In the midst of hunger and starvation, people did what they could to see the next day.

Against this background, I can’t help but wonder how we intend to make the concept of a Lower Niger Congress (LNC) realizable! What practical or functional alliance are we able to broker when we cannot even present ourselves as a strong and solid political unit? Seriously unlikely, in my thinking, and I wish I could be wrong. The same formula we need to survive in Nigeria (become a compelling cohesive unity) is what we need to become relevant in LNC or any new arrangement. And if one took the dream one step further, the inescapable question then becomes what level of consultation or grassroots foundation is in place or being built to make such alliance achievable? I don’t see it. …………

…………. In the midst of hunger and starvation, people did what they could to see the next day. And as a people, we also did what we could in the face of formidable odds to also survive as a people. Those survival experiences took a lot out of us. That is why we are a different people out of the war than went into it. And that is the basis of my belief that any political ambition to broker another breakaway movement, is not likely to succeed, no matter how well thought through. If that probability is to ever improve, a lot of work will have to be done. The level of mutual trust and identity of purpose necessary for such enterprise does not exist today, either within the Igbo family and between Ndi-Igbo and our neighbors to our South. …..

….. Under these circumstances, it would appear to me that a more realistic and viable agenda for us today is to build a new political block within the Nigerian polity. Ndi-Igbo already took the first serious step in that direction by massively supporting Niger-Deltan Jonathan in the last election. We should follow that step up with more reaching out and coalition building with the South-South within Nigeria. A political block of the Southeast and Southsouth in Nigeria cannot be marginalized to the level we have been since the war. Also, I have always been convinced that If we have such viable platform in place, parts of the Middle Belt (to the East) will readily prefer to ally with us, having in unmistaken terms, expressed a desire to detach from the grips of the Hausa-Fulani. But they need to become convinced that we are viable and stable enough to justify such detachment.” –

Ken Okorie

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