Terry Paulson

What would you say to the Founding Fathers who gathered in Philadelphia to craft the Declaration of Independence knowing that it would mean war with England? Would you have told them to wait, to keep trying diplomacy, or to wait for England to leave them alone? Would you support their taking up arms to protect their people and their rights? Thank God, they justified and supported the war for independence that made America free.

While the world is once again preoccupied with tensions in the Middle East and in the Ukraine, there is a growing call for independence for Biafra. Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra, is the world-wide voice for the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) in the south and southeast of Nigeria. They are weary of seeing their women raped, their churches burned, and their villages bombed and terrorized.

They remember the 1967-1970 Biafra-Nigeria Civil War that resulted in the genocide of over 3 million IPOB Christians while the world was focused on Vietnam and the conflict in the Middle East. Once again, they're seeing buses of Muslim terrorists/cattle herdsmen vandalizing their farms and villages. Thankfully, six have been arrested when two bombs were found and defused at the Living Faith Church,popularly known as Winners' Chapel, in Owerri, Nigeria.

Enough is enough. The IPOB are ready to defend themselves. To the largely Christian population in Biafra, the concept of a Holy War is not a theoretical discussion; it is a matter of survival and freedom from the Islamic Caliphate that is sweeping the Middle East and Africa. But they know that any declaration of Independence is but a piece of paper; independence must be earned.

Why focus on Nigeria when ISIS has aggressively secured a beachhead in Syria and Iraq for their self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate united under Sharia Law? The Middle East is but the tip of the iceberg in the drive for an Islamic caliphate. For years, Africa has been a target of the extremists' dream of a unified Africaunder Islamic control.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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