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Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 02:04:03 AM
• Urges IPOB, others to join politics 

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Former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the Vatican City, Francis Cardinal Arinze, has warned the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and the Igbo people in general, not to attract another civil war in Nigeria through their actions or inactions.

Arinze, a onetime archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, and an indigene of Eziowelle in Anambra State, made the plea in a viral video done in mixture of Igbo and English languages. He said those currently beating drums of war did not witness the Nigeria/Biafra war that took place between 1967 and 1970.

“Almost all the people currently talking Biafra; Biafra, Biafra were probably not born, or were very young during the Nigeria/Biafra civil war that took place between 1967 and 1970. I know what I’m saying; it’s those that didn’t see the war that are beating the drums of war.

“I was made archbishop of Onitsha two days before the outbreak of the war, and I know what the church and the civil population suffered. It is better imagined that witnessed.

“Ojukwu and the rest of Biafra soldiers were fighting what they saw as a just cause, but being right or innocent does not guarantee victory in any battle. They tried their best, but they were defeated in the war, because, the Federal Government of Nigeria got support from the USA, Great Britain, and many other countries. Nigeria got arms and food, but Biafra did not.

“Biafra was persecuted; they fought hard; but they could not adequately defend themselves. They did their best, but were defeated. Today, there are uprisings everywhere. South East is not left behind. IPOB and Igbo people might have the cause to agitate, but contemplating another war is not advisable.

“My advice is that they should sheathe their swords. Those that witnessed the civil war, either at the Nigerian side or Biafra side, wouldn’t want war again,” he said.

Instead, Arinze advised Igbo people, including those clamouring for referendum to be active in politics; saying it is the only solution for the Igbo to get what is theirs in Nigeria.

“Igbo people should take political actions. By this, I mean Igbo people belonging strongly to major political parties in the country. This will give them the opportunity to participate in political discussions. When this happens, the Igbo will always get what is due for them; but staying out of politics, or probably staying in London to criticise government without making effort to be part of government and part of decision making will do the people no good,” he said.

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Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 02:06:35 AM
This needs a DETAILED comment, and we shall not disappoint!

Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 02:09:43 AM
Firstly, it is my humble opinion that there are truths and outright falsehoods in the Cardinal's stated position.
There are also truthful and "falseful" premises in his conclusions.

We shall identify the truths, and the falsehoods.

Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 02:50:46 AM
FALSE:

Let's start with the falsehoods (stated and assumed):

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Former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the Vatican City, Francis Cardinal Arinze, has warned the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and the Igbo people in general, not to attract another civil war in Nigeria through their actions or inactions.

This statement is unfortunate because it essentially concluded (falsely) that IPOB or Ndigbo are the ones attracting a civil war through their actions, or INACTION.

Arinze spoke as if he has not been in Nigeria for at least the last 8 years.
BTW, how does a person attract a war through the person's INACTION?

If you are in your house, and another person enters there killing your children one by one and raping your wife freely, and then a passerby starts to accuse you of fomenting trouble, how would you view that passerby?

Anyway, let's continue...


Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 03:10:05 AM
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“Ojukwu and the rest of Biafra soldiers were fighting what they saw as a just cause, but being right or innocent does not guarantee victory in any battle.

TRUE:

Being right or just in your cause does not necessarily mean that you must win. You can lose a just cause, HOWEVER, this brings me to a question that I have itched for years to ask the Catholic church (and other Christian countries):
How could you turn your backs on FELLOW CHRISTIANS FIGHTING A JUST CAUSE?

I have believed for years that, had the Vatican wanted, it could have influenced the world's powerful nations (most of which are CHRISTIAN), to aid the Biafran JUST CAUSE.
They did not.
Why?

But most important thing to say about this, is that what separates Africans from Europeans (as far as I can see) is this Arinze's conclusion that, because you can lose a just war, you must accept yoke around your neck.

That is exactly how Africa was captured and colonized by a handful of European soldiers!

Europeans would fight to death once they determine that their cause is just. That is how European wars were caused and fought for centuries, but today Europe is at relative peace (compared to other parts of the world).

But Africans would reason like Arinze, hoping that avoiding war would allow them to survive.

Yes, they "survive" but live in conditions worse than death!

Most of such African lack HONOR.

Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 03:17:59 AM
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“Biafra was persecuted; they fought hard; but they could not adequately defend themselves. They did their best, but were defeated.

TRUE:

But, they bought HONOR and DIGNITY to themselves. It also toughened them and even attracted certain blessings such that today, the Igbo are the most developed in terms of human capital development in Nigeria.

And you better believe that if not for the Igbo, all these groups making noise in "south south" would have been since ethnically cleansed. FACT!
You doubt it? Look at ethnic groups in the "middle belt". Most of them are approaching extinction.

Because the Igbo fought that war, their enemies (yes they have tons of enemies both inside and outside Nigeria) fear and respect them till today. That is why the Fulani have not boldly sent their foot soldiers to the East the way they've done to the West and Middle belt. They know (through facts of history) that the Igbo can fight.
 
The Igbo lost the war, but they bought HONOR to themselves.

Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 03:29:23 AM
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“My advice is that they should sheathe their swords. Those that witnessed the civil war, either at the Nigerian side or Biafra side, wouldn’t want war again,” he said.

Arinze should tell ALL Nigerians (particularly the Fulani -he should develop the balls to tell them that!) that they should stop provoking Igbo and other Nigerians.

I don't know why a supposed "man of God" should be pussy-footing around and blaming the victim instead of the aggressor.

Apparently Arinze wants the Igbo to surrender their lands to the invading Fulani MUSLIM vandals so that he and his likes can survive. I thought that there is a heaven that awaits the righteous! Why do these people fear to go there?

If not for the belligerence of some of these latter day Biafran groups like IPOB, Arinze would be forcefully converted to Islam in his native Eziowelle!

Who would stop that?

Honestly, I speak as an Igbo youth (and believe this is their view on this as well), all these people who "saw the war" should please shift, because they failed to win the war.
I'm not saying that latter day Igbo youths should or must fight another war. NO.
However, that does not mean that they should run away if a war is forced upon them, simply because their fathers lost a war!

It is insulting to say that, because you fought and lost a war, that your son and his future generations must live in slavery and defeat for ever. That is irresponsible and unfortunate.

Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 03:42:14 AM
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Instead, Arinze advised Igbo people, including those clamouring for referendum to be active in politics; saying it is the only solution for the Igbo to get what is theirs in Nigeria.

“Igbo people should take political actions. By this, I mean Igbo people belonging strongly to major political parties in the country. This will give them the opportunity to participate in political discussions. When this happens, the Igbo will always get what is due for them;

Again, Arinze spoke as if he has not been in Nigeria for at least 21 years (this time around).

For all these years since return to civil rule in Nigeria, the Igbo had ACTIVELY participated in the Nigerian political process. However, year after year, the Igbo haters in Nigeria (most of whom are civil war victors) kept reducing Igbo political position, year after year, tenure after tenure.

From the position of senate president (Obasanjo for example gave all Igbo senate presidents HELL, and manipulated the position changing them like his personal clothes), to today when there are no Igbo in the top 6 positions in Nigeria.

And this is an ethnic group of about 60 million!

Where has Arinze been? Didn't he see what happened in Imo state where a person who came FOURTH in the guber elections was foisted as governor! Is he blind to that?

Even today, the Igbo are still in these parties, but anyone can see that they don't stand a remote chance of becoming president.
Buhari could not even sign an electoral act duly passed by both houses of congress.
Is that the politics Arinze wants Igbo to hang their hopes on?

Honestly, if it were up to me, I would put a law in place FORCING all Catholic clerics to marry and have children!
Because, if this man had children who went through normal Igbo experiences in Nigeria, I strongly doubt that he would say these things.

He spoke like a totally aloof person!

Re: Biafra: Don’t go to war again, Arinze warns Igbo

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 20, 2021, 04:05:23 AM
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but staying out of politics, or probably staying in London to criticise government without making effort to be part of government and part of decision making will do the people no good,” he said.

To this statement, again, I say it is unfortunate for Arinze to say this.

Apparently, he is referring to Nnamdi Kanu. I am not a Kanu spokesman, but I shall remind Arinze that for years Kanu (like the rest of Nigerians abroad) were PATRIOTIC NIGERIAN ACTIVISTS, seeking and advocating for a better country at home.

What drives these types of Nigerians is the urge to return home to a better country. Such Nigerian are by far the most patriotic Nigerians relative to the ones at home, because they've seen better societies and want same for their home country.

It was when Kanu failed in his Nigerian patriotism that he changed into a Biafran patriot and activist. FACT!

I believe that a lot of Yoruba Oduduwa republic advocates today are also in that category.

Yours truly here have been a Nigerian patriot too, but I watch as my homeland is being invaded by Fulani whereby they kill farmers, rape women, kill anyone who questioned them, and systematically move in to occupy IGBO lands before the IPOB ESN started their successful campaigns to root them out.

What do you want a DECENT RESPONSIBLE HONORABLE person to do in that instance?
Surrender his land in the interest of "peace"? What type of peace? The type enjoyed by African slaves?

Do you honestly expect honorable and decent human beings to continue supporting a system, or country, that supports or sponsors those who covet their land?

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