Biafra: Did the Igbo Kill Jesus?, By SKC Ogbonnia
Given the Igbo predicament, and in the view that the people are said to be of Jewish ancestry, it might then be roundly apt to ask: Did the Igbo kill Jesus Christ to appear so cursed to deserve the self-inflicted marginalisation they are going through? That is, what other omen could warrant that the well-known “Igbo sense” would never be used for the collective interest of my people?
The early part of June 2017 saw Arewa youth issue a “Quit Notice” to the Igbo living in Northern Nigeria. This followed the 50-year anniversary of the Biafran war, where both friends and foes of Biafra took turn to tell their stories with objective emphasis on the Igbo. After a careful analysis, it has been easy to dismiss the entire anniversary exercise as orchestrated by the politicians as busy doing something very close to nothing. Thus, I am prompted to ask: Did the Igbo kill Jesus?
This development, coupled with the abject lack of development in Igboland plus President Buhari’s infamous outburst to punish the South-East and South-South zones for voting against him in the 2015 elections, heightened the renewed call for Biafra by the innocent youth. Notably, the agitators retained the natural map of Biafra and added parts of North-Central zone to it.
The apparent dilemma is tipping the critical threshold for mass revolution. The alarming success of a recent Sit-at-Home Order by the Biafran agitators must alert the sit-tight Igbo politicians that the political logic of clinging on excuses to deceive the masses no longer favours them. Effective leadership is measured by results, not excuses.
The more troubling, however, is the mindboggling hypocrisy being exhibited by the Igbo politicians ever since. Outwardly, they (particularly those in PDP) appear to fan the agitation. Inwardly, these political merchants know that the innocent youth are merely being exploited as usual. After all, the same politicians who are continuing to deploy the proceeds from looted development projects in Igboland to acquire choice properties in Abuja and Lagos would resist any plan to leave Nigeria.
Not long ago, 1991 to be exact, the Igbo people of Awka and Onitsha Divisions witnessed a form of restructuring in new Anambra State for rapid development. A purposeful visit to Awka, the state capital, is a painful testimony of what to make of the timber and calibre of Igbo people that hail from such a richly endowed state.
What other immortal sin could subject the Igbo youth, for instance, to continue to extol the same corrupt politicians who have mortgaged their future? What is behind the raging oddity that two pea-brained and notoriously corrupt Yoruba elements, Femi Fani-Kayode and Ayo Fayose, now appear to be the official spokesmen of Ndigbo?
The dawn of 2017 was a cool breeze in the entire Nigerian polity with the emergence of John Nnia Nwodo, a dynamic figure, as the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo. But Nwodo’s reign is already trending as a fall before the rise. The apex Igbo organisation already appears hijacked by faceless politicians. A day hardly passes without one manner of “Ohaneze Youth” fouling the media space, shamelessly posing as shields to politicians who have cases to answer with anti-corruption agencies for looting funds earmarked for development projects in Igboland.