Whether people believe it or not, Biafra has come to stay. Whether Nigeria accepts it or not, it is a reality; the Biafra Nation. A Nation is a people of common homogeneity. In other words, they are people of common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity, or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. They understand each other. They see their lives and perceive their challenges as the same with a common resolve to face their challenges and defend their identity. That’s what a Nation is and that reflects the People of Biafra.
I happened to come across a speech that was credited to Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu as his first post war speech taken in February 1994 at the Lagos Law school. It reads thus:
”The war has come and gone but we remember with pride and hope, the three heady years of freedom. These were the three years when we had the opportunity to demonstrate what Nigeria would have been even before 1970. In the three years of war, necessity gave birth to invention. During those three years, we built bombs, we built rockets, we designed and built our own delivery system. We guided our rockets, we guided them far and guided them accurately. For three years, blockaded without the hope of imports, we maintained engines, machines and technical equipments. The state extracted and refined petrol with our own indigenous technology called the ‘The Biafran pot’. Individuals refined petrol in their backyards gardens. We built and maintained airports and air strips. We maintained them under heavy bombardment. We spoke to the world through a telecommunication system engineered by local ingenuity. The world heard us and spoke back at us. We built armoured tanks and cars. We modified aircraft from trainers to fighters, from passenger aircraft to bombers. In three years of freedom, we became the most civilized, the most technologically advanced black people on earth”.
This is why people are still so passionate about Biafra.
The problem the Nigerian government and Nigerians are having is that they have never tried to see Biafra beyond various forms of agitation for the Biafra Independence. It is either they have not looked beyond that or they are simply denying the truth in their hearts, either of which will certainly hurt the country in many ways. They have simply wrongly referred to the people’s quest for freedom as secession. No one is talking about secession, we are talking about independence. Independence from a people who have failed to accept us as unique as we are. Independence from a people who have rejected our identity but vowed to subject us under their rule of anarchy. Independence from a country that has never treated us as its citizen but envy our individual efforts to define our identity.
It could be likened to groups of people who were somehow convinced to live together to harness their potentials for greatness. Now while some group were working hard to achieve greatness, some others were busy destroying the achievements of others, and at the same time claiming supremacy and exploiting the goodwill of the hardworking group. That agreement is bound to fail. That explains the State of the Nation and why Nigeria has failed as a state nay a Nation. Just look at what Biafra was able to achieve in war time under the strictest conditions compared to what Nigeria has not been able to achieve in its long years of peace. This is the basis of all agitations.
It is eye opening. Biafra can be actualized in many ways; either as an independent Nation or as an integral part of a successful Nation. Either way, the choice is ours and we are fully ready to make it.
2019 therefore has become so critical in the life of this country, Nigeria. This is the last opportunity we have to decide to kill Nigeria or Get it Working Again.