A MESSAGE FOR DIASPORA IGBO
I come to you first as onye Igbo and second as the chairman of World Igbo Congress, Professor Anthony Ejiofor. Ekene mu unu. Onye na nkeya, onye na nkeya. I come to you with a heavy burden in my heart … the burden placed there by the circumstances of the Igbo in our home land Nigeria. Although the 100-year Nigerian experiment as per the British mandate is well behind us, World Igbo Congress has always hoped that the Nigerian state could still be salvaged. That’s why we have lent our voice to restructuring in the hope that it will help us redress the wrong that has been audaciously meted against the Igbo since the end of the Nigeria/Biafra war 48 years ago. We had hoped that the handlers of the country will see some sense and reason to bring the over 400 ethnic nationalities to the table to ensure equity and fair play. Alas, we have hoped against hope. Nigeria has continued to tether on the brink due to self-inflicted missteps. It looks absolutely clear that the handlers of Nigeria have another unspoken agenda which they are promoting so viciously. It was Boko Haram, Now, it is Fulani murderers and destroyers and the cattle colony ruse. Now it is the rapid development of the North (All projects worth anything are being located in the North). Now, it is the daring and reckless threat after threat by Fulani jihadist in the guise of Arewa Youth and Fulani Association. Guess what! The government of the land acquiesces and is comfortable with that. Indeed, the government appears to be in cahoots with the rampaging, gun-toting Fulani herdsmen. That is ominous, my people. The proverbial SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THE CRICKET HAS COME INTO ITS SUBTERRANEAN DOMAIN. Where should we go? Should we look to the apocryphal account of Peter’s “Quo vadis?” Oh no, we have nowhere to run to. We must defend our land, and generations, and our heritage. We cannot do this in splinters. Our people say that IGWE BU IKE (There is power in Numbers). We must come together and deliver ourselves. We have made efforts to speak to the leadership of our various organizations:
We have made efforts to speak to the leadership of our various organizations:
- Standalone Diaspora Igbo organizations
- Igbo States’ Associations
- Town Unions and other parochial organizations
Now is the time to get our acts together. We must start by burying all intra and inter group hatchets. We must begin by casting away the intergroup distrusts and suspicions. We must begin by laying a platform for trust. What we face is bigger than any one group. We now have time to INYUKỌ NWAMILI ỌNU KA ỌGBAA UFUFU.
To engender this cohesion, we call on the leadership of all Diaspora Igbo Organizations to, please call 615 830 2078 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the blog post