Author: Ikenna Ozulumba Mbaegbu
I wish to categorically state here that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra and Director of Radio Biafra’s patience, wisdom, and steadfastness which he applies in this struggle to restore Biafra may be likened to that of a vulture and tortoise, and I believe that is what it takes to win this battle between the Indigenous People of Biafra and the contraption called Nigeria.
As Eric Bawah rightfully wrote:
One delicacy that the vulture enjoys most is a carcass. Unless the animal dies, the vulture will not touch it. And so when an animal lies dying, the vulture will stay put on a tree nearby, waiting for the animal to die before devouring it. It can take days or weeks but the vulture will wait patiently on the tree. Once in a while, it will fly down and 'walk gently' around the dying animal with pride, while kicking it to see whether it is still alive. When finally the vulture realizes that the animal is dead, it will then go ahead to devour it.
Anytime you see a vulture hovering on the horizon, be sure that there is a carcass or a slaughterhouse nearby. Nobody envies the vulture because it refuses to take what is not his. I admire the vulture for its stance.
One bird I hate is the eagle. Unlike the vulture, the eagle is a very proud bird and refuses to eat any carcass. The eagle takes what does not belong to it and so it is always at the receiving end as bird hunters keep aiming their catapults and guns at it. The claws of the eagle are always tainted with blood. When the storms gather and every bird runs to hide anywhere they can get, the eagle will fly high and try to penetrate the cloud into the sky. I hate the eagle because it will do everything to get what it desires. If the eagle were to be a human being or a political party, it could have been described as a ruthless practitioner of power. Ever seen an eagle catching a snake before? When the eagle sees a snake crawling, it will fly high into the sky and swoop down in a furious speed, grab the snake with its claws, fly high and perch on a tree and tear the snake into two with its beak before devouring it.
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From the abstract above, the vulture is described as a very patient bird. It has intelligence and an organized cognitive ability to wait for eg, food, an opportunity. Nnamdi Kanu is like a vulture, he strikes when the time is right. And again, like the Vulture that does not take what does not belong to it, kanu has been going about demanding for the freedom of his own people which in actual sense is their right to exist as a people. But will those perpetrators of evil that are controlling the affairs of the contraption called Nigeria let go? Of course not but they will when the time is right.
On the other hand, the zoo government represents the Eagle that soars with pride and enjoys taking what does not rightfully belongs to it. Over the years, the Hausa/Fulani people and the Yorubas, through the help of the British government have enjoyed the proceeds of our land with pride and with impunity. They have killed and marginalized our people in their bid to steal our oil. They have also destroyed our efforts to excel as a people and the talents of our youths are being continuously frustrated and killed. There is no hope for a common man in our society today. It is indeed appalling!
The Hausa/Fulani people are power hungry individuals and they enjoy always being in control even though they make a mess of the position they clamour for, yet they do not relent in going after what they want – power. That is exactly why the contraption called Nigeria is in this mess today because these animals in human form are the ones piloting its affairs. The country’s parliament is filled with misfits who are not capable of handling the country’s affairs. It is a shame to be regarded as a Nigerian.
Again, I cannot overlook the story of the “Tortoise and the Hare.” It is one story I very much enjoy reading over and over again because of the meaningful message it carries, which is, “Slow and steady wins the race.” The struggle to restore Biafra may be at a very slow pace, yes I agree, but surely we shall win the race because Biafra Restoration is a divine project sanctioned by Chiukwu-Okike-Abiama, the God of the Biafran people, the only true living God and the same Almighty God that the Israelites worship and adore. No force on earth, no matter how fierce and fast will outrun or stop the emergence of Biafra. In the story, the Tortoise actually applied wisdom, steadfastness, and zealousness to conquer its opponent, the Hare and emerged as a winner. And so shall it be in the case of the Biafran people.
The Tortoise and the Hare
One day a hare was bragging about how fast he could run. He bragged and bragged and even laughed at the tortoise, who was so slow. The tortoise stretched out his long neck and challenged the hare to a race, which, of course, made the hare laugh.
"My, my, what a joke!" thought the hare.
"A race, indeed, a race. Oh! What fun! My, my! A race, of course, Mr. Tortoise, we shall race!" said the hare.
The forest animals met and mapped out the course. The race was begun, and the hare, being such a swift runner, soon left the tortoise far behind. About halfway through the course, it occurred to the hare that he had plenty of time to beat the slow trodden tortoise.
"Oh, my!" thought the hare, "I have plenty of time to play in the meadow here."
And so he did.
After the hare finished playing, he decided that he had time to take a little nap.
"I have plenty of time to beat that tortoise," he thought. And he cuddles up against a tree and dozed.
The tortoise, in the meantime, continued to plod on, albeit, it ever so slowly. He never stopped, but took one good step after another.
The hare finally woke from his nap. "Time to get going," he thought. And off he went faster than he had ever run before! He dashed as quickly as anyone ever could up to the finish line, where he met the tortoise, who was patiently awaiting his arrival.
Slow and steady wins the race.
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Permit me to conclude by saying that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has the patience of a vulture and wisdom and steadfastness of a tortoise to conquer his enemies. Suffice it to say, with these attributes (of the vulture and the Tortoise), he is bound to win the zoo government in this struggle to restore Biafra. This is because he has justice and as our people rightfully say, “He who has justice gets free (unharmed) (oji ofor ga ana).” What he has been asking for is rightfully his – freedom to exist as a normal human being. As the Italian Proverb says "The fly that bites the tortoise breaks its beak.” Nnamdi Kanu is like a tortoise whose shell is as strong as a rock and the zoo government struggling to destroy him and his intention to restore Biafra will only make things worse for them. Because in the end, Biafra will emerge, for it is a divine project sanctioned by Chiukwu-Okike-Abiama, our God and the maker of all things. With Him, impossible is nothing.
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