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Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by chiefobdk(m): 8:23pm On Dec 22, 2016
Chief Awolowo’s Speech
to
Western Leaders of Thought
In Ibadan on MAY 1 1967
The aim of a leader should be the welfare of the people whom he leads. I have
used ‘welfare’ to denote the physical , mental and spiritual well -being of the
people. With this aim fixed unflinchingly and unchangeably before my eyes I
consider it my duty to Yoruba people in particular and to Nigerians in general,
to place four imperatives before you this morning. Two of them are categorical
and two are conditional.
Only a peaceful solution must be found to arrest the present worsening stalemate and restore normalcy.
The Eastern Region must be encouraged to remain part of the Federation. If the Eastern Region is
allowed by acts of omission or commission to secede from or opt out of Nigeria, then the Western
Region and Lagos must also stay out of the Federation. The people of Western
Nigeria and Lagos should participate in the ad hoc committee or any similar body
only on the basis of absolute equality with the other regions of the Federation.
I would like to comment briefly on these four imperatives . There has, of late,
been a good deal of sabre rattling in some parts of the country . Those who
advocate the use force for the settlement of our present problems should stop a
little and reflect. I can see no vital and abiding principle involved in any war
between the North and the East.
If the East attacked the North, it would be for purpose of revenge pure and simple . Any
claim to the contrary would be untenable . If it is claimed that such a war is
being waged for the purpose of recovering the real and personal properties left
behind in the North by Easterners two insuperable points are obvious. Firstly ,
the personal effects left behind by Easterners have been wholly looted or
destroyed, and can no longer be physically recovered. Secondly, since the real
properties are immovable in case of recovery of them can only be by means of
forcible military occupation of those parts of the North in which these
properties are situated. On the other hand , if the North attacked the East, it
could only be for the purpose of further strengthening and entrenching its
position of dominance in the country.
If it is claimed that an attack on the East is going to be launched by the
Federal Government and not by the North as such and that it is designed to
ensure the unity and integrity of the Federation, two other insuperable points
also become obvious . First , if a war against the East becomes a necessity it
must be agreed to unanimously by the remaining units of the Federation . In this
connection, the West, Mid- West and Lagos have declared their implacable
opposition to the use of force in solving the present problem . In the face of
such declarations by three out of remaining four territories of Nigeria , a war
against the East could only be a war favoured by the North alone.
Second, if the true purpose of such a war is to preserve the unity and integrity of the
Federation, then these ends can be achieved by the very simple devices of
implementing the recommendation of the committee which met on August 9 1966 , as
reaffirmed by a decision of the military leaders at Aburi on January 5 1967 as
well as by accepting such of the demands of the East , West , Mid-West and Lagos
as are manifestly reasonable, and essential for assuring harmonious
relationships and peaceful co- existence between them and their brothers
and sisters in the North.
Some knowledgeable persons have likened an attack on the East to Lincoln ’s war
against the southern states in America. Two vital factors distinguish Lincoln ’s
campaign from the one now being contemplated in Nigeria. The first is that the
American civil war was aimed at the abolition of slavery – that is the
liberation of millions of Negroes who were then still being used as chattels and
worse than domestic animals.
The second factor is that Lincoln and others in the northern states were
English-speaking people waging a war of good conscience and humanity against
their fellow nationals who were also English speaking. A war against the East in
which Northern soldiers are predominant, will only unite the Easterners or the
Ibos against their attackers, strengthen them in their belief that they are not
wanted by the majority of their fellow -Nigerians, and finally push them out of
the Federation.
We have been told that an act of secession on the part of the East would be a
signal, in the first instance , for the creation of the COR state by decree ,
which would be backed, if need be, by the use of force .
With great respect, I have some dissenting observations to make on this declaration . There
are 11 national or linguistic groups in the COR areas with a total population of
5. 3 millions . These national groups are as distinct from one another as the Ibos
are distinct from them or from the Yorubas or Hausas. Of the 11, the Efik/ Ibibio/Annang
national group are 3. 2 million strong as against the Ijaws who are only about
700,000 strong.
Ostensibly, the remaining nine national group number 1 .4 millions . But when you
have subtracted the Ibo inhabitants from among them , what is left ranges from
the Ngennis who number only 8 ,000 to the Ogonis who are 220,000 strong . A decree creating
a COR state without a plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the peoples in the area, would
only amount to subordinating the minority national groups in the state to the dominance of
the Efik/Ibibio /Annang national group . It would be perfectly in order to create a Calabar state or a
Rivers state by decree , and without a plebiscite. Each is a homogeneous national
unit. But before you lump distinct and diverse national units together in one
state, the consent of each of them is indispensable. Otherwise , the seed of
social disquilibrium in the new state would have been sown.
On the other hand , if the COR State is created by decree after the Eastern
Region shall have made its severance from Nigeria effective , we should then be
waging an unjust war against a foreign state. It would be an unjust war , because
the purpose of it would be to remove 10 minorities in the East from the
dominance of the Ibos only to subordinate them to the dominance of the Efik /Ibibio/Annang
national group. I think I have said enough to demonstrate that any war against
the East, or vice versa, on any count whatsoever, would be an unholy crusade ,
for which it would be most unjustifiable to shed a drop of Nigerian blood .
Therefore, only a peaceful solution must be found, and quickly too to arrest the present rapidly
deteriorating stalemate and restore normalcy.
With regard to the second categorical imperative, it is my considered view that
whilst some of the demands of the East are excessive within the context of a
Nigerian union, most of such demands are not only well- founded, but are designed
for smooth and steady association amongst the various national units of Nigeria.
The dependence of the Federal Government on financial contributions from the
regions: These and other such like demands I do not support. Demands such as
these, if accepted, will lead surely to the complete disintegration of the
Federation which is not in the interest of our people. But I wholeheartedly
support the following demands among others, which we consider reasonable and
most of which are already embodied in our memoranda to the Ad Hoc Committee… .
* That revenue should be allocated strictly on the basis of derivation ; that is
to say after the Federal Government has deducted its own share for its own
services the rest should be allocated to the regions to which they are attributable .
* That the existing public debt of the Federation should become the
responsibility of the regions on the basis of the location of the projects in
respect of each debt whether internal or external.
* That each region should have and control its own militia and police force .
* That , with immediate effect, all military personnel should be posted to their
regions of origin… .
If we are to live in harmony one with another as Nigerians it is imperative that
these demands and others which are not related , should be met without further
delay by those who have hitherto resisted them. To those who may argue that the
acceptance of these demands will amount to transforming Nigeria into a
federation with a weak central government , my comment is that any link however
tenuous, which keeps the East in the Nigerian union, is better in my view than
no link at all .
Before the Western delegates went to Lagos to attend the meetings of the ad hoc
committee , they were given a clear mandate that if any region should opt out of
the Federation of Nigeria , then the Federation should be considered to be at an
end, and that the Western Region and Lagos should also opt out of it . It would
then be up to Western Nigeria and Lagos as an independent sovereign state to
enter into association with any of the Nigerian units of its own choosing, and
on terms mutually acceptable to them . I see no reason for departing from this
mandate. If any region in Nigeria considers itself strong enough to compel us to
enter into association with it on its own terms, I would only wish such a region
luck. But such luck, I must warn , will, in the long run be no better than that
which has attended the doings of all colonial powers down the ages.
This much I must say in addition , on this point . We have neither military might nor the
overwhelming advantage of numbers here in Western Nigeria and Lagos. But we have
justice of a noble and imperishable cause on our side, namely: the right of a people
to unfettered self- determination . If this is so, then God is on our side , and if God is
with us then we have nothing whatsoever in this world to fear.
Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by chiefobdk(m): 8:26pm On Dec 22, 2016
The fourth imperative, and the second conditional one has been fully dealt with
in my recent letter to the Military Governor of Western Nigeria, Col . Robert
Adebayo, and in the representation which your deputation made last year to the
head of the Federal Military Government, Lt. Col . Yakubu Gowon. As a matter of
fact, as far back as November last year a smaller meeting of leaders of thought
in this Region decided that unless certain things were done, we would no longer
participate in the meeting of the ad hoc committee . But since then, not even one
of our legitimate requests has been granted. I will, therefore, take no more of your
time in making further comments on a point with which you are well familiar . As
soon as our humble and earnest requests are met, I shall be ready to take my
place on the ad hoc committee . But certainly , not before .
In closing, I have this piece of advice to give. In order to resolve amiably and
in the best interests of all Nigerians certain attributes are required on the
part of Nigerian leaders, military as well as non-military leaders alike,
namely: vision , realism and unselfishness . But above all, what will keep
Nigerian leaders in the North and East unwaveringly in the path of wisdom ,
realism and moderation is courage and steadfastness on the part of Yoruba people
in the course of what they sincerely believe to be right, equitable and just. In
the past five years we in the West and Lagos have shown that we possess these
qualities in a large measure . If we demonstrate them again as we did in the
past, calmly and heroically , we will save Nigeria from further bloodshed and
imminent wreck and, at the same time, preserve our freedom and self-respect into
the bargain.
May God rule and guide our deliberations here, and endow all the Nigerian
leaders with the vision, realism, and unselfishness as well as courage and
steadfastness in the course of truth , which the present
circumstances demand .
(Culled from Daily Times , 2 May 1967 ) and quoted in “ Crisis and Conflict
in Nigeria ( Volume 1) , January 1966 -July 1971 ″ by A .H . M. Kirk- Greene )
============================


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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by DaBullIT(m): 8:42pm On Dec 22, 2016
Show us Odumegu's speech

I trash you , you dey open thread up an dan

heheheheheh

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by chiefobdk(m): 8:55pm On Dec 22, 2016
DaBullIT:
Show us Odumegu's speech

I trash you , you dey open thread up an dan

heheheheheh





Abeg who be dis?

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by AshiwajuFoward: 9:26pm On Dec 22, 2016
chiefobdk:
Chief Awolowo’s Speech
to
Western Leaders of Thought
In Ibadan on MAY 1 1967
The aim of a leader should be the welfare of the people whom he leads. I have
used ‘welfare’ to denote the physical , mental and spiritual well -being of the
people. With this aim fixed unflinchingly and unchangeably before my eyes I
consider it my duty to Yoruba people in particular and to Nigerians in general,
to place four imperatives before you this morning. Two of them are categorical
and two are conditional.
Only a peaceful solution must be found to arrest the present worsening stalemate and restore normalcy.
The Eastern Region must be encouraged to remain part of the Federation. If the Eastern Region is
allowed by acts of omission or commission to secede from or opt out of Nigeria, then the Western
Region and Lagos must also stay out of the Federation. The people of Western
Nigeria and Lagos should participate in the ad hoc committee or any similar body
only on the basis of absolute equality with the other regions of the Federation.
I would like to comment briefly on these four imperatives . There has, of late,
been a good deal of sabre rattling in some parts of the country . Those who
advocate the use force for the settlement of our present problems should stop a
little and reflect. I can see no vital and abiding principle involved in any war
between the North and the East.
If the East attacked the North, it would be for purpose of revenge pure and simple . Any
claim to the contrary would be untenable . If it is claimed that such a war is
being waged for the purpose of recovering the real and personal properties left
behind in the North by Easterners two insuperable points are obvious. Firstly ,
the personal effects left behind by Easterners have been wholly looted or
destroyed, and can no longer be physically recovered. Secondly, since the real
properties are immovable in case of recovery of them can only be by means of
forcible military occupation of those parts of the North in which these
properties are situated. On the other hand , if the North attacked the East, it
could only be for the purpose of further strengthening and entrenching its
position of dominance in the country.
If it is claimed that an attack on the East is going to be launched by the
Federal Government and not by the North as such and that it is designed to
ensure the unity and integrity of the Federation, two other insuperable points
also become obvious . First , if a war against the East becomes a necessity it
must be agreed to unanimously by the remaining units of the Federation . In this
connection, the West, Mid- West and Lagos have declared their implacable
opposition to the use of force in solving the present problem . In the face of
such declarations by three out of remaining four territories of Nigeria , a war
against the East could only be a war favoured by the North alone.
Second, if the true purpose of such a war is to preserve the unity and integrity of the
Federation, then these ends can be achieved by the very simple devices of
implementing the recommendation of the committee which met on August 9 1966 , as
reaffirmed by a decision of the military leaders at Aburi on January 5 1967 as
well as by accepting such of the demands of the East , West , Mid-West and Lagos
as are manifestly reasonable, and essential for assuring harmonious
relationships and peaceful co- existence between them and their brothers
and sisters in the North.
Some knowledgeable persons have likened an attack on the East to Lincoln ’s war
against the southern states in America. Two vital factors distinguish Lincoln ’s
campaign from the one now being contemplated in Nigeria. The first is that the
American civil war was aimed at the abolition of slavery – that is the
liberation of millions of Negroes who were then still being used as chattels and
worse than domestic animals.
The second factor is that Lincoln and others in the northern states were
English-speaking people waging a war of good conscience and humanity against
their fellow nationals who were also English speaking. A war against the East in
which Northern soldiers are predominant, will only unite the Easterners or the
Ibos against their attackers, strengthen them in their belief that they are not
wanted by the majority of their fellow -Nigerians, and finally push them out of
the Federation.
We have been told that an act of secession on the part of the East would be a
signal, in the first instance , for the creation of the COR state by decree ,
which would be backed, if need be, by the use of force .
With great respect, I have some dissenting observations to make on this declaration . There
are 11 national or linguistic groups in the COR areas with a total population of
5. 3 millions . These national groups are as distinct from one another as the Ibos
are distinct from them or from the Yorubas or Hausas. Of the 11, the Efik/ Ibibio/Annang
national group are 3. 2 million strong as against the Ijaws who are only about
700,000 strong.
Ostensibly, the remaining nine national group number 1 .4 millions . But when you
have subtracted the Ibo inhabitants from among them , what is left ranges from
the Ngennis who number only 8 ,000 to the Ogonis who are 220,000 strong . A decree creating
a COR state without a plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the peoples in the area, would
only amount to subordinating the minority national groups in the state to the dominance of
the Efik/Ibibio /Annang national group . It would be perfectly in order to create a Calabar state or a
Rivers state by decree , and without a plebiscite. Each is a homogeneous national
unit. But before you lump distinct and diverse national units together in one
state, the consent of each of them is indispensable. Otherwise , the seed of
social disquilibrium in the new state would have been sown.
On the other hand , if the COR State is created by decree after the Eastern
Region shall have made its severance from Nigeria effective , we should then be
waging an unjust war against a foreign state. It would be an unjust war , because
the purpose of it would be to remove 10 minorities in the East from the
dominance of the Ibos only to subordinate them to the dominance of the Efik /Ibibio/Annang
national group. I think I have said enough to demonstrate that any war against
the East, or vice versa, on any count whatsoever, would be an unholy crusade ,
for which it would be most unjustifiable to shed a drop of Nigerian blood .
Therefore, only a peaceful solution must be found, and quickly too to arrest the present rapidly
deteriorating stalemate and restore normalcy.
With regard to the second categorical imperative, it is my considered view that
whilst some of the demands of the East are excessive within the context of a
Nigerian union, most of such demands are not only well- founded, but are designed
for smooth and steady association amongst the various national units of Nigeria.
The dependence of the Federal Government on financial contributions from the
regions: These and other such like demands I do not support. Demands such as
these, if accepted, will lead surely to the complete disintegration of the
Federation which is not in the interest of our people. But I wholeheartedly
support the following demands among others, which we consider reasonable and
most of which are already embodied in our memoranda to the Ad Hoc Committee… .
* That revenue should be allocated strictly on the basis of derivation ; that is
to say after the Federal Government has deducted its own share for its own
services the rest should be allocated to the regions to which they are attributable .
* That the existing public debt of the Federation should become the
responsibility of the regions on the basis of the location of the projects in
respect of each debt whether internal or external.
* That each region should have and control its own militia and police force .
* That , with immediate effect, all military personnel should be posted to their
regions of origin… .
If we are to live in harmony one with another as Nigerians it is imperative that
these demands and others which are not related , should be met without further
delay by those who have hitherto resisted them. To those who may argue that the
acceptance of these demands will amount to transforming Nigeria into a
federation with a weak central government , my comment is that any link however
tenuous, which keeps the East in the Nigerian union, is better in my view than
no link at all .
Before the Western delegates went to Lagos to attend the meetings of the ad hoc
committee , they were given a clear mandate that if any region should opt out of
the Federation of Nigeria , then the Federation should be considered to be at an
end, and that the Western Region and Lagos should also opt out of it . It would
then be up to Western Nigeria and Lagos as an independent sovereign state to
enter into association with any of the Nigerian units of its own choosing, and
on terms mutually acceptable to them . I see no reason for departing from this
mandate. If any region in Nigeria considers itself strong enough to compel us to
enter into association with it on its own terms, I would only wish such a region
luck. But such luck, I must warn , will, in the long run be no better than that
which has attended the doings of all colonial powers down the ages.
This much I must say in addition , on this point . We have neither military might nor the
overwhelming advantage of numbers here in Western Nigeria and Lagos. But we have
justice of a noble and imperishable cause on our side, namely: the right of a people
to unfettered self- determination . If this is so, then God is on our side , and if God is
with us then we have nothing whatsoever in this world to fear.

Ok omo yeebo...

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by AshiwajuFoward: 9:26pm On Dec 22, 2016
chiefobdk:
The fourth imperative, and the second conditional one has been fully dealt with
in my recent letter to the Military Governor of Western Nigeria, Col . Robert
Adebayo, and in the representation which your deputation made last year to the
head of the Federal Military Government, Lt. Col . Yakubu Gowon. As a matter of
fact, as far back as November last year a smaller meeting of leaders of thought
in this Region decided that unless certain things were done, we would no longer
participate in the meeting of the ad hoc committee . But since then, not even one
of our legitimate requests has been granted. I will, therefore, take no more of your
time in making further comments on a point with which you are well familiar . As
soon as our humble and earnest requests are met, I shall be ready to take my
place on the ad hoc committee . But certainly , not before .
In closing, I have this piece of advice to give. In order to resolve amiably and
in the best interests of all Nigerians certain attributes are required on the
part of Nigerian leaders, military as well as non-military leaders alike,
namely: vision , realism and unselfishness . But above all, what will keep
Nigerian leaders in the North and East unwaveringly in the path of wisdom ,
realism and moderation is courage and steadfastness on the part of Yoruba people
in the course of what they sincerely believe to be right, equitable and just. In
the past five years we in the West and Lagos have shown that we possess these
qualities in a large measure . If we demonstrate them again as we did in the
past, calmly and heroically , we will save Nigeria from further bloodshed and
imminent wreck and, at the same time, preserve our freedom and self-respect into
the bargain.
May God rule and guide our deliberations here, and endow all the Nigerian
leaders with the vision, realism, and unselfishness as well as courage and
steadfastness in the course of truth , which the present
circumstances demand .
(Culled from Daily Times , 2 May 1967 ) and quoted in “ Crisis and Conflict
in Nigeria ( Volume 1) , January 1966 -July 1971 ″ by A .H . M. Kirk- Greene )
============================


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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by AshiwajuFoward: 9:27pm On Dec 22, 2016
chiefobdk:
Chief Awolowo’s Speech
to
Western Leaders of Thought
In Ibadan on MAY 1 1967
The aim of a leader should be the welfare of the people whom he leads. I have
used ‘welfare’ to denote the physical , mental and spiritual well -being of the
people. With this aim fixed unflinchingly and unchangeably before my eyes I
consider it my duty to Yoruba people in particular and to Nigerians in general,
to place four imperatives before you this morning. Two of them are categorical
and two are conditional.
Only a peaceful solution must be found to arrest the present worsening stalemate and restore normalcy.
The Eastern Region must be encouraged to remain part of the Federation. If the Eastern Region is
allowed by acts of omission or commission to secede from or opt out of Nigeria, then the Western
Region and Lagos must also stay out of the Federation. The people of Western
Nigeria and Lagos should participate in the ad hoc committee or any similar body
only on the basis of absolute equality with the other regions of the Federation.
I would like to comment briefly on these four imperatives . There has, of late,
been a good deal of sabre rattling in some parts of the country . Those who
advocate the use force for the settlement of our present problems should stop a
little and reflect. I can see no vital and abiding principle involved in any war
between the North and the East.
If the East attacked the North, it would be for purpose of revenge pure and simple . Any
claim to the contrary would be untenable . If it is claimed that such a war is
being waged for the purpose of recovering the real and personal properties left
behind in the North by Easterners two insuperable points are obvious. Firstly ,
the personal effects left behind by Easterners have been wholly looted or
destroyed, and can no longer be physically recovered. Secondly, since the real
properties are immovable in case of recovery of them can only be by means of
forcible military occupation of those parts of the North in which these
properties are situated. On the other hand , if the North attacked the East, it
could only be for the purpose of further strengthening and entrenching its
position of dominance in the country.
If it is claimed that an attack on the East is going to be launched by the
Federal Government and not by the North as such and that it is designed to
ensure the unity and integrity of the Federation, two other insuperable points
also become obvious . First , if a war against the East becomes a necessity it
must be agreed to unanimously by the remaining units of the Federation . In this
connection, the West, Mid- West and Lagos have declared their implacable
opposition to the use of force in solving the present problem . In the face of
such declarations by three out of remaining four territories of Nigeria , a war
against the East could only be a war favoured by the North alone.
Second, if the true purpose of such a war is to preserve the unity and integrity of the
Federation, then these ends can be achieved by the very simple devices of
implementing the recommendation of the committee which met on August 9 1966 , as
reaffirmed by a decision of the military leaders at Aburi on January 5 1967 as
well as by accepting such of the demands of the East , West , Mid-West and Lagos
as are manifestly reasonable, and essential for assuring harmonious
relationships and peaceful co- existence between them and their brothers
and sisters in the North.
Some knowledgeable persons have likened an attack on the East to Lincoln ’s war
against the southern states in America. Two vital factors distinguish Lincoln ’s
campaign from the one now being contemplated in Nigeria. The first is that the
American civil war was aimed at the abolition of slavery – that is the
liberation of millions of Negroes who were then still being used as chattels and
worse than domestic animals.
The second factor is that Lincoln and others in the northern states were
English-speaking people waging a war of good conscience and humanity against
their fellow nationals who were also English speaking. A war against the East in
which Northern soldiers are predominant, will only unite the Easterners or the
Ibos against their attackers, strengthen them in their belief that they are not
wanted by the majority of their fellow -Nigerians, and finally push them out of
the Federation.
We have been told that an act of secession on the part of the East would be a
signal, in the first instance , for the creation of the COR state by decree ,
which would be backed, if need be, by the use of force .
With great respect, I have some dissenting observations to make on this declaration . There
are 11 national or linguistic groups in the COR areas with a total population of
5. 3 millions . These national groups are as distinct from one another as the Ibos
are distinct from them or from the Yorubas or Hausas. Of the 11, the Efik/ Ibibio/Annang
national group are 3. 2 million strong as against the Ijaws who are only about
700,000 strong.
Ostensibly, the remaining nine national group number 1 .4 millions . But when you
have subtracted the Ibo inhabitants from among them , what is left ranges from
the Ngennis who number only 8 ,000 to the Ogonis who are 220,000 strong . A decree creating
a COR state without a plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the peoples in the area, would
only amount to subordinating the minority national groups in the state to the dominance of
the Efik/Ibibio /Annang national group . It would be perfectly in order to create a Calabar state or a
Rivers state by decree , and without a plebiscite. Each is a homogeneous national
unit. But before you lump distinct and diverse national units together in one
state, the consent of each of them is indispensable. Otherwise , the seed of
social disquilibrium in the new state would have been sown.
On the other hand , if the COR State is created by decree after the Eastern
Region shall have made its severance from Nigeria effective , we should then be
waging an unjust war against a foreign state. It would be an unjust war , because
the purpose of it would be to remove 10 minorities in the East from the
dominance of the Ibos only to subordinate them to the dominance of the Efik /Ibibio/Annang
national group. I think I have said enough to demonstrate that any war against
the East, or vice versa, on any count whatsoever, would be an unholy crusade ,
for which it would be most unjustifiable to shed a drop of Nigerian blood .
Therefore, only a peaceful solution must be found, and quickly too to arrest the present rapidly
deteriorating stalemate and restore normalcy.
With regard to the second categorical imperative, it is my considered view that
whilst some of the demands of the East are excessive within the context of a
Nigerian union, most of such demands are not only well- founded, but are designed
for smooth and steady association amongst the various national units of Nigeria.
The dependence of the Federal Government on financial contributions from the
regions: These and other such like demands I do not support. Demands such as
these, if accepted, will lead surely to the complete disintegration of the
Federation which is not in the interest of our people. But I wholeheartedly
support the following demands among others, which we consider reasonable and
most of which are already embodied in our memoranda to the Ad Hoc Committee… .
* That revenue should be allocated strictly on the basis of derivation ; that is
to say after the Federal Government has deducted its own share for its own
services the rest should be allocated to the regions to which they are attributable .
* That the existing public debt of the Federation should become the
responsibility of the regions on the basis of the location of the projects in
respect of each debt whether internal or external.
* That each region should have and control its own militia and police force .
* That , with immediate effect, all military personnel should be posted to their
regions of origin… .
If we are to live in harmony one with another as Nigerians it is imperative that
these demands and others which are not related , should be met without further
delay by those who have hitherto resisted them. To those who may argue that the
acceptance of these demands will amount to transforming Nigeria into a
federation with a weak central government , my comment is that any link however
tenuous, which keeps the East in the Nigerian union, is better in my view than
no link at all .
Before the Western delegates went to Lagos to attend the meetings of the ad hoc
committee , they were given a clear mandate that if any region should opt out of
the Federation of Nigeria , then the Federation should be considered to be at an
end, and that the Western Region and Lagos should also opt out of it . It would
then be up to Western Nigeria and Lagos as an independent sovereign state to
enter into association with any of the Nigerian units of its own choosing, and
on terms mutually acceptable to them . I see no reason for departing from this
mandate. If any region in Nigeria considers itself strong enough to compel us to
enter into association with it on its own terms, I would only wish such a region
luck. But such luck, I must warn , will, in the long run be no better than that
which has attended the doings of all colonial powers down the ages.
This much I must say in addition , on this point . We have neither military might nor the
overwhelming advantage of numbers here in Western Nigeria and Lagos. But we have
justice of a noble and imperishable cause on our side, namely: the right of a people
to unfettered self- determination . If this is so, then God is on our side , and if God is
with us then we have nothing whatsoever in this world to fear.
Wait, I am coming let me read it.
Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by AshiwajuFoward: 9:28pm On Dec 22, 2016
chiefobdk:
The fourth imperative, and the second conditional one has been fully dealt with
in my recent letter to the Military Governor of Western Nigeria, Col . Robert
Adebayo, and in the representation which your deputation made last year to the
head of the Federal Military Government, Lt. Col . Yakubu Gowon. As a matter of
fact, as far back as November last year a smaller meeting of leaders of thought
in this Region decided that unless certain things were done, we would no longer
participate in the meeting of the ad hoc committee . But since then, not even one
of our legitimate requests has been granted. I will, therefore, take no more of your
time in making further comments on a point with which you are well familiar . As
soon as our humble and earnest requests are met, I shall be ready to take my
place on the ad hoc committee . But certainly , not before .
In closing, I have this piece of advice to give. In order to resolve amiably and
in the best interests of all Nigerians certain attributes are required on the
part of Nigerian leaders, military as well as non-military leaders alike,
namely: vision , realism and unselfishness . But above all, what will keep
Nigerian leaders in the North and East unwaveringly in the path of wisdom ,
realism and moderation is courage and steadfastness on the part of Yoruba people
in the course of what they sincerely believe to be right, equitable and just. In
the past five years we in the West and Lagos have shown that we possess these
qualities in a large measure . If we demonstrate them again as we did in the
past, calmly and heroically , we will save Nigeria from further bloodshed and
imminent wreck and, at the same time, preserve our freedom and self-respect into
the bargain.
May God rule and guide our deliberations here, and endow all the Nigerian
leaders with the vision, realism, and unselfishness as well as courage and
steadfastness in the course of truth , which the present
circumstances demand .
(Culled from Daily Times , 2 May 1967 ) and quoted in “ Crisis and Conflict
in Nigeria ( Volume 1) , January 1966 -July 1971 ″ by A .H . M. Kirk- Greene )
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http://ihuanedo.ning.com/m/group/discussion?id=2971192%3ATopic%3A84347

It's long but worth it. Thanks OP. I owe you a chewing gum. cheesy

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by tigerclaws: 9:33pm On Dec 22, 2016
DaBullIT:
Show us Odumegu's speech

I trash you , you dey open thread up an dan

heheheheheh




what's this one saying

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by ettybaba(m): 9:34pm On Dec 22, 2016
DaBullIT:
Show us Odumegu's speech

I trash you , you dey open thread up an dan

heheheheheh



Ojukwu was too dumb to deliver any sensible and coherent speech. Not even a quotable quote to his name.

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by JonSnow(m): 9:50pm On Dec 22, 2016
How does this speech change the fact that he took rat poison and died like a coward that he really is?

When will ndi ofe have sense?

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by T9ksy(m): 9:53pm On Dec 22, 2016
ettybaba:

Ojukwu was too dumb to deliver any sensible and coherent speech. Not even a quotable quote to his name.



I beg to differ! Oxford-trained Ojukwu certainly wasn't dumb by all accounts however he was just teeny weeny bit too smart for his own good. Unfortunately, only his people paid for his folly whilst he ran off when the consequence of his brash action became too much for him to bear.

He didn't even wait for the "grass of biafra" to defend his people (as he promised them) before absconding in the middle of the night like a thief coward, that he truly is.

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by WorldRichest: 10:42pm On Dec 22, 2016
JonSnow:
How does this speech change the fact that he took rat poison and died like a coward that he really is?

When will ndi ofe have sense?

What do you call a man that declared war against a superior power block and ran to Ivory Coast while Hausa/Yoruba/Fulani used his people for pepper soup and suya? Is that an attribute of great men? I think your birth is a result of an Ibo lady being raped by a combination of Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri, Ekiti, Ijebu, Ibadan and Egba soldiers in 1970, so you have no identity.

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by DaBullIT(m): 7:31am On Dec 23, 2016
tigerclaws:
[s][/s]
what's this one saying


This is what i am saying

ettybaba:

Ojukwu was too dumb to deliver any sensible and coherent speech. Not even a quotable quote to his name.

More importantly , i have trashed the OP in different arguments, that's why he opened another thread here ,
Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by DaBullIT(m): 7:33am On Dec 23, 2016
You are too wicked my guy

You shouldn't have revealed that to him this christmas period , do you want him to go and ask for his papa ??

at this time of the year


You for no talk am finish abeg he too much

grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin
WorldRichest:


What do you call a man that declared war against a superior power block and ran to Ivory Coast while Hausa/Yoruba/Fulani used his people for pepper soup and suya? Is that an attribute of great men? I think your birth is a result of an Ibo lady being raped by a combination of Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri, Ekiti, Ijebu, Ibadan and Egba soldiers in 1970, so you have no identity.

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by DaBullIT(m): 7:37am On Dec 23, 2016
in a different thread where i trashed this same OP , i told him history is always repeating itself

And yes, some people are using these yooots of nahadais grin grin grin

when shhhyyytt hits the fan , those users will go into hiding, just like OdumeFraud, just like Tompolo , Dokubo and co because they can't bear the heat from FG , but the useless yooots will be the ones to die like rats , then another generation of bitter kids will be born and the same people who are using the yoots before the yoots get killed like rats will be the ones to write and twist history for the generation of bitter kids , they will sacrifice those shidren grin again and the cycle will continue ever and ever


these people think with their yanshhh
T9ksy:




I beg to differ! Oxford-trained Ojukwu certainly wasn't dumb by all accounts however he was just teeny weeny bit too smart for his own good. Unfortunately, only his people paid for his folly whilst he ran off when the consequence of his brash action became too much for him to bear.

He didn't even wait for the "grass of biafra" to defend his people (as he promised them) before absconding in the middle of the night like a thief coward, that he truly is.

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by Ejanla07: 10:54am On Dec 23, 2016
DaBullIT:
in a different thread where i trashed this same OP , i told him history is always repeating itself

And yes, some people are using these yooots of nahadais grin grin grin

when shhhyyytt hits the fan , those users will go into hiding, just like OdumeFraud, just like Tompolo , Dokubo and co because they can't bear the heat from FG , but the useless yooots will be the ones to die like rats , then another generation of bitter kids will be born and the same people who are using the yoots before the yoots get killed like rats will be the ones to write and twist history for the generation of bitter kids , they will sacrifice those shidren grin again and the cycle will continue ever and ever


these people think with their yanshhh

You ve having a field day cos d op has been banned. .



The thing is this write up exposed the cowardly nature of the yoruba race

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by Sealeddeal(m): 12:35pm On Dec 23, 2016
The speech can't be reconciled with his doings during and after the war.

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Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by DaBullIT(m): 12:58pm On Dec 23, 2016
if he got banned, not my business, but i had nothing to do with it
Ejanla07:


You ve having a field day cos d op has been banned. .



The thing is this write up exposed the cowardly nature of the yoruba race
Re: Hief Awolowo’s Speech To Western Leaders Of Thought In Ibadan On MAY 1 1967 by T9ksy(m): 1:10pm On Dec 23, 2016
Ejanla07:


You ve having a field day cos d op has been banned. .



The thing is this write up exposed the cowardly nature of the yoruba race


Can you please shed more light on your assumption as to the cowardly nature of the entire yoruba race on account of this write-up.

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