A friend just informed me that Radio Biafra read sections my article on its radio programme yesterday about why Nigeria should not let the Igbos leave Nigeria.
According to this friend who listened to the programme, Radio Biafra Deputy Director, Uche Mefor, is not happy that I followed the bandwagon by reducing the Biafran struggle to an Igbo cause. According to him, Biafra is not an Igbo agenda but a restoration of a historical map which cuts across traditional Igbo land to as far as present day Kogi State and some part of present day Yoruba and Niger Delta lands, and even up to Cameron.
Well, I have in the past studied this historical map and it is true that historical Biafra cuts across traditional Igbo land, however, this historical map has now twice been replaced by a political map. The first replacement was by the creation of Nigeria by the British while the second replacement was the creation of geo-political zones by the Nigerian government.
The implication of these events is that historical Biafra no longer exist, at least in consciousness. What exist today in Nigeria is a country full of tribes and states that are not comfortable with themselves.
I was shocked to find out some weeks ago that I have brothers in Delta state who are willing to die for the Biafran cause, yet they are practically not Igbos. I have seen Ijaw people show the same commitment to the Biafran cause. The failure of the Nigerian government has sold Biafra into the heart of millions of Nigerians. The Radio Biafra propaganda is also effective.
This is one thing the ‘modern’ Biafran proponents must know -The historical perception of Biafra no longer exist. What exist today is tribes, states, geopolitical zones and Nigeria. To rebuild the consciousness of the historical map will require partnership, love, trust, hardwork and intelligence. The people behind Radio Biafra do not have these qualities.
In as much as I respect the Biafra right to secession and I admit that Biafra is not Igbo alone, I still believe that a restructured Nigeria will be better than a divided Nigeria. This is the singular reason why we should restructure Nigeria on time before it is divided in time.