Most of the agitations are mainly on the point of secession which is contrary to the unity enunciated by all the tribes in Nigeria prior to the independence. My belief is that before our heroes resolved to face the British in demanding for the emancipation of their people, there had been an agreement that we would continue to propagate unity, but immediately our plan was achieved reverse was the case.
There is no doubt that the long awaiting independence occurred when our nation was proclaimed a sovereign state in 1960, but what transpired between our predecessors was not proper enough to talk about.
On Saturday, January 15, 1966, a pivotal day in the history of Nigeria, sets an odours stage for some Nigeria military men who concluded to topple the then administration which they believed was full of corruption and mass megalomaniac of power.
Furthermore, on the account of the coup which failed eventually, maybe because the soldiers who planned the coup were a group of junior officers, most of them Igbo, and it would be pertinent to know that the leader of the coup was also an Igbo man named Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu.
Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu
The coup reached its climax when the main actors in the then political administration were murdered.
The prime minister( i.e Tafawa Balewa), Sardauna, ‘Sir Ahmadu Bello, the most powerful of the premiers, were both killed with the inclusion of Samuel Akintola, the premier of Western Nigeria, was also killed.
Little did they know that there is something ominous behind their hostilities.
Moreover, they could not achieve their purpose because another set of soldiers led by Agunyi Ironsi had outsmarted them.
Consequently, their hostilities truncated the alliance that was between the Northerners and the Easterners, the Hausas had thought that the Igbos are after supremacy that’s what led to the motives behind the death of Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa.Sir Ahmadu Bello
What happened later resulted in a long period of pogroms whereby numerous Igbos are maimed, brutalised and killed in the Northern part of Nigeria.
When the artist’s imagination clashes with life’s very reality it creates a heavy conundrum.
Despite the attack of the Hausas against the Igbos in the Northern part of the country, the Hausa soldiers still match in unison towards the West on the quest to avenge the death of the Sardauna and Tafawa Balewa.
Subsequently, they captured the then head of state, Agunyi Ironsi, it was a horrendous revengeful act when it was announced to the rest of Nigeria that the head of state had been killed with the governor of Western region whom he visited.
This is what our Igbo brothers should consider before they proceed on their agitations on Biafra because all that hostilities are what metamorphosed into a long term war in Nigeria.
Hence, talking about secession we should think twice and consider the anarchy that will follow.
Nnamdi Kanu IPOB leader
Additionally, there are some other things we need to put into consideration, one of those things is another struggle for supremacy even among the Biafrans themselves.
For instance, there are some tribes in the East that are claiming that they are not Igbos, Calabars, Ikweres e.t.c are typical examples and the Biafran map drawn by Odumegwu Ojukwu, typifies that the Calabars, the Ikweres, some part of Delta state, e.t.c are Igbo land, and all these people hesitated that they are different to the Igbos.
That is an example of the indifferences that will emerge even if Biafra is achieved.
Conclusively, the fact that ethnic bigotry would proceed even in Biafra cannot be denied, thus it’s pertinent for us all to work together for the betterment of Nigeria, to shun enmity, tribalism, sentiments and finally propagate unity.
God bless Nigeria.
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