NewsReel 15/1/2014 - South Sudan: A Lesson for Biafra

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr Chukwuma Egemba reports ] – Happy New Year my brothers and sisters, fellow Biafran activists and supporters of our restoration efforts! As end of year/new year festivities draws down, I wish you all safe journey back to your places of residence, business, study and leisure. I also wish you abundant life, good health and peace of mind in 2014 and beyond. With these guaranteed and God willing, your plans and expectations for the New Year will be fulfilled.
In December last year following the call to glory of our iconic Mandela, I share with you the lessons we should learn from his life, politics and humility. In the same month, a damaging conflict with wider international ramifications broke out in South Sudan. I urge all who have the capacity to do so to go beyond the headlines and study/understand the underlying causes, implications and lessons from this conflict. Comparatively speaking, South Sudan and future Biafran state will be like David and Goliath. Though Biafra is and will be more sophisticated than South Sudan, but there are a lot to learn from the conflict.
 All the principal actors in the conflict were leaders in the liberation struggle and politics leading to independence. Both were from different ethnic groups – with different interest – both want power, control and domination. Today, there are multiple organisations and groups in the struggle for Biafra. At independence, the leaders of these groups will stake for power and control in the new Biafra. Can anyone stop any one from seeking power? Which group/leader will claim to be more important or played more important role than the other? Therefore, it will be unwise to undermine any individual or group within the struggle. Given the geography and the ethno-historical composition of Biafra, our cultural diversity and high degree of political awareness of the people, if conflict is to break out in Biafraland, what is happening in South Sudan and Somalia with be like rehearsal in a nursery playground. This is why I feel unease when individuals and groups are undermined and ridiculed. There are lots of stakeholders in Biafra.
The struggle for Biafra will not be won on Facebook or airwaves. The hard work is on-going on the ground in Biafraland and in many unlikely places. The demise of Nigeria is no longer debatable (with or without expiration of amalgamation). After declaration of independence and complete sovereignty, and depending on how our victory is achieved, the real hard work will begin – hard negotiation and compromise (yes compromise) will follow. Then the difference between rhetoric and reality will be laid bare. The folly of those who confuse, misinform and mislead people will be unmasked. Biafran people are suffering and had suffered enough. Biafran people and Chukwu Abiama will not forgive anybody or group who will cause more suffering due to selfishness, dogmatism and refusal to accept will of the people (or who will use freely given mandate to oppress the people and become a demonic monster). We must learn from history and experience of others.
Biafran and her people have what it takes to build enviable and prosperous socio-economic and political society. The technology, man and material are available to us in abundance. All we need is a safe and secure political environment for the people to plug in and use available technology and their skills to create a better life and society. Anybody or group that will torpedo this will meet with the riot of the people. Let us all open our eyes now and learn lessons from what is happening around us. Biafra cannot and will never be another South Sudan or Somalia. In the struggle for Biafra, we must be open minded, be prepared to accept opposing views and criticism. God bless Biafra!
Dr Chukwuma Egemba (email:
UK Director, Bilie Human Rights Initiative and
Member of the Editorial Board of Radio Biafra
*Photo Caption – Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra.
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