Northern Youths Send Peace Message To Pro Biafra Protesters “Honour Ojukwu Legacy”

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December 8, 2015 – Northern Youths Send A Message Of Peace To Pro Biafra Agitators “Honour Ojukwu Legacy”

As far as every meaningful and patriotic Nigerian is concerned Biafra is a long forgotten issue. Thus, any attempt to remind us of the ugly past is a mockery of our intellectual existence as well an attrition of the collective patrimony of the Igbo extraction in particular.

In his address at a seminar on No Peace Without Reconciliation, No Progress Without Peace. Titled ‘Democracy and National Interest’ in a paper presentation of March 10, 1998. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, former leader of the Republic of Biafra stressed the following.

“It is my intention to speak the truth. I consider it my patriotic duty to give to my beloved country the benefit not only of my experience but also of whatever little I have learnt in this university called life.

Whatever I say should be considered in the context of one who strives to teach not as one who strives to lead. Let me stress that after experiencing the futility of war, I am more than ever opposed to violence and to war. I believe, not only, that Nigeria is big enough for all our needs but, further, I believe that we are lucky and blessed to be Nigerians. It is true that none of us ever had the opportunity to choose whether or not to be Nigerian we all found ourselves Nigerians. It is also true that finding ourselves Nigerians, we all wish to find fulfilment, pride and honour in Nigeria. I believe therefore that no Nigerian is more Nigerian than the other.”

With this quote we hope every true Igbos would appreciate the humongous sacrifice and legacy Chief Ojukwu left on the map of peace enrichment in Nigeria. The remorse in his speech clearly shows that he regretted ever embarking on such a wasteful frivolity, given the account of damage suffered at both ends.

It also attest to the fact that development only thrive in the atmosphere of peace. His confidence in the Nigeria system and love for true democracy was further put into test in 2003 and 2007 Presidential Elections respectively when he contested in both occasions. Even though betrayed and rejected by his own immediate constituency, we mean those he laid down his life and fought for as election results later demonstrated, his courage and indelible mark can never be erased from the history book in relation to peace, unity and Nation building.

POLITICAL BIAFRA ON ACCOUNT OF ELECTION DEFEAT:

When PDP and Jonathan led-government was in control no one remembered Biafra, no youth ever raised a placard on why the East-West Road need to be fixed, why the Ogoni Land need to be cleansed, why the second Niger Bridge need to be genuinely built, it is on record that the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN) told the whole world that all is well with Nigeria, the rebasing of our economy shows that we are number one in Africa, notable Igbo sons and daughters occupied the prestigious positions at the federal level but all these changed with the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari less than 7months and much more disturbing is the cry of marginilization that followed suit. However, if rewarding section of a country with Federal appointments would amount to development and transformation of their immediate community, then the Igbo communities under Jonathan would have recorded the highest giant strides in history but this is not always the case as these individuals only think of themselves and rather loot our collective existence to red alert. So heartless that they hardly remembered their people until they are caught in cobwebs of corruption charges, the usual rhetoric of a politician.

SUSTAINING OJUKWU’S LEGACY:

It is unwarranted for any individual or group of persons to refer to Nigeria, the most populous black Nation in the entire universe as zoo simply because he or she is dissatisfied with the ways and manners the Nigeria structure is built upon. In fact this single act is criminal and tantamount to treasonable felony which is punishable under our laws. With every sense of humility the Igbos are the most industrious and hardworking individuals anywhere in the world. Their quest for prosperity and ingenuity cut across every human endeavour and should not by any means relegated to background because one Kalu the founder of Radio Biafra is in detention for his misguided utterance.

This young man in the name of Kalu is rebellious and lacks every moral decency and can never be a true reflection of an average Igbo youth, as we all know the Igbos are respectful, resourceful and successful in whatever circumstance they found themselves. In fact they are the most spread ethnic groups in Nigeria with their business presence every nook and cranny of the country. To an average Igbo, time is money and should not be wasted on frivolity, his belief- system of having the capability of fending for himself without having to wait for government remains his endearing gift that distinguished him.

To many Nigerians, Kalu and his Radio Biafra remains the greatest scam of the highest order as disagreement between MASSOP and IPOB is a clear demonstration that this agitation is nothing but exhibition of frustration, a well-grounded selfish and cruel manifestation of evil agenda on account of God knows what. No body can be Biafra in a true sense of it than the late Ikemba of Nnawi and the Gburugburu of Igbo land himself, the same way no mortal can be more catholic than Pope. It is on this premise we appeal to those protesting for Biafra to eschew violence and shield their sword for peace and rapid development.

The words of elders are words of wisdom but the bastardization of ethic and moral values due to poverty and parental neglect is becoming a major impediment to our peaceful coexistence. Ordinary the elders or Kings are supposed to be revered because they are the custodian of peoples’ culture and value but what do we see here in Nigeria of today? The youths are becoming restive and gives no regard.

Notwithstanding, we still appeal to the youths to toy the line of peace and listen to the words of wisdom since the Ohanaeze, all the South/South and South/East Governors, the entire Senators and House of Representatives and well-spirited individuals from these regions have all kicked against this recent waves of agitation in the land.

Have you ever asked yourself this hard question as to what mission to fulfil on this planet? And if the answer is to become someone’s slave then think- twice because your deserved much more. It is a pity for you to lay down your own life for no just course.

Those inciting violence and hate speeches outside Nigeria are true enemy of Nigeria, you can not possibly seat in your comfort zone and ordered people to ask for war and if truly you have any interest to protect why not come to Nigeria and quietly do that. Ironically, no single politician would ever allow his son or daughter to engage in whatever form of massive gathering, be it chanting solidarity songs, in rallies or protest to drive home whichever demand. Of course our politicians are very smart when it comes to this kind of game, what they usually do is to deploy their ill-gotten wealth to engage the jobless and vulnerable individuals in the society to embark on this deadly mission.

Interestingly, their children are not even here in Nigeria and if by any means you saw any of them around, the best jobs in the land are reserved for them, leaving the qualified hopeless and jobless.

Taking laws into your hand and constituting yourself into nuisance by causing havoc in the land can not be tolerated in whatever standard because Nigeria operates by laws. Whereas, whatever grievance anyone has against this government there are constituting authorities at various levels to handle such matter, starting from Local Government Areas, the State up to the Federal level and this explains the role of our representatives across board.
It is the right of every Nigerian to demand for good governance and accountability from their leaders at all levels but when this rare privilege is ignored or abused only to focusing on federal led- government calls for major concern.

Our dear brothers and sisters of Igbo extraction, peaceful coexistence is the only way out of this temptation since Nigeria is one-indivisible entity because in unity we are like a broom.

THE NEW ORDER:

When it is no longer business as usual there is tendency for resistance to change and this is exactly what we are witnessing with the wave of activism and unending protest in the name of God knows what. The truth of the matter is that since those specialised in act of terrorism, arm robbery, oil bunkery, female and child trafficking, cultism, 419ners to mention these vices are already frustrated by the active security apparatus, fighting back through whichever means becomes inevitable.

CORRUPTION FIGHTING BACK:

Must our politicians always sow the seeds of discord among us?

In terms of corruption the bond between Nigerians across divides is overwhelming. Interestingly the Hausas, Igbos and the Yorubas are more united when looting our collective wealth, except exposed by the EFCC you hardly hear of any disagreement amongst but when a politician failed an election or lost out on the sharing of National cake he or she quickly resort to diabolic means of religious, ethnic, tribal and premodial sentiment in order to seek public sympathy. More than anything else the looters of our treasury would be happier to see this kind of distraction so that government would have little or no time to probe them and with looted fund in their hand they are desperate for any measure to frustrate the government of the day.

Unnecessary heating up of our polity at a time when PMB is meticulously peddling Nigeria on a strong footing with global acceptability in relation to our battered image should be condemned in totality.

However, Peaceful protest as a way of registering one’s discontent is acceptable norm anywhere around the world but here in Nigeria the outcome in most cases are usually bloody because its rule of engagements are strickly not followed and often hijacked by the vandals or the power that be.

If we may asked, who is the greatest looser in all of these? Certainly the youths with their emotional investment. Whilst, we say NO to radicalism! We say NO to gullibility! We say NO to myth! We say NO to stereotype! And yes to peace and unity.

Long live President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Northern Youths Intellectual-Advocacy Forum (NYIF)

About the author:

ABDUL YAHAYA ORUMA, President, Northern Youths Intellectual-Advocacy Forum (NYIF) [email protected]

7 thoughts on “Northern Youths Send Peace Message To Pro Biafra Protesters “Honour Ojukwu Legacy”

    • when ever i see these people what anoins me is how they have destroyed the name of our country worldwild… ALL THOSE PEOPLE YOU SEE ON THAT PICTURE 80% OF THEM ARE ARMRUBBERS IF NOT ALL… they travel to other country to rob given bad impression about all Nigerians… Now you want to form
      CRIMINAL REBUBLIC.. where you would now elect ARMRUBBER as a president, COCAIN DEALER as Deputy and Prostitude as first Lady to rule criminals. Honestly God would punish all of you that has made Nigerians pass through problems all over the world.

  1. ARE U PEOPLE TIRED ? why don,t u people mind ur business in d north ? why don,t u preach and write this ” so long a letter ” to ur bokoharam ? bokobuha is more dangerous , so they need dis preaching .NOW U HV DECIDED TO ENTER BAYELSA STATE , WE SHALL FIGHT TO FINISH . I,VE NEVER SEEN GREEDY PEOPLE LIKE DIS , U WANT TO BE EVERYWHERE AT D SAME TIME .DO U PEOPLE THINK EVERY GREAT BAYELSAN IS LIKE GOODLUCK JONATHAN ?WHEN WE ARE READY , IF U DON,T LEARN TO MIND UR TERRITORY,U PEOPLE WILL JUMB INTO NIGER REPUBLIC BY FORCE BY FIRE .DONT EVER DREAM TO TRY IN BAYELSA WHAT U,RE DOING IN RIVERS STATE BCOS ameachi is not from BAYELSA .NA ONLY UNA DEY NIGERIA ?SO D CRUDE OIL IS SO IMPORTANT TO UR LIFE ?

  2. Thank you brother Yahaya Oruma for that powerful, inspirational and insightful article. You added no personal opinions but pure facts. No amount of this hatred, division, and tribalism in form of violence and Biafra agitation can affect our coexistence as Nigerians. However, I want to warn all the good Ndigbo people and their political and traditional leaders that the fruits of what they are allowing dumb Nnamdi Kanu and his godfathers to sow in the Southeast will be very bitter, unpleasant and painful in the nearest future. When a region corrupt politicians misuse their greatest assets-youths for political propaganda, hatred, division, and tribalism, the end result is that those youths will turn against their people in a more violence way in the future. What are the benefits of all those political positions held by Igbos and the southsouth people when Jonathan was president for six years to ordinary Igbo people? Nothing. The Southeast roads remain the worst in the nation. About 70% of Igbo people are still living and doing businesses away from home. The region see nor witness any noticeable growth and development in those six wasted years. The insecurity issues in the region has gone from bad to worse because of the high unemployment rate among those wonderful youths. Today, those looters are now brainwashing their youths to cause civil unrest, chaos, and unnecessary agitation to destroy the economic activities of their people. In the end, the Biafra agitators will only achieve two purpose: The first is to unleash terror on their fellow Igbos and destroy economic growth and development of the Igbo land. The second effect of this madness is that its reduces the chances of electing Igbo president and Vice president in our young democracy. For example, I ‘ve always think that with Rochas Okorocha national politics, that the Igbos have a better chance to produce a president or vice president in 8 years. But that will be more than difficult to attain with this nonsense agitation. Why? The Hausa/Fulani, Yorubas, and majority of the southsouth people will only vote for a president they trust that will keep the nation together and not someone that can be influence by his people to tear our nation apart. The real losser out of this stupidity and intolerance are the Igbos. The after math of this intolerance, confusion, hatred and tribalism will hurt the Igbo people for many years to come just as Sharia law imposition in some north states grew to Boko Haram and is now affecting the northern region in a negative way. For the good of the Igbos, this craziness must come to complete stop.

  3. My Dear Oruma, I thank you so much for your comments, I also thank the Northern youths for conveying peace message, it would have been so nice if this write up was given by hand to give the eastern youths, because I knew that not only Igbos are making demand for Biafra, please my good friends in Eastern Region, let us embrace peace, lets support the present government, your agitation for Biafra is not the main problem facing the Eastern people, we must first clean our Region from all type of evils including all that the writer mention, although not only the people from this region are Armed robbers, 419,kidnappings, fraud at high level, rituals, fake documents, fake contracts, money trafficking and all others, it is all over Nigeria no tribe is free from all sort of evil that engulf Nigeria.
    I will like the senate, the house of reps and other strong groups in Nigeria to look into this matter and find out what is the main cause of this and solve it now with dialogue, not by gun or harsh laws as that will ignite more fire, let the President form a strong delegation that will comprise all intelligent elders from all region to find way to solve this problem before it will get out of control.

    My fellow brothers from the Eastern Region, we don’t supposed to behave as if we are backing corruption, while majority of the Nigerian wealth looters are from the north and the others, while majority from the Eastern Region are struggling to feed themselves, working round the clock to put food on the table for the family, I opposed any form of trouble, I say red card to blood shed and violence, Red card to Tribalism, Red card to corruption, let us see ourselves as brother and sisters and build one strong Nigeria, our country have swollow so many blood, we dont want another blood shed again.
    I will continue to pray for the president Buhari for God to give him very good health and extend his life so as to try to see if he can get Nigeria back to better track because I see him as only A Nigerian who have the progress of Nigerians in Mind right from his First coming.
    God bless Nigeria

  4. My Dear Oruma, I thank you so much for your comments, I also thank the Northern youths for conveying peace message, it would have been so nice if this write up was given by hand to give the eastern youths, because I knew that not only Igbos are making demand for Biafra, please my good friends in Eastern Region, let us embrace peace, lets support the present government, your agitation for Biafra is not the main problem facing the Eastern people, we must first clean our Region from all type of evils including all that the writer mention, although not only the people from this region are Armed robbers, 419,kidnappings, fraud at high level, rituals, fake documents, un done contracts, money trafficking and all others, it is all over Nigeria no tribe is free from all sort of evil that engulf Nigeria.
    I will like the senate, the house of reps and other strong groups in Nigeria to look into this matter and find out what is the main cause of this and solve it now with dialogue, not by gun or harsh laws as that will ignite more fire, let the President form a strong delegation that will comprise all intelligent elders from all region to find way to solve this problem before it will get out of control.

    My fellow brothers from the Eastern Region, we don’t supposed to behave as if we are backing corruption, while majority of the Nigerian wealth looters are from the north and the others, while majority from the Eastern Region are struggling to feed themselves, working round the clock to put food on the table for the family, I opposed any form of trouble, I say red card to blood shed and violence, Red card to Tribalism, Red card to corruption, let us see ourselves as brother and sisters and build one strong Nigeria.
    I will continue to pray for the president Buhari for God to give him very good health and extend his life so as to try to see if he can get Nigeria back to better track because I see him as only A Nigerian who have the progress of Nigeria in Mind right from his First coming.
    God bless Nigeria

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