Thursday, 21 September 2017

"BIAFRA HAD BETTER BE FAR"- Oni Ademola


Read his piece below........



 I will put my thoughts on the subject of Biafra into writing this once and will be as clear, blunt an unapologetic as possible.


I will first take us a bit down memory lane for the sake of many of us who were not born at the time of reference.

The agitations for secession by the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not just start today. It had begun years ago and had led Nigeria into a civil war between 1967 & 1970. That war lasted for 2 years, 6 months, 1 week and 2 days. It was a war between IPOB and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. According to the statistics, the casualties are as follows,

KILLED- 45,000-100,000 or more
DISPLACED- 2,000,000-4,500,000 or more
REFUGEES-500,000- 3,000,000 or more

In the over 2 and a half years of the war, there were about 100,000 overall military casualties and nearly 2,000,000 biafran civilians died of starvation.

The effect of the war, especially the starvation made world headlines as pictures of malnurished children littered the tabloids.

Needless to say that each party had its own foreign supporters, France and Israel both supporters of Biafra, sold arms to both parties.

The cause of the war IN SUMMARY, cannot be entirely separated from this two factors:
1. The almagamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, which historians today now say there was no reason for such union due to the huge differences either regions had, and then the discovery of oil in the Eastern part which is today known as south south.
2. The domination and exploitation of political and economic power by the North over all other regions, and the after effect of that act.

That's the History in brief. But for knowledge sake, Nigeria won that war, there was no Biafra, Ojukwu and Gowon united to share and enjoy a big piece of the National cake, while all those lives were lost. The life of the party, the man that "gingered" all of them lived long enough to speak of his regrets about the war.

 Fast forward to 47 years after, history might just want to repeat itself. I have heard different parties talk and argue for or against the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. This is my candid view.
First, if another civil-war is to break out today, there will be more deaths, it would be bloodier and may or may not last longer than 2 years....WHY?

The 'Biafrans' have increased in population over the past 47 years and the story of the exploitation by the North has most likely been handed down to every Biafran Indigene like a folklore, thereby inciting the anger and eagerness to wage war if presented with an opportunity. So they have enough manpower compared to 47 years ago. The military, on the other hand has become more equipped, technologically sophisticated and more bloodthirsty, given the troubles of the boko haram menace they are still trying to get over. Certainly, the killings will be faster, easier and bloodier like I earlier stated. Again, the Federal Republic of Nigeria will win, Nnamdi Kanu and his family will remain unharmed while millions of misguided Biafran patriots would have lost their lives, like is already happening and agitation will be laid to rest for a while but maybe not for long.

Secondly, I really do attest to the fact that the North has taken undue advantage of other regions and have exploited us for too long.  How can a northern state that claims to have about 44 local governments be remitting a meagre sum to the Federal and be getting a larger percentage of the Federal allocation more than states from the south west that have less LGs and remit huge percentages to the center?. How can the regions  where oil, which has been Nigeria's main source of revenue, be so marginalised?

The truth is we need GENUINE  restructuring and not a secession; because a secession is only the mirage of a blinded and ignorant few...WHY? The fact remains that the marginalisation & exploitation by the North can never be so successfully done if some Easterners and Westerners have notThe truth is we need GENUINE restructuring and not a secession; because a secession is only the mirage of a blinded and ignorant few...WHY? The fact remains that the marginalisation & exploitation by the North can never be so successfully done if some Easterners and Westerners have not been paid to turn a blind eye to the issues at hand. Every region is guilty and has a hand in whatever fate Nigeria has found itself today. Is it this same Easterners or Westernes that will now secede to form a new nation? It will only continue the cycle of corruption and greed. Or are we going to say there were no Easterners among the soldiers that fought and killed Easterners in the war or even among those shown in the recent videos making the rounds, carrying out inhumane acts on civilians? what would be the fate of such soldiers, loyalty to country or loyalty to tribe? Even the military may become tribalized.

My submission....
The man Nnamdi Kanu is fighting a worthy battle with weak and wrong weapons, with no strategy for victory and piloting his warship in the wrong direction. He flies a flag and picks security men to guard...WHAT or WHO?, its like a man bringing a woman into his father's house and setting up a kitchen under his father's roof for his woman to cook his meals personally, just to prove to his father that he has become a man that needs his space. Namdi Kanu is losing the support of the very people for whom he claims he is fighting.

I am ready to be a part of any peaceful movement that will ensure that each state of our nation is rewarded based on its contribution to the the center and not just because they are many in number, a movement that will share power equally without prejudice for ethnicity or religion. Not secession. But in the event that we cannot do it peacefully, a revolution MIGHT be an option but a revolution targeted at the very few who have held the nation to ransom not the majority who the few have used as tools of exploitation.

Nnamdi Kanu and his followers had better put a different card forward and not BIAFRA...it only reminds us of war, one that he will never win, a war from which we may never heal. BIAFRA had better be kept AFAR.

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