OLAUDAH EQUIANO AND MAZI NNAMDI KANU
Igbos have always fought slavery starting with the Igbo Landing Mass Suicide off Dunbar Creek in 1803, on St. Simons Island in Georgia, USA, through Olaudah Equiano to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Interspersed are the Igbo Nationalists such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mbonu Ojike, M. I. Okpara, F.F.B.C. Nwankwo, Osita Agwuna, Z. C. Obi, Akanu Ibiam, etc. Can we forget Biafran women revolting against the British in 1929 or the Enugu Coal miners protesting poor work conditions on November 18, 1949? Twenty one (21) Igbo coal miners were executed on that day by British Policemen for demanding improved work conditions. They were fighting homegrown slavery. Do today Igbos have to accept today’s homegrown Hausa-Fulani slavery? No way!
The Aba women revolt of 1929 involved Biafran women from Ibibio, Andoni, Ogoni, Ijaw, and Igbo tribes. You can see the early foundations of Biafra in 1929. Over 50 women lost their lives but the British rescinded their policy of indirect taxation. Many more were injured. Warrant chiefs were sent packing, native courts were destroyed and they were not to be ignored. Women got seats on local councils and some were appointed warrant chiefs. Their spirit lives on in today’s Biafrans.
As Igbos celebrate the 272nd birthday of Olaudah Equiano, they must not forget that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is still missing. How poignant that Anambra is holding gubernatorial elections on the same day that 21 Igbo coal miners were massacred? To honor them and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Anambra election as organized by the Hausa-Fulanis and their Igbo collaborators must be boycotted.
“Nmadu anaghu eri ihe ogboru agbo” – You do not eat your vomitus. You cannot reject Nigeria and vote in a Nigerian election. No more participation in Nigeria’s election until a date is fixed for a Biafran Referendum.