By Chima Onyekachi
26 October, 2016

After ex-governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah, was silenced and shown his level of ignorance on the current clamor for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra. Another sycophant in the person of one, Edet Akpan, a retired major-general from Akwa Ibom State, has decided to showcase his ignorance to the world through the Nigeria media. Mr. Edet Akpan claims it is impossible for the people of the so-called south-south region to be part of Biafra and cited lack of trust between the "Igbos and the minorities." I expected Mr. Akpan, who was a former director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to be knowledgeable and prudent in his analysis of a burning national issue, instead of peddling falsehood and praise-singing for President Muhammadu Buhari, like one seeking for government appointment.

First, Mr. Akpan is ignorant of the fact that the term “south-south” is non-existent in the cardinal points or it's intermediate directions till date. It was falsely introduced by the Nigeria government to reduce the strength of the south-eastern region after the civil war, in order to continue with the divide and rule tactics learnt from the British government. Mr. Akpan is obviously suffering from identity crisis, he should stop peddling the falsehood of “minorities” in the south-eastern region and in the breakaway republic of Biafra. It is on record that it is the Nigeria government that classified the so-called south-south as minorities, so as to split them away from their kith and kin. Isn’t it a shame that one is been classified as a minority in his own country? The people of Biafra have always been united with no clan as a minority and there have been no record of clashes or crises amongst the clans that makes up Biafra. During the civil war of 1967-70, people from different clans held sensitive and important positions, notably the position of Vice-President, in the person of General Philip Effiong from Akwa Ibom State.

The people of Biafra laid down their weapons in the civil war of 1967-70, not because of lack of trust as cited by Mr. Akpan but because they wanted to end the genocide perpetrated against them by the Nigeria government. Over 3million civilian Biafrans were already killed as the land, sea and air were under blockade by the Nigeria government who were assisted with weapons and mercenaries by Britain, defunct Soviet Union, Egypt and others. The people of Biafra defended themselves for three years with their meagre resources even when saboteurs began to crop up amongst them. I hope Mr. Akpan is aware of those saboteurs and how they died disgracefully, especially those killed by the Nigeria government after giving their support against their people.

Mr Edet Akpan has the right to prefer to remain as a Nigerian but should not speak for the people of Akwa Ibom or the so-called south-south. This retired-general has cowardly remained silent while the so-called south-south is under siege by the Nigeria armed forces. Is he not aware that hundreds of youths are been killed or he is deaf and blind to the recent killing of popular footballer, Joseph Izu, in his hometown of Okakhi? What does the myopic retired army officer have to say on the continuous pillage of the resources from his land while his people live in abject poverty and underdevelopment?

Mr Akpan is obviously satisfied with the wealth he has acquired and he is more interested in achieving another political appointment, and does not care about his people. He can also continue to express his confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to salvage the country while recession bites hard with no remedy in sight. Isn’t a show of falsehood that Mr. Akpan can recall his disagreement with an Igbo man but has gone senile on the genocide against his people by the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy backed by the Yorubas? I want to task Mr Edet Akpan to visit his hometown and ascertain their level of support for the restoration of Biafra instead of engaging in gossips.

The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has united the clans of Biafra more than ever before. Well known elder statesman and first medical practitioner in Akwa Ibom State, Chief Dr. Thompson Akpabio, has told the youths in the state to proceed with the struggle for the restoration of Biafra, stating that nobody can force his people to withdraw support for Biafra.

Mr Akpan can continue to dream of restructuring but he should be aware he is a nonentity and cannot even speak for the people in his hometown. Is he not enlightened enough to know that there is a process called referendum? I want to advice him to get enlightened on the current clamor for Biafra, instead of exhibiting hypocrisy in order to garner attention for political appointment. Retired General Edet Akpan, is not the first paid agent to spew lies and will not be the last one to fail woefully.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie


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