Agitators for Biafra Are Holding The Wrong End of the Stick

Agitators for Biafra

Agitators for Biafra are not well-schooled in the art of struggle for freedom. How can you inflict economic pains on those you intend to liberate? You tried violence in the past and it failed. Go, learn about the non-violent methods from Mahatma Ghadi, Martin Luther (JR) which worked very well for them. Mahatma Ghadi secured independence for India, while that Martin Luther, relatively ended racial discrimination.

Nelson Mandela tried guerrilla war, it didn’t work. In the end, he was imprisoned. Back from prison, he deplored new strategies.

One, he engaged the apartheid regime in dialogue which won blacks some rights. Secondly, he put sustained pressure on the international community to persuade their ally-  the apartheid regime to end the obnoxious system. Thirdly, he worked on himself to be a moderate, a non-communist and somebody who will not send the whites parking like Zimbabwe by promising not to dispossess whites of the land. He made a lot of concessions to enable him to gain majority rule.

Folks, take a look at the method of the agitators for Biafra, you will know that they are infantile, lacking in wisdom and practicability. The movement has been hijacked by inexperienced, uneducated youths. Compared that to the first Biafra agitation. Col Odumegu Ojukwu was an Oxford graduate and a Sandhurst trained soldier. The creme de la creme of Igbos was involved. This enabled the movement to win the sympathy and support from several European and African countries.

Now, if you look at it, what is the grouse of these agitators? It’s simply because of exclusiveness in governance because when they were carried along in governance during the days of GEJ they never agitated for Biafra. This exclusiveness is giving oxygen to these agitations and a lot of people including myself agree with this. 

In fact, is not only Igbos, the entire Southern Nigeria are excluded. Even the former Head of state, Gen Abubakar Abdulsalami said that there is perceived marginalisation and posited once this lack of equity, injustice is addressed, the agitations will die down.

This government is not likely to address these agitations because instead of reducing them, it’s on the increase as the more political appointments are made, the more the Northern part of the country are patronised. Ditto for projects and programmes.

I believe that they can carry out their agitations without inflicting pain on the state and their citizens.  Closing markets, schools and other areas of economic activities will further ground economic activities in the Igbo states with the attendant stagnation in socio-economic growth. 

I plead on the Igbos to rise in unison to stop this drift by engaging the IPOB leadership in dialogue to change their violent and destructive tactics. The Igbo elites, on the other hand, especially those in APC like the former senate president, Ken Nnamani, the present Governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi should engage the government in power to make the government more inclusive, giving and other parts of Nigeria a sense of belonging.

Igbos are not good students of history with the way they are going about the agitations. The government on the other hand is not helping matters with their exclusive policies and programmes.

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