Arewa Youths' Position: If Only Our Igbo Compatriots Had Listened To Kanu
By Russell Bluejack
Published by Family Writers
7th June 2017
I had an extensive discussion with Distinguished Comrade Boma Brown, who doubles as my brother from both Opobo and Nkoro in Rivers State. Read the excerpt from that confabulation:
"Russell, my brother, I am in full support of your revolutionary works. Like you, I agree that politics is not the panacea to our teething economic problems, for we all know that our unity must be discussed. We cannot have a functional system in a faulty template. I also disagree with anyone that said our unity is not negotiable, because I think such disposition breeds servility.
"However, my dear Russell, I am worried that our Igbo brothers are missing one thing: they are fighting a war against a formidable foe, North, yet their people are still domiciled in the North. Are they not inviting another pogrom? Please use your works to encourage them to divest and come back home.
Are our collective people not tired of dying?" ------ Hon. Boma Brown
I gaped in awe as my beloved, well read, and opulent brother ceased the happenstance to open up new vista in the struggle. It is noteworthy, however, that Boma Brown's call is only second to that made by our hero in the struggle, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of IPOB. Those of us that were ardent followers of his presentations at Biafra Radio, London, heard him hammer on the need for our people over there to start relocating. As the Nostradamus of our time, having prognosticated what is glaring to all and sundry today, he wanted our collective people, especially the Igbo people, to start moving back because of the inevitable - an appeal that was not heeded. If our brothers had known and heeded.
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Today, the same appeal made by Director Kanu and Hon. Brown is coming in the form of a FORCEFUL EJECTION. What ought to have been a tactical movement has evolved into one backed by FORCE and THREAT. What is so sweet, attractive, and special in a northern milieu as to warrant such EVICTION ORDER? And why have our brothers stooped this low to be at the mercy of these restive and tumultuous creatures? How were our people able to reside with and amongst the most vicious enemies they have always had? What was it that emboldened our people to invest trillions in the same enclave where the 1966 pogrom was hatched? If our brothers had known and heeded.
This Order cum ultimatum has come from the North as a way of impoverishing our people. This eviction order, I am wont to say, is a simulacrum of the £20 injustice meted out to the East after the Civil War. It is both reductionist and oppressive. It is a sign of frustration laced with a calculated attempt to punish the Igbo by decimating them, financially, before letting them go. In all of this, our brothers in the North, most of whom have properties worth billions, are boxed in, since they either undervalue them or lose them entirely. We have in our hands a very ugly and unjust situation where billions will become millions. If our brothers had known and heeded.
Whichever way we look at it, this is a trap we must escape. Our people are in no vantage position to bargain, since we have made our resolution to jettison Nigeria clear to the world. This outburst shown by the North is the aftermath of the successful May 30 sit-at-home, which crippled the commercial life of Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, and every other part of Nigeria. This is a very violent REACTION to that ACTION, and we must note that these bloodthirsty creatures are ready to reduce our number further should our people over there treat this threat with a sleight of the hand. Director Nnamdi Kanu's earlier call was a slap on the wrist that should have been heeded. Let our brothers start relocating now. Our brothers and sisters should return alive. If our brothers had known and heeded.
They want war, but we can see that we have won without physically engaging them. Our people should incur the loses and come back home. The Biafra we all ENVISIONED is now VISIBLE. The surreal has now become corporeal. The truth has set us all free. Thanks be to God. If our brothers had known and heeded, we would not be sulking over their impending loss. Perchance it is a worthy sacrifice. I urge us all to synergize efforts and unite our sister regions. It is time to use words and approaches that show that we understand that our sister regions may have wronged each other in the past, but that the need to work together and birth a better country should be our collective concern; after all, we are equally yoked as victims of oppression. Let the dialogue between South-East and Niger Delta commence in earnest.
We have been talking TO EACH OTHER for long. Methinks it is high time we started talking WITH EACH OTHER. The former is argumentative while the latter is both deliberative and persuasive. We have to sit and discuss our deep-seated grievances, forgive each other and unite for progress. It is time to be united. Thanks and God bless.
Russell Bluejack is a thinker, revolutionary writer, tutor, and socio-economic and political analyst that writes from Port Harcourt.
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