By: Chris O. Maduka
One of my most famous quotes dealing with justice is that: “There’s no greater injustice than to judge unequal causes equally”.
This is the sum total of the whole matter, and we’ve engaged in plenty of it in this country. The case of Biafra genocide stands on its own, and it is like no other level of man inhumanity to man, and Black on Black crime.
For those who wish to be in denial and on the defensive, those who continue to follow Winston Churchill’s assertions when he said: “HISTORY WILL BE KIND TO US BECAUSE WE SHALL WRITE IT”.
Let them continue as the nation in denial is slouching towards abyss and collapsing at the weight of her own misadventures.
There’s no doubt that those who participated in the Genocidal war, have been attempting to make history appear kind to them or to judge them kindly. They’ve tried, albeit with little success to romanticize history and distort the facts to make HISTORY KIND TO THEM.
No wonder Jerome Okolo puts this way and I quote;
“IT IS NOT THE DUTY OF THOSE WHO WERE NOT THERE TO URGE THOSE WHO WERE TO FORGET AND MOVE ON”
But the truth is like energy, it can neither be created nor destroyed.
Decades later, the Manifest existential threats faced by all and sundry especially those who actually fought and massacred innocent women and children to save an entity doomed to fail from it’s very structural beginning are today realizing that it has been all a misadventure.
The war Mantra: “TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE IS A TASK THAT MUST BE DONE”, that propelled them has been rendered useless and makes no sense any more to them. Today to keep a nation that have lost her soul and essence one sounds very hollow and senseless.
Looking back in retrospect and with sober reality of the moment, the remnants of the diminishing war Veterans like Gen Gowon, Obasanjo, Danjuma, Jeremiah Useni, just to mention but a few, have lived long enough to see the foolishness of their exploits, but most importantly, they have lived to see that BIAFRA did not die instead Nigeria self destruct herself.
For their eyes have seen just like late Dreamer and freedom fighter Dr. Martin Luther King Jr saw, they have seen the beginning of the end of Nigeria they fought and killed to preserve and the threshold of the land of the RISING SUN.
It is a matter of time , as the Nigerian state has proven unsustainable.
MAY ALL THOSE WHO WERE PHYSICALLY WOUNDED AND EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED HEAL AND FIND PEACE, AND MAY ALL THOSE 3.5 MILLION SOULS MASSACRED CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE.
AS WE STAND TO SAY: NEVER AGAIN! AND WE SHALL NOT FORGET!