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Sunday, July 12, 2015


Written by Temple Chima Ubochi, Bonn, Germany

The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow (Ayn Rand)
Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run. (William Bliss Carman)
There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives. (Edmund Burke)
When one becomes indifferent to women, to children, and young people, he may know that he is superannuated, and has withdrawn from whatsoever is sweetest and purest in human existence. (Amos Bronson Alcott)

Many journalists are always courting Ojukwu; trying to get his viewpoints on issues because they know that anything he (Ojukwu) says, becomes a sensation and helps them sell their newspapers. Any Newspaper House experiencing dwindling newspaper sales, starts looking for Ojukwu’s interview in order to boost its sales. When Ojukwu sneezes, the newspapers get frenzied and try to misquote or misrepresent his viewpoints, because, many Nigerians, for good or bad, see Ojukwu’s opinion, on any issue, as a must-read. So money is the bottom line why journalist would never allow Ojukwu to enjoy all the beauties of his old age in tranquillity; they’re always looking for him, for one interview or the other, in order to publish it for a good sales. Alvan Ewuzie, writing for Sun Newspapers, interviewed Ojukwu recently, but, for whatever reasons, decided to misrepresent what Ojukwu told him. The Paper’s edition of Wednesday, April 7, 2010 which published the said interview, misquoted Ojukwu as having said that: “IBB should return to power and should run for president in 2011”.

I’m not Ojukwu’s mouthpiece; it’s not my prerogative to defend what he did not say or what he said, but, I will not stand and watch from the sideline while people insult the Igbo leader based on misconstruction of his opinions by the tabloid. The interviewer started the publication by rabble rousing; he refused to be objective, he delved into some personal issues which had nothing to do with the rules of the game. In short, the publication was at its best jaundiced.

We’re not here to review the whole publication, let’s concentrate on some portions only. On IBB and his tall dreams of ruling Nigeria again, Ojukwu said: “I don’t know that he wants to come back. But Babangida happens to be the one I know a little bit about. If for nothing else I like his sense of humour and I believe that a man endowed with such openness might have something to offer. About whether he thinks that “if he (IBB) wants to come back, he is welcome”, Ojukwu said: “Oh yes why not. In fact any body who wants to have a shot at the Presidency is welcome, provided they go the right way. Don’t come back to office through the wrong way such as a coup d’état then I will tell you that you are cheating. But if you are going to go through the elections, campaigns, and get people to vote for you and they say you are the man, then that’s ok by me”. When reminded that IBB ruled for 8 years before, Ojukwu said. “I would even go further to say that if 16 years were possible, provided the man is healthy and his senses are still intact and his coordination is still alright, then he should offer himself for the job and if the people want him, so be it.”

Looking at the above excerpts, nothing suggests that Ojukwu ever said that IBB should return to power and should run for president in 2011 as the Sun Newspapers wrote in its caption of the interview. That was a misrepresentation of Ojukwu’s viewpoints. I will try to decipher what Ojukwu meant here. Ojukwu spoke hyperbolically, if you like, term it “in parables”; Ojukwu’s a leader, he’s a democrat, he has contested elections before, so there was no way he can prevent anybody, who wants, from going for elections as long as things are done the right ways. It would have amounted to dishonesty for him to suggest that IBB should not contest if he wants, afterall; we’re living in a supposedly free society where everybody’s free to say or do whatever he or she wants, as long as such is within the ambit of the law and so far the person has the wherewithal. Ojukwu cannot be contesting elections since 1983 and then turns around to wish something else for any other person.
Ojukwu saying that IBB has “sense of humour” has many meanings. IBB is ludicrous and humorous (indiscipline), if he still thinks he has something different to offer now, after ruling for eight years, and offering nothing to Nigeria and Nigerians other than corruption and hardship. I don’t know much about Fulani culture in this respect, but, I do know that in Alaigbo, when somebody looses the spouse, commonsense or love/respect for the deceased demands that such a person should at least wait out a year after the death (mourning period), before talking about whether he/she would contest an election. With “tears” still in his eyes, IBB has started planning how to rule Nigeria again. That’s humorous.

Ojukwu also envisaged that IBB will be facing a daunting task he will not be able to surmount, by saying “But if you are going to go through the elections, campaigns, and get people to vote for you and they say, you are the man, then that’s ok by me”. Ojukwu knows that majority of Nigerians will never vote for IBB in a free and fair election, Ojukwu sees IBB’s chance of contesting, talk more of winning the presidency as non-existent. IBB can not cancel the best election ever held in Nigeria, betrayed his friend who won the election through that act which also led to his (Abiola´s) death, and still had the audacity to declare his intention to run in 2011, for the first time this year, during an engagement in Abeokuta, the hometown of Abiola, who died trying to recover his mandate. That was an insult and a humour of the worst order.

Ojukwu went further to say that IBB, if he wants, can rule for 16 years or even die there (the emphasis is mine), since he’s not satisfied with the havoc his 8 years rule wrecked in Nigeria and on its people. Ojukwu still maintained that it can only be possible if the people want it to be so. I just want to add that IBB can try everything he wants or can, he will never “smell” the presidency again. Today is 2010 and not 1985; the emancipation of Nigeria for Nigerians will either start this year (40 years after the genocide) or it will be “to your tents, oh Nigerians”, there’s no two ways about it and IBB has no place in a new Nigeria about to appear in the horizon, if the nation is destined to continue existing on the map. Those fronting for IBB’s comeback should grid their loins for a battle that will end in defeat for them. The United States and the other western powers supporting IBB’s bid (assuming the allegations are true), will be in for a big disappointment. The Tribune once wrote that “Britain, the United States, France, Germany and now China, have of late conducted different surveys on the personality of General Babangida, with a view to testing his popularity ahead of the 2011 elections. The surveys, it was learnt, were conducted among political parties, National Assembly members, civil society groups and women organisations, said to have been considered as critical to the next elections in Nigeria. Apart from speaking to Babangida directly through their respective envoys in Nigeria, the countries were said to be keen on getting responses from Nigerian groups and individuals on a possible Babangida presidency in 2011, purposely to design a constructive programme meant to guide the intervention of the international community on the future politics in Nigeria”. Let me make it very clear that foreign powers testing the Nigerian political waters is one thing and the plan getting actualized is another. IBB’s going no way, Ojukwu knows that, I know that and majority of Nigerians also know that.

The annoying part of the whole thing is IBB’s recalcitrance to that effect. The so called foreign endorsements seem to be getting into his head, but, let them not forget that “man proposes, but, God disposes”. This is an excerpt from the Peoples Daily with the caption “2011: Nothing can stop me, says IBB, Aide says 16 governors endorse former military leader’s presidential bid”:

“Former President, Genera Ibrahim Babangida has vowed that the antics of his critics would not prevent or discourage him from testing his popularity by running for President in the 2011 elections. He made this known while reacting to several media reports allegedly aimed at discrediting his person. In a statement by his media spokesman, Prince Kassim Afegbua, General Babangida said he knows the character of those who are currently mushrooming as social activists and human rights defenders and their chief sponsors”.
We learnt that IBB is buoyed by the recent endorsement of his presidential ambition by some key figures of the PDP, which included the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as the international support being extended to his presidential ambition. It was further reported that his campaign is being coordinated by Senate President David Mark and Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu. Mark is to mobilise support for Babangida amongst PDP members of the National Assembly while Governor Aliyu is to rally support for IBB among state governors.

Back to Ojukwu’s Sun Newspapers’ interview: This is the most important part of the interview, as my upcoming article on Gaddafi will take a “dressing” from it. When compared with Gaddafi, Ojukwu said “If I had said what Ghadafi said, I would stand by it but I did not. And we have not reached a stage where we hire Ghaddaffi to come and be our advocate. He has his own problems. Please Ghaddaffi don’t mix your problems with ours and if you feel that you have to talk come and talk to me. I am the leader of Ndigbo. The name Ghaddaffi does not appear in our lexicography”. Ojukwu was right here, while Gaddafi advocated the splitting of Nigeria into so many countries with the regions as the basis, Ojukwu advocated at Aburi in 1967, that Nigeria should revert to the regional system of government, with regional police, courts, national army with regional headquarters etc. In other words, Ojukwu wanted strong regions and a weak centre as the panacea for peace and development in the country. Gaddafi saw reasons in what Ojukwu said in 1967 only 40 years after, but, overshot by asking for outright splitting. Ojukwu never wanted the Igbo secession from Nigeria from the onset, it was when Gowon, the Sokoto Caliphate and the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy refused to implement that agreement reached and signed at Aburi, which should have doused ethnic tension and hatred, that Ojukwu, as the Igbo leaders, decided to declare Biafra free from Nigeria’s strangulating grips, in order to save his people from further death and humiliation. On whether he achieved the goals, is another point for another day. It’s the responsibility of a good father to protect his family and children from harm.

When reminded that the senate President described Gaddafi as a mad man, Ojukwu said: “No, I would not go as far as calling him a mad man. He is a leader of his people and I respect that fact. If you look through my entire career you would find that even with a country as close to us as Ghana, at no point have I suggested what type of government they should have because it is not my business. Having said that, it is clear that whatever Ghaddafi thinks, he has every right to his thoughts. But as a political leader he should note that he has no right to decide for Nigeria what Nigeria should do. So I say to him, my friend Ghaddafi please shut up”. It’s understandable that Ojukwu ended it this way.

On the issues that led to his defence of his people, Ojukwu said: “I hesitate to answer that question because I don’t like to be boxed into a corner. Quite a lot of the issues have been raised over the years. But whether they have abated, I would say yes to a certain extent. However, that we are today still talking about the safety of our citizens is really sad. What are our leaders doing and why is our society so fragile. By now Nigeria should have grown beyond all these sectarian crisis and insecurity which now makes people scared of travelling to or going to live in some parts of the country. I feel we should have gone far beyond that. But, more than anything, I want to make this very clear, namely, that it is for this kind of things that we have leaders. I call upon the leaders to guarantee the safety of our people. I hope I have made myself clear. Let me add that here I also speak as a General”.
The reporter took Ojukwu down the memory lane by asking him how he feels, after reminding him that Biafrans refined oil during the war and thus had fuel that they used, but, that 40 years after, Nigeria is importing fuel. Ojukwu said “It makes me feel awful and there are many things that make me feel awful. I don’t expect every problem to be solved at the same time but there are many things we could do better than we are doing now. These things were done but the people who did them should come out and be counted. I have become notorious for waving the ethnic flag but I am always proud of the opportunity because what I am after is equity for all the citizens of the block I serve”.

To add here: some Biafran military arsenal, which was produced by Biafran engineers locally, were still intact and in good condition, 40 years after they were manufactured. But, they were destroyed recently. Please open this link and read:

The salient points in the report are worth noting.
The leading official of the Federal Government de-mining consulting firm, who happens to be a bomb expert, Dr. Bala Yakubu, made some statements. These are excerpts from the report: “He also stated that his group within the period of their operation found the largest stockpile of locally manufactured weapons and stressed that if Nigeria (Biafra) could manufacture such weapons in the late sixties, then the country would have by now be competing with favourably with some of the countries she buys its defence needs from.

Yakubu therefore called on Abbe to work closely with the government of Imo state so that the manufacturers of the weapons could be traced and provided with enabling environment to continue with their researches in conjunction with the defence industries and other such industries in the country”.

The Biafran ingenuity should have revolutionized Nigeria industrially, if the country is one that tells itself the truth. Gowon allowed all the Biafran engineers who achieved all these feats then, to waste for nothing, instead of tapping into their extra-ordinary intelligence for Nigeria’s industrial and economic development. Most of those men have died and their inventive skills died with them, without them passing them over to the next generation. Somebody wrote that there will never be a day that does not require dedication, focus, discipline, good judgment, integrity, physical vitality, and the opportunity for improvement; but, this quote is meaningless to Nigerian leaders.

Ike Agbor summed it up. “Biafra's entire weaponry was not completely used during the war, and for the people that believe that Biafra was defeated at the war front, this remains a testament to that. The fighting men and women in Biafra were disbanded and asked to go home and that was why bands of Nigeria's soldiers continued to raid villages after the war looking for the elusive Biafran soldiers to kill. The young men had been asked to go home by their commanders, and some of us with families that participated in the war can tell you that they were asked to just go home. Achuzia himself confirmed that recently. If their commanders had told them to stay and fight, no one could have left. So yes Gowon was daft when he let the brains that fought the British, the Russians and the rest of the evil coalition go home without harnessing their ingenuity and forty years and counting, Nigeria cannot refine petroleum that Biafra among other things could do with ease. And the march to a failed state continues…”


*United States recently described Nigeria's reliance on imported fuel as something that "makes no sense." The US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Mr. Phillip Crowley, said there was no reason for Nigeria, an oil-producing country, to be importing refined petroleum products except for the actions of some unnamed selfish people.
Crowley recalled that "when Secretary Clinton was in Nigeria last August, she was very firm in her discussion with President Yar'Adua and other ministers about rooting out corruption, about making sure that the government was performing better. Nigeria is a significant country, one of the anchors of Africa, and yet - you see that it is a country that is blessed with considerable resources; and yet it has to import refined petroleum products. It makes no sense. There is no rational basis for that to be occurring, other than you have a number of people in Nigeria who are looking after their own interest and not the broader public interest."

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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