May 26 2020 | Radio Biafra
Both rejected Biafra, opted and worked for what we have today in the Old Eastern region, Niger Delta inclusive. The fact that both died in the hands of same Nigeria they opted for is something we need to think deeply about. Interestingly the defeat of Biafra did not in any shape or form improve the lots of their own people.
The People of Eastern region and or Riverine (Niger Delta) are still suffering the gross injustice they endorsed and promoted (One Nigeria) as alternative to Biafra. To mind betrayed themselves and their own people.
With respect to the alleged reasons for opting for Nigeria instead of Biafra (non-consultation of Riverine or Niger Delta or nationalities therein). It is safe to assume that former Head of state General Yakubu Gowon consulted them as “leaders” of (Niger Delta or Riverine nationalities) and they agreed on the present questionable Order as best for our people.
Let me say that available evidence showed that Ojukwu consulted widely, because Chief Frank Opigo foremost Ijaw educationist who suggested Biafra which Ojukwu graciously accepted was by no means a walk over in Ijaw nation. N.U Akpan, Prof. Eyo Ita, T. Mbu, Imoke, P. Effiong, Aguma, Ignatius Kogbara, Okoko Ndem and so many who is who from the Riverine that formed Biafran War Cabinet are no pushers or in the same league with ex Police Officer Isaac Boro and or Ken Saro-Wiwa, Okpo Arikpo and ors. A story has it how late Awo dismissed or refused to recognize them as true representative of Eastern region to the Federal Govt.
Strangely majority of the above mentioned Biafran War Cabinet that survived the civil War lived and died peacefully like men. From Effiong to Educationist Opigo and to the least of them.
The question to those opted for one Nigeria and or those that regard them as heroes is what did they negotiate for all of us or their own people at that critical moment in history?
Are they like the present APC supporters with no plan for governance at a similar critical time in history as per Nasir El Rufai’s admission recently. For completeness El Rufai admitted that APC had no plan for governance, their mission was to kick Jonathan out of office and nothing more.
Was the case of let’s frustrate Ojukwu with no credible alternative agreed and implemented?
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media