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.