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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Igbo-haters, the Arewa ultimatum and our nation By Reuben Abati

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Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but Igbos across all generations, including the millennials who have been socialized into believing that there is a gap between their people and other Nigerians.
Let us not deceive ourselves about certain plain truths. The civil war is perhaps the most remarkable incident in Igbo history in the last century. The pain, the loss, all about it, is deeply imprinted in the Igbo consciousness.  Whereas the Igbo nation has shown great resourcefulness since the war, and its people have proven to be enterprising and determined to hold their own in every sphere of life, including outstanding contributions to the making of the Nigerian state, there are Nigerians who still regard and treat the Igbo suspiciously.

Anti-Igbo sentiment may not be so openly expressed, but it is usually something beneath the surface.  There are landlords in many parts of Nigeria, for example, who will never rent out their property to an Igbo man. The Igbo tenant is easily stigmatized. I have heard people complain that Igbo tenants are too stubborn or that when you rent a room to an Igbo man, he will end up sub-letting that one room to all kinds of persons from his village, putting pressure on the property’s limited facilities.
     Some landlords insist that an Igbo tenant could even start eyeing the property, to buy it off the landlord, or if it is a shop, the Igbo trader would end up renting the entire street, and could turn the street into an Igbo neigbourhood. This stigma has been a source of agony for many Igbos seeking accommodation, particularly in Lagos, but it is of course completely baseless stereotyping. There are good and bad persons from virtually every Nigerian ethnic group.
     The stereotyping of the Igbo person can also be found in the political arena. It is assumed by some persons, and such statements have been made to my hearing, that the only reason an Igbo man cannot be President of Nigeria is because every Igbo man sees himself as a potential President, and should the Presidency be zoned to the South East, the struggle for the ticket could result in inter-community strife in Igboland. The name of the group is Igbo, but when other Nigerians want to be mischievous, or perhaps out of ignorance, they refer to Igbos as Ibo, and when you try to correct them, they may insist you don’t seem to understand. It is I-Before-Others (IBO).
     Igbos have also been held responsible for all sorts of things, kidnapping, drug trafficking, child trafficking, armed robbery – even when there are criminals from virtually every community in Nigeria. Meanwhile, they are one of the most vertically educated ethnic groups in Nigeria, and the most enterprising in all fields.  A friend once said that if you enter any community in Nigeria and you don’t have an Igbo man running a small shop there, or engaged in some other kind of business, then you have no business staying in that community.  Igbos are also obviously the most integrated ethnic group in Nigeria, which is why it is ironic that they are also the most vilified.
      I wrote what I considered a harmless piece recently in which I referred to the declaration of Biafra in 1967 and quoted excerpts from the Ahiara Declaration.  I got a phone call from a friend who declared that I should stop encouraging these “Biafrans”. Nothing I said made sense to him.
“You don’t know those people”, he declared.
“I know people from all parts of Nigeria,” I said.
“You don’t know Igbos. Has there been any problem in this country that you know in which Igbos have not been involved? They have started again, heating up the polity with threats of secession.”
“It is a sign that all is not well with Nigeria,”  I retorted.
“Don’t mind them. I don’t think anybody wants to secede. If Igbos really want to secede, you think it is Nnamdi Kanu that will be speaking for them?”
“It takes just one illuminated soul to start a revolution.”
“Don’t bring that line. Everything is not textbook, this man. Just tell those Igbos not to include my people in whatever they are looking for. We are their neighbours. They dragged us into the civil war. This time around, they’ve gone to draw a map, including my people. Biafra does not extend to the South-South. We are just looking at them.”
“Biafra is an idea.”
“I don’t want to hear all these textbook things, I have told you. Which idea? See, most Nigerians do not support Biafra. They think Igbos are just playing games. I’ll send you some other articles written by other Nigerians and you’d see what I am talking about. People are angry that anybody will be talking about secession in 2017! Nigerians are fed up with Igbos and their games. President Jonathan gave them everything but on election day, many of them stayed at home and refused to vote. Now, they are talking secession.”
“But Yorubas are also talking about Oduduwa Republic.”
“The Yoruba are not going anywhere. What they want is restructuring, fiscal federalism. Which Oduduwa Republic?”
“The people of the Middle Belt are also aggrieved.”
“Anybody can be aggrieved. You can’t please Nigerians. And some of these things are political. Obasanjo became President, Niger Delta carried arms; Jonathan got there, Boko Haram kidnapped children, Buhari is there now, and all the ghosts of Biafra are frightening everybody. But these Igbos, tell them they are not going anywhere.”
“I am surprised you are talking like this.”
“What is the matter with those people? They are all over Nigeria. They are even selling land in Lagos. But no outsider is allowed to buy half a plot of land in Igboland. You carry Igbo girl sef, na problem. Go and check your email. I will send you other perspectives on this matter.”

Before long, I received a mail indeed. The fellow had put together a collection of anti-Biafra, anti-Igbo articles which he urged me to read, with the rider that I should pay particular attention to the fact that some of those articles were written by Igbos. I ignored the rider. Some of those articles could have been ghost written. What is clear, however, is that all is not well with Nigeria. We are a country that needs to be rescued from the centripetal forces tearing us apart, and the leading forces today would include, as was the case before now, ethnicity, religion, the politics of hate, and citizen alienation. 
     If my review of the stereotyping of Igbos in Nigeria and the reported conversation with an Igbo-hater does not fully convey the seriousness of this situation, then the June 6 ultimatum issued to all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria by a coalition of Northern Arewa youth groups should.
     A group called the Northern Emancipation Network, comprising 16 Arewa youth groups, has asked all Igbos living anywhere in Northern Nigeria to pack their bags and baggage and be out of the Northern region by October 1, 2017. When the 19 Northern Governors met and dismissed the threat as misguided, the young Arewa Igbo-haters issued a riposte and more or less asked the Governors to shut up. Their message is that since Igbos no longer want to be part of Nigeria, they should get out, because they, Arewa youths, do not want belong to the same political union with Igbos.  They are angry that on May 30, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) succeeded in shutting down a part of Nigeria to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra.
     The arrogance of the Northern youths is insufferable.  It speaks to virtually everything that other Nigerians are uncomfortable with about the Fulani North: a born-to-rule, hegemonic tendency.  It is an assault on the Nigerian Constitution, to the extent that the Constitution does not grant any individual or group, the right or the power to determine where any Nigerian may live or work or die or acquire property.  All Nigerians are equal before the law. The Northern youths, who do not think so, held a meeting, a press conference, and issued statements.  The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai asked the Nigeria Police to arrest them for promoting ethnic hatred. The only response we have had from the Police Headquarters so far, is from one Jimoh Moshood, described as Police Spokesman telling Nigerians that the Arewa youths “are not sitting in the market waiting to be picked up.”
      Moshood, if you actually said that, then you should be relieved of your position forthwith. If you are a spokesperson and you have nothing intelligent to say, the best option is to remain silent, otherwise whatever you say will be used against you in the court of public opinion. So, the Nigeria police only arrest people when they go to the market and wait to be arrested? Is that the new police that we now have? The Northern Emancipation Network called Igbos all kinds of names – “unruly, reckless, insatiable, uncultured, confrontational, ungrateful” - and since they issued their ultimatum, the polity has been heated up, ethnic hate has been promoted, the Igbos of Nigeria have been further alienated.
     This was how the civil war of 1967-70 started. Nigeria cannot afford another civil war. No country survives two civil wars. Already, Igbos in the North are reportedly relocating back to the South East or elsewhere in Nigeria. Young Nigerians from the North, the East and the South started the civil war. The politics of ethnicity and the rhetoric of hate ignited the fire that consumed the nation for three years. The scars have not healed because 50 years later, the youths of the North and the East are again lighting up the fire of hate.  On June 6, the Northern Emancipation Network also asked Northerners in the East, I hope this includes the peripatetic herdsmen, to return to the North!
     The Nigerian Government must take this on-going febrile conversation between the North and the East more seriously than it appears to be doing. The security agencies do not have to go to the markets to look for what is not there. When there is a threat to the state, it is their duty to identify the threat and act on it. All persons who are working hard and making provocative statements to cause a national crisis should be monitored and checkmated. With all the difficult challenges facing this country, at this moment, our security alert system should be pushed a notch higher.
      If the security agencies fail to act, particularly on the matter of the coalition of Northern youths promoting Igbo hatred, the Federal Government would have committed a grievous sin, likely to be interpreted as aiding and abetting.  And there would be persons who will legitimately ask: are we confronted with a hand of Jacob and voice of Esau situation? Who is sponsoring the Arewa youths? Who granted them the permission to use the platform of Arewa House to spew anti-Igbo hate speech? Who is blocking their arrest by the security agencies? What those boys have done is even worse than the threat of secession by Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.
     But the message is clear: Nigeria is not yet a nation. A country where any group or association can threaten to expel another group is not yet a nation. The common enemy is not the secessionists. The common enemies are the political leaders, the tribal demagogues, the political opportunists, the religious bigots, the paid shamanists, who continue to manipulate Nigeria’s destiny to suit their own purposes.  There can be no country except the people love the nation and the state.  

48 comments:

Alloy Chikezie said...

Nice piece, so true, Nigeria is not yet a nation

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olivia said...

Ndi Igbo like other tribes have some bad eggs among them but you can not deny the fact that they are very hospitable & industrious (some over ambitious ones resort to make it by 'all means) if we want to tell ourselves the truth, we know that the north has caused more harm than any tribe in this country. The arrogance which people complain about is the exhibition of pride which emnates from succeeding again all odds. Thanks Oga Reuben.

Anonymous said...

I urge people to read ' The Problem with Nigeria ' by Chinua Achebe. It's either restructuring or referendum, all men of goodwill know that there is no unity in this geographical represented called Nigeria. The igbos are not the problem!

Andre Cooper said...

Interesting Read!

pioneer m said...

For those whom have ears. Nigeria for the north only for the north, efcc north, police north, army north, dss north, custom north, immigration north, all powers to the north...so tell me, who can arrest the northan youth? Up one Nigeria!!

Akpuruka said...

Excellent piece by Dr. Rueben Abati. There are bad people in every region and from every town in Nigeria. Most times we all are guilty of stereotyping some region one way or another.
I have personally been affected by a landlord refusing to let out his home to anyone bearing an Igbo name, irrespective of status, character, credibility and integrity. Those attributesotally of no consequence, the only thing that matters is tribe. Are we truly one, or are we just together on the map?

Anonymous said...

Well written. God bless this hand. Nigeria is a sham. The North is the problem. Igbos you better leave them so they will as well leave with their cows pls.

Anonymous said...

Shame on Nigeria and shame on the north. Nigeria has expired

Anonymous said...

Igbos leave this uncircumcised philistines.u will have your self to blame wen the killing start

Anonymous said...

God bless you sir

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Ada said...

Well written...God bless you sir.

Hausa-Fulani??? said...

SOME yoruba landlords are just a total mess of themselves. You are talking about an Igbo man that can pay for 3bedroom flat at the age of 25? You are talking of Igbo man that can rent flat and pay for 3 years before even staying? Without the Igbo people, real estate in Lagos will be dead! It is hard... I MEAN VERY VERY VERY HARD... to see one Hausa-Fulani youth help in the grow of a city in Nigeria especially in the WEST and EAST. Hausa-Fulani that will come and possess the front of your gate and start different businesses there? Hausa-Fulani you that can never rent your house and help you achieve a real estate dream? Hausa-Fulani that behave like the cows they rear? Rich and Homeless and Destitute at the same time? Who are we even talking about? The dirty Hausa-Fulani? The one every area they occupy turns to pig zone? The Hausa-Fulani that will never contribute to the cleanliness of your environment unless they are hired and paid to do so? Hausa-Fulani they will get one-room and over 50 of them will come to occupy the building, street and all nook and cranny the 1room is rented with over 30 of them doing tournament sleeping? Hausa-Fulani? The very uneducated, uncivilized and stupidly behaved ones? The very one that is gathering like house flies that spotted dead rat? Please who are will even talking about making one Nigeria with? Please explain to me because I seemed to be ignorant of whom you are talking about? Are we honestly talking about Hausa-Fulani? The same VAGABOND-HAUSA-FULANI...??? Excuse... Split this country. Lagos needs to move forward!!! Enough of this irritants that are littering everywhere, forcing other people's effort to create mega cities to be wasted!

Terrance Okeke said...

"AN IDEA" try to make them see the concept with facts and figures.. words alone don't change minds, it's like preaching without scriptures.. you've got resources, look for minds and you just might add greatness to your already rock solid legacy.. preach the "IDEA" and how it favours both parties.. the thief that has stolen from Nigeria is "Change" which is also an "IDEA" not the igbos. These old unwise greedy foxes covered in sheep clothing ( as democratic parties) have sold this "change" to the very weak hearted cowardly educated and ignorant youths. We can embrace true change "biafra" which is still an idea or look towards another feasible idea "CONTINUITY".. WHERE PARTIES DO NOT EXIST. JUST GOVERNMENT WITH A COMMON GOAL OF CONTINUITY.. BUT ONLY GOD KNOWS THE OPTIMUM SOLUTION.. SO WE PRAY. I can give u d full article linda

Anonymous said...

Stand for humanity

Anonymous said...

Who are the AREWA youth if i may ask. Pls ndi igbo come back home. leave their north for them ohhhhh. Those dirty, illetrate alimajiri. Abeg make i hear word

Anonymous said...

You have written excellently well,this piece is a bitter truth to be swallowed​ by the ignorants.The yorubas are not save either! So stop fooling yourselves but raher fight this serious threat by abokis to nationhood and the lifes there in.

samuel Ezebuchi said...

God bless you Sir/madam.

samuel Ezebuchi said...

Now I'm beginning to believe that we Igbos are indeed Jews. People just hate us for little or nothing sake just like German Hitler or other European countries against the Jews.

Anonymous said...

This zoo should be divided once and for all.what a mess!
Thanks Mr Reuben for this lovely piece

Agbaraasa arts movement said...

You are partial your article is not what reading. Nnamdi KANU has been calling North zoo,Animal. And you expect them to fold there hands. If you are tired of living in my house then get out,if they truly want Biafra they should relocate to their comfort zone .

Anonymous said...

Not another civil war please. These northern agitators with their ultimatums have no idea what they are starting. Just let them have their country peacefully or else they will fight for it again.The geographical construct called Nigeria is a forced marriage between powerless parties orchestrated for and by exploitative foreigners who are no longer (physically) present to enforce their forced alliance. The industrious wife in the union (Biafra) says she is not doing again. A big part of the husband (Nigeria) detests the wife, gives her no say, opportunities or benefits, treats her like scum and all the while greedily enriches himself with her resources; yet he refuses to grant her a certificate of divorce. Please referendum this wahala away and let these people go before the situation degenerates into something else.

What reintegration is in giving a person £20 after the war and telling him that his houses have been taken over because they were "abandoned property?"

Anonymous said...

Everything your friend said about the igbos is so true...you rent a flat to them, they use it anyhow, then have all their relatives move in usually for a so called apprenticeship, however it is mordern slavery, the people coming from the village are usually there to serve the master, his wife and children, going to the shop, cleaning the house, washing the cars, tending to the children and all.
The flat that should comfortably house a family of 6 will be used by about 12 people thereby ruining the house completely due to the limited resources.
Dont get it twisted.... is it the stubbornness or greed or hard crass way they pass messages accross.
I have alot of igbo friends who are very okay but the majority are really crass.
Even the ones on this blog cannot debate diplomatically except the use the words...Fool, idiot, sharap, and curse people.
It's funny educated Igbos actually say that about themselves and would rather relate with yorubas and south souths
Yorubas dont want another nation, they are proud to be Nigerians

Anonymous said...

This Nigeria and the Tower of Babel that it is trying to build. As long as the people do not speak one language.... and I am not speaking metaphorically.

Anonymous said...

Breaking up is the way forward!How can an Hausa-Fulani man kill an Igbo man at any little misunderstanding? Very lazy set of ppl with poor IQ characterized by beggars at every corner. Give them ur money today and die by them tomorrow. We r too different in all aspects even reasoning. For ur information,division will do us good;North will be free to islamize once they r alone while we practice our Christianity in peace. Let us part ways officially not this unofficial approach by Arewa. Let the paper work proceed.

Anonymous said...

Well said # the truth

Anonymous said...

God is always with ndi igbo

Chinonso Chimeremeze said...

God almighty bless you the more

Roseline Uche said...

This is a well written piece. A whole lot of men of good will have added their voice to rescind the ultimatum against the Igbos. The Security apparatus has turned a deaf ear. How can they when security is in the hands of the Northerners. However, i want to tell the AREWA Youths that SECURITY is only found in the cemetery. This nation will belong to all of us, or there will be no Nation at all. May God forbid that our story in this Nation shall be 'There was once a Nation.' I appeal to every Nigerian to stand up and uphold the things that binds us together and be silent on the things that separates us. My Prayer for Nigeria is - God do what you think is RIGHT for our Nation; if it is one indivisible nation under God so be it, if it is going to be Northern and Southern Kingdom so be it. If it is going to be Israel and the State of Judah so be it, if it is going to be Soviet Union - now Russia, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, Croatia etc so be it. The only safe prayer policy is 'God's will; nothing more, nothing else, at any cost.' Blessed is he who submits to the will of God; he can never be unhappy. Men may deal with him as they will; he is without care; he knows that all things work together for good for him.

JP said...

The first weapon that fires long before any battle begins is language. Before the genocide in Rwanda in which over 1 million ethnic Tutsis were murdered, the Hutus were already calling the Tutsis "cockroaches" long before the genocide happened.

Before the Holocaust and the ethnic cleansing that killed over 6 million Jews in World War 2, the Nazi Germans were already referring to the Jews as "pigs" and "shit".

When you liken your countrymen to animals and vermin, it becomes easy to convince your mind that killing them is acceptable.

There is a reason we are humans and not beasts. You can disagree with, fight and hate a person. Conflicts are a natural part of life. But NEVER reduce their human value.

Before you were Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba, you were first a human being. All these names we call each other are not just insults. They could stoke a raging fire that could burn all of us.

Your tongue is a nuclear weapon. Be careful how you use it.

Big Kahuna said...

God bless you Abati for this.If you hate anybody and want them to be hurt tormented or killed just because you hate them whether efik esan hausa idoma igbo nupe tiv or yoruba then you dont love God. You should look deep down within your soul examine yourself and stop going to church because you are not a Christian. You cant hate your neighbour to the point of harm and yet claim to love God. This is what they did to the jews and now we are helping to sanction it in Nigeria. I pray for love and unity in this country where the eagle can perch and the kite can perch without one hindering the other.

Anonymous said...

Those Hausa/Fulani youths who are beating war drums do not know the meaning of war as they were not yet born when the first civil war happened. Anyone who has experienced the horror of war will never pray to witness it ever again.
Let them just note that if they make the mistake of causing war to breakout, the Yorubas will never join the hausa/fulani in any war against the Igbos. The Yorubas will simply declare Oduduwa Republic and move on with their lives. The Hausa/Fulani hegemony and arrogance is coming to an end. Enough is enough.

Iron rose said...

Kudos to you mr ruben abati this is a Very simple but plain truth,i concur its is uttermost important that we all be accepted as equal in Nigeria, if not then the unity of this nation will collaspe falani herdsmen have been killing nigerians from all parts of the country Since yet no arrest has been made , the ipob made a show of 50 years to remember biafra only in the South east and of all the People in Nigeria its the onces that have cause the most harm to Nigeria that feels they have the right to bounce the igbo out of their state Wen the ipob honour biafra did they impose it on all Nigeria ? But the People that hate the igbos the most reacted and yet no arrest was still been made but Wen it comes to arresting Nnamdi kanu , tom polo or any other side the police will come out with the latest technology abi ,all i have to say is that it is well with Nigeria

Rinjis Rylopenes said...

Truth be told, igbos do not need Biafra at this time. I'm igbo and I know we're good at sabotaging ourselves and are honestly not ready for our own nation. But what the igbo really need is to evacuate/abandon/leave/get-the-hell-out-of northern Nigeria. Come home and let's develop our homeland. We will be stronger that way. If another genocide against igbos were to begin, northerners/hausa/fulani will not spare us. They will attempt to do a total wipe-out. It will be a Fucking ethnic cleansing. Come home, people, come home. He who has ears...

Femi said...

I like Reading Reuben Abati for his objectivity on issue, unlike Reno who just writes with his fingers or speaks with his mouth without assistance from the brain but with assistance from his hurting emotions after the Jonathan loss. However, Abati in this article is clearly less objective. Why did he single out the Northern youth for his reprimand? Can one plant pepper and harvest tomatoes? It is the Biafran foot soldiers who have repeatedly referred to every other Nigerian tribe as less than human and the Igbo race is superior to every other. Not everyone subscribes to the turn-the-other-cheek philosophy. So, while spewing hate messages and people keep quiet, they may only be saying "Hmmm, if I start my own, you won't wait o." That is it. The Northern Youth didn't just stand up one day to do a press conference. They have been abused by Kanu and his foot soldiers for too long.

Peter Ilorah said...

I have always loved reading any piece from Reuben Abati but this is a master piece. I call it master piece because it is not easy to say the truth, especially when there's no direct benefits. Some people's minds are so warped and be clouded by ethnic sentiments that they'd rather die than say the truth!

Well, what else can I say. The book of Eclestiasis said that there's time for everything on earth; a time to born and a time to die; a time to start and a time to stop etc. Whatever has a beginning must have an end and we should also realize that no person can stop the hands of clock.

Hate Igbo or like them, they'll keep exhibiting their God-given attributes and will be progressing.

Thank you once again Mr. Abati for standing by the truth.

Anonymous said...

I love you sooo much for this comment.

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmm bitter truth ,well analytical mind ......Rubeeeeeeeni where does this truth coming from? have u forgotten that you also wine n dine with last government of this country where fallacy was your surname and u suddenly 4goten common man on the street .....Truth no sweet for ur mouth biko chere.....IGBO KWENU!YORUBA KWENU HAUSA KWENU!!! ONE 9JA to yorubas u are a prodigal son

Anonymous said...

Femi, in all there verbal insults did they ever give the northerners an ultimatum to vacate the East? Please don't miss things up. Kanu was arrested and detained for 2 yrs currently on bail. We are still waiting for the arrest of the convenes of the so called Kaduna declaration.

Anonymous said...

I bet it was Reno Omokri that was telling him that shit about the Igbos. Reno the vote that Jonathan got is from the Igbos. Yoruba did not vote for Jonathan. Some part of south/South and the whole of south east gave him the vote he got. Reno the Igbo hater. Shame on you. I like Reuben Abati, he's a more unbiased writer.

Anonymous said...

Very nice piece, good analysis. I like people who write articles without bias, not writing with prejudice and hate, your whole article will be one sided. Like Reno's hateful write ups. This is a good analysis devoid of sentiments.

Anonymous said...

Femi, in all there verbal insults did they ever give the northerners an ultimatum to vacate the East? Please don't miss things up. Kanu was arrested and detained for 2 yrs currently on bail. We are still waiting for the arrest of the convenes of the so called Kaduna declaration.

Anonymous said...

@anon 10:08, good for you. But don't criticise those who want their own nation. Thank you.
If an Igbo comes out now to analyse Yoruba for you just as you've analysed the Igbo, you'll call it "crass". Well Igbo is been hated, like the Jews for being who they are, so we careless. It is called "prejudice" it is allowed, provided the haters are not putting food on your table, nor increasing your bank account.

Anonymous said...

This is a type of article that brings about unity. At this stage we are in this country, all we need are people who are fair minded to give opinions. We no longer need people who will come and tell you all the faults of this tribe, or the faults of that tribe and compare and tell you the best. That will keep fuelling hatred. To be honest, nobody believes that he is worse than any body. That is why we are all unique people in our own different ways. Fair mindedness will tell you that Nigeria today is not fair. Nigeria today is marginalizing some part of the country, giving another part a little more than the other parts, then giving all to one part, and this same part that is receiving all feel so entitled to it. Any body writing any piece, telling you how bad the Igbos are is just beign unfair, because, no matter how bad the Igbos are, that should not justify inequality. Marginalizing a group of people is not good, so any epistle writer who comes up with his/her epistle to demonize Igbos instead of condemning what is bad is fuelling marginalization. Igbos are not saints and so are other ethnic tribes. We have our uniqueness. We have our culture and our way of life. Any ethnocentric that says because our culture is not like this, therefore we are disrespectful is just plain dumb. We don't bow or prostrate to greet elders, but we have our own way of greeting elders, yet it all comes up that we greet our elders and respect them still. We don't bow down to worship our kings, yet we respect our kings and honour them and it has never been an issue with any Igbo king that his subject don't give him his due respect. Igbos peddle drugs, yes they do, but not all Igbos peddle drugs. Just like Hausa Muslims who use religious pilgrimage as a cover up to peddle drugs. Igbos are greedy, yes, but not all Igbos are greedy. Just like in civil service you see a lot of Yoruba and Hausa in civil service siphoning away govt money. Igbos are kidnapoers, yes, but not every Igboman is a kidnapper. Kidnapping is in every tribe, but the Igbo man will apply an ingenious business sense to it and make it a lucrative billion naira career, while people of other tribes will be doing a child's play in the kidnapping business, does it make it good? No! Does it mean others are not into it? No! What's the difference? Because the Igbo man is using his ingenuity negatively, it now looks as if they are worse. So also in other crimes, we have armed robbers in other tribes, but tge Igbo man always apply their natural business ingenuity negatively, and it now looks as if they do more than others. So we should look beyond tribal prejudice, ethnocentricism and language barriers and come up with a way forward and peacefully draw a referendum so that we will bring everybody in. That is just fair enough.

Anonymous said...

This is a type of article that brings about unity. At this stage we are in this country, all we need are people who are fair minded to give opinions. We no longer need people who will come and tell you all the faults of this tribe, or the faults of that tribe and compare and tell you the best. That will keep fuelling hatred. To be honest, nobody believes that he is worse than any body. That is why we are all unique people in our own different ways. Fair mindedness will tell you that Nigeria today is not fair. Nigeria today is marginalizing some part of the country, giving another part a little more than the other parts, then giving all to one part, and this same part that is receiving all feel so entitled to it. Any body writing any piece, telling you how bad the Igbos are is just beign unfair, because, no matter how bad the Igbos are, that should not justify inequality. Marginalizing a group of people is not good, so any epistle writer who comes up with his/her epistle to demonize Igbos instead of condemning what is bad is fuelling marginalization. Igbos are not saints and so are other ethnic tribes. We have our uniqueness. We have our culture and our way of life. Any ethnocentric that says because our culture is not like this, therefore we are disrespectful is just plain dumb. We don't bow or prostrate to greet elders, but we have our own way of greeting elders, yet it all comes up that we greet our elders and respect them still. We don't bow down to worship our kings, yet we respect our kings and honour them and it has never been an issue with any Igbo king that his subject don't give him his due respect. Igbos peddle drugs, yes they do, but not all Igbos peddle drugs. Just like Hausa Muslims who use religious pilgrimage as a cover up to peddle drugs. Igbos are greedy, yes, but not all Igbos are greedy. Just like in civil service you see a lot of Yoruba and Hausa in civil service siphoning away govt money. Igbos are kidnapoers, yes, but not every Igboman is a kidnapper. Kidnapping is in every tribe, but the Igbo man will apply an ingenious business sense to it and make it a lucrative billion naira career, while people of other tribes will be doing a child's play in the kidnapping business, does it make it good? No! Does it mean others are not into it? No! What's the difference? Because the Igbo man is using his ingenuity negatively, it now looks as if they are worse. So also in other crimes, we have armed robbers in other tribes, but tge Igbo man always apply their natural business ingenuity negatively, and it now looks as if they do more than others. So we should look beyond tribal prejudice, ethnocentricism and language barriers and come up with a way forward and peacefully draw a referendum so that we will bring everybody in. That is just fair enough.

Anonymous said...

Hausa people should leave igbo land too without their cows biko. If you have a building in the north just go to bank to use it to collect loan from bank to start business in igbo land. Lol that way you have collected the money you used to build the house in Hausa land

Anonymous said...

There is no one nigeria

RareSpecie Z said...

Dope!!

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