While we say a big no to violent agitations, we must state the truth, the fact and the law a decent world works with. It is an inalienable right of a people to decide, determine how to be governed, where to live and the group including a state to belong. Hence, there is no such thing as an iron republic which Nigeria has been made to look like. As a matter of fact, Nigeria still remains an illusionary nation, a teddy bear or sandcastle of the West. It is inhuman, evil, wicked and dastardly to kill Igbo children for a fake nation. You have no justification for killing Igbo children. Secession is no crime in any known law. We know the story and how it all started.
Most Igbo scholars have watched Nigerian government and her foolish macabre dance in Igboland, taking innocent lives on daily basis with impunity and mad-man arrogance. It is not like we don’t know how to talk or who to approach but we had hoped all along that Nigeria government would retrace her rogue steps, respect that life is sacrosanct and understand genuine human desires, aspirations and dreams, but the roguery and the high-handedness, the killings have kept growing.
It’s time for every reasonable Igbo son and daughter home or abroad to understand that the killing of our people using different names is totally unacceptable. Whoever is killing Igbo children using IPOB, ESN, Unknown Gunmen and whatever guise should stop it. People are already alleging that the violent ESN or unknown gunmen were created by the government. If Igbos stand for referendum as a lawful procedure for determining a membership of a Nigerian state or otherwise. Call for referendum, let the will of the people prevail. Nigeria is not an iron republic. Instead of killing innocent children, call for referendum.
Z. Ojukwu writes from Awka
Daily News Reporters