is a letter made available to PoliticsNGR, written by Charlyboy Oputa
to Igbos warning them over the Agitation for Biafra. It reads;
Letter To Fellow Biafrans: I know some
of my Igbo brothers and sisters are not happy with me simply because I
have not used My Brand as CharlyBoy to advocate for the clamour of The
However, like I always say, there is
more than one way to achieve a purpose. Though I may disagree with my
Igbo brothers and sisters on the choice of rhetorics and methodology,
our objectives are to a large extent identical because we all want to
bring an end to the marginalisation of the common peoples, by the evil
cabals who are holding Nigeria to a ransom and getting away with their
obnoxious impunity and criminality.
Those who truly know and have followed
me know that I am not a Group soul and I have always dared to follow the
path least travelled in the continuous struggle to add value to my
It is indeed laughable that despite
being a native chicken, Nwa afo, son of Biafran soil with a full-blown
Igbotic blood, I have been persistently labelled a wannabe Yoruba,
Hausa, Tiv and an Ijaw man simply because I have consistently maintained
that I believe in the unity of Nigeria.
To start with, I go like tell una sey
you may not be totally wrong if you call me the man from all tribes in
Nigeria. This is because I believe in the oneness of all Nigerian
peoples. I believe that we have gotten to a point in our national
history where a Yoruba man cannot live in isolation of an Igbo man.
Likewise, an Ijaw man cannot live in isolation of a Hausa/Fulani man.
All tribes in Nigeria today have become a mat of interwoven fibres that
cannot be segregated. There have so far been intertribal marriages,
intertribal business ownership, and intertribal partnership; and
countless other intertribal collaborations and relationships in Nigeria.
For this reason, my question to those
agitating for secession would be that if each tribe decide to secede
from Nigeria today, what then would happen? Who would lead the new
Will the people be happy? Will injustice
be defeated in the new societies? Will criminality end in leadership
positions? Will there be happiness in the new nations? Will the people
finally have a country to call their own? – These are important
questions we must ask ourselves and provide answers to before we even
start to beat the drums of secession
Having said that, I must state that
whereas I am a Biafran at heart, what should engage our minds is not a
sectional Biafra but a national Biafra. The fight for nationalists who
will drive the discourse and the engagement necessary in answering the
Nigeria National Questions must not be bogged down by petty sentiments,
tribal colorations, and religious propaganda. The failure of the Igbo
nation and all Nigerian tribes and peoples is the fault of influence
peddlers and directionless decision makers.
The crux of the Biafran agitation is
that my people are tired of a system that has perpetually failed them.
My Igbo kinsmen are tired of a system that enriches the rich and
impoverishes the poor. My people are tired of a system that glorifies
impunity and criminality. My people are tired of decades of oppression
and marginalization. However, the deeply rooted disgruntlement in Biafra
land is not peculiar to my Igbo brothers and sisters alone; all the
common peoples in the 500 tribes in Nigeria are victims of a failed
system and persistent oppression. And this is essentially where I
disagree with my brother Nnamdi Kanu that though Biafra is right, it
should be a national cause and not a sectional one.
Let me be clear: The Brand CharlyBoy is
not only a Global brand but also a national brand that should not be
reduced to a sectional brand.
The problem in this nation is not the
lack of a space where we all can coexist but the lack of men of
integrity and progressive nationalists. We lack the right kind of
leadership that will fight for the Biafra.
should be geared towards sanitizing the
currently bastardized Nigerian system. Our agitation for Biafra should
be about having the right leaders in positions of power and not power
drunken people with an insatiable appetite to plunder and loot.
Therefore, my people, I insist that the
suffering of the People from the South East is also the suffering of the
people from the other geopolitical zones in Nigeria. And the oppression
of the Igbo people is also the oppression of all Nigerian peoples. An
injury to one is an injury to all. A Biafra state is not going to change
the players of the game, it will only exacerbate the sufferings of the
victims of the game.
In conclusion, my people, let us
dutifully work ourselves back into reckoning by fighting for Fairness,
Justice, and Equality for all Nigerians; Not Ibos Only; Yorubas Only or
Hausas Only but all Nigerians.
Areafada CharlyBoy President of All Frustrated Nigerians.