Written by Ikenna Ozulumba Mbaegbu
23rd May 2020
Thursday 21st May 2020, witnessed yet another thunderous exposé of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on live broadcast via Radio Biafra. He stated that the Igbo Biafrans remain the real enemies to themselves and that it was their destructive individualistic nature that has boxed them into perpetual slavery. This statement amongst others, formed part of his lectures in an interactive Radio Biafra live transmission he personally anchored on Thursday evening. He gave the revelation behind many reasons why Biafrans till date, have failed to actualize their age long search for freedom, their great potentials and efforts to extricate themselves from the pangs of the damnable British entity called Nigeria, nonetheless. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu maintained that a whiteman named Fredrick Lugard created Nigeria in 1914 and annexed this great Biafra nation together with other ethnic groups.
The IPOB leader said: "Igboman is the problem and I will tell the reason why, because we prefer outsiders instead of our own people". Driving home his point, he referenced those Biafrans who choose Yoruba churches over and against those owned and championed by their own brothers and sisters due to some "petty village jealousy" and "why must it be you syndrome". "We exhibit the worst of who we are against each other, he regrettably stated.
He proceeded to very categorically, stress that we are where we presently are due to "the complacency of our people, the cowardice of our people and the treachery of our people, envy, jealousy and gluttony. I call it the seven deadly demons and that is what is afflicting us today". He said that the largest population that can be found in Biafraland is the Igbos which simply means "Ndi-gboo" (the ancient people). Mazi Nnamdi Kanu affirmed that all the people of Ibibio, Idoma, Efik, Igbanke, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Ogoni, Igala, Annang, Urhobo, Isoko, Anioma, etcetera, emanated from the same ancestral lineage which clearly explains why their married women and mothers tie two pieces of wrapper. They all have the same four market days namely: Eke, Orie, Afor and Nkwo.
Debunking the lies being blatantly peddled by the Fulanis and their Yoruba cohorts aimed at hoodwinking gullible Biafrans, Kanu said: "I made a post this evening before I came on air. I alluded to somebody who wrote some garbage about "Ibibio" not being Biafra but conceding that when the whiteman came to Calabar in the mid-19th and late 19th century in 1800s, they recognized that we are Biafrans even in Calabar". " I want you to understand something this very evening. The whiteman came and knew that this was Biafra. When the Presbyterian Church was being formed, they said this is the Presbytery of Biafra".
"Now, I made that very post that somebody came today from somewhere else and was writing complete rubbish that "Oh no, it is Efik! It is not Ibibio, it is not Biafra!" These are the people in the payroll of Aso Rock and I will tell you their job. Their job is to deflect your attention; their job is to create many possible fake accounts in the names of people in Ibibio, in Efik, in Annang, in Ijaw, in Isoko, in Urhobo. Their aim is to deflect attention and destroy any cohesion. If you come together, it is a threat to them in the North (the Fulanis from the Northern Sahel region of Nigeria). Some of you do not know this but you must understand that saying of the ancient - 'Igwebuike' (there is strength in numbers). Once you are united, nobody can defeat you. All those things are still relevant till this very day and because we ignored them, that is why the janjaweed managed to divide us".
Speaking on the non-traditional and meaningless names that the Northern Fulani caliphate and the Yorubas tagged the indigenous land owners of Biafra, the IPOB leader proceeded to give clarifications. He emphasized one of the major tools these oppressors employed to orchestrate division amongst Biafran brothers and sisters. "Ask yourself this question. Why is it that in Northern Nigeria, they have retained all their traditional names like Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Borno, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Zamfara, etcetera. Ask yourself, why? Why did they come to Biafraland and called you Cross River that has no meaning, which is river cross? Rivers State that nobody knows the river they are referring to. Are you listening very carefully? Delta State that has no meaning. The reason why they took away your traditional names is because they do not want you to discover who you are. And if you do not know who you are, there is no way you can recognize an enemy when he is coming. That is what is happening to us now. Do you now see their tricks?"
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in conclusion, proclaimed that our land is being presently invaded by the marauding armies of the Fulani Islamic caliphate due to the crass negligence and failure of our people to act pre-emptively. He revealed how he had seriously warned Biafrans resident in the United States of America way back in 2015, about the looming dangers as today being witnessed in Biafraland. But they never listened and now, the Fulanis have taken over our land. People are running helter shelter. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said: "Igboman will never bring out one million dollars to support the defense of his own land until their village is gone". He however, called on Biafrans globally, to do away with their tiny village envy, jealousy, disunity, selfishness and greed; and unanimously join hands to reclaim our ancestral land. This can only be realized through their support to IPOB in the fight for freedom because "Igwe-bu-ike" (there is strength in unity).
Written by Ikenna Ozulumba Mbaegbu
For Family Writers Press International