People of Eastern Region: Annang, Efik, Ibibio, Igbo, Ijaw, Ogoja, Itsekiri, Isoko, Esan, Urhobo, we want to make this very, very clear to you, your suffering in Nigeria will not end until you tell yourselves the truth, that One Nigeria has been poison for you. The beginning of wisdom is when you look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself the truth – that One Nigeria has not worked for you; One Nigeria has meant only one thing for you – slavery; that the state of slavery Annang, Efik, Ibibio, Igbo, Ijaw, Ogoja, Itsekiri, Isoko, Esan, Urhobo, Edo, find themselves today in Nigeria will not change unless you get out of Nigeria.
Since the 1930’s political leaders from the Eastern Region were told in very clear language, in fact as clearly as anyone could ever ask for, by the Hausa Fulani and Yoruba, that they, the Hausa Fulani and Yoruba, do not believe in One Nigeria and that they cared only for the interest of the Hausa Fulani and the Yoruba respectively. They did not just say it, they acted on it every single time the opportunity presented itself. Yet our very intelligent political and opinion leaders continued to deceive themselves and chase the shadow of One Nigeria, the illusion of a united country called Nigeria. The Hausa Fulani and Yoruba exploited the naivety of our leaders to put our people in a state of perpetual slavery. Here are just a few examples.
Egbe Omo Oduduwa was formed by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and a few other Yoruba intellectuals in London. One of the chief reasons for forming the Egbe, which later gave birth to the Yoruba-based political party called “Action Group” was: “to stop the expanding influence of the Igbo” in Western Region and Lagos. The same Chief Awolowo, leader of the Yoruba for several decades stated openly that he and the Yoruba did not believe in One Nigeria and categorically declared that Nigeria was “a mere geographical expression”. In the same way Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sarduana of Sokoto, head of the most powerful political party in Northern Nigeria, the NPC and leader of the Hausa Fulani in Northern Nigeria for several decades stated categorically that he and his Hausa Fulani people did not believe in the contraption called Nigeria. He stated categorically that the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria by the British Colonialists was “a mistake”. The same sentiment was echoed by Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, then prime minister of Nigeria, a top leader of the Hausa Fulani who later became the first prime minister of Nigeria. They put in place “Northernization Policy” which stipulated that for every Federal and Regional government job in the North, they will fill it with a Northerner whether qualified or not. If they can’t find a qualified Northerner to take the job, they will look for an expatriate. Only if they can’t find a Northerner or an expatriate will they consider employing a Southerner, and then it will be on contract only – which means they sack this Southerner whenever they want. That is still the policy in Northern Nigeria today.
What did the political leaders in the East do in the face of this clear rejection of One Nigeria by the Hausa Fulani and the Yoruba? Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the great Zik of Africa went to Western Nigeria, Yorubaland and contested election alongside the Yoruba members of his political party. His political party the NCNC won majority of the seats in the Western House of Assembly and Zik was to be the premier of Western Region. However, overnight Yoruba members of Azikiwe’s own political party, the NCNC defected to the Action Group in order to enable a Yoruba, Chief Obafemi Awolowo become the premier of Western Region. Thus Awolowo whose political party lost the election became the premier of Western Region. Zik ran back to the East and displaced Prof. Eyo Ita who was in line to become the premier of Eastern Region thus upsetting and annoying the Efik, Ibibio people and sowing the seeds of mistrust, and discord among the Igbo and their brothers Efik and Ibibio for several decades. Did Zik learn a lesson? No! Later he aligned with the Hausa Fulani to form the federal government only to be kicked out later by Tafawa Balewa.
In retaliation for the injustice done to him, Prof. Eyo Ita joined forces with Awolowo’s Action Group, the same Awolowo who did not believe in Nigeria. That alliance endured for a long time and led to the decision of some leaders in the riverine areas opposing freedom and independence for Biafra and joining forces with the same Hausa Fulani Yoruba genocidists who had slaughtered thousands of their own people and the Igbo in cold blood all over Northern and Western Nigeria. Adaka Boro was one of those that joined the Nigeria army to fight Biafra. Yakubu Gowon had promised him that the Ijaw will be granted independence after the defeat of Biafra. After he helped the Nigeria army to overrun and occupy the riverine areas including his home town, he demanded independence which he was promised by Yakubu Gowon. Benjamin Adekunle his commanding officer ordered him to shut up. When he insisted on what he was promised Adekunle had Major Adaka Boro killed.
Anthony Enahoro was being persecuted by the Hausa Fulani Federal Government of Nigeria and was to be imprisoned on charges of treason alongside Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He ran away to London, and when Nigeria invaded Biafra Yakubu Gowon persuaded him to come back and he joined the same Hausa Fulani federal government that had wanted to kill him and which had started a war of genocide against Biafra. Yakubu Gowon and the Hausa Fulani Yoruba jihadists made him minister of information and he went all over the world preaching to every government that the people of Biafra, his own brothers and sisters, had no right to freedom, liberty and self-determination in the independent Nation of Biafra and that Biafrans should be subjected to starvation until all of them die. That was Anthony Enahoro, an Esan man, conspiring with the Hausa Fulani oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate to starve to death millions of his own brothers, sisters, in-laws, and friends in Biafra. Today what has happened to him and his Esan people? The same Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate are slaughtering his people, driving them out of their homes, have taken over their land, the mineral resources in it and the water resources that his people depend on for their survival. Until his death what did he do about it? He kept talking about One Nigeria, compromising with the Hausa Fulani oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate, begging them to build roads, schools, hospitals, water supply for his town. Pathetic!
Edwin Clark loved the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs so much that he teamed up with them to fight Biafra and stop his own Ijaw people from having real freedom, liberty, and control over their resources. His hatred of the Igbo was so much that when he was made commissioner for information by Yakubu Gowon his head almost touched the ground as he bowed and worshipped Yakubu Gowon. Today his people, the Ijaw continue to be slaughtered in thousands, and Ijaw communities are wiped out and decimated by his One Nigeria soldiers. And what does he do? He begs for amnesty from the Sokoto Caliphate. Then he turns around and says to the Caliphate Nigerian government that militants who accepted amnesty are not prisoners and should not be treated as such. Edwin Clark went to school and got good education. Why has he not bothered to pick up a dictionary and look up the meaning of the word “amnesty”.
Even General Odumegwu Ojukwu, former Head of State of Biafra was deceived by the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate. They sent Chuba Okadigbo to the Ivory Coast to convince him to end his exile in Ivory Coast and come back to Nigeria. They promised him president of the senate if he joined the NPN on arrival. Shehu Shagari was president. He came back to a hero’s welcome by the people of Biafra. Prominent leaders in Biafra begged him not to join any political party talk less the Hausa Fulani Yoruba NPN. He refused; he joined the NPN; he contested for the senate seat in his home constituency of Nnewi. Note that Ojukwu was so popular that he could have easily and handily won in a free and fair election, any post against anybody in any part of Nigeria. But he lost to an unknown Edwin Onwudiwe of the NPP. He didn’t actually lose; the Hausa Fulani Yoruba leaders in his own political party, the NPN arranged the rigging of the election and made sure that Odumegwu Ojukwu would lose to Edwin Onwudiwe, the candidate from another political party; and he lost. Hausa Fulani Yoruba leaders of his own political party made sure that he lost the election and was humiliated after they had promised him senate presidency and urged him to run.
Alex Ekwueme, a highly-educated man and a good technocrat was the Vice President of Nigeria during the Shehu Shagari (1979-83) administration. He was such a good vice president, and good administrator everyone expected him to be elected president at the end of the Shagari second term. But the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate would never allow it to happen. Few months into the Shagari second term as president, the Hausa Fulani oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate organized a coup and terminated the Shagari government. Before the coup they fully briefed Shehu Shagari of their intention to organize a coup and topple his democratically elected government. The Hausa Fulani oligarchs and the Yoruba agreed to topple the Shagari government. Of course Ekwueme was not told what was coming. So, he just kept on being a good public servant. Then Muhammadu Buhari and his collaborators organized the coup, and toppled Shagari’s government; they put Shagari in house arrest in his own house in Shagari village, Sokoto; they dumped Alex Ekwueme the vice president of Nigeria in Kirikiri prison, Lagos with armed robbers, murderers, and other common criminals. They investigated him for months trying to find something to hang around his neck to justify keeping him in prison. They didn’t find anything. When they finally released him he still kept on talking about One Nigeria even after all the injustice. Imagine!
A couple of years ago Dr. Alex Ekwueme gave an interview where he described what happened when Obasanjo who was not even qualified to be a candidate of the PDP out of nowhere was forced on the PDP as the presidential candidate in 1999, when he Alex Ekwueme the man who organized G-34 that opposed the dictatorship of General Abacha and helped push Abacha and Babangida out, and who had been tipped as the sure presidential candidate of the PDP was illegally pushed aside. Ekwueme had signed MOU with the Caliphate that if he became president he will do whatever they wanted. Shocking! He also admitted that he knew that Obasanjo was not even qualified to contest the primaries of his party talk less the presidency; he knew that Solomon Lar was manipulating the party secretariat and lying to INEC to put unqualified Obasanjo in as the Caliphate’s candidate; he knew that he had been illegally pushed aside by the Caliphate; he knew that what the Caliphate and the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs were doing was illegal, unconstitutional, unjust, and criminal. So what did he do? Now listen to Alex Ekwueme in his own words: “Eventually, I decided that my keenness to serve Nigeria and to make it a better place for my children and my children’s children should not blind me to the fact that Nigeria would have to exist first, before we can serve it, and that I, after all the struggle, would now, because of my own personal ambition, set the country on fire and prolong military rule, would be an unforgiveable act of selfishness and so I decided to allow it and support Obasanjo, hoping that he would appreciate all these sacrifices and understand because he did not know how the party was formed.”
As a full blooded Biafran, how do you feel after listening to one of your leaders talk like this? Alex Ekwueme is a lawyer. He knows what it means when something is illegal, unconstitutional, criminal. Whatever happened to “no, this is illegal; this is unconstitutional; this is criminal?” Why couldn’t he stand up for what is right; what is legal; what is constitutional; what is just? He hoped that they will appreciate his sacrifices. It is this pattern of thinking that has caused the people of Eastern Region to be enslaved by the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchy.
In an address to the Igbo State Assembly in Aba on June 25, 1949, eleven years before Nigerian independence, Nnamdi Azikiwe, a towering political leader in Nigeria made the following observations about the status of life of Ndigbo in Nigeria:
“Follow me in a kaleidoscopic study of the Ibo. Four million strong in man-power! Our agricultural resources include economic and food crops which are the bases of modern civilization, not to mention fruits and vegetables which flourish in the tropics! Our mineral resources include coal, lignite, lead, antimony, iron, diatomite, clay, oil, tin! Our forest products include timber of economic value, including iroko and mahogany! Our fauna and flora are marvels of the world! Our land is blessed by waterways of world renown, including the River Niger, Imo River, Cross River! Our ports are among the best known in the continent of Africa. Yet in spite of these natural advantages, which illustrate without doubt the potential wealth of the Ibo, we are among the least developed in Nigeria, economically, and we are so ostracized socially, that we have become extraneous in the political institutions of Nigeria.”
“Politically, you have seen with your own eyes how four million people were disenfranchised by the British, for decades, because of our alleged backwardness. We have never been represented on the Executive Council, and not one Ibo town has had the franchise, despite the fact that our native political institutions are essentially democratic—in fact, more democratic than any other nation in Africa, in spite of our extreme individualism. Economically, we have laboured under onerous taxation measures, without receiving sufficient social amenities to justify them. We have been taxed without representation, and our contributions in taxes have been used to develop other areas, Out of proportion to the incidence of taxation in those areas. It would seem that we are becoming a victim of economic annihilation through a gradual but studied process. What are my reasons for cataloguing these disabilities and interpreting them as calculated to emasculate us, and so render us impotent to assert our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?”
“I shall now state the facts which should be well known to any honest student of Nigerian history. On the social plane, it will be found that outside of Government College at Umauhia, there is no other secondary school run by the British Government in Nigeria in Ibo-land. There is not one secondary school for girls run by the British Government in our part of the country. In the Northern and Western Provinces, the contrary is the case. If a survey of the hospital facilities in Ibo-land were made, embarrassing results might show some sort of discrimination. Outside of Port Harcourt, fire protection is not provided in any Ibo town. And yet we have been under the protection of Great Britain for many decades!”
“On the economic plane, I cannot sufficiently impress you because you are too familiar with the victimization which is our fate. Look at our roads; how many of them are tarred, compared, for example, with the roads in other parts of the country? Those of you who have travelled to this assembly by road are witnesses of the corrugated and utterly unworthy state of the roads which traverse Ibo-land, in spite of the fact that four million Ibo people pay taxes in order, among others, to have good roads. With roads must be considered the system of communications, water and electricity supplies. How many of our towns, for example, have complete postal, telegraph, telephone and wireless services, compared to towns in other areas of Nigeria? How many have pipe-borne water supplies? How many have electricity undertakings? Does not the Ibo tax-payer fulfill his civic duty? Why, then, must he be a victim of studied official victimization? “Today, these disabilities have been intensified.”
Everything Nnamdi Azikiwe observed about the situation of the Igbo in Nigeria almost seventy years ago, was true also of the Annang, Efik, Ibibio, Ijaw, Ogoja, Itsekiri, Isoko, Esan, Urhobo, Edo. The observations were accurate, the analysis was correct. Those core observations and analysis are still very true today. The only difference is that instead of British colonialists, the people of Eastern Region now have Hausa Fulani, Yoruba colonialists as their masters. Why? Why is this information important you might ask? This is important because all the people of Eastern Region have been deceived for so long – first by the British colonialists and then after independence by the Hausa Fulani Yoruba colonialists who successfully sowed the seeds of mistrust, hatred, and division among us. By dividing us they have conquered us, occupied our land, and turned us into their slaves. This must stop now.
All the peoples of Eastern Region have consanguine (blood) relationship. They share cultural, religious, linguistic and other values and affinity. For example, until recently no Bini monarch ascended the throne without getting “Omu” from Eze Nri. Many Igbo communities maintained a standing army known as “Egbenu Oba” that was the backbone of the Oba’s army that defended Bini Kingdom. Most Ibibio, Efik, Ijaw, Esan households have a long history of intermarriage with the Igbo making Igbo blood ubiquitous in these communities just as Ijaw, Efik, Ibibio, Esan blood is omnipresent all over southern Igboland. British and Hausa Fulani, and Yoruba colonialists have sown discord and mistrust among us blood relatives. It’s our responsibility to reject this division, repair, and reestablish trust and good relationship among us brothers, liberate ourselves and shame the colonialists.
But back to our leaders, what did Azikiwe recommend in 1949, as the path to follow to get out of this horrible state of enslavement and perpetual subjugation. Here is his prescription.
“The Ibo people have reached a cross-road and it is for us to decide which is the right course to follow. We are confronted with routes leading to diverse goals, but as I see it, there is only one road that I can safely recommend for us to tread, and it is the road to self-determination for the Ibo within the framework of a federated commonwealth of Nigeria and the Cameroons, leading to a United States of Africa. Other roads, in my opinion, are calculated to lead us astray from the path of national self-realization. It would appear that God has specially created the Ibo people to suffer persecution and be victimized because of their resolute will to live. Since suffering is the label of our tribe, we can afford to be sacrificed for the ultimate redemption of the children of Africa.”
For well over one hundred years our leaders and indeed our people have suffered under the delusion of this false prophesy of a “federated commonwealth of Nigeria” or “One Nigeria.” Our people have thrown everything we have into building One Nigeria only to sink deeper and deeper into social, economic, and political enslavement and subjugation. To the people of Eastern Region, One Nigeria has been like quick sand – the longer you are caught in it the more likely it is that you will die in it. You either free yourself and get out alive or you die in it. One Nigeria is a disaster, a catastrophe for our people. It has failed miserably and Easterners owe it to themselves and to their children to get out now. No people have ever achieved their freedom by being quiet. There is no future for any Biafran in Nigeria. That is why Biafra is the only answer. By the way who in his right mind will accept that God created his people to suffer persecution and victimization and be sacrificed for the ultimate redemption of the children of Africa. That is insane and anyone who accepts that as truth is sick in the head. Azikiwe’s prescription for redemption was wrong then and is wrong now and must be rejected. One hundred years of history has proved that to us. We owe it to ourselves and our children to stop running into hell fire with our eyes wide open.
Unfortunately, this pattern of reasoning has also been typical of the people we have called our leaders recently and even today; people like Ukpabi Asika, Alfred Diette Spiff, Arthur Nzeribe, Ike Nwachukwu, Okoi Arikpo, Anini, David West, Dafinone, David Ejoor, most of your current governors, senators, representatives, ministers, etc, today. We ask you all, what has enslaving your people while serving the interest of Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs brought to you and your people? Money to you and nothing more. However, it has also brought slaughtering of hundreds of thousands of your people all over Nigeria; seizure of your ancestral land, mineral and water resources, loss of your freedom, denial of your right to manage your resources, and elect your leaders. It has brought you unprecedented injustice, destruction of your schools, colleges, universities; destruction of commerce and trade in your homeland; joblessness, mindboggling poverty; enslavement of our people, etc. This is your community’s harvest from your blind and cowardly pursuit of One Nigeria. Your refusal to speak truth to tyranny and to do the right thing which is tell our people that One Nigeria is not working for us, indeed that One Nigeria is poison and is killing our people and condemning them and their families to abject poverty, defies reason, logic, and humanity.
Compare the behavior of these leaders with people like Dr. Akanu Ibiam, former Governor of Eastern Region, who told the queen of England to her face that she was committing genocide by supporting One Nigeria, and the killing of millions of Biafran babies through starvation. He then quickly renounced the knighthood conferred on him by the queen telling her that he could not in good conscience continue to accept knighthood from her while she sent her British army to support the killing of his Biafran kit and kin. Dr. Michael Okpara, former Premier of Eastern Region, stood firmly against the injustice Nigerian jihadists were visiting on Biafrans. He even defended the Yoruba when the Nigerian government of Tafawa Balewa induced the Yoruba civil war (operation weitie) in 1965. N.U.Akpan, Frank Ugbut, Chief Ekukinam Bassey, Okon Okon Ndem, Col. Nsudor, Chukwuma Nzogwu, James Udo-Affiah, S. E. Imoke, Philip Effiong, Frank Opigo, Odumegwu Ojukwu, etc, are leaders of Eastern Region who stood up, condemned One Nigeria and told our people the truth that it is time to get out of One Nigeria. They are our heroes whose names will be written in gold forever.
Youths of Biafra the lesson for us all is that it is better to do the right thing, stand up for principle, your rights, your freedom, justice and liberty than to collect bags and bags of money from your persecutors, the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs who have colonized you and who will eventually kill you and your money. Two hundred years from now children born in Eastern Region will tell you who Okon Okon Ndem was, who General Odumegwu Ojukwu, Colonel Nsudor, Colonel Onwuatuagwu, Colonel Achuzie, Michael Okpara, Akanu Ibiam, General Philip Effiong, Nnamdi Kanu , Henry Okar were. But nobody will know talk less remember who was the richest man or woman in 2010 in Umuahia, Ikot Ekpene, Asaba, Warri, Uyo, Calabar, Sapele, Onitsha, Oguta, Port Harcourt, Binin, Opobo, Enugu or Aba; who built the biggest mansion; who had the most expensive car or plane; who wore the most expensive clothes etc. Nobody, nobody will care and nobody will remember. Another lesson is that our leaders have blindly and foolishly pursued One Nigeria while the Hausa Fulani Yoruba and the Sokoto Caliphate stole everything we have. This stupidity must stop now. One Nigeria is poison for us, One Nigeria has only meant death and destruction for us. Nothing good will ever come out of One Nigeria for us. Finally anyone who believes that the Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchy and the Sokoto Caliphate have good intention about us must have their head examined by psychiatrists. Ask yourself, why is the Nigeria government flooding the Niger Delta and Igboland with soldiers, warships, helicopter gunships; moving battalions of soldiers into the creeks and all over Eastern Region? Why? What does “grazing reserve” for the Fulani in every state really mean for you and your ownership of your father’s land. The Hausa Fulani must believe that the people of Eastern Region are too stupid to even think. Use your tongue to count your teeth. The Hausa Fulani Yoruba oligarchs and the Sokoto Caliphate have only one goal in mind for the people of Eastern Region – to completely overrun our homeland and conquer our people. They said it many, many years ago that they will dip the Koran in the sea. All of you big men from Eastern Region who are deceiving yourselves with the One Nigeria mantra; “my wife is minister therefore I am fine; I am a minister therefore everything is okay for me; my contract business is booming so no worry; I’ll retire to my mansion in Abuja, Lekki, or other part of Lagos; my friends are Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba so I am safe”; we feel sorry for you, for you all will cry tears of blood, anguish, and guilt when the Hausa, Fulani Yoruba colonialists descend on you. The truth is that for people of Eastern Region, Biafra, your suffering will not end until you stop deceiving yourselves with this nonsense of One Nigeria and work on total independence for yourselves in Biafra. That’s all! May God bless all who believe in Biafra, and may He bless the sovereign independent State of Biafra!
Broadcast Written by the PM
Biafra Government in Exile.
Prof Emmanuel Enekwechi
Broadcasted Published By Yahgozie