The Aladimma Agenda
Umunne na Ụmụnna: Daalụ nụ. Deeje nu. Deeme nu. Deewo nu.
If you have been wondering where we are headed as a nation of Ndiigbo, you are not alone. The answer remains elusive until we break the proverbial coconut.
The situation is simple – To unite and prosper in love. We will make progress when we set a common cause that is both plausible and possible, a cause to support noble and progressive institutions. “A nyụkọọ maamịrị ọnụ, ọ gbọọ ụfụfụ.” Therefore, in line with the ideas of nationhood, the aims of Aladimma are as follows:
- The preservation and promotion of pan-Igbo communities of hardworking, honest, humane, and humble habitants in all parts of the world;
- The unification of all Igbo persons and groups worldwide by means of academic, cultural, religious, and international institutions in accordance with the laws of respective republics and states;
- The refining and reinforcement of Igbo nationalism, pan-Igbo consciousness, and Igbo sentiments in thoughts and in actions; and
- The use of civil and consular advocacy in liaising with peoples and governments wherever possible to achieve the greater Aladimma Agenda.
Thereafter, concerned citizens in their groups (parochial, pan-Igbo, pan-Nigerian, pan-African, and or global) will work with passion to realize their now-aligned missions and, ultimately, accomplish the set common cause. “Gidigidi bụ úgwù ézè.”
To those who do NOT set common-cause agenda, all roads lead to somewhere; alas, the roads lead to nowhere near where the people should be headed, causing delays, deviations, and distractions. The problem to resolve is the sweeping space between untenable Nigeria as-is and the unattainable Biafra as-was. Instead of continued agonizing about the two hard ends, we must explore and resolve the center space by organizing to chase what is possible in our time, if not in Nigeria, abroad! “Ma a hụghị ka e emere, e mee ka hụrụ.”
A nation of Igbo-speaking peoples from south of the great Oshimmiri (River Niger) is possible. Worry not about boundaries: Borders neither define nor a nation set; borders of nations are not forever set. “A zọta àlà, a zọwa ute.”
The most popular current and central consensus is arguably a pan-Igbo commonwealth. If set as a central common cause, every affiliating group will align its mission to the core. The core remains the same whether the groups use charity, commerce, culture, diplomacy, divine intervention, economic and infrastructural development, intellectual persuasion, partisan politics, provision of basic amenities and social services, science, technology, or combinations of these tools in their pursuits of the common cause. “Onye gburu achara, onye gburu, onye akpọna ibe ya onyeikoli!”
The common cause will yield a defined and dignified affiliation of popular pan-Igbo assemblies pursuing constructive coexistence in any democratic dispensation. With hard work, honesty, humility, and humanity, the set common cause will grow generations that God graciously gave beauty, brains, and brawn. “Nke iru ka, maka na echi adịghị agwụ agwụ.”
PROJECT—THE ALADIMMA AGENDA
To begin the conversation about a common cause, the Aladimma Agenda, you are invited to be a part of the process by preaching idea in any forum. It is no longer a secret that things are falling apart; a saving solution must emerge if we focus and work on it. “Ihe a gba n’aka, a naghị enyo ya enyo.”
Nothing stops an open pursuit of a popular desire in any democratic dispensation. Every human being wants to live free and create a culture of peace and progress in an enabling economic environment for the next generations. Ala dị mma, ọ bata onyeọbụla ọfụma; udo adị, ọganiru esochie. Everything else is embellishment.
MOE, July 4, 2021