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How to kill Biafra

Ever since the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war and the resuscitation of the Biafra dream by Chief Ralph Uwazurike and his Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the Biafra agitation has, perhaps, not been as strident as it is now. Many attribute the resurgence to the emergence of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Though the formation or leadership of IPOB has been mired in controversy, Nnamdi Kanu, the Radio Biafra director, has given the agitation a lot of punch, especially since his incarceration and ongoing trial for treasonable felony.

For many Nigerians, the agitation is needless, as they feel Nigeria is big enough for everyone. That, exactly, is the belief of yours sincerely, as repeatedly expressed here. The Biafra agitators, however, disagree, saying their decision to opt out of Nigeria was an unavoidable choice due to several years of neglect and deliberate marginalisation. The Biafra hopefuls postulate that those that are too hasty in condemning their quest for self-determination lack understanding simply because they do not feel the pinch since they do not wear the shoe.

Of course, virtually every section of the country cries of marginalisation, much of which is a ruse to mask the hurt of a people so glaringly marked for mistreatment. However, I stumbled upon this anonymous exchange between a Biafra agitator and his Yoruba friend and I feel this can go a long way in proffering a solution to the ills of our crumbling monolith, Nigeria.

Yoruba: Under what conditions would you support “One Nigeria” and let go of the Biafra agitation and let it die down, finally laid to rest for good?

Biafra agitator: Close down Lagos ports and open up Port Harcourt, Calabar, Onitsha and Warri ports.

• Cancel all direct and major connecting flights to Lagos and Abuja airports, allowing only local connecting flights. While this is being done, open up Enugu, Owerri, Asaba, Uyo and Port Harcourt to direct international and major connecting flights.

• Ask all international and diplomatic missions to move their embassies and consulates from Lagos, Kano and Abuja to Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

• All Federal Government agencies in Lagos and Abuja shall be relocated to Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), etc., shall and must relocate to Port Harcourt, Calabar and Enugu.
• All multinational companies in Lagos and Abuja, shall and must relocate their offices to Port Harcourt, Calabar and Enugu.
• All oil companies must relocate their head offices to Port Harcourt, as the oil capital of Nigeria.
• Let the northern children gain admission into federal schools with 300 score points while the South-East children should gain admission with only 20 score points.
• Let all federal road projects in the North/South-West be handled by one local company and the one in the South-East/South-South be handled by Julius Berger and foreign construction companies.
If these conditions can be fulfilled and implemented for 50 years, we can try one Nigeria and let’s see if you the North and South-West will like it for a month…

• Also, Yoruba and Hausa needing to get international visas shall travel to Port Harcourt, Calabar or Enugu to do that. Same with flying or connecting flights; with shipping and importing their goods, etc.
Yoruba: You can’t be serious, this is wickedness…
Biafra agitator: Really? Don’t you think the south-eastern part of Nigeria has been suffering and enduring this very same wickedness for over 50 years?
Yoruba (quiet for a few seconds): Wow, you are right but it never occurred to me…

Biafra agitator: That’s the problem with One Nigeria, those who are benefiting from it, love it and would love to maintain the status quo. Let each region develop at her own pace, with airport, seaports, industries, major projects open to be developed in any part of Nigeria without government interference or strangulation due to tribalism and nepotism!
Let Nigeria be fair to ALL, irrespective of tribe, religion and place of birth. Let there be true federalism and resources control. Let’s have equal respect for one another, irrespective of where the person comes from in Nigeria. That is what Biafra agitation is all about.

Of a truth, the foregoing may not totally reflect the entire story but it certainly exposes how injustice has led us to where we are today. A truly united Nigeria must redress these ills. Instead, by shutting out the South-East from this government, Nigerian leaders have brazenly told the South-East to go to hell and, to them, Biafra is the ‘hell’ they are willing to go to. Strangely, the same people pushing the people out are intent on keeping them on a leash by force. That is most unfair, a prelude to anarchy.

Take the admission policy into Nigeria’s erroneously named unity schools, where everything points to disunity. Anambra and Imo states students, for instance, must score 139 and 138 per cent respectively to be considered for admission, whereas students from Zamfara and Taraba states require as low as 3 per cent to be admitted into the same school. This political contrivance is only meant to favour the North, dubiously tagged educationally disadvantaged. In other words, no matter how herdsman the brain of the northern student, he is guaranteed admission. Today, they are still saying education is evil (boko haram) and busy destroying everything and everyone while the rest of Nigeria, especially Igboland, bears the brunt of this madness.

For some of us, moderates, Biafra may not be the ultimate dream. However, it behooves Nigerian authorities to do the needful to kill the agitation, which they deliberately neglect to do. To keep Nigeria truly one, the country must be redesigned on the foundation of equity and fairness; it must not pander to the caprices of a particular section that is intent on keeping others down, as no force of arms can cow a determined people for too long.

It is worth reminding Nigeria, too, that Scotland is again pressing for another plebiscite to decide whether to remain in Britain or not and nobody has been killed or jailed for making this demand.

That Magu’s magomago

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was for the second time rejected by the Senate on Wednesday last week. Those castigating the Senate for his rejection have either not apprised themselves of the matter or are just being mischievously mendacious. The senators may have ulterior motives but were fed with fodder to incinerate Magu’s dream by the same Presidency that wanted Magu confirmed. Reading Magu’s reply to the query issued him by the Attorney-General, one is at pains to ask what magomago is going on in the Presidency. The Senate stood on a damning report from the Department of State Security that said Magu failed the integrity test to reject him. So, if anybody should be blamed, it is definitely the palpably disorganised seat of power, where musical chairs are on display. Any wonder we are stuck in this deep, stinking hole for close to two years now?


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  1. Onyewuchi Nze 20th March 2017 at 11:43 am

    Sometimes, In 1975, a man who name was Agwu Okpanku, wrote a beautiful article in the now defunct “Renaissance Newspaper” published by the now defunct East Central State government. The article was titled “Killing Biafra.” It was in response to the Federal Government, change of the name of “Bight of Biafra” to “Bight of Bonny” . In the article, he enumerated the issues which he believed was responsible for the rise of Biafra. He concluded that unless the issues were addressed satisfactorily, the issue of secession will always recur.

    As was usual with the military, the man was clamped into detention. He died shortly after release from detention, in a car accident, while driving. Not a few believed that the accident was ordinary. It was about 42 years ago. The man is lying in peace in his grace now. Are we living in peace here in Nigeria? May be, somebody in an appropriate political position could find, and look into the article and sieve out all useful suggestion, for application.

    Surely, change to Bight of Bonny has not killed Biafra and not likely to.

  2. Dr Uche Kalu 20th March 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Biafra is gonna exist forever and ever!
    The Nigerian Armed Forces under Pol Pot Yakubu Gowon, even with the support of two World Powers,Great Britain and the Soviet Union, along with some Reactionary Muslim Arab Forces and OAU Expeditionary Forces could not defeat us Biafrans.
    As a matter of fact,we Heroic Members of Biafran Armed Forces never ever surrended to Pol Pot Gowon’s Vandal Nigerian Army.
    In actual fact,we Biafran Heroes merely obeyed the order of the
    then Commader of our Biafran Armed Foces,Major General Phillip
    Effiong,by ceasing fire.
    So,to kill Biafra might ential the killing of all of us, the Veteran
    Biafran Heroes plus our entire Igbo Race.
    But that will be a genocide, and our moral Christian World will never ever abandone one of its own,because we Biafrans are Christians.
    We are indeed, a people of the Living God of Abraham,Isaac and
    Jacob, the Patriarch of the Jews,the Chosen People of God.
    That the Nigerians were recently celebrating their ‘Go -On-With-One-Nigeria’, was indeed, a glorification of evil and wickedness.
    That was a slur over the memories of those 4 millions victims,who died during that an unnecessary war of genocide of Pol Pot Gowon.
    The war was Pol Pot Yakubu Gowon’s war.He debunked the
    Aburi Accord,which called for Fiscal Federalism.But because of his
    inordinate ambition,Gowon instead decalared his silly Police Action against us Biafrans.
    Pol Pot Yakubu Gowon and his cohorts should be put on notice that the war is not over but yet to begin anew.
    We shall get him before he kicks the bucket.But if we fail,we shall
    visit the iniquities of the fathers upon their children.
    Oh yes! We shall for sure,take our pound of flesh.
    ” Ndigbo ga-agwa ochu!”
    We are waiting for Mallam Muhammadu Buhari to order his avowed redemarcation of our Biafran border with Cameroon.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri Islamic hegemony!!
    Hail Biafra!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 20th March 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Nothing on earth can change decision of 21st century Igbos of Republic Of Biafra. We are not illiterates, not Zik followers. We intellectuals, Ojukwu followers. We know Igbos do not have Democratic Capacity to exist within the ruined entity called Nigeria. Only illiterate fools can exist within a democratic entity in which they do not have Democratic Capacity. The illiterate fools have lost in all respects, should pack their load and vacate Bifraland or will be driven away in BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR.

  4. Kele 20th March 2017 at 8:33 pm

    In addition to other host of punitive policies, in this piece, you read the evils and wickedness of Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and Britain upon Igbo/Biafran people. How there Biafrans continue to be under this kind of satanic treatment which keeps them perpetually marginalized and impoverished? This is pure wickedness and evil. If Biafra nation is not pursued to its logical conclusion and liberated from this murderous, fraudulent, failed and corrupt one-Nigeria scheme, future generation of Biafran people will be completely enslaved and Islamized in Islamic Nigeria. Today, we heard Justice Binta Nyako clearly said that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB will be subjected to secret trial, which is fundamental to Sharia legal system. Nigeria is a curse to Biafra. We must be liberated from this foolishness. Tuifiakwa!

  5. Frank Ikemba 22nd March 2017 at 4:56 am

    Dialogue with the deaf! Those who have ears let them hear. PMB and his clique have vowed that under no circumstance should Nigeria be divided or restructured ‘cos the present structure favours them at the detriment of Ndigbo. He preferred to keep Nigeria one at all cost by use of force, instead of through dialogue and negotiations. We pray that God keeps us alive to see how far he can go with his scorched earth policy. Thank God he and OBJ and their likes will not live forever. He who collects a child’s item and raises his hand, will bring down his hand when the hand starts to pain him. We are dealing with insensitive and inconsiderate bigots. God dey sha.

  6. Agbogashi 22nd March 2017 at 12:22 pm

    All that needs to be said has been exhaustiblly dealt with. You need not inform the deaf that a war has broken out. He who has ear let him hear.

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 22nd March 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Igbos of Republic Of Biafra are no longer in the figurative Egypt, are now in the figurative wilderness, on the way to the promised land- which is to fix the 50 years deficits in the next 10 years and advanced in it. Constituting Biafran Government starts March 16. 2017 in which all pro-Biafra groups are represented. God Is With Us!!!

  8. Ezekiel Okeke 22nd March 2017 at 8:07 pm

    The present Ohanaeze is Abuja puppet, it is not a representing entity of Igbos of Republic Of Biafra. The only relevant thing now is Defending Republic Of Biafra. Not compiling Igbos data home and abroad- Biafran Government Agency will handle Biafrans data. To show how coward the present Ohanaeze is, they denied opposing Buhari dead or alive, at the same time claim to stand for Igbos of Republic Of Biafra- how possible? To stand for Igbos of Republic Of Biafra and do not oppose enemies of Igbos of Republic Of Biafra. They are naive and confused, will perish in Abuja and its ruined entity called Nigeria. They are illiterate fools that want Igbos to exist within a democratic entity Igbos do not have democratic capacity. They want Igbos to be slaves on their God given native land under an entity they do not have democratic capacity. They- present Ohanaeze and persons like them are the ones that will remain slaves of Abuja and its ruined entity called Nigeria and perish there. 21st century Igbos of Republic Of Biafra- followers of Ojukwu, his intellectual vision and legacy, will Defend Republic Of Biafra. God Is With Us!!!

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