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An Open Letter To Nnamdi Kanu: Nigeria Is Already Burning



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By Okoye Chinekwu Paul

“If I’m re-arrested, this country will burn, I assure you”. That was Nnamdi Kanu’s statement during an exclusive interview with Okey Sampson of The sun newspaper, published on Sept 2, 2017.

I have always had a soft spot for Biafra and what it stands for. Having learnt all about the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) while growing up from a father whose love for Biafra knows no bound. He was and is still very much Biafra centric.

And since History as a subject was not in our curriculum, I simply grew with a single story of the events surrounding the events of 1967-1970. I was made to believe that the rest of Nigeria ganged up against my people and nearly sent them into extinction. That was after a massive pogrom was carried out against us. I was taught that we are being marginalized and hated by all, except those of our kind.

I can still remember how enraged I usually was when I was told tales of how Nigerian troops invaded Biafra land and the smiles that crossed my lips when the stories changed to victories recorded by the under-armed Biafran army which had civilians as its core.

I can also remember vividly how I fantasized about becoming like General Ojukwu, the super hero who tried to take his people out of their Egypt. To me then, Ojukwu was simply Moses, Nigeria was pharaoh and I am definitely going to be Joshua. I am going to take my people out of Egypt into the promise land.

Many years after, most of the views I held then have changed, not drastically though, maybe I should say my views have now been modified. I have read extensively and have heard various accounts of what happened and of course, I can see how things have been going on.

I have made friends with those from other ethnic extractions and I must say, they are not actually the devil I was meant to believe they were. In fact, two of my best friends in school are both of Yoruba and Hausa extraction, and they have been nothing but good friends turned brothers to me, and every passing day, I bless the day I met them.

I for one have never been a fan of Nnamdi Kanu’s way of running IPOB, but sometimes the government of the day makes me want to give them kudos. In fact I started off hating anything that had to do with IPOB; I saw them as miscreants and as an assembly of low-lives. But over time, I have come to admire their courage and the tenacity with which they pursue what they believe in.

Now I see IPOB as a necessary spark that will trigger off other chains of reaction, which hopefully will usher in a new Nigeria or a divided one. The way the government have handled their agitations so far isn’t helping issues either.

However, Kanu and his IPOB members must learn how to embrace tolerance; they must not castigate or attack those who are not of the same view with them, especially their fellow Igbos. Even Jesus Christ never had the loyalty of the 12. They must also learn to cut down on their hate speeches and inflammatory remarks.

There are procedures to be employed if you want self-determination, they should also remember that reprisal attacks will not help it will only escalate issues and also expose millions of Igbos living outside the South-East in Nigeria to reprisals too.

Scotland and Catalonia amongst other states struggling for self-determination didn’t get the goodwill of the international community behaving like IPOB. The earlier they learn to coordinate themselves in a more civil way the better.

As for the Nigerian government, refusing Kanu bail on several occasions even after courts of competent jurisdictions have ruled to that effect is highly condemnable. The rather weird decision of not arresting those that issued a quit notice to the Igbos is outrageous.

Deploying soldiers to a security threat free zone to shoot and maim at unarmed civilians in the guise of operation python dance is even more outrageous. Invading the secretariat of the Nigerian union of journalists and harassing/manhandling men and women of the fourth estate of the realm is simply disheartening.

I believe the federal government should look into the claims of these people and address them accordingly. Its either the country is restructured or they allow for a referendum.

Social media is not even helping issues, with inflammatory and all forms of unprintable words and threats making the rounds these days on the cyber space. The social media is slowly but surely radicalizing people.

Nnamdi Kanu may have said the country will burn if he is re-arrested, but I dare to say that the country is already burning. The fire though is still at an infant stage, it is now left for us to fuel it or put it out.

Nigeria today, is in a precarious state, tempers are flaring, hate speeches are flying around, physical confrontations are already being recorded, but before you join in fanning the embers of war into flames, online or in-person, do kindly note that when it starts burning we will all be consumed in the inferno that follows.

Okoye is a final year student at the university of Nigeria, Nsukka

Op–ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Oriental Times



  1. Rowlend Prynce

    September 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Federal Government should understand that a call for #Freedom is not a call for #War….

  2. Japheth Odoh

    September 15, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Nnamdi kanu is my man, one man that shakes the entire world. God protect lion Kanu for me ooh

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  4. Adamu Sani

    September 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Nigeria is not burning its operation Python that’s burning

  5. Christopher Ochini

    September 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm


  6. Rukayya Lawal

    September 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    And you are going to be engulf Nmamdi

    • Slim Isabella

      September 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Put on your profile pic. You lunatic rukkaya lawal

  7. Samuel Aro Tempo

    September 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Nigeria can never burn, don’t deceive yourself

    • Emmanuel Petera

      September 15, 2017 at 10:52 am


    • Samuel Aro Tempo

      September 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

      IWill burn you, burn your house and Consume tour entier family. Village Person

  8. Odinaka Udeh

    September 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    zoo must fall

  9. Princewel Jose

    September 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Buhari don’t hav any reason to killed people’s country are people not animal and Nigerian is a union of nations joined together by foreign imperialism British slave’s merchant for theirs own business purposes interest not for those who are refer as Nigeria? Idea of Nigeria is British idea not for slave interest refer as Nigeria? Whoever love you can’t not killed you? What you are seeing now is terrorist Islamic Fulani group? Shame to you all think killing people is the meaning of country? Biafrans is not a crime don’t be deceived by killing mechine Fulani in Nigeria uniform? Biafrans better off from killing union called Nigeria

  10. Thankgod Chinke

    September 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

  11. Wilson

    September 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    All of you continue to hide the truth, nawaooooo

  12. Chom Rollings

    September 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    God is not mock

  13. James Lar

    September 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm


  14. Laureen Diamondz

    September 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I think its only south east!(Aba) for now is burning

  15. Onwuka Kalu Onwuka

    September 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Kerosene will kill the Python.

  16. Nazeer Abdullah

    September 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

    The utterances from the lips of the ipob members about Nigeria,alone is abusive and character assassination. Bokoharam issue has been dealt with and its a continual process. If the army doesn’t react this way,ilthis group will even grow Wilder than bokoharam. What they are doing is not exercising human right,human right has limits. How can a soldier on parade be abused as fools, zoo country and all soughts of words,even throwing stones and bottles. And when the soldiers react,its that one the whole world will react. Soldiers fight unarmed citizens. People should learn to respect a country. Even if u need ur own country as the case may be,is this how abusive you will be of Nigeria.? Nigeria is me and u. Nigeria is not one special human being. You make live what it is for u. No government no matter the tribes, will seat and watch what nnamdi is doing. Forming a group is not bad,but a group against Nigeria is treason. And using vulgar words like I will go to abuja and bring buhari head for u. Everywhere in the world can’t be the same. I know how Spanish soldiers in Jerez treat groups who stand against its government using any form of hate speech. The state was getting out of control to the extent even the ipob securities and members where harrasing mutants in the state,in the name of Biafra normal state activities where not moving. This is a state under Nigeria. Military presence was needed to calm situations but where abusive words and use of weapons disrespecting the Nigeria military, surely the army will not keep quiet. When the Nigeria army dealt with shites at Kaduna,igbos say,Hausa killing themselves. Now such in igbo land. U hear word like they are killing us. Even if u want Biafra,must u fight Nigeria through rugged protest in getting it? Don’t they see how protests are done in the united d States? Talking about bokoharam. There are still some developed countries fighting the issue of terrorism till now,so its not a Nigerian phenomenon. France and the units d States on daily bases face it. Any group standing against the Nigerian government,is an enemy of Nigeria. Do not call Nigeria names because you are daring the Nigeria security. All activities is being monitored by bbc. Imagine aside nnamdi violating his bale conditions. He is even trying to stop a constitutional state election in Nigeria from holding. No government will see this and keep quiet my brethren. We know how tough the economy is for everyone,but this is treason and injustice to The rule of law and Nigeria government. I expected d this act of the military earlier before now. .if you call Nigeria a zoo country,it will be a zoo for u,and u will be the animal in it. What u believe works for u. Nigeria has a spirit,so be careful of ur utterance. Let me take us to the Holy bible. The way things are now. Igbos are like the first born of Nigeria because the first Nigerian president was an Igbo man. The prodigal son in the bible got up one day and felt his father loved his younger brother than him,and asked that his father share his property among them. He needed separation. And so after much talk,the father shared his property. The bible recorelded that the first son who is the prodigal son,went far country to spend his own money, at a point he was broke,he ate with pigs,he had no choice but to return home. The father still received him with love n killed a fat cow for his coming. The Igbo’s are seeking Biafra like that prodigal son. I don’t see in any way were the Igbo’s don’t have free rights in government n trade in Nigeria. In our ports,the Igbo’s have taken over importation than any other tribe. In government,sensitive positions like chief security of the nation,and secretary general of federation,Nnpc chairperson,ministers are all occupied by the Igbo’s. It is clear that d average Igbo man don’t have interest for military but money making. So few Igbo’s are in the military. Most major hotels across Nigeria is owned by Igbo’s. In fact Igbo’s are the chief sponsors of every election in Nigeria. They are known to be wealthy people in their onions. Let’s even look at it squarely,if we say Hausa’s have more positions than Igbo man in appointments,how many of them earn more than a businessman who is an Igbo man. Constitutionally Biafra is an offence. Because of the terrain of incidence that it went through,we now have a voting system. If you feel an Hausa man is not doing well as president. Contest and win. And change Nigeria to be what u want. In football. Our national team selection is 90% Igbo’s. Unity does not mean everybody doing the same thing. We are all skilled in different areas. Nnamdi should stop giving a wrong mentality to their people. If we are to judge by tribes. There are many tribes in Nigeria who haven’t smell government and they are in their happiest state. You call yourself unarmed biafrans,with armed abusive words and stones, and trying to stop all Nigeria activities. You are violating laws within your limit. Below are some of Kanu’s speech: “Nigeria is a zoo and everybody living in that God forsaken zoo deserves to die.” There will be no election in Anambra and I Dare Buhari to arrest me or send soldiers to arrest me in Biafra land and see if any of them will return alive I will be coming to Abuja on 21st and I will come with 1millions biafrans and if anybody Dare arrest me, Burn down the zoo and Nigeria will seize to exist I just launched Biafra secret security to Dealt with zoo Nobody can arrest me and if they do , zoo will seize to exist and Biafra will be achieve fast “Kumuyi should be stoned and dealt with thoroughly if he comes to Aba for his planned crusade.” “By the time we finish dealing with the animals in the zoo, there’ll be none left to tell the story.” “We are assembling weapons and we need some more money to thoroughly equip our military to enable us unleash mayhem on Nigeria.” “Niger Deltans are cowards; we know what to do to them. Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Cross Rivers State are our territory and anybody who tries to oppose us will be crushed.” “No Ibo man should attend any Church where the pastor is a Yoruba man, they are criminals and fools.” “Nigeria should prepare for war, we are coming to annihilate you, my secret service are already studying the zoo and strategising.” Here is the man those people who call themselves Ohaneze Ndigbo are defending. I blame President Buhari for condoning this kind of highly disgusting and provocative hate speech for this long. If I were the president, python would have started its dance a long time ago. Nonsense.

    • BiafraUnited

      September 17, 2017 at 12:56 am

      @Nazeer, I tried reading through your post but stopped half way through because I read so many things that showed me that you are misguided. I do however, commend you for your post.

  17. Jnaral

    September 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    You see people coming to islamize me and u and use us as slaves now u are dear speaking english nnamdi kanu should continue his struggle until biafra is restored we are here in aba facing everything we still remain resolute

    • Chuka Fidelis

      September 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Nwachineke Ka Ibu

  18. Chika Fidelis

    September 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Okoye, well as a final year student , I may not blame you as such because you still have to graduate before I can hold you accountable for not knowing what constitutes a hate speech. When you graduate, you will be able to know what is hate speech and what is freedom of expression and speech. Whether you like it or not, you should know that “”you talk to humans and shout at animals””, since Nigeria is a zoo, you just have to shout at them to get them do the right things. ALL WE NEED NOW IS BIAFRA and nothing else.

  19. Mile Segun

    September 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Keyboard warriors can only defend Biafra here go and join those igbo tout in abia to attack army pls

  20. matekpo

    September 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    O Lord of the most high, creator of KNK let your glory rein upon your children so that the Egypt we are into today we shall see, stay, live no more. who know him, pmb tell him to let umu chukwu okike abiama ( BIAFRAINS) GO. 2WEEKS ON IT SHALL REIN TREMENDOUS WONDERS MANY STRONG HOLDS , INTERNATIONALLY, AND LOCALLY WILL FALL O BABYLON DE GREAT HAS FALLEN. THE GOD OF KNK ANSWER PRAYERS. THROUGH HIM, WITH HIM AND IN HIM . O IT IS FINISHED AMEN.

  21. Chris Bonethrust

    September 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    That’s a promise

  22. Paschal Chibueze Ojiakor

    September 14, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Am still dont know what makes it difficault for hausa to say ok biafrans go your way or does it means biafrans are the reason hausa/fulani are still in existence

  23. Uche Chidiebere Joe

    September 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Same friends from other regions you mentioned will be told to hate wen they gets to political offices, they will asked never to let you have the chances or you will outrun them, especially the Yoruba friend will deny You at the very point you needs him most.

  24. Chidiebere Azodeh

    September 14, 2017 at 11:12 am

    The zoo must fail

  25. Paul Majah

    September 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    All we want is Biafra

  26. Michael Olakanle Mikel-Sticks

    September 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Nigeria burning? No! maybe south east!

    • Uche Chidiebere Joe

      September 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

      So you think you are safe?

    • Wilson

      September 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Now by ur comment south east is not Nigeria so leave them to go now or receive missile, Yoruba coward

      • BiafraUnited

        September 17, 2017 at 12:30 am

        Stop calling “Yoruba” cowards. We do not need more alienation.

  27. Fabulaus Chukwuma

    September 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Did you a call for biafra ia a call for war ????? … the young man only represent the minds of the people. . Kill him today more than 50 million Nnamdi Kanu is already available. .

  28. Chukwuma Evergreen Judenty

    September 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

    And who is burning it ??

  29. Nkwachukwu Vow Echereobia

    September 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Give us BIAFRA that’s all we want


      September 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm


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COVID-19: Time For Buhari To Replace His Mercedes With Innoson



By SKC Ogbonnia

The consensus around the world is that the lessons from the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) would provoke commonsense among Nigerian leaders to harness the full potential of their local economy, but this dream may never come close, if President Muhammadu Buhari does not lead by example.

A defining theme of my foray into the 2019 presidential race is that Nigeria’s problem is not as complex as commonly imagined. For the problem is neither the lack of natural resources nor human resources. It certainly has nothing to do with good visions or the enabling policies. The Nigerian endemic problem is squarely the failure to influence the efficient implementation of the policies towards the greater good.

It is not surprising, therefore, that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Buhari demonstrated visionary leadership by declaring that Nigeria will henceforth promote and patronize made-in-Nigeria products over foreign goods. Buhari’s vision is laudable and mirrors the case of Asian countries, particularly China and India, which for several decades banned a good number of foreign products to enable their local industries to thrive. Today, both Asian nations have become economic envy of the world.

Interestingly, not long after the made-in-Nigeria policy went public, instead of patronizing Innoson Motors, the sole local auto manufacturing outfit, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) hurriedly approved a whopping sum of N683, 613 million for purchase of 19 Made-In-Japan Toyota vehicles for the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

According to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, the justification for the abrupt breach of the policy is that the need for the foreign vehicles predated the COVID-19 pandemic. As if her logic lacks in folly, the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, followed that the approval became necessary, because “it’s the first time in four years that NPA was buying any vehicle.”

The simple takeaway from both Ahmed and Amaechi is that Nigerian leaders embrace lunacy as legacy. This goes without saying that the rationale behind the choice of the foreign vehicles over local brands has nothing to do with the common good. Instead, it has everything to do with the manic competition for financial profligacy among the different arms of the Nigerian government.

The decision by the Executive arm of government is merely to outdo the wastefulness synonymous with the Nigerian Legislature. The NPA squander dittoed the Senate, which not long ago rejected Innoson only to launder over N5 billion for Toyota brands. The House of Representatives would also double down to sink another N5 billion into Toyota Camry saloon cars in place of moderately priced Innoson jeeps that are specially designed and tested for the Nigerian roads.

This pattern of lavishness by public officials, particularly under the prevailing COVID-19 crisis, is plain cold-blooded. It is impunity going too far.

But President Muhammadu Buhari must own full blame. Though his call to patronize local products is commendable, he is neither able to influence his appointees to implement the policy nor able to lead by example himself. Rather than demonstrate patriotism, by proudly using the Made-in-Nigeria goods that he preaches, Buhari appears to be emulating the ostentatious style of the regime before him.

Mister Buhari should quickly revert to the tenets of his 2016 “Change Begins With Me” slogan. The core principle demands that he declares Innoson as the official brand for all government agencies, beginning with the Presidency. If a General Buhari, as a military head of state, could endear himself to the Nigerian people over 30 years ago, by embracing jagged foreign Peugeot—then assembled in Nigeria—as a badge of honor, it is only patriotic for him to replicate such gesture for wholly made-in-Nigeria vehicles.

It is worth mentioning, however, that the Innoson Motors is on record to have stated that the company has seen more patronage from the Buhari government than the one before it. That is commendable, at base. But the mediocrity of the previous regime can never be substituted as a gold standard for success.

President Buhari is a man widely known as ascetic and who assumed power on the mantra of revolutionary change. He should, therefore, embolden his change vision, as well as the authenticity of his policy on local goods, so that others can follow. The message, if it is not already explicit, is that the Nigerian president should, without further delay, replace his official car, a German-made Mercedes Benz, with a Nigerian-made Innoson brand.

The COVID-19 pandemic has combined to plunge Nigeria into an economic miasma and true change has become inevitable. The leaders can no longer afford to carry on business as usual. In short, besides leading by example, it has become imperative for President Buhari to remind public officials that the country risks a serious mass revolt, if they continue to swim in ocean of affluence while submerging the masses deeper and deeper into abject poverty and despair.

SKC Ogbonnia, a 2019 APC Presidential Aspirant, writes from Ugbo, Awgu, Enugu State. Twitter: @SKCOgbonnia

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Let Me Shine!




By Odunayo Oluwatimilehin

I am a little creature,
created to fulfill a special purpose on earth.
I am a product of human consummation.

I developed first as a foetus, and progressed gradually,
into a living being composed of a spirit, soul, and a body.

I am the long awaited bundle of joy,
A symbol of conjugal completeness,
A magical color that beautifies Marital vows.

I brought joy, happiness, and change of status to the family I was delivered to.
I was the reason behind the bright moon smiles on faces.
I was cherished, loved, and cared for at my arrival.

Now that my parents desire to have me has been granted.
I have just “One wish”.
Just one wish and I’ll be fine.

One wish to express my inert dreams.
One wish to be ‘Me’.
One wish to leave an indelible mark on the sand of time.

One wish to dazzle like Diamond.
One wish to shine forth as Gold.

Please, strengthen me when I’m weak.
Counsel me when I’m discouraged.
Hold my hands often, and affirm your love to me.

Just like houseplants,
Nurture me to grow on the right path.
Do not spare the rod when I’m wrong.

Release me like an Eagle when the time is right.
No matter the heights I’ll reach,
I will forever remain your little child.
Let me Shine!

Dedicated to Children all over the world, in celebration of May 27th, 2020 Children’s Day


Odunayo Oluwatimilehin, OYEWOLE.

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An Open Letter To Governor Ifeanyi Okowa



Your Excellency Sir,

This open letter is a direct response to the official press statement that was made by the secretary to the state Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie on the 19th of May. In the press release, he announced that the government of Delta State is putting measures in place in other to establish a security organization which will be positioned to combat the rising insecurity in the State. I agree with your decision considering the porous security situation in the country and coupled with the covert moves of the powers that be to export hundreds of Almajiri folks to states that are unconnected to their political and economic misery.

Indeed, your decision is commendable but there is an observable error in it. This error is not telling good about us. Gains will not be made if what was mentioned in that press statement should come to be. People who are fighting for survival must apply common sense when it comes to their security. This letter is simply designed to remind you that the idea to include some Northerners into the yet to be established Office of Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution calls for a serious concern.

Your Excellency Sir, there won’t be any need for me to start schooling you again about insecurity in the country. You are the chief security officer of your state and moreover you duly understand the security situation in the whole of Nigeria. I still don’t understand the rationale behind the planned inclusion of some Northern extraction into the Office of Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution. After examining the decision, I can prognosticate dark days ahead. Things are not done that way. The decision of your government is somewhat misplaced and makes us to look like people who can’t do things on their own.

Dark days are truly ahead. We the Easterners should stop acting to love Nigeria more than others when at the end the people whom we are trying to align ourselves to doesn’t care about our ‘one Nigerianness’. Damning this mentality of ‘let’s do it this way so that nobody will see us as divisive people’ is one necessary thing that must be done. We owe no one apology or explanation on how we can go about our security in as much as it’s done according to the extant laws. Perhaps, it’s a matter of survival and not a cry for political correctness!

There is hisbah police in the North and Amotekun in the Southwest, how many Easterner can we see both in Hisbah and Amotekun security formations or any of their affiliated committees? Can they even conceive such dastardly idea? These people for a minute don’t trust us but we easily trust and unnecessarily engage them into sensitive issues about us. This is a country that thrive on suspicion. No oneness! No trust! So I wonder what your government is planning to achieve by getting these Northerners involved in the so called committee. Don’t quote me wrong. I’m not trying to say that your government shouldn’t engage the stakeholders in consultation when it comes to matters like this. But the main point is that limitations should be defined in sensitive issues like the one at hand. Some people are meant to stand outside while certain problems about us are being discussed.

We know the solution to farmers and herders clashes in the region. Open grazing should be completely banned in the state. A defined space should be made available for grazing of cows. 24 hours surveillance should be mounted in the place. Any herder caught with firearms should be arrested and prosecuted without minding who is infuriated or not. As the chief security of your state, you are constitutionally responsible for the security of your constituents. Adequate security decisions and actions should be made to work in consonance with the present security reality.

On several occasions, the marauding herders have killed and displaced hundreds of farmers in the Eastern region with little or no actions by the governors to arrest the escalating tension. Without minding the damage the activities of the herders have caused on the region, you unfortunately fell to the trick of wanting to involve a total stranger into the Office of Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution. It is unacceptable Sir! That decision can blatantly result to self sabotage.

However, when Hisbah was formed, no Easterner was there. And when Amotekun was constituted, they never invited an Easterner to be a member of any committee so why are we inviting strangers into important issues about us? Remember, he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon. The purported plan of involving some Northern elements into the Office of Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution is a slap on us. The plan should be revised. There is no benefit in it. It will only complicate matters and magnify the arrogance of these tormentors. Don’t make the mistake of buying a baby lion that will grow and turn around to devour our flesh.

In conclusion Sir, I will suggest you reassemble your security tink tanks. All of you should sit and do a deep brainstorming on your decision. Weigh the future implications and make proper amendments. Let’s avoid the issue of had I known.

Yours sincerely

Kalu Nwokoro Idika

Kalu Nwokoro Idika is a political analyst, investigative and freelance journalist. He can be reached via email:

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