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Monday, August 13, 2012

Kidnappings in Igboland: What Traditional Rulers Must Know

Written By Ikechukwu Enyiagu,

Before the people of Israel were able to receive their first true king (according to the kingdom of men) from God, David, a man after God’s heart, they were under a traditional rule. What then was the setting of their traditional rulership? How were they able to hold to the norms which made them integrated, focused and unique? It was the fear of their God who gave them principles for life and for living. Every kingdom which must be confident and focused, even in the face of extinction, must be founded and rooted in The Light of our presence here. God is that light, whatever science or atheists say notwithstanding. The first king who came about through men’s agitations (in response to what they saw of other nations who had no grounded principles for life and for living), Saul, brought about many woes in Israel because the fall and failures of a king is a communion which everyone under the kingdom must partake of. Saul fell, not because he had no “good intentions” for the people; no, he fell because he failed to see that the laws of God are the laws for live and for true living. He failed to understand why the potter would care more for the works of his hands than a bigger pottery in which other potteries may be kept for safety by the potter himself. This is the failure of our rulers – starting from those saddled with keeping and propagating traditional norms to those who preach our Lord Jesus Christ, and now to the Sauls in politics today all over Igboland. They believe they care more than the creator of life who had said, “Love your neighbor as yourself!” 

The traditional rulers are our today’s bridge between our ancestral heritage and our ignorant posterity. Their position is the position of passage: passing what was, to become the norms of the now, until our generations in the future come to take their place and continue the legacy. Before the Westerners came with Christianity, Western education and Human Rights, our fathers, the Igbo, had already established a dim form of democracy. This explains the term, “Igbo Enwe Eze” which, far from meaning that the Igbo have no king, actually means that every true leadership must be bent on being beneficial, both for the people of the now and for posterity – in agreement with Ọha. The Igbo have always had kings, surrounded by council of elders who, after deliberation, comes up with a singular voice which the king will now represent. In those days, abomination is called Arụ, and is treated as such. Not even the king dares allow an abomination to thrive, less it flushes him and his lineage out of the throne because Ofụ mkpụrụ aka rụta mmanụ, ozuo ọha. 

What has happened with our traditional pride and norms? The answer is “the burden of a One-Nigeria” on the Igbo. The government, in doing everything to frustrate the peoples’ root and self-image, removed the divine powers of the traditional rulers and made them crowned sycophants. However, these rulers, if they truly know their position and duly represent it, know that no government institutions can utterly remove divine powers because it comes from the spirit of the land and of the people. This is where you, the rulers, are not free from culpability. Therefore, I address you regarding your children and regarding the kidnappings with which they have invaded your Obi and toppled your sacred crowns, knowing fully well that no Igbo son would dare commit such sacrilege (even for money or fame) unless he has lost faith in the values of the traditional rulers of our time.

The slave trading in the days of ignorance,  when our people dealt in making slaves from amongst us, was often carried out on people considered to be lazy for farm works and only fit for either the “White man’s education” or as a slave so as to teach them, in a difficult way, to be manly. Amongst other reasons why our people shamelessly but ignorantly indulged in this (like so many men of the earth) was a situation where a debtor was not able to redeem his financial debt. But, thanks to the message which came through Christianity; the rights for all to live were reawakened and the slave business lost fashion. Then came the genocide of the 60s which was carried out by the Nigerian government against all Igbo. What followed the defeat of Biafra of the then (because we have always been Biafrans, even before the Biafran Independence declaration in the May of 1967) was a psychological defeat which results against Ndigbo are everywhere today and still ravages Anigbo. Gowon, Awolowo, the Northern oligarchy and a few cowards in our midst who sold their generations only for the pleasure of being recognized amongst those who hate us, plundered not only the Igbo resources but the Igbo spirit.
It’s been over 40 years since Nigeria carried out genocidal crimes against our traditional homeland and desecrated our norms, values and self-recognition, yet the structures set by the then Gowon-led government to keep the Igbo down have survived to date solely because those, the traditional rulers, who had the ultimate rights to our “Ọffọ na Ogu” lost focus and doubted the power of their thrones. They refused to wake up, and so, those they thus lead in sleep went ahead of them to snore and to slumber. That sleep and slumber drove the enemy, once again, right into our Obis. Worse still, it made our children slave masters who now have mastered the art of making slaves of our traditional rulers. The question then is: why did the Igbo spirit allow the Igbo to degenerate to where we are today? I provide a few answers below:
1.       Our traditional rulers and the custodians of our integral values have left their posts. They are now political job-hunters in traditional attires and wearing kings’ crowns.
2.       Our traditional rulers have forsaken both our ancestral heritage and their sworn purpose to assure an informed posterity.
3.       Although the governors and politicians of the day have been made to have power over our traditional rulers, in every sense, these politicians came from traditional enclaves in Igboland but had no recourse to their root, purpose and focus. Therefore, they have continued to fail because the custodians of the land were sleeping.
4.       Our traditional leaders forgot that their leadership has more of a divine source than a government source, and therefore, should be more productive than in wearing the garments of the government of any day.
5.       The loss of direction, the sleep and silence of our traditional rulers produced Igbo children with no collective focus; Igbo children who have run even into the very door of their enemies to make their safest abode.
6.       As these leaders sleep and snore while their children, subjects and posterity are continually endangered, their children took recourse to vile and violent means to demonstrate their hopelessness and lack of trust of every Igbo leadership. All men went their ways and Igbo lost their king. Yet no one has ever successfully replaced God, our true king. 
7. Today, as our children kidnap our leaders and make every unthinkable demand, it could be that the Igbo spirit will yet use this opportunity to awaken our traditional rulers to their core duties. 

Finally, I would have our traditional rulers know that, their continued silence could injure the Igbo-consciousness the more and could bring about the loss of the Igbo in books of the great nations of which we were ordained as one. Yet they and their lineage may not be spared for their failures and neglect. I, therefore, humbly advice that it’s high time our traditional rulers woke up from their sleep and look at their children to ascertain and meet their demands which is nothing else but the realization of self-worth and the return to our root, the Igbo-consciousness. Ndi Eze, please, go back to our Chi-Ukwu, to Chineke, and understand that He desires the freedom of His children and an unsoiled seed for His posterity. Our youths must be reached in every way possible. Today, as all indications show, the Igbo is no longer a part of the political Nigeria, which only gives voice to prove that our place was not ordained to be in Nigeria. This the Igbo spirit reveals even through the ever-declining happenings in our Igbo society. You ask me if removing ourselves from Nigeria would bring back the true Igbo; I say, yes! The youths have been marginalized, disenfranchised, denied of an equal competing stand, and of their future in the One-Nigeria, and these denials have produced Igbo leaders who no longer know why they lead the Igbo. Bring yourselves together, carry out your findings and understand that the only message your children have revealed clearly today through many ways is that Nigeria chokes the Igbo spirit. Boko Haram did not come because the children of the Northern oligarchy were denied their place; No, they came because they are fighting, in agreement with their traditional, religious and political fathers, to remain the rulers and the dominion of Nigeria and the Igbo, as Ahmadu Bellow once said, “…We use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future”.  Until and unless the cries of the Igbo children are considered, starting from our traditional rulers who are the custodians of our values and origin, our children may progress from kidnapping our traditional rulers to burning our traditional places. And when these increase, both the helpers of these custodians of traditions, the religious and political rulers, will no longer find safety in their sources of safety. You then ask me if this progress is a true progress. My answer: Set your children free from the curse of Nigeria!

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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