HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FATHER OF MODERN IGBO

Afor Tue. 16 Nov. 2021:
Any Igbo who has a problem with the above title is the enemy of Ndi Igbo because no Igbo leader in memory did one-third of what Zik did for his Igbo people.
Not only that, no leader before him of international stature anywhere in the world, comparatively, did for his ethnic people more than what Zik did for his own Igbo people. To use familiar examples, somebody should contradict me with concrete structures Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Martin Luther King Jr. etc. built for their own ethnic nations; and yet their ethnic nations worship them, unlike you Igbo ingrates and dimwits who, like swine, trample on Zik’s endowments to attack, hate, and scandalize him.
Igbo was far from an articulate nation until Zik reentered from America. Zik organized and gentrified Igbo, period.
He founded the world-renown Onitsha market by building it on a solid foundation as the biggest mercantile emporium in the world at the time. Igbo business renown today is indebted to Zik.
Apart from instituting the first purely indigenous university and state bank initiative in Igboland, Zik industrialized Igboland and passed the torch to Dr. M. I. Okpara, who (apart from heeding Zik’s hand-over advice to call the bluff of Ndi Ugwu by founding Igbo agricultural revolution) turned around to return Igbo to anarchy by dissing Zik, in order to lionize Obafemi Awolowo the leader of Igbophobia in southern Nigeria.
Before Awolowo encouraged Governor Odumegwu Ojukwu to secede the Eastern Region, Premier M. I. Okpara had already been praised by Awolowo’s disciples to secede. and had the coup not happened, Okpara might have made good his secession threat.
No leadership survives without continuity. India thrived because its independence president, Nehru, celebrated and even sought advice from its liberator, Mahatma Gandhi, who had no premiership experience whatsoever. But here, no sooner had Okpara received power from his benefactor, Zik, than he turned 180 degrees against him to kowtow with his political foe, Awolowo.
Premier Okpara’s ethnic sabotage of Zik and Igbo was exactly the same as Premier Samuel Akintola’s ethnic sabotage of his own benefactor, Awolowo, and the Yorubas; and completely different from Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa’s loyalty to and continuity with his own benefactor, Premier Ahmadu Bello.
Dr. M. I. Okpara (and not Zik) bu anwu an akponu! Dr. M. I. Okpara was the single reason why the falcon cannot hear the falconer again in Igboland. Dr. M. I. Okpara’s id and ego inaugurated this mess of which Majors Ifeajuna and Nzeogwu, and subsequently Colonel Ojukwu, took full advantage to our swift destruction.
We must return to Zik to build back; for we cannot build back by emulating gladiators who either throttled (Okpara) us or destroyed (Ojukwu) us.
The Pastor of The Igbo Revolution

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