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Friday, 23 June 2017

Why is Obasanjo, IBB, Abdulsalam and other silent on the Biafra agitation? - Doyin Okupe writes

In a new article titled 'ABUJA: The City of the Emperor', Doyin Okupe writes on the growing agitation of the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB Groopu and why elder statesmen are all keeping quite in the face of the looming disaster. Read his article below....

There is indeed a "god" in Abuja. He is a very prideful and powerful god and his head office is in the Villa, the seat of power.
Unlike Jehovah God, it does not give liberty to his subjects to exercise their will. He is captivating, imposing and compelling, forcing his will at random on his subjects and their subordinates.
During President Obasanjo's tenure, a very senior minister and a distinguished gentleman, during a period of national crisis, got up and with all his weight slammed the Presidents table and retorted vociferously " Mr President, after God in this country, it is you,your word is law.!" When I heard that statement I knew it was god of Abuja that was speaking through the Hon. minister.
Abuja itself is a Jerusalem of some sort. For as mountains souround Jerusalem, so they also souround Abuja, Also making it a naturally fortified city and giving a sense of comfort and safety to its Inhabitants . ( I pray my brother Femi fanikayode does not read this piece. if he does he will call me definitely to correct me about the comparison between the Holy city of Jerusalem and Abuja!!)
The Abuja god and the water tight security of Abuja often times make the custodians of power make inadvertent misjudgements about the situations elsewhere in the country. And I should know haven been a victim and witness to such misjudgements several times while around the corridors of power.
This morning I could not withhold the tears from my eyes when I saw the video of thousands of ibos, mostly youths, waving Biafran Flags and chanting in Nnamdi Kanu's compound "all we are saying is give us Biafra"
I cried because I empathised with them and I wondered how we managed to push a people to such a position of hopelessness and despair. I also fearfully wondered if by any act of commission or ommission I have played any role in this ignoble act (s).
Last week I wrote an open letter to the acting President . one of my recommendations was that the federal government meets with IPOB leadership and southeast stakeholders.
unfortunately the God of Abuja speaking through the Ag. President said" the IPOB leaders are not members of the leaders if thought in the southeast".

Yet in a country with a sitting government, the IPOB Leadership gives a sit at home order and it is obeyed in totality by the entire Igbo Nation.
It has come to a sad point today that the IGBO and the actions or inaction of Prof Yemi Osinbajo will define the future of Nigeria.
Yet I believe that there are still living legends of our time in this country who can move in to stop this dangerous insidious slipping into darkness.
Why is obasanjo quiet? why is there no sound from IBB? What happened to soldier turned diplomat, Gen Abdusalam? Not a word from Gen Danjuma, Gen Gowon, Adamu Ciroma
Alex Ekweme, Chief Akinjide, Alani Akinriade and others?????
If all the above elders and leaders who know the ropes stand aloof, why can't the Ag. President take counsel from them privately and individually and deliver himself from the god of Abuja who always misleads his subjects until they are removed one way or the other.
This is no longer an Igbo affair. It is a total NIGERIAN PROBLEM. Lets all put hands and heads together and find a solution, any peaceful solution before this impending National disaster overtakes our nation.
In the meantime let the rest of the nation go on our knees and pray for Prof Osinbajo that the God of creation, who is greater than all other gods and who has saddled him, as Ag. President with the responsibility to lead the country at this time to give him the divine wisdom courage and genuine helpers to see our nation through these difficult times.


  • At 23 June 2017 at 04:42 , Anonymous Marcel said...

    You could not have put it better, Dr Okupe. Why are they all silent? Could it be the disdain for the Igbo?

  • At 23 June 2017 at 05:59 , Blogger Cornelius Chukwu said...

    Well said, over to you sir AGP.

  • At 23 June 2017 at 06:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    These military juntas are no longer relevant. Their opinion doesn't matter any more. They're the ones who finished zoogeria. What do they have to offer? Can anything good come out of them?

  • At 23 June 2017 at 07:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good one Doyin, you couldn't have said it better.

  • At 23 June 2017 at 07:59 , Blogger Erhabor Godwin Osadolor said...

    A lot of good things can still come out of them.. We need to be optimistic at this point in time..

  • At 23 June 2017 at 08:18 , Blogger DFC anonymous said...

    We are watching

  • At 23 June 2017 at 08:26 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Those that gave the ultimatum shouldn't be criticised too harshly. They are only trying to help the igbos to leave the communities of their hosts whom they hate so much. Since the igbos regard the northerners as crude people who are murderers,rapists,inhospitable unbelievers, isn't it double standards they are crying now that they have been ordered back to their milk and honey flowing homes?
    These people ought to exercise some self respect by leaving the north with dignity. Simple!

  • At 23 June 2017 at 09:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Selfish people,they don,t have anything to offer. They have milked us dry to enriched their generations unborn. Why will they bother?

  • At 23 June 2017 at 09:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Selfish people,they don,t have anything to offer. They have milked us dry to enriched their generations unborn. Why will they bother?

  • At 23 June 2017 at 09:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'd thought he's a brilliant man not knowing is always just shouting. This writeup is empty, prolly maybe he's just trying to be relevant.

  • At 23 June 2017 at 09:48 , Blogger Segun Adegoke said...

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  • At 23 June 2017 at 10:31 , Anonymous Maei said...

    "could it be the disdain for the igbo?" typical stupid response. Ask yourself, why are the igbo elders themselves keeping quiet? Where are your elder statesmen? What about those in power from the igbo governors, senators, deputy Senate president, representatives etc? Where are your own people? You people keep pointing fingers at others but ur real problem is you! If you are serious about biafra, get ur leaders to wake up. But they have abandoned you and yet,u keep pointing fingers at everyone else but yourselves. Smh


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