Taking Igbo out of Nigerian bondage Part 3

Eat with the devil but with long spoon

 
If we should equate Igbo’s existence in Nigeria as being in hell then it is inevitable that the Igbo must eat or interact with the devil – the lord of Hell. Though the ultimate goal of the Igbo is to exit Nigeria, but to be able to do that, the Igbo must first engage the Nigerian state politically, diplomatically and in other ways. In engaging Nigeria the Igbo must be creative, firm and determined. While partaking in the Nigerian corrupt meal (politics) and other businesses the Igbo must, for obvious reasons, use a long spoon, as the saying goes. The importance of the long spoon is to enable the Igbo to disengage and escape even in the middle of a seemingly great delicious feast (prosperity) and “peace.”
 
In resolving to free their selves from Nigeria, the Igbo should be pragmatic enough to understand that they have to anticipate and face challenges, even obstacles. They will deal with these challenges not by avoiding them but by facing them and proving their strength of character by resisting manfully every form of temptation to distract them from their original intention. Among the many challenges which the Igbo must face is the fact that the Nigerian state and its allies will want to resist attempts by the Igbo to free themselves from Nigeria. This is so because within Igbo land there is oil and other natural resources which Nigeria depends on for its sustenance. The foreign allies of Nigeria have always falsely believed that they can only get better deals if the one-Nigerian status quo remained intact.

Peaceful non-violent solution is another name for political solution

 
It is also expected that this Igbo resistance against oppression might at some point become too hot and boil over into actual war of guns and bombs. Igbo people do not want that. They had fought an earlier one – the Biafra-Nigeria War. They would rather prefer a peaceful non-violent solution to the problem. But they are not naïve to overlook the possibility of another war. However, the people believe that should there be another war that the Igbo should fight to win this time around.
 
On the other hand, if the Igbo had adopted non-violence instead of violent means to free their people and land from Nigeria, then it needs to be clearly understood that the best known way to achieve that freedom is to engage the Nigerian state politically. But at the same time, while the Igbo are involved in all aspects of Nigerian political processes they cannot afford to take their eyes off the mark – Igbo freedom from Nigeria.
 
Hitherto there has been a minimal involvement of Biafran activists in the various aspects of Nigerian politics. This non-participation of genuine Biafran activists in Nigerian politics has to be reviewed. Let those who believe in freeing the Igbo from the Nigerian entanglement get involved in Nigerian politics. Starting from the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election, let genuine Igbo-centrists take over the statehouse in Awka. From Anambra the revolution must spread until the required critical mass has been mobilized throughout the entire Igbo land. And Igbo people will be free.
 
Perhaps some people may have some reservations about this strategy. Such people will be concerned about the corruptive influences of “demonic” Nigerian politics. However we will need to allay the fears of such ones. We are not pretending to believe that there will not be some who will ride on the crest of Biafran or Igbo freedom to gain power and thereafter abandon the original wholesome intention. Because some people will sell out or fall on the battlefield cannot prevent the people from fighting a just war: Anaghi eji ngbagbu hara ogwu. The reality is that in the end not everyone will eventually fall for such fleeting filthy lucre. There will always be the few who can neither be bought nor be intimidated to derail or lose focus.

Igbo want to take control of Igbo business

 
The resolve by the Igbo to regain its sovereignty, political, social and territorial independence remains an enduring national pursuit. This explains why the goal of most political moves of the Igbo in the last few decades have been geared toward placing the Igbo nation; its ethnical and physical geography, in a position where the people have the total control of the will and power to determine and define for the rest of the world who they are and how they should be related with as individuals, as a collective and as a free and independent territory.
 
By this decision, the Igbo are anxious to assume the ultimate responsibility of their security, social, economic and political well-being without deference to or interference from any other groups. The Igbo want to be the only ones who make the first and the final decisions on how they pursue their collective dreams and the kind of future and destiny they work to attain for themselves and their children. On this journey, the Igbo have chosen to neither encumber nor endure the encumbrances of the company of any of their neighbours – the other ethnic groups. This pursuit for liberty, freedom and independence is an exclusive Igbo agenda and this should suffice to allay the concerns of others who may feel threatened or uncomfortable in any way – afraid that the Igbo may want to co-opt them into an exclusive Igbo business. At this point in time, the Igbo should be able to take care of their own business by their selves without involving or inconveniencing their neighbours.

Written by
Osita Ebiem
On behalf of Biafra Government in Exile lead by Prof Emmanuel Enekwechi
For Biafra24 Radio.

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