Why Igbos won’t forget Biafra

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BY ROBERT OBIOHA

Chinua Achebe’s new book, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra, has really brought to the fore those issues some actors on the 30-month gruesome Nigerian/Biafran war would not want to hear. Achebe’s book has revealed, among other things, the genocide visited on Biafrans by the Nigerian establishment.

What Achebe said is not novel to the Igbos who witnessed the war and those that have read books on the war. The war has generated and is still generating many scholarly articles. What Achebe said can only sound foreign and unreal to those who have made up their mind outrightly to disbelieve his personal account of the war.

The book, no doubt, generated heat and is still generating heat in some circles. While some opinion leaders from the victorious Nigerian side and the vanquished Biafran side have called for a truce on the matter, some others like former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised that Igbos should forget about that ugly chapter in our history.

Others have urged the Igbos to forgive and forget grieving about the war and forge ahead. Their suggestions are welcome but let me also remind the like of Obasanjo why the war has become a recurring theme in our national discourse.

While it is true that the Igbos have forgiven those that offended them during the war, it is also true that no Igbo will forget about the war. To forgive is one thing, to forget is entirely a different thing altogether. Forgiveness does not amount to forgetting. That one writes a book on the war does not mean that he has not forgiven his enemies. War is a good subject for history, anthropology, political science and literature.

The two World Wars generated lots of literary and non-literary works and still doing so. The American civil war is still a subject of discussion, likewise the Spanish wars and Kenya’s Mau Mau struggle.

The apartheid policy in South Africa has produced so many books. In the same vein, the civil wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and other wars of independence have informed lots of books.

These wars are still being discussed. If people can still be talking of the Jewish holocaust that happened very long ago, I do not see any reason somebody will be asking the Igbos to stop talking about the Biafran war in which they were unjustifiably treated by their fellow country men.

How can the Igbos and other aggrieved Easterners forget about Biafra when on a daily basis, the Nigerian establishment keep bringing out policies that make us remember our vanquished status? If you take a look at past Nigerian leaders, the only Igbo in that list would be the late Maj-Gen JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was only a ceremonial president.

Ironsi’s regime lasted for only six months. When I see the pictures of past Nigerian leaders, I ask myself: Are Igbos part of this country? We fought a civil war from 1967-1970. Since 1970 till now, how come an Igbo man is not yet the president of the country his tribesmen helped to found in 1960?

This is one question I want Obasanjo and all those asking the Igbos to forget the war to answer. Why is it that no Igbo have been allowed to head commanding heights in the nation’s economy and establishments? Why has an Igbo not headed the Customs beyond the six months of Bernard Shaw Nwadialo? How many Igbos have headed the Prisons? Is that how it should be? I don’t want to talk about the Police and Immigration in this article because their Igbo heads have been mere tokenisms. What of the Petroleum Ministry? Has an Igbo headed it as a minister?

The answer is in the negative. This is happening despite the fact that two Igbo states, Imo and Abia are among oil-bearing states. Now Anambra State has joined the enviable oil-producing league. Has Igbo headed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)? No is the answer.

How many roads have the federal government built in the South-East since after the war? What is the state of federal roads in the zone? How many factories have the federal government built in Igboland since after the war? Is there any remarkable federal presence in the whole of South-East since after the war? What is happening to the second Niger Bridge? Why can’t the federal government site a refinery in Igbo area of the country considering the fact that three Igbo states are oil-producing?

How come that the South-East is the only geo-political zone in the country with five states and fewer councils? One zone has seven states and the rest had six states apiece. Is that justice?

Why can’t the Igbos remember their Biafra with love and nostalgia? Let me tell Obasanjo and other Nigerians asking us to forget Biafra that it is not a possibility for now. It is not easy to forget that we fought and lost a war of independence. How can we forget the lost souls? How can we forget the genocide meted to Igbos?

How can we forget the bombing of villages, towns, markets, hospitals, churches and markets during the war? How can we forget the dead, the wounded and the raped? Remembering for us is therapeutic than forgetting? Forgetting the Biafran experience will be a mortal sin on our part.

Our remembering them is a way of erecting memorials for our lost ones. We owe them such a national duty for they died so that we should live. How can we forget what has become part of Igbo, Nigerian, African and World history simply because in Nigeria we are used to sweeping things under the carpet?

How can we forget our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, and aunts lost in the war and childhood friends lost to kwashiorkor? To the Igbos, the war is a holocaust. It is a sad and terrible experience that ought not to be forgotten.

The best way to pay lasting tribute to our heroes is through etching them in our memory in the way Achebe has done. And whenever the Igbos try to let bygone be bygone, Nigeria keeps reminding them of their vanquished status.

Let the structural imbalance in the number of states against the Igbos be addressed immediately. Unfortunately whenever the Igbos ask for this imbalance to be corrected, all other Nigerians unite to push it aside alongside their vocal Lagos/Ibadan media axis.

All Nigerians have united to ensure that the South-East remains the only zone with five states. It is a big conspiracy. And Obasanjo and co want us to forget remembering Biafra. It will not be evil if an Igbo becomes Nigeria’s president. What is good for other Nigerians should also be good for the Igbos.

The integration of Igbos into Nigeria since the end of the war is incomplete as far as there are still no-go areas for the Igbo like the presidency and some others. Having an Igbo as the vice-president, a spare-tyre role, cannot be taken as integration of the Igbos into mainstream Nigerian politics.

The situation of the Igbos in Nigeria shows that while the physical war stopped in 1970, the psychological war, which is even more devastating, is still raging. Obasanjo and his like should put if off before asking the Igbos to forget the past.

All past errors in Nigeria, especially those that led to the war, should be addressed. If such mistakes are not corrected, they will continue to haunt the nation.

Nigeria must not continue to live as if there was no Biafran war or a country called Biafra never existed. Rather, the war should be remembered and talked about so that generations unborn should learn about the futility of wars and avoid them.

So far, there is no indication that the Nigerian establishment learnt any useful lesson from the war. If it learnt any lesson, it should have addressed the problems that gave rise to the war. Those problems have been buried under the carpet and they keep erupting in other forms to haunt the nation periodically.

Hence there are MASSOB, MOSOP, OPC, AREWA YOUTHS and now Boko Haram. These separatist groups are in place because of unattended past grievances. It is high time the nation addressed all suppressed grievances. Let other Nigerians stop treating the Igbo problem as if it is not a Nigerian problem.

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  1. Why did obasonjo mourn his wife if he doesnt want us to mourn our dead,moreover national issues like biafra and nigeria inbalance is still left unaddressed,nigerians are playing hide and sick in that issue.Let it be called up and addressed so we know where the head of the snake rests ndewo.

  2. And again our past leaders are yet to tell the entire nigerians/biafrans the truth about the civil war,those of them alive should hit the nail at the proper head,they should stop deceiving themselves and us at same time ndewo.

    • The truth about the civil war is that the hausas /fulani and the yorubas conspired to steal the oil wealth of the south
      east and south south. Do not forget that the eastern region comprised most of the south east andsouth south minus delta state.

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  4. Wow Robert Obioha you have realy vomitted wat goat chew.Am realy happy that people like you,sound mind.intellectual still exist in Igbo land and God will keep blessing you for the rest of your life.Oh Obasanjo,yorubas,housas want Igbo Jews to forget the Biafran war wen he Obasanjo and his yoruba brothers and then housas did everything possible means to deprived Igbos of their social amenities and also their right like Int’l Airport,Sea Port,Federal presence like Roads,Factories etc,additional two state,second Niger Bridge and now Obasanjo want Igbos to forget the war and genocide Nigeria and even Obasanjo partook against Igbos.He who take wat that belongs to a Child and raise his hand up wen his hand paining him he will bring his hand down and the Child will take wat that belongs to him.So yorubas and housas nomatter how long you people gang up and seized wat belongs to the Igbos you people will get tired someday and we Igbos will gently take wat that belongs to them but it will never happened as a one Nigeria but as a devided Nigeria because Nigeria is heading toward disintegration

  5. Thank you sir elder ROBERT OBIOHA ,if only GOD can wipe away this old geration like obj that remind us about the past.he kiled our grandfathers
    and he is teling me to forget about him GOD will jurge him.

  6. Those who murdered Igbos in cold blood will surely suffer the same faith.
    What happened to Gen Murtala M’hmed?
    What happened to I B Bisala?
    What happened to Gen Shuwa?
    Remaining Gowon, Danjuma,Obasanjo,Adehunle,IBB

    • There is an island in the carribean for sale, let the Biafran’s leave and let the Igbo Nigerians continue existing.
      But please do not import cocaine when you want to come back and see us in Yorubaland as we may be using death penalty then.

  7. Sometime I ask myself what kind of reporter is this thing calling himself robert obioha. A reporter should not take side when writing he must not be bias in carring out his or her duty. De moment he allow sentiment to come into his work, that reporter become one pence reporter. Most of what this idiot wrote in this article are just rubbish. A reporter when carring out his work must be objective n must consider de other side of de story for de sake of truth. In robert article , he absorved naija jews(biafra) of all their miscalculation n all de trouble naija jews caused that led into de war of ’67_”70. I asked myself one question, did robert obioha want to rewrite civil war history in Nigeria?n cos real historial don’t veiw history from one angle, a historial will write history of war from both victor n de vanguished, but that principle does not matter to obioha. Obioha perhaps u should tell us, which tribe planed n carry out de first coup in Nigeria that led to demurder of Balewa, Sardauna,Okotie Ebor n of course Akintola. How come non of ur jews people were not murdered. Am talking about Michael Okpara n ur Zik. Two, when those murderers were arrested, how come de head of state then, Aguyi Irosi failed to punished those coup planners, de reason is cos they were jews like ironsi. That was de single reason why de Hausa/Fulanis n de rest of northern Nigerian army official staged de second coup of ’66 that killed Ironsi n eventually led to de killing of de jews in de northern party of nigeria. Robert, in war people died, women n elderly children n de soldiers they all died that is de fundamental principle of war. To kill as many as possible, to dicourage ur enemy from continue de war, u make sure u survive at all cost, stay alive by all means necessary, that what war is all about. That is de reason all efforts must be made to avoid war, it must be de last resort, cos people know de start of war lots of people will not know how de war will ends. Obioha, in war u fight it with totality of ur power , with everything u have, with weapons,n foods any means. So ur crying of “Holocust” can not be proved, am sure u don’t even know de actual number of how many naija jews that died cos of hunger or do u have de record to show how many jews died throughout de war. U even talked about how jew women were raped, u know this just a propanganda on ur side, infact it was biafran soldiers that actually committed this crime against de south south women n inparticular against “CALBAR” women. As u can see u’re not a real reporter. In a decent country, a reporter like u will never earn any thing from this industry cos u”re a bad reporter. U naija jews have to thank Nigerians for lot of things cos average Nigerian allowed u to intergrate with them easily, if not how would u have survived. Instead of u to be grateful, de likes of obioha n achebe started bad mouthing good people of Nigeria. Wasachebe not biafran “M.C”(master of ceremony), how could he have written any thing different from that junk he called “there was a country”. Did biafra have no fault at in de civil war?.

    • kola,is it what ur master Nigeria propaganda tells you from old tribal highjack millitry regim news papers or you was in the war also?jihad war u boko haram created to wipe Igbo christen away inother to force ur muslim and sharia into Nigeria.thank God it did not work.Igbo is great cause our heros did´t let it happend.

    • Kola Amodu, EDUCATION and intellectual as i know did not make any reserve column of abuse to anyone’s opinion. You just walk to the press and write what you think that happened instead of abusing someone here. To me, such sound like completely ignorance on your side. I don’t think if your people elected you to represent them in the national assembly, you gona make such comment. If you do, no one will ever allow you to speak in the house again because of how dirty and blind of truth your comment seems to be. Just because you are not from that part of the country and it never happened to you and your family. Truth must be told.

    • SEE WHY I ALWAYS CALL U A FOOL.MR OBIORA WROTE AN ARTICLE,NOT A NEWS STORY.SO,SUBJECTIVITY IS EXPECTED.I HAVE TOLD PEOPLE TO IGNORE U BECAUSE U HAVE LITTLE OR NO EDUCATION.HENCE UR POOR SENTENCE CONSTRUCTIONS AND WARPED REASONING.GO AND TELL SOMEONE TO INTERPRET THE BOOK The Man Died BY WOLE SOYINKA TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CIVIL WAR.AS I TOLD U THE LAST TIME,THIS MEDIUM IS NOT 4 PRIMARY SCHOOL DROPOUTS !

    • Kola amodu.I’M REFERING 2 U.AFTER CRAMMING UR BRAIN WITH TOO MUCH amala U START WRITING BALDERDASH.I CAN PICTURE U TUCKED AWAY IN AN OVERCROWDED DIRTY POORLY VENTILATED ROOM IN A LAGOS SUBURB,WITH THE STENCH 4RM STAGNANT GUTTERS FILLING UR NOSTRILS,MAKING U VOMIT THE TRASH HERE.PITY,low life.

    • @kola amodu.I CAN PICTURE U TUCKED AWAY IN A LAGOS SUBURB,IN AN OVER-CROWDED ,POORLY VENTILATED ONE ROOM APARTMENT,WITH THE STENCH 4RM NEARBY DIRTY GUTTERS INVADING UR NOSTRILS,A PLATE OF OVERNIGHT amala AND WATERY ewedu ON THE FLOOR AS U SCRIBBLE THIS GIBBERISH.THAT IS WHAT UR WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO.PITY.

    • @ Kola, those who see the cleared way and still say that they need light like kola, is a tom fool, and the blood of the dead innocent biafrans ll close his eyes, so that he ll meet his waterloo and people ll not be there to save him, or even talk for him. Isee.(amen)

  8. Kola u re a fool,a nonentity,u dnt undastand writer,after u pple had killed millions of igbos u re still singing 1 nigeria while other part of d country(igbos) re stil marginalised.Dat we re tired of nigeria,let them carry their oil and go,we dnt want 2 share oil money again

    • And this actually blow open all the lies your parents told you. It says How Gowon was reluctant to declare war, how he instructed Nigerian Soldiers to keep the civilians. It also tells us how Biafra was bombing indiscriminately because it has a bomber flown by a foreigner. It shows how Ojukwu forced the Midwest into the war. It shows a lot of novel ways Yorubas treated your kinsmen. I think Igbos are just terrible people, they love lies and peddle same. What you asked people to read shows Gowon was right when he called Achebe Ignorant.

        • They were the main profiteers from the war. They expropriated Igbo personal accounts. They get on offense, so that they will not have to provide the bank documents for that era.

          Yoruba people were the architects and responsible for waging the dirty war against Igbo people. The policies of exclusion, economic strangulation and deprivation. That is why.

          All genocide deniers in Nigeria are Yoruba.

  9. islamic terrorist, kolanut amosu amodu, your dirty tribe yoruba and your foolish leader obasanjo is doomed. we
    will humiliate you again through our Association For Better Nigeria. criminals !

  10. where did some igbos get the idea that they are jews? realy jews will be laughing and making mocking of the.
    we are igbos and igbos we shall be, not jews. to hell with isreal and jews.
    with the way we igbos hate ourselves, i dont see any igbo man becoming president for a long time. or anything like biafra happening. take a look at the indices. see the mansion we build in other part of the country, see the big mall gov peter obi built in abuja, go to kano, lagos etc and see wat we igbos built there, how will such people with investment in nigeria support biafra? those that are suppose to fight for biafra are singing one nigeria, because of wat the stand to lose in nigeria if biafra hold, some low life are here are making noise abt it. see the stupid biafra Zionist movt, we thought that ben is a serious person, he has not gotten biafra independent, he’s already planing to make budget for isreal security, creating enmity between us and Palestinians, i dont see any serious struggle yet to realize biafra. biafra will never come on a platen of gold. it will never come without another blood shield. a time will never come in this country when the upper class will seat down and divide this country peaceful. it wont come without another war and blood bath. it comes with a price. ben and uwazuike are a big joke

    • onu.dont cry for me,you setan that lie every second.now tell me how much you love ur self how much more ur stupit tribe.Igbo hate their self is Nigeria funani,yoruba propagander.Igbos are more united than this your both tribe join together.that was why Biafra can hold up tp 3 or more years.uppon British ,rusia together.we are living today cause we are more united in busineses and working places any where than yoruba and hausa.funani.

      • Jude, thank you for educating the senseless boy. The idea that Igbo people are not united is an illusion, that the enemies have been trying to sell and some fools are buying.

        Most hospitals and schools in Igbo land are community built. How many of these community projects exist in other climes. The fact that Igbo people are engaged in commerce, is by group or community financing. Do you think the banks give loans to our people to start businesses? Think deep, before you start making foolish declarations.

        Politically we have been excluded for a long time and any semblance of ascendancy or even equality for the Igbo is being fought by people who are Igbophobic. We help each other more than any ethnic group anywhere. If you are not participating in your local organizations and your people don’t know you, they can not trust you to help you.

    • onuh or what ever you called urself stop fooling urself we know where you come from no Igboman reason as you do, have you ever listen to radio Biafra? we are not stupid everything in life have time and season Biafria must be is a dream come true so stop deceiving yourself , peter obi or many others cannot stop what will be soon remember when Moses is taking the people of Israelite out of Egypt most of them prefer to stay back in Egypt but when time came they have no choice than follow Moses don’t worry about Igbos politicians time shall tell.

      • So every Igbo man must have the same point of view? I do not think so? Onuh is entitled to his opinion and to be honest, it is healthy to have different opinions and to accomodate those differeing opinions.

        Some of the abuse on this site is not contributing to the debate?

        Before you stone me, I support NGIGE for president O!

        • No need for you to support Ngige for president. Igbos will never field such. As to whether they should reason the same way, yes most of them do. At least 98% of them. They are retards whoever believes what his kinsman tells him and when he is confronted with bitter truths refuses to change his mind. look at them saying Achebe book is evidence so you wonder when a novel becomes an evidence from someone who participated on one side of the coin. Igbos killed wantonly during the war you will never hear them say a word.

    • @Onuh, If I know you in person, I shall not hesitate to take you for a drink, You comment is refreshing. However,
      If all Igbomen that are traders, come back home who will Buy?

  11. OBJ remains the worst enemy of the Igbo race, however, the end to these injustices is near; and all the Kola’s or Kolanuts, as they are called must surely reap the evil they sowed against the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. Untill the inbalances against the Igboman is corrected in Nigeria, there shall be no peace for the wicked tribes; who instead of addressing the issues, wants the Igboman to remain their slaves forever, to this we say, NO! Igbos MUST be accepted by other tribes in Nigeria, or be allowed to Go, QED!

  12. God bles u mr robert obioha. God bles nigeria. God restore biafra’s sovernty. I believ biafra is d heart n secret of blackman and africa bt good things dont com izily. So it is good for a man/people to continue doin all they can until ther distiny is revealed to them. That’s my advice.

  13. Doubts weather igbos are jews or not,but i’m igbo and i’m pro jews.i love them cos they are industrious and really ingenious just like us.we’ve got a lot in common.But that igbos are not united is a fabricated lie made to frustrate our collective efforts.Infact given what ndigbo have gone through and still standing together in purpose is a testament to great unity.Any tribe that get the presidency uses it to mend their ethnic’s internal quarrels and therefore seems more united than other tribes.for example the ijaws of today doesn’t make different statements.yorubas during obasanjo reign seems so homogenic than what u see today between falar saying yes and tinubu shouting no.Even the northerners can’t withstand 8years without a unifying factor that is nigerian president of northern extraction.2/3 of northern leader no longer goes to ACF meeting again.Indices of disunity is all over north and southwest and they can’t even field a single candidate any election again.Feudal or neo-feudal system of gorverning in their traditional system is not better than republicanism in igboland.Hatred of ndigbo is what unifies nigeria but don’t be fooled cos the tide is already showing new face.We should not let them push us to a new war cos we will part this country when we’re in what is called position of force and power so that we get everything as we want, while they can’t do any thing even if they want to.we cant forgive let alone forget about their wickedness.no condition is permanent.one day it will be their turn to take the beating.

  14. It is only in Yoruba land that a bonafide illiterate can stand firmly to challenge a brilliant scholar. Everyone can quietly observe what this shameless uncircumcised kola Amodu is sluggishly trying to reposition, with his useless syntax and lexicons. I keep on saying it that this Yoruba tribe remains a nightmare to Nigeria state. The greatest undoing to a man is when he or she is half/ill-educated.

    • @Owerri, you got to be Gay to know Kola is not circumcised. You have said that before, you must like penis somehow….Are you Gay?

  15. The killing has not stoped, the more the kola amodus is drunk in igbo blood the more his one nigeria becomes warm but i have this for you; your islamic crusade against the igbo will never disunite biafra.

  16. My people ndi-igbo God bless u all I know everybody is saying his or her mind but there is something that we all gotta know is that no love in Igboland armed robber and kidnappers has made Igboland unsafe to their people and most our people now prefer to stay outside Igboland like Europe, America,Asia e.t.c non of them wants to come home anymore because of fear so please my people let make our land a peaceful and comfortable place for our people so that we join hands together to fight for right Biafra thanks u all LONG LIVE NDI-IGBO LONG LIVE BIAFRA.

    • is there no crime in all these countries you mentioned?@freeman..every zinc in this world has a leakage it is only when you slept under it so be wise!!!

  17. Owerri bastard, hugo swine n hunchback stine chykee, are u still here(Nigeria) I thought by now u should be on de other side of fence. Ur 20-2- 2013 has come n gone n u’re all still here, what a shame. Upon all ur bosting that come 20 of febuary u will get ur biafran. Sorry to tell u nothing happened all u have is mouth, let me tell u jews something ur biafra is as dead as “dodo” u better start listening to intelligents jews among u or ur elders who are in better position to put u right.some time when I see ur coment I laugh u know why cos u’re all comedians. How can u leave nigeria? Not in a million year, where would u go, pls don’t tell me that landlock crime infested region of urs. How would u survive, what will happen to all ur properties all over Nigeria, how would u get rid of them cos they will become one pence per she. De rich n old among u will never pray to witness another war in their live time. All of u asking for war are just kids whose knowledge of war are very limited. Jews if u see war u will run, half of u will be consumed by de war. Do u really think u can defeat Nigeria in a combat, if u believe that then u can believe anything. If biafran n Nigeria should fight one million times , Nigeria will defeat biafran one million times.. Can Nigeria survive without naija jews yes Nigeria will survive without de jews, but can naija jews survive without Nigeria ? No they ca not survive.it will be suicidal for naija jews to leave Nigeria, cos what would they leave Nigeria for. Hunger n poverty will teach u jews a great lesson. Useless people. Honestly, I hope u get ur biafra.

  18. Hero u’re one of de most stupid people that ever live. U said cos obioha wrote article not news cos of that he must not balance his article, he must write shit , cos as far as am concern obioha wrote bull shit. He wrote fiction simple. As for u hero, in ur last coment u said u will not reply me but u just did. I must be hitting de point. U jews don’t like fact . I say to hell with u jews. Useless people.

    • this kolanut why can’t you just close your stinking mouth just for a while let us hear some reasonable people’s opinion?

  19. Paul Chukwuamaka on

    Why are we the Ibos always going to another man’s ancestral land in search of money and land causing havoc on our way and everywhere we go.  Why can’t we stay in Imo/Anambra /Enugu/Ebonyi/Abia States with our able and rich Governors like Obi, Chime and Rochas and develop our own ancestral land. We gang, struggled and asked for these States to be created for us. We are even asking for three more states now.  We collect the State and later relocate to other peoples states. Why? Why? Why are we always running to other states. How many of these people have C of O in our states? How many Yoruba man can access our Land most especially, Abia & Imo State? We have divided the Land long ago without creating even C of O: hence, the land are not marketable. Our people are not marketable even for Aso Rock because we always market fake people and products, bastardized Korean, Indian or China products. We go to village now with armed escorts. How long shall these be. Hotels are now on every street in Enugu because we cannot go into our father’s compound anymore.  We are scared. We cannot take our Land documents to a good bank for Loan. Any bank that does: do so at its own risk. We cannot generate cash from our land as done in other states of the Federation with our dubious Power of Attorney papers. All land are convertibles all over the world except in Ibo land. Some states in the Federation issue C of O within one month whereas, ours is two or five C of O in six years, as our Governor pleases. As Ndigbo we need to do some rethinking to align to a composite Nigeria. Can we bring our Land papers in Ibo Land as collateral to borrow money in Lagos? An Ibo man is serving in Lagos as Commissioner and same is not good in any Ibo Land. An Ibo man fixed Oshodi to make it motorable today for Lagosians.  We need God to help us Ndigbo. Can a Yoruba man be given any appointment as “anything” in Ibo Land? We need to do a soul searching now before it gets out of hand Ndigbo. Why are we so greedy and self centered?   We could not have been created like this by God the creator of heaven and earth.  It must have been borne out of our corrupted custom and tradition. Worst still,  we don’t tell ourselves the home truth. We use the Nigerian “World War” sorry I mean “Biafra War” to confuse ourselves 50 years after; whereas those that fought the real World War have long closed gaps, as if we were not the one that fired the first shot. IBO-I before others). We killed the Hausa and the Yoruba and no Ibo man died in the very first coup meaning what. We have the blood of those killed on our head. We need high level spiritual cleansing..because the blood will always speak out in different manner and form. It speaks over and over and endlessly unless it is atoned. 
    I pray we have a man like Prof Wole Soyinka in Ibo Land that can check us within. A one-man-warrior. An international man yet so homely with grace and truth.  That man attacked even OBJ not minding they are from the same State at the Airport one day in my presence. This is just the truth…….Ndigbo this is a wake-up call and not an indictment, please…..

    • no True IGBO free born answers chukwuamaka. no matter how you disguise yourself, we know who you are and who sent you. yoruba and hipocrisy. We are better than your tribe of bigots and iredentists.

    • I wept with Joy for your insight, it was joyful reading from an Igbo man.
      From the way Igboland is, you will be perpetually divided. This is not meant to be derogatory but to show the division in the beginnings that usualy make the middle that makes the end.
      Yoruba’s and especially Awolowo has been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in Igboland.
      Some people used their £20 to be richer and some spent theirs on palm wine and now their children are crying.
      I am inclined to say that you are not Igbo but by God if you are. I salute your honesty and sincerity.
      The writer of this article knows it’s a topic that generates controversy and keeps us glued to their site which is good for business.
      There is nothing new in this article just old stories of the same repertoire

  20. KOLA AMODU, ARE YOU AGAINST THE IGBOS LEAVING NIGERIA TO FORM BIAFRA? IF YOU ARE, WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS? DO YOU THINK THAT THIS YOUR REASONS OVERRIDE THEIR SOVEREIGN HUMAN RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT IN LIFE? OR DO YOU THINK THAT IGBOS ARE THERE TO BE THE SLAVES OF OTHER PEOPLE IN NIGERIA ( A PEOPLE WHOSE RIGHTS HAVE BEEN TRADED AWAY )? WHATEVER LINE OF THOUGHT YOU MIGHT TOW, YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THAT WE ARE CHRISTIANS AND OUR GOD TELLS US THAT, ON THIS PLANET EARTH HE GAVE US, EACH ONE OF US IS A FIRST BORN SON. SO, BASED ON THIS, IGBOS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY SHOULD BE. BEFORE I CONTINUE, LET ME REVEAL TO EVERYBODY THAT THE ALMIGHTY GOD IS NOW READY TO DESTROY ANY PEOPLE THAT WANTS TO MAKE WAR AGAINST THE IGBOS. THE FIRST WAR WAS HIS INTENTION TO CHASTISE THEM. NOW IS HIS DECISION TO SAVE AND ESTABLISH THEM. SO, MY DEAR AMODU, INSTEAD OF YOU ENGAGING IN A WAR OF LETTERS, YOU SHOULD RATHER START A CAMPAIGN OR A MOVEMENT TO ENCOURAGE NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS TO RESTRUCTURE THE COUNTRY AND SITUATE IT ON THE THREE PILLARS OF JUSTICE, EQUITY AND FAIR-PLAY. THIS IS THE ONLY STRUCTURE THAT CAN SAVE NIGERIA. IT IS NOT BY COERCION OR THREAT OR TERROR THAT NIGERIA WILL BE UNITED AS A NATION. IF NOTHING IS DONE TO RESTRUCTURE THIS COUNTRY PROPERLY, THEN FORGET IT, FOR THIS UNION CALLED NIGERIA WILL DISAPPEAR VERY SOON AND IT WILL BE WITHOUT ANY TRACE. YOU CAN GO AND WRITE THIS ON THE WALL FOR REFERENCE!

  21. @kola amodu.IT WAS NOT MEANT AS A REPLY.MY INTENTION IS TO TEACH U D DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN article AND A newstory.WHILE THE FORMER IS SUBJECTIVELY WRITTEN THE LATTER IS COUCHED IN OBJECTIVITY.IT’S BECAUSE U BELONG TO THE UNEDUCATED AND IGNORANT POOR THAT U MAKE UNPALATABLE COMMENTS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CAN FEED U AND UR FAMILY.I HAVE MANY EDUCATED AND RESPONSIBLE YORUBA FRIENDS HERE IN ABUJA.THAT’S WHY I CAN’T CONDEMN ALL YORUBAS BECAUSE OF AN URCHIN LIKE U.

  22. D truth is dt d yorubas are cowards n wicked. Bt thank God dt d hausas dey were supportn hv nw turned against them. Backfire n God at work, isn’t it?

  23. kolanut amodu, I’m not suprised that you have taken after your useless islamic militant, muha mad.you are crying cos you know that when we leave you in this egypt called nigeria, hausa people who are stronger than your tribe will wipe you out. you know that they do not even believe in you dirty people of this world. This is why they kill you people at the slightest provocation despite that you call yourself a moslem. The hausa know that you are double egded sword. you are neither here nor there. Despite your lamentations, we do not care. We are going ahead with our Federal Fepublic of Biafra. We owe no apology to your useless, dirty people. This is the reality on the ground and you have to live with it, get lost or you die and go and meet your foolish and fake prophet who is burning in hell. Criminal tribe !

    • Does that refer to those who want Biafra too? Why does an Igboman not self immolate for Igbo people.
      Why does an Igboman not go to Aso Rock, pour petrol on himself in order to get the world to listen to the cause Biafra.
      You do not want to die but stay on the fence and shout abuse. Coward a PRINCE without a crown.

  24. WE BUILT BIAFRA YESTERDAY, WE ARE BUILDING BIAFRA TODAY, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD BIAFRA . BIAFRA IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD. NIGERIA SHOULD GO TO HELL. ANY OPPOSITION TO BIAFRA INDEPENDENCE, HOLY GHOST FIRE. AMEN.

  25. what upset other tribes any time they hear Biafra, is what i don’t know. if a particular tribe in the whole country of over three hundred tribes. trusted themselves and wanted to be on their own, why not. all those against Biafra are not God. look, because they want to maintain Nigeria by all cost, see the way things are moving in this country if not corruption and bad leadership which are the order of the day. which, also are the products of hatred to Biafra people, because of oil. even BH want their country without western education. my concern is come 2015 as cia and fbi said.Igbos should know that, they are at losing side. Lagos had been built for yeruba-people, now abuja is fastest growing city in the whole world. our own, as Igbos are insecurity, kidnapping and other manner of evil. let’s join hands and make ala-igbo ebe obibi.

  26. To all thel igbos esp those that commented on this article, don’t get excited on this small insight by obioha. Get yourselves other books on biafra war, then you will shed blood. Ihe na-ewute mu karicha bu na ndi debere ahu na ha na ekwuchitere anyi onu bu ndi aga enye kobo na afu ma obu okwa ochichi ha agonari onwe ha. Where are our educated youths? If you can’t do the physical fight, where are your pens? Read wide and start putting something down. Secondary schools in the eastern parts, don’t forget to teach the students their root. Is no instigation rather it will get them prepared to face the challenges of contemporary Nigeria.

    • @Onyinye, try and shed your own blood first, then I will stand for you on the Biafra line. Go to Anywhere in Nigeria, pour petrol on yourself and light up. I promise you the world will wake up and start listening.
      Tell us the name of the book(s) that made you cry, liar, you never read any book you are just sensationalising.
      Why did you punctuate your writing in Igbo, let the world know the ingnorance in you, a honest person must let the world know it as it is.

  27. Justice as a matter of fact I don’t have any problem with biafra, I even pray to God that if possible He should allow u to have ur biafra today. What I don’t like about u jews is this, u’re full of urself n u make too muck noise. U think if u leave Naija today our lives will collapse, in fact de reverse is de case. Let me ask u one question, why did u fail to declare ur biafran on de 20_2_2013. Over to u asshole hero, ur brain did not tell u that when ever u are writting article on de event that happened u must try ur best possible to get ur facts from both sides afterall a coin has two sides. Can u now see that u ‘re de most stupid person on earth not me. I bet u live in lagos or Yoruba land , high time u jews start developing ur own region.

    • don’t worry Akins i think boko has declared that lagos is there next target now and they have started it with one explosion last 3days when they finish then i will answer you..as for igbos we are ever ready for another war ant time any day so try to get it into your fucking ear that any day any explosion happens across the naija bridge then you will hear news if you doubt ask hausas living in igbo land what happens last time to then in aba ,onisha,enugu,owerri,ebonyi,even portharcourt so….

  28. I witnessed it in Ogui road, where your tribes killed and dissected and roasted them for dinner. True, atleast I saw Garba our washman killed roasted and eaten. Then when we Yoruba’s came you all ran into the bush. You are afraid, our Juju caused confusion amongst you all.
    Where is your BIAFRA anyway? 20-02-2013 has come and gone. It’s all mouth form Ben.

  29. Bros thank u,I luv ur speach de Igbos need prayer dt will make dem 2be 1 b4 moving ahead on biafra isure again.In Igbo land we hv uncountable saboutuas(Judas)b4 we Achive biafra we hv 2 keep dem off.

  30. CHINANUEKPERE E. FAKAS on

    TO IGBO-HEBREW JEWS OF NIGERIA NEVER YOU EXPECT YORUBA-EGYPTIAN TRIBE AND HAUSAFULANI-ARABIAN TRIBE TO EVER EVER LIKE YOU. ALTHOUGH THEY FOUGHT YOU TO BE IN ONE COUNTRY WITH THEM THEY WILL NEVER LIKE OR LOVE. ASK WHY? THE PREMODIAL ANIMOSITY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF ISHMAEL AND ISAAC OF THE HOUSE OF ABRAHAM IS THE CAUSE. THIS IS DEEP AND BY DIVINE REVELATION THIS AGE LONG ANIMOSITY BTW THE ISHMAEL AND ISAAC DESCENDANTS WILL ONLY END AFTER THE RETURN OF CHRIST TO ESTABLISH A NEW ORDER ACCORDING TO GOD’S ETERNAL PROGRAM. ASK MEMBERS OF EACH TRIBE WHILE THEY HATE THE OTHER NO STRONG REASON RATHER THEY GIVE STUPID AND BASELESS REASONS. BUT THERE IS AN UNSEEN CAUSE AND EFFECT HOLDING THEM CAPTIVE. HOWEVER, ONLY THOSE WHO GUINEALY ACCEPTS JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR BECOMES FREE FROM THIS CAPTIVITY. TO IGBO JEWS AND OUR COMPATRIOTS IN NIGERIA I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOUR. WE SHALL BE FREE FROM THIS VICIOUS CIRCLE OF HATE THAT WILL ONLY SPELL DOOM FOR ALL HELD IN IT’S CAPTIVITY.

  31. Hero & owerri, you people should know that kolanut Amu-odum is a product of a one night ‘meeting’ under the oshodi brigde by a drunk motor park agboro and a mentally imbalanced whore. He is just trying to use the great tribe be relevant cos he’s a confirmed ‘area boy’,i know him very well. Even, he has been rejected by his own people. Frustration is his problem now. So he does’nt need to be taking serious,u know what i mean.

  32. UWAOMA MACFELIX on

    WHEN ONE SUSTAIN A CUT ON THE BODY, WHEN THE WOUND HEALS IT’S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE MARK TO LEAVE THAT SPOT OF THE BODY.BIAFRIAN ISSUE IS LIKE STEAL ONE,S PRECIOUS BELONGING AND EXPECT THE PERSON TO FORGET IT SO EASILY.ALTHOUGH L WASN’T BORN DURING AND AFTER THE WAR BUT HISTORY THEY SAY NEVER DIES. I FERVENTLY BELIEVE THAT IN NO DISTANT TIM NIGERIA WILL ENCOUNTER POLITICAL REVOLUTION THAT MIGHT BE SPEARHEADED BY BRIFRAINS.THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT SHALL NEVER STOP CRYING FOR JUSTICE.THOUGH NIGERIA PROMISE TO RESTORE ABSOLUTELY ALL THAT WAS DESTROYED DURING THE WAR BUT,WITHOUT FEAR OR CONTRADICTION I WISH TO SAY THAT NIGERIA IS STILL TAKEN US FOR GRANTED RATHER CONTINUE TO DISCRIMINATE AND MALTREATING THE IGBOS WITHOUT REGRET.OBJ IS ENTITLE TO SAY WHAT HE WISHES TO SAY BUT I ASSURE ALL BRIFRIANS THAT JUSTICES SOMETIMES TAKE TIME TO MANIFEST BUT MUST SURELY ONE DAY COME TO REALITY.LONG LIVE

  33. Uzotex, thank God at least I know who my father is, but can u say de same about urself, ur useless asewo(whore) mother had u as a result of our walking de street . U got my point. U’re ilegitimate, I mean bastard who never know his father cos lot of men father u. I can imagine how ur mother look now, she must look like ninety years old even though she only 55 years. What a waste.

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