NewsReel 5/6/14 - This Bell Tolls For Ndigbo

[ Masterweb Reports: Hon. Uchendu Precious Onuoha reports ] - “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell toll, it tolls for thee”. Many years ago when John Donne made the above statement perhaps he did envisage little or nothing the situation of Ndigbo in today’s Nigeria. But with the events happening today, as a self-made watch man for my people I stand on the roof top and tower and shout “Ndigbo this bell tolls for you”
In April 2014 Sabon Gari area of Kano metro polis, an area designated mainly for strangers majorly Igbos and Christians as inhabitants were bombed by Boko Haram, killing some residents. One of the victim and survivors was six and half month old baby, Mazi Chigozie Nnorom whose parents hail from Abia state. Fragments of bomb lodged into this tender baby body were removed through surgery. The death of our people in that bomb has diminished us and the bell toll, tolls for Ndigbo.
April 14, 2014 there was the NyaNya (Abuja )motor park bombing. Majority of the buses affected were Eastern bound buses to Ibo land. And majority of the dead were Igbos and Christians home bound for Easter to celebrate with their loved ones but were cut off and sent to the great beyond by the Boko Haram bombs. And my people were diminished and the bell toll for us.
On May 20, 2014, Boko Haram struck in a market in Jos killing about 118. And majority was Igbos, and we got diminished, and the bell toll for us.
In all the deadly bombings the terrorist group have unleashed were targeted at Easterners and Christians especially Ndigbo who has been the majority of the victims both dead and injured. And our Northern brothers turned their eyes the other way round.
“When beggars die no comets are seen; but the heaven itself blaze forth the death of princes”… As the government reacted to go after these dissidents, there was uproar from the North. May 1,2014, Governor Murtala Nyako’s letter to 18 Northern Governors, claiming that President Jonathan being an Easterner was using the excuse of Boko Haram to kill innocent Northerners.
In the mixt of all these, Ndigbo has not spoken with a strong voice, no one seems to rise to the challenge of the day. Even the five Eastern Governors, none has come out to speak for our people like their Northern counterpart. Even our legislators seem to be resting in their oars while their counterparts elsewhere are making hay.
I remember yesterday, there was a man, a man who stood in the gap for years for Ndigbo, a man I subscribe to for his qualities, ideals, principles and vision for Ndigbo even after death, Odumegwu Ojukwu, the lion of the tribe of Ibo. In time like this the late Ezeigbo Gburu Gburu would have roared like a lion and the north would panic. (Ukwu ejiala agu mgbada abia ya ugwo) The tiger has broken his leg and the antelope has come to demand his debt.
Today, Ndigbo who will go for us, who will stand in the gap for us. As it were in 1966, when Ndigbo who did not leave the North earlier were hunted, maimed and slaughtered like pigs. Our pregnant women were pierced with daggers and machetes while having their fetus dismembered. Please Ndigbo learn from the past. This bell tolls for you.
Today the war bells are ringing again, Igbos in the North are being killed almost daily. Therefore I call on Ndigbo, Ohaneze, Governors, Massob and all Igbo unions don’t sit tight and keep quiet when the lives of our brothers and sisters are destroyed. Irrespective of our differences please let’s join together as one and resist the evil wind that is blowing against Ndigbo.
Ndigbo, there is a new dawn, Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) as an active force of Ohaneze Ndigbo wish to reiterate that the days of trade by bata with Ohaneze and Igbo interest are gone. And under the new trend Ohaneze Youth Council Worldwide is set to achieve the purpose our founding fathers laid the foundation. And we will not stand by and watch Ndigbo being suffocated in Nigeria.
I feel the pains of my kinsmen. I stand for the unity of Nigeria as a nation. But as Malcolm X said; “Of what use it’s to seek for the brotherhood of someone who does not want it”.
Hon. Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman and Media Coordinator reports from Spain.
*Photo Caption - Hon. Uchendu Precious Onuoha
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