I am shocked and sometimes I admire the sense of patriotism and i have never seen people in Africa be so proud of their colours and flag . Children singing Biafra anthem in school and women using Biafra flags to decorate their cakes and houses flying Biafra flags full mast. As an Igbo writing from a detached point of view albeit an objective one. Is Biafra necessary? Is it negotiation necessary , is secession necessary ? We must find a find a middle ground !
These people are so proud of their flags and colours and country….And i place it side by side with Nigeria flag…I am shocked and sometimes I admire the sense of patriotism and i have never seen people in Africa be so proud of their colours and flag … Children singing Biafra anthem in school and women using Biafra flags to decorate their cakes and houses flying Biafra flags full mast. Their sense of patriotism is unparalleled, their sense of oneness and unity is superb and I have come to realise that unity is strength and I know that the strength of Biafra is in her unity. Is Nigeria united , in a country that some are tagged 5% while others are 95%.
Back to the flag thing, these people are so proud of their flags and colours and their future or extinct country. And when I place it side by side with Nigeria flag. Who really wants to fly it. No sense of commitment and patriotism. We have to be honest….Few wants to die for Nigeria and many wants to die for Biafra. Now let’s be logical and see the sacrifice these people want to make for actualisation of Biafra, with global network and funding from diaspora Igbo ,running in billions of dollars. Nigeria must sit down and talk. This isn’t the police action of 1966, this is not a drill, this is 2017, smart world, smart kids and smart moves are needed here not some ragtag police thing. It never worked 1967 and I don’t think it will work now. Osibanjo must get cracking and thinking on this best approach.
The Biafra agenda, from my own perspective is a philosophy and I think that gragra wouldn’t be needed. We must talk, we must hat we must negotiate. Gone are the days of that old and archaic maxim of “Unity of Nigeria isn’t for negotiation”. Life is all about negotiation,even devil negotiated with God when he wanted to do Job thing… So the country or both countries (Biafra in making and defunct , and Nigeria ) must find a middle ground and negotiate.
Using brute will escalate and put the people in harm’s way. Nigeria don’t have the capacity to wage another war and can’t . The country can’t fight and won’t fight two wars on bother end…Fighting Boko Haram ,a set that is bent on having their Islamic country and fighting a more sophisticated Biafra ,that had the capacity to produce their own weapons and have billion of dollars to repatriate. Nigeria must treat this Biafra thing with a glove approach.
Nigeria can not afford to wage another war on Biafra, waging war is costly and that is what Nigeria can’t afford now. This is the realistic part of it .The country Nigeria is in dire need of money, looking everywhere to borrow money for payment of salaries , buying of energy and keeping the country afloat, waging war in Boko Haram and oil prices down has seen the country on her knees. This has led to untold hardship and this hardship has brought out the lowest level of patriotism in Nigeria, waging a war on Biafra might be the last straw that will break the camel’s back. We don’t need to go that route, we aren’t pyromaniacs, we are pacifist and I believe that as Africans we must start learning the act of negotiation not brute. Brute hasn’t helped anybody, ask the Libyans and Syrians .
We might want to do the ostrich thing but, we must be honest to ourselves. The country is broke as we speak today,looking at China to borrow money from, with corruption and recession crippling the better part of economy , Workers are owed and business are crumbling. Fighting or waging a second Biafra war will be suicidal for the country with low patriotism and money. The best bet is negotiate and negotiate. We don’t need to go that path.
Williams Emeka Ibegbulem