FEATURE ARTICLE

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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FROM BIAFRA TO BIAFRAUD

Nnamdi Kanu

Life can only be understood backwards; but must be lived forwards. -Soren Kierkegaard.

can only say thank God, Nnamdi Kanu is alive, if the video of him praying at the wailing wall in Jerusalem is genuine. It would be an unforgivable crime, if the Nigerian army gave him the Jamal Khashoggi's treatment as was alleged, when he disappeared.

If Nnamdi Kanu is alive, the government of Nigeria deserves an apology by those of us who have been holding it responsible for his disappearance. May I apologise to the Nigerian government for holding them responsible for the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu.

It appears that the government has been telling the truth all along that Nnamdi Kanu is not in Its custody. But, how could anybody believe the government with the damage the army did to Nnamdiís compound.

Someone sent me Nnamdi Kanuís purported Radio Biafra broadcast. I can only say that it is a charade that is descending into a farce.

A laughable attempt to gain relevance and sustain hope founded on deception. Thank God, many reasonable people see the IPOB agitation it for the entertainment it is. I hope that the federal government will stop being part of this joke, release the innocent and gullible members of IPOB it is detaining and focus on giving Nigeria a better future, where Fulani herdsmen would not have licence to kill in order to grab land.

By surfacing in Jerusalem, after months of IPOB claiming that he is in the custody of Nigerian government, Nnamdi Kanu has made himself a fugitive from justice and raised serious question about his credibility, motives and intentions. I hope he made sure, that Nigeria does not have extradition treaty with the state of Israel or any country he is now hiding.

It is is also intriguing that he reappeared as Nigeria was gearing up for another election, knowing that the real beneficiary would be the same government he claims to be fighting, whose credibility would be enhanced.

The question is, if IPOB and Nnamdi Kanuís relatives were lying to the people about his whereabout and falsely claiming that the Nigerian army is holding him, what else are they lying about?

The other question is why has Nnamdi Kanu chosen to reappear at a time, which would be most beneficial to the Buhari led APC government?

Why get the government off the hook in an election year, if you are not working in tandem with them? This sudden appearance looks like a smoke screen.

The result may be that Igbos, who would not have voted for Buhari because they believe he is responsible for the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu will now consider voting for him for at least telling the truth all along.

I continue to say that IPOB is an orchestrated attempt by a few to dupe the ignorant and gullible Igbos that they have a future outside the existing political dispensation in Nigeria. It is a fraud by people who wish to exploit our dark history for personal gains in exactly the way MASSOB and co have done and continue to. The Biafra struggle has become a Biafraud.

Any normal and reasonable person would see that IPOB is the making of insurrection and the path they have chosen in a democracy, would only lead to disaster and end in tears.

So far, many innocent and ignorant Igbo youth have met their untimely death and not a few are languishing in prisons without hope of regaining their liberty.

The government has used the activities of IPOB as excuse to further militarise Igbo land. It has provided the excuse the government needs for military occupation of Igbo land and treatment of Igbos in Igbo land as conquered people.

IPOB must be told in no uncertain terms that no freedom is worth the wastage of youth, and restriction of liberty which its tactics will cost. It is time to bring this fraud and madness to an end.

It is astonishing that IPOB cannot understand that any government would label their members rebels and respond decisively, if they continue to toy with insurrection. One wonders if IPOB leaders really understand the meaning of sovereignty and liberty.

If IPOB wants to liberate Igbos as it claims, , it should start by mobilising the people to vote out the current crop of corrupt turncoats, who masquerade as Igbo leaders and replace them with people who will fight for a better future for Igbos within Nigeria or outside Nigeria by exploiting the political process.

The tactics of IPOB is even more worrying because Nnamdi Kanu and co are free to engage in political process and convert their support into political capital, which they can use, if they are honest, to address the problems which they claim compel them.

One wonders how many more blunders IPOB would commit before people see the whole Biafra quest for the fraud it is? Why canít IPOB supporters see that nobody can deliver Biafra the way IPOB is going about it and that international politics does not work the way their Ďsupreme leaderí claims. Am I the only person who sees that the whole set up is a fraud?

IPOB in Igboland will only achieve one thing, the continuing militarisation of Igbo land, increasing questioning of the commitment of Igbos to Nigeria and continuing capital flight from Igboland.

I hope some learning have taken place since python dance 2. If not, this may be the making of another tragedy. It is time to tell ourselves the inconvenient truth that the IPOB Biafra dream is a nightmare and bring this charade to an end, so that normalcy can return to Igbo land.

I say thank God, Nnamdi Kanu is alive. He should now spare a thought for the people he left in prison, the lives his actions has cost and the investments he has stopped from coming to Igboland and work to bring this madness to an end.

I pray he learns that even for the cat, time finally runs out. I implore him to abandon the path of perfidy before it is too late and bring this farce to an end. Let truth and wisdom guide.


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