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AFTER THE BATTLE WHAT NEXT
From the time, Nigeria got her independence until today, Igbos have never drank water and dropped their cup without any incongruity arising within or outside their territory.
the hairs of Igbo records has always been a sad reminiscence of
feudalistic fatherism and political oppression to the Igbo
people of Nigeria.
massacre of over 10,000 to 30,000 Igbos in the mid-1960s is still
very much green at the heart of every faithful Igbo man. While trying
to overlook this vicious bloodbath, you would stumble on a further
unpleasant incident that took the lives of over a million Igbos who
were casualties of the Biafran war. 
like stories have fraught the Igbo history. Is it not in Igbo
territory that gory monsters (Bakassi) emerge as vigilantes, armed
with government clout victimize and kill the poor masses in the
disguise of safeguarding the land? Then again, is it not from the same
territory that we first heard of a governor, swearing before a brutal
deity, to willingly share the national cake of the state with a
particular set of hoodlums? The
same ground harbors many people who were discovered dead at the front
of the shrine. What is happening to the Igbos? Why are we always the
victims of circumstance? Is this a curse?
incident that resulted in the dethronement of the governor of Anambra
state is the issue that is currently disturbing the minds of devoted
Igbos. Why godfathers? What do they impart to the nation? Are
they above the law? Somebody asked me a question, On what system
does your state operate; is she a constitutional state? It took me
several minutes to think of the best answer to give. After a few
minutes I said, It is composed of a
lawless Mili-cratic system, fortified with the survival of
the fittest syndrome", where some people are above
to my response, I became speechless in the whole discussion, as I was
ashamed of myself over my current state and country system. What else
can be said, for I know almost every Nigerian will have a different
answer with similar meaning if confronted with the same questions,
except those who would like to cover the truth.
pervious article, Which way
Nigeria?, I asked symbolical questions of which no one has
dared to answer. Where is Nigeria now? Where does she want to be?
Which way is the shortest route to reach her destination, and who is
leading her to the place?
The same question applies to our modern day Igbos. Are we still
heavy-eyed? Is this battle not over?
Do we still want to hear more mysterious but factual stories?
Havent we heard enough?
Nigerian national and true Igbo person should answer these questions.
If your answer is geared towards progress, let it begin from you. Show
progress in your family, in your place of work and in any community
meeting. We must strive to align our country to step forward.
We must save Nigeria from her precarious anarchy!
movement to combat Nigerias illness must start from families,
moving on to villages, local government, and continuing to impact even
the State government and Federal government. It should be a massive
fight to a glorious victory. We must fight to eradicate injustice and
corruption in our land. There has been enough bloodshed in Igbo land
over the past years. This bloodbath of several millions of Igbos,
since our independence until now should have served as fertile ground
for peace and progress in the Igbo community and Nigeria at large.
dear comrades, the battle is over; let us march towards progress. The
panacea of our precarious predicament is within us. Let us not go too
far from the source in search of thee cause.
The government should educate the youth (free education),
inculcate a sense of sanity, and promote good health by providing the
necessary infrastructure to ameliorate the lives of her people. The
share of our national cake should be evenly distributed to all
Nigerian citizens. There should be a heightening of transparency in
all government affairs. With all this in place, I believe the path to
her success will be imminent.
God bless Nigeria and grant her a good democratic government.!!!
Onwutalobi Anthony Claret Bsc Comp. Sc., Dip Lat, Dip. Bus. Studies. BSc. Philosophy
President of African
Students Association and Editor for African Voice society
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