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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are Igbos really foolish?

Written by Clement Udegbe, a legal practitioner, Lagos Nigeria
Dr Junaid Mohammed,a member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic and currently coordinates the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen. He treats other zones of Nigeria with little respect, and obviously cannot hide his hatred and disregard for Ndigbo of the South East Nigeria.
In the Punch Newspaper of September 12, 2014, he described the just concluded National Confab as a waste of time, and that it achieved nothing, and argued that the agenda of the different regions of the South failed.
According to him: Those who wanted to use the result of the conference for their own political good, like Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party have failed woefully; the Igbo wanted to use the conference to achieve their demented agenda of equality or parity between the North-West and the South-East.
In his words: “If you are to use a serious map that is scientifically based, to show respective areas where you show the North-West as the palm of a hand, the South-East will only be a dot”.
Continuing, he said: The South-South request for resource control also failed; the recommendations of the Confab would not scale through the National Assembly that has Northerners in the majority; any of the presidential candidates in 2015 election who commits to maintaining the current revenue allocation formula would not win; anybody who commits himself to maintain the preponderance of the Igbo in all our financial agencies, ministries and department will also not win the next election; Goodluck Jonathan has already started boasting that he has given the Igbo more than anybody in the past, for that alone he will not win the next election. If he rigs it, there will be mayhem.
Dr. Mohammed has said it all; he should be held responsible for any bloodshed after the 2015 elections. He must be coming from a school of thought that believes Northern Nigeria must always produce the President and the heads of all Federal Government ministries and agencies in Nigeria.No wonder Northerners are swarming the NNPC through which they milk Nigeria as their inheritance as given to them by Great Britain and exposed byAliyu Gwarzo.In their wisdom, their tribe is meant to reap where they have sown nothing, while denying the actual owners of the oil any benefits with the vehemence of a suicide bomber!They cannot stand women in powerful positions as we have them now.
For the likes of Dr. Mohammed and his brother Murtala Nyako, GEJ is an Igbo man; how unfortunate!
A great beneficiary of the years of Northern rule of Nigeria, Dr Mohammed needs our sympathy and understanding because the tide in the affairs of Nigeria has continued to change as ordained by God who created the heaven and the earth. The refusal of any mortal to accept the will of this sovereign God over this nation is rebellion against God, and the consequences include destruction. God will judge that, and He does not fail.
Dr. Junaid Mohammed was reported recently as calling Igbos selfish and shameless in an interview published on the Hope for Nigeria website. I do not blame him. He is saying it as he sees the Igbo man. There are reasons to think that the Igbo man is selfish and foolish, I mean very foolish! After all, an Igbo Proverb, says that the madman knows what he does, but may not know why he does those things. Dr. Junaid may not know why he is saying the things he said, as a matter fact.
Let us face it, here is a people who were massacred in the North of Nigeria in 1966.They were killed in hundreds of thousands which culminated in a three years civil war.
What did the Igbos do right after the war? They quickly ran back to the same spots where they were killed in 1966 and re-established businesses in a bid to survive the hunger from the war.
They remained in those states,built houses, estates, hotels, and expanded the economy of their erstwhile killers! Some have children born in such places who can’t speak Igbo language!Is it wise to think that your enemy will love you because you came back to make money? No man will hate your father and turn round to love you! Igbos know this too well, but refuse to change, it is shocking!I was in the war, as a young boy, in the Biafra Organisation of Freedom Fighters,BOFF.
We were told then, that one way the Nigerian soldiers confirmed that an Igbo soldier was really dead was to shake a few coins noisily in his ears. If he did not move, then he is dead! This captured the greed or selfishness of an average Igbo man as perceived by Nigerians. This wrong notion may have accounted for the different attitude of some of us; the products of that training to money. We see money as the reason Igbos are insulted by every fool in Nigeria!
Since after that war, Igbos have succeeded most in working against themselves. First was the Onitsha sea port which the then Alhaji Shehu Shagari government wanted to build for Igbos, but ended up building that small canoe jetty in the name of seaport at Onitsha. Igbo sons were part of the deceit at that time, and it remains a scar on the conscience of those who betrayed their land by refusing to use that opportunity to give Igbo land a sea port.
When you demand for a seaport in Igbo land today, the Northern interests would get an Igbo professional to tell you that it cannot be done, forgetting that the United Arab Emirates built one of the biggest seaports in modern world today, in the desert! If these Igbo professionals that are being used are not fools, what will you call them? We know them, yet we clap when they vomit upon us!
ALL the military rulers since the civil war were from the North, and did not give Igbos the second Niger Bridge. The civilian government that followed ignored that need of the Igbos. President GEJ is the one who seems to appreciate this key need of the Igbo people and is working on it. Yet you find the Imo State Governor antagonising the President. The Governor claims that he fetes Chief Sam Mbakwe, but Mbakwe’s political strategies are completely lost on him.
Chief Mbakwe was the only opposition governor who got more for his people than even the NPN governors, because he simply was driven by the love for his people. Our governor preaches the gospel in government house, and celebrates when a Christian converts to Islam. What kind of evangelism is that? The Muslims know that they can confuse the selfish Igbo Christian, and that is why they despise Igbos so much. I just shudder at these things. It is as if the war never happened! Why won’t the Hausa- Fulani man despise Ndigbo when he knows that Igbos refused to learn from their own experiences?
After the war, Nigeria reduced all deposits by any Igbo man in the bank to 20 pounds only! It was an economic deprivation policy. Igbos lamented seriously but trudged on with life. Now, 44 years after that war, has the Igbo nation any plan to ensure the financial stability of their zone? No! Did they learn anything from that policy by Nigeria against them? No! Did they even try to build any bridges with their kith and kin? No! The result is that today, we have people in Rivers and Delta states of Nigeria who bear Igbo names, have Igbo traditional institutions and culture, but deny vehemently that they are Igbos because they do not want to associate with the Igbo man in order not to curry the displeasure of the likes of Dr. Junaid Mohammed who were in power. Since Igbo neighbours in Rivers and Delta states rejected Igbos to please their Northern bosses, should Igbos not plan as a people and stop fighting and blocking each other? No, not Ndigbo!
I have lived in Yoruba land since the past 34 years, and I keep hearing the words “Omo-Ibo” ‘Aje okuta ma mu omi’(meaning people who chew stones without drinking water), used in a rather derogatory manner by the Yorubas when addressing Igbo people. I have asked the offence of the Igbo man against Yorubas, and there was none, except that the Igbo came with nothing after the war, and are recovering the swampy lands in Lagos State, developing them and making immense contributions to their economy, while shamelessly abandoning his own land in the South East.
This is the Igbo man’s lot everywhere in Nigeria. He has ended up being trapped in confusion between his host states and his homeland. The result is that in spite of the huge investments by Igbos in other zones, they have this fear that one day they will be asked to go home to Igbo land, yet they have strangely done nothing to make the Igbo land a place of pride in Nigeria for themselves and their generations unborn.
Under the late General Sani Abacha as Head of State, the Catholic Pontif visited Nigeria and Igbo land. An international airport and a university were to be built in honour of the late Michael Tansi. That airport project was scuttled because Igbo sons in transport business killed it. Today, Igbos drive to Asaba in Delta State to board planes to go wherever. How wise have they become in this one?
Ten years after the end of the war by 1980, they started killing Igbos again selectively in Kano; they called it Maitatsine riots. The Northerners told Igbos not to worry, and Igbos listened to them and accepted their situation. Some Igbo men joined in shouting that nothing happened.
But soon after, the hatred which started because the average Igbo man is a Christian and the average Northerner, a Muslim spread across the North and in Plateau State; they started burning churches, killing Igbos and others as well. Nothing happened and the killings have continued till date.
Has the Igbo moved or relocated? No! Does the Igbo man have any plan to stem the imminent Jihad that Boko Haram is promising to unleash on their religion? No! Do they even accept that the war is about their religion? Has the South Eastern Governors produced any plan to assist their peoples displaced from the North? Nothing like that!
Can anyone really blame the likes of Junaid Mohammed for telling them the truth? Every now and then, you find some misguided Northerners insulting Igbos and no one responds because the Igbo man wants to protect his investments. While I appreciate the little wisdom in it, I refuse to accept that Igbos should take any kind of rubbish from these men for no just cause.
APC’s Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State was reported recently to have said that he endorses a Jihad in Nigeria. Jihad means the eradication of all other forms of religion by the use of force. That is APC talking; yet some Igbo governors and sons are busy dancing the shameless dance of death around APC!
Sheik Ahmad Gumi has just written open letters, and followed it up with press interviews in which he urged GEJ and Buhari not to contest, in the 2015 elections. His major reason is that Buhari’s many followers have been brainwashed that he will become the next President, such that they will take to committing mayhem should Buhari lose.
Sheik Gumi’s argument cannot stand, because it is certain that in any free, fair and transparent elections, GEJ will defeat Buhari, any day. It appears therefore that they are laying the foundations to target the Igbos and non-Muslims should they lose the elections of 2015. The prime targets, the Igbo people, will refuse as usual to read this handwriting on the wall!
WE have some dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria, and their group influence and power run through most national enterprises, from sports, music, entertainment, education and academics, to raw politics. The ethnic groups are mainly the Yoruba of the South West; the Tiv, the Idoma and some tribes around Plateau State which make up the Middle Belt; the Hausa-Fulani in the North; the Ijaw, Urhobo, Itsekiri, Isoko, Efik, Kalabari, etc, of the oil-rich South-South; and the Igbo people of the South East of Nigeria.
Ethnicity is a force that could have been used to pull Nigeria to her very highest, but its negative application has remained the undoing of this country, with all the great potentials we carry. Bad application of ethnicity has been responsible for the somersaults we see in our performance in the areas of football, management of the national oil wealth, politics and now the effectiveness of our security forces.
The efforts by ethnic individuals to establish equality and balance among the ethnic groups in Nigeria in everything, and the silent fight by the North to lord it over all other groups have so permeated the system that it will be naïve of any person not to think of ethnic impacts of any decision before making it at the national level today. Religion has not helped matters at all; it is the fusion of religion into national politics that has brought us to where we find ourselves today with a good portion of North East Nigeria controlled by a new caliphate of hatred, blood and gun called Boko Haram.
One ethnic group that has consistently failed to read religion into national matters is the Igbo people of the South East, and that has left them short changed as the key victims of most national political calculations.
The North, made up of the Hausa-Fulani and other tribes, can speak with one voice on any serious matter through the religion of Islam. The same applies to the Yoruba of the South West, where Muslims and Christians have managed to live harmoniously without rancor except for the recent reports from Osun State where the Governor reportedly expressed support for a Jihad. It remains to be seen whether that Jihad call will translate into a political fortune for the APC in Yorubaland in the future. Jihad is yet to be tested in Yoruba land and the APC, which is a direct product of OIC, will provide them that opportunity soon through their Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidential election in 2015. Christians in Yoruba land have a job to correct the dangerous trend.
The Middle Belt zone has been galvanized into one enviably formidable force, and is pointing the way to one Nigeria without the religious cleansing message from the core North. It has successfully survived turned the wickedness of the Fulani herds men and working to safeguard their future.
The South-South people are firm about having some measure of say on how their God-given oil wealth is shared and will resist any attempt by the core North to use political manipulation to cheat them. In fact, they are ready to employ the same creek-power determination that sustained their fight and struggle for resource over the years. It is, however, not clear how they will overcome the evil effects of religion in their midst, with the way and manner they are turning to Islam in hundreds by the day. The link between Islam and violence will remain their headache for some time to come.
The Igbo man of the South East appears to be the most naïve of all the ethnic groups. They seem to think that they are wiser than the rest by failing to form a strong political base like the other zones. The Igbo man started out with PPA as the Igbo party with the return to democratic rule in the late 1990s.Today the PPA is summarily dead. Then they started with APGA, and in spite of the promises the Igbo politicians made to the late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, who trusted the Igbo man so much and gave everything to see that that APGA survived; they have all abandoned APGA for their selfish, greedy and shameless political pursuits.
This could be because the Anambrarian thinks that he is the moneybag of the South East; the Imo man see himself as the eagle of the South East. The Abia man thinks that he is wiser than the rest put together; the Enugu man sees others as crude, while Ebonyi feels completely under- estimated by the rest.
The leaders of APGA, that party that once promised to give hope to the hopeless and voice to the voiceless Ndigbo, have looked the other way. And in less than four years of the death of Dim Ojukwu, they are shamelessly superintending the imminent demise of APGA without blinking an eye! If APGA loses its grip in Imo State in 2015,God forbid, what will people say of the Igbo man and political party management in Nigeria? The mistake, again, appears to be that the Igbo man still sees the political party as a means to an end, and that is money and power, which if not flowing must be abandoned; or that he sees the political party through the eye of a typical shop owner: if sales are not flowing from the shop, it must either be closed, relocated or both.
In Nigeria of today, party politics for the Igbo man should transcend power and money to cover our destiny because of who we are, where we have come from and where we must go in the face of untold onslaught from Islam.
I pray and hope that Igbo leaders will wake up to this reality and that Ndigbo will not become wise in Nigeria when it is too late.
God help us!

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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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