While we slept! Yes! While our forefathers slept, the enemies came and put a knife in the bond that held us together and divided us.
They started by telling us that we have no history. And because we kept quiet and shun them not, they stepped up their “game” by stealing our identity, then they stole our bond of unity, our culture, our original way of writing called Nsibidi, our way of worship and language. And to truly perfect their narrative that we have no history, they proceeded to lie that the Pyramids our ancestors built in Udi, Enugu state, Biafraland was but a charade.
And to ensure that we were permanently divided to a point of non reconcilability, they set up the minority commissions only in our axis of the country (The Eastern region) to exploit their self created difference that never was until their arrival. But they turned around and maintained the Monolithic North inspite of the over 200 minorities in the “North”.
Fortunately for them, they succeeded in telling the Igbo man from the head of River Niger that he is totally different from the one from across the River Niger. They equally succeeded in dividing us into Bendel Ibo, Delta Ibo, mainland Igbo, original Igbo and any other name they can think about.
While we slept, they told their “self created minorities” that the Igbos were their problems. They planted the fear of Igbo domination in their midst. But have till this day failed to tell or show any one that an Igbo man has dominated before.
While we slept! While our forefathers slept, they merged us with people we have never heard off. People with a strange life style who came from the Fulbe Futa Jallon. Who place more value on the life of their cattles than the sacred life of a human. Who could take the lives of his “fellow country men” because of the cartoon of his religious prophet drawn in faraway Denmark.
They lived because we slept. They lied because we kept mute. They told lies against us and it succeeded because we had no media to counter their evil intentions and narratives.
While our parents slept, they stole our original Biafran Identity and called us Nigerians. A name that is totally strange to us. A name without a “meaningful meaning”. A name given to us by a wayward mistress. Name that even a Dog will ordinarily not be happy to answer.
Offcourse, the enemy came through the British colonists. They gave us the Holy Bible and asked us to close our eyes for prayer; but by the time we opened our eyes, our land and its mineral contents were gone. Then they proceeded further to run a media blockade against us.
And because of their media advantage, they told the world that January 1966 Coup D’etat which was planned and executed by Junior Army officers with representatives from all regions of the country: Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu from the Mid-Western region, Emmanuel Ifeajuna from the Eastern region, John Atom Kpera from the Northern region, Adewale Ademoyega from the Western region was an Igbo Coup. And because it suited their narrative of massacring our people, all Igbos became one. Infact, at that point, all Easterners became Igbos.
That was the perfect opportunity they needed to kill us in millions. While we were reading the Holy Bible they gave us, they joined forces with those with Quran to kill over 3.5million of us.
But thank God that we are finally awake today. Our awakening was divine. It just cant be explained. It started like a joke and then caught the fire of revival within months. And then within a twinkling of an eye, the truth in the message overtook the lies of several decades and corrected its evil intentions and its one sided narratives.
It all started with that small portable equipment that once coupled together becomes a radio station called ‘Radio Biafra.’
Thank Chukwu Okike Abiama that he woke us up through his son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We have awakened to demand the restoration of our lost identity. We are now awake to demand unification with our brothers and sisters, kiths and kins. Thank God that through the awakening message of his son that we now know that “Igbo” “Ijaw” “Idoma” “Isoba” “Isoko” “Igala” “Ibibio” “Ishekiri” etc are all one.
We are now awake to the reality that: If you have 4 market days and your women tie 2 piece wrapper, then you are one of us.
The irony of it is that the stealing of our identity started with the coming of the British colonists and our awakening started from the teachings by a dual British citizen through a radio station (Radio Biafra) headquartered in Britain.
Although we lost it all through them, we have today gotten the key to our recovery and restoration through one of us who is also one of them but has mastered their act of craftiness and deceit. What they know today we are equally aware of it.
The truth is that we will never sleep again. If we must sleep, then it must be with one eye opened.
Yesterday, we dined with them using a short spoon. Today, we have awakened to the knowledge that with only long spoon should we dine with our enemies.
Finally, we have awakened to restore our Biafran identity. But while we are at it, never again, we will we allow outsiders to tell our stories. Thank God that we can never be media blockade again courtesy of our Radio Biafra and Biafra Television…we are no longer asleep, but wide awake.
By Chuks Ikedigwe
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers