“””Needless to continue painting words and glorifying our stupidity. It is time to speak truth and make you understand that without self-defense, it is impossible to demand for self-rule. You can pursue self rule politically but can’t make it a self demand without ensuring self defense. UN charter that gave you right to self-determination also gave you right to self-defense. When you embrace self-determination without also embracing self-defense, you are nothing but a foolish man wandering in the den of lions- your death is inevitable”””
Nyesome Wike is the executive governor of Rivers state and Rivers state is legitimately under Nigerian government. There is no mincing of words here; the territorial integrity of Nigerian must be properly guarded. The key to understanding or facing reality is being dispassionate- so you can judge something from a point of justice.
Everything Wike is doing against IPOB is justified because IPOB is calling for the dismemberment of Nigeria and it is the exclusive duty of Nyesome Wike to protect the territorial integrity of Nigerian state. If Rivers is technically annexed into Kanu’s verbal Biafra; Wike will definitely have questions to answer and as such, he must protect Rivers state or face emergency rule that will technically force him out.
If you are in Wike’s shoe; you will do more than he is doing today. Your radio leader ordered you to burn down- you burnt down- killed police and soldiers- carted away with their guns and you expect him to clap for you? Wike is only being a patriotic Nigerian governor. The problem is simple; there is no patriotic Biafran leader that could match Wike’s patriotism.
This is not the time to paint words. As a member of IPOB, MASSOB, BNC and BIM-MASSOB, you are more than a criminal or simply put, a threat to the sovereignty of Nigeria. By calling for the dismemberment of Nigeria; you are committing what is called treason or treasonable felony. As a felon; what is before you is prison, death or you go the way of self defense.
UN charter declared that indigenous people have right to self-determination; it is a choice because the parent country also has a choice. This very charter also gave Nigeria the right to protect the territorial integrity of the country at all cost. When territory of Nigeria is involved- deployment of soldiers is justified. Many of us have been screaming that soldiers were unleashed against citizens- pardon- you that is asking for a separate state- are you a citizenry- of Nigeria?
UN charter made this very plain. To be able to demand for self-rule; you must be able to defend yourself. The bedrock or foundation of self-determination is self defense. You must prepare to defend yourself before asking for self determination in the manner we have chosen. The alternative to scrapping self-defense mechanism is political means of demanding for self-rule. You join politics; influence the senate to pass a bill for referendum- on the freewill of the parent country.
When you wake up and demand self-rule; it is believed you have already prepared self-defense mechanism. This is why UN charter first and foremost gave you the right to self-defense because your parent country is expected to suppress your demand which affects her sovereignty. By virtue of demanding for Biafra; you are a criminal and deserves to be treated as one.
Do not get it twisted. This analysis is not my opinion but a reality we face every day. Lekki massacre happened and the world reacted massively. How many Biafran massacres have occurred and how many people reacted? It is pertinent to ask this question- do you think they are not seeing the massacre in Biafra?
Nobody will speak up or out. The reason being that Nigeria’s territorial integrity is non-negotiable and it is criminal or undiplomatic to interfere- when Biafra is the subject- we are nothing but justified criminals.
Needless to continue painting words and glorifying our stupidity. It is time to speak truth and make you understand that without self-defense, it is impossible to demand for self-rule. You can pursue self rule politically but can’t make such demand without ensuring self defense. UN charter that gave you right to self-determination also gave you right to self-defense. When you embrace self-determination without also embracing self-defense, you are nothing but a foolish man wandering in the den of lions- your death is inevitable.
Wike is only doing his job as the executive governor of Rivers- he has to protect his state from secessionists. We are shouting massacre simply because we are not ready for freedom. The man who said he is your supreme leader is interested in fame, wealth and refreshment. Where all the money you contributed went to is where his heart lies.
Ifeanyi Chijioke- Independent/investigative journalist
Writes from Enugu