IPOB: Oko­rocha’s per­verted per­spec­tive

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - EDITORIAL -

SIR: “The in­sect par­a­site that eats up the life in the tree lives in the wood.”

Read­ing a pub­li­ca­tion with the head­line: “Igbo play worst pol­i­tics in Nige­ria – Oko­rocha,” on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20, 2017, was in­deed ex­as­per­at­ing. Let me ad­dress this se­ces­sion­ist bid by proBi­afra ag­i­ta­tors – In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) and Rochas Oko­rocha’s awk­ward po­si­tion with ever y ob­jec­tiv­ity and ra­tio­nal­ity that it de­serves. Oko­rocha can af­ford to be im­par­tial in the man­ner he ad­dresses is­sues of tribal, sec­tional and re­li­gious con­flict among het­ero­ge­neous based so­ci­ety but re­gret­tably, he has not.

Ig­bos are eas­ily in­clined not to drag, fight for or stam­pede oth­ers for the na­tional cake and divi dends – aban­don­ment – Oko­rochas’s eu­phemism for “im­plicit non-par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ig­bos in the un­fair, un­equal and greedy dis­tri­bu­tion of the na­tion’s pat­ri­mony – oil re­sources.

The per­spec­tive and body lan­guage of Oko­rocha es­pe­cially re­gard­ing Ndigbo’s par­tial role in Nige­ria’s po­lit­i­cal in volve- ment thus “To­day, Hausa have re­alised they can win an elec­tion with­out Igbo.” How en­dur­ing could such elec­tion vic­tory hold? Se­na­tor Arthur Nz­eribe verses Late Mos­hood Kashimawo Abi­ola’s brag­ging episode is hereby com­mem­o­rated.

The grouse and an­i­mos­ity of Oko­rocha against Ndigbo of the South Eastern Nige­ria. To speak from the sup­posed per­spec­tive of Rochas Oko­rocha, as­sum­ing he re­ally in­tend to in­vite or so­licit the proac­tive, in­dus­tri­ous and value adding con­tri­bu­tions and na­ture of Ndigbo to en­hanc­ing the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­men­tal project in Nige­ria – to make it vi­brant and pro­gres­sive; then I guess he is ar­tic­u­late enough to know how best to struc­ture his speech ac­cord­ingly and com­pre­hen­sively. But if he will be­come wise and fore­sighted, I want to earnestly ad­mon­ish him to toe. Ig­bos are not dis­posed to “loot shar­ing”; they are not in­fa­mously prone to har­vest­ing where they have not pre­vi­ously laboured; they are not weirdly re­puted for grow­ing fat and stu­pen­dously rich on the ex­penses of oth­ers. There­fore, leave them alone to their God given life­style and sys­tem of con­duct. In con­clu­sion, it is said that a na­tion is de­liv­ered by the wis­dom of the rarely wise ones and not by the mas­sive might and mil­i­tary power of the mul­ti­tude.

There­fore, the ear­lier the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pays at­ten­tion to the plights, in­creas­ing dis­plea­sure and clear marginal­i­sa­tion of Ndigbo as rep­re­sented by the pro-bi­afra’s points of de­mand, the bet­ter. To dis­re­gard the same with a wave of hand or treat the is­sue with lack­adaisi­cal medi­ocrity and or high hand­ed­ness will be both dicey and pre­car­i­ous. Even so, Igbo de­mur the un­in­tel­li­gent, bizarre and er­ratic speech of the Imo State gover­nor even as a per­sonal opin­ion and not re­flect­ing the con­sen­sus of Ndigbo in gen­eral.

The leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu should be in­vited to a round ta­ble for di­a­logue. I want to guar­an­tee that the up­com­ing gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in Anam­bra State in the same em­bat­tled eastern re­gion (an im­mi­nent stage IPOB wants to use to demon­strate their pow­er­ful in­flu­ence on the peo­ple again) can hold with­out let or hin­drance. Shall we? Steveobu­mora­ji­aki.

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