By Chima Onyekachi

The youth wing of the Nigeria socio political group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, in a statement signed by its Chairman of all state chairman, Alex Okemini, has claimed that Ndigbo are the landlords of Nigeria and cannot leave it for anybody; but will only continue to seek for justice, equity and fair play for all Nigerians. I am not here to dispute who is the landlord of Nigeria but a landlord should never allow himself to become a slave in his own land, is that not right? The resolution of the jamboree that was organized by the well-known stooge of Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, will in no way make any impact on the decision of the Igbo clan to collaborate with other clans of the Indigenous People of Biafra to restore their fatherland, Biafra.

Alex Okemini and his people can decide to remain in Nigeria, it is a choice. It is not compulsory that every Igbo indigene must remain a Nigerian. Ohaneze Ndigbo must jettison their usual attitude of holding ceaseless jamborees instead of directly consulting with the people they claim they represent. They have claimed to be seeking justice, equity and fair play and I am wondering when they will seek justice for those who were gruesomely massacred on 30th May 2016 in Nkpor-Onitsha, for honoring the heroes of the 1967-1970 Biafra Genocide. What about justice for countless protesters killed and injured for protesting the illegal detention of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu? Why has Ohaneze Ndigbo remain silent while Ndigbo who are Christians in Northern Nigeria are been frustrated in practicing their faith by the governors, youths and Boko Haram. Is Ohaneze Ndigbo not aware of the religious bill passed in Kaduna state against Christians, the declaration of Friday as a no-worship day for Christians by Muslim youths in Niger state and the selection of Sunday as sanitation day in Kano state. Didn’t the beheading of Bridget from Imo state make national news? What has Ohaneze Ndigbo done or said? What is holding their voice for demanding for compensation for Igbo traders whose shops and goods are been destroyed without prior notice by the Lagos state government? I am not surprised because these are men who applauded Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, when he threatened to drown Igbos in the lagoon if they did not vote Ambode, his choice candidate.

The fact is that the momentum of the current struggle for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra has instilled fear into every corrupt politician of Igbo origin who run to Abuja for gratification at the expense of their people and they are looking for every avenue to undermine the struggle but that has proved futile. Their desperation knows no bound as they have planted saboteurs from their fold to infiltrate the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. It is on record that when the military authorities sent by Buhari on a fact-finding mission to the south-east visited the leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo because of the several protests; Dr Mbazulike Amechi, Chairman Ohaneze Ndigbo Elders Council demanded that the Federal government reparates Ndigbo with N2 Trillion Naira as compensation for years of marginalization and destruction occasioned by the civil war. Such a shame! Greed and selfishness is the hallmark of the elders and youths of Ohaneze Ndigbo, what will such amount do for Igbo people? The same people that were given only twenty pounds after the genocide against them but still rose to become “landlords” in Nigeria. Ohaneze Ndigbo must understand that the struggle for restoration of Biafra is not an Igbo agenda but includes all the clans in Biafraland. I know this as a fact because one of my closest ally in the struggle is from Ibibio and very much fanatical than I am about the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. Any effort to sabotage the struggle will be resisted not only by the Igbos but people of Ijaw, Ibibio, Igbanke, Idoma, Igala, Isobo, Itshekiri, and Efik.

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has no apology for elders under the banner of Ohaneze Ndigbo because they have sold out their people and brought shame to them. Ohaneze Ndigbo should test their popularity by calling for a referendum and see if the result will favor their selfish desire to force Igbos to remain in Nigeria. It is because of elders and youths of Ohaneze Ndigbo that the Igbos are not regarded and taken serious. Woe! betide elders and youths in Igboland that is been used as obstacles to the restoration of Biafra for they shall receive worst treatment than what the oil pipelines are receiving from the Avengers. Only a stupid landlord holds on to his property without thinking of saving his life first. Ohaneze Ndigbo should speak for themselves and members of their families and allow the Igbo people make their choice whether to remain in Nigeria or restore their fatherland, Biafra.

Authored by Chima Onyekachi for The Great Biafra Journalists.

Published by Okpalaeze.

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