I have taken sufficient time off but my foot has not let off the throttle; it would be exhibition of evil if I keep mute while an historic move is about to dawn on us. 1967 remains an history that constantly throw us into fear, grief and negativities. To some; it was a three year of glory and pride; between 1967 and 1970 a nation was declared but re-annexed after thirty months of war that culminated to genocide. History is about to repeat itself; the factors that led to the 1967 experience abound and personally, I strongly believe the scores of 1967 can only be settled where it started. I am not a warmonger and neither am I behind the repetition, I am only a firsthand journalist covering the affairs of indigenous people of Old Eastern Nigeria.
Biafra National Guard (BNG) has a charter drafted by late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, the articles of the charter have been implemented except the last one. However, the last one is the real deal and as such, we need to prepare. Even though no one knows where it is coming from; it is imperative we pay attention to the situation.
Biafra is a child of circumstance that took over 3.5 million lives to become unbreakable ideology. It is pertinent to also know that no matter how civilized we make of ourselves, an ideology its time has come cannot be stopped by anything or anybody. Biafra appears to be in that category- it is the ninth month of this pregnancy and nature has taken control of the situation and we cannot do anything about it. The child either dies or the mother dies; even though the child dies, the mother will undergo surgery to live or also die with the child. Fortunately; if Biafra is not delivered, the force of nature will force its birth at all cost.
I became a pro-Biafra journalist in 2015; forfeiting everything to dedicate my pen towards the restoration of Biafra because I was convinced it is a just cause and the solution to the evil Britain created in Nigeria. As a journalist; I have no control or command of happenings in the struggle, I only keep my email open for information and share my opinions in the possible way to save lives and proffer solution to the issue facing the people of Southsouth and Southeast who are the legitimate Old Easterners.
In 1967; Nnamdi Azikiwe was more interested in seeking political solution to the problem facing us while the inevitable was war, which late Ojukwu understood more. Political solution needed patient- but emotion was running high and unbridled killing taking place. There was no time for politicking and those he wanted to politick with were threatening war and three days extermination promise. Ultimately; we lost 3.5 million lives, had late Nnamdi Azikiwe embraced the inevitable, he could have used his high wire contacts to attract international allies and arm dealers for our reinforcement. Late Ojukwu was in the war front while Nnamdi Azikiwe was busy blowing grammar to the undeclared benefit of our killers.
History is about to repeat; Biafra will rise again and be a sovereign state but her sovereignty once more will be put to test and we need to prepare for the worst. I didn’t shiver after my investigation; I have found strength in the fact that I am not better than 3.5 million that lost their lives in 1967 and as such, I have nothing to fear. I have no international passport, my family is not living my land, it will be about survival and the best way to survive is to prepare and stop our aggressors. All hands must be on deck in the best possible way to make this day count in our favor.
I don’t want to hear sermons on how self-defense (war) is bad, evil, death and all the negativities that accompany war(self-defense). I don’t want to hear how we could stop it or another option on the table; if it could be stopped, it would have been stopped. If there was another option; I would have embraced it long before this inevitable moment. This is our cross; like Israel, it appears war (self-defense) will never depart from us. We have been in undeclared or unofficial war for the past months; people are dying in hundreds and nobody is speaking for the weak. There is practically no difference between what is happening now and what will happen shortly. The message is simple; let us prepare and strategize in the best way possible to come out with a different result from that of 1967.
I don’t want to hear stories- how they could have done it, how they could have started it in Sokoto, how making our land a theater of war is wrong, of course, it is wrong, but our role is not to wait and tell anybody the wrongs and fails. Now, we can make it a Sokoto war (self-defense) with what we can offer- our expertise, our opinions, our advice, our money and our contacts. Remember to keep quiet tomorrow if you ignore the call; remember to take your precious to where you deem safe before the night, because, blame games will not be taken lightly on literary basis.
The simple message is prepare for the inevitable; no amount of grammar can change what is meant to be. No amount of convincing; like late Ojukwu had no option, there seems to be no option today. The only option is to prepare and be counted.
Ifeanyi Chijioke- Independent/Investigative Journalist
Writes From Enugu
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