The stakes are getting higher for Ndigbo today. The landscape is becoming less significant, yet more difficult to manage. We are becoming more of historical objects nearing extinction, and curiously lost. I am not in any way writing here to depict a typical Story. My emotions are furious and convoluted.
The mindset with which we have looked at the world has strongly set a lot of things against us and I feel a need to state that. We must revert back to our old ways of doing things or else the tide will catch up with us and ultimately wash us away. What is the matter I seem to ask myself over and over again? The matter is simple… we have abandoned our homestead to con men and impostors?
The Igboland I knew growing up is not the Igboland I know today; the simplicity of life as known then has become complicated by the confusion that has been created by the fraudsters ruling the place today. In the past, we had some measure of predictability which allows for planning both in the rural areas and the urban centres. It was not in the amassed wealth that the people found their bearing but in the comfort that in health and labour lay their wealth. This is no more and appears symbolically more idyllic than real.
The collapse of our society (Igbo Society) can be tied to the collapse of our values; this has changed with nothing permanent to replace it. I consider this an alarming situation considering that each society that has excelled and succeeded only did that on the strength of defined values and goals. We can start the reclaiming process by clearly seeking out the redefinition of our goals and objectives.
What should they be? I figure that we must distinguish between our in-house core goals and values and our peripheral core goals and values. Our internal goals and values must seek to replace the shallow, often abrasive and ephemeral personality that has come to represent the Igbo person, with a much deeper kind of personality that understands the values of community, person and society. There ought also to be a drastic shift in mind and action from the quasi identity that has become us, to a building of a new mind, man and attitude that helps us understand that our success lies in the success of many rather than the grandeur of the few. Physical and visible shift from overzealous caricatures of our hopes must be encouraged, while also attempting to create a moderate temperament in our pursuits. This foundation would if agreed and pursued, help set us on the road again towards renewal.
Externally, our goals must be seen to be beneficial first to us then to others. Politics and Economics must be reined in and modified to suit our internal needs. We have been too loquacious in a lot of things and this has only hampered our cause rather than help it. Our associations with others must reflect our associations within our ranks. Those goals which have no direct bearing with our defined objectives must be shelved and if possible abandoned. Ndigbo are now more matured but similarly naive in their pursuit of anything. If history has thought us anything, it is that no serious issues are ever accomplished in the market square where also we have been famed to have our discussions.
There has been a mass era of delusion in the past 40 years or so of our collective existence. We have not groomed leadership. We have failed to build on the resources and resourcefulness of our land and people. Allowed an aggregate number of average and dim-witted personalities to take over our political space; these are capital delusions and has brought us nothing but collective shame, misery and backwardness. To reclaim our soul, and push us back to the top where we belong is a challenge before all of us.
Let no one mistake our present state as a permanent status; we are obligated to force the renewal to start; to wake up from our multiple collective scleroses and pursue the renewal of our land. This starts with me; it starts with you, it starts with all of us. Our schools must be revived, infrastructurally and personnel and pupil wise. Our hospitals, built largely by communal funds at times when there were no doctors, nurses and health practitioners in Igboland, with communal levies, must be refurbished and reclaimed. Massive push for a shift from subsistence farming to large scale industrial farming must be initiated. Thus would we have taken the first step towards waking up from our self enforced delusion!
Those who dare today would win. It is not the Presidency of Nigeria that defines our 21st century. It is not the politics of snobbery by the south East Governments that defines it, it is the amount of fight and daringness left in us that defines the next stage for us; let us dare to dream, to hope and to act our dreams out.
This to me is a synopsis of the Manifesto for the new South East Region!