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Biafra: The Nigerian Army and its Macabre Dance of Shame

Events of the past two years since Muhammadu Buhari became President have made it clear irrespective of our pretences that Nigeria is a bad contraption that should not have happened.

I have followed events meticulously (especially on social media) and observed with sadness the hatred existing between the three main ethnic groups (Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba) in the country. Events have become even more complicated with separatist advocates in the south-east region who are bent on having their own country called Biafra. It seems like memories of 1967 is reverberating once again in the most populous country in Africa as the world watches silently.

The Nigerian army has embarked on what it called operation 'Python Dance II' on the orders of President Buhari to eradicate agitators who are members of the Indigenous people of Biafra for daring to demand for their own country. The same mistake of 1967 - which brought about great hatred and distrust after Gowon mobilised the army and waged a war that lasted for 3 years which created deep animosity between the ethnic groups. Instead of using a peaceful means of dialogue to settle a matter which is obviously political, the government of President Buhari has decided to use total force even after witnessing sad events of the past and how we are now battling the sad history. History has taught us that when you try to silent the voice of the masses using force, it has a catastrophic way of boomeranging ingloriously. There have been pockets of clashes in the south-east and the north as a result of the agitation. Threats and counter threats have come from different parts of the country against the agitators. It is not a rumour to say that things have gotten out of hand and the government is not handling matters the right way.

Since his arrest by men of the Department of State Security Services in 2015, later released on bail by a court in 2017, leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has metamorphosed to a cult hero with thousands of followers in the south-east with a voice even louder than the governors of the region. Kanu has been a serious headache to the government since he began agitating for the creation of Biafra from Nigeria which was among the reasons he was arrested by the DSS in 2015. Many have conceded that his agitation for self-determination is a fundamental right, denying him such through threats and force will be a most regrettable mistake. And without mincing words, it will take more than labeling Kanu's IPOB a terrorist organisation for the government to silent him and the group.

Since his agitation became more intense, Kanu and his followers have faced serious opposition from the government who termed his activity an act of rebellion against the state. The government feels threatened by Kanu who believes the association with Nigeria has made his people from the south suffer retarded growth, marginalisation and left politically disadvantaged.

This has resulted in people calling for a restructuring of the political landscape and a return to regionalism which politicians and leaders from the north have vehemently refused. The originators of the call have heaped blame on the 1999 constitution forced on the citizens by the military which over concentrated power and resources at the centre. Many have called for a revamp of the system to grant more economic and political autonomy to the states to make them viable for growth. The states in the South are angry that resources -mainly oil revenue- accrued to them are all handed over to the Federal government who in turn share the revenue among the 36 states and the capital, leaving the states where the revenue come from with little or nothing to develop their states. This parasitic situation has left the country with unspoken bitterness and rancour as people from the south have asked for a restructuring of the system whereby each state in the country will have total control of the resources in their states.
Biafra: The Nigerian Army and its Macabre Dance of Shame Reviewed by Uchenna Ebuka on September 17, 2017 Rating: 5
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