HIGH CHIEF OBINNA AGUOCHA’S ABUJA DECLARATION: AN EVOLVING BRAND OF COMMUNITY DIPLOMACY.
Ohuhu nation was sated with great pride and honour as High Chief Obinna Aguocha,President General,Ohuhu Welfare Union Worldwide led an Igbo Town Union delegation to the Senate President in Abuja recently.
“Posterity will have no pity on those who possess the exceptional privilege of speaking words of truth against their oppressors but instead take refuge in passitivity, mute,indifference and sometimes,of cold complicity”–Frantz Fanon.
Udo Ji Agu Ohuhu sure belongs to the pantheon of legends that never kept mute,indifferent or was tacitly complicit on the gradual pauperization of the Igbo’s values and its ethos.
His audience which included the number three man in the nation,the Senate President,Ahmed Lawan,some members of the red chambers and other top notchers of the ruling party.
The address in its entirety went a long way to capture most of the sour points in our serial failed attempts in nation building.His message underlies basic caustic truths which the Nigerian polity has been shying away from- marginalization of the South Eastern part of this country.He ruefully surmised that injustice breeds frustration which in turn engenders violence.
Unfortunately, what was perceived to be an imperceptible marginalization of the south eastern region has grown to be real.
He made case for the Nigerian state to open up a channel of communication with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,the leader of IPOB.Perhaps,this was one clarion call bedecked with candour and forthrightness that have arisen for sometime now.When others are couched in spineless patriotism while violence spreads,Chief Aguocha told the Senate helmsman, the bitter truth of the century.
Martin Luther King mused thus
“The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenges”He chose to stand with his subjects in the business of telling the powers that be,the unwanted truths they detest to hear.
His message was all-embracing as it bordered on the 2nd Niger Bridge,State creation,constitutional review etc.These,according to him shall be given healthy attention to at least redress the medieval neglect of the Igbos.
In conclusion,his call for armistice in the gradual militarization of the South East should be adhered to the letters.Security challenges in the region must be salvaged once and for all via a concerted synergy.Dialogue has never failed in all diplomacies.We are at the threshold of making history by our inactions/inactions.We should in our part through our weight behind Udo Ji Agu Ohuhu as he charts another cause for the lgbo nation.