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S. Y. Olawoye: Much Ado About Tribalism & Other Forms of Marginalization

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The issue of tribalism or different types of social divisions is not foreign to Nigerians, let alone other people in the world. This division has existed long before the civil war. How else do you think the British were able to colonize us? Divide and Rule! They saw the cultural division and took advantage of it. Before anyone brings the argument that the British made the country lines for their own benefits, ask yourself: what have we done with the lines they gave us?

What one does with one’s history is what determines the future direction. I agree with George Santayana when he said, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeating it”; but one important thing to note is that he never said, “Dwell on the past, else you will repeat it”. It is one thing to remind us of our history (thank you Adichie and Achebe), but it is another to provide a way forward for Nigerians.

I remember when I had to defend my undergraduate degree thesis on colonialism in Nigeria, one of the committee members asked me a strange question. He said, “As a Yoruba girl, why have you narrowed your research to the works of Chinua Achebe and the Ibo culture?” After getting over my initial surprise, I explained how fascinated I have been about the culture, how easy and relatable I found Achebe’s writing and how much understanding of colonialism, Arrow of God and Things Fall Apart provided – albeit from Achebe’s point of view.

However, I had questions I could not ask (who born you well to question your committee when your grades are on the line. If they ask, “any question”, just smile, nod and say “no, thank you”). Examples of the questions I wanted to ask then are, “why would a federal university in Nigeria bring up tribal differences in an academic work?” and “what does my tribe have to do with my interest in national issues?”

The issue of tribal (religious and other types too) division is one that has cost Nigeria as a country a lot over the years. On a personal level, I will raise a few damaging effects of tribalism that we need to ponder on.

Think about how many relationships – romantic, work, platonic etc – have been destroyed or did not start because of tribal differences.

Think about the people who do not go into business partnerships or employ someone because they are from another tribe and have ended up with incompetence in the name of ‘he is my brother’.

Think about the many happy romantic relationships that have ended because of tribalism. Last time I checked historical wars were settled and sealed with inter-marriages.

Think about the unnecessary suffering we put ourselves through. I knew someone who had a big house in his village that he rarely visited or only visited once a year for a week yet slept in his chemist’s shop in Lagos (all tribes are guilty of this, so no finger pointing needed). Many more personal level examples exist.
However, on a national level, tribalism has been a major set back for the development of Nigeria. Without listing names or examples, think about the terrible infrastructural systems that exist because the wrong “brother” or “sister” was given the job. Think about the public officials we have voted into power (federal and state level) just because they come from “our place” not because they are capable. In fact, I still strongly believe that we lost Bakassi to Cameroon because of our division (yes, this is debatable). Even Boko Haram would not have been this successful if we had presented a unified force not one of “that is how they do in their place” or “as long as it does not come to MY place, they can keep killing THEMselves”. This attitude only ends up putting us down.

I look forward to the days when we as Nigerians will start to see ourselves as the fallible humans that we are, not according to our tribes, religions or where our ancestors were from. The civil war is not to blame for our problems, our problems started long before the civil war. It was made possible because after the amalgamation of the north and south, all parties were too stubborn to accept the new status quo and find a common ground for unity. The problem with the societal divisions is that it leads to a situation where we only end up hurting ourselves. In times of war, ALL parties suffer casualties so NO ONE wins. We should encourage a nationwide system of acceptance where everyone feels safe everywhere within the lines that make us a country.
When we step out of the country, we do not introduce ourselves as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw, Fulani etc, but as NIGERIANS. As a way forward, we can start by eliminating the little tribal and other forms of societal slurs that we use to describe people who “are not from OUR places”. We can also start to think of the people we meet and know as humans not as their societal divisions. Nigeria is OUR place and it is up to us to develop her not just the government. The government is a reflection of who we are and what we accept as the norm is what we receive from the government. We all need each other to develop. Nigeria is a body and no part is more important than the other. As one of the jingles from the ‘90s said “make we work, for better Naija.”

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S. Y. Olawoye is a professional student and an occasional writer. She is a strong believer in personal spaces and keeping one's judgments to one's self if one isn't God or a paid judge. She also believes in the notion of live-and-let-live, yet understands that in life, Newton's third law remains true - "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction

30 Comments

  1. wagamama

    April 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you.

  2. legit

    April 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    mstchewww you sound like Azikiwe, always trying to please others to his own detriment

    By the way it is Igbo not ibo…..

    • S. Y. Olawoye

      April 16, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Azikiwe was a great man, so thanks for the compliment. About the spelling, noted, thanks.

    • DU

      April 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Yea to you he was. Go to his hometown and ask around.. Na bush full his house self cos no one cares…

      Charity begins at home, unfortunately for zik it wasn’t so. That’s why People like Awolowo, Saraduna, Ojukwu are all respected in their home base because they never minced their words or danced around when it came to preference for theirs.

    • Naijatalk

      April 16, 2015 at 4:30 am

      Nawa….I know you are entitled to your opinion but is this comment really all you could take out of this article?

  3. kate O.

    April 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    True talk. You jst said it all. Let d right man do d job no matter where he/she comes from so dt Naija can move 4ward

  4. nnenne

    April 16, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Well said. If only we can listen and practice this.

  5. Dr O

    April 16, 2015 at 3:24 am

    I must say I am highly impressed by the way you graciously and eloquently wrote on this beaten down topic, that still causes problems today in Nigeria.
    I believe we can celebrate our diversity without putting the other down, thats what really makes a country.
    Our problem in Nigeria is that we have a tendency to never address issues, sweep them under the rug, only for them to resurface down the line. As Nigerians we have all had to deal with this tribalism. I don’t remember what I got on the common entrance exam but I remember being angry that as a child in Lagos (the only city I really knew in my childhood), I had to meet the cutoff mark for my SE state, which was over 500, while someone from another state in my same school could pass with a 400. This is a form of marginalization. I still see it where my cousin who scattered JAMB was unable to get Medilag for medicine, but ended up at UNN (an equally great schl) because of her surname that was no choice of hers.
    The government and our society should do a better job at celebrating and respecting us…our lives…Nigerians. Every life matters. Whether one cut down by Boko Haram or one cut down by the ills of the Civil War. It should be OK to talk about it, without being hushed up, or being made to feel like you are being a separatist. This is the same problem in the US, the lack of the acceptance of the ills of the past, have helped create the culture today where a certain segment of the population are easily targeted (racism is still very much real).
    The funny thing is that we are all the same. I know someone who thought he was Yoruba on all sides (from a ruling house), and has now found out he has an Igbo great grand parent. Let’s not fool ourselves to think there aren’t so many like this.
    In many ways we lack a true national identity, and in an attempt to do so, have each run off with our own identities?
    1) So as a nation, what have we learned from the past?
    2) what can we learn from each other?
    3) Without pointing fingers at who started or instigated the war, can we acknowledge it, discuss it and still embrace ourselves at the end of the day.
    4)What is our common goal as a nation?

    We are all leaders, whether in our homes, work places, places of worship, among our families and loved ones. What can we do to encourage such dialogues in these places, will keeping our common goal in mind. These dialogues shouldn’t be one that results in immense hurt to the other, that compromises the common goal. Elections are over now, but many relationships have been fractured as a result of harsh comments exchanged between friends and brothers.

    Sorry for the long epistle, didnt spell check it either, but hopefully someone gets a thing or two from it.

  6. Grace

    April 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Okay, enough with the hypocrisy, let’s all be truthful here. 1960, Azikiw fraternized with the North only for them to call the office of the President a ceremonial position with all power going to the Prime minister, we forgave, indigenization, when other regions took all our property after the war despite saying ‘No victor, no vanquished’ we forgave. Democracy came and the Igbos requested a Sea Port and in his wisdom our dear OBJ responded ‘A people who lost a war should be quiet for 50 years’. He ruled stupidly and the Yorubas kept saying ‘give him time’, Igbos still voted him. Fashola became governor, started destroying markets belonging to Igbos and making businesses difficult for the Igbo man but he forgot how numerous they were so they decided to represent themselves in the House. Areas that produced Igbo House of Reps members are largely Igbo communities. T.Y Danjuma responsible for killing Aguyi Ironsi had the guts to say if the paramount Igbo ruler had conceded there would have been no war, the same week the Igbos were trying to get over the death statements by Oba Akiolu ( don’t even say he was flippant, we still dis Jonathan over his ‘Stealing isn’t corruption’ statement even though it’s clear we misunderstood his intent).

    Compare this to the Hausas, multiple Coups, consistent killing of foreigners and because they lost power, made the nation ungovernable for 4 years yet we keep forgiving them saying ‘One Nigeria’ but the Igbos should just hush and not be angry ekwa.

    We are hypocrites in the country oh. If you offend your brother and you really seek his forgiveness and peace, you will first seek forgiveness in humility and seek ways to make amends’

    Finally the part APC is a huge insult to Igbos bikonu, formed without us and then you pick Buhari someone who was openly wicked to the Igbos during his reign and expect them to vote him if not you’ll call them tribalistic. Hausa voted Buhari, even killed for 4 years to ensure that power returned to them yet they are not tribalistic, it is ‘the will of God’, ‘Non partisan politics’.l

    The igbos have always been the most individualistic picking achievement over my brother, my sister but other parts of Nigeria have taught us. Tribalism is the way to go.

    PS: Buhari and APC, rather than all these long sermon asking us not be tribalistic, start by giving the SE their sea port, financing and funding the Innovative skills of the Aba boys ( this is actually a sound economic decision to take except you’re afraid the Igbo tribe will become too powerful) and creating more states to increase the influence of final national elections of the SE and SS. To all those shouting the Igbos are tribalistic ‘ what you’re doing is so loud, we can’t hear what you’re saying’

    Btw, the Igbos didn’t respond in anger cos a part of us suspected that the Yorubas wanted a fight so they could take our property, since that seems to be the only way they know how to acquire assets ( I don’t mean this oh, it’s just a joke I hears someone say)

    • EllesarisEllendil

      April 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

      But the South East is landlocked????

      And you realise some Igbos voted for Buhari right?

      Creating more states is with all due respect stupid!! how many states can afford to pay their civil service without federal help??? more local government areas is the way to go.

    • S. Y. Olawoye

      April 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Wow, such venom! First of all, I do not have the power to give anyone a port, I only know that anger and bitterness isn’t taking us anywhere. I also specified that ALL tribes were guilty of whatever issues we have with tribalism today so playing the victim isn’t going to help us or anyone. I’ll address some of the issues you raised.
      #1: Fashola didn’t target igbo businesses. He demolished structures that were not in the environmental planning manifest or however they explained it. Else, what kind of tribalism will we say he played when the houses of some yoruba people I know were demolished for taking part of the road? Every tribe was hurt by this reconstruction so making it tribal is totally unfair and plainly just riling yourself up to no end. I heard about an orphanage in Lagos for children with disabilities that was being demolished for being built in the wrong place but when the children came out to talk to the people demolishing, they realized the people it was for and made a one off decision to leave that structure. Infact, they came back to rebuild what they had destroyed and other parts of the building that was initially going bad. By the way, the woman who ran this orphanage is igbo but Fashola considered the greater good for this children so in rebuilding the orphanage, was he being tribalist? Unfortunately, this isn’t the same with market structures. Aren’t we all benefitting from the “new lagos” now?
      #2: You singled out a few careless speeches to claim tribal victimization. Are you trying to tell me that in the history of Nigeria, no igbo person has made such a statement against other tribes? Were you there to know what Ojukwu said or what the northerners or yoruba leaders said to cause n unplanned war? Are we supposed to base our children’s futures on the nonsense said by a few silly people in the past? These same “big people” will protect their families, send them abroad or make provisions in their homes, while they send the rest of us into a war where we are the victims and they are the victors. When 2 elephants fights, the grass suffers. Some of our elders preach hatred for other tribes but are the same one profiting from the business deals or political money from their friends from other tribes. We should be wise.
      Also, remember that in life there are 3 sides to a story; side A, side B and the truth. I recently asked someone what offense yorubas committed that all the young igbos I have been seeing on the internet (people who weren’t in the civil war BTW) to call us traitors. I was told that the issue was that the igbos were fighting with the hausas and Awolowo was called from prison to mediate. While doing this he noticed that the igbo army was getting to Ore. Isn’t the journey to the north through Lokoja? Doesn’t that mean the fight was being brought to Lagos against the yorubas? In a bid to protect himself (which anyone will do), he quickly switched sides to protect himself. The issue here is that this is merely someone’s story. I also heard that some igbo people still remained in Lagos and were protected by yoruba people. Why don’t we celebrate these? Why do we hold on to anger? We all heard people’s stories but were not there. We cannot keep judging and hurting ourselves based on issues that we did not experience. It’s like judging a new boyfriend based on the mistakes of an ex. It doesn’t help the new boyfriend or us.
      #3: You said APC was formed without igbos, all the igbos that joined APC, what has been the response to them? Speak honestly! Haven’t they be termed traitors? Did you read the comments that some igbo people made when Pat Utomi spoke about the obas speech recently? some called him a traitor and others said he wasn’t truly igbo. So tell me, is a true igbo person one filled with hatred and bitterness? I don’t think so. I can’t generalize based on a few hateful comments and I don’t think you should to. This tribalist issue is what has led to the absence of any igbo APC senator now. When the position of a senate president is given to another region, you will come back and cry tribalism (apparently the constitution says a senate president must come from the same party as the president, someone please correct me if i’m wrong here). There is a greater good out there that WE are denying ourselves of because of tribalism and that is the message i’m preaching. It’s not hypocrisy because I practice what I preach.
      #4: Jonathan was there for over 4 years but still didn’t provide a port in the SE so is he also tribalist? Does he hate igbos too?
      On a final note, let us all open our minds and hearts to the good around us and not just dwell on the bad as this is to our own detriment.
      P.S. Your last sentence “joke” is part of the tribal slurs that are keeping us where we are today. When one drunken yoruba OPC person decides that he should act on that thought so he can lay claim to a property he didn’t sweat for, you will be the same one crying tribalism and hatred. You will forget that you gave him the idea. We are much more than our ancestral tribes.

  7. Grace

    April 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I ‘heard’ not ‘hears’. Forgive all the typos. Just can’t stand idealistic write-ups like this

  8. qud

    April 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    SMH AT GRACE.FULL OF BITTERNESS

  9. chikito

    April 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    You want Nigerians to stop talking about tribalism?

    You have a right to your opinion but please note that we would never be a “nation” until we address pressing issues facing the various tribes in Nigeria. One of which being marginalization

  10. Amdi

    April 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Easier said than done…nothing is going to change. Tribalism is an official entrenched Nigeria system. Policies are made not for merit but where one comes from. Not far fetched, University admission policy and quota system in education. Citizenship question…indigene and non indigene dichotomy. And many more…so let’s cut d hypocrisy down before we deceive ourselves the more.

    • S. Y. Olawoye

      April 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Rights for women to vote was easier said than done. Black rights in America was/is easier said than done yet the peaceful march to Selma made a mark. Independence from colonialism was easier said than done. Everything is easier said than done and nothing is ever done if we all fold our arms and continue with the status quo. Corruption thrives and gets stronger because it is the norm. See all the excuses we gave Boko Haram till they became this menace we have today. Evil things thrive when good people say or do nothing. We can start with ourselves and influence the society around us.

  11. YSL

    April 17, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I’ll just drop this link here saharareporters.com/2015/04/15/blame-past-and-present-se-governors-not-oba-lagos-jessica-obioma
    It’s high time we start blaming our the real culprits, our leaders who rule us and stop castigating our neighbors around us.

  12. Frank

    April 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

    @S.Y Olawoye.First of all,do your research before you write an article on Tribalism.firstly, fashola burnt down markets.Have you been to Igbos populated areas in lagos(Eg Okota)did you see the state of the roads over there? Do you know that most landlords in lagos don’t have C of O of their own houses which my brother is a victim of.Pls ask your self this questions why South west shouted for change and voted massively for APC,why oba made that statement and non of yoruba celebs condemned oba’s speech.Thirdly who told you that the igbo’s were getting to ore before he made that decision.please don’t be bias.I have Witnessed tribalism During my NYSC program where One tribe were posted to banks,oil companies e.t.c because the state co ordinator Is a yoruba.Pls be civil and argue with facts.Thanks

    • S. Y. Olawoye

      April 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Hello Frank. It is funny you said Okota. I saw Okota evolve to the igbo populated are it is today and please don’t tell me you are not enjoying the reduced traffic because of that beautiful new road. Do not tell me that bridge that links to surulere now isn’t beneficial. Or the difference Oshodi hade since Fashola began his work (that are was mostly yorubas by the way). I know a few yoruba people who suffered from the same Okota reconstruction. You should be logical in your approach because everything isn’t about tribalism. I know a yoruba person who got a ticket in Lagos and wanted to shout tribalism. Sadly it was a yoruba person that was the official that wrote the huge ticket. He was just doing his job. Everything isn’t tribalism.
      My point is that tribalism has led us to where we are and has unfortunately continued in our generation. If we continue with this mindset, our children will suffer for the sins and stubbornness of their great grand parents. The same way you saw the NYSC thing, I also heard that the reason why igbos are many in the US is because when Nigerians first started going to the US, the government official in charge was igbo. So you see, tribalism didn’t start today but we can start to end it now.
      Another thing, not every yoruba person wanted change but those that did (along with other tribes) were just tired of the incompetence and non-challant attitude of Jonathan. When these same people voted for him because he didn’t have shoes in 2011, were they being tribal? Wasn’t he up against this same (Buhari and a yoruba man) set up?
      So the leaders in this regime like Jonathan, Stella Oduah, Okonjo Iweala and co that have led our economy to this ditch (and please don’t tell me about GDP growth and numbers that don’t reflect in the lives of the masses or locomotive trains), are they also tribalists against the igbos because I don’t see any significant change in the SE/SS neither do I see any ports being created in their regime. They only served themselves. All our leaders do is to serve themselves and we the masses use that as an excuse to torture ourselves in the name of tribalism. We cannot continue in this way.
      If you read what I wrote well, I said I also heard a different story about the civil war. Whether or not the troops were close to Ore is irrelevant because we ALL did not experience it. We only heard stories and we know how people embellish stories. I also said there is a 3rd part, the truth! We can never really know the truth. There were stories that Ojukwu wanted the yorubas to secede with him and him being a military guy (Awolowo being civilian), he was planning to take over. Awolowo saw the risk in that and didn’t go ahead with the plan. Different stories on a war we didn’t experience yet are punishing ourselves for.
      My point is we can start the healing process in our generation instead of dividing ourselves to please these greedy politicians.

  13. Frank

    April 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Sorry “these questions”

  14. Frank

    April 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    @S.Y. Olawoye,Thanks for being civil in your comments.Firstly let me start by saying that I appreciated your honesty by saying that tribalism has led us to where we are today.pls I asked you one major question why yoruba celebs refused to condemed oba speech,which means they supported him.Yorubas are known for being tribalistic.Tell me any yoruba man you know that build a house in South East instead they decide to pay for house rent.Your people sold Igbos out to Nigerian army during the civil war.South west voted Apc because yoruba man was given no 2 slot,yes we voted for PDP.Back to my NYSC program,I served at Exxon Mobil,our Yorubas colleagues were retained because the HR Manager is a Yoruba man. Ojukwu wanted the Yorubas to secede him is not true to my best of knowledge.let start with you,why don’t you write an article about Oba akiolu speech.Your people are traitors and just envious of Igbo’s.I believed in one Nigeria before but this Election opened my eyes more.South west ganged up with North against SE/SS,Clark said that their biggest mistake was not fight that war with the Igbos.It’s your people that are tribalistic.I’m sorry if you find my comment rude and harsh.Thanks

    • S. Y. Olawoye

      April 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Oh Frank! You should read the whole article again but then your mind is already made up to soak up hatred so I guess the article is directed to Nigerians (regardless of the tribe) who want an environment of peace and unity for their children. I never spoke about the oba’s speech because he isn’t an elected official that we can control. If you read well, my point is when issues are beyond our control (the British already made us Nigeria), you make the best of it. The yoruba elected officials condemned his speech and if I’m not mistaken, many yoruba people online condemned it too and how are you so sure I wasn’t one of the anonymous comments that apologized? As for the celebrities, I have never lived my life based on celebrities or what they say so in my book, they don’t matter. I care about the people who we elect to run the economy. Apparently, the association of yoruba obas apologized to the igbo tribe (I just had to google that). This article was inspired by the many negative comments and hate speeches that happened online not because of the Oba. If at this level, we still generalize and hate our fellow Nigerians then we are heading for trouble. You saw the reaction ALL nigerians had to Afolayan’s speech. Didn’t he come out to apologize? You are choosing to hold on to the bad and ignore the good and that isn’t healthy for you and for all of us as a country.
      About the part about yorubas voting because of Osinbanjo, read the last response again. I reminded you that a lot of people (yorubas inclusive) voted for Jonathan in 2011 when Tunde Bakare was up for VP. Did they suddenly forget their tribe then? The “your’ people, “my” people thing has to end. With all the intermarriages going on, I can’t believe we still use those divisive terms. I spoke to ALL tribes when I said we are all to blame when we build huge houses in the village and rent tiny stalls where we actually live because it isn’t “our” land. Once again, read the passage well with an open mind, not just the hate comments.
      If every Nigerian had to write personal examples of how different tribes had shown favoritism, we won’t end the discussion and if you read the article well, I talked about how that might lead to incompetence at work. No one is envious of any tribe. I’ll refer you to Peculiar Okafor’s recent article on BN about us being pawns. It is one thing to hang on to hatred, it is another to pick our battles and let love reign. The divide and rule situation has to stop. Nigeria could only gain independence after all tribes united to face the colonial master. If we are not united, we cannot question whatever government is in power when they stray and as such, development will become a problem.

  15. really?

    April 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Seriously??? Despite all the essay people are still hammering on one tribe hating the other or being jealous of the other? na wa o. In the recent federal elections, wasn’t it the south west states that had almost 50-50 results? Or are you saying that igbos are 50% of all the south west states? What will then happen to the other tribes? So the yorubas who voted for Jonathan in 2011 and even in 2015 are what? foreigners? People should present their hate arguments with sense. Did any yoruba state have results similar to Enugu and Kano? yet igbo people keep screaming “yorubas are traitors and envious”. Hate what? Envious of who? When things favor you, it isn’t tribalism but once it doesn’t favor you, it turns to tribalism. Keep harbouring hatred o. When Ojukwu led a whole tribe to war, where did he keep his family? Yet he is the hero and Azikiwe that preached peace is the traitor. When the Abia state governor sacked all civil servants and teachers in Abia who were not Abia indigenes (even though some were married to indigenes), was he being yoruba then? You won’t blame yourselves, you will be looking for yorubas to heap all your blames on. When the FCT minister was reconstructing Abuja, you screamed the same thing, “they hate igbos”, were the buildings in the right place? Did people have proper documentation? We are so used to cutting corners as a nation that when the right thing happens, we scream tribalism or religion. Let us tell ourselves the truth, we are as much to blame as our leaders. When Patience said stone those asking for change, you didn’t say anything, when Jonathan left northerners to be killed and taken by BH, you didn’t say anything, it’s one oba in his own village that you are looking to hang for his own careless speech. so who is being tribalistic now. The igbo man that was in the meeting who came out to explain the whole thing, what did you call him? Wasn’t he called a traitor? The blame party won’t lead you anywhere.
    If you were living in SA now and the only person with a weapon to protect you was yoruba, won’t you say “my brother, i’m coming to your house now”. Please stop the hypocrisy and face the truth. Blame the few who wrong you for their myopic minds instead of generalizing. 2 wrongs never make a right

  16. Frank

    April 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    @Really,firstly South West never had 50/50 votes at all,Apc won all states in South west.Let’s be factual,mind you that Fayose delivered Ekiti state for his selfish interest,hatred towards Buhari and payback to GEJ.Every States voted for Gej in 2011 presidential Election including most Northern states. Yes,Ojukwu is our heroe,he fought for our right and we are proud of him.Azikiwe is a traitor that didn’t fight for our right.He was there screaming one Nigeria while Awo and Tafa were fighting for their regions.BH that was allegedly sponsored by Northern elites. Thank you that you mentioned SA xenophobic act.Who instigated the violence?,the same way oba made that hatred speech towards igbos.It’s sad that we Igbos are the most hated ethnic group in Nigeria.Why????

    • really?

      April 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Dude you are either browsing through the writings or your English teacher failed you. No one said exactly 50/50. I said almost 50/50. Even 40% is closer to 50% than 0%. Why did you skip the parts about Abia state and all the parts that show your hypocrisy. You that you are attacking someone for anonymity, how are we sure your real name is Frank. Isn’t almost every online activity anonymous. Only hackers know who is truly online. While you are hating and looking for who to fight with online, please feel free to pack your things back to the East since you hate the south west so bad. You sit in Lagos and then start spewing hate speeches n fake stories. What is your take on the 20trillion being spent on elections? was it Buhari that squandered the money? May stubbornness for tribalism not hinder your blessings in life. When yorubas voted Jonathan, they weren’t tribalistic, but when some turned against him for being weak and corrupt (if people under you are corrupt and you can’t talk then you too are corrupt), you are screaming tribalism. Thank God you know Fayose was being selfish. Only selfishness will make logical people think Jonathan still had anything to offer. They gave you locomotive trains and rice during elections and you threw out reason.
      Ojukwu sent you to start war without food and water. You wanted a war where the “enemies” will be feeding you. Wasn’t it when “your” “enemies” cut food supply that you realized and turned against Ojukwu? Or you think it’s only you that has elders that can tell tales. Now you are screaming tribalism. The people in SA are stupid enough to follow a mumu king and no south african has come out to condemn it. After this one talked, didn’t the association of yoruba obas come out to condemn him? did yorubas follow his careless speech? Even APC condemned him, only that nonsense Agbaje that capitalized on in to try and enjoy divide and rule. We all saw how that ended for him. I’m sure if it were an Obi, small minds like you would have jumped on the speech like south africans. Think well before you talk and while at it, read the article again or go and sleep. You are obviously not agreeing to listen to reason.

    • really?

      April 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Dude you are either browsing through the writings or your English teacher failed you. No one said exactly 50/50. I said almost 50/50. Even 40% is closer to 50% than 0%. Why did you skip the parts about Abia state and all the parts that show your hypocrisy. You that you are attacking someone for anonymity, how are we sure your real name is Frank. Isn’t almost every online activity anonymous. Only hackers know who is truly online. While you are hating and looking for who to fight with online, please feel free to pack your things back to the East since you hate the south west so bad. You sit in Lagos and then start spewing hate speeches n fake stories. What is your take on the 20trillion being spent on elections? was it Buhari that squandered the money? May stubbornness for tribalism not hinder your blessings in life. When yorubas voted Jonathan, they weren’t tribalistic, but when some turned against him for being weak and corrupt (if people under you are corrupt and you can’t talk then you too are corrupt), you are screaming tribalism. Thank God you know Fayose was being selfish. Only selfishness will make logical people think Jonathan still had anything to offer. They gave you locomotive trains and rice during elections and you threw out reason.
      Ojukwu sent you to start war without food and water. You wanted a war where the “enemies” will be feeding you. Wasn’t it when “your” “enemies” cut food supply that you realized and turned against Ojukwu? Or you think it’s only you that has elders that can tell tales. Now you are screaming tribalism. The people in SA are stupid enough to follow a mumu king and no south african has come out to condemn it. After this one talked, didn’t the association of yoruba obas come out to condemn him? did yorubas follow his careless speech? Even APC condemned him, only that nonsense Agbaje that capitalized on in to try and enjoy divide and rule. We all saw how that ended for him. I’m sure if it were an Obi, small minds like you would have jumped on the speech like south africans. Think well before you talk and while at it, read the article again or go and sleep. You are obviously not agreeing to listen to reason.

  17. Frank

    April 18, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    @S.Y Olawoye,Oba is now not an elected official but he’s an elder statesman.Kunle used the opportunity to pour out his anger and hatred towards igbo’s.Nobody condemed his speech except falana.I also read the negative comments mostly directed to Igbos that we should go back to our villages,lagos is not a cosmopolitan city again.?Why were you anonymous ? Which intermarriages going on? An average yoruba hate Igbo’s.To me you were referring to igbos but me and you knows that igbos build houses across the nation.Indeed we are the most hated tribe in Nigeria…..

  18. Frank

    April 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

    @Really,Hey!! First of all I don’t live in Nigeria.Pls stop being rude,let’s be factual and civil not immature or harsh in our comments.I can see your hatred towards igbo’s is begining to come out lol..I didn’t skip the Abia state saga but I have done my googles but nothing showed up.If such thing happened,I personally condem it.Anyway I will still do my research on that. What have tribalism got to do with the 2 trillion spent on GEJ presidential election? No no no!! pls I don’t hate Southwest but truth hurts.Yes,Ojukwu(R.i.p) was and is our heroe that stood up and fought for our right with his money.He saw this hatred towards igbos in time. Mind you that our Obi cannot spew that hatred speech towards certain tribe.Onitsha is a city of about 10-12million people of different ethnics groups.we never hated nor spoke against any tribe instead we show love to people irrespective of their religions and tribes.You hate Agbaje because SS/SE supported and voted for him lol although he won but was rigged out by your Apc.We heard that 2billion was allegedly given to Orebiyi.You hate igbos!!

    • really?

      April 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      I honestly shouldn’t dignify your bitterness with any more responses so this will be the last. Since you have decided to hang yourself on being a victim, then be a victim. Just remember that if you look for something, you will find it. #PeopleWithComplexIssues

  19. Frank

    April 20, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    @Really,lol.Are you angry? Pls don’t be.We are still one Nigeria

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