SAD DEVELOPMENTS IN IMO STATE: ANOTHER SABOTAGE SAME CONSEQUENCE FOR THE IGBOS
Betrayal, sabotage, sell-out, witch-hunt and related vices are the reasons why a unified Igbo nation seem elusive and remains a mirage for the moment. During the massacre of Igbo youths in 2016 under the guise of “Operation Python Dance” (Egwu Eke) by the Nigeria Army, it was a shock that some Igbos even put the blame on Biafra agitators. When the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Buhari illegally detained Nnamdi Kanu, many Igbos supported the move, including the South east State governors.
The same Igbos applauded the Nigeria Army for invading the ancestral home of Nnamdi Kanu, where they killed many people (unaccounted). Now the latest is the injustice on Imo State governance led by the “Supreme" Court of Nigeria which some Imolites have taken as an opportunity to showcase their levels of betrayal, distrust and hatred for one of their own, the ousted governor, Hon. Chief Emeka Ihedioha. With barely few days into the court ruling and subsequent swearing in of Hope Uzodimma as the executive governor of the State, Assembly members started defecting from the parties that gave them mandate to APC (a party that had no Assembly member before the ruling).
It is unfortunate that some Igbos rush to say that other ethnic groups do sabotage them, but it is clear that Igbos sabotage themselves. How can one explain the defection of the PDP State Assembly members within such short time? Igbos don’t sacrifice to defend their own. Some other tribes cannot do such. Recall how Lt. Col Francis Adekunle Fajuyi (Yoruba), the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria, chose to be assassinated on July 29, 1966 alongside General Aguiyi Ironsi (Igbo), so that he will not be seen as one who betrayed his visitor and master. It is worthy to remember that sabotage among Igbos was also a major factor for the failure to actualize Biafra during the civil war. Yet, during the same war, another gallant Yoruba officer, Col. Victor Banjo was busy fighting on the side of Biafra. How many Igbos can do such when thrown between justice and corruption?
One expected the Imolites to stand firm to oppose APC and their vices instead of betraying Ihedioha, PDP and the democratic system. Igbos are not united and it prevents attracting any meaningful development to the region. While the State governors in the East are mute and relaxed over the level of insecurity in the country and associated influx of foreign caravan into their region, their South west counterparts with their people have risen to challenge the Federal government of Nigeria. Just take the Amotekun saga as a demonstration of unity and trust among ethnic group from South west; Igbos and their leaders are far from such, but will rather sabotage such plan at the slightest money offer just as the PDP members in Imo State Assembly did.
Some people in faraway Ogun State conducted a peaceful rally against the supreme court decision that removed Hon. Chief Ihedioha as the executive governor of Imo State, yet Igbos from Anambra, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi States pretended as if nothing happened. What is the so called Igbo apex group, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, doing? What are the clergymen of Igbo extraction doing? The betrayal is so deep that even some clergymen tell lies in God’s name under the guise of fake and manipulated prophecy.
Until Igbos wake from the slumber and condemn the bad eggs in their midst, things will never be right. When will church goers stand up to their fake clergy regardless of one’s Christian denomination; shouldn't the Roman Catholics question the authenticity of Father Mbaka’s activities in the family? Sabotage, betrayal and witch-hunt keep Igbos backward.