Biafra cause has never been, is never, and can never be a just cause as long as it wants to forcibly incorporate the ethnic minorities of Ikot-Ekpene, Uyo, Eket, Ogoja, Calabar, Oron, Annang, Yenogoa, Warri, Ahoada, Degema and Port Harcourt who are not Igbo into Biafra. An Igbo republic will, however, be a just cause.
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Re- Biafra revisited :
Verily, it's a matter of "He who feels it knows".
I say this now and forever, that the Biafran cause is a just cause.
If Lord Lugard were alive today, I'm sure he would be examining the realities of the UK leaving the European Union...
Maybe I'm biased because I have spent so much time in Owerri, Aba and Umuahia, but I can find no reason for anyone not to respect another person's or people's collective wish for unfettered freedom / self-determination, whether it is the Palestinians or the Biafrans who happily or unhappily, fairly or unfairly have been welded together without even as much a marriage vow that goes "from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death us do part" - a vow administered over their heads and without their consultation or mutual consent , the amalgamation of so many very different nations, different religious and cultural grouping into Lord Lugard's grand visionary colonial experiment known as the United States of Nigeria.
How you go about pursuing this goal of One Nigeria is another matter altogether. The experiment can succeed with the goodwill and the needed flexibility for compromises by the parties to the concept. I'm not saying that it was a forced marriage of many nations wedded or welded together against their will. Fact is that even marriage vows, duly and willingly attested, can be annulled or disbanded - the ideal of " till death do us part" is not written in stone and that's why divorce is always an option , even in Islam. I'm sure that the Supreme Being of the Igbo, whether you call Him Hashem or Chukwu or Olodumare, in His infinite mercy does not want two people - or the host of some 250 human ethnicities to be unevenly yoked together for all perpetuity, if they do not consent to such.
The political scientists among us will tell us that Nigeria is a political and not a religious amalgamation - and in saying so they are partly right, even as they point to the evolution of the Holy Nigerian Constitution ( not written in stone) a constitution which still anticipates and probably needs further amendments to meet the exigencies of foreseen/ unforeseen situations.
Chidi , that other matter, the legend of the Igbos as one or more than one of The Lost Tribes of Israel ( As for me and I'm very proud of my heritage, I don't have that kind of problem as it's quite clear and beyond any kind of dispute whatsoever that my mother, and her mother and sister (fiercely and assertively so - just ask Shola Clarkson or the Stobers or Rogers-Wrights) and her mother's mother and father all down the line are bona fide Yoruba and not of "one of the lost tribes"
On Saturday, 4 March 2017 13:10:00 UTC+1, Chidi Anthony Opara wrote:
Anybody who read Ojukwu's Aburi speech and "Ahiara Declaration" would know what it means to be prepared for a cause, unlike the current jokes in the name of Biafra. When prepared, even those who disagree with you will respect you.
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