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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

The Role Of Discipline In The Biafra Restoration Struggle



According to the Oxford English Learners' Dictionary, discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules and orders and punish them if they do not. It is that controlled behavior or situation that results from this training that is known as DISCIPLINE.

Freedom fighting is a complex venture and it demands the highest level of self-discipline to be able to attain one’s goal. Freedom fighting draws a lot of attention; the good, the bad and the ugly which makes it more delicate than an egg shell. As a result of the fragility associated with freedom fighting, the token that binds the freedom fighter  with the actual goal and the freedom of his/her people, must be uncompromisingly established as an oath of allegiance.

Here, DISCIPLINE will be discussed as a core value system that binds the freedom fighter till achievement, which of course confirms the genuine freedom being yearned for by the people. 

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which he leads, are good, derivable examples from a
disciplined system of people whose activities have left no sincere fellow in doubt pertaining their genuine pursuit of what true freedom really entails particularly, for the Biafran people and the State. 

The duo gave birth to a child of necessity christened "Eastern Security Network (ESN)". ESN as it is preferably being called, is a volunteer force comprising of young able-bodied Biafrans. It is an armed unit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which happens to be the last line of defense for the Biafran people against the enemies. 
Discipline is a psychological phenomenon that every genuine member of Eastern Security Network (ESN) naturally imbibes. 

The circumspective and prospective use of the senses in scoring the past and determining the future is embedded in the system that gave birth to a volunteer force like the ESN. Discipline is unattainable without the following viz: 
1. Goal 
2. Focus 
3. Preparedness
4. Determination 
5. Delivery, etcetera.

It is going to be a herculean task to divert the focus of a volunteer force like the Eastern Security Network, from fighting to attain the goal of protection and freedom of the people because it's formation took quite some time of hardwork. It's eventful emergence with unprecedented character seasoning by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through his radio broadcasts amongst others, was unfathomable. 

When the recruitment of the operatives of the Eastern Security Network started, no security intelligence in Nigeria nor any investigative journalist could sense it, let alone unravelling it. ESN came to the limelight only when the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu consciously chose to publicize it.
Critical analysis on that shows a great system of unadulterated discipline. Accolades are due Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB because no man ever thought that such degree of discipline could be found among the members.

It is noteworthy to state here therefore, that discipline as humbly displayed by the ESN volunteer force will make the system a fortress which certainly will stand the test of time in the face of daunting challenges in the course of Biafra restoration and beyond.  

Written by Donald Okorie

Edited by Anne Uzong Okon

For Family Writers Press International.

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