Opinion by Tife Owolabi
Do we still have men of courage in the eastern part of Nigeria to speak against these callous acts of mayhem, killings, arson, and genocide behaviour, particularly in Imo state? Where is the sanctity of life that some have simply withdrawn to Hobbes’s state of nature? The last I read, wise men are from the East and Ndu means life and life is sacred.
I speak of this following the wanton killings and the most recent one: the gory killing of a military couple. it has been five days since the heinous incident occurred and I am yet to see any strong condemnation from the southeastern elites on the gory killing of this couple.
The couple, Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Audu Linus (retired) and Private, Gloria Matthew, were beheaded in the bush by some “unknown gunmen” who have continued to operate as a spirit because no one could identify with them.
The video I watched is about the height of bestial form and worst than what Thomas Hobbes described in his state of nature. No butcher horrendously kills an animal that way except he is a terrorist.
If IPOB has denied it, then who are these unknown gunmen? At whose behest are they carrying out their activities and painting all Igbos black?
In a statement by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the killing is a smokescreen by the Nigerian state and the Military capitalized on it to invade the Igbo land.
His words: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU has come to the knowledge of the military plans to invade Igbo land in the name of looking for the criminals and hoodlums who murdered the newly-married Army couple in Imo State.
“We want the soldiers to be mindful and apply professionalism in their duties because the world is watching them. IPOB is a peaceful movement and is not responsible for the wicked murder of the said couple.
“We are aware that soldiers are setting up the ground to Invade Igbo Land and massacre innocent people, why? The news about the kị́lling of the couple is not clear to the public. It is questionable. And we still don’t know why people are not asking questions like: how did the kị́llers manage to spot these soldiers among many commuters?
“Were they in their private car or public vehicle when they were caught and kị́lled by these criminals? Where exactly were they kịlled or murdered? Why is it that the report didn’t answer these questions?
“Why did the report just say on their way to Imo State? Where particularly in Imo State did this heinous crime occur? Were they in uniform or mulfty?
“Does it mean that media houses cannot afford to ask these probing questions?
“Nigeria soldiers must be lying and should stop any further plan to commit genocide in the Eastern region. Enemies of Biafra freedom and IPOB are jumping up and down accusing IPOB without proper investigations. ”
“We are raising this alarm to alert the general public to disregard the accusations against IPOB or ESN operatives about these young officers who were murdered in cold blood.
“Can someone that has been retired wear military uniforms while traveling?
“Can a reasonable soldier still move towards Imo state wearing his or her military uniform with the crimes army and Ebubeagu militia including recruited hoodlums committing in Orlu zone now? How come the kị́llers were too fast to put a call through to the alleged family or friend and post it online immediately? We want to know the point they are trying to prove. “
“IPOB is not responsible for every killing going on in the South Eastern States but some evil politicians sponsoring cultists and hoodlums and Nigeria government and its security agencies supported them to carry on and repeatedly linking IPOB because they want to demonize agitators. We will soon expose the names of those behind the killings in the region. “
“The real motive behind linking IPOB with this barbarity is to use it as an excuse to kill more innocent Biafrans. But God will judge the masterminds.”
“The way and manner the atrocity happen looked like the signature tune of FULANI terrorists. No reasonable Igbo or Biafran will make a video of his rape action and beheading of an innocent fellow. It sounds very strange. Those behind the wickedness just want to demonize IPOB, yet the real mass murderers in the North kill and main with impunity without the Army rushing to the press. It’s unfortunate many people are not asking the right questions.”
“How is it possible for IPOB to go after a soldier, kill him or her and make a video saying they did it on video saying and mentioning Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s name when they are aware that same Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges and will not like killing innocent citizens? Soldiers do you people think that IPOB and ESN members are daft like that? Even if you don’t like IPOB, I still know you can see reason properly.”
“We have seen Boko Haram kị́ll soldiers and claim responsibility. No terrorists in the world deny their actions. Of all the soldiers kịlled by Boko Haram, Nigerịa military have never mentioned their tribe. So why did Nigerịa military mention the tribe of the slain soldiers? Could it be that it was planned just to achieve one thing? Demonize IPOB? And give room for the massacre of Igbo youths elsewhere in Nigeria?”
“We are calling the international community, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and all diplomatic missions and Embassies in Nigeria to take note and prevail on Nigeria Government and its security agencies especially the army and other security agencies to stop their plans to invade Igbo land because we are hated in Nigeria.
“We want a referendum to be conducted in Biafraland to ascertain where everybody wants to belong either in Nigeria or Biafraland to settle these acrimonies against IPOB members. “
“First NO soldier couple was killed anywhere in Igbo land, as being purported. IPOB intelligence unit M.Branch uncovered. “
“It’s all the wicked fabrication of demoniacs, whom God has cursed.
“Scrutiny has shown that the picture in circulation is not even the picture of any known Igbo person, let alone Igbo soldier.”
“No family in the entire Imo State and South East is losing any soldier members of their family that were returning for any wedding. It’s all a lie. No village, community, or Local Government Area in Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Abia, and Enugu State has any record of such incidence taking place. “
Why l won’t join issues with the above statement, some questions beg for answers. who are the people that had been praising the activities of the ‘unknown gunmen’ and ESN? in whose platform are these gory acts published.? Who threaten the Igbo political elites into submission? Why are killings of this nature not going on in other regions to frame up their self-determination organizations? Why only IPOB is being accused?
The questions can go on and on but the obvious is that no one will avail to answer them. It seems every elite in the southeast has developed cold feet and numb like a chicken drenched in a heavy downpour.
In drawing to a close and an inevitable possibility, the military will soon come out for revenge and there will be loss of lives. The military also needs to constrain. There is a need for a thorough investigation to unravel the gang behind this heinous crime before swooping on innocent people, villages in Igboland, and every youth on insight, and I am very sure we don’t want to witness that. So, the time for the Igbo elites to be strong, stand tall is now, and speak out against these purveyors of evil. We will all die someday and somehow. When it will come is just a distance and place. A stitch in time saves nine.
Adieu, beautiful souls!