Lord Mona Lisa’s Displeasure

Lord Mona Lisa whose real name is: Tony Azuka Ejiofor here voicing his displeasure at what the organisation has become.

Tony Ejiofor was initiated into the NBM in 1978 at Uniben (FJ1) and was Chairman of the Council of Elders FJ1 for the years 1980/81. Now residing in USA.

AYE AXEMEN!

I SENT A POSTING EARLIER ON THIS MATTER IN MY RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL EYES CIRCULAR FOR PRECONVENTION MEETING OF THE NCOE IN BENIN SCHEDULED FOR THE 2ND OF FEBRUARY. UNFORTUNATELY MY POSTING VANISHED ON OUR SITE AND WAS OF NO USE TO THE NCOE NOR TO AXEMEN THAT WOULD HAVE REFLECTED ON IT.I WAS PAINED YET THE URGE TO BRING UP THE MATTER CONTINUES TO HAUNT ME.

TO SAY THAT I AM WEARY OF NBM IS TO LIE BECAUSE THE SPIRIT IS OVERFLOWING IN ME. I GUESS IT IS OUR COMMON EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER I WORRY FOR THE SERIOUS ETHICAL DEPARTURE FROM THE NBM I KNOW AND WAS INNITIATED INTO BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS. I STILL REMEMBER THAT OUR FIRST HEAD LORD WAZIRI PLACED THE AXE ON MY HEAD AS I TOOK MY OATH OF MEMBERSHIP. FF IBN GODIDI REMEMBERS IT ALL.


AS OUR FOUDING FATHERS LEFT FJ WE PLEDGED TO MAINTAIN NOT ONLY THE OBJECTIVES AND PHYLOSOPHY OF NBM BUT TO MAINTAIN THE ETHICAL PLATFORM NECESSARY FOR THE SUCCESS OF OUR BELOVED MOVEMENT.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THESE ETHICAL COMMITMENTS. FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY I WILL ITEMISE THEM.

1-SECRECY

2-THE LAW OF SILENCE-NON TALKATIVE ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC

3- RESPECT FOR THE HEAD, OTHER LEADERS AND SENIORS

4- HARD WORK

5-LOVE OF ONE ANOTHER

6-THE SACREDNESS OF CONVENANT

7-TABOO OF PROVACATIVE URTERANCES DURING IT AND AGAINST A BROTHER

8 -NON VIOLENCE EXCEPT IN SELF DEFENCE AFTER DUE DELIBERATION IN AN ORDINARY OR EMMERGENCY IT.

9-THE TABOO OF BETRAYAL OR TREACHERY

10- READINESS TO CARRY OUT AN INFORMED OR IMPROMTU ORDER

11-LEADERSHIP ACCOUTABILITY ETC.

THE SACRED MAINTAINACE OF THESE ETHICAL VALUES PROTECTED US FROM PUBLIC RIDICLE AND DISDAIN. WE WERE THUS ABLE TO CONTROL THE STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT AT APEX LEVELS FOR YEARS. TO HAVE BEHAVED OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE PUT US IN THE MOULD OF SUCH CONFRATERNITIES AS THE PYRATES, BUCCANEERS AND MAPHITES THAT WERE SHARE NIGHTMARES TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.

WHEN IBN YASIN, I AND OTHERS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE FRONTIERS OF NBM BEYOND FJ FIRST TO ETHIOPE, UDI AND INIKPI DRAGON IN THAT ORDER WE DID NOT FAIL TO COMMUNICATE TO THEM THE OVERT AND COVERT ACTIVITIES OF THE MOVEMENT INCLUDING THE INVIOLABLE ETHICAL STANDARDS AS HANDED OVER TO US.

I MUST SAY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY TOO THAT I AND MANY OF MY COMPATRIOTS FIND A SERIOUS DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE AND WHAT IT IS NOW. THE RESULT IS SOCIETAL APPREHENSION AND DISDAIN OF WHAT WAS ASSEMBLED SOME 30 YEARS AGO TO BE A MODEL FOR THE BLACK RACE.

I HAVE READ THE POSTINGS OF SOME LORDS SAYING THAT THEY MET AXEMEN WHO BLUNTLY TOLD THEM THAT THEY WERE AFRAID TO OPENLY IDENTIFY WITH NBM WHICH THE JUS CALL BLACK AXE.THERE ARE MANY WHO FEAR FOR THEIR POSITIONS IN LIFE TO BE OPENLY IDENTIFIED WITH NBM. THIS MIGHT SECRETLY BE YOUR CONCERN TOO EVEN AS YOU LOVE THE MOVEMENT FROM YOUR HEART.

IF WE MUST REACH OUT TO THE OPPRESSED AND THE LESS PRIVILEDGED IN THE BLACK WORLD WE WOULD CERTAILY NEED FINANCIAL AND MORAL SUPPORT FROM PERSONS ,GOVERNMENTS, INTERANATIONAL AGENCIES ETC, BUT THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN WE CAN DEMONSTRATE INTEGRITY.

I HAVE MET WITH AXEMEN-LORDS AND TEMPLE AXEMEN – WHO UNDERSTAND NBM ONLY IN THE AMBIEN OF PUBLIC TOUGHNESS AND TREPIDATION. MY EFFORT TO EXPLAIN TO THE CONTARY USUALLY MEETS WITH INDIFFERENCE. I BEAR WITH THEM REALISING THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN UNFORTUNATE DISCONNECT IN ORIENTATION. NO WONDER AGBEROS AND OTHER DREGS OF SOCIETY FIND NBM WHICH THEY CALL BLACK AXE A SAFE HAVEN,

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE BURNING OF OUR SECRETARIAT IN BENIN BY AXEMEN. OR THE MAIMING AND KILLING OF YOUTHS IN THE NAME OF INNI.THE ESSENCE OF FOOTBALL AND INNI IS TO TEST THE JUS INTELLECTUAL ABILITY, PHYSICAL AND MORAL STRENGTH. I HAVE LOST A COUSIN IN THIS PROCESS OF THE NOW.

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE LACK OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY BY LEADERS THAT OUGHT TO BE CUSTODIANS OF OUR TRADITION. HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE USE OF AXEMEN AS THUGS BY POLITICIANS. HOW DO WE EXPLAIN OUR INABILITY TO BE KEY PLAYERS IN THE POLITICS AND ECONOMY OF OUR COUNTRY.

I AM ENCOURAGED BY THE MATURITY AND CONCERN I SEE SOME AXEMEN MANIFEST ON OUR OFFICIAL WEB BUT UNTIL THE TRUTH IS TOLD UHURU MAY BE VERY FAR. SOME PEOPLE TELL ME THAT SINCE THE ZONES AND NATIONAL DRAMATIS PERSONAE SEEM NOT TO LIVE UP TO EXPECTATION THAT THE ONLY HOPE IS IN THE TEMPLES. I LAUGH BECAUSE THEY SEE US AS MODELS. THEY COULD BE WORSE MY BROTHERS FOR NO FAULT OF THEIRS.

AS WE GO TO SOUTH AFRICA I WONDER THE KIND OF NATIONAL SECURITY ARRANGEMENT THAT IS ON GROUND FOR AN ORGANISATION THEY HEAR TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT IN NIGERIA, ITALY AND AUSTRIA. YANKEE WILL EXERCISE A LOT OF CAUTION,

WHEREVER THIS CONVENTION WILL HOLD LET US REFLECT OVER THIS MATTER WITH A VIEW TO BEING REALISTIC.

AYEAXEMEN!
MONA LISA I
FJ78
USA

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