He said the decision to vote against the return to regional government at the last national conference and the fact that the Igbo nation were not united in the agitation makes it difficult to realize.
Okechukwu who spoke at a gathering of the Abuja chapter of the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo said the National Conference organised by Jonathan administration and many other such conferences put the final nail on the Biafra agitation.
He said even though the Jonathan conference was populated by Pro-Biafra agitators, the conference voted against regionalism, with Enugu and Ebonyi also voting against return to regional government.
He said: ” “If we must tell ourselves the truth, the greatest obstacle to the actualisation of Biafra, was glaringly demonstrated by successive national conferences, the Abacha Conference and Jonathan Conference, in each of the two conferences the issue of region was voted against by Enugu and Ebonyi states.
“The Jonathan Conference of 2014, for instance was made up of pro-Biafra elements whom a lot had assumed will support regionalism as a prelude to secession. Other states like Ogun, Lagos, Bayelsa, Cross River and majority of Northern States rejected regionalism. To cap it all the Jonathan Conference recommended the creation of over 50 states.”
Okechukwu also said that with an Igbo Presidency likely in 2023 when the north would have served out its eight years, there was the need for the Igbo nation to tread with caution, pointing out that presently, the Igbo nation were not united in actualising the Biafra dream.
He said: “The agitation for Biafra sounds as a good music, much fun and furry as if it is the only route to Eldorado. This is false as some of us who lived in the defunct Biafra enclave can narrate. The question one had always posed is can Biafra be achieved via democracy or by force? Most people one had discussed with had always told me it will be achieved via peaceful means, which in other words means democracy.
He explained that in 2004, papers were presented at the World Igbo day to the effect that the United Nations (UN) is processing the application of Ndigbo for an independent Biafra, saying “this is over a decade and the germane question remains at what stage is our application?
“Is their records in the UN which suites our case? If there is none, the option is home made democratic process. As stated earlier only very few are advocating force, and unfortunately, visible obstacles seem to taint the acclaimed democratic process.
He said further that the greatest challenge faded by the Igbo race is the scanty patience in taking the time to genuinely review the genuine progress it has made since after the civil war, saying, it is all lamentation and wailing, as if there are no gains made.
He said further that “in the midst of uncertainty, Ndigbo wittingly and unwittingly seem to align with our sister ethnic nationalities in the trapped scenario of the national malaise dubbed Clan Motivated Mentslity (CMM). One is compelled to appeal to my brothers and sisters and indeed all Nigerians to resist this ignoble temptation of thinking that the best can only be found in our clan.
“Therefore, the scenario painted above shows that if it’s good for Nigeria we stand to be one of the greatest beneficiaries. To be candid and if truth is our banner, we are one of the groups that should work and pray fervently for more prosperous and progressive Nigeria; instead of agitation for secession.”
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