I have read that question severally on my timeline and at Igbo groups. Most time once you ask that question I write you off as someone that is incapable of introspective reasoning. I apologize for thinking that we all can think things through in a rational way.
Simply put I saw those adult Igbo men who asked that question as Ndi Uche ha gbagoro agbago.
Let me put this mildly, short and clearly: “Igbo elders” include your father, mother, grand father, grand mother, aunt, uncle and even some of you that are above 45 and still asking idiotic questions. Of course by virtue of my current age I am among Igbo elders too.
So what have your father done to release Nnamdi Kanu?
What have your mother done to release Nnamdi Kanu?
What have your grandparents done?
What have your uncles and aunties done to release Nnamdi?
What have you done to release Kanu?
(I will like to read your answers please)
For your education and information, the title of “elder” comes with certain attributes: circumspection, subtlety and diplomacy.
According to Joel 2:28
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: ”
Our young men have the right to see visions of a glorious nation called Biafra. But it is not the duty of our elders to actualize that vision. They can only dream great dreams of Biafra while sleeping. Youths don’t sleep after they have seen visions. Except indolent ones like the ones that ask the above question.
Our current elders fought as youths to give independence to Nigeria our country. Without firing a single bullet they defeated imperial Britain and hoisted the flag of a new nation: Nigeria.
When the safety and security of Ndigbo were threatened in Nigeria our Igbo elders fought then as youths to protect their people, culminating in their declaration of the sovereign state of Biafra where they hoped to have peace, security and make progress as God’s people. They never planned Biafra but rather Biafra was their response to wickedness and possible extinction as a people.
After the war was declared over with a verdict of ‘no victor no vanquished” our elders fought to ensure that we were rapidly reintegrated and able to make progress. Today we are number one in the most important human development index: education. They won that war too.
How many fights must Igbo elders engage in before you leave them alone and start your own fights? All the fights our elders engaged in they didn’t involve you and in fact strongly resisted the urge to co-opt you as “child soldiers” between 1967 and 1970. Their mates in Cambodia, Zaire, Sudan etc willingly deployed kids to the war front but Igbo elders preferred to deploy them in schools. That’s why you and your parents are educated and doing great today.
Many of our elders were previously alarmed at your failures as a generation, always looking for who to blame and do nothing generation, until Nnamdi Kanu and his crowd seemingly redeemed you, He and his group demonstrated the type of courage elders want to see as against a whining generation blaming everyone apart from themselves. They organized and pushed back in the face of unwarranted intimidation.
Our elders, including me, are proud of Nnamdi Kanu and his boys.
Elders celebrated quietly when they saw the hundreds of thousands marching peacefully through out Nigeria with IPOB flag.
Encouraged by the courage shown by Nnamdi Kanu and his group, it is the duty of elders to do what elders do: quiet diplomatic engagement devoid of noisome braggadocio.
If you read any elder discussing such things in public he must be a childish elder and certainly not worth that title. Elders use channels to engage and our elders have opened all necessary channels to engage the president and others with regards to the unlawful detention of Mazi Kanu.
Their message is simple: release Nnamdi Kanu and allow peace to reign.
If that message is not decisively responded to within the timeframe agreed, the elders have options.
Contrary to what you believe or think, because your eye/world view begins and ends at Facebook, Igbo elders and political leaders actively monitor and know the state of Kanu’s stay at Kuje prison. They also know that holding him in detention is more dangerous and harmful to the Nigerian state than releasing him. They equally know that nobody dares to harm him.
One thing elders have that youths don’t have is benefit of experience. This same group of elders managed the Ralph Uwazulike MASSOB situation and responded appropriately using relevant channels. They know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Like them or hate them, they are the most battle tested in Nigeria having faced and surmounted continuous gang ups and conspiracies by elders of the other major tribes acting in cohort with their young men who have political power.
Cut them some slack and give them deserved respect. Especially knowing that at your current age they have achieved much more for Ndigbo than you have done.
Going forward, nobody should ask what elders have done to release Nnamdi Kanu. Ask your father what he has done. Ask your mother. Ask your uncle. They are Igbo elders. They are Igbo leaders too.
Most importantly, what have you even done to ensure his release? Or you consider mfirionu at social media enough?
Lele gi na uwa apari gi!