The Characteristics Of A Genuine Freedom Fighter
A couple of days back, the burden of trying to unravel the exact definition of whom a genuine freedom fighter really is, kept me seriously thinking. Many at times, individuals have tried to explain that a genuine freedom fighter is one that is ready to sacrifice everything for freedom. Such a person abhors bribery and all shades of injustice/oppression. He could be prepared to go to prison or even be exiled in defense of what he believes in. These definitions are correct.
However, it is necessary to bring to our notice that the simplest way to practically identify a true freedom fighter is to “critically examine the actions of the government in it’s relationship with the person involved. This will fully explain all that is needed to know. No true freedom fighter is found to be in the good books or at peace with his enemies, never”! The life of a genuine freedom fighter is always trailed by danger of death, hence he is either arrested, tortured, imprisoned, forcefully, sent on exile, villified or/and even killed.
The oppressor (enemy) remains relentless in his wicked/evil masterminds aimed at eliminating the freedom crusader at every given opportunity.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is a perfect representation of a genuine freedom fighter and remarkably qualifies as such, by every standard. The brutal repression, brutalization and grades of injustices meted by the Nigerian government on him, his biological family and IPOB as an organization, are clear confirmations of the aforementioned.
Therefore, it is notifiably expedient to intelligently counter deceitful claims by some who posit themselves as freedom fighters while yet hobnobbing with Aso Rock. Such individuals are nothing but celebrated criminals and traitors. “There is absolutely no true liberation crusader (freedom fighter) anywhere in human history, that is found to be winning and dinning with his oppressor(s)”.
It is needful that we get properly grounded in this knowledge!
Written by Godswill Leeleebari Gabriel
Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International