To the Educated & Middle Class Igbos:
Yesterday’s “Sit-at-Home” was observed in all #Igbo States; it
dispels the stereotypical notion that we are not united & that we
are only driven by Money.
However, the lack of practical links between our educated &
privileged relatives especially those born & raised outside
Igboland, may lead to a tragic crisis.
Their response to this evidently popular mobilisation of their people against the status quo, is cowardice!
From a distance, without any attempt to engage or offer credible alternatives, they hurl insults & shout ‘One Nigeria’.
Are they so wrapped up in their pretentious world, that they can’t see
that ‘One Nigeria’ as it has operated since 1966, represents the status
quo which our people has rejected (since 1967)?
Although Biafran agitation is peaceful, our anti-Biafran Igbo relatives
insist on mentioning war. So, Let’s talk of war, war is a violent
experience and millions of our people experience violence on daily
basis; violence in this context emanates from the chaos of poverty;
heartbreaking child mortality rate, painful death on dilapidated roads
& hospitals without equipments, insecurity, Neo-Colonial political
elites & marginalisation & anti-Igbo massacres, which are all as
traumatic as any war.
Yet, you insist on the sterile & stagnant status quo? Maintaining
the status quo will lead to further discontentment and a tragic crisis.
This is also the tragedy of Western Neoliberals’, rather than deal with
the legitimate grievances of the disenfranchised, they insist on
maintaining the status quo, and then act surprised when the electorates
vote for anything other than the status quo.
Other disenfranchised people in Nigeria feel the same way, but are
restrained by more conservative cultures, while the unrestrained Igbos
dare to invent the future!
Biko nu, engage & offer credible alternatives to your kith & kin, instead of being dismissive.
As General Ojukwu said; “we are a people who choose to hunger a little
to remain alive instead of feeding fat to become respectable corpses.”