The Biggest Tragedy Of One Nigeria

By Charles Ogbu

There is absolutely nothing wrong in a
man choosing to live in denial of the
reality of his situation for a short while.
After all, denial is part of the grieving
process. The first part, actually.
When I lost my father, the late
Emmanuel Nwodo Ogbu Nwa-Chima, not
too long ago, too afraid to admit the
obvious and too scared to face the world
on my own, for days, I lied to myself that
my good man wasn’t dead but had
somehow disappeared to someplace cool
and would re-appear later to attend to
his good boy. Sadly, he never did. And
here I am. Stronger than he left me.

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The biggest tragedy that would befall a
man is for him to live in denial for far
too long that he has now come to accept
his own lies about his ugly  and
swallow them as though they were the
gospel truth.

What Do You Think?

Sadly, this is the tragedy of the situation
of Southerners in the Nigerian
experiment.Contrary to what many
believe, the Southern part of Nigeria IS
NOT in a union with the North.

They are
in slavery and the North is their slave
master. It grieves me to admit this but it
grieves me even more that its true.
But this is not even the real problem.

The
real problem here is that most
southerners appear either oblivious of
the fact that they are in slavery or
they’ve come to see their chain as a very
beautiful bracelet. There is no task more
tedious than rescuing a slave who is
unaware of his slave status.
“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have
freed a thousand more if only they knew
they were slaves,” says Harriet Tubman.
Southern Nigeria is living in slavery.

Let’s hurt ourselves with the truth rather
than comfort ourselves with lies. If the
truth is bitter, that is more reason we
need to hear it.
Here in this country, less than two years
ago, a Northern Muslim man from Kano
State who goes by the name Yunusa
Dahiru (alias Yellow) kidnapped an
under-aged Christian girl named Ese
Oruru from Bayelsa State. And to prove
that a child sent to steal by the father
breaks the door with his head, Yunusa
took his victim straight to the palace of
the Emir of Kano where the girl was
brain-washed and forcibly converted to
Islam before being repeatedly raped and
impregnated by Yunusa. She is nursing
the baby even as I write this.

Now, here is the real proof of the slave
status of the southerners: The then Police
Inspector General was a southern
Christian by name Solomon Arase and
this police chief had known about this
case for over nine months. He equally
knew the identity as well as the address
of both the victim and the perpetrator
and accomplices of this crime but he was
too scared of the slave masters to
intervene to rescue the innocent girl.

On
several occasions, the mother of the
victim travelled from Bayelsa to Kano in
search of her daughter but was assaulted
by a Kano mob at the palace of the emir
while the police played the spectator. I.G
Solomon Arase would later tell the whole
world that he could not just walk into
the emir’s palace to rescue the
kidnapped victim without the blessing of
the emir who was in Saudi Arabia for the
lesser hajj.

A police chief admitted waiting for the
permission of a traditional ruler before
rescuing a kidnapped victim hidden in
the palace of the traditional ruler with
the full knowledge of the said traditional
ruler.

How do you think this would have played
out if it was a certain Chukwudi that
abducted an under-aged Muslim girl
from Kano and hid her at the palace of
the Obi of Onitsha? 

Would the police
wait for permission from the Obi before
invading his palace?

Would our Muslim
brothers even wait for the police before
killing any southern living and non-
living thing around them?

Fulani criminals have murdered
thousands of Nigerians and displaced
millions.

To make it worse, they’ve
repeatedly admitted to these killings
right in the presence of security agencies.
Matter of fact, last year, immediately
after they slaughtered over 500 Agatus in
Benue State and dozens in Nimbo, Uzo-
Uwani, Enugu State, the leader of the
marauding Fulanis, one Senator Dagari
Alkali led a delegation of the butchers
straight to the defence headquarters
where they publicly told everyone that,
indeed, they were responsible for the
killings attributed to them because in his
words; “we have been pushed to the
wall”
And what was the response of the
defence chiefs? They all shook hands,
took a group photograph with the
‘special’ visitors with open teeth and the
Fulanis majestically walked out of the
defence headquarters like the slave
masters that they are. And the killing
continues.

But just in case, these instances didn’t
quite explain the slavery situation well,
here are other instances: Last year, an
Igbo Christian woman, Mrs. Bridget
Agbohime was gruesomely murdered in
broad day light in Kano by a group of
Muslim youths for what they call
blasphemy. We cried. We shouted. We
wailed louder than the reggae god, Bob
Marley.

To pull a wool over our eyes and shut us
up, the sharia government of Kano State
– the same state government that has
secured death sentence in the state
sharia court against number-less persons
for the same blasphemy – decided to
arrest the killers of Bridget. And it did
and even charged them to court. Right
there in the court, the state chief
prosecutor, Mr. Dauda Jubril took time
to explain to the magistrate how the five
accused carried out the crime but the
moment the case file got to the state
Attorney General, Mr. Haruna Falari, he
categorically told the court to discharge
and acquit the five accused as according
to him, “they had no case to answer”.

And that was the end of the case.
Meanwhile, the case of Joe Umunnakwe
who named his dog “Buhari” was not left
to the government of Ogun State. A
police D.I.G was put in charge of the
case.

Now think of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB
members in different prisons all over the
country while Boko Haram and Fulani
terrorists once tagged the deadliest and
fourth deadliest terror groups in the
whole world, all from the same religion
and region as the slave masters, are
being gifted with a juicy amnesty offer,
released from prison and even protected
with a special army task force on top
your tax and oil money.

Now, think of Ile-Ife where despite the
fact that Hausa/Fulanis drew the first
blood and even paraded the severed
head of the victim, according to report,
the arrests by the Hausa/Fulani headed
security agencies have been lopsided
against the Ife indigenes and have seen
even a Yoruba monarch arrested and
paraded alongside other Yorubas like
common criminals simply for defending
their ancient city of Ile-Ife.

The Interior Minister, Abdulrahaman
Dambazzau, has never visited any venue
of the Fulani attacks in the past. But he
quickly visited Ile-Ife and suddenly, the
badly compromised security forces that
have never arrested and prosecuted the
Fulani terrorists killing and maiming
innocent people have suddenly become
more efficient than Jack Bauer. They
want us to think that the killings were
done by the Yorubas alone while the
Hausa settlers folded their arms all
through.

The most shameful aspect of this whole
tragedy is that while this rape is being
perpetrated against southerners,
southern elites are still busy mortgaging
the future of their unborn generation to
these same Northern slave masters for
crumbs while their well educated but
fundamentally stupid youth are busy in
some Igbo-Yoruba-Niger Delta cat and
mouse fight. Talk of misplaced anger!
If you criticise the lopsided arrest in Ife
killing, chances are the first person that
will attack you will be a southerner.
Condemn the continued detention of
Nnamdi Kanu and trust me, you will be
attacked not by northerners but
southerners first.

Such is the degree of the willingness of
southerners to continue defending their
slave masters. But, while it is important
that we acknowledge our slave status at
the hands of a few northern oligarchs
and work towards our freedom, it is
more important if not most important
that we do not fail to remember the faces
of our southern parents who deliberately
marched us into this slavery out of sheer
greed.
Ogbu, a social analyst, writes from Port
Harcourt.

Courtesy: The Guardian

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