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Kanu, Anambra guber and the rest of us

In TIME past, Nnamdi Kanu, an Umuahia, Abia State prince, was just popular among those who listened to Radio Biafra, in which he was director. His voice was unmistakable on the radio station, as he talked about the marginalisation of the Igbo and the neglect of the South East by successive governments, both federal and state. He was acerbic in the delivery of his message, hitting government officials and prominent people in the Federal Government and South East below the belt. He talked about Biafra and amplified the agitation for a sovereign state for the Igbo.

Today, Kanu has become became a national tendency and phenomenon, a folk hero, leader of the mass of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members and a man with some authority. Like the man in the Bible who told Jesus Christ that he was “a man under authority,” who could command subordinates to do something and it would be done, Kanu  could make his followers behave or misbehave. He has become a champion by the accident of being arrested by the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

Now Kanu issues directives and makes declaration, even on things he has no bearing. Recently, Kanu and IPOB pronounced a “death sentence” on the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 18, 2017. The IPOB leader and his group have decreed that there would be no election in Anambra, except the Federal Government conducts a referendum on Biafra. Funny enough, there was no time Igbo, who are going to vote in Anambra, sat down to decide that election would not hold in Anambra and appointed Kanu to make an announcement. This means that Kanu has arrogated to himself the power he does not have. Saying that elections would not hold in Anambra or any state in the South East, until the conduct of a referendum, smacks of arrogance and an attempt to take away the agency of the electorate, who only could decide whether to vote or not. It is a joke taken too far.

If election does not hold in Anambra, in whose interest will this be? Certainly, such a mistake will not benefit Kanu or IPOB. It will not also be in the interest of Anambra people. If the election does not hold, it will not translate to no government in Anambra. The President has the right to declare a state of emergency and appoint a sole administrator, who could come from anywhere. This is what Kanu, by his action, is unknowingly setting up.

I have been wondering if those in IPOB are really thinking. They are talking about Biafra and forget that projects require those who would drive them. Has Kanu and IPOB ever pondered about this: Were the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu not in government or the military governor of the Eastern Nigeria, would the first Biafra have been possible? It was partly because Ojukwu was in a position of authority that Biafra happened. However, he did not go it alone. He consulted and met with influential people in Igboland, who eventually gave him the mandate to proclaim Biafra. Now, Kanu and IPOB are not in government. They are not consulting Igbo people, in the true sense of it. They do not have the mandate of the Igbo to do some of the things being done. And they want to stop an election that would put an Igbo man in power, an office that would be of benefit to the Igbo people. Where does such thing happen?

Kanu and IPOB have put themselves on the spot. He and his group have indirectly set themselves up for downfall. They have not learnt from history and, therefore, are committing the same error of some other Biafra agitators and groups before them. A time was when the leader of the Movement for Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra/Biafra Independent Movement (MASSOB/BIM), Chief Ralph Uwazurike, was so popular that he decided to declare “Biafra.” At the time Uwazurike nursed the idea of declaring “Biafra” and hoisting the flag, he did not reckon with the consequences when no Republic of Biafra came into existence by his declaration. He did declare “Biafra” in Aba, raised the “rising sun” flag, but all these were of no consequence. Biafra was not born. He remained a Nigerian and in Nigeria. By his action, whatever joker he had was lost. The government and others who took him seriously saw that everything as grandstanding. He played his “last card” too early in the game.

Uwazurike may not believe this, but that was the beginning of the fall of the fire in Biafra agitation, as carried out by MASSOB. When the Anambra election holds, what happened to Uwazurike is likely befall Kanu. And it will be nunc dimitis for this Umuahia boy’s dream of being a prime mover. However, it is not too late for him to make an amend and remove himslef from the Anambra election brouhaha.

Actions that will do the Igbo in are not good for anybody. The South East lost out in the last census because of senseless directives by agitators of Biafra some years ago.  For the avoidance of doubt, when the Federal Government conducted a census, MASSOB declared that the Igbo would not participate and called for a boycott. Owing to this, many Igbo did not participate in the census. The census enumerators, out of fear, did not go to every parts of the South East. The consequence is that many Igbo were not counted. And the figures eventually recorded for each of the South East states do not reflect the population. Kanu and IPOB’s position on the Anambra election is tantamount to what MASSOB did about the census.

A time has come for Kanu and IPOB to draw a line between Biafra agitation and doing things that would hurt the Igbo. This is why Igbo leaders have to engage Kanu, Uwazurike, IPOB, MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups. The Igbo leaders have to draw these agitators closer, with the view to moderating their conduct, to avoid actions that would be inimical to the development of the South East. Ignoring them and leaving them on their way own would certainly turn out to be much more disastrous than engaging them. I do not see anything wrong with the South East Governors Forum or Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for instance, inviting the Kanus and Uwazurikes of this world to their meetings. This is not to glorify them, as some people may think. It will be to guide them and curtail their excesses, in the interest of all Igbo.


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  1. Mike 4th August 2017 at 8:42 am

    This message is well delivered but will not see the governor of the south east with their own pride condescending to sit with the Ipob or the Massob. The governors’ attitude of governance compounds and aggravates the Igbo problems by assuming personal ownership of the governments and treasury of the states and not the people of the southeast. No matter how disrespectful the agitators could be they must be called to order. Let’s hope that the traditional rulers, Ohaneze, elders and leaders/elites will humble themselves and invite and talk to the leaders and heads of these groups of agitators to be tactful and careful in order to deliver results.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 4th August 2017 at 10:15 am

    The issue is not about Kanu or IPOB, it is about Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states majority Igbos democratically in a referendum by sit-at-home decided for. On the other hand, if it is about Kanu and IPOB, as I already said, Republic Of Biafra wouldn’t have been possible even in hundred years. Republic Of Biafra will not stand for a situation where there will not be a government in Anambra state and will not stand for a situation where the five south east states of Biafra will be part of Nigeria from October 1st 2017- It will never happen on this earth- cost it what it will cost. Which means what will exist in the five south east states of Republic Of Biafra is Biafran Interim Government in which all present political office holders will remain in their respective positions till election under Republic Of Biafra. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Agbogashi 4th August 2017 at 6:50 pm

    KANU is obviously biting more than he can chew. Laudable and germane as his agitation may be, he should be called to order or else he jeopardizes the good intention the whole thing is out to achieve. He should desist from making recalcitrant statements like the one regarding the Anambra elections.

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 4th August 2017 at 7:56 pm

    @Agbogashi, the problem about Kanu and IPOB is self-interest. Someone said Ojukwu is so far the only known sincere and committed leader of Biafra project which started in 1967. John the baptist was known before Jesus in the process which started with Moses. Kanu wanted to be Mandela of Biafra, not Biafran existence- that is his problem, because he is not Mandela not to talk of Jesus. God is the origin and head of all things and decide all things with His Laws. Kanu and IPOB role in the Republic Of Biafra project that started in 1967 ended on September 19. 2016. This is the climax and deadline which is now in the hands of God, is October 1st 2017. God given Republic Of Biafra is the five south east states majority Igbos democratically in a referendum by sit-at-home decided for. God Is With Us!!!

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 5th August 2017 at 9:08 am

    Biafra: the legal, political, economic, and social question- Ekweremadu., Nigeria is not a legitimate sovereign state, but tolerated by the natives and that tolerance has come to an end. Referendum has already taken place as far as God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states is concerned, by sit-at-home, in which majority Igbos democratically decided for Republic Of Biafra. Referendum is a democratic instrument to know what majority of a people want. Republic Of Biafra has been and will be recognize by reasonable countries etc. of this 21st century world, any country etc. that do not recognize God given Republic Of Biafra- a legitimate sovereign state majority Igbos democratically in a referendum by sit-at-home decided for, will be irrelevant. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states is a Special Sovereign State- not comparable to countries etc. Ekweremadu cited or quoted. Any Biafran deep feelings expressed towards Biafran enemy worth it and lawful. Any Biafran deep feelings expressed towards those that betrayed Biafra 1967-1970, they should understand it and amend their ways- categorically south south, south west. North is ever Biafran enemy and remain Biafran enemy.

  6. Ezekiel Okeke 5th August 2017 at 9:31 am

    South South is not part of Biafra, Republic Of Biafra will fully support a Niger Delta Republic. Ekweremandu word: 1967 is not 2017, we have to be realistic.- should be for ignorant and naive Kanu and IPOB group. Things I have been emphasizing. Even in 1967-1970, majority of present south south did not stand and fought for Biafra which was Ojukwu’s political idea. Even today, majority south south natives did not stand for Biafra in a referendum by sit-at-home from 2004 to date, May 30. 2017. As I already said, God given Republic Of Biafra is a Special Sovereign State and Igbos are Special People that can only be compared to Israel as Sovereign State and People President Trump rightly said built a mighty nation in the desert within a short time- that is what will happen to God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states within the next 10 years. From October 1st 2017, Republic Of Biafra diplomatic documents etc. are legal worldwide. Ekeremadu should know that Republic Of Biafra ran a successful three years government 1967-1970 with war world of the time backed the enemy, how much more today with present Republic Of Biafra position in the 21st century world etc.?

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 5th August 2017 at 9:45 am

    Paul Arkwright British ambassador rightly told the poor northern bandits that oil and gas is not the most important thing, but the people. I have long emphasized the fact that Igbos are what they are today and control the economy of this territory not base on oil and gas, and the best oil is the brain- every Igbo man and woman is an oil well and needed by 21st century world. Republic Of Biafra exist within the union of ECOWAS, African Union etc. with its principles, who you are stronger than cant take what you have or harm you- Biafra is by far stronger than Nigeria in all respects in this 21st century world. After diplomatic documentations, every Biafran is free to live wherever he or she wishes in this world.

  8. Ezekiel Okeke 5th August 2017 at 10:03 am

    There is nothing call restructuring as far as Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states is concerned. Nothing can be restructured in which south east of Biafra will have Democratic Capacity within Nigeria by having 19 states like political north. Nothing can be restructured in which poor northern bandits illiteracy of civilized and democratic society will change. Disintegration is the only scientific answer. Igbos of Republic Of Biafra of the five south east state have Disintegrated and deadline with Nigeria is October 1st 2017 with Biafran bloody engagement of BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR. God Is With Us!!!

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