Nkwor Wed. 06 April 2022:
The Bible says in Matthew 7:6, “Don’t waste valuable things on people who have no regard for things of value. Do no favour to pigs! They will trample your favor, then turn and attack you.”
The Igbo Revolution hereby advises Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State to take his tenure in stride. It is obvious that nobody means well more than he does for his State and Igbo nation in general, but he also should not take Igbo stiff-neckedness for granted.
Igbo prefer those who are up to no good to those who mean well.
Governor Soludo, put yourself and family front and center first in serving Ndi Anambra and Igbo. If you don’t, you may not live to regret it. And your family will also pay dearly.
Have you ever heard of the name Ogoadigbomma? Well, that name is as apt as calling a spade a spade. Oh yes, Igbo hates to be treated well, and loves to be taken advantage of, especially by one of its own.
Ask Zik or Dr. Chike Akunyili whose execution last year was less important than justifying the rabblerousers who made his execution possible.
The free medical treatments and other charities Dr. Akunyili was doing for Ndi Igbo over the years immediately evaporated the moment he was murdered.
Ndi Igbo blamed him for his personal security, even as they empathized with his murderers, who had never done a single favor to Igbo other than propaganda and inyanga.
Governor Soludo, you must be highly security conscious because your people prefer devil’s advocacy to righteous indignation: They are reluctant to defend those who defend them and swift to the defense of those who offend them.
That mindset actually is a dysfunction; for they do not see anything wrong in being so indisposed, even if others pity or fear for them.
They prefer characters such as Dr. M. I. Okpara, General Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ralph Uwazurike, and Nnamdi Kanu to leaders like Nnanyi Zik.
And what is the fundamental difference between the one camp and the other?
The fundamental difference is that the Okparas, Ojukwus, Uwazurikes, and Kanus are innate dictators who tolerate no criticism to cater to their insatiable whims and caprices. But the Ziks are the groundbreakers and builders who encourage criticisms.
At the end of the 1940s or so, Igbo politicians led by K O Mbadiwe finally got Zik to resign from politics. But not long after that they stalked back to beg him at Yaba, Lagos, to return to politics to lead them in the politics of regional semi-autonomy of 1953. And Zik obliged them.
At the end of the 1970s, Zik again obliged Igbo to return to politics to take Ndi Igbo to the epicenter of Nigerian second republic after just 10 years of our utter defeat. A feat no other leader in history has probably achieved.
By returning to politics at the age of 75, Zik again forgave Igbo for conducting his funeral ceremony in 1969 because he decided to help stop the war at a time Ndi Igbo were losing 1,000 children a day to kwashiorkor alone! At a time Ojukwu’s only Biafran lifeline was white man’s charity!
Which responsible father would stand by as his family is wiped out due to the folly of his insolent sons?
As King David did not stand by for Absolom and Ahithophel to destroy Israel, so Zik did not stand by for Ojukwu and Okpara to destroy Igbo completely in the 1960s.
Today, Zik, in spite of his unprecedented and unparalleled life’s work for Ndi Igbo, remains a persona non grata to Ndi Igbo because half of Igbo still clings to Ojukwu’s wartime campaign of calumny against him, and the other half latches on Okpara’s pre-coup discrediting of the Zikist diplomacy to further its primordial and insatiable appetite for in-house cannibalization; as in its pre-colonial Abam-Ohaffia-Ngwa headhunting and Arochukwu-Igwekala slave rustling.
Today, Okpara who dovetailed his Agricultural Revolution into Zik’s Triple Revolutions of Industry, Education, and Mercantilism (and Ojukwu who destroyed us completely) are our heroes.
No wonder we returned to running in circles with the return of Ojukwu in 1982 and Okpara in 1978. The two returned to cement the Hausa-Fulani capture of Ndi Igbo through NPC, sorry, NPN.
And so, Governor Soludo, Igbo will abuse and hunt you down to worship the back-to-Biafra golden calf that the scions of Okpara and Ojukwu (otherwise known as Ralph Uwazurike and Nnamdi Kanu) have made for them in their wilderness.
The Pastor of The Igbo Revolution