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Monday, June 16, 2014

Has modern man relapsed to primitive savagery?

Written by Luke Onyekakeyah

WHEN the ancient Hebrew prophet, Jeremiah (647 BC) said that the heart of man is desperately wicked; who can know it, (Jeremiah 17:9), he rightly stated what many people don't know; the fact that man, left on his own, is a depraved creature that could perpetrate evil, bizarre and monstrous acts. This does not negate the fact that man is also good. Man was created good but wickedness crept into his mind somewhere along the line and corrupted what otherwise would have been the cynosure of all creation.

Jeremiah must have been agitated by the savagery and wickedness that pervaded his time. He witnessed torture, murders and brutality meted by the invading Babylonian army on Jerusalem. Being in constant friction with the authorities for speaking against evil, he was accused of treason. Arrested and convicted, he was tied with rope and thrown into a dry well to die. By divine intervention, through one man, he was later pulled out and sent into exile to Egypt.

Jeremiah was not alone in attesting to the inherent wickedness of man. The ancient Greek philosopher and thinker, Aristotle (384-322 BC) also wrote that man is wicked and should be treated as such. The two men lived many centuries apart but had similar experience in human wickedness.
History is replete with all manner of savagery including cannibalism, slaughters, burning at stake or roasting people alive in blazing furnace, crucifixion, and other human atrocities committed by men against fellow men. The Rwanda genocide of 1994, in which Hutu militias massacred between 500,000 and one million Tutsis in just 100 days was, perhaps, the most atrocious mass murder in contemporary times. The two World Wars, innumerable wars between nations, the Hiroshima atomic bombs that snuffed life out of thousands and rendered millions debilitated, the crusades, the jihads and the inquisitions have gory accounts of savagery and human wickedness.

Today, savage rape, murder, torture and genocide is taking place in Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, DR Congo and Nigeria, among others. There are few countries on earth that have not been involved in primitive savagery against a section of humanity. The decent to savagery is growing by the day. And this is worrisome.
I have been aroused to delve into this subject because of recent happenings in Nigeria, Sudan, India and Pakistan. The incidents, grave and shocking, as they are incomprehensible, show that modern man has unwittingly relapsed into primitive savagery from where he emerged many centuries ago. Modern savagery is monumental compared to what happened in the past.

For instance, on April 14, 2014, Boko Haram insurgents battling the Nigerian state stormed Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State and abducted about 300 students (all girls), from their dormitory to an unknown destination. The girls, who were in school for their final examinations, have not been seen ever since. About three weeks later, Boko Haram provoked the world when they released a video showing the girls seated on bare ground in a forest, all clad in Muslim hijab, reciting the Koranic chants. The incident has fired global outrage, forcing America, Britain, France, China and Israel to rally round Nigeria to look for the girls. The question is: what evil did the innocent schoolgirls commit to warrant the trauma and torture they have been subjected to all this while?

Second is the Sudanese case which seems like a story from a primitive barbarian community. Reports say a Sudanese pregnant woman, Meriam Ibrahim, was sentenced to death for alleged apostasy for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani, against Islamic injunction. The heavily pregnant woman, who gave birth last week to a baby girl, was kept in chains. Her husband told a British newspaper, The Telegraph, that his wife gave birth with her legs shackled! This is shocking and unbelievable. The Igbo say an adult does not stay at home and a goat delivers in tether. That means even lower animals that are usually tethered have respect and dignity and are released at the point of giving birth. Keeping Meriam Ibrahim in chains while going through the pangs of child birth is subhuman and barbaric. I don't think that even primitive cultures ever did that under any circumstance.

The Indian horror is another incident that shook humanity. The story has it that two innocent teenage girls (14 and 16 years old), were gang-raped and hanged in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Badaun District, northern India. The girls' offence was that they went to a nearby open plot to relieve themselves at sunset, a practice that is normal in the blighted community that has no private or public toilets. The girls were discovered in the morning, hanging on a tree! These incidents are said to be commonplace in the area, putting women in constant danger.
And in neighbouring Pakistan, a similar barbaric incident took place. A young pregnant woman, Farzana Parveen, was reportedly stoned to death in broad daylight in front of a Lahore court by her own relatives who were furious that she married against their wishes. Her husband told the BBC that police simply stood by during the attack. Though, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif described the incident as "totally unacceptable" and ordered a full investigation, the truth is that this is a cultural practice that sends thousands of women to their early graves or into forced marriages. How is the Prime Minister going to contain this savagery?

It is obvious that modern man has descended into primitive savagery at a scale never experienced before. History has documented 10 little known most barbaric men who ever lived. The men were Lope de Aquirre (madman of El Dorado), Fernando Alveres de Toledo (3rd Duke of Alba), Antipope Clement VII, Basil the Bulgar Slayer and Talat Pasha. The others were Lothar von Trotha, Tomasde Torqumada, Godfrey of Buillon, Sawney Beane and Gilles de Raise. The history of these men is a history of genocide, serial killings, rape, torture, incestuous living, and morbid bizarre acts of monstrous dimension. These men rank with African tyrants such as Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (DR Congo) and Jean-Bedel Bokasa of Central African Republic (CAR). Hitler's holocaust, which saw the suffocation of six million Jews in gas chambers during World War II under the Nazis, is epochal and remains a classical case of savagery against a section of humanity by a supposedly modern man.
It was because of such men that Jeremiah once questioned God as to why He seems to have planted wicked and dishonest men and allowed them to prosper while the righteous suffer. (Jeremiah 12: 1-2). What an irony? But is God really responsible for mankind's wickedness? The answer is capital NO. Man's freedom, greed and selfish desires are at the root of human wickedness.

William Golden in his famous book Lord of the Flies, laments that man is an ignoble savage. He said that man is irrational, brutal, weak, silly, and unable to be objective about anything where his own interests are involved. He concludes by saying, "I'm interested in the brutal and violent nature of man because it's a true picture of him. And any attempt to create social institutions on a false view of the nature of man is probably doomed to failure".
Jamie Frater noted that such men are corrupt in nature and will do everything within their power to kill anyone to get what they want and often for sheer enjoyment. He says they personify the word "bloodthirsty" and at times share traits with the most savage beasts. He says that these men prove that humans aren't so different from animals. That man has natural inclination to do evil is not in doubt.

From that angle, what we call civilization is a farce. As a matter of fact, civilization has become dangerous and is the root of modern savagery that employs weapons of mass destruction. What we call modernity is a figment of our imagination. Our technological advancement has not removed the ancient gene that flowed though our forbearers. The difference is that we're better equipped to commit evil than the early man. We can move faster, see farer and clearer. Rather than these developments helping us to improve the lot of mankind, they have turned out to be instruments of domination, discrimination, torture and annihilation.

From the foregoing, it is obvious that the savage gene that flowed through our primitive ancestors is very much alive in all of us. Burnham and Phelan called it mean genes. Without a deliberate attempt to tame it, these genes could be destructive. They have the capacity to control any man no matter his status. This ancient living particle inside all of us engineers the savagery being perpetrated around the world. We need a new civilization that is founded on love and peace without weapons. We need a demilitarized world. Only then can we claim to be civilized modern man. 

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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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