THE ATTACK ON SEN. IKE EKWEREMADU: A WAKE UP CALL TO IGBO POLITICIANS.
The attack on senator Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany has been greeted with so much emotional outbursts with some condemning the action and some praising it. I have read quiet a lot of updates on this incident and here is my stand.
1. There’s discontentment, anger, frustrations and disappointments among Igbo youths. It is very obvious Ohanaeze and all the other Igbo sociocultural groups founded, funded and headed by our pre war youths who today are our leaders do not command the obedience of Igbo youths anymore. This attack serves as a public notice to the fact. It is therefore an opportunity for our leaders to start thinking about the feelings of the youths before they act or speaking publicly on National issues.
2. The blame of IPOB and tagging the group a terrorist group or to justify the federal government position on IPOB is hasty, harsh, unreasonable, unacceptable, ill advised and counterproductive, the truth is Igbo youths are angry, frustrated and ready to exhale anywhere anytime. This is pure demonstration of the anger of Igbo youths, not action of IPOB alone. Therefore to tag the action a terrorist act, you are tagging Igbo youths terrorists which is a replica of the over reaction of our overzealous politicians in their quest to remain in power that drove them into leading the federal government to tag IPOB a terrorist group and it’s subsequent proscription. This irresponsible way of responding to youthful exhumberance from Umuigbo must be put in check. Ohanaeze and every sociocultural group of Igbo extractions, Associations, Trade Unions, Groups and Opinion makers of Igbo land should desist from using the word terrorists to describe any action of Igbo youths regardless of the name of the group. No other tribe does this except Ndigbo. The Arewa as a group or individual politicians never called Boko Haram a known international terrorist or the fulani herdsmen a terrorist group. Never a time Afenifere called OPC a terrorists group nor did south South call Egbesu and Niger militants terrorists groups. Why should we?
3. The violence is condemnable at all times but what happened to Ekweremadu should be understood and evaluated backward. This man has been in the government for many years. Apart from the time the federal government took him to tribunal with Sarki, he never showed any disposition of an Igbo leader. He plays the most brutal selfish politics. During Operation Dance, he maintained criminal silence. he almost defected to APC because Peter Obi not him was chosen as Atiku’s VP, he vehemently refused to allow PDP’s choice for DSP for the current 9th Assembly. He insisted it must be him as deputy Senate president, he contested lost, ndigbo lost and PDP lost too.
4. Senator Ike Ekweremadu is from Enugwu state, the most endangered state under fulani herdsmen threat. In Enugwu we receive news of how our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters are openly rapped in the farms, on the streets and even at home. We hear news of the massacre of our elders and children, women and nursing mothers and pregnant women in their sleep. Ugwuanyi as a governor has been overwhelmed with the security challenges. What has Ekweremadu done to help out in the security situation in his state. Has anyone heard any word from him? He is a lawyer, deputy chairman of constitution reform Senate committee for more than 8 years. Can’t he sponsor a bill or draft anti open grazing bill for his state? He rushed to take the title “Ikeoha” Ndigbo which means (power of Igbo people) what has he done to merit that title?
Now it is very clear to him and his likes too that Igbo youths rejected him and refused to honour as our leader.
5. It is a signal that you are a successful career politician does not qualify you as an Igbo leader. It also sends a resounding message to our politicians who will rush overseas in the name of whatever and expect a red carpet rolled out for them as celebrities are over. What happened to Ekweremadu is a tip of an iceberg. It is a sign of revolution to come in Ignoland, the taste of in-house cleaning we have been talking about.
6. Take a look at this picture. That was how Ekweremadu dressed to Iri ji Ndigbo in Germany. Nigeria coat of arm replacing Isi-Agu in Igbo attire. Negodi. Is it good?
The President of Nigeria appears in a dress with Arewa emblem to address the Arewa group. CJN of Nigeria comes to swearing in adorning the pastorialist bag and Buhari did same on the day of his swearing in as president of Nigeria. Buhari wore Isi-Agu during his campaign in Ignoland but our own senator left Nigeria to attend iri ji Ndigbo n’ala Bekee with Nigeria coat of arm as his dress code? The anger of the youths went hell wire and they tore off the clothes. I condemn the violence but warn that our leaders should be more sensitive in what they wear to Igbo gatherings.
7 . It is important to put into perspective the groups that invite these our selfish corrupt vainglorious politicians abroad. Most often they bear such names as Igbo groups. It is important to note that some of these so called groups are the pre war Igbo youths who left Nigeria immediately after the war, most of them were there before the war and they have never visited Alaigbo in decades. They are the leaders of these groups that invite the politicians to share their miserable felicities with them. Men who have lost contact with reality, whose only information is from what they hear from the politicians. When you see such videos take time to watch them you will hardly see any Igbo youths. They are the once that celebrate our failed politicians abroad.
Thank God today the youths are rising. Soon those at home will receive inspiration and demand accountability from our leaders.