By Azubuike Ihemeje Esq
The British colonial masters, we were taught, easily penetrated and effectively conquered the Northern region Nigeria, ostensibly due to the masses disposition to obey a lone voice of their local leaders.
What was exactly the predominant behavior of the majority number of the Northerners, that predisposed them to ease assimilation?
The answer lies in their natural, culture of Almajiri practices; which eventually instilled in many of them,
what I describe as Almajiri Mentality.
This is exactly the mentality that guarantees virtually bulk votes in the core North.
It’s same mindset that inspired the herds mentality which drives many into extremism of all sorts in the North – including blending in with Bokoharam, Banditry, armed herdsmen and all kinds of violence Terrorism.
On the other hand, the Eastern region wasn’t that constituted, by nature, culture, and were strongly more individualistic minded.
Group rule, could not work then.
Hence the old saying; Igbo don’t have king – doesn’t necessarily mean they do not have kings – but simply means that the king does not have the final say on issues.They were simply more republican.
Fast forward to these days of general conflagrations in Nigeria.
All that republicanism has been radically eroded in the light of recent events.
The hitherto majority, individualist Easterner have been radically replaced with a near worship of a messiah-like leader of the IPOB.
Today, except for very few rational people, majority of the Igbos no longer think and reason out things by themselves.
They’ve practically surrendered all their faculties to the manipulation of their supreme leader.
Everything their leader says and decides is unquestionably final.
Even if their leader commands them to embark on a voyage, and adventure that’s glaringly detrimental to their lives and safety, they’ll gladly do.
Their slogan is; everything director have said about the zoo hhs already come true.
He told us about Buhari and his Fulani agenda, and we are seeing it happening.
Fulani wants to islamize the Eastern region and everything Nigeria.
That’s why they’re constantly killing our people in the forest and farms.
Nobody will ever ask, apart from some remote areas of Enugu and Ebonyi, which axis do they still have forest in the Eastern states for herdsmen to conquer and takeover?
Orlu, the epicenter of ESN is largely cosmopolitan and urban areas. Even to purchase a piece of land there is equivalent to buying one from any of the major cities in the South.
Yet, none of these people have bothered to interrogate why Orlu should be designated the headquarters of ESN, rather than those forest areas of Enugu and Ebonyi that have experienced herdsmen criminalities.
The Igbo version of Almajiri Mentality is on steroids.
They swallow every lie their leader dishes out, and believe him implicitly as one would do in worship of Almighty God.
Even when they’re very closely associated with the chains of events, they’ll rather wait for their leader’s broadcast of falsehood,
Where he’ll twist the narratives, to suit his own evil agenda.
Take for example what happened in Oyigbo, Rivers State.
These people saw, and heard how their leader commanded his “Volunteer Forces”, -as he called them then, before renaming them ESN,- to hack down everything Security officers.
They heard him direct that the police stations be looted and destroyed.
They also witnessed their Volunteers carry out their leaders instructions with total compliance.
In fact, that was actually the very first step IPOB took, towards acquisition of arms, which had eluded their leader all these years.
It was actually from those arms they got from Oyigbo that they proceeded to the Eastern forests, in obedience to their leader, to form ESN.
Yet, inflicted by Almajiri Mentality, these terrorists and their supporters have continued to paint the picture of Oyigbo, to appear like they were totally innocent.
They believe their leader’s lies when he re-arranged their brains to think that it was Wike’s fault for inviting the Army to kill Igbos in Oyigbo.
The truth has been pushed aside.
IPOB orchestrated the Owerri jail break, as can easily be gleaned by several circumstantial evidences, even subsequent indirect admission by their leader.
But his Almajiri spirit possessed followers won’t accept this.
They keep denying.
Several police stations and officers have been killed within and nearby the East, which their leader greatly celebrated, yet these hoards won’t agree he caused it nor associated with them.
Since, their violent rampage on security persons, virtually every single urban areas of the East have been under siege by criminals.
But they won’t see the nexus between their fugitive leader, and these recent total collapse of security in the Eastern states.
If you try to reason with them, they’ll quickly drag in Buhari and his own obvious failures.
When, the second operatives, makes any sense about getting any of the terrorists in the Eastern region, these blinded supporters will jointly chorus;
Why not bokoharam, why not apply this same effort towards Herdsmen, banditry and bokoharam.
They’ll never say, the terrorists in the East are not necessarily dangerous criminals, but their grouse is simply;
Leave our own terrorists for us.
This is exactly the current spirit that governs and control majority of the people of the East today.
It is the spirit of worshipful reverence of a man, the fugitive leader of IPOB.
Their supreme leader.
He is messiah to them, who follow him.
Almajiri Mentality has already set in,
and it’s not that easy to erase.
How do you convince these sets of people that, the killings of police officers, as directed by their leader, and perpetrated by IPOB amounts to Terrorism?
Even if their own family members are victims, an Almajiri Mentality won’t see anything wrong about it.
Denial of Terrorism despite overwhelming evidence, is the most expression of Almajiri Mentality in the Eastern region.
After all, their supreme leader have not accepted them to be terrorists, why rush to call them such. Why?