How Not To Demonize And Make Mockery Of The Ways Of Our Forefathers
It is recalled that the leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) had on 12th, 14th and 15th of May 2017 issued parts one, two and three of its public statement, titled: the return of troublesome billionaires and killer-“generals” in Anambra State.
The 15th May, 2017, segment of the statement was specifically and statistically targeted at exposing killer-“generals” and violent market leaders and their violent activities in the State so as to draw the attention of the general public and relevant security agencies against the allied security threats and the forthcoming governorship election in the State.
The said public statement of ours and its parts was chiefly brought about by: increasing activities of troublesome billionaires in the State who have also pocketed strategic conventional security formations in the State and at Enugu, Umuahia and Abuja; violent activities of some killer-“generals” and violent market leaders such as wanton demolition of citizens’ private houses and properties without recourse to due process and rule of law (i.e. Okpuno- Nkwelle-Ezunaka Estate property demolition); and 2017 Anambra governorship election war drums of the incumbent Government of Anambra State.
As the release of fourth part and concluding part of the statement is being perfected and awaited, we received sad and shocking news that “General” Kenneth Okonkwor, who is “Managing Director/Superintendent General” of Governor William Obiano’s “OCHA Brigade” or “Operation Clean & Healthy Anambra” has died.
“OCHA Brigade”, which “General” Kenneth Okonkwor headed before his reported sudden death, is popularly called “Obiano militia or police”.
“General” Kenneth Okonkwor was said to have died in a fatal automobile accident while driving /coming back from a function.
A version has it that he died while returning from a Christian wake keep of one of his trader-friends while another said he died while returning from a pre-2017 Anambra governorship poll “security meeting” at Aguleri, the home of Governor William Maduabuchi Obiano of Anambra State.
The reported sudden death of “General” Kenneth Okonkwor is a lesson too many.
As recently as early May 2017, he roared and boasted before the likes of Comrades Justus Uche Ijeoma of Int’l Human Rights & Equity Defense Foundation (I-HEF) and Aloysius Emeka Attah of the Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast Zone that he is above human destruction and untimely death.
He also boasted that he had education, money, black power, connection, access to government and security establishments.
As earliest as few days ago, “General” Kenneth Okonkwor was also reported to have openly boasted in a function that anybody that stands in the way of the present Government of Anambra State in the forthcoming governorship poll, no matter who he is or represents, will be crushed.
We had in the third segment of the said statement of ours dated 15th May 2017 described killer-“generals” and violent market “leaders” in Anambra State, which “Gen” Kenneth Okonkwor belonged before his reported sudden demise as chief touts and lead-retreatists as well as militant traders and other inherently violent citizens recruited at market, communal, street and State levels for group, political and vigilante violence who got indoctrinated in the art of black powers and physical violence through guns, machetes and voodoo or criminal/killer charms.
It saddens our heart that the ways of our forefathers which were strictly laid in purity, self-discipline or restraint, abstinence from social ills and taboos, truth telling and self-contentment, protagonist self-defense, reconciliation (resulting from truth and mercy, justice and peace in inter personal, intra and inter group disputes/conflicts); prestige and honour; science of innocuous traditional medicine, etc. have over the years suffered, blackened, darkened, demonized, cajoled, lampooned, misrepresented, misinterpreted, misused and misapplied.
These bastardizations have continued till date to the extent that the ways of our forefathers and their allied good ways of life are today categorized by Christian bodies such as fundamentalist Christian bodies and persons as evil, fetish or satanic; whereas in the real sense of it, there are more evils and Satanism or satanic ways of life today in Christian bodies and persons than in the years of our forefathers or Oracular Igbo Society.
In the words of the Very Reverend Father Dr Raymond Arazu in his Man Know Thyself book published in 2003: p. 16, there are four major types of (benevolent) Ndi Dibia or Oracle Priests in Oracular Igbo Land, namely: Ndi Dibia Afa (those who specialize in divination and soothsaying), Ndi Dibia Aja (those who specialize in performing various sacrifices associated with divinities or shrines), Ndi Dibia Ogwu (those specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and disturbances with herbs, talisman, charms and rituals), and Ndi Dibia Oje N’ Mmuo (those who demystify mysteries of nature, perform miracles and communicate and intervene in good and frosty relationships between humans and supernatural, perfect spirits or benevolent ancestors).
That is to say that the ways of our forefathers being mocked and demonized today are thousands of miles away from evil doing.
Igbo Oracular Society also acknowledged the existence and abominable roles of evil, evil people and evil doing, which was why there were Ndi Ajo Mmuo (evil and wicked spirits) and Ndi Ajo Mmadu (evil minds or wicked people).