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Insecurity: Igbo ready to defend themselves –Iwuanyanwu

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 17, 2020, 06:53:40 AM
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Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu

Elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has warned that any attempt to murder Igbo in any part of the country in any guise would spark war.

Iwuanyanwu, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to save Nigeria from an impending doom by restructuring the country and approving the establishment of  state police.

The ex-Biafran army officer who dismissed the insinuation that Biafra lost the civil war, said the war instead ended through an arranged settlement by leaders on both sides with a declaration of “No victor, no vanquished.”

As one of those who created the Biafran killer machine, Ogbunigwe, Iwuanyanwu said Biafra never surrendered in the war, explaining  that all what Gen. Philip Effiong demanded for the settlement of the crisis were obeyed by the then Head of State; Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

Speaking at a function on the future of the Igbo in Nigeria, Iwuanyanwu warned that the calm disposition of Igbo should not be taken for cowardice: “We are telling Nigerians we are ready, we are ready if they don’t restructure this country; this country must be restructured. If they think anybody will come and slaughter our people, any day they try it, they will see war, more than the one that had been there before. Let them realise this; the truth is glaring for everyone to see, our people have a saying that you don’t touch the tail of a lion whether it’s alive or dead.

“If I am Mr. President, what I will do today to stem this trouble is to restructure; two, approve the State Police, let every state have its own police, IG is talking of vigilante, vigilante should be local government police, why will police in local government be taking orders from Abuja.

“It was Gen. Effiong who saved the situation; we said we are not surrendering because we didn’t want our forebears to hear that we lost a war. So, eventually, Effiong came and told us that we did not lose; it is settlement arranged by Zik, Gowon, Ojukwu and that there is no victor, no vanquished.

And we said, if it is so, put it in dailies, foreign news and radio, they did, no victor, no vanquished.

“They didn’t defeat us, people who go about and say Biafra lost the war, Biafra didn’t lose the war. He told us that number two; the three Rs, Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation.

Then he said, this concerned the officers, that nobody, none of us will be tried even those us who were involved in the creation of Ogbunigwe, like myself, that we are not going to be tried by anybody.

“He told us also that all those who fought the war will be absolved, all civil servants, everything he told us Gowon obeyed it. So, in effect, I want the younger ones to know that the war ended on settlement.”

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Re: Insecurity: Igbo ready to defend themselves –Iwuanyanwu

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 17, 2020, 07:10:56 AM
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“It was Gen. Effiong who saved the situation; we said we are not surrendering because we didn’t want our forebears to hear that we lost a war. So, eventually, Effiong came and told us that we did not lose; it is settlement arranged by Zik, Gowon, Ojukwu and that there is no victor, no vanquished.

And we said, if it is so, put it in dailies, foreign news and radio, they did, no victor, no vanquished.

“They didn’t defeat us, people who go about and say Biafra lost the war, Biafra didn’t lose the war. He told us that number two; the three Rs, Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation.

This account had been corroborated by the late Joe Achuzia (the Biafran Hannibal).

Growing up, I often wondered WHY the Biafrans trusted Gowon enough to surrender their weapons, even when they had not reached their goal. That is why history says that Biafra lost the war and such history is hard to dispute.

Yes, a lot of civilians were dying, but there were still Biafran fighters ready to continue the war in guerilla fashion.

The Igbo in particular do not surrender fights until they at least get assurance that what they are fighting for will be delivered. I believe that is what happened during the war with the British.

The Igbo only really started to accept British rule when the British cleverly packaged Christianity with education and medical care. Up till today, some of the best hospitals and schools in Eastern Nigeria were founded by the British.
So, the Igbo actually saw some good in British rule, so they stopped fighting and rather decided to continue that fight through decolonization efforts.

Nigeria promised Biafra "no victor, no vanquished" and the 3 Rs, and ended up not delivering any of them.

And to make matters worse some northerners (certainly the Fulani of today) have started to behave as if they single-handedly defeated the Igbo, which is not true at all.

Like Iwuanyanwu said, the Igbo may be slow to taking up a war challenge, but methinks that the last 50 years have provided enough evidence why Igbo would not even contemplate laying down arms ever again should they pick up arms. So, it is in Nigeria's interest that the Igbo NEVER take up arms.

Nigerian leaders should stop provoking Igbo using their Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen.

If they don't stop it, there is no doubt in my mind that Igbo will stop them, and will stop them "Igbo way".

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