Already much have been said as more have been done since the discovery of crude oil in Nigeria on Sunday 15 January 1956 by Shell Dar. But it is pathetic to know that the relationship between the state/non-state actors (colonial Master/oil companies) and the host communities where the oil wells are domiciled by God (mother nature) is that of master & slave relationship. This positive discovery instead of being a blessing to the host communities has become a cause to their existence. On the other hand the state/Non-state Actors has immensely blossomed in socio-economic boom. ‘The hen that lay the golden eggs (host communities) have languish in abject poverty and environmental degradation.
The same question have continued to echo “who has benefited benevolently from the proceed from crude oil in Nigeria? No wonder the multi-national corporations and their mother nations rejoice on the lines of the poverty inflicted upon the host communities in Niger-Delta/South East by this obnoxious socio-economic relationship. The only gift the host communities are allowed to own solely is the environmental degradation and poverty created by the crude exploration of the crude oil in these communities.
Yet upon this inhumanity to mankind; one may ask these questions;
1, ‘will the oppressor ever repent’and end this everlasting structural exploitation?
2, ‘Will the oppressed be set free sometime?
3, ‘If yes. When will this be? If No, why?
4, ‘Is it when the crude oil reserves has exhausted? Only God knows….?
However beyond these structured socio-economic aggrandizement going on in the South-south/South-eastern region of Nigeria in West Africa. The psychological mutilation of the socio-ideological relationship between the Niger Deltans and the Igbos using the crude oil as a weapon of mass destruction has been long noted. These multi-national corporations and their Hausa-Yoruba local champions(Care-takers) use the various world class media platforms and other Non-state actors/institutions to propel these multi dimensional conspiracies. The international media platforms owned by these multi national companies are propaganda machinery only doing their masters job. The international conspiracy partners ensures that the world does not know the truth. They ensures that the world will never hear you scream when they bit you up, kill or maim you. Through their control of the international media platforms, they confiscate the truth and enthrone lies by informing the people of the world falsely to favor their trademark ‘exploitation’. They inject disunity among the multiple nations in the region, while they harvest/plunder the natural resources from south-south/south-east region.
The greatest attempt to liberate these impoverished host communities from this unhealthy International conspiracy, was scuttled by the effective use of media platforms owned by these multi-national corporation. Through these media platforms they deceived the Niger Deltan’s during the 1967-1970 Civil war to believe that ‘crude oil’ is more valuable than ‘freedom’. According to America’s secret files on Ojukwu (2) Published on February 26, 2013 by pmnews; “In a broadcast to the German people on BayerischerRundfunkMuchen (Bavarian Broadcasting, Munich) on 11 September 1967, Klaus W. Stephan, the West African correspondent of the service for many years, said Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu had harbored an ambition to “alter the political constellation of power in Nigeria by means of the army one day”.
The question which remain unaswered by the host communities is- Between Crude oil and freedom which of them is more precious to mankind development? While the former is a commodity with price tag, the later is a valuable psychological priceless virtue. Yet the answer is very simple because only a fool will prefer crude oil to freedom. With all these scrambles and petitions for crude oil-BLACK GOLD; Yet Freedom is everything. The only precious gift more valuable than freedom is ‘life’. Hence the struggle for Biafra freedom of self determination is much more than crude oil.
Therefore it is timely to remember old memories which helps in the avoidance of costly mistakes of our past. During the “civil war for freedom” in 1967-1970 in SOUTH EAST Nigeria, the Nigerian government through their controlled media platforms and BBC radio news, deceived the Niger Deltan’s to believe that Ojukwu and the Biafra’s were after their crude oil. This was only a deceitful fabrication manufactured in the media factories owned by partners in crime (both local and international). The aim was only to pervert the psyche of the Niger Deltan’s and cause them to withdraw their support from the Freedom fight. They were injected with the ecstatic feeling that crude oil is more valuable than freedom.
After 48 years, the Niger Delta have discovered the value of freedom. Their younger generation now understand the dynamics of freedom. While their older men/women still living in the regrets of their past mistakes, they blame themselves for selling out their freedom so cheap on the alter of ethnic prejudice and sentiment. The recent change in Niger Delta’s Ideology can be noted during the recent protest by Biafra agitators which started from Bayelsa to Rivers, before Aba in South east.
The Igbos have paid huge prices all these past years waiting patiently for their Niger Delta brothers to wake from slumber. If only time will permit I will like to tell you the huge prices the Igbos have paid for the Niger Delta kinsmen to learn the truth and wake from slumber. Need be it that i must mention only but a few for posterity sake;
1,The Igbos lost their properties to their own brothers in Rivers state in the name of “abandon properties” after the Biafran war.
2,The Igbos paid with over 5 million lives before, during and after the civil war. Meanwhile the actual king pin who caused the war was Kaduna Nzeogwu from Delta state (a state in NIGER DELTA/south south).
3,Yet the Igbos gave all their votes to the Niger Deltans (Goodluck Jonathan) in 2011 and 2015.
…..What more can a brother give to his brother who denied him brotherhood in the middle of a costly war? … but then brother is brother.
You must believe me that the Igbo people have given all they have for the sake of Freedom and brotherhood. No question about their quest for self determination for many years. I am happy now the Niger Delta’s have realized that “the key to resource control lies in the belly of freedom”. The Niger Delta’s now know the truth and have joined forces with the Igbos to fight for their freedom. At last the costly prices the Igbo people paid during the post Biafra war, is not in vain.
Nothing in this world can withstand this family reunion between the south south and the south east being driven by a strong believe in FREEDOM. Only a fool will think this is a joke! Let us watch and see!
A piece from Biafra Mankind.
(MANKIND DEVELOPMENT ADVOCACY FOUNDATION)