BIAFRA: Most times, I try to understand the reasons, the world as a whole, particularly the Nigerian government, had decided to either shed more blood, than allowing Biafrans exit peaceful, to safeguard human lives. Two captains can never be on a ship, while peace reigns. Water and oil have nothing in common. What is the oneness all about? It's crystal clear that dual ideology, is the priority, order and stability of Nigeria. Nigeria is a country, made up of three different nations. How on earth can such religious vandalism work out between the inhabitants? When we are not one physically, spiritually, socially and otherwise. How can a civilised man be forced into the forest? How can a dog be forced to go into the woods? It is said, that birds of a feather flocks together. In conjunction with my earlier statement, two captains can never make it being in one ship. The difference between a Biafran man and a Nigerian is beyond a reasonable doubt. In as much as Nigeria is concerned, there has never been any atom of peace. For what reason should we remain one to maintain order? Is it the same peace that has never existed for once? The last voting patterns in the presidential election of April 2015 showed clearly that Nigeria is not one nation in all reality, but a profoundly divided country along ethnic, geopolitical and religious lines which depicted the original Southern (Biafra Land) and Northern protectorates before they were amalgamated together in 1914 by the British.
In what dimension have peace been initiated in the contraption called Nigeria? Biafrans toil day and night to earn a living, we die on the traps that always awaits us, on the roads, while we search for our daily bread. We toil the land, plant and harvest only for strangers to eat the fruit of our labour. A Biafran go through hell, before gaining admission. After school, you go back to either being a taxi driver or a motorcycle rider. Thousands of unemployed graduates, roaming the streets, while strangers come and take away their jobs. Biafrans own the oil, yet do not even go close to the well, to avoid the trigger, while the Northerners have an individual share. Biafrans are so industrious and articulative. It's evident that upon our hardworking and peaceful ways of life, we are always targeted. Despite the fact that we do not show many concerns towards politics, we are preys in the hands of Nigeria. The British Government has created Nigeria, only because of the large portion of the treasury of our land. After the creation of Nigeria, the only interest in the union is OIL AND GAS. Nigeria today is showing all the terminal symptoms of a failing state. National poverty is over 80%, unemployment is over 70%, the government cannot provide security of life and properties, the nation's population is growing out of control, the national infrastructures, social services and the education systems are all old, inadequate and collapsing. The massive unabated official corruption is the order of the day as well as mismanagement of our state resources by the fraudsters who claimed to be leaders. The rule of law is now replaced by the rule of lawlessness and brutality.
Even Lord Lugard the first British Governor General who set up Nigerian nation and the principal founding fathers of Nigeria that fought for her independence in 1960 who had the major universities, streets, public buildings, national currencies and postage stamps named in their memories in Nigeria today did not believe in one Nigeria from the onset and from their various comments about Nigeria that are below: Lord Lugard: “The North and the South are like oil and water, they will never mix.” Yet he went ahead and amalgamated them. Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: “The Southern people who are swamping into this region daily in such large numbers are really intruders; we don’t want them, and they are not welcome here in the North. Since 1914, the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country. But the people are different in every way, including religion, custom, language and aspirations… we in the North take it that Nigeria unity is only a British intention for the country they created. IT IS NOT FOR US”.
Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo: “Nigeria is only a geographical expression to which life was given by the diabolical amalgamation of 1914, that amalgamation will EVER remain the most painful injury a British Government inflicted on Southern Nigeria”. Al-Hajji Sir Ahmadu Bello: “The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather, Othman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We must use the minorities in the North as willing tools, and the South as conquered territories and never allow them to have control of their future.” Retired General Yakubu Gowon: “Suffice it to say that putting all considerations to the test, political, economic as well as social, the basis of unity is not there.” Now the question arises "Who divided Nigeria?". Before these statements, how many Igbos, or any other tribe from the South, are seen making such statement? Now, where heads the peace? The same people that hated us are the same prosecuting us for the asking to be free. This is a great injustice.
Nigeria was meant to last for only 100 years, today, Is Nigeria not more divided today than in 1914? Are those caliphates, kingdoms, empires and their internal boundaries that were officially eliminated in 1914 by the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates to form Nigeria not rapidly forming back again almost 100 years later? Do Nigerians today see themselves first and foremost as Nigerians or as ethnic nationals,
Christians, Muslims, Traditionalists or pagans? The agitation for Biafra and other ethnic, religious and cultural groups across the length and breath of Nigeria today, not the new 21st century caliphates, kingdoms and empires that were believed to have been finally laid to rest in 1914 by Lord Lugard? Biafra is the only solution. We want to be free now, let haters go to hell. Biafra is our inheritance, not the abominable contraption called Nigeria.
By Ugochinyere Onyechere
Editor Udeagha Obasi
For Umuchiukwu Writers.