The various human experiences and creative dimensions in Chinua Achebe’s works seize how Igbos distaste laziness and drunkenness. Within the wealthy Igbo tradition and custom, for instance, drunkards will not be given a place of authority. They’re laughed at for his or her buffoonery and refusal to work to discourage the younger ones locally from towing that line.
In Achebe’s Arrow of God, after Obika was whipped by the white man, Ezeulu, the Chief Priest accused his son of being “blind by palm wine when he left [his house] in the morning.” He added that “even when he came back a short while ago, it had still not cleared from his eyes.” Ezeulu’s good good friend, Akuebue, reminded him that the story going round was that Obika didn’t strike the primary blow within the struggle. The Chief Priest wished to know whether or not Akuebue “would swear before a deity on the strength of what a drunken man [said].”
Within the excerpts, above, Achebe was portray an image of how unreliable drunks are in Igbo society.
Within the real-life drama unfolding earlier than us in Nigeria, Nnamdi Kanu was blinded by wine when he left the UK for Nigeria, in pursuit of the elusive, but enigmatic Biafra. In Nigeria, he drugged himself with palm wine. The identical palm wine was nonetheless not cleared in his eyes when he “resurrected” after he was “crucified” by Buhari, and returned to the U.Okay. by way of Israel.
From the consolation zone of Oyibo man’s land, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB at the moment are calling for the stoning of hardworking women and men of Igboland. It is a mindless and self-destructive utterance that finest be characterised as phrases of palm wine.
A characteristic of alcoholism is deception. As soon as drunk, alcoholics begin mendacity concerning the amount they’ve drunk. They begin mendacity about the place they’ve been. As a result of alcohol has taken management, chaos and dysfunction reign. Those that reside with an alcoholic will let you know that it’s a rollercoaster journey.
Since we embraced IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, our life has been in a rollercoaster journey. Listed below are some samples of their phrases of palm wine: “No referendum, no election”; It is either Biafra or death”; “President Buhari is Jubril from Sudan” “Atiku Abubakar is from Cameron”; “signed sealed and delivered.” And the most recent is “refuse to sit-at-home and be stoned.”
Listed below are some actions of an alcoholic and the way IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu have exhibited them. After ingesting an excessive amount of palm wine, you begin making ridiculous claims like claiming that your president is an imposter from Sudan. You additionally begin utilizing abusive language: IPOB has abused all of the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
With further palm wine, a drunk begin performing like an entire fool: It’s idiotic for IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu to maintain claiming that President Buhari is a Jubril from Sudan.
Because it will get worse, you begin peeing on your self and your followers: IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu peed on themselves after they known as for the boycott of the 2019 Presidential election, solely to reverse themselves and declare help for Atiku.
Then, there’s the hangover. For IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, the hangover from all of the hallucination and wishful considering is that they remained lazy.
Laziness is usually signs of a much bigger drawback. Having failed within the lackluster try and instigate battle between totally different ethnic nationalities, IPOB’s default resort to issuing “Sit-at-home” orders is an act of laziness. Calling for the stoning of Igbos working exhausting to feed their households is a symptom to the larger drawback – inferiority advanced.
Nigeria’s multicultural character is a everlasting characteristic that’s increasing exponentially. As such, promotion of isolationism by any group might be an act of concern, concern that’s pushed by laziness and absence of braveness to embrace and compete within the inevitable cosmopolitan nature of our cities and even villages.
For Ndigbo to stay targeted and aggressive, we can’t make the error of getting a drunk in command of a motorcar when you’ve gotten sober males round. Why have Igbos allowed males who don’t perceive the worth of labor to maintain manipulating the Biafran Spirit? How can we cease the derailment?
Some self-reflection is required if we’re to wiggle ourselves out of this. As Igbos, despite the fact that the palm-wine drinkers in IPOB have misplaced their senses, we as a tribe should stay clever and be devoted to our age-long conventional understanding that the drugs towards palm wine is the ability to say no.
So, we should say no to the weaponization of the Biafran Spirit towards Igbos by IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu. Igbos should begin difficult IPOB’s ideology and technique of misinformation. We should counter their buffoonery with sound and a superior argument backed by info and never lies.
I’ll finish this piece by returning to Chinua Achebe. In Issues Fall Aside, Okonkwo’s father Unoka was a drunkard who owed cash to everybody. Unoka was not an excellent supplier, and his spouse and youngsters typically went hungry. As Chinua Achebe narrated, Okonkwo was ashamed of his father and was decided to rise above his upbringing to grow to be a profitable citizen and courageous warrior.
To rise above the more and more shameful utterances of IPOB, Ndigbo should start to distance ourselves from this plague that we embraced. If an arrow has not entered deeply, then its elimination isn’t exhausting. Earlier than this arrow known as IPOB penetrates deep into the guts of Umu Igbo and trigger collateral injury, we should pull it out NOW.
The antics of a village drunkard or a market buffoon will present laughter, however no one prays that his baby turns into a drunk or a market buffoon. With the most recent phrases of palm wine from IPOB that the hardworking Igbos who refuse to sit-at-home ought to be stoned, the buffoons we despatched to the market sq. are turning to koboko wielding masquerades, threatening to flog us for exhibiting the Biafran Spirit.
The Biafra land is below assault by the self-acclaimed Supreme chief of Indigenous Individuals of Biafra.
What an irony!
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