MY TAKE ON THE RENEWED AGITATION
FOR BIAFRA AND SUGGESTED SOLUTION
“What does a yoruba boy know about biafra?”
– (Edward A. Imasuen referring to my first article on the same topic titled –
“45 Years After the Civil War: There Was Never a
Country”(http://shegzsablezs.blogspot.com.ng/2017/09/45-years-after-civil-war-there-was.html))
(January 2015)
COURT BANS IPOB – THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER’S FRONTPAGE
– YESTERDAY, 21st SEPTEMBER 2017.
Efforts of the Federal Government to declare the
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a terrorist organization and proscribe its
activities, yesterday, bore fruits. A Federal High Court in Abuja granted an
order declaring the activities of IPOB as “acts of terrorism and
illegality.” The order, which followed an ex-prate motion filed by the
Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, in suit No:
FHC/ABJ/CS/871?2017, also proscribed the existence of IPOB throughout Nigeria,
with attention paid to the South-East and South-South regions. The motion was
filed yesterday and the order granted same day by the Acting Chief Judge of the
Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati.
Vanguard had reported exclusively two day ago that
the Federal Government had initiated a legal process to proscribe the group.
The four grounds were: “An order of the court to declare that the
activities of the respondent (IPOB) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the
South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria amount to acts of terrorism and
illegality. An order of the court proscribing the existence of IPOB in any part
of Nigeria, particularly, in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria,
either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called and publishing
same in the official gazette and two national newspapers. An order restraining
any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in
any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the
collective intention or otherwise of IPOB under any other name of platform
however called or described. And for any such further or other orders as the
court may deem fit to make in the circumstance of this case.”
The Justice Minister backed his application with
sworn affidavit deposed to by Corporal Kolawole Mathew of the Nigerian Army and
a written address in compliance with Section 84 of the Evidence Act of 2011.

(Culled from The Vanguard Newspaper, Yesterday, 21st September 2017 – Frontpage
and Page 5)
Recently,
The Nigerian society has been heated up with the renewed agitation of a
selected faction of the Igbos, a major ethnic group from the South-Eastern part
of the country. These events have degenerated into pockets of violence and
bloody clashes in Aba and other parts of the Igboland in recent times between
the officers of the Nigerian Army and the sympathizers and followers of the
agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra which the IPOB and its Leader, Mazi
Nnamdi Kanu and other secessionist groups are front-runners in what was tagged
the “Operation Python Dance 11”. Truth be told, these protests and
civil unrest increased geometrically in the present administration due to some
recklessness and irresponsible actions and statements of the President
Muhammadu Buhari. In subsequent paragraphs, I would examine the likely causes
of the heightened tensions and offer workable solutions.


One
of the Majorities of an ethnic group in Nigeria has been treated as a minority
group for more than 45 years. The South East of Ndigbo is the only geopolitical
zone in the county with five states, where the rest of the country geopolitical
zones have six states or more. The South East receive the smallest revenues
compare to other states even, so the South-Eastern states are among oil producing
states. Additionally, The South remembers the actions of Buhari in his first
coming of the president in 1984. Therefore, electing Buhari as a new president
for the country brought out the old grudges of the South. The presidency of
Buhari relates to the Petroleum Trust Fund. The PTF, created only 4,440 kilometers of roads for the South-Eastern part of the country, where the 13,870 kilometers of roads were built in the North. It means that the South got only
24% of new roads, where the North got 76%. Another discrimination was showed
with The National Health and Rehabilitation Program, where the North got 100%
of all funds and the South got zero. The Vocational Program provided by the
PTF showed the South only 3% Funds, where North gets 97%.


Regrettably,
the disturbing news came to the Igbos when President Buhari added another
insult to these people. On his visit to the United States on his White House
conference, He stated that the states of his country who had given him 97% of
votes for his victory in the elections are expected to be treated better the
part of the country that had given to him only the 5%. He also insisted that
people who voted for him should expect the appreciation for the votes, while
the other part of the country should expect other treatment. Therefore,
President Buhari openly ignored the voters of the South.


Lastly,
the cabinet of Buhari’s administration provided two more struggles for the
South. The first struggle is his decision to move Boko-Haram prisoners from the
North to South. Igbo people protested this decision as it clearly makes the
South-East states the targets for the suicide bombers. The second struggle,
which led to the Biafra protest, is placing Biafra’s Nnamdi Kanu under arrest for
creating the terrorist group.  They claim
that the South-East has been neglected by the government for too long with
years of no jobs, seaports, hospitals and roads to mention a few. (Read more:
https://www.naij.com/1088153-biafra-protest-top-reasons-struggle.html)


Suggested
Solution by Senator Ike Ekweremadu 
“The
other option left for us is a restructured federation. Ndigbo need to develop
and market what it believes to be the right template for restructuring. The
Eastern Region was rated the fastest growing economy in Africa in the First Republic
because the regions were relatively autonomous; resources were largely
developed and controlled by the regions. I believe Ndigbo will thrive, probably
more than other regions, under a federal structure that guarantees substantial
autonomy, justice, equity, security, and prosperity for Ndigbo wherever they
live.”
(Senator Ike Ekweremadu on the Biafra Agitation –
https://intervention.ng/9270/)


Conclusively,
“the honest truth is that this country has a long way to go, unity and
togetherness are two things that have always been short in supply and we really
need to start seeing Nigeria has our collective inheritance. Fellow Nigerians,
we have to do all that is within our capacity to ensure that the country is one
big happy family.”
(45 Years After the Civil War: There Was Never a Country –
Oluwole Olusanya, January, 2015)
God
Bless Nigeria
Olusanya,
Oluwole Sheriff
Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.