The Igbo lost everything after the Nigeria civil war. Yakubu Gowon has already declared every property belonging to Ndi Igbo an abandoned property. And also ordered that every Igbo that can provide his bank papers, even if he has billions in his bank account, should be given only 20pounds.
The suffering became too much. Ndi Igbo embraced the mindset of survival. They traveled to many parts of the Nigeria and truly they surmounted all their problems and became great.
But something happened to Ndi Igbo. So many things. Something bad.
Firstly, Ndi Igbo lost leadership. Those that became leaders after Ikemba Ojukwu left on self exile towards the end of the war became puppets and slaves of the North. To become a governor, senator or even get a political appointment in Igbo land, you must be a worshiper of the caliphate. You must insult your people and become politically correct, if not a total efulefu. You have to tell Ndi Igbo killed by Fulani herdsmen to love their killers.
Secondly, division came in. The abandoned property was not for every Biafran. The Nigeria government systematically made it only for Ndi Igbo. This is them creating division and identity crisis among Igbo people. The abandoned property issue led to lots of Ndi Igbo to start denying their Igbo origin and identity. Ikwere people started championing that they are not Igbo. Elechi Amadi who wrote the Concubine, an Igbo cultural and traditional book led the campaign. Igbo people carved into Delta denied being Igbo, and started claiming Benin Origin. They were given opportunity to deny their origin and escape the suffering planned for Ndi Igbo. The Igbo carved into states outside Igbo land bought it. Most of them stopped associating themselves with Igbo, even when they answer Obi and Emeka. Onitsha would have denied being Igbo too, if not that they were in Anambra and not in Delta. Some of the old Onitsha men and women still address other Igbo people as 'Nwa Onye Igbo'. A term they used in denying whom they are. Ihe agha kpatara.
Do you blame them? They don't want to be intimidated and marginalized. Ikwere started corrupting their Igbo community names, as Umuigbo became Rumuigbo.
Ndi be anyi, Igbo fụrụ iwa.
Since after the war, they made sure no courageous Igbo man with the hearts of Ojukwu and the spirit of Akanu Ibiam become governor. Betrayals and backstabbers started leading Igbo land. Men that can romance Fulani herdsmen but will send soldiers against their own people to be slaughtered. It became impossible for Ndi Igbo to elect a Governor of their own. The caliphate trusted people kept ruling till this day. These avails the governors the opportunity to squander the people's resources .......without being questioned. Once an Igbo Governor slaves for the caliphate, he will win a second tenure. That's how the 5 governors, except Imo state Governor won the election.
Every Igbo man must understand that every governor in Igbo land is not free. They are caged. For you to remain in power, you must be loyal to the caliphate. Even the youths with the ambition to join politics understands this fact. They are already becoming politically correct as to be loved by the caliphate.
There must be a massive angry dethronement of today's leaders if Ndi Igbo must survive. Governors loyal to the caliphate can't lead you to freedom.
That's why Ndi Igbo must rediscover themselves, support Nnamdi Kanu and restore Biafra!
Elochukwu Ohagi is a Philosopher, Teacher and Activist.