Published by Uchechi Collins on Thursday, November 24, 2016. 11:04 AM

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari meets Igbo Leaders


November 24, 2016.
By Chinedu Solomon

Considering the norms and values of people to respect and honour an elderly person, I never knew I could pick up my pen to talk to our elders who have voluntarily regarded themselves as Igbo Leaders. 

Most of these elders have assumed leadership titles without knowing the meaning of leadership be it self-acclaimed or elected. It will be very dangerous if we don't remind these elders the functions of a leader. 

A leader is “a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal”. And it connotes 3P’s mnemonic which includes Person, People and Purpose. 

A position of office is no guarantee of leadership, but it helps in the sense that a leadership position usually commands a listening ear from its people and that is a good starting point for anyone who desires to be a leader. 

“A leader by its meaning is one who goes first and leads by example so that others are motivated to follow him”. This is a basic requirement. To be a leader, a person must have a deep-rooted commitment to the goal that he will strive to achieve even if nobody follows him. 

We are not against anyone who has voluntarily nominated himself to be Igbo Leader or whatsoever he chooses to be called. We are vehemently opposed to anyone who will trade our present and future generations for a crumb coming out of Hausa-Fulani’s Aso rock. 

Aso-rock's Crumbs are meant for slaves, only a person with incomplete chromosomes will subject its future generations in a precarious state of dilapidated inconsequential “matter”. 

It will be of great advantage for Biafrans to desist from using the term ‘leaders’ to address these group of people like Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Ime Obi, Igbo Leaders of Thought, Think Tank and other uncountable groups who subject Biafrans to a furnace of higher intensity heat. 

These groups have collaborated with our oppressors to enslave us the more without given it a second thought how posterity will judge them regarding future generations.

Still pondering the reasons why a chunk of individuals will hold faithful people of the East (SS/SE) to ransom with their steady opposition to freedom. 

In the absence of freedom, slavery takes the lead. 

How can individuals who can not withstand a two hundred mob action from the masses, be very strong to subjugate over seventy million Biafran youths to poverty, stress, untimely death, psychological trauma and other life-threatening situations? 

During the olden days, when an elder does anyhow, he sees anyhow. There is no atom of leadership in these group of people rather what we can envisage is ‘yahoo scammers’ in elderly robe. 

Leaders are meant to factor a goal that will benefit their people and work towards achieving it. While ‘efulefu’ (prodigal elders) goes about bragging and searching for whom to devour like a roaring hungry lion. 

Do we still ask why Nnamdi Kanu will remain a hero in the life of every Biafran? He has a target, that is, to liberate his people free from shackles of demonic influence of ‘one Nigeria’. 

Kanu connects to people to press home the purpose of freedom. In the history of freedom fighting, no leader has ever peacefully reoriented his people and fashion them to go jugular for their right. 

The way Kanu has utilized the greatest weapon of warfare which is ‘truth’ in dismantling Nigeria; the citadel of corruption and marginalisation is still astonishing even in the eyes of unsearchable scholars. 

Is it not time we start demolishing these groups? Which moral courage do they have to echo “I do” in one Nigeria for us? 

I believe the hour has come for us youths to take the bulls by the horns for our future is at stake. A group of people have gathered to eat our present and future generations in a manner which portrays the youths as weaklings and inactive inconsequential elements. 

Shall we accept the position of inconsequential elements? Your guess is as good as mine. 

We must get up and act now in whichever way we can do to bring these people to a halt else we are finish. 

Every of their gathering arena should be located with immediate effect and appropriate measures to implied to register our displeasure for their collaboration with Hausa-Fulani to kill, rape and inhumanly abuse us. 

Kanu is suffering in Kuje prison for our freedom and well-being for over 14 months while these group of ‘yahoo yahoo’ elders are masquerading every corner of Nigeria and in particular, Aso rock, searching for what will fall from master's table. 

Kanu has demonstrated to us what a leader should be and we must rally around him in a spiral and close loop where enemies will be excommunicated in centrifugal force.

These dishonest elders have their wealth acquired in far away in the North and West. Precisely; Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Kaduna and beyond. Any call for freedom will dominate their defence mechanism with great opposition and venom-like objection. It's only our pressure will reset their brain to default. 

Joshua and Kanu share things in common, and Joshua was such a man. He was publicly appointed to succeed Moses. The goal was to lead the Hebrews cross over the Jordan and take the land. And that was what he did. In his old age, there remained much land to be possessed. In Josh 24:15, Joshua summoned all Israel to gather at Shechem and challenged them to serve the Lord putting before them his commitment. 

“Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”. 

Biafran youths, we must choose today either to fight these programmed elders or risk both natural and artificial condemnation. 

The greatest avoidable mistake we can't afford to repeat is to hand over ‘one Nigeria’ to our future generations. 

It's better for these unscrupulous elders to sacrifice and if possible die for us than over seventy million youths to sacrifice their future to these men. The time to act is now for tomorrow might be too late. 

Edited by Mazi Collins
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