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Tuesday 24 January 2023

IECF 2023 Igbo President Threat; Should Nigeria be Afraid


Written by Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers 

January 24, 2023

The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF) is an organization comprising of many notable political figures from the Southeastern part of Nigeria. On different occasions, this organization that fronts the former governor of Anambra state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, as their leader, has threatened the Nigerian government with the Igbo people quitting Nigeria should the federal government deny the region the 2023 president.

The Igbo people have been sidelined politically in a country that they spearheaded its independence in 1960. Since independence till date, the Igbo have ruled Nigeria for only 194 days. Unfortunately, the man (Aguiyi Ironsi) who ruled, was murdered in office. Some spurious individuals attribute this mistreatment against the Igbo race to the 1966-1970 Biafra-Nigeria war. They have however failed to revisit the activities before, during and after the war.

The recent threats from the IECF over 2023 presidential elections are what baffle me. Isn't it a total joke to think that the Nigerian government will bend its decisions because of IECF which cannot boast of its eminence even in the region they come from?

The IECF cannot point at any single demand they previously made that was met by the Nigerian government. The IECF demanded that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), be released to them, but the leader is still in detention. They promised barrage of sanctions against any Igbo person that will be a running mate to anyone outside the Igbo territory in the 2023 presidential elections but Ifeanyi Okowa is still moving freely. The IECF demanded that the PDP and APC parties in Nigeria should make an Igbo person their presidential candidate in 2023 elections, but the two didn't. Still heaven didn't fall.

Aren't IECF threats a political statement aimed at neutralizing the greatest force in the region which is IPOB. Anyone staking his coins for IECF threats should get ready for heartbreak. As birds of different motives, when this game is up, they will sing different songs.

Nigeria being a colonial construct is not designed to favour the Igbo man. The hatred against the Igbo race stems from the Nigerian independence which the Igbo people engineered. The colonialists when leaving, made sure that the Igbo race does not enjoy the country. The earlier the Igbo people come to this realization the better.

Anyone promising you president is only making a mockery of the pitiful condition of the Igbo people in Nigeria. This is the reality that will keep vindicating itself as far as the Igbos keep habouring such hope.

Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah 

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