STATEMENT BY THE EFIK LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION (ELF) ON THE BIAFRA ISSUE.

STATEMENT BY THE EFIK LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION (ELF) ON THE BIAFRA ISSUE.

The Efik Leadership Foundation (ELF) is a vibrant pan Efik non-governmental organisation (NGO) that champions the cause of the Efik people of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, particularly as it affects community building and national development.

Our vision, through our activities is to actualise the dream of a united Efik people that are socially and economically prosperous within and beyond Nigeria.

The ELF has as its core strategy, the following:
i. Leadership.
ii. Education.
iii. Entrepreneurship.
iv. Good governance.

• We aim to achieve the aforementioned through mentorship, sponsorship, grassroots engagement, advocacy, partnerships amongst others.

• The ELF has watched patiently in the past months, the activities of certain individuals and groups agitating for the secession of certain States from Nigeria and the creation of Biafra nation.

• Our decision to finally publicly state our position is borne out of the growing false propagation especially on social media of maps showing various versions of the proposed territories of the new country being agitated for wherein such maps include our beloved Cross River State.

• More recently, we were presented with a video of one Nnamdi Kanu, the acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at a gathering of some sort, where he thanked an unknown fellow for attending the meeting on behalf of the Obong of Calabar. This unknown man who dressed in an attire mimicking the Efik attire, had earlier claimed to be representing the Obong of Calabar.

• Historically, and as can be Googled for confirmation, the Obong of Calabar “is one of the eight rulers recognised by the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Natural Rulers and Treaty Kings whose Kingdoms existed hundreds of years before the amalgamation, and who interacted with, and signed Treaties and Agreements with Sovereign Nations in Africa and Europe”. We are therefore pleased to note that the Palace through the Chairman of the Etuboms Traditional Council (ETC) has since unequivocally disowned and distanced the Palace from the impersonator.

Presently, it has become absolutely important to make known the stance of the Efik people on this issue of Biafra to fellow Nigerians and the world at large. We therefore declare as follows:

1. Although we acknowledge the imperfection of the present Nigeria union, we the Efik people are peace loving people hence the acronym for CALABAR: Come And Live And Be At Rest. We primarily seek, within a workable and generally beneficial framework, a better, effective and equitable union of all constituent parts and people of Nigeria, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, sex, age, status and other circumstances of life.

2. History has shown that we have never been a part of Biafra and we reiterate that we are still not a part of this new proposed Biafra, either.

3. We were never consulted before or after the said Nnamdi Kanu and his co- adventurers began their new agitation for the Biafra Nation thus any attempt to annex or conscript us surreptitiously or use our people, land and territory as basis for bargaining is unequivocally resisted by the Efik People.

4. While the Biafra agitators and indeed all Nigerians are entitled, within the law, to speak up against injustices, marginalization by the Nigerian State, and need for referendum and restructuring, the Efik people are also very capable of tabling their own grievances, which indeed exist, to the relevant authorities without necessarily using Biafra as a crutch.

5. We are deeply pained and feel insulted by the actions of IPOB, more so when they attempt to portray the Efik people as co-travellers in a venture where the two parties have not met to discuss any points of mutual benefit or interest.

6. The office of the Obong of Calabar is a highly revered office and the incumbent would never belittle himself by sending such a representative to any gathering. We make bold to say that in this particular instance, the so called representative was fraudulent and the Efik people vehemently alienate themselves from that gathering. The Etuboms and any other person whom the Obong may occasionally ask to represent him are usually carefully selected and well spoken men and women of substance and definitely not the calibre of the imposter shown in that video.

We therefore demand that the Biafran agitators cease and desist from further including the Efik people in their Biafran shenanigans or misleading the world that the Efik people are part of the movement. For now, we the Efik people remain part of Nigeria and are more inclined to making the country a better place for every Nigerian.

 

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Signed
1. Richard Duke (Trustee)-London
2. John Nya Offiong (Trustee)-Calabar
3. Barrister Obo Effanga (Trustee)-Abuja
4. Reginald Yves-Bassey (Trustee)-Lagos
5. Franca Archibong (Trustee)-London
6. Barrister Helen Essien -Lagos
7. Ken Henshaw-
8. Ukorebi Ita-Calabar
9. Essessien Edem-Abuja
10. Susan Henshaw
11. Asandia Hogan-Calabar
12. Barrister Timothy Archibong Esu-Calabar
13. Assoc. Prof Bassey Ephraim-Calabar
14. Sir,Chief Maurice Effiwatt,ksji,jp-Akpabuyo
15. Edwin Okokon-Port Harcourt
16. John Henshaw-London
17. Edem Bassey-Abuja
18. Edem Duke-USA
19. Peter Archibong-Calabar
20. Abasi Asukwo-USA
21. James Okon Otudor (JP)
22. Edem Duke-Calabar
23. Alice Duke-Calabar
24. Efio-Ita Nyok-Calabar
25. Eyo Ekpenyong Nsa -Calabar
26. Essien Offiong-Ireland
27. Ewa Aye Henshaw
28. Ekpenyong Ekpenyong Ambo-Abuja
29. Etim .E . Ekanem –Abuja
30. Chief Efiom Edem Orok-Calabar
31. Amasi Eyet Inyamg-Calabar
32. John Essien Inyang
33. Samuel Ekpenyong Bassey -Calabar
34. Benedine Bassey Atima-Calabar
35. Amasi Eyet Inyang- Abraka
36. Emilia Bassey Etim-Lagos
37. Francis Etang-Calabar
38. Eyo Nsa Nkune-Lagos
39. Roseline Asuquo-Calabar
40. Charles Offiong-Lagos
41. Peggy.E.Archibong-Lagos
42. James Effanga Archibong-Calabar
43. Martin Bassey-Calabar
44. Onoyom Onoyom-Lagos
45. Norah Ekpo Effion-Calabar
46. Edemanwan Offiong Akak-Calabar
47. Adim Bassey
48. Edem Bassy Otu-Calabar
49. Emmanuel Ekpo Bassey-Calabar
50. Emmanuel Ekeng Henshaw
51. Anthony Bassey Effiong-Calabar
52. Majorie Effiom Edet-Calabar
53. Okokon Eburutu Ita
54. Hogan Bassey Jnr-Lagos
55. Inyang Ekpenyong –Calabar
56. Roseline Asuquo-Calabar
57. Nkechi Enobong Mordi-Lagos
58. Amanda Bassey-Calabar
59. Ededem Effiom Ephraim-Calabar
60. Malvin Cobham Edet-USA
61. Kingsley Otu-Lagos
62. Alice Rowland Edet-Calabar
63. Umo Adam-Yenogua
64. Offiong Louis Joseph-Calabar
65. Chief Bassey Okon-Calabar
66. Bernard Etim-Calabar
67. Geraldine Boco-Jos
68. Prince H.Hogan
69. Gloria Eme Ekpenyong-Abuja
70. Rosemary Bassey Ita-Calabar
71. Mary Bassey-Calabar
72. Abigail Bassey-Delta State
73. Emmanuel Bassey-Calabar
74. Edak Odey-Calabar
75. Efanga Efiom-Calabar
76. Uta Duke-Calabar
77. Deborah Duke-Calabar
78. Albert Efanga-Calabar
79. Joseph Otu Coco-Bassey-Calabar
80. Florence Edung Ita-Calabar
81. Prince Ukorebi Joseph Eniang Ani-Ita-Calabar
82. Effiom Edem-Calabar
83. Philip Henshaw-Calabar
84. Ukorebi Ndem-Ndem-Calabar
85. Emmanuel Okokon Asuquo-Bakassi
86. Gerald Ekpenyong-Lagos
87. Bassey Edem Ephraim-Texas, US
88. Effiom Bassey Adam-London
89. Jeffrey Eniang Offiong-Ikoneto
90. Daniel Umo Orok Ephraim-Calabar
91. Efioanwan Etim Nyong-Bakassi
92. Bassey Effanga Asuquo-USA
93. Nkute Hogan-Lagos
94. Bassey Tennyson Okon-Calabar
95. Matilda Ironbar-Calabar
96. Jayne David-Calabar
97. Ahmad Bassey-Calabar
98. Christopher Henshaw-New York, USA
99. Efioanwan Edet Hogan-Calabar
100. Bella Effiong Ita-Calabar

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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