The Illusion Of Oil By The Niger Delta And Their Rejection For Biafra

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Chief Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu could be noted as the pioneer of the Igbo struggle for an independent nation from Nigeria. Of course, he fought, went on exile when the heat became much, and afterwards died naturally without achieving the biafran struggle. Since then the ideology has become strong that not any force can uproot it from the blood. Chief Uwazuruike took over the baton, led the MASSOB movement and at some point threw in the towel, went silent and incapacitated. In a nutshell, it could be said that Uwazuruike abandoned the struggle. Many have suggested that he Uwazuruike had collected bribe from the powers that be and decided to bid the struggle farewell. Whether this allegation is true or not remains a subjet of debate. For some years now, the pages of news papers has been agog with the coming of Nazi Nnamdi KANU. No doubt, this young Afaraukwu born has commanded influence and followership. In his self styled way of going about the struggle everyone is left to judge for themselves how they percive MNK and his pattern of struggle. Many love his boldness and some others do not share in his approach to the Biafran struggle even though they believe in the struggle. Unfortunately, the Biafran struggle has been misconstrued by certain people especially the Niger Deltans. I have heard prominent figures like Chief Edwin Clark, Nyesom Wike say over their dead body will the Nigeria Delta be part of Biafra. Many of them from that region has corroborated same position with many throwing tantrum and accusing the Biafrans of wanting to conscript them into Biafra because of their oil. This thought is sickning and utterly laughable. The Nigeria Deltans should know better about the Igbos their brothers and sisters. The tribe called Igbo is one unique race argue it anywhere. Although they have their imperfection. But to attribute the call for brothers and sisters to come together as a ploy for Biafrans to take over their oil is a sign of in depth ignorance. Everyone sane Nigerian and abroadians knows the Igbos to be highly independent people. I use the word "sane" because their are people who know the truth but would always want to sweep it under the carpet. The Igbos are very industrous and hardworking creatures. The Igbos is one race that dont care about what the government can offer them. They don't care about the natural resources in their backyard. They only care about what their natural strength can give to them. To buttress the above point, how many igbos are militants and are blowing up oil pipelines in Imo and Abia simply because of their own share of the oil money? How many of them are writing letters to the federal government and threatening them for one development of the other else be ready for a showdown due to pending doom of blowing up oil installations in the above states mentioned which are pure Igbo state? The Igbo people are a people devoid of sense of entitlement. The Niger Deltans must be reminded that the Igbos have states that produce oil listed in the above paragraph. In fact IMO and Abia states are members of oil producing states. It is hoped that very soon Anambra with her large gas reserve will join the list. If a region like the SE with an estimated population of 40million people have three states producing oil and gas, coupled with their industrious and ingenuine nature I doubt if the SE will not live comfortably fine and develop tremendously in no time in the event they are granted Biafra. Again, the Niger Deltans of Chief Edwin Clark and co travellers should understand that the Biafran clamour for SS to join them is only born out of the spirit of brotherhood. It is what i will call brother looking out for his brother. For example, before the political division that brought about the present regions in Nigeria the whole of present day SS was called East. Forget about this demonic political divisions, you are all East. Secondly, there is hardly any state in the present day SS that does not have a large chunck of Igbo speaking indigenes. It is only normal that these Igbo speaking indigines of Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River join their brothers where they can feel safer due to the power of common language and culture. This is very important without any ambiguity. The purpose of this piece is not to curry anyone to accept to be part of Biafra. It is to draw attention to the dangerous and malicious intentions, propaganda and insensitivity being demonstrated by my people of SS or Niger Deltans. The SS should realize that what makes a nation is not oil but human capital which the Igbos have demonstrated to have over the years even in strange land. If oil is the solution, maybe Nigeria wouldn't have been in this mess. There are lots of countries today who are doing well without a drop of oil. So my people from the SS should emancipate themselves from oil slavery and embrace the reality staring them in the face before it is too late. Sadly, oil is fast going into relegation. Maybe they should be reminded to check facts. Nations who patronize our oil are gradually moving on to other means of living. It is just a matter of time oil will become a forbidden commodity. With the advent of electric cars etc, my people from the Niger Delta had better wake up from their sleep and make hale while the sun shines because the illusion of oil is a very dangrous one. Join your brother and sisters now before it is too late.

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