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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Biafra: A Letter To President And Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Biafra: A Letter To President And Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Ij Onuigbo
Ex-US Army Captain
I write with a heavy heart, on this Christmas day, as a result of what is going on under your leadership regarding the Biafra agitation and the leader of the IPOB (Indigenous people of Biafra), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. Let me first say that I, as an Igbo person, supported your election and campaign passionately for it on social media, but I am now on neutral grounds, because of the way you are handling the cry for Biafra though I will always support any good strides you are making for the people of Nigeria.

Some of the reasons I supported you are: 1. Your wife said during a pre-election interview that you promised to lead by listening to the concerns of the people and doing what the people want.

2. As a former soldier in the United States Army, I knew that the discipline you have as a retired general of Nigeria Army is what is needed to clean up the corruption that has long retarded the progress of Nigeria.

However, during your interview in the USA, I believe at the State Department  after your election you were asked a question about how you would handle the Niger Delta on amnesty and women issues, your answer was that and I quote, "constituents that gave me 97 percent votes cannot, in all honesty, be treated equally with constituents that gave me 5 percent." Both videos of your wife promise of your leadership and your admission of prejudicial treatment of people who did not vote for you is there on Youtube for anyone and the whole world to see.

Mr. President, the problem with this whole situation is that with the way you are currently treating the IPOB matter means that your wife has lied about you wanting to lead by listening and leading according to the needs of the people. Moreover, I, as your initial supporter, was very bewildered and embarrassed when I saw that video where you admitted that you would lead by preferential treatment of those who voted you into office. Those who voted you into office are majorly from your region, the north, as well as the Southwestern region.

Igbos were the ones that only gave you 5 percent vote because they did not trust that you would lead with integrity. And guess what you are doing now! You are proving them right. You are showing that their fears were valid. Mr. President, leadership requires that you must be fair to all and sundry no matter how you feel about them. You cannot lead with a vindictive spirit to get back at those who didn't want you to win.

Just look at President Barak Obama for example. Barack Obama has and still suffer from a severe opposition of a great number of Americans who don't like him, but guess what, he still leads everyone with equal and fair treatment.

A leader that is temperamental enough to vilify a group of people because they did not vote for him is not yet a leader. A seasoned leader overcomes all negative emotions that tempts him to mistreat any section of people under his leadership. Otherwise, it is a dictatorship and not democracy. Also, remember that many Igbos and Yorubas, who did not want you to become the President, accused you of being a dictator, and I have to say that you are proving them right for holding Nnamdi Kanu hostage.

I must mention that I am not for or against Biafra. I am for peace and fairness for all. If it were within my power, I would lead my people, the Igbos, to focus on what they are good at and leave Politics to those who want it so bad. On the other hand, I have seen that my people are very unhappy in Nigeria and feel grossly marginalized. And since they have been bold enough to start a protest, they need to be heard and not ignored or shoved aside. They are human beings with feelings, values, and aspirations no matter how inconsequential anyone might see them.

So in that case, I support that there should be a referendum and due process to make a country of their own. Now there is a possibility that we may not get all the required vote to amend the Nigeria constitution; but in that case, we would have seen that due process was given and anyone that fights it would be called a trouble maker. Right now, the trouble maker is the leader that have imprisoned the leader of a group that wants to move on to a better world for themselves. YOU are the trouble maker, Mr. President! You can stop all this by releasing him and demanding for him to go through the right process.

I have written partially on this in the past and to your attention as well hoping that your social media crew would bring it to your attention, but I have not seen any meaningful or positive action taken towards this case. Some people have advised me that if the Igbos really want to secede, they would not have to go through you and others have educated me as well that all that is needed is for the IPOB to forward a motion for Referendum through the Nigeria National Assembly.

You might wonder why then am I writing to you if we knew what steps to take. I am writing to you because you are the President of a country in turmoil who has the power to quell the disaster that is brewing under you. The solution to put a stop to the agitation for Biafra is in your hands. All you have to do is take a leadership step by releasing Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and advising him and the group to begin the process of Referendum. If the motion holds, good, if the motion fails, then you have done your job as the President.

May I please remind you that the British, the Russians and the UN have wisely made suggestions for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu and for Nigeria to allow a Referendum to go through, but with all due respect, it all seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The only response I have seen from your office is a statement that NO GROUP WILL BE ALLOWED TO TEAR NIGERIA APART. Mr. President that is not a responsible statement in the midst of what is going on.

Nigeria has never really been one. There is a deeply ingrained spirit of tribalism in Nigeria that has infected the political and economic fabrics of the nation of which is one of the biggest reasons driving the Biafra agitation. Igbos feel totally marginalized and rightfully so. This situation is like a bad marriage where one partner is very unhappy and keeps wanting out of the relationship, and the other partner refuses to corporate because the relationship benefits them more.

Your energy will be better served fighting BokoHaram rather than fighting IPOB agitation that has a simple solution. And I must say that how you are handling this situation makes it look like all of a sudden Mr. Kanu has become more dangerous than BokoHaram that is still killing people actively in Nigeria when Mr. Kanu has not killed one person. When people protest for a cause, it is the responsibility of the leaders to address the issues surrounding that cause, not imprison the individuals. The cry for Biafra did not start today. It has been going on for ages that also led to the massacre of over one million Igbos around 1967. I am not a good student of history, so I will not pretend to go into it. But I am sure you know what I am talking about.

I implore you to please listen to right conscience and make the judgment that will bring positive resolution to this case and prevent lives from being wasted over a civil war. You have the power to do this by the simple step I have mentioned above. Once again, let me say it again. Release Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and instruct him and his group to go through the right channel through Nigeria National Assembly to put forward the motion for a referendum. Though you are old, you still have a young family that will live on after you. What legacy do you want to leave?

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
Ij Onuigbo
Ex-US Army Captain
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33 comments

  1. A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE!

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  2. Ada Igbo, thanks for your thoughts but I am sorry to say that all these wise counsel will be like pouring water on rock. You are advocating freedom for "slaves" So, what do you want the slave master to do when the "slaves" walk away.

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  3. You've spoken well Ma'am...I just pray GOD touches him to listen, cause the consequence will be bloody...if he doesn't release our leader and give us Biafra which is not his to give...then they will be no Biafra no Nigeria and no peace in this contraption

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  4. OH!WHAT A WISE AND MIND BLOWING WORDS. I WISH I WAS PRESIDENT BUHARI,I WOULD QUICKLY SWALLOW MY PRIDE AND DO EXACTLY WHAT Ij Onuigbo ADVISED IN THE LAST PARAGRAPH WHICH SAYS; "Release Mr Nnamdi Kanu and instruct him and his group to go through the right channel through NNA to put forward the motion for referendum" PRESIDENT BUHARI,THINK TWICE!

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  5. What a smart speech, God bless you IJ

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  6. What a smart speech, God bless you IJ

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  7. If you want to kill black people in mass then push Buhari or Obasanbjo to do the ditry job.. they are doing the bidden of their master

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  8. Thank U for t wonderful speech, I pray that The Zoo President will listing to this simple instructions. One Love to all BIAFRANS Long Live Mr. Kanu

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  9. Thank U for t wonderful speech, I pray that The Zoo President will listing to this simple instructions. One Love to all BIAFRANS Long Live Mr. Kanu

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  10. What else do I say, may God touch his heart to listen, and act rightly before it will be too late. For I know that God has a way He does His things. It is said that "oji ihe nwata welie aka-ya elu, aka lowe-ya owetuo aka-ya, nwata ewerekwa ihe-ya". God bless Biafra. Amen!

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    1. NO PEACE IN NIGERIA WITHOUT FREE NNAMDI KANU AND GIVE US BIAFRA THATS ALL NO BIAFRA NO PEACE

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  11. Thanks for the compelling piece but i don't think in anyway we need referendum because we were forced into Nigeria. We did not sign any agreement with them to be in one country unlike the likes of Uk, Scotland and North Iceland agreed to be in one country. What we need is to be an independent country.

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  12. I LOVE YOUR PIECE, BUT LET ME REMIND YOU THAT 1. BIAFRA IS NOT AN IGBO AGENDA, THERE ARE OTHER TRIBES IN #BIAFRA BIGGER THAN IGBO; IJAW, IBIBIO, EFIK, IGALLA, URHOBO, IZON, IKWERRE, KALABARI, ETC, ETC, SO STOP IGBONIZING #BIAFRA RESTORATION AGENDA! 2. WE DONT NEED "THE ZOO(NIG) NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO APPROVE OUR REFERENDUM, COS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE WE NVER HAD ANY AGREEMENT TO BECOME PART OF NIGERIA 3. "THE ZOO(NIG)" IS NOT & CAN NEVER BE A NATION 4. REFERENDUM OR NOT BIAFRA IS ALL WE NEED & ALL WE MUST GET WITH OR WITHOUT BUHARI 5. NNAMDI KANU'S HEALTH IS GOIN DOWN, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO HIM, NIGERIA &NIGERIANS WILL ALL DIE!!! WE DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THEIR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OR WHATEVER THEY CALL IT,...BIAFRANS ARE FADE UP OF THE BRITISH ZOO CALLED NIGERIA...IF THEY DONT ALLOW US GO HOME TO #BIAFRA, WE WILL FIGHT THEM FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION!

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    1. Onyekachi mathins I greet u you know that after general yakubu gowon split us it nown look as if is only the igbos that is talking about biafran but in actual sence biafran is bigger than the Igbos

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    2. Onyekachi mathins I greet u you know that after general yakubu gowon split us it nown look as if is only the igbos that is talking about biafran but in actual sence biafran is bigger than the Igbos

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  13. ada we can not get anything from a national asembly dominated by northern region and it yoruba stuge

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  14. What a wonderful write up .more gries to your elbow my sister. I too have spoken several times even on video messages but still he remain silent.

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  15. I am sure the zoon president does not have hesrt neither conscience, his evil cmpany will lead him to keep Kanu because the so called Eastern Governors and Senators are keeping quite over this, who is Buhari that we have to beg to release Kanu, a man without vision and direction, I hate the country called Nigeria and I'm sure that zoo president want to detain till he dies but I swear that Buhari and the zoo will be wiped ou of the surface of the earth if anythin happens to Kanu.

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  16. Good piece of advice but i can assure dt buhari is very vindictive, very wicked and a witch hunter. He will prefer to die himselves than to release our director. What can any say he has achieved since becoming president? Virtually nothing. Nigeria is busy recycling old military coupists. But surely Chukwu abiama will deal wt enemies of biafra until biafra is restored. They shall hv no peace bc holy ghost fire will continue to pursue them

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  17. Thank you Nwa Biafra we have Men and women of integrity we are proud of you others will come out across the world then Nigeria will know that, is not 1967 and all those killing which is in their mind will stop and Biafra will finally come. Biafra is there and nothing will stop Biafra from its ancient map, Biafra must be heard and as long as people are existing in the old eastern region Biafra will continue to exist. let them continue to foolish themselves because they cannot live without Biafra.

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  18. Tears filled my eyes when I read Donald Trump's statement that said: African Countries Ought To BE Recolonized AGAIN FOR 100 Years. Sister, Ij, it is what you are talking about Nigeria that makes Mr. Trump to make his umbrella statement about Africa. If Mr. Buhari had acted rationally by respecting the rule of law and allowing the doctrines of democracy to prevail, Africans would not have received this belittling by Mr. Trump. Trump's statement makes us aware that the colonizers are aware of what is happening in Nigeria but they pretend as if they are ignorant. When blood begins to flow, it is the time they will get involved. President Buhari, it is time for us to show the world that we are human beings as they are. You know what to do. Do it!

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  19. with this brilliant piece, i guess president buhari might have a clue on where to turn because the so called Nigerian leaders appears to be clueless.....!

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  20. Enter your comment...nice words I pray n hope d president hears b4 it too late for him

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  21. What else will be better than the gospel truth. Mrs Rt Ij. God bless you. Let the Igbos follow this up on twitter and other social media. Pharaoh must feel Gods power someday.

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  23. WISDOM Is profitable to direct, I thank you my Beloved Sister, IJ Onuigbo. For the Wisdom that God has given to you and How you are using It. You have used your talent well as a Wise Servant, According to BIBLE (Matthew 25:14-21) You have giving the So Called President Buhari, the good and wonderful Advise that he need to succeed in life and his generation, But if he refused to listen to this Christmas Advise which is the last Advise to him Concerning THE RELEASE OF THE IPOB LEADER NNAMDI KANU AND THE FREEDOM OF BIAFRA. Then he will die without knowledge, "REMEMBER" When GOD Was telling Pharaoh to let His people go, This Kind of Advise also came to Pharaoh but he denied the Advise, But at last he cried for the advise but it was too late for him. So My Beloved Sister You Have Given Buhari The Expo he need to pass the Exam. "ON BIAFRA WE STAND" Long life Ij Onuigbo! Long life Nnamdi Kanu!! Long life Biafran Nation!!!

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