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Friday, November 6, 2015

How to defeat Biafra

Written by Azuka Onwuka. 

 Azuka Onwuka
On the surface, the people who should benefit most from a united Nigeria are the Igbo, because they travel out of their homeland more than other ethnic groups and own property and businesses outside their ethnic group more than others. In addition, Nigeria provides a wider space and larger market for them to operate than just being citizens of a fraction of Nigeria. As Nigerians, they won’t have to come into Nigeria with any passport, neither would they be given a time limit when they visit Nigeria. They won’t have to pay special taxes as non-citizens.

Ironically, and in spite of all these positives, one still finds many Igbo people agitating to have an independent state of theirs. This looks like foolishness if not madness. It is even worsened by the fact that millions of Igbo were killed between 1967 and 1970 when the former Eastern Region attempted to have a country of their own called Biafra. So, why should a people be embarking on a project that seems not to be in their favour in many ways?

As a young man in the university some 25 years ago, after studying Nigeria and reading so much about its past and its leaders, I reached the conclusion that the country was headed in the wrong direction and if it continued in that direction, it would not progress. Twenty five years after, Nigeria has not made any progress. Rather, it has remained a country whose citizens lament and wonder why it cannot be like other countries that were in the same league with it in the past but have moved on and are developing rapidly.

I noticed that contrary to what Chinua Achebe said in his book, The Trouble with Nigeria, the trouble with Nigeria is actually not just leadership, and contrary to what many say, the problem with Nigeria is not corruption. Nigeria runs a system that promotes laziness, rewards mediocrity and celebrates corruption. And that is why perpetually, we have been looking for the Messiah that will turn things around for the nation, but that same structure continues to dash our hopes. Albert Einstein is credited with saying that the best definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same but expecting a different result each time. It’s like planting maize and praying that it will bring forth yam!

The best growth, development and happiness Nigeria and Nigerians have ever experienced occurred between 1940s and 1966. That there was a British governor-general at the centre reduced power tussle among the three regions. But between 1960 and 1966, the strong powers of the government at the centre as well as the absence of the British culminated in the Civil War.

Since 1966, Nigeria has been run as a unitary structure where each state folds its arms, waiting for the federal allocations that come mainly from oil revenues each month. Any time the allocation is late by even a few weeks, the states begin to lament. And when there is a shortfall in the allocation, as there is now because of fall in oil price, most states start failing to meet their obligations, including payment of salaries.

The competitiveness, creativity and diligence that existed during the era of the regions died in 1966 when the federal system was abolished and a unitary system foisted on us. It was finally buried when the regions were replaced by states. Even after the so-called reintroduction of the federal structure of government, it was only a federal system in name but unitary system in reality. The states have remained like powerless branches of companies which just wait for directives from the head office before taking any action.

There are three suggestions on what to do to Nigeria to make it work and progress. One, retain the states as they are but stop sharing money to them. Let each state raise money internally to sustain itself and have certain powers to pursue its aspirations. Two, let the six geopolitical zones become the federating units with the powers to create as many states as they wish but with no funding from the centre, with each zone led by a Vice-President who will work with the President. So, at each point, each zone has a Vice-President and feels that it is part of governance and decision-making. Three, let the six zones be like mini-countries within Nigeria just like the UK has four countries in one: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Aristotle said that it is unjust to treat unequal things or people equally. It is also unjust to treat equal things or people unequally. Nigeria is sustained by that principle of injustice. It happens via the federal allocation, federal character policy, quota system, power devolution, state creation, local government creation, etc. By Nigeria’s policy, no part of Nigeria should move faster than any other part. All the parts have to wait for one another and move at the pace of the slowest part.

Consequently, at each point in time, one part of the country feels cheated. When Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was in power, the North, the South-East and South-South felt marginalised. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, initiated impeachment proceedings against Obasanjo but later backed down. The South-East cried marginalisation, with MASSOB campaigning for secession. The South-West boiled with the Oodua People’s Congress but later calmed down. But it was the South-South that really went overboard via the Niger Delta insurgency. That militancy continued under President Umaru Yar’Adua until amnesty was initiated in 2009.

When Dr Goodluck Jonathan took over in 2010, the agitation shifted to the North with threats from several Northen elders to make the nation ungovernable. Boko Haram that had started like a small group under Yar’Adua snowballed into a monster.
Now that President Muhammadu Buhari is in office, the Biafra agitations had risen in a new dimension through Nnamdi Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra and Radio Biafra. Buhari’s action of not appointing anybody from the South-East (excluding the constitutionally guaranteed ministers from each state) has heightened the Biafran agitations. Even though the language of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra, is repulsive to many, he is getting sympathisers among the Igbo by his message of freedom. His recent arrest has even popularised him more.

But it is curious that people from the North and South-West should be worried about Biafra. Only the people from the South-South have a good reason to be concerned about Biafra, because they need to know if they are being drawn into it without their consent. Nobody has a right to draw any part of Nigeria into any agitation of secession without the permission of the people from that part.
On the contrary, even if the Igbo were to succeed in having their country, the North and South-West have nothing to lose. The Igbo would have gone with all their bad traits to their landlocked and backward country to suffer, with no more opportunity to whine and quarrel with other Nigerians over one issue or the other. So, why cry for them? Why bother that they will kill one another in Biafra like South Sudan if allowed to have their country?

But, the first step towards reducing or stopping all the bickering in the country and kick-starting the process of setting Nigeria on the path of recovery and growth is to dust up the report of the 2014 National Conference and start the implementation of the document.
Deep inside them, Nigerians love to be Nigerians, but not a Nigeria that frustrates them and keeps them down. I believe that the agitations for Biafra can be deflated and suppressed simply by restructuring Nigeria. If done genuinely, not only Biafra but many of the agitations from different parts of the nation will fizzle out. A united Nigeria has many benefits over separate nations. But if Nigeria continues on its current course, its future is not bright.

I want to see Nigeria blossoming, with Nigerians not feeling suffocated inside this nation. Another 25 years from now when I will be a senior citizen, I don’t want to be writing this type of article, asking for Nigeria to be restructured so that it can start to grow. Buhari has the opportunity to be the hero to release Nigeria from its 50-year-old shackles and let it fly like other great nations. Will he grab the opportunity or make himself just one of the presidents that came, saw, but did the regular?

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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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