Ojukwu, Mbakwe ‘turning in their graves’ over docility of present Igbo ‘leaders’ – IPOB
By Steve Oko
The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has expressed disappointment over the quality of patriotic instinct in the present crop of Igbo leaders, accusing them of docility and non-charlancy over the plight of the people nation.
IPOB which was responding to reactions over last weekend’s mob attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by some of its angry members during a cultural outing in Germany, said those currently parading as Igbo leaders were not genuinely committed to the Igbo cause.
The pro-Biafra group in a press release by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on behalf of its Advicer, Sam Jeff, said late Igbo leaders like Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and Sam Mbakwe would be ‘turning in their graves’ in rage because of the docility of the present crop of Igbo leaders.
IPOB accused Igbo political elite of refusal to stand with the people in their desperation to please their Northern masters and perpetuate themeselves in power.
“Who are these so called leaders who wine and dine with our killers and refuse to mention our dire predicament to them?
“Can anyone imagine what Dim Emeka Ojukwu or Chief Sam Onunaka Mbakwe would be doing if they were to sit in the Nigerian Senate today? I am sure Mbakwe would embarrass that Senate with his tears for his people”.
IPOB said its grouse with Ekweremadu was that he failed to maximise his privileged position to advance the cause of Ndigbo and defend the against increasing oppression by the North.
The release read in part :”Ike Ekweremadu, the distinguished Senator representing Enugu state is the longest serving Igbo Senator. He has survived in the murky waters of Nigerian politics by playing to the rules of the politics of survival.
“Enugu, his home state is besieged on all fronts by Fulani militants. Men, women and children, even Priests are being slaughtered on a daily basis. We are yet to hear our distinguished Senator speak with clarity on the matter.
“We do not expect Ekweremadu to change Nigeria, but we expect him to voice out our anger and frustration in the enemy Senate.
“Those who are blaming IPOB Germany for manhandling Ekweremadu are poor students of history. You do not persuade an angry people with patriotic rhetoric.
“Leaders who can not gauge the anger and fury in their land must be truly blind and not qualified to represent them.”
“Who then are these so called Representatives who junket around the world, having their fun and cannot notice the deep pain in our hearts and the overflowing tears on our faces? “
“The first law of the politics of survival is to act more Nigerian than the owners of Nigeria, a case of being more Catholic than the Pope. For a mere slave role, they love their prison and zealously promote a system that puts their people down.
“In politics of survival you act your patriotic role to please the master race, you dare not speak your mind, or you do so tongue in check.
“In politics of survival you worship the Leviathan and smile before him when you are hurting for good reason; your survival is at his pleasure.
“In politics of survival your eyes are fixed to the North from where all power comes, and if you must be ‘made President’, then you must watch on bended knees.
“In politics of survival, you risk nothing and lose nothing, you don’t just look, you stare before you leap for the very good reason that you are permanently caged and politically disadvantaged.
“The present Igbo politicians are jolly good Nigerians, happy and hilarious with their slave assignments. This is very strange, considering the anger, rage and fury in Igbo land.
“Living in a fool’s paradise, these Igbo politicians take for granted the feelings of their maligned people and play to the gallery of a decrepit and suffocating Union.”