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Forget Biafra, Nwodo tells IPOB

By Onyedika Agbedo and Tony Udemba

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has restated his earlier position that it will be injurious to the Igbo to pursue self-determination and urged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to drop their agitation and join the organisation’s quest for a restructured Nigeria. 

  He spoke during a Town Hall meeting organised by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation in Lagos, yesterday.

Nwodo, who  noted that the youths were free to express themselves over what he described as the relegation of the Igbo to second class citizens in Nigeria, stressed that the South East would be the ultimate loser in the event of another civil war. 

“Whether we agree with them or not,  they have a right to express their opinions. When I was at their age, I was in the trench fighting for Biafra. I’m not sure that anyone of them has heard the sound of a gun.  I lost a close friend who was with me in the trench; a mortar caught him in the ear and he died instantly.

The Ndigbo leader disclosed that more than half a million Igbo died in the war through the gun and bombings by the federal troop while another one million died out of hunger and starvation.

‘‘The Igbo suffered enormous loss to the war.  I am telling this story because I, Nnia Nwodo,  will be a saboteur if the Igbo choose to go for another civil war. Anybody at my age who does not speak the truth is not doing himself any good. Ohanaeze does not support war; we support restructuring, which will allow the federating units in Nigeria to take charge of their affairs.”he told the gathering.  Members of IPOB had come to the event displaying placards with various inscriptions like “Biafra is the solution,” “Ohanaeze stop deceiving us,” “No federal presence in the South East, only python dance,” “Where is Nnamdi Kanu,” and “Ohanaeze Ndigbo stop the killings in Biafra land,” among others. 

  Nwodo emphatically told the agitators to stop nursing the dream of an independent state of Biafra, saying, “when you want to fight a war,  you must ask yourself how do I fight this war’’.

‘‘Our young men must learn; we know better than them and they must learn to listen to us.  In order to get a pride of place for every Nigerian, we must ask ourselves how do we do it.  If we go back to the trenches to fight,  we are doing disservice to this nation;  we are doing disservice to our children.” 

 While maintaining that the solution to the countless challenges confronting the country lies in restructuring, he added: “The 1999 constitution was drafted by the military. There was no constituent assembly; there was no referendum.  Nobody in this country voted for this constitution. It was an imposition by a military government. 

  “We have asked for a conference of all the peoples of Nigeria. We have started a meeting of Southern Leaders Forum constituting of the South East as represented by Ohanaeze, South West as represented by Afenifere, and South South as represented the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF). We have reached a resolution that we want restructuring and the Middle Belt of Nigeria recently joined us.” Nwodo,  who stated that the essence of the  meeting was to unite the Igbo in Lagos, noted that without unity,  the people of the South East would continue to lose their pride of place in the country.   He urged the Igbo in Lagos to take advantage of their huge population in and position themselves to play active roles in the politics of the state. 

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  1. Dr. Uche Kalu 15th December 2017 at 11:06 am

    Telling us Biafrans to forget Biafra,is not only a blasphemy but it is also a slur over the memories of those
    millions of innocent Igbos, who were murdered in cold blood,killed in battles or made to starve to death.
    Biafra was born out of blood,fire and tears.There was a genocide against us Nidigb and indeed the first of its
    magnitude and kind on the Continent of Africa.
    No never,we shall never ever forget or give up our quest for the resoration of our Sovereign Republic of Biafra.
    Damn you Mazi John Nnia Nwodo for this uncouth and silly proposition of yours.You are indeed, a dmaned fucking reprobate.
    We can never ever accept the current marginalization and relegation into a third class cittizenry that we are now subjected to.
    Besides,we Igbos as Christians don’t belong to this Islamic Republic of Nigeria,which is an OIC, G8 and G15
    Member State,and which is governed by Sharia-jurisprudence.
    The Late Oriaku Bridget Agbahieme our dear Igbo Daughter,was posthumous tried in a Sharia Court in Kano and was found guilty of non- observance of Islamic Fasting Season of Ramadan.
    That was after she had already been arbitrarily,brutally and publicly beheaded by some Hausa/Fulani Jihadist savages.
    That same Sharia Court acquitted the Jihadist perpetrators,who carried out that barbaric , heinous and inhuman act of savagery upon the late Mrs. Bridget Agbahieme because,accordinng to the Court,they merely carried out their Islamic obligation of Jihad.
    But what action did Mazi John Nnai Nwodo ,the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, his cahoots and cohorts,the so called lgbo Leaders; the Elected,Governors and Traditionals alike,take over the brutal beheading of Oriaku Bridget Agbahieme?
    Ansolutely nothing.Perhaps, the Raghead Sultan of Sokoto;Allhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar bought the silence of Chief Nnia Nwodo and his Igbo Cliques (the enemies within),with some money bags.Lol!!
    ”Ewo-o-o! Ndiabaka nyere Mazi Nnia Nwodo na Ndiotu ya,akpa okpogho.”
    Obasi ndi an elu,biko nyere anyi Ndigbo aka.”
    However,the ultima ratio and the only concession that we Biafrans can make at this juncture is, a restructured Confederation of Autonomous Republics of Nigeria, with an Autonomous Republic of Biafra.
    Biafra has come to stay. A Sovereign State of Biafra will be a permanent Epitaph for our fallen heroes.
    May Their Noble Souls Repose In Eternal Peace.Amen!
    Anything other than that will mean,taking our case to some appropriate International Bodies for Arbitrations.
    Our cause is a just cause.It is all about equity,fairness,justice and of course our security which is permanently in jeorpardy and indeed under threat.
    All Hail Biafra,the land of the Rising Sun!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 15th December 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Nwodo and ipob group are in the same category as ignorant of reality. Nwodo would have tell Igbos of south east to forget about Biafra, if he has the gut. Ipob group is not Igbos of south east, do not represent Igbos of south east. God given Republic Of Biafra of south east represent Igbos of south east.

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