotherhood to all. United we shall triumph over our traducers. Let the spirit of agbakota aka nyuo mamiri o tie ufufu prevail.

Log Live ADF!
Long Live the Igbo Nation!


Dr. Onyi Gbujie
Deputy Secretary, ADF.

Hon Abia Oyike
Chairman, ADF Publicity Bureau

May 2, 2020