Icheoku could not but laugh at the sudden British interest in what eminently qualified as Nigeria's purely internal affairs/matter. The same Britain who stood by and watched Olusegun Obasanjo perpetrate election-terrorism on Nigerians when he foist an unelected sick man Umaru Yar'Adua on Nigeria as their president; and later went ahead to recognise Umaru Yar'Adua as the elected president of Nigeria; stating that the election was purely an internal affairs of Nigeria and should be left as such. Britain treated the sham election as Nigeria's internal affairs; now they want to come and suck some crimson delight of Nigerians in the guise of assisting the Northern Nigeria government to "restore peace" in the Niger Delta? What an arrant nonsense - all the British is doing is to secure a source of their oil supply and preserve the jobs of the employees of British Petroleum as well as the Shell Oil's and also guarantee cheap heating energy for her domestic population back in Britain. That is what happens when no real patriot is in office or position of power in a country like Nigeria to tell these colonial masters that their colonial days are since over and that they should leave Nigeria alone! Umaru Yar'Adua has no real mandate to be the president of Nigeria in the first place, since he never won any election and hence is kissing every "behind" of every world leader for some sort of legitimacy with their recognition. His mentor Olusegun Obasanjo gave away Bakassi as a sacrifice, now his puppet Umaru Yar'Adua wants to give the people of Niger Delta as sacrificial offal to the bloody British; and their bloody Sunday in Ireland readily comes to mind. But it will not come to fruition, not this time, Britain!
Since the 1914 forcible "creation" of Nigeria through amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates until Nigeria's "quasi" independence in 1960 and thereafter, what benefit has Nigeria derived from Britain? Nothing, Zilch, Nada in the real sense of it. Now they want to pretend that they are the knight in shinning armour coming to the rescue of the oil in the Niger Delta. Since all these years of ongoing suffocating and very subjugating oppression in the Niger Delta, where was Britain? Why have Britain not asked their Hausa/Fulani minions, why has their oppression persisted all these years and for such a long time now? Or is there a conspiracy between 10 Downing Street and Kaduna Mafia/Arewa Consultative Forum to hold other Nigerians hostage forever? Nigerians are daily starving to death; there is no motor-able roads therein; malaria sickness is becoming pandemic; HIV/AIDS is equally ravaging Nigeria; 419 and other related frauds are going on in Nigeria and sometimes with help from British Banks who accept deposits from these fore-sworn economic enemies of Nigeria that one is forced to ask, where was British abatement of these crimes? A resident of Britain or any other western country cannot make a one-time deposit exceeding ten thousand dollars without declaring the source of the income followed by a meticulous verification of the source; but the reverse is the case with "expatriate depositors" whose huge deposits are used to prop the British economy! There is no working telephone network in Nigeria until the recent "revolution" of mobile telephones; no drinking water; no power supply etc. Yet Britain did not offer assistance! Where was British help in any of these areas of dire need for the people of Nigeria? Now they are rushing to sell their weapons to Northern Nigeria like they did with Saudi Arabia and the attendant bribery scandal. Weapons with which to kill Nigerians but not British people? Why the sudden interest of Britain to gallop in on chariots to rescue Niger Delta! Tell it not in Garth. This cannot be out of love but for some mundane economic selfish interest good only for the people of Britain and if in the process, some hundreds of thousands of Niger Delta people are slaughtered, so be it. After-all they are just Africans? Where are British scholarships or visas to assist indigent Nigerians especially the Niger Deltans have a shot at life? Why haven't the British home office made effort to have their carrier British Airways change her evil-ways of treating Nigerian travellers in their airplanes like they are sub-humans each time they are passing through Heathrow or through their territory? Suddenly they want to help Nigerians by killing off some Nigerians of the Niger Delta origin? For the British, it is easier to just kill off some "black monkeys" than to waste resources trying to even feed them?
The consolation is that the Niger Delta under the Geneva convention reserves the right not to be oppressed any further! They have the right to defend their existence and ensure their survival; and that includes the right to armed struggle to free themselves from the shackles of an going systematic oppression in the hands of the Feudalistic Northern oligarchy and all their British collaborators. Until Nigeria really secures her independence from Britain like the United States of America did with their 1776 war of independence, when they kicked the British butt, there is no hope for the ordinary people of Nigeria including the Niger Delta people. Britain will forever remain the puppet-master pulling all the strings in Northern Nigeria vice-hold like on power! Nigeria should be able to manage her affairs without any British interference or dictates; this can be so successfully done so as to make dependency on these foreign powers redundant. Also credible elections should be given a chance in Nigeria, so that a real patriot might one day emerge to lead Nigeria out of its quagmire to the promised land! President Umaru Yar'Adua is today being held hostage and blackmailed by the world including Britain, because of his status as a product of an election fraud or an election that was never held in Nigeria! So in his desperation for recognition, "President" Umaru Yar'Adua is ready to do whatever it takes! Whatever bidding the colonial Britain demands of him, including the slaughtering of his people of the Niger Delta just to have the semblance of legitimacy! No meaningful person especially a president should permit such a perversion, to surreptitiously massacre his people under the guise of protecting the oil resources of the Niger Delta. A good president instead, should say "No to British imperialism! No to the British coveting of Nigerian oil resources! No to the British military aid to "fight" Niger Delta activism! Icheoku calls on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take his British troops to Afghanistan, Darfur-Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Congo as well as other hot spots of the world, where they are needed and SHOULD PLEASE LEAVE NIGERIANS ALONE, especially the Nigerian peoples of the Niger Delta!