Nnamdi Kanu is the equivalent of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela – Biafra Will Be Victorious – Okpala

Chief Joseph Okpala has said that the
reason Nigeria was not making the
expected progress was because the British
colonial rulers laid a dubious foundation for
the country, adding that separatist
agitations remain the trump card for one
Nigeria.
What is your assessment of the state of
the nation?

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With all the noise about change, the indices
have shown disaster, and we are being
consoled that we have to make sacrifices.
Can those sacrifices be matched with
honest policies that can move Nigeria
forward or sacrifices to be made on alter of
political expediency?

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You are asking the citizens to make
sacrifices, and helplessly they obey and you
then make policies tailored to suit a
fraction of the society- either the tiny elite
group or a section of his people.

Like the
United Nations Common Country Analysis
observed, many things in Nigeria
governed by narrow-minded or myopic
approach. There is no nationalistic
approach to Nigeria’s governance; it has
been all about lip service in the past 50
years; parochial approach to issues.

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In recent time, it is only former Vice
President Atiku Abubakar from the North,
who has seen the reason to call for the
restructuring of the country. I don’t know

pushed him to make such a timely
statement, maybe, to further his political
career. If he made it out of sincere
observation that gives hope that Nigeria
could be salvaged eventually.
Where did we get it wrong?

We got it wrong from the foundation of
corruption the British government laid in
Nigeria, whereby they gave undue advantage
to the north. They manipulated the census
figures to give the north undue advantage,
and the result is why it is difficult for
Nigeria to know its population, which is a
sine qua non for planning for development.
The first census was rigged by the British
government in favour of the north.

The
result is contrary to all existing
demographic theories. They claim that the
desert region is more populated than the
forest region. It is only in Nigeria you have
this arrangement. Mali and other desert
countries that have the same landmass as
Nigeria, what are their population figures?

Festus Odimegwu came in as National
Population Commission (NPC) chairman,
and said Nigeria has never had census, and
this drew the ire of Northern politicians who
demanded for his immediate removal, and
former President Goodluck Jonathan caved
in.

Nigeria fought a civil war that ended in
1970, and everybody thought that Biafra
was a foreclosed issue, but recently some
young men started agitating for Biafra,
what could have given rise to it?

When you are oppressing a people and
cheating them. No sane society can thrive
under such arrangement. You are sowing a
seed of trouble, and the fruit it bears is the
renewed agitation for Biafra. When America
was oppressing the Blacks, it gave rise to
agitation championed by people like Martin
Luther King Jr, but because they were
dealing with intelligent people that wanted
their nation to be great, the wall of
segregation broke down, and they opened
their door that later gave rise to Obama
becoming the President of US. People had
to pay the price, like Martin Luther King.

Nnamdi Kanu is an Igbo hero, hero of
Eastern Nigeria, and Nigeria’s hero. Let
nobody make mistake about it. Just like in
one of my write ups, where I described
Ojukwu, as an Igbo hero, Eastern hero, and
Nigeria’s hero. Such people with courage,
guts and nerves make every society to
move forward. Martin Luther King suffered
all forms of incarceration, and finally paid
with his life. Eventually, about half a century
after, one of the most conservative
Presidents in American history, Ronald
Reagan, signed into the law, a national
holiday for Martin Luther King.

In his speech, Reagan said, ‘Ladies and
gentlemen, here we are standing on the
shoulders of a great American, I hereby sign
into law, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr national
holiday,’ can such thing happen in Nigeria?

Nnamdi Kanu is the equivalent of Martin
Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who was
imprisoned for 29 years, and he was
treated like a criminal, and after he came
out, he became the President of the same
country, South Africa. The same White
people, who conspired to mess him up
lined with other European leaders to have a
handshake with him, because they never
knew that a Blackman could be so
resilience.
People like Buthelezi, the leader of the
Zulus, who compromised Black majority
interest, where is he today in South Africa,
and who remembers him? Kanu shouldn’t
compromise.

The more he is there; the
more it is becoming dangerous for Nigeria,
because the world’s conscience would be
aroused. He is the conscience of the
society, and Femi Fani Kayode, recently
said so when he had a chat with him. He
said Kanu is Ojukwu and Nzogwu
combined.
He is the soul and conscience of Nigeria
today, and when he comes out, he will
shake hands with heads of states.

Through
him, the Nigerian authorities are trying to
break Igbo’s best attributes – resolve,
tenacity and resilience, which was what they
did by shooting unarmed Biafra agitators in
Onitsha, Aba, Asaba, Port Harcourt and
other places.

I’m happy that Amnesty International has
written reports of some of the activities of
the Nigerian security operatives against
those unarmed protesters. Britain did Brexit,
no one was shot. Britain feels it has a
choice to be in the European Union, but it
feels that Black people don’t have the right
to determine where they want to be.

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That is
hypocrisy. What makes me happy is the
attitude of Kanu’s family members, who are
staunchly behind him. In the fullness of
God’s time, they would be so proud of their
son, likewise the Igbo. These separatist
agitations remain the trump card for one
Nigeria.

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