AFARAUKWU SHOW OF FORCE, A SHOW OF SHAME! A piece by Ekpenyong Isaiah.

Until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s bail is revoked, any show of force around him is a show of shame and intimidation. Intimidation done to one, is intimidation done to all and must be resisted. The Nigerian Army said it went on a “Show of Force” at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence at Afaraukwu and the Police said it happened around World Bank road. Tales of two agencies of government, one who actually went for the operation and another who was not there but issued press statement un-behalf of the operation.

Graphic evidence shows the “Show of Shame” was at Afaraukwu and not World Bank road, as there is a clear distance between the two places. Nigeria, nay Africa is a place of great comics, a funny land where funny things happens, a George Owell’s animal farm, a place that needs re-colonization in the words of current American president, Donald Trump. Nigeria is a place where those who conquer today forgets there could be tomorrow and those who conspire to sing conquest music forget they could be victims tomorrow. Let me start with the Igbos.

The Igbos today are reaping what they sowed yesterday by their great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aguiyi Ironsi etc. Their refusal to know there could be tomorrow is today’s manifestation of what they now termed marginalization. The Igbo person today would not have been fighting for freedom if Nnamdi Azikiwe had listened to leaders from the north that they don’t want one Nigeria for fear of dominance by the Igbos. Azikiwe failed to acknowledge the uncertainty of what tomorrow could bring, today, who is dominating who? Aguiyi Ironsi again in failing to acknowledge there could be tomorrow, scrapped the former Confederate system to make way for a unitary system of governance to suit his desire of ruling over a large entity, again an Igbo man forgetting tomorrow.

Today, Igbo politicians are begging for a fall back to regional system of government that Aguiyi Ironsi abolished. The Yorubas today are knowingly or unknowingly taking the same pathway of mistakes that the Igbos took when they had their opportunities. Until recently when the Yorubas took a stand on restructuring at Ibadan in a Yoruba summit, most Yorubas were so comfortable with the position of Vice President and as such would even forget that the Yorubas were the most potent tribe looking for regional system of government. To these group of Yorubas, they are now part of government and restructuring can go to hell. And to them, any Yoruba that does not support this government is a criminal and must be jailed. Again, forgetting tomorrow like the igbos of old.

The Hausa/Fulani have become the greatest beneficiary of a country their leaders never wanted. In achieving these, they conscripted forcefully the support of the Middle Belt people by imposing on them a language that unifies them which will make a Middle Belt person be so happy to speak the Hausa language than his own native dialect. It is the Middle Belt person that will first start conversation in Hausa language to make people believe that he/she is more Hausa than the Hausa’s.

In trying to overthrow the dominance of the Igbos, the Middle Belters were widely used by the hausa/Fulanis, no wonder, they were the ones that fought the Nigerian/Biafran war on the Nigerian side. The Hausa/Fulani believe that a tomorrow that could change the current status quo would never come, forgetting that even the Roman, British and other great empires before now are no more. To them, since they climbed to the throne of the Nigerian empire, they must be there and nothing must be done to change that. That is why in making sure they remain on their throne, they have employed every means and known tactics of intimidation which includes the show of shame at Afaraukwu Umuahia.

The show of shame at Afaraukwu is another intimidating tactic by the occupiers of the Nigerian empire throne to intimidate and coarse the Igbos into submission since they are the only last voice standing against the throne now. You may not like Nnamdi Kanu or the Igbos, you may not want to be part of Biafra, but please acknowledge their right to freedom.

A call for referendum, is not call for war. Catalonia is currently asking for referendum in Spain, Palestine is asking for it in Israel, Saharawi is asking for it in Moroco. Recently, the Arewa Consultative Forum secretary and president of their youth wing said restructuring can only be done democratically by political parties through parties manifestos they should take to electorates during electioneering and if voted, then they can implement it. My question is, the introduction of Sharia law in northern states, was it done through political parties?

They say there is no referendum in our constitution, did our constitution recognize Sharia law before it was introduced and later smuggled into our constitution? Has parties ever been elected just because of their manifestos?

For the Niger Delta/South South people conspiring to support the wickedness that is currently going on, let me remind you, the Middle Belt conspired to conquer Nigeria, today, the remain the greatest victims of that conquest, the current killings in Benue, Southern Borno, Kaduna, Plateau should teach you a lesson.

Stand up for restructuring now, Nigeria must be restructured or we part our different ways in peace. -Ekpenyong Isaiah. A believer in a just Nigeria where there is equity, fairness and equality of men.


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