To Secede Or Not To Secede, By Aliyu Ahmed
There is an Igbo proverb which says “Agwo emeghi nke o jiri buru agwo, umuaka achiri ya hie nku”- meaning if a snake fails to show its venom, little kids will use it in tying firewood. In this case, the snake is the Nigerian State, the kids are the IPOB members and the firewood is the “Biafra agitation”.
I am neither for secession nor against it. But the manner in which agitators go about achieving is key to its success as well and its failure.
Recent and unfolding events demonstrate an unrealistic dream. And All the fact point at the dramatis personae and the arrow head of this movement are not the sharpest pencils in the box.
I say this with confidence because even within the circle of the Igbo there is questionable loyalty to one another talk less of unity and as such it is vital that the agitators change tactics inorder to salvage what is left in their situation. That they have done clearly from feeds of uncontrolled social media post of which most are true captions, others off track and a handful of concocted clips which are blatant lies.
I have faith in our unity as Nigeria, and confident that things will eventually improve despite the present difficulties of which we are all not isolated from. All that is needed is patience and perseverance.
Another proverb says “Eme ngwa ngwa emeghara odachi”– meaning attending to issues at hand prevents problems from arising. This one is for the Federal government whose complacency is very clear in this issue had for too long folded its arms and watch this nuisance feaster across a portion of its sovereign territory (south east states) and airwaves without taking a decisive action.
Lessons learnt from history, not too long ago should serve as a reminder, that a match stick can set a forest on fire. The boko haram saga is still fresh on the minds of Nigerians, and at its peak, it nearly brought this country to its knees.
Thank God for the voices of supporters and criticizers from all Nigerians from North, West, East and South who vehemently pushed with vigor for this horror to end. This led to freedom of our girls from Chibok, recapturing of territory overrun by insurgents and rallying around neighboring countries to lead a multi-national joint task force whose mission is to contain and eliminate radical elements fomenting this chaos.
Finally, a counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and his followers alike. Stocking the ambers of hate, name calling, provocative insults are primitive ways and will not help you in achieving your objective. Primordial sentiments transferred to your generation by your old and feeble folks is not potent enough to start the chain reaction so desire.
To my fellow Nigerians, show love, strength and faith, refrain from satisfying one man’s ego by reacting to his unpleasant drums of war, rather spread love and compassion not war to every citizen around you. Protect and reassure one another that we have only one nation bound in freedom, we stand for peace and unity nor matter how painful the situation might be, that there is no good war neither is there a bad peace.
Long live the Federal republic of Nigeria.