Monday, 16 May 2016

I Can’t Breathe Since I Was Shot, Says Pro-Biafra Campaigner


Chukwu Ebuka Moses is too young to remember the Nigerian civil war that began in 1967 and which by its end nearly three years later devastated the southeast, shattering dreams of an independent Biafran homeland. 

But the 19-year-old student believes he joined the ranks of Biafran war veterans when he was shot during a protest in the Abia state capital, Aba, on January 18.
Moses, fragile and limp, has to be carried to a black plastic chair under the shade of a thatched grass hut at an open bar. “We were just singing and protesting. Policemen started harassing us, throwing tear gas and shooting guns at the same time,” he told AFP. He pulled up his black shorts to show a penny-sized scar on his inner left thigh. X-rays later revealed the bullet split his femur in three. “I can’t breathe since the bullet shot me. I’m losing strength from my body,” he added, his eyes suddenly widening with panic and his breathing becoming laboured. Moses, who like many young men his age supports English Premier League football team Chelsea and listens to Nigerian R&B duo P-Square, joined pro-Biafra protesters just a month before. He dreams of securing a good job in a region where unemployment is rampant and opportunities few. “I’m not scared,” he said defiantly, winning a chorus of approving murmurs from older men nearby. “Biafra must surely pass.”
Human rights lawyer Onkere Kingdom Nnamdi said more than 50 people have been killed, 100 injured and 200 detained in connection with protests calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu.