The recent harassment or detention of human rights activist, Dr. Chido Onumah, by state agents is not only a sign that Nigeria is drifting towards full-blown dictatorship, the incident also goes to expose the hypocrisy of Nigerian leaders. Onumah’s crime, according to the state agents, is that he was wearing a t-shirt with the inscription: "WE ARE ALL BIAFRANS", being the tittle of his best-selling book.
Pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),is unperturbed by the widespread condemnation of the show of shame by its members in Nuremberg Germany on Saturday, when they egg-bombed former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and tore his dress.
Nigeria's world famous author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said the Igbo have been treated unfairly by the rest of Nigeria, especially after the war, 49 years ago and therefore recommended the setting up of a truth and reconciliation committee
The soldier who nipped the coup in the bud and ensured it failed miserably was Gowon. Lt Col Yakubu ‘Jack’ Gowon left the shores of the country on May 1965. He was then Adjutant General at the Army HQ. Because of his distinguished performance in Congo Peacekeeping mission, he was asked to attend the elite Joint Services Course at Latima House, Buckinghamshire, UK.
It was a soundless morning, dark, pulsating, starless. The harmattan spiked the 2am air with prickly cold and fog. With his finger to the trigger, the 28-year-old Major Patrick Chukwuma Nzeogwu addressed the soldiers from Charlie Company of the 3rd Infantry Battalion and some Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) personnel. They were armed with fury, sub-machine guns, knives, grenades, torchlights, rocket launchers.
At last, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has abandoned his violent struggle for the realisation of Biafra and called for a dialogue with the Federal Government to end the agitation.
Nigerian actor, Nkem Owoh popularly known as Osuofia, has weighed in on the agitations of the Igbos, saying if Nigeria can reorganize itself and live in justice and equity, giving the Igbos their rights, then why wouldn’t the Igbos give it a try, but since their actions towards them tribe isn’t ‘accommodating’ then we say staying on our own is best for the long term.
In all honesty, I am not in support of the dissolution of Nigeria as advocated by the so called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or that coalition of Northern youths who’ve issued an ultimatum to the Igbos to quit Northern Nigeria. So, I’m as much against the IPOB as I am against those Northern youths. The coalition of Northern youths did not speak for me. I’m for Nigeria, warts and all, and in the firm belief that things will improve in no distant future. Building a nation takes generations absorbed in visionary leadership, unity of purpose, hard work and perseverance.
Nation-building is hard, but it need not be as difficult as we make it in Nigeria. Nation-building is also intentional. It doesn’t happen by accident. The real test is in the leadership and the actions that create a real spirit of nationhood, and the willingness of every stakeholder to build a united, stable and cohesive nation. Fifty years after Biafra, we are confronted with the imperative of defining a future for Nigeria that escapes our country’s past.
As supporters of Biafra continue to celebrate the success of their stay-at-home directive on May 30 in some states in the Southeast, a publication has surfaced on the internet showing how the former Biafran warlord, the late Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, prevented food aid from getting to thousands of starving Biafran children.