By Ama Chukwugoziem (Abia writers)
Edited and published by Joseph Afokwalam
A Scottish man named Lord Lugard amalgamated the northern and southern protectorate in 1914. Little did people know that the contraption called Nigeria is a union of death. Although it existed from the time of amalgamation, the current emerging situation across Nigeria is gradually turning into slaughtering fields- from the North to the South, from the East to the West. The number of lives that have been lost in the recent past across Nigeria is quite alarming and deeply saddening. What is happening in Nigeria is the "Culture of death", which manifests itself in various forms and dimensions

Indiscriminate and horrendous extermination of human lives is becoming commonplace. Army and police extrajudicial killings and politically motivated assassinations happen all over Nigeria. It is worse now in Imo state Biafraland. The corrupt Nigerian judicial system manoeuvred the governorship candidate who came fourth in the election to first and become the state governor. Death through kidnappings, mob lynching, dying on the highway due to bad roads or government negligence and death due to poor medical facilities has become undeniable parts of current social experiences. Included are children killed or maimed in secondary and tertiary institutions, such as the one that happened at Dowen school in Lagos state. 

Recently, Nigerian soldiers and police officers are gradually gaining notoriety in the mass killings of innocent souls, laying siege on communities and slaughtering human beings without compunction. For example, youths are missing in Orlu Imo state without a trace. Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and banditry have become nightmares. Islamic extremism is not left out. All of these have reduced human life to nothingness. My question is, is self-determination a crime? Dissolve this union now and save lives. 

The accurate pictures of this "culture of death" are not well featured in the government-controlled electronic and print media. As a result, there is a general misconception of the actual happenings and many instances of reducing human life to nothingness, starring us frequently on the face. The contraption is gradually degenerating to the level of asking, "How cheap is a human life"? Death, destruction and desecration of human lives are becoming a new unfortunate culture in Nigeria. The brutality by Nigerian law enforcement agencies is out of control. The killings by security agencies, Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram appear deeply complicated and beckons for political action. Self-determination is the only way to resolve the issue.

It is a time of crisis, especially when people face life-threatening challenges and struggle for survival. A charismatic leader, from nowhere, may emerge within the community, stand in the gap, and defend his people. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is that charismatic leader who has come to stand in the gap. Mazi has given everything to free his people from oppression. Despite the intimidation, persecution and imprisonment by the Fulani controlled federal government, he is still standing. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, is advocating for a referendum to allow the nationalities that make up Nigeria to determine what they want. The Fulani oligarchy and some dubious Biafran politicians are uncomfortable with his gospel of truth and are determined to shut him up. 

The unfortunate situation in Nigeria demands sincere commitment from the UN. There is a severe need to consider the calls for self-determination to reduce these killings profoundly. The UN and international community must act fast to save Nigeria from implosion because refugees that will troop out from a country of over two hundred million citizens will overwhelm the world.

The restoration of Biafra is our last hope.

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