When the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were clamouring for elections boycott in Biafraland, the anti-election boycott advocates were asking IPOB to rather vote and take over the entire Southeast region. They maintained that with the number of IPOB family members spread across the region, the whole states within Ala Igbo (Igboland), could comfortably be taken over at least.
This position was rejected by IPOB which maintained her stand on the election boycott. It has to be a total boycott or meet up their demands. Some of these individuals attacked the organization. Some said IPOB has missed an opportunity. Some resorted to blackmail and heaped insults on the person of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
These people thought that IPOB abhors good things. They thought IPOB will not like to have fifteen Senators from five States of the Southeast and even parts of the Southsouth to come from the IPOB. And they will be eventually outnumbered in decision making in the National Assembly, yet they can still put up strong protests and their voices, no matter how faint that could be, will definitely be heard. What about having Governors as IPOB members? Very wonderful idea honestly.
But why did the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra reject these wonderful opportunities? IPOB is a group of intellectuals, doing exceptionally well globally in their various areas of professional callings, contrary to the notion being held by Nigerians. They underrated IPOB when Olusegun Obasanjo called the IPOB family members, miscreants. That made many Yoruba, Hausa-Fulani and some other ‘One-Nigerianists’ of Ndigbo extraction, to start calling IPOB members such names. They completely missed it just like they always miss everything. The truth remains that there has never existed any group that has gathered the cream of intellectuals and business tycoons globally, like IPOB has done. The organization has been able to successfully woo doctors, professors, teachers, the clergy, students, business men/women, peasant farmers and traders, with the Gospel of Truth. IPOB has historians in her kitty who studied Nigerian history and have such knowledge at their finger tips. They have been able to utilize these historical truths against the Nigerian State. IPOB is a potent force to be reckoned with because of her membership mastery of Nigeria and her politicians.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) knows that Nigerians will be thoroughly disgraced if they move to take over the govenments of the Southeast and Southsouth regions without firstly, dismantling the stronghold of Fulani caliphate on our people. Nigeria is devilish and filled with unreasonable individuals bereft of history. They will not blink an eye in declaring their own slaves as winners. IPOB fully understands this. A country that said that Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu lost a senatorial position in Nnewi, cannot be trusted. His own kindred rejecting him is unbelievable. This alone will tell any Igboman and Biafrans in general, how evil Nigeria electoral process has become.
Time is what IPOB really needs. Time to break the backbones of these politicians. Believe me, a lot happened immediately after the Nigeria/Biafra war. The Nigerian government made sure that Ojukwu lost and their own pitiable slave won. That was actually the beginning of our problem as a people. Do you then think that those who defended Biafra in that atrocious war all died? Those think-tanks that made things happen lived, yet they were systematically retired, giving room for nonentities and sell-outs to take over the mantle of leadership of the old Eastern region. Men and women who will side with the Fulani after the massacre was orchestrated in Nimbo in Enugu State, became leaders. Men who will kill their own youths and dump their bodies in Ezu River. Men who will after suffering a terrorist attack in a Catholic Church in Ozubulu will conclude investigations in ten minutes and tag it drug war. These are useless men who will continue to deceive the people with pictures of Ojukwu in a supposed Igbo party, yet supporting the re-election of a serial killer of Igbo youths like Muhammadu Buhari. IPOB understands Nigeria and her politicians fully well, that is why they needed time and patience to defeat them. People under estimate the devilish nature of Nigeria politicians. They have taken roots and have many people aiding them.
I strongly believe that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), will take over old Eastern Nigeria. It will get to a time where Senators from the old Eastern Nigeria will wear Biafran bangles on the floor of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives as sworn IPOB family members. The organization will never ever do anything prematurely. IPOB cannot be blackmailed and can never miscalculate. The fifty years usurpation of power by the caliphate in Igboland will most definitely be reclaimed by IPOB.
IPOB as as a lively organization will most assuredly grow men who will defend the interest of their people and not support the Fulani caliphate.
We will certainly get there. It is just a matter of time.
Written by — Elochukwu Nicholas Ohaji
(Family Writers Press)