By Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi
For Family Writers Press
10th June 2018
Recently, there has been gathering here and there, where a group of people called themselves "pro Biafra" groups and have decided to form what they called "Coalition". The coalition group said their interest is on self-emancipation of the Biafran people. But the funny thing is that these groups have one connection or the other with the oppressive Nigerian government. There might be many reasons for the demand for coalition by some of these groups, but one obvious reason is to permanently dethrone Nnamdi Kanu and bury IPOB forever. It is a soft way of ganging up against IPOB and her leadership. It is also a way of stampeding IPOB and her leader into oblivion.This is the simple reason for this much touted coalition.
Let me tell you the simple empirical fact here; immediately IPOB agrees to a coalition, new group will be formed and old ones neutralized of which haven seen the power IPOB welds on Biafrans and how her policies affects everything that is being done in the whole of Biafraland, these people will gang up to first neutralize these powers and will always antagonise the opinions of IPOB in the newly formed coalition. IPOB will be completely isolated. In fact, the name IPOB will be scrapped off because if the groups identify with the name IPOB it will still put IPOB as the figurehead of the Biafra struggle.
However, looking at those that are asking for this coalition, you will find out that they are those that have been antagonistic to most of the policies and strategies of IPOB in the struggle for the restoration of Biafra. Some of them have insinuated that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is using IPOB as his family business while some asserted he opened IPOB as his business firm. There is nothing they have not said to jeopardize the activities of IPOB and further destroy the integrity of IPOB on the international stage, but then IPOB has remained consistent in both their ideology, policy, modus operandi and what have you. IPOB has remained fucus and more especially dedicated to the unfettered quest for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra, hence their reason for creating groups that attack IPOB and the personality of IPOB members. They spoke against IPOB when IPOB said enough is enough to Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and their constant "One Nigeria" political gatherings in Biafraland and declared that IPOB has no right to stop a summit that stands against the collective interest of Ndi Igbo. Yes that was what it was. That summit was a jamboree to further enslave Biafrans.
At the same time this same coalitionists went against the Biafra Heroes Remembrance day on 30th May as institutionalized and directed by IPOB and her leadership in which Biafrans were advised to "stay at home" in absolute honour.
However, this set of people will always go to every post made on social media to attack Nnamdi Kanu as if attacking Nnamdi Kanu is what will give them Freedom. You can imagine that! They want to take over the platform IPOB built and dismantle IPOB completely. A consent from IPOB to this charade called coalition will completely obliterate the name IPOB hence the name will be dumped in the waste bin of history. They are hungry for leadership without working or proving themselves worthy of leading Biafrans. And since Biafrans know their leaders, and will likely not trust the new leadership, Biafrans will lose interest in the struggle and conclude that Biafra is not ready to leave our hearts to become a physical nation of which most of them have argued that their own Biafra is Biafra of the heart.
I do not know whose brainchild this coalition is, but what I do know is that it is not from the coven of the purest of hearts. This coalition is geared towards collapsing this struggle and an agreement with IPOB will seal it all which in turn sends IPOB to oblivion.
The Nigerian government on a move to kill this struggle, arrested Nnamdi Kanu, tried to bribe him to jettison Biafra, jailed him for two years, killed hundreds of Biafrans in Onitsha, Umuahia and Aba, conspired and brought Python dance, invaded and raided Nnamdi Kanu's House and kidnapped his entire family, yet IPOB remained strong. When they cannot put IPOB to rest, the ground patrons of deceit called Nigeria approached compromised men among us to cajole IPOB into dissolving themselves into another weaker group that can easily be manipulated.
The move is to enrich themselves and quash the Biafra struggle. But they will not succeed. The struggle for Biafra is no more of men to decide but of God. Biafrans must trust Nnamdi Kanu dead or alive and will continue to stand with him till that morning when we shall all wake up as Biafrans.
Edited by Ebere Okolie
For Family Writers Press
A Coalition That Stampeds IPOB Into Oblivion