Ndigbo must not only endure Buhari, they must forgive him

By Sunny Igboanugo on 21/09/2017

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If you do not forgive your fellow man, how then can you seek for forgiveness from God? This is the question that captures the full essence of Christianity. The Bible illustrates: A rich man wanted to take stock of his business. He called all his servants to give account. In the process, he discovered that one of the servants could not account for N100,000. He ordered that he be locked up and be made to pay to the last kobo. But the defaulter fell flat on his knees and begged for mercy, asking to be given more time to enable him pay.

Moved with pity, the master asked him to go, for all his debts were forgiven.

Overwhelmed, the defaulter left, rejoicing. However, that joy was short-lived, as he soon encountered a man who owed him N1,000. In anger, he seized the debtor by the throat: Pay me what you owe!

All pleas for mercy and to be given time to redeem the debt, fell on deaf ears.

Still unable to pay, he dragged the debtor to the police station, who charged the matter to court and had him jailed according to the law.

Distressed by this great show of wickedness, some of the servants of the rich man, who witnessed the entire episode, ran back to their master and narrated everything to him. The rich man ordered that he be brought to him immediately. You this man, he thundered, how much did you owe me that I forgave you, yet you could not forgive the debt of the person that owed you far less? Oya! Kia kia, bind him together and throw him into a dark room, where he will suffer and gnash his teeth, he ordered the servants.  

Does this biblical narrative ring a familiar bell? Right now, Nigeria is dealing with one. Or does anybody really need an interpreter to decipher the similarity between this and what is happening between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Igbo people?  

Imagine how God granted the President a second chance after spending an entire 103 days abroad dealing with a life-threatening ailment. Imagine what would have gone on in his mind as the doctors in London battled to save his life, whilst many of his countrymen also prayed for his survival. It is almost certain that he must have made supplications to Allah, and promised to be a better person if he was eventually spared. But what does he give in return?


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Don’t blame anybody who waited for the broadcast, the President promised the nation on his return, with bated breath. Not a few actually believed that he would be a new Buhari, burnished and refined by his near-death experience, having confessed himself that he had never been so sick in his life, and mellowed by realisation that he lived only because God willed it.

Today, many of those who harboured that expectation are not only hugely disappointed, but are actually bracing up to the new reality that nothing has changed and nothing would probably change.

For Ndigbo, nothing could conduce a more compelling reality. If there was any iota of hope otherwise, the events of the last two weeks or so, must now jolt them back to face the truth. They must now come to terms with the fact that under a Buhari Presidency, theirs would be weeping, wailing and gnashing of the teeth.

If anything, the designation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation, has indeed not only made it more apparent, but opened a new vista as to the cross Ndigbo must bear at this time.

Last week or so, a video of some young men, reportedly arrested during the Show of Force exercise in Umuahia, Abia State, as a forerunner to the Operation Python Dance, the Nigerian Army declared in the South East, being flogged by soldiers and made to swim and lie bury themselves in muddy waters, went viral in the media. Several similar others have since surfaced.

Of course, nobody got close enough to ascertain the level of culpability of the said youths to the allegations against them for obvious reasons. But, certainly that incident might be a child’s play to what could be coming.

With the new tag on IPOB, which connotes an official stamp of approval, more degrading, cruel and inhuman treatments seem imminent. Massive arrests, torture, imprisonment and even death cannot be overruled. All it takes is to be branded an IPOB member. People’s homes and businesses could even be targeted, buildings pulled down in the explanation that their owners are IPOB members or communities sacked, in pursuit or search for IPOB members. Nobody really knows how far and wide it could get.

Of course, in each episode and even the worst-case scenario, there will be a Lai Mohammed and a retinue of government agents and supporters to rationalise. Easy judicial pronouncements will also be obtained, as in the instant case to provide official cover. Even people from the South East will be there to take ownership of the onslaught, casting their people who are victims as agent provocateurs. If the late General Sani Abacha, believed to be the most draconian Nigerian leader, could have millions of supporters begging to be part of his evil regime, why not a Buhari?

Yes, even on the same day the President came with his notorious, I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody speech, but failed to acknowledge Michael Okpara, alongside other regional leaders, those who pointed it out as a deliberate omission that indicated a dangerous mindset, were told to shut up.

After making 48 critical appointments without an Igbo man or woman, those who shouted, were again branded Wailers and shouted down. What did those the previous governments appointed achieve? When the President made his infamous 97-5 (3) per cent mathematical analogy, those who cried out were similarly scuffed at as Buhari haters crying because they lost avenues for free money.

When Fulani herdsmen went on rampage in the South East and instead of arresting them, those who tried to defend themselves against the obvious invasion, as happened in Enugu, were rounded up and detained for months in Owerri prison, countless Buhari lovers struggled to outdo themselves in rationalising it.

Today, the build-up has endured, such that Nigeria’s security council, could take the most critical decision that would have great impact on Ndigbo, like the IPOB case, without a single Igbo man participating, because they have been totally excluded. Not even the latest National Peace Corps is headed by an Igbo. Yet, people line up to rationalise it.

On the flipside, in these days when nobody seems sure of anything, Nnamdi Kanu is even a suspect. Some have actually branded him as some sort of an agent, who delibrately offered himself to be used to prepare his people for the slaughter house, because, no rational person would be that tactless and brazen, if the agenda is actually noble. Not only are his high-voltage rants against other ethnic groups immature and dangerous, given the diversity of the same Igbo people he claims to be protecting, setting up groups like the Biafran Secret Service (BSS) and Biafran National Guard (BNG) against all reasons and advice, without the needed elements to back them up was not only dangerous, but had serious suspicious implications. After all, is it no longer true Igbo saying that you stay in the house of a coward to point to the ruins of a warrior?

Nobody really knows the reason for the bird to be dancing in the middle of the road, except that the drummer is in the bush. However, Ndigbo are no fools. They will surely get to the root of the whole matter, where everything will be revealed in the fullness of time.

But before that every Igbo man must bend his knees in supplication to God, as the first and only option and saving grace for now.

But in doing so, they must first free their minds. Doing so must be to totally forgive Buhari and those who have caused them harm. It is difficult, but they must, because the only way they can obtain mercy from God is to forgive those who have wronged them.

Those who crucified Jesus Christ, must have expected to receive a curse for their atrocious action. Instead Jesus, not only forgave them, but prayed to His father on their behalf. Stephen, as he was being stoned to death for his faith, also prayed to God thus: Father, do not hold this against them.

Think about the late Pope John Paul 11. Mehmet Ali Ağca, who shot him, in 1981, had intended to kill him. Yet, the first thing he did when he came out hospital, was to visit him in prison and not only totally forgave him, but asked for his freedom.

If that is still not enough, Nelson Mandela, brought it closer home, when he forgave those who jailed him for 27 years.

Yes, Igbo people must not only endure Buhari for the next two years or even six years for the treatment they have received so far and the ones yet to be received, they must also forgive him.

Let their issue with Buhari become God's business. The power of forgiveness far surpasses the greatest ammunition ever fashioned by the human hands, Thankfully, Igboland is a Christian enclave.  



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on September, 21 2017

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