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Cultural and christianity in Biafra

15 August 2013, 14:54 Onyeji Dominic

I've said it severally in my write-ups that Igbo is Igbo while Biafra is Biafra. Both are mentally seen as different entities in realm of jungle. Igbo is a cultural setting with norms and traditions. Biafra is a political setting with civilize constitution or laws.

Issues concerning language are treated wisely when it comes to general ground. Igbos should use their language whenever they gather as Igbos, not as Biafrans. I am saying this because is very conspicuous that Igbo culture is dying due to the fact that Igbos are not united. Who is our king? I mean who is generally accepted or recognized as Ezeidigbo gburu-gburu?

Biafra is Christian. Yes! Heaven and earth knows it. Igbos are Christians too. That is good! But where did Bible or God say that Christians should not retain their culture, norms and traditions?

Our problems are ignorance, mediocre-living and retardation. Most of us cannot distinguish between idolatry and culture. This is why we are so confused and confounded. Sorry! Igbo, ndo!!!

This is not my first article on this issue. I’ve said a thing like before. But most of us are not taking me seriously. Let me say it again that everything in life is good. Nothing on this earth is bad.

I am a holy sage. Let other wise men be diplomatic and sentimental. I’ve chosen to be plain and blunt. People like sages and prophets are insightful and wise. They know that the bible is holy book of wisdom while culture and tradition are barbarous and crude. Take it or leave it! What I know is that culture needs the bible, and the bible needs culture. If we separate the two, Biafra will retard in decadence.

There are cases, problems and diseases that require only culture and native doctors. There are also cases, problems and diseases that require only prayers and medical doctors. Bible said it in Genesis 1 & 2 that everything in life was created by God, and that everything God created was good. There is nothing bad in life including Devil and demons. Everything that was made by God is useful in one way or the other.

There are many among us, the Igbos, who dislike Bible. Their reasons and excuses are good. I am not treating personal issue here. I am talking to Biafra as an entity. Individuals can go to hell! Man is a free moral agent! He is free do anything and serves whatever thing he likes. But when it comes to Biafra as a nation we must ensure that Christianity, tradition and culture are blended.

What am I saying? Anybody who thinks that the bible advocates slavery cannot be wrong because slavery is good. It is an experience, and experience is a great teacher. You cannot become free without living in bondage. It is slavery that actually gives birth to freedom. You cannot become a master without serving. If anyone things that I am wrong for saying these let him or her tell us: Why do we refer to our leader as Civil Servant?

Truth is that culture and tradition leads to retardation and mental constraint. This is what every sincere wise fellow will tell us. Christianity is light in contemporary world.

If we base our nation on culture alone, we will dwell in darkness and retardation like barbarians. Wisdom is light, and Bible is great book of wisdom to men of understanding, not for everybody. It takes enlightenment, high moral and goodwill to really appreciate or understand the Word.

What I am saying in essence is that Igbo and Biafra at large are regarded as light to entire world. We're not meant to be hidden like people who live and operate in darkness. Our activities at a time like this have to be open to public. We must use English as our leaguer franka in the struggle.

Freedom fighting is not done in darkness. Our agitation must be open to public because we are sons and daughters of light and wisdom. There should be nothing hidden. We're not fools. God is with us!

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