By Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
The whole Nigeria is aggrieved, Igbos are tactically getting set up again to lead the pack for expressing the grievances…… IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
Only few people remembered that the first Nigeria coup led by Nzeogwu,which is fraudulently tagged “Igbo coupe” comprised of young chaps from practically all the regions in Nigeria and was a response to the chaos in the WEST as a result of the aftermath of 1965 elections, the active participants in that chaos later aligned with federal government to churn out deadly policies on you…..IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
If Nigerians are really tired of this non-working structure we have run for almost half a century,they should collectively come together and renegotiate the union, no body should make you the senior prefect of that agitation again. The last time you led and demanded for such restructuring, the whole nation fought against you to keep their “dear Nigeria” the way it is. I can bet they will do it again. I over heard some of your next door neighbours asking, “why are they really protesting”…..IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
Under a renegotiated Nigeria,you are the most advantaged, you will have the whole nation as your field to express your ingenuity, you have invested, blood, personal structures, money and spread into the project called Nigeria more than those who JUST “mouth-ically” parrot their love for Nigeria ……..while you do the the practical of ONE NIGERIA, most others only talk about it ………IGBOS BE CAREFUL.
From United nations, NASA, Microsoft, CNN, Hollywood, Nollywood, Manchester city, ARSENAL, Chelsea, House of lords, house of commons, white house to major hospitals in US and UK and anywhere solution is needed,you have proved that where ever humans are gathered and brain is the
requirement,your head can never be bowed. Therefore, you have nothing actually to prove to anyone……IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
The whole nation is groaning under the current structure we run. When the groan has gotten to a boiling point, we all will demand collectively for renegotiation of this abusive relationship we are having in the name of nationhood. Dare not lead this call. The last time you did, other people chose to mend fences and made escape goat out of you…….IGBOS BE CAREFUL.
The same way your businesses thrive in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Chad, under a restructured or fragmented Nigeria, your business can still thrive anywhere…..IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
Your prestigious sons and daughters championed the course of six geo-political zones, championed the course of 13% derivation for the benefit of your neighbours and still champions the course of resource control and fiscal federalism, but I have seen you also struggle so much to explain to both neighbours and outsiders that you are not interested in their resources but rather interested in being allowed to explore your rich human capital and ingenuity without any orchestrated hindrances…….. IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
I have seen how some Igbo sons and daughters struggles to sound patriotic even if it means sounding silly and their kits and kin in neighbouring states begs not to be identified with their Igbo roots because it will save them some “special treatment” reserved for Igbos—it never does anyways. Don’t let another set back happen…..IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
Our major need now is an emergence of a leader figure with the courage of Ojukwu,wisdom of M.I Okpara and the sagacity of Chuba Okadigbo yet endowed with tamed emotions to steer our pride and productivity into a common force and also lead us into demanding redress for perceived injustice….. IGBOS BE CAREFUL!
I REPEAT, if Nigeria is tired, when Nigeria is tired of running an unprofitable structure, we shall be ready for the way forward; we shall be ready for renegotiation.
BUT NEVER AGAIN will your blood be used as a specimen to test how “united” Nigeria can be in fighting her “enemy”.
Igbos be careful.
Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is the son to the late Biafran warlord, General Odumegwu Ojukwu
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