The story surrendering the biblical Moses regarding his stand for his own Israelitish people in their captivity in Egypt, prominently stands out as requisite credentials of a worthy leadership. A leader is given birth to, not to wage war against his own people but to go fully out to fight, support and protect them, the cost implications notwithstanding. Hinging on this reality, Moses who escaped to Midian for fear of being killed, returned back to his people eventually to accomplish a defined mandate.
He saw first hand, the heinous maltreatment carried out against his fellow Israelis by their Egyptian slavemasters. They were enormously forced into hard labor, molested, harassed, humiliated and killed. The embittered Moses saw all those despicable acts of dehumanization. He witnessed the cruel beating of a Hebrew by an Egyptian and when he realized that nobody was watching, he prevailed against the Egyptian on behalf of his brother, killed the Egyptian and buried the remains in the sand.
Moses was overwhelmed by the burning desire to get his brethren totally delivered from bondage. The glory and flamboyance of Pharaoh's palace never drowned his mandate nor was he swerved from his mission to get his own people emancipated.
In our contemporary time and especially in Igboland of Biafra, reverse is rather the case. The leaders of the people who ought to be their defenders and that of their rights and interests, have shamelessly constituted themselves as accomplices. When the Ohaneze Ndigbo socio-cultural group, some political elites and religious leaders closed their eyes to the gross injustice and marginalization against their own people by the Nigerian government which they criminally support to wreck havoc against Biafran youths, all respect for these jaundiced, compromised Igbo leaders/elders was lost. These crop of humans that support and approve the killing of their own people for selfish gains are not worthy to be called or addressed as leaders/elders in the land. They surreptitiously converged at Enugu in one of their plots, invited the Nigerian armed forces and proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for killing a spree in Igboland (Biafra).
Sceptics should clearly spell out a singular advantageous step these Igbo leaders undertook when hundreds of IPOB family members were mowed down by the Nigerian soldiers.
President Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani Islamic Fundamentalist tyrant through the instrumentality of the Nigerian army, has persistently massacred Biafran (Igbo) youths under the guise of military evil expedition tagged Operation Python Dance I & II across Biafraland. He committed the most gruesome genocide ever known in the 21st century history in Afara-ukwu, Ibeku, Umuahia, in the month of September 2017. The murderous invasion of the residence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents, resulting in their disappearance eversince then coupled with the deaths of quite a number of Biafrans, remain traumatically memorable. But instead of the so-called Igbo leaders to stand up in defense of their own people like the biblical Moses, they treacherously collaborated with the enemies to kill their own. The Hausa-Fulani oligarchy through the support of these marauding saboteurs of Biafra extraction in Ohaneze Ndigbo/political merchants, gave birth to the proscription and tagging of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the globally acclaimed most peaceful and civilised indigenous mass movement throughout the world, as terrorists.
The overwhelming resultant effect of the last Biafra General Strike/Sit-At-Home Action carried out in the entire Biafra territories and elsewhere on Friday 14th September 2018, confirms that IPOB, as an indisputable authentic mouthpiece of the Southeast region of Nigeria. If there exists reasons for proscription in the region of any group of people, it is the Ohaneze Ndigbo and Southeast Hausa-Fulani slave governors which the leadership of the IPOB has recently and expeditiously carried out. This is in tune with the principle of "Igwebuike" (real power belongs to the people). The people have realistically, reclaimed their rights and the people are Biafrans.
Written by Okedinachi Chidiebere
Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press