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Thursday, 3 May 2018

BENUE KILLINGS: FOR HOW LONG WILL THIS MASS BURIAL CONTINUE?

BENUE KILLINGS: FOR HOW LONG WILL THIS MASS BURIAL CONTINUE?

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

As the unabated murderous killings by the Fulani killer herdsmen (terrorists) persist in Benue State, the traditional and political institutions have seemingly remained helpless in proffering tangible solutions to the ravaging monster. For how long will the indigenous ethnic nationalities in the state continue to grapple with the attendant consequences of this menace and courageously join the call for the dissolution of this evil enclave called Nigeria? The late people's general, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu of blessed memory, who was the first Biafran Head of State (1967 - 1970), unequivocally stated "if the struggle to keep Nigeria one will be constant shedding of the blood of the innocent, then Nigeria should not be". This was his conclusion about the country when he was addressing Nnewi Youth League on the 6th of July 2007 at Anaedo People's Club Hall, Nnewi in Biafraland, which I physically attended.

How much time will the people of Benue State take, to fully come to terms with the above stated prophetic declaration of late Gen. Odimegwu Ojukwu, as events presently portray? Following my personal assessment and discoveries, there is no other part of Nigeria that is currently holding the so-called unity of Nigeria apart from the Middle Belt region of which Benue State is a major player. There is no gainsaying the fact that Biafrans have indisputably rejected Nigeria since 1966 courtesy of the first coup d'etat that was carried out then by some young Nigerian army officers, led by late Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna and late Major Chukwuma Patrick Nzeogwu. The people of Northern Nigeria saw the pseudo federation of Nigeria as a conquered entity of their great grand father, Othman Dan Fodio and not as a nation that all component parts are stakeholders. It was this jaundiced mentality that led Retired General Muhammadu Buhari  after overthrowing a democratically elected government in 1984, went ahead to vote for a Chadian candidate against an Igbo Biafran in an election that would produce a chairperson for the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1985. It was revealed to journalists that General Muhammadu Buhari
does not understand his fellow Nigerian but the Chadian who happened to be his fellow Fulani man. The Yorubas are equally fed up with the contraption and are presently stuttering under the weight of slavery and domination. But they lack the required cohesion, courage and stamina associated with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, to challenge the status quo.

These analysis should serve as a propelling force to spur the people of Benue and other ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt region up, into action. They are yet reeling in their morbidity of trading their existence, destiny and survival, for a one Nigeria. For how long will this mass burial syndrome in Benue State occasioned by the ceaseless atrocious killings of the bonafide owners of the land by the Fulani terrorists come to an end? This is the ample time presented by fate to call it quits to Nigeria and everything she represents and offers. The Indigenous ethnic groups in the state should eschew the existing fake and false glory being enjoyed and call for the dissolution of Nigeria, because a very gloomy future awaits the people. The Fulani killer marauders ostensibly sponsored by the Nigerian government led by Muhammadu Buhari are now invading communities, churches and farmlands, massacring as many as possible without respite.

The Benue people should not remain docile and daily be burying their loved ones hacked down by the enemies. This is the time to arise and extricate themselves from every form of cowardice, slavishness and inferiority complex. They should very pointedly state their demand before the global community which must centre on the total dissolution of Nigeria. For how long will the Fulani killers be offering the blood of the middle belters especially the Tivs, at the altar of delusional Nigeria unity? For how long will the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom be enjoying approximately three billion Naira monthly allocation from Abuja at the detriment of the poor and the helpless in the state?

This article is also serving as a rejoinder, to the statement credited to the Director of  Communication in the Catholic Diocese of Markudi, Rev. Fr. Iorapuu, who stated in a press statement recently, that the Biafran people do not care much about the plights of the people of Benue. The Reverend Father should clearly understand that the International Media outlet known as Family Writers Press, belongs to the people of Biafra. The Biafra Herald website where the publication of articles to the global community originate, is also carried out by the Family Writers Press International. A log into the Biafra Herald website, will give a tacit revelation of numerous publications of the Press including an interview

conducted on an undisclosed location with a high profile chief in Tivland. Family Writers Press correspondents covering Benue State and other parts of the Middle Belt region, have written and published numerous articles with the primary objective of keeping the International Community abreast with the plights of the people, thereby reliving the Motto of the Family Writers Press which is " GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS". Through this act of professional benevolence to the people of Benue by Biafrans despite the 1967 to 1970 unforgettable and horrendous debacle which the Benue people played major roles against Biafrans, one begins to wonder then what  Reverend Father Iorapuu further wants from the Biafran people.

It is important therefore to state here that the people of Benue should courageously and unitedly say NO to the politics of impoverishment which their youths are involved in with their political elites. They should strongly stand up and demand for the irrevocable dissolution of the Nigerian state. Every part of Benue of today, is being invaded with posters of political gladiators which the youths, clearly ravaged by hunger and poverty are tirelessly scampering for as contractors. These seemingly hypnotized and ravaged Benue future leaders brazenly lack the guts to reflect on the fate of their people and demand for their collective benefits in Nigeria. This is the season for the likes of Chief Paul Unongo and Chief Abubakar Tsav who previously tonguelashed the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, to speak up rather than keeping mute and being scared into oblivion. The people of Benue State have variously and steadily been involved in mass burials of their slain loved ones. It is incumbent upon them now to take the needed bold steps by calling the shots. It is more valuable to die a hero fighting for freedom just as the Biafran youths are very courageously doing, rather than being slaughtered at will like rams by the marauding Fulani Islamic terrorists in your own domain.

A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE!

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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