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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Why crises persist in Nigeria

By Godwin Ndubuisi Aleke
Aleke writes from Lagos

Majority of us agree that things are not working well in our country. We are not just realizing this; we know it and have been singing it.
We can only disagree on its origin and its causes. I make bold to say that the cause of our problem is the lack of "intellectuals" at the topmost echelon of our leadership. Even this, so many of us will disagree on.
The notion "intellectual" on its own is confusing. Intelligence lacks absolutism - implying, that while we can compare the intelligence level of two individuals and assess one of being higher than the other; to call a single entity of being intelligent amounts to saying little.

In absolute sense, the only intelligent being, is one who understands the whole of creation, whom we have learned to call the creator, the almighty, Allah, God, etc., depending on our faith.
All others can only be assessed in comparison to their closeness to absolute intelligence; also our well-off elites will never agree that the deprived is of more intelligence. Said in a better way: our present problem as a nation exists in its magnitude, because Nigeria has evolved beyond its present leaders.
By this, I mean those who are presently in control of the instruments of power in all its manifestations) and the system they imposed on us. Discussing this leadership and their system will make volumes.
Needless to say, that the present system is an evolution of colonialism, where government exists purely as a "masquerade" for controlling the masses who are supposed to be largely un-informed.
In this system, the tools for controlling the state (the police and armed forces) are organized as private enterprises of Colonialist/President/Governor etc.

As such, the state apparatuses are organised, to the extent that government responsibilities are dispensed like kings' patronages, where the King's does favour to whom he desires.
The largely ignorant masses have no option than to worship and desire favours from the Master - Colonialist/President/Governor. This system worked well with ignorant masses who hardly understand the workings of government. It worked well for a master dictating to his conquered servants.
The system basically exists by extending undeserved favours to the enlightened that have the capacity to challenge it; and when the enlightened were in minority, the resources of the state (in terms of positions and finance) would go round, giving fewer grounds for squabbles and disagreements.

In this system, the elites basically share the resources of the state in neglect of the people; and this is the foundation of corruption. Unfortunately, ours today, is a world of global village; where a boy in the remotest village can gain access to the BBC, Aljazeera, CNN and VOA networks and the vast array of information on the web. It is a world, where that little boy is aware of what is happening in the most civilized part of the globe.
Also, as is inherent in human nature, the curiosity in us has enabled all of us to want to be like the elites. With this urge, a great percentage of Nigerians have thrown away our naivety and want to "enjoy" in the manners the elites do.

These caused the escalation of corruption and irresponsibility down to the tiniest unit of our nation. We are all in a race to secure "life enjoyment" through cutting corners; a norm adopted from our lording elites. Firstly, it was an elite thing. But you cannot fool the people forever. We have read in-between the lines of the "elites' thing".
Now that we have all learnt how to be "smart", the centre cannot hold. So, for us to co-exist peacefully as a nation, a different system must evolve; a system that can satisfy enough of our people, to reduce the tension in the land arising from the squabble for power as a means for better life. Such system must neutralize all our acquired "smartness".
It is either we do this consciously, or we allow nature to do that for us, in its crude ways. There are no shortcuts; and there must be no fooling around.
It is great self-deception when stinkingly corrupt and dirty elites preach otherwise to the masses, pretending to be fixing a failing nation. Students of history are familiar with this: Our world is in a continuous evolution.
There are times when accidents of history drive humanity backward on the interim; but man's and nature's evolution is largely progressive. Backward systems always give way to better systems. That was how man overcame anarchy, subsistence living, slavery, trade by batter, etc. Karl Marx, after investing all his life in the study of this came up with "Socialism" or "Communism" as the end of our socio-economic evolution.

I may not be informed enough to make a good criticism, either in support or against Marx theorem, but my take is that better systems evolve to replace old system, whenever the old system can no more guarantee the peace and well being of the people. History abounds where these nature's transformation were helped by men who can read the signs of the future. Same also abound where men refused to accept the fate of nature until they were compelled to.

The compulsion and its concomitant effects is never a sweet tale. It comes in sweat and blood. No one can stop it; it is difficult to control once allowed to take off, in its crudest of form. Like I have said, a study of our largely forgotten history (a history the Europeans has rewritten to suite their taste in an attempt to stamp our inferiority and enshrine our servitude), the history of all other nations of the earth, have proved that the transformation from one system to another, if not well managed, comes at great cost to life and properties. And like every force of nature, these transformations can only be delayed but can never be stopped. Our present system with its elites is a product of past historic transformation. A large percentage of the present day elites emerged from the slaves, outcaste and "never do wells" of yesteryears. 

A study of the emergence of these elites, especially among the Igbos and the minorities of both south and north, will reveal the above. I know the elites will want us never to believe this. We have heard stories of how their grandfathers and great-grand-fathers were men of extra human behavior who were gifted better than their peers. But we know better as students of history; as people that have had ears close to the ground, and as those that heard the authentic stories from our grannies (I gave kudos to Chinua Achebe as a good disciple of learning from grannies). The elites of the old, lost it because of comfort and its inherent evil, as same history have proved to us. I do not intend to illustrate how comfort and denials have played great roles in the evolution of races, nations, societies and the power equations between their members. But I am convinced that the denials of the old produced the elites of today. I am therefore confident that the comforts of today and the denials of today will give rise to our elites of tomorrow. Needless to say, that our world is an interesting one. Back in the 1960s, we had a civil war borne out of the struggle for power by the then emerging elites, in an unfair system of government built by a departing colonial master. This followed by relative peace and development because the resources were enough to satisfy the immediate greed of the few elites; in particular with the relative educational backwardness of the North, who captured power after the war. The massive emancipation of the people, thanks to missionary schools and the effects of a global village world; the gradual assimilation of the rebelling elites from the East, the large numbers of university graduates coming from the West, East and the minorities; means exploding number of elites squaring to share limited resources. 

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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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