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Emeka Eze
Mar 17, 2009, 09:45 AM
<p> </p> <p>BIAFRA: THE TRAGEDY OF&nbsp;MISPLACED PRIORITIES </p> <p> by&nbsp;Emeka Eze</p> <p> </p> <hr /> <p><em>&quot;At present, we are enveloped in darkness…. Providence has done much for us in this contest, but we must do something for ourselves&quot;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>(Gen. Washington to James Mchenry)&nbsp;</p> <p>Article 2 of the Vienna Declaration and program of Action States, &quot;<em> All peoples have the right of self determination, by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status, and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.&quot;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The Article went further to say, <em>&quot;taking into account the particular situation of peoples under colonial or other forms of alien domination or foreign occupation, the world conference on Human Rights recognizes the right of peoples to take any legitimate action… to realize their inalienable right of self determination&quot;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The excesses of this article are for meaningful development. All human rights instruments are for a common good. Where the common good is not forthcoming, the prevailing situation would be that of &quot;violation&quot; amounting to confusions and the breakdown of rule of law.&nbsp;</p> <p>The aspirations of all peoples should be the respect of the principles of equal rights and self - determination of peoples, peace, democracy, justice, equality, rule of law, pluralism, development of better standards of living and solidarity. Where these are not visible, the alternative to achieve them is the next option. The next option leads us to the topic of this write-up.&nbsp;</p> <p>May 30th, 1967, Lt. Col. Chukwumeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, being mandated by Eastern consultative Assembly declared, &quot; whereas we are living witnesses of injustices and atrocities committed against Eastern Nigeria, among which are the premeditated murder of over 30,000 of our innocent men, women and children by Northern Nigerians, the Calculated destruction of the property of our sons and daughters, the shameless conversion of two million Eastern&nbsp;Nigerians into refugees in their own country, all this without remorse&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The 1967 Nigeria / Biafra war was fought to stop the premeditated murder of the people of eastern Nigeria. The atrocities were committed by the Nigerian&nbsp;government &quot;without remorse&quot;. Though Ojukwu could not accomplish this mission due to personal limitations and because of the activities of saboteurs, the attempt, nevertheless had been made.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is unfortunate that the same group of sell-outs are still present in the struggle started by Uwazuruike etal. Uwazuruike along with other Igbo youths while hoisting the Biafra flag in Aba, Abia State capital on 22 May, 2000 saw injustice, inequality and marginalization of the Biafra people as the order of the day. In the one year anniversary of the hoisting of the flag, Uwazuruike said, &quot;Beloved Biafrans, we cannot be part of a nation where injustice, inequality and marginalization are the order of the day. We cannot be citizens of a country where corruption is a way of life. We cannot belong to a country where dictatorship, violence and intimidation are principle of state policy. We cannot belong to a nation where our children have no future. It is better to die in the struggle for liberty than to live as slaves.&quot; He did not live up to this declaration as his actions will reveal later.&nbsp;</p> <p>Uwazuruike's&nbsp;good intention was demonstrated in the burial of late Gabriel Ogu, when he bent down to kiss the casket of Gabriel Ogu, when he, Ogu was lying in state. &quot;if I deviate in the struggle to actualize Biafra,&quot; Uwazuruike took an oath, &quot;may I lay as Ogu laid now&quot;. Since that oath, the spirit of Gabriel Ogu was following the then MASSOB leader. Events will later prove that Uwazuruike either forgot about this oath that he swore or he never meant it when he made the oath. It is fools that make oath without keeping them as present contemporary events have proven here. How can a sane person subject himself to the curse that follows an oath? It is better that you never make one rather than making such a solemn vow and reneging on it. There are grave consequences that have befallen all those who made such casual promises without living up to its demands.&nbsp;</p> <p>The struggle has as of now taken another dimension. The original thinking of chief Uwazuruike was diverted to money making. Some group of people are thinking on how to move the struggle forward, while others, led by Ralph Uwazuruike thinks on how to secure positions and make money. Uwazuruike is now a known agent of the Nigerian government and this is part of the deal that he made in order to secure his release from prison as was brokered by Nnamdi (Andy) Uba of Uga, Aguata Anambra State. For years many within the struggle saw something wrong emerging by the dictatorial tendencies of Ralph Uwazuruike, every effort was said to have been made to make him see the errors of his ways, but like the proverbial dog that is headed to destruction, his heart and ears were sealed so much that he could not and would not hear or listen to any body.&nbsp;</p> <p>Biafra risorgimento was the spirit of Biafra citizens suffering everywhere in Nigerian. Those who go by the name Biafra become victims of circumstance. The rate of development in Biafraland is not something to write home about. There is no employment to Biafra youths. Graduates have now turned to be Okada riders, no good roads, no good water, and no electricity. Innocent Biafra Citizens have filled up in Nigeria cells with trumped-up-charges against them. The one who supposedly was leading them is now a turn-coat who have abandoned the ship of Biafra in search of personal self actualization. Uwazuruike and his family in time, will realize that Biafra being an institution, may be betrayed by him but cannot be destroyed. In the fullness of time what must be, will surely come to pass.&nbsp;</p> <p>Businessmen and women have heavy tariffs placed on their imported goods. Biafra conditions in Nigeria are deplorable. Government of Nigeria is insensitive to the plight of the Biafra people. Coupled with these types of living conditions, the people came out en-mass to give the Biafra struggle a boost. They supported Uwazuruike and other Biafra Actualization groups. The unfortunate thing was the change of mood of the leaders. Instead of struggling to actualize Biafra, they dumped the spirit with which Ojukwu utilized more that 80% of his father's wealth, and 100% of his own wealth to fight for Biafra emancipation. When Ojukwu was busy &quot;fighting&quot; to defeat the Nigerian aggressors, some disgruntled elements and saboteurs in Biafra were busy scheming to frustrate the fight. The same groups of people are still around doing one dirty job or the other to make sure the people of Biafra are still living in bondage. This time around, it is the leaders who sell out. They collect huge sums of money from the government of their oppressors, and turn around to deceive their subjects to believe their exploits.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sources with close contact on ground, have it on good ground that Uwazuruike and co have been found to have engaged in wealth acquisition rather than pursue the emancipation of Biafra. It is also on good record that the Niger Delta people were willing to work with MASSOB under Uwazuruike but he made it impossible due to his desire to be the leader without having leadership skills. My findings on the wealth of our leaders, reveals an alarming craze for property and business ownership by Ralph and his family as well as few of his acolytes. It was revealed that filling stations, (Gas stations) beautiful mansion in Victoria Island, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Aba, some oil blocks, acres of land are owned by these discredited judases who love wealth and blood money more than liberation from the yoke of bondage which Nigeria represents on the lives of our people. Uwazuruike by this act, have shown once again that the Igbo man is subject to compromise especially when money and property is involved. What these fraudulent men and women did was a betrayal of those who have given their lives and resources to the Biafra Actualization and in time, he will pay the price. Right now, Ralph is paying the price by becoming like the proverbial Cain who is running all over the place in search of shelter from the unknown danger that his acts (the killing of Abel) brought upon him.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some whom the freedom fighters trusted as leaders are the people who inform the security agents of the activities of the Biafra freedom fighters. For instance, on 30th of January, 2007, while a meeting of the MASSOB members were going on in okwe, home town of Ralph Uwazuruike, some MASSOB leaders used their cell phones to make secret calls to military men, telling them how the levies are collected and when the exercise will end. As soon as the money have been collected and packed in Ghana must go sack, the security agents arrived and in the process, more than 30 MASSOB members were killed. The leaders were spotted inside the bush sharing the money, the part that will go to Nigeria security agents, and the part that would go to their purse. The rest of the things that happened are history today. It has been one scam after another under the leadership of Ralph Uwazuruike and just like everything in life, there is time for everything. A time to steal and a time to get caught, a time to deceive and a time for the truth to be revealed. Some within this struggle cried out four years ago regarding the direction that Uwazurike and his clique were taking the struggle but those groups who suppose to address this issues ignored it thinking that Ralph will rediscover his ways and make amends but such group like the Biafra Foundation in USA, know better right now as they also were victims of Uwazuruike's corrupt ways. Its always good to be in touch with the base and to know the true situation of things without relying on fake deceptive misinformation from such as Ralph Uwazurike.&nbsp;</p> <p>The entire leadership of the struggle under Uwazurike have been involved in place seeking as well as deceiving its followers. It is to maintain his place especially in the monetary matters, that Uwazurike resisted every effort to work with people like Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo. The fallen leader of MASSOB himself was so sure of what his mission was, that he felt that he will be able to look after himself by shedding the blood of Igbo/Biafra youths and turn around to profit by it. When the leader does not have faith in whatever he does, that leader should be discarded. He was busy acquiring wealth and building and buying landed property here and there. This attitude brought the struggle into disrepute and conflict of interest with what the original goal was-Actualization of Biafra. The incident that took place during Uwazurike's last visit to the United States was to reveal what had been going on in the past few years and his style of leadership. This is a man who regards the MASSOB as a private project blindly ignoring the obvious fact that this is something that is greater than him and his family,&nbsp;selfishness or endless desire for deception. He traveled to the States to purchase properties using the money that was collected from the struggling youths whose means of livelihood he messed up and took away their monies and handed them currencies that are no legal tender. Will this man walk away from this criminal activities that he so brazenly have committed against the Biafran nation?&nbsp;</p> <p>Chief Uwazuruike flamboyantly told us in his one year anniversary of the struggle for a new Biafra that .a nation we want is the ideal state, that the nation we want is a nation where justice, equality, fair play, freedom, truth etc are the principles of state policy. Hence, the comment, &quot;It is better to die in the struggle for liberty than to live as slave&quot; This is the man who claimed to be following in the steps of Mahatma Ghandi and that of Dr. Martin Luther King. Uwazurike have betrayed the confidence of those that reposed confidence in him and by so doing, have made himself an outcast even in the same struggle for which he stated that he is willing to &quot;lay down&quot; his life. In the language of Plato in his book</p> <p>The Republic, I quote, &quot;No one must have any private property whatsoever except what is absolutely necessary. Secondly, no one must have any lodging or storehouse at all which is not open to all comers… they must live in common, attending in messes as if they were in the field… they alone of all in the city dare not have any dealings with gold or silver or even touch them or come under the same roof with them&quot;</p> <p>(Republic, Book 111, 415 E) This is actually Plato's requirement for the ruling class of&nbsp;his ideal Republic.&nbsp;</p> <p>St Augustine (354-430 A.D) known as the platonizer of Christianity saw that intellectual darkness was rapidly descending over the Roman Empire. The empire was disintegrating, its vast institutional and cultural resources suffered from the empire's neglect and the church's indifference or hostility to pagan culture. In his book &quot;The city of God&quot;, st Augustine's distinction between the sensible and the intelligible world is expressed in Christian terms as the distinction between the earthly city of the flux of opinion, and the heavenly city of God's eternal truth.&nbsp;</p> <p>What am I talking about here? I mean that the so-called leader who championed the cause of Biafra struggle is fake. He&nbsp;along with his ilk felt that in their respective professions, they are never-do-wells, and therefore, the earnest way to make money is in the use of Biafra. And for the peoples of the nation of Biafra,&nbsp;while they suffer in the hands of the Nigeria government, they will use it as a vehicle to acquire wealth for their individual families. In other words, the people want to go,&nbsp;they want freedom but do not have honest and dedicated leaders that will lead them to the promise. The unmasking of Uwazurike and his criminal gang is a good outcome for all those who are praying and seeking emancipation as this will help refocus and re-energize the people of Biafra and also help heal all the rift that this evil man brought into the movement for his selfish ends. Another lesson here is that we all must watch people live the life they preach about and do the work they claim to have been trained on. Uwazuruike claimed to have been trained as a lawyer in of all places, India and never practiced for a day. I guess it is possible that he may never have been to India yet the lies and deception operating within him, are able to confuse him and mislead others.&nbsp;</p> <p>Let those who think that this is unachievable project not rejoice yet as this revelations about the person of Uwazuruike and his lies are a good development for the emergence of Biafra in no distant time. A look at Nigeria will reveal that it is not making any progress toward unification rather there is disquietness and anarchy in the land. Nigeria is moving in circles and it appears that the gods have sworn to have her destroyed and have cursed her with serpent leaders as well as scorpions who do nothing but bite and sting the people of the land. These are those who have driven the defenceless people of the East to either engage in non violence struggle and armed struggle as is the case in the Delta. Biafra Actualization agitation and the war going on in the East of the Niger are all testimonies as to the fallen state of Nigeria.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to say that those who think they can make money, or secure positions in the name of Biafra struggle, will have themselves disappointed at last. The cries of those who lost their lives in these struggle, become cries of Abel from the grave. God is still asking the impostors of Biafra struggle, &quot;Where is your brother?&quot; The Abels of this struggle. In as much as Biafra struggle is a divine mandate, every care must be taken to make sure that we are not repeating what brought setback in the past. Uwazurike is not Biafra. He was a leader of MASSOB until he was found wanting. And if Biafra foundation or other groups out there are for Biafra struggle,&nbsp;then all must shun sentiments and deploy every resources such as Voice of Biafra international to educate and enlighten our people on the state of things.&nbsp;</p> <p>Niger Delta has more than 25 groups operating and fighting for their rights. But once&nbsp;any of their sons is arrested, all other group of their sons is arrested, all other group start action from different angle. The goal is one - to achieve whatever is their objective/ mission. Their struggle is a mission with cohesion and direction void of any selfish tendencies as is the case with some Biafra leaning movements right now. Though they may be infiltrated right now, (no group is immune to this) yet they are able to forge ahead in the face of enormous challenges. Our people who still believe that Biafra will be handed to us on a platter of gold may need to have a rethink since we are not dealing with western Europe here. Our failure in deploying all our resources on behalf of Biafra is not helping right now. Finally, I say, non-violence cannot give us Biafra, neither will violence do, we must listen to the wise one who said to the sluggards, to &quot;go to the ant and consider her ways&quot; There are few lessons that we can learn from our cousins in the Delta.&nbsp;</p> <p>If there is no re-think, and re-strategizing now, Biafra struggle will be a tragedy and the priority will remain misplaced. While there is a chance of re-igniting the fire that is fast fading away, all honest and sincere Biafran all around the world, are called to wake up and see what is happening to the struggle more than forty years after loosing more than 2 million of our people to the genocide that was unleashed upon us. The Okwe chief (Ralph Uwazurike) have shown that he is not the messiah but rather a Judas/saboteur who likes to be seen, a hungry man who do not have what it takes to deliver. It is good that the charade that he represents is now exposed for all to see. All those out there who still thinks that this man is the all in all, must now have a rethink or go down with him. Biafra is greater than Uwazuruike and his greedy ways and more importantly, Biafra deserves a more intelligent set of people to lead its actualization than a bunch that lies and deceives at every turn.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot; Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious&quot; (George Orwell: 1984&nbsp;</p><br><br><a target="_blank" href=http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11777><b>..Read the full article</b></a><br>

NWANZA
Mar 17, 2009, 04:38 PM
The entire leadership of the struggle under Uwazurike have been involved in place seeking as well as deceiving its followers. It is to maintain his place especially in the monetary matters, that Uwazurike resisted every effort to work with people like Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo. The fallen leader of MASSOB himself was so sure of what his mission was, that he felt that he will be able to look after himself by shedding the blood of Igbo/Biafra youths and turn around to profit by it. When the leader does not have faith in whatever he does, that leader should be discarded. He was busy acquiring wealth and building and buying landed property here and there. This attitude brought the struggle into disrepute and conflict of interest with what the original goal was-Actualization of Biafra.

Why air your dirty laundry here in NVS when you have other means of displaying these allegations against Uwazurike?

It would have been better to send this article to OHANEZE ndigbo, which some enemies are trying hard to rubbish.

Please give credit to who credit is due ---> Ralph Uwazurike and the freedom fighters.

I share your concern though, but you need to inspire change from the inside and build momentum for the fight of your life.

All Igbo's must speak with one voice and condemn this hypocritical country of our enslavement called Nigeria. After all we are going to sing the same song - mark this.

Realign your mentality and look far into the future!

Namdy
Mar 17, 2009, 08:59 PM
My dear brother, the realisation of a biafran state or country is utopian.You tried in your essay but to so many Nigerians, "it is like a tale told by an ----- full of sound and fury signifying nothing"

Agidimolaja
Mar 18, 2009, 05:56 AM
The wind has blown and now,we have seen the private part of the hen.

Emeka in this piece, presented to us,facts that cannot be denied about what led to the fall of former Biafra.He also lamented about howthe yet to be formed Biafrais already suffering the same fate.Too bad, folks.

Bunch of falsehoods have been packaged about the fall ofBiafraand accusing fingers have been unjustly pointed atObafemi Awolowo and his Yoruba tribe over that tragic fallof Biafra.

It is so refreshing here now that Emeka did not join the group of blatant liars but have courageously laid the fall of Biafra at the feet of unpatriotic,disgruntled, corrupt and inept leaders who worked so hard to sabotage Ojukwu's efforts.

Yes, we were aware of the truths he just unearthed even thoughrabble rousers have not stopped at trying to suppresstruths about the problems inside the then Biafra.

Instead of facing the fact, liars have engagedthemselves in blame games - Awo did this, Yorubas did that bla bla bla etc.

Finally, a courageous voice was heard which said that corrupt and disgruntled leaders, saboteurs etc contributed greatly to the fall of Biafra.

As it was then, so it is now said the people of the church. My prayer is that, may it not continue to be so for ever and ever.

What Ralph Uwazurike is doing all over the place now as highlighted by Emeka is a recipe for the fall of another Biafra if it ever emerged again.His recent visit to USA was a show of shame and a disgrace to his blind followers.

The first Biafra failed at inception.This yet to be formed Biafra is already a failure considering all the allegations made by Emeka in his write up.

By all indications, the proposed Biafra shall be found dead on arrival, if it ever arrived.

Awolowo is dead and Yorubas have nothing to do with this planned Biafra, yet the signs that led to the former to "kaput" are so visible everywhere already.

Will Awolowo and Yorubasgoing to be falsely accused one more time of stage-managing her death?

ttonjo
Mar 18, 2009, 01:40 PM
The wind has blown and now, we have seen the private part of the hen.
Emeka in this piece,presented to us, facts that cannot be denied about what led to the fall of former Biafra. He also lamented about how the yet to be formed Biafra is already suffering the same fate. Too bad,folks.
Bunch of falsehoods have been packaged about the fall of Biafra and accusing fingers have been unjustly pointed at Obafemi Awolowo and his Yoruba tribe over that tragic fall of Biafra.
It is so refreshing here now that Emeka did not join the group of blatant liars but have courageously laid the fall of Biafra at the feet of unpatriotic, disgruntled,corrupt and inept leaders who worked so hard to sabotage Ojukwu's efforts.
Yes,we were aware of the truths he just unearthed even though rabble rousers have not stopped at trying to suppress truths about the problems inside the then Biafra.
Instead of facing the fact,liars have engaged themselves in blame games - Awo did this,Yorubas did that bla bla bla etc.
Finally,a courageous voice was heard which said that corrupt and disgruntled leaders,saboteurs etc contributed greatly to the fall of Biafra.
As it was then,so it is now said the people of the church.My prayer is that,may it not continue to be so for ever and ever.
What Ralph Uwazurike is doing all over the place now as highlighted by Emeka is a recipe for the fall of another Biafra if it ever emerged again. His recent visit to USA was a show of shame and a disgrace to his blind followers.
The first Biafra failed at inception. This yet to be formed Biafra is already a failure considering all the allegations made by Emeka in his write up.
By all indications,the proposed Biafra shall be found dead on arrival,if it ever arrived.
Awolowo is dead and Yorubas have nothing to do with this planned Biafra,yet the signs that led to the former to "kaput" are so visible everywhere already.
Will Awolowo and Yorubas going to be falsely accused one more time of stage-managing her death?

Thank you agidimolaja, for your usual honest and factual info.
The bible says: 'Ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall set
you free.'
Thank God, the real truth is coming out at last.

Akpu-Nku
Mar 18, 2009, 04:10 PM
Adigboloja abi agidimolaja:D

Onye ihem na ewe iwe
O di ka O wegbuo ya ka O nwuo
Osukosu nwa mkpi
O di ka O sugbuo ya ka O nwuo:D:D:D:D

Biafra nwe mmeri:hail:

Dove
Mar 18, 2009, 06:02 PM
Good article!
But then, just under one condition: If you can come up with any evidence against Uwazuruike.

1. Is there any evidence showing where the money was been shared in the bush; right after the meeting in Okwe? Or...at least just say "yes" that you were there when the money was been shared. With this I guarantee to swallow all you've written; without asking for the evidence; that is.

2. Where are the evidences of the houses owned by Uwazuruike both in VI, Abuja, PH, Aba, Onitsha, Kaduna, Owerri, USA, EU, etc? Before tabling your accusations here, have you made any effort, at least to make RU answer to how and where he made money to get those property?

3. Is it too much for someone to own such property without dipping his fingers into the money belonging to an organization?

4. Does anyone think that RU would have been able to take on this MASSOB project were he to be a church right? In Nigeria? Are you kidding someone?

5. In your write up, you made every attempt to elevate Dim Ojukwu to high heavens; is he not the same Ojukwu who various people have accused just the way you have accused RU? Does that not explain what they meant when they said that "an opinion is an a@#$%%hole, that everybody has got one"?. Have you seen why it's necessary to back up your accusations with something?

RU is not "corruption proof", he is human, and owing to his position, he deserves all manners of scrutiny from all angles. But how are we sure you are not just a bad loser out on a mission? …still one of the many reasons why evidence is needed; everything is possible in Nigeria. Or am I alone here?

Lest I forget, I neither know RU, nor am I a member of MASSOB. Just that I read in between the lines, with my eyes wide open; before introducing some tribal remarks, adding Awolowo there and Yoruba here, even when such has no place in the article.

Suggestions: It is now becoming imperative that anyone who wants to drop a line regarding any individual or organization on NVS should support same with evidence. NVS should cease being a platform on which some grumpy people stand on to assassinate the characters of other people, just in their quest to gain some brief popularity.

I presume that most people on NVS are educated, and should be demanding for this.

Anioma777
Mar 18, 2009, 08:33 PM
@Agidimolaja


Will Awolowo and Yorubas going to be falsely accused one more time of stage-managing her death?


I don't recall many or even myself blaming the fall of Biafra on Yoruba people or Awolowo. Just because Awolowo switched sides at the last minute and said starving Biafrans was a legitimate weapon of war or words to that effect does not mean he was "TOTALLY" resposible for Biafra's demise. The war was lost but Igbos survived which in my opinion is a VICTORY. A defeated nation lives to fight again. Also the main reason which many fail to realise or pretend they don't understand about the creation of Biafra was to safeguard the genocidal attempt by the North and the luke warm attitude of Gowon to protect Igbos in the North. Ojukwu for all his faults will continue to be a hero for trying to protect Ndi Igbo.

Its an interesting article about RU and the MASSOB movement. The fact of the matter is that what is going on with Massob or what happened in Biafra is playing itself out in present day Nigeria abeit with no bloodshed.

I sympathatize with MASSOB but the break up Nigeria if God wanted it would have happened and may yet still happen,but for now Nigeria as it is, should remain the same its not perfect but we have not had another war since then so Nigeria with its tribal imperfections is here to stay.

NWANZA
Mar 19, 2009, 01:47 AM
@Agidimolaja




I don't recall many or even myself blaming the fall of Biafra on Yoruba people or Awolowo. Just because Awolowo switched sides at the last minute and said starving Biafrans was a legitimate weapon of war or words to that effect does not mean he was "TOTALLY" resposible for Biafra's demise. The war was lost but Igbos survived which in my opinion is a VICTORY. A defeated nation lives to fight again. Also the main reason which many fail to realise or pretend they don't understand about the creation of Biafra was to safeguard the genocidal attempt by the North and the luke warm attitude of Gowon to protect Igbos in the North. Ojukwu for all his faults will continue to be a hero for trying to protect Ndi Igbo.

Its an interesting article about RU and the MASSOB movement. The fact of the matter is that what is going on with Massob or what happened in Biafra is playing itself out in present day Nigeria abeit with no bloodshed.

I sympathatize with MASSOB but the break up Nigeria if God wanted it would have happened and may yet still happen,but for now Nigeria as it is, should remain the same its not perfect but we have not had another war since then so Nigeria with its tribal imperfections is here to stay.

Characteristic to some people in this forum who insert tribe and ethnicity in every article, they have a lack of understanding about what led to what before the civil war.

Awolowo always play both sides of the divide to the detriment of Ndigbo, and did not walk-the-walk after talking-the-talk. This trend continues with other Yoruba characters in our short history - Shonekan to Buhari.

It is systematic to what Obasanjo did in the waning years of his administration, when he encouraged a Southern Governors conference. He spurned on the governors by handing the government back to the North.

They keep mouthing off about this-&-that and slip away when it is time to take a stand. Some call it being clever but we call it cowardice.

Agidimolaja
Mar 19, 2009, 05:41 AM
Akpu-Nku or Alupupu,



Aigbofa la nwoke, ifa kan ko si ni para.



Gbongbon kan o si afi eniti o ba nti ara re.



Eru o ba odo, eyin ti e fe wo odo ni omunu nko;eiye ti o ba fi ara we



igun,ehin aaro ni o sun!

denker
Mar 19, 2009, 08:37 AM
Ohanaeze, MASSOB hold secret talk:clap::clap::clap:

ODOGWU EMEKA ODOGWU, Awka


PRESIDENT-GENERAL Ohanaeze Ndigbo , Ambassador Ralph Uwechue yesterday warned that Members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) should not be molested again from any quarters .

Uwechue said: "Considering our country’s vast population, the largesness of the African continent and the concomitant complexity of our cultures and traditions, it is only natural to have in our midst, people with differing views on issues of national importance, be these political, religious or socio-cultural.

"Members of MASSOB like other Nigerians must be allowed to enjoy this freedom without molestation of any type, as long as their actions are within the ambit of the law. They should not be singled out or hunted down simply because they hold political views that are different from those of other people. Otherwise, their sacred democratic rights would be infringed’’.

This is even as the Biafran shadow government was yesterday launched in Awka and Onitsha, Anambra State to be monitored by Biafran National Guard (BNG), said Innocent .N. Orji, leading member of the BNG.

Uwechue gave the warning in an address of welcome he supposed to present to the MASSOB leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, in his African House Ogwashi-Uku Delta State yesterday, when the former paid him a courtesy call. The meeting however held in closed doors.

The Ohaneze Leader further said: "I feel most pleased to welcome to African House my younger brother Chief Ralph Uwazurike, who has come to congratulate me on my recent election as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World-wide. I am particularly happy at this event as it helps to underscore a hopeful beginning of unity and cooperation among the various segments of the Igbo nation."

"The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSAB) which Chief Uwazurike heads has been a national subject of controversy over the past several years. MASSOB, as we know it today, emerged as a residual echo of the desperate resort to Biafran secession in1967, following successive massacres and tearful exodus of Igbos from Northern Nigeria the previous years. The civil war settled the issue in favour of Nigerian unity. The vast majority of Ndigbo have accepted that settlement in a definitive fashion, as evidenced by the subsequent upsurge of Igbo presence and investment in all parts of Nigeria.

"In line with the settled position of the Igbos, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, does not support secession or any act that can adversely affect the sovereignty or territorial integrity of our great country. However, Ohaneze Ndigbo recognizes the constitutional right of every Nigerian to the freedom of thought and expression and to hold political, religious, and socio-cultural views that do not conflict with the laws of the land."

A statement in Awka by MASSOB and made available to Daily Champion, said the shadow government marks the beginning of actualization of the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra .

:source (http://www.champion-newspapers.com/news/article3_190309.htm)

AMEN
Mar 19, 2009, 09:39 AM
@ agidimolaja

its been a while now since we clashed and so i relish this one, lets gooo!!!!!!!!!!

1. the Biafran war was lost for various reason ranging from arms shortage to sabotage.

2.awo was the first big sabotage of Biafra, we were not depending on him for anything, but he broke a gentleman's agreement and went on to murder 3 million civilians, so you miss the point here.

3. Banjo was the second and biggest SABO of biafra, with the benin and ore disaster.

4. of course many igbos sabotaged Biafra, Ojukwu talks about them as corrupt nigerians in our mist in the"AHIARA DECLARATION OF 1969" (TRY AND READ IT FOR ONCE).

5.awo and banjo SABO can never compare to anyother SABO of the war except perhaps the NIGER DELTA SABO which the whole world is now witness to its KARMA today.

6. i commend ANIOMA etc for standing up for the igbo race, we should never tire to defend our people, like the jewish anti-defamation league, we must always be watchful, as genocide first starts with name calling and riddiculing.

7. sad part is while we Black Africans are doing our time wasting ethnic fighting in cyberspace and reality, the arabs and oyibo are putting in their finishing touches into the conquest of all Africa, so while we are here being stupid, they will have a walk in the park when that day comes, because we would been to busy as usual killing and putting each other down to see a common enemy.

8. finally both the arabs and oyibo fully supported nigeria against biafra, does that ring alarms in any black persons head? my answer will be no

GOD BLESS
amen

Akpu-Nku
Mar 19, 2009, 03:06 PM
Adigboloja a ti agidimolaja:clap:

E wepuga armoured car, shelling machine, heavy artillery
gbim-gbim-gbim-gbim
Eweghi ike imeri Biafra:hail:
Awolowo o, Yakubu Gowon
Eweghi ike imeri Biafra:hail:
Biafra Win the War:D:D:D:D:hail:

Aaahahahahahahahahah!!! Wipe out:hail:

Agidimolaja
Mar 20, 2009, 05:37 AM
Amen,



Its nice hearing from you again.Iwas wondering where were you since.

Since you came out to me as a gentleman today, let me also approach you in the same manner.

I will however ask you few questions that I expected you to answer very honestly as a gentleman that you presented yourself.

1.What was the "gentleman's agreement" that Obafemi Awolowo broke and between who and who was the agreement made and who among your Biafran leaders were signatories to that agreement?

2.Papa Zik, at such critical time abandoned Biafra and joined up with the Federal Government of Gen. Yakubu Gowon.Will you call his infamous actions and utterances as heroic or as acts of gross sabotage? Why then are you people not talking and pointing accusing fingers to your own Zik? Who sabotaged Biafra? Ask those who knew much better than you do and ask Ojukwu why he did not attend the funeral of Papa Zik.

3. Biafra was declared over the former Eastern Region. The people of Rivers and Calabarquickly decamped and joined up with the Federal Government of Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

In your judgement, was their abandoning the cause of Biafraheroic act oract of sabotage? Why then are you not pointing accusing fingers to them the way you are doing to Awolowo and Yorubas?

Banjo was not a saboteur as you peoplealleged.

Col. Banjo was another Yorubavictim at the hands of ever violent Igbos.

It was Gen. Ironsi who detained him before Emeka Ojukwu finally killed him having framed him up as planning to overthrow quasi Republic of Biafra.Liars and bunch of useless liars.

All we have to say is that we thank you Igbosfor your killingeminent Yorubas.

It was Major Tim Onwuatuegbu who brutally murdered Brig. Sam Ademulegun and his pregnant wife.

It was the same blood-thirsty Tim who murdered Co. Ralph Sodeinde.

It was Capt. Nwobosi who brutally murdered Chief S. L.Akintola, the then Premier of Western Region.

Col. Fajuyi paid with his own lifebecause he would not just be watching while his Commander-in- Chief{an Igboman} is to be led away captive.He was wasted along with Gen. Ironsi.

While Igbos were being murdered in thousands all over the North, we Yorubas in the Southwest protected Igbos and gave them safe passage to their homeland.

But today, what are we getting in return from Igbos?Nothing, except blame games, lies and falsehoods. Our goodnesses were never rewarded. Instead, accusing fingers are always pointed to our late Sage, Obafemi Awolowo and all of us Yorubas.

Allah yai sa!

Biafra fell,not because of anything that Awolowo or Yorubas did. Biafra fell because it was like a house hurriedly built upon a very weak foundation.

All what led to the fall of old Biafra are already in place to kill off the new one if it ever surfaced.

Agidimolaja
Mar 20, 2009, 05:53 AM
Akpa-Ukwu,Alupupu,



Ose ni nsaju ekun, abamo ni gbehin oro.

Gbogbo Kobokobo peju, won ko ri ebo abamo se.

Awolowo ni pe ki e mase e. E se tan o wa di aapon fun yin.

Ori okere koko l'awo, ba wi fun omo eni a gbo.

Kasakasa mbo, baba kesekese!

AMEN
Mar 20, 2009, 12:25 PM
Amen,

Its nice hearing from you again. I was wondering where were you since.
Since you came out to me as a gentleman today,let me also approach you in the same manner.
I will however ask you few questions that I expected you to answer very honestly as a gentleman that you presented yourself.
1. What was the "gentleman's agreement" that Obafemi Awolowo broke and between who and who was the agreement made and who among your Biafran leaders were signatories to that agreement?

i refer you to his speech on becoming the Yoruba leader at Ibadan on the 1st of May 1967 and also to his meeting with ojukwu days later in Enugu, here is the link www.ngex.com/personalities/voices/mqb060302baluko.htm , pls make sure you read it well ok

2. Papa Zik,at such critical time abandoned Biafra and joined up with the Federal Government of Gen.Yakubu Gowon. Will you call his infamous actions and utterances as heroic or as acts of gross sabotage? Why then are you people not talking and pointing accusing fingers to your own Zik? Who sabotaged Biafra? Ask those who knew much better than you do and ask Ojukwu why he did not attend the funeral of Papa Zik.

like i said in my post before all sorts of SABOs were in Biafra, yes zik's defection affected Biafra big time, but only morale wise, awo could have stayed neutral ok, but he led millions of yoruba to war against the igbo, that had a political, military, social and historical effect on the outcome of the war period. of course igbos accuse zik of disloyalty you do not occupy 40 million plus igbo living rooms to hear our discourse.
3.Biafra was declared over the former Eastern Region.The people of Rivers and Calabar quickly decamped and joined up with the Federal Government of Gen.Yakubu Gowon.
In your judgement,was their abandoning the cause of Biafra heroic act or act of sabotage? Why then are you not pointing accusing fingers to them the way you are doing to Awolowo and Yorubas?

read my last post well, i dont think you read rebuttals well before posting, i made a reference to Niger delta in my last post.
Banjo was not a saboteur as you people alleged.

Col.Banjo was another Yoruba victim at the hands of ever violent Igbos.
It was Gen.Ironsi who detained him before Emeka Ojukwu finally killed him having framed him up as planning to overthrow quasi Republic of Biafra. Liars and bunch of useless liars.

Ironsi's regime not Ironsi detained Banjo, let me explain, ironsi appointed gowon, capt usman baba and m.d.yusuf to investigate the jan 15 boys, the boys implicated Banjo rightfully and so he was detained read 'why we struck' by Ademoyega (RIP) and other sources to confirm his stance on jan 15.
ojukwu did not frame him up at all, infact OBJ in his my 'command' confirms Banjo meeting with the british deputy high com in Benin, this is backed by benard odogwu, fredrick forsyth etc. he refused to obey orders, confirmed to Ademoyega in 'why we struck' "that he did not like Biafra" and ordered col mike ivenso back from Okenne and lost days to which he could have entered lagos and ibadan without much struggle as conirmed by soyinka in 'the man died',(note the many yoruba sources of truth here!!!!).


All we have to say is that we thank you Igbos for your killing eminent Yorubas.
It was Major Tim Onwuatuegbu who brutally murdered Brig.Sam Ademulegun and his pregnant wife.
It was the same blood-thirsty Tim who murdered Co.Ralph Sodeinde.
It was Capt.Nwobosi who brutally murdered Chief S.L. Akintola,the then Premier of Western Region.

whilst not happy at their killings,it was confirmed the all of the above were planning Jihad on nigeria and were particularly going to deal with awo suppoters in the west and mid-west (which means almost the entire people) the jihad was scheduled for 16th jan 1966, the jan 15 boys pre-empted tha plan as confirmed by again Ademoyega 'why we struck' and Ben gbulie '5 majors' mind you the plotters where only to shoot those who resist, and that explains why fani kayode lived and kashim ibrahim and okpara lived, and why balewa and okotie eboh lived till the coup failed and they became a liability to the captors.Col.

Fajuyi paid with his own life because he would not just be watching while his Commander-in- Chief{an Igboman} is to be led away captive. He was wasted along with Gen.Ironsi.
whats your point here??? going by your line of reply??
While Igbos were being murdered in thousands all over the North,we Yorubas in the Southwest protected Igbos and gave them safe passage to their homeland.

no entirely true Banjo complained about yoruba and naija indifference to igbo sufferings in soyinka's 'the man died', some yoruba officers took part in killings as well.
But today,what are we getting in return from Igbos?Nothing,except blame games,lies and falsehoods.Our goodnesses were never rewarded.Instead,accusing fingers are always pointed to our late Sage,Obafemi Awolowo and all of us Yorubas.

as regards awo, i say 'one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist' lets pick and choose then.
Allah yai sa!
Biafra fell, not because of anything that Awolowo or Yorubas did.Biafra fell because it was like a house hurriedly built upon a very weak foundation.
All what led to the fall of old Biafra are already in place to kill off the new one if it ever surfaced.

Biafra fell because black people lacked and still lack vision and cant see beyound ethnic boundaries, the people who victored in 1970 were the oyibo and arabs, who managed to use fellow blacks backed by their latest war tech to kill of the emergence of a truly independent and technologically competent black republic BIAFRA, the vanquished in 1970 were the entire black race and naija who are now corrupt, technologically inept and genocidal having borrowed the killing baton from naija to produce odi, zakim biam, choba, june 12, okigwe, congo, sierra leone, uganda, rwanda, burundi, angola, somalia, eritrea, sudan and dafur, liberia, cote de voire, western sahara, mauritania, zimbabwe etc, Africa is unled with naija as the 49yr old sleeping giant (what giant sleeps that long????).

thanks for your post though you lashed out at a apoint, its imparative we dabate civily, and see that we share our blackness first before ethnicity, a new Africa must emerge, but we must learn from the past and i hope despite all the ethnic silliness and bashing we do here we can unite as a race in the face of an outsider and safeguard our children's future.

GOD bless you
amen

toksy
Mar 20, 2009, 05:50 PM
Hmmmmmmmmmm, here we go, AGAIN. me sha, i don but my ringside ticket. Hope, something new surface else.............

AMEN
Mar 23, 2009, 11:32 AM
@ all,

i said OBJ wrote that Banjo met with the British high com in Benin in his book my command, that is a wrong and i withdraw that quote.

GOD bless
amen.