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I recommend sowing them indoors using plantable pots or large pellets, rather than the small tray cells.

Cucumber seedlings don’t like to be transplanted, and doing so can stunt their growth. The plantable pots will minimize the transplant shock.

Supplies Needed:

◇Plantable pots or large peat pellets (optional)
◇Seed starting soil (optional)
◇Seed trays (optional)
◇Clear tray lid (optional)
◇Heat mat (optional)

Step 1: Prepare the soil or pellets – If you want to direct sow them, then loosen up the top few inches of soil in your garden first.

Otherwise, if you’re going to start them indoors, pre-moisten the pellets or potting soil before filling the trays or pots.

Step 2: Decide how many seeds to plant – Indoors, plant one seed per pellet hole or pot. In the garden, space them about 2.5cm apart.

Step 3: Plant the seeds – Since they are fairly large, they should be planted about a half to one inch deep.

You can either lay them on top of the soil, and gently push them down to the proper depth. Or make holes first, and then drop them in.

Step 4: Cover the seeds – When you’re done sowing your cucumber seeds, fill the hole back in with soil. Then gently press it down to ensure the soil comes in contact with them.

Step 5: Water – After you’re done planting, water them well. Make sure the soil is evenly moistened, but not to the point where it’s soggy or completely saturated.

Step 6: Cover the trays indoors – If you’re starting them indoors, cover the trays with a plastic dome lid, and place them in a warm location. Using a heat mat will help them germinate faster.


One of the reasons it’s so fun to grow cucumbers from seed is because they sprout very quickly. Their germination time can be anywhere from 3-10 days.

If you want to speed up germination, then keep the soil warm using a heat mat indoors, or plant them in a full sun location outside.

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New Biafra @22: Remain Indoor and Pray -Uwazuruike Urges Biafrans

May 12, 2021

Ralph Uwazuruike

By Emmanuel Nnadi, Owerri

The leader and founder of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Chief Dr. Ralph Uwazuruike have directed his members to remain indoors and pray while observing the 22nd May redeclaration of the New Biafra.

Uwazuruike on May 22nd 2000 declared the defunct Republic of Biafra at 175 Folks Road Aba, the commercial city of Abia State. The declaration that triggered arrests, detentions, Killings and Intimidations of the members of MASSOB from Olusegu Obasanjo led Federal Government of Nigeria, even though Uwazuruike made it clear that he is not ready for violence, as he maintained that he will use non Violence methodology to achieve his purpose of Actualising the Republic of Biafra.

Speaking in a statement signed by his Foreign Representative, Mazi Ikenna Obibi Egeonu, Uwazuruike said. “As BIM-MASSOB prepare to celebrate May 22nd 2021, being the day New Biafra was reproclaimed, the father of the Nation and Ijele Ndigbo, Chief, Dr. R. Uwazurike has instructed all members of the family to stay indoors and mark the day with special prayers, in glorious thanks to the Maker of all things, for our life and successes so far.

“This decision becomes necessary to avoid mistaking and arresting BIM-MASSOB and other non-violence group agitators as IPOB/ESN. Similarly, every other person is advised to be mindful of their movements and actions, assured that on our road to homeland Biafra we remain dauntless and committed”, he said.

The Father of the New Biafra Nation also advise all Biafrans to report any suspicious movements within their environs to the appropriate authorities.

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Good News As Biafra Case Set To Be Debated In UN General Assembly this September

May 7, 2021

By Emmanuel Nnadi, Owerri

The Leadership of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra Yesterday Announced that they have taken Biafra case to the United Nations and will it be discussed and Debated during the 2021 United Nations General Assembly on September.

Announcing the achievements Chief Ralph Uwazuruike Special Assistant on Foreign matters and BIM-MASSOB Diaspora Representative, Mr. Ikenna Obibi Egeonu noted that June 3rd 2021 the world will listen to their plights.

Mr Ikenna in his words, said “



Ikenna Obibi Egeonu
Diaspora Representative to BIM-MASSOB,
Foreign Secretary, De Facto Customary Government of Biafra.

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I Was Detained Because I Bless Nnamdi Kanu – Fr. Mbaka

May 6, 2021

By Anthony Ijeomah, Enugu

The Controversial Enugu Based Catholic Priest, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has disclosed that his 24 hours ‘disappearance’ was an incarceration by the Enugu Catholic Bishop, Most Rev Callistus Onaga, whom he accused of conniving with others to detain him because he spoke favourably about the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Mbaka said he was only released because the adoration faithful protested his unexplained disappeance.

Mbaka who spoke late on Wednesday at his adoration ground after regaining freedom, practically accused the authorities of the Enugu Catholic Diocese of Mastermind.

He said he was kept incommunicado by the Bishop, whom he further alleged planned to keep him for 30 days.

He said a lot of issues were presented against him after which the Church leadership, led by Bishop Calistus Onaga told him that he would remain indoors for one month, a period that would allow him pray and meditate over his activities.

Mbaka said he requested to be allowed the opportunity to come and address his parishioners after which he would shut down, “but they said no. I also begged them to allow me send another priest to come and celebrate mass for you today, they said no,” he told the parishioners.

He said Bishop Onaga upon seeing the protest over his predicament allowed him to go.

Mbaka the church was strong against him for blessing Nnamdi Kanu.

“Are you the owner of my mouth? You can’t tell me who to bless? If you are not happy that I blessed someone, you have your own mouth, you can curse the person.

“They didn’t treat me in a pastoral way and I was asking am I being punished for what?

“They said it was a meeting, but even before I reached the Bishop’s house, conclusion has already been made. What happened to me was like the day I was shot on the road.

“Unfortunately for them, even before the meeting, a woman was already going around bragging that the Bishop will call me for a meeting, and that I was going to leave my house here for 30 days, and that after the 30 days, I would be sent to Rome, and Adoration ministry will be closed.

“In a time and cases like this, don’t give me a punishment that will cause troubles for us because I’m not alone.”

Mbaka said that another thing presented to him was his recent criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government.

“I cannot hate my brother because of some people who hatred is in their genes,” Mbaka said.

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‘Igba Boi’ Model of Igbo Apprenticeship System Adopted By Harvard Business Review

Igbo Business Model Known As Apprenticeship System Finally Approved By Harvard Business Review

This is a business model created by the Igbo as a traditional means to create wealth for everyone, whether are poor or rich.

The Republican News has written a lot about this business model which are now envied by the rest of the world and caused the top Ivy university like Harvard University to take a look at it.

Now, it has been approved for business review by the school.

The world has been mesmerised how this model of business can create so much wealth in the midst of poverty and make millions extremely rich.

This is a great news for the Igbo of Africa, though the economic system in their country Nigeria is very antagonistic towards them, they have used this business model to become the economic backbone of the country.

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SAD: Uwazuruike’s Aid On Media ‘Elder Mocha’ Losses Brother

May 4, 2021

By Sophie Eze, Onitsha

Personal Assistant to the Leader and Founder of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Chief Dr. Ralph Uwazuruike on Media Matters, Elder Chris Anierobi Mocha losses senior brother.

According to Elder Chris Mocha who confirmed the death of his senior brother to us said that, “My Elder Brother Mr. Edwin Nnalue Mocha died on Saturday 1st of May, 2021 after a protracted illness and had been deposited at Iyienu Specialist Hospital (Mortuary), Ogidi in Idemili lGA, Anambra State”

He also noted that the date of his burial will be communicated to us in due time.

Rest in Peace Edwin Nnalue

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Gunmen kill Yahaya Bello’s top commissioner along Kogi highway

May 2, 2021

Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed Kogi State Commissioner for Pensions, Solomon Adebayo, along Kabba – Ilorin highway in the state.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on Saturday night while travelling to the Kabba area from Ilorin.

Biafra Times gathered that the gunmen opened fire on Solomon Adebayo, Governor Yahaya Bello’s pension’s commissioner vehicle, along the road, killing him on the spot while severely wounding his driver.

Though, our reporter was unclear whether the attackers made away with any of the victims’ belongings.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State police Command confirmed the incident.

Kogi police spokesman, William Ayah, said the assailants opened fire on Mr Adebayo’s vehicle along the road, killing him on the spot while severely wounding his driver.

“The police said an investigation would be carried out to track and arrest those behind the deadly assault. It was unclear whether the attackers made away with any of the victims’ belongings.

“The driver, whose name was not immediately disclosed, was taken to ECWA Hospital Egbe alongside others injured in the attack. The slain commissioner’s remains were also deposited here”.

The killing of Mr Adebayo, Akeweje of Eri Land in Kogi, was being mourned across the state as the news trickled out overnight.

It came as pressure was being mounted on President Muhammadu Buhari to address a growing security crisis that has complicated economic activities and left vast swathes of ungoverned areas in the hands of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents.

A meeting of Mr Buhari and his national security chiefs ended in a stalemate on Friday night after some of the chiefs failed to prepare sufficient rundown over the crisis to the president, NSA Babagana Monguno said in a statement.

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The mindset of many IPOB members is ‘let us destroy Nigeria once and for all. However, little did they know they are destroying their lands for nothing because their is no Nigeria to be destroyed. Boko Haram began to bomb police stations and checkpoints- it was a triumphant beginning until it was hijacked by an international terrorist organization. The rest became history. What doesn’t affect the government affects nobody- you can kill as many as you deem necessary as long as government is still in place, after all, it’s not a new problem, governments around the globe face same problem. You will eventually get tired, accept amnesty, tamed or defeated.

Be guided properly; I am not against the ruin, but, I am saying, we ruin this region for no reason. It amazes me that if I ask unknown gun men what we are raiding security personnel for, I won’t be able to get any answer. We cause the deaths of our people for nothing. Our people should die for a purpose worth dying for. I can’t promote a futile and headless fight- a fight not defined or coordinated and without precision for a ‘worthwhile’ purpose. I would support this fight if the military is repelled squarely- especially if they come to slaughter. Hit and run and hit elsewhere while soldiers slaughter victims is an eyesore. We must also spell out our purpose and actively embrace the purpose.

Nnamdi Kanu has found himself under pressure and frustration is taking the better of him, because, there is a head the cap fits and knowing he can’t do it, he is now sincerely doing nothing- not even doing anything based on trial and error. He is a man that lacks intelligence; whose mouth was able to give fame. If there is a test for substance; Nnamdi Kanu won’t be close to the demand. We have a situation police stations and check points are being raided; after raiding police stations and checkpoints, the question still begging for answer remains ‘what next? We all know he has no capacity to execute it; why then is he shaming it?

Most IPOB members are insinuating that federal government of Nigeria would call IPOB for negotiation aftermath of the deteriorating security situation. That is the mindset of a failure. They keep expecting miracles without a strategy. Unknown gun men are raiding stations and checkpoints and because of that, IPOB members believe Biafra will be given to us. It appears more like most IPOB members are suffering from typhoid that has affected their brains. Their sympathizers also allowed emotion take the better of them- thus, forfeiting reason and consequences.

Boko Haram started with a demand unlike what is happening in the East. They began to attack police and military formations and are now fully fledged terrorist organization, however, not their making or intention. East will become worse because unknown gun men and ESN are too cowardly to show their faces or claim responsibility- giving room for easy hijacking by politicians or terror organizations of interest. Kidnappers and armed robbers will quickly step in because whatsoever happens will be attributed to unknown gun men. There is a space the security situation left- anybody can hide under unknown gun men or ESN and target preys. What a tactless action!

Boko Haram got frustrated after the killing of their leader and began to attack some parts of Northern Nigeria- unfortunately, government is functioning, allocations are flowing in, everything is moving fine except the situation of the poor masses. Unknown gun men will kill police and army; government will still be in place, allocations coming in, and the rich getting richer while the poor suffer consequences of their actions. Rivers state has declared curfew, who will suffer the consequences? The people will suffer and in the end, unknown gun men and their sister groups will find out they have all wasted their time.

Eastern Nigeria is known for peace and history has proven that any violence in the East is always strategic and towards a worthy objective. The North and West continued to envy the East because we approach things with precision. In 1967; there was violence in Eastern Nigeria and it was violence worthy of embrace. After 1970, the violence ended and we embraced peace and consequences of the violence until 1999 when Uwazurike resurrected the violence he believes can be approached peacefully. Violence must be precise and towards an objective. What I see today is sheer frustration from shameless lots.

Today; the West and North are looking at how the mentality monster has fallen. From strategic violence to self-destructing violence and there is no reshaping in sight. Nigeria is divided into three major tribes; Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. Hausa has been facing destruct of their region while West has experienced minimal or constrained violence. Igbo is in the line and facing their horror; but there is Igbo adage that says ‘Oke soro ngwere ma mmiri, mgbe oga ako ngwere abuhi mgbe oga ako oke’ which translates- if a lizard gets drenched with a rat, when the lizard gets rid of its wet body is not when the rat will do same.

There is no senseless and time-wasting venture as making your region porous without a purpose. North is watching and licking their lips. West is laughing and rejoicing they are the one left. Government is taking advantage of it while Nnamdi Kanu is scavenging with the situation. In the end; the masses will pay and they are already paying for it. You go to Owerri and hit police station and run away; army stormes the place and kill residents. You go again to another location and raid a checkpoint; army storms and people suffer losses. What is the gain or objective?

Boko Haram are busy bombing their region while Nigeria is busy selling oil and government functioning. Unknown gun men are busy stoking flames; government is busy focusing on governance and selling oil. Nnamdi Kanu is sending out his boys to cause problems, government is still pocketing everything ‘pocket-able’. Who is losing? Nigeria did not divide because Boko Haram bombed the North and Nigeria will not divide because some boys are raiding police/army check points and stations. You can waste your time for now; later on, you will come back to the drawing board. There is only- one gateway to BIAFRA!

In contrast; economic sabotage is more reasonable than Boko and unknown gum men wasting their time for religious reason and the later for frustration. You can deal with your region the way you want; bomb it, burn it down, as long as the government is intact and flourishing, nobody cares. When you are tired; you lay down your weapons and take amnesty like it has always been. If you refuse to take amnesty, then, you can go to hell and burn to ashes as long as government is functioning and economy booming. Go and vandalize pipelines; it would be profitable.

Ifeanyi Chijioke- Independent/Investigative journalist

Writes from Enugu

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We shall continue to state the obvious:

War is the last undesirable option for us, Biafrans. We should boldly and courageously profess this but must not run away if one is brought to us due to no fault of ours. Even at that, we must choose carefully and wisely too.

Biafra agitators shouldn’t be the ones to bring war or violence to Biafraland against their own.They shouldn’t be the ones to wilfully spill Biafran blood on Biafran soil.This is because the consequences could be divisive, colossal and unintendedly indeterminate in terms of its reprisal, ricocheting effects.

As other parts of Nigeria are imploding, Biafraland must be insulated from it and protected by Biafrans themselves because of our unique experiences in the past. Let this ugly history not repeat itself again in our time.The war of the 1960’s was unprepared as it was brought to us but that generation fought gallantly and made their marks regardless because they consulted, collaborated and overwhelmingly agreed within the limited time left for them.

This time around, we must not be the ones to rush into the unprepared war or hostility ourselves unless brought to us like in the 60’s in which case we would be forced to defend ourselves. Still, it remains an expensive venture——must not be done unilaterally (if success is to be assured), rather it should be a collective endeavour. Humanitarian considerations, air, land and sea access and defensive strategies must be brought into immediate and reasonable purview of contemplatiion. And with the uncertainty and its inevitability increasingly stares the Nigerian state in the face, our own priorities should also be to equip ourselves, conserve energy and what we have and not the other way round. Be vigilant, consult, collaborate,synergize , wait for any eventual aggression by the enemy aggressors and not us to be the ones to be destabilising Biafraland and killing Biafrans of any shape with impunity as we see it today. That is a self-destructive strategy and tactics that must be discouraged , changed and jettisoned.

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April 29, 2021


IPOB leaders are relying on propaganda and outright falsehood to keep their followers caged and win more gullible followers to their side. This is not very different from what the same politicians they condemn and aim to replace do. Anyone who believes that the only way to retain loyalty of the people is by lying to them and conjuring all kinds of make-believe to deceive them, shouldn’t be trusted with a leadership position, even by a 100 miles.

Some original IPOB leaders have fallen out with Nnamdi Kanu and accused him of looting funds donated by sympathisers of the group, and Nnamdi Kanu arrogantly dismissed them as sellouts and saboteurs, instead of providing evidence to counter the claims of his accusers. The fugitive is so self-conceited that he doesn’t believe he owes anyone explanation over how he handles public funds left in his care. This is another evidence to show any discerning mind that Nnamdi Kanu and his goons are not better than those they said they want to replace. They may even be worst.

Most IPOB sympathizers and adherents on social media are not different from Talibans. They are extremists who would descend on anyone who tries to question the styles and decisions of their ‘Supreme Leader’. I receive threats everytime I post something that doesn’t go down well with the IPOBians. Threats of death and threats of ostracism. And this gives me more than a clear idea of the kind of society these guys are set to build, if they have the chance.

I am a Biafran, just like every true Igbo man should. But, the Biafra of Nnamdi Kanu will never come to reality and should never come to reality. That is not the Biafra for which Ojukwu depleted his father’s wealth and lost a huge part of his youth fighting for us. That’s not the Biafra for which millions of Igbo youths, children and mothers lost their lives. The Biafra of Nnamdi Kanu is a criminal enterprise with the sole object of under-developing Igboland, pushing our youths to avoidable deaths and disrupting our cultures and religious inclinations.

The ideal Biafra for which our best brains and greatest patriots came together to work for its realization from 1967-1970 is being betrayed by Nnamdi Kanu and his criminal gang of loafers. They are turning our peaceful and prosperous fatherland to a theatre of war and a desert of hunger. Businesses are suffering and investors are taking to their heels, and the truth is that we cannot continue to keep quiet and allow Igboland turn to a ghost land, where nothing works.

The idea of Biafra for which every true Igbo intellectual is ready to invest in has been distorted and hijacked by elements who could rightly be tagged terrorists. Most of them are far away beyond the shores of our land and do not care what happens to their siblings in Igboland. They are wicked, senseless and desperate felons. They are doing nothing to advance the interest of the Igbo, politically, socio-economically or educationally, but they are ready to procure ammunition with which their fellow Igbos are being killed. Yes, more than 70% of soldiers, policemen and other security operatives so far killed are Igbos. They are endangering the lives and businesses of Igbos living in the North by attacking and killing innocent suya sellers in Igbo land, by torching the businesses of Northerners living in the East. By the time, these Northerners retaliate, these wicked felons will only stay behind their internet radios in far away UK to dish out threats.

There can’t be a better way to advance the interest of the Igbo man than through economic revolution. Plough back these wealths used in destroying our lands and use same to build the economy of Igbo land to rival that of any other nation in the world. We could win independence from Nigeria without firing a single bullet, we could build the Biafran Silicon valley in Nnewi or Akokwa without having to exchange bitter words with anyone.

May we, Igbos, never be led to the slaughter table due to our genuine dissatisfaction with the prevailing structures in Nigeria. Every right thinking Igbo must speak up now to denounce the terrorism gradually taking hold in our land.

Nnamdi Kanu may have succeeded in instilling fears into a lot of us, and will even do more by targeting those who manage to speak out against him, for elimination, but we must not fail to understand that we shall all be held accountable should we keep quiet and allow a badly educated manipulator destroy our land.