Movement of the people

I listened to my cousin sharing what he knew about Pro – Biafra group. He is a dedicated audience of the group, very convincing in his reports, he didn’t have any particular opinion about the whole idea of Biafra separating from Nigeria but thought Nigeria government needs to pay attention and find a way to have dialogues with the aggrieved group.

Everyone has something they wished could be different but threatening with violence is not one of the ways to get it, not in Nigeria. From experience, the only losers are the same group of people whose family are going to be ‘sacrificed’ during the unrest so why not think about this vulnerable group before hand?

Can we even afford to have another war when the country is still struggling to contain Boko Haram?

Cousin was disappointed last week by the needless waste of lives. He thought the group was more ‘organised’ than that. I, on the  other hand was surprised he didn’t see that coming, how could anyone have such a massive controversial protest in a country like ours without anticipating things getting out of hand?

I found it is beneficial to learn from those who have gone through similar struggle for lessons on the likelihood of aftermaths. I received my copy of a graphic war book the other day, such a delightful read, tells  a story of war whereby ordinary citizens were thrown into state of despair. It was an easy read that puts things in perspective for those who think violence is the only answer to all of our grievances.

Below is an except from the book something that the group needs to be aware of because it is inevitable.

“How can a group that calls itself ‘the movement for the liberation of Congo’ burn down our schools, steal our medicine and attack our people?”  (Humphreys & Chikwanine, pg 33).

Schools that were burnt close to 20 years ago in Nigeria due to mindless crisis around the country are still there in their empty shells – it is the same story, the losers are always the ones with very little resources to begin with.

We more or less suffer the same fate across the country, what would be great is to have unshaken united front – best movement of the people (MOP) ever to fight social injustice together.

Thankfully, the government is paying attention now, something that should have happened two years ago, not too late I think, if only to stop another massacre of innocent people.



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5 replies

  1. People like to pick up on the grand ideals and neglect the more mundane necessary day to day issues. To have a president that speaks your language isn’t enough, especially when you know full well he/she was cut from the same cloth as the rulers of Nigeria have come from.
    I don’t support the creation of a tiny Mickey Mouse state, that is what Biafra would become. People say the folks of the South-South would want to federate with the South-East, why would they want to share their wealth, they are already tired of sharing it for the past 50 or so years and have very little to show for it, other than a polluted environment and undisguised corruption?This would leave ‘Biafra’ landlocked and chronically over-populated, with a small resource base with too many inflated egos around, more conflict and instability would ensue. Those outside ‘Biafra’ would support one faction or another. We can look at the case of South Sudan, since separation their lot is even worse, than when they shared a state with their Afro-Arab neighbours to the north.
    As you have rightly said, the problems facing the South East are not unique, they can be seen elsewhere in Nigeria. The likelihood of them being solved in a mini-state are no greater than remaining in one Nigeria. Politicians will ignore you and prebandalism will be alive and well, not to mention a fair dose of nepotism added to the mix. The local elite are trying to ‘hoodwink’ the people of that region, that ‘Shangri la awaits with separation’.

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    • Agreed. It is always about the local elite and the delusional folks with foreign citizenship who knew they would ‘escape’ leaving the helpless folks picking up the pieces.

      Yes, the case of South Sudan is a good example, a friend who has been to Juba a few times talks a lot about the ongoing unrest some of which we don’t hear on social media.

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  2. If you go back in history (this would be ancient history) the people used to be able to bring their problems to a tribunal. Maybe nothing would come of it but sometimes things changed for the better. We as a people often feel that no one listens to us when we encounter injustices or problems with governance. Our leaders often lose touch with the people. To have someone listen to us explain what is going on in peoples lives would do a lot to solve our problems.
    We can sometimes learn from the past.
    Leslie

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