Corrupt Igbo Politicians and Compromised Freedom Fighters not welcome at Radio Biafra
The need to reactivate Radio Biafra London was borne out of recognition that Igbos are the only ethnic group being singled out, hunted and killed like wild animals all over Nigeria. Even Boko Haram knows that Igbos are too divided, too weak and consumed by pursuit of money to be concerned about defending the lives of their own people living in Northern Nigeria. No other race is being targeted the way Igbos are in Nigeria today, not even the so-called minorities. To be killed and unable to speak out is the ultimate humiliation any race can endure. We as a people cannot continue to live like this.
Most Igbos who can read and write behave like the proverbial insect cricket that was tossed into a raging fire and rather than rallying to bring out the cricket from the fire the relatives instead chose to dance and make merry around the dying insect by saying “can’t you see how beautifully oiled the body is, maybe the fire will make us produce oil and look good too”. As they danced and laughed, they each took turn to jump into the fire due to the mesmerising sight of oil dripping from the body of those already being consumed by fire until they all perished.
In their all encompassing wisdom they reasoned that shiny oily body of a cricket being devoured by fire is sign of good health, wealth and prosperous living not knowing it is the inglorious manifestation of agonising death. This is exactly the mindset of most educated Igbo people who prefer to profiteer from the death of their own people than rise up against evil.
We are being consumed by the fires of Islamic hatred and the likes of Governor Peter Obi are busy investing money belonging to the same Igbo people (Anambra State in this instance) being persecuted in Northern Nigeria to build the largest shopping mall in Africa in the same Northern Nigeria. Yet in his state where he was elected to better the lives of the people, graduates without jobs have resorted to kidnapping as a means of livelihood. Theodore Orji of Abia State is so inept no right thinking person with any conviction can possibly refer to him as a civilised being talk less a governor.
What we have done as a people to deserve this horrible existence only God knows. Our ancestors will be turning in their graves as a once proud race of noble men has been reduced to a state of hopelessness due to avariciousness and the morally crippling effect of pursuit of money at all cost by the few.
Any Igbo person that thinks he or she is immune from the fate that is now befalling our mothers, children, fathers, sisters, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces in Northern Nigeria must think again. The same fate awaits all of us and it’s only a matter of time before Boko Haram becomes emboldened enough to start attacking transport infrastructure and public places in Southern Nigeria.
Wherever you are now be it North America, Europe, South America, Asia or Australia the possibility exists that you will either be killed or kidnapped when you set foot in Nigeria. Nigeria cannot save you because Nigeria itself is in need of a saviour. Nigeria is destined for anarchy and no amount of prayer, wishful thinking and intellectual analysis can stop it.
Buhari, Babangida, Atiku and other Islamic leaders have cleverly tested and showcased the cowardice and hopelessness of Igbo leadership which have so far proved spineless, inadequate and some would argue non-existent because there is no common purpose amongst the people which in turn is a direct consequence of lack of mass media.
Isn’t it a shame that none of the so called Igbo leaders including those that preach they will get Biafra has come up to offer categorical and strongly worded condemnation of what Boko Haram is doing to Igbo people in Northern Nigeria the way Radio Biafra has been doing since April 2012.
The same Igbo leaders who are quick to run to Nigerian newspapers and media houses when at each other’s throat are now shying away from showing true leadership when the safety, livelihood, honour and dignity of their people is at stake. By their silence, the Igbo leaders we have today are either benefitting financially from the death of our brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers whose blood are being spilled on the streets of Hausa/Fulani towns and villages or they are cowards, in which case they are not fit to lead. They can learn from the courage of the likes of Edwin Clarke who is from a so-called minority ethnic group but yet have come out to speak in condemnation of Boko Haram, Babangida, Buhari and the Sokoto Caliphate who are in effect the owners of our beloved and cherished Islamic Republic of Nigeria.
The Igbo race lost 3.1million men, women and children from 1966-1970 yet no internationally recognised body lists Biafra as a case of genocide despite the fact that we rank second behind European Jews in the all time list of races that faced the threat of extermination from the face of the earth. This is a direct result of lack of mass media which Radio Biafra and Eastern Pilot newspaper are seeking to address.
It is an indictment of the fabled Igbo intellectual superiority that countries that have suffered less than Igbos have like Kosovo, Liberia, Dafur, East Timor and Bosnia are recognised the world over as places where crimes against humanity were committed yet 300,000 Igbos killed in cold blood by rampaging Hausa, Fulani and Tivi mobs in Northern Nigeria have been whitewashed from the pages of history books due to unavailability of Igbo oriented mass media to propagate the message.
For as long as it exists, Radio Biafra will not allow the memory of the millions killed in Nigeria to be wiped away from the human consciousness or the pages of history. Posterity and God himself will not forgive and indeed will continue to punish and suffer the Igbo race until the blood of the innocent spilled all over Nigeria is atoned for. Even as Igbos are still being massacred in Nigeria today they are still begging to be accepted by their Hausa/Fulani conquerors so their petty trading businesses outside Igboland will not be jeopardised. What an utter disgrace!
It is no coincidence that the two other major nationalities in Nigeria well represented in the mass media are doing considerable better than Igbos in terms of defending their collective interest and successfully propagating their agenda. Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani media supremacy over the Igbos made it possible over the years to demonise the word Biafra to the point where grown and seemingly educated Igbo men and women are terrified to be associated or identified with Biafra a God given name that predates Nigeria by more than 500 years.
Recently in London grown men in a free country were literally being restrained from jumping through a first floor window because they happen to be where Biafra was being discussed.
An Igbo man or woman’s understanding of their place in Nigeria is viewed through the lens of Yoruba opinion leaders or Hausa/Fulani socio-political and economic hegemony. As long as this remains the case, Igbos will continue to suffer the ignominy of being killed needlessly in Nigeria.
To expect NTA Network News-controlled by Hausa/Fulani’s, AIT, Channels TV, or HiTv none of which are Igbo owned to cover stories and issues from a perspective that lends credence to the fact that Igbos are irrelevant in Nigeria is nothing short of monumental ignorance and political naivety. As a respected observer of Nigerian politics once commented, “If you don’t say you are somewhere, nobody will quote you that you are there”. It is up to Igbos to articulate, project and defend collective Igbo interest not Hausa or Yoruba media.
Radio Biafra London has come to challenge the status quo and uphold the dignity, virtue and value system of the Igbo race. It would be fair to say that without a well supported mass media, the process of emancipating Igbo people from internal and external bondage will prove extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish. For without education and enlightenment people will be condemned to a life perpetual ignorance. Even God said in the Bible that his perish due to lack of knowledge. The price of ignorance is far greater a burden to bear than what it would take to educate the people.
Everywhere you go dedicated and patriotic Igbos are doing their utmost best to set up mass communication platforms to educate and help articulate and project collective Igbo consciousness but these efforts appear doomed to fail because 80% of Igbos do not recognise the importance of mass media. As a result of which Eastern Pilot newspaper published in Nigeria is suffering, Igboamaka TV show on BEN Television is struggling, Igbo Afrika programme presented on Naija FM in London is appealing for support, Champion Newspaper has shut down. The Ambassador Magazine is finding it hard to complete a print run and the mere mention of Radio Biafra is enough to send some people scouring for cover because they know what the station stands for.
There is no use hoping and praying that somebody else will do it for you, it is our responsibility by virtue of our privileged positions to do something about our plight because Hausa/Fulani or Yoruba people will not do it for us.
For those who are too terrified to support Radio Biafra you can at least contribute towards or support the work that Eastern Pilot is doing in educating the newspaper reading masses in Nigeria. They are all propagating the Igbo message of redemption and should be supported by those that understand that without constant reorientation the Igbo race is finished.
Igbo people in the United Kingdom have no qualms about contributing towards the running of BBC through the Licence Fee which goes towards the twice daily broadcast of Hausa Service which every Mallam in Nigeria is duty bound to listen to, yet they are loathe supporting Igbo media houses doing similar thing for their own people. Where is the logic in that?
As Mary Wollstonecraft once commented, only reason makes us human otherwise we are all animals.