By Rev. Fr. Evaristus Offor
Greetings Your Royal Excellency!
Hope this all-imperative missive meets you in good stead. Last time, I wrote you a public letter before your re-election process, where I was defending you and Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka against the pen venom from the journalistic enclave of legendary of Reuben Abati of the Guardian Newspaper. In short my piece was highly appreciated by your protagonists and those of Fr Mbaka.
As a prophet of God, you were censured to wage stern war against sleaze and police overhaul in the country. You were also advised to cease from unjust poppycock against South East. This letter is a protest from the ecclesiastical pulpit with regard to your perpetual disregard for the dignity and basic rights of the South East people. We have observed moderately enough about Igbo marginalization and oppression more aggravatingly these days, especially with their exclusion in the $27 billion dollar loan that you coerced the National Assembly to sign into law. The asinine circumstances of the Igbo people have been heightened by this exclusion, while every other ethnic nationality got its shares. This show of ethnic animosity has really thrown up all species of ripostes from people. Many have verbalized their crossness and outright dismay on continued injustice against the Igbo people. Many people of substance in the country have been tweeting abhorring the repressive flabbiness on the Igbo race. The ugly conditions of the race ought to astound all of universal consciences. How can you and your unrepentant allies continue to abuse and snub those created in the image and likeness of God. Why can’t you treat them with dignity and compassion? Mr. President, you can do better than this. Don’t you feel that the region is in dire need of infrastructural mitigations? Do you remember that the region was excluded from the railway revolution? Federal roads in the region are hellish?
You repaired the Enugu Internal Airport only for the rich and politicians, while the road-port for the poor is brutally treacherous. The Ugwuonyeama that links all Nigerians through Enugu to the South South is not better than the road that leads to hell fire, because it’s primarily for the driftwood. You have viciously left wild Fulani herders to rape, slaughter and slaughter hapless people in the South East. Besides, is it not right and moral obligating to revisit the monstrous ‘’abandoned property saga’’. We need at least three international airports in the South East? Second Niger Bridge is like a child without his mother’s grim interest. Though, you have done great in this facet, at least by starting it off. You promised to be fair and just to all, now is the time to use your influence for positive changes in the South East. You have alertly debarred the South East from the Security Chiefs, because of hatred and abhorrence of the region. Is this how to execute the 3Rs in truth and fairness, or shall we take Gowon to be an unholy hodgepodge. You have not done anything to take the edge off the untold malice. You quickly signed into law a cantankerous bill to cause confusion in the house of Jesus Christ. You want to let in infidels into Christendom through the cancerous CAMA Law. God forbid! Though Gowon untruthfully asserted, ‘’no victor no vanquished’’ after the genocide, yet you have not only caged the Igbo, but have dismissed them. Now, is your flaxen break to write your name in gold by revisiting the post-war 3Rs, ‘’Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. Will you not be eternally honored if South East is pictured in the $27 billion loan with a view to revisiting the 3Rs? The realization of those vital jumbles will be part of healing the age-long wounds of Biafra. Mr. President, do you believe in the compassionate, loving and just God (Allah)? Does Allah hate or discriminate or marginalize some of his adherents with eccentric gusto? Will denying the Igbos their rightful fraction of the loan not reinforce the momentous ethnic tension and flapping political boo-boo? Please tell us the sins of Igbo whose interest is always derelict by you? Why does the North hate the Igbo with mania? When they wanted to secede about fifty years ago, you were among the mutineers who tried to decimate them with rapacious zest? Why not free them now… Why do you and your co-travelers always exploit the Igbo and dump them in national adeptness? Your collective denial of the South East of economic, political and national integration, has wangled pockets of Igbo youths’ civil disobedience.
Biafra rose to self-determinate, you people mashed them in alliance with local and foreign mercenaries, now the members of the Independent People’s of Biafra, IPOB, Movement for the Actualization of the State of Biafra, MASSOB, etc, are all brokenhearted and struggling for liberation. These regional youth revolutions are betoken evil sign that things have not changed for good. Real Americans are on the streets for weeks agitating for justice and equity between whites and blacks; reforms have been made as the country wants to wear new faces of love, equity, equality and respect to Blackman. Seething racial and ethnic inequality has been on the neck of the South East; marginalization and injustice will soon scrunch up this country, if the conditions of Biafrans are not instantaneously clasped and absolutely made better. We will be watching in the coming days to see how Nigeria will turn into. Please tag on the way of reckoning and ethics. Give the South East her portion of fair share. For example, will they not be coerced to be part of the servicing of the loan? Mr. President I think this is unfair. There is God o! Think twice and blotch my words! Heaven, purgatory and hell are truly real. The world and time are transitory. Tomorrow is loaded and now is the time to show love and respect, trust and justice to all. There may not be tomorrow. May God change your heart.