| Published  Tuesday, 28 August 2018 | 15:39 GMT


Biafran woman in a traditional attire

The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

(1) 50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land, meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and can hardly speak Igbo language but foreign languages (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English, etc).

(2) 40% of Igbo girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of young Igbo men live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

(3) 75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

(4) 85% of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one-Nigeria but failed to know that no Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

(5) Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

(6) Igbos are the only tribe(people) that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Iri ji (Yam festivals), Igbo Village in America, etc. And this is because they have family homes in foreign lands. Igbos have failed to know that the children raised outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So, "what happens to the properties we acquire for our children when we, the parents, are gone?", remains the question all Igbos should ponder on.

(6) Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or as a tourist site rather than a place to work and live.

(7) Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries, only ridicule and mimic it by portraying ritual killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in their culture, thereby causing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

(8) Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe in their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy/intruder or a foreigner, especially, when the "love for materialism more than selves" is being remarked.

(9) Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

FXChoice (10) Igbos are the only tribe(people) who fail to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially, the brave soldiers who died in the battlefield defending their motherland, and the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

(11) Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently became slaves.

(12)  Igbos are the only tribe who do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history, culture and patrimony to their children.

(13) Igbos are the only tribe who are crying out against marginalisation in Nigeria but have no collective strength or teeth to bite.

With regard to the outlined weaknesses of the Igbos, how long will it take them to come back to their senses and acknowledge the outlined obvious facts with active steps to overcoming such practices capable of bringing them to a gradual but sure extinction? How long are they going to fight for relevance in Nigeria? How long will they fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable advancement in development? How long are they prepared to wait for their enemy to guide them to their destiny? Oh! Where are Igbo leaders and elites? Unfortunately, none of them lives or works in Igbo land.

As I close this piece, I wish to advise the Igbos, should they wish to save the future of their children, identity, generation and race, then, they need freedom, and that freedom is Biafra - the only route to escape the impending extinction of the Igbo race.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

Written By Chime Eze
Edited & Published by IPOB WRITERS
Contact: ipobwriters@ipob.org
Twitter: @ipob_writers


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