I have seen and heard about freedom fighting and fighters throughout history and I have been impressed in no small measure by his sheer patience, doggedness, guts and sheer commitment to free a marginalized and oppressed people who have invariably become endangered species in their own land calling to mind the brutal attack by a band of invading marauders that occurred yesterday in Enugu State.
Reports have it that a life was lost in the ill-conceived attack while two others were mortally injured and this leaves me wondering if we have indeed become a conquered people in a conquered territory and eventually kept under permanent subjugation. As it stands, there is no denying the fact that we are being ruled by a tribe of overlords from the Futa Jalon who are bent on reducing our region made up of diverse ethnic nationalities in the south-south and southeast to none other than a conquered people and a conquered nation.
Events playing out today are a pointer to the facts that there is more to their plan than meets the eye which we must resist in all honesty before we all 'find ourselves in dishonorable graves' if I may borrow a hackneyed quotation from Shakespeare.
There is no denying the fact that the whole of the Niger Delta states has been militarized and with the inhabitants of the region reduced to slaves in their own land. These are a people on whose land comes the oil wealth that has been feeding the country for the past 60 years and a casual visit to the region today reminds you of poverty and beneath our land are drained pipes where the oil wealth flows to the other parts of the country while the inhabitants thrive on dirt and dirty surroundings.
This is a region hit by a dearth of service infrastructures and a trip to the southeast leaves one with every compelling need to renegotiate one's status in the failed contraption, Nigeria and this above all doubtless informed Kanu's interest and desire to free our people. The dissenting voices from other sections of the country who remain opposed to the ongoing struggle under the leadership of the illegally detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) do not do so for the love for the people of the region but do so for the oil wealth beneath our land seeing the disaster that will hang over their heads like the ancient sword of Damocles.
Great minds, they often say, are no nuisance. Kanu's effort to free our region from the Hausa-Fulani captivity calls for support. The journey would be rough , no doubt, and that is the price he is paying under the existing circumstances and it behooves on our people to lend him the support and encouragement he stands in need.
A little bird once told me that the game plan by the overlords is to overrun the southeast mainly the Igbos where they feel there would be a resistance in a bid to subjugate the south. Once this is achieved the rest of the region would become a walkover via a sustained military campaign to actualize the advice and dreams of the late Sarduana.
The illegally detained IPOB leader is doubtless better informed than anyone in the whole region which informed his interest and desire to bell the proverbial cat at the expense of his own freedom. There is no denying the fact that he has remained undeterred, and doggedly committed to the struggle in the course of this circuitous journey to freedom.
He , I dare say, remains a hero, an undisputed leader without compare who deserves every encouragement in his bid to free his people from the ongoing claws and bondages superimposed on a nation and a people by the Hausa-Fulani hegemonic Muslim north.
*Iyoha John Darlington is a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.