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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

The coalition of Northern youth groups who had earlier in the month called for Igbos to vacate the region on or before the 1st of October have written to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow the Igbos “actualize their dream” of the sovereign nation of Biafra.

The letter has stated that the coalition feels “it is risky” for the North to go on “pretending like it is safe” to cohabitate with the Igbos in Nigeria.

According to Vanguard, the letter was signed by Shettima Yerima, Joshua Viashman, Aminu Adam, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, and Nastura Ashir Sharif.

Read the letter below:

Though we do not doubt Your Excellency’s bona fide concerns for the peaceful resolution of the crises, we nevertheless have reservations as to the efficacy of this approach in ensuring lasting solutions.

Our doubts are informed by the following historical antecedents that have characterized the behavior and conduct of the Igbo in Nigeria and previous efforts at containing them.

The Igbo of Eastern Nigeria manifested their hatred for Nigeria’s unity barely five years after we gained our independence from the British when on January 15, 1966, their army officers carried out the first-ever mutiny that marked the beginning of a series of crisis which has profoundly altered the course of Nigeria’s history.

By that ill motivated cowardly and deliberate action, the Igbo killed many northern officers from the rank of lieutenant colonel upwards and also decapitated the Prime Minister and the political leadership of the Northern and Western regions but left the zenith of Igbo leadership at the Federal level and the Eastern region intact. “In line with the Igbo plan, General Aguiyi-Ironsi took advantage of the vacuum and, instead of returning power to the remnants of the First Republic government, he appropriated the coup and attempted to consolidate it for his people.

Army officers of the Northern Region were eventually compelled to execute a counter coup on July 29, 1966 following a coordinated series of brazen provocations from the Igbo who taunting northerners on northern streets by mocking the way leaders of the region were slain by the Igbo. This unfortunately resulted in mob action which resulted in the death of many Igbos.

And when Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon, from the North took over as Head of State following the counter coup, the Igbo through Lt. Col. Ojukwu, characteristically refused to recognize Gowon.

Ojukwu declared the secession of the Igbo people from Nigeria and the formation of the republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967 resulting in a civil war that led to the tragic deaths of more than 2 million Nigerians.

Concerned by the fact that the Biafrans have confessed to arming themselves for a violent breakup, we feel that it is risky for the rest of the country particularly the North to go on pretending that it is safe for us to co habitate with the Igbos given how deeply they are entrenched in our societies .

And since evidently the Igbo have not been sufficiently humbled by their self imposed bloody civil violence of 1966, we are strongly concerned that nothing short of granting their Biafran dream will suffice.

And since the Igbo have virtually infiltrated every nook and cranny of Northern Nigeria where they have been received with open arms as fellow compatriots, we strongly believe that the region is no longer safe and secure in the light of the unfolding threats and the fact that for a long time, the Igbo have gone to extra ordinary lengths to ensure that in their domain in the South East, Northerners and Westerners are as much as possible disenfranchised from owning any businesses whereas in Kano alone, they own not less than 100, 000 shops across all the business districts.

That since the younger generation of Nigerians makes up for more than 60 per cent of the nation’s population, it is our hope that they inherit this country in better shape so that they can build a much better future for themselves and their offsprings in an atmosphere that is devoid of anarchy, hate, suspicion and negativity that characterize the polarized, and clearly irreconcilable differences forced on us by the Biafran Igbos.

As the Igbo agitations persist and assume threatening dimensions, we submit that there is need to ensure that they are given the opportunity to exercise the right to self-determination as entrenched under the aforementioned international statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory.

Aware that the right of self-determination in international law is the legal right for a “people” that allows them to attain a certain degree of autonomy from a sovereign state through a legitimate political process, we strongly demand for a referendum to take place in a politically sane atmosphere where all parties will have a democratic voice over their future and the future of the nation.

The Igbo from all over the country and in the Diaspora should be advised to converge in their region in the South-East for a plesbisite to be organized and conducted by the United Nations and other regional bodies for them to categorically to decide between remaining part of Nigeria or having their separate country.

That government should at the end of the plesbite implement whatever is agreed and resolved in order to finally put this matter to rest.

Lastly, we pray His Excellency to study the references forwarded with this letter dispassionately and decide who is more in the wrong between those who openly pledge allegiance to a country other than Nigeria backing it up with persistent threats of war and those of us whose allegiance remains with the Nigerian state but simply urge that the secessionists be allowed to actualize their dream peacefully throw universally entrenched democratic options.

69 Comments

  1. Agenyi Arome

    June 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    The opinion of this group asking the igbo to leave the north is not a collective opinion. there was no consultation with other youth groups in the north before this statement was issued. The north comprises of the 3 Zones and in each zone, there are youth interest group, representing different ideals. The igbos are not leaving, they are Nigerians, yes we condemn what they are doing, but we stand bold to even condemn the posture of these group of individual who loves blood and wants to see crisis. WE ARE NIGERIANS

    • Osa

      June 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Are you speaking through your anus? Someone is tired of an association.who are u to tell them not to leave

    • Jade

      June 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      This is distraction from real problems. The north is instigating problems. It’s some useless Hausa/Fulani sponsoring these groups. Where is the so called president? Buhari are you dead or alive?
      If any group wants to leave, no letter just comot.
      The rest will focus on important issues.

    • Darius

      June 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      @Agenyi Arome, “The Igbos are not leaving, they are Nigerians, yes we condemn what they are doing…”

      Who are the “we”? And what are the Igbos doing?

      We shouldn’t take this group seriously. In my honest view, they are sponsored by Buhari loyalist to distract us from real issues, and make us talk less about our absentee President.

    • MIKE WELL

      June 20, 2017 at 5:53 am

      WHATS SAD ABOUT THIS IS HOW MUCH MUMU WHO HAVE JUST WOKEN FROM SLEEP THINK THIS KIND SPILL OVER IS ABOUT MONEY. ITS NOT ABOUT RICH AND POOR WE ALL HAVE OUR SHARE.

      ITS THAT IGBO DOESNT WANT TO BE IN THE SAME COUNTRY AS A BEDOUIN HAUSA FULLANI.

      YORUBA ARE CAUGHT OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE CURRENTLY SERVING AS WIVES TO THE NORTH.

      WE NEED OUR OWN STATE WHERE OUR CHILDREN ARE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF OUR OWN CULTURAL VALUES AND NOT BY LAWS MADE BY SAUDI ARABIA.

      Are we mumu’s Do we no have common sence ?! IGBO WE HAVE GOT HISTORY!!!

  2. Asa

    June 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    “the Igbo have gone to extra ordinary lengths to ensure that in their domain in the South East, Northerners and Westerners are as much as possible disenfranchised from owning any businesses whereas in Kano alone, they own not less than 100, 000 shops across all the business districts.”

    Hehehehehehehe… this is laughable. No offense meant towards northerners but those of you who migrate to the East are either cattle rearers, gatemen and kiosk owners. Which shop do you want to own and where biko?

    Again, the Igbo own shop in your areas because it is in their nature to be enterprising and they can also afford it. If you can afford a shop at Main Market Onitsha or Ariaria Market Aba, it will definitely be rented to you or sold to you, whichever you want!

    Finally, our President has been gone a long time and we have stopped talking about it. We are focused on who is leaving Nigeria and who is staying back. Could this be a ploy? Please bring back our President!

    • Nkem

      June 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Spot-on! Asa, I love you jare

    • nene+

      June 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Asa i disagree with you. Igbos trust foreigners than their own.
      You just lied period!!!!

    • MIKE WELL

      June 20, 2017 at 5:38 am

      who,is hurting ???!

    • Maxie

      June 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

      I disagree with you dear, when it comes to developing Nigeria, the Igbos have practiced it to the core. Tell me which ethnic group enters a place and develop it irrespective of any condition they met it in. Mind you the south east is very competitive interms of building business and all, how many of the Northerners or westerners can stand up to that. In as much as we all want peace please dont lie about it.

  3. bimpe

    June 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I hope it’s not some ibo youths behind this letter hoping to spark up some controversy to actualize their biafra dream.

  4. lieutenant's wife

    June 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    “The Igbo of Eastern Nigeria manifested their hatred for Nigeria’s unity barely five years after we gained our independence from the British when on January 15, 1966, their army officers carried out the first-ever mutiny that marked the beginning of a series of crisis which has profoundly altered the course of Nigeria’s history.

    By that ill motivated cowardly and deliberate action, the Igbo killed many northern officers from the rank of lieutenant colonel upwards and also decapitated the Prime Minister and the political leadership of the Northern and Western…”

    So this is why you all have been killing our southern Army husbands in the north under the guise of BOKO HARAM because of what happened in 1966. At least if we leave peacefully, you own soldiers from the north can die by the suicide bombings of your terrorist brothers, stupid Aboki

    • I_I

      June 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Fun fact. Col Nzeogwu didn’t lead the coup – Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna led the coup plot. Nzeogwu is wrongly credited with leading the coup cos only he succeeded in his mission of spear-heading the coup in the North, while the rest bungled their operations.

  5. Bad gang

    June 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Flawed information! Yes the first coup was led by Major. Chukwuma Nzeogwu (from opanam, asaba) which was vicious, bloody and unconscionable but he and his cohorts took out only northern leaders….what did the north do? Executed a counter coup and incited their people to slaughter igbos and many people from the middle-belt…it was a genocide! 30,000 lost their lives… why didn’t you guys stop at the coup? You had to push further with defenseless and innocent civilians?
    Igbo people have their faults, yes but what region/tribe doesn’t? I know they (not all) can be aggressive and domineering, significantly clanish (feature of the 3 major tribes in nigeria) and always want to be decision makers in another region (something they largely stand against)… they generally have an unfriendly countenance towards foreigners coming to their region to settle and do real business… they even have this sulky disposition when a man who isn’t igbo comes to pick a bride … they have no real life values except money
    Every region has their faults and weaknesses… yorubas think they are a classy bunch and are the most knowledgeable… their love for obsequity and ingratiation gives off this stinky unreliable vibe… always put on this sitting-on-the-fence attitude and not having a firm stand point.. hausas are complacent, impatient, non-tolerant and violent… everything about them is extreme and backward
    Nigeria from its inception was wrong… it was just created at the time for economic benefit for the very cunning british… we are too different; our life goals are different, our approach to life is different, our cultural diversity causes disunity (some people see marrying teenagers as normal), we are a vindictive and unforgiving people… many of our (millenials) parents and grandparents haven’t still healed from events of the 60s and subconsciously taught us ‘hate’ for tribes and people (you hear parents tell their kids not to marry from a certain tribe etc)
    We all need to have healthy discussions about restructuring and development and genuinely let the pass go… forgive! God bless Nigeria

    • Asa

      June 19, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      I for one like your post but which one be “….they have no real life values except money.” Stereotypes are terrible things. I am Igbo and some of my values include: achievement, love, family, money, honesty, drive, openness and money. You can’t say Igbos have only money as ambition. I know I speak for me and my family when I say we have lots of other ambitions.

    • Razz N Bougie

      June 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      @Asa, you are having a laugh, right? “Money” twice??

      All the Asa’s I know are Yoruba.

    • tell em

      June 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you @ Asa ..well said …well there is a guy called Asa Asika he is igbo

    • Ajiun

      June 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      They (including Yoruba soldiers such as Major Ademoyega and other ethnic group soldiers) didn’t take out only Northerners.

      They wanted to take out south west leaders too. E.g. bridagier ademulegun, brigadier sodeinde, Akintola (he was killed, he resisted abduction and fought them), Fani Kayode (didn’t fight them, was abducted to Lagos and rescued by Gowon). And other leaders of ethnic groups such as Okotie-Eboh were killed. All those seen as elites and corrupt.

      Ironsi (head of the army) was also suppose to die but he survived the bloody coup. he was the only one who survived out of all the other senior officers that were killed. And these senior officers such as arthur unegbe, pam, largema, mai-malari, k. mohammed are from different ethnic groups, they all died. Unegbe who is in charge of the Armoury was killed in his house simply because he refused to release the armoury to them.

      They were going to kill top politicians too, such as mbadiwe, mbu, rosiji, wada, wachuku, elias, majekodunmi, shagari and etc. But they didn’t succeed.

      Since the coup soldiers had killed the northern and western premier, they didnt get to kill the eastern premier (Michael Okpara) because Archbishop Macarious, the president of Cyprus, was his guest that night that they tried to kill him. They didn’t want a diplomatic situation naturally. Dennis Osadebey escaped because there was no solider in Benin at the time of the coup.

      Northerners were mostly killed because they were a lot of them in top positions. They are a lot because the British gave them more geographical representation and power.

      The igbos were many in top positions in the military because they like to excel where they work hence they were majority in the army that lead the coup and also majority in the military that took over after the coup (two separate sets of military) but cos
      1. they have same ethnicity,
      2. the fact that Ironsi didn’t executed the coup soldiers (he only put them in detention) and he also took away each region autonomy
      3. the northerners mostly don’t like easterners anyway cos of their competitive spirit. There is a video where Ahmadu Bello talked about this.
      4. Nzeogwu was arrogant and cheeky in his narration of how they killed Ahmadu Bello. There is a video of this.

      all of these escalated the ethnic tension and the northerners interpreted the coup in their own way and retaliated against the igbo soldiers, then took it too far by killing innocent Igbo civilians.

      P.S. I disagree with your stereotypes of the Yorubas. We all have diverse opinions. While some are non-partisan, some are pro Nigeria, some are not for Nigeria while the rest are observing and weighing their options. We as set of people have never faced same direction.

      It is narrated that we are not united in Yoruba land cos some tyranny Oba placed a curse on us for stripping of him throne. So before he committed suicide he cursed the Yorubaland hence you don’t see most of us facing same direction like majority on other ethnic groups do. I don’t believe in that tho and I prefer us being diverse in our outlook. Diversity in opinion and option is good.

      “obsequity and ingratiation”??? Go and read about the revolutions in the Yorubaland. Yoruba people as a whole are not meek and obedient nor cunning. This is an individual characteristic.

      I have seen other ethnic groups who are fairweather friends or pretentious. E.g. I encountered few igbo people and calabar people who are such. Does that make all igbos and calabar people pretentious and cunning. I have met nice and lovely Igbo people who are not such. And these igbo people who are my friends are not even aggressively competitive career wise nor money driven. So that’s another stereotype I disagree with.

      Same applies to the northerners I know some and have made friends with some. Most people are just worried about achieving their life goals, sustaining themselves and becoming whatever they want to. I don’t know where some of you are meeting people who are constantly pushing forward stereotypes such as this and fighting over ethnic tension.

      Most groups of people that I know from different ethnic groups are busy doing business and making money. I have seen more Yoruba and Igbo set of people doing business together and making money.

      I agree with your marriage stereotype but it is only in Nigeria. And it isn’t everywhere in Nigeria. The Yorubas are more lenient when it comes to marriage. Most won’t even kick against their daughter marrying a poor man that come to live with them. There are few exception to this rule who are not lenient. But for the ones that are lenient, so long as they feel comfortable and understand the family their child is marrying to, they are not so fussy. They will willing accommodate and accept their in laws.

      A lot of educated and exposed Igbos too don’t kick against their kids marrying outside their ethnicity. Some care more about standard such as family pedigree or the lady/man’s character and family reputation or ambition than ethnicity.

      I can’t say much about the other ethnic groups. I am more aware of the Yorubas and Igbos.

      Most Nigerian parents ( of all ethnic groups) abroad would prefer their child marrying any Nigerian than marrying a foreigner or other Africans. And they will prefer an African to a westerner if Nigerian isn’t an option. West African to the rest of Africa. If that’s not option, then an Africa part that has a lot of black African.

      They will keep narrowing the options to what they feel more familiar with. Basically it all stems from the fear of unknown. Diff culture, diff outlook and diff environment scare these parents.

    • Bad gang

      June 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      @asa I understand you but you judge…most of your cultural activities are inculcated by financial power; august meeting, money! trad. law and custom as regards marriage, money! Town hall meeting, money! I hear a man can ask his father’s mate to vacate a seat at town hall meetings if he pays for it… then the almighty bride price requirements…lol… mbaise kwenu!! Ego nation

    • nnenne

      June 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      So, this is why Northern. Military rules hide Biafran history?
      So they can distort facts?
      The master mind of 1966 military coup, Nzeogwu, is from today’s Delta state! Thousands of innocent men who came to welcome Nigerian soldiers, were murdere by Ni

    • Ajiun

      June 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      @nnenne Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu is Delta Igbo. Born to Igbo parents who are from the Okpanam Town near Asaba which is Anioma Delta State. Anioma people are indigenous Igbo people. When they create states, some ethnic groups are grouped with others. Like the Yorubas in Edo & Kogi states.

    • Kay

      June 20, 2017 at 5:06 am

      U were just mentioning names and dates as well as spewing lies , hate and also very unintelligible information .
      The igbo values his culture more than life and that is something an outsider will not understand. The quest for the igbo man to do well is interpretated as the love of money. Everyone deep inside love the guts of the igbo but hate them because they are not them.

  6. Bad gang

    June 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Past**

  7. Ajiun

    June 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    “containing them” ? I can’t read this to the end. I stopped at their narration of Igbos killing northern leaders. You people should just stop already. So much hate! Wth. How many of these guys were even born during the era they are twisting and narrating about! How many people off the Igbos are apportioning blame on were born during that era. This is absurd. Utter nonsense!

    Jobless youths. Your fellows across the world are into tech,medicine, engineering and etc. They are contributing globally to world development & getting recognition for their work. Instead of you all to demand that from the govt you are busy fighting a war that happened before you are born. So you want to pass this stupid hate and views to the next generation. Not your fault. When Nigeria doesn’t invest in history,libraries, documentation of history, culture and etc. Why won’t anyone and everyone be talking will sort. Calling a dog a monkey. Telling us blue is black.

    Talk to the govt to provide infrastructures that will enable you to reach your potentials.

    There is even a Joshua amongst them. These ones are looking for the shares of the national cake. Nonsense. Bunch of educated illiterates. If you are educated you will read more & learn that the soldiers who carried out the first coup wanted power cos they believed their bosses are corrupt. If you can’t read. Watch docs on YouTube. ?

    1. youtu.be/wIZ5bVAdgWY
    2. youtu.be/uuS_n1MWgcg

    BN, I hope my comment won’t be posted tomorrow. ? I don’t know why your moderator always hoard comments.?

    • Diamond

      June 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

      BN are here for business that’s why they hoard comments.
      They quickly enable controversial comments that will give traffic. And if there is a reasonable counter argument, they delay them and rather publish the numerous insults and abuses

  8. Razz N Bougie

    June 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Let’s get one thing straight. The only reason why people from other regions of Nigeria have not settled in Igboland en masse is because there is NOTHING attracting them there. NO oil companies, NO Ajaokuta steel, NO major seaport, NO major airport, NO major Federal parastatal headquartered there, NO federal presence! To travel there and within is very perilous, because of the lack of major federal roads and bridges. The trading and importation business there is so competitive and cut-throat, even for natives, so why will anybody go through that trauma “when oyel money never finish for Nigeria”? The cattle business there is entirely dominated by Hausa/fulani.

    So what are these guys talking about?

    I think the problem with Igbo in Nigeria is that they have refused to conform and accept their supposedly lower status. Especially after losing the war after which some Nigerians in the North and West were jubilating that “Ibos will now be our slaves”. You can imagine what would have happened to Ibos if Boko Haram was in the east or Niger Delta militants was an Igbo thing? Ordinary handful of non-violent IPOB and MASSOB and all this threats? Do they think that the FG wouldn’t have let Biafra form long time ago if they were 100% certain that Niger Delta militants would not be emboldened to start campaigns towards seeking their own self determination and take 95% of Nigeria’s foreign exchange revenue with them?

    • Ajiun

      June 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      What’s this nonsense that you wrote. Please don’t speak for the west. They all didn’t celebrate & call Igbos slaves in that generation. And we all don’t see the Igbos as lower class citizens now or ever. ? trying to sound intelligent yet throwing shades left and right. You are indirectly trying to start another trade of words here with what you wrote up there. Every sensible person is trying to hustle and make a living. That’s more important than stirring war. War will disrupt your livelihood. Remember that before you start pitting each tribe against each other while trying to sound intelligent.

      Your message might have intentions to be logical and good but your delivery isn’t. Please, be careful with your expressions. The igbos are not lower class citizens. They may not have oil but equally contribute to the economy of the country.

    • Peaches77

      June 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Absolutely agree with your first paragraph. Same reason a lot of Igbo people are out of their region. If in doubt, just begin to observe, how many Nigerians have travelled down East as relatively compared to the Igbos who have travelled out of the Southeast.

  9. mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    June 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    You may look at us as domineering, the truth is we have traveled far and wide in Nigeria, set up businesses, built houses/homes; single handedly raised communities out of nothing in Lagos and elsewhere; i dare say we have earned the right to have a voice. After-all, those of us Nigerians who live abroad and pay taxes do we not make our voices heard in our little way? When you go to the east and make investments just like we have made in other parts of Nigeria, no one will take your voice away. Do not mistake a “right” as being aggressive and domineering. you say we frown at foreigners coming to set up businesses in our area? we have money and we can compete, if you can compete please come; FOREIGNERS ARE COMING AND WE ARE NOT STOPPING THEM. Stop beefing us, we have made money from 20 pounds imposed on us by Awolowo, we are the single largest group with property holdings in Nigeria even after it was all taken from us. we are not a perfect people and we are flawed, but who isn’t?

    • Bad gang

      June 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      @mywifeisfine, don’t get ahead of yourself pls…lol… which communities in lagos did igbo people develop? And who told you guys you have the biggest property portfolio in nigeria and even abroad? Because of your tacky noise making?
      Name any sector of the economy; banking, telecomms, aviation, oil and gas, hospitality (world class o), real estate in notable cities (lagos, abuja, p.h) that you people dominate… I assure you that if you do your research, you will find out that the alpha shot callers in the aforementioned sectors are largely northerners and yorubas maybe a handful of south-southerners and igbos… FACT! When igbos were taking night bus to come to lagos in the 30s and 40s, yorubas already had degrees from british universities… how many igbo-owned businesses are 50years old? I agree you guys are wide spread traders and importers of electronics, household items etc but don’t think you are ahead… when people like ade-ojo sealed deals with toyota, cosmas maduka was still an apprentice… you guys are resourceful and tenacious and are determined but don’t think you’re better

    • I said so!

      June 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      “….we have earned the right to have a voice”, da f**k you do????

      The day a Yoruba or Hausa man is elected to a political office in Imo State or wherever the hell you are from, will be the day you get to have a voice in Lagos!

      Build the bloody Burj Khalifa, or better yet Kessington Palace Gardens in Lagos, fact is you are still a bloody foreigner! Taxpayer or not! And you will be treated the same way you treat foreigners who come to your wretched villages you call Cities to seek employment

      Ever wonder why everyone is Anti-Igbo? Even the South-South aren’t your true allies. It’s simple, your GREED!

      Your boorish crass behavior, desire to take over things that don’t belong to you and gloat over it, always wanting to get over on others, your insatiable appetite for wealth and general indiscipline!

      This is why no one will ever vote for an Igbo president. Not Yorubas, definitely not Hausas nor your spineless SS neighbors.

      Don’t mean to digress, but let’s take a look at the case of Evans the Kidnapper, an Igbo man, kidnapping his fellow Igbo men! If you will do than to your own kinfolk them what terrible fate awaits foreigners??? Such is the moral values exhibited by people from the Eastern region! You don’t even like yourselves, yet u will be fighting a useless battle in another man’s land!

    • Anonymous

      June 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      When you go to the east and make investments just like we have made in other parts of Nigeria, no one will take your voice away”

      I find this analogy not so relevant because most Igbo communities don’t sell land to people outside their community. Some Igbo communities don’t even sell lands to their fellow Igbo people from another community. In fact, your people are known to be hostile to outsiders coming to trade in your markets. When you start extending the same hand you enjoy in other parts of Nigeria, then people will find the east a viable investment ground. This hostile attitude is the same reason why your people rejected a priest because he is from another village. You cannot lead, if you cannot accommodate other ethnicity and their differing opinions.

      “we have traveled far and wide in Nigeria, set up businesses, built houses/homes; single handedly raised communities out of nothing in Lagos and elsewhere”

      Please can you name 5 communities the Igbos SINGLE HANDEDLY raised in Lagos?

      There is nothing special about being an economic migrant and building a house whenever you have attained some measure of success. If your land was favorable, you won’t have a culture of traveling out of your zone to achieve success. Nigerians travel to the US, UK, Australia primarily for economic survival and success, an Igbo man travels to other parts of Nigeria for the same reason. If Nigeria were a good country, most of us will stay back home. Similarly, if the southeast was economically viable, the Igbos will stay back home.

      We are the single largest group with property holdings in Nigeria even after it was all taken from us. we are not a perfect people and we are flawed, but who isn’t?

      You should re-word this as, we are the largest ethnic group with property and rel estate in other parts of Nigeria. Moreover, that is quite normal for a group who are chiefly economic migrants. You don’t have more houses than Yoruba people in the South west. You don’t have more houses than Hausas in the North.

    • Remember

      June 20, 2017 at 12:52 am

      “I find this analogy not so relevant because most Igbo communities don’t sell land to people outside their community. Some Igbo communities don’t even sell lands to their fellow Igbo people from another community. In fact, your people are known to be hostile to outsiders coming to trade in your markets. When you start extending the same hand you enjoy in other parts of Nigeria, then people will find the east a viable investment ground.”

      The problem with such fallacies is that some impressionable minds will read and believe it’s true. Every word of the comment I quoted above is liar. Big, fat lie. But don’t take my word for it. Go to Southeast. Go to any major market with your money to buy a property or rent a shop. If anyone rejects your offer on account of your tribe being non-Igbo, please, come back to this blog or elsewhere and ‘pay back’ in any way you can imagine. But the question is: are you game? Can you leave your ‘comfort zone’ , go to South east and transact or compete with others? You know what! That’s what Igbos have done in Nigeria over the years. Let’s exclude Lagos because nearly everyone finds it easy to visit Lagos. Igbos go to parts of Nigeria most BVs have not heard of to reside and set up businesses. And I’m not saying this to glorify Igbos because even I cannot dwell in any part of Nigeria.
      That is where most people of the other major tribes seem to be ‘smarter’ than the Igbos. They know that Nigeria’s unity is a sham. They give all known rhetorics about a united Nigeria but they know where to put their money. They have assets and investments outside Nigeria but when they come back here (their supposed home) they invest only in places where their native languages are spoken. They know that crisis can erupt at anytime and whenever it happens (especially in the North) a non-indigene is highly likely to lose all his possessions located in the host community. That’s if they don’t lose their lives.
      The only people who seem to be oblivious of this sad truth are the Igbos. After the horrors of the war that ended in 1970, the Igbos should have used some years to reflect on the unity of the country but they didn’t. The migration resumed almost immediately. It’s either they learnt nothing or they just believed Gowon and overrated Nigeria’s oneness.
      The reason the other major tribes do not have meaningful investments in the southeast is not because it is not a viable investment ground. No. In fact, it is ignorant to make that assertion. The reason is because it’s a Nigerian thing. Rivers state is an oil-rich state but there aren’t too many Hausa/Fulanis or Yorubas in it in contradistinction to the number of Igbos over there. Lagos is comparable to none in the opportunities it provides but how many regular Hausa/Fulanis have assets therein? It appears that only Igbos didn’t get the memo (or only they got it, depending on who’s talking).
      In a sane society, the itinerancy of the Igbos would be a virtue. But Nigeria is not such a society. It is a weird, violent country of extreme distrust.
      It shouldn’t have been like this if our leaders did the right thing. After the coup, counter coup and the pogrom, Ojukwu and Gowon met in Aburi, Ghana. They agreed to forget the lives that were lost and forge a new country based on the famous Aburi Accord. That Accord contained everything we ask for today in the name of restructuring. But when they came back Gowon and his SMC resolved to renege on the Accord, hence, the war. After the war, successive leaders had opportunities of uniting the country but they were busy filling their pockets, sowing seeds of discord.
      Now it seems very difficult to resolve. There is no love. 100 years from now there might still be no love, especially between the Igbos and Hausa/Fulanis.
      In the unlikely event that restructuring happens it will be great. But if there will be a bloodless separation, it could be the best for everyone. We will all be good neighbours with each having its own sovereignty. I believe every component unit can be successful without the other.
      These so-called northern youths had the courage to write this letter because they were not arrested for the first declaration they made. They are apparently above the law. Despite the lies and selective narrative of the present letter, I believe the letter should further make Osibanjo and other leaders of thought to rethink this enterprise called Nigeria. If sets of people do not want to live together it may not be wise to force a union. It’s like a marriage. The couple will redefine the basis of the union or get a divorce.
      I only want it to be bloodless if it ever comes to that.

    • Diamond

      June 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

      @Anonymous
      I read a comment you complained of the Igbo man tribalism. You used your office as reference. Darius was sympathetic, and advised nicely. However, I noticed that all your comments I have seen consequently on this blog screeches tribal bigotry, against that same Igbos you complained about.
      Here is my free advice: Remove the big log in your eyes before seeking to remove the speck in your colleagues. They see through your hate for them, and hence the alienation.

      P.S. In my own office, my closest colleague is Yoruba.

    • icroasmyheart

      June 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      @ Remember,

      Wow! Well written. Igbos definitely forgot the memo. ONLY GROUP THAT DOES NOY BELIEVE THAT NIGERIA IS A SHAM.

      They may lose trillions in our investments in the North but trust me they will surely make it back in a matter of few years. NOTHING CREATES CHARACTER THAN NOT HAVING SOMETHING YOU ONCE HAD.

      If Nigeria does not break up, TRUE FEDERALISM should be practiced. EACH REGION SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT. Whether the British LIED to you that RULING IS YOUR BIRTH-RIGHT or not, you are responsible for your development. SHIKENA!!

    • Diamond

      June 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      @Remember
      I believe why Igbos migrated again after the war was to find means of surviving. They already lost everything… positions in government, military, civil service etc. With Awolowo’s 20 pounds they started all over. I believe if Igbos remained in their region, they would not have made it as they did after the years because nothing was coming to the east – Igbos were a defeated people and were locked out of the nation’s prospects. Igbos excelled where no one can shut them out – business. And to thrive, they had to move in to the victor’s region.

  10. Comment

    June 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Bad gang : Why didn’t they stop at the coup?
    Because every bad incident has a ripple effect. Because many Igbo civilians in the north mocked the way many of the victims were killed in the coup.
    Ahmadu Bello was killed infront of his wife and kids. Nzeogwu calmly and proudly mentioned it in a BBC interview and civilians sang about it ( even Chimamanda Adichie rightly wrote of it in her book Half of a yellow sun)

    Tafawa Balewa was slaughtered inhumanely and his body wasn’t found until days later- imagine, a prime minister. Ofcourse this fueled anger. Northerners can be very vengeful too.

    The genocide was horrible and unfortunate but Ojukwu too had a role to play in it yet he was able to escape unscathed. Why didn’t he stop the war? Why did he run away leaving his people to die?

    The lesson is that conflicts are only fueled by stupid people. At the end of the day many innocent people are caught in the crossfire between tribalists and bigots and it’s not worth it.
    I beg let be wise and move on. One Nigeria, one love!

    • nnenne

      June 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

      @Comment… Dud you read about the Aburi Accord/ Declaration?
      Please tell us about that!

    • Remember

      June 20, 2017 at 2:17 am

      And they keep saying Ojukwu ran. Ojukwu did not run. Before the war his father, Louis Ojukwu, was one of the richest men in Africa. Ojukwu invested almost his father’s entire wealth in the war. At the time it was obvious Biafra had lost , Ojukwu felt he had lost everything. He refused to leave. His soldiers forced him into the flight that that took him to Ivory Coast. When ‘forced’ I mean literally, practically forced him. But they teach that in schools.
      What role did he play in committing the genocide? Before he went to Aburi, there had been attempt at ethnic cleansing and many youths in the Eastern region were already demonstrating in the streets chanting ‘Ojukwu give us Biafra’. But he still ignored them and made the last attempt at making peace by going to Aburi. General Ankara brokered ‘peace’ between them. It was difficult but they were asked to bear the pain and forget the past. They all smiled and came back to Nigeria. But in Nigeria Gowon started singing a different tune, saying it would not be possible for him to implement the terms of the accord. What was Ojukwu supposed to do in the circumstances. If he didn’t declare the secession of Biafra, there was a chance those around him might have killed him.
      But can we talk less about the war, please? Right now we have a very divisive government. Some people want self determination, some want the country restructured while some think the status quo should remain because it favours them. That’s the story of the day. Maybe we should focus more on that than the war.

    • Diamond

      June 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      @Comment: Did you expect Ojukwu to remain and die cheap like Ghadaffi? Ojukwu, did the wise thing. Look the way north continues to twist the narrative to suit them. I’m glad Ojukwu remained alive at least, to set records straight.

      P.S. Ojukwu didn’t declare Biafra on his own. Igbos impressed it on him to declare Biafra. He told them the consequences but they weren’t interested. The mood then was give us our own country.

      P.P.S. Ojukwu was not part of the coup plot. It is to his credit the coup was foiled in Kano. And that is why he and the late Emir of Kano remained friends. That the emir even attended Ojukwu’s burial.

  11. nunulicious

    June 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I am officially confused. Hmmmmmn

  12. nunulicious

    June 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Wait so is this the point where the igbo’s who don’t want to seceed would write a rejoinder saying they don’t want Biafra?

    Abi is this is the point when Nigerians would refuse to be distracted and start asking,
    #WhereIsBuhari? #ReturnOrResign

    I am still officially confused.

  13. Bunmi

    June 19, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    My wife is fineeeeeeee or how did you type it? calm down,Lol raising communities out of nothing in Lagos,you sure live abroad. Stop the blame games,some Igbo leaders also condemned the civil war,great Zik at some point stopped the support of the biafran dream during the civil war. Whoever tells a story says the part he wants people to believe,Chief Awolowo is long dead,btw havent you heard of the saying that “All is fair in love and war”a lot of people who were decision makers during the civil war are long dead. This is a brand new generation why can’t we take about how to make our Country great again,inspiteful comments won’t take us anywhere other than give pain etc. Igbos who witnessed the war have nothing good to say about it because they lost their loved ones,horrible experience they call it.

    • Diamond

      June 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Your own problem is the part he/she said Awolowo imposed 20pounds. And your defense is all is fair in war. Excuse you! the war was over then, and declared no victory, no vanquished. And the 3R announced. So why the 20 pounds?

      The truth is rest of country thought they could suppress the Igbos making them subservient, but they failed because Igbos succeeded despite all odds. Like air, they rose

  14. Bunmi

    June 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    *talk

  15. Ethio

    June 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    The fate of every poor citizen of this country is the same, sect notwithstanding.
    if this biafran blindness can be channelled towards furiously demanding a working government than inciting dafts to further divide their reasoning along ethnic lines, we might just be surprised at the outcome.
    No progress comes from inciting hate and division.. All this blah blah about civil war is all in the past!

  16. Tracy Edward

    June 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    People are doing grate thing for themselves in other country and you guys are here talking…. I just don´t know what to say to you guys., you guys should use your God given time to think something that will bless you. What has sepration done for South Sudan if not war, Nigeria youth think. Life is short, use it well. Nigeria will always be one, because there is great bless for us as one, belive me. Nigeria is so blessed let us use this blessing to move positivly forward. Thank you.

  17. Bowl

    June 19, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    @razz and bougie . I fail to understand you. Did you say the Igbos refused to accept their lower status. Don’t let insecurity make you say things that are not necessarily.Dont choke on your Igbo haterade. Sure there is something that unsettles your best about the Igbo man.say the truth, you are very threatened by him.There’s only one way we can make progress in this country by restructuring or by one group leaving. Other than this we will keep going round and round a vicious cycle until this country finishes.

  18. Bowl

    June 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    To Bunmi and Osa , well done in your insecurities.Only time will tell !

  19. Lanre

    June 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    @ rass n bougie , @ mywifeisfine I have traveled and work in 30 out the 36 states.
    Why other tribes do not settle in the region is coz of the level of hostilities, that not until recent, u can not move past Onitsha once its 10pm for years ( robbery n killing takes place every night ). The people are hostile to foreigners. The sense of massive ritualist den like otokoto saga, Okija shrine n co. Personally i tried to get a land in Owerri while working there the land was sold for 350k back then, immediately they got to know am from SW it was changed to 1.5m coupled with hate moves
    Please note that hardly will a week goes by without records of atrocity perpetrated by this group on this planet. If you are in doubt please take note henceforth!
    I am pleased to conclude that , the success these group achieve is directly proportional with there crimes.

    • icroasmyheart

      June 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      @ Lanre

      Hahahahahahaha, I lived in the SouthWest, same killing, rape, rituals, etc. I am guessing that their wealth is proportion to their crime?

      Maybe they did not like you because you expressed your complete disgust for them. I wont even sell to you.

      Why wont they distrust you. During the war, your group was the first to happily take over their market stalls and goods. Why wont they distrust you when you sided with another group against them? Is like expecting a black South African to trust white South African with ruling the country. After years of distrust, marginalization, and disenfranchisement, you think they will open up to you?

      THINK AGAIN!

    • Peaches77

      June 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Something is wrong with you. Ndo! Pele!

  20. Lacey

    June 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    After reading all the jargons written by a crazy set of people, I am beginning to
    see that British did a good job putting together Nigeria, all the rubbish comments about Igbo , Yoruba and Hausa shows The stupidness of all the youths who have commented negatively about any tribe, because people will be people, there are over 25o languages in Nigeria and you guys come here to display your stupidity!!! You have a president who is awol, instead of recalling him,like Kogi West did Dino, you guys are here trading blames!!! Any way , I pray Niger Delta militants carry out threat and bomb all the oil pipelines, let everyone go on and look for who to leech on!!! Useless Nigerians that have turned the goose that lay the golden eggs into slums, Niger Delta that produces the resources that feeds the country that should be developed is now in a deplorable state, a region that should be built up like Dubai!!! Let those boys in the creeks level everything by Oct 1st!!! That’s all!!! Then there can be a discussion!!!

    • Bad gang

      June 20, 2017 at 12:02 am

      You are the one who is displaying stupidity and lack of perception… how do you solve a problem without finding out and discussing the causes? Ethnicity has a huge role to play in nigeria’s issues and the major tribes are the biggest culprits… see the advice you gave about niger-delta… this entitlement behaviour is what we are kicking against…is the oil niger-delta’s or nigeria’s? Have they been getting NDDC benefits and 13% derivative? What did their governors do with them? Local content act massively involves niger-deltans so what else do they want? Cocoa and groundnut (from the west) proceeds built institutions and infrastructure across nigeria, nobody threatened to destroy farms… oil multinationals always gets involved in community projects but no their leaders always prefer cash… your though process is bizzare and hateful… change!

    • icroasmyheart

      June 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you!!

      It boggles me that this stupid talk of separation has completely distracted us from asking where the president is. THIS IS STRATEGIC and at the same time VERY SAD.

      It shows that with ALL OUR DEGREES AND QUALIFICATIONS, we are still GULLIBLE LOT. Na wa!

      Every group including the WEST has GOOD AND BAD.

      AND EVERY GROUP LIKES MONEY AND ARE DRIVEN BY MONEY. This stereotype that only IGBOS have the monopoly of liking money is completely flawed.

      WHERE IS PRESIDENT BUHARI? He should RETURN OR STEP DOWN FROM HIS POST. That is what we should focus on. NOT THIS CHEAP ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT US FROM HIS INCOMPETENCY!!!

  21. Lanre

    June 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    *their

  22. sharon

    June 19, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Wth are y’all about? The coup happened years ago. The igbos are not agitating for biafra now cos of something that happened before a lot of you were born. They want to leave cos they’re victimized in this present day. The Northerners feel Nigeria belongs to them, the presidency belongs to them, sorry but Nigeria belongs to all!! Why aren’t they angry at the yorubas? I can’t believe the tribalism on here from educated people

    • Ajiun

      June 20, 2017 at 12:08 am

      The northerners are pointing at the first coup still! It is lame but that’s the reality of what we are facing now. And we all know this is the genesis for this whole hate and divisive back and forth. Everyone is narrating history upside down. So we should all allow them? We should sweeping it under the rug as always?

      History has to be discussed. So that it doesn’t repeat itself. War is bad. We all need to work on our trust issues and tribalism. We can’t do that without addressing the problems. As a Yoruba person, I keep getting blamed by few tactless people for a war that happened when I wasn’t even close to being conceived. A war I learnt about around 9 years ago. A war I was told about by a foreigner. A war I had to read to about and watch videos , even awful ones on YouTube.

      War is bad. Let’s channel our energy into the betterment of Nigeria. And if Nigeria is going to split, let’s do it peacefully.

      P.S. BN, where are all my comments? ?

  23. Bad gang

    June 20, 2017 at 12:04 am

    @lacey you are the one who is displaying stupidity and lack of perception… how do you solve a problem without finding out and discussing the causes? Ethnicity has a huge role to play in nigeria’s issues and the major tribes are the biggest culprits… see the advice you gave about niger-delta… this entitlement behaviour is what we are kicking against…is the oil niger-delta’s or nigeria’s? Have they been getting NDDC benefits and 13% derivative? What did their governors do with them? Local content act massively involves niger-deltans so what else do they want? Cocoa and groundnut (from the west) proceeds built institutions and infrastructure across nigeria, nobody threatened to destroy farms… oil multinationals always gets involved in community projects but no their leaders always prefer cash… your though process is bizzare and hateful… change!

    • nnenne

      June 20, 2017 at 1:10 am

      @Bad gang… What about Palm oil, palm kernels, coal from Igbo land?

      Hope they won’t start explotoriginal coal again! We need fresh air!
      Next exploration will be in the North! We need to mess up their environment too!
      Where is Buhari?
      Collecting salaries when you are not working. Unless it is from your acrued sick/ vacation time, is corruption!

  24. C

    June 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Most bizarre country ever. If you separate you will still kill each other. If you stay your government will starve you to death. I’m so glad I’m in oyinbo land I might not like them but at least they’re not on a suicidal course. Any Igbo person wey still dey north now no get sense. They all hate us oh. Trust no one.

  25. Abdul

    June 20, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Scabrous histories! Igbo are criminals…accepted. Igbo are unaccommodating…good! Igbo are the problem of Nigeria and carried out the first military…fine and good. Who carried out the subsequent coups? Igbo? When the counter coup succeeded why didn’t the so-called lovers of one-nigeria that Ironsi thwarted return Nigeria back to its statusquo before the Ironsi admin? 50 years after the defeat of Igbos and weakening / utter destruction of former eastern region, where is Nigeria? Has the igbo been in power since 1970? Why hasn’t the northern leaders who have been in power since then revamped the Nigeria purportedly spoilt by Igbos? Rather than protect the acclaimed interest of the Nigerian masses for which they claimed they embarked on wiping out 3million igbo (which they now present as 3million Nigerians even though Redcross still has the video and record of that genocide on the igbo), the northern leaders chose to take spoil of eastern region and apportioned 83% of oil well licences to themselves. They milk their oil, spoil their land, take the remaining part for grazing, kill them join and yet they are not satisfied, they feel they haven’t humbled igbo enough to accept a slave status and allow them deep the Quran in the Atlantic…which demands total annihilation of the igbo. And the world is watching? UN is playing the softball of unidirectional statement waiting for the second genocide to be visited on the igbo before they will act? Why can’t the world act to prevent genocides rather than the Hague bullshit? Similar threats was issued by northern elements prior to the 1966 pogrom of Igbos and the Nigerian govt down-played it. Now is happening again. I wanted to read where ipob will be said to have killed anyone on May 30th…am still searching. A people’s desire to sit at home without harming anyone is being cited as a reason to threaten them with genocide? What will the igbo blood benefit Nigerians? How can a people who you claim own this nation with you be threatened with death at the slightest headache of other tribes. Yoruba Oba threatened them with Lagoon during the election. Igbo are bokoharam sponsors. Igbo are masquerading as fulani herdsmen and killing igbo yet Fulani police are on every check-point in igboland ready to kill peaceful protesters and drink their blood but unable to fire a bullet at the so-called igbo fulani herdsmen?…imagine the cock and bull? UN really needs to step in and save the Igbos! They are only wanted in Nigeria as slaves there is no doubt about, but certainly the north shouldn’t be allowed to repeat their genocide of the 60s. Am sure they are emboldened by the freedom that Gowon still enjoys without a visit to the Hague….certainly the 3million igbo children and women he master-minded their death by starvation and bullets didn’t commit any coup…or did they? A stitch in time may save nine!

  26. 3ples

    June 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Wow… so much hate on all sides. At this point I’m confused and baffled. Here we are, over 40yrs later, fighting and hating each other over things we don’t have first hand knowledge about because we were NOT there!!! When did we stop being “human” and start being defined by our ethnic groups. My grandfather married 4 women and the children fought each other like crazy but guess what…we the grandkids told them the fight ends with them because we won’t be a party to it (sth we knew nothing about.. no mbok).
    So much religiousness yet HATE thrives in ways that are unimaginable. Why? Is it so difficult to put all the hate behind? The ibos feel marginalized because they haven’t produced a president but you forget that because you have set yourself apart from other regions of the country (by holding on to real or imaginable hurts) you are unable to garner the support you need from the vast majority. You pple need to let go and encourage oneness.
    As for the Arewa youths, there are more important things to channel your energies into. Why not agitate for better governance or issue an ultimatum to the pple that were ‘elected’ to fix this country? Instead you are latching on to this chewing gum quarrel….Msheeewww!!!! No be una fault, una don chop belleful.
    My ibo brethen, pls start building bridges not walls, and see people begin to entrust you with their future. Because as much as you clamour for BIAFRA, you are not going to import new pple into that country, it’s the same set of people that you will still live with.
    Pls let’s all focus and getting our public SERVANTS to do what they were employed to do. Imagine if we channel all this energy into holding them accountable, how do you think Nigeria will turn out?
    Can’t believe I wrote an epistle, I’m just tired of all the hate from all corners… Let’s focus first of all on having a better country before trying to divide it.

  27. Aderonke

    June 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Kai my people…Naija we hail thee!
    We always want to be the better tribe…folks NO ONE IS BETTER!
    We are good to compliment each other and we can become better if we let go of SELF and EMOTIONS and become BEST if we see the GREATNESS in each other.

    Let us fight for development, infrastructures, institutions, process, justice and equality.

    It should be a fight for freedom and good governance not for supremacy!

  28. Bowl

    June 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    @bad gang, there is no competition in this thing called destiny. If somebody is better equipped with certain attributes. then they are better than you in those things .Argue from now till tomorrow,the truth is and remains that we all know the truth. I actually think that part of the personality and potential of the Igbo man is stifled by this setup called Nigeria. Restructure this country and unleash every body’s potential is all we are asking.Let’s see whether the first plane made in Africa will not come from Aba.

    • Ajiun

      June 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      You are here bragging. This is the same ish that lead to the pogrom in the North in the 60s. This isn’t about destiny and who is better. Everyone has their strength. And there are people who have innate engineering capacities, some who nurtured it and some who discovered these abilities when given opportunities in every ethnicity.

      The Nigeria govt and elites haven’t let everybody from all ethnic groups show their potential. The northerners have been lagging behind in density of who got educated for decades, even before the independence because the British colonial masters know they are too rebellious. They need to be in control of how they run Nigeria which they know isn’t fair and they look at the group which will easily kick against their plans & games, so they chose not to give the North access to a lot of education. And the northern elites and politicians kept their masses that way, after the British, to continue to use them for their personal and political agendas.

      Don’t misunderstand this and say the North isn’t educated at all, some are and many of the masses are not. They were given bigger population representation by the British for political reasons and because of their marital ways of life, they have more kids. So their population is higher than the South.

      It is written in history that after the first coup, some tactless Igbo people were going about bragging and mocking the northerners. Making cartoons of how Ahmadu Bello was killed. Even military Igbo wives were mocking military northern wives. And if you read the Nigerian history you will see that the names of some of the soldiers who were killed in the first coup and the ones amongst those who retaliated showed non Muslims now North Central region. Back then they were all part of Northern Region.

      Someone even took advantage of the tension and made music which mock and narrate how the northern leaders were killed. And the person made it look like it was done by an Igbo musician. But it is stated that it was later discovered it is from someone in the South South who isn’t Igbo. But the seed of hatred as already grown some more in the North.

      Some tactless igbos in the marketplace and on the streets in the North were mocking northerners, describing and using phrases such as “Nzeogwu knock sense into your head” to the Northerners. Before we can say Ah, distrust and hatred started to grow more and more in the military and in the North. That the northern media was used by civilians and political elites to manipulate the northern military to retaliate.

      They twisted a lot of things and exaggerated to get more Northerners support and the northern Royals support to retaliate. Even to the extent of saying the Igbos are planning another coup to finish off the first one and clean out all Northern leaders including the royals so they can rule and control the North.

      So they keep calling northern military cowards, urging them to retaliate against the Igbos. The northern royals did as much as they can to hold these people back. But the hate as been planted. The northern military (including now north central) went ahead and struck the innocent Igbo soldiers. They killed one of the first coup mutineers who was in Abeokuta prison.

      I can’t write too much again. You people need to start reading your history so history doesn’t repeat itself. Here is a piece, written by Dr Nowa Omoigui: waado.org/NigerDelta/Nigeria_Facts/MilitaryRule/Omoigui/NorthCounterCoup

      You tactless people come on blogs and online, you start to brag as if you are better than others. Forgetting the political games that has been going on for decades. Games that is affecting the masses. These elites, politicians and military have been deciding our future for us for ages. They have been holding every Nigerian back from greatness.

      Nobody is better than anybody. For example, it isn’t only in Aba you will find shoe making industry or engineers. Ever heard of Ufot Ekong, a student of Tokai University in Tokyo, who has a first class degree in electrical engineering. He got the best marks at his university since 1965. He solved a 30 years old problem in his first semester in uni and as of 2015 works for Nissan and had two patents for electronic car design in his name.

      The western medium were the ones that were celebrating him. He wasn’t on blogs bragging about how his people from South South are the most intelligent. What about the Ondo best medical student, Victor Olalusi, in a Russian university. He got 5.0 GPA. It was the media who celebrated him and he recognised by Federal Ministry of Education. He wasn’t on blogs bragging about how the Yorubas are better.

      What do you want the South South guy, Ufot Ekong or South West, Victor and their likes to say when they reads your comment? Or the shoe makers in Katsina and Ikorodu?

      Nigerians are extremely intelligent and creative people who have been held back for too long by selfish elites. Nobody is better than anybody. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. If everyone is given the opportunities to grow and show their potentials a lot of Nigerians will be successful. We are tenacious, creative, hard workers and have entrepreneur skills. We just need the right mindset and environment to aide and nurture us.

      Your type of utterances is what drove some impatient and violent people into killing innocent Igbo people; both civilians and military. Yes, a lot of innocent soldiers who are Igbo or Igbo-speaking from mid west were killed in the second coup as retaliation for the first coup. Even some northerners & Yorubas were killed cos they looked like Igbo or killed by trigger happy soldier who are also part of the 2nd coup mutineers.

      They went berserk. They went off their targets and started killing anyhow. Exact same situation with the first coup. Innocent people also died in that yet they claimed they wanted to kill corrupt politicians. The second coup was for retaliation against the first coup plotters yet it went down south too and a lot of innocent people died.

      Is this what you want to happen again in Nigeria. It had already started. In south south, northerners and some youths have clashed and someone died.

      Stop with your tactless comment and bragging up and down. You have insecurities. Talent shows itself, it doesn’t brag. Let us all face the govt and tell them to stop playing yo-yo with our lives and future, so we can reach our potential. Then the world can see our talent and celebrate us. No need to keep bragging…someone who is like those impatient and blood thirsty people, like those in the 60s riots, will read your likes and grow more hatred for every Igbo person including the innocent ones and lead their likeminded people to start violence. We don’t need that please.

      If we must split, please let’s do it amicably. No hate speech. No aggressive competition. Yes, competition is good, it helps us grow and better ourselves. But no aggressiveness and arrogance. So, no bragging. The only thing that there should be is passion to continue to grow and show creativity and intelligence.

      BN moderator, post my comment on time oh. ?

  29. PRINCE DE BOY IS GOOD

    June 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    “By that ill motivated cowardly and deliberate action, the Igbo killed many northern officers from the rank of lieutenant colonel upwards” This is a pure distortion of history. In the coup, the target was the politicians who were termed corrupt. The soldiers were not targeted. It is better to narrate history sincerely and not sentimentally to curry sympathy.

  30. dhoney

    June 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    ..I wish they could go so that we can rest. When you hear African Jewish leader Kanu berating other tribes and calling them unprintable names and he was not cautioned, then you should expect this. I have lived in the East, South and West and I can tell you that Ibos are well accommodated by other tribes but hey while leaving in the East, you can hardly see any tribe in their markets. It will take you eternity to get a chance to buy a land to build a house in Ibo land. Ibos are not accommodating to other tribes but yet they cry foul when such gesture is extended to them. Ofcourse , there are great Ibo people but the bad ones are freaking many. Give them their country and let them go abeg. Their preaching of hates will never help them politically.

    • Diamond

      June 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

      I hope that when Igbos finally get Biafra, you will be willing to remain with the Hausa-fulani in Arewa (or will it still be Nigeria). If not, then you are a hypocrite and a coward because you know their power greed is our problem in this country

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