In his essay on “Ohaneze must reposition” on March 5, 2017 in Vanguard, Nwakanma stated:
“…John Nwodo [new president of Ohaneze] has the kind of training, preparation, and political experience that should stand him in great stead in this unique task, and at this unique moment when the Igbo need a rallying force in negotiating its future political and economic place in contemporary Nigeria…” — Obi Nwakanma
With focus and emphasis on his postulation that “the Igbo need a rallying force in negotiating its future political and economic place in contemporary Nigeria”, [emphasis mine], Nwakanma, in a definite Freudian slip, actually states what was wrong with the old Ohaneze, the current Ohaneze, or even whatever Ohaneze might morph into in the future should it have as its goal, Nwakanma postulated.
Here is our reality:
• The Igbo are not looking to find a future in Nigeria.
• The Igbo are not looking to negotiate a political future in Nigeria.
• The Igbo are not looking to find an economic place in Nigeria.
• Biafra is what the Igbos want and what they want their future to be. An independent Biafra is the only lasting, protective, effective and realistic platform to negotiate with Nigeria (yes, WITH Nigeria, not IN Nigeria), on anything, and only when it is in the mutual interest of both parties—both independent sovereign nations.
There are still Igbo elite as can readily be found in Ohaneze, and other Igbo intellectuals of which Nwakanma is definitely an example, who continue to carry on an obviously one-sided love affair with Nigeria, a moth foolishly romancing the flame, its nemesis.
Ohaneze failed in the past because it did not want to accept the fact that “Oha” does not want Nigeria and instead wants Biafra.
If Nwobodo listens to Nwakanma as per Nwakanma’s essay, he will waste Igbo’s time, Ohaneze will get nowhere with Nigeria (just as it had not in the past), and Ohaneze will be no closer to Oha, no closer to representing, presenting and implementing what Oha really wants: Biafra.
Ohaneze is thus a case-example of double rejection: Rejected by Nigeria which it vigorously woos (precisely because it is Igbo); and rejected by the Igbo because its alignment with and preference for Nigeria alienates the Igbo people.
The task facing Nwobodo and Ohaneze today is for them to truly admit, if not understand, how deep the desire for Biafra runs among Igbo and other Biafrans, and thus, to align with the people, Oha, to assure that Biafra is actualized in the shortest possible time.
Failing that, Ohaneze will remain irrelevant to Oha. But, it can always be a social club for the Igbo elite and intellectuals, as it has always been: ask the other useless-to-Oha Igbo organization called “World Igbo Congress”, WIC.
Oguchi Nkwocha, MD., MSc.; Nwa Biafra [A Biafran Citizen]