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Aba Crisis: We might get burnt again - Facebook user writes

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Ifemkpa Kenneth Chuba
Coming after the alleged killing and destruction of properties of Hausa people in Aba, and the alleged killing of IPOB members by the Nigerian military, Nigerian Facebook user, Ifemkpa Kenneth Chuba, has written an interesting piece!

Enjoy below....
" Its easy to start a war, but even more difficult to stop one, since its beginning and end are not under the control of the same man. Anyone even a coward, can commence a war, but it can be brought to an end only through the consent of the victor."
Sallust Jugurtha LXXXVIII.
When I was a just a kid, I had this affiliation for burning candles. I would go on it endlessly for hours, fiddling with the melted wax, toying with the flame, there were moments I see myself as a dragon ( Daenerys' targaryen dragon if you like) breathing out fire more or less like the burning candle. My mum's warning fell on deaf ears, " a child that plays with fire always get burnt ", she would say. But as you know, boys will always be boys, until eventually I burnt my finger and everything changed.
I stayed away from candles, cold turkey. Although it took me a while to fight my 'candle-demons' and a longer time to distance my imaginations from dragons, I did get over it. But my change of attitude and divine "calling" for candles wasn't just because I got burnt but well rooted in the fact that an imposing scar on my finger never left my sight or subconscious mind. I learnt my lesson with a reminder as a souvenir.
1966 through 1970 was a horrible year for Nigeria. The Biafran war was terrible, lives lost on both sides, starvation, genocide, billions of dollars lost, practically the economy stood still while we hacked ourselves to death. Now, fast forward to 2017, deja vu? well maybe or maybe not, we ourselves will decide.
Why is the history of the Biafran war never taught in schools? how come I only had a fragment of the slightly biased but distorted story from my father and the painful but bloated version from my mother?. How can I understand the pangs of the Biafran war if we pretend it never happened? Why does the Government think I can't start another war now that I am grown? History has a way of repeating itself. Violence begets violence.
The Buhari Administration has to thread carefully, this country can't survive another civil war, we almost collapsed under boko haram and MEND. A different approach is needed, there must be dialogue. If they could negotiate with terrorist how much more IPOB. Southeasterners should should apply caution and unwarranted provocation that will lead to lost of life.
We toyed with burning candles in the past and we seriously burnt our fingers, we hid the scar and threw caution to the wind..... Let's unwrap that scar and learn from its demons or we might get BURNT AGAIN.
#PrayForPeace.

6 comments:

  1. Absolutely true talk. War should be avoided by all means.

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  2. Hmmm. This is deep n absolutely true. The last thing this country needs is another civil war. Government should please do the needful before it gets out of hands.

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