|Ekwueme and Kanu: transference of leadership|
By Kelechi Okorie
For Biafra Choice Writers
May 30 was the second time Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu, have observed Sit-At-Home exercise to prove to enemies good that Biafrans are resolute about exiting Nigeria.
The first was held on September 23, 2016, which was against the continued illegal detention of Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra and Biafra Television. The exercise recorded a huge success unlike any other held before it.
The second was the just concluded one, last May 30, which coincided with 50 years anniversary of the declaration of Biafra Independence, declared in 1967 by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. In the war that ensued, which devil’s-incarnate brought on Biafra, nothing less than 4million innocent Biafrans were murdered – especially children, women and the aged.
Gowon was ably supported by Obafemi Awolowo who ensured there was food blockade and medical restrictions as was instructed by British government under Harold Wilson.
Unfortunately for Biafrans, there were saboteurs from within who worked against Biafra. Some took funds given to them to go abroad and purchase arms and ammunition and bolted away to foreign countries, abandoning their people to die in misery. Perhaps, history never grows old; but keeps repeating itself as the current effort for Biafra restoration seems to prove.
Ralph Uwazuruike, the expelled leader of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who has now formed a ragtag Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), has proven to be the modern day saboteur. Uwazuruike became a career freedom fighter, collecting bribes from Nigerian government and using same to acquire hotels and hostels.
Apart from being a career freedom fighter, he is among many that have chosen to challenge Kanu’s leadership of the Biafran leadership – especially Igbo-Biafran leadership. Others include governors of Igbo-Biafra States, and some elements in political parties and many Igbo-centric organizations.
The last Sit-at-Home has however, conclusive put the issue of leadership at rest. With it, Biafrans have shown their preference of Kanu over all others. Without doubt, it marks the fulfillment of ancient prediction of the resurgence of the black man coming from the “trigger of Africa”. Nostradamus, the 16th century famed Jewish-French doctor predicted over 400 years back, that “A Powerful Prince will arise in the world at the Trigger of the Gun.
He the prince will be the envy of other princes. They (the other princes) will try to subdue his rise but all will be a failure. A tenacious courageous Nnamdi Kanu has been upholding the Biafra struggle with truth and honesty. And now that he is revealed, welcome Nnamdi Kanu.