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WHO ARE BIAFRANS?
Study the Article below carefully and see that the original Biafrans are situated along the sea and ocean. On January 3, 1873, a business treaty was signed by the following:
1) King and chiefs of Opobo
2) King and chiefs of Bonny
3) King and chiefs of New Calabar (today’s Kalabari)
4) King and chiefs of Okrika. See attached photo.
That business treaty was signed before the representatives of Her Majesty, the Queen on a vessel called PIONEER. The business was hinged on PALM OIL, not crude oil, for the latter had not been discovered.
Before oil exploration started, the source of revenue to the Eastern Region was palm kernel and palm oil. Take note that this crop was cultivated in large quantities in the hinterland, not the coastal areas. Our coastal people were fishermen while those in the hinterland were good farmers. Thus, farming was the economic mainstay of the Eastern Region.
Now, if farming was the economic live wire of our region, it simply means the upland axes, namely Ikwerre, Ogoni, Igbo communities etc were the ones providing palm in very large quantities. The coastal region was just the terminal for the seaward exportation of these products. The bilateral trade agreement traversed the region referred to as THE BIGHT OF BIAFRA AND BENIN, meaning that Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Calabar, Akwa Ibom were, and still are, constituents of BIAFRA. Can anyone doubt this assertion with a proof otherwise?
Who is that person telling you that Rivers State is not Biafra? Ask him or her to talk with facts. These lies must stop. Do you know that some of the activists in Rivers State, especially those that use their facebook page to cause division, have lineages that are traceable to Igbo? Yes, they have ancestral ties with Igbo, but work against our unity. Do you know why? Some of these self-made elders, I mean those who crave for glory to the gamut of always praising themselves on their facebook page, are citizens of two countries. Two factors make some of our so-called activists fight against our unity: DUAL NATIONALITY AND OIL WELL.
One of them, someone you all know, who is always releasing jibes against our unity is a mulatto. Yes, she is half Nigerian and half British. Do you understand why it is so, so hard for her to conceptualise the unity of South-South and South-East? You all know Britain hates Biafra. Some of these activists are agents of Britain. Furthermore, the only Rivers State person that owns oil well comes from her family. Do you see why she will rather prefer that Niger Delta goes alone? Some of them use NIGER DELTA to the exclusion of Abia, Imo and Anambra. They forget that every oil-bearing state is a constituent of Niger Delta. There can be no Niger Delta without Imo, Abia, Edo, Ondo, Anambra, and even Lagos – as long as oil exists there.
Those whose chiefs and King signed the trade treaty as constituents of BIGHT OF BIAFRA AND BENIN should tell us why they are attacking our unity. They tell you about a proposed NIGER DELTA REPUBLIC with nothing on ground. The reinvigorated Biafra agitation gives our region the ample opportunity to harmonise Adaka Boro’s Kaiama Declaration and Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Ogoni Bill of Right. My Ogoni brother has told me that the harmony is being taken care of by his people for onward presentation. Anyone standing against our unity is on his or her own. Our youths should be wise and too smart for their antics.
On someone’s facebook wall, I noticed she said Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is free to agitate for HIS PEOPLE and that she was hoping HER Niger Delta people would agitate for theirs. Well, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s people are found in our two sister regions: South-South and South-East. This woman is on her own. We are all Biafrans. Biafra covers Ijaw, Urhobo/Itsekiri, Ikwerre, Orashi, Efik, Ibibio, Agbanke, Igala etc. What Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been doing all this while is geared towards liberating these tribes from oppression. What have these noisy fellows done to help our restive youths? Who even made these politicians and British secret agents elders? Some of them derive immense benefit from the oppression we suffer. Why won’t they try to scuttle our imminent unity?
Their cheeks turn red whenever we tell them the truth. They go on TV and radio to throw spanner into the wheels of our intention to unite our regions. For them, anything but Biafra is fine. Do you know why they exude goosebumps at the mention of Biafra? They are British spies in Nigeria. Go to their facebook walls and see that they have lost touch with the people. Their followership has reduced drastically. Yes, these so-called activists are always being insulted by people young enough to be their grandchildren. Do you know why? Elders that behave like kids get insulted. When an elder belittles himself, he receives the treatment of a kid. It is that simple.
Self determinism is not politics. No elder has my mandate. I know what is good for me. A girl of 24 just contested as an independent candidate and won a House of Representatives Seat in Kenya. The time has come for the youths in South-South and South-East to take their destiny into their own hands. These activists and self-imposed elders all of whom watched as spectators while the trigger-happy soldiers killed our unarmed brethren should be RETIRED. All of them that maintained graveyard silence while Boko Haram and herdsmen ravaged and maimed innocents should be shown the door.
Let us all drop our differences and work with a fellow youth, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Our unity is our strength. Dear youths of South-South and South-East, remove your heads from the bushy and malodorous armpits of these elders. We are the elders of tomorrow. Let us start now. The ones we have now are a bunch of failures. These elders have buyable conscience. Be wise! This is the truth. I am tired of bottling it.
Russell Idatoru Bluejack is a thinker, revolutionary writer, university tutor, and socio-economic and political analyst that writes from Port Harcourt.
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