The Biafran Debacle? – A View by McGinger Ibineme
Enugu State. My state. My home. Igboland. My fatherland. It was Peter Obi who buried APC in Igboland when he claimed that Fashola deported Igbos. He went on air, sensationalized it. Good job. Igbo youths lapped on it. Jonathan and PDP were all smiles and Obi was hailed for a job well done. He quickly joined the party on leaving office as was planned out. APGA, the alleged Igbo party was dumped and left to crumble.
Ojukwu had died. The new Igbo party was PDP. The plan was going well. Jonathan would win election and our brothers would continue chopping on our behalf. The Grand plan was for 2017. Oil blocks allocations would expire in 2017 and there would be fresh allocations. Boys were positioning themselves for the greatest cake.
Dasuki released N500m to Jim for Igbo elders. They did a perfect job. In churches Buhari was branded anti-christ and anti-christian, whose ambitions were to islamize the east and persecute Christians. Prayer points were raised and brethren fasted against his emergence. Jonathan was sent by God and only his emergence would save the church. Brethren spoke in tongues and prophesied. Anyone who ever prophesied anything contrary to Jonathan winning was branded an anti-christ and anti Igbo. Jonathan was Igbo, our brother. Ndi Hausa hate us so much. Buhari wrote Ohaneze severally to pay them a visit. No one as much as acknowledged his letter not to talk of inviting him. What’s the point? Our son is running and he’s gonna win anyways.
APC was outcast and taboo in the land. At the election the elders dutifully allocated 500, 000 votes to Jonathan, maybe at 1000 Naira per vote. And 15, 000 votes to Buhari. This was the Igbo project, remember? By 2017 Igbo sons would own oil blocks on our behalf. All seemed to be going well. Except that men without ears didn’t think that God had the final say. Suddenly, like the great titanic, everything went wrong! Our brother didn’t win after all! Wow! What next? They started shouting persecution. ‘Ana emegbu ndi igbo.’ ‘Can’t y’all see his appointments?’ ‘I told you!’ ‘We need Biafra! We never really wanted Nigeria. We only managed to take part in the election.’ ‘We want Biafra!’ ‘Our brothers in the Niger Delta will join us and we will get Biafra.’ ‘Let’s just own all the oil blocks at once…’
Again things didn’t go as expected. Wike first threw the first stone. He warned against any Biafra rubbish. One after the other, our so called brothers, denied us again. They ain’t part of any Biafra business. Wow! I thought we fought for these people? We gave Jonathan our all. We actually threw away igbo ambitions for these people? Wow! This is happening again. They did it in old Biafra. Now again. Na wah oooWhat next? And buhari is arresting people up and down. Nwobodo has been named. Who next? Uche Ekwunife has been sacked at the court. Na wah ooo! Wahala dey ooo! Uche, with the endorsement of Peter Obi – that same Peter, has finally joined that same APC, the anti Igbo Islamic party. She has to go back to Senate. Tony Nwoye is set to join. But that’s not the main gist. Our father, Senator Jim Nwobo, first executive governor of old Anambra state, the godfather of enugu state, founding member and the biggest chieftain of PDP, a member of the yam-eating Dasuki committee of eminent Nigerians, yesterday, in company of another former Enugu Senator, walked into a stakeholders meeting of the APC in Enugu and declared loyalty. He has joined the “Islamic” party.
Finally. Who’s the fool here? Igbo youths! Y’all put your businesses on the line. You were ready to go to war in Lagos. You risked your families and livelihood for these men. They lied to you and you believed them. They now use you the way northern elders use their youths. They call you out at will and endanger your lives. They tell you it’s because of the Igbo. Did they do our roads? Nope. Did they provide infrastructure? Did they create more jobs to employ our teeming qualified graduates? Did they improve our schools? They did nothing. They don’t have our interests at heart. It’s always all about their pockets. As old as elder Jim is, he still decamps up and down. Men without ears, men without shame. Yet we defend them. We protect them with our lives.
Why brothers, why.? See the Western youths calling out almighty Olu Falae. See the northern youths calling out the princely Dasuki. But we? No way! These men are eating on our behalf, we must attack anyone who calls their name. In fact, we shall adopt any other accused person as ours and defend him no matter how he insulted the Igbo in the past. FFK is now our son. Who done this to us? Are we cursed, or are we the cause? I repeat, the real enemies of Igboland are our political leaders at present. Let us sack the enemies at home. We igbos are blessed with intellectuals, why do we let charlatans lead us? 2019 is around the corner. Now is the time to start.
My name is McGinger Ibeneme, I just wanna bare my mind.
~ McGinger Ibene