Update: ‘Biafran Zionism': South East Fracas; Bauchi Imam Urges FG To Take Urgent Measures to halt the waves of ugly insecurity scenario in the Southeast New York[RR]Bauchi–Chief Imam, Jodan Friday Mosque, Kofar Dumi Quarters in Bauchi metropolis, Alhaji Rabi’u Shehu has appealed to the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to halt […]
Update: ‘Biafran Zionism': South East Fracas; Bauchi Imam Urges FG To Take Urgent Measures to halt the waves of ugly insecurity scenario in the Southeast
New York[RR]Bauchi–Chief Imam, Jodan Friday Mosque, Kofar Dumi Quarters in Bauchi metropolis, Alhaji Rabi’u Shehu has appealed to the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to halt the waves of ugly insecurity scenario in the Southeast currently posing danger signal to the corporate existence of Nigeria as an indivisible country.
Imam Rabi’u Shehu in a Friday sermon today stressed the need for urgent measures to arrest the insecurity threats that have in the past few days led to the massacre of innocent citizens and property worth millions of naira either destroyed or carted away before the situation brings an end to the corporate existence of Nigeria.
The scholar noted that should other parts of the country react to the barbaric treatment being meted to their people, tribe or faithful, Nigeria would have by now been on fire with virtually each and every citizen becoming a refuge in his or her own country.
“I wonder why for the simple fact that you were either a Muslim by religion or Hausa by tribe that you will be treated as non-persona grata in your own country. This act of lawlessness is unbecoming of every peace-loving citizen”, Imam frowned.
He therefore urged the federal government to ensure the security of lives and property of all citizens, especially those that were forcefully made refugees in parts of the Southeast Nigeria where the propaganda for breakaway is being amplified.
He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly with a view to bring to an end the imminent catastrophe, and urged all Nigerians be they at home or in diaspora to fervently pray for the peaceful co-existence of the country.
The Imam also urged citizens not to take law in their hands and should wherever they find themselves be law-abiding and report any abnormal movement or behavior to the appropriate security agency for necessary action.
Protest is good, but where is the leverage? The appeal to this amorphous “international community” of the US, UK, France, Germany and Isreal, is amusing, and shows the profound lack of technical and strategic skill inside the Pro-Biafra movement. No serious government acts on preachments and moral suasion. The US government for instance has no power over the sovereign government of Nigeria, and cannot step into any affray with Nigeria as it is currently organized. Your congressman will see nothing of value that a backwoods “African tribal affair” – as they are wont to see it at the moment – adds to their political interests. The Igbo are not known serious political campaign contributors, and make no organizational contributions as a people to the political fortunes of serious political interests here. The Igbo have no serious “insider” connections with the African American and other Diasporic organizations, and special interests worth a fiddler’s fart. The young generation of the Igbo born here from ages 15-35 are largely alienated and disinterested: they do not have the kind of moral, spiritual, and psychological connections that the Palestinians, the Chinese, the Indians, the Irish, the Mexicans, or even the Jews have endowed their own children for their homeland. Basically, the Igbo are alone in the world, period. Very clearly, as I did point out at the very beginning of all this, the current Biafra movement is too narrow, and lacks messaging skills; they lack capacity; there is no serious engagement with fact, and they have not established “leverage” – which is the real sex appeal of all revolutionary acts and counter acts. And people like me are also put off by any sense of a “Biafran Zionism” or the version of ideological fascism that currently drives the current movement.
I will say this, until folks get serious: if I were advising the IPOB tonight, I would ask them to craft a very quick, and straightforward response to the statement banning them in the East and declaring them a “terrorist group.” My message would be (A) we affirm that we are not a terrorist group. We have consistently diavowed the use of violence against the federal government. We aim to achieve our objectives by peaceful protest. The Nigerian government is misinforming the Nigerian public by accusing us of acts of violence. We are the ones who are victims of violence and we have worked thus far to restrain our members from retaliation by violent means. This does not mean that we do not reserve the rights to defend ourselves from further use of state terror. We shall call a strategy meeting of the IPOB council and review our strategies. Continuous use of state terror will force us to defend ourselves by all means necessary, including the declaration of an “armed struggle” if necessary. (B) By declaring us a terrorist organization, the Federal government has put us in the ranks of the African National Congress (the ANC) our revolutionary model, who were also once declared terrorists by the apartheid South African government, and we shall be glad to walk in the same corridor of history with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Thambo, etc. (C) We ask our cadres to withdraw from the streets, not to confront the government forces, and await further instructions. We want to assure Nigerians that our fight is not against the Nigerian people. We have no hatred of any group of Nigerians. We do not fight the Hausa or Arewa youths who have done nothing to us. We do not fight the Yoruba people. We do not fight the various Nigerian ethnic groups. Our fight is with the apparatus of a corrupt government that has created and sustained a corrupt nation that has forced all Nigerians to live as if they were in a zoo. We affirm our humanity and the humanity of others, and only wish to be free to pursue our happiness, our freedoms, our liberty, and our destiny as a freedom-loving, egalitarian people outside the confines of Nigeria, under a new nation where we shall determine our own destiny. It is our right, and we do not deserve to be killed for asking for the gift of liberty endowed on us by our “Chi.” Simple, not the rambling, polemical nonsense often signed by some character called “Emma Powerful.”
Furthermore, I would advise IPOB to send her field organizers to every church in Igbo land, and implore them to begin service all over Igbo land this sunday at exactly O’clock with the song:
Ekwesu aga emeri unu n’agha?
Si mba O, si mba O Nwachukwu –
Si Mba o…
Buhari Oga Emeri unu n’agha
Si Mba O…
Ajo Mmo aga emeri Unu n’agha
Si Mba O…
Burantai Emerie Igbo n’agha?
Si Mba O… etc.
The ringing voice will be heard all over Oru na Igbo, and it will be more powerful propaganda than any thrown at them. It will also involve the church. Then, people will begin to do more than gird their loins. But I do not advise IPOB. I think that they should stop throwing poor kids to the streets to die under the withering fire power of the Nigerian Armed and security forces. Ya gazie.