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Eschew violence, Olawepo-Hashim counsels IPOB

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 08, 2021, 04:47:45 PM



By Dirisu Yakubu

Ex- Presidential candidate and energy tycoon, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has called on separatist agitators across Nigeria, particularly the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB to give peace a chance in the interest of national unity.

The ace politician, who is a strong advocate for national unity, also called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to take quick steps to stabilize the country.

Reacting to the recent attacks at the Imo state police headquarters and correctional facility, Hashim lamented that  separatist operations are getting more widespread in the South-East as well as agitations in the South-West, thereby  heating up the polity.

“We call on IPOB and other separatist groups to cease hostilities and to allow for political settlement of all grievances,”

“We shall continue to call for dialogue to strengthen the Nigerian federation. “We need to see quick actions on the part of the federal government to stabilize the polity,” he said.

The business mogul also advocated for devolution of power to state and local governments and  cautioned separatist agitators on the need to cease hostilities immediately.

Olawepo -Hashim, who recalled when he  went to the Demilitarized Zone, DMZ ,between North and South Korea on a solidarity march 32 years ago, noted that “when war breaks out, the weak and the poor on all the sides always suffer and all wars always end up on a round table, so why not talk instead of fighting?”

“The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as border dividing the two hostile countries. There is no point living in a tense situation. We need peace and harmony to prosper,” he said.

He therefore, appealed to all Nigerians to avoid provocative actions that could lead the country to war.

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Re: Eschew violence, Olawepo-Hashim counsels IPOB

By: dayan (M) |Time : April 08, 2021, 05:10:11 PM
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“We call on IPOB and other separatist groups to cease hostilities and to allow for political settlement of all grievances,”

“We shall continue to call for dialogue to strengthen the Nigerian federation. “We need to see quick actions on the part of the federal government to stabilize the polity,” he said.

It is ALWAYS good to DIALOGUE.
The problem though, is that dialogue is a two way street! It takes at least TWO persons, to dialogue.

For years, MANY groups in the South and even parts of the "middle belt" had called for dialogue, to restructure Nigeria to make it politically stable, but Fulani chauvinists in the core North scoffed at the idea.

All sustained calls for dialogue were replied with threats of war. They would say things like "those people calling for restructuring did not see the Nigerian civil war"... and similar things.

So, they foreclosed dialogue.

And then as time progressed, those on us here online kept shouting and asking for Nigerians to dialogue.
The dangers were very easy to foresee by any honest observer of Nigeria.

But, it was as if the core North was confident that nobody in other parts of Nigeria dared to challenge the evil status quo that was literally killing Nigerians in the thousands every year, without reply or consequences to the killers.

But then, they made a HUGE mistake about the Igbo mindset.

Yes, the Igbo are a peace-loving people, BUT, only when JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS is meted to them.
Deny then justice, and even the most evil people on earth would be no match.

And then IPOB was born, and still IPOB kept using peaceful means to ask for a referendum since all political proposals by other southern groups failed in the past.
The referendum would be to determine who wants to remain a Nigerian and who wants to be part of a Biafra.

They used peaceful means to agitate (mainly marching and singing), but they were proscribed, laughed at, and their members were mowed down by police and army and other Nigerian state agents - with absolutely no consequences I must add.

Still no moves to save Nigeria of the collective. The Nigeria that was emerging started to look more and more like Fulani Nigeria.

Then Fulani terrorists were imported from outside Nigeria to kill and sack farmers from their lands.

They killed, raped women (wives, mothers, virgins, babies) with TOTAL impunity and were even paid by government in many instances (ask Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore).

And then, the ancient Igbo spirit of freedom woke up. For real.

And the story started to change, for real.

Now, it is clear that no ethnic group has monopoly on violence and evil.

Methinks that the milk has spilled and cannot be put back in the bottle.

Historians will learn a very important lesson from Nigeria's story.

The single lesson would be this: NEVER institutionalize evil.

QED. 

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