Nigerian-Biafran Dichotomy: The issues As I See Them – Herbert Emenike Nwankwo

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Engr. (Prof.) H. E. Nwankwo, Ph.D, CPE; (LINK MOMENT).

The others, particularly, the Islamists do not like Igbo/Eastern Christians because they are least likely to accept Islam and the Easterners have survived and can survive under any oppressive circumstance thrown their ways, plus do better economically without government favors or handouts.

On the other hand, the Northerners do not want to live alone without the same Igbo ingenuity they hate. They think Biafra implies they will access to oil revenue. But the Biafrans are saying take the oil, keep it, but give us our political, social, religious and regional development freedom. An important question is why are they still angry with Biafra if they can keep the oil that is their main interest in the East/South.

If they can’t live without the Biafrans then they should allow them equal access to the oil money, and freedom to choose their own political leaders, their own economy, their own education and own development agenda.

They should abrogated oppressive institutions like INEC, NYSC, NSA, NATIONAL CHARACTER, JAMB, QUOTA SYSTEMS, EXAM SCORE CRITERIA, ETC., THAT PUT THE WORST FROM THE NORTH OVER THE BEST FROM THE SOUTH IN EMPLOYMENT AND POLITICAL JOBS.

In 1970, they gave those Biafrans fortunate to have bank accounts only £20, no matter what was in their accounts, thinking that will keep them poor for life, but within 10 years a typical Biafran was becoming richer than an average Nigerian. They then came up with sublime pogrom agenda – government proscribed development efforts against biafraland. Biafrans left Biafra land in droves to seek greener pastures all over the world and anywhere else in Nigeria.

To hide this fact politically, a census was conducted in which tribe or state of origin were no longer recorded, thus all Biafrans in Yoruba lands and Hausa lands were counted as Yoruba and Hausa people respectively, thereby boosting their population and subsequently federal resource allocations. Thus Igbo/ Eastern populations outside Igboland were used to boost non-Igbo populations to further reduce actual Eastern nationalities count in Nigeria to gain more political/economic supremacy over the easterners and lock down on election rigging capacities.

The lack of equity in what impacts government policies due to the eastern regions is the main problem and not who or how many Igbo hold national offices. The sooner the Nigeria decision makers and military understand and stomach this the better. I do not think more military threats can resolve this issue. The Biafran movement is now bottom up and not top down as was true in 1967.

Those in this 2015 movement do not regard politicians of any Cadre as speaking on their behalf nor do they see them as representing their interest. They have lived this life of injustice and inequality all their lives being born during or after the civil war.

So, they are saying enough is enough, Biafra or death. The Nigerian leaders are beating about the bushes hoping this agitation will just go away are playing with the emotions of a restless youth – more like a child playing with fire.

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By Engr. (Prof.) H. E. Nwankwo, Ph.D, CPE.

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