A Niger-Delta propagator, Annkio Briggs has on a recent post updated on her page said her freedom is not tied to the word Biafra. She further condemned Asari Dokubo for saying the whole of Kalabari kingdom is part of Biafra sovereign state.
MY FREEDOM IS NOT TIED TO THE WORD BIAFRA.
Someone forwarded the Video of my younger brother Asari and l listened to him to the point where he said the whole of Kalabari Kingdom is Biafra.
After that l turned it off.
Asari indeed is my younger and nothing will change that definitely not something as trivial and unacceptable as the discussion that some people will wake up and claim that not only that they are Biafra but that l too l am Biafra.
I know who l am.
Asari knows my heritage as l know his.
It is true and a fact that many Riverine people across the Breath and length of Kalabari kingdom have Igbo Lineage. Through the days of trading between the Kalabaris and the Igbo people, marriages bind us to gather, Asari and myself have always made that known.
While l cannot tell another persons story for them without their permission l will never allow another person to tell my story.
My story is this, my grandfather, my grandmother or my father or my uncles and aunties through whom l am who l am never ever told me l was Brifra.
Based on that l HAVE NEVER BEEN NOR WILL I EVER BE BIAFRA.
The Portuguese the British or any other oppressive invaders did us Ijaws and the people of the geographical location today known as either Niger Delta or South-South a great injustice, what is happening today is as a result of that evil.
The so called word Biafra no matter whose language it is, or what it means and does not mean is not my priority, my priority is my freedom.
I don’t remember going looking for anyone’s help to be free, what is priority is my Nyemoni, Kalabari, Ijaw people to first agree that we face grave danger, and decide to protect and save our communities, and our children’s future, when we have made that decision then we will decide how to go about our salvation and freedom.
Our freedom is our Ethnic Identity and our Ethnic Identity is Kalabari Ijaw not Biafra.
If we want to change our identity it will be a collective decision. When we are free and we will be free. Whether we work with others or not we will decide it after high level discussions where the terms and conditions will be signed and sealed.
The discussion will involve all of us not a few of us and group of young men and women who think they will say and l will agree.
No one not even my much loved father, grand father will force me to accept that l am Biafra when l know who l am.
Asari and l have come a long ways and have encountered and survived some dangerous situations as Kalabari and Ijaw brother and sister with our fellow Ijaws, l remain Ijaw.
The Portuguese and the British may not know who my people were when they drew a map of Nigeria and named the what ever they named Bight of Biafra, but my ancestors knew they were and they never were Biafra.
Right not every Ethnic Nationalities Must Own their Identity and not allow the collective oppression we have endured and must reject. Insisting that l am what l am not (Biafra) gives the enemy to finish their plan and finish their century long desires.
Asari and l have a long haul ahead of us, and winning that war and handing victory over to our children and grandchildren is a more honorable act than dragging the name Biafra with another claimant.
Just as my younger brother Asari is telling me on the video he published l also tell him with this publication that
I ANNKIO BRIGGS HIS OLDER SISTER TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH HIM.
I AM AN ABONNEMA, KALABARI, IJAW, RIVERS STATE & NIGER DELTA, DAUGHTER, SERVANT & DEFENDER OF MY PEOPLE.
It is healthy to disagree, but l can’t remember when we last disagreed on something, l have no doubt on the fact that we must free ourselves as Kalabari, Ijaw, Rivers State & Niger Delta people WE MUST FREE OURSELVES FROM THE MEN IMPOSED ON US BY THE BRITISH & THE 1914 AMALGAMATION.
I suggest to our people that as much as we will be free, we must not come out of frying Pan (1914) and go into fire (2020)
Not only am l not Biafra many others say they are not Biafra
There is a sinister reason why we are been distracted with the word RESTORATION OF BIAFRA.
YOU CANNOT RESTORE WHAT DOES NOT EXIST.
EASTERN REGION WAS DEFUNCT THE DAY RIVERS STATE WAS CREATED.
Nigeria was Northern Region, Western Region & Eastern Region, WHOSE IDEA WAS IT NOT TO CREATE SOUTHERN Nigeria & WHY?
I will tell you it is to keep us from our wealth and freedom.
Someone said Bayelsa Oil is for the North
Another says Niger Delta does not produce oil.
The cabal of long time ago and of Today say we are not good enough ro govern, and another young man is telling us that we are not who we are.
Asari we have a greater fight ahead lets concentrate on our victory.
I wish us all well as stand up for our God given rights and take our possession.
Your Senior Annko Briggs.