Uche, uchu, na egwu chukwu: Chidoka’s battle-cry for a New Anambra

By Editor on 09/09/2017

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After that great fall in the Curia of Pompey on March 15, 44 B.C. with the last stab by his closest ally and protegee, Decimus Junius Brutus, those who plotted the death of Julius Caesar must have looked forward to settling down to benefitting from the spoils of the coup. 

They never took into account that there would be a Mark Antonio, who would throw a spanner in the works for them. For that singular slip, they lived thereafter, many, quite briefly, to regret.

They had obviously trusted in their biblical horses and chariots. But Antonio only had one weapon – words. Shakespeare records that it was with words that he was able to move and turn around the minds of the Roman commoners, who had been convinced that Caesar, their once revered hero, was a bad man, against the murderers, leading to their eventual annihilation.

What this means is that anyone who ignores the power of words, is indeed, imperilled. It becomes more so if the person is a politician.

In Igboland today, there is no telling how deeply words are needed to jolt the society into the right consciousness. The vacuum created has left the people quite hungry. The desire is as the antelope hungers for water. Right now, the entire South East is not only adrift, it is totally drowning in the cacophony of voices coming from various sides. Never has the area needed direction and leadership than now.

No doubt, the impetus for this new direction, lies substantially in the politicians. Like Antonio, who himself was a politician, roused the people of Rome to the consciousness of their time and got them to do the needful therefrom, Igbo politicians, owe it a duty to speak directly to the current issues bothering their people. They must not only take ownership of, particularly the quest for Biafra, but interrogate all other critical sides regarding the Igbo place in Nigeria in the manner that would make the most impact.

Incidentally and instructively, many of them, have rather avoided this critical responsibility. Most have in the main, obviously in order not to give offence or rock the boat, evaded being pinned down to a particular view on the matter. They either choose to remain silent at the time they are expected to speak, or at best, papered over the issue, and when cornered and cannot avoid it any further, equivocate or speak in in general terms.

Indeed, the abiding question that has hardly been answered in recent times, is what would a Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu or Nnamdi Azikiwe have done at a time like this concerning the Igbo question? Would they have spoken out in steady, strong and loud voices and gone out there to engage their counterparts across the country to demand that ndi Igbo must be given a pride of place in Nigeria or cringed in their cocoons like fear-stricken millipedes, as some people have done?

Would they have tried to ridicule, dampen and or mortified the voices coming from their homeland at the moment, which, at worst, are only attempts to fill the leadership voids that have been created due to long years of mollifying silence or would they have found a way of engaging, reasoning and remonstrating if need be, in order to come up with a credible alternative? Of course, the records of these past leaders are there to serve as a guide to the right answer. 

That is why it has become quite thrilling listening to Chief Osita Chidoka of late. His are not just empty, banal and artless, but words that rekindle the spirit and speak directly and fearlessly to the heart of Igbo matter. By his recent offerings, some of the basic questions are now gaining some practical impetus.  

The former Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Minister of Aviation seems to have shown himself ready and capable to pick up where other great Igbo leaders left off. Rather than basking in the alluring feeling of having such Igbo greats as their godfather, and using it to garner political advantage, he is now taking steps they would have taken were they still alive today. Yes, for ndi Igbo, it is not a question of having Abraham as a father and living by the seducing feeling, but that of a Moses that led the Israelites out of Egypt. 

As one of the candidates for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, whilst receiving his certificate of returns on the platform of the United Progressive Party, Chidoka, took time once again to display the energy, charm and oratory that made the Ziks, Ojukwus and Chuba Okadigbos the delight of the society to enunciate his new treatise.

To wit, he advances what appears yet the most credible option to the Igbo question today, away from mere polemics. Part of his ideas included what he termed: Uche, uchu na egwu Chukwu, which simply translates, ideas, industry and the fear of God, three elements he says conduce the people and their society and one of the ideologies through which Nigeria and ndi Igbo could begin to enjoy the expected synergetic relationship in Nigeria.

Hear him: “No more shall Anambra State be ruled by an ideologically vacuous bankrupt and backward party, but by the known ideology of our people, the ideology of Ndigbo, the ideology of uche, of uchu na egwu chukwu, the ideology of the restoration of our homeland, the rebuilding of our capacity as a people; the ideology of self-determination and right to determine our role in Nigeria, the ideology of building a nation where no man is oppressed, the ideology of re-enacting our people’s hopes and aspirations, the desire to be part of a country where they are recognised as a free constituent of the country and where they are not relegated to being a mere 5 per cent and 95 per cent.

“Let it be known that today, the United Progressive Party has come to restore the Igbo voice in Nigeria. The United Progressive Party, has come to give hope to our people. The United Progressive Party has come to end the cries emanating from our people.”

Chidoka, who said that it was for the reason of channelling the Igbo agitation through a political party that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), presently in power in the state, was founded, lamented how this objective was betrayed. “APGA became an electoral vehicle meant for the election of people whose desires and interests are the maximisation of their personal capacity and the denunciation of the people. That is why today, APGA as a party, has no position, neither does the government of Anambra state, on the agitation for the actualisation of Biafra by ndi Igbo. They have no position on the issue of restructuring of the country. They have worked with PDP and they are willing to work with APC. APGA as a party is adrift and we want to send it to its final funeral, and on this mission, we have the full backing of the Anambra people.   


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“And the reason why we have to do that is because we want to help Nigeria as a country to re-channel Igbo anger, to re-channel Igbo energy towards building a nation that works for everybody, towards building a country that accommodates all, towards building a country that all the constituent parts are able to join freely to build a great nation.”

Hopefully, the other political parties and their candidates, would latch on to this stream of thought, take up the challenge and offer their own options on how to deal with the present problem of the Igbo man, which largely, has become the problem of Nigeria.

It is not a sin to discuss Biafra. Rather living in morbid fear of it, remains more hurting and offensive to both the people and the polity. Indeed, it is obvious that Biafra, might interest the Anambra electorate and indeed all Nigerians today more than a million roads paved with gold.

Chidoka has taken ownership to what he termed a generational challenge to interpret Nigeria to ndi Igbo and to interpret ndi Igbo to Nigeria – enduring words with deep meaning. What are others taking ownership of? Horses and chariots?



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on September, 9 2017

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