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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Igbo Haters,Arewa Ultimatum And The Rest Of Nigeria

Fifty years after the civil war ended, Igbos do not yet feel a sense of belonging, acceptance or safety in the Federation called Nigeria. 



The sad part is that this belief is shared not just by the generation that witnessed the war and its deadly consequences, but Igbos across all generations, including the millennials who have been socialized into believing that there is a gap between their people and other Nigerians.


Let us not deceive ourselves about certain plain truths. The civil war is perhaps the most remarkable incident in Igbo history in the last century. The pain, the loss, all about it, is deeply imprinted in the Igbo consciousness. Whereas the Igbo nation has shown great resourcefulness since the war, and its people have proven to be enterprising and determined to hold their own in every sphere of life, including outstanding contributions to the making of the Nigerian state, there are Nigerians who still regard and treat the Igbo suspiciously.


Anti-Igbo sentiment may not be so openly expressed, but it is usually something beneath the surface. There are landlords in many parts of Nigeria, for example, who will never rent out their property to an Igbo man. The Igbo tenant is easily stigmatized. I have heard people complain that Igbo tenants are too stubborn or that when you rent a room to an Igbo man, he will end up sub-letting that one room to all kinds of persons from his village, putting pressure on the property’s limited facilities.


Some landlords insist that an Igbo tenant could even start eyeing the property, to buy it off the landlord, or if it is a shop, the Igbo trader would end up renting the entire street, and could turn the street into an Igbo neigbourhood. This stigma has been a source of agony for many Igbos seeking accommodation, particularly in Lagos, but it is of course completely baseless stereotyping. There are good and bad persons from virtually every Nigerian ethnic group.


The stereotyping of the Igbo person can also be found in the political arena. It is assumed by some persons, and such statements have been made to my hearing, that the only reason an Igbo man cannot be President of Nigeria is because every Igbo man sees himself as a potential President, and should the Presidency be zoned to the South East, the struggle for the ticket could result in inter-community strife in Igboland. The name of the group is Igbo, but when other Nigerians want to be mischievous, or perhaps out of ignorance, they refer to Igbos as Ibo, and when you try to correct them, they may insist you don’t seem to understand. It is I-Before-Others (IBO).


Igbos have also been held responsible for all sorts of things, kidnapping, drug trafficking, child trafficking, armed robbery – even when there are criminals from virtually every community in Nigeria. Meanwhile, they are one of the most vertically educated ethnic groups in Nigeria, and the most enterprising in all fields. A friend once said that if you enter any community in Nigeria and you don’t have an Igbo man running a small shop there, or engaged in some other kind of business, then you have no business staying in that community. Igbos are also obviously the most integrated ethnic group in Nigeria, which is why it is ironic that they are also the most vilified.


I wrote what I considered a harmless piece recently in which I referred to the declaration of Biafra in 1967 and quoted excerpts from the Ahiara Declaration. I got a phone call from a friend who declared that I should stop encouraging these “Biafrans”. Nothing I said made sense to him.

“You don’t know those people”, he declared.

“I know people from all parts of Nigeria,” I said.

“You don’t know Igbos. Has there been any problem in this country that you know in which Igbos have not been involved? They have started again, heating up the polity with threats of secession.”

“It is a sign that all is not well with Nigeria,” I retorted.

“Don’t mind them. I don’t think anybody wants to secede. If Igbos really want to secede, you think it is Nnamdi Kanu that will be speaking for them?”

“It takes just one illuminated soul to start a revolution.”

“Don’t bring that line. Everything is not textbook, this man. Just tell those Igbos not to include my people in whatever they are looking for. We are their neighbours. They dragged us into the civil war. This time around, they’ve gone to draw a map, including my people. Biafra does not extend to the South-South. We are just looking at them.”

“Biafra is an idea.”

“I don’t want to hear all these textbook things, I have told you. Which idea? See, most Nigerians do not support Biafra. They think Igbos are just playing games. I’ll send you some other articles written by other Nigerians and you’d see what I am talking about. People are angry that anybody will be talking about secession in 2017! Nigerians are fed up with Igbos and their games. President Jonathan gave them everything but on election day, many of them stayed at home and refused to vote. Now, they are talking secession.”

“But Yorubas are also talking about Oduduwa Republic.”

“The Yoruba are not going anywhere. What they want is restructuring, fiscal federalism. Which Oduduwa Republic?”

“The people of the Middle Belt are also aggrieved.”

“Anybody can be aggrieved. You can’t please Nigerians. And some of these things are political. Obasanjo became President, Niger Delta carried arms; Jonathan got there, Boko Haram kidnapped children, Buhari is there now, and all the ghosts of Biafra are frightening everybody. But these Igbos, tell them they are not going anywhere.”

“I am surprised you are talking like this.”

“What is the matter with those people? They are all over Nigeria. They are even selling land in Lagos. But no outsider is allowed to buy half a plot of land in Igboland. You carry Igbo girl sef, na problem. Go and check your email. I will send you other perspectives on this matter.”

Before long, I received a mail indeed. The fellow had put together a collection of anti-Biafra, anti-Igbo articles which he urged me to read, with the rider that I should pay particular attention to the fact that some of those articles were written by Igbos. I ignored the rider. Some of those articles could have been ghost written. What is clear, however, is that all is not well with Nigeria. We are a country that needs to be rescued from the centripetal forces tearing us apart, and the leading forces today would include, as was the case before now, ethnicity, religion, the politics of hate, and citizen alienation.

If my review of the stereotyping of Igbos in Nigeria and the reported conversation with an Igbo-hater does not fully convey the seriousness of this situation, then the June 6 ultimatum issued to all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria by a coalition of Northern Arewa youth groups should.

A group called the Northern Emancipation Network, comprising 16 Arewa youth groups, has asked all Igbos living anywhere in Northern Nigeria to pack their bags and baggage and be out of the Northern region by October 1, 2017. When the 19 Northern Governors met and dismissed the threat as misguided, the young Arewa Igbo-haters issued a riposte and more or less asked the Governors to shut up. Their message is that since Igbos no longer want to be part of Nigeria, they should get out, because they, Arewa youths, do not want belong to the same political union with Igbos. They are angry that on May 30, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) succeeded in shutting down a part of Nigeria to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra.

The arrogance of the Northern youths is insufferable. It speaks to virtually everything that other Nigerians are uncomfortable with about the Fulani North: a born-to-rule, hegemonic tendency. It is an assault on the Nigerian Constitution, to the extent that the Constitution does not grant any individual or group, the right or the power to determine where any Nigerian may live or work or die or acquire property. All Nigerians are equal before the law. The Northern youths, who do not think so, held a meeting, a press conference, and issued statements. The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai asked the Nigeria Police to arrest them for promoting ethnic hatred. The only response we have had from the Police Headquarters so far, is from one Jimoh Moshood, described as Police Spokesman telling Nigerians that the Arewa youths “are not sitting in the market waiting to be picked up.”

Moshood, if you actually said that, then you should be relieved of your position forthwith. If you are a spokesperson and you have nothing intelligent to say, the best option is to remain silent, otherwise whatever you say will be used against you in the court of public opinion. So, the Nigeria police only arrest people when they go to the market and wait to be arrested? Is that the new police that we now have? The Northern Emancipation Network called Igbos all kinds of names – “unruly, reckless, insatiable, uncultured, confrontational, ungrateful” - and since they issued their ultimatum, the polity has been heated up, ethnic hate has been promoted, the Igbos of Nigeria have been further alienated.

This was how the civil war of 1967-70 started. Nigeria cannot afford another civil war. No country survives two civil wars. Already, Igbos in the North are reportedly relocating back to the South East or elsewhere in Nigeria. Young Nigerians from the North, the East and the South started the civil war. The politics of ethnicity and the rhetoric of hate ignited the fire that consumed the nation for three years. The scars have not healed because 50 years later, the youths of the North and the East are again lighting up the fire of hate. On June 6, the Northern Emancipation Network also asked Northerners in the East, I hope this includes the peripatetic herdsmen, to return to the North!

The Nigerian Government must take this on-going febrile conversation between the North and the East more seriously than it appears to be doing. The security agencies do not have to go to the markets to look for what is not there. When there is a threat to the state, it is their duty to identify the threat and act on it. All persons who are working hard and making provocative statements to cause a national crisis should be monitored and checkmated. With all the difficult challenges facing this country, at this moment, our security alert system should be pushed a notch higher.

If the security agencies fail to act, particularly on the matter of the coalition of Northern youths promoting Igbo hatred, the Federal Government would have committed a grievous sin, likely to be interpreted as aiding and abetting. And there would be persons who will legitimately ask: are we confronted with a hand of Jacob and voice of Esau situation? Who is sponsoring the Arewa youths? Who granted them the permission to use the platform of Arewa House to spew anti-Igbo hate speech? Who is blocking their arrest by the security agencies? What those boys have done is even worse than the threat of secession by Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.

But the message is clear: Nigeria is not yet a nation. A country where any group or association can threaten to expel another group is not yet a nation. The common enemy is not the secessionists. The common enemies are the political leaders, the tribal demagogues, the political opportunists, the religious bigots, the paid shamanists, who continue to manipulate Nigeria’s destiny to suit their own purposes. There can be no country except the people love the nation and the state.

BY REUBEN ABATI

87 comments:

Genny le boo said...

God help us o.

SANDY YO said...

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GALORE said...

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Yori Yori Princess Loveme Jeje said...

Please come back. Me and you are going to our biafran states when the time comes

Adeniji Bisi said...

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Alloy Chikezie said...

It's obvious, Nigeria is not a nation yet.

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Miss Ess said...

Baba abati

Otaswifey chat me up for your classy traditional marriage aso - oke at the most affordable rate said...

I'm just wandering why DSS is yet to make any arrest, if it is a southerner who made such a statement he will be behind bars

SuperMom said...

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray,i will heal their land.
Lord we need your healing. Unite my country Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

Chike abeg no come use mouth menstrate insults here oo

Anonymous said...

What an epistle. An epistle worth reading. We are not a nation yet. This I agree. A nation where one can be asked to leave or stay isn't a nation. Like he rightly said, there is no where in the constitution where it is stated that one can only live in a particular place or build in a particular place. So stop feeling entitled all the time. Stop acting like you are doing us a favour by allowing us stay in your land. If the constitution stated that one should seek permission before they can leave any where, then I believe igbos will seek permission.

We are sorry we are not like those who are comfortable at being in a single place. We are sorry we move about. But then every tribes does? Go to London and you will see the yorubas every where. Infact they have streets. When they want to throw their party, they forget they are in another man's lands and throw their parties. They buy properties and do business there and yet another man in their land won't have rest of mind. The hausas also migrate from one place to the other. So why the hate??

The hate is too much. The comments here are appalling to say the least. Igbos are one of the most educated in Nigeria and good when it comes to business and yet we are treated like nothing. Go to any state or village without an igbo man, and that place will lack development. Infact, a friend of mine said she travelled to a court try and didn't see an igbo person when she got there and she was scared. Like what made an igbo person not to be here. That means the land is fruitless. Until she met them and she calmed down.

That's because we see it as nothing? It would be foolish of you to think we developed your land without developing ours. Have you gone to the east? Any man that buys or builds in another man's land already has an edifice at home. Go to nnewi, abriba and many other places. Even normal villages have edifices there. You talk as if all the house in the west or north are mansions. You talk as if all the roads there are well constructed. I served in the west. And where I serves, they lacked education, good road and much more. But this same type of place is in the east and when it's brought to the media they will hold that news to mock

They say igbos are ritualist, yet for the past months all ritual cases I have read here and instablog are the doings of yoruba man in yoruba land. We don't go on and on taunting you with that but you find a way to make a drug relates issues about tribe.

Are their no thieves, armed robbers, Kidnappers that are yoruba or hausas? Why is it that when it comes to the igbo, it becomes a fight for who has the best tribal slur?

Be guided people. Be guided. For what you seek, when it comes, it will affect everyone. Casualties will be recorded on every side

Let us keep the hate and work together for a better Nigeria. Nigeria van be great. Let us hold our leaders accountable

cheap fresh vegetables from jos call 07038097992 said...

May God help us solve this out and may we not b agents for the evil one to use to destroy the peace we manage now.

Rappakatakata said...

Nigeria don tire the creator sef!

olaedo said...

Reuben Abati!
God will help us..

reemah said...

Abati. Well-written. Next time, be liberal in apportioning blames.EVERYONE is guilty. Everyone.

BEDS AND ROSES said...

Abeg i am tired of reading all this biafra things.

Anonymous said...

best comment... And Amen to that

Blackberry said...

Ain't we all marginalised?

Fidel Castro said...

I always pray for Biafran state to be granted , damn, they are too egocentric ,proud ,materialistic and know it all. 80% of their men are into robbery ,kidnapping ,drugs and 19, jst go to alaba,tradefair ,festac, ajao estate ,amuwo odofin phase 1 n 2. Let them go asap.

Etsako Pearl said...

Well scripted.
Where is ABATI from self?

jelly said...

God help us

Anonymous said...

The truth:

IGBOs are their own problems.

I can't type.

Omotola Brianna said...

LMAO

Anonymous said...

Only a fool will follow a fool who has his family abroad to fight a country when u don't even have a visa. Stupid ppl. U ppl should keep following kanu,when fight start he will go and meet his family abroad. Fools!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And all your men are saints?? I see. I really see. Your men don't do ritual?? Or it wasn't your men who killed an innocent 7yrs old? It wasn't your man thay killed a woman and removed her vagina, pubic hairs eyes and what not to use for sacrifice after Salah?? It's not your men in ikorodu going from house to house killing and raping people and cleaning off their bloods for ritual purpose.?? You don't have armed robbers in your tribe?? Even the women who were caught with drugs aren't from your tribe. How can they be?? Do you know yesterday 2 brothers from your tribe were sentenced to jail for drugs dealing? No, you didn't see that. What you saw is the crime of an igbo man. Because your hatred has blocked your from seeing that all tribes have crimes going on in them. Your hatred has made you not to notice the hard working igbo business man by the corner. You might even know his money is legal, but hatred is stopping you from believing that.

You are the type of people that should be removed from the country. You are your fellow bigot should be kept in a place with no food or water. Because you polite the air

Anonymous said...

People like you are the problem with this country. Are there no drug dealers, robbers and kidnappers everywhere in the world. Why is the Igbo man a nightmare to you? The issue is that you people see what you wished for in the Igbo man. So envy and hatred is now guiding your brain.

Omotola Brianna said...

LMAO........... We all have flaws. We ave been tolerating each for 50 something years. We can still continue. No tribe is a saint. But if they feel like going ooooooo, I pray God granted them thier heart desires.

I am the queen and the boss of this blog(CHIEF) said...

Nara nsusu for this commentπŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹...
Well said my brother!!...

I am the queen and the boss of this blog(CHIEF) said...

Idiot!!...
Fidel Castro,you are a born throwaway bastard!!...

kingsluv said...

Oga Reuben my man, always speaking my mind....

God bless you.

Anonymous said...

The problem with Igbos is they always fire the first shot. You won't even see what is wrong until other tribes reply your insults. You keep saying you have the oil, Biafra and a place is a no man's land..During the election you all said you will burn Nigeria down if Jonathan lose. The Civil war is reoccurring decimal in your equation of things. Now when the ask you to go back to your paradise you start playing the victim. The only thing I agree with you is we should channel all this energy in holding our leaders accountable. All the geopolitical zones have different challenges but you keep feeling more important. Crime is a general thing but a soil finger soils all. You have too many two faced people in your zone. January is here chanting Biafra and you are all giving him a hero/leader recognition instead of shutting him up. If you want to leave ask a referendum and am sure we all will be willing to let to go. Stop the insults to other tribes. Who ask you to come and settle in their land. You are doing nobody but yourselves good. You keep crying minority while you are the most populous. Abeg leave and let see what becomes of you. We are all tired of this your cries.

Winnie Omo said...

What an interesting article 'Nigeria is not yet a nation. A country where any group or association can threaten to expel another group is not yet a nation' I just pray that even if at the end of the day Nigeria divides it should be done in peace

Anonymous said...

@ Fidel Castro is obviously delusional with myopic views and no common sense. Individuals such as your bigoted self are the problem with Nigeria as a country. I am not for or against Biafra but I am 100% against illiterates such as yourself who point fingers without proffering solutions. If you had an iota of sense in your head you would realize that each tribe/state/country are made up of different people who exhibit different traits hence you have good and bad people from various places all over the world. From your statement your obviously very bitter and jealous of the Igbos. Try to build yourself up so you stop feeling so bitter.

Anonymous said...

I pray for the actualization of Biafra. But let it be loudly sounded here that we the south-south have never belonged to and will never belong with Biafra. Even when they dragged us into the civil war, we were already an independent unit. The records are there. Some of us particularly in Edo and some parts of Delta are omo oodua and would rather be joined with the southwest. Let this warning resound with you Igbos - we want nothing with you. You have no right to us and our land. Nnamdi KANU didnt you read Olaudah Equiano's account where he said tribute was paid by the Igbos to the Oba of Benin back in the days? How can you small people with no history now want to claim our land. Be careful o!!!!

Now all you cattle in the north. Na only Una waka come abi? Na Una get Nigeria abi? See you have stolen from the south all these years under the guise of federalism yet using a technically unitary constitution. Yet you have impoverished your people. And you want us to continue like that. Mbanu! We no gree! We have nothing in common. Come and be going. In short, I'm using this forum to call for a referendum abi na plebiscite? Let the people decide for true federalism. Let the nation be divided into zones - southwest, south-south, Southeast, middle belt and north. Let all the states be under their zones, control their resources, let each region have their premieres, manage their police and government ministries. Let the central government be weakend so that all these polithievecians can look for proper jobs. Let the regions control their infrastructural and economic development. That is true federalism and that is What we need in Nigeria. If we can't do this in peace, then let everyone go their separate ways. have a good day all you omoluabis, rondelites, biafrans and Hausa/Fulanis! Lol @ rondelites

Anonymous said...

Oya oooooo be going to biafra and it is now vexing u. Madness. Igbos most educated? I see you dont know what education is. U do u want to respect u na? Respect is reciprocal, it shouldn't be demanded. After finishing yourselves, not trusting each other and being ignored now you wan prove relevance. Bia come ooo if u want biafra why are u vexing that another country wants you out of its country.....why? U feed on people and shout biafra....selfish ingrates goooooooooooo goooooooooo. South south no go with u, deltans no go with you, middle belt no want, west no want, north no want. Scatter yourselves everywhere and want people to respect you. Better respect each other and forget this madness. Who was born to respect you? Mtcheeeeeew better fix you mind sets first. See na common KANU DEY WASH UNNA BRAIN TWEH

Anonymous said...

You are a retard Fidel,all these places you mentioned are other tribes not there doing those things you mentioned?i don't care what you people say about my tribe but I always pray to come from that tribe in my next life (if there is anything)like that..how can a country hate each other this much?why can't we see each other as one?what exactly are we fighting for?igbo men are hustlers and help develop any community they stay yet they are hated so much..am tired of this country

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Everything is temporary, including difficult emotions. Let everything pass*

Yemi Ayeni said...

Best comment ever

Anonymous said...

What is the Nnamdi Kanu saying in all these. Now he is mute abi?

Anonymous said...

Be getting angry with herdsmen still they hold presidency. If we say igbo provide presidwntial candidate.....u will kill each other first and second who will u bring. U are ur probkem . Sort it out. Come and be finding respect up and down... mtchew when u dont respect urselves

Anonymous said...

I hate foolish people. I really do hate foolish people. So in your mind, everyone igbo is supporting kanu? Are you people daft? Keep your respect. Don't demand one from us either. Don't ask what you can't give. Eject us let us see. Mtcheww

People who can't sit down and comprehend the text Reubens wrote above and do better. Instead want to fan the Amber's of War more.

Fab Mum said...

Your point made a lot of sense
With the insult, it would have been better. Don't blame those following him, they can't see the future. They see the now and think separation will bring about the change. Which isn't true

Let us pray for them. That one day, they will know that the part which they are trying to take isn't the best.

Irrational_paul said...

I be Igbo boy, buh I don't think d igbos are ready for Biafra atall... Because we too dey rack sense

Anonymous said...

Have sense please. Have sense. It's not expensive. It's one of the cheapest thing

Anonymous said...

Every tribe commit crime.but the level of crime committed by the igbos is out of this world. N other tribes don't support and encourage criminals. It seems the igbos are cursed. Useless people.

Anonymous said...

God bless you Ruben Abati for the piece.

Anonymous said...

Wat do u expect from people whose leaders are bigots????? Which way Nigeria??????

DEARSTAN said...

It's always the ones who've done the least in life that always have something to say. Fidel castro keep spewing trash from ur dusty brain.

Anonymous said...

I will rather pick a drug dealer who deals in Cocaine than pick someone who s children, men, women for ritual purpose. Tufiakwa

If you people aren't cursed, what else is cursed. Yorubas you re cursed. Cursed and useless. Your men sit at home and your women carry drugs. What a shame. Really big shame. You feed your men, isn't that a shame? What signify curse than that? No one is more useless than you people. Cowards who do nothing but rant. Single action, no way.

Your own tribe commits more crime. The only crime an igbo man commits is drugs. We all know that. Stop following only Stella blogs. Go to instablog and other blogs. 10 crimes will be reported and 5 is Yoruba. 3 igbo and 2 hausa. And you say you are saint. Get the fuck out if here, you ritualistic lot. Kidnapping children and using them for rituals.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, how many igbos do you think want to contest?? What you don't know is a rich igbo man wants nothing to do with politics. Their business matters most. So that politics will come and gulp their money? Please continue rolling. Rule please.no one is dragging with you. If they say igbos should bring out candidate believe it, it's the likes of ngige and rochas that will come out. You won't see any new face. So if being a president is an achievement to you people, pleqse egbon, carry it and wear it

shay said...

i think Nigerians need deliverance of the mind. Even with the so-called education, most Nigerians are full of hatred towards themselves. Forget ethnicity, even within a nuclear family, we envy ourselves, not to talk of a community,village, state and a country. it all starts from the mind. i have friends from different parts of Nigeria, each with its own unique attribute. Just embrace the best and let go of the bad, afteralll, we all cannot think alike. our leaders have to be blame and the youths are so bittered, that all they care about is the money. Easily brain-washed as far as money is involved. God heal our mind in Nigeria

Shola said...

I am not an ibo person. But if the truth be told.a typical ibo man is so resourceful.see the houses they built all over Lagos. They do the major goods importation in this country. They developed Lagos if the truth be told.if they leave my people are not this business minded and am sure Lagos would never remain positively. Ghana come to Lagos to buy goods from nigeria all because this ibo traders are importing from abroad to nigeria.
I weep for my country

Anonymous said...

Nigeria is stronger together..if the igbo man leaves what would happen to nigeria revenue actualization through goods importation

Anonymous said...

Lack or rack mumu

Tina said...

Igbos are risk takers in business.do u know this people can put up to 1 billion naira to import tiles from another country..meanwhile they know that there is a probability that the ship would sink in the water or the good seized yet they take such risk.God naturally blessed them with a business heart.such biz is not for the feable hearted. If they leave nigeria would suffer.i can foresee this

Osague said...

My pastor(a Benin man) always says..if u see an ibo man doing biz and succeeding.dont just venture into it urself go and ask the ibo man his secret cos if u venture into it urs might not succeed.he told us that this tribe has good biz skills wch makes them succeed wherever they go.that they can turn pure water biz into borehole in few months! That's why they are travellers cos they have strong faith in themselves and don't depend on another man for food.

Osague said...

My pastor(a Benin man) always says..if u see an ibo man doing biz and succeeding.dont just venture into it urself go and ask the ibo man his secret cos if u venture into it urs might not succeed.he told us that this tribe has good biz skills wch makes them succeed wherever they go.that they can turn pure water biz into borehole in few months! That's why they are travellers cos they have strong faith in themselves and don't depend on another man for food

Anonymous said...

My pastor(a Benin man) always says..if u see an ibo man doing biz and succeeding.dont just venture into it urself go and ask the ibo man his secret cos if u venture into it urs might not succeed.he told us that this tribe has good biz skills wch makes them succeed wherever they go.that they can turn pure water biz into borehole in few months! That's why they are travellers cos they have strong faith in themselves and don't depend on another man for food

Anonymous said...

His passport has been seized by the govt

Broomstick said...

Anonymous 13:09, the problem the average Igbo man has is an unwarranted sense of entitlement. If any group should cry foul in this country, it should be the Niger-Deltans. Imagine your God given wealth being owned by strangers who leave your lands desolate and expect you to be grateful that you're even allowed to exist. If any part of the country should want secession, it shouldn't be the Igbos. Where I live, we have no Igbos in the area (or should I say we didn't have and I've been living here since 2001) but the development is phenomenal. An Igbo family just moved in last month and it was made the amebo news cos there are more than 2k people living here and people sort of didn't want the "king" coming to disrupt our relative peace as the Igbos have been heard to do in other communities. We had issues with a transformer and there had been a committee set up. Monies had been collected even before the Igbo man came. Nobody asked him for money cos it had been agreed that he shouldn't be levied as he had just moved in. Imagine the surprise of everyone when, in a meeting, Oga stood up and said he'd like to be in charge of the funds as he didn't trust the people handling it. I'm not one to stereotype but my people say it is the experience you get from sleep that should tell you how death is. Yes, there are bad eggs everywhere, but even your writeup says the Igbos are too full of themselves. Follow due process and go get your Biafra country please

Sdk daughter said...

The truth is that the govt doesn't want to grant know their wish cos they know the money they generate in this country. 1 thing is for sure if biafra is granted the country would be very rich cos a typical ibo man dey get money well well.but the country would also have a high crime rate cos they can do anything for money.the country would be beautiful maybe like Dubai cos ibo man sabi build mansion upandan .#soamteamnobiafra

Broomstick said...

Abati, making uncommon sense. The northeners are saying exit our region, forgetting that they've also had a hand in the Igbos wanting secession. The Igbos, on the other hand, have been encouraging Nnamdi KANU who doesn't have their best interest at heart. Someone who'll be the first to claim his British citizenship when things go awry. You want better attention from the federal government, take it up first with the legislators you voted in! What are they doing with their constituency funds? Graduate to the governors who have refused to develop the states. After this, it will be an easy thing at the federal level. All regions have their angst with the federal government but you don't see them all basically asking their people to pick up arms. I pray nobody pushes or is used to push this country to anarchy. I wasn't a witness to the devastation of the civil war, but I'm seeing what civil war is doing to Sudan and I don't want that for my country. Can we not learn from the mistakes of others? I only made this comment an Igbo vs north thing cos presently, that's what's causing the brouhaha. We all need to rise up and hold our leaders accountable. Stop selling your birthright for peanuts!

Anonymous said...

Shola abeg don't get it twisted. Igbos did not develop Lagos. Lagos has always been developed since the 1930s and 1940s. Remember there are actually people who come from Lagos. The days of Kingway stores... Classy, sophisticated enjoyment. I suppose all you are looking at is lekki and ajah.

ego lag said...

Exactly. Feeling like they own this country

Anonymous said...

Anon 13.09, yes Yorubas live , work and own properties in London, the difference is we are greatful and respectful to the indigenous oyinbo people... We don't go there and tell them without us they are nobodys. We don't insult them. We don't tell them they are animals, we don't try to take over their land. We don't mess their properties up. We don't hurl insults at people and feel we are better than everyone else. We act and behave civilised. And we live happily with the indigenous people. We don't threaten to leave the country or want our own country from their land only to turn around and start playing victim. We are not greedy and selfish. And we speak out if anyone want to speak rubbish on our behalf.

TGW said...

Anon 17:49
Lekki and ajah is a bad choice to build cos is water logged areas..but yet ibos buy land there and spend massively in the foundation in order to build .
The money spent in this foundation is enough to build a bungalow in a good land that is not water logged.
So let's give it to them..they did well for Lagos

Shola said...

Anon 17.49 have u been to alaba intern market.balogun,trade fair...all the shops there belong to an ibo man.if they leave who would take over from them? Do we have the contacts they have from their suppliers?
Besides this their business is a risky one and involves lots of capital.
Will all the people that flood Lagos to buy and export to their country come anymore?
If they leave Lagos would become dry as a graveyard
Wch Yoruba man would do boy-boy for his master for over 5 years..
Ibo man is business personified
We all need each other in this country..
If its the Hausas that want to leave ofcourse we would gladly let them go cos they kill at every opportunity but this ibos bring development to our land..#nobiafra

Anonymous said...

So why the maginalisation shit talk. U dont know what u want. U want biafra ....oya leave nigeria its citizens no want you.... e vex u. Goooooooooo

Anonymous said...

Can you do yourself a favour?
Shut up!!!
Been reading your comments and you don't seem to make any sense. If you don't know what to say, keep quiet, you mustn't contribute to every discourse. Trying too hard to prove you are not a tribal bigot, some comment will be going towards your hate for the Ibos, others would be trying to stay in the middle. Rubbish. Unamikot!

IBIBIO FINEST said...

Do u know that after the civil war ..all the properties belonging to the igbo men in all the other region were seized. The Igbos were left with nothing
But yet they made it..
They are now the wealthiest
They build the best houses
They own all the shops in Lagos
They are the importer n exporters
Does this not tell us anything??
That this group are blessed..tgey can make wealth with absolutely no revenue..they are good in biz..thats why they are the only group brave enough to want to leave cos they believe in themselves..
I personally have mad respect for an ibo man.they are hustlers



@ibibio chick

IBIBIO FINEST said...

Do u know that after the civil war ..all the properties belonging to the igbo men in all the other region were seized. The Igbos were left with nothing
But yet they made it..
They are now the wealthiest
They build the best houses
They own all the shops in Lagos
They are the importer n exporters
Does this not tell us anything??
That this group are blessed..tgey can make wealth with absolutely no revenue..they are good in biz..thats why they are the only group brave enough to want to leave cos they believe in themselves..
I personally have mad respect for an ibo manπŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™.they are hustlers



@ibibio chick

Chinedum said...

@Broomstick If ur area doesn't an igbo man better pack out from there cos that place would be like a bedroom..sleeping zone.who does biz in that area then? Igbos take charge that's why the man had to head the meeting cos una dey dull his spirit.we no dey carry last. Yes we rule wherever we step out foot as the bible commanded. We are first class citizens and can't be the tail.yes proudly igbo!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 13:09, I guess you didn't get the part where she said that you guys don't care that you are in someone else's land and close streets in London when you want to do owambe...... is that disrespect or not? London people don't threaten to xenophobia you guys at any instance. London people don't call you names (Igbotic) and spite you at any instance. Please who holy pass?

Anonymous said...

Anon 13:09, I guess you didn't get the part where she said that you guys don't care that you are in someone else's land and close streets in London when you want to do owambe...... is that disrespect or not? London people don't threaten to xenophobia you guys at any instance. London people don't call you names (Igbotic) and spite you at any instance. Please who holy pass?

Anonymous said...

Why won't we follow Kanu? Is it Reno Omokri we should follow? Or Sanusi, or even El Rufai we should follow? Somebody should have to start something. That's why blacks in America has freedom today that every race is enjoying. They did not say, "don't follow Martin Luther, he has money, he has access to escape". Emancipated yourselves from mental slavery and let's keep moving, we'll get their someday.

Anonymous said...

Anon 14:23, whatever made you think that an Igbo man will want to be joined with a minority who is a mere attachee that thing is just moving you to destruction. Haven't you heard that the 5 Igbo states are Imo,Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi. Please and please again, you can claim your ancestry to the Yoruba, oduduwa, sango or even amadioha, it does not give me headache. Igbos claim their ancestry to the Jews please. If you read about Olaudah Equiano, you will still see that we have a great ancestry. You foul mouthed Yoruba ancestry fool, come here and say we have no origin huh? Have you ever seen an Igbo person claim Niger deltan? Or you just talk because talk is cheap? What commonality do they have boko? They are not related in language nor culture. I will believe you are Yoruba because they've been going under anonymous claiming Niger delta to write shit like what you wrote up there. I don't even know where Niger delta is to talk of me claiming to be Niger delta bikonu, nothing wey person no go hear. Please keep out of this Biafra thing, because no Biafra is including you all. We have said it times without number. Haven't you heard about Isreal being surrounded by enemies, yet they keep excelling? I hope with your claim to Yoruba ancestry does not include other Niger deltans, because I'm sure they won't take it easy with you. Or is Calendar and the rest also Yoruba or without ancestry like you said? Ewu Yoruba claiming Niger delta to write rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Anon 14:23, you are a Yoruba goat, for calling Hausas cattle. Anumanu, who gave you data to use and write nonsense here? Yoruba fool typing nonsense. You can only come here and type rubbish, all these people who have little or nothing going on in their lives, only come on blogs and make claims. Do you know what tomorrow holds? You think Igbo people are claiming you? Start dancing, they would rather claim cattle than a lay about like you. Swerve mumu.

Lilly simple said...

@ Fidel
I live in one of the places u mentioned
I wonder why my Landlord prefer Ibo tenant to his tribe own
Am still wondering

Anonymous said...

"The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.".....Thucydides
Given the current political struggles, it would behoove all Nigerians/groups to pay close attention to the above quotation by a reasoned mind eons ago. QED@atm

Broomstick said...

Chinedum, so it is only Igbos that have a right to trade? To answer your question, the shops in the area are owned by different people from different tribes except the Igbos cos we have others in this country who don't rely on the Igbos for food. Imagine your question. Mtscheeew. Next time you want to cite the Bible, please come armed with particular scripture verses.

Broomstick said...

See why you're anonymous? Get an identity before and while at it, get someone to tutor you on reading comprehension then come back and seek for my notice. Just maybe I'll give it to you

Amacastel said...

That's why we want to leave cos we are being treated like forginers in Nigeria, the lack of respect from the NORTH, killing of igbos & christans, monopolising of govt ministries by the northern & westerns prompt us to agitate for seccetion

Amacastel said...

Broom stick watch that igbo man in the next 5yrs he will own property more than my residents of the area, u claim igbo don't develop Lagos, come to Lagos around 27 Dec then you will have a rethink, like I say everywhere, yourbas are not our problems, the problem of this country is the unrepentant, barbaric, demonise Hausa Fulani's they need to have their own country. So we can move forward, average yourba man is resourceful, an average igbo man is resourceful, but an average Hausa man don't have anything where he migrate except mat & radio. They need to have their own country cos they are the parasites in this country.
Igbos & yourbas has intermarry so much that the relationship can't be cut off but we need to stay away from an Hausa Fulani man They are the problem of this country.

Amacastel said...

Hausa Fulani 's are not marginalised, how can you give only kastina state 51 quota for DSS & give the whole of south south &south east 47, the whole of west 58, while the north has more than 250, what do you call that.

Amacastel said...

Lilly u dy mind the fool.

Amacastel said...

Anosny14. 23 we don't want you pple, if you must know Anambra,imo,abia,& some part of Enugu state has oil, Enugu & Ebonyi has lime stone & coal, we have more than 1000 professors, thousands of doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, musicians, actors,Industrialist, capitalist, economist, etc, an average igbo man or woman is a bizness inclined individual, so we are builders, go to ur Niger delta region, come to south east, the difference is clear, we don't rely on ur over used oil, we built ourselves out of nothing after the civil war & you think we want to rely on any tribe for survival, that's the joke of the century, Let them let us go & watch us in the next 10yrs. We don't care like seriously. Na our self we know ooo

Anonymous said...

Illiteracy is a disease,because you people are into business,drugs and crimeS doesn't mean you own Lagos or all the sophisticated houses in Lagos.Mumu people create your Biafra and leave all Arewa land and Yoruba land.Ewu

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