Mijovia News, 1st September, 2021.
Looking at the abduction of the IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by Nigeria government and Kenya government, one may think that it would have ended the call for a separate nation in Nigeria. But nothing of such seems to be happening, rather the illegal abduction have awakened more people to demand for division.
Nigeria as a country have for more than 61 years after independence in 1960, been talking about unity till this very day. It seems like unity have continued to elude the oil rich nation, as they continue to emphasize on One Nigeria.
In 1966, that is 6 years after independence, Nigeria was enveloped with crisis. That was after some group of young military soldiers carried out a revolution that led to the killing of some country's leaders, especially from the North and West. This coup, according to the coup plotters was to rescue the young nation from corrupt politicians. There is already crisis in the Middle Belt and the West as of that time. The government forces were killing Tiv youths and a state of emergency about to be declared in the Yoruba dominated West, over a political crisis rocking the state. A crisis fueled by the federal government. It was the intention of the young soldiers to rescue the country from collapsing. But the joy was shortlived, as the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) tagged the coup an Igbo coup, even when the leaders of the coup came from different parts of the country, including North and West. Using their Hausa channel, they incited the North against the East. This led to the killing of thousands of Easterners, mostly Igbo people living and doing business in the North.
Aguiyi Ironsi the military head of state was not spared, as Northern soldiers slaughtered more than 300 Eastern soldiers.
This led to the war of 1967-70, after Yakubu Gowon refused to abide by the Aburi accord as agreed by the two warring sides. The war came, the North that wanted division suddenly turned around to fight the Easterners they killed in the pogrom and littered their bodies in the streets of the North. It was a war of maintaining unity in a totally disunited entity. It took the killing of more than 3.5 million Biafrans to keep Nigeria one.
But after this war, Nigeria refused to inject the tools that ought to sustain unity into the fragile nation of nations. Injustice against the East became a national anthem, as the Easterners were denied many things, including good roads, international Airports and Seaports. They were barred from certain positions in the country. Positions like Army and police chiefs.
It didn't take time, the cries of separation started sounding again. The marginalized East rose up again to demand for a sovereign state of Biafra. A movement known as the Indigenous People Of Biafra was born. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu became the leader of this movement. IPOB since it's creation have risen to become the mouthpiece of the people of the East. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has in one of his broadcast promised that he will end Nigeria with only the truth. Since then he has embarked on massive education of the people using the Radio Biafra London. With his broadcast, millions of youths were liberated from ignorance. Nigeria government inability to teach students history in schools breed youths who are deeply detached from reality.
Recently, Nigeria government in other to end the agitation for a separate state in Nigeria South East, went to Kenya and kidnapped a British citizen and the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra and rendered him to Nigeria. That's After they used military force, abduction and killings against the group.
Since after the illegal abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, one might think that the call for a separate state in the Nigeria Eastern region would have ended, but no, the group is still waxing stronger and determined.
The Indigenous People Of Biafra have on 9th of August 2021 shut down economic and social activities in the Eastern part of Nigeria, after they ordered a sit at home. An order the people of the East kept to the later. Even after the leaders of the movement suspended the every Monday Sit At Home, the PEOPLE out of great love for their abducted leader, maintained the sit at home order.
It is now certain that taking Mazi Nnamdi Kanu away will not end the agitation of a separate State in Nigeria. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is just a leader of millions of people who are already tired of Nigeria and wants out. The continuous imprisonment of the IPOB leader will not stop Nigeria from division. Rather it will worsen it.
Africa should rise up and emulate other developed countries of the world and stop barbarism. Everything should not be solved by killing and abduction. Scotland once needed a separate state and Britain offered them a referendum. So what is stopping Nigeria from doing the same thing?