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Friday, January 29, 2016

S/East, Niger Delta: Why Nigeria must tread softly

Thank God for the Federal Government's recent successes in the battle against the Boko Haram insurgency. For about one month now, quiet has been the word in much of the heartland of the Boko Haram insurgency. Nigerians have, for that period, been spared news of unconscionable attacks by the sect.

Suddenly, it would appear that the pledge of President Muhammadu Buhari to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end by the end of December 2015 may not be a fluke afterall. Now, many times when news of attacks on worship centres are reported, they are more likely to have occurred in nearby Cameroon. We are also now hearing stories of suicide bombers being brought down before, and not after, they had succeeded in their evil enterprise.

Nigerian troops should not, however, rest on their oars. The fight to keep the sect in check must go on without flagging until a final end is brought to the insurgency and Nigerians on every inch of Nigerian soil can live in peace and without the fear of bombs suddenly exploding and terminating their lives.

But, even as we relish the renewed hope for peace in the North-East of the country, it is necessary for the Federal authorities to take great care to ensure that a Boko Haram-like scenario does not come up in the South-East and South-South of the country. The government must be cautious in dealing with the matters relating to those geo-political zones, especially with regard to the detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu; the issue of the Second Niger Bridge that has been on the drawing board of Nigerian governments for ages: the matter of ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aliasTompolo) involving an alleged N34 billion fraud at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and now, the bombing of pipelines in the Escravos area in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The bombing of the gas pipelines belonging to the Nigerian Gas Company has reportedly affected the flow of gas to the electricity power plants and prevented the flow of oil crude oil to the Warri and Kaduna refineries, resulting in a shutdown which is costing Nigeria about N95 million daily, while the cost of repairing the pipeline has been put at about N120 million.

Nigeria's security agencies have since begun a hunt for the arrowheads of the attacks while the communities involved have been ordered to produce those who carried out the bombing. Leaders of communities in which pipelines are destroyed have also been warned that they will be held responsible for the destruction of oil facilities in their communities.
From the tone of this warning, it is clear that the Federal Government is not finding the destruction of pipelines, which are like daggers thrown into the heart of the Nigerian economy, funny at all. At a time like this that the price of Nigeria's main revenue earner, crude oil, has crashed in the international market and the country needs to sell all the oil that it can to shore up revenue until the non-oil sector is properly developed and alternative sources of revenue established, the destruction of pipelines is like toying with the country's jugular . It could lead to severe recursions which may in turn precipitate further crisis in the Niger Delta.

These are all scenarios that Nigeria can ill afford at this time. Taking these matters one by one, I think the issue of the Second Niger Bridge and the East-West Road is one that this administration must settle once and for all. It has, indeed, begun to sound like a broken record but this is one issue that is close to the hearts of the people of the South-East zone. The projects should be delivered within the life of this administration if, indeed, this is a regime of change. The government must go beyond the failed promises of past regimes, make the dreams a reality and rest the issue for eternity.

The matter involving the IPOB leader is another that ought to be speedily resolved. It is one affair that has been fuelling the rise of ethnic agitation in the South-East. The government must weigh the gains of the continuing holding of Kanu with the cost of the rising agitation for Biafra, especially if there is any demonstration of remorse on his part. As even the Holy Bible puts it, all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient.

The government must strive to do what is expedient to the cause of peace and national cohesion at all times. A speedy resolution of the Nnamdi Kanu case will free the government to deal with issues that are of far greater importance to Nigerians and help to reduce the restlessness in the South-East. All other issues relating to the perceived marginalization of the South-East should also be dealt with through engagement of the agitators, and not necessarily force.

On the renewed bombing by Niger Delta militants, this is one issue that is central to the Nigerian economy and the continuing survival of the nation. Nigeria cannot at this time afford any tampering with its oil resources if the 2016 budget is not to get into a bind. Although not up to a sixth of the budget estimates is based on oil receipts, there is no doubt that the commodity is critical to the economy. The falling price of crude oil is responsible for the situation in which many states are unable to pay their workers' salaries and there is little hope for the repair of dilapidated public infrastructure, in spite of all the good intentions of the Federal Government. It is also these pipelines that carry gas to the power plants. When they are destroyed, there is certain to be a negative impact on public power supply, which is so central to economic activities in the country.

In a nutshell, Nigeria cannot at this time afford any unrest that has the potential to lead to ethnic restlessness and insurgency in the country. There is no debating the fact that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that there can be any progress in the country.
What is required now is for us to do everything to cement the seeming peace in the North-East and prevent anything that could lead to rumpus in the South-South and South-East. We cannot afford to open another front in the battle against militancy. We will be much better off managing potentially volatile situations in a way that will promote peace and unity of the country, not only because that is the only way that the country can have a chance to develop, but also because we cannot afford to fund another war against insurgency in any part of the country.

There are many things calling for funds in Nigeria. We have the problems of dilapidated infrastructure such as roads and bridges; unemployment; education and health. The challenges in all these sectors require a lot of money if we are to have any chance of surmounting them.

We cannot afford the human and financial cost of another insurgency so appeals must go to both the present and potential militants, and the Federal Government, to tread softly on these matters. All Nigerians have a responsibility to maintain the peace and avoid acts that can lead to avoidable waste of human lives and our dwindling financial resources. On the South-East and South-South agitations, and, to the South-East and South-South agitators, I say softly, softly.

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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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