Letter to my igbo compatriots… By Yahaya Mohd
Political agitation and struggle is a right, but it must be done within the corridors of law and order and most importantly intelligence, network and lobbying with ability to give and take.
Why have the Igbo nation decided that President Jonathan’s electoral loss in 2015 will be morned for eternity. Even the south south where he hails from has moved on, Asari Dokubo the foul mouthed clown who helped him to loss has moved on too, Edwin Clark has moved on, all Jonathan’s aids and ministers have moved on so why won’t you dry up your tears, console yourselves and plan ahead. After all what did you gain from him?
Remember at a point every other region had had its own share of the power lost, Abiola won June 12 election was denied by a northerner and Yorubas wiped off their tears and moved on, Ya’radua died left the presidency for a southerner, the North wiped off its tears and moved on. Why can’t the Igbos learn that life is a circus, it Is like the pattern of dance where the last person move to the front and the first person move to the last but only if you remain in the dance, Winners never quit and quiters never win.
2019 should be the best year of political harvest for the Igbos but I don’t see you preparing to take advantage of the political raining season that is coming, while all other major blocs are harmonising and re-aligning, the Igbo nation is busy fighting itself and fighting perceived enemies.
No one is an enemy politically, unless you create one out of him and no one is an ally politically unless you create one out of him. The Igbos should learn from history, learn from the past that only a united front can give you whatever you want, be It Biafra which is unlikely or the presidency which is most likely with a united front.
For instance, the north is busy looking for major contenders that will square up against whoever will contest for presidency from the ruling APC so that head or tail the presidency will remain in the north, the most likely position which will be the vice presidency which will be up for grab between the southwest and the Southeast has been left to the southwest without any contest, while you busy yourself in isolation and hauling insult, others are busy working hard and forming allies.
Assuming the Igbos have sworn never to support APC for their perception that it’s a northern party what is wrong in reaching out through other political parties?
If the Igbos see working with President Buhari as a betrayal of the Igbo cause, what is wrong if you form alliance with another person to defeat him or his candidate in future election, Tinubu/yorubas did it in 2015 and it worked for him and the Yorubas, but rather than engage in this political realignment the Igbo youth are busy chanting “Biafra must be free” “northerners are animals” “ewu hausa” and all whatnot, will these give the Igbos Biafra or the presidency? No! C’mon be smart!
It Is not late in the day for the Igbos to unite, reach out to other regions, build bridges, north, south and west, the Igbo youth should engage in campaign of ideas and leave insults, negotiate with all and work out the best deals that suits you, only then can you achieve what you want.
Igbo people are smart, strong and hardworking but your political calculation needs alteration to get a desired result.