Wednesday, August 23, 20:217. 09:00GMT
Buhari's Alleged Agreement With Ojukwu, Inconsequential To Biafra Agitation 

The absconded president of Nigeria, Gen Muhamadu Buhari returned to Nigeria after a 103days medical treatment in London.

He was pressurized by different groups both in Nigeria and in the diaspora to resume office or resign - to enable Nigeria to move ahead to get many challenges facing the country solved.

He eventually came back and as a normal trend should address the country and he did so by 7:00 am on Monday.

In his 6mins address to Nigerians, he concentrated his attention on the agitators for a separate state of Biafra as his underlying intent was obviously conspicuous.

Apart from speaking on how he would crush the agitators, Buhari spoke on how he discussed with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the president of Biafra, 1967-1970, on the irreversible existence of Nigeria as a single state.

He said, "In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

"Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood".

But I want to remind Buhari that the Ojukwu he referred to in his speech once said in one of his interviews that "given the choice to choose, I will always choose freedom"

The Ojukwu of Biafra could not have agreed with Buhari on such delicate issue which made him sacrifice the lives of millions of Biafrans.

If the alleged agreement was something to adhere to, Ojukwu would have consulted his people before reaching such agreement.

Besides, at the said time of this agreement, Buhari was irrelevant in the scheme of national matters and could not have been the best person to make such submission to if it was binding.

Buhari said that the long discussion that laid to the conclusive agreement that Nigeria must remain one entity even if only one person is left in Nigeria, happened when Ojukwu went to visit him in the wake of his(Buhari) partisan political move. Assuming it was so agreed, in order to achieve or advance some political bid, it is in no way a pivot to cement the unity of a badly divided country nor a valid ground to assume an autocratic position that Nigeria's unity MUST remain NON-NEGOTIABLE.

Ojukwu, if he so discussed and agreed, represented only his personal opinion and I suppose it would have been a conditional statement because Ojukwu wouldn't be so unintelligent in his statements; it is only an illiterate that would have misunderstood and misquoted him. But be that as it may, all of that is inconsequential. Biafrans are unstoppable. Even if a compromised spirit of Ojukwu arises now, the ready-to-die resolve of Biafrans will have no second thought in treating him as a traitor.

Because the self-determination which Biafrans are pursuing is a legitimate cause, an international resolution which Nigeria is a signatory to, hence, MUST be achieved, not minding the odds from any body. Not minding the autocracy in Nigeria's so-called democracy. Not minding the dictatorial tendencies of a congenital dictator who, in his Chatham House speech in London during the electioneering of 2015, claimed to have become a repented democrat.

Finally, whether any dead or living opposer of the freedom of Biafrans likes it or not, the failed Nigerian state MUST disintegrate, allowing Biafrans to take charge of their future because their future is in jeopardy.

And if Buhari feels that Biafrans support the singleness of the country,  as he alleged that Ojukwu did, let him conduct a referendum for Biafrans to prove his stance.

By Mazi Edozie 
For IPOB Writers.
Published by Jonas Rafeal



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