Biafra Struggle Selfless Movement – BRGIE

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The acclaimed Biafra Republic Government In-Exile, BRGIE, has said that the Biafra struggle is a selfless movement.

Speaking in apparent response to those who feel he has hijacked the movement, BRGIE’s prime minister, Simon Ekpa, said he was only engaging in selfless service.

He chronicled how he had helped in the pursuit of Biafra liberation.

According to him, “The struggle for Biafra’s independence has been a prolonged and diverse political saga that traces back to the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970).

“In recent years, this cause has found a new advocate in Simon Ekpa, whose influence inspires both local and international bodies.

“As the elected Prime Minister of the Biafra Republic Government in Exile (BRGIE), Ekpa has injected renewed vigour into the independence movement, drawing support and scrutiny.”

He said his rise to the forefront of the Biafran independence movement did not occur overnight but resulted from years of activism, legal expertise, and political engagement, both in his native Nigeria and abroad in Finland, where he has resided since 2007.

Ekpa added that his journey from a local athlete to a recognized leader within the Biafran cause reflected a strong commitment to his roots and the aspirations of his people.

He added that in 2023, he was formally elected Prime Minister of the BRGIE through an electoral process designed to reflect the will and aspirations of the Biafran diaspora.

He described it as a major achievement for the entire independence movement, providing a new face and a renewed sense of direction.

The statement further noted that “At the core of Ekpa’s leadership are strategies deeply rooted in the ideology of reclaiming Biafran identity and autonomy. His approach combines legal advocacy, international diplomacy, and public engagement to advance the cause.

“By leveraging his background in law, Ekpa has articulated the Biafran demand for independence through frameworks that resonate within international legal and human rights circles.

“Moreover, Ekpa’s strategies extend beyond mere rhetoric. They involve practical engagement with international bodies, efforts to unify the various factions of the Biafran movement, and initiatives to raise global awareness about the Biafran situation.

“While Ekpa has succeeded in drawing attention to the Biafran cause, the international community remains cautious mainly. Recognition by foreign governments and international organizations is hampered by diplomatic sensitivities and the geopolitical implications of supporting secessionist movements.

“Nonetheless, Ekpa’s efforts have led to increased dialogue about Biafra in international forums, reflecting a growing awareness and concern about the region’s political status.

“Despite his recognized role, Ekpa has faced allegations of being a ‘self-proclaimed’ prime minister.

“These allegations overlook the legitimate electoral process facilitated by the BRGIE, which was conducted with the intent to ensure fairness and transparency.

“Simon Ekpa’s impact on the Biafra independence movement is undeniable.

“His efforts to consolidate local and diasporic support and engage with the global community highlight a strategic approach that hopes to achieve what has been a centuries-old aspiration for many Biafrans: recognition and independence.”

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