The Case For Arming Pro-Biafra Agitators in Nigeria – Part 11
In December 2016, I did write a piece on the imperative of arming the peaceful Pro-Biafra agitators in Nigeria over the incessant, dastardly and unprovoked assault being unleashed every now and then on them by the Arewa dominated leadership of the Nigerian security operatives.
Incidentally, this piece was not only widely published both by online and print media, but also reactions therefrom clearly indicated that not a handful of people were and/or are still disgusted by this nasty trend occurring in an apparently democratic milieu.
As it were, I did specifically call on the government of the United States of America to as a matter of priority and urgent international importance intervene by taking up this task of arming the peaceful Pro-Biafra agitators in Nigeria – given the level of cruelty being meted out to them by the Nigeria State.
But, however, as a matter of fact, I was not at the time unmindful of the fact that the then President Barrack Obama-led administration in the U.S.A would not be all that mentally and physically disposed, objective rational, honest and, above all, bold enough to swiftly take up this all-important task for certain obvious reasons.
For one, apart from the fact that President Obama’s foreign policy inclination towards Nigeria up till the time of the emergence and swearing in of President Muhammadu Buhari was often more of pro-Islamic in nature than Christian-friendly, there was apparently no need to bank on a man whose conscience was somewhat dead on matters pertaining to excessive human rights abuse in Nigeria and who had over time demonstrated no genuine commitment to assisting in the fight against terrorism throughout his tenure.
As we may recall, it was under President Barrack Obama’s watch that the Boko Haram terrorist activities and bloody campaign were deliberately allowed to fester for some time before eventually both international pressure and public outcry propelled the administration of this first black President in the history of America to wake up from his deep slumber to designate the Boko Haram sect an international terrorist organization.
Also, it was under the watch of President Obama that a contingent of American Airforce personnel deployed to assist Nigerian security operatives in gathering and sharing intelligence with a view to ensuring the earliest defeat of the terrorist sect, refused after all to synergize with their Nigerian counterparts – thereby obliquely aiding and abetting the upsurge in the killing of innocent and hapless citizens of Nigeria.
It was therefore in view of the foregoing, that my previous call on the American government for unalloyed support in the arming of the peaceful Pro-Biafra agitators in Nigeria was not necessarily directed to President Barrack Obama perse, even though he happened to be the one in charge at the time. Rather, my appeal in this regard is squarely presented to no other than President Donald J. Trump.
Like I did state abini tio, the reason ostensibly advanced by the administration of President Barrack Obama for arming the Syrian rebels was not unconnected with President Bashar Al-assad’s widely reported use of naked force and, more so, deadly weapons in killing innocent, peaceful an unarmed anti-government protesters in Syria.
Apparently justified and tenable this reason would appear, the truth of the matter about the Nigeria’s case today is that similar scenarios currently unfolding against peaceful and unarmed Pro-Biafra agitators can hardly be treated in isolation and/or be adjudged in different context. Hence more urgent than ever, the U.S government under the leadership of Donald Trump needs to step in now with a view to taking up this task of protecting these peaceful agitators who will be most grateful and obliged to defend themselves against the burgeoning tyranny of Muhammadu Buhari and the cruelty of the Nigerian State.
Needless to say that apart from scores of peaceful and unarmed agitators already butchered in 2016 – which was well documented by the Amnesty International in its meticulously organized reports in this regard – it is no longer news today that the same President Muhammadu Buhari has stubbornly continued unabated in his killing spree of Igbo people of Biafra enclave – whose only perceived “offense” is their persistent demand for self determination.
Meanwhile, lest we forget, this is the same President Muhammadu Buhari who has been exploiting every small opportunity he has whenever he attends any international forum to vigorously launch and/or renew his unrelenting campaigns and calls on global and regional organisations to grant the peoples of western Sahara and Palestine their demands for an independent states of their own. Yet, here we are at home with the same hypocrite who goes to any extent and even stops at nothing in exterminating the Igbo people of Biafra enclave over their equally legitimate demand for the creation of a sovereign state of Biafra through the internationally accepted process of referendum.
Funny enough, in all of this, the United Nations organization does in fact appear to be docile and indifferent to this quintessential case of international hypocrisy and double- standard approach of Nigerian tyrant-in-Chief, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, over the same vexed question of self-determination.
In fact, it is now beyond argument that the notice of quit and threat of genocide which the so-called coalition of Arewa Youths Forum did issue to the Igbo residing in Northern Nigeria (which though in fairness to the UN has been roundly, unreservedly and rightly condemned by the latter) are today being officially, effectively and directly executed by the Arewa dominated leadership of the Nigerian army led by their irredentist son Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratia. This, of course, is currently being carried out via the ongoing military exercise in the Biafran enclave code-named operation python dance. Besides, this development is coming against the backdrop of utter breach of the relevant provisions of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.
Regrettably, though, despite unwarranted and heavy casualties so far occasioned by this dastardly military operation, the UN and other regional and global bodies appear to maintain a sort of conspiracy of silence – while Buhari’s mad dogs mistaken for Nigerian army continue to revel in their killing spree in Igbo land.
Nevertheless, as things stand now on this vexatious issue of Biafra, there is a dire need for the US government in particular, alongside other super powers, to act forthwith in order to forestall a possible outbreak of a large scale crises looming large in Nigeria. In moving forward, therefore, two viable intervention options should be made available to the Nigeria State and one of which it must embrace on good time. First, the U.S and other super powers should bring common sense to bear on the person of Muhammadu Buhari to stop forthwith the ongoing military operation within the Biafran enclave and, as a follow up, prevail on him to brace up and embrace the changing global trend and the bitter reality of the use of democratic option of referendum in the resolution of national crises or potential intractable conflicts.
Secondly, and of course the bottom line of it all in the event the above first course of action fails, the worst case scenario approach should then be applied. This essentially entails that President Trump and other world leaders have got as a matter of urgent international importance to commence the military trainings of millions of hapless, unarmed, peaceful and harmless Biafran agitators and with the attendant provision of ordnance to enable them to effectively defend themselves against President Buhari’s tyranny and ceaseless attacks on them and threat of ethnic cleansing posed by the ongoing dastardly activities of the Nigerian Security operatives.
By and large, if this could be done for the hitherto peaceful and hapless Syrian anti-government protesters by the then Barrack Obama administration in the U.S, there is no gainsaying therefore that the no-nonsense, responsible and responsive government being led by President Donald J. Trump could do it better for the peaceful, unarmed and endangered people of Biafra – who are currently under heavy military siege in Nigeria. A stitch in time saves nine.
Onyorah Paschal Chiduluemije is an Abuja-based Journalist and Can be contacted via 07012130204