London: The so called “terrorist group-IPOB” applied to protest in London today. They were granted permission and they marched through the streets of London in their numbers. Those were not Onitsha and Aba traders, neither were they some random hustlers in London. Some of them are lecturers in Universities and staff of blue chip corporations.
New York: Same terrorists applied to protest at UN headquarters in New York today. Pro Nigeria group also applied for a counter protest. The terrorist IPOB were granted permission to protest while the pro-Nigeria group was denied permission. IPOB danced and told the world their mind in their usual peaceful manner.
If you carry tanks and rifles to intimidate IPOB Nigeria into going underground, would you also send the pythons to US, UK, Australia, Germany etc. to dance for thousands of IPOB over there?
Listen folks, beyond Nnamdi Kanu rhetorics, lots of Igbos hold serious disdain for this country called Nigeria. Many of them were told how their parents followed ships for months to diaspora, worked as security guards at burial grounds and as mortuary attendance, just because their own country, Nigeria ostracized them after the war. Their children are now IV league graduates and successful men and women in their fields of endeavour. Many of them are direct or indirect victims of several injustice which they earned just for being IGBO.
Some other Igbos have told their wards how they finished studying at the best universities in the world, returned home and joined the civil service to contribute to nation building. When it was time for them to become directors or to hold key positions in their ministries or agencies, mediocres were raised from the dead to head them with an order from above. In frustration, they left Nigeria to settle in the diaspora… with the full experience of what Nigeria has done to them …for being Igbo.
The Igbos in the Niger Delta, basically hide away from being “South East Igbos” because they know the consequences- It means they will have to miss out on certain privileges. These are facts. Some Igbos basically had to lick the ass of one Alhaji in order to climb to the top in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and to some extent till date. It becomes mandatory to make an Alhaji a board member of your registered company if you must succeed around government circle.
Furthermore, most, if not all communities in the South East have lost a son or daughter in the crisis in the North. From Jos crisis, to Kano and Kaduna crisis. Thousands killed, their killers known, but none was arrested, no question, no enquiry. The Nigerian government only begged all sides to sue for peace. Meanwhile, one side was only doing their business, while the other side was slaughtering them over issues of religion or politics that did not concern them. I was in Jos to witness it first hand in 2001. I had post traumatic disorder afterwards. I vividly remember a Yoruba family friend telling my uncle that they were not running home… bcos the Hausas were killing only IGBOs. My uncle, then a millioniare, now sells food in Aba after losing all he had worked for. His life has never been the same.
Killing the Igbos in Nigeria is becoming something of a sporting event. South-East leaders were mute, as they always prioritize their political alliance over the lives of their citizens. They are our number one enemy. The Nigerian political system has made it impossible for us to chose credible leaders. Hence, Abuja will rig in a moron, who would anoint terrible traditional leaders.
Children were made orphans, wives made widows and husbands widowers. Villages mourned and millionaires were rendered penilless. Yet no apology, no inquiry and no one has ever been held accountable.
Igbos were not accommodated by anybody in Nigeria. They just fearlessly forced their way into villages and cities, knowing they must take risk-since his kinsmen do not sympathize with laziness. All man must seek success even to the lion’s den. After every killing or eviction, Igbos will re-mobilize and return to the same place where their brothers and sisters were slain. Eye on the prize..TO EARN A LIVING.
I beg to be corrected, but apart from the destruction of the Niger Delta communities through “oil exploration”, neither the North nor the West can claim to have had an “Igbo experience”.
The sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and relatives of many who had suffered terrible injustice or loss of lives ARE AGITATING FOR BIAFRA ALONG WITH THEIR SYMPATHIZERS. Landlocked or not, this group will take a chance in a landlocked country where they can attempt to seek a new adventure than remain in a Nigeria that have refused to function and have continually spilled their blood.
Mobilizing the military against the Biafran ideology will only remind those who are sitting on the fence to join the IPOB. It will remind them why the IPOB movement was born in the first place. IPOB knew that their support and funding comes from their members in the diaspora, who would not tolerate any violent agitation, hence, IPOB has no intention to go militant. Any violence attributed to IPOB can never be proven to have been organized by the organization. It was even a miracle that they mobilized thousands of youths without any incident(s) of deaths and looting. During 2011 subsidy protest, people died, shops were looted. These things are Nigerian crowd factors and not Biafran.
The way forward is to treat the cause as against attacking the symptom with pythons. Without the acidic rhetorics employed by Kanu, all southerners and even some Northeners would have joined IPOB movement except those benefiting from the current anomaly. Reason being that, IPOB agitation made the restructuring debate the major national discus, and only an IPOB or IPOB-like agitation can ensure that restructuring happens in our lifetime.
I do not wish war or division, however, we need a serious peaceful agitation for secession to continue until restructuring is achieved. If after a long while, it becomes crystal clear that restructuring is impossible, we can as well apply the trottle and secede since we all deserve to test our luck in a Biafra, an Arewa and an Oduduwa nation than continuing with the status quo. Such peaceful seperation should not end our friendship.
By the way, it is not love that holds this country together-It is crude oil. Let crude oil dry today, President Buhari will lead a Northern delegation to UN to register Arewa nation within 24 hours.
The Biafran war was all about crude oil. The political establishment fears restructuring because of crude oil. So the factor of brotherliness and love has never been considered in our national history. Nnamdi Kanu is only bold enough to spit the hates in his heart. Most of us are still nursing our hates secretly and pretending to be holier than thou. It will do us a lot of good to quit the hypocritical life and purge ourselves the hates that have made us so vulnerable to tribal and religious political manipulations. It took me years of travel and education to understand why such hate will do me no good. A Fulani guy has since become my best pal and confidant while a Yoruba boy has become my adopted younger brother. Yet, they know I am passionately Igbo and unapologetic Igbotic. I did not plan it, it just happened and I love my ideology of a free world for all men.
In whatever choice we chose to make, we must avoid any form of violence at all cost.
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