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Of Nwodo, Biafra and Enugu

GENERALLY, to Biafranize something is to destroy it from within, like an implosion. Politically, Biafranization is simply the suicide of a state.

In 1967, Col. Emeka Ojukwu, the Biafran leader, blamed the defeat of Biafran soldiers in the Mid_Western Region on “the treacherous acts of Gowon’s collaborators” in his own army. What happened was that the Igbo man has that tendency to destroy himself. Circumstances after the war proved the veracity of that claim.

I mean, most of the problems that beset the Igbo people today are self_inflicted. Most of our enemies are from among us. They are our fathers and our mothers, our brothers and our sisters, and our friends.

That tendency of an Igbo man to injure himself, that suicidal tendency in him, gave rise to the doctrine of Igbo enwe Eze (Igbos have no king). Our problems, most times, are not from the North. Neither are they from the South nor from the West. Our problems are from the East, from ourselves, from among us.

Firstly, 27 September, 2010 witnessed the disruption of the meeting of the Igbo Political Forum scheduled to hold at the Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri. That illegality was perpetrated not by Fulani herdsmen, not by the Niger Delta militants and not by the Hausa farmers.

Rather, it was perpetrated by our people. The chief security officer cannot claim ignorance of that travesty of democracy because if he does, then Imo people are in great danger.

Secondly, the Orji Uzor Kalu Presidential Campaign Organization called for sanctions against the President_General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Amb. Raph Uwechue. And you may want to ask, did he breach Ohanaeze constitution?

According to a Daily Sun report of November 3, 2010, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the director_general of the organization said: “Uwechue should not have started a journey of foisting an albatross on the South_East people when he knows his tenure will soon expire.

As things stand now, there has been no known meeting of any of the organs of Ohanaeze where the purported endorsement of President Jonathan was recommended, let alone adopted.” Now, between Ezugwu and Uwechue, who should I listen to? If Uwechue has done any wrong, has Ohanaeze no mechanism to investigate the misconduct of its members?

Is it Ezugwu’s responsibility to cry foul as he did and bring the socio_cultural body into disrepute? Indeed, Igbo have no king. We have no king.

Thirdly and above all, the first gift Okwesilieze Nwodo gave to the good people and government of Enugu State as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was political instability by dissolving the executive committee of the party in the State.

This is the same executive committee that granted him waiver and declared him a virgin even though he had been jumping from one party to another and unable to marry any manifesto.

It is sad that the first thing Nwodo did after eating the delicious dish served him by the government and people of Enugu State was to bite the fingers that fed him. No wonder Jesus Christ warns: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces”

(Matthew 7:6). What Nwodo did was immoral, unfair. As we say, “one good turn deserves another.”

The antics of the PDP national chairman is the least that could be expected of a great son. A great son defends his homeland as brave Biafrans did during the Civil War. He takes the fight to the enemy, as far away from his home front as possible.

Unfortunately, Nwodo brought the war, of all things, home to his fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters and friends. That is a classic example of that Igbo man’s tendency to injure himself and commit suicide.

Nwodo’s mission as the PDP chairman should have been to win the 2015 presidential nomination of his party for the Igbo people. Nnamdi Azikiwe (Zik) once led the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC) and won for the Igbo people their first and only Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nwodo is leading the PDP, the biggest party in Africa , and all he could give his kinsmen is anarchy and chaos in the capital of their homeland!

Igbos home and abroad, Okwesilieze Nwodo and his accomplices have once again besieged the capital of Igboland forty years after the Civil War ended. As Ojukwu did to those “Gowon’s collaborators”, let us do to his political agenda before another Igbo state falls into the hands of the enemy and they trample upon the tombs of our ancestors. Let us never again defeat ourselves as we did several times in the past.

If Enugu becomes Congo and Anambra becomes Rwanda , the legacies of our founding fathers will come to ruins. We have kings. Zik was our king. Michael Okpara was  our king.

Okwesilieze Nwodo has missed the opportunity to be one. And so be it, but let us not fold our arms and see our pride of place destroyed.

*Ikenna G. Ikenna is a public affairs analyst.


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