WHY THE IDOMA MUST CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE AGAINST INEQUALITY AND REFUSE TO VOTE FOR SUSWAM PROTEGE TERHEMEN TARZOOR IN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION; INSPIRED BY FREDERICK DOUGLASS

The general sentiment of mankind is that A MAN WHO WILL NOT FIGHT FOR HIMSELF, WHEN HE HAS THE MEANS OF DOING SO, IS NOT WORTH BEING FOUGHT FOR BY OTHERS, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom and equality for himself, will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others. A man of that type will never lay the world under any obligation to him, but will be a moral pauper, a drag on the wheels of society, and if he too be identified with a peculiar variety of an ethnicity he will entail disgrace upon his ethnic group as well as upon himself. The world in which we live is very accommodating to all sorts of people. It will cooperate with them in any measure which they propose; it will help those who earnestly help themselves, and will hinder those who hinder themselves. It is very polite, and never offers its services unasked. Its favors to individuals are measured by an unerring principle in this—viz., respect those who respect themselves, and despise those who despise themselves. It is not within the power of unaided human nature to persevere in pitying a people who are insensible to their own wrongs and indifferent to the attainment of their own rights. The poet was as true to common sense as to poetry when he said, Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow. When the Niger Deltans, contended for the just rights, liberties and economic rights of their people, the sympathies of world were with them, and even the strongest proponents of the status quo were forced to give them grudging respect. The result is what we see today in 13% Derivation and in the ultimate prize; the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We, the Idoma, are largely Christians, but even then Christianity itself teaches that man shall provide for his own house. As this teaching applies to individuals so does it applies to nations or ethnic group like the Idoma. It falls on us to provide for all wants and against all evils to which we are liable as an ethnic group. In the great struggle now progressing in Benue State, for the equal rights and elevation of our people, it is incumbent on us all to work with all our might, with the resolve that no man or set of men shall be more laden with responsibilities than us, according to the measure of our abilities, than ourselves.
It is true my friends, my brothers and sisters, that in some quarters, our effort would meet with little encouragement especially those among us who are content with the status quo. Those who enjoy the pecking order of the economic pyramid on the basis of the continued subjugation of our people by our colonial masters; the Tivs. This class of Idoma who more often than not, call themselves our “elites’ do not like any Idoma celebrations, they don’t like our conventions, they don’t like it when you speak against inequality orchestrated by the powers that be in Benue. They don’t like any demonstrations in which the Idoma take a leading part. They talk flippantly about numbers as if numbers justifies the unequal status to which we have been rendered in the state. They talk as if we do not make any effort or make any demand, our contrived fate would ever be displayed for the world to see or displaced. They, whether they know it or not, have imbibed the view that we, the proud Idoma people, are naturally, inferior to the Tiv and therefore must know our place in the pecking order of things. There may be some Tiv men, that are willing to lift their fingers to change the inequality, but the boisterousness of these Idoma men get in the way, for their behaviour make it seems we are comfortable with the injustices we are offered daily in a state we call our home. If we ignore these persons who are on the wrong side of history and continue our struggle, the world at large, and particularly the Tiv will begin to see the folly of their ways and would begin to appreciate the honest efforts on our part to improve our condition as a people.
The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. IF THERE IS NO STRUGGLE THERE IS NO PROGRESS. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
IN THE LIGHT OF THESE IDEAS, WE, IDOMA PEOPLE, WILL CONTINUED TO BE PURGED FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE IN BENUE. WE MAY BE DENIED CERTAIN CRITICAL OFFICES. WE CAN’T BE CHIEF JUDGE. WE CAN’T BE VICE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY. WE CAN’T BE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS. WE CAN’T BE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. WE CAN’T BE THE SPEAKER. WE CAN’T BE GOVERNOR. WE WILL BE CHEATED IN THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES but it only lasts so long as we submit to these devilish outrages and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we must ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must DO this my brothers and sisters, by labour, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if need be, by our lives and the lives of others. We must refuse to settle for less. We must refuse to see any good thing on the DEPUTY GOVERNORSHIP meme that is thrown our way every season. We must reject it and if possible reject TERHEMEN TARZOOR, THE candidate of the party to which we have poured all our love for the past 15 and half years and yet betrayed us to send a message that we shall no longer tolerate the status quo or roll over and die.
Anyone who says we do not have the power to change our destiny, lies. Anyone who says we have no say in the imminent changing of the tide is a conniving insidious being. In this endeavour every Idoma person is very important whether home or abroad. Those home should canvass and vote against the status quo. Those in diaspora should get out their phones and make the necessary phone calls to their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins to tell them why they must vote a certain way to thwart the machinations of Suswam, in order to send a message to any governor in future and set in the consciousness of polity that to work against the Idoma interest is to fail electorally. We may still vote PDP or APC IN THE SENATE RACE AND IN EVERY OTHER RACES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION. We may vote ORTOM OF THE APC to make Suswam an electoral failure for working against us. We can do this if we want. I’m only bringing this to you as a last resort, since it appears that we may likely fail in fielding our own candidate in the election. May God bless you all. May Idoma land endures forever. Long live Ai Idoma and Long live Our Royal Majesty the Agaba Idu. We will triumph.

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