Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:05

On the Ozubulu church massacre

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REGARDING THE SUNDAY MORNING MASSACRE AT SAINT PHILIPS CHURCH OZUBULU

Date: August 6, 2017

TO: Jerome Niang

From: Ozodiobi Osuji

Subject: The Killing at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra state, Nigeria

At 5 AM, Alaska Time, I had calls from Nigeria about the killings at a church at Ozubulu. Some folks in my village attended Zikston Grammar School at Ozubulu so they keep in touch with the town. They sent to me pictures of the gruesome killings at Saint Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu.

I could not believe what I was looking at. Apparently, some thugs brazenly went into a church and killed several people, a massacre really.  I was depressed.

Pondering the pictures, it occurred to me that you, Jerome Niang, is going to have a field day talking about how we, Igbos, kill each other in a senseless manner. I expected you to start posting the pictures of the massacres at Nigerian Internet forums.

I just looked at my mail and there you are with the gory pictures, as expected, posted! Obviously, you relish Igbos killing their people.  It kind of plays into your narrative that Igbos cannot govern themselves and, as such, should accept the perpetual rule of the Hausa-Fulani.

However, I do not think that you should enjoy Igbos misery, albeit self-inflicted; we should seek for a way to solve the Igbo problem.

You are a Nigerian, an African and a black man; this Igbo problem is your problem, too; you must join me and those of us who are looking for ways to solve the Igbo problem of Nigeria.

Clearly, Igbos have serious problems and don't know it! We all must put our heads together and help solve these Igbo problems and not dissociate from them and say that they are not our problems.

THE ORIGIN AND NATURE OF THE IGBO PROBLEM OF NIGERIA

Here is the Igbo problem in a nutshell. From the early 1500s Igbos began capturing their people and selling them to the Portuguese and latter to the Spanish, Dutch, French and English. Igbos sold their people into slavery for five hundred years. Igbos did not make any documented attempt to stop selling their people; indeed, when the British under Lord Frederick Lugard (1902) tried to stop them from selling their people they took up arms against them! Shame on them; if they liked their people they would have fought to stop slavery instead of fighting to continue it.

Aro Igbos were in cahoots with the Ijaws and Efiks and had their mercenaries capture Igbo slaves and sold them to the Ijaw and Efik, who sold them to the white man.

Aro hired Abriba,  Abam and Ngwa head hunters, aka slave catchers (modern day kidnappers) who roamed around Alaigbo kidnapping children and women and men who were not accompanied  by other men and marched them to  Arochuwku or Calaba or to Igwe Ocha (renamed Port Harcourt in 1912) or Bonny and sold them to white men.   Igbos over did capturing and selling of their people.

Today, it is estimated that one out of every three black American has Igbo heritage; thanks to Igbos selling their people in such godawful massive manner.

And they did it to acquire money, money with which they bought ozo titles and other symbols of African bigmanism.

The habit of hunting, capturing and selling their people into slavery led Igbos to develop lack of respect for Igbos and all human beings.

You may refute my contention by reminding me that other African groups also captured and sold their people. I would agree with you but remind you that other Africans did not do it to the extent that Igbos did. At any rate, lack of self-respect and respect for their fellow black people is not limited to Igbos; most Africans do not respect their fellow Africans.

Why do you think that Nigerian leaders steal their people's money instead of working their black asses off to develop their people? There are many reasons for this phenomenon but one of them is lack of respect for their people.

In my perception of Igbos, they have no respect for their fellow Igbos and human beings in general. To them people are to be captured and sold into slavery. If they could, today, they would be capturing their fellow Igbos and selling them into slavery.

It is actually the white man and his international laws that eschew slavery that prevent Igbos from engaging in slavery; remove those laws and Igbos would gladly return to doing what their ancestors did, capture and sell their people for money. As a matter of fact, they are already doing something similar: capture and hold their people hostage for ransom money.

The Igbo has made money his god. All he wants to do is get money and become rich; how he gets it is not his problem. If it means engaging in selling people, selling drugs, 419 scams, bank scams, credit card scams, and other criminal activities he would do so. He just wants to get the money and with that money buy what seems to his primitive mind the accoutrement of wealth (build a house in his village, buy a car and so on).

The Igbo, in a manner of speaking, is still a savage; he is a primitive man who does not pause to ask whether what he is doing is right in and of its self.

The typical Igbo (there are exceptions to every general rule, after I am an Igbo) does not engage in introspection and philosophy and find out if a behavior is appropriate; his primitive mind only asks if there is money in it for him.

He makes money and at ages sixty something he dies (Igbo lifespan is 62). He dies and his body rots, decays and is eaten by worms and bacteria. This inglorious end of the human body does not give him pause to wonder whether it is right to do what he does for money. Why enslave yourself to working for money to support your body, a body that would die and smell like shit?

If he were to be a bit introspective it would occur to him that it is not worth it to get money by any means necessary to service a body that is food being prepared for worms!

Well, the Igbo is not philosophical; he is impulsive. The British colonial masters made these observations in the early 1900s (if you want to read some of the observations of the various white district officers, DOs and later District Commissionaires, DCs I can send a batch of them to you). Routinely, the British administrators considered the Igbo as invested in money and have no regard for human life; the Igbo does not respect people, they concluded.

What happened at Ozubulu reflects Igbos lack of regard for human life. A bunch of people walked into a church, sprayed bullets and killed several people. Apparently, in their minds killing innocent persons made them powerful. It actually made them cowards, for a courageous man should not kill an unarmed innocent person. But to Igbos killing you or kidnapping you is sign of power, the power of cowards.

I have not been told what exactly motivated this killing at Ozubulu but the rumor is that it has something to do with drugs.

Apparently, many young men from that neck of the woods are drug pushers; they sell drugs in Nigeria and all over the world and make quick money.

The man who built the church in which the mayhem took place is considered a rich man; it is alleged that he is into the drug trafficking trade? Perhaps, something went wrong and his partners in the nefarious trade of hooking people on destructive drugs felt cheated by him and came to kill him and did not find him and, instead, killed those in his church, including his folks. I do not know if this rumor is true or not?

I must confess that I am really not interested in a specific killing but in what has become of Igbos. I have stood on the mountain top and written that Igbos are a sick people; their social pathology requires that their culture be dismantled and put together in a different way. Igbos need radical surgery in their minds and society.

At present, Igbos worship money; their god is money. Their God is not love of people, as it should be. They will do anything to get money and with that money buy the paraphernalia of wealth and like clowns masquerade around as very important persons, VIPs, and are given stupid empty chieftaincy titles by their people and that kind of makes their idiot heads swell up with pride and vanity.

The typical Igbo is totally self-centered, opportunistic and unprincipled in pursuit of money. This is recipe for the mayhem you see taking place in Igbo land.

If Igbos were to have their republic that land would quickly descend to the likes of South Sudan and Somalia as folks kidnap and kill each other for money.  The various Igbo clans will fight each other.

This is not 1967; then Hausas killed Igbos and Igbos had a common enemy hence united around the Nnewi coward called Ojukwu (when the war was lost he turned tail and ran away; a general is supposed to stay and if needs be die with his soldiers).

This time around the question of who is going to rule Igbos is going to be contested. I know for sure that Owerri folk do not particularly like Anambra folks. I anticipate jockeying for leadership of Alaigbo and the result would be bloodletting.

Moreover, there is the issue of where the capital of Alaigbo is going to be, Enugu? That would be opposed by Owerri folk; Owerri folks see their town as the Igbo heartland hence the rightful place to situate the capital of Alaigbo. Alaigbo is ridden with cleavages.

CONCLUSION

In this short piece, I identified some of the problems buffeting Igbos; these problems are serious and must not be swept under the rug. So, what do we need to do about them?

We must change Igbo culture. That is what I have been trying to accomplish and as you know Igbo clowns made it their business to call me insulting names. Yes, they verbally abused me just because I am pointing out their problems and what needs to be done to fix them.

As the good book said, prophets are not known in their home. I will not give up on Igbos. Jerome, please join me as we try to heal these sick souls called Igbos; it is not right to just make fun of their obvious tendency to disrespect people hence find it easy to kill them.

Thank you for joining me in trying to heal our sick brothers (to heal is to love).

Sincerely,

Ozodiobi Osuji

August 6, 2017

(907) 310-8176

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176