CHIMAMANDA ADICHE, THE POLITICIAN.
Chimamanda Adichie’s interview with BBC Ingligbo Service was a political exercise meant to placate the Hausa-Fulanis, encourage the Igbos to demand a fair share of the Nigerian National Cake, while omitting issues that a Yoruba or Hausa-Fulani
celebrity author would have broached.
Mazi Nnamdi Kalu (MNK) is on solid precedence in his use of fiery language. Flowery condemnation of Fulani butchery, debauchery, and corruption would not rouse the Igbos or anyone else to rally around MNK. Igbos rallied behind MNK because Igbos believe he is fighting a just cause.
Chimamanda was too young during the Biafra-Nigerian war to remember Okoko Ndem and his fiery broadcasts that dubbed the Nigerian side, vandals and other unprintable appellations. Okoko Ndem prolonged the war by at least 12 months. His much anticipated and cherished broadcasts on Radio Biafra saw war-ravaged and malnourished Biafrans gather around small transistor radios powered by rejuvenated dead cell batteries. Batteries rejuvenated by stripping the covers, placing them in a salt solution and connecting them in series with copper or other wires. An Okoko Ndem broadcast is as good as a meal.
While agreeing with Igbo marginalization, her solution is a Federation because the results of secession are not always pleasant. Agreed secession has not always resulted in political, economic, social, and cultural nirvana for the seceding states, there are also incredible success stories. Croatia, a minute part of Yugoslavia reached the World Cup Final that was not achieved by Yugoslavia. Could Biafra reach the World Cup Final before Nigeria? Biafra in any state of dysfunction will be far better than Igbo marginalization, maltreatment, and murder in Nigeria.
Talking about borders, a referendum shall determine the borders of Biafra, it will be the coalition of the willing.
The Islamists have already rejected a true Federal Nigeria. They paid attention to MNK and IPOB (Indigenous Peoples of Biafra) because their bargaining position was considered extreme. As Chidiogo puts it, “Ask for a Federation, get nothing, ask for Biafra, get a true Federation.”
Africastallestman is appalled, dejected, and ashamed that Chimamanda did not ask President Muhammadu Buhari to produce MNK and his Royal Parents. Yoruba and Hausa-Fulani Celebrities when given a megaphone such as the BBC would have posed that question, if MNK is theirs. Great political theater by the gifted Igbo writer.