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Between Secession & Restructuring: Parable Of Faulty ATM —By Charles Ogbu

For some time now, social media appear deeply buried in an argument between Nigerians of Igbo extraction who want Biafra and other Nigerians who prefer a well restructured country.

The former appear convinced that the resurrection of the Restructuring campaign is an attempt to weaken the resolve and unionism of the Biafran agitation while the latter seem to believe the Biafran quest is too extreme and should be replaced with the demand for restructuring which they argue, is more feasible.

It is my view that the whole argument is one hell of a beautiful nonsense, a misplaced priority and monumental distraction, one that will do more harm than good to either camp.

I will try to explain this thus:

Nigeria is like a faulty ATM. The Hausa/Fulanis are the only ones currently withdrawing money from the machine in its faulty state. If this ATM is repaired, everybody will have equal chance of withdrawing according to how much he has in his account. 

But the Hausa/Fulani North will lose the undue access to other people’s money which the faulty ATM currently confers on him and which he has gotten used to. 

To this end, it is beyond argument that the North will be willing go to any length to ensure the criminally dubious status quo is maintained.

Following this scenario, the pro-restructuring group seem to be saying, “Oga North, abeg, allow make them repair this ATM nah! Abi e good as only you just dey corobi the whole money dey go?

If you no let all of us join hand repair this machine, e go soon spoil kpatakpata and when that happens, all of us go loose”

On the other hand, the Biafran group is saying, “look Mr North, nobody come here to look your face.

“In fact, as you don already over-withdraw our money for inside this machine, we no kukuma wan make dem repair anything again. 

“We simply no wan keep our money for the same bank with you again as you don show us say you no fit conduct your affair as a gentleman”

Meanwhile, due to the fraudulent arrangement Mr North has with the British bank owners when the bank was established, he (Mr North) has an edge over the other account owners at the bank. 

He has successfully resisted the repairing of the faulty ATM just as He has brutally resisted the attempt by one of the partners to take his money away from the bank.

Both the group agitating for the repair of the ATM (Restructuring group) and the other group rooting for the monies in the bank account to be divided and shared to stop the exploitative activities of Mr North (Biafran agitators) all want one thing which is to enthrone justice, fairness and equity in the operation of the Automated Teller Machine. 

To this end, it is logical to assert that neither of the aforementioned groups is the bad guy. The bad guy here is Mr North who has repeatedly opposed every move to peacefully repair this ATM even when he knew it must be repaired now or never. 

It is very important that we always remember this.

What I find pathetically funny in all of this is that rather than focus on their “peaceful” approach towards getting Mr North to allow for the ATM to be repaired, the “ATM Repair Group(Restructuring)” is busy demonizing the “Divide The Money Group (Biafrans)” accusing them of being extremist in their quest. 

Listening to them, you will be forgiven to think the Divide The Money Group, and not Mr North, is the one holding down the ATM. 

You might even be tempted to think the “Divide The Money Group” (Biafrans) just stole the document containing instructions for the repair of the Machine. 

On their own, those who want the monies divided seem to be under the impression that the agitation of the other group is nothing short of a devilish attempt to weaken their resolve and gift Mr North with the opportunity to keep stealing their collective cash in the ATM.

Mutual suspicion. Accusation and counter accusation between two groups pursuing the same noble cause but via two modus operandi. 

Meanwhile, Mr North is busy killing the ATM. And, the entire bank, not just the machine is en route to Golgota. Shame, isn’t it?

It is my humble opinion that the argument and counter argument from both the pro-Restructuring group and the Biafrans are as criminally silly as two slaves of the same slave master expending valuable time and energy, arguing over whether they should escape from their slavery through the window or through the door. 

What should be your priority as a slave is how to escape from your Master and be a free man! 

If your fellow slave wants to jump the fence or break a couple of glasses belonging to the slave master in his quest to gain his own freedom, it shouldn’t bother you.

If you think the door or gate is your own choice, focus all your energy on jumping the gate or breaking the door. What should be your priority is your own freedom, not how your fellow slave is pursuing his.

If you think the train of your fellow slave is not good enough to take you to the land of the freemen, by all means, don’t join him but you owe it to both man and God to ensure you don’t derail it.

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