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The revenge of the dispossessed


By Chiedu Uche Okoye

THE violent events we are witnessing in Nigeria can be likened to the political conflicts which engulfed the country in the mid-1960s, and resulted in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.

At that time, the Igbo who were accused of trying to impose their political hegemony on the people of Nigeria were pitted against the rest of the country. The civil war was waged to keep Nigeria as one united country, but sadly, today we are witnessing an ugly re-play and reenactment of those things that sparked off that war.

Nigeria is on the boil, again. Consequently, the country is perching precariously on the precipice. From the Sambisa forest in Borno State to the Niger Delta’s marshy terrain, and from the greenery of Benue farmlands to the hubbub of the Southeast, innocent Nigerians are being systematically and gruesomely killed by Boko Haram insurgents, ‘bandits’, cattle herdsmen, and the unknown gunmen.



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