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Nnoruka Udechukwu SAN has spoken as the archetypal Igbo Lagosian would. The former Attorney-General of Anambra State used to be among the multitude in the Igbo political, bureaucratic and business elite corps who would opt for silence on matters of public discourse, especially the very controversial ones. The Igbo Lagosians have dominated the political landscape of Alaigbo unchallenged until the emergence of restive youth groups agitating for self-determination. Pro-Biafra agitation, which was initiated by Ralph Uwazuruike’s MASSOB, was looked upon as yet another pressure tool to enable the Igbo Lagosians to obtain a greater share of the national pie on behalf of the rest of Ndiigbo. It has obviously taken the likes of Nnoruka Udechukwu in the Igbo elite corps a very long time to appreciate the fact that there is a world of difference between the modus operandi of Uwazuruike’s MASSOB of the past and Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB of today.

So, Nnoruka Udechukwu now wishes to speak out on behalf of the multitude of Igbo Lagosians and their fellow elites in the Igbo Diaspora. Standing on the sidelines is no longer an option, while the fate of Alaigbo, its people and culture are under imminent existential threat. The era when silence used to be golden is long behind the conscientious Igbo in today’s Unitary Nigeria. As Udechukwu portrays it, IPOBians “are doing everything possible to attract avoidable conflict to our region” through their increasingly provocative activities. The learned brother cautions that verbal pledges to support Nnamdi Kanu’s group shall not be kept if war is allowed to erupt. Those who promise intervention during open hostilities may only be looking for opportunities to sell their weapons to the most lucrative bidder in the ensuing conflict.

Udechukwu expended ample bandwidth on explaining how IPOBians’ Biafra shall not be economically viable or politically stable. He used many illustrations to show how the Biafra that IPOBians are seeking to restore is not worth dying for in today’s global circumstances. He enjoins the IPOBians to de-escalate their acerbic rhetoric and bellicosity toward even potential allies. Almost as an afterthought, Nnoruka Udechukwu suggests that IPOBians should “join other ethnic groups to demand restructuring”, whatever that’s supposed to mean. In summation, he sees IPOB as deliberately attempting to trigger warfare that can ravage Alaigbo again as was the case during the Civil War.

Nnoruka Udechukwu may have succeeded in spotlighting the many operational weaknesses of the IPOB as an organized entity. Where the learned brother failed woefully is his inability to show a profound understanding of the ideology that informs the self-determination quest of the typical pro-Biafra agitator. He would have been in a better position to communicate with IPOBians if he addressed alternative and preferable nonviolent options for achieving the group’s quest. Blaming vocal protestations as a clear invitation to war does not make any sense. Those who prefer violence as a solution for everything are in control of all the instruments of coercion from the Aso Rock Villa.

To read Nnoruka Udechukwu’s advice to IPOBians, go to the LNC USA website homepage and scroll toward the bottom. Share as widely as possible with your social media contacts as usual.