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Freeze to Onyeka Onwenu: “You were not sacked because you are Igbo, stop creating unnecessary tension”



onyaka onwenu and freezeRadio host Freeze posted this photo of legendary Nigerian singer Onyeka Onwenu shaking hands with the two most recent Presidents – Jonathan and Buhari and asked her to stop inciting inter-ethnic tensions with her recent claims.

Yesterday Onwenu wrote an open letter about her dismissal from her government role and said it was caused by tribalism. Click here if you missed it.Onyeka Onwenu_Buhari_Jonathan

Dear Madam, you were not sacked because you are Igbo, stop creating unnecessary tension in an already volatile situation you are not helping matters.

If Nigeria goes to war, poor, innocent and helpless people would suffer. Syria has a population of 25 million people, far less than LAGOS state alone yet the world can’t handle its refuge crisis. I shudder to imagine our own. Lose statements like “Buhari sacked me because I am Igbo” would only serve to fuel more hatred and animosity.

Sit at home and face your issue without dragging an innocent nation into your personal battle. How long did you really expect to eat under 2 different regimes and what really did you have to offer? – just a thought. Sorry about the typos guys I’m really not happy about this.

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  1. wondering

    February 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Freeze speaks so confidently on this matter; what I’d like to know is – was he there when she was sacked, or was he on the panel that sacked her? when he answers that, I can listen to what he has to say. Folks be giving opinions on stuff they know nothing about since 1300BC

    • Olu

      February 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Social media allows you to give opinions on things we have no clue about…and we enjoy reading those opinions. ….sorry 🙂

    • nnenne

      February 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Am not on anyone’s side yet
      what serious thinking folks would love to know is if in fact a” fathua ” was placed on onyeka’s head or not. The allegation is serious because things like that have led to mass massacres in the past.
      An investigation is needed not for Onyeka’s sake but for the sake of others in the future.

      That Onyeka lost a job is not the main issue here!

      Nigeria belongs to all of us and every Nigerian should be free anywhere in Nigeria.

    • Celeste

      February 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Well, Freeze made a dumb comment. Onyeka NEVER said she was disengaged because she is Igbo. Rather, she recounted her experiences. As a radio host, Freeze can do better than joining a bandwagon of troll with his unintelligent comment. As a matter of fact, Bellanaija is guilty of same with their reportage on this issue.

      Onyeka raised good points, I wonder why some people would rather shout her down, calling her a tribalist because she spoke out. Y’all prefer she kept silent on the matter, but let me remind us that silence never solves a problem. Yes, it may save the day, but the consequence of the issues not solved still lingers on, till when its full blown.

    • Jade

      February 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm


      Onyeka likely wasn’t sacked because of her tribe. Naijas are this way, we blame everything on tribe, which hinders any type of growth/development.

      Honestly, I wish we bring awareness to major important issues without playing “victim tribal card”. Now, crucial points that should be addressed about what is happening in Abuja and the ignoramus behavior of northerners especially Hausas/fulanis will be ignored. When will Hausas/fulanis get a taste of their own bitter medicine. It’s long time overdue.

    • mimi

      February 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Don’t know if her (Oneyka) article was true to her experience but her timing was off. The last time i pay attention to her was when she made off comments in the early days of the missing chibok girls in support of Dame patience Jonathan. while i don’t agree with freeze air quote comment, i get his point. She could have written an article / book on how tribalism is destroying Nigeria pulling from her experience at a latter time when heads are cool, but she chose a time of tension. Reading about the biafra rally online i use to think the crowd was just paid for by some trouble making Nigerian, until i was discussing with some fellow Nigerians who happen to be igbo in the market some weeks back, before naira to dollar exchange rate doubled in price. My takehome from the discussion is that a good % of igbo traders believe the present forex policy is targeted at their tribemen, forgetting that Nigerian( independent of tribe) all experience hardship because the increase in price is passed on.
      It is funny that tribalism and religion only becomes a problem when it does not favour us personally.
      i believe Nigeria will be a better place if we process information on an individual bases and exclude tribe in most things. If politician were truly faithful to their tribes, i would expect to see pocket of town / cities in Nigeria where poverty, lack of clean water, poor education, unemployment, lack of social / industrial infrastructure is not and issue for the majority,

    • Grace

      February 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      True, but the way he said was hilarious!

      “how long did you expect two eat under 2 different administrations”……

  2. blueivy

    February 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

    to be very sincere this woman is really annoying . suddenly she cant take it after she was rightfully disengaged from an office she has nothing to offer. as the DG of women dev whatever she never visited any IDP for one day. always bursting into unnecessary music that’s all i can remember this woman for.


    February 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

    cant stop laffing,jus like jude okoye no be by force to manage be by force too to serve buhari regime

  4. X

    February 19, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Thank you sir! Well said.

  5. Tayo O

    February 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Throughly ashamed of Onyeka.she should know better. At her age n station in life , she is still playing the ethic card

  6. Cookie Lush

    February 19, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    What impact did she create while in the position though?? Nevertheless even knew she had such appointment till she was fired.. Mama goan sit down somewhere.

    • ATL's finest

      February 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Lol lmao! Same here what position was she holding??? Like I’m hello sombori?? But nevertheless, there are certain things that are meant to be un-untertained Ms. Onyeka & I still love U regardless.

  7. keke driver

    February 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    As much as I think Ms Onyeka Onwenu was tryna seek attention and the article was unnecessary, We should still learn to respect our elders, Freeze how dare you ask Her what She has to offer, really? Did Jonathan not see you before appointing Her> You sef like attention….yeye man.

    • Mamacita

      February 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Keke Driver – respect what elders. Along with religion that is the ploy used to cheat Nigerians everyday.

  8. Myeyezshaaa

    February 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    After i read this, i have to go back and read Onyeka O. open letter. She did not say that she was disengaged because she is igbo, but recounted the challenges she faced during her stay because she is igbo. Tribalism is very common in public offices. She probably wrote the open letter because of the drama that ensued after she was disengaged. she clearly stated that she accepts her disengagement in good faith. Egbon Freeze, if you want to be DG NCWD, yoou can have it. #takesomechillpills #dontsteertrouble #beunderstanding

    • jess

      February 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      At some point I started doubting myself.COMPREHENSION is very important. If this was JAMB a lot of people here will fail. She narrated her experience while in that office not why she was sacked. Freeze is not intelligent, before you write anything read again and again and understand.

    • nonye

      February 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Honestly, I doubt that Freeze read Onyeka’s article before going off on a tangent of his own. I thought he would have matured in the past year Between he and Onyeka he is more guilty of stirring up trouble

  9. Bubu

    February 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Well Freeze u may be correct but that last paragraph is quite disrespectful. And can this ranting on Social Media trend stop already. I m sure u have her contact and u can even have a lengthy discussion with her via phone call and let her know why she may need to withdraw her statement not all this immature social media rants everyone is imbibing this days, its becoming so annoying pls.

  10. Somborri

    February 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    For someone who doest not like Freeze at all I totally agree with him on this one. Dear Elegant ‘Stallion’ (abi Mare), silence would’ve been more than golden.

  11. Keepshutonyaka owenu

    February 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    this woman need to seriously shuush her mouth…

  12. prince

    February 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    You’re really not happy about it and here you are ranting. I think Freeze should just SHUT his trap because the way he just talk shows that his foolishness is from a higher realm.
    Just because you sit behind a microphone and get paid, you really need to know what people go through in the hands of this jagbajantis ABOKIS

  13. Adimabuah

    February 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I have never been a fan of freezer, but I think on this, he is right. There are too many redundant offices. When she was enjoying it, we didn’t hear. Let her go and sit and if we igbos think we are being marginalised, let us go back home or shut the hell up.

  14. Niyoola

    February 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Is this not the Same lady who participated in Abacha’s 1 million man march?


    • nnenne

      February 20, 2016 at 12:06 am

      @Niyoola… And some of our present day politicians/ change agents worked with and endorsed Abacha. The irony is that we love and believe in those leaders!

  15. Steps

    February 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I had to go to The Punch’s website to read her letter, at no point did she insinuate that she was sacked for being Igbo, Please Freeze should get his facts right

    • Mama

      February 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Have you not heard of insinuations, it doesn’t have to be expressly stated.

    • Mamacita

      February 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Steps – what mama said.

  16. rustic

    February 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Gbam! Move on madam.we are building a new Nigeria.

  17. bruno

    February 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    freeze u are beyond stupid. how dare u speak to onyeka like that. what a fool u are. when did she say she was sacked because of her tribe.

    god, I hate this guy. what a blatant dunce.

  18. Ernie

    February 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm


  19. anonymous

    February 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Nigerians just like to make too many noise. You all are here insulting one another and insulting Freeze. Onyeka O isn’t the only one that was sacked and she has had her fair share of the national cake. Before You all insult me, I knew her as a DG of NCWD cause I did some vocational courses there and she only made things worse by increasing the fee and reducing the Course content and lecture time. She uses the staffs anyhow, she was so full of herself that she could just order for the close down of the centre just because of unnecessary things. I am telling the truth and speaking from experience. She should go and face the Money she made during GEJ’s regime.

    • mama

      February 19, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      shut up. you are the noise maker here……the issue is SHE NEVER SAID SHE WAS SACKED BECAUSE SHE WAS IGBO…..the crux of her matter is that the northerners treated her the way they did cos she was igbo….do you know how that center was before she got there? she woke the place up when she got there…they had to fund the place and you dont do that by the way it was run before, you just dont run courses that are not relevant to present day society……i have been a civil servant 12 years and i can tell u betting my life that tribalism is still a very dominant factor in the civil service….the hausa muslims believe they own nigeria and that is the attitute they carry around…you went there for a course does not make u an authority on the goings on in that organisation….am from the middle belt and really dont give a rat arse about onyeka but dont misquote what someone says and start yarning rubbish

  20. xag

    February 19, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    This one with a fake lifestyle that loans watches from Polo to market to prospective buyers is commenting on political issues too? Na wa.

  21. moh

    February 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    For God’s sake! Has anybody asked this woman why she never said all these while she was still in office? Mr freeze sincerely speaking am not a fan but u spit out the bitter truth.

  22. Nedu

    February 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I love bold people. Freeze and your likes can say all you want to say. Onyeka has just said her mind which many DGs and other that are sacked are either afraid to say. Lets encourage boldness especially from women. It will help shape things for better.

    • Osa

      February 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Igbos and non-objective way of reasoning ,
      But I thought it was more limited to the low class igbo . It’s sad that someone like Onyeka Onwenu, as educated and posh as she supposedly is would stoop this low.
      She must be frolicking with some razzos which is affecting her sense of thinking

  23. uyai

    February 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Freeze u better mind your mouth. What do u mean by asking Onyeka what she is good at? Are you crazy

  24. nonye

    February 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Freeze you are right to plead that Madam should exercise caution in order to avoid creating tension. However the tone of your message and the manner of your approach indicates that you lack consciousness of the very sensitivities you were preaching. Physician (i.e. Freeze)… you know what to do with yourself.

  25. Y

    February 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Someone can loose credibility in Nigeria just because some Nigerians were too impatient or lazy to read a short article, or because they read but didn’t understand, even though it was written in simple English.
    If I didn’t read the comments of some BVs who insist Onyeka did NOT say she was sacked because of her tribe I would have thought something was wrong with me.
    So Freeze actually wrote, “… Buhari sacked me because I am Igbo… “? In quote oh; as though he lifted it verbatim from Onyeka’s article. Smh.
    I can’t claim I know English language that much but if someone is branded an On Air Personality (who speaks English for a living) I’ll expect a lot better from him, especially when it involves someone else’s reputation.
    Then Bella Naija:
    “Yesterday Onwenu wrote an open letter about her dismissal from her government role and said it was caused by tribalism. Click here if you missed it.”
    Haba BN! Maybe you, Bella Naija, should click there again because you obviously missed it.
    Post my comment abeg.

  26. Wikileaks

    February 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    She was head of a parastatal that that had no relevance whatsoever to the life of the common man on the steet. It was just an avenue to chop her own share of the -called national cake.

  27. mama

    February 19, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    i can bet my royal arse freeze did not read the interview but ran his mouth based on the false and misleading headlines like most people…its a shame the kind of reporters that are being churned out these days….loosing their integrity at the alter of misleading headlines

  28. swagg1

    February 19, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Oyenka is a disgrace to the nation. Its a no brainer that new govt always get rid of old appointees, while they appoint new ones. .Its done in developed countries as well. PMB let gi of all DGs regardless of their tribe. However, if majority of the fired MDs are Ibos, then it exposed the previous govt that they only appointed mostly Igbo as MD. The office is not her fathers , but the country, so go get a new job. She refused to hand over as instructed to all MD. What an arrogrant BEECH , I bet investigation at her agency will later expose her fraud and looting at that agency and i hope they prosecute her to the full extent of the law. IDIOT

  29. bafe

    February 19, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I think the normal thing is for a new government to dismiss political appointees immediate they assume power. It is Buhari government’s fault for the delay . That’s what gives Onyeka Onwenu the privilege to engage in all these tribal insinuations. The same Igbo Tribalists who are defending her now are the same people who shouted down Kunle Afolayan when their brothers at Alaba market pirated his movie right from the cinema !! What a double standard !!

  30. Fojusi

    February 20, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Oh – she held public office?

  31. BUNMI ojo

    February 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Daddy freeze is very right on this matter


    February 20, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Freeze, the same radio host that is just too full of himself. The one who would summarily dismiss a caller for airing his viewpoint whilst he forces his unintelligent tripe down people’s ears. Any intelligent person will see past the title of the article in which Onyeka recounted her experiences, because the title and the article have no relationship at all.. A sentimental animal must have concocted the title to whip up ethnic denunciation. I am Igbo through and through yet I never for one day held with the pinch of a salt the stup1d article that portrayed Wole Soyinka as saying the Igbo are after their stomach and all that rubbish. Freeze is a typical Yoruba man reacting in the best way they ever do, attacking the Igbo and becoming dumb in the face of Hausa/Fulani f00lishn3ss.

    • d'roks

      February 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

      you are the dumb one here Chemeka…can we ever stop this tribalistic tribe is holy so can we all just move along?

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