The Unrealistic Pursuit Of “IPOB” By The Igbo Youths: The Want To Channel The Youthful Power Correctly
The typical Igbo man is imbued with pure knowledge and sense of judgment to have the ability to discern and make rational choices given each scenario. Therefore, it’s disappointing to see Igbo youths, trooping out of their numbers, chanting the now proscribed “IPOB” solely to be massacred of their numbers, in chilly blood. One will ask, why embark on a journey, figuring out it’s doomed to fail? Why danger their lives for “IPOB”, when the youths have tomorrow, their household and family members as we speak? Will not be but time for the youths to come back again and have a rethink? The youths ought to desist from placing their lives in jeopardy, for the “utopian state of Biafra. The youths inflict grief and ache on their family members who’re anguished by the dying of the youths, who die whereas in search of to ascertain their imaginative state, the place every little thing is ideal.
To an incredible extent, the youths have a bit of of the sympathy of the author. Why will the youth not look for that good state, when state governors who obtain allocations month-to-month, and reasonably than make sufficient provisions for the fundamental facilities of life for the youths, divert identical for his or her good points? From this viewpoint, one can think about the frustration and helplessness of the youths and their perpetual falling gullibly, to the thought of getting a separate “state,” the place the fundamental facilities of life, shall be supplied for his or her consolation. What the Igbo youths fail to grasp, is that, within the unlikely or possible occasion of reaching that eager for that “state”, it’s nonetheless the identical politicians or political class, that will hijack your entire course of, and proceed to counterpoint themselves and their generations whereas the youths proceed to undergo and languish in abject poverty and perpetual neglect.
The youths ought to reasonably channel their surging vitality, in the direction of realizable and lawful engagements, geared toward altering the unlucky state of affairs in Nigeria. If the youths, inside a brief time period, have been capable of finish the SARS, why can’t additionally they by way of peaceable protests, finish unhealthy governance by their varied state governors who’re immediately in command of the month-to-month allocations, given to every state, and who’ve, sadly, immediately and massively mismanaged the widespread sources meant to enhance the wellbeing and welfare of the plenty?
Quite than channelling their youthful vitality in the direction of the dangerous journey of getting a Biafran State, why don’t the youths, as an alternative, direct identical peaceable demonstration that ousted SARS, to finish unhealthy governance within the states, throughout the southeast of Nigeria?
It’s unlucky that the majority jap states, regardless of the receipt of month-to-month allocations from the federation account, have failed and uncared for to supply the fundamental facilities of life to its topics. The youths in these states, who’ve since misplaced hope of their state governments and don’t rely on the federal government for something, are struggling every day to make a residing out of nothing, whereas, the state governors, who must no less than present the fundamental facilities of life, by the development of fine roads, constructing of hospitals and colleges, are busy, serving to themselves with the identical sources meant for the event of the states.
It’s strongly believed that the assorted state governors who’re doing little or nothing with state sources are doing so, as a result of, the youths tolerate and bear the unhealthy governance. Is it not time but, for the youths to peacefully problem the unhealthy governance by the assorted state governors reasonably than embarking on a journey which can yield nothing on the finish, for his or her good? Will not be time for the youths in Igbo land to cease and put an finish to the huge mismanagement of state sources by these they “voted” into energy within the varied states, by way of peaceable agitations, reasonably than in search of for the unrealizable state of Biafra?
It’s strongly suggested that the Igbo youths mustn’t proceed to danger their lives for IPOB! It’s now not information that innumerable numbers of Igbo youths, misplaced their lives, to this course. Majority of the Igbo youths are at the moment languishing in prisons, hoping that sometime, a”messiah” will emerge and free them. However the fact is, it might by no means occur. The youths needn’t take the legal guidelines into their palms, associating with the proscribed IPOB. The youths needn’t sacrifice their lives, for IPOB, after they have a really brilliant future forward of them. The time for the youths in Igbo land, to put on their considering cap and alter their technique is now. The time to save lots of the lives of the Igbo youths and that of their family members, who would possibly die, mourning the youths killed on this illegal agitation for IPOB, is now. The youths should cease this IPOB demonstration now. The answer to the backwardness of the jap states, within the provision of fundamental facilities of life, to engender, development and growth, doesn’t lie, in IPOB. The answer lies, with guaranteeing that state sources are used solely for the event of the state. The youths mustn’t permit few people they voted into energy as governors, to mismanage and deprive them, of their commonwealth. The governors have continued to topic the youths to abject poverty and deprivation of fundamental facilities of life, as a result of the youths have didn’t realized or in all probability protest, towards the huge mismanagement of state sources by these in whose palms the sources have been entrusted.
The time to alter course is for the youths, is now. The youths must be alive to realize good governance. The Igbo youths should not proceed with IPOB! The reality is that IPOB has been proscribed and declared a terrorist group. Consequently, any affiliation by anybody, with IPOB, is illegal and such affiliation has grave penalties in regulation. Igbo youths want to grasp this all-important reality. If what the youths are wanting ahead to reaching is sweet governance, then, the proscribed IPOB, can by no means be a way, by which that laudable goal could possibly be achieved. The youths ought to reasonably channel their vitality in the direction of the state governors and make them accountable to the folks by way of peaceable agitations.
One believes that what Nigeria witnessed throughout the SARS demonstration, is only a tip of what awaits these on the helms of affairs in every state, who’re utilizing the state sources to counterpoint themselves. The time to proper the wrongs, occasioned by the ingrained customized of mismanagement of state sources for private good points, for these in energy, is now. The time to return the looted state sources for the even growth of states in Nigeria, by each current and previous state governors, is now. A time shall come, when the folks shall take it no extra! A time shall come after they (the political class) shall don’t have any hiding place any extra. A time shall come when the folks shall take again, peacefully what rightly belongs to them.
It could not matter then, how lengthy you could have left energy. You can’t be flourishing and having fun with the comforts of life with state sources whereas the folks, who voted you into energy, are perpetually languishing in abject poverty. A day shall come when the folks shall say, “sufficient is sufficient” it is likely to be too late for you then. Sure, I’m talking to you, the governor, the Senator, the Home of Rep Member, the Minister, and so forth. The time to make amends is now.
It’s the governors who obtain month-to-month allocations to develop the states however fail in that accountability, that precipitated and introduced untold hardship to their very own folks. The pensioners are dying of their numbers as a result of the governors have uncared for and refused to pay their pensions, regardless of availability of state funds. The individuals are dying every day on the roads as a result of the governors didn’t assemble the roads, regardless of the receipt of allocation month-to-month. The sick within the society are dying every day within the hospitals as a result of the governors refused to construct good hospitals, regardless of the provision of funds. The aged individuals are dying every day as a result of they’re uncared for by the governors, who swore on oath to work for the nice of the folks. The graduates are jobless as a result of the federal government refused to create an enabling setting for job creation. The youngsters are roaming the streets, as a result of their dad and mom whom the governors owe, can not afford their schooling in personal colleges. The governors have turned deaf ears to the wailings and anguish of their folks. The governors are silent, when their folks die every day, for his or her negligent and depraved conducts. Although they can not escape the regulation of karma, they fail to understand that, nobody ever goes to his grave along with his wealth. The time to alter is now. Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you! A phrase they are saying, is sufficient for the sensible. The political leaders, the youths, he who has ears, let him hear! I relaxation my case.
Nkem Okoro, Esq.
Human Rights Activist & Constitutional Lawyer
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