Mazi Nwonwu said it best here
Mazi Nwonwu said it best here. We the unrepentant members of the association of ‘efulefus’ will reecho it:
“I hear the ‘Biafra’ leader called for Anambra people to boycott the upcoming governorship election.
This pronouncement by Kanu, if true, not only buttress my point that the dude does not think very far, but also is indicative that he doesn’t even understand the moment.
You are asking for people to boycott an election in an existing country because you want the government to instead focus attention on a referendum you are not even sure you will win.
Arrogance destroys more than it builds. Ask Teresa May, Kanu’s current Prime Minister, how far it got her. In other words, don’t be too quick to presume you understand the streets.
I hear all the noise about him calling for a sit at home that was successful and I wondered where the people talking were when Uwazurike had several such successful sit at homes.
They talk about people rallying to him because he was locked up for advocating for Biafra, and again I wonder where the posers were when Uwazurike and many others were locked up because of Biafra.
They say no, Buhari killed his people and helped galvanise support for him and I weep. Where were these guys when under Obasanjo, Yaradua and Jonathan, hundreds of Biafran flag carrying MASSOB members were gunned down by Nigerian security forces? Or did the Ezi River incident (when dozens of bodies belonging to Biafran agitators were discovered floating in a river at the boundary between Enugu and Anambra states) happen under Buhari?
I laugh because of the selectiveness of the praise and outrage.
Evidently, the deaths are painful, but our reactions depends on who is doing the killing or the oppressing. Biafran agitators killed under a government we tolerate — shoulder shrug. Biafran agitators killed under a government we don’t like/support — wild-eyed rage. We must leave this hatefully country!
This brings me to another point.
When we say Igbos are marginalised by the government, do we mean in terms of political appointments to juicy positions or do we make reference to providing of infrastructure?
If it’s the latter, then we have a very solid point. The southeast, like many parts of Nigeria, is in dire need of infrastructural development/provision. If we argue that the former will introduce the latter, then we are not very good students of history.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan didn’t favour the southeast in terms of infrastructure, but only a very mischievous person will argue that people with Igbo names didn’t dominate the powerful positions in his government. Perhaps dominance is a strong word, but let’s just throw it in there for the sake of the argument that these positions were the ones through which appointees can better serve their home regions, which is what people complaining about the perceived Igbo absence in the Buhari government throw around.
So you had Igbo in very strong positions for 6 years. And what did they do? Did they translate the positions into massive or even minute development of their home region? Let’s leave that hanging and go back to the question of boycott.
To boycott a state election that has nothing, or very little to do with the federal government, one where all the candidates are Igbo, one that is holding in the southeast, at a time when the south east and Anambra are still part of Nigeria, is akin to cocking a gun, putting it in your mouth, and blowing your brains out.
Only someone with an overblown sense of self, perhaps encouraged by the vituperations of the rabble, will make such harebrained declaration and expect to be hailed for it.
It’s good to ask for a referendum, but not at the expense of a democratic right to chose leaders in a democratic nation — and very FLAWED (we have to scream this point) nation too — you are still part of.
What I see is Kanu on a high after the sit at home and the visit by thousands of flag wavers. He is so high of success that he is begining to consider himself the King of the Igbo. He is now thinking he alone can shape the Igbo nation and his words will now be law. He is dressing the part, and many of us are helping him along because in our rage against those we feel hurt us, we are willing to bow before a man. Igbo enwego eze?
Is this what your Biafra will be like? It sends shivers down my back!
This is a rant, perhaps it won’t make sense… Perhaps it will.”