The Bitter Truth About The Igbo By Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode
By Femi Fani-Kayode

Permit me to make my second and final contribution to the raging debate about Lagos, who owns it and the seemingly endless tensions that exist between the igbo and the yoruba. It is amazing how one or two of the numerous nationalities that make up Nigeria secretly wish that they were yoruba and consistently lay claim to Lagos as being partly theirs. Have they forgotten where they came from?

I have never heard of a yoruba wanting to give the impression to the world that he is an igbo, an ijaw, an efik or a hausa-fulani  or claiming that he is a co-owner of Port Harcourt, Enugu, Calabar, Kano or Kaduna. Yet more often than not some of those that are not of yoruba extraction but that have lived in Lagos for some part of their lives have tried to claim that they are bona fide Lagosians and honorary members of the yoruba race. Clearly it is time for us to answer the nationality question. These matters have to be settled once and for all. Lagos and the south west are the land and the patrimony of the yoruba and we will not allow anyone, no matter how fond of them we may be, to take it away from us or share it with us in the name of ''being nice'', ''patriotism'', ''one Nigeria'' or anything else. The day that the yoruba are allowed to lay claim to exactly the same rights and privilages that the indegenous people in non-yoruba states and zones enjoy and the day they can operate freely and become commissioners and governors in the Niger Delta states, the north, the Middle Belt and the south-east we may reconsider our position. But up until then we shall not do so. Lagos is not a ''no-man's land'' but the land and heritage of the yoruba people. Others should not try to claim what is not theirs.

I am not involved in this debate for fun or for political gain and I am not participating in it to play politics but rather to speak the truth, to present the relevant historical facts to those that wish to learn and to educate the uninformed. That is why I write without fear or favour and that is why I intend to be thoroughly candid and brutally frank in this essay. And I am not too concerned or worried about what anyone may think or how they may feel about what I am about to say because I am a servant of truth and the truth must be told no matter how bitter it is and no matter whose ox is gored. That truth is as follows. The yoruba, more than any other nationality in this country in the last 100 years, have been far too accomodating and tolerant when it comes to their relationship with other nationalities in this country and this is often done to their own detriment. That is why some of our igbo brothers can make some of the sort of asinine remarks and contributions that a few of them  have been making in this debate both in the print media and in numerous social media portals and networks ever since Governor Fashola ''deported'' 19 igbo destitutes back to Anambra state a while ago.  In the last 80 years the igbo have been shown more generosity, accomodation, warmth and kindness and given more opportunities and leverage by the yoruba than they have been offered by ANY other ethnic group in Nigeria. This is a historical fact. The yoruba do not have any resentment for the igbo and we have allowed them to do in our land and our territory what they have never allowed us to do in theirs. This has been so for 80 long years and it is something that we are very proud of. As I said elsewhere recently, to be accomodating and generous is a mark of civilisation and it comes easily to people like the yoruba who once ruled empires. It does not come so easily to those who never had any history at all and who never even had monarchs or structured, properly-organised hierachial  societies that placed value on tradition and culture. The reason why many of our people take strong exception to the apparant outrage of the igbo over this ''deportation'' issue and the provocative comments of my friend and brother Chief Orji Uzor Kalu when he described Lagos as being a ''no man's land'' is because the igbo have not only taken us for granted but they have also taken liberty for licence.

We cannot be expected to tolerate or accept that sort of irreverant and unintelligent rubbish simply because we still happen to believe in ''one Nigeria'' and we will not sacrifice our rights or prostitute our principles on the alter of that ''one Nigeria''. Whether Nigeria is one or not, what is ours is ours and no-one should test our resolve or make any mistake about that. ''One Nigeria'' yes but no-one should spit in our faces or covet our land, our treasure, our success, our history, our virtues, our being and our heritage and attempt to claim those for themselves simply because we took them in on a rainy day. It is that same attitude of ''we own everything'', ''we must have everything'' and ''we must control everything'' that the igbo settlers manifested in the northern region in the late 50's and early and mid-60's that got them into so much trouble up there with the hausa fulani and that eventually led to the terrible pogroms where almost one hundred thousand of them were killed in just a few days. Again it is that same attitude that they manifested in Lagos and the Western Region in the late '30's and the early and mid-40's that alienated the yoruba from them, that led to the establishment of the Action Group in April, 1951 and that resulted in the narrow defeat of Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe in the Western Regional elections of December, 1951. As a matter of fact they were the ones that FIRST introduced tribalism into southern politics in 1945 with the unsavoury comments of Mr. Charles Dadi Onyeama who was a member of the Central Legislative Council representing Enugu and who said at the Igbo State Union address that ''the domination of Nigeria and Africa by the igbo is only a matter of time''. This single comment made in that explosive and historic speech did more damage to southern Nigerian unity than any other in the entire history of our country and everything changed from that moment on. To make matters worse, in July 1948 Chief Nnamdi  Azikiwe made his own openly tribal and incendiary speech, again at the Igbo State Union, in which he spoke about the ''god of the igbo'' eventually giving them the leadership of Nigeria and Africa. These careless and provocative words cost him dearly and put a nail in the coffin of the NCNC in the Western Region from that moment on. This was despite the fact that that same NCNC, which was easily the largest and most powerful political party in Nigeria at the time, had been founded and established by a great and illustrious son of the yoruba by the name of Mr. Herbert Macauly. Macauly, like most of the yoruba in his day, saw no tribe and he happily handed the leadership of the party over to Azikiwe, an igbo man, in 1945 when he was on his dying bed. How much more can the yoruba do than that when it comes to being blind to tribe? Can there be any greater evidence of our total lack of racial prejudice and tribal sentiments than that? If the NCNC had been founded and established by an igbo man would he have handed the whole thing over to a yoruba on his death bed? I doubt it very much.

Again when northern military officers mutineed, effected their ''revenge coup'' and went to kill the igbo military Head of State, General Aguiyi-Ironsi on July 29th 1966 in the old Western Region, his host, the yoruba Col. Fajuyi (who was military Governor of the Western Region at the time), insisted that they would have to kill him first before taking Aguiyi-Ironsi's life and the northern officers (led by Major T.Y. Danjuma as he then was)  promptly obliged him by slaughtering him before killing Aguiyi-Ironsi. How many igbos know about that and how many times in our history have they made such sacrifices for the yoruba? Would Aguiyi-Ironsi, or any other igbo officer, have stood for Fajuyi, or any other yoruba officer, and sacrificed his life for him in the same way that Fajuyi did had the roles been reversed? I doubt it very much. Yet instead of being grateful the Igbo continuously run us down, blame us for all their woes, envy our educational advantages and resent us deeply for our ability to excel in the professions and commerce. Unlike them we are not mere traders but we were (and still are) major industrialists and investors and when it comes to the professions we were producing lawyers, doctors, accountants and university graduates at least three generations before they ever did. That is the bitter truth and they have been trying to catch up with us ever since. For example the first yoruba lawyer Christopher Alexander Sapara Williams was called to the English Bar in 1879 whilst the first igbo lawyer, Sir Louis Mbanefo, was called to the English bar in 1937. Again the first yoruba medical practitioner, Dr. Nathaniel King, graduated in 1875 from the University of Edinburgh whilst the first igbo medical practitioner, Dr. Akannu Ibiam, graduated from another Scottish University in 1935.

Yet despite all this and all that they have been through over the years and despite their terrible  experiences in the civil war we are witnessing that same attitude of ''we must control all'', ''we must own all'' and ''we must have all'' rearing its ugly head again today when it comes to their attitude to the issue of the deportations from Lagos state and when you consider the comments of the Orji Kalu's of this world about the igbo supposedly ''owning Lagos'' with the yoruba and supposedly ''generating 55 per cent of the state's revenue''. It is most insulting. And I must say that it is wrong and unfair for anyone to lay the blame for the perenniel suspicion and underlying tensions that lie between the two nationalities on the yoruba because there is simply no evidence to substantiate such an allegation. We are not the problem, they are. Pray tell me, in the whole of Nigeria who treated the igbo better than the yoruba after the civil war and who gave them somewhere to run to where they could regain all their ''abandoned property'' and feel at home again? Who encouraged them to return to Lagos and the west and who saved the jobs that they held before the civil war for them to come back to when the war ended? No other tribe or nationality did all that for them in the country- only the yoruba did so. And the people of the old Mid-West and the Eastern minorities (who make up the zone that is collectively known as the ''south-south' today) have always viewed them with suspicion, have always feared them and have always resented them deeply. From the foregoing any objective observer can tell that we the yoruba have always played our part when it comes to accomodating others. This is particularly so when it comes to the igbo who we have always had a soft spot for and who we have always regarded as brothers and sisters. It is time that those ''others'' also play their part by acquiring a little more humility, by knowing and accepting their place in the scheme of things and by desisting from giving the impression that they own our territory or that they made us what we are.  

Now let us look at a few historical facts and one or two more igbo ''firsts' that many may not be familiar with to butress the point. The igbo people were the FIRST to carry out a failed coup on the night of Jan 15th, 1966 under the leadership of Major Emmanuel Ifejuna, Major Chukuma Kaduna  Nzeogwu, Major Christian Anuforo, Capt. Ben Gbulie, Major Timothy Onwatuegwu, Major Donatus Okafor, Capt. Ude, Capt. Emmanuel Nwobosi, Captain Udeaja, Lt. Okafor, Lt. Okocha, Lt. Anyafulu, Lt. Okaka, Lt. Ezedigbo, Lt. Amunchenwa,  Lt. Nwokedi, 2nd Lt. J.C. Ojukwu, 2nd Lt. Ngwuluka, 2nd Lt. Ejiofor, 2nd Lt. Egbikor, 2nd Lt. Igweze, 2nd Lt. Onyefuru, 2nd Lt. Nwokocha, 2nd Lt. Azubuogu and 2nd Lt. Nweke in which they drew FIRST blood and openly slaughtered and butchered leadiing politicians and army officers from EVERY single zone in the country except their own. I should also mention that even though this was clearly an igbo coup there was one yoruba officer who was amongst the ringleaders by the name of Major Adewale Ademoyega. It was a very bloody night indeed. Amongst those killed were the Prime Minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa, the Premier of the Western Region, Chief S.L. Akintola, the Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Federal Minister of Finance, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, Brigadier Zakari Maimalari, Brigadier Samuel Ademulegun, Colonel  Ralph Shodeinde, Lt . Colonel  James Yakubu Pam, Lt. Colonel Abogo Largema and numerous others. They did not just kill these reverred and respected leaders but in some cases they mocked, tortured and maimed them before doing so, took pictures of their dead and mutilated bodies and killed their wives and children as well. For weeks after these horrific acts were carried out the igbo people rejoiced and celebrated them in the streets and markets of the north, openly displaying pictures and posters of the Saurdana's mutilated body with Nzeogwu's boot on his neck, loudly playing a famous and deeply offensive anti-northern song in which northerners were compared to goats and listening to it on their radios, jubilating that they had brought an end to what they described as ''northern rule and islamic domination'' and openly boasting that they themselves would now ''rule Nigeria forever''. Though the first  coup failed the matter did not end there.

The very next day after the Jan.15th mutiny and butchery had failed and did noit result in Ifejuana taking power in Lagos, the igbo people set their ''plan B'' in motion and they were the FIRST to carry out a successful coup in Nigeria just one day later on Jan. 17th 1966. This was when the igbo Major-General J.T,U. Aguiyi-Ironsi (who was Supreme Commander of the Nigerian Army and who had inexplicably and suspiciously not been murdered by the young igbo officers in their violent mutiny and killing spree the night before) in collusion with the igbo Acting President Nwafor Orizu and the entire igbo political leadership of that day, invited the remnants of Sir Tafawa Balewa's cabinet to a closed door meeting, threatened their lives and took power from them at the point of a gun. Aguiyi-Ironsi did not just ask them to give him power but he took it from them by force by telling them that he could not guarantee their safety if they refused to do so. Meanwhile Orizu point blank refused to do his duty as Acting President and swear in Zana Bukar Dipcharimma as the Acting Prime Minster when the members of the cabinet and the British Ambassador (who was also at the meeting) implored him to do so since by that time there was a power vacuum because the Prime Minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa, had gone missing and had probably been murdered. It was in these very suspicious circumstances and as a consequence of this murky and deep-seated igbo conspiaracy that General Aguiyi-Ironsi came to power. Amongst those that were present at that famous ''meeting'' that are still alive today are Alhaji Maitama Sule, Chief Richard Akinjide and President Shehu Shagari who were all Ministers in Balewa's cabinet . Those that doubt the veracity of my account of this meeting would do well to ask any of them exactly what transpired during that encounter. Yet the seeming success of the conspiracy was short-lived. Only six months later, on July 29th 1966, General Aguiyi-Ironsi and no less than 300 igbo army officers reaped the consequences of their actions and plot when they were all slaughtered in just one night during the northern officers revenge coup which was led by Lt. Colonel Murtala Mohammed,  Major Abba Kyari, Captain Martins Adamu, Major T.Y. Danjuma, Major Musa Usman, Captain Joseph Garba, Captain Shittu Alao, Captain Baba Usman, Captain Gibson S.Jalo and Captain Shehu Musa Yar'adua  as they then were. Lt. Colonel Yakubu Gowon was put in power by this group after that and a few weeks later between September 29th 1966 and the middle of October of that same year approximately 50,000 igbo civilians were attacked and slaughtered in a series of horrendous pogroms in the north by violent northern mobs as a reprisal for the killing of the northern leaders, including Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saurdana of Sokoto, by Major Nzeogwu, Major Ifejuna and other junior igbo officers on the night of Jan. 15th 1966. Please note that despite the fact that a number of yoruba leaders were killed on that night as well no igbo civilians were massacred anywhere in the west by mobs in reprisal killings throughout that period.

The igbos understandably left the north in droves after those terrible pogroms and fled back to the east from whence they came. And perhaps that would have been the end of ithe story but for the fact that they also declared secession and sought to dismember Nigeria.  They then made their biggest mistake of all by provoking a full scale military conflict with Nigeria when they launched a vicious and unprovoked attack against the rest of the south by conscripting the eastern minorities , overwhelming  the Mid-West and attacking yorubaland in an attempt to capture and enslave it. Thankfully they were stopped in their tracks by the gallant efforts and courageous fighting skills of Colonel Benjamin Adekunle's Third Marine Commando (which was primarily a yoruba force) and who repulsed them, stopped them from entering the Western Region, drove them out  of the Mid-West, forced them back into the East, defeated them in battle after battle and eventually brought them down to their knees and forced them to surrender to the Federal forces in Enugu in 1969. The igbo and their Biafra fought Nigeria and killed Nigerians for 3 hard and long years in that brutal civil war in which over one million courageous, loyal and faithful sons and daughters of the Federal Republic lost their lives at the war front trying to stop the Biafrans from seceeding from the federaration, from taking our land and from  taking the minority groups of the Mid-Western Region and Eastern Region and our newly-discovered oil with them. Yet despite our massive casualties and the monuemental loss of life that the Federal side suffered (the Biafrans suffered too and also lost about 1 million of their own) the igbo people were welcomed back into Nigeria after the war with open arms. Yet it was only in yorubaland and especially in Lagos that they were given all their ''abandoned property'' back  and welcomed back as brothers and sisters without any reservations or suspicions whatsoever. Everywhere else in the country for many years they were denied, deprived, shunned, attacked, killed, discriminated against and humiliated but never in the southwest or Lagos.  It is the igbo people more than any other that have complained about marginalisation in Nigeria, forgetting that there is no other country in the world in which there was a major civil war and yet only 10 years after that war ended the losing side produced the Vice President for the whole country in a democratic election in 1979 in the distinguished person of Vice President Alex Ekwueme.

Some have described my submissions in this debate as being ''inflammatory'' and have claimed that I am ''not a true progressive'' for making them. I reject these labels and I wonder whether those people that conjured them up described the comments of my dear friend and brother Chief Orji Kalu as "inflammatory" and whether they labelled him as ''not being a true progressive" when he erroneously claimed that the igbo generated 55 per cent of the revenue and owned 55 per cent of businesses in Lagos and that they are effectively the owners of the state. Unlike most of those that are attempting to label me and brand me as a tribalist I know the history of Lagos and the yoruba very well. We will not let anyone poison the minds of our yoruba youth or dispossess them of their heritage by keeping silent when we witness the irresponsible and dishonest propagation of the most desperate and despicable form of historical revisionism that some igbo leaders are suddenly churning out. If anyone thinks that they can intimidate us into keeping quite when their leaders say such things then they will have the biggest shocker of their lives. We shall not be silenced and they shall not pass. Lagos and the yoruba generally have much stronger historical, cultural and trading ties with the bini, the itsekiri, the uruhobo, the isoko, the hausa-fulani, the tapas, the nupes and the ijaws than they do with the igbo. The input of those other major ethnic groups to the development of Lagos and their stake in her is far greater than that of the igbo. Whether anyone wishes to accept it or not that is the bitter truth. We will not let anyone distort history and we will not keep silent when we hear the irresponsible and disrespectful effusions of those that seek to substitute truth with falsehood. When it comes to Lagos it is time that everyone respected themselves and knew their place. The igbo particularly should display a much higher degree of respect and gratitude to those who were gracious enough to accept them in their land as equals when things were very difficult for them and who treated them with love, respect and kindness after the civil war when hardly anyone else was prepared to do so.

We the yoruba have accomodated others in Lagos and throughout the south west and we have let them live in peace for the last 100 years. As a matter of fact we have been glad to do so because as far as we are concerned that is one of the hallmarks of civilisation- the ability to accomodate other faiths, other cultures, other races and other nationalities and to create an equitable and just racial melting pot where equal opportunities are available to all. It is a great and noble virtue to be open and tolerant but that does not mean that we are fools and it does not mean that we do not know who we are, where we are coming from, what is ours and what our heritage is. The fact that we have allowed others to thrive and settle in our land and share it with us does not mean that we have stopped owning that land. The suggestion that Lagos is a ''no-man's land' and that the igbo or any other nationality outside the yoruba generate up to 55 per cent of it's revenue or business is absolutely absurd and frankly it has no basis in reality or rationality. It is not only a dirty lie but it is also very insulting. Guests, no matter how welcome, esteemed, cherished and valued they are, cannot become the owners of the house no matter how comfortable they are made to feel within it. Those guests will always be guests. Lagos belongs to the yoruba and to the yoruba alone. ALL others that reside there are guests, though some guests are far closer to us than others. The igbos are the least close, the most distant and the least familiar with our customs and our ways. They ought to be the last to be claiming our heritage and coveting our land and neither can they claim to have made any real input to our glaring success. For them to think otherwise is nothing but delusion.

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Thank you for your thoughts.

Thank you for your thoughts. I agree with you that we need to repair our own problems as opposed to fixing Nigeria.

You expressed my thoughts

Above all, I am not disappointed - not anymore at our politicians. When I see such, I simply blame it on education - the goal of which is: intelligence plus character. Again, don't bother praying for a better Nigeria; pray for a better you.

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@Fani-Kayode!

Lagos State acquired a special status, just like Abuja, as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). A NO-MAN's land. By virtue of this special status, scores of people thronged to Lagos, and became settlers. These settlers became known as Lagosians. With the FCT moving to Abuja, it did not change the status and dynamics of Lagos as a special territory or the former Federal Capital Territory. It did not change the status of the once Federal Capital territory, and its settlers, known as Lagosians.

But why would a former FEDERAL MINISTER get bogged down with such divisive arguments, which serves to exclude rather than promote inclusion? The article is distasteful and serves no useful purpose, other than promote exclusion, division, 'ethnicism' and hate.

One can only imagine what would have happened, if a high-ranking White British was to make similar pronouncement in the UK, and remind Black British that we are mere STRANGERS. London would be burning right now!

I am shocked that this man

I am shocked that this man was a minister in Nigeria. It's clear for all to see why Nigeria is the shithole that it is. This man is a lawyer? What institution produced a person of his calibre. The Yorubas are doomed if this man is one of their leaders. I don't have anything against the Yoruba, and I believe that this man speaks for himself, but I cannot get over the fact that someone of this calibre was a minister in Nigeria. In any other country, he would be at the bottom of the pile. Nigeria has no hope until the present crop of Politicians and the old ones from the 60s and 70s have all past on to hell.

Blow up the oil pipes...if SS/SE dont

It only goes to show how retarded you are. Dumb igbo fools. Can't you igbos use ur God given brains for once? If SS and SE do not blow up the pipeline. You and your family shud go and blow it up. And I am Yoruba girl and I proudly represent. This piece is excellent. Igbos are all bark but no bite. Eje nisuru fun emi yin. All we are saying is that Lagos does not belong to you. If i hear....

Frm The Yoruba Youth

dumbass fool. Its because we have deep cultural roots and values. The core values your culture celebrates as seen from your history is mutiny, treason, greediness, lust for power. I am a Yoruba youth, but I know my history. Continue scattering all abt d world while ur villages remain underdeloped and obscure. Fools

@ wahala

what have you said now? In the face of the major facts FFK presented, you do not sound convincing @ all. You actually sound very scared. FYI, Yorubas are far more intelligent than your average Nnena and Chinedu, and yes I speak for the Yoruba youth. Run back and develop your villages. Tribalistic fools!

@Wähala: With the Slaughtering of Igbos, what did u DO??

The unity you fools enjoyed with Arab help was 42yrs ago. From Aboki to Aborigines, any bagas that make that mistake would have themselves to blame for the collective pogrom of the civil war. Animals!

The Bagas up North r doing it...the unabated slaughtering of Igbos (RIP) "singularly" in the North, what has happened? I tell you, ur Bragging is what is killing people. that is why I laugh so hard at ur foolishness whenever u r misdirecting your anger at the yorubas when in actuality, they are not THE cause of your massacre.

Bro. Wähala, ur yeye dey smell. i have observed ur misconstrued facts in several of ur arguements on SR. sometimes, I just shake my head. I don't hate u but u fall short of a realist. I like igbos, for my wife is partly igbo but your type (MENTALTIY) r a great TURN-OFF. I HAVE NEVER COME ACROSS AN IGBOMAN THAT MAKES MUCH NOISE LIKE YOU. IT'S SAD U R NOT A FULL FLEDGE IGBO. MAYBE, IT WOULD HAVE HELPED MATTER

Nna, have a nice Night

@Wähala: Extinct to where? Ewu-merije. Big Boy my Foot. Shutup!

Look at this fool. Bendel extinct to where? Bendel is rebirthed in Delta-Edo. Different names same people... ewu-merije. I spit truth like fire. I will be in 9ja in November. plz assemble ur MOB ACTION.

You brag too much like the half-baked typical igbo u r. Big boys don't blow their trumpets. IBB's kids dont need igbo, North is sufficient 4dem. U r an empty barrell. The day bendelites start fearing igbos is the day we die... 1000's of 9ja marrying 4m other nations. ibb's commet out of selfishness.

Ur pple always lay false claims...remembered Philip Emeagwali aka igbomade internet? Ur r always misconstruing history 4ur convenience.

The way u ppl brag is a TURN-OFF. U never have something to show 4back-up. I have been to Aba, Onitsha, Nnewi (early 90's) n nutin to write abt. No wonder u guys always fall due to pride. UR BRAGGINGS ARE GREAT CHARACTER FLAWS and Nigerians know ur WAYS!

FFK Les entrant terrible.

Former Minister, former presidential spokesman, supposed progressive firing from all cylinders. What lessons for young and upcoming Nigerians. Embers of pride, hatred or simply war songs? This is how the elites are destroying this country. Any hope for Nigeria? I am sick and tired of self serving, selfish tribal bigots. Please allow us listen to new songs about Nigeria. Who will sing such songs? Certainly not the present generation of leaders. God remove selfish leaders from the face of this earth.

it is only an Igbo wants

it is only an Igbo wants support of the South-South, that you call us brothers. We are not brothers in any way. You are bullies with your ever " I BEFORE OTHERS" motives. it is a pity that our leaders are greedy anyway. I don't like you Guys and even the Yoruba's. but I cant still put up with the Yoruba's, they are always petty.

Dispute the Facts n Figures presented by FFK not the man himself

My dear Mr chuks, don't act up or behalf like an ignorant/arrogant ibo man. Why attack the man when you shud and can still busy yourself with disputing the facts and figures presented by Mr FFK. Obviously you cannot fault the evidences presented. So, you will rather result to cheap blackmail and unsavory comments. I pity your life.

Before nko? Abuja belongs to

Before nko? Abuja belongs to your father or igbo? continue day dreaming. Either APC 2015 or Igbo carry una building for head to your gullies. you insult us and yet you want to live in our mist. tell me how many people of other tribes (North/SW) lives in SE? The place no do una, how others fit get space. Una must pack comot, WE WANT SEPARATION.

"One Nigeria" is also in the best interest of Igbo people

Mr Anonymous, what is yours is always yours doesn't matter if Lagos goes to Oduduwa replblic. Igbos have fought for this one nigeria and its better lets go our ways and live in peace but dont expect that God will butter your bread and come come to take what belongs to someone else. It would never happen!!!. People have properties all over the world and not be citizens. The corrupt Fani Kayode has houses in London and America. I know where they are. Is he a british? I will publish pics of his house in London here. Watch this space. What blew open is the deeply sheathing jealousy which Fani kayode blew open. I have lands in Lagos, now come and take and you'd find yourself in deep soup!!!

Why Nigerians have angst with ibos......@wahala

"Cause and effect" is a concept the igbos, as a group, cannot get their head around. Once they understand that there problem with Nigerians will end:

1.Zik 1948, igbos are greatest, speech to the igbo Union in 1948- Carpet crossing in western house in 1952.

2. northern moslem NPC/NCNC govt's exclusion of Yorubas from federal jobs pre-1966- Awolowo /Gowon Northern Christian alliance during the civil war.

3. January 1966 coup killings- July 1966 counter-coup killings and riots.

4. Declaration of Biafra- Civil war.

5. Removal of yoruba and hausa traders from Anambra- Ladipo market issues in Lagos.

6. Gov Obi "deportations" in 2011- Lgos state "deportations" in 2013.

6. Achebe hate campaign against Yorubas and its leaders in 2012- increased igbo-Yoruba tensions in Nigeria in 2013.

Why Nigerians have angst with ibos......

"Cause and effect" is a concept the igbos, as a group, cannot get their head around. Once they understand that there problem with Nigerians will end:

1.Zik 1948, igbos are greatest, speech to the igbo Union in 1948- Carpet crossing in western house in 1952.

2. northern moslem NPC/NCNC govt's exclusion of Yorubas from federal jobs pre-1966- Awolowo /Gowon Northern Christian alliance during the civil war.

3. January 1966 coup killings- July 1966 counter-coup killings and riots.

4. Declaration of Biafra- Civil war.

5. Removal of yoruba and hausa traders from Anambra- Ladipo market issues in Lagos.

6. Gov Obi "deportations" in 2011- Lgos state "deportations" in 2013.

6. Achebe hate campaign against Yorubas and its leaders in 2012- increased igbo-Yoruba tensions in Nigeria in 2013.

Wunderbar!!!

I thought this man had a case with EFCC? we are talking about how stealing of national resources is seen as a legitimate right by the Yoruba,otherwise,how else would this character have the audacity to write this sort of thing and call it freedom of speech? where I come from, people like this man hide but Alas never the Yoruba where there remains honor among 'stealers'. The fact remains that only the IGBO have made serious attempt to distance from the country called Nigeria,does this in the IGBO seem like people who are parasites? there was a country as written by uncle Chinua who has become an ancestor and we are looking for a rebirth and in that new country,people like Fani Kayode will find it difficult to fit in because he is a product of shameful reality of our inglorious past.

"One Nigeria" is also in the best interest of Igbo people

According to the Nigerian Constitution, every Nigerian has the right to reside in any part of Nigeria and to run for any election in any place that he is domiciled.

So, Fani Kayode's sentiments are irrelevant. They only become relevant should, God forbid, Nigeria break up. If Nigeria breaks up, Lagos will not be part of the Republic of Biafra. It will be part of the Oduduwa republic. In that event, there is no guarantee that Oduduwa RGgepublic's constitution will be as generous to Igbo people as the Nigerian Constitution vis a vis Lagos.

So, this is one example why "one Nigeria" is in the best interest of Igbo people and indeed all Nigerians.

I am not surprised at the

I am not surprised at the comments of FFK. He is only seeking to be noticed. His unprovoked comments is a reminder that he still need to visit Ghana for a total rehab. I am sure he is no longer his normal self and therefore needs another round of Rehab as it is evident that he back on drugs again. It is not fair to say that what FFK said represents the view of the Yorubas. No. FFK just want to court controversy, which is his oldself. If you want to know FFK very well check out what he wrote of Obasanjo and Tinubu in the past. He should be ignored by fair minded Nigerians and should be pitied because he is not normal. Chuks

mr Joe Igbokwe beware of this write up #1

mr Joe Igbokwe beware of this write up

@OmonBendel: Bendel State is extinct ...Go find your ancestors !

@OmonBendel:
Bendel State is no more, go research your origins before your hazed mind qualifies to yarn with big boys. Escaping mob action is no guarantee Karma won't catch up with you, set foot in Nigeria and roast like a toad out of water. Sha, may I remind you about IBB's reply when asked about splitting Nigeria along ethnic lines. He said his wife was Ibo, what would become of his children? If that's not claiming Igbo lineage, I wonder what you've been smoking lately. Historically, the Brass Region was an Ibo enclave, just like Ikwerre, Pitakwa, Asaba, Festac Village, and so on. Get off drugs, see what it has turned Fani-K into.

No ethnic group can singularly confront the Ibos in a show of force economically or militarily. The unity you fools enjoyed with Arab help was 42yrs ago. From Aboki to Aborigines, any bagas that make that mistake would have themselves to blame for the collective pogrom of the civil war. Animals!

RE- FANI KAYODE

I am waiting for comments that disputes his facts.Questions that needed answers.

1. Are the facts presented by Fani Kayode false?
2. Is South east the same with South south?
3. Is Enugu & Onisha not in existence when they chose Lagos as the Crown Colony?
4. How many streets in the east are named after other residents from other tribes.
5. Is it fact that most of the Eastern Scholars got educational scholarship from the western region?

6. Have the eastern region given back half of what other regions have given them?

7. How many other tribes can be found in the government and civil service of states from the eastern region?

No State Govt. in Nigeria can ignore the Ibos and survive !!

@ Dele Awogbeoba, @ToyinAdekunle & @Tiger in August:

"Any State that ignores the Ibos does so at the risk of its economy" - Gabriel Suswan

That was Benue State Governor's reaction when Ibos boycotted the Zaki Biam Yam festival because of bickering among the host communities a short while ago. I've already quoted Kogi, Kano and others ...Re-visit Fashola's near panic reaction to the fragile thought of Ibos divesting from Lagos.

a) @ Dele A: At the end of a race is when miles are counted. First to school is not "First" in class...kapisch?
b) @ToyinAdekunle: The small area of land between two border posts is called "No man's land" worldwide. The LIE in omo-gbana's article is that Zik's speech led to the turmoil in Western House. It was Awo's loss in Ekiti.
c) @Tiger: Ever wonder why it's only in Nigeria that there is real phobia about Ibos? Ibos dominate commerce across the entire West African Sub-Region yet, only Nigerians have angst about my people. Why?

Mr. man don't forget there is

Mr. man don't forget there is oil in Ondo state, and oil has been discovered in commercial quantity in Lagos, and FYI FGN recieves over a trillion naira annually from Lagos in revenue and taxes, so do your calculation, Lagos can sustain the rest of SW without oil.

Serves the Igbos right

I can't believe that this fool that call himself Femi Fani-Kayode was a federal minister in Nigeria. It serves the Igbos right though. I hope they understand the Yorubas very well before playing the politics of North vs South divide. The Yorubas have only one interest in the Nigerian project... their own. I thought the Igbos must have learnt this from the lessons of the civil war.

Kayode acts for APC: INCITE REST OF NIGERIA AGAINST IGBO WHO MIS

Fellows Nigerians, Please see beyond hatred of Igbo in FF-Kayode's writings following Gov. Fashola's latest deportation. Fashola's act and Kayode's follow up are political acts aimed at further arousing the rest of Nigeria against the Igbo, all aimed at enhancing APC's chances to get to Aso Rock 2015. FFK had in the recent past severally applauded Igbos.
Of course, owing to the preponderance of hardcore and some extreme Muslims in APC, the Igbo have true reasons to suspect that if APC gets to Aso Rock 2015, it may be indifferent to Boko Haram realizing its goal of making an Islamic country of Nigeria.
None extreme Muslims in Nigeria must note the divisive acts the APC is already putting up in order to get to Aso Rock, hook or crook. I am not standing for PDP but APC is already wrecking havoc on Nigeria. Kayode is an APC member.

Inverted Logic!

I could not continue reading this offensive and bigotry write up, which made no sense, except reinforce the divisions in the country. The write up serves to remind us that we are not a nation and a people, but a country of several nations and peoples. It demonstrates or shows that there is nothing like Nigeria. People do not think Nigeria, but only pretend that they are Nigerians. Imagine what a former FEDERAL Minister is publishing on a public forum like this.

How can this man, who should be in the Hague, and answering to crimes of GENOCIDE and crimes against humanity, for SUPPORTING and applauding the ODI GENOCIDE, say such a thing that a former Capital Territory (just like Abuja now is) does not belong to everybody.

By this inverted logic, I presume we would understand if tomorrow Hausas lay claim to the FCT (Abuja) as belonging to them.

QUITE AN INTERESTING READ

I am impressed with the way some us that are still in our thirties were entertained with historical facts.It is unfortunate that the igbos truncated the first republic and killed many Nigerian leaders because of their selfish interest.

@Wähala: Da CrackHead FFK summed up ur GREEDY MENTALITY

I have never heard of a yoruba wanting to give the impression to the world that he is an igbo, an ijaw, an efik or a hausa-fulani or claiming that he is a co-owner of Port Harcourt, Enugu, Calabar, Kano or Kaduna. Yet more often than not some of those that are not of yoruba extraction but that have lived in Lagos for some part of their lives have tried to claim that they are bona fide Lagosians and honorary members of the yoruba race.

@Wähala: you exemplified FFK's concept. this was why I cursed at u when u said Igbos own Pitakwa (LOL). It is GREED to Lay CLAIM TO PH. Dat na da Apex of ur Greed. Port Harcourt does not belong the the Igbos. Hands-off, brother.

But who made this Barawo Kayode a spokesman for the Yoruba? who does criminal elements (tinubu, fasheun,) pick up megaphone Oduduwa people?