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Thursday 16 July 2020

The Demons And Madness Of One-Nigeria

The Demons And Madness Of One-Nigeria

At a time the Nigerian Military Government led by Yakubu Gowon was amassing weapons of destruction to crush Chukwuemeka Odimegu Ojukwu and totally wipe out Biafra, one sage, an eminent son of the Oduduwa nation, clearly sounded a prophetic warning to Gowon saying: "let a stray bullet fly towards the Eastern sky and you would have dismembered the country, forever". That was in the year - 1967, fifty (50) years ago. That sage was Dr. Tai Solarin, the founder of the famous May Flower Colleges.

Yakubu Gowon and his Northern military colleagues as well as their elites, did not heed to this warning. Encouraged by the then British Prime Minister - Harold Wilson and supervised by Francis Cumming Bruce, the then British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Gowon's Nigeria, launched a ferocious military attack on Biafra, sending not just stray bullets into Biafra and against Biafrans.

Some observers then, regarded the attack as sheer madness. If it was, it was madness, really self-induced. It was a deliberate fight from reality into the demonic domain, orchestrated to achieve a long time Muslim North pre-determined agenda to exterminate (Biafra), "all grown up males and females of Yamiri, leaving out only sucklings in Yamiriland...., using Northern minorities as willing tools". By that military attack on Biafra, on the pretext of One-Nigeria, Gowon bluntly ignored the reality that between the Muslim North and the Christian South, there exists irreconcilable differences; which even the Muslim Northern leaders at various times, have very clearly attested to.

In the year 1947, Alhaji Abubakar Tafewa Balewa stated: "since the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Provinces in 1914, Nigeria has existed as one country only on paper". Alhaji Ahmadu Bello once made a cryptic remark that: "the mistake of 1914, has come to light". Obafemi Awolowo referred to Nigeria, as a "mere geographical expression".

In the preamble of their submissions to the ill-fated constitutional conference summoned in Lagos, in the aftermath of the 1966 massacre of Biafrans, the Northern delegation observed: "we have pretended for too long that there are no differences between the peoples of this country".

Yakubu Gowon himself, was unequivocal when he declared in 1966, that all things considered that there was no basis for UNITY in Nigeria. He followed this up by hoisting the flag of the Republic of Northern Nigeria that had lateral red, yellow, black, green and khaki stripes.

In the light of the above realities amongst others therefore, Yakubu Gowon's choice of war of extermination/genocide waged against Biafrans, that resulted in the death of more than five million innocent babies, children, women, men and the elderly on the altar of One-Nigeria, was not and will never ever be defensible. Interestingly, in an interview granted to Friedel Ungeheuer - Time Correspondent, Gowon admitted: "I know that the world opinion thinks of me as a monster....", for his role in the genocidal war.

However, fifty-three years after, the open-war of genocide from 1967 to 1970, will Yakubu Gowon and his colleagues who rose to the rank of generals on the blood of innocent children, women, men and the elderly, honestly say that they have achieved the One-Nigeria mission?

Perhaps, Olusegun Obasanjo's remarks recently, provide basic answers to the above question. On March 2019, Obasanjo, one of the Nigerian field commanders during the extermination war and a beneficiary of the end-result, was credited to have said that: "Nigeria is more divided today than it was during the civil war". Few weeks past, the same Obasanjo had repeatedly lamented that: "no part of this country can claim to be safe from insecurity caused by terrorists, banditry, herdsmen, Boko Haram, kidnappers and other various criminalities".

He called for RESTRUCTURING as if that would solve the problem. The word - Restructuring, is amorphous, meaning different things to different people. Theophilus Y. Danjuma, Zamani Lekwot and other Generals from the Christian Middle Belt region, could not have cried out to All Party Parliament Group in Britain in a letter dated 3rd June 2019, complaining of  the Nigeria government sponsored Islamization, fulanization and the conspiracy of subjugation agenda and terrorists' attacks  on their people, if they still believed they achieved the One-Nigeria "task", by destroying more than five million innocent Biafran lives. Their fears are Islamization and fulanization which cannot be curtailed/contained by sheer restructuring.

Nigeria has had several restructuring from Northern and Southern Protectorate Structures, to three and subsequently to four regions; which were restructured further to twelve States etcetera, till the current thirty-six States with the Federal Capital Territory - Abuja, added.

Nigeria has been dismembered forever as prophesized by late Dr. Tai Solarin, through that demonic genocidal war brought on Biafra and Biafrans. Some sections of Nigeria and persons are giving the wrong impression that they can at any time kill, maim, kidnap, rape and grab other people's indigenous lands with brazen acts of impunity and even threaten sitting governors without repercussions. These are the demons. All persons that clamor for One-Nigeria, are in the demonic camp either to protect their loot, spoils of war or to have the opportunity to so do but certainly not in the over all interest of the common man, in various indigenous ethnic nations contrapted together.

One demon begets a legion. To exorcise these demons, Nigeria has to be splitted now to save lives. Nigeria is broken and dead and cannot be resuscitated. To continue to propagate One-Nigeria syndrome therefore, is honestly, an utter madness.

Written by Iheukwumere Uche

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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