Buhari: What Do Igbos Want? Obi Nwakanma Writes A Response.

  

During the presidential media chat on Wednesday 30th December 2015, Nigerian President Muhammed Buhari said that Igbos were not maltreated, and should stop screaming marginalization. 
Speaking of the continue protests and struggle for the realization on Biafra Republic in parts of the South East and South South, the former miliary head of state said:
“Why does it have to worry me, when I have militants, Boko Haram and other. They said they are being marginalsed but they haven’t defined the extent of their marginalisation. Who marginalised them? How? Where? Do you know?,” he queried.”Who is the minister of state for petroleum, is he not Igbo? Who is the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria? Is he not Igbo? Who is minister of labour, science and technology? What do the Igbos want?”

And now, Obi Nwakanma, a Poet, journalist, biographer and literary critic, has written an article in answer to the question, “What do the Igbos want?” 

Enjoy:

In Biafra, under three years, they were making their own rockets and calculating its distances; distilling their own oil and making aviation fuel, creating in their Chemical and Biological laboratories, new cures for diseases like Cholera, shaping their own spare parts, and turning the entire East into a vast workshop, as Ojukwu put it.

At the end of the war, the Ukpabi Asika regime brought together these Biafran scientists and set up PRODA. The initiative led, in the first five years between 1970-1975 under the late Prof. Gordian Ezekwe and Mang Ndukwe, to designs of industrial machinery models and prototypes for the East Central State Industrial Masterplan, which remain undeveloped even today. The Murtala/Obasanjo regime took over PRODA in 1975 by decree, starved it of funds, and basically destroyed its aims.

 

2ndly, Federal government policies centralized all potentials for innovation and entrepreneurship. Before 1983, states had their Ministries of Trade and Industry. These were charged with local business registration, trade, and investment promotion, and so on. But today in Nigeria, if you wish to do any business, you’d have to go to Abuja (it used to be Lagos) to register under the Corporate Affairs Commission. It used to be that local business registration was state and municipal functions. The concentration of the leverage for trade utterly limited Igbo entrepreneurs, particularly in the era of import licensing, once your quota was exhausted, you could not do business. 

This affected the old Igbo money in Aba and Onitsha, who were the arrow-heads of innovation and traditional partners in the advance of Igbo industrial economy. It is remarkable that as at 1985, a least by a book published by the Oxford Economist Tom Forrest in 1980, The Advance of African Capital, the Igbo had the highest investment in machine tools industries in all of Africa, and the highest depth of investment in rural, cottage industries. In his prediction in 1980, if that rate of investment continued, according to Forrest in 1980, the Igbo part of Africa would accomplish an industrial revolution by 1987. Now, by 1983/85, Federal government policies helped to dismantle the growth of indigenous Igbo Industry through its targeted national economic policies. As I have said, there is a corollary between industrial development and innovation.

3rdly, the severe, strategic staunching of huge capital in-flow into the East starved Igbo businesses and institutions of the capacity to utilize or even expand their capacities. There were no strategic Federal Capital projects in the East. There were no huge infrastructural investments in the East. The last major Federal government investment in Igbo land was the Niger Bridge which was commissioned in 1966. Any region starved of government funds experiences catatony and attrition. Private capital is often not enough to create the kind of synergy necessary for innovation. Rather than invest in the East, from 1970 to date, the Federal government has strategically closed down every capacity for technological advancement in the East and stripped that region of its capacity. 

By 1966, the Eastern Nigerian Gas masterplan had been completed under Okpara. But in its review of a Nigeria gas masterplan, the Federal government strategically circumvented the East. Oil and Gas are under Federal oversight. The Trans-Amadi to Aba Industrial Gas network/linkage had been completed in 1966, to pipe gas from Port-Harcourt to Aba. The Federal government let that go into abeyance and uprooted the already reticulated pipes. The East was denied access to energy with the destruction of the Power stations during the war. 

The Mbakwe government sought to remedy this by embarking on two highly critical area of investment necessary for industrial life: the 5 Zonal water projects, which were 75 completed by 1983, and set for commissioning in 1984, which was to supply clean water for domestic and industrial use to all parts of the old Imo state, and the Amaraku and Izombe Power stations, under the Imo Rural Electrification Project. These were the first ever massive independent power projects ever carried out by any state government in Nigeria which would have made significant part of Igbo land energy independent today. The supply of daily electricity was possible in Imo as at 1984. The Amaraku station had come on stream, and the Izombe Gas station was underway, when Buhari and his men struck. 

The first order of business under the Buhari govt in January 1984, was to declare all that investment by Mbakwe “white elephant projects.” They were abandoned, and left to decay. 

Ground had already been acquired and cleared on the Umuahia-Okigwe road to commence work by the South Korean Auto firm, Hyundai, under a partnership with Imo for the Hyundai Assembly plant in Umuahia, to cater to a West African market. The first order of business under the Buhari government in January 1984, was to declare all that investment by Mbakwe “white elephant projects.” They were abandoned, and left to decay. The equipment at the Amaraku power station was later sold in parts by Joe Aneke during Abacha’s government. Some of the industries like the Paint and Resins company, and the Aluminium Extrusion plant in Inyishi were privatized, and sold. Projects like the massive Ezinachi Clay & Brick works at Okigwe are at various stages of decay, as memorial to all that effort. 

4thly, you may not remember but Odumegwu Ojukwu founded and opened the first Nigerian University of Technology – the University of Technology Port-Harcourt in 1967, under the leadership of prof. Kenneth Dike. He had also compelled Shell to establish the First Petroleum Technology Training Institute in Port-Harcourt in 1966. All these were dismantled. The PTI was take from Port-Harcourt to Warri, while University of Tech, P/H was reduced to a campus of UNN, until 1975, when it became Uniport. You will recall that for years, up till 1981, the only institutions of higher learning in Central Eastern Nigeria were the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, IMT Enugu and Alvan Ikoku College of Ed, in Owerri. There is no innovation without centers of strategic research.
Mbakwe and Jim Nwobodo changed all that in 1981, when they pushed through their various states Assembly, the bills establishing the old Anambra State Univ. of Tech (ASUTHECH), under the presidency of Kenneth Dike, and the IMOSU with its five campuses under the presidency of Prof MJC Echeruo. The master plan for these universities as epicenters of research and innovation in the East were effectively grounded with the second coming of the military in 1984, and the diminution of their mission through underfunding, etc. As I have said, I have given you the very short version. After a brief glimpse of light between 1979-83, Igbo land witnessed the highest form of attrition from 1983- date, and the destruction of the efforts of its public leadership to restore it to its feet has been strategic. 

Some have been intimidated, and the Igbo themselves have grown very cynical from that experience of deep alienation from Nigeria. I think you should be a little less cynical of Igbo attempts to re-situate themselves in the Nigerian federation: starved of funds, starved of investments, subjected to regulatory strictures from a powerful central government which sees the East in adversarial terms, and often threatened, the Igbo themselves grew cynical of it all. You may recall, the first move by the governors of the former Eastern Region to meet under the aegis of the old Eastern Region’s Governors Conference in 1999, was basically checkmated by Obasanjo who threatened them after they called for confederation in response to the Sharia issue in the North. 

Their attempts to establish liaison offices in Enugu and create a regional partnership was considered very threatening by the federal government under Obasanjo, that not too long after, they abandoned that move, and that was it. If people cannot be allowed to organize for the good of their constituents, then it only means one thing: it is not in the interest of certain vested interests in Nigeria for a return of a common ground in the Eastern part of Nigeria because establishing that kind of common ground threatens the balance of power. It is even immaterial if such a common ground leads to Nigeria’s ultimate benefit. There are people who just find the idea of a common, progressive partnership of the old Eastern Region threatening to their own long term interests. This is precisely what is going on – its undercurrent. This of course cannot be permitted to go on forever. A generation arises which often says, “No! in Thunder.”

The Trans-Amadi to Aba Industrial Gas network/linkage

had been completed in 1966, to pipe gas from Port

Harcourt to Aba. The FG let that go into abeyance and

uprooted the already reticulated pipes.

Igbo population is quite huge, and people who truly know understand that the Igbo constitute the single largest ethnic nation in Nigeria. Much has been made about how this so-called “small” Igbo land space could accommodate the vast Igbo population. But People also forget that Igbo land accommodated Igbo who fled from everywhere else in 1967. So, the question of whether Igbo land is large enough to contain the Igbo is a non-issue. In any case, Biafra is not only the land of the Igbo. It goes far beyond Igbo land. But even for the sake of building scenarios, we stick to Igbo land alone – the great Igbo cities of Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Owerri, Aba, Onitsha, Asaba, Abakaliki, Umuahia, Awka and Onitsha are yet to be reach even 30% of their capacities. 

New arteries can be built, facilities expanded; there are innovative ways of moving populations through new transportation platforms -underneath, above, on the surface, and by waterways. The East of Nigeria has one of the most complex and connected, and largely disused system of natural river waterways in the world. New, ecologically habitable towns can be expanded to form new cities from the Grade A Townships – Agbor, Obiaruku, Aboh, Oguta, Mgbidi, Orlu, Ihiala, Amawbia/Ekwuluobia, Elele/Ahoada, Owerrinta, Bonny, Asa, Arochukwu, Afikpo, Okigwe, and so on. The Igbo will be fine. The Japanese and the Dutch, for example, have proved that there are innovative ways of using constricted space.

As for the economy: it is supply and demand. New economic policies will integrated Igbo economy to the central West African and West African Markets. The Igbo will create a new vast export network, unhindered by idiotic economic and foreign policies. The re-activation of the PH port systems will for e.g. open the closed economic corridor once and for all to global trade. As anybody knows, it might take a fast train no more than 45 minutes to move goods from the Warri or Sapele ports to Aba and even in less time to Onitsha. As Diette Spiff once observed while playing golf at Oguta, all it would take to connect Warri and Oguta is just a long bridge, and the vast economic movement will commence between Warri and its traditional trading areas of Onitsha and the rest of the East. 

The quantum of economic activity will see the growth of that corridor between Aba-Oguta- Obiaruku down to Warri as the crow flies. The impact of trade between the Calabar ports and Aba will explode. In fact, the old trading stations along the Qua-Iboe River (the Cross River) at Arochukwu, Afikpo, down to Oron and Mamfe in the Cameroons will explode and create new prosperity and new opportunities. I am giving the short version. So, the Igbo will be alright. They would simply be just able to define their own development strategies, deploy their highly trained manpower currently wasting unutilized, and the basis of its vast middle class will create new consumers, and generate an internal energy that will thrive on Igbo innovation, industry, and know-how, which Nigeria currently suppresses. This is exactly one very possible scenario.

So, Tanko Yakassi is wrong. May be if the Igbo leave Kano, the Emir will no longer need to buy his bulb from an Igbo trader in Kano. He will have to buy it either from an Hausa, a Fulani, a Lebanese, or some such person. But those will have to come to Igbo land to buy it first before selling to the Emir. There was a time when all of West Africa came to Onitsha or Aba to buy and trade because it was safe, and those cities were the largest market emporia in the continent. People came from as far away as the Congo to buy stuff in Aba and sell in the Congo. It could happen again, only this time on a vaster, more controlled scale. The network of Igbo global trade will not stop if they left Nigeria. In fact, they will have more access to an indigenous credit system that would expand that trade, currently unobtainable and unavailable today to them, because Nigeria makes it impossible for Igbo business to grow through all kinds of restrictions strategically imposed on it, including port restrictions.

However, although I do think that the Igbo would do quite well alone, they could do a lot better with Nigeria, if the conditions are right. This agitation is for the conditions to be made right; for Nigeria and its political and economic policies to stop being a wedge on Igbo aspirations. And Igbo aspiration is quite simple: to match the rest of the developed world inch by every inch, and not to be held down by the Nigerian millstone of corruption, inefficiency, and inferiority. The Igbo think that control of their public policies on education, research and innovation, economic and monetary policies, and recruitment, control and deployment of its own work force both in public and private sectors will give them the leverage they need to build a coherent and civilized society. 

They point to the example of Biafra, where under three years, they were making their own rockets and calculating its distances; distilling their own oil and making aviation fuel, creating in their Chemical and Biological laboratories, new cures for diseases like Cholera, shaping their own spare parts, and turning the entire East into a vast workshop, as Ojukwu put it, while Nigeria was busy doing owambe, importing even toothpick, and creating new wartime millionaires from corrupt contracting systems by a powerful oligopoly. It is a fallacy much driven by ignorance that Igbo will not thrive and that Igbo land will not accommodate Igbo population if they leave. That is not true. There is no scientific basis for it. 

The dynamics of human movement will take great care of all that. It’s a lame excuse. What people who wish for Nigeria to stay together should do is not to make such puerile statements, because it is meaningless. What we should all do is to find the strategic means of containing Igbo discontent by LISTENING to the Igbo, and seeking peaceful and productive ways of fully freeing their energy to instigate growth both of themselves and of Nigeria within Nigeria for everyone’s benefit. Threatening them will not work. It has never worked, and it is important to understand a bit of Igbo cultural psychology: the more you threaten him, the more the Igbo person digs in very stubbornly. Igbo, with a long tradition of diplomacy, thrive on consensus not on threat of the use of force, or the like. 

Frankly, those who continue to think that the Igbo have no options are yet to understand the complexity of this movement as we speak. They still look at the surface of events while the train is revving and about to leave the station. We need to work very carefully on this issue. I myself, I prefer Nigeria. I like its color of many peoples and cultures. That in itself is the very condition for growth and regeneration. A single Igbo nation may be more prosperous, but will be less interesting, and that is the more valid argument.

By Obi Nwakanma

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86 Comments

  1. They can’t do anything, u have just exposed Nigeria,s brain poverty to them nd the more reason they won’t allow BIAFRA. but,but,BIAFRA must come, whether they like it or not.

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  2. Obi Nwakanma, you made my day!
    May your ink never run dry!
    What a historical background details you dished out in clear measure. Thank you for this piece.

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    1. Dear Obi Nwakanma,remain blessed.Nigeria must listen and change for better or God will disorganize it,s present structure.Late Ya’Adua would have listened.But the lame-duck generals who fought in the civil war are less likely to listen.For now,Nigeria,s destination is uncertain.

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  3. Crass nepotism and arrogance is what is driving Buhari in his media speech. While he was chairman of PTF during Abacha govt how much development did he execute in the entire south – east/south – south zone of the country? The scotched earth policies of all the successive govts against the Igbos is well known to him and it’s more annoying to observe the utter disdain with which PMB refers to the issue of Igbo marginalisation in Nigeria.

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  4. Some few shut down this nation, took over half of the oil wells and still come in to drool on what is left as a national budget… The depravity of the common man is in the advantage of the cabals, yet they make us thgink the Christians in the north should be killed by the muslims, and so the Igbo man in the shop can abandon his goods and the Yoruba man in Lagos should not demand a better life since his brother occupies a second fiddle, the warri man should be made to believe his uncle was once a thief of public funds therefore the children should not ask for more. They tell the Edo people not to complain simply because they are grouped in Europe yet they prostitute right on our corridors of power. they are our problem men and women who have been our affiction for 33 years now. Nigeria from the North to the west to the east and south must be freed from our mental slave masters. The quest for Biafra has awoken the sleeping giant in Nigeria the time to be free from our abusers is now.

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  5. Nice piece brother.the problem is that we have not been ruled by learned men and men who want Nigeria as one.Buhari may be fighting corruption,but like they say action speaks louder than voice,he hate Igbos and hence indirectly instigating what is developingnat present

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  6. Wow! very revealing and interesting, I had my reservations about Biafra cause I’m S/S from kalabari I don’t speak Ibo and will feel marginalized within the context of Biafra. The write up just wiped away all those fears I believe Nigeria will thrive better with this kind of arrangement. It is clear that after the civil war there has been a deliberate policy to arrest the development of that region by the centre. My take those in charge are afraid of the potentials of the igbos and their capabilities.

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    1. Sokari, my good friend……there are only two languages in d world……the language of love spoken by music n understood by all races and the language of economics as represented by English language. Spoken n understood by all nations of d world at IMF n WORLD BANK.
      DON’T ALLOW THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE IGBO LANGUAGE TO MOULD YOUR DESTINY…….The only language yu need to understand are the ones aforementioned.

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  7. I am most happy to have been exposed to this massive historical details. I couldn’t have known all these save Mr. Obi Nwakanma. May God bless you sir for those succinct recounts. Today, I am much more delighted to be an IBO man. Today, I know why Nnamdi Kalu and co are head- bent on the needful emergence of Biafra Republic. Today, I know why PMB and the fellow northerners are not eager to let go. Today, I know many reasons why Biafran cry for secession is a perfect cry. Today I know many reasons why we will succeed as a great nation upon secession. I remain a Biafran until I breathe my last……..

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  8. My brother obi Nwakamma you are the champions of our time by bringing up this historic scenarios.please do enlighten us more.the truth can not be covered.we have been predestined to be on our own.

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  9. This historical report should be made public and a copy sent to the ignorant president, may be he will realise that he is sitting on a grenade bomb that can not be detonated.
    I thank my brother that took time to analyse the issue. God bless Biafra and Biafrans.

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  10. No matter how corrupt, greedy and all heartless the the great Biafrans or rather Igbo’s are, the music will still be wonderful and never a terror. Long live Obi, you shall see the grey hair oh your children, children and your generations shall call you Great.

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  11. I SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO SAY IT –BIAFRA SHOULD LEAVE NIGERIA DO NOT WAIT FOR ANY POLICY CHANGES THAT WILL ALLOW FOR UR GROWTH —THIS PEOPLE WILL ONLY PRETEND TO CHANGE BUT AT THE TAIL END U WILL BE HUNTED DOWN

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  12. VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE –NIGERIA SHOULD AVOID ANY WAR IN THE BIAFRAN MATTER–THIS IS BECAUSE NOW BIAFRA IS SPIRITUALLY ON THE SIDE OF FAVOUR SINCE THE 100YEARS BINDING AGREEMENT PERIOD OF THE PROTECTORATES IN NIGERIA HAS EXPIRED.DURING THE TIME OF OJUKWU THE 100YEARS ARGREEMENT COUNTED SPIRITUALLY AGAINST BIAFRA IN THE WAR MEANING THEN BIAFRA WAS SPIRITUALLY NOT IN FAVOUR JUDGING FROM THE BINDING AGREEMENT SHE ENTERED WITH THE REST OF THE PROTECTORATES IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SPIRITS IN THE NIGER RIVER AND LORDLUGARD.WHEN U ARE NOT SPIRITUALLY IN FAVOUR/JUSTIFIED IN WHAT U ARE DOING U WILL MAKE MISTAKES AND LOOSE IN A GAME NO MATTER YOUR EXPERTISE—- THAT WAS WHY BIAFRA LOST THE WAR—ISREAL IS SPIRITUALLY IN FAVOUR BECAUSE THAT LAND IS THEIRS AND THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN IT TO ANYBODY BY AGREEMENT.—DOINT GO TO A WAR U WILL LOOSE AFTER WASTING LIVES!–AGREEMENT IS AGREEMENT

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  13. Honestly,i quite appreciate your write-up.But,you got it all wrong by saying you prefer Nigeria.You could not have exposed to the people how,where,when,what,who has been suffering them only to advice them to remain with such people,that is sucidal.Meaningthat from your observationsit has not truly gotten down into you that these extremist does not and would not let us exhibit the God’s given talents/gift inbibe in us naturally.
    You said that you prefer Nigeria,reason being just the many people–probably the ethnicities,and the cultures which if in the hands of a good leader will give Nigeria a unique and possibly a beautiful plce to br.
    My brother let us tell ourselves the truth,the world is sharply moving.look,look Nigeria is just nowhere to be honest.
    these people are devilish,there so called culture is Islam of which you must whether you like it or not belong to or loose yor life,are these the people you are suggesting we be with? Bros,we can do without them as you rightly pointed out
    Have you ever imagined how many Igbos that are outside Nigeria?
    please,please,we do not need these people and their diabolic cultures abeg.
    Thank you all the same and God bless you..

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  14. Good read and article. Let me state that i need clarifications from the blogger or possibly the writer. The mentioned projects namely; Alumninum extrusion coy inyishi, resin paint Mbaise, amaraku and izombe power stations, where these federal or state projects? How does the federal govt end a states conceptualized projects? Allocations of funds from fgn has been the worst thing to have happenned in our polity. In economies world over, robust and effective tax system has been the way to raise funds that infacts meets up with the needs of a state. Allocations has spoilt our psyche and indirectly does not enable us even demand for accountability with a big voice. Because its not ‘tax payers’ money but fg money.. its not our wealth as we choose to claim always. Our governors in the east need to take a cursory look at the region and begin to channel energy the appropriate way by conceoting a robust and effective tax system to wholesomely compliment whatever we get through allocation. The eastern governors have been the biggest concern in our region. They are clueless and not good managers of little resources they receive. We can do better with astute governors!!

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    1. We can understand this your questions if you not a Nigeria or maybe you took a Long journey our of the nation and just coming back or better still your questions are coming from political ground. This is a nation that kills and dry a thing such that you can never see blood oozing out. This is a nation where somebody goes into the bush and cut down a tree and still comes out shouting ” Who is cutting down that tree” it’s a country at war every day, heads rolling without guns or matchets. I saw Inyishi aluminium extrusion industry, I saw the paint industry at Mbaise all went with the harasments of those days and up till this day nothing has been done about it. I agree with you that some of our governors are clueless, when the military governor from Okigwe came in, he allowed those projects to die a natural death and so did other good projects in the other old southeast states because somebody at the top has labed it a white elephant projects. Is a 51 :18 says “there is none to guide her of all the sons she has brought forth, neither is there anyone to take Herby the hands of the sons whom she has brought up” the land is crying, my prayer is that son’s of the soil will hear the cry of the mother earth.

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  15. You ‘ve spoken well,
    They’ve been so ill with the biafran’s, but the hearth of kings and leaders where in the hands of GOD, he turn them to where he wishes, if it’s the will of GOD nothing can stop it

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  16. Obi Nwakanma has never DISAPPOINTED me before , today n hopefully tomorrow when issues concerning d defence of Ndigbo raises its head…
    I believe that’s a perfect answer to PMB s question to Ndigbo/Nigerians.
    Bravo!!!!!Brother.

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  17. This is all well and good but why this clamour now? You had obasanjo there for eight years and goodluck for six years why did these arguements not come up? Buhari has not even settled in and there is a Biafra clamour?

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  18. I am not a very good reader as I’m easily turned off by lengthy articles but due to my soft spot for Biafran issues, I was able to read through word for word.

    I will love to see a Nigeria where true Federalism is practice i.e. where component units are allowed to manage their resources, develop themselves and pay tax to the Federal Government else, we go our different ways.

    But permit me to say that the excessive use of “Igbo” when you are carrying other people, who are not Igbo along, might be a cause for concern or don’t you think so?

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  19. @Leotor, all Biafrans are Igbo because we all ariginated from Nri in Aguwu in Anambra state before we expand. So he uses Igbo, u are not left out.

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  20. All parts of Nigeria belong to LGA and States. This means they all draw from Federation account. The Igbo States dry from this account and have nothing to show for it. Workers were not paid in Imo State and the Governor spent millions to beautify and celebrate Christmas. The citizens of this State did not hold the Governor accountable. Asia State got rid of other Igbo workers (who are Abians) and nothing happened. Did the Igbos understand that the area is landlocked? Do they expect to forcefully annex other States? Charity should begin at home. Let the igloos develop their States, to make them the envy of other tribes.

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    1. Dear Akin 4get about landlocked of sealocked, Germany is landlocked yet they are the best economy in europe! Well why taking panadol for the igbos leave them let them get landlocked! Benin republic has sea yet they are still a poor country depending on Nigerians to come and buy their tokumbo cars. There are so many countries that’s are landlocked yet they are thriving!

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      1. You see the problem with us Nigeria is we don’t appreciate our complexity which is dynamic. Do you think if Igbo leave Nigeria? Marginalization we stop. marginalization of Igbo people in biafra we even be worse. Let not day dreaming Igbo will be better off in Nigeria. As for people that think IBO will be industrialised centre of west Africa and hub should rethink and revisit that ideaidea. The world generally is a global village and production system is base on kasser faire system of division of labour. Therefore part of Nigeria that left behind will not lack behind in development but strive to improved their own production and industrialized as well. If Igbo leave there will be restrictions on the business scattered around Nigeria and west African. They will have to renociate new term of trade with neighbours. They will have negotiate permit to open shop and sell their goods. Reason been other country will also want to provide employment for their Nationals. Unless Igbo want to annex other state as part of Biafra which I doubt if possible. These States would not co opt into biafra because of there differences.

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  21. I saw this piece somewhere and I think the Igbos should read through with open mind and try to make good sense out of it. The truth is bitter at times though: Until the day that an average Igbo-man stops to brag about their empty achievements, abilities & “wiseness” in the geo-entity called Nigeria… and speak the truth like their kindred, former Chief of Army Staff, Ihejirika “tried” to do in his recent short article, they would keep on standing still while the other geo-political zones marches on. Try to criticize your leaders & representatives at states & federal levels. Stop to defend your mostly awkward & clueless leaders as if they are saints…& see how they would sit-up and move your lots forward. 56 years after the Nigerian civil war, the rest of the country had moved on in leaps & bounds except the core-east!!! Why???…Don’t blame anybody except yourselves if you continue pointing your fingers the wrong ways while your leaders keep bugging you down. Aregbesola had performed wonders in terms of structural & infrastructural developments in Oshun state but he still got seriously criticized by his people because he failed to pay up few months salaries to civil-servants in his state. Most governors in the core-east are not executing any major structural & infrastructural developments and are still owing their civil servants but most easterners are not taking them up for short-changing their states!!! They would rather demonize core-west governors like Ambode & Aregbesola??!! Then the next shouting would be “The eastern region is neglected & lacks growth” OR “I have got Biafra on my mind”…Where are the quality leaders you have moulded with criticisms to pilot affairs of growth in the east with or without Biafra??!! It’s time to wake up and blow the clarion calls that would forge credible leaders in Igboland who would chart the course for growth and developments in that area. Enough said.

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  22. Biafra is real and those behind it have accomplished 70 % of their dreams, be warned Buhari in handling this course before it consumer you, for the mouth of the lord has spoken it,this course is not ordinary , it’s a divine mandate,

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  23. Interesting. I read through this write-up. The usual bragging and half-truths. Self-praise that does not talk to me or earn my respect. Each local government in Nigeria has geniuses. In my family alone we have produced offsprings with first class degrees. I am not Igbo. When I look at the list of criminal exports from Nigeria to the world I hardly find my Tiv folk. Apart from Boko Haram and farmer-herdsfolk clashes, the Hausa-Fulani-Kanuri Muslims of the north are virtually saints.The 774 local government in Nigeria host the Igbos who are virtually parasites on their land and markets. Take Abuja for example, Gwari land and who has been the biggest grabber of their land? To Biafranists, these people are not human beings because they have not produced rockets that the can measure their speed. I have two class mates,Tiv, one is a nuclear scientist who retired a few years ago from the IAEA. The second, married to an Igbo woman and who died mysteriously, was a car engine designer for STEYR Bauchi trained in Germany. This self-deceptive and vomitous smugness reduces the so-called Biafran cause to a despicable hate campaign. It does not promote admiration or love for Igbos. Nigeria functioned very well during the civil war without the Igbos. No race or ethnic group survives with this level of arrogance, self-deception and hatred. What is true federalism? There is nothing like that. Why should one ethnic group out of about 400 in one country arrogate to itself so much importance. The whole of Igboland is about the size of Benue state and would go into Niger state twice. Where has the rest of Nigeria enjoyed so much development and left out Igboland? The best developed part of Nigeria, Abuja, is dominated by Igbos. Let the Igbos direct their “genius” to the development of the five Igbo states, to control of 419, to curbing the production of fake products, to elimination of kidnapping, to discontinuation of armed robbery and this money-by-any-means mentality that sends them all over the world to rubbish the name of the Nigeria they call a zoo. The zoo is actually Biafra.in all civilized parts of the world, diversity reigns. South Africa is a rainbow nation. So is the United States. In history, rebellion has been severely punished. Recall the American civil war. Recall Germany in two world wars. We have been very humane in Nigeria and President Buhari has complied with federal character and also offendedany other Nigerians by retaining in key posotions those Igbos loaded into the system by Ngozi, Anyim and Patience under the confused wstch of Jonathan. Even if Igboland becomes Biafra today it will not need hostile neighbours within an integrating ECOWAS community. For a people who are “geniuses” conceptualizing Biafra looks like the work of morons. There are more arguments. For example, Biafra has always targeted mainly South-South oil and gas which are also available in the North. In any case almost the entire world has those products and more. The Igbos will wake up one day and discover that they are the biggest losers in Africa with this hate-mongering Biafran campaign. A word is enough for the wise.

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  24. My brother , may God almighty reachly bless you, you are the true biafran with the correct ans to that fool. Buhari. All the evil and atrocities they have done to the ppl of Biafra .

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  25. Its unfortunate this article should come from a man I respect so much. Which of the ethnic zones is not suffering any of these alleged injustice to the Igbos. For the last 16 years,Igbo leaders have had opportunities of turning Igbo lands into the Eldorado Obi is claiming but what did they do with such opportunities. We should stop playing on the ignorance of some of our youth by inciting them with this type of write up. The marginalisation we are all facing is that by our leaders irrespective of their ethnic background.

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  26. Prior to our colonization and amalgamation the great Igbos were Igbos. Allow them to be Biafrans which they are they will still be the great Igbos. Any how, any way, any day they will excel. Beyond the shores of Nigeria, all over the world, even Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan the are great Igbos. These insults, neglect, marginalization, tribulations against them in the union called Nigeria shall soon expire.

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  27. We had our own Jonathan Goodluck, why didn’t our ibo leaders correct these when Jonathan was the President. They were all busy fending for themselves. Why have they called both the ibo state Governors and local chairmen to order. To me we have to put theses two right before facing the Federal government else whatever we gain from the fight with the federal government will be stolen away by our own people.

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  28. Hmm! This is why I love Lagos. While other states in every part of the country are making noise about marginalization, we look beyond it and continue to work massively to build a world class city state. On my mind are: Eko atlantic city, Lekki sea port, Lekki Airport, Dangote refinery, 5 Lagos state built independent power plant, Blue Line Mile2 – CMS light rail project, proposed Red line light rail project, proposed Green line light rail project, proposed 4th main land bridge. Most of these and many more were planned, conceptualized and executed when Lagos was an opposition state for 16 years.
    My brothers, marginalization only exists in the mind. All the states in Nigeria are all autonomous and some of them even earn 13% derivation like my state and do nothing with it. Let us work together to build our local, state economies. This will culminate in the bigger development of Nigeria. We can emulate and better do what is practiced in the UAE, America and Canada. Going on social media to threaten the whole country with war is not the right way to go around achieving our objectives. We have houses of assembly, house of representatives and the Senate; they must be used to represent the people appropriately and pass bills that will take care of sincere agitations from their constituencies. Violence is never an option

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  29. The journey as much as I know won’t be as easy as expected, however, no nation is built on the part of roses but my conviction is that the Igbo nation is known as the pace setter amongst other nations and that has always been the fear of Nigeria. I will agree that our Igbo leaders short changed the entire Igbo race but the federal government of Nigeria has not forgiven the South East for the civil war because in other regions there are federal projects and infrastructural development while there are none in the South East. Why are other geopolitical zones made up of six states while the South East is just five states is that not marginalization? Mr. President your hands are full and high time you say the truth so that it can set you free.

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  30. Well written mr obi nwakamma. Nigeria as it stands today is a disaster for d biafran nation. They continue to habour grudges of d civil war and are so jealous of d potential capabilities of a biafran nation. It is high time dt d states constituting biafra come together and see how they can co-operate to rekindle d masterplan of a gr8 biafra in d contest of d present nigeria while still agitating for d biafra restoration. We will use massob and ipob to resist any policy that is retrogressive to our emancipation. We must make sure dt our next governors are not touts and chalatans.
    Biafran has a pool of human resources currently residing overseas and can be tapped as soon as d environment is safe for them to come bk.

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  31. This is a master piece. You’ll have my suport if you’ll take the next step of publishing this as a book. It’s small enough to circulate very quickly across the Eastern Region and across the globe. I believe many others here will support you financially if you take this great eye opener to another level. More power to your elbows.

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  32. Thanks Obi for this wonderful piece. What the Igbo man demands is equity and fair play. Igbos are not afraid of competition in a level playing ground. You can not hold down the destiny of an entire race in the name of one Nigeria which never existed. The one Nigeria is loop sided to favor a particular group of people and this can never be allowed to continue for the sake of posterity.

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  33. Right from time, the Igbos are the only people that successfully challenge the domineering tendencies of the British colonial masters as well as their Hausa/Fulani cohorts. As a result, other ethnic groups in Nigeria have been subtly forced to hate the Igbos for no justifiable reason. When the true history of Nigeria is told, it will be amazing to note that the Igbos were in majority among the Nigerians that traveled to London to negotiate the independence of Nigeria. Igbos love Nigeria but they hate slavery. Igbos value freedom more than anything else because with it lies the opportunity to utilize your God-given talents to pursue personal happiness and societal development.

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  34. President Muhammadu Buhari took over from Goodluck Jonathan on May 29 and since then, he has made a number of trips outside the country.

    In his 181 days in office, Buhari has traveled to 10 countries and would still visit more before the year ends.

    President Buhari has embarked on more foreign trips than he has done within the country, despite the myriad of challenges facing the country, from fuel scarcity to insurgency in the North East.

    That is why he couldn,t know what IGBOs want beacuse he never was there even to tour his own country. I believed he has been educated by Mr OBI NWAKANMA

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  35. Many thanks to President Buhari for asking such a sincere question and many thanks to you my dear brother for your quick response, i hope the presidency and all that matter would sincerely pay attention to this exposure you have made. Igbos love Nigeria but they hate slavery. we can not and should not be slaves in our own country. The igloos are among the few ethnic group in Nigeria that have invested so much in Nigeria. We care about Nigeria, we want to be proud Nigerians.We want to put our brains and energy to work. We invested so much in Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Abuja, etc In Nigeria we have so much policy inconsistencies, our policies should be properly articulated and well thought out to bring out the best in all of us.

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  36. Great piece, great factual reasoning, greats points well assimilated. But then, Mr Nwakanma, do u really think that in a prosperous Biafra, life will not be interesting? Which Biafran will in his right senses prefer ” an interestingly colourful Nigeria” where mutual disgust, distrust, n hatred reign supreme in an unimaginable scale? Look, for those who want the truth, the mutual tribal negative sentiment was a creation of past n even present day leaders meant to suit their pol. ambitions; most of our major societal ills, corruption, nepotism, social unrests, etc r its offsprings. If u can reverse the hand of the clock, then Nigeria will be repaired, otherwise…Biafra is unstoppable! Long live the land of the rising sun!

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  37. Mazi Obi, ndewo! Thank you so much for this article. When God wants to act, it starts with a child’s play, God made Buhari to ask the question and God prepared you to respond to it quickly on behalf of the Igbos. I have seen the Igbo race as one of the tribe of israel that are yet to discover. The Israelites are scattered all over the world and every nation where they are found, they are always the pillar of that nation just like Igbos the pillar behind the greatness of Nigeria, Nigeria cannot do without the Igbos in every aspect. The nation called Israel cannot even contain in terms of population because the grace of God is so much on them just like the Grace of God is open the Igbos. Buhari came as head of states and there was poverty (austerity measure) and he has came back as retired military president and the poverty has multipled. My fellow Igbos, the way Almighty God delivered the children of israel from the hands of phero and his people throw Moses, so shall Almighty God raise a man like Moses to deliver the Igbo race from the hand of phuhari and his people at the appointed time. imana onwu choo igbu nwankita, onahu ekwe ya nu isi nsi. Chetanu ka abacha siri ga.
    Ndigbo birikweoooo

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