By. Elochukwu Ohagi
Philosopher, Teacher and Activist
ZIK OF AFRICA, THE GREAT IGBOMAN THAT HATED HIS OWN PEOPLE
In 1966/70, the world witnessed an injustice against the people of Biafra. The unwarranted killing sponsored and supported by Britain. The starvation of millions of children and the bombing of schools, hospitals, churches and farm lands. The Asaba genocide and the rest.
But Nnamdi Azikiwe, a man they called a great Igbo man was in London giving press release, calling Ojukwu a Tyrant, described Biafrans as rebels, and asked the world to stop every aid to Biafra. It is his believe that Biafrans should be starved into submission or extinction.
A lot of people who revered Zik have tried to lie to the people about the exploits of this man. But I see no reason such a man should be honored and respected.
When Anambra state government forced a public holiday on us all for Zik, I started asking some questions. Nigeria doesn’t celebrate men of the people. Even though some gluttonous South Eastern politicians have been using Ojukwu’s pictures to garner votes in APGA, they never mapped out a public holiday for him. They used him to fool people, but refused to celebrate him. But Zik they mapped a day for, and forced even private markets to shut down. Murtala Mohammed have been celebrated by Nigeria. They have an International Airport named after him and his head on 20 Naira note. That’s a murderer and genocidic animal who went to Asaba, brought out armless Asaba men and opened fire on them. A coupist who destroyed countless governments in Nigeria. So I am not surprised that a selfish ‘One Nigeria’ believer like Zik is being elevated by South Eastern governors. Lots of children would view him as an honorable man. Which he is not. Nigeria politicians are gurus in fooling Nigerians.
Zik is both a Fulani caliphate and British puppet. He believes that the retaking of Port Harcourt and Asaba by Nigeria soldiers is a liberation to the people of Port Harcourt and Asaba. That’s at a time lots of genocides were committed in those places by Nigeria soldiers.
If you haven’t watched Zik in that his useless press release, please do watch it. While he kept calling us rebels and Ojukwu a tyrant, he had no ill-words for Gowon and Nigeria. Gowon it was that watched as more than 50,000 Easterners were murdered in the pogrom by a combined military and civilian militants of northern extraction. It was Gowon that thwarted the Aburi accord that would have restored peace. It was Gowon that used hunger and starvation as a weapon of war. But Zik you called great Igbo man had no word for him. You celebrate such a man and blame Ojukwu. You exonerate Yakubu Gowon and blame the killings of Biafrans on Odumegwu Ojukwu. Where is it done, if not in Nigeria? I have engaged some believers of Zik’s philosophy who think true genocide didn’t happen during Biafra Nigeria war, because Gowon was a good man. For them, the killing of 3.5 million of their own people isn’t a true genocide. They exonerate Gowon the head and commander in Chief and want us to blame only Murtala Mohammed. That’s why some of them believe Ndi Igbo should be grateful to Yakubu Gowon. Imagine that.
Akanu Ibiam denounced both the Knighthood conferred on him by the Queen of England and his English name Francis. That was in protest against the atrocities of Britain during the war. Britain sponsored Nigeria, gave them weapons and used BBC to lie to the world.
But Nnamdi Azikiwe embraced the killers of his own people.
I am not a stupid man. I know a selfish and insensitive man when I see one. That you all think Zik is a great man means nothing to me. The worse of times of Easterners were during that war. It was a time injustice walked on its two giant legs, but out of selfishness, the Zik of Africa sided with the oppressors.
You can now see why history should not have been abolished by Nigeria government. More than 98% of Nigerians were never taught history in school.
That is why they support any trash presented to them and are easily fooled.
Not me! As far as Nigeria is concerned, everything Zik believed in should be thrown into the garbage. Including his One Nigeria nonsense!
Any Igbo Kid growing with the mentality of Zik’s One Nigeria will surely be a problem towards the emancipation of Igbo people trapped in Nigeria.
Credit. Family Writers Press International