Today, Monday, July 23, 2017, the staff writer at Leadership Wisdom Institute (LWI), sat down to speak with the founder and president of LWI at his base in the United States of America.
LWI is a non for profit organization designed to teach, train and develop young generation of leaders, impacting them with vision and leadership wisdom. LWI is headquartered in the U.S.A.
Our founder, Rev. Dr. CK Ekeke is a passionate leadership and biblical scholar. He is also a consultant and author.
He has written and published over 100 articles and two books – leadership wisdom and leadership liability. He’s currently writing additional books.
He received his Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Luther Rice University & Seminary in America and holds a doctorate in leadership.
He is a visiting scholar at Harvard University Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Ekeke speaks and lectures on leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, theology, public policy and conflict resolution.
He is the recipient of several awards including President Obama Volunteer Service Award in 2015. He’s listed in numerous biographical publications including Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Rev. Dr. Ekeke, what do you think about Nigeria and its current leadership?
Thank you for the question. Simply call me CK going forward in this interview. Sure, I have said it many times: Nigeria is a failed state. It is a lawless and corrupt nation. Nigeria will never work and will never be one. The foundation and creation of Nigeria in 1914 by British colonial empire was wrong and deceptive. We must stop deceiving ourselves about one-Nigeria mantra. There’s nothing sacrosanct about Nigeria. It is a failed experiment and must be dissolved peacefully to avert another civil war which will impact African economy and global community. Let us come together and reason to avert bloodshed, which will be monumental and probably destroy Sub-Sahara Africa and impact heavily on global economy.
As far as current leadership, the government of today is visionless and evil. The blame game should have been over by now. Three years later, All Progressives Congress (APC) government is still blaming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which ruled Nigeria for 16 years. All we have seen is bloodshed by Fulani herdsmen and endemic poverty and death due to bad and wicked polices of Buhari’s government. Look at what is going on the Middle Belt region – the slaughter of armless citizens and mostly Christians by Fulani herdsmen. Two years ago, I wrote and questioned whether Fulani herdsmen are above the law of the land. It is now clear to everyone that they are above the law of Nigeria simply because their brother is the president. Nigeria is simple a lawless and failed State.
How do you access what’s going on in Nigeria today?
Well, I just told you that Nigeria is a lawless, corrupt and failed state. Bloodshed, poverty, death and ethnic cleaning are what is going on now in the country. Genocide and ethnic cleaning have been activated for islamization agenda in order for President Mohammadu Buhari and his Fulani brethren to take over the lands of indigenous populations. That is what is going on. But they will fail. Nigeria cannot be Islamized. Rather, it will disintegrate and be dissolved just like the former Soviet Union, or Yugoslavia or even recently Sudan. The global powers are looking into the best way to do that despite obstacle from the British government. And I give credit to the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other genuine Biafran people working for the restoration of Biafra Republic.
We all know that Nigeria will never develop and proposer as a nation with the current structure without peaceful division of the country. Even restructuring will never help if even the North allows it. In fact, the Arewa leadership and Northern spokespersons have told us many times that Nigeria does not need any restructuring. They want the country to remain the way it is. And so, the systemic injustice, economic strangulation, political oppression, religious intolerance, ethnic hatred and envy against Biafran people and other indigenous populations have become unbearable and intolerable. Dissolution and division of the country is the only solution to Nigeria’s corrupt political elite, lawlessness and failed condition it is in now. Starting with Biafra freedom will result in freedom to the rest of indigenous populations and freedom of African from constant conflict, poverty, disease, and hopelessness.
Speaking of IPOB and Biafra quest for self-determination, what do you think about all this? Biafra Republic lost the civil war and fifty-seven years later, it looks like Nigeria is heading towards another civil war.
In the past two years, I have written extensively about IPOB and the case for Biafra restoration. The agitation for an independent State of Biafra is proper and fulfills the requirements of the United Nations Charter on self-determination. According to United Nations Charter General Assembly Resolution (A/61/295) of September 2007:
“Self-determination” is the principle and practice whereby an ethnic group, for example, an ethnic nation is in control of its own people, its own land, its own resources, and its own governance, independent of any other subtending political structure. “
Nigeria is a member of United Nations Body and signatory to self-determination resolution. Even though referendum, which is the means to self-determination is not in the 1999 constitution like the earlier versions; however, constitutional freedoms of speech and expression as enshrined in the Nigerian law, do not forbid anyone from canvassing peaceful self-government which in any event is legally permissible under diverse international humanitarian laws including the Covenant on Civil and political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human rights (UDHR) which Nigeria as a United Nations member signed on to.
Therefore, the agitation for an independent State of Biafra is proper and fulfills the requirements of the United Nations Charter on self-determination.
Self-determination is not a call for war. It is a call for freedom and mishpat.
What is mishpat sir?
One of the central teachings of the Bible and essence of Christianity that distinguishes it from all other religions invented by man is the concept of justice.
The Hebrew Bible principally uses two terms to describe it: mishpat and sadiqah.
Mishpat is usually translated justice. Biblical justice is the establishment or restoration of fair, equitable, and harmonious relationships in society. The major implication of its meaning is that any member of the community has the same rights as any other, that everyone has the same inalienable right to life and prosperity, and liberty and freedom from oppression and domination. Mishpat also means judgment in sense of balancing or working to resolve all conflicts – social, economic, and political – with the equal rights of all in mind.
Sadiqah is usually translated as righteousness. It is the moral responsibilities of relationship that we have with God, our creator or with other persons. In other words, we have to fulfill our relationship with God through obedience and observance of biblical ordinances.
And so, Mishpat and Sadiqah – form the foundation of harmonious relationship in early Jewish society. These concepts – Justice, righteousness, liberty and freedom form the essence of harmonious living and moral mandate of life.
In the Western societies, liberty, freedom and values are cherished more than life itself.
Can I continue with your previous question about IPOB and Biafra quest for freedom?
As I was saying before, self-determination is not a call for war but a call for freedom from marginalization, oppression, bondage and satanic islamizition. In fact, the quest for Biafra State by IPOB does not des not even equate to the declaration of sovereign State of Biafra in 1967 made by Biafran hero: Chief Odumegwu Ojuwkwu, who declared succession from Nigeria because General Yakubu Gowon and his northern leaders reneged on Aburi accord. General Gowon then declared war against Biafra and Biafran people fought to defend themselves from total annihilation and extermination.
Today, Gowon is parading himself as a Christian prayer warrior and a hypocrite and coward that he is while his people are being butchered and slaughtered by the Fulani herdsmen.
I have written this before; Biafra agitation is a thorny issue and the federal government must tackle it with dialogue and wisdom rather than applying force to stop the fire they will never be able to quench with weapons. Moreover, Biafran youths are peacefully seeking self-determination through referendum as enshrined in the United Nations Charter General Assembly Resolution of September 2007 – articles 1 and 2, and article 20 of the African Charter on human rights recognizing and supporting the rights of all ethnic nations and indigenous peoples have the unquestionable and inalienable rights to self-determination of which Nigeria is a signatory to.
And so, the Indigenous People of Biafra and Biafra youths are peacefully exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.
You have written a number of articles about IPOB and Biafra; what do you think of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu – the leader of group, who is currently missing following the invasion of his family home by the Nigerian military?
Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is a true, genuine and courageous person. You can see that Biafra youths have found a leader. The popular adage that says: ‘Igbo enwe eze – translated, Igbos have no kings, is a myth and rubbish slogan and statement. Today, we can see that Ndigbo do admire true and courageous leaders, who love them and willing to stand and do what is right. Just like, they love the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the late Chief Sam Mbakwe and others, so will this generation of Biafrans love Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Kenny Okwu Kanu.
Having said that, Python Dance 2 and the invasion of Prince Nnamdi Kanu royal family home by the Nigerian Army – is an atrocity that can never be forgiven. I call him Prince because his father is a king in Igbo land and that makes him a Prince. The invasion of a Royal Palace can never happen in Yoruba land or Hausa land without serious consequences.
And so, it is a collective insult on Ndigbo and their rulers that nearly a year after that satanic invasion and massacre of young Biafran youths, no Igbo ruler – traditional, religious and political has asked – why? It is a shame.
The Nigerian government headed by the Fulani military junta and now democracy have always committed these kinds of mayhem and massacre in Nigeria.
The hanging of Saro Wiwa – one of Nigeria’s intellectuals and Ogoni pride. When his people spoke and condemned the attack, the brutal Fulani dictator General Sani Abacha sent the military to unleash mayhem on the Ogoni people. Despite the intervention of Christian organizations and support of the United States Government, the entire Ogoni people would have been wiped out.
What about the invasion and massacre of Udi community in Bayelsa State by another dictator, General Olusegun Obasanjo when he was civilian president of Nigeria in 1999 in compensation for the killing of Chief Abiola – Nigeria richest man by another Fulani dictator, Ibrahim Babangida popularly known IBB. And recently, the invasion and massacre of over 100 armless Biafran youths including a family dog at the Royal Palace of HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu. Until today, no one can say for sure the whereabouts of Nnamd Kanu and his parents.
Again, it is an atrocity and collective insult on all Igbos and Biafran people in general. The invasion and killings at a Royal Palace is a desecration of that Throne and could lead to serious conflict if not outright civil war but so far the IPOB leadership currently led by Mr. Uche Mefor has managed the insult and mayhem with courage and wisdom. I applaud IPOB leadership for that.
But that does not mean that the Nigerian military – especially the Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria – Tukur Yusuf Buratai and president of Nigeria – Mohammadu Buhari will not pay for this crime of human right abuses and slaughter of innocent Biafran youths. Their case and hundreds of others are already lodged with the International Criminal Court in Hague Netherlands and several of them here in the U.S. courts as well. Despite his recent invitation to give a keynote address at ICC, which was embarrassing for both the jurists and dictator of its worst kind, the world watched in amazement the hypocrisy of President Buhari educating the learned jurists the obligations of ICC and the stupid and coward act of the ICC president.
What do you think about grazing bill and cattle colony?
Simply put, it is the means to conquer indigenous populations and Islamize the entire country. But they will fail. Nigeria can never be Islamized. While serious nations are training, discovering and developing their young generation to explore the moon, space, mars, and other planets, the Fulani of Nigeria are fixated in conquering the rest of Nigeria and colonizing the land for their cattle and cow rearing. It is really sad. Nigeria is cursed. I weep for those who call themselves Nigerians and especially the Yoruba who are quite learned and exposed but continue to play second fiddle in the nonsense and stupidity that Nigeria has become.
Buhari and his Fulani people are by the way – strangers and non-indigenes of Nigeria but they have succeeded in destroying the country. Nigeria will never be the same and can never be one. Buhari has destroyed the nation because of his ethnic jingoism and satanic quest for islamization.
Instead of indigenous peoples of the land uniting to chase these Fulani strangers out of the country, they are praying and playing cowardice while they are being killed and their lands taken by a ferocious Fulani illiterates and cattle herders. It is very sad indeed.
Let say this: The Boko haram, Fulani herdsmen and the current Nigerian military – are the new terrorists we have in Nigeria now. Off-course, the global terrorist watch group named Boko haram and Fulani herdsmen as the 2nd and 3rd terrorist groups in world. They must also name the Nigerian military as the 4th terrorist group, which they are.
Let us talk about the politicians and leadership in your region – the former Eastern region.
Sadly, we do not have leaders in South-east and so-called South-south regions. What we have are imposed politicians, who are puppets of the Hausa-Fulani Oligarchy and Sokoto Caliphate. Since the return to constitutional democracy in 1999, the former Eastern region made up of South-east and South-south have been governed by nonentities and coward politicians who bow to the Sokoto Caliphate. They do not make policies that will create jobs and favor their own people rather they work against their own people. Igbos do not have leaders but political thugs and criminals – slaves of the Sokoto Oligarchy. The South-south are also in the same boat. The region that is producing almost 80% of oil resources for the country are today inhabitable and their young people are known as militants for fighting for a fair and just treatment. Every now and then the Nigerian military will organize “Operation Crocodile Smile” in the Niger Delta area to massacre the youths and innocent and defenseless communities after their so-called leaders have taken enormous bribes and contract awards. It’s really sad and shameful.
It is difficult to explain these things to you until you live in the contraption called Nigerian. The IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu called Nigeria a zoo. I think he was kind in his choice of word. Nigeria is a hell fire that must not continue to exist in this world.
One final question. What do you think the global powers and the Church can do to help?
Off-course, the global powers and the church have powers to stop and solve the horrendous massacre of Christians going on in Nigeria.
And I’m not talking about the church of Nigeria. The church of Nigeria is a weak and coward institution. The Nigerian Christians are the most gullible Christians on the planet. In fact, when I listen to Christians in Nigeria talk, I don’t want to identify myself as a Christian anymore. I have never seen such stupidity, ignorance of the Bible and teaching of Jesus as I have seen in Nigeria. Nigerian Christians are the most gullible set of Christians on the planet.
And so, I plead to global powers and Christian organizations in America to help us intervene – if not Fulani herdsmen and Boko haram will massacre all the 100 million Christians in Nigeria and they will not put up any fight. In fact majority of them will convert to Islam. Already, most of Yoruba people who claim to be Christians today were once Muslims and continue to practice both faiths as well as their traditional religions. The founder of Chrislam – a mixture of Christianity and Islam is a Yoruba.
And so, most Nigerian Christians and their Pastors are biblical illiterate. Sometimes, I wonder if these people read the Bible at all.
Jesus Christ, whom they follow, said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
Bible scholars and theologians do not disagree on Jesus’ mission statement and it contained four radical objectives.
- Preach the gospel (good news) to the poor.
- Proclaim release to the captives.
- Recovery of sight to the blind, and
- Set free those who are oppressed.
Jesus’ mission statement was all about freedom of the oppressed and release of the captives. And that was what he did throughout His three-year ministry. He died fighting for the freedom of his people. I wonder whether Nigerian clergy and their followers do read the Bible and study the words and teaching of Jesus. Jesus Christ was not just the greatest moral leader but the greatest religious-political revolutionary of all time. They should study His words and teachings.
Any concluding thoughts.
Sure! First, I call on Ndigbo and all Biafran people including several Biafran groups fighting for Biafra Republic to unite to free themselves from marginalization, oppression, bondage, captivity and coming islamization. Without unity, we are doomed in Nigeria.
Second, I call on the global powers – U.S., EU, U.N., and other comity of nations to mediate on Nigeria versus Biafra situation. It is time for the United Nations and global powers end Nigeria forced cohabitation and false unity. Nigeria will never work and can never be one. Islamic Sharia that is entrenched in the nineteen states of Northern Nigeria can never work with constitutional democracy that most of us in the South and East believe in and practice. Let us stop deceiving and pretending and do the right thing, which is dissolution of Nigeria into three or four nations, or we revert to 1954 era when each region controlled their destiny.
Biafrans want to be freed from subjugation, oppression, marginalization, mediocrity, incompetence, jihadism, tyranny, poverty, disease, and hopelessness of Nigeria.
It’s time for Western powers and international institutions like United Nations intervene to give the Indigenous People of Biafra – a nation of also most 70 million people freedom from Nigeria. It is time to dismantle Africa and free her from wars, disease, poverty, and most importantly to enable her to live in dignity and freedom. It is time to end slavery of Africa and free her to compete like every other continent and nation on this planet.
Americans have a holy hatred for tyrants, dictatorship and destroyers of the human freedom. Every July, the U.S., Canada, France, etc. celebrate their Independence Day, culture as a people of shared value system and reflect on their war and battle for liberty and freedom.
Biafrans are tired of living in bondage, slavery and servitude. It is time to live in freedom, liberty, justice and pursuit of happiness for all. It is time to live in prosperity.
Today, many sections of the country are under siege by Boko-haram and Fulani herdsmen – armed with AK-47, sharp knives, bows & arrows among other assault weapons – openly raping young girls, married women, killing and massacring local farmers including the recent massacres of unarmed Biafra youths by Nigerian DSS, Army, and Police in several Southeast and South-south cities.
Second genocide is silently going on in Nigeria. The first genocide and starvation of Biafrans during the civil war of 1967-1970 remains one of the worst war crimes of humanity. The global powers must not keep silent while Christians and Biafrans are decimated in Nigeria.
In his classic book: ‘There Was A Country….,” the late sage, iconic poet and prophet begins with a classic Igbo proverb in his introduction:
“An Igbo proverb tells us that a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body.”
According to my study and research, there is no crime in human history that equals the cobbling of variant groups of people with vast cultural differences and value system into one country – without any set of parameters and value system that give them true identity of their new nation. That is the case of Nigeria and most of sub-Sahara Africa. But Nigeria is worse case scenario in human history, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and many other Africa commonwealth do have similar problems – but more of tribal superiority and not radical Islamic religious fanaticism like Nigeria.
Colonization of Africa is an indescribable rape and destruction of the mother continent. British colonization is the worst crime against humanity. No atrocity in human history equals it. Today, Britons have peacefully conducted a referendum to exit the European Union (EU) – the so-called BREXIT, but will not support Biafra do the same in Nigeria. What a hypocrisy! I think it is time for Britain and global powers do the needful to reorganize, restructure and dismantle this continent of blood and death called Africa starting with Nigeria.
Harriet Truman, an American slave warrior once said: “I freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
Many minority groups in Nigeria will be freed when they realize that they are slaves, guinea pigs and endangered species in Nigeria. After their freedom, then will they be able to free the rest of Africa from poverty, disease, and hopelessness.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you and God bless you. Shalom.