3 Things Biafra War Did To The Igbos – Bishop Onah

When Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Professor Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, delivered the 33rd Public Lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, titled “Intellectualism and the Development of a People”, he stated among several other things that the unbridled quest for money and the attitude of “only money counts” is what has become of the Igbos today, adding that money and what money can buy seem to be all that matter to Ndigbo. In his lecture, the Bishop outlined what has become of the Igbos after the Biafra. Here are the 3 points raised by the priest…

– The Bishop, who has come under fire for his statement said that before the Nigeria-Biafra war, stri*ped the Igbos of the pride of being intellectual. He pointed out that it was a pride to be referred to as a doctor’s mother or father.

– He continued stating that when came the war, the blockade, the starvation, the surrender, the humiliation and the economic emasculation. Despite the beautiful slogan of no victor, no vanquished, there was and still is, a clear plan to crush the presumably rebellious Igbo spirit and, thus, shatter the myth of the resilient Igboman.
– In conclusion, he said at the end of the war, the foremost battle of Ndigbo was for survival in a Nigeria that neither wanted them in its fold nor would it let them go, “having been stri*ped to the bare skin of all the material wealth they had acquired before the war by the post war Nigerian government”.
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  1. For the sake of clarity, I state that I am not an Igbo. But the good bishop’s comments, sound very real to me. I have many Igbo friends, some of who I consider my life support and whom I love very much. However, when one looks at the average Igbo mentality, either in the way we perceive it or the way people act, it often comes across as if many Igbo pursue money and wealth, at any cost.
    This is not a far fetched issue, when one considers the 419 stuff, the drug business, deportations from America, Europe, Asia, etc. It is time for the leaders and stake holders of the Igbo nations to address the issue.

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