Since after the gruesome civil war against the people of Biafra in 1967/70, when Britain supported the aggressors to bring war against the people of Biafra, no British High Commissioner have ever set foot anywhere in Biafra land.
Biafra land has been nothing to them, other than where subjugated people live. Britain was desperate and needed to stop the little Biafra nation from emerging. A country they likened to Japan of Africa and vowed never to allow another Japan sprout out from Africa.
The world, even during the time of slavery see Igbo people as stubborn, and who always refuse subjugation of any sort. Igbo slaves, though innovative and strong were viewed as ‘bad market’ for slave dealers. They are fond of escaping, refusing orders or at worst, committing suicide with believe that through reincarnation, they can return to be born again in Igbo land.
The Britain knows this part of Igbo people and their cousins. Exactly why they not only helped Nigeria to kill them, they have also held the people of Biafra down using the Fulani North.
The political leaders in Biafra land have no option than to become the puppets of the North since after the war. They in the services of the North become slaves to the North. To win election and escape persecution or prosecution. They serve the North diligently to the detriment of their own people. They betrayed the people they are meant to defend. And even sanctioned the killing of their youths through Python dance.
When all hopes seemed to be lost, a voice from the trigger of the gun, a Prince from the little town of Afaraukwu, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu arose. The politicians called him a little boy, but the little boy journeyed into fire and was transformed into gold. Millions started following him.
Without monetary inducement, he has been able to rally millions of Biafra youths together, who practically saw him as the Messiah. He promised and has been working hard to destroy Nigeria with only the truth. They tried to kill him but couldn’t. He has taken the plight of his people and spread the message all over the world. From Japan to UN and from UN to America, he kept exposing the atrocities of Nigeria government supported by Britain. The people have rejected Nigeria and have been gunned down by Nigeria security agents for protesting peacefully, demanding for referendum.
Britain sensing what is about to happen quickly pay a visit to South Eastern leaders. Something they have never done before. To keep the people of the East down, Britain has used many methods. Before independence, they capitalized on the ignorance of the North and instigated many riots against the Easterners. One of it was when they halted the move for independence by making the North kill lots of Easterners in 1953 riots.
In 1967/70 Britain saw an opportunity to suppress Easterners. They helped Nigeria to commit genocide against the Biafran people, killing more than 3.5 million Biafrans. After that war, they used the Fulani to hold the people trapped inside Nigeria down. All for their selfish interest.
Britain have never stopped seeing Nigeria as their company. 50 years after the discovery and sell of oil, Nigeria have been underdeveloped. Other nations like Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia used the black gold to turn their desert nations into green grass.
They build mansions and turned their respective nations into world class developed countries.
But here is a Nigeria that can’t boast of ordinary good roads, healthcare, steady electricity, water and housing to her citizens. They have politicians that run abroad for medical treatment. Yet Britain is fighting hard to keep Nigeria one. For many years, Britain have been lying to the world, telling them how it is proper for Nigeria to remain one. How a destabilized Nigeria will destroy west Africa. A separate nation for Biafra means destabilizing West Africa for them.
The agitation for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has exposed every lie. The world is now aware of the plight of the Biafra people. The world is seeing Nigeria as a hindrance to what Biafrans can achieve. American politicians are now listening to the people of Biafra, sending people to investigate what is happening. Something that have frightened the slave masters- the British Government. And they have suddenly set out to work.
News broke that British High Commissioner Catriona Laing will be touring Southeast to strengthen the relations between the South East states and Federal Government of Nigeria. The tour which has already been concluded had her visit Imo, Anambra and Enugu states from November 5 to 7.
Never before has Britain ever tried paying South East a visit. The question begging for answers are. Why this sudden visit to South East? When did Britain start taking South East politicians and people of Biafra this serious? Did South East politicians tell Britain that they are in loggerhead with their internal slave masters?
The growing demand for a separate state of Biafra has really reached the pinnacle and has cast waves of fear into them. Now they are set to use the politicians of Biafra extraction to stop and kill it. The politicians of South East who have been puppets of the Fulani surely prostrated on seeing the British high commissioner.
A lot of promises were made to them, which I think will include Igbo Presidency come 2023. They have been using the Igbo presidency and other slavish promises to frustrate the demand for Biafra. The British high Commissioner would have opted to travel by road as to experience firsthand, the suffering of the people of South East, but she averted it and used helicopter. Biafrans should understand that Britain never amalgamated Nigeria into one country for the interest of the black man.
Whatever they do is for their selfish interest. Britain don’t care if Fulani herdsmen kill you, or that you live below animal standard whereas you have natural resources. They didn’t help kill your fathers in 1967/70 to let you have your freedom. Britain made sure they kept Nigeria in captivity, and they will still keep generations to come in modern slavery, unless they are resisted bluntly.
Biafrans should be weary of the ever cunning, wicked and heartless British government. Do not ever buy into whatever the South East selfish leaders will role out after this visit. For whatever the High commissioner will sell to them will be their latest game plan. Something that will imprison us the more.
We the people reject whatever Greek gift the British government have for Biafrans. We have rejected today’s politicians as our leaders. They speak for their selfish interest and not for us. The only person that speaks for the people is no other person than Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Article Written by Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi
Elochukwu Ohagi is a Philosopher, Teacher and Activist.
Edited By Paul Ihechi Alagba,
For Family Writers Press International.