EVICTION OF IGBOS FROM NORTHERN NIGERIA: A CLEAR CASE OF PSYCHOSIS

Emeka Ezekwesiri Chigozie


History can sometimes be kind; guiding our paths with the light of her wisdom, but nevertheless, when fools reject this light, they stumble in darkness and fall, and are met by disaster.

There is no doubt that the agitators of Biafra have learnt from history. There is, as it is clear, a deliberate attempt to avoid the outbreak of another civil war. Instead, the agitators have embraced the internationally recognized tool of referendum, as a way of determining the position of the peoples of the South South and South East with regards to Biafra.

No doubt, it is the failure of other Nigerians to accept that agitations for separate states are normal; whether in Catalonia, or Scotland or California; that has caused the much friction. Instead what ought to be the focus of every informed Nigerian; is to educate one another why secession is bad or good. Provided the agitators are not resorting to violence or intimidation, I don’t see how it could be the foundation of the baseless ultimatum issued by psychotic Northern miscreants.

Perhaps, it needs to be stated that intolerance is the foundation of the problem of this group; in a civilized society, others must learn to cope and tolerate those that are no longer interested in belonging to a united political bloc—whether in the form of Brexit, or Catalonia, or Scotland or California. It is this dissent of voices and myriad opinions that make democracy beautiful.

In ending this piece, I should like to state unequivocally that the eviction notice is not only illegal and unconstitutional but also debased. And to those still living in the cave, secession of Biafra from Nigeria is not tantamount to ‘Biafrans’ losing their property in ‘Nigeria’, but only means that they would become foreign owned just like any other national presently in Nigeria.