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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

North: Igbo are not the problem

Written by Azuka Onwuka

Azuka Onwuka
The interview of Dr. Junaid Mohammed in The PUNCH of October 25, 2014, was typical of men of his ilk. Rather than strategize with like minds to find solutions for the problems of his community, he prefers the escapist route of blaming others. The summary of his interview is that: the Igbo are the cause of the problems of the North and Nigeria; they have cornered the economy; they have grabbed all the land in Abuja; they have stopped the progress of the North by blocking all other airlines from the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; they are for sale and can be bought by even the devil, and that is why they are supporting President Goodluck Jonathan; the North has been too good to the Igbo, but the Igbo have been too bad to the North; the Igbo were the architects of their killing in the North; his invitation by the DSS for making inciting statements was orchestrated by the Igbo; the Boko Haram insurgency is sponsored by the Igbo and the Ijaw, led by President Jonathan; and in his own words, if some people think that his holding such strong views against the Igbo and using strong language against them make him a tribalist, "they can burn to ashes and go to hell."

One wonders what a youth can learn from this so-called "Dr" who seethes with bitterness and frustration, and spews hate against other ethnic groups. It is such propaganda about the Igbo being the problem of the North that would make some Northern youths, protesting an unsavoury cartoon published in far away Denmark, to end up killing the Igbo in the North and setting their property ablaze. It makes you wonder, what is the connection between Denmark and the Igbo? Maybe, the Danes are Igbo who migrated from Africa, or Igbo are Danes who migrated from Europe! The only reason you can find for that is that mischief-makers and hate-mongers like Mohammed make it their job to constantly spread such hate messages among the common people that the cause of their plight are the Igbo.

Ordinarily, the high road would be to ignore Mohammed and his "facts," but the danger in so doing is that many commentators already believe his falsehood as truth. First of all, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala did not become the finance minister and coordinating minister of the economy because she is Igbo. President Jonathan made it clear that getting her was a big deal. He said during one of his media chats on TV that other African heads of state asked him how he was able to get her to accept the post. Before Jonathan, President Olusegun Obasanjo had made her the finance minister.

In April 2013, the then Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano in Northern Nigeria, explained some of the financial sector appointments thus: "I was the one who came to Washington DC and got in touch with Mustapher Chike-Obi who was in New York to come and head AMCON. I took it upon myself to search for him because when we were at Kings College, Lagos he was one of the most brilliant chaps that school has ever produced, and while at Goldman Sachs, he excelled. He is world-class, so I decided to bring him back to use his wealth of experience in investment banking to serve his fatherland. Ngozi has nothing to do with this. On Kingsley Muoghalu, who is one of my deputies at the CBN, I also went to London to poach him. The guy is good. He knows his onions, and I don't care which part of Nigeria he comes from. This was done even before Ngozi joined the government. So, how can she be responsible for this?"

Also, Ms. Arunma Oteh was appointed the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission by President Umaru Yar'Adua in July 2009. The Senate confirmed her and she resumed in January 2010. Again, Mr. Oscar Onyema became the CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on April 4, 2011. However, Okonjo-Iweala assumed office on July 11, 2011. So, she was still at the World Bank when the duo assumed office.

Furthermore, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria is not a government organisation. Just like the Nigerian Medical Association or the Nigerian Bar Association, members elect their president. The current president is Dr Frank Jacobs, who took over from Chief Kola Jamodu last month. Before Jamodu, Alhaji Bashir Borodo was the president. Likewise, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group is a non-partisan private-sector organisation. The chairman of the governing board is Mr. Foluso Phillips, a Yoruba, while the vice-chairman is Mr. Kyari A. Bukar, a Northerner. Its director general, who is third in hierarchy, is Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr, an Igbo who took over from Mr. Kyari Abba Bukar, a Northerner.

It is said that those who live in a glass house should not throw stones. Now, let us look at some interesting statistics. Since 2011, except for the President, the top four positions in the nation are occupied by Northerners: Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark; Speaker Aminu Tambuwal; Chief Justice of Nigeria Aloma Mukhtar.

Since 1987, no Southerner has been the Chief Justice of Nigeria. No Igbo person has ever been the CJN in our history. The CJNs since 1987 are: Mohammed Bello, 1987-1995; Muhammad Uwais, 1995-2006; Salihu Belgore, 2006-2007; Idris Kutigi, 2007-2009; Aloysius Katsina-Alu, 2009-2011; Dahiru Musdapher, 2011-2012; Aloma Mukhtar, 2012-today. The current CJN is scheduled to retire on November 20, 2014, and already a Northerner (Justice Mahmud Mohammed) has been named by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to succeed her.

In security, the Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd.), is a Northerner. The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, is a Northerner. The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), is a Northerner. The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, is also a Northerner. Yet, nobody complains.
In addition, the past three IGPs (Messrs Hafiz Ringim, Mohammed Abubakar, and the current holder of that office, Suleiman Abba) are all Northerners. Just imagine if they were Igbo, Yoruba or Ijaw. Men like Mohammed would have brought down "hell".

Moreover, when Yar'Adua was President, he appointed two Northerners, back-to-back, as the finance ministers (Shamsuddeen Usman and Mansur Muhtar). At the same time, he appointed Mohammed Daggash as the Minister of National Planning. He also appointed Mallam Sanusi the CBN Governor. The DG of the NESG then was also a Northerner. The sky did not fall. Mohammed did not call Northerners names for "cornering the economy."

On the issue of land-grabbing, I have never seen any modern city where land is grabbed by might. No Igbo has been the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory or the President of Nigeria since Abuja was made the FCT, to have given Igbo undue advantage in the allocation of FCT lands. When Mallam Nasir el-Rufai was the Minister of the FCT, he stated that 67 per cent of Abuja lands were owned by Igbo, even though they were not originally allocated to them. What it means is that some favoured people got the allocations cheaply and sold them at high rates to the highest bidders. The Igbo are investment-oriented. They know that property is a great asset, especially in big cities. The Igbo are also proud. They don't like landlords to lord it over them and make them cringe for fear of eviction or rent increase. So, they buy property wherever they live. Even in Igbo cities like Onitsha, Aba, Owerri, Enugu, Nnewi, it is the same story. That is why prime property in Nnewi is more expensive than prime property in many state capitals in Nigeria. Onitsha and Aba are a different story altogether. Like every item available for sale, property is available in all parts of the world. Let Mohammed use money and grab as much as he can.

Men like Mohammed should purge themselves of ethnic hate and mental laziness and rise to contribute their quota to the development of their environment like Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group and Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group are doing. There is too much work to be done in all parts of Nigeria that nobody should have any time for hate and buck-passing.

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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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