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I would rather live and die as a free man in Oduduwa state than die as a slave in Nigeria

They are nothing but gutless traitors, blacklegs and turncoats that have no sense or knowledge of history and that have been contracted by the powers that be to shatter the dreams and aspirations of millions of young Igbos from within.

Worst still they are simply voicing the views and sentiments of the internal colonialists and our collective slavemasters.

These turncoats and traitors have fed fat on Nigeria and have consistently cornered the market of all that is due to the Igbo from the Federal Government for themselves over the last thirty years.

Such beneficiaries of a skewered, inequitable and unwholesome system who have no empathy for the suffering and humiliation of their own people and who cannot feel their pain forget that, with God, all things are possible.

If one million Igbo youths were slaughtered in the north or in the streets of the east by northern mobs or our security forces respectively these people would not voice a single word of protest but would instead try to defend and rationalise it.

This brings me to the meat of this essay. The Arewa Youths that demanded that the Igbo must leave the north by October 1st and that have now given the Federal Government an ultimatum to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in the next 10 days are stoking a fire that may end up consumming Nigeria.

They must be gagged, put in chains and spanked hard!

Nnamdi Kanu is a hero and his call for independence for the Igbo is legitimate and lawful. Any attempt to arrest him will have consequences.

For those that still do not believe that the Biafra phenomenon and message is here to stay and that are still guided by the erroneous notion that “all is well” in Nigeria I share the following.

Dr. John Dan Fulani, a cerebal and well-respected activist, human rights crusader, intellectual and academic from Southern Kaduna with a large following, has said that if Biafra is established the people of Southern Kaduna will leave Nigeria and go with them.

This unprecedented assertion and declaration has caused panic, consternation and alarm in many core northern conservative circles.

Again Professor Jerry Gana, a respected former Minister from Niger state and a reasonable, well-known and well-liked leader that has been deeply involved in politics and entrenched in the corridors of power for the last 32 years has said that if Nigeria were ever to break up the people of the Middle Belt would leave the north and go with the people of the south.

Again the Solomon Asemota SAN and T.Y. Danjuma-led Christian Elders Forum has warned the Federal Government and the Nigerian people about what they have described as a subtle and dangerous application of “stealth jihad” by the Federal Government in our country and what they see as an attempt to islamise Nigeria.

Again a well-organised and credible Yoruba group called the Yoruba Liberation Command (YOLICOM) has said that it was “too late for restructuring” and that they want Oduduwa Republic to be established. They also threw their weight behind the establishment of Biafra.

This is the sad and sorry impasse that the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari and his cult of ecstatic cheerleaders and super worshippers have taken Nigeria in just two years.

Whilst the dangerous ethnic, religious and regional divisions in our country are getting wider by the day His Royal Highness is busy holding court in London and desperately trying to prove to the world that he is not dead, that he is much better and that he can rule our nation from a distant foreign land indefinately. What a country! What a people!

The truth is that the President and the Presidency is not meant to be a tourist attraction, a museum of old fossils or a mausoleum of decaying bodies to be viewed by curious dignitaries in a distant foreign land.

Despite the pretty group pictures with a handful of selected governors I believe that it is an act of cruelty to expect this poor and obviously very sick man to lead a nation of 180 million.

In spite of my views about his glaring incompetence and his many atrocities, weaknesses, eccentricities and shortcomings I believe that even he deserves far better than that.

My counsel, which is borne out of compassion and nothing else, still remains that he resigns and that he goes home and rests before he suffers yet another replapse and returns to nether nether land!

The truth is that the only thing that competes with our never-ending film show of “do you have a President or do you not have a President” in Nigeria today is the much-awaited and newly released ‘season 7’ of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” which I watch religiously and which I enjoy enormously.

That is what the serious business of governance has been reduced to in Nigeria. Is it any wonder that CNN’s Fareed Zakaria mocked us about our absentee President before hundreds of millions of viewers from all over the world just the other day?

The truth is that we deserve even worse. May God judge those that have brought us this unquantifiable and unbearable calamity and national shame.

Meanwhile I urge the wise and the discerning to pause and consider the following.

Those that dismiss the widening divisions and agitations in our country with disdain and contempt and that underestimate the resolve of those that are behind them are not only naive but they also do so at their own peril.

It is only a matter of time before something gives. I say this because national cohesion and unity can only be established, entrenched and sustained by the accomodation and toleration of dissenting views, the constant expression of love and the regular and consistent application of leadership by consensus.

It cannot be sustained by brutality, murder, injustice, lies, supression, persecution, tyranny, manipulation, deceit, propaganda and coercion.

You cannot hold a people down by the usage of threats, the shedding of blood and the force of arms forever.

Even slaves rise up in bloody rebellion and resist tyranny when the time is right, when the wind of liberation blows and when the freedom bell tolls.

The south west, the south south and the south east yearn for that liberty and freedom and the Middle Belt craves for it.

The only thing that they are waiting for is the emergence of a set of bold, clear-thinking, inspirational and focused leaders that have the courage, the tenacity of purpose, the unrelenting fortitude and the purity of spirit to lead the struggle and to take them out of the bondage of Egypt and into the Promise land.

The bottom line is as follows: I would rather live and die as a free man in an independent Oduduwa Republic than continue to live and die as a slave in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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