Francis Duru wrote:
As a University undergraduate in the 1980s I read Ken Saro-Wiwa's book titled: "On a darkling plain". Chineke ekwena ihe ọjọọ! G-d have mercy! You would think that Igbos caused all the calamity in Ogoni land and all the misfortunes of his Ogoni tribe.
The book was overflowing with so much HATE against his Igbo neighbours. He poured so much Vitriol on us. I was barely 17 years old at the time and was wondering what could cause so much 'bad belle' as we say it. From Ken's thinking in that book, if an Ogoni man had a diarrhoea, Igbos were responsible, if he could NOT impregnate his wife, it was because of the nefarious activities of Igbos in Port-Harcourt. If the business of an Ogoni man failed, the Igbo caused it and even if an Ogoni landlord increased the rent for his own house and his fellow Ogoni were NOT able to pay, Ken Saro Wiwa would look for a reason to blame the Igbo for it.
Ken's hatred for the Igbo incidentally fits into the classic anti-Semitic pattern. As if to exculpate the Igbos, NO Igbo person had a hand in his eventual demise. One of his former FRIENDS who was among those that gave Ken that hatchet man's job against Igbos after the Genocidal war, that Army general with a DARK pair of glasses put a NOOSE round his neck one fateful Sunday morning and hanged him. Tufiaaaaa. Every literate Igbo person should read that book because Ken's kinsmen still have that mindset. It's a peep into the mind of our neighbours. At least a good number of them if not ALL. Igbos are NOT the people drinking the 'Oyel' in Ogoni land BUT what did it matter to Ken and Co!!!