6 Nov 2020

#EndSARS Killings: The Unknown Soldier, And The Known Civilian In Oyigbo

An Unknown Soldier Is Nothing But A Terrorist
Fela Kuti’s Kalakuta republic was burnt by the Nigerian Soldiers in 1977. A lot of people died in that incident which eventually led to the death of Fela’s mother.

A Judicial investigation returned that Fela’s house was burnt by the unknown Soldier. Fela recorded a song in which he stated that if the unknown Soldier burnt his house, there are also the unknown Police, the unknown civilian and the unknown government.

That prophetic statement has been the order of the day in Nigeria. Soldiers and the Police torture and kill unarmed civilians while the unknown government look the other way. None of them is held to account. These military and police brutality were what led to the ‘nationwide’ #EndSARS protests.

At the Lekki gate, unarmed protesters were massacred by the Nigerian Soldiers. Since then, the Nigerian Army have been changing their statements in respect of their presence at the murder scene.

And now, the Attorney General of Nigeria has suggested that the people who killed the protesters at Lekki were hoodlums in military uniform. This could be the snippet of the result of the Judiciary enquiry. Déjà vu – whodunit? – the unknown Soldier.

After the massacre of peaceful protesters at Lekki by the unknown soldiers, the unknown civilians retaliated by killing Soldiers and the Police. The unknown civilians continued their rampaging by burning Police stations and government properties.

Meanwhile, nobody heard from the Nigerian president, General Buhari. It became apparent that Nigeria has an unknown government. Thereby completing the allusion of Fela Kuti - ‘Unknown Soldier = Unknown Police = Unknown Civilian, all equal to unknown government.’

However, while there was mayhem in the country by unknown civilians, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (MNK), a known civilian, gave orders (on video) to his known group (IPOB) to kill Soldiers and Police officers, especially those at Oyigbo in Rivers state.

Now, in the past a child is named according the circumstances of his birth. Thus, this name (Wike) suggests that the governor is from a family of violent people. And Nyesom Wike has not disappointed in projecting the obvious.

Gov. Wike is just what Yoruba people call ALAYE (uncouth). He lacks finesse in the way he dresses, in the way he walks, etc. His words are laden with anger. His body movement reveals a violent and irresponsible man.

They say he has a Law degree but a person who didn’t attend a primary school behaves better. Wike is simply a violent man, the King Nebuchadnezzar of Rivers state.

Then, a loquacious Nnamdi Kanu unwisely placed a bounty on the head of a state Governor without considering the violent nature of Nyesom Wike. A violent man with a political power is more dangerous than a hungry Lion.

These reckless orders and other careless statements by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu resulted to the massacre of Igbo youths living at Oyigbo.

At least, when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a burning fire, their God saved them.

But when the Nebuchadnezzar of Rivers state threw IPOB members, including innocent Igbo youths, into a burning fire, their god – Nnamdi Kanu couldn’t save them. They all perished.

Part of Gov. Wike’s anger was that MNK came from another state to start renaming places in Rivers state. While issuing his order to kill, MNK referred to Port Harcourt as Igwe-Ocha. Instead of Oyigbo he called it Obigbo etc.

Truly, Obigbo was the original name of Oyigbo when it was part of old Imo state before the boundary adjustment that ceded the area to Rivers state. Rivers government changed the name to Oyigbo just like they changed all the Umu to Rumu. These changes were done officially. We have to respect that.

By the way, Owere is now Owerri, Ọka is now Awka. From Enugwu to Enugu, Onicha to Onitsha etc. If Ndigbo haven't renamed these areas to reflect their Igbo-ness, why should we go to Rivers state to rename Oyigbo to Obigbo to reflect its Igbo-ness?

This is a tough question but a true question that we must answer. And it is the type of behaviour that supports the supposed Igbo arrogance and expansionism. Moreover, Nigeria’s constitution supports the practice of state of origin. The state you were born may not necessarily be your state of origin.

For instance, as the governor of Abia state, TA Orji dismissed Igbo people he regarded as non-indigenes from the Abia state civil service. Ohaneze said nothing, that action subsisted till today. 

In fact, most of these people TA Orji sacked from their jobs were born mostly in Umuahia and Aba. And they have never lived outside these cities.

Imagine, an Igbo man named TA Orji called another Igbo man a non-indigene in Igbo land. That’s the height of absurdity. Ndigbo are the indigenous people of Igboland before the so-called state of origin.

If TA Orji could discriminate against his own Igbo people, what do you expect from an Ikwere man who doesn’t think of himself an Igbo? Amongst all the Igbo-in-denial people, Ikwere people are the worst. Their hatred for Igbo is unimaginable.

Have we forgotten the issue of abandoned property in Port Harcourt? The only state Igbo people lost their properties during the Biafran war. Rivers people sabotaged Biafra during the war. They didn’t want Biafra then, they still don’t want Biafra now. Hence, why go to Rivers to tell them about Biafra?

All the same, if Ndigbo need independence from Nigeria, we should start from the known to the unknown. The known is Igbo Republic and the unknown is Republic of Biafra. It is better to first fight for Igbo republic and let others to join if they wish, than trying to force others to belong to Biafra that they lack interest in.

Overall, some people have questioned why the killing of Police and the burning of their stations in Oyigbo attracted severe repercussions when compared to other parts of the country? Because the unknown civilians did it elsewhere. But in Oyigbo, the known civilians (IPOB) did it.

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