A Narrative Of Neo-Biafra: A Quest For A Better Africa
October 01, 2020 134
It is of utmost importance that the Igbo ensure that their narrative of the neo-Biafra agitation/quest is that of a progressive Africa and not a WAR CRY. Those at the forefront of the agitation must let it sink into the minds of the irate youths.
Biafra is a cry for an Africa in which brother would let brother thrive and chase his destiny without malicious Interjections by means of political, social and economic witch hunt. Biafra’s reach is like the sun - It stretches beyond the South-East of Nigeria. It is bigger than the Igbo Nation.
I have always maintained that it is the cross of Ndi Igbo to liberate Africa from backwardness (in all ramifications); with the help of willing African Progressives. And along with that cross, the Igbo have chosen to have their own independent state as an apparatus to show Africa and the world that things can be done differently. That a nation in Africa can become a first world country.
But if this quest to be the Messiah (of black Africa) will cost the Igbo much in human lives, then we must adjust the tone of our agitation. What am I saying in essence?
I mean that any man who seeks the path to war as a means to getting Biafra is not on the side of Ndị Igbo or the Black race in general. He is an enemy. Africa has seen so much bloodshed in the last hundred years - A bloodshed that has not bettered our region in any way.
Dialogue is what we need at this point in our agitation. But what I have realized is that whenever a Hausa or Yoruba man hears Biafra, they conclude that the Igbo man wants war. A repeat of the genocide of 1967-1970. They have refused to renegotiate Nigeria’s sovereignty with the Igbo, who feel discontented.
Biafra is not a WAR cry. It is an attempt by the black man to free himself, and his neighbors, from backwardness. It is a hope against all odds that we can achieve more as a people. Biafra does not belong to the Igbo, Ijaw, Anioma, etc - it belongs to Africa, although very few know this.
As it is in his nature to abhor inhumane subjugation and acrimonious marginalization, the Igbo man has once more taken the lead in the fight against organized leadership tyranny. And as usual the leaders (both Igbo and Non-Igbo) have employed all forms of evil machinations to reduce the agitation of the Igbo man to a mere war cry.
Since the Biafran ideology has been reduced to a war cry (by enemies of Nigerians and ndị Igbo) then by all means let us make it a WAR against the corrupt leadership of Nigeria. But again, how can we win this war? We must first move slightly apart and let each man (region) clear the mess in his backyard. Only then can we forge ahead in healthy competition.
At the end of the day, those that cringe at the sound of Biafra will be happy we took the road of uncertainty for the greater good of the black human. Our detractors will one day drink with us at the same table, praising us for our bravery.
My ideology of Biafra has always been one reaching beyond land demarcations, tribal hostility, and wealth sharing. My ideology of Biafra will always be a cry for a better Africa, a better black race. And if by our revolution and resolve Nigeria becomes a better place, then I can say that we have liberated ourselves and our brothers from the shackles of "The powers that be."
Therefore, it is wrong for our friends and brothers to look upon everyone who mentions Biafra as one who seeks war - NO. Some of us are not troublesome. Some of us just want what's best for our children's children and our people. And if that is not attainable in a larger Nigeria, then by all means we should sit down and negotiate. In war, nobody wins!!!
Article Was Written By Chuka Nduneseokwu