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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

More Biafras to come

By Theodore U. Nnachi
~The SUN: Nnachi writes from Lagos.

IN times like this when there's severe economic de­pression or downturn or whatever you may want to call it some genuinely creative folks tend to come up with creative means of making money. From days of yore, money-making ventures had always and will always come through very risky ventures.

I would have written this piece long ago but for the fear of contempt of court and the palpable issue of subjudice in court cases involving the current rave of the moment in issues of Biafra named Nnamdi Kanu. I will tread carefully and not touch on very sensitive issues concerning the court case(s).

Now, in my own estimation, Nnamdi Kanu's Bi­afra under the auspices of IPOB - Indigenous People of Biafra, happens to be the third Biafra. The first of course is the widely known case of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu's Biafra. His case, and indeed the people's case from Eastern Ni­geria was a very genuine case of genocide; it was a case of a people, particularly Igbos being massacred in the North. And being pushed to the wall, they had no other option than to fight back.

When the federal military government of General Yakubu "Jack" Gowon decided to move from the originally stated minimal "Police action against the rebels", to a full scale war of attrition and annihila­tion dubbed "to keep Nigeria one is a task that most be done, Ojukwu has no other option than to declare the state of Biafra.

A little tact and diplomacy would have saved the situation in that years of sheer madness but three major factors came into play and war became inevi­table. One, the two young, hot-headed Lt. Colonels that were at the helm of affairs then were fighting a war of superiority and influence. Both were in their 30's, both were Lt. Colonels when they started the journey into military and administrative stardom. Both were Christians who would have listened to their inner minds that war wasn't always the best op­tion.

But unfortunately both were ill-advised and misled by powerful civil servants who were bent on having their names in history whether negatively or positively. In the end, both men came back from Aburi, Ghana to Lagos and Enugu respectively and continued their war of supremacy. Lt. Col Gowon as Head of State and Commander of the Nigerian Armed Forces became a full 5-star General. Ojukwu also became a General of the Biafran Army as Head of State of the Repub­lic of Biafra. That was the first factor and the first Bi­afra. The second factor was the role of Great Britain our erstwhile colonial master. Britain and indeed the whole of the West believed then that divided Nigeria would mean that the vast oil wealth of Nigeria would be in Biafran domain. There was no guarantee that the Oxford-trained fiery warlord, General Ojukwu, would be amenable and malleable like General Gowon.

Thus the British continued their erstwhile fraternity with the North and wholly supported Gowon. They supplied every thing needed to keep Nigeria one as a "task that must be done...", this included supplying MIG Fighter jets and their pilots, surplus arms and am­munition they have been stockpiling for years when the Cold War with the then Soviet Union (now Russia) was still on.

The third factor which I mentioned earlier in pass­ing was the influence of big shots, financiers, powerful politicians and influence and opinion moulders on both sides who were raking in money (and power) from the two vastly inexperienced administrators. Most of them formulated policies that would prolong the war and thus continue the windfall from arms and food pur­chase, big business investments in oil racketeering and sale of cigarettes. Yes, cigarettes which in any war situ­ation in anywhere in the world is almost an accepted currency of exchange. Millionaires in both Biafran and Nigerian Pounds were made. People who went out to buy arms for Biafra allegedly made away with the cash leaning the embattled republic to suffer a certain defeat.

Decades after this unfortunate and avoidable in­fraction, another young man, a trained lawyer in the person of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, came up with the idea of a second Biafra. With the aid of some people with creative ideas, he formed the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MAS­SOB).

They appealed to the sentiments of the Igbo and their sympathizers. They crated a welfare programme for former Biafran soldiers who were now amputees and the dregs of the society having lost everything to the ill-fated war. Initially the MASSOB venture was peaceful, orderly and focused as a movement to ac­tualize the new state of Biafra. But as Hadley Chase would put it, Uwazuruike and his friends got "the whiff of money". They raked in money from well-wishers in the Diaspora and elsewhere and started sewing military uniforms for the boys; they started having their "national" flag, currency and even pass­ports.

They did not stop at that, their leader whose name "Uwazuruike" in Igbo means "Let the world be at peace or at rest" tacitly encouraged the MASSOB people to stop participating in anything done in the national interest of Nigeria. No more participation in national census, registration for voters card and ac­tual noting. This, of course led to disastrous outings for the population and voting patterns of Ndigbo. The MASSOB guys who paraded themselves as a peaceful organization started forcing people to close markets and observe "Biafra" or "MASSOB" days! This, again, led to disastrous economic outings for a people whose mainstay is buying and selling. At the end of the day both Uwazuruike and his MAS­SOB lost influence. The fire simply went out. Since Mother Nature as they say, abhors vacuum, a cer­tain Nnamdi Kanu, hitherto unknown and faceless, sprang up as the Director of Radio Biafra.

With his radio station, location unknown, he started re-igniting the spirit of Biafra. This, I will call the third Biafra. As he grew in popularity especially with Keke (tricycle commercial) operators artisans, market people and the vast sea of unemployed Igbo youths across major Igbo-speaking towns, he formed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

To my mind there is no difference between the new IPOB and MASSOB as both operated the same way with Biafran sun-rising logo, mufflers. T-shirts, etc. some fast guys equally raked in money printing souvenirs, flags, almanacs and gutter press magazines highlighting the spirit of Biafra. A vast majority of Ndigbo were deceived into believing that the United Nations, UN, is sympathetic to the Biafran cause and will "very soon" declare the sovereign state of Biafra. I am yet to ascertain the veracity of this claim. But one thing is certain, a lot of Igbo sympathizers and well-wishers have been cajoled into parting with their money with this kind of reasoning.

From the way things have whittled down as at now in Aba where I live, the IPOB agitation seems to be going the way of MASSOB. This is more so with the serious ban on public processions and protests in Abia State by the state government. Peace seems to be in the air for now but the question is: for how long? Those who have tasted the money-spinning attraction of a Biafra movement would be tempted to take up from wherever and or whenever Nnamdi Kanu steps aside.

In other words, those who have the dare-devil spirit of rising their lives to make money (and they are legion in Igbo land) would still think of making more Biafras in future. This will be so unless the Federal government of Nigeria finds it needful to at least repair and reconstruct federal roads all over the South-East. It should also borrow a leaf or two from the high performing governors of Abia State, Dr Okezie V. Ikpeazu and Mr. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State (the only state governor in Nigeria that still retains the title of "Mr" after six months in office!) Both men within a space of just eight months in office and with the stressful, distractive election cases still performed excellently well. Now that the encumbrances have been put off their necks, I believe they would perform wonders in the two states beginning with 'A'.

President Buhari should think seriously about making the South East feel accepted. Let him declare a state of emergency on infrastructure, agriculture and industries in the region. Let there be a Marshall plan to restore the dignity of man in all the major cities of Igboland and see the real wonders of the people with the Midas touch.

My beloved uncle before the passed on, used to say, "if you want to eat rabbit stew you must first catch your rabbit". For there to be lasting peace and less agitations for sovereignty, Igboland must be developed. I will implore other state governors in Igboland to visit Aba now and see the magic a hitherto-unknown man called Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu did in the town and in other parts of the state in spite of dwindling allocations from Abuja. Igboland would be better for it in the long run and believe me, there will be less talk of Biafra.

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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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