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Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by okunoba(m): 1:59am On May 04, 2010
Yorubas are the Problem with Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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In sum, the Yoruba political leadership, as mentioned by Balarabe Musa, has shown itself over the years to be incapable of rising above narrow tribal interests and reciprocating goodwill from other sections of the country by treating other groups with respect. Practically every crisis in Nigeria since independence has its roots in this attitude.

i. The Yoruba elite and area-boy politics;
ii. Igbo marginalisation and the responsible limits of retribution; and
iii. The Yoruba Factor and "Area-boy" Politics.

See also The Adulteress' Diary by Lamido Sanusi

My views on the Yoruba political leadership have been thoroughly articulated in some of my writings, prime among which was " Afenifere: Syllabus of Errors" published by This Day (The Sunday Newspaper) on Sept 27, 1998. There was also an earlier publication in the weekly Trust entitled " The Igbo, the Yoruba and History"  (Aug. 21, 1998).
In sum, the Yoruba political leadership, as mentioned by Balarabe Musa, has shown itself over the years to be incapable of rising above narrow tribal interests and reciprocating goodwill from other sections of the country by treating other groups with respect. Practically every crisis in Nigeria since independence has its roots in this attitude.
The Yoruba elite were the first, in 1962, to attempt a violent overthrow of an elected government in this country. In 1966, it was the violence in the West which provided an avenue for the putsch of 15th January. After Chief Awolowo lost to Shagari in 1983 elections, it was the discontent and bad publicity in the South-West which led to the Buhari intervention.
When Buhari jailed UPN governors like Ige and Onabanjo, the South-Western press castigated that good government and provided the right mood for IBB to take over power. As soon as IBB cleared UPN governors of charges against them in a politically motivated retrial, he became the darling of the South-West. When IBB annulled the primaries in which Adamu Ciroma and Shehu Yar Adua emerged as presidential candidates in the NRC and SDP, he was hailed by the South-West. When the same man annulled the June 12, 1993 elections in which Abiola was the front-runner, the South-West now became defenders of democracy.

When it seemed Sani Abacha was sympathetic to Abiola, the South-West supported his take-over. He was in fact invited by a prominent NADECO member to take over in a published letter shortly before the event. Even though Abiola had won the elections in the North, the North was blamed for its annulment. When Abdulsalam Abubakar started his transition, the Yoruba political leadership through NADECO presented a memorandum on a Government of National Unity that showed complete disrespect for the intelligence and liberties of other Nigerians.


Subsequently, they formed a tribal party which failed to meet minimum requirements for registration, but was registered all the same to avoid the violence that was bound to follow non-registration, given the area-boy mentality of South-West politicians. Having rejected an Obasanjo candidacy and challenged the election as a fraud in court, we now find a leading member of the AD in the government, a daughter of an Afenifere leader as Minister of State, and Awolowo´s daughter as Ambassador, all appointed by a man who won the election through fraud.

Meanwhile, nothing has been negotiated for the children of Abiola, the focus of Yoruba political activity. In return for these favours, the AD solidly voted for Evan Enwerem as Senate President. This is a man who participated in the two-million- man March for Abacha´s self-succession. He also is reputed to have hosted a meeting of governors during IBB´s transition, demanding that June 12 elections should never be de-annulled and threatening that the East would go to war if this was done. When Ibrahim Salisu Buhari was accused of swearing to a false affidavit, the Yoruba political elite correctly took up the gauntlet for his resignation.

When an AD governor, Bola Tinubu, swears to a false affidavit that he attended an Ivy League University which he did not attend, we hear excuses.

For so many years, the Yoruba have inundated this country with stories of being marginalised and of a civil service dominated by northerners through quota system. The Federal Character Commission has recently released a report which shows that the  South-West accounts for 27.8% of civil servants in the range GL08 to GL14 and a full 29.5% of GL 15 and above. One zone out of six zones controls a full 30% of the civil service leaving the other five zones to share the remaining 70%. We find the same story in the economy, in academia, in parastatals.
 
Yet in spite of being so dominant, the Yoruba complained and complained of marginalization. Of recent, in recognition of the trauma which hit the South-West after June 12, the rest of the country forced everyone out of the race to ensure that a South-Westerner emerged, often against the best advice of political activists.

Instead of leading a path of reconciliation and strong appreciation, the Yoruba have embarked on short-sighted triumphalism, threatening other "nationalities" that they ( who after all lost the election) will protect Obasanjo ( who was forced on them). No less a person than Bola Ige has made such utterances.

To further show that they were in charge, they led a cult into the Hausa area of Sagamu, murdered a Hausa woman and nothing happened. In the violence that followed, they killed several Hausa residents, with Yoruba leaders like Segun Osoba, reminding Nigerians of the need to respect the culture of their host communities.  This would have continued were it not for the people of Kano who showed that they could also create their own Oro who would only be appeased through the shedding of innocent Yoruba blood.
 
I say all this, to support Balarabe Musa´s statement, that the greatest problem to nation-building in Nigeria are the Yoruba Bourgeoisie. I say this also to underscore my point that until they change this attitude, no conference can solve the problems of Nigeria. We cannot move forward if the leadership of one of the largest ethnic groups continues to operate, not like statesmen, but like common area boys.
 
iii.The Igbo Factor and the Reasonable Limits of Retribution.
 
The Igbo people of Nigeria have made a mark in the history of this nation. They led the first successful military coup which eliminated the Military and Political leaders of other regions while letting off Igbo leaders. Nwafor Orizu, then Senate President, in consultation with President Azikiwe, subverted the constitution and handed over power to Aguiyi-Ironsi.  Subsequent developments, including attempts at humiliating other peoples, led to the counter-coup and later the civil war. The Igbos themselves must acknowledge that they have a large part of the blame for shattering the unity of this country.
 
Having said that, this nation must realise that Igbos have more than paid for their foolishness. They have been defeated in war, rendered paupers by monetary policy fiat, their properties declared abandoned and confiscated, kept out of strategic public sector appointments and deprived of public services. The rest of the country forced them to remain in Nigeria and has continued to deny them equity.
 
The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have conspired to keep the Igbo out of the scheme of things. In the recent transition when the Igbo solidly supported the PDP in the hope of an Ekwueme presidency, the North and South-West treated this as a Biafra agenda. Every rule set for the primaries, every gentleman´s agreement was set aside to ensure that Obasanjo, not Ekwueme emerged as the candidate. Things went as far as getting the Federal Government to hurriedly gazette a pardon. Now, with this government, the marginalistion of the Igbo is more complete than ever before. The Igbos have taken all these quietly because, they reason, they brought it upon themselves. But the nation is sitting on a time-bomb.
 
After the First World War, the victors treated Germany with the same contempt Nigeria is treating Igbos. Two decades later, there was a Second World War, far costlier than the first. Germany was again defeated, but this time, they won a more honourable peace. Our present political leaders have no sense of History. There is a new Igbo man, who was not born in 1966 and neither knows nor cares about Nzeogwu and Ojukwu. There are Igbo men on the street who were never Biafrans. They were born Nigerians, are Nigerians, but suffer because of actions of earlier generations. They will soon decide that it is better to fight their own war, and may be find an honourable peace, than to remain in this contemptible state in perpetuity.
 
The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have exacted their pound of flesh from the Igbos. For one Sardauna, one Tafawa Balewa, one Akintola and one Okotie-Eboh, hundreds of thousands have died and suffered.
 
If this issue is not addressed immediately, no conference will solve Nigeria´s problems.


By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by naijadoll1: 2:09am On May 04, 2010
jeez, when will ethnicity stop being a factor in Nigerian politics, in a century or maybe never, smmsh !!
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by sulad82i(m): 3:35am On May 04, 2010
I reserve my comment. I dont think I need to get this low
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by TewMuch: 4:44am On May 04, 2010
Yah! Whatever you say Sanusi. This whole article is so ridiculous it is amazing. And i laugh at it. Hausa's can actually blame Yoruba's? I guess all the nonsense they have done, a scape goat has to bear the brunt of it. This article that has been dug up will come back to hurt his political ambitions in the future. But this does not take away from the good he has done in the banking system. Its all about the Yoruba and Area Boy Politics. What does that mean? This article is obviously written to pit Yoruba's against Igbo's. And turn the blame of what Hausa's have done to the country on Yoruba's. When have Yoruba's ever screamed Marginalisation? In the end of the article he talks about "Yoruba and Northern Bourgeois". Hmmm. How did the Northerners achieve Northern Bourgeois By killing and submitting the whole of Nigeria to forced military rule, thereby scaling development back a full 50 years? He needs his head examined. This article is so poor. He needs a better shot than descending so low. ridiculous.
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by AYODEJI4LOVE(m): 9:30pm On May 05, 2010
is it because we yoruba ar nt in support of ur evil genius ibb.we avn't forgoten wat he did in wen he was in power.we sti remember abacha,yorubas are d problem of nigeria yet all rich people in ur area av their industry in lagos.yet u pple want 2 make awolowo ur role model.yet u pple kip on complain,u argu dat obj is nt gud wen in power yet he is beta dan d best frm ur area.
igbo&hausa hate yoruba but we yoruba sti lov u pple no mata wat
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by freezy(m): 11:12pm On May 05, 2010
I comment my reserve. How did such an ethnic bigot become the holder of such a sensitive office!

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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by AYODEJI4LOVE(m): 1:04am On May 06, 2010
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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by PETER2020: 1:51am On May 06, 2010
@ Ayodeji4love,
love, love, love indeed. fake love.
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by AYODEJI4LOVE(m): 7:35am On May 06, 2010
PETER2020:

@ Ayodeji4love,
love, love, love indeed. fake love.
we love you.how many times av you seen Yoruba pple killing hausa.
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by AYODEJI4LOVE(m): 1:10pm On May 06, 2010
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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by naijadoll1: 4:59pm On May 06, 2010
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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by davidylan(m): 5:02pm On May 06, 2010
lol Sanusi . . . look at urself in the mirror. If not for the yoruba you wont have Lagos to boast of. Take the yoruba and igbo/entire east out of Nigeria, all you have left is Niger Republic. And the yoruba are the problem with nigeria? What a joke.
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by AYODEJI4LOVE(m): 7:59pm On May 06, 2010
i wonder what is own ethnic group have done to nigeria
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by patriot2: 12:42am On Feb 03, 2012
Igbos do not hate Yorubas and Yorubas do not hate Igbos.
The haussa are trying to divide us. They are the ones who hate both Igbo and yoruba, which they show by constantly killing us. Every sain human being knwos the haussa and especially the Fulani have no place in Nigeria unless they give up Islam.

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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by Ranks007(m): 12:10pm On Feb 03, 2012
Yoruba's own Nairaland - It won't make the front page!
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by unitysounduk(m): 7:12am On Aug 13, 2012
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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by PAGAN9JA(m): 8:34am On Aug 13, 2012
patriot2: Igbos do not hate Yorubas and Yorubas do not hate Igbos.
The haussa are trying to divide us. They are the ones who hate both Igbo and yoruba, which they show by constantly killing us. Every sain human being knwos the haussa and especially the Fulani have no place in Nigeria unless they give up Islam.

just like Igbos and Yorubas have no business in Nigeria unless the give up christianity.

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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by Nwoka(m): 3:01am On Aug 25, 2012
Seun Osewa is a bloody yoruba twart...let this make d front page na...racist oshi

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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by unitysounduk(m): 4:24am On Aug 25, 2012
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Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by Ikengawo: 3:16pm On Feb 05, 2013
So why didn't any yoruba say anything about this. Chinua Achebe saying awolowo wanted to advance the yoruba people was a problem, but this is ignorned?
cowardice. Sanusi is right.
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by babyosisi(f): 3:28am On Feb 06, 2013
Ikengawo: So why didn't any yoruba say anything about this. Chinua Achebe saying awolowo wanted to advance the yoruba people was a problem, but this is ignorned?
cowardice. Sanusi is right.

Exactly
Na only for Igbo man body dem get mouth
The Hausa na dem husband ,dem no fit challenge am
Why this thread no make front page
Hehehehehehe
Sanusi spoke some truth sha
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by dumjoshua: 10:35am On Feb 07, 2013
why all these complains or is it political game plan to use the east against the south or to seek the support of th easterners,
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by T9ksy(m): 1:07am On Feb 08, 2013
Ikengawo: So why didn't any yoruba say anything about this. Chinua Achebe saying awolowo wanted to advance the yoruba people was a problem, but this is ignorned?
cowardice. Sanusi is right.

Of course, sanusi was right!!!!

take for instance, his closing statement:



The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have exacted their pound of flesh from the Igbos. For one Sardauna, one Tafawa Balewa, one Akintola and one Okotie-Eboh, hundreds of thousands have died and suffered.


Why don't you ask sanusi, how many ibos were slaughtered in yorubaland in retaliation for Akintola's death or in the mid-west region, for okotie-Eboh's death? Afterall, the man was right.................
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by ayodot(m): 6:35pm On Feb 10, 2013
Sanusi was so economical with the truth, that one could see is main objective is to put the yoruba's on the spot and blame the whole naija crisis on him.

At first the blamed was on yoruba's at the latter end of is post, he made the north share in the blame. That is today, certainly 2moro only Yoruba's will take the blame from sanusi's angle

Sagamu crisis.
Oro(A SW masquerade) is a evil/occult tradition held by the powerful every now and then in the south west. Men are allowed to watch on few occasions but women are not always allowed. this as been a know fact by all indigene/non-indigene of the community.
There always like 2days or more prior notice before every Oro festival and everyone is advice to stay indoors after 8pm. no one as ever been force out of her house for watching. this Hausa indigence of sabo knows about this.
There was one Hausa prostitute who dared to see the unseen and was kill. she was outrightly out side, only God knows why.

The Hausa seeing the killing of the own started killing and destruction from sabo towards other part of town. Then the rest is history.

I'm not proud of this traditions but why dare the undarable when u know u will loose. Other tribes like Ibo, ijaws etc doing business in sabo, at not time had problems with the indigenes. I think, it's the domineering spirit wetin them.

The north is the most-untolerant tribe in Nigeria. The only way of settling matters is to draw blood and nothing else. The silly sanusi that talked about retribution. If the south are to start killing the begger children, carrot selling, wheelbarrow pushing and the few well to do, I think the land will be contaminated by there blood.
 
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by remadebayo: 7:25pm On Mar 16, 2013
I wouldn't dignify Sanusi Lamido with a reply. His comments have betrayed him as a religious fanatic and ethnic champion. I have never reserved my opinion about him and that's why I refer to him as Emir of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Sanusi's eyes are on the Kano stool and he would do all he could to divide the rest to achieve whatever he calls his blue blood. Shame on him!
Re: Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria - By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by Nobody: 4:44pm On Aug 11, 2013
i just typed yorubas are and this what came out cool cool cool cool cool nice

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