Re: The Biafran bluff
Sir: The article with the above title from one Richard Maduku, a supposedly retired Army Captain, in your edition of Wednesday, July 26, 2017, which contains a lot of vitriolic attacks on the Igbo is very unfortunate. At a time efforts are being made to douse the tension arising from the quit notice issued by a coalition of Arewa youths to the Igbo residing in the North, a retired military officer will vent such venom on fellow citizens is to say the least reckless.
The xenophobic content, abuse and incitement in the write-up portray a man with deep, hatred-filled heart on his Igbo nemesis. The writer’s justification that traditional or customary laws permit youth groups to issue quit notices to strangers in “our” towns and villages is as pedestrian as it is preposterous. The writer though admitted being a layman on legal issues should be conversant with the oft-stated over-riding effect of a national constitution over traditional or customary laws.
The writer’s contemptuous conclusion that the agitation of select Igbo youth for a separate State of Biafra has become an Igbo consensus project baffles every rational mind. The most worrisome is his ridiculous assertion that this renewed agitation is believed in some quarters to be the cause of President Muhammadu Buhari’s health problems the healing of which the quit notice will facilitate.
It is time patriotic elders (of whom I assume the author is) rise to emphasize the things that bind us and not the divisive factors. This way, we will be building a Nigeria of tomorrow where justice, equity and fairness free from local xenophobic sentiments reign.
• Sunday A. Ukandu, Esq. sent this letter from Registry Department, University of Jos.