Fredrick Nwabufo has written on the killing in the name of Biafra.
When did taking innocent lives become classic in Igbo land? In Igbo cosmology, murder, ‘Igbu oshu’ is a cardinal sin deserving of banishment. A murderer is banished from the community and the land is cleansed of the abomination.
Have the Igbo settled for this governing abomination? How can murder, anarchy, and fear reign in the land uncontested? Have we become a people given to bloodletting, beheading and cannibalism? Have we gone backwards in our evolution as a humane and cosmopolitan people to become savages?
Why has this cumulus of evil persisted and remained hanging over an entire region? A region that was once prosperous, peaceful and bubbling on the growth index is now a slaughterhouse that investors are running away from. The southeast is being destroyed by the same people who claim to be fighting for the people.
Security agents have been killed. Traditional rulers have been killed. Men have been killed and women have been raped and killed by this band of para-demons. A few days ago, ‘’unknown gunmen’’ attacked a police station and killed three policemen in Ebonyi. Last week, gunmen killed seven community leaders in Imo. And the killings persist.
It has now become customary for residents of the southeast to wake up to severed heads dangling from poles in market squares, roads and community facilities. An unsleeping evil has taken over the land.
On Wednesday, these ‘’unknown gunmen’’ invaded a cattle market at Omumauzor; a community in Ukwa West LGA of Abia. The market is said to be peopled by Nigerians from the north. They came not to buy cattle, but to kill. By the time they were done, eight citizens were dead. These para-demons did not spare anything, they killed cattle and set the market ablaze. What sort of bestiality is this?
According to Abia State government, the gunmen struck around 11pm on Tuesday.
The attack appears to be ethnically-motivated and targeted. This makes it very dangerous. These ravagers are not only threatening the lives of Igbo citizens and other Nigerians in the south-east, they are also jeopardising the safety and security of Igbo citizens in other parts of the country.
There is no victory in war; only pain, blood and death. Nobody should provoke another pogrom or full-scale war in Igbo land. Ndi Igbo must not let the vocal minority drown them out. They must speak up and be heard.
The Igbo elite and citizens must take a stand to end this fast descent into utter devastation. Instead of angling for the presidency in 2023, we should work at ending the carnage in our home. Our house is on fire we cannot afford to be chasing a will-o-the-wisp.
Written by: Fredrick Nwabufo, [email protected]