Saturday, April 11, 2015

Nigerians, It Is Time To Decide The Terms Of Our Coexistence!!

From Etcetera;

The Igbos are the wandering Jews of West Africa… gifted, aggressive, Westernised; at best envied and resented, but mostly despised by the mass of their neighbours in the federation – Henry Kessinger (famous American diplomat)

Back in the days, men made fortune out of war, war was business. But today, the Igbos are making fortune out of business, because business is the new war.

Before we talk about the plight of the Igbos in Nigeria, let us start by defining a word that has been frequently used by the Igbos to define their situation in the country, marginalisation!
According to a good number of dictionaries, to “marginalise” means “to treat someone or something as if they are unimportant.” It also means “to take or keep somebody away from the centre of action.” Another dictionary defined it as “relegating someone or a group of people to a lower or outer edge of a community or society.” For so long, the Igbos have bitterly cried out against apparent marginalisation by the Federal Goverment of Nigeria. There is almost a zero federal presence in the east, despite the fact that the eastern region is the most technologically advanced of all the regions. This suggests unequivocally that the Igbo-speaking Nigerians have been unjustly treated. There is a well calculated ploy by the powers that be from other ethnic nationalities to ensure that the Igbo region stays perennially underdeveloped.

What the Igbos are going through can be traced to none other than Yakubu Gowon. Gowon should explain why a people who were by far the dominant majority ethnic group were suddenly relegated to only one out of the three states created by him in the old Eastern region. Why alter demography just to make the Igbos a minority in a region where they were the majority? Since then, the Igbos haven’t been able to get this injustice reversed and till date, they have seen more states and local governments created in other regions across the country. Nigerian historians are unanimous that the 1963 census remains the most transparent in the country till date. The 1963 census stated that one out of every four Nigerians was an Igbo, which means that if things were done equitably in this country, the Igbos should have a 25 per cent representation in all federal institutions as well as a 25 per cent share of all states and local governments created since independence.

We must tell ourselves the truth and stop living in denial. Nigeria as it stands today is sitting on a keg of gun powder and if we must stay together as a country, we have to sit down and discuss the terms and conditions of our coexistence. No section of the country should be treated better than others. I have heard some northerners mutter several times that power belongs to them. “Born to rule,” the old Sokoto State slogan is a clear confirmation of what has been psyched into the system of every northerner. And they keep saying “One Nigeria?” Isn’t it obvious that the northerners are more Nigerians than other Nigerians? That’s why they could openly threaten the nation with violence like they did in the just concluded presidential election. It was peddled about that if Buhari had lost the election, there would have been trouble in the country and as a result, a lot of people voted against their wishes especially in the north. So many issues need to be addressed in this country. For example, how do you explain why Arabic is on the naira when the official language of the country is English? How do you explain why an Hausa man is allowed to carry daggers freely when others get arrested for carrying a razor blade?

Please, can someone explain to me who the real Hausas are? I have travelled to virtually all the northern states and in most of the states, the people I met claimed not to be Hausas but from other tribes. According to them, that they spoke fluent Hausa doesn’t mean they are Hausas. Nancy who’s from Kaduna always makes it known to whoever cares to listen that she’s not Hausa but Zango Kataf. My guitarist who’s from Nasarawa State grumbles whenever I call him an Hausa man. Amina, my Fulani neighbour screams and curses whenever I call her an Hausa lady. So who then are the real Hausas? What states are they occupying? Stop using politics to bamboozle me that Hausa is a majority. Stop using politics to lump Hausa and Fulani together because you want me to think you are highly populated. In the just concluded presidential election, Katsina State had over two million eligible voters, I have been to Katsina several times and I can’t remember ever seeing so many people there. How did they come about the figures in the presidential election? May God save this country from desperate politicians because it doesn’t make any sense politicising the population of the North when we see otherwise each time we travel there. It is in the same light they claimed Kano was more populated than Lagos in the census conducted during Obasanjo’s regime. We are tired of these lies. If we must remain an indivisible country, the true population of the Hausas, Igbos and Yorubas and every other ethnic group in this country must be made public as well as the number of Christians and Muslims. Enough of the Hausa-Fulani scam or the Zango Kataf man being counted as Hausa.


Finally, the fact that other ethnic groups see the marginalisation of the Igbos as relative or just a perception and not based on the objective realities on ground is a shame. The Nigerian army today cannot produce a bullet but the boys in Awka are producing not only bullets but guns. An unbiased Federal Government would have taken advantage of that and create employment as well as exporting to generate money for the country. With a little government encouragement, Aba can easily rival the industralised nations of the world in production. If Ndigbo won’t be allowed to enjoy the freedom, to develop and maximise their collective and individual potential through unfettered access, use and exploitation of God-given resources – human and material, the country might soon be plunged into another years of Biafra vs Nigeria and this time around, there will be a victor and a vanquished.

50 comments:

  1. Keep it up bro. I like the opening sentence and quote.

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  2. Thank you Ecetera. People will come here and start insulting you and Igbos. They keep fanning the embers of war. The ones that talk the most can not lay down their lives when war starts. We must address this inequality in our nation. Name calling solves nothing.

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    1. Inequality ?? Who sells piriated stuff of another mans sweat = 99.9 Igbos. Igbos always think they're better than everyone else - Inequality. Most Igbo people i know are tribalist, favoring the igbo before any one else. This is why the south south will have a hard time following you guys to biafra, they would be made slaves for Igbos.

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  3. LOL..... Another self serving article where everyone is the villain and they are the saints. Smh! The igbo man can never change. *no pun intended*
    The day i'll respect you guys and your rants is the day you eventually take your noise making off social media and into the streets. Put some action into your barrel talks by making a move to the east and develop it even better than the rest of Naija put together. See if anyone will stop you.....
    The first coup in Nigeria was instigated by an Igbo man, regional leaders were killed in the North, and West but the Eastern regional leader (ZIK)was given a heads up, he ran out of the country before the coup started. Una think say people forget? But you don't hear them playing the victim card. 

    Months later, Igbo's in the north would not allow the hausas live it down. They kept taunting them, making jokes about how one Igbo man took out 2 powerful hausa men(my father witnessed this first hand in Kano). I mean, who does that? We all know what happened when the hausas retaliated. 

    Igbo's claimed they were going to form Biafra.... If they were honest about this, why then were the soldiers heading to lagos such that they had taken over most part of Ondo and Osun state when Awolowo stepped in? Abi is there a road from Lagos to Biafra in the opposite direction? Yoruba's were non aligned in the war until the biafran soldiers started heading to Lagos. Was Papa Awo supposed to sit still and watch you guys take over a territory that was under his watch? Una get sense so? 
    The day you guys learn to tell yourselves the truth is the day life will make sense to you. If you live in a neighbourhood and virtually everyone is complaining about you, it simply means you need to check yourself. They can't all just be lying against you. 
    Start your Biafra by heading to your states.... I know say many of una no go gree. Cos the rate at which people kill one another over land dispute in the East sef go make una fear. 

    Now watch the trolls come crying over this comment. Make una no worry, the Lord will provide tissue. 
    Ladun come let's go and vote. 

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    1. "It was peddled about that if Buhari had lost the election, there would have been trouble in the country and as a result, a lot of people voted against their wishes especially in the north."

      I find this statement particularly distasteful. The pen is very powerful and those who are saddled with the responsibility of using them should be reasonable about it.

      Stating beer parlor gist as fact isn't sensible. All I. Read here are disgruntled prejudiced talk. Ibos aren't a minority they should stop acting like it.

      He blames yoruba, he blamed hausa, he blamed everyone except the Ibos for their woes. Ibos need to put thier house together. And come out as a formidable force they claim to be.

      You can't be more yoruba than the yorubas, wether you like it or not even in advanced countries as a black man from. Africa there is a ceiling to how far you can go. Is it right, "NO", is it reality, "YES".

      Your belief doesn't have to match reality. The idle world exist in only fairy tales. Accept the limits you have in another man's land or better still create Utopia in your own region.

      It is remarkable some Ibos who are the biggest. Tribalist are complaining of tribalism.

      Lagos is NOT no man's land!

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    2. Lmaooooooooooooooooooo

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    3. Lmaooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    4. Ladin need to add a like button, so I can like Chris comment

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    5. You know your history, but let me correct some mistakes, It was actually Colonel Victor Banjo (leader of the Biafran troops marching to take over Lagos and a Yoruba man) who stopped at Ore and turned back, for this he was charged for treason and killed by firing squad. You are indeed right it was the taunting by the Igbos against the hausas that made the pogroms terribly bloody.

      We all need to learn from our past mistakes as a nation and live together as one nation!!!

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  4. I will agree with some of the things he highlighted in his write but will also love to point out the Igbo's played into the hands of the northerners from start by aligning with them in politics & trade...in the cause of our fight for independence our pioneering leaders were busy fighting themselves for who to lead who (selfish interest & gains) rather than seek a referendum on if we are to stick together in the sham organized by Lord Luggard in 1914 or go our separate ways...when the clamour 4 self governance started in the late 1930s to 1940s the numerous meeting UK points to one direction a failed nation but our leaders were blind by greed...whether Igbo,Yoruba,Hausa,Fulani,Kanuri,Idoma or Ijaw we are all driven by one thing in Nigeria "Greed & we all thirst to dominate" but we are all great people if we can endure the war,hardship & trauma our elites put us thru for 55 years..
    Finally i will say let he without sin cast the first stone in Nigeria plus watch out for my piece on Nigeria here on Ladun's blog soon

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  5. Irrelevant person writes another irrelevant non consequential article.

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  6. Shukuratu on Ladun blog.......................11 April, 2015 09:06

    Ibo people don turn to MTN "everywhere you go" Mehn I honestly cant deal

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  7. Shukuratu on Ladun blog.......................11 April, 2015 09:16

    This one should go and sit down joor!!!! Who cares what he thinks, Onirun takoko

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  8. Intresting.......................

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  9. Envy and jealousy will get all of you and your children nowhere.
    All Anti-Igbo, I CURSE you, your family and all your generation will know no peace!

    Than you Etcetera

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    1. A curse causeless shall not come near thy dwelling. So your curse is as useless as the "T" in the name Tsado.
      But you guys on the other hand? The oba doesn't even need to apply the law of confession or curse before the law of sowing and reaping and the yoruba soil upon which you guys feed curses you for the evil you have decided in your wicked hearts upon the people. I won't even curse you. You're already an accursed thing.

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  10. Abena Yaw,Ghana Princess11 April, 2015 10:21

    Hmmmmm, i dont know him so i wont say much, I think his writing is quite unique tho

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  11. @ Flakky very well said thumps up babe's u took d words out of my mouth. They kip talking about their oil they were given a chance to rule 4 6 yrs and we had d worse govt so far and they r still playing victims. Like my sister Flakky said start by going back 2 ur states enough of kipping quite for u pple if u want 2 go pls do.....

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  12. Etcetera, you're a big foooool. Jews my foot, Go around the world and check the Jews and how they perforom, the are never left out politically, they never take up arms to declare a sovereign state. They never feed on each others sweat and expect no one to bat an eyelid. The Jews invent stuff not pirate stuff. Again, you're a BIG FOOOOL.
    Go and learn the ways of the Jews, then come back and align yourselves

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    1. God bless u! Jew iranu wo...Jews r principled hard workers with business integrity nt hard working fakers lyk d igbo clan who don't even knw d meaning of integrity who dash dem jew dey r productive America is wat it is 2day becos of the Jews y do u tink America sides wit Israel on ANYTHING eg Levi Jean Co go nd read abt d jew dat formed it. Even in military strength hw many igbos are in d Nigerian military dey prefer 2 be in customs or police force wer dey can eat money! U can't come nd rule a nation from behind. If it's abt oil take nd watch oda states thrive without ur precious oil hw much of ur oil money came 2 lagos 4 d past 16 yrs nw u dnt want 2 pay tax take ur fake businesses too nd be replaced by genuine businesses which won't go abt faking everything! They could have been beta developed nw bt dey don't care abt building institutions or names jst money money money nd dey wld go abt crying all over d place. China is a good eg of wat dey cld hv become but love 4 money self centredness nd bad belle wld neva allow dem nd dey are blaming yorubas nd hausas... keep up d complaining o while odas move on u wld still be at d bottom till u change ur priorities no one cares!

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  13. Just passing by

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  14. So the young man has finally dropped his music career for writing?hmmmmmmmm

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  15. a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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    Dude makes a whole lot of sense....
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

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  16. Enough of this Ibo talks already, this Politicians aint loyal at all after the election they will make jest of everyone, the Ibos that want to kill theirselves over a comment and the yorubas that are defensive, its not just woth a sweat

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  17. We need peace love and unity because tribalism has never done us any good in this country.

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  18. I don't like this guy at all. Oversabi too dey worry him

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  19. It is so unfortunate that half baked and ignorant people will be writing on very serious issues in this country. Please, save us and yourself this embarrassment.

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    1. This is Naija for you. Attention is being given to all matters

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  20. Sir, you cannot defeat tribalism by being tribalistic, it makes you just as bad

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  21. Etcetera again?

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  22. who asked for his opinion omo ale

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  23. Etcetera please stick to entertainment gossip bashing female celebrities you well out of your comfort zone..for the record Jews had to re-focus they buy and invest into the system not go against it..or tell the indigenous people it's no longer their land...if Jews were to be a 9ja ethnic group they would have heavily invested into the ruling party and have a stake...you get marginalised when you contiually agigate for just your own cause at the expense of others..just look at the foresight of Amaechi and Okorocha!!

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  24. Ladun u hv alot of sad yoruba blog visitors. .. gosh

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    1. Look no1 is sad, just plain truth. but i think ibo are big loosers in this 2015 elections sha. Chai !!!

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  25. Thank you etcetera, the problem the Igbo manhas is that they're victim of envy, people are scared because the Igbo man is brave, enterprising and cosmopolitan that's why you see them every where.
    I guess I ran off Olu@atlanta, the fake atlanta guy he would've releasing adrenaline. Tribalist Olu, who is driving other people out of Lagos while he attaches Atlanta another man's land to his ID and drag it along.

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    1. Noone is envious of u stop deceiving urslves pple r scared becos no1 trusts ur motives we. Want free nd fair elections, yorubas nd even d so called northerners who u pride urslfs against, nd see d shameful wicked acts going on in rivers state who will ever take u guys seriously in Nigeria

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  26. igbo are not jews of africa they are also the industrious group of tribes who are also fighting amongst themselves. chinua achebe is ibo he is as great as wole soyinka and he did not steal take bribes pirate movies ritually kill. there are good in every people. hausa people are also diverse no use running them down, dont you have any friends from other tribes. I have benue jukun taraba yoruba igo imo state ibo enugu adamawa kebbi kaduna fulani friends. stop complaining etcetera

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  27. HAHAHHHA VERY STUPID WRITE UP AS USUAL, CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME IGBOS PLS GO AND DEVELOP YOUR STATE AND STOP FREE LOADING AND CALLING PEOPLES STATES NO MANS LAND.ITS SIMPLE GO BACK THATS WHAT THE JEWS DID SO WE ARE BEGING PLS LEAVE LAGOS AND GO HOME

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  28. This man is such a fool. Typical Igbo who all have the same take on history. FYI nobody marginalized the Igbos, if anything their stupidly did. B4 the war they virtual ran the federal civil service. When the foolishness called biafra overtook them, they all left for the east. They proclaimed, in their usual arrogace, that no group of Nigerians would be able to do what they were doing; that the Yorubas were lazy and without them the federal administration would collapse. Of course they left and the 'lazy' Yorubas filled the vacuum and took over. After the war, they returned but the Yorubas were well established and would, naturally, not vacate for them. Hence all the secret hatred and envy of the Yorubas and all the so-called marginalization. I am from the south south and I know the average south southerner cannot stand the Igbos. Instead of them to try and find our why almost every other group of Nigerians can't stand them, they console themselves with some fable about how much better than others they are! A white colonialist, who lived among the Igbos in the early years of the last century, had nothing positive to say about them either. He said they were the most wicked, selfishn and debased natives he had the misfortune to live with. This from a whiteman who had lived and worked with other Nigerians so he had a basis to compare. Ojukwu (same as other Igbo leaders) ran away when his war became too hot for him. He too had nothing flattering to say about the 'bravery' of his Igbo people, that was why he handed over to a south southerner - Gen Effiong. So you guys should give this nonsense a rest and stop trying to distort history in our lifetimes. Take a deep look at yourselves and stop blaming others for your plight. You are your worst enemies.

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    1. If they keep up this behaviour, very soon they will be minority group in Nigeria's politics...

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    2. They are already a minority, which is good.
      GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH.
      All i want is for them, igbos to get the fuck out of SW Nigeria.
      They are a threat to the goodwill of Yorubas. Imagine them, claiming Yoruba' heritage is no man' heritage. They all need to get the hell out.
      The earlier our politicians realize this, the better.

      olu@atlanta

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  29. truth be told, the group called IGBO are truly marginalized and are always victims from history. But they never learn from that history.maybe because of that history,intimidation , victimization and marginalization .the do not have a common front and very individualistic. i truly pity them and the Nigeria today have relegated them and with current political situation they may never be relevant.

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