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You’ll regret losing your land to invaders (1)

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 25, 2021, 05:44:23 PM
By Ocherome Nnanna

If your education has left you incapable of defending the land that your ancestors acquired and preserved for you and your future generations, then you are beyond pathetic; you are worthless! In Igbo, a fool is often described as efulefu or ofekhe (Abiriba); a person who has lost the sense of what makes him “the son of his father”.

Before the White man came, we had our own templates for raising young men and women into strong adults well-equipped to sustain their inheritances.

In Abiriba, we had the ikpu uzu and ije uzu, which was eventually copied by other Igbo groups and became what we all know as the Igbo entrepreneurship mentorship system.

You served your master, learnt his trade, leveraged on his experience and contacts and (expectedly) benefited from his reward when you were ready to set up your own shop.

You also moved systematically from the lowest level of cultural initiation and strove to attain the highest. Through all this, you acquired the ability to understand the culture, defend the land and preserve it for the future generations. This was what defined your social stature.

The coming of Western education was meant to confer an “additional brain” to the African. It was not meant to displace his traditional sense of belonging or rob him of his manhood. But unfortunately, that is exactly what it has done to many of us, especially those from the southern parts of Nigeria.

Education gave us certificates and we headed off to the nearest urban area developed by the British colonialists because of the jobs that used to be abundant. There were also limitless opportunities for commerce. Urban dwellers enjoyed power and water supply and modern amenities which were not available in the rural areas. With the massive embrace of education, the urban areas filled up.

The jobs dried up, the amenities which government could not expand became dilapidated, and millions of unemployed, poverty-stricken people became trapped in urban slums. Even today, people are still drifting to big towns like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Virile young people abandoned the villages to the weak and elderly who survive on subsistence agriculture. The fertile lands with almost year-round rainfall were no longer cultivated. The richly-endowed southern people rendered themselves vulnerable to a punitive “food blockade” by the North!
Climate change and self-imposed instability has been steadily driving the northern population southwards in the past 20 years. Ordinarily, there is nothing wrong or strange about this. It is a natural human instinct to move towards the greener pasture. Once upon a time (between the 1950s and 1980s) the North was once considered by many people in the South as a greener pasture. Many people migrated northwards to earn their livelihood. That is why many people from the South had their birthplaces in the North.

The problem, therefore, is not that Nigerians of northern extraction are drifting southward. When this migration started, nobody complained. Northerners came into the towns and villages as law-abiding citizens and took up honest, menial jobs.

They mended shoes, hawked water, operated commercial motorcycles, worked on the farms and construction sites and generally performed the grunt tasks that southern youth now believe they have become “too big” to do. Minor ethnic skirmishes apart, we have cohabited quite well.

But right now, the situation has changed to land grabbing by means of war or conquest! What we now have is no longer mere migration; it is an armed invasion of our ancestral lands! In the past five years, there has been a steady influx of strange people masquerading as “herdsmen” into the South with assault weapons. Many of them are not Nigerians.

For six weeks, around this time last year, most parts of the country were forced into a lock-down to minimise the spread of the coronavirus. The lock-down was so fierce that some governors closed state boundaries to prevent the   influx of people.
While the rest us were forced to stay indoors, thousands of food, cattle and cement trailers and trucks were used by some faceless powerful individuals to bring hundreds of thousands of youth into the South. As soon as they were disembarked from the trucks they were herded into the nearest forests! We saw them live on several viral videos. There were also rumours that some of the trucks contained assault rifles and ammunition

The security agencies who were mobilised to implement the lock-downs betrayed their assignment by allowing these unknown elements through their control posts. Some governors found themselves having to struggle with superior officials up the hierarchy of our political, military, police and security agencies who were bent on forcing through the armada of strange arrivals. State task forces on the implementation of the lock-downs were now clashing with the “authorities” who were obviously playing the double game of imposing a lock-down and facilitating the drafting of these strangers down South.

Within a little time, we began to see the morphing of the number of “camps’ in the southern forests. These strangers had set up settlements made of the typical thatched round huts usually associated with the people of the Sahel. In the South West, reports had it that about 150 such camps had been identified.

Another report also had it that no less than 350 such settlements were isolated in the South East with its tiny tranche of landmass! The situation is not different in the South-South where “helicopter drops” have been reported.

The Federal Government, whose Ruga, Water Resources and Cattle Colony policies had been firmly rejected throughout the Middle Belt and South, is now preaching that Nigerians have the constitutional right to “settle anywhere”, which is a pathetic lie. Miyetti Allah and other interest groups even claim that the whole of Nigeria is a property of their ethnic group!

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Re: You’ll regret losing your land to invaders (1)

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 25, 2021, 05:46:06 PM
First of all, WELCOME BACK Ochereome Nnanna!
You were sorely missed at Vanguard.

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Re: You’ll regret losing your land to invaders (1)

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 25, 2021, 05:49:19 PM
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Before the White man came, we had our own templates for raising young men and women into strong adults well-equipped to sustain their inheritances.

The keyword here is "STRONG ADULTS WELL-EQUIPPED TO SUSTAIN THEIR INHERITANCE".

Can we say that we have such people in commanding leadership positions in Igboland today?
I shall answer that question later ...

Re: You’ll regret losing your land to invaders (1)

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 25, 2021, 05:51:43 PM
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The problem, therefore, is not that Nigerians of northern extraction are drifting southward. When this migration started, nobody complained. Northerners came into the towns and villages as law-abiding citizens and took up honest, menial jobs.

They mended shoes, hawked water, operated commercial motorcycles, worked on the farms and construction sites and generally performed the grunt tasks that southern youth now believe they have become “too big” to do. Minor ethnic skirmishes apart, we have cohabited quite well.

But right now, the situation has changed to land grabbing by means of war or conquest! What we now have is no longer mere migration; it is an armed invasion of our ancestral lands! In the past five years, there has been a steady influx of strange people masquerading as “herdsmen” into the South with assault weapons. Many of them are not Nigerians.

This narrative has to be re-echoed so that even the deaf can HEAR it.
The lies must be defeated.

Re: You’ll regret losing your land to invaders (1)

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 25, 2021, 06:03:40 PM
Now, back to the question of whether we have leaders in Igboland with the right mindset to impart their qualities on the young men and women of Igboland or influence them to understand the issues and how to tackle them.

The answer is both No and Yes!

NO: With the leadership of George Obiozor and other groups like "Anambra Elders For Equity and Justice" (a Fulani puppet group), the Igbo stand no chance whatsoever to stop the Fulani schemes (and their sponsors) to take over Eastern Nigeria.
Notice that since Obiozor took over Ohanaeze leadership from Nnia Nwodo, he has been MIA and AWOL on ALL press releases coming from Southern and middle belt groups warning against Fulani terror in Nigeria.

YES: God foresaw this problem and sent Nnamdi Kanu -the type of a leader not seen in Africa since at least 60 -100 years!

The fact of the matter is that in the whole Eastern Nigeria and even the whole Southern Nigeria, no leader has the number of MEN and WOMEN following and obeying his direction and opinion as Nnamdi Kanu! FACT!

Kanu comes from "of OLD", the type of men that founded the Igbo from thousands of years ago.

In him, I see a complete embodiment of the spirit that define the Igbo - a spirit that fears no one in its quest for freedom and justice.

Fact remains that the Eastern Security Network marks the most significant development in the history of the Eastern peoples of Nigeria.

Re: You’ll regret losing your land to invaders (1)

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 25, 2021, 06:05:39 PM
Eagerly waiting for the second part of this article...

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