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Wednesday 20 December 2017



By Godswill Leeleebari
For Family Writers Press

The former Eastern region otherwise known as Biafra which is part of Nigeria today, has been a restless region, characterized by several agitations since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorate in 1914 by the British economic hitman, Lord Lugard.

This agitations perhaps, is owing to the overwhelming injustice, economic emasculation, cancerous tribalism, nepotism, political disenfranchisement, ecological degradation and the continuous annihilation of the Indigenous People within the region by the Nigerian state from time to time. Moreover, the British Nigeria colonialists employed a very dangerous and corrosive tactics known as divide and rule strategy which effectively has pitted brothers against brothers within the region.

However, there are MEN who had risen above this premordial sentiments in other to question the lawlessness and maximum oppressiveness of the Nigerian state. Ranging from the Biafra revolution led by Gen Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 1960s, Adaka Boro of the Niger Delta in 1960s, Kenule Saro Wiwa of the Ogoni people in 1990s, Obi wali of the Ikwere people and many others which are too numerous to mention.

Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that in the process of these agitations, the tactics of divide and rule has played a huge role in discomfiting the carriers of these ideas, hence, self-denial, incoherent and disjointed agitations in the region abound. Consequently, this has led to unnecessary pointing of accusing fingers between the coastal part of Biafra and the hinterland part of Biafra.

Formidable distrust, characterized by exponential suspicion which have continually fueled the echoing song of past betrayal among the Biafran people, thereby hindering the process of reconciliation and complete unification of the region.

Unfortunately, there are Biafrans who have allowed this cancer to eat them up. Hence, they derive joy in re-echoing these songs of the past betrayal especially when others mourn their fallen heroes. This they do in the guise of 'the truth must be spoken'. But this is not anyway benevolent to the present day struggle for the emancipation of the region because while you claim to be expressing these imagined truths, you create an impression of judgment day in Biafra.

Furthermore, the canal comparison of our leader, Nnamdi Kanu and those who have gone while trying to challenge the status quo in the Islamic caliphate called Nigeria is a misplacement of priority and a disservice to the dead. The mockery of those killed by Nigeria in these numerous agitations is absolutely uncalled for. We simply understand the fact that mistakes were made by our past leaders but we need not to continually dwell and magnify it, lest there maybe more disaffection among our people. Whether we believe it or not, these men are heroes of their own people.

I therefore plead with IPOB leadership and Biafrans all over the world, whether from the coastal or hinterland of Biafra to jettison these canal comparisons and kill this cancerous echoing song of the past betrayal so that the progressive coalition, unification of our dear United States of Biafra may have a free cause.

It is time to stop the blame game and unit for freedom.

And what I say to the East, I also say to the South, REPENT.

All hail Biafra.

Edited by Kalu Nwokoro Idika
For Family Writers Press

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