I have just seen a statement on social media credited to Pa Ayo Adebanjo where he said as follows:
“Nigeria has shown that they want Peter Obi to be their president by voting for him. If INEC dares to rig the election, Nigerians should protest seriously for international communities to intervene. If you don’t want Igbo man to rule Nigeria, then allow them to go and have their Biafra”.
Whether the statement was made by Pa Ayo Adebanjo or not, the truth is that the statement remains the truth. We are not begging INEC to do the right thing. Peter Obi is not desperate to become the President of Nigeria. He is on a mission to salvage Nigeria.
The Igbo man can survive anywhere in the world. We have passed through fire, and it did not burn us, and through rivers and oceans and were not drowned. We leave our homeland to invest in and develop other Regions of Nigeria showing that we believe in Nigeria but we are rejected.
If Nigeria proves unsalvageable and irredeemable, we are not to blame. Onye a juru aju anaghi aju onwe ya (He that is rejected does not reject himself).
If they don’t want Peter Obi to rule Nigeria, they have rejected us finally and have no reason to stop us from ruling ourselves as an independent nation by whatever name we choose to call ourselves. We may revive our old Republic of Biafra or answer a new name, REPUBLIC OF LOWER NIGER, to include our brothers from the Middle Belt and South-South regions who believe in fairness, equity and justice.