A REBUTTAL: Who Else Could Have Made It But Igbo? By Kichime Goyang Gotau

 

“Biafra should be conceived today, as a test of a nation, a blessing in disguise and a privilege for the faster and stronger emergence of the Igbo people of Nigeria. To the Igbo child, let me say – believe in yourself. Believe in the Igbo spirit, Igbo Nature and culture. Let no propaganda dissuade you against your gift of life: your Igboness!”

*A typical Nigerian Igbo family

PEGASUS REPORTERS, LAGOS | JUNE 22, 2022

That the People of the Geo-human area called Nigeria, today, are blessed with great men, women (human capacity) and agro-mineral resources is no-longer news. 52 years post-Biafran civil war in Nigeria and people (Nigerians) are still contemptuous of one another, about the drums of war, war hitherto, “caused and executed” by people whose judgments and realities differ from ours.

The article widely published on social media and titled – “Reasons Why Others Will Not Relinguish Power to the Igbos…” failed to represent integrity, precision & courage – courage by providing the weaknesses of all regions (or the tribes?) as well as their strengths, but focused, albeit, mischievously on a particular tribe and region!

For me, the ethnic profiling of only Igbo was not and cannot be taken as a Fair presentation nor one (the type) for which honour is dominant.

So, as we celebrate *Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration a few days ago, I dare say, that our fighters in the past (Nigerians) were our finest, they died not for themselves, not for economic aggrandizements, but each for our fatherland.

Pardon me: For the tribe so wrongly profiled in the article in question, the Igbos, are & must be seen as one of the world’s strongest at will and in character; far beyond just Nigeria. No blackmail occasioned by historical malady and group mishaps can denigrate this blessed entity of people- the Igbo ethnic nationality. From Aba and Onitsha to Calabar, from Enugu to Jos, Lagos to Kano, Kaduna to Sokoto, Ibadan to Benin and from the most priced cities of the world, one to another, these people (Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo) stands out, per their genetics, beauty, intelligence, character, candour and splendour

These people (Ndi-Igbo) cannot be, by the wave of a historical hand or calculated mischief chickened out for they can and will access power, as dictated by popular participation. No fear can be invoked against the equal political stakes in our democracy, and no man & not anywhere should make the Igbos lose their strength of political sagacity and the Zik-like gladiatorial Permutations cum abundance of industry & rich business- character.

*Igbo cultural dancers entertaining

52 years after the Nigerian civil war and without the Nigerian government’s post-war recovery packages; without Gowon’s paper R3s, the Igbos were able to build back a region – the southeast, once ravaged by war & abandoned afterwards by the destroyer.

The Igbos rebuild Igboland like no other, not anywhere among third world countries, including Caribbeans, the whole of Africa & elsewhere among resource-limited countries of the world, with today, the richest human settlements in Africa & beyond – A visit to Awka, Nnewi, Aba, Owerri & Enugu, will leave you marvelled…

Successive Nigerian leaders owe the South East of Nigeria a Special Apology, especially General Yakubu Gowon, for the failure of the Nigerian state to implement post-war recovery packages, that could have healed psycho-graphic and environmental wounds.” From Britain (the colonial culprit) to Canada, from Spain to the US and throughout every great country in the world; “These People” the Igbos form an insuppressible population of first-class citizens at the top of every intellectually advanced field of human endeavour.

*Igbo chiefs (Ichie) in traditional regalia exchanging greetings

No one, (not me) fixes Igbo problems, when there are any – the Republicans Igbo know how to fix their known and unknown predicaments by the deeds of chromosomal order and God’s Blessings. The Igbos are too great a people, to be berated! They are too endowed to be commiserated with. They are obviously too conscious to be manipulated. To, therefore use antecedents of history to demonize them is just preposterous, as well as a social exercise in collateral futility.

 

Biafra should be conceived today, as a test of a nation, a blessing in disguise and a privilege for the faster and stronger emergence of the Igbo people of Nigeria. To the Igbo child, let me say – believe in yourself. Believe in the Igbo spirit, Igbo Nature and culture. Let no propaganda dissuade you against your gift of life: your Igboness!

In the end, it is not about giving Igbos any chance, “but about Igbos allocating chances to themselves. For now, Nigeria is one and should be so, even if freedom comes with a price tag! No tribe or region gives power! Power in a democracy, comes from the electoral process, by the goodwill of the voter – the free, fair & square voter.*

In the contemporary world, nations no longer exist independent of others; globalisation (my research thesis in political science) is both the new principle as much as the order for nations, especially for those with so much to offer to humanity – the Igbos!

*Kichime Goyang Gotau

Enough of Igbo – Stigmatisation over Biafra, Enough of political intimidation of any peoples of Nigeria. Nigeria is for all Nigerians. Let Peace, “Peaceful means of the authoritative allocation of the Igbo value, be pursued; for even if the Igbo nation emerges and surely, the Igbo neighbour is key, a key to some success”.

Longlive Nigeria!
Longlive Ndi-Igbo

A Rebuttal to a Script Purportedly Written by Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike; Portraying Negative Ethnic- Profiling of the Igbos, titled: “Reasons Why Others will Not Relinquish Power to the Igbos.” By Kichime Goyang Gotau (FCILG USA) get2kich@gmail.com (+234 909 862 2460)

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