Date: January 28, 2020, 03:20:47 PM
The IPOB and the bastardization of Biafra: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Many Igbo opportunists who want power through the back door would mouth Biafra and then claim heroism.
Igbos are fond of Biafra. And with pervasive hopelessness that feeling of nostalgia of what almost once was becomes more irresistible. So the foot soldiers, the ordinary Okada riders, artisans and others who are members of the IPOB are genuine. They want better standards of living. They want food and security. They want electricity and jobs. They feel excluded. So they want Biafra where they may belong.But they are unfortunate. They are mere pawns of the IPOB.
But what about the intellectuals?They say they understand the imperfections of the IPOB and their abuse of the concept of Biafra. But they would support anything that brings about a disruption of a tried and failed system that has stifled the region and exacerbated ill feelings left by the war. They think that the IPOB madness could be the only way to force the hands of a stagnant Federal Government and instigate constitutional changes that would lead to measurable regional autonomy. They insist that the delusions and hallucinations of the leadership of the IPOB would be sorted out at the regional level once the main aim was achieved. Many Igbo priests have made the same arguments. These intellectuals and these clerics do not mind a necessary abuse of Biafra. The end they must believe will justify and sanctify the means.But there is a risk. It’s always risky to ride a tiger.
Some Igbo intellectuals still think it’s the beginning of a necessary disruption. Others think it’s a journey towards a North Korea of West Africa.