A protestor gestures as he takes part in a demonstration in Durban, South Africa, on May 30, 2019 during a Freedom March for Biafra held worldwide and organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 that sparked a brutal 30-month civil war in Nigeria. (Photo AFP)
By Peter Okutu
An Igbo Organisation known as Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, yesterday stated that no date has been fixed for the emancipation of Ndigbo from a country that thinks less about the well-being and future of the people of the South-East Geopolitical Zone.
In a statement by Abia Onyike, Chairman, ADF Publicity Bureau, the group added that “to be told that our freedom would come on any particular date is the most seminal news anybody can give to the marginalized Igbos.”
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According to the group, “the root causes of these curious predictions are the marginalisation/dehumanization of Ndigbo, the serial killings/systematic programme of occupation of Alaigbo and their total exclusion from the political equation in Nigeria (ranging from the Executive to the Legislature, Judiciary, Bureaucracy, Parastatals to all spheres of the political and economic life of the State).”
The statement read: “Following the persistence of curious predictions about the impending restoration of the state of Biafra by some pro-Biafran organizations, the Alaigbo Development Foundation(ADF) has reviewed such predictions and wishes to state as follows:
“That these predictions about the restoration of Biafra have become strident recently, to the extent that the overall timeline has been put at the last quarter of this year, 2020.
“ADF believes that the root causes of these curious predictions are the marginalisation/dehumanization of Ndigbo, the serial killings/systematic programme of occupation of Alaigbo and their total exclusion from the political equation in Nigeria (ranging from the Executive to the Legislature, Judiciary, Bureaucracy, Parastatals to all spheres of the political and economic life of the State).
“Given this type of most unusual state of affairs, the longing for Igbo Redemption becomes more and more acute and a most welcome idea to all strata of the Igbo society. Thus, the dreams of Igbo Emancipation, Independence and Freedom are bound to be arresting to the youths and pauperized population of Alaigbo.
“To be told that our freedom would come on any particular date is the most seminal news anybody can give to the marginalized Igbos. Within the ranks of these Igbos, there is palpable anxiety and expectation and a longing for the day of freedom.
“ADF, like All strata of the Igbo nation and their equally emasculated neighbours, prays that this prediction is true someday. By the nature of the struggle, it is mechanical to set any date to it as if the struggle is a game of mathematics.
“Incidentally, if this epochal prediction of a date fails to materialize, it will surely turn out to be a most damaging and frustrating piece of sheer propaganda as well as a great fraud in Igbo history.
“The impact of such empty propaganda on the psyche of our people is bound to be excruciating.
“The masses of Ndigbo are bound to regard whoever falsely raises their hopes as a great con-man in Igbo history.
“The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) believes that the ultimate liberation of our people will surely come someday, but not through sheer Egbe-Onu. It will surely come someday through dedicated struggle and faith in the justness of our Cause and in our God.
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