Patriotism or National pride is the feeling of love, dedication, affection, allegiance, devotion and sense of attachment to one’s homeland and alliance with other citizens who share the same feeling and emotion. This affection can be a combination of many different feelings relating to one’s own homeland, including ethnicity, culture, and politics amongst other historical aspects. These were the attributes of His and Her Royal Highnesses, the late Okwu-Kanus to their Biafran people.
Nationalism is a dogma, belief, an ideology and a movement characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation, as well as prioritizing those interests over interests of other nations, with the aim of gaining and maintaining the nation’s sovereignty (self-governance) over it’s homeland.
I believe that patriotism can be defined by intense love for one’s country and the desire to see it thrive in whatever way deemed best for the country. “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold onto your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation. Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first”. If you want the freedom of your people, pay the price. These attributes were what characterized HRM Okwu-Kanu and his Jewel of no human equivalence that made them die for their country, Biafra.
They died defending their country Biafra. They died with the sigh of Biafra on their lips. They died like warriors in a war front. They died wearing the armour to defend their children from the maltreatment and extermination drive of the Nigerian state. They died from the trauma of Operation Python Dance II of the Nigerian government and it’s murderous military, from which over 27 men and women were mowed down in their compound. They died like Heros, superman/woman and never to die again. They died in obedience to the declaration of the South African liberation writer and strategist, Steve Biko of blessed memory: ‘it is better to die for what will live than to live for what will die.’
The future does not belong to globalists, revisionists or collaborationists. The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique. Adieu Biafrans’ dear parents! You made the most profound contribution anyone can make in life, lifting up your nation Biafra, cherishing your culture, honoring your histories and treasuring your citizens. You have made your country strong and prosperous and righteous. You have honored the dignity of your people and nothing will be outside of your reach. As Biafrans mourned and buried you, we are consoled by the fact that the glory is not in never dying but in living in the memory of those you love. Love of our nation makes the world better for all nations.
When our nations are greater, the future will be brighter, our people will be happier and our partnerships will be stronger. With God’s help, together we will cast off the enemies of liberty and overcome the oppressors of dignity. We will set new standards of living and reach new heights of human achievements.
We will re-discover all truths, unravel all mysteries and make thrilling new breakthroughs. And we will find more beautiful friendships and harmony among nations than ever before. But one thing we are assured of is that you have left an indelible mark on this land of Biafra. You have taught us to fight on with boldness and courage. That our oppressors are only making us stronger to face any challenge we may encounter when we enter the Promised Land.
With God’s help, together as you pray for IPOB wherever you may be, we will cast off the Biafrans’ enemy of liberty which is Britain, and overcome the oppressor of dignity which is Nigeria. We will set new standards of living and reach new heights of human achievement which you sacrificed your life for. Biafra, is a State in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. Biafra is a nation that respects the freedom that mankind cherished and always willing and ready to fight and die hard to hold on to. Within Biafra, Biafrans would be free of persecution from Nigeria and Britain.
We will re-discover all truths, unravel all mysteries and make thrilling new breakthroughs. And we will find more beautiful friendship and more harmony among nations than ever before. My fellow Bifrans, let us not mourn them as though they are dead, let us just think of them as quiescent and resting from the sorrows and the tears of Biafrans in a place of kindliness and calm where there are, no matter the days and years.
I cannot say and I will not say that they are dead, there are just away. With cheery smiles and a wave of hand, they have wandered into the next realm of existence to guide and assure the rest of us Biafrans in this realm of the certainty of victory and the assuredness of the re-birthing of our dear nation, Biafra.
All Hail Biafra!!!
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media