I am a retired warlord and so I want to marry your daughter.
Colonel, you are my friend, first, from my generation almost, it is my duty to see that you do not marry my daughter.
What would it take for you to give me a waiver, so I may proceed with this mission?
To what end is this mission of yours?
To a long marriage, blessed with children.
Yes, that is all well and good but what of Biafra? You had the same ambition for Biafra, a marriage between all the Igbos and the Ijaw, that should bear children.
Yes yes, but Biafra was different. Biafra was for all, this mission is personal. In fact I prefer you don’t mention Biafra as we discuss terms for this new marriage.
I have not agreed to anything Colonel. It will be over my dead body that you will proceed with this marriage, to my daughter of all people.
C.C you are beginning to sound like Nigeria.
What about Nigeria?
You are insisting that I cannot go and form a union with your daughter, even though clearly she loves me. Does that remind you of anyone?
Nonsense. It is my right to insist, Colonel, I raised her to become the beautiful woman that she is now. Besides this love that you claim, how are you so sure that it is love from her? You and your charming ways. That is how you led Igbos to their…. anyway I digress.
C.C you have come again. Where did I lead the Igbos to? Self determination? What is so wrong with that?
Hmmn Colonel, self determination is a dangerous concept..
And one your daughter has the right to exert, C.C. Why don’t we call her and find out what she determines for herself?
No way, Colonel, not in my house!