Biafra is Inevitable! By Okwuchukwu Ezeanyika
Rudolph Okonkwo’s ‘The Futile Search for a good Igbo’ excursion into historical perspectives of the quagmire of the Igbo in forced existence in Nigeria is eye-popping. I have always argued that given the psyche and persona of the Igbo, the best gift God can bestow us is for us to exist as an independent nation. I did thorough research and reached the conclusion that Biafra is
The Jews did not just form their own nation. The world body elected it was in their best interest for them to exist in an independent state. There will be the day the world body, UN, will accede that the Igbo, the MOST marginalized ethnic group in the world, MUST now exist separately and not be part of the hellish Nigeria where they are treated worse than the slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade of the 1700s.
Since the Nigeria-Biafra War ended in 1970, the Nigerian authorities have done all in their power to subjugate the Igbo, to turn them to second class citizens, to turn their lands to nothing developmental but only good to establish military barracks that have, in turn, become haven for kidnappers and armed robbers. Since 1970 it has all been woes for the Igbo.
Let me cite some examples. When the war ended, Nigerian authorities refused to resuscitate the Oji River Power Station (ORPS) that utilized coal. No reason has been proffered to date for shutting it down. But we know that 51% of the electricity power generated in the United States is coal-driven. If ORPS is resuscitated today it can employ over 10,0000 workers and thus generate employment for the teeming unemployed youths, that’s apart from generating electricity for economic development.
Then, in the mid-1970s the steel industry was the vogue. Nigerian authorities gave the North, Ajaokuta Steel; the South West, the Oshogbo Steel Rolling Mill; the Mid-West, the Aladja Steel. What was there for the Igbo, METALURGICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE at Onitsha that is today the habitat for rodents and stray dogs?!
There are 19 dams in Nigeria; 15 in the North; 3 in SW; and one in Cross River State. How many in Igbo land? ZERO! They have even dammed River Niger at Kainji and Shiroro that in Igbo land RIVER NIGER has become an ISLAND of some sorts. Thus, there are two means of crossing from Onitsha to Asaba and vice versa. Either you walk/drive via the Niger Bridge or WALK across River Niger! Every year they regale us with news they will dredge the river. Funds are budgeted but are quickly misappropriated and no such work is ever done.
Prior to the Civil War, the Eastern Region was noted for palm produce and exported it. Malaysia came to the East and obtained palm seedlings and planted in their country that has similar climatic condition as the East. Today they generate over US$10 BILLION from export of palm produce and palm biomass. Nigeria ensured that ours was no longer exploited and went into extinction.
Some stupid Ndi Igbo I have met in the US who do not think argue that the Igbo cannot exist as a viable nation. Some argue very foolishly that we do not like ourselves! What myopia?! In the past one week I have read on some online forum that the Enugu and Abia State governments sent away non-indigenes from their respective bureaucracies and cite such actions as examples why Biafra will not survive. The inimitable Fela will call this reasoning animal talk!
In Biafra there will still be squabbles within families, communities and states or regions. What will be paramount is how we resolve them and whether we recognize the common interests. Look at Israel today, the politics within is even worse than Nigeria’s. But once an issue involving the good of the greater population arises they band together. What I see of the Igbo solidarity on online forum has convinced me we will reach that patriotic zenith.
If you do not want Biafra so that you would take the bull by the horn and develop unhindered by the antics of the FGN might, what then do you subscribe for your children and the next generation of Ndi Igbo? Today, within Nigeria, there is more Igbo unemployed university graduates compared to any other ethnic group. There are more Igbo graduates dispersed all over the world than any other Nigerian ethnic group. In the NY/NJ axis of the US alone there are over 300 Igbo physicians. (To be continued)
The Igbo elite in the Diaspora who are in the majority compared to those within Nigeria will band together with those at home to see to the development of Biafra. No nation is built in a day. When the Jews were handed the area the Israeli nation occupy presently, a desert region, they went to work. They turned the desert to the most arable land the world has known today.
In Biafra, we will go to work collectively. We will develop our palm produce and export it once again. We will have plantations of banana and plantain and export them. In the US you eat healthy banana. In Nigeria, the bananas sold in the markets in urban towns are the size of a human thumb and even the sight of them is repulsive. Yet we are in a tropical region.
Every citizen of Biafra will farm the backyard. We did so during the war. We will eat from the produce. In the US in spite of their self-sufficiency food-wise, those living in the suburbs farm their backyard and eat from the harvest.
We will embark on massive industrialization. We have the means to build the first “African made car.” After all, we built tanks which looked like the American “Hummer” vehicles of today in Biafra.
However, I am not oblivious of the immediate challenges. The most daunting task for us is to dislodge the vice grip of the OFEKES, the EFULEFUS and the AKALIOGELIS that Nigerian authorities trumped up since 1970 and called Igbo leaders, the “elite”, those who cannot think of progress and development of nation state in a holistic manner but only in terms of what pecuniary benefits will accrue to them and their family.
Finally, Rudy, let me assuage your fears. You remember you were jittery whether Obama will win a second term. I advised you to go and have a restful sleep because the Lord had told me he will win again. The same Almighty has revealed that Nigeria will devolve into FIVE (5) nations by 2018. I was hoping for 6 but I heard 5 nations, crisp and clear! That is when I stopped worrying about the politics of Nigeria because clearly, there is no difference in any party coming to power and whether the President is Jonathan or a Hausa or Fulani. The country is structured to work for less than .1% of the population while the rest perambulate as zombies.
However, the process of the devolution will begin in 2015, thanks to the antics of one man – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Every Igbo will thank him for his stupidity and unbridled greed that brought about the actualization of Biafra.
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