Written By Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi
For Family Writers Press International
7th February 2020.
'We Killed Them, And Won't Allow Them A Peaceful Burial' now seems to be what the Nigeria government is saying to Biafrans, through the actions of thousands of their soldiers stationed in Afaraukwu Ibeku, the home town of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
For over a week, Nigeria military have taken over the entire Umuahia town, especially Afaraukwu. Pictures of them in combat postures have been flooding the internet. One of the pictures I saw reminds of the Iraqi/Irani war scenes in the 90s. Some Nigeria soldiers were kneeling on one leg, pointing guns at the villagers. Their facial outlook reflect a bloodthirsty army ready to gun down innocent villagers at the slightest provocation.
Actually, killing and denying the dead burial looks like it has become a culture for the Nigeria Military. History is a guide through which certain undoubtable conclusions are reached. One of such is that Nigeria soldiers are infamous killer-squads. They have killed more innocent Nigerians than any known terrorist group, be it Boko Haram or Fulani Herdsmen. Nigeria military are empowered to kill anytime, any day with impunity.
In 1967, Nigeria military of northern extraction moved against Easterners, killing more than 30,000 people. Their bodies were littered along the streets and left for vultures to feast on.
Thousands of Igbo people and other Easterners were stopped at Benue River. They were killed and their bodies thrown into the river. Nigeria military supervised the pogrom.
If you turn to Odi and Zarki Ibiam, you will hear the same horror stories. Here, they never spared the old, the cripple and little children. They gunned down everything that move.
Actually, the word 'killing' is synonymous with the name Nigeria. The Nigeria military was never established to defend the Nigeria people. They are always there to kill Nigerians.
The Biafra people currently under hostage in Nigeria have also been massacred in thousands by Nigeria soldiers. On 14th September 2017, Nigeria military committed an atrocity and a terror act against Biafrans. Soldiers encircled the home of Mazi Nnamdi's father, HRH Eze Okwu Kanu. On that black Saturday, they rained bullet into the house for many hours, killing 28 men, one lady and a dog. The trauma suffered by the parents of IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu consequently led to their death. After killing them, the Nigeria military have returned again to refuse the royal couple they murdered a decent and peaceful burial.
They are about to kill and kidnap more Biafrans come 14th of February 2020. Their crime is that they want to bury the dead. It is never a crime for a people to bury their own dead. Yet battalions of Nigeria army are in the peaceful South East, trying to provoke the people in order to slaughter them.
Funny enough, the same Nigeria military are pampering Boko Haram terrorists, rehabilitating and recruiting them into the military and police. Fulani herdsmen terrorists have been killing indigenous people and forcefully occupying their lands, yet none have been arrested and tried in any court of law. More than ten thousand Nigerians have died in the hands of Fulani herdsmen just within the space of 6years, yet Nigeria military are after peaceful IPOB members demanding for referendum.
The actions of Nigeria military echoes only one thing: and that is terrorism against the indigenous people of Biafra. It is only slaves that doesn't have the right to life and even a decent burial. Biafrans are never slaves.
Taking into cognizance the events occurring so far in Nigeria, a sane mind can say that if what Nigeria military are doing today in South East were properly and sincerely directed at the Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen, they would have been long defeated in reality.
The show of shame happening in Afaraukwu in the wake of the burial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's parents affirms how important Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB is in bringing salvation to Biafrans. The only man they fear is Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Can a people be denied the right to bury their dead as they desire? Your answer to this question will tell you if you are truly a free man.
Elochukwu Ohagi is a Philosopher, Teacher and Activist
By Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi
Edited By Paul Ihechi Alagba
For Family Writers Press International