Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Izu, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    The thematic focus of my post is to highlight how the IPOB
    can secure independence as a sovereign entity or equitable
    restructuring of Nigeria in such a way that ensures,
    resource control, equity, justice, regional autonomy,
    fairness and peaceful co-existence of all stakeholders,
    without loss of lives in the hands of people, who are ever
    ready and seek for opportunities to waste Igbo lives
    gleefully. I have done some little research on how this can
    be accomplished, modifying the SNP model to suit our own
    sociopolitical clime.
    The key question agitating the minds of people/every
    Nigerian/the world, and which has attracted diverse
    interpretations and misinterpretations is what does IPOB
    really want and what is the reason or motivation behind
    their agitation which is over 5 years old? (Please do not
    lend much credence/credibility to the narration of some
    partisan herds, who attribute the IPOB agitation solely to
    GEJ defeat at the last Presidential election). Theirs are the
    jaundiced narratives of folks that want to give a dog a bad
    name in order to hang it. IPOB has been in existence long
    before the last Presidential election in March 28, 2015. In
    fact they have always referred to Nigeria as a Zoo (a cruder
    form of the animal farm). Perhaps, their agitation was
    taken a notch higher in decibel because of the unguarded or
    UN-statesmanlike pronouncements of the powers that be,
    eg. the 97:5 equation gaffe. However, that does not in
    anyway negate the reality and fact on the ground that there
    are germain kernels to their agitations.
    Mr President once asked, what does the IGBOs want? a
    rhetoric question that even the IPOB leadership or the weak
    Ohaneze Leadership have not been able to provide answers
    or effective responses to.
    Before I proceed further, I crave our indulgence to provide
    some brief response to that unanswered question.
    1. The Igbos and to a large extent the people of the Niger
    Delta desire the opportunity to own their resources, control
    and manage such resources and grow competitively within
    Nigeria, without being dragged /held back by reactionary
    forces from other climes or their efulefu agents planted in
    our state houses (eg. Obasanjo used his own efulefus/
    agents to destabilize Anambra State for so long a period
    before God used Peter Obi to reset Anambra on the
    progressive path today under APGA. The Igbos desire for
    Nigeria to go back to the Pre- 1966 Regional autonomous
    structure of the constituents units in Nigeria to enabled
    them develop at their own pace without being clogged
    down by those that want to stay behind because of their
    cultural and religious idiosyncrasies .
    2. Following from the above,, the Igbos want the
    elimination of the obnoxious and retrogressive policies and
    programmes like Quota system and Federal Character
    Commission that elevates mediocrity over merit. Policies
    that have deprived them some of the benefits of their hard-
    work. Policies that were designed to stifle their culture of
    enterprise. Policies that slowed their progressive march in
    Nigeria after the destruction of the progressive foundations
    upon which Nigeria was laid in 1960.
    3. The Igbos do not want their own kits/kins regularly being
    beheaded/massacred in other parts of Nigeria in the name
    of religious fanaticism by crude Jihadists under whatever
    pretenses, when we claim to be running a secular
    constitution. The Igbos don't want their markets being
    burnt at random in order to wickedly decimate them or stall
    their industry.
    4. If the rest of Nigeria do not want the Igbos to have the
    above, they should at-least allow them to have their
    independence , partnering with which ever ethnic
    nationalities that want to join them to form their own
    nation. The average Igbo man desire to have his
    independence. Like the Jews, they are very itinerant and
    will prefer to have/control their own home nation and
    access visa to live in other parts of Nigeria rather than
    being treated as second class citizens in Today's Nigeria.
    The undeniable and established facts remain that:
    1. The IGBOS by their nature/enterprising spirit are much
    better off in a United Nigeria that is equitably structured to
    reflect and accommodate the uniqueness and diversity of
    the diverse nations in Nigeria (more than 250) as we had it
    Pre-1966 before the Unitarians and military junta scuppered
    2. The Igbos are the leading Pan Nigerian Ethnic Nation in
    Nigeria (that demonstrate their believe in one Nigeria in
    practical terms -they live and make their homes anywhere
    they find themselves).
    3. However, the Igbos would prefer to have their own
    independent country where the desire/objective/fact 1 and
    2 above becomes impossible. It was because of their
    quest to have desires/objective 1 &2 above that over
    2million of their kinds were murdered by Nigeria in an
    unprecedented genocide second only to the Nazi Holocaust
    1. The sentiment and support for the IPOB agitation is so
    rife amongst the members of the IGBO nation. Over 80% of
    the Igbo nation both at home and in diaspora strongly
    believe that Nigeria as presently structured/contracted has
    not been fair to the Igbo man.
    2. Overwhelming majority of Ndi Igbo, which include
    Professionals, Traders, Captains of Industries, Artisans,
    Diaspora Igbos, Students and even Area boys strongly
    identify /support the reasons behind the IPOB agitations.
    However, it is the approach of the leadership of IPOB that
    puts them off.
    3. Spontaneous but poorly articulated/coordinated
    demonstrations at bridge heads/disruption of the economic
    activities of your own people, which can easily be hijacked
    by miscreants are not just the potent/ viable ways to go in
    actualizing the agitation. We play into the hands of Igbo
    haters in Nigeria who will not waste time to waste
    innocent umu Igbo as they have shown overtime.
    Unfortunately, a majority of those efulefus, who were
    rigged into political offices in Igbo land are cowards after
    their own pocket and belly and have no love for Ndi Igbo.
    Hence, will never speak out in defense of our people or
    speak out against the injustice being meted out to Ndi
    across the nation.
    4.Well meaning Ndi Igbo are willing and ready to support
    and finance a properly articulated IPOB struggles. Once it is
    established that the IPOB leadership is selfless, altruistic,
    honest and display rare integrity.
    5. The IPOB leadership cells in villages, the hinterland,
    markets, artisan, communities, LGAs, State levels,
    National, and Diaspora levels can be strengthened for
    efficiency and mobilization.
    6. The IPOB leadership should develop a comprehensive
    charter of equity that draws heavily from the Aburi accord
    and addresses/provides see through solutions to every of
    the ills, injustices and inequities currently at play in today's
    Nigeria. A working document that gives comfort to every of
    the other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria that share in their
    sentiment -I bet you they are in majority. You do not start
    an enterprise without an implementable, feasible and more
    viable BUSINESS PLAN, which provides better alternative to
    what is already in existence.(of-course with a see through
    implementation time table). Where is the Strategic Working
    Document/Draft Constitution of the proposed Independent
    Republic of Eastern Nigeria aka. IPOB.
    Where are the other policy documents -Legislative and
    Policy documents/instruments that will provide the
    architecture for the establishment of the various
    institutions/development frameworks upon which the new
    nation can stand? What the Leadership of IPOB needs more
    urgently now is an INTELLECTUAL WING that can help
    them put together these documentations and structure.
    Provide Shadow Governments in the hinterland that points
    the way forward for the people and which will also serve to
    expose the fraud, incompetences, in-capacities and
    perversion of a majority of our people, who currently occupy
    political offices but collaborate with outsiders to rape Ala
    7. They can also adopt another name for the agitation,
    REPUBLIC OF EASTERN NIGERIA. They should use their
    radio station to always sensitize the people and shape
    public opinion. They can also set up TV stations and
    strengthen their online and social media presence
    creatively. Use of abusive, uncouth and inflammatory
    words that only appeal to the mob or those with herd
    mentality alone is not enough. The message should be
    mixed and varied and the approach comprehensive enough
    to provide accommodation to people of varied thoughts but
    common goal of championing the progress of the Igbo
    8. Finally, a majority of the masses and the IPOB youths
    that are angry about the injustice being meted to Ndi Igbo
    in today's Nigeria, were also the same set of people that
    helped some of the selfish efulefus in political leadership to
    rig themselves to power. The same political leaders of the
    Igbo extraction, who have chosen to play the deaf and
    mute game in the cold blooded murder of Ndi Igbo youths
    (both in APC and PDP) was rigged into offices by Igbo
    youths and Igbo Professional INEC adhoc staff.
    So, the first step in reclaiming our homeland and re-
    positioning the struggle is for the IPOB leadership/
    membership to encourage its members to take over one of
    the fringe political parties or even APGA and elect those
    that will champion their causes in the state capitals, NASS
    and Abuja. Why is this necessary?
    We are in a constitutional democracy. The only people that
    can push for the cause of IPOB or the Niger Delta people,
    outside an Orange spring like revolution are those in the
    state houses (governors/assembly members) or NASS to
    enable it get urgent constitutional traction. However, from
    the realities on ground, both the Presidency and those that
    purport to represent Ndi Igbo/the People of the Niger Delta
    as political office holders are too selfish and self occupied
    to even spare a condemnation of murder of hundreds of
    innocent umu Igbo. A majority of them are too corrupt and
    compromised to draw the wrath of the CZAR by raising
    their voices. Thus, an independent and sovereign Igbo
    Nation without first of all doing a thorough in-house
    cleaning of the weeds and rodents in our rooms, will suffer
    worse fate than Southern Sudan. It will make the current
    experience of Southern Sudan a child's play. The IPOB
    leadership/membership should first of all make a long list
    of selfless Igbo professionals. Very knowledgeable,
    altruistic , selfless, patriotic and compassionate Umu Igbo
    to support and finance to represent them in 2019 at all
    political levels. There are many of these kinds of Ndi Igbo.
    They exist both here at home and in diaspora. We know
    them. We live and interact with them everyday. These are
    Umu Igbo, who we can all vouch for based on their
    antecedents/track records (Kindly remember that they are
    not saints though. there is none anyway. But they are
    selfless and love Ndi Igbo).
    But the quest for stomach infrastructure have always
    overshadowed the brains and minds of a majority of us at
    election seasons, hence, we always end up rigging in
    selfish and incompetent efulefus. The IPOB Leadership
    should also reach out to our neigbours in the South South ,
    SW and NC.
    This IPOB struggle is not a dash . It is a marathon that
    requires, grit, patience, tact, intelligence, stamina,
    consolidated energy, great resources, excellent/selfless
    coordination and total sacrifices. The approach and
    implementation must be scientific and must be vigorously
    pursued. It can start gaining constitutional traction from
    2019 if the leadership is selfless and serious. Not
    withstanding what anyone might feel or perceive, just like
    David asked his brothers, when they tried to mock him for
    daring to ask what shall be the reward for the man that
    takes down Goliath-Are there no cause? Of-course there
    are genuine causes for the struggle. A majority of Nnamdi
    Kanu's rhetoric are currently unraveling before our very
    This is my honest and candid submission.

    By Nnaemeka Obiaraeri.

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