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Friday, 19 January 2018

BIAFRA: PEACE OR WAR! PREPARE FOR BOTH

BIAFRA: PEACE OR WAR! PREPARE FOR BOTH

By Ogeh Friday Igiri
For Family Writers Press

In every child delivery the truth remains that blood and water must be involved. Nevertheless, the birth must take place despite the pains and in the end jubilation and merriment follow because the anticipated result has been achieved.

For any nation to be free and independent either from colonial country or host nation, a lot of things are always  involved, some times it could involve peaceful process and or it could be  violence but the soul aim of the agitators will be nothing but to gain their freedom by all means.

There are many countries of the world that got their independent, perhaps their freedom from the colonial masters or host nation through the use of violent agitation while some got theirs through the use of peaceful processes. Many African nations got their independent through the use of violent agitation such as war, protest, civil disobedience because that is the best language they seem to understand, but some nations in the Western world got theirs by peaceful processes while some got by violence.

Freedom is freedom irrespective of the means through which it was achieved, what matters is that you were able to get what you were fighting for no matter how long and what it would cost you. According to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,  "Freedom is not given rather it is taken" and I totally concur with him. Moreover, whenever you want to 'take' something you apply more wisdom, knowledge, time and strength because a lot is involved unlike what will be given to you at ease; why you ought to apply more level of doggedness in trying to get something is because many go for that same thing due to its relevance and it will be possessed by the men of valor who are prepared to pay the sacrifices therein.

In Nigeria, there have been series of agitations for self determination and self rule since 1960s when the British who colonised the contraption exited the seat of power to their Hausa Fulani cohorts. Biafra was the first to agitate for freedom from the colonial contraption known as Nigeria in 1966 due to high level of marginalization, maiming and killing of the Igbos (Biafrans) in other parts of Nigeria especially in the North. This led to the bloody Civil War in 1967 that claimed not less than 3.5 million lives of Biafra people recording women and children as the most victims.

Partial paper peace returned after the war in 1970 following the 'no victor no vanquished' declaration by the then  Nigerian Head of State who led the genocidal war against Biafrans Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

Nigerians have never been in the state of mutual relationship ever since the war ended irrespective of what they say and write in papers that Nigeria is one. The war brought perpetual enmity between the four major tribes in Nigeria: Hausa, Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba. The leadership  of Nigeria was  highjacked by the Hausa Fulani while the Igbos (Biafrans) have no place in the leadership of Nigeria for many years, which left the entire region in the state of economical, infrastructural and social decay.

A lot of effort have been made to address this matter but to no avail and the only option left for Biafrans is to agitate for the total freedom and restoration of Biafra which is truly their own. This new era of agitation for Biafra freedom from the evil contraption called Nigeria have taken so many processes starting from 2000 when Ralph Uwazurike who used MASSAB to betray Biafrans. As a result of the struggle, many lost their jobs, families and even lives in the struggle.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu , of course is a man whom Chukwu-okike-abiama sent to  finally liberate Biafra from Nigeria the evil host nation. He formed and registered  the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, Radio Biafra, and Biafra television, Biafra times newspaper, the group and the media have worked so hard in communicating to the world the plight of Biafrans, engaged in so many peaceful agitation processes as permitted by the United Nations charter on the right of the indigenous peoples all over the world.

The most worrisome is the fact that non of these peaceful process of agitation seems to be making much positive change or even draw the attention of the UN, EU, AU and other international organization to the afflictions of Biafrans so as to do the needful.

It is often said that a wise man does not put his egg in one basket should it peradventure fall.  A lot of work still needs to be done in the struggle to restore Biafra under the umbrella of IPOB headed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu though the number of days to do this is limited, a good planner must always have and prepare for plan A and B in case one fails to yield the needed result then the second option would be used. The language of peace has been used in the form of peaceful agitation in the struggle to restore Biafra over the years but it seemed the more peaceful we become the more violent our oppressors become. Hence, the need to stand up and face what is facing us is to posses our possession because Biblically speaking, from the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of God suffered violence and only the sons of violent takes it by force. There is a great need for every Biafrans wherever you are to prepare for either peace or war,  because a cripple does not fall a victim of prepared and announced battle.

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