May 7, 2017
The flag of any nation is a strong national symbol of the State. Attitudes of the populace to the flag clearly epitomizes their patriotism. The flag is not only regarded for its artistic value but for the norms and values of the State it represents which is inherent in its artistic design.
The colourful flag of Nigeria appears to have lost the norms and values inherent in its artistic design in that the message it portrays in the outside is farfetched to the observation of an ordinary Nigerian.
The Nigerian flag consists of two colours. The green colour is said to stand for the rich and fertile soil while the white colour stands for peace.
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Let's examine the attitude of Nigeria as a State towards her flag and the allegiance and patriotism of an ordinary Nigerian towards that all important national symbol.
Prior to discovery of crude oil in the southern region of the country, Nigeria was recognized internationally as a food basket. But that position has long been lost owing to oil exploitation, overdependence and environmental negligence of the region producing the oil. In those days when Nigeria was synonymous with agriculture, the North was known for large production of groundnuts among other. The West produced cocoa while the East and South were popular for large production of palm oil, cassava and sea foods. Regrettably, all that have become memories.
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The Nigerian government has given up to agriculture in favour of oil exploitation. Crude oil is practically the only product that the country produces at the moment. Oil spillage and gas flaring among other hazardous activities in connection with oil drilling are telling overwhelming environmental degradation on the oil rich region. The rich soil in the East and South is polluted and abandoned. The water from where sea foods are sourced are now polluted. The government has neglected farming in the North and West all for oil in the East and South.
Where has gone agriculture? Where is the green on Nigerian flag? The government through their hate policies and activities in East and South (Biafra regions) has virtually turned the once rich green to a pale green colour.
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With extra judicial killings of lawful Biafrans in the East and South, series of Boko Haram attack in the North, killing of Northern Christians by Muslims, fracas between Hausa/Fulani and Yoruba in the West, burning of property belonging to Igbo traders in the West by the Yoruba, it is reasonably logical for the sensible to ask:
Where has gone peace? Where is the white on Nigerian flag? The white colour is now blood-stained and dark-spotted. Therefore, the new Nigerian flag is:"Pale green, stained white, and pale green."
Since hatred for Biafrans would not allow Nigerian politicians to reason in the thought of Naomi Chomsky who said, "among the hardest tasks that anyone can undertake, and one of the most important, is to look honestly in the mirror", they are bound to sail Nigeria to a definite wreck.
By Ejike Ofoegbu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers