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Yemi Alade Weighs in on Igbo Quit Notice

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Following the ultimatum given to the Igbos by a coalition of Northern youths to leave the region, the calls for a cessation from Nigeria by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and a call for the Oduduwa Republic by a Pan Yoruba coalition, singer Yemi Alade has reacted on Instagram, calling for Nigerians to unite.

The only tribes are the elite and the masses, she said.

 

23 Comments

  1. Na Wa!

    June 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Story for the God’s. Nigeria will either restructure or disintegrate. We cannot continue like this. You are confused because you come from two tribes. It is your problem, and you are a serious minority so you wont count when its time to zoom off. What will count is where you decide to stand. If its with Nigeria, you can be pushed to the north.

    • Lolarae

      June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I assume your an ibo babe but why are ibos so afraid of north they automatically think once your pro nigeria your pro fulani stop viewing fulani as Gods they are mere mortals and flesh, niger delta , west not supporting biafra does not make them followers of north, they simply view other regions as partners not boss. Yall need to work on this north complex you suffer from.

      I have also observed Niger delta has moved on from GEJ in fact they will readily partner with any region
      but a huge number of ibos are still stuck in the bitterness and looking for every way to payback despite it being in the past your attitude towards others needs to change.

    • Ade

      June 13, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      With the level of insults and hatred already passed around, restructuring Nigeria into zones will greatly lead to intolerance towards people that may want to live outside of their ethnic zone. It will lead to a rise in ethnocentrism and self-preservation. Once Nigeria is re-structured, every tribe or zone will be more inclined to control its land, commerce, and economy. With the level of “my people first attitude” that every tribe will develop, don’t expect to go into another geographical zone and be welcomed with open hands into any facet of their society.

      With all these negatives in mind, Nigeria should disintegrate rather than restructure. Let there be a mass exodus of people back to their homeland. We barely tolerate one another, a situation where Nigeria is finally restructured, while millions of Igbos and Yorubas still continue to live in the North is a recipe for ethnic cleansing. The Hausas living in other zones too will face similar issues. Despite all the myriads of problems each tribe in Nigeria is presently facing, we will all miss one another when we finally disintegrate. Then, we will realize that the so-called tribe that we constantly insult or view as our main problem was not that bad after all.

    • Remember

      June 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Lolarae,
      ‘I assume your an ibo babe’.
      So you started by assuming that @Na wa is a babe and Igbo and yet you erroneously accuse IGBOS of assuming that anyone who is pro-Nigeria is pro-Fulani? What about many Igbos who are anti-Biafra and pro-Nigeria? Igbos also assume they are pro-Fulani, right? Brilliant!
      So if someone challenges the status quo, which is basically Fulani political dominance and subjugation of others, the person is afraid?
      A coalition of Yoruba organisations just declared they want Odua republic. A coalition of Niger Delta groups did theirs some days ago. All citing the conduct of the Hausa/Fulani North as the major reason for their actions. I guess, going by your analysis, all these people are afraid?
      I believe that the person who is consumed by fear is that pretender who cannot stand up to the diabolical Fulani elite and other politicians who are responsible for the misrule and farce we call a nation. Anyone who thinks something is not terrible wrong and that we should live ‘together’ like this is either very ignorant or very afraid.
      The youth wing of the highest cultural body of the North threatened to force some Nigerians out of a part of it. They went ahead to dare the police to arrest them. The IG (Northerner/Muslim), out of fear or loyalty to them, could not effect one arrest. And some people are still pretending as if everything is all alright, ‘forming’ One Nigeria.
      What exactly does it mean to be pro-Nigeria? Does it mean being silent when there are mass killings and the government seems helpless? Does it mean shouting one Nigeria when the President is the most proudly tribalistic Islamic fundamentalist Nigeria has ever had at the helm?
      We should ask ourselves some questions. What is Nigeria? What does it mean to be Nigerian? When we say ‘the federal republic of Nigeria’, what is federal about the country? What is republic about the country?
      That person who considers such questions too sensitive is the one who is afraid.
      The mistake we always make in the South is to engage in the foolish Yoruba/Igbo fight over nothing. Each time the foolish fight ensues, the Hausa/Fulani elite rejoices. In the end, they are using everybody. And if you pretend about this, brethren, you’re afraid; and it’s not helpful.
      I stand for a restructuring of the country . But I have been hearing about restructuring since the days Gani Fawehinmi (who, for me, is the only genuine human rights activist I have seen in Nigeria). Since Gani did not achieve it, it will be very difficult for the present day Nigerians to get that result. Especially when many of us are pretenders. Even more so when we support the acts of a repressive regime because we consider the victim our enemy, When we hail tyrants and call them ‘born again democrat’, and ‘messiah’.
      To restructure we must employ the machinery of the state. How do we achieve that when the rulers detest the idea of restructuring and we, on the other hand, pretend as if everything is alright.
      That’s the reason I understand people who say they don’t want restructuring but self determination. The laws in Nigeria do not apply equally to everyone. Someone can be prosecuted for merely giving his dog a name while another gets away with murder or treasonable eviction notice to other Nigerians.
      Is it not better people get their own new republic where, from the start, they will outline the terms of the union?
      Well, restructuring or referendum for self determination, whichever happens is better than this agonising exercise in self-deception that we have now.

    • Palmwine

      June 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Yemi alade pls shut the f**k up and follow your igbo brethren. Btw dont u have an igbo name?

    • Na Wa!

      June 14, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Na wa is a bonafide Yoruba babe! Who believes in restructuring. Lola, because you are against restructuring for your own selfish interest does not mean other Yoruba’s are. By the way, restructuring will teach each group to respect the other’s mutual dependencies and each group can hold their leaders more accountable according to tradition and culture. Right now we have rogue cowboys who do anything they like to their own people, because they are shielded by other’s who may have different belief systems. It’s time to do the right thing!

  2. Dr Paul

    June 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    @LolaRae, Fulani slave? this is funny coming from a Yoruba person. ???

    • Lolarae

      June 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

      Another Fulani complex spotted .

      I never called any one Fulani slave
      And what is funny your assumption is coming from a Yoruba person ?!
      Is this not the Fulani complex I’m talking about ?

  3. C

    June 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Culturally we’ve significantly different styles of leadership. The Kingdoms were ruled differently before colonization. Even if there was a split it not mean there would be no cooperation between the different nations or dual citizenship of multiple nations. It’s just the arrangement was always for United kingdom gain so that even if they gave us independence they could still manipulate our diversity to their gain. I really think precolonial, algamation, pan Africanism really should be taught more. There so much information and videos you can search on YouTube et al to see what they did to us, really thought about us, and who we were before they came bible first and gun after brain wash your mind or by might. I think we’ll be fine either way. It’s the theifs in office who’d have to find ways to manipulate newly resurrected nations again to start stealing like they always do. But the powers that keep it together greed is greater anyways.

  4. Isrealite.Nwa Igbo

    June 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    You must be a Bastard for saying that who asked your opinion…Who are you to interfer in Biafra Matter..Why Are Yorubas and Minorities so bitter about Biafra… I no wan stay with Nigeria na by force.. FERO let my People gooooo…we are Isrealites and We must gooo (One Biafra)

    • Anonymous

      June 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      A typical Igbo man!

    • Osa

      June 13, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      The typical igbo.
      Terribly bitter about the pains, losses, educational losses, backwardness experienced, rape etc from the civil war. He who goes to war must be ready for the consequences. I see them remaining bitter till their very end. Shame and pity on them.
      You made ur beds so lie in it.
      You are scrambling for biafra yet most of u cant survive in your backward states. I foresee another ajekun iya for u guys.
      They still havent learnt their lessons from the civil war. Very heady with no wisdom. Thats where yorubas senior u.

    • Lolarae

      June 14, 2017 at 1:45 am

      I thought you got an eviction notice for oct 1 but your leaders are pleading to stay?

  5. Lolarae

    June 13, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Remember-
    This is not an attack on ibo so you did not need that long essay response, I know not all ibos are in support of Biafra.

    but please go through facebook comment and read comments from most Nigerians of ibo extraction.

    you said something about Fulani behavior
    what exactly about other tribes have not been unruly?
    Niger Delta constituting a nuisance by destroying pipeline(I agree they should have their oil wells)
    Ibos always insulting host of where ever they find themselves -Lagos(Calling Yorubas cowards, Rivers- calling them drunkards, Kaduna,- calling them shoe shiners and of course Kanu who has been preaching hate via radio Biafra
    Fulani herdmen invading and grazing on other territories

    So why to pick on just Fulani (I want to understand ibo view I am not defending them)
    I noticed since bulk of sw voted for pmb all sorts of theory on sw wants to be subservient to fulani but when sw voted for gej such article did not come from SE/SS/CEN/NE/NW.

    That is why I asked, is there a Fulani complex with the ibo race?

    Like Reno quoted view them as competitors of power not dominating people
    and what do you mean Fulani has dominated political space since 17 years of democracy christain southerners have ruled 14 years.
    the monopoly of north on Nigerian military and justice has been forever shartered.
    so what dominance are you talking about?
    did se legislatures not vote in a northern candidate as Spk and SP.

    With regards to the Lopsided arrest, i agree the system has been extremely favorable to North under pmb leadership and the nation needs to be restructured

    • Remember

      June 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Lolarae,
      I don’t want to dwell on inter-tribal insults which I consider to be minor issue. But I noticed that you listed what you called ‘unruly’ behaviour from other tribes but you did not mention even one exhibited by the Yorubas. Well, maybe it’s just an oversight.
      You listed what Igbos call others but none that others call Igbos. Or, do you think others do not have funny, derogatory terms for Igbos? Actually, I don’t care. The inter-ethnic insults on cyberspace which do not constitute offences against the state do not bother me one bit.
      What gets me worried is that if there is a painting of Mohammed in Europe some people might kill others in Nigeria and the government will do nothing about it. That an innocent woman was publicly murdered in Kano in daytime. The culprits were identified and charged after public outcry but the Attorney General later withdrew the charges and set the murderers free. I can go on.
      If it’s about insults nobody will be asking for self determination or a restructuring of the country.
      On political dominance, it is not correct to say that Southerners have ruled for 14 years since the current democratic dispensation. Obj was around for 8 years, GEJ for 5 years, that’s 13 years. Moreover, independent Nigeria didn’t start in 1999, it started in 1960. Please do the math and answer that political dominance question.
      And sometimes it goes beyond the head of government. Osibanjo is the ‘acting president’ now. Nigeria is drifting into anarchy but it appears his hands are tied. He cannot even order the IG to arrest some people.Why? Probably because he is afraid of upsetting the real powers that be. They even described him as ‘coordinator’ instead of ‘acting president’ in an official letter to the National Assembly. They said the budget would be taken to London for Buhari’s signature before they later grudgingly let him(Osibanjo) sign it. An acting president?
      It also includes important appointments. None of the security agencies has an Igbo person as its head. They always have meetings on sensitive issues affecting the country. This means that when they gather and make a decision to, for instance, send troops to Soth East and kill en masse, there will be nobody in that room to say: ‘I know these people . This may not be the best approach. I suggest we do it this other way”.
      This is not how to govern a country as diverse as Nigeria.

    • nnenne

      June 14, 2017 at 1:20 am

      @osa…You talk about effects of civil war and people should deal with it their loss. …
      What was that civil war about?
      Your brothers , that wanted to move away from the country and you were insisting that they should remain with you. BTW, Gowon declared the war, when Biafra,led by Ojukwu, realized that Nigeria was unsafe for his people,decided to secede. Do you ask your enemies to stay with you? Why continue killing the same people?
      If they your enemies, then you should let them go right? Who wants to live with their enemies?
      Or was the war about something else? Something that didn’t belong to the north?
      Osas, you tell Igbos to deal with their loss but you are rehabilitating North East after Boko Haram, a self inflicted wound?
      BTW, what about those people killed , some displaced, some lost their businesses by same Boko Haram, long before they turned to their own people?
      Even after the civil war, the pattern of killing and destruction of properties have continued and people like you and the government act like nothing is going on. …no compensation, none brought to justice!
      Pick up your history books. How many Igbos have lost their lives and property in the North, without compensation and the perpetrators at large?
      What is good for the North East is good for others.
      The answer to these agitations is justice, equity and fairness!
      Go ahead and hate on the Igbos. The more you hate them, the more they prosper against all odds. When Hausa/ Fulanis are done with the out spoken Igbos, whose next?

  6. Sankawale

    June 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    WE ARE LEAVING! SO YOROBA CAN STAY WITH THE BEDOUINS FROM NORTH WHO ONLY CONTRIBUTION TO THE NIGERIAN HOUSE HOLD – IS LUNACY, LUNACY and More LUNACY!

  7. Moniker

    June 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I’m from the East but our people can’t rule us. We are always complaining about everything and everyone. Simple thing, we turn it around. We are better off together. The earlier we set our differences aside, the better for us.

    • Palmwine

      June 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Its better the Igbos leave.
      Quite frankly i couldn’t wait to see their backs.
      We wish them well. They should vacate Lagos for us. They are an utterly utterly bothersome lot!
      The bitterness in them has no limits. Always complaining.

  8. thatwarriboi

    June 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    For all una wey dey look for disintegration, i just dey laugh! Who wan disintegrate Naija? WE GO DIE HIA! NO RUNNIS. I stand with @yemialade, Naija4Life. From Enerhen Junction to Rumuokoro to Upper Iweka to Oshodi to Tundu Wadan to Okpara Avenue to Ring Road to Jericho to Eagle Square na Green White Green all the way!#OurChildrenShallReignOnThisLand!

  9. Lolarae

    June 14, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Hello Nawa,
    I am for restructuring Nigeria but against it is that not what we have been clamoring for. and their is nothing wrong with putting your people first no be us vote them???
    Hello Remember,

    I never disagreed with you, but guess what how does separating Nigeria lead to non-killings of ibos/southerners in Kano in the event of a religious crisis? should Nigeria separate will that lead to any stop?

    In terms of political dominance, here is what i mean to carry out a coup you need young soldiers and a majority of them following you
    cause of the civil war northerners were able to fill the entire position majorly with their kits
    while yoruba consolidated its hold on the economy but got very minor in military despite not having an enlightened Niger Delta or growing stabilized igbo tribe to compete for same military jobs. Yorubas actively competed for power and the last jinx was broken by Abiola. Not once did Yoruba see Fulani as Boss, rather viewed as a competitor.

    Now under OBJ, For the first time there were more southerners in military junior level than northerners , which was 16 years ago, I’m sure those boys then would have grown, the same trend continued under GEJ where even minority tribes got a piece of security apparatus, hence my statement it has been shattered for life it will take another constant 20 years of northern rule for such to happen

    I don’t know why people are expecting Yemi to exert 100 influence when is Boss is not confirmed dead. if PMB dies I will take your point as valid

    @Isrealite,
    what is warranting all these insults? you have probably heard too much radio Biafra,
    everyone is not ready for Biafra has it will lead to at least 6 new countries hence negotiating
    Ijaw seemed to have moved on why so bitter about the past.

    • Chaimo

      June 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      You are talking about war? Who talk about war when civilized people are talking about referendum? Igbos are vocal people who hates marginalisation and oppression, we shall continue to fight until we get what we want, Slave’s of Igbo descent liberated Haiti, read about Haiti history, Virginia in USA, all these were fight against oppression, our promise to folk’s like you is that we shall continue to fight, after all Nnamdi Azikiwe was laugh at when he was at the forefront of fight for Nigeria independence by people like you. The more you antagonise us the more energy we get

  10. Ama

    June 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    On Sunday, some would clean their bibles, go to church and sing praises to God but continue to hate people from other tribes….

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