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THE CURSE WILL BE ON OHANEZE IF…
Eke-Dike Chigozie Ozoegede (08037566542)
The Igbo as a holy race has certain sacred and indispensable traditions that, like Ofo, can neither be neglected nor mocked, otherwise, abomination against the office of Igbo traditional moral values takes place. One of these sacred and indispensable moral traditions in the Ezedom (Kingdom) of the Igbo is the burial of beloved dead brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers.
In the known history of the Moral Traditional Igbo Communalism, the burial of the beloved dead ones is absolute moral duty to the Consciousness of the Igbo religious-Self, to the extent that, when a beloved one dies and the body is not found or was burnt to ashes in a furious accident, his/her community members join the family of the deceased to honour the dead member by ceremonial burial, which assumes the rest of the wandering spirit of the dead and such thing is morally justified, since the dead was not a banished member before his/her death. From our ancients no pagan or fetish ideology was attached to this office of the dead, as it is only seen as a moral reverence to the dead, a moral reverence that springs up from that mystical connectivity in the life-force (Ume in Igbo Metaphysics) of blood and ancestral connectivity. In Igbo Traditional Philosophy, not to come to the grave is a great shame and a curse, and we hear God telling the wife of King Jeroboam by Prophet Ahijah that only their son Abijah will come to the grave, because he is the only one (in the house of Jeroboam) that pleased God; 1 Kings 14 v12-13. Therefore not to come to the grave is a curse even before God. Thus, the Igbo is traditionally Biblical and Reasonable and fights against such shame even at the cost of ceremonial burial, when the person was not banished or excommunicated before his/her death.
Now, there were series of massacres of Igbo in certain parts of this country Nigeria at certain periods of bloody up-roaring and crisis, for example, May-June, 1966, and 29 July- October, 1966. In those days months were fed with blood of the innocent and our holy historical archives were painted with the colour of violence, pogrom and genocide.
However, I shudder within the indwelling of my moral consciousness on why till date, the Ohaneze conclave remaines unconcerned about ceremonially burying all Igbo so far massacred in different parts of the Northern Nigeria. This is in keeping with our Moral Tradition and has no political tone in it. The new generations are being accused of not valuing their tradition and culture; how would they value them when elders seemed carried off from the high moral tradition on the death of a family member.
Do we have such hearts as to act wickedly against the morality of our traditional conscience on those beautiful souls who were of same parents and blood, and did not commit any crime against Igbo land before they were massacred? We owe our dead a traditional right to burial, of which the office of conscience, the office of reason and the office of our traditional morality are witnesses against us. Let us give them their traditional right to ceremonial burial, otherwise we sin against the law of nature.
They were our own blood; their umbilical cords were buried in our eternal Eastern home (the East eternally in circled by the Eastern dividends of Inyi Egwurugwu- River Niger) – the land of their ancestors where they had right of inheritance, even the right to grave. They left our Eastern home alive but did not come back and we know they are dead, their blood groaning in their mass graves in the strange land, since it is not the land of their inheritance. Therefore, their blood is not yet dried off but still fresh, crying to us and foaming until our elders in Ohaneze stand out and lead us to pays them their traditional respect by referencing them back home by the traditional ceremonial power of word and symbol. This Igbo traditional moral duty forms now the object of immediate conscious fact in the energetic mind of Ohaneze Ndigbo. The spirit of Igbo Metaphysics is urging.
The shame or the curse of committing sin against those beloved dead ones who were not excommunicated from Igbo land before their death will be on the elders known as Ohaneze if they neglect this plea, it will not be on the commons.
Bringing one coffin only and putting handful of sands from the Northern and other parts of the country into it, and superimposing the traditional power of word on the blood that cries for home in their thousands, and then firing gun shots for reverence, and burying them in a mapped out plot of land, which will forever stands as the memorial site, are all we need.
Believe it or not, even if Biafra exists tomorrow there will be no peace within her, unless we bury massacred Igbos.
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