Abubakar Yusuf Girei: Igbos Cannot Be Talking About Biafra And The Same Aspiring For Nigeria President: An Open Challenge To Igbo Politicians
Rei: Igbos Cannot Be Talking About Biafra And The Same Aspiring For Nigeria President:- An Open Challenge To Igbo Politicians
By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers
16th March 2017
I want to draw your attention to a media publication with the headline "WHICH ONE DO IGBOS WANT, BIAFRA OR NIGERIA PRESIDENT?" This was a statement made by Senator Abubakar Idris Yusuf Girei of Adamawa state and he further said in one of the paragraphs and I quote: "Igbos cannot be talking about Biafra and at the same time be aspiring for the office of Nigeria president". This publication attracted different reactions from many Biafrans and non Biafrans alike. In my own opinion, many people had diverse understanding of the viewpoint of the sincere senator. You may understand his statement that "Igbos cannot be talking about Biafra restoration and at the same time aspiring for Nigeria president" in your own innocent perspective but in my understanding, that is the most sincere statement by a Nigerian politician I have ever seen in recent years.
The gentle senator without being mischievous showed that he understood vividly that Igbos and indeed all Biafrans want the restoration of Biafra but what beats his imagination is how the same people who want the restoration of Biafra should at the same time be aspiring to become president of Nigeria which they have rejected. Before you crucify the gentle senator based on how you understand his position, the question here is "are Igbos actually talking about restoration of Biafra"? The answer is "YES". Another question is "Are there truly some Igbo hungry political saboteurs who are mischievously aspiring for the office of the Nigeria president against the wish of the majority of Igbo people who have rejected Nigeria, even amidst these hurricanes of agitation for Biafra restoration"? The answer is also "YES". So, I personally do not see anything wrong with the position of the gentle senator who has implied that Igbo politicians should join their people in demand for Biafra.
It is however on this note that I want to make these Igbo political prodigal sons such Chief Chekwas Okorie, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Alhaji Rochas Idris Okorocha, Mr Peter Obi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu to understand that Senator Abubakar Idris Yusuf Girei has through the statement above, challenged all of you people to go back to Biafra Land and join your people in agitation for Biafra. The senator has implied through his speech that no other region in the disintegrating Nigeria will even vote for you people should any of you eventually emerge as flag bearer of any political party in the forthcoming presidential election. His reason being that 95% of Igbo population and other ethnic nationalities in Biafra Land which you people are part of cannot be talking about Biafra restoration and you people expect other regions to trust you people and vote for you in the coming presidential election.
As the majority of Igbo population and other ethnic groups in Biafra Land have vehemently insisted that they want nothing at the moment but restoration of Biafra, the only way forward for Igbo politicians is to go back and join IPOB under the supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu De Great so that together we will restore Biafra and they will continue their politics in Biafra which will then assume status of a sovereign nation as well.
Senator Abubakar Girei is simply telling you people to stand at where your people stand because charity begins at home unless you people want to become "Ndi ọka nma na ama" in Igbo language, meaning those who pretend to be good outside than in their homes. In my opinion, the senator is like a diamond in the garbage called Nigeria by being very sincere to his Igbo political friends when he said verbatim that Igbo people cannot be talking about Biafra restoration and you people will at the same time beating drums of aspiration for Nigeria president.
It is now up to Igbo politicians and politicians of other ethnic nationalities of Biafra Land to heed the counsel from their political friend and say "NO" to further political caricature upon themselves from Nigeria politics. Persons like Rochas Okorocha, Orji Uzor Kalu, Chekwas Okorie, Pat Utomi, etc have been contesting Nigeria presidency since 2003, 2007, 2011, and if not because Biafra will be restored very soon, they will continue to contest for Nigeria president until they all die and yet no Igbo man will become president of Nigeria. Although, Biafrans are no more interested in Nigeria and its politics, even if for example, the father of Nnamdi Kanu HRM Eze Israel Okwu-Kanu becomes next president of Nigeria, yet Mazi Nnamdi Kanu De Great will prefer Kuje prison and to restore Biafra, while his father Nigerianist can continue to rule Nigeria if he wishes.
Therefore, all we want from Igbo politicians is to come home and join the vehement quest for Biafra.
Atụọrọ ọmara, ọmara, kama atụọrọ ofeke, ofenye isi n'ọhịa. I rest my case!
Edited by Orji Munachimso
For Family Writers