Chimamanda Adichie gave her opinion about Biafra during her interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
The renowned writer wondered how Igbos can achieve Biafra when they can’t unite towards selecting a Nigerian president who is from the region.
The 43-year-old said Igbo people need to rethink how they strategise politically before talking about secession.
She said: “There is no Biafra. There are new movements but, for me, it’s a question of being practical. Where would the border be? What is propelling these movements is a sense of marginalisation, which I think is completely valid.
“But this idea that the answer is independence is what I’m not convinced of. Nobody has made a logical case for me. Quite frankly, I’ve observed the terrible leadership that we have in the southeast.
“Igbo people cannot unite if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we’re talking about Biafra. There is a lot of political work we need to do in the southeast.
“We need to do a lot of rethinking on how we strategise politically before we can talk about Biafra.”
She also spoke about misogyny in the South East and its effect on politics.
She said: “There are things I quarrel with, in Igbo culture. It’s misogynistic, as are many cultures. That’s the problem. The world is misogynistic. At my father’s funeral, they showed where the widow, my mother, would sit.
“And they showed where the sons in the extended family (umunna) would sit. That’s where those coming would go to present whatever they bring. It’s the sons’. And that was the end. My father had three daughters. There was no place for them.
“I raised the question and a man in my umunna said we would have to loiter around. There’s a problem with that.
“There’s a woman who apparently is going to run for governor in Anambra state.
“I’m having a conversation with a group of people and what they’re saying is, ‘Can a woman rule Anambra?’ Do you need a dangling organ to rule a state? It’s hard enough for both male and female politicians.
“But women have this additional problem of perception, a reason for which many people won’t vote them.
“Igbo culture is just not very good when it comes to gender. Culture as we have it are rules men made to benefit men.
“In my hometown, I seem to have this status of an ‘honorary man’ and that’s because of my achievements. People adapt when they see some benefits to it which means that it’s changeable. It’s engraved on the stones.”
2023: Southeast best region to produce next president, says Igbo group
From Okwe Obi, Abuja
Pan-Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-political organisation, Coalition of South East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CNEPNND), has declared that the South-East stands in good stead to produce the next president in 2023.
The group, however, alleged that desperate politicians feeling threatened by the chances of Igbo to produce president are sponsoring Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafran (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to scuttle the bid.
CNEPNND National President, Prof. Madumere Chika and National Secretary, Anayo Uchemba, in a statement on Friday, further condemned the activities of Kanu and appealed to South-East governors and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to rise against the proscribed group by denouncing it wholeheartedly.
Prof Chika maintained that the region must be vigilant and not succumb to Kanu’s antics of speaking or carrying out his actions on behalf of the region.
“We wish to authoritatively say that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not working for the interest of Ndigbo, rather he is being bankrolled by a certain Nigerian politician who is contesting the 2023 presidential elections from the South against the Igbos.
“We are vindicated by the findings and happenings around Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the fugitive leader of IPOB, and we call on all Ndigbo around the World to distance themselves from this Kanu and his terrorist group.
“This politician is doing this through some of his key aides to cause disaffection in Nigeria between the Igbos and other regions of our country.
“The politician, having realized that the general mood in the country now is the high sympathy Nigerians have for Igbo people in 2023 general elections, decided to employ this method to set Ndigbo up against Nigeria and we must not allow this.
“Nnamdi Kanu held several meetings with these people in the month of December in France and another meeting on the 10th and 11th of January 2021.
“This is why we have always warned people on the character of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, that they are on self- serving mission and not an Igbo agenda.
“Kanu is working with some fifth columnists who are out to robb Ndigbo of the presidency come 2023. We must not allow this fugitive to succeed.
“We are aware that apart from the little dues IPOB extorts from members and sympathizers, his major funding comes from these desperate politicians.
“Their aim is to portray the Igbos as enemies of Nigeria who don’t deserve the presidency. The simple logic is that you can’t be fighting for the presidency of a country you do not believe in.
“This is the evil agenda these politicians are trying to sell to Nigerians using our own very son. We must never allow this evil plot to succeed.
“Kanu cannot trade the destinies of Igbos for his own personal comfort. It must be clear that Kanu does not love Ndigbo like he claims. Rather,he is our enemy.
“As Igbo processionals, we wish to inform all that Kanu is alone in his cessation project and has no reasonable person behind him,” he said.
Aside admitted that the South East region had not had its fair share in the one Nigeria project, he stressed the pursuit of an inclusive government must be channelled through appropriate lawful means.
“Though our people are highly marginalized and deserve the right for agitation, but that must be done legally and by the appropriate people not a deviant young man like Nnamdi Kanu who is out for his selfish interest.
“Kanu has always lamented the treatment of people from the South East zone by the Nigerian government and by other Nigerians. This formed the reason for his agitation for a country of his own.
“However, while Kanu has a right to legally clamour for whatever he believes in, he should also know that the Igbo Nation has recognized spokespersons in the forms of the governors, legislators and Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group. Any serious statements are supposed to come from these people after extensive consultations.
“Igbo people deserve the Presidency this time around. They have all it takes to produce the next president of Nigeria and that is what we should be pushing for now with one strong voice in unity and sincerity of purpose.
“We cannot be demanding for president of Nigeria on one hand and on the other hand, supporting IPOB which is being fraudulently financed by Kanu and his agents to destabilize a united Nigeria through cessation and a parallel security organization.
“We are therefore calling on all Ndigbo worldwide to rise up against Kanu and everything he stands for.
“We also call on all South East governors to initiate mass community advocacy against Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.
“We finally call on all Nigerians to ignore the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB as they do not represent what we are in the South East and can never be. A fugitive like Kanu cannot speak for us,” he added.
Nnamdi Kanu Blows Hot Calls For Revolution as Islamic Group Attacks Amotekun Over Fulanis Killing
Islamic group attacks Amotekun, makes accusations
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused Amotekun, the South West regional security outfit, of intimidating other ethnic groups living and doing business in the region. According to the Islamic organization, members of Amotekun are profiling and intimidating Northerners traveling down south.
MURIC further accused the security outfit of engaging in extra-judicial killings of Yoruba people. The group’s claim was contained in a statement signed and issued to DAILY POST on Thursday by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola.
“Reports reaching us indicate that the South West regional security outfit, Amotekun, has been engaging in extra-judicial killings,” MURIC said.
“Among those killed without proper recourse to law were Akolade Gbadebo, a 400 level student of the University of Ibadan, who was killed on 26th December, 2020. Seven Fulanis were also reported killed at Ayete in Ibarapa North Local Government area of Oyo State on Monday, 11th January, 2021.
“We also have reports that vehicles coming from or going to the North are being stopped by members of the Amotekun corps. They order Hausa-Fulanis to disembark, search them and almost strip them naked.
“MURIC strongly condemns this act of stereotyping of a particular ethnic group.
“The intimidation of Northern travelers violates the spirit and letter of Section 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“We believe that Amotekun can be useful in stemming the tide of insecurity in the South West without targeting any particular ethnic group,” MURIC alleged.
Recall that Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) had recently warned the Fulani apex socio-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) against an alleged “plot” to infiltrate Amotekun.
OPC gave the warning while reacting to MACBAN’s call for inclusion of its members and other ethnic bodies in the outfit.
In a similar development, a South West group, the Yoruba One Voice (YOV), had called on the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to, without further delay inaugurate the Amotekun in the state.
The group made the call while expressing concern about the spate of insecurity, wondering why it took the Governor “almost a year to inaugurate the outfit”.
Amotekun, with the motto ‘zero tolerance to crime’, was founded on January 9, 2020 by the six governors of the South West Nigeria for the purpose of curbing insecurity in the region.
Nnamdi Kanu Renews Call For Revolution, Taunts Military Over Search For ESN Officials
The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has warned the military authorities, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies against searching for his Eastern Security Network.
Kanu taunted the security agencies and their personnel, asking them to “write their will” before the search. The IPOB leader, who launched the ESN in the second week of December 2020, said the network was created to ensure the South-East region’s security and prevent terrorists, bandits, and other invaders from harassing the people of the region.
Kanu stated these in a special live broadcast on Sunday.
He said, “If you are looking for the Eastern Security Network, please go into the nearest forests and make sure you have written your will because you will die there.
“Once you raise a gun, you won’t bring it down without being successful or being killed. It doesn’t matter the intelligence agency you are working for and the language you are trying to use. We are pursuing freedom, and the zoo (the government) does not understand peaceful agitations.
“Now that we have done what you (the South-East governors) were not able to do, which is the ESN, to support (us) is a problem because the Fulani masters would be angry. We must prepare for a revolution, a very bloody one. If you don’t know what is involved in a revolution, please don’t come out.
“We won’t allow Fulani terrorists from Senegal and Mali to take over our land. Instead of this yam not to cook, let all the firewood finish. Things are going to happen.”
Two weeks after Kanu launched the ESN, the Nigerian Army on December 30 had been reported to have deployed combat helicopters, gun trucks and soldiers to search some suspected forests in the South-East states where the ESN was said to be camping.
SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that the military search had been ongoing for days, and had no time frame, as the army was acting on “orders from above.”
From the drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, a video had captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their soldiers searching for the camp of the ESN for possible arrests.
“The Nigerian Army that is supposed to fight Boko Haram were seen everywhere searching for the camp of Eastern Security Network team. But they forgot they are dealing with sophisticated men. There are cameras and drones everywhere watching them,” an official had said.
Last week, the police force had also stated that its personnel had yet to identify an ESN official or camp in the South-East while dismissing Kanu’s ESN as propaganda and non-existent.
Source: Sahara Reporters
Atiku congratulates Obiozor, says Ndigbo proved pundits wrong
Atiku has felicitated with Obiozor on election as President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; and urged cooperation with other ethnic-social groups.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Atiku said: “Yesterday, I spoke with Prof. George Obiozor, newly elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. I congratulated him on his election.
“I am elated that the process that led to his election and that of the new executive was concluded in line with established democratic tenets.
“Like many, who have followed with keen interest the goings-on, I had wondered how the group will pull through the process of the election and still come out unscathed and still remain a cohesive and strong force with its integrity intact.
“By the outcome of this election, Ndigbo have not only proved the pundits wrong but have shown that they are real democrats.”
Atiku stated that he had known Prof Obiozor since his days as Director-General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, and a one-time Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America, Israel and Cyprus.
The former vice-president noted that he can attest to Obiozor’s brilliance, wisdom, experience, and qualities that will come to bear as he pilots the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Atiku added that: “I also take note of the “big shoes” left behind by Obiozor’s predecessor, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who elevated Ohanaeze Ndigbo to enviable heights such that he was appointed as the Coordinator of all the notable socio-cultural groups in the country.
“I know that Obiozor will tap into his experience and the networks he had built to further push the group to higher heights.
“My prayer is that God should grant Obiozor the needed wisdom, strength, boldness, strong character, good health, protection, candour, maturity and capacity for the assignment.
“All eyes are on you to see the value you will bring to the table especially as it concerns the reconciliation of the groups and individuals who felt offended by the outcome and process leading to your election.
“They should be brought back to the fold and fully integrated for the sake of harmonious relationship between members of the group in particular and Ndigbo in general.
However, Atiku urged Obiozor to sustain and improve upon the cooperation between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other ethnic-social groups across the country to ensure that the unity of Nigeria is stronger and that peace reigns across the country.
“My mind tells me that you have the interpersonal skills and enough group dynamics experience for the job and to weather the storm.
“I will keep praying for you and your management team. Once again congratulations,” Atiku added.
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