Just as the previous years, this year’s Biafra Heroes’ Remembrance Day was successful by any standard of measurement. Those in diaspora marked it with solemn procession and prayers, returning to the world’s consciousness the evil visited on Biafra by the Nigerian state backed by Britain and its allies, and the sacrifices of our gone heroes to preserve Biafra from genocide. On the home front, life was brought to a halt as the people disengaged from their usual activities, sitting back home to mourn their fallen heroes, the starved-to-death one million children, and all the victims of Biafra war as well as MASSOB and IPOB family members massacred by the murderous Nigerian military and police at Aba, Onicha, Nkpor, Igwe-Ocha(Port-Harcourt), Enugwu, Owerri, Agbor and Asaba. Business hubs were seen deserted, streets lonely, and markets under lock and key. This of course was preceded by a candlelight procession the eve of 30th.
Recall that the call for this sit-at-home honour to our dead was made by the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Although an expressive honour to those who died that we may live, unscrupulous elements in the guise of Igbo leaders sought to thwart it. These disruptive elements who have sold selves to Hausa/Fulani oligarchy for political appointments and contracts asked the masses to ignore Nnamdi Kanu’s sit-at-home call and go about their duties, tugging at the economic plight of the people.
They argued that sitting back at home for one day will impact negatively on the people and for that reason, the people should ignore Nnamdi Kanu’s directives and move out to attend to their businesses. But then, in their manipulative tendencies they conveniently forgot that just recently, specifically on 23rd February and 9th March 2019, every activity in Nigeria – be it economic, academic, social or religious – was brought to a halt on the basis of election. The entire country was grounded. If one takes into cognizance the total vote cast, one will realize that over 80% of the populace did not participate in that charade mistaken for election. Yet they were all forced to abandon their usual daily activities. The so-called Igbo leaders pretending to be concerned of the people’s economic wellbeing didn’t raise an objecting voice.
A few days ago, 29th May on the precise, every corporate activity in the country was grounded on the basis of swearing in. Banks are private businesses; private schools are private businesses, and so are many other established companies. They had no hand in the swearing-in ceremonies, yet they were all forced to shut down. The stomach-driven folks masquerading as Igbo leaders had no problem with that. Still, in less than a fortnight’s time, June 12 on the precise, every corporate activity will again be brought to a halt – this time, in honour of a single man, MKO Abiola, and our so-called Igbo leaders are silent. They have not talked about how such shutdown impacts negatively on people’s economy.
Well, the people having been deceived for too long factored in these things and realizing that the so-called Igbo leaders don’t really mean well for them ignored them to throw in with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, sitting back home and sacrificing whatever they would have gained on that singular day in honour of their fallen heroes. It thus follows that they understand and value the enormous sacrifice those that died in the war made and that their loyalty is with Nmamdi Kanu and not the so-called Igbo leaders who ride on their misery to cut deals for selves.
On behalf of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whose voice you heeded to honour our fallen heroes, his dependable, sagacious and loving deputy, Mazi Uche Mefor, and the entire leadership of IPOB whose work made it possible, I, your son and humble servant, say thanks a million. As you have shown value for the sacrifices of those that died for your sake, whatever you would have gained on that 30th May will return to you a thousandfold. May Chukwu Okike Abiama who sitteth enthroned forever bless, nurture and sustain you all.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media