Whenever I hear of frontline people like Sunday Adeyemo [Igboho] on something pertaining to self-determination, I always remember the story of Professor Adesegun Banjo, the younger brother of Colonel Victor Banjo. Professor Banjo was a neurosurgeon. During June 12 crisis he saved millions of Dollars from his wealth in an effort to overthrow General Sanni Abacha through guerilla warfare. However, he was apprehended in Benin Republic whilst trying to get weapons into Nigeria. He ended up losing everything – his wife, his only son and wealth. He went on an exile in Ghana.
The moral of the story is that a man CAN’T FREE A PEOPLE.
As much as these recent acts of killings, banditry, kidnappings, robbery/looting, rape, herdsmen-famers etc’ are condemnable, inhumane, gruesome and abuses of human rights, NIGERIANS are yet ready to do the right thing.
You see, we all have grievances. There have been many years of oppression, subtle by force, killings where a tribe gets into power. Anyone who hear the stories of how these injustices were melted on his ancestors’ blood would become hot, his ego hurt and feels humiliated[?] However, emotions shouldn’t cloud reasoning.
Some people are capitalizing on these emotions to attain positions of powers, become millionaires, win elections as they profess championing the people’s cause [in this instance, Odùduwà Republic and or Biafra causes], however, if we actually want to be independent, we have to do it diplomatically, we won’t be the 150th country to be so separated and we won’t be the last.
I listened to one of interviews Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adam granted BBC Yoruba and I knew our approach to the right thing is not right.
It is said Nigeria is a 100 years testing project, if so it ended in 2014. If ‘NIGERIANS’ don’t want to be together why not approach World Court, UN, African Union and the likes to have us disintegrated? This is the only recognized way – diplomatic and bloodless. If we really want it, it’s not bloodshed, violence, terrorism, banditry and all that.
Oduduwa Republic is as ‘unrecognized’ as Biafra Republic because both are listed amongst Unlisted Countries in the world. The United Nations, for example, recognizes 251 countries and territories. The United States, however, officially recognizes fewer than 200 nations. Ultimately the best answer is that there are 196 countries in the world. Wikipedia says, ”in Africa, the total number of countries…..is unknown due to instability throughout the region. At present there are 54 sovereign countries and around 90 countries, territory and regions not recognized by the UN.” Oduduwa and Biafra Republics are amongst the 90.
And whilst some people promise to lead in the agitation we end up seeing them getting richer and recognized. Much blood has been shed, monies have ended unrecognized pockets, leaders flown abroad while leaving the followers to face the brunt of the laws [calling it oppression]. The circle seems not ending anytime soon!
I repeat, if we really want it, it’s not in bloodshed, violence, vandalism, terrorism, banditry and all that: select identified leaders, approach the right quarters (World Court, UN, African Union, etc), do all the needed paperworks and follow the protocols and steps of disintegration….
Sadly, Oduduwans and Biafrans are yet to see that these three can’t be achieved via Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp.
On another development, if you ask me: whose fault is that the North is made so (too) strong in the Nigerian project? Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Eyo Ita,
The 1957 [May 23 till June] and 1958 conferences in The Lancasters House in London where the federal constitution for an independent Nigeria was prepared and presided over the British Colonial Secretary had notables like Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Eyo Ita, Ahmadu Bello, Muhammadu Sanusi, Usman Nagogo, Nyong Essien, S.E Onukogu, Oba Adesoji Aderemi and Oba Aladesanmi in attendance. Tell me who didn’t have equal representatives? Awolowo, Oba Adesoji Aderemi and Oba Aladesanmi were Yorubas.
Do you want me to think the Northerners therein over-rode them all? Well, try to read these Conferences Reports. The North has forever been made that strong and invincible. We made it so.
The North has forever been made that strong and invincible. Only that NIGERIANS just realize that NOW.
Remember, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE ‘EAST’ or ‘MIDDLE BELT’ in the Nigeria Project. Nigeria is a fusion of Northern Protectorate, Southern Protectorate and Lagos Colony. The North majorly houses Fulani and Hausa, the South is jam-packed with tribes!
© Jimoh Taofik Adekunle
2nd of May, 2021