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|For The Love Of Country by slivertongue: 12:00pm On Jun 29, 2017|
Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning says the Bible. Looking at the joke that Nigeria is turning out to be, i asked myself when will Nigeria experience morning? Nigerians felt that replacing GEJ and PDP would solve the crisis of governance but the last two years has seen Nigerians experience the worst of deprivation and division on account of the shambolic governance process enthroned by the current tenants of Aso Rock. Except for attempts at fighting graft, nothing concrete has been done by this government. But their diehard supporters have refused to interrogate the manifest failure of the advocates of change to deliver progress, instead they engage in shadow boxing to divert the people's attention from the failures of the government of the day.
One of this ploy is the so called "Kaduna Declaration" - a kindergaten attempt to shift our focus from the campaign promises of this government. The declaration is a ploy to shift attention from GMB's failure to meet irreducible minimums and his absence from the centre - a clear revelation that he lacks the capacity and capability to govern a complex state like Nigeria. The record of his leadership between 1983-1985 is there for all to see.The advantage of that time don't exist today. Democracy has exposed him as a man who depended on military command structures to rule. If GMB returns today all those giving quit notices and wagging their tongues will go underground after achieving their aim of keeping the polity busy.
The Biafran agitation has been on for some years now and most Igbos gave it little or no attention. Its been a non-violent agitation but the security forces that failed to protect the people from bandits found strength to kill, maim and arrest dozens of innocent citizens. All manner of false charges are leveled against them to have them jailed but this charges failed in court. Rather than the government addressing the root cause of the agitation which is the deficit of infrastructure, unemployment, discrimination, insecurity, etc they choose to use force, verbal abuse, innuendo and trading with the rentier elites.
Attempts by the youths to speakout is suppressed by the coercive instruments of the state. Kanu was an unknown quantity in the South East until he began joining voices with the oppressed. He was not given a place in the peoples thought until this government's poor management of affairs led to his popularity. All appeal from the elites of the SE who knew they had more to lose was not heeded.
The people found their voice again, and demanded for a better deal but were told that they are 5% forcing them to ask for a homeland of their own where they believe they can do justice to their needs.
Rather than address the issues, some self serving characters decided to show their lack of knowledge by way of "Kaduna Declaration" forgeting that as it stands the Igbos are still part of Nigeria. Their letter to the Acting Presdent demanding for referendum for SE was doing the needful. But their communique is litered with lies. The claim that the Igbos are a threat to the North is patronizing and an attempt to incite violence.
Are Igbos responsible for the annual violence, killings and arson in Kano and Kaduna etc? Were they responsible for the killings of 510 people in one night at Dogon Nahawa in Plateau state? Are they responsible for killings going on in Benue, Southern Kaduna, Nasarawa, Taraba, etc? Are Igbos the herdsmen terrorising every part of Nigeria? Are Igbos the Boko Haram that are ravaging the North East? Are Igbos responsible for the genocide against the Shiites? Are Igbos responsible for the Almajiri malaise in Northern Nigeria? Have Biafran campaigners ever demostrated in Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, etc? Does the communique represent the peoples of Northern Nigeria? Does the communique solve the problems of Northern Nigeria?
The Igbos in Northern Nigeria are peace loving and by the grace of God productive. They are not responsible for the challenges being faced by the North, instead they are victims of the crises. In each crisis in the North, Igbos suffer greatly yet the claim is that they insult their host.
The agitation in the South East has little or nothing to do with the civil war but the failure of government at all levels. It is a masses driven movement and they rightly believe that they can govern themselves better. The Igbos may not be the only ethnic group with complaints against the centre, but have decided to speak out. It behoves on government to take steps to create a platform for Nigerians to ventilate their anger and from there reorganize Nigeria or activate the necessary instruments to allow any group that wants independence to have it.
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