One of the most visible evidence that Nigerians are still under the bondage of mental slavery is the “Who is really Eboe, Ibo or Igbo?” question. Not may Nigerians know who is Igbo and many believe Igbos are people from the South-East while some people from the South-South say they are not Igbo.
I am not sure how many Nigerians have taken time to find out the origins of their tribes and how the names came or where the names were derived from. The legacy of slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism has forced many Nigerians and infact most black people to allow the oyibos and the slave masters to think for us and write our history for us.
What many Nigerians today know as Igbo is people of the South-Eastern zone whereas the British when they arrived knew the entire Biafra territory as “Eboes” and the old Eastern region as “Eboes” also. Unfortunately, for some weird reason or perhaps mental slavery even educated people do not answer these questions nor ask them.
A basic research on the Biafran territory and the Bight of Biafra as it were before the coming of the British colonial terrorists showed that slaves from both the Bight of Benin and Bight of Biafra were classified as Eboes.
To better understand who is Igbo we must look at the question from the British perspective and also from the assessment of Frederick Lugard, the British colonial thug who was formerly the Governor General of the Northern protectorate before he was elevated to the post of Governor General of both North and Southern protectorate that allowed him to carry out his amalgamation.
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Frederick Lugard had in his book published in 1922 assessed black people this way “His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than the that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached”
While I think Lugard may be correct but I also think he did not have enough interaction with all shades of black people to make such an assessment.Another key information to look at in order to answer the Igbo question is to examine the classification of the slaves from the Bight of Biafra during the slavery era.In the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britian and Ireland, Pg 308 -it said “The Eboes are a numerous and thriving people at Sierra Leone and many of them have acquired wealth and influence. They come from a country on the west bank of the River Niger, not far from its fall into the sea, and those who inhabit that country are described as tall and robust, capable of enduring great fatigue, frequently paddling their own large canoes for forty-eight hours without taking food”.This was published in 1886 when there was no Nigeria or South-South or Southeast - so where did they identify the Igbos from?
If we also refer to the etymology of African races published in 1837 which said "Mr. Edwards, in his history of the West Indies, says, that all the slaves brought from Calabar and Benin to the colonies are termed Eboes, except a particular class distinguished by the name of Mokos. (Prichard -1837)
The term Igbo had been used by the British to deceive us. The Igbo term was also used to Brainwash and incite the likes of Obasanjo, Gowon and Adekunle for the civil war. This you can see when Adekunle in an interview said “I don't care if they are ibos or not. I want to block all foreign aids from getting to that part of the country as long as this whole people have not given up yet”
If you have ever read about the Lander Brothers and their voyages, it was recorded that the Lander brothers were kidnapped by the King of the Ibos -in Brass circa 1830 - 1832.
Some of the History of the Lander Brothers were recorded thus “ African tribesmen later accused Lander of witchcraft, forcing him to drink poison to determine whether or not he was indeed a witch. Since he survived, the charges of witchcraft were rescinded, and Lander eventually returned to England (in July 1828). In England, Lander published "Journal of Richard Lander from Kano to the Sea Coast" (1829) and "Records of Captain Clapperton's Last Expedition to Africa, with the Subsequent Adventures of the Author" (1830).http://goo.gl/wwBRNK
The long and short of this story is that the British had their own problems with Eboes or Igbos. They also have places they marked as being Igbos. It does not matter if the man from Ijo or Ogoni or Ikwerre or Oguta says he is not Igbo, the British have an idea of where they believe Igbos are from and work with that. You may have noticed that an Ijaw man or Ogoni man in Lagos is referred to as “omo Ibo” and referred to as “Yamiri” in the North -how then did the stereotype come? It is reasonable to assert that neither Gowon, nor Obasanjo nor Adekunle had visited the Eastern region before the war, how then did they know who was Igbo and who was not?
Gowon and other British lackeys were used during the civil war to kill fellow blacks -none of them remembered Martin Luther King Jr was fighting against Racial Injustice with the same oyibo then. Gowon and his fellow British lackeys did not remember there was something like Apartheid in South Africa then and the likes of Steven Biko and Mandela were fighting against it, but instead they joined the same oyibo to slaughter fellow blacks based on the British engineered crap of Igbo or not Eboe as the case might be. The Biafran war was perhaps the first war of blacks vs blacks with oyibo fighting by proxy and remember Lugard said “black people love weapons as orientals love jewels”
One key thing you must observe is the effort of the British and the BBC to see how they can limit the Igbos to the newly created South-East and also limit the Biafra question to the South East.This is a carefully orchestrated British fraud using their lackeys especially in the North.
You may have noticed that the BBC and CNN and mainstream media are not reporting the Biafra agitations and protests, this is deliberate and you may also ask how they were able to enshrine a sense of terror to the Biafra question in our minds. Please don't get me wrong, Biafra can comfortably exist like Arewa and Oduduwa but the “British engineered division” is the problem. Till tomorrow morning, any major project to be carried out in Nigeria or any black nation, the approval of the former colonial masters are required. Example- in the news about the Biafra agitation, the British will tell other countries how they want it reported. If the BBC does not allow it, the others will not, this is the same for other former colonies. FOR ANYONE MAKING THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THE BRITISH IS DOING THAT IN GOOD FAITH, LOOK AT THE NORTH SUPPOSEDLY A FRIEND OF THE BRITISH AND HOW BACKWARD AND IMPOVERISHED THEY ARE, THEN ASK IF THE BRITISH HAS EVER DONE ANY GOOD THING FOR THE NORTH.
You may have noticed especially those that live in oyibo land that oyibos believe blacks are brainless-it all boils down to our inability to read their leg. How can Scotland of less than 6 million people be looking for independence and a 49 year old Cameron conducts a referendum? Whereas 75 year old blackman called Buhari is shooting and killing fellow blacks just for mentioning Biafra--have you wondered why? Is it not as simple as a discussion to address the Biafra issue? Why then is Nigeria afraid of discussing it?
The Igbo question is the biggest problem of the Nigerian state and the British while secretly fighting the Igbos using the Hausa/Fulani and other British lackeys are seen as though they wished Nigeria, black people or the Hausa/Fulani well, this is a lie.
The Biafra war if examined might lead to the British being asked to pay reparations to the old Eastern region like the Germans do to the jews but with the other Nigerians being mental slaves, it has not been possible to discuss the war. No one has examined why Hospitals, Schools, churches, markets were bombed and unfortunately the likes of Gowon and Obasanjo are still mentally enslaved to the British that they are unable to tell other Nigerians what happened.
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It is pure gullibility to think that the war was fought by Nigeria or Nigerians when the British Incited the war, provided the justification for the war, imposed an air land and sea blockade of Biafra, provided mercenaries, even gave Gowon loans in addition to weapons to prosecute the war.
The idea that the North should work against any form of Unity in the old Eastern region was also a part of British fraud and treachery. They had claimed that the North had nothing and would starve without the South but they carefully ensured that Nigeria has only one source of foreign exchange earner - oil. The same British that is telling the North they would starve also has substantial interest in Zimbabwe that is not only landlocked but also without oil to the point of looking to invade Zimbabwe --Why do we allow them to deceive us?
The British told the North not to accept the Aburi accord that would have prevented the war.
The British talked the North out of the oil sharing agreement accepted by Republic of Biafra that would have also ended the war. The same British engineered the demonization and marginalization of Igbos after the war. How well has Nigerian done since the war? What have they achieved?
Is it not pure black man's stupidity that another man from England will come and tell you to stop a fellow black from developing even when they have already developed and you agree?
The same British brought the idea of rigging census and election results yet in the UK every house and individual is accounted for to a large extent. Are we not being deceived here?
Nigeria would have worked well if the British left it alone or allowed it to run on truth and justice. The British knows that sustaining the lie and injustice is difficult and that was what they engineered which is what they did in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The British did the same thing in Malaysia and Singapore. They did the same thing in Israel/Palestinian areas and it appears it is only in black Africa that the British is yet to be defined as the evil they are.The day Nigeria can expel the British serpent from its affairs is the day peace may become possible.
Has anyone taken time to ask why things like true federalism, accurate census, fiscal federalism, competition based economy, diversified economy and transparent elections are being avoided by Nigeria? Why do the British prefer the lackeys of Obasanjo and Buhari era as our leaders? Do you know? Have you asked?
If they can think of invading Zimbabwe just like that http://goo.gl/l5FhL4 do we still have doubts that they have no regard for black life and blood?
For those who spend time to say Biafra is Igbo or not should better spend the time to look for how we can be together or part in peace instead of allowing the oyibo insult our intelligence just like that.
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The Biafra question is given too much prominence by the British using their lackeys, it is to Nigeria and indeed all black peoples advantage to revert to the regionalism we had that made oyibo successful before 1960.Biafra was the name that unified the people of the old Eastern region and that is why the British with other lackeys are working to remove it by all means and introduce the division. An 1850’s map of Africa shows Biafra and the Bight of Biafra http://goo.gl/s8POuz. The Bight of Biafra was renamed Bight of Bonny after the war - What actually is the British trying to achieve with the lackeys?
If you checked the primary school you attended, it has probably not been refurbished since independence. Most colleges that were established by the oyibos before independence are today eyesores with no known expansion plans, have you wondered why?
The British make sure they pitch one ethnic group against the other to ensure that black people remain in complete darkness. The British manufacturers little or nothing today, they go to China like we do and we need to cut off the British stone around our neck if we must make progress. If anyone thinks “One Nigeria” favours the blacks more than the British is pure lie.
It is shameful that a Cameron who is 49 years old and just a toddler when Buhari was already a coupist will today come to order Buhari around. Imagine Cameron ordering Buhari to arrest Nnamdi Kanu and he obeys and to make matters worse, a President would have a section of his people angry over something no matter how little and he is unable to address it because Cameron has not permitted him to do so. If black people can start asking basic questions like why the oyibos will prefer one candidate to another and stop making blacks objects of mockery and ridicule, that will be great. Those that think Cameron was right in ordering Buhari to arrest Nnamdi Kanu must also ask if a white man can ever be arrested somewhere to make a white man happy.
Shouldnt the renewed Biafra agitation have been a time for discussion if indeed there was anything called brotherhood in Nigeria?
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